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Sports CarMarket '67 Ferrari 330 GTS 210 Cars Rated By Our Experts Collier on Benz Replicas Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends $418k What You'll Have to Spend to Put One in Your Garage $3,000 License Plate Bargain Pity the Fool: “A-Team” Van Makes $18k The China Rally Goes Bad. Very Bad. www.sportscarmarket.com August 2007

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's 56 Ponder Arnolt-Bristol Coupe The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends RS 61—Last and best of the 550s August 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 8 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 42 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder Right car, wrong engine, but still a bargain. John Apen 46 1935 MG NB Magnette Airline Coupe 1,271-cc N-type flies high in Texas. Donald Osborne 50 1987 Chevrolet G20 “A-Team” Custom Van Eighteen grand? That's just jibba jabba. Steve Serio 52 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen Replica The very first Benz (sort of). Miles Collier 56 1956 Arnolt-Bristol Coupe Wacky price for Lee Marvin's old ride. Raymond Milo 60 1969 Lola-Chevrolet T142 Formula 5000 Vintage racing's best bang for the buck. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 210 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 64 Bonhams, London, UK Edwardians soar in the RAF Museum on a $3.7m day. Julian Shoolheifer 74 RM Auctions, Novi, MI Daily drivers steal the show at this $2.3m Michigan staple. Norm Mort 84 Cox Auctions, Branson, MO Cox's winning formula sees $2.7m from 66% sell-through. Dave Kinney 94 Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO Non-stock muscle struggles to achieve $3m. B. Mitchell Carlson 106 RM Auctions, Toronto, CAN Fewer sales make for a $3.6m day at the International Centre. Norm Mort 116 Worldwide Group, Seabrook, TX Ex-Stirling Moss GT350 leads the way at this $7.9m sale. Carl Bomstead 126 eBay Motors Maseratis: Tridents and tragedies. Geoff Archer Cover: Primary photographer, Simon Clay; Secondary photographer Otis Clay

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34 Chinese for “lawsuit” 38 Meadow Brook COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears The red mist of buying Keith Martin 32 Affordable Classic Aston Martin Lagonda—best if not shaken or stirred Rob Sass 34 Legal Files The China rally to nowhere John Draneas 44 Sheehan Speaks Four-seat Ferrari bargains Michael Sheehan 48 English Patient Bog standard British Fords Gary Anderson 54 Porsche Gespräch How to buy your perfect Porsche, Part Three Jim Schrager 58 Domestic Affairs A primer on 427s, 428s, and 429s Colin Comer 130 Motobilia Gene Ponder's motobilia bonanza Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys Honda's CB550 is just right Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Vintage license plate is a bargain at $3,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 36 Joe Molina: Moving and Shaking in the Hobby 38 Meadow Brook: Two Wheels on the Lawn 40 Kirkland Concours: Not Just for Show Anymore DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 Icons: Lucas Lamps, Borrani Wheels 30 Our Cars: 1986 Renault 4, 1937 Ford-bodied Legend, 1967 Sunbeam Alpine 33 20 Year Picture 72 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Chevrolet HHR Panel LT, 2007 BMW 335i convertible 82 Alfa Bits 98 Museum Spotlight: Northeast Classic Car Museum 127 Fresh Meat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG, 2007 Lamborghini LP640 Roadster, 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo 128 Automotive Investor: Open 356, Gooding, Camaro Z/28 136 Mystery Photo 137 Comments with Your Renewal 137 SCM Garage 138 Showcase Gallery 141 Crossword Puzzle 142 Resource Directory Reputed to have been a promo car for the Beatles's “Penny Lane” single, but no documentation exists to support that. So, it's just a late-1960s Mini with a load of coins stuck to it.—Julian Shoolheifer's report on the Bonhams RAF sale begins on p. 64

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin They're All Old Cars Now eration? How about suspension bushings or camshaft bearings? It's a stretch of the imagination to think W that all the components that went into a vintage car were stress tested or put through thousands of use cycles to ferret out defects before the cars were sold, as they are today. And yet here we are, with the new- est “Golden Era” (1955–1974) collectible car now at least 33 years old, and I would propose that every single component has outlived its intended lifespan by a factor of at least ten times. Which is why buying truly old cars— those more than 30 years old—involves a whole different technique than buying latemodel used ones. Ran when parked The 30-Second Walkaround When I used to attend Manheim-style used car auctions, I marveled at the way dealers could size up a car in less than a minute and figure out within $50 what they wanted to pay for it. They'd check the door jambs, glance under the hood, open and shut the trunk, and be done. When you are dealing with a commodity, that is enough. You are assuming that if a car has under 50,000 miles on it (and the seller is warranting the accuracy of the odometer), and there is no evidence of a respray, what you've got is a pretty honest used car. And since most dealers have looked at thousands of cars and bought hundreds, and since they can only put dinner on the table if they buy the right car at the right price, the successful ones quickly get good at what they do. Most dealer auctions also have an arbitration process; if a car is sus- pected of having undisclosed frame issues or other serious problems, it is put onto a lift, and all questions are resolved on the spot. Finally, sellers generally guarantee a clear, non-branded title, so there is some assurance that the car has not been totaled or submerged in water (the Katrina cars) and brought back to life. A further layer of protection is added by services like CARFAX, which track titles for late-model cars from the original buyer to now. Most important, end users can buy three- to five-year-old cars knowing that in general, they still start, stop, and handle as they were intended to do. Buyer Beware Buying an old car puts you into a completely different set of circum- stances. Simply put, most old cars are in crappy condition, even if their paint is shiny and their seats freshly stuffed. What we have learned over the years as we have brought vintage cars in and out of the SCM collection is that each of them has needed suspension work of some sort. Suspension bushings, shocks, and springs degrade very slowly over time, so even if you have owned a car for 20 years, it is difficult to know how far from new its condition has become. Replacing shock bushings isn't nearly as sexy as having a head rebuilt, or Webers rejetted, or a custom exhaust added. But in a very real sense, making the car handle properly is the single most important thing you can do to it. 10 hat do you imagine was the original design life for an interior door handle on a 1963 MG B, or was it even a consid- Old Car 101 One of the great challenges of owning vintage cars is getting them to perform as they did when new, which also means finding a mechanic who knows what they should feel like. For instance, our 1963 Corvette coupe wandered all over the road when we bought it, and it was almost impossible to drive in the rain above 55 mph. Some “specialists” told us “they all drive that way,” but a quick trip to a suspension shop revealed completely worn out rear suspension bushings and bent control arms. One thousand dollars later, the car tracked straight and went around corners like a 1963 Corvette should—that is to say, not particularly well, but not particularly badly, either. The reason we keep the SCM fleet is so that our younger writers have a chance to drive some of the cars about which we senior staff wax so enthusiastic. But to make the experience meaningful, the cars have to have a relatively stock setup, have a good drivetrain and suspension, and be turnkey drivers. That can be challenging, as old cars—even well-maintained ones— seem to keep finding new ways to break all the time. But we persevere and are now implementing a “Take an Old Car Home for a Week” program. SCM staffers will be required to check out an old car, live with it exclusively for a week, and use it as their everyday driver. They'll learn what a manual choke on a Sunbeam Alpine does, and why you don't want to leave it on. Or how BMW heating controls used to be simple and effective before their design engineers got so much smarter than we are, and proved it with iDrive. Don't Buy Sitting Cars The most important thing we've learned about buying old cars is that getting your hands on a car that has been driven with some regularity is infinitely better than finding one that has been sitting, especially outdoors. There's nothing a piece of machinery hates more than to be idle. Everything goes bad. And if moisture finds a way to seep into a car, it gets much, much worse. So rule number one is to always buy cars that are actually running and driving cars, from owners who have loved and enjoyed them. Rule number two is to find a mechanic who understands just how these cars were supposed to drive when they were new, from throttle response to braking to cornering at speed, and have him minister to the car. (It took a specialist to decipher that our 1978 911SC rode like a truck because it had been excessively lowered and rode on dead shocks.) And the final rule is to have a good suspension shop look at every car you buy. Have them renew everything with needs the instant you purchase the car. I'm sure there are more rules, but the ones in the paragraph above are the most important. Of course, they are also the ones we seem to break most often when we are overcome with our own red mist of classic car acquisition. If your goal is to actually use your old car as a car and not treat it like a trophy queen, following the above suggestions can help you get a decent car that will give you miles of pleasure. Oh yes, and don't forget to carry jumper cables, your cell phone, and a towing company card. Just in case.u Sports Car Market Bob La Mar

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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering sing the Block Jim Pickering 1937 1937 Cord at RM Meadow Brook For more information about events marked with (*) see our 64-page Monterey Insider's Guide supplement RM Auctions—Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall Where: Rochester, MI When: August 3–4 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 83 cars sold / $9.3m Held in conjunction with the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, RM's annual sale on the grounds of Oakland University will feature plenty of unusual and vintage consignments, with a focus on traditional American cars. This year's list includes a 1931 Buick Model 94 roadster, a 1931 Marmon Sixteen limousine, a 1931 Marmon Sixteen convertible coupe, a 1934 Packard Twelve coupe roadster, a 1936 Hudson 8 convertible coupe, a 1960 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, and a 1981 Delorean DMC12. Silver Auctions—Hot August Nights Where: Reno, NV When: August 9–12 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 506 cars sold / $14.5m Over 900 cars are expected at this flagship event, situated in the middle of Hot August Nights, America's largest managed cel- 12 ebration of hot rods and nostalgic cars. Highlights of the sale will include a 1934 Chevrolet 2-dr sedan equipped with a GM “Fast Burn” 350 crate engine, a 1932 Ford 5-window coupe in silver and blue two-tone, a restored 1955 Buick Roadmaster, and a fully customized 1966 Chevrolet Nova offered at no reserve. at the Monterey Jet Center Where: Monterey, CA When: August 16 More: www.christies.com Last Year: 34 cars sold / $9.6m *Christie's—Exceptional Motor Cars Christie's sale will once again kick off Monterey's automotive events, with a hand-picked group of classics and sports cars rounding out the consignment list. Headlining the sale this year is a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso special-ordered in medium-brown metallic with beige leather by actor Steve McQueen. Muscle at the Marriott Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17–18 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last Year: 156 cars sold / $13.1m *Russo and Steele—Sports and The Marriott in downtown Monterey will again play host to this 6th annual event. Last year saw Drew Alcazar and Co. commandeer the street in front of the hotel for a display of the cars on offer, and inside, the familiar high-paced “Las Vegas Nights” showmanship can be expected. This year's list tops out at 150 cars, including a 1965 Shelby GT350 R and a low-mileage, restored 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV. Quail Lodge Sale Where: Carmel, CA When: August 17 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 56 cars sold / $12.4m *Bonhams & Butterfields— Last year's assortment of cars from the Rosso Bianco Collection helped to bring big results at B&B's Quail sale, and several of this year's consignments will again be sourced from a yet unnamed but noted private collection. Among the offerings will be a the ex-Sydney Allard/Jack Fairman 1952 Allard J2X with Le Mans race history, and a 1932 Cadillac V16 limousine that, pending further investigation into its history, is thought to have been used by the Hoover Administration. 4th Annual Vintage Car Auction Where: Seaside, CA When: August 17 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 18 cars sold / $1m *Kruse International— The Blackhorse Golf Course will again serve as backdrop for Kruse at its sale held alongside Concorso Italiano. New this year is Kruse's partnership with Collector Car Trader Online, which will be providing its marketing services for all the consigned lots. The cars offered will include a restored 1968 Plymouth Hemi Road Runner, as well as a 1937 Cord Model 812 Berline. Classic Car Auction Where: Monterey, CA When: August 17–18 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 188 cars sold / $43m RM's selection of cars brought $43m for the company last year—the highest total dol- *RM Auctions—Monterey Sports and Sports Car Market

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lar figure of all the sales on the Monterey Peninsula. This year's group will again feature plenty of high-profile lots, including a 1964 Dodge Hemi Charger concept car, a 1965 Shelby GT350 R, a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT factory lightweight, and a 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Coupe with coachwork by Vignale. The Pebble Beach Auction Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 18–19 More: www.goodingco.com Last Year: 62 cars sold / $21m *Gooding & Company— This finale to the Monterey sales has been expanded to two days, and will feature Ferraris from the Greg Garrison Estate on Saturday, with vintage Rolls-Royces from the Richard J. Solove Collection offered on Sunday. Featured cars from those collections will include a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4—the very last Daytona Spyder built—and the oldest Silver Ghost in the world, a 1907 Rolls-Royce SG Rippon limousine. Proceeds from Solove's cars will go to the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and the Richard J. Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University. Carlisle Events—Corvettes at Carlisle Where: Carlisle, PA When: August 24–25 More: www.carlisleauctions.com This is the 26th year for Corvettes at Carlisle, which is touted as the largest all-Corvette event in the world. This firsttime auction at the Carlisle Expo Center will feature examples spanning all the generations of Chevrolet's sports car. Look for a fully-restored, numbersmatching 1966 427-ci 425-hp convertible, as well as a 500-hp 1999 Mallett 435 coupe offered at no reserve. Kruse International— Fall Auburn 2007 Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–September 4 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 747 cars sold / $21m Now in its 37th year, Kruse's trademark fall sale held on Labor Day weekend is expecting to bring upwards of 5,000 cars. Alongside the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival, the sale will see three rings of cars auc- 1966 Chevrolet Nova at Hot August Nights tioned simultaneously throughout the weekend. Highlights include a 1932 Duesenberg Model J 340 convertible coupe wearing its original Murphy Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. July 1—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 7-8—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 7—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 7—KRUSE Verona, NY 11—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 14—ICA Iola, WI 14—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 14—COYS Blenheim, UK 20—BONHAMS Newmarket, UK 20-21—KRUSE Denver, CO 20-21—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 21—KRUSE Midland, MI 23—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25—H&H Kempton Park, UK 27—BONHAMS Silverstone, UK 28—MECUM Des Moines, IA 30-31—BARONS Surrey, UK August 3-4—RM Rochester, MI 9-12—SILVER Reno, NV 11—COYS Nurburg, DE 11-12—CODDINGTON Pomona, CA 16—CHRISTIE'S Monterey, CA 16-18—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 17—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Carmel, CA 17—KRUSE Monterey, CA 17-18—RM Monterey, CA 18—CHEFFINS Harrogate, UK 18-19—GOODING & COMPANY Pebble Beach, CA 24-25—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 26—ICA Deadwood, SD 30-SEPT 4—KRUSE Auburn, IN 31—BONHAMS Sussex, UK September 1-2—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 3—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8—BONHAMS Hampshire, UK 10-11—BARONS Surrey, UK 14-16—KRUSE Murray, KY 15—ICA Sioux Falls, SD 15-16—RM Ontario, CAN 16—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 22-23—CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Fredericksburg, TX 22—MIDAMERICA Blaine, MN 28-29—KRUSE Little Rock, AR 28-29—SANTIAGO Tulsa, OK body, and a 1929 Rolls-Royce 33 WJ Silver Phantom owned by Ernest Hemingway and used to tour the U.S. while writing many of his famous works.u August 2007 13

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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send your news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Honored artists will include Ken Eberts, Charles Maher, Jack Juratovic, and a dozen others. Advance tickets are $20, with kids 12 and under free. VIP packages available. www.meadowbrookconcours.org. (MI) n The Monterey “weekend” Goodwood Revival SCM News n Time is running out to reg- ister for the sixth annual SCM Insider's Seminar, to be held on Saturday, August 18, 2007, at the Gooding tent in Monterey. Join Keith Martin and SCM's experts for a morning of close examination of the collector car market, along with field walks to analyze specific models within the Gooding catalog. See the sign-up form on page 99, and visit www .sportscarmarket.com/seminars for more information. n Publisher Martin has a busy few months ahead. He will be the MC of the 35th Annual Forest Grove Concours d'Elegance (www.forestgroveconcours.org) on Sunday, July 15, in Forest Grove, Oregon. Over 350 cars are expected. At the expanded Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance (www .meadowbrookconcours .org), in Rochester, Michigan, from August 2 to 5, Martin will moderate a panel discussion on collecting, with participants including William Parfet and John McMullen. Martin will also be involved in other Meadow Brook Concours activities during the week. n At the Alfa Romeo National Convention Concours (www.motorcityalfa2007.org), also held at Meadow Brook Hall, on Saturday, August 4, Martin will be interviewing owners during the event. As a sponsor of the concours, SCM helped bring the 14 three B.A.T. concept cars to both the Alfa Romeo and the Meadow Brook concours. n In Monterey, Martin will be one of the hosts for a tenseries television show produced by Roger Williams, executive producer of SCM Television, featuring the Russo and Steele auction. The shows will air first on Treasure HD on the Dish Network, then later on ESPN Classic and ESPN2. And finally, Martin will have a book-signing at the SCM booth at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering (www .quaillodge.com), in Carmel, at 11 am on Friday, August 17. Events n From August 3 through 12, nearly 800,000 people will travel to Reno, Nevada, and Hot August Nights to relive America's hot-rodding, rock-nrolling culture of the '50s and '60s. With events like nightly cruises down the strip, show-nshines just about everywhere, and Silver's annual auction, there's never a dull moment. Admission varies by event, though most are free. www .hotaugustnights.net. (NV) n Building on its well-estab- lished reputation as a 250-car world-class event, the Meadow Brook Concours will add new features for this year's August 5 event, including 4-cylinder Vintage Motorcycles (“forty fours”), “The Class of '57,” and “American Super Stock.” keeps getting bigger, and events this year include the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, the new Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Concorso Italiano, Pebble Beach Retro Auto, Automobilia Monterey, the Rolex Monterey Historic Races, the Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition, the Blackhawk Exposition, the Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance, the Quail Rally, and the Pacific Grove Auto Rally and Celebration. (See our 64-page 2007 Monterey Insider's Guide special supplement, included with this issue, for complete listings and information about each event, feature stories, and previews of all the auctions.) (CA) n Corvettes at Carlisle is a must for 'Vette enthusiasts of every stripe. This year, the event runs August 24–26, and will feature a Callaway reunion, a '57 reunion, a burnout competition, autocross, an NCCC judged show field, and plenty more. The gang from Keith Martin's Corvette Market magazine will be there, too, so stop by and say hello. Admission is $12, with kids under twelve free. www .carlisleevents.com. (PA) n Nostalgia is the name of the game at the Goodwood Revival held this year from August 31 to September 2 in West Sussex, England. On the grounds of Lord March's sprawling estate, the Revival is a celebration of the golden days of motor racing, and though you don't have to dress the part, you'll certainly feel more involved if you do. Break out your best cravat and Homburg hat, and ladies, slip into your flared skirts and petticoats, and enjoy the spectacle of motoring from a bygone era. One-day admission ranges from $50 to $95; weekend passes cost $180. www. goodwood.co.uk. (UK)u Event Calendar 2-5 Heroes of Speed East/West Challenge (UT) www.hsrracing.com 3-12 Hot August Nights (NV) www.hotaugustnights.net 4-5 BC Historic Races (CAN) www.sovren.org 5 Meadow Brook Concours (MI) www.meadowbrookconcours.org 6-15 Pebble Beach Motoring Classic (WA) www.pebblebeachconcours.net 11-12 AACA 34th Antique Auto Show (MI) www.aaca.org 13-15 The Quail Rally (CA) www.quaillodge.com 14 Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours On The Avenue (CA) www.motorclubevents.com 14-15 Automobilia Monterey (CA) www.automobiliamonterey.com 15-19 Blackhawk Exposition (CA) www.blackhawkcollection.com 16 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance (CA) www.pebblebeachconcours.net 17 Concorso Italiano (CA) www.concorso.com 17 Pacific Grove Auto Rally and Celebration (CA) www.pgautorally.org 17 The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (CA) www.quaillodge.com 17-19 Pebble Beach Retro Auto (CA) www.pebblebeachconcours.net 17-19 Rolex Monterey Historic Races (CA) www.montereyhistoric.com 17-19 Vintage Grand Prix Au Grattan XXI (MI) www.vscda.org 18 SCM Insider's Seminar (CA) www.sportscarmarket.com 18-19 Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition (CA) www.autoartgallery.com 19 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance (CA) www.pebblebeachconcours.net 23-25 AACA Central Fall Meet (IL) www.aaca.org 23-26 Raid Suisse-Paris (CHE) www.raid.ch 23-26 Bobby Rahal Historics (IL) www.autobahncountryclub.net 24-26 Corvettes at Carlisle (PA) www.carlisleevents.com 26 Geneva Concours d'Elegance (IL) www.genevaconcours.com 26 Keeneland Concours d'Elegance (KY) www.keenelandconcours.com 31-Sept 1 Goodwood Revival (UK) www.goodwood.co.uk Sports Car Market

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Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), B. Mitchell Carlson Auction Analysts Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Norm Mort (Canada), Joe Severns Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Carl Bomstead (Automobilia), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio, Martin Emmison (U.K.) Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Financial Manager Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams Editorial Assistant Jennifer Davis jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 209 ADVERTISING Advertising Sales Cindy Meitle cindy.meitle@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 262 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Nikki Nalum nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 207 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 207, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive In- vestor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA 16 Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Another Internet scam After reading John Draneas's May “Legal Files” column about Internet scams (p. 34), I have to share one you'll love. Last fall, I asked a buddy of mine from the Porsche club to help me sell my 1986 930 Turbo. The car was a low-mileage car that had been converted for track use. It was by no means a collector car. My buddy Scott listed the car on eBay, and a couple of special interest web sites. We got mostly tire kickers asking a lot of dumb questions. Then we were contacted by a “dealer” who claimed to have a wealthy Israeli client who wanted to buy the car, no questions asked. “It's exactly what he's been looking for,” the dealer said. Scott is a Nassau County cop, which thus makes him a great skeptic. He gave the guy his precinct address to send the check to. We didn't hear from the guy, but about a month later, Scott found an unopened email from him. In it, this “dealer” apologized for the long delay and explained that his client had been very ill, but was still very interested in the car if it was still available. He said he would send a check immediately and to please hold the car for him. Since the email was a few weeks old, just for laughs Scott sent the guy a reply saying we never got the check and that the car was still for sale if he wanted it. To our surprise, he said yes, but apparently he had the wrong address. With the correct address, the “dealer” said he would send a check right away. About a week or two went by. Scott showed up at work one day and lo and behold, on his desk was a DHL package with an overseas return address on it. He opened it to find a check for over $40,000 ($3,500 more than the asking price) issued from an African bank. In the envelope was a note instructing Scott to deposit the check and to please send a check for $3,500 to his shipper in New York within the next five days. The shipper would then contact him to make arrangements to pick up the car. Ever the skeptic, Scott tracked down the bank. Sure enough, the bank was for real, but he could 18 make a reasonable business decision based on the facts surrounding the individual transaction. This action would likely have minimized any adverse financial result for all involved, reduced potential negative press, and also maximized B-J's long-term standing in the high-end automobile auction business. By taking the actions it did, Neither door opens, the headlights don't turn off, the wipers don't turn on, and if I turn the radio off, the defroster fan doesn't work. Why I traded in my BMW for this piece of crap, I'll never know not verify the account itself. Scott stared at the check and knew this was too good to be true. A 930 track car is not an easy thing to sell for that kind of money, and this was way too easy. Scott contacted the FBI and the Secret Service. They informed him the check was counterfeit, that it would never clear. Had he sent the $3,500 to the shipper, he would not have heard from them again and would have been out the $3,500. We learned the authorities had been tracking a group of African con artists and counterfeiters for over a year. They pose as buyers for used luxury goods over the Internet—mostly cars and boats. They send counterfeit checks and scam the sellers for the freight costs. Scott framed the check and hung it on the wall over his desk as a reminder that if it's too good to be true, it is too good to be true.—Bruce Goldsmith, Syosset, NY Judgment Day Thanks for John Draneas's assessment of the B-J lawsuit against Judge Clabuesch. As usual, you've brought a clear and unbiased legal and practical view to the matter. In addition to your comments on the subject of whether the B-J strategy makes business sense, I might add the following: As a potential consignor to a future B-J auction, the firm's actions give me pause as to how B-J treats those who consign their precious vehicles to B-J when things don't work out as planned. As we all learned from the famous Tylenol scare years ago, Tylenol gained a tremendous amount of public goodwill and brand identification by working aggressively to correct a bad situation rather than to deny the problem, sweep it under the rug, or pursue some other non-customer-oriented response. In the B-J situation, when a person consigns a rare car to their no-reserve Scottsdale auction, he expects the firm will do its utmost to achieve the highest auction result possible at the time for that collectible, and that he will be treated with professional courtesy and respect. As you note, the original com- plaint by Judge Clabuesch was simply that irregularities had occurred in what he perceived as the short-gavelling of his 'Cuda. Even if Judge Clabuesch may have acted in a manner that appeared somewhat over the top, for B-J this was just one car out of more than a thousand successfully sold over the weekend, netting B-J millions of dollars in revenue. A more reasonable action by B-J would have been simply to place this single auction result on hold, review the situation, and to B-J has assumed the role of Goliath in a David and Goliath battle. This is seldom a good role to take in the public eye, or in a legal battle with a potential jury verdict at some point in the future.—GB, via email Old Jag memories Rob Sass's well-written article on the infamous XJS (June, “Affordable Classic,” p. 28) brought back a memory that I'll share here. Winter 1981. A long-time girlfriend of mine, an interior designer who was tall, slender, blond and very chic, called me at home one day. She lived in Seattle, but was in Portland to shop for a client. We hadn't seen each other in a few months, so I invited her to come to dinner and stay the night. These were my “rich and miserable” days when I lived in a very large house in Portland's West Hills, and impromptu dinner parties and last-minute overnight guests were easy to arrange with the help of my small staff. I was standing at the front kitchen window, which looked out onto the street, as she arrived. It was dark and raining very hard, but I could tell by the street lamp that the car was very sleek, a new Jaguar XJS in British Racing Green. She always had beautiful cars, and this was no exception. She pulled up to the curb, and instead of opening the driver's door to get out, I realized she had scooted over to the passenger seat. Picture a gorgeous, six-foot-tall woman in a dress and heels struggling to climb out the passenger side window of a new XJS. In the rain. I grabbed a towel and ran to the front door to greet her, because I knew she would be soaked to the skin. She entered, I handed her the towel as we hugged, and I said, “You've left the headlights on and the right window is still

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I'll go out and put things right while you dry off.” She laughed grimly and said, “Don't bother. I picked up the car off the showroom floor just before I left Seattle, and it's going back to the dealer if I can make it home. There's no way I'm keeping it. Neither door will open. They seem to be permanently locked. The window on the driver's door won't come down and the window on the right side won't go up. The headlights don't turn off and the wipers don't turn on. If I turn the radio off, the defroster fan doesn't work either. Why I traded in my BMW for this piece of crap, I'll never know. Oh, and can I borrow some pajamas? My bag is in the trunk and it won't open either.” Thanks, Mr. Sass, for bringing back a 25-year-old memory.—Diane Brandon, Tigard, OR I enjoyed Rob Sass's recent XJS article and had to laugh, as it brought back memories of buying a new one (convertible) in 1990. Foolishly and naively, I thought “by now they must have the reliability issues sorted out.” In the first six months it was in the shop five times to get $10,000 worth of warranty work. Month seven I sold it. That car brought back all the old British car sayings we had all known but thought no longer applied— ”Home before dark,” “Don't drive further than you are willing to walk home from,” etc.—Barry Cooney, Escondido, CA TZ Tizzy Thor Thorson's recent story on the 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ-1 (March, “Race Car Profile,” p. 56) raises some interesting facts and issues about this iconic Alfa Romeo designed for GT racing. But his analysis regarding the sale of chassis number 094 at Worldwide's November Hilton Head auction makes some disturbing assertions and conclusions that appear to be based on misinformation. Let me start with the last paragraph of the analysis, which commences, “It really comes down to whether the price reflects the reality of the car. This car sold for $380,000. The current market for a really good TZ is $450,000–$525,000, so it sold at a substantial discount.” The current SCM valuation Was the sale price correct for a “street” TZ-1 with no known race history and limited provenance or not? That is the issue. I would suggest that in fact it was right on the money guide for 2007 suggests a price range of $325,000–$470,000, which would appear to be broadly market correct, and although not stated, these values should reflect the difference between the “street” cars with a milder engine tune sold and that of a full-blown competition car with some known racing history. An AutoDelta or factory team car with major race results and significant drivers will be in another category again and attract even more serious money. A search of public auction results taken over the last three decades does little to help, as there have been relatively few sales, but it does indicate clearly that 094 is the highest recorded sale of a TZ-1 ever, a fact that should surely be of some significance to SCM readers. So just where does the Thorson valuation range come from? Surely it cannot be from a record of private or dealer ask prices or known sales. If by “a really good TZ” he means any car that has serious competition history and decent provenance, then maybe his price estimates are accurate, but there cannot be any confusion about 094 being a “street” car, nor in the information from the auction catalog description. In the paragraph headed “There May Be a Problem,” Thorson discusses the information in the TZ-1 Registry and then quotes the chassis data in the book, Alfa Romeo TZ-1, by Philippe Olczyk, as a resource, without mentioning that the author admits to never having seen the car. Olczyk is a controversial figure as both an author and automotive entrepreneur, something which should be given consideration before accepting the use of his material as accurate. This raises the issue of the published word being accepted as the truth; the mere act of publication in a way carves the words in stone for the purpose of historical reference. Surely SCM is more than aware of the pitfalls associated with such a position, as it is firmly in the reference business. SCM has a duty to ensure that source material is really credible, especially if it is to be used as a means of suggesting doubt as to the authenticity of a particular car. Thorson writes that the Olczyk reference information may or may not be true, “but it certainly raises a flag about the car.” My concern is that by giving credence to Olczyk's assertions rather than reporting on the physical car, this has exactly the effect of raising that very same flag about SCM. My last beef is with the degree of vacillation that permeates this article, epitomized by the final sentences of the last paragraph. “If the successful bidder (or the auction company on his behalf) had done enough homework to know the provenance clouds were invalid, it's

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You Write We Read entirely possible that the car was very well bought. If not, or if the issues are real, I'd say that the market made the adjustments and set the value for what may or may not be a tainted car.” Sorry SCM, this simply does not cut it, but it does fully explain why Thorson states earlier in the article that “I have no direct knowledge of the subject car, only the catalog description and the various research materials available to people who know how to look. I've never inspected the car… so I'm not in any position to pass judgment on how ‘good' it might or might not be.” When Thorson aligns his valuation figures with the Olczyk doubt factor, then it is easy to see why he is able to suggest that “Obviously at least some of the bidders knew the issues surrounding the car and they affected the result.” Is it wrong to interpret this as a statement of judgment? SCM, why don't you stand up and be counted? Was the sale price correct for a “street” TZ-1 with no known race history and limited provenance or not? That is the issue. I would suggest that in fact it was right on the money—well bought and well sold, which is exactly what a fair deal should offer to all the parties involved. It is completely unfair for the article to muddy the waters with innuendo and unrealistic values, and SCM owes an apology to the buyer of this car for creating issues around the purchase where none credible existed. I'm a fan of SCM and have taken it from inception as a good read and a valuable business reference tool. Let's keep it that way and stick to good journalism and the facts of the day. I consigned this car for the sellers to the Worldwide Group and wrote the catalog entry, and as such I have every confidence that 094 is what it pertains to be.—Neil Wood, Rockport, ME Thor Thorson responds: This letter levels so many accusations that it is difficult to know where to begin. I think I will limit my response to three issues—the “vacillation that permeates this article,” “innuendo,” and “unrealistic values.” There is no question that both the SCM staff as publishers and I as author were walking on eggshells with regard to this 22 maintenance.—Brendan Ayers, Philadelphia, PA Mike Sheehan responds: The window sticker was about $220k new. At $75k or less today, how much cheaper could they get? particular article. As a result, I carefully qualified my personal lack of direct knowledge of the car, the controversial nature of Olczyk's published assertions, and the speculative nature of any conclusions. I was extremely cautious about what I said and how I said it. SCM took the step of publishing a response from John Kruse parallel to the article. If this is vacillation, so be it. There were real issues to be discussed, and had I been more brash, you'd have liked it even less. Regarding muddying the wa- ters with innuendo, let's go back to the basic issue. The fact that Alfa TZs have been easily and promiscuously replicated since the 1980s is a given. As a result, provenance and continuous history for any particular chassis is of extreme importance. From the very first, TZs have been special and important cars to those who owned them; we're not talking about an old Corvette or Mini that got dumped into a barn and forgotten when it dropped a valve. These cars didn't get lost. Forget what Olczyk may have said, this car has a 24-year gap in its history, and it chanced to reappear at a moment when Italian race car values were in a speculative boom. If that in itself doesn't raise a caution flag that needs to be addressed, you're not paying attention. At SCM, we take a certain pride in not blowing smoke when we discuss cars and particularly values (we don't call ourselves “the insider's guide” for nothing). My comments on values were not imagined. I have personal knowledge of two street TZs with excellent provenance that have sold for between $440k and $465k in the past year, and a similar car is currently available in Europe for just over $500k. I have had extensive conversations with several knowledgeable dealers in both the U.S. and Europe, and consensus is that street history TZs are in the mid-to-high $400k range, and competition history gets them into figures “starting with a five.” At $380k, the subject car was very charitably “at the bottom of the range,” and the important question is why? That's what I attempted to discuss. I'll take the 2+2 My question concerns something I know many car collectors think about, specifically future value. For many years I have lusted after the Ferrari 456 GT, and it seems within the past few years prices have depreciated to the cost of a new loaded Corvette… what a deal. I know the 2+2 Ferrari models have never been greatly admired by collectors and that their future value always lags behind the two-seat Ferraris, but is there a general rule of thumb that can be followed on when this model will bottom out and start to rise again? Most will agree that the 456 GT is a beautiful car and should have a strong following in the future. I ask because it seems all Ferrari models have a unique depreciation curve. I want to buy one of these but don't want to take an even greater hit on depreciation than I have to. I need to save every dime for With 456 GTs under $75k, and 365 2+2s over $75k, the 456 GTs aren't going lower, excluding those cars with needs, high miles, or stories, and those cars are usually sold on eBay to “bargain hunters” who don't understand the need for pre-purchase inspections or the potential for buying someone else's problem car. The window sticker was about $220k new. At $75k or less today, how much cheaper could they get? Mazda corrections In reading the May issue, I was dismayed to find a number of errors in what were otherwise excellent reviews of the 2007 Mazda MX-5 Power Retractable Hard Top and the MAZDASPEED3 (“Glovebox Notes,” p. 84). The MAZDASPEED3 has 263 horsepower, not 250 as stated. In the case of the MX-5, your Canadian Auction Analyst Norm Mort made a number of mistakes, one of which I suppose could be blamed on where he drove the car. Mort said the MX-5 Miata PRHT Grand Touring model he evaluated had an MSRP of $32,765. Unfortunately, that's the Canadian MSRP. The U.S. MSRP for this model is $27,115. Mort then goes on to say things like: “Surprisingly little loss of trunk space…” and, “Added inches to accommodate top do nothing for the current blended styling of RX8 and old Miata.” The MX-5 Miata with the retractable hard top is dimensionally unchanged from the soft top version. In fact, it actually has 3% more trunk space than the soft top. What's more, the all-new third-generation MX-5 Miata, which was introduced in spring 2005 as a 2006 model, is only an inch and a half longer than its predecessor. Lastly, MX-5 Miata sales in May were up 7.1% over the same period a year ago. Our biggest problem with the new retractable hard top MX-5? Getting enough of them. I'd appreciate it if you could let your readers know. Thank you.—Jay Amestoy, Vice President, Public and Government Affairs, Mazda North American Operations Thank you for your letter. SCM regrets the error. u

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Neat Stuff Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard Since 1893, Alfred Dunhill has been the place where discriminating men go to accent their appe ance with the finest accessories. For the earliest Edwardian motorists, that meant goggles, lamps, and horns. For today's motoring enthusiasts, it means hand-crafted leather bags, precision timepieces, and sterling silver money clips and cufflinks. Dunhill's subtle, sophisticate Headlamp cufflinks hark back to the compa original Motorities headlamp, and are availa pale blue, pink, red, purple, brown, and blue lacquer. Or get the Steering Wheel cufflinks in polished sterling silver as a matched set with Dunhill's Steering Wheel money clip, key fob, and palladium reversible belt. The threespoke wheel draws inspiration from a 1950s Bentley and features a round Dunhill “d” logo. Show everyone at that black tie affair where your passions lie. Headlamp cufflinks are $385, while the Steering Wheel cufflinks, fob, clip, and belt are priced from $260 to $315. www.dunhill.com. Whether you're shopping for the kid, or the kid in you, look no further than LEGO. The Danish company has been encouraging creative engineering through interlocking plastic for nearly 60 years, and with its line of Ferrari-specific kits, you've got everything you need to build your own replicas, which range in scale and complexity from 1:24 to 1:8. LEGO has seven kits in all, including the F430 Spider, Enzo, F430 Challenge, 599 GTB Fiorano, 248 Formula 1 car, and a Scuderia Ferrari race hauler. Exclusive to Europe is a 1,246-piece, 1:8-scale F1 single-seater that features a realistic engine with moving pistons. Most kits are suitable for kids (and adults) over age seven, and prices range from $20 to $140. www.lego.com. Many collectors of models and automobilia know what they want but either don't have time to find it, or simply don't know where to begin. World Collector is an online specialist that sources and sells collectibles through both auction and private treaty. The company has been around 15 years, and through its client database of 4,000 members, it is able to operate both sides of the virtual hammer, finding collections or individual items for interested buyers, and selling collections whole or in part for sellers. World Collector deals in models, toys, all manner of racing memorabilia, automotive literature, and a variety of all things motor- or steam-driven. World Collector works with a number of auction houses on behalf of clients, and offers services including researching sale options, cataloging and photographing objects of interest, arranging shipment, dealing with administrative issues, worldwide item promotion, and more. www .worldcollector.co.uk. Ever wondered who does what in the car business? The folks at Who Works In did, and 18 years ago, they started sharing the answers with us. Their first book was Who Works in Formula One, and later came references for the World Rally Championship, ChampCar, NASCAR, MotoGP, and a comprehensive guide to eleven different motorsports series, including the above, plus the DTM, World Touring Car Championship, American Le Mans Series, and others. New in 2007 is Who Works in Classic Cars, a comprehensive guide with worldwide information on events, shows, race meetings, clubs, museums, collections, auction houses, model manufacturers, specialist publications like SCM, restoration standards, and more. Approximately $88 each. www.whoworksin.com. 24 Sports Car Market WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT

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Icons Lights and Wires Real Knockoffs and The Prince of Light Someone in the styling department at Lucas knew that at the very least, things had to look good by Rob Sass and Donald Osborne Borrani Wire Wheels Borrani began as Rudge-Whitworth Milano, a licensee of the Coventry patent holder of center lock (knockoff) wire wheels. Carlo and Cesare Borrani quickly became the favored suppliers of Alfa, Lancia, Maserati, and later Ferrari. The name Ruote Borrani S.p.A., memorialized on the famous curved three-eared knockoffs, came about after the company began producing cast aluminum wheels in addition to wires. While Borrani did produce two-eared knockoffs, most car people distinguish Borranis from two-eared Dunlop wire wheels by that distinctive three-eared knockoff with an upheld palm, sunrays, and “Ruote Borrani Milano” stamped in. The distinctive rim design and offset are also giveaways. Borrani wire wheels can have a major ef- fect on the appearance and value of a car. A Maserati 3500 that is rather underwhelming with disc wheels looks like a different car with a set of Borranis. Consequently, wire wheel- equipped cars often bring higher prices at auction. Demand continues to be strong enough to justify continued availability. A new company, Ruote Milano S.r.L. of Rozzano, Italy, took over production of Borrani wheels four years ago in a renovated facility on the outskirts of Milan, using refurbished original tooling. In America, new Borranis are available from the U.S. importer, Dragone Vintage Car Co. (www.dragoneclassics.com), who also handles East Coast sales. For West Coast sales, contact T.A.W. Vehicle Concepts, Inc. (www.tawvehicle.com). Turnaround time on orders is about two to three weeks on most wheels, and three to six weeks on non-stocked orders. Prices vary depending on wheel size, but expect to pay about $7,500 for a set of four, including splined hubs and knockoffs. Lucas Headlamps Make your jokes about Lucas being the “Prince of Darkness.” But while much of their stuff was of debatable functional value, their designs were often elegant. From the “bumble bee” lenses for parking and indicator lamps to the great-looking “dim, fl icker, and off” three-position toggle switches found in so many pre-1967 British cars, someone in the 26 styling department at Lucas knew that at the very least, things had to look good. One of the most sought-after Lucas acces- sories for any British car is the Lucas SLR/ SFT 576 fog and driving lamp. The lamps were introduced in the early 1950s and are a wonderful piece of automotive jewelry. And you'd never mistake them for anything from Carrello, Marchal or Cibié. Lucas 576 lamps are distinguishable by their chrome half-round shells, which have a prominent plinth on top with the “Lucas” script stamped in and painted red. The lamps were available with both plain and fl uted lenses in clear and amber. All lenses had a distinctive chrome “bullet” in the center. Now widely reproduced, both new ones and decent used ones are common at around $100 each. Check Moss Motors (www.mossmotors.com) for a new set or eBay Motors (www.motors. ebay.com) for used ones. u Sports Car Market Otis Clay and Simon Clay

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SCM Our Cars One Classic Car, and Two Classic Kids It has had just one owner from new, and better still, it was registered in the name of the Mayor of Rueil Malmaison. How chic is that? 1937 Ford-bodied Legend stock car Owner: Colleen Sheehan, 14-year-old daughter of Mike, SCM Contributing Editor Purchase date: September 30, 2006 Price: $7,500 Mileage since purchase: Lots and lots of laps Recent work: Fluid change and nut-and-bolt before each race, the occasional bumper I started racing karts when I was five, and when 1986 Renault 4 “Fourgonette” Owner: Julian Shoolheifer, Auction Analyst Purchase date: November 2006 Price: €700 (about $900) Mileage since purchase: 5 Recent work: Routine service In some ways I feel a traitor to the classic car movement because it's really just a 21-yearold commercial vehicle. But this is usually how I begin my defense of the “Van Blanc” that now resides in the space previously taken up by my '65 Mustang convertible and, before that, my Plus 8 Morgan: “My parents had a couple of these when I was a kid, and I just got a terrible urge to own one for, you know, old times' sake….” Two years ago, I decided I was going to find a cheap, economical runabout van for my then embryonic Shoolheifer classic car business. It had to have some sort of “classic” appeal and be small enough to not get in the way of the other transient vehicles that seem to mark the phases of my life. I could get the purchase of a van past my wife, because it was “for the business, darling.” I recalled the Renault 4s of my youth as being small, fun, and wonderfully Gallic in their charm. After 18 months of looking at dozens of merde examples in both the U.K. and France, I turned this one up, for sale in a Paris Municipal auction. Having covered just 60,000 miles from new, it's a spring chicken in Renault van terms. It has the big 1,100-cc engine, and it has had just one owner from new. Better still, it was registered in the name of the Mayor of Rueil Malmaison. How chic is that? As to the mileage I've put on since pur- chase… Well, the embryonic business for which I needed it has taken off and now I have no time to fettle it or drive it. Still, I have managed to source a fantastic Gordini Weber carb and manifold for it in the last week, so my interest is fired again, and it's getting nearer the top of the to-do list. 30 I turned 14, my dad bought me a 1937 Ford Sedanbodied Legend race car. A Legend is a 5/8-scale stock car that can be raced by anyone over 14. They are tube-framed, 1,300 lbs race ready, have a 125hp engine, and are primarily raced on ovals. It's quite a sight to be nose to tail among 30 of these things on an oval smaller than a high school football field, all doing laps in 17 seconds. At 80 mph, you brake for the first turn, dive into the corner and take it deep, hoping the tires will grip and you won't spin. As you hit the apex and exit the corner, you're back on the throttle and launching down the back straight toward the next corner. Turn in, hit he apex, back on the gas, and back down the front straight, over and over, every 17 seconds. My heart feels like it's going to beat its way through my chest every time I strap in. But once I'm on the grid, I scan my gauges and I size up the drivers ahead of me to see where I might make a pass. To race and to win takes a very dedicated driver working with an experienced team and a top crew chief, combined with countless hours of testing, a perfect set-up for the car, and more than a little luck. If I could wake up with one exceptional talent, it would be mastery of car set-up, car control, and assessing track layout. Not many people would expect that from a girly-girl 14-year-old. But talent is just one small part of racing. Racing demands and nurtures the mastery of many skills, including teamwork, discipline, focus, memorization, and patience. Nine years into it, I've managed to make a dent. 1967 Sunbeam Alpine Owner: Alexandra Martin Banzer, 15-yearold daughter of Keith, SCM Publisher Purchase date: June 2007 Price: $6,500 (plus shipping, but gearheads never count that) Mileage since purchase: 778 miles, on truck from Bishop, CA, to Portland Recent work: Needs nothing, says the seller All year long, I've promised Alex a father-daughter summer road trip in our 1965 Alfa Spider Veloce. As I chronicled last month, it lost a rod bearing and was put on a truck to Berkeley for repairs. Chances are it won't be ready until the fall. I offered to buy Alex a Miata for our trip, and, sadly for my pocketbook but gleefully for my psyche, she didn't want “one of those plain-looking Japanese cars.” Contributor Donald Osborne came to our rescue, emailing “Affordable Classic” junkie Rob Sass about a very presentable Series V Alpine that was about to come on the market. It has just finished a 500-mile rally (the equivalent of Paris-to-Dakar for a British car), has had a variety of upgrades, and best of all, was owned by a longtime SCMer, Kjell Nelin. Of course, brand awareness being what it is, when I informed Alex of our good fortune, she wanted to know why I had bought her a toaster instead of a sports car. By the time you read this, the car will be here, and another adventure will be underway.u Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Aston Lagonda Hi-Tech English Electronics? Oh, Please The first Lagondas used red LEDs that failed with alarming regularity, but the CRTs that replaced them cost a fortune to repair by Rob Sass Lagonda—along with the Concorde—symbolizes Britain's struggle against becoming technologically irrelevant in the 1970s. The Lagonda marque saw only sporadic revival after E WWII, with the large Facel Excellence-like Rapide and a very small run of stretched AM V8 saloons. Neither created much of a buzz. In the early 1970s, Aston and new owner Peter Sprague wanted their new four-door flagship to create a huge splash, especially among buyers in the oil-rich Middle East. Stylist William Towns held up his end of the bargain and succeeded in creating a design unlike anything seen before or since. The Lagonda caused a sensation when it was introduced at the 1976 London Motor Show. Low and knife-edged from the origami school of design, the car was striking, with a minimum of gratuitous ornamentation. Favorite choice of New Money It was therefore odd that so many pundits dismissed it as garish or vulgar. Although quite unusual, it was neither. Perhaps it was a case of guilt by association as the car became the favorite of New Money, from rock stars to Middle Eastern oil sheiks. Nevertheless, during its brief time on the A-list, the Lagonda was a fixture in front of places like the Carlton in Cannes or the Beverly Hills Hotel. Under the hood was the familiar Tadek Marek-designed 5.4-liter quad-cam V8. Given the high-tech approach to the rest of the car, it was odd to see early cars delivered with carburetors. In injected form, the V8 made 240 hp. Mated to a 3-speed Chrysler automatic transmission, performance was brisk and smooth, in keeping with the character of the car. Ride was supple and well-controlled. Fuel mileage was a dismal 8 mpg, but for those owners living in Kuwait, big deal. The interior of the Lagonda was as stunning as the Details Years produced: 1983–1989 Number produced: 645 Original list price: £47,739 ($76,380) SCM Valuation: $35,000–$60,000 Tune-up: $1,850 Distributor cap: $50 Chassis #: Driver's side A-pillar Engine number: Left side of engine near rear bellhousing Club: Aston Martin Owners Club—Drayton St. Leonard Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7BG United Kingdom More: www.lagondanet.com Alternatives: 1978–87 Maserati Quattroporte III, 1975–1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SEL 6.9 SCM Investment Grade: D 32 Sports Car Market outside; acres of hand-stitched hide and wool carpet juxtaposed with the first stab at digital gauges in a production car. Not surprisingly, the dashboard electronics made up the bulk of the car's development costs. Inevitable out-of-warranty failures The first cars used red LED readouts not unlike early calculators or a Pulsar watch. They were difficult to see in full sunlight and impossible to see when they failed with alarming regularity. The LEDs were replaced in later cars with CRT readouts. These were even more troublesome and cost several thousand dollars each to replace when the inevitable out-of-warranty failure took place. The touch-sensitive buttons located on panels that protruded from either side of the steering wheel were another interior oddity. And as any astute reader will have guessed, these were also about as durable as rice paper. The Series IV was introduced in 1988 with fixed headlights replacing yet another failure-prone component, the pop-up headlights. The original Towns knife-edges were also softened, and some of the purity of the original car was lost. Today, the Lagonda's days as the A-list sedan have long since passed, its place in the valet front rows taken by Maybachs, Rolls Phantoms, Bentleys and Maseratis. Most that show up at auctions are silly period pieces finished in “Old Emirate White,” with filthy white leather, flickering dashes, and gold accents. Free is too much for a bad one Free is too much for a dodgy Lagonda. A potential owner is confronted with a one- two punch of ruinous repairs to the quad-cam V8 and electronics that can deliver a knockout of their own. Perhaps a foreshadowing of what owners of a 2007 BMW 7series will face circa 2025? very so often, British industry has an epiphany and produces something truly groundbreaking. While perhaps not as significant as the introduction of radar or disc brakes, the Aston Martin Photos: www.astonmartin-lotus.com Falk Schneider

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On the other hand, a Lagonda with a tired motor and non-functional dash really does present a unique opportunity for a very cool custom. Re-engineer the dash for some analog gauges and drop a crate motor in it. It will never be worth restoring properly and somehow, it seems far more sacrilegious to turn it into a salad bar, part it out, or let it molder away. While few and far between, Lagondas with replaced CRTs, up-to-date records on the mechanicals, and good interiors represent a huge amount of eyeball for the money. When they do show up, they inevitably draw a crowd and bidders will pay close to $60,000 for a right car, but it's difficult to see an upside Frankly, compared to today's crop of sedans for the jet-rich, such as the exceedingly bland Maybach, and the clumsy and gigantic Rolls-Royce Phantom, William Towns's Lagonda looks better than ever. And there are few cars from the late 1970s you can say that about with a straight face.u ROB SASS has been collecting and repairing affordable classics since he was 16. His work has appeared in the New York Times and on businessweek.com. 20 Year Picture 1983–87 Aston-Martin Lagonda $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 $40,000 $20,000 1979–85 Maserati Quattroporte III 1978–79 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL 6.9 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 2007 33 1988 1993 1998 2003 2007

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Legal Files John Draneas China Rally to Nowhere The participants arrive at the hotel in Hong Kong and express their displeasure. The organizer breaks down in tears and runs off. Now what? looking great. But just the next day, Hornig tells Woodard the two promised cars aren't available. Not to worry, he says, he has others. Three months before the start, promised information regarding licensing and visas has not arrived. Two months before the start, the SCM rep attends the Barrett-Jackson auction and runs into the sales representative for Cosdell International, the rally's auto transport company, who advises that things are very confused and they had no confirmed transports. A quick call is placed to Hornig, who says, “Don't worry about it. We already have ten cars and two motorcycles entered. It will be fine.” He also says the rally start will be delayed by one day, and he'll make some hotel changes due to congestion and construction problems. It keeps getting worse. Two weeks before the start, Hornig advises Woodard to get to Rally entrants prepare to press on regardless and you can take a Sunday drive when you can talk your wife out of gardening. But full enjoyment requires a substantial drive to an appealing destination. That's why vintage car rallies have become hugely successful. So it was no surprise that when this particular one I came along, SCM sat up and took notice. It had all the right trappings. A two-week, 2,500-mile adventure along the east coast of China from Hong Kong to Beijing, retracing the route of the legendary Hong Kong–Beijing rallies of prior years. Five star hotels at every stop. Fifty classic cars filled with like-minded enthusiasts. Twenty motorcycles. Sumptuous meals. Interpreters to help as needed. Beautiful scenery. A rally route designed by a crack German rally-design team. Full mechanical support at every step of the route. And very attractive pricing—$17,560 per two-person team, all-inclusive (with first-class airfare to and from Hong Kong). The only additional cost was the transport of your classic car to Hong Kong and home from Beijing. The rally was organized by Dieter Hornig, a German who operated a collector car dealership in Beijing. It seemed so cool This looked like such a worthwhile proposition that Sports Car Market agreed to be a sponsor, providing advertising in exchange for two free entries, a 1972 Jaguar XKE convertible and a Delorean. We were responsible for our own airfares. The organizers used a variety of ways to get the news out and created quite a buzz. But as it turned out, things weren't quite what they seemed. Of course, hindsight readily identifies the early warn- ing signs. SCM consultant Bill Woodard, his son, and an SCM sales rep won the assignment to attend, creating no small amount of “China-Rally-Envy” around SCM world headquarters. Six months before the start, the rally's German promoter told Woodard that everything is 34 f you've owned collector cars for long, you'll agree that one of the biggest challenges is finding opportunities to use them. You can drive your Porsche Speedster to the office once in a while on a nice day, Hong Kong one day early to get the licensing squared away. They will have to find their own accommodations for that night. Later, Woodard is told that the rally needs to cut some costs, so the German rally organizing team has been cancelled by Hornig, who is now going to take care of it himself. What are we getting into? The SCM gang flies to Hong Kong, nervous about what they will find. When they arrive on Thursday, they immediately contact Hornig, who has nothing but bad news. There are no hotel accommodations at all for them, and they are on their own. A Chinese collector had agreed to loan a Mercedes 170 Convertible and an original Chinese Red Flag, but has abruptly pulled the cars from the rally, so Hornig is working on rental cars for them. But he can't promise anything right away, primarily because he has far bigger problems. The other participants' cars are still stuck in Chinese customs, and he's having trouble getting them out. And the necessary trip permits are caught somewhere between the Chinese travel agents and bureaucrats. But he promises to get all that sorted out in the afternoon, and the Sunday rally start is still on. Woodard decides to take charge of their destiny and contacts Chip Connor's office (Connor is an SCM subscriber who lives in Hong Kong) for advice about renting cars. He hears bad news. Under Chinese law, a rental car cannot leave the province in which it is rented unless a Chinese chauffeur is hired to do the driving. No motorcycles either; only Chinese nationals are allowed to drive them. As the participants begin arriving at the hotel, eloquently expressing their displea- sure, the pressure keeps building. Soon, Hornig panics and throws in the towel, breaks down in tears, and runs off. Now what? The rescue squad Three Americans, Jim Taylor, Tom Hamilton and Jim Rice, rise to the occasion and take control. First off, they tell Hornig to just get out of the way and let them fix things. Hornig tells the group that he has about 40,000 euros (around $54,400) in cash that has not yet been spent. He stuffs the cash into a paper bag and gives it to them, which makes an impressively large pile when they empty it on the table at the hotel. That leaves about 83,000 euros ($112,880) unaccounted for, which Hornig claims has been spent on promotional activities, hotel deposits, and other costs associated with organizing the rally—but for which he has no documentation and, to the best of our knowledge, no Chinese hotels appeared to have any credits for payments from the rally on their books. Hornig also claims that Chinese travel agents have been trying to cheat him, by de- manding about $40,000 for the various permits needed for the rally. (Later investigation by the group concluded that this amount was reasonable, given that permits had to be obtained from each province and each major city.) Now armed with 424,320 Hong Kong dollars (the $54,000 referred to above), the group ponders how to make the rally happen anyway. On Sunday morning, a plan is presented to the participants. All are free to take legal action afterward, but the rally is going to try to go on. 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fare to the kitty, so that all the teams will be in the same penalty box. If a team wants to quit, they will be given their pro rata share of the money, but all teams elect to go forward. The cash is used first to pay the $40,000 for the permits and travel agent fees, and then for other costs as they came up. When it runs out, the teams pay their own way from that point on, as agreed. Woodard and his son have no cars to drive and other teams offer them extra seats. One of the German teams is also without a car. Since they had paid full registration fees, Woodard gives them the seats and decides just to bag the rally and do some sightseeing. The high point of the trip for the Woodards turns out to be a half-hour taxi ride (that took two hours) in the Chinese micro minivan with no shocks; the driver took back roads to avoid the toll booths because Woodard's son negotiated him down to a 200 yuan ($26) fare. The rally gets off two days late, and runs most of the intended route. All drivers get home less wealthy but wiser. Since then, some participants and the Hong Kong Automobile Association have filed suit against Hornig for damages of 2,000,000 Hong Kong dollars (about $256,000). Did this ever have a chance? Several participants suspect that the rally was a scam from the start, and that Hornig planned to run off with their money. Woodard doubts that, and attributes the outcome to pure incompetence. He surmises that the problems began when there were inadequate registrations to pay all the bills. The breaking point may have been when the German rally team was jettisoned, and Hornig took it upon himself to organize the rally and the route, something he was unqualified to do. He also grossly underestimated the difficulty of getting the cars into China. Perhaps he thought that getting them into Hong Kong would be enough, but it wasn't. Although Hong Kong is now officially part of the Chinese Republic, they still function as separate countries in many respects. Not being able to find cars for participants turns out to be little surprise. The Chinese collector car market is virtually non-existent. Most old cars were melted down under Chairman Mao, and importing them now is very expensive The ultimate irony is that despite the exotic appeal of China, its lengthy history, and its wondrous beauty, in the end, according to Woodard, it's really not a very appealing ride. The rural side roads are not in very good condition, are very crowded, and are loaded with drivers who pay little attention to rules of the road. The main roads are of very high quality, but they are straight expressways that do not offer interesting driving. To top it all off, the air pollution in China is horrific. Even when the weather is sunny and clear, air pollution limits visibility to less than half a mile. Don't let this happen to you This is certainly the worst collector car rally experi- ence I've come across. But what can we learn from it to help avoid getting caught in a similar bad experience? First off, know with whom you are dealing. Rallies like the California Mille Miglia and the Colorado Grand have rock solid histories and reputations, and you needn't worry with them. But if you are considering a rally with a limited or non-existent history, you need to check out the August 2007 organizers, their qualifications, and their reputations. I wouldn't recommend shipping your collector car to a remote location and signing on with an inexperienced or unknown organizing crew, unless you have contacted references and satisfied yourself that all is likely to go well. If the rally is to be held in an unfamiliar location, do some research. With this rally, some due diligence might have determined that the logistics of putting it on were very complex and difficult. Before plunking down your money, talk to the organizers and find out if they understand those problems, ask how they have handled them, and decide for yourself if they seem to know what they are doing. Try to get a sense of the economics of the event. Many costs are fixed, and the or- ganizer bears them whether ten or 100 cars participate. If it's a new rally, will it attract sufficient participation to cover its costs? If not, the organizer might be forced to cut costs to stay afloat, which will devalue the experience. Ask about participation before you enter. Gain a clear understanding of the cancellation policy. As you approach a deadline, stay in contact with the organizers. If it doesn't look like the necessary participation level will be achieved, don't be afraid to cancel. After all, much of the fun comes from being part of a large group of enthusiasts. A group of five or ten cars just won't be the same. Pay by credit card whenever possible. That way, you may have some refund options. Pay attention to the jurisdictions that would control your activities and the resolu- tion of any disputes. Here, Chinese law would govern all. That may well limit recourse against the organizers. Also, it may affect legal rights and responsibilities. In the end, the success of the event usually comes down to the location, the ability and style of the organizers, and the character of the participants. Collector car rallies are tremendous fun, and they offer the best possible venues to gain the maximum enjoyment from your collector car. If you haven't participated in one yet, you shouldn't let the experience of the SCM China Rally gang keep you from doing so. But this case demonstrates that you have to use some due diligence beforehand—all rallies are not created equal. The collector car hobby is all about having fun with your car. If you're going to pay to ship your car and yourself thousands of miles, then pay even more money to have a crappy experience, you might as well forget cars altogether and stay home and putter in the garden with your wife. It would certainly be cheaper and probably much more fun. To read Bill Woodard's account of his unanticipated, unplanned, unescorted three weeks in China, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/china.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and no substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. Woodard and son Jake at the Grand Mosque 35

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Collecting Thoughts Joe Molina 30 Years of Ferris Bueller's Day Job Says Leno: “Joe is a real enthusiast. Anybody who can keep a Lamborghini Espada running HAS to be” by Kathleen Donohue Keith Martin at the Princess Hotel in Scottsdale. Molina was both enthusiastic and relentless in his evaluation of Martin's mimeographed, eight-page Alfa Romeo Market Letter. “You've got some potential here, but your layout is a mess,” Molina recalls saying. Over the years, as both Martin's and O Molina's businesses developed, they have maintained their enthusiastic, and relentlessly inquisitive, relationship. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the founding of JMPR (Joe Molina Public Relations), and what follows is the story behind the story. In the words of Oscar Wilde, “there is only one thing worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.” That's the essence of “buzz,” and in the automotive world, Joe Molina has been Joe Molina, then and now rossed more than $2 million and 75 percent of his accounts are carelated. In a world where the toes you step on today may belong to the foot ou kiss tomorrow, and relationships barely outlast lunch, Molina has maintained some of the longest in the industry. Keeping the plates spinning It's a delicate balance he likens to “keeping the plates spinning.” K hat's a different kind of spin than you usually associate with PR. Longtime client Barry Meguiar says, “Joe's extremely well conected, and forever a nervous wreck. He's one of the best idea guys I've ever met.” One of those ideas became the Meguiar's Award, recognizng contributions to the hobby since 1995. “Joe's energy level is tremendous,” says Mike Yager of Mid America Motorworks. “When he likes an idea, he starts to pace around the room nd ideas pour out of his head.” creating it for almost three decades. In that time, the client roster of Molina's company, JMPR has included names familiar to SCMers―automakers Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bentley, and Maserati, as well as Ducati motorcycles, RM Auctions, Speed TV channel, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the Petersen Museum, and eBay Motors. Molina founded JMPR in 1977 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. He moved to bigger premises in the Warner Center in 2004 and employs 17 staff at present, planning to add three to fi ve more. Last year JMPR 36 “Just make sure someone is taking notes,” warns SCM's Rob Sass, who found himself without a pen in a coffee shop at Pebble Beach during one of Molina's brainstorms, and is sure he forgot half of Molina's hundred-odd thoughts. Jay Leno likens Molina's high-strung personality to the Lamborghini Espadas they both own. “For 22 years, mine's been relatively care-free. But Joe's known for a lot of breakdowns—both he and the car,” he jokes. On a more serious note, Leno says, “The great thing about Joe is, Sports Car Market ver twenty years ago, a fl edging car PR guy named Joe Molina met with a fl edgling magazine publisher named

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Riding to the concert in an S2 Bentley limousine with Paul Stanley (known for the star around his eye), Molina decided that being around celebrities wasn't a bad way to live. Out of the army, Molina was determined to try his hand at PR. After he got a Rolls-Royce and Bentley restoration shop in Van Nuys into the news, the shop owners signed on as his fi rst paying automotive client. Soon, Molina realized he was onto a niche and now, JMPR is subliminally associated with the collector car hobby. He's happy when JMPR clients are in the news, though are occasions when he'd rather they weren't. Especially Maserati and their self-infl ammatory BiTurbos in the 1980s. “It's hard to promote cars that blow up. I spent two years making introductions —followed by four years of apologizing,” he recalls. “At least today, their cars are solid.” Growth phase Over the years, Molina's staff and client roster Kiss Army meets the U.S. Army he's a real car guy. A lot of PR guys, one day they're working for a car company, and the next day they're working for Dell Computers. Joe is a real enthusiast. Anybody who can keep a Lamborghini Espada running HAS to be.” The rainmaker at work For Molina, the big events like Monterey and Scottsdale are show- time. While everyone else mills around the RM auction at the Arizona Biltmore, Molina sits at one of the little café tables. Dozens of people stop by and it's the busiest spot in the room. “This little table is my offi ce,” he says. “Everyone stops—journal- ists, TV producers, Sandra Kasky Button, Tom DuPont, Dick Messer. This is how you fi nd out what's going on. You can't do this by email.” Corky Coker of Coker Tire meets automotive TV producer Lenny Shabes. Molina thinks Coker's business making vintage tires a natural show for Shabes and a discussion ensues. Molina was pulling PR stunts before he knew what one was. Growing up the oldest of nine children in Westminster, California, Molina had cars on the brain. But Molina's ardor for cars wasn't satisfi ed with buff books, and he began calling European automakers— collect. To his surprise, they accepted the charges. “They thought I was some crazy rich American shopping for cars. I called Maserati, Rolls-Royce, Ferrari…. Once, I even talked to Peter Monteverdi” (a notoriously diffi cult interview). Like Ferris Bueller, Molina has a gift for talking people into things. He had an Aston Martin V8 delivered to a friend's house for a test drive, and in a high school version of Show and Tell, orchestrated the arrival of a DeTomaso Mangusta at shop class. In the Army, he worked for the Army news service, interviewed Elton John and John Lennon, and attended the Grammys several times. Once, when Molina heard that KISS was com- ing to town, he convinced the Army Recruiting Command that KISS could fi nd a lot of good men. The band stepped off their Lear jet to the greeting of screaming fans, a full-on radio promotion, and a two-mile Army motorcade with full police escort. August 2007 have changed; familiar faces and accounts have come and gone and come again. It's the nature of the business. Currently in a growth phase, Molina plans to add three to fi ve staff, which will address what Petersen Museum director and longtime client Dick Messer calls Molina's tendency to “spread himself too thin.” Get Molina talking about cars and he fi res up like one of his cars. What would a PR car guy tell the struggling American auto industry? “They've got to make cars cooler-looking, cars people want to be seen in,” he says. “Detroit starts out with great concept cars, then they emasculate them in production. But that's changing. Ford and GM are listening. The new Mustang, the Pontiac Solstice—they're absolute winners. Chrysler is heading in the right direction with the Challenger, and Chevy with the Camaro.” This is why car guys love working with Molina. As Barry Meguiar says, “A lot of PR people do things in the car hobby, but when you talk to them, there's no passion. Molina speaks our language.”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to SCM. Elton John and Molina compete for largest sunglasses award 37

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Events Meadow Brook Preview Meadow Brook: Not Just for Cars Anymore The gathering of 40 bikes will comprise the largest collection of 4-cylinders ever presented Vintage metal adds to the appeal of Meadow Brook Hall Motorcycles at Meadow Brook, a first promises to be no different, though there are some interesting and entertaining changes in the way the concours will unfold. More than 250 rare and exotic cars will fill the lawn T 38 of Meadow Brook Hall on August 5, headlined by Alfa Romeo, this year's featured marque at the 29th annual Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance. Several 8Cs will be on display, including the 1938 Tipo 8C 2900B Berlinetta Touring from the Collier Collection and Ray Scherr's 1938 Tipo 8C 2900B short chassis Touring-bodied spider, once owned by the Maharajah of Indore. Also notable will be the trio of wild Berlina Aerodynamica Technica (B.A.T) cars styled for Alfa by Bertone from 1953 to 1955. Coachwork from Saoutchik and Murphy will be rec- ognized in special classes, and there will be classes for the great American convertibles of 1957, as well as American Super Stock cars. In addition, 15 automotive artists will he Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance has a 28-year history of bringing the best in vintage automobiles to the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. This year's August 5 event Collier's 8C featured exhibit their work, including Ken Eberts, Charles Maher, and Jack Juratovic. New this year is the addition of historic motorcycles. Dubbed the “Forty-Fours,” the big vintage four-cylinder bikes of Henderson, FN, Pierce, Cleveland, Ace, Indian, Ariel, and others will be celebrated. The gathering of 40 bikes will comprise the largest collection of 4-cylinders ever presented. The whole weekend will kick off Thursday, August 2, with a fashion show and in- Where: Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester Hills, Michigan When: August 2–5; Concours on August 5, 10 am to 4 pm More: www.meadowbrookconcours.org; 248.269.7672 vitation-only Hangar Party sponsored by Lufthansa at Oakland County International Airport. On Friday, several concours participants will take part in the 3rd Annual Motoring Tour, which meanders among some of the best sites in the Detroit area. Another invite-only event will be a morning of VIP shopping, champagne, and chocolates at “Breakfast at Tiffany's” on Saturday. RM's annual collector car auction will then run from 11 am to 5 pm, and the concours will kick off Sunday at 10 am. A full list of events is available at www.meadowbrookconcours.org. Since its inception, the Meadow Brook Details Cost: $20 advance online, $25 at the gate; kids under 12 free Concours d'Elegance has been a non-profit event, with proceeds benefiting the preservation of the historic Meadow Brook Hall. To date, the concours has given more than $5 million to the cause.u Sports Car Market

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Events Kirkland Preview A Full Weekend for Kirkland These antique cars will climb the 4,000-foot summit of Stevens Pass, and press on over a hundred miles to the concours in Kirkland by Carl Bomstead 1957 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS, from the Nethercutt to Amelia to Kirkland T his year, the Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, formerly held on Saturdays, moves to a Sunday, the 9th of September. This change will allow it to accommodate two new events—the Tour d'Elegance and the Century of Motoring Caravan. The Tour d'Elegance will begin with a reception at the Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington, on September 6, where five of the area's award-winning wineries will be pouring their best, accompanied by hors d'oeuvres and live music. The following day, Tour d'Elegance participants will enjoy some of the grandeur of the scenic Pacific Northwest as they travel the backroads of western Washington. Following a lunch stop that will feature barbecued salmon, tour participants will return to Woodinville in the evening for a Winemaker's Dinner to be held at the DeLille Cellars Winery. Saturday morning includes a short but scenic trip to visit a not-often-seen local car collection. The Century of Motoring Caravan Details will be an optional event for entrants in the “Century of Motoring” class at the concours. Cars accepted in this class must be at least 100 years old, and the caravan will illustrate that they are still a reliable means of transportation. They will meet in Leavenworth, Washington, climb the 4,000-foot summit of Stevens Pass, and press on over a hundred miles to the 40 Where: Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA When: September 6–9, 2007. Concours runs 10 am to 4 pm Cost: $25 adults; $10 kids 7–17; under 6 free More: www.kirklandconcours.com; www.willowslodge.com concours in Kirkland. Two participating cars will be a 1901 Packard Model C and a 1903 Thomas. The featured class for the concours is “French Curves.” This class will consist of cars that illustrate the streamlined automotive design and coachwork made famous by Labourdette, Marcel Pourtout, Figoni and many others. One of the noteworthy entrants in this class is a 1957 Talbot-Lago T150C-SS from the Nethercutt Collection in Sylmar, California, which is fresh from receiving Best in Show at Amelia Island in March. Other classes for the 80-plus invited cars will include those for Full Classics, as defined by the Classic Car Club of America, Vintage Bentleys, British Sports Cars, American Racing, as well as vintage motorcycles and boats. Over the last four years, the Kirkland Concours has donated over $500,000 to the Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center and the Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, and once again all proceeds from 2007 will be given to those organizations. SCM Publisher Martin will return for his fourth year as commentator and co-MC, along with noted collector and screen star Edward Herrmann.u Sports Car Market

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Ferrari Profile 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spyder The 330 GTS has all the 275 Berlinetta chassis specifications, clothed in a superbly built Pininfarina body, with a/c and power windows by John Apen Details Years produced: 1966–68 Number produced: 99 Original list price: $16,426 (about $100k in today's dollars) SCM Valuation: $400,000–$500,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear on motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, Atlanta, GA More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1964–66 Ferrari 275 GTS, Aston-Martin DB5 Volante, 1968–73 Daytona Spyder Conversion SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 11021 T he 330 Coupe was unveiled in Geneva in March 1966, while the seductive Spyder appeared at the Paris Auto Salon six months later. Styled and built by Pininfarina, the 330 GTC and GTS were new models to the range, rather than replacements. The 330 GTS was a subtle blend of the 275 Spyder body with front end styling derived from the 400 Superamerica. The chassis was an extension of the 275 design, with the type 209 V12 engine originating in the 330 GT 2+2. Yet, whereas the 330 2+2 had an engine-mounted gearbox, the 330 coupe and Spyder followed the innovations of independent suspension and rear-mounted, 5-speed transaxle introduced on the 275 Berlinetta in 1964. But unlike the earlier 275 with its flexible open drive shaft, the 330 C and S had a torque tube driveshaft rigidly connecting the engine and transaxle. Fitted with a characteristic, shallow egg crate grille, the 330 GTS was the epitome of mid-'60s Italian supercar styling. Top speed was over 150 mph, with a 0–60 time of 6.9 seconds. As for driving, in July 1967, Car & Driver summed up the experience in a 330 GTC by saying “Depress clutch...Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my GOD!” Now, just bump that up a notch or two for the GTS. With its powerful V12, the Ferrari 330 GTC and 42 GTS earned the appellation of being one of the finest road-going Ferraris built up to that time. The full convertible GTS only adds to that impression. Only 99 330 convertibles were built from late 1966 through the fall of 1968, making this sale an opportunity to become the owner of a low-production open Ferrari. This 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, in Rosso Corsa, has been driven sparingly since joining the Ponder collection, and remains in well-maintained cosmetic and mechanical condition. It was treated to an extensive restoration some time ago, and as a result, the interior and engine bay are in impressive condition. The burled wood dash is lovely, the instrumentation is crisp, and the wood-rimmed steering wheel looks like new. The black and red leather upholstery, though not factory correct, is equally presentable and shows only limited wear. Under the hood, the Ferrari's V12 looks as though it was recently restored, as it is very nicely detailed. The 330 GTS has amassed 27,703 miles, which is believed to be accurate. It comes with a proper tool kit as well as the owner's manual. Each year, these models continue to appreciate in value and desirability, and their price has become relatively reasonable given the increases in many other Ferrari models. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Lot# 134, s/n 10375 Condition: 1Sold at $357,500 RM Phoenix, AZ 1/20/2006 SCM# 40670 1966 Ferrari 330 GTS Lot# 115, s/n 9227GT Condition: 2 Sold at $477,081 Sotheby's, Maranello, IT 6/28/2005 SCM# 38619 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS Lot# 270, s/n 7409 GT Condition: 2+ Sold at $253,000 RM, Monterey, CA 8/19/2005 SCM# 39214 Sports Car Market Photos: Primary photographer, Simon Clay; Secondary photographer Otis Clay

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SCM Analysis This convertible sold for $418,000 at RM's April 2007 auction at the Gene Ponder estate in Marshall, Texas. The price fell below that of comparable cars at some recent auctions and came at the low end of the estimate. On the other hand, close to a half-million isn't small change. But what makes these Spyders worth close to a half-million? If you must have a true convertible V12 Ferrari of the pre-2000 era, and $500,000 is your limit, your choices are limited. The PF Cab Series II, the 275 GTS, and the 330 GTS are the only ones you can afford. This is a total production of 500 cars, of which approximately 470 are extant. This is not a large number; Chevrolet built 14,436 Corvette Sting Ray convertibles in 1967. The 330 GTS was the most mechanically advanced of these three Ferraris, with sparkling performance, although visually it lacks the striking covered headlights of the earlier 275 GTB coupes. The 330 GTS has all the 275 Berlinetta chassis specs, clothed in a superbly built Pininfarina body with a/c and power windows. As Road & Track said in August 1968, “Though the 330 GTS is a luxurious car... it's a Ferrari sports car through and through.” A great everyday Ferrari These make a great “everyday” car, if your budget runs to such luxury. As Dyke Ridgley, ex-President of the Ferrari Club and Spyder owner for 40 years, said in an article in 2000, “these are really pleasant cars… they have one of the best folding tops ever made. It's the Ferrari we take if we just want a pleasant drive in the country.” Harry Mathews, another SCMer and a prominent collector, says the 330 GTS is his favorite older Ferrari, combining beautiful styling and a comfortable and roomy interior with a great-sounding V12. He frequently drives this car at vintage rallies all over the U.S. So there is another subtle factor favoring these cars—customer expectations. The success of a product depends not so much on the technicalities of the product but on the customer's expectations of it. As the owner of both a 275 Berlinetta and a 275 Spyder, I can attest that most drivers don't expect the carefully styled and luxuriously appointed Spyders to have such outstanding performance and handling. Spyders are not as intimidating as the racy Berlinettas, but boy, do they go. While not all owners have kept them for 40 years, there are a lot of 20-plus-year owners who keep a Spyder around simply for the top-down Sunday spin. There are few on the market, so the third aspect of rarity comes into play. Rarity is not only measured by 1) production or 2) survivability, but thirdly by availability. And the turnover is very limited for the 95 survivors. Three reasons for the result But why didn't this Spyder sell closer to the top of the estimates? Three reasons come to mind. 1. The very well done but not original red interior with black seat inserts. Ed Waterman, who has been selling Ferraris for 40 years, called it “borderline offensive.” It was too garish for some Ferrari fans, yet $8,000 to $10,000 would restore it to its original configuration. 2. Another problem was the lack of any details on the “some time ago restoration.” The RM catalog was very thorough, and the lack of information was noteworthy. 3. Finally, one key detail; when the car was advertised for sale in New Jersey in 2000, it had engine #9823, a proper 209-type from a 330 2+2. The prospect of a replacement engine invariably causes controversy and a price reduction, as was the case here. Since the FCA deducts only 1 out of 100 points at its concours for a non-original engine, some feel the penalty is small. But see “You Write” in SCM's November 2006 issue, p. 16, for Simon Kidston's letter on the Monaco Lusso, where he estimated the discount on that car at $128,000 for a non-original engine. (Incidentally, I confirmed the engine swap later but was not able to verify the engine number before the sale; despite several visits, the hood was never up, and after carefully opening it, I got only one photo before the guard informed me that I was not to touch the cars and if I persisted, I would be asked to leave. If you are a bidder, always get someone from the auction company to assist you in the inspection). So, if you don't mind that the engine is non-original, and if you have a great leather man handy, and if the restoration was done by a competent Ferrari mechanic, this car could be a great buy. Add to this equation the fact that Ponder was a sophisticated collector, and one could reasonably assume he kept this car in top fettle. All things considered, someone took a reasonable enough gamble on the three “ifs” noted above, especially given the way the current market is moving.u JOHN APEN is the editor of a collector car value guide, www.manheimgold.com. He owns an original 275 GTS, which won the Bob Rapp Preservation Award at the Ferrari Club of America's 1999 annual meeting. (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) August 2007 43

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Room for Four Mechanics, parts suppliers and restoration shops do not discriminate; Ferrari parts and labor do not relate to market value Part I: More seats, less money. The early 2+2s 1963 250 GTE I 1966 330 2+2 Series II n the late 1950s, Aston Martin and Maserati found a very lucrative market niche supplying GT cars to owners who wanted to bring the occasional extra friend or children along for the ride. While Ferrari had built four-seaters with bodies by Ghia, Touring, and Vignale, they were compromised coupes, and so Ferrari, ever eager to pay the racing bills, built an all-new car from the ground up as a 2+2. The 250 GTE was introduced in October 1960 at the Paris Salon, an evolution of the highly successful 250 series. The traditional frame was lengthened, the engine was moved forward, and the rear track was widened, giving usable rear cabin space. The defining 2+2 supercar of its era, a factory test car went from a dead stop to 100 mph and back to rest in 25 seconds, topping out at just under 140 mph, with 0–60 mph in just over seven seconds. Thanks to the stretched coachwork, the 250 GTE bodylines were more fluid and sporting than its shorter 250 PF coupe brother. Indeed, the 250 GTE 2+2 was the best looking Ferrari 2+2, with classical lines not matched until the modern 456 GT and 456 M. Nothing else in its era could match the 250 GTE 2+2 for space, grace, and pace, ushering in a new era of what was, for Ferrari, high-volume efficiency and mass-marketing. Between 1960 and 1963, just over 950 250 GTEs were built at a rate of around six per week, making the GTE a huge commercial success. The 250 GTE was followed by the 330 America, an interim model using the chassis and body of the Series III 250 GTE 2+2, fitted with the engine of the 330 GT 2+2, due to begin production in 1964. Only 50 were built, all in late 1963, and all over a period of about a month. 250 GTE: Problems, and on buying one Any 250 GTE is on the wrong side of 40 years old, and all have suffered the ravages of time. Because of a complex and expensive-to-rebuild front suspension, an engine with poor casting quality and no valve guide seals, an overdrive that is a mystery to most mechanics, and the reality that every component on the car is well past its rebuild-or-replace date, the 250 2+2 has always been at the bottom of the 250 food chain. Rust-proofing was perfunctory at best, and so the 250 GTE was the donor car of choice through the late 1980s, with hundreds parted out to become 250 replicas of one sort or another. Owners tend to put off service work that over time becomes a study in deferred maintenance. What should be a $5,000–$10,000 service once every few years is put off for years and becomes a $25,000-plus deferred maintenance bill. A project car is worth $75,000, yet the best on the planet would struggle to bring $145,000, making the search for the right car difficult, as the restoration needed to make a rough car into a show car is the same for a 250 GTE as it is for a 250 SWB. Very few owners have been dedicated (or foolish) enough to fully restore a 250 GTE, and so almost all have serious deferred maintenance issues, making the 250 GTE, and indeed all of the classic 2+2s, the poster children for a detailed pre-purchase inspection. 44 1965 330 2+2 Series I 330 2+2 four headlight: PF misses the boat The 330 2+2 was introduced in 1964 at January's an- nual Ferrari press conference. Replacing the well-styled and best-selling 250 GTE would be a difficult task, and being built alongside the svelte 275 GTB and attractive 500 Superfast did little to help explain the 330 2+2's bland styling. The twin-headlight nose was ugly and the rear body was simply formless. The new 4-liter engine gave a very healthy 300 hp at 6,600 rpm, enough to take the 330 GT from 0–60 mph in just 6.3 seconds, with a top speed of 150 mph. The 4-speed with overdrive from the 250 GTE was used until the spring of 1965, when it was replaced with a 5-speed gearbox. A total of 509 Series I 330 2+2s were built, with the last 119 all fitted with the new 5-speed box. 330 2+2 two headlight: A better package Launched in mid-1965, the Series II 330 GT featured a more attractive two-headlight design and a long list of updated features. The 5-speed was now standard, and a fiberglass floorpan eliminated much of the rust problem of the earlier cars. Power steering and air conditioning were also offered as extra cost options. Mid-way through production, Ferrari replaced the four-mount block with a new casting that had two engine mounts. Production continued until autumn 1967, by which time 460 examples had been completed. Total production for the 330 GT was 1,088. 330 GT 2+2: Problems, and on buying one The problem list on the 330 mirrors the 250 GTE—de- ferred maintenance and the reality that any major work is equal to half the value of the car. Pay $45,000 for a “driver” Series I project car, spend $150,000 to restore it, it's worth $85,000. Pay $45,000–$55,000 for a “driver” Series II car, spend $150,000 to restore it, it's worth $100,000, making the 330 2+2s the bad math cars. 365 GT 2+2: Pininfarina hits the mark Launched in October 1967 at the Paris Salon, the 365 Sports Car Market

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was well received and continued Ferrari marketing success with evolving 2+2 models. The 365 GT was clearly inspired by the GTC Speciale and Ferrari's 500 Superfast, resulting in a nicely cohesive but overly large design. The imposing rear overhang made the 365 GT 2+2 the longest car Ferrari had ever made, earning the nickname “Queen Mother.” The 365 GT featured a fully independent self-leveling rear suspension, air conditioning, electric door windows, electric vent windows, and power steering. The 365 delivered 320 hp, with a top speed of 152 mph and a 0–60 time of 7.3 seconds. Production ended in early 1971 with 801 365 2+2s built. 365 GT 2+2: Problems, and on buying one The potential deferred maintenance issues on the 365 GT 2+2 mirror the earlier 2+2 problems, although rust is not a serious problem on these later Pininfarina-built cars. Pay $60,000 for a “driver”; pay over $100,000 for the best. 365 GT4 2+2: Bland but fast Launched at the October 1972 Paris Salon, the 365 GT4 2+2 offered impressive performance and comfort for four adults but, as the predecessor to the 400 and 412, suffered from the same bland styling. While the GT4 sat on the longest wheelbase of any Ferrari, the overall length was still seven inches less than the “Queen Mother.” With 340 hp, the 4-cam GT4 was the world's fastest four-seater with a top speed of 155 mph and a 0–60 time of just 6.4 seconds. The GT4 2+2 was by far the most spacious 2+2 yet produced by Ferrari, giving an airy interior for front and rear passengers. When GT4 production ended in late 1976, 521 cars and three prototypes had been built. 400 GT and GTA: Going shiftless Launched in October 1976 at the Paris Salon, the 400 was an immediate success, despite doubts over the option of an automatic transmission. The 400 GT was little changed from the 365 GT4, with the major changes in the engine, now 4.8 liters, although power stayed at 340 hp. The 3-speed auto box worked well around town, although the lack of two extra gears hurt top end performance and top speed. Many questioned Ferrari offering an automatic transmission, but nearly two of every three 400s were automatics. Production ended in mid 1979, with 353 GTs and 770 automatics built. 400i: Injection is added Because of tighter emissions laws, Ferrari introduced a fuel-injected 400 in 1979 that could be modified to meet stricter rules. The 400i engine was noticeably smoother and more refined but at a loss of 30 hp. Power was down to 1970 365 GT 2+2 1973 365 GT4 2+2 310 hp and top speed below 150 mph. Production of the 400i ended in early 1985 after the debut of Ferrari's 412. However, the 400i was another commercial success for Ferrari, with 427 GTs and 886 automatics built over six years. 412: The best of the bland Launched in March 1985 at the Geneva Salon, the 412 enjoyed an engine size increase from 4.8 to 5 liters, and power was up by 25 to 340 hp. The 412 continued Ferrari tradition on building the planet's fastest 2+2, with a top speed of 155 mph and 0–60 under seven seconds. Production ended in 1989, after 303 GTs and 226 automatics were built. The 365 GT4, 400, and 412 Ferraris are all 18 to 34 years old and have been at the bottom of the Ferrari V12 2+2 food chain for decades. The electric buttons that open the hood, trunk, and gas door fail regularly. Given the car's low ride height, speed bumps can flatten the exhaust. If you notice an oil mist on your windshield, it means the front oil cooler is cracked and you will soon run out of oil, and the list goes on.... As for long term appreciation or building “sweat equity” by slowly restoring one, I can assure you that Ferrari mechanics, parts suppliers and restoration shops do not discriminate; all parts and labor are equally expensive, regardless of the market value of your Ferrari. Ask for a detailed pre-purchase inspection. Most will easily find $10,000-plus in deferred maintenance and/or recommended work, hard to justify with a 365 GT4 or 400 worth $20,000 to $35,000 and a 412 worth $35,000 to $45,000. The 365 GT4-400-412 are the cheapest V12 rides but also really bad-math cars, should you buy a bad one. I've owned and driven every model in this market summary and have to opine that my favorite is the 365 GT4 or 400 GT 5-speed, as these are seriously fast cars, with a great exhaust sound and amenities like power windows, power steering, and a/c that work adequately. In the mid-1970s I was able to make a high-speed run from Phoenix to Newport Beach in only five hours, running at a steady 125 across the desert in my 365 GT4, a feat that would certainly guarantee a trip to jail today. I'm glad I've lived at a time these cars could be used as Ferrari intended. All of the above were great cars when they left the factory, and if you find a properly restored one, they are still great cars and decent buys today. But be forewarned that buying a car with needs, or a project car, will create a situation that tries your patience, empties your bank account, and makes you regret you ever went down this path. Buy smart, spend more up front, be happy. u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and racer for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series and the Trans Am Series, as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lite, with three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona. 1978 400 GT August 2007 1980 400i 1986 412i 45

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English Profile 1935 MG NB Magnette Airline Coupe The estimate of $200,000–$250,000 was aggressive; the nearly $400,000 realized for this car is a high point for the marque by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1934–36 Number produced: 7 (N-type Airline Coupes) SCM Valuation: $37,000–$52,000 (NB Magnette roadsters and P-series airline coupes) Tune-up cost: $600 Distributor cap: $100 Chassis #: Brass tag on left firewall Engine #: Brass tag on left side of valve cover Club: The North American MMM Register, Lew Palmer, 16780 St. Mary's Drive, St. Mary's Point, MN 55043 USA More:www.nammmr.com Alternatives: 1935 Fiat 508 CS MM, 1935 Riley Imp SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: NA0848 A fter the introduction of the new P-type Midget early in 1934, the N-type 6-cylinder Magnette appeared, replacing the L-types and the Ktypes. Originally, these models were fitted with a 56 hp, 1,271-cc engine in a beefed-up chassis. The new 6-cylinder N-type was capable of a top speed of just over 80 mph, making it slightly faster than the smaller P-type, which could manage 75 mph. The N-type, in addition to having a softer ride and being easier to drive than its predecessors, also had more spacious and comfortable passenger accommodations. It was offered as an open two- and four-seater model, as well as a graceful two-door hard top known as the Airline coupe. Only 745 N-types were built between 1934 and 1936, and of these, a very small number were fitted with Airline coupe bodywork. In 1934, a 6-cylinder N-type won the TT at the Ards circuit in Northern Ireland and competed in team trials starting in 1937. In 1935, the MG N-series was upgraded and became the NB; the chassis remained unaltered, but modifications were made to the coachwork. With a slatted stone guard fitted to the radiator shell and a lowered scuttle height, the appearance was vastly improved; the front end lent itself more to two-toning and the driver was provided with a better view of the road ahead. The twodoor design featured an elegantly curved roof merging into a streamlined rear panel, in which the spare wheel was partially countersunk. The doors carried sliding windows, and each Airline coupe featured a sunshine roof. This actually consisted of three separate trapezoidal-like celluloid panels. 46 MG historian and author Mike Allison (The Magic of MG, Dalton Watson Ltd., 1972), stated, “The Ns were probably the best of the OHC MGs, having adequate performance in standard form and yet being capable of taking much more without upsetting its good manners.” H.W. Allingham of London was responsible for the design and marketing of the MG Airline coupes. Rather than set up a coachwork facility, he designed car bodies such as the MG P and N-series Airline coupes, and in the case of the N-series, sub-contracted Carbodies to actually construct them. Carbodies had been founded in 1919 when former Charlesworth employee Robert Jones bought out Gooderham & Co. MG was one of their best customers and supplied Carbodies with the majority of their business from 1925 to 1930. The stunning MG Airline Coupe we have the pleasure of offering here is regarded to be the only known 6-cylinder N-type Airline Coupe in existence and ever built. Prior to the restoration, the MG remained in highly original and complete condition, offering the perfect canvas to execute a proper and correct body-off rebuild. Without question, this is one of the rarest and most desirable MGs in existence. SCM Analysis This car sold for $398,750 at the RM Auctions Ponder Collection sale, April 20, 2007. MG's reputation in America was built on the post-war T-type “Midget,” the MG TC. They proved 1936 MG PB Airline Lot# 450, s/n PB0320 Condition: 1Sold at $40,950 The Auction, Las Vegas, NV, 3/21/1998 SCM# 16140 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 MM Lot# 410, s/n 815025 Condition: 2 Sold at $426,600 Kruse, Seaside, CA, 8/17/2006 SCM# 42819 1935 MG R-type Supercharged Lot# 45, s/n 0255 Condition: 1Sold at $243,165 H&H, Cheltenham, UK, 2/21/2006 SCM# 41319 Sports Car Market Photos: Primary photographer, Simon Clay; Secondary photographer Otis Clay

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12-inch cable brakes might not be up to the challenge of stopping the car in a decent distance. The majority of these Airline coupes were the smaller 4-cylinder model, so the 6-cylinder car is naturally much rarer (although not the “only known... in existence”) and certainly commands a terrific premium. Estimate was aggressive, result remarkable Thought to be the only Airline built on the NB chas- sis and the subject of a very high level restoration, the estimate of $200,000 to $250,000 was aggressive nonetheless. The nearly $400,000 realized for this car has to be regarded as extraordinary. The $298,643 for the 1934 NE Magnette ex-Works Ulster racer at Christie's Silverstone, U.K., sale in July 1986 was the previous high for the marque at auction in the SCM Gold database. Gene Ponder, the seller of the car, is a well-known to be the perfect antidote to the large, heavy and clumsy American cars on offer to the driving public, and were adept at a dual-function role as road cars and inexpensive racers. The TC was also Spartan and uncomfortable as a long-distance tourer, but few of the enthusiasts who drove them would have been aware of the upmarket models MG produced prior to WWII. The 6-cylinder N-type was one of those cars and was, along with the preceding K-type, a key part of MG's competition success in the 1930s. Designed to be a miniature grand touring car, the N-type was capable of cruising at 60 mph over long distances. There was a great interest on both sides of the Atlantic in the '20s and '30s in “aerodynamic” car design, and the first efforts of applying aerodynamic theory to automotive design were seen in many marques. The “Airline” coupe was more than a single body style; rather, it was a type of streamlined fastback coupe. Attractive but hot and claustrophobic Several British coachbuilders created “Airline” bodies, which were fitted to Alvis, Bentley, SS, Vauxhall, and Talbot chassis, and even to a Lancia Lambda. The most numerous and best known of the Airline coupes were those built on MG platforms. An estimated 51 were built as PA-, PB-, NA-, NB- and TA-type cars. While undoubtedly attractive, they were also hot and somewhat claustrophobic, and when the Tickford three-position drop head coupe body was introduced, the Airline was dropped. The MG Airline bodies were made of a mixture of steel and aluminum, which varied from car to car. The small cabin was made more habitable by the cathedral-windowed sunroof, which let some light in. A nod to upmarket luxury was the walnut dashboard and nicely shaped “pneumatic” leather seats. With a four-spoke Bluemels Brooklands steering wheel fitted, the Bentley manqué look is complete. A Wolseley-designed 4-speed crash box puts the power from the 6-cylinder engine to the rear wheels, and the streamlined body—said to have been styled with input from wind tunnel research—allows the maximum speed of over 80 mph, a good figure for the period with the available power. One might hesitate to use that top speed, as the August 2007 47 MG enthusiast who has owned several other Airline coupes. Seventeen MGs were offered from his collection at the sale, and this was acknowledged as the crown jewel. Ponder's cars are all prepared to a meticulous standard. However, he also doesn't mind commissioning “recreations” of rare cars to fill out his collection, and several of the rare MGs sold were replicas. There is no doubt that the Airline was the genuine article, as it is listed in the MG Airline Coupe Registry, pictured in its pre-restoration dark green over green livery. For beauty, condition and rarity, it's hard to challenge this NB Magnette Airline coupe. It stands as the new market high point for the marque, and as such may be quite unrepeatable for some time.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)

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English Patient Gary Anderson REALLY Basic British Fords The Ford Popular was happy only on the crown of the road, and steering one was likened to stirring jam with a rubber spoon made until 1962. All the hot rod builders wanted was the lightweight body, anyway; the 1,172-cc flathead 4cylinder engine, beam axles, transverse leaf suspension and mechanical brakes made the stock vehicle a liability on American roads. The Popular was finally dispatched in England by the revolutionary Mini, which debuted in 1959, even though it cost £399 ($1,000)—almost twice the venerable Popular's £215 ($537) selling price. Editor Duchene recalls owning a 1948 Anglia back in 1980 with a 327 Corvette engine, 6-pack carburetor setup, tilt nose, with the not-so-subtle name “Old English” on the door in Gothic script. Unaccountably, this former C-Gas dragster was street-registered in Idaho, with green Perspex windows (which rendered all traffic lights white) and rear brakes only. At least the previous owner removed the Hilborn fuel injection, though it was still capable of an 11-second quarter mile at 121 mph. He eventually sold it before it killed somebody, most likely himself. Many come from Canada There's still a huge English cult group hopping up 1953 Anglia, sitting up and begging sidered icons, since they have been used in so many satirical forms as symbols of the great British middle class. Slightly modify a Ford Popular and its anonymity made it the perfect vehicle to T transport Dr. Who. Cast a magic spell on a Ford “notchback” Anglia in “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” and it was perfectly suited to the head of the Weasley family, a mid-level clerk in the Ministry of Magic. A Ford Popular was also the proper transportation for the Monty Python series to spoof epic journey documentaries. In their original incarnations, these cars were the transportation of choice of the growing British middle class after World War II. Their owners had the income necessary to afford a basic automobile, which placed them out of the laboring class, but they would never even dream of owning one of the sport or luxury cars that made the British auto industry known throughout the world. Not intended for export With their common-as-dirt characteristics, the Prefect, Anglia, and Popular were never intended for export, so we've seen very few on our shores until recently. Their tall grille, flanked by headlamps perched on the tops of the separate fenders, is often called the “sit-up-and-beg” style of automobile design, and was outdated in America only a year or two after their introduction in England in 1938. The few that did appear in the United States, usually post-war Anglias and Prefects, were sought by hot rod builders since they were dirt cheap but still had the upright grilles that brought to mind pre-war American cars. The NHRA cutoff of 1948 made these Anglia and Popular two-doors naturals for stylish dragsters, although they were 48 he British must truly love their Fords, since the models produced after the end of World War II appear so frequently in popular media. One definition of “icon” is a symbol conveying deep and complex cultural meaning. By that measure, the Ford Prefect, Popular, and Anglia must be con- these “Dagenham Dustbins” as the British equivalent of American hot rods. Now, a few more stock cars are starting to trickle into North America, and they are showing up occasionally at U.S. British car field meets. Many of these may have come from Canada, where they were originally owned by sentimental English ex-pats who had brought them in when they emigrated or were assigned to government posts in Canada. Go to a British car meet in Victoria, British Columbia, for example, and you'll see 20 to 30 English Fords on the field. Victoria, “where old people go to visit their parents,” as the Canadians say, is the perfect museum for these time machines. Ford of England was founded in 1911 as part of the young Ford Motor Company's efforts to expand its technology and product reach overseas. Established as an independent company with its own manufacturing plants—first in Manchester and later in Dagenham— Ford of England did draw on the U.S. for technology, but was free to adapt and even design its own products to suit its own market, as it first did with the AF in the mid-1930s, a smaller variant of the 1933 and 1934 U.S. Ford. Until the British auto industry fell on hard times in the 1960s, Ford of England was one of the major players in the home market, with sales exceeded only by Austin and Morris. The first Ford Prefect—the E93A—was designed in 1938, right on the eve of the war with Germany. A fourdoor sedan, it was soon joined by a two-door version, dubbed the Anglia E03A, but the Dagenham plant was already being converted to aircraft production, so the tooling was shelved until 1946. In 1948, the Prefect styling was updated somewhat, with the headlamps moved into the fenders as the four- Sports Car Market

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door E493A, while the two-door Anglia E49A maintained its pre-war look. Ford in the U.S. dropped the separate-fender body style in 1949, and by 1953, Ford of England followed suit, with a squared-off “three-box” design for the Anglia and Prefect 100Es, still using the model names to designate the twodoor and four-door bodies. Cheapest car in the world However, there was still a huge demand for basic auto- mobiles in Britain, and that's what they got. Touting it as the cheapest car in the world, Ford was able to produce a stripped-down “sit-up-and-beg” Anglia as the Ford Popular all the way into 1962. The desperate motorist who bought one, even in the final year, bought a tin box with no instruments other than a speedometer and gas gauge, one vacuum wiper, no heater, and six-volt electrics. The car was happy only on the crown of the road and steering one was likened to stirring jam with a rubber spoon. The brakes remained mechanical to the end. Happily, the Anglia was updated for 1959, incorporating a reverse angle in the C-pillar and diminutive tail fins. At the same time, it finally got an excellent, oversquare 997-cc, overhead-valve engine to replace the prewar side-valve unit. In 1962, the new Cortina finally put an end to production of the 100E Prefect. Estimates of the value of these cars is difficult, since few of them have shown up at auction, except to say they're cheap. The vertical grilled versions produced right after WWII might have more cachet. Throughout pre-1953 Anglia production, there were a handful of rust-prone convertibles and even an Australian “ute” pickup version. If you enjoy thumbing your nose at the MG/Triumph/Healey crowd and think even 1953 Prefect the Nash Metro is a little common, you can find a good restored Anglia or Popular in England that will be exempt from U.S. import and smog restrictions and cost well under $10,000, including shipping. Of course, then you'd have to drive it.... GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC2 (www. mc2magazine.com), the magazine for Mini owners, and a three-time participant in the Monterey Historic Races. August 2007 49

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1987 Chevrolet G20 “A-Team” Custom Van The list of collectible cars you could buy for $18k could go 200 cars deep and still not include a van pimped with 1980s “A-Team” logos by Steve Serio Details Years produced: 1964–1996 Number produced: 118,085 G10/20/30 in 1987 Original list price: $11,609 to $12,833 SCM Valuation: $999.99 Tune-up cost: $481 Distributor cap: $28 Chassis #: Plate on driver's side dash Engine #: Left side front of engine by cylinder head Club: www.gmtruckclub.com More: www.ateamshrine.com Alternatives: 1987 Ford E-150 Econoline, 1987 Dodge Ram Wagon, 1986 GMC Vandura SCM Investment Grade: F Comps Chassis number: 1GCE625K8J7115753 F ormerly part of the Barris Star Car Collection in Hollywood, California, this Chevrolet G20 van is believed to have been supplied unregistered directly to Universal Studios during the last year of production of “The A-Team” television show. An all-action adventure series first screened during the 1980s, the “A-Team” starred George Peppard as Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith and Mr. T as Sergeant Bosco “B.A.” Baracus, and was a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic. This van was designed and built by George Barris, well-known builder of custom cars, whose credits include “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Munsters,” “Batman,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” and “Knight Rider” on television, plus movies “Ghostbusters,” “The Love Bug,” and “Jurassic Park.” George Barris was born in Chicago, then moved with his older brother Sam to Roseville, California, where the pair built their first “Barris Brothers” custom car, a 1925 Buick. In the 1950s, George Barris formed Kustoms of Los Angeles, which later became Kustoms of America. The movie studios had taken note of George's “kus- toms” and came to him for film cars, one of the first requests being for “High School Confidential” (1958). The vendor advises us that this van has been fully rebuilt mechanically and incorporates a new, “crate fresh” 350-ci (5.7-liter) engine. Its rust-free California body boasts show-quality paintwork featuring eye-catching “A-Team” logos on the sides and rear. George Barris badges of authenticity adorn both front wings, while the 50 dashboard is signed by Barris and carries a “Star Car” logo. The correct interior features four captain's chairs. A secondary deep-cell battery powers the sound system's 350-watt Kenwood amplifier in the rear and dash-mounted CD player. A bass bin is fitted beneath the rear seats to really “blow the doors off,'' while rebuilt air conditioning helps keep the occupants cool. Original Barris-built vehicles are extremely rare and in demand by collectors. Restored over the past five years, this “A-Team” van represents a rare opportunity for a U.K. collector to acquire an original George Barris Kustom vehicle without the headache of importing and registering it in this country. It is offered with current MoT, road fund license, and Swansea V5. SCM Analysis This van sold for $18,032 at the Bonhams Stoneleigh Park auc- tion in England on March 24, 2007. Eighteen thousand and thirty-two dollars. Say that out loud a few times and imagine an altruistic Andrew Carnegie-esque stranger just handed that amount to you. Here's $18,032, free, no charge, no I.O.U., no strings attached, plopped into your hands....one itsy bitsy stipulation; you have to spend it. You have to spend it on something that gives you pleasure—anything—maybe even a cool old car. Can't save it for Biff & Mandy's college fund, can't put a French drain around your house and can't 1980 Chevrolet G10 “John Wayne” Van Lot # 407 Condition: 3+ Sold at $14,416 Kruse, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/2003 SCM# 29924 Sports Car Market 1921 Dodge Truck “Beverly Hillbillies” Lot #806, s/n N/A Condition: 4+ Sold at $55,200 Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA, 5/16/2005 SCM# 38114 1969 Dodge Charger “Dukes of Hazzard” Lot # 805, s/n XP29N0G131814 Condition: 3 Sold at $57,500 Bonhams & Butterfields, Los Angeles, CA, 5/16/2005 SCM# 38113 Bonhams

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put it into a 401K. You simply must blow this windfall. Now dial up three of your closest car/golf/beer buddies and put a top 10,000 list together of what you would do with 18 large. Heck, call your wife into the room and let her participate as well. Get creative. $20,000 isn't much anymore Now allow me to change gears for a minute before I revisit the $18,032 lottery ticket winner. Anyone who hasn't been living on an uncharted Pacific atoll with that lone Japanese WWII hold-out, waiting like Gilligan to be rescued, knows that twenty grand isn't a large sum in our hobby anymore. It won't get you to any “A” list of collector cars and it will limit your access to the world of Ferrari, Aston, Porsche, Corvette, or even Amphicar, Hudson, and Alvis. But hold on a moment; apply the mental brakes until the ABS stops this cerebral skid. $18,032 will get you into several choices if you know where to set the bar. More importantly, that sum of money still represents a substantial amount of bling to 95% of our population. Some people outside the classic market could live for six months on that windfall. Back to the kitchen table with our scratch ticket he- roes. Along with super vacations, a game room, a great auto library, a cigar and wine collection, they've come up with useful and fun cars to buy. And these cars could be numero uno condition for that much. You could own a BMW 2002tii, Triumph TR6, Alfa Romeo GTV, Lancia Fulvia, Maserati Merak, Beck Spyder, Porsche 911 Carrera, Morris Minor Traveller, Fiat Abarth 595 replica or perhaps a Buick Riviera. This list could go 200 cars deep and still not include a van pimped with 1980s “A-Team” logos. This proves there's a butt for every seat Lot 321 from Bonhams at Stoneleigh truly proves there is a butt for every seat. It also shows that there is too much disposable income in the world. Ten years ago, five years ago, last year, this thing would have been nowhere near a legitimate auction. And what is this van worth on any corner lot without the “alleged history?” Two grand, tops? Our hobby is experiencing another worldwide boom, and this sale suggests that anything can be sold if presented in an auction catalog. This tells me the Dark Side is getting involved, and thoughtful buyers are about to be run over by the stampede of newbie investment types who have watched one too many episodes of Barrett-Jackson on Speed, where attentionstarved bidders buy some airtime for themselves, and get a car thrown in as well. Given the classic wording about the van's provenance in the catalog of “believed to have been supplied,” I can hardly wait for the “believed to be” “Desperate Housewives” Aston DB9, the “could be” “Partridge Family” school bus, the “stink-laden BMW someone said was used on” “Seinfeld,” or “the thought to have been near the set” of “Miami Vice” fakeydoo Ferrari Daytona Spyder (Oh wait, they blew that up on air). George Barris has contributed some very cool rides to our TV and car culture. Many of his creations should be revered as iconic customs, but I think this rig was done by his apprentice, Jeorge Barriz, and someone forgot to read the fine print. Oh wait, that fine print said “believed to have been supplied….” And there ya have it.u STEVE SERIO is president of Aston Martin of New England, which has never sold a Barris kustom car or a Chevrolet G20 van. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1954 Moretti 750 GS, s/n 1294S. Restored by Butch Bucciarelli with vintage racing in mind with Carrillo rods, Moldex crank and improved oiling. Comes with head lights and original glass windshield. Easily adapted for tours and other events. $150,000. 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter, s/n 0157/EL. Elegant, beautifully restored Vignale coupe. Recorded by Ferrari as first “plus 2” seater completed. Aluminum body. Sorted and comfortable. Recent work includes brakes, suspension and radiator. $495,000. 1967 Corvette 427/435 Roadster. Beautiful, fresh frameup restoration. Gold Spinner winner. Matching numbers with original equipment J56 brakes, F41 suspension, M21 suspension, 4.11 posi rear end and hardtop. Complete documentation from new and restoration photographs. $275,000/OFFERS. August 2007 1973 De Tomaso Pantera Group 4, s/n THPNMR02846. Run by Leuzinger and van der Werff at Sebring 12 Hours in 1977 and 1978. Currently set-up for both track days and street use. California title. $175,000. 51

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German Profile 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen Replica It is a “Franklin Mint” modern collectible of no intrinsic historical value that stands as homage to the historic and unobtainable real thing by Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1980–2003 Number produced: 211 (93 Bentley-marketed, 118 Daimler-marketed) Original list price: $50,000, Daimler examples $70,000 SCM Valuation: $50,000–$70,000 Tune-up cost: Cost of a single spark plug Chassis #: Bentley-marketed cars, cross member behind seat bottom; Daimlermarketed cars, plate on lower center seat front Engine #: Cylinder base on engine Club: Mercedes Benz Club of America, 1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO, 80909 More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: Series Shelby Continuation Roadsters (aluminum only), Proteus or Lynx D-type Jaguar, Cunningham C-4R Continuation Roadster SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1886 Benz ¾ hp Replica Lot# 163, s/n NA Condition: 1Sold at $51,239 Chassis number: 074 W hen Karl Benz applied for a patent on January 29, 1886, for his “vehicle with gas engine operation,” little did he realize that his invention would change the world. Patent DRP 37435 is regarded as the birth certificate of the automobile. The Benz Patent Motor Car, test drives of which were already carried out in autumn 1885, was the world's first Automobile. The first internal combustion engine automobile that performed with any degree of success is generally attributed to German engineer Karl Benz and was a spindly three-wheeler powered by a massive, horizontally-mounted, single-cylinder engine. Displacing 954 cc, it produced a modest .75 hp at a lazy 400 rpm. Although it retained certain features of the horse-drawn carriage, most notably its small front wheel and larger rear wheels, the first Benz was constructed on a lightweight tubular steel frame and used wire spoke wheels rather than a heavy wooden frame and artillery spoke wheels. Steering was by means of a simple rack and pinion, connected to a tiller at the driver's end. In an era when horse-drawn transport predominated and even the humble bicycle was a novelty, the impact of the Benz Patent 52 Motorwagen's first appearance on the streets of Mannheim on July 3, 1886, can only be imagined. It was not until 20 years later that Benz real- ized the true significance of his first automobile. Retrieved from its resting place at the Mannheim works, the original Number 1 Patent Motor car was restored in 1906 and donated to the Deutsches Museum in Munich. This faithful replica of the 1886 Benz is one of 90 or so manufactured by Mercedes-Benz in Germany in 2002/2003 and distributed by the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. Ordered by the vendor, its sole owner from new, the vehicle comes with all the correspondence between Mercedes-Benz USA and the owner concerning its commission and purchase. Also included in the sale is its promotional literature and specifications, and the replica comes with its original wooden shipping crate and custom-built trailer. SCM Analysis This vehicle sold for $49,725 at the Bonhams & Butterfields Brookline sale on April 21, 2007. In the interests of disclosure, I did not attend this sale, so I didn't have the opportunity to inspect this lot myself. However, 1886 Benz ¾ hp Replica Lot# 108, s/n NA Condition: 1Sold at $46,200 RM, New York, NY, 9/21/2002 SCM# 29142 Christie's, London, UK, 6/26/2006 SCM# 42143 1886 Benz ¾ hp Replica Lot# 2, s/n NA Condition: 1 Sold at $55,000 Gooding, West Palm Beach, FL, 1/22/2006 SCM# 40501 Sports Car Market

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years ago, the then Collier Automotive Museum owned one of these nice replicas and we would occasionally run it, on the obligatory white gas, for our visitors. There are a significant number of these replicas, and they have sold for approximately $50,000 year-in and year-out. Indeed, as their manufacturer, England's John Bentley, always had an inventory of available cars, the secondary or resale market tracked the new-from-JohnBentley price exactly. Some years ago, John said he was thoroughly enjoying the irony that Daimler, after years of making life hard for him selling his “unauthorized,” violative-of- Daimler's-Benztrademark, stahlrad (“steel wheel”) replicas, had come to him for a run of identical replicas to be offered through their dealer franchisees and the Classic Center. This production John cheerfully undertook, operating under the motto, I infer, that happiness is cashing big checks. Marginally functional So what are these things and why would anyone spend $50,000–$60,000 to get one? First and foremost, I think we can dispense with the idea that anyone ever bought one of these beautiful and very expensive reproductions for use. Indeed, as a replica of “Patent Wagen No. 1,” and as close inspection of the replica objects themselves will show, No. 1 was marginally functional and took considerable refining before the Benz automobile was commercially viable, even in those days of relaxed attitudes toward automotive function. As each of the replica Benzes is accurately fashioned after the original, there is no opportunity for consumer feedback to improve the breed, even over the decades these things have been on the market. Their primitiveness makes them unlicenseable for road use, and interestingly, Daimler sells them as 1:1-scale working models, rather than as automobiles, which supposedly allows them to avoid the pitfalls of product liability. Consequently, every Benz replica I've ever seen has been virtually unused and indistinguishable from new; hence the resale market price and the new market price are effectively one and the same. Collectors of automobiles can be divided into two groups: those who collect primarily in order to use their acquisitions—the experiential group—and those who collect a set, or create order by illustrating a theme, or sheer possessiveness. Call them the contemplative group. Now this latter group is strongly attracted by the ability to achieve “completeness.” As kids they probably loved filling in all the slots in the coin collecting folders. What's not to like about No. 1? I know this well, as much of my collecting is about ordering and relating one car to another for thematic or other “curatorial” motives. Consequently, what's not to like about the “first” prototype car in commercial history? August 2007 Fifty grand gets you an exquisitely crafted, hand-built, limited-production copy to serve as a prelude to whatever collection of old cars you want. Essentially, the feature car is a “Franklin Mint” modern collectible of no intrinsic historical value that stands as homage to the historic and unobtainable real thing—the car that started the world's automotive industry. So, you ask, will these cars ever become true collectibles in their own right? I would have to say, no. There are just too many such replicas, given the number of Daimler-Benz nuts (they've got the luxo sedan, they've got the sunglasses, they've got the silver windbreaker, now they can have the authorized instant collectible stahlrad wagen), or in my case, obsessivecompulsive time-series driven collectors who are happy to have a modern, museum-quality exhibit to make a pedagogical point in their collections. And indeed, there is no practical limit to the number of these reproductions that could be produced in the future, being dependent solely on the intentions of Daimler's Classic Center. Since the John Bentley first series and the Daimler-authorized second series are absolutely identical, the Daimler imprimatur adds nothing to the car's value. Karl Benz In ten years worth the same At the end of the day, the new owner bought one of any number of available reproduction cars, 99% of which can be found in brand new un-run condition, for a market correct $50,000. Ten years from now, corrected for inflation, I'd expect him to be able to sell the same car for the same $50,000. Unless a stahlrad wagen replica owner's club forms and puts on a wine and cheese tour in Bordeaux that would make these cars the flavor of the month, they will always sell for the cost of production. And compared to most “instant” collectibles, that's a smokin' deal.u MILES COLLIER is a practicing artist, as well as a lifelong car collector and longtime SCMer. He also hosts the Collier Symposium at his private automotive museum in Naples, Florida. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields.) Seat Time Nathanael Lander, Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, Irvine, CA: I worked on many of these during my internship at the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Fellbach, Germany. Having covered more miles on a Benz Patent Motorwagen than just about anyone on this side of the Atlantic, I can truly attest to the wonderful qualities of this vehicle. The simple design is amazing to witness in action, and everyone who sees it or rides on it is shocked at how well it functions. The quality is remarkable, with very few breakdowns over the years. What it lacks in horsepower (.75 hp), it makes up for in pure enjoyment. 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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Hands-on Happiness There are three basic ways to invest in an older Porsche, each with pluses and minuses Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager Part III: Defining the Collectible Porsche to inexpensive capital. The great run-up and crash of the 1980s was driven by the Japanese and the spending power of a highly appreciated yen. The run-up today is fueled in part by the euro, also a temporarily strong currency. It is also fueled by exceptionally low borrowing costs in the U.S. and a strong U.S. economy. As these change, so will market pressure. It is possible to predict what will happen when the market adjusts. First, those cars with the highest run-ups will see the fastest declines as the market “rethinks” values. Next, many cars will not sell, as sellers refuse to recognize the dramatic fall in prices. This can be noted at auctions as fewer cars get sold, or by watching classified ads and seeing the same cars for sale month after month. Finally, it will be speculators who get hurt the most, those with the idea of flipping cars at ever-greater prices. If you keep an eye on the inventory of exotic car dealers, you'll get a good sense of how the market is going, or not going. What lies ahead for the 959? I n the June issue, I examined some individual Porsche models and outlined what factors set them apart as either collectible or rather ordinary. Last month, I discussed those factors in-depth, with respect to rarity, firsts and lasts, and race history. In this, the final installment of this series, we deal with three additional determinants of value that come into play if your car is collectible. They are the condition of the car, the general market trends, and how you plan to market the car. Condition and history We all know the difference a flawless paint job can make, or the value of a clean and tidy engine compartment. But the issues that matter vary between race and street cars. In general, race cars stand on their accomplishments. Physical condition, while not unimportant, is of less concern. Street cars are all about condition. History, while nice to have, is of less importance. General market trends Right now, we are in the middle of a giant upward movement in vintage car prices where everyone simply says there is no end, that these prices will never go down. Most failed predictions have one consistent underlying error: They assume things as they are today will never vary. We've had a long run-up in vintage car prices, and it is my guess that we will not continue this level of price increase until every Carrera RS Touring is worth a million dollars. Every 900-square-foot bungalow in Oakland, California, may be worth $1 million, but housing is subject to a far greater demand than classic cars. So when will the crash come? I don't know. All booms are fueled in part by access 54 How to buy or sell The method you choose to reach the market will have an effect on how much you pay or receive. It's a simple idea: Generally, the more work you put in, the better deal you will find. When selling, one exception to this rule is that a dealer or top line collector car auction can sometimes do better than a private party selling the car themselves. This is because these venues may have access to price-insensitive customers who often will not spend time slogging through private-party classifieds. Internet auction sites like eBay are best seen as a communication tool for putting together dealers and/or private buyers. So eBay is not actually a different chain, but rather a way for buyers and sellers to communicate. How to pick a winner? Patterns of the past frame the future. There are three basic ways to invest in an older Porsche, each with pluses and minuses. Easiest is to buy a certified collectible, such as a 904, Carrera RS, or 356 Carrera Speedster. The downside is that it will require a large investment and there is no guarantee that the price will jump during your ownership. The upside is that you will own a car in high demand and there will Figure 1: Numbers-matching engine Correct external color Correct interior color Gaps on movable body panels Paint and interior cosmetics Rust-free chassis Accident-free chassis Documented history Importance of Condition and History Race Car No No No No No Yes No Yes Street Car Yes Maybe Maybe Yes Yes Yes Yes Maybe Sports Car Market

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always be buyers for it, even in a down market, though perhaps not at the price you might wish for. The second basic pattern is to buy a car with strong values and not worry about having a true collectible, such as a 1970 911T coupe. The positives here are a modest investment and a wide selection of cars from which to choose. The downside is that the chance for big appreciation is limited. But you will have a car to drive and enjoy and won't have to mortgage the house to afford it. One secret in the Porsche world is that good 911s or 356s are fun cars to drive, and if this matters to you, you don't need to pay the price of a collectible to have fun. The third pattern is to attempt to buy a car that is not collectible now but has the possibility of becoming collectible during your ownership. An example would be the 959, a car built in limited quantities with big performance and some race history. Compare prices today to a Carrera GT, and you can see the 959 looks cheap. However, from personal experience, I can tell you that the vast majority of people I know with collectible Porsches didn't buy them with this reason in mind. They bought them simply because they liked the car. There is much evidence of this. For example, how many people do you know who have a collectible Porsche or two, but have also sold cars that later became collectible? If they knew the patterns, they would have kept all the collectible cars, only to cash in after they became worth top dollar. Personally, I have owned and sold three 356 Speedsters over the last few decades and I wish I still had them all. So how do Figure 2: How to Reach the Market Buying or Selling Private Party Collector Car Auction Lowest Price Time Required Yes Most Hassle Potential Most Luck Required Knowledge Required Most Most Maybe Little Little Some Some Exotic Car Dealer No Least Least Least Least people end up with a Porsche that becomes elevated into collectible status? When I ask people that question, they usually say they simply liked the car. When I bought our Carrera RS many years ago, for example, it wasn't collectible. I simply liked it and thought it would be fun to own. I probably paid more than it was worth at the time. I made no assumptions that the value would rise to collectible levels; it just wasn't a consideration. So my advice is to buy something you like. If you select it carefully and it also happens to become collectible, so much the better. But in the meantime, you've owned a car you enjoyed and in many cases, that is its own reward.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. An earlier version of this article appeared in Porsche Panorama. August 2007 55

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American Profile 1956 Arnolt-Bristol Coupe The greatest attraction of the car is that it is ideal for vintage tours and rallies, offering protection from the elements and reasonable luggage space by Raymond Milo Details Years produced: 1954–57 Number produced: 142, but only 3 to 6 coupes Original list price: $4,300 for roadsters, but I remember a green coupe sitting in Arnolt's show room near downtown Chicago with sticker price of $6,500. That was a staggering amount at that time, and looking back, I think Wacky did not really try to sell it; it made other stuff cheap by comparison and was an effective selling tool. Tune-up cost: Most of the shops estimate your net worth, and bill accordingly. Distributor cap: Three years ago I paid $250 for one. Chassis #: Right front near the suspension Engine #: Several places on the right side of engine Alternatives: 1953–55 Fiat 8V Berlinetta, 1951–58 Lancia B20, 1954–60 AC Aceca Bristol SCM Investment Guide: A Chassis number: 404X3120 I n 1955, Road & Track described the Arnolt-Bristol as “American designed, British powered and Italian styled.” Offered as a coupe or roadster, it combined the talents of designer Arnolt from Chicago, the car division of Bristol Aircraft in England, and the bodybuilding talents of Bertone in Italy. The coupe, like the roadster, was powered by a 130- hp, overhead-valve, inline 6-cylinder engine, fitted with three Solex carburetors. The Arnolt- Bristol was capable of a 0–60 time in the nine second-range, a standing start quarter mile of 17.2 seconds at 82 mph, and an estimated top speed of 125 mph. The Arnolt-Bristol coupe was not the result of sim- ply grafting a hard top onto the roadster. Although they shared similar, distinctive front-end styling, the front fenders of the coupe were creased, almost fully exposing the front wheels. The dramatically sloping hard top featured a wide C-pillar and large rear window, while a trunk lid allowed full access to the rear storage area. Most people find the unique styling of the coupe more striking, which was a good thing, considering it sold for $5,995 in 1955, compared to $3,995 for the roadster. The Arnolt-Bristol coupe was the rarest model, and this example is known worldwide as the best of them all. Automotive writer L.J.K. Setright insisted only two were built, but others are adamant there were three and maybe even five. With a completely known provenance and history, this scalloped fender coupe is also known and accepted as the only original-bodied example to feature this unique fender treatment. It was purchased new by Academy Award-winning actor Lee Marvin from the Arnolt stand at the Paris Salon. Records indicate the car was originally finished in green and red, but today it is resplendent in red with 56 saddle leather interior. All the Smiths instruments remain in working order and the Arnolt aftermarket wood wheel has been refinished. The car features chrome plated Borrani knockoff wheels, including a spare, and these are believed to be one of only three to five sets still in existence. With minimal wear since its restoration, this Arnolt-Bristol coupe is a prime candidate for show or vintage racing. With unquestioned provenance, outstanding and distinct features, and worldwide acceptance of its importance, there is no better example than the ex-Lee Marvin coupe. SCM Analysis This car sold for $451,000 at the RM Ponder Collection auction in Marshall, Texas, April 20–21, 2007. The description of this model in the auction catalog is reasonably accurate. The Arnolt-Bristol was produced in three models: Bolide (strippeddown roadster), deluxe (soft top, side curtains and bumpers) and coupe. I believe that five or six coupes were made; I have personally seen more than the three claimed by everybody else. Regardless of what the exact number is, the coupe in Ponder's collection is unique. It is the only coupe with pontoon fenders. It was the seminal work of Franco Scaglione, then a young designer working for Bertone. I missed some flaws when I bought it As I seem to recall, word was that this coupe and a prototype roadster were the only two Arnolts with pontoon fenders. The pontoon fenders were obviously rather costly to manufacture, and were not used on production cars. The last time I owned this 1957 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Lot# 4573391544, s/n 404X3112 Condition: 1Sold at $55,000 eBay, 10/1/2005 SCM# 39590 Comps 1956 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Lot #2275, e/n 59055929 Condition: 2+ Sold at $159,500 RM, Marshall, TX, 4/20/2007 SCM# 44897 1956 Arnolt-Bristol Deluxe Lot # 2253, s/n 404X3108 Condition: 2+ Sold at $195,250 RM, Marshall, TX, 4/20/2007 SCM# 44875 Sports Car Market Photos: Primary photographer, Simon Clay; Secondary photographer Otis Clay

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Seat Time Margaux Mirkin, via email: I have a black 1954 Arnolt Bristol coupe, which I've owned for some time. When I purchased it from the previous owner, the only history he knew was that it had been singed in a fire that burned 13 other Arnolts. The original interior is still good and the black paint has been touched up, but it still looks good and shows a wonderful patina. When I bought it, the car had a 1950s Corvette engine, and I looked for an original Bristol unit for it. While looking, I ran into a man who had known and worked with Wacky Arnolt since the '40s. When I told him I had an Arnolt, he asked me about it, then said, “That's the one we put the V8 in.” It seems one of the Arnolt roadsters they were racing at the time blew an engine, so they took the engine out of my coupe. Wacky decided to put in a V8 and took it for a personal driver. He ended up storing it in California so he could drive it when he was on the West Coast. Needless to say, I stopped looking for a Bristol engine and just enjoyed this lovely car. Ron Bennet, Seal Beach, CA: In November 1996, I purchased car was in October 1996, when I bought it at “The Auction” in Vegas. I paid the exorbitant sum of $42,500 because I had had a bit too much to drink. I missed some flaws, like the windshield made out of Plexiglas. I advertised the car in several publications at $59,000, I think, and to my surprise received only one call from a colleague who said, “Good luck, I had a hell of a time getting rid of mine.” A day before Thanksgiving, a local dealer called saying that he wanted it for himself, which in dealer speak means on the cheap. But he was the only money, and I ended up with a check for exactly $45,000. I watched the taillights disappear and was happy. My dealer friend refurbished the car, raced it, lowered it, and replaced the fragile Borrani Record wheels with steel units. A few years ago, he sold it to Gene Ponder for $150,000. I looked at the coupe in detail (this time around), and I am sorry to say it looked tired, and too low to the ground. I wondered which Fiat model had donated the original windshield—no one else had been able to figure it out either, because the old Plexiglas was still there. The car was resplendent with brand new-looking Borrani Records, chrome plated or hopefully only polished. But overall, somehow the car just did not look right to me. Maybe it was the sour grapes syndrome that I was experiencing; I easily would have paid $250,000 but felt that it was going to sell much higher, and it did. Greatest attraction as a coupe Let me try to be objective. It is a very rare car, a tour de force that established a young designer. I think the car is pretty. The coupe was really never raced then, unless one considers an outing that included a nasty spin by Marvin at Pomona in a minor Cal Club event. As a make, Wacky Arnolt's cars dominated various production classes here, and the Bolides did well at Sebring one year, but in the scope of prestige vintage events, that's a bit like kissing one's sister. I personally think that the greatest attraction of the car is that it is a coupe—ideal for vintage tours and rallies, offering protection from the elements with a respectable amount of luggage space. These virtues are greatly appreciated, especially by the ladies. Was it well bought? Well let me first tell you a funny story. A few days ago, I picked up a copy of Architectural Digest in my optometrist's office. Right at the beginning there was a black and white ad showing a bed. Yes, a plain bed. I read the copy, which proclaimed that it was the best bed in the world (because the copywriter said so?), made by some company that was Sweden's oldest bed maker, and it was only $59,750. As SCM is a family magazine, I won't ask some obvious questions. But if a bed is worth that much, I can now say with clear conscience that this Arnolt was very well bought.u RAYMOND MILO describes himself as CEO and chief sanitation engineer of BB One Exports. (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) August 2007 #3120 from Raymond Milo. He had picked the coupe up a week or two earlier at a Las Vegas auction. It was a striking car with a very nice body, but I think he realized its many needs—it had low oil pressure and ran poorly, the brakes were adjusted full on so it stopped automatically with release of the throttle, it wore an incorrect grille and bumpers, and all those knobs and switches on the dash were connected by imagination only. Not quite a disaster, but you get the picture. All of its maladies were corrected over the next couple years, and I also had Scott Renner of Vintage & Historic lower it two inches, as its original nine inches of clearance made it sit like some streamlined off-road prototype. I ran it at the 2003 Monterey Historics and broke three of those beautiful Borrani alloy/steel wheels in three laps. I pulled into the pits because of the strange vibration and felt I'd dodged a bullet. There are many stories regarding the number of coupes built. Officially, there were 139 roadsters and three coupes. There are rumors that two more coupes went out the back door to Spain, but there's no record, and no one seems to have seen them. #3120 appeared in an October 1955 Road & Track article with four headlights and its signature cut-away fenders. During the restoration, in the process of making a correct grille, the lower half of the upper headlight pods was discovered. The tops had been cut off and sheet metal welded to fill the gap. The upper set of lights gave a “bug eye” appearance. A photo supplied by Will De Rothchild shows Lee Marvin leaning on the coupe with Paul Newman behind the wheel and the four headlights in full view, tying together ownership and bodywork. We knew Marvin had the coupe customized, but not to what extent. While we went back to a correct grille, bumpers, badges, and window trim, we did not replicate the “bug eyes.” It is frozen in time around 1957, before some indignities and after a bit of cosmetic surgery, but it is certainly prettier this way. The coupe was a wonderful driver and with the addition of a stiffer front transverse leaf spring, it cornered much flatter than it had before. With 130 hp, acceleration was brisk and very smooth. Gene Ponder contacted me after the 2003 Historics. He had a collection of some magnitude featuring many Arnolts, and he was a fan of both Wacky Arnolt and Lee Marvin. We made a deal for what I considered “all the money.” Then RM sold it for over three times its 2003 price. Who knew? Those Borranis are not for road or race, but the new owner has a unique and beautiful car that otherwise drives as well as it looks. 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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer When Size Does Matter How to decode the evolution of Ford's 427, 428, and 429 big block muscle 1966 Cobra 427 F ord 427, 428, 429. What do these similar numbers tell us about very different engines? To the uninitiated, Ford's big inch performance motors all seem basically the same, with slightly different displacements. Nothing could be further from the truth. That last digit can make a really big difference in both performance and value of Blue Oval muscle. Rather than try to spell out every technical aspect of these engines, let's look at them as they relate to cars that interest us—namely, Shelby and Mustang cars. The 427 and 428 engines are both from the “FE” family, in production from 1958–76, with engines that ranged from 332 cubic inches to 428. The first performance-era FE was the HiPo 390, followed by the 406, which was developed for racing and based on this 390, but with a thicker walled casting block, cross-bolted main bearing caps for high-rpm abuse, and assorted other tricks. After two years, the 406 was further developed into the 427, which was introduced in 1963 with its sights set squarely on winning races. One term tossed around with 427 engines is “side oiler.” The first 427s were “top oilers,” which sent oil from the pump to the valve train first and the crankshaft second. These early engines had lubrication issues caused by oil sloshing away from the oil pump pickup under hard acceleration and cornering, earning them a reputation for eating crankshafts. The real fix was fitting a crank windage tray and baffled oil pans, but to make sure the oil system was sufficient for competition use, Ford modified it to pressurize the crankshaft main bearings first, then the valvetrain. The term “side oiler” comes from the oil galleys clearly visible where they are cast into the side of the block to feed the main bearings oil. The side oiler was put into production in 1965, perfect timing for the 427 Cobra. 58 1969 Mustang Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet 428 much cheaper to build The 428 was a more production-based affair and much cheaper to build. It was brought in to meet the demand for a higher-production, more cost-effective performance motor. The FE motors were superceded by the “385” family of engines in the late 1960s. The 429 is from the 385 family and was an entirely new design. In 1968, this was the latest and greatest big Ford motor, with numerous upgrades from the then decade-old FE HiPo design on which the 427 was based. The Boss 429 engine introduced in 1969 was based on this 385 block, as well as the numerous non-Boss hemi head versions used in other muscle Ford products. The later 460-ci engines are also based on this 385 architecture. So let's get back to how this relates to certain cars. In the Cobra world, not all of the “427” Cobras were built alike. The entire 427 Cobra production run went from chassis number 3001 to 3360. Chassis numbers 3001–3200 had the 427 engine. By late 1965, Ford was having difficulties meeting demand for the 427. Shelby was 80 cars into his 427 Cobra production and was given the option to either wait for 427s or consider the new 428 engine. The 428 was a hydraulic-lifter, lower-rpm motor that was better suited to the street Cobra buyer. An added bonus was that they cost Shelby $320 each, versus the $730 for a 427. Shelby decided that starting at chassis #3201, the 428 would be the standard Cobra motor. Eventually, engineer Fred Goodell came on board and decided if the car said “427” it should have a real 427 in it, and around chassis #3301, 427 Cobras were again just that. A few 3300 cars had a 428, namely 3301, 3305, and 3306, but the balance all had a 427 under the bonnet. For years, the Cobra purists have shunned the 3200 cars due to the 428 engine, and while most would never know the difference from driving them, in the market a “428” car is worth about 10%–15% less than a 427 car. No Mustang or Shelby 427s No Mustang, Shelby, or otherwise, left the factory with a 427 as standard equipment. A few cars were fitted with a 427 for testing purposes, such as the 1967 GT500 “Super Snake,” but if somebody tries to sell you a factory “427” Mustang, run, don't walk. The 428 was the engine of choice, and has multiple variations depending on fitment. In 1967, the 428 Police Interceptor engine was standard in the GT500, with 2x4 induction, stronger internals, and an aluminum intake manifold. In 1968, the 428 Cobra Jet engine was available mid-year in both the Mustang and GT500 KR. The CJ motor had better Sports Car Market

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heads, a stronger block, and other improvements. By 1969, the Super Cobra Jet was available, and fea- tured forged pistons, 427 “Le Mans” connecting rods, various heavy duty components, and standard engine oil cooler. If you ordered a 3.91 or 4.30 rear axle ratio you would automatically get an SCJ motor. It was Ford's attempt to keep engine internals where they should be for as long as possible. Various other performance Fords and Mercurys could be ordered with the 428 CJ or SCJ engines. Obviously, the top dog is the tough SCJ unit, whether it is in a Shelby or a Mustang. Nineteen sixty-nine saw the introduction of the new 385 series with the Boss 429 engine. This new motor was built to be a NASCAR and NHRA star, and Ford pulled out all the stops. It had a thin-wall block casting, huge main bearings, special oiling system, four-bolt main bearing caps, and aluminum semi-hemispherical cylinder heads with huge ports and valves. The 429 was an incredible piece. To go racing, Ford had to make this motor available to the public. They decided to have Kar Kraft Industries cut, chop, and hammer this behemoth into the 1969 Mustang—and they sold enough to homologate it. Though a great performer on the track, when it was detuned for street use in the Boss 429 Mustang, in stock form it was a disappointment. Only 1,358 Boss 429 Mustangs were produced in 1969 and 1970. With all of its specific parts and modifications, Boss 429 components are not interchangeable with other 385 series engines. By late 1970, the standard 428 CJ/SCJ motor was phased out and replaced by the new 429 Cobra Jet. In 1971, the 429 Super Cobra Jet was available, and it was an awesome performer. The 429 SCJ was a solid-lifter engine with four-bolt mains, a cast-iron crank, forged pistons, external oil cooler, and all the right stuff. A 1971 Mustang with the 429 SCJ was the fastest Mustang built to that point. Although usually overlooked, the 429 SCJ deserves a lot more respect than it receives. By 1973, the 429 was gone, replaced by the 460, which never had a factory hot 1970 Torino 429 rod package like the earlier 390/406/427/428/429 motors did. While this is nowhere near a definitive work on Ford performance engines, it will help clear the air. And the next time somebody starts telling you about their ultrarare 1969 Mustang with the factory 429 side-oiler engine, you can tell them you have a bridge to trade them for their collectible car.u COLIN COMER is president and founder of Colin's Classic Autos and is an avid collector and enthusiast. August 2007 59

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Race Car Profile 1969 Lola-Chevrolet T142 Formula 5000 At the end of the day, Formula 5000 is still the ultimate bang for the buck in vintage racing by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1968–69 Number produced: 45 (T140-17, T142-28) Original list price: $13,000 SCM Valuation: $60,000–70,000 Cost per hour to race: $1,000 Chassis #: Tag on front bulkhead Engine #: Right side in front of cylinder head Club: Formula 5000 Registry, Seb Coppola, F5000 Registry Administrator, 1359 Springwood Lane, Rochester Hills, MI 48309 More: www.f5000registry.com Alternatives: 1969 McLaren M10, 1969 Eagle Mk 5, 1974 Lola T332 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1970 Lola T192 Formula A/5000 Lot# 123, s/n HU-19219 Condition: 2Sold at $50,600 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2000 SCM# 10317 Chassis number: SL14225 5 liters capacity. Formula 5000 racing was introduced in 1968 in American SCCA as Formula A. In the U.K. and Europe, Formula 5000 matching American Formula A was adopted in 1969 and manufacturers such as McLarenTrojan and Lola Cars were quick to support it. When Formula 5000 was adopted in Britain for 1969, O Lola Cars was already selling T140 Formula A chassis to America. Based on T70 sports car running gear, the original T140 had been a simple and capacious multi-tubular space frame design, which proved competitive. For 1969, the basic T140 specification was updated to create the T142 model as offered here. The car sold in considerable numbers to America, South Africa, Canada, and the U.K., with more than 40 combined 140/142 chassis being completed at Huntingdon. One compelling reason for the model's contemporary popularity was its selling price of £5,500 ($13,750), complete with a Traco-modified Chevrolet V8 engine. 60 ne of the most attractive categories within historic motor racing is Formula 5000, catering to single-seater (near-Formula One) cars powered by production-based engines of up to SCM Analysis This car sold for $63,112 at the Bonhams Stoneleigh Park auc- tion on March 24, 2007. Both Formula 5000 itself and the Lola T140/142 were the fortuitous result of organizations trying to make lemonade out of difficult situations. In 1965, the SCCA had set up a new set of classes for formula car racing, with Formula A to match the European Formula One rule, Formula B to be roughly equivalent to European Formula 2 (1,600 cc), and Formula C to be 1,100-cc cars. Formula B immediately took off, but Formula A was a complete failure. Nothing ran in 1965, in 1966 the national champion beat a tiny field, and in 1967 the Nationals winner was the only entry in the category, finishing three laps behind the Formula B winner. In 1967, there was a lucrative professional series, but only Formula B cars were running. It was obvious that European Formula One rules weren't going to work in the U.S., mostly because of the complexity and expense of the engines, so for 1968, the SCCA changed the rules to allow 5-liter stock-block engines. 1968 McLaren M10B Formula 5000 Lot# 41 Condition: 2 Sold at $75,600 Shannons, Melbourne, AUS, 3/10/2003 SCM# 30675 1968 Brabham BT23C Formula 2 Lot# 645, s/n 11 Condition: 1 Sold at $48,202 Bonhams, Hendon, UK, 4/18/2005 SCM# 38448 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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That was what it took, and Formula A quickly became the flagship series of both professional and amateur road racing in the U.S. England and Europe adopted the formula in 1969. T140 solved a Lola problem Similarly, Lola had found itself in a bit of a bind during the winter of 1967–'68. Anticipating substantial sales of its new T70 coupe for endurance racing, Lola had ordered lots of suspension bits, uprights, brakes, and the like. The CSI governing body then set a minimum production requirement of 50 cars to qualify, which Lola couldn't meet. Sales immediately dried up, and Lola had a problem (it eventually was solved by including open T70s in the chassis count). That winter, though, Lola was stuck with a mess of components it couldn't use. Always inventive, the company decided to build a V8-powered formula chassis that used T70 components, and the T140 was born. Since the original idea was to use up excess parts in something they could sell easily and cheaply, they decided to keep the concept simple and built a tubular space frame rather than a monocoque structure. The result was anything but “state of the art,” more of a hyper-thyroid Formula Ford than a Formula One, but it proved to be the right product for the market at the time. A combination of robust components, easy repair, and affordable cost, the T140 was an immediate success, particularly in the U.S. market. For 1969, Lola made minor modifications and renamed the model T142, but the cars were almost identical and are generally thought of as a common series, thus T140/142. Together, they are easily the most successful production F 5000 cars in history. In 1969, fully 42% of the entries in U.S. F 5000 racing were Lola 140/142s. Most of the wins and all of the championships went to the more-sophisticated and expensive (monocoque) Eagles and McLaren M10s, but it was Lola that established the series and filled the grids. The Formula 5000 concept became extremely popular both in the U.S. and abroad, eventually morphing into “Center Seat CanAm” and lasting until 1986, a 17-year run. Interestingly, for such a successful series, the formula never carried much prestige or cachet. Maybe it was the relatively mundane mechanical package, but it was always more of a blue-collar series than others like Formula Atlantic. “Weapons-grade” characteristics Regular readers of my column will recall that I occasionally hold forth about the relative importance of “collector” and “weapons-grade” characteristics in determining the value a market assigns to a vintage racing car. The basic idea is that the value given a car is the result of the combination of collector utilities that are non-operational (beauty, rarity, historic importance) and “weapons-grade” values that address the pure racing experience (how competitive, how much fun to drive, ease of keeping it running). This is in turn multiplied by a “what can I do with it?” element. Let's call it a “play value” factor. Two-seat racing cars with fenders are worth multiples of their equivalent formula cars because of the tours and events in which they can be used; cars with active or important racing series (Gentleman Driver's, Monaco) are worth far more than ones with few places to run. Over the past three to five years, collector values and play values have skyrocketed, but the weapons-grade values have remained constant. This explains the otherwise curious fact that though aluminum-bodied English and Italian sports racers (for example) have set new value records at virtually every auction, certain other cars haven't changed value in years. Unfortunately for anyone fool enough to speculate in such things, Formula August 2007 61 5000 (along with Formula Ford) has been the poster child for the latter category. Bruce Trenery, owner of Fantasy Junction, discussed a McLaren M10 in this magazine's September '03 issue (“Race Profile,” p. 50), and stated that tube-frame Formula 5000s were worth about $50,000, which is pretty much what they were worth in the 1990s. Not much has changed. Depending on your point of view, of course, this can be the good news, in that they haven't gone down. If your purpose is to just go out and drive a really fast old racing car, the idea that you can do it without putting up much cash and that the basic value will still be there when you're done is attractive. At the end of the day, Formula 5000 is pretty much the ultimate bang for the buck in vintage racing. The cars are inexpensive to buy, Formula One fast, cheap to keep going (it's a small block Chevy, after all), and relatively easy to drive (though, emphatically, not a car for beginners). They are widely considered a bit déclassé in some of the sniffier clubs, however—sort of a sleeveless T-shirt in a world of button-down polos. The point is that these are pure weapons-grade race cars, and as such are not investment vehicles. You'll never make money on a car like this unless you're the mechanic, but short of burning it up, you won't lose much, either. If whoever bought this car saw it as a place to park some capital while he went vintage racing, it was very rationally purchased.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, Washington, and is heavily involved with vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector cars. He has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. 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Market Reports Overview Affordable Consignments Outpace Headliners Having $100k to spend made you a contender almost everywhere by Jim Pickering T he late spring months are a lead-up to Monterey, the quiet time between Scottsdale and Pebble. The trend this year has been fl at or down, with auction companies struggling to match last year's results, and only exceptional cars continuing to do well. Auction Analyst Norm Mort made his Sales Totals Worldwide Group, Seabrook RM, Novi RM, Toronto way to RM's Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction in mid-April, where he noted sales below the mark set in 2006. Even though there were fewer consignments available for the bidders, RM was able to sell enough to nearly match last year's numbers. Rain outside the venue may have been partly to blame for the $3.6m result coming in at $50k less than the year before, but the sales rate of 58% remained the same. Later that month, Mort crossed the border into Michigan for RM's annual Mecum, Kansas City Cox, Branson Bonhams, London International Spring Classic Car Auction in Novi. The same weather that settled over Toronto followed RM down into Michigan, and rain fell throughout the day-and-ahalf-long sale. Again, fewer cars were offered, but RM was able to see an increase in both sales totals and fi nal dollars here, which were up to 60% and $2.3m over last year's 45% and $1.8m. Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney again traveled to Branson, Missouri, for the Spring Branson sale April 20–21. While Kinney found fi nal totals to be down slightly this year, the sales percentage was up 11%, demonstrating the market for affordable $7,935,650 0 $3,071,614 $3 $2,318,266 $3,656,468 $3,656 orts Overview Affordable Consignments Outpace Headliners Having $100k to spend made you a contender almost everywhere by Jim Pickering T he late spring months are a lead-up to Monterey, the quiet time between Scottsdale and Pebble. The trend this year has been fl at or down, with auction companies struggling to match last year's results, and only exceptional cars con- tinuing to do well. Auction Analyst Norm Mort made his Sales Totals Worldwide Group, Seabrook RM, Novi RM, Toronto way to RM's Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction in mid-April, where he noted sales below the mark set in 2006. Even though there were fewer consignments available for the bidders, RM was able to sell enough to nearly match last year's numbers. Rain out- side the venue may have been partly to blame for the $3.6m result coming in at $50k less than the year before, but the sales rate of 58% remained the same. Later that month, Mort crossed the border into Michigan for RM's annual Mecum, Kansas City Cox, Branson Bonhams, London International Spring Classic Car Auction in Novi. The same weather that settled over Toronto followed RM down into Michigan, and rain fell throughout the day-and-a- half-long sale. Again, fewer cars were offered, but RM was able to see an increase in both sales totals and fi nal dollars here, which were up to 60% and $2.3m over last year's 45% and $1.8m. Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney again traveled to Branson, Missouri, for the Spring Branson sale April 20–21. While Kinney found fi nal totals to be down slightly this year, the sales percentage was up 11%, demonstrating the market for affordable $7,935,650 0 $3,071,614 $3 $2,318,266 $3,656,468 $3,656 $2,712,353 $2,712,353 classics remains strong in the Midwest. An original, highly-optioned 1958 Corvette convertible fi tted with a 290-hp fuel-injected 283 was the high sale of the weekend at $102,502, while some of the cheapest fun belonged to a modifi ed 1971 Porsche 914 that changed ownership for just $4,452. Mecum's Spring K.C. Dream Classic took place under mostly blue skies for the fi rst time since Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson has attended, but even though the weather was agreeable, fi nal totals fell Total Sales Results ���� ���� ��� ��� ��� ��� ��������������� ������������� �� ��������� �� ������������� ����� ��������������� ��� ����������� ���� ���� ���� ���� ���� ���� ���� ����� ������� ����������� 62 Sports Car Market

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Mecum (M) Kansas City, MO, p. 94 Worldwide Group (W) Seabrook, TX, p. 116 Cox Auctions (C) Branson, MO, p. 84 RM Auctions (RMN) Novi, MI, p. 74 RM Auctions (RMT) Toronto, CAN, p. 106 Bonhams (B) London, UK, p. 64 almost $200k from '06. While there were plenty of good-quality muscle cars and classics available, a lot of them were modifi ed, and most of their sellers held out for somewhat optimistic reserves. Bonhams returned to the RAF Museum in London on April 30, and Auction Analyst Julian Shoolheifer was on the grounds reporting on the cars and viewing the aircraft. One of two sales held annually at the venue, this year's event totaled almost $3.7m—nearly triple last spring's $1.3m haul. Many original 100-year-old classics were available from the Lucey collection, and the Yorkshire Car Collection provided the Brooklands-winning Bugatti Type 22 that sold at $240,529. Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead made his way to Seabrook, Texas, for Worldwide's Houston Classic Auction on May 5, where he watched Sir Stirling Moss's 1966 Shelby GT350 take high sale honors at $561,000. The star car here was the 1964 Cadillac Series 75 hearse that carried JFK to Air Force One after his assassination, and despite a lot of pre-sale interest, it failed to sell at a high bid of $910,000. Final totals slipped to $8m from last year's $11m, due to a lack of high-end sales that have carried this event in years past. And fi nally, Maserati was Geoff Archer's focus in this month's eBay Motors report, including a few examples that were missing a few prongs from their tridents. u SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1966 Shelby GT350, $561,000—W, p. 124 2. 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano LWB coupe, $550,000—W, p. 117 3. 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso, $506,000—W, p. 117 4. 1935 Auburn 851 Boattail speedster, $429,000—W, p. 118 5. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $396,000—W, p. 120 6. 1905 Germain 5.7-Liter Royal tonneau, $321,905—B, p. 66 7. 1902 Wolseley 10hp Twin-Cylinder Rear Entrance tonneau, $321,905—B, p. 66 8. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $319,000—W, p. 124 9. 1909 Silver Stream 18/24hp Roi-de-Belges tourer, $288,915—B, p. 66 10. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona spyder conversion, $253,000—W, p. 118 August 2007 1. 1950 MG TD roadster, $24,143—B, p. 68 2. 1965 Ford Mustang coupe, $4,240—C, p. 90 3. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible, $112,200—W, p. 124 4. 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $82,080—RMT, p. 111 5. 1965 Pontiac Tempest Custom convertible, $20,475—M, p. 100 63 Best Buys

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author The Royal Air Force Museum The key to success for Bonhams's consignments was originality, freshness to the market, and for buyers to be seen “buying in” to an important collection Company Bonhams Date April 30, 2007 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 65 / 75 Sales rate 87% Sales total $3,679,866 High sale 1905 Germain 5.7-liter Royal tonneau and 1902 Wolseley 10hp Rear-Entrance tonneau, sold at $321,905 each 1902 Wolseley 10hp Rear-Entrance tonneau, sold at $321,905 Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics surprise that Bonhams uses this location, as venues of this type are at a premium in the London area, and several of the firm's senior car guys started their careers with the older Bond Street firm. The Museum is housed in a vast timber World B War I-era hangar, with hundreds of aircraft and interactive displays to see. Bonhams interspersed its auction lots with the planes on exhibit, giving an overall stunning effect for those interested in vintage machinery. The company reported one of its bestever London sale viewings on the Sunday prior to the sale, with numbers well into four figures. On sale day, Hendon's expansive parking lots were pushed to the limit, and the atmosphere among prospective bidders was electric. Bonhams negotiated the sale of two collections for this event, the first of which was that of the late Denis Lucey. His Museum of Irish Transport has long had a reputation for excellent early exhibits, and many of those offered here were in exceptional unrestored condition. The second collection was another selection from the endlessly-dispersing Yorkshire Car Collection, which has been drip-fed onto the market for a number of years with varying consignment quality. This collection was always eclectic, and Bonhams had the fortune this time of pulling the rare and historic Brooklands-winning Brescia Bugatti as a major highlight of the sale. 64 onhams now holds two sales annually at the Royal Air Force Museum in north London, a venue that was once a mainstay of Sotheby's car sales. It's no Buyer's premium 15% on the first $60,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices. (£1=$1.99) Many entries were from the Edwardian period, the market for which has struggled in the past. This sale did as much for values and profiles of these cars as the Sword London, UK Collection sale did in the 1960s. As was the case then, the key to this was originality, freshness to the market, and for buyers to be seen “buying in” to an important collection. All of these factors were at work with the 1905 Germain Royal tonneau, in excellent condition, which brought a full $321,905. A 1902 Wolseley 10hp Rear-Entrance tonneau matched that price, due in no small part to its Londonto-Brighton eligibility. The Yorkshire Car Collection's Bugatti Type 22 Brescia exceeded all expectations when it sold at $240,529, effectively doubling its liberal estimate in the auction catalog. Such a high price paid was due partly to a resurgence of interest by a new generation of enthusiasts, as well as the car's superb condition and provenance. A 1934 Morris Eight failed to find new owner- ship at a high bid of $7,200, despite its well-done restoration. Also in the no-sale category was a 1976 Aston Martin V8 coupe. In great condition overall, it couldn't bring more than an insufficient $38,000 high bid. Unfortunately for the seller, potential buyers were likely looking toward the upcoming Newport Pagnell Aston Martin sale before proceeding any further. All in all, Bonhams had much to be proud of with this sale, as last year's event sold 40 cars with a final total of just over $1.3m. With this result of nearly $3.7m, the company once again stamped its mark as a U.K. auction market leader, and showed its ability to consign and sell genuinely historic cars under increasingly stiff competition within the market.u Sales Totals ����� ��� ����� ��� ����� ��� ����� ��� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author BELGIAN TOP 10 No. 6 ENGLISH #714-1905 GERMAIN 5.7-LITER ROYAL tonneau. S/N 1213. Dark blue & cream/tan canvas/buttoned black leather. RHD. Exceptionally original in specification and condition. Correctly brush painted, very presentable. Wonderful leather interior nicely mellowed and comfortable, but not worn. Superb original wooden wings and body tub detailed with carved scrolling. Wooden spoke wheels nicely varnished and in excellent TOP 10 No. 7 #712-1902 WOLSELEY 10hp TWINCYLINDER Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 168. Dark green, yellow, & black/ dark green leather. RHD. Believed original paint covered with layers of clear varnish as protection. Original leather mudguards, leather seat looks like a 50-year-old refit and shows a nice patina. All wooden parts including wheels in great order, some surface corrosion to cast aluminum components. Generally light wear order. All brass excellent and undented. Very nice overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $321,905. Without a doubt the show-stopper at Hendon. This car was imposing in size, exceptional in condition, beautifully built, and extremely well appointed. It was laid up in the mid-1920s for a considerable time, which reflected its condition at the sale. Powerful, with plenty of room for four passengers. Typically, post-1904 cars suffer in the market, as they are not eligible for the London to Brighton run, but thankfully, the market valued this car for what it was rather than what it wasn't. CANADIAN #749-1938 BUICK MCLAUGHLIN Sedan limousine. S/N 749330397. Eng. # 3290818. Black/black leather & tan cloth. RHD. Panels lightly dented throughout, paint micro blistered all over, brush application evident. Chrome plating pitted throughout. Driver's door window glass smashed, door won't shut. Front and rear compartments separated by for a basically untouched 100+ year-old car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $321,905. Eligible for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, these pre-1904 cars are essentially valued by the number of cylinders and the number of seats. Will the car get to Brighton? If so, how many passengers can it carry? A car of unquestioned provenance and originality, this soared past the $180,000 low estimate and set the tone of the sales that followed. #740-1908 LANCHESTER 20hp landaulette. S/N 687. Eng. # 746. Dark blue & black/black leather/black leather. RHD. Largely original paint conserved rather than restored, with dents and scratches to every panel. Remarkable original interior. Lucas King of the Road lighting, tiller steering, engine not in running condition. Another seriously original motorcar that should be conserved Coachwork by Salmons of Newport Pagnell. Beautifully painted in an aluminum-colored finish as per original specifications. Bodywork in excellent condition, doors shut well. Interior excellent for a 98-year-old, reflecting light and careful use. All areas of woodwork very good, varnish worn and dull in places. Lighting kit in perfect order, original builder's notes come with car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $288,915. Built with the intention of full production to follow, yet this remains the sole example. Built with quality as the main goal, it was constructed from components of largely English and French manufacture. The hammer came down at more than double the pre-sale estimate, but in comparison to other cars being offered from the Lucey collection, in particular the Germain, this car seemed somehow sterile. #718-1909 WOLSELEY-SIDDELEY 14hp Four-Seat tourer. S/N 6755. Eng. # 2532/14. Dark green, black, & red/beige canvas/red leathercloth. RHD. Nicely presented with bright paintwork and nice, clean brasswork. Nicely appointed with speedometer and mileage recorder, dashboard clock, detachable rims, luggage carrier and under-seat storage. Interior in very good older-restored order, top glass division, leather and cloth interior original and fair. An appealing car, cosmetic issues aside. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,395. Famed in the U.K. for its quality of construction, this model was favored in-period by some members of the Royal family. Not worthy of very close inspection, there was nevertheless something about this car that gave it general appeal. Well viewed at the sale, so others obviously felt the same way, and it was bid quickly above estimate. Well sold. 66 and preserved, not restored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $130,561. Coming from the Yorkshire Collection, this car was remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly, the design, which must have seemed antiquated even in 1908, exuded quality and absolute conservatism. Secondly, this was another incredibly unmolested car. This was strong money at nearly double the low estimate, reinforcing both its freshness to the market and its originality. TOP 10 No. 9 #715-1909 SILVER STREAM 18/24hp Roi-de-Belges tourer. Silver/ gray canvas/dark blue leather. RHD. excellent. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,184. A very nicely presented older restoration that was cared for and had weathered well. Perhaps slightly underpowered, with only a 14-hp rating. Bigger horsepower cars of the Edwardian era make significantly higher sums due to increased excitement and usability. This was standard market price, and not affected by the fervor of the sale. #717-1910 WOLSELEY-SIDDELEY 16/20hp Rotonde phaeton. S/N 11019. Eng. # 37447. Dark blue & gold/beige cloth/black leather. RHD. Nicely presented and well painted. Some small chips to the edge of the hood, marks to the front fenders. Diamondpleated trim in good order, with light creasing only. Nickel-plated brightwork very good and correct for the year. Tires appear hard and Sports Car Market

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author ancient. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,777. Among the better presented of the cars from the Lucey collection, but it lacked some of the excitement of the more unmolested examples on offer. In its early history, it was owned by the GoreBooth family. It was not U.K. registered, which might have had a small bearing on the near top estimate price. #721-1910 WOLSELEY-SIDDELEY 16/20hp two-seater. S/N 11036. Eng. # 156539. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Described by Bonhams as “substantially complete,” but it still has a long way to go. Missing many components, including some panels and the driveshaft. No lighting, hood, or roof. Engine reported to be corroded beyond salvation, although the following lot in the sale was a spare engine. A reasonably challenging project. “museum condition” restoration. Good paint, excellent upholstery given that it's probably original. Wooden spoke wheels nice and bright. All-original lighting present, including “bun” side lamps and electric headlights. A generally very tidy example requiring a small amount of recommissioning following museum display. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,592. This car had a known history from new, which was quite remarkable and a huge asset. While one of the cornerstones of the vintage car scene, the Model T is still relatively common. This one was U.K. built by Ford in Manchester, and while its price was good, it was nothing out of the ordinary. #732-1950 MG TD roadster. S/N TD1174. Old English White/black cloth/ green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 10,500 miles. A well-excecuted restoration with very nice bodywork. Excellent paint, fresh brightwork, well-painted wheels. Trimmed perfectly with a superbly detailed dash. Spotless engine bay, it could have looked awful. Selling slightly above its high estimate, it's possible the auction house guide actually held this one down a bit. There are few other guides to go on when it comes to these, and a more adventurous estimate could have seen the price go higher. #738-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N S827651DN. Eng. # V76118. Air Force Blue/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Original bodywork shows use, but not abuse. Original paint worn through in places, especially a large area on the hood. Original driver's seat leather very saggy, both seat covers show cracking. Engine bay has original plug wires and could benefit from a decent clean up. Chrome luggage rack installed. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $12,646. Edwardian cars are generally terribly undervalued in the market, mainly because post-1904, they are neither eligible for London to Brighton nor late enough to have any sort of performance. A great event with world interest would likely rekindle the market for these cars. As such, projects like this are generally for those with a passion for the underdog and time and money to burn. Sold mid-estimate to that man. #720-1923 FORD MODEL T Four Seat tourer. S/N 6495085. Eng. # 6495085. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Nicely presented Interior trimmed to a very high standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,639. A very rare model presented to a high standard. The fact that the metallic paintwork was reported as being to original specification had a few eyebrows raised, but the overall effect was stunning. If the work had been done to any lesser standard, 68 and suspension parts to be roadworthy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,980. Fine at ten yards, and perfect for static museum display. In trying to get it roadworthy, a number of faults were found and some of the work that had been done was questionable. An interior refit will cost a fortune, and despite this, bidding was very strong. This was too much money considering the work still needed. #739-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III Phase II convertible. S/N HRJ837420. Eng. # 29KRUH11955. Colorado Red/black cloth/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,042 miles. Original door gaps all over the place, body appears to be rust- and dent-free. Paint micro- Sports Car Market radial tires fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,143. This car remained as bright and clean as it was when restored in the 1990s. All documentation for the work was available, and the car retained its original registration number. With the car just sneaking past the low estimate, this was a real steal. It was very well bought by someone, and we should expect to see it offered for more later. #767-1951 HEALEY ABBOTT drophead coupe. S/N C1899. Eng. # B5935. Metallic burgundy & silver/burgundy cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 72,042 miles. One of the best restored cars at the sale, unusual reportedly original color scheme. Excellent bodywork shows no damage, paint nearly perfect. Brightwork to a high standard, all gaps, shuts, and panel fit exceptional. Well fitted top, all glass bright. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $70,079. Thought to be in just its third ownership from new, this was a great time-warp example. Wear that exists on the car showed how it had been loved and not abused, and the whole car felt “together.” Not one bit let down or outshined another. This car will respond very well to careful detailing, but perhaps a full restoration should be avoided. Well bought. #733-1964 ALVIS TE21 drophead coupe. S/N 27043. Metallic blue/blue cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 4,388 miles. Fair panel fit, older repaint still OK. Mostly original chrome plating now looks tired and thin. Interior very worn and ready for a retrim. Lots of work done to the underside of the car, including trunk floor and door sills. Requires various steering

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author doubt it. Sold at a premium to someone who hopefully saw it before bidding. #731-1982 MG B convertible. S/N blistered all over, upper panels suffer the most. Interior cataloged as leather, but is vinyl, and seat bases are very saggy. Sound, but generally slightly tired. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $34,490. Acquired by the museum seller over 30 years ago, this car had been used by them on and off for various events. Last used in 2005 for a touring rally, it needed a general cosmetic makeover. Its history and decent file of paperwork were a bonus, but prices for these still seem flat. They're not as common on the market in the U.K. as they used to be, and it seems strange that when they do appear, they're not more highly prized. #729-1967 MORRIS MINI Penny saloon. S/N MA2S65512280. Eng. # 2191. Copper English pennies/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 611 miles. Standard Mini covered completely in old English copper pennies. Known to require some work to the body underneath. Interior completely standard and very original, minor detailling would make it great. Engine said to have been recently running for the first time in leather. Carpets dirty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,184. Restored from the chassis up during the 1980s, this car was subsequently featured on a number of occasions on a popular U.K. television series. It was not one of the star cars, so this fact didn't add any value to the sale, but it probably ensured that the car was kept running nicely and polished well. A good solid price for a good solid car. many years. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $10,400. Reputed to have been bought by the Yorkshire Car Collection as one of two promotional cars made for the Beatles's “Penny Lane” single, but no documentation exists to support this. Very interesting, but without the supporting evidence, it was just a late 1960s Mini with a load of coins stuck to it. Difficult to restore, and perhaps a waste of both a decent Mini and a load of coins. The high bid should have been enough. #736-1968 AC 428 convertible. S/N CF25. Eng. # 7L10. Blue metallic/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 55,601 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Small dents in body, most notably around the fuel filler. Chips to all panels, swirly repaint poor. Small piles of rust around the underside do not bode well. Front bumper dented, chrome pitted and worn. Leather interior fair, excessive wear to the driver's seat. Top in good order, one sun visor removed. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $75,578. Vastly more expensive than a DB6 when new, the 428 now represents massive value for money, but they seem to suffer as 70 tired. Top windshield rail damaged. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,143. I was expecting great things with this one when I went to find it, but I was very disappointed. Perhaps it really was exceptionally original and they did paint the rubber and exhaust yellow when new... but I expected international appeal of any Bugatti with genuine race history, a shift in the U.K. market for these cars saw this one run. In the U.K., younger members of the Vintage Sports Car Club who cut their teeth on Austin Sevens, raced Riley Specials, and then moved on to Frazer Nashes now desire Brescias. They are excellent all-rounders and are very competitive in trials. Those youngsters now have bank bal- Sports Car Market #754-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CR62090. Eng. # CR0045151HE. Yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 13,427 miles. Described as having covered just 13,425 miles from new. Acceptable panel work, door gaps way off. Paintwork terrible, with overspray on the tires and exhaust. Chrome plating pitted, and interior fair but slightly most Anglo-American car alliances do in the current market. Sold at $18,000 over the high estimate, this price seemed to indicate that the market is heading in the right direction at last. But was this the right car to set the trend with such a perilously patched floor? #737-1969 JAGUAR XKE SII convertible. S/N 1E2169. Eng. # 7E183439. Old English White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 46,879 miles. Rust-free straight body, good panel gaps, thick repaint. All brightwork nice, chrome wires bright. Engine bay to original specifications, but needing a good clean-up. Interior nice, with very lightly worn original GVADJ1AG518553. Eng. # 38653. Teal blue/black/gray striped cloth. RHD. Odo: 13,463 miles. Very good bodywork, generally scruffy paint, poor presentation throughout. Steel wheels look tired, bumpers have been bumper-blacked too many times. Hard top a poor fit around the tops of both doors. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,657. Cataloged as being a genuine low-mileage late car from new with supporting evidence, this car could have been presented a lot better by the seller. With these things, mileage is not enough on its own, and this car just looked tired. The market for MGBs is at an all-time low, and rubber-bumper cars are way down the pecking order. Despite that fact, someone was obviously sold on the mileage and paid $2,000 too much. FRENCH #741-1923 BUGATTI TYPE 22 Brescia sports racer. S/N 1612. Eng. # 1612. Blue/ black leather. RHD. Coachwork by Compton Hermon. Two owners from new, very successful competition history includes Brooklands when new. Recent rebuild seems a little amateur. Shiny paint over dented bodywork looks poor—either straighten the body or matte the paint. Fair retrim in leather. Engine reported as rebuilt, but doesn't look it. Great history file includes letters from Ettore Bugatti. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $240,529. Apart from the

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Bonhams London, UK Column Author Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2007 Chevrolet HHR Panel LT ances to drive the prices hard, and thus, this one doubled its estimate. A stunning price. SCOTTISH #716-1900 ARGYLL 5hp Spindle Seat Price as tested: $24,144 Likes: Non-offensive styling with shaved rear door handles. Windowless look cleaner than standard HHR. 57 cubic feet in rear and flat, rubberized floor good for business use or delivery. Dislikes: Dreadful visibility through the few small windows the HHR does have. Cheap interior has more plastic than a Tupperware party. Even with “big” 2.4-liter Ecotec 4-cylinder, gutless. Expensive for what you get. Fun to drive: H Fun to look at: HH Overall ownership experience: H Verdict: There are only two customers for this car: the small business owner who needs the practicality of a gas-efficient, secure delivery truck, and the SEMA junkie who sees the possibility of filling that rear cargo space with a mid-mounted LS7 V8. A thin market both ways.—Stefan Lombard 2007 BMW 335i Convertible Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 106. Eng. # 1140. Varnished wood/black leathercloth. RHD. Remarkably original and untouched, simply mellowed over 107 years. Original wooden body and fenders still appear to have original finish. Discoloration to lacquer, dark staining to wood, otherwise excellent. No upholstery to seat bases, original leathercloth to backs. Engine bay and mechanicals in untouched original condition, appearing very sound. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $227,333. Apparently never road registered from new, this was another remarkable survivor. It remained unused for much of its first 50 years, then spent another 40 years or so in the living room of Best described as being in standard small-time museum condition. Difficult to value in the U.K., as the market for American iron on this side of the pond is unrefined. Exact make and specific model seem to be largely irrelevant to buyers here, and this buyer paid nearly double the low estimate for an example with needs. #734-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S107721. Eng. # F1526CT. Red & white/black vinyl. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Decent body has no apparent crazing or cracking. Older repaint shows some chips to the front panels and lower edges of body. Chrome micro-pitted and thin in places, but all very straight and complete. Interior its second owner. These cars were reported in period to be excellent and capable models, and the fact that there are only two older examples recorded gave rise to this excellent result. In many ways, the price is irrelevant with history this good. Well bought. AMERICAN #742-1941 PACKARD EIGHT One- Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The 3-series still sets the bar high, and the retractable hard top gives the best of both worlds—assuming you don't need the trunk for anything but a briefcase. A decent performer, but if you want to stretch its legs, get the six-speed manual.—Jim Pickeringu 72 Price as tested: $57,225 Likes: Good looks with top up or down; racy 3-liter turbocharged inline 6 makes 300 hp; sturdy chassis handles both hard cornering and parking lot speed bumps. Interior free of rattles, dash controls easy to decipher. Paddle shifters wake up an otherwise soft transmission. Retractable hard top disappears quickly. Gripes: Steptronic transmission mushy when accelerating from a stop, especially in city driving. Two tall people will fit, four won't. Top occupies nearly all of the trunk when down. At an observed 17 mpg, expect to shoot the breeze with your gas station attendant weekly. Twenty convertible coupe. S/N 14992463. Metallic red/white leather. Odo: 62,617 miles. Great bodywork shows no dings or dents. Paint poor, with universal scratching and damage. Filthy dirty interior could have easily been cleaned up for the sale. Window rubber has been baked hard, with lumps missing. Chrome pitted on nearly every part. In a badly lit area of the sale venue, this car looked fine at ten yards. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,639. It is remarkable that worn, saggy, and tired looking. Engine bay very dirty, engine said to run poorly. Another 20-yard museum-displayed car, but complete and sound. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $52,884. Typical of so many cars in museums, this had become a little sad through years of neglect. Cars need use, and this one was no exception. This would have been a brilliant car to restore, as it was all there and all straight, however, the price was $6,000 above the top estimate, making a restoration financially unviable. Even so, it would be worthwhile if the new owner plans to keep it and enjoy it. #726-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5F08C264713. Eng. # 13618444. Raven Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 16,883 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very straight body, factory gaps all around. Paint generally fair, but is let down by some deep scratches on the hood. Front bumper bent in transit to the sale, other chrome appears original and slightly scratched. cars like this were being built in the U.S. when at the same time in war-torn Europe, everything was so austere, if it was being built at all. Retrimmed interior, steering wheel slightly worn, center console unrestored and out of place. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,789. A largely original car in decent condition. Not show, but it could be improved in many ways to make it perfect. A desirable color combination, and while the wheels were not to my taste, U.K. buyers seem to like shiny bits like them. A strong price for its condition, but the U.K. market is on fire for these at present.u Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author Michigan International Spring Classic This crowd consisted of car enthusiasts who buy, build, or restore cars for fun, and the majority of them wanted drivers instead of trailer queens Company RM Auctions Date April 28–29, 2007 Location Novi, MI Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Frank Stapleton Automotive lots sold / offered 112 / 188 Sales rate 60% Sales total $2,318,266 High sale 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet R/T convertible, sold at $220,000 Plenty of drivers meant a boost in sell-through at Novi Report and photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics buys over the rainy day-and-a-half sale at the end of April. Just like the Toronto sale a few weeks prior, there were fewer consignments available, but the percentage of sales and totals were up substantially from those of 2006. The number of vehicles sold in the under- R $30,000 range this year was surprising. In fact, there were many sold at less than $10,000—a departure from many of RM's other events, which tend to favor more upscale consignments. This auction, much like Toronto, was no Monterey, Amelia Island, or Phoenix. The people here, apart from the dealers, were car enthusiasts and small local shops who buy, build, or restore cars for fun, and the majority of them wanted drivers instead of concoursquality trailer queens. The auction began with an interesting handful of small motorcycles sold at reasonable prices, including a singlecylinder Whizzer that brought $6,696—almost double the $3,942 sale price of a very clean 1986 Jaguar XJS V12 coupe. It's possible the Whizzer was bought by the same enthusiast as the Jag, as the more valuable bike could easily fit in the back for use when the Jag breaks down. A 1969 Dodge Hemi Coronet was exceedingly rare in that it was one of just two 1969 R/T convertibles equipped with a 426 Hemi engine, 4-speed transmission, and the 74 M's annual Michigan International Spring Classic Car Auction at the Rock Financial Showplace provided some very good Novi, MI Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold lots Super Track Pak option. Fully documented and in excellent condition, it was offered for sale from a private collection. After plenty of bidder interest, it hammered sold at an impressive $220,000. An equally stunning 1954 Buick Roadmaster convertible with a bright red leather interior and Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels sold for a correct $84,240. Despite high prices realized for some of the cars, it was the bargains that stole the show. Most appeared to be great drivers needing nothing but a little TLC and a mechanical once-over. Among these, a clean, all-white 1987 Avanti II convertible sold for $11,988, a 1958 Cadillac Fleetwood 4-door hard top with awful carpets went for only $12,960, and a decent 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 brought $6,156. No-sales included an almost completely origi- nal, low-mileage 1980 Triumph Spitfire that failed to find new ownership at $7,800, a tractor-like 1930 Ford Model A speedster that didn't sell at a morethan-adequate $11,000, and an excellent 1962 Ford Thunderbird convertible that went home with its seller at $25,000. Last year's spring RM auction in Novi saw 106 out of 233 vehicles sold—45% of those on offer, for a total of nearly $1.8m. In the fall at Novi, RM sold only 88 of the 218 lots available, or just 40%, for a total of just under $1.7m. While the numbers have fluctuated over the last few sales, these totals overall were decent news both for RM and the market. The hobby is still strong, and people are still willing to pay fair prices to get what they want—whether they're concours-quality restorations or nice weekend drivers.u Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author ENGLISH #SP23-1977 MG B convertible. S/N GHN5U84255778G. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,600 miles. Decent original paint shows minor touch-ups. Luggage rack scratched, all other chrome good. Cracked rear tail light. Factory black vinyl interior excellent, including typically worn-out armrests. Good under hood with non-original Weber carb, glued-down dollar sign on console. Original and uncared for under the hood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,520. The seller did well, and it was a good buy if this well-worn SL turns out to be mechanically sorted. Was the oversized dollar sign on the console a warning of things to come? ITALIAN #402-1988 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate convertible. S/N ZARBA5643J1062538. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 27,432 miles. Minor scratches to decent factory paintwork, underhood finish faded. Original black vinyl interior and carpets still look new. Chrome pitting on hinges, door special intake, and header. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,880. An MGB can be fun and reliable if it's been rebuilt or well maintained. This was a high price for a rubber bumper MGB, but there aren't too many around in this kind of good original condition. The sale price was worth it considering its condition, especially with added performance. GERMAN #SP20-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 117085518. Java Green/brown vinyl. Odo: 744 miles. Fitted with rare sunroof. Complete body restoration, new floors installed. Fresh PPG green paint, new interior, nice brown vinyl seats. Combination good original and new chrome. Nicely detailed Paint blotchy, uneven, touched up, and well cracked at the rear fenders. Decent top, usable tonneau. Interior looks circa 1950s. Engine runs, but requires a full detailing. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,880. I tied my hands behind my back on this one. This was an early, stylish, running Auburn for the price of a Model T. This great car was all there and had lots of potential. Perhaps it's no '30s speedster, but it was still a very wise buy. #SP07-1918 DODGE TOURING 5-pas- handles, and trim. Black plastic grayed with age. Engine clean, plastic hubcaps nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,128. Stated never winterdriven, and this car's condition certainly confirmed that. This was one of two Alfas here, and while it brought less money, it was a better example. Cheaper than a low-mileage MGB or Spitfire, and twice the car. Well bought. AMERICAN #SP09-1917 OVERLAND 5-passenger touring. S/N 5026. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Rear spare, windwings, rear footrest. Much older restoration, decent convertible top. Respray has sanding marks and other imperfections. Hand-applied pinstripe shaky. engine, painted chassis. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $8,316. Recent fully documented restoration to high level. The money spent must have exceeded this investment, but even so, the result was pretty well market correct. Yet another indication that buying a completely restored car is far cheaper than actually restoring a car. #428-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412006110. Black/ black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 56,201 miles. Solid enough. Quick older respray still holding up relatively well, chrome mostly scratched and worn. Decent interior includes plastic Newer amateur black vinyl interior not impressive, but could be fixed. Very original under the hood, but the engine still ran. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,560. This Overland drove onto the podium, but its trail of smoke was far from environmentally friendly. Overall, a fairly rare solid tourer that could be put on the road with little work or expense. Well bought. #SP08-1917 AUBURN 6-39 5-passenger touring. S/N 57831. Burgundy & black/black vinyl/black leather. Continental 6-cylinder engine, spotlight, rearview mirror with clock, windwings, Motometer. Described as mostly original, paint and wood redone at one point. 76 Sports Car Market senger touring. S/N 313883. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 50,069 miles. Rearmounted spare, 12-volt electrics, etched and beveled windwings. Paint shows acceptable patina, body solid. Tattered black leather interior could be revived with great patience, but had been patched in places. Decent black top and brightwork, newer wood on floors. Runs well, but engine is the true definition of “original.” Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,480. Another no-reserve oldie that went for less money than a slightly newer sedan of same quality. This very original driver could have been enjoyed as it was, or made into an ongoing project. Extremely cheap fun. #SP10-1926 DODGE 4-dr sedan. S/N B704931. Gray & black/gray cloth. Mostly original dull gray paint shows plenty of scrapes and scratches. Older rechromed grille, bumpers, and bezels, original nickel-plated door handles and cowl lights. Newer clean interior, stained headliner. Steps on running boards deteriorating

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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author by the second. Engine appears to have been last serviced in 1926, but pool of fluids fresh. Cracked tires remarkably still hold air. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,828. A two-man bidding war erupted over this tall 4-door, and the price quickly soared from six grand to nearly ten. Obviously much-loved, and hopefully the new owner didn't mind the fact that he paid a few grand too much. #SP29-1951 FORD VICTORIA 2-dr hard top. S/N BIDA206004. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 30,167 miles. Door fit high at rear edge on both sides. Excellent two-tone green paint console. Beautifully detailed engine. Cracked narrow whitewalls, worn basic black undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $47,520. A Richard Zocchi custom show car that has been featured in numerous mags. The price was a bit of a bargain, but I hope the buyer made sure he could fit inside and be comfortable—if not, hopefully he has a good chiropractor. work and interior, decent chrome shows only a few scratches. Minor wear under the hood, but still show-ready. Undercarriage sprayed in protective black paint. Fitted with wide whitewalls and an AM radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,780. Imperfections were hard to find on this old Ford. The two-tone colors suited its styling quite well, and the sale price was very reasonable for an example in this condition. Well done all around. #SP56-1954 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N V5955837. Black/black vinyl/red leather. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Flawless black paint, excellent body and panel gaps. Like-new black vinyl top, spotless leather interior and matching carpets, fully detailed engine and undercarriage. Well done #436-1958 CADILLAC SIXTY SPECIAL Fleetwood 4-dr hard top. S/N 58M084503. Black/turquoise cloth & vinyl. Odo: 45,647 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good older black paint has few imperfections, chrome worn and scratched. Original seats still nice. Old, faded #SP59-1963 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 636C04102. Pink, purple, & white/white & purple leather. Odo: 69,841 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body shaved, chopped, and lowered. Beautiful paintwork, excellent chrome and custom grille. Spotless custom leather interior. Scruffy under the hood, with disappointing black paint worn on firewall and around grille. Basic black underside with undercoating. Fitted with air suspension. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,340. Built by Richard Zocchi in conjunction with several San Francisco builders. Featured in prominent magazines, and was the winner of Sam Barris memorial award. This wasn't the best custom out there, but it was well worth the money—especially in the long run. #NR01-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. Blue/white/blue vinyl. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Top appears recently resprayed, older blue body paint has sanding marks and chips. Possibly original chrome worn, trim and glass still nice. Interior renewed and still very presentable, with chrome piping carpet shampooed recently, resulting pungent smell still present. Previously tarted-up under the hood, now well worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,960. Overall a solid, slightly refurbished decent driver. The price was market correct, and both the buyer and seller should be pleased. No harm done. #NR08-1963 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE throughout. All power options, Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, wide whitewalls. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $84,240. A concours example that sold for top money, but with the amount of work done, it was clearly worth every penny. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. #SP55-1957 BUICK SPECIAL custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 4D3004631. Pearl White & yellow/pearl & white leather. Odo: 44,296 miles. 350-ci V8, auto. Body chopped, channeled, shaved, and lowered. Show condition flawless metallic paint looks great. Excellent chrome and stainless, bumpers show a few small scratches. Combination stock and custom interior, with leather bucket seats and full 78 by two gals for about the same money. They spent $3,500 on the overhaul and then had to sell for less after expenses, shipping, and fees. Unfortunate, but at least it wasn't an overly expensive lesson. Well bought. Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N 3365712239. Lavender metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 74,778 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Faded older metallic repaint has rust blisters along trim and other body defects. Worn and scratched chrome appears original. Newer interior and carpets still OK. Recent full mechanical overhaul, chassis oily. Power steering, power brakes, power windows, Wonderbar radio, console mounted tach. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,180. Bought in Toronto worn. Aging dash, out-of-place newer stereo. Engine features an aluminum intake, Holley valve covers, MSD ignition, and hardened valve seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,156. Sold at no reserve. This very decent and solid twotone blue and white Galaxie hard top was well bought. No harm was done here, as the new owner can drive and enjoy while likely still making a profit down the road. #621-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 41447A121729. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 72,410 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh paint shows dirt, thin spots, and

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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author minor wear. New brightwork installed, except for old dented stainless trim on windshield. New black vinyl seats and carpets. Detailed engine with added chrome, Edelbrock speed parts, aircraft hoses. New exhaust, matte black undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,700. These big Chevys have a following, but there was not much interest here for this driver-quality SS. The price was not far off the mark, so the seller could have sold without too much regret. #400-1965 DODGE CORONET 440 2-dr hard top. S/N W351194348. Red/red & white vinyl. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully rebuilt. Very good paint shows some spots of dirt. New chrome, poor original stainless, hood trim loose. New interior not done in original style. Custom dash loaded with aftermarket gauges. Aluminum intake, ceramic-coated headers, detailed engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,148. under the hood, but a bit scruffy. Chassis finished in basic black. Heavy duty suspension, wood wheel, AM/FM radio, off-road exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,700. Well restored, with custom and period bits fitted. All the stock parts were included in the sale, which made this Corvette an even better buy. At this price, the new owner did well, despite there being no mention of matching numbers. #SP26-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS The seller reportedly spent $15k on the engine alone. One header was touching the steering box and the body, so some sorting out was still needed. He wanted $25,000 for the car, but settled for far less. The sale price was reasonable for an early Chrysler muscle car in this condition, so the new owner should be happy... except when filling the gas tank. #SP58-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08C728436. Caspian Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 25,886 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint with slight polishing marks visible. New bumpers, very good stainless, some original chrome. New white vinyl top and interior with fresh blue carpets. coupe. S/N 124378L317292. Turquoise/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 76 miles. 427-ci V8, auto. Body completely rebuilt, paint flawless. Chrome decent, but not show. Excellent original black vinyl interior. Fully detailed engine compartment, chassis, and trunk. Lots of high performance Nickey parts. Posi rear end, stainless fuel and brake lines, aluminized dual exhaust, 4-core radiator, American Racing #SP57-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S103648. Sun Fire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. 427-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with 1967 carburetor set up. Excellent paint shows minor swirl marks, and still requires buffing. New black vinyl top, interior, and black carpet. Detailed clean with basic detailing. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, power windows, a/c, 8-track, rear defrost, and a full console with gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,204. Nothing to criticize here. Everything about the car had been well done, and while the seller got a good price, the buyer got a beautiful turn-key Camaro. Well bought and sold. #SP99-1968 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA fastback. S/N 29F8B412204. Blue & white/ black vinyl. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Started life as a 225-ci 6-cylinder car. Bright paint shows few flaws and some dirt, Bondo evident in sills. Some new chrome, very scratched aluminum trim. New black vinyl interior, carpet, and wrinkled headliner. Aftermarket radio, original dash peeling at corners. Engine built with street rod crank, 650-cfm Holley carb, forged pistons, and more. Show-like detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,360. According to the seller, there was $25k in the motor alone. Even so, it still didn't look like it was worth over $18k with so many noticeable blemishes. #424-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242379R129497. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 27,159 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, original pitted chrome, worn stainless. Decent green vinyl seats and carpet. Dash has velour cover. Clean under the hood with basic Door fit requires adjustment. Equipped with a/c, Rally Pack clock/tach, wire wheel covers, and center console. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,320. Mustang Club of America concours quality has its price, and over $31k did it here. Not much was left for the new owner to do aside from a few adjustments, and then he'll be able to collect trophies at local and national shows. Expensive, but still likely less than the cost of restoration. 80 wheels with Redline tires. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. Although a replica, or in this case, a “Nickey Chevrolet” tribute car, it was very well done throughout. It was exported to Canada four years ago, and the owner spent three years collecting parts before restoring it. Mostly NOS and GM parts were used, with driveline dates from 1967 to 1969. Although it was worth more, interested buyers looking to spend $40k were not at Novi. #SP70-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. S/N 124378N330482. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 34,683 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original numbersmatching car. Excellent paint, chrome, and polished stainless. New interior, black vinyl top, and carpets. Fully detailed engine bay, chassis detailing and GM parts. Solid, painted black chassis. Redline tires, factory wheels, power steering, power brakes, a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. A rust-free straight Arizona GTO. The issues noted were all easy fixes that could be accomplished while enjoying shows and cruises. A good buy at under $20k. #SP27-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23N0G222201. Blue & black/black vinyl/black & silver vinyl. Odo: Sports Car Market

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Column RM Auct , MI Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint coupe. S/N 149320841. Eng. # 149320841. Red/black. Odo: 75,000 miles. 24 photos. Northern California. Missing some trim. “The paint is shinny and the bright work is not dented or damanged except for the right eyebrow grill.” Perfect glass, interior faded and 69,847 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Overall solid with new rockers, doors ill-fitted. Acceptable blue paint shows dirt specks in black racing stripes. New chrome bumpers, original scratched door handles and trim. Vinyl bench seat clean and well-fitted. Engine and compartment require some additional detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,500. This was a decent, solid driver that will provide plenty of Mopar fun for a lower than usual market price. Well bought. #SP72-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach somewhat tired. “The motor runs great, it drive great, however it has not been started in two years.” 15 bids, sf 375, bf 41. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,605. Relisted after “the two guys that won the auction decided that it was too nice to strip down and make a race car.” Well sold this time around, because it just didn't sound that nice on eBay. #-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA Spider. S/N AR392653. Red/black. Odo: 52,000 miles. 18 photos. Rockville, MD. Older, incomplete restoration. Incorrectly titled as a '62. Missing some trim pieces. Paint is orange peeled, chipped, and dinged. 1 fastback. S/N 0T05M108291. Blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 21,008 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Holley carb, Shaker hood, Flowmaster exhaust, powder coated headers. Decent paint, good chrome, pitted door handles, original stainless trim. New all-black vinyl interior and carpets, custom rear window complete. Full history and documentation since new. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,490. A great original example and rare based on the options fitted. It was one of one Gran Torino Sports delivered with an AM radio. These Fords are still cheap, fun rides for a fraction of what Chevys and Mopars demand. Well bought, even at the top end of the market. #604-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. Minor rust on rear quarter. “Top is a bit dry, hard to latch.” Seats ripped. “Motor runs, not road tested.” Has been sitting for a couple of years. “This could be a very nice Alfa with a little TLC to get it road ready.” 20 bids, sf 34, bf 91. SOLD AT $7,600. A market-correct price, but I would have left this one in the weeds. #-1967 ALFA ROMEO GRANSPORT QUATTRORUOTE Zagato Replica roadster. S/N AR393059. Red/black. Odo: 22,000 miles. 11 photos. Lake Oswego, OR. 1 of 92 made, “to commemorate the 1929/1930 1750 Gransport Zagato. 1,600-cc engine, 5-speed, Guilia Chassis. Comes with original Italian Title shelf. Engine compartment features overdone chrome and underdone paint. Underside painted black over rust. New Hoosier radials mounted on Magnum 500 wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,920. Perhaps not pristine, but a good solid car with minor problems that could be easily rectified by new owner. A fair price for a good looking Mustang, and both parties should be happy. #616-1970 DODGE CHARGER SE 2-dr hard top. S/N X29NOG217150. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 87,677 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Polish scratches evident in and shipping documentation. Has soft top and side curtains.” 8 bids, sf 11, bf 6. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,600. Publisher Martin loves Alfas. If I recall, he once traded a Plymouth Superbird for two Alfa Montreals. I understand he's driven this particular car. With real 1750s worth more than $500,000, this factory-built “tribute” was fairly priced. Astoundingly well sold. u 82 SOLD AT $15,390. Look like Burt Reynolds... when he was young! Very original and rustproofed since new. These Trans Ams continue to edge up in price year after year, and this one was the right color and had the right transmission. This price would have seemed high a few years ago, but now mint models have topped the $20k level. With that in mind, this was a fair price for a good driver. u Sports Car Market S/N 2W87Z9L129576. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 62,755 miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mostly original paint shows minor wear, door handles show age. Black vinyl seats decent, some wear to carpets. Plastic hood pull missing from under dash. Side glass scratched, other glass OK. Engine compartment looks used, but solid. Original honeycomb wheels still nice. Cond: 3. paint. Rechromed bumpers, door handles, and gas cap, original trim. Combination original and new interior, with replaced seats and carpet. Aftermarket gauges and radio added. Rebuilt numbers-matching engine. Underhood in need of detailing, basic black paint on chassis. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,780. Considering the craziness of most Mopar products, this was a good buy in a fun color with adequate V8 power. Well bought, and a little work will help to improve its value when it's sold down the road. #438-1973 FORD GRAN TORINO Sport 2-dr hard top. S/N 3H35Q196929. White/black vinyl. Odo: 30,651 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A very original, solid, and unmolested local example in uninspiring white. Q-code Cobra Jet Cleveland engine, Magnum 500 wheels. Minor wear only to paintwork and interior. Factory engine compartment used, but

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author Branson Spring 2007 A modified 1971 Porsche 914 brought home $4,452, winning the prize for the cheapest look-at-me car of the weekend Company Cox Auctions Date April 20–21, 2007 Location Branson, MO Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Mark Gellman, Carlin Hooten Automotive lots sold / offered 141 / 215 Sales rate 66% Sales total $2,712,353 High sale 914, somwhere between mildly and wildly tuned Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics few years, the auction has moved from a music theater auditorium to a tent in an amusement park parking lot. The growth of both the auction and the city of Branson go hand in hand, and while many regional and local car guys are already in the know, Jim and Kathy Cox are working hard to put the Branson Collector Car Auction on the radar screen of all car collectors. As is usually the case in Branson, a mix of cars was B available. Sports cars, pickups, antiques, and nearly new Jaguars vied for attention alongside Corvettes and American muscle. One of the most noteworthy cars sold here was an early-production 1961 Triumph TR4, which while not perfect, was nicely restored. With its condition and history taken into account, its $24,168 sale price was quite reasonable. A 1975 Porsche Carrera Targa with lots of visual appeal sold for $18,762, despite being equipped with one of the troublesome mid-1970s 2.7-liter engines. In the bargain bin, a bright yellow 1971 Porsche 914 that was somewhere between mildly and wildly modified brought home $4,452, winning the prize for the cheapest look-at-me car at the sale. A 1958 Corvette convertible with a 290-hp fuel-injected 283 was the high sale of the weekend at $102,502—likely a smart buy on an original, highly-optioned car. 84 ranson turned in another solid result this spring, with $2,712,353 in sales and 141 of 215 vehicles on offer changing hands. Over the past 1958 Chevrolet Corvette fuelie convertible, sold at $102,502 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) Once again, I continued my tradition of not being able to resist buying or selling something at least once per year at Branson, and I bought a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am for what I'll call a reasonable $10,070. It was in complete “Smokey and the Bandit” livery, but was not equipped with T-tops or the ultra desirable (at least for me) factory CB radio. In the no-sale column, a 1957 Ford Skyliner retractable hard top with Branson, MO paint issues failed to sell at a more than adequate $21,500. It had been restored, but it still had plenty of needs before being ready for anything other than the road. Another drop-top that returned home with its seller was a 1961 Oldsmobile Starfire that was said to have been owned by Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears. It was bid to $38,000, but the seller thought the football connection (or maybe the Levitra advertisement relationship) should have brought more. This year's results were down slightly from 2006's $2.8m, but the sales percentage was up a full 11% over last year, showing a strong market for affordable collectible cars. In the fall, Branson will step up the quality of the venue as well as the ease of attending by moving to an all-in-one complex. The brand new facility will be in Branson Landing, an entertainment, shopping, and hotel facility located lakeside. It will feature two Hilton hotels, as well as numerous condo and apartment buildings. The Coxes are hoping that those attending will want to stay at the on-site hotels and walk to the auction, making the Branson event a one-stop shop for bidders and spectators alike.u Sales Totals ����� ��� ����� ����� ��� ����� ��� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author ENGLISH #529-1961 TRIUMPH TR4 convertible. S/N CT68L. Light blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 65,043. Recently restored. Excellent paint, straight sides, as-delivered panel gaps, nice chrome and trim. Seller has extensive list of recent work performed. Interior well-finished, with good fit to seats, carpets, and wood. quite happy with this purchase, and chances are good that barring mechanical defects, they will do well with it. GERMAN Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,168. Built on the third day of TR4 production, in August, 1961. I've heard of 1962 Triumph TR4s, but never a 1961. This was one of the earliest known TR4s, and that gives it an interesting history. The dealer offering it sold, so I suppose that meant he thought this was plenty, and I agree. #557-1980 MG B convertible. S/N GVVDJ2AG500204. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,503 miles. Original in most areas. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, decent panel gaps. Miles could be original. Clean, all-stock interior, nice soft top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,925. An undesirable rubber-bumper B that no one wants... at least vinyl is incorrect, but it looks better in person than it sounds. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,452. Worth the money if only for an occasional bomb-around-town car. Don't even think about doing anything to this one but drive it, and when you're done and it breaks, sell the parts. #235-1975 PORSCHE 911 Carrera targa. until now. In “limited edition” memorial black with a good body and real pride of ownership displayed, this one brought correct money. I expect we'll see this, or a similar result, happening more and more often in the not-too-distant future. #511-1989 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR saloon. S/N SCAZN02A1KCX24805. Silver/black/gray leather. Odo: 89,434 miles. Decent paint, nice panel gaps, chrome and trim show minor wear. Very clean engine bay, interior shows dryer than expected leather for its age. Very good wood, rear phone. Wheel pinstripes wearing off, replacement windshield is not surprising as the car is from Alaska. Visibly well maintained. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,020. The so-called 20,000 Series cars (with serial numbers that end above that number) are the ones to look for when purchasing a used Spur or Spirit. The new owners appeared 86 S/N 9115410059. Brown & gold/black/tan leather. Odo: 56,402 miles. Number 59 of 174 targas built in '75. Fitted with a/c and whale tail. Original paint decent, glass and trim unmarked. Original driver's seat leather torn in #639-1971 PORSCHE 914 targa. S/N 4712905482. Yellow/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 8,775 miles. Plenty of modifications from stock. Very good paint is evenly applied and well prepped. 7-inch long crack by the passenger turn signal, no other flaws noted. Brightwork OK, trim weak, gaskets poor. Yellow and black ITALIAN #555-1974 MASERATI MERAK coupe. S/N AM112U51398. Silver/red leather. Odo: 26,765 miles. Nice paint shows some cracks in corners and ominous bubbling in front. Hood gaps inconsistent, other panels OK. Good brightwork, excellent glass. Original interior with no flaws noted, excepting light wear. Clean engine compartment. Overall, a decent example. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,850. Some cars seem to sell only at auctions, and early Meraks are a great example. This is the second early Merak I'd seen sell at well over current retail at auction, so someone who didn't do their homework thought a $24,000 “real” Maserati sounded like a good deal. Too bad it wasn't. JAPANESE #517-1972 HONDA 600 coupe. S/N AZ6001016725. Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 40,979 miles. Weak older paint, good chrome, poor trim missing in places. Shows plenty of signs of living a tough life. Good glass has lots of gasket issues. Complete interior worn heavily. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,830. Quite an unusual find, and something you'd be more places, rest of interior still nice. Light scrape showing at driver's front wheel well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,762. A very pleasing car... let's hope not deceptively so. With no further problems found, this was a good buy and perhaps a decent long-term keeper for the Porsche inclined—although this was an unloved year and color combo. likely to see on either coast. Honda 600s got good mileage, but they sacrificed comfort and performance in the process and never took off in popularity. My value guide is missing the page where they would normally pop up, but using common sense, I would think that a nicer one could be worth more. Overpriced for condition. AMERICAN #522-1912 FORD MODEL T Brass roadster. S/N CA737427. White/red leather. Very well done. Excellent paint, very good Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author unfortunately it remains in the “who cares” column for many potential buyers. Price paid was commensurate with this car's condition and the current market. #535-1948 PACKARD STANDARD EIGHT Club sedan. S/N G243869C. Cavalier Maroon/beige cloth. Odo: 54,850 miles. Well-applied paint shows only a few chips. Excellent brightwork is well-fitted and without to fault, excepting one visible weld on the rear driver's door seam. Window gaskets dry and cracking, chrome excellent. Interior also nice, with no real issues noted. New tires installed on original wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,130. If there was anyone out there looking for a Chrysler Windsor at a reasonable price, this would have been a good chance to take one home. Not a bargain, as this was retail, but a good car nonetheless. #518-1953 STUDEBAKER CHAMPION brightwork is all brass. Superb wood, well-fitted leather seats. Equipped with electric starter. A tidy restoration with light wear and age issues. Formerly owned by artist Thomas Kinkade. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,105. A very good buy. This brass car had a little bit of history, as Kinkade actually used it in one of his paintings. I'm hoping he buys a British car from the '60s so he can do one titled, “The Painter of Light Meets the Prince of Darkness.” Hell, even I'd pay $50 for the original of that one. #549-1937 LINCOLN 363A Model K convertible sedan. S/N DR13908CAL. Tan & brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 96,069 miles. Coachwork by LeBaron. Equipped with divider window. Excellent paint, superb chrome. Top-quality restoration not fresh, but 2-dr sedan. S/N G1262797. Green/gray cloth. Odo: 52,248 miles. Older restoration. Very good paint shows a few random scratches. Nice chrome, gold trim untouched and pitted. Excellent glass, gaskets mostly fresh. Interior major flaws. Unmarked glass, very nice interior. Completely stock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,380. Once almost ubiquitous, these big bathtub Packards are rarely found at collector car auctions anymore. Collecting tastes and styles change throughout our lifetime, and I don't see these heading back into favor anytime soon. A nice example at a tidy price. #525-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr sedan. S/N 506228504. Blue/brown cloth. Odo: 66,991 miles. Original Missouri car. Decent paint, scratch in driver's door looks recent. Nice interior in original style. Engine repaint and underhood is all well detailed. Chrome is quite nice, but is redone in an incorrect cloth. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,275. Quite an unusual find. A Champion is not to be mistaken for the substantially more handsome Loewy coupe. On the fun-for-the-money scale, I'd say this car registers a solid seven—good enough to call it correctly priced at just over $9k. #582-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55K018612. Glacier & Sky Blue/blue cloth/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 74,941 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. No flaws worth noting to paint, excellent brightwork. Underhood detailed, but not fresh nor to a show standard. Clean interior has no flaws, but belies its age. Top fabric an unusual style, but it works. Some wear to driver's seat leather, rest of interior still nice. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Said to be one of twelve built with this body style in 1937. A very handsome car and almost a stunning good looker. Worth the high bid and perhaps more, just not today. #508-1947 KAISER SPECIAL 4-dr sedan. S/N 481002275. Green/putty cloth. Odo: 39,044 miles. The original K-car. Dry rubber door seals, orange peel on rear fenders. Trunk lid out of alignment, door fit off, “Darrin styled” badging. Good but not perfect interior in original style. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,300. Another cheap starter collector car, but good, but some scratching can be found. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,900. The price achieved was a little high for a 4-door, but it certainly wasn't out of line with other recent '50s car sales. Fashionable, but not in a stylish way, the big Cadillac 4-doors were all about the business of business. Well bought and sold. #514-1953 CHRYSLER WINDSOR coupe. S/N 70127014. Light yellow/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 51,719 miles. Recent repaint shows relatively well, with some orange peel and a few chips present. Bodywork hard it's not fresh. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, one piece “California” bumpers, dual mirrors, and power top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,060. A decent buy for a solid and complete former show-quality restoration. Two minus on a former show car is just where you want your driver to be, as it will have had plenty of break-in miles and still be far from worn out. Well done. #580-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S106456. Silver blue & white/white soft top/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,903 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Two tops. Good quality restoration is not overdone, but shows some age. Excellent paint, 88 Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author A very good buy in a car that is growing in collector recognition. I won't be surprised to see this car show up better detailed at the next event, and when it does, I'll bet it'll bring an easy $10,000 more. #221-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07L205688. Light yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 75,797 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. The file folder that comes with the car shows plenty of work done, rust issues included. Good paint, plenty of weak gaps, very good chrome. Some of the flaws could be easily addressed by a restorer to bring this car back to show. Underhood is clean and will detail up. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $102,502. The buyer was a Corvette restorer who wanted to redo it totally correctly, and let's hope he spends the summer using this as his nice driver before it becomes a show winner. This price sounds expensive, but it might just have been a very smart buy. #231-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 31847S234949. Black/tan/ brown cloth. Odo: 71,726 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. VIN tag on driver's door missing. Older paintwork was a good quality job, but now is far from perfect. Spot repairs and rust visible throughout. Brightwork covers the prep issues throughout. Chrome better than expected considering the overall condition of the car. Decent interior. Just a driver. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,240. About as cheap as it gets for a first generation Mustang. As a starter collector car, the Mustang is tough to beat, and this one was very well bought—50% more would not have surprised. #519-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. S/N 105876W107117. White/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 72,437 miles. Very weak paint, overspray abundant and obvious. Pitted chrome, older top, delaminating front windows. Inside only slightly better, with poorly excecuted detail work gamut from fair to good, decent glass is fullytinted, as this is a factory a/c car. Replacement interior in incorrect cloth. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,070. All in all, not a bad car on which to start a restoration—let's just hope the visible rust was the worst part of it. Quite desirable as an SS, and the 327 and a/c made it more so. Well bought. #533-1963 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 7J1047874. Black/white leather. Odo: 85,902 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. AACA Junior 1989, Senior tag as well. Very nice paint, chrome in need of some cleaning. Excellent glass, gaskets starting to dry up. Very nice interior is original style, some light wear visible to seat leather. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,695. throughout. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $10,600. I've seen much nicer examples sell for much less on a relatively regular basis. There may have been some attributes I missed on this car, but its needs outweighed what was there. The seller did very well, and the buyer now has an expensive project on his hands. #272-1966 RAMBLER AMBASSADOR 990 convertible. S/N A6KC75Q100745. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,559 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Uninspired paint, most brightwork pitted, scratched, or discolored. Lots of dry and brittle gaskets, decent convertible top. Inside could be nice, but lots of polishing and cleaning needs can be found. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $8,268. This car will clean up and look much better, but I don't see too much upside for the new owner. It was rare 90 and unusual, but those are not always the most valuable aspects of a classic car. Good fun at a decent price, but not much more. #571-1967 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 7Y86G808000. Red/white leather. Odo: 80,553 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A driver. Good paint shows some mismatched recent fixes and one small ding in the driver's door. Good chrome, no issues to the glass, pliable gaskets. Leather seats nice, as are the carpets and dash. Uninspired used-car appearance underhood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,620. 1967 was the final year for the iconic 4-door Lincoln Continental convertible. I would call this result high for this car's condition, perhaps by $5,000, but these cars have plenty of room to go up in value. #577-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S105375. White/ white vinyl/saddle tan leather. Odo: 66,061 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration shows some sins of long term storage. Paint better than driver quality, but not show. Good chrome, decent convertible top. Nice older interior shows plenty of wear to the driver's seat. Teak steering wheel, side pipes, aftermarket add-on a/c incorrectly cataloged as original. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Prices have been down on mid-year 'Vettes, and the market is still trying to recover from its oversupply. Perhaps this owner didn't get the memo, as this was plenty of money. #234-1969 FORD THUNDERBIRD coupe. S/N 9J84N101688. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 45,879 miles. 429-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. This could be this year's winner for the worst car not at a salvage sale. Faded paint Sports Car Market

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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author enhanced by spray can highlights, two of four hubcaps present. Vinyl top looks like it was last used as a scratching post for angry panthers. Rust present only in areas where Bondo is not. Poor chrome pitted and dull. Interior is a high point, as it's merely horrible. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,272. If you own a '69 Thunderbird and had to have a parts car in the worst way, this was your chance. Seriously, this car was worth every bit of the bid just for the 429 lump sitting atop the front wheels. Even as a rebuilder, it was likely worth the money. Make some raccoons happy... park this one in your yard. Hopefully they're not really picky raccoons. #257-1969 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY 2-dr hard top. S/N PH23GF199604. Green/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 75,306 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint needs some color sanding. Recent repairs visible to driver's front fender. Excellent chrome, no glass issues, vinyl engine is not. Excellent interior shows some separating stitching on the front seat. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. If this was a full numbers-matching car with the correct engine, it should have easily brought more than this high bid. The V in the VIN indicated that it came from the factory with the Six Pack 440, but without knowing for sure if that engine was still fitted, the buyers were wise to hold off. top excellent. Very clean interior with superb console. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,480. Very, very well bought. No, it's not a true muscle car, but it is from the era and does have a 318-ci motor, so it can still get out of its own way. Another $5,000 or even $7,000 would not have surprised here. #541-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS Pace Car convertible. S/N 124879N817635. Dover White & Hugger Orange/white vinyl/orange vinyl & cloth houndstooth. Odo: 66,332 #204-1971 BUICK GS Stage I convert- ible. S/N 434671H160310. Brown/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 53,593 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A true #5 car, including rustedthrough doors and rear quarters. Impressive documentation, appears to be a real Stage I convertible with factory a/c. Paint looks to have been redone years ago, decent top is a fair quality unit. Underhood is crusted with dirt and grease. Original interior shows fade, but is miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full restoration to a better than new standard. Excellent paint, brightwork as-new, fresh top has some fit issues. Good gaps, but one piece of side chrome is improperly installed and sticks out 1/4 inch. Fully detailed underhood, equipped with power steering, power brakes, and a power top. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $64,000. That quarter inch on the trim was worrisome. Was this something that happened in shipping, or as a result of a hurry-up final finish? The RS/SS cars are the ones to have, and I agree with the seller for not letting this one go to a new home at this price. #586-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23V0A136846. Lime Light/black vinyl. Odo: 20,271 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint to a better-than-new standard, chrome nice, excellent graphics and trim. Panel fit good, body straight and solid. Seller claims the body and chassis to be numbers-matching, and I assume that means the true, rare, Stage I convertible. However, any potential owner was simply purchasing the expensive rights to a restoration. Reviving rusty cars almost always proves interesting, unless the restorer is very skilled or owns a non-rusty donor car. With the amount of work needed, this price should have been enough. #612-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194371S116962. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 75,021 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Rough. Paint OK, chrome is complete and could be worse, with pitting noted throughout. Interior has lots of needs, with rust in the windshield pillars, cracked and dirty console, and weak seats. Underhood dirty. Poor overall. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $13,780. The highly lamentable cheap Corvette, only this one was not quite cheap enough. Rust in the windshield pillars was the main thing to be aware of here. Yes, the bodies are fiberglass, but the rest of the car is not. Well sold. #220-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87K9L177847. Black/black cloth. Odo: 98,855 miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c not working. Older repaint, minimal chrome decent. Underhood is best described as gunk-ready—not horrible, but with plenty of needs. Inside shows a correct funky cloth interior, good dash, and nice console. Replacement AM/FM, cassette is a Kenwood unit. Power steering, power brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,070. Undoubtedly complete. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Not for the faint of heart or checkbook. With its excellent documentation, the vendor did a good job convincing everyone that this was a 92 the best buy of all time, purchased by an incredibly savvy individual poised to dominate the world. Okay, so it was me. I bought this car to participate in the first ever “Smokey and the Bandit” commemorative run, held on the 30th anniversary of the movie's release. By the time you read this, this car will have been driven from Texarkana, TX, to Atlanta, GA, along with dozens of other slightly warped gearheads and their black chariots, complete with screaming chicken decals.u Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author Spring K.C. Dream Classic The custom cars offered didn't represent a solid continuing investment, and buyers are now looking for the most authentic cars they can find Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date April 27–28, 2007 Location Kansas City, MO Auctioneer Mike Hagerman and Mark Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 145 / 254 Sales rate 57% Sales total $3,071,614 High sale 1966 Mustang, one of 14 in K.C., sold at $22,050 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics arena just north of downtown, it was the first relatively dry spring Kansas City sale I've attended, with rain falling for only about an hour and a half before Friday's auction segment. Yet even though most of the weather was S bright and sunny, the sales rate wasn't. Mecum sold 57% this year, versus 64% sold in '06. When all was said and done, Mecum sold about $200k less than last year's $3.3m. While most dealers present were looking for really good cars, consignors were generally firm and fast on their reserves. That wasn't a bad business strategy, however, as those reserves were generally based upon the idea that each car was going to be moving up at least one notch over its respective established value. Most dealers in the audience weren't paying retail-plus prices this year, however, and the general public was mostly looking and not waving bidder's cards. This may be another indication that the market in general has flattened out, and people are only willing to pay today's prices today, not tomorrow's. Another major contributor was the fact that a large number of the consignments here ranged from nonstock to outright fakeydoos. While some may have been fun to play with, they didn't represent a solid continuing investment, and current buyers are looking for the best, most correct car they can afford. This is especially true 94 pringtime in Kansas City means it's time for Mecum's season opener. Held at its usual venue of the Metropolitan Community College's Kansas City, MO 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $78,225 Buyer's premium with fuel prices that are driving more and more collector cars into the category of investment-grade garage ornaments rather than “daily drivers.” Dana and company were able to put together some deals after cars left the block, but even those numbered far fewer than a year ago. The high sale of the weekend belonged to a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, in rare Almond Beige, which brought $78,225. Also notable was the $27,825 sale of a restored 1970 Chevelle SS 396. One of the best looking restorations at the sale was of a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle, which found a new owner at a reason- $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) able $7,500. With so many consignors holding on to their reserves, there were plenty of no sales by the end of the weekend. Among them was a 1962 Corvette convertible equipped with the base 327-ci 250-hp engine that stalled at $68,000, a figure that should have been more than enough considering its lack of options. A 1968 Pontiac GTO convertible remained with its seller at a $44,000 high bid, and a 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 equipped with the Q-code 428 engine failed to sell at $70,000. If Mecum's Spring Kansas City sale is any indication of where the market is, then let it be said that the boom days are over. We'll have to wait until the colossal Spring Belvidere event over Memorial Day weekend to see if this is for certain, or just a regional slump. However, the view from here suggests the times are changing.u Sales Totals ����� ��� ����� ����� ��� ����� ��� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author GERMAN #F42-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 219 4-dr sedan. S/N 105010N8503446. Dark blue/gray cloth & blue vinyl. Odo: 88,624 miles. Becker Europa multiband radio. Tired original paint has a plethora of nicks, chips, scratches, and fading. Passenger side rear door shows several light dings, doors open and close well. Grubby engine bay has carpet scraps propping up battery and home-made heater control boxes with red-painted valves. Recent cylinder head AMERICAN #S99-1955 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2- dr hard top. S/N 55WA15964M. Red & white/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 79,444 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory power steering, pushbutton AM radio, and windshield washers. Dealer-installed Continental kit, spot lights, and driving lights. High quality restoration recently completed, with paint still degassing from the body. Typical clunky doors need a hefty slam to latch properly. Heavily rebuffed work, reassembly none too sanitary. Seats reupholstered in a non-stock fabric several years ago, and not by German artisans. Extra parts stuffed into the back seat area, including extra back seat. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $3,400. “It rides like a Cadillac—actually better than a Cadillac” is hardly a sales pitch I see DaimlerChrysler utilizing, but that was one of many various rattling-on quips I got from the elderly, way-too-chatty owner. This rattletrap didn't generate much interest at $3,400, and it was worth even less as it was. #F27-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 117013255. White/black vinyl. Odo: 87,596 miles. “Stiftung Auto Museum Volkswagen” provenance letter confirms it was sold new in St. Louis in 1966. Restoration not done to the highest level. Decent repaint to factory standards. Chrome and brightwork new, replated, or NOS. All glass removed and replaced, all seals and weatherstrips new. Glossy black chassis pan, engine bay just as clean but leaves more to be desired, with blue trim not perfect. Recently installed reproduction interior done to professional standards. Well detailed engine bay, clean chassis. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,663. Perhaps the market is finally taking notice of 1955–56 Mercs. To pull north of $50k for a 1955 American anything, it usually needs to be either a Bel Air, Corvette, T-Bird, or a Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner. This nice car sold for what should be considered a realistic price, as dropping one at a restoration shop with an expectation of this level of quality would cost you more than this. #S51-1957 CHEVROLET 210 2-dr hard top. S/N VB57A102612. Matador Red/white & gray vinyl. Odo: 1,442 miles. 283-ci fuelinjected V8, 3-sp. Positraction, hydro-boost power brakes. Heater, clock, cigarette lighter, and radio delete. Professionally restored to the highest levels. Better-than-stock paint application over bare body. Authentically detailed engine bay with all NOS or GM reproduction components. Only minimal signs of operation both in the engine bay and on the chassis. & white/red hard top, tan soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 12,353 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original engine rebuilt 4,000 miles ago per receipts with the car. Options include Wonderbar radio, power soft top, hard top, courtesy lights, and windshield washers. Fresh body weatherstrips on better-than-stock body prep and repaint. Mobil Pegasus decal on each rear hard top quarter window. Trim and bumpers rechromed, T-3 headlights on both sides. Clean and nicely detailed under the hood, overall gloss black undercarriage. Older, lower-quality replacement carpet and seats show very minimal wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $64,000. This was about as lethargic as you could make a Corvette in 1957, with the base motor, a Powerslide, and two tops to haul around. All it has to be is a pretty looking Corvette from 1957 to be worth over $70k, and the high bid was light for an example in this condition. #S82-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837S102329. Aqua metallic/aqua vinyl & nylon. Odo: 13,892 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. 3.08 differential, pushbutton AM radio, rear-mounted antenna. Generally decent older repaint to body, trim insert hand painted with a brush. At the time of the repaint, most of the weatherstripping was replaced. Newer dual exhaust system, recent fluffing evident in the engine bay. Some mild patina overall to the interior, rear package shelf loose, original seats and carpet in good condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,225. RTV silicone sealer oozing out from engine components. Interior mostly reproduction replacement. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,500. This was the most authentic and most correct usage of the word “restoration” at this sale. Generally, cars will be restored to be better than they left the factory, and in this case, if you didn't look inside the engine compartment, it was correct circa 1966 Wolfsburg. Bought well, as the new owner won't have to do it again... unless all that RTV oozes inside and plugs up the engine. 96 Correctly restored interior includes authentic seat pattern, bland gray interior paint, and black rubber floor mat. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The final bid was about $25k short of the seller's reserve. Based upon both the quality of the work done, plus the fact that this was a relatively rare hard top variant of the 210 series (most were sedans), one could understand why the seller would've preferred a six-digit price. He was smart to hold out for more. #S56-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S104550. Roman Red While it may seem odd to have three deuces and a generally shallow rear axle ratio, not everyone who bought a 348 in the day wanted to rule their local drag strip. In the Great Plains, it was common to get a setup like this, especially if the owner lived a distance from civilization and had miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles to traverse to get to town. The fact that it was an SS, of which only 142 examples were built, made this worth the money spent, and the 348 didn't hurt. Sports Car Market

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Column Author Museum Spotlight Northeast Classic Car Museum by Jennifer Davis #S81-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S113449. Almond Beige/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 27,154 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight in 2004, scoring 95.5 points. Factory options include heavy-duty suspension and Wonderbar radio. Restoration performed to the highest standards. Body and paint better than factory spec. Highly buffed trim and wheel covers, very light discoloration and way to increase tourism to the area. It began with a modest display of 55 cars, all on loan from area collector George Staley. The inventory now numbers close to T 125, with most of the collection either rotated from storage or on loan from private collectors. Over 75 volunteers, three staff members, an annual vintage Mustang raffle, and a casino night all help to keep the museum in operation. The museum currently boasts the largest collection of Franklins in the world. This year's special exhibit is “The Class of 1957 Had Its Dreams,” which celebrates the great American cars of that year; 20 examples from 1957 are now on display. Unique You'll also find historic aircraft engines from B-17, B-29, B-36, and B-52 bombers, as well as the jet engine from an F4 Phantom. And if you've got an event that needs hosting, the museum is a great place for that. Where 24 Rexford St. Norwich, NY 13815 607.334.2886 www.classiccarmuseum.org What 125 fully restored automobiles on display in seven separate exhibits in three buildings. Located an hour from Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Hours Open daily 9 am to 5 pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day Admission Members: free; Adults: $9; Students 6–18: $4; Children under 6: Free u he Northeast Classic Car Museum, in Norwich, New York, opened in 1997 as a oxidation starting on some of the engine components. Clean and correct undercarriage, including clamped exhaust system. Whitewalls starting to yellow slightly. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $78,225. With 820 cars painted Almond Beige, it was one of the rarer colors offered in 1962. Expertly restored, with something of a pedigree to prove it, and one of the more desirable years of Corvette, being the last year of the trunk-back and the first year for the 327-ci engine. A good buy at this price. #S5-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500XL 2- dr hard top. S/N 3A63Z191334. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 29,986 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Aftermarket a/c, older Torq Thrust wheels. Good quality older repaint, recently replaced bumpers, nice trim pieces need buffing. Generally clean engine bay mostly leans toward FoMoCo stock, although most of it wears an older gloss coating that is cracking and peeling off the a/c hoses. Well preserved upholstery. Chrome, trim, and bumpers have generally been replaced when needed, resulting in a mix of generally average looking used finishes. Top base trim cracked at both sides between first and second tonneau cover snaps. Newer flat black undercoating liberally applied to entire undercarriage, including some of the stock exhaust. Dingy steering wheel has a crack at 12 o'clock. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,425. To give one an idea of how much GM borrowed between cars, the seats in this car were exactly the same as those used in the '63 Corvair Monza. Makes sense, as both cars were primarily built at Willow Run. Not often seen, not only as an original red Nova SS convertible, but as one that still had its original six-banger. A very strong price here, as one would expect to see a V8 under the hood for this kind of money. #S70-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S101039. Daytona Blue/blue HT, black ST/blue vinyl. Odo: 19,475 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Wonderbar radio, aftermarket Hurst shifter. Mediocre quality repaint over minimal body prep. Iffy door fit, bumpers and most trim are replacement pieces. Somewhat cleaned up chassis features recently installed non-stock exhaust system. Older seat upholstery kit installed at interior has only moderate wear, with no appreciable tears. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,163. When the bidding stopped, the consigning dealer, who is well-versed in early '60s Fords, cut loose the reserve. When I talked to him at a later auction and asked him how he felt he did here, he said the car was worth a little more, but he needed to move some inventory and this was the best he was going to get for the time being. This car isn't worth much more, so I'd consider it well sold at this price. #S59-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SS convertible. S/N 30467W119235. Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 17,767 miles. 194-ci straight-6, auto. Mild older cosmetic restoration included an excellent repaint, replacement top, new carpet, and new seat 98 an amateur level. Lots of various non-original incorrect service parts fitted to make the car work. Engine bay pretty much as clean as any other used car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. This '63 was out here last fall, when it was bid to only $1,500 more than it was here. Somehow, I get the feeling that this seller doesn't understand what the market is saying about his car... he should think about selling it before the high bid goes below $40k. #F40-1963 PONTIAC PARISIENNE SAFARI 9-passenger wagon. S/N 3783516933. White/red & maroon vinyl. Odo: 49,877 miles. 409-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New lower quality repaint, poor masking around window gaskets. Body has filler in the lower Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author rear quarters and rockers. Rusted out spare tire well, all chrome trim and both bumpers crazed, but still usable. Reproduction door handles, dull aluminum emblems and trim. Recently undercoated via rattle can. Well preserved interior carpet and upholstery. Engine shows some surface rust, but motor, fender aprons, and cowl have been repainted. Widened stock-type steel wheels with dog-dish hubcaps. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,275. GM of Canada built and marketed this wagon, which is rarely seen south of the border. The bottom line Parisienne was basically a Pontiac body with Chevy engine and chassis, and all the Bow Tie engines were available. You could also get the 409 in a Chevy wagon during this timeframe (on both sides of the border), and some real deal cars do still exist. This was one of them, and the reserve was easily surpassed, as this car's “odd duck” factor far outweighed its condition as far as the bidders were concerned. #S29-1964 PONTIAC CATALINA Ventura 2-dr hard top. S/N 834S47149. Burgundy/red, burgundy, & white vinyl. Odo: 78,943 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documentation confirms it was factory equipped with Tri-Power, Positraction, heavyduty suspension, power steering, AM radio, tinted windshield, and Ventura trim. Very good recent repaint, rechromed bumpers and most trim. Some dry rotting to the vent glass rubber and door seals. Matte black chassis and undercarriage, clamped exhaust system has parchment vinyl. Odo: 14,444 miles. 326-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Consignor-claimed $50k restoration. Mirror-like bare-body repaint shows some minor cracks at the corners, replated chrome superb. Most aluminum trim buffed out, snap moldings at the base of the top are heavily scuffed. Undercarriage uniformly undercoated and sporting a recent non-stock exhaust system. All new interior vinyl and carpeting professionally installed. Extremely clean engine bay, but hoses, clamps, and battery are consumer-grade off-the-shelf items. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,475. Rarely do we see a Tempest done to this standard of restoration, and when we do, it almost always is disguised as a GTO. Kudos to the owner, who did it up as what it really was and let it go at a relatively low price. Bought quite well, especially since most of the unwashed masses will think it's a GTO anyway. #S53-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S107164. Nassau Blue/blue leather. Odo: 11,270 miles. 327-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Knockoff wheels, leather seating. Restored a while ago, and repainted to a good standard at that point. Since then, the paint has become thin on the left front fender. No worse than factory specification panel fit, if not better door fit. Very slight wear from careful use on high-quality reproduction upholstery. Older Magnaflow exhaust system has a very OK panel fit, clunky doors. Sanding scratches prevalent on most glass trim. Older lower-budget carpet and seat vinyl replacement kit, both headlights NOS GM T-3 units. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,463. While this car's motor may have been built up, one wonders how long it'll hold up with the blower on it. With the mixture of build quality and workmanship on the rest of the car, I wouldn't want to enter it in any endurance events. Definitely a “lookie here, my Mustang's got something different” kind of car. Sold well, as this was the antithesis of the supercharged 1965 GT350 I commented about in SCM's June '07 cover article. #S17-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 125378L339500. Medium blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,999 miles. 250-ci straight-6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Sold new in California, with original title and smog gear still fitted. Nice repaint shows good prep work. OK spray-can engine compartment detailing, deep cycle battery installed. Replated bumpers, generally good original trim, pitted taillight surrounds. Left rear bumper guard rubber strip peeling off. Replacement seat vinyl kit expertly installed. Solid undercarriage shows no clean up or prep work. Clamped stock flash rust. Well preserved original interior has mild patina, seat emblems and horn ring lightly pitted. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,500. By the time this car was built in June, the factorysponsored racing effort was over and done with, as Pontiac had bigger things in mind with the GTO. However, privateers were still actively racing Tin Indians both in NASCAR and on the drag strips, so there was still some demand for a car with this setup. These are far from common, and the final bid did represent a realistic offer. #S36-1965 PONTIAC TEMPEST Custom convertible. S/N 235675K100006. Black/black cloth/ 100 robust tone. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,375. Probably the best deal on a Corvette this weekend. Notice I didn't say it was the cheapest Corvette, but it did offer the most bang for the buck. As a no-excuses driver, this car will be best enjoyed if it is kept it away from an NCRS event... but it could easily be fluffed up to do well there. Bought well, regardless of paint issues. #S13-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT Replica fastback. S/N 6F09C396972. Aqua metallic/two-tone aqua vinyl. Odo: 21,860 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Retrofitted with power steering, power disc brakes, heavy duty suspension, and GT trim enhancements. Heavy soot on the GT-style exhaust outlets. Average driver-grade older repaint, body prep issues visible around door glass openings on roof. exhaust system rusty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,750. While plenty of Chevy guys out there might think of this as nothing more than a good home for a V8, it was nice to see a Camaro that has survived with its original six-banger. It might lose every stoplight grand prix, but it would still make an enjoyable economical driver. Bought well, as the vast majority of six-cylinder Camaros have been permanently debased, and these have nowhere to go but up in value—especially once more people discover that originality beats an engine swap any day. #S37-1968 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242678P259880. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 15,683 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering, power brakes, Safe-TTrack differential, Hurst Dual Gate shifter, Rally II wheels. Consignor claims miles indicated are original. Well-executed older repaint has a stock sheen, panel gaps and body GM- Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author standard. Well-preserved older replacement top convertible top. Newly upholstered seats front and rear, new carpet, restored dashboard. Engine compartment clean, but rather dull. Non-stock intake and carburetor installed, original items in the trunk. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. With the consignor looking for his $50k reserve and interest in the room not rock solid, this was destined to go nowhere fast. All in all, a good GTO, but not a great one. The high bid should have moved the car. #S128-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 8T02J19243102119. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 4,880 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report generated on this car, along with copies of the original build sheet, confirmed it was built as configured here. Optioned with push-button AM radio and a/c. Nicely repainted, but glass and more difficult trim left on the car. Quickie undercoating job done on the bottom, exceptionally clean and paint application, all chrome replated, most trim replaced. Well detailed engine bay spotless, engine clean. Reproduction interior soft trim, some wear starting to show on the bottom of the driver's seat. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. While copy-cats probably started to be cobbled up a week after this car first came out, a proven, real deal GTS stands far above the poseurs. Even with its small block, this car was very well restored and the seller was justified in passing on the final bid. However, if it continues to be driven, he'll kick himself later for not selling it when it was worth this much. #F58-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Pace Car convertible. S/N 124379N627705. White & orange/white vinyl/ orange houndstooth. Odo: 42,015 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cowl Induction hood and Rally wheels both factory style, but not circa 1969 parts. Excellent repaint shows a few small nicks to hood and nose. Glass alignment off on both sides, top well fitted. Excellent chrome and trim. Mostly GM under the hood, excepting a late-model battery. Replacement carpet authentic low-budget tire pressure sticker takes its place. High quality replacement interior expertly installed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. This was the first time I had ever seen a car proudly advertised as being a trailer queen. Several circles, in some of which I travel, look down on trailer queens as pretty cars that are for looks only and can't run with the big dogs. The reserve was $10k beyond the final bid here, and while the car was likely worth it, the end-user would have to be content to sit and stare at it in his garage. #F61-1970 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 0F02M483158. Maroon & white/white vinyl. Odo: 34,334 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, and dull, corroded five-spoke Shelby alloy wheels. Two-decade-old repaint thick and covered in swirl marks. Black hood center section poorly masked, with dust flakes in paint. Engine detailing done quickly, showing uneven correctly detailed under the hood. New master cylinder fitted. Well preserved original interior has minimal wear and patina. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Not much interest here, as the bid came about $20k short of this car's reserve. It actually seemed like there was more interest in the fakeydoo early Shelbys at this venue than the real cars, but both were pretty much in driver-grade condition. #S171-1968 DODGE DART GTS 2-dr hard top. S/N LS23P8B144993. Copper & white/white vinyl. Odo: 25,045 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bare-body restoration completed a year ago. Non-original 1968 block has a few internal enhancements. Mileage claimed original. Excellent body prep and and seat kits show moderate wear. Overall, a decently restored car just starting to unwind from use. Factory a/c, AM/FM radio, console and gauges, and tilt steering column. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This went back across the block on Saturday with no real interest, and the bids generally dissolved after $35k. At that time, the seller said it would take over $50k to sell it. Had this just rolled out of the restoration shop, he might have a valid point, but the high bid was on the money for an example with some visible use. #S74-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 RS coupe. S/N 124379N574388. Maroon metallic & black/black vinyl. Odo: 1 mile. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 4.10 Positraction differential, teak steering wheel, tilt steering column, AM/FM radio, gauge pack console. Recently restored to the highest of standards. Exceptionally well done bare-body repaint, all trim replaced or heavily buffed. Correctly restored and detailed undercarriage includes copies of inspection stickers and chalk marks. GM sticker missing from the doorjamb, non- application, runs, and fisheyes. Aftermarket gauges added under dashboard, older replacement seat upholstery still OK. Freshly applied flat back paint covers undercarriage and rusty exhaust system. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. While this Reagan-era restoration was nothing to be really proud of, it still had three bidders working on it until they ran out of steam at this amount. $63k was a gift considering this car's condition and its needs, but the consignor was looking for $20k more. #S48-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K146282. Silver & black/parchment vinyl. Odo: 15,577 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Replacement engine dates from 1970. Factory options include functional Cowl Induction, Positraction, a/c, tilt column, console, and SS wheels on radial tires. Aftermarket in-dash AM/FM/cassette deck, rear parcel shelf speakers. Good older repaint, incorrect narrow stripes, quality prep work evident. Interior replaced with reproduction seat kit and carpet, dashboard still original and dingy. Older engine compartment shows some grime from use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,825. 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Mecum Auctions Kansas City, MO Column Author block in a stoplight duel back in the day. While not a purist's numbers-matching car, this one seemed to have a sense of credibility. All parties tended to agree, as the reserve was surpassed at $26k. Both the buyer and seller should be pleased. #S109-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0T05Q114252. Black/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 79,171 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report confirms the car was built with the Mach 1 package, 428 Cobra Jet engine, Wide Oval tires, and a push-button AM radio. Restored over a decade ago, fluffed up for the sale. Repaint color sanded and well buffed, chrome and trim polished. Incorrect console lid, older replacement interior shows still have some room for growth. This one had a quality restoration, and it can be considered well bought at this price. #S121-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A165379. White & black/black vinyl/black & silver deluxe vinyl. Odo: 74,327 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Chrysler Registry confirms the car was delivered as currently configured. Restored from a bare shell, with excellent quality body prep and paint application. Good panel fit, new replacement PPG windshield and most other glass. Correctly detailed motor and engine bay with all Mopar components. Restored had more power and can bring $10k more than a '72. #F34-1974 FORD LTD 2-dr hard top. S/N 4W62H114497. Wimbledon White/black vinyl/black nylon & vinyl. Odo: 73,353 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory options include AM/FM/8-track, a/c, power steering, and power brakes. Owner personalization includes limo tint, wire wheels, cast aluminum Cobra valve covers, small diameter chrome air cleaner, and pinstriped door jambs and hood bottom. Top and paint appear recently redone. Nylon seat upholstery still impermeable (and not unlike ballistic armor for use almost no wear. Fresh paint and decals applied to most of engine compartment. Trunk lid starting to rust at the bottom edge. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. If one is of the rare Mustang persuasion, this was one of only 11 all-black Mach 1s that were fitted with a 428 Cobra Jet motor. You could do worse on a color combo, but it didn't do much for me. It didn't do that much for most everyone else either, as it came up ten grand short of its currently realistic reserve. #S115-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER 2- dr hard top. S/N JH23H0E115479. Vitamin C Orange & white/houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 82,237 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Build sheet and dealer invoice from new. The consignor is the original owner, and claims the car lived in California and never rusted. Excellent bare body repaint, white tail stripe yellowed appreciably, due to age, color blending, or both. Correctly restored engine bay, undercarriage not undercoated, with the same quality body paint on the bottom as on the top. Excellent interior, new gas tank, stock welded exhaust system. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. Five minutes after it crossed the block, it was announced that the car had sold post block. When I cross-checked with the published results after the auction, it didn't show the car as having sold. Such is the fickle world of collector car sales sometimes... just when you thought you had a deal put together, WHAM, it unwinds. Even as a base level 440, the high bid of $120k was a little weak. #S88-1972 BUICK GS 455 2-dr hard top. S/N 4G37U2H120938. White/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 69,282 miles. 455-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Consignor claims original mileage. Factory equipped with a/c, AM/FM/8-track, and console. Moderate detailing and prep on a mediocre repaint. Body cracks and seams not cleaned out before painting, original top has survived quite well. Aftermarket multitone horn mounted on driver's side wheelwell. against medium caliber rifle rounds). Cheaply executed dual exhaust system sounds like worn out original. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $3,400. My first car was a 1974 Large Thirsty Dinosaur 2-dr hard top, so there was a little bit of an emotional bond for me here... or was that emotional baggage? Even as the cocky car-crazed 18-year-old that I was back then, I wouldn't have done any of the over-the-top “personalization” that victimized this otherwise decent survivor. In this shape, the car was worth around the $2k mark, so the seller should have taken the money and run. #S78-1981 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Custom coupe. S/N 1G1AY8764BS404571. Black metallic/red & black vinyl. Odo: 76,804 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A tribute to NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, glovebox door signed by him. Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with subwoofers in the rear compartment. Copious body modifications make the “Corvette Summer” movie car look like a Smithsonian exhibit. Metallic black paint has oversized metal flakes and hand- freshly undercoated chassis, recent raspy exhaust. Interior fitted with new carpet, door panels, dashpad, and upholstery. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,525. There's more to E-body Mopars than Hemis and big blocks, as the level of bidding activity here showed. The small block cars were capable in their own right, as they could wind up faster than a big block and were relatively nimble and balanced. While there's been some flattening of muscle car values of late, the small block cars 104 Many incorrect bits fitted, including incorrect wiper arms and blades. Blah undercarriage sports a recently replaced gas tank. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $20,500. Nice '72 GSs are hard pressed to do $20k due to the fact that they aren't Chevys, so what would make the seller think this mediocre, albeit generally original example was worth more? He should've taken the money and run. Hopefully the high bidder understood the difference between this and the more desirable '70, which painted graphics that are starting to wear thin from excessive polishing. Custom upholstered seats, cheesy aftermarket thee-prong spinners attached to factory alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,725. I've never really figured out the fascination that Earnhardt fans have with the late driver, and quite frankly, I like it that way. There must have been a couple of fans in attendance, as this sold for about double of what most were expecting for an example from one of Corvette's lamest years. Wouldn't a Monte Carlo have been more fitting? u Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction A fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible made $129,600—on the money considering its flawless restoration and beautiful presentation Company RM Auctions Date April 13–15, 2007 Location Toronto, Ontario, CAN Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Frank Stapleton Automotive lots sold / offered 165 / 284 Sales rate 58% Sales total $3,656,468 High sale 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, sold at $129,600 '57 Bel Air, shiny side up and down Report and photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics for an automotive auction, with plenty of rain to drench the numerous consignments as they lined up to enter the building. Sellers found themselves spending hours washing and polishing the cars once they were parked safely inside the auction hall—a process that had already been completed once, outside, for most of them. Once inside, bidders had an assortment of consign- R ments from which to choose. RM sold 165 out of 284 lots, or 58% of the cars offered, for a sales total of $3,656,468. Last spring, the percentage was the same, but the numbers were 195 vehicles out of 336 for $3,704,198. This year's high sale was a fuel-injected 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible that made $129,600. Although high, the price was right considering its almost flawless restoration and beautiful presentation. A rarely seen 1929 Chandler Royal 8 4-door sedan with an excellent restoration sold for an impressive $60,480. The Chandler was built from 1913 to 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, and its best sales year was 1920, when approximately 20,000 cars were produced. Only around 100 Royal 8s were built in this configuration, and this was the only one known still to be on the road. A show-quality 1932 Ford Model A 3-window coupe hot rod in gold and bronze sold for a correct $50,760, a driver-quality 1964 106 M's annual April Spring Classic Car Auction at the Toronto International Centre saw some of the worst weather possible Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices. ($1 CAD=$0.88 USD) Ford Galaxie 500XL convertible brought $14,580, and a very nice 1968 Plymouth GTX with a 440 and a Six Pack sold for $37,800. Some unusual vehicles always make an appearance at this sale. A super-cus- Toronto, CAN tomized Chevy V8-powered Jeep drew crowds all weekend, and even though it was bid to the $26,000 mark, it failed to sell. The owner noted it had been built by a GM dealer and his sons, who had reportedly put close to $70k into the project. With its bizarre paint and graphics and custom everything, it would have made a very wild ride for the right buyer. A 1968 Buick Skylark customized in black, gold, and green was also available, and even though its color combination was Sales Totals outlandish, it sold at $12,960. Notable no-sales included a 2000 Aston Martin Vantage convertible that didn't sell at a high bid of $89,000, a 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III convertible that brought a sufficient-for-condition offer of $31,000, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird that failed to find a new home at $54,000, and a 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1 fastback that returned with the seller at $32,000—a price that didn't reflect the quality of its restoration. The poor weather outside was likely a factor in a result slightly under the $3.7m achieved in 2006. Sellers have started to realize that not all old cars are coveted by collectors and that not everything with nice paint and a huge V8 will sell, and RM's list of consignments has become varied enough to provide a little bit of everything for Toronto's bidders, who clearly have wide-ranging tastes. u ��� ��� ��� ��� ��� 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market

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'53 Ferrari 166/53 Barchetta By Oblin (Ecurrie Francorchamps) Chassis/Engine #0300 Incredible period racing history, featured in significant period books including 1955 Ferrari yearbook, restored to cost no object and likely to be welcomed at any prestige event on the world. '52 Aston Martin DB2 DHC LHD Vantage; almond green with beige, fully done, major concours winner. '56 Cooper T39 Bobtail Sports Racer Chassis #CSII/6/56 VSCCA logbook, one race since full restoration by specialists; sexy and ready – a ticket for any event worldwide. Raymond Milo, le Patron bbone@dslextreme.com cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author ENGLISH #406-1956 MG A roadster. S/N HDR4317836. White/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 2,581 miles. Thick white paint shows runs, dirt, and plenty of overspray. Wrong fender lace, cloth top in shreds. New chrome grille and bumpers, everything else pitted and scratched. Interior needs complete refitting. Original engine compartment appears Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,774. Apparently an engineer started this car's restoration in 1996, but it was basically just a cosmetic job. This Lotus had issues, but they were nothing a true enthusiast of the marque couldn't sort out. Still, the price seemed on the high side considering potential problems—and the fact it was a coupe. untouched. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,990. A 25footer that caused my stomach to turn during close inspection—this Georgia car was the pits, not the peach. A concours MG A goes for no more than three times this price, and it will take another $30k to ever reach that kind of quality here. Let's hope the new owner either has the inherent skills to do it himself or a couple of cases of good Scotch. #SP111-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ8L31392. Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 80,721 miles. Recent uneven repaint shows dirt and overspray. Chrome and trim decent, but not flawless. Silver painted wire wheels and vinyl top both look new. Driver's seat ripped, dash cracked, rubber missing from pedals. Older carpets still Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,668. With a good engine, this was well bought, although the automatic transmission will always hurt both in terms of value and fun. Still, it's an XKE, and it beats driving a Toyota on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Well bought at this price. DB7 show well. Motor, transmission and overdrive unit recently rebuilt. Engine has basic detailing, but is soiled from use. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Reportedly never driven in poor weather, but its condition made it strictly a driver. To bring this car in line with top selling models would put the new owner in the red, and the bidders knew it. The owner should have let it go at the high bid. #SP37-1970 LOTUS ELAN 2+2 coupe. S/N 501782. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 59,875 miles. Older decent two-tone respray, straight body, decent panel gaps. New door rubber means doors won't close. Rubber gaskets missing from lights, chrome and trim original and worn. New seats, holes in headliner, poor fitting rear interior panels. Detailed engine, flat black chassis. Full documentation available. 108 well maintained. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $89,000. An unusual car to see at the Toronto RM auction, but it created a good deal of excitement among the wannabe James Bonds. One of only 23 built and with full documentation since new, this Aston was both rare and #SP59-2000 ASTON MARTIN Vantage convertible. S/N SCFAB4233YK400598. Green/tan cloth/green & tan leather. Odo: 25,274 km. Like-new green paint with only minor use-related wear. Top shows no fading, plush interior looks new. No wear to green wool carpets. Engine appears #460-1971 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 SII coupe. S/N P1R42894BW. Red/black leather. Odo: 65,678 miles. Reasonably solid, older respray has dirt, chips, and prep issues. Original chrome scratched and pitted, bumpers still acceptable. New black leather interior and carpets. Chassis and underside sprayed black, but over what? fast. Used Astons are not an easy sell, but the price offered here was not unreasonable. AMERICAN #SP84-1929 FORD MODEL A Town 4-dr sedan. S/N 110024. Brown & black/brown vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 42 miles. An older restoration with great curb appeal. Decent paint, straight body, good panel gaps. Underhood details disappointing. Period-correct interior shows minimal use. Whitewall tires yellowed with age. Fitted with dual spares with vinyl covers, grille guard, hood ornament, and trunk rack. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,520. Fully restored years ago—maybe even over-restored considering the brown vinyl covered visor. Model A Fords continue to hold their own as collectibles, unlike the less practical Ts. Well bought and sold at a market-correct price. #SP100-1929 CHANDLER ROYAL 8 4-dr sedan. S/N 1437. Maroon & black/black velour. Odo: 78,091 miles. Completely restored, immaculate inside and out. Excellent paint, fresh chrome, nice trim. Equipped with rear trunk, twin horns, brake and driving lights, dual spares with mirrors, cowl lights, whitewall tires, side steps, hood ornament, self-lubricating system, Marconi radio, and window blinds. Turn signals added. Fully detailed engine with flat black undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,480. Stored for decades until it was restored by the son of the second owner, who grew up with the car. The six-year restoration reportedly cost nearly $70k. Despite being one of only 100 known to exist and the only Royal Four Door on the road, the price was still surprisingly high. Then again, if you really wanted one, where would you find another? #SP107-1932 FORD MODEL A 3-window coupe. S/N ASD11X06590927007. Gold & bronze/tan leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Show-quality two-tone paint and pinstriping, all new chrome and polished stainless. Tan leather interior, chrome steering column, Ford Racing wheel. Nicely detailed under hood and chassis. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, and a/c. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $50,760. If the color scheme didn't catch Officer Friendly's attention, the lack of front or rear fenders would do it. Recently built by Great North Hot Rods, this show-quality rod won its class at this year's big performance car show in Toronto. With lots of quality work completed, it was easily worth every penny paid. #435-1939 PONTIAC DELUXE Street Rod 2-dr sedan. S/N 9221103033. Silver/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 40,587 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid body with decent silver paint and chrome. Indians hunting buffalo murals painted on hood. Excellent red vinyl and cloth Lincoln seats finished by well known Canadian upholsterer. Nicely detailed engine compartment with late-model Chevrolet V8 and 4-speed overdrive transmission. Vintage Air, Boyd Coddington wheels and steering wheel, VDO gauges, tinted glass, 6-disc CD changer. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,680. Silver paint and Indian murals did nothing for the value of this well built street rod... it would have brought more in red without the Indians. Still, a lot of quality for little money. #SP82-1940 FORD DELUXE Custom coupe. S/N 185578004. Burgundy metalflake/ beige velour. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original chopped, nosed, decked, and shaved Southwest desert body with tubular custom bumpers and frenched taillights. Very good paint, excellent chrome and trim. Centerline mag wheels, powder coated undercarriage includes lots of polished bits. Fitted with Alden coilover shocks, all power options, a/c, Borgeau GT seats, tilt, and cruise control. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. Last seen at RM's Toronto sale in October '06, where it was a no-sale at $47,500 (SCM# 43598). Still serious looking, this well-built street rod deserved more, so the current owner was wise to pass. #SP140-1949 MERCURY convertible. S/N 9CM163072. Maroon/black cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 20,619 miles. Recent body-off restoration with impeccable red metallic paintwork. Door to fender fit quite wide, other panel gaps decent. Chrome slightly worn with minor scratches to front and rear bumpers. Window rubber deteriorating, glass unmarked. Flat black paint on chassis shows no detailing. Non-original but decent two-tone gray vinyl interior. Equipped with power windows, power August 2007 109

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author seats, power top, fender skirts, and wide whitewalls. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Big, bold, and many would say beautiful... but at $115 grand, it should be. No provenance was noted, so the high bid should have been more than enough. The owner must have had his reasons for holding out, but he might regret it down the road. #SP91-1954 LINCOLN CAPRI 2-dr hard top. S/N 54WA24657H. Black & white/white leather & cloth. Odo: 90,312 miles. Full restoration, paint shows some dirt in places. Good panel fit, straight body, excellent chrome, stainless scratched. New leather and cloth interior. Engine compartment nicely detailed. Equipped with all power options, a/c, fender skirts, pushbutton radio, wide whitewall tires, and a windows, and power brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. Perfect for driving Miss Daisy or the family to the local A&W. Although big and awfully green, this old Packard had charm. It was obviously loved and cared for throughout its life. The cost of restoring a 400 to this level would far exceed the price paid, but if the new owner continues its maintenance, there will be little to lose. #SP103-1955 FORD CROWN VICTORIA Skyliner 2-dr hard top. S/N U5FF184316. Yellow & black/glass/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 93,919 miles. 272-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older restoration, recent upgrades. Decent paint shows sanding marks and minor chips. Good chrome has a few scratches, original stainless and pitted hood ornament both need attention. Glass top unmarked. Chassis has surface rust, engine compartment show quality. Well-fitted interior includes newer carpets these T-Birds, it's all in the options fitted, and this one had plenty. The '55 is the hardest to sell due to lack of decent ventilation, and even though this was decent money, the seller was looking for more. #SP99-1956 MERCURY MONTCLAIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 56SL17724. Persimmon & Colonial White/Persimmon & white vinyl. Odo: 47,743 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older body-off restoration, minor marks visible in paint. Good chrome and stainless show minor dings throughout. Seats and carpet like new. Fully detailed under the hood. Fitted Continental kit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,330. Lincolns from this era aren't everyday sights, but then again, not too many collectors go ga-ga over them. This one had few needs and would have made a great driver, and for that, this price was to be expected. The buyer got a good car for very little money, and it proved again that the cheapest way to restore a car is to buy one already finished. #SP34-1954 PACKARD PATRICIAN 400 4-dr sedan. S/N 26528849. Two-tone green/green cloth. Odo: 85,276 miles. Older paintwork has evidence of prep issues, dirt, and minor scratches, but overall still looks good. Older chrome decent, windshield shows wiper scrapes. Solid frame, non-original green velour interior with little wear. Engine rebuilt with basic detailing, but far from show quality. Original steel wheels have dings in disks. Equipped with power steering, power and exterior-matched yellow and black seats. Equipped with twin rear aerials, Continental kit, wire wheel covers, and fender skirts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,040. An authentic factory 64B Crown Victoria Skyliner with a transparent glass top. The striking yellow and black twotone paint and interior drew lots of attention, and the seller was able to get a market-correct price. Overall, this was a good car that will likely be improved upon without a great deal of additional investment. Well bought. #SP126-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P5FH110845. Red/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 4,399 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older nut-and-bolt restoration shows minimal wear. Straight body, consistent panel gaps. Paint shows light swirl marks and some chips to nose. Minor scratches in older chrome, brightwork excellent. Likenew red carpets, seats, and door panels. Factory engine dress-up kit. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, reverse lights, wire with all power options, spotlights, T&C radio, day/night mirror, complete light package, and fender skirts. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $23,220. Originally a Southern car, this Merc was rustfree and straight. With its attractive colors and '50s style, this was an excellent buy... and the new owner even has room for some possible future profit. #SP92-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF Catalina 2-dr hard top. S/N A756H10059. White & light blue/white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 98,720 miles. Decent two-tone paint shows minor flaws, including dirt and a large blemish to Continental kit. Smart white interior with dark blue carpets shows little wear. Very good to excellent chrome and stainless. Wide white- walls, Pontiac dual chrome exhaust tips. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,730. Few collectors have a Pontiac Catalina at the top of their dream list. Still, this 1956 Pontiac in white and baby blue had a real '50s charm, and at the sale price, it was not a bad investment. It should prove enjoyable for the new owner until it's sold to buy the next car on his list—maybe a Henry J? #SP55-1956 DODGE D10 pickup. S/N basket wheel covers, wide whitewalls, and an original hard top. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. This former AACA National first prize winner was ready for show or go. With 110 90114137. Red/gray vinyl. Odo: 5,189 miles. Older repaint shows some minor dirt. Bumpers and grille painted white with no chips or marks. Running boards undercoated in Stoneguard. Newer gray vinyl interior wrinkled, but with Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN little wear. Fitted with new 16-inch Goodyear radials. Bed equipped with side mount spare and tonneau cover. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,340. This Windsor-built truck was a solid driver that brought a fair price. Sold at no reserve, and at this price and in this condition, no harm was done. #SP109-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 convertible. S/N C7SC116810. Blue & white/blue vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 605 miles. 292ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A fresh restoration, only minor orange peel to paint. New chrome, stainless buffed and nearly perfect. Equipped with power steering, tinted glass, and fender skirts. New power top, recovered seats, fresh carpets. Detailed engine recently rebuilt with added oil cooler and dual exhaust. Painted undercarriage clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $34,020. This was an excellent example of about half a dozen '50s-era Fords at the sale. These are bargains in comparison to the much-loved Chevys, while providing a similar or better driving experience. This one had the right options and was attractive in its two-tone paint scheme, and it was a good buy at $34k. #SP122-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC5T232693. Colonial Cream/white vinyl/yellow & silver vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original U.S. delivery car. High level restoration with flawless Colonial Cream paintwork. Excellent chrome and trim, factory panel gaps. Spotless color-matched interior shows only slight puckering on the seat sides. Fully rebuilt and detailed mechanicals. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $82,080. Virtually no miles since a two-year frame-off, rotisserie restoration by Canadian Mel Rose Autobody. Apart from slight seat issues, this Chevy was among the best I'd ever seen. Considering the rarity of the color and the quality of the workmanship, this was one of the best buys of the weekend. #SP129-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57N167953. Red/cream vinyl/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 1,715 miles. 283-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Rotisserie restoration with minimal marks in paint. Excellent chrome, stainless slightly August 2007 111

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author scratched in places. New interior and vinyl top, fully detailed engine and chassis. Fitted with power steering, power brakes, power top, bumper guards, fender skirts, wide whitewall tires, spinner hubcaps, dual antennas, nail guards, Wonderbar radio, and a Continental kit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,600. This former California car featured all the goodies collectors want, including the desired factory fuel injection. Add to that bright red paint, gleaming chrome, and lots of detailing, and you have the top selling RM car. Expensive, but very well done and clearly worth the price. #SP110-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 convertible. S/N H8KC135529. Red & white/ white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 5,098 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fully optioned, detailed, and rebuilt in 2007. Few paint flaws, new white convertible top and motor. Fresh matching red and white interior, new tinted deteriorate. Undercarriage painted in Gravel Guard undercoating. Older red leather interior cracked from age. Fully detailed FoMoCo engine bay. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. Originally a U.S. car, this T-Bird was a very straight, excellent driver that should have sold for the big money offered. windshield with original Ford script side glass. Fully rebuilt and detailed Interceptor engine and chassis rolling on four wide whitewall tires. Just turn the key and enjoy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,120. Great red paint, excellent detailing, and lots of options helped push this example nearly $8k higher than a similar '57 that crossed the block before it. Still, it was a good buy and both buyer and seller should be pleased. #SP120-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S100781. Red & white/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 48,965 miles. 283-ci 290-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Excellent paint starting to show some prep issues, blisters on rear cowl, and a touch-up on the driver's door. Chrome excellent, some trim issues evident throughout. Frame reconditioned and #SP80-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S105601. Blue/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice original 1961-only Jewel Blue paintwork with new matching blue vinyl interior. Stainless scratched, chrome excellent. Detailed engine, painted chassis. Well done issues with its restoration. Still, it was numbers-matching in all the right bits and pieces, so both parties should be happy. #SP119-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 0Y73Y176703. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 24,559 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paintwork shows some age, with chips and scratches evident throughout. Chrome still decent, rubber window seals starting to This high bid was on the low side, so the owner was wise to pass. #426-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500XL convertible. S/N 476B64L906819. Yellow/white/ gold & tan vinyl. Odo: 9,697 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Quick respray with visible sanding marks. Decent chrome, stainless and grille show wear. Excellent gold and tan interior. Basically clean under the hood, but manifold and block are rusty. No air cleaner fitted. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, power windows, lake pipes, non-functional spotlights, and Continental kit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,580. With its Continental kit, this big car was as long as a city block. A driver in every sense of the word, but at this no-reserve price, the new owner will enjoy plenty of cruises over the next few summers and he'll still be able to sell it for basically the same money. Well bought. throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,600. There was little wrong with this 'Vette other than some poorly fitted windshield trim. How can they miss the obvious? This was a full-market price for a good example, but it was still a decent buy considering the growing market for excellent 'Vettes. painted in basic black with no real detailing. Fresh black vinyl interior well fitted. Engine detailed, disc brakes added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $93,420. The 290-hp V8 was the most powerful Corvette engine available in 1958. This car was featured in the Toronto catalog, and it brought big money despite having some 112 #SP116-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S101461. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 93,291 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint shows only minor imperfections. Body and panel fit as delivered from GM. Chrome decent, door cap stainless worn. Black vinyl seats and panels appear new, but carpet suffers from minor fading. Clean under the hood, chassis finished in matte black paint. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. Hardly concours, but a nice straight example with decent gaps... but the “learner” sticker on the rear was a bit disconcerting. #SP93-1965 SHELBY GT350 Replica fastback. S/N 5F09C794090. Red & white/ black vinyl. Odo: 65,207 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exceptional paint, some polishing marks visible in places. Nice chrome and trim, panel fit and body straight and consistent. Nicely detailed engine and chassis, new black vinyl interior and carpets. Aftermarket mags, low-profile tires, tilt wheel, 4-wheel disc brakes. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,500. Last seen at RM's Toronto sale in April '06, where it sold at $52,268 (SCM# 41371). If you wanted a real Shelby GT350 but couldn't afford it, this was the car to buy... especially at this price. Despite being a replica, it was a real looker and worth every penny of the price paid. Well bought. Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN #SP108-1967 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N CP29G7232675. Blue/black vinyl. 383-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent new paint shows few flaws, stainless trim scruffy. Decent glass and window rubber, new black interior well-fitted. Engine bay suffers from poor presentation, including overspray and lack of original decals. Underside super-clean and painted gloss black. Original steel wheels with small hubcaps, power steering, power brakes, later tach. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. This car was described as having had a three year restoration, but that's not hard to do. The first-generation Chargers don't have the charisma of the later models, and while the work done on this one wasn't completely perfect, it was in decent shape. The price was a bit low, so the owner was wise to pass. #SP95-1967 FORD MUSTANG GTA coupe. S/N 7T01A205236. Blue/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 13,432 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh blue paint shows dirt and minor scratches. Some new chrome, mostly original stainless trim still decent. New interior includes carpets. Later model wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, and factory a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. Nothing about this mid-year pony car was inspiring, but it did have some desirable options. Still, it was little more than a decent Mustang that sold for a decent price. #SP105-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L8A275977. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 70,480 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows prep issues in rain gutters and dirt throughout. Combination of new and original chrome and trim decent, glass and rubber weatherstripping OK. Possibly original interior shows carpet shrinkage in places. Engine detailed with added glitz, undercarriage finished in flat black. Power steering and brakes. Covered 300 miles since restoration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. Almost 18,000 GTX hard tops were built in 1968, and they're still fairly common in the muscle car market. Although this one was not done to a show level, it had gobs of go and would have made a great driver. Despite numerous small flaws, this sale price was on the money. #SP117-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Replica coupe. S/N 124379N635708. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 4,158 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint and panel fit nearly flawless, minor drip rail prep issues noted. Rocker trim scratched and pitted, other chrome and trim excellent. Fresh blue vinyl seats thin on padding, especially at driver's side. American Racing chrome wheels. Fully detailed under the hood, very clean painted chassis. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. A

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author NOT SOLD AT $82,500. This hot Mustang CJ with minor issues did not appeal to this crowd. A price over the high bid of $82k for a car in need of more work was a lot to ask, even if it was deserved. fine looking Camaro with gobs of added horsepower, but it had only one major problem—it was a replica. That said, $45k should have been more than enough, as that kind of money can get you close to a real one. #SP125-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS coupe. S/N 124379N625809. Blue & white/black & silver vinyl & cloth. Odo: 13,792 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint shows minor polish marks. New chrome, older window trim scratched. New deluxe interior done in black and silver cloth and black vinyl houndstooth. Full console and gauges, factory 8,000 rpm tach on dash. Fully detailed, numbers matching. Equipped with power steering, #SP136-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM21H9A295861. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,250 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Numbers matching, rotisserie resto shows excellent paint. New black vinyl roof and interior well fitted. Fresh carpets, decent chrome, door handles and trim could be better. Fully detailed engine and chassis. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,500. If it ran as well as it looked, this was an auction bargain. Well displayed with plenty of mirrors underneath for bidders to see what they were getting, this Road Runner suffered only from too many stuffed Wile E. Coyotes. Well bought, and any imperfections would be an easy fix. #SP106-1970 DODGE CHARGER 500 power brakes, tilt wheel, and cowl induction hood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $67,770. Last seen at RM Toronto in October '06, where it was a no-sale at $61,000 (SCM# 43503). This car featured a complete and accurate restoration, including chalk marks and paint dabs as from the factory. Despite being described as “one of the most sought after muscle cars of all time,” there was no rioting or cars set afire by Mopar fans. The sale price was decent for both the buyer and seller. #SP127-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Cobra Jet fastback. S/N 9T02R197245. White & black/red vinyl. Odo: 71,369 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original R-code 335hp engine. Original paint with numerous touch-ups throughout. Chrome decent, rocker panels scratched and dented. Fresh deluxe vinyl interior and carpet. Shaker hood with Magnum 500 wheels. Power steering, power brakes, hood pins, 8,000 rpm tach. Cond: 2+. Clean underhood presentation impressive. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. With the Mopar market continuing to slowly burn out after a few years of rocketing skyward, lesser models are beginning to quickly fall to earth. This was one of 109 built, and that was perhaps the reason why the owner wanted more than this high bid. Despite its rarity, this was plenty of money for a decent 500, and the seller would have been smart to take it. #SP08-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Rallye 350 2-dr coupe. S/N 332770M236486. Sebring Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 96,937 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Flawless paint other than cracks at A-pillars. Excellent chrome and brightwork, painted bumpers and window trim. New black vinyl seat covers, door panels, and 114 Sports Car Market 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29N0G149349. Black/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 84,898 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration, paint shows dirt and is thin around tail lights. Driver's door gap wide, other gaps OK. Chrome and black vinyl top new, glass decent. Undercarriage shows flat and gloss black detailing. New interior vinyl wrinkled on seats. Dana 60 rear end, Hemi 18-spline trans, power steering, power brakes, and power windows. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. A former California car done in great detail, but while it was beautiful, it was still just a replica—or as the seller preferred to call it, a “recreation.” In today's market, $130,000 should have been enough to seal the deal. #SP96-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194371S111862. Orange & black/gold vinyl. Odo: 23,000 miles. 350-ci NOT SOLD AT $30,250. Claimed body-off restoration, but it was neither all original nor a “hot” custom. The Rallye 350 package consisted of Sebring Yellow paint, special decals, and a special 350-ci V8, and it was installed on just over 3,500 examples. While this was a sharp Olds, it was neither fish nor fowl, and the high bid should have been more than adequate. #SP128-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23H0E118743. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 24,331 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully restored to a high level. Excellent paintwork, new black vinyl interior, fresh chrome, Elastomeric body-colored bumpers. Detailed engine and chassis. Fitted with a carpets. Numbers-matching 350 bored out, high-performance cam and other goodies installed. Chassis shows basic detailing. Factory power steering and power brakes. Cond: 2+.

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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Twenty-two coats of orange metalflake and black and still not flawless. Unmarked chrome and trim, 454 hood belies the 350 underneath. Gold vinyl interior decent, but odd considering body colors. Chassis painted basic black. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,600. The odd colors inside and out made this 'Vette look like something a DC Comics superhero would drive. Gold pinstripes tried to tie it all together, but failed miserably. Even so, lots of flash got lots of cash, and the seller did well. #SP85-1972 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 2F05Q145282. Sand/black vinyl. Odo: 20,209 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored by Brooks Restorations. Excellent paintwork, glass scratched. Decent chrome has sanding marks in front bumper. Undercarriage painted, with basic detailing throughout. Clean manifold, but the original was in the trunk. The seller reportedly spent over $63,000 CDN on the restoration, so it was no surprise that he wanted more than this high bid. He was smart to wait for a greater return on his dollar, as the car clearly deserved it. #451-1972 JEEP CJ-5 custom 4x4 utility. S/N J2F835TH18546. Rainbow/black cloth/ tan vinyl. Odo: 2,281 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full custom paint in show condition, with zebra stripes, leopard spots, skulls, multi-color gravel guard, flames, and more. Underside painted and detailed. New tan vinyl bucket seats. Custom stainless bumpers, brush bars, capable of going on road, off road, or to shows. Bought originally on a whim, the owner was looking for about $10 grand more before he'd let it go. #SP97-1973 DODGE CHALLENGER 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23H3B432540. Silver/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 12,586 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed rotisserie restoration. Decent paint, very clean under the hood. Panel gaps varied, body straight. New chrome bumpers, poorly buffed stainless trim engine compartment fitted with a rebuilt 351ci V8 by Rudy Heldman Performance. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Original rebuilt engine fitted with a high performance intake trunk, etc. Fully detailed engine compartment. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. A Canadian buyer picked this custom Jeep up at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach earlier this year for $27,500. It was built by a GM dealer and his sons. Don't let the fact it had more pipes than an organ fool you, as it was more than throughout. Driver's front wheel trim marked and dented. New black vinyl interior with carpet requires some refitting. Engine rebuilt. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,000. An original Hcode 240-hp Challenger in a condition any owner would be proud to display at local car shows or cruises. Minor issues were an easy fix, and the buyer should be able to easily recoup his money when it is time to move on or up.u August 2007 115

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author The Houston Classic Auction Ferrari and boatmaker Riva were featured at the concours, and during lulls in the auction, one could stroll to the show field to take in Italy's finest Company The Worldwide Group Date May 5, 2007 Location Seabrook, TX Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold / offered 95 / 113 Sales rate 84% Sales total $7,935,650 High sale 1966 Shelby GT350, sold at $561,000 Ferraris on the lawn and Rivas in the water Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics Classic sale took place on Clear Lake, just a few miles from the NASA facilities. The synergy of the concours and the auction together provided a perfect weekend for the car lover, despite mid-spring Galveston Bay humidity. Ferrari and Riva were featured at the concours, and during any lulls in the auction, one could take a stroll over to the show field to view some excellent examples of rare Italian design, both on land and water. This year's feature car was the 1964 Cadillac Series H 75 Hearse that carried President John F. Kennedy from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field on November 22, 1963, where Air Force One waited to return his body to Washington D.C. after the assassination. It was a true documented piece of American history, but the bidding did not advance beyond $910,000, and the seller valued it at a larger number. The high sale belonged to a 1966 Shelby GT350 that had been converted to R specs in the '80s and had been owned and raced by Sir Stirling Moss. Appearing ready to race again, it brought $561,000. The first secondgeneration Van Nuys-built 1970 Camaro also crossed Worldwide's auction block, and wearing a high-quality recent restoration, it cost the new owner a full $104,500. An excellently restored and sorted 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lusso also sold, with a price tag of $506,000. One of the more interesting consignments was a 1913 Marmon 116 eld in conjunction with the 12th annual Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance at the Lakewood Yacht Club, Worldwide's Houston Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Seabrook, TX Model 32 touring. It had been owned by the company's founder, Howard Marmon, and was fitted with a larger engine when new to allow for high-speed touring. Showing a good patina overall, it went home with a new owner at $148,500. The last 1960 Chrysler 300F convertible built failed to sell at $95,000, despite being an absolutely original and unmolested, highly-optioned example. Also unsold was a 1969 Lamborghini Miura P400 with just over 7,000 miles on the odometer. Although these cars are relatively hard to come by and this one was in very good condition, the bidders stopped at $280,000. A 1965 Shelby Daytona con- tinuation coupe that started life as a Shelby Cobra stalled at $400,000, even though it was very clean and eligible for some events, and a well-restored 1971 Dodge Hemi Challenger failed to bring more than a $485,000 high bid. Worldwide's results from this year's sale were off several million from last year's $11m total, and this year's final sales percentage was also down 6% from 2006's 90%. Worldwide had plenty of interesting and high-quality cars present, but the sale lacked the same high end activity that boosted sales here in 2006. Last year, there were three cars that topped seven figures, and this year there were none over $600k. However, what was there was well presented, and the results showed the general trend in the collector car market of flattening sales. It's all about the merchandise—if Worldwide can find the right seven-figure cars, they've proven they can sell them. u $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m $12m Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX ENGLISH #45-1962 MG A 1600 Mk II roadster. S/N GHNL2105951. Old English White/red leather. Odo: 44,046 miles. Well restored with numerous awards. Paint done to high standard, brightwork decent. Original Motorola AM radio, heater, and adjustable steering wheel. Certificate. Not perfect, but a nice presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. This was an example of the most desirable Series I, with closed headlights and an early bumper. The buyer did just fine here, as coupes are getting stronger, and the high estimate of $45k was more in line for an XKE coupe in this condition. GERMAN #6-1971 VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER Clean and well-fitted interior shows no issues. Dash not cracked or sun damaged. Engine clean with no stains or streaks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,900. Price paid was about right for a car with a trunk full of awards, and you could not restore one for what was paid here. Everyone involved should be happy. #76-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 671695. Eng. # W38068. Old English White/tan canvas/tan/saddle leather. Odo: 51,658 miles. Recent restoration to JCNA specifications. Leather seats and carpets in excellent condition. Paint decent, with a few minor chips visible. Deluxe microbus. S/N 2212021659. Red & white/white vinyl. Odo: 25,869 miles. Stated to be original miles. Complete restoration, a/c added. Wood slatted roof rack, wicker picnic set, and surf board. Restored to high standard with a couple of minor scratches. Engine clean and tidy. A strong presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. The cost of restoration far exceeded the price realized here. The question is why? The Grateful Dead have not been on tour in years, and besides, this is way too nice for a Deadhead to drive. Price paid was all the money, even for an example as nice as this was. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 2 #50-1956 FERRARI 250 GT Boano LWB coupe. S/N 0543GT. Black/tan lather. Odo: 85,669 miles. Ugly stepsis- ter of the desirable 250 TdF. Flawless restoration, slight swirls in otherwise perfect paint. Excellent condition inside and out. Shown at Meadowbrook. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $550,000. Nobody cared about Boanos for a long time. They drive like trucks, and the 3-liter is hard-pressed to move that heavy coachwork. Nonetheless, they are an increasingly important part of Ferrari history, and prices have increased proportionately TOP 10 No. 3 #66-1964 FERRARI 250 GTL Lusso berlinetta. S/N 4715. Red/tan leather. Odo: 87,732 miles. Restored to Engine clean with no streaks or fluid stains. Spats installed rather than knock-offs. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. XKs have been on the uptick of late, so the price bid was light by a bunch. This striking car was worth more, and the seller was right to keep it for now. #11-1966 JAGUAR XKE SI coupe. S/N IE31462. Eng. # 7E51629. Silver blue/black leather. Odo: 80,824 miles. Recent restoration to high standard by Auto Collectors Garage. Equipped with desirable 4.2-liter engine. Quality respray has an excellent look. Door handle pitted, other chrome redone. Clean, detailed engine shows no leaks. Heritage August 2007 117

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author guides say it should have, and recent sales confirm this was a market-correct price. This was not as good a buy as s/n 13865, which sold at RM Amelia this year for $198,000 (SCM# 44697), and I'm willing to bet the new owner still has some good-sized checks to write. #82-1972 FERRARI 246 GTS Dino perfection by Bob Smith Coachworks, sorted by Michael Luengo of Lamborghini Dallas. Interior flawless, paint and brightwork without fault. Engine bay cleaner than when new. One minor flaw to glass, otherwise excellent in all respects. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $506,000. If a Lusso was on your “must have” list, you waited a year or so too long, as current prices have jumped off the chart. Market price was half what was paid here a few years back, but times have changed. Strong money, but a fair deal for a quality example. #44-1969 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3571. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 7,022 miles. Unrestored, with very low actual mileage. Standard equipment included a 200 mph speedometer. Paint acceptably worn for a 38-year-old car, body straight, panel gaps still good. Dash and driver's seat bolster cracked and worn. Looks fast sitting still. Cond: 2. coupe. S/N 246GTS03920. Red/tan leather. Odo: 25,245 miles. Restored in 2004 by Stuart Singer, Platinum Award winner at Monterey's Concorso Italiano in 2004. Paint excellent with a deep luster. Consistent panel gaps, very good chrome. Tan leather interior extremely well done, carpets as new. Engine bay shows minor signs of use. An impressive Dino. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $198,000. This was very strong money for a Dino coupe, but considering its condition, it was not out of line. I doubt if you could buy an “average” Dino and bring it to this condition for $100k... so you're better off to spend the money up front and buy the best example you can find. Well bought and sold. AMERICAN #60-1913 MARMON MODEL 32 4- NOT SOLD AT $280,000. Early Lambos of all types have been skyrocketing. This was a complete lowball price, and either there were issues with the car I didn't spot, or all the Lambo buyers on the planet missed it. Seller was wise to keep it. TOP 10 No. 10 #33-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion. S/N 13972. Red/black leather. Odo: 83,249 miles. Converted to a Spyder by Sheehan's European Car Restoration in the early '80s. Cracks in leather seats, minor rust spots on window frame. Numerous small paint touchups visible. Rebuilt Borranis. Extensive list of work performed on car, but no mention of when, and it is clearly aging. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $253,000. This sold right where the price Passenger Sport touring. S/N 313081. Eng. # 23390. Green/black leather/black leather. Modified with larger engine at the factory. History known from new, Howard Marmon's personal car. Decent paint, good brightwork, lightweight chassis. Leather worn, seats re- Red interior clashes with the orange-tinted red exterior. Shiny paint shows several touch-ups and a few chips. Both doors poorly aligned at bottom, other gaps decent. Engine compartment clean with no stains. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $87,000. I doubt if Cadillac/LaSalle would have done anything this dramatic from the factory. A striking car, but where do you go with it? The door is closed at important Concours, and the Classic Car Club will put you in the back row, assuming they let you in. It cost well into six figures to build this car, but the return will be just pennies on the dollar for the builder. The high bid should have been enough here. #86-1932 FORD ambulance. S/N 1851151. Black/blue mohair. Odo: 30,201 miles. The only known example remaining. Converted by Automobile Coach Corporation in 1932, maintained in its original condition. Shows expected wear and deterioration of an unrestored car. Interior in surprisingly good condition, body straight and solid. Original “helmet” oil-bath air cleaner present under the hood. A survivor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. A piece of automotive history that had been well maintained. Price seemed in line with the market, especially for a Ford guy who wants the only one. Both parties did well here. TOP 10 No. 4 placed, gauges added. Paint on wood wheels chipped. Once part of the Harrah Collection. Colorado Grand participant. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $148,500. A fully documented example that has had its wheels on the road. When bidding stalled, a well known dealer stepped up and bought the car. Its value will likely grow before this car is offered again, and it'll be justified on condition, uniqueness, and usability. #24-1932 LASALLE 130 Boattail speed- ster. S/N JJR000. Sungold & red/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 53,037 miles. Rebodied in 2001 from a LaSalle Two-Door Town coupe. 118 Sports Car Market #89-1935 AUBURN 851 Boattail speedster. S/N 33807E. Red/tan leather. Odo: 18,692 miles. The Auburn Boattail Speedster was redesigned for 1935 by Gordon Buehrig. 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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author Very unusual, original Auburn-Crosley radio. Whitewall tires, decent factory hubcaps, 1938 New York plates. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $429,000. For years these were overlooked by the Classic Car Club crowd, but that day has passed. Over the past five years, the Speedsters have doubled in value, and even so, they are not overpriced. This one was in great shape and brought high-estimate money, and both the buyer and seller should be pleased. #29-1936 DODGE Woody wagon. S/N D2215692. Dark blue/white vinyl/brown tweed. Odo: 29,633 miles. Close to an original car, only minor body work done, new interior fitted. Mileage appears to be correct. Interior stated to be correct, but brown tweed appears out of place. Paint decent, wood looks original with dull finish. Equipped with clock, radio, Frame-off restoration some years ago. Trim not dented or scratched, minor blemishes in paint. Interior shows little wear, with soft and supple seats. Excellent wood graining on dash, clock and radio fitted. No fog lights. Engine area clean and detailed. Strong presentation of a full CCCA Classic. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $145,200. Only about 400 convertible sedans were produced, but the price paid here was well over the top. Convertible coupes, which most think are more desirable, are just now pushing $100k. This one was in great shape, and the seller did very well. #57-1949 CHRYSLER ROYAL 9- and heater. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $61,600. These are not known for being able to get out of their own way... one owner I know installed a V8 just so he could go up the hill to his house. Last October, a far better example failed to sell at Branson for $67k (SCM# 43449). Considering this car's condition, this was all the money, but Woodies are at the peak of their game and nicer ones can bring more. #73-1938 OLDSMOBILE L38 convert- ible coupe. S/N LA802577. Blue/red leather. Odo: 36,545 miles. Equipped with safety automatic transmission, thought to be one of four examples with dual side mounts. Very nice paint, decent panel gaps. One of Harley Earl's more attractive designs, with a striking Deco dash. Red leather in excellent condition, minor out. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $101,750. First seen at RM/Kruse in Toronto in April 1993, where it sold at $28,000 (SCM# 11623). Seen again later that month at Kruse in Detroit, where it failed to bring the same amount (SCM# 19589). A very attractive woody wagon that sold for the right money. It had just the right amount of patina for the new owner to be able to use and enjoy it without worry. Well bought and sold. #71-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- rust on exhaust manifold. Strong presentation throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. Thought to be one of only ten remaining examples, this convertible coupe belonged in the center of a significant Oldsmobile collection. It attracted all kinds of attention, and even though it brought a strong price, it was worth it due to its condition and rarity. #37-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible sedan. S/N 8345581. Metallic burgundy/tan fabric/tan leather. Odo: 2,682. 120 vertible. S/N 506260651. White/tan fabric/burgundy leather. Odo: 92,525. An original car for the most part, now showing the marks of time. Grille chrome worn, door fit needs adjustment. Numerous chips and touch-ups visible throughout. Leather interior has a nice patina, carpets Passenger Woody wagon. S/N 70050782. Pagoda Cream/alligator pattern brown vinyl. Odo: 59,559 miles. One of 850 produced, complete with third seat and spare tire cover. Paint and brightwork very presentable, exterior wood shows minor cracks. Unique alligator interior has minor seam separation. Interior wood in excellent condition. Clean inside and worn. A ten-footer at best. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $53,900. The new owner can leave it alone and enjoy driving it, or he can start writing checks to bring it up to speed. He bought it right, so I would hope he chooses to refurbish it—the money will be well spent if he does. #111-1951 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE 4-dr sedan. S/N B1MP114058. Greenbrier Metallic/tan fabric. Odo: 32,867 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. A top-of-the-line “Shoebox” Ford. Respray to average standard, chrome decent, trim pitted, seats dirty. Engine com- partment needs attention. Has Magic-Aire heater and custom push-button radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,800. Not much going on here, but it was not very expensive. A good starter car that can be upgraded a bit and driven without a financial loss. TOP 10 No. 5 #55-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001120. Eng. # LAY512502. Polo White/red vinyl. Odo: 86,446 miles. 235-ci straight-6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Original engine out of car, later engine installed. Restored to better than new condition, original assembly markings retained. Paint far better than when new, with no marks or fiberglass bonds evident. Number 120 of 300 manufactured. Striking, albeit over-restored. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $396,000. Sold at the May '06 Branson sale for $212,000 (SCM# 41422), with the comment that there was little left for the next guy. Clearly that wasn't the case, but it's still hard to believe this car grew by $200k in just 13 months. Very well sold. #54-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001241. Black/beige cloth/ red vinyl. Odo: 2,209 miles. 235-ci straight-6, 3x1-bbl, auto. One of four finished in black. Numerous NCRS Top Flight awards. Paint far better than new, door jambs over-restored. Engine compartment much nicer than when it left the St. Louis plant. Molded-in upper door drip rails. Interior flawless. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $148,500. Another of the four black 1954s sold at RM's Ft. Lauderdale event in February for $85k (SCM# 44289). As noted with that Sports Car Market

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shows already. It belongs in a museum, but at what price? I suggest a touch more than what was bid, but far less than the high estimate of $400k. #12-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL sale, few accurate records exist on delivery colors for the early 'Vettes. That was a lesser car, and considering the condition of this one, the price paid wasn't out of line. #53-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S001057. Pennant Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 909 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 2-bbl, auto. NCRS Top Flight score of 99.7, Duntov Award for performance. Only 700 produced due to glut of '54s still in Chevrolet's inventory. Excellent paint, perfect interior, better than new under the hood. An amazing low mileage example. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. This car's low mileage was a huge plus, as was its condition. Its heyday was a few years back, although it still scores in the high 90s. However, you can't drive it, and it's been to the Mk II coupe. S/N C56D2730. Amethyst/white & red leather. Odo: 86,427 miles. 368-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Unusual factory-correct color. Spent most of its life as a black-plate California car. Five-year-old restoration still looks fresh. No real issues anywhere, except leather interior inferior to quality of original. Equipped with a/c, which was the only option offered. Engine compartment sparkles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,900. These cost $10,000 when new, and they are now just starting to become recognized as desirable in the collector car world. This one sold here last year for $57,200 (SCM# 41528), and the price paid here was about right. Hopefully, the seller had $3,500 worth of fun during his year of ownership. #31-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57T215182. Matador Red/white/silver & red vinyl. Odo: 28,211 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Stated to be a 245-hp engine, but that would have dual 4-bbl carbs and this did not. Older restoration still shows well. Paint and brightwork done to high standard, with only a couple minor flaws evident. Desirable options include power top, August 2007

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author I'm willing to bet there will be ample upside when this hits the market again, so this was a good buy. #10-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Wonderbar radio, and dual rear antennas. Correctly installed high-quality interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,200. This car sold for $20,000 more than its twin at Branson in October (SCM# 43391). Prices for these have been all over the board, but the trend is toward a softer market. That said, a black '57 sold at Novi recently for over $100k. The catalog description of the engine raised a big question, so hopefully, the buyer knew what he was getting. #109-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N D7FH191295. Red/white/red vinyl. Odo: 8,371 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored some years ago, this T-Bird is now showing signs of use. Paint cracked on door, numerous chips on hood, headlight bezel Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,600. This car would have been worth a bunch more if it had been restored to its original configuration rather than modified. If you want a modern Corvette, head to your Chevy dealer... for a touch more you can buy a new one. This one showed little financial upside, and as a weekend cruiser, it was quite expensive. #98-1959 OLDSMOBILE 98 Holiday paint mismatched. Ford-O-Matic transmission, engine dress-up kit installed. Top latch rusted, door and trunk gaps off, engine bay filthy. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,600. A long list of needs here. Strong money for a car in this condition. It'll take a series of good size checks to upgrade this car's condition, and the new owner will be upside down before he knows it. Very well sold. #78-1958 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N K558H2118. Calypso Green/two-tone green leather. Odo: 6,712 miles. 370-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Assigned California VIN. Numerous AACA awards. Older restoration still shows well. Minor chips and scratches in paint, uneven panel gaps in places, excellent interior. Brightwork done to a good standard. Optioned with power steering and power brakes. An appealing car in striking '50s colors. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,250. The triple carbs added around $10k to the value, and the restoration likely cost more than $40k. Wonderbar radio, engine bay well detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. Selling a closed car in Texas without a/c is tough indeed. That said, this rather average Olds still brought strong money, but it won't see much use in August in this part of the country. #25-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S106083. Red & white/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 245 miles. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored to absolute perfection. Chevrolet never came close to building anything this perfect. Excellent paint, chrome, interior, and engine compartment. Winner of many awards, 2nd best in national ISCA judging. Owner said it was #2 due to a minor nit, which he has fixed. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $101,200. Last seen at Worldwide's Seabrook sale in April 2005, where it was a 122 2-dr hard top. S/N 599C02312. Light Frost Blue/white leather & blue fabric. Odo: 90,235 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. “Vista Panoramic” windshield. Cosmetic restoration with underhood work completed. Paint very presentable with normal signs of use. Panel fit barely acceptable, body straight. Six-way seats, Resto Rod convertible. S/N TSPV99011. Emerald Green/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 400 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration recently completed, heavily modified with latemodel performance goodies. Non-original paint shows no issues whatsoever, brightwork excellent. ZZ4 crate motor underhood, four-wheel Mustang disc brakes. Interior finished to high standard, with a/c and a modern stereo fitted. no-sale at $99,000 (SCM# 38322). Not eligible for NCRS awards due to over-restoration. This was a stunning example, but what do you do with it? It can't be driven, and it's been to all the shows already. In fact, the paint was so nice, I'd be afraid of dusting it as it might leave a swirl or scratch. A lot of money for a lot of Corvette. #63-1960 CHRYSLER 300 F 2-dr hard top. S/N 8403159622. Alaskan White/Titanium Gray leather. Odo: 82,947 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Quality restoration with one-off factory interior. Swivel buckets, factory a/c, power everything. Excellent restoration shows nearly perfect paint, chrome, trim, glass, and interior. Little to fault. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. One of several letter cars that failed to attract much interest at the sale. The price bid was a bit light considering its options and its striking condition. Another $15k or so would not have been out of line, and the seller was wise to keep it at this price. #42-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sport Roadster convertible. S/N 2Y89Z148298. Red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 3,038. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sport Roadster package included Kelsey-Hayes wires, grab bar, rear seat tonneau, and no fender skirts. This well restored example featured the Z-code Interceptor engine with no engine dress-up kit. Nice paint, excellent body and gaps, good chrome and trim. Vinyl top pinched in places, interior well fitted. No glaring faults. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,600. Last seen at Worldwide's Raleigh sale in December 2005, where it sold at $48,600 (SCM# 40012). In 1962, Sport Roadsters were Sports Car Market

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX not identified by their VIN, so they're easily cloned. At this price, I would want to see an “Out the Door” sheet to verify it as a true Sport Roadster. I'd also want to make sure the top worked, as it can be a real hassle to fix. At this price, this was a leap of faith without documentation proving what it really was. #32-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S114643. White/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,446 miles. 327-ci 365-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Quality respray lacking luster. Door jambs over-restored, door fit off. Chrome and trim nice, engine highly together. This example was born as a Shelby roadster and converted as a “Continuation” authorized by Shelby. Eligible for FIA. Carries evidence of use, but appears to be well maintained. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. A “real” Daytona is worth somewhere around $10m, so I'd have thought this would bring at least half a million. Even though it was very clean and eligible for some eventing, the bidders didn't see it the same way I did. #4-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO detailed. Correct knockoffs fitted. Interior very presentable, with only minor carpet wear showing. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,100. The price paid would be in the ball park for an L75 327-ci 300-hp convertible. Corvette buyers had some questions here, as the price should have been $50k higher for a no-issues fuelie. Assuming everything was sorted, this was an excellent buy at well under market value. #80-1964 CADILLAC SERIES 75 hearse. S/N 64Z000050. Aspen White/green & white leather. Odo: 47,811 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body by Miller-Meteor. The hearse that carried JFK's body from the hospital to Love Field on November 22, 1963. Was new at the time, and was used extensively after that historic journey. Resprayed at one point, paint still decent. Chrome, trim, and glass very good. 2-dr hard top. S/N 396876M523252. Maroon/ black leather. Odo: 77,917 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An unrestored original example of a car that is coming into its own. Two owners from new. Rear trim pitted, wheels rusting. Paint chips to trunk, scratched right front fender. Interior well preserved. Equipped with a/c and all power options. A well maintained example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,100. In a few years, this will be looked upon as a screaming deal. These are making the transition from used car to collector car, and the buyer caught this one on the cusp. The ills can easily be fixed, and the buyer has considerable upside along with fun driving ahead. #7-1966 SHELBY GT350 H Replica fastback. S/N 6F09C323915. Raven Black & gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 22,416 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored to Shelby GT350 H specifications as a Hertz Rent-A-Racer replica. Originally a 289-ci 200-hp car. Tri-Y headers and dual Flowmasters added. Parchment interior incorrect, as all Shelby GT350s were black. Fully documented and still very presentable. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $910,000. This is the only remaining hearse to have carried JFK, as Bobby Kennedy had the Pontiac used in D.C. destroyed along with his casket. It's hard to set a dollar value on a piece of history, but the high bid here should have been enough to get the job done. The seller thought otherwise, and the hearse is currently being offered on eBay Motors. #77-1965 SHELBY COBRA DAYTONA continuation coupe. S/N CSX2582. Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 382. 289-ci V8, 4x2bbl, 4-sp. Built by Shelby from a Peter Brock design. Five built for the GT class at 1964 Le Mans, which they won, six Daytonas built al August 2007 123

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX Column Author Magnum 500 wheels. Well restored with few chips and scratches from use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,600. Recreated as one of 1,000 GT350s sold to Hertz. A number of liberties were taken in restoration/recreation, but that's not a big deal, as it won't ever get on a serious judging field anyway. Price paid was a whole lot less than the real thing, and this was arguably more usable... still, a replica rental car? #26-1966 PLYMOUTH HEMI BELVEDERE II convertible. S/N RH27H67309591. Dark blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,600 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. One of ten Hemi convertibles ordered, one of four with 4-speed. Stated to be numbers-matching with Govier documentation. Interior shows only minor signs of wear. Minor nice leather seats and clean carpeting. Engine bay spotless, with no original overspray remaining. Knock-offs appear to be aftermarket. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $112,200. Last seen at RM Amelia Island in March '07, where it was a no-sale at $98,000 (SCM# 44703). The '67 big block Corvettes tend to be more desirable, or at least bring more money. This example sold for under the money, as another $20k would not have raised any eyebrows. Very well bought. #59-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR convert- paint touch-ups, but nothing serious. Engine compartment clean and highly detailed. Correct Blueline tires. Strong presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $231,000. Thought to be the only '66 Belvedere 4-speed Hemi convertible remaining. Well bought, as the buyer got a unique documented car that should hold its value into the future. TOP 10 No. 1 #70-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S089. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl. Odo: 2,185 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Once owned by Sir Stirling Moss, raced by him throughout the world, claimed to be one of his favorite cars. Converted to GT350 R specifications in the 1980s. Never Engine compartment clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. Chevrolet was going to use the “King of the Road” name for the new 1968 Chevelle, but Shelby beat them to the trademark by a few days. The price bid here was a bit light, as the number for these seems to be currently around $250,000. This car should have been worth close to that, as it was fully documented and showed well. TOP 10 No. 8 damaged, most paint original with numerous age-related cracks and chips. Spartan interior in good condition. Ready for more vintage racing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $561,000. Sir Stirling Moss was present for the sale of his previously owned car, which added to the hype. It sold for about twice what would be expected, so chalk that up to the Sir Stirling connection. #84-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S118762. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 64,406 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent ground-up restoration. Equipped with side pipes and power windows. Paint over-restored, with no factory seams show- 124 #91-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N KK1494. Black Jade/ black vinyl. Odo: 50,973 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Professional restoration with little use since. Photographs document correct matching numbers. Marti report and original invoices included. Deep black paint shows no issues, body better than delivered from FoMoCo. Interior flawless, engine area as-new. Magnum with “Beep-Beep” horns. Nice clean example with no questions from the numbers. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. The 426 Hemi was an $841 option, and the base car only cost $2,900. Even when equipped with the smaller engine, these were still very quick due to their light weight. An honest, no-questions car that sold for the right price. #27-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124870L500001. White/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 20,730 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The first second generation 1970 Camaro built at the Van Nuys factory. Paint well applied and maintained, engine clean and detailed. Original assembly sheet, options include a/c, power steering, power brakes, and Sports Car Market ible. S/N 8T03R203213. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 67,342 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Extensive five-year-old restoration shows minor signs of use. Paint touched-up here and there, but nothing major is visible. Nice chrome, straight trim. Only 517 KR convertibles were built. Complete with Marti report. vinyl seats show little wear. Gauges clear, dash not cracked or faded. Redline tires on original SS wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,000. The L35 was the smallest of the four 396 engines offered, but was still able to run from 0–60 in under six seconds. Price was a bit on the strong side, but not by much. Overall, a very nice restoration of a desirable Chevelle. Well bought and sold. #21-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM21NOE117936. Violet metallic/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 16,229. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The 383 was standard in the Road Runner, but the manual Pistol-Grip 4-speed was an option. Decent paint, factory panel gaps, nice chrome and trim. Complete ing. Interior done to high standard, with 500 wheels, no window slats or adjustable rear spoiler. A very strong car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $319,000. An expensive price for a lot of Mustang. The VIN was from Kar Kraft, which originally built the car. Only 859 were produced, and while these have lagged behind Mopar muscle cars of the same era, the field is leveling. #101-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379K376506. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 25,274 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-off restoration of an original numbers-matching car with factory a/c. Good panel fit. Paint very nice with a few minor blemishes. Interior in good condition,

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The Worldwide Group Seabrook, TX style interior. The last year for the Hemi 'Cuda. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $525,000. This car was offered a year too late. The cycle is shifting on these, and buyers are holding back and waiting for the bottom. A year ago it would have pushed three quarters of a million, and here it was a no-sale at much less. #68-1971 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER deluxe interior. Recent restoration shows little use. Minor pitting on trim, seams off slightly. A unique car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $104,500. What is it worth to be the first? In this case, it was about $70,000, as a decent run-of-the-mill coupe goes for about $30k. It will draw a lot of attention at Camaro events and Super Chevy shows, but at a strong price. #95-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 0F05R112830. Medium red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 88,178 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Replacement 1969 block with correct date code. Full Marti report, restored in 2004. Paint swirled and touched up, steering wheel and carpets worn. Magnum 500 wheels, Shaker hood, front disc brakes, R-code Ram Air 428. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,700. The replacement block was a concern and held down the bidding considerably. It had all the right options, but the car looked a bit tired overall. It wouldn't take much to spruce it up a bit, but too much more money would have been over the top for its condition. #46-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B337552. Tru-blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 74,636 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Canadian car with broadcast sheet and Govier documentation. Restored to a high standard. Black billboards, excellent paint, perfect chrome and trim. One of 60 4speed pistol grip cars ordered. Shaker hood, clean engine compartment, very nice original- R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23T1B353673. Black & white/black vinyl. Odo: 5,588 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. An amazing low-mileage example with the N96 Shaker hood option. Complete with build sheets and fender tags. Restored a couple of years ago to a high standard, with excellent paint, unmarked chrome, and a well-fitted original-style interior. Little to fault. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $485,000. Why would someone restore a 5,600-mile car? Mopar muscle had a hard time here, but it's hard to tell if it was the market talking or due to the fact that this was not the place to sell this kind of stuff. Time will tell. The high bid was light, but not by a whole lot. u August 2007 125

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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Trident Missiles and Duds Provenance counted for little here, as it appeared everyone was scared by the prospect of deferred maintenance Italiano Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics F rom the Ghibli to the TC, this month's collection features both the best and worst Maserati has to offer. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #330040397375-1972 CITROEN SM coupe. S/N A0058076. Gold/brown leather. Odo: 112,000 miles. 60+ photos. Tucson, AZ. 112k miles. Maserati V6 w/automatique. Paint matte—might not even look glossy when wet. Interior looks worn and dry with some splitting. Driven twice per week. “Trans feels good and brake are the best Ive ever felt.” Air missing that we are not aware of.” In-person inspection encouraged. 15 bids, sf 12, bf 42. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,425. “THE ENGINE AND 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION ARE MORE THAN WORTH WHAT WE ARE SELLING THE WHOLE CAR FOR.” Cherry picking the drivetrain would be the only reason to buy this hulk. Well bought if you need the bits. Hopefully we will soon see this body up on eBay—otherwise we will know a poor buyer has been consumed by an impossibly upside down restoration. suspension looks to be functional. “Why buy a rust bucket to restore when this is available?” 23 bids, sf 1061, bf 33. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,200. The price was correct for the condition. Seller does make a pretty good argument that this would be a great basis for a restoration... if one wanted to restore a wacky Franco-Italian joint venture on wheels. SCM reminds you that buying a finished one will almost always be cheaper in the end. #110130539485-1966 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE sedan. S/N AM1971020. Rusty primer/tan leather. 14 photos. Houston, TX. Mostly complete parts car, no title. “One carburetor missing, gauges missing, steering wheel missing. THERE is a grille which was not photographed. There may be other parts rechromed. Nearly everything is new, rebuilt, or reupholstered. Engine rebuilt 3k miles ago. 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 184, bf 392. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $74,900. Big bucks for a car without a name brand restoration. Still, it does sound as if everything was done right. Riding on the coattails of the Ferrari Daytona, Ghiblis have plenty of catching up to do. This may not seem cheap six months from now, but it won't feel like a bad call either. #110074892943-1974 MASERATI BORA coupe. S/N AM117816. Red/tan. Odo: 32,500 km. 15 photos. Rickmansworth, U.K. LHD. 126 This is now a project car. Motor has oil leaks and parts for motor may be difficult to find.” 37 bids, sf 25, bf 3. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,500. Seller suggests a Chevy 350 transplant. Now that you can't touch a Pantera for $10 large making one's own starts to... nah... it will still suck up major hours and dollars only to be worth less than a temperamental stock example. The best thing to do at this price is to pull the engine, resell that on eBay, and peddle the rolling car elsewhere. Who knows, you might profit enough to score a sweet BiTurbo! Sports Car Market #250071919674-1967 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM115212. Grigio Flemington Metallic/black leather. Odo: 27,400 miles. 24 photos. Atlanta, GA. “One of the best low mileage Ghibli coupes available. This is one of the very early Ghibli with dual brake calipers, drop down rear hatch and knock off Campagnolo wheels.” Bare metal respray, bumpers and trim “First supplied to Guy Ligier (Ligier F1 team driver and owner)... in France where she stayed and eventually made her way to California. It was type approved in this US State and still wears the original Californian plaque, along with its factory originals. It then came to the UK in 1979. The car has all the MOTs to date. The mileage is reading 32.500 KMs, which is believed genuine, however cannot be totally guaranteed.” Solid driver needing cosmetics and, “mechanically, there are a number of items that require work.” 3 bids, sf 69, bf private. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,100. Provenance counted for nothing here, as it appeared everyone was scared by the prospect of deferred maintenance Italiano. Price was spot on for condition. #200068114996-1977 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122US2218. Black/black. Odo: 43,000 miles. 23 photos. East Freetown, MA. “Selling vehicle because I just don't have time or knowledge to restore the car.” Bought in 2003. “Started and ran the car for two years. It turned a lot of heads - reached speeds of over 140 m/hr.” Paint and body not described. “Interior was removed for replacement, but I never completed project....

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Fresh Meat Online sales of recent production cars. #180070396749-1979 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122AUS2522. Red/black. Odo: 39,800 miles. 30 photos. Santa Barbara, CA. Seller opens with, “awesome example perfect for your collection or for use as a daily driver,” but then admits that he is a dealer who needs “the room and money.” Finally the warts (rust blisters) come out, and we learn a five-figure winner, you're not alone. My guess is that the deal was negotiated offline, and that “Buy-it-Now” was only used to allow for eBay feedback. Either that or one of the Cerberus private equity guys just bought his secretary an ironic bonus. #160117046621-2002 MASERATI about the rusty door bottoms, nicks and dings, warm a/c, and the antenna that, “makes noise, but dosen't work automatically.” 17 bids, sf 85, bf 366. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,950. Though only a few hundred of these were made, they are not expensive cars to buy. A nicer car could have been found for this price. Then again, you are not likely to see one in your local paper, and if you're in this market, it might be sensible to start getting used to the sensation of throwing a few grand into the wind. #180119405062-1985 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE sedan. S/N ZAMBC1100FA305324. Dark Green Metallic/brown leather. Odo: 61,000 miles. 10 photos. San Diego, CA. “This is a beautiful and well preserved Maserati Quattroporte... in original unmolested condition.” Original paint with slight imperfections. “Runs and sounds great.” a/c needs coupe. S/N ZAMBC38A220008338. Red/ tan leather. Odo: 38,248 miles. 24 photos. Atascadero, CA. “We have all the books that come along with this vehicle as it is a one owner-lease return car.” 6 speed paddle shift. 4.2-liter, 390-hp Ferrari-designed V8 looks like cast aluminum crinkle-finish pasta. 2007 Mercedes-Benz R63 AMG Date sold: 04/23/07 eBay auction ID: 230119116478 Seller: Autohaus on Edens Mercedes-Benz, Northbrook, IL, www.autohausonedens.com Sale Type: New car in stock Details: Iridium Silver, black leather. AWD, 503 hp, premium package w/ heated rear seats Sale result: $90,501, 18 bids, sf 36, bf private MSRP: $92,465 Other current offering: Penske Motorcars, West Covina, CA, www.penskemotorcars.com, asking $92,275 for 116-miles white car. 2007 Lamborghini LP640 Roadster Options include red calipers, heated seats, CD changer, leather piping, leather headliner, and xenon lights. 24 bids, sf 84, bf 289. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,600. Only time will tell if these will go up in smoke like BiTurbos. IF not, they may represent one of the very best deals in an affordable exotic, because we cautious Americans seem to value them as though we believe only in worst-case-scenarios. I did capitalize that very big “IF,” right? QUATTROPORTE 4-dr sedan. S/N ZAMCE39A560023371. recharge. 1 bid, sf 469, bf 1. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,000. Seller invokes a pathetic but fairly common logic, “asking price is probably half of what the engine is worth (since it shares parts with the Bora).” It seems sensible enough until you step back and realize that nobody afflicted enough to own a Bora could bring themselves to sacrifice a nice running Quattroporte. This survivor was well bought by a few grand. #200114394810-1991 CHRYSLER TC convertible. S/N ZC2FS120XMB207507. Black/black/black leather. Odo: 63,500 miles. 16 photos. Richeyville, PA. “This is the car collectors dream... built in Italy for a gentleman by the name of Tug Tuggle. His name is on a plaque near the stereo controls.” Porthole hardtop included. “This car has the very desirable Mitsubishi 3.0 engine.” Looks to be a very nice example of a weird used car. 1 “Buy-It-Now” bid, sf 328, bf 17. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,000. Seller set the tone with, “..The NADA lists this car at over $1,200...” In case you are wondering how that guidance could possibly result in August 2007 #160118418414-2006 MASERATI Bordeaux Pontevecchio/ivory leather. Odo: 516 miles. 9 photos. Cleveland, OH. “LOADED with options: NAVIGATION, FRONT & REAR HEATED SEATS, FRONT & REAR PARK SENSORS, Date sold: 04/24/2007 eBay auction ID: 130104821608 Seller: The Bimmer Store, Atlanta, GA, www. motorcars-of-georgia.ebizautos.com Sale Type: Used car, 718 miles, on consignment Details: Arancio Atlas (orange), black leather. Carbon engine bay, Hermera rims Sale result: $469,000, 1 bid, sf 163, bf 318. MSRP: $380,000 Other current offering: Kip Sheward Motorsports, Novi, MI, www.kipshewardmotorsports.com, asking $455,000 for car with 340 miles. 2007 Porsche 911 Turbo POWER SUNROOF, BURGANDY PIPING, POLISHED 19” WHEELS, REAR PICNIC TABLES. 1-OWNER with only 516 INCREDIBLY PAMPERED ORIGINAL MILES. With an ORIGINAL MSRP of $124,385 “1 bid, sf 78, bf 0. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,500. 20% off for letting someone else drive the break-in miles? Sounds good to me. Look cool for less. Just don't own this car when the warranty expires. Start thinking about the Panamera or the Aston 4 door in 2010...u Date sold: 04/25/07 eBay auction ID: 290106954907 Seller Type: Private seller in Montrose, CA Sale Type: Bidding on rights to seller's place in line, not on car itself. Details: Carrera White, black leather. Tiptronic, Sports Chrono Sale result: $2,550, 40 bids, sf 163, bf 318. 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Automotive Investor Open Porsche 356s The open 356 is easy to resell, which makes it a safe buy in today's market Total Dollar Sales at Auction by Model, 2002–2007 $1,000,000 $800,000 $600,000 $400,000 $200,000 Convertible D C Cabriolet B Roadster B Cabriolet A Cabriolet A Speedster Pre A Open (all) 2002 C 2003 2004 2005 2006 asual observers of 356s often don't realize there are two fairly different lines of open cars: Cabriolets and the Speedster-derived models. Cabriolets date back to the beginning of series production, and are recognizable by their non-removable body-colored windshield frames. These are the luxury line, with fully padded tops, standard leather seats, and full Coupe-style dashboards. They were the most expensive body style when new ($3,700 in 1955, compared to $3,450 for the Coupe and $2,995 for the Speedster) and are generally the most expensive to restore. Their values are lower than the sportier chrome windshield-framed cars, with prices falling in the range of $40k for tired cars to over $100k for stellar examples. Typically, the pre-A cars are valued the highest (due to rarity, not drivability) then As, Cs, and Bs. The “chrome-framed” open cars are the Speedster, (1954–1958), Convertible D (1959), and Roadster (1960–1962). These are lighter, faster, and more Spartan than Cabriolets, and to most eyes, much prettier as well. When new, they were the lowest priced cars in the line, but are now the darlings of the sunny-day 356 crowd. The Speedsters are highest in value, with prices these days firmly stuck above $100k. Current prices for Roadsters tend to fall between $65k and $90k, and it is not uncommon for prices of the rare 1962 Twin-Grille Roadster to exceed those figures by 50% or more. Today, an open 356 costs much more to buy than a Coupe, but they have often been nicely restored and therefore may be better values. They are also much easier to sell, making them a fairly safe buy in today's wild market.—Jim Schrager Average Price per Car by Year Sold $100,000 $150,000 $200,000 $50,000 2002 128 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Convertible D C Cabriolet B Roadster B Cabriolet A Cabriolet A Speedster Pre A open Convertible D, 5 cars sold for $427,058 C Cabriolet 19 cars sold for $1,077,567 B Roadster 20 cars sold for $1,491,404 B Cabriolet 24 cars sold for $1,445,819 A Cabriolet 12 cars sold for $768,635 A Speedster 29 cars sold for $3,498,551 Pre A Open (all) 7 cars sold for $752,901 Sports Car Market 2007 Totals Number Sold by Model 2002–2007

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AUCTION HOUSE FOCUS Gooding & Company G ooding & Company is a fairly new player in the collector car auction world, but the firm's principal, David Gooding, is not. While at Christie's, Gooding helped to establish the longrunning Pebble Beach Auction. He then later served as president of RM Auctions, before establishing his own firm in 2003. Since 2004, Gooding & Company has held an annual sale at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, with sales totals placing it second only to RM each successive year. In October 2006, the firm realized a $36m result from the sale of the Otis Chandler Collection, which exceeded initial expectations by more than $10m. In addition to public auctions and private treaty sales of automobiles, Gooding & Company partners with Ocean Tomo, LLC, an intellectual capital merchant bank, to hold intellectual property rights auctions throughout the year. Gooding charges $1,500 to enter a vehicle for sale, a 10% seller's commission, and a 10% buyer's premium. Web site: www.goodingco.com Gooding's Top 10 Sales of 2006 1. $3,905,000,1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Teardrop, Palm Beach, FL, 1/24/06 2. $2,640,000, 1931 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 3. $2,585,000, 1927 Bugatti Type 35C, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/06 4. $2,255,000, 1904 Mercedes-Benz 40/45hp Touring, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 5. $1,980,000, 1933 Packard 1006 Twelve Sport, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 6. $1,650,000, 1933 Packard 1006 Twelve Victoria, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 7. $1,595,000, 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/06 8. $1,540,000, 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB TdF, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/06 9. $1,375,000, 1938 Bugatti T57C Aravis DHC, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/06 10. $1,375,000, 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/06 Gooding Sold Percentages 100% 80% 60% 40% 20% Pebble Beach 2004 Pebble Beach 2005 Pebble Beach 2006 Palm Beach, Florida Gooding Sales Totals $40m $30m $20m $10m $40,000 Pebble Beach 2004 Pebble Beach 2005 Pebble Beach 2006 Palm Beach, Florida Oxnard, California $20,000 August 2007 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 129 $100,000 $80,000 $60,000 Oxnard, California $250,000 $200,000 $150,000 $100,000 $50,000 C hevrolet began production of the Camaro Z/28 on a First Generation limited basis in December 1966 as a contender for the SCCA Trans Am racing series, which was then dominated by Dodge Darts, Plymouth Barracudas, and Ford Mustangs. To comply with the 305-ci displacement limit, GM engineers took their tried and true 327 engine block and fitted a crankshaft from a 283, yielding the high-revving, 290-hp 302. A 4-speed, deep-tone exhaust, quick-ratio steering, and hood Years Built No. Made 1967–1969 47,117 total SCM Price Guide Average $35,000 Good $75,000 Concours $100,000 SCM Investment Grade 1967: A 1968–1969: B stripes rounded out the package throughout the first three years of production, with Z/28 badges added to the exterior in 1968. The first-generation examples were little more than thinly-disguised race cars, and values for them have always been high in comparison to other Camaros. Prices now range from $35,000 to over $100,000, depending on year and condition.—Jim Pickering Z/28 Individual Sale Tracker MODEL ANALYSIS 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Average Z/28 Sale Price at Auction 2007

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Ponder's Bonanza Almost 1,100 items ranged from gas pumps and oil signs to model cars, jukeboxes, mascots and bicycles 1,081 pieces of motobilia brought $1.9 million. Here's some of the stuff I wanted to take home. (Prices include 15% commission) O LOT 1216. 1931 ALFA ROMEO 8C 2300 MONZA MODEL BY POCHER. Estimate: $1,000–$1,500. SOLD AT: $345. This model consists of 1,452 pieces and was painstakingly constructed to high standards. The suspension and steering are fully functional, but the front axle is broken. It sold for well under the estimate, and based upon the number of hours that must have been expended constructing it, the rate of pay was about ten cents an hour. If the repairs are not too extensive, the buyer did just fine. AT: $4,140. This large, 108 x 24-inch plastic sign dates from the 1960s and was in decent condition. Not overly exciting, the sign was something that only an Alfa guy would appreciate, and obviously, at least two were in the room to push it to this price. n April 20 and 21 in Marshall, Texas, RM Auctions sold off the enormous Gene Ponder Collection of vehicles and automobilia. Forty-nine cars sold for $11,732,600 (see July SCM, p. 70), while 35 motorcycles and boats sold for $527,175 and AT: $8,913. Visible gas pumps, in which the gas is pumped up to the upper cylinder, were in use until the late 1930s, but often are difficult to display, as they are over ten feet tall. This example was well restored with a reproduction globe and sold for a surprisingly strong price. I'd have thought the high estimate was all the money, but two determined bidders wanted to have it. $1,995. This was a Wayne 3062W “Marvel” twin oil tank dispenser on wheels, manufactured in 1929. This was well-restored, albeit rather plain, in Texaco livery. They really pop with the brightwork done and finished in multiple colors. Price paid was not out of line, but no bargain. LOT 1422. ILLUMINATED FERRARI SIGN. Estimate: $1,200–$1,500. SOLD AT: $3,162. These plastic Ferrari signs are not uncommon and normally sell for about what was paid here. It's certainly more desirable than a bunch of gold chains. LOT 1283. 1948 WAYNE LOT 1235. KIDILLAC PEDAL CAR. Estimate: $1,200–$1,800. SOLD AT: $1,495. These pedal cars are always popular, as the styling is late '50s with tail fins and the Cadillac look. This example was over-restored with flames and padded seat, but still sold for an aggressive price. Good luck keeping the grandkids out of it. 100B MOBIL GAS PUMP. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500. SOLD AT: $4,888. This was well restored in Mobil livery, but these are not the most desirable of pumps due to their refrigerator look. Unrestored, they sell for about $400 and you can add $1,500 for a paint job, chrome, and reproduction globe. Price paid here was well over the top, so chalk this one up to auction fever. LOT 1307. RESTORED ECO AIR METER. Estimate: $2,000-$3,000. SOLD AT: $3,105. Not that long ago, these were almost free for the asking. They make great additions to car collection garages and when restored to match a vintage gas pump are very striking. No bargain here but no worries. LOT 1329. SHELL LOT 1268. TEN-GALLON LOT 1400. ILLUMINATED ALFA ROMEO SIGN. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500. SOLD 130 TOKHEIM RED CROWN VISIBLE GAS PUMP. Estimate: $4,000–$6,000. SOLD Photos: Primary photographer, Otis Clay, Secondary photographer Simon Clay LOT 1300. TEXACO DOUBLE LUBSTER. Estimate $1,500-$2,000. SOLD AT: PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $1,800–$3,000. SOLD AT: $4,370. This 48 x 48-inch double-sided sign was the shape of the famed Shell logo. Condition was off a bit with numerous chips and scratches. I'd have to say that the price paid here was at least $1,000 on the high side. Sports Car Market

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“Mille Miglia 1933,” featured an MG K3 Magnette. It was purchased by Ponder from the Briggs Cunningham Collection some years ago. A desirable piece at a reasonable price. LOT 1354. FLEETWING GASOLINE MOTOR OIL PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $600–$800. SOLD AT: $1,996. The Fleetwing logo is striking, but the condition of this sign makes you question the final price. For the money, the sign should be a grade or two higher. stations and were subject to all sorts of abuse. Price paid was reasonable, and I'd put this one in the well bought column. offered at the same auction and sold for half what was paid here. LOT 1490. MOBIL LOT 1464. FLYING A LOT 1435. WOODEN BUGATTI PLAQUE. Estimate: $3,000–$4,000. SOLD AT: $9,488. This wooden sign was handmade in 1955 and was stated to have once hung in a museum. It is 84 x 33 inches, and features a Type 35. I wondered about the age, as it had a new look, and I'm mystified by the price, as $10,000 for a handmade, non-period (after all, they weren't making many new Bugattis in 1955) sign seems a bit much. PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $850–$1,400. SOLD AT: $2,020. This was the larger, 62 x 48-inch version of this sign, and it was in acceptable condition with only a few minor chips. Flying A and associated stuff is sought after, and this is a desirable die-cut sign. The final price, while above the high estimate, was not out of line and should be considered market correct. PEGASUS PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $2,500–$3,500. SOLD AT: $2,300. These large signs are often called “cookie cutters” due to their construction. They normally sell toward the high estimate, but the questionable condition here resulted in the lower price. Chips and rust had been poorly repaired and the entire sign clear-coated. The price paid was more than generous. LOT 1524. ROLLS-ROYCE DISPLAY CASE. Estimate: $600–$1,200. SOLD AT: $1,265. This display case was recently manufactured to resemble an early gas pump. A Rolls-Royce reproduction gas globe was mounted on top and a decal applied in front. Since one in Ferrari livery sold for the same price, we can assume this is market price. LOT 1498. BOWES SEAL LOT 1480. GOODYEAR LOT 1449. LE MANS SERIOGRAPH BY LEROY NEIMAN. Estimate: $2,000– $3,000. SOLD AT: $4,888. This was number 106 of 125 limited edition prints of the 1987 24 Hours of Le Mans by a noted artist with a distinctive style. His work is very desirable and this piece sold for well over the high estimate. No harm, however, as this is exciting and there aren't that many more around. MOTORCYCLE TIN FLANGE. Estimate: $950–$1,400. SOLD AT: $2,185. This die-cut sign was in excellent condition, but I bet it's a reproduction. The original sign is porcelain and sells in the fivefigure range. At the price paid, the buyer got caught up in the excitement of the auction. FAST THERMOMETER AND LION HEAD MOTOR OIL TIN SIGN. Estimate: $800–$1,600. SOLD AT: $1,035. Interesting thermometer in decent condition and worth $300 or so. The Lion Head Oil sign, which was a Gilmore Oil Company product, was a reproduction, but even so it is worth about $800, so the transaction was about right. LOT 1528. MODEL OF FERRARI OF BEVERLY HILLS DEALERSHIP. Estimate: $300-$500. SOLD AT: $1,308. I'd have said this nicely detailed model of a Ferrari dealership would have limited appeal, but obviously two bidders wanted it. It would be of interest if you owned the place, but other than that, why? I'm willing to bet it cost a whole lot more than this price to build it. LOT 1504. HASTINGS LOT 1484. RED CROWN LOT 1459. MG RACING PAINTING BY DION PEARS. Estimate: $1,500–$2,000. SOLD AT: $1,840. This painting, titled August 2007 GASOLINE LOLLIPOP CURB SIGN. Estimate: $1,000–$1,200. SOLD AT: $1,150. This porcelain sign was in excellent condition considering they sat in front of service PISTON RINGS TIN SIGN. Estimate: $300–$400. SOLD AT: $1,265. Cute embossed tin sign that featured Detective Hastings. In good condition, it sold for well over the high estimate. All the money and then some, as a couple of others were LOT 1531. PHILLIPS 66 MARINE PRODUCTS AND GILMORE TEN-GALLON CAN. Estimate: $700–$1,000. SOLD AT: $57. The five product containers for Phillips 66 marine lubricants were worth at least a few hundred dollars. Throw in the painted can with the Gilmore 131 Photos: Primary photographer, Otis Clay, Secondary photographer Simon Clay

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead decal and you have the buy of the auction. The new decal on the freshly-painted ten-gallon oil can costs about what was paid here, so the buyer did fine. the package. The Texaco and Veedol signs are desirable, but the others will just fill space on the garage wall. in excellent condition and was offered with an extra set of tires. Tether racers are highly sought after and this one created a high level of interest, selling for twice the high estimate. LOT 2007. SMITH LOT 1568. FERRARI LOT 1534. PAIR OF RESTORED OIL CANS. Estimate: $400–$600. SOLD AT: $518. The ten-gallon Marathon oil can still had the original brass tag. The five-gallon Standard Oil can was also freshly restored. Considering what the Gilmore can sold for, this was a bit of a surprise. I'd have guessed $200 was all the money for both. STEERING WHEEL AND GRILLE. Estimate: $2,500– $3,500. SOLD AT: $3,450. The original wood steering wheel was in good condition and the grille was thought to be from a 250 GT. I wondered if these were purchased as garage art, or for a specific car. The grille would look cool, albeit a bit pricey, hanging on the wall. MILLER RESTORED MOBILGAS TANKER. Estimate: $250–$350. SOLD AT: $173. In the world of toys, the name Smith Miller stands for quality, but this example was not as detailed as more desirable examples. The bidding fell short of the low estimate and was about right for a pressed steel Smith Miller that had been repainted and had new decals. LOT 2035. AGAJANIAN SPECIAL TOY RACE CAR. Estimate: $2,000–$2,500. SOLD AT: $2,875. This tin lithographed race car was based on Troy Ruttman's 1952 Indy winner. It was made by Yonezawa for a short period of time, as Agajanian sued for unauthorized use of his name. It was sold with a ceramic model of the same race car, but the tin toy is difficult to find in decent condition, so this should be considered well bought. LOT 2012. 15 MG TOY LOT 1572. SIX BORRANI LOT 1537. MERCEDES- BENZ PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $1,200–$1,600. SOLD AT: $1,208. This European sign, which advertised Mercedes-Benz parts, was in fair condition with a few chips and scratches. Price paid was about right; European signs do not bring much money on this side of the pond. WIRE WHEELS. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. SOLD AT: $1,725. Five of the wheels were 15 inches and the other 16 inches, so it was not a matched set. Price, if you needed them, seemed reasonable enough, considering a set of four Borrani knock-offs sold in the auction for $2,300 and the price new is closer to $1,000 a wheel. RACE CARS. Estimate: $800– $1,400. SOLD AT: $1,150. The toy MGs were stated to be in presentable condition, with the EX 135 having play wear and paint loss. At about $75 a car, this was the opportunity for an MG guy to buy an instant toy collection of his favorite marque without spending much. LOT 2036. BLUEBIRD LOT 2028. ALFA ROMEO TIPO 158/159 MODEL CAR. Estimate: $1,600–$1,800. SOLD AT: $1,495. This was a very desirable model in excellent original condition. The Pirelli rubber tires were in good shape, as were the side pipes, windscreen, and delicate steering wheel. Price paid was about right. LOT 1591. CHRIS-CRAFT LOT 1554. GROUP OF SEVEN PETROLEUM SIGNS. Estimate: $900–$1,800. SOLD AT: $1,495. A couple of these are worth a couple hundred bucks a piece, but all in all, the buyer paid way over market for 132 COMMANDER OUTBOARD MOTOR. Estimate: $2,200– $2,800. SOLD AT: $5,175. This '50s Chris-Craft outboard motor was in pristine condition and just the ticket for a restored vintage boat, or as a display piece in the boathouse. It's not that often you can go to a car auction and come home with an outboard motor, especially one this nice. TOY CAR BY GUNTHERMANN. Estimate: $600–$1,000. SOLD AT: $1,035. This was a tinplate toy of the famed Napier-Campbell record setting car. It was in very nice condition with only minor wear. These show up from time to time and this example sold for the going rate. LOT 2042. YONEZAWA LOT 2031. MOVOSPINT FERRARI 52 TETHER RACER. Estimate: $500–$800. SOLD AT: $1,610. This was made by Movo of Milan, based on the 500 F2 and powered by a Super Tiger gas engine. It was CHAMPION INDY RACE CAR. Estimate $2,000–$2,500. SOLD AT: $1,995. This was the same toy as Lot 2035, but it was manufactured after Agajanian made them remove his name from the toy. It had a few scratches and some minor paint loss. Another example sold at the same price and two, in lesser condition, sold for $1,438, so the price paid for this one was spot on. Sports Car Market

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LOT 2046, COX CHAMPION TETHER RACE CAR. Estimate: $200–$300. SOLD AT: $345. This was a die-cast Thimble Drome tether racer that dates to 1947. It was in decent condition and was powered by a 1-cylinder gas engine. These are relatively common and this one sold for the going rate. was from Ristorante Cavallino, which is near the Ferrari factory in Maranello, and the Ferrari honchos can often be spotted eating there. All the pieces were marked with the Ferrari logo. It would have been cheaper by a bunch to buy it at the Ristorante, so the next time you are having your Lusso authenticated by the Ferrari factory, stop at the Ristorante, buy a set, and have it added to your service bill. a European amusement park. It was nicely restored with lots of brightwork. Price paid was very realistic, as it would cost at least this much to restore the car. Will make a great conversation piece in the new owner's garage. LOT 2159. “SUNRISE LOT 2094. AUTOMOTIVE LOT 2047. ALFA ROMEO MEMORABILIA. Estimate: $1,800–$2,000. SOLD AT: $1,610. This lot consisted of Alfa Romeo script, a badge, and two race cars. The Tipo 159 model dated to 1950 and was worth the price of the whole group. Consider the rest of the stuff thrown in for free. BADGES. Estimate: $800–$1,200. SOLD AT: $1,725. This lot consisted of 38 interesting badges that included the California Mille, the MG Club, RAC, and BARC. At a touch over $45 a badge, the new owner is well on his way to being a major badge collector. He will have lots to look for at Hershey this year. AT MONACO” BY J. PAUL NEESE. Estimate: $8,000–$16,000. SOLD AT: $18,400. This sculpture is of René Dreyfus winning the 1930 Monaco Grand Prix in a Bugatti 35B. It was number 13 of a limited edition of 35. The artist is well-known for his quality representations of early automotive scenes, and this sold for about what he charges on the open market. LOT 2117. RACE-WAY PINBALL MACHINE. Estimate: $4,000–$5,000. SOLD AT: $2,070. This pinball machine dates to the late '40s and early '50s and featured two Ferraris propelled around a track, based on the player's pinball skills. The wear was described as period patina, which I guess means it had a few bumps and bruises. Price paid seemed more than reasonable if the machine is in decent working order. If so, well bought and an interesting addition to the new owner's car barn. LOT 2061 BUGATTI STAINED GLASS PANEL. Estimate: $600–$1,000. SOLD AT: $1,265. This was recently made and sold for about what it probably cost to have constructed. Interesting piece, but I sure don't see any upside here. LOT 2114. 1957 SEEBURG MODEL KS200 JUKEBOX. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000. SOLD AT $14,950. This was a fully functioning jukebox that played 200 selections. The design was influenced by Detroit automotive styling, with chrome taillights in the front. A couple bidders liked it and ran the price to double the estimate. LOT 2160. “HIGH GEAR” BY STANLEY WANLASS. Estimate: $18,000-$25,000. SOLD AT: $36,800. This sculpture was originally done in 1987 in a limited edition of 34. Available at Wanlass's web site for $39,500, they have been selling in the secondary market for far less than what was paid here. Either the buyer got a little carried away or the Wanlass market is on the upswing. We will know for sure when more change hands. LOT 2154. SPIRIT OF LOT 2086. FERRARI DINNERWARE AND STEMWARE. Estimate: $1,500–$2,000. SOLD AT: $4,025. This was a four-place setting that included coffee service and crystal stemware. It August 2007 LOT 2116. LUSSE AUTO SKOOTER BUMPER CAR. Estimate: $2,500–$5,000. SOLD AT: $5,600. This Art Decodesigned bumper car was from ECSTASY BY CHARLES SYKES. Estimate: $4,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $7,762. This was a reproduction of the classic sculpture by Charles Sykes. The originals were cast in a limited number for early Rolls-Royce showrooms. As the years have passed, there have been numerous reproductions done to varying quality. This example had good but not excellent detail, so the price paid was in line. LOT 2175. “TETE D' AIGLE” MASCOT BY LALIQUE. Estimate: $3,000– $6,000. SOLD AT: $3,737. This is one of the more striking mascots by Lalique; however, it is a postwar example and not of the era. Seven mascots continue to be produced by Lalique and are signed “Lalique France” rather than R. Lalique. The price paid here was well beyond reason, as they can be purchased in quality stores for less than $1,000u 133

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Goldilocks's Porridge Honda's 550/4 is just right—the best of the SOHC fours—but none of them is a bike for beginners W hen Honda's CB750 hit the streets in 1969, it raised the bar so high most other motorcycle manufacturers could barely see it, let alone jump it. With a 750-cc, 4-cylinder SOHC engine, electric start, disc brake and reliability, bikers could “See America First,” as Buick used to say. You could pull up to the Grand Canyon as the sun was setting, admire the view, and not be stranded overnight. Honda's four was so successful, a swarm of smaller bikes followed soon after. The CB350 debuted in 1972, then the CB400, CB500, and finally the CB550 in 1974, which was just right, like the last porridge Goldilocks pinched from the three bears. All models shared a common block with different bores. The SOHC design was made until 1982, and it introduced the public to a 10,000 rpm redline and 100 mph. Sadly, from Honda's point of view, Yamaha's excellent RD350 and RD400 two-strokes were faster and simpler. But the Hondas are admirable technology. The 350 was capable of 97 mph from 34 horsepower, the Supersport “F” models feature four-into-one pipes, and the CB400F had a 6-speed gearbox. However, all shared mechanical failings that weren't corrected until the final version, the 50-horsepower CB550, made from 1974 to 1978. (You can blame Suzuki's GT 550 for that displacement; Honda wasn't going to lose any sales for 50 cc and merely bored the 500 slightly.) Sales reflected buyers' enthusiasm The public gradually warmed to the models and sales reflected their enthusiasm. The CB350 sold 33,000 units, the CB400 34,000 units, the CB500 80,000 units, and the CB550 135,000. All these bikes have 1970s cues. The metal flake Perfect 550 owner: Likes thimble-sized pistons and engines that sound like attacking hornets Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HH Years produced: 1974–78 Number produced: 135,000 approx Original list price: $1,600 in 1975 SCM Valuation: $800–$3,500 Tune-up cost: About $250 including a valve adjust Engine: 544-cc, four-stroke, air-cooled 4-cylinder Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 423 lbs Engine #: Right side of case below cylinders Frame #: Left side of headstock Colors: Candy Apple Orange, blue, green, red, maroon, and black, all with gold stripes More: www.sohc4.us SCM Investment Grade: C 134 colors like “Flake Sunrise Orange,” “Freedom Green Metallic,” and “Candy Jade Green” belong on a Meyers Manx dune buggy or a ski boat. Despite their diminutive size, none of these bikes is for beginners. Power comes on suddenly and the single front disc brake is often described as wooden. It wasn't drilled and rain was a problem—the pad wouldn't “bite” until it warmed up, at which point it could grab and pitch the rider into the weeds. Dual, drilled discs are an essential fix. In addition, tires are narrow, frames flex if the bikes are ridden hard, and head-shake is easy to provoke. Forks are tiny by modern standards—the CB350 units are only 31 millimeters and the CB550 forks are 35 millimeters. Les Barker, who runs Vintage Advantage and Little Engine Service in Vancouver, Washington, has built championship-winning 4-cylinder Honda racebikes for 30 years. He's fond of the design but aware of its shortcomings. “The guys that made racebikes out of these got more than they bargained for,” he says. Barker says the CB550 introduced vital changes to the design. Most significantly, from a performance standpoint, the CB550 head has bigger valves. The clutch basket was finally beefed up from the original CB350 unit, and the shift linkage was improved (it had been This 33-mile, 1975 Honda 550K brought $7,245 at Bonhams' s Legend of the Motorcycle auction on May 5 very notchy and inclined to jump out of second gear). The 550's clutch was moved to the right side, so that a long rod wasn't required to operate it. That rod can wear its bushings and elongate the seal, which then leaks. Disc brake, alternator fixes Barker modifies clutch plates, which are stamped on one side to retain oil. That means there are divots on the other side that reduce the contact area and can lead to clutch slip. The answer is to surface grind them. Another problem, corrected in 1976, is that each valve rocker is not retained, just pushed onto the shaft. When the bore in the rocker box wears, the rocker can twist and rub the chrome off the cam follower. At best it becomes noisy, at worst it eats the camshaft. Exciter coils should be upgraded to 1977 units along with a higher output alternator, as earlier bikes do not charge the battery until 3,500 rpm. “So if you're cruising around town, it's a total loss system,” says Barker. He also recommends solid state ignitions, which draw less current. Original metal plug caps are notorious for shorting when wet. With so many bikes manufactured, spares aren't a problem, with two notable exceptions. Honda has discontinued the cam chain tensioner, so you're stuck with used parts or scouting for NOS on dusty shelves. Exhausts are famous for rusting out, and whether you're looking for the “F” model four-into-one or “K” model four-into-four, you've got your work cut out. “There's a guy in Holland who has repop CB500 and CB550 exhausts but they're $850 a set,” Barker says. Fork tubes can rust under the headlight mounting brackets, but replicas are available. Pull back the plastic boot under the lower triple clamp and check for rust. Don't worry too much about oil leaks around the head; this is usually due to oil passage O-rings, not the gasket itself. But pulling the head to fix them is a bear. Cheap bikes can be picked up for under $1,000, but Barker says not to bother, as their complexity makes them a losing proposition. Don't forget you'll have four carbs to rebuild. He recommends paying as much as you can for a correct bike. “I'd think you'd get a primo one for $3,500,” he says. That should include all the correct badges, as those are no longer available, and both sidecovers. Once you get a good bike, there are kits to bore it to almost 600 cc, at which point you can give riders on newer machinery a serious scare. “The 550s are lighter and better balanced than a 750. A lot of guys think they were the best made,” Barker says.u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for 40 years. His work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Sports Car Market

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������������������������ 1959 Porsche Convertible D Race Car-Fresh Engine & Paint $69,500 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Tri-Carb $35,000 ����������� ������������������� ������������������� ������������������ ������������������ Too many modifications to list. $100,000 1953 Porsche 356 Outlaw 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Blue/Blue 66k miles $34,900 Vintage IMSA GTX Porsche/SVRA/HSR Legal-Make Offer 1986 Porsche Omega Gold/Tan.New Brown Top New Springs, Shocks, Tires, Exhaust. $8,900 1984 TVR 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Street Beast-350 Chevy Engine AC/PW/Leather/Automatic Trans $39,000 1963 Cooper Formula 3 1000cc Cosworth engine 4 speed Newland. $38,500 1966 Austin Healey 3000 4 Speed with O/D $39,000 ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� Visit our Web Site at www.foreigncoachworks.com White/Black Original Interior Very Good Condition $6,500 1967 Porsche 912 1969 Zink Formula Vee Cricket Farm Motor $11,500 What You Need to Know About Your Favorite Classic Car INSTANT DOWNLOAD ON DEMAND INS eith Martin, the editors of Sports Car Market, and Road & Track have amed up to assemble the Buyer's Guide series of downloadable 0-page portfolios. Each contains the information you need as a uyer, seller, dealer, collector or enthusiast. ach booklet has detailed information describing what your assic was like when it was new, and what it's worth today. Guides include: In-depth profi les; Original specs and prices; Current market values; Tables of recent sales and trends; What to look for when buying; Vintage advertisements and Road & Track road tests Available Guides • 1967–70 AMC AMX • 1964–67 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII • 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro • 1961–67 Jaguar E-type Series I • 1968–71 Jaguar E-type Series II • 1971–74 Jaguar E-type Series III • 1963–67 Chevrolet Corvette • 1968–72 Chevrolet Corvette • 1970–73 Datsun 240Z • 1971–74 De Tomaso Pantera • 1964½–66 Ford Mustang • 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird • 1962–67 MGB Mk I ����������������������� 1959 Porsche Convertible D Race Car-Fresh Engine & Paint $69,500 1962 Austin Healey 3000 Tri-Carb $35,000 ����������� ������������������� ������������������� ������������������ ������������������ Too many modifications to list. $100,000 1953 Porsche 356 Outlaw 1987 Porsche 930 Turbo Blue/Blue 66k miles $34,900 Vintage IMSA GTX Porsche/SVRA/HSR Legal-Make Offer 1986 Porsche Omega Gold/Tan.New Brown Top New Springs, Shocks, Tires, Exhaust. $8,900 1984 TVR 1934 Ford 3 Window Coupe Street Beast-350 Chevy Engine AC/PW/Leather/Automatic Trans $39,000 1963 Cooper Formula 3 1000cc Cosworth engine 4 speed Newland. $38,500 1966 Austin Healey 3000 4 Speed with O/D $39,000 ��������������������������������������������� ��������������������������� Visit our Web Site at www.foreigncoachworks.com White/Black Original Interior Very Good Condition $6,500 1967 Porsche 912 1969 Zink Formula Vee Cricket Farm Motor $11,500 What You Need to Know About Your Favorite Classic Car INSTANT DOWNLOAD ON DEMAND INS eith Martin, the editors of Sports Car Market, and Road & Track have amed up to assemble the Buyer's Guide series of downloadable 0-page portfolios. Each contains the information you need as a uyer, seller, dealer, collector or enthusiast. ach booklet has detailed information describing what your assic was like when it was new, and what it's worth today. Guides include: In-depth profi les; Original specs and prices; Current market values; Tables of recent sales and trends; What to look for when buying; Vintage advertisements and Road & Track road tests Available Guides • 1967–70 AMC AMX • 1964–67 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII • 1967–69 Chevrolet Camaro • 1961–67 Jaguar E-type Series I • 1968–71 Jaguar E-type Series II • 1971–74 Jaguar E-type Series III • 1963–67 Chevrolet Corvette • 1968–72 Chevrolet Corvette • 1970–73 Datsun 240Z • 1971–74 De Tomaso Pantera • 1964½–66 Ford Mustang • 1955–57 Ford Thunderbird • 1962–67 MGB Mk I • • 1956–59 Porsche 356 A • 1960–65 Porsche 356 B&C • Shelby Cobra • 1969–76 Triumph TR6 Just $12.95 each. See all the available titles and download yours today at www.sportscarmarket.com

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Mystery Photo Answers Is that a bazooka in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me? —Andy Boone, Dallas, TX RUNNER-UP: The Rumsfeld Doctrine of a lighter, faster, more mobile fighting force has been resoundingly rejected by U.S. troops in the field.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Datsa it! No more cutta me off from the SUV!—Dale Pope, Plymouth, IN Vehicle Equipped with Specialty Pyrotechnic Activator—Rob Bennett, Traverse City, MI Jimmy's scooter was all the rage at the annual Gay Pride Parade.— Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA “Fire It Again Tony,” a precursor.—Rory Ellickson, Wautoma, WI Luigi's Vespa modifications took much time and lira, but it was worth the investment. Just let those Harley guys try to kick sand in his face at Daytona Bike Week next year.—Joe Kocy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL You meet the nicest people on a Vespa.—Sean T. Barlow, Perryville, MD Here we have a genuine Italian WWII artifact, the Bazooka Scooter. After hostilities ended, they were drafted into service for post-war delivery of salami.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Yes, we are all quite grateful that James Bond was not Italian.—Al Nelson, Ludington, MI As homage to his heritage, producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli wanted James Bond to drive this modified Vespa in “Goldfinger.” Since Aston Martin was willing to pay substantially higher product placement fees, the switch was made. Understandably, Broccoli was steamed.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT Are you sure you got this from responding to that “Sex for Life” ad in Car and Driver?—Douglas McW. Smith, Dallas, TX Alright, who gave the scooter Viagra?—Andrew W. Davis, Belleville, MI U.S. military orders 3,000 Oberto Sausage Launchers.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Que bella! Now that's a f@$%in' moto-scooter.—Dave Bracker, Oakland, CA Though they didn't perfect the concept, this early prototype clearly shows that Vespa did indeed invent the crotch rocket.—Tim Wright, Glendale, AZ Tired of being teased in the locker room, Giuseppe decided it was time to compensate.—Paul Huber, San Francisco, CA Initial road tests of the new Vespazooka report it's a “real blast” to drive.—Stan Swartz, Bradenton, FL For his understanding that riding a Vespa is just another way of saying hello, Andy Boone wins a soon-to-be collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.u USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@ sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 Sports Car Market

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Comments with your renewal The renewal envelope says “Keep the fright pigs coming.” I never see fright pigs anymore. Great magazine anyway.—D. Pope, Plymouth, IN Keep up the fantastic work. What a magazine!—G. Calo, San Ramon, CA More pre-1930 cars.—F. Lau, Portland, OR No other automotive magazine measures up to your visual and editorial quality. Thanks for a great read.—M. Church, Victoria, British Columbia, CAN Love it.—C. Kunkler, Atlanta, GA Great magazine. I read it cover to cover each month. More British content please.—G. Simpson, Los Gatos, CA I really do enjoy every page. The variety is great, and Dave Kinney should run for president. Keep up the fine work.—S. Davie, Calgary, Alberta, CAN. Kinney for president? Avantis for All! That's a provocative platform.—KM Great web site.—P. Pleitner—Ann Arbor, MI The mag is near-flawless, but your cardboard subscription ordering insert is impossible to tear out on its incorrectly positioned perforation without either tearing the card itself or worse, destroying the magazine's binding. Move the perforation one quarter of an inch, make me happy, and possibly end global warming.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA I enjoy receiving SCM every month. Keep it coming. And I look forward to the email newsletter.—R. Rowe, Henderson, NV Thanks for a great magazine. I particularly enjoy “You Write, We Read,” “Affordable Classics,” and “Our Cars.”—T. Molter, Spokane, WA. First SCM was all about Alfas, then other sports cars were added, then prewar cars, muscle cars, motorcycles, and then automobilia. What's next? Please leave SCM to sports cars or put out separate magazines.—S. Wilke, Tulsa, OK. You can subscribe to our new Corvette Market at www.vettemarket. com—KM Great magazine. The art is wonder- ful.—C. Kish, Oakton, VA The best car magazine on the market, bar none. I read it cover to cover every month. Thank you for a terrific experience.—R. Krantz, San Ramon, CA Thanks to Publisher Martin for maintaining his integrity in the face of what I am sure was a nice check from Speed Channel/Barrett-Jackson. It is this type of rogue independence we all enjoy from the staff. Please keep up the good work. I look forward to every issue.—D. Miller, Vienna, VA Great service. Keep the motor- cycles.—J. Duss, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL And thanks to all of you, for your renewals and your comments.—Keith Martinu 122S at IPD August 2007 2002, master of the nickel-and-dime 137 The SCM Mini A few months ago, Publisher Martin showed up at SCM headquarters in a vintage red and white Mini Cooper of some indeterminate year, which he found languishing on a used car lot between a bunch of late-model BMWs. Showing only 50,000 kms (30,000 miles) it's a relatively rust- and issue-free example, as you would expect. But a trip to the local alignment shop revealed that it drove crab-wise down the road due to a past owner's Bo Duke-style curb-hopping, necessitating the installation of a rear camber-adjustment kit. The suspension was frozen solid from the salted roads of Munich (its original point of sale), giving a rally-on-thecheap feel that jarred both its body panels and the driver's fillings over any and all bumps, rocks, and even paint lines on the road. Those issues have been taken care of, but now the engine tries to jump out of the car on acceleration due to a broken motor mount. Purchase price: $9,208. Repair cost over 5 months of ownership: $1,777.59. Total amount invested: $10,985.59. 1967 Volvo 122S Arguably the least sporty of our cars, the recently purchased Volvo 122S attempts to leave me standing on the side of the road every time I slip behind the school bus-sized wheel. Problems included a worn-out front suspension that complained audibly and The SCM Garage Irregular Updates on Our Irregular Cars by Jim Pickering Mini adds fun factor to the SCM fleet worked with the car's bald tires to change lanes without driver consultation, carbs and tune-up that were OK until the car got just beyond walking distance of the office, and a temp gauge that pegged on H even on 50-degree gray Oregon days. For all its needs, we took it to IPD, one of the nation's largest suppliers of Volvo parts (800.444.6473), and had them address the problems and install new rear brakes. The clutch gave out on one of their mechanics as he was driving it around the lot to deliver it to us, so the transmission came out and a new clutch went in. $1,482 later (bald tires still not replaced) it's ready for the road. Purchase price: $2,750. Repair cost over five months of ownership: $1,957.50. Total amount invested: $4,707.50. 1968 BMW 2002 Despite our best efforts to keep it alive, SCM's BMW 2002 has a nasty habit of finding new ways to break down. The car has discovered an appetite for $100 clutch slave cylinders, which tend to last only a few hundred miles before exploding in a shower of DOT 3. I had the seats restuffed, new door seals installed, and threepoint retractable seat belts fitted, as using the originals was about as simple as untangling a strand of last year's Christmas lights. We've fixed almost everything on this car at least once, and at this point, it may be a better idea to just sit inside the car and make driving noises rather than actually try to go anywhere in it. The hope is that at some point it'll become a solid, reliable vehicle… I did say hope, didn't I? Purchase price: $6,000. Repair cost over 21 months of ownership: $7,542.91. Total amount invested: $13,542.91. Which, sad to say, would buy a pretty damned good, fully-restored, 2002tii. 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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM web site listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1964 Jaguar XKE Rare factory hard top. DVD available. $13,500. John McNulty, JLMcN@frontiernet.net, 315.855.4368. (NY) 1976 Triumph TR6 Late model 3.8 with all-synchro tranny. Virtually all mechanical parts were either replaced or completely repaired and refinished. Interior redone in English Connolly. I have $90,000 in invoices. $75,000. Guy Stewart, gkslaw@bellsouth.net, 561.659.1810. 1966 Sunbeam Tiger Owned by us several times over the last 18 years. A wonderful, restored, California car. Teal green, tan leather. Used summers, heated storage winters, properly serviced every spring. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 1991 Aston Martin Virage Rotisserie nut & bolt restoration by Scott Woerth, AACA National Prize winner, exquisite condition, hard & soft tops, $49,950. Mark Terlecky, m_terlecky@yahoo.com, 610.975.0875. (PA) 1966 Innocenti Mini Cooper Litchfield Black/mushroom/black piping, 5-spd. 12,200 miles, excellent in & out, over $12,000 spent in recent maintenance & upgrades, including 17inch HRE wheels/Avons, Nardi wood wheel, factory chromed brass grille. Original pieces available. Danny Burnstein, burn4@infoave.net, 803.920.2941. (SC) Classic Mini assembled under license in Italy. Very straight, good paint, fair interior. Runs well. Roll bar. $8500. Steve Margolis, qwerty1750@hotmail. com. 919.785.0220. (NC) 1974 Jaguar XKE Series III French 1939 Bugatti T57 Stelvio A spectacular car we have known and loved for many years. Immaculate throughout, sorted to the nines by a fanatic 356 owner. Silver, blue leather, blue top, factory removable roll bar, correct radio, correct wood wheel. Ready now for touring. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, 203.852.1670. www.deGarmo Ltd.com. (CT) 1961 Porsche 356B Cabriolet V12, automatic transmission, 21,000 miles, Regency Red. Excellent mechanically. Excellent body. Good interior. Great driver. $55,000. Virgil Renzulli, renzulli@asu.edu, 602.570.5157. (AZ) 1975 Triumph TR6 S/n 57740. Elegant and highly desirable Gangloff raked windshield convertible bodywork. Beautifully restored example in stunning color combination and jewel-like detailing. $695,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. 1962 Facel Vega II Roman #2 Original Southern California car, second owner. Air conditioning, Borrani wheels, 2/3 restored for $50,000. Will complete, in colors of your choice, for $89,000. Don Herbert, mrglasscars8@aol.com, 714.527.3121. (CA) 138 An incredible original car, painted once, otherwise a perfectly serviced original. Incredibly rare factory hard top. Original radio. Ruby red, original black leather. Too original to be concours, but an amazing driver. $75,000. Matthew L. deGarmo, 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) Sports Car Market Silver/black. Only 33,000 miles. Sunroof. Absolutely original, even the paint. Recent service, runs great. $29,000. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.664. (MA) 1980 Porsche 928 Adenauer w/rare 4-spd. manual. Black/new gray leather, California black plate car. Original Becker, nicely kept, drives smoothly; the ultimate Saturday night dinner carriage for two couples. $28,900 Rob Kirkendol, rob.kirkendol@lfg.com, 859.322.4319. 1961 Porsche 356B Silver/black, 40,000 miles. Amazing car that has had every mechanical part either replaced or overhauled. All new tires, brakes, engine overhaul, trans overhaul, too much to list. Excellent paint and interior, Fuchs wheels are showing age, otherwise it is hard to fault this car! $30,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.877.2645. 1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Convertible, light gray/red. CA car with ground-up restoration. Window sticker, records from new. Show quality and ready to tour. $130,000. Alex Dearborn, 987.887.6644. (MA) 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D Less than 500 miles on full restoration. Original floors and longitudinals. Black leather. Rebuilt 912 engine and original engine. Original rebuilt transmission. CA yellow plates. Steve Watson, stevew356@comcast.net, 415.205.0716. (CA) 1960 Mercedes-Benz 220SE Second owner last 27 years. Always garaged, rare burl wood interior. Originally car was chauffeurdriven and always Mercedes maintained. Really wonderful car. Fred Berndt, 414.352.4711. (WI) 1968 Mercedes-Benz Euro 280SL Factory installed ZF 5-speed. White, black tex int. Excellent condition. $35k. Robert Bailey, 973.845.9151. 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Convertible German 1956 Porsche 356A 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Limo Anthracite/Cognac. 4-sp. manual, no a/c. Fabulous CA car with show restoration. $110,000. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644. (MA) 1971 Porsche 911T coupe Ivory/black, 4-sp manual, no a/c. Beautiful original Euro-spec SL with recent preservation. Fast & fun. $29,000. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644. (MA) 1974 Porsche 911S

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SCM Showcase Gallery Two-owner car. With current owner has 22 years. All original, no stories, no surprises, guaranteed. Moon roof, automatic, cold a/c. 74,500 miles. All records at German Motor Car Restoration, Phoenix, AZ. $10,900. Bill Wyckoff, 623.566.3962. (AZ) 1983 Porsche 911SC Cabriolet Italian 1949 Lancia Aprilia 2006 Porsche 1,200 miles, as-new. Sold new April 2007 at Beverly Hills Porsche. Dark blue metallic with tan full leather plus headliner. All factory options! Asking $98,000. California Car. Michael Yedor, myetor@aol.com, 310.386.6105. (CA) pieces to repair the semaphores. New battery and Michelin 165/400 X Stop tires. Hubcaps are new Italian reproductions. Details, history, and photos available. Tina Van Curen, btinavc@sbcglobal.net, 626.797.1512. (CA) 1954 Maserati A6GCS and needs nothing to be driven and enjoyed with reliability for the next decade. Paint is original and shows some age-related spots but the interior perfect. $34,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt .com, 802.877.2645. 1984 Ferrari 308 GTBQV Excellent-running German production car that was imported into the U.S. in1988. Immaculate car with a unique Porsche Turbo wing. Removable roll bar and racing seat belts. This car is unusually quick and drives like new. $27,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.877.2645. 1998 Porsche 993 Cabriolet 37,000 miles on a virtually unmarked car. Spectacular dark blue exterior with spot-free tan interior. All new tires on perfect wheels. Runs and drives as new. $46,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.598.0385. 1,486-cc V4, 4-speed manual, black/creme, LWB Pininfarina body. Chassis # 539/2-1478; engine # *28235*. Zenith 32 VIML carb, 4-wheel hydraulic brakes (Sabif). Sliding pillar front suspension, beam axle rear suspension with leaf springs. Garaged. Original and unmolested except for addition of Lucas taillights and turn signals, a pair of reflectors, and vintage fender mirrors. Rust-free except for a small area in the driver's side floor. All instruments work except gas gauge. Knobs and interior handles are complete and restorable. All interior trim pieces are there and useable. Original wool upholstery is untouched. Completely rebuilt braking system with NOS parts and new hoses. All lights are in working order except the semaphores. We have the S/N 2053. Desirable and competitive car. Restored. Eligible for all events. Ideal entry for Ferrari Challenge. $200,000 in additional receipts from Epifani Restorations. Great provenance. FIA Historical Technical Passport pending. $1,500,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS Stunning. Black leather with red piping. Third owner. Complete records from new. Daily driver. Only 748 GTBQV's made. $28,500. Don Meyer, DMeyer@KSLAW.com, 404.572.4707. (GA) 1987 Ferrari Testarossa The smoothest and best-driving 308 I have ever experienced. The engine is clean and leak-free 1- condition, 31k miles, photo doc of 30k service, Center Locking wheels with polished cross-lace + orig. $70k obo. Dominic Vermet, vermet@hino .com, 248.978.5131. 140 Sports Car Market

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Monterey Racing 1990 Ferrari Mondial T 1968 Plymouth Barracuda One owner, 7,000 original miles. Original books and tools untouched. Engine-out full 15k-mile service just done. White, tan leather. Looks and drives like a brand new car. $39,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 2001 Qvale (DeTomaso) Mangusta 1969 Chevrolet Z/28 Formula-S rare 340, T/A block and heads, build sheet, Govier decoded, great interior, detailed engine compartment, 3.91 sure-grip. $25,000. Eric West, 207.797.6676. Yellow with black leather, only 285 made. U.S. car, 325 hp. Ford Cobra drivetrain and electronics. 5-spd. 18-inch wheels, loaded. Like brand new. 13k miles. Fast and fun. $48,500. Dave Caccauo, 516.946.7771. (NY) American 1936 Ford Trunk Sedan “This is a real Z/28,” correct, fresh, DZ302 motor that has been totally rebuilt, non-matching #s 290 hp, aluminum intake manifold, Holley 4-bbl carb, M21 4-speed trans, console & gauges, 12-bolt posi-traction rear end, dual exhaust, multi leaf rear springs, front & rear spoilers, Fathom green w/ white stripes, deluxe black houndstooth interior in beautiful condition, rally wheels, no rust, perfect trunk & floors, runs & drives great! This car has serious get up & go! Mario Vina, sales@classiccarsrus .com, 818.606.3202. 1995 Dodge Viper RT/10 One of the nicest originals you'll ever see. 50,126 miles, new engine, NOS radiator, wiring harness, grille guard. $23,000. Russell Nairn, 412.638.2152. (PA) 1947 Ford COE Wrecker Air conditioning, 3 tops, polished 5-spoke wheels, stainless headers, big exhaust, original paint, never damaged. Bob Hoeksema, 248.787.7700. (MI) 2005 Kirkham Cobra Across 1. The Quail will honor 50 years of racing here (2 words) Fully restored, fully functional, original flathead motor, winch, 5th wheel, 4-speed/2-speed axle, $35,000. Richard Jones, dikkjones@yahoo.com, 406.837.3434. 1952 Cunningham C-4R Continuation 6. Speed measure 8. Engine size unit 9. Amped up 10. Make a mistake 11. Monterey Historics sponsor 13. Gym class, for short 14. While 15. Pass 19. Racing circuit 21. Indy nickname, Brick 22. Money-maker on a race car 24. Laughter sound 25. See 43 down 27. Fitting tightly 30. Cupertino, CA, computer 31. Well-known race car manufacturer 33. Nickel symbol 34. Kind 35. American Grand Prix motorcycle racer, Wayne Built to the highest levels of performance and workmanship. Alloy Genesis Ford Motorsport 427 block. Aluminum body, Connolly leather, Wilton carpets, Tremec 5-speed. Great detailing throughout. Special construction vehicle with SB100 certification. $105,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction. com, 510.653.7555. Mack/Pacer S/N R5222. One of the three continuation cars built by the Cunningham family. Highest accuracy and quality of workmanship throughout. Low miles. Proper Chrysler 331 Hemi. Includes set of Cunningham brake drums. $225,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. Trailer: 30-foot awning, air compressor, cabinets, white aluminum interior. Pit pal accessories. Toterhome sleeps 3, refrigerator/freezer, head, shower, microwave, dual a/c. Andy Greene, info@agsvrc .com, 912.748.5737. (GA)u 36. Not off 37. Velocity, for short 39. Strange and unusual autos (goes with 5 down) 41. Organization that supports and maintains Monterey's track 44. Old record 47. You, the olde way 48. Molsheim's cars 51. Most desirable BMW 2002 53. Steal 55. “The One” star, Jet 57. Where the dragsters run 58. Snake & cross marque Down 1. 4-time motorcycle world champion, “Steady Eddie” 2. Builder and racer of the Eagle-Weslake 3. Agree 4. Streamlined 5. See 39 across 6. CanAm and Formula One mainstay 7. Spell 8. -driver 11. In a convertible it is removable 12. Type of curve 13. Extra protection 16. Former CART and current historic racer, Bobby 17. Racing surface 18. Listener 20. It makes the roar 23. Sandwich place 25. Disney/Pixar flick 26. Crossed the finish line first 27. State 28. Numero 29. Laguna Seca's first winner on November 9, 1957, Pete 30. SCM's resident curmudgeon, Raymond 32. French endurance classic (2 words) 38. Ace 40. Debtor's note 42. Jaguar, for one 43. Racer's mechanics (with 25 across) 45. Fancy celebration 46. Roman 6 48. 1982 Ferrari 512 49. Until, for short 50. Savings account 52. Mid-March 54. French gold 56. Go- guy For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword August 2007 141

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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. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) Bonhams. +, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector AutoChristie's. 310.385.2600, 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the fi nest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions .com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. 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) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse .com. (IN) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Alfa Romeo Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berk142 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) 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics .com. (DE) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 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, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) ley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) American Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www .vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations .com. Buy/Sell/General experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Automobilia utomobilia GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www .gmpdiecast.com. (GA) The Carcierge. 561.541.6696, Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's 461.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our Sports Car Market

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CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge.com. (FL) Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Club USA. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 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-akind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.859.1585/321.287.9368, 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) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. August 2007 888.4AHCUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) 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) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. www.swiftbermuda.com. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets .com. (CA) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048, The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) German ERS (426.8377), World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA www .covercraft.com. (OK) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Inspections nal, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our web site for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for origi143 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX)

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. ning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Sports and Competition Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) Restoration - General Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562 /203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www .morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) Vintage Events Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel .net. (OH) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-win- Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fi ne wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) u 144 Sports Car Market

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Carl Bomstead eWatch When “Buy it Now” Means “Buy it Cheap” 1906 PA license plate a likely bargain, and bidders push Yellow-Knight truck sign to surprising $3,351 Thought Carl's I have always wondered why someone would list an item on an eBay auction and add a “Buy it Now” price. That would be the price at which the seller would be willing to accept and stop the auction process. I'd think the seller would be better off to set the reserve at a number he'd be happy with and let the process work from there. The same thing could be said for a seller stopping an auction when someone emails an offer that is close to what the seller would like for the item. Hang around enough auctions and you soon realize that all kinds of weird things can happen when two determined bidders have to “have” something. Here's one that I am willing to bet would have exceeded the “Buy it Now” figure if the process had continued. EBAY #230115978148—RED HAT ONE-QUART MOTOR OIL CAN. Number of bids: 22. SOLD AT: $510. Date sold: 4/17/2007. This Red Hat oil can was in acceptable condition, with a few scratches and rust around the seams. Oil cans have been off a bit of late, but this one was way off. Red Hat is a sought-after logo and was also made with a white background. I'd have expected around $800 or so. The buyer, whom I know, made a great buy and added an elusive can to his extensive collection. EBAY #130116079245— PORCELAIN YELLOWKNIGHT SERVICE SIGN. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $3,351. Date sold: 5/27/2007. Yellow-Knight trucks were built by the Yellow Cab Company, which was founded by John D. Hertz of rental car fame. They were acquired by General Motors in 1925 and became part of the truck division in 1943, which erased the brand name. This 30-inch porcelain sign was in decent condition, with rust on one side, and it lacked good luster. The bidding increased by $2,000 in the last hour or so and ended at a surprisingly strong price, considering the condition. EBAY #190108194527—1926 FEDERAL TIRES DIE-CUT CALENDAR. Number of bids: 4. SOLD AT: $130.26. Date sold: 5/06/2007. Early calendars were often very elaborate and were a common method of advertising. This one featured a striking woman talking on the telephone with a Federal tire prominently featured. Half of the calendar pad had been removed, which makes a difference to hardcore calendar collectors, but it did not affect the price here. It was a cute piece for a reasonable price. EBAY #220113138145—1946 INDIANAPOLIS 500 PIN. Number of bids: 18. SOLD AT: $4,070. Date sold: 5/26/2007. This pin, for the 30th Indy 500, was issued to media, race officials, and teams to gain access to the pits and other restricted areas. A dedicated group of Indy 500 collectors will pay serious money for early pins, race programs, and other memorabilia. Attend the Indy 500 Swap Meet that takes place on the Saturday before the race and you will be amazed at the prices and variety of offerings. EBAY MOTORS #330118115673—1934 PACKARD TWELVE SALES CATALOG. Number of bids: 21. SOLD AT: $2,247.44. Date sold: 5/15/2007. This is one of the most desirable Packard sales catalogs and one of the most difficult to find in decent condition. 1934 is a favorite year for Packard V12s, and the brochures usually have heavy damage to the fragile vellum cover. This example had only a minor chip at the bottom and was otherwise in excellent condition. This could easily have sold for another $500 and still have been a reasonable purchase. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 EBAY #270103029035— 1906 THREE-DIGIT PENNSYLVANIA LICENSE PLATE. Sold though “Buy it Now.” SOLD AT: $2,999.99. Date sold: 5/24/2007. This first issue Pennsylvania porcelain license plate was in excellent condition, with a couple of nicks around the top mounting holes. It appeared to have retained the original gloss. The big plus here was the unusual low number—700—so the price did not seem out of line. I wonder what the final price would have been if the seller had let the auction run its course? EBAY #180117195948— 1950S PHILLIPS 66 CELLULOID PINBACK. Number of bids: 10. SOLD AT: $19.38. Date sold: 5/20/2007. In the 1950s, oil companies would encourage motorists to change their oil depending on the season, using a lighter oil for the colder weather and heavier for the summer. This was obviously prior to multi-grade oils and the practice of changing your oil every 3,000 miles. A number of companies had their station attendants wear similar pins, and they make for an interesting collection. u POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market