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$97k TR4 • '58 IMPALA • LAMBO COUNTACH• 187CARS RATED Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Sports CarMarket August 2006 $1.65m STRIKES SNAKE The

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 60 Primitive car, sophisticated sum August 2006 .Volume 18. Number 8 52 1911 Mercedes Skiff: art and illusion 44 A new definition of I'll pay what it takes to get what I want COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 40 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB It's the Ferrari you can afford. Steve Ahlgrim 44 1963 Triumph TR4 We know exactly why this car sold for $97,200. Dave Kinney 48 1988 Lamborghini Countach QV Anniversary Where has all the swagger gone? Stephen Serio 52 1911 Mercedes 37/90 Skiff Now we all know what it really is, and it deserved its $1m price tag. Alex Finigan 56 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible America's first muscle car brings $120k. Marit Anne Peterson 60 1963 Cobra 289 Le Mans Prices have doubled, and $1.6m is not suprising. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: ACME Studios 187 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 66 The Worldwide Group, Seabrook, TX Everything's bigger in Texas, including this $11m sale . Carl Bomstead 78 Cox Auctions, Branson, MO Blue skies and $2.8m in receipts mark another success for Cox. Dave Kinney 90 Bonhams & Butterfields, Brookline, MA Brass Era cars carry the day at the Larz Anderson Museum. Donald Osborne 100 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO With $3.3m in sales, this “warm-up” event is getting hot. B. Mitchell Carlson 110 Carlisle Events, Carlisle, PA It's more than just beginner's luck at this $3m auction. Charles Stitzer 120 Bonhams & Goodman, Melbourne, AUS The big guns fetch big prices at this sale Down Under. John Clucas 126 eBay Motors “American Idols” or “Where are they now?” Geoff Archer

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36 Our man Duchene goes racing in Italy 38 Goodbye to the good times COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic Scrambling to find a good Spitfire Rob Sass 28 Legal Files The long-running 1911 Mercedes Skiff saga resolved at last John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks: Ferrari supercars through the years Michael Sheehan 46 English Patient Why the British auto industry failed Gary Anderson 54 Porsche Gespräch All this 912 needs is a quick facial Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs How to keep sellers honest Colin Comer 128 Motobilia Autographed Ardun heads worth $3,500 Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Suzuki Katana makes the cut Paul Duchene 146 eWatch $500 for a pound of grease Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 Econo Cars: 20+ MPG in a Vintage Car 32 Motorclássico: Lisbon's Answer to Rétromobile 36 Motogiro d'Italia: Dicing with Legends in Italy 38 New Glarus Hillclimb: A Tradition at Its End? DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1949 Allard M-type drophead, 1950 Crosley-Gardner Special, Spec Racer Ford 27 20 Year Picture 88 Alfa Bits 94 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Bentley Continental GT, 2007 Jaguar XK 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Honda Fit, 2007 Lexus GS450H, 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 130 Featured Artist: Bill Motta 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 136 Showcase Gallery Duchene goes racing in Italy 38 Goodbye to the good times COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic Scrambling to find a good Spitfire Rob ur man Duchene goes racing in Italy 38 Goodbye to the good times COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic Scrambling to find a good Spitfire Rob Sass 28 Legal Files The long-running 1911 Mercedes Skiff saga resolved at last John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks: Ferrari supercars through the years Michael Sheehan 46 English Patient Why the British auto industry failed Gary Anderson 54 Porsche Gespräch All this 912 needs is a quick facial Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs How to keep sellers honest Colin Comer 128 Motobilia Autographed Ardun heads worth $3,500 Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Suzuki Katana makes the cut Paul Duchene 146 eWatch $500 for a pound of grease Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 Econo Cars: 20+ MPG in a Vintage Car 32 Motorclássico: Lisbon's Answer to Rétromobile 36 Motogiro d'Italia: Dicing with Legends in Italy 38 New Glarus Hillclimb: A Tradition at Its End? DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1949 Allard M-type drophead, 1950 Crosley-Gardner Special, Spec Racer Ford 27 20 Year Picture 88 Alfa Bits 94 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Bentley Continental GT, 2007 Jaguar XK 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Honda Fit, 2007 Lexus GS450H, 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 130 Featured Artist: Bill Motta 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 136 Showcase Gallery It's It's still fitted with its 76-mm L5A1 gun, but the 30-inch coaxial machine gun's a replica. But is anyone really going to call that into question if you steal their parking spot?—John Clucas's report on the Bonhams & Goodman Belfield Museum sale begins on p. 120.

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin A Steering Wheel as the Circle of Life to have a variety of careers and occupational passions, cars and machinery came first. My earliest memories of the mysteries of the internal combustion “H engine revolve around my grandfather, Thomas Lester McDowell, who, along with my grandmother, Dorel Evelyn, raised me. Although our family home was in the Parkside district of San Francisco, Gramps, as the family called him, had what would now be referred to as a “gentleman's farm” at 365 McClay Road, in the town of Novato, California, then a distant suburb 30 miles away. He personally built the main and guest houses on a couple acres of land, put up the barn, dug the hole for the pool with a backhoe, and supervised the application of the gunite to the pool walls. The property was originally a Bartlett pear orchard, and Gramps added a variety of walnut, peach, and apricot trees. In the very early 1950s, he purchased a used Ford tractor, probably an 8N, to take care of the grounds. I recall him driving it eleven miles home from Petaluma, on the shoulder of what was then a two-lane US 101. The attachments included a plow, a disc (he taught me the difference), a scoop, and a flat platform just perfect for three or four kids to ride on. We had a routine. Friday night when he came home from his day job as assistant superintendent of the City and County of San Francisco Department of Building Repair (after all these years, I still remember his title exactly), my grandmother had our bumble-bee yellow and black 1956 Mercury Montclair coupe (license plate BYP 050) packed and ready to go for the trip to Novato. Saturday, at the crack of dawn, he went to the barn to get the tractor. And from the age of three on, I was always with him. He would have me perch on the nose of the tractor, legs straddling the radiator shell, hands firmly gripping the radiator cap. And for the next couple of hours, he would plow or disc the fields. I can still see the warmth radiating from the exposed engine below, and remember how it helped to break the chill of the morning air. I still recall the conversations we had—the way he answered my many questions about what kinds of trees there were on the farm, exactly how you went about digging an irrigation ditch with the scoop, or why the tractor had a foot brake on each side, while the Mercury only had one. But above all I remember feeling a calmness and security from the pulsing and vibrating of the tractor's engine. It had a low-rev, hightorque industrial purposefulness to it, and was nearly impossible to bog down. To my young mind, there wasn't anything that Gramps—the best tractor-driver in the world, I knew for sure—couldn't get it to do. Even then, I recognized that the partnership of this most capable machine and this most capable man were wondrous things. 10 Humoring Dad, but waiting for a Porsche ow did you get started with cars?” is a question I'm often asked. While I have been fortunate When I was five, Gramps decided it was my turn behind the wheel. At first I sat on his lap, and learned how to work the notched hand-operated throttle. Later came manipulating the hydraulic controls to raise and lower the attachments (always the platform, as the disc and plow were deemed too dangerous). And finally, a couple of years later, once my leg muscles were strong enough to press on the brakes, he sent me off on my own. It was a perfect world. Using the platform, my assignment was to drag the ground flat beneath the walnut trees, which would make it easier to pick up the nuts we knocked loose from them with a long two-by-four. As you can imagine, I was always ready to take the tractor out “to go dragging.” An additional bonus was driving by the rear property line, taunting the older children who lived in the subdivision behind, because I was driving a tractor and they weren't. Gramps died, suddenly and unex- pectedly, when I was 12. I never drove the tractor again. The family farm was put up for sale, and the proceeds sustained my grandmother during the difficult times that followed. Now, I drive by the farm once or twice a year when I am in the Bay Area. The same pear trees are still there, and in the summer, the walnut trees are still laden with their fruit. I always stop, get out, and recollect the brisk air of the mornings with my grandfather. I can hear the conversations we had about the mysteries of life while the tractor chugged along contentedly. Nearly a half-century later, I am still inescapably drawn to the magic of the internal-combustion engine. Each car, especially those from before 1975, has its own emotional signature, written with the combination of its drivetrain, its coachwork, and the intent of the men who built it. Our 1963 Corvette has a raucous, Elvis Presley, cuffed-jeans, dark-glasses, “Jailhouse Rock” swagger to it. The 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider, a dolce vita, rev-me-til-the-end-of-time feeling. Even our recently departed 1965 two-stroke Saab had its sense of self, puffing out an “I'm Swedish and I'm different and I don't care” message. But my core feelings are still most easily tapped by a vintage Ford tractor. At the annual Steam-Up in Brooks, Oregon, last August, there were several 8Ns on display. My daughter, Alex, was with me, and I had her sit on a couple of them. And for a brief moment, I thought about buying one, keeping it on a farm nearby, and letting Alex have her chance to live in the past I had once inhabited. But I realized that she is already making her own past, one that began with being strapped into a car seat in the Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce when she was just a few months old, learning to drive our VW Thing at the age of eleven, and setting her sights on a 911SC as a first car. As we drive to school each morning in that same Alfa, top-down this time of year, we plan out the road trips we're going to take. Gramps and the tractor were good to me. Now, it's my turn to pass on that goodness to the next generation, and hope that Alex can find the same pleasure and passion, on her own terms, that I have.u Sports Car Market Birte Moller

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Crossing the Block Boyd Coddington—1st Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Springfield, MO When: July 13–15 More: www.boydsauction.com About 500 cars are expected at the hot-rodder's first sale, with an even mix of muscle, antiques, street rods, customs, and exotics. Christie's returns to Le Mans with this alloy-bodied Jaguar XK 120 Silver Auctions—Jackson Hole Auction Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 1–2 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 77 cars sold / $1m American classics and muscle will be featured at this sale, and of particular interest to collectors is a 1965 Ford Mustang fastback, fully restored and fitted with a racing engine, transmission, and suspension. Bonhams—Collectors' Motor Cars Where: Sussex, U.K. When: July 7 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 54 cars sold / $6.9m The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the venue for this popular sale, which will see several exciting cars cross the block. One such lot will be a concours-winning 1966 Shelby Cobra 289 Mk II, one of only 42 right-hand-drive examples built for the British market. Kruse International—3rd Annual Classic Car Auction Where: Verona, NY When: July 8–10 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 31 cars sold / $359k Expect to see plenty of prewar machines here, including a 1933 Packard Super 8 convertible, a 1930 Cord cabriolet, and a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent coupe. Christie's—Automobiles de Collection Where: Le Mans, FRA When: July 8 More: www.christies.com Last Year (2004): 25 cars sold / $12.8m After a brief hiatus, Christie's 12 returns to the Le Mans Classic with a varied consignment list sure to please any collector. Notable cars include a 1950 Jaguar XK120 alloy roadster and a 2004 Maserati MC12. Kruse International—33rd Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Denver, CO When: July 21–22 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 44 cars sold / $399k Enthusiasts in the Mile High City will have no shortage of choices at this established auction. Among them will be a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS, a 1935 Dodge Slantback street rod, and a 1936 Pierce Arrow Deluxe 8 club sedan. Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com JULY 1-2—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 7—BONHAMS Goodwood, UK 7—KRUSE Verona, NY 8—CHRISTIE'S Le Mans, FRA 8—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 13—CODDINGTON Springfield, MO 15—KRUSE Auburn, IN 21—KRUSE Denver, CO 22—MECUM Des Moines, IA 22-23—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 24—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25-26—H&H Buxton, UK 31—BARONS Surrey, UK AUGUST 3-6—SILVER Reno, NV 4-5—KRUSE Nashville, TN 5—RM Meadow Brook, MI 8—PETERSEN Sturgis, SD 17—CHRISTIE'S Monterey, CA 18—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 18—KRUSE Seaside, CA 18-19—RM Monterey, CA 18-19—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 20—GOODING & COMPANY Pebble Beach, CA 23—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 25-26—MECUM Carlisle, PA 27-28—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—KRUSE Auburn, IN Sports Car Market SEPTEMBER 1—BONHAMS Goodwood, UK 2-3—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 4—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 9—BONHAMS Beaulieu, UK 9-10—BARONS Surrey, UK 13—H&H Buxton, UK 22—MIDAMERICA Minneapolis, MN 22-24—RM Novi, MI 24—BONHAMS Sydney, AUS 29—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA OCTOBER 6-7—SANTIAGO Albuquerque, New Mexico 5—BONHAMS Hershey, PA 5-8—HERSHEY Hershey, PA 6-8—MECUM St. Charles. IL 7—SILVER Portland, OR 18—H&H Kempton, UK 20-21—COX Branson, MO 20-22—RM Toronto, CAN 21—GOODING & COMPANY Oxnard, CA 23-24—BARONS Surrey, UK 27—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV Mecum Auctions—32nd Edition Hawkeye Classic Where: Des Moines, IA When: July 22 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 83 cars sold / $934k Last year's high sale was less than $35k, which means that anyone with some spare cash can walk away with a decent bargain collector car. This year, look for a fully sorted, fully documented 1970 Chevrolet El Camino LS6. H&H—Collectors's Motor Cars Where: Buxton, U.K. When: July 26 More: www.classic-auctions.com Last Year: 65 cars sold / $1.9m A remarkably original “barn find” 1939 Lagonda V12 DHC will headline this annual sale. Owned by the same family since the '60s, the car is estimated to fetch between $74k and $92k.u

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The Inside Line SCMHappenings n The fifth annual SCM Insider's Seminar at Pebble Beach will be held August 19 from 10 a.m. to noon at the site of the Gooding Auction on the Monterey peninsula's famed golf course (see page 99). Led by Editor Martin, “Looking for Sanity in an Insane Market” will provide a valuable perspective on today's collector-car market. As a bonus, Tom Cotter, author of The Cobra in the Barn, will discuss some of his favorite barn-find stories, and then sign copies of his books. Seminar cost is $175 for subscribers, $225 for non-subscribers. Email: david.slama@sportscarmarket.com, www.sportscarmarket.com. (CA) News n Steve Potter, formerly Vice President and General Manager of Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. Potter has spent much of his professional life in automotive circles, including stints as manager of sports marketing for Mercedes-Benz and automotive correspondent for the New York Times. www.saratogaautomuseum.com. (NY) Events n A one-of-a-kind, fully scratch-built model of a Maserati T-61 Birdcage will be on display at Built to Scale at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut. The exhibit, which also includes airplane and boat models along with other automotive models, runs June 24 through October 29. www.stamfordmuseum.org. (CT) n The Microcar and Minicar National Meet will be n Join Ferrari and Maserati of Seattle for this year's Ferraris and Maseratis on 12th celebration on July 31. Italian and special interest vehicles are welcome for display, and a catered lunch will be served in the park. Due to construction on 12th Avenue in Seattle, details are still being worked out; please contact events@ferrariofseattle.com for further information. www.ferrariofseattle.com. (WA) held this year near Chicago in downtown Crystal Lake, Illinois, at the University Center, August 11–13. Hosts Ken and Sylvia Weger, microcar collectors themselves, are expecting over 100 Minis, Citroën 2CVs, and Messerschmitts, plus many more. www.microcar.org. (IL) n More Ferrari fun in the Northwest: The Ferrari Challenge Series Races will be held at Portland International Raceway August 4–6. The series provides a venue for amateur Ferrari drivers looking to give their cars a workout and perfect their racing skills. To register, contact Steve Wintermantel, 800.547.4455. www.portlandraceway.com. (OR) n The 28th Meadow Brook Concours, held Sunday, August 6, in Rochester Hills, MI, concludes a week of events that includes the Ladies Concours, Strolling Dinner and Art Auction, and Rochester Motoring Tour. The Concours will feature Golden Era Classics of PreWWII and automotive artist Francois Bruere. www.meadowbrookconcours.org. (MI)u Event Calendar June 24–October 24—Built to Scale www.stamfordmuseum.org 31—Ferraris and Maseratis on 12th www.ferrariofseattle.com 4–6—Ferrari Challenge Series Races www.portlandraceway.com 6—Meadow Brook Concours www.meadowbrookconcours.org 11—Microcar and Minicar National Meet www.microcar.org Ferraris and Maseratis on 12th Avenue in Seattle 14 Sports Car Market AUGUST JULY JUNE

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS IN DEFENSE OF THE GTS Dear SCM: I have a few com- ments on Steve Ahlgrim's Profile of the Ferrari 330 GTS in your June 2006 issue. I have owned S/N 9199, the second 330 GTS produced and the 1966 Turin Show car, for over seven years now. Most of what Steve says is true except the following: The convertible top is truly effortless to lower and raise in a fashion similar to the early 1970 vintage Alfa 105-series Spiders. You simply open two latches and lower the top back into position while sitting in the driver's seat. Raising the top is just the converse. Of course, if you have rotator cuff problems, this could become an issue. I have rallied my 330 GTS and raced it on the track. I think the 330 GTS would compete just fine in vintage racing alongside its 275 Berlinetta brethren. Mr. Buese thinks the vintage handling is a drawback to the car. On the contrary, the vintage handling is one of the reasons why we acquire such cars in the first place. I do not share Ahlgrim's opin- ion as to where 330 GTS prices are going. It is truly one of the best driving vintage, front-engine, V12 open Ferrari Grand touring cars one could own, if not the best. It does not have the “oh my God” looks of a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, but neither do many other vintage Ferraris that cost significantly more and do not drive nearly as well. In fact, its understated looks make it very attractive to those of us who do not need or want a “look at me” car but still want to drive a great vintage open Ferrari. What was $225k five years ago is approaching $500k today. What stops the price from reaching $750k in another five years if the market continues as it has been? The SWB California Spyder also has no real competition history, yet it has gone from $1m to almost $3m in the last seven years (only the LWB California Spyder has any racing heritage). So the fact that the 330 GTS does not have any racing heritage is not a significant reason for a lack of 16 V.P. Finance and Marketing WENDIE STANDISH Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS Auction Analysts B. MITCHELL CARLSON DANIEL GRUNWALD The 330 GTS does not have the “oh my God” looks of a 250 GT SWB California Spyder, butneither do many other vintage Ferraris that cost significantly more appreciation. In fact, the 330 GTS is just a convertible-bodied 275 GTB/2, which has a racing heritage. Of course, I am biased and would love to see the 330 GTS skyrocket in value, but I believe it will continue to appreciate at a better than average rate.—Shane Mattaway, Coral Gables, FL Steve Ahlgrim responds: Great observations, Shane. I agree with you on the positive aspects of the 330 GTS. It's a great car that's easy to live with and fun to drive, but I don't find those virtues enough to make it a $750,000 car. As the price of a car increases, the probability that the car will be driven decreases, so the importance of drivability as a component of determining value actually decreases when the price increases. Extraneous factors like rarity, historical significance, racing history, event eligibility, and eye appeal all trump drivability in the most expensive collector cars. Your 250 California Spider comparison is a great example of what makes one car worth four times another. Counting all versions, Ferrari built about as many Californias as they did 330 GTSs, so the rarity factor is a wash. As a driver, the California doesn't measure up to the GTS. The 250 engine is down on power, the 4-speed transmission leaves you wanting another gear, and the chassis and brakes are inferior. While large on the vintage driving experience, the 250 falls short in basic creature comforts like air conditioning and electric windows. Based on the driving experience, the 330 GTS should be a more valuable car than the Cal Spyder. So what makes the California Spyder worth quadruple the 330 GTS? For starters, better genes; the California is a 250 GT, one of the most famous series of cars in automotive history. They had a more notable competition history than you may remember. One finished 5th overall at Le Mans in 1959. Another one took 9th overall and was GT Class Winner in both the 1959 and 1960 Sebring 12-Hour races. Bob Grossman even drove one to the SCCA C- Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON Contributors JOHN APEN KATHYDONOHUE RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO Information Technology JASON GLASPEY MATT KING JARED MANN Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Advertising Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valerie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 204 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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class championship in 1959. Beauty is subjective, but the California's appearance needs no affirmation. They have been centerpieces of major shows and collections since their introduction. The California has the look collectors will pay for. As if it needed more help, a California is an “A” ticket to most of the important events around the world. The most valuable cars are the ones you want in your garage, even if they never make it out the door. As much as I like the 330 GTS, its virtue is heavy on the street value and light on garage value. They will always be at the top echelon of driving cars, but as collector cars, their value is limited. CITROËN SALES Dear SCM: I enjoyed Paul Duchene's article on the recent sale in Paris of a 1973 DS 23 IE convertible (June, p. 52). I've been compiling auction sales for Citroën DS convertibles for a few years and note they have been selling in excess of $100k for a while now. Specifically, at Bonhams' 2004 auction in England, a 1965 DS 19 sold for €66,000 ($80,000); Cheffins sold two DS 21 Décapotables at their Duxford sale in October 2003 for £96,600 ($161,000); and Artcurial sold a 1967 DS 21 last year in France for £58,752 ($124,000). For my own part, I am a Citroën fanatic and happy owner of 1967 DS 21 cabriolet and Harrah's NOS 1965 Citroën 2CV with only 110 original miles.—Greg Long, Moraga, CA Paul Duchene responds: Thanks for your listings. Looks like those sales slipped under our radar. So the car I wrote about was only about double the previous best—also recorded at Artcurial—rather than four times, as my figures suggested. Artcurial would logically seem to be the Citroën mecca, but there are still very few prime DS convertibles coming to market. Their rarity is probably only matched by the difficulty of finding technicians outside France with the skills to properly restore these Rubik's Cubes. I'm guessing they'll continue to trade in a select market as they always have, but of August 2006 The Citroën's rarity is probably only matched by thedifficulty of finding technicians outside France with the skills to properly restore these Rubik's Cubes course it only takes two dedicated bidders to set a record. SEND IN THE CLONES Dear SCM: As an avid SCM reader, I look forward to reading the latest issue of the world's best vintage car magazine. But when I was sifting through the June issue, I was stopped in my tracks when I saw my car in the picture on page 39 and the words “Clones can be issued HTPs” below the picture. The picture of my 1974 Porsche 911 RSR 3.0 was clearly taken at the Modena Cento Ore in 2003 (there were no HTPs in 2003. My car still has its HVIF). Editor Martin was a competitor in this vintage rally, and therefore it is most likely that this picture was taken by an SCM staffer. I must strongly object to hav- ing pictures of my car in articles that deal with clones. My car is the real McCoy, and I have all the paperwork to prove it. Nevertheless, I am inviting you to inspect my car at my premises or at this years Le Mans Classic, at the 2006 MCO or the OGP at the Nürburgring. I am not a car dealer nor am I considering selling my RSR, but this article could hurt the value of my car if it is named in association with fakes.—Michael Foeveny, Munich, Germany Keith Martin responds: Michael, we were not passing judgment on your car, or any other car in the photo, concerning authenticity. We used the photo as an example of the types of cars, real or clone, that might be eligible for the new HTP certification. WHY CAN'T CARS BE LIKE HOUSES? Dear SCM: As a long time hobbyist and reader of Sports Car Market, I have lately been struggling with the increasing divide between cars that are appreciating in value vs. cars that are depreciating in value. I have owned numerous collector cars like Porsche 356s, early 911s, old XKEs, and MGAs. I have purchased basket cases and toiled with restoration as well as purchased fine oneowner examples which were well loved and cared for. In all cases, when I ultimately sold these cars, I achieved a greater return than what I invested. Not much, mind you, but enough to understand that purchasing a car of special interest with classic lines, lineage, provenance, etc., adds up to driving and enjoying a beautiful car without it depreciating to nothing. Having recently sold my clas- sic car and considering my family situation, another classic is not in the cards for me. Time, money, and storage (young children take up even more space than a classic car) all come into play. But the concept of depreciation keeps haunting me. I am interested in a high-end car for daily limited transportation that will hold its value over the long haul. You publish appreciation curves for old cars; can you back up further and add depreciation curves to the front end? If I were interested in a sports car in the $100,000–$150,000 range, what car holds its value the longest, and, if possible, when will it appreciate over time? If I were comparing a Porsche 911S, Porsche GT3, Porsche Turbo, or Aston Martin Vantage, how would you rank them for the best long-term value? So really what I'm asking is, does it make more economic sense to buy a high-end, limited-production, drop-deadbeautiful car and have it end up a better value in the long run than a run-of-the mill Porsche?—Chris Born, Houston, TX Rob Sass responds: For a discussion of supercar values, 17

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Ad Index Alan Taylor and Company ...................... 97 Autosport Designs ................................ 115 Bald Head Garage ................................ 125 Bart Holland BV Restoration Company . 89 BB One Exports ..................................... 77 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc ........... 75 Blue Highways ........................................ 79 Bonhams ................................................ 63 Bonhams & Butterfields ..................... 9, 51 Brian D.Moore Restorations ............... 143 Carlisle Events ....................................... 87 Christie's Auction ................................... 73 Concorso Italiano ..................................111 Copley Motorcars Corp. ....................... 138 Cosdel .................................................. 145 Cosmopolitan Motors ............................ 83 Craig Brody Investment Motorcars ....... 83 Digit Motorsport .................................... 79 Dragone ................................................ 125 Ebay Motors ........................................... 81 Exotic Car Transport ............................ 144 Family Classic Cars ............................. 107 Fantasy Junction ..................................... 95 Fourintune Garage Inc ......................... 144 Friends of the House ............................ 133 Gaglianos Image 10 ............................. 101 General Racing ..................................... 127 GMP Diecast .......................................... 95 Gooding & Company ......................... 2, 13 Gregor Fisken ......................................... 71 Griot's Garage ........................................ 91 Grundy Worldwide ................................. 11 Hagerty Insurance .......................... 39, 148 Hilton Head Island Concours ................. 77 Horseless Carriage ............................... 143 Insider's Seminar .................................... 99 Intercity Lines ........................................ 29 J.J. Best Banc & Co ............................. 137 Jen Jac's Restorations ............................ 59 JR Rouse Real Estate ............................. 85 Kidston ................................................... 69 Kirkland Concours ............................... 123 Kruse International ....................... 103, 109 LeMay Museum Symposium ................ 105 Maserati North America ......................... 19 Meguiar's ............................................... 25 Mershons Corvettes & Classics ............111 Morris & Welford, LLC ......................... 23 Motocorsa .............................................. 67 Parish Heacock Insurance ...................... 43 Park Place LTD .................................... 113 Paul Russell and Company .................. 107 Pebble Beach Retro Auto ..................... 143 Premier Financial Services ................... 147 Pro Team Corvette ................................. 97 Putman Leasing ...................................... 15 The Quail .............................................. 33 Renaissance Design ............................. 144 Re-Originals ........................................... 71 Ritchie Brothers .................................... 117 RM Auctions ...................................... 4, 21 Ron Tonkin ............................................. 67 RPM Motorbooks ................................ 145 Russo and Steele .................................... 34 Saturn ....................................................... 7 Silver Auctions ..................................... 135 Symbolic Motors ...................................... 3 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .................. 119 Vintage Rallies ..................................... 115 VintageAutoPosters.com ...................... 145 World Wide Group ................................. 93 Zymol ..................................................... 55 18 I would review Editor Martin's “Shifting Gears” column from the May issue of SCM. His conclusion was that with few exceptions, supercar values have nowhere to go but down. Those with potential, like the McLaren F1, Porsche 959, and Ferrari F40, aren't the kind of cars that I could see putting 5,000 miles on without drama or huge expense. Comparing the choices you have laid out, a Porsche 911S, Aston Martin Vantage, Porsche GT3, and Porsche Turbo, I would say you are closer to cars that can be driven 5,000 miles a year. I drove a '72 S coupe every day for three years in the '80s. Aside from rebuilding the injection pump, it gave no trouble at all. The market loves early S cars right now. So, it's a car you really can enjoy while it appreciates. I'd go one better and find a 2.7 RS which (for now) fits in your $100,000–$150,000 budget. Faster, more outrageous, and an even stronger investment than a 911S. I'm not sure which Aston Vantage you are referring to, but a Vantage V8 from the '70s could be a comfortable limited-use car. As all things Aston appreciate, the market is liking these big brutes more and more. A Porsche 930 Turbo may have some appreciation potential at some point, but as Jim Schrager has pointed out on numerous occasions, in most situations a 911SC is more enjoyable. The Porsche GT3 is just a used car and not exactly the flavor of the month at that. You might also consider adding an '89 911 Carrera Speedster to your list. Not a run-of-the-mill Porsche and certainly something you could use and experience modest appreciation. WHERE TO TAKE A V8 914? Dear SCM: The Monterey auctions are coming up soon, and I was wondering what would be a good auction for my car. It's a very nice 914 with a new 350 V8, 915 trans, and many upgrades, such as Brembos, a/c, heat, flares, new paint, and interior. The previous owner spent a fortune on it. Any idea which auction would be a good one for this type of modified car? Should I offer it without reserve? And how much Each auction company knowswhat types of cars they are highlighting andwhat kind of crowd they will get should I expect to get for it? Any help would be much appreciated.—Karl Busche, Dublin, CA Jim Schrager responds: Your car sounds very interesting—in fact, quite exotic. As to which auction to pick, I recommend you do a bit of homework. Give a quick call to each of them. Describe your car, maybe follow up with an emailed photo or two. Ask them what they think about their auction and your car. I can tell you that different auctions attract different types of bidders. Each auction company knows what types of cars they are highlighting and what kind of crowd they will get. It's best to have direct calls with each house and make your own judgment, rather than relying on my opinion of last year's sales. As to what the car will bring, it is always hard to guess a number on a highly modified and no longer even close to original car. In some cases, there is big money to be had; in others, not so much. If you were to tell me what you paid, I could give you an idea of how that might relate to the value today. We don't track V8 914s as there are so few of them around, so I don't have comparables to cite for you. One test you may want to make that is very cheap and easy is to put the car on eBay. This may not sell the car, but is a reasonable market test of what kind of bids you can attract. DATSUNS DO RIGHT Dear SCM: Nice (and ac- curate) article on the Datsun Roadsters by Rob Sass (June, p. 28). These little cars are underrated, under appreciated, easy to work on, and loads of fun. My first roadster was a rare twin-carb 1963 1500 I bought in running and driving condition in 1971 for $500. A year or two later, I couldn't resist a 1969 2000 (with 50 more horsepower) that my local Datsun dealer drove instead of the then wildly popular new 240Z. In fact, I delighted in “crashing” lines of Z cars on weekend club outings in my bright red 2000. Unfortunately, I lost it in a divorce. But I regained happiness twelve years later with the purchase of S/N SRL 14360, one of the last, if not the last, of the 2000s imported into the U.S. in 1970. I still have it, and it's as much fun today as it was 35 years ago. And Sass is right, the 2000's 5-speed is as nice a gearbox as I've shifted in a classic sports car.—Scott Zieske, Rapid City, SD CARRERA CRASH Dear SCM: I suspect my letter is one of several you will receive regarding the article by John Draneas (June, p. 30) regarding the fatal crash of the Carrera GT during a Ferrari Owners Club track event. As an active track Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read hope for a level-headed jury. Now that I got that off my chest, let me thank you for the quality of your publication.—Steve Naeve, Houston, TX Dear SCM: I was interested Sadly, this lawsuit should concern all of us who love cars and enjoy track days, club racing, etc. participant and lover of performance cars, I have a reasonably well-developed perspective of the physics of car control and the skills required to handle a highperformance car under conditions attainable at the track. As I understand the circumstances of this accident, the Ferrari pulled on the track in the path of the Porsche, which was traveling at approximately 145 mph (the speed estimated for the impact at the wall; I would assume the Porsche was traveling at least 15 mph faster at the time evasive maneuvers were attempted). One of the contentions of the lawsuit was that Porsche should be held liable for building and selling the CGT without an active stability management system. Hopefully a jury will see this for what it is—a foolish assertion. The only stability management system which might have been effective under the circumstances described would have been a simple one— limiting the vehicle speed to, let's say, 60 or 70 mph—certainly less than 100 mph. Stability management systems, as great as they can be, simply cannot intervene and “solve all problems” when snap steering input is provided at speeds this high. This is because any correction to the car can only be provided through the four contact points (tires), and the magnitude of corrective force is limited to the adhesion at the contact points. These systems do not repeal Newton's Law. When a car going over 150 mph gets seriously unbalanced, all hell is going to break loose, stability management or not. I did not know Ben Keaton, but he was an active participant on various Internet chat boards. I read many of his posts, and exchanged views with him at times. It was clear that he loved his car. I do not believe he had very much track experience or driving instruction. As to the allegation that Keaton's car had a mechanical defect that made it handle poorly— for what it is worth, I do not see any mention of handling issues in his many Internet posts. And if the handling seemed off, the first place one would look would be tire pressure, not the fundamental capabilities of the car. As to the handling characteris- tics of the CGT, I can speak from experience; I have owned mine for over a year. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the handling of the CGT—it's a fantastic automobile. Sadly, this lawsuit should con- cern all of us who love cars and enjoy track days, club racing, etc. Certainly mistakes were made. Some are more understandable and excusable than others—perhaps the flag man, who made an error in judgment, or the driver of the Ferrari, who did the same. And I have never, ever, been to a PCA event where passengers were allowed (with the obvious exception for instructors). But so many of the allegations in the lawsuit seem the product of a system out of whack, and of values gone the same way. So, if Porsche is held liable, what might be the implications in terms of the types of cars manufacturers will choose to sell in the U.S.? And if the flag man is held liable, who will volunteer to be a corner worker prospectively? Let's to read John Draneas' account of the Porsche Carrera GT accident, and the lawsuit which followed. As an English car lawyer, I have in the past advised organizers of track and test days about potential liability issues. Generally they seek a “watertight” indemnity or release. In English law, this is difficult to achieve, because a track day participant cannot by contract exclude his right to sue the circuit owner or event organizer for death or personal injury arising from their negligence. One generally ends up drafting a form of release which depends upon the principle of assumption of risk, along the lines: “I acknowledge that this is a dangerous activity and that I am taking my chances.” In the only recent English law report that I have seen of a civil legal action arising from a fatal track day accident (Goodwood Circuit 1998), this doctrine of assumption of risk barely featured. The court determined, as you would expect, that the circuit owner had a duty of care to the track user as to the design, execution, maintenance, and operation of the circuit, but that in the particular circumstances Goodwood was found to have discharged its duty of care. As litigation and the fear of it is a major threat to the future of motor racing, I have made myself a rule never to represent or assist anyone who seeks to litigate a civil claim arising from a racing or practice accident. If all lawyers were car guys and observed the same rule, maybe we could keep the threat at bay. Some hope!— Martin Emmison, London, England, memmison@gdlaw .co.uk ERRATA Tim Horton, Canadian hockey player and donuteer, died in an accident in his De Tomaso Pantera, not a Porsche 930 as reported in July's “The Martin Rating” on page 126.u 20 Sports Car Market

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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT SCM lunch hours haven't been the same since we set up the Classic Grand Prix race track set from Scalextric in the office. The set includes Juan Manuel Fangio in his Maserati 250F and Stirling Moss in his Vanwall, who race over 22 feet of track, including bridges and crossovers. The set is expandable, so you can create the Magny-Cours Grand Prix in your living room or add side-swipe straights to the track for a little paint trading. ₤100 (approx. $180). www.scalextric.com. Creative Miniature Associates is offering solid pewter miniatures of the famed racing Ferrari 166 MM V12 engine. Each limited-production miniature weighs approximately one pound and is mounted to a solid 6” x 4” walnut base with engraved plaque. The McLaren V8 engine is also available as a pewter model. $149 each. Special for SCMers: Buy two models before August 1 to receive free shipping. 631.563.2876, www.cmamodels.com. Skip the folding chairs and TV trays at the concours and shown-shines this summer. The Portable Folding Picnic Table features over 33 inches of tabletop space and integrated seating for four adults. Made from a durable aluminum frame and maple wood for years of outdoor use. It folds into a compact 14 inches by 33 inches, weighs just over 20 pounds, and comes with a protective zippered canvas carry bag to keep it clean and protected between concours. $99.99. 818.998.2100, www.calcarcover.com. The ubiquitous Rain-X just got a competitor: ClearWinner from Race Shop. It is water- based, so it's safe for lexan, plexiglass, fiberglass, plastic, or plain old glass. It can be applied in the rain and added to your windshield washer fluid. The concentrate is available in sizes ranging from 1 oz. to 55-gallon drums. Prices start at $1.29. 608.347.3963, jon@simmsbikewerks.com. Drive-In from Jellio is based on the Revell glue-together models we had when we were young. Inspired by the classic chrome-heavy hot rods of the '50s, it is finished in hi-gloss silver. Think car hops, drag races, and “American Graffiti”—on a model car frame. The piece measures 44” x 44” and weighs about 20 lbs. Order now—their last piece, Turbo, which was based on muscle cars, sold out in a matter of weeks. $3,000. info@jellio.com, www .jellio.com. 22 Sports Car Market

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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Letourneur & Marchand Chassis Number 57587 was originally supplied in chassis form to Parisien coachbuilders Letourneur & Marchand who fitted this very attractive Cabriolet body. By 1962 the car was recorded to be in American ownership and was also noted to have a 4 speed Cotal gearbox. Subsequently restored and rebuilt from the frame-up and fitted with its original, matching numbers engine. Shown at Pebble Beach in 2004. A very stylish and useable Bugatti T57. Other Cars Available 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer by Alford & Alder 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Dual Cowl Open Tourer by Barker 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Boattail Skiff 1935 Jaguar SS 90 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton 1937/40 Alvis 8C ‘Barson Special' 1948 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Pennock 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet 1953 Arnolt-Bentley Deluxe Sedan by Bertone 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900SS Cabriolet by Ghia Aigle 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fastback Coupe by Ghia 1962 Cooper-Climax T53 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Miles Morris P. O. Box 1167 Weston, CT 06883 Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford 2900 Bristol Street, Suite C-205 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com

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SCM Our Cars Racers and a Restoration 1949 ALLARD M-TYPE DROPHEAD Owner: Norm Mort, Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 1999 Price: $10,000 Cdn ($6,700) Mileage since purchase: 1,200 Recent work: Brakes, one new inner tube, regular maintenance When I bought this 1949 Allard M-Type drophead coupe, it had been partially dismantled by the previous owner and the restoration begun, but who could tell what was missing? Nothing had been labeled, separated, or photographed. With only 500 examples built, the vehicle was rare enough, even more so in Canada, and there was little to refer to when questions arose. At first all I wanted to do was refurbish the Allard. This meant keeping the original interior and just concentrating on some replacement carpet and a bit of body and paint work. I recall loading the car on the trailer in September 1999. My friend and restoration expert said, “Enjoy the moment—it goes downhill from here.” It took two and a half years for the Allard to be restored. The mechanical work took a few months, during which time I painted its underside. After a new clutch, some brake work, electrical, and a floor, it was off for an interior of light gray leather with dark blue piping, a navy wool carpet, and matching cloth top. The wood in the body—this is a coachbuilt car, with a wooden framework covered in aluminum panels—had been replaced, but not as accurately as needed. Although there was no rot in the steel fenders, the aluminum body and steel appeared to have been attacked by a thousand Lilliputians with tiny hammers. Many hours and dollars were spent trying to smooth and shape the 810 Cord-like fenders. It does look stunning in the original dark blue, although I added some metalflake. The Allard is a neat car to drive, but at times can be a handful. The flathead Ford V8 in mine is stock, sounds great, and can run at 80 mph all day. 1950 CROSLEY-GARDNER SPECIAL Owner: Donald Osborne, Contributing Editor Purchase date and price: June 2003 Price: $12,000 Mileage since purchase: 412 Recent work: Radiator cleaning, brake adjustment, exhaust manifold gasket Powel Crosley, the Henry Ford of radios, decided what the country needed was a really cheap, really small auto. In 1939, he introduced the Crosley car. Powered by an innovative (but ultimately unsuccessful) copper-brazed inline 4-cylinder monoblock engine, it became America's first real compact car. Once a more traditional iron block had been developed, the rev-happy engine, with no pesky head gasket to worry about, became a favorite of small-bore racers and dominated the SCCA H Modified class throughout the '50s. In fact, the first Sebring race in 1950 was won by a Crosley. OK, it won on the “Index of Performance,” that peculiar French invention wherein a car was classified based on the engine displacement and mileage covered (the smaller your engine, the shorter you had to run to win). Although Crosley ended car produc- tion in 1952, the robust, tunable engines continued on. My car was born in 1953. A racer named Charles Gardner of Glendale, California, bought a 1950 Crosley HotShot. He built the body to his own design out of steel and aluminum, added a transmission from an MG TD, the most current Crosley performance parts from the guru of Crosley speed, “Braje,” and proceeded to win every race he entered in 1953 and 1954 throughout Southern California. I've raced the car several times at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, including last year's Fall Vintage Festival. While it's certainly not the fastest car on the track, it's great fun and attracts a crowd as big as cars costing ten times as much. It's rare to be able to buy a period race car with a documented history that's eligible for any event I might choose to contest for less than the cost of a used Honda Civic. This one's a pretty special “special.” 24 SPEC RACER FORD Owner: John Draneas, Legal Files Editor Purchase date: 2000 Purchase price: $19,000 with spare motor Mileage since purchase: no odometer Recent work: Fiberglass repair due to slow car in front of me My very “other” car is an SCCA Spec Racer Ford. This is a proprietary race car designed, built, and marketed by the SCCA, with a big assist from Roush Racing. It is a tube-frame, fiberglass-bodied, opencockpit, purpose-built race car. It is powered by a 1.9-liter FI SOHC 8-valve hemi-head 4-cylinder motor built by Ford, in a mid-engine configuration, and produces a whopping 105 hp. But with only 1,650 pounds (including the driver) to haul around, it's plenty of horsepower for fun racing. It is highly affordable racing—I'm currently in my sixth year with the same motor, no rebuild required. No crashes, and a year's worth of expenses are well under $15,000, counting crew. We enjoy large fields, in our dedicated class, at every SCCA race in the country. The car's components are all either sealed or strictly controlled, so driver skill makes all the difference. With the low horsepower, you have to be very smooth and consistent in your driving, and careful in your braking, to turn a fast time. The racing is always close, and a one-second lap time difference will account for about ten positions on the grid. That means that my finishing position just about always reflects my driving ability. I like that, but it scares away some of my racing friends in high-horsepower cars. Perhaps most important, my fellow racers are a great bunch. We race hard against each other, but we still help each other and socialize as often as we can.u Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Rob Sass 1962–67 Triumph Spitfire MK I & MK II When pushed, the back wheels on early cars go through wild camber changes and tuck under, resulting in an unscheduled trip into the weeds T riumph's diminutive Spitfire sports car was named for the Battle of Britain-winning fighter plane the Supermarine Spitfire and showed up in the nick of time for another life-and-death struggle. By the late 1950s, when the Spitfire was con- ceived, a different battle of Britain was going on. Instead of battling Nazi bombers, Britain's carmakers were fighting to export cars to survive. Standard-Triumph was still independent of, and a competitor to, BMC. It needed a basic sports car to compete with the Austin-Healey Sprite and the MG Midget, and the Spitfire 4 (unofficially referred to now as the MK I) was Triumph's answer. WWII hero and Standard-Triumph chairman Air Marshal Tedder negotiated with Vickers for the name. Small sedan underpinnings are often the basis for volume-produced sports cars. In the Spitfire's case, Triumph's Herald was the starting point. The Herald donated its 1,147-cc engine and independent rear suspension. Referred to optimistically as a “1200,” the little four made 63 hp in Spitfire tune—about 963 hp short of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine in its namesake. ONE OF THE BEST-STYLED SPORTS CARS Styling was farmed out to the prolific Giovanni Michelotti. In one of his best ef- forts, Michelotti designed a diminutive car that doesn't look like a toy. In fact, it may be one of the best-styled small sports cars ever. Where a “Spridget” is slab-sided and utilitarian, the Spit is curvaceous, almost like a miniature E-type, complete with rollup windows—a real upmarket touch in those days. With optional 13” wire wheels, an early Spitfire is very attractive. Although they were inexpensive, early Spitfires had the same cloisonné bonnet badges and chromed “TRIUMPH” lettering of the big Triumph sports cars and sedans. These are much cooler than the vinyl decals that British Leyland's bean-counters mandated for the later cars. As with most sports cars developed from sedan platforms, there were compromises, the most significant being the swing-axle independent rear suspension. While few people were inclined to drive a Herald at ten-tenths, a small sports car was another matter. When pushed, the rear suspension—which had a link only at the differential—went through wild camber changes that ultimately resulted in the rear wheels tucking under. An unscheduled trip into the weeds was the result. Later models would include a camber compensator. It's a good retrofit and required if you want to autocross a Spitfire. DETAILS Years produced: 1962–67 Number produced: 82,982 Original list price: $2,199 SCM Valuation: $5,500–$8,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Plate under bonnet Engine #: Intake side near oil filter Club: Vintage Triumph Register P.O. Box 655m Howell, MI 48844 More: www.vtr.org Alternatives: 1961–64 MG Midget, 1961–69 Austin-Healey Sprite, 1957–58 Fiat 1100/1200 TV roadster SCM Investment Grade: C PERFORMANCE IS MODEST As one would expect from the displacement, per- formance is modest. Most tests reported 0-60 times of around 15 seconds and a top speed of about 90 mph. But as others have said before, there are joys to be found in driving slow cars fast. If you thrash a Spitfire, actual performance numbers aside, it will keep up with modern traffic, and you'll feel like you're going much faster than you are. 26 But interstate travel is not what these cars are about. Steering is go-kart quick and the car is phenomenally easy to place in a corner. A Spitfire can be enormously entertaining on back roads. Incidentally, Spitfires ruled SCCA F Production racing in the late '60s. Getting into the Spit, which sits extremely low, is interesting. I find that grabbing the top of the windshield and lowering one's backside works as well as anything. Once inside, you get a sense how low and small these cars really are. There's plenty of legroom; however, wrap your arm over the cut-down door too far and you can get a pavement manicure just like in a TR3. The interiors of early Spitfires are charming in a utilitarian sort of way. The two-spoke steering wheel looks like something out of a boat or a tractor, there's no glove box, and just a few plastic knobs and four attractive Smiths gauges adorn the dash. That's about it. But the seats are nice-looking buckets with rounded backrests and contrasting piping. And the Spitfire was available in the same pleasant color choices as a TR4, including blue or red interiors in addition to the usual black. ONE-THIRD PRICED LOTUS ELAN Although the car was updated for 1965 as the Spitfire MK II, little changed other than slightly more comfortable seats and another four horsepower, which made little difference in performance. Overdrive, wire wheels, and a hardtop were new options. Standard Triumph also offered a competition kit consisting of a more aggressive cam, bigger SUs, a camber compensator, and tubular headers. Sports Car Market Safeway Automotive

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A car so equipped starts to look more like a one-third priced Lotus Elan. Early Spitfire advertising was among the more memorable from the period. My personal favorite featured a famous (and by then portly) Battle of Britain ace, “Ginger” Lacy, stuffed into an RAF camouflage-painted Triumph with a real Spitfire fighter plane behind it. The best early Spit I've seen was done in Wedgwood Blue with a blue interior, white piping, wires, and wide whitewall tires—the same colors, incidentally, as the $90,000plus TR4 sold at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach in March. The car was just about as attractive as any one of the gaggle of MGAs at the same show, and a Spitfire owner won't see himself coming and going. Rust and the disposable nature of the car explains why early Spits are so rare. Like most other cars of the period, they simply melt. The semi-unit construction is a tinworm farm. Nearly every panel, including the deck lid, is suspect. Scarce or not, buying a rusty old Spitfire should not be on anyone's to-do list. At least parts are dirt cheap. Whenever you see an ad for British car parts advertising “generators as low as $39.95,” you can bet that the Spitfire part is the loss leader. Across the board, nearly everything is cheap, although trim parts unique to the early cars are more difficult to find than the later 1500s. Mechanically, the cars are reasonably durable. Rear suspension half shafts can be an issue, as in any IRS Triumph. Just listen for the “clunk.” In Portland, where rust is not a problem, at least one owner has pressed his '67 Spitfire into use as a daily driver in response to Oregon's $3-plus fuel prices. Not a bad strategy, as Road & Track reported an amazing 32 mpg during hard test driving. As collectibles, early Spitfires will probably follow other third-tier British cars like the Sunbeam Alpine and MG Midget and enjoy modest appreciation. They're cute enough that a brilliantly done example in great colors could probably break the twenty grand barrier at the right auction, although you'd probably spend more than that doing the car to the requisite standard (unless you're a fluff-and-buff guru like SCM's favorite magician, Dave Martindale). An early Spit with wires and good cosmetics can provide three-quarters of the looks, performance, and fun of an MGA for a third of the price. As the pool of entry-level sports cars shrinks, that may be the most compelling reason to seek out one of the few survivors. u ROB SASS is SCM's Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel and has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. 20 Year Picture Just how different are old cars? To answert that question, SCM has been looking for a daily-driver vintage staff car. At a local swap meet, we found a '79 Spitfire with a quality respray in the original orange, a hard top, a Weber carb, and no significant needs. After some spirited haggling, $4,995 changed hands, and it was ours. Introducing the Gen-Xers in the office to an old car has provided some moments of interest. Crudities that those of us who have lived with old cars take for granted, like notchy gearboxes, temperature gauges that hover in the danger zone, or “weather equipment“ that takes 20 minutes to install, have been a surprise to a younger generation. In our first orientation session, we explained that 1979 Spitfires don't have a power-top button because they don't have a power top. We warned them that they needed to place a British-car diaper under the engine when parked to catch all the fluids escaping from the engine bay. Checking the oil and water daily wasn't optional but required. Our advertising sales ace Ed Prisco discovered when he ran out of gas on the freeway that there was no low-fuel warning light. When he got home after his introduction to old-car pushing, his wife was not overjoyed to have it in the garage, saying, “It's leaking everywhere and it's making the house smell like gas.” Auction Editor Stefan Lombard's initial reactions included, “It's incredibly slow, the brakes are suspect, and I've never been in a car where you can watch the hood shake when you go down the road.” To these newly-minted gearheads at SCM, classic cars are a mix 1969-77 Fiat 124 Convertible $8,000 $10,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 1969-73 Triumph Spitfire 1969-75 MG Midget Convertible of stylishness coupled with mechanical surprises. However, the Spit is being driven with increasing frequency, and the office conversations now include comments on starting, shifting, and stopping techniques. Just maybe, the next time an Evo shows up in our press fleet, they'll decide it's too boring and predictable to get too worked up about, and they'd rather drive the Triumph home. That is, of course, if it starts. —Keith Martinu SCM SCRAMBLES: Spitfires at 12 o'clock high Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. August 2006 27 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006

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Legal Files John Draneas 1911 Mercedes Skiff—Interpretation of a Classic The finishing touch was affixing the signature of Henri Labourdette, copied from another car I mmediately after the February 2006 issue of SCM hit the streets, I received an email from John Olson, publisher of SL Market Letter (www.slmarket.com). Olson thought that month's “Legal Files” had done a good job of describing the lawsuit where a restorer recovered a $2.9 million judgment against a collector for defaming him and his work on the collector's 1911 Mercedes Skiff. But, Olson insisted, I had missed the biggest part of the story—the Skiff simply wasn't what it appeared to be. Coincidentally, the same Skiff was the featured car at the May 2006 Worldwide Group Collector Car Auction in Houston, and sold for $1,050,000 (including the 10% buyer's premium). I decided to take a closer look. Olson pointed me to Christopher Evans's very thor- ough, 11-page story written about the Skiff and the lawsuit that was published in the October 27, 2002, Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine. Evans is no car guy, but he saw the story as a human drama long on greed, ego, deceit, betrayal, human sacrifice, and misery—everything you would expect from a Greek tragedy. All set in a collector car world where wealthy men would spend unimaginable (to him) amounts of money on building collector cars that would get them top bragging rights in their circle. CREATING A WOODEN MASTERPIECE According to the article, the Skiff was purchased new by Henry Stetson, of hat making fame. Insurance broker and car collector B. Scott Isquick later purchased the chassis and incomplete drivetrain and hired noted restorer Dale Adams to create a wooden body in the style of French coachbuilder Henri Labourdette. Adams describes him as an absolute “genius” when it came to creating beautiful wooden, or “skiff,” bodies for automobiles in the 1910s and '20s. Adams says that he and his crew of three dedicated workers spent far more than 13,000 hours on the project, but billed Isquick for only 12,700 hours at $35 per hour. The restoration of the chassis and the drivetrain was tough, as spare parts were non-existent. Adams even traveled to examine similar cars for modeling purposes, describing how one collector was kind enough to allow him to disassemble the carburetor on his car so Adams could learn what parts he needed to make in order to build a carburetor for the Skiff. The body was even more difficult, because there simply wasn't one with the car to work with. Adams and his crew studied drawings of Labourdette's work, as well as the few surviving examples. They built clay models based on these resources, and kept tweaking them until they created a body that would work on the chassis. They would spend an entire day forming one piece of mahogany to become part of the body, and there 28 Can't we all just get along? were hundreds of pieces. They worked day and night, seven days a week, to get the car finished. In the end, the car turned out beautifully, and the body was exquisite. The finishing touch, although later controversial, was affixing the signature of Henri Labourdette, which had been copied from another collector's car. But the process was not a happy one. They faced relentless pressure to get the car finished. Worse, Adams and Isquick fought about finances and the quality and pace of the work. Plus, Isquick's derogatory comments to the collector car community about Adams, his shop, and the restoration, which led to the defamation lawsuit mentioned in the previous issue of SCM, left Adams without a restoration shop and in terrible financial condition, and his workers without jobs. As Adams says, he was left “broke and heartbroken, and I couldn't go another day.” WHAT IS THE TRUTH Meanwhile, the Skiff was on the international show circuit, winning award after award. What was troubling to many, though, was that it was being represented as having its original Labourdette wooden skiff body. Adams wasn't happy about that, but didn't know what to do, other than inform anyone who asked that he and his crew built the body from scratch, not Labourdette. All this time, Adams still believed what he had been told: the car had started its life with a Labourdette wooden body, so fitting the built-from-scratch body was not that big a fib. According to Adams, the turning point was in 2002 when he saw Evans's article, which discussed the origins of the car, in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The photograph of Henry Stetson driving his steel-bodied Mercedes made him believe he had been lied to all along. Fast forward to 2006 and the approaching auction. John Olson saw the auction company's initial write-up about the car, and believed that the Skiff was being misrepresented as original. So he (along with another 40 or 50 other collectors, according to Adams) called the auction company to advise them that their featured car was not what it was being claimed to be. Sports Car Market

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It appears that the auction company responded and modified their description. The final version in the catalog is a work of legal art. It describes Labourdette's work and significance very well, but carefully makes no connection between him and this car. Of course, this is not uncommon in auction catalogs, as they often wax euphoric about a certain model, and end the description with words like, “The car on offer here has many of the attributes mentioned above,” or some such verbiage. NOT A LOT OF AUCTION ACTION Adams was certainly interested in all this, but didn't plan on going to the auction until his wife convinced him he needed to go and close this chapter in his life. He described the auction as follows: “There was a lot of fanfare when Isquick drove the car onto the block. The auction- eer asked for a $2 million bid, and then nothing happened. Just silence. They got the first bidder when they dropped the price to $500,000. It looked to me that there were two bidders on the car. One in the back, who I think was the agent of the ultimate buyer, and one on the phone. The phone bidder quickly bid up to $900,000 and then dropped out. A $925,000 bid by the man in the back stood.The auctioneer gave the signal to drive the car off the block, and a few cars later, announced that the Skiff had been sold at the $925,000 high bid.” THE BOTTOM LINE Both Adams and columnist Evans thought that the seller and auction company had anticipated a spirited bidding war and a $2.5 sale, but got neither. I asked Adams what he thought about the sales price. “The $1 million was a fair price based on the reality of the car. But if the body had really been built by Labourdette, it would have been $3 million easily” (a market opinion seconded by specialist Alex Finigan in his Profile of the Skiff in this issue on page 52). Adams is pleased with the auction for several reasons. $1 million is nothing to sneeze at. “After all, it's double Isquick's investment in the car—not a bad return.” Plus, that's a pretty good testament to the quality of the work done by him and his crew. More importantly, he is pleased that his Skiff has gone to new home, hopefully one where he can visit the car. In the opinion of “Legal Files,” with this latest sale, this chapter in the long-running Skiff saga appears to have come to a close. There appears to be a consensus as to the true nature of the car, and the market value has been established. Hopefully, it can now be evaluated and admired for what it is, a remarkable piece of craftsmanship.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. August 2006 29

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Collecting Thoughts Econo Cars Golden-Age Gas Sippers The recurring theme here is low weight combined with an efficient power unit by Rob Sass I f nearly $4-per-gallon gas combined with single-digit gas mileage is making you feel a bit guilty about fueling your big block Corvette or muscle car habit, all is not lost. Although the golden age of post-war collector cars—roughly 1948–73—was also the golden age of cheap petroleum, you can find alternatives in a few collector cars that will satisfy your urge to go fast and still return upwards of 20 mpg. 1964–67 Sunbeam Tiger SCM Price: $17,000–$30,000 Original Price: $3,598 0-60 Time: 7.8 sec. Top Speed: 118 mph Fuel Economy: 20 mpg 1972–74 BMW 2002 tii 1972–74 BMW 2002 tii SCM Price: $10,500–$16,500 Original Price: $4,100 0-60 Time: 9.0 sec. Top Speed: 117 mph Fuel Economy: 22 mpg The 2002 tii is well-loved because in the vice-to-virtue ratio, it is ridiculously biased toward the latter. Other than poor ventilation, the “big block fuelie” version of the original BMW 1600 sports sedan is a near-perfect, efficient, classic performance car. For once, U.S. buyers got the good stuff with the Kugelfischer mechanically injected tii. Injection not only solved the issue of eroding power in the face of emission controls, it gave the 2002 tii excellent fuel economy. Testers back in the day remarked that the injected engine gave the 2002 the performance of a V8-powered sedan with the economy of a four, with handling that was a match for all but the most serious sports cars. It's no wonder that the 2002 still looms large with both its devotees and BMW itself, who has used the car in recent advertising for both its new models and the Mobile Tradition classic parts program. 1964–67 Sunbeam Tiger The Tiger might be just the ticket for a 'Vette or muscle-car guy looking to spend less than $50 in gas for a day's worth of enjoyment behind the wheel. Equipped with a small block Ford V8 and either 260 or 289 ci, the Tiger will provide most of the juvenile-delinquent, wheelspinning thrills of a muscle car in a smaller, more efficient package. For example, it's just nine-tenths of a second slower 0-60 and 4 mph slower in the top end than a '64 Ponitac GTO. The Goat drinks fuel at the rate of 13 mpg versus the Tiger's 20 mpg. The difference is in the extra “road-hugging weight” the GTO hauls around―a thousand pounds of it, to be exact. And although the Tiger wasn't at the top of the sports car class in braking and handling, its disc/drum brakes and rack-and-pinion steering were light years ahead of the Pontiac's all drum brakes and slow and sloppy recirculating ball steering. 30 Sports Car Market

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1959–64 Daimler SP250 “Dart” OK, get over it. These cars are neither pretty nor graceful. As a result of Editor Martin's repeated slings, “angry mutant catfish” has become the permanent appellation of the one in my garage. But it's got a British-built hemi V8 that looks for all the world like a mini Mopar unit. They sound wicked and stop well on four-wheel disc brakes. The recurring theme here is low weight combined with an efficient power unit. And again, that's what the Dart has going for it. With a fiberglass body and alloy cylinder heads capping hemispherical combustion chambers, the Dart tips the scales at around 2,000 lbs. A slow, stone-age gearbox keeps 0-60 times down a bit, and the aforementioned looks are an acquired taste. However, you can proudly display your “Yeah, It's Got a Hemi” bumper sticker and enjoy performance and an exhaust note almost on the level of a base-engine, solid-axle Corvette—all while passing fuel pumps. 1959–64 Daimler SP250 “Dart” SCM Price: $20,000–$28,000 Original Price: $3,750 0-60 Time: 9.0 sec. Top Speed: 127 mph Fuel Economy: 24 mpg 1974 Lotus Europa Special TC SCM Price: $12,000–$15,000 Original Price: $7,412 0-60 Time: 7.8 sec. Top Speed: 123 mph Fuel Economy: 26 mpg 1956–58 Porsche 356A Super Speedster SCM Price: $65,000–$75,000 Original Price: $3,715 0-60 Time: 10.1 sec. Top Speed: 106 mph Fuel Economy: 25 mpg 1974 Lotus Europa Special TC Like today's Elise, the Europa squeezed a ton of performance out of a relatively low-horsepower, small-displacement motor. As always with Lotus, the key was a low curb weight. The Ferrari 308 GTB was the Italian take on a mid-engine performance sports car, and needed eight cylinders and three liters to accomplish what Colin Chapman did with a little more than half the displacement and exactly half the cylinders. In addition to a similar performance envelope, the Lotus is more than the Ferrari's equal in the ride/handling department. But where the Ferrari's multiple Weber carbs suck benzina at a 12–13 mpg rate, the Lotus is as frugal as a new Civic. Testers were as shocked by the Europa's incredible fuel economy as they were by its remarkable handling. During the fuel crisis, more than a few Europa sales were closed on that basis alone. Honorable Mention 1956–58 Porsche 356A Super Speedster The 356 Speedster is one of the most charismatic sports cars of the 1950s. The penultimate car of James Dean, Max Hoffmann's loss leader was a highly successful SCCA racer and is probably second only to the Cobra as the most replicated car of all time. Lost in all of the hype, however, is the fact that the Speedster is one frugal car. It's light, relatively streamlined, and powered by an efficient small-displacement motor. Although most reported fuel economy in the high twenties, some especially light-footed drivers were able to achieve over 30 mpg on long trips. Maybe not the most compelling or glamorous reason to buy a Speedster, but at least you don't have to feel guilty about enjoying it. 1. Porsche 914 2.0 30 mpg; 0-60 9.9 sec. 2. Fiat Spider 2000 25 mpg, 0-60 9.9 sec. 3. Lotus Elan 26 mpg, 0-60 8.5 sec. 4. Datsun 240Z 21 mpg, 0-60 8.7 sec. 5. Porsche 944 27 mpg, 0-60 8.5 sec. 6. Porsche 911 2.7 28 mpg, 0-60 8.0 sec. 7. Chevrolet Corvair Corsa 24 mpg, 0-60 9.7 sec. 8. Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV 24 mpg, 0-60 9.6 sec. 9. Alfa Romeo Duetto Spider 25 mpg, 0-60 11.3 sec. 10. Jensen-Healey 26 mpg, 0-60 9.0 sec. August 2006 31

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Events Motorclássico Iberian Classics Often the cars were bought in the '20s or '30s by a well-to-do man, were passed on to his son, and are these days being shown by his grandson by Raymond Milo Cars fare well in Portugal sans wars and extreme weather T wo years ago at the Essen Motor Show, while drinking a surprisingly good South African red at Paul Koot's Red Willow Racing stand, I met a man named José Ruela. He had a shop in Lisbon, Portugal, which bought, restored, vintage race prepped, and sold collector cars. I took his business card, gave him mine, and never gave it another thought. Last year another Portuguese gentleman, Antonio Ferreira de Almeida, contacted me regarding my DeutschBonnet Sebring barchetta. He owned one similar to mine, which he was restoring. I was honored that he asked my advice, and did my limited best to help. We exchanged many emails and became quite friendly. In January I asked him if he was coming to Rétromobile in Paris, and he said no, but why don't I come to a Portuguese event in March? How could I lose? The last time I was in Portugal was in '55 or '56 to see a sports car race at the Oporto track where a friend of a friend was racing. This time, I had a friend (newly found via email) to show me around, and I recalled the red wine as being very good—perhaps the most important part of the decision-making process. The event was held on March 24–26 this year, the third year for what has become an annual event. I was greeted at the airport in Lisbon by Ruela's driver, who took me to a magnificent hotel, reminiscent of the grand hotels of my youth, but with DSL instead of rotary-dial phones. That evening de Almeida took me to the International Fair of Lisbon near the harbor, where the event was held. There I met Tiego Patricio Gouveia, who is the organizer of Motorclássico. He apologized for its modest size (not quite true), and handed me a card on which his girlfriend scribbled my name—apparently, these were my credentials. The event reminded me of Retromobile 15 or 20 32 Vendors of all kinds at the Motorclassico years ago. It had four kinds of exhibitors: the usual sellers of parts, books, manuals, and assorted automobilia; car clubs; dealers exhibiting cars for sale; and, most fascinating to me, private collectors exhibiting their cars. Lorenzini Autosports, which is owned by Ruela, had the largest dealer exhibit, with about ten cars. They ranged from modern 911s, some of which looked very tweaked, to a lovely alloy long-nose Ferrari 275 GT with significant international racing history. Lorenzini primarily preps and supports vintage racers, then spends winters racing in Brazil. I was surprised by the diversity of the cars on the private stands and their often original and superb condition. My hosts reminded me that Portugal was spared the horrors of both World Wars, and that the climate is moderate. Often the cars were bought in the '20s or '30s by a well-to-do man, were passed on to his son, and are these days being shown by his grandson. The two cars that impressed me the most were a locally built Alba, with sophisti- cated tube chassis, beautifully executed fiberglass body (very rare on specials), and an MGA powerplant; and a magnificent and all-original 1932 Théo Schneider two-seat cabriolet with alloy body by an unknown coach builder that was powered by 4.6-liter ohv straight-six. The evening ended with dinner in a very nice restaurant overlooking the harbor, and I was reminded once again of how good Portuguese wine is. As long as I was in the area, I spent the next two days looking at de Almeida's eclectic collection. It consisted of '50s and '60s cars, which ranged from a BMW 503 coupe and cabriolet to an Alfa 2600 SZ. There were also two early Citroën DS Chapron cabriolets and a lonely Carrera Speedster waiting for its missing engine to be sourced. We also took time to visit the small restoration shops scattered around the city where de Almeida's cars were being restored. The work appeared to be of excellent quality—the key words being “good as new.” The “better then new” virus has not yet infected Portuguese restorers. The modern freeway on the way to the airport DETAILS Plan ahead: March 2007 Location: Lisbon, Portugal More: www.motorclassico.com was almost empty, and my host was driving at about 250 kph (150 mph). I said, “Portugal reminds me of the Europe of the '70s.” “No,” replied my host, “now they have cameras. We used to be able to drive fast.” Next year I hope to come back and stay longer.u Sports Car Market

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Events Motogiro d'Italia Stranger in a Two-Wheeled Land I latch onto rider #23 Remo Venturi like a drowning man and get a crash course in Italian traffic etiquette by Paul Duchene; photos by Tommaso Pini Twisties, Italian-style T 175-cc Ducati piloted by Viliam Sidoli en route to Gabbice Mare he most famous words in motor racing are not, “Gentlemen, start your engines,” as the Indy 500 claims. I suggest they are instead: “He had me on power, but I was all over him in the corners.” Nowhere is this truer than in the Motogiro d'Italia, the 1,250-kilometer, five-day motorcycle race that swarms around Italy's byroads each May. It was revived in 2001 after a 43-year hiatus. The 2006 race begins and ends in Rimini, filmmaker Fellini's sun-baked hometown on the Adriatic, looping through Ancona and Ascoli Piceno. It's organized by promoter Dream Engine, with the hefty backing of Ducati, whose first major victory came in the 1956 Motogiro. Giuliano Maoggi won that event and competes again this year at age 80. He's still fast, though in person mellowed from his unforgettable 1956 race-face photo. Other Motogiro champions on the grid include Emilio Mendogni (1955) and Remo Venturi (1957) in 50-year-old leathers. Chris Bushell is the U.K. agent for the event and says that while European and American entries continue to increase, young Italians are harder to convince. Not that there's much need—the original Motogiro veterans have it covered. Decisive points are scored in 15 timed tests and occasional arrows mark open-road transits. The event dates back to 1914, but its golden age was 1953–57, when 50 marques competed over a 3,000-kilometer course. The race is divided into three classes. The Vintage Class attracts 112 entries from 75 cc–175 cc, all made before 1957. The Taglioni Class (named for Ducati's Desmo designer) draws 61 bikes from 1968–78, while 44 modern bikes and 39 passengers make up the noncompetitive Touring Class. Eighteen journalists buzz the event like flies. Entries come from 13 countries (60 from Italy, 65 from the U.K., 38 from the U.S.), 36 but bikes are predominantly Italian: Ducati, Bianchi, Moto Morini, Gilera, Benelli, Mondial, Montesa, MV Agusta— as in the old days. Crash-prone Touring Class riders find big bikes a handful in tight corners. Three hazards can end your race: diminishing-radius turns (with gravel); locals shooting out of side streets; and—most dangerous—drivers braking while you gaze at fashion fatales. Tanned, blond girls stride by like cats, wearing skirts that look like four-inch belts. My first day racing Bushell's noisy #15 1958 Ducati 125 is memorable. First, I need a jump-start, then I must remember right-side shifting. Riders start one every 30 seconds, but #16 Luciano Allessandrin (behind me) takes off four places early. He seems to think official time is wrong and he appears to be correct, as he finishes second that day. I realize all the preparation in the world can't win this race. Lady Luck has the dice. In later conversations, veterans gleefully share tales of ambitious competitors, with lead riders to clear the way and all sorts of electronic gadgets, who still fail. I fail early. Hot and sweaty, I'm lost five minutes into Rimini's rush hour. I latch onto #23 Remo Venturi like a drowning man and get a crash course in Italian traffic Sports Car Market

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numbers, it seems). The closing banquet is spectacular but the emcee is Italian comic Paoli Cevoli, who entertains the half of the crowd who can understand him. Meanwhile a lively female police officer “arrests” willing guests outside and gives rides in the police chief's Lamborghini Gallardo. Lengthy Italian awards seem to translate to few words in English and the celebration winds up about 1:15 a.m. Overall winner in the Vintage Class is Angelo Spinelli, on a Gilera Sport 175, who looks old enough to be my grandfather. Harrumph. He's followed by Tullio Masserino on another Gilera and Georgio Cereda on a Ducati 175. The Taglioni Class is won by Dutchman Math Koevet on a BMW R90, followed by Tiziano Bernadoni on a 350 Morini and Enrico Piatto on an Aermacchi 250. So where did I finish? I didn't look at the score until Officer practices choreography from “Aida” as Marco Bonanomi speeds toward lunch etiquette (left side, right side, down the middle; what red light?). We make it to the hills and Venturi vanishes. Other riders pass me. I catch a few, and we weave through hill towns and crawl up the pinnacle of San Marino. Inside the fortress gate, American Hugh Schink stares at the wreck of his Motobi. The local postmistress turned into him. Rather than confiscating his bike and throwing him in the pokey, as might happen in the U.S., the local police pitch in and get his bike fixed overnight. I fall into the rhythm of the road, brushing hedgerows of poppies, lupins, and but- tercups. The bike is steady with good brakes; I can do about 70 downhill, but uphills are second-gear affairs with the engine wailing at 7,500 rpm. Rural roads are swoopingly empty; friendly police with red lollipops wave us through tiny towns. On the other hand, city traffic is crazy and we all get lost entering the seaport of Ancona, arriving at one intersection from all four directions. Italian cities demand the brio of a New York cabbie. Remember, you deserve the right of way; Italy is all about giving respect to he who dares be boldest. We scatter to different hotels and long muddly-lingual dinners. By the third day I have learned to count time in my head in special sections in cobbled town squares (19.5 seconds to travel 27.6 meters round 8 cones, etc.). I've learned to eat a good breakfast and do without lunch. We head into snow-capped mountains up a goat track so steep I don't know how the workers paved it, then blast through alpine meadows before entering a lethally black, curved, one-mile tunnel. As my number plate covers my headlight (smart planning), I follow #10 Ian Cockshull's 1949 Gilera—the oldest bike in the race—very closely indeed. By now, what doesn't hurt is numb, meaning that wives can safely let rambling hus- bands take this trip. I try to ride with #14 American Rich Lambrechts, but he breaks down on Day 2 and Day 3. My ignition key breaks and I bungee it in place, then my speedo quits. Near the end of Day 3, I am passed in Teramo by Giuliano Maoggi and Massimo D'Alessio but stay with them for a 20-mile lesson in race lines that's worth the whole trip. About the time I'm missing lunch on Day 4 near Petritoli, my bike quits. Bushell ar- rives and hopes it's a condenser. It isn't. Pirro the race mechanic shakes his head. I hitch a ride in the crash truck with two mechanics who don't speak English, but like playing really bad disco on the radio. So that's it. I'm done. DNF. Waiting for the bus in the town square at Mogliano, I feel left out. An imposter, another journalist covering the race instead of competing. But a surprise awaits at Ancona. Bushell is delighted. “It's fixed. A valve locknut worked loose. You're back in the race.” By now the camaraderie is overcoming language barriers and Briton Mike Dunlop explains a lengthy “conversation” with someone who knew no words of English, or he of Italian. The language barrier has a final test after the triumphal return to Rimini (far fewer in August 2006 Author Duchene 37 the end, in case I was a) doing well or b) doing badly. Ultimately I was 62nd of 112 riders in the Vintage Class. I collected the maximum 60 points for my breakdown, but so did 59 other riders. So I was actually ninth in this sweaty underclass, though I'm not sure how to make it sound good. The numbers tell the story, anyway. Spinelli: 2.62 penalty points. Duchene: 105.36. If you're reading this anywhere but Italy, be aware that this race is not cheap, when you add airfare to the $1,500 cost of shipping a bike from the U.S. and the €960 ($1,220) race entry fee, which does include food and lodging. If you can find a bike to buy or rent in England, Chris Bushell, bushell@aol.com, can ship it to the start and back for about $450. Or you can keep a bike in Italy. Race winner Angelo Spinelli collected a new Ducati Sport 1000, which one might trade on a future race bike… The 2007 Motogiro will be in Sicily. See www.moto- giroditalia.com for details. Come on—how many more summers have you got?u

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Events New Glarus Hillclimb Das Kurze Klausenrennen Today, the hill is smack-dab in the middle of a cookie-cutter subdivision and a little tourist town by Colin Comer Perrenial hillclimb favorite Alfa Romeo on Kubly Road F or 18 years, the first weekend in May has marked the vintage-car invasion of the small town of New Glarus, Wisconsin, for the running of “Das Kurze Klausenrennen.” It's a hillclimb that commemorates the original in Glarus, Switzerland, which took place from 1922 to 1934. The brainchild of event organizer Tom Caulfield and the Alfa Romeo Owners Club of Wisconsin, the mind-boggling assortment of machinery that shows up never fails to impress. Yet this year may be the event's last. When the New Glarus Hillclimb began, it was a few cars on a hill in the countryside. Today, the hill is smackdab in the middle of a cookie-cutter subdivision and a little tourist town that is less than thrilled with the road being closed to traffic while we go up and down it in our old cars. To compound matters, Caulfield has stepped down after 17 years of tireless service and public relations duty. Since it is a fundraiser for New Glarus schools, the town has always offered full cooperation, and the local high school has staffed the event. The hillclimb is put on entirely by volunteers, right down to the gents who wire the entire hill for communication using vintage telephones powered by batteries and linked by countless feet of copper wire. The hill itself is Kubly Road, a .7-mile steep uphill course with a nice saddle mid-point followed by another steep run to the finish line at the crest. Once through the finish line, participants take an equally invigorating threemile return road back to the starting line to wait for their next run. Base of operations is the Chalet Landhaus hotel, and the event runs from roughly nine in the morning to noon, depending on weather and how long it takes to get 38 Chalet Landhause hotel with four-footed and four-wheeled art cars through tech inspection and into line. The official criteria for eligible cars are any pre-WWII car; inline 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder Alfa Romeos; and “invited guests.” Over the years, the “invited guests” part has been open to interpretation, based more on the maturity and verification of the intentions of the drivers than the actual capabilities of the cars in question. Basically, if owners have kept with the theme of the event and the wishes of the organizers, most types of interesting cars have been welcome, including my 1967 Sunbeam Tiger Mk II. The cars range from chain-drive Frazer-Nashes to Ferrari 275/GTBs. The perfect hillclimbers seem to be early MG N- and T-series cars, Type 35B Bugattis, and pre-war Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. Of course, there is always a strong Alfa turnout, with everything from 8C 2300s to late-model Spiders. This year saw a record 50 entrants. And while nobody technically won, as they were keeping our times secret, I did get word that I had the best time at 36 seconds and change. This year, SCMers Jim Fuchs, Tom Schmock, and Gary Schommer took over organiz- Date: May 6, 2006; future events TBD Location: New Glarus, WI Eligibility: pre-WWII cars; inline 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder Alfas; “invited guests” Cost: $45 ing duties. While they did a terrific job, they and the whole event face significant challenges in the near future. All the volunteers who started with Caulfield are getting older and perhaps looking to hand off the responsibilities. A new subdivision of homes is in place at the base of the hill, with more development planned for the entire course. Evident this year was the influx of traffic from the new homes, increased pressure on the police to control the event, and word that the hill itself had been annexed from New Glarus and may become a private road in the future. Time marches on, and the fight to have these types of events on public roads is getting tougher all the time. I would guess it won't be long before all events like this are moved to private property and country-club road courses like Autobahn Country Club, and another era in motoring history, of driving cars at speed on public roads, will come to a close. If you have the chance to participate in a public road event, I urge you to take advantage while you can.u DETAILS Sports Car Market

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Ferrari Profile 1979 Ferrari 308 GTB A 308 was not about leaping tall buildings, but was about balance and quality, its virtue being a lack of flaws by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years Produced: 1976–79 Number produced: 712 (fiberglass), 2,089 (steel) Original list price: $29,000 Tune up/Major service: $3,000 Distributor cap: $390 Chassis #: Top frame rail on passenger's side of engine Engine #: Top of block on passenger's side Club: Ferrari Club of America, www .FerrariClubofAmerica.com; Ferrari Owners Club, www .FerrariClubofAmerica.com More: www.Ferra iChat.com, www.FerrariMarketLetter.com Alternatives: 1976–80 Maserati Merak SS, 1972–76 Lamborghini Uracco, 1971–89 De Tomaso Pantera SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: 30317 T his GTB is finished in blue lacquer with red and black trimmed interior. The car is in excellent mechanical condition, and in the last two years, the engine and gearbox have been rebuilt. The engine is nicely run-in with about 1,000 miles since rebuild. The odometer shows just under 59,700 miles. Wheels are factory alloys and tires are near perfect. Owning a Ferrari is an itch that nearly all collectors need to scratch at one time or another. The GTB is a great place to start. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $30,259 at Worldwide Group's Seabrook, Texas Auction, May 6, 2006. The introduction of the 308 GTB marked a watershed for Ferrari. The company had previously attempted to market a small Ferrari with the Dino series and the 308 GT4. The Dino was a Fiat/Ferrari collaboration that, despite being an excellent car, fell short of a real Ferrari pedigree, and the 308 GT4's angular Bertone styling did not find the acceptance Ferrari hoped for. The 308 GTB fulfilled the earlier car's shortcomings and became the cornerstone that changed Ferrari's fortunes. Pininfarina must be given credit for a large portion of Ferrari's success. As new, faster, and better-driving Ferraris were introduced, Pininfarina styling sustained the market for older models. The 308 GTB represents the pinnacle of Pininfarina's contribution to Ferrari's success. At a time when angular styling was in vogue, Pininfarina resisted the fad and gave a modern edge to their traditional compound curves. The resulting silhouette is iconic. 40 My first drive in a 308 was my first drive in a real exotic, and I was prepared to be awed. I was sure the 308 would be a quantum leap from anything I'd ever experienced. To my disappointment, I was completely underwhelmed. I was expecting “can't grab a hundred dollar bill on the dash” Cobra acceleration, and the 308 wouldn't even break the tires loose. Instead of being “more powerful than a locomotive,” it wasn't any faster than the stock Mustang I had owned a decade before. Several months later, I got to drive a 308 from Atlanta to Dallas. An hour into the drive, I began to notice little things about the car that I'd overlooked the first time. The steering was absolutely precise, yet isolated road imperfections from the driver. The same thing could be said of the suspension. The engine that had failed to impress became downright feisty when driven in an rpm range far above what I had tried previously. As I began to pay attention to the individual com- 1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi Lot #203, S/N ZFFA01A0033487 Condition: 2+ Sold at $50,600 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/2006 SCM ID# 41048 1980 Ferrari 308 GTBi Lot #1071, S/N ZFFA01A1A0031673 Condition: 1Sold at $59,400 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 SCM ID# 40589 ponents of the car, I realized a 308 was not supposed to leap tall buildings. The 308 is about balance and quality, its virtue being a lack of flaws, not overt performance. By the time I got to Dallas, I was a convert. The very first 308 GTBs (Grand Touring Berlinettas) featured an exceptionally well- crafted fiberglass body, Ferrari's first, and to date only, use of that material in a road car body. By mid 1976, a traditional steel body replaced the fiberglass shell. In 1978, an open-top GTS (Grand Touring Spider) version was added to the line, and in 1983, a hood vent and roof spoiler differentiated the new Quattrovalvole, or 4-valve, model. In 1986, a new larger-displacement 3.2-liter engine (the 328 model) marked the final iteration of the 308. Throughout 308 production, the car was continuously updated with new interiors, wheels and trim, but the first GTB still stands out as the prettiest variation. Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group

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The heart of any Ferrari is its engine, and the V8 that powers the 308 GTB is a real sweetheart. The 4-cam, 3-liter is equally comfortable lugging through traffic or sprinting around a racetrack; just avoid stoplight drags. It has enough torque to pull away from a stop in fifth gear without stalling, yet will climb effortlessly up to 7,700 rpm. The 308's transverse engine is mounted on top of a transverse transaxle with an easily accessible clutch assembly. The powertrain is somewhat clumsy to service, but has proven extremely reliable. Mechanical parts are readily accessible and servicing is relatively straightforward. Most foreign-car repair shops can handle all 308 service needs, and with support from owner's sites like the FerrariClubofAmerica. org or FerrariChat.com, many owners tackle their own maintenance. Condition is the key to 308 values. $10,000 paint jobs and $15,000 engine rebuilds are not uncommon. On the other hand, $1,000 a year for maintenance should keep a car in top condition. Water pumps are a weak point, as is second-gear synchromesh. Carefully used clutches will last well over 50,000 miles and replacements cost less Seat Time than a month of college tuition. High-mileage examples sell under $20,000, and the best examples will pull almost $30,000. The Texas car sold on the high end of the range, especially for a B in this color. It normally takes a red car to pull a premium, and the targa-roof S models generally bring higher prices. Extensive service records came with the car, and may have comforted the buyer. Additionally, out-of-town inspections and transportation can add $2,000 to the price of a car, so perhaps the buyer was local and felt a bird in hand was the best deal. Any child born at the same time the Ferrari 308 GTB was introduced will be starting to get a few wrinkles and gray hairs now. The 308 still looks sleek and sexy, and a well-kept model is a pleasure to drive. We can only hope to age as well.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information in this profile is courtesy of the auction company. Opella's current 308 GT4 Stanley Opella, La Jolla, CA: I previously owned a 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB. It certainly attracted a lot of attention; however, its performance never lived up to its image. As a U.S. car, it was slowed by the emissions controls that were tacked on after the fact. The driving experience was also compromised by the poor visibility, the flip side of that attention-grabbing styling; I was never comfortable driving the car in traffic because of the difficulty in seeing what was at the rear quarters. Opella discusses his 308 GTB with a fan August 2006 I would contrast this to my current 1974 Dino 308 GT4. As a Euro car, it embodies the original Ferrari design. It is quick and light, the engine actually responds to the accelerator, and it handles and rides beautifully. Most people don't know what it is, but find its styling to be attractive, even if it is too avant-garde for Editor Martin. It can even be parked on the street without too much concern. As the first “cab forward” car with excellent side visibility, it is a pleasure to drive in all situations. This is the version of the 308 that lives up to the original Paul Frere article in the September 1974 issue of Road & Track. 41 Michael Cassidy

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Eight Ferraris to Aim For The price of dual-purpose excellence ranges from a bargain $250,000 to $3.5 million By Mike Sheehan T he FXX is the latest Ferrari supercar, and in all ways but one trumps every Ferrari sold to the public before it. It's failing? It is a track-only car, and is not designed to be driven on the street (although you can bet enterprising enthusiasts everywhere will find a way to slap dealer or test [“provo”] plates on theirs for the run to Cavallino). However, once upon a time, the most memorable Ferraris were genuinely dual purpose, designed to be driven on both street and track. Which is where Ferrari's legend of performance all began. Let's examine some of the the key models, starting in 1949. THE 166 MM As Italy returned to what passes for normalcy after WWII, Enzo Ferrari returned to racing. Because Italy hosted road races such as the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio, and the Tour de Sicily, Ferrari built a series of dualpurpose cars able to dominate GT races and transport the wealthy in style. Ferrari's first series-built supercar was the 166 Mille Miglia, introduced in 1949. Victories in the Targa Florio (S/N 0006M), at the Mille Miglia and Le Mans (S/N 0008M), and at the 24 Hours of Spa (S/N 0010M) told the world Ferrari had arrived. Thirty-two 166 MMs were built. Twenty-six were bodied by Touring as Barchettas and four as Berlinettas. Zagato and Vignale each bodied one car as well. The 166 MM evolved into the 195 and the 212, and several cars were fitted with the larger Lampredi V12 to become the 275 and later 340. Racing success continued through 1952. Prices start at about $1,500,000 and go rapidly upward. THE 250 LWB “TDF” As competition increased, Ferrari introduced the 250 LWB with S/N 0503 GT, delivered in April 1955. The car immediately won the GT class in the Tour de Sicily and the Mille Miglia. Shortly after, 250 LWB S/N 0557 won the Tour de France, earning the nickname TdF. In 1956 Ferrari built only ten cars, with eight bodied by Scaglietti in a style similar to Pinin Farina's 250 and 375 Mille Miglias, and two by Zagato. For 1957 Scaglietti built ten cars with 14 louvers, there were two Zagato-bodied lightweights, and 15 cars with covered-headlights and three louvers. For 1958, 29 covered headlight cars were built, and for 1959, a mere eleven cars were built—nine with open headlights and two with covered headlights. Prices vary from $1,500,000 for a good 1958 car up to $2,500,000-plus for a 14-louver 1957 TdF with great history. THE 250 SWB The line between race and road cars widened when Ferrari introduced the 250 SWB in 1959 as a smaller, faster replacement for the 250 LWB. 42 1959 Ferrari 250 LWB TDF The new 250 SWB won the Tour de France and GT class at Le Mans. Lightweight competition cars won races all over Europe, and more luxurious, or Lusso versions, defined Ferrari as the supercar for wealthy sporting gentlemen. Prices range from $1,700,000 for a good steel road car to $3,500,000 and up for a 250 SWB “factory-built hot rod” SEFAC with significant history. THE 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA While the 275 GTB and GTB/4 were sought-after road cars, they didn't have the over- whelming successes of their predecessors. The next supercar arrived with the 365 GTB/4 in 1968. Conceived as the ultimate Grand Touring car, the 365 GTB/4 Daytona was, to quote Road & Track, “the best sports car in the world. Or the best GT. Take your choice; it's both.” Buyers agreed and bought 1,279 coupes, of which 122 were spyders. With its abrupt tail, four menacing exhaust pipes, and aggressive “tail up-nose down” stance, the sleek Daytona represents the pinnacle of front-engined exotic car styling. Add 350 hp and a shrieking exhaust, and you have the ultimate '70s supercar. Daytonas dominated FIA GT classes, with class wins at Le Mans and the Tour de France. The 365 GTB/4 Daytona remains the bargain of the supercar world, with drivers priced at $200,000 and great cars at $275,000. THE 288 GTO The 288 GTO appeared in the mid-'80s. Aimed at the Group B rally series, the 288 GTO was also the top-of-the-line road car. In street trim, its twin-turbocharged V8 produces a massive 400 hp, with 365 ft-lbs of torque at 3,800 rpm. With 0–60 mph in under five seconds and top speed of 190 mph, it was the world's fastest production car in 1984. Even better, a 288 GTO is a tractable road car, with power windows and air conditioning. With only 272 built, it remains the first modern Ferrari supercar with performance beyond the capabilities of most owners. Prices have been rising, and a great car will cost $450,000. THE F40 Introduced in June 1987, the F40 celebrated 40 years of Ferrari. It was derived from the 288 GTO Evoluzione and combined raw-edged styling with state-of-the-art engine, body, Sports Car Market

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and chassis. Cost was no object—it featured a carbon fiber and Kevlar body with a steel space-frame and a 478-hp, intercooled, twin-turbo V8. Formula One-sized wheels and a wind tunnel-test- ed body gave a 201-mph top speed and 0–60 times in the low 4 seconds. The F40 replaced the 288 GTO as fastest production car on the planet, and is equally tractable in town. Announced initially being low production, 1,311 cars (more than the total number of Daytonas) were eventually built. Ferrari re-entered GT racing with 19 ultra-high- performance F40 LMs for America's IMSA and Europe's GTC series. Designer Michelotto also built seven F40 GTs for the Italian Supercar Championship and another six F40 LM GTEs for the BPR GT series. The F40 LMs scored five podium finishes in eleven starts in the 1989–90 IMSA GTO Series with Jean Alesi finishing third in S/N 79890. F40 GT S/N 80742 won the Italian GT series in 1993, and F40 LM GTEs had four wins and 13 podium finishes in the BPR series. They might have done even better with factory support. An F40 LM or F40 LM GTE goes out the door for about $750,000. F40s sell for $325,000–$400,000 for a 1992 with low mileage. THE F50 “Fifty years of racing, 50 years of winning, 50 years of hard work.” With these words Luca di Montezemolo, head of Ferrari, introduced the F50 at the Auto Museum in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1995. Ferrari announced that 349 F50s would be built, one less than supposed market demand. Only 56 U.S. F50s were built, making it the most exclusive Ferrari of its era. Thanks to the rigid composite tub, the F50 is a spyder with staggering 200-mph per- formance. The normally aspirated V12, form-fitting composite seats in Connolly leather, and adjustable pedals make the F50 far more user-friendly than the F40. Only three F50 GTs were built but none ever raced. A well-documented, low-mileage car will cost about $750,000. THE ENZO Named after El Commendatore himself, Ferrari's latest bad boy combines Star Wars styling with F1 technology. Only 399 Enzos were sold to favored clients from 2002 to 2004. Thanks to input from the F1 program, the driving experience is a new world. The carbon fiber tub is driven by a 660-hp, 5,998-cc Tipo L140 V12 engine that pro- duces 650 hp at 7,800 rpm. It rockets the Enzo from 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and top speed is almost 220 mph. Active aerodynamics, launch control, and a myriad of driver aids make the Enzo the most user-friendly supercar to date. And once again Ferrari had the fastest production car in the world. This brings us back to the FXX, which Ferrari introduced in December 2005. It's the ultimate test of “my wallet is bigger than yours.” Only 29 were made for people able to spend an additional $1,827,000 over a basic Enzo—this for a car few of them can drive to any fraction of its capabilities. If you've just retired from an oil company, be ready to write a check for $2,500,000. As I have said before, the world of Ferrari owners and collectors has really split into two distinct groups. The first collects old cars—Daytona and earlier—and enjoys the limited (by today's standards) performance capabilities and the crude ergonomics. The second group just wants to get into a supercar, turn the key, and become a track- day Schumacher. Part of the magic of Ferrari is that in this case, you can have the old or new performance any way you want. Just be prepared to write the check.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. August 2006 43

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English Profile 1963 Triumph TR4 It sold for $97,200 because someone decided that it was worth it to him or her. That's it. Period. End of story by Dave Kinney DETAILS Years produced: 1961–64 Number produced: 40,253 Original list price: $2,849 (U.S.) SCM Valuation: $15,000–$20,000 Tune-Up/Major Service: $400 Distributor cap: $17.95 Chassis #: Right side of firewall, under the hood Engine #: Left side of engine block, behind the coil mounting Clubs: The Vintage Triumph Register, www.vtr.org; Club Triumph www.club .triumph.co.uk; Triumph Owners, www.triumphowners.com Alternatives: 1963–72 MGB, 1963–67 Austin-Healey 3000, 1964–67 Sunbeam Tiger SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: CT29652L T his Triumph TR4 is a two-year, frame-off restoration. Everything on this vehicle is new or rebuilt, including the engine, transmission and overdrive, rear axle, front and rear suspension, brakes, and new electrical components and wiring, five stainless 60-spoke Dunlop wheels with radial tires, and original bumpers with new chrome. It has a new black leather interior with white piping. The engine has the 87 mm pistons and liners, and brand new SU carburetors. The exhaust system and brake lines are stainless steel. Upgrades to stock include a walnut burl dash and wood steering wheel, and Pertronix ignition replacing points in the original distributor. The car is painted an original Wedgwood Blue. This car has no compromises. The best components were used during restoration, and it includes a car cover and vintage tool kit to go with the new convertible top. All receipts are included and total $85,000. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $97,200 at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale held on March 31 and April 1, 2006. When I walked past this car at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach sale, it immediately caught my eye. An unusual color, well sorted under the hood, sharp interior, very good gaps. In short, a well-restored example that stood out for the quality of the work, but also a car that even a non-car person could see was clean, crisp, and tidy. Perfect? No way. As-new? In some ways much better than new; in others, not quite as good. Had this car sold for $17,200, $27,200, or even $37,200, you'd have heard 44 sports car fans yawning across America. Instead, it sold for $97,200 and became one of the most talkedabout cars of 2006. Hearing of the sale, a friend and well-known British car restorer said, “Would you like three (restored that nicely) for $97,200? Because if you want them, I'll build them!” He was laughing, but not kidding. Ladies and gentlemen, I will now reveal to you one of the true secrets of the collector car world. Information passed down from father to son for generations, learned from the ancients. This information is so powerful, so vast, so fulfilling, so earthshaking that some have compared it to The Holy Grail, the Honus Wagner Rookie card, or that upside down airplane airmail stamp. All of them put together. Ready? It sold for $97,200 because it did. That's right, someone decided that it was worth that much to him or her. And remember that this was just one bid more than someone else made. That's it. Period. End of story. Hopefully, you can handle that information and we 1962 Triumph TR4 Lot #312, S/N CT2220L Condition: 3+ Sold at $14,040 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2005 SCM ID# 37743 1963 Triumph TR4 Lot #280, S/N CT12325L Condition: 2Sold at $23,585 Silver, Ft. McDowell, AZ, 1/21/2005 SCM ID# 37216 won't have to send out the SCM hit squad to splatter you with oil leak balloon bombs or pummel you with parts collected by the giant magnet we always drag behind our British cars. At auction, we veteran observers like to speculate why someone bought this car or that, talk about what a great buy someone got, or state the ubiquitous, “What the hell were they thinking?” It's fun, it's entertaining, it's free (once you pay to get in), and it's ever-present. The auction process, in a way, is the ultimate reality show, or, the way I like to look at it, a novel with perhaps 100 or 200 or even 2,000 chapters, each waiting to be written as each car approaches the block. Will it sell? How much? Who will bid on it? A well- Sports Car Market Photos: Barrett-Jackson

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Seat Time Dean Jennings, Cleveland, OK: 1983 was the lowest point of my life. I had lost my job, was dumped by my wife, and was told I could keep the two pre-school-age kids. I found another job, got several great babysitters, and started buying and selling cars on the side, partly to be home more. Surprisingly, I did pretty well known dealer? The nice young couple in the bleachers? The older man with his perky personal assistant? Two buddies getting together for an investment? It's all there, it is more fun to watch than a train wreck, and no one gets hurt. Except perhaps financially, and you can only assume that someone who has $100k to drop on an old car isn't spending his mortgage payment. More likely his lunch money. I've learned quite a bit about human nature in my years at collector car auctions. The most important lesson—and one that has been hardest—is that sometimes something is worth a lot more to the next guy than it is to you. Maybe he has more money than you, and just feels like spending it. Perhaps he knows something about the market that you don't. Could be his wife or girlfriend wants “the pretty blue one.” Could be he wants “the pretty blue one.” Possibly he's an idiot, and he has no freaking idea. Conceivably he is intensely competitive and will “win” his car at whatever cost. And maybe, just maybe, it's what he always wanted, he fell in love with it, and he just has to have it, knowing full well he is paying way too much. And that's OK, too. And now, the final question, the one that everybody with a TR4 wants to know. Was the car “worth it” at a few dollars shy of 100 large? Is my TR4, more correct and with a “better” color, worth more? Does this new ceiling mean the floor has been forever raised? Should we be running out and buying every well-restored (and maybe unrestored) TR4 in the known universe? My one word answer is no. Sorry, but markets don't work that way. One sale, way high or way low, does not change the norm, but rather, is a market anomaly. It remains that way until a few (5? 10? 25? 300?) similar cars change hands, and the market moves in that direction, be it up or down. When buyers and sellers as a whole agree, markets move. It's all about the perception of value. For now, this car is a blip on the radar, the one in the list with an asterisk beside the price that references “crazy price.” However, whatever the price, this was a superbly presented car, and if someone is going to pay the 3X price for a TR4 and end up with just one set of wheels, this was the one.u DAVE KINNEY is head of USAppraisal, located in the Washington, DC, area and a longtime contributor to SCM. at turning the cars for a profit. Often I wished I could have kept the cars that I found to resell. One of the most memorable was a 1962 Triumph TR-4. There was nothing that I disliked about that car. It was red and black, with great interior, paint, body, engine, and trans. It had the identical top speed of a 1981 Corvette I had owned, 126 mph, and was twice the fun to drive. The only downside was my constant worry that it would break and I wouldn't have the financial clout to fix it. It never broke, and I got to drive from Salt Lake City where I bought it to St. George, Utah. I owned it for a few months, then delivered it to a kid in Palm Springs via the back roads through Joshua Tree National Monument. Bob Thomas, Sheffield, MA: I am on my second TR-4. I picked up the first one at the factory in 1962; it was one of the first made. I drove it in Europe for nine months, and then in my first year in law school, when it made several trips between the East Coast and Kansas. I sold it to pay the tuition for my second year in law school. In 1991 I bought a nicely, though not professionally, restored 1963. It is lightly used in the summer. The TR-4 is reliable (at least the second one is), fun to drive, and easy to fix. Parts are readily available from several sources. There are excellent enthusiasts clubs. It is not as fast, capable, or safe as a modern car, but the driving experience leaves you feeling much more in touch with the road and your surroundings, plus the 4-cylinder “tractor” engine has a nice sound winding up through the gears. To me, the TR-4 and its predecessors are wonderful examples of the post-war British motor industry's capabilities, especially with the minimal financial resources available to Standard Triumph. u August 2006 45

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English Patient Gary Anderson Running on Empty in England All but five British marques produced in 1939 have perished, and of these, only Morgan is still British-owned by Gary Anderson S can the field at any large British car meet, and you'll see a variety of unfamiliar marques. Names such as Alvis, Daimler, Lanchester, Riley, Singer, Standard, Sunbeam, Talbot, and Wolseley conjure up images of gray-haired, pipe-smoking drivers listening to WWII BBC news and worrying about young Digby's Spitfire squadron. The cars themselves are sober appliances in sensible colors. Leather armchairs face steering wheels big enough for dump trucks and walnut dashboards by Ethan Allen peppered with (mostly non-working) gauges. With only five exceptions, every one of the British marques produced in 1939 no longer exists. Of the five survivors, only Morgan is British-owned; Jaguar, Aston-Martin, Rolls-Royce and Bentley are controlled by foreigners. COMPLACENCY AND INFLEXIBILITY What happened to the second-largest producer of automobiles in the world? The British auto industry collapsed through complacency and inflexibility. Before WWII, Britain's auto industry thrived in a protected domestic market, while the Commonwealth absorbed exports. Major players were Lord Austin's company; Nuffield Motors, including Morris, Wolseley, MG, and Riley; Rootes, which made Sunbeams, Talbots, and later Singers; Ford of England—then independent of the U.S. company; and smaller, mostly high-end companies, such as Rolls-Royce/Bentley, Jaguar, Daimler/ Lanchester, Lea-Francis, and Rover. Many small companies didn't survive WWII, as they were unable to put together the investment capital necessary to retool and develop new products. Those that did made pre-war models until mass-production techniques rendered them uneconomical in the early 1950s. Even among thriving companies, the seeds of their demise were being sown. Government policies taxed vehicles on the basis of cylinder bore and encouraged lazy, long-stroke engines. Britain is a small island—1,200 miles long and barely 150 miles wide. The country's small, slow cars with unyielding suspension didn't adapt well to the bad roads of the Third World or the long distances of the United States. Finally, the auto industry was run by a generation of old men with no successors. Many of their sons had 46 Morgan, nearly a Disneyesque interpretation of a classic British car died in World War I and in 1950 their hearts—and cars—were still in the 1930s. The result was an industry unable to compete in post-war global markets. MERGE AHEAD Standard acquired the ailing Triumph in 1945. In 1952, the first major consolidation took place, with Austin and Morris joining forces to form British Motor Corporation. Jaguar bought Daimler in 1960. But the old boys' club still didn't see the point of competition or efficiency. After all, weren't Americans buying Jaguars, MGs, and AustinHealeys? When they should have been shuttering plants, laying off workers, and firing managers, companies continued to produce nearly all the brands their protected markets had supported before the war. By 1966, the new conglomerates were struggling. Encouraged by the government, which saw the auto industry largely as a huge labor welfare system, a second wave of consolidation took place. Jaguar-Daimler was pushed into the arms of BMC to create British Motor Holdings, and in 1967, Rover, which was producing sedans for the home market and Land Rovers for overseas, was acquired by truck manufacturer Leyland, along with Standard-Triumph. A year later, in 1968, Donald Stokes, who had engineered the turn-around of Rover/ Triumph, was prevailed upon to handle a merger between BMC and Leyland to create British Leyland. The second wave was complete. What had been twelve different companies in the mid-1930s was now one huge Britain, Inc. Coincidentally, the U.S. introduced sweeping new emission requirements and crash tests. Most British cars weren't just quaint, now they were unsafe polluters as well. But back in Merry Olde the industry was still protected from foreign competition by tax laws that allowed British companies to buy British cars for their employees as a pretax expense. Well into the 1980s, nearly every employee in Britain above the shop floor drove a company car with a British label, generating significant demand for four-door family sedans you couldn't give away in any other market. BADGE-ENGINEERING “Badge-engineering” kept the separate marques alive under slightly different skins, but none sold in significant numbers, and no new models were developed. By 1974, the U.S. market was virtually closed by safety and emission concerns, and the home market wasn't large enough to sustain the industry. The British government needed a competitive auto industry to avoid high unemploy- ment but was losing the battle with union leaders who wanted lifetime employment at high wages under comfortable conditions—and they were willing to strike for it. Executives fought with one another for dominance while individual marques were starved of development funds and talent. Does this sound familiar? General Motors, are you listening? British Leyland's underpowered, baroque chickens came home to roost in 1969. Desperation destroyed individual brands one by one, while the few solid marques with Sports Car Market

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some future potential were sold off. Riley, then Wolseley, then Triumph and Morris perished. Jaguar-Daimler was spun off in 1984, married to Ford in 1989, and went promptly into rehab, where it remains. In 1993, Ford also acquired Aston Martin, a company whose fame hinged on high-profile, even higher-maintenance sports cars of dubious integrity. In 1994, in the final coup de grace, BMW bought Rover and MG. But the Germans couldn't handle the under-achieving British workforce, so they sold Land Rover to Ford and transferred MG/Rover to a hastily assembled group of British investors. What followed resembled a house party at a stately home which gradually runs out of food and drink, until Chinese bailiffs arrive to padlock the gate. NOT SO ENGLISH ANYMORE In the meantime, VW acquired the Rolls/Bentley plant at Crewe and the Bentley trademark and discovered too late that it hadn't bought the Rolls-Royce automobile name, which was controlled by Rolls-Royce Aerospace. By rebuilding the plant, retraining the workforce, and redesigning the product line, Volkswagen has produced The British Car Family Tree 1931 Lanchester, 1896 Daimler, 1896 Vanden Plas, 1913 Austin, 1905 Austin-Healey, 1952 Riley, 1896 Wolseley, 1896 Morris, 1912 MG, 1923 Rover, 1904 Land Rover, 1948 1944 Triumph, 1923 Standard, 1903 Leyland, 1896 Morgan, 1910 Bristol, 1946 Lotus, 1949 1993: Purchased by Romano Artioli 1989: Purchased by GM 1996: Purchased by Proton 1963 1987 1961 1984 1967 2000: Purchased by Ford 1970 1969 1975 1984 1994: Purchased by BMW 2005: Purchased by Nanjing Auto Jaguar, 1931 1946 1952 1980 1987 1955 1960 1966, British Motor Holdings 1968, British Leyland 1989: Purchased by Ford cars profitably, though perhaps they're not so English anymore. Buying the Rolls-Royce brand and retaining the Mini trademark, BMW has also successfully built cars in Britain—though the company spent four years remaking the supposedly “ready-to-go” new Mini before releasing it. Which brings us to Morgan, which resembles the British auto industry as imagined by Disneyland. It would be no surprise to recognize character actors in the workshops, assembling cars in the same manner you could have found in Malvern 50 years ago. Morgan has a business plan your grandmother would approve. No cars are built before they're ordered, and production runs slowly enough to maintain a waiting list. In 1990, Sir John Harvey-Jones, retired chairman of giant ICI (Imperial Chemical Industries), took his BBC “Trouble Shooter” television series to Morgan to see how it could be improved. He proposed ordering components in larger volume to reduce unit costs and hiring more employees so people wouldn't have to wait two years for their cars. As this message was delivered to chairman Peter Morgan, he leaned back in his chair and formed his fingers into a steeple. “Oh, I don't think we'd want to sell cars to people like that,” he said. As a footnote: Sir John returned to Malvern in 2000 and declared Morgan a basket case no longer. Production had increased to eleven cars a week—highest since the 1930s.u GARY ANDERSON is the editor of mc2 (www.mc2magazine.com), the new magazine for Mini owners. 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1988 Lamborghini Countach QV Anniversary The teenagers who had Farrah Fawcett posters have grown up and (loud groan) have started to collect 1980s cars by Stephen Serio DETAILS Years produced: 1989, for Anniversary in the USA Number produced: 657 (68 for USA) Original list price: $100,000 SCM Valuation: $75,000–$90,000 Tune-up/Major service: $1,900–$3,100 Distributor cap: $275 Chassis #: Engine compartment, on the frame rail between the engine & trunk Engine #: Between the cylinder heads Club: Lamborghini Club America P.O. Box 649, Orinda, CA 94563 More: www.lamborghiniclub.com Alternatives: 1985–91 Ferrari Testarossa, 1979–80 BMW M1, 1971–89 De Tomaso Pantera SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1985 Lamborghini Countach Lot #677, S/N ZA9C00500ELA12701 Condition: 3 Sold at $75,600 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 3/29/2006 SCM ID# 41248 1984 Lamborghini Countach Lot #49, S/N ZA9C00500CLA12544 Condition: 2 Sold at $72,303 Artcurial, Paris, France, 2/12/2006 SCM ID# 41081 Chassis number: KLA12462 T 48 he sensation of the 1971 Geneva Salon, the Countach was styled, like its predecessor, by Bertone's Marcello Gandini. Lamborghini's fourcam V12 was retained, though this time installed longitudinally. To achieve optimum weight distribution, designer Paolo Stanzani placed the 5-speed gearbox ahead of the engine between the seats. When production began in 1974, the Countach sported an improved chassis and the standard 4-liter—instead of the prototype's 5-liter—engine. Even with the smaller engine producing “only” 375 hp, the aerodynamically efficient Countach could attain 170 mph and, as one would expect, came with racetrack road holding to match. The car's potentially largest market—the U.S.—remained closed to it until the arrival of the emissions-friendly LP500S in 1982. The final development saw the engine enlarged to 5,167 cc and new four- valves-per-cylinder heads adopted for the Countach Quattrovalvole in 1985, the latter's 300 km/h (186 mph) top speed making it—at the time—the world's fastest car. Sports Car Market

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The Countach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the most desirable, arrived in September 1988. Launched at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, this was the Anniversary, introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25th anniversary as a motor manufacturer. Restyled and updated, the Anniversary incorporated hundreds of subtle changes and improvements over the Quattrovalvole. The body was reworked by Horacio Pagani, designer of the Pagani Zonda, gaining a new nose and front bumper/spoiler incorporating front brake air ducts. U.S.-destined cars retained the ugly 5-mph impact-resistant bumper, while the new rear bumper was common to both U.S. and European models. The most striking difference in the Anniversary's ap- pearance was in the treatment of the radiator air intakes directly behind the doors, which featured thicker vertical strakes, color-matched to the body. Beneath the skin the chassis had been extensively updated for improved handling. Split-rim forged alloy OZ wheels were adopted for the Anniversary, shod with Pirelli's new ‘P Zero' tires. Available with carburetors in Europe or fuel injection in the U.S., the V12 engine was virtually unchanged from the Quattrovalvole. In total, 657 Countach Anniversary models were made between September 1988 and April 1990. First owned by well-known Lamborghini aficionado The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count The Count Countach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the mos Countach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the most desirable, arrived in September 1988. Launched at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, this was the Anniversary, introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25th anniversary as a motor manufacturer. Restyled and updated, the Anniversary incorporated hundreds of subtle changes and improvements over the Quattrovalvole. The body was reworked by Horacio Pagani, designer of the Pagani Zonda, gaining a new nose and front bumper/spoiler incorporating front brake air ducts. U.S.-destined cars retained the ugly 5-mph impact-resistant bumper, while the new rear bumper was common to both U.S. and European models. The most striking difference in the Anniversary's ap- pearance was in the treatment of the radiator air intakes directly behind the doors, which featured thicker verti- cal strakes, color-matched to the body. Beneath the skin the chassis had been extensively updated for improved handling. Split-rim forged alloy OZ wheels were adopted for the Anniversary, shod with Pirelli's new ‘P Zero' tires. Available with carburetors in Europe or fuel injection in the U.S., the V12 engine was virtually unchanged from the Quattrovalvole. In total, 657 Countach Anniversary models were made between September 1988 and April 1990. First owned by well-known Lamborghini aficionado The The British Perspective It would seem that the automotive products of Ferrucio Lamborghini are not val- ued as highly in the global collector-car marketplace as those from rivals Ferrari and Maserati. According to my latest edition of the Catalogo Bolaffi, a Lamborghini Miura S spider only ranked 69th on price in 2003–04 and failed to make the world's top 100 prices at auction in 2004–05. By contrast, there were 32 Ferraris among the top 100 priced classics in 2003–04, with 36 more Ferraris in the top 100 for 2004–05. The Countach does regularly change hands, though, with two low-mileage 25th Anniversarios (S/N 12616, with 3,717 miles and S/N 12512, with 14,582 miles) making $97,200 apiece at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2004 and 2005 respectively. RM oversaw S/N 12716, with a displayed mileage of 6,500, raise $91,300 at Amelia Island in March 2004, while S/N 12563 was sold for $84,240 by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach in April 2005. By contrast, in the U.K., only one Anniversario has successfully crossed the block recently, S/N 12462, a right-hand drive 1988 model with 15,800 kilometers, which sold for $66,450. Meanwhile, a 1990 Countach 25th, S/N 12855, in much better cosmetic order after pro storage for most of its 311 kilometers, failed to attract anywhere near the $91,000–$109,000 sought by Coys at its April 30 Donington sale. On this side of the pond, earlier Countach LP400s have been commanding actual prices in the $45,000– 55,000 range, with 5000 QVs retailing for $55,000–$65,000. For sensitive Britons on this overcrowded, speed camera-infested island, this wild- looking Italian would not be practical. The post-Miura/pre-Diablo Lambo is reckoned to be too low, too large, too potent, too claustrophobic, and not particularly comfy. While a bejewelled DJ might aspire to Countach status, the current perception for The Count The Count The Count ntach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the most desirable, arrived in September 19 Countach's ultimate development, considered by many to be the most desirable, arrived in September 1988. Launched at the Italian Grand Prix, Monza, this was the Anniversary, introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25th anniversary as a motor manufacturer. Restyled and updated, the Anniversary incorporated hundreds of subtle changes and improvements over the Quattrovalvole. The body was reworked by Horacio Pagani, designer of the Pagani Zonda, gaining a new nose and front bumper/spoiler incorporating front brake air ducts. U.S.-destined cars retained the ugly 5-mph impact-resistant bumper, while the new rear bumper was common to both U.S. and European models. The most striking difference in the Anniversary's ap- pearance was in the treatment of the radiator air intakes directly behind the doors, which featured thicker verti- cal strakes, color-matched to the body. Beneath the skin the chassis had been extensively updated for improved handling. Split-rim forged alloy OZ wheels were adopted for the Anniversary, shod with Pirelli's new ‘P Zero' tires. Available with carburetors in Europe or fuel injection in the U.S., the V12 engine was virtually unchanged from the Quattrovalvole. In total, 657 Countach Anniversary models were made between September 1988 and April 1990. First owned by well-known Lamborghini aficionado The British Perspective It would seem that the automotive products of Ferrucio Lamborghini are not val- ued as highly in the global collector-car marketplace as those from rivals Ferrari and Maserati. According to my latest edition of the Catalogo Bolaffi, a Lamborghini Miura S spider only ranked 69th on price in 2003–04 and failed to make the world's top 100 prices at auction in 2004–05. By contrast, there were 32 Ferraris among the top 100 priced classics in 2003–04, with 36 more Ferraris in the top 100 for 2004–05. The Countach does regularly change hands, though, with two low-mileage 25th Anniversarios (S/N 12616, with 3,717 miles and S/N 12512, with 14,582 miles) making $97,200 apiece at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2004 and 2005 respectively. RM oversaw S/N 12716, with a displayed mileage of 6,500, raise $91,300 at Amelia Island in March 2004, while S/N 12563 was sold for $84,240 by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach in April 2005. By contrast, in the U.K., only one Anniversario has successfully crossed the block recently, S/N 12462, a right-hand drive 1988 model with 15,800 kilometers, which sold for $66,450. Meanwhile, a 1990 Countach 25th, S/N 12855, in much better cosmetic order after pro storage for most of its 311 kilometers, failed to attract anywhere near the $91,000–$109,000 sought by Coys at its April 30 Donington sale. On this side of the pond, earlier Countach LP400s have been commanding actual prices in the $45,000– 55,000 range, with 5000 QVs retailing for $55,000–$65,000. For sensitive Britons on this overcrowded, speed camera-infested island, this wild- looking Italian would not be practical. The post-Miura/pre-Diablo Lambo is reckoned to be too low, too large, too potent, too claustrophobic, and not particularly comfy. While a bejewelled DJ might aspire to Countach status, the current perception for S/N S/N 12563 was sold for $84,240 by Barrett-Jackson at Palm Beach in April 2005 August 2006 49

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Etceterini & Friends Profile (2,000 kilometers ago, immediately prior to a trip to Le Mans in 2005). The Anniversary is widely regarded as the best road- going Countach in terms of handling and reliability, and we can vouch for the fact that this example is a most impressive performer, while its condition appears to indicate careful use and storage. Currently showing circa 15,800 kilometers on the odometer, S/N 12462 comes with a substantial leather-bound history file, original wallet and service book, spare parts list, and service invoices. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for £37,250—roughly $69,000—at Bonhams' s Hendon sale on April 24, 2006. From where I sit, that's a fair price; read on if you dare, that's as warm and cuddly as I'm getting today. As George Santayana said: “Those who cannot re- member the past are condemned to repeat it.” To keep me from sounding like a scratched CD, I have sat and leafed through my general musings from issues of SCM over the last few years regarding the Lamborghini Countach. Folks, the price this car made fulfills my every prediction. What was once $250,000 and a great collectible is now $70,000 and sinking. Observing the value trend has been like watching a slow train wreck. In no way am I purposely trying to offend lovers of the Countach; let me explain. I do like the early Countach “periscope” cars; they are very cool, clean, and purposeful. Replacing the Miura must have been an incredible challenge, and the LP400 rocked the early 1970s automotive world. Everyone that I know who has owned one seemed to have a great appreciation for all good design from Italy. But the later evolutions of the LP400 reflect all that is wrong with 1980s exotic cars: dated looks, expensive repairs, poor parts supply, compromised build quality, crazy safety add-ons, and, by anyone's standard, just OK usability. Harsh? Nope, just honest. The stereotypical “poster of a Countach and Farrah Fawcett in every teenage boy's room” has to be revisited and updated. Have you seen Farrah Fawcett recently? She acts really kooky and has aged as gracefully as Joan Rivers. The same can be said for the Anniversary Countach. It isn't getting more beautiful or graceful; think rolling up the sleeves of your shoulder-pad-fitted pastel Versace jacket. Acceptable today only at a Halloween bash. But here's today's honest hook. The aforementioned teenagers have in fact grown up, and some of them (loud groan) have started to collect 1980s cars as the focus of their collection, which is why these Countaches aren't priced like Morris Minors—yet. Me? I'd rather have the Minor (specifically one of the pickups), so my head ain't right either, I suppose. Guys, disco is dead, “Charlie's Angels” has been updated to include Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, and Drew Barrymore, and their ride would be a Gallardo Spyder. Remember, exotic cars are all about swagger. If you pull up in an Anniversary Countach outside The Ivy in Beverly Hills (or any other crowded bar/restaurant in America on any Thursday night), with Ms. Fawcett as your passenger, this will be the scenario: Everyone will stare and mutter. When you get the door for her and hand over her cane so she can get out, you might get the idea why I feel this way. Let's just hope her skirt isn't a micro-mini. If, for a split second, you see yourself in that scenario and you're not wincing with the slightest tinge of “I must look like a prat driving something from ‘Back to the Future,'” then go ahead and part with the pesos to own a Countach. I'll supply the Foreigner/Styx/38 Special cassettes. Now, getting out of your Gallardo with Cameron Diaz is another story. A round of discreet golf claps and free parking out front, no doubt. And I'm sure we'd all agree that a micro-mini would be just fine here.u STEPHEN SERIO is Italian, owns an Italian car, Miami Vice Seasons I & II on DVD, and has seen people drive up to crowded bars in Countaches (and Countach replicas on Long Island) and expect to get respect. Seat Time Stephen Ross, Calgary, AB: I am the second owner of a 1986 Countach LP5000QV. The original owner, also from Calgary, special ordered it from the factory in 1985. It has the down-draft Weber set up with custom paint. The factory created the color upon the request of the original owner. During a meeting I had with Valentino Balboni at the factory, he told me that he remembers the car from when it was being built and thinks that there are only four others with this special paint. It has about 15,000 kilometers (9,400 miles) from new. I love this car as it's so different from any other I have owned. It recently appeared in an episode of a popular Canadian television show called “Corner Gas.” We had to drive six hours each way to get to the set, and the one thing that astonished us was that we weren't fatigued after such a long drive. The seats are very well-built for a long journey, and the 450 hp was enjoyable within urban areas and on the highway, where we ran it up in excess of 250 kph for extended periods of time.u Ross's 1986 Countach 50 Sports Car Market

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German Profile 1911 Mercedes 37/90 Skiff I had a customer interested in this car at $2m in the late '90s before the full story emerged by Alex Finigan DETAILS Years produced: 1910–14 Number produced: Unknown, but few survivors Original list price: $18,000 (chassis only) SCM Valuation: $1,000,000–$2,000,000 Tune-up/Major service: Buy the book and DIY Distributor cap: $$$$ Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: Unknown Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, 800.637.2360 More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1908 Grand Prix Itala, 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Continental, 1907 Metallurgique Maybach roadster SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 13054 I n the early 1900s, Mercedes styling ran the gamut from conservative limousines and landaulets to dashing phaetons and open two-seaters. None, however, approached the style of this one-of-a-kind 1911 Mercedes 90-hp skiff, one of the most exotic Mercedes ever created. The avenue des Champs-Elysées atelier of Henri Labourdette pioneered the exquisite wooden skiff torpedo design, which became popular in the 1910s and remained so through the 1920s. The elegant yacht-like triple-layer body was created by criss-crossing layers of mahogany over a ribbed frame, then applying a third horizontal layer on top. To preserve the rigidity, doors were kept as small as possible in number and size. Apart from its attractiveness, a skiff body was light, normally weighing about 400 pounds. Produced from 1910 through 1914, the 37/90 chassis was powered by a four-cylinder engine of 9,530 cc and delivering 90 hp at 1,100 rpm. The inline engine had two blocks of two cylinders with three overhead valves per cylinder and a single camshaft high in the block. A fourspeed gear shifter was mounted outside the body, delivering power to the rear chain drive. Daimler estimated the average top speed at 70 mph, though lightweight roadsters could reach nearly 100 mph. According to research conducted by the current owner, this 37/90 hp chassis was delivered to American hat maker G. Henry Stetson. Fitted with coachwork, it was delivered to his Philadelphia residence from the Mercedes dealer in New York City and cost $18,000. The original body was removed from the chassis in 1922 and a new Cape Top body built by Camden Coachworks in New Jersey. In the late 1950s, two potential buyers noted another wooden body beside the car, and the Cape Body was sold and is currently on another 37/90 car in California. When the current vendor bought the car in 1972, he decided to have a skiff body built in the style of Labourdette, rather than refinish the wooden body with the car. It is this body the car carries, after an estimated 12,700 hours of construction at Dale Adams Enterprises in Kent, Ohio. The SCM Analysis: This car sold at The Houston Classic Auction on May 6 for $1,050,000. The story behind this vehicle is well known in classic car circles, and is covered in this issue's “Legal Files” on page 28. When new, 90-hp Mercedes were among the most desirable cars available. A commanding presence and speeds of up to 100 mph made them the playthings of the ultra-wealthy. In the first quarter of the 20th century, it was common practice for the great marques, such as Mercedes, Bugatti, Rolls, Duesenberg, and Delahaye, to sell a rolling chassis that consisted of a radiator, engine, trans, and rear axle assembly to a customer, which could then be taken to the designer of their choice to have a body built. It was not uncommon to have two bodies built: a closed winter version and an open 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Lot #106, S/N 10257 Condition: 1 Sold at $858,500 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2000 SCM ID# 10257 summer one. Remember, the cost of these types of vehicles was equivalent to buying a Lear jet today. Ownership often required a chauffeur, who looked after the car's extensive maintenance. The owner's manual for a Mercedes SSK required head removal for decoking every couple thousand kilometers. These cars were the cream of the crop then, and are sought by the wealthiest col- 1909 Mercedes 40/50 hp Lot #72, S/N 7694 Condition: 3 Sold at $660,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/15/2004 SCM ID# 34676 52 Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group

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lectors today. The energy and skill that went into the restoration of this car and the recreation of the skiff body is staggering. I've had the pleasure of seeing it at a number of concours over the years, and you can't take your eyes off it. I can readily believe that the artists—and artists they are—at Dale Adams Restoration spent the equivalent of nearly four and a half years of 40-hour weeks to complete this job. When you look at the woodwork and the joinery, with every one of the 2,700 brass rivets lined up to perfection, it takes your breath away. Being in the restoration business, my mind reels at the workmanship and talent. Every time I've seen the car, there's been a crowd around it. After twelve years it still looks great. To give Dale Adams his due, I'm sure the quality of this body is as good as a Labourdette. So where is this car in the M-B pecking order? It's a complete, original 90-hp chassis and running gear, all from one car, not a bitsa, with a great provenance and continuous ownership history. The recreated skiff body is done to an extremely high standard. But in the end, what do we have? It's simple. An original chassis and drivetrain with a custom body, built to a period style and to a very high standard. Both Pebble Beach and Amelia Island now have classes for rebodied cars, with some coachwork built from period artist drawings that were never built, some from current designs in the “what if” mode, and some, like this one, that replaced a stodgy original body with a more popular period-style one, such as replacing a four-door sedan with a Special Roadster body. As an aside, even if this skiff body had been original, chances are that by now, in the restoration of a 95-year-old wooden skiff body, you'd likely be replacing most, if not all, of the wood. And that's even taking into account how things in the restoration business have changed greatly in the past ten years. While it would be cheaper and easier to create a new body, we now strive to retain as much of the original as possible, usually at great cost. Most collectors agree that originality equates to history, and we shouldn't change that. Creating a new body to put on an old car is a tough call, particularly for an enthu- siast who has the money and desire to restore one of these great marques. How many Alfa Monzas have been created at the expense of Castagna Dropheads? Do I want the stodgy four-door sedan, or the skiff body, or Special Roadster? Which would you rather be seen in? By one measurement, the bottom line is value. What's the final product worth, and what will it cost to get there? Fortunately, there are a number of comps to look at. A 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster in fully restored condition is worth over $5,000,000. It costs $750,000–$1,000,000 to restore one, depending on condition. So as a percentage of its value, you're OK restoring an original Special Roadster. To take a 540K sedan and rebody it into a Special Roadster takes way over $1 million, and when you're done it's worth around $1 million, and a tough sell at that. That's one of the problems with the pre-war classic-car market now. You literally cannot afford to restore mundane bodies; it costs the same amount as restoring an original, and you end up with something worth about a fraction of the value of the real thing when you're done. Had this been a real Labourdette Skiff, it would be worth over $2 million. I know because I had an interested customer for this car at that number in the late '90s before the whole legal issue blew up. Assuming the bidders did due diligence and knew what they were buying, I'd say it was well bought at $1,050,000. If you do the math at a shop rate of $100 per hour, it's like saving $220,000 on the restoration, and getting the car for free. Not a bad deal in my book for such a beautiful car, assuming the buyer knew exactly what he was bidding on—an original car with a custom-built body. u ALEX FINIGAN is the sales manager at Paul Russell & Co., where he's worked since 1978, and he's addicted to old Porsches and hot rods. August 2006 53

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager For fanatics like us, it's sometimes easy to get distracted by the specifics and overlook the big picture Calling Mies Van der Rohe Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager In the June, 2006 issue of SCM, we discussed a 1968 912 Soft-Window Targa that sold for $28,600. We received the following post from Pete Zimmerman, long-time SCMer and author of “The Used 911 Story.” D ear Jim: The auction brochure says this 912 Targa is in showquality condition and fully restored by a marque specialist. I agree that it is a handsome car, sure to turn heads. I also agree with your concerns over the original Solex carbs being replaced by Webers. I also noticed some other things that we'd try to get right if we had seen this one at our shop. First, the car's exterior: 1. Where are the 1968-only side-marker reflectors? 2. The forward end cap for the decora- tive rocker panel cover is missing. This will create a rolling water scoop; add a little dirt, and rust might soon follow. 3. Wheel finish is largely personal pref- erence, but in my opinion, a “show car” should not have polished wheels when only satin finish was originally provided. In the engine compartment: 4. The insulation/noise reduction pad that's supposed to be glued to the top, inside “ceiling” of the engine bay, is missing. Messy remnants of the original pad remain. 5. No carb pre-heat hoses; instead, the black paper hoses are fastened to a metal “T” A little extra work can go a long way toward improving a car If we want to nit-pick this car apart, I can add that mounted to a bracket at the top center of the fan housing (above the valve adjustment decal) by a pair of hose clamps. 6. The large hose that fastens just below the oil filler cap, then disappears out of cam- era range to the right side of the photo, is a crankcase breather hose. It should terminate inside the right air filter so the engine can recycle the pollution it carries. 7. While we're on the subject of hose clamps, the “rip and tear” clamps on the fuel hoses should never be used. This is strictly Pep Boys stuff, and should be replaced with Norma-brand clamps, which pull a smooth band snug around the hose. 8. The ignition distributor is an aftermarket unit, selling for a fraction of the price of an original. The spark plug wires are incorrect and routed in a helter-skelter manner. They should be fed through rubber anchors fastened to holes (barely visible in the photo) in the engine sheet metal near to and inboard of the two visible spark plug connectors. 9. The ignition coil should be black, or in the worst scenario, blue—never silver. 10. Just to the left of and slightly below the ignition coil is a messy looking fuel line hook-up. The original Solex fuel supply line was hacked and should be reconfigured to allow for a smooth connecting point for the fuel line coming up from the fuel pump. 11. At the belt end of the generator we find more recycled VW parts, with a damaged pulley. 12. The hardware that holds the Weber carbs to the intake manifolds is wrong. No Nylok-type lock nuts were ever used in this application, just regular, 13-mm wrenchsize nuts with wavy-type lock washers. I could go on, but, by the way, I wonder where the smog pump is? I also wonder why the front bumper guards are installed upside down? It is a pretty car, but lots of details were overlooked.—Pete Zimmerman 54 the wheels are not the expensive and rare 5.5” x 15” Fuchs correct only for the 1968 model year, the radio is all wrong, the exhaust system is not an original-type, and the rocker trims have no rear end caps. The distributor you noted looks to me like a Bosch “009,” a model made for VWs that does not work particularly well in Porsche engines. I frequently write about how the details on a car af- fect its value. The owner and the shop missed all these details, yet the majority of them will be straightforward to correct. Therefore, I don't see them having an outsized effect on value. Let's run through your list: 1. The 1968 side markers are easy to source and can be installed without any paintwork; call it $250 (although many enthusiasts feel the car looks better without them). 2. The rocker cover caps and rubber welting can be had for $200 complete; your choice on wheel finish is fine, but I like the polished wheels on this car. Even in PCA Concours judging, it's only a fraction of a point in the 300-point system. 3. The engine compartment insulation pad is about $100; all the hoses and clamps you mention can be sourced for less than $200 complete. 4. A correct distributor core is $75, add $265 to have it rebuilt. Sports Car Market RM Auctions

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5. Buy a new 12v coil for $68. 6. The fuel lines need to be re-routed as you note. Call it an hour of shop time for $100. 7. The pulley half is $24 and a set of eight new 13-mm ATF (across the face) nuts and washers are $10. Our grand total, if we do it all except the side marker lights, is $1,042 plus an extra two hours to do the work; call it $1,250. Add $250 if we want to do the side marker lights, and if we want to swap the Fuchs alloys for original-finish ones, add for that as well. In all cases, we'd spend less than $2,000 to do the whole list. Not peanuts, but not buckets of money either. For the buyer looking for a pretty car to drive to the local malt stand, none of these will make a difference. If the new owner is lucky to find a dedicated and highly knowledgeable shop owner like you, I bet he'll sign up to take this one to the next level. But for its intended purpose, he doesn't have to. The details that matter here are the pretty paint, striking color, unusual body style, and the straightness of the chassis. All the rest, while bothersome to some, are straightforward and inexpensive to fix. For fanatics like us, it's sometimes easy to get distracted by the details and overlook the big picture. The big picture here is that this is a handsome car, with all the tough stuff apparently done to a high standard, and with just a few things needed to finish the picture.u Incorrect details will be simple and cheap to make right JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356, and writes for The 356 Registry magazine. Historical and descriptive information in this Profile is courtesy of the auction company. August 2006 55

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American Profile 1958 Chevrolet Impala Convertible This extravagant one-year-only styling has come to represent the risk-taking, change-making zeitgeist of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s by Marit Anne Peterson DETAILS Years produced: 1958 Number produced: 17,000 approx Original list price: $2,841 SCM Valuation: $50,000–$120,000 Tune-up/Major Service: $150–$300 Distributor cap: $22 Chassis #: Driver's door Engine #: Right front of block Club: Vintage Chevrolet Club of America More: www.vcca.org Alternatives: 1958 Buick Roadmaster conv., 1958 Ford Skyliner retractable conv., 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz conv. SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: F58N147817 T he Impala was introduced in 1958 as a sporty trim package for Bel Air coupes and convertibles. Unique to the model were its six taillights, a classic styling cue that became its trademark. Named for an African antelope, the Impala became a separate model in 1959 in both two- and four-door versions and the best-selling car in the Chevrolet product line. In 1960, it became the best-selling automobile in the United States—period—and held that position for a decade. From 1958 until 1996, Impala sales exceeded 13 million units, more than any other full-size car in the history of the automobile. In 1965, the Impala set an all-time industry annual sales record of more than one million units, which has never been bettered. An all-new chassis and fresh sheet metal allowed 1958 Chevys to be longer, lower, and wider than ever before. It was a one-year-only body style that incorporated quad headlamps and an impressive array of brightwork that would stand up against a Cadillac. The new Impala had power to back up its styling. Most car experts will declare that muscle cars began in the mid 1960s, but others point out that high-performance engines were available a decade earlier. This extremely well equipped '58 Impala has benefited from a complete professional restoration. It has the 56 correct coral exterior complemented by a coral, silver, and black interior. It's powered by the 348-ci Tri-Power engine, with posi-traction rear end, dual exhaust system, power brakes, original rear quarter exhaust ports, spinner wheel covers, wide whitewall radial tires, continental kit, dual antennas, power convertible top, and a factory clock, tissue dispenser, Autronic Eye headlights, air conditioning, and factory Level Air suspension. The SCM Analysis: This car sold at The Worldwide Groups Houston Classic Auction on May 6, 2006, for $120,000 including buyer's premium. The “whole new look” 1958 Impala was Bill 1958 Chevrolet Impala Lot # C41, S/N F58S182546 Condition: 2+ Sold at $61,000 Mecum, St. Paul, MN, 6/18/2005 SCM ID# 38497 1958 Chevrolet Impala Lot # 496, 1F58J108285 Condition: 3+ Sold at $46,980 Mitchell's pinnacle vehicle in the Chevrolet lineup. Mitchell, then heir-apparent to famed designer Harley Earl, sought to introduce “curves where before there were lines,” and achieved this in dramatic fashion. Visually, the 1958 Impala is a high-impact automobile, particularly when one considers the quantity of light its chrome reflects. For 1958, no automotive surface was left untouched or unchanged. Coves and Leake, Tulsa, OK, 6/10/2005 SCM ID# 38353 panel ridges are trimmed in brightwork; chevrons, flags and nameplates are emblazoned across most of the available surfaces. The departure from the lauded “tri-five” Chevrolets was welcomed, and contributes to the collectability of cars from Chevy's '58 model year. The one-year-only styling has come to represent the risk-taking, changemaking zeitgeist of the late '50s and early '60s. It's quite a contrast to the “What marque is that?” cab-forward family sedan of today. Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group

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Seat Time Dean Jennings, Cleveland, OK: In 1963, when I was in high school in Thousand Oaks, CA, my mother had a four-door ‘58 Bel Air (not the cooler two-door). The engine was a 250-hp 348 (if I remember correctly). It wasn't the fastest car in town, but I knew how to keep it tuned and it would smoke one tire for at least a block. It sounded terrific, with the exhaust disconnected just in front of the mufflers. The Impala convertible was the most expensive Chevrolet available in 1958, and buyers had a number of power trains to choose from. Available engines included a 235-ci, six-cylinder, a 283 V8 with a four-barrel carburetor, or a 348-ci V8. Carburetion options included a four-barrel, three two-barrel carburetors, or Chevrolet's Ram-Jet fuel injection—for an additional $484. Dual exhaust was available on the 348 V8 cars. Transmission options included a three-speed manual transmission with overdrive, as well as Powerglide and Turboglide automatics. The '58 Impala can reasonably be said to be the first muscle car. While Impalas were big cars (the sport coupes weighed in at 3,540 lbs. and the convertibles at 3,635 lbs.), the 348-equipped Impalas made 250 to 315 horsepower depending on fuel delivery and transmission configurations. This translated to a pretty quick trip to the grocery store. The market today values the powerful 348 V8 equipped Impalas more highly than others, with premium prices realized for fuel-injected cars. Two factors contribute to this car's high price. It is a convertible equipped with the 348 V8 motor and triple carburetors, which make 280 hp. Impala convertibles have brought six-figure sale prices before; “348 Tri-power” seem to be magic words. Prices have climbed steadily steady for these cars in the last two or three years with the best cars topping $100,000, about double the price of second-tier examples. While 348-equipped Impalas will continue to be the most highly valued, a good small block convertible or a sharp coupe would be a cheaper way to jump into the '58 Chevrolet pool. Parts availability is good, and there is a network of enthusiasts, who can easily be found at any '50s car show in your neck of the woods. Of course, 1958 Impalas, like all American cars of the era, are evil-handling, have no brakes to speak of, and restoration costs that can exceed the budget of a Saturn V launch. But then, if you're looking for a cheap, crisphandling car, you're reading the wrong profile in the first place. As an icon of GM during its salad days, the '58 Impala is a complete winner.u MARIT ANNE PETERSON would like the only Alfa Romeo B.A.T. in the Law Library lot, or maybe the only Eagle SX4. Right now, all her money is paying off her student loan. August 2006 It was an automatic and had no low gear, only drive and GR, or grade retard, which according to the owner's manual was strictly not to be used for acceleration. However, I discovered that using GR in a drag race greatly increased off-the-line acceleration, so from then on, it got used whenever necessary—which was frequently. The front fenders would bounce up and down over bumps, they were so long and poorly supported. The car swayed terribly in hard corners, but a set of the stiffest shocks I could buy solved that. Mom said she had to get the tranny rebuilt in 1967. Pretty tough transmission, considering. She never knew. Scott Boses, West Hollywood, CA: The Bel Air was one of the most popular vehicles in the fleet, especially with the 283 and the Power Glide 2-speed automatic. It was most popular with the foreign tourists, as it typified a time when American meant better as well as bigger. The fact that six full-size adults fit comfortably in the car was also a draw. It was amazing to drive it up the Pali Highway to cross to the North shore. You would step down to pass and hear that great four-barrel drone as it whipped you back in the seat. In those days, I still had some hair and could appreciate the wind in it.u 57

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Buying Techniques That Work A flashlight is mandatory. Use it to look for rust repair, panel replacement, and accident damage H ow do you keep a seller honest? Every seller has one goal in mind—getting your money— and even the most honest person can “forget” the truth. Over the years, I have developed a buying technique designed to catch Joe Isuzu, who wouldn't know the truth if it bit him. Herewith are some guidelines: READ BETWEEN THE LINES Decipher what the seller's descrip- tion really means. People have trouble putting a blatant lie in print for fear of getting caught or having it used against them. So what the description doesn't say is what you should worry about. For example: “The 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge was equipped with a Ram Air III engine Have I got a deal for you producing 366 hp.” Guess what—I bet this Judge no longer has its original engine. Previous owner said it ran and drove very well. Call a tow truck if you buy this baby. “Completely original, with freshly done interior, respray, and new drivetrain.” Be afraid, be very afraid. ASK TOUGH QUESTIONS, TAKE NOTES Once you have studied the description, make your list. Ask questions that clarify what is written, as well as what is left out. Write down the seller's answers, especially if dealing face to face. An honest seller won't mind you taking notes; a dishonest one will squirm. Research the car you are buying, and know important details, such as casting numbers on key components. Know what equipment was standard and what was optional. Ask tough questions and keep asking until you are satisfied you get the truth. A “four- owner” car? Get the owners' names and ask if you may contact them. If the seller doesn't know the names, how does he know the car only had four owners? Such questions will help you decide if you should proceed. CRAWL ALL OVER THE CAR Check the seller's answers against the car. Have a flashlight and notepad, arm yourself with a book describing where the important numbers are located, and get dirty. Ever see buyers at auction wearing nice clean clothes, who never crack a hood or crawl under a car? They're asking for it. You'll see me in a T-shirt and jeans, with a pocket of greasy rags and a flashlight. If you are not comfortable checking the numbers, get somebody who is—even if just to read them to you. Look for continuity among date codes and general appearance. If a 120,000-mile car has grease on everything except the serial number stamping and date -code casting on the engine block, look for a grinder and Home Depot stamp set under this seller's workbench. HOW TO FIND ‘ORIGINAL' SINS If the car appears to be real, start checking its condition. Your homework will have told you the trouble areas. For example, on early GTOs, the rear body mounts at the frame are the first place to look; these are the first place GTOs rust. It is also the last place anybody bothers to fix properly, and issues there are easy to spot. If the car is reported to be unrestored, poke around for proof. Is the carpet original? Seat covers? Body panels? Paint? The desirability of unrestored cars has driven many to doll up tacky old dogs to look “unrestored”. Spend $300 and arm yourself with a digital paint-thickness gauge. This device, when held against paint, reports the thickness of the finish. Factory-applied paint is typically 2–5 mils; repaints will result in 8–10 mils or more. 58 At a recent auction, I was inspecting a car that proudly proclaimed “100% Original Factory Paint.” Looking at it, I could see imperfections in the underlying prepwork—telling me the car had been repainted. Using my paint gauge, I walked around the car and checked surface thickness at various points. The seller spotted this and quite defensively came over and barked, “What is that THING you are aiming at my car?” My reply: “It's a lie detector.” Seller: “What does it tell you?” Me: “You're guilty.” 10–15 mils everywhere. A flashlight is mandatory. Use it to look for rust repair, panel replacement, and accident damage. Look in the trunk, under the rear window area, then all the way down the quarter panels forward to the doors. Body filler and paint guns can reach nearly everywhere without much effort, except these areas. Look closely at panel seams and spot welds. Study original cars and apply this knowledge to re- stored ones. Be thorough, be educated, and make sure the seller sees you making this kind of inspection. The guilty ones won't stop talking, and the honest ones will let you look to your heart's content. GET ALL CLAIMS IN WRITING Here's a tip for auction buyers: If the car passes these tests to your satisfaction, ask the seller to put in writing any claims he has made to you verbally that are not on the printed auction description. If the auction announces a car as “documented with the original build sheet” but it is not on the window card, have the seller and the auction company note on the block ticket that the original build sheet will be delivered with the car. Take it slow, inspect the car, and verify the seller's claims. If you are short of knowledge or confidence, the best money you can spend is to hire a specialist. However, don't fall prey to one of the “nationwide vehicle inspection services” that have grown up lately. These firms subcontract their orders to local insurance adjusters. I guarantee they will know less than you do about the car in question. Instead, call restoration shops or clubs in the area and ask for recommendations. Ask the inspector for multiple pictures and to follow a pre-determined checklist. Have these sent to you upon completion. These techniques should help you get the car you thought you were buying into your garage, rather than one that keeps giving you one bad surprise after another. u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. Sports Car Market Shelby American Automobile Club, www.saac.com

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Race Car Profile 1963 Cobra 289 Le Mans The engine and transmission Shelby dropped into the car were as exotic as corn dogs at a state fair by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1963–64 Number produced: 6 (‘Le Mans') 11 (total FIA Spec), 651 Series I Original list price: $2,700 (to Shelby less engine & transmission) SCM Valuation: $300,000–$1,650,000 Cost per hour to race: $750 Tune-up/Major service: $400 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Tag in engine compartment, bonnet latch, inside door. Club: Shelby American Automobile Club, PO Box 788, Sharon CT 06069 More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, 1964–65 Ferrari 250LM, 1950–53 Jaguar C-type SCM Investment Guide: A COMPS Chassis number: CSX2136 C arroll Shelby's concept was simple enough. Take the attractive, lightweight, well-proven Ace roadster built by AC Cars and turn it into a world-beating production racer by the simple expedient of replacing its aging six-cylinder engines with a powerful and reliable American engine. At least that was the plan. In practice the Ford's greater power exceeded the AC chassis' design limits. It needed bigger tires to put the power down, which also increased cornering forces and exacerbated the shortcomings of the Ace's simple transverse leaf spring suspension. Better brakes were needed and introduced even more stress. By April of 1963, as the Cobra was demonstrating its speed and improving its reliability in FIA competition at Daytona and Sebring, Shelby moved to the next phase— the Le Mans 24-hour race. Two cars were built and were the most highly developed of all the early Cobras. The Cobra entered by AC Cars finished 7th overall, 3rd in the GT category, and won the 4-liter to 5-liter class. This success resulted in the construction of six more Cobras designated as Le Mans versions by AC and Shelby, among the first Cobras built with rack-and-pinion steering. The first of these, S/N CSX2136, proudly offered here by RM Auctions, was delivered to Shelby American in June of 1963 and competed in the remaining races of the 1963 SCCA/US Road Racing Championship season. In addition to its Le Mans features, it got the Webers as 60 supplied on the Le Mans cars, Halibrand wheels, front wheelwell spats and wider rear flares, Koni shocks, brake cooling scoops, front and rear sway bars, engine oil and differential coolers, driveshaft hoop, electric fuel pump, and a fuel pressure gauge in the dashboard to replace the standard Cobra clock. Ed Leslie acquired S/N CSX2136 from the Shelby Team on January 30, 1964, and made a mockery of the competition in the SCCA's A Production class, winning his class in seven of eleven SCCA races in 1964, including the ARRC finale at Riverside. Carefully restored by experts in the Shelby Cobra marque, S/N CSX2136 is presented as it was raced in 1963 by the Shelby American team in its team livery. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $1,650, 000 at RM Amelia Island Auction March 11, 2006. No sports car in the history of America's love affair with fast cars has captured the fantasies of the general public like the Cobra. Perhaps it's because the whole concept is so quint- 1963 Shelby Cobra Lot #S161, S/N CSX2138 Condition: 3+ Sold at $1,292,500 essentially American in its cheerful underdog image. Part of our national mythology revolves round a hardworking, ordinary guy faced with a challenge. He uses his native ingenuity to assemble something from bits found around the backyard, then goes out and shows the world. It's America's self-told story, repeated in hundreds of variations and thousands of fantasies throughout our culture. The 289 Cobra in itself is not a very special car. John Tojeiro designed the basic au- Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/20/2005 SCM ID# 38991 Sports Car Market 1962 Shelby Cobra Lot #175, S/N CSX2026 Condition: 1- Sold at $1,815,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/2006 SCM ID# 40682 Photos: ACME Studios

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tomobile as a one-off racing special in 1953, with a very simple tubular ladder chassis and a body modeled after a Ferrari Barchetta. AC Cars turned it into a production sports car and had been building it unchanged for about eight years when Carroll Shelby came knocking. The suspension was antique, with transverse leaf springs front and rear. The engine and transmission Shelby dropped into the car were as exotic as corn dogs at a state fair. Though it was a pretty package, even in its time it was very retro (maybe “classic” is a nicer term). By the time the Cobra arrived, Corvette had the Sting Ray, and the Italians were abandoning front engines in favor of mid-engine layouts. As noted, the American psyche takes great pleasure in responding to precision handling and fancy footwork with a large hammer, and the Cobra instantly became an icon. In its way, the Cobra was Indiana Jones' handgun in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” and Carroll Shelby was an archetype like Harrison Ford's character—laconic and smiling, but steely-eyed. In time, the Cobra became the most replicated car in history, but in its day the car was not a commercial success. From the beginning, the purpose of the Cobra was to win races, not to go to the grocery store, and that severely limited the market. Shelby talked about selling a thousand per year, but in the end, only 651 Series I Cobras were built. Shelby made his money selling GT 350s. The six Le Mans replicas are an important subset of the racing Cobras. With the exception of not getting the aluminum hardtop (one did) and Halibrand wheels instead of Dunlop, these were built to the exact specification of the 1963 Le Mans cars, with bulbous fenders, hood scoop, fender side vents, big brakes, and Webers. The first three were kept by Shelby as team cars for the 1963 season, and the second three were sold to serious racers. At the end of the season the team cars were sold to “quasi-factory” individuals to be raced in 1964, and Shelby had five 1964 cars built to the same specification for official factory racing. Collectively these eleven cars have become known as the “USRRC Cobras.” Together they dominated SCCA A Production and USRRC racing in 1964. In one of the ironies that seem to follow the racing car business, Shelby himself forced the Le Mans cars from their throne. At the end of 1964, the Mark II was introduced. With a stronger chassis, coil spring suspension, and the 427 engine, it was the future. The SCCA went along and made the 427 the A Production car for 1965, moving the Mark I (289) down to B Production. The Corvette troops got their revenge when the legal B Production Cobra was reduced to almost showroom-stock specification, and the USRRC-specification cars had August 2006 61

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Race Car Profile Profile way too many modifications to qualify. Though a well- driven USRRC Cobra was probably an easy match for the 427s, SCCA made no provisi e Car Profile way way too many modifications to qualify. Though a welldriven USRRC Cobra was probably an easy match for the 427s, SCCA made no provision for them to run in A Production, so the eleven USRRC Cobras became instant museum pieces. The market for FIA Cobras has been extremely strong in the past three or four years, with prices roughly doubling. Within the category of “FIA specification” there is a definite hierarchy of values, mostly related to race history and how many issues exist with the provenance. At the bottom level are the 1963 cars, probably because their “team history” was strictly U.S. racing. The middle tier is the 1964 USRRC factory cars, and the top seems to be the 1964 cars with international FIA history. This is understandable; even with the same specification, cars that only competed in American club racing don't have the cachet of the Targa Florio or Nürburgring. The current range for serious racing Cobras seems to be $1.3 million to $2.2 million, and the subject car hit just below the middle of that range. As a 1963 car with only U.S. (and mostly privateer) history, I'd say it was fairly bought.u THOR THORSON has been hooked on race cars since the late 1950s and involved with vintage racing since the late 1970s. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. 62 Seat Time Archie Urcioli, Rowayton, CT: Years ago, I had eyes only for the 427 Cobra. However, as the years went by, the simpler lines of the 289 became more appealing. How to resolve this wonderful dilemma? For me, the answer was the late 289 race-car models, variously called FIA, USRRC, Le Mans, or Sebring roadsters. Sort of 289 bodies on steroids, these cars represent the final—and, to my eye, the best—evolution of the 289 Cobra. They still retained the classic British look and smaller grille opening of the early AC cars, but added wider wheels and tires, flared fenders, cut-back doors to fit the larger rear fenders, an oil-cooler opening below the grille (much of the look foreshadowing the later 427 model), and a hotted-up engine with Weber carbs. These cars should be classified as front-mid-engined, since the front of the engine block is close to a foot behind Urcioli's Cobra the front axle line. Perhaps this explains their excellent handling characteristics, despite awesome horsepower (over 300), torque (about 350 lb-ft), and light weight (just over 2,000 pounds). Their power-to-weight ratios put them in a league with many modern supercars, at least up to 100 mph, where dated leaf-spring suspension, blocky body, and absence of aerodynamic aids begin to become quite apparent. They are blazingly quick off the line, drift with gusto, and are generally a blast to drive; but it would take a brave man indeed to take one all the way up to its 140 mph top speed. My hat is off to the guys who raced these cars in serious competition 40 years ago. And if you ever drive one in the wet, be very careful!u Sports Car Market

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Market Reports Overview Texas, Tanks, and Everything in Between If the Futurliner was too heavy for the stage at B-J, you can only imagine the damage a 20-ton Matilda Mk1 flamethrower tank would have done by Stefan Lombard G Mecum K.C. grows by million-dollar leaps earheads have flocked to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, for more than 30 years in search of the goodies only available at a swap meet. And in the three decades that Carlisle Events has hosted the show, the size and scope have grown exponentially. Last year, a half-million people attended. In fact, the Carlisle folks have created something of a small empire in south-central Pennsylvania, offering up an endless calendar of automotive events as varied as motorsports expos, replicar and custom tuner shows, Corvette festivals, motorcycle gatherings, and single-make invitationals for all Detroit's finest. Following the October 2005 completion of the purpose-built, 30,000-square-foot Carlisle Expo Center, all the group lacked was an auction. Now CEO John Detrick can check that one off the list, too. The inaugural Carlisle Collector Car Auction proved to be a big success for the group, who viewed the sale with a “real cars, real prices” attitude. Bidders responded to the approach by spending nearly $3m on 114 cars. No records were broken; there was no “spending mania.” As SCM market analyst Charles Stitzer reports, it truly was just real cars at real prices. If it was records and big spending you were looking for, then Seabrook, Texas, was the place to be. Carl Bomstead paid a visit to Worldwide's Houston Classic, where John Kruse, Rod Egan, and the rest posted a substantial $11m result. In the process, they ushered three more cars into the Million-Dollar Club, including a beautiful 1911 Mercedes skiff, profiled in this issue on page 52, and a new Mopar representative. This sale, and the Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance that it accompanies, has quickly gone from big to bigger, which is great news for the hobby. By the Numbers $6m $8m $10m $12m $4m $2m Cox Branson, MO 64 Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline, MA Mecum Kansas City, MO Worldwide Houston, TX Bonhams & Goodman Melbourne, Australia Carlisle Carlisle, PA Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000

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Mecum Auctions (M) Kansas City, MO, p. 100 Bonhams & Goodman Melbourne, AUS, p. 120 The Wroldwide Group (WW) Seabrook, TX, p. 66 Cox Auctions (CX), Branson, MO, p. 78 Donald Osborne never misses a chance to attend the sale Bonhams & Butterfields hosts at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts. This year, as in years past, Brass Era classics made up a good percentage of the consignments. With “London-to-Brighton eligibility” being a catchphrase for such cars, it's no surprise several of them did so well. At his annual springtime stop in Branson, Missouri, Senior Analyst Dave Kinney witnessed another solid result from Jim Cox and his hometown company. Armed with good cars, well-versed auctioneers, and a long history of success, Cox has the successful formula down, and this year's $2.8m result speaks to that perfectly. As Branson expands to accommodate its ever-increasing popularity as SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA, p. 110 Bonhams & Butterfields (BB) Brookline, MA, p. 90 a destination spot, Kinney tells us to count on Cox to match that growth. Meanwhile, up in Kansas City, Mecum held the spring installment of its K.C. Dream Classic. As a warm-up to its big Illinois sales in Belvidere and St. Charles, this sale seems to get bigger each year. In fact, the $3.3m result was a million-dollar jump over last year, and more than $2m bigger than in 2004. B. Mitchell Carlson was there, and so were a disproportionate number of cars from The General. Finally, the Australian market has tanked. Well, sort of. This month we bring car collectors exclusive coverage of the Bonhams & Goodman sale from the Belfield Tank Museum. More than 1,200 people attended, including John Clucas, who saw 258 of 261 lots sell. It's a good thing most were just static displays. If the Futurliner was too heavy for the stage at Barrett-Jackson, you can only imagine the damage a 20-ton Matilda Mk1 flamethrower tank would have done. Let's just hope none of the military lots were going into a container with something red and less…sturdy.u Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1935 M-B 500/540K cabriolet, $1,650,000—WW, p. 68 2. 1911 Mercedes 37/90hp skiff, $1,050,000—WW, p. 68 3. 1971 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda hard top, $1,045,000—WW, p. 76 4. 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, $330,000—WW, p. 74 5. 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada, $269,500—WW, p. 70 6. 1917 Packard 2-25 Twin Six, $269,500—WW, p. 70 7. 1940 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS cabriolet, $247,500—WW, p. 68 8. 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy roadster, $225,500—WW, p. 68 9. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $212,000—CX 10. 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible, $184,250—WW, p. 74 August 2006 1. 1962 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide, $18,135—BB, p. 92 2. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL, $30,210—CX, p. 82 3. 1939 Plymouth Deluxe convertible, $58,500—BB, p. 98 4. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $66,150—M, p. 102 5. 1904 Winton 20hp rear-entrance tonneau, $172,000—BB, p. 94 65 Best Buys

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author The Houston Classic Auction An early Saturday morning storm wreaked havoc by soaking the displays and mussing the auction tent Company The Worldwide Group Date May 6, 2006 Location Seabrook, TX Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold / offered 99 / 110 Sales rate 90% Sales total $11,085,010 High sale 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K, sold at $1,650,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included sold prices) After the weather relented, a smooth sale in Seabrook Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics S Seabrook, TX aturday afternoon on the northern edge of Galveston Bay was about as ideal a setting as one might find on a spring day in Houston. Taking full advantage of the sunshine and clear skies, thousands of people ambled among the 11th Annual Keels and Wheels Concours d'Elegance, taking in the 70 wooden boats at berth in the Lakewood Yacht Club and the 170 cars displayed on the clubhouse grounds. And with Worldwide's auction tent mere feet away, attendees were free to take in both events, coming and going as they pleased. Saturday morning, however, was a different matter, as an early storm wreaked havoc by soaking the displays and mussing the auction tent. Event workers and volunteers were quick to spring to action once it passed, and both events got underway, albeit a few hours late. Delayed or not, John Kruse, Rod Egan, and the rest of The Worldwide Group put on one smash of a sale. With a hit rate of 90%, the only real weakness seemed to be the early Full Classics, which were a tough sell here. Three cars joined the Million Dollar Club—one of them, a 1971 Hemi 'Cuda hard top that barely made the list, sold for $1,045,000 once the premium had been added. Restored meticulously and touted as being one of one finished in Sassy Grass Green, the seller was a bit disappointed in the 66 result, as he had hoped for another half-million or so. That tells you something about the market, doesn't it? This auction worked so well because of the automo- biles Kruse and Egan were able to consign. They ran the gamut, from an unmolested Chevrolet Bel Air to a flawless Mercedes-Benz 190SL, a factory-correct Shelby GT500 KR to a 1911 Mercedes 37/90hp skiff by Labourdette that could have passed for fine art. In short, they covered all the bases, and the bidders responded to such diverse offerings with open wallets. In addition to the 110 cars that crossed the block, seven wooden boats were presented, with a 1929 Hacker Craft 26' Dolphin Junior Runabout selling for $242,000. The crowd favorite, a 1926 Dodge Racing Runabout once owned by Horace Dodge, failed to reach the seller's expectations and thus went unsold. As a judge at the concours, I wore many hats over the weekend, which allowed me the kind of access any gearhead would love. It made for a busy but delightful day. And early morning weather aside, the whole program came off without a hitch. The hosts at Keels and Wheels were most gracious, and the folks at Worldwide went out of their way to make sure I had what I needed. What more could a guy ask for?u Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author TOP 10 No. 8 ENGLISH #033-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 alloy roadster. S/N 670170. Eng. # W13318. Birch Gray/red leather. Odo: 363. One of 184 LHD alloy-bodied XK 120s built. Completely restored in the early 1990s. Recently resprayed to a high standard. Stated to have recent mechanicial work. Door gaps are off a bit, but the body is Clean engine and compartment, at least for now. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,750. Healeys that have been properly restored and maintained continue to appreciate. The $38k to $48k estimate here was a bit optimistic, as the final bid came in well below the low number. I'd have to say this one should be chalked up in the buyer's favor. Now he needs to get out and drive the wheels off it. straight. Excellent fit to the leather seats, with carpet as-new. Underhood is neat and tidy, with no leaks or puddles. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $225,500. There was little to fault on this well-presented Jag. With its history known from new and complete with a British Heritage Certificate, the price paid was market-correct. If having an alloy XK 120 is worth two to three times as much as a steel-bodied car, then this was the one to get. No problem on either side of this transaction. #049-1959 JAGUAR XK 150S roadster. S/N T831574. Eng. # VS15119. Carmen Red/ black fabric/black leather. Odo: 6,763 miles. Close to 900 XK 150 roadsters were offered with S performance heads. Correct numbers on this 3.4-liter model, verified with a British Heritage Certificate. Minor swirls and scratches GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #063-1911 MERCEDES 37/90HP skiff. S/N 13504. Wood & black/brown leather. RHD. Yacht-style triple layer wood body, with tiny doors for rigidity. First delivered to hat maker Henry Stetson for $18,000. Original body was recreated utilizing 2,700 brass rivets. Long list of awards from major concours spanning a 10-year period. A work of art, with nothing to fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,050,000. Photos Absolutely the best example you will ever find. Nothing to fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $67,100. Top dollar for a top flight car. The buyer made out just fine here. Go find an average example for $25k and try to finish it to this standard for less than $50k. It just won't happen. #064-1965 AMPHICAR 770 convertible sedan. S/N 106522258. Eng. # GK1645HE. Regatta Red/white fabric/white vinyl. Odo: 209 miles. Called the 770, as it will do 7 mph on the water and 70 mph on land. Fully restored some years ago. Driver's door doesn't close properly, and that can cause a very wet problem. The paint shows well, with a few chips and nicks. Windshield glass is scratched. in the paint. Scratches on the passenger side of the windshield, with the window frame dented. Leather interior is done to a high standard. Engine compartment is well-detailed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. The 3.8-liter S roadsters create more interest than the smaller 3.4s, often drawing a $50k to $70k premium. But I can't fault the seller here for not letting this one go. Examples in this condition have been bringing $110k or more, so the seller should do better next time out. #014-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk1 roadster. S/N HBT7L15927. Eng. # 29ERUH2317. Healey Blue & white/dark blue leather. Odo: 56,029 miles. The only year for the triple SU carb setup. British Heritage Certificate. Offered with the factory hard top. Recently resprayed to a decent standard, but showing some minor flaws. New interior kit. Stated to have had a mechanical overhaul. 68 do not do this Mercedes justice. It was worth the price of admission to view the car. The price paid seemed in line with a very thin market, and may even have been a bit light. This car has already racked up a long list of hardware, so what will the new owner do with it now? A museum seems like just the place. (Profiled on p. 52; Legal Files, p. 28) TOP 10 No. 1 #060-1935MERCEDES-BENZ 500/540K cabriolet. S/N 12847. Eng. # U105384. Black/black fabric/red lather. Odo: 1,157 km. Born as a 500K Cabriolet A. Upgraded with a 540K engine in 1938. Restored in 2004. Body fit and finish are excellent, including the paint and brightwork. Interior is finished to the highest standard, with a mother-of-pearl instrument panel. A striking car from every angle. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,650,000. High sale of the auction. Not in the same league as a Special Roadster, but still very desirable. The engine swap was not an issue here, as it was done in the era. I'd go so far as to say this car was well bought. #068-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL roadster. S/N 1210407502005. Onyx Black/ tan fabric/tan lather. Odo: 30,401. Forever known as the poor relation to the 300SL. Still not a bad deal. Restored to better-than-new standards, with $100,000 in receipts to prove it. Minor wear throughout the interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,300. Anyone who reads this magazine knows these have been selling for silly money of late. While this was not as silly as some, it was still at least twice what they were selling for a few years ago. Difficult to justify, but the seller should be happy. I just hope the new owner gets that door fixed before the first water outing. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 7 #039-1940 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS cabriolet. S/N 915089. Eng. # 923853. 2tone grey/red leather. RHD. Odo: 35,757 km. The only Graber-bodied Alfa Romeo 6C 2500. Engine is correct but does not match chassis number. Cosmetic restoration many years ago. Now shows numerous paint blemishes, Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author was well below both the cost of construction and the low estimate of $150k. It still seemed like a bunch of money for a car that will put you in the back row at most shows and in the parking lot at Ferrari events. Gold chains not included. But it might be fun to drive through River Oaks in the early morning hours with the pipes barking. TOP 10 No. 5 scratches, and swirls. Non-original Nardi steering wheel. Nice patina on the leather interior. Very attractive design on a striking car that won the 2005 “Spirit of Amelia” award. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $247,500. Just the right mix of style and patina. Welcomed at most any event, but it can also be driven without concern. The price paid was a little light for a car of this caliber so the buyer should be feeling good about his purchase. #030-1958 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N 101202. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 65,160 miles. Modified for vintage racing by Bob Norwood. Replacement engine. Intake was modified for the 3 Weber sidedraft carbs. Corvette 6-speed manual transmission added. Recaro seats, fuel cell, and new suspension. Solid and straight body, with decent paint. A #067-1968 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT Strada coupe. S/N IA30303. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 65,789 miles. Powered by a Corvette 327/327. A well-maintained example of a rare exotic, with presentable paint and an excellent, new interior. Air conditioning was recently added. Very attractive styling. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $269,500. Giotto Bizzarrini designed the Iso leather interior. Engine compartment is clean and highly detailed. A great Full Classic. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. This would have to be considered well bought, carrying with it all the prestige of a Packard that has been sorted out. Ready to go on CCCA CARavans and other tours. It would cost a bunch more than what was paid here to restore a lesser example. and Grifo for Rivolta, but he built the 5300 GT on his own. About 70 alloy-bodied cars were produced over a three-year period. The price paid here was in the expected range. Must be some sort of record for a hybrid with Corvette engine and Italian styling. A positive sign of what's to happening to Grifos and Italias. AMERICAN desirable car that has been totally messed with. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,100. Let's see: loss of value due to mods = $20k; cost of mods = $50k. The catalog states the car was raced only a few times, so I sure hope the seller had fun. On the other hand, the buyer made out, and his race prep will be close to zero. There is a lesson to be learned here. #025-1961 FERRARI 250 TR Replica spyder. S/N 250GTE2597. Red/blue leather. One of four TR replicas built in the U.S. by Bob Norwood in 1981. This was one of two built using a 250 GT as the donor, with the chassis modified to take a hand-formed aluminum TR body. Both body and paint show quite well. The GTE engine breathes through six Weber downdraft carbs. Sold on bill of sale only. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,500. The price paid a definite crowd pleaser. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $269,500. I watched this car leave Kirkland, WA, last year on the Motoring Classic trip to Pebble Beach. It made it with just a little help along the way. Many questions will hang on this car for years: How much is original Packard? How much is modified? When and where did such work take place? But it is loaded with interesting Argentinian racing history. And it certainly will be a smash at any show it attends. 70 Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 6 #026-1917 PACKARD 2-25 TWIN SIX Runabout race car. S/N 32168. Red & cream/tan leather. Discovered in Argentina in the early 1960s and with great difficulty shipped to the U.S. Unrestored until 2005, but now finished to a high standard. Fitted with a Hispano-Suiza front axle and Twin Six V12. Shown at 2005 Pebble Beach. Handsome, well-presented, and though not to concours standards. Spare tire covers are missing. The leather interior shows a nice patina. Attractive but common bodystyle. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $730,000. Another '30s era Classic that failed to sell. A sign of the times when a Plymouth brings seven figures and a Duesenberg fails even to get close. #016-1939 LASALLE SERIES 50 con- vertible coupe. S/N 2307566. Oxblood Maroon/tan fabric/maroon leather. Odo: 81,336 miles. Overall styling lacks a sense of flair. Straight and solid body. The paint shows a #055-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J Clear Vision convertible sedan. S/N 2363. Eng. # J420. Red & maroon/tan fabric/parchment leather. Odo: 70,755 miles. Older restoration that has been recently freshened up. Once a part of the Imperial Palace Collection. The paint and brightwork are very presentable, #040-1930 PACKARD 745 convert- ible. S/N 297987. Black/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 48 miles. Attractive styling on a Senior Packard. Dual Pilot Ray driving lights. Restored some years ago but still crisp. Minor paint touch-up on the golf club door, with brightwork to a high standard. Very nice

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few flaws, but nothing serious. Most chrome is pitted throughout. Ugly turn signals have been added. Nice leather interior, though the dash is very plain. Engine compartment shows a few leaks and streaks. An average car all over. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,200. Many people argue that the LaSalle was a marketing mistake, as it took sales away from Cadillac. For '39 they looked more like Buicks than Caddies, but then their best years were 1927 and 1934. They're not Full Classics, so you need to find friends in the Cadillac-LaSalle Club. I would suggest this one was fully priced, even if it did come in five grand light of the low estimate. #023-1948 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER sedan. S/N 7078709. Light green/tan fabric & green leather. Odo: 72,467 miles. Offered by the same family as the '48 T & C convertible, lot 22, and not as nice. The catalog stated it was being repainted and receiving new brightwork, has seen its share of posts and walls. Interior is stained and shows years of use. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,100. Four-door sedans are a world apart from woody convertibles, and the price difference here was evident. This car was cheap enough, but the closer you looked, the worse it got. The new owner will be underwater with the first restoration bill and will still have a ho-hum sedan. #103-1948 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Highlander convertible sedan. S/N 70667885. Red/red vinyl/red plaid. Odo: 35,222 miles. A couple of notches below the T & C (lot 22) and the New Yorker (lot 23). Paint is worn and tired, with a big touch-up on the hood. Grille GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale Coupe ‘The Bumblebee' but that did not happen. Driver's door is difficult to close. Most glass is delaminating, and all trim is worn and pitted. The rear bumper is pitted and dinged. So-so Highlander interior, with badly worn trim. Engine and compartment are stained, with signs of fluid leaks. Just an average convertible with a desirable interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,350. Lots of work to be done here to bring this up to a reasonable Chassis # 0197EL perfectly embodied the styling genius of Vignale. Originally finished in the flamboyant colour scheme of pale yellow and black with a matching interior of black seating with yellow piping, 0197 was a show stopper! Sold new in 1952 to a wealthy Frenchman, 0197 was latterly exported to the States until subsequently being bought by one of the foremost Ferrari collectors who entrusted DK Engineering to carry out a very extensive and painstaking restoration. Since then 0197 has been shown at Pebble Beach and is one of the most stunning 212's that we have seen 1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 ‘Ruddspeed' The Austin Healey, at the hands of such drivers as Pat Moss, Paddy Hopkirk and the Morely brothers, was highly successful in international rallying and racing. It was with this in mind that Ken Rudd, by then already well known in the world of Motorsport for his successful work with AC Ace's, ordered a standard road car. Rudd was keen to give 9380 PO the full Ruddspeed treatment. The engine was upgraded to an alleged 178bhp and appeared in pretty much every motoring publication of the day, making its racing debut in the 1960 Snetterton meeting. This FIA eligible Healey is perfect for many of today's historic motor racing events. CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1960 Austin-Healey ‘Ruddspeed' 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé ‘The Bumblebee' 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 - Aluminium 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com August 2006 www.gregorfisken.com 71

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author standard. As a plus, the interior is in good condition, so the money can be spent on the exterior. The price paid was not out of line, but the new owner will be in it pretty deep after the paint and chrome bills are paid. #047-1950 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Newport coupe. S/N 7412031. Blue/green leather & whipcord. Odo: 2,263 miles. Body-off restoration. Top is incorrectly painted the body color. Non-original wire wheels, but the originals are included. Body is straight, with good gaps. Minor issues with the paint, including polish swirl marks and light air. Spotless engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,200. It was difficult to tell if the interior was vinyl or leather, the quality was so poor. This car sold for stronger money than I expected. But Mk IIs have been coming into their own of late, so this may well be the new market-correct price for a decent example. I guess I sold mine way too soon. #010-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- seats. Engine compartment is clean, with no fluid concerns. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,800. These cars can be a good value, as they lag behind the more popular '55 Bel Airs but are still an attractive and fun ride. This one has a list of needs that will be expensive. For now, it can be driven as-is and upgraded as you go. That said, I think the price paid was up there, considering the checks that still need to be written. #044-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR orange peel. Wood trim is in good shape, as is the brightwork. No issues with the interior, which shows little use. Engine is clean and tidy. A strong presentation overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,100. Seems like not that long ago you could have bought a T & C convertible for this kind of money, but times have changed. This still seemed like a bunch for a coupe, regardless of the quality of restoration. #018-1952 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible coupe. S/N 526221705. Dark blue/blue Haartz cloth/tan leather. Odo: 53,189 miles. Exciting styling pushed Cadillac ahead of Packard in the luxury market during the early '50s. This example is restored to high standards, with excellent paintwork. Minor chrome issues are the only flaws noted. The interior convertible. S/N VC55T137388. Light blue & white/light blue fabric/blue vinyl. Odo: 7,343 miles. Unrestored, with documented low mileage. Paint is cracking in places and there are a few nicks and chips. Front bumper is rechromed. Glass is delaminating. Interior is in very nice condition, with new carpets and door hard top. S/N VC57N100480. Tropical Turquoise/Surf Green/black & turquoise fabric & cloth. Odo: 17,239 miles. Part of a local car dealer's collection. Panel fit is acceptable, though not perfect. Some paint flaws on the hood and rear fenders. The attractive interior shows well, but the steering wheel is cracked. Very few options, but it does have a Powerglide tranny. The engine compartment is clean and nicely detailed. Well presented. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,900. Another color combination not to everyone's taste. The car brought reasonable money considering the limited options list. The auction catalog used that as a selling point, but it seems a bit of a stretch to me. The buyer did alright here, and will be fine if he decides to sell in a few years. rear window. Engine is not detailed but is clean and presentable. Gas tank and fuel pump have been replaced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $122,100. The buyer paid a premium for a low-mileage example of a desirable Bel Air. The problem now is what to do with the car? Driving it will cost a bunch, so I guess he'll have to put it in a musuem or haul it around to Chevy shows and bask in the attention. Certainly nothing wrong with that. #034-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL is flawless, with tan leather and blue piping. Engine compartment sparkles. Very strong presentation overall. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,800. The 62 series convertibles from the early 1950s continue to appreciate and rightly so. Attractive styling, effortless handling, and plenty of power make them a fun ride. The price paid here was on the money, but it will no doubt seem cheap in a few years. #021-1954 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible coupe. S/N C54T057502. Onyx Black/tan fabric/white & black vinyl. Odo: 84,541 miles. Striking color combination on a 10-footer that needs love and affection. The paint is worn thin in places and shows numerous touch-ups. Most chrome is tired and needs to be redone. Some seams are separating on the 72 Mk II 2-door hard top. S/N C56D2730. Amethyst/red & white leather. Odo: 96,392 miles. Recent restoration to a decent standard. Unusual but correct paint shows a few minor blemishes, but nothing serious. Straight panels and good gaps. Acceptable brightwork. The replacement leather interior is inferior to the original Connolly hides. Equipped with #054-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible sedan. S/N E7FH315041. White/ black/white. Odo: 61,750 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. An “E code” T-Bird restored to the highest of standards. A long list of awards, including a Gold Medallion from Classic Thunderbird International. This engine offered 58 additional horsepower over the standard V8. This was an outstanding example, with the exterior and interior still to concours standards. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $90,000. The owner worked/guarded the car prior to its crossing the block. He really didn't like it when I opened the door. He was looking for a bit more money here, but let it go for the correct amount. Only the Supercharged “F code” cars are more desirable. The new owner bought a car in showroom condition. #015-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-door hard top. S/N F85S163358. Rose/ white/3-tone fabric & vinyl. Odo: 95,863 miles. Listed in the catalog as fitted with the 348-ci Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author Turbo-Thrust V8, with 3x2-bbl carbs. Not the case, my friends. The VIN listed was incorrect for a 3x2. We'll chalk it up to editorial error, as it's a 348, but with a single 4-bbl, and then VIN is correct. Resprayed to an acceptable level, with a few minor issues. Some pitting in the grille. Interior is in excellent condition with its attractive earth tone fabrics. Engine compartment is clean and nicely detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,000. Estimates were off due to the incorrect description, but this Impala still brought respectable money. I doubt if anything exciting will happen to it in the near future, so put the wheels on the ground and go have some fun. #048-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible sedan. S/N F85N147817. Coral/black vinyl/coral vinyl & silver & black fabric. Odo: 11 miles. One-year-only bodystyle. Restored to a high standard. Desirable Super Turbo Thrust V8, with 3x2-bbl. induction. Continental kit and dual aerials, factory Level Air, Autronic Eye, and a/c. Panel fit exceeds factory specs. standard, with only a few scratches and minor touch-ups. Very nice interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,100. Not the best example I've ever seen, but a decent car that sold for the right money. The bigger engine and manual tranny made a big difference. No problem on either side of this transaction. #092-1966 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS 442 convertible sedan. S/N 338676M316831. Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 119 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 2001 and won Best in Class at OCA Nationals later that year. Now showing its age. Desirable Tri-Power and 4-speed combination. Straight Minor paint flaws. Excellent interior, with no flaws. Engine sparkles. A strong presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. Little to fault here. This was a striking car with all the goodies. As such, it brought money that a few years ago was possible only with an exceptional '55 Bel Air, but the caravan is rolling along. The price paid here was not out of line, and the car should be worth even more this time next year. TOP 10 No. 10 #042-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible sedan. S/N 8413110032. Red/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 751 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Virgil Exner's last Chrysler design, as he was sacked shortly thereafter. Lots of options here, including a/c, ps, pb, pw, and Golden Tone push-button radio. Recent bodyoff restoration. Panel fit is beyond reproach, with the paint, chrome, interior, and engine comartment to the same high standard. A very nice package. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $184,250. A strong presentation that sold for strong money. Chrysler letter cars, built between 1955 and 1965, continue to bring adult money, with no end in sight. They are time-consuming to restore, so 74 body and very nice paint. Good fit to the clean top. Bucket seats appear as-new in the nice interior. Engine is clean, with no streaks or leaks. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. The powertrain on this car created a great deal of bidder interest. The price paid was strong, but good 442s continue to attract ever-increasing prices. This was the right venue to sell this style of car. #019-1967 FORD MUSTANG Eleanor Clone fastback. S/N 7T02C179260. White & blue/black leather. Odo: 14 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored and “customized” as a clone of Eleanor from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” Finished in Shelby blue and white. Paint shows chips and other minor flaws. Other than that, the car is finished to a high standard. Sports Car Market Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $330,000. How high is up? A familiar song in these pages, and elsewhere, as Shelby prices contiune to reach unheard-of levels. This is quickly becoming the market. If an average fastback sold at Amelia Island for $225k, is this so out of line? I think not. The buyer here is getting a much better example and a convertible to boot. Just about the best example I have seen. #057-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N512154. Daytona Yellow/black houndstooth & vinyl. Odo: 2,217 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Has all the right stuff, including a 7,000 rpm tach, rear spoiler, and walnut interior. Paint is done make sure no corners were cut when you are looking. A few years ago this sale would have caused a stir; not today. #093-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Split-Window coupe. S/N 30837S107280. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 2,719 miles. 327/300, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory radio. Door fit is off a bit, but aren't they all? Paint is to a good Custom center console, and a flawless engine compartment. Lots of big checks written here. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $62,000. The big question here is why? Cars built to personal taste are a tough sell. The catalog stated that $88,000 was spent on this “investment,” but I seriously doubt that will ever be recovered. The crowd here was certainly in a buying mood, so if it didn't sell here, I don't know where the consignor will do better. TOP 10 No. 4 #031-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convertible coupe. S/N 8T03R20177602409. Black/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 10,796 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A fully documented “King of the Road.” Ominous in triple black, and properly restored to factory specs. The paint is close to perfection, and the excellent top fits well. Clean interior shows almost no use or wear. The engine is clean and features proper chalk marks. Little to fault on a near-perfect example of the desirable GT500 KR.

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Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author to a high standard, showing only minor blemishes. Some small scratches on the window frames. Bumpers appear as-new. Interior is crisp and clean, and the engine bay is correct and highly detailed. What a Z/28 should be. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,200. I was surprised this one didn't bring more money than it did. The buyer should be pleased; he bought a well restored Chevy muscle car for a decent price. Now go drive it. #080-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 9F02M480692. Royal Maroon/white knit & vinyl. Odo: 25,659 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 448 GT350s with a 351 Cleveland and FMX automatic drivetrain. Restored to its original configuration, and verified by a Marti Report. Straight body, with some light scratching throughout the paint. Windshield #041-1970 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 0F03R481665. Silver Jade Metallic/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 13,768 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of only 335 GT500 convertibles built in 1969-70. One of four in Silver Jade. Stated to have had a full rotisserie restoration. Offered with original sales invoice and Marti Report. Factory air and AM/FM radio. black vinyl. Proceeds to charity. This was built when AMC owned the Jeep name. Stated to have a rebuilt engine and refreshed automatic transmission. New paint to body shop standards. New seat covers recently installed, with a/c also added. Unusual safari-style soft top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,800. If you had a need for one of these, then this was the place to buy it, as the Boys and Girls Club and a cancer research group received the proceeds. #111-1981 EXCALIBUR SERIES IV roadster. S/N 1XARF2317BM811328. Yellow & beige/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 20,560 miles. Very low mileage on a well-maintained, one-owner Excalibur. All the power goodies, with GM running gear. Light scratches on the Body and paint are OK, with a few minor issues. No problems with the interior or the clean engine. Lacks overall pop. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $220,000. The seller was looking for serious money, but the color held back the bidding. Rare colors are often rare for a reason—no one wanted them then and nothing has changed over the years. This car will be a tough sell at quarter of a mil. is scratched. Very attractive interior. Engine compartment is clean and well-detailed. Not the most attractive of colors. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,600. Many consider the front end of the '69 Shelby to have a sick frog look, but that didn't stop the bidders here, as it sold for within forecast. Not my first choice, but anything with ol' Shel's name on it seems to be a smart buy these days. #052-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N RM23ROA166208. Tor-Red/white vinyl. Odo: 20,762 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 135 Hemi Superbirds. Ordered new with the less popular bench seat rather than buckets. Panel fit is off a bit, with uneven gaps—not surprising. Striking red paint that is lightly scratched and swirled throughout. Window frames are scratched from a buffer. TOP 10 No. 3 #050-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N BS23R1B405079. Sassy Grass Green/cream vinyl. Odo: 35,782 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 107 built in '71. Long list of awards on this Hemi, which Galen Govier claims as one of five best. Near-perfect eight year restoration to original factory specifications. Fully documented. paint, but it carries a good luster. Very nice chrome and brightwork. Minimal wear in the handsome interior. No problems underhood. If this is your thing, this was one of the better ones around. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. These are an acquired taste and like brussels sprouts, sometimes it never arrives. A couple of people liked this one a lot, as it was bid well beyond what would reasonably be expected. Maybe it's just a Texas thing. #072-1986 DUESENBERG II Correct chalk marks and overspray. Nothing to fault here. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,045,000. It's very difficult to say “a million dollars” and “Plymouth hard top” in the same breath. The seller was actually looking for more. This is likely the only one of its kind in Sassy Grass Green, which is just as well. The seller worked the car prior to the sale and was rewarded with membership in the million-dollar club. #076-1981 JEEP CJ-8 Scrambler 4x4. S/N 1JCCE88EXBT053978. Silver/black vinyl/ Very good glass. Interior is clean, with minor evidence of use. Comes with the build sheet and window sticker. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $310,000. This owner was looking to ride the Hemi wave, and rightly so. But I wonder how long it will be before the tide goes out on these. If the seller really wants to cash in the kind of money he was hoping for ($350k to $400k), he better spiff his car up a bit. The two-foot spoiler and bolt-on front end clip aren't enough in themselves. 76 few issues, including scratches and touch-ups. The brightwork is in good condition, and the interior appears well-maintained. Attractive, but still a replica. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $107,500. Obiviously, this cost a whole lot less than the real thing. Built to a better standard than many replicas, but the owner will still have to do a lot of explaining. I just hope he doesn't think there is a lot of upside on this.u Sports Car Market Replica Murphy roadster. S/N 1ETMW12B5KDJ00203. Black/red leather. Odo: 4,488 miles. One of five Duesenberg II models produced, with the Roadster as the most popular. Built on a Ford chassis and driveline, with custom made Duesenberg components. The paint shows

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Column Author Cox Auctions Branson, MO Branson Collector Car Auction It's the constant fine-tuning at all levels that makes these sales seemingly come off without a hitch Company Cox Auctions Date April 21, 2006 Location Branson, MO Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter and Mark Gellman Automotive lots sold / offered 128 / 232 Sales rate 55% Sales total $2,810,330 High sale 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold at $212,000 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) This 912 was one of six Porsches offered in Celebration City Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics F Branson, MO or a number of reasons, the stars always seem to align for Jim and Kathy Cox, whose biannual Branson auction never fails to deliver the right ingredients for success. The event was once again held at the resort town's Celebration City, a venue roomy enough to handle whatever Cox and crew can throw at it. It's a formula Cox has down. Rent a large tent, start early, find good cars, hire the best auctioneers, and make the buyers and sellers happy. But there's much more to the story than that. In any auction house, every phase of the auction process takes great attention to detail. And in the case of promoters like Cox, it's the constant fine-tuning at all levels that makes these sales seemingly come off without a hitch. With industry-leaders “Spanky” Assiter and Mark Gellman wielding the gavel, Cox sales are never short on entertainment. Nor do they lack in efficiency. In fact, if you've ever wanted to see how the best in the business operate, Branson gives a glimpse that larger venues can't. There is no “faceless number” feeling at Branson; to borrow a line from a popular restaurant chain, “When you're here, you're family.” And under a warm springtime sun and blue skies, the family shopped. This year's total sales result of over 78 $2.8m compared well with last year's $2.6m, despite a lower sell-through (55% vs. 65%). Country singer Alan Jackson's 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible—an excellent restoration in unusual but correct colors—brought home a very healthy $84,800. Six Porsches of various years were offered, and one, a 1963 356B coupe, changed hands for a respectable $30,475. Outshining everything, however, was the bigdollar sale of the weekend, a 1953 Corvette. Carefully restored and looking every bit an American icon, it made a solid $212,000. Two notable casualties were a 1966 Corvette con- vertible, which failed to sell at $110,000, and a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SL65 convertible—hardly collectible— and not really what the assembled bidders had in mind. Branson has long enjoyed its reputation as a Midwest destination spot. Changes are currently afoot, as a new development, Branson Landing, is in the works. A 95acre multi-use undertaking that will include shopping, hotels, condominiums, and public spaces, the project will serve to propel the family-friendly Ozark town toward a more upscale future. Jim Cox is ready for that future. And with a solid past on which to build, I can't imagine his popular auction will lack for much. I count that as a very good thing.u Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author ENGLISH #279-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M roadster. S/N BN2L230235. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 28,108 miles. This car was raced in SCCA “F” production in the days before roll bars were mandatory. Included in the sale is the racing log book. Decent paint, with lots of problems noted on the rear deck and cowl area. Racingstyle plexi windscreen. Very good brightwork. to “driver” status no matter how nice the rest is. The paint is fair and well-applied. Some chrome has pitting. Tidy interior, with good seats and dash, excellent carpets and console. Added AM/FM/CD. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,040. Worth the money for a driver. And no, I have not lost my mind. I'll even call this one well bought, as anything this good-looking, with a top that goes down and a 4-speed transmission, should bring this or better. #413-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF37080U0. Sable Brown/black/saddle leather. Odo: 12,665 miles. A western car with Idaho heritage. Excellent paint, with some light scratching to the good brightwork. Most soft trim is good, though a few gaskets are aged. Good windscreen. Interior is unusual, as someone has done the seats nicely in leather. The interior is clean and tidy, but shows some age wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,400. An English bitsa, and likely more fun than it is valuable. The high bid was an eye-opener for me and others. I would have guessed this to sell for a lot less. That, my friends, is one of the reasons auctions are fun. Except, sometimes, for the buyers. #228-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A convertible. S/N TS34754L. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 51,676 miles. Decent panels and paint, with minor fit issues and some divots. Good brightwork. New top and side curtains. Tidy interior, with one slice in the driver's seat top. All-season Michelin blackwalls are great for driving, but this car is crying out for Redlines. It will detail up to #2 condition easily. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,162. And I'll be the one doing the detail, as I found myself the high bidder here. I'm aware that crowds are not standing in line for brown cars at this point, but I fully expect to sell this one out of my local paper or eBay as soon as it hits the East Coast. #211-1977 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UH441828. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,303 miles. Older paint in desperate need of a detailing, which will give it some shine. Decent trim, which could use a full polish as well. Good top, with some easy-tofix fit problems. Interior has weak carpets, flat Overall, a good driver / 10-footer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,780. A good deal for all parties involved. Once almost free for the taking, the TR3 has come up some in stature and price in the past few years. This price is market correct in the summer of 2006. #248-1970 JAGUAR XKE S II convert- ible. S/N 1R14090. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 73,942 miles. Gaps are the big problem here, poor enough to relegate the car and worn seats, and a crack in the dash. Good quality Firestone radials—just what a driver quality car needs. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,922. This car almost cries out to become someone's father/son or father/daughter project car. By limiting costs it could even provide some financial reward in the end. Not a needy car so much as one that just needs some love and attention. Group hugs all around. #432-1981 TRIUMPH TR7 roadster. S/N SATPV4183BA407912. Silver/black 80 Sports Car Market cloth/blue cloth. Odo: 48,486 miles. This one looks like it's been taken care of. The respray is well done, with all correct graphics added to a stock appearance. Excellent glass and top. Soft trim and blackout trim are very nice. Tidy interior, with good seats and no cracks in the dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,685. Pricey for a TR7, but worth the money in the scheme of things. This was a well-presented example with plenty of fresh bits and good details. A price guide might tell you it's only worth $6,000, but price guides don't sell cars. This example sold itself. #334-1984 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N SCAZS42A0ECX09037. Masons Black/red leather. Odo: 31,531 miles. Very good paint, though one large chip above the left front headlight has been filled in. Excellent brightwork, with no glass issues. One dent in the gas door. The interior shows well. The driver's seat has some color wash on it, but not a full dye job. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,582. Nicer than usually seen at auction, this example was not only handsome, it appeared clean and complete as well. It was bought by a Midwest dealer who quickly flipped it for a small profit to a buyer who seemed pleased with the result. #272-2002 JAGUAR X-TYPE sedan. S/N SAJEA51D92XC50546. Burgundy/creme leather. Odo: 65,861 miles. A few filled-in paint chips to the front; otherwise the factory paint looks good. Excellent brightwork and black trim. Inside sports CD, moonroof, and dual leather power seats, with wear to the driver's seat bolster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,080.

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author Each year, a Missouri-based dealer brings a few of his off-lease and trade-in vehicles to this sale and generally does quite well. No exception here; this good-looking Jag brought full retail dollars and no retailing headaches. GERMAN #343-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N A120427502755. Red/ red HT, tan cloth ST/light tan vinyl. Odo: 53,017 miles. Two tops. An older restoration that is quite correct, except for added twin Solex carbs. Very good paint, and the brightwork is even better. Excellent interior that is well-fitted and in the correct style. The seller is a former with the original Blaupunkt AM radio. Cute. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,475. A nice example that looked ready to go anywhere, with no issues to address. Worth the bid, as decent examples are few and far between. Today's restoration cost would likely top $70,000, so at less than half price, sign me up for the next one. #431-1975 PORSCHE 911S 2.7 targa. S/N Mercedes dealer and the current owner of a Mercedes repair shop. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,210. A very nice example that must have come close to not changing hands. It left the block unsold but was announced sold shortly afterward. The ratio of poor 190SLs to good ones is about ten to one. This was the good one I always seem to miss out on. Very well bought. #414-1960 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 110712. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 18,380 miles. Being sold as a restoration project. To its credit, I've seen worse offered as restored examples. Paint problems include poor prep in the driver's A-pillar and plenty of orange peel. Brightwork is mostly all there, and not bad, but not show condition. Brake light bezels are discolored, and all gaskets are dry. Non-original seat covers are good. Poor carpets. Three 9115210969. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 23,508 miles. The car card says: “This car speaks for itself!” What I hear it saying is “Arf! Arf!” Plenty of paint problems evident. It has the whale tail and one-piece front bumper for that full disco era affect. The interior has seen better days—perhaps during the Carter administration—with worn leather, flat seats, weak and convered in Armor All. Power sunroof. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,452. OK, so you bought your first Porsche, now what? I say just drive it till it breaks. This car might just surprise and even delight the new owner even after someone tells him his new Porsche is a less than desirable model. ITALIAN #281-1978 FERRARI 308 GTS targa. S/N 308GTS24981. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 46,811 miles. Paint is good or better, with plenty of shine despite some prep problems underneath. Blackout trim is in great shape. No wheel rash found on the factory mags. Interior looks good, with some flatness but no loose and bad carpets. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $5,500. I suppose if you had unlimited storage space in a climate-controlled building, as well as the ability to put the cars in a state of suspended animation, buying a few dozen Porsches to “put away” would make sense. Oh, wait, no it wouldn't. No hope here, except for a very wealthy dreamer. #152-1977 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1572083217. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 12,162 miles. Decent full boxes of parts included. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $8,904. I'm not totally tuned into the latest build-a-Porsche prices, but I assume the formula is the same everywhere. Buy a car for $10k, spend $60k on the restoration and have a very nice $30k project when finished. If your math skills are as Vegas friendly as that, go for it. For the rest of us, boy, wouldn't this thing look great with a $399.99 paint job and hung from your garage ceiling? 82 stitching on the original seats. Clean console shows light wear, and the dash is good overall, despite some light divots above the driver's binnacle. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. Generic Ferrari attracts generic bids, fails to sell, and everyone waits till next time. Repeat as needed. AMERICAN #256-1916 FORD MODEL T roadster. S/N 1A16779. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Sports Car Market #280-1963 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 213810. Ivory/red vinyl. Odo: 80,313 miles. The vendor states this was a full restoration in 1998 at a cost of $57,000. Excellent paint, with very good chrome that could use a light polish in places. Most gaskets are good or better. The clean interior is done well in the stock style, survivor. The good paint appears to be mostly factory, with some spot work done. Still shows well, with just a few dings and scratches. Top appears original and is still nice. Good glass and original chrome. White interior shows some discoloration—as most do—with a good dash. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $9,700. I'm not the seller here, but if I was I would have cut this insect loose at this bid. Yup, you might get more from someone who just has to have one now, but this was a very solid bid for a nothing special Bug. #201-1988 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WP0AB0941JN470319. Red/black leather. Odo: 113,136 miles. “Previous damage” title. Very good quality repaint, with blackout trim about 85% good. Windshield has a silver dollar-sized delamination area. The dry interior leather is cracked, and most of the dash is

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author good next to the St. Louis Arch as they do next to the Eiffel Tower in a way that few American cars ever do. Well bought for the long term investor. #162-1964 FORD THUNDERBIRD A brass radiator Model T, with two seats, a small trunk, and no sidemounts. Electric starter added when the motor was rebuilt 50 miles ago. Rocky Mountain brakes and water pump. Good quality respray, though some time has passed since it was fresh. Brightwork looks good, but could use some buffing. Originalstyle upholstery is tufted but looks good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,992. Last brass brings fast cash. As collectors find they can buy real brass cars for less than the cost of new floors in the motorhouse, a few will opt for the type of lowtech fun their grandfathers had. Cheap fun and bought well. TOP 10 No. 9 #268-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F1120. White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 86,446 miles. A sympathetic restoration to a well-preserved example with photo-documented matching numbers. Work was done by the owner, a well-known 'Vette restorer, and he states the frame and body have never been separated. Very clean and well-fitted interior in colors not often seen. Underhood is tidy and welldetailed, done but not overdone. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $84,800. A nice example that was not only well restored, it was holding up well too. Does this signal more strength in the '57 Bel Air market? I don't think so. Rather, it's just another example of a very nice car doing well. #314-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-door hard Very good paint, with a fresh, well-fitted top. All brightwork is very good to excellent. Well done. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $212,000. Well bought and sold. Was there some money left in all that fiberglass for the next owner? Yes, but possibly just a small amount. With the recent sale of a much less desirable 1954 in the same range, some are expecting a big move in the '53s. Could be, but for this weekend, it was a fair price. #302-1957 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-door hard top. S/N 57LA29661M. Classic White/Moonmist Yellow/black & white vinyl. Odo: 55,200 miles. An older restoration that looks like it was pretty costly. Overall, the paint still looks good. Some scratching to mostly excellent chrome. Some discoloration and yellowing to the glass. Original-style interior shows very well, with some cracks in the steering wheel, and good 3-tone vinyl. Excellent dash padding. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,970. Seller states the car was owned new 84 top. S/N 7J1047874. Black/white leather. Odo: 85,002 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some flaws in otherwise very good paint. Looks to have once been a show car that has been driven since restoration. A few dings and scratches in the chrome. Interior could use a good cleaning, as white leather is always a dirt magnet. Underhood remains nice, but needs a full by Arkansas Governor W. Winthrop Rockefeller, kept in Palm Springs, CA, and returned to Arkansas at his passing. Last seen at Kruse Hot Springs, Arkansas in March 2002, where it went unsold at $17,750 (SCM# 26207). A little pricey for the condition, but no harm done. #265-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57N154508. Mustard Yellow/white & gray vinyl. Odo: 2,323 miles. A thorough restoration to country musician Alan Jackson's ride. Excellent paint, though the chrome and detail work now show light miles since. Excellent glass and fresh gaskets. where you look, but it will make a decent driver with some work. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,346. Loved the style, loved the a/c, I even liked the colors. Dislikes? Basically, the rest of the car. Chewed-up leather, nasty paint, and weak chrome make this a drive-it-till-it-stops special. Too bad: in a few years, we will like these better and have trouble finding them. #277-1966 FORD T-5 German-market Mustang fastback. S/N 6T09C277510. Light blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,342 miles. 289-ci V8 2-bbl, auto. A very clean and well-presented vehicle. Paint is to a good standard, and all chrome is very good or better. Good gaps, and the doors close with a very positive feel. Nice glass, which has one set of scratches from the rollers. Original-style interior is well fitted and correct. Underhood is clean and well detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,210. This was a 2-door hard top. S/N 4Y87Z185633. Yellow/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 53,179 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Owner claims it's numbers-matching. Lots of buff-through areas to the already old paint. Chrome is weak and scratched in many places. Good glass. Original interior is dry and cracked. Has needs every- detailing. Air-conditioned, full power. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,140. I'm among the group of folks who have swallowed the Riviera KoolAid. I feel these attractive and distinctive '60s touring cars have a big future. They look as German delivery Mustang, branded there as T-5s, as a German firm had the rights to the Mustang name. Mustang nerd info aside, this was a solid and very appealing fastback with good options and a professionally done look. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2006, where it sold for $27k (SCM# 40069). A tad pricey for a horse with no horse name, and not the greatest turnaround when the cost to ship it from place to place is figured in. #262-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S104042. Nassau Blue/white leather. Odo: 41,659 miles. Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author 83,266 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Plenty of options here, with GT equipment, Rally gauges, a/c, console, added AM/FM/Cassette, wood grain dash, and trunk rack. Very good paint and excellent brightwork. The Pony interior is well-fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,560. A textbook case of a well bought car, the seller left a bit on the table for the buyer. This car could do more when the weather is a bit hotter, or with a bigger Mustang crowd. Well done. 427/425, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight car. Options include knock-off wheels, close-ratio 4-speed, power steering and windows. Wood steering wheel, AM/FM. Vendor states this is a numbers-matching example, and has photos to detail his claim. Excellent paint, with very good chrome that has some light scratches. Very nice interior, and the leather shows some age patina. Well detailed underhood, though not as new-looking as the rest of the car. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. The high bid was just not enough to get the job done, but I'd call it close. A very nice example, but no longer to over-the-top show shape. #267-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 XL convertible. S/N 6H45Y140283. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 38,232 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint and very good brightwork, with only a few minor scratches. Interior is all original and looks good, with added underdash gauges. Console, wood steering wheel and AM radio are all period-correct. Underhood is clean and detailed, and some #160-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS 2-door hard top. S/N 124377L123451. Gold/ gold vinyl. Odo: 33,376 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely done. Very good to excellent paint, and all brightwork is very good or better. Nice glass and gaskets, and all fits appear good. Power steering and air conditioning. Nice interior that appears to be the original style, with yellow during a photo-documented restoration. Factory a/c, added AM/FM cassette. Very good paint. Most chrome is good, except for pitting in the usual hard-to-replace areas. This resto has not held up well, and the car currently shows some needs. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,080. The California Special Mustangs, as well as High Country Specials, built for the Rocky Mountain market, were FoMoCo marketing's creative way to add a little spice to the staid Mustang coupes. Nothing to go crazy for, as they had no extra go. This was all the money. #288-1970 DODGE CHARGER 500 2-door hard top. S/N XP29N0G156310. Bronze/bronze vinyl. Odo: 30,611 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration. Good paint, though some lifting spots in the bodywork are not good signs. Excellent fit to the vinyl top, with good glass and decent brightwork, a great console, seats, and dash. Underhood is detailed but not overdone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,910. This car had what the dealers call “eyeball,” and it had it in spades. Not all cars that make you think of your glory days have to be red; here was a more subtle hue but one still evoking another era. Still a lot of car for the money; a good buy here. #202-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 7F03C219426. Red/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 26,995 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Rust is bubbling through on both doors, though the paint is decent elsewhere. Good brightwork, but it's popping off at the rust areas. So-so interior is a mix of good and modern modifications include the radiator, braided lines, and extra chrome. Redline tires on styled steel wheels is a great look on this 500 XL, which attracted plenty of onlookers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,500. About what you want in a mid-sized Ford convertible from the mid-1960s. That 428 and 4-speed are tough to beat. I agree with the vendor that it is worth more; how much more is the question. My guess? Forty grand, all in. #225-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6TC8A159604. Red/red vinyl. Odo: bad. Not much to recommend here. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $13,462. Cheap, yes, but a long way from nice. “Just a car with rust” is not what you want to have in your longterm keeper stable. For a summer, maybe. Don't even think about fixing it up, as it will cost more than finding a better example. #251-1968 FORD MUSTANG GT/CS 2-door hard top. S/N 8R01J147278. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,890 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Color changed from the original 86 Sports Car Market including the trunk rack. Interior is in the stock style, with cloth inserts. Some cracks in the steering wheel, but the console is good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,535. Really, when you think about it, it's a lot of muscular Mopar looks for not too much coin. No Hemi, and yes, it's a slushbox, but you're the one driving a “Muscle Car Lite” while your friends are navigating Navigators. #245-1970 AMC AMX fastback. S/N AOC397P242361. Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 8,532 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good or better quality paint. 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Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer #4630768312-1952 ALFA ROMEO DISCO VOLANTE re- creation spider. S/N AR13620012. Eng. # AR130619368. Red/gray & black. 11 photos. Fort Washington, PA. “It does run and drive, it's a 4 cylinder Alfa Romeo motor, the body is all aluminum and does have some lite pressure dents in it, as well as some cracking in the paint and corrosion in some areas due to the metal chassis and aluminum body reacting to each other.” Seller goes on to say “the to rear window, though they might buff out. Stock interior is clean and looks good, but is not new. Cond: 3 -. SOLD AT $27,030. Fully priced for the condition. And yes, a better example is worth more. These cars look best in the outrageous colors in which they are often found. Just don't bother waiting for them to be worth more than Mopars anytime soon; it won't happen. #252-1971 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-door hard top. S/N RM23H1G176655. Orange/black vinyl/black/orange vinyl. Odo: 37,957 miles. 472-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Originally equipped with a 340-ci V8, it now sports a big Hemi crate motor. Excellent paint and good glass, but some small brightwork could use a polish. Older gaskets are mostly good. Interior shows well, with good seats woman that asked me to sell this car for her does not know anything about it other than what can be seen in the photos.” He implores people not to ask him more than “simple” questions. 28 bids, sf 29, bf 20. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,200. In the Q&A the seller agrees “that this is a recreation and not a original ‘Disco Volante.'” So although we seem to be missing a lot of information and history, we aren't missing any zeros in this, the new market price for fakey-doo Volantes. #4616545892-1981 ALFA ROMEO GTV6 fastback. S/N ZARAA6695B1001609. Silver/black. Odo: 36,776 miles. 24 photos. Seattle, WA. Actual mileage. A survivor that is “all original, untouched by performance tuners. If this car was painted it could easily be a show car.” Some rust over right headlight. Replacement left front fender, resprayed and “bondalled” many years ago. Two dash cracks, bad mirror switch. New tires, timing belt, water pump, and tune-up. and full console. Wrinkled wood grain, Grant GT steering wheel. Underhood is as-new or better. Fresh Firehawk tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,880. To the casual observer at recent auctions, it would appear that most Mopars get an engine change as often as some cars get their oil changed. That's not necessarily the case, but with the financial incentive to make your mediocre V8 into a fire breather, the transplants will continue. Let's call this one market-correct for now. #231-1979 FERRARI DAYTONA Replica “Transmission shifts good but second gear tends to grind a little mostly on down shifts.” 33 bids, sf 187, bf 26. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,101. Proof that “low miles” doesn't always mean perfect condition. The seller, whose other auctions include a slightly used “Nintendo power glove,” is selling this Alfa to pay for school. I think he should quit school, and sell cars for a living: This price is double just about anyone's expectations. #4635796567-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000 convert- ible. S/N ZARBB42G2M6009022. Black/black/tan. Odo: 42,533 miles. 46 photos. Mission Viejo, CA. True mileage unknown. Seller is a wholesaler. Exterior and interior are “excellent.” “The engine is strong and the transmission shifts smooth.” 13 bids, sf 103, bf 0. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,500. Eleven days after this sale concluded, a nearly identical car with 57k verifiable miles in black and tan, with a 5-speed, sold for $500 less (#4638960378). Patience saw the better deal.u 88 be. Good leather and carpets. Fully done to look Ferrari-esque inside and out. The details are not accurate, but they are close. Cond: 3-. clean but not fully detailed. Interior looks good but not sharp, showing some light wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,720. The 1981s don't have a big collector car base, but people tend to buy them because they are a good combination of cheap and 'Vette. Currently, only the mid-'80s C4 cars are cheaper. If you have to have a ‘Vette in the worst way, here it is.u spyder. S/N AZ204096. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 18,567 miles. Full Daytona Spyder look-a-like built from a '79 Corvette. Most of the paint problems here can be traced to the underlying bodywork. Plenty of flaws to the fiberglass, including mottling, cracks, and settled areas. Very good top. Chrome has some aging. Inside, the doors have hit the base of the body where the striker plates should SOLD AT $21,942. To those familiar with real Daytona Spyders, those “Ferrari-esque” touches are worth at least a few giggles. This sale can accurately be described as a correct retail amount. A few years back these cars lingered in the mid-teens. Fun in a small town kind of way, or the perfect vehicle for the next Miami Vice. #403-1979 OLDSMOBILE HURST/OLDS W-30 2-door hard top. S/N 3K47R9MS46889. White Gold/gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 59,717 miles. A well-equipped example. Good older paint, and all graphics are well applied and complete. Very good brightwork. Small stone chip in the windshield. Clean interior is totally stock, and well-presented. The seller has a full display board showing this car's history, as well as all manuals. Firestone Firehawk tires have plenty of life remaining. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,310. The white with gold was one of two color choices, the other being black with gold. This was dead-on retail for now. But this car has a future despite the “challenging” looks of its design-by-committee body. Its California heritage helps. A good long-term buy, and it comes with its own box for storage. Oh wait, that's the body. #184-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE T-top coupe.S/N 1G1AY8764BS418549. Black Cherry/black T-top/silver leather. Odo: 96,867 miles. Very nice paint that is well-applied and miles deep. Wiper scratch in the passenger window area. The oversized mags and Goodyear rubber fully fill the wheelwells. Underhood is Sports Car Market

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Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline, MA Column Author Important Collectors' Motor Cars The 1961 Sprint Speciale brought a price heretofore reserved for near-show quality examples, an indication that these BAT-inspired cars are on the move Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date May 6, 2006 Location Brookline, MA Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 23 / 42 Sales rate 55% Sales total $1,252,168 High sale 1911 Stanley Steamer 10hp Model 63, sold at $181,900 Buyer's premium There's no substitute for style Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics Brookline, MA B onhams & Butterfields returned to the northeast for its annual sale at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum. Located in the Boston suburb of Brookline, the museum's idyllic park setting is an ideal site for an auction. To add some variety and extra value to the weekend, B & B also held three other sales at the site, featuring furniture and decorative arts, maritime items, and golf equipment and memorabilia. It was an interesting idea, both to share costs and to provide an alternative for those non-car lovers dragged along to the auto sale. The event also introduced to America the new head of the Bonhams Motor Car Department, James Knight. The personable Briton, formerly the director of the firm's New Bond Street operation, takes on the responsibility for a newly united worldwide automotive department in the wake of the recently departed Simon Kidston. He seems to be eager to get to know the U.S. market and enhance its presence within the organization. The sale day began with automobilia. Motorcycles opened the second half of the sale. Many were restoration projects and most sold, priming the good-sized audience for the automotive lots. The traditional strength of this sale venue has always been Brass Era cars, a trend that continued when the cars began to cross the stage. Notable sales included a 1904 Locomobile runabout steam car at $70,200, a 1903 Cadillac Model A rearentrance tonneau at $99,450, and a Winton 20hp rearentrance tonneau at $172,000. And the sale's high note, which appears to be a world record at auction for a Stanley Steamer, came in the form of a stunning 1911 10hp Model 90 17% on amounts up to $100,000; 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) 63 toy tonneau, hammering sold at $181,900. Two big cars that failed to find new homes included a superb 1915 Simplex Crane Model 5 boattail, which stalled at $112,000 against a low estimate of $140,000. And the ex-John Jacob Astor IV 1910 Mercedes 22/40 limousine sputtered out at $165,000, failing to reach its low estimate of $200,000. The sale featured plenty of newer fare as well, with a freshly restored 1953 Aston Martin DB2 drophead making $114,660 and a 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale bringing $42,120. A #3- condition driver, it brought a price heretofore reserved for near-show-quality examples, a clear indication that these BAT-inspired cars are on the move. The buy of the sale was a lovely 1962 Aston Martin Lagonda Rapide saloon. With the mechanicals of a DB5 and an attractive Touring body, it sold for only $18,135. I was too late in raising my paddle to catch that one. While this year's 55% sale rate and $1.2m volume compares unfavorably with 2005's 60% and $2.2m, it should be remembered that almost a half-million of last year's total came from a single lot, a Tucker 48. It should also be noted that this was the first sale in which Bonhams implemented its new 17% buyer's premium (on the first $100,000, up from 15%, and then the same 10% on the amount above that). How that increase affected the enthusiasm of the bidders cannot readily be determined. This 2006 sale was nevertheless a solid result for Bonhams & Butterfields at this venue. If it can continue to play to its strengths in pre-war and brass cars, the firm should continue to prosper in Massachusetts.u Sports Car Market

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Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline, MA Column Author ENGLISH #318-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N TC5050. Eng. # XPAG5680. Red/black canvas/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 38,402 miles. Good paint, with some slight bubbling under chips in the front fenders. Some waviness in the running boards. Very good bright trim. Interior shows a nice patina. Uprated with a 1320-cc engine. two-band radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,135. An underappreciated 4-door supercar. Very rare, one of just 55 made. Fitted at the factory with a ZF 5-speed transmission. This one had a great look and feel in good colors. I regretted not buying it myself. Certainly the deal of the sale, and very well bought. #348-1986 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE The hood side panels are removed for added race cooling, but included with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,958. Active VSCCA race car, yet still streetable. A very nice example. Well bought by the Petersen Museum. #325A-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 drophead coupe. S/N LML50366. Eng. # VB6B501193. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 29,507 miles. Very good paint, with a few small chips. Poor color sanding at the grille opening edges and some overspray on the door rubbers. Variable panel fit. Good chrome, with some light pitting on the door window trim. coupe. S/N SCAYJ42A0GCX10397. Silver/ black Everflex/black & red leather. Odo: 32,405 miles. Very good paint, with a few touched-up chips, a small crack on the right front fender top, and a color mismatch between the left rear fender and the rest of the car. Very nice chrome. Excellent interior, with Alpine CD stereo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,195. From the last year of the model's production. On the doors, in place Wicker trim on the body is loose in places. The leather fenders show a nice patina. Good brass throughout. Complicated cloth trim in the rear compartment is dirty but complete. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Ex-John Jacob Astor IV. A very grand car, but it seems it won't find a buyer until it's been restored again. Not sold at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in August 2005 at $215,000 (SCM# 38978). Not driven a mile since, the high offer is now $165k. No buyer seems willing to take a chance on the restoration, so I think it's now up to the owner. #323-1963 PORSCHE 356C Carrera coupe. S/N 121298. Eng. # 836918. Blue/ beige cord & vinyl. Odo: 70,660 miles. Fair panel fit, with both doors out at the trailing edge. Very good paint, with some minor polish swirl marks. Fair chrome, with pitting. Some poorly fitted new rubber on the right rear window. Good interior, with ripples on the dash Top is as-new. Excellent new seats and slightly over-finished dash wood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $114,660. A desirable Vantage-spec DB2 DHC. Originally a U.S. delivery car. Recently restored, and though it lacks in finish detail, it was nonetheless handsome. Well bought, as once this is sorted, it will be a stunning car. #315-1962 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA Rapide sedan. S/N LR121R. Eng. # 400121. Navy blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 70,394 miles. Very good panel fit, except the trunk lid is slightly raised on the left side. Older paint, with some chips, small star cracks, slight bubbling on left rear wheel arch, and polish swirl marks. Good chrome, with some minor pitting on window frames and door handles. Nice interior patina, with one seam split on the top of the rear seat. Some wear on the carpet edges. Good dash wood, with some lifting of the veneer on the center switch binnacle. Period 92 Sports Car Market of a monogram are painted the words “Optime Merenti,” Latin for “To the best deserving.” Indeed, this could have been the motto for the Camargue itself: deserving the best, but alas seldom receiving it. I've long had a soft spot for these giant Pininfarina coupes. If only they had the drivetrain and suspension of the later Bentley Turbo R, they could have been world beaters. This was a market price. GERMAN #337-1910 MERCEDES 40HP brougham. S/N 16081. Red & black/brown cord & black leather. RHD. Odo: 25,217 miles. Older paint, which shows cracks and casual touch-ups. top cover at the corners and some soiling on the driver's door panel. Sunroof, period VDM wood steering wheel, AM/FM radio. Fitted with a 1600 engine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $88,000. The 4-cam Carrera is the ultimate spec 356. However, most that are driven today have pushrod engines, as did this one. To get full value, the original engine must be included in the sale. As there was no mention of its whereabouts, the high bid was not far off the mark. ITALIAN #345-1951 FERRARI 212 INTER Berlinetta. S/N 0175E. Eng. # 0175. Red/beige & red leather. RHD. Odo: 8,060 km. Very good paint that now shows minor bubbling at the rear of the front bumper, as well as a few touched-up stone chips. Excellent bright trim. Inside is clean overall, with a few touched-up scratches on the seat back sides. Bolt-in roll bar, with 4-point webbed belts. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $470,000. Run several times

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Column Author Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT in the Mille Miglia storica, this car has no known period competition history. A very high quality restoration, showing evidence of use, but still presenting quite well. This car was a no-sale in the 1999 RM Monterey auction at $210k (SCM# 17631) when its odometer actually read 1km less than it does now. Although many are now asking $500k for these cars, the market seems to value them in a lower bracket. The bid seemed to be right. #329-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Price as tested: $184,325 Likes: Obscene, intoxicating power (552 hp) from twin-turbo Volkswagen W12 engine; bird's-eye maple dashboard actually looks like real wood; understated styling announces itself only to those in the know. Gripes: Boredom-inducing automatic transmission; four-wheel drive means no smoky burnouts; why can't the navigation system be as good as the one in the Honda Civic? Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Bentley claims its top speed at 198 mph, meaning most Americans will never extract more than 60% of the Continental GT's potential. Not that anyone will care; this bloated 5,258-pound beast is happiest traveling in a straight line. Slip behind the wheel of the Continental GT and you'll care only about two things: how rich the car makes you look and how rapidly it can catch that pack of traffic up ahead. On both accounts, the Continental GT is nothing short of a smashing success.—Jeff Sabatini 2007 JAGUAR XK Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N AR177344. Red/ black cord & vinyl. Odo: 45,974 km. Right door sits out at the trailing edge, possibly from right rear fender work. Good paint, with some small blotches in the clearcoat and polish swirl marks. Good chrome, except for a rust spot in the center of the front bumper and on the hood's top trim strip. Some waviness in the rear bumper. Good interior, except for a one-inch except for some cracking and touched-up chips on the left front wheel arch. Also some cracking on the left A-pillar. Nice interior, with some wear to the driver's side bolster and the bottom seat cushion piping on both seats. Pioneer cassette stereo and a/c. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. Despite its few flaws, this 308 appeared in very good condition. Unfortunately for the seller, the bid was at the market level for this car. Unsold, he planned to take it home and make a 288 GTO clone out of it. Which will probably increase the value. AMERICAN #331-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A rear entrance tonneau. S/N 2457. Dark red & black/black leather/black leather. RHD. Superb, fresh restoration, with excellent paint and brass trim. Lovely Phare Solar headlight. hole in the headliner. Original 1300 engine replaced with a later 1600 Veloce unit. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,120. The BAT-inspired show car for the street. An honest driver, which has been run on many vintage rallies. Sold by an SCMer. I was an underbidder on this car, which made what I thought was a huge price for its condition. Sprint Speciales have been poised for a move upwards—perhaps it's happening. Well sold. #319-1973 DE TOMASO PANTERA Price as tested: $78,000 Likes: Good low-rpm grunt from the 4.2-L V8. Redesigned skin looks more stout and powerful than the car it replaces. Comfortable cockpit and solid road presence. Gripes: The handsome new lines don't connect at all the dots, with uneven panel gaps above headlights, and off-kilter thresholds across taillights. Wheel-mounted paddle shifters aren't always easy to find in turns. Large rearview mirror obstructs vision in the long windshield. This car should have three pedals. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The visual appeal of the new XK is a step up from the previous car, although it relies heavily on its upper-class sisters from Aston Martin for the effect. And anyone who pays almost eighty grand for a flagship car shouldn't be able to spot varying panel tolerances from down the block.—Stefan Lombardu 94 coupe. S/N THPNMT05034. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 54,570 miles. Variable panel fit, as per factory. Good paint, with some stress cracks, touched-up chips, and evidence of poor masking in spots. Good bright trim. Painted alloy wheels. Excellent interior, with later Alpine Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,450. A great 1-cylinder Cadillac. Another huge price for a brass era car, and proof that a quality restoration and London to Brighton-eligibility translate into market results. #322-1904 WINTON 20HP rear entrance tonneau. S/N 3227. Eng. # 031224. Red & black/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Older paint in good condition, with some cracking on the body side and seat shells, and some chipping on the running boards. Faded brass cassette stereo. Stock engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,760. A later U.S. model Pantera, nicely stock and well presented overall. Panteras seem to get modded more often than not, though it's the stock cars that continue to rise in value. That's a good thing as far as I'm concerned. Market priced. #341-1978 FERRARI 308 GTB coupe. S/N F106AB25103. Red/brown leather. Odo: 39,897 miles. Good paint on a straight body, Sports Car Market

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Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 2005 Ford GT. As new with 221 miles. Fully optioned with red calipers, stripes and up-graded wheels and stereo. $166,000. 1956 Jaguar XK-150 DHC. Two owner California Black Plate car. Restored with many effective up-dates including 5-speed and power steering. $85,000. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4. Great car to drive with very good mechanics. Low miles on new brake lines, ball joints, hoses, water pump, steering box and clutch by FAF. $229,500. Three others available. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC. Very nice well cared for car with mostly original interior. Recent service including A/C rebuild. Manual and some tools. $195,000. Additional examples in stock.

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Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline, MA Column Author trim. Very good seats, with slightly worn carpets. 1991 AACA 1st place winner, from the Robert Stormont Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $172,000. Wintons were once regarded as America's finest car. This is a stunning vehicle, and quite importantly London to Brightoneligible. We're sure to see this car in the event soon, as it sold to Europe. Well bought. #334-1904 LOCOMOBILE LONG WHEELBASE Steamer runabout. S/N 4516. Eng. # 3462. Dark green & yellow/black leather. RHD. Very good paint, with some sanding marks on the hood, though the leather fenders show incredibly shiny paint. Clean, nevertheless has great presence, and its 15year-old restoration is holding up quite well. It should certainly be valued in the range of the $45k low estimate. #340-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe coupe. S/N A3821680. Black/maroon velour. Fair panel fit. The older paint shows some bubbling, scratches, and stress cracks. Very good bright trim, except for a dent on top of the A high-quality restoration that now shows sign of use, but still very nice. This was a big price for the marque, but it could certainly not be duplicated for the money. #327-1915 SIMPLEX CRANE MODEL 5 Boattail tourer. S/N 2046. Eng. # 2049. Gray & dark red/red leather. Odo: 24 miles. Stunning paint and trim. Superb interior with polished chrome and brass, and excellent wood. Clean engine compartment, but the car has clearly radiator shell. The interior shows well, but for a crack in one steering wheel spoke. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,285. A lovely Doctor's coupe. Nothing too special, but it had a good, honest feel about it. Well bought. mark-free nickel trim. Seat is as-new. Denim tire covers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,200. A lovely early steamer, and London to Brightoneligible. In fact, perhaps you could rig up a steam heater to keep the chill off... A high price, but well bought. #330-1911 STANLEY MODEL 63 toy tonneau. S/N 6076. Eng. # 6685. Dark green & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Superb paint and trim. Fresh interior, with unmarked floor panels. Paul Russell oversaw the restoration in 1997. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $181,900. A been driven. Has original handbook and factory records. Rebodied approximately 50 years ago from a sedan body. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $112,000. Ex-Harold Langdon Collection. These are among the finest cars ever built in the U.S., and this was a great example. Offered by an SCMer, it is sophisticated and imposing. The seller was correct to hold on to it. #320-1929 FRANKLIN 135 convert- beautiful restoration of an important and capable steamer. 2nd in class at Pebble Beach in 1997, toured through the Rocky Mountains in 1998, and still hard to fault. Quite possibly an auction record for a Stanley, and worth every penny. #336-1913 STUDEBAKER MODEL E tourer. S/N 600582. Slate & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 32,965 miles. Excellent panel fit. Nice paint, with a few small chips on the radiator shell and at the hood catches. Some light polish swirl marks. Very good bright trim and interior, with some wear to the instrument surrounds. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,480. A handsome and now-rare Studebaker tourer. 96 Sports Car Market ible coupe. S/N 35191503418. Yellow & black/beige canvas/red leather. Odo: 37 miles. Somewhat wide, but even, panel fit. Very good paint with some stress cracks. Also, light polish scratches and a bit of checking on the front fenders. Excellent chrome. Very good interior. Trippe lights. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Franklin was forced into putting fake radiators on their air-cooled cars to please the dealers. It did their looks no favors. This somewhat square-rigged convertible coupe the hood. Nice brightwork and an excellent interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,570. A nicely optioned A roadster. Well restored and somewhat used, it still showed well. Well bought. #321-1935 AUBURN 851 Supercharged phaeton. S/N 3306511. Yellow/white canvas/ brown vinyl. Odo: 78,410 miles. Fair panel fit. Fresh thick paint with casual prepwork and lots of overspray. Fair to good chrome. The vinyl seats are in very good condition, but the dash trim is pitted. The supercharger has #350-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe road- ster. S/N AA4828864. Black/tan canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 2,298 miles. Door fit is off at the trailing edge. Very good paint, with light polish swirl marks and some slight microblistering on

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Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline, MA Column Author been removed, but comes with the car. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $49,140. A great supercharged Auburn phaeton is a relatively inexpensive way to get a taste of the ultimate-spec blown Speedster. This one could be a great car... someday. Given the price, there's still room to do this car justice and not be too far underwater. #325-1937 BUICK BOATTAIL roadster. S/N 3086477. Two-tone red/black canvas/gray & red leather. Odo: 5,536 miles. Variable panel fit. Good paint, with some stress cracks, small scratches, and polish swirl marks. Good chrome with some light pitting. Very good interior, except the cracked original steering wheel. SOLD AT $85,410. The ultimate spec Impala SS, with dual quads, 409 hp, and a 4-speed manual. Restored to a very high level in 1996, this car is still holding up well and had little to fault. A big price, and one that would be more expected at muscle-specific sales, but worth it nonetheless. #313-1964 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD wear on the control knobs. Modern seat belts. Vacuum power top. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $58,500. The 1939 Plymouth is said to have offered the first production power top. This was a restoration to a level usually only seen on Imperials; to see it on a Plymouth was a treat, as this was a stunning example. A terrific bargain, too, bought by the Petersen Museum. #343-1947 FORD DELUXE convertible. S/N 2012076. Maroon/tan canvas/brown cloth & red vinyl. Odo: 7,712 miles. The older paint is checking, particularly badly on hood and right front fender. Large touched-up chips. Good chrome overall, with some cloudiness in Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,820. Handsomely done custom boattail bodywork by an unknown coachbuilder. Excellent workmanship. The car has a great deal of presence and attracted a lot of attention during the preview. Well bought by an SCMer. #351-1938 RILEY-FORD SPECIAL SPRINT single seater. S/N N/A. Orange & white/red leather. Very good paint, with heat wear on the exhaust pipe. Older seat upholstery shows some wear. Missing cover on the water gauge, and fitted with a later tachometer. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,325. Period-built sprint car the driver's seat. Resprayed dashboard. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,095. Featured in the film “Catch Me If You Can,” driven by Leonardo diCaprio. Looks as if it just came out of barn storage, complete with spider webs. Like most movie cars, it's not meant to be seen up close. Sold at the Bonhams Barris Collection sale in May, 2005 at $16,100 (SCM# 38136). From this result, one must conclude that a movie car is worth more in L.A. than in Boston. the front bumper. The interior is slightly soiled, with very good grain-painted “wood” trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,400. A middle-of-theline postwar Ford Club convertible, but with the desirable V8. A very old restoration, it now needs to be totally redone. Given the condition, the seller did quite well. with a Ford Model B engine and Winfield carbs. History is not confirmed. Restored in California around 2000, it still shows well. Because so little was documented on the dirt and asphalt ovals around the country, history makes all the difference in values. The price paid was for the car as it sits. If the new owner can dig up a bit of the story, it could be a great buy. #326-1939 PLYMOUTH DELUXE convertible. S/N 10723318. Eng. # P8167097B. Blue/beige canvas/tobacco vinyl. Odo: 51,151 miles. Excellent panel fit, paint and chrome. Small splits in the rear bumper mount rubber grommets. Excellent interior, with some 98 #324-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N 2186713224429. White/white vinyl/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 68,692 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit and paint. Excellent chrome. Some glue staining shows on the new rubber trim. Excellent interior, except for some pitting on the steering wheel trim. Factory tissue dispenser and power top. AACA National champion. Cond: 1-. Good interior, slightly dirty and with scuffed sill plates; worn and cracked steering wheel. 20” alloy wheels, with some missing lug nuts. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $8,775. Supporting character in the film “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Sold at the Bonhams Barris Collection auction in May 2005 at $23,000 (SCM# 38145). It's done 11 miles since then and apparently lost over 60% of its value. A sort of slightly pimped ride, and now “2 Sad, 2 Ordinary.” u Sports Car Market #314-1968 CADILLAC DEVILLE convertible. S/N J8300495. Copper/red vinyl/beige & red leather. Odo: 90,841 miles. Variable panel fit. Presentable paint, with stone chips, microblistering and drips on the hood's front edge. Fair to good chrome, with some pitting on the front bumper. Very good top. 75 sedan. S/N 64M082190. White/brown & white vinyl. Odo: 48,540 miles. Very good panel fit, except at the trunk sides and trailing edge. Fair paint, with microblistering, door edge nicks, bubbling on right rear wheel arch, left edge of trunk lid, and under front fender trim strips. Fair to good chrome, with all of it present. Newer upholstery in an incorrect pattern; a bit dirty with a large rip on the side of

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Present the Fifth Annual SCM Monterey INSIDER'S SEMINAR Guest Speaker An SCM exclusive: Tom Cotter, author of The Cobra in the Barn, will give an illustrated presentation about his most intriguing discoveries. Book signing follows seminar. “LOOKING FOR SANITY IN AN INSANE MARKET” Saturday, August 19th • Equestrian Center, Pebble Beach, CA • 10:00 am to noon Subscribers: $195 for 1, $345 for 2 • Non Subscribers: $250 for 1, $450 for 2 SPACE IS LIMITED! DEADLINE - AUGUST 8, 2006 (Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't be left out!) Name (If registering for more than one person, please place additional details on separate sheet.) Address City Best Phone E-mail State Fax Zip Signature Send this form to SCM Monterey 2006 P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 Fax 503.253.2234; Phone 503.261.0555 x206; e-mail: project@sportscarmarket.com For more information or to reserve your spacecontact David Slama at 503.261.0555 x 206, or e-mail project@sportscarmarket.com www.sportscarmarket.com Payment in Full Required Enclosed is my check made out to Sports Car Market Charge my VISA/MC/AmEx Total Amount $ Card # Exp.

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author Spring K.C. Dream Classic Without question, this was primarily a Bow-Tie affair, as more than a hundred lots were Chevrolets Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date April 28–29, 2006 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneer Mark Delzell and Mike Haggerman Automotive lots sold / offered 155 / 243 Sales rate 64% Sales total $3,310,738 High sale 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback, sold at $152,250 Buyer's premium $300 on lots up to $5,499; $500 on lots $5,500 to $9,999; 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) The crowd responded well to Chevys of all shapes and sizes Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I Kansas City, MO 100 'm beginning to think that inclement weather follows me each time I go to Mecum's Kansas City spring auction. This was my second visit to the sale, and the second year in a row that it rained. So it's a good thing they hold it in the BTC Exhibit Hall of the Metropolitan Business Campus, an expansive venue with room enough for nearly all the consignments. Only the Friday lots were left to the elements, but by the time the first gavel fell late that afternoon, even those cars had been moved in, dried off, and properly prepped for bidding. The Mecum folks know their stuff. And this sale's numbers only reinforce that. The body count was similar to last year (243 lots vs. 255) but 16 more cars sold and total volume came up by a cool million. Many of the cars that failed to sell didn't seem to miss the mark by too much. And most of these missed because of optimistic reserves. One such car was a 1970 Pontiac GTO with a 455 HO V8. A four-speed with a good, older restoration, it came up short of its $45k reserve when it stalled at $38,500. Without question, this was primarily a Bow-Tie affair, as more than a hundred lots were Chevrolets. This despite the close proximity of one of Ford's largest assembly plants—the region's largest employer. Among the Chevys that sold, Chevelles did particularly well. Nearly all years and all configurations were represented, and several nice SS 396 models made fair retail prices between $35k and $55k. It was a lone Shelby, however, that took top sale hon- ors. A '67 GT500 fastback in blue and white, it brought a strong but not bank-breaking $152,250, placing it firmly in the ever-growing log of Shelbys that continue to sell well at auction. The spring Kansas City auction is by no means a fledgling sale, but in just a few short years it has grown into another solid Mecum product. Especially when you consider that just three years ago, total sales came to less than $775k, compared to this year's $3.3m. As a prelude to Mecum's big sale in Belvidere, IL, it serves as a great way to prep bidders (and Mecum staff) for what's in store. And as a stand-alone event, it will continue to draw good cars and a good crowd to match, so it's not too difficult to imagine this fixture gaining with each installment. u Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author ENGLISH #F44-1974 JENSEN-HEALEY convert- ible. S/N 18260. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 17,804 miles. Cheap recent repaint, with several chips. Dried and cracked window seals. Ill-fitting doors that somehow shut. Windshield is yellowed at the edges. Swirls in the dull bumper chrome. New replacement top, tires, and carpet. Dashboard is badly cracked, faded seat belts, and delaminating glovebox wood. Seats reupholstered on the cheap, with lower grade vinyl in an incorrect pattern. No reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,915. Perhaps the lowest rung to which the British auto industry descended. There are market pundits who claim Jensen-Healeys are going to be the next big climbers, but perhaps they haven't had to live with one. No matter how much you pay, you paid too much. And all three J-H enthusiasts are either too busy cannibalizing parts in their own cars or putting out fires from the hopeless fuel injection system. #F35-1977 JAGUAR XJ6L sedan. S/N UH2T68002. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 85,598 miles. Older repaint shows poor prep, and is pimpled over most surfaces, with overspray on the trunk, hood, and most door seals. Cracked panel seams and rust blisters in numerous usual places. Baked rear window seal. Nice enough original chrome and trim, with some aftermarket side trim. Dark window tint, carpeted dash, DIN-mount stereo with boom-boom sub-woofer. Faded older reupholstery in cheap vinyl. Dry-rotted tread on old, surpisingly clean whitewall radials. No reserve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,512. Anything beyond 1% humidity will make one of these dissolve eventually, even a car like this one that has spent much time in Arizona. Belonged to a widowed Air Force officer who then got a young girlfriend, and he gave it to her. Hence the stereo. Plenty paid for a parts car waiting to happen. GERMAN #S38-1974 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE coupe. S/N 1342037359. French 102 rocker switches are missing, leaving only holes. Front seats show heavy wear. Used car undercarriage and engine bay. Invoices from an independent shop show a new timing belt and exhaust valves. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,900. While mostly original (for better or worse), it just came off as somewhat ratty overall. Big money here for a beat-up 944, as someone must have been caught up with the low mileage claims. #S065-1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Kit Car roadster. S/N iRMBAB116IF000055. White/maroon vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 98 miles. Body by Classic Roadsters, not Dietrich. Powertrain and chassis components by Ford, mostly a 1980s Mustang that died so that tacky Neo-Classics might live. Freshly completed. Good paint over obvious fiberglass. Extraneous use of the M-B tri-star. Clean engine bay, but the lump inside it has seen little attention since it left that Mustang. Interior is easily the nicest part of the car. Runs as well as a heavily burdened Pinto possibly can. Cond: 2. SOLD Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,259 miles. Lousy, dust-filled repaint almost looks like a superb job done with a roller. Almost. All four wheels were brush-painted. Rust beneath the rubber in the running boards. Too much Bondo in the panels for the Fright Pig Detector to stick. Serviceable chrome and trim, tires and rubber seals. Older cheapie replacement upholstery that was poorly installed. Not surprisingly. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,300. Funny how the photo makes it look like a #3. Because in person, it puts a hurt on a good set of eyeballs. The utterly crazy selling price indicates that at least two bidders forgot to wear their glasses. #S108-1984 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WP0AA0949EN466303. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 57,340 miles. Factory sunroof and a/c. Owned by a smoker, and for quite some time. Primer shows through the heavily buffed paint at the front fender edges. Otherwise it's relatively blemish free. Baked, cracked, and shrinking dashboard cover. Several console AT $13,388. From Fargo, North Dakota's third largest volume vehicle manufacturer, just behind DaimlerChrysler's GEM electric car plant and the Steiger tractor factory. This was probably the only Classic Roadsters kit I've ever seen as a finished example. Despite the amount of sweat equity the builder/owner put into it, at this price, he should be singing “Danke Schoen.” #S027-1988 PORSCHE 911 Carrera targa. S/N WPOEBO91CJS161110. White/ black vinyl HT/black leather. Odo: 60,359 miles. Excellent original paint, with only a few nicks on the nose. The Targa top shows a bit of sunburn. Mild interior wear, commensurate with mileage. DIN-standard mount aftermarket stereo in the stock location. Engine bay has a light oily sheen, like it was cleaned and detailed with WD-40, with a 10-40 chaser. Used-car undercarriage. No service paperwork. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,425. Well on its way to being a plain old used car. It traded within range of the marketplace, so no one's to cry here. Unless, of course, it goes boom on the drive home. AMERICAN ci I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. An older restoration, with “authentic” bodywork and paint—you can still see the fiberglass matte in the paint. Very light wear on the reupholstered seats and carpeting. #S526-1954CHEVROLETCORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001474. Polo White/ beige cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 799 miles. 235- The engine bay is still clean and in good shape, but most of the repro decals are faded and lightly Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author peeling. Correct short exhaust extensions for an early model year car. Runs very well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,150. This one went past the sixty-grand reserve without much difficulty. Now that ‘54s are being more actively sought, more are coming out of the woodwork, and we've seen a wild mix of conditions. For someone who wants a strong Sunday driving example, this was an excellent deal. #S068-1962 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-door hard top. S/N 2P63X129000. Copper/ white paint/copper & white vinyl. Odo: 74,795 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Left the factory with a 352 V8. Now it's lost a cube and gained a few years with a '70s vintage 351 Cleveland. Also took on a C-4 automatic. Decent paint shows a fair amount of touch-ups. A few charts, this base-level example, with a full paper trail back to the selling dealership and presented in respectable condition, made for a good transaction. #S059-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S110552. Daytona Blue/white ST, blue HT/blue vinyl. Odo: 51,489 miles. 327/300, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Includes both tops. Older repaint done to a good standard. The passenger door glass doesn't fully align with the hard top. Indeed, the door won't open unless the glass is cranked down an inch. include AM/FM radio and knock-off wheels with Redline tires. Big block hood added. Recent repaint is pretty good, except for a few dust specks. High quality reproduction upholstery installation. Generally clean undercarriage, although the exhaust system is starting to get some surface corrosion. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,675. Sold for one bid past the $43k reserve. As the highest horsepower small block with a carburetor, this selling price seemed about right. ripples in the flanks. Dark window tint on all glass except the windshield. Original interior, but threadbare in the driver's seat bottom and side pinch weld moldings. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,750. While it can be argued that a smallblock Cleveland V8 is a far better performance engine than the FE-block 352, there isn't much demand for first-year XLs with non-stock motors. 1963 and 1964 models are far more popular, so the selling dealer should be quite glad to have found that special someone who was willing to pay a premium for a non-original motor. #S037-1963 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-door hard top. S/N 863P27705. Black/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 38,118 miles. 389-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. 3-prong wheel covers on stock rims, shod with radial tires. Nice older repaint on a decently preserved original car. Good original chrome and trim, with a good sheen. Non-stock antenna. The original door panels and dash pad don't match the seat vinyl. A moot point, as the seats have been reupholstered with fuzzy cloth inserts, probably in the '70s when that sort of thing was hip. Clean engine and undercarriage. Consigned by an SCMer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,638. Some 1960s full-size cars have done well in the market during the last few years. While the big Bonnie hasn't topped those 104 dull rears. Repro 1965 upholstery was installed recently, as was the white soft top. Popped and sputtered on the short drive to the block. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,350. Oh boy, a nonnumbers-matching, resale red ‘Vette. Just what we always wanted. I had the feeling that a 1963 serial number jumped onto this car and wouldn't let go. Especially since that VIN tag was held on with generic pop rivets. Went past the $23k reserve at near light speed. This was just a bad, bad car. #S533-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S114008. Silver pearl/black vinyl ST/black leather. Odo: 1,586 miles. 327/365, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options Sports Car Market Nice original interior that is just starting to show light wear. Average engine bay, but not detailed. Same goes for the undercarriage. Consigned by an SCMer. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,400. In the hands of someone who really knows Corvettes, this one could be detailed into one top-notch car. As-is, however, $50k for a two-top '63 with a middle-of-the-road engine seemed to be a good sale. #S080-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S108636. Red/white ST/black leather. Odo: 40,968 miles. 327/250, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The crooked VIN tag and body tag indicate the 1963 model year. But physical evidence—body, hood, doors, front suspension, dashboard, seating, and trim—come from 1965. Panel fit is sloppy, but the paint is decent. “Headlights converted to manual operation.” Huh? Rechromed front bumpers, #S555-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. S/N 5F08C280149. Black & red/ black vinyl/red vinyl Pony. Odo: 18,882 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include power steering and power top. Aftermarket a/c with modern compressor and vintage outlets. Wavy panels with an older repaint that shows a good sheen. Nicely installed and lightly used top. Older repro upholstery shows some light wear. Non-stock shift knob is heavily worn. Clean, newly installed HiPo engine dress-up kit. Used-car undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,800. While Mustang GT convertibles are a hot commodity, they generally haven't gone to this value at this condition. Therefore, this was sold very well. #S015-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 138177K212085. Black Rose Metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 4,149 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rebuilt from a dead sled 10 years ago. Replacement floors, rear quarter panels, and NOS front fenders professionally grafted onto the body. Good repaint nearly to the stock color,with light orange peel on the A-pillars. Replated bumpers,

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author with other trim replacement. Some ripples in the vinyl roof. Expertly reupholstered interior, with minimal wear. Lots of non-stock bits on the non-original engine. Cleanly painted and well-maintained undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,563. The selling price probably equals what it cost to do the car, circa 1995. However, circa 2006, bone stock is what brings top dollar. Otherwise, hope that two bidders concur on your taste (or lack thereof) on mods. Not a restomod, but mildly non-stock, so we are mildly off the money of a stock car. #S516-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 138177A133279. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,490 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory 12-bolt Positraction, 8-track, ps, pb, rocker panel accent stripe, and Rallye wheels with Redlines. Aftermarket tach. Fresh professional restoration, with excellent panel fit, paintwork, #S534-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard top. S/N 242077P244633. Dark blue metallic/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 75,974 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Pontiac Historical Society documentation confirms that the engine and Tri-Power setup are not original. Good older restoration that is holding up well. Only a few scratches on the repaint. Non-matching though it is, the engine runs out quite well, even with the three carbs. Exhaust note is a notch and replacement vinyl roof. Replacement windshield. Most brightwork is new, except for drip rails. Expertly installed upholstery and replacement dash pad. Engine is close to concours. Clean chassis, with recent undercoating. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $39,690. The consignor cut the reserve loose when a 3-way bidding freny reached $37k. The result is pretty much the going rate these days for a good, real '67 SS 396. Hence the strong interest. Bought and sold well. #S519-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67410F2A02820. Dark blue metallic & white/black vinyl. Odo: 84,803 miles. 428ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Marti Report recently generated, with the FoMoCo-issued S/N 7R02Q213736. A bit difficult to get started, with some drive belt squeal. The engine is generally well detailed, but not to show. Non-stock flared exhaust outlets. Running somewhat rich, and with the pair of double-pumper Holley 650s, this one could win the Friend of OPEC Award. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $152,250. All things Shelby are hot, and pre-1968 Shelbys especially so, with nothing foreseeable to slow them down. Many of us have a “I shoulda bought it when...” story, and mine ends “it was $15k in 1984.” Then again, 20/20 hindsight means you can kick yourself squarely in the butt. 106 in-dash stereo with the speakers mounted in the kick panels. Poor engine repaint, with overspray on the hose clamps, exhaust manifolds, and motor mounts. Unkempt undercarriage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,875. The reserve was released when it hit this final bid. As the base-level engine for the first-year Mach 1, this money seems a little dear, but in a year it will likely be spot on. #S518-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N698569. Black & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 39,932 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Dolled up in '74 with chromed engine accessories, and on the ISCA show car circuit since. At the heart of it all is an actual “shipped in the trunk” Cross Ram. Expertly repainted back in the early '70s, and still holding up well, but for some polish swirls. Passenger door fit is off. Excellent original above stock. Light scratching of all trim and rechromed bumpers. Nicely preserved original interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,615. It doesn't take a PHS document to prove this car wasn't all it appeared, as there were no TriPower anythings from GM in 1967, save the Corvette. Goat hard tops don't pop up as often as convertibles, despite fairly equal production numbers. As there was a nearly identical '66 hard top that sold here for identical money, we'll say this selling price was market correct. #S011-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9R02H113561. Indian Fire Bronze/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 19,576 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Marti Report confirms all is correct here. Good older repaint, but with light orange peel on the mirrors and runs on the right rear wheelwell. Suspension sits low in the rear. Passenger's side exterior door handle is loose. Good original seat vinyl. DIN-mount duplicate assembly marks and tags. The undercarriage is just as nice, with expert paintwork and corrosion-free fasteners. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $65,100. Even with a bench seat, this was a car that rung a lot of bells for a lot of bidders. While the 1970 Chevelle SS is the most desirable of GM muscle cars, a damn nice 1969 will do the job if it's done up as well as this car was. The buyer did alright here, though the seller didn't exactly get ripped off either. #S012-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 2-door hard top. S/N 711870M169220. Burgundy metallic & white/black vinyl. Odo: 6,021 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new in Las Vegas equipped with power front discs, ps, 3.32 Positraction diff, and Rally Pack. Nice repaint with no nicks or scratches. Good gaps, but the doors need a heavy slam. Most brightwork is repro replacement, with good interior, commensurate with claimed original miles. Clean undercarriage, with Flowmaster dual exhaust and chromed differential cover. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,000. When this phone bid was achieved, the consignor released his reserve and let the car go. A few Cross Ram Camaros have seen six-digit selling prices lately at various venues, but they've been completely stock. As with all modified cars, you are at the mercy of shared taste when the bidding starts. In that regard, the seller did fine. #S050-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 136379A321344. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 30,845 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Magnum 500-style SS wheels shod with Redline bias-ply Firestones. Optional tilt, AM/FM radio, and tach. Freshly restored, with all powertrain components datecode-correct. Great paintwork and body prep, with so-so gaps. All stock and all restored inside. Excellent engine bay, and fully GM, with Sports Car Market

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Mecum Kansas City, MO Column Author replated bumpers. Ill-fitting, kit-sourced repro seat vinyl. Clean engine bay, but starting to show some use. The motor has both external and internal mods. Unclean undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,475. Sold for two bids past the $19k reserve. We've made the case before in these pages that 4-4-2s are undervalued, and even a better buy than the commensurate year Chevelles or GTOs. Even with the deviations from stock, and in a not-so-fresh state of being, this car was bought well. #S531-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 136370A112595. Medium blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,991 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c. Good clearcoat and basecoat repaint. Hood fit is off slightly, but all other panels are aligned. Nice original chrome and brightwork, but the right side rubber bumper pad is skewed. Clean trunk, except for the badly painted spare tire rim. Tidy engine bay is all GM. So is the undercarriage, with new gas tank and stock exhaust system. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,500. There were plenty of Chevelles to choose from this weekend, but this was one of the nicest. It was also nice to see one restored in its original color combo and not done up in resale red. So a bid on the north side of $50k was wholly appropriate. #S553-1970 PONTIAC GTO 455 HO 2- door hard top. S/N 242370R132006. Cardinal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 66,661 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory options include hoodmounted tach, ps, power trunk latch, and Rallye II wheels with repro Wide Oval tires. Excellent panel fit. Good repaint, but with a large section of touch-up near the back window. Some fading of the repro side stripes. Polished trim and Wide Oval tires. Older repaint is still in good shape. Original interior is in excellent shape, with very minimal wear. All GM underhood, and quite clean. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. The reserve was somewhere north of $90k. I got the feeling that if the final bid had reached $100k, then the reserve would have magically become $125k. And so on... This LS6 isn't going anywhere until it sets a pricing record. Thus, this LS6 isn't going anywhere. #S557-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23H0B391991. Red & black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,914 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Has its original engine block, but left the factory with 4-barrel induction instead of the current Six Pack. A good older repaint with a few light scratches on the flanks. The undercarriage has seen quite a bit of be said of the interior, but with a lower quality upholstery kit. Exceptional all-GM engine bay and neat-as-a-pin undercarriage make up for the sins of the upholstery shop. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,905. Sold for one bid past the $36k reserve. As we've said before, after a car has been taken apart and restored, it doesn't make that much difference if it was 43k miles or 243k miles. The seller did quite well here. #S003-1973 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-door use since it was restored. But for the chromed diff cover, all looks stock. Good installation of a repro upholstery kit. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. Why does it seem like most every ‘Cuda, Charger, or Challenger that crosses the block has had some kind of engine transplant in its lifetime? Hard use, sure. But what fun is a 318 when a 440 will fit? And what fun are four barrels when you can have six? With a $45k reserve, E-body madness continues. brightwork. Expertly installed repro interior. The engine bay is nicely detailed and all GM. Correct twin dual exhaust outlets and stock burble. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $38,500. One of the conversations I heard this weekend involved a former GM assembly line worker relating tales about how difficult the rubber Endura front bumpers on these cars were 108 #S521-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S108700. Red/white ST/red vinyl. Odo: 8,893 miles. 350/270, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c. Somewhat recent restoration, with nicely prepped body, excellent paint, and good panel fit. Expertly installed repro upholstery. Clean engine bay, to local show standards. Emergency brake linkage needs a look, as it locked up the rear brakes just as the car was rolling up to the auction block. Cond: hard top. S/N BS23H3B299276. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 40,037 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice clearcoat and basecoat paintwork. Nice bumpers, without any scuffing or hazing. The rest of the trim is good original, but the door top moldings are heavily marked. NonOEM replacement windshield. Shaker hood seal is split. All original interior, with just the to install. Suffice it to say, they caused a few problems. The consignor had a $45k reserve, but $40k seemed a bit more realistic. #S556-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-door hard top. S/N 136370B142374. Fathom Green & white/black vinyl. Odo: 29,761 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Apart from the 450-hp LS6 engine, other factory options include a close-ratio M22 tranny, 4.10 ratio Positraction diff, F41 suspension, ps, power front discs, rear window defogger, and Magnum 500-style wheels on repro 2. SOLD AT $30,450. Chrome-bumper C3 ‘Vettes have pretty much attained their full collector-car potential in today's market, and this small block ragtop sold for the going rate. #S522-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 1D67H2K636400. Dark blue metallic & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 43,497 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Consignor claims mileage is actual. Recent restoration, with a good clearcoat and basecoat. Newer top, but slightly ill-fitting. The same can outboard seam on the driver's seat coming loose. Mopar Performance goodies in a clean bay. Freshly undercoated. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. Though it lacked the “upgrade” Six Pack set-up of lot S557, the story was pretty much the same, proving once again how difficult it is to find an un-messed-with Mopar engine compartment. The reserve on this one was set at $40k, which seemed a bit high given the condition.u Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA Column Author Carlisle Collector Car Auction Detrick did his homework and assembled a veteran staff and knowledgeable auctioneers and specialists, which ensured the first-time event ran smoothly Company Carlisle Events Date April 19–23, 2006 Location Carlisle, PA Auctioneer Jim Landis, Jeff Knosp, and Mark Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 114 / 252 Sales rate 45% Sales total $2,986,778 High sale 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427, sold at $162,750 Buyer's premium American Iron was the name of the game in PA 5% (included in sold prices) Report and photos by Charles Stitzer Market opinions in italics C Carlisle, PA arlisle, Pennsylvania, has long been the site of one of the world's largest collector-car swap meets. This year, the event's organizer, the aptly named Carlisle Events, boasted something new: the first “Carlisle Collector Car Auction.” The sale took place just a block from the swap meet grounds in the new Carlisle Expo Center, which meant just a short walk for bidders to view and bid on the 252 assembled lots. The continued popularity of the swap meet meant that staging a collector car auction to coincide was almost a no-brainer. But that doesn't mean John Detrick, CEO of Carlisle Events, just threw the auction together. He did his homework and assembled his veteran staff, a knowledgeable team of auctioneers, and competent auction specialists to ensure the first-time event would run smoothly. “There were many small details to manage, as with any new event,” said a content Detrick when the results were in. “But the staff at Carlisle did a great job.” Much like the swap meet, the new event had a solid, comfortable “bread and butter” feel to it. Not a flashy or over-hyped event, and without any carnival-like atmosphere, the sale was all business, matching plenty of good cars with plenty of collectors looking to fill out their garages. American iron of the '50s, '60s, and '70s made up 110 the lion's share of the consignments, with plenty of ACCA Senior 1st winners and muscle show cars to go around. High sale of the weekend was an early big block 1966 Corvette, which hammered sold at $162,750. And a nicely restored 1962 Ford Thunderbird “M code” convertible, done up in Sports Roadster guise, changed hands for $74,550. Mopars of all stripes continued to sell well, though not all were the tire-burning, brawny machines of the muscle era. Two such cars, both drivers and both Hemis, were classic Chryslers bought by the same Connecticut collector. The first, a 1955 New Yorker station wagon that looked to be a survivor, brought a reasonable $21,000, while the other, a 1956 Windsor in slightly better shape, came in at $47,250, roughly twice retail. Nearly $3m from 114 cars represents a success for this inaugural sale. With its proximity to the popular swap meet, a first-class venue, a modest 5% commission, and a solid infrastructure, Carlisle Events has thoughtfully positioned itself for future success. John Detrick is so confident of this that the Fall Carlisle Collector Car Auction has already been scheduled for September 29–30, 2006. If you've always wanted to go to Carlisle for the swap meet, now you've got an even better reason to attend.u Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA Column Author GERMAN #S113-1971 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 1412530271. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 46,431 miles. Lots of filler in the wavy rocker panels. Incredibly bright paint, but not quite right, as it doesn't match in the door jambs. Plenty of scratches in the chrome and Interior is very good, but not pristine. Front and rear Challenge grilles, F1 paddle shifter, electric Daytona seats, front and rear radar, Tubi exhaust, all documents. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. A lightly used Ferrari in the heavily used red and tan combo. The bid was short by at least $10k. AMERICAN #S219-1948 BUICK ROADMASTER sedanette. S/N 14813620. Light blue/gray cloth. Odo: 15,740 miles. Paint looks nice, but has some minor flaws throughout. Lots of chrome, and all of it good. Some dents and scratches in brightwork trim. Interior seat cloth is pilling. Attractive body style in a pretty but unusual brightwork. Rusty bumper. Cracked lenses. Leaking oil. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,780. A thick coat of radioactive yellow paint was all that held this car together. The fright pig of the sale, and overpriced, in my humble opinion. #F31-1978 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1582067470. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 89,248 miles. Thick older respray, with dents in the brightwork and a rusty bumper. One small tear in the ill-fitting color for a big Buick. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,568. This older restoration is starting to show its age. Rare and unusual to see a 3-onthe-tree in a '48, as this was the first year of the Dynaflow automatic and almost all of the Roadmasters had it. It has transitioned gracefully from a show car to a parade car. Well bought. top. Aftermarket “power” exhaust. Interior is slightly worn and not terribly clean. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,250. This ruff-muffin sold for about a thousand bucks more than its 1978 retail. However, taking inflation into account, this example has definitely decreased both in value and condition. Thus, it's nothing more than a used car, but with a cute factor. ITALIAN #S177-2000 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYUS1A0Y0120244. Red/tan leather. Odo: 7,350 miles. Exterior is as-new. #F50.1-1955 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER station wagon. S/N 00N5521079. Salmon Coral/cream/Red Highlander plaid. Odo: 16,231 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unusual color scheme, though the paint itself is just OK. Some dents in the brightwork. The interior, in Highlander plaid, is worn and could be original. Back cargo compartment shows minor paint wear. All stainless trim between like when it was new. Stone chips on the nose. Interior looks old but not worn. Taillight lenses are starting to crack and bumper chrome is peeling. Dash is scratched and tired, with rest of interior showing moderate wear throughout. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Claimed to have been owned originally by the King of Morocco. If it is original and unrestored as also claimed, it is remarkably preserved and a great survivor, and the flaws make a great patina. How much is the provenance and survivor status worth? The seller thought it was somewhere in the neighborhood of a good '53. No one else did. #F50-1956 CHRYSLER WINDSOR 2- door hardtop. S/N W5663461. Cream & coral/coral/white vinyl & coral cloth. Odo: 40,518 miles. Good paint in an attractive color scheme. New or rechromed Kelsey-Hayes wheels and wide whitewalls. One bumperette overrider needs rechroming. Modern sealedbeam headlights. Interior is weak, with front seat cloth inserts faded and soiled. Seat vinyl is just OK. Engine is clean but shows use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,250. With interesting colors on a rarely seen model, this car was striking from 20 feet. Any closer, however, and the flaws were apparent everywhere. And the musty interior smell was undeniable. Still, it was a nice driver that can be easily improved. It sold for strong money—twice retail—to the man who bought the similarly painted '55 Chrysler New Yorker wagon, lot F50.1. the boards is there and in pretty good shape. The wide whitewall tires are yellowed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,000. This interesting twotone combo is an acquired taste—think Crayola fleshtone and really old white. This huge car looked to be a true survivor. If that was indeed the case, I'd think twice about restoring it, as it was still quite presentable. Well sold, and it will probably never be this cheap again. #S161-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S00112. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 51,652 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fiberglass is wavy in places—just 112 Sports Car Market #S174-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH394483. Azure Blue/ white vinyl ST & azure HT/blue & white vinyl.

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Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA Column Author Odo: 88,301 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice, smooth paint. Excellent chrome and brightwork. Perfect glass all around. Bright engine-turned dash. Seats and carpet are very good, with minor soiling. A couple paint drips in out-of-the-way areas. Engine sports a dressup kit. All restoration receipts available. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,750. 2005 AACA Senior 1st. This will be too nice to drive for a long time. Little ‘Birds haven't been appreciating at the same meteoric rate of muscle cars, so it may be a while until this can be sold for a profit. In the meantime, however, it will be one of the best, and a good way to rack up some trophies. #S163-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 2Y85M166068. Coral/white vinyl/coral vinyl. Odo: 23,038 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. This near-perfect “M code” Thunderbird convertible has all the Sports Roadster goodies, though it isn't an original Roadster. A stunning car nonetheless, in a pretty color, too. Interior is clean and crisp. induction set-up, this car would have struggled to make $25k a year ago, so the seller's timing was right. #S217-1963 BUICK LESABRE station wagon. S/N 4J1099934. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 26,451 miles. 401-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Power steering and brakes, third seat, tinted glass, deluxe vinyl interior. Good white paint on straight panels, with no evidence of repair. Some pitting in most chrome and trim. The mishap has caused the only major flaw on the car. However, the bent chrome didn't seem to hurt the car's value very much. It still brought about 50% over retail. #S159-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE interior shows normal wear for the indicated mileage. Surface rust on the frame and in the engine compartment. A well-preserved station wagon. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,862. This was a time-warp car that looked to be all original and garage-kept for its 43 years. With the recent increased interest in big American station wagons, this was a fair price. #S154-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA Excellent gauges and a console that is as good as it gets. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,550. This car received an AACA National Senior 1st in 1995 and a AACA Grand National Senior 1st in 1998. It's still a winner. It was also a home run for the consignor. This price was about double what I expected. #S242-1962 PLYMOUTH FURY 2-door hard top. S/N 3327119884. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 28,808 miles. 361-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Paint and chrome look very good. Some small nicks to the brightwork but otherwise all looks right. Upholstery shows a few scattered blemishes, while the dash has some minor scratches. Interior chrome is peeling, and the gauges are foggy. Push button transmission and dog dish 2-door hard top. S/N 318475213312. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 82,872 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint job, but body panel alignment is a bit off. The rear end seems to sit a little high. Good chrome. Some dents and scratches in the brightwork. Door handles are coupe. S/N 194376S102264. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 54,251 miles. 427/425, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers-matching. Very good paint and chrome. Some buff marks throughout, but no major flaws. Nicely fitted interior in matching colors. Side pipes. No a/c. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $122,000. An early production big block restored to better-than-new standards. The whole package comes off as crisp and fresh. Has all the potential to win shows and sit on a throne in the garage. Just as well, since “no breeze” limits its summer use. Unless I missed something, $122k should have been more than enough. pitted. Some scratches on the passenger window. New seat skins and chrome seat accents. Overall, this is a handsome car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,875. The imposing triple black color scheme worked well on this car. However, without the punch of a 409, it's more a sheep in wolf's clothing than the other way around. For those secure enough to have merely “enough” cubic inches, this was a small bargain. hub caps. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,750. The dual quads on this Golden Commando engine make this a different kettle of fish, setting it far apart from other Furies. Not in the same class as the Max Wedge, but still a powerful car. Overall, this example's look was pretty plain Jane, with few options. Even with the unusual 114 #S229-1965 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE 2-door hard top. S/N J5102578. White/white & black vinyl. Odo: 9,964 miles. Looks factory fresh. Very bright in triple white. Sits perfectly level. A few hard-to-spot faults like a chip on the grille paint and some minor panel alignment problems. The only outstanding flaw is the badly misaligned left chrome taillamp surround. Interior is as new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,850. This car was a crisp and clean garage queen. An unfortunate rear end #S224-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S112832. Red/red leather. Odo: 21,837 miles. 327/300, 4-bbl, 4sp. Older restoration now showing its age. The paint is still very good, but the interior leather is worn slightly and wrinkled. Console plate has minor scratches and dents. Engine is clean but not show quality, with paint coming off the radiator and dingy valve covers. Exhaust manifolds look new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,288. Restored to driver standard in 1999 at 117,272 miles, and driven almost 22k miles since. Lots of documentation available, plus the original speedometer. This car had a nice, Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA Column Author honest feel about it, and seemed a fair deal for all concerned. #S258-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-door hard top. S/N 113116W174357. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 46,655 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Creamy yellow respray. Bumper chrome is good, but all chromed pot metal trim is scratched and pitted. Grille shows dings and scratches. Dented hubcaps. Interior is evenly worn. A meagerly-optioned car with the L79 seat skins and carpet, but the dash and headliner are just short of shabby. Engine is dirty and shows much wear. New Redline tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,300. This was the perfect car for the Mopar guy who thought he had it all. Or perhaps for the mailman on the go. The car has appeared in several New Zealand auto publications, and is an interesting story, though it didn't really add any value. This seemed like the wrong venue for such a car, but at this price, I'll call it well sold. #S191-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- back. S/N 8T02R205305. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 46,215 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully restored, with documented mileage. Very good paint, chrome, and brightwork. The trunk lid sits off a bit. The rest of the panel gaps are engine. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,200. No stainless side trim, no bucket seats, no a/c. No nothing, really, except that 327 and the 4-speed that handles it. Which is all you need, isn't it? Its high power-to-weight ratio made this little car a contender in the mid 1960s. Here, it represented a pretty solid deal for all involved. #F36-1967 BUICK SKYLARK GS 400 2- door hard top. S/N 446677B124855. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,410 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. White paint looks new, without marks. Vinyl top is crisp and well-fitted, with no fading. Inside looks right and tidy, with sparkling gauges. Engine looks better mildly inconsistent, though no worse than when the car was new. A crowd favorite. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $225,000. In what would seem like a break from tradition, this car bears the autograph of Lee Iacocca. Perhaps ol' Shel charged too much? This was a nice car, but it wasn't the best in the world; $225k was plenty. #S175.3-1969 DODGE CORONET R/T 2-door hard top. S/N WS23L9G123261. Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 1,499 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint, top, and interior. Underhood, the worn, dirty engine shows lots of evidence of only Firebird at the sale. With the a/c and the engine freshly gone through, this should be a great driver for some time. The seller did well. #S211-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-door hard top. S/N RS23L9G296385. Scorch Red/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 22,366 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sure-Grip rear end, a/c, ps, black performance hood treatment. Paint is very good, with minor orange peel and a couple small flaws. Chrome is very nice, with some small scratches. Interior could be fresher, with seats slightly soiled and noticeable wear on the console. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $45,500. At some time in this car's life it had a rotisserie restoration, but how recently wasn't clear. They missed a few details that would have kept it from being a show contender. Six months ago I would have said this bid was generous. Lately, however the continued run up in big block Mopars means I'm not so sure. It couldn't have missed by much though. #S178-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE than new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,450. This car, restored by a Buick National judge, was well-prepped for the auction. It was clean, clean, clean, with everything in its right place. Now that it's won its fair share of awards, the owner/restorer was ready to move on. This price was strong but worth it. Well built, sold and bought. #S125-1967 DODGE CHARGER 2-door hard top. S/N XP29H72316917. Silver/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,239 miles. 440-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Yes, right-hand drive. VIN indicates the car originally had a 383 underhood. Recent bare-metal respray in attractive silver. New SS 396 convertible. S/N 136679B344199. Blue & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 25,038 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory “L code” 396 SS convertible with crate motor. Power top, power disc brakes, power steering. Near-perfect paint and interior. Big 17-inch Torq Thrust wheels give away non-stock incorrect work. Redline tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,900. A straight, mostly clean car with good exterior and interior cosmetics. Not too long ago, it could have been a show winner. But the engine bay lets it down, so I relegate it to a driver with promise. The seller did well. And the buyer, if he can turn a wrench, could get this Coronet up to snuff in no time. #F77-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2-door hard top. S/N 223379U120152. White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 39,471 miles. Paint, trim, and chrome are merely OK. Hood alignment a bit off. Inside, things are a bit better, though far from fresh. Claimed to have just ten miles since an engine rebuild. Air-conditioned. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,625. This was the 116 configuration, but otherwise it looks factory fresh. Hotchkis suspension. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $66,000. Built by Chuck Hanson, president of ACES Chevelle and host of “Horsepower TV” on the Spike network. Although I'm somewhat of a purist and thus a Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Events Carlisle, PA Column Author bit leery of the resto-mod, I'll admit this one was thoughtfully built to be drivable in today's world, while keeping the old spirit alive. Worth more to the right buyer. #S256-1970 PONTIAC GTO The Judge 2-door hard top. S/N 242370R129784. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 97,443 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original, low-mileage car with a fresh respray and new decals. The new paint makes the original brightwork look downright shabby. Ditto the interior, which is unrestored built for the 1970 Chicago Auto Show. Not many Panther Pink Challengers were ordered (I wonder why?) and this one is the only one with the additional pink graphics. Built perhaps for the Pepto Bismol salesman of the year? The provenance here might have added a few thousand. But the replacement engine might have negated that. Raise your hand if you would have let this one go. Yeah, me too. #S175.4-1971 DODGE CHARGER R/T and unremarkable. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The restoration (apparently limited only to paint and decals) made the car's interior flaws stick out. The display placard touted “Mileage is...low, averaging 3,800 miles per year since new.” Much of that was probably racked up in the first ten years or so, and it has been sitting for long periods since. At the price bid, it should have changed hands. #S179-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 136370K157252. Black Cherry/black vinyl. Odo: 69,405 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A numbers-matching SS, with the M21 transmission, 3.31 rear end, power disc brakes, ps, window defogger, AM/ FM/8-track, and remote mirror. Flawless paint on a solid, straight body. New interior. 996point national show car. Factory inspector chalk marks. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. This car was restored to original specs right down to the “delete pinstripe” code, and I couldn't find a fault. The right color and the right options, and by far the best car at the sale. Fully worth the high bid and a bit more. #S176-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER convertible. S/N JS27V0B250827. Panther Pink/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 20,622. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Good, factory-correct paint, and well-applied pink graphics. Interior is weaker than the exterior, with the dash showing enough wear to make it stand out. Non-original engine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. Claimed to have been 118 trim around wheel arches. Interior looks original, with all the attendant worn spots, tears, etc. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $42,000. This was one of many big block Mopars that looked to be dragged out, spiffed up, and shipped off to auction in the hope that a rising Mopar tide will float all Mopar boats. Lots of details to attend to here, but it could certainly work as a driver. The seller should be happy. #S249-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 1F05M171885. Blue & silver/ blue & gray vinyl. Odo: 74,822. 351-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Cleveland engine with a Hurst shifter, 9” Positraction rear axle, a/c, pb, front and rear spoilers, Magnum 500 wheels. Panel fit is a bit 2-door hard top. S/N WS23U1A143747. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,142 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power front discs. Sure-Grip differential, a/c, rally gauges, tinted glass, racing mirrors, hood pins, chin spoiler. So-so paint, with a few minor chips, drips, and overspray. Dents and scrapes on rain gutters. Old, ugly “Charger” and “440 Magnum” script. Dents and scratches in stainless windshield surround. Gaps in brightwork off. Decent paint, with pitted door handles and some minor scrapes on the brightwork. Radio antenna is bent. Rear bumper is scratched. Chips on the mirror nacelles. Interior upholstery appears as-new, but wear to the dash is evident. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Attractive colors on this 10-footer. Perfect examples are worth about $10k more than the high bid. This car was good, but certainly not perfect. The seller could have let it go without too much to fret over. #S176.1-1971 DODGE CHALLENGER convertible. S/N JH27N1B132030. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,341. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well optioned in triple black, with power top, ps, pb, pw, a/c, Rally gauges, and console. No real flaws in the body or paint. Inside is less neat. Woodgrain dash and steering wheel show some light wear, and the upholstery (leather and vinyl combo) is getting stiff. Gauges, labels, and console are lightly scratched and worn. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,750. Though it looks imposing in triple black, it only has the 383. Liberal application of vinyl cleaner made the interior look a bit greasy, and didn't really conceal the flaws. Looks like another restored Mopar getting over-the-top money in spite of its less-thanperfect condition. #F94-1994 FORD MUSTANG GT Pace Car convertible. S/N 1FALP45T94RF146706. Red/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 24,245 miles. A lightly used, documented Pace Car. Good color combination, with no scratches or wear to the bright paint. Interior is just beginning to show some age, with the vinyl starting to stiffen. Tires are about half gone. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $12,338. The graphics are an acquired taste. One of many Ford “instant collectibles” issued over the years. This one sold for a price commensurate with its mileage and “instant collectibility.”u Sports Car Market

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Bonhams & Goodman Melbourne, AUS Belfield Tank Museum Sale Seized hatches were a common theme, as was the lack of any real identifying numbers, and nearly everything was painted green Report and photos by John Clucas Market opinions in italics J ohn Belfield searched in vain for eight years for someone to buy his military museum in its entirety. But with no takers, the ex-serviceman decided to sell off his lifelong collection of equipment piecemeal. In contracting with Sydney-based Bonhams & Goodman, he found an ideal partner. For a company whose web site promotes it as the largest Australian-owned, internationally operated fine-art auction house, the prospect of B & G selling off Belfield's stock seemed a little odd. Then again, there aren't exactly a wealth of firms that specialize in the sale of heavy artillery and tanks, so with a history of successful collector car auctions under its belt as well, B & G was as qualified as any. Whether through B & G's advertsing campaign, or simply through the grapevine, most of Australia and anyone in the world with an interest in military equipment heard about this auction weeks in advance. The freezing weather deterred no one, and the final head count of around 1,200 illustrated the level of interest and rareness of the opportunity. John Belfield's collection was no assemblage of just anything war-related. He was selective in his collecting, and many of the items were quite rare. Several had undergone substantial restoration in Belfield's own workshops at the museum. With some exceptions, bidding was hottest for the lots billed as “goers,” or for those that had at least undergone substantial restoration. With only three of the 261 lots failing to sell, the results surprised many observers. Among them was B & G Chief Executive Tim Goodman, who said the auction result was more than double their expectations. One especially notable sale was a Staghound heavy armored Company Bonhams & Goodman Date April 23, 2006 Location Melbourne, AUS Auctioneer Tim Goodman Automotive lots sold / offered 258 / 261 Sales rate 99% Sales total $1,102,500 High sale 1940s Australian AC-1 “Sentinel” Cruiser Tank, sold at $46,613 Buyer's premium 13% (included in sold prices) personnel carrier. Lacking any powerplant, it was estimated pre-sale between $11,250 and $15,000. When the hammer fell, however, it raised the hefty sum of $45,765. Other highlights included an M3 A1 Stuart light tank, which sold to the U.K. for $33,900. A WWII parachutist's folding Welbike motorcycle sold for $4,450, and a WWII anti-aircraft gun brought $25,425, nearly 30% over the estimate. Because of the hard-scrabble realities of warfare, many of the items had seen hard lives. Seized hatches were a common theme, as was the lack of any real identifying numbers. This means that some best guesses have been made on dates of manufacture, but assume them correct to within a year or two. Few lots had odometers, and readings on those that did were largely irrelevant. Every item was painted green, unless indicated otherwise. In this report we have used the same condition rat- ing system we regularly use for our car appraisals, although in this instance the thin layer of dust over everything in the shed has been ignored. Some discretion must also be applied in interpreting these ratings because few army vehicles have ever been built to a condition better than 3+, and their restoration to anything better than a 3+ would be inappropriate. The sale served as a breath of fresh air from the drudgeries of seeing pristine Ferraris and Astons cross the block. Apparently, 1,200 enthusiastic folks felt the same, and the preservation efforts of John Belfield were justly rewarded. u August 2006 U.K. and Australia that became the mainstay of British and Australian anti-aircraft artillery. With such an ample vertical range and the option of either high explosive or shrapnel shells, everyone at the auction wanted this one. Bidding finally stopped at twice the high estimate. ENGLISH #168-ROYAL ORDNANCE FACTORY 6-INCH Breech-loading Howitzer. Camouflage. Muzzle velocity of 1,329 ft/s, with a range of 6.6 miles. Most moving parts are frozen. Missing its breech, and wearing various shrapnel wounds. Nicely painted. AUSTRALIAN #144-1940 MARIBYRNONG ORDNANCE 3.7 INCH Anti-aircraft gun. Arcadian Blue. Operated by a crew of ten. Maximum range of 7.8 miles, with a maximum elevation of 80 degrees. Nicely restored throughout and looking ready for serious action. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,425. A great looking 1937 British design built in both the Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,188. The Howitzer was well-regarded in its day and used in one form or another in both WWI and WWII. Everyone who viewed it agreed this was a great looking gun. This was serious money, considering the missing breech. Not that you're ever likely to need it. 121

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Bonhams & Goodman Melbourne, AUS #257-HOWITZER 25 POUNDER GUN. Column Author Gray/. Lots of paint everywhere guarantees nothing will rust. But nothing will move, either. Complete in every respect, and there's nothing here that dismantlement and a good sandblast wouldn't fix. Certainly in need of new tires, but has great restoration potential. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $3,814. One of the most versatile and useful pieces of artillery from WWII. restoration is prohibitive, the winning bid looked very high for a wounded static display item. #261-1940 VULCAN FOUNDRY MATILDA MK 1 Frog Flamethrower tank. Liberal coats of paint over a poor exterior. Hatches are rusted solid, with interior condition unknown. Twin diesels are absent. It would take a brave soul to get into this restoration. Armed standard motorcycle of the British Army in WWII. Also used extensively by Australian troops abroad. The original condition of this unit must be what took the bidding to five times the high estimate. #133-1954 AUSTIN WN1 CHAMP FV1801 jeep. Army green. RHD. Reasonably straight bodywork. Fair seats need a retrim. Windshield is cracked. Everything is there underhood, but it hasn't run in years. Virtually complete and unmolested. A good restorer if It's already an interesting museum piece, but with some hard work it could be a functioning museum piece. For those who prefer their museums to have live displays rather than static ones. Well bought. #237-1939 STANDARD 5-CWT 4x2 General Service van. Eng. # UV2751. Army green/army green. RHD. Powered by a 1,608-cc I4. Nice, straight panelwork. Glass is cracked and the seats are missing. Dashboard parts are in a box. Spare grille and radiator supplied. with one flamethrower. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $21,188. The flamethrower distinguishes this as an Australian variant of Britain's “Queen of the Desert” Matilda tank. Unlikely to move under its own power ever again, so this was much money for a static exhibit. #61-1940 WELBIKE MOTORCYCLE. Army green. Looks very complete and serviceable, although the painted exhaust suggests it's not currently running. Very original, down to the leatherette saddle cover, canvas covered hand grips, and tired throttle and brake that's your bent. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $3,814. Developed as Britain's equivalent to the U.S. jeep, but technically more complicated and difficult to maintain. Probably a better machine than lot 238, but sold at the right price—less than half that of its more famous Yankee cousin. #57-1959 SALADIN MK 2 FV601(C) Perished tires. Original under the hood, but it hasn't run in years. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $339. Based on the less-than-powerful Standard Flying Twelve. Certainly not the most favored marque, nor the most desirable model, but a cheap buy if the new owner needs the spares for his other Flying Twelve. #258-1940 VICKERS-ARMSTRONG VALENTINE Cruiser tank. Army green/army green. Suffering the effects of outside storage. Hatches are rusted up, moving parts are frozen, and rubber on track wheels is perished. Serious shell hole in the turret looks like it hurt. Mostly complete mechanically, but hasn't run in years. Quite restorable, however. Armed with a 2pounder gun. Cond: 6+. SOLD AT $22,035. Britain's most mass-produced tank during WWII, best known for the cramped conditions facing its crew of three or four. Assuming the cost of a 122 armored car. Army green/army green. No engine fitted. Holds three. 13 tons. Original condition and complete, right down to the radio aerials. Still fitted with its 76-mm L5A1 gun, but the 30-inch coaxial machine gun's a cables. Should take little work to get mobile again. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,450. A forerunner of today's monkey bike. Designed to fit into a standard parachute airdrop container and powered by a single cylinder 98-cc Villiers Junior. Priced about right for a fun little curio. #243-1941 BSA M20 Solo Military mo- torcycle. Army green/black leather. Complete and in original condition all over, right down to the canvas panniers and saddle cover. Even the tires looked serviceable. With a bit of work, I'd say it's probably close to mobile. Numbered A-225. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $15,255. The replica. Bearing the markings of A Squadron, 1st Cavalry, during Operation Barra Winga, 1966. Numbered 115406. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $16,950. The first of Britain's post-World War II armored cars, built by Alvis and crewed by three. A good looking, go-anywhere unit that sold somewhat short of its $18,750 low estimate. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams & Goodman Melbourne, AUS Column Author AMERICAN #51-WHITE M2 HALF-TRACK ar- mored car. 386-ci I6. Holds two, plus seven passengers. Straight bodywork and presentable interior. Only missing an air cleaner under the hood. Advertised as “a goer” and looked like Vietnam when a mine blew a 2-ft hole through its 1-inch aluminum floor. Carries a .50 caliber machine gun. Numbered 134199. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $14,408. This one was well beyond restoration. So why such a high bid? Surely there's not that much salvage value in the aluminum floor. Sure makes for an expensive playground then. #55-1941 WHITE M3A1 armored personnel carrier. Camouflage. 320-ci I6. Holds two. 10 tons. Advertised as a “goer” and no reason to doubt it. Very complete and in good condition overall. New instruments fitted. Wears markings of B Squadron, 4/19th Prince of Wales Light Horse Regiment, circa it too. Numbered as USA-W-401234. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $20,340. First introduced into U.S. Army service in 1940, equipped with two machine guns and a sub-machine gun for nine passengers to play with. Not your everyday shopper, but great fun for war games. Fairly bought. #64-FOOD MACHINERY CORP. LVT(A)4 ALLIGATOR Amphibious landing vehicle. Army green/army green. 250-hp I7. Holds 2–7. 20 tons. Built by the Food Machinery Corp. Everything in place externally and looking fit for purpose. Hatch is seized so who knows what the interior's like? early 1960s. Numbered as 123145. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,798. Originally fitted with three machine guns for a crew of two. One of more than 500 built. Hopefully the new owner has plans that extend beyond a static display, but fall short of heroics. #238-1941 FORD MB jeep. Army green. Fair panelwork with a newish coat of matte paint. Instruments are missing, as are the driveshafts. Steering is wired together, and miscellaneous engine bolt-ons are missing. Needing was used for trials in New Guinea, circa 1944. Totally original and fair in every respect. Numbered as 330690. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $29,663. Built by Cadillac and arguably the best light tank used in WWII. Bidding reached the high estimate, which was probably generous considering the lack of power plant. #250-1948 MACK M123D 6x6 tank trans- Spartan steel, most likely. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $16,950. Used for close-in fire support for amphibious landings during WWII. Fitted with a 75-mm Howitzer in the turret, plus three machine guns. Not everyone needs a tank, especially one this size, so the vendor should be well satisfied at this price. #259-FOOD MACHINERY CORP. M113A1 armored personnel carrier. Army green/army green. Powered by a Detroit V6 53 diesel. Holds 2 crew plus 11 others. Badly rusted throughout and suffering further from outdoor storage. Rendered unserviceable in work to get mobile, but not too daunting a task. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $10,170. Ever-popular, and one of the few bits of war hardware that's still useable every day. This one sold for way over anyone's expectations. #132-1943 STUDEBAKER US-6 General Service Tipper. Army green/army green. 2.5 ton capacity. Very original and complete, but tatty in most respects, both inside and out. Complete dashboard. Claimed to run, and it was certainly used to construct the museum n 1987. Bears the markings of the 3rd Lines of Communication Signal Squadron attached to the 1st Australian Logistic Support Group, circa 1960s. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,238. Used by Australia's regular army for 20 years from 1944. If there's nothing seriously wrong with 124 porter. Army green/army green. 16 tons. Dual rear winch with 22 ton capacity. Fine panels and faultless interior, relatively speaking. Excellent and original looking engine and fresh undercarriage. Tires are perished. Billed as a “goer.” iit mechanically, the buyer got himself a heavy duty transporter on the cheap. #43-1944 GENERAL CHAFFEE M24 light tank. Army green. No engine fitted. 20 tons. Straight panelwork. Intact, but wartorn interior for a crew of five. Fitted with one 75-mm gun and a replica .30 caliber machine gun. Markings indicate the tank Numbered 5A 7023. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,255. A go-anywhere machine with a handy winch. You know, in case you need to move your neighborhood. Appears to have last been used by the 26th Transport Company RAASC in South Vietnam, circa 1968. Deserving of the winning bid, which was well over estimates.u Sports Car Market

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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics L ast month we brought you a smattering of rarified foreign machines. This month's collec- tion should be considered no less rare. Nor more desirable, for that matter. But they are all 100% 'Merican, made in the U.S. of A. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4627259351-1934 GATSBY ROADSTER . S/N GAN6UL220. Two-tone blue metallic/navy vinyl/gray cloth. Odo: 11,196 miles. 26 photos. St. Louis, MO. One owner, who paid $45k new in the early '80s. VA-titled as a '34 Gatsby. “Created and designed by Master Coachman, Sky Clausen of Gatsby Coachworks, Ltd. in San Jose, California.” A Gatsby consists of a “modified MG body placed on the frame” of a 1977–79 Thunderbird or Cougar donor car, with stock 302 V8 pushed back 30 inches. New coil-overs, Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,850. This was a deal by at least $5,000–$8,000. Nobody considers a Devin a “kit car,” so this was a much more pedigreed choice—and a better investment—than a 550 or 356 replica for the same money. #4601814107-1966 FITCH SPRINT 2- door hard top. S/N N/A. Flat black/black. Odo: 100,000 miles. 3 photos. Goffstown, NH. A Fitch Sprint is a Corvair Corsa with suspension upgrades, 15 extra hp and a “ventop” roof. Seller has “all paperwork for car that comes directly from John Fitch himself.” Fitch, of course, raced in F1 for Maserati, Le Mans for folks...this has over $1 Million invested in it! It runs and drives like a million bucks, too!” 11 bids, sf 1828, bf 83. SOLD AT $5,875. Very funny self-described “old coot” finally got rid of this very funny vehicle after several deadbeat bidders. I was almost one of them, but despite all of the kids and dogs we have, I still can't do a van. Even if the license plate reads “DA WHALE.” Seller would have done better at nearly any physical auction. #4628360293-1989AVANTICONVERTIBLE . radiator and hoses. 22 bids, sf 801, bf 29. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,890. “The specialty musical horn plays two tunes: ‘On The Road Again' and ‘Dixie'!” The first tune is for the adventurous buyer, and the second clearly suits the seller (a dealer called MotoExotica), who obviously whistled it all the way to the bank. And the rest of us chant, “Look away, look away, look away in Dixie Land.” #4627191062-1962 DEVIN D roadster. S/N DD917. White/black canvas/red Naugahyde. Odo: 4,367 miles. 10 photos. Norton, OH. Actual mileage. “This car is in good to excellent (original) condition with only a very small spot of damage to the right rear fender that's been ‘repaired' but just needs a little touch-up.” The “red interior appears to be naugahyde and is Mercedes, and invented those highway safety barrier barrels. Car “needs restoration been sitting for years.” 23 bids, sf 23, bf 259. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,480. John Fitch is still alive and well at www.racesafety.com. Will a Fitch Sprint spike in value when he ultimately passes on, as some people expect Shelby's progeny might? Not a safe bet by any means, but it sure is a cool piece of rolling trivia. And painless at this price. #4576158884-1973 LINCOLN BUGAZZI original.” Comes with the top and side curtains. VW Beetle drivetrain with period Okrasa high performance kit. “This little roadster wants to get out and ‘let her rip'.” 3 bids, sf 84, bf private. 126 Custom 2-door hard top. S/N 3Y89A805193. Silver/black landau/gray leather. Odo: 131,000 miles. 24 photos. San Diego, CA. One of five built by George Barris. Original owner was actor Danny Thomas. “The Bugazzi is basically a customized Lincoln Mark IV. The outrageous exterior of the car is in excellent condition.” Missing bumper fillers. The “custom interior” features a suede headliner, and “Italian marble is also in excellent condition.” Missing glasses from the armrest bar. 17 bids, sf 132, bf 298. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,100. Seller closes description with, “thanks for looking and good luck bidding on this piece of FABULOUSNESS.” That's too many characters for a vanity plate, The top is in perfect shape and goes up and down perfectly. The Engine runs great. wouldnt hesitate to drive anywhere.” Also, “The suspension has been upgraded with hotchis sway bars front and rear edelbrock trailing arms and KYB shocks.” 2 bids, sf 29, bf 148. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,001. Despite such extensive celebrity provenance, including Ed McMahon, not much of it rubbed off on this vehicle at all. The sale price befits the car's condition. #4638558815-1995 ECSTASY RENEGADE XT convertible trike. S/N 1E9HT5712SA157211. Silver & red/black vinyl/red & gray metal Sports Car Market S/N 12AAV2224K1000526. Yellow/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 61,216 miles. 13 photos. Mount Clemens, MI. Yellow car was “originally black and was purchased by a former ex fiance of Ed Mcman. (from the tonight show) The paint and body work was recently completed in west palm beach Florida. but it does about sum it up. This was a deal, and one day when Barris cars rule the auction block, we will all be kicking ourselves. Until then most of us will just keep laughing at them. But not SCM auction analyst Dave Kinney. #4610294824-1986 LANDS PRECEDENT minivan. S/N MVIN175816IND. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 6,400 miles. 30 photos. Shenandoah Valley, VA. One of two prototypes designed by Alain Clenet and Mark Stehrenberger. “Custom ladder chassis (like a LaForza), 100% custom fibreglass body panels (except steel Citroën CX doors), Ford 302 EFI ('86 Mustang). Really,

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Online sales of recent production cars. Fresh Meat 2007 HONDA FIT flake vinyl. Odo: 53,000 miles. 34 photos. Madisonville, KY. Factory-built, 3-seat trike with removable top. “Aluminum Body with Marine Grade Vinyl and Carpet,” (over)powered by 305-ci Chevy V8. 53k numbing and deafening miles. Among the features that I never really thought about as optional until now are reverse, seatbelts, fenders, trunk lid, and a gas gauge. Right taillight is cracked. Left armrest is worn. 15 bids, sf 627, bf 5. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,100. On a vehicle that is middle-handdrive, are all the fingers on that hand “middle” fingers? With an original MSRP of $33,045, I can't tell to whom these five “birds” would be directed. Buyer or seller? #4637691132-1996 EXCALIBUR PHAETON convertible. S/N 1XAPF4425TM969602. TdF Blue Metallic/navy mohair/red & blue leather. Odo: 1,627 miles. 40 photos. St. Louis, MO. Four-seat convertible “finished in the most elegant Tour de France deep metallic blue with custom sewn rich scarlet red Italian glove leather piped in blue. Beautiful highly polished African burled walnut throughout. The (power) convertible top and headliner is matching deep blue mohair.” Powered by a Corvette V8 “that $96,695. The price was right here, as depreciation seems to have leveled off for these cars. One price guide even shows trivial appreciation since last quarter. Emphasis on trivial. #4611193988-2001 PANOZ ESPERANTE convertible. S/N 1P9PB48321B213025. Burgundy/black/tan. Odo: 10,326 miles. 15 photos. Dallas, TX. “This rare car was once owned by Don Panoz, founder and Owner of American LeMans Racing Series and Panoz Racing Schools. This car was used as personal transportation for Mr. Panoz when he represented the marque at the 24 Hours of LeMans.” Date sold: 05/13/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors # 4638737672 Details: Vivid Blue Pearl with sport package, 490 miles, manual trans., CD/MP3, alloys Sale result: $15,099, 16 bids Seller's feedback: 728 Buyer's feedback: 5 MSRP: $15,170 Other current offering: Harrisonburg Auto Mall, Harrisonburg, VA; $16,520 for a new car. 2007 LEXUS GS450H Uniquely optioned with a Tremec 6-speed and a 4.10 rear end. 31 bids, sf 2, bf 37. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,751. Don owns tracks and makes race cars. His son Danny makes beautifully balanced road cars. In the two years that I was an enthusiastic Panoz salesman, I never sold a single one, which partially explains this bargain price. Someday I hope people get it and realize that this was a steal by more than the $15k it looks like at this price. #4588856178-2002 CHEVROLET is smooth yet has awesome acceleration. This motorcar can not be distinguished from the day it was conceived.” 1 bid, sf 50, bf 2. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $65,000. Dealer Charles Schmitt says, “In my 56 years of selling Rolls-Royces, Excaliburs, Ferraris, and all the great marques of the motoring world, I find great pride and enthusiasm in offering this one of a kind masterpiece.” According to Black Book's CPI, the price paid is high, but not as far out of line as one might think. Sure seems like it. #4632324402-1999 SHELBY SERIES 1 roadster. S/N 5CXSA1812XL000207. Silver & burgundy/black. Odo: 5,199 miles. 115 photos. Houston, TX. #207 of 249 made. “The Series 1 was the first car Carroll built from the ground up.” Carbon fiber body and aluminum frame, assembled and autographed by Carroll Shelby in Las Vegas. 320-hp Olds Aurora V8. Looks to be in excellent condition in all respects. 4 bids, sf 140, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT August 2006 Valve covers are painted red. Sold by Henderson Chevrolet. 6 bids, sf 0, bf 208. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,000. Winning bid is three times what one should pay for a very nice 2002 Z28 SS coupe. I have to suppose that the buyer thinks that in 30 years these GMMG cars will be as coveted as a '69 COPO is today. Maybe so, but it's a long and expensive bet that I wouldn't take.u CAMARO Z/28 GMMG ZL1 Phase 2 coupe. S/N 2G1FP22G422159772. Yellow & black/ black & yellow. Odo: 2,962 miles. 26 photos. Henderson, NV. #43 of 69 ZL1 Camaros produced by GMMG (www.gmmginc.com), with 475 hp/440 lb.ft. of torque. Corvette-sourced 5.7-L LS6 V8, 11.4:1 compression. Phase 2 car. Date sold: May 23, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4640671831 Details: #4 of 75 Neimann Marcus Editions painted Crystalline Ice, 105 mi, hybrid 3.5L V6, 0-60 in 5.2 sec., 339 bhp Sale result: $76,500, Buy It Now Seller's feedback: 13 Buyer's feedback: 8 MSRP: $65,000 Other current offering: Alderson Motors Lubbock, TX, www.alderson.com, $60,069 for a new black/black car. 2007 PORSCHE 911 GT3 Date sold: May 21, 2006 Sale location: eBay Motors # 4640284524 Details: Right to buy a new car at MSRP. NYbased seller does not specify VIN or dealership. Sale result: $15,099, 17 bids Seller's feedback: 0 Buyer's feedback: 37 MSRP: N/A Other current offering: noneu 127

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Ardun Heads Still Hot Items Zora Arkus-Duntov claimed his cylinder heads provided 60% more horsepower, but only hot air was certain 1 3 1 GET THEM OUT OF MY GARAGE! I have two Ardun heads. I have had them since the 1950s and am tired of moving them around. Zora Arkus-Duntov autographed them during Labor Day weekend 1990 at Steamboat Springs Vintage Races, where he was the special guest of honor. Where is the best place to dispose of them? Any guess what they are worth?—Ted Stratton, Leesburg, FL As you are most likely aware, Arkus-Duntov designed the Ardun hemispherical combustion head as an overhead valve conversion for flathead Ford V8s shortly after WWII. The design was based on similar earlier designs by Auto-Union and Talbot. He claimed reduced heat would create better combustion and provide an additional 60 horsepower. In reality they would not fit into the engine bay without removing the lower hood panels on both sides, they caused considerable overheating, and the valve seats would come loose. On top of that, they were expensive and very difficult to install. It took a couple of hotrodders from C&T Engineering in California to get them sorted out, and by then Arkus-Duntov was out of the picture. 128 I would be willing to bet that if you offered them on eBay with a set of good pictures, you would soon be rid of your problem and have $3,500 or so in your wallet. PROMO PIECES I found this paper enve- lope for a ROI-TAN promotion at a local antique store in our area and bought it for $10. It looks like you would finish the slogan “Man to man—smoke ROI-TAN because,” and a winner of a 1939 Chevrolet was selected each day. Do you know anything more about this?—Butch Evans, Canton, TX There are a couple of other pieces that were used in this promotion. One was a little paper banner that was about 20 inches long. It stated “Listen to the ROI-TAN program with Sophie Tucker every Mon, Wed & Fri on CBS,” and below that, “Ask here for contest details…” The other much more interesting piece was a small red tin Chevrolet toy car with a sign on top that said “ROI-TAN Cigars ‘An auto a day is given away.' ” If you find the car, it will cost you about $350, and if it is with 3 the box, the paper banner should be inside. Putting all the pieces together makes an interesting little display, so good luck finding the other items. THANKS, MOM We were cleaning out my mother's home and found this plate in with all her china dishes. The marking on the back says Royal Doulton, England, along with some other markings. Any idea what it is worth and are there any other pieces to the set? My wife likes it, and since is car-related, it might be fun to find more.—Rich Anderson, Littleton, MA Your mother's plate is a transfer print that was manufactured between 1903 and 1913 by Royal Doulton. It is from a series called “The Motorists,” and there are eight scenes in the set. There are other pieces too, including serving platters, two sizes of plates, four sizes of pitchers, biscuit jars, and spittoons. The plates have been showing up at auction of late and selling in the $300–$400 range. The other pieces are much more expensive, with the 14-inch beer stein running at least $2,000. Your mother may have set you on a slippery slope.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to: motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos, the larger the better, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. Sports Car Market

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SCM Gallery Featured Artist Bill Motta: Automotive Art for All ‘I'd started out as advertising major, and in my layouts I'd use a car, and maybe a girl in the ad' by Kathleen Donohue L ike many automotive artists, Bill Motta shows his works at events like the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Meadowbrook Concours. But for the better part of the last half-century, all you needed to see Motta's work was a copy of Road & Track magazine. Many of Motta's 900-plus paintings were produced for that renowned publication, making him one of the most well-known automotive artists around. When he looks back at how it all began, Motta gives credit to a high school art teacher, Clayton Rippey, with whom Motta still keeps in touch. “I can't emphasize how much he helped me along in my career. I was headed for Stanford, but Rippey thought I belonged at the Art Center School in Los Angeles.” The Art Center School (now the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena) had a unique approach to educating students, with an emphasis on design. It was considered a commercial art school, and the instructors were not teachers but practicing professionals who taught one or two days a week. “So you were getting firsthand instruction, whether it was illustration or photography or industrial design,” Motta says. “About 90% of the automotive designers in the world are Art Center graduates.” At the Art Center School, Motta met another instructor who would influence his career—fashion illustrator Alfa Suds Harvey Thompson. “Harvey was the Art Director at Bride magazine, but he was also a car guy. He had an Aceca Ace coupe and a Hillman Minx convertible. I remember thinking, God, what a classy-looking little thing.” It was Thompson who encouraged Motta's talent for illustrating cars artistically. “I'd started out as advertising major, and in my layouts I'd use a car and maybe a girl in the ad. Harvey didn't discourage this at all—in fact, he encouraged me.” After graduation, Motta did freelance illustrations, mostly for advertising. With the spoils from his first gig, he bought his first car, a '55 Porsche 356 Continental coupe with a sunroof, and he kept it for 50 years. A DIFFERENT CAR EVERY NIGHT Then Motta landed the dream job of every car guy. He was hired as assistant art director at Road & Track, which offered the ultimate in car guy perks: “I was driving a different car home every night.” Road & Track was the leader in automotive art. Motta and his team would make the decision on whether to use illustrations or photos with a particular story. “In a period piece, we'd use illustrations, especially if there were no photos to be had. But in a road test, of course photos would be more appropriate.” Now that plenty of time has passed, Motta admits some of those photos, especially in Motta the April issues, were doctored. Since the early '60s, Road & Track has featured an April Fool's Road Test, where testers performed a deadpan analysis of the various attributes of such vehicles as the Goodyear Blimp, a San Francisco street car, or the Zamboni. “One year, we decided to do the most outrageous comparison test we could come up with, which turned out to be the Concorde versus the Queen Elizabeth II.” Motta's 130 Sports Car Market

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Rollercam Too at the Lime Rock show, even though he hated Rolls (he was a Pierce-Arrow man), and his wife forbade car art in the house. Bringing Motta's painting back to Dallas was apparently the last straw; his garage full, Tycher felt he had no choice but to open his own automotive art gallery. “Fred is now deceased, but he ran that gallery in Dallas for around 15 years. It was Bill Motta Student of the Art Center School. Painted over 900 pieces of art. Road & Track Art Director of Emeritius Purchase Prints: www.sportscarmarket.com/artshowcase probably one of the best auto art galleries in the world. I think we all sold more art through Fred's gallery than all the other art galleries in the world combined.” Motta seems to run into a lot of enthusiasts whose spouses are not amused by their love of car art. “A few years ago, I did a painting for a collector in Florida who had a boattail Cord. His wife didn't allow automotive art in the house, so I put her two little dogs in the foreground, and now he's got it right over the fireplace.” “Another car guy saw that painting and commissioned me as well, and had me put three of his wife's dogs in the painting. You do what you need to do.” Motta's renown as an artist has spread beyond the car world. After the tragic events of September 11, 2001, hundreds of firefighters, policemen, and rescue workers in New York were killed, leaving their grieving families with financial difficulties. Brooklyn Firehouse 252 lost six of its members, and Motta was asked to help. The resulting portrait hangs in the firehouse today, and posters are sold online to raise money for the families of the six heroes. Motta said it was one of the most gratifying moments in his life. “It made a lot of people feel good about something that was hard to feel good about.” Motta retired recently from Road & Track, though he still contributes, and is still listed on the masthead as “Art Editor Emeritus.” “It was a fun place to work, but it's also hard work putting out a magazine. You walk on water one month, and then the next month you've got to do it again.” Of his years there, he reflects, “I looked forward to going to work every day (except maybe three or four) in my 40-year career. And how many people can say that?”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. In honor of New York firefighters crew got up at two o'clock in the morning to catch a tugboat to meet and photograph the QE2 as it entered New York Harbor. The next day, they went to JFK to shoot the Concorde as it came in from Paris. The photograph used in the magazine was a composite: the QE2 did not, in fact, race the Concorde, but the resulting image of the QE2 coming into the harbor with the Concorde flying overhead was a convincing fake. In today's world of Photoshop and image manipulation, Motta's creativity back then just proves that he was ahead of his time. PERSONAL WORKS Aside from his work at the magazine, Motta has shown his works for years. One of Motta's personal favorites is a painting called Rollercam Too, a beautiful portrait of his very young daughter, Cameron, and a Rolls-Royce. It was sold at a show near Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. Soon after Motta got an interesting call. “The guy says, ‘Are you Bill Motta?' I said, ‘Yes.' He says, ‘I'm Fred Tycher, and you're a son of a bitch.'” In the ensuing conversation, Tycher, a businessman and hobbyist from Dallas, Texas, told Motta that he'd just bought Rollercam Too August 2006 131

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1982 Suzuki Katana GSX1000SZ The slippery fairing makes it stable at speed, but the anti-dive ceases to work once the fork oil froths N ow that the futuristic streetfighters in the Japanese anime thriller “Akira” have actually appeared as concept 000-XP at the Tokyo show, let's look back at the first wild Japanese production bike, which turns 25 this year. The ground-breaking Suzuki Katana GSX1000SZ is one of the most successful production motorcycles to be styled by an outside design house (Craig Vetter's 1973 Triumph Hurricane, featured in the July “Bike Buys,” is another). The Katana stands the test of time remarkably well and a nice one will draw admiring glances from grizzled veterans and novices alike. The project began in Germany in 1979 with Target Design, the Anglo-German company called in to try and salvage Suzuki's clunky GS1100. Two ex-BMW designers, Hans-Georg Kasten and Hans Muth, teamed up with Brit Jan Fellstrom to overhaul the Suzuki lineup in Europe. The Katana—named for a Japanese sword—appeared at the Cologne show in May 1980. Production bikes appeared one year later with remarkably few changes. The Katana bridges the gap between ugly but durable roadsters like the GS1000 and the purpose-built race replica GSX-R 750 and 1100, which would appear in 1985. It's powered by a tweaked 997-cc, 16-valve, four-cylinder engine which puts out 108 bhp. The 1,000-cc Katana boasts a top speed of 143 mph and a quarter-mile time near 11 seconds. The 1,100-cc model is slightly quicker and both bikes benefit from improved exhaust timing, twin-swirl combustion and a weight-saving alternator, which improves throttle response. The U.S. got 2,500 1,000-cc bikes in 1982, which were distributed roughly two to a dealership as part of a homologation program to make them eligible for superbike racing. These also have 32-mm smoothbore Mikuni carburetors. In 1983 the GSX1000S was replaced by an 1,100-cc model with conventional 34- mm carbs, along with 750-cc and 650-cc models. A flip-up headlight (something the designers wanted in the beginning) followed in Europe in 1984, and that model is now much sought after. The Katana is very much a creature of its time—at Perfect Katana Owner: Thinks “Akira” is really a glimpse of the future Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1982 Number produced: 2,500 (U.S. only) Original list price: $4,399 SCM Valuation: $1,500-$7,500 Tune-up/major service: Under $100 DIY Engine: 998-cc, 4-cylinder, air-cooled Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 541 lbs Engine number: Above clutch on right side Frame number: Right side of headstock Colors: Silver More: www.katanacentral.co.uk 541 lbs, it's 100 pounds too heavy by modern standards, with a long stretch to low clip-on bars and limited steering lock. The fork rake is increased to 29 degrees and the slippery fairing makes it stable at speed, but the anti-dive ceases to work once the fork oil froths, and the long wheelbase and weight make it hard to ride fast in the twisties. Seats have improved since the '80s, and a long day in the saddle will leave a decidedly retro ache or two. John Weir and his brother Dave each have restored 1,000-cc Katanas in Portland, Oregon. John says most mechanical parts are easy to source, but the black chrome 4-into-2 pipes are hard to find. He has a Vance & Hines 4-into-1, as called for in the original design. The rear shocks have a built-in handle, which can be ratcheted to increase spring pressure for a passenger; these are also scarce. The original GE Lexan windshield is available but expensive at $289 for a mere 6-by-8 inch screen. Correct wheels with the embossed name are also dif- 132 ficult to find, though similar nameless ones can be found. Make sure any bike you're looking at has its anti-dive mechanism too. “Most people cap it off because it doesn't work particularly well,” says Weir. What looks to be an integrated oil cooler below the fairing is a dummy, but the downtubes have bosses welded to them for an aftermarket installation and the engine is plumbed for oil lines. “I've thought about adding one, but I don't think you need it unless you live someplace really hot,” says Weir. The rear part of the original seat was suede, and the chances of finding a good one are nil, says Weir. Most riders copy the style with better materials, he says. Not much goes wrong with the Suzuki drivetrain but listen for rattly cam chains and a noisy fifth gear, which warns of imminent transmission woes. The brakes require a King Kong pull, and the discs can warp—you're hauling down a lot of weight with a small surface area. Also check the back tire, that spindly 4.50by-17 rubber goes away at a frightening rate. A bald back tire usually indicates other items may be distressed, so look carefully. Electrics are pretty reliable, though water in the switchgear can be a nuisance and Vaseline is recommended to keep it out. There's also a headlight issue with early bikes—mostly European—which have off/on switches for lights. One alternator wire is directly connected to the headlight and you'll burn up the coils if you run the bike with the light off or removed. The wire needs to be rerouted to the rectifier. Original 1980s Katanas (not to be confused with the tubby 1990s sport-tourers) can still be found in rough but running condition for under $2,000, while a concours bike might make $7,500. Katanas are so distinctive, the limited-production 1,000-cc model seems sure to appreciate when Japanese bikes catch on with collectors. There's an odd footnote to the Katana design: The Japanese themselves can't seem to let it go. They cranked out 200 replicas of the 1980 GSX1100S model in 1990 for the domestic market to celebrate Suzuki's 70th anniversary. The bikes were all silver, all individually numbered, and all sold the same day. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, Suzuki did the same thing in 1991, with the same result. Smaller 200-cc and 400-cc Katanas were made for two more years, then in 1994, the GSX1100SR Katana returned to the lineup and stayed there until 2001. The final model was the GSX1100SY of 2001, and when 1,100 had been produced, the line was dismantled after 20 years.u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for over 40 years, and has the scars to prove it. Sports Car Market

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Mystery Photo Answers ...and then the drugs wore off. —Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA RUNNER-UP: I told you, it's all in the prepara- tion. If you do not prepare the surface correctly before paint, overnight the whole car will bubble up.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford, CT After losing his GTO in a pink slip drag race, Morgan graciously offered to have the car painted before delivery.—Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ I don't get this month's photo. This Pontiac is way cool. Why didn't they paint the roof?— Rich Castiello, Chevy Chase, MD “Do you experience a burning sensation while driving it?” asked the mechanic.—Jeff Clements, via email Bird flu pandemic affects cars too! U.S. unprepared (but occasionally thankful).—Ian Bishop, Upland, CA Trial lawyers aren't the only ones that pro- fess “mold is gold.”—Rex Alexander, Tulsa, OK This goat looks a little green around the gills. Better get him to the vet right away!—Steve Sperber, via email Now up for bidding: An original van Goat.— John Frymark, Pasadena, CA Pontiac responds to the latest challenge from the Stingray, Mustang, and 'Cuda with their own beast: The Chameleon.—Jeff Chavez, Spring, TX USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2005 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provoca- tive response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mystery photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 134 Sports Car Market “Mr. Comer, do not use alcohol, operate ma- chinery, or take trade-ins while using this medication.”—Colin Comer Colleague William Hall, Milwaukee, WI Fearing another pandemic, the World Health Organization reluctantly announces the first confirmed case of “Goat pox.”—Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA Exhibiting classic symptoms of blue and green spotting over 70% of its body, the afflicted Pontiac was quarantined to slow the spread of Goat Fever.—Jim Giordano, Bellevue, WA Well, it's finally happened. Hopefully, not a pandemic, but STDs have now been transmitted from humans to muscle cars.—Dave Bracker, Oakland, CA Since his ex was awarded his classic GTO in the divorce settlement, Bob decided to enter it in one last competition. A paintball contest.—Paul Allen, St. Louis, MO EBay find of the week: Peter Max's GTO.— John Fontaine, Westport, CT Not to be outdone by Plymouth's Barracu- da, we see a prototype of Pontiac's “Rainbow Trout.”—David Conlan, Mountain View, CA I'm not sure, Vern, but my guess is penicillin will cure it.—Stephen Miller, Muncie, IN After a complete and thorough examination, the vet told me what I had surmised: “Your Goat has the measles.”—James Faulknor, Petaluma, CA A 1966 Pontiac GTO previously classified as “top secret” is being shown to the public for the first time by the U.S. Navy. The unique paint, which changes as the vehicle passes the observer or the observer passes the vehicle, was developed by PPG to allow a vehicle operating underwater to blend in with the undersea growth. There was no clarification as to why a 1966 GTO was selected.—Jim Taylor, Corona, CA This month's winner of a soon-to-be-collect- ible 1/18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal is Peter Zimmerman for remembering what the '60s were really all about.u

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I read the magazine eleven times from cover to cover.—William F. Bernborck, Concord, CA Good stuff, excellent!—Bill Neale, Dallas, TX Even more 1–2 page reviews of cars. More eBay listings and odd auction cars.—Roy Girasa, Van Nuys, CA. Roy, take a look at our profile on the Cobra in this issue. We have started expanding the coverage of our cover car to provide vintage sales brochures and information from the owners manuals.—ED. How about a series of articles over a key period about 911 restoration?— Charles Vickery, El Paso, TX Please downplay the Ferrari Dinos so the prices will drop and I can finally afford one. Your magazine is the best!—Dick Schwikert, Baldwin, MI The Lancia is getting electronic ignition, and the Quattro just turned 235,000 miles. How's the Fiat?—Joe Weisbeck, Seattle, WA. SOLD!—ED. More sarcasm, more fright pigs, and more stupid photo contests—Tom Politiski, Richville MN I know that “re-creations” and “hot rods” get the headlines, but you're moving further away from sports cars. A slightly unhappy European-car snob—Craig Weahde, Plainfield, NH I very much enjoy the magazine, keep it coming.—Robert Godby, Laramie, WY Just wanted to let you know I just returned from 18 months in China and my girl was forwarding me issues of SCM. Many were late and arrived dog-eared! Those mags kept me sane. You have a subscriber for life.—John Pachuta, Tucson, AZ Thank you for your customer ser- Comments With Your Renewal Still the best. All my other maga- vice from Cathy, she was happy to help me.—Tony Boschetti, Reading, MA. Thank you for your comments. Cathy Griffis, our subscription coordinator, works very hard to take care of all of you.—ED. Keep up the great writing and I love this magazine—Bruce Heintz, Weston, MA Enjoy the magazine, especially the “You Write, We Read” and “Legal Files” pieces.—Dan Hampton, Galesville, WI Auction results is a very good sec- tion, please expand it—Gerry Drescher, Stuart, FL I'd love to see more Gullwings and E-Types. Otherwise, keep up the good work—Marc Hatcher, Welch, WV zines wait till I finish SCM. Just more affordable sports cars would be nice.— Norman Horowitz, Ardsley, NY Tell Keith to be more-open mind- ed about the NSX. According to more well-known automotive mags, it is the best daily driver exotic ever (and I agree). On the good side, love your publication in spite of the negative opinion on the NSX.—Michael Shaw, Stone Mountain, GA. Michael, the other mags can say what they will. “Best Daily Driver Exotic Ever” is, at least from the SCM perspective, faint praise indeed.—ED. And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—ED.u

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. Silver, black leather, moon roof, 3-piece wheels. 49,000 miles. Meticulously cared for. Completed 48,000 mile service, including new clutch. Tons of recent work done. 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. $40,000. David Slama, 360.944.1066. (WA) ENGLISH 1953 Jaguar XK120 Coupe Complete frame-up restoration to concours standards. Black with saddle leather includes complete tool set. Same owner last 40 years. northshoresportscars.com $75,000. Norb Bries, 847.247.0447. (IL) 1954 Austin Healey 100-4 BN1 Very sharp classic Austin Healey 100-4. Tight, rust free, nice paint, beautiful interior, new top, excellent mechanicals with fresh rear main seals, and head gasket. Drives and looks great! A must see! Great summer fun. See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com. $41,950. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535. (IL) 1959 Jaguar 150S Roadster Nice 150S, complete mechanical rebuild with an update to a 5 speed manual transmission. All systems rebuilt and refurbished; brakes, engine, transmission and suspension. We have completed a full inspection, service and tune. Detailed engine compartment and undercarriage. A great drive must see. See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com $109,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535. (IL) 1963 Jensen CV-8 Pale primrose with black leather interior. 3rd owner with no winters. Power steering and a/c. 30,500 miles—exceptional original condition. Last year for the coupe. $29,500. Robert Sleap, 716.877.2136. 1971 Triumph Stag FVS4. Very rare and simply spectacular. Correct Chrysler 300 Hemi, runs and drives as new. Finished in sliver, red leather. Recent comprehensive service, detailed throughout. www.deGarmoLtd.com $95,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1935 Delage D8 105 Sport Rare opportunity. Only 500 built. Fully restored in England, beautiful. 50,000 miles. Factory Chrysler 440 and Torqueflite. Info and pics: flickr.com/photos/george/ $23,500. George, 703.624.2697. (MD) 1966 Mini Cooper 14k+ original miles, factory hardtop, 4sp with O/D (rare), Signal Red lacquer paint (mint) with black interior, runs perfectly and cool. Always West Coast car...no rust. Have ownership history and many service records. New tires, rebuilt starter, master cylinder, clutch, and much more. An exceptional, rare low mileage Stag. 2003 Hillsborough Concours participant and classwinner 2005 Autumn ClassicSan Juan Bautista. Can email pics. $21,500. Rob Krantz, 925.248.0300. (USA) 1974 Jaguar E-Type of a complete re-manufacturing process and has covered only 2,800 miles. This includes a complete body shell and later type interior. Mark 1 nose and tail. Performance options include: Minilite wheels, flares, Yokohama performance tires, Moto Lita wood steering wheel, 1300 fuel-injected Austin/ Rover high performance engine, lowered suspension, disk front brakes, short shifter and driving lamps. An outstanding drive must see. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com $19,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535. (IL) 1970 Jaguar XKE Coupe FRENCH 1858 Facel Vega FVS4 ‘63 built European roadster. Age dictates the release for sale #3236. 2nd owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical & cosmetics completed. Exceptional car! Consider partial trade of Ford GT Heritage Edition $410,000. John Glatz, 602.620.8212. (AZ) 1964 VW Beetle 2005 Aston Martin DB9 Scores 99+ in every JCNA show. Took first in JCNA regional. Took third in the nation in driven. It shows very well and drives excellent. www2. cranecarrier.com/ebay/xkescm1.htm $69,000. Ken Martin, 918.245.5414. (OK) 1999 Lotus Esprit V8 Handsome open Dubos Freres bodied French Grand Routeire. Recent restoration. Build sheet included. $250,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) GERMAN 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300D Adenauer Convertible sedan Black with gray interior. Auto, p/s, over $20k spent on mechanics 2k miles ago. 58k miles, black plate, CA car. Last owner for 45 years. Full history, tools, and books. May be finest original example in existence. $55,000. Charles Crail, 805.568.1934. (USA) 1963 Mercedes European 300 SL Roadster 3,700 mi. Immaculate condition. Dark blue metallic/Sandstorm interior w/walnut. Fully optioned. Purchase or T/O lease. Andrew, 951.203.0458. 9,000 miles and factory new to the most minute detail. All books, tools, and documented back to new. White, red seats. Drives as new. www.deGarmoLtd.com $29,500. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1964 Porsche B Coupe Aerodynamic Coupé, One-off, Neither exhibited at any concours nor driven at any famous rally. Fax +41.21.807.34.23. www.christophgrohe.com Christoph Grohe, +41.21.807.35.65. (Switzerland) 1948 Talbot Lago T26 Cabriolet All matching numbers, original floors and panels. Spotless throughout. Fully sorted for touring. Factory correct Togo brown, fawn interior, books and tools. www.deGarmoLtd.com $42,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) A real Mini! 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SCM Showcase Gallery 1967 Mercedes 280SE car. www.deGarmoLtd.com $49,500. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1970 Porsche 914/6 1985 Porsche Carrera 1969 Alfa-Romeo Spider Veloce Beautiful Euro-spec coupe with full ownership history. 4-spd, leather, power windows, zebrano wood. Runs and drives perfectly. Photos and more information at www.cascadiaclassic.com/se.html $15,500. Bob Waldman, 503.891.7702. (OR) 1968 Mercedes 280SE Convertible Restored rust free California car. Great cosmetics and interior. Strong mechanics with rebuilt engine. Fast and tight. $26,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Convertible Beautiful deep burgundy/gray leather, all records, excellent condition, cold a/c, Fuchs, easily passes emissions, 105k miles. Fantastic car that drives as great as it looks. $18,000. Grant Crowder, 703.425.3856. (VA) 1997 Porsche Boxster Great condition, only 72,500 miles, just had everything inspected on it to make sure that it is perfect, and it is. Is a great car! $20,000. Brian Candlish, 317.335.1823. (IN) 2004 Porsche GT3 Medium blue, dark blue leather and top. Floor automatic, factory a/c, p/w. Original Becker radio, books, tools. A gorgeous and very well documented Silver, blue leather. Collector owned and maintained. Stunning condition throughout. Docu- Arctic Silver/black, 7,000 mi, RS Scoop Cargraphic Cats Renntech engine mgt. Porsche roll bar and Recaro seats. Approx 450 hp. Owner-CA grandma, never raced. Orig sports seats. $95,000. Rachel Howitt, 818.905.2400. (CA) 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLS 55 AMG 3 7 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t N e e d h a m, M a s s a c h u s e t t s T e l . 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 6 4 6 C o n t a c t S t u a r t C a r p e n t e r F a x . www.copleymotorcars.com Excellent condition with recent service. California registration. Only 24,000 miles. Tools and books. $42,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) AMERICAN 1946 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible Great driving. Many consider the 1969 the most desirable year of the Alfa Spider as it combines the early “boat tail” design with the later mechanicals. Including Spica Fuel Injection and the free revving 1750 engine. This car is an attractive driver. Strong mechanicals with a powerful 1750, smooth transmission and great breaks. Newer top and interior. See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com. $19,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535. (IL) 1986 Ferrari 412i Automatic mented service, all books and tools. Ready for touring. www.deGarmoLtd.com $95,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) S/N 07935. One of only 200 built. Restored to high-point standard. Lovely car to see and to drive. $349,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 0 2 4 9 2 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 4 0 6 e-mail: copleycars@aol.com Gorgeous Granite/Ash. Loaded+, on MSO, 2,500 mi. List is $96,450 will sell for first $90k. This car is fabulous and perfect! Suzanne Monaco, 908.601.0288. (NJ) 1963 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur, restored 1996 Porsche 993 C4S Silver/black, 6 speed, 22k mi. ITALIAN 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Body off restored to Pebble Beach standards. 100% correct and fully documented. Not a finer example anywhere. Correct burgundy with burg/crème interior, burgundy top. Flawless throughout. www .deGarmoLtd.com $175,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1959 Kellison J-5 R 1967 Ford Country Squire auto, a/c, 390 V8, 64k mi. PARTIAL LISTING: 1993 Porsche 911 coupe, Black w/tan .................................................................only 21k mi. 1992 Ferrari 512TR, Red/tan, one owner .................................................................... .4k mi. 1977 Toyota FJ40, Freeborn Red w/black ............................................ original and rust free. 1972 Mercedes Benz 250 sedan, White, auto, a/c, restored ...................................... 86k mi. 1961 Mercedes Benz 190SL roadster, Signal red, 4 speed ......................................... 64k mi. 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible, ................................... “as new” re-creation 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible, Yellow, auto, a/c, 289 V8 ................................. .58k mi. 1964 ½ Ford Mustang convertible, Poppy Red, automatic ....................................... restored. 1966 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8, Black ..............................1k mi. on Healey Werks restoration 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, 110 .....................................................15+ always in-stock. www.copleymotorcars.com e-mail: copleycars@aol.com 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 Alpine White, automatic, 28k mi. White with blue and gray interior. Nardi wheel. 81,000 km cosmetic and mechanical restoration of a very clean original car. Restoration done in Italy. Call evenings before 9pm EST. $29,000. David Caccauo, 516.541.9541. (PA) 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Rare, race bodied, period built, Kellison Coupe. S/B 283 Chevy V8, 3 speed and Ford 9” rear end. The ultimate period correct Vintage event/show/race car. $35,000 obo. Bill, 805.466.1015. (USA) 1964 Buick Wildcat Coupe Serious muscle with rare 425-ci V8, posi-traction, factory floor four-speed. Green, green interior. Ex- 138 Sports Car Market

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French Fancy tremely rare. Absolutely mint and original, 46,000 miles from new. www.deGarmoLtd.com $45,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1967 Ford Shelby GT 500 � � � � �� �� �� �� 1967 Shelby GT500. An incredible 24,800 original miles. Fully documented and listed in the Shelby Registry. Original 428-ci engine, and Toploader 4-speed transmission. $243,500. Mike McCoy, 541.301.4244. (USA) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe �� �� �� �� �� 427/435 hp, Marlboro/maroon, 4-spd, black leather, power steering, tank sticker, NCRS Topflite. 100 miles since total restoration of straight, original car. Mycarcollectables.com $170,000. Brent Kennedy, 801.619.1576. (UT) 2003 Beck Spyder Across 200+ horsepower motor by Gunnar Racing. Flawless condition with only 300 miles from new. Silver, red leather. Can't be duplicated for close to this price. www.deGarmoLtd.com $35,000. Mattew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) WANTED Muscle and Collector Cars Legendary Motorcar Company is an immediate cash buyer for your muscle car or collection or cars. We are looking for quality classic cars.www.legendarymotorcar.com Legenday Motorcar, 905.875.4700. (ON)u 1. Delahaye 165 designer 5. Voisin model 9. Pro racer 11. Former lover 13. With 39 Across, provided bodies for Delahaye 16. Voisin used these kind of doors in his cars (with 41 Down) 17. Garden denizen 19. Voisin put this on every radiator 22. Tour ___ France 23. Firm, abbr. 24. Temperature controller 25. Lexus letters 26. Nickel symbol 28. Bright blue 29. Voisin 5.8-liter 32. Location of the 1938 race where a “million franc” Delahaye beat the Mercedes Silver Arrows 33. 1925 Voisin C3L Transformable _____ 35. Twofold 37. Folk dance 38. 1902 ___ 8hp Delahaye 39. See 13 Across 42. Voisin's aircraft building partner 44. Company going public 45. Fashionable 47. Spy novelist Deighton August 2006 �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� � �� �� �� �� �� � � � �� �� � �� 48. See 55 Across 49. ____ Deco cars 51. Article correction expert, abb. 52. For example 53. Later Voisins used Graham 3.5 ____ engines 55. Formed the first aviation company in the world with Voisin (with 48 Across) 56. 1896 Delahaye ____ Down 1. Designer for Delahaye 2. This makes for dangerous road conditions 3. L.A. museum 4. Sea-related 6. ___ plus ultra 7. Innovative 8. Small container 10. Heavenly creature 12. Voisin cars have cast-iron engine ____ 14. Completes 15. Steal 18. Skirt or BMW 20. Directional word 21. Deliver an egg 27. Drinking equipment 28. Delahaye body designer 29. An auction is one place to do this 30. Sharp 31. Voisin 1930 4, 800-cc _____ 33. Spoiled child 34. Corvette color, in the song 35. Fluffy scarf 36. French marque maker first name 40. Copied 41. See 16 Across 43. Voisin C20 _____ 46. ____ Schumacher 48. Era 49. Tire need 50. Earl Grey 52. The, in Madrid 53. Weight measure, abbr. 54. Repair kit, for short Solution 139 � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auc- tion. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auc- tions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics .com. (NC) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www .usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS sion of the automobile together. www .jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, Automobile Inspections LLC. Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions.com. (ON) Russo and Steele Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www .russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. 140 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the pas- Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747.World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www .colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- torcars. 954.646.8819.We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www .investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www .dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www .grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000-sq. ft. facility and 100-car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” (ON) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen Sports Car Market

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offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell .com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Qual- ity vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) Murphy's Transport, Inc. 508.697.4027. Enclosed auto transporter with liftgate loading. In-op service available. Fully insured, competitive pricing. Door-to-door service east of the Mississippi. Car shows, corporate moves, collectors, etc. Family owned and operated assures personal attention. www .murphystransport.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING est growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-than-perfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www .aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska.Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insur- ance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) The Winning Collection, MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928– 71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www .mosesludel.com. Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frame-off restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection .com (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www.cmcshows.org (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol .com (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000-sq. ft. facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. (ON) 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fast- August 2006 Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for BarrettJackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000 .com. (CA) 141

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI. VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www. automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journalmagazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Mi- lano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www .familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vin- tage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Special- izing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the 142 Sports Car Market

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finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Si- curvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted .com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www .greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877-GAME- TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets. com. (CA) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specializing in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. (ON) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www .solvangantiques.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse .com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for August 2006 143

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Carl Bomstead Blotters and Rev-O-Nocs A kid would wind up the car, let it go, and when it ran into the wall it would go off in the opposite direction. It is surprising it survived at all V intage automotive advertising blotters continue to be one of my favorite collectibles. Many have interesting graphics and artwork, while some, like Oilzum, feature race drivers who achieved success using their product. They are, for the most part, inexpensive, and a couple dozen are offered on eBay at any one time. They get pricey when you near the end of a series, such as one offered by Texaco, but at that point $100 or so is not that out of line. And sometimes the market will bear more. Recently, a Red Indian McColl Frontenac Motor Oil blotter sold, after eight bids, for a whopping $201.50. But it turned out to be a one-time phenomenon. The seller had another one and started it at $240. Proving that he had already maxed out at the earlier price, he was skunked on bids. I'm sure we'll see it again, but this time with a lower reserve. MORFORD PREMIER AUCTION #31. LOT 26—ST BRAND SHOES ADVERTISING TIN CAR. Number of Bids: Unknown. SOLD AT: $4,290. Date Sold: 4/28/2006. This die-cut tin litho advertising race car dates from the early teens and was in exceptional condition. Tires were not discolored, which would indicate it had never been used. The price was steep, but considering the condition, it wasn' silly money. If you think it was, find another for less. EBAY #723780332—COUNTER TOP DISPLAY FOR REV-OEBAY #6053916924—MARX REVERSABLE TIN COUPE “THE MARVEL CAR.” Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $494.99. Date Sold: 5/01/2006. This unique swoopy toy car was complete with the box, which is a big plus. It was in “played with” condition, with a few scars and bruises. A kid would wind up the car, let it go, and when it ran into the wall, it would go off in the opposite direction. Considering the abuse a child would inflict on this toy, it is surprising it survived at all. Price paid was in line considering it was complete with the packaging. NOC SPARK PLUGS. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $610. Date Sold: 5/02/2006. Vintage auto-related display cases make great garage art and create almost as much interest as collector cars. The graphics on this were not all that exciting but the price was right. Unique name for a spark plug; I'd guess that Nev-O-Noc was already taken. EBAY #7241318023— EARLY PIERCE ARROW 5 POUND GREASE CAN. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $506.65. Date Sold: 5/17/2006. This delightful can featured an image of an early Pierce-Arrow touring car on one side and a truck on the other. It had never been used and was in pristine condition with only minor scratches. Price paid was not out of line, considering the condition. Seller offered another, which closed a few minutes later, in equal condition, but it brought $50 less after 16 bids. I think he would have done better waiting a few weeks before offering the second one. EBAY #4639943776—PACKARD “GODDESS OF SPEED” HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 29. SOLD AT: $660. Date Sold: This Packard mascot is also referred to as the “Donut Pusher” due to the outstretched arms holding a wheel that resembles a round pastry. They are more commonly mounted on a radiator cap but this one has been adapted to a Moto Meter. These are often reproduced and it is impossible to determine originality with a marginal 72-dpi picture. When holding the piece, see if the wheel is pinned between the two hands and will spin freely. The repops are cast as one piece. High bidder made a giant leap of faith here. EBAY #7231844557—SHELL GASOLINE PORCELAIN VINTAGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $4,571.91. Date Sold: 4/9/2006. Based on rather poor pictures, this sign was in decent condition. What makes it exciting is that it is from Roxanna Shell, which operated in the Illinois area. They used a distinctive logo, which is coveted by gas/oil collectors today. I would place this in the well-bought column and would not have been surprised to see it go for another $1,000. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 146 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 EBAY MOTORS #4631001928—1939 MERCURY V8 FLATHEAD CONVERTIBLE COUPE. Number of Bids: 48. SOLD AT: $64,900. Date Sold: 4/20/2006. This Mercury Convertible was well presented with a couple dozen quality photographs and history since new. It was restored ten years ago and appears to show well. It was offered to a local dealer for $50,000 who declined, thinking it too expensive. Looks like cyberspace made the seller an extra $15,000.u The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2006 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA Sports Car Market