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Dodge Viper RT/10: 400-hp Classic for Under $30k Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM: $7m Expected, $12.8m Result Legal Files: When Your Insurance Company Sues You 1960 Aston Martin: World-Record $5m Sale 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 $900k Three Months Ago $1.2m Now Find Out Why Inside August 2013 ™ www.sportscarmarket.com


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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! August 2013 . Volume 25 . Number 8 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 56 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 204 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales by Paul Hardiman 58 72 84 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB $1,456,000 / RM Two 2-cam 275s — one brings $288k more ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 60 $1,167,977 / Bonhams 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT “Jet” coupe $4,939,193 / Bonhams A one-of-one body and a world-record price GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 64 96 112 124 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta $174,720 / RM Correct engine is critical to value AMERICAN by Carl Bomstead 66 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Supersport $28,488 / Bonhams A well-sold pig with lipstick RACE by Steve Ahlgrim 68 134 MECUM Indianapolis, IN: Mustangs make millions at Mecum’s $48m mega-sale — B. Mitchell Carlson WORLDWIDE Montgomery, TX: The 1950 Nash-Healey prototype hits the half-million mark, and a ’66 427 Cobra doubles it at the $7.2m Houston Classic — John Lyons BONHAMS Spa, BEL: When a famous racetrack gets a collector-car auction to call its own, sales total $4.4m — Leo Van Hoorick AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN: Consignments increase 6%, totals jump 27%, and a 1930 Packard Super Eight Model 745 dual-cowl phaeton sells for $198k at this $5.5m event — Kevin Coakley BONHAMS Hendon, U.K.: Warplanes set the backdrop for this $2.6m sale of Astons, Jags and Rolls-Royces — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Mecum Kansas City and Auctions America Carlisle — B. Mitchell Carlson, Adam Blumenthal 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster $500,000 / Worldwide Documented, unmolested, and the first 14 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Competizione $12,812,800 / RM Two battling bidders raise the poker pot Cover photo: 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams Sports Car Market


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COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears For just $30,000 more, John Draneas can turn his Jag into a reliable event car Keith Martin 38 Affordable Classic The Viper was a genuine supercar within financial reach for middle-aged, slightly balding men yearning to relive their youth Dale Novak 42 Collecting Thoughts With the best-of-the-best Sunbeam Tigers now selling for $70k and higher, it is increasingly important for collectors and first-time buyers to seek out authentic cars Dale Novak 44 Legal Files Exclusions set boundaries on your car insurance. Know what they are before something bad happens John Draneas 46 Simon Says Standing on the starting ramp as Mille Miglia master of ceremonies this year, I looked down a list of 422 entrants from the four corners of the world Simon Kidston 62 The Cumberford Perspective What’s most remarkable about Ghia’s lovely body for the Moretti is its perfect proportioning, completely masking the diminutive size Robert Cumberford 162 eWatch Jackie Robinson’s glove brings $373k at auction, while a 1905 Maine porcelain license plate sells for almost $9k Carl Bomstead DEPARTMENTS 22 Auction Calendar 22 Crossing the Block 24 Your Cars: SCMer Tanner Halton’s 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III heads for auction in Monterey 26 The Inside Line: Columbia River Concours d’Elegance, Hot August Nights, Monterey Car Week 28 Contributors: Get to know our writers 30 You Write: Lagonda love, Lagonda hate (again); Fiat Dinos; and the Toyota 2000GT 32 Display Advertisers Index 34 Time Pieces: A mysterious Omega Countdown Watch 34 Neat Stuff: Miniature mobile espresso machine, and sports-car sippy cups 36 In Miniature: 1938 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza Xenia 36 Book Review: Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans 102 Fresh Meat: 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB, 2011 Maserati GranTurismo S MC, 2012 McLaren MP4-12C 116 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese collector cars 16 150 Mystery Photo: “I see the find, but where’s the barn?” 150 Comments with Your Renewal: “As always, more reviews and pages.” 152 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 156 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs FEATURES 50 2013 Greystone Concours: Cars, friends and fun at a famous movie location 52 Puerto Rico’s Antique Car Show: Tiny island offers big fun for car lovers Sports Car Market 52 Puerto Rico Antique Car Show


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The $30,000 Tune-Up If a car hasn’t been serviced, its systems are simply going to fail as it is used more and more gine to properly repaint and replate the engine bay. “It’s a major knock in value to have the engine bay incorrect.” At the same time, he would renew the bushings as necessary in the front suspension, and upgrade the cooling system. While the engine was out, Tom recommended taking the transmis- sion off and inspecting the clutch. “It’s only about $1,500 to do a clutch when the engine is out; if he drives down the road and in 2,500 miles the clutch starts to slip, replacement will cost him $4,000 to $5,000.” And while the engine is out, Tom recommends resealing it, which includes pulling the pan, inspecting the bearings, replacing the timing chain and oil pump, removing the head, lightly honing the cylinder walls and doing anything else necessary to “freshen” the engine without rebuilding it. Some visual needs, but still a good buy S CM’s Legal Files analyst John Draneas just brought home his first vintage Jaguar — a 1963 E-type convertible. It’s a very straight car with a correct 3.8-liter engine, upgraded all-synchro gearbox and no rust. The Jag was a two-owner car. The previous owner bought it in 1974 when he was a 16-year-old high-school student. During the past 39 years, he kept it in his garage, restoring it as he could and driving it very little — until his wife told him to get it out of the garage to make space for her new BMW. In some ways, it is really an 11-year-old used car that has been properly stored but not used very much. This has its pluses and its minuses, as we’ll discuss below. The paint, a respray in the original light metallic blue, is a little tired but will buff out. The black interior has been redone to a decent standard. Our price guide calls a 1963 E-type in #2 condition a $70,000–$85,000 car. John paid less than that, appropriately, as the car has visual needs, but it should still be considered “well bought,” as it is complete and runs well. I initially thought John would have to make his first expensive decision when it came to the engine bay. At some point in the past, the entire area under the hood was painted black instead of being left the correct body color. This was common when these were just “used cars” as often something corrosive, such as brake fluid, spilled on the paint in the engine bay. It was just easier to simply black things out than try to repaint and match the body color. Further, the engine is very dirty — all from normal use. At typical shop rates of $80 to $120 an hour, just detailing the engine as much as possible, leaving the engine bay black and doing a minor tune would set John back around $5,000. I thought this was the way to go; don’t do more than you have to, and enjoy the car as-is. But a call to Jaguar restoration expert Tom Krefetz, of Classic Showcase in Oceanside, CA, set me straight: “If your friend wants to drive his car regularly, he needs to have a major service done to the car, and I don’t mean just mechanical,” Tom said. “By now, the car is so far past its design life, and has been off the road for so long, that there are a huge number of things that have to be attended to, and they aren’t all obvious.” Tom explained that most of his clients now plan on driving their cars more than just five miles on Sunday. They want to be able to hop into the car, drive 150 miles — even in hot weather — and have the car behave itself. He said that if John brought the car to him, he would recommend that they remove the en- 20 It’s the little things “A good Jag shop will also take care of all the little things under the hood that tend to go bad, like the heater control valve,” Tom said. “When a car has been sitting, the valves always leak and put water behind your dash. That’s no fun.” Tom also said the steel tubes on the firewall that carry water to the heater are almost always rusted out by now, and he always replaces them. “It’s all the little things that are simply worn out that have to be replaced if the car is going to be reliable. Otherwise, you’re driving five miles at a time until the water pump goes, or the ignition, or the radiator boils over.” Tom estimated that to pull the engine and reseal it, replace the clutch, and repaint and detail the engine bay and suspension to very strong but not concours level would cost about $30,000. This would include replacing all the ancillaries that are either failing or ready to fail. “For that amount, the chances are good that John would have a very reliable car that he could jump into anytime and drive on any event. And if we assume he’d still be in the car under $100,000, I’d say he had great value. “The cost of restoration isn’t going down, and they’re not making any more E-types, especially the early, covered-headlight cars,” Tom said. Tom then stressed again that these cars are now 50 years old, and if they have not been systematically serviced over the years, their various systems are simply going to fail as the car is used more and more. So, John, I take back my first advice, which was to spend as little as possible to get the engine to an acceptable level of visual presentation, and drive the car. It won’t work out that way, as you’ll be stranded over and over again as various aged systems fail. But for only another $30,000, you can have a reliable event car — and enjoy the sound of the high-revving 3.8-liter engine. Which brings us to renewing the paint and Removing the engine is a good first restoration step the chrome, if John wants his E-type to be to the same level as the other very nice cars in his collection. And then there’s detailing the underside, and taking the interior and dash to another level — to match the new paint and chrome! Those choices represent another financial adventure, and $30,000 is just a number he’ll wave at as he passes by — if he buys a ticket on the full-boat restoration ride. Let me ask you — what are the chances that John will be happy with an okay car that drives well if he “just says no” to a full restoration? Send your thoughts to me at keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com and we’ll print them next month. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff For more information about events marked with (*), see our exclusive 100-plus-page Monterey Insider’s Guide Supplement, polybagged with this issue for subscribers. Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Auctions America California Where: Burbank, CA When: August 1–3 More: www.auctionsamerica.com 400 cars will cross the block at this new auction, which will be televised live on NBC Sports. The featured early consignments are a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4, presented in original colors and showing only 55k miles from new, and a 1959 Jaguar XK 150 roadster in Carmen Red with Biscuit leather interior, powered by a 3.4-liter engine with 4-speed manual transmission. The 42-car Jim Carr Barn Find Collection of Napa Valley includes a 1936 Packard Twelve convertible sedan, a 1936 Packard Eight 5-passenger convertible sedan, and a 1929 Packard Eight five-passenger phaeton with dual windshields, all offered at no reserve. Hot August Nights Auction Presented by Barrett-Jackson Where: Reno, NV When: August 8–10 More: www.barrett-jackson.com The featured early consign- ments at Barrett-Jackson’s new Reno event are a perfect match for Hot August Nights: “Golden Era,” a Rick Dore-built 1926 Ford Model T; “No Bad Days,” a 1933 Willys Highboy street rod; a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 convertible; a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28; and a 1971 Buick GSX. B&T Specialty — The Reno Auction Where: Reno, NV When: August 9–10 More: www.btspecialtycarauctions.com Last year: 239/482 cars sold / $5.4m B&T Specialty’s Reno sale returns as the “Best Little Auction in the Biggest Little City in the World.” The two-day sale takes place in a 120,000-squarefoot air-conditioned facility and will feature 400 street rods, hot rods, customs, muscle cars, sports cars and more. Bonhams — Exceptional Motorcars and Automobiles at Quail Lodge* Where: Carmel, CA When: August 15–16 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 82/153 cars sold / $9.5m This year marks Bonhams’ 22 289 Independent Competition Cobra with documented period race history and original engine and alloy body; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo phaeton; a 1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC two-seater; a 1971 McLaren M8E Can-Am racer; and a 1931 Bentley Le Mans Special. Bizzarrini P538 Le Mans Anniversario at Russo and Steele Monterey 16th annual sale in Carmel. The run-sheet includes a one-of-akind 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé Vignale, designed by Giovanni Michelotti for Vignale and sold new to famed North American Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti; the 1924 Bugatti Type 35 prototype; a 1914 American Underslung Tourer, ex-William Harrah; a barn-find 1972 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale; and a 1957 Aurelia B24S cabriolet. Mecum — The Daytime Auction* Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 341/570 cars sold / $30.8m Heavy hitters at Mecum’s 2013 Monterey auction include a 1938 Delage D8-120 Aerosport coupe with coachwork by LeTourneur & Marchand; a 1990 Ferrari F40 with one owner and just 473 miles; a 1964 Shelby Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. JULY 1–SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 6—TOM MACK Fletcher, NC 12—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 12–13—SMITHS Cape Girardeau, MO 13—SILVER Spokane, WA 13—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 17—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 20—VANDERBRINK Hastings, NE 20—SILVER Missoula, MT 21—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 24—H&H Buxton, U.K. 26–27—MECUM Santa Monica, CA 27—CHEFFINS Cambridge, U.K. 27—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 27—RM Plymouth, MI 30—BARONS Surrey, U.K. AUGUST 1–3—AUCTIONS AMERICA Burbank, CA 3—SILVER Shelton, WA 3–4—SILVERSTONE Cheshire, U.K. 8–10—MECUM Walworth, WI 8–10—BARRETTJACKSON Reno, NV Russo and Steele — Monterey on the Waterfront* Where: Monterey, CA When: August 15–17 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 124/266 cars sold / $8.2m The selection of high-quality sports and muscle cars at Russo and Steele’s Monterey sale is impressive, and their “auction in the round” is a spectacle not to be missed. The featured early consignments are a highly documented 1962 Shelby Cobra; a 1981 Jaguar XJR-4, the only XJR-4 built, with storied racing history; and a Bizzarrini “P538 Le Mans Anniversario,” one of three such cars hand-built by Giotto Bizzarrini himself to 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. 9–10—VICARI New Orleans, LA 9–10—B&T SPECIALTY Reno, NV 10—COYS Nürburgring, DEU 15–16—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 15–17—MECUM Monterey, CA 15–17—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 16–17—RM Monterey, CA 16–18—MIDAMERICA Pebble Beach, CA 17—CHEFFINS Harrogate, U.K. 17–18—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 24–25—SILVERSTONE Hampshire, U.K. 29–SEP 1—AUCTIONS AMERICA Auburn, IN 30–31—WORLDWIDE Auburn, IN 31–SEP 1—SILVER Sun Valley, ID 31–SEP 1—LUCKY Tacoma, WA SEPTEMBER 4–7—MECUM Dallas, TX 7—BONHAMS Beaulieu, U.K. 8–9—RM London, U.K. 14—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 17—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 20–21—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 20–21—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 25—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 26–28—BARRETTJACKSON Las Vegas, NV 26–28—RUSSO AND STEELE Las Vegas, NV 27–28—B&T SPECIALTY Las Vegas, NV 27–28—SILVER Portland, OR 28—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Austin, TX 28—VANDERBRINK Pierce, NE Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff For more information about events marked with (*), see our exclusive 100-plus-page Monterey Insider’s Guide Supplement, polybagged with this issue for subscribers. Images courtesy of the respective auction companies commemorate the anniversary of the P538 in 2006. RM Auctions — Monterey* Where: Monterey, CA When: August 16–17 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 105/119 cars sold / $95.3m RM’s flagship Monterey sale features a hand-picked selection of blue-chip collectibles. Early star cars include a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series 1 (RM estimate: $2.75m–$3.25m); a 1995 Ferrari F50 ($1.25m– $1.6m); a 1960 Maserati Type 61 “Birdcage” ($3m–$4m); a 1953 Maserati A6G/2000 Spyder ($1.2m–$1.5m); a 1955 Jaguar D-type (contact RM for estimate); and a 1931 Duesenberg Model SJ convertible coupe ($2m–$2.5m). MidAmerica — Pebble Beach Antique Motorcycle Marketplace and Auction* Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 16–18 More: www.midamericaauctions. com Last year: 25 sold/88 offered, $538,210 A never-raced 1994 Harley- Davidson VR1000 factory race motorcycle headlines MidAmerica’s fifth annual Pebble Beach sale. Other important consignments include a 1970 Harley-Davidson XR750 Evel Knievel jump bike; a 1924 Harley-Davidson 8-Valve board track racer; a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow; and a 1963 Triumph Bonneville T120C. Gooding & Company — The Pebble Beach Auction* Where: Pebble Beach, CA When: August 17–18 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 109/122 cars sold / $113.7m 2013 marks Gooding’s 10th year as the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Headlining the sale are a 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione (Gooding estimate: $6.5m– $7.5m); a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione ($2.8m– $3.5m); a 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearing-top convertible coupe ($2.25m– $2.75m); a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB long-nose alloy ($2.25m–$2.5m); Your Cars Tanner Halton 1958 Aston Martin DB Mk III T anner Halton is a longtime SCM subscriber, and he’s got a real love for vintage Aston Martins. His car, this 1958 DB Mk III, just came out of a complete seven-year restoration in the Pacific Northwest, and it’s heading to auction this August, offered at no reserve at RM’s Monterey sale on August 16 and 17. Halton hired Dave Adams of Lake Oswego Restorations to do the restoration. Kevin Kay of Redding, CA, overhauled the engine. Tom Black, whose shop is just a few blocks from SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR, laid down the smooth black paint. Guy’s Restoration — another favorite SCM shop — did the interior. Since completion, this car has been driven only about 30 miles. Details Owner: Tanner Halton, SCM subscriber since 1994 Chassis #: AM30031395 Owned since: October 2006 Miles since purchase: 30 test miles Recent work done: Complete restoration Being offered at: RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, August 16–17, 2013 24 The car is mostly stock, other than a Tremec 5-speed manual conversion and DB6 disc brakes. The original gearbox comes with the car. Why sell the car? “Some people love driving cars,” Halton says. “I just like the process of bringing cars back from the grave.” Check out the complete description of the car online at rmauc- tions.com. © Sports Car Market 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione at Gooding & Company Pebble Beach and a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast ($1.75m–$2.25m). Auctions America — Auburn Fall Where: Auburn, IN When: August 29–September 1 More: www.auctionsamerica.com Last year: 637/999 cars sold / $17.8m In addition to Auctions America’s collector-car auction, the Auburn Fall event includes a massive car corral and swapmeet, plus dozens of vendors. Last year, 52,500 people swarmed through the Auburn Auction Park grounds. A 1935 Duesenberg Model J Derham sedan topped 672 other cars here in 2012, selling for $457k. This year’s auction will be televised live on NBC Sports. Worldwide Auctioneers — The Auburn Auction Where: Auburn, IN When: August 30–31 More: www.worldwide-auctioneers.com Last year: 89/124 cars sold / $5.3m Worldwide’s well-established Fall Auburn sale made the move to a new venue last year at the National Auto and Truck Museum L29 Cord Building, a National Historic Landmark and part of the ACD Automobile Museum complex. The early featured lots this year are a 1933 Auburn 12 phaeton convertible sedan; a 1939 Cadillac V16 convertible touring; and the sole remaining 1910 Winchester motorcycle, commissioned for the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. ♦


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Inside Line Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Concorso Italiano Events ■ Across the Columbia River from SCM World Headquarters, the 4th annual Columbia River Concours d’Elegance will bring the Cars of Carroll Shelby to Fort Vancouver’s Officers Row on August 4. Other classes include Ford Mustang, Corvette, Classics from 1930 to 1939, and MG. Participants are invited to dress up for a period-appropriate costume contest. The Columbia River Concours Tour will take drivers and their cars on a scenic tour of Clark County, WA, on August 3. Admission to the concours is $15 and free for children 12 and younger. www.columbiariverconcours.com (WA) ■ Hot August Nights brings the world’s biggest cruise-in and street rumbles through Reno from August 6 to 11. More than 800,000 gearheads will arrive to drive — and show off — their vintage Detroit Iron, muscle cars, hot rods and street rods. Dances, car shows, cruises, drag races and the Barrett-Jackson auction will rock Reno all week. If you can’t wait for the party to start, Hot August Nights visits South Lake Tahoe on August 2–3. Many Hot August Nights events are free, but remember that the games in the casinos are pay-toplay. www.hotaugustnights.net (NV) 26 ■ Monterey Car Week from August 12 to 18 is the most spectacular time of the year in the collector-car world. It’s not too late to drive into the happy madness of concours, car shows, art exhibits and collector-car auctions. You’ll torch your credit cards and empty your wallet, but amazing cars, fun people and great events fill every moment. Read all about the week in our special 9th Annual Insider’s Guide to Monterey, which is packaged with this issue. Our 100-plus-page guide gives you the inside track to every event on the Peninsula. Look out for SCM booths at all the major events, and ask about our subscription show special. If you end up buying or selling a car, well, that just makes you a true SCMer. (CA) ■ On one day each year, the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch is a sea of Italian cars — and lovers of la dolce vita. Concorso Italiano on August 16 is a must-do during Monterey Car Week. This year’s Concorso will celebrate 50 Years of Lamborghini, 50 Years of the Apollo GT and Classic Ferraris. More than 1,000 of the most beautiful Italian cars — from Fiats to Alfas to Bizzarrinis to Maseratis — will decorate the fairways. SCM Publisher Keith Martin returns for his 15th year as emcee, and SCM is hosting ■ Most Monterey Car Week events will dig deeply into your wallet, but Legends of the Autobahn — a free celebration of Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW — brings hundreds of great cars to the Rancho Canada Golf Club on August 16. This is the fifth year of this casual, fun event, and it’s the best deal of the week. www.legendsoftheautobahn.org (CA) ■ Dr. Fred Simeone will SCM’s Monterey Insider’s Seminar — there’s still space available start the 12th SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar with his “When Does a Car Become Too Valuable to Drive?” presentation. The seminar is on August 17 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion at Pebble Beach. The morning will also include our experts — Carl Bomstead, Miles Collier, Donald Osborne and Steve Serio — discussing their Perfect Five Collector Cars. Publisher Keith Martin will moderate the lively exchange of ideas and opinions. Admission is free for SCM Platinum subscribers, $25 for SCM subscribers and $50 for non-subscribers. Register at www.sportscarmarket. com/monterey2013. (CA) ♦ Sports Car Market a free hospitality area for subscribers. Expect wine, snacks and zesty discussions. www. concorso.com (CA) Tony Piff Tony Piff


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor and Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, acquired for the princely sum of $500. Dale’s collection includes a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, a “Mister Norm’s” 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T and an ultra-rare 1940 Plymouth convertible. When he’s not immersed in the world of classic cars, Dale applies his talents as a seasoned marketing and advertising consultant. Turn to p. 42 for his Collecting Thoughts column on Sunbeam Tigers and p. 38 for his take on the Dodge Viper RT/10 as an Affordable Classic. 28 BILL ROTHERMEL, SCM Contributor, has had a lifelong interest in cars. Bill’s interests range from the cars of the Brass and Classic Eras to muscle cars, post-war American cars and European sports cars. He currently serves as the Master of Ceremonies at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance; Cars Under the Stars; the Pinehurst Concours d’Elegance, Pinehurst, NC; 100 Motorcars of Radnor Hunt; the St. Michaels Concours d’Elegance; and the Milwaukee Masterpiece. Bill is currently researching and preparing a book about the early automotive history of Lancaster, PA, and the Charles Schutte Body Company. Turn to p. 52 to join him at the Puerto Rico Antique Car Show. JOHN DRANEAS, SCM Columnist, practices law in the Portland, OR, suburb of Lake Oswego, where his primary focus areas are tax and estate planning, business organizations and transactions, and representation of collector-car owners. He is a past president of the Oregon region of the Porsche Club of America. His collection includes two Porsches, a Ferrari, an Alfa, a Lotus, a BMW daily driver — and, as seen in this month’s Shifting Gears on p. 20, a Jaguar E-type. This month — in addition to his featured role in Publisher Martin’s column — his “Legal Files” column on p. 44 explains why you should review your collectorcar insurance policy today.


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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 Toyota 2000GT respect To the Editor: I’ve read with great inter- est your July 2013 issue that highlighted the sale of a Toyota 2000GT (Etceterini Profile, p. 54). I thought Donald Osborne’s remarks were fair and reasoned, but in reading John Lyons’ auction comments about the “humdrum interior,” mistaking the solid rosewood for cheap appliqué (RM Auction Report, p. 74), I’m reminded of the badge bigotry typically bestowed by the older enthusiast generation upon all Japanese cars as a collective group, including: They are ALL rust buckets (as if an Alfa from the same era isn’t?). They are ALL boring to drive (yet they dominated SCCA in the 1970s). They are ALL cheap, poor copies of British cars (yet they helped put the British auto industry out of its misery). Mr. Lyons also spins for us the tired and sophomoric “At this price, I’d rather have…” pitch when he compares a 2000GT to a Lusso, a Gullwing, and a Lamborghini. Please. For toys at this price, few will say “I’d rather have...” More typically, they’ll say, “I’ll have one of each, thank you.” I’d agree that it’s rare that someone would assemble a collection starting with the 2000GT as a centerpiece. That said, when one considers the 2000GT and its 13 FIA landspeed records, connection with Shelby Racing and significance within the burgeoning Japanese auto industry — on top of its hand-crafted looks — I’d argue it’s worthy of a position in the pantheon of important GTs, irrespective of the badge. — Thomas Knudsen, via email More Lagonda love — and Serio’s reply To the Editor: The Aston Martin Lagonda is to the four-door car world what the Lamborghini Countach is to the two-doors. Both are extreme, both have been designed in the 1970s by geniuses and both are true exotic cars. Stephen Serio, being the owner of Aston Martin of New 30 For toys at this price, few will say ‘I’d rather have...’ More typically, they’ll say, ‘I’ll have one of each, thank you’ England, does not show faith to the marque nor to the collectors while making a disparaging attack on one of the flagship models of Aston Martin at the time (May 2013, p. 50). I am the second owner of a Lagonda, and the car originally came via Newport Import, which in 1987 was the Aston Martin dealer for Los Angeles, at a cost of $172,000, which is around $350,000 in today’s money. What we see on the market most of the time is the fault of people who, having bought a Lagonda, can ill afford to maintain it. Is a Ferrari 458 a bad car because the brake job cost $25,000? My answer is no, as owners choose to pay for their pleasure and a Lagonda is a choice. My accountant research shows the monthly cost since I purchased my car is in the order of $350 a month over a 15-year period. All Lagonda owners know — or discover with time — that the electronics are the weak point of this car; however, the rest is pure Aston Martin, and the mechanicals can take you from New York to Los Angeles without any problems. We regularly do outings of 100 miles with no problems. This car is extremely long and made to accommodate four adults of up to 6-foot-4 with their luggage, in total comfort in wood, leather and sheepskins. The Lagonda can simply devour the miles of highways you can give it; it simply never stops nor wants to. I have been a Lagonda owner for more than 15 years, and each time I drive it around, I still get asked what it is and similar questions. The car is still totally modern and comfortable. The Lagondas are underval- ued cars which are becoming a rare commodity, especially the ones that are in working order. As time goes by, the number of Lagondas decreases, and one day their value might be recognized as “The Spirit of Aston Martin.” — Guylain de France de Tersant, via email Stephen Serio responds: Disparaging someone’s treasured possession is tantamount to exclaiming that their wife is not big-boned — she’s fat — or that your precious, melodious child sounds more like a cat being beaten. Sometimes the truth hurts, especially when it is delivered with a non-politically-correct sledgehammer. Sorry, validation from strangers is never 100% guaranteed in this world. I stand by everything I wrote. I watched these cars getting built, and I’ve sold over a dozen of them in the course of 26 years of dealing Astons. I know them well enough to offer sage advice to people who are contemplating the stewardship of one. There are fewer things that will cost more money to try and enjoy — if you want the car to be reliable, safe and also sorely underwhelming every time you turn the key and pray that it starts. Yes, I’m an Aston Martin dealer, and with that comes responsibility to guide people from jumping into something that will leave them sour on the brand. Just to be clear, you can also be woefully disappointed in owning a 1991 Virage, an automatic-transmission DB6 or an early-generation Vanquish that has been neglected, abused and never serviced. Educating my buyers is Job One. I’m not paid by Aston Martin to be a public relations flack who loves everything with an Aston logo on it. I’m sorry to burst the mechanical odometer in your car (which was put there under the bonnet because even Aston knew the electronic one would fail), but you suffer from the incurable disease known as loving a Lagonda. There are so few of you extant, no funding exists to find a cure. Sorry to break the news. 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You Write We Read Ad Index Alan Taylor Company, Inc ......................... 139 American Car Collector ....................... 82, 161 Antique Auto Restoration .......................... 137 Aston Martin of New England ..................... 43 Aston Martin Select Dealer Group .............. 33 Aston Martin the Americas .......................... 49 Auctions America ................................. 4–5, 23 Automobilia Monterey ............................... 151 Automotive Restorations Inc. .................... 151 Autosport Designs Inc ................................ 155 B & T Specialty Classic Car Auctions ......... 93 B R M North America .................................. 99 Barrett-Jackson ...................................... 13, 15 Bennett Law Office .................................... 154 BestCarsShop.com ..................................... 132 Beverly Hills Car Club ............................... 147 Black Horse Garage ................................... 122 Blackhawk Museum ..................................... 73 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ................. 75 Bonhams / SF ......................................... 25, 27 Branson Collector Car Auction .................... 53 Canepa ........................................................ 123 Carlisle Events ........................................... 121 Carrera Motors ........................................... 155 Chequered Flag International ..................... 135 Chubb Personal Insurance ............................ 21 Classic Showcase ......................................... 87 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 159 Collector Studio ......................................... 135 Concorso Italiano ......................................... 48 Continental AutoSports ............................. 145 Copley Motorcars ....................................... 136 Cosdel ........................................................ 101 Dan Kruse Classics ...................................... 51 Danville Concours d’ Elegance .................... 63 Driversource Houston LLC .......... 91, 103, 129 European Collectibles ................................ 141 Exotic Classics ........................................... 131 Fantasy Junction ......................................... 137 Ferrari Financial Services .......................... 143 Forza Motors .............................................. 143 Fourintune Garage Inc ............................... 159 Francorchamps of America, Inc. ................ 147 Gooding & Company ..................................... 2 Grand Prix Classics - La Jolla CA ............... 39 Grundy Worldwide ..................................... 127 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc. ......................... 149 Hamann Classic Cars ......................... 107, 149 Heacock Classic .......................................... 35 Heritage Classics .......................................... 85 Hillsborough Concours ................................ 18 Hilton Head Island Concours ..................... 123 Hyman, LTD .............................................. 105 Intercity Lines .............................................. 45 JC Taylor ...................................................... 79 Jeff Brynan ................................................. 159 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 153 Kevin Kay Restorations ............................. 127 Kidston ....................................................... 8–9 L.A. Prep ...................................................... 97 LeMay - America’s Car Museum ................. 54 Louisville Concours d’Elegance ................ 151 Lucky Collector Car Auctions ....................111 Luxury Brokers International ..................... 145 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd ............. 95 Maserati North America ............................. 164 Mercedes Classic Center .............................. 47 Mershon’s World Of Cars ............................ 77 Mid America Auctions ............................... 115 Miller’s Mercedes Parts, Inc ...................... 136 Motor Classic & Competition Corp. .......... 155 P21S® ......................................................... 141 Paramount Classic Cars ............................. 117 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 125 Pebble Beach Retro Auto ............................. 12 Porsche 356 Registry ................................. 159 Premier Classic Car Collection .............. 10–11 Premier Financial Services ........................ 163 Putnam Leasing ............................................ 17 Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club ................. 55 QuickSilver Exhausts Ltd. ........................... 41 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 71 RM Auctions ...............................................6-7 Road Scholars .............................................. 89 Russo & Steele LLC .............................. 29, 31 SCM Monterey Insider’s Seminar ............... 40 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 37 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 139 Sports Car Market ...................................... 122 Symbolic Motor Car Co ................................. 3 T. Rutlands ................................................. 133 The Auto Collections ................................. 113 The Masterpiece ......................................... 125 The Stable, Ltd. ............................................ 83 Vail Automotive Classic ............................. 119 Via Corsa, Ltd. ........................................... 109 Vicari Auctions ............................................. 81 Vintage Rallies ........................................... 129 VintageAutoPosters.com ............................ 159 Worldwide Group ......................................... 19 32 You Write We Read In regards to your letter, I will say this: This is the first time a Countach has been compared to a Lagonda in print, and that must have given great belly laughs to those Lamborghini owners, so well done. The Countach was a monumental success, a soughtafter, iconic milestone in 1970s design — and a magnificent car to drive on half- or full-throttle. The Lagonda is the extreme polar opposite — it is none of those things. It may have been a flagship, but it simply hasn’t aged well — much like Hanson’s music, oysters in the sun and Three Stooges movies that feature Joe Besser. I was most stunned at your astonishing admission that you’ve spent $63,000 on maintenance and then boast about going on outings of 100 miles? I am sorry, but 100-mile jaunts are hardly something to boast about — unless you are doing the London-to-Brighton Run in driving rain while piloting a Brass Era car! Finally, if you light yourself on fire or run naked down your street, folks will stare and ask: “What’s it like?” If that’s why you drive your Lagonda, then so be it. Please enjoy the pointing and staring — but don’t confuse your rose-colored experience with what has been written by countless other authors before I piled on. The Lagonda was poorly executed, does nothing well, and as one letter writer correctly stated, it is a “rare commodity, especially the ones in working order.” Kidston’s delightful excess To the Editor: Hats off to Simon Kidston for “La Dolce Lamborghini” — a priceless and wickedly amusing piece of reporting (Simon Says, July 2013, p. 46). Many fans of Enzo-era Ferraris used to deride the owners of later Ferraris (the Wurlitzerinspired 512, Toyota-esque 348, and woeful Mondial, to name a few) as the “gold-chain set.” No more! Just as a succession of big-spending German, then Japanese, then Arab tourists wiped the post-war “Ugly American” image from Parisian memory, Lamborghini owners (Miura-era aside) have handily ...they seem to revel in their aura of wretched excess — and enjoy it for all it’s worth — so more power to them wrested away the glitzundbadtaste poseur title. Better yet, they seem to revel in their aura of wretched excess — and enjoy it for all it’s worth — so more power to them. Marque prejudices aside, it’s this kind of bold coverage that continues to distance SCM from your competitors. Bravo! — Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL Fiat Dino versus Ferrari Dino To the Editor: In reference to your profile of the Fiat Dino (June 2013, Etceterini, p. 58), I am glad to see the car get some publicity and, more importantly, some respect. Four-seaters tend not to carry the value of their two-seat brethren (think Ferrari 330/365 GT versus 330/365 GTC), or the Fiat Dino versus the Ferrari Dino. That said, while the 206/246 Ferrari has nearly tripled in price in the past several years, the Fiat has shown less appreciation. In other words, if the ratio between the two stays the same, the Fiat still looks undervalued. The production numbers of the 2.0-liter Fiat are: coupe: 3,629, and Spyder: 1,133. Interestingly, the Fiat Dino 2.4 Spyder is the rarest of the cars built using the Ferrari-supplied engine: Ferrari 246 GT: 2,487 cars. Fiat Dino 2.4 coupe: 2,414 cars. Ferrari 246 GTS: 1,274 cars. Lancia Stratos: 550 cars. Fiat Dino 2.4 Spyder: 424 cars. In fact, the 2400 Spyder is a pretty rare little car — even if all of them are still around! The larger engine added 20 bhp (180 versus 160) and has torque of some 20% higher (while the Ferrari rated its 2.4liter car at 195 bhp — I think we all know they were prone to exaggerate!). In addition to a larger, more powerful and more reliable powerplant, the later Fiat Dino benefited from independent suspension, better brakes and a 5-speed ZF gearbox. All in all, this is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor. Interestingly, in terms of performance, the 2.0-liter coupe/Spyder did 0–60 mph in 9.0/8.0 seconds, while the 2.4liter coupe/Spyder had times of 8.2/7.7 seconds. Looks like the open cars benefited from their weight advantage — so much for aerodynamics! In terms of the road experi- ence, the Fiat Dino and the Ferrari Dino are very different. This is primarily a function of engine location. The midengined Ferrari has much lighter steering and is far more nimble. Additionally, it weighs less. As a result, the 246 GTS turns 0–60 in 7.1 seconds. But if you want to take along a couple of friends, kids or dogs, the Fiat has accommodations for four and provides a very pleasant driving experience. — Barney Hallingby, via email ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Counting Down an Omega Mystery For the past few years, I have offered SCM readers a brief monthly look at a timepiece that I either own, sell in my store or know. All the timepieces are extraordinary and have compelling stories. This month I’d like to turn the tables on you. Here is an object that I recently bought. It defies easy definition. I don’t have the vaguest idea what purpose it served, and I am hoping that someone smarter than me — or with greater Web-research prowess — will write or send me an email suggesting a plausible reason for its existence. Its photo simply shows a large Omega stopwatch mounted in a contoured case with a wide Velcro strap. Th steel case, which has a threaded-back and gasketed plunger, is housed in a textured, molded plastic case that is designed to allow the user to orient the timepiece in any direction to allow the plunger to fit into one of many notches under the bezel. The bezel itself is quickly removable, as it uses a bayonet-style, 1/8-twist release rather than a full set of circular threads. Given the size of this object, roughly four inches long, it is clear that it was not intended to fit on the wrist. My first thought was that it might have fit over some heavy protective clothing such as a dive suit, but the watch is insufficiently sealed for deep-water use. The strap, which is obviously original, serves to secure the watch to the user and threads through the housing to secure the watch into the housing. The strap seems to have been shortened (as evidenced by some old sloppy hand stitching across the back), which I think is a clue. My instinct is that the strap was not worn on the arm at all — but was originally much longer to allow wearing on the upper thigh — which may suggest a sitting position during intended use. Many of you may be forming conclusions by now — or dismissing this mystery with a simple, “You idiot, it is used for timing various sporting events.” But here is the best part of the mystery: This watch counts backwards, measuring seconds with the center hand and minutes with the small register starting with exactly 10 minutes and counting down to zero. Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Sports Car Sippy Cups So you’ve got Italian beans in your portable French espresso maker, but you’re driving a German sports car? No prob. This set of demi-cups from BMW features the tasteful images of a 328 and a 507, with matching saucers bearing the BMW logo ($40). Of course if you just want a big ol’ coffee mug, that’s an option, too ($20 each). www.shopbmwusa.com © Here is more grist for the mill: Thorough — although not exhaustive — Web re- search has unveiled two examples of this object. One of the sites simply shows a picture of the timepiece, but the other is a listing of this object for sale — with the words Omega Racetimer. Upon closer inspection of the photos, it is obvious that I now own the watch shown in both hits, as the two scratches in the crystal are in the exact position of the scratches in the photos. This just reinforces the rarity of this object. The watch came to me with a guarantee booklet that accompanied the watch at the time of sale and documented its serial number, model number, location and date of sale. If the papers truly match, then our mystery watch was sold on May 12, 1972, at the Zurich Airport branch of Türler — a famous Swiss jeweler. During the early 1970s, Omega seemed to be promoting and sup- porting a few extracurricular endeavors. One significant one was exploration of the oceans, as evidenced in their line of professional dive watches and their collaboration with Jacques Cousteau in the design of specialty dive equipment. Still, I don’t think this was made for diving or undersea exploration. Omega has long been the official timekeepers for the Olympic games, and the company has produced myriad specialty technical devices to support and precisely officiate those games. Our timepiece could have been made for some Olympic sport, but what 10-minute event would require counting backward? The only other alternative that I can come up with is Omega’s inter- est in space exploration. Omega made the only watches worn by the Apollo astronauts. I like this theory, as there is a plausible need for a countdown timer in space travel. My hopes are on this explanation, as it adds even more mystique to an already mysterious device. My plan for my mysterious watch may include a new 38-inch strap made to match, so that I can wear this thing as an ultra-cool belt buckle. What are your thoughts? Send emails to Alex@watchworkspdx. com. I await more clues! Pull Shots, Not Punches Feeling drowsy at the wheel? Enjoy a caffeinated pit stop absolutely anywhere with the Handpresso Auto. The miniature espresso machine plugs into your car’s lighter. Just add some bottled water, insert a mess-free espresso “pod,” and pull a perfect shot. Made in France. $199 from www.importika.com 34 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1938 Dubonnet Hispano-Suiza Xenia This Space Age-looking automobile was the brainchild of Andre Dubonnet, a member of the famed French aperitif-making family. Numerous special features and advanced modifications were incorporated into the H6B chassis and its one-off Saoutchik body. Dubonnet named this car Xenia in honor of his first wife, Xenia Johnson, who passed away shortly after their marriage Interest in automo- tive Art Deco is picking up more steam. Here we welcome Minichamps to the party, with their new, serial-numbered, limitededition, 1:18-scale model of the Xenia. The car is portrayed as it is seen now in the Mullin Automotive Museum. This is the first 1:18-scale release in their new series of “The Mullin Automotive Collection.” Minichamps will not produce all of the museum’s vehicles, but they have chosen a select group of the most desirable cars in longtime SCMer Peter Mullin’s collection. Some models will also be made in 1:43 scale. To complicate matters a little more, a wider selection of Mullin Museum cars are available in the smaller 1:43 scale. If you want the best model of the Xenia, then buy the 1:18 piece (as I did). Aside from being bigger — 12 inches long — it is a better model, as it has more accurate details and body shaping than on their 1:43-scale rendition. All of the Mullin Collection models come in a nice presentation box. They are curbside models. That means no opening doors, windows or hoods. There is a bit of undercarriage detail, mostly in the form of an exhaust system and steering linkage. These are mid-volume, limited-production, hand-assembled resin collector models, and they deliver good value for the money. Our model’s fine metallic silver paint is excellent and perfectly applied everywhere, which is not an easy feat to accomplish with that color and body shape. And speaking of the body shape, it is dead-on and perfectly rendered. It is amazing what you can do these days when digitally scanning a car for model production. The technology allows models like this one to be made, since so few Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Corvette Racing: The Complete Competition History from Sebring to Le Mans By David Kimble, Motorbooks, 266 pages, $37.00, Amazon The first opportunity I had to be part of a racing team (admittedly not an important part) was with the MorrisonCook Corvette team in the 1980s. I got to see how insane dedication is necessary to win at a national level, even though this was “showroom-stock” racing. The team was full of smart, fast people, from Tommy Morrison and Jim Cook to John Heinricy, Paul Van Valkenburgh, Ron Grable, and showroom-stock guru Don Knowles. It left the Corvette as a touchstone for me, so it is nice to see the Corvette is the featured marque this year at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (you know, the Historics). It marks 60 years of racing and evolving, giving the Corvette the honor of being the American sports car with the longest continuous racing pedigree. It’s a fitting celebration of a car that continues to generate amazing passion from owners — while continuing to win races across every strata of racing, from showroom stock to international demonstrations of technology in endurance and sprint racing. Author David Kimble is best known for his lovely cutaway illustrations — and plenty of them show up here — but in Corvette Racing he has put all the pieces together, crafting a comprehensive look at Corvettes on track, starting from the earliest amateur events. In the early days, the Corvette did not fare well against the main compe- tition (and design target), the Jaguar XK 120, which had more horsepower and real brakes. But with sprinklings of magic design dust and lots of hard work from a host of legends from the era (Zora Duntov, Smokey Yunick, and 36 Ed Cole, Chevrolet’s chief engineer, among them), the car evolved quickly, the wins started coming and the reputation grew. Decade by decade, the Corvette has been a racing force. It has never been easy, with equal measures of success and failure against Ford, Shelby, Ferrari and more. But the story reflected in Corvette Racing is one of determi- nation and success. With this new book, the entire 60-year racng history comes into focus, and it is a hard-won egacy of innovation, and ultimately, winning. Provenance: Kimble not only loves the Corvette, he has been involved with GM and the Corvette from inside and outside Chevrolet. He has the access and knowledge to bring together the racing story and illustrate it. Fit and finish: It’s a lovely, large-format book with a simple, classy look. The photo reproduction is top-notch, the text clean and readable. The only truly regrettable design choice was to use various color washes on some pages (they don’t seem to serve an organizing need), but it’s easy to overlook. Drivability: The text is surprisingly accessible, the tone friendly — and despite those two things, every sentence is taut. Kimble has a nice way of keeping things readable while transmitting a lot of data. ♦ Sports Car Market makers have the skills to properly produce intensely complicated shapes such as the Xenia. As on the real car, the exterior is devoid of decoration, although all the small fittings, headlamp bezels, and minimal trim pieces are present — and chrome-plated. The chrome trim pieces along the sides of the hood and grille are perfectly applied, although they lack a little dimension. Minichamps should have blacked out all the openings with a wash of flat black to give definition and better represent how the car really looks. Headlamps are simple and nice — but far too yellow in color. In an attempt to simulate the yellow French bulbs that throw a yellow cast into the reflectors, they went overboard by tinting the entire exterior lens instead. It’s not bad — but not quite right. All the windows with separate chrome trim are shaped cor- rectly, cleanly applied, and crystal-clear, which allows a good view into the interior. The interior is nice, but also unfortunately a bit weak. Corners appear to have been cut on accuracy and finishing details. The most noticeable gaffes are with the dashboard shaping. It is wrong on left and right sides where it should flow into the doors, and the steering wheel is okay in shape and style, but the rim is not at all correct. The tops of the body-color door caps are also rough and missing detail. Granted, the interior is not the most prominent area you see, but for this type of static model — at $295 and carrying the Mullin name — I expect better. I wish they had not tripped up here, but even with gripes noted, this is still an impressive and desirable model. Model Details Production Date: 2013 Quantity: 1,002 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ Web: www.legacydiecast.com


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Affordable Classic 1992–96 Dodge Viper RT/10 A Brutal Bargain This car gave modern gearheads a factory-built rocket that stuck to the road like pine sap in your hair by Dale Novak petites as the Pace Car for the Indianapolis 500. Carroll Shelby was tapped to drive the car around the Brickyard, which was a brilliant marketing move — as it solidified the intent of the machine as a brutal two-seater with massive horsepower. Chrysler’s brilliant marketing whipped up the notion that the spirit of the Cobra could once again terrorize boulevards across the United States. Let’s put a big engine in it Chrysler already had the en1995 Dodge Viper RT/10, sold for $24,380 at Mecum Kansas City in 2011 W hen you mention Affordable Classic, it’s unlikely that the first generation Dodge Viper RT/10 pops into many minds. But with prices starting in the mid-$20k range for a decent driver example, I believe that most performancehungry buyers agree that a Dodge Viper RT/10 is a ton of car for the money. We shall set our sights on the first generation of this brutal roadster. Those built from the introduction year, 1992, through the last year of the first-generation body style, which ended in mid 1996 — or by some enthusiasts’ standards — in 1995. Inspiration from a famous snake If you ever wondered whether the original Shelby Cobra inspired the Viper RT/10, you’re right. The idea was born in 1988 during a five-minute discussion between Chrysler President Robert A. Lutz and Chief of Design Tom Gale. Gale recalls Lutz suggesting that Chrysler kick off a project like the original Shelby Cobra. “That was our intent right from the beginning,” Gale said. What Lutz had in mind was a modern supercar, inspired by his pal Carroll Shelby and the original 427 Cobra — but one with a modern engine management system, sophisticated transmission and a computer-aided suspension design that would take advantage of modern high-performance tires. At the same time, Lutz and his team wanted the new machine to be austere, lacking any creature comforts. Luxury (and power-robbing accessories) didn’t belong in single-purpose design. They wanted to resurrect the spirit of the original street-pounding Shelby Cobra, and, remarkably, they did it. The prototype was first tested in January 1989, and the first pre-production model whetted our ap- 38 Details Years produced: 1992–96 Number built: 5,676 (U.S.-spec models) Original MSRP: $50,700 Pros: Uncompromising power and bulletproof performance at a bargain price. Cons: Fantastic plastic can fade and break. Don’t drive this car if rain is in the forecast. Best place to drive one: Anywhere you can find plenty of open road, light traffic and few police officers. A typical owner: Would never sit in a Prius. Club: viperclub.org More: www.allpar.com Alternatives: 1992–95 Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1,1996–2001 Dodge Viper GTS, 2002–03 Corvette Z06 SCM Investment Grade: B gine, a massive 10-cylinder beast that was used in their truck lines. Problem was, engineers needed it to be lighter — and to massage the horsepower without radically modifying the design, which is costly. At the time, Chrysler owned Lamborghini, and the boys in Sant’Agata Bolognese knew a thing or two about going fast. Lamborghini engineers cast the engine block and heads in aluminum alloy. The original thought was to alter the heads to a more sophisticated fourvalves-per-cylinder design, but cost evaluations kept the blueprint at two valves with a standard pushrod build. Still, the 8-liter beast was ready for duty, hitting the scales at 711 pounds and producing 400 horsepower and 465 foot-pounds of torque. Not bad for a time when performance cars were choked under the grip of fuel economy regulations, bureaucrats and complicated emissions systems. Fast, brutal and crude The resulting Viper was a hit. Orders poured in, and performance-hungry buyers lined up with checkbooks for the privilege of first dibs. Some pundits said the build was crude, overly sparse, and lacked any reasonable creature comforts — it didn’t even come with outside door handles, glass side windows or a hard roof. But few people cared about all that. The Viper was a purpose-built weapon — made for sitting down, shutting up, and hanging on. It wasn’t really about anything else. It was a car that was designed to give modern gearheads an opportunity to buy a factory-built rocket, one that would go fast (try zero to 100 and back to zero in 15 seconds or less), and stick to the road like pine sap in your hair. The Viper got the job done. In the performance depart- ment, the RT/10 covered a straight line in 12.6 seconds in the quarter mile. It also could reach a top speed of 160-plus mph and contort your face in the skid pad with close to one Sports Car Market


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lateral g in the corners. This was truly a genuine supercar that was within the financial reach for plenty of middleaged, slightly balding men yearning to relive their youth. The good, the bad, and the good again There’s not all that much to complain about with a first- gen Viper. Guys who have owned one from new told me that very few parts have failed, and that when something does break, it’s relatively inexpensive to repair. Yes, the steamroller-sized tires are expensive, and any major repair will ding your checkbook — as it will for just about any performance car. But, even considering the blistering street specs, these are utilitarian cars that are based on generally simple technology. It’s a supercar by the performance specs —but not by the maintenance and repair hoops. In short, you’re not going to get handed a $10,000 routine service invoice like you will with a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Like a Corvette, these are fairly simple machines, and access to components under the hood is very good. The bad news is the plastic parts can crack and fade, and the build quality is questionable, especially for the early cars. Otherwise, the cars are fairly bulletproof, which is good news for guys who want to actually pound on one rather than gaze at it in their garage. A good friend of mine who deals in these cars told me Vipers are perhaps the best bang-for-your-buck powerhouse of an American-built muscle car you can buy. He’s owned two and bought and sold dozens of them over the years. Here’s what he had to say about the early Dodge Viper RT/10: I lost two cloth tops going too fast. They were sucked off the car and went flying. I think that might be why the cloth tops are so rare to be found with the car. The side pipes were a treat. I still have burn marks on my legs from getting in and out of the car. But that being said, the cars are so pure. A lot of cheap plastic, but you had to love the simplicity of the design. I beat the daylights out of them and never had any real issues. The Borg-Warner T65 6-speed manual transmission was great, especially if you installed the short-throw shifter. The motor was so big I guess it was difficult to strain it. The Viper was the only car I really missed after I sold it. Putting that car through its paces was absolute pleasure, and you knew, unlike with most high-performance cars, it was not going to punish you financially for doing so. — Bill Niessen, Prowler Heaven, Pompano Beach, FL A great car at a great price The market for these cars — again, only speaking about the 1992–96 models — may be ripe for the picking. The introduction-year Vipers, which are fairly scarce, can be found for $35,000 to $45,000 for a nice example. We’re not talking about “wrapper” cars, those that have been mothballed so a guy can presumably bankroll his kid’s college education, but nice drivers with low miles and great documentation. For the balance of the production years (1993–96), buyers can hunt one down starting in the mid-$20k range. That’s a whole lot of car for the money, especially one that won’t give you much grief and agita. It’s unlikely that you’ll see these cars deflate much further — with the exception of those that have been pounded to death. A quick search of the SCM Platinum Auction Database found six 2013 sales with an average price of $36,600. The highest sale was for a 1994 RT/10 that sold for $57,200. The bargain of the bunch came in at $25,145 for a 1996 model. Most of us simply can’t afford to own an original CSX Cobra, which is why the re- productions (kits) are so popular. They allow guys to experience the facsimile of Shelby’s machine at an affordable price. The Dodge Viper RT/10 may just be the closest thing to it in a factory-production car. Given the styling, outrageous performance and value, these halo cars truly are an affordable classic — and one of the purest muscle cars (or supercars) you’re ever likely to own. ♦ August 2013 39


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GOODING & COMPANY, CHUBB COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE AND SPORTS CAR MARKET PRESENT ThE 12th ANNUAL SCM MONTEREY INSIDER’S SEMINAR “When Does a Car Become TOO VALUABLE TO DRIVE?” Keynote Speaker: Dr. Fred Simeone of The Simeone Museum SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion, Pebble Beach, CA • 9–11 a.m. The Insider’s Seminar will feature a panel discussion by the SCM experts, led by Keith Martin. The topic will be the panelists’ choices for “The Perfect Five-Car Collection on a $10m Budget.” Afterward, the panelists will offer detailed examinations of select cars to be offered at auction. Panelists include: Carl Bomstead American Sports & Muscle Miles Collier Collier’s Choice Donald Osborne European Sports & Racing (excluding Ferraris) Space is limited — sign up today Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members; subscribers, $25; non-subscribers, $50 To enroll, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/monterey2013 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217 Steve Serio Ferraris & Late-model European Exotics


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Collecting Thoughts Sunbeam Tigers Checking a Tiger’s Stripes The primary goal is to determine whether the car has an authentic, original Tiger unibody as it was when produced on the Jensen assembly line by Dale Novak and declare it as a fake, replica or counterfeit. The sole purpose of the inspection is to provide a service to the Tiger community. Cars that are modified, missing their original ID plates or those repaired using Alpine body parts don’t get iced out of the authentication process. According to the group’s website, many modified and repaired cars with Alpine body parts have been TAC-certified. The primary goal is to de- termine whether the car has an authentic, original Tiger unibody as when it was produced on the Jensen assembly line. The TAC inspection ser- 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk IA — a $58,300 sale at Mecum Indianapolis in 2012 S unbeam Tigers seem to be undergoing a renaissance of sorts in the marketplace. Perhaps it’s partly due to Carroll Shelby’s death, but these cars are also incredibly useable, stylish and powerful. It also doesn’t hurt the equation that only about 3,000 to 3,300 of the Anglo-British machines are likely to still exist. With the best-of-the-best Tigers now selling in the $70k range and higher, it is in- creasingly important for collectors and first-time buyers to seek out authentic Tigers. This is the best way to know whether the car in question was inspired by the Shelby Cobra, spearheaded by Ian Garrad and built by Lord Rootes. If you’re unfamiliar with the breed, the Rootes Group started building Sunbeam Tigers in 1964, with production lasting through 1967. The car was partially developed and engineered at Shelby American, where a spunky Ford 260-ci V8 (a 289 in the Mark II cars) was shoehorned into the British-born Sunbeam Alpine sports car (sound familiar?). The resulting car was a compact, open two-seater with a chassis that could handle the powerful American V8. The development of the car is broken down into three segments: the Mark I, Mark IA and Mark II. Each car has its own unique aspects, with the Mark I often considered as the most “pure” Tiger and the Mark II as the most desirable, due to the low production of 536 cars. How it works The Tiger Authentication Committee is a service of the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association. In short, committee members certify whether the body shell is, in fact, a Tiger body as it was originally manufactured by the Rootes Group. The procedure helps to identify and authenticate genuine Tigers from those that may have been altered from Sunbeam Alpines (these cars are known as “Algers” among Sunbeam enthusiasts). The group does not consider itself the Tiger police, and it doesn’t inspect a car 42 vice was started in the early 1990s with three inspectors in Northern California, and it has now grown to offer TAC services on the East Coast of the United States. The process requires three inspectors — at least one must be a senior inspector — to re- view the car. All three Inspectors will sign off on an authentic car, issue a Certificate of Authenticity and affix a TAC sticker under the dash on the passenger’s side. Tigers that pass the inspection are considered “TACed” Details There are three models of the Tiger, all basically the same, but Tiger experts divide them this way: Tiger Mk I — The first versions of the model, built 1964–65. All have 260-ci V8 engines. The body style is known as the Series IV. Many consider the early Mk Is as the purest example of the breed. Tiger Mk IA — Second version of the model, built 1965–67. These cars still rumble with 260-ci V8s, but the body panels are slightly different (Series V body panels). A Tiger Mk IA sold at Mecum Kissimmee for $68,900. Tiger Mk II (aka Tiger II) — The last production model, built only in 1967. These are rare Tigers, as only 536 were built. Mk II cars have 289-ci V8 engines, updated body panels, grille and added body stripes. Tiger I values (#2 examples) range from about $50k to $70k based on the condition. Tiger Mk IIs bring about $10k-$20k more than Tiger I cars. Norman Miller, the guru of all things Tiger, told me that private sales of Mk IIs have exceeded $100k for proper cars. Alpines are $10,000 cars if they are super-nice. Algers, the “converted” Alpines, can sell for $20k–$25k for super-nice examples, but very few are converted and disclosed, which means that deception is the goal. These sellers will try and hook a buyer into a fraudulent car. With the values rising so quickly, expect to see some stellar fakes coming into the market. For more information on the Sunbeam Tiger inspection process, contact Senior TAC Inspector Paul Sheahan at sunbeamtiger@prodigy.net or visit www.stoa-tigerclub. com or www.rootes1.com. Sports Car Market


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and the car’s VIN is entered into a database that is maintained by the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association. “We use three inspectors so we can collaborate on the inspection and make sure we all agree that certain aspects of the car look or appear original to the build. This is very beneficial when you’re examining a Tiger in mid-restoration or one that has been sitting in a field for the last 30 years,” Senior Inspector Paul Sheahan said. Have Sunbeam, will travel About 900 Tigers have been TAC-certified, with more on the way as the cars be- come more sought-after in the marketplace. The group consists entirely of volunteers — Tiger enthusiasts and collectors who eat and breathe Tigers every day — and can talk about them like their first-born child. The main roadblock for many Tiger owners is the difficulty of having your car inspected in some of the more remote areas of the country, as the service requires three inspectors to descend on your car. This isn’t impossible however, and the group tries to accommodate most requests — even if that means traveling to the site or setting up a TAC event in a nearby location. The first step is to simply contact the Sunbeam Tiger Owners Association and speak with an inspector to help you with your request. The group is extremely helpful, more than happy to offer you assistance in any way they can, and is perhaps one the most knowledgeable and enthusiastic groups I’ve ever had the pleasure to be involved with. Weeding out the fakes With the market apparently heating up, the Tigers are on the prowl, and all three iterations are sparking more interest among collectors and die-hard enthusiasts. As such, it has become more important to wade into the world of Sunbeam Tigers with more caution and due diligence. Collectors may remember what happened with big-block 1965–67 Corvettes. As the cars became more and more valuable, more and more deceptive cars began to flow into the market. Unfortunately, this is a despicable segment of the hobby that remains active today. The TAC team hard at work on an authentication mission For those of you who already own a Tiger, it may be beneficial for your car to go under the microscope and have it looked over. It will provide you with some peace of mind — and allow you to sell your car more prudently when — or if — that time comes. ♦ August 2013 43


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Legal Files John Draneas Know Your Insurance Policy Most car owners don’t read their insurance policy exclusions, but they should is fully enclosed, and all entranceways must have a functioning locking system.” The insurance company pointed to these provisions to deny cover- age. The porte-cochère wasn’t a “locked garage facility” because it was open and not fully enclosed. Further, Bob had access to a perfectly good locked garage facility 2.5 miles down the road, but he didn’t want to put the Mustang away that night. Not so fast, Bob’s lawyers pointed out. This exclusion from coverage had one very important exception — it did not apply to “your covered auto” when it was being used for “occasional pleasure use.” “Occasional pleasure use” was defined to include leisure/pleasure drives, which is what Bob used the Mustang for that day. The definition included time that the auto was “located at the lodging of the named insured during overnight...leisure/pleasure drives.” Bob’s lawyers argued that he fit within the exclusion. It was an over- night leisure/pleasure drive that started that afternoon and was planned to end the next morning. His residence was his “lodging” during the “overnight leisure/pleasure drive.” The insurance company responded that the overnight exception was intended to cover situations in which one parks at a hotel while away from home on an overnight drive — not when you stay in your own residence because you’re too lazy to put the car away. Sure, you’re covered for damage, but are you really covered? W hat do you think about this? You’ve been a loyal collectorcar policy customer for many years. You’ve insured 27 cars on the policy and never had a single claim. One night, one of your collector cars is stolen. The police recover it four days later, but the thieves have damaged it to the tune of just over $12,000. No big deal, you’re just happy to have it back almost in one piece. Then, your collector-car insurance company denies the claim. When you object, they take you to court to establish they don’t owe you anything, plus they want you to pay their attorney fees. Bizarre? Maybe, but believe it or not, that’s just what happened to an SCM subscriber we’ll call “Bob.” The theft The car in question is a 1968 Mustang “Bullitt” replica. It is one of Bob’s 27 collector cars, which he customarily stores in his locked garage building about 2.5 miles from his home. After taking the Mustang out for a drive, he drove it home and parked it in the porte-cochère of his residence (on the West Coast, we call that a covered driveway) for the night, planning to take it back to the garage in the morning. Bob thought this was safe, as his residence is located in a gated subdivision with a 24-hour security guard at the entrance gate. The Mustang was stolen and recovered four days later. It sustained $12,279 of damage. Claim denied “Legal Files” apologizes in advance for the next few paragraphs, which will undoubtedly involve enough semantic nit-picking to remind you why lawyers can drive you nuts. However, there is no way to understand what happened in this Legal File — and what might happen to you — without slogging through some of it. Bob’s policy contained a very important exclusion — it did not cover “loss or damage to ‘your covered auto’ when not stored in a locked garage facility.” A “locked garage facility” was defined as “a permanent structure which is capable of protecting the vehicle from the elements, 44 Key legal principles That all sounds pretty logical, but the legal meaning of the words is not necessarily the same as their dictionary meanings, especially when they are found in insurance policies. Here are a few legal principles that you need to understand to be able to sort this out: 1. A policy provision is ambiguous if it is subject to two or more reasonable interpretations. 2. If a policy provision is so determined to be ambiguous, it must be interpreted in the manner that most favors coverage. 3. If an exclusion from coverage is involved, the insurance company has the burden of proving that the exclusion applies. 4. If an ambiguity exists in an exclusion from coverage, the provision must be interpreted in any reasonable manner presented by the insured. 5. Ambiguities in a contract are interpreted against the party who wrote the contract, since that party had the ability to choose the precise wording of the provision. In an unusual move, the insurance company filed suit against Bob to establish that it was not obligated to pay the claim. Bob responded with a claim that they owed him the money. Both parties filed motions for summary judgment. What is a summary judgment? To understand the procedure, one has to understand that judges and juries do two things in a lawsuit: First, they determine what happened, or what the facts of the case are. Second, they apply the law to the facts to determine who wins. The purpose of the trial is to determine what the facts are. If the parties agree on the facts (what happened), then there is no need for a trial and the judge can just apply the law to the agreed-upon facts and decide who wins. But if there is any disagreement about any one or more material facts, they have to go through a full trial in order to make all the factual determinations. In this case, both sides thought that the facts were clear and undis- puted. They both asked the judge to simply apply the law and decide who would win. Sports Car Market


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Legal Files’ analysis After reading both parties’ court filings, “Legal Files” can offer some neutral observations. It seems pretty clear that the main issue is whether the leisure/pleasure drive would be considered to have ended when Bob got back home that evening — or whether it ended in the morning when he got back to the locked garage facility. The insurance company’s view that it ended when he got home is most likely what the lawyer who wrote this policy provision would think it meant. But it’s very hard to say that this is the only way that the language could be interpreted. If Bob stopped at a motel next door to his residence for the night and planned to take the Mustang back to the garage in the morning, he would have been covered. Why the difference if he slept in his home instead of the motel next door? Although it seems pretty clear that the insurance company did not intend to provide coverage in this situation, the law goes the other way on that point. If Bob’s interpretation of this provision’s wording is reasonable, he wins, no matter what the insurance company had in mind. This probably sounds like the deck is stacked against the insurance company. It is — and it should be. Most car owners buy insurance policies based upon advertisements, proposals, statements from agents, and their “common sense.” That is the benefit they think they have bargained and paid for. They don’t see the detailed policy until afterward, and they usually don’t read it. If the technical policy terms always controlled the argument, there would be many instances in which owners reasonably expect coverage and don’t get it. For that reason, the law bends over backwards to interpret insurance policies in light of the owners’ reasonable expectations. The result Once the summary judgment motions were filed — but before the judge’s decision was made — the case settled. According to Bob’s attorneys, Bob was paid the full amount claimed plus full reimbursement of his legal fees. Does this mean the insurance company decided it was going to lose? Maybe, but we can’t know. But clearly, every reader with any signifi- cant business experience is asking, “What were they thinking?” Why choose to bring litigation against a seemingly loyal customer with such an insignificant claim? Undoubtedly, it probably cost them more than the $12,279 to just file the lawsuit. Reader takeaways This is not typical practice for collector-car insurance companies. What happened here is that someone used a very technical and literal reading of a policy provision to deny a claim. To evaluate whether this could happen to them, savvy readers will immediately check their policies: Carefully read the exclusions from coverage. They basically mean: If these specified things happen, you’re on your own. Understand what you are required to do about storage of your collec- tor car. This policy had a pretty specific storage restriction, which may not fit everyone’s storage arrangements. Consider the use-restrictions in the policy. This case didn’t focus on the use itself, as it was agreed that it was a leisure/pleasure use. But, for example, this and many other policies exclude coverage when the car is being driven to and from work. This makes perfect sense when you use your “collector car” as your daily driver. But what if you just drive it to work on Wednesday because it’s a sunny day and the car needs some miles? Does it make a difference if you take the long scenic route? Or plan to take off early and go play golf? Your best protection is to carefully read your policy, understand its coverage and exclusions, and be sure they fit your use patterns. And if you have questions, it’s worth the expense to have a capable attorney review the policy for you to make sure you understand, from the insurance company’s point of view, just when you are insured and when you’re not. ♦ JOHn DRAnEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. August 2013 45


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Simon Says Simon Kidston Notes from the Starting Ramp The 2013 Mille Miglia: Historic-motoring version of a royal wedding Our fearless columnist on the back roads of Italy I t’s the silly season again. During the past three weeks, I’ve driven flat-out around Italy in a ’50s sports car, followed closely by the hardest-to-get-in concours d’elegance of them all — and ending with an auction laden with red commodities where records tumbled yet again. In between, I managed to do some business: What did we do before the Blackberry era? And the events calendar hasn’t even gotten into its stride yet. The legendary Mille Miglia passed into new hands this year, after the previous five years in the stewardship of an events and PR company that drew mixed verdicts from entrants and sponsors. Whilst the last regime may have brought a more corporate feel to this most celebrated of historic rallies — with more sponsors being asked for more money, more teams fielded by modern car manufacturers and more celebrities and politicians in front of the cameras and behind the scenes — most people agreed that the organization was slick, the route scenic and eligibility rules applied uniformly. Of course, saying goodbye to the occasional bitsa Maserati 350S made from a 3500 GT road car or a Lynx D-type masquerading as a Jag also meant no more “pukka” cars built after the May 1957 cutoff, which included some fire-breathing, authentic 250 Testa Rossas and their like, which never raced in the real Mille Miglia and were therefore excluded. More’s the pity, felt many spectators. Famous actors, racers and models galore Standing on the starting ramp as master of ceremonies this year, I looked down a list of 422 entrants — the largest ever — from the four corners of the world. The Mille Miglia has never been more popular, with teams from 29 countries, including VIPs such as Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who traded Lincoln’s stove-pipe hat for a tweed flat cap. Other drivers included Fox Filmed Entertainment CEO Jim Gianopulos, multiple Olympic cycling gold medalist Chris Hoy, supermodel Yasmin Le Bon, and male model and GQ motoring columnist David Gandy, who was the recipient of close attention from the largely female Italian staff. Mercedes-Benz entrusted ex-F1 hero David Coulthard with a priceless 300SLR roadster, which emitted a sound to wake the dead, whilst F1 safety-car driver Bernd Mayländer swapped his usual AMG wheels for a Gullwing. 1960s Porsche racer Ben Pon had fittingly chosen a 550 Spyder. American automotive icon Roger Penske, energetic as ever at 76, teamed up with Swiss engine-wizard Mario Illien in another Gullwing. It was historic motoring’s answer to a royal wedding. Touchingly, one space remained empty — the organizers kept it symbolically open for the local couple who, every year, had started with race number 24 in their Bugatti Type 37A. They disappeared without a trace on January 4 in a light aircraft over the Caribbean near Venezuela along with the heir to the Missoni fashion empire. Thunder clouds loomed ominously over Brescia as the evening start time drew 46 near. Race HQ issued hasty, last-minute bulletins to teams about changes to the route, as news flashed in of road closures, flooding and landslides in regions along the 1,000-mile course. As always, though, it’s the Italian public who make the MM so unique, and this year was no different. They thronged to watch the teams roar down the ramp into the night, and even at 3 a.m., crowds still lined the road to Ferrara. Not an easy drive Rather than climb as usual into a comfortable mod- ern car and head for Rome to continue the official commentary, this year I chose to join in the fun with other entrants and, as the 421st car disappeared into the darkness, I jettisoned the microphone to jump into my own Gullwing and set off after them. It’s been 18 years since I last took part in the Mille Miglia. Either I’ve aged a lot in between (likely) or I’d forgotten just how demanding it is. Hats off to anybody who finished at all — even more so in a pre-war car or an open one (or both if you’re seriously brave). The verdict? The hotels will remind you of your stu- dent days (assuming you have a booking), lunches are as epically Italian as dinner wasn’t (think school snacks in a plastic box — at least in Rome) and, as with any new organization, you need to make generous allowances. But the stunning scenery, the camaraderie of the teams, the friendliness of the police escorts, the efficient race administration, and, above all, the warmth of the well-wishers all the way to Rome and back more than made up for any shortcomings. My co-driver commented afterwards: “Can you be- lieve that Moss did this back in ’55 non-stop in just over 10 hours, averaging almost 100 mph?” It’s no wonder he’s a living legend. For a complete change of pace, next month I’ll take you behind the scenes of the Villa d’Este concours just a few days later, where belle macchine mingled with bella gente and not a plastic lunchbox in sight. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2013 Greystone Concours A Prestigious and Family-Friendly Event Top-notch cars and friendship at a famous movie location by Mike Daly an Italian-design exhibit at the Petersen Museum. Some of the area’s most prestigious automotive institutions, including the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Gooding & Company auction house, are sponsors. Given the close-knit group of col- SCMer David Sydorick’s 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SSZ — the Doheny Family Award of Excellence winner T he 2013 Los Angeles concours season got under way on May 5 with the 4th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours d’Elegance in Beverly Hills. The city of Beverly Hills organizes the Greystone Concours, and proceeds go to the Friends of Greystone, the non-profit conservators group that manages the historical hilltop estate. The influential Doheny family built the Greystone Mansion in 1928, and in recent years it has been featured in films such as “There Will Be Blood,” “The Big Lebowski” and Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” franchise. SCM Contributing Editor Donald Osborne — dapper as always — hosted an audio tour of the assembled 135 automobiles, which were organized in 14 classes. One-time Sotheby’s auctioneer and current Ferrari collector extraordinaire Peter McCoy took home the Best of Show Sport award with his 1951 Ferrari 212 Export, which was clearly the front-runner of the field. Also named the Jesse Alexander Outstanding Sports Car, McCoy’s 212 is one of just seven such closed cars originally bodied by Vignale. Phil Hill drove the car to a 6th-place overall finish at the 1952 Carrera Panamericana, and Ernie McAfee steered it to victory at Palm Springs four months later. The car has won awards at Pebble Beach, Villa d’Este and the Cavallino Classic. The Petersen Museum’s well-traveled 1913 Mercer 35-J Raceabout garnered the Best of Show Elegance award, which is slightly ironic, as the car was originally built for racing. It just shows that 100 years of patina on brass spotlights and wooden artillery wheels goes a long way in providing a veneer of elegance, and the car’s remarkable condition was duly recognized with FIVA’s Preservation Award. The Petersen’s other contribution, a 1967 Ford GT40 Mk III road car, markedly contrasted the Mercer in character if not original build mission, capturing first place in the Ford class. Typically strong showings from area stalwarts and Details Plan ahead: The 5th Annual Greystone Mansion Concours will be on Sunday, May 4, 2014 Where: Greystone Mansion, Beverly Hills, CA Cost: $120 in 2013 (Includes food and beverages) More: www.beverlyhills.org 50 SCMers Peter Mullin (a 1929 Bugatti Type 46), Tony Shooshani (a 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS/Corsa), and Bruce Meyer (a 1973 Porsche 911 RS) no doubt drew strong consideration, but Beverly Hills’ David Sydorick — another SCMer — won the Doheny Family Award of Excellence with his 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 C SSZ. One of 39 such Super Sprints bodied by Zagato, the rare Alfa recently concluded a yearlong stint on display as part of Best of Show — Peter McCoy’s 1951 Ferrari 212 Export lectors and sponsorship, the Greystone Concours has very much of a family feel, with various members of the Gooding team even presenting their personal automobiles. Such cars included David Gooding’s 1961 Aston Martin DB4, Garth Hammers’ 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 and David Brynan’s 1967 Porsche 911S. Brynan’s mother, Cindy, serves as the concours’ director from her position as Beverly Hills’ Senior Recreation Supervisor. Hammers’ Healey, with unusual coachwork modifications by Zucchi of California, won the People’s Choice award. Not to be lost in the shuffle, Daniel Cytrynowicz, owner of a 1951 Siata Gran Sport 1400, saw his car win the Italian Sports Cars class. Not as widely seen today as the Motto-bodied 208 S Spyders that have become increasingly in vogue in Italian class judging, the Gran Sport exudes prototypical post-war elegance with its open Farina coachwork, and was one of the more unusual vintage Italian beauties on display. ♦ Daniel Cytrynowicz’s 1951 Siata Gran Sport 1400 Sports Car Market Mike Daly


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Feature 2013 Puerto Rico Antique Car Show Big Fun on a Little Island The purpose is to show up, show your car, and let the fun begin by Bill Rothermel When was the last time you saw a Toyota Corona pickup at a car show? A fter attending the Puerto Rico Antique Car Show, I’m reminded of the saying on my Florida neighbor’s cocktail napkins: “That’s Not How We Do It Up North.” Apparently, the Puerto Ricans subscribe to the same theory, despite being more than 1,000 miles further south. This year marked the 20th anniversary of this annual extravaganza, which took place January 16–17, 2013, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Located adjacent to the Plaza Las Americas shopping mall and busy Puerto Rico Highway 18, the show had more than 1,800 cars on display. That’s not a typo. Co-organizer Melvin Ramos also pointed out the estimated 25,000-plus visitors who attended. That’s not a typo, either. Make no mistake, Puerto Ricans might be living on a small island, but they love their cars. Ramos’ red and white 1955 Olds Super 88 convertible served as poster car for the show, which also featured a collector-car auction Saturday. About 60 cars (mostly drivers), at no commission charged by the organizers, crossed the auction block, with about a 50% sales rate. The proceeds of the sale of two cars went to local charities. With temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s under intense, bright sunshine, cars were smartly displayed under tents. Some tents were the territory marque clubs — the Model A Club, for example — while others sheltered vendors or entire collections. As you might expect, 1950s Detroit Iron was prevalent. Ditto for VW Beetles and Chevrolet Corvettes. Of note was a tent full of Crown Vics, Sunliners and Skyliners; another was filled with superbly restored U.S. military Jeeps; and still another was replete with one person’s Corvette collection. Porsche 911s were in abundance, too. Very cool. Oddly enough, there were not as many muscle cars as I expected. The surprise: Puerto Ricans love 1960s and 1970s Details Plan ahead: The next Puerto Rico Antique Car Show will take place in January 2014 Where: The Plaza Las Americas Shopping Mall, San Juan, Puerto Rico Admission: Free More: No website is available, but for more information about next year’s event, contact Joe Scalley at canalsgroup@gmail.com or Melvin Ramos at segurosmelvin@yahoo.com. 52 Toyotas restored to the nines! There are lots of them. A few Hondas, Nissans (ironically, no Z-cars), and Mazda RX-7s were scattered here and there — all equally well restored. A friend remarked on the paint job on a restored RX-7 as perhaps the best he had ever seen. I didn’t disagree. I never thought I would see a 1980s twin-cam Corolla on jack stands with mirrors underneath to show off a meticulous restoration. I did at this show. One tent was full of expertly restored Toyotas, including To display the quality of the restoration, this ’80s Corolla twin cam was on jackstands Sports Car Market A beautifully restored 1961 Jeep Surrey the aforementioned Corolla, numerous Coronas (gotta love the yellow pickup truck) and one of each generation of the Supra — all for sale. Short of Toyota 2000GTs and Honda S600s, Japanese cars don’t cross our radar stateside. Do the Puerto Ricans know something that we don’t? Cars weren’t arranged by class, and there are no judges and no awards given. The purpose is to show up, show your car, and let the fun begin. Most tents included music — and some live perfor- mances, with each seemingly louder than the previous. A steel-drum band, stilt walkers and roving musicians were all there. Tailgating and partying are very much a part of the event. One lesson we can learn from the Puerto Ricans — the car hobby to them is a family affair. Kids were everywhere — and as much a part of this event as the adults. Funny, it doesn’t seem like a novel idea, but it is one worth emulating. ♦ Photos by Bill Rothermel


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Ferrari Profile A Tale of Two 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB 2-Cams In real estate the mantra is “location, location, location.” The Ferrari mantra is “originality, originality, originality” by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1964–66 Number produced: 474 (all 275 GTB 2-cam variants) Original list price: $11,500 Current SCM Valuation: $850,000– $1,150,000 Tune-up cost: $2,000–$3,000 Distributor caps: $450, two required Chassis #: Right front chassis rail by top of shock mount, plate on right inner fender Engine #: Right side near starter motor, back of block Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1963–64 Alfa Romeo TZ-1, 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT, 1966–72 Lamborghini Miura SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, sold for $1,167,977 at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Chassis number: 06663 Engine number: 06663 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta (black leather) interior. Less than two weeks after it was sold to its first C owner, 06663 was sold again. The new owner quickly put the car to work on the hillclimb circuit. Around the end of 1966, the owner ordered a long-nose front section from Scaglietti and had it grafted on the car. Around that same time, the engine was converted from three carburetors to six carburetors and the car was resprayed white. The car was then put back in hillclimb service, where it performed so well that it was featured in the 1967 official Ferrari yearbook. Later, the car was sold to the U.S., repainted yellow and passed through a couple more owners before being returned to European ownership. The vendor has reinstalled the original Abarth side exhaust and fitted the car with Borrani wire wheels. Otherwise, the car retains its hillclimb configuration. Rarer — and quicker — than a 250 GT SWB, yet considerably less expensive than a 250 GTO, the 275 GTB is a landmark model. 56 hassis number 06663 was originally built as a short-nose model with a steel body. Factory records show that the car was originally finished in Azzurro (blue) with Pelle Nera Chassis number: 07743 Engine number: 07743 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta This car was sent to Auto Becker for display at the Frankfurt International Motor Show of 1965. It was delivered in short-nose configuration and was finished in Azzurro (blue) with a Nero (black) interior. Sometime following the September show, 07743 was sent overseas to the United States, where it eventually wound up in California. While there, the front was modified to longnose configuration. Chassis 07743 passed through several other hands, and in 1999 it was sold to a well-known collector, who in 2008 commissioned Dutch-based restoration firm Hietbrink Coachbuilding to completely restore the car back to the original specifications — including the shortnose configuration and original paint scheme. This 275 GTB remains in spectacular condition, having been used very little since its restoration. 07743 comes complete with correct Borrani wire wheels, a restoration file, a full dossier of restoration photographs, and owner’s books. Importantly, the car comes with full Ferrari Classiche certification. In the final analysis, the 275 GTB is one of the greatest Ferraris ever built: a sophisticated, powerful, competent, high-performance berlinetta that looks as good as it runs. 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB alloy Lot S95, s/n 08143 Condition 2 Not sold at $1,100,000 Mecum Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/12 SCM# 209438 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Lot 221, s/n 06681 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,182,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209517 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 Lot 239, s/n 09523 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,485,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209515 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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1964 Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta, sold for $1,456,000 at RM Auctions’ Villa Erba sale SCM Analysis Chassis 06663, Lot 20, sold for $1,167,977, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale on May 25, 2013. Chassis 07743, Lot 105, sold for $1,456,000, including buyer’s premium, at RM’s Villa Erba Auction on May 25, 2013. Two 275 GTBs are auctioned on the same day, but one sells for $1,456,000 and the other for $1,167,977. We have a $288,023 difference between two cars that were nearly identical when they left the factory. They both have a good — if not impressive — history and were both restored to a high level. Is the Ferrari market in this much disarray or is there another reason for the price gap? First, a little history: The original 1964 275 GTB configuration is now known as the short nose. The de- sign proved to be somewhat unstable at high speed, and it was superseded with what is now called the long-nose model. The long nose has a noticeably longer snout sticking out in front of the headlights. The long-nose version also addressed the 275 GTB’s problems of limited rear visibility and limited trunk room. The rear-window area was larger and the trunk hinges were moved outside of the car — rather than protruding into the trunk. The long nose and larger rear window aren’t easy to identify, unless you’re familiar with the other versions. The external chrome trunk hinges are the car spotter’s clue to identifying the long-nose cars. The original short-nose and the long-nose 275 GTBs are powered with a 280-hp, 3.3-liter, 2-cam V12 engine. A 300-hp, 6-carburetor version was offered as an option. The 275 GTB was the first production Ferrari to feature a rear-mounted transaxle and independent rear suspension. Later, a 4-cam, 6-carburetor version called a 275 GTB/4 replaced the 2-cam model. A bulge down the center of the hood and an upholstered dash is the spotter’s clue that they’re looking at a 4-cam car. The 275 GTBs bodies were offered in alloy or steel. Many 275 GTBs were raced, and the factory built a few competition specials. Customer competition models might have extra vents, outside filler caps, bumper delete and competition wire wheels. Factory team cars could be quite exotic, with special lightweight bodywork and mechanical components. Comp features could be ordered on a production car. It is important to know if a 275 GTB with comp features was built that way or modified afterward. Won by a short nose If you follow Ferraris, you probably already know the ending to our $288k mystery. In real estate the mantra is “location, location, location.” The Ferrari mantra is “originality, originality, originality.” Chassis 06663 (Bonhams/Spa) had an admirable competition history, but that wasn’t enough to compensate for its modifications. The 6-carb configuration and the nose extension were legitimate improvements. They made the car faster and handle better. Removing the bumpers and adding vents behind the rear wheels made the car lighter and brake better. Yes, 06663 is one badass 275. It looks fast standing still — and probably runs as good as it looks. But the Ferrari market likes originality, and this Ferrari is far from original. On the other hand, chassis 07743 (RM/Villa Erba) also had a nose job, but it’s been painstakingly restored back to its original configuration. The authenticity of the restoration is verified with a coveted full Ferrari Classiche certification. This car looks authentic to when it rolled out of the factory in 1965, and has the Ferrari stamp of approval to prove it. People like to build hot rods, but they don’t like to buy them. There are obvious exceptions to this, but few exist in the Ferrari world. Someone who plunks down a August 2013 57 million dollars on a car wants some reassurance that the greatest number of possible buyers will want it down the line. Chassis 07743 is a blue-chip car that is negotiable to nearly anyone who wants a 275. Chassis 06663 is a lot of car — and a great piece of history — but its real appeal is limited to someone looking for an event car or a bargain. A second chance? The 275 market has been explosive. not much more than a year ago, a short-nose 275 GTB would have been well under a million dollars. now it appears $1,400,000 for 07743 is not out of line. All this makes 06663 the real deal here. I personally would like to see it kept in its as-raced configuration. But if a little bodywork and an Italian blessing can make 07743 a virgin again, there’s no reason 06663 couldn’t follow its lead. $200,000 should be enough to put 06663 back to stock configuration. Add in the competition history, and 06663 is a money maker. ♦ (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Bonhams and RM Auctions.) Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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English Profile 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT “Jet” coupe Thanks to its gorgeous Giugiaro styling, this one, the last special-bodied DB4GT built in period, is completely different and beautifully elegant by Paul Hardiman Details Year produced: 1961 Number made: One (out of 20 specialbodied DB4GTs) Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation $5.5m to $6.7m Tune-up cost: $1,500 Distributor caps: $102 (two needed) Chassis #: Engine compartment on right of firewall Engine #: Stamped on right side of engine block Club: Aston Martin Owners Club More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1957 Bertone Jaguar XK 150S coupe, 1961–63 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato, 1963–64 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0201L Engine number: 3700201GT 0201L is the last DB4GT chassis completed in period and was first displayed on Bertone’s stand at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, followed by an appearance at Turin that same year. Its designer was none other than Giorgetto Giugiaro, C one of the 20th century’s foremost automotive stylists and then only 22 years of age, who would go on to create some of the Italian coachbuilder’s most memorable designs before leaving to join Carrozzeria Ghia. By the time he left Ghia to found Italdesign in 1968, Giugiaro had been responsible for such sublime creations as the Maserati Ghibli and DeTomaso Mangusta. It was only appropriate that Aston Martin’s top- of-the range, most expensive production model, the DB4GT, was selected for this very special project. As its nomenclature suggests, the DB4GT was a competition variant of the DB4 sports saloon. Launched at the London Motor Show in 1958, the Aston Martin DB4 had emphatically demonstrated that a British manufacturer could better the Italians at their own game when it came to constructing the ultimate Gran Turismo. Its specification included a completely new steel platform chassis with disc brakes all around, and a race-developed twin- 58 oachbuilt examples of the DB4/5/6 family of Aston Martins are extremely rare, making the unique Bertone-bodied car offered here all the more precious and desirable. Chassis cam 6-cylinder 3.7-liter engine, all clothed in a perfectly proportioned aluminum body designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan. Overall, the DB4 was state-of-the-art for its time, a masterpiece of robust British engineering combined with exquisite Italian styling. The new car’s competition potential had been rec- ognized from the outset, and the factory lost no time in developing a lightweight version suitable for racing. The resulting DB4GT debuted at the 1959 London Motor Show. The model had already been proven in competition earlier that year when the prototype driven by Stirling Moss (DP/199) won its first race at Silverstone. Extensive modifications to the standard car took five inches out of the wheelbase and replaced the rear seats with a luggage platform on all but a small number of cars. Together with lighter, 18-gauge bodywork, these changes reduced the car’s weight by around 200 pounds. The GT used a tuned engine which, equipped with a twin-plug cylinder head and triple Weber 45DCOE carburetors, produced a claimed 302 horsepower at 6,000 rpm, a useful increase over the standard car’s claimed 240 horsepower. Maximum speed, of course, depended on overall gearing, but 153 mph was achieved during testing with a 0–60 mph time of 6.1 seconds recorded. The DB4 was also one of the first cars to go from standstill to 100 mph and then brake to a dead stop in under 20 seconds, a tribute, in part, to its uprated Girling 1960 Aston Martin DB4GT Lot 228, s/n 0104L Condition 2 Sold at $2,035,000 RM Auctions, Monterey CA, 8/17/12 SCM# 209516 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Lot 239, s/n 0198R Condition 1- Sold at $1,898,184 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K., 5/19/12 SCM# 201974 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Lot 247, s/n 0199L Condition 2 Not sold at $2,450,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/19/05 SCM# 39196 Sports Car Market Simon Clay, courtesy of Bonhams


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brakes as used on Aston Martin’s sports racers of the era. The DB4GT offered a strong challenge to the prevailing Ferrari domi- nance in GT racing, with examples entered by the Works and John Ogier’s Essex Racing Stable enjoying numerous victories. Driven by the likes of Roy Salvadori, Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and Innes Ireland, the DB4GT earned its stripes every weekend on the racing circuit. In December 1959, at the Bahamas Speed Week, Stirling Moss won driving a standard customer DB4GT “borrowed” by the Works following the demise of Moss’s intended DBR2. The DB4GT was indeed a true dual-purpose car, equally at ease on both the circuit and Grand Tour. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 239, sold for $4,939,193, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ annual Aston Martin Works Sale at newport Pagnell, U.K., on May 17, 2013. Jamie Knight, Director of the Bonhams Motoring Department and primary auctioneer, is apt to say at slow moments — while the bidder decides whether to go the extra mile — “It’s the only one I’ve got today, sir.” And that saying couldn’t be truer when discussing this one-off Aston Martin, still with its original engine and in near-perfect, refreshed order 30 years after its restoration. Although the other coachbuilt cars, the 19… okay, 23… oh, all right then, 25 (and counting) officially sanctioned “real” DB4GT Zagatos are all slightly, subtly different — depending on how much wine Guiseppe and Adolfo had for lunch — they are all built to roughly the same pattern. Thanks to its gorgeous Giugiaro styling, this one, the last special-bodied DB4GT built in period, is completely different and beautifully elegant as well — which is something Zagato couldn’t always manage. Originally finished in light green with gray interior, the Jet, as it became known, was lavishly trimmed compared with the starker — although lighter — Zagatos. Only 75 DB4GTs were produced, of which only 30 were left-hand drive, and this svelte notchback coupé is unique among DB4GTs not just for its shape, but as the only one bodied in steel. Unfortunately, the wind was taken out of its sails somewhat as it was at the 1961 Geneva Show — where Jaguar chose to reveal its sensational new E-type. Giugiaro couldn’t be blamed for the poor timing, but he would body only one other Aston Martin — the DB7 Vantage-based Twenty Twenty concept car of 2001. Burned and brought back Since 1961, this car has had quite a life — having to be completely rebuilt from a burnt wreck — but it has been properly enjoyed in its latter years while remaining in excellent condition. Its late owner, Hans-Peter Weidmann, bought chassis 0201L from then-Aston Martin chairman Victor Gauntlett while the car was under restoration at newport Pagnell. Kingsley Riding-Felce, Managing Director of Aston Martin Works, recalled some of the problems in a Classic & Sports Car Magazine interview: “It was a big job because we had to make new door skins and fabricate replacement bumpers out of brass. It was quite a challenge configuring them to the body and getting the clearances right, but we wanted to keep it as original as possible. The instruments had to be redone, and searching out missing switchgear in Italy proved quite a task. The Jet was very well made and clearly built to be driven. The styling isn’t very Aston Martin, but we never tired of looking at it.” A bit ahead of the Zagato DB4GT There’s nothing with which to directly to compare this car, but the nearest is the DB4GT Zagato. Past sales show that a real one of those is worth about twice as much as a later-built “Sanction II” car, which corresponds with their relative values when the continuations were new. Our subject car is worth a bit more than two stock coupes — or a gnat’s more than one of the real DB4GT Zagatos. Although this car set a world record for an Aston Martin, analyze the numbers and you’ll see that Bonhams was obviously hoping for a bit more, as the pre-sale estimate range was £2.8–3.8m ($4.5m–$6.1m), and the winning bid was one tick — $160k — over the lower number, which is often where the reserve lies. There were initially six phone bidders up against the man in the room who eventually bought it. The buyer was described as “a European,” so it seems a fair bet the car will be leaving British shores. This is just as well, as its Swiss registration meant that staying in the U.K. would have subjected it to a further 5% duty in import tax, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but at the £2.9m ($4.65m) bid, that’s another $225,000, which would mean the buyer would pay a total of $780,000 in premiums and duties. Let’s not get too obsessed with the numbers, as this car’s real attraction lies in putting rubber on the road. Meant for the road This is a gorgeous car that’s meant for driving. Almost uniquely for a regular concours-winner car, it has been driven regularly. It wore just the right amount of tiny nicks in the paint and polish marks in the chrome to show it’s been enjoyed, and the seat leather was just settling in nicely, perfectly complemented by a delightfully bestickered trunk on the rear deck as a rolling record of its destinations. Apparently the new owner plans to keep it in the style to which it has become accustomed. As Kingsley RidingFelce of Aston Martin Works said: “Hans-Peter wouldn’t want the Jet to go into storage, and we hope that the new owner will take part in this year’s centenary events.” I hope so too. Well done. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) August 2013 59


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Berlinetta While its body promises sophistication and elegance, this tiny car is very much a pure competition tool by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1953–54 Number produced: 20 Original list price: $4,200 Current SCM Valuation: $225,000– $325,000 Tune-up cost: $375 Distributor caps: $85 Chassis #: Engine bulkhead on plate Engine #: Bottom left side of block Alternatives: 1957 Fiat Abarth 750GT, 1949–52 Siata 300BC,1950–53 OSCA MT4 2AD SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1953 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Lot 288, s/n 1290S (profile car) Condition 2+ Sold at $205,178 RM Auctions, Monte Carlo, 5/1/10 SCM# 162398 Chassis number: 1290S cylinder engine. In 1950, he developed a 4-cylinder overhead-cam engine, in both 600-cc and 750-cc sizes. Built on a backbone chassis, it was a lively package and available in several body styles. Morettis achieved significant competition success, G particularly those fitted with the twin-cam version of the 750 engine. Bodies came from the likes of Zagato and Michelotti, and included coupes, spiders, barchettas, and berlinettas. Particularly attractive was the Michelotti berlinetta, which was perfectly proportioned, despite its diminutive size. The first of some 10 750 Gran Sport Berlinettas imported by Ernie McAfee, the legendary California Italian-car guru and sports-car racer, it was exported by the late Raymond Milo to the Netherlands in 2005. Following a painstaking nut-and-bolt restoration, the car returned to the United States several years ago. Finished in its correct original colors of red and black, this fine Moretti has black leather seats and gray carpeting. The engine, originally from the GS Barchetta chassis 1294, has been completely rebuilt and nicely detailed. It runs perfectly, and the car drives and performs virtually asnew. 60 iovanni Moretti made his name with racing engines for motorcycles. Following World War II, he began making small automobiles, the first powered by his own vertical twin- SCM Analysis This car, Lot 122, sold for $174,720, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Auctions Villa Erba sale at Cernobbio, ITA, on May 25, 2013. True confession time: I loved this car. I always have. I lusted for it in the worst way and considered raiding my retirement fund to buy it. My affection had been so openly displayed when it was previewed at the RM Amelia Island sale in March, the RM crew was certain that they at least had an underbidder for the car and that it would surely be sold. It did sell, but not to me. I didn’t even lift my paddle. What set Moretti apart from the scrum of small-bore race-car manufacturers was that he was the creator of an original engine, unlike the many long-standing Fiat tuners. nevertheless, like his rivals, his company peaked in the early to mid-1950s. This was a time when the racing scene was such that wealthy — and sometimes gifted — amateurs could compete with some success in circuit racing, distance rallies, road races and hillclimbs in a bewildering array of small-displacement specials, “Fiat elaborata” or modified sedans and miniature GT cars. The prime of the true Etceterini was from 1946 to 1957. With the end of the “proper” Mille Miglia, the air seemed to come out of the balloon. While Moretti did not have an ending as debased as Siata with the Vignale Sports Car Market 1954 Moretti 750 Gran Sport Lot 365, s/n 1291 Condition 1Sold at $190,000 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 6/22/07 SCM# 45862 1955 Moretti 750S Bialbero Lot 239, s/n 1614 Condition 2+ Sold at $272,850 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, 5/20/06 SCM# 41944 Pawel Litwinski ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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Spring, he also turned to tuning Fiats. Many of Moretti’s last offerings had some of the desperate air of Ford’s late Ghia models. Like their competitor Siata, Moretti soldiered on through the 1960s and onwards, expiring with a Fiat Uno-based Turbo in 1989. A small, fast winner Motive power for the 750 Gran Sport was a high-revving, lively twin-cam engine with dual Weber carburetors. It is recorded that nearly 100 chassis numbers for the model were listed for the FIA, although it has been written that perhaps 20 or so coupes were actually built, along with an unknown number of spiders. The cars had a good record in competition. Ernie McAfee in California loved the cars and probably sold more of them than anyone in the world. They were quite costly, at $4,200 in 1953. There were many more glamorous and powerful alternatives at that price point — but few with the panache of the 750 Gran Sport. The cars weighed approximately 1,100 pounds or a bit less, so the 71 horsepower from the 750-cc engine punches substantially above its weight class. Driving one of these cars is far more entertaining than a reading of the specs on the page might suggest. I’ve always been a small-bore guy. For me, traveling at 9/10ths in an under-1-liter car is every bit as exciting at moving along at 6/10s in a 170-mph 12-cylinder GT. It’s true that you have to pay more attention to what you’re doing, as if you get into a tough situation, you can’t power your way out if your foot is already buried in the firewall. nevertheless, these cars were quite successful in class competition in their time, and they provide more than adequate entertainment today. In addition, the looks are simply stunning. A tough fit It’s very difficult to make a very small car look good — and until you see it in the flesh, you’ll have no idea how truly tiny this car is. But it has lots of room inside — if your thighs fit under the steering wheel. But I didn’t fit, and I would have had to replace the lovely steering wheel with a smaller-diameter one in order to shift, accelerate and turn it at the same time. It was a good excuse to leave my retirement account alone. The new owner is an SCMer who sold a car from his collection a few lots earlier in the sale for seven figures. I knew I didn’t stand a chance bidding against him, so I was off the hook. This example was restored to a very good standard, painted and trimmed well, with well-fitted body panels. The car appeared to show evidence of recent mechanical upkeep. That there was no visible mounting hardware for license plates also indicated the use for which the car was intended. Although the catalog implies that this is the very car that Road & Track tested, discussion among marque experts indicates that solid proof of that may be lacking. Its print fame notwithstanding, any ready-to-run Moretti Gran Sport with a correct engine is a valuable proposition. YouTube has a video shot from rabid Etceterino Alex Vazeos’ Moretti 750 GS (search for “Moretti” and “Villa d’Este”) as he is about to drive through the reviewing line at the 2012 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. The racket inside the car as it idles is deafening — a clear indication of the less-than-refined nature of this pint-sized GT. While its body promises sophistication and elegance, it’s very much a pure competition tool. A small pool of enthusiasts You have to be brave and committed to spend three days with little sleep in a Moretti on the Mille Miglia. Imagine a week inside the chaos during a Colorado Grand or new England 1000. If I owned one, I would most likely sacrifice originality for a bit more upholstery and sound deadening, as this one had. In its lifetime, our subject car has crossed the Atlantic five times. RM sold this car in 2010 at their Monaco sale for $205,178. It clearly brought rather less, just about minus 15% in dollars, but minus 11% in euros in three years. I don’t think it’s a reflection on the car, which to my eyes appeared a bit better in person this year than it did in photos in 2010. It had been on offer in the private market for €140,000 ($181,146) so while the seller received a bit less, the market price was about right. Why didn’t it bring more? The particular charms of a car such as this, which must be explained wherever you go, have a relatively small pool of enthusiasts. I’m pleased to count myself among them. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) August 2013 61


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective Perfect reduction — but still a very serious high-performance car By Robert Cumberford 2 F 3 ifty-nine years ago, Jack McAfee and I had just left Road & Track’s Glendale, CA, offices at a pace neither sedate nor silent — in the very same Moretti that SCM is profiling this month — when we were pulled over. I’ll remember forever the look on the motorcycle cop’s face when some 450 pounds of six-foot-plus men emerged, reducing rolling weight by about a third. A privileged look at the tiny twin-cam engine satisfied the officer, who let us go. The almost universal fascination with miniaturization apparently overcame his concerns about tenuous legality. What’s most remark- able about Ghia’s lovely body is its perfect proportioning, completely masking the diminutive size. On a wheelbase five inches shorter than a Porsche 356, Giovanni Michelotti created a shape as wonderful as his best Ferrari designs. He cleverly raised the elegant, not-quite-oval grille to allow a long hood, and filled the fascia with a swept back “chin” to fill in the frontal height. The Gran Sport Berlinetta looked better then, with little chrome hubcaps on its stamped-tin wheels, painted ivory on the spiders. Looking at it now, I’m obliged to concur with John Bond’s last sentence in the contemporary R&T road test: “If it only had Borrani wire wheels.” ♦ 12 62 1 4 5 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The grille is perfect, sweeping upward at the sides and flattened on top to allow a raised hood section. 2 The windshield is almost as wide as the full body, which turns outward just enough to allow the side glass to go down. 3 The side glass is parallel to the centerline, but the quarter light pinches toward the rear, giving the upper structure a very nice bubble shape in plan. 4 Closure panel fills in the body shape beneath the grille, 7 giving the center a race-carlike torpedo shape. 5 Even so, a great deal of the mechanicals are visible beneath the body. 6 To today’s eyes, these skinny tires look like something for a low-resistance electric car. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 The hood is, of course, quite short, but it appears to be half as long as the whole car. 8 The C-pillar is a work of art in itself, managing a directional transition in just a 6 few inches, with the backlight elegantly finishing the form aerodynamically. 9 Ah, the universal Italian signal in the 1950s that a car was worthy of the Mille Miglia — a racing fuel cap. 10 The tunneled rear lamps were particularly elegant but would be illegal today. 11 The tucked-under tail with a sort of transverse rib at lamp level is particularly nice, hiding the fact that there is almost no rear overhang. 12 The black steel wheels are awful, and desperately need 8 9 10 the original chrome caps. Or those Borranis so desired by Road & Track long ago. I’d add them, even now. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Despite being extremely simple, the interior is elegant in the use of shaped metal over the haphazardly placed instruments and switches. The classical Italian sports steering wheel, Morettilabeled shift knob and the all-black cabin trim combine to make this toy-sized car seem really serious. As it was. 11


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German Profile Column Author 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2-Liter Supersport Cabriolet A modified car is often akin to a death rattle in the Porsche collector world by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1984–89 Number produced: 3,645 total Turbo-looks, including 1,708 cabriolets and 311 RHD cabs Original list price: $50,500 before options Current SCM Valuation: $19,000 to $23,000 Tune-up cost: $1,200–$1,500, including valve adjustment Chassis #: Inner left front fender aluminum plate; stamping above fuel tank Engine #: Under fan on right side upright Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org; www.turbo-look.de Alternatives: 1986–89 Porsche 911 Turbo; 1985–88 Ferrari 328; 1990 Corvette Z51 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1989 Porsche 911 Turbo Lot 125, s/n WPOEBO914KS173023 Condition 2+ Sold at $120,985 Chassis number: WPOZZZ91ZGS151257 plied the evocative title to all 911 models, coincidentally with the introduction of the 3.2-liter engine, from 1984. Not merely enlarged, the new engine was also extensively revised and produced 231 horsepower, 27 horsepower up on its predecessor. The 911 Carrera’s top speed was now 152 mph, with 100 mph reachable in a breathtaking 13.6 seconds. Known as the Type 930 [sic], this new Carrera exemplified the original 911 concept in its final form, the subsequent Carrera 2/Carrera 4 models being almost entirely different. Recognizing that many customers admired the Turbo P model’s aggressive “wide-body” appearance but had no need of its enhanced performance, Porsche offered the Supersport Equipment package. Also known as the Turbo-look, it not only consisted of the Turbo’s distinctive extended wheelarches and front/rear spoilers but also its upgraded brakes, suspension, wheels and tires. This option had been introduced in response to the many independent specialists offering such conversions, and also enabled Porsche to offer a Turbo lookalike in the U.S. market, where emissions legislation had forced the Turbo’s (temporary) withdrawal from sale. In Porsche nomenclature the Supersport Equipment package was 64 orsche revived the Carrera name — previously used for the competition-orientated versions of the preceding 356 — for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973. It ap- known as option M491, although factory records do not provide a breakdown of how many cars were completed with it. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 315, sold for $28,488, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ April 29 auction at the Royal Air Force Museum in London. On its face, this sale looks like one smoking-hot deal, but this is not necessarily the case. The car is an unusual one for SCM to profile in that it is a modified car — something that often is akin to a death rattle in the Porsche collector-car world. That said, the car does provide an interesting base on which to assess the 911 “Supersport” option package (a term used only in the U.K. market — as it was “Turbo-look” everywhere else) and also present our take on modified 911s. The almost bulletproof Carrera The base car here was the almost-bulletproof 3.2- liter Carrera, a model built between 1984 and 1989 that closely followed the pattern of the previous model 1978– 83 SCs. The engine in the 1978–83 cars was a 3.0-liter version of the famed flat 6-cylinder 911 powerplant. The 3.2 Carrera was considered an advance for a variety of reasons, other than the additional 200 ccs. There were 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Club Sport Lot 150, s/n WPOZZZ91ZJS105146 Condition 2 Sold at $82,678 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 11/4/11 SCM# 189925 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/11/12 SCM# 21461 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport Lot 343, s/n WPOZZZ917KS140744 Condition 2 Sold at $36,163 Bonhams, Hendon, U.K., 4/11/11 SCM# 177866 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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many small improvements — and two big ones: First was the addition of hydraulic cam-chain tensioners, a move that virtually eliminated a frequently terminal engine problem. Second was the 1987 introduction of the heavier-duty, smoother-shifting Getrag-built G50 gearbox, which Porsche dubbed its Type 950. These cars were also the last to carry the body configuration intro- duced first in 1974 with the advent of the federal crash-resistant bumpers — aka the “high-bumper” 911s. Whether 16 years of very similar outward appearance was a good thing we will not debate here. There was little disagreement, however, that it almost killed Porsche. Looking back today, people are gradually becoming much more forgiving of — even nostalgic for — that long-running design. The relatively scarce Turbo-look Carrera Among high-bumper 911 cognoscenti, the Turbo-look optioned cars hold an esteemed place. Essentially, the option package offered buyers a 911 Turbo wide-body of flared-out fenders, wider wheels, the Turbo’s suspension and brake upgrades, and the Turbo rear wing — all with the normally aspirated 911 engine. That engine was 231 horsepower for the world market, but just 200 hp to 207 hp in emissions-modified form for the U.S. and Japan. The horsepower was bumped to 214 to 217 hp in 1987 after remapping the engine. The Turbo-look Carreras appealed to people who feared turbo lag or did not want that potential additional maintenance — while still lusting for the Turbo’s wide-body look and the mechanical upgrades. The option was known as M491, a designation Porsche used since the 1970s to indicate a high-performance or racing model. It was a bit of a misnomer here. The Turbo-look package definitely improved drivability of the 911. However, the bigger body and mechanics, wheels, and tires added weight — perhaps 150-plus pounds. Acceleration suffered. And it was not inexpensive, adding about $14,000* to the Carrera cabriolet’s base price of $36,450, or as is more likely, $41,301 after popular options, per Road & Track’s January 1986 road test. As a result, the Turbolook option also was not terribly common. The Carrera 3.2 production run totaled 49,629 cars, of which Turbo-looks accounted for 3,645, or about 7.3% of production. Small differences can add value That “not terribly common” part often has a strong effect on price some years later. Even small differences in fairly high-production models can translate into desirability and, subsequently, value. So it has been with Turbo-look cars. Here in the United States, a few years ago the model was worth $5,000 extra on a typical $25,000 price for a lower-mileage, all-original 3.2 Carrera. The difference now is more like 50%. Some market-savvy dealers were on to them early, and one or two even made a specialty of it. Today, the supply of high-quality, all-original, low-mileage Turbo-look cars is becoming thin. Our Bonhams auction subject car gets plus points for desirability. It also gets a plus point for being the first year of the electrically actuated cabriolet top. The car gets a ding for being a model year before the improved G50 gearbox. It earns another, bigger ding for being high mileage — at 95,600 miles showing — with no discussion of maintenance. This example also had been modified, and that is a big diminution in value. Further, the modifications were not especially well chosen: later body bumpers off a 964/965; aftermarket rocker panels with an air inlet hole ahead of the rear wheel openings; and black-painted wheels. One of the nine previous owners also had horsepower envy, as he stuck a “Turbo” name plate on the rear deck. As presented, our desirable Turbo-look Carrera 3.2 is more of an individualized café racer. And for many people the too-common Guards Red paint is a negative. 911 mods diminish value When do modifications to a 911 hurt or help its value? As a rule, modifications diminish value — usually substantially. The factory built 911s so well that few people value modifications — even if they are well-chosen and well-executed ones. The classic 911 market especially prizes originality — the more, the better. A matchingengine/gearbox, all-original-paint-and-trim 911 might double the price of a street concours car that carried replacement or reproduction pieces and mismatched mechanical components. Some R Gruppe 911s pose a dilemma. R Gruppe is a limited-membership, loosely organized, “outlaw” or hot-rod low-bumper 911 club. Most of their cars have been tastefully done, and are frequently patterned after a factory-built, limited-production model such as a 1967 911R, 1970–72 ST, 1973 RS or RSR — with creative mixing and matching and possibly updated mechanicals. I like well-executed R Gruppe cars. Some of those cars justify price premiums reflective of excellent workmanship and drivability. However, such cars are exceptions to the rule that modifications usually diminish a 911’s value. My bottom line is that the Bonhams Turbo-look cab was a pig with lipstick. I consider it fairly bought and sold at just $28,488, but we’d have to admit that the price does allow for possibly refurbishing back to stock Turbo-look without being buried in the car. However, the high mileage might be a possible stumbling block. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) *The Turbo-look option cost between DM24,900 ($8,749) in 1984, up to DM29,790 ($15,846) in 1989. In 1986 it was DM27,950 ($12,871), at which point the deutsche mark averaged about two per dollar, with meaningful fluctuations in the period. August 2013 65


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American Profile 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster It’s not surprising that the documented, unmolested, first Nash-Healey sold for such a hefty premium by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1950–51 for Panelcraftbodied cars Number produced: 104 Original list price: $4,063 Current SCM Valuation: $100,000– $140,000 Tune-up cost: $175 Distributor cap: $35 Chassis #: Right fender panel Engine #: Right front of block Club: Nash-Healey Registry More: nashhealeyregisty.com Alternatives: 1951–54 Jaguar XK 120, 1954 Kaiser-Darrin, 1956–58 Dual-Ghia SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1952 Nash-Healey Lot 106, s/n 2240 Condition 3Sold at $94,600 Chassis number: n2001 Engine number: nHA1001 W hat emerged from this two-year restoration process is nothing short of remarkable — Donald Healey’s own Nash-Healey, exactly as he built it, with no expense spared to ensure 100% historical accuracy. Restored by Tsikuris Classics — under the supervision by noted authority Bill Emerson. All major components are original to this car. With ownership history that begins with Donald Healey himself, there is no collection in the world, no matter how grand, that this car will not enhance. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 42, sold for $500,000, including buyer’s premium, at Worldwide’s Houston Classic auction on May 4, 2013, at the La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa in Montgomery, TX. Donald Healey was the consummate car guy. His initial interest was aviation, and he became a Royal Flying Corps pilot during World War I. His love of flying waned after friendly fire from British anti-aircraft guns shot down his plane while he was on one of the first night-bombing missions of World War I. Healey was discharged at the age of 18 because of his injuries. He took a correspondence course on automotive engineering, and at the conclusion of World War I, he opened an automotive garage. He was an active participant in automotive events 66 and won the 1931 Monte Carlo Rally while driving a 4½-liter Invicta. The following year, he won the unlimited sports-car class at the Brighton Speeds Trials in the Invicta and continued to participate in the Monte Carlo Rally, finishing in the top eight in 1932, 1934 and 1936. Healey served a brief stint with Riley and then be- came general manager of the Triumph Motor Company and developed several successful models. After World War II, he formed the Donald Healey Motor Company Ltd. The initial cars were powered with Riley engines. Then Healey noticed the success that Briggs Cunningham was having with the new OHV Cadillac V8 engines. He was soon on the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner for the weeklong voyage to the U.S. — and a visit to Cadillac. From GM to Nash There is an oft-told tale of Healey’s chance meeting with George Mason, president of nash Motors, on the journey — which resulted in them forming a partnership. However, in fact, their agreement did not materialize until after Ed Cole at General Motors turned Healey down. Healey’s deal with nash was a classic win-win agree- ment. Mason needed to improve the image of nash, and a sporty car in their showrooms was just the ticket. nash, in turn, offered a U.S. outlet for Healey’s new Sports Car Market 1953 Nash-Healey Lot 137, s/n N2386 Condition 2 Sold at $93,500 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/12 SCM# 197180 1952 Nash-Healey Lot 126, s/n NHA1130 Condition 3+ Sold at $58,300 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 9/1/12 SCM# 213602 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/13 SCM# 215688 Glenn Zanotti, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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sports car, and the nash Ambassador 6 engine, modified with a pair of SU downdraft carburetors, had power to spare. After a shakedown at the 1950 Mille Miglia, Healey’s modified Panelcraft aluminum- bodied nash-Healey prototype was entered in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished a surprising 4th, besting Jaguar, Ferrari and the Cadillacs of Briggs Cunningham. George Mason promptly approved production. Priced at a costly $4,063, only 104 of the Panelcraft-bodied nash-Healeys were produced. Twenty survive today, and only seven are in operable condition. The first cars, produced in 1950, had the accelerator located between the clutch and brake, which was the configuration of the Formula One cars of the era. The paint choices were Sunset Maroon or Champagne Ivory, with Goodyear whitewalls standard. The first U.S. sports car? The first production nash-Healey — number 2001 — was first shown at the Miami Auto Show in February 1951, and the results were favorable. Tom McCall, the most respected automotive journalist of the era, wrote of it in glowing terms: “Of all the sports cars I have tested — and I have driven most of them — I would just as soon own a nash-Healey as any on the road.” A strong argument can be made that the nash-Healey was in fact the United States’ first production sports car. Of course, you have to overlook the Silverstone body and the assembly that took place at Healey’s Warwick factory in England. The car did, however, have a nash drivetrain and predated the Corvette by several years. The earlier Kurtis-Kraft and the Muntz Jet were not actual production cars in the true sense of the word. A rich, documented history The history of chassis 2001 was thoroughly docu- mented ever since it left Donald Healey’s ownership. It recently received a stunning two-year, $400,000 restoration and is correct to the most exacting detail. At first glance, the price paid here was all the money and then some. A search of SCM’s Platinum Auction Database finds a few well-restored, Pininfarina-bodied nash-Healeys selling from $120,000 to $140,000. So, how do we justify $500k here? Well, alloy-bodied Mercedes-Benz Gullwings sell for about three times more than their steel counterparts. RM Auctions, at their 2012 Amelia Island sale, sold a 1950 aluminum-bodied Jaguar XK 120 for $290,000. So, if the Panelcraft-bodied nash-Healey is worth about three times as much as the later, steel-bodied examples — and we throw in a premium for quality of restoration and the fact that this is the documented, unmolested, first-ever nash-Healey, then we are just about there. All is in order. Well sold — and well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) August 2013 67


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Race Car Profile 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Berlinetta Competizione There’s no way you can call the car well bought — but history will say it was by Steve Ahlgrim Details Year produced: 1953 Number produced: Three Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $3,800,000– $4,900,000 Tune-up: $3,000 Chassis #: Driver’s side frame rail Engine #: Rear of the engine on the passenger’s side Club: Ferrari Owners Club, Ferrari Club of America More: www.FerrariOwnersClub org, www. ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SLR, 1956–61 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, 1957 Aston Martin DBR2 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 0320AM Engine number: 0320AM tered at the 1953 24 Hours of Le Mans. Piloted by Mike Hawthorn and Nino Farina, 0320AM advanced to 2nd place before being disqualified for violating an obscure and old rule that prohibited the addition of fluids before the 28th lap. 0320AM was built on a late 340 MM chassis and fea- C tured a 4.1-liter (340-ci) 12-cylinder motor and a brandnew Pininfarina body derived from the 250 MM design. Following the Le Mans race, 0320AM underwent a number of factory upgrades. The original engine, internal number 70M, was disassembled, and the capacity was increased to 4.5 liters (375 ci). The car also received body modifications during this time. 0320AM went on to have a distinguished career, rac- ing at the 24 Hours of Spa, 12 Hours of Pescara, Circuit of Guadeloupe, and the Carrera Panamericana. At the Carrera Panamericana, 0320AM averaged an unbelievable 138 mph for 223 miles, setting a public-road stage record that has yet to be broken. In 1954, 0320AM was purchased by Luigi Chinetti Motors and brought to the United States. While in the States, it was lightly crashed. During the repairs, the nose was modified and the rear glass was returned to the original wraparound style. In 1974, Berkeley-based Ferrari guru Steve Griswold restored the car. Then, around 1993, renowned Ferrari restorer Wayne Obry restored it again. Under U.S. ownership, 0320AM was campaigned at the 1976 Monterey Historic Races, 68 ombining rarity, powerful mechanical specifications, important racing history and ravishing coachwork, 0320AM is one of three 340/375 MM Works race cars that Ferrari en- Watkins Glen, Elkhart Lake, and the 1989 Mille Miglia. It was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and at several Cavallino Classic meets. In 1999, 0320AM was sold to the U.K. 0320AM was shown at the Louis Vuitton Concours d’Elegance, where it won Best of Show. It has been exhibited at several discerning European events, including press days for the 2008 and 2010 Goodwood Festivals of Speed. Additionally, 0320AM was featured in the December 2000 issue of Classic & Sports Car magazine. In 2006, under the care of Shapecraft Ltd. in England, another restoration was performed. This time the work entailed enlarging the rear-wheelarch intakes and reshaping the nose to its original style with non-recessed headlamps. Currently, 0320AM is finished in 1953 Le Mans-correct livery. This sensational Ferrari offers exceptional racing provenance that is equaled by very few sports cars of its era. It is one of the three original factory competizione cars that ran at the 1953 Le Mans. Most notably, it is the only known Ferrari Works race car to have been driven by three world champions: Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina, and Mike Hawthorn. It would constitute a crowning acquisition for any significant automobile collection. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 130, sold for $12,812,800, including buyer’s pre- mium, at RM’s Villa Erba sale in Cernobbio, Italy, on May 25, 2013. The first thing you need to know about 0320AM is that it is a man’s car. More precisely, it’s for a young man in good health and strong physical condition. The 375 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Lot 120, s/n 0490AM Condition 1 Sold at $4,794,720 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, ITA, 5/21/11 SCM# 177920 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Competizione Lot 233, s/n 0322AM Condition 1- Sold at $5,717,250 RM Auctions, Maranello, ITA, 5/20/07 SCM# 45354 1953 Ferrari 340/375 MM Compeitzione Lot 51, s/n 0322AM Condition 1- Not sold at $3,650,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/05 SCM# 38918 Sports Car Market Tim Scott ©2013, courtesy of RM Auctions


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Now for the very rich owners If driving the car is an over-the-top experience, main- taining the car is equally challenging. There are virtually no spares available, so if anything breaks, you call a fabricator rather than a parts house. Tom’s gearbox wore out, and the repair required new gears. Tom’s shop was up to the job, but even at wholesale, the bill was $40,000. So goes the old saying — how fast you go is directly proportional to how much you spend. On auction day, the room was filled with the Villa d’Este Concours crowd. The concours is the weekend following the Mille Miglia. While this is not the largest automotive gathering, it may be the most prestigious. The Mille is probably the toughest ticket in vintage motorsport. Money alone can’t get you an entry — only the right car. The entry list reads like the Who’s Who of the sports car collector community. The entrants and the spectators come in from all over the world. They stay over for the concours, with the auction filling a day between. The pre-sale speculation put the reserve on 0320AM MM had primitive suspension, with a transverse front spring and a live rear axle. The transmission was pseudo-synchronized, and the drum brakes were barely adequate for their duty. However, it is the engine that really made it a beast. The 375 MM was designed and built for racing. The engine is a complex, 4.5-liter, 340-hp Lampredi-designed V12 that was specifically tuned for competition use. This engine was more powerful than most other competition powerplants of the era — and it was probably more powerful than the 375 chassis should handle. For the very best drivers of the day The 375 MMs are driver’s cars. In the hands of the best pilots they worked magic. In the hands of a weekend warrior the car was wasted. Ferrari must have felt the same way, as they enlisted three world champions, Ascari, Farina and Hawthorn, to drive 0320AM. I’ve never had an opportunity to drive a 375 MM, so I tracked down someone who has. Ferrari collector and dealer Tom Shaughnessy probably has more miles in a 375 MM than anyone else on earth. Shaughnessy figures he’s logged over 12,000 miles in his 375 MM Spider running in five Colorado Grands and miscellaneous other trips. Shaughnessy describes the 375 MM as the most powerful car of the time. They were the 427 Cobras of their era. He calls the driving characteristics “nasty.” The huge power and the buckboard ride make it challenging to keep the car pointed in the right direction. Shaughnessy compares the 375 MM to the Ferrari P cars of the 1960s as cars that look like they can be driven to work — but are really serious competition workhorses. He adds that a smooth clutch and super low-end torque makes it possible to drive the car in local traffic — but only if you want to be beat silly. For Shaughnessy, it’s on the hard legs of the Colorado Grand where things get hairy — and that’s where the fun is. The transmission takes a bit to learn, and only with practice and concentration is it mastered. The power makes the uphill pulls thrilling, but when pointed downhill, a different definition of thrilling applies. The brakes are just marginal, so caution must replace bravado. at around $7m. That was a lot more than the price guides pegged as the top value, but in this hot market, $7m was not out of line. The bidding blew past $7m in a whoosh and just kept going. When the music stopped, the bid was over $11,600,000 — which totaled $12,812,800 after commission. There’s no way to make sense of the price. This was two very rich people raising a poker pot until one of them blinked. The sale transcended what the car was worth to what the money was worth. Apparently, in one person’s world, paying $5,000,000 above “conventional wisdom” didn’t mean much. There’s no way you can call the car well bought — but history will say it was. The reality of the sale is this is that the new market value for a 375 MM. The next person to offer one for sale will price it a bit more and someone else will pay the price. It’s just another day in the Ferrari world. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) August 2013 69


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Market Reports Overview The Shelby Market Thrives Of the four cars to surpass $1m in this issue’s Market Reports, three came from Shelby’s shop By Tony Piff http://bit.ly/ZOf8zr W hen Carroll Shelby died in May 2012, we all grieved. We all also speculated about the implications for the collector-car market. Would Shelby prices soar? Would the market be sud- denly saturated, suppressing prices? Or would we witness some other unforeseen, unpredicted phenomenon of values in fluctuation? Well, it’s been a year, and judging by collector-car sales in May 2013, the Shelby market is doing just fine, with plenty of examples coming to market and changing hands at healthy, reasonable prices. Of the four cars to surpass $1m in this issue’s Market Reports, three came from Shelby’s shop. At Worldwide’s Houston Classic, it was a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $1m. 427 Cobras have been million-dollar cars for a while, and this catalog cover car sold right where expected, just over the pre-sale low estimate. Another highly anticipated consignment was the prototype 1950 Nash-Healey roadster. It sold for a perfect half-million, earning second-place high honors. Worldwide enjoyed an 89% sales rate, and overall totals increased to $7.2m from $6.6m last year. Two 1967 GT500s stole the show at Mecum Indy. The one-of-one prototype “Super Snake” seemed like a very good buy at $1.4m, while an “Eleanor” movie car used in the year 2000 remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds” seemed very well sold at $1.1m. A 289-powered continuation Cobra sold for an astounding $342k, but the price made a little more sense once you factor in that the car came from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. Mecum maintained the same 67% sales rate as last year, but totals slipped to $48m from $50m in 2012. The top Shelby at Auctions America’s Auburn Spring sale was a 1967 GT500, sold at $121k — good enough for third place behind two Big Classics: a 1930 Packard Super Eight Model 745 dual-cowl phaeton and a 1931 Auburn 8-98 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 70 Sales Totals Mecum, Indianapolis, IN Mecum, Kansas City, MO Worldwide Auctioneers, Montgomery, TX Auctions America, Auburn, IN Bonhams, Francorchamps, BEL Bonhams, Hendon, U.K. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA $2,209,495 $47,968,240 $9,539,449 Scan this code with your smartphone for complete results of each auction covered in this issue, or go to URL listed (left) $7,220,810 $5,564,405 $4,374,176 $2,616,765 Boattail Speedster, sold at $198k and $160k, respectively. AA saw nice growth here, with totals increasing to $5.6m from $4.4m last year. Across the Atlantic, there was nary a Shelby in sight. Jaguars dominated the charts at Bonhams’ annual spring sale at the RAF Museum in Hendon, U.K. The top Jag was a very appealing RHD XK 140, still looking sharp 20 years since restoration, sold at $193k. That car stood in stark contrast to the barn-find E-type in the second-place slot. Looking rusty with modified floors, it was nonetheless a complete car, and it sold at $167k. Hendon sales figures wavered slightly this year, totaling $2.6m, down from $2.9m. And in Belgium, Bonhams held their inaugural Spa Classic auction. The top car here (and the only non-Shelby in the Market Reports to cross $1m) was a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, at $1.2m. The car was modified into a “Long Nose” in the past, but the market did not seem to care. A 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 factory restored under the watchful eyes of Valentino Balboni followed for a strong-but-deserved $744k. The sale totaled $4.3m among 27 cars sold, for an average price of $162k. We conclude this issue with highlights from Mecum Kansas City and Auctions America Carlisle. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake fastback, $1,391,000—Mec, p. 78 2. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $1,167,997— Bon, p. 106 3. 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” fastback, $1,070,000—Mec, p. 78 4. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, $743,935—Bon, p. 108 5. 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS coupe, $565,390—Bon, p. 103 6. 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster, $500,000—WWA, p. 86 7. 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC coupe, $371,967—Bon, p. 108 8. 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 FIA continuation roadster, $342,400—Mec, p. 76 9. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $267,500—Mec, p. 74 10. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe, $235,083—Bon, p. 103 1. 1954 MG TF 1500 roadster, $15,622—Bon, p. 98 2. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake fastback, $1,391,000—Mec, p. 78 3. 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible, $52,800—WWA, p. 94 4. 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7 Eliminator convertible, $26,400—AA, p. 122 5. 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 coupe, $44,512—Bon, p. 131 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN Mecum’s 26th Annual Spring Classic The 1967 Shelby “Eleanor” was a resto-mod built for a movie remake, and it hammered sold at $1.1m Company Mecum Auctions Date May 14–19, 2013 Location Indianapolis, IN Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Bobby McGlothlen, Matt Moravec, Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 1,142/1,713 Sales rate 67% Sales total $47,968,240 High sale 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake fastback, sold at $1,391,000 Buyer’s premium 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanor” fastback, sold at $1.1m Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinion in italics T he 26th edition of the Mecum Spring Classic will be best remembered as the year of the Mustang. Not out of sheer volume (although there were 141 on offer here out of 1,713 total consigned vehicles), but because two 1967 fastbacks cracked the milliondollar ceiling at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Certainly, Dana and company have sold plenty of seven-digit collector cars, but this year it happened with two special Mustangs. The top seller was the one-off 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Modified by Shelby from new with a GT40 Mk II-spec 427 under the hood, it was put together as both a tire test car for a Goodyear promotion and a prototype for limited production. It crossed the block during prime time on Friday, and when the reserve was lifted at $1.3m on the block, it became the second-most-expensive car in the history of the Spring Classic, behind a 1962 Shelby Cobra “Dragonsnake” sold here in 2006 for $1.6m (SCM# 41775). About 24 hours later, another Mustang fastback made history. Arguably far more famous, this car was one of the modified 1967 Shelby GT500 “Eleanors” used 72 $300 up to $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 7% thereafter, included in sold prices in the 2000 remake of the film “Gone in 60 Seconds.” It was the glamour-shot car used by actor Nicolas Cage for close-ups during the movie and for PR materials. Taking a bit longer than 60 seconds this time (almost five minutes, to be exact), it was gone at just under $1.1m. Despite being a resto-mod built for a remake, if you will, it is still a real movie car with broad Y2K pop-culture appeal — but I still think it was well sold. And while there were five other muscle cars in the top 10 with Blue Oval DNA, this was not an all-Ford auction. The third-highest sale was a 1967 Corvette convertible with a 400-horse big-block and the “Triple Crown” of awards under its belt, sold at $653k. Mopars were also back in force, with plenty of Hemi cars selling — a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T and a 1969 Coronet R/T sold at $87k and $98k, respectively. There were 278 fewer consignments this year, but with one of the auditoriums out of commission for remodeling, perhaps it was for the best. In the end, 193 fewer cars sold, for a $2.3m dip in overall sales, but the sales rate held solid at the same 67%. Overall, Mecum has a proven winner with the Spring Classic. I can’t wait to see what world-class Mustang fastback rumbles across the auction block here next May. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $20m $30m $40m $50m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN AUSTRALIAN #W122-1971 DODGE VG ute. S/N 2E201309S0A784. White/tan “kangaroo leather” vinyl. RHD. Odo: 48,599 miles. 265ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Imported at least a decade ago. Very average repaint since importation. Dull original chrome and trim, crazed turnsignal lenses. Needle missing from temperature gauge. Original a/c converted to R134a. most of the weekend on the battery charger, despite being a newer economy battery. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,300. Despite the claimed original mileage, it’s just another workaday rubber-baby-buggy-bumper late MGB. Correct money for it. GERMAN Cleaned up under the hood, but far from detailed. Aftermarket tube headers and alloy wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,000. Australia’s long-running muscle truck predates the Ranchero and El Camino and is still in production. Chrysler of Australia had their own Hemi—a 265-ci inline six. While it looks like a Ford 300-ci straight six, it was a unique Aussie-made motor. Bought well, since it’s here and it’s running. ENGLISH #F86-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convert- ible. S/N B9471147LRXFE. Carnival Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,327 miles. Restored to better standard than Rootes Group could’ve ever managed. Superb bare-body repaint. Door gaps are spot-on. All trim professionally buffed out or replated. New, cor- #T164-1969 OPEL GT coupe. S/N 941732979. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 59,433 miles. Good recent external repaint. Replated bumpers. Good original interior with minimal wear. Most components under the hood are original and showing some age, with nonstock hoses, hose clamps, etc. The original owner stamped his name and locale on the wear, soiling and fading. Aftermarket sound system. On aftermarket 16-inch wheels with older tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,500. Diehard Z fans have tended to turn their noses up at the ZXs, which are more of a Japanese Thunderbird than a sports car. The reserve here was lifted at the final bid, selling well enough for both parties. paint-code tag. Period-accessory alloy wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,250. The headlights didn’t close, and the front emblem was missing, but both items were remedied by the time it crossed the block. Imported 1969–73, the Opel GT never really caught on in the States— or anywhere else, for that matter. Sold at higher end of the market range for condition, but if you do want to scratch this itch, this is a far better approach than trying to resurrect a dead one. rect seats, door panels and top vinyl. The only sub-concours detail under the hood is the modern drive belts. Every fastener under the hood is new and shiny. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,225. To prevent scratches, the seller custom-cut towels to slip through the hood bumper stations. Over-the-top money, but for an over-the-top Tiger. #W48-1978 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UJ452306G. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,610 miles. Good masked-off repaint, with vinyl pinstriping. Sun-faded bumper covers. Trunk lid bowed slightly. Slight tear in newer replacement top. Good original seats and carpeting. Stereo in the dash, speakers cut into door panels. Spent 74 #U98-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ13491AH60561. Silver/silver hard top/black cloth soft top/black leather. Odo: 50,095 miles. U.S.-spec car, sold in 2007 as a CPO used BMW. No issues when pulled up in CARFAX. Well-cared-for paint, with nary a rock chip. Worn tires are likely the originals. Interior better than expected for 50k miles. lent Polo White paint application. Fisheyes in red dash paint. Door fit is so-so; just like new. Expert installation and minimal wear on the repro interior. One manifold stud is broken off. Modern 6-volt battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $267,500. not too bad, but then again, none of the nCRS judging sheets displayed were less than a decade old. Spot-on sale, as ’53s seem locked into the quarter-million-dollar club. Sports Car Market AMERICAN #S150.1-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001093. Polo White/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 89,762 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Sold new in Olympia, WA. Last restored 2001, receiving Bloomington Gold certification plus NCRS Top Flight and Duntov awards. Body has typical hand-laid fiberglass issues, excel- TOP 10 No. 9 Tidy and well cared for under the hood. Also includes rack and cover for hard top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $90,950. Z8 pricing seems to have stabilized recently, with depreciation countered by the fact that they were basically hand-built, limited-production cars—and that BMW hasn’t built a better-looking convertible since then (or, really, since the 507, after which it was patterned). Market-correct sale. JAPANESE #W142-1982 DATSUN 280ZX Turbo fastback. S/N JN1CZ04S6CX625886. Silver/ gray cloth. Odo: 106,423 miles. Good original paint with a few chips on front and on panel edges. Good doors damn near close themselves. Underhood dusty and grimy. Factory a/c converted to R134a. Moderate interior


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN #F189-1960 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 00867S107524. Cascade Green & white/green hard top/white vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 17,647 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent frame-off restoration. Far better than original body-prep work, with nary a wave or ripple; excellent door fit and gaps. Equally good paint application. All weatherseals and most trim replaced. Good trim-off repaint. Rear valance fit is a bit off. Mostly replacement brightwork. Repop body tag. Good older top and interior vinyl. Faded gauges. Staining on original carpets indicates a leaky heater core. In-dash tape deck with aftermarket kick panels molded for speakers. Power steering, brakes and top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,355. While it was a real-deal 225-horse Pony, the owner was wise to sell before the older restoration slid any further down. The buyer could do alright if he’s keen to tidy it up or just drive it as-is. TOP 10 No. 8 #S139-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 FIA continuation roadster. S/N CSX7049. Polished aluminum/black leather. Odo: 53 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Originally part of Carroll Shelby’s personal collection, sold on an MSO signed by him to the first selling dealer in 2011. Fender flares and cut-down doors duplicate FIA homologa- All chrome replated or reproduction. All new interior soft trim. New door latch knobs, older yellowing shift knob. Non-original engine dolled up as a base-model motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $80,250. Surpassed the reserve at $70k. Rare color, but for a reason, as few wanted this when new. The incorrect 327 will hurt future retail, but it sold well here. #W255-1965 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr sedan. S/N 5K41K240745. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 52,452 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very presentable older repaint, now mellowed and comes off as original. Good frontbumper replate, botched rear replate with an almost matte finish. Good door fit. Stock steel wheels with dog dishes and modern radials. tion. Finished (or not finished, technically) in polished natural aluminum. Tidy engine bay is a mix of traditional and modern (alternator and ignition wiring). Seats not showing any appreciable wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $342,400. Big money for a continuation car, so at least half of the value comes from Carroll’s ownership. #T224-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Minimal wear on the reupholstered seat and door panels. K-code Hi-Po 289. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,425. Quite the sleeper here—the narc Car look with a HiPo under the hood, and a sturdier structure than the tinny Mustangs that most HiPos were dropped into. Different, under-appreciated and bought well. #W136-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5R08A258887. Wimbledon White/ dark blue vinyl/blue & white Luxury Vinyl. Odo: 99,153 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. better-quality restoration. Minimal paint cracking at C-pillar. Stripe is more silver than usually seen on Stingers. Minimal interior wear. Runs out well at speed, even if the carbs load up at idle. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,590. Initially I felt that the blue striping was the wrong hue. But Don Yenko sub-contracted a 76 Corsa Yenko Stinger 2-dr hard top. S/N 107376W130890. White/black vinyl. Odo: 24,857 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Stinger number YS097, which is known in the Yenko Stinger registry. Date codes are in the right time frame, but no documentation presented. The YS tag is attached with newer Phillips screws. Miles believed actual. Newer number of local body shops to paint the stripes, so they do vary. It’s also unusual in that it still has the original Corsa wheel covers, as just about every owner ditched them as a requirement for racing or swapped them for aluminum wheels. Dana stated that the reserve was off at $50k, which seemed a bit high for no paperwork, but final results show this figure. #T94-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S114721. Nassau Blue/blue hard top/white vinyl soft top/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 75,736 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. No readily discernible bodyseam broadcasting, covered by a good twodecade-old paint job. Reinforced front wheelwell inner lips. Wavy replated rear bumpers, just like original. Door gaps a bit wider at rear. Good older engine bay detailing. Runs out stock, with a slight burble. Minimal wear on repro seats and carpet. Retains original window sticker and warranty booklet. Optional sidepipes, 3.36 Positraction and more. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,275. Originally sold new not very far from the auction site at north Side Chevrolet of Indianapolis. The reserve was surpassed at $75k for a rather healthy sale. #T88.1-1966 DODGE DART GT lightweight Super Stock 2-dr hard top. S/N LO23D62653933. White/red vinyl. Odo: 28,001 miles. 273-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with option-code 699 lightweight competition package. One of about 50 such cars built by Dodge as turn-key competition cars for the NHRA D-Stock class, a market where no other factory efforts were focused. Older light panel respray, with some original paint. Older engine bay repaint and tidy-up. Period Cragar SSs with bias-plys up front and drag slicks in the back. Otherwise generally original. Light seat fading, with dust accumulation on back seat. Lightly cracking steeringwheel rim and shift knob. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,820. It’s the second character in the VIn that sets this car apart—the O, even though the body tag shows it as an LP23 regular Dart Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN GT. The lightweight cars were prepped after their bodies were trimmed, and then got their serial numbers. Price paid seems rather cheap considering the performance and rarity, but makes sense with the love it/hate it styling and the Mopar preference for big blocks. #F216-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S1399. Blue metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 53,807 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recipient of the first SAAC Survivor award in 1993, when it was still a one-owner car. Original miles. Good original paint, with the occasional bird-dropping stain and rock chip. Original windshield, cracked weatherstripping. Bumpers appear to have been replated decades ago. Fitted with a Lucas fog lamp and a Lucas ity paint, but better than on a tractor. Typical lousy first-gen Scout door fit. New leaf springs on all four corners, arched for greater clearance. Aftermarket alloy wheels; stock steel battle scars. Plenty of non-stock gauges and accoutrements, not the least of which is the “GO BABY GO” shift knob. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,070,000. Behold the world’s most expensive real fakey-doo Mustang, from the remake of the most famous movie that glamorized auto theft. I’ll just call the consignor one very happy camper. TOP 10 No. 1 BEST BUY rims included. Non-stock seat reupholstery. Tidy and generally stock under the hood. Sounds robust for a four-banger. 4WD with radio, heater and rear PTO. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,585. While the slant four in it is half of a 392 V8, this Scout will be doing good just to get itself down the road, let alone be expected to work for a living—even if it has the optional PTO. Selling price is further proof of the demand for vintage SUVs and trucks. #F234-1967 MERCURY CYCLONE driving lamp somewhere around day two of ownership. Dingy underhood, with recent repro hoses, clamps, etc. Good original seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $208,650. The original owner bought it from nagle Ford of Rochester, nY, as a summer play car and kept it until he passed away in late 1993. His daughter kept it for the past two decades. Some pooh-poohed the condition, but single-family Shelbys are getting rarer by the day, so I say that it was bought well. #W198-1967 DODGE CHARGER fast- back. S/N XP29J72136088. Green metallic & rust. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Heavily damaged by an engine fire less than a day after it was consigned and photographed for the auction catalog. Bought back from the insurance company and offered here at no reserve. Not Slightly wide door gaps. Reproduction interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,290. If you think a ‘67 Fairlane with a 427 is rare, how about one of 19 Mercury Cyclones with one? To translate into Chevy speak, this was LS6 power for SS-396 money—and a damn sight rarer—so I’ll call it very well bought. TOP 10 No. 3 much to salvage, although the motor is reported to still be loose, and the transmission and rear axle weren’t affected severely. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $9,000. Three important lessons here: 1) Keep a fire extinguisher in your garage 2) Keep your insurance up to date; and 3) The core price for a Hemi block is $9k. #T151.1-1967 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800 pickup. S/N 780905G185462. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 44,150 miles. 196-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Original Line Setting Ticket shows that it sold new in Janesville, WI. Miles claimed actual. Original owner’s son restored it five years ago. Not show-qual- 78 paint. Door and panel fit to factory quality. No appreciable interior wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,000. The Cross Ram induction was al- Sports Car Market #S135-1967 SHELBY GT500 “Eleanor” fastback. S/N 7R02C179710. Gunmetal/black vinyl. Odo: 58,110 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. Started out life as a plain-Jane 289 Mustang. Converted for the Y2K edition of the movie “Gone In 60 Seconds.” Driven by Nicolas Cage for closeups, glamour shots, and promotional materials. In as-used condition from filming, with light 2-dr hard top. S/N 7H15R548430. Wimbledon White/red vinyl. Odo: 80,367 miles. 427ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti Report confirms restoration to original configuration. Competent restoration has seen some light use. Quality repaint, few light chips on panel edges. #F203-1967 SHELBY GT500 Super Snake fastback. S/N 67402F4 A00544. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 26,630 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Thoroughly documented as a one-off built by Shelby as a Goodyear tire test car and prototype for possible production. Generally original condition, with actual miles. Carefully repainted in most areas. Wellcared-for original brightwork. On Shelby 10-spoke alloys with NOS Goodyear Thunderbolt tires. Retains the aluminum head and in- take GT40 Mk II spec 427 with some modern hardware fitments. Excellent original interior with light wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,391,000. Shelby built several one-off or two-off prototypes over the years. The anticipated Super Snake production run of 50 cars was kiboshed when it was calculated that the car would cost more than a 427 SC Cobra. Hopefully, the new caretaker will leave the skinny Thunderbolts—the type of tires used for the test—as they truly tell the story. The seller cut it loose when the bidding ceased at $1.3m. I figured the car would hit $1.5m. #S138-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS Z/28 coupe. S/N 124378N438517. Tripoli Turquoise/black vinyl. Odo: 19,935 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with a preproduction Cross Ram induction system; wheelwell arch signed by Jerry Thompson, developmental engineer for the dual Cross Ram. Concours-quality restoration a decade ago, and still show-ready. Superb prep and


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN ways a parts-counter component, never installed at the factory. However, since it was available over the counter, it was homologated for Trans Am. Since they were tuned for the upper half of the RPM band, they are rather feisty for a street car—but this one doesn’t have to worry about cold starts for daily commutes in January. Price is in line with the few Cross Ram Z/28s that surface. #F185.1-1968 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N XS29L8B183283. Dark Blue Metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 82,044 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration by marque specialist in 2005. Excellent body prep, paint application, and panel fit. Most chrome replated, now starting to show polishing scratches. Newer seats and carpeting, with selective re-dying on rest of interior soft trim. original top. Newer seat upholstery. Modern stereo cut into dash. Recent engine repaint, with haphazard detailing and modern ignition wiring. Suspension seems low. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,680. Although I tend to like 442s, this cruise-night special left me cold. Based on the price, others felt the same way. #F267-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO replica coupe. S/N 124379N 668557. Cortez Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 46,103 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Started out as an SS 396, converted into an ersatz COPO, including fake documentation. “Voted the most correct replica in the nation,” according to the seller, but by whom? NOM 425- horse 427, power steering, power brakes, cowl induction hood. Excellent prep and paint. Minimal wear on the Original Hurst dog-leg shifter. Aside from modern brand-name battery, authentically detailed under the hood. Modern reproduction Magnum 500 wheels shod with radials. Claimed special ordered when new with power steering, Tic Toc Tach and AM/FM. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $86,670. Regardless of where Hemis were six to eight years ago, this still seems reasonably bought at this price. #W227-1968 MERCURY COUGAR GTE 2-dr hard top. S/N 8F93W5-53114. Red/red & maroon vinyl. Odo: 47,459 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older, very average repaint, with large, poorly touched-up section on cowl. Deep polishing scratches throughout. Hood sits high at hinges. Decent gaps. Good console, per fender tag. The power steering, power brakes and Rallye Instrument Package are not shown on the tag. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $98,440. not a bad car at all, but not entirely how it was originally built in 1968, either. Reserve met at $92k. “Coke bottle” B-body Hemis were selling just shy of six digits here, so this fit right in. #F229-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 9F02G197436. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 220 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Concours-quality bare-body restoration a decade ago, winning several regional shows. Deluxe Marti Report confirms original configuration. Rear spoiler and repro Magnum 500 wheels added. Excellent paint and decals. Door gaps slightly wide in front. VIN tag in windshield painted over in black, except for the stamp. No appreciable interior wear. Clean, correct engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $69,550. The initial Boss 302s premiered a number of trim items that eventually were tacked onto other Mustangs, such as the Sports Slats, rear spoiler, and Magnum 500s. Market-priced example here. Last seen at auction two decades ago, selling for $18k at Barrett-Jackson 1993 (SCM# 600). all-reproduction interior soft trim. Authentically detailed to the nines under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,150. This faux COPO sold for the same money it would have brought as a stock SS 396 restoration. It was interesting to compare it with the actual car from which it was copied, Lot F236, COPO 9561, which sold for $115k. This one was actually in better condition. #S161-1969 DODGE CORONET R/T original interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,520. Mercury turned the Cougar into a street terror in 1968. Mecum Indy seems to draw these in, as last year there was a dark green one all but identical but in a little better condition (no sale at $70k, SCM# 201862). Despite condition, bought very well—hence the bidding frenzy. #F265.1-1968 OLDSMOBILE 442 con- vertible. S/N 336678M451336. Light yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 65,068 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Circa-2009 repaint and vinyl stripes. Tires low and worn. Serviceable 80 2-dr hard top. S/N WS23J9A205652. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 31,675 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restored almost a decade ago. Miles claimed actual since new. Good paint and decal application. Decent door fit and function. Light windshield scratching. Fully restored interior. Console brightwork has some pitting. Correct all-Mopar engine bay. Equipped with optional Drag Pack and center #T91-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379U127086. Gold/ black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,615 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Good bare-body repaint. Doors need a hefty slam to latch properly. Slightly wavy replacement roof vinyl. Recent paint-detailed engine compartment. Freshly installed repro- duction interior. Paint chipping on steering column. With optional a/c, center console, interior décor group, power steering, power brakes, power trunk release and space-saver spare. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,005. The reserve was easily passed at $20k. With the base-level 2-barrel 350, the final price is about right. #F177-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. S/N 242379R167163. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 67,426 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation shows restoration to original configuration. Claimed all-original sheet metal except for trunk floor. Competent body prep and paint work. Motor rebuilt with Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Indianapolis, IN a roller rocker and roller cam setup and aftermarket induction; original carb in trunk. Motor cosmetics generally stock. All-new interior soft trim, expertly installed. Power cours-quality restoration by marque specialist Then & Now of Marietta, GA. Superb paintwork. Door gaps a touch wide at front, hood slightly bulged. All-new weatherstripping. #T82-1970 FORD M151A2 military ve- hicle. S/N 02KB217036492. NATO Woodland Camo/olive drab vinyl/olive drab vinyl. Odo: 2,346 miles. 141-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. In asparked-at-the-motorpool condition, with markings indicting that it was used by the Army MP unit at the U.S. Military Community in Heilbronn, West Germany, in the 1980s. Engine is a replacement 1974 AMC-built unit. Locally fabricated center console box. Originally built with a radio-installation kit, but all radio gear has been removed. Not updated front disc brakes and AM/FM radio added during the restoration. Trim rings and radial tires added to the original Rally II wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,800. Part of The Judge package was Rally II wheels—without trim rings. not quite a show car, but better than a cruise-night driver, this generally correct Judge sold market-correct during prime time on Friday afternoon. #F110.1-1970 AMC REBEL Machine 2-dr hard top. S/N A0M190Y- 149664. White, blue & red/black vinyl. Odo: 70,113 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent concours-quality restoration on a correctly coded first-series Machine. Immaculate paint and decals. Light pitting on door-handle cast hardware, all other chrome replated. Good door gaps and fit. Fully restored interior soft trim. Heavy wear on pedal pads. Concours-quality engine bay detailing, including reproduction Excellent refinished brightwork. All-new interior brightwork, expertly installed and showing no use. Show-quality engine bay. Optional a/c with automatic climate control. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,080. It may look like Aunt Beatrice’s Sunday-go-to-meeting car, but the GS Stage Is were one of the few cars that could show a Hemi its taillights back in the day. Done right by a shop that knows these cars, it shows that even yuck-green cars can get the respect they deserve once in awhile. Still darn cheap compared with the big dawgs it runs past. #S126-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B135992. Gobi Beige/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 75,773 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. In short, all but impossible to fault. Concours-quality restoration completed in January by a marque specialist. Displayed with photocopy of remnants of original build sheet. Superbly finished body, paint, panel fit, chrome, interior trim and engine bay. With 4.10 Positraction, power with the mandated Roll-Over Protection System cage. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,910. It’s rather unusual for an M151 to escape from the Department of Defense intact. They usually pay a contractor good money to cut up and scrap them. Actually, they were the first military vehicles that the government intentionally destroyed, due to rollover issues. With ROPS mandated for all of them by the 1980s, this cage-free one was unusual. An uncut M151 series is a $10k item in MV collector circles, so this one sold well enough. #T227-1970 PLYMOUTH ’CUDA 2-dr AMC battery. Optional power steering, power brakes, AM/FM, space-saver spare. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,130. In my Cheap Thrills column in SCM’s sister publication (American Car Collector July/August 2013), I called these undervalued. While $62k may not seem cheap to many of us, consider what a limitededition Mopar or LS6 Chevelle in condition this good is worth. Perhaps the market has finally realized that AMC muscle is just as potent as anything offered by the Big Three. #T308-1970 BUICK GS 455 Stage I 2-dr hard top. S/N 446370H130052. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,831 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent con- steering, power front disc brakes, cowl induction hood, full gauge package and 8-track. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,650. 1970 Chevelles usually don’t do much for me, and neither do gravel-dirt-tan cars, but this one was just plain done right. And it wasn’t redone in annoyingly common Cranberry Red or Tuxedo Black. With upper-echelon muscle cars starting to come back in value, this one was a good buy, since you can’t go wrong on quality. CAR COLLECTOR 82 AMERICAN ™ AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe SUBSCRIBE TO ACC 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 hard top. S/N BS23V0B201084. Rallye Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 67,756 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Show-car quality prep and paint by a marque specialist. Decent door fit. OEMquality replating. Engine described as a “date coded unstamped Six Pack replacement block,” authentically detailed with all Mopar parts. Repro inspection tags. Fully restored interior. Shards of the original build sheet are in a Ziploc bag. Fender tag confirms heavy options list: power steering, power brakes, Super Track Pak, shaker hood, Rally Gauge package, chrome sport mirror. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,690. The body-color shaker hood scoop is actually correct for a Rallye Red ‘Cuda. As for the engine-block legalese, well, this price is further evidence of life in the Mopar market. © Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX Worldwide Auctioneers — The Houston Classic The 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster one-off prototype sold for $500k — double the previous record price for a Nash-Healey sold at auction Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date May 4, 2013 Location Montgomery, TX Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold/offered 101/113 Sales rate 89% Sales total $7,220,810 High sale 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, sold at $1,050,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1950 nash-Healey Roadster, sold at $500,000 Report and photos by John Lyons Market opinions in italics Spa in Montgomery, and the second year for the Concours d’Elegance of Texas, which takes place in conjunction with the sale. It w Worldwide’s 12th annual Houston-area co car auction, known as the Houston Classic. The oil industry continues to thrive in Texas, and O the collector-car market alongside it, as evidenced by Worldwide’s sales figures each year. This year the auction house hit a sell-through rate of nearly 90% and an overall total of more than $7.2m. The resort’s waterfront vistas and beautiful grounds are perfectly suited to a high-end automotive event such as the Concours D’Elegance of Texas and the Houston Classic auction. Just as important for a world-class event is the selection of cars, and Worldwide did not disappoint. The selection of 115 cars accepted to cross the block was diverse, and the vast majority were fully show-ready. Adding to the pleasant ambience was the nearly perfect spring-like weather, with pleasant temperatures and low humidity throughout the week. Top-sale honors went to the star car, a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, which sold for a market-correct $1m. The 84 n the first Saturday in Ma Worldwide team returned to It was their second year at La Torretta Lake Resort and Montgomery, TX stellar example attracted many detailed inspections over the three-day preview period, and bidders took it to $950k on the block, but the deal did not come together until later. In the second-place slot was the 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster oneoff prototype, sold for $500k — about half the price of the Cobra and double the previous record price for a Nash-Healey sold at auction. Third place went to a perfect 1935 Pierce-Arrow 845 3-window coupe at also rewrote the record books, selling over high estimate for $275k. n the “well bought” category, I liked a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S cabriolet. It was an honest car restored some time ago, but the yellow paint did not have broad appeal. This meant that a lucky bidder took it home for just $67k. A beautifully restored 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible also slipped through the cracks, finding a new garage at $53k. A rarely seen 1922 Austro-Daimler Model AD 617 phaeton was offered here as surplus from LeMay — America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA. Bidders from around the world came to Texas to bid on the 91-year-old German motorcar, pushing it to $176k — more than double the $75k pre-sale low estimate. Buyers and sellers alike came away satisfied, with lots of great cars going to worthy homes at market-correct prices. All in all, it was a great week for buyers, sellers and Worldwide. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX ENGLISH #33-1949 MG TD roadster. S/N TC5105. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 90 miles. Excellent high-quality restoration. Perfect gaps throughout. Show-quality paint, chrome and trim. Interior better than new. Engine bay concours-detailed. Mirror-quality undercarriage. Lots of documentation and records. Original and a great Jaguar leather smell. Original instruments very tidy. Original glass in good factory tool kit. Overall a stunning presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. This was a beautiful car that owner went to a lot of trouble and expense to restore. The car needed some additional sorting, such as the speedo stuck at 45 mph. Little nits aside, the result was further proof that outstanding cars will garner outstanding results. Top of the market. #42-1950 NASH-HEALEY ROADSTER. S/N N2001. Eng. # NHA1001. Burgundy/ white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 37 miles. Break-in miles only on an incredibly fresh restoration of landmark car. The first Nash-Healey Roadster, ex-Donald Healey. Restored by famed Healey restorer Bill Emerson at a claimed cost of $400k. Now without flaw or peer. Outside, perfect paint on a fabulously prepped aluminum body, with chrome TOP 10 No. 6 condition. Engine bay very correct and clean. Underside original with some dirt and grease. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,250. This car had a great look to it, in spite of the age of the restoration. Many bidders took substantial pre-sale time to look over the car, and then they put their hands up when the car had its moment in the sun. A lesser color combination in the same condition would likely have resulted in a far lower result. Slightly well sold. #66-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 5675843. Primrose/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 86,672 miles. Remarkable original car with known ownership history back to the 1960s. Long-term storage with very careful refurbishment upon discovery a few years ago. Mostly original paint with some apparent rocker rust repair at some point. Entirely origi- part and marking in place. Spotless trunk. Incorrect cloth tan top the only item noted incorrect on car. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $97,500. Last sold for $59k at RM Monterey 2002 (SCM# 28924). Of the two XKE roadsters in the sale, this was by far the better car. Owner was right to hold on, as the cost of the restoration was obviously substantial. nal interior and engine bay. An ideal touring car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $52,250. Brought by a very respected collector out of Colorado, this car was one of the most correct original cars at the sale. There are lots of barn-fresh Jaguars out there, and this was reflected in the final price. It sold for about half the price of a newly restored car. and trim equally impressive. Inside, the glovesoft leather is without a hint of wear or use. Concours-detailed engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $500,000. This very significant car had extensive documentation and records, a well-recorded ownership history, period images and more. I was surprised when bidding stalled at $370k, which wouldn’t even cover the restoration costs, but I wasn’t surprised that the seller held out for more. This deal came together later at a price that looks fair. See the profile on p. 66. #37-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 680326. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 36,349 miles. Striking and sinister color combination. Older restoration with plenty of chips and cracks in the paint. Interior likely original, with nice age cracks in the leather, slightly worn carpeting 86 #79-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 “Goldie” roadster. S/N BN62260. White & gold/tan cloth/tan leather with mink inserts. RHD. Odo: 109 miles. Famous Healey uniquely optioned as the Earls Court Motor Show car with 24K gold trim everywhere, kid leather and mink seats, and ivory steering wheel. Restoration showing some age now gine bay, but a step short of concours. Same for undercarriage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,250. The owner was unrealistically optimistic here, and I did not think it would sell on the block. But the Worldwide team did their usual great job of setting expectations once they saw the car (with both buyers and the seller), and they got the owner to accept the high bid. A fair deal both ways. Sports Car Market #24-1966 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1E12049. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 42,741 miles. Older restoration with lots of minor paint issues, such as buffing marks and chips along several edges. Good panel fit. Very nice interior superbly maintained. All instruments as-new. Very nicely detailed en- with lots of minor blemishes and scratches on gold surfaces. Paint showing some patina with buffing marks and a couple of small blemishes. Interior still standing tall with minimal seat wear. Under-dash detailing needs are the only interior issue noted. Older concours-detailed engine bay. No shortage of documentation. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. This car has been shopped a bit in recent years. That partly explains the lack of interest, as the aura has worn off just a bit. Seller was right to hold on, as this is truly one of the most important 100-6s in the world. next time try the U.K. #59-1963 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N 879458. Burgundy/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,869 miles. Incredible restoration with perfect door fit, panel alignment and paint. Flawless paint and trim. All interior surfaces appear brand new. Engine bay not only concours detailed, but very careful attention paid to authenticity, with every correct factory


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX #39-1966 SUNBEAM ALPINE convert- ible. S/N B395002406. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,805 miles. Rare little car with lots of needs. Appears to have a quickie paint job with no attention paid to chrome or trim. Lots of pitting on door handles and other outside bits. Original interior in good condition. with very old repaint. Chrome and trim older driver-quality. Interior appears original with worn leather and revarnished door panels. Engine dirty original. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $176,000. With the Museum’s clear focus on certain cars and eras, this car was deemed surplus, and the board voted to sell it. Once word got out, buyers from around the world flew in to bid on it. The car sold for more than twice the $75k low estimate, as a fierce bidding war broke out among three bidders. A fair deal for all. Much wear on driver’s seat. Some pedal wear noted. Average engine bay. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,500. This was one of the few disappointments at this sale, where an overly enthusiastic owner hoped for a much better result, but the quality of the car and prep work did not merit anything more than the price paid. Well sold. #12-1969 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R41709. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 21,223 miles. Fabulous original car with only a repaint in its history. Good panel fit and nice paint. Some wear and use commensurate with age and miles. Outstanding interior with minor seat and carpet wear only. Clean and very cor- rect engine bay right down to the Champion spark-plug wires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. Worldwide did a great job of choosing appropriate no-reserve cars, and this was one of those. The owner was hoping for more, as evidenced by the $40k–$60k estimate, but the result was spot-on for a 2+2. Fair deal for all. GERMAN #78-1922 AUSTRO-DAIMLER MODEL AD 617 phaeton. S/N 16692. Tan/tan cloth/ red leather. Odo: 97,836 km. One of the most talked-about cars of the auction, offered from LeMay—America’s Car Museum. Original car N’ Loud” fame. Very old “restoration” in the iconic Knievel livery to something resembling driver-quality standards. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,200. In a season-two episode of “Fast n’ Loud,” Rawlings buys it for $10k from the Las Vegas collector. Aside from making it run, they did little to it and sold it here for nice profit— made even nicer by Rawlings donating a bunch of it to one of the concours charities. Well done by all. #75-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 84518. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 1,096 miles. Concours-quality restoration by marque enthusiast owner. Nothing overlooked from front to back. Car was purchased with incorrect later engine, and owner sourced a correct one from 1958. Lots of doc- #43-1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 convertible. S/N 57012. Red, white & blue/ blue vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 722 miles. Little car with a giant story behind it. Owned at one point by famed daredevil Evel Knievel. Then ended up in a well-known Las Vegas collector’s living room for many years before being purchased by Richard Rawlings of “Fast not original, didn’t appear to hurt the value. Market price. #11-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cab- riolet. S/N 12803010003574. Yellow/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 77,823 miles. Nice older restoration. Very good paint with door chips and buff marks. Similar condition for chrome and trim. Very tidy interior with excellent carpeting and slight wear on seats. Incor- rectly cataloged as a fuel-injected car (that would be an SE model), but corrected on block. Clean engine bay sports an older detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,100. This was a really nice car that the yellow exterior did nothing for. I think the bidders agreed, as better colors have brought better results. Slightly hampered bidding meant a good deal for the buyer. #72-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12804010016207. Blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 9,025 miles. Great color combination and very well-done restoration. Great panel fit and gaps. Beautiful paint and trim bits. Interior as-new. Perfect gauges and controls. New carpeting and seats. Engine bay concours-detailed, indicating owner’s at- tention to detail. Original tools and jack. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. With prices climbing on these, many sub-par and average 190SLs are coming to market with highly unrealistic owner expectations. This car was tremendously well done and recently restored, with a realistic owner looking to get correct market value. Well bought and sold. #21-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 307637S. Red/black cloth. Odo: 6,519 miles. Fully race-prepped 911S with upgraded engine; original block included. Decent paint umentation and restoration receipts. Tools, spare and jack included. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $231,000. Another spectacular car that sold for very strong money. Bidding ran quickly to about $180k, with two bidders duking it out until the end solidly into the $225k–$265k estimate range. Disc brake upgrade, although 88 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX with race decals throughout. Good gaps and panel alignment. Non-original interior with racing seats of much newer vintage, five-point harnesses and lots of other modifications. Original instruments with several performance instruments added. Spotless engine bay. Clean original undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. Owner was looking for 911S money with an estimate of $90k, but in the end, the lack of the original interior and other modifications held the car back. Seller knew he had good money at the price paid and wisely took it. A fair deal for both. #52-1968 PORSCHE 911“Soft Rear Window” Targa. S/N 11880191. Irish Green/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 42,698 miles. Magnificent restoration of very good original and numbers-matching car. Great paint and door fit. Very good interior with brand-new seats and carpets. Instruments and gauges all and my guess is the top probably held it back a bit. Fair deal to both buyer and seller. #68-1972 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9112102356. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 87,966 miles. Beautiful car in great color combination. Every detail attended to in restoration. Original color, paint excellent. Glass all original and very good. Interior fully restored with brand-new seats and carpeting. Spotless side appeal. Ferraris have to exude confidence (maintenance history, correctness, etc.), and I thought this one looked a little shy and awkward. The $170k–$190k estimate would be in the range for a much better example. #64-1973 MASERATI BORA coupe. S/N engine bay. Original tools and books included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. This car was stunning. It was obviously owned by a fastidious owner and enthusiast, as virtually nothing was overlooked. It sold for strong money, but in a few years the price paid will seem like a bargain for a car of this caliber. A fair deal. ITALIAN as-new. Spotless engine bay show-detailed. Well-detailed chassis and underside. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,500. Porsches are on the rise across the board. This car last sold for $66k at Gooding Pebble Beach 2011 (SCM# 184653). After commissions and maintenance, the owner perhaps even made a little profit. Even so, I have to call the car well bought, especially for a SRW Targa. #88-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412005126. Dark brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 97,942 miles. Very good restoration with one or two items overlooked. Fantastic paint and trim. Excellent chrome. Glass largely good with some slight sand chips in windshield. Interior appears fresh with excellent seats and carpeting. Instruments all as-new. Engine bay show- #48-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Speciale coupe. S/N 101200239. Red/red & white leather. Odo: 73,289 miles. Unusual color combination and some incorrect details. Nice paint with buffing and chips evident. Original chrome and trim in good shape. Interior done in white with red piping. Carpets show wear. Very clean engine bay, clean un- maintained since. Engine bay spotless and detailed to a high level just short of concours. Tools, books and manuals included with car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. This was a nicely maintained vehicle that sold at a market-correct price. new owner got a pristine car. AMERICAN #45-1930 FORD MODEL A roadster. dercarriage. Non-original motor. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. These have rocketed up in value the past five years, but to get the highest money, the car needs to meet the purists’ highest standards. The replacement engine announced on the block no doubt held things back, and the interior color combo was lackluster. Bid to fair market value, and owner chose to hang on. #83-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 Series detailed with minimal use. Original hard top untouched, with fraying rubber trim and small dents everywhere. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $57,750. Take the hard top off, and this car is much better than a 2+ automobile. That is a usual corner to cut on restorations of these cars. Sold just on the light side of estimate, 90 II coupe. S/N 8265. Eng. # 8265. Red/black leather. Odo: 2,180 miles. Mostly original car appears a bit tired. Newer repaint a shade too orange. Plenty of blemishes and use evident. Some orange peel. Very nice original interior with good seats, carpeting and instrumentation. Clean engine bay, clean original undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. This car has a well known and very good ownership history, but it didn’t have the best curb- S/N A3723539. Black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 26 miles. Lovely recent restoration in good colors and with nice accessories. Excellent paint, chrome and trim. Highly detailed exterior and interior. Carpets fresh and correct. New leather seats. Instruments and controls all as-new. Engine bay spotless, undercarriage attended to as well. Accessory lights on fend- AM11749564. Red/black leather. Odo: 20,308 miles. Original-mile car in excellent condition. One good repaint. Some slight patina on stainless roof. Excellent gaps, door fit and trim. Interior entirely restored and incredibly well ers, rear-mounted spare, wind wings. Excellent overall presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,700. It seems like I see a Model A roadster at every sale, and this one was as good as it gets. The owner paid great attention to detail Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2013 Ford Focus Electric sedan Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. when restoring and maintaining this car, and it paid dividends. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #53-1930 LINCOLN MODEL L convert- ible. S/N 65052. Burgundy/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 26,470 miles. High-quality older restoration with minor paint issues from age and maintenance. Average door gaps. Chrome and trim scuffed throughout. Interior aged but Price as tested: $39,200 Equipment: 107 kW motor, 23 kW battery, 1-sp auto. MPGe: 110 city/99 hwy Likes: Admirable acceleration. Playing the budget driving game to get digital butterflies (yes, butterflies) is amusing. It took a bit to get used to plugging in the car every time I returned home, but that was more than worth it when I didn’t look at fuel prices for a week. Comfortable seats and plenty of leg room in the back. The glowing blue light around the charging plug drew positive attention from people walking around the car. Dislikes: The Prius-like roofline screams “ecowarrior.” Sync with MyFord Touch audio and entertainment system is standard in the Focus Electric, but it’s buggy. Make sure to stay on top of updates to fix the crashes and glitches. Overall, very few options are available — you can add leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a rear armrest with storage. That’s it. At some point I’ll figure out what 107 kW means in terms of horsepower. Also, driving a silent car took a day or two to get used to. Fun to drive: HHH ½ Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Remember when mass-produced EVs were only in science fiction? The most charge the Focus held was for 82 miles. That quickly dropped with climate control and the audio system drawing power — immediately putting me at negative budget. But the average daily starting charge of 60 miles was more than enough to handle the day’s chores. It’s also among the top range for EVs. Ford has Nissan’s Leaf squarely in their sights. But Ford brought only one car to take on three. The Leaf has three different trim levels, all of which are less expensive than the Focus. However, the standard equipment on the Focus is more than what is optional on the high-end Leaf. At $39,200 as the starting price, it’s a lot of coin for a small car. But the future is here. — Chad Tyson Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $101,200. When reading the description in advance of the sale, I felt the $130k–$150k estimate was a tad optimistic, as the car is a Standard Eight and lacks some of the bells and whistles of its more luxurious brethren. Final price looks correct. #29-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convert- sound. Nice seats with minor wear; older pattern and design. Carpets fresh and covered with liner for protection. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $74,250. Owner did a good job not only maintaining the car but using it as well, so I can’t be too tough here. Price paid was just at low estimate and in line with market. #58-1932 AUBURN 8-100A phaeton. S/N GU68257. Burgundy/white cloth/red leather. Odo: 99,473 miles. Very old restoration with signs of very long-term storage. Old paint with lots of checking and flaking. Faded and old chrome. Interior an older restoration but showing minimal signs of use. Instruments and controls all original and needing restoration. ible. S/N 7A1061361. Blue/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 83,682 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Exceptionally well-restored car with perfect gaps and panel fit, beautiful fresh paint, chrome and trim and original glass in nearly perfect condition throughout. Interior rivals the exterior, with no use evident. Instruments perfect with all gauges, controls and trim bits to factory standards. Good correct Untouched original engine bay with stains, surface rust on manifold, and looks and smells of very long-term slumber. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,600. From an estate where it had not been used in years. Very realistic seller expectations and a car that drew a substantial share of attention. Sold solidly mid-estimate, and both buyer and seller should be happy with the result. #34-1932 PACKARD EIGHT Model 900 convertible. S/N 559241. Black/black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 1,389 miles. Stately older restored car. Very good paint with minor checking and buffing marks everywhere. Nice older chrome and trim. Very good black cloth top with bright red piping, matching red interior with age cracks; seats show obvious use. Carpeting nice with slight wear. Dash and instruments all tidy. Older detailed engine bay now suitable for touring but not shows. Fitted with rear spare, dual horns and Trippe light. 92 carpeting and two-tone leather seats. Spectacular engine-bay detailing as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,000. Another show car that had a ton of interest. These have fallen off substantially from the go-go days of the mid2000s, so the price realized was light—but a lot of these went into the restoration cycle, and many good ones are now out on the market. Very well bought, as I imagine few have this level of quality. #93-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N C7KW162758. Red & white/red retractable hard top/red & white leather. Odo: 43,272 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Largely original car with decent repaint. Rechromed bumpers, but not much else attended to on the exterior. Lots of pitting and wear marks on many exterior Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Montgomery, TX trim pieces. Original interior appears very tired. Decent seat covers. Original dash and instruments faded and hazy. Clean engine bay. Reportedly equipped with 312 V8, although VIN codes to a 292. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,100. These come to auction often, with owners usually expecting unrealistic money. Worldwide took this one at no reserve, and two people in the room really wanted it. Very well sold. #3-1960 CHRYSLER 300F convertible. S/N 8403155523. Terra Cotta/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 943 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Auction catalog discloses that this car was born a hard top, later cut into a convertible. Top is said to be fully functional. Good gaps. Nice interior and engine bay. From the chrome accents. Correct spinner-style wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Owner was hopeful for show-car money, but this was just a cool, rare driver. Well sold. #84-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08K313075. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,325 miles. 289-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very sharp little Pony car with lots of well-thought-out upgrades. Very nice paint and trim. Excellent interior. Spotless engine bay. Correct Redline tires. Tastefully chromed air cleaner. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $117,500. These settled back a little over the past five years, and their sales have not yet caught up. Money offered here was a tad light but worthy of serious consideration. #15-1969 MERCURY COUGAR Elimi- nator coupe. S/N 9F91R563012. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 44,553 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very rare and well-documented car. Miles believed original. Excellent restoration with nice paint, chrome and trim. Correct striping. Nice interior with great carpets and new-looking seats. Nice instruments. Show- Bob Solberg Collection. A nice driver. Chrysler built 248 300F convertibles in 1964. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,500. Kudos to Worldwide for doing their research on this car and getting the story right. This sold at a price that’s market-correct for a #3 hard top. A fair deal for buyer and seller. #14-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S105928. Red & white/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 45,462 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good frame-on restoration with excellent cosmetics and details. Nice paint with a few blemishes. Very good door fit. Very clean and correct-looking engine bay. Nice interior with new carpet and very good seats. Good glass. upgraded with a/c, triple 2-bbl carb, lots of engine appearance bits, GT trim and Rally wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,000. A very handsome car that had no shortage of interest. Offered at no reserve and bid just under the $45k low estimate. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. BEST BUY #51-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 237658111380. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 36 miles. 389- ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful restoration. Fully documented, including PHS verification. Excellent panel fit and gaps. Superior paint, chrome and trim. Brand-new interior. Original detailed engine bay with all correct markings and bits. Very well-detailed undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,000. This car developed a case of stage fright, delaying its arrival on the block by three lots and 15 minutes. While this no doubt frightened some bidders, kudos to the Worldwide staff for getting it to run—and for successfully selling it post-block for a market-correct price. #57-1971 DODGE HEMI CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23R1B251607. Green/black vinyl. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored by famed restoration facility Jeff’s Resurrections. Car has no needs. Outstanding paint and trim. Factory Hemi engine and original 4-speed manual transmis- Original underside the only significant detraction. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,500. This car was listed as having a 283 (which it did), but there was no mention of it being a solid-lifter dual-quad car (which it was). The car-specific information in the catalog was thin as well. Assuming this means it was a non-numbersmatching car, price paid was about right. #82-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. S/N 2Y89Z148380. Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 37 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory Sports Roadster Thunderbird; one of 1,427 built. Largely original car with more recent repaint. Original interior. Newer carpeting. Few other options of note; no a/c. Clean engine bay with correct 94 engine bay show-detailed. Overall show-car presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. These have been all over the map lately, but this well-restored and correct example deserved a place at the top of the market. Very good deal for the buyer. #32-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N 65822. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 93,261 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Great restoration. Panels, fit and finish nearly without flaw. Excellent trim and chrome. Reproduction bumpers done to show level. Sparkling interior with little wear. New instruments and controls as good as or better than factory original. Engine bay over-restored in bright colors with sion. Broadcast sheet and oodles of other documentation. An incredibly rare car with the right options and provenance. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Last offered at Mecum’s Dallas auction in October 2011, where the car was a no-sale at a high bid of $200k (SCM# 190792). A few years ago, this car would have sold for several times the high bid, but the market is down now. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale The Mille Miglia is popular among Belgian car collectors, which helps explain the staggering $223k paid for a tatty, MM-eligible Fiat 508S Balilla Company Bonhams Date May 25, 2013 Location Francorchamps, BEL Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 27/53 Sales rate 51% Sales total $4,374,176 High sale 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, sold at $1,167,977 Buyer’s premium 1935 Fiat 508S Balilla Coppa d’Oro roadster, sold at $223,180 15%, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.77) Report and photos by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics speaking South, and later this year, another will in the Flemish-speaking North. Spa Classic is a historic-racing event held on the Spa- B Francorchamps racetrack, known for the Belgian Grand Prix and the Spa 24 hours. Germany and Holland are each less than an hour away, and Bonhams was surely hoping to attract some visitors from abroad. elgium is not traditionally known for its collector-car auctions, but this year, Bonhams has organized two of them The May 25 auction took place in the Fre But the event was let down by the weather this year, and many stayed home. Francorchamps, BEL he region is reputedly one of the wettest of the country.) This had a significant nfluence on the cheaper lots and explains the low sale rate. The more expensive ots, however, followed expectations, with bidders on the phone and in the room ooking for good investments. The cars on offer came from several European countries. Some descriptions included mention of Mille Miglia eligibility. Renowned Belgian car dealer and friend Bernard Marreyt reckons that MM eligibility can confer a premium upwards of $65k, especially in Belgium and Holland, where the Mille is extremely popular among car collectors. This helps explain the staggering $223k paid for a tatty Fiat 508S Balilla. It first participated in the 1935 MM and will be a sure ticket into future events (after it has been thoroughly sorted, that is). High sale was a 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe with well-documented period competi- tion history. It sold at $1.2m, not hampered by its transformation into a “long nose” at some point in its history. Another significant result was the $744k achieved for a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, factory-restored under the supervision of Lamborghini’s legendary chief test driver Valentino Balboni. This price was an excellent achievement for a car in lesser demand than the later SV variants. Other highlights included the $565k paid for the last 3-liter Porsche 911 Carrera RS to leave the factory; a 1968 330 GTC coupe with coachwork by Pininfarina, sold at $372k, and a rare and desirable 5-speed 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL that more than doubled its $58k estimate to achieve $137k. Bonhams’ second collector-car auction in Belgium will take place on the coast in 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, sold at $1,167,997 96 Knokke-Zoute, coinciding with the Zoute Grand Prix on October 11. Weather permitting, all signs point to another successful sale. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL ENGLISH #19-1954 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N HDA467249. Eng. # XPEG1045. Black/beige canvas/green leather. Odo: 31,182 miles. Comes from a museum in Great Britain. Good panel fit. Paint quite presentable, some scratches. Pitted around wheelarches with signs of rust on running boards. Nice bright work. Top soiled, as is spare-tire cover. Seats with nice patina. Fitted with heater. Engine not tidy. “Hydro-Jet” water BEST BUY Over-the-top restoration and a fine automobile, but is it still a classic when one starts fiddling with power steering, 5-speed gearboxes, etc? The seats and the steering wheel were most distressing. Price was correct for buyer and seller. #30-1969 FORD ESCORT Mk I RS2000 injection unit disconnected. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,622. The TF was already an old car when it debuted, but they still make pleasant drivers today. This car sold in 2008 at Bonhams’ Maine sale for $37k, which we said “feels right” (SCM# 117893). no miles added since, as it has been on display in a museum. After years of static display, it will need some work. But that’s no reason to halve the price! Very well bought. #24-1956 LOTUS ELEVEN racer. S/N 231. Eng. # 11686GE. Aluminum/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 61,125 miles. From a batch delivered to Jay Chamberlain, racer and California-based Lotus distributor for North America. Originally fitted with an 1,100-cc FWA Coventry Climax, now fitted with the 1,460-cc FWB. Bare aluminium body looks replica 2-dr sedan. S/N GBATJR49350. Light blue/light blue bucket seats. Born an Escort 1600. Transformed into a rally car in 1998 by an Escort specialist. Built around a 2.0-litre OHC Pinto engine, which used to power the famous RS2000. Looks like new outside. Inside, most trim is gone. Two bucket seats, harnesses, roll cage, suede racing wheel. good condition. Bumpers with dents and dull chrome. Interior not very tidy. A relative rarity, one of 6,505 4.2 coupes built. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,868. These coupes have some potential if they are in good condition. This example is surely a sound basis, but it needs much attention, with costs probably exceeding its value. FRENCH Terratrip digital tripmaster. Very clean engine bay. Vredestein Snowtrac tires. Belgian papers, valid technical inspection papers. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $49,172. This would be excellent for novice drivers, as the Escort is very forgiving. not a real RS2000 though, and the blue-green color is surely not everyone’s pick. The price offered probably covered the prep costs, so it should have clinched the deal. battered; many dents and rivets visible. Very good-looking interior, finished in red leather. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $155,280. This tiny racer is eligible for a wide variety of historic motorsports events—but more important, it is street-legal, which greatly adds to the fun. The battered look makes it even more appealing. Sold for the right money. #34-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 convertible. S/N S830770. Dark blue/blue cloth/brown leather. Odo: 25,617 miles. Restored in 2002 and upgraded with Getrag gearbox, oil cooler, aluminum radiator, triple carbs, special brakes and exhaust system, power-assist steering, etc. Excellent paint and brightwork. Blue canvas top as-new. Bucket seats look out of place, steering wheel too small. Engine bay in showroom condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $119,029. 98 #8-1973 LOTUS EUROPA Big-Valve Special coupe. S/N 1184Q. Red/black leather. Odo: 74,936 km. Good overall condition, restored 2010. Bright red with gold striping, reminiscent of the Gold Leaf Team Lotus. Windshield delaminating, frame uneven, chrome gone on plastic parts. Clean engine bay. Tidy (and very small) cabin. Tripmaster mount on passenger’s side. With restoration #40-1936 DELAHAYE 135M competition coupe. S/N 46069. Eng. # 46069. Cream & green/green leather. Odo: 74,375 km. Carefully maintained by two long-term owners within the same family. Some competition history. Said to be 100% original with its Chapron “Coupe des Alpes” coachwork. Original paintwork shows lots of patina. Paint on fenders pitted. Signs of touch-ups with aerosol spray. New leather belt over hood. Original invoices and valid French papers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,501. The “Big Valve” was the last and the most powerful variant of this tiny sports car, and it’s the one to have. That is, if you can fit inside. Well sold. #2-1976 JAGUAR XJ6C 4.2 coupe. S/N 2J1728BW. Eng. # 8L25585S. Olive green/ black vinyl/beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 71 miles. Car looks complete, but in rather sad condition. Paint cracked, rusty metal visible on left door. Rusty edges and wheelarches. Paint probably original and not shiny, vinyl top in seats in good shape. New carpets. Engine fairly clean and well maintained. New mesh filters on inlet trumpets. Large history file included, FIA Historic Technical Report. U.K. V5C registration, MoT. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $90,580. An outstandingly original and well-documented example of the legendary 135M, bodied by one of the foremost French coachbuilders of the day. It seems that pre-war saloons are raising less interest, even very nice ones like this. Deserved more than the final bid. #5-1956 PEUGEOT 403 sedan. S/N 2048713. Eng. # 2048713. Black/gray cloth. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Odo: 96,500 km. A very fine example of this popular saloon. Restored in 2012 with invoices. Chrome pitted, worn door handles. Interior original and in good shape. Mothholes in seats. Factory sunroof. Period nonstandard hood ornament. Correspondence confirms matching numbers. Wheels tive history. The fuel injection is certainly a plus, but true DS fans prefer the standard 5-speed. This might explain the low selling price for such a fine example. That said, it is still well bought. #55-1974 CITROËN 2CV van. S/N overlooked at restoration: corroded Michelin ZX tires not right. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,439. Introduced in 1955, these Pininfarina-styled cars remained in production into the mid-’60s. Very common as taxis in the ’60s (with Indenor diesel engines). The restoration work was of good quality; one wonders why it was not finished. With a little effort, this can be a star on the next Belgian Peugeot club rally. Very well bought. #35-1968 CITROËN ID19 Commerciale estate. S/N 3545991. Eng. # DY035800754. Two-tone gray/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,194 km. Six-seater immaculately restored in Italy. Charming color combo. Excellent paint and brightwork. Roof rack. Interior with new up- in rubber carpet under the throttle pedal. French registration. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,788. Looking good outside and with low mileage. But these cars do only very short distances and suffer a lot. At first there was no interest in the room, then bidding went in $130 increments to the final offer, slightly more than half the low estimate, which was way too high. Should have sold. holstery. CD player. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $27,174. Originally, the ID was a simplified version of the DS. The most common Citroën estate cars are the DS eight-seater Familiales. The Commerciale was the basic specification of the Estate. So this Commerciale is relatively rare, certainly in this immaculate state. The vendor was right not to let go. #3-1970 CITROËN DS21 IE sedan. S/N 00FA8150. Silver/bordeaux red cloth. Odo: 128,863 km. Very well restored in 2000 and probably not very much used since. Excellent panel fit. Good chrome, except trunk hinges badly corroded at both sides. Very clean interior with as-new seats. Engine bay not as clean as the rest of the car. Correct Michelin XAS tires. Dutch papers, which explains the tow bar. With semi-automatic transmission and a/c. Recent work with an invoice of $3,885. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,854. A very well-presented and equipped car, and a landmark in automo- 100 GERMAN #42-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Ad- enauer 4-dr cabriolet. S/N 1860140149052. Eng. # 18633988. Black/burgundy canvas/ burgundy leather. Odo: 71,757 km. Completely restored in Holland around 2006 with bills for $62k. Only covered 3,700 km since. Excellent paint. Chrome showing age in some pets. Carpets in front still covered in plastic. Rare split-opening front windows. Engine clean. Portuguese registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,293. not the very desirable 21-window, but still a T1, ancestor of all the vans. The paint was shining, but what was lurking underneath? Well sold for sure; well bought remains to be seen. #46-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE spots. Good panel fit. Canvas top as-new. Very charming interior in burgundy with white coupe. S/N 11202112009777. White/black leather. Odo: 66,652 km. U.S. spec, Italian reg. Has some scratches. Rust-free and good paint. Chrome in good original condition. Wheelcovers damaged. Supplementary Hella lights. Condensation in left headlight. Featuring M-B’s hydro-pneumatic suspension, rear standing a little bit high. Clean leather interior. Sports Car Market 7830947. Yellow/blue cloth. Odo: 53,000 km. Used to be a van of the French Postes. Quite clean and rust-free outside. Correct special tubular black front bumper, reserved for the Post vans. Wheels repainted in silver, with Michelin ZX tires. Rear mirror with glass missing. Single blue seat worn and torn. Hole steering wheel and light brown wood trim. Period radio. Dutch registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $120,517. Said to be one of only 262 open 300 Adenauers. It was a steal at the price paid; might have done better in another color. #22-1957 PORSCHE 356A coupe. S/N 100838. Eng. # 65921. Ivory/brown leather. Odo: 49,268 km. Delivered new to North Dakota. Recent respray. Orange peel all over with bad masking. No license plate holder, but six various asymmetric holes for attaching one. Some holes in bumpers too, plus a dent. Panel fit not correct. Fairly new interior, with many doubts about the materials used. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. No MoT. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $71,170. Probably resprayed in a hurry, it looked OK from a distance. Seller should have taken the money. #36-1965 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER minibus. S/N 215118185. Ivory & green/beige vinyl. Odo: 40,547 km. Looks charming from a distance. 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Fresh Meat 2007 Ferrari 599 GTB by Chad Tyson Online sales of contemporary cars ers under armrests loose. Tidy engine. Fuchs alloys damaged. CD player. Italian registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,684. Early 911 with handsome small bumpers. Spirited bidding stopped just past the $36k low estimate. Good deal for both parties. #32-1970 PORSCHE 911E 2.2 coupe. Date sold: 06/07/13 eBay auction ID: 271217553046 Seller’s eBay ID: extremetoys Sale Type: Used car with 6,620 miles VIN: ZFFFC60A670155368 Details: Red over tan leather; 6.0-liter V12 rated at 612 hp, 6-sp, RWD Sale Result: $165,000, 1 bid, sf 1612 MSRP: $264,034 (base) Other current offering: 2007 599 GTB in Tour de France Blue over beige leather and 10,496 miles for sale by Ferrari & Maserati of San Diego in La Jolla, CA. 2011 Maserati GranTurismo S MC Rubber mats protect the carpets. Automatic transmission. Period Becker radio. Fairly new Michelin XZXs all around. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $58,026. Two bidders (one on the phone) fought out the longest rally of the sale in $600 increments, to the benefit of the seller. Very well sold. #16-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410002781. Silver/ silver hard top/black leather. Odo: 129,105 km. Two-owner car. Described as partially restored, but with a very original feel. Good paint and excellent chrome. Very nice and clean original interior. Period seat belts. Recent Pioneer radio. Fairly new Michelin MXV tires. Dinitrol anti-rust-treatment sticker (very effective and popular in those days). Complete S/N 9110200374. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 9,142 km. Restored in Northern France with invoices amounting to $26k. Paint good. Scratches on left window. Interior a mix of new and old. New bucket seats in some sort of plastic material. Speakers in doors, one mesh Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Date sold: 06/07/13 eBay auction ID: 271218985659 Seller’s eBay ID: bluemarlinmotorsusa Sale Type: Used car with 8,425 miles VIN: ZAM45KLA2B0055048 Details: Grigio Touring over Rosso Corallo leather; 4.7-liter V8 rated at 444 hp, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale Result: $82,000, Best Offer, sf 45 MSRP: $126,750 (base) Other current offering: Lamborghini Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, FL, offering a Grigio Touring over Nero leather 2011 GT S with 27,212 miles for $85,463. 2012 McLaren MP4-12C cover missing. Engine reportedly overhauled but engine bay not so clean. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $58,230. The E was positioned between the entry-level T and the top-of-therange S. This car came with lots of invoices and paperwork but was not convincing. Seller should have taken the bid. #37-1970 PORSCHE 911T 3.0 racer. S/N with hard top, soft top, factory alloys and very desirable 5-speed ZF gearbox. Original toolkit, Mercedes-Benz pouch, owner’s handbook, service booklet and Swiss registration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $136,884. A very attractive car and a model that still has lots of potential, even with so many cars on the market. But in most cases they don’t have the manual 5-speed gearbox and this kind of originality. As always with successful bidding, there were two parties fighting for this lot, making it an expensive Pagoda. Very well sold. #38-1968 PORSCHE 911T Targa. S/N Date sold: 06/06/13 eBay auction ID: 251282670312 Seller’s eBay ID: amg.group Sale Type: Used car with 5,202 miles VIN: SBM11AAA6CW000978 Details: White over black leather; 3.8-liter V8 rated at 592 hp, auto, RWD. Sale Result: $200,000, Best Offer, sf 459 MSRP: $239,400 (base) Other current offering: 2012 MP4-12C coupe in black over black with 1,583 miles for $239,500 by The Collection in Coral Gables, FL. ♦ 102 11870262. Green/black targa/Magnolia leather. Odo: 5,632 km. Restored four years ago. Scratches on left front fender. Chrome parting on front grilles. Rectangular fog lamps under bumper. Seats worn in places. Contain- 9110120812. Yellow/black racing bucket. Odo: 5,195 Stands high on its wheels. In 2005, it was fully prepared to “Safari specification” by renowned Porsche tuner Francis Tuthill. Car looks straight. Paintwork not very bright. Black window frames. Plexi windows where possible. Spartan interior with Sparco bucket and harness. Roll cage picks up on all suspension points. Safari suspension with WRC fourway fully adjustable dampers. Twin spares. Expensive rebuild since last rally. British registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,272. Looked and felt competitive. An equivalent preparation would reportedly cost over $230k today. Well bought under the lowest estimate. #7-1972 FORD CAPRI RS2600 racer. S/N GAECMG87660. Silver & blue/black racing buckets. Odo: 38,500 km. Nicely presented and fully prepared to period Group 2 spec. Avon racing tires on correct BBS rims; Bilstein shocks, 60-L ATL racing fuel tank; Aeroquip brake and fuel lines, lots more, all FIA homologated. Engine bay relatively clean. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL Original dash with a few additions. Period racing steering wheel. Roll cage. Condition/ leather. Odo: 90,323 km. The last car of 109 built, of which 51 were done to RSR spec. Partially restored. Good paint showing some stone chipping. Matte black window frames. Good panel fit. Black leather interior showing use. Roll cage, safety harnesses. Engine bay dusty. Strut brace at front. Gold Fuchs wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $565,390. A rare and very desirable Porsche in good shape for its age and with relatively low mileage. Fair deal for seller and buyer. valuation report dated December 2010. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,636. This car was first registered in August 1972, the year Jochen Mass became European Touring Car Champion in a similar car. Relatively rare, fewer than 100 Capri 2600 racers are thought to survive. This was not a factory racing car and it had no period racing history but is probably eligible for some historic events. Lots of fun at a reasonable price. #11-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N 9113601059. Gulf Blue/black leather. Odo: 156,213 km. Looks very clean and well maintained inside and out. Delivered new in Belgium, then in light yellow. Went to France in 1984, where it had several owners (and colors). Engine overhauled in 1988 and received new crankcases. TOP 10 No. 10 The engine number was not restamped in the new crankcases—hence, no engine number. Some RSR parts reportedly used. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $235,083. It’s strange when such a sought-after car comes without a proper engine number. This was presented at the Porsche Days in Belgium some weeks earlier and couldn’t persuade the jury. This car was offered at no reserve here and sold at a price that may leave room for the next owner to resell at a profit. Even with the lack of an engine serial number, one of the cheapest RS cars we’ve seen in quite awhile. TOP 10 No. 5 #31-1974 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RSR coupe. S/N 9114609109. Eng. # 6840125. Grand Prix White/black bearings, tires and brake overhaul. Clean engine bay. Wheels dirty and slightly corroded. Interior in very good condition. No ducktail. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $62,100. This is not one of the ultra-desirable 2.7-L Carreras of 1973. It has the same 2.7 210-hp engine, including the fine exhaust note, but in a fully trimmed bodyshell. A relatively cheap way to get into the seat of a very nice Porsche with some potential. But obviously there were no takers in the room. You can tell the post-1973 911 coupes with the 1973 Carrera RS engine by the serial number of the chassis: Second three digits are 360 for 1973 with the RS engine, 460 for 1974 and 560 for 1975. #29-1990 BMW M3 coupe. S/N WBSAK07030AC79387. Black/black leather. Odo: 144,000 km. Mighty M3 variant. First owned by a “famous Spanish tennis champion.” Very clean inside and out. Cosmetic and mechanical restoration some years ago. Paint as-new. Very nice and rare full leather interior. #4-1975 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2.7 coupe. S/N 9115600452. Eng. # 6650563. Grand Prix White/black leather. Odo: 37,539 km. According to its accompanying Porsche Zertifikat, this car was originally sold in Italy with Grand Prix White paint, black “Carrera” side lettering and sliding steel sunroof. Resprayed in original color some time ago. Recent work includes new alternator, wheel Becker Mexico tape deck. Clean engine with optional strut brace. Relatively new tires on BBS rims. Belgian registration. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $67,288. Beautiful example August 2013 103


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL of an iconic street racer. Mileage was relatively high, but it was still worth slightly more than offered. ITALIAN #26-1935 FIAT 508S Balilla Coppa d’Oro roadster. S/N 043481. Eng. # 7068450. Red-orange/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 3 km. Participated in the 1935 Mille Miglia, but failed to finish. Very bright red not periodcorrect. Cracks, dents and scratches all over. Non-original windscreen. Wheelarches bent. slightly soiled. Cracked seat leather, small rip in front seat. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $232,920. This car was in the same family for most of its life. They kept it as original as possible, and rightly so. Lots of patina and charm. It deserved a higher bid. Rubber covers on the rear arches not correct. Balilla sign too large for grille. Nice finned tail. Leather seats not correct. Minimal dash, probably right. Hubcaps missing on all wheels. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $223,180. Sporting Balillas are always a hit. There’s a lot of work to get this one right, but it’s a sure ticket to the next Mille Miglia. Still a lot of money. Very well sold. #21-1942 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 replica Spider. S/N 915134. Eng. # 55923934. Red/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 14,203 km. Started life as a Carrozzeria touring cabriolet in 1942, delivered to Berlin dealer Von Carnap, who specialized in exclusive automobiles for top functionaries of the Third Reich. Rebodied in Italy around 1998 and upgraded #47-1949 LANCIA APRILIA sedan. S/N 43827271. Silver/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 17,485 km. I always have my doubts when I see a silver metallic Aprilia. But Brumm made a 1:43-scale model in this color, so it’s probably correct. Beige striping on the waistline. Very good paint. Clean aluminum brightwork. Clean wheels with immaculate hubcaps. Inte- dented and scratched. Rear lights look too modern. Stunning original interior. Lovely dash with big brown-orange knobs. Beautiful leather steering wheel. Beige canvas top dash. Engine bay dirty. ASI certificate. FIA papers (1986) and FIVA identity card (2001). Italian registration. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $122,930. This Touring-bodied coupe was designed to offer sporting performance with 2+2 accommodation. Interesting pedigree, but not so fresh-looking overall. You don’t see Touring bodies like this every day. A little freshening up could be very rewarding. Worth more than high bid. #10-1958 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA Sprint Veloce coupe. S/N 149308721. Eng. # 131532399. Red/black leather. Odo: 51,750 km. Delivered new to the U.S., imported from California in 1991 and restored to original spec in Belgium. Later-spec 1,300 engine rebuild in 2010 (with $11,000 invoice). Hood seems a slightly different red from rest of body. Good chrome. Panel fit could be better. Leather interior with red piping and not the correct skin. Engine bay clean. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $42,700. This car recently sold at Bonhams’ February 2013 Paris sale for $78k, which prompted our reporter to say, “Look out for values on the move upward” (SCM# 215231), but that didn’t happen this time around. Overall a nicely presented car. The seats will be the most expensive to put right and might be the reason it didn’t make its $50k reserve. rior looks very original with only some small spots. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,408. An advanced car for its time. The Aprilia has been a well-kept secret, but major collectors discovered it in recent years, and its price is still moving north—unusual for such a small berlina. In this immaculate condition, surely worth more than $50k. to Super Sport spec with triple Webers. Like new inside and out. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $439,960. When this car sold nearly a decade ago at Christie’s Paris 2004 auction for $228k, we said “didn’t cost as much as an authentic example, but it will never be worth as much, either” (SCM# 32511). Same could be said today about the generous high offer. At least the mechanical underpinnings are real. #27-1947 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 cab- riolet. S/N 915276. Eng. # 926071. Black/ beige canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,297 km. Highly original matching-numbers 6C 2500 with Pininfarina body, believed one of only three manufactured. Overhauled engine and resprayed body. Many scratches. Hubcabs 104 #41-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Super Sprint coupe. S/N AR1900C10140. Eng. # 130810159. Red/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,960 km. Older restoration. Paint still OK, matte around windscreen. Panel fit not perfect. Rubber showing age. Brightwork in line with the rest, slightly worn in places. Scratches from wipers. Period Recaros. Wooden Nardi wheel. Nice #12-1959 ALFA ROMEO 1900 Super Sprint coupe. S/N AR1900C10439. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 60,681 km. Retrimmed interior in 1982, bodywork partially restored circa 1993. Very slight bubbling on some spots of the aluminum body. Lots of patina. Reasonably good panel fit, hood needs adjustment. Rubber showing age. Plexi rear window shows cracks. Some dents and sanding marks on badly rechromed bumpers. Chrome wires pit- ted. Very nice interior, superb dash, gauges can do with some cleaning. Original Nardi. Clean engine bay shows age. Non-period extra lights. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $103,520. Said to be one of four built by Swiss-Italian coachbuilder Ghia Aigle, probably designed by Giovanni Michelotti. Ghia Aigle made Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL some ugly cars in their time, but this is one of their nicer creations. With some work and rechroming, this would be a sure ticket to the most prestigious concours d’elegance. #43-1962 CISITALIA 850 Abarth Scorpione coupe. S/N 110D1122579. Eng. # ABA214S. Silver/brown leather. Odo: 23,881 km. Paint and chrome in good condition. Panel fit good overall. Offered as 850 but “FIAT Abarth 750” scripts on front fenders. Underside of body not completely straight. Interior in excellent condition. Aluminum steering wheel with plastic rim. Engine bay new. Non-original heated rear window. On chrome Borranis. Clean engine with six double Webers (originally it had three). Abarth exhaust system with sidepipes. Some hillclimb race history. Well documented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,167,997. Everybody was speculating about the price this Ferrari would achieve. It came very close to the $1.2m high estimation, so everybody should be happy. Well bought and sold. (See the profile, p. 56.) #44-1965 FIAT-OSCA 1600S cabriolet. dusty. Never registered. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,466. When founder Piero Dusio fled from Cisitalia, the new owners turned their attention toward custom-bodied Fiats. This one looks very much like a 600-based Allemanobodied model produced by Abarth. Most obvious difference is the flat nose. A very rare coupe for Etceterini fans. Must be one of the last cars with Cisitalia name. no registration papers might prove a problem. Vendor should be happy with price paid. #45-1963 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA roadster. S/N 004637. Eng. # 109032. Pink/ white vinyl. Odo: 28,280 km. Restored to concours level, except for panel fit of the front lid. New interior with diamond stitching matching the body color, steering wheel and S/N 11SA023722. White/black canvas/black & red vinyl. Odo: 33,786 km. Visibly resprayed some time in the past. Panel fit not perfect. Chrome showing age. Front bumper not straight, with traces of sanding. Nice interior. Period radio with one knob missing. Wood Nardi wheel. Engine bay clean. Low not straight. Rubber dry. Badly corroded door handles. Condensation in left front blinker. Canvas top okay, but plastic window soiled. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,468. Seen at auction last February at Bonhams Paris 2012, not sold at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 197380). The Flavia convertible is relatively rare, and few of the ones I know are in top shape. Unlike the PF coupe, the Flavia Vignale convertible is somewhat unloved. All in all, this was in relatively good shape, and the high bid seemed close. #39-1966 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO Spi- der. S/N AR660557. Eng. # AR0053602556. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 15,770 km. Engine overhauled in 2011, driven 15k km since. At one time resprayed in a dusty environment. Good chrome. Black vinyl interior in good shape. Carpets worn. Vinyl top okay. Engine clean. Italian registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,245. The first-series “osso di seppia” (cuttlefish bone) is more desirable than the later squared-off “coda tronca.” Well bought and sold. #56-1966 FIAT 695SS Abarth 2-dr se- mileage could be genuine. Italian registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,318. Sporty 1,600-cc engine with Pininfarina styling and fine pedigree (OSCA was the company of the Maserati brothers after they sold the company bearing their name). The air duct to the left side of the hood is the only clue giving away the special engine. Only the third one I’ve seen in the flesh. Well bought. fascia. Showing some signs of use. New tires. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $20,704. There was not much enthusiasm in the wet Ardennes for this cute little four-seat beach car. It will do better when Bonhams takes it to its next Belgian auction in coastal Zoute in October. #20-1964 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N 06663. Eng. # 06663. Giallo Fly/ black leather. Odo: 53,220 km. Started life as a short-nose painted blue. Converted to long-nose by Scaglietti. Flawless paint. Excellent panel fit. Excellent chrome. Interior looks TOP 10 No. 2 106 #48-1965 LANCIA FLAVIA convertible. S/N 8153342051. Eng. # 5161. White/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 362 km. Repainted some time in the past. Paint is cracking and flaking in some spots, brush touch-ups noted. Wiper scratches. Chrome not good, bumpers engine hood and profiles under canvas top seem forgotten. Race prepared. No interior except one bucket seat with harness. Leather Abarth-badged steering wheel. Roll cage. On 10-inch Campagnolo magnesium wheels. Still with Italian registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,781. This little hobby racer has its following. It can really only be used for historic racing, although street legal. Ancestor of the actual Fiat Abarth EsseEsse. Generally in Sports Car Market dan. S/N 0927121514. Eng. # AR100000206. White/black canvas/black racing bucket. Odo: 758 km. 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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL good condition and selling just over the low estimate. Good deal for both parties. #49-1968 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO Spi- der. S/N AR1671814. Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 16,430 km. Cheapest version of this handsome convertible. Resprayed some time ago in an incorrect shade of red. Paint job shows many flaws. Paint on wheels chipped. called it “a deal” (SCM# 41076). It sold just over the $122k lower estimate here. Well bought again. Both rear lights damaged. Grille dented. Wiper scratches on front screen. Chrome on door handles gone. Left blinker on fender broken. Interior probably with new vinyl but looks cheap. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $16,822. By far the lesser of the two Duettos on offer here. Price offered seemed correct. #17-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11327. Eng. # 11327. Burgundy/burgundy leather. Odo: 86,928 km. Good-looking, straight car. Left the factory in Blue Ribot with beige Connolly leather. Interior looks fairly new. Delivered TOP 10 No. 7 with toolkit, owner’s handbook, service manual, parts catalog and restoration invoices. Swiss registration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $371,967. The GTC is aging well, a beautiful and usable car with good pedigree. Still a good investment. Price looks correct, according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Well bought. #33-1968 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 11799. Eng. # 11799. Blue/beige leather. Odo: 54,453 km. The 1968 Paris show car, then presented in Verde Scuro. Repainted in 1990, new Connolly leather inside. Good paint, excellent brightwork. Two holes in front bumper, probably for extra lights at some time. Nice interior with subtle patina. Engine bay super-clean. French papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $129,444. Last sold for $51k at Artcurial Paris 2006, where our reporter #15-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3739. Eng. # 2502. Dark blue/tan leather. Odo: 763 km. Early P400 completely restored at the Sant’Agata factory in 2008 under supervision of legendary Lamborghini test driver Valentino Balboni, with signed letter of confirmation. 4,000 man-hours and $207k, documented TOP 10 No. 4 108 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Francorchamps, BEL by Lambo’s invoice on file. Delivered new to Switzerland. Three previous owners. Original color scheme. Totally rebuilt interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $743,935. One of the stars of this sale, with its picture on the cover of the catalog and six pages dedicated to its history. I’ve never seen a more stunning Miura than this. Very well bought. #14-1972 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N 14226759. White/black velour. Odo: 58,417 km. Very original car in excellent condition, genuine km from new. Rust-free body, good paint. Good chrome and rubbers. Good panel fit. Yellow headlights, typical for French cars in those days. Nice interior with #28-1976 FERRARI 308 GT4 2+2 coupe. S/N 11944. Oro Chiaro Metallizzato & black/ beige & blue leather & velour. Odo: 38,370 km. Delivered new to Belgium. Unusual Oro Chiaro Metallizzato, black below the waistline. Original paint, not very shiny but in good condition. Brightwork in good shape. Factory sunroof. New tires, refurbished rims. Clean interior shows age. Small crack in windshield. Original steering wheel retrimmed. Major service in 2008 at 33,000 km, including new AT $29,013. The Mondial is arguably the least sexy Ferrari of the past decades. Its open variant is maybe a bit better, but not with Magnolia interior. Vendor was right to take the money, even under the $32k–$39k estimate range. clean light gray carpets. Clean engine bay. Complete with original jack, lots of invoices and service booklet. Delivered new to France. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,611. Originally a demonstrator, the car remained with its first owner from 1973 until 1988, when it was acquired by the seller. One of the few cars at this auction that went over the high estimate. Originality commands its price. Well sold. #18-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA pro- totype Group 3 racer. S/N 1070. Silver & black/black racing bucket. Factory prototype, prepared for Group 3 racing. Restored in 1997. Fully race prepped with bucket, harness and roll cage. Originally black, now two-tone. Original Cromodoras. Not straight, with some scratches and scars. Original interior and dash- clutch and timing belts. Original toolkit, leather “Dino” pouch, instruction and service books. Valid Belgian technical inspection papers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $34,938. not the most loved, nor the most beautiful, but one of the affordable Ferraris. This was really a good used example. This car was delivered new to Belgium and always maintained at the legendary Garage Francorchamps, the Belgian Ferrari dealer. Price offered was fairly close to the low estimate. The difference might have paid for the new front windshield. #25-1981 FERRARI 512 BBI Koenig coupe. S/N 37131. Red/tan leather. Odo: 35,600 km. Said to be the most powerful 512 ever built by Koenig, developing some 650 hp, thanks to twin turbos. Good panel fit, excellent paint. Central locking wheels with painted red details. Very clean interior with subtle black stripes stitched in the tan leather. paint due to engine heat. Chevy V8 power, Huffaker 5-speed (box of spare Huffaker gears included). FIA papers issued in 1984. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $109,990. This car was only used for historic racing. It has no real racing pedigree and is not very usable, so it’s difficult to valuate. I would have taken the money. #6-1968 DODGE CHARGER R/T 2-dr Engine bay not clean as rest of car. One of an estimated 50 built. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $84,110. The Koenig-tuned 512 BBi needed all the downforce it could get, so there was a specially designed body kit for it. Less elegant than the Pininfarina standard, but functional. High bid was low; seller was right to keep it. board, be it with some additions. Steering wheel and seat are younger. Brakes and gearbox overhauled in 2007. Lots of documentation, including portfolio with 50 large photos of the car in action during the ’70s. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $103,520. After several successful racing years in the ’70s, it went into storage. Since restoration, it has competed in many historic-racing events. This car was said to be the most intensely raced DeTomaso, but the Group 4 Panteras are faster. High bid was about right. 110 #51-1984 FERRARI MONDIAL QV cabriolet. S/N ZFFLC15B00005109. Red/ black cloth/Magnolia leather. Odo: 15,745 km. An average example of an ’80s Ferrari. Paint showing age with some touch-ups. Corrosion marks on window frame. Plastic bumpers with blemishes. Driver’s seat ripped and stitching coming loose. Aftermarket wooden steering wheel and gear lever knob. Panel fit uneven. Engine bay clean. Probably cheap tires of an unknown manufacturer: Trackmax. British V5C registration document. Cond: 3-. SOLD fresh but OK. Emblems corroded. Little dent on front fender. Big, worn tires. Impressive engine bay with chromed air filter. Dull interior, chrome on plastic ornaments worn out. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $33,640. These cars don’t have a big following on the “mainland,” and this one just looked like an ordinary second-hand car with an oil leak. The high bid should have clinched the deal. © Sports Car Market hard top. S/N XS29L8B336679. Silver/black leather. Odo: 2,913 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Imported to France and restored in 2010. Specially prepared engine with heavy-duty automatic transmission. Crack in the sump noted, with vital fluids dripping. Paint not AMERICAN #23-1962 DAVIES SPECIAL Can-Am racer. S/N 12790. Blue/aluminum. RHD. One-off built in the U.S. by British engineer Fred Davies, who also worked with racing-car manufacturer Bill Sadler. Said to be in generally good condition. Spaceframe with aluminium body. Looks fairly clean. Bubbled


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Auctions America Auburn, IN Auctions America — Auburn Spring A 1930 Packard Super Eight Model 745 dual-cowl phaeton sold for $198k, followed by a 1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster at $160k Company Auctions America Date May 9–11, 2013 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 240/431 Sales rate 56% Sales total $5,564,405 High sale 1930 Packard Super Eight Model 745 dual-cowl phaeton, sold at $198,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices 1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster, sold at $159,500 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics T 112 he 2013 edition of Auctions America’s Auburn Spring event included the usual eclectic mix of automobiles as well as the unpredictable Midwest spring weather. But clouds, cold and the occasional rain shower did not hamper activities in or around the auction hall. Alongside the usual swapmeet and car corral, this year saw the inaugural AACA Central Division National Spring Meet, plus autograph sessions with the Discovery Channel’s number-one Gas Monkey, Richard Rawlings. Rawlings not only did his best Steven Tyler impression, strolling through the hall sporting a long, American flagpatterned scarf — he also participated in some beer drinking and bidding, taking home a barnfind Hupmobile. There were several offerings on hand from the col- lection of the late John Soneff, owner of Soneff’s Master Garage in Denver, CO. I wasn’t surprised at the very nice prices paid for Mr. Soneff’s very nice Hudson convertibles, but perhaps even more memorable was his Auburn, IN clapped-out 1957 Jeep “Jeepney,” which sold slightly north of $10k, to my utter amazement. High-sale honors went to the former AACA award-winning 1930 Packard Super Eight Model 745 dual-cowl phaeton, done in black with green leather interior, sold for $198k. Behind the Packard was a 1931 Auburn 8-98 Boattail Speedster sporting an aging restoration, sold at $160k. While there were plenty of higher-end cars, there were also deals to be had for the average car guy, such as the 1969 Cougar Eliminator convertible with 351 and 4-speed selling for a very reasonable $26k. Notable no-sales included a very nice 1938 Cadillac V16 convertible, which failed to find a new owner at a high bid of $275k. Last year’s Spring Auburn event came on the heels of Mecum Indy, but for 2013, Auctions America’s schedule was shifted ahead. It appears that the move was a good one, with a 6% increase in consignments and an overall sales increase of 27%. While totals here don’t rival AA’s annual thousand-car Auburn Fall sale, this spring auction has its niche. ♦ Sales Totals $2 $4 $6 $8 2013 2012 2011 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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Auctions America Auburn, IN ENGLISH #255-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF36973U. Red/blue vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 56,846 miles. Red paint laid on thick. Poor driver’s door fit. New convertible top has a small tear on top bow. Windshield-wiper scrapes. Okay interior dash wood is nice on Chrome factory steel rims and caps. Good glass. Engine compartment shows well. Solid interior could use a good scrub-down. Sidewindow weatherstrip shows some gaps. Equipped with German-made wood-slat roof rack. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. This honest car landed in the “Still for Sale” lot with a $14k asking price. The consignor was looking for #1- money on a #3 car. #201-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412022639. Tobacco Brown/brown canvas/off-white leather. Odo: 76,081 miles. Paint shows lots of prep issues and touch-ups. Top is loose and has a small tear. Grungy engine bay. Okay interior with driver’s side, faded on passenger’s, perhaps from sun bleaching in long-term storage? Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. These cars have been on a bit of an uptick. It wasn’t that long ago when $10k would have been a strong price for this car. That said, $14k was a generous offer. I spotted it later in “Still for Sale” lot at $16k. GERMAN #536-1959 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 162167. White/white hard top/red leather. Odo: 84,717 miles. Paint shows some cracking, exterior brightwork pitting and worn through. Grungy engine compartment. Fresh leather interior. With removable hard top. Engine recently rebuilt with receipts provided. loose door panels. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The color combo turned me off the more I looked at it and helps explain why the car failed to meet reserve. It was for sale postblock with an asking price of $50k, which I’d have to say is a pretty fair price, even in brown, tan and off-white. #570-1971 VOLKSWAGEN TRANS- PORTER double-cab pickup. S/N Z612136584. Cranberry & silver/off-white canvas bed cover/tan leather. Odo: 14,773 miles. Paint looks fresh and well done. New canvas bed cover in excellent shape. Left rear window frame showing some rust. Nice, freshly done bed-wood slats. Nice interior except for a restored. Well-presented engine bay. Interior looks clean with no excessive wear. Equipped with a/c and radio, comes with tool kit and manuals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,550. now that they’ve passed the 1/4-century mark, 911s of this vintage are on an upward trend. This was a nicely preserved, low-miles example and sold at essentially full retail. AMERICAN #540-1931 AUBURN 8-98 Boattail Speedster. S/N 898A16951E. Black & silver/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 11,695 miles. 30-plus-year-old paint holding up well, with some touch-ups and micro-scratching. Driver-quality engine detailing. Windshield delaminating at edges. Decent leather interior with filthy carpet. Equipped with single PilotRay light, spotlight, dual sidemounts and golf club door. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $159,500. From AACA national Award-winner to driver in 30 years, but holding up remarkably well. A very attractive package at a reasonable price. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $80,850. Investing in a detailing of the engine compartment would have been money well spent and might have realized a better result. As it was, this is fair money in today’s maket for a #3 Porsche that will need a huge investment to be worth more. #279-1969 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 149576019. Beige/tan vinyl. Odo: 49,400 miles. Restored 2005. Paint shows well. Some bumper dings showing. mysterious puddle of water on the driver’s floor. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. With vintage Transporter prices ranging all over the place from $10k to $100k-plus, $35k seems like a realistic average. It seemed like a fair offer, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see this one bring a few more dollars. #578-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera cab- riolet. S/N WPO222912GS140340. Black/ black canvas/red leather. Odo: 55,000 miles. Paint shows very well. Fuchs rims look freshly 114 holstery isn’t correct, but it’s in good shape. Soft rubber bits dried up, some missing alto- Sports Car Market #518-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe 5-window coupe. S/N 182251122. Beige/dark brown crushed velour. Odo: 30,119 miles. Paint shows several scrapes and touch-ups. Exterior brightwork looks good all around. Red artillery wheels with caps and wide whites. Windows starting to delaminate. Up


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese collector cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #271214402391-1977 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ55 SUV. S/N FJ5574712. Gray & white/gray vinyl. 6,756 miles. “A one-owner AZ truck with no problems. Rock-solid. Repainted in non-stock colors. Home-fabricated bumpers. Interior is rhinolined. Seats reupholstered.” Condition: 3. Auctions America Auburn, IN gether. Offered at no reserve from the Soneff Collection. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. A decent driver that has, so far, escaped the hotrodders. In my estimation there are three possibilities: 1) Drive it as-is; 2) hot-rod it; or 3) restore it to original. I think I’d go with option 1. Looks like a fair deal both ways. #204-1937 PACKARD 110 convertible. S/N 10893407. Beige/beige canvas/ brown leather. Odo: 12,523 miles. Cracked, crazed, flaking paint is barely hanging on. Exterior brightwork shows all manner of rust, pitting and peeling. Interior coming apart at the seams. Equipped with dash clock. Said to be SOLD AT $17,700. Known as “Iron Moose” or “Iron Pig,” the charmingly ugly FJ55 Land Cruiser is far, far rarer than its Jeep-like FJ40 cousin. Rust-through seems to punish any example that ever stepped foot off pavement, so if this was as solid as claimed, probably a good buy, even with the incorrect restoration work. eBay Motors. #290803222254-1972 Datsun 1200 hatch- back. S/N LB110777327. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 17,181 miles. “Original paint. Totally rust-free. Actual miles. The first owner garaged it since 1984, just starting it occasionally. The preserved interior materials are soft and pliable, as is the vinyl top.” Condition: 2-. SOLD AT $25,500. This car had some shortcomings, but the high bid was off by a pretty wide margin. I guess there just wasn’t enough interest to drive up the price. The owner was right to hold out for a better result. #439-1940 AMERICAN BANTAM road- ster. S/N 65242. Black & tan/tan leather. Odo: 3 miles. Fresh paint looks good but could stand a wipe-down. Bright work shows micropitting. Steel rims with caps and rings sporting dirty wide whites. Okay engine compartment mechanically serviced, but engine bay thick with decades of grime. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. My field notes say, “Major project, but maybe worth it at the right price.” Bidding here went way past the right price, and the owner should have let it go. I would have called it very well sold. SOLD AT $9,000. This funny little econobox sparked a firestorm when it appeared on BringaTrailer.com, as commenters just couldn’t believe the description or the price. Then the buyer chimed in and silenced all doubters. The story continued on the japanesenostalgiccar.com forum, where the buyer called himself “the middle man,” saying the car is “headed overseas” and “will be in good hands for another 30 years.” Well sold and (apparently) well bought. eBay Motors. #380532487077-1986 Subaru Brat pickup. S/N JF3AU53B8GE502512. Silver/black & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 43,000. “All-original California car, garaged all its life. Original paint, perfect interior. Everything works. It even passes CA emissions.” Condition: 2- #579-1939 FORD 92D pickup. S/N BB185085832. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 71,962 miles. Paint shows a lot of cracking. Engine bay and undercarriage very well presented. Interior looks great. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,150. The cracking paint is a big concern, and interior. Claimed to be one of 800 built. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. This was a nice example, and at the price paid it could be kind of a bargain. Well bought and sold. #523-1949 HUDSON COMMODORE SIX convertible. S/N 492155419. Gold/beige canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 24,002 miles. 262-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Equipped with Hudson 7X race-prepped motor including factorytuned header and heavy-duty transmission and rear end. Three-year-old paint looks fresh but didn’t include jambs. Exterior brightwork looks its age. Wide whites with chrome spokes because it’s in that emerging stage and surely will only get worse. That said, you could drive it as-is for at least a few years without embarrassment and then paint it or flip it. Trucks are strong in the market lately, and this seemed like a fair result both ways. SOLD AT $13,200. If I were going to mothball a Brat as a collectible, I’d pick a ’70s example with round headlights, factory graphics and jumpseats, and I wouldn’t pay $13k for it. This was incredibly well sold. eBay Motors. 116 #587-1939 FORD DELUXE 5-window custom coupe. S/N 505280. Black/charcoal & silver leather. Odo: 29 miles. Street rod with 350 V8, rack-and-pinion steering, a/c and custom leather interior. Louvers stamped in the hood. Black paint shows micro-scratches under the lights. Poor panel fit all around. On American Racing mags. Cond: 2-. NOT look sharp. Dual mirrors appear to be sourced from a ’70s donor. Driver-quality engine bay prep. Front seats look recently recovered; back seat worn beyond patina. Interior wood-grain paint worn through in spots. Power windows and top, with power steering added. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $71,500. Another offering from the Soneff Collection, another Hudson convertible with a strong result. Very well sold. Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Auburn, IN #524-1950 HUDSON COMMODORE EIGHT Brougham convertible. S/N 50450321. Black/burgundy canvas/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 1,133 miles. 254-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Decent paint shows some micro-scratching. Doors fit poorly. Exterior brightwork good for its age. Wide whites yellowing. Canvas top in good shape. Interior shows little wear with wood paint trim and chrome trim holding paint shows some scratches under the lights but nothing too bad; brightwork in good shape. Engine compartment well prepared, visible through Plexiglas windows on both sides of hood; original hood available. No complaints with the interior. Has steering wheel clock and fender skirts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,800. There was no explanation for the engine swap. Considering the unanswered questions, I’d have to rate this as a fair deal all around if not slightly well sold. #471-1954 BUICK CENTURY convert- ible. S/N 6AG024205. Glacier Blue/black canvas/blue & black leather. Odo: 60,827 miles. 264-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nice paint, shows well under the lights. Doors don’t fit well, and judging from the neatly folded rags under the back corners of the hood, I think there may be a hood-fit issue as well. up well. Equipped with hydraulic windows, Hudson Weather Control, AM radio and added lap belts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $112,200. One of the star cars from the Soneff Collection. Described as having a “complete frame-up restoration over a five year period.” There was no mention of when it was completed, but I suspect the miles shown are since restoration, which means it hasn’t been used much. I’d call this one very well sold. #586-1951 CHEVROLET STYLELINE DELUXE wagon. S/N 72327. Dark green/tan vinyl. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows many scrapes and touch-ups. Painted exterior wood fading and flaking. Body rusted through rear fenders. All brightwork seems to be there, but it’s in rough shape. Right rear window Brightwork ranges from thin chrome on headlight trim to bumpers looking freshly plated. Engine bay well prepped. Few interior gripes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,850. Great color combination, style and preparation. It’s not as flashy as its big brother Skylark, but it’s not as expensive, either. This one looked like a great buy at this price. #480-1954 FORD F-1 pickup. S/N F1004A10508. Vermillion Red/beige vinyl & cloth. Odo: 213 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Two-year-old paint looks very nice with beige pinstripes. Hood doesn’t fit well. Red steel rims with caps, rings and wide whites look exceptional. As clean underneath as on top; well-presented engine bay. Sparse interior well cracked. Front seat cover from your local auto-parts store, rear bench seat in decent shape. Headliner falling down. Rest of interior in decent shape. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $18,700. A #4 car selling for #2 money. This tin woodie sold well by a large margin. #232-1952 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 convertible. S/N 528W7214. Black/beige canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 24,235 miles. 324ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Engine is a 1955. Black hair stuffing coming out of the gashes in the seat covers. Floor patch hacked into right front floor. “Runs and drives beautifully... excellent mechanical condition.” Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $10,450. Offered at no reserve from the Soneff Collection, this lot far exceeded my expectations. I figured five, maybe six grand. Gas Monkey Richard Rawlings was one of the bidders. #529-1959 IMPERIAL CROWN con- vertible. S/N M367106693. Black/white woven vinyl/black leather. Odo: 75,000 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Black paint gleams under the lights. Decent panel fit. Exterior brightwork shows areas of crazing and pitting. Wiper scratches in windshield. Interior upholstery looks good, but driver’s door panel is a bit loose, interior trim dull and dirty. Doors done with updated gauges. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. Born with a straight six and 3-speed, upgraded with 351 Cleveland and C4 automatic—I guess you’d classify it as a resto-mod. Trucks have been on the upswing of late. Given the presentation, I think this one deserved a better result, and I don’t doubt it will find it somewhere down the line. #198-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N C7KW17- 118 average brightwork. Nice engine compartment detail. Good interior. Equipped with Continental kit. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. The auctioneer announced that the seller wanted $40k. This looked like a decent car, so I think the seller will get his money eventually. #510-1957 WILLYS JEEPNEY tourist transport. S/N 5426811617. Yellow/canvas. Odo: 22,653 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Military Jeep converted into an outrageous “Jeepney” in the Philippines, per local custom. Paint in various stages of decomposition. Fitting from air cleaner to carb is missing. Horse- 1999. Blue & white/blue retractable hard top/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 35,427 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a C-code 292 V8 car. Nice paint and panel fit. Above- and trunk lack rubber seals. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $104,500. I overheard a fair amount of buzz on this car, and it did look impressive Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Auburn, IN from 10 feet away. not to say the noted issues are insurmountable, but this is a #3 car that found #2 money. I guess rarity trumped condition on this one. #601-1960 BUICK LESABRE sedan. S/N 4G4022720. Lucerne Green & white/light blue vinyl & dark green cloth. Odo: 32,893 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One respray showing many touch-ups. Brightwork condition commensurate with age and miles. Glass in good shape (and there is a lot of it). Driverquality engine compartment. Except for a split in the front passenger’s seat, the interior is holding up pretty well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,500. Two owners from new, well maintaned, low miles, cool colors, but too many doors. Well sold. #487-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 11867G134293. Seamist Turquoise/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 14,857 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 10-plus-year-old paint shows some chips and scratches. Brightwork wear commensurate with age. Yellowing wide whites. Some delamination showing in the vent glass. Sloppy glue job on door rubbers. Two of four headlights are T-3. Dual power antennas, Sun factory tach and swing-out tissue dispenser. Original interior shows well for its age. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. Advertised as compartment. Rear axle leaking. Interior coming apart at the seams. But it’s a real Sprint with matching numbers. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. After failing to sell at the $17k high bid, this car was in the “Still for Sale” lot, listed at $18k—which certainly seemed close enough to get a deal done. The owner should have jumped at this offer. #207-1963 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 632H04133. Beige/ gray & green vinyl & cloth. Odo: 50,832 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recipient of one quality respray. Nice brightwork except for some fit issues around the back glass. Nice original engine compartment. Headliner needs some work, but interior in good shape. antifreeze on top of the water pump may indicate a coolant leak. Interior holding up well. Nice wood dash and wheel. Equipped with power steering, brakes and windows, radio and tach. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Maybe it’s the color? Something was holding this one back. I agree that $15k is nowhere near enough. High bid was light by at least $5k. #478-1964 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE Equipped with Skyrocket high-output V8, power steering, radio delete. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. This two-owner former AACA award winner really caught my eye. Yeah, it looks like something grandma would drive, but it’s solid, and just a set of rims and tires would turn it into a nice little cruiser. Later seen in the “Still for Sale” lot at $18k. The high bid should have been close enough. “frame-on restoration with original interior.” Let’s just say it was repainted in 2001. Last recorded at Mecum Indy, May 2012 (SCM# 205156), where it was a no-sale bid to $70k; prior to that, it sold for $48,400 and showing 40 fewer miles at Russo and Steele in Monterey in August 2007, before the financial meltdown (SCM# 46508). That 2012 bid is looking pretty good right about now. Given its rarity, there might be more money to be made. With a little fluff and buff, the owner might pull a few more dollars, but the final bid should have gotten this done. #246-1963 FORD FALCON Sprint con- vertible. S/N 3H15F195867. Red/black woven vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 82,458 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Red paint in various shades showing rub-through, touch-ups and a thumb 120 #230-1963 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE station wagon. S/N 863KA45849. Yorktown Blue/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 49,567 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Advertised as “all original except for one repaint”; too bad the repaint didn’t include the door jambs. Exterior brightwork in good shape, glass is exceptional. Driver-quality engine detail, all-original inte- 2-dr sedan. S/N 2241208641. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 613 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Born a 6-cylinder in Detroit 49 years ago. Black paint shows some orange peel and bubbling in the gutters. Excellent brightwork. Steel rims in back, five-spoke aluminum mags print. Chrome crazed and pitted. Wiper scratches in windshield. Grungy engine rior showing some cracks and discoloration, holding up well after all these years. Equipped with factory a/c. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. The car has done 1,395 miles since we last recorded it as a no-sale at Carlisle in September 2006 (SCM# 43237), where it was bid to $11k. This car was in the “Still for Sale” lot with a price tag of $42,500. This is a nice car, but not $42,500 worth of nice. The high bid was a fair offer. #599-1963 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX 2-dr hard top. S/N 963P263463. Saddle Bronze/parchment vinyl. Odo: 74,092 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Paint looks fresh, showing a bit of orange peel. Eight-lug aluminum wheels. Decent brightwork. Okay engine compartment detail, although the puddle of up front. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Interior looks great, with no back seat; dashmounted tach and racing lap belts. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Last seen at Mecum Indy in May 2010 as a no-sale with a high bid of $50k (SCM# 164216). While the car is very nice, real examples don’t pull much more than this. The high bid should have gotten this deal done. #531-1967 FORD FAIRLANE 2-dr hard top. S/N 7H40R165502. Candy Apple Red/black vinyl. Odo: 2,877 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Little to fault here. Nice paint shows some micro-scratching under the lights. Excellent brightwork. Very well-detailed Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Auburn, IN door fit off a bit. Brightwork a mixed bag, bumpers look new. Decent engine detail. No gripes with interior. Equipped with factory a/c and gauge package, power top, steering and brakes with front discs, cassette radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,400. Provided with Marti Report claiming this to be one of 63 built. The new owner should be very pleased with his purchase. Well bought. engine compartment, showing off that R-code dual-quad 427. Interior as nice as exterior. Chrome GT Rally wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $90,750. Said to have a correct replacement engine block, and the miles appear to have been racked up a quarter-mile at a time. This was a strong result even considering the rarity; well sold indeed. #459-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1946785422459. British Racing Green/green hard top/tan canvas soft top/black leather. Odo: 58,618 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. SBC of unknown origin. Fresh paint looks well done. Factory Rally wheels wear Goodrich T/As. Chrome in good #180-1969 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX Model J 2-dr hard top. S/N 276579P359084. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 46,398 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint over some poor prep. Poor panel fit all around. Vinyl top shows some bubbling and separation at lower rear base. Driver-qual- ity engine bay. Decent interior. Three T-3s, one not. With power steering and brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,825. Short deck, long hood, big motor, low miles, nice colors— what’s not to like here? The owner lifted the reserve at $10,500 and let her go. Looks like both buyer and seller ended up with a fair deal. #192-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE condition. Grungy engine compartment with chrome dress-up kit and some rattle-can freshening. Leather interior in good shape with aftermarket wood steering wheel. Comes with factory hard top. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Considering the nOM and condition, price looked right to me for the package. BEST BUY #572-1969 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 Eliminator convertible. S/N 9F94H531903. Maroon/white woven vinyl/black leather. Odo: 62,536 miles. 351-ci coupe. S/N 31847B232336. Nevada Silver/ black leather. Odo: 6,527 miles. 350-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent respray didn’t make it into the door jambs. Front bumper does not fit properly; glass shows some scratches. Driver’s seatbelt buckle missing its cover and looks V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice fresh-ish paint. Driver’s Keith Martin’s like my dog chewed up the belt. Nicely equipped with tilt/tele wheel, power steering and brakes, a/c, removable rear window, Posi and luggage rack. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. I put this one in the same category as Lot 459: a nice driver Corvette. Seen “Still for Sale” at $23k. © Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 122 Sports Car Market ™


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. Bonhams — The RAF Museum The $169k barn-find E-type was in truly dilapidated condition — even the flat floors had been altered to increase leg room Company Bonhams Date April 29, 2013 Location Hendon, U.K. Auctioneer Sholto Gilbertson Automotive lots sold/offered 68/97 Sales rate 70% Sales total $2,616,765 High sale 1955 Jaguar XK 140 drophead coupe, sold at $193,068 Buyer’s premium Classic tourers meet warbirds at the RAF Museum Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics U nmolested cars are all the rage in Europe this year, and Bonhams sold a restoration-project Jaguar E-type for an amazing $169k at its annual sale at the RAF Museum. The early and rare flat-floor roadster, just 60 chassis numbers from the start of production, was in truly dilapidated condition, having left the road 30 years ago. Although ravaged by rust, it was missing nothing. The price was all the more amazing when you consider that the flat floors had been altered to increase leg room — but that will no doubt be put right during its forthcoming expensive restoration. Two other rough E-types, both converted from left-hand drive, fetched $53k for an S1 4.2 coupe, and $35k for an automatic 2+2. It’s all rather remote in these huge halls showcasing a fabulous collection of military aircraft. The cars are 15% up to $46,448, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = £0.65) dotted around, nestling under wings, which makes for an amusing game of hideand-seek to find them all. The actual bidding happens in a featureless sale room off to the side, but if you get bored, there’s always the opportunity to go and ponder the cutaway Napier Sabre engine that powered the original Typhoon tank buster. This monster H24 is an amazing pair of sleeve-valve flat-12s, one on top of the other, geared together for a troublesome 37 liters and 2,200 hp. It weighs a ton, literally. If small is more your thing, early Minis are still in fashion, and here a 1961 Austin Seven saloon sold for $11k, repainted and retrimmed since it was bought at Bonhams’ Harrogate sale last November for $4,700, while a slightly better 1960 Morris Deluxe saloon made $14k. A lovely 1941 Lagonda V12 with sedanca de ville coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly and just 12k miles from new sold for $50k; a scratch-built Bugatti 35A replica with Triumph power did well to get $3k; and a rare Peugeot 202 Canadienne woodie that didn’t sell at Bonhams’ Paris Rétromobile auction two months previously went for the same $35k this time in Hendon. An Aston Martin DB6 Mk I done to Vantage spec was fair at $167k, considering that the market likes Mk IIs better, and a 1970 Ferrari 356GT 2+2 reflected its condition at $106k. Now the big hype for the next big-money 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I convertible, sold at $168,791 124 “unmolested” Bonhams consignment is the almost-original and quite tatty Mercedes-Benz W196, coming to market at the Goodwood Revival in September. Pundits appear to have settled on a market value of about $13m — I won’t be surprised if it does a lot more. © Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m 0 Sports Car Market 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. ENGLISH #340-1931 LAGONDA 2-LITER lowchassis tourer. S/N OH9900. Eng. # OHL21073. Green/green cloth/green leather. RHD. Odo: 9,731 miles. Fabric parts of body in good shape. Lovely timber/alloy running boards. Cracked older paint on scuttle. Leather with patina and light wear. Faded canvas top. Motor tidy with later SUs and electric fuel pump, since 1941. Jag was just a model name for the SS marque until 1943, when the name was changed due to sinister connotations. (So most correctly, this would be an SS Jaguar.) Sold at high end of estimate. #353-1938 MG TA drophead coupe. S/N but Autovac comes with the car, plus modern oil filter. Sold “as-viewed” due to declared clutch problem, even though it was replaced in 2012. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,025. Known as “Persephone,” this sold relatively cheap. Sorting the clutch can’t be that hard or expensive, as the transmission is very accessible. With the lovely patina, a relative bargain—a junior Bentley 3 Litre if you like, at less than half the money. #310-1933 RILEY 14/6 Kestrel 2-dr se- dan. S/N 44T317. Black/green leather. RHD. Complete and rotten resto project with the engine (a 12/6 unit and not the original 1,633cc unit) presented beside it. Radiator shell in reasonable shape, roof ragged, rest of body TA2610. Blue & aluminium/brown leather. RHD. Almost-completed project with all the heavy work done—new body frame and paneling, radiator and lamp plating is good. Motor is the better XPAG unit, as fitted to later T-series Midgets (this one taken from a 1952 YB, with Shorrock blower fitted). Original green instruments replaced with black-faced commissioning.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $49,854. At this money, $15k under lower estimate, there’s always the danger that it will become prey to a special builder, mostly because of its magnificent V12. I hope not... #306-1951 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80 utility. S/N 26100855. Eng. # 192570. Blue/buff canvas/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 12,247 miles. Tidy and restored. New canvas tilt and new seat vinyl. Last year of the 80, with headlights no longer behind the grille. Extra indicators are a bit of a shame but were probably added in period. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,146. Originally supplied to the RAF, hence the color. Mint restored SI Landies have been approaching $40k at U.K. auctions recently, and this was almost as nice for $15k less, making it look either a reasonable value or the right money, depending on your point of view. ones early in its life. Seat leather in decent order. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,707. In the vendor’s ownership since 1964. Bought today by the same dealers who purchased Lot 304, the Standard Vanguard, before the sale started, and immediately retailed for $8,500 more. Even with their cut, this is a worthwhile project and an imaginative way to acquire a rare car while knowing exactly what’s under the skin. #349-1941 LAGONDA V12 sedanca de falling apart and with prior accident damage. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,792. Offered at no reserve and sold where expected. It’s not vintage, but it has all the makings of a racer special, especially with the 6-cylinder engine. #371-1936 JAGUAR SS saloon. S/N 11469. Green/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 88,114 miles. An excellent older resto, refreshed again in 2004. Straight and shiny, although with the usual small cracks in the paint on windshield pillars. Good chrome, dash and instruments. Seat leather not very old and only lightly creased. Non-original engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,415. In this family ownership 126 ville. S/N 1606. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 12,030 miles. Magnificent slightly faded old thing, mileage thought to be genuine. Older paint with a few blemishes. Microblistered lights and radiator. Beautiful patina on front leather, bases redone. Will require “re- SOLD AT $97,695. Originally supplied to new York via Max Hoffman; back to the U.K. early in 2013. This is the right money for condition, and the originality helps overcome the paint issues. #339-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 673343. Eng. # W6989. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 62,714 miles. Restored 2009 when converted to right-hand drive, which included a new chassis—and explains why it has to wear the modern DVLA-supplied VIN SABTVR0372B268757, which looks suspiciously TVR-like. Very nice and tidy, although door fit is only fair, and it’s not quite the same white all over. Trunk floor is good. Stainless exhaust. Leather is plump and new. A quite Sports Car Market #334-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 672363. Black/red leather. Odo: 9,785 miles. Appealing old thing with cracked older (2000) paint. May once have been red. Door fit not bad (looks worse in the pictures). Sits right on tall whitewall crossplies. Seat backs redone. With tools and handbook. Cond: 3.


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. #312-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE lovely old thing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $95,961. Originally supplied to Hoffman in California, sold slightly cheaper than Lot 334, the other U.S.-supplied roadster in the same sale. Better condition makes up for a funky identity, I guess. #326-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 drophead coupe. S/N 807164. Maroon/buff cloth/buff leather. RHD. Odo: 42,752 miles. Really straight and proper with good door fit. Redone chrome better than average. Dash veneer and door trim excellent, seat leather, top and carpets still looking good 20 years after restora- dence. Seat leather unworn. Fiberglass hard top included, plus trailer wearing the car’s original wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,695. Apparently used for hillclimbing 1968–70. More important was the dry storage for 32 years, ensuring it remained a tidy and solid car. It sold for about average Frog money, making a tidy little buy, I reckon, especially with the trailer. #372-1959 TRIUMPH ITALIA coupe. tion. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $193,068. Strong money for an XK, but this had everything going for it—history, rarity (one of 479 RHD cars built) and condition. According to catalog, the car was sold twice by Bonhams in the ’90s (when it was Brooks), and again in 2009 when purchased by the seller. #357-1958 MGA 1500 coupe. S/N HND4338508. Blue/black vinyl. Restored in the U.S. Straight, not rotten and matchingnumbers. Repaint in original color, good chrome overall, new bumpers with a few polish marks. Interior in unworn vinyl is said to S/N TS51639LCO. Eng. # TS51658E. Red/tan & black vinyl. RHD. Roughly presented in stripped form—front fenders sawn off and crudely stitched back on, then painted over with a sandy brush to keep the rust at bay. Bizarrely, seats have been retrimmed and refitted. “Triumph Italia” script thought to be roadster. S/N AN520031. Eng. # 9CUH19372. White/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 77,987 miles. Cataloged as a “competition roadster.” It rides on wide steelies, allegedly with a “full race” engine with oil cooler, large oil light on the dash and a Weber 45, but rest of spec is unclear. Quoted engine number is for original 948-cc. Tidy and solid with brazed body seams. Lots of Waxoyl in evi- than Lot 348, the 1961 Mini on offer here. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,887. ...And the money bore this out. The market decided it was worth $3k more than the white one, and I think that’s fine. #348-1961 AUSTIN MINI 2-dr sedan. S/N AA2S778868. Eng. # 8AMU66867. Offwhite/blue & white velour. RHD. Odo: 64,453 miles. Fair from a few paces, but rocker joints look wavy. Lots of sticky black underseal, subframes look OK. New repro interior. Sold with original warranty card and workshop manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,683. Sold by Bonhams at Harrogate in november 2012 for $4,741, then quickly restored. I’d like to think the restorer is losing money, but somehow doubt it. Fairly bought and sold. #381-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I con- vertible. S/N 850060. Eng. # R12299. White/black fiberglass hard top/red leather. RHD. Odo: 65,000 miles. Rotten, dilapidated and completely original due to 30 years of dormancy, five of which were outdoors. With Lenham fiberglass hard top, no soft top in evidence. Originally a flat-floor car, but footwells and rear bulkhead have been modified for extra legroom (but they won’t be staying that unique. For the very talented, or those rich enough to keep signing the checks. Cond: 5-. NOT SOLD AT $23,174. Originally LHD, converted to RHD early in its life. It’s the first production model, so it’s worth saving—but how did such a historic car get so neglected for so long? nobody was brave enough on the day. be the original. Motor refinished, carbs polished. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,585. This checked all the right boxes, but I found it somehow unappealing. It sold cheap for an A, though, as the coupe is arguably more elegant than the roadster. 128 #352-1960 MORRIS MINI Minor De- luxe 2-dr sedan. S/N MA2S439812. Eng. # 8AU. Red/red & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 59,621 miles. Slightly overdone resto with chrome reservoirs and messed-up rockers, but nice original interior. Slightly more believable way for long). Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $168,791. Soared past its estimate to fetch three times Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. what was expected, reflecting the demand for original, unrestored cars. Sold in the room against eight telephones to a private buyer who immediately trucked up to a leading E-type restorer, so it’ll be a £250,000 car ($375k) by the time it’s done. One day prices will catch up... But you could have had Lot 384, the running, roadworthy DB6, for the same money. #304-1961 STANDARD VANGUARD Luxury Six sedan. S/N W3766DLBG. Eng. # W3249HE. Green & cream/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 62,128 miles. Series III is last of the Vanguards, Standard’s big sedan (of the time), with motor that later went into the Triumph 2000 and GT6. Straight and shiny with good paint and chrome. Leather rubbed shiny but polish marks and microspecks. Newish leather only lightly creased. Doors feel a bit woolly but haven’t actually dropped yet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $167,057. Although this looked OK, it sold for the same price as the total basket-case DB6 that sold at Bonhams’ annual all-Aston sale at newport Pagnell two weeks later—because, well, it might ultimately need just as much work. Let’s hope it was bought realistically rather than bravely. #311-1969 LOTUS ELAN Series 4 con- not unduly worn. Engine and transmission rebuilt. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,107. Rare. Rarer in this great condition. And rarer still because it’s an automatic, which Brits don’t usually like, but it’s better than struggling with a column manual. Bought immediately before sale by a pair of dealers who know what they’re doing and retailed for $5k more. #368-1965 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM V limousine. S/N 5BV97. Eng. # PV48B. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 17,727 miles. Magnificent and imposing. Restored almost 20 years ago, and exhibited at Bonhams’ Brooklands sale in December. All in good order with excellent leather, basketweave paint detail is Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,817. Used just sparingly lately, as it’s been owned by an American who’s rarely in the U.K. Fair money for a fair and usable Elan that, due to average condition and Strombergs, doesn’t exactly blow Lotus aficianados’ socks off. #308-1971 FORD ESCORT Mexico 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATLU17106. Eng. # NC00463. White/black vinyl. RHD. Described in the catalog as an RS1600 Mexico, which is actually decals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,706. The catalog says the vendor purchased the car at Brooks’ Olympia sale in 1995. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that it sold at Sotheby’s in Hendon in 1986 for $63k, when it was described as a 1961 car (SCM# 14966). Here it went slightly over estimate—quite a lot of money, but then it is a huge amount of car. #384-1969 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB64064R. Eng. # 4004240. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 84,727 miles. 130 real thing, but it might fool a few people. Crafted a few years ago and just settling in, nicely dusty and used. Power is from a 2-liter Triumph straight six. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,268. Probably a pretty fun ride and goodlooking for less money than a Riley, which it will outperform. A bit of an oddity with no intrinsic value, but it will make people happy, and therefore I’d say worth the strong money, about the same as a decently quick second- Sports Car Market vertible. S/N H58698. Eng. # L179208. Red/ black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 65,071 miles. Microblistered paint but good original interior including door and side trim. Strombergs still have original airbox and trunking. nally sold this, as he was able to buy the real thing (the “Hairy Canary”). Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $86,500. As it’s neither fish nor fowl (and looks too much like a replica), it failed to meet reserve. Although I thought the $122k–$153k pre-sale estimate did seem reasonable. #359-1990 BUGATTI TYPE 35A replica roadster. S/N KAJ139669. Eng. # ME76789HE. Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,636 miles. I wouldn’t normally include a Bugatti replica, but this isn’t just one of those ghastly Beetle-based kits. It’s one man’s fairly freehand copy of a Type 35 in fiberglass and aluminium, correct in layout and spirit and nicely proportioned—not as elegantly detailed as the Restored in Holland in late ’90s, returned to the U.K. in 2011, re-registered on its original number. Upgraded to Vantage spec. Fettling continues, and now fitted with tall rear-axle ratio. Older repaint with some bubbles at base of windshield pillars. Chrome fair with a few stretching it a bit (a Mexico is essentially an RS1600 with much cheaper 1600 pushrod power). In very good restored order all around. Later Recaro seats, “bunch of bananas” exhaust. Many Mexicos originally had wide steelies, so we’ll forgive the polished Minilite copies. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,707. not excessively expensive for the way all real RS Mk Is are going, and the sliding sunroof should help save it from being made into a competition car. 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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. hand Caterham and with much the same driving appeal—although the vendor, who bought it at Bonhams’ 2005 Beaulieu sale for $36k, has put only about 250 miles on it (SCM# 40108). FRENCH #360-1948 PEUGEOT 202 Canadienne woodie estate. S/N 715608. Eng. # G2X1839. Maroon & wood/beige cloth. Odo: 87,801 km. In good restored condition. Timber in excellent order, aside from a few bits of filler puddled in. Roof panel riveted, some wear and patching of seat cloth, rear bench under a cover. Interior wood door panels good. Motor original and a bit grubby. With French Carte pre-sale estimate of £450–500k ($690k– $765k). Bidding petered out nowhere near a fair number, even for a car with slight needs. Perhaps bidders were nervous about how slight its apparent needs actually were. #328-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D sedan. S/N 18901022002647. Eng. # M189980K2892. Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 98,590 miles. Solid and straight old resto project that’s all there. Dash all present and correct, some chrome is dulled, beautiful patina Grise. Said to be one of about 3,000 such woodies made, and very few remain with us. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,719. not sold in February at Bonhams’ Rétromobile sale at a high bid of $39k against a $35k lower estimate (SCM # 215229). This time the estimate was $3k lower, and in the end the seller settled for the same high bid it reached in Paris. It would have saved time, hassle and expense had he accepted it the first time around. GERMAN #356-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002405. White/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 36,388 miles. Overall good, with fairly recent repaint, newish leather and decent carpets. Excellent door fit, brightwork fair with a few scratches and microblister marks. Various new bits under hood. New aluminium radiator, but there’s a bit of silverpaint resto going on here too. Sale-room no- on leather. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,475. Originally supplied to McAlpine family, of construction fame. Sold over estimate—but then its mechanical parts could form the basis of a 300SL replica, as the SOHC “six” is from the same maker and looks vaguely similar. And then you could put an SBC in this... #396-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. White/ black leather. RHD. Straight, with recent repairs to wheelarches, front fenders and floors. Not the best color. Fair brightwork. Dash top good. Leather creased but not yet BEST BUY cracked, but with hole on driver’s bolster. Locked but said to be low mileage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,512. Sold at the cheaper end of the market for these, but the price paid was all the seller was looking for. Quite a deal, considering that the SCM Pocket Price Guide values these at $45k–$90k. ITALIAN tice reads, “Due to a period of storage the engine would benefit from a service and tune.” Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $630,000. In a private collection from 2005. not sold against a August 2013 #385-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 13857. Metallic gray/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,487 miles. Straight car, but cracks in paint on scuttle and issues evident underneath at top of door pillars. Leather cracked in back, plump and unworn in the front. Factory a/c. Possibly full of worries, but stickers of specialist Nick Cartwright are at least promising. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $106,365. Sold new to Hong Kong, originally gold, into U.K. in the 131


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Bonhams Hendon, U.K. yesterday)—this could not climb over its fair $10k bottom estimate. AMERICAN #390-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 237375K126944. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 97,917 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in U.S. Slightly rushed prep around rear window. One slight ripple on left flank, one tiny ding in front bumper. Stock underhood. Original interior with faded car- mid-’90s. As there’s no knowing exactly what’s under the skin, it did well to get this far—although it looks a far better buy than the total resto-project 330 GT that Bonhams sold at Harrogate last year for much the same money (SCM# 214221). #376-1972 FIAT 500L 2-dr sedan. S/N 110F5095009. Pale blue/black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 73,629 km. Restored in 2002. Straight and shiny, solid underneath, but some rust creeping out and a few bubbles in the paint around the front. Beautifully pre- muscle cars that did the U.K. auction rounds in 2012—none of which sold. This time all were offered at no reserve, and that created enough interest to garner half-sensible prices. I reckon the buyer got something of a bargain. #387-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379N111130. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 77,111 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice and straight. Restored and mechanically rebuilt, now with 600-cfm carb on Edelbrock manifold. Well optioned with window tint, a/c, pets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,610. Originally sold in Texas and stayed there until 2010 with its first owner, who lost interest after it was restored. Last seen at Bonhams Beaulieu in September 2012, where it no-saled at an undisclosed high bid (SCM# 218526). This time it was offered at no reserve and took a fair price near the top of the estimate range. Fairly sold and slightly well bought. sented with skis and poles on rear rack. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $7,725. In Italy until 2011. Despite its appeal—just what trendy Londoners are looking for (or maybe that was #389-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S734222. Riverside Gold/black fiberglass hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 81,856 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. L46 convertible with hard top and manual shift, a spec that appeals to European buyers. Nicely restored in 2003 and holding up well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,610. This was part of a small collection of late-’60s power brakes, tilt steering wheel. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,036. Most Brit buyers probably wouldn’t get this, as it doesn’t have a screaming chicken on the hood, but no reserve meant it sold this time around after several fails in 2012, at a fair price for Europe that would look expensive in its homeland. #388-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370B195509. Blue/gray vinyl. Odo: 74,122 miles. 396-ci (actually 402) L34 V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely restored in 2008 with period battery and repro engine bay tags, now with a few light swirl marks in paint. Has all the extras including cowl induction, Strato front bucket seats, tinted glass, power steering, performance sus- pension, Positraction and push-button radio, plus Muncie shifter, extra temp gauge. As clean underneath as it is up top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,829. Originally supplied to Pennsylvania, into U.K. 2010. Offered at several U.K. auctions in 2012 to no interest, but this time it was no-reserve, so it was going to sell. It went some way under the estimate range of $38k–$46k, but looked fair for one of these at a U.K. auction. © 132 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Highlights from Mecum Kansas City and Auctions America Carlisle Kansas City 2013 ENGLISH #394-1957 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDK4333739. Blue/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 2,969 miles. Three-owner car; in current PA ownership for 20 years. Billed as a “totally restored example with 2,800 miles since completion.” High-quality restoration. Paint job is straight and even from front to back. The color strikes me as being uncommon only because I don’t recall seeing it before. Excellent brightwork. Wire wheels are nicely detailed. 1936 Ahrens-Fox BT fire engine, sold at $132,500 Company: Mecum Auctions Location: Kansas City, MO Date: April 25–27, 2013 Auctioneers: Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, Matt Moravec, Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold/offered: 446/699 Spring Carlisle 2013 Sales rate: 64% High sale: 1936 Ahrens-Fox fire engine, sold at $132,500 Buyer’s premium: $300 up to $5,499; $500 for $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Driver’s door is off; all other panels are properly aligned. MG hood ornament is loose. Dual exhaust. Seats look new. Engine bay detailed. OHC model. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,900. nothing serious to “red flag” here and nothing to dislike either. Simply a wellsorted car that stood out in spite of its diminutive size. Clearly, the right buyer was in the room this time around. Well sold. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #386-1959 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS63757L. Red/white vinyl/gray vinyl. Odo: 41,789 miles. Not much to fuss over here. Appealing color combo. Smooth, welllaid paint looks new. Scuffing on rear bumpers, pitting on front bumper. Knockoff wire wheels. Interior has a pleasant smell and worn-in feel. A second soft top is in the trunk. Engine compartment isn’t accessible. Gray cladding on rear fenders matches interior and is a distraction. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. A clean and excellent car. The gray interior may not have worked for everybody, but it grew on me the more I looked at it. It should’ve brought a few grand more. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. 1969 Chevrolet Caprice, sold at $4,510 Company: Auctions America Location: Carlisle, PA Date: April 25–26, 2013 Auctioneers: Brent Earlywine, Ben DeBruhl Automotive lots sold/offered: 105/225 Sales rate: 47% 134 Sales total: $2,209,495 High sale: 1959 Chevrolet Corvette 283/290 Big-Brake fuel-injected convertible, sold at $148,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal #307-1969 MGB GT coupe. S/N GHD4U180279. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 89,317 miles. Out of long-term storage. Paint shows chips, peeling, rust, scratches— BRG is a saving grace. Large area of paint missing in left headlamp nacelle. Hood fit slightly off. Doors creak. Interior a dingy place to watch the world pass by. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $3,500. This was claimed to Sports Car Market


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Roundup have undergone recent maintenance, which left me puzzled as to what was actually done. The car will require reconditioning to bring it to respectable driver-quality condition. In its present state, the high bid should have been enough. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #132-1978 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE con- vertible. S/N FM72163UO. British Racing Green/tan leather/tan leather. Odo: 83,055 miles. Newer restoration of original car. Flawless paint. New top in excellent condition. Large scuff marks in same place on right and left sides of front bumper. Discolored scuff mark on rear bumper. Sport mirror, rear-deck fuel cap. Beautiful interior. Door lining wrinkled. AM/FM radio. SCCA National Champion plaque on glove box. Trunk has spare, original black vinyl top, and new black boot in 1990. Listed $5k over the regular Vanden Plas model when new. Indulging in those luxurious Connolly seats, I had a hard time believing this cat’s two decades of age. That’s how nice it looked and felt. Last seen at Mecum Indy in May 2012, where it fetched $7.5k (SCM# 205841). The seller took a hit here, while the buyer got a very good deal. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #380-1999 BENTLEY AZURE convert- ible. S/N SCBZK14EOXCX61717. White/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 37,052 miles. Twoowner car in nearly as-new condition. Distinctive paint is creamy smooth, touched up in a few places. Scuff marks on front bumper and left rear wheel. Small dent on left headlightsurround and right fender. Dirt spots on tan top. Center console, wood, dash, rear seats, carpets, and headliner are all in excellent condition. Clock doesn’t work. Engine bay and cover. Engine said to be overhauled. Valve cover painted red. Rare factory overdrive. Documentation included. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,400. not much to fault here except, of course, those awful government-mandated black rubber bumpers. I really like the looks of these spirited British racers, and the iconic BRG color ups the classy quotient. These don’t come up for auction all that often. The seller invested good money here, but I think it’ll be a challenge to profit much beyond the high bid that was offered here. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #110-1990 JAGUAR VANDEN PLAS Majestic sedan. S/N SAJMY174XLC605866. Regency Red/tan leather. Odo: 67,289 miles. One of 527 produced. Only color scheme available. Paint okay, shows swirls, minor chips, orange peel on hood. Chrome side strip coming undone. Scuffing on factory alloys. Sumptuous interior. Burled wood peeling on driver’s air vent. Broken sun-visor latches. Connolly seats creased from use. Clean wine-colored carpets. Seatbacks sport fold-out picnic tables. Includes original dealer sales sheet and August 2012 oldcarsreport.com pricing report. Has all available options. Power sunroof standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $4,400. Jaguar’s top-of-the-line 4-door sedan 136 trunk are clean and in good order. Said to have undergone a recent detailing and service. All keys, books and tools come with car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,950. A three-ton convertible that oozed solid build quality and sophistication in its white-and-tan livery. Sold at the top of the price range according to the SCM Pocket Price Guide, but still at a fraction of the cost when new. Well bought and sold. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #118-2002 JAGUAR XK8 convertible. S/N SAJDA42C12NA2893. Black/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 55,053 miles. Said to be an original car, but with a freshly rebuilt engine. Nice paint overall; some swirls, minor Sports Car Market


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Roundup peeling on driver’s door. Scratches and chips on bumpers. Good glass. Well-weathered interior with the center console showing some wrinkles. Canvas top has dirt stains, as do both door linings. Carpets are clean. Clean trunk with car cover. Hood latch doesn’t work, can’t inspect engine compartment. Heated seats, keyless entry, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, factory alloys. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,230. XK8 prices have been on a slippery slope this past decade, but have recently shown signs of stabilizing in the mid-teens. Given this car’s well-above-average condition, I’d have to call it well bought. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. GERMAN #359-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 455994. Slate Gray/red leather. Odo: 74,434 miles. Four-owner car, miles believed correct. Engine replaced twice: with a ’69 in 1977; then with a ’66 in early 2000s. Claimed to have 10k miles on it since. Older respray looks sharp. Jambs and trunk are claimed to retain original paint. Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Has correct date-coded spare and wheels, original jack, tools and air pressure gauge. Meticulous sanding scratches on the vent window moldings. Original motor, which looks the part of being stock, but punched out to 1600 cc. Stock exhaust, but canted downwards. Almost runs too quietly. Rebuilt suspension and converted to Karmann Ghia front-disc brakes. Full reproduction interior kit, expertly installed and yet to show appreciable wear. Heavily faded shift pattern decal just beneath the radio delete plate. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,660. 1968 was the first year that all cars sold in the U.S. were required to have their VIns visible from the outside. However, this one didn’t have the tag on top of the dash like all later cars. So either this was an early example or it grew legs when the new dashpad was installed. The reserve was surpassed at $10,500, yielding a good day for the consignor but not a bad day for the buyer. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #342-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412010653. Red/red hard top/Parchment leather. Odo: 32,004 miles. Stunning paint is well applied; smooth and consistent from front to back. Clearly benefits from being inside under the Expo Center lights. Off-white pinstriping shows no peeling. Clear glass. Excellent panel fit; signature Stated to have all-new brakes and lines, CV joints. A claimed award-winner at VW shows, but no documentation provided. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,250. This was a standout at this event with tasteful use of accessories. The fantastic color combination really captured the essence of the car. Of note was the body-matching glovebox door set against the wood dash—proof that beauty is in the details. The exceptional presentation warranted more than this bid. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #112-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D9GA038124. Brown metallic/brown canvas/brown leather. Odo: 146,447 miles. Unrestored car in remarkably nice condition after nearly 150k miles. Mostly straight, minor blemishes. Chrome and trim pass muster. Crack and scuffing on rear rubber bumper guard. Very presentable interior looks new. Carpet lining along lower dash is coming undone. Rear passenger’s area behind seats is missing brown carpeted liner. Wood cracked in center console. Custom Sony radio with XM. Clean trunk. Driver engine attention to engine bay. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. First year of the often-overlooked 912. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. A seemingly straight, rust-free, wellsorted car. There aren’t many cars that really shine in gray paint, but this 912’s snazzy red interior made for a great contrast. Auctions America went to great lengths in detailing this car’s history, which helped lift the bidding, and high bid should have satisfied the seller. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #S222-1968 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 118124427. Blue/light gray vinyl. Odo: 41,397 miles. Stated to have had a recently completed restoration. Good paint where easily seen, but gets light towards the bottom of the car. New non-OEM windshield. All-new weatherseals, so the doors take a more concerted effort to properly close. Light “thunk” when doors close. Wears later-model Mercedes alloys. Dual exhaust. Classy interior beckons. Shift knob missing. Carpets soiled a smidge. Period radio. Trunk lock missing, can’t see what’s inside. Engine compartment in very good order. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $25,300. The buyer knew what he had and snapped this up for a song. Well bought indeed. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #326-1971 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA coupe. S/N 1413044670. Signal Orange/rosewood leatherette. Odo: 55,670 miles. Miles stated to be original. Three-owner car. Last driven in 2003. Superb cosmetic reconditioning. Resprayed to a high standard. Shiny wheels, new tires. Invigorated interior with original seats. Racy Super Indy threespoke steering wheel. Stock radio with 8-track. Pioneer speakers. New window cranks and shift knob. Engine and tranny rebuilt. bay with no signs of leaking. Removable hard top. Factory alloy wheels. Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,040. I so desired one of these when they first came out. The simplicity of the design, coupled with its inherent sportiness and classic Mercedes look, oozed just the right mix of understated elegance and sport. Fast forward 25-plus years, and my feelings haven’t changed. A delight to see a high-mileage example lovingly maintained. Sold at less than half the $18k lower estimate of the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Well bought. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #352-1995 PORSCHE 993 Carrera coupe. S/N WPOAA29935S320953. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 41,999 miles. Three-owner car. Immaculate inside and out. Only real blemish is some scratches on the rear fender. Aside from that, the original paint is in showroom condition. 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Roundup books/records, factory tools, jack, spare, air pump and disposable gloves. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. The 993 was the last of the air-cooled Porsches. This had everything going for it, and the high bid was a tad light by a few grand. Seller may face better prospects at a European-focused sale. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. ITALIAN #391-1981 FERRARI 308 GTSI Spider. S/N ZFFAA02AXB0037035. Red/ black targa/ tan leather. Odo: 19,291 miles. Low miles stated to be correct. Terrific paint with no swirls or major blemishes. Wheels show no curb rash. Interior can be described as “tired” or “good patina,” depending on your point of view. Dingy carpets could use a cleaning. Ditto for the headliner. Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Heated rear window. Spare tire in front trunk. Engine shows use, but overall fairly clean. Original window sticker with car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,000. Given condition, the winning bid was pretty much on the mark. There are many of these on the market for less money than this. You could buy a cheapie, only to risk facing the music later when your desk drawer starts filling up with service and repair bills. A fair deal for both buyer and seller. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #162-1987 FERRARI MONDIAL con- vertible. S/N ZFFXC26AXH0073729. Red/ black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 12,166 miles. Low-mileage car in stunning condition. Red paint nearly flawless with only a couple of minor chips. No dents, nicks or scuff marks. Glass is crystal-clear. Interior looks barely used, although seats have worn-in feel. All instruments and controls in good working order. Trunk is clean, has spare tire. Can’t open hood to inspect engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,775. I had to take a few walks around the car to find anything worth noting. With only 12k miles from birth, the car was obviously pampered. Probably just used for weekend jaunts and the occasional commute. Mondials are low in the Ferrari pecking order, but the 140 doesn’t close properly. Underhood shows light use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,025. A wellprepped Spider that didn’t need a whole lot to make it bona-fide exceptional, although the green/tan color scheme reminded me of a “spot of tea and biscuit” rather than an espresso and biscotti. not that it mattered here, as it hammered for an above-market price. A good case study on the importance of pre-auction prep work. Well sold. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. AMERICAN #S121.1-1931 CADILLAC 355A V8 roadster. S/N 805736. Red & black/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 86,201 miles. 355-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Wears an AACA 1996 National First Prize grille badge, but it certainly isn’t Newer seat upholstery. One of only nine mighty series BTs ever built. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $132,500. When they lit this off, it sounded and felt like half of a Rolls-Royce aircraft engine. There’s a dedicated following for this kind of quality vintage apparatus, with Ahrens-Fox at the top of the pecking order— especially this example, with the frontmounted piston pump and polished pressure tank above it. I figured it might have a shot at a six-digit selling price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #F167-1936 INTERNATIONAL C-30 fuel-tanker truck. S/N C3026950. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 35,515 miles. Fitted with a periodcorrect Butler three-compartment fuel tank, with paint and graphics authentic for White Eagle gasoline. Good-quality repaint, but some paint cracking where fenders mount to frame. Restored with new seals, fender welting and tires. Plain seat upholstery with good Sports Car Market and radio-delete. On aftermarket Panasport alloys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,500. Most Spiders at auctions are ridden hard and put away wet while the really nice ones seem to trade quietly among Alfa loyalists. This was one of the better ones seen lately in Auctionland, and it was a fair deal for all parties. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #331-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER S/N ZARBB42N1M60102. Green/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 12,336 miles. Original paint and pinstriping generally good. A few scratches, scuff marks and light chips from use. Canvas top has dirt spots. Vented windows open with effort. Dual sport mirrors. Factory alloys. Interior aging nicely. Seats are a little dirty but have a pleasing worn-in feel. Glovebox buyer—a first-time Ferrari owner—couldn’t have been happier. Very well bought. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #S183-1989 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate. S/N ZARBA5640K600- 0499. Black/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 45,724 miles. Good original paint with light scuffing. Excellent original top with just a hint of milkiness in plastic backlight. Minimal seat and carpet wear. Light cracking at bottom of dashboard. Cleaned up under the hood. Factory a/c winning any national awards now, as its old restoration is unwinding. Paint losing luster (and not helped by repeated buffing). Two holes in bottom of cowl where body tag was. All brightwork tarnished. Dry-rotting tires on orange-painted wire wheels. Seats cracking and splitting. Modern black seat belts. Dulling finish on steering wheel and shift knob Bakelite, but not cracked. Engine bay and undercarriage need detailing. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $118,720. This once-proud old lady is no longer worthy of the AACA badge on the grille. To get this much wear means that it was either used as a daily driver (unlikely) or just stored poorly. The reserve was passed at a reasonable $87k, and bidding just kept going. Add in a $60k redo, and it will be worth $130k–$150k when it’s all done, so the buyer looks upsidedown already. One of the top sales of the day. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S201-1936 AHRENS-FOX BT fire en- gine. S/N 4017. Red/black leather. Odo: 15,312 miles. 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Roundup workmanship. Clean, well-detailed motor, even if it’s not supposed to be Green Diamond plus modern hose clamps on an upper radiator hose that was originally straight but now bent. A modern turn-signal quadrant is the only Green. Runs out well; weak idle when cold. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,260. This no-saled across the block at $25k. When I spoke with the owner before it crossed the block, he indicated that he had more than that into it—and more than what was finally agreed to postblock. The market for trucks bigger than one ton is rather volatile. I’ve seen worse tankers sell for more, and I’ve seen better tankers sell for less. With a tie-in that’s local (as White Eagle was based out of Kansas City until it became part of Mobil), settling for this amount was the best route for all parties involved. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #F62-1945 FORD GPW military vehicle. S/N GPW269428. Olive gloss/olive drab canvas/olive drab canvas. Odo: 36,706 miles. Overall very competent restoration except for high-gloss finish; motor green rather than the original gray. Fuel strainer missing, but underhood otherwise spiffy. Newer reproduction top and seat canvas. Original and dryrotted shift lever boots, new tires. Dinged-up original dataplates with an acceptance date of May 22, 1945. Modern shift knob on main non-stock component in the fully restored interior. Column shifter reads “N, 1-4, 1-3, 1-2, R,” confirming 4-speed HydraMatic transmission. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,820. One would think that the few Chevys to get HydraMatics would all be V8s—especially on a high-end Cameo. (On a six, one would expect a Powerglide.) The $40k reserve went past like the Burlington Zephyr and finally pulled into the station at this healthy price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S148-1955 CHRYSLER C-300 2-dr hard top. S/N 3N551756. White/tan leather. Odo: 26,675 miles. 331-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Serial-number tag attached with large modern pop rivets. Per the shop that restored the car, it was sold new in Omaha and has been with the same family since. Restored 1998–2000, and then scored 93.7 points at that year’s Chrysler 300 Club national meet. Superb prep, paint and panel fit. Brightwork excellent overall. Rear suspension sits a tad low. Well-restored wingnut-style fasteners on stock finned valve covers. All chrome lacks luster. Stock wheel covers and older radial tires. Light staining on carpet, but rest of restored interior shows only slight wear. Equipped with power steering and T&C radio. Hard top only. Fitted with modern a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,150. At a bid of $27k, the auctioneer said, “Move it out, we’ve gotta go.” Less than one lot later, it was announced sold. Market-correct price paid. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S102-1959 RAMBLER CUSTOM CROSS COUNTRY wagon. S/N D741008. Beige & coral/black & white vinyl. Odo: 8,671 miles. 195-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Most trim removed for decent newer repaint. Mostly original weatherstripping. Dry-rotting vent window seals. Original chrome and trim fading and dull. Good original interior, with some seam separation starting on front seats. Periodaccessory stoplight viewer prism on dash. Period-style girly decals on crank-down rear transmission. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,080. If the restorer’s intention was to make it “like new,” swing and a miss. not only was it shiny rather than matte, it did not have the painted hood numbers. And more often than not, there were paint runs and imperfections from hurried and limited prep work. Still, one could do a lot worse. At least it wasn’t loaded down with lots of ancillary crap, as is so typical. Reserve lifted after steady bidding. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S110-1955 CHEVROLET CAMEO pickup. S/N H255F019333. White & red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 82,999 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. What chrome hasn’t been replated is reproduction replacement. Fitted with period windshield visor. Furniture-grade highgloss wood oak box floor planks. Engine paint overspray on intake and exhaust manifolds, 142 interior, with only some light seat wrinkling. Show-quality engine bay detailing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $71,020. Since the 300 was the new performance car from Chrysler and was doing quite well in nASCAR, it was in demand for PR stunts at motorsports events. It was claimed that nASCAR driver “Tiny” Lund drove this very car at an event at Offutt Air Force Base when the car was new, clocked at 143 mph on the flightline. Bidding passed the reserve at $47k and remained spirited until the end. Well bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S153-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH246975. Fiesta Red/red hard top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 73,277 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 1980s to better-than-driver standard, minimally used since. Exterior paint presents well but has some light chips on panel edges. Generally clean motor lacks detailing. Incorrect window. California black license plates, 2012 tabs. Recent light undercoating. Recently painted motor, with decent masking and mostly new service parts such as distributor cap and plug wires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,320. This wagon was unsuccessfully bid to $21k, where everyone retreated on the block. By the end of the weekend, one of those folks anted up, and the consignor acquiesced slightly. Have to call that fair. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #T109-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza wagon. S/N 20935W220902. Ermine White/red vinyl. Odo: 67,366 miles. 146-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Presentable older piecemeal repaint, with some flaking on left rear roof post and a crack at bottom of rear liftgate. Good original stainless trim; older replated bumpers. Tidy and well-maintained motor, with a new distributor cap and plug wires. NOS oil filler cap, retaining original GM sticker. Repro seats and carpeting. Optional padded dash shows the heaviest fading, plus a few cracks. 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Roundup accessory roof rack, modern surfboard lashed to it. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,130. It’s generally agreed that Chevy quit making Corvair wagons by mid-1962, with the introduction of the convertible and Spyder package. However, there are a few documented later-production wagons, probably built as a parts clean-out procedure. This example comes darn close to the end of production—the body tag codes out the third week of January. Wagon values are starting to pick up like the Forward Control trucks did a decade ago, now giving convertibles—far more of which survive today—a run for their money. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S119-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 21847S288354. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 13,076 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very well-prepped bare-body repaint. Good door fit and panel gaps. Show-chrome bumpers, all repop trim. Unable to read the engine-block code, but little on it is stock anyway. Has a fairly robust exhaust note. Most Better-than-original repaint, plus powdercoated white trim. The few lightly crazed and fading chrome pieces look shabby by contrast. Inside of box sprayed with green bed-liner. Authentically restored interior, with repro seat coverings now showing light wrinkling. Recent cleanup under the hood; well-restored motor, now showing light discoloration from use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,000. 1965 was the first year Ford used the lightweight casting design inline sixes in the F-series trucks that premiered in the 1960 Falcon. Beefed up and enlarged, it was more durable and efficient than the 223 six that dated to Ford’s first OHV engines of 1952. Without even so much as a radio, this was a work truck to the most basic extreme. (Although without all that trim and other junk attached to it, a high-quality restoration is that much easier.) This era of Ford is starting to catch on, so not a bad buy. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #F131.1-1965 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 2-dr hard top. S/N 366575D105575. Light blue metallic/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 17,429 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Retains original Protect-O-Plate. Repaint not bad overall, but has poor masking lines and wavy bodywork in places. Poorly replated bumpers, with weak prep and etching on final layer. Rest of the original brightwork seats; rest of interior vinyl original and fading. Carpet is stained, as though by a leaky heater core. Optional bucket seats with center console, a/c, power steering and brakes, pushbutton AM radio. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,720. not as original as claimed, but still not a bad Caprice as a whole, and neither party has anything to complain about at this price. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S198-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4-dr convertible. S/N 6Y86G424906. Turquoise metallic/black vinyl/aqua leather. Odo: 12,671 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint presents well, but open any door or compartment and you’ll see sloppy masking or overspray. Brushed touch-up on right rear quarter-panel. Old bumper rechrome; serviceable original emblems and lightly dinged trim. Rear door glass does not retract like it’s supposed to when the door is opened, causing gauges are AutoMeter units set into the dashboard. New Cragar SS rims. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,450. Generally stock looking on the outside, and not too obnoxiously built up under the hood to be streetable. Recently seen at Mecum Houston, where it no-saled at $32k (SCM# 220233), pretty much confirming the price here. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #T65-1965 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10JK684975. Pagoda Green/green vinyl. Odo: 68,125 miles. 240-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Zero options. Restored approximately 5k miles ago. is better. Reupholstered seats; wrinkles on the side bolsters. Lightly detailed under the hood. Loaded up with power everything, a/c, Wonderbar AM radio and lots more. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,130. The Starfire had only one more year to go in 1965. Although this one was not on its last legs, it had a few issues that make this a market-correct price. Still an interesting driver, as there won’t be 75 others like it at the next cruise night. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #F208-1966 CHEVROLET CAPRICE 2-dr hard top. S/N 166476D160607. Medium blue metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 50,157 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage believed correct. Repaint done within past decade. Mostly original trim, with major pieces such as bumpers and grille somewhat dull. Expertly installed replacement vinyl roof. Lots of non-GM engine items. Replacement clearance problems. Heavier seat wear but no tears. Top appears weatherproof, but full cycle not demonstrated. Grungy, unkempt engine bay, not helped by a stated oil leak. Air inoperative. No reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,900. I like 1964–67 suicide-door Continental convertibles, and I really wanted to like this one (in my favorite color combo). However, iffy cars like this can turn into expensive, needy nightmares. Fools rushed in and bid madly where prudent Lincoln fans sat on their hands waiting for a better car. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S184-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S103906. Elkhart Blue/white vinyl/teal vinyl. Odo: 45,670 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent competent restoration. Good body prep with slight character line melting. Reinforced front wheelwell lips. Good repaint, with a few light chips touched up. Doors slightly low, but close well. Right rear wheel sits closer to body than left. Wrinkling on driver’s seat and driver’s footwell carpet. Light dings on original door sill plates from the seatbelt buckles. Originally came with two tops; black vinyl hard top not present here. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,010. The original tank sticker indicated that this 144 Sports Car Market


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Roundup was originally equipped with power windows, tinted windshield, telescopic steering column, AM/FM and speed warning. At Mecum KC in December 2011, it no-saled at $60k (SCM# 196212). Here it no-saled across the block at $57,500, reportedly needing $62k to get it sold. With commission, that’s what the buyer paid (post-block). Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #F258-1967 IMPERIAL CROWN 4-dr hard top. S/N YM43K73131302. Beige/ brown vinyl/brown & tan nylon. Odo: 54,845 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent old repaint outside, light overspray on a few components under the hood, including 1970s Clifford alarm box. Older motor repaint, now dusty. Heavier wiper-arm scratching. Dull chrome and brightwork. Good original seats with light bids. This price proves once again that 442s offer more bang for the buck than any Chevelle. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #145-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177G118725. Silver/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,711 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and pinstriping look new and in good order. Small dent on passenger’s door. American Racing Torq Thrust wheels shod with fresh Redline radials. Seats, mats, carpets show minimal wear. GTO-badged plastic strip above glovebox is cracked. Modified with HD sway bars and springs, hoodmounted tach, Holley 4-bbl, HEI ignition, and the final bid, yielding a full retail sale. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S94-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 8T02S173637. Lime Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 86,536 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original paint with plenty of battle scars. Metal airline “wings” from SAS on doors, as original owner was a pilot. Older seat redo with light wear. Requisite Carroll Shelby signature on driver’s visor. Has a/c, but belt not fitted. Modern spark-plug wires. Fitted with modern Shelby 10-spoke alloys shod wear. Several cracks in steering wheel. Modern sound system in a pod beneath the dash, with speakers tossed on rear package shelf. Suspension sits tail-high. With cruise control and a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,500. Imperials from the 1960s generally tend to get ignored, even by Mopar-heads—unless they are looking for a cheap 440 to pop into a 318 Barracuda. Fairly bought and sold. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S96-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 338177M270101. Black/red vinyl. Odo: 80,744 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with W-30 package, M21 4-speed, AM/FM, power brakes and steering. Stock steel wheels with Redline radials. Vastly better than original prep and paint, but some polishing swirls starting. Door and panel gaps are about as good as you can get on an A-body of this era. Still wears original red front fender liners, reportedly. Engine bay well restored Auto Gage gauges under dash. Pioneer speakers. Trunk locked, but stated to have extra parts. Shiny valve covers in driver engine bay. PHS documentation provided. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,425. A no-reserve sale. not a whole lot to pick on here. A solid GTO that wasn’t pretending to be brand-spanking-new but showed a healthy dose of TLC all the same. Sold below the $24k low estimate in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Well bought, but the seller shouldn’t be disappointed. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #S138-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177K131513. Pewter silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 79,187 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. PHS documentation confirms restoration to original configuration. Retains original engine, Turbo HydraMatic transmission with Hurst Dual Gate shifter and 3.36 differential. Equipped with power steering, power front disc brakes. Very good repaint a few years ago. Generally even panel gaps. with repop bias-ply Goodyears. Later-era FoMoCo 8-track added. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $77,380. Runner-grade GT500s are getting harder to come by, as most have been restored. This one should pretty much stay as-is, even if it’s not a Bloomington Gold “Survivor” original. With a little prep work, this would make a decent SAAC track-day car. The reserve was lifted at $72k—a decent sale for all involved. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #416-1969 GLASSIC roadster. S/N 304. Red & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 23,374 miles. Odd 1960s fiberglass replicar. Paint decent with a few dings. Average chrome and trim. New soft top. Bulky side curtains. Dual spare mounts, cowl lights, mirrors. Driver’s seatback ripped. Glittery dash, cheap white steering wheel. LED nightlight in dash. Kenwood radio with speaker. Mickey and Minnie Mouse cushions bonded to rear seats. IH Scout 4-cylinder engine and chassis. Cond: and detailed. All newer interior soft trim, showing no discernible wear. All in all, good enough for First in Class at the 2012 Olds Club nationals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,220. One of 337 W-30 hard tops, with the distinctive ducted Ram Air system. Bidding stuck at $35k until the consignor pulled the reserve, which got it going again for a couple more 146 Good bumper redo, replated trim. Good workmanship on reproduction interior soft trim. Authentically restored engine bay is showready. Modern a/c and wood-rim steering wheel added. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $43,460. The only way you could get a 3-speed Turbo HydraMatic in an A-body Pontiac in ’67 was to get a GTO, since the lesser Tempest and LeMans still had the 2-speed Pontiac version of the Powerglide. The reserve was lifted with 3. SOLD AT $6,490. The Glassic Company in Florida produced fiberglass-bodied replicas of the 1931 Model A Ford between 1966 and 1981 or so. Our subject car was one of 20 or 30 made for Abercrombie & Fitch, the apparel retailer, to sell in their Christmas catalog; that explained the custom “Abercrombie Runabout” medallion on the front. There’s a thin market for these. The SCM Auction Database shows the last sale of one at auction at Silver Sports Car Market


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Roundup Reno 2007 for $12k (SCM# 61692). This price seemed like a good deal to me. Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 04/13. #S131-1969 OLDSMOBILE HURST/ OLDS 2-dr hard top. S/N 344879M383476. White/black vinyl. Odo: 48,279 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new in Colorado; purchased from the original owner’s estate in 2009, now offered by the estate of second owner. Believed mostly original, showing actual miles. Some touch-up and color sanding noted, but majority is original paint with light crazing starting on the accents. Good, lightly dulling brightwork. Solid door fit. Excellent original interior with light carpet and seat sold new by Tyson Ford of Liberty, MO. Restored in recent years to MCA concours standards, although judging results not disclosed. Fitted with modern reproduction Magnum 500 #S109-1977 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 1Q87L7N556504. Brown metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 34,310 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bare-body restoration with excellent paint and good graphics application. All new weatherseals, but missing a few door bumpers. Door and panel fit no better or worse than original. Professionally installed repro interior soft trim with no wear. Stereo cut into dash where stock radio was; period aftermarket speakers added to rear package shelf. Contemporary Corvette L82 polished valve covers wear, plus a hint of musty seat padding. A pair of original dealer-accessory round Olds logo vinyl throw pillows are on the back seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $106,000. Way over-thetop price, due to the second owner’s widow having a $100k reserve, in order to ensure that it went to a deserving home and not someone who wants to flip it. Since both previous owners kept it until death did they part, I can see why someone stepped up here. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S170-1970 BUICK GSX 2-dr hard top. S/N 446370H321172. Saturn Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 16,901 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Competent older restoration has seen some use. Repaint not to show standard, but still presentable. Sanding scratches on rear window. Decent door and panel fit. Minimal wheels shod with radial tires, since it originally had trim rings and dog-dish hubcaps from new. No visible wear inside or out. Light flash rust starting on bare metal fasteners under the hood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $82,680. With a 351-powered Twister Special selling here at Kansas City in December 2012 for $138k (SCM# 214670), this one had pretty big shoes to fill. Instead, reality set in, and the reserve was off by $72k, with bidding inching up a grand at a time. Like last winter, this one sold over the phone—which seems odd, as one would think that Heartland locals would be the biggest fan base. Market-correct sale. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S31-1971 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800B Comanche SUV. S/N 883887 C434502. White & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 15,180 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed essentially original, showing actual miles, consigned by the family of the first owner. Wheels and tires are modern, but originals are included. Also includes original soft top and frame. Very well-cared-for original paint and graphics, with light chipping on some edges. Slight age cracking on graphics. Generally original under fitted in an otherwise stock engine bay. Generally tidy undercarriage. With a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,140. I still haven’t wrapped my head around the idea of a bare-body restoration being cost-effective on a second-gen Camaro. Values took a dip a few years ago and appear to be back on the uptick again. As such, bidding started at $10k and never looked back until it cleared the reserve at $19k. Market-correct. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S207-1977 FORD F-250 XLT Ranger pickup. S/N F25HCZ11692. Bahama Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 857 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. One-owner car with all documentation, showing actual miles. Completely original aside from modern battery and fluids. Still has the original 8-ply Firestone tires on split rims. Some paint wear on fender tops. AACA decal in back window. The box looks like the only wear on repro seats and carpeting. Dusty and dull gauges and upper dashboard. With a/c. Reportedly the 657th of 678 GSXs made in 1970. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,650. The holy grail of performance Buicks, which can show a Hemi its taillights. This one sold appropriately for a local show-grade driver. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. #S88-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 Twister Special fastback. S/N 0F05M118871. Grabber Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 83,413 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Displayed Marti Report shows it’s a real-deal Twister Special, 148 the hood; engine paint is flaking. Light wear on driver’s seat; other seats almost new. Optional 304E V8, automatic, rear seat, AM radio and sliding rear quarter-windows. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,900. Today no automaker would name a special edition after a native American tribe, but in 1971 IH ushered out the first-gen Scout with 2,000 of these, simultaneously introducing the Series II. Scouts continue to move up in value (as well as vintage SUVs on the whole). This one no-saled at $15k at Leake Dallas in november 2012 (SCM# 214544). Considering the low-mile originality, I’ll call it well bought here. Mecum Auctions, Kansas City, MO, 04/13. thing it has hauled is dust. With heavy-duty T-18 4-speed, limited-slip diff, tow package, power steering and brakes. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Sure, it’s something of an albatross that you really shouldn’t drive with under 1k miles on it, but it was still my favorite vehicle here. It’s perhaps best served as a restoration template for the legions of other ’70s Fords that are becoming more popular with each passing day. Value is somewhere between here and MSRP for its like-for-like 2013 replacement. 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Mystery Photo Answers It’s slowly drifting downwards in condition and value, so a restoration may be in its future — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: July 25, 2013 RUNNER-UP: I see the find, but where’s the barn? — Walter Babiuk, San Clemente, CA Chassis number matches engine number, but I’m not sure about the tree. — Joe Amft, Evanston, IL And the ad said: “Ran when parked.” — Brian Conlan, Seattle, WA This preservation-class woody has a lovely patina, don’t you think? — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA Forest find, good patina, comes with cache of exotic hardwood for new body if desired. You haul away — bring trailer and chain saw. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI The sale price includes all the materials for the restoration of that old woodie wagon. — Patty Hufnagel, Placentia, CA Now, just try and find a trunk that big on any of those new cars! — Billy Hufnagel, Placentia, CA Bucking popular fashion, Bob opted for a ground-down restoration. — Greg Davis, via email Ever wonder what eventually happens when you park your old woodie wagon behind the barn and forget all about it? — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO Step One in restoration: Start chain saw. — Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT Thank you for finding my car’s Certificate of Origin. — Al Zim, via email Comments With Your Renewals Best car mag I’ve read. Keep up the good work, Keith! — Lee Baker, Calgary, Alberta, Canada Keep up the GREAT MAG. Thanks! — Edward Pierce, Hypoluxo, FL Enjoying the ride! Thank you! — Thomas McLeod, Mountain Brook, AL As always, more reviews and pages. — Elliot Silber, New York, NY More motorcycles! — Glenn Pierce, Fresno, CA If possible, results from private-market sales and evalua150 tion. — Robert Crevaux, Wayne, NJ. Robert, we’ve never found a way, after trying for 25 years, to ensure that the information we get on private sales is accurate. Further, some buyers and sellers don’t want their private transactions discussed in public. Which is why we have stayed with reporting only on public sales, with the auction companies verifying to us in writing the results they announce. — K.M. Great Publication. Remember to mention coach builder of ALL coach built cars. Thanks! — Bill Longley, Atlanta, GA Why not print the date and title “footer” at the bottom of EACH I knew you would run that new sports car into the ground. — Tom Tate, Boston, MA SCM Publisher Martin was very tempted to add the project car to his collection, but he ultimately decided to pass when the realized that the block stamp appeared to be altered. — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA page. — Gary Fisk, Lomita, CA Gary, it’s not possible when ad- vertisers have full-bleed ads. — K.M. More Ford Mustangs 1964½–70 included in auction wrap-ups. Great magazine! Keep it up! — Richard Herrmann, Tulsa, OK Multi-million-dollar cars are fun, but please, more “everyday” cars. Please. — David Benck, Chicago, IL How about more stories about collectors, restoration shops, marque experts? — Steve Sargent, Pittsford, NY Always a fantastic read. Keith, good to see you at Boca Raton, an Never, ever leave your Yugo’s windows down in the rain. — Jeff Brock, Brentwood, TN The conception of the first Morgan. — John McNulty, W.Winfield, NY norman Vogel adds to his forest of SCM caps with a caption that perfectly captures a sales pitch we’ve all heard. © up-and-coming concours. — Ralf Berthiez, Mc Lean, VA Need orphan section… at least sometimes! — Scott Tisdale, Santa Barbara, CA How about an article on the Fiat 128SL or 1283P? — Ken Collen, Naperville, IL Please devote more space to the lower end of the market where most of us reside. $5k to $50k. P.S. Couldn’t live without SCM! — Robert Madaris, Beaverton, OR And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sports- carmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 972084797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you’ll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format.


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1981 Morgan Plus 8 1980 Porsche 911SC coupe Red/black. 28,277 miles. V8. A very rare factory Pantera GTS with 28,277 original miles. Still retaining its original interior with thousands of dollars spent in recent mechanical servicing. Known ownership history. Visit our website for additional details and photos. $79,500 OBO. Contact Adolfo, Luxury Brokers International, 215.459.1606, Email: sales@ lbilimited.com Web: www.lbilimited.com (PA) 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 coupe 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS coupe drive. 230-ci flathead, rebuilt .40 over, balanced, dual Stromberg’s on Offenhauser intake with Fenton dual exhaust. Rebuilt transmission, brakes, radiator and so on.$14,000. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/365 convertible S/N 194675S116320. Red/Red. 70,005 miles. V8, 4-Spd Manual. Rare 365-hp 327, ultra-rare factory air conditioning. 4-speed, power windows, power brakes, knock offs, leather, hard top, and more. Off frame restored by NCRS judge. Just 10% of the 1965 Corvettes had air conditioning—only 138 365-hp cars had air. $115,500. Motorcar Gallery, Inc, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery. com (FL) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette 427/425 coupe S/N R9021. Beige with burgundy fenders/burgundy. 4,135 miles. V8, 4-Spd Manual. A one-owner, 4,110 mile car. Appears to have original paint and interior. Pirelli P6 tires. Very clean Iris Imports turbocharged propane conversion. This is a surprisingly fast car that is a blast to drive. From the estate of a collector. $47,500. Motorcar Gallery, Inc, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery.com (FL) German 1976 Mercedes-Benz 450SL coupe S/N 91A0141843. Metallic Light Blue/black. 126,214 miles. 5-Spd Manual. Beautiful one-owner, California, rust-free 911SC. Meticulously cared for and maintained. Body fit, glass and paint in excellent condition. Includes service records, Clifford alarm system and original tool kit. A wonderful edition for the Porsche enthusiast. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/54 (CA) Italian 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe S/N 10174. Your passport into the world of Ferraris. Very desirable Euro bumpers, Hayashi Racing wheels and stainless exhaust. Recent paint in original color. Mechanically sound, CA smog exempt. $25,995. Contact Edwin, 818.715.7150, Email: edniles@ sbcglobal.net (CA) American 1948 Cadillac Series 61 club coupe Nassau Blue/bright blue. V8, 4-Spd Manual.Very nice Big-Block Corvette with the original 427/425 engine, transmission, rearend. New Al Knoch interior, power antenna, AM/FM radio, repro knockoffs and new Goldlines. Price is firm.$67,500. Contact Edward, 631.484.6337, Email: oldnelle@optonline.net (NY) Black/black. 138,000 miles. V8, 4-Spd Automatic. Very rare, nearly all original, completely rebuilt, everything works, drives great and wins trophies. Pictures and spec sheet available. $45,000 OBO. Contact Britt, 425.432.1231, Email: britt@careycreek.com (WA) 1949 Dodge Deluxe 2-dr sedan S/N 10704412035288. Blue/blue. 29,854 miles. V8, 4-Spd Automatic. Very well cared for, no rust, all original with low miles. Additional pictures available. $27,000 OBO. Contact Errico, 920.863.1345, Email: lisac@belgioioso.com (WI) S/N 01208. Red/black. V6, 5-Spd Manual. Only 3,500 miles since beautifully restored by Dutch exotic car specialist. Excellent condition throughout with new paint, rubber seals and chrome. Complete new interior with Daytona inserts. Engine and all other compartments are detailed to show standards. $234,500. Motorcar Gallery, Inc, 954.522.9900, Email: Contact@motorcargallery.com Web: MotorcarGallery.com (FL) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 coupe Elkhart Blue/Elkhart Blue and White. 67,000 miles. V8, 4-Spd Manual. I purchased this CA car from my 73-year-old neighbor who gifted it to her husband 38 years ago. I put 20,000 miles on it. Drivetrain and interior are rebuilt and redone. A/C added and it does not overheat. All it needs to be perfect is a paint job. $85,000. Contact Scott, 925.989.8102, Email: banshee880@comcast.net (CA) 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Green/84,501 miles. I6, 3-Spd Manual.Rebuilt to S/N 194677S101879. White/Red. 80,000 miles. V8, 4-Spd Manual.327/350, matching #’s, leather interior, vintage American Torq Thurst mags, frameoff concours restoration.$65,000. Contact Daniel, 858.926.6177, Email: sddan1@att.net (CA) 1967 Ford Mustang coupe Green/black. 105,181 miles. I6, 3-Spd Automatic.Four-owner Oregon car. 200-ci six/ 152 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery auto. Stock paint. SSBC front disc brake kit. 8-inch, 5-lug rear with new brakes. Vintage 15-inch Torq Thrusts w/new BFG T/As.$8,700. Contact Shawn, 503.796.0858, Email: pdxjeep@live.com (OR) 1968 Ford Mustang convertible 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS wagon mando.” 221-ci V6 dauntless motor and the standard 3-speed on the floor shift. Upgraded with CJ-7 power disk brakes and power steering. Safari top, many other upgrades.$15,000 OBO. Contact Jeffrey, 631.204.7886, Email: parzival@pipeline.com (NY) one of one R/T SE Charger in rare Eggshell White. Total body-off restoration with photos. Unheard of option list for R/T. Leather bucket seats, cruise control, air, rear-window defogger, deluxe interior package. Build sheet is original. Perfect mechanicals, tick toc tac. New glass, chrome, floors, trunk, interior, vinyl roof, etc. $45,000 receipts. Never hit. Rare class and muscle. Let the other guys all get orange.$45,000. Contact Mark, 816.830.2391, Email: tallsound@yahoo.com (KS) 1971 Chevrolet K10 4x4 shortbox pickup Green/green. V8, 3-Spd Automatic.Absolutely stunning restoration on a rust-free 10-out-of-10 Arizona car. 10 factory options including air conditioning, console, disc brakes, radio, power steering, dual exhaust, 302 4-bbl, deluxe wheels, power top with glass window, plus more. Numerous NW first place awards.$55,000. Contact Terry, 604.614.2228, (BC) (CAN) 1969 Jeep Commando 1979 Ford Mustang Indy Pace Car Pewter/Black. V8, 4-sp.5.0, restored. Rare factory a/c, and very early production car. One of few correct examples left. Buy this for much less than you can restore one.$16,000 OBO. Contact Steve, 586.291.1100, Email: slapp15@yahoo.com S/N 136460K137846. Blue/blue. 53,361 miles. V8, Automatic.400-ci V8 engine w/supercharger, TH400 automatic transmission, 3:23 posi rear, power steering and brakes, dual exhaust, factory air conditioning. This is the SS wagon Chevrolet should have made—but never did.$29,995. Iowa Auto Outlet, 515.986.0902, Email: aarons@iowaautooutlets.com Web: www.iowaautooutlets.com (IA) 1970 Dodge Charger R/T SE 2-dr hard top 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee LTD 5.9 SUV S/N KE141Z645465. Hugger Orange/black. 82,676 miles. V8, Automatic.4x4, 350-ci V8 engine, automatic transmission, fully restored. Rebuilt engine, transmission and transfer case, fresh Hugger Orange paint on a rust-free body, brand new wheels with Nitto mud terrain tires. Just in from Arizona. Only going up in value.$29,995. Iowa Auto Outlet, 515.986.0902, Email: aarons@iowaautooutlets.com Web: www.iowaautooutlets.com (IA) Grabber Blue/78,000 miles. V6, 3-Spd Manual.This is a rust-free example of the Jeep LWB CJ-6 “Com- S/N XS29U0G173576. Eggshell White/black. 93,000 miles. 440 Magnum, auto.Stunning presentation of Magnificently restored. $18k spent: New trans, trans cooler, radiator, new tires, ceramic brake pads, drilled/slotted rotors, muffler system, built-in radar/ laser detectors, 100w driving lights. Only serviced by Jeep dealer, all records. Approx. 1,000 made. Needs nothing. Motivated seller.$7,900 OBO. Contact Kenneth, 973.454.9009, Email: mokenb@aol.com (NJ) 2005 Ford GT coupe It’s so easy! We’ve made uploading your Showcase Gallery listings online easier. As an added bonus, we now feature multiple images for our web listings. www.SportsCarMarket.com /classifieds/place-ad 154 Sports Car Market Silver w/white stripe/black. 1,100 miles. V8, 6-Spd Manual. As-new condition with all books and records. All available options. $233,000 OBO. Contact John, 817.475.8955, Email: jjcouch1@tx.rr.com (TX) 2011 Shelby GT350 fastback S/N 1ZVBP8CF1B5116751. White/4,000 miles. V8, 6-sp.White with Guardsman Blue stripes. Light and fast with razor-sharp handling, perfectly balanced and powerful. One owner, never raced, with all manuals, records and promo materials. Break-in done correctly. Kept in an air-conditioned garage in FL. Like new.Contact Dan, 508.561.8616, Email: drourke@aol.com (FL) ©


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) 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) collection, formerly the biggest in the world according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) breaking auctions per year; Monterey, CA, every August and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team, led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House, Lyncastle Road, Warrington, England. WA4 4BSN www.handh.co.uk. (U.K.) Mecum Auction Company. 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & AucHollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, MO; Springfield, MO; and Phoenix, AZ. Combining some of the industry’s lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-5439393 or online at www.motoexotica. com. Worth the trip! Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (U.K.) Bonhams. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.bonhams.com. (CA) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced twolane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. PO Box 6907, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, 156 888.672.0020, Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record- RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371,. With offices and auctions throughout North America and Europe, RM is the largest auction house globally that caters to collectors of high-end vintage automobiles. The RM team of car specialists is the largest in the world, offering services in a numbers of languages and decades of experience in buying, selling, racing, and restoring collector cars. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789, Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) Sports Car Market www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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In addition to helping collectors buy and sell cars at auction, we offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collection-consultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Scottsdale, AZ, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale’s legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one-stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years — rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, Full Classics, modern-day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our web site for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215-925-4233, Jon Norman’s Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Coachbuilt Press creates limited edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man’s opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. 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. Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. Always buying: Offering top dollar for your European classics. Always selling: 3 showrooms with an excellent selection to choose from. Always Restoring: We feature an award-winning, world-class restoration facility, with the expertise to restore you car to any level, including modifications. Super craftsmanship; attention to detail; knowledgeable staff; servicing all of the collector’s needs. Located in San Diego County. Email: sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc., one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual’s daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers pre-sale or post-sale inspections. Located in Iowa, we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartek.org (IA) Kastner & Partners Garage. Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors. com (WA) From our spectacular Santa Monica location, Kastner & Partners Garage strives to offer some of the finest collector vehicles available, combined with unparalleled service. If we do not currently have that which you are looking for or, if you have a classic that you’re looking to sell, please let us know. 150 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 310.593.2080 www.kastnerandpartnersgarage.com Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531 , For over a quarter century Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www. cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment & pick up. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606, specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment grade classic car. Since 2009 we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts, and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Paul Russell and Company. Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, August 2013 Heritage Classics Motorcar Company. 310.657.9699, www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine 157


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collector Car Insurance The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Kenilworth, IL, As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years, we have been helping enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to.... The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) tors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies — hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www. barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a Quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. understand the passion and needs of the classic-car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) restoration 760.758.6119. World class full service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in British, German and Italian classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship; knowledgeable staff; passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Fourintune Garages Inc. J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a ’60s muscle car or a modern exotic, you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles, and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information, contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www.chubbcollectorcar.com. English 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. Kevin Kay Restorations. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639, L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170, L.A. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly-skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www. LAPrepTransport.com Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 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) www.wirewheel.com, 772.299.9788. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889, As the country’s largest enclosed auto 158 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, trac- British Sports and Race Cars BoughtSold-Traded. Located in Beautiful Vero Beach, Florida. In business for over 25 years, specializing in Lotus, TVR, Griffith, Jaguar, Austin Healey, MG, Marcos, Panoz, Lola, and more. Over 50 sports and race cars always in stock. Please check our website for our latest inventory offerings: www.wirewheel.com. (FL) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high-performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Import/Export Museums Radcliffe Motor Company. 410.517.1681, The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exotic car community we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. Host of the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Premier Financial Services is the nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) German LeMay—America’s Car Museum Cosdel International Transportation. T. Rutlands & T. Rutlands West provides international service from one of the world’s largest Ferrari parts inventories coast to coast. We have more Ferrari parts, more Ferrari parts experience and better Ferrari parts prices than most anyone. Since 1981 T. Rutlands has been building valuable partnerships with the Ferrari industry’s most respected repair shops, professionals and car owners seeking to provide a one-stop shopping experience for Ferrari parts, tools and accessories. Ferrari parts are our only business and we are true product and service specialists in every sense of the word. When you need a comprehensive parts selection for both vintage and contemporary Ferraris, you can count on a single-source leader in the Ferrari parts business…T. Rutlands. Call us Toll Free 800.638.1444, Internationally 770.493.8852. Email: Sales@ trutlands.com. www.trutlands.com Finance Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100, restoration 760.758.6119. World class full-service restoration facility. Creating show/show drivers, and driver restorations. Specializing in German, British, and Italian classics. Superb fit, attention to detail, great craftsmanship, knowledgeable staff, passionate on quality. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Italian spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids five and under. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) LeMay Family Collection FoundaHamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Leasing European Collectibles, Inc. J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1-800-USA-1965 and get a loan approval in as little as 5 minutes! 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500, As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. 160 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Griot’s Garage —Car Care for the Perfectionist! Griot’s Garage celebrates over 22 years as your best source for a full line of quality car care products. We Make It. We Teach It. We Guarantee It. Call today for your free catalog or enjoy the easy-to-use website for fast, fun and easy ordering. Our number one goal is to ensure that you always...Have fun in your garage! 800.345.5789 • ww.griotsgarage.com www.inmygarage.com. (WA) tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. 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Restoration — General vide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com JWF Restorations Inc. SpecialAlan Taylor Company Inc. 760.489.0657, is a full-service automotive restoration and repair facility that specializes in Pre and Post-War European and American Automobiles. With an emphasis on French Marques including Bugatti & Delahaye and over 50 years of experience in the automotive field, we have proven to be a leader in the automotive industry. Our facility provides a full-array of services including Fabrication, Metal-Shaping, Engine & Transmission Rebuilding, Machine Shop, Award-Winning Upholstery, Paint Shop and Pattern Making & Castings. Providing these services in-house has proved to be highly efficient and has enabled us to provide our clients with the highest level of old-fashioned quality workmanship, professionalism and client services. www.alantaylorcompany.com izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email:jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Sports and Specialist Cars Inc. 609.466.5305. Sales, service and restoration of vintage racecars, classic and contemporary sports cars. Authorized Lotus Dealer. Founded in 1974 by Rob Burt. Partners with Steel Wings, specializing in parts, service and performance upgrades for vintage Aston Martins. sales@princetonlotus.com Located near Princeton, NJ at 49 East Broad Street, Hopewell, NJ 09525 www.steelwings.com (NJ) We are skilled in all aspects of the craft of restoration and are as comfortable coach building a car from scratch as we are doing light maintenance on rare and valuable cars or tune-ups on the family’s original heirloom Model T. If you want your car worked on by a company that still maintains their passion of the hobby and provides you with the accountability of good friends, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger/Janice Stone, proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com. (CAN) Sports and Competition RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our web site showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated blog to see what is going on in our busy shop, including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two-car, enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the Northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 940.668-8622, 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. The Guild is one of the most recognizable names in the business of restoring antique and classic cars, and with good reason. We are a multi-service facility, which means that your car is fully restored under one roof and the process is under full control at all times. Projects are carefully managed through all tasks, and owners are kept informed with weekly email reports, phone calls and photographs. RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world’s rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, U.K. RM’s restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world’s top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) © AMERICAN CAR COLLECTOR “THE AUTOMOTIVE MAGAZINE FIND OF THE YEAR” — Mark D. on Facebook Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) Auctions • VAlues • PreViews • eVents SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY RATE! High Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339, World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and other investment-grade cars, and pro- August 2013 GET 1 YEAR (6 ISSUES) FOR ONLY $29.95! AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe or call 503-261-0555 Ext. 1 161


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Catching the Big Online Auction Bucks Japanese tin toys, license plates and neon clocks can’t approach the selling price of Jackie Robinson’s World Series glove and bat at Steiner Sports Auctions for $373,002. The terrific film “42” has renewed interest in Robinson, but this was not a record for a baseball glove, as Lou Gehrig’s once sold for $387,000. Robinson’s bat was sold to the same bidder for $114,000, and the proceeds were donated to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Kudos all around here! well-known logo and evolved from the “Bucktooth Kid” that was used until the very early 1910s. Anything with the early logo is rare as heck, and finding a postcard that is 100 years old in this condition is most unusual. As such, the price paid was very reasonable. EBAY #221224129234—1956 LINCOLN PREMIERE TIN FRICTION TOY BY ICHIKO. Number of Bids: 30. SOLD AT: $1,050.29. Date: 5/13/2013. This tin lithographed toy was about 17 inches in length and had only minor play wear. The windows were in place and all the trim was all in good order, although it was stated the interior was a bit dirty. Ichiko was one of the more desirable Japanese toy manufacturers that flourished after World War II. The price paid here was not out of line, but the money might have doubled if the original box were included. for disabled miners from the area. They closely followed the design of the Austin automobiles and had gauges as well as an opening bonnet and boot. They were 63 inches in length and were designed with room for a little brother or sister in front. During the production run, 32,098 were made. This one was in excellent condition, and the price paid was in line with other recent sales. Thought Carl’s The glove that baseball great Jackie Robinson wore during the 1955 and 1956 World Series was recently sold MAINE PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATE. Number EBAY #151032813477—1905 of CADILLAC DEALERSHIP NEON CLOCK. Number EBAY #151048116952— of Bids: 36. SOLD AT: $2,550. Date: 5/29/2013. This clock was in very nice condition and in good operating order. The plastic was not cracked, and I would think it dated to the 1950s. An identical clock sold at the January Barrett-Jackson automobilia auction for $1,150, so there are courses for horses. EBAY #380592077958—1930S PAST TYME ADVER- TISING AUCTIONS LOT 57—WHITE & BAGLEY “OILZUM” POSTCARD. SOLD AT: $46, including 12% buyer’s premium. The White & Bagley Company was founded in Worcester, MA, in 1888. Oilzum lubricants are still sold today, but BP now owns the company. They made their name in early racing and developed a strong reputation for a quality product. Oswald the Chauffer was a EBAY #190833543107—AUS- TIN J40 PEDAL CAR. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $3,000. Date: 5/11/2013. These pedal cars were made in South Wales under the direction of Sir Leonard Lord, Chairman of the Austin Motor Company. They were made between 1949 and 1971 as a means of employment MINERVA HOOD ORNAMENT BY P. DE SOETE. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $4,161. Date Sold: 5/14/2013. This very stylized bronze hood ornament was used on the 40-horsepower, 8-cylinder Al series Minervas from 1930 to 1934. The Belgium manufacturer produced their first automobile in 1902 and continued in business in one form or another until the 1950s. These hood ornaments are extremely rare in this condition, and as such, the price paid here was within reason. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $65 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 162 EBAY #181128413517—AU- TOMOBILE CLUB LILE de FRANCE BRONZE PLAQUE. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $362.65. Date Sold: 4/30/2013. This 3-inch by 2-inch bronze plaque was signed by “Morlon” and depicts what appears to be a Bugatti Type 37 followed by a winged god. European rally and event plaques are very desirable, and they can be acquired for not a whole lot of money. The Bugatti made this one, so the price was a bit higher than most. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $8,977.99. Date: 4/29/2013. Maine first issued license plates in 1905, and it is the only state to always have its full name on the plate. The LobsterRed-and-white porcelain plate was used until 1911, and with number 25, it was obviously one of the first issued. Another, number 280, was also offered, but it did not sell when bid to $2,350. So, at least in this case, size does matter — the smaller the better.