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Sports Car Market Ay, Carrera! Legal Files: Who Pays When a Borrowed Racer Crashes? Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 1966 Porsche 906 $898k $300k Bugatti Duel: Preserved Beauty vs. Barn Find Project Has Futurliner Fever Burned Out? DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST 2011 WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and T 40 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder orts Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and T 40 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder 56 56 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Coupe IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 40 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder — $940,011/Bonhams The Daytona Spyder market is particularly active, with cars changing hands like million-dollar baseball trading cards Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 44 1968 AC 428 Fastback Coupe — $110,000/Worldwide Auction prices have remained flat in the past few years. Maybe it's the car's slightly awkward styling, the huge costs of restoration — or that they're just not as sexy as a Cobra Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 48 1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupe — $48,105/Bonhams Proving once again the adage that “almost all valuable cars are rare but not all rare cars are valuable,” the market for this Salmson is thin at best Donald Osborne GERMAN (VIDEO) 50 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible — $68,750/Worldwide $100,000 280SLs were pipe dreams just a few years ago. This is no longer the case, as buyers are realizing how rewarding and classic these vintage Mercedes are Stephen Serio AMERICAN (VIDEO) 54 1939 GM Futurliner — $247,500/Worldwide It is true that $247,500 is a bargain in comparison with the $4.32m B-J sale. That said, cheap doesn't really apply here. In the case of a Futurliner, the cheapest thing you can do is buy it B. Mitchell Carlson RACE (VIDEO) 56 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Coupe — $898,000/Bonhams It's a racing Porsche, and although it didn't exactly leave Zuffenhausen as a complete car, it has real parts and real period racing history Thor Thorson 6 Cover photograph: Courtesy of Bonhams Text SCM to 22828 FREE weekly newsletter Sports Car Market GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 184 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM 60 Auburn, IN: The Labor Day weekend staple totals $18.4m B. Mitchell Carlson and Phil Skinner WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS 72 Auburn, IN: High-end and middle-market collectibles bring a record $13.3m in Auburn B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS 84 Beaulieu, UK: Restorations and barn finds at the annual Autojumble auction total $4.3m Paul Hardiman H&H 94 Duxford, UK: H&H sells 40 cars for $4.1m at the Imperial War Museum Paul Hardiman SILVER AUCTIONS 104 Sun Valley, ID: Silver brings eclectic consignments to Sun Valley, totaling $818k Jack Tockston EBAY MOTORS 118 Lambos to Camaros—some of this month's best buys Chad Tyson


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30 2011 Targa Adelaide COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears A swap meet is truly a field of dreams, where rusted, incomplete hulks become fully restored jewels in the wide eyes of each enthusiast Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic: Porsche 914/4 You can still find good ones for under $10k, and a well-sorted car can deliver a classic driving experience. Peter Zimmermann 28 Legal Files If there is nothing in writing to prove the agreement between the race car owner and the driver who was borrowing the car, the owner effectively relies on the driver being a gentleman after the accident Martin Emmison and John Draneas 42 Sheehan Speaks Starting with a project car and committing to having everything done from the start is less expensive than buying a ready-to-go Ferrari and doing an incremental restoration Michael Sheehan 130 eWatch A license plate frame in the shape of the state of Tennessee, Billy the Kid's ancient photo, an Andy Gump toy car and a Minnie Mouse hood ornament catch the attention of collectors Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 2011 Targa Adelaide: A new event in a car-crazy capital 32 BMW Car Club of America High-Performance School: Confusion, clarity and complex curves 34 Porsche Parade 2011: Chasing perfection in Savannah 36 Beaulieu International Autojumble: A giant swap meet to put on your bucket list 38 Miles Collier — Collecting Thoughts: Two Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupes: Only $34k separates one preserved beauty from another possible fright pig DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line: Allure of the Automobile 16 Contributors: Get to know our writers 18 You Write, We Read: Jaguar Pirana Bertone concept car, A Bricklin fan, Chevy 409s and MGBs after the Road to Reno 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Time Pieces: Omega Escapement Model 22 Neat Stuff: Fuji Finepix camera, Illuminup light mat 24 In Miniature: 1955 Studebaker President Speedster 24 Book Review: Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving 114 Glovebox Notes: 2012 BMW 650i Coupe, 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i convertible 116 Fresh Meat: 2011 Bentley Mulsanne, 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG, 2006 BMW M5 120 Mystery Photo: “…If you restore me, girls will come.” SCM Digital Bonus 8 Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ digital or call 503.261.0555 ext. 1 120 Comments with Your Renewal: “Keith — get off your duff and write an article on the Elise.” 121 SCM Weekly Poll Results: Which late-model supercar would get you the most looks in Monterey? 122 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 126 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs Sports Car Market


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin From Carlisle to Carousel hour northeast of St. Louis), it attracts well over 15,000 Corvettes for an orgy of all things plastic-fantastic. I was the emcee at a variety of events. On Saturday night, Yager asked me to warm up the crowd for the band, which featured Don Felder, lead guitarist of the Eagles and composer of many of their bestknown hits. Looking out over 20,000 rabid Corvette fans waiting to hear the opening strains of “Hotel California,” it didn't seem like the right time to give a half-hour talk on the philosophy of what makes a car collectible. Or pontificate about the continued downward spiral of C4 prices. Or to make “Wrap Your Ass in Fiberglass” jokes. I decided to ask the audience if they loved Corvettes (they did!) and then introduced Yager and his family. Wendie said I did a perfect job. Grand finale My final sweep across the country had its first stop in Carlisle, PA, Martin and SCM Reporter Chip Lamb examining the Tetanus Special at Carlisle T he collector car summer goes out with a roar. For me, it was a blur of events that included Fall Auburn, the Kirkland Concours, Funfest, Fall Carlisle and a visit to the Milhous Collection. My airline status for next year is assured; I'll always be the one who gets asked first whether he wants the spinach lasagna or the shrimp chef's salad. Travel has its rewards. What all these events have in common is that they celebrate our passion for motorcars. Whether it's a 2012 Carlisle Blue Corvette ZR1 or a rusty swap meet Renault that is a walking advertisement for checking the date of your last tetanus update, there is someone, somewhere whose life won't be complete unless this object of their fantasies is in their garage. 31 Flavors At Fall Auburn, we were filming more episodes of “What's My Car Worth” for Velocity (formerly Discovery HD Theater). SCMer Donald Osborne was my co-host, and the two of us chanting “Here comes the Judge” as we circled a 1970 Pontiac GTO is sure to go viral on YouTube. Someday. In just one short year, Fall Auburn has made dramatic strides to- ward recovering its former strength. RM Auctions bought the derelict, abused remains of Kruse International and created a new division, Auctions America, to operate it. Run by Donnie Gould, Gord Duff, Keith Koscak, Ken Wallace, Glenn Bator and Wayne Pitt, it is as if RM sent in a giant street sweeper to clean up the facilities and the methods of operation. Their initial successes are impressive. From Auburn it was on to the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, in Kirkland, WA. This was my ninth year as co-emcee, along with Ed Herrmann, of the event, and it was terrific. It was also the last. The day after the concours, it was announced that the event was being moved to the showfield at the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, WA. The LeMay Museum represents a bold step for car collectors in the Pacific Northwest, and the relocation of the concours is a logical one. Hotel California, Effingham-style There was no sense unpacking bags. Wendie and I just grabbed an- other set and headed to the airport — destination Funfest in Effingham, IL. Accompanying us were Wendie's father, Chevrolet drag-race engine builder Dick Ewing, Corvette expert Michael Pierce and SCM Advertising Executive Tom Mann. Funfest was founded 18 years ago by Mike Yager, owner of MidAmerica Motorworks, as a way of giving back to his many Corvette customers. Held on the company grounds in Effingham, IL (about an 10 where we filmed this year's final episodes of “What's My Car Worth” at Fall Carlisle. In this “Special Edition,” dealers Mark Hyman and Peter Klute tried to buy the cars brought by owners to the show. Auctions America CEO Donnie Gould was there as well, and offered sellers the option of taking their cars across the street to the Fall Carlisle auction. All nine cars brought to the show sold, to Peter and Mark or through the auction — they're real deals, with real money involved. The shows air in November. Tune in — I think you'll enjoy the drama. We pundits often predict the demise of swap meets such as Fall Carlisle, believing that they will be replaced by the efficiencies and vast inventory of the Internet. We're wrong. Car guys (and gals) simply get too much pleasure out of hanging out together and haggling over useless old bits, for swap meets to go away. After all, a swap meet is truly a field of dreams, where rusted, incomplete hulks become fully restored jewels in the wide eyes of each enthusiast who walks by. From Carlisle, it was a short trip to Boca Raton, FL, to film an episode of a new series, “Million Dollar Collections.” Produced by WMCW creator Roger Williams, it takes a look at significant collections and the people behind them. Featured in this episode was the Milhous Collection, being offered for auction in February by RM Auctions and Sotheby's. As the host of the show, I spent the day with the co-founder, Bob Milhous, and was the beneficiary of his voluminous knowledge about mechanical musical instruments. Along with his brother Paul, he has put together one of the largest collections of pipe organs, reproducing pianos and more in the world. And let's not forget the full-sized carousel in the center of the museum. Milhous started out as a car enthusiast, and still has his first collec- tor car, a 1934 Packard 1101 Convertible Victoria that won best of show at Pebble Beach in 1975. Not a bad way to begin a collection. As our shoot came to a close, one final trip on an airplane to get me home and back to a waiting family was welcome. Just as there's no world like the collector car world, there's no place like home. Welcome American Car Collector We're launching a new magazine. American Car Collector will take the existing Corvette Market and expand it to cover the world of American cars, from Ford to Chevy to Mopar to Hot Rod. Over the years, we have received many requests to increase our coverage of American cars, and having a separate publication will allow us to do that without diluting the content of SCM. There will continue to be profiles of American cars in SCM, and there will be the same number of American cars in the SCM auction reports. If being immersed in the world of “4-speed, dual quad, Positraction 409s” is your idea of a terrific read, American Car Collector is the magazine for you. As a member of the SCM family, we're offering you a very attractive “get-to-know-us” introductory offer, take a look at it on the facing page. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost; and a 1990 Ferrari F40, driven just 124 miles since restoration. H&H Sales Ltd.—The Pavilion Gardens Where: Buxton, UK When: December 7 More: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 43/65 cars sold / $1.4m H&H's traditional winter sale 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost at Bonhams in Brooklands, UK Mecum Auctions—Kansas City Auction Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 1–3 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 435/673 cars sold / $9.9m 750 vehicles are expected for this Midwest winter auction. Last year, sales totaled nearly $10m. Count on a massive selection of American muscle, hot rods, sports cars and pickups at five-digit price points, plus plenty of prime $100k+ collectibles. Headliners include a 1967 Ford Mustang resto-mod rated at 700 hp and a 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible with a 428 and 6-speed. And of course, the cameras will be rolling for live broadcast on Discovery's Velocity Network. The Raleigh Classic Where: Raleigh, NC When: December 2–3 More: www.raleighclassic.com The climate-controlled Jim Graham Building at North Carolina State Fairgrounds is a great venue for getting out of the December weather. Early consignments at this twice-annual sale include a 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible, restored about 20 years ago; a 1950 Studebaker Commander starlight coupe, unrestored except for a recent high-quality repaint; and a well-optioned 1959 Chevrolet Parkwood station wagon, described as “in like-new condition.” Bonhams—Important Motor Cars and Fine Automobilia Where: Brooklands, UK When: December 1 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 53/74 cars sold / $5.6m This annual sale returns for a second time to fabulous Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey, with the Brooklands Museum and Brooklands Circuit close by. Star cars include a 1953-1955 AustinHealey 100 Works car; a 1913 is held at the Octagon Theatre and Paxton Suite at Buxton Pavilion Gardens. The diverse offerings always include a variety of British and European sports, luxury and race cars, an interesting assortment of pre-war classics and a few American imports. Headlining the 2011 auction is a 1951 Jaguar XK 120 roadster with extensive period racing history. Hollywood Wheels—4th Annual Palm Beach Collector Car Auction Where: West Palm Beach, FL When: December 8–11 More: www.seeyouontheblock. com Last year: 149/335 cars sold / $5.2m A total of 335 vehicles of all kinds are slated to cross the block at Hollywood Wheels' Palm Beach sale. Featured consignments include a one-of-one 1957 GMC Palomino pickup, built as a Motorama Auto Show truck for the 1956 Chicago Auto Show, with full history confirming 9,000 original miles; and the 1958 DeSoto Adventurer convertible “pilot car,” thought to be one of just five electronic fuelinjected Adventurer convertibles built and the only surviving example. Barons—Annual Yuletide Classic Where: Surrey, UK When: December 13 More: www.barons-auctions.com Last year: 45/69 cars sold / $1.1m This annual event is one of the final sales of the year, happening just in time for lastminute collector car Christmas shopping. It takes place at Esher Hall in Surrey, and the atmosphere is easygoing and unpretentious. Look for a broad range of classics from all over at affordable price points. ♦ 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: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. NOVEMBER 1—BARONS Surrey, UK 3-5—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Glenview, IL 4—BONHAMS London, UK 4—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, UK 5—VANDERBRINK Rochester, IN 12—BONHAMS Los Angeles, CA 12—VICARI Panama City Beach, FL 16—BONHAMS Harrogate, UK 18-20—LEAKE Dallas, TX 18-20—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 1950 Studebaker Commander starlight coupe at the Raleigh Classic 12 Sports Car Market 21—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 25-26—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Houston, TX 30—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK DECEMBER 1—BONHAMS Brooklands, UK 1-3—MECUM Kansas City, MO 2-3—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 7—COYS London, UK 7—H&H Buxton, UK 8-11—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS West Palm Beach, FL 13—BARONS Surrey, UK JANUARY 12-14—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 12-14—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Las Vegas, NV 14—COYS Birmingham, UK 15-22—BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 19—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 19-20—RM Phoenix, AZ 19-22—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 20-21—GOODING & CO Scottsdale, AZ 20-21—SILVER Ft. McDowell, AZ 24-29—MECUM Kissimmee, FL


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. 1954 Plymouth Explorer Sports Coupe at Allure of the Automobile SCM News ■ The city of Portland, Oregon — home to SCM — discovered the joys of seeing 16 world-class collector cars on display in an art museum this past summer. Cars on display included a 1937 MercedesBenz 540K Special Roadster, a 1957 Jaguar XK-SS and a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato coupe. The Allure of the Automobile exhibit from June 11 to September 17 at the Portland Art Museum roared to success from the very start. Museum attendance was 106,000 during the exhibition, compared with 50,000 during a typical summer. There were 34 exhibition-related special events, which is five times the usual summer schedule. SCMer Jay Leno talked cars at one special event, which sold out in two hours and raised $60,000 — and an additional $10,000 from Leno. Every museum event sold out. SCM was a sponsor of the exhibition, and Publisher Martin took an active role in fundraising, planning and participating in special showings and events. SCM contributor Ken Gross was curator of the exhibition. In addition, Alex Hofberg, owner of Portland-based Watchworks — and SCM's Time Pieces writer — sponsored Cars in the Park, a companion event that brought collector car clubs and cars outside the museum each Saturday during the exhibition. More than 900 collector cars were displayed outside the museum. Best of all, people who would not usually go to an art museum 14 Allure of the Automobile Contributors These SCMers made significant donations that helped make the Allure of the Autmobile exhibition possible: Barrett-Jackson Kevin Blount, Portland, OR Chubb Personal Insurance Mark Dorman, Portland, OR Nancy and Jim Feldman, Portland, OR Barney Hallingby, New York, NY Alex Hofburg, Portland, OR Emir Ibrahimpasic, Portland, OR Mark Johnson, Marysville, WA John Loacker, Portland, OR Keith and Wendie Martin, Portland, OR Roger Morrison, Salina, KS Glenn Mounger, Bainbridge Island, WA George Packouz, Portland, OR Reliable Carriers Bill Scheffler, Westport, CT showed up for the exhibition, and just about everyone who saw the cars recognized them as art. Events ■ Everyone tends to go a little crazy during the holiday season, but the British just might go over the top a little with Le Jog, a “Brilliant, Tough, Challenging, Pleasant Nightmare” of a rally that takes drivers and cars from Land's End to John O'Groats in cold, rain, mud and deep water. This four-day, 1,500-mile rally will be from December 10–13 and run drivers and cars through a harrowing series of tests during the drive from southwest England to the north of Scotland. 1957 Jaguar XK-SS at Allure Sign up now, as this event, believe it or not, fills up quickly each year. The fee is about $3,560, but writing that check is the easiest part of the whole deal. www.hero. org.uk. (UK) ■ The Essen Motor Show promises “more action, girls and cars” for this year's November 26 to December 4 show in — you guessed it — Essen, Germany. New cars, collector cars, car parts and wild events are always part of this huge show. The event will feature hot rods, a show and shine and a special display of Monte Carlo Rally cars from 1911 to the present day. Show organizers also promise a great display of classic cars in the Classic and Prestige Salon. www. essen-motorshow.de. (DEU) ■ December in Barcelona, Spain, is Auto Retro time, and this year's extravaganza runs from December 4 to 8. Auto Retro is one of the biggest car shows in Europe, but it's not all new cars. Vintage and collector cars are part of each show, and Barcelona is a pretty nice place to steal some December sun. Amazing cars, automobilia and gearheads from all over the world abound. www. autoretro.es. (ESP) ♦ Essen Motor Show Sports Car Market Marc Emerson


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SCM Contributors PETER ZIMMERMANN, SCM Contributor, attended high school in Santa Monica, CA, followed by a stint in the U.S. Navy. His career as a Porsche technician began post-Navy at G&M Motors in Culver City, CA, followed by a few years at an independent shop called Porschop, also in the Los Angeles area. He co-founded the repair shop Red Line Service in June 1976 and operated that shop until its sale in 1999. Along the way, he wrote a Porsche 911 buyer's guide, The Used 911 Story. The original edition was penned in 1979, and the book is still in print, now in its 8th edition. He and his wife, Kate, have four kids. He is a 39-year member of Porsche Club of America. He shares his thoughts on Porsche 914s in this month's Affordable Classic on p. 26. PAUL MURRELL, SCM Contributor, has been a car nut since age 3, when his mother noticed he could identify oncoming cars from their engine note alone. Since then, he has owned more than his fair share and forged a career in advertising in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Singapore, specializing in automotive accounts. Now living in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, he indulges his passion for fine food, fine wine and fine cars (although not at the same time). His garage currently holds a one-off Porsche 911 Speedster, originally built for famed Porsche racing driver and Australian Porsche agent Alan Hamilton, and a Holden Monaro CV8 (you'd know it better as a Pontiac GTO). There is an empty space where a historic MG TC Special race car used to reside until it was sold to a West Australian enthusiast, so Paul is scouring the classifieds, seeking a replacement track car, preferably open-wheeled. This is his first article for SCM, so travel with him to the Adelaide Targa on p. 30. ROBERTAMES, SCM Contributor, is a real estate developer and recovering banker who has been active in auto racing and collecting for the past 50 years. His collection includes an Alfa 6C 1750 Super Sport, Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, Austin-Healey 100S, Porsche Speedster, Lotus 19, and the obliga- tory '32 Ford Roadster. He has driven London to Brighton many times. He has held an SCCA National competition license for 40 years and is a founder of Portland International Raceway, where he spends most summer weekends. He is also addicted to car swap meets. His report on the Beaulieu Autojumble is on p. 36. BRYAN WOLFE, SCM IT Manager, attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, for several years, until, much like Steve Jobs, he struck out for the real world. In 2006, he joined SCM, where he has been the IT and Internet wizard ever since. His chief role these days is managing the development of the SCM Family of websites. He also aids in solving IT quandaries (aka fixing Keith's computer), produces our online Vodcasts, manages our social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter, and is responsible for the care and feeding of Earl, the SCM goldfish. He grudgingly drives a 1996 Toyota Camry but would greatly prefer driving almost anything else. If you've got a line on “almost anything else” (preferably a VW Beetle or Volvo 1800ES, both with as much patina as possible) drop him a line at facebook.com/scmbryan. 16 Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auctions Editor Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Data Analyst / Sales Support Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts B. 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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 stock, as I like things as they left the factory. I don't have a fraction of the Bricklin knowledge the longtime owners and fans have, but I do have an unbiased perspective of the car as it compares to other collector cars in the hobby. The article was reasonably As rare as it is to find complete, running cars, they still usually sell for less than $15k, a price that could allow anyone into the collector car world… Pirana to Espada? To the Editor: It was with complete astonish- ment that I found a car that you had reviewed in your July issue which once belonged to my father (July, “eBay Motors,” p. 140). My father had one of the finest car collections on the East Coast in the 1970s through 1980s. On a trip to England, he came into contact with a gentleman who owned the Jaguar Pirana Bertone show car. My father purchased the Pirana for approximated $7,000 in 1972. At that time, it was original, with the original silver metallic paint. Under financial duress, my father was eventually forced to liquidate his collection, and the Pirana was sold. A wealthy college friend of mine purchased it for $18,000 in 1984. My friend had an accident with the car in the late 1980s, and he decided, without consulting me, to paint it British Racing Green. I was very upset, as the car should have been left with the original color scheme. The car was fun to drive except for its automatic transmission. I enjoyed driving this car for over 3,000 miles. It was a real “crumpet collector.” It always aggravates me greatly whenever the design of the Lamborghini Espada is dis- 18 cussed. Invariably the commentary is that the Marzal show car was the primary influence. I defy anyone to look at the Pirana and not be struck by the similarity of its lines to those of the Espada. Curiously, seldom if ever, is the Pirana given the credit that it deserves as the true inspiration for the Espada. — Joe Mingolla, via email Bricklin a safe bet for an Affordable Classic To the Editor: I read Rob Sass's article “The Safety Car that Didn't Sell” in the June 2011 SCM (Affordable Classic, p. 30) with interest. I have found that any article that bothers to waste column space on the Bricklin SV-1 tends to include it on Top 10 Worst lists or similarly negative press. As a longtime Corvette col- lector and relative Bricklin neophyte, I feel somewhat motivated to comment. I think I cannot be dismissed as one of the fervent Bricklin diehards who can't stand to hear anything uncomplimentary against their object of affection. I actually bought a Bricklin project a couple years ago and quickly learned the value of buying a completed example a few months later. I now have a Safety Green, low-mile car that's very close to fair, with a minimum of factual errors, which were most notably the inaccurate statements about the frequency of colors and the very odd observation that the turbine wheels were “tacky.” (The stock Bricklin turbine reflected possibly the most commonly used aftermarket wheel design used in the mid/late '70s, especially on Corvettes). Personal observations criticizing gauges and steering wheels and “kit car looks” are the writer's prerogative, I suppose, and the outlining of the car's definite mechanical issues and business failure are fair. I'd add that a car developed on a shoestring budget and produced full-time for only two years would expect to need some time for growing pains. The article does also mention the DeLorean's “advantage” of stoking demand whenever the cheesy “Back to the Future” films are broadcast. Personally, I think this is a point in the Bricklin column. However, this letter isn't to complain about the article. There's a bit of snark to it, but there's a lot of pretty good information as well as an incredibly uncomfortable exercise in verbal gymnastics: “it's hard to characterize the Bricklin as particularly unattractive,” which is an entertaining attempt at grudgingly offering a compliment about the car's looks, painful as it was for the writer. My point here is to say that the car being featured in the “Affordable Classic” section is as fine a choice as I can think of. As rare as it is to find complete, running cars, they still usually sell for less than $15k, a price that could allow anyone into the collector car world — and even offer a touch of exotica beyond the ocean of Camaros and Mustangs out there. I'll personally attest to the attention the car gets at a show as well as at a gas station when the gull doors come up or when the disco green comes to rest at a stoplight. I'd also point out that the car does have a very interesting automotive history, not unlike with the Tucker, which did in fact result in an entertaining movie for the car buff. As a car aficionado, I've thoroughly enjoyed reading the history of Malcolm Bricklin's story, complete with the wild political backdrop and the trials and tribulations of starting a new car manufacturer from scratch. I'd think most people interested in cars would agree with the value of the story. I'm not quite sure why the Bricklin produces a generally negative reaction in the automotive press and public. Maybe it's a case of a superiority complex among fans of other marques. But I'll say as a lover of cars in general, it's an overlooked gem in the rough that may yet find its place in our hobby.— Steve Giannangelo, Springfield, IL Keith's MGBs find new, happy homes To the Editor: I just wanted to let you know that the SCM Road to Reno MGB has arrived! It looks sporty and cute! It also was very dusty. Portland is a long way from Collierville, TN. My husband, Greg, did have to recharge the battery, and we then went for a drive around the neighborhood. Greg then gave it a bath and put it in the garage. He is so excited! He had this twinkle in his eyes, especially when he heard the sound of the motor — and when he drove it. It is exactly the same color as the first MGB he owned about 30 years ago. Greg did want me to ask you if he needed to put lead additive in the gasoline for this car. Also, we couldn't find the “Road to Reno” water bottles. We received your e-mail this afternoon. I thought maybe all the drivers liked the GT because it was warmer since it was enclosed. Leather interiors are nice too! Thank you for all your help. I have left you much welldeserved positive feedback with eBay. You have been very kind and patient with us. — Kathy and Greg Stewart, via email Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index American Car Collector............................... 11 Aston Martin of New England..................... 91 Auctions America......................................... 15 Autobooks-Aerobooks............................... 125 Autosport Designs........................................ 67 Barrett-Jackson ............................................ 25 Beverly Hills Car Club............................... 109 BMW Car Club of America, Inc.................. 33 Bonhams ................................................ 21, 23 Canepa.......................................................... 87 Cavallino Events .......................................... 97 Chubb Personal Insurance.......................... 132 Classic Restoration....................................... 69 Classic Showcase......................................... 47 CMC Classic Model Cars ............................ 31 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 131 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 124 Collector Studio ..........................................111 Cooper Classic Collection............................ 99 Copley Motorcars....................................... 108 Crevier Classic Cars, LLC........................... 52 Dan Kruse Classics ...................................... 65 Desert Classic Concours d' Elegance........... 93 Driversource Houston LLC................ 103, 113 European Collectibles ................................ 109 Fantasy Junction......................................... 105 Ferrari of Seattle .......................................... 95 Gooding & Company..................................2-9 Grand Prix Classics ~ Lajolla Ca............... 124 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 103 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 61 Hamann Classic Cars......................... 107, 129 Heacock Classic .......................................... 37 Heritage Classics.......................................... 71 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 89 Intercity Lines .............................................. 29 JC Taylor...................................................... 73 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 123 Kidston......................................................... 13 Kinekt......................................................... 125 Leake Auction Company.............................. 79 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 85 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 105 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc..................... 108 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 125 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................... 121 Northwest House of Hardtops...................... 81 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions............... 75 Park Place LTD............................................ 53 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 107 Poff Transportation .................................... 124 Pro -Team Corvette Sales, Inc...................... 77 Putnam Leasing............................................ 43 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 59 RM Auctions .......................................... 17 ,19 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ..........................111 RPM Autobooks......................................... 125 Russo & Steele LLC .................................. 4–5 Scott Grundfor Co...................................... 119 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 27 Sports & Specialist Cars .............................. 83 Sports Car Market...................................... 119 SWISSVAX AG......................................... 101 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 63 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 125 Volo Auto Museum ...................................... 35 Watchworks................................................ 125 Worldwide Group........................................... 7 20 You Write We Read Why did we sell those cars? To the Editor: Just wanted to let you know how good we made out with the “B.” I used it to commute from Carmel to the many events around Monterey, out to Big Sur, etc. ... I had a ball. My son then drove it down to L.A. for the week and only had one minor hiccup with a seal in the clutch slave cylinder. Thanks to Moss Motors' recommendation, he took it to a shop that dropped what they were doing to fix it (fellow SCMers). He was back on the road in 2.5 hours. He drove it all around L.A. last week, and then to Cars and Coffee in Irvine last Saturday. It performed flawlessly. I think that the car world has it all wrong with these British cars. Wait a minute, I take that back. I bought an MGA from Mecum while there in Monterey, and I kept having to park it on an incline in Carmel so that I could bump start it after it got warm (damn vapor lock). Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for a good car, and I'm sorry that we were never in the same place at the same time so that I could introduce myself, although I am sure your wife mentioned we did meet at one of the events. — Ed Hutchinson, via email A fine 409 or a fake? To the Editor: I love your publication. I have been a car guy my entire life, and I am a little dismayed when things that were only a myth now show up more and more. This is not your fault, and I appreciate the skepticism with which you report the auction sales. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, when all we ever talked about were cars and girls — but cars were easier to understand. The 1961 Chevrolet with a 409 was just a myth (SCM September 2011, “Wally Lewis Collection,” p. 130). I am sure Chevrolet knew how many they really made, alleged to be less than 500. I did not see one reported to be documented until Barrett-Jackson in 1999. I do believe that Chevrolet only produced them with one 4-barrel and not dual quads. So, I open the September publication and see two 1961 Impalas with dual quad 409s. What worries me is the next thing we may read about is a 1957 Bel Air with a Wedgie (undocumented of course) or a 1965 Barracuda with a Hemi. We already have many, many more 1965 GTOs with Tri-Power than GM ever produced. I often wonder what happened to all the small-block Corvettes Chevrolet produced in the 1960s. Thanks for listening, and let me again congratulate you on your magazine. — Joe Gilardi, via email A head-turning 1942 Cadillac To the Editor: We picked up your latest edi- tion, and while reading it, much to our surprise was the very 1942 Cadillac Series 62 that we purchased off of eBay (September 2011, “Monterey Head-Turners,” p. 148). When we received the car, it had no brakes whatsoever. We had one of our technicians do a complete brake overhaul from the master cylinder to lines to wheel cylinders. This car will now stop on a dime. The engine starts and runs smooth. The paint has seen its years. Our Collision Center has started the wet sand and buff process to see where we stand with this vehicle. Our original thought was to completely restore the vehicle and use it as a shuttle between our Luxury and Classic Division and the airport. We were going to convert the car to an automatic for ease of driving purposes but haven't pulled that trigger yet. I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, when all we ever talked about were cars and girls — but cars were easier to understand It does turn some heads while driving. But, like everything in the car business, everything is for sale. So if you know a reader that is interested, please feel free to forward them right to us. — Steve Hemmer, Arlington Luxury and Classic Cars, Palatine, IL Harebrained comment on MGBs To the Editor: I loved those articles on the three MGBs traveling to Reno! Back in the spring, one (or more) of your staff called Publisher Martin's idea “harebrained.” Reading the drivers' com- ments in the September issue (“The Road to Reno,” p. 54), I saw words like “hoot,” “very cool,” “satisfying,” and “happy.” Harebrained? Maybe, but isn't it wonderful that it's still possible to have fun in a $7,000 car? Now, do it again. Maybe even let the subscribers suggest possible vehicles. — Mike Buettell, Friday Harbor, WA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Mike, I was the staffer who used the word “harebrained” to describe Publisher Martin's Road to Reno plan. In my defense, Publisher Martin's own daughter, Alex, refused to go on the trip. Our prejudice against driving three 1974 MGBs — bought sight unseen — to Reno from Portland, OR, means we missed a lot of fun. That said, we at SCM World Headquarters live in fear of Publisher Martin's next Great Idea, rumored to be “Corvairs to Chattanooga.” ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Modeling What Makes Watches Tick Over many years of trading in modern and antique watches, I have, without exception, sold every rare and unique piece I have come across with no thought for keepin amassing a collection. I love all of them w in my care, but I also love to pass them try to educate the recipients so that they c ate their watches all the more. I have collected a few things that ar sale — under the weak notion that they watches — and that they serve to further my clientele and provide what I think decor for a watch shop. These things are plays that watch manufacturers give to th partners — and that were never intended Some are portraits of the enormous that were the pride of the industrialize some are “correct time” clocks that adv the brands and also were used to regulat watches. Some, which are the most ra are working or non-working models of th internal intricacies of the watches them selves. One of those is an amazing escape- ment model made for Omega sometime around 1950. This functional model shows the three key elements of a straightline Details Production Date: About 1952 Value: to the Right Collector: $7,500 or more Ratings ( Rarity: only two) Durability: Parts/Service Availability: (Very difficult) Cool Factor: Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Beautiful Camera Captures Beautiful Images The unobtrusive nature of rangefinder cameras — which are smaller and quieter than SLRs — has made them the longfavored choice for street photographers and shooters looking to capture candid family moments. The much-anticipated digital Finepix x100 from Fuji fits a full-sized APS-C sensor (like you'd expect to find in a digital SLR) into a compact body, which is beautifully styled to resemble a functional vintage rangefinder. Build quality on the metal body is superb, and the fixed 23 mm “pancake” lens features excellent optics. Just Time Piec Time Piec Time Piec me Pieces by Alex Hofberg Modeling me Pieces by Alex Hofberg Modeling What Makes Watches Tick Over many years of trading in modern and antique watches, I have, without exception, sold every rare and unique piece I have come across with no thought for keepin amassing a collection. I love all of them w in my care, but I also love to pass them try to educate the recipients so that they c ate their watches all the more. I have collected a few things that ar sale — under the weak notion that they watches — and that they serve to further my clientele and provide what I think decor for a watch shop. These things are plays that watch manufacturers give to th partners — and that were never intended Some are portraits of the enormous that were the pride of the industrialize some are “correct time” clocks that adv the brands and also were used to regulat watches. Some, which are the most ra are working or non-working models of th internal intricacies of the watches them selves. One of those is an amazing escape- ment model made for Omega sometime around 1950. This functional model shows the three key elements of a straight- line Details Production Date: About 1952 Value: to the Right Collector: $7,500 or more Ratings ( Rarity: only two) Durability: Parts/Service Availability: (Very difficult) Cool Factor: Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Beautiful Camera Captures Beautiful Images The unobtrusive nature of rangefinder cameras — which are smaller and quieter than SLRs — has made them the long- favored choice for street photographers and shooters looking to capture candid family moments. The much-anticipated digital Finepix x100 from Fuji fits a full-sized APS-C sensor (like you'd expect to find in a digital SLR) into a compact body, which is beautifully styled to resemble a functional vintage rangefinder. Build quality on the metal body is superb, and the fixed 23 mm “pancake” lens features excellent optics. Just is is best): (I have seen escape- ment — and their inter relationship — after a qu wind and a l explanation. seeing this m operation, a can grasp the purpose of the machinery — and many of the common failure issues that can beset a mechanical watch. lever The model is wound from underneath, where a very substantial mainspring is packed into a large brass barrel topped with a ower from the mainspring is geared wheel, which is the topmost on the scape wheel is held in check from eely — and from winding down by the rectangular red stones of the k. The pallet fork has very limited witching side to side to drop a tooth cape wheel and catching the next ernate stone, allowing the model to ne tooth at a time. The stones are n the ends so that the tip of the pallet pulsed and flicks from one side to r with the force of the mainspring. orn, or end of the fork, throws the wel, which is mounted under the ce wheel and serves to give the nce wheel rotation. As the balance heel rotates in one direction or the other, the hairspring expands or conracts, depending on the direction of motion. When it reaches a point where the spring causes a reversal of direction, the roller re-enters the horn of the fork and the balance is thrown in the opposite direction. This causes the balance wheel to breathe in and out. The length of the hairspring s like the weight on a metronome. pping the weight causes it to tick ly and raising it causes it to tick Thus, regulating the timekeeping of h is achieved. escapement, a vast improvement over earlier systems, was pioneered in the late 1700s by Thomas Mudge, a British horologist. It is still nearly the only system in use for well over 99% of the mechanical watches made today — two and a half centuries later. Hands-Free Light Where the Sun Don't Shine Professional garages have lifts and pits for easy undercarriage access, and plenty of light sources to keep things bright. But if you're working on your car in your home garage, chances are you're on your back with very little space and just the single beam from a flashlight or headlamp. When you start handling tools and car parts, there aren't enough hands to go around. The Illuminup light mat cleverly solves this problem, using 96 tiny LEDs to illuminate a large work area without getting in the way. The mat is thin, durable, washable and does not get hot. And hey, what better way to show off your new driveline and exhaust at the show-andshine? $199.95 from www.illuminup.com. ♦ 22 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1955 Studebaker President Speedster Studebaker definitely marched to its own drummer, and the 1955 President Speedster, based on the 1953 Starliner, was no exception. Produced for one year only, 2,215 Speedsters were built. The Speedster was Studebaker's halo car, and the first move toward a sporty type of car to compete against certain Buicks, Oldsmobiles and the like — some have even said Corvette, but that's a bit of a stretch. The President Speedsters came loaded with a long list of upmarket standard equipment, including a V8 pumping out a solid 185 horsepower, and the top speed was 110 mph. They were available in six different two-tone and three-tone color schemes, and adorned with enough chrome to make Figoni & Falaschi proud. The two-tone Hialeah Green and Sun Valley Yellow — aka Lemon and Lime — color combination is certainly not subtle, and while it may obscure the great lines of this car, it sure is spectacular and maybe even garish. Those colors look so good on this model. Please don't judge me too harshly — I really do have good taste. I must tip my hat to The Danbury Mint for this latest 1:24 scale, limitededition model. As with all of their limited editions, each model has a small brass plate with individual serial number affixed to the fully detailed chassis. The Mint has also followed in the footsteps of Studebaker by first producing the more sedate 1953 Starliner, and now producing their re-tooled President Speedster. If you happen to collect all things Studebaker, then both models should be on your list. With many manufacturers cutting back these Model Details Production date: 2011 Quantity: 5,000 SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.danburymint.com days, it looks like DM's motto was “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” This model packs in an Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Ultimate Speed Secrets: The Complete Guide to High-Performance and Race Driving By Ross Bentley, Motorbooks, 336 pages, $17.15, Amazon If you play a little golf, I'll bet there is a book or two on your shelf designed to help you play the game better. And if you play tennis or racquetball or even fish, there are plenty of books designed to make you better. And all those selfhelp sports books fly off the shelves. But ask most drivers if they have worked with any books designed to make them faster (not the car) and you might get a blank look or two. After all, anybody can drive a race car, right? The com- mon notion is it just takes “seat time” to get fast, that after learning the line and some basic tips about balance and smoothness, it's already ingrained in you somehow. Take that worldview right to the back of the grid. Ross Bentley knows how wrong this is, from both inside the cockpit and from the coach's seat as well. With a racing career that included Champ Car and sports car endurance racing and a successful career teaching drivers — from rank amateurs to seasoned pros — how to be fast, Bentley is one of the folks in a unique position to pass on what he has learned. He started the Speed Secrets series a decade ago with Professional Race Driving Techniques and has continued adding to the list, with seven books designed to fine-tune the person driving the car as well as the car itself. And it makes sense. You would never spend thousands of dollars testing without goals, and yet you might spend that same amount of track time without ever working on the most critical component in the process: the driver. After creating a number of the books, Bentley has brought them all 24 together in Ultimate Speed Secrets. Full of basic information for the newbie, and enough depth to make a pro faster, Ultimate Speed Secrets is the guide to fine-tuning your body and brain around the “simple” task of going faster than everyone else. Provenance: Everyone needs a coach to get better, and Bentley has plenty of experience behind the wheel at speed — as well as teaching how to be competitive, fast and smart on the track. He has been teaching for a decade and applied what he learned to the books. He teaches with simplicity and clarity. Fit and finish: Ultimate Speed Secrets is a nicely designed compilation/write-through of previous books, with a simple design, nice color printing and handy size. Drivability: I'm that guy. I raced karts for a decade, and other than dis- cussions with other karters about a specific problem, I spent all my time and money trying to make the kart faster — not make me faster. But Bentley's book opened my eyes to a bunch of things I could have done to be better, systems to learn about myself and my technique in the same way I spent time learning about the impact on lap times of tire pressures or rear-track changes. If you are a track-day driver or a regular racer, I guarantee the $20 or less you pay for his book will be the most cost-effective way to lower your lap time you ever invested. ♦ Sports Car Market amazing amount of detail. There is absolutely no spot that I can find to that needs improvement. Overall fit and finish is superb. The list of working features is as impressive as is the finish. Of course the doors, hood, and trunk open, and so do the left and right front side vents and gas cap door. The suspension works, and the front wheels can be posed. Open the doors and you'll not only find a fully detailed interior, but sun visors that pivot, and the 60/40 seat backs — with simulated diamond tufted leather — tilt forward as well. Close the doors, and they securely click into place. After prying open the hood with a little tool that DM encloses, I marveled at the functional and correctly scaled scissor hinges supporting the hood. The engine detail is another direct hit as well. There's also a hinged support rod neatly stored on the left side. Moving back to the trunk, the removable spare, held in place with hidden magnets, rests on properly scaled, green and white patterned floor material. Here are a few more high points: Tiny little simulated door locks protrude up. Look at the doors, and the windows are in lowered positions and appear to be housed inside the doors — and the recessed areas for the glass to fit in the upper door has been replicated! Finally, I had to don my optically correct magnifiers to inspect the wire wheel covers to determine whether the spokes were actual wire or just the most perfectly delicate photo-etched parts I have yet seen. It took me a few moments of close inspection to determine that they were the latter. Buy this model, which is very reasonably priced at only $149.


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Affordable Classic Porsche 914/4 Parts Are Hard to Find, But Fun is Not There are also cases where 914s have had accident repairs done by joining a front half from one car to the back half of another car by Peter Zimmermann of non-use. Metal fuel lines inside the center tunnel can also rust, and their flexible plastic sections can leak. Injectors and a variety of fuel injection components come into contact with gasoline, and if that fuel is contami- nated, damage to those sometimes-no-longeravailable parts can occur. 1973 and later models have a big advan- tage in that their shift linkage was heavily modified, and connected at the side of the transmission, rather than at the transmis- sion's tail as in earlier cars. This side-shifter system produced short, positive gear changes compared to the tail shifter, which felt like using a stick to stir a pot of al dente pasta. Keep the Injection Our subject 914's description indicates 1972 Porsche 914 I s the Porsche 914 an affordable classic or a pretender to the title? After all, neither affordable nor classic mean the same thing to all people. While many were built, attrition has been high for the 914. Even when new, they developed a deserved reputation for setting fire to themselves, and having the low-hanging transmission damaged by a transporter driver was not uncommon. As an entry-level sports car, they were often owned by those with a crimped budget, never a good thing for any Porsche. You can still find good ones for under $10,000, which makes them affordable compared to a modern Cayman, but expensive compared to a similar-period Honda Accord. But where they trump the Accord is that they are a Porsche, and a well-sorted one can deliver a classic driving experience. Let's examine a 914 that recently sold for $7,040 at Auctions America's Auburn auction. This car was a 1973 914/4 1.7. The “1.7” indicates engine displacement, which in this case, is a 1,679-cc power plant that developed 80 horsepower (72 hp in California models), and redlined at approximately 5,000 rpm. Now, 80 horsepower doesn't sound like much, but a curb weight of just over 2,100 pounds allows the 1.7-liter car to feel somewhat lively — even though a 0–60 mph run will take more than 12 seconds. The car appeared to be well turned-out with its Details Years produced:1970–1976 Number produced:117,867 (all types) Original price:$4,499 Current SCM Valuation: $6,000–$9,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $30 Chassis #: On embossed plate in front trunk, on plate attached to left A pillar Engine #: Stamped on engine crankcase Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pac.org Alternatives: 1968–1974 MGB 1969–1974 Triumph TR-6 1968–1985 Fiat 124/2000 Spider SCM Investment Grade: C 26 vinyl B-pillar treatment, chrome bumpers and driving lights. Lurking rust demons Rust is the 914's number-one enemy, and our 1973 car has been declared “rust free.” No matter what a seller says, it's a good idea for a buyer to have an expert check over a possible purchase for rust, It is surprisingly common to find a 914 that had ac- cident repairs performed by joining a front half of one car to the back half of another car. This is not a death sentence, but wouldn't you like to know it advance of a purchase? Rust not only attacks the 914 chassis, it can deliver a serious blow to the fuel system. The gas tank is steel, and it can rust internally during long periods that the vehicle retains its fuel injection. This is good. Many 914s have been converted to carburetors due to frustrations or repair costs of the fuel injection. My 1.8-liter FI restoration has cost me about $1,200 plus labor, while a carb conversion will cost about $1,000 plus labor. In my opinion, a fuel injection system in good order, whether it's a manifold pressure control system in 1.7 and 2.0 models, or an air flow control system in 1.8 models, will deliver superior performance when compared to carbs. I bought a 1974 914/4 1.8-liter model about a year ago, and discovered that Porsche's parts support program for the cars is definitely lacking. My car had not run in about ten years, and I spent almost as much time locating good used or rebuilt components — after striking out at the Porsche dealership — as I did installing them. My electronic control unit had to be sent to a specialist in Florida to have cold solder joints diagnosed and repaired. Fifteen years ago I could have had an inexpensive rebuilt unit delivered the next day. Keys to 914 happiness 914s have a surprising amount of interior space. I'm 6'3” and 215 and fit comfortably. Handling is superb, and can be further improved by adding Bilstein shocks ($1,000), heavier rear springs ($200), and a front anti-roll bar ($400). Affordable and classic? Affordable? If you buy a good one, it won't need much, and maintenance costs are reasonable. Classic? This is Porsche's pre-Boxster, and it has striking — if controversial — looks. If our subject car does not leak too much oil, shifts OK, has good fuel lines and hoses, has a clutch that doesn't chatter or slip, and its new owner doesn't mind a some slight flaws here and there, then yes, he has an Affordable Classic for the reasonable purchase price of $7,040. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Legal Files Martin Emmison and John Draneas Who Pays When a Borrowed Racer Crashes? Even if the owner trusts the person who will be racing or testing the car, the sensible course is to agree who will be responsible if the worst happens obligation, not least because he will know that he is on a sticky wicket, the act of writing it down will very likely identify some of the points that should be addressed, such as: • Does it matter who is responsible for causing the accident, the guest driver or another driver? • Will the guest driver be responsible if the accident is caused by a mechanical failure of the owner's car? • In the case of mechanical failure, will the owner be indemnified against any claim for personal injury to the driver? • Who will be responsible for the costs of a mechanical blow-up that happens when the driver is driving? • Where the driver is clearly responsible for an accident or a blow-up, who chooses the repairer? • Where the driver is himself a repairer, can he insist on doing the job in his shop, as opposed to paying someone else, and if so, within what time scale? You break it, you fix it? M ost arrangements are done on a handshake when a generous owner invites another person to drive his racing car on the track. In the vast majority of cases all turns out well — the lucky driver is careful with the owner's car, and everyone lives happily ever after. However, as we all know, accidents do happen. In the immediate aftermath of the accident, in my experience, the driver will often apologize profusely and take responsibility for repairing the owner's car. This initial reaction may be driven by his remorse of the moment, or by the peer pressure of others present at the scene. However, when faced with a large repair estimate, more often than not the erstwhile gentleman finds reasons why he is not responsible for repairing the damage. Here are a few of those reasons: • It wasn't my fault, I had nowhere to go. • I was hit from behind. • It was the other driver's fault. • There was oil on the circuit — I was just a passenger. • The brakes/steering/suspension failed — or worse. • I never agreed to be responsible, and anyway there's nothing in writing to prove it. Nothing in writing — there is the nub of the problem. If there is nothing in writing to prove the existence and terms of the agreement between the owner and the driver, the owner effectively relies on the driver being a gentleman after as well as before the accident. Without written proof, or perhaps the independent evidence of someone who is prepared to stand up in court and swear that he witnessed the driver's verbal undertaking, the owner will be hard pressed to convince a court that there was a binding contract between them. Even if the owner can prove an intention to create legal relations by the verbal agreement, he still has to prove the precise terms of that agreement. A case in point is the accident that Michael Steele's HWM-Jaguar suffered at Spa a few years ago when driven by Lash McCall. They had a verbal agreement that McCall would mend the HWM if he bent it. But after the accident there was a dispute about the extent of the repairs and their cost. The case was eventually settled by the court, but Steele reckons it consumed three entire months of his life over three years, on top of which were the legal costs, which on both sides totaled more than $300,000. Have a signed agreement Therefore, however much as owner you may trust the person who will be racing or testing your car, the sensible course is to agree who will be responsible if the worst happens, and then to record that agreement in writing. Quite apart from the written word going a long way to protecting the owner against the guest driver reneging on his 28 • If the owner and driver decide to insure the car for a race meeting, who pays the premium, and who bears the deductible and any uninsured amount? This brings us to the question of track insurance. Insurance is cheaper than litigation Through a specialist broker you can buy insurance cover for physical loss or damage to your car that is caused by accident or fire, to cover racing, qualifying, and practice, either on a race-by-race basis or for the whole season. Separate cover for test days and hillclimbs is also available. Accident impact damage to the engine and transmis- sion is normally excluded but can be added for an extra premium. The premium, that's the nasty part. This is calculated based on a number of factors, such as the type of circuit, length of race, type of car, experience of the drivers, and the sum insured. You are usually responsible for the first part of the damage — the deductible — which is normally at least 10% of the sum insured. You choose the sum insured, based on your assess- ment (guesswork) of the likely cost of repairs after an accident, and how much premium you are prepared to pay. However, it is not every situation where the driver of someone else's car will expect to be responsible for an accident on the track. For example, if you are a professional driver or a recognized hotshot, you may have been asked to test the car or to see how it might be improved; or your task may be to get it higher up the grid than the owner could. If the car suffers an accident while you are driving, you would not expect to be asked to contribute to the repair cost, but where to draw the line? There must be many situations where the owner thinks he is being generous in asking another man to test or race his car, while the driver fools himself that he has only been asked because he is quick! 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Gentlemen — and gentlewomen — exist Finally (as they say on the TV news), let us end with a tale to restore our faith in human nature. Some years ago, Brian Horwood arranged to lend his Lotus 18 to Chris Smith to race in HGPCA events and at the Goodwood Revival. They agreed in writing that Smith would buy some equity in the car to give some sense of “ownership,” and that he would prepare, maintain and repair the car. If he bent the Lotus, he would mend it. Smith had a huge accident at Madgwick at the 2004 Revival. I remember it well because it happened 30 yards from where I was sitting. The car was cut in two to release Smith from the wreckage. Smith had the car repaired and returned it to Brian in better condition than it was when they made their agreement. When the car was sold, Horwood re- turned to Smith his equity contribution and a share of the profit. It is difficult to say whether it helped that they had put their agreement in writing, but it was at least a happy outcome to a very nasty accident. MARTIN EMMISON is a partner specializing in collector car matters at Goodman Derrick LLP, solicitors. This story was first published in Historic Motor Racing News E Contracts Work in the U.S. as Well mmison is absolutely on point with his reference to a “sticky wicket.” If the parties have a contract, the answer is simple — the result is whatever the contract requires. On the western shore of the Atlantic, it makes no legal difference whether the contract is written or oral. The practical difference is that the terms of a written contract are much easier to prove. In some cases, a contract can be implied, and custom can play a part in establishing its terms. But, in my experience, the “custom” in this area is quite ill-defined, and often inconsistent, so it probably won't provide much certainty. So let's proceed on the basis that there is no contract at all. In the United States, the answer would likely involve balancing two concepts —negligence and assumption of risk. When you lend your car to another, you really have no guarantee that it will return in the same condition. If it doesn't, you can recover damages from your friend or a third party only if you can establish negligence — that he failed to use reasonable care and damage resulted. If your friend did nothing wrong, then stuff just happened, and he isn't liable to you. Assumption of risk means that you are aware of a dangerous situation and you have assumed the risk of harm. When you race your car, you assume the risk that another racer might do something really stupid and damage your car. That means you can't hold him responsible for the damage, and have to pay for it yourself. The tough part is, when you loan your race car to a friend, who is assuming which risk? When the other racer is “at fault,” did you assume that risk by letting your friend put your car on the track? Or, did he assume that risk by borrowing your car and putting it on the track? The answers probably depend upon the nature of the driver. If he or she is a professional, it's probably your assumed risk. Professionals wreck race cars all the time and never pay for the damage — the team owners do. But when the driver is like you and me, it's probably a different story. I totally agree with Emmison's point that a written contract would be very important. The irony of that is, if you and your friend actually thought through all the bad things that could happen and negotiated who would bear the risk as to each, I guarantee that you would both quickly give the guest driver up as a bad idea. — John Draneas ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. December 2011 29


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Event 2011 Targa Adelaide Adelaide's Classic Becomes a Targa Year after year, the city let its hair down in a wild week of parties, international exposure and screaming high-powered engines by Paul Murrell Kevin Weeks — 1974 Porsche 911RS A delaide is the pretty capital city of the State of South Australia. For years, the city was known for its Mediterranean climate, churches, fine wines and excellent restaurants. In 1985, Adelaide hosted the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, and everything changed. Year after year, the city let its hair down in a wild week of parties, international exposure and screaming high-powered engines. When the event moved to Melbourne in 1995, it was like a death in the family; Adelaide was a city in mourning. Something was desperately needed to replace the lost Grand Prix, something loud, fast and adrenaline-fueled. It arrived in 1997 in the form of the Classic Adelaide tarmac rally. In 1997, the Daimler-Benz Museum's 300SL Gullwing was a long way from home as it roared along gum tree-lined country roads in faroff Australia, a very different backdrop than Mexico in 1952, when it won the Carrera Panamericana. And Adelaide turned out in force to cheer on the German crew and the other 100 cars built before 1971. The first Classic set the pattern for the twelve that followed. Each day, competitors would loop out of Adelaide into the nearby hills to traverse public roads (190 miles of competitive stages) within 60 miles of Adelaide. A smaller touring category covered the same route — but not at competitive speeds. International visitors loved the event. Englishman Robert Brooks, Bonhams' CEO and longtime SCMer, brought his 1957 Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-type. “Where do you 30 get countryside like that anywhere in the world but here?” he asked. “It's unique! The difference between this rally and many others is that everyone is smiling. Everyone is having a darn good time.” Another smitten enthusiast was Ferrari 275 GTB/C owner Paul Vestey, who each year would choose a different classic from his collection and return to Adelaide. Another tradition was created in that first year. On Friday night, popular restaurant strip Gouger Street played host to the cars and competitors, and thousands of locals (as many as 35,000) turned out to inspect the cars and talk to the drivers. As with any motor sport event, there were risks. Grand Prix chair- man Ian Cocks was killed when his 1967 Porsche 911S left the road. But Adelaide, the organizers and competitors were determined to carry on. The first event saw a variety of cars take the first four places: a 1969 Ford Falcon GTHO, a 1964 Iso Rivolta, an Austin-Healey BJ8 and a Lotus Seven. After the tragedy in the inaugural Classic Adelaide, Details there was the predictable outcry on talk radio and in the press, but the event fronted up again in 1998, bigger and stronger than ever. Once again, the people of Adelaide showed remarkable tolerance and patience as their driveways were taped up and their roads closed Plan ahead: September 13–16, 2012 Where: Adelaide, Australia Cost: Free for spectators, $3,000 to $5,200 to race. More: www.sportcom.com.au/targanews If you would like to drive in the 2012 Supaloc Classic Targa, start planning now. First stop is the website (above), where you'll find advice, assistance and contacts. Sports Car Market


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to allow 105 pre-1970 vehicles to rip along Adelaide's magical roads. Vestey brought out his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Brooks campaigned a 1957 Jaguar XK-SS, property of the Dutch Motor Museum, and Dieter Ritter brought out a lovely Mercedes-Benz 300SLS. The Classic was building a reputation with enthusiasts from around the world. The path was set for the Classic Adelaide, and over the following years, famous names brought equally famous cars: touring car legend Stormin' Norman Beechey in his 1962 Chevrolet Impala, Formula 1 legend Stefan Johansson, Prince Stefano Colonna, Aussie Le Mans winner Vern Schuppan, the great Sir Jack Brabham, Roy Salvadori, Win Percy... they all provided a spectacle for the huge crowds and they all loved the event, hospitality and camaraderie. As the Classic became more famous across the world, it garnered support from international manufacturers, became an officially endorsed Ferrari event, showcased museum cars, including MercedesBenz and Porsche, and became a firm favorite with hundreds of keen drivers. In 2010, the organizers ran into financial difficulties, and the Classic Adelaide was canceled. Competitors and spectators alike prayed that it could be revived. In 2011, it rose from the financial ashes as the Supaloc Classic Targa Adelaide, run by Octagon and part of the four-event Targa Tarmac Rally Series. The inaugural Supaloc Targa Adelaide kicked off on September 14 with a prologue in the beautiful Barossa Valley. Favorite Kevin Weeks in his 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS tied with Craig Haysman in a 1981 Triumph TR7 V8 in 3rd place, three seconds behind Matt Selley's 1974 Porsche 911 RS. The event really got underway on Thursday with the Adelaide Hills Michael Lamprell — 1965 Ford Mustang reverberating to loud, fast, hard-driven cars. Weeks showed the way, fending off hard charger Tony Quinn in his 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R in the Contemporary Classic class (cars built between 1986 and 1991). It continued much the same way through Friday, with Weeks stretching his lead over the eight competitive sections to the east and south of Adelaide in almost perfect conditions. Saturday was make-or-break day, and once again, the sun shone from a bright blue sky. But not for Tony Quinn, who blew the engine of his Skyline on the final stage, handing victory to Tim Possingham (also in a 1990 Nissan Skyline GT-R). Outright honors, as expected, went to Kevin Weeks, four minutes clear of Selley. The Early Classic Handicap (cars built before 1966) was won by Adelaide fashion industry entrepreneur Michael Lamprell in a 1964 Ford Mustang. Meanwhile, the less frenetic Reliability category was a tie between Peter Mayer's Porsche Cayman S and the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X of John Amos. ♦ December 2011 31


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Event 2011 BMW Race School BMWs at Buttonwillow The most dangerous corner on a racetrack is the one after a pass by Keith Martin fire zone with bullets — aka BMWs — zipping by. I was slow, and they were fast. The chalk talk after the session was as in- tense as the one before it. My favorite phrase came from lead instructor Patrick Demorais. “The car already knows what to do. You just have to learn to set it free.” The comments were to the point — and merciless. “It's time for you to take responsibility for your own improvements as a driver.” “Be ruthless with yourself. The tendency is to give yourself a break, and that's not okay.” Despite doing everything I was asked, including pre-driving the course in my head while I sat in my chair — and viewing the gas pedal, steering wheel and gearshift as weight transfer devices — I felt even more lost in the second session. I didn't understand the car, the track or my fellow drivers. I asked to be transferred down a class. Relaxation and clarity Instructor Steve Johnson told me to relax, Alex learning to “set it free” I 've been to a variety of driving schools, with instruction ranging from cursory to custodial. When the opportunity came for my daughter Alex and me to attend a two-day BMW Car Club of America high-performance driving school in Southern California, I thought I knew what to expect. I'd be in the advanced class (of course — after all, I have my vintage license), lollygag around at a fairly high speed, and mostly feel good about myself. This driving school was really about Alex learning to pilot a high-performance machine (in this case a 6-speed manual 2011 BMW 335i, arranged for by Satch Carlson, a longtime SCMer and editor of Roundel, the BMW CCA magazine), getting good instruction and becoming a better driver. I was just along for some fun. Buttonwillow Raceway, about an hour north of Los Angeles, winds through the desert outside of Buttonwillow, CA. The town consists mostly of a half-a-dozen truck stops. It's not exactly Monterey and Laguna Seca, but it's a good place to drive fast cars. We were greeted by Eddy Funahasi of the BMW CCA, issued hel- mets and separated into our respective groups. I was in Advanced and Alex was in Intermediate (she had just finished a Pro Drive school in Portland in our Lotus Elise). The intensity of the pre-session chalk talk should have alerted me that this would be a bigger challenge than I had expected. Complex confusion In my first driving session, the group of cars exploded into a group of angry hornets when the green flag dropped. Consisting mostly of late-model BMWs, there was also a smattering of well-prepped older BMWs and a few other exotics. Buttonwillow is a confounding track, full of compound curves with decreasing radii and slight elevation changes. Expecting the whitehanky politeness of vintage racing, I felt like I had stepped into a free- 32 that I was actually getting better, and that I was trying to absorb a lot of new information in a very short period of time. I also had to drive with an extra layer of caution, as returning our 335i to BMW with dented fenders and a scratched roof was not an option. Everyone else was going pedal-to-the-metal. My third session was completely different. My instructor was Margaret Chang, who started the session by taking me for a couple of laps in the spec-Miata she races. “This isn't even close to racing. It's just play time,” Chang said as she whipped her car around the track. “You want to see racing? Start mid-pack in a group of 60 nearly-identical Miatas. That's racing.” Once I was back behind the wheel, the complex curves seemed sim- pler, the straightaways longer and the braking areas shorter. As I fell into a rhythm, I actually passed a couple of my advanced group compatriots. My confidence increased, I went deeper into each turn and clipped each apex at a higher rate of speed. That was when I was reminded of something else an instructor had said: “The most dangerous corner on a racetrack is the one after a pass.” After I completed a pass coming into the Star Mazda turn, the view of the landscape through my windshield began rotating, and suddenly the BMW's burgundy-metallic paint had a nice covering of dust. Everywhere. By the end of the second day, I was a better, more thoughtful driver. The school had turned out to be much more educational and intense than I had expected, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their driving skills. You don't need to own a BMW to participate, and cars from old to new are welcome. Alex? Well, as we left the track Details after our final session, she dropped the clutch, chirped the rear wheels and we took the freeway onramp at twice the posted limit. Of course. ♦ Plan ahead: For more information on BMW CCA High-Performance Driving Schools, held throughout the U.S., visit www.bmwcca.org Cost: From $450 Sports Car Market


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Event The Porsche Parade 2011 Concours d'Elegance Southern Comfort for Porsche Lovers The Savannah air was sweltering, but the event atmosphere wasn't stuffy by Tony Piff URL where one can read the car's history. “My grandfather is the first and original owner,” she said with rehearsed precision. She explained that the car was shown at the fifth Porsche Parade in 1960, where it earned 6th place. It later spent a quarter-century off the road in Citro's garage, and the car underwent full restoration in 2008. It has been making the concours rounds ever since. A battered 911 returns to glory At midday, the throngs of participants and onlookers turned their attention away from the concours field and gathered around the event stage for a long-awaited unveiling: a 1974 911 T, restored by Porsche Restoration Services in Stuttgart over the course of 1,400 hours in collaboration with the PCA. The California car had been displayed at Porsche Parade 2010 as a mere shell of a Porsche. “The car had no interior, no windows, Preservation Group, standing proud Gordon, of Charlotte, NC, said of his father's old 1965 Porsche 356C. “It was just a car.” Gordon said he was satisfied with the judging results (1st in class, restoration group, touring O class). “Every time you go to one of these things, they write something up and hopefully you correct it.” American Porsche enthusiasts on the concours field have the chance to be as perfection- minded about their sports cars as the German engineers who created them, and the Parade concours is the most important Porsche judging event of the year. Although the Savannah air on August 1 was sweltering, the event atmosphere was anything but stuffy. Down the row from Gordon, SCMer Kevin Jeanette lamented for all to hear, “There's a smudge on my bumper!” “Are you bitching, Kevin?!” responded a familiar passer-by in mock incredulity. “I'm from California; you bet I'm bitching!” Jeanette barked back. “I'm having a blast!” Having won his class, Jeanette now had to prep the 1973 RS Carrera for follow-up judging. While fellow SCMer and co-entrant Lee Giannone went over each tire with a toothpick, Jeanette proceeded to the engine bay, where he began unwiring the battery. “The judge says this ground is on the wrong side,” he muttered. “I say it's B.S., but you know what? I'm gonna fix it.” For his flexibility, Jeanette would earn the overall Restoration Group Award. I asked 35-year Parade veteran Dave Seeland how he felt about driving his freshly detailed red 1987 911 to the concours field on rain-soaked public roads. “It doesn't make any difference,” he answered, “'cause everyone else has to drive through, too.” (Seeland would be the overall winner of the Preservation Group.) Alfred Citro, owner of a 1958 356A Speedster in rare “Code Details Plan ahead: July 8–14, 2012 Where: Salt Lake City, UT Cost: $149 to register two people and one car (2011 price). Some events require additional fees More: www.pca.org 34 5711 Orange,” had a different opinion about the pre-concours drive. “Oh, that's a serious problem,” he said. “Rock chips, dirt, blah, blah, blah.” While Citro's young grandson Stefan reverently opened the Speedster's door with a white gloved hand to reveal a mintcondition interior, granddaughter Ceci handed me a full-color business card bearing a photograph of the car and a website Restoration Group Award Winner: SCMer Kevin Jeanette's 1973 911 RS Carrera Sports Car Market n the 2011 Porsche Parade concours green in Savannah, GA, Jim Gordon stood back, wiped beads of sweat from his forehead, and eyed the little red coupe—now immaculately restored and detailed, and clearly far more than “just a car.” “We had a farm on the other side of the state. We'd go check the cows in it,” wrong bumper, wrong wheels, aftermarket exhaust,” said Jochen Badr, who oversaw the restoration. The body was neither straight nor rust- free. But following a year of work, the car looked like a brand-new 1974 car. It was hand-assembled with the same metal jigs and wooden panel gapping tools that the artisan builders would have used four decades ago. The message was clear: Porsche Restoration Services can salvage anything. Denis Moore, a judge for the 356 class, offered this observation about old Porsches: “Doctors, orthodontists, they drove them off the showroom floor and left them alone. But every subsequent owner, first thing they did was start messing with them. Now, 50 years later, we're just getting them fixed back up.” Perhaps the dream of every sleeping vintage Porsche it to find itself in a state of restored splendor at a future Porsche Parade, where a loving owner will drip sweat onto summer grass while grooming its tires with toothpicks. ♦


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Event Beaulieu International Autojumble Books, Spark Plugs and a Barn Find Bugatti I've always managed to find things there I've never spotted on the Internet, including a taillight for my 1902 Renault by Robert Ames dealers in automotive art and illustration for years, and his booth is always an early stop. Andrew Currie, another old friend and thoroughly professional full-time vendor of out-of-print motoring books, brochures and photographs, was in a nearby booth. Currie can also be found on eBay, where his 100% positive feedback numbers about 15,000. This year, Currie featured bins loaded with hundreds of titles priced at just one pound ($1.62) each. These were not just pot boilers. Included were many useful one-marque histories — all at a fraction of prices being asked elsewhere on the field. Most had disappeared by noon on Saturday. Another annual highlight of the meet is Bonhams' Saturday auction. Unlike the bulk of the company's upmarket sales elsewhere, the Beaulieu sale is for “all comers.” Offerings ranged from unfinished projects in boxes to classic Lagondas and Bentleys. I fancied the “barn find” 1937 Bugatti An automotive Francophile's dream come true F or several years now, my favorite swap meet has been billed as the Beaulieu INTERNATIONAL Autojumble, and I'm happy to report it is now deserving of that status. Stalls, which number more than 2,000, have been sold out for the past few years, and the waiting list is growing. In particular, the trend toward vendors from Europe was particularly apparent to me, as I've missed the past two meets due to a commitment to judge at the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance. Another thing that distinguishes Beaulieu from Hershey, which I've not missed in decades, is that the impact of eBay is considerably less than at other swap meets I have recently attended. I've always managed to find things there I've never spotted on the Internet. Last year, for example, SCMer John Mitchell brought me back a genuine pre-war set of Alfa Bakelite spark plug connectors for my 1750 Super Sport. I'd been looking for these ever since acquiring the car some years ago. Past discoveries include a taillight for my 1902 Renault from a French regular and an early Moto Guzzi from a Dutch dealer. This year's Autojumble was Details Plan ahead: September 8–9, 2012 Where: Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Hampshire, U.K. Ticket: $22.70 (in 2011) More: www.beaulieu.co.uk 36 September 10–11, and my major purchase was a Gordon Crosby oil painting of Kaye Don setting a water speed record on Lake Garda. This 1931 work, by one of the best motorsport artists, was bought from Tony Clark. I've known Tony as one of the premier Type 57 Gangloff Sports Saloon, and I decided I'd keep someone from stealing it at the low estimate. I never got my hand in the air, as it quickly made three times the high estimate, selling for $269k, including buyer's premium. As I've said before, Beaulieu should be on every real enthusiast's bucket list. It is in one of the most bucolic parts of England and just 70 miles south of Heathrow. See you there in 2012. ♦ Find just the parts you need to make your Delage a runner Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Two Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupes The $34,000 Between Care and Neglect With the rage for unrestored cars in the collector world, a lot of fright pigs are being dressed up to go to the ball under false colors of originality by Miles Collier 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Series 2 coupe which sold at Mecum Monterey — $371,000 S ynoptic viewing — comparing the points of two very similar cars — can often reveal worthwhile truths. Let's look at two “same but different” Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupes. Our first Ventoux coupe is a tidy 1937 Series 2 model from the late Dave V. Uihlein's wonderful collection. It was sold during Mecum's Monterey Auction this August for $371,000 including buyer's premium. Our second Ventoux, a “barn-find” 1938 Series 3, was sold by Bonhams at its September auction at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance in Westport, CT, for $337,000 including premium. Aside from condition, our two subject cars are roughly equivalent, and sold within less than 10% of each other — yet they offer quite a material difference in collectible substance. What the cars share First, let's look at the commonalities. The Bugatti Type 57 was introduced in 1934 to replace the single-cam Type 49 as Bugatti's “Grand Routier,” a high-speed express for traversing the length and breadth of Europe. Aside from the higher performance sports and sports racing models, three “GR” bodies were offered, each thematically named after various mountain passes: the Galibier, the Ventoux and the 38 Stelvio. With substantial input from Jean Bugatti, then in his mid twenties, all three coaches show a great deal of flair and style. To my taste, the Ventoux is the most compelling with its steeply raked wind- screen and close coupled 2+2 coachwork. I believe the market of the day agreed, as the Ventoux was the most popular of these three Grand Routier options. The earlier versions of the Ventoux coupes were fitted with rear wheel spats. Wheel discs for the standard wire wheels were available. Subsequent evolutionary details were the transition to rubber engine mounts, hydraulic brakes and, stylistically, a concealed spare wheel replacing the semi-buried trunk mount — as well as headlamps faired into the front fender cat walks. No sharing of care The Ventoux series offers the collector a very handsome 1930s Art Deco look with real practicality, seating up to four and the convenience and comfort of enclosed coachwork for use in less-than-perfect weather. It is no wonder that David Uihlein, the great connoisseur, preserved and protected his Ventoux among his stellar collection of American circle-track racing cars. Contrasted to the preserved Uihlein car is the Bonham's “barn find” car. The auc- tioneer stipulates that the engine is in running condition, an encouraging fact after 40 years of storage. Personally, I prefer the Series 3 Ventoux cars such as this, as I like the faired headlights and the clean rear end treatment. But what of the substance of these two transactions? Why should a well-known, decently running and very original car sell for only $34k more than a substantially inferior condition “barn find”? The “barn find” will require, if not a full restoration, at least something that comes very close. This is not one of those “compound the paint and soften and restitch the Sports Car Market


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1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Series 3 coupe, which sold for $337,000 at Bonhams Fairfield County leather” projects. While the 3.3-liter, straight-eight engine may run, and even though it has Babbitt bearings, prudence would require a complete disassembly and careful inspection at a minimum — as well as a similar look at the transmission and the rear axle assembly. Throw in a complete front end disassembly for magnaflux to detect any flaws in the steel (my days of buying cars from other people and not magnafluxing everything in sight in the front end are long gone, due to a near-death experience), a complete new brake system, new wiring harness, paint, plating as required, and fabrication or replication of the inevitable missing parts. Finally, if the buyer is lucky, at least a partial retrim of the interior. I doubt this work would leave much change from $200k, and a much bigger number is entirely possible. If you want to take it on the show circuit, double or even triple the number. Preserved beauty vs. Fright Pig With Mr. Uihlein's car, you just have to give it a careful look-over, perform a major service to let the car know you love it, and you're in business. Inevitably a few things will need some attention. Let's assume we have to invest $15k. Absent plans to take the lawn at Pebble Beach, we're all in at $385k with a respectable and honest Ventoux coupe, compared to $540k required to make the “barn find” a comparable $400k market proposition. How can this disparity exist? I would imagine that the romance of the “sleeping beauty” at Bonhams, coupled with the recent market obsession with unrestored cars, drew two admirably enthusiastic but insufficiently prudent bidders into mistaking a project car of no little effort for a currently fashionable, preservation car. December 2011 There are really three categories of unrestored cars: first is the real McCoy, the highly original, never-restored automobile that has always been owned and cared for by knowledgeable custodians. This type of car is usually well known, and deservedly expensive — should one ever come to market. They represent the ideal for which the word “preservation” is intended. Next comes the same basic idea: rather than being owned and cared for by involved and knowledgeable people, the car is hived off to a barn, warehouse, you name it, and left for several decades to the mercies of time, environment, rodents, moths, and the internal decay of electrolysis, rust, rot and oxidation. Yes, these cars are sometimes very original, but regrettably, often have decayed to the point that originality is more notional than real. In essence, you have a nice template of originality from which to perform a major restoration. Depending on the value of the car in question, it can be all too easy to get upside down in a deal like this. Whether the new owner comes out okay or not with these “abandoned” cars really depends on the role of chance. Was the storage spot dry and low in humidity? Were insect and animal pests absent? Did the destructive coolant leak out of the engine early on? Finally, we have the least-promising variant: the dumped-in-the-barn car of our previous example. But in this case, add in a car that some prior owner decided to “restore” 50 years ago before becoming discouraged and abandoning the whole sorry mess to rack, ruin and neglect. In this case, the prospective buyer cannot count on the small grace of having an unmolested car with which to work. These abandoned projects have the tendency to have been very poorly repaired in the day. They also tend to suffer from an entire litany of indignities perpetrated on them through an excess of zeal and a dearth of skill. Missing parts are to be expected. Fixing something that has been thoroughly fiended by the incompetent adds an- other layer to the problems. Alas, with the rage for unrestored cars in the collector world, a lot of fright pigs are being dressed up to go to the ball under false colors of originality. Only very careful pre-auction inspection by experts versed in the arcana of the car in question can separate monetary Roach Motels from the doable and honest project — be it a restoration candidate or a conservation opportunity. For my part, although I prefer the Series 3 Ventoux coupes, factoring in the cost and time of restoring the “barn-find” means I'd rather take Mr. Uihlein's machine. ♦ 39


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Ferrari Profile 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder The car had a color change from blue to red, the interior color was changed from beige to black, and it had an engine swap by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1970–1974 Number produced: 121 Original list price: approximately $25,000 Current SCM Valuation: $850,000– $1,250,000 Tune-up cost: $3,500 Distributor cap: $500 Chassis #: On frame above right front spring mount Engine #: Below head on rear passenger's side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1971–1972 Maserati Ghibli SS Spyder, 1966–1968 Ferrari 330 GTS, 1965–1967 Shelby Cobra 427 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 14605 Engine number: B1594 T he ultimate expression of Ferrari's fabulous line of V12 front-engined sports cars, the 365 GTB/4 debuted at the Paris Salon in 1968, soon gaining the unofficial name Daytona in honor of the sweeping 1, 2, 3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at that circuit in 1967. Pininfarina's Leonardo Fioravanti, the famed carrozzeria's director of research and development, was responsible for the influential shark-nosed styling, creating a package that restated the traditional “long bonnet, small cabin, short tail” look in a manner suggesting muscular horsepower while retaining all the elegance associated with the Italian coachbuilder's work for Maranello. The favorable reception of Luigi Chinetti's 275 GTB-based NART Spyder no doubt influenced Ferrari's decision to produce a convertible Daytona. Again the work of Pininfarina, the latter was first seen at the Paris Salon in 1969, deliveries commencing in 1971. The rear end needed to be extensively reworked, but the result was so successful it was hard to tell that the Daytona had not initially been conceived as a Spyder. The most powerful two-seater, road-going GT and the world's fastest production car at the time of its launch, the Daytona was capable of over 170 mph. One of only 25 Daytona Spyders built for the European market, left-hand-drive chassis number 14605 was delivered finished in Blu Dino with silver side stripes and beige leather interior. The car was sold new via Luigi Chinetti Motors to a customer in France. In 1976, Chinetti imported the Daytona to the USA. Subsequently, the Ferrari was repainted in red and the engine changed. 40 In June 2000, this car was auctioned at the Petersen Automotive Museum, where it was bought by the current vendor and imported to the U.K. Reading 11,300 at time of purchase, the odometer total currently stands at circa 14,000. Described as in excellent condition, the car comes complete with tool roll. Ferrari Daytona Spyders are extremely rare, and even more so in European specification. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 228, sold for $941,000, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival, Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia auction on September 16, 2011. The 365 GTS/4, as the Daytona Spyder is officially known, is an icon of the Ferrari world. The graceful shape, serious performance, small production and high prices have made it a model that even casual Ferrari enthusiasts are familiar with — and lust after. Most major Ferrari collections either have one or have had one in the past. The lure is so great that one collector actually had three of them at the same time. The Daytona Spyder market is particularly active, with cars trading hands like million-dollar baseball trading cards. Speculators buy up the cheap ones and sell them to well-heeled collectors. The collectors' tastes change, and the cars go back on the market again. When collectors get a Daytona Spyder, it is not un- usual for them to pull out all stops to make it the best possible. Tens of thousands of dollars get spent on nice cars to eliminate any indication that the car had ever been driven. This is ironic, as the car's major virtue is 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Lot 147, s/n 15383 Condition 2- Sold at $1,017,500 Gooding & Co., Scottsdale, AZ, 1/21/11 SCM# 168709 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Lot 56, s/n 16987 Condition 2+ Sold at $1,320,000 Gooding & Co., Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM# 176314 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Lot S122, s/n 14857 Condition 1- Sold at $1,050,000 Mecum, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165752 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus throwing back the top and going for a drive. The proud owner takes his freshly restored gem to the next show and learns the brutal lesson that perfectly restored Daytona Spyders have made the rounds for decades. Everyone will compliment the car, but the judges have seen them before, and the top prize will likely go to something a bit more interesting. Disillusionment sets in, and this is often the start of another journey to market. Easy to find, but volatile prices Despite the small production and a good demand for the model, finding one is not difficult. Every major auction seems to have one, and there seems to always be one available in the broker market. Just this year, there were two at the January Arizona auctions, one at Amelia, two at the Monterey sales plus this one at a U.K. sale. At least two other Daytona Spyders were being offered by brokers at Monterey, with at least two private sales over the summer. Daytona Spyders are as close as you get to a commod- ity in the Ferrari world. The are not for the faint of heart. They are a leading indicator of the health of the Ferrari market. They sold for more than a million dollars in 1990 and were down in the $200k to $300k range ten years later. The Ferrari Market Letter's Asking Price Index has them up 3% from two years ago — but down 20% from three years ago. Value swings of $100k are not unusual. Color changes and engine swaps Our subject car has a well-known history — with a couple of unfortunate blem- ishes. The car had a color change from blue to red, the interior color was changed from beige to black, and it had an engine swap. Few stories help the value of a car, and these stories are no exception. Unless you've got a Mary Kay pink car, a color change is not a good idea. Daytonas do not have matching chassis and engines numbers, so theoretically an engine swap should have little effect on a Daytona's value. Unless someone has the build sheets or extensive knowledge of a Daytona's history, no one would ever know a Daytona has had a swapped engine. Of course, when a million-dollar car hits the market, an engine swap does matter, and a car should be discounted accordingly. In 2000, this Daytona was sold at Christie's Petersen Museum auction. The sale price was $259,000, which was one of the lowest in the past 20 years. Weak market conditions at the time made overall prices low, but the color change and engine probably reduced the sale by 20%. The two Spyders at this year's Monterey auction bid to $931,000 and $1,020,000. Other recent offerings have been in this same range. Bonhams' $940,011 sale of 14605 was the top sale of their auction and respectable by all accounts. Having bought this car for $259,000 at the Christie's sale, this seller should be happy. Given its stories, I believe the car was probably sold slightly high. The buyer must have decided the stories didn't matter, and the under bidder apparently agreed. The buyer is the proud new owner of a Ferrari icon, and I'm sure he's pleased. I'm also sure he's reading each copy of SCM to see if his faith in the Daytona Spyder market was well placed.♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Restamped Engines and Ferraris An engine swap can have a draconian effect on the value of a collector car. It is not unusual for an owner to restamp an engine number in an attempt to cover up an engine replacement. The International Advisory Council for the Preservation of Ferrari Automobiles discourages the restamping of engine numbers. They believe that changing the number on an engine changes the history of the car it's going in, and it erases the history of that engine and the car it came from. Additionally, it distorts the history of the engine that came out of the car. IAC/PFA recognizes that engine failures are a fact of life in the high-perfor- mance car world. The group is trying to discourage restamping engine numbers by minimizing any benefits of the practice. Rather than evoking a heavy penalty for a replacement engine, IAC/PFA judging guidelines call for a very small deduction for a non-matching number engine of the correct type. Under their guidelines, a highpoint car with a replacement engine of the correct type can successfully compete with matching-number cars to win major awards. — S.A. SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... December 2011 41 Seat Time Archie Urciuoli, Casey Key, FL: I owned and raced a Ferrari Daytona (365 GTB/4A #15105) for a couple of seasons a number of years ago. The car was a contemporary of the Maserati Ghibli and the Lamborghini Miura, and quite different in both styling and feel from its predecessors, the iconic 250 and 275 GTBs. While the earlier Berlinettas were true dual-purpose road/race cars, the Daytona was a heavier and less agile mount, more of a high-speed grand tourer than a sports car. A bit ponderous around town, the Daytona truly found its home on the open highway, where it could stretch its very long legs. Once over 80 mph, the car's handling was transformed. Its 4.4-liter four-cam six-Weber-carb dry-sump engine produced 350 horsepower, giving it 0-60 times of just under 6 seconds, and a top speed of a bit over 170 mph — while emitting that incredible Ferrari V12 howl. While not a truly great race car and not raced by the factory, the lighter competition versions of the Daytona did have some notable racing success as private entries, especially in endurance events such as Le Mans. Power was good, and handling predictable, with noticeable understeer. With the turning radius of a small mobile home, the car felt at home on the big tracks, such as Daytona for which it was nicknamed, while a well-driven Mini Cooper could give it a run for its money on a smaller, tighter track. Forever immortalized by Dan Gurney and Brock Yates in winning the coast-to-coast Cannonball Run, the Daytona was the last of the great Enzo-era Ferraris.


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Restorations in Reverse A well-defined plan avoids the creeping — and ultimately astounding — costs of incremental restoration Restored Ferrari 365 GTC/4 — all it took was about $50k and four months to “improve” it I n May 2010, we were offered a 365 GTC/4, s/n 15197, in a restoration shop with new paint (not yet rubbed out) and boxes of N.O.S. parts needed to complete a nice “driver” restoration. It had one owner since 1984, but the owner died during the restoration process. We purchased the car and had it finished over three months by F.A.I. in Costa Mesa, CA. We offered the car for sale in September 2010, described in part as, “gorgeous new Rosso Corsa red over a mirror-straight body… very nice black leather …. just treated to an engine–out service… gearbox has new seals... carbs and water pump rebuilt… a/c, cooling and heater system rebuilt… new brake master… calipers rebuilt… shocks and rear self-levelers rebuilt… new ball joints and suspension bushings…new Pirelli P tires… engine compartment and chassis steam cleaned, painted and detailed… new paint color sanded and buffed to perfection… wheel wells and under-panels texture coated….” The invoices totaled $34,492.08. We summarized our advertising text by saying, “The best running and best driving 365 GTC/4 we have had in many years, would require little to be ready for the show circuit.” The car was sold in days. It was probably a high 80- to 90-point car. But I don't like red The new owner then had F.A.I. take the car apart for a color change to dark blue ($18k) and re-assembled it for another $6k. The buyer also sent it out for new tan leather at $12k. The just-rebuilt suspension was taken back apart for all-new plating and powder coating, adding another $12k. The total cost of these four steps? About $50k for the paint, leather and suspension, which is “why not?” money in the world of Enzo-era Ferraris. The added work made it a low 90-point car. Total time of this work was about four months. 42 A few steps forward, another step back Once the car was painted and back for assembly, the owner added another step, and the engine was once again back out for detailing to a higher level, adding another $7k–$8k to the cost. The owner then decided he wanted the engine hardware re-plated and the block painted, so all accessories would have to come off, apart and sublet for new plating, adding another $8k–$10k. These additional two steps added another few months to the process and another $20k to gain an extra point or two — if the car were ever shown. Once the engine was out and stripped down, the owner added a seventh revision and had the frame painted, adding another $5k. With the transmission out, the owner wanted it rebuilt for another $5k–$7k. The owner then added yet another step: re-sealing the diff and painting the diff and torque tube, which added another $5k. This added a few months to the total time and pushed the total re-restoration cost close to the price of the car! We've done this before The all-new leather interior had been sublet to a shop of the owner's choice, but it was badly done. The car was sent out to a second upholstery shop for a second, Sports Car Market


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all-new leather interior, which added $12k–$15k and another few months down time. All-new wire wheels have also been ordered. This C/4 just had a birthday at F.A.I., and the owner has spent the purchase price of the car in a two-steps-forward, one-step-back restoration. In retrospect, the car should have been stripped to bare metal and the engine rebuilt in the process. Hindsight is 20/20, but a more sequential and budgeted restoration plan going in and/or starting with a project car would certainly have been a better — and cheaper — decision. Same story, different car In June 2010, we sold a 330 GTC, s/n 11279, in Fly Yellow with black leather. It had been very nicely restored in 1992, with the engine rebuilt at a wellrespected shop, and had only 3,100 miles on the clock, but it had sat for many years. It was well-sorted and described as “as close as one will get to a new 330 GTC.” A pre-purchase inspection found leaky head gaskets from age. It was sent to F.A.I. for an engine-out service and new head gaskets for about $6k–$8k. While the engine was out, it got a valve job, and the engine and engine bay were detailed for a total of about $10k. I don't like yellow Someone had cut a hole in the firewall for a clutch cable, so while the engine was out, the car had a firewall repair and engine compartment repaint, which was about $2k. The engine was re-installed and ready to run when the owner decided he wanted to paint the car. The engine came back out, and the body was sent out for new paint in dark blue, adding another $25k and another three months to the process. Once back from paint, the car was sent out for all new leather in a medium-dark blue, which is a very pretty combination. Add another $15k and another two months of down time. The instruments were sent out for a rebuild while the dash was apart, but that was only $1.5k. The new owner wanted to add a/c with a modern rotary compressor. Wisely, this was done while the engine was out and the dash and interior were apart for upholstery, so the cost was a modest $8k and a few weeks down time. The transaxle was also resealed and repainted, so add another $4k. Déjà-vu, all over again Once the car was back from painting and the interior finished, the engine was ready to be reinstalled. The owner was called to confirm that he didn't want to add anything extra to the list. The engine was fitted, the fluids were added and it was ready to start. The owner then called and said he wanted everything in the engine compartment detailed to “platinum level.” The engine came back out again, the accessories came off, and the engine, bolt-on accessories and engine bay were replated and repainted to the next level. Add another $8k–$10k and another month waiting for parts and plating. A birthday in the restoration shop passed as the engine went back in place. It was then sent out to have a powerful stereo installed and a second pair of door panels made and upholstered to match, with big speakers installed. This story ends with the owner's decision to have his almost-finished 330 GTC sent out to have the original wood-faced dash redone with a custom-made metal panel, which ended any hopes of ever showing the car at any of the major Ferrari concours events. We need a plan We have no lack of other examples of restorations in reverse. In every case, the work expands far beyond the original plan and ends up costing more and taking longer than if there been a definite, sequential plan, coordinated with the shop, from day one. When one wants to do a total restoration, starting with a project car and com- mitting to having everything done from the start is less expensive than buying a ready-to-go Ferrari and then adding the creeping costs of an incremental restoration. From the shop's point of view, dealing with restorations in reverse is frustrating and crazy-making. Everyone is a winner when we all start with the same well-defined plan. Only the shop comes out ahead when an action plan looks like a herd of gerbils on the loose. ♦ December 2011 43


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English Profile 1971 AC 428 Fastback Coupe These cars are rare, as they were slow and costly to build — and they were more expensive than an Aston Martin DB6 by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1968–1973 Number produced: 49 coupes, 29 convertibles and three special cars Original list price: $8,972 Tune-up cost: Full service for under $1,000 Distributor cap: $30 Current SCM Valuation: $95,000– $140,000 Chassis #: Plate on top of the driver's footbox, and stamped on front suspension tower Chassis number: CF62 the Mk III Shelby Cobra, and their close relationship with both Shelby and Ford ensured an adequate supply of engine and running gear. The original AC Company had been making sport- B ing cars for more than 20 years, but in 1930 was forced into liquidation. The Hurlock brothers, William and Charles, purchased the AC factory and assets to obtain more depot space for their successful haulage business. As they also serviced cars and trucks, they kept the AC service department running. The sporting owners of AC cars kept asking when they could expect a new model, and seeing an opportunity to clear the parts bin from the liquidation, the Hurlocks built cars on demand. They were fortunate to source a chassis from Standard that was supposed to be exclusive to William Lyons at SS, and on this they produced a lightweight aluminum open tourer that paved the way to further sporting and sales successes. By the early 1950s they were building sports sedans, and sales were slowing. Lyons at Jaguar had the XK 120 roadster and MG had the TC and TD — it was apparent that AC needed a new sports car. Quite by chance they found the small workshop of race car builder John Tojeiro and noticed a tubular chassis sports car with a 2-liter Bristol engine and an open barchetta-like body similar in design to the current race Ferraris. Tojeiro agreed to a deal, and at the 1953 Earls Court Motor Show, AC launched their new Ace with mildly reworked bodywork and their workhorse AC 2-liter engine. This new car was an important addition to the ranks of British sports cars, and after the updated 2-liter straight-six Bristol engine became available in 1956, the Ace blossomed into a successful competition car. In the USA, it became the terror of SCCA racing and dominated virtually every 44 orn on the back of the Cobra two-seat roadsters, AC decided to move up-market and build a larger and altogether more civilized car. They had a fantastic and proven race-bred chassis in class for nearly ten years. Shelby saw the potential and had a great small-block Ford V8 that would fit right in the engine bay — the rest is history. Derek Hurlock, who now oversaw the family AC concern, eyed the success of the emerging market for fast sports GT cars and thought AC had the platform to build such a car using the simple-to-maintain Ford power plants. The Mk III Cobra chassis was lengthened by six inches and sent to Italian coachbuilder Frua, who designed an attractive fastback coupe and trim for the new car. “The 428 fits my image of a true GT car — like any- thing exclusive, especially hand-built from craftsmen, it costs a lot of money,” Hurlock said. The AC 428 is the only production GT car that offered fully adjustable independent front and rear suspension, a valuable legacy of the Shelby racing heritage. Make no mistake, this is a seriously fast car that lopes from 0–60 mph in six seconds, has a top speed of over 140 mph and is capable of cruising all day at 130 mph if required. An exclusive club indeed! With just 44,020 miles on the odometer from new, this 428 Fastback coupe is original with the exception of one repaint in 1989 in the U.K., when the color was changed from baby blue to the factory-specification white. The black interior leather and trim remain impeccable, with a wear and patina that only 40-plus years of caring ownership preserves. The engine, transmission, electrical, suspension, brakes, rubber, glass and chrome components are all in fully maintained and excellent condition as befits a car that has lived in a prestigious Florida collection for the past seven years. Fully sorted, this car has been regularly but lightly used with approximately 3,000 driven miles since 2006. A virtually full ownership history file comes with the car, as do many extra parts and spares, articles written about the car and much more. This car is rare and exclusive by all means. Simple 1970 AC 428 RHD, manual Lot 336, s/n CF56 Condition 1 Sold at $99,909 Bonhams, Hendon, U.K., 4/19/10 SCM# 161909 Engine #: On chassis plate Club: AC Owners' Club More: www.acownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1964–1970 Maserati Mistral coupe, 1966–1971 Jensen Interceptor, 1969–1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 428 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1973 AC 428 RHD, auto Lot 212, s/n CF66 Condition 3+ Sold at $182,149 RM Auctions, London, U.K.,10/28/09 SCM# 152154 1973 AC 428 convertible RHD, auto Lot #596, s/n CF78 Condition 2+ Sold at $106,898 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 7/11/08 SCM# 117238 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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SCM Digital Bonus and easy-to-maintain American components, Italian styling from master coachbuilder Pietro Frua and classic British craftsmanship add up to a heady mix. Wrap yourself in style and performance in this seldom-seen gift from the good folks at AC. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 67, sold for $110,000 at Worldwide Auctions sale at Auburn, IN, on September 2, 2011. This is one of only seven 428 coupes produced in 1971 (though described in the catalog as a 1968 car), and it's right-hand drive — left-handers' chassis numbers are preceded by CFX. Only 49 coupes and 29 convertibles were built from 1968 to 1973. Originally blue, it was repainted white in 1989 and imported into California in 2002. Production numbers were tiny, partly because of the laborious build process and the cost it generated, which made the 428 more expensive than an Aston Martin DB6. The chassis is very much like the Cobra's, with all-independent coil-spring suspension and six-inch-longer twin main tubes constructed at AC's works in Thames Ditton, southwest of London, before being shipped to Italy to be bodied by Frua. On return to the U.K., the Ford V8s and (usually) automatic transmissions were installed. So the floor shift lever and quadrant is a period Fairlane piece, and under the hood from the radiator and coolant surge tank back, it's highly reminiscent of a lightly tweaked '69 Mustang. The new California owner modified the hood with a scoop to draw more air into the engine bay to combat the warm desert temperatures, and the car has spent the past seven years in a Florida collection. The world's most exotic Mach 1 SCM's B. Mitchell Carlson saw the car, and he rated it a condition 3+, noting light orange peel to the paint, “though time and buffing have eased that a bit.” He noted that the windshield is starting to delaminate (pretty common on these), still with a 1998 U.K. tax disc affixed, and there was noticeable leather cracking on the seats. The rear bumper is wavy. Overall, he felt the car appears to sit too low, but from some angles the slightly awkward styling around the middle can make the cars appear to sag a little. “I'm sure to be pelted with rocks by AC and Mustang fans the world over, but this is the world's most exotic Mach 1 — and isn't even styled as nicely — big boat 1971s through '73s included,” Carlson said. “While having a wide, authoritative stature, it comes off as too complex, with too many styling cues — different for the sake of being different.” All of our recent summaries have said these cars have been creeping up in recent years but remain cheap. And they're still cheap right now. Andy Shepherd, vice chairman of the AC Owners' Club and AC 428 Frua registrar, as ever sticks up for the model. “Prices have all been pretty good over the past year or two, and I am advising between $120k and $240k depending on condition and whether fastback or convertible,” Shepherd said. “They sell in that bracket, and I know of at least two people with that budget who are looking.” These must be private sales because auction prices have remained fairly flat in the past few years. Maybe it's something about the slightly awkward styling in places, or the huge costs of restoration, or that they're just not as simple or sexy as a Cobra. All these factors conspire to keep the market for these imposing coachbuilt coupes small. The 428's nearest equivalent is something like a Jensen Interceptor, which is a less-sophisticated bigblock Chrysler V8-powered device that can be bought cheaply for mostly the same reasons, although the very best examples cost about two-thirds of the price paid for this 428. So if you're looking for a handsome AngloItalian GT with big American V8 power, the Interceptor can look a more sensible bet, leaving only rarity on the 428's side. Inexpensive to buy — and easy to repair On the plus side, Shepherd points out that mechani- cally, these are not hard cars to own. “Engine parts are cheap as chips, being stock Ford FE. Standard lifters are hydraulic and don't give much trouble, but some engines have been fitted with solid lifter cams. Inlet manifolds weigh a ton, and are often replaced with an aluminum aftermarket one,” Shepherd said. “The cast iron headers cracked easily, and tubular manifolds are the easy fix.” Body rust is the curse of many 428 Fruas, and can be expensive to put right. “The sills (rockers) suffer, as do the fender tops near the windscreen,” Shepherd said. This car appears to be correctly market priced, albeit in a very small market. Here it sold pretty much on the money compared with recent sales — if you ignore the inexplicably high-priced car at RM London in October 2009 — and for as much as WWG was hoping for. So, in spite of the ACOC's hopes, the 428 market seems to be steady as she goes. As we often say, it's a wonder more of these haven't been made into Cobras, which are worth four times as much. (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... December 2011 45


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English Profile The Cumberford Perspective Nice details, poor proportions, no marque identity By Robert Cumberford 1 tographed my Automobile Year Maserati 3500 GT contest entry, and then proceeded to build it.) Afterward, all his cars used my incurving A-pillar, whether on the Glas 1700 sedans and 2600–3000 GTs, this AC, or other Maseratis. I wasn't alone in being “inspirational” for the multitalented old scoundrel; I see a bit of Bill Towns in the AC 428's rear bodywork. This big AC is notably mis- I proportioned, with seats back into the rear wheelwells and everything ahead of the door grotesquely elongated. But stuffing a big-block Ford into a Cobra-based chassis required a substantial wheelbase stretch if there was to be room for the occupant's legs in GT comfort. The body sides are rather flat, so the upper portion could be wide enough to avoid a claustrophobic cabin and still not exceed the relatively narrow track. The headlamps are too high for a graceful fender profile, which further distorts what is basically a classic Italian shape tortured to fit a less-than-ideal platform. 1960s Italian-American hybrids have worked — see Iso Rivolta GT, Grifo, and Fidia, Intermeccanica Griffith/Italia, Scaglietti Corvette — but toss in a bodged-up British chassis and things tended, as the English say, to go wonky. Still, this beats a Jensen CV8. ♦ INTERIOR VIEW A Standard instruments and toggle switches are low-rent solution for low-volume cars, but this one manages to still look expensive. B Patina on the leather is beauti- ful, can only be duplicated by the passage of time and regular use. Magnificent. C Very American transmission selector lever also serves as a time stamp. (see image opposite page.) 46 12 11 10 Sports Car Market 9 8 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 I think this A-pillar is splendid. But then, I would, wouldn't I? 2 Too-high headlight causes fender profile to flatten out as it moves past front wheel centerline, which is a truly awkward solution. 3 Elephant-trunk raised section seems too narrow, but has to be so because width of the body is quite restricted by the underlying small sports car chassis. 4 Dual grille openings with central separating rib perhaps adopted to give some identity to the car, but it really doesn't work very well and is associated with earlier Ferrari and Pontiac designs. have a slight vested interest in all post-Maserati Mistral Pietro Frua designs. (At the 1963 Geneva show he pho- 2 3 4 6 5 Lack of a front bumper bar leaves front end unprotected and looking unfinished. 6 Surface separation is intended to reduce vertical mass of sides, but this would have been more successful if lower portion were painted black to “disappear.” REAR 3/4 & SIDE VIEW 7 Sunroof likely a necessity to evacuate excessive heat from huge iron-block V8 furnace 8 Putting an engine compartment vent and a badge on the panel between door and wheel opening emphasizes visual length on a panel meant to reduce visual length. 5 9 Flat door required to reduce width. Bottom of side glass is actually outboard of tire flank. 10 Large gas cap door nicely carries through side glass profile, but AC badge behind it is too close for the eye to finish the virtual profile correctly. 11 Sharp edge and very flat transverse section not typical of previous Frua designs. 12 Cost constraints oblige use of a lamp tooled for another vehicle, a condition often seen in Italian lowvolume bodywork. This also obliges the squared-off cove. 7


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Seat Time Jeffrey Jones, via email: I own an AC 428, purchased almost ten years ago, and I still have it. I saw it as it arrived on a truck being delivered to a classic car dealer in West Hollywood, CA. I bought it before the wheels hit the ground. Luckily, as it was on a flatbed car carrier, I was able to have a good look underneath. No rust and no evidence of damage. And priced very fairly, I thought. My car's engine and transmission are dated August 1967. However, the car left the factory on June 4, 1969 — one of four cars (two fastbacks and two convertibles) shipped to North America. My car is the U.S. fastback, and it is titled as a 1970 Ford. As you may know, AC built the chassis and shipped the chassis and drivetrain to the Frua factory in Italy. The bodies were built in Italy. The panels were formed on wooden bucks, fastened to the chassis and then shipped back to Britain to be finished. Unfortunately, the Frua factory was on strike for almost a year in 1968, which helps explain the incredible delay in finishing the car(s). It's not surprising that only 81 cars were built. It was a logistical nightmare, getting these Anglo-American-Italian hybrids put together. Although the 428 looks very much like a Maserati Mistral, the only exterior part they share is the front vent window. Apparently, Mr. Frua did not realize how much heat a 7-liter V8 could produce, and as a result, the cars ran hot. However, this can be fixed. The car handles very well, is extremely powerful and quite comfortable. I've replaced the automatic with a 5-speed TREMEC, lightened it where possible with Edelbrock heads, aluminum radiator, headers, aluminum water pump, correct-date police interceptor aluminum intake and many other improvements. It's a good deal faster now than it was when it was new (as reported in contemporary magazine tests). ♦ A B C December 2011 47


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1956 Salmson 2300 Sport Coupe This car is eligible for the Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classique, and it is welcome at many concours by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1952–1956 Number produced: 80 Original list price: $4,500 Current SCM Valuation $30,000–$50,000 Tune-up cost: $400–$600 Distributor cap: $300 Chassis #: Plate in engine compartment Engine #: Left side of block Club: Amicale Salmson More: www.amicale-salmson.org Alternatives: 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 MkII Coupe 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 Coupe 1954 Bristol 404 Coupe SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1954 Lancia Aurelia B20 Lot 218, s/n B20S1120 Condition 3 Chassis number: 85213 Engine number: 154 11 13 I n the aftermath of World War II, there was little demand in France for high-performance luxury cars of the type Salmson had been producing in the late 1930s, the result of punitive rates of taxation. Nevertheless, for the 1953 season, their talented technical staff produced an updated version of the 2.2-liter Randonnée: the 2300 Sport. Styled by Eugène Martin, the 2300 Sport was a pretty 2+2 coupe, 227 examples of which were made up to 1957 with bodies by Esclassan and Henri Chapron, the latter being responsible for the bulk of production. The Randonnée's 4-speed Cotal gearbox was re- tained, while other noteworthy features included torque tube transmission and rack-and-pinion steering. All Salmson cars were built in right-hand-drive configuration. With 105 horsepower on tap from its 2.3-liter twincam four, the 2300 Sport was a strong performer by the standards of the day, boasting a top speed of 112 mph. With its class-leading specification, the 2300 Sport clearly had competition potential. Examples competed at Le Mans in 1955 and 1957 (in 1956, in standard trim complete with all luxuries, including a radio!), and the 1956 Mille Miglia. While little was achieved on the track, the 2300 Sport proved a much more effective rally car, winning on 13 occasions in 1954. However, like France's other quality motor manufacturers, Salmson was struggling to survive. Renault bought the factory in 1957. A 48 2300 Sport was the last car off the production line. The example offered here is one of fewer than 80 2300 Sports believed to survive worldwide. These cars very rarely come onto the market, particularly in such outstandingly roadworthy condition. This car was restored in the early 1990s when work undertaken included a “bare metal” body restoration, with rusty panels cut out, repaired, made good with lead loading and then finished in a deep Rosso paint. A testament to the quality of these repairs and paintwork is that, after 20 years, it still presents in superb condition. At the same time the interior was retrimmed, the engine rebuilt and gas-flowed — plus all brightwork replated. An estimated 12,000 miles have been covered since the restoration was completed. Currently taxed and MoT'd, this rare French GT comes with Swansea V5 document, the original production sheet, facsimile handbook, miscellaneous parts and service items, and a comprehensive history file containing restoration invoices and photographs, ownership history, list of events/rallies attended since 1992, and a copy of a Classic Cars article. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 262, sold for $48,105 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival Collectors Motor Cars auction in Chichester, U.K., on September 16, 2011. 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Lot 346, s/n LML1046 Condition 2 Sold at $93,888 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 7/3/09 SCM# 120987 Sold at $128,611 Artcurial, Paris, FR, 2/4/11 SCM# 169047 1954 Bristol 404 Lot 759, s/n 4042003 Condition 2+ Sold at $78,967 Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/8/07 SCM# 46816 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus Conventional Wisdom, that prison of small minds, holds that all the upper-class cars of France died in the 1950s due to the crushing rate of taxation the Fourth Republic assigned to cars with engines larger than that of the Citroën 2CV or Renault 4. It's been repeated again and again, even, I dare say, by me. But, is it possible that we didn't have Delahaye, Bugatti, Hotchkiss, and Salmson to enjoy into the 1960s thanks to bad management, poor product planning and indifferent marketing? The end of World War II saw the European nations in ruins and the U.K. in dire economic straits. On the other hand, the U.S. was coming into the height of the Pax Americana and its wide-open roads were filling with wellheeled enthusiasts who had just discovered the joys and thrills of European sports motoring. So, where would a French luxury sports manufacturer pitch its wares? At home, where the few who can still afford it can't be seen in anything that screams “I kept my money all during that horrible war, didn't you?” — and where the authorities in Paris just wait, like some in governments today, to “soak the rich.” So, who in France would buy your cars? Or do you make a real effort to sell them in California, New York, Chicago and Florida to the guys — and gals — making movies, winning sports championships and racing cars? Apparently the question was too tough for most of those in the boardrooms of the Grandes Marques in France, and it took Jean Daninos, a novice at the game, to break the code with the Facel Vega. That Salmson was late to the car building party didn't seem to matter, as their reputation built quickly. Ironically, it was at the end that they seemed to have it all together, as they were doing well in rally competition and fielding a modern line of wellmade, reasonably attractive cars with good — but not outstanding — performance. The suspension of the 2300 Sport was advanced, with alloy front A-arms and a system called Flexivar in the back that used rubber blocks to locate the shocks and rear axle. It was designed to produce the compliant ride expected in a French car, with a measure of controlled handling expected in a GT. Better looking in person I can see sort of a Bristol-like aspect in the clean, simple and vaguely aerodynamic Chapron bodywork. Details such as the bolt-on wire wheels similar to those seen on early Facel Vegas, and inset — dare I say Frenched — taillights in elegant chromed recesses give the Salmson a sophisticated look. The effort to give the rear seat passengers adequate headroom has come with the price of some awkwardness in the roof line, which when photographed from some angles looks like a derby hat riding atop the body. Having seen one of these in the metal, I can safely state that the eye captures it better than the lens. From photographs it would seem that the ultimate spec two-seater GS version, with a shortened wheelbase, looks rather better balanced. The dashboard has the typically unstyled look of the Delahaye and Hotchkiss and the seats are equally simple in design. It's clear the car has been set up for touring use, with effective modern lap/shoulder belts fitted, their bright red release buttons a bit jarring in appearance. The engine is a highlight of the 2300 Sport, and when Daninos sought to build his own twin-cam engine for the Facel Facellia, he might have taken a close look at the Salmson's 2.3-liter aluminum DOHC 4-cylinder, instead of allowing Pont-a-Mousson to take their unfortunate flyer on the Alfa twin-cam instead. The Cotal pre-selector gearbox has a frightening reputation, but as is the case so often, when properly set up and maintained is a delight in action, as it is much superior to many manual transmissions — and head and shoulders above automatics of the period. Rare — but not in demand By any estimation, this is a rare car, and if the catalog figure is correct, one of fewer than 80. However, proving once again the adage that “almost all valuable cars are rare but not all rare cars are valuable,” the market for this Salmson is thin at best, and they're not very expensive cars. Having said that, it's interesting to note that this car was reported sold in July 2011 at the HVA auction in Hertfordshire, U.K. for $37,127, almost $11,250 less than it brought two months later at a bigger sale venue. Factoring in transportation and fees, there was still a profit made. For a collector who can look at the specific attri- butes of a car and how well they might meet his or her needs, a car such as this could be a compelling buy. It's eligible for the Mille Miglia and Le Mans Classique. It was featured in a major international magazine, and after a freshening restoration, would be welcome at any number of concours events around the world. If you have high self-esteem, are confident in your collecting choices and enjoy giving a long explanation wherever you go, the Salmson is a good option. In light of the recent flip, I have to call it well sold, but it's still a good buy for the usability. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... December 2011 49


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German Profile 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible When properly cared for, these Teutonic two-seaters will last forever. They were expensive, well-built and beautifully engineered cars by Stephen Serio Details Years produced: 1968–1971 Number produced: 23,885 Original list price: $7,224 Current SCM Valuation: $45,000–$90,000 Tune-up cost: $900 Distributor cap: $55 Chassis #: Right front frame rail / Plate screwed to the firewall Engine #: Stamped left near top of the block Club: Mercedes-Benz Club of America More: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1967–1968 Porsche 911S, 1964–1967 Jaguar E-type, 1971–1972 BMW 3.0 CSL SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 11304412021412 Engine number: 1309831206688 T his car was supplied new to the wife of wellknown Tulsa-based actor and producer Milton Berry. She kept this quality, matching-numbers Mercedes-Benz 280SL until it was traded in to the original Tulsa, OK, Mercedes-Benz dealer in 1999. It stayed in his personal collection until 2010, when it was ultimately purchased by the present owner after years of asking. The odometer reads 75,420 miles, which is almost certainly actual, although it is stated as exempt on the clear Oklahoma title. During the past 18 months, the car has been restored to the superb condition presented here. The excellent condition of the original sheet metal allowed a frame-on restoration, and the factory color scheme and appointments remain as the original build and are all in perfect working order. The cream steering wheel is matched to the leather seats and trim, the correct square weave carpet is in excellent condition and the dash sports the original Becker Europa radio with manual antenna. The Haartz cloth soft top has perfect fit and finish, and the factory hard top with rare stand and cover has been lovingly restored to as new. The factory air has been updated and blows ice cold. It comes with its owner's manuals, warranty books, tools, jack and spare wheel, all of which are correct and original to the car. The 280SL outsold all its early siblings in its four- year production run because it ultimately offered quality construction, mated to performance and reliability that comes with a fully developed model. This lovely 50 example represents the very best of the SL tradition that in many ways defines Mercedes-Benz. All-alloy, 2,778-cc in-line, 6-cylinder engine with Bosch mechanical fuel injection rated at 170 horsepower at 5,750 rpm, automatic 4-speed transmission, independent front and rear coil springs and hydraulic dampers, rear swing axles, front anti-roll bar, all wheel hydraulic power-assisted brakes, 94.5-inch wheelbase. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 75, sold for $68,750, including buyer's commission, Worldwide's Auburn, IN, auction on September 3, 2011. I can find fault in almost anything when inspecting a classic car and I can be even more jaded (it seems 100 times more jaded, honestly) than the average punter when reading carefully chosen words in an auction catalog. I'm always looking for what is NOT said. This is an honest, harsh assessment about my critical mind, and it comes from a sense of responsibility — and not wanting to make mistakes. I like the task of due diligence and gathering information; I don't like getting a car wrong for a client. More information needed The past few years have turned out to be stellar in the classic car auction world, with great growth, fantastic offerings — and good times. A byproduct of this growth is that the larger auction companies have taken great pains in producing at 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Lot 242, s/n 11304410005845 Condition 2 Sold at $45,709 Artcurial, Paris, FR, 6/13/11 SCM# 179558 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Lot 457, s/n 11304422014022 Condition 2Sold at $113,343 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/1/11 SCM# 182338 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Lot 315A, s/n 11304412015136 Condition 3 Sold at $46,800 Bonhams, Greenwich, CT, 6/5/11 SCM# 182230 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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SCM Digital Bonus great catalogs for their clients at their bigger events. Some of these books really channel the personalities of the people who put them together, and that's a good thing. Look back at a catalog from 20 years ago, and you'll see pretty pictures and some reasonable verbiage generally written by the owners of the consigned lot. Due diligence was not at the level that it is in this day and age. Know that some large venues (I'm thinking Rick Cole Auctions in Monterey, circa 1989) occasionally handed out one-line lists of what was being sold. Times have changed — well, some times have changed. Sadly, we all know people who buy blind, and they are just asking for a world of hurt and trouble. My absentee bidder backup plan (aka common sense), tells me that a professional should be engaged to inspect a car. Or, at a bare minimum, a long conversation should take place between an auction house specialist and the bidder. Ask every question you can think of ahead of time. In the worst-case scenario, the buyer may have no choice but to rely heavily on the catalog. More than anything, I feel badly for buyers who cannot personally attend a sale when they want to check out a car to potentially own and cherish. How can you truly make a wise decision if you can't inspect, drive and crawl all over the car? Now, let me address why I'm cross while I'm writing this — watch out, as here comes the steam. In short, I would have liked to see a more thorough description of the car. If this was a $7,500 car and it was my first purchase, I'd be pumped by the auc- tion description. Well, this is not my first purchase, and this isn't a $7,500 car. It's a complex little ride that's getting more valuable and desirable every year, and I'd like a little more sustenance in the form of automotive history. It's not enough to tell me that the mileage might be true, everything works and it's been restored. If the car stayed with one dealership from new, are the service records available? It's nice to know it was restored, but why not give me the name of the shop that did the work? Was it a Mercedes specialist? How much was spent restoring the car? Are there any before and after photos of the restoration? How about a pile of receipts? We need more details here. I especially cringe at the sentence about the third owner being persistent about how he wanted the car for the longest time, then after getting it in 2010, he's decided to resell it in 2011. I'd like to know why the car is on the block after only one year or so with the third owner. Checking out an SL But let's take the ball from the auction company and put it back in your park. Let's say you had a chance to look over this SL. First, remember that buying a lowerpriced SL don't mean there are lower-priced solutions when problems surface. First, a thorough chassis inspection has to be completed. Rust can be a horrific repair, and checking everywhere is a little more involved than getting on your hands and knees and looking at the pan. Trim and chrome are costly to repair or replace, and some very small items are now extremely difficult to source with genuine parts. The injection pump tends to have problems when cars sit for a long period of time. Things that seem small can become huge repair bills. For example, wipers that don't work and heater control levers that don't operate like new may seem like small issues, but both jobs can be wallet crushers because it's difficult to find authentic parts. Finally, an expert should give the car a test drive. You need someone capable of concluding that the clunky shifts in the transmission are not beyond normal, the suspension — front and rear — is tight, the brakes are firm and that the engine is pulling smoothly. Probably a good buy Bottom line, if this SL was a 75k mileage example in stellar condition as stated, then the $68,750 was fair money paid. Most Pagoda buyers want this specification: last year of manufacture, two roofs, automatic and a/c. I prefer a 5-speed manual 230SL, which in my view, is a purer, prettier and more lively sports car to drive. When properly cared for, these Teutonic two-seaters will last forever. They were expensive, well-built and beautifully engineered cars when new. Collectors are starting to notice these cars; while $100,000 280SLs were pipe dreams just a few years ago, this is no longer the case, as buyers are realizing how rewarding and classic these SLs are. I hope the new owner has a great car and I hope all of the questions not answered by the catalog were answered in an affirmative fashion by the car itself. If that's the case, fairly sold and bought. (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers. For Worldwide's response, see p. 52) SCM Digital Bonus. Seat Time, additional images and more... December 2011 51


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German Profile Worldwide's Response Editor's note: We offered Worldwide a chance to reply to Stephen Serio's criticism about their catalog copy about the 1971 MercedesBenz 280SL. Here is their response: A s a car guy and a long time subscriber, I always look forward to the vehicle profiles in each issue of SCM. While there are several reasonable points brought up in the profile of this 280SL, some of the inaccuracies make me wonder whether Stephen Serio was actually at the sale, or perhaps used information provided by a third party. Serio is obviously an experienced collector, and he mentions facts and documents we'd all love to get with every vehicle we purchase, but in this case, the third owner simply did not have access to any of this information, and to his credit, did not fabricate any stories. Furthermore, the catalog never stated that he “wanted the car for the longest time” anywhere in the description (SCM editor's note: the catalog copy said, “… purchased by the present owner after years of asking”). And as we all know, in today's economy, there can be countless reasons an owner might choose to resell a vehicle. An honest auction firm can only present real information provided by the seller, or facts that can be obtained and verified by conventional research. In this case, that is exactly what happened. Unfortunately there just wasn't a lot of meat on that bone. As far as addressing a buyer that isn't at the auction purchasing the car, it is Worldwide Auctioneer's standard policy to have one of our Motorcar Specialists contact all phone bidders while literally standing next to the car at least 24 hours before the auction begins, to provide that buyer with every fact available, describe even the most minute flaw, and thus eliminate any surprises upon purchase. If a bidder or a bidder's agent is onsite, we provide ample opportunity to fully inspect the car, hear it run and drive, and do their due diligence prior to bidding. If the catalog description does not accurately describe a car, I'm the first to agree with the author, but that obviously did not happen here, as there was spirited bidding on this lot both in the room and on the phone, and the quality of this car is obviously reflected by the high price realized. It would seem to me if the purpose of a profile is to inform and educate us as readers on value, condition and comps in the marketplace, Worldwide Auctioneers should be commended rather than chastised for not overstating a vehicle's condition or documentation. — Bob DeKorne, Catalog Editor, Worldwide Auctioneers ♦ 52 Sports Car Market


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American Car Collector Profile 1939 GM Futurliner It may be easiest to leave it as-is, but it does have some needs — for example, it doesn't run by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Year produced: 1939 Number produced: 12 Original list price: N/A Current SCM Valuation: $250k to $3m Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Pop-riveted plate in the engine bay Engine #: Pad on the block near the head on the opposite side of the induction Club: American Truck Historical Society More: www.aths.org Alternatives: 1946–54 GM PD4151 “Silversides” intercity bus, 1936–1950 Flxible Clipper inter-city bus, 1948–1991 Crown Supercoach SCM Investment Grade: D Comps 1939 GM Futurliner Lot 457, s/n ADF859017 (same coach) Condition 5 Chassis number: ADF859017 T he consignor of Futurliner Number 3 that is available at our auction in Auburn purchased the vehicle out of an Indiana warehouse in 1999. It is believed to be one of the Futurliners that passed through Joe Bortz's hands. It is clearly the most accurate and original unrestored Futurliner in existence, having been used by all of the previous restorations as the template for many parts that needed to be fabricated. All of the exterior letters are original, have never been off the bus and they have been used to create molds for all of the restored examples. It still has the original inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine with the original block and transmission. It was a rolling display for the cutaway jet engine portion of the Parade of Progress, with appropriate display labels still intact in the rear electrical room. It carries $15,000 of custom-made Futurliner tires that were sourced from Coker Tire. All-new exterior aluminum and rubber parts come with the bus, as well as what is left of the original set of tires and all documentation available. SCM Analysis This vehicle, Lot 37, was sold for $247,500, including buyer's pre- mium, at Worldwide's auction in Auburn, IN, on September 3, 2011. Since we last discussed Futurliners in these pages (April 2006, p. 54), a lot has changed and a lot has also 54 stayed the same. Until early 2006, the average person didn't have a clue what a Futurliner was; today these giant custom coaches are well-known to most car collectors — thanks to a high-profile sale of a restored one at BarrettJackson's 2006 Scottsdale auction. At the time, anyone who offered a guess on what the B-J bus would bring at auction went out on a slender limb if they suggested it would cross the million-dollar threshold. After all, it was Number 11 of the twelve made, having recently been leased by the Canadian owner to a cell phone company as a PR vehicle. Number 10 had just been restored by a group associated with the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States, which is in Auburn, IN. There were also a few survivors that prototype en- thusiast Joe Bortz had saved. Another was restored by The Peter Pan Bus Co. of Springfield, MA, and one was turned into a motor home in California — so it's not like Number 11 was a one-off unit at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Scottsdale auction. Yet, lo and behold, it got hammered sold to the jaw-dropping tune of $4.32 million. Since then, Futurliner Fever took hold. Demand for the NATMUS unit to appear at shows is still great, and people started looking for the remaining units. Our subject Futurliner — the third of the twelve — has always been on the proverbial radar. It is believed 1953 GM Futurliner Lot 1307, s/n 011 Condition 2+ Sold at $4,320,000 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/06 SCM# 40076 Not sold at $340,000 Auctions America by RM, Auburn, IN, 5/12/11 SCM# 179442 1865 Abbot Downing Stagecoach Lot 546, no serial number Condition 5 Not sold at $140,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 SCM# 42721 Sports Car Market Pawel Litwinski, courtesy of Worldwide Auctioneers


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SCM Digital Bonus to be one of five that Bortz had saved and stored outside in suburban Chicago. In fact, SCM's own Dan Grunwald recalls seeing them once when snowmobiling in the 1970s — looking rather disheveled and all parked in a row. Futurliner Number 3 After Bortz sold our subject Futurliner Number 3, there was some light cosmetic patch-up work done on it but no attempt to restore it. However, access was provided to the Futurliner Group at NATMUS, and Number 3 was used extensively to “stare and compare” in helping to restore their coach. The group that restored the now-famous, $4.32m Number 11 also used Number 3 as a historical reference. Eventually, Number 3 ended up in the hands of a California collector, who recently advertised it in a few enthusiast publications before consigning it at Auctions America's Spring Auburn auction, and when it failed to sell there, at the Worldwide event. In between, Number 3 made an appearance with the NATMUS unit at the American Truck Historical Society's national meet in South Bend, IN, during late May of 2011. It is rare to see more than one Futurliner at the same place, as the owner of Number 11 seems to keep his within his private collection. The owner of Number 3 also owned the Futurliner that was damaged in an accident with another Futurliner while in convoy in 1956. Several parts were salvaged from it to restore the NATMUS unit, and in 2007 what was left was exported to Sweden, where the new owner is in the process of building it into a car hauler. Why sell for less? It was a surprise to see this vehicle sell at $247,500 in September after the owner rejected a much bigger bid in May (to the tune of $340,000). Perhaps it was the harsh choice between the costs of taking Number 3 to the next step, continuing to market it or just keeping on keeping on. In any case, Number 3's reserve was dropped at Worldwide, and it hammered sold to a new owner. The other possibility is that back in May, there may have been parties interested in it for what it sold for in September — likely one and the same — but the reserve was higher than the $340k bid. The consignor is based in California and was probably looking at the costs to truck it back home, which may have made him decide to take what he could get rather than spend more to bring it home. Big toys need boys with big toy boxes, big toy movers and big bank accounts. If you think hauling a collector car from Monterey to Chicago is expensive, try hauling a 33-foot-long, eleven-foot-high retired commercial vehicle. Due to the Futurliner's long wheelbase, the NATMUS unit travels on a modified lowboy trailer. As it is slightly longer than a standard unit, it needs an over-length permit. So, if you want the NATMUS unit to make an appearance, you must supply the semi tractor to pull the unit on its trailer, the semi driver, pay expenses for the volunteer caretaker crew, and “a substantial donation is expected to be sent to NATMUS for the future maintenance of this vehicle.” None of this comes cheap. Add in that Number 2 diesel is now $4 per gallon or more. Buying one is the cheapest part Of the original dozen Futurliners, nine are known to still exist in some form. Four have been either restored or refurbished to be operable, one is a work in progress, one is a parts donor, and one is rotting away outdoors on its way to becoming a parts donor. Another one is being modified from what little remains of it, and there is this one — Number 3. What to do with it? It may be easiest to essentially leave it as-is, but it does have some needs that must be met. For example, it doesn't run. Whether getting the original 302-ci GMC inline six running or repowering Number 3 with anything else, no choice will be cheap — or easy. Even dropping in the lowest-common-denominator drivetrain — a smallblock Chevy V8 with a Turbo HydraMatic of some sort — would be a challenge. Then again, with two that are cosmetically correctly restored and the one in Massachusetts now painted to look the part, is there room in the market for another Futurliner restored to the 1953–56 configuration? None of the surviving Futurliners have been redone to replicate their first-generation, pre-war configuration. This is an option if Number 3 goes the restoration route, and they find there's a bigger can of rusty worms than they originally figured. I doubt that the new owner will try to flip Number 3 anytime soon. Never say never, but it was actively marketed at two 2011 auctions, and anybody who really, deeply wanted it would've taken a shot at it by now. Was this coach well bought? It is true that $247,500 is a bargain in comparison with $4.32m. That said, cheap is really not a valid term here. In the case of a Futurliner, as with a Formula One race car — or a vintage steam traction engine — the cheapest thing you can do is buy it. If someone bought Number 3 thinking it was a steal that can be flipped in short order for a profit, that person may be in for a surprise. That said, watch it turn up at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January 2012 or be on the Mecum auction circuit to make me a liar. Futurliners have a way of defying logic at times ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... December 2011 55


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Race Car Profile 1966 Porsche Carrera Coupe This car's ultimate collectibility is clearly damaged, but its usefulness and acceptability as a real 906 are on a par with any other by Thor Thorson Details Year built: 1966 Number built: 65 Original list price: $11,500 Current SCM Valuation: $800k–$1m Cost per hour to race: $1,200 Chassis #: Top of frame tube right side of engine bay Engine #: By distributor base at front (with twin plug distributor it's effectively invisible) Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1964 Abarth Simca 2000 1967–1968 Porsche 910 1966–1967 Alfa Tipo 33 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 906 007 T his very well-documented example of the Porsche 906 — more familiarly known in period as the Carrera 6 — was supplied by Porsche Kundensport to the marque's contemporary Australian importer, Alan Hamilton. In essence two cars emerged, both using the chassis identity 906 007. One is the entirely distinctive lightweight Spyder-bodied car nicknamed “Känguruh,” which ran so strongly with the flat-8 cylinder engine installed in the 1967 Targa Florio. The other is this now-standard Carrera 6 coupe-bodied machine offered here. Porsche's former competition department director and Le Mans-winning racing driver Jürgen Barth has confirmed the derivation of this duality in his definitive book, Porsche 906. In its early service, the tall Alan Hamilton had the roof removed to enable him to fit comfortably into this 2-liter, flat 6-cylinder road racing car. He promptly won a 1967 Australian Championship with this car, before selling it — still in Spyder form — at the end of that year to Richard Wong Wei Hong in Singapore. Hong campaigned the car widely in a series of events, which is very well-documented in the files accompanying this car, before selling it to the renowned Macau-based motor racing enthusiast, entrant and entrepreneur Teddy Yip. The car continued to be campaigned over a con- siderable period under Yip's auspices and remained stored in Macau until as recently as 2000, when it was imported into the U.K. It was cleared for importation to a Dr. Henry Lee of London, and in 2001 it passed to celebrated historic car dealer/racer David Clark. The comprehensive documentation file includes a letter from Jürgen Barth to MEC-auto dating from the time the last owner purchased the car; copies of numer- 56 ous old race programs mentioning entries by Wong and Yip, and — of course — various restoration invoices. Other valuable items included in this sale are the original Macau-period Spyder body, still bearing Teddy Yip's famous Theodore Racing logos — and numerous original parts, including a 901-series engine block, a quantity of twin-plug heads, fuel tanks, suspension parts and drive shafts. This 906 is one of only 66 such machines Porsche produced. It is offered here in restored condition and is described by the vendor to be ready to compete in historic events such as the Le Mans Classic or the Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 24, sold for $898,000, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams' Quail Lodge auction on August 20, 2011. In the spring of 1965, everything was looking great for Porsche. Their 904 racer had proven to be a great success and completely dominated the 2-liter classes for the 1964 season. Porsche had every expectation that it would continue to be the car to beat. Sales for the 904 had been strong, with the original 100-car production sold and suspension subassemblies and wheels ordered for an anticipated second 100-car run. It was a happy and confident time in Zuffenhausen. Then Ferrari came along with the 206 Dino. Admittedly, it was a prototype with no production or homologation pretensions, but it was stealing Porsche's thunder, particularly in the European Hillclimb Championship. Something had to be done — and quickly. The immediate response was to install 6-cylinder and the GP 8-cylinder engines into 904 chassis, but it wasn't enough to stay competitive, as an entirely new car was needed. 1966 Porsche 906 Lot 350, s/n 906 007 (same car) Condition 1 Not sold at $1,018,917 Bonhams Rétromobile, Paris, FR, 2/5/11 SCM# 168823 1966 Porsche 906 Lot 256, s/n 906 101 Condition 2+ Sold at $782,325 Bonhams, Monaco, 5/8/09 SCM# 120549 1966 Porsche 906 Lot 510, s/n 906 147 Condition 3+ Sold at $557,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/06 SCM# 42599 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus Fast-paced development Ferdinand Piëch had studied aeronautical engineering before joining the family business in 1963, and he was closely involved with the development of the 911 six and the preparation of the 6-cylinder 904s. Although very young, he became the wunderkind of the racing side of the business, and the task fell to him. In late July, it was decided that an entirely new approach was required, something much lower and lighter than the 904. The problem was that it needed to be ready for the Ollon-Villars Hillclimb on August 25 (and win) if Porsche was to have a chance to retain the championship. The racing department forgot about the traditional August break and worked straight through to get it done. The folded-steel ladder with stressed fiberglass body approach of the 904 was abandoned in favor of a return to a tubular frame with non-stressed bodywork, and every attempt was made to keep the car low and light. Piëch wanted to use 13-inch wheels, but Porsche literally didn't have any. Fortunately, Lotus was attending the GP at the Nürburgring and was willing to sell their spare wheels and suspension bits, so they were purchased and incorporated in what became known as the Ollon-Villars Spyder. Although it made the event, it wasn't really ready, and Ferrari won, but the die had been cast and development continued on the new “Carrera 6.” Ever-thrifty (or more likely stuck with the realities of being a small manufacturer with limited development funds), Porsche decided to utilize the suspension and 15-inch wheels that had been ordered for the now-abandoned second series 904, but within those constraints the new coupe was made as low, flat and wide as possible. Extensive wind-tunnel testing was done to make it aerodynamically clean and stable. The other major component was, of course, the engine. The 904 originally had been conceived as using the 911 (type 901-1) 6-cylinder engine, but it wasn't ready, so they used the 4-cam, 4-cylinder engine. Lighter and faster By 1965, the 901 engine was well proven and reliable for street use but somewhat anemic and heavy for racing, so Piëch's team set to work. In developing the 90120 engine, basically everything that was aluminum was changed to magnesium, and everything that was steel and could be converted was made from titanium. The porting was improved, and a second spark plug was added for quicker combustion. The resulting engine made 220 horsepower against the street engine's 130 horsepower, and it weighed just 286 lbs — 119 lbs lighter than the street 901-01 and lighter even than the 4-cylinder engine! It still looked like a 911 engine, but it was, in fact, a far different unit. The first 906 ran at Daytona in February 1966 and immediately served notice that the new era had arrived, finishing 6th overall and first in 2-liter prototype (homologation as a production GT wouldn't arrive until April). By the middle of 1966, the 906 was as dominant as the 904 ever had been. Two cars, one chassis number It's time to get a bit technical about chassis numbers, as it has bearing on our subject car. Porsche quite logically numbered their 904 cars with 904 numbers (904079 for example) but chose to change to a 906 prefix when they built the 6- and 8-cylinder variants. Thus, numbers 906 01 through 906 12 were in fact 904 chassis with different motors. Proper 906 chassis numbers started with 906 101 and went from there, which obviously raises the question of why our subject car carries number 906 007. Therein, as they say, lies a tale. Alan Hamilton was the son of Australia's Porsche distributor, and he bought the 904-based, 8-cylinder “Känguruh” Spyder (chassis 906 007) from Porsche. At the same time, he bought an unnumbered 906 chassis and body and imported them to Australia. Somewhere, he came up with a suitable engine, transaxle, suspension and so on (easy enough for a Porsche distributor) and proceeded to race the resulting car as well as the 904 Spyder. When it came time to sell the car, the easiest solution was to give it the same number as the car he officially owned, so a second 906 007 was born. The two chassis have shared a number ever since (the “Känguruh” now lives in Germany). What impact this should or does have on collect- ibility and general acceptability is an interesting topic. If this car were a Ferrari, there would be immense wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth, but it's not. It's a racing Porsche, and although it didn't exactly leave Zuffenhausen as a complete car, it has real parts and real period racing history. Its ultimate collectibility is clearly damaged, but its usefulness and acceptability as a real 906 are on a par with any other. My discussions with sources who deal extensively with these cars suggest that examples with better history are privately available at over $1m, so a 10% to 15% penalty for a weapons-grade version seems to be what the market demands. Bonhams first offered the car at Rétromobile in February 2011, where a bid of just over $1m failed to buy it, but SCM reports that it sold post-block. If so, someone was disappointed when the market's realities became apparent, as it was offered again at Monterey. I'd say that the car was correctly priced for what it was, so it was a fair transaction for the buyer — and unfortunate for the speculator who sold it. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. 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Market Reports Overview Five September Sales Total $40m Across various price points and genres, auction houses brought the right cars to the right buyers by Tony Piff S eptember is always a busy month for auctions in the U.S. and U.K., and the trends seen in Monterey during August continued at other auctions at other places. In short, top-tier cars crossing the block tended to find higher prices, and total sales increased. Overall, at the four annual auctions covered in this issue, total sales numbers took a big jump, to $38.7m from $27.3m in 2010. (The numbers for H&H's Duxford sale are not included in those figures, as they did not hold a 2010 sale.) Average price per car at each auction fluctuated only slightly from last year, but the sheer number of cars offered was higher across the board, as were sell-through rates. Bonhams sold 94% of their lots at the annual Beaulieu Autojumble sale on September 10, with 142 of 151 lots changing hands for a final total of $4.7m. Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman was in attendance and noted that multiple cars exceeded their pre-sale estimates by a significant margin. A Cooper-Vincent Mk VI racer achieved $29k against an expected $12k–$16k; a “Heinz” Wolsey Hornet offered without reserve brought a whopping $22k against an estimated $3k–$5k; and the auction's high sale, a barn-find 1937 Bugatti Type 37 saloon by Gangloff, hammered sold for $265k against an expected $64k–$80k. Following a prolonged hiatus, H&H resumed their September Duxford sale at the Imperial War Museum, and Hardiman was there. Sales totaled $4m for 40 of 84 lots, and although 48% was a relatively low sell-through rate for H&H, big money was still being spent. High sale went to the star car, a 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans tourer, sold at $824k — well above its high estimate of $780k. A 1937 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C was bid to $898k but did not sell. Stateside, Silver Auctions got September rolling with their Sun Valley sale, held the first weekend of SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 58 Sales Totals Auctions America, Auburn, IN Worldwide Auctioneers, Auburn, IN Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK H&H, Duxford, UK Silver Auctions, Sun Valley, ID $4,279,262 $4,073,612 $818,387 the month. Auction Analyst Jack Tockston described the ambience as Pebble Beach Concours in the mountains, and he took the high sale of the weekend as a sign of the unconventional spirit of the auction: a 2007 Chevrolet Kodiak C-4500 pickup, sold at $50k. Other sales above the $11k average price included a restored 1975 Toyota Land cruiser sold at $25k and a 1963 Porsche 356 sold for $28k. Worldwide Auctioneers saw major growth at their fourth annual Auburn Auction, held Labor Day weekend, with overall sales leaping to $13m from $8m in 2010. Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson noted that the expanded More Great Cars segment of the auction featured cars of higher quality than last year, but slightly fewer cars in total. The surprise high sale itself — a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton sold at $880k — came from More Great Cars. Big sales from the Main Event included a 1930 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood convertible coupe, sold at $363k, and a 1948 Delahaye 135M cabriolet by Chapron, sold at $247k. Auctions America by RM returned to Auburn for their second fall auction, also held over Labor Day weekend. Auction Analyst Phil Skinner observed that the auction facilities and logistics were even more refined than last year, and the numbers were bigger all across the chart. 679 cars hammered sold out of 1,137, for a final total of $18m and a respectable sell-through rate of 60%. This was up from $13m last year, with 47% of the lots sold. Big classics took center stage here as well, with a 1936 Auburn 852 Supercharged Boattail Speedster sold at $396k and a 1934 Auburn Twelve Salon Phaeton sold at $292k. Finally, Chad Tyson takes a look at the recent highlights of eBay Motors in this month's column, bringing you a quick look at a handful of classics you may wish you had bought. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1932 Duesenberg Model J Derham Toursterstyle phaeton, $880,000—WW, p. 80 2. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Le Mans tourer, $824,626—H&H, p. 96 3. 1930 Cadillac V16 452A rumbleseat convertible, $363,000—WW, p. 78 4. 1955 Hudson Italia coupe, $352,000— WWG, p. 82 5. 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II coupe, $326,414—H&H, p. 98 6. 1964 Dodge 330 S/FX Charger 2-dr sedan, $302,500—WW, p. 82 7. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 fastback, $286,000—WW, p. 83 8. 1937 Bugatti Type 57 4-dr sedan,$265,681—Bon, p. 90 9. 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $249,106—H&H, p. 102 10. 1948 Delahaye 135M convertible, $247,500—WW, p. 74 1. 1936 Mercedes-Benz 230 Cabriolet B, $72,603—Bon, p. 92 2. 1957 Chrysler 300C convertible, $121,000—WW, p. 82 3. 1937 Aston Martin 15/98 Tourer, $103,078—H&H, p. 96 4. 1957 Ford Country Sedan wagon, $8,250—AA, p. 66 5. 1969 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, $10,260—Sil, p. 116 Sports Car Market Best Buys $18,390,615 $13,315,642


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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN Auburn Collector Car Auction This is Auburn, and while the whole spectrum of collector cars was on hand, big classics drew the most interest Company Auctions America by RM Date September 1–4, 2011 Location Auburn, IN Auctioneer Brent Earlywine, Matt Carrick and Dennis Wisby Automotive lots sold/offered 679/1,137 Sales rate 60% Sales total $18,390,615 High sale 1936 Auburn 852 SC Boattail Speedster, sold at $396,000 Buyer's premium 1966 Shelby GT350 H fastback — $127,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Phil Skinner Intro by Phil Skinner Market opinions in italics I f there was a theme to the 41st Annual Fall Auburn Auction scene, it had to have been “What a difference a year makes.” Since RM's purchase of the old Kruse facility, nearly $2 million in improvements have been put into the re-christened Auburn Auction Park, and the company's hard work showed off a number of positive results. But, as noted by Donnie Gould, President of Auctions America by RM, there is still plenty to do. I had last visited the Auction Park in May for Auctions America by RM's first Spring sale, and nearly all aspects of the event seemed to have been improved in the short time since. The auction team under lead auctioneer Brent Earlywine worked as a well-honed machine. Kicking off each day was the usual assortment of memorabilia, with the early lots struggling but the later lots bringing some strong prices. When this auction arena was first set up in the 1990s, it featured two lanes, each with a turntable to give bidders a 360-degree view of each vehicle. Those platforms are still used, but they have been modernized and rebuilt. On Thursday, only one lane was in operation, but for the big days of Friday and Saturday, it was marathon selling on both lanes. Gone are the old “Blue” and “Red” lanes — they are now referred to as the East and West lanes. On Sunday, the day traditionally held for the big clas- sics in Auburn, it was back to one lane, but with a twist first seen at the Spring sale. Using a modular set up, the vehicles were driven up on the East lane. A platform had 60 10% automobiles, 12% motorcycles, included in sold prices Auburn, IN been inserted, connecting the two turn-tables, so that each vehicle was front and center for the auctioneer to take bids. The crowd seemed to like this new approach. This is Auburn, and while the whole spectrum of collector cars was on hand, it seemed to be the big classics that drew the most interest. In fact, the top two selling cars were both Auburns, a 1936 852 Supercharged Boattail Speedster sold for $396,000, plus a 1934 Twelve Salon Phaeton sold at $292,600. Taking the third highest sale was a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, sold at $280,500. Muscle and sports car sales looked to be on the soft side, but from my observations, the top-shelf quality cars were not here in strong numbers, and those that were here had bids falling below estab- lished reserves. I was also surprised by the number of newly dis- covered “barn finds” that showed up, many of them in exactly the condition they had been discovered, to preserve the patina of sitting forgotten for several decades. Over the years, the Fall Auburn sale developed a reputation of bringing a wide variety of consignments at all price points. Auctions America has kept this tradition, and they've pumped new enthusiasm into the market. Not only does this sale continue to serve the collector-car community, but the surrounding communities where it is held, which is a guarantee that great cars, BBQ turkey legs and Amish ice cream will continue as a way of Labor Day weekend life in Auburn. ♦ $16m $20m $12m $8m $4m $0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010


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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN ENGLISH #7160-1948 DAIMLER DE36 limousine. S/N 51236. Two-tone green metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 17,305 miles. Mostly original except for an early 1980s respray. Decent fit and finish throughout. Body in remarkably solid condition. Main seating surfaces look too fresh to be over 60 years old. Woodwork showing age. About the only passenger extra is a heater. Engine bay unmolested but in need of detailing. No history as to owners, but claimed to have been the coachbuilder's display vehicle served original with one older high-quality respray. Body presentable. Paint shows signs of some road use, but no major nicks or rock chips. Door, hood and trunk fit to factory standards. Chrome all there but not overly impressive. Interior sparsely appointed. All new miles. Decent original paint, with light chipping up front, much original pinstriping buffed away. Noticeable crazing on the rubber rear spoiler from sun exposure, having spent most of its existence in California and Arizona. Aftermarket window tint. Decent original interior, although aftermarket carpeted dashpad at the 1948 Earls Court Motorshow Coachbuilding Competition in London. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. While these 147-inch wheelbase chassis sometimes sport some very appealing coachwork, this limo looked a bit dowdy. In terms of conspicuous consumption, the coupes and cabriolets are much more striking. A lot of money would have to be invested to make this car a show piece, and then where do you show it? #4040-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N XPAG69931. Red/black fabric/red leather. Odo: 7,452 miles. Looks ready for a rally or maybe a short jaunt into the country, but years of neglect aren't concealed by the recent economy repaint. Mileage presumably since restoration. Signs of some body repair, finish needs some attention. Chrome very good but not perfect. Windshield clear and without cracks. glovebox stickers in French. Underhood complete but will need to be cleaned up just for mechanical peace of mind. Runs out well but puffs a bit of blue smoke at idle. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,300. Talk about a breed of unique collectors—Avants are highly regarded by those who know and love them, not least for their many mechanical innovations, like frontwheel drive and unibody construction. Call this a market-correct price for a running, drivergrade example. GERMAN #4162-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412021456 White/dark brown hard & soft tops/dark brown leather. Odo: 75,356 miles. An older cosmetic restoration. Very complete with decent bodywork and no signs of rust-out or abuse. Doors, hood and deck lid all line up properly. Snug hard top fit, soft top not viewed but described as “like new.” Few loose ends on seats. Underhood intact but not antiseptically clean. Front tire wear indicates possible suspension issues. Car fires up easily with no weird noises and no nasty and sheepskin seat covers conceal heavier fading and moderate cracking underneath. Clean, tidy, and original underhood. Optional sunroof. E46-era alloy wheels on the ground, with original bare BBS basketweave alloys in trunk. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. This was the last year for the fabled E24 M6. Nearly 25 years later, lightly used examples are getting harder to locate as keepers. While this one wasn't quite that nice, it deserved better than to end up a track thrasher or pimped-out teenage cruiser. High bid would not be a bargain, but in my biased opinion, it would not be a waste of someone's money either. Seemed like a reasonable offer. AMERICAN #7133-1927 CADILLAC SERIES 314A Glacier Park tour car. S/N 150116. Eng. # 150116. Omaha Orange & Pullman Green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 58,968 miles. Cadillac did not use frame numbers in 1927— listed serial number is engine number. Modified with extended rear compartment to carry sightseers at Glacier National Park in Montana. Old orange-peeling repaint, with original Glacier Park Transport Company graphics masked off. All brightwork rusty and pitted. Shift lever missing knob, wrapped in tape. Seats tattered. Solid wood on steering wheel rim. Dingy en- Interior and top freshened with mostly all-authentic materials except seat. Underhood nice but still lacking just a bit. Wheels tidy, tires not that old. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,550. We have watched these little roadsters shoot up in value over the past five years, but very recently they seem to have leveled off. This car in pristine condition could probably bring $25k–$30k range, but getting to that level won't be cheap. FRENCH #7091-1952 CITROËN TRACTION AVANT 11B 4-dr sedan. S/N 229938. Eng. # 15510. Black/gray cord cloth. Looks like a well pre- 62 smoke. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,050. This was a good buy for someone who can tie up the loose ends, tuck away a few wires and do a minimum of maintenance to make a reliable road car. I liked the stance, and it had a number of dealers interested in it up to the $25k mark, but only one was interested beyond that. He took home a car that will do him well. While there wasn't any mention of books, manuals or other goodies, it did have the hard top and all wheel covers, which are a bonus. #2020-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N WBAEE1412J2560833. Royal Blue Metallic/parchment leather. Odo: 116,489 gine compartment. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $101,750. Before Glacier Park became a national park in 1910, lodging was developed by the Great Northern Railway at the southern end of the park as a means of creating a captive tourist attraction. Omaha Orange and Pullman Green (which almost looks black) were the colors of GN's diesel-powered locomotives. As a vehicle due for restoration, this could be considered a bit spendy. 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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN #7069-1932 NASH SERIES 980 Convertible Victoria. S/N B73376. Beige & brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 29,803 miles. VIN issued by state of Michigan. Older trim-off restoration and repaint, with chipping started in places. Paint presents well overall. Chrome mostly good, some corrosion at joints. Top moderately weathered outside, discolored inside. Seat leather minimally worn—or rather, antiqued. At one time very tidy under the hood, but now getting dusty from lack of use. Equipped with dual sidemount spares, dual fo- owner will be the only one at the next show or concours with one. #4087-1934 FORD MODEL 46 panel de- livery. S/N 181084271. Green & black/brown vinyl. Odo: 491 miles. Authentically restored around five years ago. Average quality repaint. Overflow at fuel filler has crazed back of left rear fender. Heavier nicks on door and hood edges, plus scrapes on cowl and fenders from inattentively opening butterfly hood. Odd contour to replated front bumper. Fitted with Deluxe chrome horn, cowl lamps, and rear bumper. Expertly reupholstered interior with no signs of wear. Original wood floorboards in fused, since this was just a collection of Jeep parts painted green. For what it was, buyer paid about double. #1051-1951 NASH AMBASSADOR Super 4-dr sedan. S/N 5297631. Green & brown/tan cloth. Odo: 59,900 miles. 234-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Solid, original and unrestored. Miles look actual since new. Body straight with good gaps and decent alignment. Paint shows a few minor door dings, scratches on finish and some wear. Chrome in remarkably good condition with only minor pitting. Underhood not detailed, but engine does run and blows nothing but a little water out the tailpipe. Equipped glights, and pedestal-mount Pilot Ray driving lamp on running board. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. A friend of mine is restoring a Nash 980, so I know these cars better than I rightfully should. They have two sparkplugs per cylinder, like a Duesenberg SJ, and use the same Stromberg UUR-2 carburetor as well. I may not be privy to the consignor's actual restoration costs, but I'm sure he had more into it than was bid here. Little wonder it was a nosale. #7101-1933 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 13S385 cinematographer truck. S/N 8220201. Dark blue & black/black vinyl. Odo: 63,464 miles. Repainted over a half-century ago, with some fender paint likely original. Art Deco “KZAK Radio” visible on cargo body. More recent graphics now applied in simulation of a Pierce-Arrow company truck. Equipped with inoperable Trafficators and early rear turn signal light. Wears 1933 New York license plates. Chrome is shot, grille shell rusty, bumpers painted flat silver. Older seat reupholstery, floor recently primered in red. Tires mismatched. Dataplate is stamped with the serial number as the model and vice- back have been varnished clear. Heavily dented inner wheelwells in cargo area from actual use back in the day. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. I wouldn't mind getting a stock example like this to letter up just like the one my grandfather bought new for his farm. More often than not, these ended up as street rods, or at the very least with modern powertrains. This should've been a proper bid, but I can see why the seller would hold off if memories of the restoration costs from five years ago were still fresh. #3084-1942 WILLYS MB replica mili- tary jeep. S/N J157444. Olive Drab/Olive Drab canvas/Olive Drab canvas. Odo: 24,369 miles. Base serial number indicates early July 1942 assembly, but “J” prefix is made up—just like the replica tag that it's stamped on. Most of body seems to be fabricated from a post-war CJ-2A. Festooned with accessories, the clincher being doubled-up Jerry can holders on back panel. Typical wear and weathering of the top and seat pads for a run-around vehicle. Newer-era Warn front lock-out hubs. Latter- with overdrive transmission, in-dash radio, heater/defroster and clock. Radial-style tires added recently. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,620. One of the great “bathtub” cars of the Airflyte era. Nash people like these ‘51s in particular, for their one-year-only mini-taillight fins at the back. I've seen rattier examples bring more money, so this was well bought. With a good tune-up and go-through this could be a coastto-coast type of car. #4157-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 75 FLEETWOOD Presidential limousine. S/N 557555865. Black/blue leather front & tan cloth rear. Odo: 52,226 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored factory limo. Paint and exterior chrome both rather tired, plastic lenses crazed. Well worn steering wheel and front carpeting, rear compartment still decent. Reportedly part of Eisenhower White House fleet, said to be First Lady Mamie's favorite car. Custom touches include DeVille hard top styling for passenger compartment, with fra- versa—a mistake since new. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $30,250. While Pierce-Arrow was a longestablished truck builder, majority stakeholder Studebaker moved truck production in 1932 to White Motor Corporation—another Studebaker holding. This was was said to have been used by a cinematographer originally and included a built-in generator still on the truck. I like trucks and P-As, and this was my hands-down favorite of the weekend. I guarantee the new 64 day transmission bolted onto a period engine, with floor heavily modified to make it fit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,440. Last seen in April 2000 at The Auction Inc. in Vegas, fetching $15,750 with an M-100 trailer in tow, then called a 1943 (SCM# 19561). Easy enough to be con- meless back doors and pillarless roll-down quarter-windows. Equipped with dual a/c, AM radio and clock. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. Last sold for $95,306 at Bonhams' 2006 Monte Carlo auction (SCM# 41934). The story was good, but without photos or documentation, unfortunately it could not be verified. That fact, along with the generally run-down condition, kept bidding far from the seller's reported $200k reserve. Even without Sports Car Market


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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN the DDE connection, the unique restyling done to this car made it a very interesting item, but still not worth more than the bid offered. #4045-1955 STUDEBAKER PRESI- DENT Speedster 2-dr hard top. S/N 7162567. Hialeah Green & Sun Valley Yellow/yellow leather. miles. 259-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored 15 or 20 years ago in a very eye-catching color that is actually period-correct. Some patina now starting. Body panels show no sign of rustout or other major problems. Musty smell inside. Restored underhood as well but needs BEST BUY #3063-1957 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN wagon. S/N D7DX120937. Red & white/white & red vinyl. Odo: 50,303 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Treated to a frame-on cosmetic restoration with colorchange. Tons of eye appeal. Paint and chrome all look good. Chrome and bright trim all in place, with some signs of straightening and minor dings. Doors open and close better than most. Interior done well with materials close to #3131-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S102733. Silver Blue & white/blue hard top & white soft top/blue vinyl. Odo: 71,838 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fair quality trim-off repaint now has a few seasons on it. Light chipping on front fascia and around door edges. Typical poor C1 door fit. Missing trim on hard top. Older bumper rechrome, with cracks forming at exhaust outlets. Light soiling and fading of replacement carpet, virtually no wear on replacement seats. attention today. Good options include radio and heater. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. I recall one of these “lemon-lime” cars appearing on the cover of a magazine 20 or so years ago, and all of a sudden a dozen identical cars were on the market. They are interesting and stand out in a sea of red and white cars, and they do have a certain appeal. In their day, they were even pretty quick. With minor investment this could be worth more, but I suspect the seller will regret passing on this offer. #5075-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S103262. White/white hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 6,298 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older driver-grade resto. Repaint would've been OK when new, but now shows cracking around doors and radiating out from the fuel filler and trunk corners. Both doors sag. Fuel injection badges added. Repro seat upholsery and carpeting, both with more patina from age than wear. Steering wheel rim is cracking badly. Hood recently fluffed, factory spec. Factory radio, heater and clock still in dash. Original drivetrain still under the hood, which shows only a few minor updates. No promise the miles are from new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,250. '57 Fords outsold Chevrolets when new, but can't hold a candle to them in the collector market today. A Chevy wagon in this condition would have brought at least twice this price, but the seller was still pleased. Buyer got a sweet deal, and with a little bit of freshening this wagon will likely return a profit. #4154-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE con- vertible. S/N 57WA34304L. Dubonnet Lavender/white fabric/white & lavender leather. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Right color inside and out, and loaded with power everything, but all the work appears to have been done on a very tight budget. Chrome all there, but plating looks a bit shallow, some minor pitting noted. Top fits better than most. Minor wiper marks on windshield. Left door needs alignment help. Clean underhood but engine hard to start—a new battery might help. Wheelcovers and wide Judging by the Delco shock absorbers, the undercarriage was painted gloss black in the early ‘80s, and hasn't been touched since. Equipped with both tops, 4-speed, Wonderbar AM radio, and heater delete. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Some of the options made it interesting, but with the base engine under the hood and the less-than-concours presentation, this nice but used example was fairly bid and then some. Could have sold at this price. #4107-1958 EDSEL CITATION convert- ible. S/N X8WY704899. White & turquoise/white canvas/white & turquoise vinyl. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. As Edsels go, a top-shelf car all around. Professional restoration, everything working as it was designed to (which was a rarity in reality). Appealing color combo. Everything in place from clear taillights to dazzling hood ornament. Loaded options list includes power steering, brakes, windows, seats and antenna, plus rare factory a/c, and working push-button Tele-touch with but not at all stock. Duct tape glue residue on cowl near hood latches. Hard top only, no radio, still has original blanking plate. Aftermarket Hurst shifter added. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $46,200. Per the VIN, this was “too old” for a 4-speed, as the option was not offered on 1957 'Vettes until May. Sold without reserve from the recently closed Rag Tops museum. Most of the museum cars were in pretty rough condition, and this '57 was no different. Well sold. 66 white walls complete the picture. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,875. An immaculate ‘56 Premiere convertible sold in 2006 for $275k at RM's Addison, IL, sale (SCM# 43548), but $125k–$150k is a more realistic range in today's market. To get this car up to those standards would require a complete teardown, so it's probably not worth it to go that far. But it could still be improved with the chance for financial upside on the right showroom floor. A fun driver in the meantime, and sure to raise eyebrows wherever it goes. controls located in center of steering wheel. A true show winner waiting to take home trophies. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,300. It takes a special breed to collect orphans of such notoriety. These big-bodied Edsels were a pain to sell when new, and they represent an ultra-challenge to restore today, with minimal reward on the other side. I'm sure there was over $150k invested here, so this is the way to get one— after all the hard work is done. But a car like this still requires a bidder who knows exactly what he's looking for. Sports Car Market


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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN #2174-1959 DODGE SIERRA wagon. S/N M372107501. Two-tone pink/black vinyl & gray cloth. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Striking appearance. Sheet metal in relatively good condition, some very minor rust-out noted on lower edges of front fenders and possibly under the rear quarters. Paint is a few years old, but was resprayed in what appears to be the original colors. Chrome good, but pitting noted on die-cast pieces; bumpers and stainless all complete, with no significant blemishes. Doors 500 win, and well documented. Fully restored and well kept. Body panel fit above regular open and close better than expected. Interior weak, floors and re-covered seats are tired. Cargo area very worn. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,940. The 1959 Dodges had a great, aggressive-looking front end that looked right at home on police cars of the day. Exner fins continue to be an attraction for many, and station wagons are still gaining in popularity, making this an altogether decent buy and for not a ton of dollars. Seller was a car museum, and they were quite pleased with the result. #2119-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S112997. Riverside Red/red hard top & black soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 53,691 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Sidepipes added and block replaced circa 1972, otherwise claimed a real-deal Fuelie. Mostly original paint, heavily crazing and flaking off upper body surfaces. Body joint seams visible under paint. Road debris damage on right front. Later repaint on the stock steel wheels, as the post-1984 Michelins show some production standards. Very minor scratches on windshield. Underhood and undercarriage both in show condition. Car was specially equipped with a/c by the factory and has a few custom touches like Halibrand knockoff wheels. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The car initially given to Ward lacked a/c, as the option was not available on supercharged cars. At his request for an a/c car, they put this together as a replacement. Seller was looking for something closer to $40k, which might be right for this car with this history. Several people seemed interested during post-block exhibition. #3052-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE 4-dr sedan. S/N 4Z62Z521900. Dark blue/blue & gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 29,590 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unusual vehicle. Paint, interior, mechanicals and equipment all appear to be original. Miles likely actual since new. Paint showing some aging and light rub-through. Glass all good including roll-down Breezeway rear window. Interior well protected, floor covering clean. Mechanical components ordered power brakes, full tinted glass, wood-rimmed steering wheel, and AM/FM with power antenna. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. When a seller puts an oversized sign on a car as it's actually sitting on the auction block, it always makes me wonder if he is actually covering a dent or, as in the case of a Corvette, a crack. Nothing to be ashamed of with this one, but still sold in the zone for a Powerslide-equipped coupe—even with most of the bells and whistles. #2045-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa replica convertible. S/N 105676W145817. Lemonwood Yellow/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,521 miles. 164-ci H6, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. VIN tag attached with non-original rivets and codes out to a Monza convertible. Aging trim-off repaint starting to craze, door gaps even. Like-new interior was reupholstered in a non-stock vinyl color (as tan was not offered in ‘66). Tidy, mostly stock engine compartment. Loaded with options, including a/c (converted to R134a), telescopic steering column with wood rim wheel, AM/FM, engine compartment overspray. Seats are too worn to be repros, but too nice to be original. Carpet and dashpad faded. Dingy undercarriage. Equipped with both tops and AM/FM radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $47,300. Between this sale and Worldwide, it certainly seemed like half of all surviving ‘63s were in Auburn this weekend. This one was last seen at RM's Novi, MI, auction in April 2009, then a no-sale at $41,000 (SCM# 120416). Not as original and authentic as perhaps some would want you to believe, but still a decent buy. #3136-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI coupe. S/N 63R1034. White/red leather. Odo: 57,957 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Presented to Rodger Ward for his 1962 Indy 68 new from the factory include power steering, power brakes and heater/defroster. No radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,740. One of the rarest cars in the sale, but no one wants a four-door Mercury, even if it was a high-performance type of car. I've got a feeling we'll see this car re-listed in the $9,500–$10,000 range, and for the right collection, that will be a pretty good addition and still a bargain price. I thought this looked like a very good buy, but evidently few others did. #2121-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S104130. Nassau Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 47,269 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good quality trim-off repaint with excellent body prep evident. Trim mostly replaced or replated. Moderate overall seat wrinkling, but due to installation rather than wear. Minimal carpeted floor mat wear. Tidy but not concours under the hood. Dingy undercarriage, untouched since conversion to a later rear fiberglass monospring. Equipped with knockoff alloys, a/c, power windows, power steering and lock and engine compartment light. Stock steel wheels fitted with ‘60s bias-ply tires and wirewheel hubcaps. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,150. While technically available as an option on all engines except the turbo, in my over a quartercentury of Corvair ownership, I've never seen factory-installed a/c on a real Corsa. This replica Corsa sold for $25,300 at Kruse's Hershey sale in 2005 (SCM# 39515), then sold for $27,000 at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Palm West Palm Beach sale (SCM# 41236). With the needed repaint today, price paid was over the top. #3103-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S100136. Nassau Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,429 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be all original apart from a decades-old repaint, which presents well from ten feet. Nicks, scrapes, cracks, and occasional buff-through visible upon closer inspection. Some rust along rain gutters. Presentable older interior, with noticeable carpet fade and soiling, along with a tear in top of driver's seat. Topical wash-off under the hood, but not recently. All bare metal under the hood Sports Car Market


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Auctions America by RM Auburn, IN tory would have done than a concours presentation. On the proper wheels with center caps. Full documentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $127,000. Yes, it presented as perfect, and yes, it had the documentation to prove it was the real thing. I'm sure the restorer had more into it than this price, so a bit of a bargain for the new owner. is dull and lightly corroded. Equipped with optional sidepipes and power brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,900. Lot 2121's evil twin. Seen in June at Mecum's 2011 Bloomington Gold auction, then a no-sale at $38,000 (SCM# 179633). Reality must have set in since then, as this car proves that yes, even plastic-bodied Corvettes can rust out. Sold cheap for several reasons. #5148-1966 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE 2-dr hard top. S/N RP23H67207292. White/ red vinyl. Odo: 34,122 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Real-deal early Hemi, reportedly all numbers-matching and showing actual miles. Straight body appears to have been repainted a few years back. Trim has some patina and minor surface rust. Interior tidy but has minimal pitting on some chrome. Pedals show some wear. Instrument panel clean and fresh, fitted with basic AM radio—no tach or other gauges to monitor high-performance engine activity. #2186-1969 FORD F-250 Custom ice cream truck. S/N F25AEE70013. White/black vinyl. Odo: 71,140 miles. In original Good Humor ice cream truck configuration. Lowbudget older repaint, including grille. Devoid of all Ford-sourced exterior trim and badging. Modernized as necessary to keep it licensed for food vending, including an updated compressor control unit. Mid-'70s vintage Ford steer- edge of market saturation, with the supply of exceptionally restored cars finally catching up with demand. #4093-1973 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2VB73N102185. White/blue cloth. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sharp-looking car with PHS documents. Very good respray and application of screaming eagle on hood. Interior fresh but shows some wear and tear. Tidy under the hood, but not show-car ready. Fitted with very desirable Honeycomb wheels, power steering, disc brakes at all four corners, a/c and ing wheel and bucket seat fitted. Repowered with newer industrial 250-ci straight-6, rather than original 300. Washed-off engine bay, with various keep-it-running modifications done over the years. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,500. These appear at auction with some regularity, and I've heard of and witnessed better ones sell for more, but those were more for show than for work. This one was somewhere in between, and top bid seemed like a fair offer. All decals and components in their place under the hood. Blueline tires a nice touch. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,900. The restorer probably paid more than the sale price getting it to this level, so definitely a good buy. Pre-sale estimates put this car in the $60k–$70k range, but values on Mopar muscle are still soft. For the enthusiast with his hand in the air, this was somewhat of a bargain, still about four to five times what a base model with the 318-ci V8 would bring. #4128-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM662117. Black & gold/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of the straightest, most beautifully restored Shelby Mustangs I've ever seen. Fresh from the shop with all the right stuff. Paint, chrome, glass and soft trim all proper and without a discernable flaw. Excellent panel fit. Immaculate underhood, with tags, stickers and decals applied more like the fac- #4134-1969 SHELBY GT350 convertible. S/N 9F83M482292. Candy Apple Red/black fabric/black vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Professional complete restoration with attention to detail, per SAAC guidelines. Body straight, doors open and close properly. Top fit is snug, just like new. Interior smart and crisp, all gauges look fresh, no cloudy faces. Well appointed with power steering and power top, front disc brakes, base AM radio, and upgraded with factory a/c. Engine bay detailed with all the little stickers in place. Wheels, suspension and undercarriage all look show-field ready. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The SCM other expected amenities. W-code big block less coveted than the Super-Duty X-code. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,950. This was a decent car that was well bought, but not stolen. These second-gen Trans Ams seem to be holding up better, and examples like this may be worth a second look, especially when they have the right stuff. Had this been an X-code “SD” car, then take this money, double it and add a little more for security. #3138-1974 OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88 Royale pace car convertible. S/N 3N67K4M283199. White & gold/white/black vinyl. Odo: 49,410 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presented in unrestored, well preserved condition. Paint and pace car from the factory. Owned by “Miss Hurst Golden Shifter” Linda Vaughn, with her name spelled out on door in period hardware store decal letters. Body shows no sign of hits or abuse, original paint aging. Glass good all around. Interior clean, some fading noted on carpet, interior chrome shows minor pitting. Underhood clean and complete, but decals worn. Well equipped with price guide gives a range of $81,500 to $117,500 for these convertibles, and this was a pristine example. Seller had at least this much into the restoration, so I would have been surprised if it sold. Either this was just not this car's day, or perhaps we're seeing the leading 70 power everything. Wears stock wheelcovers and tires. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. A real part of Indy 500 history, but a minor character rather than a major player in the event. The car was well presented with lots of documentation, but underneath it was still a Delta 88 Royale convertible with the base 350 V8. A total of 42 were reportedly produced for the Indy 500 Festival, and who knows how many are still around? High bid was well above book value for one in perfect condition, and the seller will be hard pressed to get a similar offer, even with the connection to Miss Hurst. © Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN The Main Event & More Great Cars A 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton offered near the end of More Great Cars was the high sale at $880k, outdoing the top two Main Event sales combined Company Worldwide Auctioneers Date September 3, 2011 (September 2–4, More Great Cars) Location Auburn, IN Auctioneer Rod Egan, John Kruse, Dan Kruse and Steve Dorsey Automotive lots sold/offered 243/374 Sales rate 65% Sales total $4,711,300 (Main Event); $13,315,642 (combined events) High sale 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton — $880,000 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics N ow in its fourth annual offering, Worldwide's home base auction has started to come into its own. Located between Auburn and Fort Wayne, IN, this annual event is held concurrently with the ACD Festival — and Auctions America's event at their auction park just to the north of Worldwide's venue. Judging from both the available consignments and the foot traffic throughout the weekend, it's clear this event has claimed its space among all the other local happenings taking place over Labor Day weekend. Last year, Worldwide started to host an expanded More Great Cars segment in addition to their Saturday night Main Event. This year, More Great Cars took place from Friday through Sunday, with fewer cars, but with a boost in the overall quality of the lots on offer. In fact, the top sale of the weekend, including across the way at Auctions America by RM, was a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton that was offered near the end of the More Great Cars segment on Saturday afternoon. Indeed, this car did better than the top two Main Event sales combined. So More Great Cars has moved up from being a “run what you brung” segment to being more like overflow from The Main Event — and I'd suggest that's what it really should be. 72 Auburn, IN 1932 Duesenberg Model J Phaeton, sold at $880,000 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices Other high sales were all Main Event cars, including a 1930 Cadillac V16 Fleetwood convertible coupe, which made $363,000 after much interest on the block. A 1955 Hudson Italia GT coupe sold for $352,000, while a factory experimental 1964 Dodge Charger S/FX car, known as “The First Funny Car,” sold for $302,500. A barn-find Delahaye 135M cabriolet by Chapron also sold, making $247,500. Six private collections were available this year, all of which crossed the auction block at no reserve. The grand total of $13.3m combined represents a respectable increase from last year's $8.1m total. This was part and parcel due to a greater number of post-block sales at both of this year's events. A significant number of these were Main Event cars, and that undoubtedly helped to put some big prices on Worldwide's boards. While More Great Cars undoubt- edly helped the bottom line this year, I do think the company should continue to groom the event to keep it upmarket. If for no other reason, the Auburn area isn't big enough to support multiple entry-level auctions during ACD weekend. One can make the “but it works in Monterey” argument, but this isn't Monterey — or the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Multiple boutique auctions can and do work here — and they feed off each other quite well. But it's hard to supply both the high end and affordable segment of the market simultaneously, and I think a more focused high-level sale would likely lead to even higher totals for Worldwide at its hometown event in the future. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $15m $9m $6m $3m $0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN ENGLISH #52-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE tourer. S/N 930. British Racing Green & aluminum/black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 1,316 miles. Sports a tidy older restoration. Paint on fenders has some scarring and touchup applied at various times, and paint along top of body surrounding passenger's compartment has some cracks and scratches. Light-tomoderate seat wrinkling and soiling. Chamonix tourist badge affixed to left side of the dashboard wood. Tidy motor, updated with dual SU #329-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE SCCA racer. S/N HAN610658. British Racing Green/red vinyl. Odo: 88,113 miles. Set up as an SCCA race car, but not disclosed if it actually has a log book. Mini windshield for the driver, full-sized roll bar is more like a roll cage. Other race mods include quick-pop gas cap at base of C-pillar for fuel cell in the trunk, race seat with harness, and electrical quick- sette deck. Equipped with Ford-sourced Cobra Jet and C6 automatic from new; engine bay from the radiator back could be mistaken for a carburetors and auxiliary radiator fan. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $231,000. A concours contender in the '70s, '80s and early '90s, but 21 years later, it's best suited for—and in fact is set up for— touring. Last seen at Gooding's 2011 Amelia Island sale, trading hands at $236,500 (SCM# 176313). Either the consignor got bored quickly with it or found it wasn't quite up to his standards, hence the slight reduction in price. #42-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 2+2 roadster. S/N HBT7L19843. Healey Blue & cream/blue vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 11,982 miles. Recently completed restoration performed by California Healey specialist Kurt Tanner. Since then, earned a Gold Standard award from the Austin-Healey Club of America. British Motor Industry Heritage Certificate confirms restoration to original spec, complete with optional overdrive unit. Only departure is two-tone paint and radial tires. Modern color-coordinated sisal floor mats. Apart from a light clean-up under the disconnect. Decent repaint, with good sized scrape directly behind headlight. Blister forming over right front wheelwell. Clean, tidy and purposeful engine bay. Sold without reserve on bill of sale only. Two extra Panasports with tires included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,800. About as cheap as you can get into a trackready racer, and the roll bar did have one tech inspection sticker, confirming it had put in some track time. Not a bad buy. #333-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 convertible. S/N HBJ8L39002. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 25,946 miles. Presentable older repaint with few light polishing scratches. Door poorly fit, gaps all uneven. Good chrome, including wire wheels. Noticeable cracking on dashboard wood. Light pitting and frosting of interior chrome fixtures. Radio blanking plate in place. Generally clean and tidy engine bay, with thick lightly tweaked '69 Mustang. Fitted with Webasto sunroof. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,000. Said to be one of 49 coupes, plus 29 convertibles, built from 1968 to 1973. I'm sure to be pelted with rocks by both AC and Mustang fans the world over, but to me these are little more than glorified exotic Mach 1s—and not even styled as nicely. While wide and bold, this came off as too complex with too many styling cues. Market-priced, albeit a very small market. See Profile on p. 44. #26-1969 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N 1R7736. Light green/black vinyl/dark green leather. Odo: 31,188 miles. Miles claimed actual since new. Car is essentially original, apart from a high-quality repaint in its original hue and service components such as tires, stainless steel exhaust system and battery. Slightly dulling chrome, but blemish-free for the most part. All soft trim in like-new blue aftermarket Aftermarket stainless silicone ignition wiring. exhaust outlet isn't mounted squarely, nor is rest of gray rattlecanned exhaust system. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,950. For someone looking for a drivergrade Big Healey but put off by (or unable to afford) the immaculateness of lot 42, here was the alternative. Initially not sold across the block, this was later listed as a sale, so a deal was evidently put together after the fact. hood and some chassis detailing, it would be concours-ready as presented here. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. Declared a no-sale across the block at $53,000, this was reported as a post-block sale by the auction company. Just when I was about to say that the seller rightly walked away, it earns an up-to-the-minute market-correct price. A high-quality car that was well bought and sold. 74 #67-1971 AC 428 fastback. S/N CF62. White/black vinyl sunroof/black leather. RHD. Odo: 44,100 miles. Miles claimed actual since new. Said to be all-original, save for colorchange repaint in 1989. Light orange peel overall, mostly buffed into submission. Wavy rear bumper. Hood modified after being privately imported in 2002. Windshield delam starting. Saggy stance. Noticeable leather cracking on the seats. '80s-era AM/FM/cas- condition, with only the start of typical seat lumpiness due to settling padding. Well detailed engine bay and undercarriage. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,750. Winning bid was right in the ballpark for a Series II drop-top, with condition trumping the not-very-popular green paint. In a more broadly appealing color combo, this would've done a lot better, but they can't all be Resale Red. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 10 #17-1948 DELAHAYE 135M convertible. S/N 801005. Light blue metallic/tan cloth/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 61,387 km. Stored for 40 years. 1949 Paris Auto Show car, repainted immediately afterward from tri-tone blue to solid blue. That paint now very dull and flaking in places. Solid, straight body needs little more than prep work for a repaint. All brightwork heavily pitted and on its way to rusty. Water-stained top. Dusty interior, but beneath that rather good, considering. Woodwork will need some attention, and carpeting is shot. Philips multi-band radio in dash. Motor reportedly needed little Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN prodding to be roused from its long slumber. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $247,500. This was the big buzz of the event, helped along by the discovery a few weeks earlier that it was the Chapron display car at the 1949 Paris Auto show. Winding an interesting trail, it was reportedly sold at the show to a Frenchman living in Morocco, then purchased by a U.S. Air Force pilot stationed there in 1958, then imported to the U.S. when he rotated back to the States. By 1966, it was owned by a farmer in Washington state, who parked it in 1971, making it a literal barn find this year. Well bought and sold, and a great story. #317-1961 PANHARD PL17 Tigre 4-dr sedan. S/N 2006875. Orange & black/gray & white vinyl. Odo: 2,006,875 miles. Orange paint does a fair job camouflaging multiple rust spots. Heavy pitting on all brightwork. Deteriorating rubber window seals. Newest component on car is a Cherry Bomb muffler, which does nothing to help the chainsaw-like exhaust note. The interior isn't all that bad, as not the potential concours trophy-magnet that the seller would have one believe, but it wouldn't be that hard to get it there. Across the block, it was declared a no-sale for this amount, but a deal came together later on. Buyer paid a little over market, but assuming the Porsche certification comes through, no harm done. #35-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 190SL9501724. China Blue/blue hard top & tan soft top/parchment leather. Odo: 40,204 miles. Pleasingly authentic repaint with good body prep and panel fit. Authentic muted rechroming of all brightwork. Well fitted seats, door panels and dash top pad from an authentic reproduction upholstery set. Newer carpeting shows minimal wear. Speedometer stuck at 45 mph. Tidy and authentic engine compartment, with period VDO cently, but was not outrageous. (See my German Profile on Porsche tractors in the December 2010 issue of SCM.) #75-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412021412. Signal Red/black cloth soft top & red hard top/cream leather. Odo: 75,423 miles. Cosmetically restored within last ten months, including stunning trim-off repaint. Overspray on dusty chassis and undercarriage components. All brightwork either replaced, replated or professionally buffed out. All-new interior soft trim, showing no discernable wear. Generally tidy the original seat and door panel upholstery is in decent shape and doesn't even smell all that musty. Sitting on ancient recapped Michelins. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,960. Offered at no reserve from the DeSimone Collection of imports, this was arguably the most quirky and in the worst condition of that bunch. Bought by a Midwest dealer who seems to know the odd and quirky, so there must be some money in it somewhere. GERMAN #31-1955 PORSCHE 356 Speedster. S/N 81021. Black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 63,762 miles. Recently restored to original spec, as reportedly confirmed by Porsche factory certification letter, but letter not displayed with car. Exceptional paint and prep. Spot-on door and panel fit. Period driving lights fitted. Period-correct engine, but not original to car. Carbs and intake manifolds fuel stained, but rest of engine compartment is clean and correct. Very clean undercarriage. Stock wheels shod with modern radials. Modern StewartWarner ammeter nestled between tachometer and speedometer. Like-new reupholstered seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $145,000. Perhaps 76 washer bag and modern M-B battery. Undercarriage painted semi-gloss black. Hard top not displayed, but both tops reportedly included. Rolls on modern radial whitewalls fitted to stock steelies. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,000. Not a bad car, but not worth the money paid. At this price, it should be a turnkey concours showpiece, not a weekend driver with minor annoying things to deal with like a stuck speedometer. Well sold. #46-1960 PORSCHE STANDARD trac- tor. S/N 3163. Red/red vinyl. MHD. German market tractor originally, privately imported to U.S. decades later and subsequently restored. Better than a farmer restoration, but not stateof-the-art. Automotive quality repaint of sheet metal, with the powertrain masked as needed and painted whole. Missing toolbox door under dashboard. Recast steering wheel and replacement seat pad. Older front tires (perhaps original) and modern rears. Locally fabricated multi-hole draw bar bolted to both rear lift arms. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. Porsche diesels have always been a hit with tractor and Porsche car enthusiasts, but in recent years the tractors have been increasing markedly in value. This 2-cylinder sold toward the higher end of prices seen re- underhood, but not show quality, with some over-polishing on cam cover and coolant overflow tank. The a/c has been converted to R134a. Equipped with optional Frigiking a/c, automatic, Becker Europa AM/FM, and both tops. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,750. Built new in code 586 Signal Red per the body tag, so it wasn't just a Resale Red special. Still, the great colors overcame the mediocre condition, yielding an over-the-top sale that I can't really wrap my head around, but nonetheless accept. Sold well. See Profile on p. 50. ITALIAN #68-1957 LANCIA AURELIA B24S con- vertible. S/N B24S1317. Dark blue/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 60,823 miles. Cosmetically restored before being imported to the U.S. in 2002. Very pleasing repaint, excellent panel fit. Light scuffing on few pieces of Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN replated chrome, light corrosion on top cover snaps. Lancia club badge affixed to grille. Stock steel rims shod with older Michelin Xs. Newer replacement windshield. Virtually no wear on reupholstered seats and door panels, with light carpet wear. Faded and crazed steering wheel center cap, heavily yellowed odometer numerals. Tidy engine bay, aside from some heavier staining on carburetor. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $165,000. The person who imported it here sold it a short time later, reportedly because it didn't fit in with his Alfas as well as he thought it would. Perhaps it didn't fit in so well with the next owner's cars either, as the reserve was easily passed at $130k, and it was let go for well under market. Well bought. #314-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA coupe. S/N AR357300. Red/black leather. Odo: 39,110 miles. Better quality older repaint, with some light polishing swirls and sanding scratches beneath it. Older bumper replate, trim otherwise original with light-to-moderate scuffing and pitting. Fitted with period driving lights and club grille badges. Newer carpet and seat upholstery. Quite neat and tidy under the hood, but not show-quality. Modern hood insulation pad. New stock exhaust system over a optional a/c, power windows, and triple Weber 40 DCZ carburetion. On Borrani wires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $100,100. Last seen at RM's 2007 Amelia Island auction, where it was declared sold for $110k (SCM# 44621). Who says you can't get an Enzo-era V12 Ferrari runner for under $100k? Well, most of us do. Just tack on the 10% buyer's premium, and this one proves that no, you can't get one for under $100k. Granted, this wasn't a great example, and by the time you send it somewhere for a checkover you'll be well beyond $100k. With the reserve dropped at $85k, I certainly hope the new owner pays to have it checked over thoroughly. 330 GT 2+2s haven't moved far enough up the food chain yet to warrant restoring it, so just sort it out and play with it until the market gets closer to justifying a resto. #38-1967 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM115062. Red/tan leather. Odo: 1,327 miles. Recently completed six-year restoration. Repowered by later Ghibli SS 4.9-L motor. Better-than-stock body prep, panel fit and paint. Unable to inspect engine bay due to stuck hood latch. No rear license plate mount, hence two sets of four holes in rear panel of deck lid. Restored interior presents as new. Expertly refinished wood wheel and shift knob. wood refinished. New period-accessory sisal floor mats on passenger's side only. No radio or antenna. Tidy underhood, with aftermarket tube headers, ignition wiring, coil and dual sidedraft Webers with screens over intakes. Newer Ansa exhaust system fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,000. This was bid at least $4k too high, by my calculations, but was still called a no-sale at $30k. It was listed as a postblock sale later on. Some would make the argument that the sidedraft Webers in place of the ditched stock fuel injection were worth the premium. AMERICAN #48-1911 STANLEY MODEL 72 road- ster. S/N 6267. Dark green & yellow/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,984 miles. Said to be the only surviving model 72. Restored in 1990, and shown at Pebble Beach shortly thereafter. Highly presentable paint, with a few light nicks on panel edges and some polishing swirls. Same for brightwork. Light wear and soiling on seats. Under the hood, boiler apparatus shows limited water staining and soot from light use. Fitted with a Prest-OLite acetylene lamp system, Jones speedometer and accompanying plate on rear of car boldly well coated undercarriage. Disc brake conversion kit is sitting in the trunk. Stock steel wheels shod with newer Vredestein Classic radials. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,425. Based on the serial number, this was actually a 1963, but likely was sold late enough in the states to have been titled as a 1964. Offered at no reserve from the DeSimone Collection of imports, this was arguably the best of that bunch. Hence the slightly strong sale relative to its condition. #77-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 8025. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 79,028 km. Originally a European market car, privately imported by a U.S. Navy captain in 1974. Color-change repaint from its original silver in 1987, along with color-change reupholstery from its original dark blue. Repaint has held up far better than the interior reskin. Highly presentable dashboard wood. Engine bay minimally cleaned up, but shows some heavier corrosion on engine brackets and yellowing of plastic components. Equipped with Fully undercoated except for Ansa exhaust system and new pair of shocks. Equipped with factory-installed a/c and Blaupunkt radio. Stock alloy wheels shod with modern Pirelli radials. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. This car sold pre-restoration in 2000 for $15,225 at Spectrum Auctions' Palm Springs sale (SCM# 20554). The price paid today seemed excessive for one without its original engine, even with the quality of work. Still, it underscores how much global market cars have appreciated as of late. #364-1973 ALFA ROMEO GTV 2000 coupe. S/N AR3022641. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 60,107 miles. Recent repaint done quite well. All brightwork replated or professionally polished. Door fit not quite there yet, but that's possibly due to new door seals. The Pirelli P6s on the stock rims look a size too small. New interior soft trim (coated in silicone protectant), declaring to police, “The driver knows his speed. Don't arrest on guesswork.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $231,000. Offered at no reserve by order of the Kansas Superior Court. Previously seen at RM Hershey in October 2008, where it sold for $184,250 (SCM# 117593) A member of the Stanley club was brought in to fire up and operate the car—a real treat for us who are fans of outmoded technology. With Brass Era cars continuing to gain momentum in the market, Stanleys have held strong. So, a century after it was built, a quarter of a million dollars doesn't seem out of line. TOP 10 No. 3 #24-1930 CADILLAC V16 452A rumbleseat convertible. S/N 702551. Black & silver/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 76,266 miles. Older repaint now aging 78 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN but still highly presentable. Same goes for the chrome. Tidy older seat reupholstery work, some discoloration visible on seatback. Minimal carpet wear. Recently tidied engine bay and undercarriage. Equipped with steerable Pilot Ray driving lamps, dual sidemounts with strap-on mirrors, trunk on trunk rack and optional golf club compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $363,000. The reserve was met at the $325k mark, followed by one more bid. Not bad at all for the seller, as it was bought at Worldwide's 2010 Houston sale for $302,500 (SCM# 162659). It earned high-sale honors at the Main Event, good enough for second place for the weekend, behind lot 435, the surprise $880k Duesenberg. I, for one, am glad to see big iron classics leading auctions once again. #40-1931 CADILLAC V12 370A 4-dr phaeton. S/N 1003698. Dark green/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 51,756 miles. An older restoration looking quite presentable. Most major chrome pieces appear freshly replated. Seat bottoms and steering wheel rim show light scuffing. Grimy shift knob, chrome peeling on hand brake handle. Very recently detailed engine and undercarriage. Fitted with dual sidemount spares with partial metal covers, dual Pilot Ray driving lamps, dual Lorraine Top has weathered and aged to a difficult-todiscern shade of green, gray, or is it beige? Seats glossy and wrinkled from use. Plenty of fluid leaks and stains on flaking undercarriage paint. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $880,000. I had last seen this car at RM's Phoenix auction in 2010, then selling for $550k (SCM# 156936). If there was any doubt that Duesey prices are on the rise, here was your proof: No longer in its prime and wearing a replica body, yet it's pushing a million bucks. And it was the top-selling car of the weekend at either Auburn venue by more than double. #6-1935 STUDEBAKER DICTATOR phaeton. S/N 5508161. Two-tone maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 84,679 miles. One-off body, fabricated when shipped new to Australia as a running chassis. Excellent old repaint. Cosmetically worked on in the early 1980s, when it was converted to right-hand drive and fully reupholstered. Rechrome on all brightwork still quite good. Tidy but not quite show-quality under the hood. Like-new steering wheel restoration. Seating shows some wrinkles and glossiness from use. Original paint on the dash faces starting to flake. Equipped with optional Free Wheeling and AM radio, with antenna under the right running nologically possible when new. All exterior brightwork replated, including those darn pesky grille shutters. Expertly crafted top and interior upholstery, minimal evidence of wear. Light pitting on some interior chrome fittings. Tidy engine bay. Freshly repainted undercarriage in matte black. Stainless exhaust system. Optional ride control and Goddess of Speed hood ornament, with period-accessory mirrored Lorraine spotlight. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $130,000. While this is a cataloged body in 1936, this is the only known example built upon the Eight chassis, although several Super Eights do still exist. Last seen at RM's recent 2011 Amelia Island auction, declared sold for $143,000 (SCM# 176564). Rolled off the block here as a no-sale at $130k, but a deal must've come together after the fact. #29-1938 LINCOLN MODEL K convert- ible. S/N K90002. Blue/blue cloth/blue cloth. Odo: 61,772 miles. Custom coachwork on long wheelbase. Circa-1980 restoration very presentable, although the hand-painted pinstriping somewhat uneven from frequent buffing. No perceivable wear to newer seats and Haartz top. Door panels show minor age and use. CCCA National First Place badge on grille. Light paint chipping on bottom edges of both doors and on cowl. Very tidy undercarriage and engine bay, spotlights, side windshield wings and rear passenger folding windshield. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $214,500. The Cadillac V12s tend to get overshadowed by their 16-cylinder stablemates, but they're great cars in their own right. They offer more oomph than the flathead eights and are more nimble than the thirsty sixteens. As such, this example would make for a great tour car. The reserve was lifted at $180k, but kept going without any undue effort. Well bought and sold. TOP 10 No. 1 #435-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J Derham Tourster-style phaeton. S/N 2534. Eng. # J356. Green/greenish cloth/green leather. Odo: 61,250 miles. Long wheelbase. Replica Derham Tourster body, believed to have been crafted by Ted Billings. AACA National First Prize winner in 1975. Presentable paint has more than a few light chips. Deteriorating windshield seals. Dulling chrome, with some light pitting on a few pieces. board. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,600. Previously sold at RM's Novi, MI, sale in ‘06 for $39,590 (SCM# 41661). “Dictator” was the name for Studebaker's 6-cylinder car series until the antics of certain Fascist despots in Europe made the South Bend company rethink their model-naming scheme. Repatriated to the U.S. in 1971 for $1,000, shipped to San Francisco for the then-princely sum of $400, but wasn't restored until 1979. As a one-off, the value will always be whatever two people agree on (sometimes helped along by the prodding of others). Call this market-correct for now. #12-1936 PACKARD EIGHT Series 1402 phaeton. S/N 394365. Dark green/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 350 miles. Newer concours-quality restoration. Paint is periodcorrect for color, but applied better than tech- but could use a fluff-and-buff before hitting the concours circuit again. Throatier exhaust note than expected for a Lincoln K-series V12. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $214,500. When this nosaled for $260k at the April 2011 Branson Auction, I suggested it might do better at Monterey (SCM# 177690). Well, instead of sending it to the coast, it came here, and brought even less than before. Someone got a darn good deal. #37-1939 GM FUTURLINER coach. S/N ADF859017. Red, white & stainless/green vinyl. MHD. Odo: 25,374 miles. Unit three of twelve Futurliners built, this one set up to display jet engine technology. Claimed to be the best unrestored example, retaining some display materials onboard. Auction company was 80 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN unable to verify chassis number. Body poorly touched up and patched over the years. Stock steel wheels shod with eight new tires made for the NATMUS Futurliner project. Driver's compartment upholstery heavily worn, dirty, and sunburned. Top hatch and side glass sealed with green packaging tape. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $247,500. Last seen up the road at Auctions America by RM's 2011 Auburn Spring sale, where it was bid to $340,000 and not sold (SCM# 179442). Seller accepted a lot less this time, meaning he must have needed to get rid of it. I certainly hope that the new owner isn't going to try to restore it and have lightning strike twice, like unit number eleven, which sold for $4,320,000 at Barrett-Jackson in 2006 (SCM# 40076). See profile on p. 54. #14-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr convertible. S/N 8354447. Monica Blue/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 71,461 miles. Circa 1998 restoration. A CCCA Senior award-winner at that time, and not far off today. Metallics in paint seem blotchy on some panels. Door and window seals starting to come loose in places. Chrome could stand a good buffing. Seats and carpet show moderate wear. Aftermarket light switch beneath dashboard, which is in excellent condition for being original. Recently cleaned up, but engine bay and Hood not opened during auction. Light wear and wrinkling starting on driver's seat, interior mostly in better-than-new condition. Title in transit. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $352,000. From the era when it seemed like everyone had to get a piece of the sporty car market with their domestic chassis and drivetrain on exotic coachwork, the Italia stands out as one of the boldest efforts. But by the time that the last of the 26 Italias were built, the last Detroit-built Hudson had already been built; the brand would be retired by the end of the next model year. This one sold a touch low, and over the long run should prove very well bought. #70-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N VE57S100357. Cascade Green & cream/Cascade Green hard top/tan vinyl. Odo: 279 miles. 283-ci 220-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very well detailed and concoursready as presented. Restored by third owner to vastly better-than-original build quality, utiliz- HiFi” 16 2/3 RPM under-dash record player. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $121,000. We've seen a marked increase in state-of-the-art Big Fin Mopar restorations in the last few years. The cars managed to weather the market correction of a few years ago, generally bucking the trend and continuing to increase in value. The reserve here was lifted at $110k. Bought very well, perhaps the deal of the weekend. #414-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S106631. Riverside Red/red hard top & white soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 16,769 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Recent authentic restoration to original factory configuration. Retains original major powertrain components. Fresh repaint over heavily prepped bodywork showing muted character lines. Slight drop to both doors, plus wider gaps at front. Apart from a DeWitt's aluminum radiator, authentically re- undercarriage no longer concours-quality. Runs out quite well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $84,150. The last time I saw a ‘41 Cadillac 4-dr convertible sedan cross the block, it was at the Pate Museum. Their HydraMatic transmission-equipped example—in need of restoration—sold for nearly half what this one went for, but I'll still call this one the better buy. Leave it as-is and enjoy, since Cadillacs of this era are great road cars, even today. This one deserves a shot at the next CCCA CARavan. TOP 10 No. 4 #19-1955 HUDSON ITALIA coupe. S/N IT10022. Cream/cream leather. Odo: 7,367 miles. 202-ci I6, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Owned by the Italia historian for the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane club, who purchased it from the second owner. Expert restoration by Hudson specialists Appenzeller Brothers completed in 2003. Vastly better-than-original bodywork, panel fit and paint application. All chrome replated, including original Borrani wire wheels. Undercarriage clean as a whistle. ing all original major components. Earned 2009 AACA National first place, NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence awards and two pairs of NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold certifications. Minimal yellowing of door pull knobs and shift knob; interior otherwise like new. Stated to have original powertrain. Optional power windows and radio-delete. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $154,000. This venue tends to pull some strong numbers for C1s, and this car certainly was no exception. Even considering its trail of trophies, this was still very strong money for a 3-speed with the base-level engine. BEST BUY #22-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convertible. S/N 3N573170. Gauguin Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 72,446 miles. 392-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Nut-and-bolt restoration completed last year by Mopar expert Mike Swedal of Minnesota to global concours standards. Only deviations from factory are exhaust and stainless steel components for brake and fuel lines. Leather seating sourced from Gary Goers shows light wrinkling from being sat on a few times—the most wear on the whole car. All other aspects of the car are as manufactured or better. Concours-ready as it sits. Equipped with factory optional “HiWay stored under the hood. Fuel injection unit starting to show some staining. Like-new reproduction interior, complete to the still-clear vinyl floor mats. Optional injection, 4-speed, and both tops. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. Counter to the rule for any other collector car, for 1963 Corvettes, “if the top goes down, the price goes down.” This one, even with the fuel injection and claimed “$150,000 into the restoration,” still sold for a price that confirms the rule. Market-priced. TOP 10 No. 6 #28-1964 DODGE 330 S/FX Charger 2-dr sedan. S/N 6142174676. Red, white & blue pearl/red vinyl. Odo: 18,590 miles. 480-ci supercharged V8, auto. No fender tag. One of three factory lightweight 330s sent by Chrysler to Dragmaster to be built into NHRA drag cars, evolving into the first altered-wheelbase “funny cars.” Two-decade restoration completed in 2010 to correct 1964 configuration and shows virtually no signs of wear or use. While it has a supercharged Max Wedge under the hood like it originally did, this replacement motor is a more modern rendition built by Brad Anderson. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $302,500. While this car was being set up by Dragmasters, custom car icon Dean Jefferies fabricated the front and rear valances, radiused the wheelwells, and did the paint. According to the catalog, the other two cars were destroyed by the end of the program (one on the track, the other on the transporter). This 82 Sports Car Market


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Worldwide Auctioneers Auburn, IN sole survivor was also the primary competition car, as it was the only one fitted with the hardware to allow a braking parachute. Since it was offered at no reserve, it set its own market but seems about right, if not a touch on the low end. #339-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S401307. International Blue/white vinyl soft top/blue vinyl. Odo: 88,452 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off driver-grade restoration completed last year. Minimal body wave under repaint, better-than-original door fit and gaps, although hood sits a bit high at the cowl. New top vinyl, but with some surface rust on the bows. All-new reproduction interior soft trim, well fitted but with notable carpet wear already. Clean and tidy engine bay, but misses the au- TOP 10 No. 7 #16-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z198924. Royal Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 13,466 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Kar Kraft number KK2050. Retains all four build sheets, plus has provenance verification from Kevin Marti. 13k miles claimed actual since new. Restored approximately a decade ago by Boss expert Randy Roberts. For the most part, components were reconditioned and reused, including interior, powertrain, shocks, exhaust and most belts and hoses. Bare metal repaint to original stan- vinyl & gray cloth. Odo: 96,079 miles. Superb repaint over well prepped body. Door fit better than stock, but still not perfect. Every piece of trim either replaced, replated, or professionally restored to new condition. Like-new seat upholstery, with new carpet, seat belt webbing, and dashpad. Gauge needles show some fad- thentic hardware details. Non-GM a/c installed at restoration, with vent cut into dash, and modern compressor. Chambered exhaust added. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,250. It was stated by the auctioneer as the car was rolling off the block, “We're real close.” It later appeared as sold in the auction results, so evidently a deal came together afterward. A fair transaction all around. dards or better. Gold medal award-winner in the trailered category at 2008 MCA national meet, and still concours-ready as it sits here. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $286,000. Before the bubble burst, this was owned by an Enron executive, according to another former owner who's an SCM subscriber. Bid to a $230k nosale across the block; this price was agreed on later. A near identical example sold at Mecum's July 2011 Des Moines sale for $238,500 (SCM# 182969), so it's looking like the Boss could be on his way back. #10-1977 FORD BRONCO Ranger Sport SUV. S/N U15GLY12719. Copper & white/tan ing. Concours-detailed underhood, but undercarriage untouched and rather filthy. Equipped with optional auxiliary fuel tank, skid plates, heavy-duty sway bars, and heavy-duty cooling package. Circa-1978 Bronco-style steel wheels added. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,400. While everyone was ooh-ing and ahh-ing over how nice it looked on the outside, under the hood, and inside, I must have been the only one to take a knee and actually look underneath it. (As it's a high-clearance SUV, it's not like that was difficult to do.) No meticulous frame-off restoration here, just a well-cared-for but used 96k-mile truck that got the ultimate fluff-and-buff topside. Pretty, but not $37k worth of stunning perfection. © December 2011 83


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Beaulieu Autojumble The highest seller of the weekend was a 1937 Bugatti Type 37 saloon by Gangloff, expected to make $64k–$80k. It sold for $265,681 Company Bonhams Date September 10, 2011 Location Beaulieu, UK Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 142/151 Sales rate 94% Sales total $4,279,262 High sale 1937 Bugatti Type 57 saloon, sold at $265,681 Buyer's premium 1925 Bentley 3 Litre shooting brake — $198,981 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics the preponderance of private bidders outnumbering the trade. By the time the weekend was over, 142 of the 151 lots offered sold, including a few post-block deals. The overall sell-through rate rang in at 94% — not bad at all. This auction has traditionally been mostly made B up of unrestored cars, but in recent years, the quality of lots on offer has drifted up to resemble a more mainstream high-level sale. Bonhams deliberately intended this to be more of a “Beaulieu” event, so the return of some barn finds was welcome. Fittingly, the highest seller of the weekend was a 1937 Bugatti Type 37 saloon by Gangloff, unloved for decades and expected to make $64k– $80k. After the dust settled, it headed to a new owner for $265,681. The other star lot was an incredibly rare circa 1913 (though possibly earlier) single-family-owned Isotta Fraschini. After a protracted battle between two bidders, it made $125,261. A well-used Cooper-Vincent Mk VI racer made $29,361, which was about twice the pre-sale estimate range of $12k–$16k. However, in reality, its V-twin Rapide engine was worth a large chunk of the money it made. The really astonishing money came near the end of the sale, as buyers scrambled for the last few lots of unre- 84 onhams sold nearly all of the lots offered at its annual sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble in September. The sale stretched into the night, slowed by 15% on the first $47,870, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) stored cars from the Willow Collection, including seven dormant Land Rovers, all being sold at no reserve. “Heinz” Wolseley Hornets are very collectible. With only 57 made, they're the pinnacle of Mini fanciers' collections. Here, one made an astounding $22,020 against a no-reserve estimate range of $3k–$5k. It was essentially a rough car in need of total restoration, and the price achieved had everyone in the room shaking their heads in amazement. The next lot, a 1967 Morris Minor Traveller, had been better stored and was less deteriorated than expected, but was still very well sold at its $17,433 sale price—cars like this normally sell for less than half of that. Desperation as buyers fought for the last few bargains of the sale is the only explanation here. On the already restored cars, the 1952 Jaguar XK 120 coupe on Beaulieu, UK wires looked brand new, as it was only finished in 2009. Uprated with a 3.8-liter motor from an E-type, 5-speed transmission, and front disc brakes, it looked just too fresh in this company. Still, it made a very inexpensive $83,135, and I think a couple of years' worth of use will nicely mellow it. A genuine 1972 Ford Escort Mexico in super order and with rally modifications also looked like a bargain at $20,185. In terms of numbers, this year's sale saw improvements across the board. The grand total of $4.3m was a significant boost over last year's $2.8m, and the sell-through rate of 94% easily eclipsed last year's 81%. Even the average price per car grew by $1,000. Whether it was due to restored cars or barn find projects, one thing's clear: Bonhams had the right formula for its buyers at Beaulieu. ♦ Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK ENGLISH #437-1925 BENTLEY 3 LITRE shooting brake. S/N 915. Eng. # 923. Green, wood & aluminum/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 21,874 miles. Marvelous old thing, now getting a little tatty, but still utterly charming. Beautifully scraped, dinged, brush-painted and now with abundant patina inside and out after 50 years in the same ownership. Timber in fair shape, headlights slightly pitted, but radiator shell glows beautifully. No leaks from motor. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $198,981. Sold for rather more than the expected $155k high estimate, at pretty much tourer money. Hopefully that means the buyer appreciates it for what it is and has no plans to chop it into a tourer with a replica body. #468-1926 LAGONDA 14/60 2 Litre tourer. S/N OH8453. Eng. # OH196. Green/brown leather. RHD. Barn find laid up for almost 50 years, but remarkably complete and original in every detail. With numbered side-windows and Auster-type rear windshield. Oil can still present under the hood. Doors fit well, original leather probably salvageable. June 2010 at Bonhams' RREC sale (SCM# 165368). Here's what I said at that time: “Has been in an Italian collection for the past 25 years, still with original registration number, although history unknown from '60s to '80s. This was a nice and usable example, and the Rockingham crowd doesn't usually insist on concours, so its failure to sell at the expected $235k or so was a mild surprise.” This time, the car sold on the money or slightly low for a sound driver. #432-1935 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITRE spe- cial racer. S/N B42DG. Eng. # S9BR. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 54,845 miles. Lean and good-looking special cut down in 1966 from standard Park Ward-bodied 4 1/4 saloon. Excellent chrome and nickel. New Blockley tires fitted. Multitude of scrutineering stickers and oil-stained carpets shows it's been well used in competition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT gine. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $44,041. This had the makings of a great PVT race/hillclimb special. The real thing goes for around $130k–$140k, so for the right enthusiast it was a deal, even with the wrong engine. At more than 20% under the $55k low estimate, I'd have to call this well bought. #494A-1937 FORD MODEL 78 pickup. S/N N/A. Blue. RHD. Distressed old thing found in a barn of noted collector, the late George Milligen. British-built right-hand-drive V8 was originally a four-door saloon, then was chopped into a pickup by local coachbuilder. SOLD AT $98,932. A well executed custom that should make someone happy, though not at all vintage-eligible, of course. Pair of Heuer stopwatches mounted on the dash was a bonus. Price paid was just under the $100k pre-sale estimate, but have to call it well sold. #466-1935 RILEY SPRITE TT replica roadster. S/N SABTVRO3735272735. Eng. # R11. Blue. RHD. About half done, but what's there is good, and was carried out by a noted Riley aficionado. All the major parts needed are there, including replica chassis and 15/6 en- Engine turns. Still on very bald beaded-edge tires. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $49,546. This car was acquired by its late owner after “a long stalking period,” but he sadly never got to restore it. Sold 50% above $30k high estimate, at a bit less than half the price of a decent, tidy runner. #470-1932 ROLLS-ROYCE 45/50HP Phantom II Continental saloon. S/N 33JS. Eng. # IC75. Black & cream/brown leather. RHD. Straight and tidy with good lights and plating, small blemishes in paint, straight Easiclean discs. Motor leak-free and serviceable. Leather lightly cracked and nicely worn in, dash and instruments good, some varnish flaking off door timbers, but too delightful to redo, doors still fit and shut well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $128,771. Offered but not sold in 86 $125,261. This fetched slightly more than expected, but I thought price paid seemed fair and on the money. Pre-war Bentleys can get chopped and converted and still hold their value, especially if the customization happened a half-century ago. Half the price of a real vintage 3 Litre, interestingly, but about twice as potent. #439-1935 DAIMLER V26 special racer. S/N 72594. Aluminum/maroon leather. RHD. Daimler V26 redone as a one-off custom, styled like some kind of cross between the Embiricos Bentley and a Talbot-Lago Grand Prix. Chassis shortened. Retains 4-sp pre-selector gearbox. In fair condition overall. Cond: 3. Needs everything, and lacking gearbox and carburetor. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $2,713. First sold as a barn find at Bonhams' 2004 Goodwood Revival sale, according to the catalog, but nothing has been done to it since. Not enough bid today, so back to the barn it goes. #433-1938 LAGONDA V12 Saloon De Ville. S/N 14060. Navy blue & silver/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 731 miles. Restored in late '90s, including new body. Extensive mechanical work in recent years. Good overall appearance now, but has a few stress cracks in paint. Plating is super. Excellent dash and instruments, leather nicely worn in. 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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Cooper. Actually, the motor alone is worth almost this much. So, either use it as-is for hillclimbs, or sell the engine, install a Norton and run it in historic F3. #458-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N 680172. Eng. # R87599. Green/tan leather. RHD. Freshly rebuilt and very sharp. Lightly hot-rodded with 3.8 motor on triple SUs, 5-speed Getrag, rack-and-pinion steering and Park auction in March 2007. The old rebody and restoration were now settling in nicely, and, considering the money spent on the radio alone, you can bet the mechanicals suffered no deferred maintenance. Sold on the money. #502-1950 MG TD roadster. S/N N/A. Red/black leather. RHD. Described as a Jaguarengined TD, a very scary prospect indeed—although it's more likely a TD body on a chopped Jaguar chassis, as radiator appears to have been moved forward. But no VIN, so who knows? In fair order all round, although in need of some sympathy before it's unleashed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,763. Offered at no reserve and $23,855. It's a desirable model with SE bits and optional overdrive, so it was no real surprise when it sold for almost $10k over Bonhams' $14k high estimate. Call this market value for a good project. #480-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I roadster. S/N BT76896. Eng. # 29DRDH9538. Metallic blue/white fiberglass/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 5,804 miles. Very nice and original. Has a few blemishes in paint and a little flaking in fender joints, chassis straight and not hammered. Seat vinyl in good shape and likely front disc brakes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $83,135. Sold quite cheap—surely for less than it cost to do. If the new owner can just wait a bit for it to settle in, likely a good buy. #479-1954 MG TF 1500 roadster. S/N HDB466588. Eng. # XPEG605. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 54 miles. Straight out of restoration and looking nice and sharp: straight body, deep and lustrous paint, good chrome. Newish red leather and carpets. original. Engine rebuilt in 2001. With hard top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $41,288. With one owner since '72, this was being sold out of an estate. Although it sold a fair whack over the $31k high estimate, it probably was worth it for originality. One U.K. dealer was recently asking $75k for a one-owner untouched car, so this didn't look at all out of order. #489-1960 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 4-dr sold where expected. According to the auction catalog, this was purchased at auction in 1987 and hadn't been started in ten years. There wasn't enough MG left here to make it back into a TD again, so probably best appreciated as a potent and amusing period hot rod which should easily blow off an XK 120. #493-1952 COOPER MK VI racer. S/N MK6352. Eng. # F10AB1270. Black & white/black. MHD. Most Coopers have 500-cc singles, but this, unusually, is powered by a Vincent V-twin. Looks slightly used and tatty, but motor tidy with recently rebuilt Amal carbs sedan. S/N P211126BW. Black & silver/red leather. Odo: 52,329 miles. Body straight, with solid chassis, sill and floors. Brightwork all good, though has slightly weird two-tone paint scheme, with well-done hand-painted twin coachlines. Leather lighly creased and probably original, Nardi wheel fitted. Engine has been Moto-Lita wheel fitted, now with 5-speed gearbox. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,371. Originally a California car, but not used there since 1968, and finally brought into the U.K. in 2004. The Ford 5-speeder shouldn't hurt value, as it's a reversible bolt-in mod. Sold on the money. #496-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 SE coupe. S/N S804780DN. Eng. # G85828S. Black. RHD. A restoration project, rusty but complete. Unused since 1968, but outside storage has done it no favors. Needs everything, but it's all replaced, underhood near concours detailed. Always with power steering, now with a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,690. Originally supplied to California. Two-tone seems as if it should work on these, but always leaves them looking odd around the hood interface. This was fair money for a very straight, shiny and usable Mk II—less than the owner was hoping for, but values have slipped back a bit. #404-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. and no leaks. Now said to be running well, with rebuilt brakes. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,361. In storage for 30 years and only recently recommissioned. It sold for twice the $15k high estimate, but still fair money for a Formula 3 88 there, and no major holes or dings—at least you're starting from an original car rather than undoing earlier poor work. Cond: 5. SOLD AT S/N 9T346603L0. Eng. # T347269E. Blue/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 44,230 miles. Total restoration project with some surface rust, chrome dulled, rot in floorpans (and no doubt some remedial work needed to chassis). But all original and all there. Cond: 4. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK SOLD AT $16,882. Sold out of a collector's estate at no reserve. Price paid was twice the $8k estimate, but with pristine examples fetching $40k, I'd say the margins were right. #461-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63002R. Eng. # 4003001. Metallic blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 20,836 miles. Fairly tidy—floors and sills are solid, one or two small bubbles in body, distressed old 40DCOE carbs and original RS alloys come with the car. Won't win the British Historic Rally Championship outright, but could do well in its class. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,185. Sold cheap at only a fraction of the price of an Escort Mk II, with championship-winning potential. The Halda Tripmaster is worth a couple of grand by itself. Well bought. #493A-1972 RANGE ROVER DORMOBILE camper-top SUV. S/N 35504504A. Eng. # 35507209A. White/white fiberglass/brown vinyl. RHD. Early Rangie with lift roof. Said to be one of only five converted this way, and looks almost stock when folded down. Largely original and in fair order all around. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,542. Nifty only two in the U.K. In good overall order with nicely aging paint and cracked and creased old leather. Carburetor is noted to be in need of attention. Artillery wheels in good shape. Nice brass Powell and Hammer sidelights, Lucas taillights and Goliath bulb horn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,948. Quite a step on from the Brighton Run-eligible cars, and much more usable. But being post-1904 keeps the price down by a factor of about three. Sold in the middle of the $29k–$39k estimate range. TOP 10 No. 8 #409-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 4-dr sedan. S/N 57380. Eng. # 254. Black/brown leather. RHD. Barn find in need of complete restoration, but all original and all there. Rusty brightwork. Doors fit and close well. Timber all OK and most of the rodent-damaged leather would probably come back. Engine reportedly turns but does not run. leather, and good dash. Newish wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $142,813. Bonhams has offered several of these in recent sales, and it sold about on the money for a car in usable but not concours condition. #434-1970 LEYLAND LEOPARD race transporter. S/N G01638. Green. In fair order throughout. Nothing wrong with paint or trim from twenty feet. Equipped with sleeping accommodations for four, shower, toilet and kitchen, plus vehicle room and viewing deck conversion job, although with the growing appreciation of early Rangies you probably wouldn't do it today. It fetched more than the $8k high estimate, so call it well sold. Hope the new owner has plans to get out and enjoy the wilderness from his new rooftop perch. FRENCH #443-1911 DE DION-BOUTON DE1 6hp tourer. S/N DE116. Eng. # 27279. Green/black/black leather. RHD. Singlecylinder two-speed de Dion, said to be one of Cond: 4. SOLD AT $265,681. In France until at least 1962, off the road since 1968. Even though he never got around to it, the seller had long plans for a restoration, meaning the car was always regarded as an object of value. Offered at no reserve and estimated at $60k– $80k, the price climbed to three times that after protracted bidding. Well bought and well sold. #460-1963 CITROËN DS 19 Décapotable convertible. S/N 3281537. Eng. # 0652012652. Dark blue/black mohair/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 29,422 miles. Restored in Germany on reinforced donor platform in the early '90s, with reproduction rear fenders. In excellent order with paint in good shape, trim rechromed, new on roof. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,928. From the Robert Harley Collection. This was the famous old Denis Welch Racing transporter—exactly how teams did it right up though the 1980s. Still usable if you wanted to do it old style, or just appreciate it as a nice period piece. #486-1972 FORD ESCORT Mexico 1600GT 2-dr sedan. S/N BFATMA37549. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 89,343 miles. A real Mexico, mildly rally-prepped. Body very straight with no rot, clean underneath. Pair of 90 top. Dash presents as perfect. Panel gaps wide, as per factory. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,750. In one ownership until 1986 and, though it started as an original car, the replacement platform nonetheless lent it a whiff of “repro.” Price was down about two thirds of what you'd expect to pay for a perfect original. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK GERMAN BEST BUY #421-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 230 Cabriolet B. S/N 139172. Blue & white/black canvas/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 71,087 miles. Looks like an older restoration. Top and carpets renewed in 1989 and still like new. Correctly refinished timber not too shiny, though seat less than impressive. New fitted luggage included. Engine, gearbox, restoration, and still with factory coachwork. Engine rebuilt and now bored 1 mm over, so RHD. Immaculate restoration of Brass Era T in rare C-cab body. Orange peel on hood. Excellent E&J brass acetylene lamps, tires have hardly rolled. Will need mechanical recommissioning, due to lack of recent use. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $27,525. One of seven Ts from the Meldonfoot Collection, all of which presented as perfect museum displays—exactly what they were, prior to auction—and all of which sold for approximately similar money. Fair price paid. #476-1936 DODGE D2 woodie wagon. brakes rebuilt in 2001. Said to be a strong driver. Has all original handbooks, manuals and catalogs. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,603. Appears in the SCM database as last sold at Christie's in the U.K. on March 12 of 1984 for $10,000, but no further details are available (SCM# 7967). A great price paid today for a 1930s Benz with mechanical attention in the past decade and a number of nice extras. ITALIAN #417-1913 ISOTTA FRASCHINI 14– 18HP Type FC tourer. S/N 9072. Rust/black. RHD. Odo: 1,708 miles. A barn find and complete restoration project of basic model, equipped with rear brakes only. Chassis looks very solid. Mostly all there, including lights and instruments. Fitted with BRC acetylene headlamps and oil side-lamps. Laid up since 1966, though was started and ran in 1979. probably just over 2 liters. 4-speed Riley gearset in place of original 3-speed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $74,359. In New Zealand until 1978, then Japan, and into the U.K. in 2000 or so. Think of it as an alternative to a Lancia Lambda. I drove this one before it was restored, and I was impressed by the good engineering: the steering, brakes and gearchange were all excellent. Sold where expected, for less than a Lambda. #401-1971 ALFA ROMEO GTV 1750 coupe. S/N 14S6653. Eng. # AR00548H7749. Red/black. RHD. Complete kit of GTV parts from which to make your own racer or rally car. Body all done and painted with no rot, presented on wheeled dolly with everything else piled up behind it, including at least nine new Cond: 5. SOLD AT $38,536. This was a project well on its way to completion, with no sign of cut corners, and probably another $10k needed to finish. A rare bird in the U.K. and hard to value, but Bonhams' pre-sale estimate range of $34k–$39k proved accurate. Well bought and sold. #483-1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Cinturatos. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $12,295. Sold at no reserve; bidding soared, ending at about the price of a rough road-legal runner. Probably cheaper than starting with a complete rough donor car, and at least you knew what you were getting, so I'd say reasonably bought. AMERICAN #454-1912 FORD MODEL T Pie Van C-cab. S/N N/A. Eng. # 106656. Green/black leather. Engine block now cracked from frost damage. In one family from new and with very good history, including old photographs. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $125,261. Bidding for this incredibly rare specimen was a protracted battle in small increments between two bidders, one of whom just had to have it. Final price was three times the $40k mid-estimate. Well sold. #459-1923 ANSALDO 6AN Dual Cowl Torpedo tourer. S/N 6049. Eng. # 6070S. Gray/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Rare car, produced by an aircraft maker after the close of WWI. In good order all round following 2003 92 Newport coupe. S/N W5569296. Metallic blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 4,235 miles. 301-ci V8, 1-bbl, auto. Restored in the U.S. in 2008. Body straight, paint mostly good, chrome fading a little in places. Chassis, floors and sills good. One gutter trim dinged. Windows tinted, rides on aged and cracked whitewalls. With S/N MCX15918170814. Cream & wood. U.K.assembled RHD Dodge Six, now partly restored with all the heavy work done to a high standard, including all new timber, with original included. Mechanicals all refurbished, so needs final assembly, wiring and trimming. factory-fitted Continental kit and Imperial grille. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,680. This reportedly had three owners since its arrival in the U.K. in 2009. Top bid came in some ways short of the $18k lower estimate (and therefore the reserve), so the owner must have done a quick re-evaluation and let it go—probably a wise choice for a bird so rare in the U.K. © Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK Collectors Motor Cars at the Imperial War Museum Simon Hope was able to conduct the sale from under the wing of a Shackleton, with a backdrop of military jets suspended behind Company H&H Date September 21, 2011 Location Duxford, UK Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold/offered 40/84 Sales rate 48% Sales total $4,073,612 High sale 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Le Mans Tourer, sold at $824,626 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices ($1= £0.64) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H &H returned to the Imperial War Museum in late September after a couple of years' absence. The return was prompted by the avail- ability of the main hangar, which was a huge step up from the storage hangar allocated last time, and for all intents and purposes, the equal of the RAF Museum at Hendon. So Simon Hope was able to conduct the sale from practically under the wing of a Shackleton, with a backdrop of commercial airliners and military jets suspended behind. Despite such an impressive location, bidding was slow, and although H&H's system of converting provisional bids into sales before the end of the auction chalked up a few more in the sold column, less than half the lots found new homes. Luckily, the star lot was basically a sure-thing sale — the 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre ‘Le Mans' tourer first registered to Captain Woolf Barnato, one of eight cars offered from the Litchfield Collection. One of two normally aspirated 4½ Litres owned by the three-time Le Mans winner, GU 1927 is one of the most important Bentleys to come to auction in recent years. It sold above the $780k high estimate at $824,626, happily to a private collector from the north of England who intends to “drive and enjoy the car with his family for many years to come.” 94 The other big lot, the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C, could only bid to a provisional $898,030 against a “refer dept” estimate — close, but not quite enough, and this was one that the H&H team could not convert into a done deal. This was one of four cars from the Valencia Collection, of which two sold; a 1936 Packard Twelve convertible coupe for $223,336 and a 1931 Cadillac 370A V12 Fleetwood roadster for $141,733. The third collection was from Ford dealer and former rallyman Eric Jackson. Duxford, UK All of his cars were offered at no reserve, but all were on the money: $146,027 for a very appealing 1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Vanden Plas tourer, $132,284 for his 1956 Jaguar XK 140 drophead, and $79,027 for the 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp tourer he used and enjoyed for almost 30 years. On the Aston Martin front, two DB6 Mk IIs made strong money — $326,414 for a restored 1972 Vantage, and a surprising $223,336 for a slightly tatty but usable Vantage-spec car. The former concourswinning 1953 DB2 from the Litchfield Collection drew applause when it was finally knocked down for $185,541. H&H has done well with AC Aces in the past couple of years, and this time it achieved $242,702 for a 1956 Bristol-engined car with early race history. A multipleconcours winning 1932 Lagonda 2 Litre Low Chassis Continental went over estimate to $146,027. Although the sales rate was well below H&H's typically strong 70%–80%, big money was being spent, as the average per sold car was $101,840. This auction came in the middle of a glut of U.K. sales and as the rest of the world turned its attention to Monterey. Focusing on the U.K. market, it seems that we may now have too many cars chasing too few buyers, as dealers get twitchy about tying up funds in slow-moving stock. The next few months will tell. ♦ Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK ENGLISH #16-1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP 4-seat tourer. S/N GZK10. White/white canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 38,322 miles. Well traveled (with great sticker collection on back of trunk), but still excellent with lovely plating. Originally bodied as a four-seater tourer by Barker, and the coachwork the collection of noted rallyman Eric Jackson, who owned it for only 18 months and has now retired from driving. Offered at no reserve, this brought a lot of attention from the room, and money spent was very fair for everyone involved. Bought by a leading Royce and Bentley dealer, and moved on to a customer in very short order. may still be original. Newish straight, paint looks flawless, plating excellent. Leather just now taking on some character. Clean and tidy motor, still with Autovac fuel feed system. Charming sculpted running boards add to the appeal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $146,027. This reportedly sold in 1997 for $60k, so in 14 years it almost tripled, but I'd still call it just about on the money this time. Worth every penny for such a charming, timeless car with no needs. #26-1933 LAGONDA 16/80 4-seat tourer. leather, good carpets, nice smooth white paint. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $79,027. The third car from the collection of Eric Jackson, offered at no reserve. The stickers on the trunk gave the car a great feeling of history and adventure, even if it didn't actually make it to all the locations represented. Sold right for a 20hp. TOP 10 No. 2 #34-1929 BENTLEY 4 1/2 LITRE Le Mans tourer. S/N NX3457. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 11,958 miles. The star of the show, with perfect body dating from the '80s. Paint well-applied, fabric smooth and unmarked. Headlights and radiator plating nice. Always in Vanden Plas style like this, although it looks racier today than it did when new. Still features all the major parts it S/N S10515. Black/red leather. Odo: 27,065 Started as a saloon, now wearing fabric body that presents very well. Utterly tidy and appealing. Rechromed lights and radiator. Front leather lightly creased, rear like new. Wears a mean it's been mechanically kept up, or that it's sat mostly neglected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,078. From the Litchfield Collection. This sold just over the $100k low estimate, making it look like a fair deal. In June, one of these was bid to $136,561 but did not sell at RM's 2011 London auction (SCM# 182674). That makes this look like a very good deal. #73-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE Mallalieu delightful set of curved running boards. Desirable preselector gearbox Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $72,102. Sold some way under the $85k low estimate. This had a great authentic look and started “readily,” according to the auction catalog. The preselector gearbox added to the value. Well bought. #14-1936 BENTLEY 4 1/4 LITRE left Cricklewood with, including hood. For a Bentley, this counts as a very original car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $824,626. First owned by Captain Woolf Barnato, although very unlikely to be raced by him, and sold for near the top end of what H&H was hoping for. In a day of 50% no-sales, selling the star car was an essential morale-booster, but a car with this provenance was always going to bring the right money. #76-1932 LAGONDA 2 LITRE Low Chassis Continental 4-seat tourer. S/N OH10124. Black/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 2,620 miles. Absolutely spiffing, there's just no other word for it. Beautifully restored in the late '90s. New top fitted, body 96 extensively used on rallies, it's still in very nice order. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $146,027. From Vanden Plas tourer. S/N B51HM. Eng. # R8BR. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 49,230 miles. Coachwork by Pearce. Nice example of “the silent sports car,” originally a Park Ward saloon. Very straight Vanden Plas-style body built in the late '90s. Excellent paint, now with a few blemishes on radiator shell. Although barchetta. S/N B364SR. Green/tan leather. Odo: 14,397 miles. 1953 R-type rebodied in 1979 by noted '70s and '80s coachbuilder Mallalieu. Well made, handsome and in good shape. Really nice interior still with “M”embossed door cards and good carpets. Rear leather like new, fronts a little used. Trailer rear lights a '70s feature. Tall diff a useful fitment for modern highway use. Really appealing from front three-quarter view, but a bit less suc- BEST BUY #31-1937 ASTON MARTIN 15/98 tourer. S/N K8772LT. Black/red leather. Odo: 62,181 miles. Restored in the '90s and still looks straight, sharp and tidy. Red-over-black livery is striking. Chrome shiny. Engine overhauled at restoration, brakes gone over. Said to have been driven less than 100 miles over the last four years, which could cessful from the rear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $123,694. You wouldn't chop up an R-type now, but 30-odd years ago it made sense. I would have anticipated more like $80k, but it nailed the auction company's $115k—$130k pre-sale estimate, and 1990 valuation documents included with the sale pegged it at $138k way Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK back then. Today the market spoke, but I'll have to go away and have another think. A lovely car, though, and just right for someone. #38-1956 AC ACE roadster. S/N BEX168. Eng. # 100D508. Silver/black leather. Odo: 84,231 km. A former race car, originally supplied to Switzerland, with big history. Straight body and nice paint following restoration in 2008. Chassis straight and newish exhaust. Newish leather going slightly baggy. Cond: 1-. Said to have only three owners from new, this was reportedly in storage from 1973 to 2008. It didn't quite hit the $15k low estimate, but I thought this was a fair price for a tidy S-type, with bonus points to the new owner for buying an unmolested example. Well bought. #1-1965 TRIUMPH TR4A convertible. Top money for a 3A and deservedly so, although some might say it needed time to mellow a bit. This was bought by a well-known London dealer, and I saw it almost immediately placed on sale at a large markup. Well bought, apparently. SOLD AT $242,702. H&H has had a lot of success with Aces in the past two or three years, and here was no exception, with this one selling right smack on the pre-sale prediction. On the money for a nice, no-needs car. The only question is why a car this original has a Historic Technical Passport instead of an FIA Heritage Certificate? #15-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 drophead coupe. S/N 807243. Maroon/black mohair/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 30,301 miles. Good appearance, although with a few small bubbles and chips in doors. Interior shows lightly creased leather and newish carpets. With Halda Twinmaster, Kenlowe fans, disc brake conversion, and Harvey Bailey handling reproduction interior and new carpets. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $8,246. It's getting increasingly rare to find an early Mini that hasn't been butchered, boy-racered or made into a rally car, so this was a refreshing change. However, it did have the wrong engine. With that in mind, sold on the money. #35-1965 JAGUAR S-TYPE 4-dr sedan. kit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,284. Another Eric Jackson Collection car offered at no reserve. This looked like a good example, and the price was decent compared to other recent XK 140 and 150 sales. Last changed hands for $86k eight years ago when Jackson bought it, so not a bad deal for all involved. #48-1957 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS23618L. Metallic blue/blue leather. Incredibly bright and shiny restoration of a car sold new to California. Still with bill of sale, owner's manual and spare keys, but not yet registered, in order to preserve its status as a two-owner car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $42,949. 98 S/N PIB5023DN. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 29,621 miles. Paint is dull but there's a really nice, original car underneath it, and mileage is claimed to be genuine. Structure is solid, door fit excellent, dash perfect, leather original and cracked. Plus, it has a manual transmission with overdrive. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,885. #39-1963 AUSTIN MINI 2-dr sedan. S/N AAS27S423222M. Green/green leatherette. RHD. Odo: 77,142 miles. Tidy and original apart from 1,275-cc engine instead of the original 848. (I hope it hasn't got the original seveninch drum brakes.) Good refurbed body with solid floors and subframes (although rockers have may been later) and newish paint, correct S/N CTC588475. Red/red fiberglass/red leather. RHD. Odo: 25,030 miles. An overdrive car that was first supplied to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Paint shiny following bare-metal respray some time in its past. Door gaps pretty good for a TR, brightwork all good. There's a Surrey top, but seat leather is still shiny, which suggests it hasn't been removed much. Original rims fitted with decent tires. Could be a good driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,308. This was the first car lot of the sale—traditionally a good bargain buy. Sure enough, bidding took a while to get started. Although it was some way off perfect and was being sold at no reserve, somebody got a deal here, as the best cars are now fetching $35k-plus in the U.K. TOP 10 No. 5 #42-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II coupe. S/N DB6MK24141R. Eng. # 4004470VC. Metallic green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 35,210 miles. Very nice overall. Older repaint holding up well, floorpans good, newish exhaust. 12-year-old leather slightly shiny, carpets in good order, dash excellent. Motor, which was converted to Vantage spec early in its life, is tidy and dry. Big history with lots of bills from all the right people. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $326,414. Like the other DB6 Mk II in the sale, this sold well over the $187k low estimate. But, of the two, this was a much nicer car. The sunroof should keep the value down a little here, but it was unobtrusive. #21-1970 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk II Vantage coupe. S/N DB6MK2F14254R6. Eng. # 4004644F1. Metallic blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 44,541 miles. Generally looks usable but tatty. Door sills a bit frilly at rear, few Sports Car Market


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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK small bubbles in body, paint flaking off right front fender. Even the owner rates the body and paint as “4 out of 10”. Inside, leather is cracked. miles. Following restoration, body presents as perfect. Deep, lustrous paint and acres of chrome. Color changed from green to black. New leather, glossy timber, engine-turned dash and a nice set of Bosch lamps. Mileage is presumably since restoration. Engine not original but is the correct type. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $898,030. One of 90 thought to have been built, according to the catalog. This one was first sold to the U.K. and was in the U.S. by 1938, offered today from the Valencia Used grubby motor is in Vantage spec with triple Weber carburetors. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $223,336. This sold for three times the $78k lower estimate for no concrete reason other than several bidders simply had to have it. That said, the spec was good and there was no added sunroof, which is a bonus. At any rate, consider this exceedingly well sold. #74-1973 FORD CORTINA Mk III 4-dr sedan. S/N BABFNB390063. Yellow/brown velour. RHD. Odo: 5,081 miles. Coil-sprung live rear axle, Pinto power, and Coke-bottle styling borrowed from the U.S. a couple of years too late. Solid car, with no visible rust and has been well restored. Fair repaint in Daytona Yellow (was originally green), vinyl roof good, interior all intact. Minor performance upgrades to motor and Sierra 5-speed are the only deviations from standard. As a Mk place. Even so, this one sold for a cheapish price for what appeared to be a good overall example. Fairly bought. FRENCH #58-1912 RENAULT TYPE CE limou- sine. S/N 33369. Red/black leather. “Coalscuttle” Renault is nicely worn-in, and very usable, having enough steam to get out of its own way. Extensive brasswork is nicely subdued, paint and leather holding up well. Gray cloth in rear is fair at best. Mechanically all appears in good order. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $128,848. Sold at just enough to get the job Collection and potentially the biggest car of the sale. Although it was not H&H's usual fare, the Warrington crew are no strangers to big M-Bs. I think just a little more than the top bid might have done it, although a sale could not be put together in the days following the auction. ITALIAN #61-1971 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 14561. Blu Sera/brown leather & velour. RHD. Odo: 36,744 miles. An older restoration, still straight and mostly shiny with, a few small marks in paint. Slight surface rust under floors, newish exhaust. Inside, driver's seat leather is slightly baggy, although Zegna velour inserts I Escort owner, I was sadly drawn to this as a potential period tow-car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,154. These were the U.K.'s best-selling car in the '70s, and they were the peak of naffness then. Now, collectibility has set in due to rust and rarity, a general thirst for all things '70s and '80s, and the hit time-warp cop show “Life on Mars” (produced 2006–2007), which featured a bronze Mk III. Still not much money, but probably ten times what they were worth a decade ago. Realistically offered at no reserve and fairly bought. #4-1990 LOTUS ELAN SE Turbo con- vertible. S/N 17159. Red/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 90,838 miles. A GMperiod, front-wheel-drive, Isuzu-powered Elan, but blessed with great handling and a sizable enthusiast base. Straight, unscuffed and shiny, although leather is creased and slightly soiled. Windows up in catalog and down at sale, which is a good sign. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,498. Nice examples of these, especially SE Turbos, have been creeping up slightly in the market 100 Sports Car Market done. Last seen at auction in September 2004 at Bonhams' Sussex sale, where it sold for $100,570 (SCM# 35060). The reporter wrote at the time, “With much movie-hire potential, this classy Edwardian with a super history deserved the generous price paid, more than $20k over the pre-sale estimate.” So in seven years it's gained around $30k, which beats money in the bank. GERMAN #62-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K Cabriolet C. S/N 123741. Eng. # 113623. Black/black mohair/gray leather. Odo: 41 are unworn, and mouse fur is OK. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,811. Still less than half what you'd pay for a Daytona—in this case about a third of an average 365 GTB/4. Although the Daytona waxes, wanes and appears to be on a gentle upswing, these have remained static at around the $80k mark. Fairly bought and sold right where predicted. #9-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 03074. Fly Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 33,185 miles. Panel fit generally good, except left rear of trunk lid is slightly off, as usual. Chrome is nice, mouse fur good, and is equipped with factory power windows. I drove this one soon after it was restored and it was quite nice then. Reportedly has had very little use since. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $132,752.


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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK First registered in Ireland, and imported to England a decade later. Bought from H&H's October 2008 sale at the Haynes Museum for $143,266 and only bid a little more here; had the money been accepted, the final price with premium would have been $141,732. The week before, a less nice car sold at Bonhams for almost twice today's top bid. Strange world... TOP 10 No. 9 #33-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 16737. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 16,735 miles. Said to be one of 158 U.K.-delivered RHD coupes, originally finished in blue. Decent interior with factory a/c. Engine dusty but tidy. Must be one as potential buyers realize it could be 20% the cost of the car, as SCM correspondent Mike Sheehan often points out. That said, TRs seem have been hardening slightly, finally. This one had already had its belt service, and with its ultra-low mileage, the marginally high price looked like a safe buy today. Well bought and sold. AMERICAN #28-1913 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N of the last Daytonas left with its original 7 1/2inch rear wheels, and it's probably all the nicer to drive because of it. But not on these tires, as they may well be original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $249,106. From the Litchfield Collection. Although this one was slightly on the low side compared with other recent Daytona results, I'd call the price right. #18-1978 FERRARI 400 GT coupe. S/N 23429. Red/beige & red leather. RHD. Odo: 63,781 miles. Body good and straight, with an older repaint still showing relatively well. No obvious rot, motor clean and tidy with no leaks, recent exhaust. Interior shows fresh carpet and Cond: 1. SOLD AT $223,336. Offered from the Valencia Collection (and restored by its inhouse people). Touted in the catalog as a rival to the Rolls-Royce Phantom, here it sold for top Phantom money, although it was quite a bit under the wide $275k–$355k pre-auction estimate. older leather seats that are only slightly creased. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,180. This car was claimed to have been dry-stored 16 years, up to 2008. Sold bang on the pre-sale estimate, and it was the right money for a 400-series driver. 365s are a bit more, 412s a little less. #81-1986 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFWA19C000063685. Red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 7,259 miles. Almost like a new one. Straight, unscuffed and uncorroded, with no marks on alloy rims. Even smooth under chin. Driver's seat leather slightly baggy. Said to have been first supplied to owner of the AGS F1 team and spent time in storage in Guernsey, hence the low mileage. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,142. The prohibitive cost of belt jobs keeps the price of Fiat-era Ferraris down, 102 Probably originally a 327/300, now fitted with a 350. New brake master cylinder installed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,116. This managed to achieve the $54k low estimate hoped for by the auctioneer. Presumably, the wrong motor was balanced out by the fine original condition. Fairly bought and sold. © Sports Car Market ingly since 2005. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,334. According to the catalog descrption, this came into Litchfield Collection ownership at H&H's December 2004 sale in Buxton. Today it sold on the money for a nice Brass Era T in the U.K., comparing well with the 1912 C-cab Model T sold for $27,525 at Bonhams' Beaulieu sale a couple weeks before (lot 454, SCM# 184496). #57-1932 PACKARD 900 Light Eight #29-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S107895. Daytona Blue/black leather. Odo: 45,705 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tidy thanks to older restoration. Plenty of of older bills from specialists included. Interior tidy and complete. 368015. Black/black leather. Excellent older resto and nicely detailed today. Paint still fine. Brass in good condition, bevelled-edge driving mirrors. Leather shiny. Equipped with double spare heel holder. Said to have completed two Gordon Bennett Rallies, but used only spar- coupe. S/N 558349. Eng. # 364364. Green/beige canvas/green leather. Odo: 72,661 miles. Downmarket model produced for less than a year. Restored about two decades ago. Older repaint now slightly dulling, with pin pricks showing in radiator shell chrome. Doors fit well though, and leather is good. Recent work includes brake overhaul. Now with flashing indicators. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,394. This was reportedly purchased by today's seller at H&H's Cheltenham sale on February 2, 2008, for $32k, so it came up enough to cover the commission costs. Shovelnose Packards aren't exactly common in the U.K., so let's call this one fairly bought a little way below the $45k bottom estimate. #45-1936 PACKARD TWELVE convert- ible coupe. S/N 939211. Bordeaux Red/red leather. Odo: 11,051 miles. Either recently restored or hardly used since restoration. Straight body, excellent paint. Trippe spotlamps fitted. Has new leather and nice dash. Motor very tidy.


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID The Sun Valley Auction With cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, the feeling was Pebble Beach Concours in the Rockies Company Silver Auctions Date September 3–4, 2011 Location Sun Valley, ID Auctioneers Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold/offered 72/134 Sales rate 54% Sales total $818,387 High sale 2007 Chevrolet Kodiak C-4500, sold at $50,220 Buyer's premium 1939 Buick Special 2-door sedan — $25,000 Report and photos by Jack Tockston Market opinions in italics M itch Silver's annual march through the western states hit stop number nine in Sun Valley, ID, in early September. Having attended Silver auctions for some 18 years, I can say that this venue is arguably the most spectacular. Located on the beautiful grounds of the Sun Valley Resort and placed immediately west of the Lodge, the familiar white tent was surrounded by a colorful array of offerings on a huge immaculate lawn. With cloudless skies and temperatures in the mid-80s, the feeling was Pebble Beach Concours ambience in the mountains. Some attendees even wore period dress. Sale dates of September 3–4, 2011, coincided with Sun Valley's annual “Wagon Days,” which draws huge crowds to celebrate horse- and mule-powered conveyances that were vital for westward migration and development. As a result, every room in town was booked well in advance in competition with auction consigners, buyers and attendees more interested in horsepower. A last-minute cancellation at the reasonable and convenient Tyrolean Best Western saved my bacon with the last room in town. (As the name implies, it's designed to look like an Austrian ski lodge suitable for any member of the Von Trapp family, and free breakfasts are a plus.) Attendees traveled from seven western states and Canada's British Columbia. Many told me it was the quality and variety of collectible and enthusiast vehicles 104 Sun Valley, ID that attracted them. And dealers attend to cull their wares on the block, and buy replacements to flip or restock their showrooms. And a few others admitted a big plus was how much their auction-weary spouses loved the local shopping. Last year's Sun Valley sale totaled $919,400, including buyer's premium. Then, 70 of 165 lots were sold, for a 42% sell-through rate and an average price per lot of $13,134. This year, 72 out of 134 cars sold for a sell rate of 54%, a final total of $818,387, and an average sale price of $11,366. The high sale of the event, which shows the eclectic nature of offerings, was a gargantuan 2007 Chevrolet Kodiak C-4500 pickup in bright yellow that sold for $50,220 while sporting a window sticker just under $100,000. Other notable sales included a restored-to-mint 1975 Toyota Land Cruiser for $25,380, a very nice U.S. Marshal-seized 1963 Porsche 356 coupe for $28,000 with no buyer's premium, a rare 1971 BMW 2800 CS for $13,780, and a 2007 Jaguar XK8 at $38,880. Lots not meeting undisclosed reserves included a 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud bid to $100,000, a fabulous one-off 1933 Packard roadster replica bid to $70,000, a 1957 Jaguar XK 140 MC drophead bid to $59,500, and a 2007 Maserati Quattroporte hammered as a no-sale at $46,000. This may not be Silver's largest sale of the year, but I'd have to say it's one of the most appealing, thanks to the picturesque backdrop and a great selection of affordable consignments. It's the perfect place to find the next surprisingly solid collectible for your garage. ♦ Sales Totals $1.5m $1.25m $1m $750k $500k $250k $0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 8%, included in sold prices


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID ENGLISH #235-1953 MG TD roadster. S/N 2203997212. White/tan cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 6,599 miles. A decent 20-footer. Numerous chips, dings and scrapes in white paint over original red. New tan cloth top, factory steel wheels, dull original hubcaps. Spongy seats with black tape repairs. Driver's door will not close, Masonite dash rattle-canned black, original instruments with heavy patina. Underhood dirty, all bits present, except no air cleaner of any kind. Engine and transmission swapped terminal, returning alone moments later, and purring off into the darkness. This red XK 140 triggered a flashback, looking almost new. High bid was edging in the right direction for a standard XK 140, but the factory tweaks and C-type head should add a lot more. Seller was right to wait. #43-1957 LOTUS ELEVEN replica racer. S/N GAN5UC123177G. British Racing Green/tan vinyl. Odo: 16,061 miles. A faithful replica by a well-known kit constructor. Painted BRG, fiberglass body shows heavy crazing on hood and minor road rash from street driving. Windscreen and dainty dual seats show well. VIN originates from transplanted MG Midget drivetrain for the build. Lotus emblem on nose. Reportedly never tracked and presents well for a “racing” car. An attention-getting toy nicely top speed of 110 with 108 hp—heady stuff in 1955. On this day, bidding stopped at $34,000 to no-sale result. Reserve unknown, but these coupes usually fall into the $35k–$60k range. Seller was right to hold for an enthusiast audience. #97-1978 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE convert- ible. S/N FM77558U. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 90,398 miles. Original 33-year-old paint bearing minor scrapes and chips, zero rust. Some weatherseals replaced as needed. Recent tires on stock factory steel wheels. Interior shows expected use, seats recently retrimmed in black vinyl with blackand-white houndstooth inserts over new foam. Hood clean on underside, engine clean, new battery fitted. Overall condition indicates long- from an MGA. Spicer rear end. Starts, runs. Surprisingly rust-free. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,640. The impression here was of an old car kept in a storage corner for use as a shelf, rather than occasional motoring. It was the kind of car one hopes to find while searching for a project. Purists would object to the engine and transmission swap, but the less fanatical could find joy in a hands-on cosmetic restoration. Bought under market, with room to pay for an appropriate freshening without getting upside-down. #62-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 MC roadster. S/N 5818967DN. Eng. # G901185. Red/black/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,584 miles. Note on windshield says, “C-type head. Stored in Texas 20 years.” Recent red paint and chrome, good black top. Dual driving lights atop front bumper. Two vintage backup lights screwed to underside of hood imply nighttime roadside issues. Dried and cracking weatherseals. Clean engine has correct sand-cast 2-inch SUs. Leather seats creased from use, good wood on dash with sills sun-bleached. Undercarriage built, but for what use? Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. U.K.-based Westfield Sportscars built these kits from 1982 to 1986, and from 2004 to 2010. No kit car replica will ever reach the value of the real thing (an authentic Eleven now runs $75k–$125k), and there are precious few vintage race clubs that allow replicas in competition. Street driving isn't really an option, either, as SUV drivers won't even see you way down there. Seller should have taken the bid, without regret. #57-1959 MGA Twin Cam coupe. S/N VM11955. Red/black leather. Odo: 27,315 miles. Very good paint and chrome. Bumpers removed with holes filled. Fitted with competition steel wheels with knockoff hubs. Interior clean with stock dash, loose-fitting black leather on stock seats, slot cut in driver's seatbottom for submarine belt on competition harness. Single-loop roll bar installed. Underhood is tidy with fairly rare Twin Cam engine with dual SUs. Starts right up, no smoke, crispsounding, nice idle. Obviously prepared for term ownership with appropriate maintenance. An original Spit in good condition for weekend touring. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $4,100. A rust-free Spitfire with original paint and no body damage is a fairly rare find, and mileage here worked out to about 2,700 miles per year. This was a $5k–$8k car, worth possibly a bit more for condition and its life spent on the saltfree roads of Washington state. At this bid, the seller was right to keep it for the scenic 700mile drive home. GERMAN #91-1963 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 212342. Signal Red/black vinyl. Odo: 64,372 miles. Offered by U.S. Marshal Service, no buyer's fees. Very good Signal Red finish, light pitting in door handles, otherwise excellent brightwork including chrome wheels and caps. Good glass and weatherseals all around. Chrome aftermarket luggage/ski rack on engine cover. Interior clean, very good black vinyl upholstery, radio delete, chips around has road grime and red overspray. Wears period-correct wide whitewalls on chrome wire wheels, no curb rash. An imposing rust-free example. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $59,500. In my early youth, I actually witnessed Clark Gable hopping out of his XK 120 (dark blue, chrome wires, top down), dashing into the LAX 106 vintage racing, but dealer-consignor has no knowledge of history. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $34,000. This was a well-prepared vintage race car, and for the limited audience into such things (like me), preparation and competition history are essential. Back in the day, these could turn 0–60 in 13.3 seconds and reach a steering wheel, no sunroof. Engine clean and appears stock, no leaks found. but no history other than it was seized by U.S. Marshals. Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,000. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale in October 2008 for $36,300 (SCM# 118362). As nice as this car looked, there was caution in the air because no one knew its history. There were no maintenance records and no pictures of the restoration. A few attendees were willing to take a chance, possibly encouraged by the lack of a buyer's fee. Winning bid was at the bottom of the $28k–$36k value spread found in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. Well bought, for the decent driver it can be. #22-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL convertible. S/N 11304312004175. Beige metallic/black hard top/black leather. Odo: 41,550 miles. French market car. Original paint heavily scratched, dinged, and rubbed on all panels. Paint thin on fender tops. Thin chrome, marginal tires, driver's door shuts hard and pops open. Fitted with Euro headlights, gauges, etc. No evidence of crash damage. Large duct tape patch on driver's seat cushion, carpet in threads, tach inoperable, JVC radio installed. Stock and dirty underhood. Displayed note states recent maintenance includes new gas tank and shocks. A textbook example of de- sette deck installed, but original radio included. Clock not working, a/c blows cold. Engine rebuilt, clean underhood. 4-speed manual. Complete tool kit in trunk. Whole car gives impression of careful and on-time maintenance. Very nice rare 2800 CS, one of just 276 reportedly built in 1971. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,780. Marque enthusiasts refer to these Karmann-bodied coupes as “Bavarian cream.” This surviving original was in excellent condition with no major needs and looked ready for serious touring. SCM Price Guide puts it in the $9k–$13k range, and this one deservedly sold for a bit more. Well bought and sold. #222-1991 PORSCHE 944 S2 coupe. S/N WPOAB2944MN410406. Black/black leather. Odo: 103,500 miles. Sinister black specimen with contrasting alloys. Many stone chips on panels, especially hood and bumper. Interior in surprisingly good condition considering odometer, with excellent black leather seats, steering wheel, carpeting, and door panels. Sunroofequipped. Doors close tight and correct. Engine compartment lightly detailed and original. No evidence of crash damage. Overall, a nice ferred maintenance. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $15,336. As a former Mercedes sales manager, I can tell you most U.S. dealers will avoid servicing a Euro model, and they don't stock parts for them. The alternative is to search the Internet or contact the factory for Euro-specific parts—and this car needed lots of them. Current low value estimate in our SCM Price Guide is $37,500, which suggests the seller is aware of what it will take to bring this car back. Should the new owner pursue a quality restoration, he'll be upside down with the first check. Well sold. #264-1971 BMW 2800 CS coupe. S/N 2270496. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 46,675 miles. Rust-free Idaho car, original miles, excellent silver paint. Scratches in aluminum trim, good glass, some weatherseals replaced (hood, trunk, doors, windshield), no sunroof. Blue leather interior shows minimal wear on front seats, rears look mint. Aftermarket cas- driver car just needing cosmetic attention to paint. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. With just 3,650 exported to the U.S. from 1989 to 1991, S2s are somewhat rare. The 3.0-L 4-cylinder engine was basically half of a 928 V8, good for 208 hp, 0–60 in 6.6 seconds, and a top speed of 150 mph. This example looked like very good driver-quality, with door ding and rock chip paranoia removed. Bid to market value for condition, but seller decided to keep enjoying it. JAPANESE #86-1975 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40204746. Desert Beige/black. Odo: 71,044 miles. 100% restoration from tires up by a perfectionist. No blemish found anywhere outside or inside, except a few minor chips on original steering wheel. Everything else new or rebuilt to factory origi- 108 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID nal including underhood paint, wires and decals. Chassis looks like it came off the boat this morning. The best restored 4x4 vehicle here. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $25,380. Admirers circled this 4x4 all day, marveling at the quality of workmanship and attention to detail. “Surgically and authentically clean” only approaches an adequate description. A dealer bought this one and paid about $3,000 over high retail. He told me he planed to flip it later at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale. Well bought and sold, and we may see it again in next month's SCM. #95-1983 TOYOTA PICKUP SR5 4x4 pickup. S/N JT4RN48S5D0087700. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 226,267 miles. A beautifully presented trucklet bearing no resemblence to its high indicted mileage. Box-off restored to high level. Impressive repaint in original blue includes underhood, door jambs and unmarred cargo box with receipt for $7,226.95. Excellent brightwork save for light corrosion on door mirror brackets. New tires on factory alloys, no curb rash. Interior as-new, original clean dash, excellent glass and weatherseals. Underhood slightly dusty, otherwise fresh, with all factory evident, zero corrosion, save for minor surface rust under battery. Serviceable and complete interior. Original dual SU carbs and factory bits seasoned with driver-grade maintenance. Good tires on steel rims with stock dog-dish hubcaps. Floppy-looking rubber radio antenna a distraction from originality. Could be a cost-effective and fun car for the morning commute to school or work. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,640. The many Volvo enthusiasts in the northeastern U.S. would cherish a rust-free and well-maintained example like this one. The winning bidder took it home for a retail market price, and I hope the first update is replacement of the flaccid rubber antenna with the proper upstanding stainless version. Well sold. Everyone should be happy with the outcome. AMERICAN #263-1915 CHEVROLET touring. S/N 32777. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 18,305 miles. Chips and scrapes in paint, uncovered oak running boards, electrical tape around frayed headlight wires, radiator cap missing, black ribbon bow-tied around neck. Black-painted wood spoke wheels appear serviceable, tires drying out. Engine clean, with expected oil seepage from exposed rockers. Wood steering wheel heavily cracked and change hands. Similar running Model Ts sell in the $10k–$14k range, so the winning bid here was a score. Well bought. #224-1937 FORD Street Rod three-win- dow coupe. S/N 18F4064743. Tango Orange/tan & orange leather. Odo: 1,043 miles. Spectacular new all-steel build, showing just over 1,000 miles. Chopped, nosed, decked, dechromed, lowered. Eye-watering candy “Tango Orange” paint with gold tribal flames on front fenders and running boards. Sits low on adjustable airbag-assisted suspension and 20-inch Boyd custom alloys. Jaguar IRS. Engine fully bits in place including decals. Rebuilt drivetrain. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Another over-the-top restoration like lot 16, the Ford Maverick. This little pickup was reportedly on display in a local Toyota dealer's showroom for five years. Pocket change is the normal value here, but this was a shiny, new, show-quality penny of a thing. You can pay $2,500 anywhere in the country for another one with the same quarter-million miles, but it won't be concours-quality. Seller should have taken the bid unless he really, really, really loves his truck. SWEDISH #26-1967 VOLVO 122 2-dr sedan. S/N 132441M. Green/camel & black. Odo: 116,234 miles. Original paint exhibits typical minor dents, dings and scratches from four decades of use. Good glass and chrome. No crash damage chipped. Seats serviceable in vinyl, front floor covering flopped down from firewall, covering pedals. Vacant hole in dash, aftermarket ignition switch installed above. Total cosmetic restoration needed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,940. A surviving early Chevy that needed a sympathetic owner to bring it back. Was the black bow around the radiator neck a mourning gesture for a Moto-Meter gone missing? Winning bidder paid market price for a project. #71-1921 FORD MODEL T tourer. S/N 5338366. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Tires worn with less than 20% remaining prove it's a runner. Exposed headlight wiring frayed. Two step plates on right running board, one on left rear, with (oddly) none for driver. Interior reupholstered a while back in black vinyl. Good dash, steering wheel has dings. Clean engine compartment home to 176-ci 20-hp mill with splash oiling. Better than a barn find, and probably great fun around town. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. The appealing color combo on this one wouldn't appeal to “any-color-as-long-asit's-black” purists. It started right up and chugged to the block, garnering enough bids to 110 dressed, dual quads, horsepower unspecified. Custom leather interior, digital dash, a/c, unblemished from top to bottom. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. All that glitters is not gold—it's “Tango Orange” candy paint! Goodguys' “Top Pick Street Rod Award” confirms quality. Bidding rose to $65,000, but that wouldn't cover half the build cost, so it was a no sale. We may see this one again at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas auction. #63-1938 BUICK LIMITED Series 90 limousine. S/N 3484161. Black/tan leather & cloth. Odo: 2,524 miles. Tall, long and imposing rust-free limousine. Deep black paint, excellent chrome and stainless, three of four quarter windows delaminating. Dual sidemount spares. Driver's compartment loosely Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID fitted in tan leather, rear compartment behind glass divider gets itchy mohair on bench, jump seats, and foot rests. No radio, empty round two-inch hole in center of dash. Clean rebuilt engine, clean underhood. Much storage dust, just detail and drive away. Trunk completely filled with maintenance parts, spares, and manuals. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,744. A total of 410 eight-passenger limos were built in 1938 for the rich, famous, and dead. With no evidence of radio or antenna, this may have served in the funeral trade. 1938 was the year Buick used steel for interior structures, so wood rot and termites are a non-issue, and this one looked rust-free. Collectors of “professional cars” would be impressed, and one from Texas bought this very good example at market price. A car rarely seen at auction, and very well bought. #71A-1939 BUICK SPECIAL 2-dr sedan. S/N 43775380. Maroon/gray cloth. Odo: 2,159 miles. Rust-free California car brought to Idaho nine years ago. Flawless deep maroon paint, excellent chrome, new weatherseals throughout, perfect glass. Matching maroon steel wheels and trim rings, new wide-white tires. Interior modernizes original with multi-shade gray cloth on seats and door panels. New carpet and headliner in solid light gray. Slight pitting on horn button. Engine compartment looks door lock, bumper driving lights. Thin chrome on bumpers, rear valance crushed inward showing rusty cracked Bondo with bent and crusty tailpipe below. Engine rebuilt 80 miles ago, $6,000 receipt on windshield. Engine bay undetailed and stock save for new battery and generator. Sits on newer Firestone whitewalls wearing factory rims with trim rings and noname baby moons. Newer gray cloth interior shows minimal wear. A driver-quality example of timeless design. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Lots of presence, but not as popular as the convertible version. This coupe had many expensive needs before it could be made presentable. Top bid was in line with the market. Another '41 coupe sold for $32,940 at Silver's October 2009 sale in Medford, OR (SCM# 152538), and a '42 just sold for $33,000 at RM's Plymouth auction on July 30, 2011. Seller should have taken the money and ran. #38-1946 FORD MODEL 83 1/2-ton pickup. S/N 1GC228678. Burnt orange & black/black velour. Odo: 97,521 Fresh nonfactory paint color. Considerable paint on weatherseals and fender welts, due to weak masking. Gloss black used for hood contours, wheels, bumpers and a garden gate-style brush guard to protect the waterfall grille. Wood slats added to box sides, black school bus-style turn signals added to front fender tops. Engine bay black. Attending to all the minor shortfalls (trim, dried/cracked weatherseals, dash lights, brakes, power top, undercarriage detailing) would elminate most demerits and enhance presentation. Market value for this car as it sat should be in the $33k–$43k range. High bid fell well short, and seller was right to hold. Hopefully the restoration will be completed before its next run across the block. #132-1953 DODGE CORONET convert- ible. S/N 47001579. Black/white vinyl/maroon vinyl. Odo: 69,661 miles. 241-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Deep black paint of excellent quality shows light scratches from dry dusting. New white convertible top with power mechanism. Flawless chrome, stainless and glass. Panels straight and fitted better than factory. Maroon seating and whole interior present as new, nicely complementing exterior. Hemi engine straight out of a 1939 showroom, with fresh straight-8 and all new wiring. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $25,000. This was the first car studied here because it beckoned with its deep color, obvious quality and overall striking presence. It would be rated #1 if the interior was redone as original. (There's a subtle “hot rod” vibe to it now.) Clean top to bottom, inside and out, and 2,000-plus miles on the beautiful restoration proved that it moves. Bid to the right number and it sold. #6-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N 128353. Spode Green/light gray cloth. Odo: 69,661 miles. Recent repaint in original color. Holes remain for antenna, right and chassis are barn fresh. A straight post-war pickup that colorfully draws attention, but offers little else. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The cowboy/ski-country bidders got excited about an old pickup with a slap-dash paint job and unknown mechanical condition, and bidding quickly went to $16k—but the seller wanted more. Seems the last bid should have been more than enough to get the deal done. #67-1947 FORD SUPER DELUXE con- vertible. S/N 7991488173. Green/tan/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 2,340 miles. Impressive restoration in need of sorting before hitting the road. Good quality preparation and paint, new convertible top, excellent chrome. Stainless side trim has shallow dings, remaining chrome excellent. Steel factory wheels, trim rings, dogdish caps, new wide-white tires. New correct reproduction interior, nice steering wheel, trunk freshened, weatherseals drying out. Note says, “Power top, brakes, dash lights don't work.” Blue Dot stop lenses noted. Flathead engine clean and stock-appearing. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $28,500. This car looked great in the sun except for dings in all stainless side trim that drew the eye against the glossy 112 and compartment detailed to showroom level. Optional chrome wire wheels, new white sidewall tires. A perfect ride for the prom in 1953. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. A spendidlooking, quality Chrysler product. A bonus was the Hemi V8, historically significant for breaking over 100 Bonneville speed records in the hands of creative tuners. As this could bring maybe $10,000 more with the right Mopar fans in the room, owner was right to stay with his undisclosed reserve. 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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID 3-sp. Attention-getting color combination from period with paint in overall good condition. Hood fit slightly off, glass excellent. Equipped with rare factory trunk-mounted a/c (no mention whether it's working), and original a/c emblem on driver's door. Motor rebuilt, newer tires on steel rims with factory hubcaps. Clean in, out and underneath. Card says, “Seats fold into a bed!” Lap blankets hanging behind front seat, radio and clock inoperable. Lots of admirers, and fun cruising envisioned. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. Bidding was brisk, then stalled below the seller's undisclosed reserve. Surprising, since it garnered so much pre-block discussion out on the lawn (mostly speculation regarding the stories contained within the car's hide-a-bed). Seller was right to retain this conversation piece for turning heads at the mall. #72-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC570123069. Black Cherry Metallic/maroon vinyl. Odo: 6,634 miles. 350ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Six coats of 1985 Cadillac “Black Cherry” metallic and clearcoat. Laserstraight panels and fit, perfect chrome and stainless, excellent glass. Chrome reverse wheels with baby moon caps, dual exhaust, hood and decklid shaved with license plate recessed. Interior nicely upholstered in quality maroon vinyl, matching carpet, painted gloss black dash, chrome window garnish, knee knocker gauges under dash. Immaculate underhood, fresh engine dressed with chrome Chevy valve covers, alternator, and Edelbrock some parts interchangeable with Fords and Mercurys of the same vintage. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,372. To encourage sales, the Corsair was a slightly detrimmed version of the more upscale Citation. Its grille design still reminds me of a “Ford sucking on a lemon,” a periodcorrect phrase well known among marque enthusiasts and best left unrepeated in their presence. Being a relatively rare 4-dr hard top (one of just 1,694 produced in '59), this model is in high demand among the “Edselfisti,” especially in this condition. Well bought and sold. #76-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR con- vertible. S/N 30967W148756. Black/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 12,706 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. From unnamed museum collection. Miles claimed original with no documentation, scratchy repaint claimed within last ten miles. Lightly soiled white top in good condition, rear window heavily scratched. Interior air cleaner. Nice show car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. Rarely do you find a streetdriven '57 Chevy Bel Air taken to this level. The unnamed bodyman and painter were artists, going well beyond factory specs. The problem is finding a buyer with exactly the same taste as the custom vehicle's creator when it's time to sell. A preferred bone-stock equivalent falls in the $39k–$54k range, and the personal touches brought down the value here to the last generous bid. Seller should have taken the money. #52-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR 4-dr hard top. S/N B9UX704023. Gold & black/tan & gray vinyl. Odo: 63,536 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Estate sale of an orphan car with one repaint in original color. Zero rust or crash damage found. Exterior and interior both reflect decades of sympathetic care. Interior shows light wear and patina commensurate with age, underhood is dusty and presents as factory-original, including decals, with traces of old antifreeze stains, but VIN codes out to a 332-ci V8; engine may be from a 1958 car. Battery sitting loose. Presents and runs well, December 2011 near mint. Front trunk clean with light scuffing, dusty rear engine compartment appears original, with exception of added fuel filter. Spare tire going bald. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,532. This is the car slain by Ralph Nader because he didn't like the swing axle rear suspension (designed and patented by an Austrian named Edmund Rumpler, and also used in the Porsche 911) because he thought the rear wheels would tuck under and cause a rollover. This example hammered sold for low retail with a discount for paint condition. Well sold and bought. #78-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N 3487Z149985. Rose/white vinyl/Rose vinyl. Odo: 22,026 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Popular-in-period color called “Rose” offset with white vinyl top, minimal 113


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Glovebox Notes 2012 BMW 650i Coupe Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. Price as tested: $83,875 (base) 4.4L twin-turbo direct-injected V8 Likes: Clean redesign ditches previous manatee-like Bangle look. 400-hp twin turbo V8 provides muscle car tone and great physical grunt, 8-speed automatic is both soft and quick to shift. Four comfort and performance settings adjust overall attitude from cushy to crisp. Gripes: Cramped rear quarters are best suited for short drives. Multitude of tech features are supposed to make life easy, but they're overwhelming at first. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The biggest news regarding BMW's 2012 650i are its sharp new looks. But looking past the fresh sheet metal and new taillights, the new car feels like a solid performer with a good amount of poise, power, and grip, even when driven hard. One this car's tech features are mastered, it'll be an excellent multipurpose GT. In the meantime, have the manual handy. — Jim Pickering 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i convertible chrome, whitewall tires and mint full hubcaps on steel rims. Straight panels except passenger door slightly wavy. Minor touched-up stone chips on hood. Excellent chrome, stainless and glass. Interior presents as new, with nice, clean carpets. Underhood tidy and original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $13,500. Rose is a color associated with the 1960s, and it's not found on the contemporary color palette. Still, it looked right on this car, and its contrast with the white vinyl top was elegant. Price was within the expected range, but considering the exceptional condition, call it well bought. #70-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194375S123529. Rally Red/black vinyl. Odo: 50,156 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 500 miles since restoration. Superb paint, except lifting in hood gutters and door jambs. New chrome bumpers, handles, emblems, chrome Crager S/S wheels (original hubcaps included) and reproduction factory side exhaust. Power steering, power disc brakes, no a/c. Interior all new and well fitted with simulated wood wheel, factory AM/FM. Colorado car, rust free, no evidence of crash damage found. Interior tidy, as is engine compartment, but not to showroom level. A solid grocery and parts getter. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,884. These were popular back in the day, but faded from lineups as America adopted the van as family hauler. A pity, as this wagon could easily haul a good sized boat, camper, or race car with the torque provided by 390 cubes. Parked next to the auction tent, it received many looks and positive nostalgic comments with occasional demerits for the pimpin' rims. A couple of bidders liked it enough to overlook the wheels, pushing the winning bid a bit over market value. Well sold. #101-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5R08K154610. Poppy Red/white/red vinyl. Odo: 12,303 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent respray, factory panel fit except hood noticably bowed up on right and skewed left, just touching fender. Excellent chrome and stainless. Redlines on chrome factory Rally wheels a nice complement to paint color. New white convertible top shows no evidence of lowering. Fresh interior presents as new with zero demerits. Underhood equally fresh and Price as tested: $49,525 (base) 2.0L turbocharged DOHC inline 4 Likes: New N20 turbo 4-cylinder engine makes lots of midrange torque, which is useful when just tooling around town. Four performance and comfort settings. Gripes: Slightly cramped inside, especially if you're over six feet tall. Steering is twitchy at speed and in crosswinds, shifts from a new 8-speed automatic could be quicker. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Although purists will likely miss the six as the base engine in the Z4, this new turbo four boasts more torque and better mileage than the outgoing design. When it comes down to it, the new engine makes for a car that's simply more fun to drive on an everyday basis, with a punchy midrange and the requisite turbo spool noises you'd expect. But if you really need that six, you can still buy the Z4 sDrive35is. — J.P. 114 Nice shifter. Engine rebuilt, compartment looks ready for judging by discerning eyes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,120. The St. Louis plant would have approved of this restoration. Except for the hidden paint lifting issues, this looked fresh from roof to immaculate undercarriage. The placard did not mention matching numbers, build sheet, or tank sticker, which probably had an impact on bidding interest. The SCM Guide shows this car in the $41k–$75k range, and it sold just below the threshold. It may or may not be a Bloomington contender, but let's consider this one well bought. #216-1965 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 5J72Z187880. Twilight Turquoise/blue & gray vinyl. Odo: 9,343 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Large American wagon refurbished to good standard. Very good repaint with even metallic coverage on all panels except lightly streaked hood. Glass and brightwork in good order. Wire wheels with chrome rims and gold-colored spokes. factory in appearance, with clean 289-ci engine spinning a 4-speed manual to 9-inch rear. A “K code” Mustang in show condition with demerits for hood fitment. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,100. “K code” Mustangs are popular with marque enthusiasts, and this non-GT convertible was a nice overall example. The colors popped on the lawn, and it received many admiring glances. Selling price here was spot-on market value, so seller and buyer should be pleased. #19-1965 SHELBY DAYTONA Factory Five replica coupe. S/N F5R1000504CP. Silver & black/black & gray cloth. Odo: 18 miles. Fresh build of high quality, presents as brand new and totally impressive. Nice silver paint with dual black stripes under clearcoat. Halibrand alloys look period-correct. Koni shocks. Interior has custom-upholstered ProCar seats, race belts, a/c and heat, Alpine stereo. Engine blue-printed and balanced, with roller rockers and Holley 650 carb, new T-5 transmission, 3.08 rear ratio. An excellent ex- Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID ample of what's possible with a Factory Five kit. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. The first time it crossed the block, high bid was $35,000; a second run-through achieved $37,500. The owner/builder told me he needed at least $45,000 to let it go. At that, this would have been a good value, since the basic kit (without drivetrain, accessories, race bits, and labor) sells for $19,995 plus freight. Peter Brock, designer of the original Daytona, reportedly drives a red replica like this one in Seattle. In light of the impressive build, seller was right to hold on and market it elsewhere. #79-1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136806Z145542. Purple/black maroon cloth. Odo: 98,630 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old repaint in non-original purple metallic. Factory panel fit and gaps with many stone chips on every one. Very good chrome and stainless. No evidence of crash damage or rust. Dual exhaust. 50% tread left on older blackwall tires, on chrome reverse wheels with baby moons. Stock interior with serviceable re-covered bench seat, stock door panels. Driver-quality engine is a newer Chevy 350 of unknown origin or horsepower. A dealer con- tion seat belt, stock automatic transmission shifter. Underhood clean, with Shelby aluminum valve covers, Cobra air cleaner, a/c compressor. No mention of engine build or upgrades. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $22,500. At first glance, this looked like a Shelby GT350, but a second finds much missing from old Shel's parts list. Stock Mustang fastbacks are in demand, deviations bring the bucks when a buyer has the same taste in modifications as the builder. As expected, seller got a correct high bid for a Mustang fastback, but nothing near Shelby GT350 money. More than enough, and the seller should have grabbed it. #227-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N 136177Z102596. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 87,505 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rust-free. New paint with good preparation, new black vinyl top, Rally wheels with stainless trim rings, front disc brake conversion. Nicely installed black reproduction upholstery on original seats and rear bench, carpet and side panels look new, as do stock dash and beautiful aftermarket and hose clamps. Looks factory-fresh from top to bottom. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. The owner told me he wants $37,000 for the car, which was purchased new from Hallman Chevrolet in Reno, Nevada, on September 26, 1968. Perhaps the tent didn't hold a bidder who liked pale yellow for just two grand more, or maybe a 4-speed manual was preferred over the automatic this day. For whatever reason, seller got close to his number, but wouldn't let it go. In the meantime, he still owns a fabulous car. #66-1968 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242678P239561. White/white cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 1,760 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent new original-color paint showing perfect preparation, except minor dust at top of separately painted Endura bumper. Straight panels, excellent fit and gaps, chrome and stainless flawless. New creaseless white top. Steel Rally II wheels with trim rings wearing new Firestone redlines, nicely matching new, beautifully installed reproduction red vinyl in- signment out of Missoula, Montana. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $8,748. This wasn't the prettiest El Camino, but its bones were excellent, with straight and rust-free panels, very good brightwork, glass, and a running 350. Relatively little preparation would be required for a quality refinishing, since no bodywork or patch panels would be involved. Assuming the running gear passes muster, it should make for an easy restoration. Final bidder showed his agreement with a strong number for condition. Well sold. #77-1966 SHELBY GT350 replica fast- back. S/N 6R09C18524L. White/black vinyl. Odo: 42,056 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice clean fastback with Shelby vibe, 2,000 miles claimed since restoration. Good white paint, traditional Shelby stripes, dual exhaust, correct emblems and wheels, new tires. Black interior in excellent condition, with Shelby wood steering wheel, Cobra-labeled competi- wood steering wheel. No a/c. Clean underhood, with replacement Chevy 350/350, sports headers, Holley aluminum valve covers, Edelbrock air cleaner. A nicely done street machine with a few modern updates. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. This was a very sanitary build that would not offend purists, as the few cosmetic upgrades could easily be reversed. With Tri-Fives reaching sky-high prices, this looked like a good alternative plaything for the dollar, but a market-correct bid wasn't enough for the seller. #56-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124378L340271. Pale yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 38,189 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Best Camaro I've seen in ten years. No flaws found despite considerable time spent trying to nit-pick. Paint, panels, chrome, glass, weatherseals all present as perfect. New Redline “White Oval” Firestone tires on body-color wheels, dog-dish hubcaps. Immaculate chassis, flawless engine compartment has all correct details, including decals terior. Wind wing rubber drying. Showroom underhood, rebuilt engine painted per factory. Almost too nice to drive. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $36,000. I spent considerable time searching for flaws, with few found. Color combination was striking, with overall quality worthy of marque judging. Considering the condition, big engine and rare 4-speed manual, this car falls squarely in the $40k–$80k range. Seller was right to wait for a more appreciative audience. #221-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379L523898. Orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 84,437 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older average repaint, newer black vinyl roof. Average chrome and stainless commensurate with age. No rust evident. Doors close hard. Undetailed original-style interior of driver quality. Underhood undetailed, dusty stock-appearing 302-ci engine, yellow spark-plug wires randomly routed, rusty tube headers, WalMart battery. Rally wheels, recent BFG radial T/A tires, no curb rash. Attractive stance and emblems are let down by condition and presenta- December 2011 115


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Fresh Meat 2011 Bentley Mulsanne Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID Online sales of contemporary cars. by Chad Tyson Date sold: 10/09/2011 eBay auction ID: 120785625233 Seller Type: Bentley Dealer Seller: Bentley Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, 480.538.4340, www.scottsdalebentley.com Sale Type: Used car with 409 miles VIN: SCBBB7ZH1BC015793 Details: Porcelain Metallic over cream leather. 6.75L twin-turbocharged V8. 8-spd automatic w/ paddle shifters. RWD. Sale Result: $329,900, BIN bid, sf 17. MSRP: $285,000 (base) Other current offering: Rolls-Royce Motorcars of New England in Wayland, MA, www.herbchambers. com, asking $287,349 for a Black Sapphire example with 823 miles. 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG Date sold: 10/09/2011 eBay auction ID: 180734667358 Seller Type: Independent Dealer Seller: Global Luxury Imports LLC, Burr Ridge, IL, 800.386.4197, www.globalluxuryimportsllc.com Sale Type: Used car with 584 miles VIN: WDDEJ7EB9BA027545 Details: Black over black leather. 5.5L bi-turbo V8 rated at 563 hp. 7-spd automatic. RWD. Sale Result: $140,000, 4 bids, sf 106. MSRP: $152,125 (base) Other current offering: Downtown LA Motors in Los Angeles, CA, www.mbzla.com, asking $161,800 for 2011 CL63 AMG in black over black leather. 2006 BMW M5 Pioneer CD player, speaker boxes loose behind seat. Engine compartment clean with unsurprising shiny chrome bits. One of the nicest El Caminos I've seen in recent years. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Beautiful truck in “retail red” with big block, rebuilt everything, the right stance, and no one in the tent enthused enough to bid further. Yes, it was a clone, but a small-block version in lesser condition still can bring $13k to $20k. Seller was right to hold. BEST BUY #49-1969 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 262679C122135. Red/white/black vinyl. Odo: 791,290 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Looks very good at twenty feet. Closer, panels are slightly wavy on both sides, rubber trim missing behind raised center peak of front bumper, taillight chrome has light pitting. Decent seats, molded door panels and weatherseals cracking from age. Engine compartment driver-quality. Power seats, windows, steering, and a/c noted. A decent occasional driver for the whole family or a daily driver if fuel consumption is of no con- Date sold: 10/08/2011 eBay auction ID: 110752301661 Seller Type: Private Party in California Seller: rbcdad (eBay ID) Sale Type: Used car with 42k miles VIN: WBSNB935X6B584974 Details: Silver over black leather. Dinan S3 5.8L V10 upgrade. 7-spd auto-shift manual with overdrive. RWD. Sale Result: $54,100, 29 bids, sf 22. MSRP: $81,200 (base) Other current offering: Foreign Cars Italia in Greensboro, NC, www.foreigncarsitalia.com, asking $41,286 for Black Sapphire Metallic over Natural leather with 38k miles. ♦ 116 begging to be replaced. Striking and unusual in a sea of Chevys. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. At decades of hot rod shows and fun runs, I've never seen “AMC” emblazoned on the back of a jacket, but there probably are some—in Kenosha, maybe, where the Javelins were built. Despite some shortcomings here, the color and overall presentation made it marketable. Seller was right to hold for another sale. #16-1971 FORD MAVERICK coupe. S/N 1K93T164586. Green & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,093 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Extensive restoration to as-new condition. Paint, engine re-build, vinyl top, interior (including trunk) fully sorted, listed, and documented. Underhood continues perfection with proud six standing tall. Bucket seat interior completely replaced with replica panels and materials, unmarked headliner and carpet, instruments and dash factory-fresh. Chrome, tion. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. 19,014 cars got the Z/28 option in 1969, and the legacy still stirs the souls of Bowtie fans. Pedigree aside, this example was in used-car condition, and it would take more than a thorough detailing to get it show worthy. But it could provide an excellent start toward a restoration of high standard and value. Final bid was close to what you'd expect to pay for a restored car, so it definitely should have sold. #44-1969 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO SS replica pickup. S/N 136809Z345513. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 21,121 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. SS clone with excellent preparation and paint application with no flaws found, including inside the box. Chrome Rally wheels provide period-correct look and stance. Rebuilt engine, disc brake upgrade, tilt wheel, 12-bolt rear end with unspecified ratio. Complete new reproduction interior, stock radio swapped for value is between $10k and $20k. The buyer should be able to iron out the wrinkles, tend to details, and increase its value without going upside-down, or just enjoy as-is. This is why auctions are fun: decisions, decisions... Well bought. #48-1970 AMC JAVELIN SST 2-dr hard- top. S/N AOC797H110030. Chartreuse/black vinyl/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 28,215 miles. Screaming chartreuse metallic paint, black vinyl top on back half of roof. Nice Trans-Am stance, with factory spoiler on trunk, wide white-letter Firestone rubber enhances the effect. Interior presents as new, underhood has engine block painted to match exterior, chrome Edelbrock valve covers, new battery, and thorough detailing. Nits are peeling black inserts in hood scoops, and aged chrome bumpers cern. New top, tires, shocks, battery, master cylinder, belts and hoses. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,260. The big-bore 428 made this convertible fairly rare. Original MSRP as equipped was $5,451 in 1969 dollars. Today, market glass and undercarriage all immaculate. A concours Maverick. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $6,900. This fabulous restoration had tons of eyeball and was a pleasure to behold. Still, one has to wonder why so much time, effort and expense went into creating a concours Maverick, rather than, say, a concours Mustang convertible. This grocery-getter could not be duplicated for the price, so the buyer was the clear winner here. Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Sun Valley, ID #214-1976 MERCURY CAPRI coupe. S/N GAECRY04650. Yellow/red & gray vinyl. Odo: 98,581 miles. 2.3-L I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Older bright yellow paint color-changed from red, jambs painted black, straight factory-fitted body panels, no rust. Minimal amount of chrome and stainless, all in good condition. Interior driver-quality, also color-changed from red to black, red door upholstery rattle-canned to black. Stock engine in driver-quality com- owner) also heavily chipped and dinged. Filthy and stock underhood, with no attempt at detailing. Serviceable red cloth interior shows wear commensurate with age. Second time around fit. Numerous chips show as white through black paint, light scratches, dried and cracking weatherseals, sooty exhaust tips, factory alloys with road rash, tires about 50%. Interior has serviceable sports seats with expected deep partment, starts, no smoke, and runs fine. Original wheels with serviceable tires. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,728. This 1976 model was the last year for U.S. sales, as it was deemed redundant with comparables in Ford's domestic lineup. This rust-free example with reversible cosmetics would be appreciated by the smallbut-avid Capri enthusiast community. Well bought and sold. #36-1977 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Brougham 2-dr hard top. S/N CS23T7C106473. White/white vinyl/green cloth. Odo: 54,406 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Absolutely huge. Flawless original white paint, perfect panel fit and chrome, excellent glass. Doors close with authority. Original interior is a disappointment, with a puffy green terrycloth look and feel that seems out of place on such a luxury barge. Huge trunk clean and tidy. Engine compartment is all factory, including decals, dust, and period-thirsty V8. The engine's origi- on odometer. Owner shipped it in from Ogden, Utah, and found right mirror top cracked on arrival. Aftermarket mufflers have nice growl. With new paint and elbow grease, could be much more presentable. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,128. With Corvettes, condition, presentation and documentation are everything, and this one fell short on all counts. Current value in the SCM Pocket Price Guide is between $13,300 and $23,600 for a decent one, so there's room to fix cosmetic needs at this price without going terribly upside-down. Well bought and sold. #87-1981 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 1G2AW87HXBL124876. Blue metallic/ blue cloth. Odo: 46,864 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Blue metallic respray shows light orange peel, Trans Am decal centered on hood. T-tops, chrome and stainless trim all in very good condition. Original “snowflake” factory alloys retained (need cleaning to bring out recessed gold paint), factory 4-wheel disc brakes behind. Underhood clean, with 250 miles on rebuilt original engine. Servicable blue cloth interior with Hurst shifter rowing stock 4-speed wear on driver's side bolster, and dried and cracking leather on steering wheel. Stock and undetailed underhood, driver quality overall. Nothing special, just a used ‘Vette in sinister black needing paint and TLC. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,696. SCM Price Guide values these between $10,000 and $14,000, but this example had needs, as evidenced by the bidding and final result. After a quality repaint and attention to maintenance details (plus inevitable surpises along the way), the new owner will be about where the Guide places it. Let's call this one correctly bought and sold. #244-1999 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1GYY32G2X5100372. Torch Red/tan/tan leather. Odo: 94,651 miles. 5.7-L 345-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Paint, top and seats show expected minor wear, driver's left bolster fine. Clean outside and in, undercarriage shows road use. Missouri inspection sticker on windshield. Stealth radar/laser detector installed, along with aftermarket Kenwood radio, amplifier in clean trunk. New Michelin “Run Flats” on chromed “wagon wheel” factory alloys. Light scratches in original paint from dry dusting, very minor road rash that would buff out. Presents better than mileage nal 195 horsepower may seem light, but torque is 320 ft-lbs, so it should scoot. Excellent condition with no excuses. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,372. One of just 16,875 produced in 1977, with low volume blamed on lack of advertising. Or maybe the public thought $7,000 in 1977 dollars was a bit much for a car “only” 231 inches long. Or maybe the 8.9 mpg was a turnoff (which it certainly is today). This example looked wonderful on the outside, and like a towel room on the inside. On this day, it brought market value, pleasing both buyer and seller. #34-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z8749S409515. Corvette Red/red cloth. Odo: 14,220 miles. 350-ci 225-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sloppy respray in original color, many paint chips, scrapes and swirls. Eckler's rear wing of debatable taste (added by previous December 2011 gearbox, engine-turned dash insert. Good performance on a budget. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,804. Every auction has at least one of these in black, with block references to Burt Reynolds as the “Bandit.” This one was a welcome change from the cliché, in medium metallic blue with matching blue “screaming chicken” hood decal. If one wanted a Pontiac icon in blues, this version filled the order as a fun driver in the stop-light grand prix. A fair deal for both buyer and seller considering overall condition. #35-1992 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY23P3N5113119. Black/red leather. Odo: 99,046 miles. 350-ci 300-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Straight panels, good door shown, looks best with top down. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,930. Torch Red looks great on any C5, but it's also very common. This one presented quite well, indicating good maintenance over the miles, and more proof that C5s hold up. Far from being used up, many go to 200k-plus miles with normal maintenance, and get surprisingly excellent fuel mileage. (My 2002 clocked 30.8 mpg for the 1,450 mile round-trip to and from this auction.) Bid was to “clean trade-in/wholesale” level for the miles, with average retail in the high teens. Seller might have been better off waiting for nondealer bidders. Well bought. © 117


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eBay Motors Online Sales Well-Bought eBay Finds “Maybe this came from the mythical Corvette owner that didn't seek every award for their car” W hile eBay can be an excellent place to source the obscure and odd, it is also a great source for higher-end collector cars. And if you're lucky, you may be able to score a deal on a great classic at or below market prices. This month we take a look at some coupes and convertibles that fall into that range. 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) Report by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #220860931183-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE II convertible. S/N SCAZD02A5JCX22511. White Ivory/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 51,428 miles. 26 photos. La Jolla, CA. “Impeccable condition inside and out. This car from an exceptional private collection is absolutely impeccable. Car is stunning in White Ivory with luxurious blue leather and beautiful mahogany wood veneers. Both exterior and interior of car are in excellent condi- Countaches on earth. It truly is a collector's dream.” 1 bid. sf 2. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $115,000. Even though this one has the hideous federally regulated bumper, I was born in the ‘80s, so this is a dream car of mine. There's also something pleasant about a simple listing such as this one. Three lines, a manageable number of photos, and direct way to contact the seller. Market appropriate price paid too. #390350635486-1963 FORD THUNDER- BIRD convertible. S/N 3Y85M117201. Tuscan Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 27,012 miles. 44 photos. St. Louis, MO “This incredible motorcar has been beautifully preserved and maintained and driven just 27,012 miles from new. Fitted with many desired options, including M code 390-ci V8 engine. Power windows, power steering, power brakes, fender skirts and AM radio. We are proud to tion. Expertly maintained and cared for this classic example of the legendary Rolls Royce Corniche II convertible will please the most discriminating buyer.” BIN. sf 275. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. Fair market price paid. Although something tells me it really wasn't, as the car was relisted within a week. Maybe they should have included some of that Dijon mustard. #270824323487-1989 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 25th Anniversary coupe. S/N ZA9CA05A8KLA12631. White/white leather. Odo: 2,368 miles. 13 photos. Port Washington, NY. “It's white with white interior, and has only 2,368 miles (3,812 km). The car has been garaged since new, and has never seen rain. It is by far one of the cleanest and most well kept by a good friend of mine who has lovingly owned this beauty for the last 18-plus years. This is a dry, solid Idaho high mountain desert western vehicle. The Tri-Power V8 motor is very responsive. The overall cosmetic impression of this car is fantastic! The interior is in very nice shape and is all original. This is the perfect cure for your mid-life crisis and a great investment to boot.” 24 bids. sf 652. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $58,000. Maybe Boise is too far from Bloomington, or maybe this came from the mythical Corvette owner that didn't seek every award for their car, but there is nary a mention of NCRS Gold/Silver. The seller does devote over half of their text—the other half was probably the word “beauty”—and half of the photos dissecting any number they could find on the car. Still count me among the legion of SCMers collectively kicking ourselves for letting this car slip by at this price. Well bought. offer this museum quality Thunderbird convertible to the most astute collector, investor or enthusiast who appreciates low miles and superior condition.” 2 bids. sf 434. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $69,900. While this may seem like a huge chunk of change for a T-Bird, the non-original intake set-up kept it from reaching even higher numbers. If all is original otherwise, this was one of just 37 M code sport roadsters produced in 1963. If the 3x2-bbl carb set-up can be sourced, this would be well bought. As is, all's fair. #140610178381-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194678S420015. Safari Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 76,996 miles. 100 photos. Boise, ID. “I was asked to sell this gorgeous L89 Vette 118 #170705623064-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Pro-Touring coupe. S/N 124379N704965. Snakeskin Green/green/tan Ultra Leather. Odo: 150 miles. 24 photos. Foristell, MO. “Seven coats of clear. Shaved side marker lights. Molded rear spoiler. Underside of hood and trunk are smoothed and painted body color. Completely new all metal dash and console. C5 Corvette front and rear brakes. Brand new 355-ci small-block Chevy. Aluminum radiator and electric fan. Never gets over 180 degrees. Overall everything on this car is new.” 14 bids. sf 80. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,000. It's good to know Pro-Touring is still alive and well. If you wanted to explain to somebody what “custom” means in the automotive world, show them this profile. There is no way this car could be built for this price. That makes it well bought—if you are not too worried about originality and resale. © Sports Car Market


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SCM Weekly Poll Results Each Tuesday morning in our free SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter, we conduct a poll. Here's how you responded: August 2nd (1,163 total votes) If you could attend only one Monterey event this year, which of the following would it be? A. The Quail: 7.5% B. Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance: 43.4% C. Concorso Italiano: 13.3% D. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: 35.8% August 9th (961 total votes) Which late-model supercar would get you the most looks in Monterey? A. 2011 Bugatti Veyron Super Sport: 22.7% B. 2011 Ferrari 458: 4.5% C. 2012 Pagani Huayra: 39.4% D. 2011 Koenigsegg Agera R: 9.2% E. 2012 Lamborghini Aventador: 24.2% August 16th (1,056 total votes) What will be the biggest surprise at Monterey? A. 1927 Bentley 61/2 Litre Sports Tourer, which we predicted to sell by Bonhams for $2m: 4% This car was bid up to $2.2m, but did not sell. B. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa, which we predicted to sell by Gooding & Company for $13m: 25% As the whole world knows by now, this car sold for $16.4m. C. 1960 Maserati Tipo 61/60 “Birdcage,” which we predicted to sell by Mecum for $3m: 10.7% This car was bid up to $1.85m but did not sell. D. The Steve McQueen “Le Mans” 1970 Porsche 911S, which we predicted to sell by RM for $300k: 48.2% This car sold for $1.37m. Yowsa. E. 1959 Dodge D-500 convertible, which we predicted to sell by Russo and Steele for $200k: 10.7% August 23th (833 total votes) Which car was the best buy of Monterey Car Week? A. 1957 BMW 507 roadster sold at Bonhams for $1m: 37.3% B. 1931 Miller Bowes Seal Fast Special Indy 500 winner sold at Mecum for $2.12m: 24.1% C. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster sold at RM for $9.68m: 21.7% D. 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa racer sold at Gooding & Co. for $16.39m: 16.9% Vote on the latest poll at www.sportscarmarket.com or in your SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter. December 2011 121


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Tourer history and original documents. Mint interior. $37,500. Contact Scott- 805.474.6477, Website: www.scottgrundfor.com. German 1937 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet B Gorgeous car. 20” wheels, navigation, satellite radio, manuals. 44k miles. Recent services. $49,000. Contact Kevin- 319.337.4140, email: khartwig@ harket.org. Website: www.hartek.org. (IA) Italian 1954 Ferrari Europa 94k miles. Original engine and 5-spd transmission. Factory hard top. Air conditioning. New soft top w/ glass window. Konis. Racing Beat springs and sway bars. 94 Hollow Spoke wheels. Roll bar. Hella H-4 headlamps. Just smog checked. Clean title. $5,450. Contact Steve- 760.741.7180, American 1931 Chrysler Special roadster Rare opportunity to acquire one of only 18 Lampredi engined, matching numbers, Mille Miglia eligible PF coupes. $865,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Original chassis and matching engine with lovely touring body built in the U.K. in the 1950s. A superb car that's a rally/tour veteran. Drives flawlessly, cosmetically gorgeous. Turn key and ready to enjoy. Please call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1966 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Roadster 2007 Mercedes-Benz SL550 Japanese 1992 Mazda Miata Custom-bodied one-off car, built as the vision-quest of its creator. 21 ft long, Ford 351 Cleveland V8, auto, power steering, disc brakes, a/c and more! Contact Steve- 561.866.5010, email: boca-raton@ live.com. (FL) 1932 Ford Model BB Hot Rod Stake Bed Ultra rare w/ Sindelfingen Body. Extensive “body off” restoration in our work shops. Class winner at Pebble Beach. In private collection after 9,000 hour restoration. Show/drive. Contact Scott805.474.6477, Website: www.scottgrundfor.com. 1964 Porsche 356C coupe USA/California car. Rosso/black. Aircon. 87k miles. Older very complete restoration. Recent major service. Alloys and wires. Tools and books. Known history. $350,000. Contact James- 360.468.4886, email: tritone@rockisland.com. Website: www. red330gtc.com. 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS 327/275, 350 auto, 8” rear, Ansen wheels, Deuce factory frame. Interior red pleats, disc brakes, tilt steering. Drive very nice! $29,500. Contact Axelemail: axelsmart1a@gmail.com. 1935 REO Speedwagon Pickup One owner from 1969 until 2009. 28,000 original miles and fully documented. Matching numbers, all original books, tools, jack. rare original factory hardtop. A time capsule car that has had careful, sympathetic sorting and servicing. Drives without fault. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $89,500. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase II All original, fully-documented from new including original bill of sale and all service receipts. Matching-numbers, all original books and tools. Cardex in hand. Perfect body, all original panels and floors, perfect gaps. Just finished running the NE1000 Rally without a single sputter. A spectacular example. Inquire. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1967 Porsche 911 Authentic factory GTS with same owner since late 1970's, two owners total. Perfect condition in every way. Red, black leather. A few tasteful mods that can easily be brought back to original. $75,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 2002 Ferrari 575 Maranello Black exterior. Gray/black interior. V8. 900 miles $195,000. Contact Tom- 209.727.3322, email: tom@fullcircleresto.com. Website: www. fullcircleresto.com. 1937 Packard 120 C 4-dr sedan Excellent! Previously owned by Austin-Healey mechanic/enthusiast. Freshly painted black/red interior. 72,451 miles. Recent service ready-to-go! $63,900. Contact Steve- 561.866.5010, email: bocaraton@live.com. (FL) French 1965 Citroën DS 19 Unrestored original condition. Runs/drives excellent. Engine/drivetrain in outstanding condition. Service 122 California black tag. Matching 2-liter engine #911930 as per COA. This is an exceptional, unrestored, mechanically excellent California car fitted with factory Recaro sport seats, Koni shocks, fog lights, stabilizers, and 911S oil tank and instruments. Currently fitted with Fuchs 15x6 wheels and 185/70 Vredestein tires. Strong, rebuilt driveline, quick and tight. Potential preservation class concours entrant. Tools, manual, and factory paperwork. If you have serious interest, please contact me for details. $52,500. Contact Phil831.659.1002, email: thegtcman@comcast.net. Red, tan interior. Flawless car with just 7000 original miles. F1 transmission. All services done including belt service less than 1000 miles ago. All original manuals, tools, etc. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $112,500. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) Older black paint still presentable, mechanics redone, restored brown fabric interior, independent front suspension, hydraulic brakes, original radio works, used regularly, nice original car. $29,000. Contact Guenther- 805.238.2185, (CA) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1966 Shelby GT350 H 2010 Dodge Viper National concours condition. All matching numbers, well documented in the Registry. Absolutely flawless in every respect and fully sorted for real driving. None better. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Last year, White/Black, Silver Stripes, Protection Pkg., Navigation, Graphite Bezels, 1 of 1, under 50 miles. $95,000. Contact Kevin- 319.337.4140, email: khartwig@harket.org. Website: www. hartek.org. (IA) Race 1959 Devin SS Nicely restored example. Factory options include R-code 428, C6 trans, power top, GT equipment, power front discs, tilt steering, full gauge package. $129,500. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1968 Shelby GT500 Outstanding mechanical and cosmetic condition. Runs strong. Well optioned. Restoration records and photographs. $132,500. Contact Fantasy510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1979 Ford Ghia Probe 1 Concept Full race. Best of everything. Pro-built. NASA + SCCA log books. Race or track ready today! Sorted, fast, and totally reliable. Please compare - No disappointments. Absolute steal. $8,750. Contact Nancy- 805.466.1015, email: automojo@hughes. net. © Restored to original specification by Orion Engineering. Known ownership history. Well equipped for road events. $285,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) Chevrolet Corvette racer One off design. Hand built by Carrozzeria Ghia, Italy. One of Ford's most influential designs. Fully running and functional. Turbocharged 2.3 liter Mustang II Cobra Engine. Contact Scott805.474.6477, Website: www.scottgrundfor.com. WHAT'S YOUR CAR WORTH? FIND OUT AT 124 NOW ONLINE! The world's largest collector car price guide based on over 500,000 sold transactions from . Updated weekly. www.collectorcarpricetracker.com Sports Car Market


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Gooding & Company. Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (PA) 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Dallas—November 18-20, Dallas Market Hall. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 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) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when 126 Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Sports Car Market RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800-237-8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Col- lectors Collect! See You On The Block! 519.351.1337. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. MotoeXotica Classic Cars & Auc- tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona. Combining some of the industry's lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-543-9393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) The Worldwide Group. 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) 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 finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Russo and Steele Collector Au- tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals


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Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Showroom in the U.S! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shoresclassics.com. (WI) lections. indiGO Classic Cars consults with, consigns for and represents the interest of sellers who need assistance in the building, or disposition, of their (or their family members') collections. indiGO offers shipping worldwide. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Collector Car Insurance Luxury Brokers International. Brighton Motorsports. International Auto Appraisers Re- source. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/ Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia 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. 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 fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy. com. (PA) Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters. com. Buy/Sell/General Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc, one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual's daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers presale or post-sale inspections. Uniquely located in Iowa we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We Passport Transport. 800.325.4267, indiGO Classic Cars. 2shores International. 920.945.0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New December 2011 888.588.7634, was founded in 2006 by collectors to serve collectors. indiGO Classic Cars has a passion and a focus for vintage cars from the late 1930s to the early 1970s. With access to large lines of credit, indiGO purchases individual cars as well as entire col- Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a '60s muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collec- 127


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tor vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. 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 specific 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) 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. German Cosdel International TransportaCarobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. 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 fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) FerrariChat.com. The largest onAston 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) line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. tion. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections Import/Export European Collectibles, Inc. Lamborghini Houston. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 888.588.7634, provides customers with the most unique mix of exotic inventory in the United States. The importance of guest experience starts with Lamborghini Houston's web presence and is executed by a professional sales team of hand-picked and extremely knowledgeable automobile aficionados. Lamborghini Houston not only services Lamborghini models but also has comprehensive experience and diagnostic equipment to service Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, Bentley and other exotic brands. Lamborghini Houston is Houston's only factory authorized Lamborghini dealership. Nationwide Shipping. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www. lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, ^ Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com With over 25 years of experience in Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European Sports Cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicle in stock to chose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to Concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www. europeancollectibles.com. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch Pre-Romeo Alfa Trim Badge and Andy Gump The only photo of Billy the Kid brings $2.3m, which would buy many Andy Gump toys and old automobilia Thought Carl's We continue to be amazed at what people will pay for weird stuff. Seems billionaire William Koch recently paid $2.3m for the only authenticated photograph of “Billy the Kid.” Born as William Henry McCarty, the Kid was shot dead at the tender age of 22 by law- man Pat Garrett in 1881. Seems he was arrested for cattle rustling and killed a couple of deputies breaking out of jail, thus attracting Garrett's ire. Shoot, for two million bucks we could buy an open Packard Twelve, have money left over for a few more porcelain signs for our garage and could have scored some of this cool stuff: smaller version of Mickey that had a bit more original paint, and it alone sold for $2,135, so we will call this pair well-bought indeed. and then purchased by Henderson in 1917, becoming ExcelsiorHenderson. This pinback dated to 1912–1914, indicated by the twin belt-drive engine depicted. It was in excellent condition with very little foxing. As such, it was a good buy. EBAY# 250883038226— ALFA MILANO TRIM BADGE FROM TEEN'S. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $238.50. Date: 9/5/2011. This Alfa badge dated to the early 1900s, as Nicola Romeo did not add his name to the firm until 1920. It was made of champlevé rather than cloisonné, as there were no gold wires soldered between the colors. It was in very nice condition, and at the price, a cool piece for an Alfisti's display case. EBAY #320749226007— CHIEFTAIN MOTOR OIL QUART CAN. Number of Bids: 33. SOLD AT: $470. Date: 9/18/2011. Indians in all shapes and forms were used in early advertising, and motor oil was no exception. Today they are very collectible and even with cans off their high of a few years back. this one attracted a lot of attention. In the heyday of cans, it would have sold for at least $600 but that was then. EBAY #120773095313— EBAY #330610743960— MICKEY AND MINNIE HOOD ORNAMENTS BY DESMO. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $2,043. Date: 9/15/2011. These were once painted, but only a trace of color remains. Mickey stood about five inches tall and was marked “By permission of Disney” and Minnie, a touch shorter, was correctly marked Desmo on her back. Bonhams, at their recent Quail Lodge sale, offered the 1950S TENNESSEE LICENSE PLATE FRAME. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $230.83. Date: 9/11/2011. This license plate frame, which was not in the best of condition, was in the unique shape of the state of Tennessee that was used from 1936 until 1956 for their license plates. It was from Puckett Motors, which was a Ford dealer, and the Ford logo was on both sides of the top of the frame. It could be restored for a couple hundred bucks. Used on a period Ford, it certainly would cause a stir at the next Chattanooga Show n' Shine. GUMP 348 ROADSTER. Number of Bids: Buy-It-Now. SOLD FOR: $1,100. Date: 9/12/2011. Andy Gump was a popular 1920s comic strip character, and this toy is pictured in several books. It was in very acceptable condition, and this was the later version, as it did not have the license plate and hand crank. The earlier version, which sells for a few hundred dollars more, also has nickel plating on the wheels and on Andy. Another example in lesser condition recently sold for $600, so condition, as expected, is a big factor in establishing value. EBAY #270810864450— EBAY #120774464195— 1912–1914 EXCELSIOR MOTORCYCLE PINBACK. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $171.97. Date: 9/12/2011. Excelsior manufactured motorcycles from 1905 until they closed their doors in 1931. They were bought out by Schwinn in 1911 EBAY #150653310425— ARCADE CAST IRON ANDY SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $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 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 130 RUDDSPEED LTD. BUGATTI CHROME FLASK. Number of Bids: 27. SOLD AT: $251. Date: 9/8/2011. Ruddspeed Ltd. made a series of flasks or decanters that included Bentley, Jaguar, Rolls-Royce, Mercedes-Benz and Bugatti. The example offered here was missing the blue presentation box and the lid. Other than that, it was in very nice condition. Complete examples sell at auction for $1,500 to $2,000. If you can live without the box and lid, this was a bargain. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market