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Sports CarMarket We Say $400,000— COLLIER ON THE CUNNINGHAM C-3 Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends The Market Speaks at $605k EXPERT RATINGS OF 225 CARS December 2006 What's a Yenko and Why Should You Care? $10/mile to Own a Modern Ferrari


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 66 Type 35C 46 December 2006 . Volume 18. Number 12 The 2-liter Ferrari 62 Cunningham C-3 COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 46 1977 Ferrari 208 GT4 The taxman's little Ferrari. Steve Ahlgrim 50 1962 MGA 1600 Mk II Roadster MGA dreams and realities. Julian Shoolheifer 54 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari A car for the “Flying Mantuan.” Donald Osborne 56 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Understanding the rising tide of the 300SL. Alex Finigan 62 1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe Cunningham's American punch, Ferrari-style. Miles Collier 66 1927 Bugatti Type 35C The Rembrandt of Bugattis. Thor Thorson 225 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 70 Bonhams, Sussex, UK Racers carry the $2.4m day at the Festival of Speed. Richard Hudson-Evans 82 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA Midwest muscle brings $1m. B. Mitchell Carlson 90 Christie's, Le Mans, France $2.9m Le Mans Classic fails to live up to expectations. Julian Shoolheifer 98 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI $900k Duesie headlines Meadow Brook Hall. Dave Kinney 110 Silver Auctions, Reno, NV Hot August Nights grows again, this time to $14.5m. Paul Duchene 118 Barons, Surrey, UK Jaguar Heritage brings $287k at Epsom Downs. Julian Shoolheifer 122 Pioneer, Murdo, SD $400k afternoon in the middle of nowhere. B. Mitchell Carlson Cover photograph: ACME Studios 128 eBay Motors Porsches you want, Porsches you don't. Geoff Archer


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48 36 Nickeled and dimed by a 550 Modena Cento Ore COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic The underrated Jensen Interceptor Rob Sass 48 Sheehan Speaks: The real costs of modern Ferrari ownership Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Minor's major role in the British auto industry Gary Anderson 60 Porsche Gespräch RS or 959? An enviable choice for collectors Jim Schrager 64 Domestic Affairs Yenko: The .44 Magnum of muscle cars Colin Comer 130 Motobilia Bonhams chips in at Quail Lodge Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys Norton VR880—saving the best for last Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Let these “second chances” pass you by Carl Bomstead FEATURES 34 SCM's Fiat and Saab: The Final Chapter 36 Modena Cento Ore Classic: From the Hotseat 38 Revival Recounted: Old Pros do Battle On-track 42 Lancia at 100: A Celebration, Italian-stlye 44 Kirkland's Concours: Quaint, Quiet, Gaining Stature DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 Our Cars: 1962 Corvair Monza convertible, 1963 Citroën 2CV, 1960 Porsche 356B cabriolet 31 20 Year Picture 32 Wagon Ho: Chapter 1, Ann Arbor to Chicago 80 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2007 Mini Cooper S 125 Alfa Bits 129 Fresh Meat: 2007 Bentley Continental GT convertible, 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ, 2007 BMW M6 convertible 132 Featured Artist: Richard James 136 Mystery Photo 137 Comments with Your Renewal ickeled and dimed by a 550 Modena Cento Ore COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic The underrated Jens Nickeled and dimed by a 550 Modena Cento Ore COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic The underrated Jensen Interceptor Rob Sass 48 Sheehan Speaks: The real costs of modern Ferrari ownership Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Minor's major role in the British auto industry Gary Anderson 60 Porsche Gespräch RS or 959? An enviable choice for collectors Jim Schrager 64 Domestic Affairs Yenko: The .44 Magnum of muscle cars Colin Comer 130 Motobilia Bonhams chips in at Quail Lodge Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys Norton VR880—saving the best for last Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Let these “second chances” pass you by Carl Bomstead FEATURES 34 SCM's Fiat and Saab: The Final Chapter 36 Modena Cento Ore Classic: From the Hotseat 38 Revival Recounted: Old Pros do Battle On-track 42 Lancia at 100: A Celebration, Italian-stlye 44 Kirkland's Concours: Quaint, Quiet, Gaining Stature DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 Our Cars: 1962 Corvair Monza convertible, 1963 Citroën 2CV, 1960 Porsche 356B cabriolet 31 20 Year Picture 32 Wagon Ho: Chapter 1, Ann Arbor to Chicago 80 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid, 2007 Mini Cooper S 125 Alfa Bits 129 Fresh Meat: 2007 Bentley Continental GT convertible, 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche LTZ, 2007 BMW M6 convertible 132 Featured Artist: Richard James 136 Mystery Photo 137 Comments with Your Renewal Pinto Pinto Cruisin' Wagon doesn't just scream '70s, it tosses 1970s A all over the disco floor. At least with the “Cologne” V6 and automatic tranny, it can get out of its own way. —B. Mitchell Carlson's report on Pioneer Murdo begins on p. 122


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Old Car Tricks “P ush? We're going to push the car?” It was a balmy day in the Pacific Northwest, so I had decided to take out our orange and black 1979 Triumph Spitfire. My 15-year-old daughter, Alex, was pleased with my choice, as the previous owner had put large speakers behind the seats, making it a perfect car by her standards. After a morning spent shopping (I was surprised at just how many pairs of Citizen jeans and Juicy jackets fit in the small trunk, and how brand-name blue denim rivals Ferrari parts in cost per ounce), we stopped in Southeast Portland for a pizza lunch. When we came out, twisting the igni- tion key led to a starter that moved slowly for a couple of turns before it stopped completely. “I left the radio on, I'm sorry,” Alex said. Drawing upon my decades of experience with old cars, I replied, “Honey, no radio on the planet could drain a battery in an hour. Except maybe an old British car battery.” I then proceeded to demonstrate how you could get a car to start by pushing it while running alongside, hopping in, and then popping the clutch. We did just that, and to her amazement, the car started and we were off once again. In the middle of explaining the mysteries of compression-starting a car to her, we came to a stoplight and the Spitfire died again. Evidently, the tiny number of sparks left in the battery had all been used up, and it didn't appear that the alternator was putting any new juice back into the bank. If the alternator warning light worked, I might have seen this coming, but after all, this was a vintage car. You can't expect everything—or sometimes anything—to work. Having gone from “omniscient hero” to “owner of stupid old car” in a matter of seconds, I explained what we were going to do next. “Call a tow truck, right?” she asked. “Actually, there's a repair shop—Nasko's—just four blocks away, and I thought we could push the car there.” “Push?” she said. “Why do you have towing insurance if you're not going to use it?” It's a logical question. But the “I can solve it myself” part of being a vintage car owner had taken control, and there was no turning back. My justifications went something like this: “It's a nice day, it's level ground, it's not so far, and we'll have the car delivered without having to wait for a tow, which could take hours.” “And from there it's only a few miles home, and we can walk. Think of it as a nice father and daughter bonding experience.” Soon enough we were pushing the Spitfire, with Alex at the trunk, one hand moving the car forward and the other holding her cell phone to her ear. “You won't believe what I'm doing,” she said. “I'm PUSHING A CAR. Really!” “No,” she continued, “I'm not doing it for fun. My dad has a lot of old cars, and they break all the time, and this one broke by a repair shop, probably on purpose, so that's where we are pushing it.” She did balk at the walk home part, and by the time we had pushed the car to Nasko's, a friend's mom had shown up, and we had a nice ride back to the house in an air-conditioned BMW X3. WHAT'S THAT SOUND? Of course, if one old car breaks, the only thing to do is to grab another one. I hadn't driven our 1968 BMW 2002 since it arrived from L.A., because, frankly, I was disgusted by how long it had taken to get it into running condition. And even then, it had enough dents, dings, and inte- 10 Broken and trying to stay that way rior issues to serve as yet another lesson about the stupidity of buying cars sight unseen. Nonetheless, Executive Editor Paul Duchene said it was pretty well fettled, so Alex and I piled into it and headed to a shopping mall about 20 miles away. She likes the minimalist shape of the car, and thought it was fun to ride in. I found the steering vague, but otherwise there was enough BMW DNA to get a sense of how the entire “Ultimate Driving Machine” mystique evolved. In other words, it was a pretty cool little car. At least until the gearbox began to make horrible noises in fourth. At night. On the freeway. I didn't like my options. I've had gearboxes explode in old cars, sending shrapnel through the floorboards. That wasn't a part of old car life that I felt like sharing with my daughter. First and third gears seemed to work pretty well, so I stayed in those and limped along Portland's surface streets. All's well that ends well, and soon enough the BMW was back in the SCM garage, and we had a car from the press fleet—a 2007 Dodge Charger R/T Hemi—for the trip home. As much as I love these old cars, it was good to be behind the wheel of something that wasn't going to bite me when I tried to pet it. BE A PART OF WAGON HO The newest SCM Odyssey has started, with our 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon making its way from Ann Arbor, MI, to Chicago. By all reports, it's like driving a four-wheeled couch down the freeway and, unlike the Fiat 2300 that was our last car to come cross-country, more or less all of the parts on the Mercury are staying on the car. This month's episode begins on p. 32. Intrepid SCMers have signed up for every leg but one, from Rapid City, SD, to Bozeman, MT. If you'd care to get in on the fun, please contact Duchene at copyed@sportscarmarket.com. And remember, if it breaks, you can just leave it and fly home. Does it really get any better than that? HOLIDAYS AND PARTIES Legal Files columnist John Draneas has been on vacation in his homeland of Greece, no doubt sleuthing about for future topics, including vintage chariots with altered serial numbers and Internet toga scams. His column will resume next month. SCM is having a party. Join us for our annual holiday bash on Friday, December 1, and help us to celebrate our new office. Long-time SCMer, Jaguar dealer and renowned racer Monte Shelton will be our guest of honor. There will be plenty of food, drink, and old car tales for everyone. Read about the history of our new location on p. 18; your invitation is on p. 137.u Sports Car Market Birte Moller


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering in the sale are a 1931 Ford Model A convertible sedan and a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Bonhams—Exceptional Ferrari and Maserati Motor Cars & Automobilia Where: December 17 When: Gstaad, CH More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 23 cars sold / $6.3m Historically all Ferrari in the past, Bonhams has moved on to include Maserati in its much anticipated Gstaad sale at the Palace Hotel. Two fiercely competitive marques now owned by the same parent company, it is fitting that the two share the same venue. Expect to see examples available of both marques.u Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. Lotus 11 Le Mans featured at Bonhams London, December 4 Mecum—Fall K.C. Dream Classic Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 1–3 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 226 cars sold / $4.4m Last year's Fall Dream Classic totaled 426 cars, and this year is expected to be just as large. Mecum's focus is always on muscle, and this year will be no different—with Camaros, Chevelles, Mustangs, 'Cudas, and Corvettes in spades. Santiago—Oklahoma City Classic Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: December 8–9 More: www.santiagosc.com To be held at the ITC building on the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds, this year's sale should have no shortage of quality consignments. Among them, expect to see a 1962 Corvette convertible, a 1956 Bel-Air 2-door hard top, a 1962 AustinHealey, and a 1967 Corvette 427 coupe. Bonhams—Collectors' Motor Cars Where: London, U.K. When: December 4 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 40 cars sold / $3.6m Headlining Bonhams's sale is a land speed record-breaking 1905 Darracq thought to be the oldest surviving V8 in existence. 12 Dormant for 97 years, it survived being sold for scrap and was rebuilt to original specifications—which included building an all-new transmission based on a 1906 drawing. Also included is a multiple first-place-winning 1956 Lotus Eleven Series 1 Le Mans. Barons—Classic Collectors' and Historic Cars Where: Esher, U.K. When: December 11–12 More: www.barons-auctions.com Last Year: 33 cars sold / $376k With Barons's high estimates usually in the low $40k range, it's safe to say there will be some deals to be had again in Esher Hall. The high sale last year went to a 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III MPW at $41,955, with the majority of lots selling at or below $10k. Expect more of the same, with around 50 cars up on the block. Kruse—Houston 2006 Where: Houston, TX When: December 15–16 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 104 cars sold / $4.5m Once again filling the Reliant Center in Houston, this second annual two-day sale will be held in conjunction with a car show, and will also feature selected automotive memorabilia. Included November 3—BONHAMS London, UK 3-5—KRUSE Auburn, IN 4—WORLDWIDE Hilton Head, SC 5—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9-11—RM Addison, IL 11—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Los Angeles, CA 11—SILVER Spokane, WA 15—BONHAMS Harrogate, UK 17-19—LEAKE Dallas, TX 17-19—KRUSE Dallas, TX 18-19—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 19—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Sydney, AUS 21-22—H&H Buxton, U.K. 24-25—ICA Gilbert, AZ 24-25—ICA Houston, TX 25-26—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 27—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 29-30—H&H Cheltenham, UK December 1-3—MECUM Kansas City, MO 4—BONHAMS London, UK 8-9—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 15–16—KRUSE Houston, TX 17—BONHAMS Gstaad, CH January 5-7—KRUSE Ft. Lauderdale, FL 11-13—MID-AMERICA Las Vegas, NV 13-21—BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 17-21—RUSSO & STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 19—RM Phoenix, AZ 19-22—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 25-28—KRUSE Scottsdale, AZ 26-27—MECUM Kissimmee, FL Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard play, featured exhibits this year include “The History of Williams F1,” “25 Years of Audi Quattro,” and “50 Years of Alpine.” www. euro-racing-show.com (LU) New Arrivals Over the river and through the woods on LE JOG SCM News n SCM is pleased to announce the winners of our Griot's Garage/SCM Sweepstakes. Tom Meadows won the drawing from Monterey, and Courtney Kinsman won the drawing from the Kirkland Concours. Each will receive the Ultimate Car Collector Package, which includes the Keith Martin On Collecting book series, a one-year SCM subscription plus Gold, SCM gear, and a Griot's Garage Master Car Care Collection of Best of Show Wax, paint cleaning clay, micro-fiber polish cloths, and more. Event Calendar 1–10—Essen Motor Show www.essen-motorshow.de 2–5—LE JOG Reliability Trial www.hero.org.uk/lejog 6–10—Auto Retro www.autoretro.es 7–17—Bologna Motor Show www.motorshow.it/uk 8–10— Vehikel Oldtimer Markt www.vehikel.com 15–17—Euro Racing Show www. euro-racing-show.com 27–31—San Diego International Auto Show 16 Events n The 12th Annual LE JOG Reliability Trial gets under way on December 2. Put on by the Historic Endurance Rally Organization, LE JOG is considered one of the most grueling in Europe. The four-day, 1,500-mile Trial runs the length of England on minor roads from Lands End to John O' Groats, and is open to any car built before December 31, 1981. Run in conjunction with the Reliability segment is a non-competitive Touring Trial over much better roads, calling at the same controls, but without time penalties. www.hero.org. uk/lejog (UK) n Spain's biggest vintage auto show, Auto Retro, will take place December 6 through 10. For serious and amateur collectors alike, the show serves as a “supermarket of collector cars and motorcycles,” with hundreds of exhibitors selling everything from spare parts to art and motobilia. The show will also feature a forum of manufacturers, industrialists, importers, and professionals open to all attendees. www.autoretro.es (ES) n Vehikel Oldtimer Markt has been organizing classic car and motorcycle shows in Holland David, Hanna, and Denise Sports Car Market since 1981. These “jumbles” have grown over time, and the upcoming event December 8–10 is now the largest of its kind in The Netherlands. Attendees will find everything from classic cars and bikes to collectibles, models, lifestyle gear, and “lots lots lots of parts.” www.vehikel.com (NL) n Luxembourg's 9th Euro Racing Show will be held December 15–17, and will serve as a fitting recap to a great racing season. In addition to all the modern race machinery on dis- n SCM welcomes its newest editorial intern, Jennifer Davis. Originally from Idaho, Davis is a graduate student in Portland State University's Writing and Publishing program, and has always been a gearhead. She is currently restoring a 1966 Mustang that has been in her family since 1969. n SCM's General Manager, David Slama, and his wife Denise Julian, welcomed a daughter into the world at 4:27 pm on October 2. Hanna Julian Slama weighed in at 9 lbs, 8 oz, and came just one day after her older brother Preston turned two. If she is anything like her brother—or her father—Hanna will delight in the acceleration of Dave's M5. DECEMBER


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Editor Martin outside SCM world headquarters SCM Has Moved The cozy house we occupied for the last several years got a little too cozy, and we now have a space in the Jantzen building, which has served from 1929 to 2002 as the Jantzen company's world headquarters. The extra space means SCM staffers now have plenty of breathing room, including an enclosed pool—drained—which we've converted into IT and accounting offices. And the underground 15-car garage doesn't hurt, either. Designed by architect Richard Sundeleaf, the building features Romanesque ornamentation, brick facing, and terra cotta trim. Small-scale sculptures and gargoyles can be seen atop the columns of the main building, as well as a Jantzen Diving Girl in bold relief over the front window. Bronze lanterns, a wrought iron grille, and Sienna travertine complete the entrance Originally called Portland Knitting Company, in 1910 the tiny knitting mill created a rib-stitch knit garment on sweater cuff machines that became ideal for swimming. The popularity of “Jantzens” spread rapidly, and in 1918 the company changed its name. Cutting edge technology and gutsy advertising brought Jantzen international distribution and fame. In 1920, Jantzen's trademark Red Diving Girl appeared, and 1924 Diving Girl mascot she currently reigns as one of the longest lived apparel icons in corporate America. Jantzen is currently part of Perry Ellis International. We're planning a party to kick off the newest chapter in SCM's history; your invitation to our Dec. 1 holiday party is on p. 137.u Historical information courtesy of Jantzen Archives Manager Carol Alhadeff. Phil Hill (L) sports Jantzen International Club gear in the 1957 catalog Jantzen Administration building in 1931 18 Sports Car Market Historical images courtesy of Jantzen, LLC


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com POWER UP THE WAY-BACK MACHINE I just read this line in Marit Petersen's “Affordable Classic” write-up on the Mercedes-Benz 190SL from December 2004. It states “...with two dual downdraft Solex carburetors, displacing 1,897 cc...” You lifted that line from a book that is full of errors: Nitske's Mercedes Production Models. The 190SL has two dual-throat sidedraft Solex 44PHH carburetors. What will make it fun for SCM to correct this error is to keep in mind that the nearly identical carbs are used on the Alfa 1900, 2000, and 2600. However, I leave that info for you to check and correct me if I am wrong.—Will Samples, Dallas, TX Though we can't speak to the accuracy or inaccuracy of the Nitske book, the 190SL did, in fact, come with dual sidedraft Solexes with troublesome vacuum-operated secondaries, which never did the car justice at low speeds. Many owners changed them out for Webers as a result. By the way, this article appeared in 2004 and you just noticed it? Are you having problems with your mail delivery?—ED CAT BODIES I'm just curious: Were all 1950 XK 120s with the chrome running lights, fender skirts, and no ventilation door in the fenders alloy models? I had an XK 120 of that description that I bought from a friend in 1959. In 1960, I sold it to a different friend, who then sold it to yet another friend, who lent it to a fourth friend, who ran it off the road and totaled it. Drat. Thanks and regards—Ronald Keil, via email Gary Anderson responds: The first 240 Jaguar XK 120s, produced in early 1949, were alloybodied cars, but shared many of their trim features with the steel-bodied cars that were subsequently produced, so it isn't easy to be sure whether an early XK 120 is alloy- or steel-bodied just from external inspection. About the only distinguishing external features unique to the alloy-bodied cars were the straight windshield 20 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Managing Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Auction Editor JIM PICKERING Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS (EUROPE) B. MITCHELL CARLSON Auction Analysts DANIEL GRUNWALD JOHN CLUCAS (AUSTRALIA) NORM MORT (CANADA) JOE SEVERNS I sold it to a friend, who then sold it to another friend, who lent it to a different friend, who ran it off the road and totaled it pillars and the trunk latch lever below the rear bodywork. The chrome front side lamps were used on all the alloy-bodied cars, as were the rear fender skirts, but both features also were carried over on the early steelbodied cars. The chrome side lamps were used until October 1952. The fender skirts continued as the standard fitment with pressed steel wheels even after the wire wheels, which wouldn't fit under skirts, were added as an option. All of the alloy-bodied cars, and most of the steel-bodied cars, had chrome housings on the tail/stop lights, though some steelbodied cars produced in 1951 and 1952 had body-colored housings. The fender ventilator doors were added in November 1951, so all alloy-bodied plus some steelbodied cars had fenders without ventilator doors. More important, since the panel construction on the alloybodied cars was largely coachbuilt, with aluminum panels tacked over wood frames, it seems unlikely that you would have owned an alloy-bodied car and not been aware of its somewhat fragile body construction. THE CORVETTE MANUAL A nice, balanced piece by Mr. Sass on the 1974–77 Corvette (October, “Affordable Classic,” p. 24). I appreciated his lack of hype about the marque that does spawn an inordinate degree of journalistic puffery. Just a couple of comments, though, that I thought might be germane to the would-be buyer of this car. First, the 4-speed manual transmission we tend to think of as de rigueur in the Corvette of days gone by is in the minority in the 1974–77 period. For example, only about 28% of the '75 model had a 4-speed, and only 3% came equipped with the close-ratio unit. As a point of contrast, 89% of the '67 models were ordered with the manual. If one desires a manual in the '75 model, the chances are about one in four there is one out there. If memory serves, these weren't Muncie units either, but rather Saginaw units that weren't as robust. Of course, given the lack of power generated by these detuned engines, it probably doesn't matter.—Dan Hampton, Galesville, WI Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON Contributors JOHN APEN KATHY DONOHUE RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO MARTIN EMMISON (U.K.) Information Technology MATT WEBB BRYAN WOLFE Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Editorial Intern JENNIFER DAVIS Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 204 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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MY BAD CAR IS BETTER THAN YOUR BAD CAR I am not sure what criteria are used when ascribing superior characteristics to a 1974–77 Corvette over a Triumph TR8. Maybe the billiard table-smooth roads of the Southwest hide the Corvette's dynamic driving faults. Driving on the tighter, lumpier and yumpier roads in the Appalachians and elsewhere in the east turns the tables significantly. The limited suspension travel of the Corvette and the near-comical amounts of camber change in the rear impede rapid progress. The well-designed and -located solid rear axle on the TR8 is superior under these conditions. With similar power-to-weight ratios, the much lighter, better balanced, and shorter wheelbase TR8 makes for a very easy car to dance with when the going gets tight. Having lost all it's '60s brawn by the mid-'70s, the 'Vette is a pig in a tutu.—Bill McCauley, Tallmadge, OH Rob Sass responds: That reminds me of a similar conclusion I came to when driving my Sunbeam Tiger—that the Tiger is miles better than any solid-axle Corvette I've driven and just about as nice in a lot of ways as a mid-year Corvette. I will allow that similarly, a TR8 is probably better than a 1974–77 'Vette for the reasons you suggest. Group 44 certainly was able to make the live rear axle of the TR8 work just fine. I think the areas where the 'Vette excels (besides styling, which is subjective) are in reliability and the easy availability of every item. While neither were the choicest examples of the automaker's art, I'd at least hop into most 'Vettes from the '70s and take a 1,000mile trip without much reservation—with the TR8, I'd never leave home without my roadside assistance and towing membership card close at hand. Finally, when you go to sell it, I have no doubt the Corvette will be gone in about one-eighth the time it would take to move the TR8. THE HORSE'S NOSE Thank you for bringing two big smiles to my face with the October 2006 issue. The first smile came from the “Shifting Gears” column December 2006 Having lost all it's '60s brawn by the mid-'70s, the 'Vette is a pig in a tutu on the newly-acquired 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon. It reminded me of my childhood and the stream of wagons that filled our Westchester County garage throughout the '60s and '70s. Yes, we did have a Vista Cruiser, which was followed by a 1968 Ford Country Squire, a 1970 Buick Estate wagon, and a 1974 Plymouth Suburban wagon, all—naturally—with genuine wood decals on the side. As my mother's pre-SUV mentality in cars was to protect her progeny with the most steel and horsepower that Detroit had to offer, we went from one overpowered battleship to another. Certainly, arriving at high school in a station wagon was not the coolest thing, but leaving it during study hall with a boat load full of classmates while laying down a long patch of burnt rubber sure was. And, although those side-facing seats in the Ford were definitely a hoot, they cannot compare with the rear-facing seat in the Buick. The thud my mother heard every time she hit the brakes must have driven her crazy as my brother and I were convinced that, by putting our feet up against the back of the tailgate, we would somehow protect ourselves against the oncoming vehicle we were convinced would rear-end us. That practice continued for me until I discovered “the squishy space.” Being the youngest and smallest of three children, I found that I could squeeze into the triangular void between the back of the second seat and the back of the third seat and go to sleep, which came in very handy on those regular Sunday trips from White Plains, New York, to Westfield, New Jersey, to visit my grandparents. The other smile came from Paul Duchene's feature on the eBay barn-find Ferrari 340 (p. 28) and the related “Domestic Affairs” article on “Too Far Gone” automobiles (p. 54). I recognize that one man's restoration is another man's recreation, but after looking at what Mr. Shaughnessy purchased and also what was left of what is now claimed to be Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, S/N 412021, all that I can think of is the scene in “Sleeper” when Woody Allen's character prepares to bring the country's fallen leader back when he has only the deceased man's proboscis to work with. And so, to Mr. Shaughnessy, I say, “You have the horse's nose!”—Scott Klion, Gardiner, NY KEEPS ME SMILING I was pleased to see a gener- ally positive article on Mondials (October, “Ferrari Profile,” p. 36). I have a blue '87 cab myself (with a rear widow problem), which has given me great pleasure in the three-plus years I have owned it. It is my only Ferrari, so I cannot compare it from an ownership perspective, but I will note that it has a bespoke feel in the red interior that some of the 348s and 355s seem to lack. With the great sound, fine performance, and its uniqueness, it is a really fun convertible. It is a car I can heartily recommend, particularly on cost versus entertainment value.—Hugh Simpson, Mechanicsburg, PA KEEP THE BIKES COMIN' With regard to the gentleman who commented in the September “You Write” suggesting that motorcycles not be addressed in the magazine, I would like to respectfully disagree. I have always been involved with both vintage cars and motorcycles, and also have many friends who are involved in (addicted to?) both types of vehicles. In fact, about 70% of my vintage car friends have at one time or another owned one or more motorcycles. If you love machines like Ferraris, Porsches, Alfa Romeos, etc., then I daresay you cannot help but be intrigued by a beautiful vintage (or new) Ducati, BMW, 21


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If memory serves, the Holley was not available in the Corvette until '65 Laverda, etc. motorcycle. Personally, I appreciate the va- riety SCM offers. Please continue the good work.—Vin McMaster, Dallas, TX OR YOU COULD DO THIS I found Colin Comer's “Domestic Affairs” article on upgrading the SCM Corvette (September, p. 58) to be nice and well-thought out. Just a couple of points. First, the Holley carb you suggest—while a great carburetor—is not period-correct for '63. I spent the better part of my youth rebuilding the Carter AFB (aluminum four-barrel) for these cars. If memory serves, the Holley was not available in the Corvette until '65. Original or not—and you are on the right track—the Holley is a much superior carb. One could use the original 340 heads (1.94 intake) or move up one year to the '64 version, which provides you with best valve size Chevrolet ever designed (2.02 intake). Either way, however, if you still want to maintain the 340-plus horsepower, I am not sure you can build it with 9.5:1 compression without lowering the horsepower. These engines came from the factory with 11.0:1 compression. I like the 5-speed transmis- sion idea, via the Tremec, but you may wish to stay away from the T-5. That transmission has a very low torque threshold, and if you thought the car was a stump puller before with the 4.11 rear end, the first gear in the T-5 would make a Caterpillar D9 blush coming in at 3.35, which renders first gear almost useless. My thought would be to go to the new Tremec TKO 600, which has a more moderate 2.87 first gear, and you can choose between a .82 or .64 fifth gear. This tranny can absorb—with ease—anything that the Chevy small block can dish out in the torque department. You can pick up a TL 600 for around $1,825. A fun exercise. I wish I could be there to help spend some of Keith's money.—Dan Hampton, Galesville, WI Colin Comer responds: You bring up valid points—namely, while I did mention getting an “appropriate” Holley carb, I neglected to mention that I was suggesting the 1964 and later Holley over the 1963 AFB. You are indeed correct that the Holley was not available in 1963. I think either the 1963 or 1964 heads could be made to work quite well. A good engine builder should be able to make up for the lower compression by using a modern cam grind, cylinder head work, good old-fashioned hot rod techniques, or even a stroker crankshaft to gain cubic inches. It would be easy to hide more cubes in the engine and, as they say, there is no substitute. The most basic production- based crate motors can make 300 real horsepower, and we routinely get 500-plus from the 302-ci small blocks we build with cast iron heads for vintage racing. With the right ingredients, I don't see a solid 340-hp pump gas motor as being out of the question. If I only had Editor Martin's checkbook here, I could test my theory. I'd be willing to bet a drink at the B-J bidder's bar I could do it. Regarding the Tremec conver- sion, the T5 has been off the market for years. The T5Z is what I was referring to, as that is what is supplied these days when you request a “T5.” The T5Z has a much higher torque rating, carbon fiber synchro blocker rings, etc. I have used quite a few of these in 400plus hp applications with zero Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read problems. For example, my 1966 GT350 had a T5Z plugged into it behind a Paxton-supercharged 311ci stroker motor nearly five years ago, and it is still going strong after many miles and track events. However, after reading your letter and looking at Keisler's website, I see they have now upgraded their C2 'Vette kit to include the new Tremec TKO 500, which is rated at 550 hp. It is a slightly bigger transmission and will require some “massaging” of the transmission tunnel, but a good upgrade. I doubt Editor Martin could break either one of them with a mild small block. Although since I have learned he has started taking his 'Vette to the dragstrip at PIR, and doing crowd-pleasing burnouts and tire-burning launches, perhaps I shouldn't speak so quickly. You are correct on the effective final drive ratio with the existing 4.11:1 rear axle ratio and the 3.27:1 T5Z or TKO 500 1st gear. That is why I included in the article my suggestion to change the 4.11 to a 3.42:1, or perhaps even a 3.08:1. I carefully calculated not only cruising RPM with different combinations, but also the effective 1st–4th (non-overdrive) ratios. Many people incorrectly assume all transmissions are the same in the lower gears, but modern gearboxes have much steeper primary gears that do not play well with steep rear axle ratios. I have used the .64 OD transmissions, and I prefer the .82 with a sensible final drive in the mid-threes. If I ever do get the green light to start on the upgrades, I will drop you a line. You can help me take the Sawzall to the transmission tunnel. DON'T PUT DOWN MY HARD TOP I recently read B. Mitchell Carlson's article on the Ford Skyliner (March, “American Profile,” p. 52). I thought the article was very well written and found the information to be factually correct. A few comments, however, were a bit far-fetched. The “billiard-table-flat parking surface” comment regarding the area needed to operate the top is a stretch. I find the top to work quite well on slight inclines and minor uneven surfaces. All in all, it is a rather amazing automobile, and the article did a good job describing its uniqueness. 24 dead one can have a working top if a little power is applied. The Skyliner's “C” rating is All in all, it is a rather amazing automobile, and the article did a good job describing its uniqueness I noticed you rated the car as a “C” for an investment grade. Given the relatively low production numbers, uniqueness, crowd-gathering car show appeal, and enjoyable “cruising” characteristics, why would this not be a more desirable classic to own? Every article published about these cars has to make mention of the top complexity and/or reliability, noting they can be potentially difficult to own or restore. Again, I find this to be untrue. My father is the second owner of his 1959 retractable, which he restored, and I am currently restoring my 1958 retractable. The 1959 has never had a single wire, solenoid, motor, switch, etc. replaced or repaired, and the top works flawlessly to this day. My 1958 top mechanism works flawlessly, also. Both cars were neglected, rusted-out Minnesota cars, and the only reason we purchased them was because the tops functioned. I truly believe these were well-constructed automobiles and built with reliability as a number one priority. That has been proven two times over in our family. Please let me know what your investment criteria are for the rating you came up with for the retractable.—Chris Pellin, via email B. Mitchell Carlson responds: Perhaps it would have been more accurate to write “billiard table smooth.” The retractable top function can bind when parked on uneven surfaces, due to body twisting, and the 1957 Ford Skyliner supplement to the owner's manual directed the operator to cycle the top on level ground. By 1959, they had worked some of that out. But with any mass-produced product that has endured almost 50 years, your results can and will vary. As for your comments about buying your cars because the tops functioned, that is the only reason someone interested in these cars should buy one. It's hard to imagine taking up the challenge of restoration on one with a sick top mechanism. Granted, with the 1957 Ford shop manual supplement, the top circuit function flow chart, and a jumper wire (to bypass a limit switch contact), there is a lot you can do to get the top in working order—or at least finish the cycle until it can be further worked on. But all of this requires some sort of training, or more importantly the willingness to be trained. If the pivots were rusty, the motors shot, and a tree had fallen on both the short and large roof sections, would the average car collector have the wherewithal, tools, and mechanical ability to tackle the job of removing the roof to work on the superstructure? Would it even be worth it? Not likely on both accounts. Skyliners had a better overall build quality compared to the rest of the 1957 fleet. The retractable top system was generally robust and will stay working for a long time. Cars with tops that are a mess and don't cycle should be avoided. As you can attest with your car, even a based upon the collector car market as a whole. You can gather a crowd by driving a Citroën 2CV, too. Care to add one your collection? Today you'll get a larger crowd popping open the hood of a Hemi 'Cuda, as muscle cars are currently the driving force in the market. Detroit iron of any stripe from the 1950s is just not appreciating at the same rate. Since Skyliners developed a following in the 1970s when they were generally used cars, far more were saved than the cloth top Sunliners, so supply vs. demand is also in play. Yes, they are unique, and per- sonally I like them a lot, but once one pulls off the blinders of single marque fixation (better known as Amphicar Syndrome around SCM), one will realize that they are not on every collector's short list. CANNONBALL! As a regular reader of your magazine, I was wondering if you intend to feature the Cannonball organized by Brock Yates as it celebrates 35 years of the first race. The cars involved, the people still on the vintage circus, etc. Or perhaps the best idea is that you decide to organize a new Cannonball, NY to SF non-stop in vintage cars. Your magazine has improved greatly over the years. Congrats.—Jose V. Vargas, Bogota, Colombia Our tribute to the Cannonball is our 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon, which logic-challenged SCMers are tag-team driving from Ann Arbor, MI, to Portland. The race pits us against the Rocky Mountains, winter, and the vagaries of a 38-year-old machine. Read about it on p. 32.—ED ERRATA • In November, on p. 110, we incorrectly listed lot S246—a 1968 Shelby GT500KR sold for $181,500 at Russo and Steele—as having no paperwork and a repro tag. The car did, in fact, come with paperwork, and had its factory tag. • In that issue's Neat Stuff on p. 22, the web site listed for Rosso Corsa watches was incorrect. The correct address is www .rossocorsausa.com.u Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS 1954 Kurtis 500KK Chassis Number 500KK51 was purchased from the Kurtis Sports Car Corporation by Louis Borelli on April 13, 1954 and fitted with a supercharged Chevrolet 235ci in-line six cylinder engine built by ‘California Bill' Fisher. Coachwork is a one-off custom aluminum body by California Metal Shaping. Offered with original receipts documenting its history and ownership records, the Kurtis has recently been fully and professionally restored and comes with a significant spares package. Beautifully prepared, great looking and ready to vintage race or enjoy as an equally exciting road car. Other Cars Available 1929 Lagonda Two Litre High Chassis Speed Model 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton 1937/40 Alvis 8C ‘Barson Special' 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Letourneur & Marchand 1949 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport T-26 Coupe by Dubos 1960 Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe 1962 Kellison Corvette 1973 McLaren M23 F1 Miles Morris Connecticut Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com


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Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Vault can change an ordinary garage into a personalized dream garage with custom flooring, cabinetry, wall treatments, and handcrafted overhead doors. Mixing the need for functional work space with a desire for luxury, Vault garages offer owners total control in designing the shop space that suits them. Prices range from $1,015 for a single-door cabinet to $10,425 for the triple workchest. www.showroomgarage.com When it's time to tuck your car in for the winter, the Car Capsule has you covered. Made from 12 mil double-polished, radio-welded, anti-static PVC, it is one of the strongest inflatable car covers around. And the durable zipper is 100% nylon, so it won't scratch your vehicle. The Car Capsule is impervious to oil, gas, and antifreeze, and is mildew resistant and flame retardant. Comes in a range of sizes to fit any car. $269–$429. www.autosportcatalog.com Virtual GT is far more than a video game. It's a racing simulator, and the ride is as close to the real thing as you will find. Made from birch and steel with a fully adjustable seating position and pedal box, 500 watts of surround sound, Momo race wheel, and displays ranging from 27” CRT to 75” projection, Virtual GT uses simulator software from both PCs and PlayStation 2 to take you to dozens of tracks around the world, with hundreds of cars to choose from, each with its own power and handling characteristics. A serious simulator for the serious racing enthusiast. $16,995–$22,990, plus shipping. www.virtualgt.com Pointing, clicking, and scrolling have never been so cool. The Street Mouse is an 800-dpi optical mouse with tinted windows, chrome wheels, and working headlights and taillights for late nights at the office. Plug it into any USB port on your Mac or PC, and you're ready to go. $21.50. www .iwantoneofthose.com 2wo Cool Cats will put your car or other image on tile, glass, or marble. Send them a .pdf of one car, your entire collection, or your award-winning moment as you take best of show, and they'll memorialize it for you. It's a great way to give your favorite car enthusiast a one-of-a kind gift he can proudly display in his office or garage, or even as part of a floor or sauna wall. Get them as a set of four coasters or in sizes from 6” x 6” to 18” x 24”. $24.95 to $275. www.2wocoolcats.com u 26 Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars Air Suckers For Everyone Everybody knows someone who had a Corvair “just like yours, except it had four doors, was black, and the top didn't fold down” 1960 PORSCHE 356B CABRIOLET 1600S Owner: Brigitte Archer (wife of SCM eBay Analyst, Geoff) Purchase date: July 2006 Price: $33,500 1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA CONVERTIBLE Owner: B. Mitchell Carlson, Senior Auction Analyst Purchase date: November 1989 Price: $600 Mileage since purchase: 13,154 Recent work: Ordered a rebuilt distributor, due to random acts of timing. “Beta-tested” improved front and rear sway bars, as well as halogen turn signal lighting for Corvair parts vendor The Source. My '62 Monza convertible is like a child. We've been through a lot together, and it's cost me plenty of money and emotional strain. But warts and all, I love it. In the spring of 1992, I thought I was done restoring it. Wrong. Two engines later I'm still throwing parts and wrenches at it in frustration. With only 16,569 built in the first, abbreviated year of Corvair convertible production, I tend to have the only '62 Monza convertible at any given event, which includes the CORSA national meet. And it seems like everybody had a particular relative who had one “just like yours, except it had four doors, was black, and the top didn't fold down.” Luckily, only two people have told me their particular relative was killed driving one. Sometimes, being the Corvair Q & A point man gets old. God only knows how many times I've been told the motors were built under contract for GM by Volkswagen, Porsche, Renault, Trabant, and probably even Elvis. Or let us not forget those who swear up and down that the one their particular relative had was actually the 4-cylinder base model instead of the optional six. Right. I made a concerted effort this year to bring the old gal out to the Iola Old Car Show & Swap meet, as their special exhibit was Chevrolet. In past years, I've driven the 220 miles to central Wisconsin to show it in the Blue Ribbon Concours. However, I had it parked most of last year after it developed a case of erratic idle once the engine was up to temperature. A friend hauled it down for me instead, which meant that, for the first time ever, I had a trailer queen. 28 Mileage since purchase: 1,800, from New Mexico to Oregon through the Mojave. With hard top. In July. Recent work: Installed a soft top but can't find the zipper pull for the back window. I have an addiction you might share. This summer I spent about three hours a night madly searching various regional craigslists using keywords like “Porsche,” “classic,” and “restored.” Two months into this frenzy, I hit pay dirt: a great-looking 356 cab at an appealing price in a very car-friendly climate. I showed my wife the photos, and she fell in love. Soon she was feeding the fire with gasoline. “Did you email them? Did you hear back? What ever happened with that cute little car? Didn't you say it was a bargain by at least $10,000?” Of course I emailed them. No response. Their ad had no phone number or other clue as to how to get through. Slyly, I found the website domain related to the seller's email address. It was in Portland. The car was in Albuquerque. The ad was in Phoenix. And there was no phone number. I was starting to think this was a poorly executed Indonesian scam. After two polite emails in three weeks I gave up. My wife sent them an email, and heard back twenty minutes later. What? Turns out the “little old lady” seller had owned the car since 1975, knew she had underpriced it, and had instructed her Internet-capable son to filter out anybody who seemed like a dealer anxious to make a profit. Bluntly generalizing, he just stonewalled men, responding only to my wife, a woman who, like his mom 30 years earlier, has a couple of little kids and will raise them in a soft top bathtub Porsche she will never, ever sell. 1963 CITROËN 2CV Owner: Paul Duchene, Senior Editor Purchase date: September 2006 Price: $3,000 Mileage since purchase: 250 Recent work: New clutch, battery, exhaust, motor mounts, windshield vent (a major enterprise) Sally is a much-loved, much-traveled “tin snail” with a history like a family tree. This is the sixth 2CV I've had, and I appreciate their eccentric (and often very smart) simplicity. I also love the idea of returning cool cars to the road with appropriate patina—certainly the case here. Sally was sold first in Germany, then went to England, Greece, back to England, across Canada, and finally to Portland Citroën collector Peter Nathan in the mid-1990s. Sold at a 1998 Rotary auction, she has been snoozing at a Dundee winery for the past eight years, sidelined with a broken clutch. She started life in German-only “tree frog” green, became orange, and is now tastefully tan with caramel fenders. Extensive records indicate a brand new frame in the mid-1990s ($2,800), and close inspection reveals many body panels have been replaced, along with the brakes, top, and tires. Think Lafayette's axe. You can still buy new doors and fenders, but where do you stop? The later 602-cc engine gives a top speed just over 70 mph, along with 45 mpg. I found a 1963 French export plate (tres charmant), and she has 1963 Oregon Pacific Wonderland license plates. Minor rust, major charm.u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Rob Sass The Last of the V8 Interceptors The Interceptor fell from grace as quickly as fat sideburns, leisure suits, razor-cut hair, and other artifacts of the ‘70s by Rob Sass I 30 n the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Jensen Interceptor cruised near the top of the food chain. It was an expensive, handmade gentleman's express built to blast across Europe at triple-digit speeds, powered by a lazy but unfussy Chrysler V8, like the Facel Vega a decade earlier. By the time the 8-track music jammed during the fuel crisis (and the tape was flung out of the window), Jensen had produced 6,387 Interceptors in hatchback coupe (saloon), convertible, and notchback (coupe) form. After that, the Interceptor fell from grace as quickly as fat sideburns, leisure suits, razor-cut hair, and other artifacts of the '70s, never to regain its initial popularity, although the car was revived briefly as the Series IV. IMPROVEMENT OVER GROTESQUE CV8 The Interceptor made its debut at the 1966 London Motor Show. Vignale's Italian styling was a vast improve- ment over the grotesque CV8. Strangely, Jensen—which had built bodies for Sunbeam and Volvo—allowed Vignale to supply bodies for the first Interceptors, and virtually all of these cars have turned to rust. Vignale did a creditable job of styling the massive Interceptor. The only controversial aspect was the huge fishbowl glass rear hatch. But even this has aged well, perhaps because the Porsche 924/944 picked up the feature and it no longer looks as odd. At 4,000 lbs, the Jensen is no sports car, with a Chrysler autobox the only choice in the U.S. However, the 383-ci Interceptor II was plenty quick, with 330 hp, 425 ft-lbs of torque, and quoted 0–60 times of around 7 seconds. The 440-ci Interceptor IIIs lost considerable power to emissions and could only hit 0–60 in the high 9s. All Interceptors, however, sound great with two large angled exhausts. The power steering rack was supplied by Adwest. DETAILS Years produced: 1966–76 Number produced: 6,387 Original list price: $13,500 (1971) SCM Valuation: $9,000–$15,000 (coupe) Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Plate under the hood Engine #: Right side of block Club: Jensen Owners Club, Flights Rest, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK SN10 1PQ More: www.joc.org.uk Alternatives: 1967–82 Avanti II, 1963–70 Iso Rivolta, 1969–74 Maserati Indy SCM Investment Grade: D Sports Car Market


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Road feel is not up to the standards of ZF, but miles better than any Mopar muscle car of the era, as are the brakes—Dunlop four-wheel discs. R&T RATED ONE OF BEST IN WORLD Jensen did a fine job of setting up the car to ride well and handle decently within limits. The rear axle is live and located by a Panhard rod. It's no match for tight corners on poor roads, but as a fast “grand routier” the Interceptor is extremely pleasant, prompting Road & Track to deem it one of the best cars in the world. In keeping with their gentleman's express image, Interceptors were comfortable. According to factory literature, five whole cowhides were used inside every Interceptor. Polished walnut found its way onto the dash of the Interceptor III, and all cars came fully equipped with every period luxury, including air conditioning, 8track stereo, electric windows, dual tone horns, and even little corduroy pillows that attached with Velcro to the headrests. Aside from pollution regulations and the switch from the Chrysler 383 to the 440, changes during the production run were few. The upholstered dash of the Series II gave way to wood, and the Rostyle steel wheels were swapped for bespoke alloys in the Series III. One retrograde step was the loss of the handsome three-spoke drilled steering wheel in favor of a truly ugly wheel with a massive plain horn pad. It looks like it came from a Ford wagon, and was probably responsible for a spike in Nardi sales. The few late 1975 and '76 cars also sported a lower and larger dual bar bumper and a different dash design with still more wood. 1974 brought Jensen's first post-war convertible, if you don't count the unloved Jensen-Healey. It was undeniably good looking, and as a swaggering, 440-powered four-seater, it's a realistic (and reliable) alternative to an Aston Martin Volante V8. Removing the roof from the saloon also made possible the third Interceptor bodystyle—the odd coupe, a convertible with a fixed roof containing a fussy and useless targa-style bar. Few were produced and it shouldn't carry a premium over the glass back saloon. Two variants that should carry a premium, however, are the FF and the SP. FF WAS INCREDIBLY ADVANCED The FF (for Ferguson Formula) was advanced for its day, sporting both all-wheel drive and Dunlop Maxaret antilock brakes. FFs have a longer wheelbase and an extra side vent. When they do show up, they seldom bring more than $40,000. Interceptor SPs—Mopar-ese for “Six Pack,” as in three two-barrel carburetors—were rated at over 350 hp and came with factory-louvered hoods. Mechanically, Interceptors present no problems in either maintenance or restoration. Many parts are off the NAPA shelf. A surprising number of other bits can be sourced by Delta Motorsports (www.deltamotorsports .com) in Phoenix, AZ. However, body panels, bumpers, and glass are expensive when available. As for those body panels, sadly, Jensens are extremely rust-prone. Any spot is fair game, including under the stainless steel rocker panel trim. Wheel arches, floors, and even hoods and hatch surrounds are likely spots. Overall, panels should be fitted and finished to a high standard. These were handmade cars with bodywork that was finished with lead and numerous coats of handrubbed lacquer. December 2006 $20,000 $40,000 $60,000 $80,000 $100,000 $120,000 Besides rust, the biggest issues are worn suspension uprights and leaf springs, and cooling and electrical issues. Most of the time, in English cars, the latter can be traced to poor repairs, modifications by subsequent owners, or charging systems not up to the task. Interceptors, perhaps due to the myriad electrical accessories, did seem to have issues from new with setting themselves on fire—an extinguisher was installed in the trunk at the factory. Cooling issues can be addressed with uprated radiators, electric fans, and by louvering the hood. Given the current state of the market, restoring an Interceptor is a labor of love. Resprays are bare metal affairs because most of them were originally finished in lacquer, incompatible with any other paint system. The bovine-intensive interior requires a quintet of cows per car, but many Jensen owners cheap out by using vinyl, which kills the character of the car, but spares the cud-chewers. BARGAINS COMPARED TO DODGE AND PLYMOUTH I'm frankly amazed that a really pedestrian Coronet R/T with a 440 can cost $40,000 and a 383 'Cuda is probably close to $80,000, while a 440 Interceptor saloon is less than $20,000. Even a convertible can be bought for about $30,000. Such Dodges and Plymouths were casually assembled production cars, built cheaply. Stopping and handling for them is theoretical at best. A Jensen goes and sounds like a Mopar muscle car, but also stops and handles. Instead of slippery vinyl seats, crummy gauges, and cheap plastic dashes, you get Connolly leather, burled walnut, and real Smiths gauges. The difference is, of course that it was not lusted after by a generation of kids whose collecting strategy as adults is jammed in first gear, as they try to acquire the dream cars of their youth. Strangely, Jensen Interceptors, forever derided as “hopeless” collectibles, may now be the last bastion of affordable Mopar muscle. (Lot #996, a straight but tired '74 Interceptor coupe, sold for $6,784 at Silver's Reno auction in August). Honestly folks, a lousy 340 Duster will pull more at an auction than an Interceptor. Wake up. Has anyone noticed soaring Facel Vega prices lately? Don't say you weren't given a heads up.♦ ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His articles on collecting have appeared in the New York Times and on businessweek.com. 20 Year Picture 1965-75 Avanti 1971-74 Jensen Interceptor 1962-64 Facel Vega II Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. 31 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006


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WAGON HO! Go West, Young SCMer It's one thing to try to cross the USA in a Fiat that pees like a spaniel when you shout at it, another in a bulletproof '60s Mercury wagon by Paul Duchene CMers have risen to the occasion and are heading west with publisher Martin's latest foible—the ex-Joe Lorio 1968 Mercury Colony Park station wagon. It might be the best in the world, as the 21,000 miles it has traveled are about 100,000 less than most others whose wheels are still turning. Initially, some of us (OK me) felt the program smacked of a Really S Great Idea that two old friends might have at the end of a long and liquid dinner (“Wouldn't it be great if...” etc.), but that pales in the light of day. After all, we can all anticipate the entertainment value in crossing the U.S. in a Fiat that's about as durable as an ice sculpture and pees like a spaniel when you shout at it. But a mid-'60s Mercury wagon is about as bulletproof as American hands-on technology ever got. Where's the fun in reporting on a car that started, ran, and stopped whenever you wanted it to? Think about it, all the rest of these have gone to their maker with 150,000-plus miles on them. That's 80,000 in mom's hands and another 70,000 teaching three kids to drive through high school and college, the wood appliqué sides concealing close calls with stationary objects. The 32 final leg was often completed as a “divorce special,” as in, “I'll take the house, you get the car.” (Mine was a red '65 Galaxie 9-passenger, which I'll bet is still running someplace). With so few miles, our target car must have been hiding behind the door when life went by. It sounds like a nice enough car, too, and middling equipped: ps, pb, tilt, posi (no a/c or pw) with a base 390-ci V8. This trip will be a rude awakening, with snow likely as it winds its way through Chicago to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Sioux Falls, IA, Rapid City, SD, Bozeman, MT, Spokane, WA, and then perhaps Tacoma, before coming home. (We still need a driver from Rapid City to Bozeman, by the way, contact me at copyed@sportscarmarket.com.) Rob Graboske took the first 190-mile leg from Royal Oak, MI, to Fort Wayne, IN, handing off to Hugh Baldus when he arrived. He was delighted with it and notes he averaged 16.4 mpg, the wagon used no oil, and it started every time. Some tips for future drivers include: “The car is very nice to drive but has a few quirks,” he reports. “The neutral safety switch is very sensitive to shifter placement. The gas gauge is not the most accurate. It showed Sports Car Market


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The SCM Garage Irregular Updates on Our Irregular Cars By Jim Pickering Sept 16, 2006: Editor Martin drives the '68 BMW 2002 for the first time with his daughter, loses second and fourth gears on the freeway at night, and limps it home in third from across town. Sept 18: Editor Martin describes his weekend troubles with the BMW to the SCM staff, and subsequently declares intentions to set it on fire. Joe Lorio hands off the keys to Graboske 1/4 of a tank but only took 12 gallons. The steering is vague (big surprise), and there is a noticeable clunk from the rear of the vehicle when coming to a stop.” Hugh Baldus took the leg from Fort Wayne to Chicago and Tim Hanson, and he was also enthusiastic about our Colony Park. “The condition is unnatural—even the hood pad is clean,” he says, noting that the clock doesn't work, the horn honks sometimes, and there's a high-pitched chirping sound from some errant pieces rubbing together, or squirrels mating under the dash. Hugh is applying decals advising other drivers that the SCM pilots are on a mission from, well, Keith, and Warren Tracy of the Busted Knuckle Garage has supplied goodies to go along with SCM items and Meguiar products winging their way to our dedicated volunteers. Judging from weather reports, we're going to need some chains before long as Tim Hanson heads out of Chicago to connect with Paul Katz in Minneapolis/St.Paul. Good job we have posi-traction to go with our posi attitude.u Sept 19 & 20: A specialist is contacted to diagnose the 2002. After a short drive, he suspects the transmission has a broken internal main shaft, causing second and fourth to engage only from a stop. He also suspects the steering box adjustment is out of spec, and notes that a previous owner had installed harsh-riding aftermarket gas struts on all four corners. The charging system is also now suspect, as I had to push-start it in the rain. Sept 21 & 22: The charging system is now more than suspect, as two more push-starts were required to motivate the little green Bavarian. Luckily, SCM's corporate driveway is downhill. Possible battery problem? It's placed on a charger in SCM's old garage, while the rest of the fleet is moved to SCM's new building. Sept 25: Editor Martin decides to take SCM's '63 Corvette and '79 911SC to the Late Night Drags at PIR. Both cars run numerous times down the quarter-mile with no problems whatsoever; Martin has a best reaction time of .182, and the Corvette's best is a 15.63 quarter-mile at 86.69 mph. Interestingly, the SC is about the same, although generally slower off the line and with a higher terminal velocity. My '66 Caprice, with a 468-ci, 550-hp big block, does 12.35 at 110 mph.u Baldus and wife Julie in Ft. Wayne December 2006 33


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Collecting Thoughts Pruning the Fleet Fiat and Saab—Where Are They Now? He noted that the smoke screen from the Saab keeps bugs out of his wooden garage by Paul Duchene S CM's 1960 Fiat 2100 Berlinetta, which wandered the U.S. for 18 months like the Flying Dutchman, has finally found a new home in San Luis Obispo, CA, after 4,421 miles. New owner Lance Baumberger, who bought the car for $2,100 on eBay in May 2006, is learning to appreciate its idiosyncrasies, with the bright outlook required for such an enterprise. “Going through the trunk was like finding buried treasure,” Baumberger said, thrilled with the cases of oil, gallons of coolant (the Fiat's life blood), and special trivia like an N.O.S. taillight and new Weber carburetor. Meanwhile, in Purcellville, VA, Tom Stewart, who owns Red Line Motors (and is used to bashing his knuckles on fancy modern Mercedes and BMWs, or classic Ferraris, Lancia Aurelias, and Porsche 911s) is returning to his roots with “Lucky,” SCM's 1966 2-stroke Saab 96. He bought it on eBay in May for $4,350. “I drove it to work today,” he said. “It has more rust than I hoped, but I have several of them and this is much better than the others. It was making half-power, but Dad is a 2-stroke guy and he showed me what to do. And a friend gave me a tuning manual.” Stewart is enthused at the Saab's potential and threatens to vintage rally it when he's older. “You can jump ‘em, roll ‘em, and they just keep going. They're good for 400,000 miles.” He also noted that the smoke screen keeps bugs out of his wooden garage. FIX IT AGAIN, SCMERS SCM readers may recall the Fiat's odyssey, which began in Cleveland, OH, in April 2004. What followed was a trail of tears involving numerous subscribers and short driving stints cut short by some puzzling or disastrous incident. Electrical woes prevailed over coolant and driveline issues, along with water leaks (in) and oil leaks (out). Fred Panici, in Wilmette, IL, could have bought a deBaumberger and his Italian friends 34 cent K car for the $580 of SCM money he “invested” into the project, though the $5.74 on duct tape was probably well spent. Mike and Ann Griese, who took over next in Byron, MN, had to find a new carburetor. Running costs reached $350 a month. Though Charlie Gaetz got it from Sioux Falls, SD, to Barrett-Jackson in mid-winter, all but the first 75 miles took place on a trailer. Phoenix SCMer Matt Packard took it next and the distributor disintegrated. But there was good news; since the Fiat wasn't running, the cost per month dropped to $221. After starring at last year's Concorso Italiano, veteran Sports Car Market


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Photo: Laura Satterfield Stewart and Lucky do their best Stig Blomqvist imitation in rural Virginia SCMer Martin Swig drove it the final 800 miles to SCM world headquarters in Portland. For Swig, the Fiat was a relatively normal, if lively, ride, with the combination of a temperature gauge constantly threatening to move past the boiling point and enough oil leaking out to make the Exxon Valdez jealous. WHO'S LUCKY NOW? In contrast, the Saab had an uneventful trip cross-country in a trailer. Its adven- tures occurred following purchase in Helena, MT, by Editor Martin and Legal Affairs columnist John Draneas. The 3-cylinder buzzbomb got as far as Spokane before shed- ding tires, spewing coolant, and permanently smoking its motor. A replacement engine was followed by clutch problems, now fixed. We're currently figuring out how to move Editor Martin's latest infatuation—a 1968 Mercury Colony Park wagon—from Ann Arbor, MI, to Portland, in the face of encroaching winter. At least with this car, bringing a half-dozen of your gearhead friends along to share the experience won't pose a challenge.u December 2006 35


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Events Modena Cento Ore Turning up the Heat in Italy With times measured to 10ths of a second, unless you've leased equipment from NASA, time and distance accuracy are difficult by Anthony Pozner Bologna. It is a picturesque region where drivers go from one marvelous old city to another, interrupted only by the vulgarity of modern Riccione with its beach umbrellas and brash nightlife. Entrants competed in 13 timed stages, including the fantastic racing circuits at Mugello and Misano. As usual with the Modena event, we also visited the Ferrari test circuit at Fiorano. As a test bed for Ferrari Formula One cars, it is highly technical, giving mere mortals just enough buzz to allow a few seconds of Michael Schumacher daydreams. One of the best things about the European historic rally circuit is meeting up with friends you haven't seen for a year. And of course the cars were outstanding as well. Paul Grist brought his rare 1967 Alfa Romeo TZ2, while Anthony Bamford showed up in his splendid 250 GTO. Sadly, he withdrew following a “coming together” with that TVR terrier Richard “Dickie” Tyzak. There were a few Americans from both North and South, and it was great to see Doug Allen, a septuagenarian who charges on with the zest of a 20-year-old racer. Editor Martin and his navigator, Wendie Standish, drove a 1974 911 Carrera, kindly provided by SCMers Alberto and Filippo Barbieri. A trio of appealing Cobra 289s made the race, two from the U.K. and the third from Germany. Sarah Walduck and Elaine Macleod in car 97—kitted out in “Pretty in Pink” racing overalls (they change the color every rally)—had a difficult second day due to the heat and fuel evaporation. But those ladies just seem to get better and better with every event, and at some stage they will hit on the correct color coordination to deliver outright victory. Meanwhile, the German 289 was seen stationary at a road junction less its front off-side wheel. The spinner had worked loose and the brake disc had embedded itself in the hot tarmac. We thought it was game over for the Germans, but by the time lunch had finished, in they drove, seemingly none the worse for wear. Another rare treat was the company of Sally and Paul Grist's TZ-2 some of the glamour and excitement of four days in a beautiful Ferrari in its homeland. In the cockpit of the Hendon Way Motors Ferrari 275 GTB/4, S/N 9737, things were close to unbearable, with temperatures in the low 100s. No a/c or open top in a GTB/4, after all. The route made up for the heat, however. It traverses the heart of Italy—from Modena to the Adriatic Sea and back—just to the north of Florence and to the south of T 36 he Modena Cento Ore Classic has it all: brilliant sunshine, gourmet food, stunning scenery, fine wines, classy hotels, and the greatest classic cars in the world. And then there was the heat. This year's Classic coincided with blistering June temperatures, which fried Dudley Mason-Styrron in a hot rod “standard” Daytona. One of the most appropriate modifications was the two beach towels over the leather seats (Sally and Dudley drive in shorts). Dudley declared he would never put the air conditioning on, as it costs up to a 1000 rpm. In a seemingly standard road car delivering over 450 hp, that must be a real drag. Better hot towels than a slow car. The Italian rules mean that times are measured to 10ths of a second. In other words, unless you've leased equipment from NASA, time and distance accuracy are difficult. It is no surprise then that the top five in the Regularity section were all Italians with a dazzling array of gadgetry. In the track sections, our 275 performed well, delivering quick times despite 150 lbs of luggage and a navigator. Sports Car Market


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Competition class bad boys The author's 4-cam DETAILS Plan ahead: May or June 2007 Where: Modena, IT Eligibility: pre-1975 Cost:$4,825 (Competition); $3,750 (Regularity) More: www.modenacentooreclassic.it Dicing with the Ferrari 250 SWB of Robin Lodge proved great fun, and also a great reminder of the differences between his nimble sports racer and our grand tourer. Such contrast makes these rallies memorable. Though it is still a young event by com- parison to other European historic rallies, Cento Ore organizer Mauro Bompani laid on treats for all along the way, with lunch and dinner settings as beautiful as anywhere in Europe. Overall, the event asks more of its participants than does a race like the Tour Auto, especially in the area of reading and research, but the support staff was top notch. SCM sponsored the “Tiger of the Day” award, which went to the most spectacular “incident” of the day. The award—a cuddly stuffed tiger—made for a most amusing addition to the endless array of prizes. The Modena Cento Ore Classic was designed to be less demanding than other European events, and to better balance sport with cultural enjoyment. Once again that was the case, and for 228 participants in their 114 classics, the thrill of racing through Italy trumped even the heat.u ANTHONY POZNER is a longtime SCMer and the owner of Hendon Way Motors in Northwest London (www.hendonwaymotors.com). December 2006 Filippo Barbieri, Wendie Standish, Alberto Barbieri, Editor Martin SCMers on the MCO Tom Appleton/CAN 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Anthony Bamford/UK 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO Alberto & Filippo Barbieri/IT 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ Roberto Bianchi/CH 1957 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk III Mauro Bompani/IT 1962 Jaguar E-type coupe Jeremy Cooke/UK 1963 Triumph TR4 Mark Devis/BEL 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Martin Eyears/US & Jeremy Hall/UK 1960 Porsche 356 GTL Carrera Abarth Paul Knapfield/UK 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Keith Martin & Wendie Standish/US 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Lincoln Small/UK 1970 Alfa Romeo Jr. Zagato Joe Tomasetti/IT & Dennis Thalman/FR 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA Carlo Vogele/CH 1957 Porsche 356A 1600S Tom Walduck & Sarah Walduck/UK 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 Wolfie Zweigler/DE 1969 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 37


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Events Goodwood Revival Racing From the Good Old Days It was pass and repass until Rahal threw it away with a spin while in second place by Robert Ames Glover Trophy grid—Dayton in #3 Brabham-Climax BT11, Rahal in #2 Brabham-Climax BT11, Lamplough in #25 Lotus-Climax 33 W 38 hen it comes to the Goodwood Revival, leave it to Lord March to line up any car he wants, no matter where it is or who owns it. As a celebration of historic motorsport, nothing else comes close. This year's Revival—a sellout for the third straight year—took place on the Lord's stately grounds, just two months after the raucous Festival of Speed. With so much going on, it is next to impossible to soak up everything during the weekend, but several important moments stood apart for me, each illustrating why this historic race meeting trumps all others. For starters, there was the heartfelt tribute to Phil Hill, featuring the man himself and 27 of the cars he drove during his long, great career. The group included everything from MG TCs and 2.9 Alfas to Chaparrals. The event also paid respect to the late Ray Hanna, a Spitfire pilot of the highest order who died following last year's event. In 1998, Hanna thrilled attendees as he helped to inaugurate the Revival by bringing his fighter down the main straightaway, just below the top of the grandstands. For sheer excitement on the track Barrie DETAILS “Whizzo” Williams provided plenty. Standing in for Stirling Moss on a wet but drying surface, “Whizzo” carved his four-wheel drive 1961 Ferguson-Climax Project 99 through a starstudded field of front-engined Formula One cars from 23rd on the grid to a podium third. A normally reserved British crowd was on Plan ahead: September 2007 Where: Chichester, U.K. Cost: $120 for three-day entry Phone: +44.1243.755055 More: www.goodwood.co.uk Getting there: Fly to London, take a train to Chichester, then a taxi or bus to the track Sports Car Market


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Ames and Marilyn Phil and Derek Hill its feet throughout as he set an early fastest lap and, before the asphalt had dried, closed on aces Gary Pearson in a BRM Type 25 and pole man Gregor Fiskin in a Ferrari 246 Dino. All this despite a mid-race spin in a car he'd never sat in before the start. THE PRO VS. THE HOBBYIST Bobby Rahal, the three-time open-wheel CART cham- pion and now a fixture at major historic races, was once quoted comparing such competition to clubbing baby seals. Perhaps he was simply unaware just how serious those “baby seals” can be about their racing. Well, sir, meet journeyman racer Duncan Dayton, a man who seems to race somewhere on the globe every weekend. Amid a competitive 26-car grid, the two men qualified one-two in similar Brabham BT11s for the Glover Trophy Whizzo in the Ferguson-Climax Project 99 Race for 1960s 1.5-liter Formula One cars. Rahal led from the start on a very wet Saturday track, but was soon passed by a flying Dayton. It was pass and repass until the polished pro threw it away with a spin while in second place. He finished three seconds back of Dayton and 30 seconds clear of Dickie Attwood's BRM in third. Rahal was a busy man that Saturday. Before his duel with Dayton, he'd driven a large Jaguar Mk 1 to fifth in the first heat of the St. Mary's Trophy race, a classic Goodwood two-parter featuring various saloons from the Austin A35 to a Lincoln driven by Phil Hill's son, Derek. He had to run from the parc ferme of that race to the Glover Trophy grid, squeezing into his Brabham just before the flag. Despite the best efforts of the weather to dampen spirits, nothing of the sort occurred. Instead, it turned out to be another glorious Revival. This is a must-do for any enthusiast, and I suggest early booking for 2007.u ROBERT AMES is a self-declared life-long car junkie who collects, races, and restores vintage cars. Winner Dayton and “Spinner” Rahal post-race December 2006 My tiny car is faster than your tiny car 39


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Events Lancia Centenario Lancia: 100 and Counting Motorcycle cops stop traffic and urge you with their batons to ignore red lights, stop signs, and even pedestrians by Donald Osborne A fraction of the participants in parc ferme at the Arsenale P 42 alaces, museums, race tracks, fast touring through some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Great food and wine. The Italians certainly know how to throw a great party, and that's just what they did from September 4 to 10 in and around the city of Turin. The occasion? The 100th anniversary of Lancia. Add to the above over 500 “guests” from 18 countries who between them brought almost 300 examples of the marque, and you have the ingredients for a memorable event. Activities were not limited to the northwestern Italian city, and took place throughout nearby locations in the Piedmont region. To facilitate logistics, attendees were divided into four groups, each of which enjoyed one of four daily programs and convened in the evening for dinners. These programs included drives to visit the aforementioned palaces, the Museum of Antiquities, and the landmark Mole Antonelliana (well-known to Italian car enthusiasts as the tower on the badge of Carrozzeria Vignale). The event also featured a regularity trial on the test track at the Fiat Research Center, laps of the famed rooftop track of the historic Fiat Lingotto factory, and a Lancia (and Fiat/ Alfa) assembly line tour in the Mirafiori plant. On the final day, all the cars, now numbering over 300 with some local late additions, gathered together in Turin's main square, the Piazza San Carlo, following a tour through the streets of the city. Lancia devotees came from as far as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Hong Kong. Though the Dutch were well-represented and the most enthusiastic, the largest contingent of “Lancisti” came from the U.K., most of whom drove their cars Sports Car Market


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Lambda on the research center track down across the Alps to Italy. Twelve American enthusiasts attended, with four teams bringing their cars over to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Lancia Club as well. The cars present ranged in age from an Alpha of 1907 through the newest 2006 Ypsilon mini and Thesis luxury cars. Your correspondent, failing to ship his 1952 Ardea across the ocean, settled for a rented Hertz Ypsilon. Fiat Auto also used the event to un- derscore a new commitment to Lancia, announcing both the coming release of a new model, the Delta HPE, as well as a future return to the historically important right-hand-drive markets of the U.K. and Japan. As expected, rare models such as the French-built Belna, a version of the Augusta small car, custom-bodied Asturas and Aprilias from the '30s, Flavia convertibles, and potent Delta Integrales from the '80s were in attendance. Lancia's most famous model, the Lambda of the 1920s—the world's first unit-bodied car—was well represented, with no fewer than 18 on hand, including three from the U.S. Plenty of special cultural touches set Italy apart in the collector car world; nothing prepares you for your own police escort through town. With motorcycle cops stopping traffic and urging you with their batons to ignore red lights, stop signs, and even pedestrians—urging you to drive faster—it's a rapidly addicting experience. The Italian military even supported the Lancia's rally stars—Fulvia and Stratos December 2006 43 event by opening the Turin Arsenal training facility for parking and hosting several dinners. Try that at West Point. All in all, the week of people, places, and of course cars proved a worthy and memorable way to celebrate 100 years of a legendary brand.u


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Events Kirkland Concours Kirkland, the Cozy Concours It's no wonder so many well-known people of very substantial means call this little piece of the planet home by Walt Tomsic Best in Show went to this 1937 Bugatti T-57 owned by the Petersen Museum A 44 concours is a dish best served at a pleasant temperature, liberally sprinkled with meticulous, significant automobiles, and a venue appropriate for such presentation. Pebble Beach and Amelia Island have certainly perfected their cuisine over the years. For the last four years, Kirkland, Washingtion, has been working on its own concours menu, and each edition has gotten bigger and better than the one that came before. Though smaller in scope, Kirkland yields little ground to higher profile events when it comes to quality. In many respects, Kirkland's smaller scale works to its advantage. In contrast to the expense and hassle of so many high- profile automotive extravaganzas (just try to book a good hotel or find a close-in parking place in Monterey or Scottsdale), Kirkland has a relaxed, people-friendly feel. Parking is abundant, eating spots handy, and you can see it all without raising your blood pressure. Then there is the site itself—Kirkland's Carillon Point. It's no wonder so many wellknown people of very substantial means call this little piece of the planet home. Situated on the shores of Lake Washington, with a westerly view toward the Seattle skyline, Carillon Point in early September is as nice a place to be as one will find. And that's before you add the cars. DETAILS Plan Ahead: September 2007 Where: Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA Cost: $10 youth; $25 adult, includes program More: www.kirklandconcours.com Sports Car Market


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Shirley's 1955 Ferrari 375MM The “Flying Shingle” GM-MG R2 wins the Hart-Watjen Class This year's entries included most marques of dis- tinction, many of which made their way north from California and displayed “Pebble Beach” stickers. Special categories honored Dietrich-bodied Lincolns and Packards, Italian and Porsche sports and racing cars, and selected cars from the collections of Bill Hart and former Microsoft executive Craig Watjen. Adding a bit of spice to the top tier stock were several cars with “celebrity provenance”—Fred Astaire's Rolls-Royce, Rudyard Kipling's Pierce Arrow, and the delightfully quirky “Flying Shingle” MG racer once piloted by Ken Miles. A new component this year—the Junior Judges Award—thoroughly captured the crowd's fancy. Ten youngsters were selected to view the cars and vote their favorite. In the end they chose a 1936 Custom Ford Roadster. Who says hot rods have lost their youth appeal? As for the traditional awards, approximately 20 class winners, category champions, and top prizewinners were feted. LeMay Museum CEO David Madeira presented the Kirkland Concours Award to a stunning 1933 Packard 1106 dual cowl speedster owned by John Mozart, while Best of Show went to a Petersen Museum Collection 1937 Bugatti T-57 once owned by the Shah of Iran. Presiding over all was film actor and car enthusiast Edward Herrmann and Editor Martin, whose broadcast interviews and podium patter added both insight and humor to the proceedings. At one point, Herrmann quipped that the all-conquering Bugatti (1st place finishes in three different categories) was the “car that won December 2006 Whitten fires up his 1932 Alfa P3 Tipo B WWII for the Allies”—a reference to some historical background then provided by the Petersen Museum's Director Dick Messer. It seems the car was a gift to the Shah by the French. His Highness was so pleased, he was moved to supply oil to the Allies rather than the Axis forces. It makes for a great story, and it might even be true. An even better story, also involving Messer, centered on the Rolls-Royce town car once owned by Fred Astaire. According to Messer, “There were some questions about Astaire's ownership of the car. I dated his daughter, the car was stored in a barn, and I must say I have some fond memories of the back seat of the Rolls.” The tales cars tell.u WALT TOMSIC is the Managing Editor of OpenRoad, the LeMay Museum Membership Quarterly. SCMers at the Kirkland Concours Barry Briskman—Scottsdale, AZ 1937 MG SA tourer, 3rd in Class Tom Davidson—Mercer Island, WA 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster, 2nd in Class Brown M. Maloney—Sequim, WA 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 3rd in Class Ken McBride—Seattle, WA 1932 Packard convertible victoria, 2nd in Class; Most Elegant Award (open) 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Series 1, 2nd in Class Charles Morse—Seattle, WA 1919 Turcat Mery Touring, Evergreen Hospital Award John Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1932 Packard 904 coupe roadster, 3rd in Class; Participant's Choice Award 1933 Packard 1106 dual cowl speedster, 1st in Class; Kirkland Concours Award Mike Reischl—Kent, WA 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6, 3rd in Class Don Sears—Tiburon, CA 1930 Packard 734 speedster, 1st in Class Jon Shirley—Medina, WA 1955 Ferrari 375MM, 1st in Class 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, 1st in Class John White—Sacramento, CA 1954 Chrysler Ghia coupe, Children's Hospital Award Greg Whitten—Medina, WA 1932 Alfa Romeo P3 Tipo B, 2nd in Class 45


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Ferrari Profile 1977 Ferrari 208 GT4 This model is rare outside Italy, but as John Apen reminds us: all valuable things are rare, but not all rare things are valuable by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 1975–80 Number produced: 840 Original list price: $16,500 SCM Valuation: Not listed ($17,305 at 2002 Bonhams Gstaad, SCM# 29721) Tune up/major service: $3,500 Distributor cap: $550 Chassis #: Right frame high in engine compartment Engine #: On the top of the engine in the middle of the V Club: Ferrari Club of America P. O. Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1972–76 Lamborghini Urraco, 1982–76 Maserati Merak, 1967–77 Porsche 911S SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS Chassis number: 13550 T he 308 made its entrance into the automotive world in October 1973 as Bertone combined concepts and design features from both the 246 Dino and the 365. It was handsome, sleek, and powered by a superior engine. It was a departure for Ferrari, with a V8 engine in place of the standard V12. Nevertheless, it still had the ability to move more precisely and swiftly than its contemporaries. The Ferrari 208 GT4 was powered by a low-displace- ment version of the V8 found in the Ferrari 308 GT4. The 208 GT4 used one of the smallest displacement production V8s in history. In spite of its size, the 208's engine produced 180 hp, enabling the car to hit 130 mph. The 308/208 series was groundbreaking because it was the first production Ferrari to feature a mid-engine layout. The 208 GT4 presented here is a highly original example with only 16,000 miles. It has been meticulously cared for and garage-kept, with service performed on a regular basis. To ensure that it would be in peak condition for the auction, a thorough mechanical inspection was performed with a service that included new brakes, spark plugs, fluids, hoses, clutch cable, and valve cover gaskets. An excellent driver in very fine condition, this 208 GT4 is an avenue into the elite world of Ferrari ownership. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $31,900 at the RM auction in Monterey on August 18. It's said you can't avoid death or taxes, and while death is definitely inevitable, once you understand the rules, there's a lot you can do to minimize taxes. This car 46 was designed to hedge bets in Europe. By almost anyone's standards, a Ferrari is a major purchase, and the tax implications can be enormous, even in the U.S. Depending on the state and city in America, sales taxes and registration could run more that $20,000 on a new six-figure Ferrari. (Of course, if the same person had that same car delivered and registered to his Oregon vacation home, his sales tax would be zero, and his annual registration fee under $50. No wonder their highways are a mess.) In an international setting, the implications can be even more dramatic. Import duties can run as high as 100% of the value of a new car, so the tax issues surrounding a Ferrari purchase are not trivial. Prudent tax avoidance can save you a bundle with very little planning. In Georgia, there is a personal property tax on vehicles. The tax is due on the owner's birthday and could run thousands of dollars on a Ferrari. Canny planning means buying your birthday present the day after your birthday and not the day before. People get greedy and do stupid things to illegally 1976 Ferrari 308 GT4 Lot #933, S/N 09412 Condition: 2 Sold at $36,436 Bonhams & Goodman, Sydney, AUS, 5/23/2004 SCM ID# 33882 save a few bucks on taxes. Life's too short to go to jail over taxes (remember Leona Helmsley?) so cheating is not a good idea. A local schoolteacher made a cash killing in a Ferrari sale only to get hit with a money laundering charge when her bank got suspicious over multiple $9,500 cash deposits. Before you ask for a low value bill of sale, remember this story. A West Coast man recently told the DMV his million-dollar Ferrari was worth about the same as a new Toyota. A savvy DMV clerk thought otherwise. The taxes would have been cheap compared to the lawyer's fees it will cost to keep this guy out of jail. Tax avoidance is an art form in Europe. One famous Ferrari story involves an Sports Car Market 1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 Lot #1547, S/N 10450 Condition: 2Sold at $23,000 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM ID# 34766 Photos: Simon Clay


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owner sending his car to Italy for repair and getting back a new one with the same serial number so it could be imported in the customer's country without duties. In the early 1970s, a fuel shortage hit Italy especially hard, and as a conservation measure, a heavy tax was placed on cars with an engine displacement over two liters. In 1975, Ferrari saw a business opportunity, as well as an ingenious (and legal) tax avoidance plan, and built a 2-liter version of the 3-liter 308 GT4. Keeping the same stroke, smaller liners were used to choke the bore of the 2,926-cc 308 engine down to a tax-friendly 1,991 ccs. The 308 GT4 had been around for nearly two years when the 208 GT4 was introduced. A smaller-engine version of a marginally popular car built specifically for the Italian market hardly made a ripple, yet 840 208 GT4s were built before it was phased out in 1980. There was little manufacturing cost saved, but a 17% tax savings proved enough to convince buyers that speed isn't everything. Despite the market's initial resistance to the Bertone-designed 308 GT4, the model won high praise from drivers. The 255-hp (Euro version) 3-liter V8 was exceptionally flexible, made wonderful sounds, and had adequate power for spirited driving. A great chassis with excellent driving position complemented the engine making driving truly fun. A profile of the 308 GT4, written in January 2005, can be found at www. SportsCarMarket.com. The 208 GT4 is differentiated from the 308 GT4 by a narrower front grille and the lack of driving lights. A single exhaust replaces the quad tips of the 308. Other external clues are smaller 195x70x14 tires versus 205s on the 308 and a 208 GT4 badge on the trunk. Inside, a black aluminum panel surrounds the gauges instead of the brushed aluminum panel of the 308. The performance of the 180-hp 208 engine is en- hanced by gear ratios that favor acceleration over top speed. Acceleration is reasonable, but a top speed of 125 mph falls far short of the 308's 147 mph. Ironically, after all the fuss, the 208 only gained two miles per gallon. Finding a 208 GT4 outside Italy is rare, but as SCM contributor John Apen reminds us: All valuable things are rare, but not all rare things are valuable. A 208 GT4 should challenge a Mondial 8 for the title of lowest priced Ferrari. $30,000 is top of the market for an exceptional 308 GT4, and $5,000 should be the discount for a 208. This sale blew the curve and frankly came down to two bidders with checkbooks to match their egos. Perhaps they were suckered by an unconscionable $40,000–$50,000 auction estimate? The seller caught the Hail Mary pass at the state finals. He should drop an extra $1,000 in the collection plate because prayers like this one aren't often answered.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. December 2006 47


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Can You Afford $10.27 per Mile? Only weeks into Ferrari ownership, the 30,000-mile service was repeated and the front shocks were replaced, for a total of $6,196.57 A nswering daily phone calls and emails provides a never-ending supply of topics on which to pontificate. The “real-world” cost to drive a late model Ferrari is one of the more frequent questions I'm asked. I recently sold an unusually well-documented 1998 550 Maranello, S/N 111317, with 36,200 miles to a client in the jet aircraft industry, and comparisons between Ferrari and jet costs inspired this column. Like a private jet that requires three to four hours of maintenance for every hour of flight time, Ferraris are not cheap to own. FIRST TWO YEARS ALMOST FREE 550 Ferrari S/N 111317 was sold new on March 19, 1998, at $225,000, to a wealthy Santa Monica real estate investor and used for weekend retreats to his ranch in Ojai, a 150-plus-mile round trip. Thanks to an unlimited mileage warranty, the first two years were relatively expense free. The first bite came in August 2000, five months after the warranty expired. At 13,637 miles, the owner brought the car in for a 15,000-mile service, two rear tires, and an oil, filter, and coolant change for $2,665.70. Two months later, in October, at 17,220 miles, noisy cam belts and bearings were replaced at no cost (thanks to a warranty extension by Ferrari). The windshield washer reservoir was also replaced for $529.25. A month later, in November, at 17,618 miles, the front spoiler and three wheels were refinished because of road-rash, at $1,285. Total for the first year out of warranty, and about 4,000 miles: $4,479.95, or $1.12 per mile. As 2001 rolled around, in January, at 18,124 miles, two ball joints and sway bar bushings were replaced at $253.47, a standard procedure for a heavy, high performance, front-engined car with power steering. Three months later, in April, at 18,998 miles, a coolant leak, new front tires, another repaint of the wheels, and a detail added $2,718 to the ongoing maintenance bill. A few days later, at 19,002 miles, the check engine light came on and an O2 sensor was replaced at $261.31. A month later, in late May, at 19,329 miles, the dash pod had to come out for an instrument panel repair, at $1,290.18. Five months and 1,289 miles later, in early October, at 20,618 miles, an annual oil and filter service and new rear tires added $2,386.60 to the expense column. $8,988 FOR SECOND YEAR OUT OF WARRANTY In December 2001, a service at 21,358 miles for dash lights, rattles, and a radiator R & R for coolant leaks closed the year out at $2,078.82. Total for the second year out of warranty, and another 3,740 miles: $8,988.38, or $2.40 a mile. In January 2002, at 21,966 miles, the owner had the battery replaced, new suspen- sion bushings installed, and a wheel alignment for $1,228.35. In March, at 22,956 miles, the license plate frame was replaced for $124.99, and in May, at 23,802 miles, the power steering pump was replaced and the fluids serviced, at $500.95. Four months and 2,657 miles later, in September, at 25,607 miles, the steering box, power steering rack, and rear shocks were replaced, and the wheels were aligned for $8,641.69. The year ended at 26,236 miles, with a compression and leakdown problem discovered in late December at the 30,000-mile service. New cam belts, engine mounts, Cheaper than a jet, but more than a Jetta and a valve job followed, with all 24 valves and valve guides replaced at $7,954.66. Fortunately for the owner, Ferrari supplied the valves and guides under an extended warranty. Another year, another 4,878 miles, adding up to $18,450.64, or $3.78 a mile. TOYOTA MONEY: 37 CENTS PER MILE The Ferrari gods were smiling in 2003, with only 672 miles added and one service for hood shocks, in March, at 26,908 miles. Cost of ownership was only $249.38. Little use means no visits to ever-vigilant Ferrari mechanics, who point out problems that need to be resolved. This year cost Toyota money—just 37 cents per mile. Of course, there weren't many miles driven either. In 2004, 550 S/N 111317 saw little use, but frequent visits to the service center, beginning in January, at 31,688 miles, for a seat control switch and wiper blades at $1,366.43 A week later, in early February, at 31,860 miles, sway bar bushings were replaced at $208.63. In late February, at 32,035 miles, the handbrake shoes and rear brake rotors were replaced and four new tires were fitted, at $3,365.79. In early March, at 32,122 miles, a coolant leak added $903.21 to the annual cost. Another year, another 5,214 miles, another $5,844.06. The cost per mile, $1.12. In late December 2004, Ferrari 550 S/N 111317 moved on to her second owner, for $90,000, and no service bills were added to the year. A real estate investor and self- 48 Sports Car Market


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confessed “Porsche guy,” the second owner had always wanted a Ferrari and bought the 550 simply because he knew the car through the original owner. Only weeks into Ferrari ownership, in January 2005, at 32,945 miles, a 30,000-mile service was again done, under the “while-you're-at-it” theory, because of oil leaks. The front shocks were also replaced, at $6,196.57. Only weeks later, the second owner also had the nose repainted, and his 550 “personalized” with the front fenders modified for fender shields and the calipers redone in yellow, at $7,759.70. NOT FOR THE TIMID: $10.27 PER MILE A month later, in March, the steering wheel was recovered for $450, and in April the windows were tinted and a “clear bra” installed for $935. Only weeks, later the owner continued to personalize his 550 with a Tubi Exhaust for $3,155.94. In August, at 34,235 miles, the oil hoses and other minor items were replaced, at $3,194.44. Total mileage for the second owner: 2,113 miles and $21,691.65. Most of this work was pure pride-of-ownership personalization, but the financially timid need not apply, as the cost per mile, at $10.27 per mile, was approaching that of an M1 tank. As 2006 rolled in, our second owner next had a new clutch installed, in January, at 35,625 miles, for $4,852.59. After sitting for six months, the second owner decided that he really was a “Porsche guy” at heart. The 550 was too big for his tastes and so, in August, 550 Ferrari S/N 111317 was picked up from his home and dropped off for an a/c service, at 36,196 miles, for $519.40. Cost of ownership for the second owner, for 2006: 1,961 miles at $5,371.99, or $2.73 per mile. In August 2006, our subject 550 was again sold for $90,000, with 36,196 miles, to the third owner, the president of a corporate jet maintenance and sales company. During the pre-purchase, an oil leak was found, and while the estimate was $3,000, the final bill was $1,582.58. The third owner appreciated the subtle lines and wanted a user-friendly Ferrari that could be driven daily in New York weather and traffic. A long-time Ferrari owner, he appreciated that virtu- ally all of the depreciation was reflected in the purchase price and that at 36,000 miles, adding mileage wouldn't kill the value. His last toy was a new Porsche Turbo at $160,000, and while it had been nice to order a car exactly as he wanted, the depreciation wasn't worth the thrill when he sold it after three years for $95,000. The warranty on 550 S/N 111317 ran out in March, 2000, at about 13,500 miles. Our subject 550 went to the third owner in September 2006 at 36,200 miles, so the total miles out of warranty was 22,700 miles, with a total spent of $65,760.50, or $2.90 a mile, right at $11,000 a year. Ferrari ownership is both a lifestyle and a socio-eco- nomic statement, just as owning a polo pony is a different venture than keeping a draught horse. As one former owner of S/N 111317 put it, “I spend more than that on crap on eBay every year.” No other statement quite sums up the difference between those who lust for a Ferrari from those who can pay the price of ownership.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and race car driver for 30 years. December 2006 49


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English Profile 1962 MGA 1600 MK II Roadster The vendor commissioned the restoration over three years to exacting standards, then only ran it to log a few break-in miles. Why? by Julian Shoolheifer DETAILS Years produced: 1961–62 Number produced: 8,719 Original list price: $2,449 SCM Valuation: $18,000–$24,000 Tune-up/major service: $350–$400 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: Plate on center of firewall Engine #: Plate attached by rivets to engine block Clubs: North American MGA Register, John W. Drake, Jr., 7522 SE 152nd Ave., Portland, OR 97236-4861 More: www.namgar.com Alternatives: 1955–75 Morgan 4/4, 1960–63 Sunbeam Alpine, 1957–61 Triumph TR3A SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: GHNL2/101755 W ith the arrival of the MGA roadster in 1955, many MG aficionados were taken aback by the fact that the pre-war look of the company's sports cars had been tampered with. The new MGA had a streamlined, aerodynamic body right up-to-the-minute in terms of styling and design. In addition, management at MG decided that the old XPAG power plant had seen better days and replaced it with a much more modern B-series engine, which had made its debut in the Magnette saloon. The MGA Mk II was the last of the MGA series; as- sembly started in April 1961 and ceased in June 1962 with a total production of 8,719 units in both roadster and fixed head coupe configuration. Visually, the Mk II was distinguishable from previous MGA models by various body detail changes. The vertical bars in the front grille assembly were recessed at the bottom, adding much depth to the grille, and a new taillight cluster, borrowed from the Mini, was fitted to comply with new lighting regulations. The most noteworthy change was the installation of BMC's 1,622-cc inline 4-cylinder engine. This cast iron-block engine offered an increase in horsepower of 13% over previous MGA models, as well as a 12% gain in torque. All this was achieved by a displacement increase of only 34 cc. The beautiful Iris Blue Mk II roadster presented here, with blue interior and white piping, was the recipient of a three-year, frame-off, fully documented restoration performed by a marque specialist to exacting standards. 50 The frame and all suspension components were powder coated and reassembled with grade-8 N.O.S. hardware. The engine and transmission have been professional rebuilt to new standards, while virtually every mechanical system on the car was replaced with new. The MGA's restoration was completed only a short time ago, and accordingly, it has logged only break-in miles. We understand the owner has tested the roadster thoroughly and relates that the Mk II runs as expected and needs nothing. This car represents one of the most desired and sought after MGA models, as it was one of the last cars made in 1962. This car is ready for street use, collection display, and all-around enjoyment. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $36,300 at the RM auction in Monterey on August 18–19, 2006. This is a great price for what should be considered 1957 MGA Lot #12, S/N HDL3324700 Condition: 2 Sold at $20,350 Kensington, Bridgehampton, NY, 6/10/2006 SCM ID# 42120 1959 MGA Lot #16, S/N GHNL85123 Condition: 3+ Sold at $18,071 H&H, London, U.K., 5/24/2006 SCM ID# 42248 to be a mass-production sports car, so the first thing to establish is where the MGA 1600 Mk II fits into the scheme of MGA collecting. There are essentially five models to consider in the production MGA range: the 1500, the Twin-Cam, the 1600, the 1600 Mk II, and the 1600 Mk II DeLuxe, with both open and closed variants included. In 1961, our subject model, the MGA 1600 Mk II, appeared. This had a 1,622-cc version of the standard B-series engine, along with other minor changes, which included new rear lights and a redesigned grille with inset vertical slats. The engine now developed 93 hp, which was an increase of some 25 hp over the original MGA. In this form, the car was capable of well in excess of 100 mph, offering similar performance to the troublesome Twin-Cam, but without the temperamental nature of that car. 313 remaining Twin-Cam chassis were also given the 1,622-cc B-series engine, but Sports Car Market RM Auctions


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retained the four-wheel disc brakes and center-lock steel disc wheels. In this guise they were known as the MGA 1600 Mk II DeLuxe, and some consider these to be the most desirable of all MGAs. By now, despite the fact that it had been a very good sports car when introduced, the MGA was entering its twilight years and did not offer the level of interior comfort or the performance of the new TR4. So the Mk II was really just a stop-gap model. In 1962, after 101,476 As of all types had been pro- duced, the MGA was dropped. Its replacement was already waiting in the wings, and would prove to be the longestrunning and best-selling MG of them all, the MGB. RM estimated this car aggressively, by my pre-auc- tion opinion, at $35,000 to $45,000, and it was proven right by the hammer. In fact, these roadsters rarely cross the $25,000 barrier, let alone $30,000. So why, when the hammer fell, had this car reached RM's expectations and exceeded mine? We have established that the model was a stop-gap produced in reasonable numbers, so rarity wasn't a factor. And as it was offered without reserve, there had to be more than one buyer chasing it, which would illustrate a healthy market. Perhaps the upper reaches of the market are having a strong knock-on effect at all the lower levels, but I don't think so. And here's another question. The vendor commissioned the car to be restored over three years to exacting standards, then only ran it enough to log a few break-in miles. Why? One conclusion might be that the vendor was the restorer himself. But when restorers spend three years on an MGA to turn a profit, they are living dangerously. Generally, cars are restored to this standard only for paying customers, so we can discount this reasoning. Pictured in the catalog with hubcaps missing and no trim visible, there seemed to be a feeling of urgency about this sale. A kind of “Don't waste another minute, get it consigned” feeling. Despite the quality of the restoration, the most plau- sible conclusion is that for whatever reason, the vendor simply got tired of the restoration process and wanted the car gone. I've seen this happen many times. The dream begins when the project car is purchased, and gradually diminishes as restoration costs mount and time goes by. Even the best dream has a hard time surviving 36 months of invoices. But why did the buyer shell out $36,300? Again, if you always hankered after an MGA Mk II 1600 roadster, like the one you remembered from way back, the bid price was almost certainly within the figure a restorer would charge to do the job. This way you didn't have to source a car and wait three years for the outcome. So was this a smart move? In the end, yes. Even though the vendor appeared to rush to sell the car, and the buyer allowed himself to get caught up in the red mist that is the historic weekend in Monterey, this was not a fiscally imprudent acquisition. In the abstract, I can say it's not what I would have done, that I would be thoughtful, take plenty of time to research it, hit the seller with a low-ball offer in the midtwenties and go from there. On the other hand, if I really had the hots for an Iris Blue MGA, had the money burning a hole in my pocket, and was surrounded by other fanatics who were spending money on cars like there was no tomorrow, I'm not sure December 2006 that my own reasoned approach wouldn't have fallen to the floor as my bidding paddle shot to the ceiling. For the new owner, if the reality of this car lives up to his dream, and provides instant gratification as well, everyone should be happy.u JULIAN SHOOLHEIFER was raised by a friendly tribe of pre-war Alfas and post-war Maseratis deep in the jungles of Hertfordshire. His rite of passage involved a dozen wilderness years within U.K. classic car auction houses. He now runs his own classic car valuation consultancy at the edge of the vast Essex plains. Seat Time Bob Boston, Norcross, GA: The car that started it all for me was my 1960 MGA. Like most Ohio boys in the 1960s, I had a big-engined Americruiser with glass pack mufflers. Then I traded my black '63 Dodge Polara 500 convertible tire squealer even up for this little green MGA. Why? Because it drove like nothing I had ever had. And it stopped three times faster. While all my buddies were leaving 100-foot patches of rubber from the traffic lights, I came to appreciate the subtlety of rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes, power-to-weight ratio, and good cornering characteristics. My little MGA changed my life and actually got me into the European car business for over 30 years. Jonathan Stein, New Albany, IN: I have owned MGAs for 31 years. In fact, I've been the registrar and protector of MGA coupes for well over 20 years. In 1977, I found the 1962 Mk II coupe I still have today. I bought the car in Northern California after answer- ing an ad in Hemmings Motor News. We crossed the Mojave desert—before Labor Day—in the middle of the day and with the heat on to keep the engine temperature down. Eventually, we hit New Jersey, although we did have more than a few adventures along the way, including a failed water pump late at night in Toledo. The car was fully restored in 1986, and I've covered about 20,000 miles since then. What still gets me after all these years is looking at it in my garage and saying to myself: “I can't believe it's mine.” Jos Stoop, Killingworth, CT: My wife Reid owns a 1957 MGA 1500 in great condition. We've had it since it was freshly restored in 2002, and it has always been a great joy to drive and runs great. She has this to say about it: “It is the best little car on the road. I looked for years for a classic sports car that that didn't look like it should belong to a chap with a plaid cap, and the first time I saw an MGA, I knew this was it. It is voluptous like a woman, and it is zippy and purrs like a wild cat. Driving it makes me feel like Snoopy chasing the Red Baron, with my scarf blowing in the wind.” Dave Lebrun, Waterloo, NY: I own a 1960 MGA Mk1 that was sold new by my father, a BMC dealer at that time. We bought it back from the original owner, and the car received a complete resto in 1990, as it was sitting in an old garage since last being driven in 1968. With just over 60,000 miles from new, this A is a complete pleasure to drive. It does not get hot, rides and handles crisply, and makes nice sounds. I now have all the documents my father gave the original owner back in 1960—everything. A few years ago I discovered in a small dusty box above my office every MSO on each MG and Austin-Healey my dad sold from 1957 through 1965. You guessed it—I found the original MSO on the MGA. So now I have a pristine MGA in Old English White over burgundy hides, with all the docs, that I drive occasionally. Norm Mort, Wellington, ONT: In the late 1980s, MGAs were basically forgotten models as far as enthusiasts were concerned. Whereas the much loved MG T-series and MGBs had huge followings, the beautiful, well-proportioned MGA lingered. Wooden floors and a wooden header in the convertible top didn't help, as did the difficult body panel fit when restoring. It was also overshadowed by its faster contemporaries—the Triumph TRs and slightly more expensive Austin-Healeys. While the MGA was slower, it had far more forgiving handling, a controllable back end and provided a better and more comfortable ride than the competition. I had a 1600 with disc brakes—an advantage over the 1500, but it's the rarer 1622 DeLuxe or pricier Twin-Cam I'd opt for today.u 51 My, what long legs you have...


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English Patient Gary Anderson Minor Collectible With Major Charm With its Miss Marple image, every prep school of the 1950s had at least one faculty member—usually the English Literature teacher—who drove one might not get mentioned, even though I'll make the case that it outranks them all: the Morris Minor. If you'll order me another pint of stout, I'll tell A you why. Produced from 1948 to 1971 with the same basic styling from first to last, and selling over 1.5 million units, the Minor put the British family in an automobile—many for the first time—after World War II. It was also one of the best-selling export models of the period throughout the British empire and beyond, helping put the British economy back on its feet after the War (well, so far as it got). More than that, the Minor has major historical significance, since this car links the very first stages of the British automobile industry to the very latest. On September 13 of this year, Gordon Brown, the current British Chancellor and rumored to be the next prime minister, officiated the start of production of the 2007 Mini at BMW-Oxford, on the very site in Cowley, near Oxford, where William Morris founded WRM Motors in 1919, making it one of the longest continuously operating automobile plants in the world. Without the success of the Morris Minor, that plant might have ceased to exist, and with it the chance for Britain still to be a major auto producer today. sk people to name the most historically significant British car of the 20th century and you'll get as many answers as there are folks in the pub. But here's one that Dare to park where no other car can LINKS PRE-WAR AND POST-WAR THINKING The Morris Minor was also the physical link in automotive design between pre-war concepts and today, since it was the first major piece of design work done by Alec Issigonis, working for Morris. The major breakthrough, though Issigonis didn't invent the concept, was the use of unibody construction in large-scale production. This approach simplified manufacturing, reduced costs, and increased body integrity, and is now used by virtually all automobile manufacturers. Combined with the innovative use of torsion-bar front suspension, the car offered better handling and a more comfortable ride, explaining why it was so successful on the poor roads of developing countries as well as being a popular alternative to domestic cars in Europe and the United States. Of course, the very practical use of interior space—a trademark of Issigonis's style creed—helped the car as well. With room for two adults and three children in a vehicle that could be parked in a 14-foot space, the car was perfect for family transportation. Issigonis, of course, is much better known for revolutionizing global automotive packaging with the Mini, which pushed the wheels out to the corners of the chassis, then powered it with a transverse four-cylinder engine driving the front wheels, characteristics that today describe perhaps one-third of all automobile production. MISS MARPLE CONNECTION And, of course, we must consider the iconic status of this car. Paint a picture of a coun- try lane and add “Aunty” Morris Minor transporting Miss Marple or Lovejoy, and you've evoked England without saying a word. No wonder every prep school of the 1950s had at least one faculty member—usually the English Literature teacher—who drove one. The evolution of this car is interesting, and might serve as a good object lesson for 52 BMW, as it thinks about the future of the new Mini. From the front, this car hardly changed at all over its 23-year production run (though as the tooling wore out, the “smile” on the right side of the hood got bigger). After three years of production, in 1951 the designers moved the headlamps from their position next to the grille to the accepted position in the front fenders, in order to meet U.S. headlight height regulations. Aside from changes in grille styles over the years, and a switch to a one-piece, curved windshield in 1957, that was about it. There were also larger Morris siblings—the 1,500-cc Oxford and the 2,500-cc Six—as the company worked the design for all it was worth. Both had been redesigned boxily by 1955 (and that Oxford was to continue for 40 years in India as the Hindustan), but the Minor plodded on. MO BETTER ENGINES WITH TIME Though the basic chassis never changed from begin- ning to end, the powertrain was upgraded. The first cars, with their pre-war side-valve engines and 28 hp/39 lb-ft of torque were pretty anemic, but with the merger of Austin and Morris in 1952, the Austin A-series engine was a welcome upgrade. From there on, as the A-series was improved, those changes went into the Minor. Engine size increased from 803 cc to 848 cc to 948 cc, and eventually to 1,098 cc. That Sports Car Market


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was adequate for most needs, though never considered in the same class with the MG. The styling proved that British Motor Corporation could create va- riety without major change. By the time production reached its peak in the mid-'50s, the Minor was available as a two-door coupe, four-door saloon (sedan), a two-door tourer (convertible), an extended-wheelbase estate wagon (the much-loved Traveller, with its wood exterior trim), a light panel van, and a light pick-up. INEXPENSIVE WAY INTO HOBBY Today, they are still an inexpensive way into the classic car hobby with an English car. With the huge number produced, there are always a good number for sale. Minors don't have the club following they once did, but good sources for parts still exist, especially in England, where many are still driven simply as cheap used cars. Try www.minimania .com for spares in the U.S. Though Minors have leisurely acceleration in their stock mode, they can maintain a comfortable 60 mph, especially if you opt for one of the later versions with the 1,098-cc engine. And every A-Series engine upgrade can be installed on a Minor, up to 1,275 cc. Even among purists, one can build a pretty good performer with quirky classic lines. Want more? Spend any time among the Morris Minors at a British car show, and As a runabout delivery truck, the Minor can't be beat Historical significance, quirky good looks, acceptance you'll see some pretty neat engine swaps under the bonnet, with few external clues to their existence. Datsun engines, for example, can be fitted without huge effort, and the Datsun B210 5-speed is a very useful switch. Front disc brakes (ex-Sprite and Midget) are essential upgrades, as the original drum brakes had aluminum pistons in aluminum cylinders. Inevitable corrosion meant lots of pedal, no brakes. There was even an Alfa-powered Minor panel van at a recent California car show, built for utility use as an errand car by one of the vintage car racing teams. With these upgrades, the car can be used as a practical everyday driver even in big-city traffic. as a minor classic, and practical utility. I think I've made my case for a little respect for the Morris Minor. Why thank you, I will have another pint.u GARY ANDERSON is the founding editor of MC2, the new Mini magazine, three times participant at the Monterey Historic Races, and has had his cars achieve trophy status at several significant concours. Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spider. Next to last of 124 factory built Spiders. Extraordinarily nice driver. Mechanically excellent with near flawless interior. Tool kit, manual and recent receipt. $700,000. 1957 AC Bristol 100D, s/n BEX 307. With a responsive Bristol engine and fully independent suspension, this beautiful and restored example makes an exceptional tour car. Eligible for all premiere events worldwide. $175,000. 1968 BMW Glas 3000 V8. Its early application of Glas' innovative belt cam drive and distinctive Frua styling, make this rare model an interesting and desirable car to own. Nicely restored and runs well. $49,500. 1950 Talbot-Lago T26 GS. Rare and elegant Franay fastback coupe. Fully restored with strong performance and easy to use preselector gearbox. Great car with real panache and ideal for any event. $365,000. December 2006 53


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1947 Cisitalia 202 SMM Spider Nuvolari This car owes its name to Nuvolari's heroic drive in the 1947 Mille Miglia, while its aggressive shape owes a great deal to pre-WWII aerodynamics by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1947–48 Number produced: 20 SMM Spiders, approx. Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $300,000–$400,000 Tune-up/major service: $300–$500 Distributor cap: $75 Chassis #: Front transverse leaf-spring upper bracket Engine #: Location upper right front corner, and upper-middle of left side engine block Club Info: Cisitalia Owners Club of North America Photos: Gooding & Company Chassis number: 0011 SMM I talian industrialist Piero Dusio built up the Consorzio Industriale Sportivo Italia into a successful conglomerate before WWII. He was also an uncommonly good amateur racing driver and like many successful racing drivers, he dreamed of creating a car of his own. When the war ended, super salesman Dusio enticed Fiat engineers Dante Giocosa and Giovanni Savonuzzi to join in his dream. The first of the new Cisitalia cars were the diminutive 1,100-cc D.46 monopostos. When seven of the new Cisitalias debuted in September 1946 in the Coppa Brezzi in Turin's Valentino Park, it was against Maseratis, Simca-Gordinis, and Enzo Ferrari's Auto Avios. With some of Europe's top drivers in contention, Dusio was first across the finish line in one of his own cars. Although a Grand Prix car—ultimately designed by Dr. Ferdinand Porsche—was part of Dusio's plan, the logical next step was to produce a series of road-going sports cars. The first, known as the 202, was a space-frame chassis bodied by Carrozzeria Colli. This initial car was a dramatic aerodynamic coupe designed by Savonuzzi. The second car was another coupe bodied by Vignale, while the third was an open roadster clothed by Garelli and refined by Stabilimenti Farina. A car similar to the Farina roadster was driven by Tazio Nuvolari in the 1947 Mille Miglia. One of five Cisitalias entered in the first post-war edi- tion of the famous road race, Nuvolari's mount was one of the least powerful because the aging Mantuan was ill and not expected to be competitive. Nevertheless, he came in second, a titanic finish for both the tiny 1,100-cc Cisitalia and the ailing Italian champion. As a result, the car officially called the 202 SMM became forever known as the “Spider Nuvolari.” Although built in 1947, little is known of Cisitalia 0011 SMM prior to 1949, when car enthusiast and New York plastic surgeon Dr. Samuel Scher imported the two-yearold spider. In 1950, the car ran at Watkins Glen, and two years later, it turned up for the 12 Hours of Sebring with 54 Paul Ceresole and co-driver J. Greenwood at the wheel. It retired for unknown reasons after 105 laps. That same year, this very car was featured in Fawcett Publications, number 109, Sports Cars in Competition. Ceresole is also said to have driven the car at Mt. Washington in 1954. After passing through several owners, in about 1971, Oscar Koveleski located the unrestored Cisitalia and had it delivered to his Pennsylvania race shop. Koveleski's race mechanic didn't want to take on the project at the time, so it was acquired by Gary Ford of Pennsylvania. Finishing it in red, Ford was soon vintage-racing the gorgeous Spider Nuvolari at venues such as Lime Rock and the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix. When he wasn't racing, Ford sometimes found time for the concours circuit. Although the curves and fins of the Cisitalia's exterior are truly dramatic, in true race-car tradition the interior is extremely spartan. The only upholstery consists of the two bucket seats, which were retrimmed in leather with corduroy inserts. The floors are painted steel and the panels are polished aluminum. Only a relatively small number of the 202s built More: www.cistitalia.net Alternatives 1946–50 Maserati A61500, 1951–52 Ferrari 212 Inter, 1948–50 Abarth 205A SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1947 Cisitalia 202 Gran Sport Lot #242, S/N 023 Condition: 1 Sold at $234,990 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/16/2005 SCM ID# 38548 received the stunningly beautiful Nuvolari Spider bodywork, and the survivors seldom come to market. With fewer than 15 hours on the Chris Leydon engine, this gorgeous and exceedingly rare Cisitalia is ready and eligible to race anywhere, including the Mille Miglia. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $385,000 at Gooding & Company's Pebble 1948 Cisitalia 202 Lot #267, S/N 101 Condition: 3 Sold at $89,308 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/15//2004 SCM ID# 34137 Beach, auction on August 20, 2006. The story of Cisitalia is one of lost dreams for one man and found fortune for three oth- ers. The unfortunate one was Piero Dusio, whose dream of creating a world-class sports racing marque was dashed by reckless spending and the ruinous cost of first line racing. The fortunate were Battista “Pinin” Farina (who got all the credit for the iconic Cisitalia 202 coupe, which was heavily based on the original design of Giovanni Savonuzzi) and Ferdinand Porsche, who was arguably more responsible for Dusio's bankruptcy than anyone else with the stillborn grand prix car he designed. Luckiest was “Carlo” Abarth, who introduced Porsche to Dusio and started his own auto empire with Sports Car Market


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most of the European assets of Dusio's company when he decamped to Argentina in 1949. In fact, the engine in our subject car is stamped “Abarth,” as one of the “payoffs” Abarth received when Cisitalia was dissolved. Various people attempted to revive Cisitalia for the next 15 years, including Dusio's son Carlo. Sporadically producing Fiat-based specials, and even attempting to forge an alliance with Ford, the company spent its final years customizing Fiats, before finally closing in 1965. Nevertheless, the cars Dusio created in the three years he was in business have become legends. From the successful D.46 single-seat racer to the sleek 202 Berlinetta that found a place in the landmark 1951 Museum of Modern Art “Eight Automobiles” exhibition in New York, Cisitalia consistently created cars that went as well as they looked. The car known as the “Spider Nuvolari” came by its name quite honestly, with Tazio Nuvolari's heroic drive in the Mille Miglia. It's a much more aggressive shape than the better-known coupe and owes a great deal to the pioneering aerodynamics of the preWWII era. The Cisitalia 202 is also acknowledged to be the first space-framed sports car. Colin Chapman of Lotus followed a few years later, but it took Ferrari and Maserati almost a decade to build one. Ferdinand Porsche undoubtedly got a great deal of inspiration for his sports car from the Cisitalia model—placing lightweight, streamlined bodies over the modified mechanicals of a humbler car was the same path he took to greatness. The Cisitalia 202 was very competitive for a number of years, especially in endurance races. However, as Dusio's attention and money were turned to the disastrous grand prix project, the 202 didn't receive the development it deserved. As an art object, the Spider Nuvolari is hard to beat. As a usable vintage racer, it offers some challenges. It is everything a sports racer should be—beautiful, light, and flexible. But it's also fragile, with thin alloy bodywork and a highly stressed engine. In vintage circuit racing, it's not at its best; most organizations set it against newer 1,100-cc racers such as the Climax-engined British cars and lighter and faster Italians such as OSCAs. This example has been sensibly updated for vintage racing, with strengthened engine internals and steel rims to replace the delicate (and aged) alloy rims. However, the natural home for this car is vintage rally and tour events, for which it would be a delight. 0011 SMM lacks a distinguished period racing history, but it has a pretty complete ownership trail, was never seriously hacked about, and has a good recent vintage racing log. It was featured by photographer Michael Furman in his 2004 book Automobiles of the Chrome Age 1946–1960. The price paid here was market-correct for a car with no stories and no needs. You will be welcomed with open arms on the Mille Miglia Storica and can live out your fantasies in a way few others can.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in The New York Times. Vehicle description courtesy of the auction company. 185-SC at the 1952 New York Autoshow I'll have a Cisitalia, and make it a double… In a classic David and Goliath story, Cisitalias proved highly competitive with Alfa Romeo and the first Ferraris in the 1947–48 period, thanks to their aerodynamics and handling. My first Cisitalia is a 1951 202 coupe, S/N 185-SC, that I found shortly after I finished graduate school in 1984. I could not afford it at the time, but luckily I was able to buy it ten years later. During the negotiations, I discovered it was the 1952 New York Autoshow car, which really put me on pins and needles until it arrived at my home. The car was correct and unmolested, and I made it avail- able to the Miles Collier Museum for the restoration of their 202 coupe. Owning one Cisitalia is a slippery slope, and I found a second only 12 miles from my home in Oregon. This car, S/N 066, turned out to have a fascinating history that I was able to confirm by visiting Nino Balestra in Italy, and Sergio Lugo in Argentina, two experts on Cisitalias. It's one of three “Corsa” 202 coupes prepared for the 1948 Targa Florio and Mille Miglia races. Although it was a DNF in the Mille Miglia, Piero Taruffi took 2nd place with it in the Targa Florio, and it still has damage to the front fender consistent with period photos taken during that race. He took a corner too fast and spun the car, hitting the front and rear corners of the car against a stone wall, as described in his book Works Driver. The cars have a multi-tube frame that predates the Maserati “Birdcage” by several years, and properly repairing rust or damage is very labor-intensive. Although the engines are only 1,100 cc, they put out decent power thanks to a billet crank, forged rods, high compression pistons, gear-driven cam, dry sump lubrication, and low restriction exhaust system (later copied and sold by Carlo Abarth to great financial advantage). Finding parts is a real adventure, and I have traveled all over the USA and to Italy and Argentina to acquire them. Fortunately, some high quality reproduction parts are available. The reward is a very light and nimble car of timeless beauty, and, owing to their success, a popular entry in the Mille Miglia.—Ed Godshalku December 2006 55 Adolfo Macchieraldo and 066 at the 1948 Mille Miglia


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German Profile 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster 300SLs were technologically superior to anything else, with direct port fuel injection, dry sump systems, Alfin drum or disc brakes—and they all worked by Alex Finigan DETAILS Years produced: 1957–63 Number produced: 1,858 Original list price: About $11,000 SCM Valuation: $400,000–$600,000 Tune-up/major service: $3,500–$5,000 Dist. cap: N/A Chassis #: Stamped into front cross-member, and chassis plate on firewall Engine #: Right front side of block, just below the head Club: www.gullwinggroup.org Alternatives: 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4, 1957–63 Ferrari 250GT, 1956–59 BMW 507 SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster Lot #1308, S/N 9500104 Condition: 1Sold at $432,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 SCM ID# 40427 Chassis number: 1980427500146 T he Mercedes Benz 300SL roadster was introduced in 1957 as a direct descendant of the famous Gullwing. It's rare in automotive history that a convertible would bring about the demise of the coupe version on which it was based, however with the 300SL it was a case of succession—the roadster replaced the Gullwing. As the roadster was based on the Gullwing, there were many similarities between the two, the former encompassing several enhancements that were to increase the car's desirability. The roadster had styling cues that changed only slightly. Larger fenders, different headlights, a smaller grille and a chrome strip down the side distinguished it from its brother. Since the 300SL convertible lacked the strength and rigidity offered by the Gullwing's roof, engineers had to redesign the chassis to maintain structural integrity. As a consequence, the car is slightly heavier, yet has an extra 20 horsepower to help offset the difference. Aerodynamics were not as favorable, but the roadster could still nudge 155 mph. The 300SL presented here by RM Auctions is one of the rarest. Regarded as one of ten known to exist with 56 the special high-performance engine, this car was delivered with six Rudge wheels, a Becker Mexico radio with short-wave option, engine chrome dress-up kit, factory fitted hard top, and fitted luggage. The car retains all these options except the engine dress up kit, which could be reinstalled. This car was delivered new to race driver and Mercedes-Benz enthusiast Erwin Goldschmidt. He owned the car for some time; it then passed to John Saul and Thomas Edward Carr in 1981. Carr owned the roadster until 1988, when he sold it partly restored to MercedesBenz specialist and Pebble Beach award-winning restorer Paul Russell, who planned to complete it to his own exacting specifications. However, pressure of work meant he never found the time, and he sold it to its present owner. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $605,000 at RM's Monterey sale on August 19, 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster Lot #105, S/N 8500101 Condition: 1Sold at $289,419 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/16/2005 SCM ID# 39704 2006 Okay, since this car sold for $80,000 above its high catalog estimate, maybe the secret's out. I've been saying this for years, but I believe 300SLs have always been undervalued compared to a lot of their period counterparts, particularly Ferraris. The 300SLs were technologically superior to anything else produced in the '50s and early '60s. Tubular chassis, direct port fuel injection, dry sump oiling systems, Alfin drum or disc brakes—these components were generally only available on out-and-out race cars, if then. Not only did the 300SLs have these components, they all worked. I have been working on 300SL Mercedes for over 30 years and selling them for Sports Car Market Photos: ACME Studios


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Seat Time Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL: My love affair with the 300SL roadster began almost 40 years ago, when I first saw one in the flesh sitting outside the Hotel de Paris in Monaco. It was a gleaming silver with red leather interior, and its stunning lines stopped me in my tracks. Twenty years later, after many pilgrimages to Paul Russell's shop in Essex, Massachussets, I finally bought mine. I have now driven it for almost 20 years, the longest I have ever owned a car. Despite being considered by many to be less “collectible” than its iconic Gullwing coupe predecessor, and typically selling for about 15% less, the roadster incorporated many improvements when it was introduced in 1957. These included superior handling, trunk space, and creature comforts. Beefy for a sports car of the day, the 300SL weighs in at about 3,000 lbs, despite its tubular “space frame,” but its 215-hp, 3-liter, fuel-injected, dry-sump, straight-six will push it to an honest 145 to 160 mph (depending on rear-axle ratio), and it will cruise all day at triple digits. 300 SL roadsters have an elegant, long, low design, highlighted by their signature “eyebrow” fender flares and extended front and rear overhangs. More long-distance cruisers than stoplight racers, they are bulletproof when properly maintained, and can be driven cross country in great confidence and comfort (although you may find yourself wishing for a fifth gear at prolonged high speeds). To me, this easy-to-live-with classic defines the term “grand touring” as few others can. u December 2006 57


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German Profile over 20, and I cannot for the life of me figure out why they are not much more expensive. I have driven both a Gullwing and a Roadster across the country, and the 300SL is one of the few '50s cars of any make with which I would do so without a trailer following me. You hear the argument that they made too many of them, but at 1,400 Gullwings and 1,858 Roadsters, I think that is a stretch. Porsche made 5,000 Speedsters, for example. The 300SL's reliability is evidenced by how many you see on events like the Colorado Grand, particularly among owners who have multi-car collections. Why? Because they know it will be safe, comfortable, and reliable. Stylistically, the Gullwing is an icon. People who don't even like cars know what a Gullwing is because it is used in so many print and TV ads as a symbol of quality. Look at an original 300SL up close, compared to almost any other '50s sports car, and there is simply no comparison in fit and finish. So what am I missing? Its looks are sensational, its technology superior. Its build quality is second to none, and it has the reliability of a VW Beetle. If you've ever heard a Gullwing with an original exhaust system backing off in a tunnel, its note rivals anything you can compare it to. I think this car was well bought even considering the record-breaking price. My advice to customers has always been to overpay for the best. Here is a car that was built especially for a friend of the factory and is equipped with almost every option you could get at the time: Euro lights, Rudge knock-offs, NSL engine, hard top, Becker Mexico radio, matched luggage, and a chrome engine dress-up kit that Russell wisely left off during the restoration. Only the chrome curb feelers would have made the look more complete. Let's look at the numbers: Professional restoration shops are around $90 to $125 an hour, depending on where you are in the country. A ground-up, body-off restoration takes around 3,000 hours, plus parts and subcontractors. That's roughly $300,000 to $350,000, not including the donor car. An original set of Roadster Rudge wheels (they only built around 25 sets for Roadsters) is going to run upwards of $35,000. A hard top is $7,000 to $10,000, then requires fitting to the car. A Becker Mexico is $1,500 to $2,500 before being rebuilt, matched luggage is around $7,000 to $10,000, and Euro lights add another $5,000. On top of that you are looking at $200,00 to $250,000 for a donor you hope is not too rusty. When you do the math, you look by a less money months or endur ALEX FINIGAN is the sales manager at Paul Russell & Co.—where he's worked since 1978—and is addicted to old Porsches and hot rods. 58 Sports Car Market


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Two for the (De-restricted) Road The Carrera RS was the final design in the original-bumper body style; the 959 a dreamy supercar built for ultra high-speed road use in Europe Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager The 959, a technological feat of turbos and AWD I magine you just won the lottery. You've got 200 large to spend, and you can't decide between a 959 or a Carrera RS. Tough choice, you say. But let's get serious. Which is better to drive? Which is easier to own? Which will appreciate the most over the next few decades? Ten years ago, a choice like this didn't exist. A decent RS was about $45,000; a 959 unconverted for U.S. use was about five times that much—ten times the RS price if you wanted to be able to drive your 959 on the street. Today, times have changed. Within the past year, we've watched two U.S.-legal 959s sell at auction for under $200,000, and there is another 959 recently advertised at an asking price of $250,000. Carrera RS Touring models are cresting over $150,000, and some audacious dealers are pushing $200,000. We are nearing price parity for these two machines. 959 PRODUCTION A MYSTERY Which would you choose? Let's start with the basics: Collector car values are based more on rarity than any other single discrete variable. In the Porsche world, it often takes more than just rarity, but it is a necessity nonetheless. No one quite knows how many 959s were made, which adds to the mystery that has always surrounded a car intended only to be serviced at the factory. But let's call the build run about 337, a number used by Porsche uber-historian Karl Ludvigsen. Compare that to about 1,500 RS Touring models. Thinking about other important totems of value such as speed, exotic mechanical specifications, unusual and attractive bodywork, and technically interesting details, the winner on all counts is the 959. When it comes to race history, the 959—in its 961 racing guise—had limited success, including a 1-2 finish at the 1986 Paris-Dakar Rally and 7th overall at that year's Le Mans. The Carrera RS and its racing RSR variant enjoyed a wider spread of success. 60 The Carrera RS was the final design in the original- bumper body style, while the 959 was a look far forward into future design and engineering directions, a dreamy supercar built for ultra high-speed road use only in Europe. The Carrera RS, on the other hand, can be thought of as the Speedster for today's early 911 junkies. There was nothing especially rare or exceptional about the 356 Speedster, except it was a pretty car that became very fashionable in its day and quietly slipped into representing an era. The result—in spite of build quantities of over 4,000 Speedsters—is very strong values. PRACTICALITIES TAKE A BACK SEAT The RS is rarer and faster and more special than any pushrod Speedster (the 4-cam Carrera Speedsters are fast, very rare, and understandably valuable), so it makes some sense that the RS has taken its place at the front of early 911 values. It doesn't matter that for street driving, an early 911S is just about as good, just as it didn't matter that a 356SC Sunroof is a better all-around car than a Speedster. When you fall in love and vote with your wallet, practicalities take a back seat (and there wasn't one in a Speedster). By this analysis, there is no reason imaginable for the RS and the 959 to be priced so closely together in today's market. Except to say that at these prices for 959s, we may Sports Car Market


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have found, for the patient collector, an excellent “sleeper” of a buy. In an earlier column, we went searching for the “next 904.” We used the measur- ing stick of new 911 costs vs. the price of a used exotic Porsche. In today's terms, a Federalized 959 costs about the price of two new 911s. Before 904s took off in the 1980s, you could buy one for about the price of a new 911. So the 959 isn't as comparatively cheap as the 904 once was, but it still looks good to me at Carrera RS money. On the other hand, there is a significant hidden price to owning a 959, just as there was to a 904—the cost of use. These are hand-built, complex cars. Very few people in the world can repair one, and, just like the 4-cam engines that power the 904 and Carrera Speedster, parts cost a great deal. Every 959 that has been modified to pass our standards is yet another step away from original, adding another layer of complexity and potential confusion ten to twenty years down the road when someone wants to go for a ride. THE BURDEN OF OWNERSHIP This is the burden of ownership of a true exotic that people tend to forget. Of course, you can always relegate the car to museum status, hoping nothing breaks as it sits in your climate-controlled garage. This, of course, is why so many people like pushrod Speedsters; they can be driven and enjoyed without outrageous expense. The same holds for the Carrera RS, better in all objective ways than any Speedster. In fact, an RS properly rebuilt is an exceptionally durable machine. In the 959, you have the potential for significant appreciation and will own a very limited production car that will be instantly welcome at all exotic car gatherings. Most won't run often, if at all, but for some owners, that's okay. In the Carrera RS, you have a car that can be driven frequently and competently repaired at any good 911 shop. After hitting rock bottom in values a decade ago, it has enjoyed a steady rise to emerge as a true six-figure collectible. The 959, oddly enough, still behaves like a typical used car, with modest demand and falling prices, in spite of its small production run. But it has all the earmarks of being collectible, and to a certain band of enthusiasts who prize uniqueness and static display over frequent use, the 959 is their best bet on seeing significant future appreciation. Let me put it a different way: it took guts to buy a 356 Speedster in the '60s, a 904 in the '70s, a Carrera RS in the '80s, and it takes guts to buy a 959 today. But the rule about no pain, no gain, seems to apply. If your wallet can stand it, pick up a 959 today. You can say I made you do it.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes regularly for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. The RS and its trademark “ducktail” mean serious business December 2006 61


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American Profile 1953 Cunningham C-3 Continental Coupe It's an exotic alternative to the hordes of Hemi-powered muscle cars—a 331-ci Hemi wrapped in an Italian body on a Le Mans-inspired chassis by Miles Collier DETAILS Years produced: 1952–55 Number built: 21 coupes, 5 convertibles approx. Original list price: Coupes $9,000, convertibles $11,000 SCM Valuation: $300,000–$400,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $30 Engine #: On machined surface in front of valley cover Chassis #: Plate on chassis tube on driver side of firewall Club: N/A More: www.briggscunningham.com/registry.html Alternatives: 1952–59 Allard K-3, 1951–52 Ferrari 212, 1952–57 Pegaso SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1953 Allard J2X Chassis number: 5211 W ealthy American sportsman Briggs Cunningham made a heroic effort to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the 1950s—in cars he manufactured himself. Remarkably, he came close several times. The first Cunningham was the C-1, a low roadster powered by a 331-ci Chrysler Hemi V8. It was followed in 1951 by the C-2R, three of which were built for racing. John Fitch and Phil Walters ran as high as 2nd at Le Mans, before bad fuel burned valves in their engine. Back in the States, the C-2Rs cleaned up, beating Jaguar and Ferrari at Road America and Watkins Glen. The C-3 coupe was introduced in 1952, ostensibly for both road and track. Cunningham contracted with Alfredo Vignale's Turin coachworks to build a new design by Giovanni Michelotti. The ladder-type tube chassis was similar to the C-2R, but with a simpler Chrysler rear axle. The 235-hp Chrysler Hemi V8 used four Zenith downdraft carburetors and a semi-automatic transmission for sub 7second 0–60 times. The C-3 design bears more than a passing resemblance to early Ferrari 212 and 225 models. The dash is dominated by a large speedometer and combination gauge, with a clock and a small tachometer between. Luggage has to be carried 62 in the car, as the spare and fuel tank fill the trunk. The SCM Analysis: This Cunningham sold for $374,000 at RM's Monterey sale on August 19, 2006. While only 26 of these interesting cars were built between 1952 and 1955, one always seems to be available somewhere. Based on ever-rising prices, there's a growing realization among collectors that these Italian-styled, American-powered sports cars are ideal event cars. They combine Chrysler Hemi power, attractive looks, decent handling, and plush accommodations for driver and passenger. Unless you're on the Colorado Grand or the California Mille, you'll have the only one around. The C-3 was introduced as a 1953 model by the 1965 Shelby Cobra Lot # NR98, CSX2588 Condition: 2 Sold at $342,400 RM, Boca Raton, FL, 2/11/2006 SCM ID# 40784 Cunningham Motor Company when they realized their single product strategy—relying on the C-2 for international competition as well as road use—was unworkable. The C-2R (R for racing) had proven too large and slow to be a real contender at Le Mans, which was the whole reason for the creation of the Cunningham in the first place. After the 1951 Le Mans race, the product line was bifurcated with the introduction of the C-4R—a new generation of pure competition cars for the exclusive use of the Cunningham team—and the C-3, a sophisticated “gentleman's express.” Costing some $9,000 and intended for cosmopolitan buyers, the C-3 was one of the most expensive cars available in the U.S. It was never intended to sell in large numbers. A full range of options was offered, including coupe and convertible coachwork, manual Sports Car Market Lot # 997, S/N 3152ALLARDJ22X Condition: 2 Sold at $399,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/2005 SCM ID# 36964 Photos: RM Auctions


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and auto transmissions, Halibrand wheels, several stages of engine tune, and even a full-race setup, though there's no evidence any were built. To control costs, Cunningham worked a deal with Vignale whereby completed rolling chassis were shipped to Italy to be bodied with standard coachwork designed by Michelotti. The identical body design clothed at least one 212 Ferrari coupe. Given the current obsession with Hemi-powered muscle cars, the Cunningham C-3 offers an appealing prospect: exotic and relatively rare 331-ci Hemi power (tuned by Cunningham to generate 210-plus hp, depending on options) wrapped in a handsome Italian body on a Le Mansinspired chassis. Handling is assured by front wishbones, and a four-link rear axle equipped with a Panhard rod, which happens to be the same technology Ferrari used into the '60s. Cornering grip is excellent for a car of this vintage, and substantially better than a lot of the '60s muscle cars. Front geometry issues lead to steering problems caused by toe-in change with body roll, but it's relatively easy to get used to. The C-3 is handicapped by its transmission, as options were a column-shift LaSalle three speed or a two-speed Chrysler automatic. A number of C-3 owners I know have retrofitted their cars with 4-speed Borg-Warner T-10s. You have to come up with an adaptor for the integral early Hemi bell housing that is cast as part of the block, but the conversion fits under the stock transmission tunnel. To retain full value of your car, however, be sure to keep the original transmission and all the column shift bits. If more power is desired, modern cams, head work, and so forth can really make these cars go. Try keeping up with Bob Lutz's potent red and black coupe, for example. Consigned to RM by its British owner, the C-3 featured here is a fairly well restored coupe—a good driver rather than a show car. This car was originally black, and has been fitted with chrome wire wheels instead of the more common steel disc wheels and hubcaps of the period. Like many Cunninghams, it is missing its bumpers. The massive Vignale-styled versions are roughly bow-tie shaped, but they complement the car's style. Unfortunately, Cunningham practice was to mount them well off the body for parking protection. Not only does this practice detract from the lines of the car, it accomplishes almost nothing, as the original bumpers were made of brass. The brightwork that extends from the bonnet trim along the side of the greenhouse is also missing on this car, but would not present a problem to a good fabricator. The car is reported to be in good mechanical condition and ready to tour. Due to their coach-built bodies, high power, and supe- rior handling, these cars are being recognized as one of the notable American cars of the early 1950s. As a stylish, unusual, and capable tour car, I'd say this was a good deal for both parties.u MILES COLLIER is a practicing artist, as well as a lifelong car collector and longtime SCMer. He also hosts the Collier Symposium at his private automotive museum in Naples, FL. December 2006 63


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer So What's a Yenko? Chevy knew that building the “Yenko S/C” 427 Nova at the factory was pushing the limits of a sub-framed, unibody car—and the limits of liability A quintet of Don Yenko's fire-breathing machines F ew car dealers have made an impact on the sports car world like Don Yenko. After turning his family's small Chevrolet dealership into a “High Performance Parts Center” in the mid-1950s, Don Yenko became not only an accomplished racer, but also built some of the most desirable muscle cars. As an SCCA racer in the 1960s, Yenko saw what Shelby was doing with Ford, and he set out to do the same with Chevrolet. A road racer at heart, all of Yenko's cars were engineered as a complete package. His first effort from “Yenko Sportscars, Inc.” was a batch of 100 specially modified “Yenko Stinger” Corvairs in 1966. Yenko's goal was to get the Stinger accepted into SCCA E Production racing. When classified by the SCCA as a D Production car, Yenko was undeterred, and his Stingers went on to defeat the Triumph TR4s that had previously dominated the class. Yenko's ads proclaimed you could “Be a Swinger in a Stinger!” When Ralph Nader killed the Corvair, Yenko turned his attention to other Chevrolets. Here are the cars that originated at 575 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, PA: 1967 “YENKO/SC” CAMARO In 1967, Yenko converted small block Camaros to L72 Corvette 427-ci/425-hp engines in-house. Later, when the 396 was available from the factory, Yenko ordered L78 396-ci/375-hp, 4-speed Camaros and swapped in L72 427-ci/425-hp Corvette short blocks, using the identical top end from the existing L78 engines. A few cars were sent to Dick Harrell's race shop in St. Louis for this work. All were equipped with a fiberglass Corvette-style “Stinger” hood, 4.10 rear axle ratio, and heavy-duty suspension. Any number of performance options could be installed by Yenko, including traction bars and even Corvette side pipes. The generally accepted production number for 1967 SYC Camaros is approximately 100 cars. 1968 “YENKO/SC” CAMARO As with the late 1967 version, L78 396 Camaros were delivered from GM and Yenko transplanted the L72 427 short block. The first two or three cars were standard issue, but the remaining cars were ordered under Central Office Production Order (COPO) #9737 “Yenko Sportscar Conversion Package,” which included suspension and cooling upgrades, plus a 140-mph speedometer. The 1968 hood was fiberglass with twin scoops 64 very similar to a 1967 Shelby GT350/GT500, all cars were equipped with 4-speed transmissions, and Yenko fitted Pontiac Rally II mag wheels as standard equipment. While rumors abound over some 1968 SYC cars having the L72 427 installed by Chevrolet, a documented example has never surfaced. As with all Yenkos, there is much debate over production numbers, but 1968 was the lowest production year for the SYC Camaro, with approximately 65 cars produced. 1969 “YENKO/SC” CAMARO By far the most popular and copied of all the Yenko Camaros, the 1969 version had one major change from prior years. Realizing demand far outstripped his ability to convert more cars in-house, Yenko used his pull with GM to have the factory build a limited run of L72 427-ci/425-hp cars under COPO #9561. These were “double COPO” cars, also equipped with the COPO #9737 Sportscar Conversion Package. Once at Yenko Chevrolet, the cars received special Yenko striping, “sYc” decals on the headrests, and exterior badges. That year—1969—was the highest production year, with 171 4-speed cars and 30 TH400 automatic cars produced, for a total of 201 cars. Values of the 1967–1969 Yenko Camaros, in spite of production numbers, are surprisingly close for all three variations. The 1969, being not only factory built but also the most popular body style, levels the values of this “high” production year with the lower production earlier versions. Plan on spending $300,000–$400,000 for a good #2+ condition documented example of any Yenko Camaro. Sports Car Market Photo: Mecum Auctions


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1969 “YENKO/SC” CHEVELLE Chevrolet installed the L72 427 into a limited run of 1969 Chevelle hard tops for Yenko under COPO #9562. With similar appearance packages and the same #9737 package as the Yenko Camaro, the Yenko Chevelle was another well-engineered Supercar. Overlooked in the shadows of Yenko Camaros for many years, Yenko Chevelles have recently come into their own. The accepted production figure is a total of 99 cars. Current values of Yenko Chevelles are very similar to the Yenko Camaros, and have been hovering in the $300,000–$400,000 range for “no stories” examples. 1969 “YENKO/SC” 427 NOVA The ultimate Yenko muscle car. Don Yenko later described his 427 Nova as “a beast, an almost lethal car we probably shouldn't have produced.” As with the 1967 and 1968 Camaros, the 427 Nova left the factory as a 396-equipped car, later converted to an L72 427-ci engine at Yenko. As one would expect, Yenko stripes, badges, and details were added. Chevrolet knew that building this car at the factory was not only pushing the limits of a lightweight, sub-framed, unibody car, but also the limits of product liability, hence the Yenko-installed engine rather than a COPO order. With a 4.10 gear ratio and 425 hp on tap, this was a dangerous proposition to all but the most experienced drivers. The generally accepted production number for the 427 Nova is roughly 30 cars, again subject to much debate. As one would expect from the most deadly Yenko, you have to pay more to scare yourself more. Current values are in the $800,000 range for this grocery getter on steroids. 1970 “YENKO/SC” NOVA “DEUCE” Seeing how difficult it was becoming for his customers to insure 427-powered cars, Yenko decided to build a small block hot rod. Chevrolet built Yenko a run of base Novas with the LT-1 350-ci/360-hp Corvette engine under COPO #9010, coupled with the #9737 Sportscar package. With 360 hp and 380 ft-lbs of torque in such a light car, they are great performers. Dressed up in traditional Yenko garb, with Yenko decals, striping, Magnum 500 wheels, and emblems, the Deuce has all the looks of its predecessors. With a production run of roughly 120 cars, they are also rare. Deuce values have taken a big leap recently, rising from the $60,000–$70,000 range a few years ago to recent sales reported over $150,000. While they will never have the street cred of the 427 cars, they are a great starter Yenko. Just don't expect prices to escalate too quickly from the current level. I don't see the Deuce market staying this close to the big block cars in the long run. As important as it is with any collector car, proper due diligence is essential with a Yenko. Clones, replicas, forgeries, and very questionable cars abound. Forget about owning any of them, unless you need another fakey-doo to sit next to the Hemi 'Cuda clone in your garage. With no factory support for documentation, verified original paperwork is a neces- sity. Many Yenko cars, having always been valuable, have been rebodied and otherwise brought back from the dead, and unscrupulous sellers fail to share these details. The good news is that web sites like the one the Yenko Sportscar Club maintains at www .yenko.net, or Ed Cunneen's www.copo.com, contain lists of known VINs and other details on individual cars. If you want an American original, the cars of Don Yenko are as legendary as any muscle car ever to hit the streets.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. December 2006 65


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Race Car Profile 1927 Bugatti Type 35C I can personally attest that it's possible to sit for hours contemplating the Type 35 like a piece of sculpture by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1927–31 Number produced: 50 Original list price: N/A (factory car). 40,000 French francs bought a 35B in 1930—about $25,600 today SCM Valuation: $500,000–$3.5 million depending on originality and provenance Tune up/major service: $1,000 Magneto cap: $500 Chassis #: Brass tag on left firewall, also on engine Engine #: Left rear mounting flange on block Club: American Bugatti Club, 600 Lakeview Terrace, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 More: www.americanbugatticlub.org Alternatives: 1927–32 Mercedes S, SS, SSK; 1927–31 Bentley 4.5-Liter SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 4889 T here were 23 automobiles on the starting grid for the 1930 Monaco Grand Prix. Fourteen of them—60% of the field—were Bugattis. Bugattis were essentially graceful machines that emphasized light weight and great road holding over power. Their attributes made mediocre drivers feel good and turned great drivers into giants. The Type 35 Bugatti that debuted in the 1924 Paris Motor Show embodied all of Ettore Bugatti's experience, skill, talent, and aesthetic sense. The bodywork was narrow, smooth, and streamlined. The frame was fully enclosed within the body, including full undertrays with only the engine's sump exposed to the air stream for cooling. The Type 35's engine was an object with balance, integrity, and inherent beauty that still never fails to attract the eye and invite close inspection. This Bugatti Type 35C was built in April 1927. The entry for it and chassis 4890 was marked “San Sebastian” in the factory records, indicating that these two Type 35s were to be the factory's entry into the 1927 San Sebastian Grand Prix. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $2,585,000 at Gooding & Company's Pebble Beach auction August 20, 2006. I'm going to open this discussion with a full disclosure. My company bought this car (for a client), and both the client and we are very pleased with the purchase. Whether this makes me more or less qualified to write about it is for the reader to judge. I certainly have “insider” knowledge about the car and a pair of ruined khakis to prove it. One of the basic tenets of the collector car business is that the history of development of the automobile can 66 be seen as a series of distinct stages. For each of these stages there are a relatively small number of truly great cars, the icons that stand clearly above their competition and define the era. These are the true collectibles—the Rembrandts, the Rodins, the Fabergé eggs of their genre. As collectors have become more sophisticated over the years, there has been a movement away from single-era collections (Ferraris, for example) and toward a historically balanced approach, with examples of the true greats of each era. This has broadened the appeal and strengthened the market for the earlier cars, which tend to be less userfriendly than the newer stuff and until recently, have been mostly pursued by the true believers. If you're looking for truly great racing cars from the '20s, I will argue that the list is pretty short and the supply of good cars very small. The big three are Mercedes, Bentley, and Bugatti, with the first two building dual-purpose road car/racers and Bugatti building pur sang race cars. Though Bugatti was not averse to large road cars, 1928 Bugatti Type 35B Lot #110, S/N 4914 Condition: 4+ Sold at $3,258,000 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 9/16/2005 SCM ID# 39700 1928 Bugatti Type 35B Lot #58, S/N 4913 Condition: 2+ Sold at $1,018,710 when it came to racing, he believed in small, light, and nimble. His cars were a combination of innovative metalworking, true artistry in design, and a cabinetmaker's attention to detail. I can personally attest that it's possible to sit for hours contemplating the Type 35 like a piece of sculpture. It is an absolutely stunning, beautiful, tiny little thing. Though Bugatti had tasted both racing and commercial success through the early Christie's, Paris, FR, 2/8/2003 SCM ID# 30380 '20s, the Type 35 was the car that cemented his place in the pantheon of automotive greats. Designed in 1924, the original Type 35 mechanical package centered around a 2-liter straight eight that utilized a five-bearing crankshaft with roller bearings on both mains and rods. Its redline was a then-amazing 6,000 rpm. It's interesting to note that the very complicated and expensive roller bearing arrangement was primarily because of Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding & Company


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Bugatti's distrust of pressure oiling systems, rather than the need for rpm. Very conservative by nature, he also resisted super- charging in the beginning, but competition soon forced his hand and the Type 35C was born. The Roots-type compressor upped the power to 128 hp from the aspirated engine's 90 hp, and the Type 35 became the dominant Grand Prix race car of the late 1920s. Over 1,800 victories in the era are attributed to the Type 35 and its variants. There were plenty of those Type 35 variants, and it's probably worth a few words sorting them out, as confusion about which is which could be lead to a very expensive mistake. The original Type 35 used the aspirated 2-liter, 8-cylinder engine with five-bearing roller crankshaft. Type 35A was the same car, but with a far simpler 3-plain bearing engine, much less power, and a lower price tag. It gained the nickname “Tecla,” after a maker of imitation jewelry, and was not widely loved then (or now). Type 35T was a 2.3-liter aspirated version specifi- cally for the Targa Florio race. Type 35B was a supercharged version of the 2.3-liter T that raced when the 2-liter displacement cap didn't apply. Type 37 was the same chassis and body, but with a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 60 hp. Many of these (290) were built, including 67 Type 37A, which were supercharged. Type 39 was identical to a 35C but the (8-cylinder) engine was de-stroked to 1.5 liters for class racing. Been taking notes? Good, there will be a quiz in ten minutes. The point of all this is that by the time they were done, the factory had produced roughly 645 cars that looked like Type 35s, ranging from the great to the very ordinary. Over the intervening 75-plus years, most of them were lost to the ravages of obsolescence, neglect, and war. The few that survived almost universally have unknown, tortuous, or highly compromised histories. Add to this the existence of a cottage industry that builds reproduction parts and com- plete cars so good they are virtually indistinguishable from the original, and you can see that the serious collector has a real problem obtaining a great car. The few unquestioned ones are immensely valuable and are likely to stay that way. This car is one of those few. It was raced by the factory in Spain in 1927, then sold to a jeweler in Barcelona. It remained in Barcelona (mostly hidden to avoid the ravages of war) until it was discovered and sold (by the Barcelona jeweler) to the U.S. in 1961. It basically had one owner, Dick Upshur, from then to the present, when it was sold by his estate. Though bits have been repaired, it has been an intact and complete car all its life. $2.6 million may seem like a lot of money, but it's the price of admission these days if you want an important '20s racer. You'd be lucky to find an S Mercedes with history for that much, much less an SS or an SSK (try two to three times that), while a Bentley with race history would easily be that much—if you could find one. There are plenty of lesser cars out there for less, but the crown jewels aren't available often. This is the point where I would normally sit back and pass judgment on whether the poor schmuck who raised his hand was a master or a fool, but that's a bit tough in this situation. All I can say is that there was a smile on my face as I listened to it run this morning. We think it was well bought.u THOR THORSON is President of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and has been an active vintage racer for more than 25 years. Historical and descriptive information from the auction company. December 2006 67


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Market Reports Overview 881 Cars and $30m in Sales Pioneer offered something for everyone, and though Elvis was in the house, he wasn't for sale by Jim Pickering S 330 GT 2+2 was one of the few Italian exotics at RM Meadow Brook CM's Auction Analysts have been busy, attending sales from the plains of South Dakota to the side of the Mulsanne Straight in France—with several stops in between. B. Mitchell Carlson made his way to South Dakota in May for Pioneer's Collector Car Auction in Murdo. Hosted by the Pioneer Auto Museum, it included something new even for a veteran like BMC—Elvis as a ringman. Sales here pushed slightly past the $400k mark. Leaving the King and Pioneer's wide-ranging collections a few hundred miles behind him, BMC returned to the 32nd edition of Mecum's Hawkeye Classic in Des Moines in July. The high temperature outside didn't stifle bidding inside on some of Detroit's finest, with just over $1m in sales. The event proved to be almost a mirror image of last year's successful one, a good sign for the market. Julian Shoolheifer traveled to Surrey in June for Barons's Jaguar Heritage Sale, where 27 leaping cats brought $287k at the Epsom horse racing course. The cars topped out around $40k, making the sale very attractive to bidders looking for a deal. He followed that up with a trip to Christie's third annual Le Mans Classic in July. Despite a splendid catalog and attractive offerings, sales figures were down substantially By the Numbers $15m $10m $5m Silver Auctions Reno NV 68 RM Auctions Rochester, MI Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Bonhams Sussex, UK Christie's Le Mans, FR Pioneer Murdo, SD 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Barons Surrey, UK Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions (S), Reno, NV, p. 110 Pioneer (P), Murdo, SD, p. 122 RM Auctions (RM), Rochester, MI, p. 98 here from the last sale in 2004, with just 12 cars sold for $2.9m (compared to $12.8m in 2004). Held across the English Channel on the same Saturday as Christie's, Bonhams again returned to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and our man Richard Hudson-Evans was there to cover the action. He found the $2.4m total to be down this year (from $6.9m in 2005), and noted that the high-sale of the day did not go to a car, but rather a historic U.K. registration number. In August, Senior Analyst Dave Kinney returned to Michigan for RM's Meadow Brook sale in Rochester. In 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 Barons (B) Surrey, U.K., p. 118 Christie's (Ch), Le Mans, FR, p. 90 Bonhams (BG) Sussex, U.K., p. 70 the past, high-quality pre-war American classics have done well here, and this year demonstrated that once again. Twenty-three of the 94 consignments sold at over $100k, which helped to push total sales to $9.3m. Silver's Hot August Nights sale is a hit for those into American classics and muscle, and Senior Editor Paul Duchene was there to report on this year's event. Reno is Mecca for gearheads in August, and with 800 cars on the block at Silver, there was no shortage of consignments representing a wide range of tastes and price ranges. Sales here have been strong for the past six years, and this year's $14.5m final figure grew by $500k. Finally, watching Porsches from the '90s kept Geoff Archer busy this month in his report on eBay activity. 911s topped his list—with a Boxster and 944 thrown for entertainment's sake.u Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1950 Talbot-Lago T26C racer, $1,408,320—Ch, p. 94 2. 1929 Duesenberg J convertible sedan, $907,500—RM, p. 102 3. 1930 Stutz Model M Supercharged coupe, $715,000—RM, p. 102 4. 1933 Cadillac 452-C phaeton, $682,000—RM, p. 103 5. 2004 Maserati MC12 coupe, $576,000—Ch, p. 96 6. 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost open landaulette, $495,000—RM, p. 100 7. 1937 Maserati 4CM racer, $472,000—Ch, p. 94 8. 1965 AC Cobra 289 roadster, $420,245—BG, p. 76 9. 1915 Stutz Bearcat, $368,500—RM, p. 101 10. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $257,331—BG, p. 76 December 2006 1. 2004 Maserati MC12 coupe, $576,000—Ch, p. 96 2. 1972 Jaguar XKE S III convertible, $40,451—BG, p. 76 3. 1987 Buick Grand National, $15,370—S, p. 117 4. 1951 Nash Ambassador sedan, $14,300—RM, p. 106 5. 1970 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top, $22,313—M, p. 87 69 Best Buys


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author Goodwood Festival of Speed For those who choose to invest in big boy's toys, it's clear some pretty serious extravagance is still alive and well in the Old World Company Bonhams Date July 7, 2006 Location Sussex, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 43 /68 Sales rate 63% Sales total $2,431,155 High sale 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster, sold at $420,245 Buyer's premium Rare in RHD, this Cobra brought a strong $420,245 Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics T Sussex, U.K. he Goodwood Festival of Speed served as backdrop for Bonhams again this year. Held behind Lord March's ancestral home, a rich automotive setting helped to promote a decent sales figure in- side the tent. Sixty-eight cars rounded out the catalog this year—down eleven from last year's 79—with the sales total expectedly down from the $6,870,646 achieved in '05. Christie's also hosted a sale the same weekend, but post-sale stats indicate that far more buyers—43 of them in fact—attended the Bonhams Friday fixture. Across the English Channel in France, Christie's was only able to knock down a dozen of its lots during the Saturday morning auction at the Le Mans circuit. The star lot here was a 1965 Shelby Cobra—one of only 44 right-hand drive examples made for the U.K. market. Treated to a repaint and a retrim in 1992, it was powered by an original-spec Mathwall Engineering-rebuilt 289-ci V8. It brought fevered bidding until James Knight's gavel determined new ownership at $420,245— way over the high estimate of $333k. Not cheap, but extremely rare in unmodified form. Also sold was a 1964 Sebring-raced MGB, which left the MG Abingdon works in 1962 and had been largely renewed in 2002. The lightweight roadster failed to raise anywhere near the $89,654 low estimate at the H&H Syon House sale earlier in the summer, but with a more realistic $70k–$78k forecast, the event-ready B did sell here, costing the new owner $78,125. 70 Among several other strong prices achieved beneath the canvas, a 1937 Lagonda LG6 brought $124,963. Originally a saloon, it was rebodied as the current drophead coupe by the factory in 1939. And $118,853 was forthcoming for an exceptionally done 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT coupe with a fully charted history, while a totally restored 1922 Alfa Romeo RL Sport two-seater open-wheeled racer generated a more than mid-estimate $116,817. A 1960 DB4 Series II missed the marketing opportunity of being promoted within the catalog, but still represented an excellent value at a close to mid-estimate $94,416. Also notable was a Marathon Rally spec 1969 Porsche 911 2.4-litre coupe, which last crossed the auction block at the Bonhams Stoneleigh sale in the Midlands only five months earlier. Sold at $40,451, it proved to be a very nice little earner for its vendor. A record price for a U.K. registration was also estab- lished at Goodwood, with $613,706 forthcoming for the right to carry a pair of “M1” licence plates that for the last 82 years had been attached to the late Lord Egerton of Tatton Park's 1900 Benz. Outperforming all the cars at the sale, it surpassed all expectations by close to $400k. Even with fewer cars than in previous years, the quality of the field was undeniable. As always, Bonhams brought its trademark professionalism to the sale, and for those who have invested in big boy's toys, it's clear some pretty serious extravagance is still alive and well in the Old World.u Sports Car Market 15% on the first $55,539, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $1.8513).


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author ENGLISH #518-1927 SUNBEAM 20.9HP tourer. S/N 2625HG. Eng. # 26299. Brown/black canvas/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 88,866 miles. Owned by the Harrow Public School headmaster from 1934-69. Appears still to be to original spec apart from retro-fit electric cooling fan and finned brake drums. Last resto in the mid-1970s, considerable mechanical work in 1977, freshly serviced. Paint almost matte, many chips, interior dirty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $59,612. Even though it was rather shabby to look at, more than one party in the tent believed it to be absolutely on-the-handle. The latest valuation for this charming old character was boosted to nearly $8,000 over forecast—a good price for a late 1920s Tourer. #542-1929 RILEY 9HP Brooklands Special roadster. S/N 8036. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 65,872 miles. Thought to be the genuine Brooklands body built pre-WWII. Lowered and shortened chassis sound, panels bumpy, paintwork matte and chipped, Rotax headlamps. 9hp motor currently fed by twin SUs, alternative four-Amals set-up included. Lightened flywheel and clutch assembly, leather. RHD. Odo: 1,811 miles. All numbers match. Off road in part-dismantled state from 1956-91, latest resto finally completed in 1995, with 3,000 miles since. Chassis and most of ash frame claimed to be re-used, panelwork renewed, engine and transmission rebuilt. Body paint clean, nickel-plating good, engine bay tidy. Leather retrim and replacement carpets still good, dashboard wood too new. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $88,862. Although most preWWII Astons have been appreciating strongly in recent years, the current cosmetic condition of this one did not warrant the $90,000 minimum being sought. Particularly displeasing were the chassis and leaf springs in body color, along with the inauthentic-looking dash. If another $4,000 were invested in some sympathetic detailing, this car could very likely be liquidated for $100,000 plus. #534-1934 MG Q TYPE replica roadster. S/N PB0361. Eng. # 607APB. British Racing Green/tan leather. RHD. Started life as PB 4-seater, from which came the fitted OHC 993cc motor. Marshall blower and pre-selector box added. As a PB, given a restoration 1992, then transformed into current Q Type copy by marque specialist Peter Gregory from 19972003, Run 20 ‘dry' hours since. Cosmetically 90, chassis-up resto on return to U.K. Seller acquired at the Bonhams Beaulieu auction in 1998, motor rebuilt since. Chassis appears sound, panels and fit good, though passenger door frame corner split. Paint and chrome virtually unmarked, leather slightly soiled, Art Deco door trim nice, engine bay presents well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,016. Even at $7,220 above the high estimate of $64,796, this pre-war Lagonda was cheap considering its company—although the 1.1-litre twin cam four might be a tad over-stressed powering a coachbuilt four-seater. #555-1934 MORGAN SUPER SPORTS Matchless roadster. S/N D1240. Eng. # MX4665. Green/green leather. RHD. Consigned to auction directly from deceased employee of first garage owner. Some possible unconfirmed pre-WWII Brooklands provenance. More total resto project than near up-and-runner, though appearing to be complete apart from missing speedo and an exhaust manifold. Well stored, no rust, but likely repainted bodywork now almost totally straight-tooth high-ratio rear axle, likely to have gained rod-operated brakes and knock-off wheels later. Stuffing escaping from distressed bench seat leather, Jaeger tach and speedo still present. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $48,967. At more than three times the top estimate of $14,810, the high bid was extremely generous. Presumably at least the winner and the under-bidder believed this vintage event eligible project to have some definite period Brooklands provenance. #566-1930 ASTON MARTIN 1 1/2 LITER International tourer. S/N S50. Eng. # S50. Carver Blue/dark blue canvas/dark blue 72 mint, superbly detailed, leaves bound with cord, even gaiters around pedal irons. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $64,796. Despite obvious quality of work done, this well-presented replica was no longer a PB nor a genuine Q-type, both of which is what the serious pre-war MG collector with funds is prepared to pay for. As long as the seller can afford to be patient, $70,000 may eventually be possible. #525-1934 LAGONDA RAPIER tourer. S/N D11063. Eng. # D2813. BRG/black canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 37,547 miles. Coachwork by E.D. Abbott. U.S. resident 1970- matte. Seat leather good, but also renewed at some time. Matchless v-twin should respond to some motorcycle engine rebuilding. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,935. Along with the Cobra, Alfa 1900 SS and Riley 9hp Special, this no-reserve project was picked over by the predators until taken on for mid-estimate money. Should be easy enough to revive, and therefore well worth the price paid. This 3-wheeler with a thumping V-twin up front would be lots of fun, until you go for the brakes on a bumpy descent... #523-1936 AC 16/70HP March Special sports tourer. S/N L426. Eng. # UBS612381. Charcoal gray/blue canvas/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 12,606 miles. Styled by Freddy March, heir to Duke of Richmond and Gordon of the Goodwood-owning family. Restored in Sports Car Market


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the mid-1990s, seller acquired at a Christie's auction in 2005, sparingly used since. Panels and modern-looking paint job good, running boards marked, driver's seat entry scuffed, rest of leather acceptably worn. Period sunburst door trim and owl eye rear lamps. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $83,216. At the lower estimate price paid, this handsome pre-war Sports Tourer for four was correctly valued by the new owner. #524-1937 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER drophead coupe. S/N B52KT. Eng. # A2BK. Spruce Green/black canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 23,387 miles. Coachwork by Park Ward. Likely to have been a Park Ward demonstrator. Repainted, rechromed, gearbox rebuilt, clutch and rear springs renewed in last 3 years. Distinctive styling cues include chrome-framed roll-up side windows, sprung front bumper, external hood pram irons, rear-mounted spare. Twin period Lucas Alto horns, modern flashing indicators work in conjunction with ye olde semaphores. Irish Motor Racing Club sticker. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $78,125. Slightly cheaper than the previous 1936 AC lot, and even though not quite as nice cosmetically, possibly a better buy in the long term, as a Bentley is likely to have more of an edge in an economic downturn. #565-1937 LAGONDA LG 6 drophead coupe. S/N E3007. Eng. # LG6437S4. Dark blue metallic/dark blue canvas/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 34,937 miles. Former LG6 sedan, definitely factory-rebodied with enlarged trunk pre-1939. Appears still to be largely original and never treated to a full restoration. Some touch-ups, with stone chips in front and driver's December 2006 73


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author side fender top. Long doors shut well, chrome marked, leather crazed, wood in need of revarnishing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $124,963. A second LG6 with the same chassis number and more likely Brooklands promo provenance apparently exists in Germany. Even with some cloudy early history, this factory-converted tired-looking LG6 has been a high-profile car in AMOC circles, and made within estimate money. Clearly neither the new owner nor underbidder were put off by its iffy provenance or current condition. #521-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE/S2 Special roadster. S/N B134TN. Eng. # P1829. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Odo: 88,822 miles. Created from an R-Type chassis, shortened to 8 feet 8 1/2 inches and lightened with series of 3-inch holes in side rails. Gained current V8 from an S2. R-Type manual box, Continental final drive. Body very DIY looking, rear chassis and leaf springs all exposed. Bonnet side severely crazed, paint burned around exhaust crude, modern safety devices added. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $57,390. Member of the 1954 Alpine winning manufacturer Triumph team, in LHD for Monte winner Maurice Gatsonides. Fell into disrepair by 1980. As presented here, this historically important TR is almost completely devoid of any character, particularly the interior, which is decidedly inauthentic and much like any other restored car. An ex-works Triumph from this era should be worth $56,000 all day long. #535-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4-liter drophead coupe. S/N 827255DN. Eng. # V59548. Midnight Blue/beige canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 93,788 miles. Late '80s resto, with only modest use in recent years. Gas tank renewed, carbs rebuilt, and front brakes overhauled in 2004. Chassis seemingly sound, panels and fit decent, with no obvious problems 1950s. Ended up in Ireland circa 1958 and acquired Connaught bodywork by Lord Dunleath. Discovered in Barbados with present DB2 motor and DBS box in 2000. Assuming you had some idea of how you could use it, it would certainly be worth buying, sorting out, and enjoying. As presented at Goodwood, $37,000 seemed about right for this crystal ball gazer. #550A-1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SII coupe. S/N DB4303R. Eng. # 370318. Pale blue/white leather. RHD. Odo: 58,256 miles. Mileage displayed likely to be genuine total. Never restored, highly original, engine freshly rebuilt. Driver's side rear quarter panel bubbling, paint discolored and flaking off around driver's door handle, door edge and trunk lid exits, matte black exhaust pipe paint only fair, rear stone chips, headlamp chrome pitted, woodrim varnish worn away, leather acceptably worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $48,967. Certainly not pretty—downright ugly in fact, but a very well-known bolide in BDC circles. Competition amongst informed bidders resulted in an above-catalog price. Being driven to the RREC weekend earlier in the summer promoted the chances of this quirky one-off. #547-1954 TRIUMPH TR2 roadster. S/N TS1927LO. Eng. # TS1446E. British Racing Green/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 22,950 km. Rebuilt in 1996. Panels straight, paintwork clean, seat leather lightly soiled. 1954 Rallye International des Alpes plates replicated, no bumpers, leather bonnet strap, chrome-mesh guarded headlamps, small Marchal round spot and oblong fog lights. Exposed Lucas horns 74 beneath older respray. Paint and chrome now show some marks. Retrimmed interior clean, 3.4-liter engine bay tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,967. While far sharper XK 150 dropheads have come to market this summer at Barons and H&H, the mid-estimate bid by the buyer of this average example was spot-on. Made in far fewer numbers, most open 150s are now fetching quite a bit more than most XKE roadsters in this market. #536-1958 HWM-ASTON MARTIN SPECIAL racer. S/N N/A. Eng. # LB6V5057. Bright green metallic/black leather. Race history evident in condition, as most panels are period and show racing use. Nose section replaced at some time, ancient paint crazed on the dimpled tail, and huge finned front brakes fill the front wheels. Characterful and unique. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $35,175. Believed to have been an HWM sports-racer, possibly Alta-engined, crashed in Australia in the mid- lip chips touched up, rear fender chrome pitted, original seats cracked and grubby. Driven to the sale. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $94,416. Employed by Peter Brewer to tow his ERA to race meetings in the early 1960s, and since in single family ownership. When you consider what DB4/5 basket cases have been fetching lately, it's little wonder that nearly $95,000 was available here for this scruffy, though up-and-running SII. It remains to be seen as to whether this 1960 DB4 was just a good value at this price, or seriously cheap. #549-1961 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 flat floor convertible. S/N 850027. Eng. # R11509. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 107 miles. From a collection in the U.S., where it was last rebuilt. Unsold at Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction in 2005, and since treated to sensitively executed cosmetic makeover. Paint, chrome, and interior now very clean with only minor marks, engine bay well detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,161. This was one of first RHD E-Types, hence the flatfloor and external hood panel locks. Offered at no reserve, this roadster sold for nearly Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author what was forecast, once the buyer's premium had been added. Bearing in mind the sort of retail prices the marque specialists charge for flat-floors, I would have expected it to raise at least $92,000 from the well-heeled Goodwood crowd. #562-1963 FORD LOTUS CORTINA Mk1 2-dr saloon. S/N 274C61235. Eng. # LP691. Ermine White & green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 71,726 miles. Early pre-Airflow 2-door, opening body panels are aluminium, alloy bell housing, A-frame rear suspension. Fully restored and race-prepped during the 1990s. Likely to have been repainted more recently, though only to race car standard. Adjustable suspension, competition brakes, 1. SOLD AT $257,331. Excellent condition, and clearly all ship-shape beneath the glossy bits as well, but the high estimate of $296,208 was a tad ambitious. A very nice car, with a tailored cotton dust cover thrown in for good measure. The James Bonds amongst us are entitled to salivate, discreetly. #544-1964 MGB Lightweight Competition roadster. S/N 114. Eng. # 185GUH184. Red, blue & white/red/red leather. Odo: 13,215 miles. Restored as raced at Sebring in 1964, though a few original components are still present. Panels and fit good, only minor retroevent chips in paint. Driver's side bug-deflector on hood, both Perspex side windows badly and seriously devalued as a result, the 1,000 or so genuine Cobras produced during the 1962–67 Shelby/AC golden period are unlikely to go down in price. #563-1966 AUSTIN MINI COOPER Mk1 S-Spec coupe. S/N CAS27838420. Eng. # 9FDSAH13659. Green & white/green & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 92,840 miles. Originally 998cc Mini Cooper, rather than genuine 1275S, in receipt of full resto with many serious upgrades. Cosmetically sharp, with only minor wear to paint and brightwork. Current Bill Richards big bore S motor has MG Metro Turbo crank and rods, Omega pistons, Piper 320 cam, roller-rockers, Weber 45 DCOE. Jack Knight box with straight-cut close-ratios, straight-cut box with close-ratios, 6-point rollcage without sidebars, low back buckets, Luke full harnesses, door trims in place, no rear seats or carpet. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $31,935. Being both eligible and competitive for pre-1965 Historic racing and rallying, Cortina Mk1s, particularly genuine Lotus versions, continue to be in demand. While restored street cars fetch $18–$26k, Lotus Cortina Mk1s ready for action have been making $30–$45k. This one was no different, bringing a mid-estimate result. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 10 #539-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51441R. Eng. # 4001416. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,672 miles. U.K. market car exported to Australia. Returned to the U.K. in 2003, was treated to a Chris Shenton body and mechanical resto completed in 2006. Upgrades include Harvey Bailey handling kit, adjustable Koni shocks, alternator, and a period-correct radio converted to FM. Better than new outside and in, underneath and suspension present well, engine bay and all ancillaries beautifully detailed. Cond: 76 scratched, low-back bucket with wide-belt harness, Ed Leslie autographed dash. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $78,125. Unsold at $82,823 in the H&H tent at Syon House recently (SCM# 42261), though now with a more realistic estimate range. This virtually brand new, slightly retro-event-worn ex-BMCD racer was well sold at just over its high estimate of $77,715. TOP 10 No. 8 #560-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. S/N COB6055. Eng. # 5AT5T. Dark blue/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 73,168 miles. Originally beige, bodywork renewed and repainted black in the late '70s, color changed again with a retrim in 1992. Nose paint chips, both front and rear wheelarch eyebrows gravel-peppered. Leather lightly cracked, but soft, driver's seat heavily sat-upon. Original Autolite carb replaced with current Holley. Mathwall rebuilt motor. Kenwood CD player too modern for most. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $420,245. 1 of only 44 RHD cars produced for U.K. market, never seriously evented and still unmodified. The iconic reputation of the model ensured a new high price was to be paid for a 289 Cobra in roadgoing rather than outand-racing spec. Despite being much replicated Quaife differential, servo-assisted S discs and drums, Aeroquip hoses, negative camber bottom arms, adjustable tie-rods, and Special Tuning alloys shod with Yokohama A008s. Still standard driver's seat worn with holed squab. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,354. Not a real 1275S, only a former Cooper 998 with mods, this lot was viewed by many Brits of a certain age who gained their wings on soupedup Minis. Several of them tried to own it, too, hence the nearly $4,000 above the high estimate of $18,513 eventually paid by the winner. #519-1972 JAGUAR XKE S III convertible. S/N 1S50634. Eng. # 7S44865B. Black/black mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 26,278 miles. Full resto down the road somewhere, externally still pretty good, panels apparently rust-free, doors fit tight, paint and chrome have some marks, engine presentation unexceptional. Interior plus top very clean, having only been changed to current black leather and mohair in 2004. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,451. By no means the sharpest RHD SIII in the pack, but this open V12 manual was surely a Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. good value at just under the low estimate of $40,729. #545A-1981 BRISTOL 412 targa-top convertible. S/N 412S207866207. Eng. # 783602554. Maroon/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 45,064 miles. Mileage displayed likely to be genuine. Mostly serviced by Bristol Cars, who carried out a retrim in 2004. Panels seemingly sound, but likely to have been at least part-repainted, with some blemishes showing. Brightwork marks, renewed leather excellent, glovebox veneer cracked. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $12,959. This really wasn't a bad old girl in the flesh. When one considers the sheer class of a hand-built Bristol Gent's Club on wheels, it seems extraordinary that nobody here wanted to become the new owner of this Zagato-styled 412 Targa for the $15,000 premium. #509-1997 CATERHAM SUPER SEVEN 2000 SIII roadster. S/N SDKRDCHVJV0030377. Red & gray/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,749 miles. One of the 40th Anniversary Lotus 7 intro celebratory run. Vauxhall motor, Ford Sierra transmission, special paint, commemorative plaque on dash. Still virtually as new, with low mileage displayed likely to be genuine. Nose, sides, and back body sections unmarked, though leading edges of both rear fenders lightly gravel-peppered. U.K. registration contains the model-appropriate 7. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $22,216. With a brand new basic-spec component-form 7 currently available from the factory at $24,065, the selling prices of used Caterhams have fallen dramatically. Even in such little used condition, this nine-year-old example could have raised much more than $22,000 with the premium. #545-2001 JENSEN S-V8 roadster. S/N SJE1102LA1L50001. Eng. # 62781537. Red/ black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,593 miles. First of only 20 S-V8s built at Jensen's Merseyside factory before Receivership, although SV Automotive did complete another twelve in Oxfordshire. Genuine minimal mileage displayed, still entirely mint above and below, including discs, calipers, suspension, and Mustang Cobra quad-cam V8. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $46,838. Not sold at $38,060 during the same auctioneers' Olympia sale in December 2005 (SCM# 40864), a reduced reserve did the trick this time with a top estimate of $46,283 December 2006 77


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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author indicate early RLS exposed-wheeler, raced in Argentina in 1924, came to the U.K. in the late 1980s. Frenchay Garage rebuild completed in 1994. It's not all that easy to value one of these in advance of auction, but with mid-estimate money forthcoming for this one, Bonhams and their seller guessed the likely price correctly. Even though 537 of these short-wheelbase RL Sports were produced by Alfa from 1922–27, potential buyers are likely to be as rare as the surviving cars. establishing a current valuation for what, in effect, is a virtually new S-V8. #554-2006 MINI COOPER S Schnitzer coupe. S/N TC82756. Black & red/Gravity Black. RHD. Unregistered, unabused. Schnitzer-uprated motor, exhaust, suspension, gear-shift knob, handbrake, and pedals. BMW Chili Pack 5-spoke alloys, 3-spoke leathercovered steering wheel, heated sport seats, Boost CD, a/c, and xenon headlamps. In effect, still brand new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $44,709. #548-1955 ALFA ROMEO 1900 SS coupe. S/N AR1900C02042. Eng. # AR1308017636. Red/red & magnolia leather. Odo: 21,592 km. Fully restored in the late 1990s. Most paintwork still superior, except nose stone chips, passenger door leading edge chips, and minor bubbling throughout. Windshield wiper-grooved, interior spotless. Fresh twin #506-1972 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA S II coupe. S/N 8886. Eng. # 40936. Green metallic/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 40,791 miles. Rare in U.K. supplied RHD, 13,000 miles since 1980, engine overhauled in 1993. Panels all straight, respray poorly masks obvious bub- bling beneath paint in several places. Original leather slightly cracked and grubby. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $12,589. In the metal, this Lambo 4-seater with its semi-monocoque chassis disappointed hugely, which explains why anywhere close to the estimate area could not be achieved here. $13,000 should have been enough. I can only assume that not only was the Limited Edition Run of Schnitzer-prepped Minis a sellout, but the owners must have liked them a lot and told their friends. Keenly contested by more than the successful bidder, this supercharged example exceeded the top forecast of $40,729 by $4,000. Put some miles and stone chips on it, though, and it will depreciate like the rest of us. ITALIAN #556-1922 ALFA ROMEO RL SPORT Special racer. S/N N/A. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2 miles. Palermo coachbuilder's plate on side of hood, largely replicated body shape as per original, gloss paint unmarked, chassis and suspension in matte black, Normale or RM model radiator brass marked. Lots of bare aluminium inside, huge filler cap, two spare tires on tail. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $116,817. One of 537 RLS Specials built. Two-wheel brakes Dell' Orto-fed engine bay presentation super. Manifolds, stainless-steel exhaust, springs, and shocks all recently replaced. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $67,943. Lots of potential new owners were spotted crawling all over this fine Alfa—and it's no surpise that competition between them pushed the latest valuation for this 1900 SS to $12,400 over the high estimate of $55,539. Even at this level, it's still worth it. #567-1966 LAMBORGHINI MIURA P400 coupe. S/N 3300. Eng. # MZ782. Orange/ black leather. Odo: 729 km. Painted red when new. Michigan resident from 1981, came back to Europe in 1990. Color changed with French restoration in 1992. Panel fit good, glossy paint holding up well, though hinged tail-section #530-1973 FERRARI DINO 246 GT berlinetta. S/N 06092. Eng. # 06092. Rosso Chiaro/black leather. RHD. Odo: 53,968 miles. Plexiglass headlight covers from new. Nick Cartwright resto including engine rebuild in 2000. Bodywork and panel fit perfect, including tricky corners of engine cover. Securing catches missing from both quarter-lights, but are included loose in envelope. Edge of one glass chipped. Interior superior, clean engine presents well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $118,853. Being restored well and having a fully charted history presented in two leather files helped this longer-wheelbase Dino achieve nearly $7,800 over the high estimate of $111,078. Fully deserved. #546-1989 DE TOMASO PANTERA GTS paint splits by rear-view vents. One headlamp is cracked, front windshield corner milky, driver and passenger seat sides scuffed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $148,104. One might expect most Miuras to change hands fairly readily. As presented, this one was just not sharp enough in the detailing to command much more than $150,000 with the premium. It certainly did not warrant anywhere near the $170,000-plus sought. 78 5 berlinetta. S/N 874LTHPNHU09532. Eng. # 35107501. Black/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 26,240 km. Coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia. Low-ish mileage. Paint very shiny with no stone chips, De Tomaso Pantera GTS sidewinders in your face, special GTS-branded alloys highly polished. Driver's seat entry lightly scuffed. Ford SVO 4.9-L stretched to 5.5-L by Brookspeed, with a claimed 503 hp at 6750 rpm. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $72,201. A tad optimistic, the high estimates may well have been responsible for deterring bidders more than color or condition. This budget supercar Sports Car Market


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Column Author Glovebox Notes 2006 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best SOLD AT $28,741. Even though there are not too many potential buyers on this side of the pond for old T-birds, the required money was forthcoming for this one. Correctly valued by all concerned. #520-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Sting Ray convertible. S/N 30867S107687. Eng. # 3782870SD. Red/black canvas & red fiberglass/black leather. Odo: 3,551 miles. Fully restored in Texas, in U.K. since 1988. Mileage displayed claimed to have been since rebuild. Rear passenger-side quarter panel scuff, paint Price as tested: $22,400 Likes: Useful performance from electrically assisted, 110-hp, 1.3-liter, V-TEC four and CVT automatic. Comfy seats and decent visibility. “Heads-up” digital speedo and gauges above wheel are intuitive. Back seat accommodates adults. Navigation included in price. Dislikes: 49/51 mpg turns out to be only 44. Blonde velour interior is just a coffee spill away from unsightly. Plastic dash trim keeps popping up. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HH Overall ownership experience: HHHH Verdict: You can make a good case that Honda's simpler hybrid (engine runs almost all the time) got it right. Just how dumb were the U.S. automakers to look down their monster SUV hoods at these gas-sippers? They may not be a perfect solution, but the Hondas and Toyotas are miles ahead of anything being built here, and getting further ahead with each model.—Paul Duchene 2007 MINI COOPER S would have been a much better value at around $67,000. #531-1993 FERRARI 456GT coupe. S/N ZFFSD44B000098109. Eng. # 35701. Black/ black leather. Odo: 1,195 km. In addition to mileage displayed since coming to the U.K. in 2003, it has also driven 9,000 kilometers on the original kph speedo supplied with car. One owner, full service history. Stone chips to nose paint, also driver's door edge and frame chips, interior still virtually as new. CD-stacker, a/c, fitted touched up, hard top seating area marks, alloys ready for refurb, driver's side quarterlight chrome pitted, interior nice. Two unused N.O.S. soft tops included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $45,773. Current cosmetic condition of paint and wheels did not warrant $4,200 off the low estimate. Most U.K. Corvettes come to market via specialists whose asking prices are very much stronger than they would be in the jungle outside. luggage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $65,906. At just over the top estimate of $64,796, this nearly new 456GT was valued correctly, though some might prefer their Ferrari to be less at home in a funeral procession. Nonetheless, a Grand Tourer that can transport four in comfort at up to 193 mph for this sort of money is hardly excessively extravagant. AMERICAN Price as tested: est. $28,000 when released in Spring 2007 Likes: BMW-designed, English-built turbo engine with huge low-end torque. Bulldog Mini styling retained, though all panels are new. Handling is more BMW-like, producing faster lap times without previous “go-kart” twitchiness. BMW quality in fit and finish. Dislikes: Interior restyling with larger center speedometer and gray plastic controls apparently copied from Fisher-Price toys. Run-flat tires accentuate every bump. Cup holders still worthless. Fun to drive:HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall ownership experience: HHHH Verdict: Will generate controversy with firstgeneration owners who insist the original was the best, but overall this is a better-performing upgrade that has retained the spirit of the firstgeneration new Minis. Besides, what fun would owning a Mini be without a little bickering over a warm pint.—Gary Andersonu 80 #543-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH357243. Red/white/gray & black vinyl. Odo: 72,824 miles. Already restored when shipped to U.K. in the late 1980s, more recent retrim and brake overhaul. Panels seemingly rot-free, minor blemishes in paint, chrome polish-marked, interior nice, engine bay clean. Choice of soft top or model-distinctive porthole hard top. Cond: 2. Period-correct Alan Mann Team livery to race car standards, paintwork and Minilites event-marked, minimalist interior with tachtopped column strictly functional. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $44,431. Too far modified to ever return to street-legal spec and too large to be accommodated within the average U.K. garage. Suitable for vintage racing, but little else. $37,000 would have been a more realistic expectation.u Sports Car Market #540-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint 2-dr sedan. S/N 4T13F139720. Gold & red/black cloth. Odo: 78,470 miles. 289-ci V-8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Former road car converted to a lightweight Historic Racer in 1992. Rebuilt to FIA spec with a modern fuel cell in 2005. New engine by Mathwall, top-loader gearbox overhauled.


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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author Hawkeye Classic 2006 With upwards of $3 per gallon being paid at the pump, it was a buyer's market for these old gas-guzzlers Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date July 22, 2006 Location Des Moines, IA Auctioneer Mike Hagerman and Mark Delzell Automotive lots sold / offered 86 / 153 Sales rate 56% Sales total $1,010,781 High sale 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro replica, sold at $34,913 Buyer's premium Lights and sirens included with this ex-cop car, not sold at $4,800 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M Des Moines, IA ecum's 32nd annual Hawkeye Classic sale on the Iowa State Fairgrounds turned out to be a near repeat performance of last year—in more ways than one. With the typical Iowa summer heat outside, bidders and spectators escaped the 100-degree swelter inside Varied Industries' air-conditioned building for the second year in a row. Inside, 86 of the 153 lots sold, for a result a nearly duplicating last year's 83 of 152. The high sale belonged to a 1969 Yenko Camaro replica, with $34,913 changing hands for the dealer-built racer. American muscle was, as always, Mecum's flavor of the day, with one Porsche, two MGs, one Mercedes-Benz, and a Volkswagen thrown in for good measure. There was something suitable for every budget, but it appeared that most folks left their big purses at home—or had no desire to open them up. The high sale was not too far north of $30k, with only two other cars exceeding thirty grand. Also, it appeared that almost all of the consignments had been modified in some way, which did nothing to help their values. All the best sellers were in the under $10k segment, regardless of type or color. For fans of big Detroit iron, it was a venerable feeding frenzy. Four-door sedans tend to be popular in the rural areas, and the several examples here showed only limited use over the years. With upwards of $3/gallon being paid at the pump these days, it was a buyer's market—especially for the few unfazed about picking up a car they 82 $300 for all sales under $5,500, $500 between $5,500 and $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) will rarely drive due to muscle car-standard single-digit mileage figures. For those willing to brave the stagnant heat outside, some deals were definitely present, as evidenced by the $33k sale of a fully restored 1970 Chevelle SS 454 replica. Recently redone with original SS equipment, the value here was in the parts used. A clean 1970 Pontiac GTO also crossed the block later in the day, selling for a reasonable $22,313. There were a few high-end muscle cars that really should have sold at their realistic final bids, yet went home on the same trailers that brought them to the sale. One of these was a 1970 Dodge Super Bee—an original Six Pack car modified with Edelbrock induction. Bid to $56k, it didn't sell. Also in this category was a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS 396. Painted in somewhat-rare Madeira Maroon, it failed to find a new home at $31k. One of the most interesting cars at the sale was a 1978 Plymouth Fury ex-police car. An absolute time-capsule, it was surprisingly still equipped with all of its original police equipment. It went home with the seller at $4,800. Mecum is downright professional when it comes to selling muscle in the Midwest, and with 32 years experience under its belt, it's no mystery why. Friendly staff, excellent consignments, and a laid-back atmosphere all serve to draw people in. If you're looking for a deal on muscle, consider the Hawkeye in '07. Braving the heat will be worth it.u Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA ENGLISH #S66-1961 MGA roadster. S/N GHNL96563. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 73,949 miles. Restored within the last five years, but not to the most professional standards. Orange peel in the paint on the upper curved surfaces. Decent quality replated chrome and trim, including accessory trunk rack and bumper guards. Tidy engine bay, but some cleaning is needed to be concours. The undercarriage shows a fair amount of street use, and the stainless steel exhaust system is dull and discolored. Fully restored near-pristine interior. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. The seller's $17k reserve seems to be about equal to what was probably put into the restoration, so the no-sale of this MGA was not surprising. Everyone knows how it is to be on the wrong end of the cost-versusvalue scale. #S100-1971 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UB231909G. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,848 miles. Excellent repaint on better-than-new body prep and panel fit. All chrome replaced or replated. Aftermarket wood steering wheel, wood shift knob, chrome trunk rack, chrome headlight rock screens, engine oil cooler, mud flaps, and DIN-mounted audio system with coil-spring antenna. New Ansa exhaust system. Reproduction seat vinyl is starting to show light wear on the driver's side. The like-new top appears yet to be deployed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,500. Even excluding the increasing prices for small-bumper MGBs these days, this one was worth the chase. A nice presentation overall, it was bought well even with minor non-stock goodies—they may have actually helped here. GERMAN #S127-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45C1FA028536. Light blue metallic/navy cloth soft top/navy vinyl. Odo: 108,100 miles. Original paint blistered and flaked over wheelwells, rocker panels, and headlights. Deep scuff in the left rear bumper trim rub strip. The original antenna is sitting loosely in the mount, with the bottom resting on the trunk floor. Seems to run fine, without emitting any out-of-place noises or smells. Aftermarket rear pseudo-seats. OK dashboard and console wood. Original vinyl seats are one of the better parts of the car. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,400. I've never seen an SL as rusty as this one. Coupled with having the star-crossed 3.8L V8 and the MB-Tex vinyl interior, the only good news here is that at least it was built as a USspec car and has a clear title. It was expensive at half the price, as the tow truck won't be able to find a solid lifting point—even with a rollback. AMERICAN #S119-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Skyliner 2-dr retractable hard top. S/N D7FW372546. Starmist Blue & Colonial December 2006 83


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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author White/blue cloth & vinyl. Repainted in original colors at different times, resulting in a slight mis-match in hues between the top and body. Rechromed bumpers look cheap, with dull spots and replating over pits. Cracked windshield gasket and weatherstripping. Misaligned side chrome does not hide paint seams. Engine bay shows some minor detailing and clean- up. Incorrect seat upholstery hints at stock, dashboard trim missing. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $18,900. 1957 was the first year for the Fairlane 500 and the retractable hard top. Introduced mid-year, only 20,766 were built. While this one seemed to run out fine and performed its retractable top cycle calisthenics correctly, the buyers were seen tweaking on various minor components directly after the sale. Sold well, bought poorly—unless the buyer has other '57 retractables from which to pillage. #S508-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S106927. Silver blue/ white vinyl/navy vinyl. Odo: 72,514 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good body prep. Good paint has been touched up around the driver's door leading edge, rear edge, and at several top contact points. Replated bumpers and original buffed-out trim show well. Factory options include an L76 engine, Positraction, and an AM/FM radio. Newer replacement steering column. Dirty engine bay shows use. Interior worn enough to make it difficult to discern if it's a good original or a heavily used re-pop. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. Considering how many executives are at GM, it's pretty safe to say that there's no shortage of executive-use Corvettes of any year out there. Just because the executive assistant to the VP of Counting Beans at the GMC Truck and Bus Division had it to thrash for a year does not make it all that rare. It's still either a good driver or ready for a restoration, but not worth anywhere near the high bid offered here. #S39-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 139875K129855. Maroon metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 8,633 miles. 327ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mediocre older repaint is thick and shows uneven metallic patterns. Undercoating very fresh. Paint on the exhaust system tacky in more ways than one. Engine bay clean-up shows off a number of aftermarket engine pieces, including air conditioning, polished aluminum valve covers, and a chrome one was not so bad that an irrational person won't dump lots of time and money into it to get a functional car. The $2k reserve was probably to ensure that the 396 inside it would not go cheaply. I've dabbled in restoring rusty cars like this, and if shoveling mouse poop for three weeks is what you do for fun, go for it. #S77-1967 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT 800 2-dr 4x4. S/N 781927G256227. Tahitian Yellow/white paint/black vinyl. Odo: 6,897 miles. Original paint shows some past touchups. Rust in the right side rocker panel and the driver's side rear quarter panel. Windshield cracked, but serviceable. Side window gaskets are dry and starting to crack. Recently detailed engine bay has a mix of generic replacement components. Motor runs smoothly, and has an IH-standard puff of smoke upon startup. Recent work includes one new gas tank, new front shocks, and new front spring shackles. upholstery and carpet show basically no wear. Minimal road debris on the undercarriage, with a Flowmaster exhaust system routed in the stock manner. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. The final bid seemed far more in line with the market than the $53k reserve, and had there been a hard top included, calling this a no-sale would've been justified. There's too much to do on this to make it NCRS show material, so keep it a nice cruiser and drive it. #S516-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S121046. White/black leather. Odo: 31,113 miles. 327-ci 300-hp, 4bbl, auto. Claimed to be a GM executive car with a paper trail since new. Old generic white repaint is lifting and cracking in the drip channels, hood opening, and door jambs. Original chrome is crazed, but serviceable. Factory options include air conditioning, power windows, power seats, power brakes, and a telescoping 84 air cleaner. Moderate wear to the original interior, with the driver's portion of the carpeting nearly threadbare. Aftermarket in-dash stereo with Jensen speakers cut into the rear window package shelf. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,375. Whoever bought this car obviously didn't look under it beforehand. The fresh undercoat and seam sealer made me wonder what the seller was hiding. Rusty cars are always expensive at half the price, no matter how heavily they are dolled up. #S9-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 168376J220590. Dark blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 15,392 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. This is your classic barn special. The body tag code is required to determine the color. Covered in rust, especially in the rockers and rear quarter panels. Several dents and dings throughout. Ugly engine bay looks all stock. Interior completely shot—both door panels have warped severely from water damage, and all seats have been torn to the cushions by rodents. All interior and exterior chrome is pitted. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $2,500. 116,400 SS V8 Impalas were built in '66. Of those, only a portion were big block cars. This Aftermarket seat covers hide non-stock buckets welded to the original mounts. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,300. The first-generation Scout has become somewhat hard to find, especially unmodified with a factory-installed V8. Who would bring a Scout to an auction that features muscle cars? I would, and the way cars were selling here, this ended up being a pretty good fit. When I tried to peddle this on eBay, only half this number was bid—so I was happy with this result. It fit in here as something anyone could bid on—including the kid who mops the floors. 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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author masking around the vent window frames. Aftermarket big block-style hood. New replacement non-OEM windshield and bumpers. Factory options include Positraction, off-road exhaust, power brakes, AM/FM radio, and post knock-off alloy wheels. Rear suspension sits slightly high. Original interior is still serviceable, showing only minimal wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. The options here are the only reason this car was somewhat special. The high bid reflected the greater interest in '67s than any other year of Corvette, period. If this was a '64 in this configuration, $30k would've been all the money in the world. #S519-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 292177K140377. Gold/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 54,644 miles. Good older repaint holds a respectable gloss. Driver's door handle release button is inoperative. Decent replated brightwork. High quality recently replaced roof vinyl. The stock-type exhaust tips are sooty, and the engine smokes if provoked by judicious use of the throttle. Edelbrock intake manifold replaces the original. Lightly worn buyers who just wanted a shiny old convertible. Fifteen grand was more than plenty here. #S68-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 124377N265152. Madeira Maroon & white/white vinyl. Odo: 86,895 miles. 396-ci 325-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent repaint with some damage around the driver's side windshield wiper. Recently installed non-OEM windshield. Most exterior chrome is replacement, while the interior trim is original and mildly pitted. The interior vinyl is freshly installed reproduction with good workmanship. Factory options include power steering, power brakes, F41 suspension, 3.07 ratio Positraction differential, and Rallye wheels. Aftermarket auxiliary gauges installed beneath the dashboard. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Madeira Maroon was used only in 1967 and was somewhat rare. Regardless of color, this did seem to be more than a bit under the money for a big block, so the seller was justified to hold out for more. reproduction interior vinyl is expertly installed, and the original steering wheel has several rim cracks. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,675. This car seems to have been restored to a good standard at least a decade ago, but has seen some moderate use since. Thus, the price seems right for both the buyer and the seller. #S24-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 7R01C103588. Blue metallic/white vinyl/two-tone blue vinyl. Odo: 97,887 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. New paint is still degassing. Average panel fit. Newer replacement top has few light wrinkles on the C-pillars. The dataplate on the door does not match the VIN on the front subframe. Options include power steering, power top, and Rallye wheels on radial tires. Engine dirty and needs detailing. Replacement seat vinyl, dash pad, and #S512-1968 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr coupe. S/N RM21J8G168084. Silver/black vinyl/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 76,986 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Galen Govier and factory documented Hemi car. Good body prep and paint. Reskinned roof has some lifting along the drip rails and Cpillar. Equipped with a Sure Grip differential, TorqueFlite transmission, and an AM radio with rear speaker. Correctly restored undercarriage and engine bay have fresh paint marks and shiny hardware. All-original interior shows only modest wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT Acceptable original chrome and trim. Grubby engine bay. Minimal wear to the original interior. Options include a/c, integrated clock and tach, full gauge console, and Rallye wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $33,285. The seller might have a slight edge here, as the buyer went about three bids above the market for a driver-grade big-block Camaro. The buyer is on the money if he does some buffing and detailing himself. He'll take it in the shorts if he has it professionally repainted—but then again, with ever increasing big-block Camaro values, things may work out within a few years. #S67-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 2-dr fastback. S/N N/A. White & black/black vinyl. Odo: 9,671 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently generated Marti Report. Decent older repaint with some minor nicks and an uneven sheen to the matte hood. Average original chrome. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, Sport Deck rear seat, and a Rim-Blow steering wheel. Reproduction rear window louvers and Magnum 500 wheels. All-FoMoCo engine bay isn't too far from being show ready. $110,000. At a $120k reserve, this one was getting close. With all things that say Hemi still bringing increased money, the consignor can't be blamed for holding the line. #S85-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS carpeting. Aftermarket wood steering wheel and AM/FM in-dash stereo. New gas tank and stock-appearing dual exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,750. The driver's door had been swapped out at one time, and I wondered what else had been redone. I definitely got the impression that the intended market was not the Mustang enthusiasts, but rather novice 86 SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 124378N201038. Blue metallic & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 94,822 miles. 396-ci 325-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. '80s era repaint needs to be buffed out, but otherwise is holding up well. Recently replaced PPG windshield. Almost all the body seals and weatherstrips are original. The replacement top is wrinkled along the C-pillar on each side, and has pulled loose at the lower rear window trim. Reproduction interior shows minimal wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Both the wheels and the rear window louvers were popular add-ons for 1969 Mustangs, but were only available that year on the Boss 302. Even with an otherwise generally good restoration, $50k for a stressed Cobra Jet seems to be more than ample an offer. The $60k reserve was way out of line here. #S53-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convertible. S/N 223679L103297. Light yellow/ black vinyl/black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 84,521 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old repaint shows nicks, scrapes, chips, touch-ups, cracks, and fading. Original trim is heavily pitted and Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA worn, especially on the windshield A-pillar. Mildly baked top. Aftermarket rear spoiler and bumper, side trim moldings peeling on the ends, and trunk emblems missing. Dingy engine bay has Edelbrock chrome valve covers. Decent replacement interior shows amateur installation quality. Factory air conditioning, power steering, power top, and Rallye II wheels. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,075. The seller made out like a bandit here. The $11k reserve was bid right past on this $8k car. It's far too ratty to take seriously as in investment piece—or even a daily driver. I find it odd that minimal rust makes it worth this much to someone, especially since a more popular Camaro in this shape will pull this kind of money. #S515-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WM23V0A100509. Medium Blue Metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 1,550 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. High quality body and paint work with good panel fit. Most of the chrome and trim has been replaced. Aftermarket exhaust. Despite being a real Six Pack car, it wears an Edelbrock intake manifold. Everything else is clean and looks stock. A gasoline smell is present, and it gives off a lot of heat after running for a while. Recent reproduction components in the interior, plus aftermarket sub-dash gauges and a DIN-mount stereo in the stock radio location. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $56,000. A frequent flyer with Mecum, as it didn't sell in their St. Paul sale at $58,500. In both cases, the consignor was looking for $65k. He was wise to hang on to it at $56k, as there's more money in it. #S501-1970 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 2-dr fastback. S/N 0T05H142969. Calypso Coral/black deluxe vinyl. Odo: 91,336 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Marti report. Excellent repaint over good body prep. The trunk lid fit is off at the rear, and the plastic rear valance trim is reglued around the gas cap. The chrome has either been replated or replaced. Deluxe interior trim with base-level gauges, console, and RimBlow 3-spoke steering wheel. The engine bay is near-sterile, but some of the inspection stickers don't look right. Reproduction carpet and seat upholstery in an otherwise original, worn interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,288. This sold without too much of a fuss at the lower end of market pricing for a 4-speed Mach 1 with a 351 in this condition. This same money will get you a fully loaded 2007 Mustang GT convertible, but I'd stick to the '70 as the better longer term investment—even though the '07 will get you home every time and not render you deaf in the process. #S517-1970 PONTIAC GTO 2- dr hard top. S/N 242370Z105730. Gold/tan vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 46,100 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint laid down well, with a few masking issues around the vent window frames. Vinyl top December 2006 87


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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author rippled below the back window. All chrome and trim has either been replated, replaced, or buffed to better than stock. Options include air conditioning, tinted glass, power disc brakes, a hood-mounted tachometer, and Rallye II wheels. Engine bay is correct and spotless. Seats have been reupholstered from a repro kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,313. Last seen at Mecum's spring Rockford sale as lot S4—a no-sale at $22k. This time around, the seller turned it loose when the bidding hit $21k. Although this is pretty much the bottom rung for a '70 GTO from a desirability standpoint, it was well bought. #S13-1970 DODGE CHARGER 500 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29G0G162199. Vitamin-C Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 50,892 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. No fender tag. Originally a 318-ci V8. Decent repaint, with mostly new replacement chrome and trim. Drip rail moldings have several dings, vent glass frames are pitted. A handful of Mopar Performance accessories live under the hood, all of which are clean and detailed. New seats, door panels, carpet, and upper support. Flowmaster exhaust system. Interior mostly reproduction. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,338. With an N.O.M. engine, transmission, and rear axle coupled with a VISA card restoration, the only original component is probably the body. A classic example of its value as the sum of its parts, this was actually worth more than paid here. #S503-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23H1B206337. Hemi Orange & black/black vinyl. Odo: 50,485 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The enamel repaint isn't fresh, but still shows well. Almost all chrome and brightwork has been replated or replaced, but drip rail moldings are mounted wide and stick out further than stock. Semi-detailed engine bay not done to show quality. Newly-applied undercoating on the whole bottom of the car hicle to run across the block. Mecum's official results show it as selling for $9,000. Due to its conditon and options, any one of those prices would have been in the correct range. #S59-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N N/A. Ontario Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 55,322 miles. 350-ci 200-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint has some light orange peel and flatness in most of the compound curves. Low-budget replated rear bumpers have more ripples than most lakes, and the luggage rack, door latches, and trim are pitted. Factory options include power steering, telescoping steering wheel, power windows, air conditioning, power brakes, and an AM/FM stereo. Original center console vinyl. A Sun tachometer is located where the fuel gauge was, and aftermarket fuel, oil pressure, and temperature gauges are mounted below the dashboard. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,638. It looks like there may have been one orange '68–'70 Charger that escaped the wrath of The Dukes of Hazzard. This exceeded the seller's reserve by $1k, and with at least one engine swap under its belt, no one should complain here. #S43-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370R233956. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 55,227 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality bare-body repaint. All chrome trim is includes a good amount of the dual exhaust system. Recently replaced interior is not quite minty or pristine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. In one of the dumbest close calls of the day, real money chased this all the way to the $70k point, but possibly driven by overexposure to the Speed channel, the seller was not going to back down a penny below $71,000. One would be hard pressed to think that a bare-bones 340 'Cuda hard top would do better anywhere else. #S530-1971 GMC CUSTOM 1500 1/2- ton pickup. S/N CE134F150995. Blue & white/white paint/blue velour. Odo: 66,198 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent quality repaint lacks some luster. Panel fit to GM standards. Options include Positraction, air conditioning, tinted glass, tilt steering column, power steering, and power front disc brakes. Dealer installed accessory front bumper guards interior shows some moderate wear, and is commensurate with 55k miles. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Pre-auction publicity for this car showed photos of it with a '70s style aftermarket side exhaust. Now that Corvette Summer has finally passed, the consignor wisely returned it to stock. When more of the details are completed, it'll be worth the $17k reserve. For now, even as a complete numbersmatching car, $12k to $14k should've been plenty—let alone the amount bid. #S87-1978 PLYMOUTH FURY Police car 4-dr sedan. S/N RL41U8A184007. Maroon & white/tan nylon & vinyl. Odo: 84,842 miles. Original paint and chrome have the expected working cop car dings, but no structural rust can be seen on the body. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, air conditioning, and power windows. All police equipment is still with the car. Minimal engine clean up done, with more needed. The interior is period 1978, and is authentic right down to the faint new or replated. Atypical GM panel fit, with doors that rattle when shut. All weatherstripping and body seals are new. Options include power steering, power disc brakes, and tilt steering column. Reproduction SS wheels. Neat and clean engine bay with a few deviations from stock, including coated headers, billet aluminum accessory brackets, and a chrome radiator 88 and transmission cooler. Engine compartment clean and well detailed, but not all components are GM. Reupholstered seat in aftermarket pattern. Replacement steering wheel is a stock unit from the late '70s-early '80s era. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,000. This GMC had one of the most convoluted track records I've encountered at auction. After I photographed the truck, it was pulled from the auction due to its consignor having a family emergency, and supposedly someone was willing to pay the $10,500 reserve for the truck. Later in the day, it was bid to a $12,500 no-sale as the last ve- smell of urine in the back seat. The lame plaster mannequin of a generic motorcycle cop is unfortunately included. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $4,800. It's highly unusual for a law enforcement agency not to remove its equipment from a retired squad car, which makes this relatively rare. The MN Highway Patrol usually retired cruisers with 75k–95k miles. The consignor had a $7k reserve on what was basically a heavily worked 4-door sedan, and I feel he was justified with such a time capsule.u Sports Car Market


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Column Author Christie's Le Mans, FR Third Le Mans Classic Streets ahead of anything else in the room, the T26C deserved its own 28-page catalog, and its $1.4m sale price Company Christie's Date July 8, 2006 Location Le Mans, France Auctioneer Emmanuelle Vidal Automotive lots sold / offered 12 / 39 Sales rate 31% Sales total $2,889,951 High sale 1950 Talbot-Lago T26C, sold at $1,410,741 Buyer's premium With a provenance including Fangio, this 1950 Talbot-Lago soared to $1.4m Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics F Le Mans, FR ollowing a successful sale in 2004, Christie's returned to the Circuit de la Sarthe for the third Le Mans Classic. Fast becoming a European must-do event, the race offers the chance to see historic cars dating from 1923 to 1979 racing into the night and back into daylight. Many Brits made the decision to hop on the ferry and drive south in glorious sunshine for this spectacular 24 hour event. The only real drawback to the whole weekend was its clash with the now well-established Goodwood Festival of Speed. Christie's auction was perfectly themed for the event, and clearly a great deal of care had gone into the selection of the right cars. Christie's auction catalogs must be regarded as the most informative and beautifully presented in the business, and in this instance, motorcar division head Rupert Banner and his team pulled out all the stops to bring a selection of 40 cars under the hammer—each with a sporting pedigree. Sadly, all of this preparation did not result in stellar results, as just twelve of the lots offered found new homes. The star of the sale was the ex-Juan-Manuel Fangio/ Louis Rosier/Georges Grignard Talbot-Lago T26C. A legendary post-war single-seater, Christie's emphasized the importance of this car by giving it its own 28-page, fullcolor catalog. Mechanically sorted by Neil Davies Racing, it retained a wonderful as-raced feel. Bidding quickly reached $1m, where it nearly stalled. Two determined bidders then battled it out on the phones in small increments for what seemed a lifetime. The hammer finally dropped at 90 17.5% on the first $192,330, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices. (1 EUR = $1.2822) $1,410,741 to a well-deserved round of applause. Excellent news for Christie's, good news for the market. Another historic single-seat racer on offer was the 1937 Maserati 4CM bought new by Count “Johnny” Lurani. It was also the car that ended his racing career with a crash at Crystal Palace in 1938. Drained of its fluids, it was hung on the vendor's wall for 35 years as a work of automotive art. Offered for sale by Christie's for the first time in 50 years, the Maserati did not fail to impress, selling at $472,811. An as-new Citroen DS21 Decapotable brought lots of interest as well, selling at $180,790. Also sold was a desperately desirable Toyota 2000GT. One of just 351 examples built, the car created huge interest and was perhaps the most viewed vehicle in the sale. An informed telephone bidder sealed the deal at $225,988. Some of the pre-sale estimates appeared quite opti- mistic, considering the European market-wide difficulty in sourcing the right cars at the right prices. This sale was an uphill struggle, with just twelve of the 39 cars offered sold under the hammer. Christie's quickly sold three cars post-sale, including a 2004 Maserati MC12 for $576,990, bringing the sale total to nearly $2.9m—not small by any standards, but nowhere near the $12.8m total from '04. The visceral nature of cars in action has been known to help the results of cars at auction, and seeing Bugattis howl down the Mulsanne Straight at 2 am with a warm breeze in your face is a soul-stirring—and potentially wallet-loosening—experience. Let's hope the purse strings loosen for the next Le Mans sale.u Sports Car Market


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Christie's Le Mans, FR ENGLISH #117-1931 BENTLEY 4 1/2 LITER Blower tourer. S/N MS3948. Eng. # MS3951. British Racing Green/black cloth/green leather. A genuine factory Blower. Reasonable Vanden Plas-replica Le Mans body replaces the original coupe coachwork. Paint mismatched and appears to have been applied at different times. Green paint does not match rear body cloth. Deliberate aging of some newer paint looks amateur. Comfortably worn interior looks wonderful. Period block tires add character. distressed or indeed fully repainted, it would have been a different matter. Christie's wrongly overvalued this car by $350,000, which killed it stone-dead. #104-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 Aluminium roadster. S/N 670092. Eng. # W10498. Light blue metallic/dark blue/black leather. Essentially dent-free coachwork, although the bottom rear edges of the doors flare out on both sides. Terrible paint has sink marks, sanding scratches, and fish-eyes. Older retrim looks good in comparison to the body, but doesn't stand up on its own. Carpets fit badly. concentrated hard enough and blocked out the rest of the room, it would shine. It didn't, and I guess I wasn't the only one to think so. #101-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100S roadster. S/N AHS3607. Eng. # 1B222717C. Cream & dark blue/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 23,000 miles. Perfect alloy bodywork and paint. Nicely trimmed, with some creasing at the base of both seats from light use. Excellent brightwork. Cream painted wires look great. Immaculately prepared engine bay to original spec. Aluminium radiator, perfect undercarriage. Ground up restoration from 1992-1994, engine rebuilt in 2001 using a steel crank, special rods, and flywheel. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $281,600. Of the 55 100s built, 37 are known to survive. A genuine and low-mileage car prior to resto, most original Generally disappointing. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $1,536,000. Lots of people came to see this car and didn't even care to inspect it closely. The photographs in the auction catalog appeared to have been substantially darkened to improve the color, and it was shocking seeing it in the flesh, as no two pieces of the car were the same color. Had it been completely Wood rim steering wheel in OK condition. General presentation of the engine bay is tired. Overall lackluster. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $128,000. Highly coveted, aluminium XKs usually set the room ablaze. Looking lesser in comparison to several other cars in the room, I kept coming back to this car in hopes of inspiration. I wanted to like it, and thought if I December 2006 91


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Christie's Le Mans, FR Column Author parts taken off during the resto have been kept with it. Well-viewed in the room, it is surprising this car did not sell. A huge contingent of race car owners and a large European Healey owners contingent placed this car in the best spot in Europe to sell. This car would have sold in the States. #100-1959 LOTUS 15 racer. S/N 626LM. Eng. # 1169. Green & aluminum/red vinyl. RHD. Fair bodywork on one of the most complicated confusions of curves ever invented. Lackluster paint and dirty aluminium. Interior minimalistic and functional, with all the usual racing accoutrements. Engine bay tidy and functional. Fitted with period Lotus 18 gearbox. #108-1982 ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA saloon. S/N LOOL13222. Eng. # V5803222. Black/black leather. Odo: 7,738 miles. Arrowstraight body and excellent paint commensurate with low mileage. All brightwork very good, with the exception of the passenger door trim alignment. Interior shows some light wear. Excellent original dash and touch-sensitive buttons, great wood. A genuine time-warp registered, it somehow covered 500km. It is too soon to gauge the investment potential, as it sold for about $10,000 less than a new one—and the new owner didn't have to wait. FRENCH #113-1911 SIZAIRE NAUDIN 12/16HP Restored in 1995. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $307,200. Chassis 626 has one of the most successful racing histories of any Lotus 15. After its Le Mans debut, it raced successfully in Australia. During its restoration a new body was fitted. The car has raced since and looks a little weary. Although eligible for many great events, it was easily overlooked in the room. A buyer would have had to go through the car again at some cost before racing it again. #91-1961 JAGUAR XKE flat floor convertible. S/N 875804. Eng. # R2081-8. Red/ black leather. Odo: 76,927 km. Excellent older restoration starting to mellow slightly after ten years. Panel fit excellent in every respect. Paint finished to a high standard and looks great, except light fading on hood. Brightwork in very good order. Interior trim generally excellent and reflects careful use. Engine bay not over- paint in a very attractive shade. Perfect contrasting interior. Clean overall and difficult to fault. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $153,600. Christie's estimated this car to sell at $170–230k, and this one was in wonderful condition. However, at this asking price there is a lot of choice in the Bentley market. All rarities considered, this was simply too much to ask. #95-2002 MORGAN 4/4 Le Mans 62 done, factory finished. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $51,200. Most of the Christie's cars were displayed inside an air-conditioned auction room. Sparkling under the floodlights, they were treated as jewels. A handful of cars were placed outside to attract the public's eye to the venue, but putting this car alongside cheaper lots sent messages it didn't deserve. The tires got dusty, the paint got dirty and it got covered in finger marks. A shame, because it was a great car worthy of the money sought. 92 roadster. S/N SA944180004D11460. Eng. # D2090/534ZPE2199. Morgan Racing Green/ cream carbon fiber/green leather. Odo: 528 km. Presented in as-new condition. Panel fit and paint as good as the factory can get it. Beautifully trimmed interior in perfect condition, as is the wooden dash and special edition Moto-Lita wood rim wheel. Engine bay very clean. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $42,100. The Le Mans 62 special edition was limited to a run of just 80 cars, 40 Plus 8s and 40 4/4s. Very few were produced in LHD form, so perhaps this was bought as a sure-fire investment. Never example in a great color combination. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $25,600. This car adopted much of what was bad about the '80s, including the Sir Clive Sinclair-style controls. Also included was the worst steering wheel in history. This car would have been a great addition to a museum wishing to display an automotive homage to the Human League. Unfortunately, a buyer from that museum did not attend this auction. #116-2001 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R Le Mans coupe. S/N SCBZB25E92CX01755. Le Mans Green/oatmeal. Odo: 32,942 km. 17th of 45 Le Mans special editions built, even rarer LHD example. Excellent body with excellent well upholstered and usable. Engine bay in nice “oily-rag” condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,096. This car could be left alone to give the impression of age and originality, or restored without guilt. The body—fitted on entry into the U.K. by racer Charles Jarrott's company—is perfectly in keeping with this rare car. Only one other example of this model apparently survives. It is desirably quirky with its sliding pillar front suspension and single headlamp. Sold just below estimate, but very fair. #94-1913 RENAULT DQ 8 1/2 LITER raceabout. S/N 16. Eng. # 1072. French Blue & gold/black leather. Replica raceabout coachwork by EJ Wakefield and Son in good condition, although shows age. Chips and blemishes in paint around hood edge. Paint cracked on wheels. Brass dull and lifeless, without great depth of patina. Leather seats worn. Engine block rusty in places. To the credit of the car, it looks as if it has had a fair amount of recent use, which cannot be said about too many 1913 cars. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $82,720. Arguably the most sensible thing to do with an Edwardian Renault that has lost its formal body. Sitting high above an 8 1/2 liter engine at 75 mph is the epitome of hairy-chested motoring. Chain drive is where the huge money is these days, but Renault made the change to shaft drive very early. This one has clearly been enjoyed, and it presents well with a great Sports Car Market roadster. S/N 4GH325. Eng. # 325. Apple green & black/black leather/black leather. RHD. Restored in the 1950s and untouched since. Very good bodywork, although paint is showing age. 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2-. NOT SOLD AT $76,800. Despite the obvious jokes about this car being a basket case, it was a great example of how a good restoration can stand the test of time. Fascinating because of the unusual choice of body material, the car wasn't actually that pretty and probably not that practical in a heavy rain storm. An interesting car if someone else owned it. At this price, there was little interest in the room. #103-1935 VOISIN C25 CIMIER coupe. “oily rag” feel. Whilst unquestionably based on period styling, little imagination was shown here. Right on the money. #98-1929 ROCHET-SCHNEIDER MODEL 2900 saloon. S/N 29038. Eng. # 29000. Royal blue & black/cream leather. Perfect body work, paint beautifully applied. Excellently trimmed and appointed with the most superb fixtures and fittings. It is impossible to fault this car in any way or on any level. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $97,760. Originally the property of Sir Stanley Ward, British Consul in Cannes. Face level, a pretty ordinary saloon S/N 50012. Eng. # 47396. Black/black, white & gray. RHD. Very original coachwork with associated ripples and small dings. Slightly dull and average older repaint, with chips on most edges. Stylish aluminum brightwork in fair condition. Original wheel discs. Refurbished GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1964 Austin Healey 3000 Works BRX 852B was prepared by the works for Timo Makinen and Paul Easter for the 1964 season, partaking in the gruelling LeigeRome-Leige rally, after which it achieved its best result of 2nd overall on the RAC Rally. It was then purchased by two brothers from Ireland who owned the Healey for 30 years until eventually jaw-dropping interior in wild Art Deco cloth is in keeping with the razor-edge styling. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $128,000. Voisin's confrontational design must have either won or lost hearts in period. Incredibly expensive, they were innovative beyond belief in every way—with features like the vacuum operated sliding sunroof in this car. An older restoration, some of the edge had come off the razor. from an obscure manufacturer and of ordinary horsepower. Close inspection revealed one of the most exquisite cars I have ever viewed. Remarkable detailing and quality of build from the 16 switches and gauges on the dash to the fabulous bird's-eye veneers. Restored 20 years ago, and quite remarkable in its current condition. The buy of the sale. #118-1929 AVIONS VOISIN C14 Wicker Body tourer. S/N 28677. Eng. # 28752. Black & wicker/red leather. RHD. Odo: 36,542 miles. Restored in the 1960s, and holding up very well. Usual chips and small dings, obviously not used much. Excellent wicker basket body copied in 1960s from original. Leather has light cracking and some loss of seat stuffing. Carpets dirty and oil-stained. All instrument bezels chipped. Dirty engine bay shows surface corrosion. Whitewall tires fitted. Cond: #109-1936 DELAHAYE 135C roadster. S/N 47212. Eng. # 833895. French Blue/tan leather. RHD. Rebodied in the style of a Le Mans racer during the 1970s, the body has since seen its fair share of knocks. The front end of the car shows heavy road-rash, the grille is dented, and the paint chipped and scarred all over. The interior is nicely worn-in. Maintaining this level of patina is a juggling act before another full-blown restoration is 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Competition Rediscovered in 2002 after 30 years in storage we believe that chassis number ‘750 075' must be one of the most original TZ1's in the world. Originally supplied with a twin plug engine and the optional lightweight plexiglass and fibreglass bonnet it was bought in April 1965 by the Dutchman Van den Berg who waited only a couple of months until July to put it through its rally paces at the Coupe des Alpes. Recently subject to in extensive mechanical restoration, this highly original and charismatic TZ is perfect for everything from road rallies to Gentleman Drivers. CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 ‘Ruddspeed' 1964 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII Works Car 1964 Abarth Simca 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Supercharged 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1973 Ferrari Daytona required. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $332,800. The market reacts well to cars with undisputed, simple history. Every bit the war-weary racer, there was little evidence to suggest what this car's history was or what body it carried new. FIA-papered and eligible for many things, but you will not be able to find a period shot of this car to hang on the bathroom wall. Thus, it was too expensive. December 2006 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1974 Lancia Stratos 1954 Maserati A6GCS 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S 1953 Pegaso Z102 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com www.gregorfisken.com 93 joining the current owner's stable. BRX has recently been used for historic rallying, taking part in the 2001 Classic Marathon where she finished 4th overall & 1st in class as well as stretching its legs at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed. Regarded by marque experts as an extremely original works car with an unquestionable provenance, BRX is ready to be campaigned in the growing number of events that these cars are eligible for.


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Christie's Le Mans, FR Column Author TOP 10 No. 1 #125-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26C racer. S/N 110051. Eng. # 45151. Dark blue/blue leather. Extensive and successful race history in period at the hands of Fangio, Rosier, and Grignard. Bodywork appears largely original. Paint flat in places and chipped on panel edges. General patina difficult to gauge, as some may be engineered. Recently rebuilt by Neil Davis Racing to race readiness, very pretty and potentially competitive again. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,408,320. Streets ahead of anything else in the room, everything was right for this car to sell—excellent results in period in the hands of the right people, continuous known history, recently race prepared and oozing a wonderful feel. Brutal, yet delicate. Bidding stalled at $1m, yet two phone bidders battled it out for a further ten minutes in small increments. Well bought and sold. #110-1967 CITROËN DS21 convertible. S/N M4473040. Eng. # 0574002901. Dark metallic blue/tan/tan leather. Odo: 10,478 km. Perfect exterior, paint, interior, trim, and carpets. Perfect engine bay down to the CastrolCitroën LHM oil tin fitted in the spare wheel. Non-original 5-speed gearbox conversion actually beneficial. This car is genuinely one of the best-restored European cars I have ever seen. Superb. Cond: 1+. SOLD AT $180,480. The Boyer. World record of 222.5 km/h for an hour, with string of other records as well. Nice paint, decals, and a nicely proportioned streamliner body weighing only 290 kg. Very well finished overall with exhaustive use of carbon fiber and epoxy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,040. Not sold under the hammer, Christie's closed this deal immediately afterwards. Genuinely historic, it was built to exacting standards by a brilliant race engineer. Furthermore, it's so light you could hang it from the ceiling. For the biggest return, treat it as an installation piece and enter it for the Turner prize. GERMAN #97-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980404500093. Eng. # 1989804500113. Silver/red leather. Odo: 60,360 km. Very good bodywork with a slight panel gap issue at the front edge of the passenger door. Very good paintwork exhibits limited wear. Excellent brightwork. Glass scratched heavily in a number of places. Inside an apparently good quality retrim is let down by lumpy leather in the door jambs. Cond: 1-. interior reflects the low recorded mileage. Tidy unrestored engine bay appears near-new. A believably original car not too dolled up for the sale. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $51,200. Cataloged by Christie's as the prototype 924 GTS. I am not sure if this is enough to add significant value or interest over any other GTS, although they are undoubtedly rare in any form on the open market. Overall condition, whilst extremely original, gave it a bit too much of an ex-works-mule feel. Still worth the $65,000 asked if the history is Porsche-verified. #96-1983 PORSCHE 911 SC/RS coupe. S/N 0068894A. Red & white/black cloth. Restored in the U.K. by Porsche specialists, it has a very straight body with expected gaps from a Stuttgart car. Nicely painted, but to race standards. In full Le Mans regalia as-raced in 1985. Workman-like interior and engine bay with no surprises. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. The last 911 to race at Le Mans, this subject of a 2,000-hour restoration, this car was an absolute show-stopper. It had covered over 10,000 kms since restoration, and it was hard to believe as the finish was still incredible. Genuine cars have been commanding huge money recently, but they have to be proven, as fakes exist. This was a great result, not just because it was high, but because it silenced a few detractors who have listed past high results as “freak” for these cars. It proves once more that the market is moving up. #119-1996 JULIEN & BOYER RECORD CAR streamliner. S/N N/A. French Blue & decals/black fiberglass. Built for the 500 cc class record by Mantra race engineer, Bernard 94 NOT SOLD AT $300,000. Mileage reported as genuine from new, but is difficult to substantiate due to restoration. Some small detailing lets an otherwise good car down. Recent prices in Europe would indicate that this car was correctly valued at Christie's low estimate of $340k, yet there was little interest in the room. Kienle has set the standard in restoration of these cars, and perhaps this is a reminder that these have to be perfect to make top money. #92-1979 PORSCHE 924 CARRERA GTS Prototype coupe. S/N 93A0150562. Eng. # 471001. White/black cloth and leather. Odo: 17,316 km. Original coachwork and paint far from perfect, but rare to find like this. Cosmetic flaws include a badly disguised hole from a previous aerial fitment, stone chips, and poor wheel finish. Excellent velour Group B car retired after 107 laps, but qualified faster than some 911 Turbos. Later won the French Hillclimb Championship in 1990 with Raymond Tourol at the helm. Generally well known in 911 circles. Condition was very fine, but not concours as was advertised. A no-sale at $160,000, but how many real 911 ex-racers are out there? ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 7 #105-1937 MASERATI 4CM racer. S/N 1128. Eng. # 1128. Red/brown vinyl. Restored in 1968 using factory archives and spares. Factory-correct bodywork not overdone, paint semi-matte after 40 years, but presentable. Silver-painted wires show age and discoloration. Interior and engine bay very period-looking, but good considering the age of the restoration. This car has a wonderful correct feel to it. Looks true to the original factory race-ready state. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $472,000. Bought new by Count Johnny Lurani, this car has an extensive and successful race history Sports Car Market


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Christie's Le Mans, FR in-period. Unfortunately, it's also the car that ended his career at the Crystal Palace in 1938. The car remained largely unscathed, and was rescued in 1964 in very original condition. Restored correctly, then hung on the owner's wall for the next 40 years. Everything was right with this sale. Excellent history, superb originality, desirable, and fresh to the market. Well sold. #107-1957 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPRINT Veloce coupe. S/N AR1493E03807. Eng. # AR131530359. Bianco Spagna/white vinyl. Odo: 3,602 km. Straight body with good panel gaps all around. Corrosion evident in trunk. Fair paint looks better at a glance than it actually is—white hides defects well. Rear perspex window scratched. Original seats and trim in great order. Alloy bumpers remarkably good. Tidy engine bay with original appearance. A decent car all around. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $76,800. An extremely rare survivor, this one seems original in most major respects. A straight-forward history, documented restoration, and eligibilty to a number of exciting events was not enough to hook a buyer here, despite the apparent buoyancy in this sector. #114-1958 LANCIA AURELIA B20 S coupe. S/N B20S1664. Eng. # B20S5244. Metallic silver-gray/gray cloth. Odo: 40,420 km. Nicely prepared for the sale. Dent-free body has very good brightwork. Panel gaps acceptable. Rust blisters at base of windshield and around flashers. Nice original-style interior in fresh condition. Nicely detailed dash. Tidy engine bay not overdone. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $64,000. An eye-catching car at first glance. It looked stunning at a few yards, but some poor preparation during the restoration was showing through and let the overall condition down. Had things been a little better, perhaps the $78,000 asking price could have been met. #93-1959 STANGUELLINI FORMULA JR EFAC Prototype racer. S/N 0131. Eng. # 747580. Red & blue/black vinyl. Restored in the early '90s, and still in excellent as-raced condition with slight cosmetic wear. Excellent body, good paint, believed to be mostly original. Little in the way of creature comforts, but all well-presented and purposeful. Engine bay tidy, with some surface rust present on a few unplated parts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,200. Prototype EFAC Stanguellini produced by December 2006 95


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Column Author Christie's Le Mans, FR in it prior to the auction. Following a run of no-sales, the atmosphere in the room died and nerves showed with the car remaining $64k under the low estimate of $650,000. Knowing this might be a once-in-a-lifetime chance, the buyer closed a great deal well below estimate. JAPANESE Philippe Faure. An immediately usable single seater with FIA papers and eligible for Goodwood, FIA Lurani Cup, and the Formula Junior series. With commission added, this car just about scraped Christie's low estimate of $78k. Whilst there was apparently no doubting the authenticity of this car, its period history was non-existent and suppressed the price. #106-1967 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE Race Track Fire Brigade pickup. S/N AM1071452. Eng. # AM1071452. White & red decals/black leather. Odo: 95,587 km. Reasonable bodywork for what is essentially a commercial vehicle. Bottom edges of doors rusty. Paint poor, with sub-par touch-ups evident in many places. Decals appear original and not of brilliant quality. Interior is original and in good condition for 60,000 miles. Varnish on the wooden dash is cracking and lifting. Carpets missing. Wheels lack hubcaps and are rusty. Essentially a light restoration project, but we know where they standards even for a Rosso manual car with black trim. As the first lot in this sale, it was unaffected by the gloom brought on by a string of no-sales that followed. #99-1983 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N 51333. Eng. # 51333. Black/light tan leather. Odo: 19,012 km. Very straight panels, unmarked hood and doors. Very good original paint with only slight evidence of road use. A great color combination. Excellent original interior shows evidence of wear to the carpets and the driver's seat bolster. Pioneer radio, tidy #124-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT coupe. S/N MF1010140. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 76,326 km. Nice apparently original paint and bodywork. Interior a total time-warp, with some very slight cracking to the varnish on the wooden dash face. Some slight sun damage to plastic can lead... Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $25,600. Five Quattroporte race track rapid intervention fire vehicles were built in 1967, and this one is rumoured to be the best survivor. 10 out of 10 for strangeness, it is unlikely that your other Maser-collecting chums will have one. Might be quite useful if turned into a full-on pickup, but then it's no longer a proper purpose-built thing. Too expensive considering the work needed. Fire engines are a great idea until the novelty wears off—which is usually the morning after you bought it. #90-1978 FERRARI 400i coupe. S/N 41167. Eng. # 41167. White/tan leather. Odo: 75,512 km. Original paint in better-than-average condition, very good panel gaps, slight front bumper misalignment. Light wear to the seats, and some dirty marks on the carpets, but an otherwise excellent interior. Tidy original engine bay, excellent glass. Modern Blaupunkt stereo fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,072. The motoring equivalent of a moustached '70s P.I. in a white tuxedo. Ultimately undesirable— wrong model, wrong color, and an automatic transmission. However, it made nearly double the expected price—and a strong price by U.K. 96 engine bay. An extremely nice original car with low miles and regular maintenance. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $51,200. Parked outside the main area, this Ferrari got dusty and was covered in fingerprints, losing the edge of presentation. A great car, the auction house was asking strong money for it at $65k–$100k. If the price bid was genuine, it was a good deal and should have sold. If you want strong money for a car, you can't present it dirty. TOP 10 No. 5 #102-2004 MASERATI MC12 coupe. S/N 016272. Eng. # 000011. Pearl white & blue/blue leather & carbon fiber. Odo: 1,637 miles. Near perfect bodywork, with just a couple of stone chips to the nose. Fabulous paint and as-new interior. Wheels perfect. Engine bay near perfect with some heat discoloration of the exhaust. One of only 25 cars built in 2004 and dash top. Engine bay shows signs of some restoration, but is generally very good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $225,600. A museum quality original, with only the absolute minimum of work needed to keep it beautiful. There were two clear kinds of people viewing this car—those who got it and those who didn't. A telephone buyer made the most of the flat atmosphere and the no-sales prior to this and stole the car. AMERICAN #126-1949 HUDSON COMMODORE 8 convertible brougham. S/N 49487337. Gray/red vinyl/red vinyl. The Two Jakes movie car. Good older restoration showing some age in a few places. One large dent in front fender and plenty of chips on the hood. Door fit great. Brightwork pitted and some delamination and clouding at the edges of the window glass. Superb interior, excellent dash and instruments. Overall a great car with some signs of to U.K. specifications with mph speedo. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $576,000. This car is stunning. The paint scheme is excellently ostentatious, and it shouldn't be any other way. A real showstopper, there was a huge amount of interest recent abuse. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,112. A well-viewed car at the sale, European interest in post-WWII American cars has been strong since the 1980s. With no other similar cars at the sale, this one was out on a limb. Not surprising, it sold a tad below Christie's low estimate of $46k. The price was fair in a European market, and simply reflected the need for a few cosmetics.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall A totally unrestored 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost set a new standard for market maturity in a U.S.-based sale—at $5,000 short of a half-million Company RM Auctions Date August 5, 2006 Location Rochester, MI Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 83 / 94 Sales rate 88% Sales total $9,259,900 High sale 1929 Duesenberg J convertible sedan, sold at $907,500 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sale prices) At $900k, this Duesie Model J carried the day in Michigan Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics N Rochester, MI ow in its twelfth year, Meadow Brook is not a huge auction by most standards. Held the Saturday before the Meadow Brook Concours, this sale always presents a number of American classics, as well as a good selection of antique, special interest, and collector automobiles. The event is held just up the hill from Oakland University, and is only a fraction of the size of the mega-auctions held in Scottsdale and Auburn. However, with 94 cars entered this year, it had enough size and stature to make for an enjoyable sale, with a great selection at multiple price points. Eighty-three of the 94 entries sold, making for an impressive 88% sales rate. This year's dollar result of $9,259,900 compares very favorably to last year's $8,836,100, although the sales percentage dropped from 89% to 88%. Twenty-three cars sold over the $100k mark, growing from last year's 20. One of this year's highlights included a totally unrestored 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost that set a new standard for market maturity in a U.S.-based sale. It found a new home for just $5,000 short of a half-million dollars. American Classics were well represented as usual, and the top sale—a 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan—tipped the dollar balance at $907,500. On the fun side, two Mercury Turnpike Cruisers showed up for the sale; the 1957 convertible Indy Pace Car brought $80,300, and the 1958 two-door brought $28,600. Both rare and typically not found anywhere, it was unusual to have two in one sale, and both brought good money. On the other side of the equation, a decent 1966 Pontiac GTO slipped out under the radar screen for just $33,000. In generally good condition throughout, it was an excellent buy considering the recent market for original muscle. Notable no-sales included a 1931 Auburn 8-98 boattail speedster, which I suspect failed to sell at $135k due to its out-of-favor paint scheme. The thirteenth 2006 Ford GT built also failed to sell at $135k, despite being in new condition. It had under twenty miles on the odometer and a factory Ford window sticker showing no MSRP. For RM, Meadow Brook continues to be an important event. As a regional auction that draws more from the Midwest than from both coasts, it is still on a scale that provides enough cars and diversions to keep the attendees entertained, and has enough of the hometown touch to set it apart. The ability to examine, talk about, and occasionally drive the potential purchase have helped to make this event a very successful one. Even if Monterey is already penciled into your calendars for 2007, anyone who wants to see how well a smaller event can be handled, and who wants to go to an impressive concours the next day, should look no further than this.u 98 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author TOP 10 No. 6 ENGLISH #265-1914 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST open landaulette. S/N 60RB. Eng. # 93T. Primer/black vinyl/black leather & cloth. RHD. Barn find condition throughout. No paint, brightwork is good and appears complete. Interior is complete but in need of a full refitting, good leather in driver's compartment. Beyond patina, it's a project. A rebuild-it dash looking old. Good patina to the leather. Cond: 3 -. SOLD AT $19,250. The seller should be quite happy with this result. I'm sure there are 15 available today with better cosmetics, but I appreciated the honesty of the presentation here and assume that the new owner will as well. Not a trailer queen, this car looked ready to enter a rally or driving event at the drop of a hat. #267-1954 JAGUAR XK 120 M road- yourself Roller. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $495,000. Just kidding about all that restoration stuff—it would be a criminal act to do anything other than leave this majestic old lady alone. Thankfully, more potential owners and actual owners know enough to leave history alone. Let's hope the new owner knows this lesson as well. #261-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Pall Mall 6-place tourer. S/N S197PM. White/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 335 miles. Blotchy paintwork. Lots of issues, including painted areas that should have been left unpainted. Perhaps this was a freshening of an older resto. Very good chrome, nicely alignment issues. Dunlop Road Speed RS5 tires have a great vintage look here. Well done interior, good fit, and correct style. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. Restoration or no restoration aside, this was an appealing example with good colors and a very nice look. Unfortunately, no one in the house felt like paying up for this one. done interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $121,000. Fair quality restoration shows age, not to be confused with an aged excellent quality restoration. This one could be an escaped bargain. Despite some really lousy paintwork, this once glorious example could live again. The marketplace remains as dull as the paint on this car, but will eventually pick up on its own. #252-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N TC6759. Primrose Yellow/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 1,563 miles. A well-used older restoration. Lots of wear, including a handful of stone chips, scrapes, and scratches. Chrome worn in places, with some plating missing. Very good older vinyl top. Interior worn as well, with scraped wood steering wheel and varnish on 100 #236-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH Empress limousine. S/N ELW60. Eng. # 8390. Yellow & black/black/gray leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 36,329 miles. Very good paint, excellent chrome. Fit, finish, and gaps are all very good, windshield has some unusual long scratches but otherwise all glass is good. Excellent wood, leather is a softer texture than original but still nice. Aftermarket ster. S/N S675471. Eng. # F293085. Red/tan cloth/tan. Odo: 31 miles. Looks to be a full restoration, but the owner says the car has not been restored. A few light problems with paint not being fully polished out. Some panel The interior wood needs attention, but the original leather is still good enough to pass as patina. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $20,900. Right on the money for an older Mark IX with needs. These cars represent a good old school look with some modern conveniences; in their day they were downright high tech. A thin market, but a worthwhile car. #281-1962 JAGUAR MK II 3.4 saloon. S/N 126683. Old English Ivory/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 84,346 miles. Fair older paint job is lumpy down below—a scary thought. Panel gaps decent. Much of the chrome is pitted, most of it could use a polish. Interior shows air conditioning added. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,250. The Hooper-bodied cars are an acquired taste. I tend to like them, but they are different from other coachbuilders' examples. This car brought in the high range of the estimate, which was surprising as many of the big Rollers have been quite soft lately. #293-1961 JAGUAR MK IX saloon. S/N 792405BW. Eng. # NC73988. Light blue/red leather. Odo: 24,036 miles. Well-done older restoration shows lots of issues, including shrinking paint and some touch-up spots. Brightwork is mostly good, front and rear window gaskets are rock hard and chipping. good leather and wood, nice console. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $26,400. The combination of the 3.4 liter engine and the bowing bodywork would have been enough to keep me sitting on my hands, but someone else thought better. Still underpriced in the marke; much better cars can bring over twice this amount. #217-1963 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 saloon. S/N 220396N. British Racing Green/tan leather. Odo: 83,874 miles. Very good paint with light chips. Most chrome is good to excellent, window surround on passenger side dented and windshield cracked. Very good wood and leather. Underhood is clean, but far from show. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,300. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI There still remains a large disconnect between what the Brits think these cars are worth and what we think they are worth. They struggle to sell at this kind of figure on our shores and are not thought of as particularly desirable. In England, they're valued for their sports car “litheness” and their road manners. Some would say expensive, I say well bought. GERMAN #221-1965 PORSCHE 356C cabriolet. S/N 161416. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 82,525 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork in most places. Windshield surround marked where someone might have forced it. Dry gaskets, windshield starting to delaminate on upper passenger side. Excellent top, good rear window. Nice panel fit. Very nice seats, correct square weave carpet is weak. Needs little to be a driver, quite a bit for show. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $51,700. Like it or not, right on the retail money. The catalog made a big deal about the '65 being the last of the breed, with disc brakes and all of the improvements. At this point, I find myself agreeing with that logic. You can count in months how long ago this car would have struggled to bring into the $40s. Clearly, the landscape has changed. ITALIAN #240-1967 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 9305. Red/tan leather. Odo: 73,575 miles. Paintwork is well-done and shows excellently, very good brightwork. Viracon replacement windscreen contains much more tint than factory original. Trim complete, but black paint under rocker moldings is a bad sign. Correct interior style, but incorrect leather much softer and more pliant than the original surface. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. I'm quite surprised this car did not find a new home. I would have guessed the high bid could get the job done. Plenty of movement in this market lately. It's back to lobster prices... market priced daily. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 9 #234-1915 STUTZ BEARCAT. S/N 4F2658. Eng. # A11006. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 883 miles. Excellent paint is let down only by delamination in the external gas tank, as it appears to be separating from December 2006 101


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author done and correct, but spartan, of course. Lester wide whitewall tires are excellent despite some yellowing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,950. No surprises here. The estimate of $15k to $20k was a bit optimistic, and the car just made it in. A great buy for the end user, lots of fun for the money. the metal underneath. Excellent brightwork, very good trim and finish throughout. Fully detailed chassis shows only minor wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $368,500. As far as early sports cars go, the Stutz Bearcat is not only one of the best known, it's one of the best looking as well. This Stutz just made it past the low estimate of $350k when the commissions were added. I would have to call it a good buy at this kind of money. #260-1916 CRANE SIMPLEX TORPEDO runabout. S/N 2231. Green & yellow/brown leather. A very old restoration, perhaps 1950s or so. Very thick paint, many chips and repaired areas. Some brightwork is good, most is fair, huge headlights are a great look. Lots of cool gauges to the dash. A full restoration is needed for some, others will see it as #203-1929 FRANKLIN MODEL 135 convertible coupe. S/N 35185899L14. Light gray/blue/blue leather. Odo: 359 miles. Very good paint shows some age and touch-ups. Body has a few dents. Excellent fit to soft top, very good brightwork. Rumble seat leather excellent. Seat leather in front is loose, excellent wood and dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $37,400. to wheels and beltline is subtle and nice. Light wear to interior, including front seats and rear parcel area. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $715,000. The English bodywork on this car could only be described as devilishly handsome. It was so beautiful it literally could stop traffic. I'm not surprised it brought over the high estimate of $700k, as this was a car you could build a collection around. #254-1930 PACKARD 745 convertible sedan. S/N 182411. Eng. # 182505. Tan/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 66,584 miles. Nicely done older restoration. Some chips and scratching to paintwork and wear areas. Chrome remains nice, slight yellowing to the whitewalls, Nicer than it looks, and it doesn't look bad. A few thousand dollars judiciously spent before the sale on this New York-built, air-cooled Franklin might have netted a bigger number, as freshening would have helped. For the new owner, the same rule applies. A small investment will go a long way here. TOP 10 No. 2 a cool driver as-is. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Another car that made it onto my life list of cars I want. This 1916 car had bodywork that must have looked contemporary for twenty years after it was built. Full of needs, including a very expensive restoration, but I would take it just as is, thank you. Value? I think the high bid was a tad light, perhaps by $30k. #202-1926 FORD MODEL T roadster. S/N 13482390. Black/black vinyl/black. Interesting paint, well done in most places, with a few short-cut flaws. Has some wear-related issues such as chips on the hinges. Excellent top and very good brightwork. Interior is well is visible. Excellent trim. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $907,500. Not the most handsome of Murphybodied cars, but not a bad looker on its own. The Duesenberg market might have come back stronger than most of us thought, as this car is less than $100k off of a million. At this price, the argument can be made that it's a solid investment. TOP 10 No. 3 #251-1930 STUTZ MODEL M Supercharged coupe. S/N 31312. Black/ black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 67,226 miles. A few wear items on very nice paint. Stone chips evident on rear fenders, some very light scratching exists. Excellent chrome, excellent glass and detail work. Blood red accent paint 102 Sports Car Market #237-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible sedan. S/N 2284. Eng. # J262. Black/ black/green leather. Odo: 6,452 miles. Very nice paint, excellent chrome and top, very good wood on running boards. Interior leather well-finished and fitted, but some light wear light dirt on the soft top. Interior has a nice patina, but with more wear than normally seen on the seats. The colors hurt, but the quality helps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $209,000. It's the Brewster body that sets this car apart from the others, as Brewster retains a reputation for building among the best. More pricey than expensive, this car in better colors could be a knockout. #235-1931 AUBURN 8-98 boattail speedster. S/N 898AZ6003E. Light cream & brown/saddle leather. Odo: 1,591 miles. A well done older restoration in an out of favor color scheme. Very good paint and excellent chrome, but some wear to the running boards. Interior shows well with good leather. Very nice dash, good carpets. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. This one must have come close


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to changing hands. I don't see it as being worth more than the high bid after commissions are added. A fresh car in better colors should bring more. Auburn Speedsters still remain desirable in today's marketplace. #250-1931 DUESENBERG J touring. S/N J 206. Two tone gray/tan/red leather. Odo: 2,281 miles. Older restoration, paint is showing age wear and shrinkage. Excellent chrome, very complete and well finished. Light yellowing to wide whitewall tires. Door fit not great, perhaps due to a small alignment issue, at under $20,000. I would wait and pay up for a restored one; they can still be had for only $10k more. TOP 10 No. 4 #264-1933 CADILLAC 452-C phaeton. S/N 5000116. Eng. # 5000116. Dark green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 705 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork, a high quality restoration throughout. Excellent attention to detail, everything well-fitted and complete. Some dirt on the top material, but should clean up. Excellent interior is very correct and shows no real wear. Excellent wood, perhaps more. Interior is well-fitted with light wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $340,000. Rebodied in the style of Derham—not comforting to many big dollar buyers. Had this been an actual period or original body style Derham, the results would have been much higher. As it was, I'd call the high bid spot on. #210-1931 CADILLAC PHAETON Series 370-A convertible. S/N 1004245. Maroon & black/black leather. Odo: 2 miles. Cracked and crazed paint, some chrome pitted as well. Very nice top. Interior well done with excellent leather and carpets, but also shows cracked wood. Perhaps the paint cracking comes from over-ambitious application, perhaps the former leather, and carpets. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $682,000. This one sold for a solid $132,000 above the high estimate, a very solid result and more than a little surprising. A very nice example; one assumes that the new owner wanted this one and wouldn't take no for an answer. Formal, handsome, and now expensive. #223-1935 FORD PHAETON Deluxe open touring. S/N 181983449. Putty tan/tan canvas/chocolate leather. Odo: 22,087 miles. Good quality paint could have been helped with some buffing or color sanding. Red pinstriping. One ding on the driver's side rear door, front fender scraped. Good chrome with light pitting, one bump on a hubcap. Very good top. owner stored it in a freezer too long. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $99,000. Actually, a none-toodifficult re-restoration is in order. With fresh cosmetics, this Cadillac could shine again, and for much less than the cost of a full re-do. Not cheap for its condition, but at least a decent buy. #295-1932 AMERICAN AUSTIN BANTAM roadster. S/N AUSB1053032. Black & red/red vinyl. Odo: 40,683 miles. Older restoration. Weak paint poorly applied, and shows multiple cracks. Lots of scratched chrome. The pride of Butler, PA. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,700. Just a few years ago, restored examples brought half this amount. The market has caught up and they still seem cheap December 2006 Interior shows well, with very good fit to the seats and dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,600. Retail correct if not just a little bit high. No show queen, this car looks like it was used for its intended purpose... driving. As such, it's like 1965 Ford Mustang convertible Ivy Green, 289 V8, a/c, restored in ‘03 PARTIAL LISTING: '55 Austin Healey 100-4 BN1, Carmine Red . . . restored '60 Austin Healey 3000 Mk I, Healey Blue . . . . restored '64 Jaguar XKE roadster, Black w/tan . . . . . . . . restored '67 Ford Country Squire, White . . . 390 V8, 9 passenger '65 Ford Mustang convertible, Poppy Red, 289 restored '65 Ford Fairlane 500 convertible, Yellow . . . . . .289 V8 '69 Chevrolet Camaro convertible, Red . . .327 V8 auto '02 Maserati Coupe GT, Mistrel Green, 6 spd . . . 19k mi '02 BMW Z8 Roadster, Topaz Blue w/crema . . . . . 2k mi '00 Mercedes Benz G500 2 door, Spruce Green 1 of 10 '91 Bentley Continental convertible, Black w/tan . 35k mi ‘97 Land Rover D90 and D110 . . . .15+ always in-stock Stuart Carpenter 37 Chestnut Street Needham, Massachusetts 02492 Tel. 781.444.4646 Fax: 781.444.4406 www.copleymotorcars.com copleycars@aol.com 103 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 AA Yellow, automatic, a/c, 28k miles. 1971 Mercedes Benz 280SE 3.5 cabriolet 2 superb examples, restored, floor shift, Behr a/c 1966 Austin Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Black, Healey Werks mechanical resto.


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author a sorted-out car with only cosmetics needing attention. #263-1936 AUBURN 851SC boattail speedster. S/N 2914E. Eng. # GH5267. Dark Cherry & black/saddle leather. Odo: 88 miles. Stunningly handsome. Excellent fit and finish, excellent paint, and very good brightwork. Underhood is well detailed and not overdone. Interior is exceptional as well, with flawless these cars have a distinctive look and are not easy to find. #273-1939 BUICK CENTURY convert- leather and an excellent dash. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $240,000. I'm much closer to being in agreement with the auction company's low estimate of $350k than I am to the high bid. This car was worth more and should bring more. I would have put it back on the trailer myself. #294-1937 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL C Travelodge trailer. S/N 20094. Black/silver. Unrestored on the outside, lots of thick paint over beat-up panels, some of which looks to have been done with a brush. Plenty of restoration needs. Chevrolet bow-tie hub caps on both wheels. Inside is nicely done with plenty of modern conveniences: TV, stereo, a/c, ible. S/N 13477015. Eng. # 13499015. Yellow/ black/burgundy leather. Odo: 25,646 miles. Excellent paint and chrome. Cloth top is professionally fitted and well-done. Rubber gaskets fresh and new. Excellent door and panel fit. Interior excellent with correct fit to seat covers same way. In an era of million-dollar Mopars, this Cadillac seems cheap by comparison. #231-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 150723. Deep red/tan/tan leather & cloth. Odo: 75,638 miles. Excellent paint, brightwork, and top. Most all of the trim and “jewelry” is excellent as well, and there is quite a bit. Show detailed underhood, excellent interior is correct style. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,400. As a fresh restoration, the price is reasonable. It would cost this much to restore an average example. Very nicely done in popular colors throughout. Someone got a fully restored fresh car for only the money involved in a restoration, and without the heartache. #262-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR and superb woodgrain and gauges. Overall, a very appealing presentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $170,500. $100k estimate, $170,500 sale. I'm sure the bottles of champagne were popping somewhere as this over-the-top result was more than even an optimist could hope for. This is a market in search of cars without needs, and a market willing to pay up for the best. and modern upholstery. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,700. The original door was missing, and the aluminum replacement just didn't make it. I would have loved to have had an excuse to drag this one home, and I'm sure plenty of Pierce-Arrow car owners are kicking themselves as well. Very well bought. #232-1939 GRAHAM 97 Supercharged convertible. S/N 505389. Dark green/tan cloth/dark green leather. Odo: 21,861 miles. Excellent paintwork. Body issues need to be addressed, including a wide gap at the passenger door. Good chrome, trim and details. Excellent leather, great Bakelite trim on dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $129,250. The sharp nose Grahams are hardly ever found at auctions. This one caused quite a stir while it was selling above its high estimate. Expensive, but 104 #258-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 8661339. Burgundy/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 5,471 miles. Older restoration. A few scratches in well-applied reddish brown paint, chrome no longer excellent but still very nice. Cloth top shows its age, fabric is dry. personal ambassador. I pointed out the quality of this restoration to anyone who would listen before the sale. Looks like I wasn't the only one who fell in love with this orphan; it brought way above the expected amount. Not cheap or even particularly well bought, but the new owner has what must be the nicest example of this handsome car in the country. #285-1948 DESOTO DELUXE business Very nice interior, leather shows light wear. No cracks to the steering wheel, wood paint on the dash is excellent. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $68,200. A driver, and will remain so until its next restoration. I liked the body style and hated the color, and one can assume that others felt the coupe. S/N 6193712. Light blue/beige cloth. Odo: 7,802 miles. Paint well-applied, excepting in key hole area of passenger door. Good chrome and exterior trim, some pitting to vent window surrounds and other small pieces. Windshield gasket is dry—an easy fix once a replacement is found. Very good upholstery on seats, but faux wood finish on the dash Sports Car Market Custom convertible. S/N R491581. Green/tan cloth/dark green leather. Odo: 20,076 miles. Nicely done. Excellent paintwork and chrome all come together well here. Great fit and finish, fender welting where it should be and shows no issues. A few loose spots to otherwise wellfitted leather. A faded steering wheel center is the biggest flaw found. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $104,500. I felt like this Ambassador's


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI floor, and side slats. Nice glass, very good window felts. Wide white tires show some wear. Tidy interior shows very original and tidy. Clean overall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. This truck is both fully priced and a good buy. Those who have old pickups around and use them love their utility as well as their charm. A great conversation starter, and a vehicle onlookers across generations confirm as a cool choice for a distinctive ride. and door caps is weak. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. I've always been a big fan of the business coupes from all manufacturers. The combination of a bench seat up front and a shelf or storage area in the back has always had appeal. This car sold for much less than the estimate, but with its lack of flair, I'm not shocked by the end result. #287-1948 CADILLAC SERIES 62 sedan. S/N 486251795. Dove gray/two-tone blue cloth. Odo: 84,421 miles. Issues with orange peel in the paint should be addressed. Very good chrome, stainless trim on windows needs to be polished. Seats look good with only light wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. One of the few cars where dove gray actually looks good, this ready-to-drive example had lots of appeal. One of the few American bodystyles that actually has a European look to it—I see quite a bit of Bentley Continental in the flanks when I mentally remove the fins. #220-1950 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N 6HPB4278. Metallic green/black vinyl. Odo: 40,635 miles. Metallic green paint in good condition. Excellent chrome, wood bed #209-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE 2- dr sedan. S/N BORH144921. Dark green/gray & black cloth. Odo: 57,575 miles. Good quality metallic repaint is mismatched on the passenger side fender. Good or better brightwork, good glass, decent gaskets, OK window felts. Some stains to otherwise decent interior, scraped off December 2006 105


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author paint at the steering wheel. Underhood in need of a major detail. Many light needs. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $56,100. I thought the low estimate of $20k was a bit aggressive; little did I know that the bidders would almost triple that figure. A dealer and I discussed this car pre-sale. We both thought that $23–25k retail sounded like the money, but someone thought otherwise. #205-1951 NASH AMBASSADOR sedan. S/N R626210. Eng. # A127299. Light green/dark green/tan cloth. Odo: 48,422 miles. Good quality older repaint. Chrome shows some pitting. More sleepy than tired, but in need of a lot of caffeine to revive. Turn signal lenses are dirty. Some of the gold-plated script trim is faded. Interior is clean, but not exciting. Good for a driver, but not a show car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,300. with stretching. Very good chrome, excellent glass. Very clean inside, great fabrics and excellent trim. Well-detailed underhood, but not show quality. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,600. This one was all about the options, including power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seats, wind wings, and a deluxe radio. Not cheap, but if someone wanted one of the best-equipped '56s, he got it. #224-1956 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 7C5023753. White & red/white vinyl/red leather. Odo: 74,399 miles. Very good paint shows minor flaws. Superb chrome, well-done brightwork. Top is well-fitted with no issues. Nice interior with no wear evident. Sold with original and unused Nash Company gear, including the all important fly-screen netting for your outdoor enjoyment. This is a famous model with the seats that fold down to make a bed—well known for a generation that had more than camping and sleeping on their minds. Even with Nash's good ventilation, it becomes an easy-bake oven on wheels when sitting. Cheap money, well bought. #288-1955 CHEVROLET 3100 1/2 Ton Cameo pickup. S/N H255J005161. Bombay Ivory/white & red trim/red & white vinyl. Odo: 85,373 miles. So-so presentation, paint and bodywork could be better, chrome follows suit. Decent wood on bed floor. Overall, “just a driver” look to the entire exterior. Door jambs catalog's claim of a 1990s $40,000 restoration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. The bidding was very slow on this car. It remained stuck in the mid-twenties for a long time before moving off the mark. It's too early to say that the market is falling on two-seat Birds, but it's not too early to call it stagnant. #206-1956 PLYMOUTH FURY Sport coupe. S/N 22309279. White/black vinyl. Odo: 2,536 miles. Tired paintwork, chrome present but pitted. Repainted rust in the rockers is starting to reappear, surface rust visible in places. Good glass, small trim bits still in place. Interior basically complete, ready for a A well-done restoration only a few strokes off excellent. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,500. Sold near the top of what I thought was an overoptimistic pre-sale estimate; someone thought otherwise. Not all the flaws are easy fixes, but overall, the car has a very good look in great colors and with good options. are a different color. Vinyl and cloth seats good, carpets OK. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,800. Was this one bought on a bid or a yawn? A sexy truck with plenty of needs, not expensive—but expect to keep feeding this one if you want it to remain a 15-footer. #233-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH340479. Black/white hard top/white & black leather. Odo: 59,464 miles. A very well-equipped Bird. Older lightlyscratched repaint is now showing some issues 106 #218-1956 BUICK CENTURY Series 60 convertible. S/N 6V1009321. White & red/red vinyl & leather. Odo: 11,670 miles. Very nice paint, excellent brightwork, great gaps and fit. Underhood is very nice but not show quality. Inside is very nice with excellent seats and dash. Carpets are weak and need replacement. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $62,700. Expensive when compared to other Buick prices, but it's a lot more car and at similar money to the Chevrolet. The colors helped here, as this car had plenty of “eyeball” and lots of appeal. A few hundred more dollars spent might bring the new owner increased rewards. #216-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH281160. Robin's Egg Blue/blue & white. Odo: 1,143 miles. Very good paint and chrome. Most trim is excellent. Fit and finish good, but not perfect. It's hard to put your finger on what's amiss here, let's just say the car does not come together despite the full and expensive restoration. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. A long way from show, more of a survivor worth saving. Figuring in the cost of a restoration, you will be well into a deficit situation before the first paint flies. Just not nice enough for most to consider it a driver. Rumor had it that $8,000 would have sent it to a new home. #269-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH312268. Coral/white/red. Excellent paint, chrome shows pitting at windshield surround and wing windows. Excellent top, other trim well done. The hood appears to be sprung on the passenger front side, it sits a full 1/4-inch too high. Gaskets hard, but not dry. Interior shows some wear, ill-fitted carpets do not help. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. It sold, but I'm sure the vendor was not happy with the Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author #207-1958 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER 2-dr hard top. S/N K8JD518083. White & black trim/gray vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 100 miles. Paint decent, but not great. Chrome not perfect, with lots of pitting to some smaller pieces. Some delamination to the to the small chrome pieces, including the mirror, bumper ends, windshield wiper bases, etc. Very nice top has some slight pullback. Interior shows wear to leather, nice carpets, and one of the best looking dashboard designs ever. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. An excellent buy if you can get past the use and age wear found here. Its needs put it into the #3 column, but colors and design will make this car almost always desirable among collectors. result. This car had high quality paintwork and a few easy-to-fix issues, and the sprung hood is not as difficult a fix as it might appear. The new owner bought a bit of a bargain. Well done. #226-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER Indy 500 Pace Car convertible. S/N 57SL66064M. Sun Glitter Yellow/black cloth/yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 45,915 miles. Nice paint, fair to good brightwork. Cloth top is not perfectly fitted but no harm done. Good gaps, some gaskets are dry. Yellow dye to parts vent window glass, but the rest appears good. Interior has a nice '50s look with good vinyl and cloth, but has some problems with dash vinyl. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,600. Heavy '50s style. To say the design here is forced is an understatement. Not nice enough to make someone pay up, perhaps if it was in some more exciting colors it would have helped. #278-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mark III convertible. S/N H8YG415823. Black/black cloth/red, white & black. Odo: 27,583 miles. Older paint, many chips on almost every panel. Chrome ranges from good to poor, most is fair. Good glass, some has light scratches. Top appears to be new or close of the interior vinyl are wearing off, dashpad mottled. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $80,300. This pace car was given to Indy Winner Sam Hanks. Very original; the vendor said only the paint had been redone. Inexpensive for Indy history, but expensive as a Turnpike Cruiser convertible. #215-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Sunliner convertible. S/N G8MC104765. Gulfstream Blue/white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 54,915 miles. Excellent paint with a few chips. Most of the exterior brightwork is good. Good glass, well done interior vinyl, fair dash trim. A cosmetic rather than comprehensive restoration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,800. to it. Excellent fresh seats and good carpets inside, but the dash and steering wheel are cracked. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $33,000. Another one-piece-at-a-time restoration, the quality of work completed is excellent. The seats are good enough to be in a show car. Lots of work remains, however, and none of it will be particularly cheap. #225-1960 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convertible. S/N 8G5002642. Red/white/red & white. Odo: 38,664 miles. Paint shows lots of buff-through spots, including the top of the passenger door and trunk area. Lots of pitting Every once in a while I run into a car that was never fully restored, but rather refreshed a few pieces at a time. The best ones eventually get everything done, but this one had a few missed items. With a few things left to finish, the new owner got a good deal—and a few projects to complete. 108 good. Excellent seats, the interior shows well but carpets show some flubs. Nice, but not show condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. A great “10-footer.” Even with Toro prices on the move lately, this was more than fully priced for a 2- car. I don't think this price would be easy to duplicate, but perhaps this will be the standard soon. Sports Car Market #247-1964 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6E041232. Aquamarine/tan/ tan leather. Odo: 26,593 miles. Very good to excellent paint, some panel gap issues. Very good chrome, all exterior brightwork welldone. Peanut butter colored interior leather is top notch and smells like it was installed yesterday. Great carpets, most of the dash is excellent, but some chrome bits are pitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,400. A great buy for the end user, this Eldo would be welcome in my garage. Despite the incorrect leather, I'd call it an improvement over the original. Aquamarine, a.k.a. turquoise, is a great period color, but not everyone's favorite. Not perfect, but you wouldn't have turned it away, either. #212-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Deluxe coupe. S/N 396876M520051. Cranberry/cranberry leather. Odo: 636 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint well-applied with a good shine. Some minor chrome pitting, wheelarch surrounds could be better. One or two light scratches to the glass, but overall


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RM Auctions Rochester, MI #277-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242176P259134. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 79,999 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4 sp. Very good paint, bodywork wavy in places. Decent panel gaps. Red-line tires, excellent chrome. Good glass and window felts, but gaskets are poor and antenna is loose. Interior correct and well-done. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,000. A very good buy in today's heated market—actually cheap when compared with other muscle cars. The market has been accelerating since the start of the year. With affordable and muscle both taking trains in different directions, $33,000 seems like a bargain. #289-1968 SHELBY GT 350 fastback. S/N 8T02J1295570. Red/saddle vinyl. Odo: 55,635 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some panel fit issues, but hey, it's a Mustang. Good paint, chrome, and glass, but some gaskets drying out. Shelby 10-spoke mags. Original style interior shows lots of wear, still nice but not show. Competition style seat belts, carpets weak. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $63,250. This one verged on the edge between a #4+ and a #3-; it became a #3- by virtue of a coin toss. The definition of a driver, not much to overwhelm in any department. All that aside, the new owner has himself a genuine Shelby and that, in this market, is an event to celebrate. #239-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S86Y400013. Midnight Blue/black leather. Paint, trim, and interior as-new. Order code 100A, the original Ford window sticker says not for sale and shows no M.S.R.P. The lucky 13th 2006 production vehicle. Under 20 miles. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. A brand new Ford GT fails to excite, film at 11. America's newest collectible car has officially filled the pipeline; buyers are no longer standing in line nor willing to pay over list for GTs without special features. This one had at least one hidden special feature—it was delivered with no pricing information on the window sticker.u


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author Hot August Nights Even if you had just $20,000 in your pocket, you had plenty of choices— with money still to be made when you got home Company Silver Auctions Date August 3–6, 2006 Location Reno, NV Auctioneer Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, Paul C. Behr Automotive lots sold / offered 568 / 803 Sales rate 71% Sales total $14,470,431 High sale 1967 Camaro SS/RS, $341,585 The sales kept coming in Reno, like this 1937 Ford Tudor hot rod, which made $90k Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics R Reno, NV eno's Hot August Nights is firmly established as the place to be in pre-Monterey August, and Silver's 19th annual auction held at the Reno Convention Center has earned its successful reputation. Hot August Nights is a motorhead's dream— a hot summer week when hot rods and rock n' roll fill downtown Reno. The event attracts 10,000 cars and easily 500,000 people, with day- and night-time cruises packing the streets full. With so many car people in the area already, Silver's auction is always a sure-fire hit. Of 803 cars offered, a satisfying 568 sold. The sales percentage was down slightly from last year's 74%, but the sales total was up a full $512,840. Auctioneer Mitch Silver and his crew worked the crowd hard for four days, maintaining a cheerful, upbeat atmosphere without resorting to hoarse evangelism. As is tradition with the events outside the convention center, a heavy American grouping filled the consignment list again this year, and interest inside the room showed that's what the crowd wanted. Many buyers found themselves getting caught up in the automotive frenzy that is Hot August Nights, but with the sheer number of consignments available to the bidders, there were still some real deals to be had. Among the top-selling cars was a stunning 1967 RS/SS Camaro that brought an impressive $341,585. There were 50 Camaros at the sale, and many could have been bought for about $25,000. There were 50 Chevelles on offer as well, also averaging around the same figure. If you had $20,000 in your pocket, you had plenty of choices—with 110 money still to be made when you got back home. Mustangs were equally well represented, with 50 spanning from 1964-1/2 to 2001. Prices ranged from $3,180 for a 1989 convertible, to the second highest sale price of $177,550 for a blue 1968 Shelby GT500. A 1966 GT350 sold for the third highest price at $127,200. The sale also set what must be a world record for a BMW Isetta 300, which netted $40,810, while an equally perfect Messerschmitt KR 200 Kabinroller convertible was a nosale at an eye-popping $29,500—about $100 per pound. I can only ask myself, what was the seller thinking to walk away from this offer? Cars and craftsmanship were wide ranging, and in- cluded a magnificent 1937 slantback Ford Tudor custom that sold at $90,100—and with exact resemblance to the original limited to the two fiberglass front fenders. A rare and wonderfully scruffy 1942 Pontiac 8 sold for $5,100, and a time-warp perfect 1972 Lincoln Mark IV with only 6,300 miles brought $19,080. In another league altogether, a 1984 Stutz Victoria—a frightening Oldsmobile-based mish-mash that cried out for gold chains and a chest wig—went for $40,015. A handsomely restored 1949 Mercury Woody once owned by Dan Aykroyd went for $80,560, while the world's best 1947 Studebaker M5 pickup netted $34,450. Everyone with an interest in American classics and customs should experience Hot August Nights at least once, and while you're there, make your way over to the Convention Center. You never know what you might end up taking home with you.u Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices)


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV GERMAN #743-1955 MESSERSCHMITT KR200 Kabinroller 2-seater. S/N 54777. Two-tone blue/black/blue. Odo: 4,521 miles. A twoperson tandem microcar, with single-cylinder Sachs engine and handlebar steering. Nice paint, straight body, decent trim. Fresh restoration by the same group that did the BMW Isetta, lot 487. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $29,500. Built gray. Odo: 43,380 miles. One-owner car from Glendale, CA. New chrome and paint excellent. 300-cc BMW motorcycle engine, 4-speed in side panel, 4-wheel deluxe model with twin wipers. Correct interior in remarkable condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $40,810. The best Isetta I have seen, and double the most expensive in our records. Hard to fault, but surely bound for life on a trailer or mummification in a museum—a bird in a gilded cage. by the same company that produced the WWII ME-109, with some faint family resemblance. Answers the question of how weird is too weird. Side-by-side Isetta sells, back-to-front KR200 doesn't. This seemed like plenty of money to me, $5,000 more than the previous high. The 500-cc Tiger 4-wheeler is another matter. #487-1958 BMW ISETTA 300 Deluxe coupe. S/N 511311. Turquoise & white/gray/ #920-1990 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 targa. S/N WP0CB2965LS471791. Gray/ black/gray. Odo: 138,610 miles. New paint on right side does not match, rest of paint shows considerable chips and dings. Armor-alled tires have 50 percent tread remaining, leather tired, taillights faded, engine dirty. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,020. This scared me to death. It looked liked a theft/crash recovery AFTER a lifetime of being rode hard and put away wet. If somebody brought this into my shop, I'd want to see his full credit report to make sure he could afford the bill. $18k was more than steep for the condition. #989-1995 BMW 840CI coupe. S/N WBAEF6329SCL89983. White/gray leather. December 2006 111


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author Odo: 69,639 miles. An Oklahoma car with a/c, sunroof, and 17-inch Moda mag wheels. Paint OK, with chips from use. Panel gaps good. Driver's door will not open, leather shows expected wear for 70k miles, especially on driver's seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,020. A used car, but a very nice one—and much more economical than the V12 850, which is easy to reduce to single-digit mileage. Cost about $70,000 new—hopefully the depreciation is over. #904-2000 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL coupe. S/N WDBFA68F2YF191821. Black/ gray. Odo: 46,589 miles. Original black paint looks new, with minor rock chipping to nose. Sport package with a/c, power steering and brakes, cruise control, Bose stereo, etc. Clean 30-year-old paint in fair condition. Interior still serviceable. Manuals, tools, and lots of receipts included. Optional spotlights. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,550. A remarkable time-warp car, this solid plain-jane doesn't make the past look very attractive. Buyer had a tough choice, as this was expensive for a restoration project. #699-1937 FORD TUDOR Custom 2-dr sedan. S/N 183371329. Kandy Brandy/buckskin. Kandy paint shows no faults whatsoever. Gaps as expected for a show car. 345-ci LS1 V8 engine, 4L60E transmission, Ford 9” rear axle, triangulated 4-bar suspension, Hot Rod heat inside and out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,305. Sunday was exotics day. If you wondered what the $95,000 car your ex got away with is worth now, here's some satisfaction. The Palm Springs valet would park this one way in the back. AMERICAN #205-1924 LINCOLN 7-PASSENGER limousine. S/N 23484. Maroon & black/black & gray. Odo: 21,426 miles. 1924 California plates. New paint, new interior, new chrome. Engine scruffy and original, right rear window scratched. Good nickel headlights and and a/c, 18”/20” wheels and tires, Wilwood 4piston discs, twister exhaust. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $90,100. Radical custom—only the VIN and the fiberglass front fenders had any connection to a real '37 Ford. Master craftsmanship, fabulous finish. If that bid was real, the owner was still upside down. The days of a $400,000 “Scrape” are over. #642-1941 PACKARD 160 Super 8 convertible sedan. S/N 14772158. Maroon/ maroon/tan leather. Odo: 88,996 miles. Full classic capable of freeway speeds with overdrive. Older restoration still holding up well—even plastic knobs and steering wheel in decent shape. Paint OK and shows evidence bumpers. Radiator shell very shiny, which looks odd. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,510. Good repaint of solid, plain “Aunt Emily” with wood wheels. It's going to take a lot of weddings to pay for this. All the money and then some. #127-1936 FORD 68 2-dr sedan. S/N 183323107. Black/tan. Odo: 75,462 miles. Solid original survivor from the estate of 83-year-old original owner. Crispy tires, windshield delaminating. Chrome quite good, 112 painted over undercoat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,410. Bought new in Detroit one month after Pearl Harbor. This 1942 baby Packard is rare, but slow. Several clueless touches from the restoration would lead me to inspect the mechanicals closely. Car sits low in the front. Makes lot 642—the full classic 160 convertible sedan—look like a screaming deal at $89,000. #336-1947 STUDEBAKER M5 Coupe Express pickup. S/N M5C226497. Green/tan. Odo: 97,578 miles. Over-the-top restoration to car standards and with 48 options added. Sports Car Market built in the three-month production year of 1942. Perhaps my favorite car from the auction—and the cheapest, most interesting one as well. Just a rare, decent running beater. No upside to fixing it for a few years yet. Meanwhile go fishing, drive to work, and collect stories—if he does that, the new owner will hear plenty. #993-1942 PACKARD 110 convertible. S/N 15822378. Cigarette Cream/tan/maroon leather. Odo: 18,217 miles. Wavy trim, straight body, decent paint, great color. Options include spotlights, bumper guards, and radio. Interior plastic good, body painted where rubber fender pads should be, and rear valance of long-term care, headlight chrome is buffed through. Optional sidemounts, heater, radio, turn signals, and fender skirts. Sold new in New York City. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $89,040. One of 3,525 made in 1941, this elegant dowager brought top dollar, but most of her admirers are headed for rest homes—no upside here. #678-1942 PONTIAC TORPEDO 8 4-dr sedan. S/N 28KA7735. Black/gray. Odo: 85,131 miles. An original car with useful 8cylinder. Scruffy paint, covered seats, and bent front bumper. Chrome dull, but present. No rust, cracked steering wheel and control knobs suggest a desert climate. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,300. One of 11,041 longer wheelbase sedans


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV dual exhaust, Continental kit, power windows, power steering, power brakes, 4-way power seat, and a Town & Country radio. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $53,000. Beautifully maintained, tastefully redone. Desirable options, excellent chrome, paint, and interior. Solid provenance. Worth every penny of the top-dollar paid. #412-1957 CHEVROLET 210 2-dr Excellent paint and pinstripes, body and tailgate dead straight. Groaning with options including spotlights, bumper guards, overdrive, radio, foglights, wood bed rails, stainless bed panel, cloth inserts to seats, and Studebaker mats. Super-clean under hood with Studebaker antifreeze tag and a Trico washer bottle. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $34,450. Probably the best example out there, establishes top of the market—but what will you do with it? Haul pillows? #621-1949 MERCURY WOODY 2-dr wagon. S/N 36445. Maroon/tan. Odo: 73,043 miles. Once owned by Dan Aykroyd. Rebuilt V8, 3-speed with overdrive. Looks like an old restoration of a very sound car. Wood still modern stereo. Bel Air trim installed. $20,000 in bills, not including paint and chrome. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,630. Orange is a big seller for hot rods, and this car was a high school dream—including all the upgrades you promised yourself back then. Expected money for a '57 in this condition. #777-1957 PONTIAC PATHFINDER 2- shows nicely, decent paint, OK panel gaps, good chrome. Equipped with spotlights, radio, and rare third seat. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $80,560. One of 8,000 made. Aykroyd's prior ownership added about $15,000 to this pretty good old car. Detroit abandoned all-wood wagons for wood-and-tin at this time, and while a 2-door bathtub Mercury is a clumsy looking package, it's much more rigid than its all-wood, 4-door ancestors. Prices generally lag behind allwood wagons, so this was well sold. #113-1956 FORD SUNLINER convert- ible. S/N P6FC277851. Two-tone green/white/ two-tone green. Odo: 99,705 miles. Original engine and transmission. 955th vehicle assembled at Dearborn, and sold new in El Camino, CA. Original miles, options include power top, sold. '57 Pontiacs have never had the appeal of their Chevrolet cousins, and this Canadian model must be dog-slow. It's a pretty cruiser, and you'll never meet yourself coming the other way, but a 50 percent surcharge seems a high price to pay for individuality. Good luck finding any trim. #708-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N G59L135471. Metallic blue/blue. Odo: 5,088 miles. Easter-egg paint shows some slight age wear, chrome in good shape, but some trim affixed to the body with screws instead of December 2006 billet, custom interior. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. A stunning old cruiser, with a one-year body style, spectacular paint, and over-the-top interior. Hard to fault, but customs 113 dr hard top. S/N 72037605475. Red & white/ black & white. Odo: 94,324 miles. Canadian model. Paint chips suggest a driver, but engine compartment is clean. Chrome OK, with some minor pitting and dulling. Continental kit, radio, 6-cylinder, automatic. Mismatched pattern on front seat cloth is 90 degrees off. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,740. Number 250 of 2,430 disc brakes, 2 1/2” Magnaflo exhaust, and 17” American Torq Thrust II wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,520. Huge eye-appeal in this intelligently upgraded cruiser. Orange and green flames a trifle gaudy, but the new owner will clean up at People's Choice awards. A right car, well bought. #330-1961 OLDSMOBILE 88 2-door hard top. S/N 61SC02279. Candy gold/white. Odo: 61,000 miles. A John D'Agostino custom, built in 1994. Bought in Florida two years ago, comprehensively revived. Kevin Bishoff paint, old-style engine chrome package with no post. S/N VB570123621. Orange/black & white. 350-ci 335-hp ZZ4 V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A 210 2-door post with modern running gear. Very straight, paint new and well-applied, new chrome front to back, new interior, 16” and 17” American Racing wheels, a/c, and a correct clips. 3-speed with overdrive, power steering and brakes, trophy winner, cap on bed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,150. Outrageous color and outrageous style. Reportedly made from several cars to defeat a rust issue. Makes the '60 models look positively refined. Very strong money for a car that wasn't that straight. #776-1960 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N 01837L158508. Black & orange flames/tan. Odo: 93,327 miles. 350-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Fresh restoration. Excellent paint and chrome, engine detailed, interior freshlooking. Air ride suspension, new glass and upholstery, power steering, dual master cylinder,


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author are so personal they can be a hard sell. Nobody fell in love with it this time. #769-1962 PLYMOUTH FURY 2-dr hard top. S/N 33215529. Copper & beige metallic/ beige. Odo: 27,540 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, push-button auto. Repaint old and showing scratches and dings. Seats sun-damaged, interior decent. Factory radio delete. 8-3/4” rear end, no power brakes or a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD Motorsport wheels, new upholstery, and air ride suspension. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,596. Nicely excecuted older custom. First generation Riviera prices have been creeping up, and customs are along for the ride. I doubt the seller made money on this, but he may have broken even. #186-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 41467S264226. Black/black/ red. Odo: 97,092 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Serious bodywork issues not addressed before decent repaint. Wavy sides, nothing fits well, Odo: 99,866 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally a 6-cyl car. Fair paint, decent power top, good chrome. Engine rebuilt in 2003, but underhood has just an OK appearance. Nice standard interior, Mags correct for V8. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,790. Just another used car, and one of about 50 Mustangs here. Hardly counts as cheap fun at this price, especially when the motor swap is taken into consideration. Well sold. #59-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N 223377U159048. Dark blue metallic/cream. Odo: 91,106 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restoration, original mechanicals rebuilt, interior replaced. New stainless trim, glass, and exhaust. Well-applied Fathom Blue paint does not hide some body AT $45,520. 27th of 50 built. The automotive equivalent of a pit bull, people smile weakly and back away. A brutal-looking muscle car, unlikely to steer or stop. I bet the new owner won't drive this much. Seemed like a lot of money for something this homely, but beauty is as always in the eye of the beholder. #105-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N 31867S264406. Silver/ black/black. Odo: 306 miles. Frame-off rebuild including new paint, top, interior, Turbo 350 transmission, a/c, and disc brakes. All possible hard hit on the right A-pillar. Bucket seats, power top, power brakes, twin antennas, 17-inch Torq Thrust II wheels. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,690. Big shiny wheels a jarring note. Good interior and 4-speed certainly help value, but lot 105 was a much better car. This was top dollar and then some for a dressed-up average driver. #324-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 41447J218818. Black/white. Odo: 53,237. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original two-owner car, repainted 15 years ago, some wear and buffing swirls are present. Straight body, good chrome, engine compartment nice. Original interior shows issues, including a dent in left front fender and poor driver's door adjustment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,465. Solid, though short on options like power steering and power brakes. I figured it for $20,000. Buyer was thrilled and time-warped back to high school. #168-1968 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 12378Z123519. Orange/black. Odo: 14,922 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent newly-applied paint. Very straight body, with most panel gaps as per factory. Usual alignment problems around Endura nose and hood. aspects in as-new condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $43,460. Essentially a new car, with mild custom tweaks for usability. Details like new lenses, impressive overriders, and fender skirts push this one over the top. Much better than lot 186, and worth more than the difference. #689-1964 BUICK RIVIERA custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 7K1095079. Sea blue & gold/ blue. Odo: 3,021 miles. 425-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Custom two-tone paint is excellent, and includes orange pinstripes and flames. Panel gaps also better than factory. Power steering, front disc brakes, vintage air, 20” Boss normal wear, equipped with twin spotlights. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,500. Very clean survivor. Was hurt by small engine, Powerglide, and lack of a/c, which may limit summer cruising in the Lower 48. Fair price for both buyer and seller. #603-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 6F08T197271. Red/white/white. Positraction, Rallye wheels, rally gauge instruments with tachometer, hidden headlights, correct wheels. Redone interior spoiled by split dashpad and modern radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,380. More than 77,000 of these were sold in '68, and this was top dollar for a car that felt like it had more to tell. #332-1968 MERCURY COUGAR Dan Gurney Special 2-dr hard top. S/N 8F91F553310. Pink/white/white. Odo: 83,713 miles. Original pink Dan Gurney Special, twoowner car sold new in Portland. Some overspray from decent repaint, top cracked by back window. Nice glass, good chrome, straight body, 114 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author #353-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS5 convertible. S/N 36670L153606. Red/black/black. Odo: 138,000 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Was LS5, now modified. Good paint, straight body with good panel gaps, nice interior, clean engine bay, top professionally installed, hot rod motor. Options include cruise control, power windows, power top, and rare rear shoulder harness seatbelts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,340. A W-30 replica for about one third the price of the real thing. Replicas continue to draw well, possibly because they're less hair raising to drive than an original. Claimed 2nd place at Olds 100th Anniversary nationals, despite a wrinkly top. Lots of eyeappeal, no harm done here. #343-1972 LINCOLN MK IV 2-dr hard engine bay average, no a/c. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,370. One of 469 pink '68 Cougars, thought to be the only pink Dan Gurney Special. I know nobody's baby is ugly, but this one pushed the limits. Car looked tired—no doubt due to years of being made fun of. The color was easily half the price. #169-1969 PLYMOUTH SPORT SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. S/N RP23G9E14S426. Sun Fire Yellow/black/ black. Odo: 91,144 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Matching numbers. Paint in great condition, showing little to no swirl polish marks. the SS package, cowl hood, AM/FM, tilt wheel, power steering, power disc brakes, F-41 package, new top with new boot, 3.08 Positraction rear end. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,250. Very nicely done. My first thought was that this must be an upgrade from a humble Malibu in the fakey-doo Hemi category, but it appeared to be real—$66k is top dollar even for an original LS5. An awful lot of car for the money. #87-1970 PLYMOUTH CUDA 2-dr hard New vinyl top, new bumpers, excellent original interior. PS, pb, a/c, bucket seats, correct fender tag and VIN plate. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $21,730. This Sport Satellite is reportedly one of 2377 built. It's an obscure Road Runner variant, and much better equipped. Sympatheic restoration of a super-original example. Wellbought at this price. #426-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS convertible. S/N 123679N657468. Hugger Orange/black/black & orange houndstooth. Odo: 97,110 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. New paint well-applied, but both doors sag. New bumpers, cowl induction hood, 18-inch top. S/N BH23N0E102953. Orange/black. Good paint, straight body, built 440 with a 780 Holley 4-bbl, new 727 with slapstick shifter, PDB, PS, a/c, CD player, and Weld aftermarket top. S/N 2Y89A890401. White/white/brown. Odo: 6,303 miles. Stunning original two-owner car, on blocks in a Carson City garage since 1982. Interior exceptionally clean, featuring all power options. Paint and body as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $19,080. Incredible survivor, if you have a yen for 20-foot-long 5,000-pound, 224 wheezy horsepower barges that get 8 mpg. Essentially a near-perfect new car. Bidding stalled at $18,000, but the buyer reconsidered and came through. I'd say well-bought—try and find another. Tie a yellow ribbon around that Tony Orlando 8-track... #980-1973 AMC AMX 2-dr hard top. S/N A3C798P303700. Blue & white/white. Odo: 51,681 miles. Paint has minor chips and scratches. Body straight, good panel fit. Spoiler, vinyl roof, cowl induction hood, power brakes and steering, a/c, electric fan added. Glovebox door button missing, rubber bumpers removed. mags, huge add-on tach, front suspension rebuilt, correct exhaust. Front seat inserts are cloth. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,090. Great color for a boy racer. Solid, straight, air-conditioning a plus, but gas consumption might limit use. No harm done at this price. #318-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 Replica convertible. S/N 12671M189228. Red/black/black. Odo: 12,660 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint, good panel fit and gaps, all Ram-Air equipment present, cold a/c, full gauges, including tach. Tilt wheel, wheels, spoiler. Interior mostly new, and includes console gauges and CD stereo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,870. Huge eye appeal. Nice work overall, with odd lapses—console lid was cracked, and although the paint was nice, some of the panel gaps needed some attention. Wheels not to everybody's taste, and the overdrive transmission suggested a later 5-speed. All the money, well sold. 116 Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,366. Next to last year for the Javelin AMX. Solid survivor of the unloved second-generation AMX, which had become merely a Javelin package. Lagging behind Ford and Chevy muscle cars, it had ungainly looks and appalling build quality. At least 50% over my guess; seller should be thrilled. #1012-1973 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM21H3G186571. Black & orange/black. Odo: 127 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a 4-bbl car. Good paint, trunk fit off, door fit so-so. Worn chrome and trim. Looks like good redo of straight car. Pistol grip 4-speed, decent interior shows age. Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Reno, NV white vinyl. Odo: 38,182 miles. Straight body, decent repaint, good top. All power options, extra engine chrome, aftermarket AM/FM/CD, dual exhaust. Redone interior has cracked dash and console, cheesy aftermarket gauges installed under dash. Rust in both doors. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,600. A scary fright pig—might be a fun summer ride for $5,000, but that's it. An excited 18-year-old was looking for the owner. I'd say from the price, he found him. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,500. Quality was not job one at Chrysler when this car was made, so the panel fit is probably correct. Top dollar, but looks sharp and should be fun to drive without the nose-heavy big block. If the new owner attends to some details, there may even be some upside in the future. #912-1975 OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88 convertible. S/N 3N67K5M338141. White/white/ #954-1984 STUTZ VICTORIA sedan. S/N 1G3AN69YXEX354303. Burgundy/burgundy velour. Odo: 30,048 miles. Hand-built in Italy, cost $99,500 new. Very little wear evident. Exterior has 22 coats of lacquer, interior has on a sluggish GM sedan. A rolling example of wretched excess with a gold-plated dipstick. Extensively documented, with pictures of past showbiz owners with similar bad taste. Looks like it belongs in a Superfly movie. The seller should be deliriously happy with the result. #930-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1170HP421597. Black/ black & gray. Odo: 46,143 miles. Buick's pocket-rocket from the '80s. One owner, excellent repaint, straight body, factory panel gaps. Numbers-matching 3.8-liter Turbo V6 with 245 hp and a 13.8-second 1/4 mile. Cracked dash, bird's eye maple, velour, and 18-karat gold. Won 1st place at the GM Nationals. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,015. Based on Oldsmobile 88, this was one of seven made in 1984. Rare, and should be—it's ugly, poorly proportioned, and based clean engine, but a driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,370. One of the few '80s cars going anywhere. Somebody paid $29,700 for a Grand National—not a GNX—in Florida this summer, which makes this well bought even in driver condition.u December 2006 117


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Barons Surrey, U.K. Column Author Jaguar Heritage Sale Casual observers were thin on the ground for this sale, leaving a hardcore mix of trade and public buyers alike Company Barons Date June 11, 2006 Location Surrey, U.K. Auctioneer Fabian Hine Automotive lots sold / offered 27 Sales rate 52% Sales total $286,819 High sale 1974 Jaguar XKE convertible, sold at $29,908 Buyer's premium Jags were the name of the game, and this '74 XKE brought the high sale at $29,908 Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics B Surrey, U.K. arons typically holds around nine sales a year, based mainly on the site of the world famous Epsom horse-racing course. Driven enthusiastically by company owner Lawrence Sayers- Gillam, Barons sales are intended to cater to genuine grass-roots collectors. Commission rates are amongst the lowest in the U.K., and a color auction catalog is made available prior to each sale. It's easy to dismiss Barons against much glossier competition, but glamour is not its game. Barons sales can attract some excellent entries, but their ceiling price is generally in the sub-$40,000 category, with the majority of lots selling below $15,000. They provide a reliable service for those looking to sell quickly and at a fair price, and for anyone seeking to buy a classic affordably. If there is ever a Barons sale criticism, it is that the company will pad its sales with a few too many moderns not old enough to be truly classic, but too old to be genuine second-hand cars. Barons chose to hold this sale on the first weekend of the World Cup competition, and moreover, on the hottest Sunday of the year to date. Casual observers were thin on the ground for the sale, leaving a hardcore mix of both trade and public buyers alike. I would have expected a crowd of perhaps 600–800, and yet a rough head count revealed numbers somewhere in the region of 300 people. Barons had long advertised this sale as a sale of 118 “Jaguar Heritage” cars and fielded an entry of 27 such machines, with a separate warm-up sale of another 25 cars of various marques as a precursor to the main event—no doubt to help swell the coffers. Of the 27 Daimlers and Jags offered, only 14 found news homes, with a smattering of MGs, Mercedes, and others accounting for another 13 sales. Gross income therefore came in at just under $286,819, or an average price per car in this instance of just $10,600. The highest price of the day was for a 1974 E-type convertible in scruffy condition that sold for $29,908. There was no deal of the day, but the 1981 Daimler Sovereign 4.2 was unrepeatable at $10,437, and a sure-fire investment if you had the patience to sit the market out a while. The best of the remainder was a 1964 Daimler 2.5 V8 saloon. Undervalued generally, this was a great car in great condition, and showed savings of perhaps $25,000 against a similarly prepared 3.8 Mk II. This sale will wake a lot of people up to Jaguar XJRs as well. Go out and find a really good one—anything with a supercharger and 300 hp is worth taking a risk at $8,000. If it goes wrong, sell it for spares and buy another one. Although represented as strictly Jaguar, those who came to the sale found a much more diverse mix of cars presented in the two sales. However, it seemed like many would-be buyers had other plans, or just didn't want to fight the heat. But with an average price of just over $10k, it's hard to argue with the good deals available.u Sports Car Market $277 on the first $3,685, 7.5% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1 = $1.8426)


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Barons Surrey, U.K. ENGLISH #213-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 drophead coupe. S/N S827014DN. Eng. # V30298. Carmen Red/black mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 657 miles. An overdrive car converted for use with unleaded fuel. Formerly the property of blues guitarist Gary Moore. Restored in the late 1990s, a more recent repaint is already starting to blister. Bodywork is otherwise nice with factory gaps. An average retrim in #208-1963 JAGUAR MK II saloon. S/N 231216BW. Eng. # LC74178. Sherwood Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 62,595 miles. Good straight panels and nice gaps. Overspray and micro-blistering visible in many areas. Bubbling around side lights. Pitted brightwork, especially on rear lights. Silver-painted wires and Coombs-style rear arches. Very good original interior reflects the purported mileage. Moto-Lita steering wheel, modern stereo, and unsympathetically fitted speakers. Cond: 4. #211-1964 DAIMLER V8 saloon. S/N 1A3178BW. Eng. # 7A3315. Gunmetal/red leather. RHD. Odo: 88,129 miles. Subject of a five-year restoration by a quality firm seven years ago. Arrow-straight body with brilliant paint. Beautiful interior with very light wear. Wood cappings and dash are perfect. Excellent black leather shows poor attention to detail, but brightwork and chrome wires are spot-on. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A really nice car on the face, but two repaints in eight years would have me reaching for the magnet. Assuming nothing wrong, the car should have made its $60,000 estimate. Nothing at this sale made over $28,000. Those with buying power could have had a field day here. Seller was wise to not let it go, and should try again another day. NOT SOLD AT $13,875. Given a full page in the auction catalog, and expectation here was great. The car had all the hallmarks of being once-great: a 3.8, low-ish mileage, nice colors, and a history from the island of Jersey, with its favorable climate and gentle roads. What should have been a sympathetic light restoration ended up a mess. Had the description been accurate and the car U.K.-registered, it would have been a less bitter pill to swallow and would have sold at the $16,500 guide price. chrome, perfectly finished steel wheels. Nice bright glass all around. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,481. This is how to buy them. Over $80,000 spent on this car when a good example might have made $18,000 in the U.K. The vendor's loss was yet again great for the buyer. So it's a Daimler V8, and not a 3.8 Mk II, but a great car—with an arguably better exhaust note. A true auction bargain. #204-1967 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 coupe. S/N N/A. Eng. # IE50710. Black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 33,094 miles. Black paint with all the faults, including micro-blisters, overspray, December 2006 119


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Barons Surrey, U.K. Column Author visible evidence of filler, terrible bonnet fit, dents and chips, stiff doors, and rusting chrome. Inside is no better, with worn carpets and seats that have been poorly dyed. Holes in the trim and a warped dash. Engine bay is a disaster. Retro-fitted Webasto-style roof. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $17,061. The auction house description must have been for a different car, listing bodywork restoration and professional engine rebuild and an interior with nice patina. The catalog photo looked promising as well. In the flesh, they don't get much worse. Price paid was at least $2,000 too much. Said to have travelled 8,000 trouble-free miles in 2005. The vendor will be the last person having fun with this car for a while. #201-1967 JAGUAR 420 saloon. S/N PIF4251BW. Eng. # 7F6391. British Racing Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 80,178 miles. Thickly-applied paint complete with dust, fisheyes, and some ominous bubbles around the windshield. Interior in good original condition, with light creasing to the driver's seat and a few marks on the carpets. Wooden dash and the upper surfaces. New wire wheels, but chrome is generally tired and pitted. Leather is stated in the catalog to be re-Connolized, but in reality is badly dyed a lurid green. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,230. Rare to the market in such sound condition, and even rarer as a manual overdrive. The quality of structural restoration showed through and got this sold—despite the hideous color of the interior. A fair price, but it will be expensive in the end if the buyer chooses to retrim. #202-1968 JAGUAR 340 saloon. S/N IJ52092BW. Eng. # 7J52668. Honey Beige/ red. RHD. Odo: 11,434 miles. Very poor banana yellow paint looks like thickly applied household gloss. Rust blisters appearing at most edges. Poor shut lines and pitting to every piece of brightwork completed the package. Ambla interior is original and wearing well by comparison. Generally dirty and poorly excellent interior. Fitted with a modern stereo and modern red seatbelts. Nice engine bay, although enamel on manifolds is cracking. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. A great car that should have sold. For the price, you could not buy and restore a car to this condition. If you wanted a nice useable E-type, this was it. A canny buyer would have taken advantage of the vendor's restoration costs. prepped. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $5,218. The poor lights of this auction made this motorized banana glow. The red interior was by no means complementary. Getting past the horror of the paint and trim combo, closer inspection brought nothing but more dismay. Price was fair, but what would you do with it? Embarassing to drive, financially disastrous to restore, and the wrong model to break for spares. Fun student car? #225-1968 JAGUAR 340 saloon. S/N door cappings are faded and cracked. Engine bay is very poorly presented. Great car—at 100 feet. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,623. Selling under the hammer at just below the auction estimate, the vendor was wise to let this one go. An extensive history file and a passable interior gave some hope, but the reality was a tired car with years of remedial work covering the truth. A near certainty that hidden nasties are waiting to wrestle your bank balance to the floor. #206-1967 DAIMLER SOVEREIGN saloon. S/N 1A32348DN. Eng. # 7A32502. British Racing Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 58,135 miles. An older restoration standing the test of time. Paint micro-blistered on costs have exceeded its value, so money was only spent when absolutely necessary. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $7,400. Not a bad color combination, with decent wire wheels and a great history file. Why was it not sold at such a reasonable estimate? Market snobbery—quite rightly with the plastic seats—and a reason- 120 1J51133BW. Eng. # 7J511798. Midnight Blue/red Ambla. RHD. Odo: 68,196 miles. Body panels show multiple ripples and dents. Very poor paint, considerable overspray. Pitted brightwork, especially the rear lights. Varnish is lifting on the wood cappings and the interior shows signs of wear. A comprehensive history file accompanies the car. Maintenance #216-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N 1S2689BW. Eng. # 7S15444SA. Azure Blue/blue/tan leather. Odo: 74,653 miles. Generally tired overall. Paintwork awful with deep scratches, dust, and overspray throughout. Blue top faded badly. Both seats sagged in a worn interior. Scratched and delaminating windscreen. Shiny new chrome wire wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,908. An automatic roadster somehow seems to miss able market supply of better spec Mk IIs means that unless perfect, 240s and 340s will be overlooked at almost any price. #212-1970 JAGUAR XKE S II fixed- head coupe. S/N 1R27456. Eng. # 7R83759. Midnight Blue/red leather. Odo: 1,519 miles. Restored over four years and converted from left to right-hand drive. In very good order throughout. Superb door and hood fit, with great paint, although with a few over-deep machine polishing marks. Perfect chrome, the point. Poor cosmetics don't help this one. Instead of new wires, money might have been better spent elsewhere. Probably perfectly useable for a few more summers as a cheap entrylevel roadster. Good for trading up in E-type ownership before it starts to cost money. #205-1981 DAIMLER SOVEREIGN saloon. S/N DCALP3CC330305. Eng. # 107949. Grosvenor Brown/biscuit hide. RHD. Odo: 14,736 miles. A genuine low mileage example, owned by one family from new. Exceptional condition and genuinely as-new. Excellent body and original paint. Interior and brightwork appear new. Original supplier's registration plates and stickers on windows. All paperwork from new, including sales invoice. Unused spare tire. Recently waxed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $10,437. Early examples Sports Car Market


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Barons Surrey, U.K. 4. SOLD AT $4,817. A borderline classic in borderline condition. Sold at twice its value in reality. Despite his expectations, the vendor should be very happy to have rid himself of this one. #219-1996 JAGUAR XJR saloon. S/N of the XJ6 are confirmed classics and '80s examples are exceptionally rare in this condition anywhere. The estimate was considered too high by punters of a certain age, unaware that brown + chrome = retro-cool. The car was an exceptional survivor of a quarter of a century. Brilliantly bought by a canny trader who will turn a nice profit selling it to someone who was driven by dad in one as a kid. #217-1991 JGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJJNADW3DB175421. Eng. # 8507931958. Sebring Red/black/light stone leather. RHD. Odo: 69,993 miles. Excellent repaint over very good bodywork with fine orange and silver coachline. Very good brightwork and excellent alloy wheels. Perfect black top and cover. Excellent interior with very light creasing to driver's seat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,230. Still undervalued in the U.K., there are signs that these are making a break from the second-hand car market. The best examples should be con- sidered a good investment. This car was cheap, possibly lost amongst the other moderns in the group. One of the best buys of the sale. #220-1991 JAGUAR XJS saloon. S/N SAJJNEAD3EK180237. Eng. # J253CYP. Solent Blue/Camel leather. RHD. Odo: 63,054 miles. Stone-chipped hood and doors with large rust blisters around windshield. Corroded alloy wheels. Tinted rear light lenses cracked badly. Seats cracked, armrests worn. Generally tired, despite the claimed low recorded mileage. Cond: the steering wheel leather is shiny. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,230. Not a classic as such, but a very attractive car. These are gathering a cult following among younger enthusiasts. 300 hp, quality, and understated looks help to make it a sleeper. Servicing costs and rumors of early supercharger failure keep prices right down. Nice car, nice condition, great value. The market will wake up to better examples, so get in early.u SAJJPALF3BJ776870. Eng. # 9KPDRB158030. British Racing Green/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 64,893 miles. Immaculate body with no dings. Hood finish suggests a repaint due to stone chips. Unmarked bumpers and excellent original alloy wheels. Interior shows no discernible wear, including the driver's seat, although SCM GOLD ? What is SCM GOLD membership gives you access to over 40,000 auction records. Each month in the magazine, we deliver reports from auctions around the world on what sold, for how much, and why. Only part of what our auction analysts turn in makes it to print, but every car they report on is available online to GOLD members. Everything You Get With GOLD Membership: Full Access to Thousands of Online Auction Reports Gold-Only Emails Informing You of Insider Information and Updates on Sales from Around the World Access to Our Full Online Price Guide Invitations to Special Events and SCM Gold-Only Offers Sign up online at www.sportscarmarket.com Just $7.95 a month or $60 a year (40% Savings) December 2006 121


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Pioneer Auto Auctions Murdo, SD Column Author Murdo Collector Car Auction The Elvis impersonator performed twice when there were delays in getting cars into the auction tent Company Pioneer Auto Auctions Date May 20, 2006 Location Murdo, SD Auctioneer Dale, Kevin, and Todd McPherson Automotive lots sold / offered 62 / 103 Sales rate 60% Sales total $400,674 High sale 1937 Packard 115 Street Rod, sold at $33,825 Buyer's premium 2.5% with a $75 minimum (included in sold prices) The Pioneer Auto Museum is a gearhead haven in the middle of South Dakota Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics Y Murdo, SD ou have to love Murdo. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere along South Dakota's I-90. Heading west across the freeway, if you are enroute to the Black Hills, Deadwood, or Sturgis, it's your first chance to hit a major tourist trap, and one made with gearheads in mind—The Pioneer Auto Museum. Founded in 1954 by A.J. “Dick” Geisler, it originally showcased a few old cars he came across in the course of his many business ventures. Today, his offspring—especially his son Dave—have grown it into one of the largest attractions in the state, with over 30 buildings full of cars, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, antiques, and even a huge rock and mineral collection. Initially held to parcel out some excess vehicles, the auction has become an annual event drawing a wide berth of collectors, dealers, and car nuts. In all of my years going to collector car auctions, even in Las Vegas, I experienced an all-time first here: an Elvis impersonator as a ring man. Even though Murdo is out in the middle of the prairie, there were plenty of consignors and buyers from all over the country. Indeed, the tent was packed when the first car crossed the block, and included several well-known dealers who specifically make it a point to attend each year. Some are here to snatch up a bargain, helped in no small part by the lowest buyer's fee I've ever encountered at a car auction (2.5%), others are here to hopefully get rid of 122 that fright pig that's been costing them more in shipping and storage than it will ever make at a sale. The action started promptly at 10 am during a light mist, and generally progressed smartly along with improved weather. Twice, the Elvis impersonator did a song while there were delays in getting cars into the auction tent, and by 4 pm, all was said and done. The top sale, at $33,825, was the only street rod there, a 1937 Packard 115 coupe powered by a 350-ci Chevrolet V8 topped with a B&M Roots-style blower. On the other end of the spectrum was a 1969 Ford F-100 Ranger, which looked as if it had been driven off the ranch and up to the block. Generally quite restorable due to minimal rust for being out here on the arid plains, it sold for $5,023. The prettiest car at the auction was a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS. Covered in newer Tripoli Turquoise, it sold for $24,100. No-sales included a 1967 Ford Mustang, which was nice as a driver, but failed to find a new home at $10,250. A worn-to-the-ground 1973 Buick Apollo also crossed the block, but failed to sell at a measly $500. Pioneer did an excellent job of putting on an enjoy- able event, and I can understand why it's become such a draw. With literally something for everyone—even those who like rocks more than cars—the museum is the perfect place to visit with the family, and an excellent stage for this event. Make the trip next year, and maybe you'll be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the King himself.u Sports Car Market


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Pioneer Auto Auctions Murdo, SD GERMAN #88-1969 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1591046861. Light blue/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,887 miles. Older repaint, heavy masking lines, some light overspray on loose-fitting side glass, lots of nicks and scratches. Rusty bumpers, rear valance panel, and rear fenders have dings. The replacement Mexican running boards are delaminating and rusty. The engine bay is dirty, but shows to have been regularly maintained. #67-1982 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N WPOJA0923CS821236. Silver/black leather. Odo: 88,355 miles. U.S.-spec. A solid original body with minimal dings and chips. Old cheap repaint is lifting at various masking seams. Factory power sunroof, aftermarket cell phone antenna, and dark window tint. Driver's inside door panel is loose, otherwise the interior shows JAPANESE #17-1967 DATSUN 1600 convertible. S/N 1397. Eng. # 18815. Blue/black cloth/black & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 69,946 miles. Bad repaint with no prepwork over bad, lumpy Bondo. Nasty patch job on right rear wheel opening. Excessive hail damage throughout. Sun-burnt peeling dash cover, cheaply reupholstered seats torn and split. Grubby engine bay probably the best part of the car. Some 1970s aftermarket engine bits, including carbs and The carpeting along the driver's door opening is heavily chewed up, and the seat upholstery is aged. The top is an older replacement, but is structurally sound. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,023. When it quit raining, the interior stayed dry, so at least the top sealed. When the bidding hit $4,500, I thought it was bid over its head by at least $500. However, it kicked back to life and kept going above and beyond the call of reason. generally well. Dusty engine bay with K&N air filter system. Finish is heavily abraded off the factory alloy wheels and undercarriage. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. Methinks the consigning dealer was fishing just as much as all the sportsmen who came to South Dakota for the annual no-license-required weekend. Even if the anglers didn't catch anything, they were more productive than this chap, who should've taken the money and run from this late-model used car. cast aluminum valve cover. The motor shudders when put into gear. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $875. What's a car like you doing in a place like this? It made the buffalo chips in the field across the freeway look more appealing. I've seen some pretty scabby looking fright pigs in my day, but this half-hearted attempt at detailing deserves some kind of award. Anything north of a C-note was stupid money for this Bondo dung heap, as scrap cars were fetching $110 around here. December 2006 123


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Pioneer Auto Auctions Murdo, SD Column Author AMERICAN #62-1936 BUICK SPECIAL Model 41 sedan. S/N 2945536. Gunmetal/tan cloth. Odo: 61,285 miles. Thick repaint oxidized and chipped. Rust blisters around the spare tire wells. Runningboard rubber on both sides is lifting and peeling. All chrome and trim is original. Nice interior except for spots of mold from poor storage. Full of period accessories, including headlight visors, spotlight, clampon door edge mirror, fog lamps, and an inside windshield defogger fan. Fitted with “artillery” if not an edge toward the seller, who had the car over a quarter of a century and definitely got his money out of it. To come out slightly ahead of the money on a driver-grade rod doesn't hurt either. #95-1948 INTERNATIONAL KB-1M Metro step van. S/N NA. White & primer gray/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 25,079 miles. The upper side panels have been recently replaced, with fresh wood framing and clean sheet metal. Paintwork is a mixture of original, repaints, and patches of gray primer. Very straight body panels. Plexiglass windows added at the bottom of rear barn doors. Well maintained original powertrain, including the unique updraft carburetion induction. Recently redone seat vinyl. Newer radial tires on original rims. Runs to mind—not the pillared coupe. However, the normally-aspirated Silver Hawks outsold their top-of-the-line brother by over 3-1/2 to one in '57. More common, less desirable, and redone on the cheap... the seller did well here. #10-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. S/N 4P68Z135881. Pagoda Green/ aqua vinyl. Odo: 2,352 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering and brakes. 1990s-era Ford Ranger 14-inch aluminum wheels and radial tires. Good repaint over patched and filled rear quarter and rocker panels. Replated bumpers, other chrome original and good overall. Side trim XL emblems are crazed and damaged. Dirty older engine detailing with off-the-shelf wheels, wide whitewall tires, and fully covered dual side-mount spares. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $17,015. Various Visigoths in the crowd, including a dealer or two, had mentioned the possibilities of yanking out the perfectly good powertrain and making it into a street rod. This car is a survivor—a time capsule of how cars of the immediate pre-war years were used and enjoyed. If anything, the damaged interior components should be replaced. Regardless of the new owner's intentions, anything with a 5-digit selling price was way over the money here. #37-1937 PACKARD 115 Street Rod coupe. S/N 10883843. Pearl white/maroon cloth. Odo: 23,727 miles. 25-year-old paint, bumpers, and trim with only minimal nicks and light scratches. Professionally upholstered interior is dated, including one-off door panels and headliner in the same fabric as the aftermarket bucket seats. High-quality B&M supercharged small-block Chevy 350 and 700R4 transmission. Mustang II front sub-frame, modified 9-inch Ford rear axle. Custom-made quite nicely, but a bit underpowered. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,588. Call me a sick puppy, but this was my favorite vehicle at the auction. Then again, I do have a penchant for Cornbinders, so this could be an easy call. IH made scads of these Metros from 1937 until the mid-1960s, but they've almost all been worked to death. To find a good running survivor is rare. I get the feeling that the buyer did alright here, depending on what they want to use it for. I, on the other hand, had visions of a mobile display case for my IH truck ephemera collection on the cheap. #64-1957 STUDEBAKER SILVER HAWK coupe. S/N 7205902. Dark red & white/white paint/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 22,518 miles. Mediocre runny repaint with wavy body panels. Overspray on the lower door edges and side windows. Excess glue under the door seals. Poor door alignment, glass, and window channel seals. Rechromed front bumper, original lightly scratched and bits. Replacement front vinyl doesn't match original on the console or rear seat. Aftermarket ammeter and temp gauge mounted below the dashboard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,275. A dealer I know asked me for my thumbnail valuation of this car before it crossed the block, as he had a customer who was hot to trot for it. I felt that $7,500 was plenty to pay. He ended up going over $10k, but didn't win the car. The lower body issues—common in big Fords of 1961–64—make me stick to my guns pricewise. Soon that Bondo will crack and fall out, and then we're back to a $3,500 car. #25-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2- dr hard top. S/N 168376S187535. Aqua/aqua vinyl. Odo: 28,385 miles. Good repaint, bodywork isn't finished to the best of standards. Most chrome is good quality replacement, with replated bumpers. Aftermarket rear antenna is bent at an angle to simulate optional dual rear antennas. New seat reupholstery kit installed expertly, but aqua seats clash with blue door Packard-logo valve covers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,825. A Chevy engine in a Packard seems to be as much of a slap in the face as the same motor in a Jaguar. Even more so from the former, one of Detroit's premier motor makers, since it replaced a functional flathead six Packard engine. Both parties did alright here, 124 crazed rear bumper and trim. Fair seat upholstery work. Worn steering wheel paint. Vintage Sun tach clamped to the steering column. Nonstock dual exhaust system. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,123. When one thinks of a Stude Hawk, the supercharged Golden Hawk hard top comes panels and dashboard top pad. Clean engine bay with good detailing, but not quite concours quality. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. OK, who was the genius who decided to use two different color interiors? It must have been a case of having some good blue pieces left over and being too cheap to get everything matching. 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#72-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. S/N 6K47C104880. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 88,619 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Old cheap repaint appears to have been applied with a roller. Right front fender scratched. Rusty roof drip rail channels, with original dry-rotted seals and weatherstripping. Original chrome and trim scuffed, scratched, and pitted. Original interior, correct column-shift three-speed, bucket seats, and empty center console. Engine bay is dusty, with zero attempt at a cleaning. Stock wheel covers on stock bodies—didn't want anything to do with this. Sold well enough to earn the P.T. Barnum award for this auction, and that was with some pretty stiff competition. #74-1967 FORD MUSTANG 2-dr hard top. S/N 7R01C204820. Red/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 9,814 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent repaint, except for rear edge of trunk and upper rear valance panel. New vinyl top is well done. Imperfect alignment to replacement trim and bumpers. Clean engine bay, with some engine shake at idle. The aftermarket rear Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer #4640004202-1976 ALFA ROMEO ALFETTA Sprint Veloce 3-dr hatch. S/N AR116290003817. Burgundy/black. Odo: 29,550 miles. 24 photos. Denver, CO. Highly customized with racing seats, blackout trim, spider transmission, ISKY cams, and Weber 45s. “There are some slight dings on the rear passenger decklid and on the upright from an uptight Harley bike rider that I passed on the left like he was standing still. He saw me at a gas station down the road and drove by with a chain, but he only got one wack at my car—I wasn't impressed.” 22 bids, sf 1, bf 3. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,401. steel rims, mid-1980s bias-ply tires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,740. The XL package on any Ford in the '60s was the same as an SS Chevrolet: bucket seats and a console. It's odd that Ford would've even allowed a three-onthe-tree on an XL, so here's another example of rare and desirable not being bedfellows. One gets the feeling this car was done up in the early 1980s, and then parked in a grain shed for the last two decades without having been checked since. The seller wisely let it go when it hit this final circa-1986 bid. #32-1967 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE II 2-dr hard top. S/N RH23F77189275. White/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 44,138 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a 318 with a 2-bbl. Lots of body filler in the lower fenders, both rocker panels, and behind the doors. Driver's door out of alignment, but closes without much effort. Newer rechromed front bumper, faded and crazed rear bumper. Good original trim has noticeable dings and scratching. Modified engine with non-stock dual exhaust and Hurst shifter. The stock steering wheel is cracked helper leaf springs have exceptionally long bolts. Newer seat upholstery kit, interior missing door lock plunger gaskets. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $10,250. Nothing special here, just a decent cruiser-grade hard top that looks pretty at five feet. It may have some driveline issues in the future, and in lieu of holding out for his $14k reserve, the consignor should've taken the money. #94-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 7T03C108556. Red/black vinyl/red & black vinyl. Odo: 23,648 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Lousy prep on the paint and rear quarter panels. Ill door fit, especially on the passenger side. Rust blisters on the trunk lid rear edges. Recently rebuilt engine and transmission with non-stock 4-barrel carburetor. Aftermarket dual exhaust system and third brake light on trunk lid. JVC in-dash stereo, bottom-feeder quality seat coverings, carpet, Humorous (but maybe not on purpose) seller adds, “When you buy this Alfetta, you'll have the opportunity to set speed records in your local Alfa Club, which adds to its value and desirablity.” That doesn't seem likely, but his trick mods and quirky description did double anybody's current price estimate. #4647359812-1983 ALFA ROMEO GTV6 3-dr hatch. S/N ZARAA6698D1005155. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 75,800 miles. 17 photos. Seattle, WA. Originally red, recent bare metal respray. “When the car was painted, it was completely re-wired with a new wiring harness. The a/c and window washer reservoir were removed and not replaced.” Recent major service. Italian MAK rims purchased through Ferrari of Seattle. 8 bids, sf 168, bf 25. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,500. Price was toward the high end of the range for an early GTV6, and the car might easily have been a #3- in person. No harm done, as prices of these cars have crept up a little bit in the last year or two. #4644544629-1985 ALFA ROMEO GTV6 3-dr hatch. along the rim. Newer aftermarket stereo and speakers, aftermarket gauges mounted below the dashboard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,788. Described by the consignor as having very little rust. That depends on your point of view. As for mine, this is a mud dauber, so I stayed away from it. Even one of my friends—a selfdescribed Mopar nut with a penchant for B- December 2006 and dash pad. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,200. Bidding went to the $8k reserve, and when it was released by the consignor, the next bid went to the purveyor of a regional auction company instead of the original high bidder, and the car was immediately hammered sold. The first bidder was obviously upset at having been side-stepped, and left the auction tent—and the site—rather quickly and most disgruntled. I don't really know why either party wanted this sloppy ragtop anyway, even at this money. #33-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 124378L310158. Tripoli Turquoise & black/aqua vinyl. Odo: 87,510 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High quality S/N ZARAA6696F1007070. White & yellow/gray velour. Odo: 75,375 miles. 24 photos. Glendale, CA. Creatively listed as a GTV-6R. “Thousands spent on customizing this Alfa in the 1990s. Customized exhaust, customized interior, customized paint.” Giant green snake painted on hood. Euro bumpers, stiff springs. Odometer broke a year ago. 18 bids, sf 0, bf 0. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,800. This was a fun looking car whose description lacked mechanical specifics, but nevertheless sold in line with our guide prices. (Cue Samuel L. Jackson) “Now get these (expletive deleted) snakes off my (expletive deleted) hood.” u 125


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Pioneer Auto Auctions Murdo, SD Column Author repaint, equally good body prep, GM-spec panel fit. Professionally installed seat vinyl, new carpet, and dashpad. Aftermarket AM/ FM/cassette in dash, temperature and voltmeter gauges below. Engine bay freshly-painted, with mostly OEM components. Nicely painted front subframe. New exhaust system shows almost no signs of use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,100. While definitely not perfect—or even a concours car—this was the best quality car at this auction. Selling price was pretty much retail for a 327 with a Powerslide automatic, so I think it was a fair transaction. #60-1968 FORD BRONCO 2-dr 4x4. S/N U15FLC57916. Pagoda Green/white paint/white vinyl, black & white cloth. Odo: 16,851 miles. Recent low-budget repaint with a few runs, dust, and mediocre masking. Fresh radial tires on original steel rims, but missing the wheel covers. Cracked left front turn signal lens. Chrome in excellent original condition. Off-white painted trim wears the original paint on the grille, but the bumpers are repainted. All-original engine bay cleaned up, but not show quality. The interior is all original and ability of its owner. Not much of value here, aside from a scrap steel rate of $110/ton. #2-1977 FORD PINTO Cruisin' wagon. rattle-can restoration underhood. Fresh cloth bench seatcover hides original abused upholstery. Dash wood trim faded. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,023. Market price. While they sold almost as well as Chevy trucks of the same era, Fords tend to be used up and not restored to the same level as a GM equivalent, and so fewer appear at auction. This sale featured four, though the others were quite ratty. The first vehicle I ever drove was my dad's '68 F100, so a Ford gets the nod from me over a GM any day—even a mediocre one like this. #71-1971 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 2F05H122990. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 41,382 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good prepwork and repaint, including stripes. Poor panel fit, with the trunk lid off, the hood askew, and doors that rattle. Aftermarket traction bars on rear suspension, alloy wheels, and window tint. Consignor claims an engine rebuild less than a thousand miles ago. Lots S/N 7T12Z138083. Silver, black, yellow & red/ black vinyl. Odo: 40,776 miles. Original paint faded and chalky on upper body surfaces, especially fiberglass headlight surrounds. Original striping mostly faded and cracked. Wilted front spoiler. Some rust splotches on driver's door edge and lower half of rear hatch. Rear bumper is canted. Generally good interior, with no tears or heavy wear. Cheap newer exhaust system. Unkempt used car engine bay. Seems to run OK. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,000. A Pinto Cruisin' Wagon doesn't just scream '70s, it tosses 1970s all over the disco floor. At least with the “Cologne” V6 and automatic tranny, it can get out of its own way. A prime example of how '70s Detroit build quality can't stand up to the elements. #28-1987 PONTIAC FIERO GT coupe. in excellent condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,175. We've seen these first-generation Broncos regularly go into five-digit selling prices for excellent examples. I get the feeling that what the owner spent on the repaint wasn't worth the return, as most folks who wish to buy a 16k mile anything would expect to have the original paint. The six-banger motor and front bench seat do absolutely nothing to help the value either, so this could be considered market-correct pricing, although neither the buyer or seller should really brag about it. #29-1969 FORD F100 Ranger 1/2-ton pickup. S/N F10YLF54804. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 59,416 miles. Good repaint on mediocre body prep. Exterior bed panels are wavy. Dimpled tailgate. Replacement windshield, excess ooze from the gasket. Rearview missing. Dealer installed a/c, clearance lights, and front bumper guards. Modern aftermarket box rails and stainless exhaust deflectors. Decent dent-free trim, missing grille emblem. Minimal 126 of aftermarket performance bits. High quality repro vinyl hidden by loosely fitting seat covers. Newer door panels and carpeting, most vents are broken. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Nothing says “beat the crap out of me” like a set of traction bars. The seller snubbed a somewhat realistic bid, but being a dealer, he'll eventually turn it loose, and probably for not too far from what was bid here. #11-1973 BUICK APOLLO coupe. S/N 4B17H3L105660. Dark green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 22,246 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bucket seats and 14-inch Rallye wheels from an '80s vintage Monte Carlo. Lots of surface and structural rust. Original V8 moderately built-up with a 4-barrel carb. Seems to run out fine, though after idling for 15 minutes it left black spots on the gravel from each of the exhaust outlets. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $500. The chain-smoking owner looked just as ratty as his car. He proudly declared, “It's set up to run. I don't do body work.” He could just as well have tried the body work judging by how it ran. That it still runs at all is testimony to the durability of the Buick V8 and not the S/N 1G2PG1194HP212856. Maroon metallic/gray cloth. Odo: 71,210 miles. Original paint with a few light scratches, mostly on the engine cover, and a few gravel nicks on the nose. Engine bay is clean and has been regularly maintained, but not up to show specs. Factory options include manual sunroof, cruise control, top-grade AM/FM/cassette stereo, and a/c. Very little interior wear, and what is there is commensurate with the miles indicated. Overall, a well cared-for, mostly original car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,408. GM took a somewhat unusual car, slowly improved it to the point of becoming a decent car, then dropped it. Fiero clubs started almost as soon as they started coming off the assembly line in late 1983, preserving quite a few. I pegged this car as selling for over $5k due to the Getragsourced 5-speed. For now, we'll call this well bought—if bought as a collectible and not a driver. Just start shopping for a Northstar V8 to replace the V6 when it dies.u Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics P orsche's always been about evolution rather than revolution. This month we bring you a selection of Stuttgart's most highly evolved, as well as a few that lost a gene or two along the way. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4641112861-1990 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 coupe. S/N WP0AB2966LS451119. Grand Prix White/black & red. Odo: 95,000 miles. 19 photos. Pompano Beach, FL. 17” OEM 993 Cup Design wheels. Red Sparco Racing seats with 5-point harnesses. Flesh-colored shift boot looks very, um, PHALLIC. Strut tower brace, fuel cut-off, RS-style wing, chin spoiler. “NO EXPENSE SPARED” on Champion Built 3.8-L has two small tears, and electric motor has been removed. Driver's mirror cracked. Seats need to be repaired or recovered. Design 90 wheels. 38 bids, sf 357, bf 55. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. A college classmate of mine got one of these for getting all As one semester. I can't think about the value of this car now without schadenfreude (insert evil laugh here). Price was fair, but this was not a good buy. A red & gray 1991 in #2 condition closed four days later for only $1,600 more, and it had 10k fewer miles and nice aftermarket wheels. All this also gave me schadenfreude for this car's buyer. #4583644825-1991 PORSCHE 911 Turbo for “autocross, track, or street.” 15 bids, sf 26, bf 173. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,500. I don't get it. It's a track car, but it has a sunroof. It's got lightweight racing seats, but heavy door pockets (not RS panels). This car is confused, and I assume the winning bidder was too—unless he was just buying the engine and planning on re-selling the rest. Only in that case would this be a fair price. #3300272740-1990 PORSCHE 944 S2 cabriolet. S/N WP0CB294XLN480466. Red/black canvas/black. Odo: 107,353 miles. 24 photos. Georgetown, IN. Small wing on the rear deck. “The exterior of the car was professionally painted by a Porsche dealer approx 1 year ago,” but now shows some chips. Top coupe. S/N WP0AA2968MS480478. Grand Prix White/gray. Odo: 94,000 miles. 50 photos. Sugarland, TX. 3.3-L RWD Turbo. Newer 18” OEM Turbo Twist wheels. Racing Dynamics springs and adjustable coil overs. “Drives and performs excellent. This car has a previous reconditioned title history.” Right front fender NY. RWD. Salvage-titled theft recovery has been recombined as a Porsche bitsa. 993 6speed manual, canvas top, aluminum gauges, and gray leather seats. 3.3-L single Turbo engine from a 1991 Turbo makes over 400 hp at the wheels. Functional turbo tail. Kinesis Forged 18” wheels. 23 bids, sf 128, bf 129. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,100. Only 250 America Roadsters were built. To a marque purist is this a fate worse than death? Only time will tell how this bionic-man-style rebuild will affect collectibility. If you can handle the title brand, you have a much faster and more comfortable car for a 30–40% discount from market. #4645380651-1993 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet. S/N WP0CB296XPS460209. Raspberry Metallic/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 65,000 miles. 16 photos. Reno, NV. AWD. 5-speed manual. A7 Raspberry Red Metallic. “You either love it or hate it.” 2nd owner with all records since 12k miles. Has four new tires, needs a top, several stone chips disclosed. 28 Bayside, bids, sf 0, bf 14. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Seller says, “If you love the color, the car is really in great shape.” What does that mean to the guy who thinks it putrid? Seriously, this was 10% less than the seller was asking in Panorama, and it was surprisingly fair allaround. eBay's worldwide reach must have compensated for an otherwise saleproof hue. replaced. 43 bids, sf 59, bf private. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,000. Bought for a couple grand more than a normally aspirated car would fetch, this Turbo was a bargain bahnstormer by at least $5k. Though a Turbo engine rebuild can exceed $10k, converting a non-Turbo car to Turbo specs would cost twice as much. A good buy if you like your acceleration exponential—and don't care about the title brand. #4645847195-1992 PORSCHE 911 America Roadster. S/N WP0BB2967NS440122. Midnight Blue Metallic/blue canvas/gray 128 Sports Car Market #4601780324-1994 PORSCHE 911 Speedster. S/N WP0CB2962RS465357. Signal Green/black/black. Odo: 20,925 miles. 24 photos. St. Louis, MO. One of about 400 Speedsters built in 1994. Special ordered in M1 “Signal Green,” without color-matched wheels. B&B aftermarket exhaust and H&R springs powdercoated in body color. #2 condition. 46 bids, sf 16, bf 24. Cond: 2. SOLD AT


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Fresh Meat Online sales of recent production cars. $58,500. Some couples apparently have short lists of celebrities it would be OK to sleep with in the wildly rare event that one crosses paths with someone on the list. This car will be the start of such a list for me. If memory serves, it sold on eBay for $5k less two years ago. If and when I ever see it again, I'll pay $5k more and I'll sleep IN it. #4645609145-1995 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4 coupe. S/N WP0AA2993SS323948. Polar Silver/Flamenco Red leather. Odo: 86,000 miles. 24 photos. Portland, OR. AWD. 10 speaker hi-fi, Rootwood shifter, Flamenco Red leather. H&R Springs to ROW (rest of world) ride height. OEM 17” 996 twist wheels. “Never on a track, never seen much over 100 mph, never in an accident.” 25 bids, sf 5, bf 20. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,600. Debunking a myth here: 1995 was the best year for the 993 mechanically. The later cars with VarioCam intakes have more stock torque and horsepower, but they also have very costly carbon build-up problems. That said, it is very hard to find a narrow-body 1995 C4 coupe, and when you do, feel free to pay $5–$7k more than this. #1100290690-1996 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 4S coupe. S/N WP0AA2994TS320543. Arena Red/gray. Odo: 72,352 miles. 22 photos. Laguna Hills, CA. AWD wide-body with “big red” brakes and 18” OEM Turbo Twists. Arena Red (burgundy) over dark gray full-leather. Bone stock, including the abysmal factory radio. Recent major service, new steering rack. Possible bent valves, maybe more. Will crank, but will not start.” #4 condition. 28 bids, sf 19, bf -1. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,196. The earliest Boxsters have plummeted in value over the last 2–3 years, resulting in some nice bargains. Hacked and blown up, this car was one to be avoided entirely—even if it sold for only a couple grand over salvage value. #1200301128-1999 PORSCHE 911 Carrera coupe. S/N WP0AA2991XS625732. Ocean Blue Metallic/Graphite Gray leather. Odo: 36,377 miles. 24 photos. New Orleans, LA. “I am the original owner. Car purchased 5/1/1999. I have all original books, stickers, keys, records, etc. This car has never been Date sold: 08/30/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #300020558672 Details: White/black, LTZ package, XM radio. Sale result: $36,125, Buy It Now Seller's feedback: 183 Buyer's feedback: 78 MSRP: $43,125 Other current offering: Joe V. Clayton Chevrolet in Arab, AL, 256.586.600. Asking $41,595 for a black truck. 2007 BMW M6 CONVERTIBLE “Check-engine light has remained off for over 4,500 miles.” 17 bids, sf 216, bf 27. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,600. We know this is the exact market price for an Arena Red 993 C4S, because an Arena/Black car sold the previous day for $300 more. Though that car had 6k more miles, their effect on price was likely canceled out with flashy aftermarket mags and an expensive stereo. December 2006 raced, wrecked, tracked.” Litronic Lights. OEM 17” Turbo Twists. Some small rock chips. 16 bids, sf 0, bf 58. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,490. We knew this would happen—curvaceous and friendly 997s make the mechanically similar, slab-sided 996 look about as exciting as a throat lozenge. Price was market, but car was still well bought, considering the challenge of finding a perfect one-owner car. u Date sold: 08/29/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #180019936717 Details: Contract for RIGHT TO BUY ONLY (not car itself). March or April 2007 delivery. Colors and options still open. Sale result: $24,500, 4 bids Seller's feedback: 537 Buyer's feedback: private MSRP: $187,500 est. Other current offering: Exquisite Motorworks, Oakland Park, FL, 954.958.0000. Asking $50k for the RIGHT TO BUY on a black/ black convertible with December 2006 delivery. 2007 CHEVROLET AVALANCHE LTZ #4636861727-1997 PORSCHE BOXSTER roadster. S/N WP0CA2982VS621315. Zenith Blue/black/gray leather. Odo: 127,000 miles. 23 photos. Murray, UT. 18” OEM wheels from a Boxster S. Lambo-style scissor doors. This is the best photo provided. Tiptronic. Factory power top has been converted to manual. “Intermediate shaft has jumped timing. Needs engine work. 2007 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT CONVERTIBLE Date sold: 09/26/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #190033276224 Details: Contract for a RIGHT TO BUY ONLY (not car itself). Seller is a BMW dealership. Triple black. Fully optioned. Sale result: $17,600, 7 bids Seller's feedback: 15 Buyer's feedback: private MSRP: $114,900 Other current offering: Private seller asking $132k for a very similar, triple black car with SMG and an MSRP of $125,900.u 129


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Monterey Motobilia Finds the Green Of all the auction companies, Bonhams treats automobilia as serious business, and at the Quail the company was well rewarded for its efforts I f any questions still existed about the popularity of automobilia, Monterey events in mid-August surely answered them. Automobilia definitely hit primetime. The unquestioned automobilia champion of the weekend was Bonhams and its Quail Lodge auction on August 18, when it offered over 300 lots of mascots, signs, and other unusual automotive treasures. The event was well attended, as people drifted between the auction and the Quail event, bidding on the items that were of interest to them and then returning to view more automobiles. Of all the auction companies, Bonhams treats the sale of automobilia as serious business, and at this event the company was well rewarded for its efforts. Here are some of the lots. LOT 5. HARLEY- LOT 2. VOLKSWAGEN PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $750–$900. SOLD AT: $1,170. Black and white die-cut sign that displayed a VW Beetle with the slogan, “The World's Most Reliable Small Car.” An unusual and seldom-seen sign in decent condition. Sold for the right money. DAVIDSON PORCELAIN SIGN IN THE SHAPE OF AN ARROW. Estimate: $750–$900. SOLD AT: $1,053. I assume this was European in origin, as the local Harley guys had not seen it before. No idea of age, but if it is, in fact, a vintage sign, it sold under the money. If it was a U.S. Harley sign, it would be worth at least twice what was paid. LOT 3. AEROSHELL PORCELAIN DIE-CUT SIGN. Estimate: $1,100–$1,500. SOLD AT: $1,112. A colorful doublesided porcelain sign for Shell aviation gasoline that had a few minor nicks. This sold for a song, as they usually go for twice what was paid here. The buyer got an absolute bargain on a very desirable sign. 130 LOT 13. MICHELIN PORCELAIN TIRE PRESSURE SIGN, DATED 1959. Estimate: $500–$700. SOLD AT: $363. Sign had recommended tire pressure for a number of European cars, including Jaguar XK 140 and 150, Porsche Carrera, and MG. Text was in French and German. The sign was almost three feet tall and a foot wide. Anything with Ol' Bib is popular, so this one slipped through the cracks. I would have expected this to top $1,000. LOT 104. LARGE MICHELIN POSTER BY E. MONTAUT, CIRCA 1905. Estimate: $10,000–$12,000. SOLD AT: $8,775. This colorful framed lithographed poster was about 5' x 4'. It depicted the race between George Heath driving a Panhard and the fastest train in the world. He did, in fact, beat the train by half an hour. I'd have to say this delightful poster sold for well under the money and the buyer did just fine. Sports Car Market


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original has been reproduced in quantity with varying degrees of quality. Detail was lacking here so price paid was about right. bronze Duesenberg at speed done in a limited edition of 34. Prices on Wanlass's work have been depressed, but he seems to be making a comeback. Even so, this piece is offered by his gallery for $39,500, so in comparison this is a bargain. $4,250–$6,000. SOLD AT: $3,042. This mascot of a winged Pharoah's bust was signed with the foundry marking. It had a strong Art Deco design and included a photocopy of the catalog where it was offered for 160ff in the early '20s. Sold for well under the estimates. Displayed with the framed catalog page, this will make a striking addition to a mascot collection. LOT 123. POCHOIR LOT 79. POSTER ADVERTISING THE SUCCESS OF THE “EQUIPO ARGENTINO” TEAM OF FANGIO AND CAMPOS. Estimate: $1,500–$1,800. SOLD AT: $2,223. This linen-backed poster was in Spanish and depicted the two drivers and one of the Maserati 4CLTs they drove during their successful European season. Posters are the hot ticket of late, and this one, with two racing legends, created a lot of interest and brought the right money. PRINT OF 1913 RENAULT BY GAMAY. Estimate: $600–$700. SOLD AT: $819. Hand-colored print that was framed and matted. Done by Marguerite Montaut, who signed her work Gamay. She continued the business after her husband E. Montaut passed away. Prices for these prints have been in this range for the past several years and they are available in quantity, so don't expect any appreciation. LOT 230. “OURS PORTELOT 134. ORIGINAL PAINTING OF COACHWORK DESIGN BY ALEXIS de SAKHNOFFSKY. Estimate: $800–$900. SOLD AT: $1,521. Watercolor and gauche that was matted and initialed by de Sakhnoffsky, who passed away in 1964. The lot included eight similar renderings that appeared in Automobile Quarterly. It sold for well over the high estimate, but the price did not seem out of line considering the stature of the artist. FANION” MASCOT BY H. PAYEN, CIRCA 1925. Estimate: $3,500–$4,000. SOLD AT: $2,340. This was a nickeled bronze mascot of a bear holding an embroidered pennant for the Touring Club de France. It was signed and about 10” tall. I doubt if the pennant was original. Considering the fine detail of the piece and that it is signed, I'd call this a decent buy. LOT 237. “CHRYSIS” GLASS MASCOT BY RENE LALIQUE. Estimate: $6,250– $7,000. SOLD AT: $4,914. This mascot was introduced in March 1931 and listed as number 1183 in the Lalique catalog. Appeared to be in excellent condition with no chips, blemishes, or scratches. Sold for considerably less than the example offered in the shop in Carmel, so on that basis I'd have to consider it well bought. LOT 308. EARLY LOT 115. ROLLS-ROYCE “SPIRIT OF ECSTASY” SHOWROOM DISPLAY BRONZE. Estimate: $5,000– $7,000. SOLD AT: $2,633. This two-foot bronze was un-numbered and was based on the original Charles Sykes design. The December 2006 LOT 152. “HIGH GEAR” BRONZE BY STANLEY WANLASS. Estimate: $10,000– $12,000. SOLD AT: $10,530. A LOT 236. RARE “ENIGME” MASCOT BY SASPORTAS. Estimate: TOURING CAR WEATHER VANE. Estimate: $8,000– $10,000. SOLD AT: $6,084. This early touring car was highly detailed and constructed of copper. In the early 20th century, weather vanes with automobiles were frequently used on top of service stations and repair shops. Interesting piece of early Americana. Considering the condition and historical significance, it sold for a reasonable price.u 131


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SCM Gallery Featured Artist Richard James: Classic Cars and Modern Art All of the elements in the shot are there when I take it; I just refine what's there by Kristen Hall-Geisler P hotographic artist Richard James bought his first camera—a Canon AE1 that he still has—in 1976, and quickly identified his favorite subject. “I just found some old photos, and right from the beginning I was shooting cars,” James says. “It made me realize that I've been doing this for a very long time. Of course, there were people in those pictures, and the hoods were up. I've taken baby steps from then to what I'm doing now.” James attended film school at the New York Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in communication arts. He translated his education into a stint working in television, followed by 20 years as a creative director in the advertising business. “One of the criticisms of my work is that it's very commercial, but it makes sense, given my years in advertising.” Critics have also praised him, though, as a “digital photographic artist whose work does not look digital.” In 2004, James decided to pursue a career in photogra- phy full-time. During the last two years, he has assembled a collection of dozens of his photographs, 27 of which are part of his Classic Car portfolio. The subjects of these giclée prints span 50 years of American automotive history, from the early Cadillac V16 to muscle cars such as the 1970 Mustang Mach 1. He says he gravitates toward domestic cars because even when he was younger, he had realistic fantasies. “Those were the cars I could see myself getting into, money-wise and physically. I'm 6'5”, so I can't fit into an MG.” His taste may also have something to do with the Dodge Dart in his garage, the only vintage car he's ever had. “It was my parents' very first, brand-new car, and I kept it. My dad bought it new in 1965 for $2,000. It's white with aqua interior and a monster steering wheel. Back then, it was considered a compact car.” AN ARCHITECTURAL STYLE The signature James style features architectural close- ups: a distinctive grille, a famous hood ornament, a jutting fin. Every one of the Classic Car shots currently in his portfolio was taken at various car shows and concours around the state of New York. He prefers to work outside in natural light, rather than in a studio setting. This lends his shots the greatest tone variation, from bright whites to darkest blacks. Occasionally, though, the opportunity to shoot a car indoors from all angles presents itself and James experiments. Not only does James shoot, but he hand-prints each of his editions. The process of getting the images from the raw file on the computer to the final giclée print can involve as few as four layers of adjustment in Photoshop, or as many as 20. The pictures of the oldest cars, a Model A and Packard, are among the least “cooked,” as James says. His image of a Packard Caribbean, though, differs greatly between the master and the finished product. “There were lots of nasty reflections to get rid of, espe- 132 “The Red '57” cially on the fender. When I start to work with an image, it looks promising, and I'll just keep going and keep going until I say, ‘Aha!' and I've got it right. “When I talk about ‘cooking' the image, I don't mean that pejoratively. All of the elements in the shot are there when I take it; I just refine what's there. For example, the Buick Eight wasn't purple, it was all black. I found some purple highlights in the tone and went from there.” James took “a little creative license” with several of the editions. Many cars that were originally red in real life are now orange, green, and even bright pink. The absolute Sports Car Market


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“Duesenberg in Tone” least “cooked” piece, though, was “The Red '57”: “I just had to sweeten it and crop it.” Some of the prints, like “Duesenberg in Tone,” are silver gelatin prints. He takes the picture digitally, then uses an LCD to transfer the image onto regular photographic paper, just as you would using film instead of pixels. Much of his artistic sense springs from his interest in incorporating past techniques with a modern style. PLAYING FAVORITES “I take lots of rough shots from all angles of the car,” James says. “But I try to avoid bumper-to-bumper shots so I can get something different.” He has succeeded in finding a new way to look at vintage autos, especially in pieces like “The Buick Eight,” which he likes because “it looks like it's snarling at you.” “'58 Oldsmotude” is another of his favorites. “It has that New York attitude, that ‘what are you lookin' at' kind of thing.” He also counts the swooping front fender of “Duesenberg in Motion” and the stately black-and-white grille of “Legend's Cadillac” among his top photos. His straightforward titles, like “The Red '57” and “The Blue '57,” contradict the photos' complexity. “Sometimes the story of the picture comes to me at the time, when I'm taking the pictures of the car. Sometimes it's added later, on the web site, to fit the image.” James plans on trying new subjects in the near future: “I'd like to start shooting vintage airplanes with the same kind of approach.” In the meantime, he will continue work on the Classic Car collection. “I've always loved cars. I think of them as sculpture. And the craftmanship and the Richard James Member, National Association of Photoshop Professionals See more and purchase at: www.sportscarmarket.com/artist-gallery December 2006 love the original designers put into these things—my art is an homage to them. It's evocative of a different time. These cars are really special creatures.” u KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER is a former editor of and now contributor to Sports Car Market. 133


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1999–2003 Norton Commando VR880 If you don't set up the Isolastic mountings correctly, you're rewarded with a high-speed weave and sudden cause to rethink your wicked life T he long and winding road of Norton motorcycle history is bizarre enough to be a movie. The company dates back to 1902 and the dawn of serious motorcycling. It has unparalleled name recognition and made brilliant Manx race bikes with prestigious street variations in the 1940s, '50s, and '60s, but fizzled out in the '70s with the 850 Commando as the Japanese took over. A surprising resurgence in the 1980s pro- duced the brilliant rotary-engined F1 racer, then the name went underground, surfacing in Oregon in 1999 for a short run of excellent customs, finally expiring (for now) in 2006. GOING IN STYLE In the hands of dogged Oregon entrepreneur Kenny Dreer (who even managed to wrest the name from non-performing hoarders), Norton went the way of which even stiffupper-lip Brits would approve. At the last, Dreer and his talented crew designed and built an 80-horsepower, super-Norton 961 twin—from the ground up. Unfortunately, that was a terminally expensive proposition: If anybody reading this is interested in continuing the battle, you'd better have $10 million in the bank. While the 961 never made it beyond four prototypes, the VR880, its elegant predeces- sor, can occasionally be found for sale and is well worth a look. In all, 50 VR880s were made between 1999 and 2003, gradually evolving into something of which the original company would have been rather proud. FINE MATCH FOR THE MONSTER I rode a late VR880 a couple of summers ago and it was a blast, with gobs of power, fine handling, and an exhaust note to bring tears to the eyes of “grippers”—those old boys who hang on your arm at the Isle of Man TT and start out “Ee lad, those were the days…” David Edwards, editor of Cycle World, is a dedicated fan, and his enthusiasm is wellplaced. The bike is a fine match for the Ducati Monster at which it was aimed, with the cachet of being rare and irretrievably English in nature, with a thumping 360-degree vertical twin. Patrick Leyshock worked for Norton from 2001 until Perfect VR880 owner: Is certain the company will be revived Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HH Appreciation potential: HHHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1999–2003 Number produced: 50 Original list price: $20,000 SCM Valuation: $13,000–$16,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Engine: 872-cc air-cooled inclined twin Transmission: 4-speed Weight: 395 lbs Engine #: Left side of case below cylinder Frame #: On headstock Colors: To choice, but mostly black, BRG, red, or yellow Website: www.inoanorton.com; www .norton.uk.com 134 the doors closed in May, wearing many hats (or would that be pudding-basin helmets?), including parts manager, project manager, dealer coordinator, and even EPA and DOT homologator. He's intimately familiar with VR880s, especially the gradual evolution, and says while the early bikes are more Norton in appearance, the later ones work better. Early bikes (maybe 20) have kick-starters, which were replaced by a Harley-Davidson-style electric starter, with a ring gear on the clutch basket. Early bikes had 35 mm Norton forks, fitted with Honda F2 internal cartridges and two-piston Grimeca disc brakes. Later bikes have 38 mm Marzocchi forks and four-pot Brembo brakes, which work extremely well, but look less period. EASY TO RIDE FAST Switchgear is Malaguti—a considerable improvement over the old Lucas equipment—and gauges are whitefaced. The tail is an elegant reworking of the old fastback look and the tank is a handsome recreation, though 2.6 gallons won't get you far. “The best thing about the VR880 is it's easy to ride fast, thanks to the Norton Commando frame,” says Leyshock. “You have 70 horsepower and the bike weighs 400 pounds. That's the power-to-weight ratio of a modern Suzuki SV650,” he says. “The power and delivery were very accessible and the brakes were fantastic.” The downside is familiar to owners of tradi- tional Nortons. If you don't set up the flexible Isolastic mountings correctly (they carry the engine, gearbox, and swing axle), you'll be rewarded with a high-speed weave and sudden cause to rethink your wicked life. A COUPLE OF RECALLS There were many updates along the way, along with a couple notable recalls. The lining used to seal the top frame tube/oil tank could peel off and clog oil lines, leading to at least one engine replacement. Instructions and kits were sent out to strip the sealer. When you unscrew the oil cap, you want to see shiny metal inside, not a white coating. The polyethylene fuel cell with its fiberglass cover is also prone to cracking at the rear, so check that carefully. Other weak points to examine include the primary drive belt—make sure it's got all its teeth. Also check the teeth on the starter ring gear. Much of the VR880 is custom-built, with Kibblewhite valves, porting by Dan Baisley, JE 10.5:1 pistons, and Nikasil-lined alloy cylinders. The ceramic pipes won't discolor, and the exhaust terminates in correct “pea-shooter” mufflers. Also be sure nobody has thrown a rod through the crankcase. “You'd be in a bind,” says Leyshock. “The cases are keyed to one another and not interchangeable.” EACH ONE INDIVIDUAL The main thing to remember about VR880s is that each one is individual, from the paint to the number of shims in the front wheels. But two things stopped production: a dwindling supply of original Norton parts, and a loss on every bike Dreer sold, despite the $20,000 price tag. “The VR880 generated publicity and it was a valuable branding tool,” says Leyshock. “It might have been sustainable when the bikes were being built in Kenny's barn, but when you're trying to fund development and have a warehouse…. The business model would have had to be different.” Though talks with investors continue, this might be the time to pick up a VR880, which changes hands for between $13,000 and $16,000. You'll certainly draw a crowd. “The sound of that 360 crank off-throttle still gives me tingles,” says Leyshock. u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and wrenching on motorcycles for 45 years, and has the scars to prove it. Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Yet another person is swallowed up by the collector car hobby. —Tim Wright, Glendale, AZ RUNNER-UP: Well, Bob, the good news is that the rear end seems to be holding up. The bad news is that you'll definitely need a new head.—Rob McCall, Chicago, IL OK, you spray him down with silicone, I'll tie a rope to his ankle and get the truck. I'm sure we can pull him out.—Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA I swear they said the motor was in the back.—Adam Petrey, Raleigh, NC Too dark in here, Vern. Hand me your lighter.—Stephen R. Miller, Muncie, IN Now don't take that comment I made about you having a spare tire around your stomach too serious.—Lewis J. Duink II, Traverse City, MI I'm so embarrassed. He wore brown shoes with a black driver's suit.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY This is absolutely the last time I bleed brakes without a vacuum pump.—Joe Anderson, Bloomington, IL Don't need no forceps, Martha. A'l jist use muh hands.—Brian Bingham, Jacksonville, FL Unfortunately, Dieter's own spare tire had finally reached a wheelarch-filling 245/45-17 as well.—Chris Attias, Felton, CA This is what it looks like when your 911 makes you its bitch.—Stan Colona, Plano, TX USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: November 25, 2006 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provoca- tive response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mystery photo@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an of- ficial “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 Sports Car Market Is this what Porsche owners mean by having your head up your ass?—Ken Yokelson, Atlanta, GA Gary demonstrates his unique yet effective method of flaring early 911 fenders.—Brooks Esser, Menlo Park, CA Yet another naive Porsche own- er, sucked in by the promise of reliable performance.—Dan Everingham, Wheat Ridge, CO Well Bubba, the axle looks OK... but dang, there's a motor under here!—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Dude, the engine don't come out from there.—John Vardania, via e-mail Here kitty, kitty, kitty.—John Bollman, Valdosta, GA Dang, Bubba. Where'd they Easy career change from gynecologist to Porsche mechanic.—David Knetzer, San Diego, CA If you think my mechanic is thorough, you should really meet my proctologist.—John Fudge, Manasquan, NJ If not maintained properly, it will eat you alive.—David Robinson, Marietta, GA Dr. Doug the chiropractor can always find himself a new patient at Porsche track days. Everyone loves doing valve adjustments in a hurry between races.—William “Chip” Lamb, Richmond, VA hide the bat-ry on these newfangled Germaneze cars?—Jeff Chavez, Spring, TX Dry sump clogged? Call Moto-Rooter, the Porsche Plumber—Stan Swartz, Bradenton FL ...then you just sort of rock back and forth. And that's how you clean the inside of wheel arches.—Bill Mihalic, Rochester, MI This month's winner, Tim Wright, will re- ceive a soon-to-be-collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal, for his understanding that collector car passion manifests itself in many ways.u


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Comments With Your Renewal I subscribe to several auto pubs, but SCM is the only one I actually read cover to cover.— David Coffin, Drexel, NC Still the best magazine I have ever received. Enjoy seeing you the SCM gang at Monterey every year.—Tim Hayden, Jackson, TN Where are the prices of the Mercedes 280SL headed? Can hardly wait for each issue.—R.P. Ritner, Spokane, WA. 280SLs have stayed pretty consistent, with #2 cars going in the $30,000– $40,000 range. I don't see them changing much in the future, as they are not flashy collectibles, just competent ones.—ED. #1 car magazine, but about all those renewal notices…—R. Lynch, San Pedro, CA. Consider this—if you renew when the first notice comes, it will be a year (or two or three, depending on the option you select) until you get the next one.—ED. How about following a seller or buyer through the entire auction experience?—James Sells, Silverdale, WA The quality of the paper you use is great. Also, your turnaround on Corvette shows objectivity and that you don't have sports-car-blinders on.—J.M. Chappell, Ashland, PA I enjoy the mix of brass, clas- sic, sports and muscle…keep up the good job.—John Rich, Frackville, PA More Colin Comer on muscle cars.—William Hall, Milwaukee, WI Flood-damaged cars, are they worth anything?—Steven Bujenovic, Baton Rouge, LA. That depends on the type of car, the extent of the damage, and what it will take to bring one back. In general, for cars more than 20 years old, having a “branded” or salvage title is not very important as it relates to value. See our January 2006 story on collector cars destroyed by Katrina (p.28).—ED More AMX coverage. —Alexander von Wolff, San Francisco, CA A little more love for Morgans please.—D.L. Wolford, Falls Church, VA Bring back the Alfa Romeo Profiles and keep true to SCM.— W.L. Wagnon, Stone Mountain, GA Love the Alfa Bits & eBay up- dates.—Jay Barone, Milford, CT I especially appreciate Shee- han's Ferrari columns and Draneas's Legal Files.—Edwin Russell, Kittanning, PA Keep it going with collector cars, but drop the motorcycles.— David Miller, Dulles, VA We like the not-so-serious approach Keith has in speaking events and his great attitude. It shows in the publication—Mr. and Mrs. Swain, Manteca, CA One thing I find pleasing is you occasionally make a mistake. But I still love this magazine.—Tom Johnson, Portland, OR And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—EDu December 2006 137


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM web site listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online VISA/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false, and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Series 1 1/2, 3-carb, 4-speed, bought from the original owner. Never any rust, totally rebuilt front to rear. $76,000. Bob Palmer, 772.871.5874. (FL) 1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur Limousine This car has been restored. Body stripped to metal. New interior. Convertible top in excellent condition. Rebuilt engine. Mechanically A-1. Drives like a dream. $19,500. Tim Koehler, 910.673.5767. (NC) 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Convertible Matching-numbers California car. Low miles on total, no-expense-spared restoration in original colors. Drives and performs as it should. Documentation and Heritage Certificate. $89,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1959 Triumph TR3 Beautufully restored years ago and now a fantastic driver. All correct, and with all weather equipment. Finished in white, with black leather interior, black top, tonneau, and side curtains. Lots of fun, great investment. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. More photos on website: www.deGarmoLtd.com. $19,500. Matt deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1959 Jaguar XK 150S Roadster Nice 150S, complete mechanical rebuild with an update to a 5-speed manual transmission. All systems rebuilt and refurbished: brakes, engine, transmission, and suspension. We have completed a full inspection, service, and tune. Detailed engine compartment and undercariage. A great driver. Must see. See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com. $99,900. Continental Auto Sports, 630.655.3535. (USA) 1963 Jaguar XKE Convertible Dialed in and sorted out like no other. Frame-up restored to beyond new specs. Matching numbers. British Racing Green, biscuit leather. All books, tools, etc. The best there is. www.deGarmoLtd.com. $135,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1968 Jaguar 4.2 XKE Convertible Good, solid example with new floors and battery box. Strong running engine. 356C four-wheel disc brakes. Nardi steering wheel. Priced to reflect mi- 138 Like new. Silver w/ black interior. Fully equipped, including sport package, CD changer, heated seats, Bose sound, books, tools and full history. Local car with only 40,400 miles. Financing available. www.charlescrail.com. $35,500. Crail Auto, 805.568.1934. (USA) AMERICAN 1966 Shelby GT350H Incredible, original unmolested car. All correct down to the last detail. 4-speed with period correct Hurst shifter. Red, gold stripes. Cosmetically pristine, mechanically perfect. Ready to drive or show. Sports Car Market Black/Black. Well maintained, with only 34k miles. Family owned and chauffeur-driven. $69,500. Cignatta, Inc, 410.679.7600. (MD) 2002 Aston Martin DB7 3,000 miles, BRG w/Saddle interior, tan carpet, V12, 6-speed, Bose sound. Car is near-perfect. $74,900. Richard Haskell, 708.370.1254 (IL) GERMAN 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster Spectacular original and immaculate car with no rust or accident damage. 68,000 miles. $32,000. Steve Markowski, 802.877.2645. (USA) 1994 Porsche Speedster 911 RS Perfect, original floors and doors. Excellent running and driving car. $145,000. Steve Markowski, 802.877.2645. (USA) 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster Perfect dark blue paint with wonderful original red interior. Runs and drives perfectly. $100,000. Steve Markowski, 802.877.2645. (USA) Triple black, 17K miles, California car. Perfect car and investment. Original. a/c, 5-speed, sport wheels. Just serviced, Alpine CD player. $65k OBO. Paul Goldman, 650.346.6672. (CA) 2001 Mercedes Benz 500SL Roadster Silver, blue leather. Collector owned and maintained. Stunning condition throughout. Documented service, with all books and tools. Ready for touring. www.deGarmoLtd.com. $95,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1971 Porsche 911T Spectacular dark blue with new tan interior. Gorgeous car that needs nothing to be enjoyed. $200,000. Steve Markowski, 802.877.2645. (USA) 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC nor mechanical needs. $88,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe Matching numbers, flawless original panels and floor. Perfect gaps. Factory-correct Togo Brown with Fawn interior. Detailed to show standard, mechanically perfect, and ready to gobble up country roads now. www.deGarmoLtd.com. $42,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1964 Mercedes 230SL Tight, excellent running, rust-free car. Largely original interior. Marchal driving and headlamps, original owner's handbook, spares, and receipts. $110,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC ITALIAN 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE Well cared for and rust-free example of one of the great Ferrari road cars. Mechanically great with strong engine and synchros. Exceptional cosmetics and interior. Great car to drive. $195,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2


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Porsche Puzzle www.deGarmoLtd.com. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670. (USA) 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback GT “S code” 390 V8, 4-speed manual. www.geocities. com/isellmyclassic. $16,000. (NY) 1999 Shelby Series 1 This is the Carroll Shelby-sponsored, hand-built, carbon fiber and aluminum super car!!! One of only 250 made. Collector potential at a great price point. Silver with gray leather and red stripe. A Must See!! See photos on ContinentalAutoSports.com. $89,900. Continental Auto Sports, 630.655.3535. (USA) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS SLP 35th Anniversary Convertible, Rally Red / black top, ebony and pewter leather, 3,275 original miles. Auto trans., one-owner, garaged, never seen rain, perfect!, $34,900 or best offer. Brian Buxton, 812.760.5513. (IN) 2002 Panoz Esperante Convertible, burgundy metallic with light parchment leather, black top, 11,550 orig. miles, 5spd. trans, well-optioned, one-owner, garaged, very rare! $57,900 or best offer. Brian Buxton, 812.760.5513. (IN) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche cars and items (memorabilia, parts collections) related to those cars in any condition. Fair, discreet, and reasonable. Please contact 860.350.1140 or fax 860.350.1140. Peter Sweeney (USA)u Across 1. Porsche's open option 5. 930 _____ 8. We 10. Picture 13. 911 _____ America 14. Spell 15. I'll pay later 16. Tin symbol 17. Musical scale note 18. Relax, in a way 20. Performs better than 21. In a position with a lot of pressure (2 words) 22. Guards _____ 23. Fruit-growing area 25. 911 after the SC 28. Possible wood interior 29. Morning time 30. Distance measure, in Europe 32. Track-ready Porsches 36. in-_____ (original place) 37. Convertible 41. Turns down the headlights 44. Therefore 46. 944 2.5 Coupe_____ (German market) 50. Modern 52. Montgomery locale 53. Porsche, the son 54. Grand Prix Porsche Down 1. Porsche appearance with flared wheel arches (2 words) 2. Newport locale 3. Austrian site where the first Porsche was built 4. Airline, breifly 6. Yep (2 words) 7. Porsche's mid-engine roadster 9. Porsche's home city 11. Wiped out 12. Chomp 16. Manual shift For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword December 2006 139 17. Porsche, the father 19. Exists 24. Computer memory 25. 911 Carrera 4 ___ 26. Speedy 27. With feeling 31. A long way 32. Dove call 33. Super Sport, briefly 34. _____ and Coke 35. Too old? (2 words) 38. Scarf or snake 39. Penn's League 40. Meadow 42. Viewed 43. Approve 45. Sterling Moss's nationality 47. Hawaiian garland 48. Pouch 49. It is, old way 51. Whitney of the cotton gin


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Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www. ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www. goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www. autoappraisal.com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www. automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www. hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. (IL) www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www. rmauctions.com (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Ap- fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto. com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Motorcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars. net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics. com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www. dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. 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info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www. concourstransport.com. (NV) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-de-Rochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on > selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www. kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite. com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell.com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub. com; www.virgallery.com. (VA) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel.com; www.cosdel. com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-tocoast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines. com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified—J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www. parishheacock.com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices. com. (CT) Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-than-perfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector December 2006 Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Customtailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www. putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's Dream Car Garage. We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. (ON) axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel .com. The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) The Winning Collection, MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 141


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frameoff restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection.com (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CT) 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000. com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www. cmcshows.org (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www. lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 972254615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www. kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ 142 Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www. reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750.ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto. com. (VA) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars. com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www. hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferrarisonline.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol. com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Sports Car Market


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Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www. reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors. com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www. vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www. proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted. com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets. com. (CA) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques. com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's Dream Car Garage. We are professional, discreet, and fair buyer for you quality American Muscle. (ON) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877-GAME- 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. December 2006 143


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Carl Bomstead At $3,449, This Dinky's No Toy Richlube “Lollipop” and Donald Duck taxi cab signs go quackers L ast month, in the Motobilia column (p. 128), I responded to an inquiry on how best to dispose of a Lamborghini dealer sign and suggested listing it on eBay. Based on the description, I estimated a value in the range of $3,500. The sign was listed and after 34 bids it sold for $4,449.99. Then the saga began. Second Chance offers from eBay, which appeared to be legitimate, went out to the underbidders shortly after the auction ended. Generated by a thief looking for an easy score from willing victims who would think they were suddenly getting a “deal too good to be true,” they stated the winning bidder was financially unable to complete the transaction and the sign was available for $1,400. The sign was now being offered by the seller's “associate” on the other side of the country. A Swiss dentist was convinced that the Second Chance was legitimate even though the seller repeatedly told him that he had not issued Second Chance offers, had no associate, and the sign was in his possession in Rhode Island. The Swiss dentist sent the $1,400, even though he mentioned he had sent $40 to another Second Chance offer some months ago—with the same “associate”—and had not received the merchandise. Upset that U.S. authorities would not help him, he finally realized he had been had. I hope he is a better dentist than he is an Internet buyer. Just when this whole thing should have gone away, another round of Second Chance offers went out to underbidders, offering the sign at their bid price. I have no idea if there were more suckers this time around, but eBay should find a way to control these shenanigans. Here are a few more sales we hope were not as convoluted: EBAY # 160024384587— EBAY # 200020668582— DINKY TOYS #514 GUY “WEETABIX” YELLOW VAN. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $3,449.99. Date Sold: 8/28/2006. Both the Dinky Toy and the box offered here appeared to be in excellent condition. This piece is so rare that it is not even listed in my Dinky Toy price guide, although there are several other Weetabix vans priced. I have not seen a Dinky sell anywhere close to this price but when condition and rarity come together, common sense goes out the window. STANDARD RPM TIN SIGN WITH DONALD DUCK. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $7,130. Date Sold: 9/7/2006. This painted tin sign, copyrighted 1940, was in exceptional unused condition. These are thought to have been used in the center of taxi cab spare tires, but there is no positive evidence. There are four known versions, with this being most common. This one sold for a huge premium, due to its flawless condition. To have a complete collection, the buyer now faces the daunting challenge of finding the others in anything close to the same shape. EBAY #230020422506—STUDEBAKER HAMILTON EMPLOYEE BADGE #63. Number of Bids: 33. SOLD AT: $525. Date Sold: 8/26/2006. In 1963, Studebaker closed its South Bend plant and consolidated manufacturing in its Canadian facility in Hamilton, Ontario. The reprieve was short-lived, however, and that plant was shut- tered in 1966. This employee badge dates from that period and attracted hardcore Studebaker guys. EBAY #250017257973—EKLIPS HIT AND MISS GAS ENGINE SPARK PLUG. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $500. Date Sold: 8/17/2006. This spark plug was 10” tall and not in great con dition. The core was missing and there was surface rust, but spark plug guys tell me this is about as rare as it gets. To the rest of us this is silly money, but to a spark plug collector this was a rare find. I know the buyer was willing to go higher, so let's call it a good buy. For him, anyway. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. 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There's one born every minute, isn't there? EBAY #140020288141— 1906 VANDERBILT CUP RACE PROGRAM. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $888. Date Sold: 8/25/2006. The original Vanderbilt Cup took place in Long Island from 1904 to 1910. The 1906 race was ten laps around the 29.7-mile circuit and won by a Darracq. This 150-page program was in decent condition, well illustrated, and included the score card. Considering the significance of the race and the rarity of the program, the price was not out of line.u The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2006 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. 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