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Sports CarMarket Ferrari LWB Cal Spyders, Start at $4.5m 243 Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends EXCLUSIVE: Carrera GT Fatal Crash Lawsuit Settled at $4.5m Miura SVs Fast Approaching $1m $152k '67 911S Restoration: What Price Memories December 2007 www.sportscarmarket.com 1937 Mercedes 540K Just $2.5m

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's 54 Lambo's sexy beast The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends orts CarMarket Keith Martin's 54 Lambo's sexy beast The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 60 60 Ratty Skylark, what now? December 2007 .Volume 19. Number 12 46 LWB, long on appeal IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 46 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Competizione The $9.5m tale of two Cal Spyders. Steve Ahlgrim 50 1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster Rare and cheap, but don't call it an “M”. Reid Trummel 54 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV Not long before they join the $1million club. Simon Kidston 56 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster A Kompressor with an English twist. Alex Finigan 60 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible $21k and needing it all. Carl Bomstead 64 Lola-Climax Mk I Sports Racer Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 243 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales 68 RM Auctions, Rochester, MI $891k Marmon heads a $9.5m day at Meadow Brook. Dave Kinney 78 H&H, Middlesex, UK Classics and racers make for a $2.4m afternoon. Richard Hudson-Evans 88 Silver Auctions, Reno, NV 508 cars bring $13.8m at Hot August Nights. Paul Duchene 94 Bonhams & Butterfields, Aurora, OR Hogan's Fords exceed expectations at $1.7m. Paul Duchene 100 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL Bloomington Gold Corvettes rumble to $8.2m. Dan Grunwald, B. Mitchell Carlson, Thomas Glatch, and Linda Clark 108 Kruse International, Auburn, IN An eclectic mix totals $22.5m at Fall Auburn. Dave Kinney 118 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA Muscle sees 61% sell-through at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. B. Mitchell Carlson Cover photograph: RM Auctions 126 eBay Motors These cars have had their 15 minutes of fame. Geoff Archer

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40 Goodwood Revival COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears 2007 was a very good year Keith Martin 34 Affordable Classic Citroën's irrepressible 2CV Rob Sass 36 Legal Files $4.5 million settlement in Carrera crash John Draneas 48 Sheehan Speaks The dark electronic future of modern Ferraris Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Why you should buy your dream car now Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch McKeel Hagerty's $152k 911 project Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Superbird owners wing it in Milwaukee Colin Comer 132 Motobilia Corgi collection goes to the dogs Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys 1894 Hilderbrand & Wolfmuller—blazing the biker's trail Paul Duchene 146 eWatch The back story gives repro signs away Carl Bomstead FEATURES 38 New England 1000:Over Hill, Over Dale 40 Goodwood: The Revival Continues to Evolve 42 Colorado Grand: Rally 'Round the Rockies 44 Fairfield: A Celebration of Connecticut DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 In Miniature: 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille, 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Sperimentale, 1985 Porsche 956 30 Icons: Blowers, Pipes, and Road Tests 32 Our Cars: 1963 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe, 1984 Cadillac Seville, 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL 35 20 Year Picture 77 Museum Spotlight: America's Packard Museum 97 Alfa Bits 127 FreshMeat: 2008 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, 2008 Audi R8, 2008 Lexus LS460 128 Automotive Investor: Lancias 130 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, 2007 Audi R8, 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10, 2007 Corvette Z06 136 Mystery Photo 137 Comments with Your Renewal 138 Showcase Gallery 141 Crossword Puzzle 142 Resource Directory

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin On the Road Again GT500, which was stylish in appearance and brutish in performance. In two days, our mini-caravan covered 400 miles, with stops along the way including the Discovery Center in the Dalles, OR, for a quick history of the Columbia Gorge, lunch in not-so-exotic Dufur (I wonder if the local high-school football team is called the Dufuses?), and a visit to Shaniko, a once-prosperous sheep industry-based town that lost its reason to exist when the railroads went away. Then we went on to the Clarno Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds, where we hiked along trails with 40 million-year-old fossils poking out from the rocks, and finally to Condon, for a stay in the historic Condon Hotel. While Wendie and I thundered along in the fast but ponderous Shelby, both Tyler and Alex took turns harassing us like an angry bumble-bee, the under-powered but lithe BMW falling back on the straights but attaching itself to the Shelby's rear bumper at any hint of a turn. Our first family road trip with driving-age children was proclaimed by all involved to be a major success. The best way to see the Oregon coast I f you're reading SCM, chances are you're an enthusiast. Your friends may uncork a vintage Barolo and marvel over the bouquet; you'd just as soon go out to the garage and inhale the gasoline and oil vapors that constantly seep out of a vintage car. This has been an exceptionally busy year for me and SCM, as well as our parent corporation, Automotive Investor Media Group. We've launched a new magazine, Corvette Market, to critical acclaim, and subscriptions and advertising revenues continue to grow for both our publications. On the personal side, I have a wonderful bride, Wendie, and a hand- some baby, Bradley McDowell Martin. We've moved into a 101-year-old, historic Craftsman-style home in Portland's vintage Irvington district, and celebrated the 16th birthdays and first driver's licenses of Wendie's son Tyler and my daughter Alex, along with teaching her 14-year-old son Drew the joys of riding a vintage Piaggio moped (no, he's not legally old enough to do that in Oregon, but as my grandfather taught me, there are laws and there are laws.) In the past couple of months, Wendie, Bradley, and I have had the good fortune to participate in the Meadow Brook Concours outside Detroit, the Pebble Beach Concours, the Forest Grove Concours near Portland, and the Kirkland Concours in Washington. We are going to have the tires on his jogging stroller recapped in the near future. Where's the Seat Time? But the one thing lacking this year has been road trips and seat time. Until recently, we simply hadn't made the time to get into our old cars and spend some time enjoying the open road. That's changed, and for the better. As noted elsewhere in this issue, I had the chance to go with Mitch Katz, of Premier Financial Services, on the Colorado Grand. In addition to getting to drive his Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce, through the graciousness of other participants, I had some time behind the wheel of a 300SL roadster and a Lancia Aurelia convertible. Watching Jon Shirley fuel his 1956 Ferrari 290 MM at a self-serve stop brought its own pleasures. And as you'll read in an expanded Glovebox Notes on page 130, Alex and I celebrated her 16th birthday with a trip to L.A. and four days in a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. We didn't stop there. A two-owner, near-new, 4-speed, 1977 BMW 320i has joined our fleet, and Alex and Tyler immediately commandeered it for our first two-car family road trip through the ghost towns of central Oregon. Being unable to fit a rearward facing childseat into SCM's Porsche 911SC, Wendie and I ended up driving a 2007 Ford Shelby 10 Alfa Come Home But wait there's more. Prior to the Shaniko trip, Alex and I took a quick 200-mile trip around Mt. Hood with her driving the SC, following an invigorating route laid out by Tom Cotter for a Mercedes C-Class launch. The next day, Wendie and Tyler took the SCM 1963 Corvette Split-Window on the same roads, with Wendie teaching Tyler how to drive a manual transmission in the process. We saved the best for last. Veteran SCM readers will recall that when Alex was born in 1991, I owned a 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce in the unusual but correct color combination of very light blue/gray with a red interior. A 100% complete car, it had had some rust repairs performed by our local wizard, Bill Gilham. I regretted selling the car in 1992, and was pleased 25 years later when I had the opportunity to buy it back. A $14,000 “tune-up” by Berkeley guru Conrad Stevenson followed, and SCMer Doug Hartman and I drove it up Highway 101 to Portland two years ago. In April of this year, the only part of the Alfa Stevenson hadn't ministered to, the lower end of the engine, finally gave up, a knocking rod bearing being the signal that ye olde checking account was about to suffer more invoiced slings and arrows. Nearly $8,500 later, with a fresh bottom end, including crankshaft, pistons, liners, balancing, align boring, and more, Wendie and I flew down to pick up the car. After a brief reunion with the “Griswold punks”—Dan Marvin, Patrick Ottis, Jon Norman, and Dennis Etcheverry—we were on our way. Suffice to say it was a glorious 800-mile trip, top down in the brisk fall air most of the way, with a memorable meal at Willy's Seafood & Raw Bar in Healdsburg, CA. While we haven't taken the Alfa over 5,000 rpm in deference to its freshness, it seems to pull stronger, and certainly smoother, than we remember. We have rediscovered how the gears seem perfectly matched to the engine, that the cockpit is surprisingly spacious, and the trunk usable. Frankly, I'd forgotten just how good Alfas are, which is a little odd, since it was my passion for Alfas—which started when I bought my first, a 1963 Giulia Spider Normale, in 1968—that created the emotional foundation for this whole publishing thing. So it's time for more Alfas in the SCM garage, and here's what we're looking for. A two-headlight GTV (1600 or Junior), a Giulietta Sprint (Normale upgraded to Veloce specs okay), and to carry Bradley, a Giulia Super. Good number 2 cars with no stories are what we need. (Since we're in the hunt, I'm told by the Corvette Market gang that we could use an Iso Rivolta as well, as it could not only carry Bradley, but serve as our very own SCM/CM crossover vehicle.). If you can help out, drop me a note at keith.martin@sportscarmarket .com, or call 503.261.0555 x 210. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Bonhams & Goodman—Collectors' Cars Where: Melbourne, AUS When: December 2 More: www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au Some excellent examples of Australian-built collector cars will make up this mid-summer sale in the country's secondlargest city, along with classics, muscle, and sports cars from both the U.S. and Europe rounding out the list of consignments. Bonhams—Collectors' Motorcars and Vintage Motorcycles Where: London, UK When: December 3 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 58/89 cars sold / $4.7m Typically around 90 automo- tive lots are offered at this early December Olympia venue, and last year, racers made a big showing, with a total of eleven finding new homes. This year will have a focus on Pioneer and vintage motorcycles, as well as a group of fine automobilia lots offered to the highest bidder. Auctions America—The Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 7–8 More: www.raleighclassic.com Held at the climate-controlled Jim Graham building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, this year's sale will consist of cars from four separate private collections. Cars planned to cross the auction block will include an AACA First Placewinning 1941 Cadillac Series 63 4-dr sedan, a fully-restored 1931 Chevrolet Woody Depot, a mostly-original 1958 DeSoto Firesweep, and one of 618 1960 Imperial Crown convertibles. Barons—Classic Collectors' and Historic Motor Cars Where: Esher, UK When: December 10–11 More: www.barons-auctions.com Barons is the place to be for U.K.-based grassroots collectors, as the company has a documented history of selling cars with high estimates in the $50k range. There will likely be plenty of deals again this year in Esher Hall, with around 50 examples of European sports and luxury cars with price ranges accessible 14 1952 Siata 208S 8V Bertone at Bonhams Gstaad for both the beginner as well as those looking to upgrade their already established collections. Kruse International—Houston 2007 Where: Houston, TX When: December 15–16 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 93/280 cars sold / $2.6m Kruse returns to the Reliant Center for this third annual vintage and collector car sale held in conjunction with noted collector John O'Quinn. Last year saw 280 cars cross the auction block, and this year, over 300 are expected, including a completely restored 1932 Auburn boattail speedster finished in black and yellow. Bonhams—Ferrari et les Prestigieuses Italiennes Where: Gstaad, CHE When: December 19 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 21/29 cars sold / $6.2m Last year saw the addition of Maserati motor cars to this historically all-Ferrari event, and this year, Bonhams has taken it a step further to incorporate all prestigious Italian marques. Among the high-quality consignments available, expect to see a 1952 Siata berlina prototype commissioned by “Wacky” Arnolt and shown at the Paris Auto Show in 1952 and the New York International Motor Sports Show in 1953.♦ 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. November 2—BONHAMS London, UK 2-4—KRUSE Auburn, IN 3—SILVER Seattle, WA 3—WORLDWIDE Hilton Head, SC 4—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FRA 10—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Los Angeles, CA 10—POTTS Atlanta, GA 11—KRUSE Atlanta, GA 16-18—LEAKE Dallas, TX 16-18—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 19—BONHAMS Harrogate, UK 20-21—H&H Buxton, UK 23-24—ICA Gilbert, AZ 23-24—ICA Houston, TX 24-25—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 26—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 30-DEC 2—MECUM Kansas City, MO 30-DEC 1—RM Tarpon Springs, FL December 2—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 3—BONHAMS London, UK 4—COYS London, UK 7-8—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 7-8—AUCTIONS AMERICA Raleigh, NC 10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 10-11—BARONS Surrey, UK 15—ARTCURIAL Marseille, FRA 15-16—KRUSE Houston, TX 16—ARTCURIAL Osenat, FRA 19—BONHAMS Gstaad, CHE January 4-6—KRUSE Ft. Lauderdale, FL 10-12—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 11-13—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 12-20—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 16-20—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 18—RM Phoenix, AZ 18-21—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 19-20—KRUSE Concord, NC 24-27—KRUSE Phoenix, AZ Sports Car Market

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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. News ■ Barrett-Jackson announced in September that it had sold a minority stake in the company to Endeavour Capital, an investment fi rm based in Portland, Oregon. In an interview, B-J's Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson confi rmed that he holds super majority in the company, and that Endeavour's investment will allow him to take BarrettJackson to the next level as a global brand. Said Jackson, “I looked for a long time for the right partner, one who could help build on the vision I see for this company. And Endeavour did its own due diligence in researching Barrett-Jackson. In the end, I think we're both very pleased with the outcome.” In a separate statement, Jackson announced the company would be scaling down consignments for its 2008 Scottsdale event by 20% in order to preserve the level of quality across the block. The sale takes place January 12–20, 2008. ■ During a press conference held in Hollywood, Florida, on September 26, Russo and Steele principal Drew Alcazar announced his company would host a new collector car auction in that town's Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The event will run from March 27 to 29, 2008, and is scheduled to have more than 150 cars. ■ AFAS artist Bill Neale and sculptor Seth Vandable will debut work dedicated to Carroll Shelby at the Shelby American Collection's 11th Annual Holiday Gala in Boulder, Colorado, on December 1. Neale's painting portrays Shelby in 1967, along with fi ve of his greatest racing machines—the 1967 GT40, the fi rst GT350 R, a 427 S/C Cobra, a Daytona Cobra Coupe, and the “Ken Miles” FIA Vintage Lancias at AutoRetro 289 Cobra. Vandable's life-size bronze sculpture depicts Shelby as he was following victory at the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans. The event is expected to draw over 400 people, and all proceeds will benefi t the ongoing operation of the Collection. SCM News ■ SCM welcomes Brendan Floyd to the team. He will be editing the weekly Insider's Newsletters for SCM and Corvette Market, updating the news sections of both sites daily, and adding information and photos to the SCM database about cars that were not covered by our Market Analysts. Floyd is originally from San Jose, California, and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Idaho where he played defensive end and tight end. He earned a BA degree in philosophy, and had a minor in writing. Events ■ LE JOG is an acronym for Land's End to John O'Groats, and it also represents one of the most grueling endurance trials in the world. The four-day, 1,500-mile event, now in its 13th year, is the ultimate test of man and machine as it heaves and hoes the length of England on primitive roads and trails from December 1 through 4. Any car built before 1982 is eligible, and the race also features a Tour component for those less interested in getting stuck or stranded. Prices for teams of two start at $2,100 for the Tour and Neale's original painting will sell at Shelby Gala 16 Sports Car Market $4,365 for the Reliability Trial. www.hero.org.uk. (UK) ■ When Spain's AutoRetro gets under way December 5, enthusiasts from all over Europe will come together to shop, swap, and take in every aspect of the collector car world, from vintage auto restoration to vintage racing. The exhibition, which runs until the 9th, will feature hundreds of cars on display, as well as vendors from around the continent, and forums on various aspects of the collector car and motorcycle industry. Adult admission is $21. www .autoretro.es (ESP) ♦ Event Calendar 1-4 LE JOG Reliability Trial (UK) www.hero.org.uk 1-9 Essen Motor Show (DEU) www.essen-motorshow.de 5-9 Feria del Automovil (ESP) http://automovil.feriavalencia.com 5-12 Auto Retro (ESP) www.autoretro.es 6-8 Performance Racing Industry Trade Show (FL) www.performanceracing.com 7 Carolina Open Car Classic (SC) www.crippledog.com 7-16 Motor Show Bologna (ITA) www.motorshow.it 9-13 Riyadh Motor Show (SAU) www.recexpo.com 14-16 Memphis Int'l Auto Show (TN) www.motortrendautoshows.com Image courtesy of AutoRetro

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Sports CarMarket Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, B. Mitchell Carlson, Julian Shoolheifer (Europe), Carl Bomstead Auction Analysts Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Joe Severns Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Martin Emmison (U.K.), Simon Kidston, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Editorial Assistant Brendan Floyd brendan.floyd@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 220 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media DirectorWendie Martin Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING V.P. Sales and Marketing Keith Biehn keith.biehn@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 222 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Jennifer Davis-Shockley jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 204 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 204, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Marketmagazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2007 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive In- vestor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. PRINTED IN USA 18 Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Less than supercar? While I agree completely with your comments regarding the lack of historical lineage for the BMW Z8 (September, “You Write,” p. 22), I still found the Z8 to be a beautiful design and wanted one for myself. When I started looking, however, I found some rather unnerving information on the Internet, including a Business Week story of January 18, 2006 indicating that this supercar might not have such a super chassis. From what I could learn from the numerous owners who were complaining to BMW about the door and other gaps on their cars developing some profound unevenness, it appeared the shock towers were prone to distortion. BMW apparently refused to do anything, at first saying the deteriorating cosmetics had nothing to do with safety, and then that the cars with problems had been subject to abuse. I gathered from some of the affected owners, however, that this abuse might be hitting a pothole or a speed bump. In California, potholes are impossible to avoid since spending on roads takes a back seat apparently to everything else. In any event, since I intended to drive my Z8, not put it away in a hermetically sealed garage as a “collectible” and wait for it to appreciate, I moved on, but I'm still waiting for a two-seater whose design has the same affect on me.—Gordon Louttit, Manhattan Beach, CA Dwelling on the bottom Many variables are involved in calculating a vintage car's worth. Perusing SCM's Pocket Price Guide, a potential buyer can educate himself in the basic parameters of value. What could be more definitive than the cautionary words defining an “Fgrade” car: “... hopeless in nearly every way.” Such a strong statement makes me look for the potential exceptions. Hence, this analysis of the mostly under $7,500 (high range) “F-grade” cars listed in the Guide. 20 watched the auction reports and trends in the auction industry. As a result, I contacted Kruse International, and in a process that can only be described as “parallel thought,” Kruse decided to have Hawaii's very first classic car and motorcycle auction, now scheduled for February 8 and 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. I am the Kruse What could be moredefinitive than the cautionary words defining an F-grade car: ‘...hopeless in nearly every way' One-year no-change-in- value-cars: Alfetta, 320i, MR-2, 924/44. You already knew that. But there are some “F” nuggets in their midst. One-year appreciation: '84–87 Maserati Biturbo, 51%; '74–90 Fiat X1/9, 14%. At the $10k range, '86–87 Mercedes 190E 16 valve, 12%. While I'm at it, the most ex- pensive “F” car: '69–74 Iso Lele, $30k, 45% appreciation. They are all sporty to drive, cheap, appreciating in value and destined possibly to be “D” cars in the future.—Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Keith Martin responds: Norman, this may be the first time anyone has scrutinized the bottom of our Price Guide barrel. You will be happy to know that, out of respect for their value appreciation, we have decided to bestow an honorary “F+” to the Biturbo and Lele. Our 2008 Pocket Price Guide is now being compiled, and you can look forward to many happy evenings with it. Really, it's not a VW I have been a reader of SCM for years and am always glad to see the dry humor in Geoff Archer's descriptions. But regarding September's “Our Cars” (p. 34), I believe he ripped the 912 unfairly. The lighter engine gives the 1965–69 cars better balance than the early 911. If his had the heart and sound of a VW, then my condolences. Come drive my '66 5-speed with a rebuilt 1,720cc and tuned Webers. It is a Porsche.—Jim Stein, Wayland, MA Geoff Archer responds: Thanks for your letter, Jim. Though I have been known to “flip” classic cars—especially those I have bought well—I believe this 912 is a keeper. Slightly lowered, and now wearing outlaw-style 15” x 5.5” Porsche 951 alloys, I just love the way it drives. The Certificate of Authenticity confirms it has the matching-numbers Porsche engine. I am now driven to sell my ex-Jim Schrager '69 911E, which I do not enjoy as much. Regarding the offense you take upon comparison of Porsche and VW flat fours, I am afraid I will always fail such a fine wine taste test. Of course I can tell a Merlot from a Chardonnay and the fine WHINE of a 911 from the putter-putter of an air-cooled four cylinder. Though I know a 912 engine from a 412 VW mill visually (and I certainly hope all SCMers do), the finer audio distinction is lost on me. Auction in the islands Aloha SCM. I thought you all would be interested to hear how your magazine really does affect readers and the collector car business. I've been a Gold Member (now Platinum) for a while, and have carefully Representative in Hawaii for this auction, and we are already finding consignments that represent those hidden treasures, or “lowhanging fruit,” that are typical of Hawaii collectors and their vehicles. There are many nice cars and motorcycles in Hawaii, and several of their owners are getting older and looking for a way to settle their affairs without advertising in a newspaper or putting their valuable vehicle on a ship and trusting it will be properly taken care of as a mainland auction consignment. Kruse hopes to have an auction in Hawaii each year following our 2008 debut, and we believe the results will be promising. And, with the cost of shipping a car to or from Hawaii and the mainland at less than $1,000, it makes sense now to take advantage of the modern and reliable shipping firms that will make Hawaii a logical central point for collector trade throughout the Pacific Rim. Our title sponsor for this first auction is Pasha-Hawaii (www. pashahawaii.com), a worldwide ocean shipper that now has a new ship, the Jean Ann, which sails from San Diego to Hawaii twice a month, and is ideally built for the safe transportation of collector cars and motorcycles. I just wanted to thank Keith and all the great staff at SCM for giving an old retired guy a new and fun career in the classic car auction business. Please come over to the island and cover our Kruse International Hawaii auction in February.—Robert P. Smith, Volcano, HI Keith Martin responds: Thanks for your letter, Robert. Collector car auctions and “destination spots” often go hand in hand, and Kruse has

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Morris & Welford, llc INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS & BROKERS 1968 Ford GT40 Mark III Chassis Number GT40 M3/1106 is an original left hand drive Mark III road car which was retained by Ford Division, Dearborn when new and allegedly was the only GT40 ever driven by Henry Ford II. With just two subsequent owners including its current tenure in a private collection since 1987 this extremely low mileage example is a real find. Superbly original, beautifully presented and ready to enjoy. OTHER CARS AVAILABLE 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spyder Zagato 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing' 1958 Cooper T45 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta 1961 Jaguar E-Type S1 ‘Flat-floor' Roadster 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 FIA Racecar 1973 Embassy Shadow DN1 F1 ex Graham Hill Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com

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You realize, of course, that your letter is going to provoke some controversy around here among our Auction Analysts. Do we base the assignment on seniority, or do we just give it to B. Mitchell Carlson simply because he lives in Minnesota? Seriously, we will be looking for a thoughtful enthusiast to cover this auction; if anyone who lives there is interested and can put down the Maui Wowee long enough to kick some tires, drop an email to our auction editor, jim.pickering@sportscarmarket. com. “I” don't think it's “y” Regarding your November “Etceterini Profile” on the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato (p. 52), Alfa has always described its open cars as “Spiders,” not “Spyders.” Spyder is a label used by the Germans, not the Italians.— David Rivkin, Jamaica, NY Donald Osborne responds: The conversation is of course somewhat pedantic, but here we go. Spider and Spyder, which come from the carriage term for a two-seater phaeton, have been used interchangeably in both English and Italian from the start of automobile production. Strictly speaking, you are correct—Alfa Romeo itself has referred to open two-seater cars as “Spiders,” but of course they didn't actually build the bodies. Many Italian coachbuilders, including Touring (and sometimes Zagato) used the “Spyder” spelling. It was also more common pre-WWII than afterward, but Maserati has officially called its latest open car a “Spyder.” In any case, for the 1750, I followed the auction house usage for continuity and clarity. By “y” or “i”, we should all know what we mean. Fire! An SCMer and fellow mem- ber of the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA) sent me a copy of the article Colin Comer wrote in October (“Domestic Affairs,” p. 60) entitled “When the Fire System Fails.” Fires never happen 'till they happen, but Comer put the issue in perspective from the driver's point, and it should be required reading. I just wanted to thank Keith and the great staff at SCM for giving anold retired guy a new and fun career in the classic car auction business Out West, we take fire systems seriously, and I am constantly ragging on drivers about maintenance. I have a regular regimen of bottle maintenance on my car, so I do what I preach and expect the same from competitors. Unfortunately, bottle maintenance usually doesn't happen because fires are so infrequent. I encourage you and your readers to take a look at our web site, www.vararacing.com, and to visit the Safety section of the Message Boards. I have posted extensively there about bottle maintenance. We had a fire last year (the first in years) in a Lotus 23B, which had the exact symptoms you described. The car's wrench person tightened the set screw that keeps the cable casing in the firing head of the Halon bottle so tightly that it bit into the cable core, so when the driver yanked on the cable, it came out but a short piece was still in the head and the system didn't discharge. I appreciate your article and feel the same way; if we can save one driver/car, then it's all worthwhile. Glad you got the fire before it got you.—Jerry Bernhiemer, VARA Tech, GP #50 Sprite, via email Colin Comer responds: I never thought too much about bottle maintenance either. I just assumed (foolishly) that the race preps I was paying for and the annual tear-down and inspections would include such an important item. My pre-race regimen of removing the safety pins and familiarizing myself with the fire trigger's location wasn't worth much when the bottle didn't discharge when asked to. We have since discovered that my system also had the over-tightened set screw as you describe, and the release cable routing was less than ideal. Keep spreading the word; I am sure my car and your Lotus 23B racer are not the only two that were racing with “duds” on the front line against fires. Thanks for the note. Crunchy I enjoyed Thor Thorson's piece on the Ferrari 340/375 MM (October, “Race Profile,” p. 62). One of the more intimidating aspects of these cars was the “crash box.” They (crunch) take some (crunch) getting used to (crunch).—Chuck Queener, Stamford, CT Thor Thorson responds: The scariest thing about the “intimidating crash box” is that it isn't supposed to be that. The 340/375 MM cars I know of used an all-synchromesh 4-speed. The problem is that the gears are Sports Car Market

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You Write We Read huge and heavy and the synchro mechanisms primitive, so that even brand new, it's tough to use. Used—they're impossible. My personal experience was a 375 MM with a gearbox freshly restored by one of the best shops, and subsequently redone in my own shop to make it work, and it was marginal on a good day. We had a 250 Monza a few years back and assumed it had a really used-up crash box in it until we took it apart to discover the same all-synchro gear stack as in the 375. The good news is that it's as difficult to hurt the gears as it is to shift, so all that crunching isn't doing much damage—it's just driving you nuts. My Berkeley days Every SCM issue gives me hours of enthusiast reading pleasure. More often than not, there's a touch of welcome nostalgia as well. October's “Our Cars” on p. 32 generated the memory of an experience long forgotten, thanks to Geoff Archer's purchase of a 1958 Berkeley. Late '50s, and my older brother's buddy had a Berkeley. More than once, he dropped me off at my junior high in it. Few people even then had ever seen a Berkeley, and that mini-car buzzing in for a landing with high-school-driver abandon to the door of my school created a status possible only among yetto-drive teenaged boys. I loved that little car. Thanks for the warmly air- cooled, oil-misted, wonderful memory of my childhood.—Jim Haynes, Sherwood, OR Geoff Archer responds: Thanks for your note, Jim. Being impressive in my high school 20 years ago typically involved one of my classmates arriving in an S-class, a 928S, or a 930. My four-door Datsun 510 with flares and a roll bar was not on anybody's list—neither was the metallic purple '59 Metropolitan that preceded it. We all hope our kids will have a better life than we did. Thinking back on that vulnerable age, this must include no acne, no wedgies, no braces, no noogies, no charlie horses, no rat tails (both the hairdo and the wrapped-up-wet-towel 24 I know the article was a “broad brush” summary, but I am impressed with your concise write-up ofvintage fuel injection whipping), no dead legs, and no involuntary hair removal. Since the bulk of that painful and embarrassing maelstrom is entirely out of my control, I am focusing on equipment: When they get to high school circa 2020, my two kids will not be issued Speedos, parachute pants, or eyeglasses that tint in the sunlight, but they will drive some very cool cars. Funny, colorful, and darned cheap Your magazine is funnier than the New Yorker, the pictures are better than the New England Journal of Medicine, and it costs less than either of them (to be fair, they are weeklies). Kudos for a job continually well done and a great read every month. By any chance, might you possibly include more material about steam cars—specifically the Series E Doble, Abner Doble's masterpiece?—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Fuelie and thoroughly pleased I am co-founder of a web site focused exclusively on Corvette race cars, soon to make a limited debut. My name might not be prominent, but I have been a straight-axle (fuelie) owner and hobbyist since 1960 and am known in certain circles, including those at Bloomington. I was pleased to read Colin Comer's account of the first fuelies of 1957 (September, “Domestic Affairs,” p. 62). In addition to the issues you outlined in the story, cranking signal valves can also be troublesome. While not original for most units, a solenoid switch is a good replacement. Rubber membranes are also prone to deteriorate and have a limited shelf life. I know the article was a “broad brush” summary, but I was and still am impressed with your concise write-up. I like the knowledge reflected and your youth and ambition. Well done.—Jan Hyde, Brooklyn, NY Colin Comer responds: Jan, I'm glad you enjoyed my Cliff's Notes version of Rochester FI. You are correct, cranking signal valves are another source of trouble. The solenoid switch is the best thing you can do—a lot better than a bunch of bent connecting rods or washed-out bearings. And yes, I agree completely that today's fuels wreak havoc on rubber fuel system components. From what I hear, they even have trouble pumping fuel today through pipelines for this very reason—it eats the seals. With any vintage fuel system, it is imperative to watch for age and fuel-related defects, and certainly the Rochester FI is more susceptible due to its relatively complex nature. One question: You've been driving straight-axle cars since 1960? What are your recommendations for the best kidney belt on the market? Of course, I'm kidding (well, not really). Thank you for the kind words. ♦ Sports Car Market Tyler Townsley

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Neat Stuff Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard It's in the bag. “Boy in the bubble” technology is coming to the collector car hobby, courtesy of British manufacturer Airflow International. If your classic car is getting too dusty or damp, or attracting furry little friends who need a place to live, you can seal it up in a sterile environment. The Air Chamber is described as a cross between a tent, a transparent car cover, and a portable garage. The semi-rigid frame holds the clear cover off the vehicle, eliminating the chance of scratches, and zips open when you want to take a drive. The Air Chamber features electrostatic filters to prevent dust or sand from collecting on a vehicle and also has a UV covering to prevent paint or upholstery from fading. The Air Chamber was designed in 1994 but reached America at the SEMA show in Las Vegas in 1996. Air Chamber has a network of dealers and can custom-make longer covers for Checker airport limousines or taller ones for London double-decker buses. Prices start at $599. Visit www.airchamber.us or email designer Graham Horder direct at Graham@airflow-uk.com. Tag, you're it. Ever wanted to look like an F1 driver? You'll be too cool to speak and wear racing sunglasses even on cloudy days, just like Kimi Räikkönen (so he says, anyway). Now's your chance, as Tag Heuer has launched Zenith Racing Sunglasses to protect your eyes from sun, wind, and debris under extreme conditions—just think what they can do under ordinary conditions. The ophthalmic-quality, shock-resistant, polyamide shield provides full coverage, with 100% UV-A and UV-B protection. The high-grip, flexible arms—made of the same rubber a with adjustable el use of beta titaniu aluminum results i rugged dependabi and lightweight wearability. Expe to pay about $270 www.tagheuer.com WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Gentlemen, start your phones. As iPhone prices continue to slide toward affordability, maybe you, the race fan, need something more exclusive. How about a Vertu Ascent luxury cellphone with your favorite racetrack etched on the back? Each phone is high performance (naturally) with a knurled titanium case, 3D carbon fiber image leather, and a radiator grille bezel nose. Individually numbered, each includes a black leather pouch with embossed GP flags and coordinated stitching. The Le Mans phone will set you back $6,400, the Nurburgring $7,300 (the track is longer, one can only suppose). Others include Indianapolis, Silverstone, Monaco, and Monza. www.vertu.com. Moose on the loose.When Volvo introduced the X SUV in 2002, part of the program involved testing Dy Stability Traction Control—basically swerving around c at 60 mph. The test was called the Moose Avoidance T and show cars had moose stickers on the fenders. The s ers prompted Volvo owner Dave Barton to spoof the F Prancing Horse with this Prancing Moose series of s They cost from $1 to $3 and offer several moose in un tions. So if you own a Volvo AND have a sense of hum be just what you need. www.davebarton.com. 26 Sports Car Market

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In Miniature Marshall Buck Land Yachts and Enduro Racers Porsche's all-conquering 956 endurance racer has been done to death in model form in most scales and by most companies. Here's another 1985 Porsche 956 Quality: Authenticity: Overall: Porsche's all-conquering 956 endurance racer has been done to death in model form in most scales and by most companies. This one is 1:43 scale, and is the Canon-liveried car as raced at Le Mans in 1985. Along with six other 956 versions from 1982 to 1986, it's made in China by HPI Racing, a big player in R/C cars. HPI did a decent job here. With the exception of paint touch-ups on the edges of the front fenders—fixes clearly done at the factory—paint and tampo-printed graphics are excellent. The model perfectly captures the car and all parts fit cleanly—very good engineering here. The engine bay has no wiring and shows the dreaded mold seams, but they've also included a lot of very well-executed detail, going so far as to reproduce underside shapes. The mirrors have Mylar to simulate reflection and the windshield wiper is a nice bit of photo etch. Wheels are darn good, though tires could and should be better. At about $60, it's a pretty decent buy. Though HPI claims these are “strictly limited,” with no attempt “to break into the mass market,” mine read 1 of 2,720 pieces. Multiply that by seven versions and you get 19,040 models. Not mass market? You decide. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Sperimentale This 1:24-scale one-off Ferrari 250 GT Authenticity: Overall: Quality: ½ Sperimentale, s/n 2643GT, made by Tecnomodel of Italy, happens to be on my short list of dream cars. Limited to 150 hand-built examples, it is shown here in “road trim,” though four race versions from 1961–62 are also available, as are two kits. A few other model companies have made this car as well, but in much smaller 1:43 scale. Fit and finish are excellent, though each car varies a bit in the fit of some parts, especially the hood. Beneath it is a well-detailed engine and bay area and what you get is crisp, clean, and nicely done. Window trim consists of many delicate photo-etched parts and nary a sign of glue, and the wire wheels are well done, made of multiple layers of photoetched spokes with machined aluminum rims and chrome-plated three-ear knockoffs, which are correct for left and right sides. The interior is sealed but accurate, including the straps for raising and lowering the windows. Tecnomodel did its homework here; only a few areas look like shortcuts. There is room for improvement, but not much. At around $700, it's not cheap, but it does represent great value with relatively few made. And if you had to pay a professional builder to assemble one, you could easily double or triple the price. Available from Island Collectibles, Inc., 329 Maryland Ave, Massapequa Park, NY 11762; 516.795.3020; www.islandcollectibles.net. 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille The older I get, the more I appreciate land yachts. This 1:24-scale 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is another unlimited run from the Danbury Mint. If you judge a model by its weight (and you should not), then you'll like this one at just over two pounds. All 9 1/2 inches of its lines are captured perfectly and it sits just right—not too high or low. With the exception of small details on the hood, trunk, and doors, the exterior looks great, with all the trim pieces being separate plated castings, along with some photo-etched parts. Exterior emblems lack color, which stands out when other details are so good. And why are the exterior door locks represented by a slight bulge and a dollop of silver paint? Doors, hood, and trunk all open, and the interior features wonderful replicated seat fabric, though mold seam lines are awful on the seats. The steering wheel, too, could be more realistically detailed. Engine detail is very good, as is the carpeted trunk, which even has the jacking instruction label on the underside of the lid. The car fea- tures many working and movable features, including the antenna (which is far out of scale), front seat backs, sun visors, and even the arm rests. This is a worthwhile addition to many collections, especially for those of Quality: Authenticity: Overall: ½ us with eclectic tastes. And at $120, you can't go wrong. Available from the Danbury Mint, 47 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06857; 800.243.4664; www.danburymint.com. MARSHALL BUCK is the founder of Creative Miniature Associates. He has been involved with high-end automotive miniatures since 1982. He wrote a featured model column for Vintage Motorsport magazine from 1988 to 1999. 28 Sports Car Market

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Icons Blowers, Pipes, and Road Tests Sucking, Blowing, and Keeping Score Early tests were best deciphered by those with engineering degrees, but they were informative and pulled no punches by Rob Sass Abarth Exhaust Carlo Abarth fo founded the company that bears his name in Turin, Italy, in 1949—the scorpion ogo was his astroogical sign. In addiion to collaborating on race cars with the kes of Piero Dusio and Ferry Porsche, Abarth designed ome of the fi rst aftermarket free-fl ow exhaust systems. By the early 1960s, Abarth was selling systems for everything from Fiats o P o lymouth Valiants, all in the familiar black crackle-fi nish, ixteen-gauge steel with chrome tips and the scorpion ogo. Abarth sold his company to Fiat in 1971, and his custom exhausts began o disappear soon o after. Makers as diverse as FAZA, Stebro, and ANSA all learned the trade from Abarth and kept enthusiasts supplied with free-fl ow exhaust systems. The Stebro systems available today resemble some of Abarth's classic designs. They start at around $500 for an MG B muffl er. www.stebro.net. Judson Superchargers Judson Research and Manufacturing Company of Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, was founded in the 1880s and primarily made farm equipment. In the late 1940s, brothers Charles and W. Haddon Judson got caught up in the post-war imported sports car craze. After producing a supercharger for Ford fl atheads, they broadened their range to include units for MG TDs, TFs, MG As, and Volkswagens. Engine-driven rather than exhaust gas-driven like a turbocharger, the castings looked great and could turn a modest-performing MG A into a car that could surprise a 6-cylinder sports car. In fact, longtime SCMer Robert Pass installed a Judson supercharger in his MG A to avoid getting sand kicked in his face by Big Healeys. Although Judson is long gone, Moss Motors is now selling a supercharger kit with modern Eaton innards that resembles the old Judson kits. Prices start at around $3,300 for an MG B kit. www.mossmotors.com. Road & Track Road Tests Road & Track was a pioneer in the fi eld of road tests, conducting its fi rst one on an MG TC in 1947. In 1961, John Bond, the publisher of Road & Track, said the primary purpose of a test was “the presentation of accurate performance data—in short, facts and fi gures rather than vague, advertising-type claims and opinions.” And while early tests were best deciphered by those with advanced engineering degrees and people familiar with the use of an English-made accelerometer in obtaining something called a “Tapley Reading,” they were complete, informative, always contained great period photos, and were written in a “no punches pulled” candid style familiar to SCM readers. SCM has teamed up with Road & Track to make their classic tests available as part of our ever-expanding series of downloadable Buyer's Guides at www.sportscarmarket.com. 30

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SCM Our Cars Battista's Choice, an Insured Investment, and $600 for a Reason When my 2006 Volvo died, luckily I had my 1963 Lancia to get us home 1963 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe Owner: Donald Osborne, Contributing Editor Purchase date: September 2007 Price: $15,000 Mileage since purchase: 450 Recent work: None I went to Monterey in August with a list of three cars I might try to buy: a Moretti Tour de Monde coupe at Bonhams & Butterfields, a Fiat 1100 TV Pininfarina coupe at RM, and an ASA 1000 GT Spider at Gooding & Company. Unfortunately, they all sold for more than I was willing to pay. Nevertheless, I did buy a car that weekend. It just happened to be located in New Jersey. A good friend there had long owned a lovely Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina coupe. He had told me a few months earlier that he was looking to sell it and I told him I would seriously consider it. After my disappointment at the auctions, I gave my friend a call and the car was mine. I've always admired them, as much for their great driving dynamics as for the way they look. After all, among the cars his company penned, the Flaminia was Battista Pinin Farina's favorite, so why shouldn't I like it? It has a 2.5-liter V6, rear-mounted 4-speed transaxle, and rides as smoothly as a Bentley of the period but handles quite a bit better. On Labor Day weekend I drove from home in Connecticut to central New Jersey with a friend in my 2006 Volvo V50 wagon. Just before the return trip, with me driving the Flaminia, the Volvo failed to start. After two roadside assistance calls and two jump starts, it died for the third time just short of the highway—20 minutes from where we had picked up the Lancia. Volvo Roadside Assistance dispatched yet another truck, which towed it to the local NJ dealer to await servicing the following Tuesday. Meanwhile, we transferred our belongings to the capacious Lancia and motored the three- and-a-half hours back to Connecticut without incident. It has to be one of the only times a 44-year-old Italian car has come to the rescue of those driving an almost-new Swedish one. 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Owner: Geoff Archer, eBay Auction Analyst Purchase date: July 2007 Price: $35,000 Mileage since purchase: Denver to San Jose on a flatbed Recent work: Underbody steam clean, gas tank flush, overall diagnosis Right around the time this car was new, my grand- mother bought a $1,000 life insurance policy on my dad. Predictably, he outlasted her. Not so predictably, I recently inherited that policy, now with a cash value 40 times that and an even higher death payout. For tax reasons, I am told it is smarter to keep the policy and borrow all of it than to cash it out (without death of the insured). The ironic economist in me is also happy to be free of the incentive to wish anything but Rip-Van-Winkle longevity for good ol' Dad. So it came to be that I could afford to set up an eBay Motors “favorite search” for a classic car model that SCMers all know has roughly doubled in price since 2000. Oddly, I received the fateful eBay email alert just as I stepped off the plane from buying my wife's '61 VW Beetle convertible in L.A. It's not that I was ready to buy a Mercedes in Denver right then, but I was able, and it looked like a good one. I left a voicemail the very next morning. The meticulous owner of 35 years called me back right after church, but made me call him back so that I would be paying for the phone call. (Ugh.) He told me loved the car's handling, and (incredibly) claims to have been banned from SCCA autocrossing by shocked Porsche people (!). He enjoyed mountain roads for two decades until the car lost compression and he parked it in 1992. I dropped everything, flew out to Denver, turned the engine over by hand, bought the car and a Masterlock, and pushed it across the hallway into my newly-rented 10'x20' storage locker. Isn't it about time we update the dusty old “barn find” meme to “STORAGE LOCKER FIND” anyway? 32 1984 Cadillac Seville Owner: Paul Duchene, Executive Editor Purchase date: July 2007 Price: $600 Mileage since purchase: 150 Recent work: Brakes, air pump, door handle, trunk pistons, tires. My Caddy is almost brown—a kind of metallic pumpkin—and quite tasteless, with a faux-convertible top, wire wheel caps, gold leather interior, and the unloved “bustle back” design. But I needed a sedan to transport four people on occasion. It passed Oregon's emissions test, it's straight, the paint is excellent, and the interior is remarkably good. It's just undesirable. But when did you last see one on the road? (Of course, there may be a reason for that.—KM) It has the injected 4.1-liter V8, not the disastrous diesel or wretched 2-4-6-8 gas motor. The instruments are early digital, and they all work... for now. Most people hate the turn-down tail, which eliminates useful trunk space. I'm lucky to have a friend who loves these cars and their Hooper Empress styling. He runs a wrecking yard, so tricky spares won't be a problem. Hard parts are astonishingly cheap for anyone used to European cars. Brake calipers at $115 (complete with pads), discs for only $28. No wonder GM is in trouble. The only odd expensive bit so far was the trick wrench to unscrew the hubcaps—$26. Apparently the wire wheel caps were a $150 option, but each cost $250 if you lost one. Next-up jobs include a new tie-rod end for the Pitman arm, reattaching part of the diaphanous headliner, and recharging the air-conditioner, which was working but has leaked enough freon to stop. As publisher Martin observed, once he stopped laughing, “Your big decision is going to come when something expensive breaks—do you have the courage to walk away, or are you going to start digging that very deep hole one $500 shovelful at a time?” Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Citroën 2CV The Legend of the “Tin Snail” 2CV prototypes built before WWII were buried to hide them from the Nazis, lest they aid the Wehrmacht—but how? by Rob Sass P rior to WWII, the mostly rural population of France did not have a cheap and utilitarian vehicle that would allow them to embrace the automobile the way Americans had with the Model T. The 2CV was conceived as the car that would mechanize the French peasant class. Like the Volkswagen Beetle, the 2CV had its roots in the pre-WWII era. PierreJules Boulanger, a Michelin executive assigned to Citroën, called for a car that could carry two people and 200 pounds of farm goods over lousy French roads and go at least 100 kilometers on 4.8 liters (about 58 mpg) of equally lousy French gasoline. And the ride had to be smooth enough to traverse a plowed field without breaking a crate of eggs. The resulting proof of concept was called the “TPV” for Très Petite Voiture, or very small car. Also like the Beetle, the war intervened before production could get underway. It is rumored that the five or six prototypes built before the war were buried to hide them from the invading Nazis, lest they materially aid the Wehrmacht. Exactly where the 2CV would have fit in on the list of potentially war-winning weapons like the V2 ballistic missile and Me 262 jet fighter is anyone's guess. Unlike the U.S.—which could start cranking out 1942/46 models as soon as the demand for B-17s waned—France had been the scene of some of the heaviest fighting on the Western Front during the war. The damage caused by the actual German invasion of 1940 paled in comparison to that caused by the Allied bombing campaign—which targeted French industries utilized by the Nazis—or the collateral damage caused by the 1944 liberation. By 1945, much of France, from Normandy to the Vosges Mountains to the Riviera to Alsace and Lorraine, lay in ruins. So it was not until 1948 that series production of the 2CV (literally “2 horse” for the French tax classification) got underway. Think “tin snail” Woefully underpowered with a 375-cc, 9-hp air-cooled flat twin, the car did have some technically interesting features for its time, including four-wheel independent suspension, front-wheel drive, inboard front brakes, and a four-speed gearbox. The most powerful engine ever fitted to a 2CV was the “big-block” 602 cc, which made an earth-shaking 33 hp. While escargot slow (it is called the “tin snail”), any 2CV presents a unique driving experience. With plenty of ground clearance and very soft springing for traversing 34 Citroën 2CV “Charleston,” fancy as they come those aforementioned plowed fields, a 2CV rides like nothing else, but the push, pull, twist, out-of-the-dash shifter takes getting used to. About 40 mph is top speed for 375-cc models, 60 mph for the 425-cc. Most have been retrofitted with 602-cc motors. The 1980s “Charlestons” can cruise at 75 mph, as long as there are no hills. Cars from the 1950s can be recognized by “corrugated” hoods (very early ones have wipers driven by the speedometer cable); 1960 brought a smoother hood, with a third side window in about 1964. Very few 2CVs were sold new in North America. They were priced considerably higher than a VW Beetle and Citroën's spotty dealer network didn't help matters. Legal importation became impossible after the 1967 safety and emissions regulations. Nevertheless, quite a few later 2CVs found their way to the U.S. titled as 1967 or earlier. Post-1981 cars are easy to spot as they gained front disc brakes that year, simplifying maintenance. Special editions with two-tone paint schemes like the “Charleston” also date from the early 1980s and are most common here. The 2CV is particularly rust-prone, even the late Portuguese-built cars. The front axle-tube mounts, longitudinal shock mounts, and the gas tank area are logical spots to check first. On the body, floors, sills, windshield frames, rear panels, and fender edges are also potentially nasty, but any place is possible and once rust gets hold, it spreads easily through the thin-gauge steel. Replacement frames are usually galvanized and easy to spot. The good news is that parts are available and cheap; figure about $325 for fenders and $200 for doors, for example. Nobody does bodywork on such light metal. Mechanically tougher than it looks Mechanically, the 2CV is quite robust. Most will smoke a bit on start-up, especially when cold. Continued smoking means the rings are likely suspect. No 2CV cares for overheating, but with proper care and frequent oil changes, they can last 150,000 miles Sports Car Market

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or more. A little bit of gearbox whine is n unusual, and fi rst and third synchros are oft weak. Later gearboxes are prone to an intern defect that can make it impossible to select gear. An updated and improved selector rin will prevent this. Interiors are simple in the extreme (thin deck chairs) and present no restoration problems. For produced from 1948 to 1990, when the last one rolled off production that matter, with seven millio the line in Portugal ceased in of Normandy (www.2cvsource.com), 1988), parts (French really aren't a problem. In the U.S., French Parts Service Western Hemispheres in Sacramento, California (www .westernhemispheres.com), can supply most needs. Original-sized Michelin tires, however, are getting expensive, prompting some owners to convert to later 15-inch wheels. Prices for ratty runners start at about $3,500, though ambitious owners often ask much. Expect to pay about $10,000 for a non-rusty car with no needs. A variant, plastic-bodied Mehari Jeeps, are fragile by now, thanks to sun damage. Rare 4WD, twinengined Saharas, which had standard 2CV coachwork (just 694 made) will cost you more than $20,000. They are also diffi cult to drive and impossible to fi nd parts for. The average 2CV owner/collector isn't diffi cult to peg. French professors and general Francophiles seem to make up most of the market. It is certainly the aspirational car among Edith Piaf fans and lovers of French New Wave cinema. A 2CV truck or van can also make a dandy tax deduction for owners of patisseries and boulangeries. The 20 Year Picture famous Bistro 990 in Toronto has used one as a prop for many years, as have numerous other French restaurants. The 2CV, along with the Mini and the VW Beetle, was an icon of basic post-war European transportation. While you won't run into many people in the U.S. with 2CV stories to share, a tin snail is likely to attract more attention on the street than most expensive exotics. ♦ ROB SASS has been collecting, repairing and occasionally despairing over affordable classics since he was 16. His latest accidental acquisition is a 1978 Lancia Beta that occasionally runs. Park, Washington and $12,000 $10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000 $2,000 1988 1993 1998 2003 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. 2007 1960–65 Fiat 500 1961–68 Citroën 2CV 1961–68 VW Beetle December 2007 35

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Legal Files John Draneas Carrera GT Crash Settled for $4.5 Million The attorney points out that the typical SCM subscriber, a car enthusiast who holds fast cars and racetracks dear, will never make it onto this jury it appears the concerns the mechanic had were related to the oversteer inherent in the design of the car, not to any particular mechanical defect.) Keaton did not have the CGT inspected before this event, but was allowed to sign his own tech inspection form stating that the car was fine. Investigation revealed the FOC had never denied a participant access to a track day on account of a failure to pass tech. The organizers also failed to enforce the track safety Point of impact, with play structure in background L ast summer, “Legal Files” reported about a lawsuit resulting from the fatal crash of a Porsche Carrera GT at a club track day at the California Speedway (June 2006, p. 30). The lawsuit was recently settled for a reported total of approximately $4.5 million. The contributions to the settlement were about 49% from the estate of the driver, 41% from the track owners and the event organizers, 8% from Porsche, and 2% from the driver of the Ferrari that was claimed to have triggered the crash. “Legal Files” received numerous comments from SCM readers, all of which were critical of the lawsuit, plaintiff, and attorney. No doubt, many readers may have the same reaction to the settlement. But let's take a closer look at the facts. To refresh our memory, Tracy Rudl filed the lawsuit alleging the wrongful death of her husband, Corey Rudl, who was a passenger in the CGT owned and driven by Ben Keaton at the Ferrari Owners Club track day. Rudl was represented by attorney Craig McClellan, a former racer and a successful plaintiffs' attorney from San Diego. As the CGT was traveling at about 130 mph on the straightaway, a Ferrari entered the track at a relatively slow speed. Keaton swerved to avoid it and the Porsche skidded into a concrete barrier wall, killing both men. The wall had been placed closer to the track than its original position, in order to enlarge the area behind it for use as a children's play area during an earlier NASCAR race. Discovery creates clearer picture Extensive investigation, interviewing of witnesses, and other forms of legal discov- ery brought out more facts. Here is the bigger picture, according to McClellan. The Track. The track suffered from two major design defects—the pit-out (exit onto the track) design and the concrete wall along the straightaway that was moved to accommodate the NASCAR race. The problem with the pit-out design was that it brought the drivers onto the track in the middle of the straightaway and the pit-out driver's view of the straightaway was completely blocked by a guardrail, so the driver had to rely entirely on the flagger when entering. The aerial view of the track shows how the concrete wall that normally ran parallel to the track was moved to enlarge the area behind it. A second photo shows the Carrera GT crashed in the worst possible place—right where the wall protruded. It looks as the CGT would normally have hit the wall and bounced back toward the track. Whatever happened then would have been better than a 130-mile near head-on crash. The Organizers. The Ferrari Owners Club requires that all cars pass a techni- cal inspection by an approved repair facility. At a previous event, the FOC President and organizer had been warned by one of their vehicle certifiers that he believed that something was wrong with the handling of Keaton's car and it should not be allowed to run. They let it into that event anyway, and it spun out three to four times—one time the event organizer was even on board and became nauseous. But he didn't tell anyone about the warnings and did not exclude Keaton from that event. (As you will see below, 36 rule about cars entering the track. Pit-out was in the middle of the straightaway, with entry on the left side. But cars on the straightaway tended to stay to the left to set up for the right-hander at the end. To avoid collisions, cars entering the track were required to move to the right side as soon as possible. However, at this event, cars were entering the track and staying on the left side. The Driver. Keaton was warned about the handling problems with the CGT, ignored his mechanic's advice, and invited Rudl for a ride without mentioning the problems. And, when the Ferrari came onto the track slowly, he overreacted and spun. The Ferrari Driver. The Ferrari driver and the flag- ger blamed each other for what happened, but it was concluded that the Ferrari entered the track too slowly, forcing Keaton to evade him. Porsche. The sole claim against Porsche was that the CGT was defective because it was designed without electronic stability control, which Porsche calls PSM. McClellan deposed two German engineers on the subject, and their answers were inconsistent. One testified that Porsche did not think that its PSM system would work on the CGT because the car's frame structure and suspension mountings would create strong vibrations that would interfere with its operation. The other engineer testified that PSM was not offered because the customers didn't want it. McClellan suspects it was a marketing decision, as the CGT was marketed as a “race car for the streets,” and race cars don't have electronic stability control. He notes that during its development, the CGT had exhibited a tendency to oversteer during high lateral acceleration. Porsche made some adjustments, but did not fully correct the problem, which explained why the mechanic who drove Keaton's car reported “handling problems.” PSM would have corrected the “tail happy” oversteer response to Keaton's steering input to avoid the Ferrari. What about the releases? One of the primary matters addressed in the settle- ment negotiations was the release signed by Rudl. As all of us who have participated in a track day know, the release contained language that waived any claims against the organizers and participants, with Rudl assuming full risk of injury or death. Many SCM readers pointed out that the release should end the matter. While the settlement was being negotiated, the Sports Car Market

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play structure point of impact Impact was nearly head-on Aerial view of California Speedway California Supreme Court was considering a broadly similar case. The Court of Appeal had ruled that releases were effective as to negligence claims, but not as to claims of gross negligence. There was uncertainty about the outcome because this case was the fi rst time this issue had been addressed by a California court. McClellan insisted that the Supreme Court would agree with the Court of Appeal, and that he could prove gross negligence against the various defendants. He also insisted that the release would not be effective against the driver, as Keaton had been warned about the car's handling problems before the event and did not disclose them. Either way, the release had nothing to do with the claim against Porsche, as it was not a participant at the track day. The Supreme Court's opinion was issued shortly after the settlement and was what McClellan predicted. The case involved a release given by the parents of a developmentally disabled girl who participated in a City of Santa Barbara summer camp and drowned while swimming. With no prior California precedent, the Court looked to decisions from other states. Quite a number had addressed the issue, and the majority ruled that properly written releases would be effective against claims of ordinary negligence, but that public policy made them void as to claims of gross negligence. The Court noted that most of the handful of decisions that enforced releases in cases of gross negligence involved auto racing incidents, but also noted that several states had ruled that releases are ineffective against claims for ordinary negligence, even in auto racing situations. Interestingly, the Court received amicus curiae briefs from a number of organizations, including NASCAR and the California Speedway Association, predicting the demise of spectator racing and numerous types of recreational activities if the Court adopted this rule. The December 2007 Court brushed them off, pointing out that NASCAR holds three races each year in Virginia and New York, both of which have laws that bar releases even in cases of ordinary negligence. Was anything accomplished? A lot of money changed hands in this settlement, but did anything of lasting so- cietal value get accomplished here? McClellan thinks a lot of good may have been accomplished. He points out that the California Speedway is now safer. The guardrail blocking the view from pit-out has been moved, and the track may move pit-out to the end of the straightaway. He is confi dent that the Ferrari Owners Club will institute better safety procedures at track days, and he is hopeful that Porsche and other manufacturers will never again build a supercar without electronic stability control. McClellan thinks that the manufacturers' greatest exposure in this regard may not be crashes on racetracks, but what might happen on the street. Imagine a CGT driver who gets in over his head on a public road, the rear end comes around, and he spins into an oncoming car, killing its occupant. Faced with expert testimony that electronic stability control could have prevented the spin, what will the jury think? McClellan points out that the typical SCM subscriber, a car enthusiast who holds fast cars and racetracks dear, will never make it onto this jury. The jurors will be more ordinary citizens. “Most people, especially those with children on the streets and highways, would fear a vehicle like the Carrera GT, with its tricky handling characteristics, 600-plus horsepower, and unskilled, unqualifi ed drivers. When a ‘race car for the streets' is sold to anyone with enough money, regardless of his ability to drive it, and it doesn't even incorporate modern electronic safety devices that correct driver errors, then maybe the manufacturer should accept some responsibility for the foreseeable deaths that will result.” Tracy Rudl also believes that the lawsuit will benefi t others. “My loving husband was an innocent passenger in an expensive sports car that inexplicably failed to incorporate a modern, life-saving safety feature. He was a passenger on a racetrack that was dangerously designed. While driving on racetracks always involves risks, the result of this case and the redesign of the track will help eliminate unnecessary risks and make the sport of high speed driving safer.” ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and a car collector in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. 37

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Events New England 1000 Milestone Year for the New England 1000 Only a minor misjudgment of the Islero's low muffler clearance required the ministrations of the chase crew by Donald Osborne nity to exercise prized vehicles in the way they were intended to be used. The 2007 New England 1000 satisfied these de- sires and then some. This year celebrated the 15th running of the event, one of the pioneering rallies of its kind in the U.S. It's difficult to believe that for a decade and a half, SCMers Rich and Jean Taylor have been finding such a variety of beautiful, scenic, and challenging roads through Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine, as well as Eastern Canada and Western New York. In fact, since that first rally, the Taylors have gone on to run others in Texas, Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia, and will host their 50th event with this year's Texas 1000 in November. Their recipe of memorable and demanding roads, comfortable hotels, good food, and great company, combined with an extraordinary assortment of cars, hasn't varied since the beginning. It's reflected in the high return rate of entrants, almost 70%. In spite of the number of regulars, of which I am happy to count myself one, the Taylors' warm hospitality make newcomers feel welcome and the “old-timers” invariably open themselves to new acquaintances. This year's route ran in picture-perfect weather from Woodstock, Vermont, through Whitefield, New Hampshire to Lenox, Massachusetts, and back to Woodstock, crisscrossing the three states and dipping into New York and Maine on fabulous country two-lane roads with mountain twisties and long, fast sweepers. You may recall that an electrical fault in my 1969 Lamborghini Islero forced me to withdraw at the start of last year's event. I'm happy to report that no such problem occurred this year, and I enjoyed a near-perfect drive to and from, as well as during, the rally. Only a minor misjudgment of the muffler's low clearance on a particularly exuberant descent required the expert ministrations of the chase crew from RPM Vermont. One of the hallmarks of the NE 1000 is the vari- Climbing the pass over Mt. Washington P 38 eople seek a variety of things from vintage rallies: traffic-free winding roads; the challenge of perfect time-speed-distance calculations; the company of like-minded souls; a week away from everyday responsibilities; and for all, the opportu- ety of the entries. From a 1935 Riley Imp to a 2006 Ferrari 430 Spider, every car and team found a way to handle the terrain as well as the three optional hillclimbs at Mt. Washington, Mt. Equinox and Mt. Ascutney. Visits to fun and interesting places during the route have also long been a mainstay. This year we visited two extraordinary car collections—the “A to Z” cars of John Moir in New Hampshire and Robert Behre's stunning hoard in Maine. Previous rallies have included things as diverse as the Bombardier snowmobile museum in Quebec, steamboat rides on Lake Champlain, the Museum of Honey in Canada, and painter Winslow Homer's home and studio. Porsche Cars of North America returned for the third year as main sponsor and Sports Car Market Photo by Jean Constantine

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Osborne's 1969 Lamborghini Islero, alive and well, this time Details Plan ahead: May 2008 Where: New England, Eastern Canada Cost: $4,995 More: www.vintagerallies.com provided Cayenne support vehicles and new Carrera S and Cayman S cars for those whose cars “failed to proceed.” Mick Pallardy of Porsche also brought along the newest limited-edition Boxster and challenged the rallyists to come up with a name for the color, best described as “Giallo Fly meets Halloween pumpkin in an alley at night.” I don't know what the results were. SCM continued its sponsorship as well, and the coveted SCM Vintage Rallies “Spirit of the Rally” award was given to Toby Anderson. During the course of the week, he, his wife Candace, and daughter Mally shepherded their 1958 Porsche Speedster through good times and bad, at one point pushing it across the line at a checkpoint to stay in the rally. Their effort was truly what participating in events like this is all about. Charitable giving has also been a part of the NE 1000, as in all the Taylors' events, with almost $800,000 donated to area groups and causes in the 15 years running. Vintage rallies have become more popular and common in the past few years. They are held around the world by a variety of promoters for various audiences. Some are first rate, some fall short, and others, like the much-chronicled China Rally, are unmitigated disasters. The experience the Taylors bring when it comes to putting on a rally cannot be underestimated. What you are promised you receive and quite a bit more as well. Their fifteen years of experience are a guarantee of a blue-chip experience. ♦ NE 1000 SCMers David Allison—Dunn, NC 1971 Mini Tim Britton—Peru, VT 1968 Porsche 911 John Burton—Sausalito, CA 1967 Lotus Europa Series 1 Miles Collier / Scott George—Naples, FL 1962 Lotus Elite Richard DeVito—Weston, MA 1990 Jaguar XJ-S convertible Jimmy Dobbs—Paradise Valley, AZ 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Peter Efros—Rumson, NJ 1958 Porsche 356A coupe Davis Fischer—Glenside, PA 1976 Porsche 914-6 Barry Flynn—Biddeford, ME 1960 Daimler SP250 Thomas Goddard—Newport, RI 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 William Haines—North Canton, OH 1964 Aston Martin DB5 convertible Jim Jaqua—Laguna Beach, CA 1963 Porsche 356B coupe Chuck Kaplanek—Lloyd Harbor, NY 2007 Porsche 911 Carrera S cabriolet Rallyists in Woodstock, Vermont December 2007 39 Mitch Katz—Woodbury, CT 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce Jerry Morici—Clifton, NJ 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa Replica Ron Novrit—Long Valley, NJ 1962 Porsche 356B cabriolet Donald Osborne—Avon, CT 1969 Lamborghini Islero Gary Pace—Fort Worth, TX 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Richard Reina—Neshanic Station, NJ 1968 Ford Mustang GT California Special William Scheffler—Westport, CT / John Boccardo—Palm Springs, CA 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Ger Schwarzkopf—Toronto, ON CAN 1956 Porsche GS Carrera Terry Smith—Isle of Palms, SC 1974 Ferrari GTS Dino Rich & Jean Taylor—Sharon, CT 1964 Maserati 3500GT James Vincent—Weston, MA 1006 Ferrari F430 Spyder Hub Yonkers—Contoocook, NH 1998 Jaguar XK8 1961 Mercedes 300SL Photo by Jean Constantine

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Events Goodwood Revival The Good Word from Goodwood “Whizzo” Williams drove a Ford Galaxie 500, 4-wheel drive FergusonClimax GP, Iso Bizzarini GT, Tojeiro Jaguar, and BRM P261 GP—back to back by Bob Ames Richmond Trophy race, from top right, by row: BRM P-25, Ferguson-Climax Project 99, Maserati 250F, Ferrari Dino, Lister-Jag “Monzanapolis”, Maserati 250F, Connaught C-type, and “Tec-Mec” Maserati 250F I 40 n a recent issue of another collector car magazine, a columnist spent nearly a full page whining about historic races suffering from a certain sameness. Either the scribe was excluding Goodwood from his sample or had never been to the Revival. I've not missed one since the Genesis in 1998. Each year has offered a sensory overload and been significantly different from its predecessors. Throughout, Lord March and his legion of helpmates have made constant change and improvements. Here's a rundown of the “New for 2007” list. In terms of bricks and mortar, there was an absolutely authentic art deco-style recreation of a '50s Shell garage, henceforth to be known as the Woad Corner Showroom. In this, its first year, it was filled with period Ferraris from 166s and 212s to 250 GTOs. The name comes from Shell's first motorway service station near Aston Martin's historic birthplace in Newport Pagnell. Last year, there were daily parade laps for some of the smallest cars ever built. This Plan ahead: Early September, 2008 Where: Chichester, Sussex, England Cost: $120 for three-day entry More: www.goodwood.co.uk year, it was Classic Caravans (house trailers in our parlance). How about a Morgan 3-wheeler pulling one of these? Or a tiny 1962 Bond, with a single wheel up front, attached to a minuscule holiday home originally designed for motorcycle and sidecar use? The display was complete with happy campers in period dress tucking into cold scotch eggs and tongue sandwiches Then there was the new aeronautical at- Details traction. Not content with daily formation flights of Bearcat, Hellcat, and Wildcat—a first in Britain—Goodwood staged a Concours d'Elegance for pre-'66 historic aircraft. A lack of barriers allowed close Sports Car Market

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inspection of beautifully turned-out machines, including the Brooklands Museum's 1919 Vickers Vimy and a spectacular Percival Gull. Bubbles and flowers Period dress has always been required in the pad- dock and encouraged elsewhere. Further incentive for the ladies this year was the presence of a team of leading fashion mavens roving about looking for the most immaculately groomed attendees and awarding prizes of champagne and flowers. And for the guys, there were twelve “grid girls” holding number boards to guide the racers to their proper starting positions. These professional models wore different “swinging '60s” outfits each day, such as PVC mini-skirts and short shorts. Further, at the end of each race, the first through third finishers were awarded not only the obligatory wreath but also a Cuban cigar. A manservant in cutaway coat presented this latter award from a humidor, then clipped and lit it. In these non-smoking days, it was fun to see a winner take a victory lap puffing on a stogie. What really matters And what remained the same? First and foremost, a lot of great racing. There's currently something of a hue and cry about the use of priceless historic race cars in anger, and indeed the organizers estimated the grid of one race represented a total value of some £30m ($60m). But drivers in this race included Brian Redman, Jackie Oliver, Marc Surer, Hurley Haywood, John Fitzpatrick, John Whitmore, Ray Bellm, and a dozen other stars from the past, so the cars were in good hands. Given today's elevated prices, many owners brave enough to race their machines want them to be seen as winners on the track as well as in the auction room. Hence the growing employment of professional drivers. Veteran racer Barrie “Whizzo” Williams was entered in no less than five races. Imagine the challenge of driving a Ford Galaxie 500, four-wheel-drive Ferguson-Climax Grid girls, more retro than vintage GP, Iso Bizzarini GT, Tojeiro Jaguar, and BRM P261 GP? In every race, Whizzo was on the pointy end of the grid, and on Sunday afternoon drove in the last three races, where he could be seen running from award-giving to the pre-grid. If you didn't go, I recommend purchase of the DVD, from www.goodwood.com, to see some of the best recorded racing you will ever watch. My favorite this year was the St. Mary's Trophy Race for 1960–66 saloon cars. Best of all, Goodwood's atmosphere hasn't changed. The Revival remains a step back in time. The parking lot for pre-'66 cars—thousands of them—is worth an afternoon itself. All around the circuit there are actors role-playing, from shady characters selling watches from beneath their coats to Dad's Army home guard and regulars Marilyn Monroe and Laurel and Hardy. ♦ BOB AMES is a longtime SCM subscriber and vintage racer. Riley RMF and matching “caravan” take to the track December 2007 Pair of Lussos at Shell's Woad Corner Showroom 41

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Events The Colorado Grand Grand Times in the Rockies Geography gives the Grand a leg up on most other events, with names like Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Loveland Pass sprinkled throughout the route book by Keith Martin Another roadside attraction S ome vintage rallies are nearly 20 years old. Oregon's Monte Shelton Northwest Classic just celebrated its 19th running, as did the fabled Colorado Grand. Just think, the cars that ran the inaugural events are now 20 years older, as are, in most cases, the owners. We're all becoming more vintage together. I had the good fortune to participate in this year's Colorado Grand as the guest of Mitch Katz and Premier Financial Services, a sponsor of the event. As luck would have it, Mitch owns a 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce nearly identical to mine. As the SCM Veloce has been in the shop until very recently with a bad rod bearing, I welcomed the opportunity for some seat time in an Alfa again. Frankly, given the way our motley fl eet of old cars has been “failing to proceed” during the past few months, and the mounting bills for the Alfa rebuild (new/used crankshaft, block align bored, new pistons and liners, etc.), I was wondering why I don't just drive a new M3 and put all this aggravation behind me. I was soon reminded why I don't. The geography of the Grand gives it a leg up on most other events, with names like Vail, Steamboat Springs and Loveland Pass sprinkled throughout the route book. As impressive are the cars entered; the big guns of the U.S. collector car world view this as the best way to exercise their exotics. The entry list would have done Pebble Beach proud; the Ferrari column alone included a 290 MM, a 212 Barchetta, a 166 MM/53, a 340 Competition Le Mans Spyder, two LWB California Spyders and a pair of 250 SWBs, among others. Clearly, this is not a low-bucks event. I was told that of the 99 offi cial entrants, just nine were new to the event, and many other ap- 42 plications were turned away. There is a certain “gestalt” to the Grand, and the assumption is that big boys (and girls) will get to enjoy their cars at varying rates of speed, so long as they stay within the bounds of “reasonable and proper.” Those who can't contain cowboy tendencies simply don't get invited back. The four days and 1,012 miles took us from snow (top up) to light rain (top down) to near-biblical downpours (top up again) and balmy 80-degree weather (top down for good). The lightly-traffi cked roads featured long, sweeping curves, which especially suited the largerengined cars. Katz's Giulia purred along contentedly between 4,000 and 4,500 rpm in 5th most of the time, an indicated 80 to 90 mph. Those of us who go on vintage events try to get the staff and sig- nifi cant others left behind to feel sorry for us as we talk about freezing rain, sunburns, bizarre food like elk burgers, and long days of driving on backcountry roads. Generally, our complaints fall on deaf ears. In the course of the four days, I was reacquainted with the reasons I have been an Alfi sti for over 40 years. I also reacquainted myself with the members of the collector car community on the Grand. What I took away from the event was, fi rst, Details Plan ahead: Septemper 15–19, 2008 Sponsors: Mercedes-Benz Classic Center, GirardPerregaux, Premier Financial Services, Hagerty Insurance, Greenberg Traurig LLP, Federal Express Custom Critical Passport Transport Application Deadline: May 1, 2008 Entry fee: $5,000 per car; limited to signifi cant cars built before 1961 More: www.coloradogrand.org a sincere thanks to Katz for inviting me, second, a renewed appreciation for how much old cars like to be used, third, a sense of pleasure at being a part of a thoughtful community of enthusiasts who believe that any day driving in the snow with the top down beats the best possible day at work, and fourth, continued respect for the board and staff of the Colorado Grand. In 19 years, the organizers of the Grand have contributed more than $2 million to a number of charities. Good job, everyone. ♦ Sports Car Market Martin, Katz, and his Veloce

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SCMers on the Colorado Grand Michael & Cheri Amalfitano—Gilford, NH 1959 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce Phil & Martha Bachman—Greeneville, TN 1956 Corvette Roadster Phil & Diane Bagley—Lake Park, FL 1960 Porsche 356B Roadster Stanley Bauer—Beverly Hills, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo 750 E Sprint Veloce Stephen & Camilla Brauer—Bridgeton, MO 1960 Jaguar XK 150S OTS George L. Bunting Jr.—Monkton, MD 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Roger M. Cassin—Brookline, MA 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Miles Collier—Naples, FL 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 Berlinetta touring Stephen P. & Ann J. Cortinovis—St. Louis, MO 1959 OSCA 372 FS Michael Darling—Seattle, WA 1953 Siata 208 S Richard W. Darling—Long Beach, CA 1953 Siata 208 S Elliott Dolin—Malibu, CA 1955 Mercedes 300SL coupe Mark Donaldson—United Kingdom 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB James Edwards—Show Low, AZ 1954 American Special “Ol Yaller Mk I” Craig Ekberg—Rolling Hills, CA 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster Curt & Robin Engler—St. Louis, MO 1960 Jaguar XK 150S FHC Mike Fisher—Woodbury, CT 1959 BoCar XP 5 Armando Flores—San Diego, CA 1954 Bentley Competition Special Gary J. Ford—Pipersville, PA 1957 OSCA S187 roadster Fred Garcia—East St. Louis, IL 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I roadster Ted Gildred—Solana Beach, CA 1953 Jaguar XK 120 FHC Ed Godshalk—Newberg, OR 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 Geoffrey Goldberg—Chicago, IL 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 Peter & Veronique Hageman—Kirkland, WA 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Liter McKeel Hagerty—Traverse City, MI 1967 Porsche 911 Parker Hall—Vicksburg, MS 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Terry & Noel Hefty—Lafayette, CO 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Terri Henning—Charleston, SC 1957 Devin SS Ron Hetherington—Highlands Ranch, CO 1936 Delahaye 135S Competition Tom Horan—Denver, CO 1962 Mercedes 300SL roadster Bill Jackson—Denver, CO 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale Ron Johnson—Rolling Hills Estates, CA 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Alloy Neil Jones—Englewood, CO 1957 Jaguar XK 140MC Mitch Katz—Woodbury, CT 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce Neal & Lynn Kirkham—Saratoga, CA 1961 Alfa Romeo SZ1 Bill Kling—Malibu, CA 1955 Mercedes 300SL Rally Car Barry Konier—Orange, CA 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Alloy Enrique Landa—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Enrique Landa V—San Francisco, CA 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Joel & Kim Laub—Las Vegas, NV 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Sport Bruce S. Lustman—Denver, CO 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Dennis & Natalie Machul—Oak Brook, IL 1952 Allard K2 Jeff Mamorsky—Greenwich, CT 1962 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Keith Martin—Portland, OR 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce Richard Mattei—Seattle, WA 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Ken & Patty McBride—Seattle, WA 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Bruce McCaw—Bellevue, WA 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Special Body Dean & Madylong Meiling—Incline Village, NV 1956 Mercedes 300SL coupe Thomas Mittler—Three Rivers, MI 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta Pinin Farina Miles Morris—Weston, CT 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Charlie & Alexandra Morse—Seattle, WA 1958 Jaguar 150S roadster Glenn & Meaghan Mounger Bainbridge Island, WA 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Series 1 Mary Lynn & Linsey Mounger—Bainbridge Island, WA 1956 Mercedes 300SL coupe John & Heather Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1959 Ferrari TR 59/60 Eddie & Heather O'Brien—Silverthorne, CO Ducati motorcycle Robert Paltrow—Armonk, NY 1956 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mk II Vantage Leland Pillsbury—Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Boano Gene Ponder—Marshall, TX 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Special Ron Rader—Los Angeles, CA 1955 Mercedes 300SL James Raisbeck—Seattle, WA 1949 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Randy Reiss—Los Angeles, CA 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta William & Meri Roberts—Philadelphia, PA 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Scott & Jody Rosen—Bedford Corners, NY 1952 Aston Martin DB3 Hugh Ruthven II—Barrington, IL 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Charles Schoendorf—Norwalk, CT 1946 Lancia Aprilia Barchetta B. Lee & Judy Schumacher—Aspen, CO 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Super Sports John J. & Kathi Schumann—Vero Beach, FL 1958 BMW 507 Tony Schwartz—Calabasas, CA 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Don Shires—Boulder, CO 1952 Allard J2X Phil & Renee Shires—Boulder, CO 1957 Mercedes 300SL roadster Jon Shirley—Medina, WA 1956 Ferrari 290 MM Elad Shraga—Scarsdale, NY 1955 OSCA MT4 TR Le Mans Phil & Jorja Shuey—Centennial, CO 1964 Porsche 356SC cabriolet Richard Sirota—Irvington, NY 1959 BMW 507 Doug Skeen—San Diego, CA 1953 Jaguar XK 120 FHC Gerry & Nancy Sutterfield—Palm Beach Gardens, FL 1955 Ford Thunderbird Chuck Swimmer—San Diego, CA 1954 Bentley Competition Special Robert Turetsky—Chicago, IL 1962 Mercedes 300SL roadster Jim Weddle—Webster Groves, MO 1952 Allard J2 Steve Weddle—Phillips, WI 1952 Allard J2 Doug Weitman—Malibu, CA 1956 Alfa Romeo 750 E Sprint Veloce Malcolm Welford—Costa Mesa, CA 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Eric Wittenberg—New York, NY 1956 Austin-Healey 100M roadster

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Events Fairfield County Concours Fairfield Concours Keeps Climbing For the first time at a major show, Japanese collectible cars were included, with some notable rarities like a Toyota 2000GT and Honda S600 by Donald Osborne T he headline of last year's SCM coverage of this event read “Climbing the Concours Ladder.” Show founders Bill Scheffler and John Shuck aimed to make this year's show even better—a tall order, as their Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance set a high standard from its inception in 2004. Now named the Fairfield County Gold Coast Concours, in reference to the common nickname for the prosperous group of communities on Connecticut's Long Island Sound coast, the show moved to the Fairfield County Hunt Club, gained a presenting sponsor in Toyota, and fulfilled most expectations. Following a Saturday road tour, open to entrants and designed by SCMer and vintage rally presenter Rich Taylor, Sunday saw a bright and sunny day for the show itself. The wide polo field in front of the co- lonial clubhouse served as the canvas on which were displayed more than 180 cars and motorcycles spanning the years from 1904 through 2008 for the almost 3,000 spectators and guests who attended. It was a kind of homecoming for vintage Details Plan ahead: September 2008 Where: Fairfield County Hunt Club, Westport, CT Cost: $20 per person; $40 per family More: www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com cars at the venue, which hosted a classic car show exactly 50 years ago this year. Three of the entrants at that original show were on hand at this year's concours and two of them, Ralph DeAngelis and Alden Sherman, brought with them the cars they had on display in 1957—a 1911 Cadillac 30 and 1925 Amilcar 2CGS, respectively. 50 Years of Racing in Connecticut Special displays are always a part of the show, which this year featured four such groups. The first included cars that had been displayed at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, among them a 1907 Auburn boattail roadster, 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, 1939 Alfa Castagna coupe, 1938 Delahaye 135MS Competition, and a stunning 1953 Aston Martin 2/4 Bertone convertible. The class “50 Years of Racing in Connecticut” paid tribute to the memorable track battles waged at Thompson Raceway, Lime Rock Park, and many smaller circuits. Vehicles in this class ranged from a 1932 Ford B roadster, 1961 Ferrari 250 TRI/61, and a 1959 Werner Quarter Midget to a Bob Sharp 1984 Nissan 300ZX Turbo. Legendary racer and Connecticut native John Fitch was on hand to greet the public and sign copies of his book, Racing with Mercedes. Alternative-fuel vehicles ran the gamut from a 1914 Woods Electric to the latest Toyota Prius hybrid, a nod to new presenting sponsor Toyota Westport. For the first time at a major show, Japanese collectible cars were included, with some notable rarities like a 1967 Toyota 2000GT and a 1965 Honda S600 convertible. Motorcycles on the field included two Indian Chiefs, one 1911 Cadillac 30 with owner Ralph DeAngelis 44 Sports Car Market

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An automotive smorgasbord from 1935, the other 1948, a Vincent Black Shadow from 1949, a 1956 BSA DBD34GS and a 2008 Ducati NCR. As has become customary at this event, live narrated “field walks” were conducted by Miles Morris of Morris & Welford and SCM's Dave Kinney. Morris and Kinney also served as members of the Concours' Advisory Committee, along with SCMers Christopher Sanger, Dave Brownell, Rich Taylor, and myself. With guest Don Breslauer, they served as judges for major awards. New this year was peer judging for the chronological classes, with entrants choosing first and second place winners. It was popular and also in keeping with the show's aim to be a low-key experience for the participants. Additional attractions included an art display tent and a car painting activity stand for children. The show has always worked with charities; this year's beneficiary was Autism Speaks. Winner of the show's “Grand Prix d'Honneur,” or best in show, was SCMer James Glickenhaus's 1931 Duesenberg Model J Franay Convertible Sedan, which received an elegant crystal bowl presented by Tiffany, as well as a large package of Zymöl Vintage Wax. “People's Choice” honors were awarded to the dra- matic Boano-bodied 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis, owned by Michael Schudroff, while “Most Elegant” went to Byron York's 1929 Packard Super 8 roadster, “Most Exciting” to the Ferrari 250 TR entered by North East Scuderia, and “Best Contemporary” to the rare 1970 AMC Rebel machine of Mary Kuhn. The “Founders' Choice” prizes went to Malcolm Pray's 1937 Bugatti T57C and the 1935 Indian Chief brought by Ty Haines. With a much larger crowd, yet no crowding on the wide lawn, and an ability to attract rare and important cars to the Fairfield County Hunt Club, this event is well positioned to grow. ♦ DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. December 2007 SCMers at the Fairfield County Gold Coast Concours d'Elegance Bob Aronson—Milford, CT 1954 Jaguar XK 120 roadster Skip Barber—Sharon, CT 1957 AC Ace Bristol Richard Bernstein—Rye, NY 1931 Studebaker President Model 80 John Brice—Ridgefield, CT 1968 Porsche 911 T/R Wayne Carini—Portland, CT 1953 Studebaker Commander Hot Rod, 1st in Class 1954 Volkswagen coupe 1963 Triumph TR4 Surrey Top Jonathan Cohen—Greenwich, CT 1966 Bristol 409 Stanley Cohen—Sparta, NJ 2003 Ferrari Enzo 2007 Ferrari 599 Drake Darrin—Greenwich, CT 1947 Chrysler Town & Country Tom Derro—Carlisle, MA 1933 Pierce Silver Arrow Keith Duly—Bethlehem, CT 1961 Maserati Sebring Series I (Vignale), 2nd in Class Charlie England—Darien, CT 1965 Sunbeam Tiger Mk 1 Frank Gallogly—Lime Rock, CT 1973 Porsche Carrera RSR Dr. Jack Gish—Brookfield, CT 1965 Porsche 356SC James Glickenhaus—Rye, NY 1931 Duesenberg Model J Franay convertible sedan, Grand Prix d'Honneur Larry Goldstein—Farmington, CT 1973 Ferrari Dino Ed Greenberg—Stamford, CT 1964 Buick Riviera Michael Grunberg—Greenwich, CT 1936 Austin Bantam 1939 Cadillac Limousine 1976 Porsche 914 race car Mark Herman—Glen Ellyn, IL 1903 Locomobile steam car 1911 Stanley steam car Fred Kanter—Mountain Lakes, NJ 1958 Dual Ghia Concept Eric Kaufman—Farmington, CT 1972 Ferrari Daytona 365 GTB/4 Richard Kresch—New York, NY 1975 BMW 2002 Turbo Robert Kurtz—Weston, CT 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Philip Laiacona—Trumbull, CT 1925 Rolls Royce 20/25hp Gerry Lettieri—Rocky Hill, CT 1949 Allard J-2 Prototype Michael Maddalena—Roxbury, CT 1965 Morgan Plus 4 roadster Bob Mead—Ridgefield, CT 1899 Locomobile Stanhope steam car Kirk Meighan—Far Hills, NJ 1975 Lamborghini LP400 Countach periscope Henry Miller—Greenwich, CT 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Albert Mitchell—New York, NY 1960 BMW 507 roadster Roger Noble—Simsbury, CT 1928 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter tourer Steven Novak—Green Farms, CT 1957 Jaguar XK 140MC FHC Jon Oricchio—Pound Ridge, NY 1979 Ferrari 365 GTC, 2nd in Class Donald Osborne—Avon, CT 1963 Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina coupe Nick Perakis—West Chester, PA 1963 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Malcolm Pray—Greenwich, CT 1937 Bugatti Type 57C, Founders' Award Jerry Robinson—Mount Kisco, NY 1951 Jaguar Mark V Drophead coupe Christopher Sanger—New York, NY 1936 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter Sports coupe, 1st in Class Michael Schudroff—Pound Ridge, NY 1953 Aston Martin 2/4 convertible (Bertone) 1955 Lincoln Indianapolis (Boano), People's Choice 1957 BMW 503 convertible 1957 Chrysler Dual Ghia convertible Peter Starr—Saco, ME 1967 Toyota 2000GT 1967 Toyota 2000GT roadster Richard Taylor—Sharon, CT 1957 Morgan Plus 4 4-seater 1964 Maserati 3500GT 1972 Royale RP 17 race car Archie Urciuoli—Nokomis, FL 1965 AC Cobra Kevin Weiss—Wilton, CT 1965 Ford Mustang GT “A” Code 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Herb Wolfe—Englewood, NJ 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 SS Corsa, 1st in Class 45

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Ferrari Profile California Spyder Competizione If you could justify paying too much money for a car, this was the one by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1957–60 Number produced: 51 LWB, 54 SWB Original list price: $12,000 SCM Valuation: LWB $1.5m–$2m; LWB Alloy $2.5m–$3.5m; SWB $2.9m–$3.5m; SWB Alloy $3m–$5m Tune-up cost: $1,500–$3,500 Distributor cap: $450 Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.Org Alternatives: 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1959–63 Aston Martin DB4GT, 1959–61 Maserati Birdcage Tipo 60/61 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Chassis number: 1451GT L uigi Chinetti loved the 250 GT TdF coupes and saw a market for an open top version. Many Americans lived in warm climates like Florida, Arizona, and particularly California, and so preferred the good looks and the cooler nature of open cars. Chinetti persuaded Ferrari to commission Pininfarina to build an open car based on the TdF. Dubbed the Spyder California, the new design was a masterpiece, and the Spyder California has become an icon among Ferraris. This Ferrari Spyder California was ordered through Luigi Chinetti and delivered to Bob Grossman in June 1959. Grossman, an aspiring singer, started selling cars to finance voice lessons. By the mid-1950s, he had franchises for Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, and Volkswagen. Grossman raced another long-wheelbase Spyder California, but was having trouble beating the Corvettes. He complained to Chinetti, who promised to come up with “something special,” and s/n 1451GT was the result. One of 51 long-wheelbase Spyder Californias, only nine of which were alloy-bodied, s/n 1451GT was completed on June 14, 1959, and, according to Grossman, immediately driven to Le Mans. It was the first Spyder California with the new “outside plug” engine, and Grossman, co-driving with Fernand Tavano, finished fifth overall, placing third in the GT class. Having been hastily assembled, the car was returned to Ferrari after the race, at which time the interior was finished and a final paint job administered in metallic silver. This car placed First in Class at Pebble Beach in 1983, then won Best in Show at the 1984 Ferrari Club 46 of America National Meet. Six more first place awards followed, including Santa Barbara, Le Circle Invitational, Long Beach Grand Prix, Meadow Brook Hall, and a repeat at Pebble Beach in 1994—ten years after the first. Other notable achievements include a Judge's Award at the Classiques Concours d'Elegance at Parc de Bagatelle in Paris, Best in Show at the Newporter Invitational, the Chicago Historic Races, and Palm Springs Concours. Number 1451GT has also participated in the Colorado Grand, the Shell/Ferrari Challenge, and the Laguna Seca Historic Races. It is perhaps the most important of all the sur- viving Spyder Californias, and for that reason it has remained with the vendor for nearly 30 years. Remarkably offered for sale for the first time in a generation, it may well represent an unrepeatable opportunity to own one of the rarest and most beautiful racing Ferraris ever built. SCM Analysis This car sold for $4,950,000 at RM's Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction on August 18, 2007. A Ferrari of Particular Distinction subtitles George Carrick's book, The Spyder California. The phrase perfectly describes the distinguished place Californias hold in Ferrari history. Carrick, a Canadian, was so swept away by the model that he lived in Europe for a year to meet the requirements to import his California into his home country. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Lot# 263, s/n 0965GT Condition:1 Sold at $1,252,978 Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE 12/18/2004 SCM# 36785 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Lot #142, s/n 03007GT Condition: 1- Sold at $3,261,180 Bonhams & Brooks, Gstaad, CHE 12/18/2000 SCM# 10691 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder Lot #144, s/n 1431GT Condition: 1 Sold at $4,450,500 Gooding, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2007 SCM# 46559 Sports Car Market RM Auctions

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Appearances in every important periodical Carrick was hardly alone in his passion. Ferrari historian Stan Nowak, with Ed Gilbertson's and George Carrick's help, wrote another book on Californias, and every important Ferrari periodical has had at least one feature article on the car. Credible racing history, admirable performance, and an excellent design make the California a top choice as a collector car. “Stunning,” “Goofy,” and “I'm surprised it didn't bring a little more,” are the responses I got from three different 250 California Spyder experts when asked about the nearly $5,000,000 sale price of the ex-Grossman California. “Stunning” was the word from a former California owner. And having owned one, he appreciated the car's charisma and was not necessarily surprised by the huge price. “Goofy” was the description from a California Spyder historian. His was a comment on the market rather than the buyer. “I'm surprised it didn't bring a little more” came from our own Mike Sheehan. Sheehan's take was that this car could not be dupli- cated. With an exceptional provenance, proven racing history, excellent restoration, its very rare alloy body, and eligibility for just about every auto event on the planet, this really was the proverbial collector's dream. Whatever the buyer paid, it's pretty well guaranteed the next buyer will pay more. No racing history, but an aesthetic edge Out at Pebble Beach, another California Spyder waited in the wings to be sold, and the contrast was noteworthy. Gooding & Company had snagged s/n 1431GT, another long-wheelbase version but with a steel body and no competition history. Fastidiously restored in the late 1990s under the direction of then-owner David Smith, 1431GT won its class at Pebble Beach in 1998 and garnered awards from everywhere else it was shown. It was a breathtaking car, finished in glistening black with black leather and black top. Number 1431GT had two tricks to help level the field. It was a covered-headlight version, while the Grossman car was an open-headlight model, and it was being auctioned by David Gooding. I'm told that as part of his consignment agreement, David negotiated drive time in the California. Like a professional athlete's visualization technique, spending time with the car allowed him to absorb its nuances and helped build a case as to why someone should buy that particular California Spyder. Imagine the scene at the owner's garage when Gooding arrived. Number 1431GT was bracketed by a Pebble Beach award-winning Ferrari TR59 that would be in the running for the most valuable Ferrari in the world and the 1998 Pebble Beach Best of Show-winning Bugatti Type 57SC. For Mr. Gooding, convincing himself he was selling automotive royalty had just become easier. The Grossman California sale came first, and it really was a bell ringer. After adding commissions, it missed $5,000,000 by just $50,000. It sold well above any known California sale and probably earned a spot on the Top 20 list of most expensive cars sold at auction. This car was well sold but also well bought. If you could ever justify paying too much money for a car, this was the car. The buzz on the Gooding car kept intensifying all Pebble Beach week. As the serious players came to town, the estimate on the street kept going up. When the hammer hit, the money was $4,455,000, just 10% shy of the Grossman car. December 2007 Andreadis's car, s/n 1077GT Martin Emmison, London, UK: In 1986, I had a Ferrari 275 GTB, but what I really wanted was a V12 Spyder. The California was my ideal, but way beyond my means. That was until my fixer Terry Hoyle's chance conversation with Joe Alphabet in Huntington Beach, California. Terry suggested that Joe had unearthed a basket-case Cal Spyder at the bottom of a pile of cars in a wrecking yard somewhere in America—I never knew where. We secured the car by a Telex exchange (hands up who is old enough to remember the Telex), and a rapid flight to L.A. to check that s/n 1411GT was indeed the real thing. The car was a badly rusted wreck. The drivetrain was all gone, even the wheels, but the original chassis plate was there, and the taillights and trunk lid treatment looked correct. The clincher, however, was the side marker lights, sunk deep into the front fenders. Definitely the mortal remains of an LWB Spyder California. It took five years to get the car rebuilt, with a new alloy body and the correct-spec inside-plug engine from another California Spyder that had been wrecked in a racing accident many years earlier. Part of the fun was tracing the car's early history; mine was the first of four Cal Spyders ordered new in 1959 by Italian auto industrialist Luigi Innocenti. (See my article in Cavallino, Winter 1993.) It was a great car to look at and great fun to drive, and I used it all over Europe for nine years. With some regret, I sold it in 2000. Alexander Andreadis, London, UK: When I was a 14-year-old schoolboy back in 1958, sitting at my desk listening to my boring old teachers blabbing on about silly subjects like math and physics, I used to draw little sketches on my textbooks of what, in my dreams, was the most beautiful car in the world. I had seen it in an automobile catalog my older brother had. It was the 1958 issue of a Swiss book called Auto Universe, later renamed Auto Parade, with beautiful color illustrations of all the cars in the world for that year. The car had the great features that set it apart from all other cars, like covered headlights, a bonnet air scoop, chrome side vents, chrome wire wheels, and of course, it was an open two-seater sports car with a very raked and thin windscreen frame. It was a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (not yet named an LWB, as there was no SWB variant at the time). The fact that it was also one of the fastest cars of its time certainly added to my dream. And the proof to me was that ten, 20, 30, and nearly 40 years later, my dream was still there and, if anything, had slowly become an obsession. The Cal Spyder was still the most beautiful car in the world. (I am in excellent company; in a recent interview, Ferrari's famous general manager and racing director, Jean Todt, said also that it was, in his eyes, the most beautiful car ever made.) Anyway, to come back to reality, in 1997, I was able to realize my dream, and I purchased a 1958 Ferrari California Spyder, s/n 1077GT. It's a beautiful, original, unrestored four-owner car with low mileage, which I only had to restore sympathetically. I am, still today, enjoying it as much as I had dreamed about enjoying it all those years ago. ♦ 47 These sales shouldn't have even been close. An inside-plug-engined, steel-bodied, garden-variety California versus a celebrity-owned, alloy-bodied, outside-plugengined, Le Mans contender? Gooding's attention to detail put the car in front of the right buyers and connected them with the car, but it I think it was Pininfarina who sealed the deal. For all the virtues of the Grossman car, it was missing the one thing that would flat stop me from buying it—covered headlights. Against all logic, I'd trade the alloy body and the racing history for covered headlights, and judging from the prices, some other buyers agreed. But in the end, both sales demonstrated the tremendous strength in the Cal Spyder market, where clearly it now takes at least $4.5m just to be in the hunt. ♦ STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) Seat Time

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Opening Pandora's Black Box Manufacturers are required by Federal law to supply spares for ten years after production ends—then look out A subscriber recently wrote, worrying about future maintenance costs of late model Ferraris: “My only fear is the outdated computer-controlled systems and the way obsolescence will drive maintenance sky-high for such systems. At least the vintage V12s don't suffer ECU and “black box” syndrome!” While computer systems will certainly be problematic, our subscriber had merely opened Pandora's box to the long list of potential problems the future will bring to all late-model exotic-car owners. Computer problems loom Modern Ferraris have Bosch engine management and ABS computers with TRW-built airbags, all crossmanaging a hoard of Digitek computers and ECUs that talk to the Bosch computers while controlling a/c, heat, door locks, windows, power tops, dash modules, seat controls, ad infinitum. These secondary Digitek systems are Ferrari-only items. One only needs to go to the Digitek web site to see these components are described as “highly customized electronic products,” an ominous harbinger of future problems. While all manufacturers are required by Federal law to supply replacement parts for ten years after production ends, when those ten years are up, look out. Long lists of computer and electrical components, injection-molded rubber, and plastic body trim parts will all become unobtainable. Ferrari slips through EPA cracks On the emissions front, a 1996 Federal EPA law (sponsored by Al Gore) requires every auto manufacturer to supply any and all engine and emission system diagnostic tools “at a reasonable cost” to any independent shops. All modern cars have on-board diagnostic systems that, in theory, allow virtually any mechanical or electrical problem to be analyzed by a hand-held plugin computer that can read every system in the car. Need a plug-in computer for any GM or Japanese car? Easy to buy from the dealer or multitudes of independents, such as Snap-On Tools. The price? Starting at $250 and heading up to $5,000 for the best. Need a diagnostic computer (called an SD3 box) for your Ferrari? Ferrari will sell you one for a mere $22,000, with free software updates provided for the next six months, but it is a “read-only” model and will not allow any reprogramming (i.e. repairs). Needless to say, the “in-house” unit used in authorized Ferrari dealers will allow these repairs. Want to use a non-Ferrari diagnostic computer? Sorry, Ferrari uses non-standard codes that don't translate to standard OBD2 boxes. Older Ferrari parts interchange The older Ferraris, from the 512 BB backwards, can be restored by an experienced shop, and virtually any part is or will continue to be available or can be made. Even older Ferraris such as the Lusso were evolutionary, in that interchangeable parts were used throughout the 48 Derelict Ferrari 400s, at times your only parts source ten-year 250 series interchange, so the same basic parts fit many cars. Today, cars evolve so quickly that their systems are updated throughout the production run, meaning today's new car has components and systems that won't interchange with last year's supposedly identical model. The cost of any major repair on a 20-year-old Toyota or Chevy quickly exceeds the value of the car and so the cars become a throw-away, while a 20-year-old Ferrari will always be a Ferrari, with the implied prestige and exclusivity of ownership that ensures their long-term value and collectibility. As for the future of mechanical repairs, and to again make the Lusso versus 355 comparison, a Lusso has 24 valves that cost $177 each, while a 355 has 40 valves that cost $179 each. If you need a Lusso flywheel, it's $1,500 for a high-quality reproduction versus $4,100 for the higher tech 355 unit. How about hydraulic lifters? They are $30 each for a 355 and there are 40 of them, while the Lusso has none. Labor-wise, a Lusso requires about four hours to remove the engine, while a 355 needs approximately eight hours. The Lusso needs a day to reinstall the engine, the 355 consumes two days. Simply put, modern Ferraris are more expensive to fix and have many more parts, most of which are more expensive, than the older cars. Before you complain about parts prices, be happy you can find them at all. Imagine explaining to your date that your 348 air conditioning will never work because the control module is bad and they are no longer available! Gearheads evolving into nerds In the long distant past, Ferrari owners were either very rich or gearheads who had grown up converting 1955 Chevys to a four-on-the-floor, swapping gear ratios and installing Duntov 30-30 cams. Decades ago, working on one's Ferrari, Maserati, or Jag was a rite-of-passage for gearheads and wannabe engineers. Since the advent of the 308, 30 long years ago, Ferraris have simply worked better, and in the 1980s, a cadre of independent shops sprang up looking after service issues for a new group of buyers who expected to use their Ferraris everyday. In the future, yesterday's gearheads will be replaced by computer nerds who can disassemble and reverse-engineer a no-longeravailable computer, ECU, or entire operating system. Years ago, a rusty and derelict 250 2+2 or 250 PF would be the sacrificial calf, Sports Car Market

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providing parts to restore more valuable 250 models. Today, these 250 2+2s and 250 PF coupes are far rarer, and are themselves restored. On the newer cars, optional sub-woofer high-power stereo systems, electric seats, alarm systems, and extraordinarily complex convertible tops all add to potential problems, but it's not planned obsolescence, it's unavoidable obsolescence. There's no way a machine as complicated as a new Ferrari can be built to last like vintage Ferraris. Exotic components are too sophisticated for shop repair or aftermarket reproduction. Current OEM suppliers will go out of business, be bought out, or simply not be interested in making more units. Certain parts necessary to make contemporary Ferraris run will eventually dry up and otherwise good Ferraris will become transplant patients, sidelined and waiting for somebody else's accident. Today, several shops such as Ferrari Service of Costa Mesa, California, part out accident- or fire-damaged 400s, 348s, 355s, 360s, 456s, and 550s, which will supply trim and electrical parts to support problematic brethren. And shops like F.A.I., also in Costa Mesa, now reverse-engineer and rebuild systems no longer available. As a quick example, F.A.I. will rebuild the electronic dash from an F50 for $2,500 in only a few weeks. Take your F50 to your dealer and the dash goes off to Italy for six-plus months, returning with a $10,000-plus repair bill. As for new old stock parts, T. Rutlands in Tucker, Georgia, has agreements with many of Ferrari's original equipment manufacturers, which will continue to supply some of the more common parts, once their current contracts with Ferrari expire. Not for the faint of wallet As for factory support, in the past every manufacturer has immediately ignored cars as soon as the federally-mandated support period is over—they want you to buy a new one, not fix an old one—so consumer complaints about assistance are ignored. The factory has often answered the question: “What is the best/favorite/most exciting Ferrari?” with “The next one.” However, with the opening of Ferrari Classiche, perhaps more parts will be available for those who prefer to take their cars back to the factory for restoration, as they will come with a factory warranty and certificate of authentication. The price will be high, but after all, somebody has to help pay for the F1 budget. In the future, rebuilding or restoring a 20-year-old 355, 456, or 550 Ferrari will re- quire lots of expensive parts, tight machining tolerances, expensive skilled labor, and major parts sourcing, a feat for the die-hard Ferrari fan who is not faint of wallet. These cars are now more or less fully depreciated, so further price drops will reflect high-mileage or deferred maintenance issues. As always with Ferrari ownership, the combination of style, exclusivity, and speed costs money. But if you want to feel better about that 456 in the garage, ask your friend what it costs him to update the avionics on his Lear 65. ♦ MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and race driver for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series as well as IMSA Camel GTO and IMSA Camel Lite, with three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona. December 2007 49

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English Profile 1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster A 1954 BN1 fitted with the Le Mans kit from new is even rarer than the “factory” 100M model of 1955 by Reid Trummel Details Years produced: 1953–55 (BN1); 1955–56 (BN2) Number produced: 10,010 (BN1); 4,604 (BN2) Original list price: $2,985, ($3,275 with the Le Mans kit) SCM Valuation: $35,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: $150–200 minor; $300–400 major Distributor cap: $10; originals pricey Chassis #: Top of right longitudinal frame rail in early cars; kick panel in left footwell on later cars; firewall in engine compartment on still later cars Engine #: Stamped metal plate attached to right side engine block near distributor Alternatives: 1953–55 Triumph TR2, 1953–55 MG TF, 1949–54 Jaguar XK 120 SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis number: BN1153858 F ollowing the Austin-Healey 100's sensational debut at the 1952 Motor Show, the Works entered two mildly modified cars in the 1953 Le Mans 24Hour race. They finished in 12th and 14th places, a praiseworthy achievement for what were recognizably production sports cars. Accordingly, the name “Le Mans” was chosen for a bolt-on tuning kit offered through Austin-Healey dealers, by means of which private owners could bring their cars up to a specification approaching that of the Works entries. The kit included a pair of 1 3/4 inch SU HD6 carburetors, plus special inlet manifold and cold air box, high-lift camshaft, stronger valve springs, and a distributor with an alternative ignition advance curve. With the kit installed, power increased from the standard 90 hp to 100 hp. From 1955, the conversion was available factory-fitted on the successor BN2 model in the form of the 100M. In addition to the Le Mans kit, the latter boasted high-compression pistons, stiffer front antiroll bar, and special Armstrong front dampers. Power increased to 110 hp and top speed, with windscreen folded flat, to within a whisker of 120 mph. The number of BN1s converted by their owners is unknown, but 1,159 cars, mostly BN2s, were built or converted to 100M specification by the Works in 1955 and 1956. We are advised that this Austin-Healey 100 (BN1) roadster has been fitted with the Le Mans (100M) kit from new. Owned originally by one K.W. Fraser of Glasgow (a director of A & D Fraser Ltd.), the car was first registered “JUS 2” and competed in the 1954 Tulip Rally, one of the first “Big Healeys” to do so. The car was registered “PGB 505” when Fraser sold the car in November 1955, and has remained in the same family ownership since 1957, coming into the vendor's 50 possession in 1971. Preserved in original condition and offered with original bonnet, it has covered only 44,547 miles from new and comes with documented history from delivery to the present day, including details of an engine rebuild in 1956. (It is interesting to note that the car had covered 22,000 miles—half its total to date—by December of that year.) “PGB 505” has had an updated MoT annually and comes with all expired certificates, while we are advised that no major work has been required during the current period of ownership and that the engine is “running well.” Offered with old-style logbook, current MoT, and Swansea V5 registration document, “PGB 505” represents a rare opportunity to acquire an iconic first-of-the-line “Big Healey” boasting desirable Le Mans kit and preserved in remarkably original condition. SCM Analysis This car sold for $44,137 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction in Chichester, England, on August 31, 2007. There is no model of the Austin-Healey that creates more confusion than the 100M. Basically and briefly, a “Le Mans Engine Modification Kit”—Austin Part No. P.280—was available from late 1953 to allow owners to upgrade their cars to the specification of the Austin-Healeys that raced at Le Mans earlier that year. These kits were fitted by either owners or dealers. Then, in mid-1955, coinciding with the introduc- tion of the BN2-series 100 (4-speed gearbox), an organized program was undertaken jointly by Austin and the Donald Healey Motor Company. It offered new cars fitted with the “kit” plus high-compression Comps 1956 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster Lot# 2274, s/n BN2L233008 Condition: 2 Sold at $231,000 RM, Marshall, TX, 4/20/2007 SCM# 44896 1955 Austin-Healey 100M Roadster Lot# 24, s/n BN2L228308 Condition: 2+ Sold at $85,400 Sportscar, Geneva, CHE, 10/7/2006 SCM# 43287 1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster Lot# 14, s/n BN1158875 Condition: 2+ Sold at $66,000 Christie's, Greenwich, CT, 6/3/2007 SCM# 45491 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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pistons and suspension mods, and a louvered bonnet with Le Mans-regulation bonnet strap. It is only this model, which was sold new as part of a factory modification program, that is properly called a 100M. Despite the auction catalog statement of “1,159 cars… built or converted to 100M specification by the Works,” the basis of the oft-cited figure of 1,159 is lost in history. What is known is that the microfilm record of the original Job Production Cards held by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust indicates that only 640 cars were modified to 100M specifications, and all of them during BN2 production between September 1955 and July 1956. Should not be labeled a 100M The car described here, as a 1954 series BN1 example, is obviously not one of those 640 and should not be labeled a 100M. Rather, it is an earlier example of a standard car that was fitted with the Le Mans kit. That said, as a 1954 BN1 fitted with the Le Mans kit from new, it is even rarer—if not more desirable—than the factory 100M model that debuted in mid-1955. Any surviving “home market” 100 (that is, a RHD 100 sold new to a U.K. customer) is rare. With approximately 80% of Big Healeys exported, RHD models are relatively few, and even fewer of the early home market Austin-Healeys, such as this example, survive. In addition, the completely known ownership history of this car is noteworthy. Few cars 50+ years old come with such records, and so it is unusual among an already-rare model. The auction catalog notes this car competed in the 1954 Tulip Rally. Records show that K. Fraser and C. MacIntyre drove an Austin-Healey as a “privateer” in the April 1954 Tulip Rally, but it was also the only Austin-Healey to crash, and apparently has no other notable competition history. So the Tulip Rally shunt is a minor, albeit interesting, footnote to the car's history. This 100 roadster is a relatively rare model in original RHD, with the desirable Le Mans kit fitted from new, and with a completely known his- tory. Its most minor of competition records and mostly original condition also combine to make it desirable, and at this price, it was definitely well bought.♦ REID TRUMMEL is a former editor of Austin-Healey Magazine and the current editor of Healey Marque. He is a longtime owner of both a factory 100M and a BN2-series 100 with the Le Mans kit. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) December 2007 51

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English Patient Gary Anderson Four Reasons to Buy That Sports Car Now The number of British cars available to sentimental Baby Boomers is fixed at the total produced between 1948 and 1981 A ny basic economics course teaches that price is determined by supply and demand. That principle is vividly illustrated in the current market for collectible British cars, where prices have been rising on almost all marques for five years. Here are a few reasons why. More buyers in the marketplace Who buys collectible cars? Baby Boomers, that's who. When the boys in uniform got home from WWII in 1945, after postponing marriage for four years, they had one thing on their minds. The inevitable result was that the birth rate immediately skyrocketed. As prosperity took hold in the early 1950s, plans for a second, third, even fourth child filled new homes in the suburbs. By 1964, considered the last year of the Baby Boom, four out of every ten Americans were under the age of 20. This is the biggest single age group in the history of the world. This was also the first generation that grew up with a garage by every house and an automobile, or two, in every garage. So we shouldn't be surprised that the Boomers are trying to recapture the magic times of their teen-age years through period automobiles. They are at the age when they have spare time, spare income, and spare garage space with which to indulge their hobby. Bottom line: More customers than ever before are signing up for bidder's badges at the big classic car auctions and roaming the Internet looking for bargains in the cars they aspired to own during their teen-age years. Furthermore, this wave of first-time buyers won't abate for another five to ten years, when the last members of the Baby Boom reach their fifth decade of life. The supply isn't going to get any bigger There's nothing in the demand factors that makes British cars different from American iron or other overseas marques. It's on the supply side where several factors have conspired to put an absolute lid on the number of British cars worth collecting. Here are four reasons why. 1 For all intents and purposes, the window of production years extends only from 1948, when the first British cars capable of handling the speeds and distances on modern highways were imported, to 1981, when the last trickle of distinctively British cars suitable for export—the MGB and Triumph TR8—rolled off assembly lines in central England. Before 1948, only very expensive English cars like Bentley, Lagonda, or Jaguar could go fast for long. After 1981, for a variety of reasons, the British automobile industry pretty much imploded. smaller, and that any British car built after 1975 is never going to be very collectible. They argue that 2 Some enthusiasts believe that the window is even 52 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, V8 boom for the Boomer Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which started in 1969 to tighten the screws on performance in sports cars, effectively ended the production of desirable British cars by the mid-1970s. 3 Recent stricter emissions requirements mean that cars built after a certain date takes more cars off the road annually. This isn't a nationwide problem; it's possible to remove anti-smog components, or do engine upgrades on cars built after the mid-1970s, in states that still have no emissions inspections. In other states with a rolling 25- or 30-year smog inspection requirement, cars built as late as 1982 are now free of inspection. However, in a few bellwether states like California, the exemption date is fixed at 1975, and there is little likelihood it will ever be relaxed. Since other states tend to follow California in their emissions regulations, the trend clearly is moving opposite to the interests of enthusiasts. 4 The British market isn't like the muscle car market, where supply doesn't seem to be fixed, and plain vanilla Pontiacs and Fords turn into GTO and Shelby “trib- utes” overnight. At least in the British car market, modifications can't make silk purses out of pigs' ears, and those cars with value related to provenance, like Sunbeam Tigers, Austin-Healey 100Ss, and Jaguar C-types, have registries that track the real cars. The bottom line on the supply side is that the total number of British cars available to satisfy the growing demand of Baby Boomers is fixed at the total produced between 1948 and, say, 1976, minus the ones that have rotted or already gone to the crusher. To look at it another way, if you want a Porsche 911 coupe, you have choices that stretch from 1964 to the present. More choices, and more supply, means lower prices. If, on the other hand, you want a 6-cylinder Austin-Healey, the last one built left the factory over 40 years ago, and they haven't built one since. Prices can't help but increase In any market where there is a growing demand and a fixed supply, prices will inevitably rise. The British car market faces inexorable growth in Baby Boomer demand for the next ten years. We've seen that pressure already affect the more desirable Sports Car Market must undergo emissions testing once a year. Test failure and the cost of repairs

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Jaguars, and are now seeing it lift prices on top-quality Austin-Healeys. Inevitably, the demand must reach down to more affordable marques, including Triumphs and MGs, and they will start rising in the same manner. Growing demand can also change the supply equa- tion. There are still cars tucked away in widows' garages, or in the backyards of packrat collectors, that will become restorable as their potential selling prices start to reach a break-even point with the cost of restoration. This is bound to put some new cars in the market, though even this supply is finite. It also means that we might be justified in taking that British “beater” in our garage and turning it into the dream car we've always wanted, since for the first time the costs of a real restoration might be justified. These circumstances also favor the fortunate among us who already own that British car we always dreamed of. Our only concern is to make sure we increase the agreed value on our classic car insurance policy to match the probable replacement cost in this rising market. This doesn't seem to have escaped the notice of the insurers. In each of the last three years, my renewal notice suggested I review my agreed value, and the insurer didn't argue when I substantially increased the value on my cars this year. For those of us who still haven't found the car we want, we should be aware that prices rise fractionally with each passing day. The saying that “no one ever pays too much for a classic car, they just buy too soon” is probably just as true of British sports cars. So, thanks to the Baby Boom, the ineptness of British managers of the past, and the solicitude of environmentalists past and present, if you own a British car now, count yourself lucky, and a little richer than you were yesterday. If you are just starting to look around, you'd better hurry, because there are more Baby Boomers behind you, and interesting British sports cars aren't going to get cheaper. ♦ 1956 Austin-Healey 100M, sold for $231,000 in Texas. Will demand push values higher? GARY ANDERSON is the founder of MC2 (www. mc2magazine.com) the magazine for Mini owners, and a three-time participant in the Monterey Historic Races December 2007 53

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV The last SVs finally received separate lubrication for engine and gearbox, so the engine didn't have to swallow metal shavings from missed shifts by Simon Kidston Details Years produced: 1971–1973 Number produced: 150 Original list price: Lire 11,000,000 (about $18,000) SCM Valuation: $675,000–$850,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $500 (two required) Chassis #: Front crossmember, behind radiator Engine #: In middle of vee on engine top Club: Lamborghini Club America, PO Box 649, Orinda, CA 94563 More: www.lamborghiniclub.com; www .themiuraregister.com Alternatives: 1966–68 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, 1969–72 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, 1966–68 Bizzarrini 5300GT Strada SCM Investment Grade: A Chassis number: 4882 F actory records indicate that chassis 4882 was finished on November 29, 1971, as production number 627. The original paint color was Fly Yellow with a black leather interior. The car was originally de- livered to Lamborghini dealer Carpanelli in Rome, who reportedly sold it new to a gentleman in Switzerland. The second owner received the car in California in 1978 and later sold it to well-known restorer Miles Espensen in completely original condition. In 1990, Espensen stripped 4882 to bare metal and painted it black. The black leather was still very good, so it was left untouched. Shortly after being painted, 4882 was sold to Paul Forbes. Forbes liked the beautiful black paint but wanted the silver wheels and black rocker panels finished with the Miura SV gold accent color. In 1992, 4882 was sold to a collector in Japan with only 36,000 km on the odometer. It remained in Japan until 2007, when it was purchased by the vendor, a wellknown California collector and friend of Paul Forbes. Today, 4882 is amazingly well preserved, with an indicated 38,533 km (believed to be original), an original interior, and original numbered drivetrain. The car has a clear history, is in excellent condition, and as an SV is a most refined and powerful production Miura variant. SCM Analysis This car sold for $869,000 at the Gooding auction on August 18, 2007, during the Pebble Beach weekend. “The first car in a series is good. But the last car is best.” I'm actually quoting from RM's Maranello catalog entry for the Le Mans-winning Ferrari 330 Testa Rossa, but the same could be said for the Lamborghini Miura SV that former RM star David Gooding sold at his record $61 million Monterey auction. The Lamborghini Miura is often referred to as the world's first supercar. Some might argue this title belongs 54 to the Mercedes-Benz 300SL of the previous decade, or if you want to narrow it down to mid-engined sports cars, perhaps the ill-fated ATS, or even the roadgoing Ford GT40. But none of these fulfilled the essential supercar criteria: extravagance for its own sake, rather than for crossing continents at speed (the Gullwing) or winning races (the GT40). As for the ATS project, it didn't last long enough to have a character…. Miura production can be split into three phases. First, there's the underdeveloped 1967 original—the plain P400—complete with flexing chassis, quality control left to the buyer, and not much in the way of brakes. But it looked and sounded great and sold faster than Lamborghini could throw them together. Then, late in '68, came the S, distinguished by its chrome window surrounds and S badge (the cheapest way of upgrading a P400), with slightly better interior (you could now pay extra for leather… in your $20,000 car), lower profile tires, a few more horses and, on the late examples, vented discs to give marginally more retardation. Last Miuras almost went unnoticed Last of the line was the SV (Spinto Veloce—tuned and fast, very Italian), which almost went unnoticed by the crowds flocking to see the prototype Countach at the '71 Geneva Show. Here the changes were much more obvious: Bulging rear arches covered wider wheels and tires, while at the front, the eyelashes over the (hopelessly ineffective) headlights disappeared. The rear suspension was revised to improve roadholding, the chassis strengthened, and the engine tweaked to give 385 hp (compared to 350 hp for the P400), although it has been suggested that the factory actually increased the Miura's power simply by 1970 Lamborghini Miura S Lot# 643, s/n 4443 Condition: 1Sold at $304,826 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/5/2005 SCM# 40871 Comps 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV Lot# 11, s/n 5012 Condition: 2Sold at $477,000 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2006 SCM# 42483 1969 Lamborghini Miura S Lot# 190, s/n 4380 Condition: 1 Sold at $300,900 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/20/2006 SCM# 41937 Sports Car Market Photos by Hugh Hamilton © 2007 Courtesy of Gooding & Company

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peal to the same type of buyer, and both are increasingly eligible for historic events. The Lamborghini can take part in many road tours, including the Tour Auto and Tour d'Espagne in Europe, while the Ferrari is welcome at concours and the more relaxed driving events. Both have largely shed their 1970s “medallion man” connotations and are now, as they approach 40, considered proper, bona fide collector cars. My friends and I often debate whether these prices are justified, and if you leave aside the euphoria of the current market, I don't see why the definitive Miura SV should be worth less than a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 or Daytona Spyder. It scores at least as highly on driving excitement, rarity, and visual appeal, and historically, the Miura put one of the most famous marques on the map. The maintenance bills will give you gray hair, but that will be offset by the weight you lose due to the cockpit heat—if you can stand the seating position. Despite all that, one drive in a well-sorted Miura on a fast, twisting road with that glorious V12 just behind your shoulders and you'll forgive this Italian stallion all its weaknesses. The car at Gooding was a “base model” SV, with the reprinting the sales brochure. The last 96 or so SVs finally received separate lubrication for engine and gearbox, meaning that each could use better-suited oil, and the engine didn't have to swallow all those metal shavings from missed gearshifts. Lamborghini generously gave SV buyers leather interiors as standard equipment, although a/c remained an option for those who wanted to cool the windshield above the air vents while they cooked inside. Knowing that I have always harbored a soft spot for Lamborghini Miuras (and often wondering why), many collectors I meet express their amazement at the way Miura prices have rocketed in recent years. In the late 1980s boom, Miuras—even SVs—trailed Daytona coupe prices, and enthusiasts of the older generation didn't rate them at all. Come the recession, many Miura restorations were left unfinished, and once again the cars were neglected. Attention was refocused in March 1997, when Brooks—where I was head of the European motorcar division at the time—sold the ex-Shah of Iran Miura SVJ at the inaugural Brooks Europe sale to a well-known SCMer in the entertainment business. It was the first of four or five originals (opinions vary as to how many of these SV-based “cafe racers” were built), and made almost $500,000, three times the estimate. Still, for much of the 1990s, you could buy a decent SV for not much more than $100,000. I remember selling one of the SV prototypes at the Brooks Quail Lodge auction back in 2000 for just $84,000 (SCM# 10383), but at the same sale a shinier, late SV set a new auction record at $233,500; we could hardly believe it. The Gooding sale is one of several Miura benchmark prices, including one at Russo and Steele in Monterey. Early this year, the unique (and sole authentic) Miura Roadster, punted around the trade for the past decade and looking sorrier by the year, finally sold into a good private U.S. home for in excess of a million dollars and will now be restored to its original configuration. This summer, another of the original SVJs left a notoriously reluctant owner for a secretive European buyer at almost double that. From shadowing Daytona coupe prices in the last boom, good Miura SVs are now chasing real Daytona Spyders. If you remember that Lamborghini built just 150 SVs, and Ferrari 124 Daytona spyders, it doesn't seem that crazy. Both are icons, both tend to ap- December 2007 55 earlier, shared lubrication system and without air conditioning, but it's a “no questions” SV, not one of the many S cars “probably converted by the factory to SV, but I've never gotten around to asking them for written proof.” And rightly or wrongly, the SV is the Miura everybody wants. The color was not original (although flattering), and there was no special story or documentation to distinguish this Miura SV from others. That being said, it showed well, much better than when offered by a Swiss dealer in March 2001 for $175,000. Its appearance here followed a recent freshening after its acquisition from Japan by a well-known SCMer. The last SV sale I can verify (having overseen it) was three months ago and within 10% of this level, so I'd quantify the amount paid at Gooding as slightly over market but a price worth paying to take a driveable SV home in a market where—for now at least—buyers outnumber sellers. ♦ SIMON KIDSTON co-founded and ran Brooks (later Bonhams) Europe before setting up his own Genevabased consultancy with his team in 2006. He has owned and driven a Miura SV since his 20s. (Introductory description courtesy of Gooding & Company.)

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German Profile 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster It's a wonderful, bulletproof Autobahn cruiser, but driving over the Italian Alps requires substantial effort by Alex Finigan Details Years produced: 1936–40 Number produced: 419 Original list price: $7,000 SCM Valuation: $500,000–$6 million Seasonal service: $2,500–$5,000 Chassis #: Chassis plate on cowl Engine #: Stamped on left side of block, plus stamped plate Clubs: Mercedes-Benz Club of America, Kompressor Club in Germany More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1936–40 Bentley 4 1/4, 1935–39 Delahaye MS, 1935–39 Bugatti Type 57 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 154080 U pping the ante in the 1930s horsepower race, Mercedes-Benz designers introduced the 8-cylinder 500K (for Kompressor, or supercharger) model in 1934. The supercharger boosted power from 100 hp to 160 hp, and the external exhausts set the style that would carry the company through the rest of the decade. Two years later, the 5.4-liter 540K model was intro- duced, offering 180 hp with the supercharger engaged and crowning the company's ambitions. By 1940, 419 cars had been built in eleven body styles from the factory's gifted Sindelfingen coachworks and a handful of one-offs. This 540K roadster was constructed by the Mayfair Carriage Company in London, a small operation best known for bodying Alvis and Lagonda. This car is considered to represent the apogee of Mayfair's work, at once sporting and elegant, with folding windshield and extensive use of louvers. Mercedes records indicate the chassis was shipped October 7, 1936, to the factory outlet in Paris—an odd destination for a right-hand-drive car that would later get an English body. It's an anomaly that may never be explained but adds to the exotic aura surrounding the car. There's some disagreement over whether the first owner was an English ex-pat or an Indian Maharajah, but in any case, the car made its way to Canada in the 1950s with a returning serviceman. It was involved in a barn fire, then sold to Detroit col- lector Richard Mertz in the early 1960s. Mertz restored it over the next 20 years before dying and leaving it to his son to complete. That didn't happen until 1995, when it was sold to 56 casino owner and car collector Ralph Englestad of Las Vegas, and repainted from black over silver to its present red. On Englestad's death in 2002, the car joined a California collection, where it has been since. Perhaps the most telling aspect of the restoration is in the detailing of the interior instruments and upholstery. It is difficult to find fault with the fit of any piece, and every switch, lever, and button works perfectly. Although the restoration is several years old, it remains in excellent condition today. In the world of collector cars, few chances arise to own a car as important as a pre-war supercharged Mercedes-Benz. This is all the more remarkable, as it is a one-off from a well-known coachbuilder, and one of the more sporting examples of the model. SCM Analysis This car sold for $2,530,000 at RM's Monterey auction on August 18, 2007. Pre-war German cars and Mercedes-Benz in par- ticular have always had the reputation of being “overbuilt.” For instance, where the French or Italians would make a little bracket by hand, Mercedes would machine one that far exceeded the limits of the needs it had to meet. French and Italian cars of the period had a wonder- ful lightness about them that make them feel much more modern than their German counterparts. But therein lies the trade-off—lightness versus dependability. A Mercedes 540K weighs about 5,500 pounds—nearly 1,000 pounds heavier than its European rivals—and it's very apparent on the road. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster Lot# 73, s/n 154151 Condition: 1 Sold at $3,630,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/10/2002 SCM# 27037 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A Lot# 318, s/n 130946 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,599,636 Christie's, Paris, FRA, 2/16/2007 SCM# 44241 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Cabriolet Lot# 231, s/n 130913 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,028,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/19/2007 SCM# 43991 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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Heavy, but just about bulletproof It's a wonderful Autobahn cruiser, but driving over the Italian Alps requires substantial effort. On the other side of the coin, it's just about bulletproof. So you have two different approaches to the problem, and who's to say which is better? There are rabid fans in each camp, and many successful collectors have examples of both in their garages. Redundant systems, self-oiling suspension components, massive door hinges, and stout structural woodwork all add to the feeling of quality, but often at the expense of driveability. A 540K radiator is made up of over 5,000 tubes individually soldered together, and then soldered into a chromed brass shell. It is incredibly complicated and incredibly expensive to restore correctly, and you can expect to pay more than $35,000 to rebuild a 540K radiator today. Mercedes tended to be a little heavy- handed in their design as well, but most Mercedes aficionados prefer the factory-bodied cars, as opposed to coachbuilt cars. As with most European builders of the period,Mercedes would supply you with what amounted to a running chassis, which you could take to the coachbuilder of your choice to have a car custom-built for you. Some designs were more successful than others, but almost none approached the level of beauty of the factory-designed Special Roadsters. On top of that, almost everyone outside of England preferred left-hand drive. The car that sold at RM's Monterey auction, chassis number 154080, was indeed a Roadster, and it is “Special” in that there's only one of them, but I think the present term “Special Roadster” is a marketing ploy of today, as it didn't carry the label in period. It is noted in the car's history that it was damaged in a barn fire in Canada in the 1950s. It is not noted how much damage the car suffered or how much, if any, of the body was replaced. This is what we would like to know to help determine its value. The car presents well and is striking in appearance, but the right-hand drive hurts its value. Two years ago, I don't think this car would have brought $1.5 million. It points out today how strong the market is for at- tractive, well-restored, coachbuilt cars. This sold for $2,530,000, and a similar factory-built Special Roadster is north of $6,000,000. There are literally more potential buyers than there are cars, so I would have to say that in today's market, this car was well bought.♦ ALEX FINIGAN is the sales manager at Paul Russell & Co., where he's worked since 1978. He is addicted to old Porsches and hot rods. (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) December 2007 57

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Putting a Price ($152,007) on Memories This 911 wasn't one of the good ones. It was purchased, along with a 1966 912 donor car—and a speedboat—for $1,000 Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager Young Hagerty and his dream car S ometimes precious things have rather inauspicious beginnings. As you admire Porsches at various events, never forget that they can represent much more than just someone “writing the check.” There are often stories of great intrigue or astounding luck involved with special cars. At times, lots of hard and often miserable work is also a part of the cars we all admire. One of the more emotional early 911 models is the 1967 911S. Because it is the fi rst 911S, for many it remains a top target for the “Someday, I gotta have one of those” promises we often quietly make to ourselves. But they didn't all start out as never-rusted California cars. When you see McKeel Hagerty's pretty Polo Red '67 911S Coupe at various events, realize there is much more to this car than meets the eye. Not only did it start out as a non-running rust bucket, but it was restored by him before he could even drive, with countless hours of scraping, sanding, cleaning, a few dozen hand-made metal patch panels, pop-rivets, a little Bondo here and there, and plenty of “do-overs” along the way. This wasn't one of the good ones when Hagerty got it. It was purchased, along with a 1966 912 donor car, for all of $1,000—and the seller threw in an old, partially waterlogged Century speedboat as well. These were located within a few miles from home, parked outside in Northern Michigan's brutal weather, and the deal came together after about a year's negotiation with an unmotivated seller. The engines were out of the cars, stored outside, with paper stuffed down the intakes. Both engines were locked solid. Both cars were full of rust. The delivery, completed in the darkest days of winter in January, entailed digging the motors out of piles of snow. Lots of quality garage time with the kids Hagerty senior had a clever system going. Each of the three kids got a nasty old car to restore, alongside their Dad's current restoration project. This allowed Dad to spend loads of quality garage time with both cars and kids. One of the girls got a Corvair Lakewood station wagon, the other a 356B Roadster. McKeel was infl uenced in his choice by two magazines always available around the household: Road & Track and Porsche Panorama. The original Polo Red hue had long since phase-shifted to pink, the rear torsion bar torque tube was missing, and there was essentially no interior left. This was the classic abandoned project. The idea of a rotisserie hadn't yet found its way to Northern Michigan, so Hagerty went under the car for months to scrape away old undercoat to 58 Better paint, less hair get the chassis ready for repairs. As any of you who have done this know, it is not work, but rather a bizarre form of punishment, akin to a penance paid in homage to your dream that someday, perhaps the disfi gured hulk will emerge again as a shiny car. And not only is it fi lthy, miserable work done a few inches away from a constant stream of odd bits of debris cascading everywhere—into clothes, hair, and eyes—it is also reasonably dangerous due to the potentially toxic nature of the stuff with which you are dealing. Once the chassis was underway, the engine was pried apart. Water had entered through open valves and made a complete mess inside. The block was salvageable, as was the crank, but most everything else was written off. Feeling that red just wasn't quite right, Hagerty chose black for the car that was to be his fi rst. And when he got it working, imagine his feelings of accomplishment. After all, how many of us drove a Porsche to high school? And even better, a Porsche we brought back from the dead? It was apparently great fun to use the car as a daily driver, once the various small details were tended to, such as frequently fouled spark plugs and blown valvecover gaskets, the latter being particularly messy when on a date. Hagerty got very good at replacing them, but he soon discovered his crankcase ventilation system wasn't hooked up correctly, and solved the problem. Heavily involved with collector cars When Hagerty went away to college, the car became primarily a summer runner. It then slowly fell in to disuse, doing more sitting than running. As the demands of work and family grew, time for the high school love Sports Car Market

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affair waned, and the car ended up in the back of the family barn, covered with dust. As the owner of Hagerty Insurance, Hagerty is heavily involved with collector cars. The first question he's usually asked is: “So what cars do you own?” He knew the best possible answer was his 1967 911S, but he also knew it needed to be restored. He also wanted it done this time to a better-than-amateur standard. So he pulled together a group of craftsmen and supervised the various aspects of the process as a knowledgeable owner can. Along the way, much of his handiwork and Bondo sculptures were discarded in favor of more long-lasting repairs. Today, the car is back to Polo Red and runs better than ever. In addition to renewed summer use, Hagerty recently drove it on the Colorado Grand. You'll note the detailed restoration costs add up to a budget-busting $152,007. When asked why he spent so much, Hagerty's response was that money wasn't an issue. “How much is it worth to put a big smile on your face every time you drive a car?” he said. Although he knows every 1967 911S is a special Porsche, this one is more than a car to him. It represents a part of his adolescence he can touch, use, and enjoy. Old cars represent the same thing to many of us. At times we can get caught up with Restoration Costs If your early 911 needs everything—and more—here's how the costs can add up. The “more” is redoing earlier work that was less than perfectly done. If you don't commit to part of the work yourself or have a large stockpile of parts to use and want a first-class job, this is a reasonable representation of what you can spend. The two biggest expense categories, which together make up about 1/3 of the cost, are parts inside the engine ($23,191) and labor to repair chassis rust ($28,775). While it seems hard to imagine spending $6,983 in labor to recover two seats, or $9,567 to install trim on the body, in every restoration some items get out of hand and costs escalate well beyond expected budgets. Detailed Expenses Restoration Costs Mechanical Engine build Carbs/fuel system Transmission/clutch Chassis/steering Exhaust system Electrical system Heating system Miscellaneous Body Chassis Bodywork Paint Trim Miscellaneous Interior Seats Carpet Dash Headliner Miscellaneous Subtotals Total Restoration Cost $968 $9,268 $2,559 $2,305 $825 $545 $1,131 $734 $729 $4,341 $70,496 $81,511 $152,007 $28,775 $6,248 $8,175 $9,567 $936 $6,983 $1,070 $300 $350 Parts $23,191 $2,264 $3,960 $6,451 $2,129 $1,616 $523 $6,957 Labor $7,902 $687 $1,270 $6,563 $25 $1,848 $812 the dollars and cents of current market trends and forget why we came here. But every once in awhile, we hear a story like McKeel Hagerty's and are reminded how powerful a magnet an old car can be.♦ JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356. His latest book is about the early Porsche 911. December 2007 59

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American Profile 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible If a “normal” restoration takes 2,000 hours, this one will need 2,500. At $70 an hour, the new owner is upside down before he pulls a fender by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1953 Number produced: 1,690 SCM Valuation: $140,000–$220,000 Original list price: $4,596 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Hinge pillar post/dash under hood Engine #: Crankcase or engine block Club: 53–54 Buick Skylark Club, 51 Statesville Quarry Lane, Lafayette, NJ 07848 More: www.members.aol.com/buick5354/ Alternatives: 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, 1953–56 Packard Caribbean, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 534789SX T he year 1953 is recognized by car buffs as a watershed in which several GM dream cars reached production. The Corvette was introduced by Chevrolet, the Eldorado by Cadillac, and the Skylark convertible by Buick. By this time, Buick had justifiably gained a reputation as a styling pacesetter, The Skylark was the top-of-the-line Buick and loaded with everything typically only available as options on most other GM products. Skylarks came with chromeplated 40-spoke Kelsey-Hayes wheels, leather interior, a four-way power seat, and a power radio antenna. The double sweepspear trim on the side suggested the rakish lines of the European sports car, and there was even a slight dip in the side doors as in the “cut-down” doors of the Jaguar XK 120. One need look no further than the previous lot (46), a decent '53 Skylark that sold for $93,500, to see the potential this car has. It appears to be sound and, on cursory inspection, seems to be substantially complete and will no doubt make an excellent project for restoration. SCM Analysis This car sold for $20,900 at Christie's August 16, 2007, auction at the Monterey Jet Center in Monterey, California. An interesting but questionable tale suggests that the inspiration for the Skylark resulted from Buick General Manager Ivan Wiles glancing over the shoulder of Chief Stylist Ned Nickles as he doodled some ideas for customizing his '51 Roadmaster. Wiles was impressed by his sketch and proclaimed it the car Buick should build. 60 A more plausible explanation places the genesis for the Skylark with the Buick XP-300 Motorama show car of 1951. The XP-300 was the inspiration of Charles Chayne, Buick's Chief Engineer, who, in the legacy of Harley Earl, wanted to design a dream car that would still be fresh after 15 years. The car was well received and continued Buick's tradition as a styling leader. Placing the XP-300 in production was, however, unrealistic for any number of reasons, not the least of which was cost. The public's interest in the dream car did get the Powers That Be at Buick thinking about a more realistic “sporty” offering. The resulting prototype was based on the 1952 Roadmaster convertible with the traditional “portholes” removed to clean up the lines of the car. Manufactured in limited quantities The tops of the doors were cut down three inches and dipped to match the fender line. The tops of the seats were also shortened to match the lowered beltline. An added sweepspear followed the fender line and gave the illusion of length. The wheel openings were cut out to create the appearance of a lower car. The springs were also cut an inch and a half, which did lower the car but did not enhance the ride of the prototype. Borrani wire wheels completed the package, and the car quickly moved from 3/8-scale clay to reality. The prototype Skylark was presented to the public 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible Lot# 227, s/n 16747635 Condition: 2Sold at $495,000 RM, Lapeer, MI, 6/9/2007 SCM# 45549 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible Lot# 686, s/n V124767 Condition: 1Sold at $220,000 Barrett-Jackson, West Palm Beach, FL, 3/28/2007 SCM# 44820 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible Lot# 1035, s/n 17051631 Conditionl 3+ Sold at $153,900 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/2005 SCM# 37055 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's

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in July 1952, and in a statement dated October 6, 1952, Ivan Wiles proclaimed: “Public interest has been so great that we have decided to manufacture the Skylark in limited quantities.” The production 1953 Skylark was also based on the Roadmaster convertible and carried over most of the styling changes. XP-300-style headlights were added, but the springs were restored to their specified height to retain the traditional Buick ride. The top was chopped three inches to lower the silhouette of the car and, due to cost, American-made Kelsey-Hayes 40-spoke wire wheels replaced the Borranis. The interior was finished with narrow pleated leather that was offered in four two-toned combinations. Roxpoint nylon carpeting complemented the leather, and the new foot-controlled Selectronic radio was standard equipment. The dash was covered with Di-Noc, a diamond-patterned material, and a unique horn button in the center of the steering wheel—with the owner's signature—celebrated the 50th anniversary of Buick. There is little argument that they were and still are striking cars. Flies in the face of financial logic This 1953 Skylark sold by Christie's was a “needs ev- erything barn find” that will cost an inordinate amount of money to bring back to life. No question that 1953 Skylarks have been coming into their own of late, but this is an ambitious project that flies in the face of financial logic. Restoring a decent example is a daunting and expensive undertaking, as the cars are extremely complicated. They offered power seats, windows, top, and aerial, which are operated hydraulically. A friend recently restored his Skylark to high standard and stated getting these to function properly was the most time-consuming and frustrating aspect of the restoration. The “Nailhead” V8 that was first installed in the '53 Skylark should be a rou- tine rebuild, but this one has been exposed to the ravages of time and neglect for an extended period. The $64 question—or in this case, the $20,000 question—is what surprises are in store for the engine guy when the valve covers and heads come off. The Twin-Turbine Dynaflow transmission is a hassle under normal circumstances, but like everything else on this car, it will require an expensive rebuild. If a “normal” restoration consumes 2,000 hours, this one will take at least 2,500. At $70 an hour, the new owner is upside down before he pulls a fender. Yes, RM sold one for $495,000 at its Lapeer, Michigan, auction on June 9, 2007, but most will say the number for a well-restored example is about $225,000, and the example that preceded this sale at Christie's auction failed even to reach six figures. The only glimmer of hope is that the new owner is incredibly talented and can devote every waking hour to the project for the next year or so. Even so, it will be a labor of love with any number of restoration gremlins lurking with every turn of the wrench.♦ CARL BOMSTEAD owned a 1953 Buick Skylark, but sold it just before the price boom, he reports sadly. (Introductory description courtesy of Christie's.) December 2007 61

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Winging It Around noon, the thunder heading my way was the Detroit kind, as 20 Superbirds and Daytonas filled my parking lot Each wing car has its own story T o quote John Lennon: Imagine… if there was a club for valuable cars, whose long-term owners didn't care about what the cars are worth. Cars worth perhaps 5,000% more than they paid for them, and for whom selling is the furthest thing from their minds. Is it possible? Is there a group of enthusiasts that still appreciates the history more than the money, the driving more than showing off NOS muffler bearings on a car that never gets driven to the next salivating concours judge or hopeful auction buyer in line? Believe it or not, there is such a group—the Daytona-Superbird Auto Club (www.superbirdclub.com). The DSAC had its 2007 National meet in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the Masterpiece Style and Speed Showcase (www.milwaukeemasterpiece .com). Prior to the event, DSAC President Doug Schellinger asked if I would host lunch for the club at my showroom. Since I own two wing cars, I was happy to invite the club over. Doug told me to expect roughly 30 people, and maybe a handful of actual wing cars. The lunch was set for Thursday, August 23, part of a week filled with activities for the club preceding the show on Saturday. As Thursday rolled around, the weather in Milwaukee took a turn for the worse, with heavy thunderstorms and record rainfall. So bad, in fact, the show venue at the lakefront was flooded and shut down by the groundskeepers! Needless to say, I wasn't expecting a great turnout 62 for lunch. The club was doing a tour of Milwaukee, and the stop before mine was a tour of the Harley-Davidson factory, which is located in a not-so-inviting section of town. This, combined with the weather, led me to believe a bunch of rental cars and a few die-hard club members would be joining us. Boy was I wrong. Make that Detroit thunder Around noon, the thunder heading my way was the Detroit kind as a caravan of 20 wing cars filled my parking lot. Rain, bad roads, and dangerous neighborhoods be damned, these people were DRIVING their cars. It was an awesome sight. All told, about 60 people showed up for lunch. The best part was that every one of them was passionate about his car, the history of it, and the hobby. Not one spoke of looking for the elusive valve stem cap with 18 serrations rather than the more common one with 19, or where to get 1970 air for their tires, or the best method to remove dust from exhaust tips on the show field. Not one owner asked about “the market” or what his car was worth. Nobody seemed to care. Most of the cars had a wonderful and honest patina, the kind you can only get by driving. Some were sporting various “Day 2” modifications—i.e., things a guy would do the second day he had his new muscle car home—like air shocks, mag wheels, underhood chrome, pinstriping, glass pack mufflers... you get the idea. Basically, the cars looked like they would have when people used to drive them and modify them for that purpose, or simply to look better, without concern for how many points they'd get docked in a show. Of the cars that drove in, here are some of the stories that stick in my mind: 1. Mike Borkowski bought his Superbird new. Today it has 26,000 miles on it, and still sports its original paint with owner-added pinstripes, American Racing mags, and the Edelbrock 6-pack intake setup a local speed shop installed for him over 40 years ago. Originally purchased as a daily driver, after a couple of years Mike bought another daily driver, but couldn't part with his 'Bird. It is as much a part of his family Sports Car Market

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as his oldest daughter, who came home from the hospital in it in 1971. 2. JoAnne Nabor rolled up in her silver Daytona, a car she traded for her Superbird years ago. How does she like driving her Daytona? I assume quite a lot, as JoAnne has run the entire Hot Rod Power Tour three times, which is around 5,000 miles alone. JoAnne says she can make a 70-point car out of a 90-point car, no problem. I don't doubt it. 3. Tony Guida bought his Superbird when he was fresh out of high school in 1979. The seller was getting rid of it and two Shelby Mustangs to pay for his new house. According to the seller, Tony's purchase of the 'Bird paid for all the carpet in the house. Tony kept in touch with the previous owner, who told him a decade later “when I see your car, I think of my carpet.” One family, two winged owners 4. Doug Schellinger has two winged wonders. His Superbird was purchased by his father in 1972, with 8,000 miles on the clock, for $1,620 after reading an article by Michael Lamm predicting cars like the Superbird would be the Duesenbergs of the future. This has to be one of the earliest buys of a wing car based purely on future collectibility. Although driven regularly, it still sports its original paint and is guaranteed to be at every club event. I have to hand it to Doug for tolerating the ribbing we used to give him in the late 1980s when he would show up at the Alfa Romeo Owner's Club time trials at Road America in his 'Bird and pay the $40 to put it on the track. Doug's Daytona, the “Joe Dirt Special,” has a vintage '70s custom paint job most conversion van owners would have killed for. The good news is that the trailer hitch that used to tow the previous owner's matching boat gives Doug a nice place to stand when he needs to wash the wing. This one has been in the family since 1979, when Doug's father purchased it for $3,500 in Washington and drove it home, losing a muffler in Montana along the way. A restoration is simply out of the question. After lunch, and a brief break from the showers just long enough to snap some pictures, the skies turned dark and the rain returned. Not a group to be threatened by such an occurrence, the owners headed out for a tour of Milwaukee's lakefront, Daytonas and Superbirds on their way to the local cruise night. On Saturday, the show venue moved off the lawn and on to a sea wall along Lake Michigan, the sun appeared, and about 50 wing cars rolled in for the show. No judging, no awards, just a lot of fidgety owners. After all, they wanted to get back in their cars and drive. Isn't that what it is all about? ♦ Colin Comer is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and a longtime vintage racer. December 2007 63

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Race Car Profile Lola-Climax Mk I Sports Racer For sheer giggles per lap, I don't think there is a vintage racer around that can match the Lola Mk I by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1959–62 Number produced: 35 Original list price: $2,800 SCM Valuation: $175,000–$225,000 Cost per hour to race: $750 Chassis #: Top of tube just above driver's left foot Engine #: Boss on right front of block Club: Lola Heritage More: www.lolaheritage.co.uk Alternatives: 1956–60 Lotus Eleven, 1959 Lotus 17, 1958–60 Elva Mk 4, 5 SCM Investment grade: A Comps Chassis number: BR1121 T his well-presented Lola-Climax Mk I is not only a fine example of perhaps the most sought-after of all British small-capacity sports-racing cars of the 1950s, it is also one that can boast an exceptional history. The Lola Mk I was the first commercial sportsracing car product of Lola Cars, Ltd., newly established in 1958 by Eric Broadley, one of the most renowned and best regarded of all great British racing car designers. Eric Broadley's first prototype was constructed at the West Byfleet workshop of fabricator and sheet-metal specialist Maurice Gomm. Over the following four years, 35 of the multi-tubular space frame Mk I sports racing cars were built at the Bromley, South London, garage of business partner Rob Rushbrook. Before the advent of the exceptionally pretty Lola Mk I, 1,100-cc sports car racing was dominated by the exotically sleek Lotus Eleven, with occasional intervention by the Elva marque. However, the new 1,100-cc Lola was immediately a winner. The lovely Lola became the first sports car of any capacity to lap Brands Hatch inside one minute, and the cars broke the Lotus Eleven stranglehold on their class and forced Colin Chapman to rethink that design to create the unsuccessful Lotus 17. As offered here, the car has been very little used in recent years and the mandatory checks should be undertaken prior to competitive use. We recommend the consideration of this Lola—a potential front-runner in capable hands within its present-day Historic racing class. It is a wonderful reminder of Lola's Lotus-eating foundations and above all, one of the most beautifullystyled and proportioned front-engined sports-racing cars of all time. 64 SCM Analysis This car sold for $188,420 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction on August 31, 2007. Over my years doing this column for SCM, I've had occasion to write about all manner of old racing cars. I've written about glorious failures, dominant successes, quirky specials, crown jewels, driver's cars, and truly awful drivers. In all my stories, I don't think I've ever written about a car whose defining characteristic was that it is an irrepressible-grin, bugs-in-your-teeth, YEE-HAH! fun car to drive. My shop maintains a number of these for various clients, so I know them well. For sheer giggles per lap, I don't think there is a vintage racer around that can match the Lola Mk I. Eric Broadley trained as an architect in the late 1940s, but his heart was in motor racing. In those days in England, there was a “Clubman” class that used a side-valve 1,172-cc Ford engine and consisted mostly of Austin 7-based home-built specials. Eric and his cousin built a car for the class, called the Broadley Special, and Eric drove it with good success in the mid-'50s. They decided the next step should be to build something to compete with the Lotus Eleven that was dominating small-bore sports car racing at the time, so they sold the special for an impressive £600 ($1,680) to finance the project, and Broadley set to work on a design. He came up with an extremely sophisticated tubular chassis design that was very stiff but weighed only 60 pounds. As the project gained headway, he had to sell his motorbike to generate the required funds, and the 1957 Lotus-Climax Eleven Lot# 208, s/n MK11225 Condition: 2Sold at $152,895 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006 SCM# 42995 1956 Lotus-Climax Eleven Lot# 626, s/n MKX1171 Condition: 2+ Sold at $146,629 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/04/2006 SCM# 43841 1959 Cooper-Climax Monaco Lot# 228, s/n CM759 Condition: 2Sold at $212,408 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006 SCM# 43011 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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car gained the name “Lola” after the popular song “Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets.” Maurice Gomm crafted the original aluminum bodywork. “Lola” immediately started winning “Lola” was finished and registered in July 1958, and immediately started winning, originally with Broadley driving and then with the more-accomplished Peter Ashdown. By late in the year, they had requests to build three additional cars, so Broadley sold Lola (the car), borrowed £1,000 ($2,800) from his father, and set up Lola Cars, Ltd. to produce what was now called the Lola Mk I. They built three cars for the 1959 season and then really got going in 1960, when most of the cars were built. Officially, they built 35 before production ended in 1962, though a few more chassis may well have escaped out the back door in a familiar tradition for avoiding British auto taxes. By 1960, the Lola Mk I was the car to have in small-bore sports racing, clearly outshining the (1956 design) Lotus Eleven and generally proving faster than the Lotus 17 and Elva Mk 5, which were designed to compete with it. It remained the class of the field until the midengined Elva Mk 6 arrived in 1961, followed by the Lotus 23 in 1962. If you accept the concept that the 1950s was the period of front-engined, skinny-tired race cars and that the '60s were the advent of mid engines and sticky tires, the Lola Mk I was the last and the greatest of small-bore 1950s racers. Did I mention that they are fun to drive? It seems to be a combination of Lola getting everything right. First of all, they're gorgeous, and though it shouldn't matter, it does; sitting in one just makes you feel good. It's an amazingly small car in its feel, much smaller somehow than the Lotus Eleven. The body is stretched very tightly over the mechanical package, the wheelarches bulge to cover the 15-inch wheels and tires, and the cockpit hangs on to a 6 foot, 200 lb driver like me just like a formula car. This is a car you wear. Driving it, the first thing you notice is that it's amazingly quick. The Climax engine is a joy to run. The car weighs 1,100 lbs dripping wet and the cars my shop maintains routinely generate 115 hp at the wheels, so you're talking power to weight of under 10:1, which ain't slow. The tires are really skinny (4-inch tread at the front, 4 1/2 at the back) so they don't have a lot of grip, but you're not turning or stopping much weight either. Plus, the car just loves to be driven loose. This is not a knife-edge car; the limit is wide, forgiving, and asking to be explored. One of the great driving experiences The overall combination is one of the great driving experiences in vintage racing, and also one of the most ego-satisfying. A well-driven Lola Mk I can show its heels to Ferraris and Listers in the '50s grid on short tracks like Laguna Seca and can run embarrassingly close to the lead even at tracks like Watkins Glen or Elkhart Lake. Unfortunately, the vintage racing world has already discovered this, and Lola Mk I values have doubled over the past three or four years. They now trade at a substantial premium over the Lotus Eleven, which, with its aluminum body and frequently longer racing resume, would appear to be a better “collector” car. A Lotus Eleven with full race preparation sold at the same auction for $165,000, while this Lola Mk I sold for $188,000, needing, I'd guess, $25,000 worth of work to have it truly race-ready. Interestingly, I'd say this was almost exactly fair money. The Lola Mk I uses a fiberglass body (except for the first few). The cars were sold to privateers and mostly raced in regional- and national-, rather than internationallevel events. On top of that, they ran in the small-bore class, which isn't where the grand reputations were established, so they really shouldn't (and probably don't) have much collector value. On the other hand, they were and are giant killers. They are incredibly fun to drive, relatively inexpensive to maintain, and drop-dead gorgeous. The Lola Mk I is probably the ultimate weapons-grade vintage racing car, and the value reflects the fact. It was fairly bought in today's market.♦ THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and is heavily involved with vintage racing and “adrenaline” collector cars. He has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) December 2007 65

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Market Reports Overview Seven Mid-Summer Sales, Consistent Results Most venues showed growth, while some continued to struggle with high reserves by Jim Pickering T he last several months have shown the collector car market to be generally stable, with many companies achieving or surpassing marks set at their mid- to late-summer venues in '06. However, while the numbers showed either consistency or growth at many major auctions, American muscle continued its slip, with any sort of stories or questions sending the cars home with their sellers. RM returned to Rochester, Sales Totals RM, Rochester, MI Mecum, St. Charles, IL Silver, Reno, NV Kruse, Auburn H&H, Middlesex, UK Bonhams & Butterfields, Aurora, OR Mecum, Des Moines, IA Michigan, in early August for its annual sale at Meadow Brook Hall, and Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was on hand to witness them sell 88% of the lots available for a total of just over $9.5m, or $289k more than the $9.3m realized at last year's event. He noted many usual, interesting, and eclectic consignments, including some rare and very high-quality examples. The same trend of comfortable growth was seen across the pond in Middlesex, England, at H&H's Kempton Park Racecourse sale in late July, and Senior $13,887,046 $8,255,306 $9,548,550 $1,274,250 $1,702,350 $22,505,052 $2,397,126 Auction Analyst Richard Hudson-Evans was there to watch the events unfold. This year's high sale went to a 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 F1 single-seater at $580,580, which set a new record for both the model and for H&H. The July sale typically is hosted in Buxton, and while there were fewer cars offered at the new venue, H&H was able to total over $600k more than last year's $1.8m event. SCM Executive Editor Paul Duchene took some time away from the desk to travel to Aurora, Oregon, on June 30 for Bonhams & Butterfields's sale of the Jack Hogan Collection, where 30 vintage Fords in outstanding condition found new homes at just over $1.7m. Duchene noted ten world records were set here, including $93,600 for a Total Sales Percentages 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% RM Auctions, Rochester, MI Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL Silver Auctions, Reno, NV Kruse International, Auburn, IN H&H, Middlesex, UK Bonhams & Butterfields, Aurora, OR 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Mecum Auctions, Des Moines, IA 66 Sports Car Market

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Silver Auctions (S), Reno, NV, p. 88 Bonhams & Butterfields (B&B), Aurora, OR, p. 94 Mecum Auctions (MD), Des Moines, IA, p. 118 1934 Ford stake bed truck in red and wearing a complete and very detailed restoration. He then traveled to Reno, Nevada, in early August for Silver's Hot August Nights sale, where final totals dropped almost $1m from the marks set in '06. Although the numbers realized set no new records, there were still some decent deals to be had in “The Biggest Little City in the World,” with $50,000 buying just about anything at the sale. Mecum held its annual all-Corvette event at the Pheasant Run Lodge and Golf Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, in the middle of June, and Auction Analysts Dan Grunwald, B. Mitchell Carlson, Thomas Glatch, and Linda Clark were there to see a 1967 427/435 convertible make high sale honors at $467,200. A final total of $8.3m fell short of last year's $10.3m result, which SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Mecum Auctions (MSC), St. Charles, IL, p. 100 Kruse International (K), Auburn, IN, p. 108 H&H Auctions (H&H), Middlesex, UK, p. 78 RM Auctions (RM), Rochester, MI, p. 68 was likely due to a combination of high reserves and fewer cars on offer. In late July, Mecum returned to Des Moines, Iowa, for its High Performance Auction, where B. Mitchell Carlson noted a comfortable growth in numbers to $1.2m from last year's $1m result. Plenty of good buys were available, and Mecum also put together several post-block sales during the event, including the 1967 Corvette 327/300 convertible high sale at $64,050. Kruse hosted it's annual Fall Auburn event at the end of August, and Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was there to inspect the rows of consignments. Totals grew by nearly $1.5m over last year's $21m result, with a final sell-through rate of 51% for the 1,410 cars on offer. The most notable sale had to be the 1957 AC Bristol roadster barn find that found new ownership for a staggering $153,900, despite needing a complete restoration. Finally, Geoff Archer hunted for a number of famously owned rides within the pages of eBay Motors in this month's report. He even found a few most charitably described as infamous. ♦ Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1932 Marmon HCM V12 sedan, $891,000—RM, p.72 2. 1931 Marmon Sixteen convertible coupe, $726,000—RM, p.72 3. 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 Formula 1 racer, $580,580—H&H, p.84 4. 1934 Packard Twelve coupe roadster, $539,000—RM, p.72 5. 1935 Auburn 851 SC Boattail Arlington speedster, $506,000—RM, p.74 6. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, $467,250—MSC, p.105 7. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Tanker coupe, $367,500—MSC, p.104 8. 1937 Cord 812 SC convertible coupe, $352,000—RM, p.74 9. 1935 Delage D8-85 Clabot roadster, $330,000—RM, p.70 10. 1939 Lagonda V12 Le Mans Replica roadster, $312,620—H&H, p.80 December 2007 1. 1995 Bentley Turbo RL saloon, $38,880—K, p.110 2. 1941 Ford Super Deluxe tudor sedan, $11,880—S, p.90 3. 1931 Studebaker President Four Seasons roadster, $115,500—RM, p.72 4. 1939 Ford Model 91A Standard tudor sedan, $21,060—B&B, p.98 5. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 coupe, $42,000—MSC, p.105 67 Best Buys

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall A 1957 Buick Century Caballero wagon brought a very healthy $93,500, making it one of the most expensive '50s wagons ever sold at auction Company RM Auctions Date August 4, 2007 Location Rochester, Michigan Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 83 / 94 Sales rate 88% Sales total $9,548,550 High sale 1932 Marmon HCM V12 sedan, sold at $891,000 1957 Caballero, sold at $93,500 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics R M stepped up the luxury at this year's Meadow Brook sale, as yards of carpet were used to “pave” the inside of the otherwise undistinguished ShotwellGustafson Pavilion on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. As usual, the RM team was able to round up an interesting and eclectic selection of automobiles, with something for almost all collector car budgets between $20,000 and $900,000. Bidders with $100,000 to spend had plenty of choices this year, as most of the cars on offer changed hands for less. Held the day before the Meadow Brook Concours, the $726,000, $374,000, and $302,500, respectively, and the 1932 HCM V12 sedan selling at $891,000—the high sale of the event. Among the less rarified cars on offer, a 1973 BMW 2002 tii Rochester, MI brought a stunning $25,300—not stunning for the amount as much as for condition, as it had flaws visible from ten feet away. Happier sales included a very well bought 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 convertible sedan, the only Benz here, which brought an under-market $71,500. With its paint not living up to the quality of the balance of the car, the bidding, or at least the amount received, was kept low. A 1957 Buick Century Caballero wagon, resplendent except for some light parking lot damage, brought a very healthy $93,500, making it one of the most expensive American four-door wag- ons from the '50s ever sold at auction. Notable no-sales included a 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible with RM sale has always drawn a good crowd of Detroit-area automobile enthusiasts, as well as dealers and the usual suspects found at similar events. Meadow Brook has the advantage of being conducted on a human scale; I don't think anyone had to walk farther than 500 steps from his car to the auction site during the entire weekend. Among the cars present, some of the most notable included a phalanx of Marmons. Three 16-cylinder cars and one V12 all from model years 1931 and 1932 were in attendance, and as impressive as one of these massive motorcars was, the sight of four all within exhaust-fume distance of each other was something remember. All four cars sold, with the three 16-cylinder cars bringing 68 some very light needs. Although it was bid to $55,000, the seller was not convinced to let it go. A nice 1932 Chevrolet Confederate Model BA Sport roadster failed to sell at $52,500, while a 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1 1/2 convertible couldn't bring more than a $62,500 high bid. Results from this year were comparable to last Sales Totals year, as both events boasted an impressive sales rate of 88%, and this year's final tally was $9,548,550 versus last year's $9,259,900. Although this event is not RM's most high-profile sale of the year, consignment quality remained at the same level as seen in previous years, and as RM continues to step up the pressure on other high-end auction houses with sales like this, we can expect to see more consistent impressive results across the board in the future. ♦ $2m $4m $6m $8m $10m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author ENGLISH #238-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N W18608. Eng. # W18608. Red/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 437 miles. Excellent paint, very good brightwork, well done top shows a slight bit of dirt. Nice interior, excellent dash, well done leather seats have some misaligned no complaints. Some fender-to-body welding is bunched up at curves—hardly a deadly sin. Very nice interior, light patina to seats, excellent dash and gauges. Wonderful marbleized plastic steering wheel dirty, but otherwise without flaws. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,700. At a little bit less than market, this represented a very good buy for the end user. MG TFs continue to be both sought after and desirable, and they also have that even harder-to-find quality of still being affordable in today's market. #293-1963 TRIUMPH TR3 B roadster. S/N TS79910L. Red/black leather. Odo: 51,454 miles. Well done, but not overdone. Some light flaws stand out, including some scratches around the front grille and the “U” in Triumph being mounted off center. Very good paint, excellent chrome. Nice interior features excellent piping. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. Not a bad buy for the end user. This car might not ever win a national show, but it was as nice as you'd want a driver to be. A result of under $100,000 for a decent roadster is getting to be a rare find, so consider this well bought. #282-1950 JAGUAR Mk V landaulette. S/N 520990. Eng. # H3282. Creme & white/ black cloth/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 36,016 miles. Evidence suggests lots of money spent, some of it well. Good older paint appears well applied, chrome shows lots of flaws throughout. Cloth top is old and close to dry rot. Very nice seats, decent carpets, excellent dash seats and a fully-restored dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,100. This high-estimate sale still looked reasonable considering the quality of the build, and the color didn't hurt either. It's hard to believe that as recently as 15 years ago, these were considered unworthy of a quality restoration. This car glowingly proved otherwise. #214-1969 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER wood. Door caps show some splits. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $49,500. Last seen at Worldwide's Raleigh sale in December '02, where it sold at $42,200 (SCM# 40043). Even though lots of money was clearly spent here, it wasn't done comprehensively. Likely the hit of any British car show, I'd love to see this car after a full nut-and-bolt restoration... what I wouldn't like to see would be the accompanying bills. #210-1955 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N HDC467073. Eng. # XPEG945. Red/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 82,542 miles. Another nice presentation. Very good paint, excellent chrome, in February '03, where it didn't sell at $21,000 (SCM# 30807). With just nine more miles than when last seen at Amelia '07, this wagon brought substantially less here than the $41,800 then (SCM# 44629). The stain in the paint was removed later in the day by some careful cleanup, but the waviness in the door remained. A possible bargain at this price, assuming no mechanical gremlins were hiding within. 70 didn't sell at $67,000 (SCM# 12077). Later seen again at the same venue in January '05, where it sold at $59,400 (SCM# 36996). This was a rare example of a car that had everything but decent paint. It still had its fitted luggage and its nonverified mileage was thought to be accurate, so if the new owner can get away with a strip and repaint, he will be way ahead of the game. #264-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convertible. S/N 100459. Eng. # GK56HL. Red/white vinyl/ white & gray vinyl. Odo: 649 miles. Good paint, Sports Car Market SHADOW Estate wagon. S/N SRX6119. Black/dark gray/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 90,792 miles. Coming back at you like a bad penny, it's the wagon-back Shadow that had been converted in the early '70s using '65 Buick parts. Paint now shows a stain on hood likely from car in transport above it, as well as wavy panels in the rear wagon door. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $22,000. First seen at RM's Boca Raton sale Interior shows well-done leather, excellent carpet, and jewel-like gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $330,000. First seen at Christie's Pebble Beach sale in August '01, where it didn't sell at $130,000 (SCM# 23305). Later seen at The Auction's Las Vegas sale in April '02, where it sold at $162,000 (SCM# 28257). Some would say the coachwork updates were not entirely successful in the design department. This was a handsome design to some, but it was polarizing to others. Either way, it was a decent buy at below the low estimate of $450,000. GERMAN #263-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 con- vertible sedan. S/N 186014. Putty/tan cloth/ dark red leather. Odo: 28,668 miles. An older restoration with plenty of flaws. Chipped paint shows filled-in sections, cracking, and more. Some gaskets weak. Top and most chrome still nice. Inside shows very well, with excellent leather and wood. Carpets decent. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,500. First seen at BarrettJackson Scottsdale in January '97, where it FRENCH TOP 10 No. 9 #262-1935 DELAGE D8-85 Clabot roadster. S/N 40168. Eng. # 75. Blue/ blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 914 miles. Coachwork by Chapron, modified later by Clabot. No flaws to older paint, brightwork and trim display no issues. Nice panel gaps, glass unmarked.

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI even bring more. The sad fact here was this car was a low #3 with the needs exhibited, and as such, the buyer stepped up when the car let down. AMERICAN #292-1912 FORD MODEL T C-Cab de- excellent brightwork, nice trim. Older soft top has turned dry over time. Some gaskets cracked— never a good sign in an Amphicar. Clean interior overpowered by the smell of gasoline. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. The Amphicar market is kept afloat by curiosity seekers willing to get their feet wet in the market while hoping that prices will be buoyed by the collector car market's rising tide. Sounds like a fishy way of investing to me. The price achieved here was market correct for this attractive example. #286-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 126634. Togo Brown/brown leather. Odo: 17,137 miles. Older restoration holding up quite nicely. Some chips to the well-buffed paint, good brightwork, excellent glass. Inside shows well to seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,000. This was cheap money for the advertising potential alone. Actually, this was just cheap money for a usable car of its age. The parts that need restoration won't be particularly expensive, and even the paintwork needed won't be that difficult. Well bought. #206-1913 FORD MODEL T speedster. but is clearly not fresh. A perfect driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,250. Brown is a hard sell on these cars, and many longtime 356ers consider them to be “sale-proof.” I guess you either love it or you hate it, and someone here loved it. Still, given the condition and the color, I'd say this car was extremely well sold. #201-1973 BMW 2002 tii coupe. S/N 2764021. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 37,887 miles. Nice paint, door fit to driver's side off, rust bubbles visible in both corners. Most brightwork good, vent window chrome very pitted. Interior shows well, with some minor splits to driver's S/N 4300012. Two-tone green/black leather. Likely professionally done, but quite some time ago. Lots of use and wear, scratches and a few dings visible in body. Very good brass, Cond: 1. SOLD AT $93,500. Studebaker dualcowl phaetons are scarce as hens' teeth today, and well-restored ones are even harder to find. Restoration quality was not an issue here, although the colors were. It would be hard to find a set that would serve to hide the contours better than the one chosen here. A decent buy at just over the low estimate of $90,000. #229-1931 BUICK MODEL 94 roadster. nicely and fully pinstriped. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,300. At this price, this was a no-worries purchase. Fix what needs to be addressed and drive the wheels off it, or just use it instead of a golf cart. Likely the best buy of the day, and with a little luck and a color blind buyer, the new owner might even double his money. #252-1917 STUTZ BEARCAT speedster. seat, older door panels, and decent carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. I have no argument with an excellent tii selling for this kind of money, as a best-in-the-world example would December 2007 S/N R5238. Blue & black/black leather. Odo: 15,054 miles. Looks to have accumulated a few miles since the last restoration. A nice example with some easy-to-find wear. Very good paint shows a number of chips, brightwork all well turned out. Great leather, dash wood crazed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $185,000. This Bearcat-style body was added in the '90s, and 71 S/N 27196802584845. Black & red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 38 miles. Another quality presentation with only a handful of miles since restoration. Inner fender painted the same red as the trim to a very nice effect. CCCA Senior winner, no visible flaws aside from faint scratches to paintwork. Excellent brightwork and top, very well fitted interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $148,500. An extremely handsome and well-pro livery. S/N 133627. Brown & tan/brown vinyl/ brown leather. Odo: 1,063 miles. Older paint peeling in places, decent elsewhere. Very nice brass marred by some dings in radiator shell. Good woodwork, nice interior includes great wooden steering wheel and excellent leather the catalog description was careful not to lead any potential bidders to think they were purchasing an untouched original. Perhaps that alone was enough to keep the bidding down, but the dark blue color also didn't help, as it did little to make this early sports car look sporty. Worth more, just not today. #274-1929 STUDEBAKERCOMMANDER EIGHT Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 8010780. White & taupe/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 30,734 miles. Another great restoration to a top standard. Excellent paint and brightwork, body straight and solid. Top and trim both better than new, interior fitted in original style and without any measurable wear.

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author portioned example with a commanding appearance. I wouldn't call $150,000 a bargain price, but this car was worth the money. Generally, when big Buicks are offered at auction, they are either not a roadster or not well restored, and this car cleared both of those hurdles. TOP 10 No. 2 #233-1931 MARMON SIXTEEN convertible coupe. S/N 16144705. Gray & maroon/gray cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 161 miles. Coachwork by LeBaron. A near flawless presentation, with excellent paintwork and superb brightwork. Handsome body style very representative of the term convertible coupe, including golf club compartment. Top dirty in places, whitewalls yellowing from age. recent job in less-than-fortunate 1970s-style colors. Excellent paint, flawless chrome, all trim and fittings well done. Near perfect top, great interior, rubber running boards worn and cracked. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. Owning a car such as this has to be a bit of a frustration. Finding replacement parts for more popular makes could be easy, and I'm sure the previous owner searched high and low for the correct running boards before finding there were none. Getting more than this high bid could be possible, but it might prove to be quite tough. gray mohair. Odo: 47,570 miles. A very nice quality restoration to a car rarely seen and not often seen nice. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, nice trim and details. Everything appears to have been done to a high-quality standard. Inside shows excellent cloth and a well done dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. Another example of a car that sold for much less than the cost of its restoration. Early Chevrolet cars are quite rare in the marketplace—there might be 20 Fords still around for every one Chevy. A great buy, but likely not a great investment. Excellent interior shows well-crafted seats, door panels, and dash. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $726,000. Deserving of an eight-page spread in an auction catalog already filled with high dollar classics, this Marmon was one of four presented from the same owner at this sale. A forward-looking design combined with a 16-cylinder engine and a great name make these objects of desire for many high-end collectors, and this one sold well above its $500,000 high estimate. Don't like the price? Find another. #247-1931 STUDEBAKER PRESIDENT Four Seasons roadster. S/N 7037191. Two-tone blue/blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 13,334 miles. A very complete and comprehensive restoration with excellent paint and chrome. All trim and detail work top-notch—a Studebaker restored to a Packard standard. Nice top, interior all wellfitted, leather and carpets excellent. Well-done stunningly finished Pebble Beach Best in Classwinning Marmon. However, its looks were a bit challenging... let's just say that to some, it had an armored car appearance that came off as more functional than beautiful. Undoubtedly an acquired taste, and an expensive one at that. #254-1932CHEVROLET CONFEDERATE dash and gauges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $115,500. I had a bit of a prejudice here because I've always liked this series of Studebaker. These are well-proportioned as well as handsome, which is a mix you don't always find in cars of this era. With eight cylinders and a rumble seat, these make great tour cars and will always have a following. Someone paid for the restoration and got the car for free. Very well bought. #213-1932CHEVROLETCONFEDERATE DELUXE Special Model BA sedan. S/N 12BA260532. Inverness Green & black/light 72 Model BA Sport roadster. S/N 2BA0458856. Tan & brown/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 46,811 miles. Equipped with rumble seat and external trunk. Nicely done throughout, looks to be a oxblood leather shows only very light wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $220,000. Someone liked the colors a lot more than me, as this car brought precisely its high estimate. The pride of Buffalo, this twelve-cylinder convertible coupe with rumble seat must be one of the most desirable '30s Pierce-Arrows built. TOP 10 No. 5 #270-1935 AUBURN 851 SC Boattail Arlington speedster. S/N 33222E. Butterscotch/brown leather. Odo: 59,823 miles. Very well done throughout. Excellent paint and brightwork, straight body shows Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 1 #253-1932 MARMON HCM V12 sedan. S/N DD609. Tan/tan leather. Odo: 12,324 miles. A standard full-on stunning restoration, with all exterior surfaces highly polished and well executed. Interior does not disappoint, with beautiful wood to the dash, excellent seats, and well fitted door panels and headliner. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $891,000. A light. Well-fitted soft top, interior finished to the highest standard as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $539,000. The attention to detail on this car was stunning, and a twelve-cylinder coupe roadster with a rumble seat is about as aspirational as it gets. Sold for almost $140,000 above the high estimate of $400,000, it appears that at least two people wanted this classic in their garage. #267-1934 PIERCE-ARROW TWELVE Model 1245 convertible coupe. S/N 3110110. Cream/tan cloth/oxblood leather. Odo: 634 miles. An appealing car in colors that look mousy rather than majestic. Paint and chrome well-fitted and professionally done, beautiful TOP 10 No. 4 #230-1934 PACKARD TWELVE Coupe roadster. S/N 902185. Red/ black cloth/dark red leather. Odo: 58,149 miles. Excellent paint, brightwork without flaws except for a small dent in one head

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author Expensive, but likely worth it to the new owner simply because of the quality of restoration. #260-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. S/N 31690H. Eng. # FC2265. Yellow/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 1,433 miles. Older restoration still shows relatively well. Well-applied paint, nice chrome and trim, well-fitted top. consistent panel gaps. Nice glass, clean leather shows no visible wear. Presented almost without flaws. A great look in unusual colors. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $506,000. One of two identical cars owned by Charles Arlington, a California radio and television personality. Later sold to Glenn Pray, who used this car as the basis for his replica boattail speedster. A mid-estimate price for one of the best examples existent, and well worth the money spent. #219-1936 DESOTO AIRFLOW coupe. S/N 5091863. Black/brown cloth. Odo: 36,904 miles. Paint rubbed through in places, lots of cracks and a few scrapes visible elsewhere. Some chrome issues apparent, including pitting in a few spots. All-original style interior has a steering column. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $34,100. Only 1,000 examples of this model were built. While this sounds expensive, it was actually a pretty good buy—maybe even a bargain. There was a lot to work with here, and a full restoration would be a fatal mistake. #239-1949 CHRYSLER TOWN & Interior leather soft and clean, dash paint shows light chipping. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $176,000. A very good deal here, but another expensive restoration will be required to make this car a show winner again. Good enough as it was to use and drive on weekends and for special occasions, but still the ultimate ten-footer. #225-1947 BUICK SUPER Woody wagon. S/N 49596645. Green & wood/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 36,791 miles. Quite good paint, panel fit off in a few places. Very good chrome, well-fitted vinyl top. Nice older wood shows some cracks. Clean interior features excellent seats and dash. Cool wood headliner in superb shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,750. Last seen at Worldwide's Hilton Head sale in November '06, where it didn't sell at $75,000 (SCM# 43690). shop and free delivery to any North American address. SOLD AT $187,000. First seen at RM's Phoenix sale in January '03, where it sold at $132,000 (SCM# 30255). Later seen again at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '03, where it sold at $104,500 (SCM# 30620). While I'm sure the last owner wanted a better result, I'd say this was a happy ending for both buyer and seller. #276-1951 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN smell that guarantees no moths will go near it for the half life of plutonium. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. Full of needs, but a very rare and wonderful example of art deco auto architecture. There were quite a few easy fixes available here, but mostly this car needed a thorough airing out and some exterior cosmetics. A decent buy at this price. TOP 10 No. 8 #232-1937 CORD 812 SC convertible coupe. S/N FC3144. Eng. # 32405. Yellow/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 27 miles. Excellent paint, brightwork follows suit. No fit or quality issues with top, visually excellent inside and out. Top-notch leather, beautiful gauges. A true show car. Cond: 1. convertible. S/N 51LP14919H. Chantilly Green/brown leather. Odo: 2,214 miles. Excellent restoration now shows some light chips and several minor scratches. Straight body shows decent panel gaps, with some alignment issues between hood and fender on both sides. Very good brightwork, nice glass and top. Interior totally redone in period-correct An absolute bargain, and worth more than $69k almost any day of the week. Eight-cylinder Woodies routinely bring more than the six cylinder cars, and this eight sold for six money. #204-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR convertible. S/N R503919. Canterbury Gray/ black canvas/brown vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 41,592 miles. Paintwork just good, lots of scratches and pitting to brightwork. Very nice cloth top, decent glass, some gaskets dry. Great seats, old-school textured vinyl and cloth, nice dash. Steering wheel cracked, chipped paint on COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7400604. Burgundy & wood/burgundy leather. Odo: 89,307 miles. Solid well-applied paint, excellent light wood shows no signs of age or wear. Dark wood Di-Noc decals in good shape. Top close to excellent, chrome unmarked. Great leather, some wear to cloth. Took a light hit to the driver's side fender in transport. Chrome strip and fender took the brunt, hood now off its axis. Offered including a fix by RM's restoration materials. New whitewall tires fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $60,500. I'd hate to think of what the restoration costs for one of these would be in 2008 dollars... it's much better to find a restored example that's had some time to mellow into a nice and usable car. Rare and unusual, and although this result was a little pricey, no harm was done here. SOLD AT $352,000. This car appeared in a yellow livery which was much brighter than the cigarette cream of the era, which was more of an off-white hue. It didn't appear to hurt the seller in this case, and I rather liked its presentation. 74 #256-1953 PACKARD CARIBBEAN convertible. S/N 26782406. Burgundy/white vinyl/burgundy & ivory leather. Odo: 72,312 miles. Quality restoration appears to be older and no longer perfect. Good paint shows a few Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI Column Author #236-1954 LINCOLN CAPRI Pan Americana racer. S/N 54LA7976H. Lime Green/black/green & black vinyl. Odo: 9,597 miles. Lots of race-induced patina, including stone chips and fuel spill stains. Brightwork nicely detailed to an almost good enough standard—the way they should be on race cars. car with the coolest hood ornament, the Star Chief came with an amber color one that lit up at night. Rarely seen at auction, this sales result was dead-on correct for condition. #249-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 556272865. Black/black cloth/red & white two-tone leather. Odo: 284 miles. Excellent paint, nice chrome, decent panel gaps. Top well-fitted and clean, glass shows no imperfections. Interior is without visual flaws. chips, chrome and trim unmarked, top wrinkled and saggy in places. Interior shows very nice leather seats and an excellent dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,350. Perhaps the new owner will keep the top down and just put a cover over the car while it's in his garage. Getting a new and well-fitted top will be an expensive proposition, and with that in mind, this mid-estimate price was a bit expensive. #257-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convert- ible. S/N 17055106. Osage Cream/yellow cloth/red & white leather. Odo: 8 miles. An excellent presentation. Nicely done paint, excellent chrome, well-fitted interior a visual treat in these colors. Panel gaps decent, some inconsistencies visible around both doors. One visible Interior has added switches and electrics, one repair visible on seat vinyl. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $27,500. I thought the $40,000 to $60,000 estimate seemed high, and so did the rest of the bidders and punters at this auction. That said, this car still ranked high on the fun-to-moneyspent scale, and it'll give the new owner street cred on 8th Street as well as Calle Ocho. #272-1954 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. S/N 7A1046137. Ledo Green Metallic/two-tone green leather. Odo: 97,251 miles. Older restoration. Good paint has some light chips and dings. Brightwork ranges from fair to good, with some pieces showing pitting and cloudiness. Basics Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This five-year-old restoration looked like a six-month-old job. In this market, Cadillacs routinely sell for less than Chevrolets, so this price offered little real surprise. A great car for not-too-great money, and a good deal for the buyer. #271-1955 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER St. Regis 2-dr hard top. S/N N5531900. Green & white/green & white vinyl. Odo: 47,397 miles. A great '50s look. Very well presented in appealing colors. Excellent paint, chrome well-fitted and without flaws. Unmarked glass, interior clean except for slight waviness at top of scrape to the windshield, driver's seat slightly dirty. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. One of just 1,690 '53 Skylarks built. Had I been in the market for a Skylark, I would have had my hand in the air on this one. A terrific deal at this price due to its striking period colors and the quality of the restoration. Well bought. #222-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 546222206. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 4,009 miles. Older restoration. Some paint divots poorly filled in with touch-up paint. Good straight sides also of interior are all good, except for some obvious wear to seats and several pieces of pitted chrome trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $99,000. Just the thing for cruising Woodward Avenue in mid-'50s style—nothing quite says style like allchrome fins. Actually a pretty good deal here, but the new owner would be well served to make friends with the owner of a chrome shop. #211-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF con- vertible. S/N F855H7331. Aqua & cream/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 52,567 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and brightwork, although some trim could have a better fit. Repaint work after restoration can be found, including sloppy major overspray on door panels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. Very close to 300 money for a St. Regis, which was possibly not a shock, but was at least a surprise. This well-restored car was hard to miss in these colors, and it had a presence that made it stand out even in a field filled with cars of its quality or better. #242-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. S/N 5770058691. Lake Placid Blue/brushed stainless/blue cloth & leather. Odo: 76,624 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Good older paintwork, some brightwork shows slight pitting. No visible issues to stainless top, lenses could be brighter or at least show light paint issues. Very good brightwork, two-foot long Continental kit. Some wear to the otherwise excellent top. Very tidy complete and correct interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,500. A #3 car sells for #2 car money. This was not enough to make the headlines, but it's always interesting to see it happen. Red and white might have made a difference here, as it helps when a car this massive can make a credible attempt at looking sporty. 76 door jamb serial number plate. Nice interior with some visible vinyl repairs to seats. All sins an easy fix, overall mostly nice. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,250. Always a contestant for the Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Rochester, MI polished. Nice brocade interior shows lots of visual wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $115,500. Any list of important cars from the '50s would have to include the Eldorado Brougham. Fewer than 1,000 of these cars were built from 1957 through 1960, and they were outrageously expensive when new. I'd wait a little longer and find a great car in great condition, but at this point I think we could also expect to have to pay substantially more than was realized here. A decent buy. #251-1957 BUICK CENTURY Caballero wagon. S/N 6D4024794. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 66,500 miles. 364-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. A well-executed over-the-top wagon. Excellent paint, brightwork marred only by a few parking lot hits to side trim. Great glass except for delamination in trailing edge of both Museum Spotlight America's Packard Museum let down by poorly-fitted top, which shows light wear and scratches in the rear window. Redone stock-style interior is good, but not spectacular. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. A total of 1,343 examples of the 1959 Corsair convertible were produced. A-must have for serious Edsel collectors, as perhaps less than one-tenth of the convertibles built survive today. That said, rarity does not always equate to value, and this sale was proof of that. #246-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 60E017303. Champagne/beige vinyl/champagne leather.Odo: 1,395 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Straight sides, smooth paint, excellent brightwork. Fitted with hard plastic parade boot and factory a/c. vent windows. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. When wagons were stylish, this one led the parade. 1950s wagons are all the rage these days. They didn't have a high survival rate, as at some point in their life they were almost undoubtedly viewed as utilitarian work horses. Quite a lot of money even for a hard-to-find and well-optioned example. Well sold. #248-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N F58B211144. Tropical Turquoise/ white vinyl/two-tone turquoise vinyl. Odo: 36,094 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Some age and use on a top quality restoration. Decent paint shows a few chips and polish marks. Excellent brightwork, perfect glass and gaskets, nice top. Original-style interior shows no issues Clean dash and gauges, excellent seats. Carpets could have a better fit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. A multiple award winner and overall a very well done and pleasing example presented in period-correct colors. This was all the money and then some for this car at the present time, so the seller should be pleased with the result. #212-1966 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 6Y86G413885. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 85,800 miles. 462-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint has some easy-tospot flaws. Nice brightwork shows one unfortunate ding on driver's fender. Older slightly worn top has a good fit, inside shows a scuffed apart from some minor use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,000. Last seen at RM's Amelia Island sale in March '07, where it didn't sell at $80,000 (SCM# 44638). 1958 Impala Convertibles are commodity cars in today's market, with literally hundreds of them recently restored. If you wait a few sales, you're likely to find one in your choice of colors and with your choice of quality of restoration. This price was market-correct for an example in this condition. #258-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR convert- ible. S/N W9UR705884. Two-tone aqua/white vinyl/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 22,528 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and chrome, all trim correct and well-fitted. Exterior December 2007 I n 1917, you would have gone to the Citizens Motorcar Company to buy a new Packard. Stop there today and you'll see one of the few museums dedicated entirely to the Packard. The museum, which was opened in 1992 by Bob Signom, was originally a Packard dealership. Bob started collecting Packards after his father regaled him with tales about what great cars they had back in his time. A few cars later, Bob bought the original Packard dealership in Dayton, Ohio, in 1991. One year after that they were open for business, and 15 years on, the museum is still going strong, with an impressive collection of cars, some of which are on loan from patrons of the museum. Be sure to take a look at the 1903 Packard Grey Wolf that broke the land speed record in 1904. Don't miss the 14th annual winter week- end, which is held during the last weekend in February. Tours are available as well as guest speakers and seminars. Unique Need a part for your Packard, but can't find it? Try the Packard Parts Department. With one of the largest collection of parts, your chances of finding that elusive bearing are pretty good. Visit the museum's web site for more details. Where 420 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, OH 45402 937.226.1710 www.americaspackardmusuem.org What Over 50 automobiles on display in driver's door sill plate and good leather with medium wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $52,800. A much stronger result than I would have expected, and quite expensive for its condition. Lincoln convertibles have been strong performers in the marketplace of late, and this might be indicative of an upward move among these suicide-door drop tops.♦ the restored art deco showroom, service department, and pavilion in a 50,000-sq-ft showroom. The museum tries to keep up a “dealership” appearance with the showroom. Hours Open every day, M–F 12 pm to 5 pm and Sat–Sun 1 pm to 5 pm Admission Adults: $6; Seniors: $5; Students: $4 ♦ 77 by Jennifer Davis-Shockley

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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. Column Author Kempton Park Racecourse The $580,580 realized for a 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 F1 was yet another new world record price for both the model and for H&H Company H&H Auctions Date July 25, 2007 Location Middlesex, England Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 30 / 54 Sales rate 56% Sales total $2,397,126 High sale 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 F1 singleseater, sold at $580,580 Buyer's premium 1970 Lotus-Ford 72 F1, record-setter at $581k Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics A s at Cheltenham earlier in the season, a pre-war Alfa Romeo and a post-war Lotus racer topped the H&H bill at Kempton Park Racecourse at the end of July. On this occasion, however, while the 1970 Type 72 F1 with Ford-Cosworth power established yet another new world record price for both model and auction house at $580,580, the 1929 Alfa 6C— an F.W. Stiles Team car with good Brooklands and Irish race history and period Carlton competition four-seater bodywork—failed to find a buyer with the necessary $760,000. From the Dick Van Dijk Collection, much of which had already been dispersed by the auctioneers at one of H&H's Syon Park sales, came a brace of impressive “Specials,” including both a Bentley and a Lagonda. The Lagonda, based on a 1939 V12 road car, had been reconfigured by marque specialists LMB Racing into a very racy Le Mans-style roadster. As presented, it had been much-evented by Van Dijk, and it brought a full $312,620. The Bentley was a creation of late Aston Martin Chairman and collector Victor Gauntlett, and it consisted of a 1948 Mk VI chassis with a supercharged 4.9-liter S1 motor and James Pearce-crafted roadster bodywork. Under the hammer, it found new ownership at $160,776. Unlike so many one-offs, both cars really did look the business, and as each was superbly turned out, 78 they fully justified their bullish valuations by their new owners. Extremely wacky and almost certainly unique was a horseless carriage of enor- Middlesex, UK mous length from the same Van Dijk stable. Having started life as a 1926 Hispano Suiza H6B two-door drophead coupe, the rolling chassis had been lengthened by three feet and an ex-Woolworth family landau carriage body by Brewster had been plonked on the back. Formerly in the Peter Hampton Collection and more latterly employed by Van Dijk as wedding day transport for his daughter, this extraordinary Hispano front with landau back attracted a new guardian at $137,330. An even higher price was paid for a Ferrari Dino here, and not for an early aluminum-bodied car with tubular chassis frame, either. The steel 1973 246 GTS sold for $200,970, and although it was admittedly a rarer example in right-hand drive and with a/c, it was still serious money. Indeed, much the same money would have landed a 1976 Lancia Stratos here. A 1976 Stradale in far from pristine cosmic order made a top estimate $198,737, confirming further Stratos appreciation at auction. H&H has in the past held its July event at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, where last year saw 73 cars change hands for a total of nearly $1.8m. While the change of venues saw final percentages fall to 56% from the 78% sold at Buxton in '06, final totals were up over $600k to $2.4m, despite having 40 fewer cars. H&H's choice to move to the Kempton Park Racecourse was not a bad one, and if more of the same quality consignments are entered here next year, even bigger results can be expected. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 10%, included in sold prices (£1=$2.05) Sports Car Market

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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. Column Author ENGLISH #40-1921 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp Silver Ghost tourer. S/N 18NE. Red/beige canvas/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 5,513 miles. Coachwork by Maythorn. Formerly a Barker-bodied Landaulette supplied to the High Commissioner of Newfoundland. Entered breakdown truck service post-WWII, acquired current ex-Sunbeam coachwork in the mid-'60s. Old cosmetic refurbishment shows a pleasant patina. Paint marked, nickel plating authentically dull, likely renewed wood dash stocked with later instruments, leather faded, engine never detailed. Brakes relined, recently rewired. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $158,543. A fully working rebodied Ghost that simply exuded character. Modified into this configuration more than 40 years ago, and well worth the just-under-guide price paid. #15-1934 MG PA/PB Supercharged racer. S/N PA2002. Red/black leather. MG Hill Climber assembled in the late '80s. PA chassis, methanol-fueled PB motor, Wade blower. ENV gearbox with pre-selector lever, N-type axles, Wolseley Hornet brakes. Large steering wheel, huge tach, fuel on/off lever on floor. VSCC Goodwood Sprint competitor in '06. Aluminum bodywork only to race car standard, Odo: 94,061 miles. Former V12 road model, current LM-style Team Racer conversion by Vintage Coachworks/LMB Racing in '99. Completed the Tulip Rally in '00, '01, and '03 in road-rally spec. Halda Speedmaster, twintrip, compass. Could be swiftly race-readied for Historic Le Mans. Fabulously done, with light and acceptable wear to paint, chrome, and leather. Terrific presence on road and close up, particularly cockpit and engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $312,620. Correctly forecast by auctioneers and seller Van Dijk. The wellwithin-estimate band result was fully justified for a most convincing replica of one of the most exciting of all the prewar sporting greats. #50-1939 JAGUAR SS 3 1/2-Liter saloon. S/N 30996. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 33,976 miles. First London owned, Sarasota Museum-displayed until recently. Steelwork sound, color changed some years ago, engine reportedly working well. In need of back-tometal makeover, including repaint and some rechroming. Full complement of Lucas lights and horns, Raydyot pillar-mounted spotlights. Last seen at Coys London sale in January '84, where it sold at $24,000 (SCM# 12435). If you were in the market for an open postwar Bentley with prewar looks, they don't come much better than this. Much viewed by potential new owners, and one of them was prepared to pay $70,000 above the high estimate of $90,000 to capture it. #10-1951 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N 2029. Green metallic/black leather. Odo: 99,985 miles. The only Allard supplied new to the Netherlands, owned by the seller for the past 37 years. Restored by Solent Engineering and Rod Jolley in the mid-'90s, only display wear since. Chassis and suspension clean, panels and fit perfect, paint and chrome virtually unmarked, cockpit leather still excellent. Dash paint matte and marked, functional cockpit with worn seat, mechanical bits just maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $64,757. Reminiscent of a prewar Alfa/Maserati Monoposto, this MG single-seater with period major components was certainly well done. The new owner clearly agreed, as he paid just over top estimate money to own it. It would cost very much more than the price paid here to replicate the car, and that's assuming the MG bits could be sourced. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 10 80 #34-1939 LAGONDA V12 Le Mans Replica roadster. S/N 16024. British Racing Green/black leather. RHD. Wood within only fair, original leather weathered but still worth retaining. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,612. The $40,000 estimate proved to be too strong for what was more of a running restoration project than a ready-to-show classic, and the $5,000 less paid by the buyer was therefore more appropriate. With so few saloons surviving intact, one can only hope that nobody vandalizes this one to make a roadster. #14-1948 BENTLEY Mk VI Supercharged Special roadster. S/N B452CF. Silver & blue/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 13,277 miles. Created by marque guru “Rusty” Russ Turner for late Aston Martin Chairman Victor Gauntlett. Twice owned by Gauntlett and much evented prior to Van Dijk Collection acquisition in '00. Mk VI chassis shortened, S1 motor, Wade blower. Attractive sporting bodywork, aluminum dash, Marchal headlamps, Notek Drive Master spot. Well detailed and reportedly quite fast. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $160,776. Sports Car Market with full set of period-restored instruments and switches. Twin Solex-fueled engine well detailed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. With no 2029 chassis ID to be found anywhere on the vehicle and no license plates issued in its native Holland, this well-presented K2 will be hard to register and is likely to remain in the Dick Van Dijk Collection for a little while longer. However, once fully papered for road and track, an Allard like this has to be well worth around $70,000 on either side of the pond. #19-1954 BUCKLER Mk V roadster. S/N S13982. Black & red/maroon vinyl. RHD. Odo: 52,223 miles. Several hundred kits of this fifth version Buckler were supplied to exotica-starved DIY-Brits in-period. Buckler

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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. Column Author badged and recently refurbished, chassis and suspension seemingly in good order, panels and fit show some minor dents beneath fresh paint. Cockpit strictly functional, Ford side-valve engine dreary but still mostly tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,723. Apart from being a leading light in U.K. special building during the '50s, Derek Buckler's minnow establishment also made gear sets for Lotus as well as chassis for Brabham. 1950s Ford Specials and Austin 7based examples continue to have a following, albeit a limited one, as the within-guide price paid here confirmed. #39-1954 TOJEIRO-BUTTERWORTH AJB Sports racer. S/N TAD354. British Racing Green/red leather. RHD. A no-show in single period race entered, road-registered in 1956. Laid up by first owner until Sotheby's auction in '94. Resuscitated and sorted by Beaufort Restorations. Original Amal GPs replaced with dual twin-choke Solex carbs. Sparingly exercised during last twelve years, most recently at Silverstone Test Day in April. Body sound, old repaint slightly marked, interior tidy. Rare and interesting engine clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,971. Innovative, unique, and likely to be almost guaranteed entry to major retro events, this Tojeiro with Archie J Butterworth-engineered power and attractive bodywork raised nearly $22,000 over its pre-sale high estimate of $64,000. Sourcing any replacement parts that may be required to keep this one-off going could prove to be quite a challenge. #13-1959 JENSEN 541R coupe. S/N 3815002. Gunmetal/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 31,595 miles. One of only 193 541Rs built. Upgrades include high-output fuel pump, electronic ignition, extra battery, immobilizer, and Nardi wheel. Full restoration before acquired by the seller in '01, used sparingly since. Paint and chrome virtually unmarked, interior new, engine bay clean but not detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,291. In retail-ready condition, there were plenty of takers until hammerfall, when the winning bidder paid $10,000 over the pre-sale high estimate for the keys. Although this was a nice example, the price paid was very strong. Chassis and suspension super clean, bodywork blemish-free, paint and chrome super sharp, interior and trunk renewed and still fresh. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,034. With a fully-charted ownership history and exceptional condition, 82 #44-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BT7 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT7L11568. Old English White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 14,527 miles. Former U.S. resident repatriated in 1990, converted from LHD to RHD during extensive restoration. Interior retrimmed in 1997, Sports Car Market pure time warp, with ye olde starter button on floor. Deserving of being treated to two new subframes and a back-to-metal restoration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,573. With Mk1s that are worth reviving becoming scarce, projects like this will always be keenly contested. The near-top-estimate money paid, however, still made little economic sense unless most of the necessary graft is undertaken on a do-it-yourself basis. #29-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BT7 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT711579. Old English White/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 39,343 miles. U.K. market RHD car shipped to New Zealand in 1962 and repatriated in 1995. In receipt of claimed 7,000-hour renovation, 3,000 miles covered since. Still very sharp, with difficult-to-achieve panel fit and door shut. HGPCA Dijon '02 win. Paint and plating show a nice patina, ancient leather-covered steering wheel looks original, modern wide-belt 6-point TRS harness fitted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. A lack of any old or new FIA papers and the absence of any current form to indicate recent major retro race eligibility may have combined to depress interest here, and nowhere near the $170,000 sought was offered. #6-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BJ7 2+2 roadster. S/N HBJ721740. Green & cream/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 90,408 miles. Color-changed during 1982 restoration, Mk III engine upgrades. Rally preparation includes roll bar, sump-guard, rerouted pipes and wires, rally seats with headrests and full harnesses, trip meter, and this had to be one of the finest examples of this model around. Even so, nearly $20,000 above the top estimate of $34,000 paid by the new owner was extremely bullish. #3-1960 MORRIS MINI De Luxe saloon. S/N MA2S439885. Blue/blue & gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 67,093 miles. An early Mini without frills. After 18 years off-road, recently failed compulsory annual MOT test due to faulty brakes and indicators. Remarkably sound for its year, but with some rot emerging from beneath now shabby paintwork. Interior engine and transmission overhauled in '00. Much shrinkage cracking to easily blemished paint. Brightwork shows some marks, interior neat, engine bay clean. Replacement radiator fitted recently. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,495. Even though it was an ex-left-hooker in need of a repaint, this seemingly well-fettled Mk I was correctly valued by all concerned at the near low-estimate price paid. #30-1961 COOPER-CLIMAX T53 Tasman racer. S/N F1561. British Racing Green/black leather. Said to have been first supplied to Bib Stilwell and raced in Australia until badly shunted at Lakeside in '66. Some remains including half of chassis and Cooper factory plate reportedly incorporated by Hoole Racing into restoration. Unraced since

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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. Column Author extra lamps. Frontal crash in '03 repaired, current oil leak from sump declared. Bumperless, panels wavy, paintwork only fair, door bottoms bubbling. Interior much used, carpets scruffy. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. If you hadn't checked out this much-rallied chariot in the metal, you would have maybe thought a Big Healey, particularly a Mk IIA, was inexpensive for the $30,000 sought. Although no doubt fit for its purpose and likely to be lots of fun to power-slide through the tests, in the real world it was probably only worth $24,000 all-in. But at this more realistic level, you should at least be able to cash it in again for much the same. #28-1963 JAGUAR Mk II Vicarage sa- loon. S/N P162973DN. Dark blue/parchment leather. RHD. Odo: 16,056 miles. Originally 3.4 manual with 2001 upgrades by Vicarage totaling $150,000, including ZF J-gate autoshift, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, upgraded discs, alternator, power seats and windows, modern stereo, and a/c. Mileage displayed since transformation. Cosmetically specs. Last run in 1991. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $580,580. H&H clocked up a new highest price at auction for the 72 with this sale, which was hammered sold at $60,000 above the presale top estimate of $520,000. Following what is likely to be extensive recommissioning, 724 is set to be returned to the track by its new European collector owner. Well bought and sold. #46-1972 SHELBY COBRA Hawk 289 Replica roadster. S/N GHD5290771G. Dark green metallic/black canvas/Aston Green leather. RHD. A convincing Cobra replica employing a 1972 MGB donor and an ingeniously dressed Rover V8, plus lots of parts said to be interchangeable with those employed on the original AC 289. Completed in the summer of '06, and since seemingly spared street wear. leather. RHD. Odo: 115,000 miles. Mileage displayed likely to be genuine total by three owners from new. Supplied with a/c, power everything, color-coordinated luggage. Appears to be largely original and sound, with only minor wear to body paint and brightwork. Alloys could use a refurbishment, leather acceptably worn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,146. Produced in far fewer numbers than its full convertible successor, the cabriolet with its lift-out targa roof panels and a fold-down rear top offered greater versatility, and the optional Getrag 5-speed transmission gave the driver much more involvement on the road. Bravely offered without reserve and reasonably priced for the buyer. #49-1992 JORDAN 192 Formula 1 racer. super-sharp, panel fit excellent, paint and chrome unmarked, interior only lightly worn. Engine and ancillaries present well. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $62,000. Although Vicarage Jags come fully loaded, they are very expensive and are hard to shift for anywhere near their initial cost in a market where most buyers appear to prefer period-correct restorations. A tad understated and too discreet for those whose bells might be rung, this one failed to raise the necessary return. TOP 10 No. 3 #54-1970 LOTUS-FORD 72 Formula 1 racer. S/N 724. Red, gold, & white/ black vinyl. Ex-John Miles Works Type 72 chassis number 1, recycled by Chapman as 724 for privateer Rob Walker in his blue with white noseband for Graham Hill. Other owners include Jo Siffert, the Fittipaldi brothers, and John Foulston. Paintwork now matte and chipped, especially at nose. Original rear suspension layout retained, rear wing, oil tank, wheels and DG300 gearbox no longer to 1970 Cosmetically still mint, engine bay extremely well detailed. Much viewed during the sale. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,728. A really well done “Cobra Evocation” with dimensionally correct bodywork and engine hardware likely to impress a casual tire kicker. The successful bidder was clearly sufficiently impressed to spend low estimate money to take it home. #52-1972 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N IS1579. Primrose/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,086 miles. Mileage displayed warranted as genuine total from new. Recommissioned in 2001 after eight years of dry storage, claimed never to have $40,000. Well presented, but not that historic, and even if you could source an appropriate engine, what could you do with an F1 car like this? Stare at it in your bar area, perhaps? It would be too difficult to power up on your own for a blat down a local runway. Like so much redundant near-modern competition machinery, perhaps the best advice is to lay it down like good wine and consume it much later. #2-1993 JAGUAR SOVEREIGN 4.0 sa- been completely restored. Paint, brightwork, and leather all checked out as being original and only lightly marked. Factory-supplied top, cover, and tool kit present. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,874. Even at the mid-estimate price paid, this unrestored V12 convertible with the desirable manual gearbox, relatively low mileage, and all ownership changes fully charted, was well bought. #1-1986 JAGUAR XJS-C 3.6 cabriolet. S/N 128869. Blue/dark blue canvas/gray 84 Sports Car Market loon. S/N SAJJHALD3AJ666437. Kingfisher Blue/oatmeal leather. RHD. Odo: 44,500 S/N 19201. Red, blue, & white/blue fabric. Designed by Gary Anderson, driven to 7th at Imola by Mauricio Gugelmin. One of 19 cars acquired directly from the Jordan team. Authentically presented in period-correct Sasol livery. Likely to have been cosmetically refreshed throughout, though missing Yamaha motor. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT

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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. miles. Genuine mileage displayed incurred by two owners, with the latest paying $40,780 in 1995. Factory-fit telephone now very much a period item, handbook and all tools present. Unblemished panels fit well, recent paint job clearly well executed with no chips. Brightwork only lightly marked, original wood and leather show a nice patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $6,476. One of the nicest XJ40s to cross the collector car auction block recently, hence lots of pre-sale interest and a mid-estimate result. FRENCH #22-1926 HISPANO SUIZA H6B landaulet. S/N 11608. Black, yellow, & varnished wood/black canvas/beige leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 34,240 miles. Coachwork by Brewster. Started life as Hooper-bodied convertible, modified to a design inspired by a similar creation ordered by an Indian potentate. Current ex-Woolworth family Brewstercrafted landau bodywork added after 1966. New York coachbuilder's plaque in evidence, Hispano Suiza instruments, flying stork mascot, fork-mounted nickel-plated Marchal head 5-speed box. Good looking, but in need of some light detailing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. As presented here, this car failed to raise the $76,000 required. Lest we forget, with 2,225 built and sold, the Maserati 3500 GT/GTi proved to be statistically more popular in period than the Ferrari 250 GTE, 250 GT Lusso, or Aston Martin DB4. #45-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS coupe. original. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $680,000. One might have assumed that this 6C, a Stiles Team Car no less, would have inspired bullish bidding in the sales room. It was not to be, however, with bidding abandoned at $80,000 below the low estimate of $760,000. A price tag of around $700,000 would have been more realistic and possibly achievable. #12-1960 LANCIA FLAMINIA Berlina sedan. S/N 813002957. Black/red cloth. Odo: 6,708 km. One of 3,344 stately Berlinas. Flag mast on front fender and red cloth within indicate a civic if not ecclesiastical past, and possibly a hint of Vatican provenance. Received mechanical refurbishment by marque specialists Omicron following U.K. arrival in '01, now externally only fair with largely original paintwork much marked and over-ripe for full makeover. S/N 04836. Rosso Corsa/black leather. RHD. Odo: 33,327 miles. One of 254 RHD examples from only two years of 246 GTS production. Factory-fit power windows and a/c. In receipt of full restoration at some time with steel bodywork apparently in good order. Paint, brightwork, trim, and Cromodora alloys likely to have been renewed and in excellent condition. Recent full service claimed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $200,970. Dinos continue to grow in value almost by the sale. This one was rather anonymous and cosmetically sharp, and it still made $11,000 more than its top estimate of $190,000. In U.K. Sterling, the buyer's valuation was only a tad short of the magic £100,000. lamps, boa-type horn. Older restoration with general patina, including some shrinkage to paint and marks to plating. Interior leather and cloth lightly soiled. Quite extraordinary and unique. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,330. First seen at The Auction's Las Vegas sale in November '92, where it sold at $140,000 (SCM# 5085). Having failed to sell at auction at H&H's Syon Park sale in March '95 for an undisclosed amount, it was second time lucky for this wacky one-off. With premium, a near lower guide price sum was available on this occasion. ITALIAN #41-1929 ALFA ROMEO 6C 1500 Super Sport 3rd Series roadster. S/N 0312872. Eng. # 0312873. Red/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 60,267 miles. One of four 6C 1500 Super Sports imported by F. W. Stiles, and the only one carrying Carlton Carriage bodywork of 1929 manufacture. 1500 engine said to have originated from Edgar Fronteras-raced sister 6C. 1929 Irish GP, 1929 and 1930 Ulster TT raced. Original features include radiator screen with 1929 Alfa logo, temperature gauge, and Brooklands expansion chamber. Some trim almost certainly in place since before 1937. Metal sections matte, fabric blotchy. Seat leather shabby, heavily worn pedals likely to be December 2007 Engine compartment unloved, all-original dash and interior delightfully quirky. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $5,200. One would have thought that somebody somewhere would have surely fallen for this charming relic of 1960s Italian chic, but the $12,000 required here proved to be way too ambitious for even the bravest punter at this venue. There might just be some earning potential for a Flaminia like this in movies, albeit in minor supporting roles. #53-1962 MASERATI 3500 GTI 2+2 coupe. S/N 1012384. Red/black leather. Odo: 42,078 km. First owned by a French aristocrat and mainly Monaco-based prior to U.K. ownership from 1976. Recently restored, including bodywork, paint, and chrome. Likely-to-belargely-original leather wears well. Lucas fuel injection present in clean engine bay, ZF alloys new, original Campagnolos included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $198,737. With a strikingly bold silhouette, distinctive visor-like glass, and 82 international wins with 14 World Championship rallies, the Stratos will always be an Italian classic fully deserving iconic status. 30 years later, whether in competition or street spec, the Stratos continues to appreciate by the collector vehicle auction. By raising 85 #18-1976 LANCIA STRATOS HF Stradale coupe. S/N 829ARO001729. Verde Chiaro/tan suede. Odo: 40,617 km. One of 492 built. Paperwork on file confirms mileage displayed to be genuine total. A Stradale version not given Group IV clone treatment. Rallied and toured, recently used in the Manx Classic in '06. 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H&H Auctions Middlesex, U.K. Column Author high estimate money here, this delightfully “real” example only confirmed the trend. #11-1990 FERRARI 348 coupe. S/N ZFFKA35B000085528. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 80,000 km. Supplied new to France, U.K. resident for the past seven years. Standard a/c, retro-fitted CD player. Dreaded cambelts renewed during recent full service. Cosmetically quite reasonable externally and internally. Panels and paint present well, nose and flank paint sharper than rest. Leather original and only lightly worn. Engine bay clean enough but in need of detailing. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Even though a mid-engined supercar that can do 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and 171 mph on the top end might seem like a bargain for less than $40,000, there are actually plenty of Ferraris like this around. In this island market, a RHD car might warrant a valuation of slightly more—but this left-hooker with high-ish mileage failed to ring buyers' bells here. AMERICAN #35-1912 EMPIRE Runabout roadster. S/N 532. Maroon & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Brass plaque records 1957 restoration by Felix T. Graves of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, although likely refreshed since. Several 1957/60 U.S. event brass plaques on bulkhead. Joined Van Dijk Collection 1994, and mainly static since. Paint shrinking nicely, deep-button leather well fitted, lots of well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,282. Despite reportedly being “a pleasure to drive” and entirely practical to use and own, such vintage tourers are slow sellers 80 years after their prime. This seemingly sound North American with further modern wedding-hire potential was almost stolen for the $3,700 below forecast accepted by H&H and the car's seller. #33-1962 BUICK SPECIAL 4-dr sedan. brass to polish. Mother-in-law rear seat rare, brakes on the rear wheels only. Wood artillery wheels, extra long bulb horn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,029. Last seen at Kruse/Leake's Tulsa sale in June '93, where it sold at $7,800 (SCM# 9611) Although post-1904 and pre-WWI automobiles can be hard to sell, this fine example of “The Little Aristocrat” deservedly pulled $4,000 over its high estimate of $16,000. #25-1924 MARMON BIG 6 Special racer. S/N 7231. Cream & red/brown leather. Odo: 86 S/N IH1528513. Blue metallic/blue vinyl. Odo: 41,418 miles. 215-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Three owners from new, mileage displayed currently in U.K. residence. Clearly repainted at some time, possibly when converted. Paintwork clean with only minor marks, interior serviceable, engine bay unexceptional, wheels only fair. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,961. Although slightly more had been forecast, the amount paid was enough for a former coupe that allegedly had been beheaded in period—even though it did look the business and will turn younger heads.♦ Sports Car Market 9 miles. Possibly evolved from the remains of a prototype crashed by Franklin Hall Marmon in October 1924 and converted to singleseater configuration for Illinois circuit racing in the late '20s. In good cosmetic condition with only minor-marked paint. Reportedly in sound mechanical order following a recent fettling at Rod Jolley's workshop. Hi-rise Stromberg stack, elbow-singeing exhaust, and shifter mounted in middle of floor. SOLD AT $37,961. Unresolved provenance issues failed to deter interest here, although the best offer forthcoming in the saleroom, perhaps wisely accepted, did fall $2,000 short of the $40,000 low estimate. #37-1926 DODGE 116 Four Seat tourer. S/N 1173885. White/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 90,671 miles. This Dodge model was the first mass-produced automobile to get all-steel bodywork. Last restored at least 15 years ago. Renewed paint, plating, and leather no longer sharp, but generally still holding up auction, not currently FIA-regs compliant. Competition-standard repaint clean, unraced for the last five seasons. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Too big for your average Euro garage to accommodate, excessively thirsty for most budgets, and with nowhere near the $80,000 lower estimate forthcoming, apparently too expensive for what is always going to be only a handful of potential buyers. #7-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver Anniversary convertible. S/N 1Z87L83433552. Silver & gray/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 57,079 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be one of twelve Silver Anniversary models converted from coupe to convertible, and also the only open one authenticated by twelve old MOT certificates. Repainted with engine detailing in the mid-'80s. Cosmetically excellent, virtually unmarked paintwork and chrome. Original interior wearing well, engine bay clean. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. A regular award winner in seemingly good condition, this relatively lightweight “Senior Compact” deserved to find new ownership at this price. Brits generally like their U.S. cars to be more muscular, so cars of this genre are hard to sell on this side of the Atlantic... even at $10,000 or less. #36-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 4J66X103226. Ermine White & blue/ black cloth. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shipped to the U.K. in 1988 as stock 352-ci hard top, transformed into current race state by the late Jim Morgan in 1989, progressively modified and lightened since. Despite being issued with set of latest FIA/HTP papers, as presented at

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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author Hot August Nights Auction As has been the case in the muscle car market, the best cars continued to pull decent money, but any questions or stories made prices plummet Company Silver Auctions Date August 9–12, 2007 Location Reno, Nevada Auctioneers Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, & Paul C. Behr Automotive lots sold / offered 508 / 740 Sales rate 69% Sales total $13,887,046 High sale 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, sold at $248,400 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) '32 Ford hot rod convertible went unsold at $37,500 Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics I n some regards, it was a slightly off year for Reno's Hot August Nights. The city banned nighttime cruising in the wake of gang incidents from 2006, which Reno, NV took the glitter off the show and resulted in 10,000-plus hot rods being jammed into hotel and casino parking lots rather than out cruising the city. Confining the cars might have guaranteed that hot rodders spent their money at the hotels; how much actual fun they had will probably be reflected in next year's registrations. Mitch Silver took over the Reno-Sparks Convention Center again this year for his company's 20th annual flagship auction. As has been the case in the market for American muscle of late, the best cars continued to pull decent money, but any questions or stories made prices plummet. A buyer with $50,000 in his credit line could have chosen from about 75% of the cars for sale; $25,000 would have bought two-thirds of the 45 Mustangs on offer, while $40,000 would have done the job for the same percentage of the 35 Camaros available. Buyers continue to be jittery about muscle cars, and several sellers here were asking #1 quality prices for what buyers believed to be #3 quality cars. Mitch Silver sent no-sales to a large room at the south end of the Convention Center, with both asking prices and high 88 bids noted on the windshield. A full two-thirds of the cars there were muscle cars, and several post-block sales were recorded. This year's high sale was an orange 4-speed '70 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda that brought $248,400. Certified by Galen Govier, it was noted to have a replacement engine and transmission. Next in line was a stunning silver '57 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top resto-mod that netted a record $216,000. It had been restored for a television program, along with a more subdued and perhaps more desirable black '65 Malibu SS, which sold at $55,020. A 1951 Mercury woody wagon brought $126,900 and a '70 Dodge Challenger convertible found new ownership at $118,800, while a very nice original '67 Shelby GT500 with all sorts of provenance was declared a no-sale at $165,000. The sweetheart of this particular rodeo had to be the 1941 Ford Super DeLuxe tudor with 51,000 miles, the rare 6-cylinder engine, lovely dash plastic, a nice interior, and an older correct gray-green paint job. Mindful of the Bonhams & Butterfields Hogan Collection sale earlier in the summer, my notes guessed $23,000. It went home with a lucky buyer at $11,880. This year saw 508 cars bring a total of $13.8m, with a final sell-through rate of 69%. While these numbers are down slightly from last year's $14.5m and 71%, Silver was still able to sell more than twothirds of the cars on offer—and in a sale focused on the challenging muscle and hot rod segment, that should be considered a success by all accounts. ♦ $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Silver Auctions Reno, NV ENGLISH #153-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N 16125. Yellow/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 70,195 miles. Admitted amateur restoration. “Noisy tranny jumps out of 3rd gear. Headlights dim, right turn signal does not work, nor do dash lights...” Doors sag, grille chromed, ancient belted tires cracked inside tread. Offensively it's safe to say that wouldn't be the case for long. Even a great example can hurt you if something goes wrong, so this was Russian Roulette on full automatic. GERMAN #529-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220 4-dr yellow. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,150. Straight and not rusty, but very, very tired. Awful autumn leaf vinyl interior, Boyce motometer suggests rare double dash oil/water temp gauge was kaput. The transmission will not be a cheap fix, so the only way this buyer will see daylight is if he's rolled his 99-point TD and needs ALL the body panels. Very well sold indeed. #339-1958 TRIUMPH TR10 4-dr sedan. S/N 927533. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 84,773 miles. Ex-Harrah Museum car. Body fit is so-so, minor grille damage, thick paint, new rubber in doors and trunk. Twin-carb Triumph Herald/Austin-Healey Sprite engine complete and clean. New brakes and Nevada car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,330. This car had lots of cosmetic needs, but it came with lots of spares just in case. The sunroof was a big plus, and its rare lights were undamaged. Hard to see an upside here, especially at this price... maybe it's a father/son project? All the money and more. #789-1971 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN clutch, replated bumpers and redone seats show well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,396. Another oddity from Portland micro-car guru David Goldenberg, who'd had it since 1991. An extremely rare export variant of the Standard 10, which was an unsuccessful competitor to the Morris Minor. The TR10 hood badge was so rare, I'd have had some made to sell in order to offset the cost of buying the car. #1019-1986 BENTLEY MULSANNE convertible. S/N SCBZS0005GCX14848. Gray/tan leather. Odo: 58,818 miles. Said to run great. Nice paint, good leather, expensive headlights both cracked. Dents in both front doors prove aftermarket bump strips did no good. No evidence of any records, in need of detailing throughout. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,600. Look on this as a rolling controlled substance: Its job is to tell you that you have too much money. However, with this example, December 2007 GHIA convertible. S/N 1413041571. Orange/ black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 14,754 miles. A superb restoration of an example in the best color offered. Great panel fit, excellent plating, straight trim. Engine correct, light wear to carpet, nice interior and top, excellent tires. SOLD AT $12,690. Hopelessly outdated by 1927, but the best example of a late Model T that I've seen. Only the exposed upholstery screws let it down. It will probably outlast all of us, so it must be counted as well bought. #468-1934 INTERNATIONAL D-1 Cond: 1. SOLD AT $25,380. Near perfect, but the abysmal auto-stick transmission probably accounted for such low miles. All the money on this occasion, but changing it over to a manual pickup. S/N 1285K. Mint Green/gray vinyl. Odo: 2,977 miles. Perched on '79 Chevy Blazer chassis with 350-ci V8 power. Well finished with good paint in an odd color. Missing grille trim, fenders widened. Custom bumper, running boards frenched and cracking, custom tailgate. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,520. Smacks of another high-school project. It was at least 24 inches to the running boards. Hundreds of 89 sedan. S/N 0428852. Dark blue/red vinyl. Odo: 72,738 km. Straight body, decent panel gaps and chrome, old repaint shows plenty of chips and cracks. Kilometer-speedo indicates private import, probably by a returning serviceman. Webasto sunroof ratty, red vinyl interior tasteless, good wood dash. Worn fender welting. box would not be difficult and would might add $5k to the next sale... not to mention a lot more driving fun. AMERICAN #742-1925 DODGE BROTHERS Turtleback coupe. S/N A2522928. Black/black leather. Odo: 89,602 miles. Completely original runner that belonged to owner of Haines Hot Springs in Oregon until he quit driving at age 96 in 1990. Rusty chassis, chipped paint on dinged body, delaminating glass throughout. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,940. An absolute time warp that belongs in a “Beverly Hillbillies” remake. Not worth restoring and may never be, but probably lots of fun as is. Very well bought as a driver, but much restoration work will put the new owner upside down in a hurry. #150-1927 FORD MODEL T 2-dr sedan. S/N 1D013003. Brown & black/black vinyl/ gray cloth. Odo: 28 miles. Dead straight, all steel, the last of the line of 15 million Model Ts. Ruxtell axle, super paint and plating, red wire wheels. Excellent throughout. Cond: 1-.

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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author great color combination, but rust issues surely lurk on what seems like a Western Washington car. It won't be fast, but it should be thrifty. No harm done at this price. #122-1957 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 5762052579. White/black & white vinyl. Odo: 38,257 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and chrome with some pitting on rear bumper. Power seats, windows, brakes, and steering. hours of work, but kids earn so little, he might just have come out ahead. This was well sold... save the photos to show your son. #168-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE tudor sedan. S/N 183230790. Green/tan whipcord. Odo: 51,255 miles. Excellent paint with a few chips, chrome nice. Sympathetic light restoration of a super-original Arizona car, V8, 2-bbl, auto. Claimed body-off restoration. Good paint and plating, nice body with decent panel gaps. Interior correct, lenses good, wood trim painted like burl dashboard. Fitted with sun visor, roof rack, and radial tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,300. A fine eye for detail made this car stand out. Station wagon prices seem to be heating up, but only the best examples pull big money. I was way low in my estimate here, but in retrospect, I think this was well bought. #733-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VB57K123014. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 105 miles. 5.7-liter fuel-injected LS1 V8, auto. High quality rotisserie resto-rod made for a TV show. Vintage Air, ps, pb, all chrome new reproduction. Custom Bel Air flashes, flat screen monitors in back of seats Utah car with zero rust, nice interior shows little wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,000. Not an Eldorado, but very straight and sound. Add Vintage Air and it's a daily driver until gas hits $5 a gallon. Well bought. equipped with heater, radio, and excellent dash and steering wheel plastic. Vent glass delaminating, rare 6-cylinder engine fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $11,880. An absolute sleeper that missed being hot-rodded because it was hidden away. A complete steal that will be a delight for the new owner. #92-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER roadster. S/N 80910. Purple Rose metallic/black canvas/ black, white, & rose vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. 152-ci 4-cylinder, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Good paint if you can stand the color, decent chrome, California car and dash. Billet wheels, stereo big enough to play Shea Stadium. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $216,000. Beautifully done, relatively subtle, needs an NBA player as an owner. A record price for a '57 Chevy hard top, and although the cost of construction was probably recovered, there was no upside from here. A driver for someone who can afford a Ferrari but doesn't want one. #8-1957 CHEVROLET 210 2-dr sedan. with no apparent rust. 20-inch bling wheels, directional tires mounted backwards at the rear. 12-volt system, overdrive transmission. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,280. Restored for a 15-yearold daughter who didn't drive it, which explains the appalling colors. With the inline four, it was likely slower than Christmas... bet it has a V8 already. Well sold. #510-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY Woody wagon. S/N 54LA29190M. Mint green & wood/gray cloth. Odo: 120 miles. 312-ci 90 Sports Car Market S/N B570151751. Yellow & white/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 64,251 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Straight body with dented lower driver's door, decent panel gaps. Feels like a survivor with some odd details. Belted tires, Bel Air interior, power windows, good chrome and trim. Spinner caps, rust under trunk mat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,360. A funny mix in a #97-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S103241. White & coral/ white vinyl/coral vinyl. Odo: 30,962. 283-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Matching-numbers Wyoming car, power top, Wonderbar radio, scruffy original paint with apparent repaint of nose. Seat split, top worn, gas gauge and radio not working. Seat belts added, body cracked around left exhaust. Incorrect brake master cylinder fitted. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. All the old guys haunted this car, decoded it, and concluded it had been partially repainted at some time. What bothered them most was that the VIN tag was “not typical,” as David Burroughs from Bloomington Gold would say, and an unrealistic reserve killed any real interest in the car. #388-1959 PONTIAC SAFARI wagon. S/N 759P2280. White/two-tone gold vinyl.

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Silver Auctions Reno, NV Column Author 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good older repaint, straight body with lots of great chrome and trim. Equipped with ps, pb, but no a/c. New belted tires, correct sparkly carpet, reupholstered seats. Driver's door hard to latch. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,850. Huge, outrageous, and apparently irresistible. When did you last see one? Sold for nearly double where I figured it should. #418-1960 DESOTO FIREFLITE 2-dr hard top. S/N 7103112917. Red & white/white vinyl. Odo: 18,031 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Next to last year for DeSoto. Original Reno-area red and white car, heavily optioned with a/c, ps, pb, pw, and working radio with added CD player. Good panel fit, excellent interior appointments. Optioned with power steering. Originally a Missouri car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,280. A great color with an odd interior, but the combination worked. Only lacked the 4-speed transmission. The price paid reflected full disclosure and the quality of work completed, and I'd say it was well bought. #336-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67400F7A01736. Lime Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 25,069 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Super-straight original car with fair 1995 repaint now cracking around headlights. Full history, original interior, all five correct wheels. Perfect chrome and trim, nice glass. Engine paint, perfect unobtainable grille and taillights. New suspension and windshield, very nice interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,520. I figured this car for a lot more money, as you never see them. It had avoided the desert no-rust tradeoff of heat-damaged interior, paint, and rubber and sounded good. If I had a place to put it, I would have bought it at this price. #317-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S107109. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 50,567 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. In storage for 20 years, claimed ground-up restoration since with new paint, replacement motor, rebuilt T-10 transmission, power steering, and Wonderbar radio. No a/c, power windows, or power brakes. Hood badge fits poorly, nice panel gaps, clean engine compartment, and spotless interior components. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $34,560. Hard to fault. Appealing paint, and although there was no claim of matching numbers, this was a very attractive package that had been well done throughout. Backed up by $30,000 in receipts, this was an excellent buy. #769-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO compartment complete and very clean. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $165,000. Reported sold at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale in August '06 at $198,000 (SCM# 42674). The reserve this time was $200,000, and the high bid here suggests how far the market has fallen for these cars over the past year. #47-1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 convert- ible. S/N 7U57H163217. Red/black vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 90,857 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old color change from tan with sanding marks visible. White interior redone, split in front seat. Sheepskin dash cover, new tires, brakes, and exhaust, rebuilt carburetor and transmission. Messy speaker installation, nice paint and panel gaps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,840. Very pretty with overdone paint too nice to be correct, excellent chrome, and a nice interior. This was well bought assuming the mechanical details had all been attended to and the transmission was correct. #113-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 237675K141194. Yellow/tan vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 99,875 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restoration, great paint, all documents and photos of work. Nice chrome, nice 92 nice touch. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $38,880. One of a number of good '67–'69 Camaros that sold in the $30k range, making them great value for money. Camaros may not have climbed as high as other muscle cars, but they may not fall as far, either. They are infinitely more pleasant to drive than a lot of other Detroit muscle, especially when equipped with small-block engines. Well bought. #364-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 cracked steering wheel boss, a/c disconnected, bright trim popped off passenger door. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,720. I looked at this and remembered high school. Summer fun for $3,500... how can you go wrong? You can pay three times that much, that's how. No upside Replica coupe. S/N 124379L518613. Hugger Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 91,221 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Plain-Jane Camaro with Z/28 badges added during restoration. Smooth paint, decent panel fit, nice chrome and trim. Numbers-matching components, 12-bolt rear Sports Car Market RS/SS coupe. S/N 124379L504678. Daytona Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 14,474 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great color combination with excellent paint application, nice interior, clean engine compartment. Equipped with power steering, disc brakes, hidden headlights, and 12-bolt Positraction differential. COPO-style dog-dish hubcaps and color-keyed steel rims a here, and I'd bet the seller was buying at the Tasty-Freeze that night. #429-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. S/N 124378N447448. Corvette Bronze/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 69,856 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rare three-monthonly color, factory a/c, RS grille, disc brakes, Rally wheels, early rear spoiler. Subject of rotisserie restoration with excellent paint, very

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Silver Auctions Reno, NV wheels on Grand Am radials. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,599. Somebody got Granny's car and slapped on some mags, air shocks, and shiny engine bits. Let's hope he didn't go racing, too. This model languishes slightly ahead of Mustang IIs, but it may improve. No harm done at this price. #960-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. end, front disc brakes. New exhaust, front end rebuilt, new tires, windshield, and steering wheel. Front seat recovered, headliner and rubber trim replaced. Original build sheet included. No radiator cowl. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,720. Excellent work on good car that was generally correct, but the sale price was undoubtedly hurt by a lack of options and the bogus Z/28 badging. Well sold. #449-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R0B196668. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 31,542 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-year restoration with excellent paint and brightwork, elastomeric bumper, rear window louvers, and trunk wing. One of 284 Hemis fitted with the 4-speed in 1970. Govier notes replacement engine and trans, correct body tag, reproduction door tag. Equipped with power brakes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $248,400. Hard to fault. The top-selling car in this sale, but all the money and more in this jittery market. We've seen lots of no-sales of major muscle with correct numbers, so let's hope the buyer here knew what he was doing. #4-1972 FORD MUSTANG Grande coupe. S/N 2F04F19742. Green/green vinyl/ green vinyl. Odo: 8,644 miles. 351-ci V8, 2bbl, auto. Started life with a 302-ci V8. Straight body, good original paint and top, excellent interior. Fitted with a/c, cheesy Cobra valve covers, and Edelbrock air cleaner. Messy installation of new windshield, Cragar S/S S/N 2V87Y3N132880. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 52,765 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent high-quality repaint with new screaming chicken decal. Straight body, correct wheels, OK interior features mismatched carpet. Clean engine compartment, a/c a big plus. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,060. The Trans Am market seems to have driven too far onto the beach in search of the party and got stuck. This wasn't an SD car, and therefore might just as well be driven. A decent car, but it was well sold at this price. ♦ December 2007 93

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Bonhams & Butterfields Aurora, OR Column Author The Jack Hogan Collection A 1934 Ford stake bed truck generously estimated at $20,000–$30,000 sold for a full $93,600, easily setting a new world record for the model Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date July 30, 2007 Location Aurora, Oregon Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 30 / 35 Sales rate 86% Sales total $1,702,850 High sale Malcolm Barber works the crowd at the Jack Hogan Hangar Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics T he Bonhams & Butterfields sale of Jack Hogan's collection of pre-WWII Fords far exceeded all pre-sale expectations, bringing a surprising $1.7m for 30 cars. Aurora, OR 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe phaeton, sold at $117,000 Buyer's premium 17% (included in sold prices) Ford Deluxe fordor sedan, exactly like the one I drove to school in England in 1966. According to Bonhams, some of those ten world records included With a quality not usually seen in Fords of this era, ten world records were set for cars and trucks. The sale was held inside the Hogan Hangar at the Aurora Airport in Aurora, Oregon. Hogan was present to drive each car across the auction block and to describe them to the crowd, which undoubtedly helped to bring some very high prices from bidders eager to own one of his high-quality pre- and post-war Fords. Hogan had collected at least one Ford from 1932 through 1942, mixing ultra-desirable phaetons, roadsters, and convertible sedans with a number of “Plain Jane” tudors, which were in some cases startlingly original. Everything on offer had received sympathetic care, and most had collected a number of Dearborn and other trophies attesting to their correctness. Among the high prices, several of the base sedans—rare, as most have been sacrificed to hot rodders over the years—sold in the low- to mid-$20,000 range, which disappointed Hogan. However, his standard of restoration and preservation set the bar very high in bidders' minds, and several no-sales of lesser cars from other sources were likely caused by comparison to those standards. So, while “Alice,” the terrific original 1936 Ford convertible sedan from Pocatello, Idaho, brought $99,450 and will only go up from there, $19,890 bought an equally cool and original 1938 81A 94 $114,660 for a 1946 Lincoln Continental cabriolet, $117,000 for a 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe phaeton, $111,150 for a 1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe roadster, and $105,300 for a 1941 Ford Model 11A Super Deluxe convertible coupe. The oddest result concerned a 1934 Ford stake bed truck generously estimated at $20,000–$30,000. A local truck from Aurora, it had undergone a complete restoration, and in the room it became the subject of a heated battle between two bidders before being sold at a world-record and likely hard-to-repeat $93,600. The winner was reported to be a Budweiser dealer in the South, whose company had used trucks just like it in the 1930s. Another surprise was a $73,710 result brought by a 1932 Ford Deluxe Model 18 road- ster, despite being powered by a 1970s Ford V6 with a C6 automatic transmission and having been converted to 12-volt electrics and hydraulic brakes. A very nicely done 1941 Ford Model 11C pickup with the rare flathead 6-cylinder engine sold for a surprising $67,860, while $21,060 bought what seemed like an unused Ford Model 9N tractor—complete with original decals. Sales based out of a single collection have had a Sales Totals tendency to do well within the market over the last year, and Bonhams & Butterfields's sale of Hogan's Fords was no exception, with 86% of the lots offered finding new ownership at some staggering prices. It's rare to see so many excellent examples of Fords from this era in one place, and with so many new world records set, it's hard to call these results anything but a smash success. ♦ $$4m $6m $8m $10m $12m 2m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Bonhams & Butterfields Aurora, OR #67-1928 FORD MODEL A Deluxe Column Author roadster. S/N A104396. Arabian Sand & black/black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 24,989 miles. Well maintained older restoration of a rare AR model with good plating and some nicks and scrapes on driver's door. Fitted with cracking at left front fender, door handle, and roof. Some water damage to doors. Excellent plating, tools and trophies included. Fitted with nice rubber rubbing boards, dual chrome Sparton horns, twin carbs, Edmunds intake, and dual exhaust. Clean engine, hydraulic brakes, tail broken on greyhound mascot. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,740. A rare and stylish driver with some pep. Although it was showing a bit of age, all in all this was a nice car and a bit of a bargain at this price. #70-1933 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe tudor sedan. S/N 18490534. Maroon & black/tan whipcord. Odo: 1,367 miles. Nice older restoration with great paint and plating, rod brakes, factory radio, and excellent wood veneer paint. Door panels don't match headliner, remaining interior complete and correct. with grille guard, trunk rack, rumble seat, and toolkit. Correct top material with full set of side curtains, some wear to tires. Wind wings thankfully not engraved. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,325. A nicely turned out driver-quality Model A sold at a dead-on market price. #68-1932 FORD MODEL 18 Deluxe roadster. S/N B5166315. Dark blue & black/ tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 93,590 miles. Older restoration with some chips and scratches. Left front wheel badly pitted, other plating still nice. Correct vinyl interior pattern, spotlight, vent windows, and banjo wheel. Gas gauge added, Fitted with double wide whitewall tires and dual wipers. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $79,560. Correct and much nicer than the Fordor '33 offered here (lot 69), and the fact that this was a Tudor helped achieve a final sale price of nearly double the car's $40,000 pre-sale high estimate. Very well sold. #71-1934 FORD MODEL BB V8 1 1/2- dash well-restored. Powered by a Capri-sized '70s V6 with C6 auto trans and juice brakes from a '40. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $73,710. Stuck between a rod and a classic. It'll go anywhere, but just don't open the hood. This price was about double what I expected, and it can be considered very well sold. #69-1933 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe fordor sedan. S/N 18445803. Maroon & black/tan whipcord. Odo: 41,078 miles. Older restoration ton Stake Bed truck. S/N BB18895504. Red & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 26,676 miles. Excellent paint and body, cab roof patch visible from inside. Reproduction wood bed with hydraulic tilt function and 12-volt winch added. Rod brakes, turn signals, tools. NOS grille surround probably an unrepeatable find. Scored 968 points in Early Ford V8 competition, truck from the 1930s. This truck wasn't bought, it was married... and the record price should stand for a very long time. #72-1934 FORD MODEL 40 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 40273153. Maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,773 miles. Excellent chrome and paint with some touch-up areas around gas filler. Wind wings, rear rack, side curtains. Clean and tidy engine compartment, very nice interior, complete side curtains. Rod brakes, wide whitewall tires. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $58,500. Ex-Monte Shelton. A handsome and well-done restoration, but it also had the feel of a driver as well. Not cheap, but still well bought. #73-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe road- ster. S/N 182050750. Palm Beach Gray/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 327 miles. Excellent paint, bodywork, and plating. Spotless and correct throughout, very clean engine and interior. Side curtains, twin Sparton horns, full tool kit. Dearborn Award winner. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $111,150. Jack Hogan owned this car, at first in part then wholly, for 50 years. It was profoundly correct and had trophies to prove it, although I'd love to know what relegated it to three 2nd-place finishes at the Forest Grove Concours. The high estimate was a substantial $90,000, but it was topped by $20,000 to set a record. #89-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Woody wagon. Black & wood/brown leather. Good black securing a Dearborn Award. 50 miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $93,600. The subject of an intense bidding battle, which saw the price reach almost four times its pre-sale high estimate of $30,000. The winning bidder was reportedly a Budweiser distributor in the deep South who will be recreating a company 96 Sports Car Market

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Alfa Bits paint with some chips around hood. Wood body original, with some cracks commensurate with age. Front doors have windows, equipped with side curtains elsewhere. Heater, locking enclosed rear spare, dual Sparton horns. In England for the past 18 years and a fixture at Goodwood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $98,280. Very sound and correct original with no signs of water staining. Much more desirable than a rebody and bought very well at the lower end of the estimate range. Would make an excellent vintage tow car, as noted in the sale catalog. #74-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe con- vertible sedan. S/N 2922717. Sky Green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 45,101 miles. Rare trunk-back convertible sedan, which was a mid-year style change. Hard to fault. Back seat original, great top fit, excellent paint buffed through on trunk. Good plating, excellent panel fit throughout. One family car from Pocatello, Idaho, until 2001. Grand National Dearborn bizarre anti-fog double glass. Starred in the movie “Eloquent Nude,” about photographer Edward Weston. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,570. A time machine—most are now hot rods. Underpowered and unloved in its day, now hard to find at all. Hogan was disappointed it sold so cheaply, as he was proud of saving it. There was no downside to this, as correct original cars are continuing to rise in value. Award winner 2004, numerous Dearborn Emeritus awards. AACA Senior Award, Forest Grove Concours Best Ford, Best in Class, and runner up Best of Show in 2005. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,450. Spectacular car that has achieved “walkaround” status with Dearborn judges—if nothing bad has happened to it, it gets another award. A superb example of a rare model with gold-plated provenance—and hence another record price. #75-1936 FORD MODEL 68 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 32050750. Dark blue/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 50,280 miles. A desirable and rare model in an excellent color combination. Vent windows, trunk rack, double whitewalls, hydraulic brakes, and banjo wheel. Offered with side curtains, tools, and trophies. Recipient of eight Early Ford V8 Club Dearborn awards, Grand National award and Emeritus status in 2000. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $105,300. A longtime Hogan project clearly restored with a view to driving. Another car #77-1937 FORD MODEL 78 Deluxe phaeton. S/N 183614546. Dark blue/tan cloth/ brown leather. Odo: 1,113 miles. Next to the last year of the phaeton, one of 3,723 made. Excellent paint, plating, and panel fit. Fitted with spotlights, mirrors, trunk rack, tools, banjo wheel, side curtains, cable brakes, and double whitewall tires. Gas cap rubber split. up sections are pictured on right rear quarter and driver door. The car drives amazing and is solid everywhere.” 1,000 miles on engine rebuild from 1989. 15 bids, sf 426, bf private. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,100. A great survivor that it would be hard to replicate, and a fair price for both parties. #200149343481-1969 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 1750 Duetto spider. S/N 1480964. Eng. # AR0055100070. Red/ black/black leather. Odo: 24,076 miles. 23 Photos. Portland, OR. New top, “New Koni's, New Michelins, New expensive Borani style WIRE WHEELS with Enameled ALFA CREST on center knock-offs...(expense of wheels & tires @ $ 9,500!!)” Yellow tonneau. “New Nardi style...wheel, NEW Steebro which exceeded its estimate, but this fell short of setting another new record here. #76-1937 FORD MODEL 78 Standard tudor. S/N 220872. Gray/tan mohair. Odo: 52,810 miles. Very rare “flatback” 60-hp Standard. Mileage believed original with sympathetic repaint. Longtime Towe Museum denizen brought back to life, fitted with trunk rack, single taillight, crusty door rubbers, and Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #250166718096-1962 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA roadster. S/N AR171126. Red/black/black. Odo: 70,593 miles. 23 Photos. Beacon, NY. “One owner original Alfa with original bill of sale and all service documentation from DAY ONE. Original paint is approximately 70% still there, touch Exhaust, new radiator, new headlights, orig. tool kit, jack, and owner's manual. New Farina Red paint.” 743 miles on rebuilt, matching-numbers engine. 9 bids, sf 68, bf 3. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $30,450. The car looked nice enough that it might have cleared $20k on stock rims, but I find it astounding that somebody would spend high four figures on rims for a Duetto, and that this transaction seemed to carry them at full retail. Wild. #180157997746-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER. S/N AACA Senior National Winner, Dearborn Award winner, ex-Dale Matthews at Memory Lane Motors. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $117,000. One of the most desirable '30s Fords, and sold for $30,000 over estimate—the top price in the sale, and it might seem like a bargain in another year or so. This body style is handsome and impractical, but it is mechanically bulletproof and spares are readily available. A car for an endless summer. #79-1938 FORD MODEL 81A Deluxe fordor sedan. S/N 184543249. Wren Tan/tan whipcord. Odo: 77,249 miles. Original car from Grants Pass, Oregon. Worn driver's seat, upholstery faded, paint rubbed through on hood. Left rear fender looks repainted, glass December 2007 ZARBB32G6M6005968. Red/black/tan leather. Odo: 7,850 miles. 40 Photos. San Diego, CA. “The sole owner, an octogenarian has put just 7850 miles on this car from new... It looks, smells and drives new... It is totally original except for new tires installed due to sidewall cracking and other consumables... They are only original once and considering the cost of restorations, one could not duplicate the new look and feel of this car even by spending $60,000 or $70,000 at a top restoration shop.” 69 bids, sf 227, bf 19. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,100. Maybe the kind of person who would spend this much on a low-mile '91 Spider would spend twice as much restoring it... but I think the rest of us should stick to paying half this much in the first place. The mileage was not museum-low, and we've seen several similar cars change hands for less. Well sold. ♦ 97

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Bonhams & Butterfields Aurora, OR Column Author 988 points at the Western Nationals, winning a Dearborn Award. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $67,860. Startlingly good and very rare with this engine. Sold new 20 miles away in Oregon City. Full provenance, no issues, no stories. Sold for one third more than its high estimate of $40,000, setting a new record for the model. Well bought and sold. #86-1941 FORD MODEL 11A Super delaminating throughout. Fair plating, sealed beam conversion, clock and banjo wheel fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,890. An honest original, just like the RHD example I had in grammar school in England. Hard to see how you could go wrong at the price. Too bad I had to leave before it came up, or I might be pulling that steering wheel inside out and praying for the cable brakes to work once again. #80-1939 FORD MODEL 91A Standard tudor sedan. S/N 18503913. Black/tan whipcord. Odo: 29,111 miles. Another spectacular original with mileage from new. Hogan found it in Missouri but missed the sale, then found it again in Portland, OR. An odd mixture of 60-hp and 85-hp pieces, but correctly “wrong.” Belonged to a Catholic Glass delaminating, clean interior has some water damage. Dash plastic and wheel surprisingly good, heater and radio a bonus. Mileage likely correct. Smells old inside. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,230. Sold mid-estimate, but with a market-wide increase in interest in original cars, this could seem like a bargain in a few years. church for years and was scarcely used. Some rust around trunk, paint touch-ups visible. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,060. The third of Jack Hogan's seven simple Tudors, and this was the lowest-mileage example. As the classic car hobby aligns itself with older antique markets, provenance will assume greater significance and this car will be appreciated. A bargain at this price. #90-1940 MERCURY MODEL 09A con- vertible sedan. Fawn/tan cloth/red leather. Paint shows orange peel, chips, scratches, thin spots, and cracks around trunk. Body filler evident. Panel gaps uneven, grille and bumpers pitted and crazed. Interior clean, floor mats worn, chrome trim original and aged. Nice Mercury hubcaps and trim rings. Weather stripping dried, top stained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,120. An utterly charming, very rare driver. Just about the last convertible sedan made by #85-1941 FORD MODEL 11C 1/2-ton pickup. S/N 1891700. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 67 miles. Excellent paint and panel gaps, bed shows evidence of hard use over the years. Minor chips on driver's fender, Chrome trim excellent, interior clean. Sidemount spare, original Firestone pattern tires, full tools. Original set of spare keys included. Scored power top, clock and radio, complete tools, and manual. Scored 986 points at Dearborn in '03, earning a Grand National award. Later scored 967 points at Hood River in '05, earning it Dearborn Emeritus status. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $105,300. Another exceptional example sold at well over its high estimate of $80,000. By all accounts an excellent driver with nowhere to go but up. Once again, well bought and sold. #88-1946 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N H151420. Black/black cloth/ red leather. Odo: 80,562 miles. Decent black paint shows some dings on passenger side. Excellent chrome and trim with some pitting in the interior. Front seat redone, rear dyed to match. Nice dash and gauges, original radio, engine anybody, due to the problems with weather and structural integrity. Expensive, but a good restoration should repay every penny. In the meantime, this could be very stylish fun. #84-1941 FORD MODEL 11A Deluxe tudor sedan. S/N 18638717. Dark blue/tan corduroy. Odo: 29,518 miles. Another of Hogan's standard cars. Decent repaint with factory orange peel shows almost no wear. Body straight, panel fit factory, chrome excellent. Deluxe convertible. S/N 1866901035. Maroon/ tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 212 miles. Nice paint shows minor imperfections and swirls. Panel fit good, trim worn in places, top and boot clean and well-fitted. Pinstriped wheels a nice touch, interior has good patina without excessive wear. Ex-Dale Matthews, working compartment clean and original. Hydraulic top mechanism rebuilt, power windows, overdrive transmission. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $114,660. An honest old car in the nice driver category. Sold for well over the top estimate of $80,000, and about double what I'd have expected it to bring here. Very well sold. ♦ 98 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author Bloomington Gold High Performance Auction An immaculate 1967 Corvette convertible with a 435-hp 427 and 4-speed brought $467,200, leading 16 other cars that sold at six figures each Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date June 15–17, 2007 Location St. Charles, Illinois Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, & Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 145 / 295 Sales rate 49% Sales total $8,255,306 High sale 1967 427/435 convertible, sold at $467,250 Bidding remained strong throughout the weekend in St. Charles Report and Photos by Dan Grunwald, B. Mitchell Carlson, Thomas Glatch, and Linda Clark Market opinions in italics M ecum returned to the Pheasant Run Lodge and Golf Resort in St. Charles, Illinois, in mid-June for its annual all-Corvette sale held in conjunction with Bloomington Gold. Show goers were again treated to an all-Corvette swap meet, an educational seminar, and Bloomington Gold judging, as well as the auction itself, and literally thousands of Corvettes were on hand throughout the weekend. Examples from every year and with just about every option available were represented, and everything from late-model parts to early project cars were offered for sale somewhere on the grounds. Mecum lined up the Corvettes to be auctioned across the fairway behind the auction tent on Thursday night, where bidders and spectators could get a closer look at each of the lots before the auction began on Friday morning. This year's event was laid back and comfortable despite some typical early-summer heat and humidity, and buyers, sellers, and enthusiasts came from all over the U.S. to celebrate and exchange both cars and knowledge. The right car here can command six figures without a second thought, and 17 cars did so this year. The top sale of the weekend was an immaculate 1967 convertible with a 435-hp 427 and 4-speed. With 12,000 miles showing on the odometer, multiple NCRS awards over the years, and Bloomington Gold Special Collection membership in 100 Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, and 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) St. Charles, IL 1991, it managed to bring $467,250. Bidders looking for 435-hp cars had plenty of choices, with literally dozens available in various conditions and with different options. The only known 1968 COPO Corvette was also present, which was a con- vertible ordered in British Green with an orange vinyl interior. The combination came off better than it sounds, and the car sold for $73,500. A 1996 Grand Sport convertible with only 6,000 miles raised $80,850, while a 1963 Z06 tanker found new ownership at a very high $367,500. In contrast, an astonishingly tattered '84 Corvette was offered for sale on Sunday, bringing a healthy $2,050 for its decrepit condition. A collection of five ZR-1s from each year of production was available, and after being offered and not sold as one complete lot for $305,000, they were offered individually, bring- ing $60,375 each. A fair number of cars failed to sell due in part to overly enthusiastic reserves, including a 1961 convertible with a 270-hp 327, which stayed home despite a market-correct $101,000 offer and a '71 427-ci 435-hp convertible that remained with its seller at $71,000. This year's total of $8.2m was off a bit from last year's $10.4m, and the final sell-through rate dropped from 56% to 49%, which was likely due in part to fewer cars on offer as well as higher reserves for the cars present. Still, knowledgeable Corvette buyers remain willing to part with hard dollars for the right cars, and Mecum was again able to put many of those buyers together with just the Corvette they'd been looking for. ♦ $$4m $6m $8m $10m $12m 2m Sales Totals 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S53-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001210. White/tan/red vinyl. Odo: 2,653 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Paint shiny and well applied, with one chip noted around buffed-through headlight trim. Otherwise excellent inside and out. One of 300 built in '53, part of the Paul Engine compartment sterile, interior clean and well fitted. Bloomington Gold certified. Number 107 of 300. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $296,625. Between this and lot S53, we have some real money talking. First-year cars will always bring a healthy sum, but we may be on the verge of seeing the market for these cars expand even further. Well sold. #S54-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Jones Collection for 13 years. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $283,500. Last seen at The Auction's Las Vegas sale in November '92, where it sold for $59,250 (CM# 13932). Sold alongside S54 and S55, all offered by the same owner. A heater and a radio were the only available options in 1953, and records show all 300 cars were equipped with both. A good buy on a first-year 'Vette in excellent overall condition. #S91-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001107. Polo White/tan/ red vinyl. Odo: 121 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Rough edges and paint chips at tonneau lid corners, chip visible on gas door. roadster. S/N E54S002008. Pennant Blue/tan/ tan vinyl. Odo: 409 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Equipped with heater, radio, turn signals, windshield washer, and parking brake alarm as all other '54s. Some wavy paint likely the Paul Jones Collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $178,500. Number 44 of 700 built. The introduction of the V8 to Corvette started in 1955, and the optional engine was fitted to all but seven of the examples built that year. This was a great car, and in this condition, it will always be worth big money. Well bought. the same as when new. Nice chrome, glass, and trim. Engine compartment clean and expertly detailed. Bloomington Gold 1994. From the Paul Jones Collection. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $87,675. Another well-executed car, but this one was just a bit down from the quality of lot S53. Still a great example of a C1, and one of only around 300 finished in Pennant Blue. Well bought. #S55-1955 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N VE55S001044. Pennant Blue/ tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 482 miles. 265-ci 195-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint shows light paint chips in passenger side door. Good chrome and trim, spotless engine compartment and interior. Bloomington Gold 1988. From December 2007 101

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S117-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Column Author convertible. S/N E57S100048. Eng. # F918EL. Venetian Red/tan/beige vinyl. Odo: 110 miles. 283-ci 283-hp V8, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration with many NOS parts. Documentation includes a binder full of photos and receipts. Auxiliary hard top shows only light polishing marks and several chips. Trunk fits high at base, bumpers scratched, trim shows wear and age. Passenger dashpad pulling away, aluminum grab bar dented, steering wheel cracked. Well detailed undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,250. A good looking local show winner with a few flaws. This is just the way to buy one if you're looking for a nice usable driver. Market price for condition. #S59-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S103083. Black/white/ red vinyl. Odo: 9,313 miles. 327-ci 270-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Gaps wide at front of both doors, OK elsewhere. Chrome, paint, and interior better than factory. Top torn on outside right rear. Many original documents, including window sticker and build sheet. Cond: 1-. NOT also restored. Optional radio, heater, parking brake alarm, whitewall tires, and Positraction. Appears authentic. Lights, heater, and horn all work. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $76,650. These cars normally fetch far more, so the buyer clearly triumphed. A beautiful '57 convertible at a below-market price. Very well bought. #S32-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE con- vertible. S/N E57S103320. Venetian Red/red vinyl. Odo: 96,650 miles. 283-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence, Bloomington Gold certified and part of the Special Collection. Excellent and authentic restoration by Brent Ferguson in mid '80s to original factory condition, including body fit and finish. Some light cracking of windshield seal, SOLD AT $101,000. Corvette owners should be aware that the top bows always seem to tear the top fabric in the same spot, and this car was no exception to the rule. This bid should have been plenty for a dual-quad '61, even one this nice. #S62-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S113449. Almond Beige/black/red vinyl. Odo: 27,157 miles. 327ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight in 2004, scoring 95.5 points. Factory options include heavy-duty suspension and Wonderbar radio. Restoration performed to the highest standards, body and paintwork surpass factory specs. Highly buffed trim, wheel covers too shiny. Clean and correct undercarriage, white- older engine detailing starting to dull slightly. Radio delete plate, well-preserved 50-year-old upholstery. “Field of Dreams” vinyl decal on windshield. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $152,250. It took a little while for the bidding to get to the $137k reserve, but when it finally did, bidding activity skyrocketed. This was strong money, but it was a strong car. Oddly enough, having a Powerglide helped here, because only 102 fuelies were fitted with an automatic transmission. #F71-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J5S109047. Crown Sapphire & white/white/blue vinyl. Odo: 22,988 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint at antenna base. Original lightly pitted bumpers and chrome buffed out. Windshield gasket has rippling in lower corners and was trimmed unprofessionally with either an X-acto knife, power knife, or hatchet. Poorly repainted steering column, heavily yellowed turn signal arm and gearshift knob. Older replacement upholstery has minimal wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,700. With ever-escalating solid-axle prices, this may have been the best way into a driver '62, which is generally considered the best year to actually drive among the trunkback cognoscenti. Even though it showed wear and tear, it had its original powertrain and low miles, so there was really no downside here. Well bought. #S37-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S102044. Red/white/ red vinyl. Odo: 6,673 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Minor paint preparation flaws visible throughout, door edges chipped. New interior and top, dashpad and grab bar show minor flaws. Windshield weatherstrip cracking, wind- shield trim chromed over rough areas. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,350. Not perfect, but above average and an excellent driver or cruise-in car. At the lower end of the market, this was a decent buy—especially if all the numbers matched. #S20-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE wall tires starting to yellow. Interior soft trim replaced with high-quality reproduction items, all of which show basically no wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $91,875. This car was the top sale a month and a half previously at Mecum's spring Kansas City auction, then selling for $78,225 (CM# 45069). This was not a case of $12k-plus worth of upward market adjustment in that timeframe, but rather the right car at the right auction moved by someone with a good sense of foresight. #S86-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S103330. Red/black/ red vinyl. Odo: 38,525 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Wonderbar radio, windshield washers, both tops. Consignor claims original miles. Older good quality repaint now cracking 102 Sports Car Market coupe. S/N 30837S105481. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 48,823 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight in 2007. Factory a/c, ps, pb, Positraction, tinted windshield, AM/FM radio. Body character lines dull rather than crisp from sanding.

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author Thick, excellent repaint heavily buffed out. Body cracks forming at passenger side headlight and on right rear fender top. High quality rechrome job on the bumpers and replacement emblems. Buffed out stainless trim. Excellent replacement interior soft trim, accurately restored engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $92,925. This was way over the top money for a base level engine. Both the factory a/c and recent NCRS blessing are what pushed the envelope here, but I found myself wondering if the cracks made their presence known before or after it made Top Flight status. #S122-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 30837S114581. Red/back vinyl. Odo: 93,485 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Z06 option, full tinted glass, pb, pw, AM/FM radio. Heavily sanded body, expertly applied repaint. Nicely buffed chrome and trim, driver's side upper windshield trim coming off. Engine hp decal on valve cover worn and faded to the point that it can't be read. Reupholstered seats have slightly lumpy padding. Cond: 2. Factory aluminum wheels likely not factory installed. Very nice throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $56,175. Aluminum knockoffs were introduced as an option in 1963, but actual delivery is uncertain because of leaks due to rim porosity. They were sold over the parts counter, which might be how this car ended up with them. While possibly not completely authentic, this was a very well done car in appealing colors, and it brought above-average money. SOLD AT $139,650. The bidding started off with a flourish of activity that slowly bogged down until it nearly died at $133k. At that point, the seller cut loose his reserve, and the bidders woke up again. The big brake fuelie combo in good colors made this Split-Window well bought, despite needing some elbow grease to get it show-ready. TOP 10 No. 7 #S63-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Tanker coupe. S/N 30837S117511. Riverside Red/black vinyl. Odo: 40,010 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. N03 big tank option, Z06 package. Shiny paint shows slight drips at left side of hood and on headlight doors. Panel gaps typically varied. Good bright trim and chrome, some hard weatherstripping. #S65-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S106628. Tuxedo Black/black/red vinyl. Odo: 69,396 miles. 327ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paint shows some issues, including some light chips and polish swirl marks. Some weak chrome, glass scratched in places, hard top plexi window #F79-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S105233. Tan/tan/saddle vinyl. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint and chrome show only minor flaws. Panel gaps as good as when new, trim and glass unmarked. Well-fitted clean interior and top. Numbers-matching engine, clean undercarriage. interior, clean engine and undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $92,400. Last seen at Mecum's Arlington Heights sale in November '97, where it sold for $46,988 (CM# 22089). Very nice, if not all correct—but the paint had been done to a much higher standard than was typically done from the factory. The seller should be smiling. #F45-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S121077. Marlboro Maroon/tan/saddle vinyl. Odo: 49,446 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good resprayed paint on a mostly original car. Clean interior, engine shows little use. Loaded with options including factory alloy knockoff wheels, Goldline tires, ps, hard top, and wood wheel. Not Bloomington Gold quality, but nice nonetheless. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. Certain color and option combinations just look right, and this car had it all: Marlboro Maroon paint, tan top, saddle interior, knockoffs, and Goldlines. However, this base-motor Corvette barely made the lower end of the price range for these cars, so it can be considered well bought. crazing. Interior mostly new, but paint drips on passenger seat back and light rust on seat supports take away from the presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $59,850. Said to be still equipped with its original drivetrain. With the highhorse 327, side pipes, both tops, and a 4-speed, what's not to like? A fair price for condition. #S25-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S119425. Red/black/ black vinyl. Odo: 32 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint well applied, with no issues visible aside from minor polishing marks. Doors shut solid, body straight and crisp. Excellent chrome and stainless trim, nice top slightly wrinkled. Goldline tires, knockoffs, side pipes. New Engine compartment clean, interior nicely finished in original-style black vinyl. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $367,500. Sixty-three cars left the assembly line with the N03 big tank, and 199 were born as Z06s, making this one of the rarest of the breed. This was a lot of money for a SplitWindow, but it was a reflection of both its rarity and its condition. 104 #S40-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S119211. Silver Pearl/white/white & blue vinyl. Odo: 53,209 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Special order trim and color combination matches the body fabrication tag. Heavily optioned with ps, pb, pw, a/c, tinted glass, telescopic column, speed warning, AM/FM radio, and alloy wheels. Body-off restoration completed in '06. Expertly prepped body retains a light hint of factory bonds. Paint better than factory. Passenger side vent window crank observed to be not operational. Premium quality reproduction interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $111,300. The consigning dealer strongly hinted that this was one of the few COPO '67 Corvettes, but there was no tank sticker or any other documentation to prove it. Since this was a St. Louis-fabricated body, it's very plausible that it's a special order car, since the A.O. 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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S46-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19477S109334. Goldenrod Yellow & black/black/black vinyl. Odo: 33,334 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. 4.11 Positraction, telescoping steering column with wood steering wheel, AM/FM radio. Very sharp body creases, bonding strips are all but invisible. Authentic repaint, better than stock door NCRS Top Flight and Duntov Awards. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $136,500. If you were going to buy a 'Vette without a title, you might as well have bought one of the best. This '67 certainly fit the bill, and it brought a market price. Both the buyer and seller should be pleased. TOP 10 No. 6 #S67-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S114878. Tuxedo Black & red/black/black vinyl. and hood fit. Spotless engine compartment, correctly painted chassis and undercarriage components. Very good original finish to console and dashboard. New carpet, seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, and convertible top. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $136,500. Another example of the current state-of-the-art restoration, and another example of the level to which 435-hp convertibles have adjusted. Market correct. #S112-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S122339. Sunfire Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 39,689 miles. 427ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS certified Top Flight, F41 suspension, K66 transistor ignition, Positraction, side pipes, Redline tires, Odo: 12,704 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Bloomington Gold Certified in '89, part of the Bloomington Gold Special Collection in '91. NCRS Top Flight Awards in '89, '02, and '03. Shiny paint has corner cracks just starting at headlights. Chrome excellent, panel gaps good, glass and trim unmarked. Engine compartment looks as-delivered from the factory, interior well fitted and correct. Like new everywhere. Original alloy wheels and Firestone Redline tires. Documented with all books and records. The Roby Price car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $467,250. This car had a crowd around it most of the weekend, and the level of excitement and speculation surrounding it wasn't misplaced. Well done in all respects, it was the high sale of the event. Although this was lots of money, this car was one of the best big-block '67 convertibles in the country, so the new owner has no explaining to do. #F7-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S116214. Black/ black vinyl. Odo: 38,874 miles. Protect-O-Plate, all matching numbers. Decent paint, typical panel gaps, chrome and trim nice. Interior well fitted and correct. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $131,250. This is about what you'd expect to pay for a nice, authentic 435 hp coupe in this market. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. #S114-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S107811. Silver Pearl/black leather. Odo: 1,708 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sold on bill of sale only. Frameoff restoration, factory a/c, leather interior with headrests, ps, pb, pw, AM/FM, tinted glass, Redline tires, side-mounted exhaust. Matching numbers, original window sticker included. sidepipes. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,000. Big blocks stole the show in 1967, but Chevrolet also offered the L79 350-hp 327 option, and this was one of them. Over 6,000 L79s were built, so they are not “rare” in the strictest sense, but they have become relatively hard to find. This one was in good overall shape, and it sold well below market value. The buyer got a bargain. #S68-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S419384. British Green/white/dark orange vinyl. Odo: 61,002 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. The only known COPO 1968 Corvette, due to special-order paint and interior combination. December 2007 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A nicelyrestored '67. Excellent paint and chrome show no issues aside from minor polishing marks. Interior nice, all-GM engine compartment clean. Fitted with Redlines and all-original chrome and trim. Fresh engine cosmetics include renewed cad plating. New seat vinyl shows no appreciable wear, while the remainder of the interior is original and in reasonably good condition. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,200. Chrome bumper C3s continue to pick up steam, increasing in interest and value. This was market pricing, if not with an edge slightly toward the seller. #S60-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S408790. Cordovan Maroon/black/black vinyl. Odo: 86,755 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. COPO L89, M22 Muncie, 4.11 ratio Positraction. Ex-Reggie Jackson. Original paint is heavily damaged on most of the passenger side front fender, possibly from brake fluid or antifreeze. Paint on the rest of the body has some light cracking and a few light scuffs. Presentable original chrome and trim, generally well detailed engine bay and undercarriage. Light wear to seats and 105 Tank sticker is still affixed to original gas tank, which is wrapped in clear plastic and sitting on passenger seat. Optioned with a/c, ps, pb, telescopic steering column, hard and soft tops, and AM/FM radio. Older repaint with masking issues and dimples in fiberglass on the driver's side of nose. Excellent original chrome and trim, all-original interior shows moderate wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $73,500. I have no idea why someone would've thought of this as a good color combo, but then again, there were far more crass things being done with colors at this time, both inside and outside the automotive world. It actually didn't look too bad, as the orange came off more as a saddle tan. The only cheaper COPOs from 1968 are Chevy bucket trucks and a few Yenko Stingers, so with that in mind, I'll call this well bought. #S116-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194378S411460. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 63,010 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. 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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author carpet, door panel fit loose. Needs a jump to get started, has a rough idle and a metallic lifter tick. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $89,250. While the aluminum cylinder head L89 is a pretty rare critter, this example was more than a bit rough around the edges. With 1968s, originality isn't necessarily a good thing due to their first year teething problems. This final price was more a reflection of those issues than of how it was equipped. #S73-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S720167. Maroon/ black/saddle vinyl. Odo: 43,161 miles. 427ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Factory a/c, pw, sidepipes. Good paint shows minor polish marks, chrome nice except for pitted center Red/white/red leather. Odo: 59,054 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Tank sticker verifies equipment. Recent body-off restoration generally good, but lacking in several details. Heavily prepped and sanded body smoother than original and expertly repainted. Door gap on forward passenger side wide enough to walk through, rear gap is pretty much right. High-quality rechromed bumpers, mostly new trim. Original engine compartment grubby. Anything that can be replaced or restored in the interior has been, and shows no appreciable wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. This restoration wasn't as spectacular as the consignor would have one believe. Mostly it was a lot of eye candy, but when it got down to nuts and bolts, $71k was a long shot for this car. The consignor wanted $75k, but no one really seemed very interested at that price. #U16-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE section of sidepipe cover. Some vinyl wear to hard top edges. Blacked out undercarriage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $97,125. This was a lot of money for a C3 that wasn't especially rare, but with the right options and its original order form and title, this result wasn't all that surprising. C3s should be watched closely, as they have not yet peaked. #F55-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S410924. Monza Red/black vinyl. Odo: 53,400 miles. 454-ci 390-hp V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Older body-on restoration still looks good. Paint shows only minor flaws, including chips and slight polish scratches. Black vinyl interior has normal wear that minor detailing could still improve. Numbers-matching engine compartment dirty and in need of detailing. Overall, a beautiful 454 Corvette in excellent coupe. S/N 1G1AY0785ES132554. Red/black cloth. 350-ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Body cracked in places, paint chipped and scuffed all over. Engine compartment dirty, valve covers leak oil, hood struts worn out, parts of exhaust missing. Interior looks like punishment for unfortunate passengers. Both seats worn through, dash shows hanging wires. Weatherstripping hard, cracked, and missing One of 448 built. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,375. ZR-1-specific five-spoke aluminum wheels made their debut in 1994, and were not available on other models. Otherwise, the '94 model year remained almost exactly the same as '93. Another market price for a ZR-1 with that new car smell. #S100-1996 CHEVROLET CORVETTE driving condition. Filled with factory options, including ps, pb, a/c, tilt and telescopic steering column, and Redline tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,813. The LS5 454 Corvettes were built for effortless cruising, and this fine example would have been perfect for that. Equipped with all the right options, yet sold on the lower end of the price range for these cars. Quite a bargain. #S98-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S711561. Roman 106 pieces. Windows loose, horn button missing, VIN tag rusty and hard to read. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $2,050. Quite possibly the worst Corvette I've ever seen. It was equipped with factory alloy wheels—but one of them was from a Firebird. This was a barn find without the barn. It may have been good for some parts, but even that seemed like a stretch. Still, the new owner was seen driving it out of the parking lot after the auction, and it didn't smoke or make any horrible noises. The cheapest running and driving Corvette at the sale... but would you want to drive it? #S12-1993 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J1P5800448. Ruby Red/red leather. Odo: 33 miles. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Another ZR-1 in completely unused condition. Interior wrapped in plastic, paint and body perfect. One of 448 built. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,375. 1993 saw the ZR-1 Grand Sport coupe. S/N 1G1YY2252T5600637. Admiral Blue & white/red leather. Odo: 168 miles. 350-ci 330-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Dealer prepped, but carpeting still has a clear plastic protective sheet over it from the factory. Several light paint chips detected on nose, otherwise paint is as applied at Bowling Green Assembly. Engine compartment appears basically unused. All assembly line inspection decals and markings are get a performance bump from 375 hp to 405 hp as a result of changes to the cylinder heads and valvetrain. Four-bolt main bearings, platinum spark plugs, and an EGR system were included, and Mobil 1 synthetic oil was used from the factory. The market has more or less spoken on these cars, and this sale was no surprise. #S13-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ22H1R580087. Polo Green/beige leather. Odo: 117 miles. 350-ci 405-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. New in box with a $69,043 sticker price. Interior wrapped in plastic, paint and body completely unmarked. as new. Interior has more dust than wear. A new eleven-year-old car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $68,775. It's not that unusual to find a near-mint Grand Sport on the marketplace; however this was one of 217 fitted with the more visually striking red and black leather interior. These usually top out in the $45k to $50k range, so everyone was more than a bit surprised to see more than three bidders take it over $60k. It took awhile, but it even kept going past its $63,500 reserve. Sold exceptionally well. One of the only “instant collectibles” I've seen actually make someone money. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author Fall Auburn A 1957 AC Bristol barn find was the center of attention when it sold for $153,900, despite its rather decrepit physical appearance Company Kruse International Date August 30–September 4, 2007 Location Auburn, Indiana Auctioneer Dean Kruse and the Kruse team Automotive lots sold / offered 715 / 1410 Sales rate 51% Sales total $22,505,052 High sale 1932 Duesenberg Model J 340 Murphy convertible coupe, sold at $1,080,000 Buyer's premium 1957 AC Bristol barn find brought an unlikely $154k Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I f Kruse Fall Auburn didn't exist, someone would likely have to invent it. Dean Kruse and crew have been hosting this auction for so long that it just seems natural to be in Auburn every year over Labor Day weekend. This is a place where Thursday's late-model, high-mileage used car is replaced on Friday with a semi-interesting third-tier collector car, followed by a full classic on the same block at the same time 24 hours later. It's an amazing display of automotive diversity, and while all auctions claim to have something for everyone, Fall Auburn truly does. Along with the assortment of clones and wannabe collector cars, some true gems made themselves known. A 1962 Renault Caravelle, only the second one I've ever seen at auction, found new ownership at a relatively cheap $11,232. A 1976 Cadillac station wagon still in good shape and with lots of usable miles left brought $16,470, and interestingly, it was one of the few ever offered without claimed Elvis or Evel Knievel ownership history. One of the worst Porsche 914s in history made it to Auburn and actually sold for an astonishing $2,160, proving the buyers here weren't afraid of a project, and in some cases they were even willing to pay up to get one. 108 Auburn, IN Among this year's amazing cars was a 1957 AC Bristol barn find that was the center of attention, despite its rather decrepit physical appearance. Selling for $153,900, it also provided the seminal jaw-dropping moment of this year's event. We've seen some increase in the values of open AC cars lately, but the money spent here was considerable given all the needs noted. A just-as-needy 1958 Bristol 405 barn find was parked next to it, bringing $14,040 as it crossed the auction block. Notable no-sales included a 1987 Porsche 928 S4 that didn't sell at an appropriate-for-condition $18,000, a 1973 AMC Javelin AMX coupe that brought a $25,000 bid, a 1962 Imperial Crown four-door hard top that was bid to $30,000, and a rare 1960 Edsel Ranger convertible that failed to find new ownership at a fair $110,000 bid. When the final numbers were in, Kruse sold $22.5m worth of cars and trucks, and with 715 of the 1,410 on offer sold, the company managed a 51% sales rate as well. These numbers showed improvement over last year's $21m for 45% sold, and nearly 250 fewer cars were available to buyers this time around. Like a dreaded trip to the accountant's office where he surprisingly informs you of a tax refund coming your way, Auburn is the one stop on the auction calendar where just showing up can be rewarded in ways you can't imagine before you go. You never know what you'll find when you get there, and you never know what might end up in your own garage as a result of your expedition. Don't ask me how I know. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 8% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1958 AC Ace Bristol, s/n BEX426. Actual 1961 Sebring 12 Hour competitor. Recent find after thirty years in storage. Straight, solid, complete and running. Ideal basis for show restoration or sensitive mechanical refurbishment. $218,500. 1967 Ferrari Princess de Rethy 330 GTC Speciale. Last of four special bodied 330 GTCs, each subtly different. Refined and important design. Well maintained, strong car needing nothing. Jack and tool rolls and some tools. POA 1938 Mayback SW 38 Sport Roadster. Beautifully restored, stunning automobile. One of only two Spohn-Ravenburg disappearing top roadsters. Rare opportunity to acquire a truly elite automobile. Welcome at all events and tours. Extensive documentation. $3,750,000. 1955 Austin-Healey 100/4.BN II. A sweet and exceptionally well preserved California car with only 18,000 miles from new. Great feel. Nicely maintained with interior and top replaced. Includes very rare original tool kit. $59,500

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author ENGLISH #3067-1957 AC BRISTOL roadster. S/N BEX339. Green/red leather. Odo: 22,671 miles. Total barn find condition. Looks to have been campaigned at some point, wears an Indiana state inspection sticker from 1974. Peeling and chipping paint, lots of evidence of bodywork done at driver's side rear quarter. Floorboards rusted through in areas, original seats still a decent price, and this was a good example of one that will always be a decent investment if the condition is kept up and the mileage is kept down. Not cheap, but a great deal in the long run. #3050.1-1995 BENTLEY TURBO RL saloon. S/N SCBZP03C8SCX55247. Maroon/white leather. Odo: 55,869 miles. Excellent paint, nice trim, brightwork shows no visual flaws. Chrome mags, full pinstriping, light wear to white leather seats. Fully Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,040. Europas have long represented something a bit exotic for not too much coin. They are not everyone's cup of tea, and large or tall people need not apply. However, many owners swear by them while they are swearing at them. This price was a bit on the high side considering the needs noted. good. All gauges intact, leather-wrapped steering wheel losing its stitching. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $153,900. A number of people were quite surprised by this result, as most thought this car would go for less than half of its hammer price. Early open AC cars are on the rocket sled to higher prices these days, so while this amount was well ahead of the market, it might seem somewhat reasonable in the future. #3068-1958 BRISTOL 405 saloon. S/N 4054224. Dark green/gray leather. Odo: 1,140 miles. Stored in the seller's barn for a number of years. Filled with major needs, it has at least one significantly sagging door. Older paint peeling and chipping, primer shows through underneath. Very weak older interior with tired leather on seats and peeling leather at dash. condition overall, assuming you don't mind the performance mods. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. TR8s are a tough enough sell before they get individualized, and this mildly-modified example attracted just what might have been expected. This would have been lot of performance for not too much money, as TR8s have yet to take off in the collector marketplace. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $14,040. For those who do not know the marque or are unfamiliar with its history, the Bristol story makes a great read. If you're in London, you can visit the factory showroom, which is located conveniently on the first floor of the Olympia Hilton. This will be a tough and expensive restoration, and when done, the car will still be a curiosity with a low value. #2836-1974 LOTUS EUROPA TC coupe. S/N 3085R. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 86,176 miles. Some fiberglass flex areas show cracked paint. All else appears decent and in some cases better. Chrome and trim just OK, glass and window gaskets show their age. Interior complete, but moderately worn. Not forgettable, but certainly not a memorable example. 110 #713-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW II saloon. S/N SRL40546. Sand & Sable/tan leather. Odo: 19,237 miles. Seller states miles are original. Body shows a few light divots to otherwise unmarked slab sides, excellent chrome. No glass issues, gaskets getting dry. Well-fitted interior appears untouched, no respray work evident to the exterior. The final year for the Silver Shadow. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,100. This very nice example brought #2827-1980 TRIUMPH TR8 convert- ible. S/N TPVDV8T212314. Cream/black vinyl/brown & tan plaid. Odo: 41,074 miles. Total restoration with several performance upgrades. New paint, carpet, top, and tires. Paint shows no real issues, decals new. No cracks in dash, bumper slightly faded. In very good loaded. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,880. First owner was porn king Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler Magazine, and his name is on the step plate in this Mulliner-customized unit. One of the best buys of the season, forget just this sale. You could expect to pay more for a standard 1995 RL without the history or Mulliner touches. FRENCH #722-1962 CITROËN 2CV 4-dr sedan. S/N 8531366. Light green/tan vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 69,691 miles. Good paint, some brightwork chewed up. Good glass, rollback roof in decent shape. Very clean underhood. Tidy interior, early suspended-style seats. Hood appears to be from an earlier example. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,288. This car scored a high rating on the fun-to-money meter. Free of obvious flaws and with lots of cute bits to reminisce about, this had to be more fun than sitting in a smoke-filled coffee shop on the Rive Gauche. Well bought and sold. #724-1962 RENAULT CARAVELLE convertible. S/N 85362. Green & black/tan cloth/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 51,314 miles. Quick masking of decent paint job missed most gaskets, including all of them inside both door jambs. Remaining gaskets bone dry, chrome and trim present and mostly nice. Good glass, complete interior needs some sorting. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,232. This was only the Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author #2540-1959 VOLKSWAGEN ZEIGLER firetruck. S/N 301088. Eng. # VW2067402. Orange & red/black vinyl. Odo: 19,582 km. Roll out the side-entry door and find a second VW motor hooked up to the water pump. Red respray with fresh lettering on doors, painted paint might be taken care of with a full polish. Brightwork has scratches, most chrome still good. Nice leather seats only lightly worn, carpets show age. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,148. This is the “razor-edge”-styled Karmann Ghia, usually badged as a 1500 or 1600 based on the size of the engine. Not many were sold into the U.S., and those that wound up here usually came by way of a soldier who was posted in Germany. Interesting, but not $14,148 worth of interesting. Well sold. second Caravelle I'd seen at auction, so to say they're a rare find is an understatement. Kind of cute and kind of fun, and this one sold for kind of cheap as well. GERMAN #2803-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S convertible. S/N 22058509107. Taupe/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 14,108 miles. Straight sides, good quality paintwork, most chrome shows pitting. Some dry gaskets and weak window felts, new top. Clean trunk, good seat leather has only a so-so fit. Wood complete but weak in many places. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $76,680. If I had any extra money to invest, I VW emblem on bumpers, black steel wheels with sloppy black partial “VW” emblem embossed. Fitted with trafficators. Hoses and hose rack accessible through back door. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,440. For the vintage VW fan, this was an 11 on a scale of 10—a real lifesized Schuco toy. I'll take a few of these before I'd want a “normal” 21-window as well. Fun as well as rare, and I'd say that the sold price was a bargain. #3703-1962 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N 118076. Red/gray vinyl. Odo: 77,069 miles. One dime-sized hole in headlight, no other non-factory holes found. Weak paint has plenty of scrapes and dings. Worn interior shows worn carpets and re-dyed seats. Clean would seriously consider putting some of it in one of these. 1950s Mercedes convertibles take many forms, but all of them are now considered collectible. You could do better than a 220S, but as a sensible-sized collectible, it won't hurt your pocketbook as much as many. A decent price for a decent car. #449-1957 BMW ISETTA coupe. S/N 504133. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 21,405 miles. Sunroof coupe. Fully restored, excellent paint and brightwork. All glass and trim good, excellent interior. Whitewall tires underhood, but not detailed. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,720. Good only if you plan on driving it until the wheels fall off and then selling it to the next guy as a restoration project. My advice? Get a job working as a college professor, buy an assortment of tweed jackets, and park this car in the quad. Some student's rich dad will likely give you a $10,000 profit. #2539-1966 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA T-34 coupe. S/N 346021856. Red/tan leather. Odo: 61,718 miles. Some dullness to and correct hubcaps fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,840. No surprises here. Good Isettas routinely bring above $20,000, and this was indeed a nice example. With great parts availability as well as the ability for many collectors to fix what breaks themselves, the Isettas keep rolling along. Well bought and sold. 112 Thing is to find one that's been recently redone by somebody else, as you can actually get out and enjoy it without having to worry about restoration costs or headaches. Not cheap, but worth the money—and just the Thing for a trip to the beach. #3708-1987 PORSCHE 928 S4 coupe. S/N WPOJB092XHS860555. Red/gray leather. Odo: 93,456 miles. Fitted with sunroof. Shiny Sports Car Market of the car rusts away. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,160. Had I been in the market for a running 914 parts car, I still don't think I would have paid this much. Perhaps there was something hidden in the door panels of this one... let's hope it was fresh $100 bills. #2863-1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1842489007. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,074 miles. Very clean recent restoration. Excellent paint, very nice black trim appears to be powder-coated. Brand new soft top, new side curtains, nice glass. Interior appears as-new, with the exception of some light wear to driver's seat. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,980. The best way to buy a #3059-1972 PORSCHE 914 targa. S/N 4722903334. White/black vinyl. Odo: 3,115 miles. About as bad as it gets for running and driving cars. Visible rust in every panel, older blue hue shows through white repaint. Clouded lenses, front bumper looks to have a pox of some sort. Interior surprisingly clean, with matching black duct tape on seats. A few valuable parts might be left when the balance

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Kruse International Auburn, IN paintwork without dings or divots, excellent blackout trim has no issues. Good gaskets, nice glass, panel gaps consistent. Some wear to driver's seat, remaining interior components very good. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Arguably the most desirable of the 928 line, the S4s have actually managed to capture a following. The high bid was appropriately generous considering this car's condition, but I'm sure the owner thought a bit more of his 928 than I did. ITALIAN #2459-1973 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNA05903. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 49,666 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 5-sp. A few significant chips in hood possibly caused by contact with front bumper, other paint decent. Very good chrome, replacement side mirrors made of plastic. Nice engine compartment could use a complete detailing.Well-fitted correct interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,120. A decent buy on a car whose visual needs could be easily addressed. All the Panteras originally imported by Lincoln-Mercury came with vinyl interiors, so it was refreshing to see that not everyone has succumbed to putting non-original leather in their cars. #2878-1984 MASERATI BITURBO coupe. S/N ZAMAL1101EB317237. Dark blue/saddle leather. Odo: 71,647 miles. Extra door dings at no extra charge up and down both sides—the seller's neighbors must have used this Maser as a door stop for their cars. Paint well-applied otherwise. Good brightwork, glass, and tires. Decent seats, nice dash. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. Lucy's got some 'splaining to do here. Here's a high bid that made no sense whatsoever... we even double checked to make sure the decimal point was not in the wrong place. If I were the owner, I would have done the following things: 1. Accept this bid. 2. Kiss the new owner. 3. Take the proceeds and buy lottery tickets. And 4. Vow to never have to get this lucky again. #3058-1986 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce convertible. S/N 7A6014976. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,983 miles. Appears to be original, seller claims it is. Wellkept paint, decent panel gaps, some blackout trim shows age. Pirelli 3000 tires, original December 2007 113

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author top nice. Interior like new, equipped with a/c. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. A lot of folks were hoping this car in its undetailed and less-than-glorious white and black livery would be passed over by potential bidders, and it was. This bid was about as good as the seller should expect without any detailing. With a detail, perhaps he'll get lucky next time. #3707-1987 FERRARI MONDIAL 3.2 coupe. S/N ZFFXD21A4H0067851. Red/tan leather. Odo: 18,260 miles. Wider-than-stock wheels and tires might prove to be a problem in both handling and the health of the wheelarch lips. Good paint shows no issues, nice panel gaps and blackout trim. Excellent glass has no installed. Excellent dash shows a single scratch and very good gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,300. A well-done example that hovered between show and driver. There were enough minor flaws here to make the case for using this daily, but not much was needed to make it into a show winner. You could take a nice example and wind up paying a good bit more than this to make it excellent, so this was a smart buy. #495-1960 EDSEL RANGER convertible. Good interior, seats show some moderate wear. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Believe it or not, this was one of the highest-mileage Countaches I've seen to date. Perhaps that's the reason this car did not find a new home. It was worth more than this bid—one would assume perhaps as much as $15,000 to $20,000 more. AMERICAN #1083-1931 FORD MODEL A Utility problems. Interior shows only light wear to driver's seat. Decent console, nice dash. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. This high bid was just about correct on the retail level, however, without evidence of a recent service, any new owner would have to expect a $6,500 bill in the near future. In any case, for this money, this car should have found a new owner. #2509-1989 LAFORZA SUV. S/N ZBWVF50F7KP000115. Black/tan leather. truck. S/N A4621021. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 878 miles. Finished in Wisconsin Bell System livery. 1996 restoration, miles shown accumulated since completion. Very good paint Gauges not crisp. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. The 1960 convertible is the Holy Grail of Edsels. Post horse-collar grille, the 1960s look as if they were a 1960 Ford built in another country. Edsel was beyond doomed by the time this rare piece came down the line, with fewer than 100 finished before production stopped. This high bid was fair, but the owner thought otherwise. #2558-1962 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Odo: 39,812 miles. Some scratches to otherwise nice repaint, some wavy bodywork visible underneath. Mag wheels have road rash, most exterior trim still nice. Good seat leather, nice dash excepting some warped veneer. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,020. Even though they're still relatively recent, the Laforzas are largely forgotten Italian-American SUVs that were built from 1989-1990 and from 1998-1999. This early example was fully priced for condition. Well sold. #3049-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9CA05 A7KLA12460. Black/black leather. Odo: 82,108 km. Hands down the favorite of the teenagers hired to pick up trash this weekend, as they walked by the nearby Gallardo to sit in this. Very good paint, no real visible wear to any exterior surfaces. Taillight lenses faded, wiper assembly has some chips and wear. 114 now shows some age and some light lifting that will get worse. No brightwork of note, minimal trim nice. Well-fitted interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,080. A tidy-looking early truck that sold for a tidy amount. The new owner should get himself to the paint shop pronto, as there might be some way to put an end to the lifting before it gets any more serious. #2521-1953 FORD F250 pickup. S/N F25R3K14816. Dark blue/saddle vinyl. Odo: 43,172 miles. One or two chips and scratches to otherwise very good paint, brightwork all there and without pitting or scratches. Wood bed well done with no visual problems. Very good interior, seat vinyl well fitted, seatbelts Crown 4-dr hard top. S/N 9223201563. Tan/ saddle leather. Odo: 66,639 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c. Good quality paint with no problems noted. Extensive chrome still nice. Good glass, very dry gaskets. Correctly done side spears, very good front and rear S/N 0U15W701715. Cream/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,514 miles. 292-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Factory a/c and ps. A good quality restoration, but not perfect. Excellent paint and brightwork, fresh and well fitted top, good trim and glass. Underhood fully detailed, interior looks nice but bench seat may not be correct. lenses show no cracks. Inside shows older leather, good carpets, and nice original dash. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. In 1962, the Imperial nameplate came in three levels: Custom, Crown, and LeBaron. A $30,000 bid should have been plenty to get the job done here, as this was a 4-dr Crown Imperial, not a 2-dr or convertible example. #2513-1964 PONTIAC CATALINA 2+2 convertible. S/N 834P275388. Dark blue/white vinyl/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 78,020 miles. 421-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint with light scratches, chrome and stainless trim all very good. Factory tach, ps, pb, 8-lug wheels. Original interior lightly worn. A nice, Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN Column Author #560-1966 AMC AMBASSADOR 880 4-dr sedan. S/N A6KA52E116556. Light blue/blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 70,517 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One good sized dent in lower rear quarter takes away from otherwise good paint. Some light pitting to chrome and trim, most still good. All stock interior shows good cloth to seats, very nice dashpad, and clean gauges. solid, original car fitted with great options. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,000. One of 18,249 Catalina convertibles built in 1964, and this one had great options. Even though this might seem expensive, it's only so by a little bit when you add in the 4-speed and triple carbs. #3037-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Gadgetmobile convertible. S/N 4486N422068. Purple/purple velour. No top, rear-mounted Chevrolet motor. Used in filming the movie “Inspector Gadget.” Driver sits where the motor originally was. Fair quality paint, good chrome, some bits are handmade and poorly done. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. Grandma's and Grandpa's Ambassador, and still looking pretty good after 40-plus years on the road. A basic entry point for someone looking for a distinctive older car with a V8, and let's keep in mind that within the last 45 seconds, someone just paid more than this for an oil change and tune-up on a more exotic ride. #3822-1966 CORD 8/10 convertible. S/N AC1511. Pearl White/tan cloth/white leather. Odo: 19,893 miles. Pearl respray in good shape, plastic body shows no waves or cracks. Decent brightwork and glass, older cloth top faded. Interior is quite original and shows good seats Handmade interior has a fully customized dash. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $18,900. If you've seen a number of movie cars, you know that poor build quality is a recurrent theme. They don't have to be that nice to get the job done, and such was the case here. Not expensive, and if you keep it long enough it will be worth a good bit more. #2470-1965 BUICK RIVIERA 2-dr hard top. S/N 494475H924498. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 78,387 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some light scratches to paint should be easy to address. Very good brightwork has and an excellent dash. One of 91 built. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. This Corvair-powered replica built by Glenn Pray was called the 8/10 because it was intended to be 8/10ths the size of an original. Getting more than this high bid in this condition is possible, I just wouldn't want to be the person trying to get it. no pitting. Inside quite nice as well, with no issues in need of immediate attention. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,560. '60s Rivieras continue to show strength in the market. The truly great ones can bring tens of thousands more than this price, but they are a rare breed indeed. The price here was market-correct for a Riv in this condition. 116 #2807-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT convertible. S/N GR08A125510. Medium blue/ white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 34,397 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well done paint close to unmarked, with three chips on trailing edge of driver's door. Great options include styled steel wheels, console, a/c, and ps. Wood wheel and the GT package claimed by the seller to be factory. Excellent chrome, top, underhood, and trunk. The interior is all well done and in a correct style. A nice presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,040. Big money, but certainly not outrageous. Well-done, verified GT convertibles continue to climb the price ladder, despite some higher dollar cars falling off. I would have expected the high bid to have been closer to the low $30,000 range, but both the buyer and seller should be happy here. #564-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 7R02Q213640. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 63,582 miles. 428-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent high-quality rotisserie restoration. Drips to fiberglass roof vents hurt otherwise good paint. Flawless chrome, excellent trim, all glass unmarked. Fresh gaskets, clean chassis, excellent interior. As-new throughout. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. In a market where muscle cars are doing their best to survive, Shelbys have developed what seems to be just a bit of a head cold. This was a very low bid for its condition, so I don't blame the seller for hanging on. #498-1969 DODGE CORONET Super Bee Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N WH23F9A205664. Yellow/black vinyl/black cloth. Odo: 63,778 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Started life as a Coronet with a 318-ci V8. Uninspired paint is two-toned in places. Decent chrome shows light scratches in places. Good vinyl top fit, nice glass, decent gaskets and trim. Inside shows “cheater” cloth seats. Automatic shifter on the column really hurts. Aftermarket gauges installed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $20,520. Ouch. Not much to love here, and pulling into the station after the clone bus has left is no formula for success. The new owner spent a bundle on a car that needed plenty. Hopefully he can use it as a driver for a while before gas hits $4 per gallon. Well sold. Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Auburn, IN #439-1971 CHEVROLET VEGA GT coupe. S/N 1V77B7U158272. Metallic brown/ tan cloth. Odo: 61 miles. Equipped with a/c, ps, pb, and AM/FM 8-track. Window sticker showing a list price of $5,824.70 still attached to side glass. Factory paintwork certainly not of an exemplary quality. Dealer-installed rustproofing, although a very good idea on a Vega, shows dripping residue throughout the engine through, tires have dry rot, wheels and hubcaps show rust. Exterior chrome and stainless pitted and rusted. Interior shows a lot more wear than miles would indicate. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $864. The new owner will have to invest in a minimum of multiple new batteries as well as a brake job, as these binders can go bad while sitting. If all the electrics check out, then the price paid was not harmful; if not, the new owner now has an interesting rural mailbox or chicken coop. #2779-1976 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Castilian wagon. S/N 6B69S6Q249970. Bronze/tan vinyl/saddle leather. Odo: 52,625 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Custom built by Traditional Coachworks in Chatsworth, CA. compartment and around the exterior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $13,770. Don't you just wish this guy would have bought almost anything else new in 1971 and kept it aside for resale 30 years later? This was a dealer leftover that never found a home, and now it's become a curiosity and could likely be used as a benchmark car for other Vega owners. A decent price considering its originality. #833-1973 AMC JAVELIN AMX coupe. S/N A3C79BP303700. Medium blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 51,697 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some orange peel to paint, but likely not too much more than original. Good brightwork, nice stripes, all badges and trim excellent. Mismatched glass is from three good glass and trim. Dirty interior original and lightly worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,128. These were little more than tarted-up Fords, and few were fooled into thinking they were a special offering from their Lincoln dealer. With a clean-up and some detail attention, the new owner will have a Lincoln likely worth right around what he paid for it. #2583-1979 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT Rallye SUV. S/N J0062JGD31473. Bronze/white stripes/brown vinyl/tartan cloth. Odo: 82,439 miles. Very good paint, excellent brightwork. Three fresh-looking dents in lower driver's door, other panels straight. Aftermarket tinted Very good to excellent throughout, miles possibly correct. A few minor scratches to paint, excellent brightwork, no visible rust. Excellent interior shows great leather, dash, and an uncracked steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,470. As the former owner of a custom Cadillac wagon, I've seen the good and the bad conversions, and this one was well done. It looked to have been well cared for in its 30plus years of life, so this was a good buy for the end user—but it'll likely be hard to resell later on down the road. #2778-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 6L67S6Q191161. Red/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 67,876 miles. 500ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A few unfortunate chips to paint on driver's front fender, finish good elsewhere excepting a few flaws around rear suppliers (L.O.F., PPG, and Guardian) but all is unmarked. Clean interior, good seats, nice dash and console. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. By 1973 the AMX had become a subset of the Javelin. This appealing coupe did as well as could be expected, possibly even a little better. It should have sold at this price. #3070-1975 SEBRING CITICAR coupe. S/N 065DT2087. White/black vinyl. Odo: 2,027 miles. Shown very dirty. Body appears solid excepting one crack on leading edge of driver's door. Side curtains are no longer see- license plate area. Top looks new, light wear visible to leather seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,740. Just the kind of car the hobbyist auction goer should look for if they want a usable example with the potential to increase in value. With the paintwork fixed, this car could bring over $20,000 the next time it crosses the block. #2512-1979 LINCOLN VERSAILLES 4-dr sedan. S/N 9W84F647969. White/white vinyl/blue cloth. Odo: 33,499 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A low-mile original example that shows signs of always having been garaged. Dirty paint needs a wax, but is still decent throughout. Vinyl top needs a thorough cleaning, but shows little wear. Nice brightwork, December 2007 Superb glass, factory wheels without scars. Interior fresh and unmarked. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,680. The $3,852 premium the new owner paid over this car's original cost was worth it, as these cars are rapidly slipping into collector status. Not a bad deal, as his 2007 dollars are worth a good bit less than the original owners' 1987 ones.♦ 117 glass, very nice interior is all original. Light wear at seat seams on driver's side. Cond: 2 -. SOLD AT $13,500. Firmly in the well-bought column, this was the nicest example I'd seen in quite a few years. Drive to work Monday through Friday, haul stuff on Saturday, and take to a show on Sunday. #2569-1987 PONTIAC TRANS AM GTA coupe. S/N 1G2FW2184HN236114. Flame Red Metallic/red velour. Odo: 1,733 miles. 350-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Window sticker indicates this car originally listed at $18,828. As-new, with excellent paint and factory-perfect trim. No age wear or use wear anywhere.

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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author Des Moines High Performance Auction Sales here were consistent throughout the day, with 15 of the last 25 cars that crossed the block finding new homes Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date July 28, 2007 Location Des Moines, Iowa Auctioneers Bobby Delzell, Mark Delzell & Mike Hagerman Automotive lots sold / offered 86 / 139 Sales rate 61% Sales total $1,274,250 High sale 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327-ci 300-hp convertible, sold at $64,050 1969 350/350 Corvette made $18,638 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics O nce known as the Hawkeye Classic, the Des Moines High Performance Auction in the Varied Industries building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds has turned into one of Mecum's best venues for buying a car. Granted, the selection here is generally less than the company's other sales, but the cars on offer are also wide-ranging in price as well as condition, and this year's event included plenty of good buys for those looking for a project, a cruiser, or just a way to escape the mid-summer Iowa heat outside. Sales here remained quite consistent throughout the day, and at no point was there a time where more than four cars in a row did not sell. Also bucking the usual auction trend was that the sales rate was just as strong at the end of the day, which is usually when most of the crowd has dispersed. Fifteen of the last 25 cars that crossed the block found new homes, and that was immediately after a run of eight cars sold. Like several other Mecum auctions this year, the top money was on a post-block sale. In this case, it was a 1967 Corvette convertible equipped with both tops and a 300-hp base engine. In decent driver condition, it found a new owner at $64,050 shortly after leaving the auction block. A total of 17 Corvettes were present, accounting 118 Des Moines, IA Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) for nearly an eighth of all the consignments on offer. Examples from 1956 through 2005 were available, and at least one representative of each generation made a showing. On the other hand, there was a definite lack of Mopar muscle this year, and the high-profile 1970 Hemi 'Cuda that was a no-sale a month earlier at the St. Paul auction and had been planned to appear again here was a last minute no-show. The few other Mopars consigned tended not to sell well, if at all. One of the oddest cars at the sale was an '85 Mazda RX-7 that had been modified with a fiberglass Jaguar XKE-style body. The car did a mediocre job of pulling off the look, as the proportions were off around the nose and the interior was nowhere near correct. As it was not much more than a strange curiosity, the $9,400 sale price was all the money and more. Several other imports were available, including a ratty '71 MG B in matte black that failed to find a new home at an expensive $2,000 bid, a needy 1967 Jaguar 420 saloon that made $3,200, and a '94 Bentley Turbo R that didn't sell at a full $22,500. This year's sales rate grew to 61% from last year's Sales Totals $1.5m 56%, with final sales up over $250k from last year's $1m total. Once again, the Mecum staff kept things going at a brisk pace, and as was the case at other venues earlier this year, the company's easy-going nature and professionalism helped to bring positive results despite a market for American muscle that has proven itself to be inconsistent. ♦ $300k $600k $900k $1.2m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA ENGLISH #S133-1967 JAGUAR 420 saloon. S/N D1F26496BW. Cream/cream leather. Odo: 33,277 miles. Lower budget repaint recently buffed out and still showing numerous nicks and light scratches, original brightwork shows pitting and light surface rust. Cracked windshield, dingy engine bay, used-car grade undercarriage. Interior features a pronounced musty smell and dry-rotted, cracked, and discolored leather. Top portion of driver's seat patched with newer need of touch-up. Left rear wheel well shows light curb rash. Minimal interior wear noted, with nice hides to seats. Records of very regular servicing since new included. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. The $27k reserve more accurately reflected a '94 Bentley that could actually reflect something on its paintwork. This was a reasonable offer on a car that's not going anywhere but down in value until the paint is sorted out... and even then, it'll only just be holding its value. vinyl that fits poorly and looks out of place. Door top wood not fit for kindling, dash wood still in good shape. Carpet samples used as floor mats. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,200. More of a train wreck than Britney Spears. Things aren't too good if one of the only things you can brag about is a set of new spark plugs. This rag-bag Jag was even questionable as a running parts car waiting to happen, so the final sale price of over $3k made this the seller's lucky day. #S102-1971 MG B convertible. S/N GAN5UB226564G. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 89,837 miles. Matte black rattle-can repaint over wavy bodywork. Exterior trim missing except for British Leyland emblem on left front fender. Bumpers show some unfortunate recent use. Freshly worked-on engine wears a far better repaint than the car it's in. Old exhaust system freshly cut off after the muffler and ahead of JAPANESE #S134-1985 MAZDA RX-7 Jaguar E-type Replica convertible. S/N JM1FB3322F0878895. Fly Yellow/black cloth/gray & yellow vinyl. Odo: 102,813 miles. Mazda RX-7 powertrain and mechanical bits fitted. Jag rear bumpers, trim, and soft top fitted. Good older repaint, decent panel fit. Original E-type styling drawn upon for the windshield frame, adhesive Mylar “chrome” wrinkled. Interior a far cry from original E-type, but finished with the same level of quality. Fitted inoperative. Fair door fit and gaps, original weatherstrips heavily worn. Engine cosmetics not touched up since restoration. Generic red heater hoses installed within the last few years. Old replacement interior vinyl and carpet worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $26,513. This was a lot to pay for a tired decades-old non-state-of-the-art restoration that was unwinding—and this was especially true for a one-year-only 6-volt '55, which is less livable for a cruiser car than its later counterparts. Well sold. #S28-1962 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 4-dr hard top. S/N 862P19893. Sun Valley Cream/tan vinyl. Odo: 43,300 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include ps, pb, power seats, full tinted glass, and in-dash clock. Seller claims mileage correct since new. Generally decent older repaint shows some quick masking. Pitted pot metal side trim, re production door handles fitted. Minimal engine bay cleanup with piecemeal maintenance. Wellpreserved interior. Excellent original steering wheel, even wear to both seats congruent with mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,300. Within a month of the sale, I noticed this car at two different cruise nights. It seems that it found a good home as someone's nice driver. rear axle. Passenger seat dirtier and more worn than driver's side, original steering wheel heavily worn. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $2,000. At best this could be considered a work in progress, as there was nothing consistent about it. About the only way you could get that paint to shine would be with a couple cans of clear lacquer, but it would still look bad. Since this had a rather unrealistic reserve of $4k, it wasn't going anywhere but back home. #S88-1994 BENTLEY TURBO R saloon. S/N SCBR03C2RCX54230. White/tan leather. Odo: 64,437 miles. Sold new in California, then eventually licensed in IL by 2001. Very tired paint is a combination of original and mediocre respray. Hood, trunk, and rear valance all in December 2007 with a completely fresh ignition system and a few performance pieces that would look more at home on an SCCA spec racer. Freshly installed shock absorbers and fuel tank. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,400. With “over $30,000 invested,” one has to ask why the builder didn't just spend the same amount and get the real thing... at least then he'd have some sort of resale value. MAYBE this could make sense with 280Z donor running gear, as then it would have an OHV six banger. A bid of over $9k for a car with a serious identity crisis was more than plenty. AMERICAN #S45.1-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH211333. Mint green/green hard top, black soft top/mint green & white vinyl. Odo: 38,589 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Originally triple black. Several decade old restoration with nicked paint. Older rechromed bumpers scuffed and dull. Left rear turn signal 119 #S55-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 500 2-dr hard top. S/N 10375L120197. Maroon metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 32,621 miles. Fitted with aftermarket front spoiler & 15-inch American Racing chromed alloy wheels on low-profile performance radials. Decent repaint over high-quality bodywork, some chrome and trim replated. 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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author seat components. Restored dashboard shows rust holes at base of windshield. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,200. Yanking off engine sheet metal is one of the dumbest things you can do to a Corvair, as it disrupts the intended airflow and makes any cooling problems exponentially worse. At least this car had a 110-hp engine, which is pretty much bulletproof for a Corvair. The seller got lucky here, as this car looked decent—but anyone who's well versed in Corvairs would have quit bidding a long time ago. #S108-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 5F09A629921. Orange & black/black vinyl. Odo: 43,836 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with 17-inch chrome Torq-Thrust wheels on unidirectional tires. Replacement fenders, rear quarters, and floor pans installed in an acceptable manner. Heavily rippled rear valance shows questionable prep work before paint application. Rebuilt original master cylinder in otherwise modified engine bay. All chrome replated, all trim reproduction replacement. While it looked pretty decent and would make someone a nice boulevard cruiser, I found the use of “frame-off restoration” a bit strong in this case. Was the frame off the jackstands while the car was being repainted? Probably so, as the painters didn't want their jackstands painted black along with everything else. A strong enough bid for a blue-collar resto-mod. #S101-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S110288. Marina Blue/white vinyl w/ blue hard top/blue vinyl. Odo: 30,758 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tinted glass, AM/FM radio, both tops. Body bonding strips filled in, most body character lines slightly muted. Older repaint holds a decent shine. Door gaps typically uneven, #S47-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 124678N317815. Butternut Yellow/tan cloth/tan cloth. Odo: 65,565 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Rally Sport package, Positraction, tilt column, console. Nicely repainted, except for some light orange peel on half of the fender tops. Super Sport hood, both RS headlight doors inoperative. Decent panel gaps throughout, nice chrome. Non-stock cloth Reproduction interior soft trim and carpeting, aftermarket AM/FM/cassette in-dash stereo with iPod accessory jack. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,000. This was great looking at 20 feet, but up close it was obvious that it was nothing more than a gathering of parts with lots of lipstick and rouge. Personally, I find it odd that someone would install a bigger motor and performance rolling stock and not upgrade the braking system as well. Considering that there was not much that dates to 1965 below the glass, I'd say that this sold for plenty. #S97-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE 2-dr hard top. S/N 135176F128321. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 80,498 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent quality bare body repaint, most brightwork replaced. Non-original motor with high-rise aluminum intake manifold, double-pumper carburetor, polished cast aluminum valve coves, headers, and HEI distributor. Retrofitted dual master cylinder and front disc but doors function well and close solidly. Good original trim, older replacement bumpers. Soft top serviceable, engine compartment generally clean. Heavily faded carpet, replacement seats, and door panels have virtually no wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,050. The consignor's statement of having “only two private owners” seemed more than a bit odd. The car was hammered at this bid to a no-sale on the block, despite a lot of work by the auction staff as well as Dana Mecum. Within five minutes off the block, the consignor (the second private owner, we are to assume) wisely took the final bid for a publicly declared post-block sale. #S73-1967 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242677B112714. Plum Mist/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 60,482 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. PHS documented. Fitted with ps, pb, power top, power rear antenna, and Rally wheels. Older restoration shows good body prep and a decent repaint. Engine compartment grubby, with flaking paint on rusty engine components. Suspension sits slightly low in rear. Older interior restoration with faded and worn brakes, chassis completely coated in black paint, custom front spoiler installed. Interior soft trim replaced with modern reproductions of stock patterns. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. 120 seat backs. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. Plum Mist was a one-year-only color, and for good reason. Very few were ordered, as it was a very blah color on what was otherwise a rather exciting car. Besides, it would take Chrysler's Plum Crazy or In Violet of 1970 for this hue to become an in-demand muscle car color. This money was way over the top and should have sold the car, as it was double current market value for one in this condition. aluminum valve covers. High-quality reproduction seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, and carpeting all starting to show minimal wear from light use. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $32,500. This was one of those “sold on an if” deals, and this one seemed pretty iffy. I spoke with the consignor after the auction, and he wasn't overly happy with the amount bid. All in all, due mostly to the mods, the amount here should have been enough for both sides. #S74-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 123378L339500. LeMans Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,999 miles. 250-ci straight 6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Original California title and smog gear. Optioned with disc brakes, rear spoiler, bumper guards, and Rally wheels. Decent repaint shows a few small blisters on right side roof gutter channel. Sports Car Market soft top in near new condition. Aftermarket performance items installed in a clean, quality manner. New replacement dashpad, carpeting, and door panels. Reupholstered seats retrofitted from a Pontiac Fiero. All wiring replaced. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,975. Not too far from stock, and not quite a resto-mod. If this is your thing taste-wise, this car represented a respectable deal, as you would be hard pressed to recreate the build quality at this price. #S63-1968 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L8G283182. Black & red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,439 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-quality body prep and paint work, freshly replated bumpers, reproduction trim. Fitted with period Keystone Classic wheels, rear suspension raised with modified spring shackles. Edelbrock high-rise aluminum intake manifold, Carter AFB carburetor, Mopar Performance cast

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Replated bumpers, generally good original trim, pitted taillight bezels. Replacement seat vinyl kit expertly installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,900. Last seen at Mecum's Kansas City sale in April '07, where it sold at $15,750 (SCM# 45054). This was still an interesting car, and I hope it will stay as an original six banger—but it's starting to look like it might become something of a dealer hot potato. #S69-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S709071. Red/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 46,239 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional power brakes, power windows, and trunk rack. Aftermarket sidepipes. Highly sanded out body, repaint shows numerous fisheyes in fender peaks and overspray in window channels. Heavily pitted top mounting fixtures and door handles. Dull stainless steel trim, scuffed up original bumpers. Engine fitted with lots of aftermarket speed parts. Well-preserved original interior with lightly soiled seating surfaces. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,638. The work done here was nowhere near show quality, let alone concours-correct. Little was original, so it had no value as a preserved car. Added-on engine bits may or may not be all that reliable or temperamental, so driveability was not a solid lock. Aside from the fact that it was a pretty red convertible at 20 feet, I really don't know why someone paid a premium for this. The seller should be very pleased. #S129-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S733574. Marina Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 66,477 miles. 468-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two-year-old repaint shows visible orange peel on door tops and upper fenders. Bumper chrome wavy, tinted windshield delaminating along lower right edge. Engine bay detailing corroded and grubby. Radio missing, older replacement December 2007

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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author seat upholstery OK, remaining interior components original and with moderate wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,788. While it was originally a big-block car, the combination of piece parts, a modified big block, and tell-tale signs of past neglect showed this to not be a prime investment. Even with chrome bumper C3s still on the upswing, one would still get upside down on this one pretty quickly if it were bought to do anything more than just run it. #S16-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am Replica convertible. S/N 223679U132742. Dark aqua metallic/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 74,628 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Fitted with ps, pb, power antenna, and Rally II wheels. Reproduction '69 Trans Am hood, front air dam, and rear spoiler. Mediocre repaint over some visible body prep issues, especially on rear fender tops. Freshly installed top not a professional job. Aftermarket wood-rimmed #S48-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/ SS coupe. S/N 124870L527137. Silver/black vinyl/black & white houndstooth. Odo: 2,778 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Build sheet confirms options, which include ps, pb, tinted glass, a/c, tilt column, vinyl top, five-spoke wheels, and deluxe interior. High-quality top re-skin, good re- paint over a well-prepped body. Mostly restored interior, with reproduction vinyl trim and carpet showing light wear from limited use. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. The $50k reserve was a bit steep any way you sliced it, especially since the car has been on the Hot Rod Power Tour twice—so it was hardly a fresh restoration. This car easily could have sold at this price. #S94-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE steering wheel and AM/FM/cassette stereo. New reproduction door panels, carpet, and dashboard pad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,413. Ah yes, another one of those “frame-off” restored unibody cars. The same amount of thought that went into the consignor's description appears to have gone into the restoration of this car. Even being built up as a driver-grade fantasy T/A ragtop, it appears to have worked for the seller, as the bidding went $250 past the car's lifted reserve. #S53-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379K645362. Butternut Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 76,761 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Options include ps, pb, and 12-bolt Positraction rear end. Expert body prep, paint application, and vinyl top. Some rust forming at wheelwells. Both bumpers expertly rechromed, easily removable trim replaced. All GM under the hood, very SS 396 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370K113014. Light blue metallic & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 95,020 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with ps, pb, cowl induction hood, and Super Sport wheels. Average quality repaint, decent chrome just above serviceable. Panel gaps wide at doors, re-skinned roof in good shape. SS fender emblems mounted too high, grille assembly not blacked out, standard amber turn signal lenses mounted in place of clear SS units. Air cleaner assembly, radio, and cigarette lighter missing. Moderately detailed fit with acceptable gaps. Weatherstripping and body seals new but not authentic. Rechromed bumpers and new reproduction emblems fitted, newer reproduction interior components show very slight wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. The 1971 iteration of the W-30 was a bit tamer than the year previous, and it had greater availability. For this bid, this car was approaching the fully priced level—and it should have sold. #S122-1971 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 1T05M110617. Calypso Coral & black/black vinyl. Odo: 22,194 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory options include ps, pb, a/c, AM/FM stereo, Sport Deck rear seat, and Magnum 500 wheels. Recent good quality body prep and paint, aftermarket door handle name badges applied on original door handles. Most chrome and trim original and in serviceable clean undercarriage with welded Flowmaster chambered exhaust system. Matching carpeted floor mats over newer carpeting, vinyl seats well fitted. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. Bid was about $2k south of the reserve, and while that would've been a logical selling price when this car was restored, it was showing some mild wear and tear here, and this price was all the money. 122 engine clean, recently replaced seat upholstery and door panels show little use. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. Claimed to be a frame-off restoration, although from the looks of things, saying some of the paint was taken off the frame may be more correct. They also seem to not have a handle on parts inventory, as quite a few pieces were either non-SS units or were missing completely. Not surprisingly, no one seemed to be interested, and the ringmen got a good workout. #S67-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 convertible. S/N 344671M118624. Copper & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 34,540 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An original 442 W-30 built as currently configured. Fitted with SS-II wheels, ps, pb, and four-spoke sport steering wheel. Decent quality repaint shows light orange peel on curved panels. Factory-spec panel Sports Car Market condition. Every variation of Ford corporate blue appears on generally clean engine, but it is a long way from being detailed. Reproduction seats and carpets, re-dyed door panels, console, and dashboard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,588. Access to a paint booth does not make for a professional restoration. This was more of a body shop doll-it-up special rather than the claimed professional restoration. “Decent” pretty much summed up the car, so that correctly summed up the selling price as well. #S51.1-1975 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37J5S437404. Orange Flame/tan vinyl. Odo: 52,462 miles. 350-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Body wavy, original paint generally acceptable. 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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA side draft carbs and supercharger. Base motor with L82 valve covers pretty much untouched and rather dirty. Grubby undercarriage also quite dusty from storage. Mostly stock interior also quite dusty, carpet on driver's side very heavily worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,125. Sort of like lamb chop sideburns, disco, and bell-bottom polyester leisure suits, these mods definitely give a '70s character to a car most would rather forget. Someone paid a premium for a languishing hack job. #S119-1976 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L6S437474. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 43,969 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optioned with pb, pw, a/c, tilt/telescopic column, and rear window defroster. Average quality repaint makes lousy body prep, pits, and fisheyes shine. Motor features a spray-can restoration, engine bay relatively clean. Random more power than the small-block automaticonly 'Vette. The reserve was surpassed at $9k, so the seller must be one happy camper. #S85-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S903582. Black & silver/smoked glass/silver leather. Odo: 44,221 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Options include pw, pl, tilt/telescopic steering column, AM/FM/cassette stereo, and a/c. Typical lousy factory paint heavily buffed, with orange peeled black and blotchy silver. Blackout trim worn, especially at windshield frame. Silver leather seat dye holding up installed. Smokes upon startup. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,400. Last seen at Mecum's St. Paul sale in June '07, where it didn't sell at $7,400 (SCM# 45779). This cobbled-up collection of parts may not have sold up in St. Paul, but it sucked someone in down here at almost the same price. undercoating hit most of clamped exhaust and missed half of the frame. New replacement interior vinyl and carpet hosed down with ArmorAll. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,750. 1976 through 1986 can best be described as the decade that most Corvette enthusiasts wish wouldn't have existed. Not only were there no ragtops available, but build quality ranged from mediocre to abysmal, and performance was emaciated. Along those lines, this seemed to be an excellent example. Thus, this was all the money in the world. #S1-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Indy Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1G1AY0788C5116667. Dark silver & charcoal/smoked glass/sliver & charcoal leather. Odo: 90,674 miles. 350-ci 220-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Optioned with a/c, ps, pb, pw, and tilt column. Generally good original paint shows a few chips, nicks, and peeling on rear bumper. Factory-typical panel fit all around, unrestored well for its age, steering wheel rim and door panel piping rather lumpy. Heavily shampooed carpeting. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,425. Last seen at Mecum's Bloomington Gold sale in June '07, where it sold at $18,900 (SCM# 45797). As of late, it seems like you can't swing a dead cat at a collector car auction and not hit at least one '78 IPC 'Vette. A fair to middling price for a fair to middling example, although far better examples can be found for not much more money. #S23-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AYY0786E5129646. Black w/flames/red vinyl. Odo: 164,006 miles. 350-ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Older repaint with airbrushed flames. Paint cracked below hatch corners, passenger side mirror face held into the housing with black electrical tape. Replaced dashboard, mileage incorrect and very difficult to read. Racing seats and four-point harnesses #S131-1990 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway Twin-Turbo coupe. S/N 1G1YY2384L5105620. Black/black leather. Odo: 139,886 miles. 350-ci 400-hp turbocharged V8, 6-sp. Fully loaded. Mostly original paint showing its age. Door seals crumbling and torn on both sides, door fit quite good. Removable top panel cracked on passenger's side. Engine and chassis dirty, exhaust muted. Well-cared-for original interior has lots of regular wear and tear visible. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,650. One of 498 Chevy-authorized Callaways sold through the dealer network, 58 of which were built in 1990. Having cost more than a ZR-1 on the front end and worth far less now, this was hardly a good investment. In fact, with this many miles on a highly-modified engine, this likely wasn't even a good daily snake pit of wires and hoses under the hood. Silver dye worn heavily on steering wheel and seats, door panels held on with strategically located Phillips-head screws. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,600. While the Collector's Edition was supposed to usher out the C3 era with a bang, it ended more as a splat. You could buy a one-ton big-block stick-shift Chevy pickup in '82 with December 2007 123

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Mecum Auctions Des Moines, IA Column Author driver... It's more like waiting for the reverse Powerball to pay out the wrong way. #S47.1-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greenwood convertible. S/N 1G1YY3388M5117552. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 55,525 miles. 350-ci 250-hp fuelinjected V8, auto. Greenwood body effects fitted. Consignor claims original mileage. Mostly original paint shows some older touch-up and heavy buffing marks. Engine and undercarriage described by seller. Expertly detailed under the hood, interior wear congruent with a 62,390mile daily driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,363. What a double whammy... sold new in Hawaii and now in Minnesota. What the salt spray from the ocean didn't get, the salt spray from the road will. Wonder why it was repainted? A nice 20footer and cheap for a ZR-1, but still well sold. #S112-1995 CHEVROLET CORVETTE appear to be regularly maintained. Minimal driver's seat wear, virtually none to carpets. Lightly worn cloth top commensurate with both age and mileage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,913. Once the bidding ground to a halt, this car's reserve was successfully coaxed off, thus moving the car down the road with a new owner. Bought and sold well, so there should have been no complaints from anyone here. #S120.1-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY338XM5108979. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 69,573 miles. 350-ci 250-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Mediocre masking of decent newer repaint. Chalky blackout trim includes door handles. Typical grubby used car undercarriage, factory alloys show no curb damage. Heavier wear to coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P6S5112088. Red/black leather. Odo: 56,352 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Equipped with Bose AM/FM/cassette stereo, electronic climate control, and power driver's seat. Good original paint shows several touched-up chips. Heavierthan-expected wear on steering wheel and $75,000. No gold star for any of you who said that this was a Plymouth Prowler... even Mecum got this one wrong. Since America's traditionally third-largest selling car line was executed by DaimlerChrysler at the end of 2001, the final year of the Prowler wore a Chrysler seal. A way over-the-top bid, even with the mods, so this should have sold. #S84.1-2005 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY24U155134362. Yellow/tan leather. Odo: 2,374 miles. 6.0-liter fuel-injected LS2 V8, auto. Fitted with dual power seats, dual climate control, head-up display, clear roof panel, and polished alloy wheels. A brand new three-year-old car. Interior smells new, paint unmarked. Most inspection marks and assembly tags still present both under the hood and on the undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. The consignor had a $40k reserve here, yet Kelley Blue Book says that to pull that kind of money, the car has to be far better optioned than this bare-bones example—even with very few miles. In a room full of dealers, to no surprise, it was bid to a couple notches below wholesale. As such, an exercise in futility. seat bottoms, remaining interior components in good condition. Some leather dye rubbed off of seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,175. Mechanically and feature-wise, this was basically a '95 Buick Roadmaster with two doors that's a bitch to get in and out of. If you want a late-model C4 investment, look for a lowermile '96 Grand Sport. If you want a late-model driver, get a C5. Lower-mile used car money for a lower-mile used car, plain and simple. floor mats, leather steering wheel rim, and driver's seat bottom. Remainder of interior generally in far better condition than a 16-year-old car should have, but not minty fresh. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,125. In a textbook example of lousy marketing, the final part of the seller's four-line information about the car was “Get it sold.” Needless to say, the other three lines were just about as insightful and verbose—”Good Solid Car. Tires are new. Everything works.” A mediocre marketing effort for a mediocre used car that sold for mediocre money. #S126-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YY23J7M5801342. Black & gray/black leather. Odo: 62,390 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Sold new by the Corvette Center of Honolulu, Hawaii, registered on the islands until 2004, now wears current Minnesota plates. Fresh repaint done to a good standard, but not the “flawless” job 124 #S86-2002 CHRYSLER PROWLER convertible. S/N 1C3EW65G82V101990. Red metallic/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 2,246 miles. 2,246 miles from new. Paxton supercharger, alcohol injection, high compression heads, headers, custom dual exhaust, shaved bumpers, and chromed front suspension. Flawless factory paint, nice chrome bits, very clean engine bay. Some light road grime from limited use visible on underpinnings. No discernible wear to interior. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT #S83.1-2002 CHEVROLET CAMARO B4C Police coupe. S/N 2G1FP22G322132028. Red/black cloth. Odo: 428 miles. 5.7-liter fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Purchased when new under the auspices of being for Ball State College's security, but went to a private owner as an instant collectible. Retains all inspection tags and markings on the undercarriage and under the hood, and has been only lightly dealer-prepped. No signs of wear or use apart from light dust on the interior. A brand new six-year-old car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $19,950. This car has been shopped somewhat in the region, but not too heavily. The sale price here was only about $4k above top retail, proving once again that “instant collectible” cars make lousy investments if you don't get some utility value out of them. Are there any more 2002 Camaro owners out there who are now feeling the same as 1976 Cadillac Eldorado “last convertible” owners did in 1984?♦ Sports Car Market

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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Famous Rides Kevorkian's Cadillac might have been a great buy for an old car museum that's on its last legs Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics T his month's report focuses on cars that have seen their fair share of fame and lived to tell about it. In some cases, just barely. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #250153255108-1985 PORSCHE 911 Carrera targa. S/N WPOEB0913FS160107. Black/black/tan leather. Odo: 88,200 miles. 13 Photos. Springfield, OR. “Originally owned by former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, this Porsche has virtually every available option including Full Leather, Recaro Sport Seats, 16” wheels and A/C. Imagine the other celebrities who may have been in the car and the history of ‘Downtown Willie Brown' and his affliction #170069288339-1976 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH sedan. S/N LRE24312. Metallic green/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 29,196 miles. 7 Photos. Ventura, CA. “(not really sure what model this is however - Silver Wrath??). This car is from the estate of the late great Billy Preston... It is in non-running condition, and we have not attempted to start it. It is unknown with Porsche Motor cars. This Porsche has been exceptionally well cared for and it shows.” 20 bids, sf 251, bf 0. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,750. What can Brown do for you? Not much. The targa with the 915 transmission is generally taken to be the least desirable specification of the otherwise very desirable 1984–1989 911 Carrera “short hood” run. This price was market or maybe slightly south of there. #4653445974-2002 MINI COOPER S 2-dr 79. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,100. Paying twoor three-times market for a car owned by this particular cool dead guy can still seem like a bargain, because as the seller says: “There may still be a bit of McQueen DNA inside...” #190072887063-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ what (if any) mechanical conditions this car may have. We are selling this car as a restoration project - please bid accordingly. Nothing is guaranteed or promised. Sold AS-IS!” 8 bids, sf 114, bf 648. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,225. The fifth Beatle's Roller is now merely a roller. “Let It Be?” Or spend the money to help it “Get Back” to where it once belonged? Either way, this winning bidder has about a five-grand head start on the market. #320144021614-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 sedan. S/N 10901812006395. Black/black leather. Odo: 80,202 miles. 48 Photos. Memphis, TN. “This 6.3 was owned by Steve McQueen,” who “imported it himself.” Sunroof and rear headrest options. “McQueen purchased and registered the 6.3 in the name of his film production company, Solar productions, Inc... he kept it as a personal car from 1972 until his death in 1980.” 20-year-old paint “still has some reflective properties about it.” Interior befits documented mileage. 25 bids, sf 125, bf 126 his name on it. The car runs very well a little rust and the intrior needs a little Tlc but the brakes work awesome and drives awesome. Has a moon roof.” 2 bids, sf 132, bf 160. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $700. A paltry 449 pageviews suggested this seller might have done better with an ad in the bar association newsletter. Provenance was totally irrelevant here, adding no value to this worn out old car. 380SE sedan. S/N WBDCA33A8DB037127. Seafoam Green/parchment leather. Odo: 142,106 miles. 7 Photos. Salisbury, MA. “Once owned by F. Lee Baily the famed Boston Attorney who was on the OJ team and repersented the Boston Strangler. I have a copy of the Florida Title with sedan. S/N WMWRE33462TD52445. Silver w/black roof/blue. Odo: 3,124 miles. 18 Photos. Cleveland, NC. “Dale Jr. is looking to upgrade his car collection...” Built by Mini Mania, “it is equipped with an upgraded computer, exhaust, transmission, clutch, and suspension...” and “super charger providing high-end torque to the 270 hp engine.” Looks new. “The vehicle has not been smoked in, and there are no other unusual smells associated with the interior.” Autographed sun visor. “The winning bidder will be given the opportunity to receive the vehicle personally from Dale Jr.” 26 bids, sf 4, bf 0. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,800. NASCAR's most popular driver seems quite personable. The driveway meet-n-greet option almost guaranteed that we would see some sort of personal appearance fee baked into the price. With over 50,000 pageviews, this quasi-“bachelor auction” probably made somebody's decade, and it only seems to have cost them about a doubleoccupancy Disney cruise worth of dollars in premium over somebody else's well-tuned mini. Sports Car Market

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Fresh Meat Online sales of contemporary cars. #120119283424-1983 FERRARI 308 GTSi targa. S/N ZFFMA1ZA8D0042XXX. Black/tan leather. Odo: 53,000 miles. 12 Photos. Miami, FL. “This is the ultimate Yngwie Malmsteen momento !!!!... It has a near new $5000.00 custom Connolly leather interior and a new Alpine AM/FM CD player... This Ferrari is probably one of the most photographed cars in rock and roll and can be found as the back drop for Yngwie posters, amplifier print ads, magazine write ups and past photo shoots all over the world over the last eighteen years. Starts, but 2008 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG famous entertainer Liberace... Designed by Ernest Kanzler, the son of a high-profile Ford Motor executive during the 1920s. Produced by Newport Beach Coachworks, California (closed 1979). For the complete history please visit: www.liberacekanzlercar.com.” 51 bids, sf 11, bf 181. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,100. If this were a song it would be a cacophony. In fact, I don't think there is a pursuit on earth where it would be financially rewarding to go in this many directions at once. It's like an Opel GT and an Excalibur had a child who badly wanted to be a Daimler SP250, but came out more like a Sbarro 328. If there is a market for such a thing, this is what it would be worth. should not be driven with low compression on one cylinder. 10 bids, sf 43, bf 3.7. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,100. I hate to admit this, but I'm thinking that star power actually explains some of this price. Google image search “Yngwie Ferrari” and you'll see that knockoff Borranis don't actually look half bad on a 308. But with all the 308s built, you have no excuse to pay a running car price for a broken one... unless you're a rabid fan of a big-haired guitarist most of us have never heard of. #180072897395-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N N/A. Maroon/black. Odo: 46,000 miles. 13 Photos. West Hollywood, CA. “Given to Frank Sinatra by John Wayne as a wedding present... 2 years later Frank Sinatra gave the car to Ermenegildo Rizzo... The paint has some condition issues. The shifter is not original to the car, neither is the steering wheel or radio. The #270161885356-1989 CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE. S/N 1G6CD5158K4277549. White/burgundy leather. Odo: 188,700 miles. 51 Photos. Rochester, MI. “The Cadillac, which Dr. Kevorkian frequently used when seeing patients, has no known mechanical issues.” Beat-looking, 20-year-old car from the rust belt. Not quite on life-support, but you know what I mean. “Dr. Kevorkian has signed his name & date over the drive-side door, along with the Date sold: 07/16/2007 eBay auction ID: 200129627366 Seller: Mercedes-Benz of Silver Spring, Silver Spring, MD, www.mercedes-benz-ebay.com Sale Type: New car in stock. Details: Iridium Silver, black leather, 525 hp, 630 ft-lbs of torque, iPod kit Sale result: $131,375, 1 “Best Offer” bid, sf 18, bf 72. MSRP: $127,000 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, www.mercedesbenzcincinnati.com, asking $145,500 for similar car. 2008 Audi R8 Date sold: 09/28/2007 eBay auction ID: 190156058473 Seller: Private party in Baltimore, MD Sale Type: Used car with 260 miles Details: Phantom Black Pearl, Leather Package, Premium Package, R-tronic semi-auto Sale result: $184,999, 1 bid, sf 1152, bf 1 MSRP: $119,000 Other current offering: Suncoast Motorsports, Sarasota, FL, www.suncoastmotorsports.com, asking $135,545 for similar black car. 2008 Lexus LS460 car is in superb mechanical condition... The high bidder will receive the copy of the original registration that I have and a signed and notarized statement from Mr. Rizzo.” 53 bids, sf 1088, bf 4. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,100. Forget the general upswing in early Mustang coupe prices. This one's got a 289 V8 and a four on the floor with LORE! The buyer could have safely ponied up double as much if the story checks out. #280037047938-1979 KANZLER coupe. S/N CA79NPT10002. Silver/gray. Odo: 17,012 miles. 24 Photos. San Diego, CA. “One of only 2 known to exist and was owned by the December 2007 message ‘Happy Motoring!'” No cadavers in any of the photos, but “Dr. Death” isn't exactly looking spry. 4 bids, sf 1218, bf 82. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,675. With half the pageviews of the last Datsun I auctioned, it is clear that nobody is searching for “Kevorkian” on eBay Motors. Still, it's been a household name for more than a decade, and that alone suggests that this might have been a great buy for a car museum that has seen better days. The inevitable irony of his passing (assisted or not) might just resurrect interest in this celebrity. ♦ Date sold: 09/29/2007 eBay auction ID: 180162621262 Seller: Dowdy Auto Sales, Plano, TX, www.dowdyautosales.com Sale Type: Used car with 50 miles Details: Black/tan, Comfort Pkg., navigation, parking assist, and power trunk. Sale result: $66,750, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 432, bf 0 MSRP: $70,322 Other current offering: Lexus of Tucson, Tucson, AZ, www.lexusoftucsonautomall.com, asking $74,517 for a new silver car. ♦ 127

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Automotive Investor Lancia, the Power of Original Thinking Lancias are available for every taste, from Brass Era and pre-war classics to post-war sedans, coupes, and spiders by Donald Osborne A n Investor's Guide to Lancia is fairly simple. There are really only five Lancias that command big prices—the Lambda (1922–31), the best custom-bodied Asturas (1931–39), Aurelia B24 Spiders and Convertibles (1955–58), the Zagato-bod- ied Flaminia Sport (1959–67), and the Ferrari-powered mid-engined Stratos (1974–75). With those notable exceptions, Lancias generally offer great value for a collector. Which, of course, is a euphemism for “most are not worth a lot of money.” Why buy a Lancia? Here are some reasons. The company was founded in 1907 and won its first race in 1909. Lancia offered the first built-in electrical system in 1913 and incorporated two pioneering technical breakthroughs—a load-bearing body and independent front suspension—in 1922, on the Lambda. It introduced the first sedan in the world with a monocoque body in 1933, the Augusta, the first production car with a 5-speed gearbox in 1948, the Ardea Fourth Series, and the first production V6 in 1950, in the Aurelia (which also boasted a rear transaxle with inboard rear brakes), all the while pursuing an “engineering regardless of cost” philosophy. Lancia also won the World Rally Championship ten times, including a six-year run from 1987–92. Contributing to a lack of awareness here, of course, is the fact that Lancias haven't been sold in the U.S. since the 1980s, when Fiat pulled out for the last time. Prior to that, there was a gap from 1967 to 1976 when no Lancias found their way to our shores. Lancias are available for every taste, from Brass Era and pre-war classics to post-war sedans, coupes, and spiders, and beyond. The earliest cars are rarely seen in the U.S., although they were quite popular when new in America. A 1908 Alpha, rated by the SCM analyst as #3- condition, sold at the Christie's Greenwich, Connecticut, sale in June 2005 for $76,375. Believed to be one of the oldest Lancias extant, and wearing its original U.S.-made body, it certainly represented a very good buy in a historic car. Values of the landmark Lambda have steadily risen, as represented by the auction sale in August 2007 of a “barn find” Fourth Series 1924 model for $104,500. Classic-era Asturas were clothed by the leading carrozzerie, including Pinin Farina, Castagna, Touring, and Stabilimenti Farina. They can sell easily in the $150,000 to $300,000 range and more for truly exceptional examples. 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America With the Aurelia, the first new model of the post-WWII period, Lancia created what is by any definition an icon. The B20 GT coupe was the first car to carry the GT moniker and it lives up to “Grand Touring” in every way. Comfortable, well-balanced, and reasonably fast, it is today an ideal vintage rally or tour car, along with its open versions the B24 Spider and later Convertible. As mentioned earlier, the first of these, the B24 Spider America, is the most valuable post-war Lancia. They are quite rare, with a production of only 240. The best of them bring $500,000. The B20 GT is rather more reasonable, in the $75,000–$100,000 range. The successor to the Aurelia, the Flaminia, followed much the same plan, with a V6 mated to a rear-mounted transaxle for balance. The Flaminias also offer the collector an embarrassment of choices in coachbuilt versions. There are no fewer than four—the Zagato Sport, one open and two closed Touring-bodied GTs, and the elegant Pininfarina coupe, which was Battista Pinin Farina's favorite among all the cars his firm designed. The highest values are found in the Zagato coupes, which sell in the $125,000–$140,000 range. For those seeking a small, fun-to-drive modern Lancia, the choice is the Fulvia, introduced in 1963 and made until 1972. The most popular is the coupe, which unusually for Lancia was styled and built in-house. The top of the Fulvia heap are the HF models (HF as in “high fidelity,” a reference to a program the company ran for loyal buyers), which were the street versions of the cars that brought the first of many World Rally Championships to Lancia. While some prefer the later 1.6-liter “Fanalone” or “big headlight” cars, others feel the first 1.2 liter to be a better balanced package. A good example of either will be over $30,000, with genuine Works-built race cars with documented history over $100,000. Succeeding the Fulvia as Lancia's rally weapon was the Stratos. A 1972 Lancia Fulvia Sport HF Lusso 128 dramatic design by Bertone, the mid-engined coupe was powered by the Ferrari Dino V6 and brought home more WRC hardware to Turin. Long regarded as potent but tricky to drive, they have become more popular as owners have unlocked the key to keeping them pointed in the right direction, most of the time. As a consequence, prices have risen to the point that they regularly sell for over $100,000, and once again, documented competition cars bring multiples more. They were Sports Car Market

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built as both “Rally” (competition) models and the now rare “Stradale” (street) model; it's important to know which one you're actually buying. The last Lancia sold in the U.S. was the Beta, the brunt of many jokes. In spite of being introduced well after the 1969 takeover of Lancia by Fiat, they were designed by independent Lancia engineers. In addition, the Fiat DOHC engines that powered them have nothing to apologize for either, being the handiwork of Aurelio Lampredi himself. There was a sedan, coupe, the HPE (high performance estate, a sort of P1800ES sport wagon), a targa-roofed convertible, and a two-seater version called the Scorpion (or in Europe, the Monte Carlo—immortalized as the sexy Italian babe that Herbie the VW of movie fame falls in love with). Most of the sedans and HPEs have dissolved into heaps of iron oxide, and the attractive coupes are now 1975 Lancia Stratos HF “Stradale,” disguised as “Rally” quite rare. Most common are the convertibles (called “Zagato” after the company that built them, but actually designed by Pininfarina) and the Scorpion, a mid-engined big brother to the Fiat X1/9. All Betas can be bought for credit-card money and if the body structure is sound, can be made to run well for next to nothing. They provide a fun driving experience but should not be considered an alternative to a 401(k). An important factor in considering a Beta is not to be swayed by people who consider it “not a real Lancia.” There are people who consider everything past the 1948 Ardea as “not a real Lancia,” since that was the last car touched by Lancia founder, Vincenzo. Who cares? Every Lancia has something to appeal to a specifi c audience, and some may even make you money. ♦ Rank Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 1955 1983 1983 1938 1981 1955 1974 1952 10 11 12 9 c. 1952 1932 1955 1982 13 1938/47 14 15 16 17 18 19 1976 1974 1951 1975 1962 1964 20 21 22 23 24 25 1927 1951 1982 1972 1975 1971 December 2007 Model Top 25 Lancia Sales* Sold Price Auction Aurelia B24S Spider America Martini LC2 Group C Endurance Racer Martini LC2 Group C Endurance Racer Astura Sports Coupe Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5 Racer Aurelia B24 Spider America Stratos Group IV Coupe Aurelia B53 “Giardinetta” Aurelia PF 200 Convertible (Prototype) diLambda Dual Cowl Phaeton Aurelia B24 Spider America 037 Rally Coupe Astura 4th Series Cabriolet Stratos Coupe Stratos Stradale Coupe Aurelia 2-Liter GT Competition Stratos Stradale Coupe Flaminia Sport Zagato Flaminia Super Sport “Double Bubble” Coupe Lambda 7th Series Short Chassis Torpedo Aurelia B50 PF Convertible Martini LC1 Group 6 Spider Stratos HF Coupe Stratos HF Coupe Fulvia 1.6 HF Groupe 4 $550,000 RM $475,651 $469,306 Artcurial Coys $409,212 Bonhams $303,750 Bonhams $298,068 Bonhams $280,736 Artcurial $257,778 Bonhams $257,000 Christie's $253,000 RM $241,782 Bonhams $234,000 Bonhams $233,955 Bonhams $198,737 H&H $181,968 Coys $179,000 Bonhams $177,789 Coys $177,600 Sportscar Auction Co. $173,031 Bonhams $156,359 Bonhams $152,750 $143,534 Christie's Artcurial $137,500 RM Artcurial Scuttling a Myth One of the enduring tales about Lancia is the story of the “lost Aurelia B24 Spider Americas.” The story goes like this: When the Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria was struck by the Swedish liner Stockholm in the North Atlantic Ocean off Nantucket Island, Massachusetts, she sank with a number of Aurelia B24 Spider Americas, which were being shipped to New York. Many people have repeated Location Monterey, CA, USA Paris, FRA London, UK Monte Carlo, MCO Monte Carlo, MCO Monte Carlo, MCO Paris, FRA Monte Carlo, MCO Monterey, CA, USA Phoenix, AZ, USA Monte Carlo, MCO Chichester, UK Monte Carlo, MCO Kempton, UK Fiera di Padova, ITA Chichester, UK Nuremberg, DEU Geneva, CHE Monte Carlo, MCO Monte Carlo, MCO Monterey, CA, USA Paris, FRA Phoenix, AZ, USA $131,300 Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel, CA, USA $122,129 Paris, FRA *As recorded in the SCM Database. May not reflect all public sales. 129 Date 8/18/07 2/12/06 9/30/04 5/16/05 5/21/07 5/16/05 2/19/07 5/16/05 8/18/05 1/28/05 5/15/04 6/22/07 5/21/07 7/25/07 10/28/06 6/22/07 7/22/06 10/7/06 5/16/05 5/16/05 8/17/06 2/13/05 1/18/07 8/17/07 2/12/06 Lot # 570 57 422 226 169 225 28 231 75 99 247 424 141 18 127 372 258 14 230 232 44 20 288 446 53 the story, with the number “lost” varying from seven to up to 20. The story seems logical, as Lancia regularly used the Italian Line ships leaving Genoa to transport cars to the U.S., as did most other Italian manufacturers. Where it begins to come apart, however, are in the details. No one was ever able to get a confirmation from management that cars were lost. Odd, considering they certainly would have filed an insurance claim. Also, there should be missing chassis numbers, but that list is also missing. Finally, there's the small matter of the date of the sinking. The Andrea Doria went down on July 25, 1956. All 240 B24 Spider Americas were built in 1954 and 1955. By the time the Andrea Doria sank, Lancia was producing the 6th Series B24 Convertible; it's therefore quite unlikely that cars built in 1955 would be shipped the following summer. We do know that the vessel was carrying the Chrysler Norseman—which had been built in Italy in 1956 by Ghia—to New York and that it was lost with the ship. If any Lancia convertibles were on the liner, they would more likely be B24S Convertibles. But, as they are not so valuable, it would make a much less dramatic legend. “Life” is a registered trademark of Time Warner, Inc.

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Glovebox Notes V8s & V10s Super Cars There is a tunnel near LAX, which we went through several times so we could flick the shifters and smile at the sounds from the engine 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Price as tested: $235,000 (est.) Powertrain: 513-hp, 40-valve, 5.0-liter V10, 6-speed semi-automatic dual-clutch sequential manual, aka EGear, ceramic brakes. Likes: Striking appearance, great sound, comfortable interior, great sound, decent nav system, great sound. Did I mention the exhaust note? Dislikes: Only one cupholder, caused fights at Starbucks drive-thru. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall experience: Verdict: This is how it all began. When I asked my daughter, Alex, what she wanted for her 16th birthday, her response was immediate. “I'd like to fly to L.A., stay at a neat hotel, drive around in a Gallardo Spyder, see the Leno Show, shop on Rodeo Drive, cruise up the Pacific Coast Highway, and eat in Santa Monica.” Two weeks later, we checked into the L.A. Airport Sheraton just as the slate gray Gallardo arrived on a transport. For four days, we mounted a massive assault on my credit cards as we played the role of Lamboowner and daughter in L.A. The Spyder was born for that city, both in terms of pure bling (Ferrari 430s are bland by comparison), and in terms of the competency of the semi-automatic transmission. Our time in L.A. seemed to consist of endless stretches of traffic-clogged, 5-mph freeways interspersed with brief bursts of triple-digit speeds as we shot through clear spaces. I have written before that if I were to own one modern supercar, it would be the Gallardo. Clearly, the engineers at Audi have showered enough German attention to detail on the car to give it a tight, rock-solid feel sorely lacking in previous Lambos. Further, the interior is ergonomically agreeable, rather than the sadistic torture chamber we've come to expect from some supercars. As a result, the Gallardo has quickly become the best-selling Lamborghini of all time, with well over 3,000 delivered. And the sound from the engine… David Gooding, of Gooding & Company, stopped by and we went for a quick drive. There is a tunnel near LAX, which we went back and forth through several times, flicking the paddle shifters and causing the engine to blip in a faux double-clutching operation as the car downshifted. Gooding remarked, “The first thing about a car is the noise the engine makes. And this noise is terrific.” During our four days with the car, we accomplished everything on Alex's wish list; 2008 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Roadster Price as tested: $83,145 Powertrain: 600-hp, 8.4-liter V10, 6-speed manual. Likes: '07 model lacked for power (wink), so the 100-hp bump helps. Restyled hood more aggressive. Incredible sound. Gripes: Still one hot car, literally, with exhaust and engine heat a double whammy. Cockpit feels cramped for anyone over six feet. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall ownership experience: Verdict: When 500 ponies just won't do… Styling, braking, and transmission refinements all suit the new Viper and civilize it—marginally. Still an American bad boy that adheres to the proven formula: There's no replacement for displacement.—SL 130 my maxed-out VISA statements stand in mute testimony. Leno greeted her warmly after his show, the food at the Ivy at the Shore was delicious; Nicole Richie, who sat across from us, obviously gravid, clearly relished being out of jail. SCMer Bruce Meyer took the time to instruct us on the best backroads in the area. “You've got to go up Mulholland Drive and then take Decker Canyon Road. It's the best.” He was right. An unexpected bonus was a dinner with SCM's Uncle Raymond Milo, at Chocolate, where he presented Alex with a Vuitton handbag, appreciatively accepted. When I last drove a Gallardo, my heart was set on owning a Ferrari 250 GTE, which was then a $100,000 –$125,000 car. The Lambo, at $200,000+, was simply out of reach. But in the meantime, prices of GTEs have climbed, so a great one is now scratching at $200,000. Which raises the interesting question, vintage V12 2+2 or modern supercar, at about the same price? Clearly, the Ferrari wins in terms of class, provenance, and long-term collectibility. However as a car I could use every day, the Gallardo is the throttledown winner. Who would have thought that a by-product of a rising collector car market would be modern supercars becoming, in relative terms, more affordable?—Keith Martin ♦ Sports Car Market

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2008 Audi R8 Price as tested: $109,000 Powertrain: 420-hp, 4.2-liter V8, 6-speed manual. Likes: Aggressive all-Audi styling. Quattro stability, rear-drive attitude. Great pull in every gear. Precise shifter with deep gates, à la Ferrari. Plenty of headroom for tall folks. Cheap by comparison. Gripes: Front trunk roomy enough for almost nothing. Side-mounted “blade” is gimmicky. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall ownership experience: Verdict: I just got back from a trip to Washington's Olympic Peninsula, about as far from L.A. as it gets. Most of the area is made up of temperate rain forest, huge ancient greenery fueled by a dozen feet of annual rain, and all around you, the Olympic Mountains rise from sea level to 7,000 feet in a matter of miles. What better place to put Audi's foray into the supercar arena to the test? The R8 is a departure from Ingolstadt's traditional uber-sedan line-up, but it crowns well the now-familiar Quattro family tree. Though based on the Le Mans show car of 2003, it is in many ways a throwback to the Avus Quattro, a 1991 concept penned by Jay Mays, of retro Beetle, Thunderbird, Mustang, and GT fame. It only took Audi 17 years to give us something with the engine in the middle, but having won the last eight runnings of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (with the eponymously named R8, among others), and with its S performance sedans already offering a serious fight to the Lexus, M-series and AMG set (all competing for the gimmegimme me-too coupe segment), it's high time for an Audi “notch-up” offering. Just what is so appealing about the new R8? How about that price, for start- ers? $109,000. That's dirt cheap in a world of $180,000 Ferrari F430s and $225,000 Lamborghini Gallardos. Even the aforementioned Ford GT—now just a used car—still costs more. To get Audi's trick R-tronic semi-automatic adds $10,000 to the pricetag, still a bargain. The R8 offers triple-take looks, precise road presence, serious get-up, big, sticky brakes, and room for two adults plus a few rolls of quarters. Really, do you need much more? I'll here share a brief story from the Peninsula—telling, I think, of the choices this car gives its driver. I motored along a twisty two-lane road with Mario, Audi's Euro-cool and ciga- rette-infused PR rep by my side, whereby I encountered a semi truck. The whole road carried a double yellow, which matters little when you're driving the latest, greatest supercar, and even less when your wife's not there to yell at you. I had only to wait for a brief straight, and “brief” is the operative word. There is no winding up in this car, no building of momentum, no matter the gear. The straight appeared and as I took off, I caught a brief glimpse of a jogger up ahead on the right-side shoulder. The trucker, of course, saw him plain as day and began to move left to give the runner a wide berth on this narrow road. And why wouldn't he, in this no-passing zone? I lifted briefly and was reminded of the scene in “Star Wars” when the walls of the garbage crusher begin to close in on our panicked heroes. Mario, calm as could be, said in his toreador accent, “He seems not to like you very much.” I found myself exactly halfway alongside the en- croaching 60-ft truck and, in my instant deliberation, saw three options: applying that serious get-up, using those big, sticky brakes, or ending up in a foul, and potentially costly, ditch. The R8 is a real contender, and I didn't see that truck again.—Stefan Lombard 2008 Corvette Z06 Price as tested: $72,795 Powertrain: 505-hp, 7.0-liter V8, 6-speed manual. Likes: Hunkered-down styling just subtle enough to be distinctive. Great exhaust note and deep burble off-throttle. No gas-guzzler tax. Gripes: Too much interior plastic. So-so seats could be better. Steering is vague when leaned on; shifter is vague when… shifted. Fun to drive: Fun to look at: Overall ownership experience: Verdict: Z06 coupe is the best-looking Corvette since the Split-Window. The all-aluminum LS7 is fantastic, with lots of low-end torque, but also pulling well to 7,000-rpm redline, but not enough separates the car from the standard 'Vette in terms of performance.—SL December 2007 131

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy archive collection was withdrawn before sale, with no reason given, but there were bargains to be found B onhams sold a collection of “Number Ones” and prototypes from the Corgi archives at its Knowles salesroom in Solihull, West Midlands, England, on October 3. Prior to the auction, about half of the 572 lots were withdrawn, with no explanation from Bonhams. Then, to compound the misery, a large number failed to sell. A few James Bond Aston Martins brought decent money, but there were a large number of toys that sold for next to nothing. All in all, I'm sure Bonhams was just glad to get this one over with. obilia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy ar obilia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy archive collection was withdrawn before sale, with no reason given, but there were bargains to be found B onhams sold a collection of “Number Ones” and prototypes from the Corgi archives at its Knowles salesroom in Solihull, West Midlands, England, on October 3. Prior to the auction, about half of the 572 lots were withdrawn, with no explanation from Bonhams. Then, to compound the misery, a large number failed to sell. A few James Bond Aston Martins brought decent money, but there were a large number of toys that sold for next to nothing. All in all, I'm sure Bonhams was just glad to get this one over with. V12 V12 VANQUISH, GOLD-PLATED. SOLD AT: $531.33. 1:36 scale. 24-carat, gold-plated. From the 2002 Bond film “Die Another Day.” Highly detailed and very attractive pre-production prototype. Larger scale and gold plating ia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy archive collection was withdrawn before sale, with no reason given, but there were bargains to be found B onhams sold a collection of “Number Ones” and prototypes from the Corgi archives at its Knowles salesroom in Solihull, West Midlands, England, on October 3. Prior to the auction, about half of the 572 lots were withdrawn, with no explanation from Bonhams. Then, to compound the misery, a large number failed to sell. A few James Bond Aston Martins brought decent money, but there were a large number of toys that sold for next to nothing. All in all, I'm sure Bonhams was just glad to get this one over with. V12 VANQUISH, GOLD-PLATED. SOLD AT: $531.33. 1:36 scale. 24-carat, gold-plated. From the 2002 Bond film “Die Another Day.” Highly detailed and very attractive pre-production prototype. Larger scale and gold plating OTOTYPE OTOTYPE JAMES TON MARTIN DBS. T: $1,389.65. This d resin, 1:36-scale ototype car with applied coration was from the 06 Bond film “Casino yale.” It was one of e more desirable pieces e auction and went for serious money compared to other offerings. ▼LOT 193. FOUR CARS FROM CORGI'S 50th ANNIVERSARY. SOLD AT: $130.80. This lot included an Austin Mini Cooper, Jaguar E-type, Range Rover, and a Cosworth. At a touch over $30 apiece, this lot sold for a song. I'd have thought the Etype would have sold for this amount with the others thrown in for free. ▲LOT 423. EIGHT 40th ANNIVERSARY MINIS. SOLD AT: $326.98. Finished in eight different colors to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mini. An interesting array of cute little Minis. Not a bad buy, considering these were number ones. ▼LOT 556. ELEVEN CARS FROM THE TV CLASSICS COLLECTION. SOLD AT: $326.98. Lot included “Starsky & Hutch,” “Back to the Future,” “Kojak,” and the “Knight Rider” Pontiac among others. Price paid seemed most reasonable considMotobilia- Motobiliia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy archive collection was withdrawn before sailia Carl Bomstead Barking up the Wrong Tree? Half of the Corgi toy archive collection was withdrawn before sale, with no reason given, but there were bargains to be found B onhams sold a collection of “Number Ones” and prototypes from the Corgi archives at its Knowles salesroom in Solihull, West Midlands, England, on October 3. Prior to the auction, about half of the 572 lots were withdrawn, with no explanation from Bonhams. Then, to compound the misery, a large number failed to sell. A few James Bond Aston Martins brought decent money, but there were a large number of toys that sold for next to nothing. All in all, I'm sure Bonhams was just glad to get this one over with. V12 VANQUISH, GOLD-PLATED. SOLD AT: $531.33. 1:36 scale. 24-carat, gold-plated. From the 2002 Bond film “Die Another Day.” Highly detailed and very attractive pre-production prototype. Larger scale and gold plating OTOTYPE JAMES TON MARTIN DBS. T: $1,389.65. This d resin, 1:36-scale ototype car with applied coration was from the 06 Bond film “Casino yale.” It was one of e more desirable pieces e auction and went for serious money compared to other offerings. ▼LOT 193. FOUR CARS FROM CORGI'S 50th ANNIVERSARY. SOLD AT: $130.80. This lot included an Austin Mini Cooper, Jaguar E-type, Range Rover, and a Cosworth. At a touch over $30 apiece, this lot sold for a song. I'd have thought the E- type would have sold for this amount with the others thrown in for free. ▲LOT 423. EIGHT 40th ANNIVERSARY MINIS. SOLD AT: $326.98. Finished in eight different colors to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Mini. An interesting array of cute little Minis. Not a bad buy, considering these were number ones. ▼LOT 556. ELEVEN CARS FROM THE TV CLASSICS COLLECTION. SOLD AT: $326.98. Lot included “Starsky & Hutch,” “Back to the Future,” “Kojak,” and the “Knight Rider” Pontiac among others. Price paid seemed most reasonable consid- ModelModel had been painted for the initial photographs. Nice detail and interesting piece for the serious Bond, James Bond, collector. 132 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams

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'53 Ferrari Barchetta 166/53 Competition Barchetta by Oblain Stunning in condition. Fine history in major international events. BB One Exports Raymond Milo, le Patron cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 '58 Mercedes 300SL bbone@dslextreme.com phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please chassis #7500438 engine #7500452 One Owner! An outstanding example with factory hard top.

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene The Biker at the Gates of Dawn A more profound concern was the backwheel/flywheel, which wasn't exactly balanced. At 25 mph, it was hard to stay in the saddle T he first real motorcycle is agreed to be the 1894–97 Hilderbrand & Wolfmuller, made in Munich by ambitious entrepreneurs who planned to employ 1,200 craftsmen, but never did. The bike was also manufactured in France as La Petrollete. German expert Mike Kron (www .mammut-1000.de) estimates there were 400 H&Ws made, and about 40 remain in museums and private collections. Only a couple run, partly because they are hard to start and also because they were prone to catch fire. The Deutsches ZweiradMuseum in Germany may have the best example, featured on page 101 of the Guggenheim book The Art of The Motorcycle. Henry Ford bought a non-runner from Deutsches Zweirad for his Dearborn Museum in 1931, and the British Science Museum owns one, in storage. Certain to draw a crowd A running H&W would certainly crown a major collection, such as the Barber Museum or Jay Leno's garage, and would draw a crowd at the Legend of The Motorcycle Concours at Half Moon Bay, California. That may happen, as Kron is midway through building ten replicas and plans to bring one to the 2008 concours next May. Like the De Dion steamer, the H&W evolved from locomotive ideas, and indeed Heinrich and Wilhelm Hilderbrand's 1889 effort was steam-powered. The brothers dabbled with an unreliable 2-stroke gasoline engine, then joined engineers Alois Wolfmuller and Hans Geisenhof (who was ex-Benz) to build a water-cooled, 4-stroke twin. The bike looks like a huge women's bicycle. Gasoline was fed from a tank between the down tubes to a surface-type carburetor on the horizontal 2-cylinder engine laid fore-and-aft under the frame. Ignition was by a platinum hot tube; inlet valves were automatic and pushrods opened the exhaust valves. Claimed power output was 2.5 horsepower, and the H&W could manage 28 mph, at 240 rpm. Rear-wheel spindle cranks employed a reduction gear to drive the solid backwheel/ flywheel, while elastic bands (really) helped the return stroke of each piston. The bike rode on inflatable tires, made under license from Dunlop. Water was stored in the rear fender—a “camelback” arrangement used by Indian later—and oil was carried in a frame tube. Their motorcycle was so well received that H&W Perfect H&W owner: Jay Leno, who would actually ride it Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHHH Ease of maintenance: H Appreciation potential: HHHHH Attention getter: HHHHH Years produced: 1894–97 Number produced: 800 approx. Original list price: 650DM (around $2,700) in 1895 SCM Valuation: $300,000 at least Tune-up cost: DIY (with your machinist) Engine: 1,498-cc, 2-cylinder, water-cooled Transmission: Single fixed gear Weight: Claimed 115 lbs Engine/Frame numbers: Order number on head tube and other parts Colors: Black/gold Club: www.antiquemotorcycle.org More: www.zweirad-museum.de 134 was flooded with orders, even at the hefty price of 650DM ($2,700). Parts for the bikes were made by a handful of subcontractors, with the order number stamped on the pieces. One bike was sent to Paris and 100 orders came back with it, along with plans to build the design in France as the sexier-named “La Petrolette.” It was all ingenious, yet four years later H&W was bankrupt. So what went wrong? The trouble with being first is you get to make mistakes. And some of the story is just plain bad luck. The French importer organized a race around Lille as a showcase in early 1895. Three bikes were sent, but the hotel in which they were staying caught fire. Exploding tires and gas tanks led to concerns about safety and the race was cancelled. The second competition went better; two H&Ws were sent to Turin, Italy, in May 1895 for a 100-kilometer road race and finished second and third behind a Daimler automobile. The third outing was unsuccessful; neither bike finished the Paris-Bordeaux-Paris race, due to ignition problems. Design flaws grow evident Design flaws were becoming evident and buyers wanted their money back. As Kron observes, most of the people who could afford an H&W weren't capable of keeping it running. Then, in 1897, H&W's accountants discovered the company was losing money on each bike and the enterprise was folded. To be fair to the complainers, the bikes were very hard to start—one paddled one's feet energetically until the hoped-for crackle of ignition, when one then twisted a lever to open the throttle. There was no clutch, and not much in the way of brakes; a metal spoon could be pressed onto the front tire by a lever, and if that didn't work, a foot pedal drove a metal spike into the road.... A more profound issue concerned the flywheel. It wasn't exactly balanced, and by the time you were doing 25 mph, it was reportedly hard to stay in the saddle, especially with all those cranks and gears whizzing around underneath you. By the time motorcycles reappeared, they were sim- pler, lighter and much more reliable. Humber in England in 1900, Indian in 1901, and Harley-Davidson in 1903 in the U.S., all built machines that resembled bicycles with single-cylinder engines under 500 cc and belt drive. Bob Casey is the curator at the Henry Ford Museum and says the museum's H&W (#885) was modified by its frustrated first owner—Herr Ganz—with electronic ignition instead of the hot tube. He gave up on it, anyway. “Mr. Ganz sold it to a museum in 1906, which then gave it to the Deutsches Museum. Henry bought it in 1931 along with a De Dion Bouton tricycle. We've replaced the tires and the rubber bands and the engine is free. In theory, it would work,” said Casey. Kron plans to hide improvements in a couple of repli- cas to make them easier to ride. The others will doubtless be as troublesome as the originals. He plans to sell them for 50,000 euros ($70,500), still cheaper than a Crocker copy. Kron says he heard of an original, running, H&W selling for 250,000 euros ($350,000) recently, but he can't confirm the story. With the $3.5 million sale of the oldest running car in the world at Gooding's auction in Monterey this past August, the 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux steam car, one-tenth of that amount for one-half the number of wheels doesn't seem unreasonable. And recall, when Tim Moore bought the steamer in 1987 for about $90,000, it hadn't run since 1906. He taught himself how to make it work, had 20 years of fun—and a big payoff. ♦ PAUL DUCHENE has been riding motorcycles since the first H&W was 55 years old. Sports Car Market

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Corvette Market Keith Martin's Present the First Annual CM Scottsdale INSIDER'S SEMINAR “The Corvette Market—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” An analysis of the current and furure C1–C6 market by industry leaders. Moderated by SCM/CM Publisher Keith Martin. Friday, January 18, 2008 • Russo and Steele Auction, Scottsdale, AZ • 9 to 11 am SCM and CM Subscribers: $50 for 2, $35 for 1• Non-Subscribers: $100 for 2, $55 for 1 SPACE IS LIMITED! EARLY BIRD DEADLINE - NOVEMBER, 25th, 2007 (Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't be left out!) Name (1) Name (2) Address City Best Phone Email Fax Enclosed is my check made out to Corvette Market Charge my VISA/MC/AmEx Total Amount $ State Zip Card # Exp. Signature Payment in Full Required BONUS: Seminar participants receive a 50% discount on Russo and Steele bidder's registration. Check here to have information emailed to you. Register online: www.vettemarket.com/scottsdale Send this form to CM Scottsdale 2008, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208; Fax 503.253.2234; Phone 503.261.0555 x204; Questions? Email jennifer.davis@vettemarket.com

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Mystery Photo Answers “I Never Promised You a Rolls Garden.” —Terry Dreher, Victoria, British Columbia, CAN Don't let the car fool you. You don't want to ask these folks for anything “poupon.”—Andrew W. Davis, Belleville, MI Recent photo of Eddie Munster's house.—Ed Muninger, Independence, KS After the divorce, his wife's remodelers went to town, leaving only the lone turret and dilapidated Rolls. There's no accounting for taste.—John Weagley, Bridgewater, NJ After paying the dealer for needed maintenance on his Rolls, Bob couldn't afford gas for the car, or for anything else for that matter.—Scott Walker, Lakewood CO Well we're movin' on dowwwn (movin' on down) to the East Side…—Michael Mayor, Millstone, NJ Wayne Manor has really gone down hill lately. I guess Bruce's ARM adjusted.—Bruce Leinberger, Great Falls, VA Ha! Grandma only left you her car in the will, but she left me her house.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY California Real Estate Classifieds: Buy a Rolls-Royce, get a free house.—Vasken Bedirian, Hollywood Hills, CA The scariest thing about the Halloween haunted house was the old Rolls in the driveway.—Jackson Brooks, Loveland, CO For Sale: Rolls-Royce and mansion…the lifestyle you've always RUNNER-UP: The former “Flip This House” host was devastated with the show cancellation and continues a life of quiet solitude.— Lorrie Peterson, Brooks, GA During this downturn, some California home builders will try any incentive to sell a new home. This one is offering a free Rolls-Royce with every new home sold.—Craig Vachon, El Dorado Hills, CA The former Enron executive retreat will soon be auctioned off to the highest bidder.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA dreamed about, in a turn-key package. Move in, just bring your toothbrush. Package price: $750,000.—Jim Rosenthal, M.D., Annapolis, MD Spanky Trump was never quite able to match his big brother's financial success.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Rip Van Winkle's alarm clock is on the fritz.—Gary Law, Hornby Island, British Columbia, CAN No sub-prime loan issue here; this is your house on drugs.—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Mystery Photo Response Deadline: November 25, 2007 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCMFright Pig Inspector” cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. This Month's 136 Sports Car Market

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SportsCarMarket.com After release from the asylum, fi xing up the house, and buying a Roller with Mom's life insurance money, Norman “Psycho” Bates is living large.—Fred Sherk, Palmyra, PA Poverty sucks, redux.—Dan Weisshaar, Costa Mesa, CA As they say, you can live in your ride but you can't drive your crib.—Larry Smith, Pontiac, MI Hey over there, that thing got a HEMI?—Ken Bohn, Louisville, KY “Maintenance on the Rolls has been a little steeper than I had planned,” cried Lord Wannabe.—Frank Veros, Boca Raton, FL A fellow SCMer has perfectly illustrated that everything my 89-year-old Grandpa Bruce owns is a study in deferred maintenance.—Brandon Blexrude, Madison, WI So they loaded up the truck and they moved to Beverly…—Stan Swartz, Bradenton, FL The owner, a 2002 Powerball winner, laments, “If I had it to do all over again, I would have hired a fi nancial advisor.”—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT Teddy, have you seen the chauffeur lately?—Dan Rose, Stamford, VT You can sleep in your car but you can't drive your house to work.—Thomas Nadeau, Boston, MA I don't know what went wrong. I was tellin' her about my gated estate, my mansion, and my Rolls, and things were lookin' good. Then I bought her a Pabst Blue Ribbon and showed her the photo. When I looked up she was asprintin' toward the door.—Gary Crum, Junction City, OR “Cars II: The Michael Vick Story.”—James Gignac, DePere, WI Location, location, location.—Tom Bush, Mauston, WI Terry Dreher, demonstrating his Canadian wit, wins a soon-to-be collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.♦ Comments with your renewal Great job. How about a few more articles about life in the hobby, like insurance, storage, and dealing with your spouse.—A. Benjamin, Lafayette, CO. Tricky subjects, all, though only two have real answers.—KM Never show a photo of a car without adding the make, model, and year. It helps learn more about cars. Great magazine. The best.—A. Ahrens, Marietta, GA. Good point, thank you for the suggestion.—KM Love the magazine. Your team is great, too. Keep up the good coverage and journalistic integrity.—C. Bennett, Atlanta, GA I completely understand the absence of Barrett-Jackson coverage—applaud it even—but as a policy, it should be explained.—B. Ehrmann, New York, NY. In fact, there is no absence of B-J coverage. The fi rm currently hosts only two sales a year, Scottsdale and West Palm Beach, and we have reporters (often several) at both of them. And as January rolls around, expect more of the same.—KM It's an excellent publication.—T. Purves, New York, NY The World's Largest Market Value Web Site VISIT THE NEW AND ENCHANCED SPORTSCARMARKET.COM! World's Largest Auction Database: See the cars that didn't make the magazine—every car we cover is available on the web, while only a portion make it to print each month. SCM Article Archive: Read Profi les, Shifting Gears, Affordable Classics, and more Auction and Event Calendar: Use our stateof-the-art calendar and map tool to fi nd upcoming auctions and events near you Interactive Photo Gallery: Comment on and rate your favorite SCM photos, with new photos being added regularly Online Contests, Games, and Polls: Try your hand at this month's crossword puzzle, enter our Mystery Photo contest, and tell us which car you'd buy if someone handed you a blank check Keep up the great work.—J. Sherman, Boynton Beach, FL More mid-year Corvettes.—S. Elias, Coral Springs, FL The best.—C. Dearing Jr., N. Dartmouth, MA Please keep the motorcycle stuff. It is welcome and well presented. This is my favorite car magazine.— D. Reichel, Oceanside, CA Dump the damn motorcycles. More Colin Comer. Best magazine in the world.—R. Warner, Port Washington, WI Keep up the terrifi c work.— Greenberg & Greenberg, Stockton, CA You have a well-balanced view of the car hobby. SCM is always entertaining.—G. Allen, Concord, CA Keep up the good work.—J. Richards, Prescott, AZ Less on muscle cars. Otherwise, a great job.—D. Hicks, Atlanta, GA I've let a lot of magazines go, but not the ones that are the best. Keep up the good work.—B. Cox, Hanover, MN And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ Looking to Stay on Top of the Market? GO Platinum! Fully Searchable Auction Database: The 40,000-entry SCM auction database with added graphing features to make following the market even easier Market Trend Graphs: Pick up to fi ve cars and see how they compare Digital SCM: Download the latest copy up to two weeks before it reaches homes! Sign up for the NEW SCM Platinum December 2007 137 SPORTSCARMARKET.COM CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. Canadian LaDawri Conquest Body 1964 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk II Produced mid-march 1965, one of the last few made. Excellent condition, 51,519 miles, believed to be original. No rust, SC engine that looks and runs like new. Flawless. Original Koni Blue shocks. Ivory/Black, easy condition 2, almost 1. $42,500. Robb Brown, 830.990.2700. (TX) 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible German 1965 Porsche 356C coupe Mint condition. 35,500 kilometers (22,000 mi.). Guards Red, black leather. Many upgrades. Mechanically perfect. Paul, pault@coreinternational .com, 800.361.5282 x11. 1995 Audi S6 sedan AWD, turbo, sheepskins, mounted snow tires. $8,495. Joe Weber, audiot1@comcast.net, 503.641.1537. (OR) Italian 1948 Fiat Special monoposto Body has some cracking but light openings never cut. Dash/console included. Hood missing. Very rare, approx. 20–30 extant. $2,000. Greg Davis, vsportauto@usachoice.net, 814.778.5566. (PA) English 1948 MG TC roadster Olde English White. Red top and original red interior. 16,000 miles. Show quality. $15,800. Stephen Cavasini, 561.278.1221. (FL) 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible Ultra-rare factory-delivered with a ZF 5-speed transmission; better yet, Bob Platz restored at a cost in excess of $150k. All documented. Dark green, cognac leather. None better. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SL convertible Intriguing and well-engineered post-war special. Unique tubular frame, Fiat 1100 engine and gearbox with some Cisitalia accessories. Cute and effective. Sure to be hit at any event or tour. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1954 Maserati A6 GCS roadster Fully restored to show-level and fully sorted for spirited use. Finished in yellow with green leather. All weather equipment; this gorgeous car features a synchromesh 5-speed transmission making it a true pleasure to use. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1956 Lotus Eleven LeMans Fresh restoration to original specs, 1,100 cc, SUs, handbrake, spare tire, braided wiring, concours win. Photos at www.putschracing.com Appropriate offers. Casey Putsch, 614.832.8728, www.putschracing .com. (OH) 1957 AC Ace Bristol 4-speed manual, Coronation Cream/black. Bodyoff restoration, electronic overdrive, wire wheels with knockoff hubs. Copley Motorcars Corp., copleycars@aol.com, 781.444.4646, www.copleymotorcars.com. (MA) 1969 MG C GT Bob Hatch prepared, original, flawless car. White, black interior, rare 4-speed transmission. Original tools, books, etc. Perfect in every way. $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www .deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1979 Porsche 930 Turbo dp Zimmermann 4.6-L V8, 5 speed manual, Red/black. Faithful reproduction of 1950s A6 GCS race car, 1,600 pounds, aluminum chassis and body shell, fiberglass body panels reproduced from original A6, 330-hp normally aspirated 4.6 V8, Weber carburetors, disc brakes, 5-speed transmission, wire wheels with knockoff hubs, stainless sidepipe exhaust, “as-new” throughout, fully titled & registered, street legal. Copley Motorcars Corp., copleycars@aol.com, 781.444.4646, (Stuart Carpenter) www.copleymotorcars.com. (MA) SoCal car, p/plates, extensive mechanical/cosmetic redo; 4-speed overdrive, wires, leather upgrade, Olde English White, low original miles, very tidy! $18,500. hughes@sbcarco.com, 805.331.2184. (CA) 1971 Jaguar XKE SII coupe S/N 2R28546, 75,900 miles. Same owner 13 years. Fully maintained, excellent original condition. No rust, rebuilt engine and mechanicals, new interior, Nardi, Avons, history, tools. $34,500. Don Harris, sa_harris@dccnet.com. #BEX339, original 100D engine #673D. Totally original & rust-free. Stored for 35 years, one owner. 22,672 miles. Excellent mechanics. Runs & drives superbly. With new paint, carpets, and some minor mechanical work, this car would make a great rally car. 805.568.1934, www.charlescrail.com. (CA) 1958 Turner Rare, aced SCCA events. Use on the street or race. Title. $15,000. Margaret Schneider, margaret .schneider@worldnet.att.net. 138 Rare factory hard top. DVD available. $9,995. John McNulty, JLMcN@frontiernet.net, 315.855.4368. (NY) Sports Car Market 1975 Triumph TR6 convertible 47,800 km, orig. paint with dp decals, orig. engine modified by Porsche Weissach (380hp), matching numbers, RUF 5-speed, 8/11x15” Fuchs, “Matter”-rollbar, 1180 kg, purchased new from famous Porsche pilot, unrestored, mint condition, recent major service done. $85,000. Peter Kahl, peter .kahl@gmx.net, +49.89.72440880. (DEU) 1988 Porsche 928 S4 coupe Outstanding driver with straight, solid body. Much restoration work completed. Series II GTE prototype. Unique opportunity to acquire a special bit of history. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjun ction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction .com. (CA) 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE coupe

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SCM Showcase Gallery 1962 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Reconfiguration 1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 coupe 1990 Ferrari Mondial T spyder original color repaint. Fully mechanically restored. New brakes and tires. Runs and drives like a new car. A rare and untouched pre-war V8 woody that can be driven and shown anywhere. Make people smile. $135,000 or best offer for quick sale. Martin Button, martin@cosdel.com, 415.559.2636. (CA) 1942 Ford Super Deluxe woody wagon s/n 39005GT. Beautiful, accurate Giordanengo aluminum body with high-quality workmanship throughout. Completed by Greg Jones. Perfect for Saturday mornings and tours. Six Webers. $325,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1965 ASA 1000GT coupe Beautiful condition with dealer engine rebuild less than 4k miles ago. Recent brakes. Runs and drives perfectly. Everything works including a/c. Ex-major Seattle collection. Completely original with full books and tools. Email for complete picture file and very reasonable price. Martin Button, martin@cosdel.com, 415.559.2636. (CA) 1986 Alfa Romeo GTV6 Callaway Original, unblemished white /tan/black, 26,800 documentable miles, two owners. Purchased and serviced at Orange County Ferrari. Engine-out belt service May 2007. No excuses. $44,000. Patricia Lanni, patricialanni@hotmail.com. Japanese 2000 Honda S2000 convertible Great Southern California history. Fantastic original wood. All options including heater, radio, and Columbia rear end. A show-quality car that is fully sorted for real driving. Finished in Phoebe Gray metallic. Inquire for further details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) Truly a baby Ferrari, from its Bizzarrini-designed chassis to the end of its Bertone sharknose. Distinctive Ferrari valve layout. Lovely example with interesting history in great condition. Surprisingly capable, a wonderful car for any event. $85,000. Fantasy Junction, chris@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Twin Turbo V6, 5-speed Manual, black/black. Approx. 3,500 mi. on rebuilt motor & turbos, new clutch, all new flex joints, most other components replaced. Has many performance items. Maratona body kit & Callaway wing, 17” Etoile 3-piece wheels with new tires. Very clean car, no rust. Owned over 13 years, garage kept. Located in New Port Richey, Florida. I am entertaining offers of $20k and up. Email for additional photos and information. Steve Barber, macgyvertech@verizon.net. (FL) 1965 Ford, Mustang fastback All recalls performed, 19,150 miles, optional windblocker, 2,000 miles on Yoko AVS ES100 tires. Garaged, covered, no rain. 2nd owner. $18,500. Richard Keach, 619.702.8077. (CA) Formula Mazda roller 289 A-code V8, 4-speed, 68,000 mi., Rangoon Red/white, Restored, Pony interior, Rallye Pack gauges, factory power steering, factory air conditioning. Copley Motorcars Corp., copleycars@aol.com, 781.444.4646, (Stuart Carpenter) www.copleymotorcars.com. (MA) Less eng. + misc. Super clean & beautiful. $6,750 takes it. Bill Hair, automojo@hughes.net, 805.466.1015. (CA) American 1914 Ford T Touring 1965 Ford Mustang fastback Leather, 640 hp, 5-sp, Blonde/black leather. Lowmaintenance, vivacious blonde with an exclusive sense of style, an impeccable pedigree, and a habit of overachievment seeks same for long drives, hot laps on the race track, or just spending time in the garage alone together. I'm looking for one of a kind, are you? 847.838.3749. (IL) 1966 Chevrolet Corvair 500 coupe ORDER YOURS TODAY! Just $17.95, plus shipping. Keith Martin's Guide to Car Collecting is an almanac worth its weight in vintage Weber carburetors. Created especially for fans of collectible cars and Sports Car Market. Filled with over 300 pages of incisive articles, hard data, market analysis, and the world's largest resource directory for collectors. To Order: Phone 800.289.2819; Fax 503.253.2234; Online at www.sportscarmarket.com 140 Original wood and leather in excellent condition. 3rd seat. New OEM top. Patina to Barcelona Blue Professional restoration to fine museum quality. No expense spared. Perfect brass. $25,000. Don Kiesbuy, 509.924.7936. (WA) 1941 Ford Super Deluxe woody wagon 100% original w/29,800 true miles. Simply the best. Have many pics. $6,250. Ray Adler, 410.532.2026. (MD) 1966 Ford Mustang GT convertible 4-speed, A-code, a/c, ps, pt, discs, Pony interior, red/white, California car. $40,000. David, dphunt61 @yahoo.com, 770.643.7900. (GA) Sports Car Market

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1967 Shelby GT 350 fastback 1 2 3 8 S/N 1416 (in '97 SAAC Registry) equipped with inboard lights, Hurst shifter, Pertronics ignition, tubular headers, Eibachs, balanced driveshaft, under-rider bars, power brakes & steering, 10-spoke wheels, upgraded radiator, excellent interior and paint, lots of TLC. $125,000. Joe Noyes, 949.786.6223. (CA) 1968 Corvette convertible 10 15 19 22 26 28 Numbers matching 327/300, 4-sp. Second owner, 58,000 original miles. Complete frame-off restoration by County Corvette that cost $118,000. (a/c, ps, pb, pw). $68,900. Dennis, 215.771.3030. (PA) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible 31 36 40 45 47 4-sp convertible, s/n 03275. Highland Green. Car has 55k original miles Completely restored. Original paperwork includes original order sheet and invoice from Shelby American. A beautiful, well-documented car with no stories and listed in the Shelby Registry. Currently located outside Denver, CO. Must sell or trade for Ford GT plus cash. Other interesting muscle car trades considered. Karman, 800.530.2600 x 103, kdcrmms@hotmail.com. (CO) 1996 Chevrolet Corvette LT4 coupe 48 52 53 Across 6-sp. Red inside and out. 9,600 miles. Excellent condition. $32,000. Frank Paasch, 570.222.2368. (PA) 2000 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Serviced regularly, never raced or abused. Full disclosure will be made upon inquiry. $23,500. Roger Dotson, rfdotson@aol.com, 801.361.3508. (UT) 2002 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Automatic, chrome wheels, less than 7,500 miles, extended warranty to June 2008 in as-new condition. Robin Retzlaff, rkretzlaff@cox.net, 479.248.1442. (AR) ♦ 1. 1907 founder of the company that became Alfa Romeo 4. French partner of 1 across 8. Fiat's planned Junior Alfa will compete with BMW-built ____ 10. Dripping out 12. He designed the 1910 24 hp Alfa 15. Speedwagon builder 17. 1921 Alfa Romeo 20/30 hp __ Sport 18. Scored a victory 19. 1974 ___ 33 TT 12 21. Designer lured to Alfa Romeo from Fiat in 1923 22. Progress 24. Not rated, briefly 26. City featured in the Alfa Romeo logo 28. Companies, for short 31. Close friend 32. Essential accessories (slang) 33. 158 that won the 1950 F1 World Championship 36. A Horace piece 38. ____sud 39. Not off 40. Alfa's “Flying Mantuan” 43. ____-glycerine 45. Home of the Alfa Romeo Museum 46. Dist. counter 47. Bl., gr, and wh. are examples 48. Measured by a stopwatch 49. Alfa sedan for the Italian police— ___ Super 52. Put a car through its paces 53. Listener 54. ____ Giulietta of 1977 55. Boring Alfa/Nissan hatchback of 1984 Down 1. Traditional Alfa Romeo quality 2. Alfa's 2nd place finisher in the 1920 Targa Florio (first name) 3. Alfa sister company under the Fiat umbrella 4. Badly lit 5. Article for one 6. Wheel sections 7. Tire's need 9. Streamlining feature 11. Original equip. 13. Have the pink slip 14. In the near future For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword December 2007 141 16. Lobos or Lonely Boys? 19. List for the day? 20. Handheld device 21. Alfa's 1951 F1 champ 23. Ferrari become an arch one of these for Alfa 25. Designer of the Alfa Romeo badge, Cattaneo 27. Unfashionable 28. Leaf found on Alfa badge 29. Bare bones 30. A continent crosser, briefly 34. Baseball position, for short 35. Rocky outcrop, in Wales 37. Two in Madrid 38. Congressional helper 41. Web address 42. Neapolitian who took over direction of Alfa in 1916 44. Floor specialist 49. Unit of weight, for short 50. Harmful sunray 51. Also known as, for short 52. Vinci or Gama? 54 55 41 37 42 46 49 50 51 29 32 38 43 44 30 33 34 35 39 20 23 27 11 16 17 21 24 25 12 13 18 14 Alfa Romeo 4 5 6 7 9

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www .barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse .com. (IN) Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have handson experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Legendary Motorcar Company. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. www.ebaymotors.com. Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the fi nest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions .com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.: We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast.com. (GA) 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com. www.usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, 142 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) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net.. (CA) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com. www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www .steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Sports Car Market

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Buy/Sell/General classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic .com. www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-akind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge .com. (FL) Classic Car Transport Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.859.1585, Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. 717 859 1585 (PA),321 287 9368 (FL), 973 991 8385 (NJ) 214 476 8102 (TX), 312 890 8734 (IL), 408 569 7972 (CA). www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 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) T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands.com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 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) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 986658813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, ProTeam Corvettes. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953-2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. proteam@proteamcorvette.com www.proteamcorvette.com. (OH) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the December 2007 With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy.com. (PA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com. www.docsjags.com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; 143 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www.batterytender.com. (FL) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA)

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY 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, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Restoration - General Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags.com. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Inspections 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) 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) Travel Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The offi cial travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October 7–12, 2007. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fi ne wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦ Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, You may have seen our award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377), World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) 712.944.4940. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562 Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) /203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www .morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years 144 Sports Car Market

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Carl Bomstead eWatch Unwelcome Gifts From Argentina Check the back of suspect signs; boot polish fun, Minnie will cost you more— and what about that Boyce bozo? EBAY Thought Carl's It seems lately that everywhere we turn, we are inundated with reproductions, some marke and others not. They have their place, but the vast majority I have encountered recently—bo on the Internet and at major auctions—are meant to deceive. Badges and porcelain signs are coming ou Argentina with alarming frequency, and the quality is exceptional. Fake mascots have long been a con with many experienced collectors simply not buying them any longer, as they don't want to get burned The quality of reproduced signs has improved dramatically, with pronounced shelving or layerin tween the colors of the porcelain. In the past, this has been one of the ways to distinguish the bad guys The backs of real signs, however, are raw rusty steel and they do not have grommets in the mounting holes. Before spending hard-earned money, then realizing you have been had, check the back of the sign and ask yourself if it would be in such pristine condition after 50 years? Here are a few weird items we found on the Internet that are just too goofy to be reproduced. EBAY #150154705686— PACKARD BOOT POLISH JAR. Number of Bids: 3. SOLD AT: $12.49. Date Sold: 8/29/2007. The Packard logo on this jar of polish was dentical to that on the automobile. This was from an era when brands and logos were not legally protected and there were not seven lawyers on every street corner ready to earn their pound of flesh if someone stepped over the line. No worries here, however, as I'm sure the fine quality of Packard automobiles was evident in this jar of boot polish…. A cute gowith for the committed Packard collector. EBAY #170144496921—CHEVROLET OK USED TRUCK SIGN. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $4,191.41. Date Sold: 9/5/2007. This porcelain sign was in good condition and was in the shape of a tag. It was about six feet tall. The same seller also offered one for used cars and it sold for $500 less with only ten bids. Seller stated, on both signs, that he had an offer of $7,000 so bid accordingly. Let's see, I can sell it for seven grand locally or to some unknown on the Internet for $3,000 less…what's wrong with this picture? EBAY #230164491300—1940 SUNSET OIL COMPANY MAP. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $102.50. Date Sold: 8/29/2007. This was from an era when gas stations offered service and maps and directions were free for the asking. Many early maps were very graphic and are now highly collectible. Value falls in line with the collectibility of the oil company that issued them, along with the nature of the graphics. This map was rather plain, but Sunset is a hot brand for the left coasters. I'm not surprised at the final price. Y #180153105450—PATHFINDER INDIAN MASCOT. Number of Bids: 12. T: $925. Date Sold: 9/2/2007. This French mascot dates to the '30s and was signed by ne. It is pictured in the Ames/Williams mascot book on page 204. This example was d on a unique base that was stamped Mona, Ark., which makes f ing combination. For some unknown reason, the French did a n very detailed and interesting mascots depicting American In EBAY #280143959189—1934 MICKEY MOUSE CAR MASCOT. Number o Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $3,300. Date Sold: 8/26/2007. This Mickey mascot was made b Desmo, an English company, and they made several versions of Mickey, under licen Disney. This retained most of the original enamel, but I have seen others in better co tion. The tough one to find, in decent condition, is Minnie. Price paid was in line fo Mickey, but expect to pay a bunch more for his partner. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals 180153096549— OYCE OTOMETER CAR SCOT. Number s: 19. SOLD 70.89. Date Sold: 07. This Boyce ter was unique in that it had an add-on wreath eyeshade. I have not seen this accessory wreath before and it just about tripled the value of the MotoMeter. But there's more to the story. I am told the piece was returned for a refund, but sent poorly packaged, which resulted in a couple of serious cracks to the eyeshade. It was repaired and re-listed, selling for $220.50 the second time around. I hope the seller was able to get some money from the first bozo. EBAY #180152975885— DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN PONTIAC DEALER SIGN. Number of Bids: 32. SOLD AT: $2,716. Date Sold: 9/4/2007. This sign was in decent condition with a few dings on each side along, with some minor edge wear, and should have brought close to $5,000. This auction was a perfect example of not to sell on eBay. The sign sted as a Pontiac gas station n Oil Co. sign with no menwhatsoever of what it was of. The correct information dded later but the damage een done. The sad part was he seller was listing it for one else, so the $2,000 or so was lost due to his ignorance not affect him one bit. ♦ POSTMASTER postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market

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