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Sports CarMarket M'a57 Fuelie 166 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS •CAN YOU BEAT A TICKET? Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends kes $132k Bob Lutz $100k Monteverdi Miles Collier $1mPorsche 550 February 2006 SNEAK PREVIEW: Martin Rating of 100 Collectible Cars Why NoOne Was Surprised


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends 46 56 Prototype 550 breaks $1m February 2006 .Volume 18. Number 2 50 Zero to 60? Not likely Gentleman's racer, Ferrari style COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 46 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF A “regular” TdF brings a record $1,475,000. John Apen 50 1951 Land Rover Series I Is it possible to over-restore one of these? Paul Duchene 54 1969 Monteverdi 375 S Truly an international affair, and now into six figures. Robert A. Lutz 56 1954 Porsche 550/1500RS Spyder “Le Mans Prototype” The tiny car with the big pricetag. Miles Collier 60 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Fuelie” Convertible Frequent show-goer pulls $132k on its most recent trip. David Gooding 64 1967 Lotus Type 51 FF Open-wheeled scare tactics on the cheap. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: RM Auctions 166 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 68 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL One lot, five Yenkos, $1.8m. Thanks for playing. Daniel Grunwald 84 Bonhams, Silverstone, UK A new event and small catalog make for a shaky start. Richard Husdon-Evans 96 Cox Auctions, Branson, MO The rare October sun reigns on this $2.7m sale. Dave Kinney 112 MidAmerica Auctions, Blaine, MN Plenty of bargains up north, but not that ‘78 TR7. B. Mitchell Carlson 120 eBay Motors Station wagons, avants, estates, and shooting brakes. Geoff Archer


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42 36 British Reliability Run COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic Front and Center: Oldsmobile's Toronado Rob Sass 32 Legal Files Getting Out of a Ticket. John Draneas 48 Sheehan Speaks: Paying $300,000 to Win a Trophy. Or not. Michael Sheehan 52 English Patient Know What You Want Before the Restoration Begins. Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch When Creating aMongrel is the Right Thing to do. Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Decoding the SCM Corvette. Colin Comer 126 Motobilia $10,000 for a Field-Find Hudson sign. Carl Bomstead 128 Bike Buys 1994–98 Britten V1000, a McLaren F1 on Two Wheels. Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Rare Badges Make Their Marque. Carl Bomstead Glenmoor's Green Mist FEATURES 20 America by FIAT: The Final Chapter 34 Braille Rally: Fingertip Steering 36 Glenmoor Gathering: Classics and Kustoms 38 Kirkland Concours: Rain, Sun, and Fabulous ‘50s 40 Mountain Mille: A Last Fling for Fall 42 British Car Reliability Run: Really, It's True 44 SCM on the Inside at Christies: Auction House How-To DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 Book Reviews 28 Our Cars: 1971 BMW 2800CS, 1971 911T, 2003 Subaru WRX 31 20 Year Picture 90 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Chevrolet HHR LT, 2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible 111 Alfa Bits 121 FreshMeat: 2006 Ford GT, 2006 Porsche Carrera S, 2006 Range Rover Sport 122 Martin Rating System:MGBs toGTOs 130 Mystery Photo 131 Comments with Your Renewal 132 Showcase Gallery 138 Resource Directory For sixteen grand, give me an old plumber's van, a roll of carpet, and some fiberglass, and we can start a celebrity-car replica business just like everyone else.—Dave Kinney's report on the Cox Branson sale begins on p. 96


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin You Can Go Home Again Hartman and Martin I Less luggage, more wine f knowledge is power, SCMers are about to become an even more formidable group of collectors. The information on all 40,000 cars in our database will soon be available to you 24/7, from anywhere in the world, via your handheld devices. Starting at the Scottsdale auctions in January, anyone with a Treo, Blackberry, or similar device will be able to query our database by sending an e-mail to search@scmgold.com. If you enter “1967 Jaguar XKE” in the subject field of your e-mail, you'll get recent sale results, including VIN and condition information, along with the price. If you put “1E33466” into the subject field, and that VIN is in our database, you'll get back the information we have on that car. Through the Scottsdale weekend until the end of January, this service will be free. After that, it will be included as a part of the SCM Gold package, which is $60 a year or $7.95 a month, and will include unlimited queries and on-line lookups. Our Web team, headed by Jason Glaspey, and assisted by Matt King, has been beavering away on this for some time now, and we all owe them thanks. For more information, go to www .sportscarmarket.com. WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT, ALFIE Our 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce is now sitting in the SCM garage. Long-time SCMer Doug Hartman and I picked the car up from Alfa guru Conrad Stevenson at his shop in Berkeley. I last saw this car, S/N AR39020, in 1990 when I sold it to Ken Metzger in Belvedere, California. Metzger recently offered the car back, and I took it, handing it over to Stevenson in October to work his magic. He focused on the mechanicals, overhauling and straightening the head, rebuilding the carburetors, renewing and improving the suspension, and a host of other things, with parts coming from Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. The refurbishment came to just over $14,000. That's a lot of money to spend on a car that I had already paid $22,000 for. But as I pulled into my garage two days and 846 miles later, there was no question I got a magnificent return on my investment. We took Highway 101 to Cloverdale, then followed the California Mille route onto Highway 126. The Veloce pulled strongly to redline with more torque than I remembered, surely a function of the Pittatori intake cam and 1750 exhaust cam Stevenson installed. Highway 126 is a series of sweeping turns posted at 35 mph to 45 mph, which in Alfa talk is somewhere around 60 mph. With Rugh front springs and sway bar, the Alfa bit into the corners and scooted out of them. Arriving at Booneville, a fortunate thing happened. Hartman discov- ered he had left his wallet at the Mauritson vineyard, www.mauritsonwine .com, in Healdsburg. Perhaps the generous pours of the 2001 Zinfandel had something to do with his memory lapse. This gave us an excuse to take Highway 253 to Ukiah, the fastest way back to Healdsburg. For those who rate roads the way Robert Parker rates wines, you'll know we had just been given a generous goblet of a 98-rating 10 Home Depot to the rescue How about a 64-ounce latte? two-lane—full-bodied, complex, and with an exuberant finish. But while I was busy rowing the shifter through the gears, the brake pedal got very soft and squished to the floor, and smoke started pouring from the front left brake. A quick call to Stevenson resulted in a diagnosis. “Welcome to 2006,” he said. “You've got what I call ‘California organic break pads.' They probably smell like marijuana when they're smoking, don't they?” He told us to take it easy. We followed his advice and the brakes came back. HOWDY, MR. BUNYAN We left Eureka as the sun came up, slicing through the morning coastal fog at 80 mph. The Alfa was in its element, cruising at 4,000 rpm in fifth gear, pounding out the miles, stopping only for obligatory photos at the Trees of Mystery and the Prehistoric Gardens. At Reedsport, on the Oregon coast, we took Highway 38 toward Drain and Interstate 5. A stop for a “Logger Burger” in Elkton (pop. 170) led to our discovery of the Brandborg winery, www.brandborg.com, and another round of tasting. The resultant case in the trunk was our fourth. Missing wallets aside, no gearhead adventure is complete without a mini-drama. And 30 miles from home, the Alfa delivered. Pulling out from a rest stop, the headlights failed. The 41-year-old switch had decided it was time to die. With the sun setting, we had a thirty-minute window to get to Hartman's home in Portland. As darkness descended upon us, he resorted to blitzing down the freeway with the left blinker flashing. “Maybe that'll keep the Excursions from running over us,” he said. We made it to his house, the stealth-Alfa sneaking from block to block without headlights. Hartman solved our problem in a most Alfa way by running the headlight wires through a home wall switch. With an outside temperature of 29 degrees, I took my daughter Alex to school this morning. She said she felt like she was on a “sports car theme park ride.” I told her she was right. Everyone else on the road was just going to work. We, on the other hand, were having an adventure. Which is about as good a reason to own an old Alfa, or any old car for that matter, as I can imagine.u Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Kruse International—33rd Annual Ft. Lauderdale Winter Auction Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL When: January 6–8 More: www.kruseinternational.com Expect to see a near-perfect 1957 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in white with red and white interior, power steering, windows, and seats that has been fully restored by its first and only owner. A numbers-matching, AACA National Senior Winner 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air will also cross the block. In Matador red with a 283-ci V8, and benefiting from a professional frame-off total restoration, it features a power top, twin whips, and twin mirrors. Star of the weekend will be a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird with a numbers-matching 440-ci V8 and 3-speed 727 floorshift automatic. These cars, plus hundreds of others will all be selling at no reserve. MidAmerica—Vintage Motorcycle Auction Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 12–14 More: www.midamericaauctions.com MidAmerica returns to Sin Virgil Exner designed Chrysler D'Elegance will sell at B-J City to do what it does best: motorcycles. The consignment list is strong once again, with hundreds of bikes from Ariel, BSA, Indian, Matchless, and more. Look for a 1952 Vincent Rapide with a hand-built engine featuring 9:1 pistons, Mk II cams and full documentation, as well 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. E-mail auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com JANUARY Florida – Jan. 6-8 KRUSE – Ft. Lauderdale Nevada – Jan. 12 MIDAMERICA – Las Vegas Holland – Jan. 14 COYS – Maastricht Arizona – Jan. 14-22 BARRET-JACKSON – Scottsdale Arizona – Jan. 19-21 RUSSO AND STEELE – Scottsdale Arizona – Jan. 20 RM – Phoenix Arizona – Jan. 21-23 SILVER – Ft. McDowell Florida – Jan. 22 GOODING – Palm Beach Arizona – Jan. 26-29 KRUSE – Scottsdale Florida – Jan. 27-28 MECUM – Kissimmee FEBRUARY Florida – Feb. 3 KRUSE – Sarasota Oregon – Feb. 4 PETERSEN – Salem England – Feb. 6-7 BARONS – Surrey Florida – Feb. 10 RM – Boca Raton France – Feb. 10 ARTCURIAL – Paris France – Feb. 11 CHRISTIE'S – Paris Washington – Feb. 11-12 SILVER – Puyallup England – Feb. 20-21 H&H – Cheltenham New Jersey – Feb. 23-26 KRUSE – Atlantic City Oklahoma – Feb. 24 LEAKE – Oklahoma City England – Feb. 25 BONHAMS – Warwickshire California – Feb. 25-26 MCCORMICK – Palm Springs 12 MARCH Arkansas – Mar. 10-11 KRUSE – Hot Springs Florida – Mar. 11 RM – Amelia Island England – Mar. 13-14 BARONS – Surrey Washington – Mar. 18 PETERSEN – Ridgefield Texas – Mar. 24 KRUSE – Fredericksburg Florida – Mar. 29-Apr. 6 BARRETT-JACKSON – Palm Beach Tennessee – Mar. 31 KRUSE – Nashville Minnesota – Mar. 31 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul APRIL Minnesota – Apr. 1 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul Nevada – Apr. 7 KRUSE – Las Vegas Canada – Apr. 7-9 RM – Toronto England – Apr. 11-12 H&H – Buxton Pennsylvania – Apr. 21-22 Carlisle – Carlisle Missouri – Apr. 21-23 COX – Branson England – Apr. 24 BONHAMS – Hendon England – Apr. 24-25 BARONS – Surrey Missouri – Apr. 28-29 MECUM – Kansas City Michigan – Apr. 28-30 RM – Novi as a 1970 Yamaha factory flat track racer in “Dan Gurney All American Racers” livery. Also crossing the block will be a 1967 Triumph TR6R Trophy roadster, often cited as the prettiest of the TR6R model years and the recent beneficiary of a thorough restoration by J. Hiddleston. Barrett-Jackson—35th Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 14–22 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year's sale saw B-J sales reach $61m on 878 cars. With more days, more space, more cars, and even more live TV coverage on Speed Channel, this year promises to be another blowout. Feature cars include a 1954 Chrysler D'Elegance coupe, a design exercise penned by Virgil Exner and powered by a 354-ci Hemi V8. As a follow-up to last year's record-setting Oldsmobile F-88 concept car, another GM concept car, the 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Motorama, should do well before the bidders. It, too, was designed by Harley Earl, and is a radical departure from the usual Pontiacs generally found at auction. Perhaps the largest vehicle to cross the block at B-J will be a mammoth 1950 GM Futureliner “Parade of Progress” tour bus. One of nine in existence, the bus has been fully restored, and all of its gadgets work, including a hydraulicallyactuated light bar, side door, and stage, and the self-contained exhibits used in the ‘50s to display the General's innovations. RM Auctions—Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 20 More: www.rmauctions.com To celebrate its seventh year Sports Car Market


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in the desert, RM will auction off some historically significant celebrity cars, such as James Bond's 1964 Aston Martin DB5 from the movies Goldfinger and Thunderball, complete with smoke screen, ejector seat, oil dispensers, tire shredders, and all the other gizmos that made it so cool. Also look for Al Capone's bulletproof 1928 Cadillac, the very car seized by the CIA and used by FDR for a time. More modern, but no less unique, will be Hank Williams Jr.'s 1964 Pontiac Bonneville, outfitted with over 500 silver dollars and enough six shooters and rifles to bring down a small nation. Russo and Steele—Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 20–21 More: www.russoandsteele.com Drew Alcazar and company promise big things this year at the home auction. Expect to see more than 350 cars, including the 1968 Super Stock Hemi Barracuda of drag racing legend Arlen Vanke. Just 80 of these raceonly machines were built, and Vanke's—chassis #013—is one of the few to survive. Though it is listed at no reserve, it is expected to break the $1m mark. Also headlining the weekend will be a rare, matching-numbers 1965 Corvette finished in Nassau Blue with black leather. This 327/375 ‘Vette is an NCRS Top Flight, Bloomington Gold, and Triple Crown award winner. Silver Auctions—Arizona In The Desert Where: Ft. McDowell, AZ When: January 21–23 More: www.silverauctions.com Silver's eighth foray into the desert promises to be a big one, with nearly 500 cars on tap at the Ft. McDowell Casino. Chief among them will be a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air hard top, fresh from a frame-off restoration and stunning in red and white with seamless fender skirts. Another looker is a rare 1948 Packard Super Eight woody wagon with a street rod twist. While the sale will feature a host of gorgeous classics, most of the cars to cross the block will sell for under $50k, which means you'll be able to leave Arizona with a half-dozen or so and not think twice about it. Gooding & Company— Palm Beach Auction Where: Palm Beach, FL When: January 22 More: www.goodingco.com Bonhams Grove Sale Cancelled As posted on the SCM Web site a few weeks before the sale, Bonhams cancelled its December 14 auction of WilliamsF1 cars and memorabilia after an anonymous private collector purchased the entire catalog for an undisclosed sum. Frank Williams will no doubt be pleased, but punters who had their sights set on the cracked suspension from Damon Hill's infamsous 1994 coming together with Michael Schumacher likely will be less happy. Pairing up with the Palm Beach Concours, David Gooding heads into new territory with this sale, his third overall and the first outside the confines of Pebble Beach. Expect big things, however, as the consignment list is no less than stellar. A supercharged, Murphy-bodied, 1935 Duesenberg SJ “Disappearing Top” convertible coupe is one such lot. Benefiting from a thorough restoration and recent refresh by Stone Barn Restorations, the car is in beautiful overall condition. The sale will also feature a 1938 Talbot-Lago T150C SS teardrop coupe by Figoni et Falaschi originally owned by Duke Philippe de Massa and now restored to concours standards. S/N 90117 is one of two TalbotLagos built with a lightweight alloy body and was raced at Le Mans in 1939 by de Massa and Norbert Mahe. Kruse International—Scottsdale Auction Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 26–29 More: www.kruse.com With room for nearly 5,000 cars, there should be one for everybody. A couple of pristine Duesenbergs will cross the block, the first an all-original, unrestored, 1930 J Rollston town car, S/N 2603, and the other a 1929 J Murphy Torpedo roadster, completely restored from the ground up. Hot rods will also be prominent here, including a 1937 Ford Custom fiberglass roadster in burnt orange metallic, and with a host of Corvette bits. Perhaps the most outrageous lot will be a hand-built Eliminator Trike. Featured in the May 2005 issue of the duPont Registry, it has won first place awards in the Grand National Roadster Show and Blackie's Autorama in Fresno, California.u An elegant “disappearing top” Duesy will be one of the highlights at Gooding's Palm Beach sale February 2006 13


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The Inside Line SCM Happenings n Longtime SCM contributor Rob Sass has joined the magazine's staff as Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel. Sass earned his law degree from St. Louis University Law School, held the position of Assistant Attorney General for the state of Missouri, and then became a partner in a private St. Louis law firm. Most recently, he was the Director of Business Development for FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. At SCM, he will work closely with Editor and Publisher Keith Martin and General Manager David Slama to develop growth strategies in print, electronic, and other media. n The ninth annual SCM Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Insider's Seminar will be held Thursday and Friday, January 19 and 20, 2006, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Editor Martin will speak on “Driving Your Investment Home,” followed by small-group field walks through auction cars led by our experts. SCM subscribers, $295 for one, $525 for two; non-subscribers, $395 for one, $695 for two. Hurry to secure your place—the deadline is fast approaching. Contact 503.261.0555 ext. 206, or project@sportscarmarket.com. www.sportscarmarket.com. (AZ) n Donald Osborne and Sports Car Market invite you to join us class judging, there will be a Jet Hop, Yacht Hop, and gala. 352.385.9450, www .festivalofspeed.com. (FL) n The Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles has announced its themes for 2006, “Great Automobiles of the Great American Designers,” and “Packard: 1899-1956.” Among the 200 invitation-only vehicles, organizers are looking for significant cars from each year of Packard production. The concours will also have an original GM FuturLiner on display. 330.966.3600, www .glenmoorgathering.com. (OH) Robb Sass and his “angry catfish” Daimler SP250 for our sixth annual Retromobile Reception on February 10 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Cafe du Jambon at the rear of the main hall. This year, the event will feature 100 years of automotive advertising, from posters to promotional films. This is a great opportunity to meet members of the SCM family from around the world. Please contact Osborne for further information, dosborne@sportscarmarket.com. n Steve Austin's Great Vacations and Keith Martin invite you to join them for the Car Collector's Dream Tour to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2-10, 2006. In addition to the world-renowned Festival, visit museums, important factories, restorers, and auctions during the day, then meet guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss and Derek Bell in the evening. Tour size is strictly restricted. 800.452.8434, steveaustin@colton.com. (UK) News n The Sports Car Market/ Fantasy Junction Acura scored its third straight Enduro Championship in the National Auto Sports Association in the E1 Class. It also won the SCCA Illegin Classic 4-hour Enduro at Thunderhill, CA, with drivers Ward Rose and Bruce Trenery. (www.nasaproracing.com) n The Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships has been awarded the 2005 Spirit of Portland Award for Large Business of the Year. Ron Tonkin has been a long-time friend of SCM. Citizens submit nominations, and winners are selected by a committee for outstanding contributions to the Portland, OR, community over the past year. (www. portlandonline.com) Events n Exotic cars, boats, and motorcycles will be on display at the St. Petersburg, FL, Festivals of Speed, taking place February 26. In addition to the new concours SCM/Fantasy Junction Acura n Buy your tickets on-line for best prices to the 2006 Concorso Italiano, which will be held August 18. Designs by Zagato, 100 years of Targa Florio, 100 years of Lancia Automobiles, and the 35th anniversary of Pantera will be featured. www.concorso .com. (CA)u Calendar of Events North American International Auto Show – Jan. 14-22 www.naias.com SCM Insider's Seminar – Jan. 19-20 www.sportscarmarket.com Palm Beach Concours d'Elegance – Jan. 22 www.palmbeachconcours.com Retromobile Paris – Feb. 10-19 www.retromobile.fr Porsche & VW Literature and Toy Swap Meet – Feb. 25 www.lalitandtoyshow.com St. Petersburg Festival of Speed – Feb. 26 www.festivalofspeed.com Geneva International Auto Show – Mar. 2-12 www.salon-auto.ch Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance – Mar. 10-12 www.ameliaconcours.org 14 Sports Car Market MARCH FEBRUARY JANUARY


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com MY ITALIAN CAR ADDICTION IS ALL YOUR FAULT Dear SCM: I purchased a '58 blue Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce from Editor Martin in the early '90s. As a consequence of this purchase, I feel entitled to blame him for my growing addiction to Italian cars and greatly reduced cash flow. I enjoyed and vintage raced the Veloce for many years, until Fritz Durenberger decided to sell me his SZ-1. You may remember it crossing the ramp at Concorso a couple of times. I am writing you because of a remark written by Stefan Lombard in your November issue, page 58: “Concorso offered me my first upclose-and-personal encounters with many exotics, but only the black 1955 Maserati A6G-2000 Zagato stands apart.” I presume he was referring to my Zagato coupe (the only coupe in attendance). It is not black, but I imagine his head might have been spinning after his first Monterey “weekend.” This was my first time at Concorso with the car. At least 30 car guys came up to me to say they thought it the most beautiful car on the field—very gratifying. I have three other cars I have restored in the workshop at my home. The '34 Bentley took second at Pebble Beach in '98. I drove it to an RROC meet in Calgary a few years ago and then south from Seattle with the Al McEwan Bentley tour to Pebble Beach. I had a nice chat with Editor Martin when the tour stopped in Oregon one night. I purchased the MG TB in pieces in the mid '80s. It took third at Pebble Beach in '99 against Delage and Hisso dropheads. My Phantom II, “The Yellow Rolls-Royce,” was totally dismembered, restored, and taken to Pebble Beach for the Centennial in 2004, where it won the Lucius Beebe award (essentially, the most elegant Rolls-Royce). In 1967, I purchased a 1938 SS-100 Jaguar, newly restored, for $2,600. It became my commuter car for many years (to prove to my bride that it was not a frivolous purchase). The SS was in need of a complete restoration after 26 years of use when the '55 Maserati was offered to me for $100k—about the value of the SS. The Maser was 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN General Manager DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Copy Editors PAUL DUCHENE BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS Auction Analysts JOHN APEN B. MITCHELL CARLSON DANIEL GRUNWALD Restoration of the Maser proceeded slowly at first—over $8,000 of rare parts had ‘disappeared' during the disassembly process. in pieces, but the deal was very attractive. The Maser owner did not want the SS, so I proposed a 1031 exchange and wrote an article (which was published in SCM's December 1995 issue) entitled, “Tax Considerations in Collector Car Ownership.” In the article I discussed using a 1031 exchange to avoid capital gains tax on the transaction. Restoration of the Maser pro- ceeded slowly at first—over $8,000 of rare parts had “disappeared” during the disassembly process. When I learned that Pebble Beach would feature Maserati in 2000, I began months of 80-hour weeks and barely completed the car in time (my first drive was Carmel to Pebble Beach). At the post-show banquet, the head class judge told me they had placed the car fourth since it did not have a leather interior (I have the original vinyl interior). This was the only time in seven attempts that I did not win a prize at Pebble. The car runs beautifully with all the right noises. I used the same cams and pistons a friend used in his A6G. The engine was dyno tested at 187 hp at 7,500 rpm. I have been an SCMer since the early editions. It is my favorite of all the many magazines I subscribe to.—Neal Kirkham, Saratoga, CA Neal, it's a treat to see you each August in Monterey and enjoy the always-interesting cars you have brought. I still remember that rainy day when you flew into Portland with a few tools in a satchel, got behind the wheel of the Veloce, and headed south.—ED. FRIEND OR FERRARI Dear SCM: I read your maga- zine from cover to cover, and find it full of good information about the pleasures and pitfalls of owning a particular car. So I am now writing in hope of some advice. I have the opportunity to purchase every car guy's dream: a Ferrari. The car in question is a European 1990 348 Berlinetta located in Italy. The car belongs to a friend who has several other Ferraris and has hardly driven this one. The car has 2,000 km and, as expected, is in like-new condition. It was serviced by the local Ferrari dealer and received a 355 update kit. I don't know what this kit is, and neither does my friend. As my friend says, it is a 348 body with a 355 soul. We do know that the car does not have a catalytic converter. The price seems right at €32,000 ($37,900). If I am going to buy a used Ferrari, this would be the one. The question is, is it worth bringing this car to the U.S. and going through all the required legalization work? How much would this cost? Should this car have the 30,000-mile service performed even if it has covered only 2,000 km? Should I leave this car in Italy and keep the Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON Contributors KATHY KARAPONDO RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO Web Analyst JASON GLASPEY Internet Specialist MATT KING Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Coordinator ZANDER HILL 877.219.2605 ext. 204 scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com Senior SalesManager TAD DINSMORE 503.261.0555 ext. 213 tad@sportscarmarket.com Advertising Sales CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com Branding and Events DONALD OSBORNE 877.219.2605, ext. 258 dosborne@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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friendship?—Bill Berman, Holly Hill, FL Contributing Editor Steve Ahlgrim replies: File this dream next to looking up your high school sweetheart. The deal killer is federalization. The laws governing the importation of non-U.S.market cars are very strict and your car currently doesn't qualify. You could petition its acceptance, but that means spending a year and maybe $25,000 hoping the finished product will be approved. You'd be thousands of dollars underwater before you turned the key. Transportation and duty are fixed costs that will add to your investment, but it's the variable cost you have to look out for—83 miles a year isn't good for any car. Despite any assurances of exceptional care, a car needs to be used. A $3,000-plus major service is a given, but a gummed-up fuel system, frozen suspension, dead tires, and brake problems can be crushing. Save the friendship and leave the Ferrari in Italy. I CAN'T FIND JUNIOR! Dear SCM: In the 2005 Pocket Price Guide, you don't have a 1967 Alfa GT Junior anywhere. What should I compare this car to in your price guide?—Hunter Darth, Minneapolis, MN Contributing Editor Donald Osborne responds: Alfa GT Juniors are terrific cars that were never officially imported to the U.S. They were created to get around the Italian tax laws on engine displacement, using first the Giulietta 1300, then the 1600 engine. They are for the most part identical to the larger-engined GT and GTV cars, except for having simpler interior trim and single rather than double headlights. They offer most of the driving pleasure of the GTVs, but with understandably less grunt. The driving experience is similar to a 1.2- or 1.3-liter Lancia Fulvia coupe. As for values, I would say it's safe to price a GT Junior at 20% less than a comparable GTV—we don't care about the Italian tax laws, and interior trim is not readily available for the Juniors. The only real reason for buying one is finding a superb example that you want to keep for a long time; when you go to sell it, most people will rather have a more powerful and easier-to-maintain GTV. February 2006 The Lucas pumps areexpensive and unreliable, lubrication for the unit is from (now non-existent) lead in the fuel, and the distributor seals go bad A LONE LUCAS DEFENDER Dear SCM: Your Maserati Mistral article (December 2005, p. 32) repeats yet again the “dreaded Lucas fuel injection” story. Really, I don't understand how it has such legs. Here's how the system works: A big pump in the trunk pressurizes a cam-driven fuel distributor that works like an ignition distributor. You set the timing, an easy job, and that's that. There's nothing else you can do. The Lucas pumps are expensive and unreliable, lubrication for the unit is from (now non-existent) lead in the fuel, and the distributor seals go bad. But Prestige Developments (malcolm@prestigeinjection.fsnet .co.uk), for a very reasonable price, can rebuild your unit to use unleaded and supply a reliable and appropriately calibrated Bosch pump. The injection gives wonderful response, and with a good pump, shouldn't be any problem. For proof, come take a ride in my Sebring, which I've had for 20 years. Another thing: There's a batch of repro manifolds out there for Webers that just don't work. So you can spend $6-8k on Webers and be in much worse shape than with the injection.—Paul Wilson, Fairfield, VA Paul, thanks for the update. I would assume that just as Wes Ingram can make the dreaded Spica injection work, Prestige can work the same magic for the Lucas units.—ED. AUCTIONS VS. ADS Dear SCM: I recently par- ticipated in your Insider's Guide to Auctions held at Christie's in NYC. While much of the information was known by me and I am sure others in the room (many of whom have participated in auctions as both buyer and seller), it was entertaining and made me feel more comfortable with the process. The reason for this e-mail is to inquire as to whether you have found or believe that selling your car at an auction (Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale excepted for obvious reasons) yields a higher price than selling through Hemmings, eBay or SCM's own classifieds. I have a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi that is in condition #2 to #2- with extensive maintenance bills that I have decided to sell. I placed three weeks of advertising (no picture) in Autoweek as well as insertions in Ferrari Market Letter in the past year. I received very few inquiries, and no sale. I can see that selling at auction increases the likelihood of a sale, but what about that sales price, particularly with the seller's commission? If one had the time to wait, would other venues lead to a higher return for the seller?—Cliff Ingber, Greenwich, CT Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney responds: I have seen cars sell at auction for both much more and much less than I thought they would, and sometimes much more or less than logic would dictate. Cars often do poorly at sales where they are the fish out of water—a late-model Ferrari in a sale consisting of mostly pre-war American Classics, for example. Sometimes you just don't know until you try. If your car is a commodity such as a 1965 Mustang convertible, you might be better off limiting your costs both in marketing and in travel by listing it in the classifieds or on eBay. However, if your '65 Mustang was restored with excellent quality using all NOS parts and displaying a miledeep respray, you are likely to do better displaying it to dozens, if not hundreds, of potential buyers at a major auction. Many of us have gone to an auction, fallen in love, and had a car we never expected to buy follow us home. My advice would be to put yourself in charge of marketing your own car. If you make the commitment to send your car to an auction, then also commit to advertising it as being available at that auction. There will likely be pressure from some individuals who will want to buy it before it goes across the block. Don't give in to that pressure—it means that someone smells a bargain and will be remarketing it soon. As to your Ferrari, people like to see pictures of things they are potentially interested in buying. I would have spent the extra bucks and ran a photo ad in any publication that allows it. And just to repeat something you already know, Boxers continue to be a tough sell, so if you really want the car gone, you may need to adjust your expectations downwards. WHAT THE HELL IS AN AIRFLYTE? 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Ad Index Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance ...................66 Artcurial/Poulain .............................................105 Auto Collector's Garage .....................................73 Automotive Restorations, Inc. ............................69 Automotive Valuation Services ........................145 Autosport Designs Inc. .......................................97 Bald Head ........................................................125 Bart Holland B.V. ...........................................143 BB One Exports ................................................143 Blackhawk Collection .........................................75 Bonhams ..............................................................7 Brian D. Moore Restorations ...........................145 Buyer Services International .............................69 Canepa Design ................................................113 Car Guy Tour .............................................. 73, 97 CarMan's Garage ...............................................69 Carolina Trophy .................................................53 Colin's Classic Auto ............................................81 Copley Motorcars ...................................... 87, 134 Craig Brody Investment Motorcars Inc. ..............79 Doc's Jags ........................................................137 eBay Motors .......................................................29 Exotic Car Transport ........................................144 Family Classic Cars ..........................................107 Fantasy Junction ................................................89 FerrariPortal.com ............................................145 GMP Diecast Models ..........................................79 Gold Rush Transport ........................................145 Gooding & Co. .....................................................2 Goodwood Tour ...............................................144 Gran Prix Imports ............................................141 Gregor Fisken ..................................................110 Grundy Worldwide .............................................11 Guild of Automotive Restorers .......................129 H & H Classic Auctions .......................................91 Hagerty ............................................................148 Horseless Carriage ...........................................143 Insider's Seminar ............................................115 Intercity Lines ....................................................59 Jaguar .................................................................9 JJ Best ..............................................................133 JR Rouse ..........................................................127 Keels and Wheels ..............................................87 Maserati Club International ............................143 Mecum Auctions .................................................71 Morris & Welford, LLC .......................................25 Motocorsa ........................................................109 Muscle Car 1000 ................................................80 Olivia P. Merseth ...............................................89 Palm Springs Auctions .....................................119 Parish Heacock ..................................................31 Park Place Ltd. ........................................... 45, 95 Passport Transport ..........................................101 Paul Russel ........................................................85 Petersen Auction Group ...................................145 Precision Autoworks ........................................134 Premier Financial Services ..............................147 Putnam Leasing ................................................15 Racers ..............................................................143 Renaissance Design & Renco Inc .......................99 Re-Originals ....................................................117 RM Auctions ............................................ 4, 19, 83 Ron Kimball Studios ........................................142 Ron Tonkin ......................................................123 RPM Autobooks .................................................85 Russo & Steele ...................................................33 Scottsdale Visitor's Bureau ................................22 Silver Auctions .................................................131 Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate ............................92 Symbolic Motors ..................................................3 The Legato .......................................................103 TNC Enterprises ...............................................144 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...............................77 Vintage Rallies ................................................107 VintageAutoPosters.com ..................................145 VIR The Gallery .................................................77 Worldwide Group ..............................................93 18 knowledgeable about 400is and recognized that there is a world of difference between a 25,000-mile example with all records, service, etcetera, like mine, and one with needs. For the record, I got $36,000 for the car, not as much as I had hoped but close enough. One reason for the sale is that Contributing to its flashing mountain performance is the Metropolitan's light weight, resulting from Nash-pioneered unitized ‘Airflyte' construction problems I did experience with my Rambler were overheating and breaking of the tailpipe, which extended from the muffler to where it bolted onto the side of the engine.—Ron Anderson, Newport Beach, CA Doug Patton from the Pacific Northwest Region Nash Car Club was kind enough to help with this one: Airflyte was not a model or line of Nash cars, but a type of styling. It is what we affectionately know today as the “upside-down bathtub” design. It was applied to all Nash models starting in 1949. The photos from the article are both in the Airflyte design. The design was conceived by Nash V.P. Nils E. Wahlberg, an engineer who was preoccupied with aerodynamics and its effect on things like speed, drag, fuel economy, cabin noise, and handling. This was a common concern of post-war auto makers. Consumer auto magazines of the era sometimes compare models based on their wind resistance and aerodynamics. Other people involved in Airflyte design work at Nash in the late'40s were Meade Moore, Ted Ulrich, Ray Smith, and Don Butler. The new styling appeared with the 1949 models and was a radical difference from the styling that held sway earlier, which was essentially a continuation of pre-war designs. When the Nash Rambler model was introduced in 1950, it conformed to a scaled-down version of the Airflyte design. My 1953 Rambler has the word “Airflyte” in script on the dash just above the glove compartment. Unless you were a passenger in this car, you would not know you were riding in an Airflyte. I had to go out and look just now to be sure of this. It was more important to know if your Nash was a Statesman, Ambassador, or Rambler model. The word does not appear anywhere else on the car, but I believe it was on the outside on some model years. The term continued in use through at least 1954. The Nash Motor Company in-house magazine was called Nash Airflyte Magazine. Issues ran under this name through about 1956. The tiny Metropolitan, introduced in 1954, is described in the April 1954 issue: “Contributing to its flashing mountain performance is the Metropolitan's light weight, resulting from Nash-pioneered unitized ‘Airflyte' construction…” Perhaps SCM should run a feature on the Metropolitan as a sports car? (I think not. Must have been a little exaggeration on the part of the Nash marketing department.) Nash worked hard to survive during the 1950s, and many of its innovations were adopted by the other makes after Nash had proved their success. STOP, WE'RE BLUSHING Dear SCM: I sold my Ferrari 400i through my ad in SCM to a fellow subscriber. This buyer was your magazine appeals not to just car guys but to highly knowledgeable car guys, people who know, understand, and appreciate the differences in a particular car, and that it can be more valuable than the auction results for 400is indicate. That said, a 400i is a small market, and finding the right buyer can be difficult, but it showed me SCM has the readership that can provide results.—George Lampus, Portland, OR I CAN NAME THAT CAR IN ONE NOTE Dear SCM: I just finished this really great issue (November 2005), but the neat picture on page 32 has no name. It was taken at the Meadow Brook meet by one of your contributors. I have a huge scrapbook and cannot find what it is so that I can file it away. Any ideas?—Robert Reverman, Bellevue, WA Lolly Bezy, Executive Dir- ector, Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, responds: In the 2005 program book car #052 is a 1915 Winton Runabout owned by Frank Kleptz of Terre Haute, IN. ERRATA In the December 2005 issue, p. 51, Lord Brockett's ₤4,500,000 insurance claim, when converted to U.S. dollars, was reported incorrectly. The correct figure, using 1991 exchange rates, is $7,738,200, not the $2,316,600 reported. Also, the 250 GT SWB replica in the photo at the top of the same page is S/N 4015. The S/N in the caption, 3565, was that of the actual SWB that Brockett replicated.u Sports Car Market


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AMERICA by F I A T The Ongoing Saga of SCM Subscribers Driving a 1960 Fiat 2100 from Ohio to Oregon The Fiat's Last Dance It's now in Portland, only a year behind schedule by Kristen Hall-Geisler The SCM staff welcomes the Fiat to Oregon T he saga began in the winter of 2004, when Editor Martin purchased a 1960 Fiat 2100 from SCMer Howard Jacobs of Ohio. He was very thorough in his description, including work he'd had done to the car, adding that it “can be driven and enjoyed as-is.” SCM could have shipped the Fiat back to World Headquarters in Portland, OR, but Martin had an idea: He instead asked readers to volunteer to drive this thing in stages from Cleveland to Portland. In a momentary lapse of sanity, our managing editor at the time, Jeff Sabatini, took the first leg, bringing it from Cleveland to Ann Arbor, MI, where it spent the winter. Offers and professions of Fiat love flooded our inboxes. Our first sub- scriber-driver was Neil Johnson, who took it from Ann Arbor, MI, where it stained his garage floor, to Fort Wayne, IN (May 2004, 151 miles). The next driver, Hugh Baldus, has the distinction of being the only pilot of the SCMFiat to reach his destination without incident: Elkhart, IN (June 2004, 109 miles). Granted, he only took the car 109 miles. Baldus also procured the front- and rear-window “SCM America by Fiat” vinyl signs. Najeeb Khan and his daughter Sarah (who loved the car) drove it to a Chicago suburb (July 2004, 120 miles), where they handed it over to Fred Panici, a task we had planned on accomplishing the previous February. The car did not see the 2004 Concorso Italiano, but its day would come. While the car was in Panici's care (July to September 2004), SCMhad seatbelts installed along with numerous other repairs, including “windshield gasket ineffectively caulked and duct-taped.” It may not be pretty, but it is resourceful. Panici's last words: “I have no doubt that it can now make Portland, OR, without much more trouble.” Mike and Ann Griese picked the car up in Wilmette, IL, and drove it to their home in Byron, MN (October 2004, 390 miles). They even managed to get it to the Wheels and Wings car show in Osceola, WI, with the help of Lotus Owners Oftha North. The rejoicing was short-lived, though, as the carb cracked and leaked gas once back in Minnesota, sidelining it for several weeks. Charlie Gaetze of Sioux Falls, SD, not only offered to pick the car up and drive it home (December 2004, 235 miles), but also to get the Fiat to Scottsdale in time for the Barrett-Jackson auction in January 2005. He and co-driver Rick Barrett made only one mistake: stopping at the Corn Palace in South Dakota. The Fiat refused to start up, necessitating a trailer ride to Scottsdale (January 2005, 1,593 miles—few of which were under its own power). Of course, once in the relative warmth of the Southwest, it started right up. Or maybe it was just happy to see Editor 20 Martin and the SCM staff, our first glimpse of the car in person. Airline pilot Matt Packard of Phoenix had the car when it suffered what he called a “catastrophic failure. The distributor started eating itself and parts started dropping out of the engine bay onto the road.” Packard's accomplice Matt Hoza fortunately carries the title of “Fiat guru,” and got it running again. Packard and his wife Gina Cuciniello fi- Location: Monterey, CA Driver: Mark Vaughn Packed a case of oil and a mechanic nally were able to deliver the Fiat to the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles (July 2005, 375 miles). It is worth noting that they also used the SCM fix-it of choice, duct-tape, to repair the cooling system overflow cap—a smart move before driving across the desert in 108-degree heat. Petersen Museum Director Dick Messer de- livered on his promise to have the car in Monterey for Concorso Italiano, the event the little Fiat had missed the previous year. He did not, however, drive it himself. He roped AutoWeek writer Mark Vaughn into making the trip, along with Museum intern Brian Martin (no relation to SCM's editor). With a case of oil in the trunk, the Fiat 2100 made its spectacular concours debut on the stage at Concorso, where Editor Martin was emcee (August 2005, 375 miles). SCM contributor Martin Swig drove the final leg of the journey to Portland (October 2005, 735 miles), where Jim Feldman was kind enough to let the car rest—and drip—in his garage. The 1960 Fiat 2100 is home now, in the officialSCMgarage (November Location: Los Angeles, CA Drivers: Matt Packard and Gina Cuciniello Drove overnight to avoid overheating 2005, 9 miles) after being pushed downhill by a Honda Element driven by General Manager David Slama. “I couldn't understand why Stefan [Lombard, Auction Editor] had the brake on going downhill,” Slama said. Of course, the brake wasn't on at all, nor was the car out of gas when it conked out at the top of the hill. It was just the Fiat, doing what it does best. Nothing.u Sports Car Market


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Location: Fort Wayne, IN Driver: Hugh Baldus “Absolutely no problems;” encourages false hopes in staff The saga begins: Cleveland, OH Driver: Jeff Sabatini Waiting for volunteers—or victims Location: Elkhart, IN Drivers: Najeeb and Sarah Khan Location: Sioux Falls, SD Drivers: Charlie Gaetz and Rick Barrett Lesson: Don't stop the Fiat when it's 25 below She expected the ride to be like flying in Dad's plane. Surprise Location: Byron, MN Drivers: Mike and Ann Griese Visited a car show, cracked the carb Location: Ann Arbor, MI Driver: Neil Johnson Stalled on a busy street—next to a cop car Location: Scottsdale, AZ Drivers: SCM Staff Narrowly escaped a trip across the block SUMMARY Months of ownership: 22 Miles driven since purchase: 4,421 Recent investments: Starter fluid, $4.99; lunch with repairman, $25 Total investment: $3,828.65 Cost per month: $174.03 Cost per mile: $.87 Cost per day: $5.80 New car equivalent: 2006 Chevrolet Aveo, $173/ month, 60-month loan (That's right, we could buy instead of lease.) Location: Wilmette, IL Driver: Fred Panici Taught 15-year-old son to drive a column-shift stick


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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT California Car Cover has introduced new vintage-style neon signs. Handmade of 20-gauge steel with internal wiring, each three-foot-long sign comes with a six-foot power cord and aluminum “z-clips” for hanging. $2,999.99. 818.998.2100, www.calcarcover.com. “Tokyo Show to Be Held on Moon,” “British Drivers Now Stupidest in World;” these are headlines that could only be taken from www.sniffpetrol. com. The British site is updated monthly, and skewers automotive ads, ridiculous design, and Formula One, including a campaign to keep James Allen from ruining F1. Be aware: the humor is spot-on, but involves a lot of swearing, if you're averse to that sort of thing. Steven Kernyansky has produced a folio devoted to the intricate workings of Alfa Romeo Giulietta and Giulia spiders—the Restorer's Scrapbook, from St. George Publishing. His scrapbook, while only fers detailed photos of subassemblies such as front and rear suspension, including brakes. The high-quality, well-lit photos of the 1955-65 Giulietta and Giulia Spider (750 and 101 series) have informative captions. Especially if you are restoring your first Alfa, this booklet should have a place on your shelf. $14.99. St. George Publishing, PO Box 235, Owasso, OK 74055. From buying parts to protecting its fiberglass body, two comprehensive new Haynes Repair Manuals will help you keep your Corvette in its best condition. The first manual covers 'Vettes 1968 through 1982, while the second details cars built from 1984 to 1996. Hundreds of photographs accompany step-by-step instructions that require only basic tools and can be followed by anyone, including, they say, beginners. $22.95 each. 800.4.Haynes, www.haynes.com. Only for true gearheads: Wrenchware. The set of three pieces of flatware comes in its own box; buy eight sets and receive a free set of mini Wrenchware for your gearhead-in-training. Class up the dinner table even more with their Route 66 plates and stack-of-tires mugs. $24 each set. www.wrenchwareinc.com.u 24 Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS 1906 F.I.A.T. TARGA FLORIO TYPE 24/40 This unique survivor, Chassis Number 2538, was delivered in rolling chassis form from Turin to London on June 1st , 1906. By 1910 the car was registered in Ireland and remained there with one family for nearly seventy years. This remarkable F.I.A.T. survived being disused from 1913 – 1985 and was subsequently discovered and restored over a seven year period. Specification is 40hp, 7.36 litre T-head engine with low tension ignition and double chain drive; which is identical to the factory racing machines that finished 1st , 2nd and 8th respectively in the 1907 Targa Florio. This is a motor car of major historic importance and would be a central attraction for the 2006 Targa Florio Centenary in Sicily and all international touring and racing events. Other Cars Available 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer by Alford & Alder 1914 Stanley Steamer Model 607 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Dual Cowl Open Tourer by Barker 1934 MG K3 1935 Jaguar SS 90 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Cabriolet by Pinin Farina 1952 Jaguar C-Type 1965 AC Cobra Mk II 289 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Miles Morris P. O. Box 1167 Weston, CT 06883 Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford 2900 Bristol Street, Suite C-205 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com


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Books DVDs MOTORING: Getting the Maximum from Your New M by Gary Anderson and Don Racine Enthusiast Publications LLC, 2005; ISBN: 0-9765780-0-X available through www.minimania.com; $29.95 While the “new” Mini has not achieved the giant-killer race track reputation Austin/Morris ancestor, SCM Contributing Editor Gary Anderson and co-author Racine, owner of parts supplier MiniMania, have written a remarkably useful book ers of new Minis. It assists both would-be buyers before their trip to the showroom current owners who want to modify their cars for better performance. Most readers already bought their car and will, as I did, regret some of their choices. While a variety of levels of “motoring” are covered, the emphasis in the book more aggressive forms of driving. To that end, the authors include tips on autocross track driving along with recommendations for modifications and setup—some more advanced. Those chapters alone would be worth the price of the book for competitively pilots a front-wheel-drive car, regardless of the brand. The one bone I might pick, as the owner of a “standard” Cooper, is the lightly disdain the book shows to any model not the hotter S model. Perhaps it's understandable, given that most enthusiast buyers would choose the S over the standard Cooper good number of performance enhancements are also available for the Cooper want to get the maximum out of their Mini. Motoring is a great resource for all new ers.—Donald Osborne Delage: Styling and Design by Richard S. Adatto and Diana E. Meredith Dalton Watson Fine Books, 2005; ISBN: 1-85443-204-4 www.daltonwatson.com; $39 The art of Delage, the new book by SCM contributor Richard Adatto, is striking. Current photographs contrast with black-and-white period images and full-color styling sketches by the likes of Figoni & Falaschi. If you can tear your eye balls away from the pictures, the text is informative, covering the company's racing years and each of the coachbuilders who defined sweeping French automotive design. The appendices detail the company' competition record, production and specs, and more in a clean, easy-to-reference format. A must for les enthousiastes de la belle voiture française.—Kristen Hall-Geisler Ferrari by Mailander by Karl Ludvigsen Dalton Watson Fine Books, 2005; ISBN: 1-85443-213-3 www.daltonwatson.com; $125 Between 1950 and 1955, Rodolfo Mailander had unparalleled access to the developing Ferrari factory and racing program. This large-format book serves as a testament to his talent as a photographer, and as a portrait of the men who shaped the marque. Insightful captions by the author, as well as by Mailander himself, accompany over 500 black-and-white photos depicting everything from Lampredi V12s on the test bench to Ascari driving at the limit. The book includes a complete listing of the serial numbers of each car illustrated. A worthy investment for any fan of the Scuderia.—Stefan Lombard 26 Sports Car Market


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Indy Cars 1911–1939: Great Racers from the Crucible of Speed Ludvigsen Library Series Iconografix, Inc., 2005; ISBN: 1-58388-151-4 www.iconografixinc.com; $29.95 This latest volume completes the Series' coverage of the “500” from its beginnings in 1911 to the end of the 1970s, with many period photos and an intro by Karl Ludvigsen.— K.H.G. McLaren Memories: A Biography of Bruce McLaren by Eoin Young Haynes Publishing, 2005; ISBN: 1-84425-119-5 www.haynes.co.uk; $32.95 No name in motor racing resonates like that of McLaren. With warmth and wit, Young tells the story of the man behind the machines, the championships, and the legacy.—S.L. Slingshot Dragsters of the 1960s Photo Archive by Lou Hart Iconografix, Inc., 2005; ISBN: 1-58388-148-4 www.iconografixinc.com; $29.95 An ultra-cool picture book of diggers, rails, and fuelers, including Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, and memorable moments of drag racing's heyday.—K.H.G. Vintage DVDs Readers of Sports Car Market have likely worn out their copies of “Bullitt” and “Rendezvous.” We'd like to recommend a few lesser-known vintage car movies to expand your collection. To Catch a Thief, 1955. Grace Kelly drives a Sunbeam Alpine along the mountain roads of the French Riviera. Surely it was this, not that dress, that made Cary Grant fall for her in the film. On Amazon.com from: $8.73 Death Race 2000, 1975. David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone lead a cast of dozens in the crosscountry race of the future, where obnoxious fakeydoos run down pedestrians for points. On Amazon .com from: $3.78 50 Years of Formula 1 On-Board Ardennes Productions, 2004 www.ardennesproductions.com; $31.46 Produced over two years from hundreds of hours of in-car footage, the result is a ride through the decades with Fangio, Moss, Stewart, Lafitte, Senna, and Schumacher. Includes profiles on all 27 world champions, less Alonso.—S.L. February 2006 The Racers, 1955. Kirk Douglas plays an Italian bus driver who competes in the Grand Prix de Napoli in his home-built car. Molto melodrama, for road-racing fans only. Hard to find. MoviesUnlimited.com for $35.99. Corvette Summer, 1978. When the shop class Corvette is stolen, it's up to 'Vette fanatic Kenny Dantley, Jr. (Mark Hamill of “Star Wars” fame) to find it. In Las Vegas. With a hooker. On Amazon.com from: $8.39 A Man and a Woman, 1966. Also called “Un Homme et un Femme.” A romantic French film that opens with a stunning race sequence. Jean-Louis Tringignant plays a test driver for Ford racing. On Amazon.com from: $13.91 Cannonball Run, 1981. Dozens of cars, Burt and Dom, Dean and Sammy. Roger Moore makes fun of James Bond, complete with Aston Martin, and Adrienne Barbeau drives a Lamborghini. On Amazon .com from: $4.47u 27


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SCM Our Cars More Four-Wheeled Fanatacism I couldn't bear the thought of yet another car that I have lusted after becoming unaffordable 1971 BMW 2800CS Owner: Rob Sass, Affordable Classics contributor Purchase date and price: August 2005, $11,000 Mileage since purchase: 500 miles Recent work: Set of tires and floor mats As an eight-year-old in 1972, the greatest experience of my life was the day that my dad decided that he was going to blow about ten large on a new European sports car. In one weekend, we looked at a Porsche 911 coupe, a Mercedes-Benz 280SL, a Jaguar E-type V12, and a BMW 2800CS. Although it was a Series III 2+2, the Regency Red and biscuit E-type captivated us. A close second was the silver shark-like BMW. My dad bought the Jag. Anyone familiar with British Leyland quality circa 1972 can guess the rest of the story. I never forgot the BMW. Fast forward to this year. It struck me as odd that while other watershed coupe designs such as the '63 Buick Riviera, Alfa GTV, and '53 Studebaker finally started to see real appreciation, the big BMW coupe had not. I couldn't bear the thought of yet another car that I have lusted after becoming unaffordable. I let Evan Esterman of Bimmer Brothers (www.bimmerbrothers .net), a BMW coupe specialist in the Bay Area, know what I was looking for and he promptly found it at a reasonable price. The car had been an everyday driver in California, so aside from a simple service it was ready to enjoy, which is precisely what I have been doing. Driven casually, it is a smooth and quiet GT. Driven hard, it's a blast. The big six howls up the 6,200-rpm redline and the gearbox, steering, and chassis are a joy. It's a keeper. 28 1971 911T SUNROOF Owner: Jim Schrager, German car specialist Purchase date and price: 1991; $6,500 Mileage since purchase: About 10,000 Recent work: Installation of 2.0 S MFI engine This car appeared in the Santa Cruz classified ads in the early 1990s—it wouldn't pass smog and had to be deported from California. The paint was shiny (still is) but with numerous flaws from age, and a clumsy “update kit” was plastered on the rear that added fake 1974-style impact bumper guards, which did not help the car sell. It had replica Fuchs and lousy old tires three sizes too big. But it was a sunroof coupe in the attractive color of Gemini Blue metallic with zero rust, plus original engine, carpets, and seats. He wanted $8,500, too much back then, but walked away from my fair offer of $6,000. I rejected his counter of $6,500, willing to lose the car. I have always felt you have to be a disciplined buyer. He continued to advertise the car and drove around with a “For Sale” sign in the back window, but nobody bit. After a few weeks, I agreed, with modest enthusiasm, to take the car at $6,500. Major changes included genuine Fuchs and a fun 1969 2.0 MFI S engine—after we threw away the rear update kit. The pretty color, sunroof, and straight chassis combine with an excellent original interior and early S power to make this one of my favorite everyday drivers. Today the car is probably worth about $12,000 with the original running gear and maybe $6,000 more with the S engine included. But don't think I bought it as a car that would be a great investment—I bought it because I like to drive it. 2003 SUBARU WRX SPORT WAGON Owner: Tad Dinsmore, Senior Advertising Sales Manager Purchase date and price: September 2002, $22,000 Mileage since purchase: 33,000 Recent work: Ceramic-coated headers, turboback exhaust, STi intercooler I've been a fan of rally cars since Group B introduced small-displacement, allwheel-drive turbo cars to the rally circuit in the mid-'80s, and I always wanted a homologation car with the 2-liter engine dictated by WRC regulations. My desire was furthered by a thrill ride in a Euro-spec Lancer Evolution 6.5 in 2000, and I started looking at the options. By 2001, word came that Subaru had finally decided to let the U.S. market have the successful Impreza with the 2.0 turbo engine known around the world as the WRX. When I hastened to the local dealership to attempt to make a deposit, they had no idea what I was talking about, but offered a Legacy as a consolation prize (I passed). Several Car & Driver 10 Bests and numerous other awards later, the WRX had become ubiquitous in the U.S. tuner market, and I headed to the dealer once more to attempt the purchase. This time they had heard of the thing, and after the usual backand-forth, we settled on a price. I have put perhaps another $10k into modifications over the last three years and now have a daily-driver wagon that will get the groceries faster than a lot of sports cars and does so while flying well under the radar with its innocent looks.u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic 1966-67 Oldsmobile Toronado How can muscle car collectors overlook anything this big? By Rob Sass the phrase “failure is not an option,” they certainly lived it. They delivered a unique and bullet-proof solution to power the new Toronado. Unlike most front drivers, the power pack in a Toro is not mounted transversely but longitudinally. The standard GM 400 Turbo Hydramatic transmission is situated on the driver's side of the engine, with the flywheel and torque converter mounted conventionally on the tail of the engine. The trick part is the chain that links the engine and the transmission. While a chain doesn't inspire thoughts of longevity with this amount of power and torque, the Morris Company engineered a pre-stretched rubberisolated steel chain that was quiet and had an almost limitless life span. Suspension was by torsion bars in front and a beam axle in the rear. While the Toronado was a conventional, assembly- T line, serial-production car designed to make a profit rather than just a statement (unlike, say, a '56 Continental), there were some special touches in the standard of the assembly. he 1966 Toronado was America's first front-wheel drive car since the Cord 810, 30 years earlier. It was certainly Oldsmobile's (and possibly GM's) last stylistic tour de force. The post-1967 years became increasingly unfriendly to this type of individuality as committees, legislators, and focus groups took over American automotive design. The project that eventually became the Toronado had a long gestation period and was cloaked in all the secrecy of a Cold War spy plane. The original designation, “XP784,” even sounds like black ops. The name Toronado was chosen to further throw off inquiring minds, as it was also the name of an unrelated 1963 Chevrolet concept car. Although it sounds like a cross between a beef entrée and a mobile-home-marauding twister, it actually has no meaning in any language—perhaps that's where the Japanese got the idea. The reason for the car's long gestation period was its unique drive train. Europeans had been mass-producing FWD successfully since Citroën's Traction Avant of 1934, and Sir Alec Issigonis's brilliant Mini was already a micro-sensation. But there was strong doubt whether the concept was transferable to a full-sized American car with a large, high-torque engine. The Cord L-29 had shown a tendency to crack its frame and eventually abandon its front wheels, and the later 810 had greasily illustrated the limitations of constant velocity joints. Olds aimed to make FWD work with a 425-ci V8 pounding out 385 hp and with a pavement-rippling 475 ft-lbs of torque. It seems a near-impossible task even today; a recipe for an ill-handling, badly balanced, massively torque-steering beast that disintegrates its driveline in short order. In fact, the Toro is none of these things. Olds engineers realized that the success of all future FWD vehicles at GM rode on the outcome of Project XP784. Unlike the bean-counter GM of the 80s, the project fell to a cadre of talented, crew-cut, skinny-tie-wearing, slide-rule-carrying engineers, all looking like Ed Harris in the movie Apollo 13. And if they didn't actually utter 30 Olds junkies maintain that Toronado engines are the best of the best—every bit as good as the 442 and W-30 engines. They were machined to closer tolerances, had aluminized valves set in big valve heads, high-compression pistons, and deeper oil pans that held an extra quart. The stylists, led by the legendary William Mitchell, created an envelope befitting the engineers' accomplishments—a clean, flowing (except when fitted with an obnoxious vinyl top), pillarless fastback with little unnecessary adornment. The unique wheels, hidden headlights, and horizontal slatted grille were an homage to the Cord of three decades earlier. Jay Leno commissioned a fabulous “resto-mod” '66 Toronado and wisely did not change the appearance of the car (despite the eye-popping heresy of a Chevy engine and rear-wheel drive), down to crafting 17” replicas of the original Cordlike chrome wheels. Leno has correctly pointed out that some styling cues such as the muscular and prominent fender arches still look contemporary. Although the sheer size of the Toro earned what may have been the first printed reference to a “land yacht,” I don't think that Road & Track intended the negative connotation that we associate with the term today. In fact, they commented favorably on the car's handling, stating that it was among the best-handling big cars that they had ever driven and that it could “be driven through winding mountain roads almost as if it were a sports car.” For emphasis, Bobby Unser won the 1967 Pike's Peak Hill Climb in a Toronado as part of a stunning 1-2-3 Olds finish. Only the typically numb Saginaw power steering and drum brakes let things down, although discs became available in '67. The big Olds also had a prodigious appetite for its specially designed Firestone front tires and the thirst of an Aussie drover for fuel. The interior of the Toronado has both flat seats and DETAILS floor, with seats covered in good cloth or leather. The floor is missing a drive shaft hump to allow a more spacious feeling. The dash, while unmistakably American, has full instrumentation, including a unique revolving drum-type speedometer, which works fine until the cable wears. Then it becomes as unreadable as the Edsel compass-type. Toronado sales started with a bang in 1966, with 40,963 out the door, but plunged like the car's gas gauge from then on as the smooth design was progressively mangled. Sales dropped 50% to 21,790 in 1967, which is visually very similar with only an egg-crate grille to differentiate it. The next models appeared to have crashed into a six-foot mouth organ; but 26,454 were sold in Years produced: 1966–67 Number produced: 62,483 Original list price: $5,858 SCM valuation: $8,000–$15,000 Tune-up/major service: $200 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Left front door hinge pillar Engine #: Stamped behind water pump Club: Toronado Owners Assoc., P.O. Box 817, Broomfield, CO 80038-0817 More: www.toronado.org Alternatives: 1963–65 Buick Riviera; 1967 Cadillac Eldorado; 1967–68 Mercury Cougar XR7 SCM Investment Grade: C Sports Car Market


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1968 and 28,494 in 1969, probably thanks to the new 455-ci engine. The hidden headlights were abandoned in 1970 for an alarmingly ugly aspect, but 25,433 cars were sold, including 5,341 GTs. By 1971 the grand experiment was over and a literally square redesign turned Cinderella into her ugly sister. Truly fine '66–67 Toronados are a rare sight at auc- tions. Occasionally one sees well-preserved originals at shows and club events. These must surely be the ones to own, as I would hate to guess what a restoration would cost. The plating bill for the wheels and bumpers will send you reeling, and many trim items are unobtainium. A Toronado is a hard car to pigeon-hole, which may contribute to the market's lack of interest in this arresting and original design. Some fans correctly maintain that it is the world's only FWD muscle car, which is supported by its massive power, roadability and 130-mph top speed. However, the Toronado's personal luxury overtones and the idea that “FWD” and “muscle car” seem diametrically opposed militate against this assertion. Regardless of how one categorizes it, as SCM continues to note, the field of cars that are interesting and different for $10,000 continues to shrink. The early Toronado must rank as one of today's best remaining sleepers.u ROB SASS, SCM's new Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel, has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was sixteen. 20-Year Picture 1966 Buick Riviera Coupe $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 1966-67 Oldsmobile Toronado Coupe 1967-68 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. February 2006 31 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005


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Legal Files John Draneas Helping Officer Friendly Be Friendly to You Don't waste time with hopeless explanations like your car has to be driven fast or it fouls plugs M ost SCM readers would call this one of the world's greatest jobs:ExcellenceEditor Pete Stout was on assignment, cruising down Highway 101 in Marin County in a pro- totype supercar provided by a European manufacturer. Traffic was heavy enough that he was only using about 50 of the car's 500 hp, and there was little risk of annoying the California Highway Patrol. But suddenly the rear view mirror lit up with red and blue lights. The officer was attracted by the European license plates, but then became perplexed about the lack of a VIN on the A-pillar. Stout explained that this was a manufacturer's prototype car, properly imported on a temporary tourist visa, and showed the officer the VIN under the front lid. The officer still wasn't convinced that the car was street-legal. Sixty minutes later, Stout was back on the road with a ticket for violating California Vehicle Code Section 10751 (a): possessing a car with a removed or altered VIN. Which happens to be a misdemeanor—a full-blown criminal charge. The ticket stated it could only be cleared through the local CHP sergeant. THE SUCCESSFUL DEFENSE After a quick e-mail to me at SCM's “Legal Files,” Stout called the sergeant with the following challenges to the ticket: 1. The law requires that one “knowingly” possess a car in such a condition. Since Stout had borrowed the car from the manufacturer, he legitimately had no idea about its VIN status. 2. The VIN was never removed. Rather, the car never had one, since the manufacturer did not intend to sell the car and saw no need to give it one. Stout's call was successful. The sergeant came close to agreeing that the ticket was unwarranted, and downgraded the offense to an infraction related to the proper registration of the car. A little later, Stout received a call from the officer who ticketed him. The officer (who had obviously received a call from the sergeant) was very friendly. He told Stout that, although he still had issues with the legitimacy of the car's identification, he would be glad to appear in court and tell the judge that he didn't think Stout should have gotten the ticket. That should be enough for a complete dismissal. THE SECRET HANDSHAKE So, you may want to know, what were the “magic words” that worked so well for Stout? Actually, there were none. What got Stout off was that he is a nice guy, and never lost his composure. Throughout the hour that he spent with the officer, Stout never got mad, and remained cordial and patient. When he spoke with the sergeant, he never criticized the officer and he explained the situation calmly and politely. Even without saying so, his explanation still made it pretty clear that it was a bum rap. He let the sergeant handle the negotiations with the officer, which was much less intense 32 Wouldn't you rather be at the doughnut shop? than would have been the case if Stout were directly involved. He made both cops want to help him. NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST Looking for another perspective, I consulted my partner, Robert Perkins. He is a former assistant district attorney with extensive experience in traffic court who now makes a small legal specialty out of defending me when I am ticketed, as well as an ever-increasing number of my hapless friends. I asked Perkins what he thought about Stout's experience. He chuckled and said, “Don't you remember the last time I saved your butt? When I called the officer to talk about it, he was quick to say, ‘Yes, I remember Mr. Draneas—he was very polite.' The secret is, nice guys finish first.” Perkins points out that when an officer pulls you over, he or she has already decided that you have done something wrong. Denial is not going to get you anywhere. There are only two ways that you are going to get off—some technical defect in the ticket or the officer decides to give you a break. And both are more likely to happen later, when your attorney contacts the officer or the district attorney. Other than being polite and cooperative, here are some of Perkins' tips: • When the lights come on, pull over quickly so the officer doesn't get mad trying to make you stop. • Know where all your documents are, so you don't have to fumble around for them and waste the officer's time, especially when it's raining. • Hide the radar detector. • Don't waste time with hopeless explanations like you were just “going with the flow,” it was your cell phone's fault, it's a stupid law, your car has to be driven fast or it fouls plugs, or your car is designed to be impervious to radar. • Don't beg for a break. Police officers have egos. The idea that you just deserve a warning has to be their idea, and they have to feel like they are being magnanimous and granting you a break—not doing it because you are a whiner. I REALLY DID THAT? Perkins also points out that denying the offense is unlikely to do any good. Remember, the officer pulled you over because he thinks you're guilty, and denying it is telling him he's wrong. But, if you're a good negotiator, Perkins thinks you might try to persuade the officer that you were unaware that you were doing what he stopped you for, and that you wouldn't have done it if you were aware of it. That sort of humility and self-criticism might get you off with a warning or a more favorable resolution later, like traffic school. But, Perkins cautions, “Don't make things worse by saying you didn't realize you were doing 90 mph.” That kind of arrogance or stupidity will get the book thrown at you.The nice approach won't always work, but it worked for Pete Stout, and it has the greatest chance of winning for you. Perkins adds, “All bets are off if you get ticketed by a motorcycle cop. Those guys are really tough!”u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com Sports Car Market


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Events Braille Car Rally 2005 Reading the Route—Literally The blind kids guide the drivers, who don't know the route, to checkpoints, using a stopwatch and large-print letters or Braille by Chip Baldoni S peeding along at 80 mph on a Los Angeles freeway, no idea where I'm going, California Highway Patrol in hot pursuit—what do I do? I let my blind navigator lead the way. The Annual Braille Car Rally, held in Los Angeles, California, was hosted this year by Anita Wright, Youth Coordinator at the Braille Institute. For 40 years, the rally has been the Institute's most eagerly anticipated event. It brings together car clubs, Braille Institute volunteers, local law enforcement and, most importantly, an adventurous group of blind students ranging from ages eight to eighteen. The kids participate in the four- hour rally with the most important job of all: navigating. They guide the drivers, who don't know the route, to checkpoints using a stopwatch and large-print letters or Braille. As in a traditional rally, they instruct the drivers when and where to turn, when to reset the odometer, and what speeds to maintain. About sixty vehicles from differ- Sports cars and cops—for the Braille Institute kids, a winning combination ent car clubs, including the Alfa Romeo Club, Mini Cooper Club, MG Club, Volvo Club, Corvette Club and American Handcrafted Automotive Club, participated in this year's rally, along with cars from the California Highway Patrol and local Signal Hill, Los Alamitos, and Los Angeles police departments. An Acura NSX, a Nash Metropolitan convertible, and a new Corvette C6 convertible on loan from its manufacturer were some of the automotive highlights. I drove my 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce. I have driven on the Copperstate 1000 twice, and the Silverstate 100 five times; I have set a track record at the Firebird International Raceway, and run Pro-Series in the Spec Racer Ford and Formula Mazda. But nothing quite compares with taking your classic (or newer) car, putting 34 Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Plan ahead: July 15, 2006 Location: Los Angeles, CA Cost: $10 (including lunch) E-mail: info@brailleinstitute.org Maybe the navigator was lucky he couldn't see what he was actually riding in a blind kid in the passenger seat, and rallying around the streets and freeways of Los Angeles. I had a great time with my navigator, Christian Alvarado. We tailgated the CHP on the freeway—and didn't always adhere to the speed limit. We drove all around the rich, hilly neighborhoods of Signal Hill and Huntington Beach, eventually getting lost because the group of rally cars we were following had no idea where they were going, either. To make things worse, the wind blew about 50 pages of our navigating directions all over the freeway. We tried following the police cars because we figured they knew which way to go. We quickly figured out that they had no clue either. Alvarado got us on the right path, and soon the patrol cars were in hot pursuit. Then the lights started whirling and the sirens screaming—I figured reality had returned and my license was toast. However, as I slowed and pulled over, the squad car pulled alongside with three kids from the Braille Institute hanging out the windows laughing and yelling, “Ha ha, we tricked you, suckers!” Now they were in the lead. During lunch, the overall results were announced SCMers on the Braille Rally Chip Baldoni, Lakewood, CA Christian Alvarado, navigator Jack Belcher, Huntington Beach, CA Selem Rosales and Laura Diaz, navigators Arthur Russell, Los Angeles, CA Susie Sanches, navigator February 2006 and the winners picked up their medals and trophies onstage. The drivers accompanied their navigators to the podium to have photographs taken. Alvarado did a superb job—we came in fourth place. Most of these kids will never drive a car, which is why this event is so special. The Braille Car Rally is the next best thing to driving for them, and being a part of it is incredibly rewarding. I met a lot of bright, Baldoni's Alfa courteous and wonderful kids who do not let their disabilities slow them down or get in the way of having fun. u CHIP BALDONI has been a collector car enthusiast and driver for many years. 35


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Events Glenmoor Gathering Classics and Kustoms in Ohio Best in Show went to a 1911 Thomas Flyer owned by John McMullen, one of 180 cars on display by Kristen Hall-Geisler; photos by Walter Herip Once a seminary, the Glenmoor Country Club hosts almost 200 cars at the Gathering each year A 36 merican and European Classics of the 1920s and 1930s plus “Kustoms” from the '40s and '50s were featured at the Glenmoor Gathering, held on the grounds of the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio. According to Executive Director David Schultz, attendance in 2005 was the largest in the event's eleven-year history. Sunday's judging was preceded by the traditional Countryside Tour on Saturday and a new addition, the Grand Classic, a driving event which was hosted by the Ohio Region of the Classic Car Club of America. A gala dinner was held that evening at the country club. Best in Show went to a 1911 Thomas Flyer owned by John McMullen, one of 180 cars on display. Other winning American classics included Ethel Lanaux's 1929 Packard runabout and a one-off 1937 Oldsmobile with Maltby body owned by Jerry Remlinger. The cream and black 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 teardrop coupe of Joseph Cantore took top honors in the Pre-War Foreign Sports class. SCMer Jim Grundy's 1912 National Indy Car took home a First in Class, while fellow SCMer Larry Smith's 1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale took a Class Award of Distinction. Also on display at the invitation-only event were nine custom cars, including the original “Hirohata” Mercury created by the Barris Brothers in the early '50s and currently owned by Jim and Sue McNiel. The “Polynesian,” built by Valley Customs of California and owned by Gene Blackford of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, was on display for the first time in 40 years. Next year's theme will be “Great Cars of the Great American Designers.” “Packard: 1899 to 1956” will also be featured.u Sports Car Market


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DETAILS Plan ahead: September 15-17, 2006 Location: Canton, OH Number of cars: 180 Eligibility: Invitation only More: www.glenmoorgathering.com Red Robin racer in the mist Glenmoor Gathering Award-Winning SCMers DeWayne Ashmead, Fruit Heights, UT 1912 Metz 22 roadster Class Award of Distinction William Bartels, Canfield, OH 1963 Studebaker Lark R2 Best Original Car 1960 Ford Starliner Hypo Car Class Award of Distinction Mark Biche, Cleveland Heights, OH 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL First in Class Joseph Cantore, Elmhurst, IL 1938 Talbot Lago T23 First in Class Jim Cousens, Clarkston, MI 1928 Ford Red Robin Special People's Choice Award William Davis, Charleston, WV 1935 LaSalle convertible coupe Director's Award Grundy receiving award from Miss Ohio February 2006 37 Jim Grundy, Horsham, PA 1912 National Indy Car First in Class Bob and Sheila Joynt, Batavia, IL 1920 Locomobile 48 phaeton Class Award of Distinction Terry Love, Ottawa, IL 1933 Packard 1005 coupe Class Award of Distinction Pat McGarrity, Bloomfield Hills, MI 1964 Jaguar XK 120M Class Award of Distinction Jim Schmidt, Gainesville, FL 1921 Case V touring sedan Class Award of Distinction Larry Smith, Bloomfield Hills, MI 1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Speciale Class Award of Distinction DeNean Stafford, Tifton, GA 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost W.K. Haines Sr. Award—Best Brass Car


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Events Kirkland Concours d'Elegance 1913 Indy Racer Finally Wins Big Landmark examples of Detroit's best were on hand to celebrate this year's Fabulous '50s theme by Steven Kovach 1913 Isotta Fraschini KM Best of Show T 38 hough a classic Northwest rain shower drenched the grounds for most of the morning, the third annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance took place as planned on September 10, where more than 80 automobiles competed in seven classes. Landmark examples of Detroit's best were on hand to celebrate this year's Fabulous '50s theme. The prize in this class went to Larry and Sherry Swiggert's 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, and top honors in the featured Woodies class went to a 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback owned by Gerald Greenfield. People's Choice was awarded to Doris Hart's 1938 Squire Corsica roadster, while the Participant's Award was bestowed on a 1953 Chrysler d'Elegance Ghia belonging to Gordon and Janet Apker. The Best of Show award was presented to George Wingard's 1913 Isotta Fraschini model KM race car with Indianapolis 500 provenance. In 1913, the car retired from Indy after 118 laps officially due to a broken chain, but more likely due to gas tank damage resulting from the rough track conditions. Wingard's car, chassis #451, was fresh from a 15-year restoration, and had won its class at the Goodwood Hill Climb earlier in 2005. In addition to the Antique, Fabulous '50s, Rolls-Royce, Classics, and Woodies classes, there were six Blackhawk Collection automobiles provided by Don Williams and a Special Display class that included a 1948 Tucker 48. Vintage motorcycles and classic wooden boats complemented the automobiles on display. The Kirkland Concours d'Elegance is a fundraising event for Children's Hospital and Evergreen Healthcare. This year's event brought in over $200,000 for the charities.u DETAILS STEVEN KOVACH, Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations for the Harold E. LeMay Museum in Tacoma, WA, recently parted with his 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud and is consequently suffering a severe case of seller's remorse. Plan ahead: Sept. 8, 2006 Location: Kirkland, WA Number of cars accepted: 80 General admission: $20 More: www.kirklandconcours.com Sports Car Market Photos: Kirkland Concours d'Elegance copyright 2005


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Afternoon sunshine warms the third annual Kirkland Concours Award-Winning SCMers Woodies Award Gerald Greenfield, Federal Way, WA 1941 Chrysler Town & Country Barrelback Most Elegant (Open) Award John Mozart, Palo Alto, CA 1934 Packard V12 Dual Cowl Phaeton Participants Award Gordon and Janet Apker, Scottsdale, AZ 1953 Chrysler d'Elegance Ghia 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz won the Fabulous Fifties Award 1941 Chrysler T&C Woodies Award winner February 2006 1953 Chrysler d'Elegance Ghia 39


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Events Mountain Mille A Last Fling for Fall The roads offered something for every taste: hairpin turns, undulating farm roads, quick straights, and fast sweepers by Donald Osborne Observatory, and stays at top-class hotels, including The Greenbrier, Snowshoe Mountain Resort, and The Homestead. The weather was excellent—sunny throughout with cool mornings and temperate afternoons, and only brief sprinkles as the rally ended on Thursday afternoon. To prove our luck, four days after we were gone three inches of snow fell in parts of the Shenandoah Valley. SCMers were, as usual, well represented, with cars ranging from the 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter coupe of Helen and Richard Fraser to the 1987 Porsche 959 driven by Bud and Thelma Lyon. As Porsche Cars North America served as primary sponsor and supplier of support vehicles, it wasn't surprising that the contemporary exotic class included a number of 2006 Porsche Carreras. In spite of the demanding terrain, nine of the 65 teams managed to “zero” the rally. As in all Vintage Rallies events, SCM sponsors the premier award: the Vintage Spirit prize. This time, two were given—to Terri Henning and Susan Snodgrass, immaculately turned out in period helmets and goggles in a lovely 1957 Porsche Speedster, and also to Ralf Berthiez and Russell Glace, equally splendid sartorially, in a 1956 Austin-Healey 100 Le Mans. The combination of roads, support and organization made this first Mountain Mille a hit with all who came. It will be tough to beat, but we're sure it will be worth it again next year.u Helen and Richard Fraser in their '52 Ferrari 212 Inter S 40 CMers Rich and Jean Taylor welcomed the largest entry ever for an event by their company Vintage Rallies to the sold-out inaugural Mountain Mille rally. A total of 65 teams took the start at The Greenbrier resort hotel in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for four days of challenging driving. The route covered 1,071 miles over more than 4,000 feet of elevation changes through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah Valley. The roads offered something for every taste: tight climbing and falling hairpin turns; gently undulating farm roads; a few quick straights; and seemingly endless fast sweepers (my favorite was a stretch of Virginia Highway 61 East between the towns of Rocky Gap and Narrows, a 15-mile tree-lined run along a fast-moving creek). As is customary in a Vintage DETAILS Location: West Virginia and Virginia Time of Year: September Number of cars accepted: 65 Eligibility: Pre-1972 sports and GT cars, exotics of any age Cost: $4,995 per car More: www.vintagerallies.com Rallies event, the driving alternated with interesting stops that included a steam train, the Cass steam train restoration shops, the National Radio Astronomy Bruce Troxell's '66 Corvette Sports Car Market


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Don Polak in his '63 Alpine A110 Mountain Mille SCMers David and Debbie Allison, Dunn, NC 1959 AC Ace Steve and Carolyn Bacen, Hollywood, FL 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Speciale Jim and Norma Ballheim, Keswick, VA 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Mike and Doris Bartell, Doylestown, PA 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster Ralf Berthiez, McLean, VA 1956 Austin-Healey 100 LeMans Nick and Kathleen Blackman, Darien, CT 2004 Porsche 911 GT3 Harry and Judy Bopp, Lakeland, FL 2002 Ferrari 350 Modena spyder Miles Collier, Naples, FL Mini Cooper S Peter and Karen Efros, Rumson, NJ 1953 MG-TD Fred and John Ehle, Oconomowoc, WI 1967 Chevrolet Corvette roadster David and Paula Fischer, Fort Washington, PA 1978 Ferrari 400 GT Jeff Fisher, Palm Beach, FL 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 Charles and Carol Goolsbee, Houston, TX 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Steven Harris, New York, NY 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Bob and Sandy Hatch, Hudson, MA 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL 3.5 Terri Henning, Charleston, SC 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Lou and Brigitt Hilton, Palm Beach, FL 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roger and Melanie Lawson, White Stone, VA 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Jerry and Lizz Lester, Deltaville, VA 1998 Mercedes-Benz 600SL Don and Flo Makofske, Bethlehem, PA 2005 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Jerry Morici, Clifton, NJ 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder Marc Noel, Raleigh, NC 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL David North, Wayne, NJ 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Robert Paltrow, Armonk, NY 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona spyder John Payson, Hobe Sound, FL 1962 AC Greyhound Marc and Renee Perlman, New Fairfield, CT 1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale Don Polak, Nashville, TN 1963 Alpine A110 Cary and Suzanny Robinson, Cherry Hill, NJ 2005 Porsche Carrera GT Craig and Scott Rosenfeld, Leesport, PA 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Tom and Jane Smith, Nashville, TN 1967 Jaguar E-type Bruce and Cindy Troxell, Alexandria, VA 1966 Chevrolet Corvette coupe Vincent and Iris Vento, Miami, FL 1973 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Andy and Kathy Williams, Norwalk, CT 1962 Aston Martin DB4 February 2006 41


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Events British Car Reliability Run The British Hit List “Your odometer is your friend,” according to organizer Blake Discher; mine, however, proved to be my antagonist by Rob Sass; photos Blake Discher Darkness (“POD”) moment. The generator light came on just out of Indy. Taking a quick mental inventory of who I knew in Indiana, I seized on friend and SCMer Gary Bartlett, who directed me to Muncie Import Service. If they were competent enough to work on Bartlett's XKSS, they could probably be trusted to wrench on the plastic catfish. The copies of SCM in the waiting area were a good sign. While I enjoyed lunch in Muncie, my problem was diagnosed as simply a bad ground to the generator. A minor problem, which I nonetheless took as a warning from the POD: “Don't get overconfident, because I can screw with you at will.” I pulled into the hotel in Marshall just before dusk. Jean Jennings of Automobile thrust a cold Guinness into my hand. Victory was mine and the event hadn't even started. After dinner and an explanation of the hyper-detailed route book, which assumed Scenic delight, or an excuse to blip the throttle T he British Car Reliability Run. Yes, I know it's fun to use the word “oxymoron” in a sentence, and who doesn't give a hearty guffaw at each retelling of the “warm beer/Lucas refrigerator” joke, but this was serious fun for a good cause. This year the event, which is organized by Blake Discher, benefited the National Children's Cancer Society. The route covered approximately 550 miles of rural Indiana and Michigan, including some of the Amish counties of West-Central Indiana. The roads were varied, taking us along winding canopied roads and even a tour of covered bridges. My co-driver was Bob DeKorne of Hagerty Insurance. We planned to meet the night before the start at the host hotel in Marshall, Michigan. Ironically, while I was able to secure the transport of seven cars belonging to Jamie Kitman, the New York Editor for Automobile Magazine, I was unable to do the same for my car as my (now former) employer, FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport, was running at capacity. This meant that I would be covering the 480 or so miles from St. Louis to the start of the event over two days of leisurely driving. No problem, as my Daimler SP250, while certainly not pretty, had proven reliable for 1,000 miles on the Colorado Grand as chronicled in the December 2005 issue of SCM. Day one from St. Louis to Indianapolis was a breeze; the car averaged over 70 mph and 23 mpg. Day two started out with what looked to be a classic Prince of 42 A luggage rack is good for carrying spares Sports Car Market


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all participants to be in possession of a working odometer (“Your odometer is your friend,” according to Discher; mine, however, proved to be my antagonist), I walked the lot with Jamie Kitman. He showed me his really fine collection of cars, which included maybe the nicest unrestored MGA on the planet, a very original TR4, a Healey BJ8, an original Lotus Elan, a Morris Minor pickup, a Triumph Dolomite Sprint, and a Lotus Cortina MKII. The rest of the field consisted of TR3s, 4s and 6s, Spitfires, GT6s, one Stag belonging to Discher, an MGA, and a rare right-hand-drive MGB GT V8 piloted by a pair of Brits who seemed as rally-savvy as Paddy Hopkirk. Unlike on the Grand, DeKorne and I would be near the top of the food chain in the V8 Daimler. While rural Indiana lacks the majesty of Colorado, it is long on Norman Rockwell-esque charm, especially when the weather is as magnificent as it was on day one. At one point, when passing through Auburn, we got lost and briefly became part of the parade route for “DeKalb County Days.” While trundling past the 4-H Club and Future Farmers of America floats, I was reminded of the last scene of the movie “Animal House.” I think I alarmed DeKorne when I revved the motor and muttered the line, “Ramming speed!” The first day concluded in Turkey Run State Park, unusual in that the state of Indiana runs an inn of the same name in the park. Morning arrived with a steady downpour. A good number of participants (myself included) no doubt awoke with the thought, “My, what nice sleeping weather,” which quickly changed to, “Oh #%&, I left my top down.” The sight of fifteen or so hastily dressed chubby middle-aged guys (again, myself included) sprinting to their cars brought to mind at the same time a Le Mans start and the Senior Olympics. The rain eventually subsided as the route wound through the covered bridge tour—perfect for blipping your throttle when downshifting. I heard the bridges looked quaint, too. Those not adept at reading the map supplied by the organizers found themselves on a series of unpaved roads of varying quality. I thought of Jamie Kitman's Healey and its two inches of ground clearance and hoped that sponsor Jeff Zorn of the Little British Car Company would be kind enough to make him a fine deal on a new exhaust system. Forty-three out of forty-five cars (one breaking within ten miles of the finish) made it back to Marshall and Win Schuler's for a hearty repast of their famous cheese spread. While the number of Spitfires here was equal to the number of D-types on a typical running of the Grand or the Copperstate 1000, the level of enthusiasm and camaraderie was exactly the same, as evidenced by the sight of a Canadian retiree and his octogenarian mum in a souped-up Triumph Herald. It's an event that I'll be attending as long as I have a British car soiling my driveway.u Norman Rockwell would have approved British Reliability Run SCMers Mark Anderson, Adrian, MI 1974 Triumph TR6 Jamie Kitman, Palisades, NY 1962 MGA 1600 Mk II roadster John Knowles, Cumberland, ME 1980 Triumph TR8 Eric Langreder, Canton, OH 1971 Triumph TR6 Dean Mericas, Ann Arbor, MI 1964 Triumph TR4 Dave Ritter, St. Petersburg, FL 1979 MG Midget Mobile weed-suppresion devices February 2006 43


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Events SCM at Christies Behind the Scenes In true SCMspirit, the audience asked very direct questions and Sanger answered equally frankly by Donald Osborne We find out how an auction is put together O 44 n October 27, 40 SCM Gold subscribers participated in the first of a series of events, “SCM on the Inside.” Held in the boardroom at Christie's New York Rockefeller Center headquarters and sponsored by Christie's, Putnam Leasing, Zymöl, and Automotive Valuation Services, the seminar gave a thorough and unusual look inside the way a leading auction company creates a collector car auction. Christie's Motor Cars New York Specialist Christopher Sanger went through the way Christie's works step by step: deciding the location, finding the cars, determining the estimates, marketing to clients, and running the sale. Participants learned how the lot order of the auction is arranged and, more importantly, why, as well as just what is in that “book” the auctioneer refers to during the sale. It was an open-format DETAILS Location: Christie's New York Rockefeller Center Organizer: Sports Car Market Eligibility: All SCM Gold subscribers Features: Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, seminar presentation, question and answer session Major sponsors: Christie's, Putnam Leasing, Zymöl, Automotive Valuation Services session, with participants encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. In true SCM spirit, the audience asked very direct questions and Sanger answered equally frankly in a freewheeling discussion on what really goes on at a collector car auction. Christie's recent Greenwich, Connecticut and Monterey, California sales were used as examples, with lots of “inside stories” about assembling cars for each sale, the production of the catalogs, issues about provenance (especially when what the owner represents and what the specialists discover turn out to be somewhat different from one another) and running the sales. A quiz where participants matched the Christie's-sold celebrity vintage car with its former celebrity owner provided a light-hearted break in the presentation. Many matched Sir Elton John with the Jaguar XJ 220 sold by the auction house, but most missed Lee Majors and his four-seater MG or Madonna and her Mercedes cabriolet. A raffle was held, with prizes including a year's subscription to Christie's Motor Car catalogs and a Zymöl gift package. The “SCM on the Inside” program, a series exclusively for Gold subscribers, will continue in 2006 with events throughout the country, including the Collier Collection in Naples, Florida, and the Petersen Museum in L.A., giving SCM subscribers a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the collector car business and hobby work.u Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1959 Ferrari 250 GT “Tour de France” Competition Berlinetta Luftman's wife hated racing, so Walter would tell her he was going fishing. His cover was blown when he won at Lime Rock and it made the papers by John Apen DETAILS Years produced: 1956–59 Number produced: 77 SCM Valuation: TdF $1m–$1.5m 14-louver (10) $1.4m–$2m Zagato-bodied (5) $1.75m–$2.5m Tune-up/major service: $2,000 Distributor cap: $400, two required Original list price: $11,000 Chassis #: Front frame tube Engine #: Rear engine mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1960 Aston DB4GT Zagato; 1950 Jaguar XK C-type; 1955 alloy 300SL Gullwing SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Lot #40, S/N 1333GT Condition: 1- Sold at $1,196,910 Christie's, Paris, France, 2/8/2003 SCM ID# 30387 1958 Ferrari 250 GT TdF Lot #262, S/N 0911GT Condition: 1- Chassis number: 1161 Engine number: 1161 F 46 errari's 250 3-liter LWB Berlinettas so dominated the grueling Tour de France in the mid 1950s, they took their name from it. They racked up a string of victories in the epic French race, scoring a 1-2-3 in 1958, when only 21 of 60 starters finished. The five-day, 3,300-mile marathon included open road rally stages, six circuit races, two hill climbs, and a 500-meter drag race. The Tour demanded speed and reliability; in 1956, only 37 of 103 starters finished. The winner was the stylish Marquis de Portago driving one of the first LWB Berlinettas, #0557. In winning the Sold at $1,265,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2001 SCM ID# 23211 1956 event, the TdF also grabbed the race's title. Stirling Moss was second in a factory Mercedes 300SL. In 1957, Oliver Gendebien repeated de Portago's win in S/N 0677, a works car with the best racing history of any TdF. Gendebien's car was one of the ten 14-louver cars with the smaller rear window, allowing for a sail panel to accommodate the louvers. Clothed by Scaglietti in a similar fashion to Pinin Farina's 250 and 375 Mille Miglia, the first ten cars differed from subsequent TdFs, with a wrap-around rear window and no side louvers. The number of louvers distinguishes the five series of TdFs but it's as confusing as counting stripes on zebras. The 14-louver cars were followed in mid-1957 by 15 three-louver cars with new, set-back, covered headlights. These were followed by 29 cars, now with single louvers, Sports Car Market Andy Marks/RM Auctions


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but also all with covered headlights, of which this car is the last of that series. Finally, eight single-louver cars were built in 1959 with open headlights as required by a new Italian law. There were also 5 TdF superlight cars with bodies by Zagato. In all, there are 77 cars from which to choose. But they won't be cheap. The Scaglietti-built 250 LWB Berlinettas are among the most coveted Ferraris for their great racing history and attractive appearance. The elegant design and exhilarating performance made the TdFs the first in a series of dual-purpose road/competition cars that evolved into the 250 SWB and finally the most revered dual-purpose Ferrari, the GTO. From 1955 to 1964, the 250 GT in all of its variants was the car that made the Ferrari name famous the world over. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $1,475,000 at RM's Monterey auction in August 2005. The catalog description overstates the case when it refers to this car as a “Competition” Berlinetta. All TdFs, with their lightweight aluminum bodies and spartan interiors, could be called competition cars, and many were raced. But cars ordered by dedicated competitors had engine modifications and body varia- tions, one of which was sliding plexiglas side windows to save weight over the normal wind-up windows. Cars destined for long-range events also had outside gas fillers. This car has normal wind-up windows, but does have an outside filler. It was originally painted green and delivered to Luigi Chinetti in New York. As far as modifications, only the original factory build sheets will tell the tale of whether it came with “competition” features such as a higher compression ratio, special exhaust, different rear-end ratio, and larger gas tank. Whether or not it was built as a competition car, one aspect of a car's value is how often and how successfully it was raced. Here's what's known about S/N 1161's competition history. First, the car was directly imported to the U.S., so it never ran in any major international events. Period photos show it with full bumpers, and Jesse Pourret says in his exhaustive book, The Ferrari Competition: The 250 Gran Turisimo Berlinetta, that it was, “A normal looking 1958 Berlinetta.” Chinetti most likely sold it to Bob Grossman's dealership. Grossman was a talented and dedicated racer, competing at Le Mans many times. David Sielstad, long-term Ferrari owner and historian, says the following has been verified. On August 28, 1960, at a club race at Bridgehampton, Bob Grossman raced a dark green TdF for the MG car club team and won. Since S/N 1161 was originally dark green—an unusual color—the assumption is that this is the car Grossman drove. This is the only time Grossman definitely raced S/N 1161 that can be verified. However, as RM stated in its catalog, S/N 1161 may have been owned by wealthy Ferrari fan Walter Luftman, who was a good friend of Grossman. Records show that Luftman probably raced S/N 1161 three times in 1959, at Montgomery, Bridgehampton, and finally Lime Rock, where he won. Grossman told Sielstad that Luftman would stop by his dealership about once a week and every time he visited, Grossman sold him a car. Grossman told Sielstad that Luftman's wife hated racing, so Walter would tell her he was going fishing. His cover was blown when he won at Lime Rock and it made the papers. Later, he rolled a GTO and that got in the papers too, ending his racing career. The next known owner of S/N 1161 was Pete Sherman in Maitland, Florida, in 1962; Sherman was a “curbstoner”—a dealer who operates without premises or license. He kept the car for seven years, advertising it as late as October 1969 for $4,500. Sherman had a love of fast cars and planes, and an obscure past. We at FAF Motorcars, the Atlanta dealership, dealt with him on a number of occasions, and after visiting our unglamorous dealership behind a cement factory, he gave us his approval because we kept our overhead low, something he claimed to have learned from the CIA. Sherman was killed in the mid-'70s when he crashed his beloved P51 Mustang. Prior to that he February 2006 Seat Time Stephen Dudley, Oshkosh, WI: We own 250 LWB “Tour de France” S/N 1139GT. This car is a great all-around car for general driving, as well as its intended purpose of competitive hillclimbs and special stages, circuit racing, and rallying, for which we have used the car extensively in the U.S., Europe, Canada, and Australia. It makes all the right noises and is a very strong car to which I can testify with a few off-road excursions! We have successfully competed with S/N 1139GT in the Ferrari Maserati-Historic Challenge had sold S/N 1161 to another famous “curbstoner,” John Delamater, in Indiana, who helped Ken Hutchinson to build his collection. When Hutchison got it, S/N 1161 was pretty rough. It ran, but each time it hit a bump more green paint flaked off. Hutchinson owned this TdF until 1986, when it was sold to a Japanese collector and restoration began in 1987. The restoration was done by SCM's Mike Sheehan, who said the car must have been stored in a very wet area. Everywhere that steel and aluminum came together was nothing but white powder. The corrosion was massive and Sheehan had to replace the entire bottom of the car, finally finishing in 1991. Its color was changed from dark green to red. In 1995, with its Pebble Beach restoration, the car was advertised for $625,000. So what we have here is an excellent car, after a thor- ough restoration. It has minor U.S. competition history, and some colorful early owners. The restoration has held up well but shows wear from vintage racing outings. So does all this add up to $1.5 million? This is a re- cord price for a “regular” TdF without significant international competition history, according to SCM records. But it is indicative of where the TdF market is today. With only 77 built, buyers are paying a premium for cars that still have their original engines, and that haven't been rolled up into a ball or burned to the ground in a fire at some point in their lives. So, as is so often the case these days with blue-chip vintage Ferraris, we would have to say that while this was a record price, the car was worth it, and we'll surely see this price exceeded in the next few months.u JOHN APEN owned and vintage raced a 14-louver TdF, S/N 0703, starting in the early '80s. In 1994, he drove it to Laguna Seca from Atlanta for the Historics, and won the Automobile Magazine Trophy for “The Way It Was.” An eleven-minute video of the trip and the race can be found at www.sportscarmarket.com. Dudley's 250 LWB “Tour de France” Europe and U.S. (2003 U.S. Drum Brake Champion), Tour Auto, Tour de Espana (won the GT class in 2002), Le Mans Classic 2004 (16th scratch, 6th Index of Performance), Targa Newfoundland 2005 (15th overall, won class and classification) and Adelaide Classic 2005 (25th classic division). 47


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Restoration to the Highest Level We asked Obry what it would cost to paint and put all the bits together to make a 90-point Dino Chassis number: 08030 E veryone understands the difference between a driver and a show car. In general terms, one looks good from twenty feet away, and the other looks great up close. But if you want to play in the real world, that of Pebble Beach or a Ferrari Club of America (FCA) concours, the road to a trophy gets long, complicated, and very, very expensive. To paraphrase the old racing adage, “Scoring well at Pebble costs money; how much do you want to spend?” A Dino in need of paint and assembly that recently passed through my hands makes a perfect starting point for this discussion. Bruce Trenery, of Fantasy Junction, and I purchased a 1974 Dino 246 GTS, S/N 08030, a two-owner, late model, U.S.-delivered car with only 10,693 documented, original miles. When we offered 246 GTS S/N 8030 for sale, we described it as “in primer after being stripped to bare metal as part of a potential platinum-level restoration, with a showquality interior. Many parts reconditioned or new with new trim items, muffler, headers, and headlight covers and mount brackets. Everything boxed and labeled.” The key word was “potential” platinum restoration. The car had a great history. It was sold new to John Fergus of Westerville, Ohio. In S/N 8030, some assembly required We started by asking him what it would cost to finish 1997 S/N 8030 went to its second owner after covering just 8,100 miles. Fly Yellow with air conditioning, power windows, and Campagnolo wheels, it had the complete tool set, roll, jack, jack bag and lug wrench, tire chalk, and emergency triangle. It also had the original owner's manual, operations book and pouch with warranty card, radio card, Ferrari North America-supplied “How to Operate Your Dino” audio cassette, and the original key fob. Additionally, 246 GTS S/N 8030 had just undergone an engine and transaxle reseal and detail by Patrick Ottis, which was ready to be reinstalled after paintwork. Great car, no stories. THE COST TO GET ON THE ROAD Before marketing 246 GTS S/N 8030, we consulted various top shops regarding the work needed to finish the car and the expense of various levels of restoration. While the term “Pebble Beach restoration” is loosely tossed around, in fact very few cars even have a chance of being invited to Pebble, let alone to compete for a ribbon. But while the chances of a serial-production Dino receiving a Pebble invite are non-existent due to the high number built (3,883 coupes and spyders), the FCA uses exactly the same stringent standards to judge Ferraris at Pebble as it does during the “Final Four” of Ferrari concours—Cavallino, the FCA National, Concorso Italiano, and Pebble. So what follows, which is an analysis of what it would cost to make a Dino into an FCA contender or show-winner, would apply whether the end destination was the Breakers in Palm Beach or the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach. We went to Wayne Obry at Motion Products (www.motionproductsinc.net) in Wisconsin for estimates because he has a proven track record on the concours circuit and could commit to realistic completion dates. 48 this Dino to a 90-point level, essentially painting and assembling all the bits and turning these assemblies back into a car. We got estimates of $12,000 to $15,000 and six to eight weeks to finish the body and paint, $12,000 to $15,000 and another six to eight weeks to re-assemble the car; $3,000 to $5,000 and another week or two to refit the engine, exhaust, a/c recharge, etc., and about $2,000 to rechrome the bare metal bumpers. The ultimate selling price for S/N 8030 was $95,000, and the work needed added up to somewhere between $35,000–$40,000. So the new owner could conceivably have a very nice, concours-entry-level, 90-point car for $130,000 to $140,000. AND THEN THE QUESTIONS BEGAN After more than 30 years of selling Ferraris, I thought my advertisement was self-explanatory, but instead it brought a new group of eye-opening questions. One potential buyer asked “So if I buy it and get it painted and assembled, it's a 100-point car, right”? Another announced “I only buy 100-point cars, but like to drive my cars on the weekends.” I knew I was back to explaining “Auto Restoration 101.” Let's look at where we started. 246 GTS S/N 8030 was shown at Concorso Italiano in 1998 and scored 85.5 Sports Car Market


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points at the FCA concours there because of cracking original paint. S/N 8030 is unusually complete and original and has all the rare extras like a full set of books and tools; refinishing the paint and assembling the car with all locks, windows, and controls working almost assures 90 points. WHAT PLATINUM ENTAILS But what if we went for a “platinum”-quality restoration, an FCA term referring to a Ferrari that scores at least 95 points? Then we move to a much higher level of detailing, fit, and finish. Note: All the costs below are in addition to the $35,000-$40,000 estimated above to reassemble the car to a 90-point standard. BODY & MECHANICALS: Add another $3,000– $5,000 for the paintwork, an extra week or two to fit every body panel, inner door plate, and detail work inside the door jambs, under the three deck lids, and the inner edge of the engine compartment. Add $2,000 for a full body rubber kit, $3,000–$5,000 to fit the new rubber, and extra time to detail each part. On the engine, every nut, bolt, and washer must be correct and new. Some get a black wash while others are cadmium plated. Repaint the air cleaner tank and carburetor air box and fit correct decals. Front and rear engine compartment bulkheads and fiberglass fender wells must be cleaned and painted. The exhaust, hangers, and tips must look like new. This and more all adds up to another $5,000–$7,000. INTERIOR: New mouse hair was supplied, so the dash must be removed, disas- sembled, and recovered—for about $3,000. Every interior screw and recessed washer must be new and aligned and items usually unseen—such as seat tracks—repainted. The steering column, brake pedal box, and hanging pedals must be painted, new pedal pads fitted, and more, at $5,000 to $7,000. UNDERHOOD: The front underhood must be painted; the wiring, fuse boxes and relay box—all visible—cleaned and fuse box covers or fuse boxes replaced. The windshield washer bag, battery, and battery cables must be duplicates of the originals, the battery cover painted and hold-downs replaced. The foam pad that fits over the radiator has to be replaced. Total here, $5,000. TOTAL: To build a car that has a chance at a platinum trophy, we will have to spend another $25,000 to $35,000. That gives us somewhere between $160,000 and $175,000 invested. Or squandered, depending on your point of view. But if you want to chase a mythical 100-point car (rarer than a unicorn) you're going to have to open your wallet even deeper. Much, much deeper. A REAL HUNDRED-POINTER Scoring 100 points with your 1988 Testarossa at the Sheboygan all-Italian concours and swap meet isn't really 100 points. The ultimate success is in the Ferrari classes at Pebble Beach, and only five Ferraris have ever scored 100 points at Pebble. According to Obry, here's what it will cost you to try to get to that level. You approach the entire restoration completely differently from what was discussed above. You start by coordinating multiple mini-teams of specialists who disassemble, store, itemize, sublet, fabricate and metal finish, rebuild and repair, paint and polish, retrim and reassemble Ferraris. Our Dino now must come completely apart. The wiring, heater and a/c system, under-dash components, and suspension will need to be completely disassembled, to the tune of $5,000 to $8,000. BODY & MECHANICALS: Every part of the body must be test-fitted before and during the body and paint. Figure $25,000 to $35,000 for 100-point paint and $25,000 to $30,000 for 100-point assembly of the outer body. Add $5,000 to paint the frame, floors and inner structures; $3,000 to powder-coat suspension arms, springs, and brackets, and $3,000 to cadmium plate mounting forks and other parts. Add $5,000 for rebuilt shocks, new suspension bearings, bushings, and seals, and $7,000 to rebuild the brake calipers, master cylinders, and replace every hard metal line and soft rubber line on the February 2006 Nice, but no trophy winner car. Allow $5,000 to reassemble the suspension. Total so far—about $95,000. UNDERHOOD: Rebuild heater boxes, heater valves, heater cables, clutch cable, wiring harness, and heater tubes. Another $10,000 should take care of parts, labor, and materials, except for the $5,000 wiring harness, relay panel, and fuse boxes from Italy. Allow $3,000 to fit the harness. Total: around $18,000. GOOD AS NEW ISN'T GOOD ENOUGH INTERIOR: Remember the “show-quality interior” our car was offered with? Toss it. Everything must be redone with perfect stitching, every trim panel laboriously fitted and upholstered, with carpets to standards Scaglietti never dreamed of. Figure $15,000 for seats, door panels, dash, inner top, carpets, and trim pieces, and another $10,000 to pull the under-dash components and reassemble the cockpit. The chrome trim must be redone to higher standards for $15,000 or so. If you recall, we estimated $3,000 to $7,000 to bring the engine compartment to 95-point platinum standards. Expect to spend $15,000–$20,000 if you are in search of 100 points. At this point, we've spent $95,000 for our “builder,” and another $155,000 to reassemble it to a prize-winning standard. It's not hard to see how this will end up north of $300,000, a price never achieved by a Dino, even in the late '80s. And for your $300,000 investment, don't expect a guaranteed win, or even a car you can actually drive anywhere except onto and off of the concours lawn.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years, as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. 49


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English Profile 1951 Land Rover Series I In the end, who cares about their pug-like looks. They work and they can't be killed by Paul Duchene DETAILS Years produced: 1948–58 Number produced: 211,467 (inc. prototypes) Original list price: 450 pounds ($1,125) SCM Valuation: $10,000–$25,000 Tune up/major service: $350–$400 Distributor cap: $50 Chassis #: Top of left-hand engine bearer and inside bulkhead Engine #: On edge of block, left of thermostat housing Club: Land Rover Series One Club, Appledore Farm, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton, Devon, UK EX20 2SR Web: www.Irso.demon.co.uk Alternatives: 1953 M38 Jeep; 1958 DKW Munga; 1962 Toyota FJ40 SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: 1613-2801 L and Rover is one of the most charismatic names in the motoring world, with a rich history around the globe. Its beginnings were humble—it was designed as a utility vehicle and mobile power source for ranchers and farmers. There was a provision for front center and rear power take offs (PTOs) and an optional engine governor to keep the machinery speeds constant despite the load. Eight forward speeds and two reverse with selectable four-wheel drive completed the functional package. Steel was rationed, so aluminum was used for the body and reinforced with galvanized steel cappings. The heavy 14-gauge steel frame resembled railroad tracks and gave the vehicle immense strength and durability. Mechanical components came from the advanced Rover P3 sedans, including the 1,595-cc inlet-over-exhaust engine. The example offered here is a 1951 LHD export, model number 1613-2801, an example of the original specification produced from 1949–51. It is one of the earliest Land Rovers to be imported into North America and was found in Williams Lake, British Columbia, which is in the center of Canada's westernmost province. A two-owner vehicle, it showed just 35,000 miles on the odometer. The aluminum panels were in remarkably good shape, in part due to large steel brush bars that had been welded to the front and rear frame members. What followed was an epic seven-year, $60,000 50 restoration (not including more than 1,000 hours of the owner's time) that took place between 1997 and 2004. The vehicle retains its original engine, transmis- sion, transfer case, and front axle. The fenders, bonnet, grill support, seat box, and rear box are also original. Three other early Series I Land Rovers were used as donor vehicles. This Land Rover comes with a period accessory Brockhouse trailer and a Coventry Climax fire pump. The SCM analysis: This vehicle sold for $33,000 at the RM auction in Monterey, CA, on August 19, 2005. The WWII Willys Jeep awakened the world to the 1949 Land Rover Series I Lot #655, S/N R8667261 Condition: 1Sold at $12,670 Bonhams, London, UK, 4/26/2004 SCM ID# 34096 1949 Land Rover Series I Lot #1, S/N R06104056 Condition: 2 Sold at $9,902 idea of a light four-wheel drive vehicle that could pull plows, power saws, and post-hole diggers, and be left out in the rain in conditions of utter neglect. It would be slow—50 mph tops—but nothing would stop it short of total immersion. The post-war Mercedes Unimog and Steyr-Puch Haflinger 4x4s derived from the same idea but were even more aggressively agricultural. The Land Rover actually benefited from the post-war British steel shortage in hav- H&H Derbyshire, UK, 2/19/2003 SCM ID# 30426 ing aluminum panels, which often dented but did not decay, though the “birmabright” process does become brittle with age. As serious modern 4x4s become more sophisticated and as big as Hummers, these old anvils have acquired a mystique of their own. They are contrarian cars, like a Citroen 2CV. Their pug-like appearance has become more endearing than utilitarian. And in the end, who cares what it looks like. It works and it can't be killed. Ironically, such Land Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Rovers can often be found now on fashionable streets rather than slogging through rural mud. In a world of over-the-top restorations, Lawrence Romanosky's Land Rover occupies a unique slot. Certainly it's restored, but thanks to the sudden discovery of obsolete Series I parts by Dunsfold Land Rovers in England, this car is significantly new original stock rather than recent aftermarket repro. Romanosky told Dunsfold that he would buy every new part that was correct for his vehicle, and while he wound up completely upside down in the project, he has the satisfaction of knowing he accomplished a task that probably can't be duplicated. For example, look at this list of NOS parts added to a substantially sound truck: radiator, fuel tank, canvas top and bows, front bumper, side screen, rear PTO gearbox, steering wheel, speedometer, fuel gauge, warning lights, wiper motor, coil, distributor, brake master cylinder, pistons, rings, valves, pushrods, timing chain, main bearings, cam bearings, oil pump, driveshaft, valve rockers, and 16-inch implement tires. A lot of smaller parts were described as “one of a few” or “one of one,” including correct cadmium-plated Whitworth bolts. Romanosky did break down and buy reproduction doors and a tailgate, as he couldn't find any worth repairing. The Brockhouse trailer with the Coventry Climax fire pump engine is a rare accessory, available from 1952. Neither is common—the trailers had no drain holes, meaning most have succumbed to rust. Meanwhile, the 1,021-cc OHC Coventry Climax engine can be lifted by two men and is the preferred powerplant for all kinds of '50s British sports cars from Fairthorpe to Lotus to Turner. There might be a better Series I Land Rover out there, but I'd be surprised. The most recent excellent one in the SCM GOLD database was sold by H&H on October 3 for $21,706, but it didn't have the trailer and certainly not the same level of restoration. Land Rover production started slowly, with 48 pilot-build prototypes in 1948 (16 of which survive) and 8,000 vehicles in 1949. From then, sales gradually increased to 28,000 a year by the introduction of the Series II in 1958. There was a short-lived station wagon made from 1949-51, but only 641 were built since it was liable to a purchase tax that doubled its cost over the plain-Jane workhorse. Series I prices range from $1,000 for a basket case to $2,500 for a running beater to around $20,000 for a nice restoration—bearing in mind it shouldn't be overdone; the paint is supposed to be eggshell, not shiny. The Series I owner's club appears energetic, with considerable resources for parts and information, and the survival rate must run over 50%, just based on their continued usefulness. If you're looking for a Series I Land Rover, first off, ask yourself if you really want one. It's slow, noisy, leaky, and uncomfortable. It's useful in the woods or the inner city but not much fun when traveling from one to the other. As the old joke goes: If you have a choice of going by road or cross-country in a Land Rover, go cross-country. It'll take the same time but the ride will be smoother. If you're determined, here are some areas to check: Look for rust in the footwells, the base of the door pillar, and door hinges. Frame outriggers are also vulnerable. Check for off-road damage underneath, and check wear on spring hanger bushings. Front hub swivels are prone to wear from sand and mud, and chronic leaking is a clue that massive expense looms. Check the differential play by twisting the prop shafts. More than a quarter turn and calamity lies ahead. Beware noisy first gears; clutch judder indicates imminent replacement. Engines are busy-sounding, especially the diesels—but exhaust smoke is a warning of expensive cylinder head work in the future. Acceptable and desirable updates include a spin-on oil filter and later brake cylinders. Prime options include front and rear winches, rear PTO, Jaeger gauges, engine governor, and a Clayton heater (as in vintage Ferraris). The trailer and pump with this Land Rover are really icing on the cake. The highest-priced early Land Rover in our database has fetched $30,000—a 1949 in England in 1999—hence our current example establishes a record, which might only be surpassed at present by one of the rare wagons or a prototype. Considering the cost of replicating this vehicle and the slim chance of finding as many NOS parts, I'd have to call this very well bought—so long as the buyer remembers to bring an extra cushion for the seat.u PAUL DUCHENE has only driven clapped-out old Land Rovers on farms, so he's baffled but impressed by such a restoration. Historical and descriptive information in this Profile courtesy of the auction company. February 2006 51


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English Patient Gary Anderson Restoration: Street, Show or Race? Sports car restorations can take one of three paths. Once you've headed in one direction, it's hard to change course—and expensive kit, and get a reasonable paint job at a local shop without dismantling the car and after doing the prep work yourself. If you're lucky and don't need pricey parts for the engine or any major bodywork, you should get by with $5,000 for mechanicals and $5,000 for paint and trim. Your money will be pretty safe. If you build a good driver, somebody else will appreciate that too. However, if the car is going to be shown at local concours for a season or two before you start to drive and enjoy it, then take it down to the frame. Every part needs to be stripped, cleaned, refurbished, and refinished. It's got to look better than original. Since you're putting serious money into the cosmetics, have a good engine shop do the engine. Jim Perell rebuilt his engine to exact original specs (called “blueprinting”), and went through the mechanicals. The cost sheets for his MGB show he has $17,000 into drivetrain, suspension, and electrics. Paint and bodywork costs real money in a show car. Be Chuck Blakeslee in his daily-driver MGB S o you've found a classic British car—an MGB or Triumph TR4, perhaps—in someone's barn, or an old garage where it was parked many years ago. The rust is superficial, the body is in good shape, and all the parts are there. The price is good, in line with the price guide for “project cars.” This could be your dream car after you restore it. But restore it to do what? What kind of a dream do you have for that classic car? What you do with it when it's finished will make a major difference in what you'll spend to restore it, and the process you'll follow. THREE KEY QUESTIONS Let's break down the possibilities into three categories. 1. Fun daily driver: Take the car on club tours and out to meet friends on a Saturday morning. 2. Show car: Draw admiring glances from concours d'elegance judges and other club members. 3. Race car: You're sliding into the seat, pulling on your helmet, buckling the shoulder and lap belts, and heading onto the track in a vintage race. In today's classic car hobby, those are three different ends to the journey, and the forks in the road come pretty quickly. Once you've headed in one direction, it's hard to change course and the cost differences are dramatic. To illuminate the road map, we talked to Kent Prather, six-time SCCA national cham- pion in MGAs and one of the most respected builders of racing MGs in the country. Then we spoke with Jim Perell, an organizer of concours events in the Sacramento area and the proud builder and owner of an MGB show car that's been featured in several national magazines. Finally we asked our buddy Chuck Blakeslee, who owns an attractive MGB that he drives two or three days a week and takes on tours with local car buddies. Prather reckons a nice MGB, or similar British roadster of the '50s and '60s, will cost $10,000 to $15,000 to take from “ran-when-parked” to a fun driver. If you want to show the car in judged events, plan on spending $25,000 to $40,000. And if you want to go racing, pony up $35,000 to $60,000. BABY, YOU CAN DRIVE YOUR CAR For a daily driver, plan a basic rebuild on the engine and transmission, and while the engine is out redo the brakes and shocks, replace the interior upholstery with a ready-made 52 very clear with your body shop about what you want and how much you can spend. It takes hours to smooth a surface so that it will reflect straight lines, and each hour can add $50 to $75 to the bill. Perell invested over $20,000 in his paint and bodywork. A good (but not great) job might have cost half that; on the other hand, if he had been after a “best-in-the-country” paint job, he could easily have spent another $10,000. WHY CONCOURS IS COSTLY Interiors are another issue. Upholstery kits are fine for a driver, but on a show car the pleats have to be exactly equal and straight, the welts smooth, and the stitches exact. Perell spent over $8,000 having a correct-style interior custom-made for his MGB and a good top hand-fitted. Then there's the question of replacement parts. A lot of catalog stuff will fit fine and work dependably. But anyone who knows what the original part looks like can spot the difference in finish, shape, logo, or color between a newold-stock (NOS) part and a reproduction. Patience and the miracle of eBay can unearth good original parts, but always at a price more expensive than “repops.” Perrell figures he spent about $5,000 to find the right replacement trim and other cosmetic components. He's got an MGB on which he's spent over $50,000, but he's won several shows, and feels he's getting good value from his investment. However, he will frankly admit it takes a real effort to drive it down to the ice cream parlor or park it on the street while running an errand. He can't help thinking about all the effort he's invested and how easy it would be to get a scratch or a dent. DO YOU WANT TO RACE—OR WIN? Perhaps you'd prefer hot laps to hot wax, and your idea of a parade is a pace lap, not Main Street. Maybe you're dreaming of racing. Here Kent Prather is very clear. Before you go down that road, be sure you're going to enjoy racing, because Sports Car Market Kyle Burt


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a car prepared to be safe in current vintage racing—not only for the driver but for other drivers around him—is undriveable on the street. And it's the most expensive alternative of the restoration options we are examining here. Speed costs money; how fast do you want to go? You can install a roll bar, safety belts, catch tanks, and a fuel cell in your street car, replace the wheels with safe racing wheels and tires, and buy a suit, shoes, and helmet for about $3,000 to $5,000. That gets you into track schools, where you can drive at speed but can't actually race. But at this level of preparation, your car won't be competitive, even though it might get through the technical and safety inspection. You won't be as fast, nor will your car be as responsive and predictable, as your competition. You'll be a moving chicane. If you really want to race—even at the polite vintage level—you'll strip the interior for weight and safety and install a racing seat for support. You'll need to completely rebuild the engine and transmission with racing-quality components and replace the entire suspension with new or excellent original components. And if you want to be competitive, you're easily in Prather's estimate of $35,000 to $60,000. At the lower price, you'll be safe, have a car that will challenge your ability, and teach you to race. But if you want to be at the front of the grid, count on the top of the range. And the car will be noisy, uncomfortable, difficult to drive at low speeds, and probably illegal on the highway. 1962 Sebring MGB race restored by Butch Gilbert BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR So there are your choices. Before you get started on your restoration, think carefully about the end result. Otherwise, you'll spend money—maybe a lot of money—on a car that you won't be happy with in the end.u GARY ANDERSON recently co-authored with Don RacineMOTORING: Getting the Maximum from Your New Mini, published by Enthusiast Publications, LLC February 2006 53


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1969 Monteverdi 375 S I had always wanted one, perhaps because, like me, the car was Swiss-born, but with an American heart by Robert A. Lutz DETAILS Years produced: 1967–71 Number produced: 16 (10 w/Frua coachwork, 6 w/Fissore) Original list price: $18,000 SCM Valuation: $40,000–$60,000 Investment rating: C Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor cap: $18 Chassis #: Stamped on silver plate under hood on driver's side (Matches engine number) Engine #: Stamped into right side of block engine mount Club: Monteverdi Club, c/o Peter Giger, Reinacherstrasse 40, CH-4106 Therwil, Switzerland Chassis number: 1003 W ith its beautiful, squatted-back, ready-topounce body styling, the Monteverdi 375 S was designed to be the definitive combination of luxury and power. The steel-bodied car was both strong and smooth. With 375 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, it was capable of making the 0-60 mph jump in 6.3 seconds. Its 440-ci V8 was ideal for brute force, but due to its great weight it was mounted as far toward the firewall as possible to achieve the most favorable weight distribution. Chassis construction employed the simple, tried and true formula of square-section steel tubing, with coil springs and double wishbones in the front and a de Dion tube axle in the rear. The Series I Monteverdi 375 S was produced from 1967–69, and it is approximated that only ten were made. The car on offer here is one of just two brought legally into the U.S. in 1968. It bears the plate on the inside of the door that states its exemption from U.S. Department of Transportation requirements at the time, which otherwise would have prevented its being registered. In the early 1990s, this Monteverdi was purchased by collector Bruce Milner of California after having received a restoration of exceptional quality. In 2003 the car was displayed at the Concorso Italiano in Pebble Beach, where it received much admiration. The current owner subsequently bought the car and has since treated the 375 S to some freshening, including new tires, a rebuilt air conditioner, rebuilt clock, shocks, and a new muffler. It was also stripped to bare metal and repainted, with all chrome replated, as well. The interior received new leather and a full detailing. This beautiful and rare Monteverdi shows incredibly low mileage at a little over 21,000. It is in exceptional condition and has been well-maintained and driven regularly. It is equipped with its original Becker radio and “power everything”—windows, brakes, and steering. It would be 54 welcomed at many concours and will be sure to draw attention on the road. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $100,000 at the Gooding Pebble Beach sale held August 21, 2005. Peter Monteverdi was a passionate businessman and racing driver who—against all odds and with little capital—produced a GT coupe that had few peers in its time. One of several well-to-do entrepreneurs who became disenchanted with the cantankerous, customerhating Enzo Ferrari, Monteverdi decided, “To hell with you. I'll do my own.” In fact, Enzo's imperious attitude triggered many excellent European high-performance cars, including those from Lamborghini, Iso Rivolta, Bizzarini, de Tomaso, and Intermeccanica. Most of these upstarts embraced Detroit big blocks: Chevys, Ford 351 Clevelands, and Chrysler Hemis and 440 Wedges. These engines were simple and cheap, meaning they were ideal for the typically undercapitalized independent automaker. Better yet, in a proper chassis, those iron lumps delivered shattering performance that was easily equivalent to a costly Ferrari V12. The only downside, of course, is that a pushrod V8 will never sound like a multi-cam V12. The standard engine in the 375 S was a 375-hp 440 1970 Monteverdi 375 L Lot #31, S/N K0790K493 Condition: 2 Sold at $18,657 Poulain Le Fur, Paris, France, 12/16/2002 SCM ID# 29906 More: www.tobiasullrich.de/monteverdi Alternatives: 1963–70 Iso-Rivolta; 1965–69 Bizzarrini 5300; 1967–73 Maserati Ghibli SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1967 Iso Grifo Lot #68, S/N GL660109 Condition: 2 Sold at $115,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28/2005 SCM ID# 37416 from Chrysler, married to a three-speed Torque-Flite automatic, though 426-ci Hemis were available on special order. Monteverdi was a good chassis engineer and created a rectangular-section space frame of extreme rigidity for the car. Suspension and driveline parts came mostly from Jaguar, borrowed from the E-type. Body design was by Pietro Frua, while Fissore was the actual builder. Back in the late '60s and early '70s, Monteverdis were hard to overlook, as their Ferrari-like design was greatly enhanced by the car's increased length and width. As any designer knows, there is no such thing as a car that can't be made more attractive with an increase in dimensions. Performance was staggering, especially at the price. I had always wanted one, perhaps because, like me, the car was Swiss-born but with an American heart. I wasn't able to buy one until the mid-'90s, when I had my daughter bid on one at a Christie's auction in Geneva. My car was actually Monteverdi's 1971 Sports Car Market Gooding & Company


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Geneva show car, which had a new, more generous side window treatment than the car pictured here. It had been cosmetically restored by Carrosserie Le Coq in Paris, but was still in need of a full true restoration. I paid $7,000 for the car and then spent the usual $100,000 on the restoration, prompting Editor Martin to tell me I had just “invested” $107,000 for a car that might fetch $50,000 on a good day. As you might imagine, it pleases me to see our subject car breaking into the six figures. My “High-Speed” coupe is thrilling to drive and very close to a modern high-performance car. That's pretty easy to understand, as that 440 is motivating about 40% less mass than in its usual Mopar application. The E-type suspension works extremely well, and the brakes can be termed adequate. From both a performance and collectibility stand- point, the Monteverdi coupe is not unlike an Iso Rivolta, Bizzarini, Facel Vega, Bristol, or Jensen Interceptor. All of these cars are attractive alternatives to the typical exotics of the era, though they will never be appreciated by the average collector in the way that a Ferrari is. I have often thought that a fascinating collection could be assembled from these European cars that used American V8s. Just think of all the other marques you could pick from: Allard, Lola, Lister, de Tomaso, and even the European-esque Cunningham C3. And I may have even forgotten a few. (Does anyone remember Gatso?) But for my money, the Monteverdi coupe is among the best of these “Etceterini.” Peter Monteverdi also produced a four-door 375 sedan on an extended wheelbase, as well as a spectacular convertible. I would dearly love to own one of each, but the low-slung sedans and the dropheads were produced in even smaller numbers than my car. Monteverdi built just 13 four-door sedans and a couple of convertibles, while 16 coupes were produced. It's that scarcity that explains the enormous price of the car pictured here. Monteverdi coupes normally sell in the Lutz's Monteverdi $40k–$60k range, but it's not every day that you find one for sale. Further, they're not prime candidates for complete restorations, due to their oddball nature and low values. So if this car was indeed a nicely turned-out example, I'm sure the buyer decided it was worth it to him to pay top dollar for a car that was ready to go. While he can pat himself on the back for paying for a restoration and getting the car “for free,” I still think the bid here was high, given that the work done on the car is now a decade or more old and the need for further “freshening” will only grow if the car is put to further use.u ROBERT A. LUTZ is the Vice Chairman of Global Product Development, General Motors Corporation, an avid collector, and a long-time friend of SCM. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. Seat Time Tim Parker, Senior VP, MBI Publishing, St. Paul, MN: My good fortune to mind a Monteverdi—frankly, I cannot remember whether it was an S or an L—resulted in a severely sliced finger. The resulting scar is still good and visible among the wrinkles today. Working for a tiny magazine publisher in the late 1960s, we had organized a promo table at the Biggin Hill Air and Car Show south of London, and I had managed to scrounge a Monteverdi from the then-importer to be center stage. Said importer was a member of the huge (at the time) Walls ice cream and sausage family. It was easy—I called up and asked if I could borrow a demo car for this show. “Certainly can,” was the instant response. I picked it up and drove it 100 miles to the event. Drove it back after the show, too. It was fast in a straight line, but that was easily its best dynamic. Brakes, handling, economy (something to worry about in Britain): All were without favor. People stared only, I suspect, because it was rare. I cut my finger as I was cleaning it. The tucked-under edge of the rear bumper was razor sharp, and it got me. At that point I guess I lost interest. Lutz sketch showing why he considers his '71 to be more attractive than the '69 February 2006 55


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German Profile 1954 Porsche 550/1500RS Spyder “Le Mans Prototype” Mechanics and drivers had to commit to learning the ins and outs of these demanding little jellybean buggies before they had any hope of success by Miles Collier DETAILS Years produced: 1953–55 Number produced: 8 prototypes, 12+ works cars, 78 series production Original list price: $6,800 SCM Valuation: $800,000–$1,200,000 Tune up/major service: $3,000–$4,000 Distributor cap: $500 each (2 required) Chassis #: On plate on firewall in cockpit Engine #: On crankcase Club: Porsche Club of America, P.O. Box 5900, Springfield, VA 22150 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1948–49 Ferrari 166 Corsa; 1954 OSCA MT4 1500; 1954 Borgward 1500RS SCM Investment Grade: A Chassis number: 550-10 Engine number: 547-07 P orsche built four 550 Spyders for the 1954 Le Mans 24 Hours, numbered 10 through 13. This car, S/N 550-10, was assigned to Richard von Frankenberg and Helm Glockler. In practice, it was the fastest of the 1,500-cc 550s, but it was also the first to retire. Only 20 minutes into the race, a holed piston forced its withdrawal. Porsche tackled the problem, improving both cooling and tuning. With these changes, 550-10 was entered in the Reims 12-hour race on July 4, where it was driven to ninth overall and second in class by Gonzague Olivier and Auguste Veuillet, finishing behind the eighth-place and class-winning Frankenberg/Polensky 550 Spyder. A front anti-roll bar was added before the Nürburgring race on August 1, where Hans Herrmann drove 550-10 to victory. Herrmann again drove 550-10 at Avus in Berlin on September 19, this time with reshaped front fenders, a tiny cockpit opening, head fairing, and skirts enclosing the rear wheel wells. The aerodynamic bodywork allowed 550-10 to record a top speed of 145 mph on the long straights, but caused cooling issues. The car finished second overall to Frankenberg's conventional 550 Spyder. At the end of the 1954 season, 550-10 was sold to a Swiss dealer. It never raced again, sitting in storage for some 25 years before being sold overseas. The car then changed hands several times before a comprehensive tenyear restoration was undertaken in the late 1980s, returning the car to its 1954 Le Mans configuration, complete with the green rear fender stripes that distinguished it from the other Porsche factory entries. A true survivor from the important era of motor sport, the ultimate expression of Porsche's first factory-built, 56 mid-engine sports racer, this is one of the few known surviving 550 prototypes. Remarkably, it still has its original third-series Type 547 engine. Preserved as it was last prepared by the Porsche factory 50 years ago, it has been meticulously restored and is eligible for any number of events, from the Mille Miglia to the most prestigious Porsche events and concours. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $1,034,000 at the Gooding Pebble Beach sale held August 21, 2005. If we examine the factors required to make serious collectors reach into their pockets, four elements can be discerned: aesthetic quality, technological quality, historic quality, and originality. The first three create distinctions among different cars, while the remaining factor applies to an individual car. On a scale of one to ten in each category, let's rate the 550 Spyder pictured here, and then average the results to see how close it gets to a mythical perfect overall score of ten. It gets a middling grade for its utilitarian looks, say a five. Don't argue, this is entirely fair. With respect to technical art, let's give the Porsche COMPS 1956 Porsche 550A/1500RS Lot #228, S/N P90699 Condition: 2 Sold at $726,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM ID# 34857 1957 Porsche 550A Lot #233, S/N 550-0118 Condition: 2 Sold at $433,595 a knockout score of ten. Remember, this car displays prescient engineering that the '60s would show was the optimal architecture for racing machinery—a low polar moment of inertia, a mid-engine design, and an independently sprung chassis clothed in relatively slippery coachwork with a low frontal area. Ernst Fuhrmann's racing engine is an interesting mélange of pre-war and post-war Bonhams, Monte Carlo, Monaco, 5/21/2001 SCM ID# 23563 technology. From the pre-war era we see helical gear- and shaft-driven cams, large hemispherical combustion chambers with their required twin ignition, and roller bearings at the engine's bottom end. The rest of the engine, however, reflects the state of the art for the time, with Weber carburetors, double overhead cams (but with replaceable lobes), dry sump lubrication, short stroke design, and light alloy construction, including chrome- Sports Car Market Photos: Gooding & Company


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plated cylinder barrels. If you like engine technology, it's hard to specify anything sexier. For history, let's give it an eight. Despite their small displacement, Spyders are abso- lute giants in the history of motor racing. In their day, they ground up anything in their class and won more than a fair number of races outright against the fastest cars in the world. Spyder S/N 550-10 is one of the mechanically definitive racers that preceded the production run of customer cars released in 1955. As a factory team car it was instrumental in building Porsche's reputation. Further adding to its significance, this car has all the major race history as a “works” entry that you could desire. All Spyders are first-rank collectibles. Just look at the greats who drove the things: Herrmann, Frere, P. Hill and G. Hill, Moss, Behra, Gurney, Holbert, Von Trips, and so on. As a result, if you own one, you'll never have a problem getting accepted to any event anywhere, all the more true with a car like this one, a real Le Mans racer. In judging originality, we'll have to infer from the catalog's silence on the subject that the car's body/chassis assembly is unmolested. I would also want to know something of the history of the car's engine, but again, let's assume it is healthy. Finally, while “matching numbers” is of no significance with Porsche factory racers, it is extremely important to have a date-appropriate engine, gearbox, etc. It appears from the catalog that in these respects, such is the case here. So for originality, let's tentatively give it an eight. Adding up the numbers, you arrive at 31, which when divided by four gives you an overall rating of 7.75. That's awfully close to a perfect ten in the collector car world, so it's not too surprising that the car pictured here sold for a record-setting $1,034,000. A sale price in the seven figures for any '50s-vintage Porsche race car is impressive, as these cars seem to always sit outside the collector mainstream. I continue to be surprised by the number of experienced competition car collectors who profess not only complete ignorance of Porsche race cars, but also absolute bafflement at the marque. Indeed, one of the leading motor racing historians working today has confessed as much to me. Porsche's racing history is one of great distinction, spanning four decades and almost every conceivable form of motor sport, and is hardly congested with a surplus of models and variants. Oddly enough, both this history and the unique technology behind it have conspired against Porsche over the years. While Porsche's initial decade in racing focused on winning small-bore honors, by the '60s Porsche's crushing domination of the under-two-liter classes led it to vie for overall victories. This change in focus and gradual upsizing brought Porsche into head-to-head competition with the likes of Ferrari and Ford. Unfortunately, success in the bigs came too late to imprint much into the collective consciousness, at least with regard to Porsche's earlier models. Spyders were “only” class winners, and didn't get the kind of run that naturally came to the bigger cars that won races outright. The result? Despite one of the most enviable competition records on the planet, only the hardcore car nuts ever cared. As if this wasn't bad enough, Porsche's iconoclastic, if not positively arcane, engineer- ing further distanced it from the mainstream. Porsches were air-cooled, which was “all wrong” by popular perception. It put its engines behind the driver, employing a chassis architecture that was also “all wrong.” And even though these practices proved themselves sound on the track over and over again, mechanics and drivers still had to make a real commitment to learning the ins and outs of these demanding little jellybean buggies before they could have any hope of success. More conventional race cars, on the other hand, allowed for much more similarity in setup and driving styles. What was true in the pits a few decades ago stands doubly true in the collector car world today: Spyders are great cars, but they are not for everyone. As part of the supporting cast at vintage events rather than the headliners, their bragging rights just don't measure up to a lot of the bigger, cruder, yet more charismatic iron. If this buyer was looking for a collectible historic race car, this early Spyder's factory history, rarity, originality, and good scoring using the metrics discussed above make it a desirable vehicle. If he was hoping to impress those on the cocktail circuit, he might have spent his million bucks elsewhere. All in all, however, I'll still say it was a fair deal for all concerned. u MILES COLLIER has a 550 and 550A in the collection of the Collier Automotive Museum in Naples, Florida. He is in the forefront of introducing automotive collectors to thoughtful connoiseurship, and is a long-time friend of SCM. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. February 2006 57


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Chosing Performance Over Originality After a quick blast down the highway in a highly modified Speedster, some buyers will be thrilled and not care about the lack of correctness Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager D ear Jim Schrager: After reading about your silver 1976 912E (December 2005, p. 58) that someone had put a 2-liter 911 engine into, I began to contemplate the reality of what was done—the bastardizing of a rare Porsche model. Although I'm primarily a purist, I thought back to some of the Porsches that I've owned, and wondered if the alterations I made to them were merely small changes or if I had really bastardized them. There was the '58 Speedster fitted with a Super 90 engine and later transaxle, the 914/6 that was modified via a 2.6-liter 911S and short gears, and the 1981 911SC coupe that I converted to an all-steel Turbo body with a bi-wing rear spoiler. Back when I modified it, the Speedster was just a $2,500 car. The 914/6, although already rare when “improved” by me, maintained a technically correct appearance; I just gave it the ability to match a 289 Cobra on acceleration. The SC, well, they're a dime a dozen, and I went racing with that car. Your article made me think about adaptation parameters; if there is such a thing, 1970 Porsche 914 V8. Could this be the best thing that ever happened to a 914? should there be? Of course, no one in their right mind would stuff a 993 engine into a 1967 911R, or transplant a 914 1.7-liter engine into a lightweight 1973 RS. Although those are extreme examples, with your 912/911s you have used a semi-precious engine as a replacement heart for a car that was, from birth, a slug. Yes, the new engine solved the issue of why the '76 was a slug, but couldn't a case be made for the early engine being better used in a 1969–73 period 911? Are there cars out there that should be preserved? Will there ever be a shortage of 911 SCs that is significant enough that I should have preserved my coupe? Because of my Speedster's robust engine, did that beautiful, white, rust-free example survive the last 35 years, or did the extra power cause it to be wrapped around a tree? Your 912E is a rather pretty car, so using the SCM Price Guide, as a 912E, it would be worth about $8k. If it had been born a 1976 911S and was in similar condition, it would be worth about $10k. After the surgical implant of the early 911S engine it has 180 DIN hp, compared to 165 DIN hp for a stock 2.7-liter 911S, and the modest 90 hp in its original four-cylinder form. What's it worth now? Or should a monetary result not be factored in?—Pete Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA FIRE UP THE CRYSTAL BALL At one level, you are right about the engine swap in my 912/911 and similar modi- fications to other Porsches—they can easily offend. But let's dig a few layers deeper. 58 If what I am doing does not hurt the value—or maybe even helps it and at the same time makes the car a better performer, then I'm in favor, purists be hanged. This philosophy made modifications of my 250k-mile well-used 912E a no-brainer. With its original used-up four-cylinder running gear, the car was just plain worn out. I was lucky a previous owner had spent the time and money to fit a 2.0-liter 911 engine in there, and of course that was one of the big attractions for me. It meant that a lot of the hard work necessary for me to install a high-performance 2.2-liter 911S engine had already been done. Unless a stock 912E is a mint low-mileage example in great colors with original paint, I don't see any upside, no matter how long you wait. But the values of our cars change over time, so to get things right requires a bit of crystal ball gazing. Since in general a car must be rare to be valuable, messing with cars with high production volumes is usually safe. However, in the Porsche world there are notable exceptions: Speedsters are not really that rare, with over 4,000 made, but are very valuable. Early 911S cars are not so rare, with a few thousand or so made each of seven years between 1967 and 1973, yet the values are very strong. Sports Car Market


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But 914-4 cars are not at all rare, with about 100,000 made, and neither are 911SCs, with production of over 60,000 units. I break this rule with the 912E, which is a rare car at just over 2,000 made. But like the “Notchback” 356B, any Sportomatic 911 (even an early 911S), the 911L, and the 912E, rarity does not always translate into value in the Porsche world. There is another way to lose your shirt in this modifi- cation game, and that is to put too much in your upgrades. Examples include $50,000 914-4s made into firebreathing 914-6 conversions, and 1973 911T cars made into near-perfect $75,000 Carrera RS clones. Keep an eye on what the market is for original vs. clone cars as you build your own ideal mongrel. ‘CONVERTED' CARS NEWLY COLLECTIBLE One recent trend is that some highly desirable “con- verted” Porsches can bring as much as their stock counterparts, although not from the same type of buyer. For example, consider a beautiful silver 356A Speedster, with a later 912 engine, smooth-shifting SC gearbox, and more recent powerful disc brakes. After a quick blast down the highway, some buyers will be thrilled and not care about the lack of “correctness.” They might not be interested in a Speedster with its original, more fragile running gear and modest performance, and might actually pay more for a “resto-mod” Speedster than for an original. Others will want nothing but the original parts, no matter how much they may interfere with the reliability or performance of the car and will only shell out the big bucks for the real thing. The same holds for converted 914-6 cars and 911T cars made into RS replicas. So you might end up with the same market value for a correct car and a modified one, but from two very different types of buyers. As to my 912E, it was surely not worth $10k when I bought it at about half that on eBay, and I felt everything done to the car was pure upside. As to putting the 2.2S engine in an earlier chassis, you'd be amazed at how this big-bumper car drives with this engine. All that high-rpm power feels just like it does in an earlier chassis, and the wheels and tires work together to deliver the compliant yet responsive ride we all remember from the early S cars. As to what it's worth today, I'd say about $10k. But I admit I wasn't worried about that, as this car was made for driving. And in that category, it's a real winner. So long as your modifications make driving and aesthetic sense, and are within the budget you set, I don't see any reason to be a slavish adherent to “originality at all costs.” u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 (stock or improved) and writes for The 356 Registry magazine. Pete Zimmermann is the author of The Used 911 Story. February 2006 59


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American Profile 1957 Chevrolet Corvette “Fuelie” Convertible As I struggled to keep the Corvette on the road, I felt like I was driving my couch through the Laguna Seca Corkscrew by David Gooding DETAILS Years produced: 1956–62 Number produced: 64,375, 7,828 FI cars Original list price: $3,200–$4,000 SCM Valuation: $42,000–$60,000 Tune up/major service: $175–$200 Distributor cap: $19 Chassis #: On plate in driver's door jam Engine #: Top left surface of flange on rear of block Club: Corvette Club of America, P.O. Box 9879, Bowling Green, KY 42102-9879 More: www.corvetteclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1956 Austin-Healey 100-Six; 1957 Ford Thunderbird F-code; 1958 Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: E57S103787 Engine number: 3731548 EL I n 1956 Chevrolet introduced a restyled Corvette that was a complete departure from earlier models. The new Corvettes gave the American sports car a new identity that was much more sporting. They were fast, sleek, and extremely clean in their appearance. Recognized by collectors as benchmark years in Corvette styling, the 1956 and 1957 models generally draw the most attention at shows and events nationwide. By 1957, Corvettes were offered in many configura- tions. Now more than ever, customers had the daunting task of weighing all the options and choosing the right car. The 283-ci powerplant was available with two different fuel injection options and two different four-barrel carburetors. Furthermore, the appearance, though not really changed from the 1956 models, was spruced up with added colors, tops, and power accessory options. Nevertheless, it was true to the Corvette ideal in every way. The Corvette offered here is fitted with the rare and desirable fuel injected V8 rated at 283 hp. This matchingnumbers California car has traveled just 18 miles since completion of a no-expense-spared, body-off restoration. All mechanical and cosmetic systems were given everything they needed and the finished product is better 60 than new. The restoration was fully documented and the engine was dyno tested and broken in by a GM engineer. This stunning Corvette is finished in Onyx Black with silver coves, a red interior, and black soft and hard tops. It is fitted with the optional (and working) clock, rare four-speed close ratio transmission, parking brake alarm, and correct whitewall tires. Like most cars ordered with “go-fast” options, the radio was deleted. The first-year “Fuelies” are among the most collectible and valuable. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $132,000 at RM's Monterey sale, held August 19–20, 2005. A '57 Fuelie 'Vette is one of the hallmark cars of 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Lot #421, S/N 3139655 Condition: 2+ Sold at $69,120 Kruse, Seaside, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39113 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Lot #174, S/N E57S104606 Condition: 2 Sold at $82,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39106 the 1950s, the work of Harley Earl, one of the most important automotive stylists of all time. The designs he spearheaded during this era had tremendous impact on our culture—and this Corvette is one of his finest. Its toothy chrome grille, wrap-around windshield, space-age interior, wonderfully sculptured round tail with twin exhaust pipes exiting out of the rear bumperettes, and those signature scalloped side coves are all wild elements, yet they come together perfectly. Subtle it is not, especially when the cars are finished in contrasting colors and with an equally bright interior. When I was a boy, that's exactly why I chose the '57 Fuelie as my favorite 'Vette. Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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I dreamed of some day owning one, but that childhood desire remained both dormant and unfulfilled until the early 1990s, when I was afforded the opportunity to drive a '57. I was working for Christie's at the time and the car was consigned to our Pebble Beach sale. It was a Bloomington Gold winner, meaning that it had been judged to be nearly perfect in its restoration, the best of the best. The car had been unloaded by its transporter at the top gate of the 17-Mile Drive entrance to the Lodge. Someone had to drive it down the beautiful, tree-lined road that wound around to the auction tent, so I eagerly hopped in, warmed it up, and off I went. But as I gained just a little speed things went awry. This twisty section of road was part of the famed course that had once been the site of the treacherous Pebble Beach Road Race. I realized rather quickly that my steed was not really up to the task, and as I struggled to keep the Corvette on the road, I felt like I was sitting on my living room couch and someone had pushed me over the crest of the Laguna Seca Corkscrew. It was an exciting ride, to say the least. As I headed vigorously into a treelined left-hander, I prayed I'd be able to get the four screeching tires around the turn. The extreme amounts of body roll and lethargic steering, however, also had me wondering for a few split seconds if indeed the chassis and body had become detached. Thankfully, I arrived at the tent in one piece. More importantly, so did the car. While blame for such typical 'Vette behavior is usually cast on Zora Duntov and GM, responsibility for the many unflattering words I shouted while heading down that hill would more accurately be levelled at this car's old bias-ply tires and unsorted brakes and suspension. This is a common affliction of even “perfectly” restored cars. Just because a car exhibits the highest cosmetic finish does not mean it is capable of performing as capably as it did when new. Corvettes of the '50s have a broad appeal and a devoted following. Their sensa- tional styling, strong reliability, and wealth of spares make them fun and reasonably secure investments. Anyone thinking about playing with 'Vettes, however, would do well to start by picking up a copy of Mike Antonick's Corvette Black Book. It contains enough information about vehicle numbers, engine numbers, and option codes to convince you to seek help from an expert before you raise your hand at auction. Corvettes are among the most well documented collector cars out there, so making a mistake with regards to things like “numbers-matching” claims or certification by organizations like Bloomington Gold and the National Corvette Restorers Society could cost you tens of thousands of dollars. So, too, can not knowing the history of the car you're bidding on. The car pictured here sold for $100,440 at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2004. At the time, it was rated a #2+ by the SCM auction reporter and described as “an excellent restoration that has seen some over-theroad usage.” The car then appeared at Silver's 2004 Hot August Nights sale in Reno, where it was bid to $59,000 without selling. Fast-forward to RM Monterey a year later, where the car sells for $132k—very strong money, especially considering those last two trips across the block. An astute bidder is going to have a lot of questions about a car like this, starting with why it's been offered for sale so many times in the past year and a half. Just as people assume the house that's been on the market for months must have something wrong with it, frequent auction appearances do not usually result in a bump to a car's value. February 2006 Documentation of the “18 miles since completion of a no-expense-spared, body-off restoration” claim, however, would. Assuming the bidder did his homework, and that the car is both authentic and well sorted out, I would call this price top-of-the-market, but not crazy.u DAVID GOODING is the president of Gooding & Company, as well as a long-time collector. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. Seat Time Sean, Kevin, and Kent Hussey, Birmingham, AL: We three brothers located a '57 Corvette race car that had been sitting in a garage for 40 years. As old Corvette racers, we thought we would restore the car for the track. We noticed some unusual equipment on the car, including the airbox, finned brake drums, heavy-duty leaf springs, no heater, tachometer on the steering column, etc. We decided more research was in order and have since determined that the '57 is a 579E airbox car with big brake option and rare factory traction bars (authenticated by NCRS). There are 23 airbox cars known to exist today; this Corvette was delivered to Bob Mouat in Baltimore, who raced it continuously from new until 1964. Since it has been in storage so long, it is a time capsule of race car prep back then—wood blocks on the pedals, stuffing in the seat for lateral support, etc. As car guys, finding, researching, and authenticating this ‘Vette have been a blast. We would like to hear from readers who might have information on this car. Bob Mouat ran in all the SCCA national races in the Northeast, usually as car #57. E-mail: seanchussey@msn.com Dreux McNairy, San Marino, CA: I didn't really like the fake louvers on the hood and chrome strips on the trunk on my '58 Corvette. I put in a four-speed tranny that I liked a lot better than the three-speed. I liked the car and only sold it because I needed a fourpassenger car. I did get a lot of speeding tickets, but that wasn't the car's fault. 61


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer The SCM Corvette by the Numbers Decoded, the “period-correct” engine is a 1967 low-performance 327 for use in Powerglide-equipped pickups Transmission: Borg-Warner T-10D1 4-speed to SCM General Manager David Slama for doing the yeoman work of taking the 'Vette to A&P Specialties, where owner Alan Blanchard, who looks after the SCM 911SC, put the 'Vette into the air, and removed the valve covers to get us the info we needed. The SCM 'Vette is S/N 30837S105613. This decodes as 3=1963, 08=Corvette, 37=Coupe, S=St. Louis production plant, and the sequential VIN of 105,613—the 5,613th 1963 Corvette built. Looking at the trim tag under the glove box, I find the body production date of D4—translation, December 4, 1962. Using published production by month, this makes sense, as the last car built in December of 1962 was S/N 105972, 359 cars later. The trim tag provides the paint code of Style 63 837 Body 2992 Trim BLK Paint 941A VIN #30837S105613 Chassis number: 30837S105613 L ast month, I explained the basics of muscle car decoding. This month, I am going to see if our esteemed Editor Martin pulled a rabbit out of his hat when he purchased the SCM 1963 Split-Window Corvette, or if he botched the trick. When he, along with SCMer Dave Stewart, bought the coupe last year, it was represented to Martin as being in its original color combination (Sebring Silver over black), with a non-numbers matching, yet reportedly period correct, high-performance 327 V8 and the originalto-the-car 4-speed transmission and rear differential. The purchase price was $33,000. Since purchase, Martin has spent approximately $3,000 doing what we all do with a “new” car—deferred maintenance and the ever-present “while we are in there” repairs. Martin reports the car runs and drives very well and seems quite smitten with its appearance and cosmetic condition. What follows is a basic pre-purchase inspection, done, in typical red-mist SCMer style, several months post-purchase. My main goal is to determine if the car has the original drivetrain, tags, correct colors, and trim. The next step, which is beyond the scope of this article, would be to do a thorough inspection of body, chassis, interior, and secondary components. A special thanks 62 941A (Sebring Silver), and trim code of BLK, for black standard vinyl. Both the trim tag and VIN tag are original, not reproductions, and are affixed properly, appearing never to have been removed from the car—all very important. So this car is in fact in its original color combination. So far, so good. Under the hood, I started by checking the casting numbers and date codes on the block. These are very hard to falsify, unlike the stamped numbers on the machined pad on the front of the block. The casting num- ber on this block is 3892657. Looking this up in a Chevrolet book, I find this is a generic casting number for a 1967 small block with various car, truck, and displacement (302/327/350) applications—but no Corvette fitments. The casting date code is B127, February 12, 1967. Uh-oh. Houston, we have a non-correct block in a Corvette. Moving forward, I check the numbers on the front pad of the engine block. Although easily (and commonly) restamped by unscrupulous folk, it is still worth a look. What should be present are two sets of numbers. One set is the last six digits of the VIN (hopefully matching the VIN of the car), the second set is information as it pertains to the engine build info—engine assembly plant, assembly date, and a two-letter engine suffix code denoting the original specification. This engine has no VIN on the pad, as it would if it were an original Corvette block (passenger cars and truck motors often had the VIN stamped in other locations), but does have the stamp V0414YH. Decoded, it breaks down to V=Flint engine plant, 0414=April 14 engine assembly date, and YH=327, low performance, 220-hp, Powerglide automatic-equipped engine for use with A.I.R (Air Injection Reactor) in C10–C35 Chevrolet pickups. Hmmmm. No wonder my truck wouldn't start last week; somebody put the engine into Martin's 'Vette. Next I checked the cylinder head casting numbers and date codes, both under the valve covers. Casting number for both heads is 333882, and both date codes are identical at I304. The casting numbers tell us the heads are 1970–80 350/400 low-performance, small-valve passenger car heads, with a date code of September 30, 1974. Last stop under the hood is the intake manifold and carburetor. Always looking for the silver lining, I am still optimistic we will find something original. Alas, today is Sports Car Market


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not the day. With a casting number of 3890490, the intake is a 1966–1967 327/350-hp Nova/Chevy II/Corvette piece—a desirable part, but not correct. The carburetor is a new Edelbrock aftermarket one, similar to the one Jethro may have just screwed on his monster truck last week. One of the wonderful things about the legendary Chevy small block V8 is parts interchangeability. Unfortunately, whoever built this motor took full advantage of this fact. Without any original paperwork to go on, we have no idea what drivetrain the car came with originally. However, like any good mystery, we do have clues. The tachometer appears original and has a 6,500-rpm redline, used only in 340-hp carbureted and 360-hp fuel-injected cars. Under the hood, there are no signs of a fresh air intake in the core support, nor any mounting holes for the huge fuelie air cleaner. If I had to guess, I would say this was originally a 340-hp car. Further detective work would tell us more. The correct, original, early 1963 aluminum Borg-Warner T-10D1 4-speed is present, and the differential is original as well. This is important, as later '63 'Vettes switched to a cast-iron Muncie M20 4-speed, and early aluminum T-10s are tough to find. The big question: At $36,000 so far, did Martin get a raw deal? Not necessarily. Nonnumbers-matching examples of 327/340s in this condition can bring close to $50,000, so Martin is still safe. However, a little pre-purchase due diligence would have told Martin exactly what he was getting, which might have helped him in his negotiations. My advice for the future of the SCM Split-Window 'Vette is to find a correctly dated early 1963 3782870 block, correct 340-hp heads, a correct intake manifold and carburetor. I'd send the works to a great Chevy engine guy and have him do his magic. The end result would be a correct, strong powerplant that adds value to the car—and performance, as my guess is the current engine is putting out no more than 250 hp, and maybe less. I estimate the total cost of building and installing a correct engine would be under $10,000—about the same as a major service on any late-model Ferrari. All said and done, Martin would have a reliable, cor- rect, but non-numbers-matching Split-Window that runs like a bear for under $50,000. Not a bad deal in my book, and worth perhaps $60,000–$70,000. Until then, I say keep the numbers dorks from looking under the hood and keep driving. u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles, as well as an avid collector and enthusiast. Block Casting Date: B127 Block Casting Number: 3892657 Intake Manifold #3890490 Cylinder Head #333882 February 2006 Edlebrock Carburetor Engine Stamp: V0414YH 63


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Race Car Profile 1967 Lotus Type 51 FF It was a class where being faster than the other guy meant you were a quicker driver, not that you had spent more money by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1967–68 Number produced: 218 Original list price: $2,700 SCM Valuation: $20,000–$25,000 Cost per hour to race: $350 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Tag on dash Engine #: Boss on right side of block Club Name: Monoposto Racing, P.O.Box 688, Dubuque, IA 52004 More: monoposto.com Alternatives: 1968 Alexis Mk 15; 1969 Titan Mk V; 1969 Merlyn Mk 11A SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1967 Lotus Type 51A Lot #G26, S/N AM59 Condition: 3+ Sold at $26,500 Chassis number: 51A/FF/108 I ntroduced in 1967, the Lotus Type 51 was the Norfolk concern's first specific Formula Ford design. Derived in part from the earlier Type 31 Formula 3 cars, it utilized a multi-tubular space frame chassis complete with steel undertray. Equipped with all-round independent suspension, disc brakes, and rack-andpinion steering, it was powered by a 1,600-cc Ford Cortina cross-flow engine and became the new formula's performance benchmark Part of the collection since 1995, this particular ex- ample has been re-imported from America. Seemingly original, it is reputed to have scared a previous novice owner so badly with its pace that he retired it to long-term storage after just one outing. It would require careful recommissioning prior to making a track comeback. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $24,537 at the H&H Brentford, U.K.., auction October 3, 2005. Ever since the explosion in participant motorsports in the early '50s, both organizers and participants have been searching for an affordable, entry-level, open-wheel formula, a place where the grand prix racers of the future can learn their craft. In the early to mid '50s, Moss, Brabham, and company learned on English Formula 3 cars, spindly little things with 500-cc motorcycle engines. Though quick, they proved to be too fragile for long-term success. 64 Count Giovanni Lurani made his mark in 1958 when he created the Formula Junior, an international and durable formula intended as a cheap and competitive class based on production engines. It was extremely successful through 1963, but fell victim to its success when the front-running cars became so exotic and expensive that only the factory and sponsored teams had a chance of winning. A successor Formula 3 filled up the mid-'60s, but abandoned any pretense of populism or affordability. The market niche for a really good, relatively cheap, training class of openwheel cars remained unfilled. Geoffrey Clark was an Englishman who ran a Kruse, Auburn, IN, 8/27/2003 SCM ID# 36277 1961 Lotus 20 Formula Jr. Lot #439, S/N 20 J 888 Condition: 2+ Sold at $44,445 Coys, Fontvielle, Monaco, 5/15/2004 SCM ID# 34166 driver's school at Brands Hatch circuit, and he had the idea of an extremely designlimited formula around basically a bone-stock Ford Cortina engine and a four-speed transaxle. Previous attempts had all fallen victim to technology creep during a time of spectacular innovation in both materials technology and automotive design, so Clark's solution was unabashedly retro: require a relatively heavy tube-frame chassis for durability; don't allow exotic materials (to avoid expensive temptations for the designers); limit wheels, tires, and brakes to control the stick and handling; and require a standard engine. In many ways it was a giant step backwards, but it accomplished his goal. It created a class where being faster than the other guy meant you were a quicker driver, not that you had spent more money. Thus was born the class we often call “Formula Frightening.” That's a flip line, but true for a number of reasons. Sports Car Market Photos: H&H Auctions


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First, these cars are fast. With 115 hp and weighing perhaps 1,150 pounds with fuel and driver, a welldriven Formula Ford can turn lap times to match a Corvette or a 289 Cobra (less spectacularly than the thunder bunnies, but just as fast). Second, they're formula cars, which means open wheels. Openvs. closed-wheel racing is a matter of personal preference and much debate, but there is no doubt that close racing in open-wheel cars is more dangerous. If you touch wheels with another car, what happens next is going to be a big one, and you're along for the ride. Third, they're cheap. More about this later, but if you're looking for bang for the buck, there's no way to go as fast for as little money as Formula Ford. This tends to produce a group of very competitive, not very experienced drivers who don't have a lot of money in their cars. This can be a scary combination. Fourth, they're ultra-com- petitive. Formula Ford is easily the most level playing field in all of vintage racing; everyone has the same weight, horsepower, brakes, and tires. This makes for very close racing and everything that comes with it. There's an enduring image of 40 virtually identical cars in a tight pack storming into the first turn, with some hero in the back convinced that he can out-brake everyone. I don't know if there really are more “incidents” in Formula Ford than any other vintage group, but FF races are not for the faint of heart. Did I mention cheap? In the U.S. these days, most Formula Fords sell for $18,000–$22,000, with projects below and heart-throbs a bit above. Aside from a Sprite or a Formula Vee, you'll be hard put to come up with anything for less. They're relatively inexpensive to run, too. A set of tires will last a full season, and the mild tune on the engine means there's no reason to spin it very high, which is what uses them up. You can probably expect 50 hours between rebuilds, twice the time of a sports racer. Assuming you don't hit anything, there's not a lot else to spend money on. The “classic” Formula Fords that we vintage race were built between 1967–72, and the Lotus 51 is where it all started. Many people consider it to be the prettiest of the bunch; it's certainly the most classic. The later cars worked out chassis stiffness and aerodynamics a bit better, so if you want the ultimate car, something like a Titan is a bit quicker than a Lotus, but not much. At the end of the race day it's all about the quality of preparation, and that's what you pay for when you buy a car. This car had obviously been sitting for a while and required “recommissioning,” which bothers me a bit. If the new buyer puts a couple thousand dollars on top of the purchase price, I think he'll be pretty deep into what is fundamentally a generic race car.u THOR THORSON has been hooked on race cars since the late '50s and actively involved with vintage racing since the '70s. Historical and descriptive information in this profile courtesy of the auction company. February 2006 65


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Market Reports Overview $900 Triumphs and $840k Camaros The sale proved to be one of the biggest of the year, with more than $21m changing hands I t's that time of year again, when hordes of hungry enthusiasts head to the dry (in theory) climes of the greater Phoenix area to feast on a diet of world's finest collector cars. For those who won't make it in person, Speed Channel will broadcast live once again from Barrett-Jackson, providing a full 32 hours of coverage. And if you need a refresher, the channel will re-air much of last year's sale in the weeks leading up to January 14. In the meantime, and as always, SCM has what you're looking for, with more than 150 cars evaluated by those who best know them and the markets they represent. Dan Grunwald attended Mecum's annual Fall Premier in St. Charles, Illinois, where muscle was the name of the game. The sale proved to be one of the biggest of the year, and in the process a handful of Yenko Chevrolets stole the show. Senior analyst Richard Hudson-Evans then reports on Bonhams and the Silverstone Classic, a new-look event with plenty of potential. So how did it all go? Not as well as Chairman Robert Brooks might have hoped, but don't write it off just yet. And there must be something special about Branson, Missouri, because SCM's other senior analyst Dave Kinney just raves about the place. While he was there, he not only soaked up some rare sun, but he also witnessed yet another successful Cox auction—and sold a car of his own as well. B. Mitchell Carlson, meanwhile, browsed the lots at a rare MidAmerica collector car auction, where he proves two things: It's not just motorcycles that the Minnesotabased company does well; and after nearly twenty years, they're clearly here to stay. He also appreciated a round on the house at the end of the event. Finally, in his eBay search for a decent station wagon to buy, Geoff Archer stumbled across a few that were built to haul more than just cargo. Whatever your collector taste, chances are SCM has it covered. As 2006 unfolds, with your Pocket Price Guide in hand, you'll be able make educated value estimates on the cars you've had your eye on. And with the newMartin Rating system, you'll have a new tool with which to verify and validate those cars. No matter what, expect that we'll have our sonar fixed on the makes and models setting the trends, as well as those that caught the hobby by storm in 2005. And that's something you won't find on Speed.—Stefan Lombardu SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts February 2006 Mecum Bonhams Cox MidAmerica $5m $10m $15m $20m Top10 Sales This Issue 1. A Collection of 5 Yenkos, $1,785,000—M, p. 76, 80 2. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, $840,000—M, p. 78 3. 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, $675,000—M, p. 78 4. 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, $561,750—M, p. 82 5. 1963 Chevrolet Impala Z-11, $315,000—M, p. 74 6. 1965 Chevrolet Malibu SS Z-16, $273,000—M, p. 74 7. 1970 Plymouth Hemi ‘Cuda, $267,750—M, p. 82 8. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, $210,000—M, p. 74 9. 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible, $210,000—M, p. 76 10. 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, $204,750—M, p. 76 Best Buys $1m $2m $3m $4m 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1. 1964 Chevrolet Impalla SS, $36,040, C, p. 106 2. 1964 Aston Martin DB5, $73,920, B, p. 88 3. 1968 Austin-Healey 3000, $34,980, C, p. 98 4. 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante, $79,596, B, p. 90 5. 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, $204,750, M, p. 76 67 MidAmerica Auctions (MA) Blaine, MN, p. 112 Mecum (M) St. Charles, IL, p. 68 Cox Auctions (MA) Branson, MO, p. 96 United Kingdom Bonhams (B) Silverstone, UK, p. 84


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author Fall Premier The big fish continue to draw up the minnows; after all, when was the last time you saw two Cosworth Vegas or seven AMXs in the same sale? Company Mecum Collector Car Autioneers Date October 14–16, 2005 Location St. Charles, IL Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, and Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 350 / 656 Sales rate 53% Sales total $21,060,015 High sale One lot of five Yenko Chevrolets, sold at $1,785,000; single car—1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, sold at $840,000 Everybody got Yenko fever in St. Charles Report and Photos by Daniel Grunwald Market opinions in italics St. Charles, IL D ana Mecum and his company not only have a knack for finding some of the most coveted muscle cars on the planet, but, even more remarkable, for convincing their owners to sell them. This year's Fall Classic was no different. Indeed, if you were in the market for classic Detroit Iron, then the Pheasant Run Lodge was the place to be. As venues go, the Lodge is a top-tier space with plenty of room for the show. It also plays host each year to Mecum's Bloomington Gold event, so the auction company's familiarity with the place made for a seamless presentation. Mecum kept the momentum building once the bidding started, and each car generated its own kind of buzz on the block. The headliner of the weekend was the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection, with five historic Chevys offered as a single lot. Split five ways, each car's price came out to $357k, for a total sale price of just under $1.8m for the bunch. Also notable was a 1969 ZL1 Camaro, which sold for a record $840k. At Mecum Rockford 2004, the 1965 Z-16 Chevelle formerly owned by actor Dan Blocker sold for $250k; here it drew $273k. And Mopar fans had their pick of the litter as well, as numerous Hemis in nearly 68 Buyer's premium $300 on lots up to $ 5,499; $500 on lots $5,500 to $ 9,999; 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) every size, shape, and color hammered sold for strong money. In addition to the always-popular Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, and 'Cudas, plenty of “lesser” muscle cars were represented as well. As more people begin to crave affordable muscle, the big fish of the '60s and '70s continue to draw up the minnows that have languished for so long at the bottom of the pond, so more and more are showing up at auction. After all, when was the last time you saw two Cosworth Vegas or seven AMXs in the same sale? Mecum has always been good at putting deals together post-block, but this year it added a new twist, with a small tent called “The Bid Goes On.” Here, staff actively pursued the buyers and sellers that couldn't quite come together on price, and worked with each to ensure a sale to benefit both. The result was more than $21m in total sales, with 53% of the lots changing hands. We hear plenty of talk about the record sales in Arizona, Florida, and California, which set the market for various classes of collectible automobiles. But it's hard to argue against the consistency of Mecum's results in the Midwest. Forget what you hear; the market for muscle cars is set here, and nobody does it better than Mecum. Nobody.u Sports Car Market


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author ENGLISH #E54-1954 MG-TF 1500 roadster. S/N HDC467934. Yellow/red vinyl. Odo: 16,038 miles. Said to have engine and chassis “sorted.” Good paint and chrome. Both doors droop as a result of loose hinges and worn pins. New seat covers and top with dirty canvas on the side panels. The carpet is worn and torn, and the wood rim steering wheel is missing its center cap. The 1,466-cc engine is “as-driven” dirty. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $21,000. Most of the cosmetics are done. It's the followup parts that can be worrisome. The droopy doors bother me—who knows how long they have been neglected. That can get to be quite involved and lead to other problems. The bid here was plenty fair. #E64-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 S roadster. S/N T831621DN. Eng. # VS10549. Red/black/ tan. Odo: 913 miles. Shiny red paint, with a few retouched chips. New interior and a nice dash, including metalwork. Good chrome on the bumpers, but the rechrome over deep pits on the license plate frame is weak, as is that on the windshield surround. Some small stone SOLD AT $19,425. In its first year in the U.S, the Isetta listed at $1,048. The tiny, air-cooled, single-cylinder motorcycle engine put out 13 hp and 14 ft-lbs of torque. This particular example was donated by John Hollansworth to the Collectors Foundation charity, started in January 2005 to provide scholorships to young people in the automotive field. Board members include McKeel Hagerty, Hollansworth, and Editor Martin, among others. Perhaps it struck a charitable chord among bidders then, as this was exceptional money for a truly unexceptional Isetta. ITALIAN #X35-2003 FERRARI 360 Modena spyder. S/N ZFFYT53A430130610. Black/red leather. Odo: 1,498 miles. Some micro scratching to the black paint suggests a better car wash seat adjuster, but otherwise looks sound. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,500. This rod was part of the Thunder Road Collection, but it failed to jump out at me. Seeing light through closed doors just doesn't make me confident of the build quality. Details, details. Still, it sold, and for decent money, so the vendor should be pleased. #S59-1932 FORD HI-BOY custom convertible. S/N 1883427. Blue/white/red vinyl. Odo: 4,756 miles. 350-ci, 365-hp, auto. 9” Ford rear end with 4.11 gears. 4-wheel discs with chrome drum covers in the front. Light paint chips on hood, but otherwise excellent and a wax might be in order. Otherwise, the car is in as-new shape. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. I'm not sure this was the right venue for Italian exotics. This money was off by at least $20k. chips on the windshield glass. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,250. Last seen at the RM Phoenix sale in 2004, where it sold for $66k. Not without its flaws, though they didn't appear major. Overall, this Jag looked to be solid in both frame and floor pan, and should make a nice sunny day driver. Perhaps even a local show car. It sold for a much stronger price than I would have expected, especially on the last day of a muscle car sale. Still, this was fair money for an S. GERMAN #D01-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 3- wheeler. S/N 503645. Red/white vinyl. Odo: 12,212 miles. Luggage rack. Good chrome on the front and rear and headlight trim. All else—paint, bumpers, interior—is marginal. Even the engine cover fit is off. Cond: 3-. 70 AMERICAN #C132-1929 FORD HI-BOY hot rod coupe. S/N R7725. Copper/tan vinyl. Odo: 6,482 miles. 350-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Steel body, with 4-wheel discs and torsion bar front suspension. 8” Ford rear end. Good paint with only some small scuffs. The nice interior shows well. The driver's outside door handle doesn't work. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,225. Many of these get chopped for a more sinister look. But that also means less headroom. This one retained the tall, top-hat lines. A good price for a nicely done, driveable hot rod. #D2-1932 FORD 3-WINDOW hot rod coupe. S/N B32514032. Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 10,728 miles. 427-ci, auto. Fiberglass body and a chopped top. Uneven gaps all around, but good paint overall. The interior has a broken paint. Wavy hubcap chrome. Lots of chrome and stainless on the undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $53,550. Eight major magazine features. Goodguys T-shirt car. Two PPG best paint awards. The locking one-gallon gas tank up front seems appropriate with today's gas prices. It previously sold for $57,200 at RM Phoenix in January 2005. Perhaps this buyer will hold on for a while and just enjoy it. #S79-1933 WILLYS Dragster coupe. S/N W127077. Blue/black. 392-ci, 1000-hp, auto. A throwback drag racer painted in Stone, Woods & Cook livery. It runs 8.60 quarters. Steel body with a fiberglass hood, fenders, and trunk. It hurts my ears just thinking about it. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,250. Built by Chuck Sports Car Market


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author winner any more, with some proper upkeep, this car could be driven and enjoyed for several years. I'm not sure how much more the seller could hold out for with this one. #X30-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S001822. Blue/tan/tan vinyl. Odo: 30,175 miles. The fiberglass fabric weave shows through the worn original paint. The chrome is quite good considering its age and originality. Worn and torn seats. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $91,875. This survivor car was Finders, it's the nicest gasser I have seen in a long time. This car was pure nostalgia, as I can remember seeing the original Stone, Woods & Cook cars at the strip in the '60s. Difficult to price something like this, but I'd call it fairly bought and sold. #A89-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER VJ3 SUV. S/N DR23480. Light yellow/black/black. Odo: 43,011 miles. New paint and chrome. All the panels appear solid and reasonably smooth, which is rare on these old vehicles. stored in a finished basement in Illinois for many years. It included all original documentation. It will take a great deal of time, effort and money to bring this one back, and at $92k, the buyer is already in pretty deep. It takes a special sort of collector to take this on. #A160-1956 MERCURY MONTEREY The hood fits unevenly at the left side and rear. The interior looks clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. Nice restoration on a cheap and fun car. The American version of the Kubelwagen—or VW Thing, if that suits you. Power steering by Armstrong. This money seemed about right. #S81-1949 DODGE CORONET Woody station wagon. S/N 31323328. Brown and wood/brown. Odo: 43,117 miles. AACA National 1994 winner. The weak chrome on the grille and headlight surrounds shows a few small dents. Some light spots on the woodgrain very good. The passenger side armrest fabric is pulling loose. The engine and all wiring looks factory new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Built in Canada, these 2-door wagons aren't too common in American garages. This one benefited from a very nice and thorough restoration, with only a few flaws. The seller was wise to hold on, but the crowd for these is a small one, so bigger money may not come around. #D13-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD cus- painted dash, and a chip inside the left rear door glass. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. This older quality restoration is just starting to show some age. Though by no means a show 72 tom station wagon. Maroon over white/3-tone vinyl. Odo: 1,035 miles. Spectacular maroon with pearl white paint and ghost flames on the hood. The driver's side door pull is hanging loose, and the rocker trim is misfit on the right side. The hood sits high at the trailing edge. 2-door wagon. S/N 56SL65999M. V8. Red over white/red and white vinyl. Odo: 1,665 miles. The hood shows some uneven gaps. Good paint, with only a few small chips on the hood. The chrome on both outside mirrors is weak, although most other chrome is dual antennas. A fresh looking resto in a classic color scheme. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. This was a well-optioned and clean restoration, which made for an attractive '57. However, this seemed like more than enough, so I question why the seller didn't let it go. #E30-1957 FORD CUSTOM 2-door hard top. S/N C7GV154898. Candy Red/white vinyl. Odo: 58,202 miles. Bright paint and lake pipes with spinner hubcaps and spotlights. All bumper chrome is nice, but there is some pitting and scratching to the window chrome. Both rear side windows show delamination. Pontiac style 3-tone bucket seat interior. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. This Autorama 2004 winner was last seen here at Mecum at the 2004 Fall Premier, where it failed to sell at $44k. It now has 43 more miles on it, and failed to reach the previous bid. How long can the seller hold out for more? #A19-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-door hard top. S/N VC57K158594. Red/red and black. Odo: 6,384 miles. Slightly varied gaps on the driver's door. Power windows and Custom interior and headliner is decent, though the seats are dirty, the dash is repainted poorly, and the chrome is dull. The speedo glass is very dull as well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,888. This custom Custom had plenty of small flaws. It looked to have been driven and enjoyed, so that's not all bad. Still looks to have plenty of life left. Well bought. #E49-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57T216392. Yellow/yellow Sports Car Market


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8th Registration Now Open Annual – March 20-30th, 2006 For as little as $2,875 per person (airfare not included) Web site: www.carguytour.com This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit famous Automobile Factories, Design Houses, and Restoration Shops, as well as Automotive Collections and Museums. You'll also experience the wonderful Italian culture, fine cuisine and exquisite shopping. Side trips available to Venice and Florence, inquire. All Packages include: • 10 nights at three-and four-star hotels (room only) including taxes & breakfast each day. • Rental car, rental car taxes, insurance and drop fees. • Factory and most museum visits. Special tour jacket, hat and name tag. Your Tour Guide: Frank Mandarano is no stranger to the Italian automotive scene. He is the founder of Maserati Club International in 1976, and the world famous Concorso Italiano in 1981. His first visit to Modena and Turin was in 1972. He has been going back each year ever since. Frank has maintained personal relationships with most of Italy's top automotive executives. Frank is currently residing in Florence, Italy for 5 months and restoring a Maserati Mistral Spyder. Itinerary & Details: Please visit the web site or email. Email: frank@carguytour.com 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX • 713-541-2281 • fax 713-541-2286 For Further Information Please Refer To Our Websitewww.autocollectorsgarage.com 1932 Ford Hot Rod: Chevy 350 V8; Harwood body; automatic; removable hardtop; coil over suspnesion; disc brakes; knockoffs; lots of chrome; am/fm/cd stereo; SHOW QUALITY. $42,900 1962 Austin Healey BT7: 4 speed; tri-carb; factory hardtop;1 owner blk tag Calif car; orig warranty & Heritage report; NEW paint,chrome, rubber, interior, exhaust; great mechanics. - tic; er suspension; disc brakes; knockoffs; am/fm/cd stereo; show quality even the underside. $49,900.00 $42,900 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible. 4sp; power steering & brakes; 2 owner; Marti Report; great history & records; TWO PERIOD CORRECT PAXTON SUPERCHARGERS; 559HP. Serious Inquiry ONLY. Y egistration Now Open Annual – March 20-30th, 2006 For as little as $2,875 per person (airfare not included) Web site: www.carguytour.com This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit famous Automobile Factories, Design Houses, and Restoration Shops, as well as Automotive Collections and Museums. You'll also experience the wonderful Italian culture, fine cuisine and exquisite shopping. Side trips available to Venice and Florence, inquire. All Packages include: • 10 nights at three-and four-star hotels (room only) including taxes & breakfast each day. • Rental car, rental car taxes, insurance and drop fees. • Factory and most museum visits. Special tour jacket, hat and name tag. Your Tour Guide: Frank Mandarano is no stranger to the Italian automotive scene. He is the founder of Maserati Club International in 1976, and the world famous Concorso Italiano in 1981. His first visit to Modena and Turin was in 1972. He has been going back each year ever since. Frank has maintained personal relationships with most of Italy's top automotive executives. Frank is currently residing in Florence, Italy for 5 months and restoring a Maserati Mistral Spyder. Itinerary & Details: Please visit the web site or email. Email: frank@carguytour.com 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX • 713-541-2281 • fax 713-541-2286 For Further Information Please Refer To Our Websitewww.autocollectorsgarage.com 1932 Ford Hot Rod: Chevy 350 V8; Harwood body; automatic; removable hardtop; coil over suspnesion; disc brakes; knockoffs; lots of chrome; am/fm/cd stereo; SHOW QUALITY. $42,900 1962 Austin Healey BT7: 4 speed; tri-carb; factory hardtop;1 owner blk tag Calif car; orig warranty & Heritage report; NEW paint,chrome, rubber, interior, exhaust; great mechanics. - tic; er suspension; disc brakes; knockoffs; am/fm/cd stereo; show quality even the underside. $49,900.00 $42,900 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible. 4sp; power steering & brakes; 2 owner; Marti Report; great history & records; TWO PERIOD CORRECT PAXTON SUPERCHARGERS; 559HP. Serious Inquiry ONLY. Y frame frame off restoration-new paint, top, interior, and boot cover; all functions work properly; NO hardtop or tonneau. $26,900.00 1966 Ford Mustang GT Conv: 389; “A” code; fac a/c; rally pac; power steering; disc brakes; 27 year owner; restored in 2001 with photos & receipts. $34,950 1975 Ferrari 308GT4: Bertone body; 2 owner California car; 46,000 miles; Boxer trim; recent mechanical service & major tuneup; new tires. $29,950 SALES • SERVICE • RESTORATION • APPRAISAL ar only production car; famous tri-carb; 4 speed; two California black tag car; factory hardtop ONLY with side curtains; new paint, crhome, rubber, interior, exhaust, wire wheels, tires; engine and comparment detailed; runs and drives excellent. $49,900.00 1969 MGB GT Coupe: Car completely restored 2002/2003; outstanding condition; Black interior; Rare, Fun Sports Car! ory a/c; very, very rare automatic transmission; rare Borrani knockoff wheels; in storage last 5 years; recent complete brake and carb rebuild; 44,000 miles; second owner; excellent condition. $11,950 $44,500.00


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author and silver. Odo: 23,648 miles. Power steering and brakes. The new repaint shows minor wear. Some dull chrome at the front, with pitting on the window trim. New paint with some touched-up chips and edges. Said to be original miles. The rear plexi is yellowed and hard. Inside, the carpets are worn, and the dash clock and radio are slightly dull. The engine is well detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $73,500. Though it has benefited from some recent work, much was neglected. This was big money, and the buyer paid for the car's originality. As it is, it would be a great, but pricey cruiser. A proper resto would not only bring it up to show standards, but might inch the resale price up as well. #X14-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA Z-11 2-door hard top. S/N 31847F177550. Red/red cloth. Odo: 28 miles. 427-ci, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and chrome. The hood is slightly high in the middle, but all other gaps are good. The windows are dirty, but the radio delete interior is as-new. 6,000 rpm red line. Cond: 1-. an original, three-owner car with P.O.P and original documents backing up the low original mileage. Not much muscle in the I6, but a real nice, cheap-to-own convertible that is quite attractive. It sold three years ago at this same sale for $12,600. Today I'd call it both fairly bought and sold. #C82-1964 PLYMOUTH SAVOY Lightweight Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N 3141149894. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 235 miles. 426-ci, 2x4-bbl, auto. Original plexiglass side windows on a factory 426 wedge car that was converted to a Hemi in 1970 by the man who SOLD AT $315,000. The Z-11 options package added $1,240 to the Impala's $2,744 price tag in 1963, and you had to have connections to get one. It's estimated only 55 cars were produced with this “mystery engine,” with 427 cubes in a 409 block. Actual horsepower is thought to be 480+, rather than the modest 430 quoted. A very rare car that drew an exceptional price. #X31-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE split-window coupe. S/N 30837S120537. raced it. Bubbles in the paint, and horrible gaps. Correct seats with Simpson harnesses. Govier documented #9 of 16 Max Wedge Stage III factory Lightweights. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. This bruiser spent its life in violent quarter-mile increments, then got shelved in an Iowa barn. A decent refurb brought it back to life, though not far enough back for anyone here to step up. #F1-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard top. S/N 824P183164. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 74 Sports Car Market plenty of documentation. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $273,000. This is the most famous of the cars built. Given by GM to Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright in the “Bonanza” TV show, sponsored by GM. Sold previously at Mecum Rockford in May 2004 for $250,000. Even at nearly twenty-five grand more, this seemed like a decent buy on a top level muscle car. #X10-1965 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 5S076. White and blue/black vinyl. Odo: 79,674 miles. 289-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint and chrome. F-glass gauge and tach Red/red leather. Odo: 93,760 miles. 327/340, 4-bbl, auto. New, shiny paint with a few chips. Front bumper chrome shows micro scratching. Power windows, with worn window fuzzies. Cracked driver's side vent weatherstripping. An a/c car with the big 36-gallon tank and a known history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $210,000. The known history of this rare air-conditioned, “Big Tank” 'Vette helped to bring the strong players to the table, where the bidding was heavy and heated. '63s don't get much more desirable than this. #A84-1964 PONTIAC LEMANS convert- ible. S/N 624P278928. Maroon/white/black. Odo: 56,989 miles. Good paint with one small dent on the trunk lid. Good chrome and interior as well, still with the original seats. The new top and clear back plastic window look good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,175. This was 55,416 miles. 389-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Visible scratches under the paint near the left rear taillight, but good otherwise. Lots of pitting under the black trim paint on the hood scoops. Dull dash. Said to be the original engine. Solid underneath. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,125. The original muscle car. Not the most perfect example, but certainly a fine, low-mileage cruiser. If the engine does prove to be original, then a nice resto would do much for this car's appeal. Fully priced here, and well sold. #X1-1965 CHEVROLET MALIBU SS Z-16 2-door hard top. S/N 138375K176291. Yellow/black fabric/black. Odo: 2,763 miles. 396-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of 201 Z-16 Chevelles built in 1965 on boxed convertible frames. I could not find a fault with this car, as every aspect of the restoration was superb. Includes


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author pack on the dash, though it doesn't fit well. All other interior is very good, including the chrome dash parts. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $289,000. This was a great restoration on an early number Shelby. #18 drew nearly $325k in Monterey, so perhaps the seller was looking for something in that neighborhood. But at $1,000 per cubic inch, this money couldn't have been too far off the mark. #X28-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S1614. Black and gold/black vinyl. Odo: 15,894 miles. 289-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. #1614 in the Shelby Registry. Shiny black paint with only a few visible flaws. Good chrome all around. Glass chips on the windshield and which sold as one, for a total of $1,785,000. Side pipes and Redlines. As new everywhere. Formerly owned by Reggie Jackson. Cond: 1. SOLD. Reminiscent of the six-pack of Porsche Speedsters seen earlier this year at the Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel sale, this fivecar collection was offered as a package deal. However, if they failed to reach the reserve as one, only then would they be split up and sold off individually. That wasn't necessary here, as the whole collection sold, bringing the equivalent of $357k per car. #C3-1968 AMC AMX 2-door hard top. scratches on the rear glass. Good interior, though there is a loose door lock knob and some pitting on the horn ring. As-new engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $157,500. A rare GT350 H 4-speed car in good but not quite perfect condition. I tried to rent one of these for my senior prom. I couldn't do it then and I can't afford it now. This was big money for this former rental car. #C47-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 Cutlass 2-door hard top. S/N 338177M218679. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 94,270 miles. 400-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. All new wiring and brakes in 2004. New gas tank. Good gaps and excellent chrome. Some dents under the vinyl top. The new interior shows good console of the weatherstripping could stand to be replaced. The new seats and interior re-dye look good. Heavy undercoating. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,375. This first year AMX looked brightened up for sale, but not to a high level restoration. Regardless, it was a fairly clean, decent car, and the sale price proved to be strong. #Y3-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO chrome, but the chrome-look plastic armrest bases are flaking. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,500. One of the more stylish of the full-size performance cars, and a nice restoration on a triple black 442, complete with headers and a new exhaust. I liked the all-new wiring, and I liked this car. Unfortunately, I'm out of both room and money. Apparently, the bidders were too. #Y2-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 124377N185034. Butternut Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 21,722 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. This is car #1 of the five-car Keith Hutson Collection of Yenko cars, 76 Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 124378N482858. Island Teal/black vinyl. Odo: 10,185 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Car #2 of 5 in the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection, which sold as one, for $1,785,000. Yenko build #YS8043. Correct 140-mph speedo. Restored to as-new condition. Cond: 1. SOLD. Starting in 1967, there S/N A3C397T247256. Red/red. Odo: 61,952 miles. 343-ci, 4-bbl, auto. The new, glossy red paint shows well, but for a few small scratches. The side glass is scratched as well, and some section. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $210,000. 1969 was the end of Shelby American's Mustang production, but there were some units left over. These were given new VINs and a few cosmetic changes and sold as 1970 models. A fair guess as to volume would be under 800 units total in 1970. The convertibles were the minority and, as always, the ones that bring the big bucks today. #X34-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N664141. Yellow/black fabric/black. Odo: 40,452 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, with allnew chrome and interior. Scratches on the rear and right side glass. Only slight aging visible on the gauges. All else is immaculate. Old were about five automobile dealers in the U.S. that put together 427 Camaros, Chevelles and Novas not available from the factory and sold them to the public. Don Yenko of Pennsylvania was one of them. Yenko and the others started by installing 427s in factory-new cars and soon talked GM into making the installation for them at the factory. #X32-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R481679. Grabber Orange/black/ black vinyl. Odo: 97,215 miles. 428-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and new chrome. The hood fits slightly high. Some stone chips on the windshield. Inside, the console is dirty and the wood grain is pulling loose on the center style Torq Thrust mags. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $204,750. This was the only Yenko left after the Hutson Collection sold as one. Instead of six cars for prospective Yenko bidders, they had to fight over this one. Though that auto tranny detracts from the overall appeal, I've got to say the buyer got himself a deal on this one. #A205-1969 AMC AMX 2-door hard top. S/N A9M397X180002. Red/black. Odo: 32,865 miles. 390-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. GO Pak. The hood looks wavy. Paint scratches and chips nearly everywhere. Poor bumper chrome. The headlights are misfit, and the surrounds show Sports Car Market


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author Recent restoration shows some flaws. Some painted areas look quite thick and wavy, and the driver's door gap is uneven. New chrome. Deep scratches on the side glass. The interior is good overall, though the inside windshield A-pillar trim is misfit. The Ram Air engine is well-detailed, and the car comes with P.H.S. documentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $74,550. A good early model Trans Am from the “before they got bloated” period. The price is in line with where these cars stand. A fair deal all around. #S48-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO some rust. The front bumper is dented in at the center. Faded carpets and some seat distress. But that engine sure looks clean! Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. This would be a good project car. AMXs have enjoyed the steady and steep climb of the muscle sector. They're an interesting pony car alternative, and those with the 390 V8 can certainly hold their own. Despite that motor, and the GO Pak option package, this bid seemed fair for a car with plenty of needs. #F6-1969 AMC AMX 2-door hard top. S/N A93C397X109685. Red white and blue/black vinyl. Odo: 21,676 miles. 390-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint to “Trans Am” look. Some chrome is pitting at the side rear windows. Good interior. Custom 20” mags and detailing with old brake lines and frame connectors installed. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. The Yenko stick-ons and 427 engine help transform a more normal Camaro into a fire breather for a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Bid to 10% of a real Yenko price and not sold, though it seemed fair to me. #S73-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 low-profile tires. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. A good restoration with a light custom touch in the classic racing color scheme. The engine has been tweaked to put out 450 hp. That should be enough to surprise most of the Camaros out there. The money here was within range for a standard AMX. This one, with its personal touches, could have gone for a few thousand more. #G1-1969 PONTIAC TRANS AM 2-door hard top. S/N 223379N105221. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 72,294 miles. 400-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Cobra Jet fastback. S/N 9T02R150800. Red/ black. Odo: 17,455 miles. R-code, Super Cobra Jet 428-ci, 4-bbl, auto. A fantastic restoration done by Mustang Restorations in Dundee, Illinois. Everything—paint, chrome, glass, interior, engine—done to as-new specs. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,875. Thought to have been the doors and dash. Lots of windshield sealer used here. Redline tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $675,000. Lots of Armor All in this interior doesn't make it look or feel any better, just greasy. In any case, it's a rare car with a look that NASCAR banned. The owner wanted $800k, but that was out of reach on this far from perfect example. Smart to sell. #Y4-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N615382. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 5,430 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Car #3 of 5 of the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection, which sold as one, for Yenko Clone 2-door hard top. S/N 124379l527458. Light blue/black. Odo: 30,125 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint overall. All door and hood gaps are wide. The new interior looks good. Well-detailed engine compartment with a 427 and headers. New undercarriage #X20-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N609510. Blue/ black. Odo: 17,098. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Slight color mismatch on the hood and trunk lid. All else is as-new. This is #18 of 50 original Fred Gibb Camaros with the rare, all-aluminum ZL1 option. Matching numbers. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $840,000. This is one of two with a 4-speed known to exist with the original engine. Fully documented, including COPO connection papers, original order sheet and original bill of sale. Fred Gibb cars cost more than $7,000 new and put out around 565 actual horsepower, as opposed to the “official” rating of 430. This truly was premium muscle with a great history, and it brought a premium price as a result. #Y8-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N XX29J9B419443. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 64,016 miles. 426ci, 2x4 bbl, auto. Some scratches on the decent paint and side glass. The hood sits high at the trailing edge. The interior chrome is worn on owned originally by a FoMoCo executive as a Mach 1 marketing car. The cowl induction CJ was called a Super Cobra Jet and had several heavy duty internal engine components, but was still advertised with the same 335-hp as the standard CJ engine. This could be a new record price for a Mach 1. 78 Sports Car Market


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Mecum St. Charles, IL Column Author $1,785,000. Thick paint with numerous prep flaws, as well as some dust in the paint. The right side window chrome is worn through. Cond: 2+. SOLD. Only 201 of these 1969 models were produced. Few are left today, as most were rode hard and put away wet. Though this one was not perfect, the collection benefited from its presence, as it completed the threeyear production range of Yenko Camaros. #Y5-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 136379B407823. Blue/black. Odo: 29,898 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Car #4 of 5 of the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection, which sold as one, for $1,785,000. There is a small dent at the front of the hood and numerous rear quarter panel dents. Plenty of paint chips and flaws as well, and there looks 99 Yenko Chevelles produced and only 22 accounted for today, the significance of this car as part of the collection is enormous. #Y6-1969 CHEVROLET NOVA Yenko 2-door hard top. S/N 114279W394199. Green/black. Odo: 23,304 miles. 427-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Car #5 of 5 of the Keith Hutson Yenko Collection, which sold as one, for $1,785,000. The trunk sits high at the leading edge. The paint shows a few scrapes in the white trim at the hood's trailing edge, and a touch-up at the nose. Cond: 1-. SOLD. This is it. The rarest seconds. This car wasn't cheap in 1969 and it is undoubtedly the most expensive Yenko model you will find today. #A95-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE T-top coupe. S/N 194370S411967. Marlboro Maroon/tan. Odo: 55,455 miles. 454/390, 4bbl, auto. New interior and paint with passable original chrome, though there is some micro pitting on the rear bumpers. A few paint chips on the pop-up headlights. Tilt telescopic wheel and deluxe wheel covers. 1969 side pipes. The to be a slight color mismatch on the hood. Said to be totally original including paint and the broken antenna. Cond: 3+. SOLD. With of the Yenko stable, with 37 built and only 6 accounted for. What started as an economy grocery getter design by GM became one of the most outrageous muscle machines ever built and sold to the general public. In 1969 the SYC Nova was said to have a 0 to 60 time under 4 original engine and driveline are clean but not detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,300. This was a three-owner car with plenty of documentation, including the original dealer invoice, P.O.P, and an ownership record from the car's birth to back up the correct original mileage. This was right at the low end of the money, and a good deal for the buyer. 80 Sports Car Market


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Mecum St. Charles, IL #S12-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 W-30 Column Author 2-door hard top. S/N 344870M195430. Gold/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 74,051 miles. 455-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint and dead smooth fabric top. Great chrome. Front door/ fender gap is slightly wide on both sides. The rear glass is heavily scratched. Original orange inner fenders and small hubcaps. Cond: 1-. Crazy/black. Odo: 17,261 miles. Paint and chrome are nearly spotless, as is the interior. The only noticeable flaws are some scratches on the rear glass. SOLD AT $267,750. This was another high level restoration on a nice Hemi 'Cuda. They were hot here, though this one failed to bring the kind of money that lot X01 did. The buyer did well. #X9-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 440 Six Pack 2-door hard top. S/N N/A. Plum Crazy/white vinyl. Odo: 55,381 miles. 440-ci, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. All the paint and chrome is good to excellent. Inside, the only noticeable flaw 4-sp. The paint, chrome, glass, interior and engine are all quite well done, though the windshield trim fits poorly. Otherwise, this is a fine restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $561,750. Of the three Hemi 'Cudas that sold this weekend, this one brought the most, by more than twice as much. It deserved this money, however, as this is the current going rate for excellent examples. It's hard to say where the ceiling is for these, so the new owner might still make a nice return when it comes time to turn it around. SOLD AT $70,875. This was a fairly expensive car in its day. But with GM lifting its power ban for the 1970 model year, you certainly got what you paid for with this car. These days, you don't see many 4-speeds, and they carry a premium. This is a super restoration, with better paint than the factory ever squirted. The only flaw is that rear window scratch. Top money. #S71-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F02G177185. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 63,794 miles. 302-ci, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be an “original 3-owner California car,” with documentation. Numerous visible paint chips and nicks on the hood and front fenders. Some pitted chrome around the rear side glass, and the front bumper chrome is thin in spots. #X6-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194671S111499. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 21,951 km. 454/425, auto. 2 tops. Rare LS6 with with aluminum heads. One of 24 convertibles built and an original European export. The wiper door is stuck partway open. Paint shows buffed-through edges and lots of chips and cracking, especially up is some pitting on the steering wheel spokes. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $108,150. This looked like a decent restoration on a good 440 Six Pack 'Cuda. These prices continue to climb, as this was strong but correct cash for this car. Hemi #X23-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER Clone convertible. S/N JH27G0B177579. Plum Crazy/white/white. Odo: 64,952 miles. 426-ci, 2x4-bbl. Left the Hamtramck plant with a G code 318 V8. A good restoration, with nice paint and chrome, front. Light pitting on the bumper chrome. The weatherstrips are old and breaking up. Speedometer is calibrated in clicks. Good original interior, with some dirt and cracking on the seats. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. This is a rare export 'Vette, and 1 of 1 with this engine. The low mileage could be attributed to the cost of gas in Europe. On the face of it, this seemed like plenty of money, but perhaps that rarity and Euro appeal are worth a bit more? #X33-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N Clean interior, and clean underneath, but with a dented oil pan. Clean engine. Hurst shifter and Shaker hood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,650. This mostly original car had its fair share of flaws. To bring it up to show standards will require plenty of work, and not a little cash. Still, these cars are hot, and this was not unexpected money. #X2-1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23R0B146392. Plum and detailed well. Some delamination is visible on the windshield. Shaker hood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $112,350. This had a date-coded Hemi installed and looked every bit like a good re-creation. However, there was no trim tag on the fender to decipher its original configuration. In the end, it's still a clone, but this was a good price for the effort. #X01-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-door hard top. S/N BS23R1B288866. Blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 4,643 miles. 426-ci, 2x4-bbl, time for putting this car up with a $200k reserve was last year. It's a little late for that now, and at the bid price of $180k, a buyer can have his choice of many today. This car should have sold.u 1FAFP90S65Y401823. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 7 miles. A new car with all the perks of a new car, and all the pitfalls of rapid depreciation. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $180,000. The 82 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Silverstone, UK Column Author Silverstone Classic With the event's return, sporting both a new name and Bonhams as a title sponsor, racers and punters alike rejoiced Company Bonhams Date July 30, 2005 Location Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K. Auctioneers Robert Brooks Automotive lots sold / offered 14 / 38 Sales rate 37% Sales total $412,711 High sale 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante, sold at $79,596 Buyer's premium That's correct, sonny, it's a Lotus 33-ish racer, and we have it in your size Report and Photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics I Silverstone, UK n the beginning, there was the Silverstone Historic Festival, a grand weekend of competitive historic racing and collector sales that preceded both Goodwood events, the Monaco Historic GP, and the Le Mans Classic. Silverstone was the big one, the most powerful magnet in Europe for retro-race competitors and groupies alike, and a hugely popular occasion for motor club members from many marques, even those with little or no sporting history. A number of difficulties, including increased competi- tion from those other venues and a change in race rights ownership at the circuit, resulted in the decline and eventual demise of the fixture in 2001. But with its return this summer, sporting a new name and Bonhams as one of its title sponsors, racers and punters alike rejoiced. As a director of the British Racing Drivers' Club— which owns the circuit and put on the event—Chairman of Bonhams, and the auctioneer who oversaw the sale, Robert Brooks was a busy man indeed. But by close of business on Saturday night, the sale proved to be one of the firm's lesser outings, as just 14 of 38 cars sold, for a sum of $412,711. The small pool of consignments may be attributed to an already busy summer of securing cars for events at Monaco, the Goodwood dates, the Aston factory, as well the RREC and Beaulieu 84 weekends. And so it was that for this, the first auction at the new look event, the infield sale tent was far from full. The star car was a 1989 Brun Porsche 962C, race ready in Group C trim, though it came up short, failing to pull a buyer with the necessary $281,600. It was therefore left to a 1993 Aston Martin Virage Volante first owned by King Hussein of Jordan to head the results at a bargain $79,596. Deal of the day, however, was another Aston, a 1964 DB5 coupe in less than stellar—but certainly not awful—condition. It hammered sold for $73,920. Some notable no-sales included a 1964 Elva-Porsche Mk VIIS, which failed by $25k at $114,000, and a wonderfully restored, albeit obscure, rolling chassis SvebeFord F3 single-seater built in 1966 for the late Swedish F1 star Ronnie Peterson. Bid to just over $19k, it missed by $7,000. Bonhams will not be deterred by these results. The BRDC has already committed to staging the event again in 2006, which means that Brooks and his team will likely bring the rostrum back for another go as well. Before such time, though, the organizers must ensure their product is distinctly different from that offered at the many other historic race weekends. Like the racing itself, the Silverstone Classic sale will need to be perceived by punters as it once was—a “must-attend” event.u Sports Car Market 15% on the first $52,800, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)


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Bonhams Silverstone, UK Column Author ENGLISH #227-1951 LAND ROVER SERIES 1 4x4 utility vehicle. S/N 26100837. Green/tan canvas/green. RHD. Odo: 89,270 miles. Fully rebuilt in 2004, with $15k spent on parts alone. The detailing is only to agricultural vehicle standards, at best, but it's a Land Rover, so genuine chassis, 1,487-cc TC engine, correct, gas-flowed head, larger valves, and Jag cams. Body is from a works racer. 1960s MG gearbox added, and the fresh resto is nearly complete. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,400. This sort of money should have bought the car. The vendor was too opitimistic to think that the gathered punters would pony up another $18k for this quirky car, the last of Henry Godfrey's enterprise. #225-1955 JAGUAR XK 140 fixed head coupe. S/N S804523. Eng. # JB64218. Ecosse Blue/gray and black. RHD. Odo: 76,610 miles. Built up for racing, with a seam-welded chassis and rack and pinion steering. The floors, gearbox tunnel, and doors are done in aluminum. Lowered and rebuilt Dave Butcher 3.8-liter keeping it close to the earth is nearly a requirement. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,276. The condition of this early Landy justified the money, more than $5,500 over what was expected. Early, well-restored Land Rovers have done well this year, with sale prices consistently above estimates, both in the U.K. and in the U.S. as well. With TVs and sat-nav springing up in today's SUVs, perhaps folks are clamoring for something a bit more rustic. #228-1952 JAGUAR MK VII sedan. S/N 721573. British Racing Green/pale green. RHD. Odo: 93,786 miles. Last saw a road in 1976. It's now rusty and crumbling. The headliner is quite saggy, and the wood and leather are very distressed. More suitable as motor with triple SU carbs and an E-type gearbox. Body and mechanics were rebuilt in 2005. Cosmetically only fair, with plenty of event marks. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. Despite its recent rebuild, it still came to auction looking rather drab. The vendor wanted $60k, which was a bit of a wish here, as this very non-period-spec 140 struggled to reach even $40k. #223-1956 LISTER-JAGUAR a mechanical components donor for a C-type project than for a resto. Included with it is a primed, sound replica chassis of unknown origin. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,800. The vendor wanted at least $12k. In this condition, however, only a fool would have parted with that kind of money, as this tired old Jag wasn't worth much more than the bid, even with the spare chassis thrown in. #217-1955 HRG TWIN CAM roadster. S/N 1N503T4. Unpainted aluminum/black. RHD. Odo: 2 miles. Built in 1955 using a recently recommissioned to a decent level after years of dry storage. The aluminum rear section is bumpy in places, and the paint shows various marks. The interior is clean, and the engine bay is well-presented. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $114,400. Dubbed “Knobbly” because of their odd, flowing bodywork, these potent race machines were the brainchildren of engineer Brian Lister. With just 17 built, they are rare indeed. Even if this faithful recreation 86 Sports Car Market “KNOBBLY” Re-creation racing roadster. S/N DN750183. Eng. # ZB12268. Green with yellow stripe/black. RHD. One of three “Knobbly” re-creations built in the mid-1980s by Ray Larsen. The major bits come from a matching-numbers donor Jag, including the 3.8-liter motor with triple Webers. The car was chrome is poor. The leather is lightly cracked, but decent overall, and the twin-cam engine bay is well-detailed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $22,880. This was a very nice “Twink” in good colors. As presented, the money being tossed around here was darn close. Another $2,000 probably would have secured it. #210-1962 MORRIS MINI COOPER sedan. S/N KA2S4255430. Eng. # 9FSAH7378. Smoke Gray/OE White/gray. RHD. Odo: 25,250 miles. Laid up from 1966 to 1998, then restored in 2000. Many panels were replaced had sold at the $140k minimum, it would have cost a fraction of a genunine “Knobbly.” #232-1958 MGA Twin Cam roadster. S/N 1698. Red/black/black. RHD. Odo: 12,017 miles. Luggage rack and aluminum disc wheels. One of 360 home market models. The old restoration still shows well, with good panels and fit. The paint is generally unmarked, but some in the process. The repaint is unmarked, and the original seats are still good. The engine bay is not detailed, and the bulkhead finish is poor. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,615. This wasn't a particularly stellar Mini Cooper. Gray on gray, it just didn't stand out all that much. On top of it, it was only a humble 997-cc version, too. This was top money. #218-1963 JAGUAR XKE SI coupe. S/N 860970. Eng. # R85179. Pale blue metallic/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,797 miles. Restored in 1993 and updated with a Powr-Lok differential, heavier rear springs, Konis, and competition calipers. The paint is good overall, but blemished on the driver's door. Nice leather.


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Bonhams Silverstone, UK Column Author Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,432. Though not to original specs, the updates hardly detract from the overall appeal of this early E-type. The bid here valued the car correctly. #204-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51681R. Eng. # 4001666. Sierra Blue/ black. RHD. Odo: 52,525 miles. The vendor claims it has never been rebuilt. It was a museum exhibit from 1969 to 1982. Old repaint, with the driver's door and scuttle showing bubbling and chips. The original leather is cracked, and the engine castings are corroded. Cond: 3. these mods today would cost at least that much, but perhaps bidders were weary of the twenty years of race abuse this Cat has been subjected to. to speak of, one racing seat, and a half cage round out the look. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $29,920. This old warhorse was simply too scruffy to justify anything more. As it is, it didn't miss by much. Another two grand or so would have secured it. #212-1968 ALEXIS MK 15 Formula Ford SOLD AT $73,920. Having been unsold under the hammer, about twelve grand more landed this resto-ripe DB5 immediately afterward. The auctioneers and their vendor had been looking for at least $88k, but perhaps getting out of his hair became the impetus once it failed on the block. Considering the skyward trend in Astons this year—especially DB5s—this was very well bought. #209-1964 ELVA-PORSCHE MK VII S race roadster. S/N 70P045. Eng. # P90426. White with blue stripes/black. RHD. One of 19 built. First imported by Carl Haas and supplied to first owner Charlie Hayes, USRRC class winner at Augusta, Laguna Seca, and Watkins Glen, and third overall in the '64 championsip. Restored in 1986, and likely to have been Hewland Mk 8 gearbox with just 10 miles. Large capacity tank. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $15,840. This fine, on-the-button example of Allan Taylor's FF design deserved to sell, particularly at this venue, and especially for the $17,600 it required. That's still bargain money for an Alexis, which always ran well in the class. #240-1970 JAGUAR XKE SII coupe. S/N 1R20450. Eng. # 7PM6159. Pale blue/black. RHD. Odo: 39,786 miles. Rebuilt and modified in 1985 with a 306-hp I6, fed by tripleSU cabs. Also uprated with stronger XJ front suspension uprights, larger calipers and vented discs, and a 3.31 axle. Crashed at Cadwell refreshed more recently. Virtually unmarked, and powered by a correct 1800-cc 904 engine. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $114,400. Nice car in great condition, and with a strong history. Both in period and today, these specials offered lots of giant-killing potential. They also happen to be your reporter's personal favorite. But a bid of $140k or more was not to be, which was a shame, as this would truly do well in any vintage event you threw at it. #234-1965 LOTUS CORTINA MK I sedan. S/N BA85EA59G82. Dark blue with gray stripes/gray/black. Powered by a 1.6liter twin-cam Ford motor. Thrice the Italian Historic Champ, and the rebuilt engine has been run only two hours since. ZF limited-slip diff, fuel cell, and Minilites. The very old repaint is now marked and in poor order. No trim 88 single seater. S/N N/A. Blue and yellow/black. Restored in 2004, and claimed to be the original chassis. Cosmetically very tidy. The rebuilt Ford 1.6-liter motor has a new block, and has been run only 100 miles since. Newly rebuilt side window is very scratched. Unmodified cam, triple Webers, tubular exhaust manifold. Freshly evented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $18,216. Convincing the MGB to accept a sixcylinder engine was no easy task, but the result was a decent tourer capable of cruising at high speeds all day. Though short lived, the MGC enjoys a rather enthusiastic following these days, as this bid shows. Strong but correct for a nice example. #206-1972 MGB convertible. S/N GHN52779919. Red/black/black. RHD. Odo: 99,921 miles. Acquired at the Bonhams Beaulieu auction in 1998, then rebuilt. It now #237-1970 MGC convertible. S/N GLD170359. Eng. # 2996H4580. British Racing Green/Parchment/Parchment. RHD. Odo: 33,354 miles. Recently recommissioned. Genuine mileage. 4-sp with OD. Restored in 2000, the paint is still unmarked. The front fender chrome is scuffed, and the windshield and quarter-light surrounds are poor. The shows minor marks to the paint and chrome, but the interior is clean. The engine was renewed 20 miles ago. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $9,680. Just a plain old MGB and nothing special really. The vendor wanted another two grand, which isn't really out of the question, as these chrome-bumpered cars are coming up. Today, however, he was not going to find it. #240A-1975 KVA/HI-TEC GT40 Replica coupe. S/N 9A52FH84586. Burgundy metallic/black. RHD. Odo: 467 miles. Likely the real and repaired, with a total of 43 race finishes. Repainted more recently, and showing well. The chrome is marked, and the original leather is lightly cracked, but the engine bay is wellprepped. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $36,720. For the right person, this street-legal racer should have been ideal. But nobody here was prepared to drop another $15k to satisfy the rather lofty ambitions of the vendor. To make Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes Column Author A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHH is best 2006 CHEVROLET HHR LT milage since this well-executed replica was built. The body molds were taken from original GT40 panels. Paint and interior are both virtually unmarked. Powered by a Mustang 5-liter V8, mated to a Renault 5-sp transaxle. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,280. Initially bid to an insufficient $40,480. This increased offer was still $3,520 below what the seller was looking for, but it was accepted before Robert Brooks' gavel had cooled unduly. #231-1987 MG METRO 6R4 Group B rally Price as tested: $20,910 Likes: Faintly reminiscent of '49 Suburban using SSR hot rod cues and Cobalt platform. Good panel fit; a tall car with nine inches more interior than the we-dare-not-mention-to-GM-folks PT Cruiser. The opposite of old wagons, barely any brightwork. Handsome instruments, good visibility, decent back seat, 20-plus mpg. Gripes: Seems like a solemn retro, without the PT Cruiser's whimsy. Front-wheel drive distorts vintage proportions. Window switches buried behind shifter. 2.4-liter engine works hard to join freeway traffic, seems marginal. Very thumpy over highway strips. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: A breakthrough car—if it had been offered before the PT. Now, it's become PTII for those who are tired of waiting for Chrysler to get around to a second gen gangster car. If you've always wanted a Morris station wagon but would actually like it to start and run, this is the car for you.—Paul Duchene 2005 MINI COOPER S CONVERTIBLE car. S/N SAXXRWWP7AD570007. Blue and white/gray. RHD. Odo: 278 miles. Authentic replica of a Group B Computervision-liveried works rally car for shows and events. The midengined V6 is tuned to street trim, with only 250 hp vs. the race spec 410. Never evented either in period or retrospectively, though it shows #226-1988 ASTON MARTIN V8 S5 coupe. S/N SCFCV8153JTR12605. Eng. # V5852605. Blue/cream. RHD. Odo: 59,038 miles. The engine was rebuilt in 1997, with the bodywork renovated in 1999, including a bare metal respray. The paint to the nose is now stone-chipped, and the rear over-rider chrome is rubbed off. Inside, the leather is lightly cracked, but otherwise all is good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,624. Largely overlooked, the V8s, like most of the rest of the Aston line, are on the rise. Apparently this car didn't get the memo. Not without its flaws, certainly, but including the premium, this was barely enough for this hand-built V8 to change hands. Another $20k would not have been out of line, so this was well bought. #239-1988 ROVER 827 Transworld much display wear, the brunt of which is in the distressed seat fabric. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $28,160. Variants of these classic AWD rockets regularly crush much more technically sophisticated Japanese machinery in the U.K. Tarmac Championship, coming up victorious for the twelfth year running. Recently, they have been fetching $31k–$39k, so perhaps the $42k sought was a tad too optimistic. But the high bid was still nowhere close. #208-1987 WESTFIELD SEVEN roadster. S/N 7A8MR00794265884. Eng. # SABLVO352702804B. Blue over unpainted aluminum/black. RHD. Odo: 23,000 miles. Rare aluminum-bodied 7 built by Westfield before the successful litigation by Caterham Cars, Chapman's official licensee. 1.6-liter Price as tested: $30,570 Likes: With its short wheelbase and small turning radius, you can put the car anywhere, whether parking or taking a curve at speed. The 168-hp four is punchy and the brakes make short work of halting such a small car. Gripes: It has the rear visibility of a moving van. The loss of sound deadening in the roof makes for a noisy ride, and the 17” low-profile tires result in a jarring one. I wasn't around for the original Mini, so I haven't been brainwashed by nostalgia into thinking the center-mounted speedometer is cute. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict:A point-to-point delight on twisty roads, even in the rain. The paddle shifters are fun and responsive, but I prefer a manual. As we tested this car in Oregon in the winter, we can only imagine that it would be great fun with the top down.—Stefan Lombardu 90 cross-flow Ford on twin Weber 45s. Polished twin-braced roll-over hoop. Straight panels with a good recent repaint. The leather retrim also shows well, as does the new dash and instrument cluster. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $7,920. Though most Westfields typically command less in the marketplace than Lotus or Caterhams originals, the $10,500 pre-sale estimate was not an unreasonable expectation for this nicely kept 7 clone. scuffed and the fabric interior is shabby, as though someone lived in the thing for a month and a half. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,643. It is difficult to imagine why anybody would want this knackered and not particularly memorable Rover, for while the mileage is relatively low, keep in mind what kind of miles they were. After all, highway miles across Mongolia aren't as easy as a march up the A1. But someone did want it, and he managed to land it for $2,000 below estimate. #238-1993 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE VOLANTE convertible. S/N SCFDAM1C3PBR60041. Eng. # 8960041. Navy blue/blue/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 11,149 miles. Original and unmolested, with genuine low mileage. First owned by the late King Hussein of Jordan. It was acquired for $103k by the vendor at the Bonhams & Brooks AM auction in 2001. A few small chips to the Sports Car Market sedan. S/N SAXXSSLKPAM252346. Eng. # C27A15850734. White/brown. Odo: 27,882 miles. Having successfully completed a recordbreaking, 45-day, 24,901-mile circumnavigation of the globe, this car was displayed at the Heritage Museum from 1990 to 2003, when it was then sold at auction. Presented in the same condition as it was upon completion of the historic feat, the paint is dirty, flat and much


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Bonhams Silverstone, UK Column Author otherwise excellent paint. The leather appears lightly used, and a full AML service history is included. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $79,596. King Hussein was a collector of the first order, and considering that Middle Eastern royal provenance doesn't come much better, this potent open Aston of the recent past was well-bought. Especially when one considers that just a decade ago, these retailed for nearly $250k. FRENCH #241-1977 PEUGEOT 504 V6 cabriolet. S/N 504B32576289. Light blue metallic/tan leather. Odo: 48,566 km. Believed to be one of only seven in the U.K. Restored in the late 1990s and subsequently shown at Pug Club events. The resto involved a bare metal repaint, which is clean and still shows well. Some chrome is marked, and the driver's seat leather is soiled. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,370. A great ten-footer, but less impressive from up close. Still, with its fine V6 and great Pininfarina lines, it was hard to argue against this chic four-place cabrio. The bid was correct. GERMAN #235-1965 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 300379. Eng. # 900906. Primrose/black. Odo: 77,502 miles. Originally sold and registered in the U.S. U.K.-restored and prepped to rally specs in 1993, then repaired and repainted in 1996–97. Much Special Stage use, and fully FIA compliant. The yellow paint shows many splits and chips, and one Perspex rear side window is crazed. The stripped-out interior is shabby. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,552. With Tour Auto, Tour España, Modena, and Mallora historic provenance, this one did very well here. Early 911s have been enjoying plenty of competition success and market popularity of late, which would explain the strength of bidding all the way up to the hammer. #219-1989 PORSCHE 962 Group C racer. S/N 004BM. Yellow/black. RHD. Walter Brun's version of a 962, developed in conjunction with John Thompson's TC Prototypes. Raced in Europe, the U.S., and Japan from 1989–90. Presented in Group C specs in the livery of Eterna watches. Largely original, with twin KKK turbos and 680 hp available from the flat 92 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Silverstone, UK Column Author six. Recently mechanically recommissioned after storage, with the fuel cell replaced. It is little-marked outside and in, and shows exceptionally well for a big racer. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $264,000. Brun often outshone not only his rival customer teams, but the Porsche factory team as well. S/N 004BM should not be confused with S/N 962-004, which was campaigned by other teams. Though a full-blooded, fire-breathing racer like this is too new to have deep appeal, with the current popularity of the Group C formula at historic events, this car was well worth the $280k being sought. So the seller was wise to hold onto it. #221-1999 PORSCHE 911 GT3 Cup racer. S/N WPOZZZ99ZXS698062. Eng. # 63Y200053. White/black. Factory-built and fully spec'd racer for the Porsche Supercup. Stripped-out interior, fully caged, and with one high-back bucket. Competed in the series enough to land this scruffy replica. With its many needs and faux/tribute history, anything more would have been a gift to the seller. #229-1963 FIAT ABARTH 850 TC replica coupe. S/N 100D1433352. Red/red and gray/ blue and white. Odo: 61,557 miles. The engine is claimed to be an original 850TC, taken from a crashed model. Some 1970s competition history. The body was restored and engine rebuilt in the late 1990s. More recently, the car was mechanically refurbished in 2004. The paint worst either. This money seemed to be a fair deal for all concerned. #207-1974 FERRARI 365 GT4 BB coupe. S/N 17977. Eng. # 17977. Rosso Corsa/beige and black leather. RHD. Odo: 51,361 miles. Restored in 1989, with the engine overhauled in 1999. The paint is chipped in places, but still presents a great shine. The rear fender on the driver's side is scratched, and the alloys are in need of refurbishment. The original leather has shows several chips and the driver's seat is torn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,715. Originality is a tricky beast on these little machines, as many folks created their own Abarths with a bit of backyard wrench-turning. Replica or not, the quality of the work was very good, and the car saw spirited bidding by several parties, which brought it well past the reserve and even beyond the high estimate. from 1999 to 2002. Some cosmetic wear, but clean overall by race car standards, with a surprisingly nice but spartan interior. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $61,600. Supply of these redundant and relatively plentiful Supercup 911s outstrips demand. Impractical to make street legal and with a competitive future limited to low-key Club races, hill climbs, or track days, the $70k–$80k guide price was just too much. The vendor likely wont't ever see much more than the amount bid here. ITALIAN #233-1954 LANCIA AURELIA B20 S3 coupe. S/N N/A. Red/black. RHD. Odo: 52,055 miles. Restored in 1989 as a replica of the Carrera Panamericana car raced by Fangio. Bumperless, and with only one seat. Much have been refurbished, and the original interior shows well. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $29,040. The top estimate for this pretty coupe was only $30k, a bargain any way you slice it. Compared to front-engined Ferraris from this era, these Giugiaro-penned Masers have become excellent values. #215-1970 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. evented, with flat, dull paint that shows many chips. The plastic side window is scratched, and the interior is quite shabby. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $35,200. The bid should have been 94 S/N 13535. Blue Chiaro/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 84,246 miles. Museum-displayed and unrestored, though it was repainted some time ago with evidence of masking. Otherwise the paint shows well, though the rear fender chrome is marked, and the driver's door handle is pitted. The car is fitted with incorrect mirrors, and the original leather has been re-Connollised. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,612. High miles for a museum piece, to be sure. Though it wasn't the nicest example around, it certainly wasn't the #224-1969 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM1151140. Black metallic/black. Odo: 74,974 km. A Swiss market model with a/c and the desirable 5-sp. The fresh repaint looks very good, with no flaws noted. The alloys been re-Connollised, but is now grubby. The keys went missing on sale day. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,520. This was a tired Berlinetta Boxer, but even at the $53k being sought, it would have been a good deal. The seller was right to keep it. And besides, without those keys, what choice did he have? SWEDISH #220-1966 SVEBE-FORD Formula 3 single seater. Orange/black. No engine or transmission. Designed by Sven Anderson, built by Bengt Peterson to F3 specs for his son Ronnie, the late F1 March and Lotus star. Freshly restored to original spec, totally mint, and superbly detailed. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $19,360. Even with the major mechanical units still to be sourced, this historically important rolling chassis was always going to be difficult to price. Another $5,000 might have done it.u Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author Fall Branson 2005 This year, I wore an additional hat. Not only did I come to cover the sale, but to sell a car as well Company Cox Auctions Date October 14–16, 2005 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Spanky Assiter and Mark Gellman Automotive lots sold / offered 153 / 256 Sales rate 60% Sales total $2,657,100 High sale 1968 Shelby GT500 KR convertible, sold at $137,800 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) Spanky Assiter and Jim Cox Report and Photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics A Branson, MO nyone who pays attention to the collector car market knows that competition is just as fierce among the auction companies that put on the sales as it is among the bidders who attend them. The biannual Branson sale, run by Jim and Kathy Cox, is one of a handful of successful, long-running auctions that has proven itself time and again in all economic climates. This fall was no different, despite some scary economic news due to hurricanes and the resultant spike in fuel costs. This turned out to be a banner year at Branson, as Cox was able to put together both sales without interference from inclement weather, a feat rarely accomplished in these parts. If anything, Fall Branson felt a bit more like late summer than mid-October, with plenty of sunshine in which to inspect the varied, high-quality consignments. Branson continues to be a well-run operation, with plenty of emphasis on both entertainment and customer satisfaction. In that vein, Celebration City, a nearby amusement park, offered lots of diversions when auctiongoers needed a break. Otherwise, the park's expansive parking lots provided plenty of room to display all the cars for sale. This year, I wore an additional hat. Not only did I come to cover the sale, but to sell a car as well. When the hammer fell, my MGB-GT sold, even though it turned 96 out not to be a money-making venture. The emphasis here was clearly on sporting cars, as anything with a big motor and/or crisp handling did well. The three highest sales were all Shelbys. A 1968 GT500 KR brought $137,800, a 1968 GT500 convertible hammered down for $130,380, and a 1966 GT350 H sold for $72,080. Other memorable vehicles included the van from the movie Dumb and Dumber, which was nothing more than a Ford Econoline covered with shag carpet, floppy ears, and a fiberglass nose. It brought an astonishing $15,900. A 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2, solid-appearing despite plenty of cosmetic flaws, brought a high bid of $49,820 and found its way into the showroom of a well-known dealer, where he will presumably be asking more. I had pegged the car as a $45,000 full retail buy, so I have to assume his valuation is more market correct than mine, and another example of how the V12 market is continuing to head up. The rapid, upscale move happening within the town of Branson is astonishing. With two Hiltons under construction in the old downtown, if you haven't been in the past few years, it's worth going back. And if you've never been to a Cox auction, you need to consider marking next year's dates. You won't be disappointed, especially if the weather holds out.u Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author ENGLISH #265-1934 MG P-TYPE roadster. S/N PA0489. Burgundy/saddle leather. RHD. Odo: 1,056 miles. Originally raced in Australia in Team Britannia livery. Last seen at Spring Branson, 2005, where it was presented fresh from a South Pacific crossing. It managed $42k and a no-sale. Now freshened and cleaned, the paintwork looks better thanks to some polish, sanding, and spotting in. The brightwork is better as well, though not perfect. The interior looks great, as does the engine-turned dash with full gauges. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $52,500. Second try at Branson proves unsuccessful. Perhaps hand selling, or else a more international forum would be better. I've got it—let the seller know I'll be happy to represent his interests at a sale in London as long as he pays all expenses. He'll gross more but net about the same. But I'll sure have a great time. Call me, it's an open offer... #241-1948 MG-TC roadster. S/N TC7554. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 249 miles. Excellent paint. The brightwork has some issues, including peeling chrome on the windshield header. Otherwise, the rest is sharp. The older top and cloth spare tire cover Good fit to the rubber gaskets, all of which appear new. Very good side curtains and weather equipment. The excellent leather is well-fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,610. Not that there are a lot of people who run one of these every day, but this TD appeared honest enough for use by the new owner whenever weather permits. TD prices, although not setting the world on fire, seem to be moving quietly upward. #259-1960 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. show wear, but are still serviceable. Very good leather and excellent carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,850. The price achieved seems a bit high for the condition, but not so much so that it's out of line with current market prices. If your hypothesis is that you can find the best one out there for under $40k, a little bit more than half that price for a decent example seems reasonable. #313-1950 FORD ANGLIA utility ve- hicle. S/N 54A67759. Red/Saddle leather. Odo: 452 miles. A fine restoration on what the vendor states is an Australian-built ute. Excellent paint, trim, and brightwork. The 98 S/N T573045L0. White/white/red leather. Odo: 1,198 miles. The paint looks like a good quality job that has received a few divots; some have been repaired with touch-up paint. Good and the interior is used up. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,484. Once among the high and mighty, now just a has-been kitty. Very well bought if you have a Mark X parts business. Otherwise, expect to spend the gross national product of a small developing nation restoring this one. Highest and best use is for parts, and only if priced out by the piece was it worth the bid. #283-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III roadster. S/N HBJ8L40588. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 53,404 miles. Very nice paint, and the chrome ranges from good Sports Car Market pickup-style bed is finished with wood and well done. The interior is done to an excellent standard, with faux wood paint to the dash. The seats are top notch. All is clean underhood. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. Anglias were built in huge numbers and many of them were exported new to the United States. Once a staple of British roads, many have become iron oxide. Although the high bid seems plenty generous, I'm sure that restoration costs came close to or exceeded that number. Not the best of investments, but certainly a lot of fun. #309-1953 MG-TD roadster. S/N XPAGTD228258. Red/black/red leather. Odo: 64,708 miles. Very good paint that was well-prepped and executed. A few cracks in the front of the hood are no help. Some light chrome issues, but nothing to upset anyone. and the original steering wheel is beat up. Fit issues keep this car from scoring better, but it looks good nonetheless. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. I continue to see TR3s in a variety of price ranges—often for very similar cars. I assume that when a few more sales settle, we will see a new price level for TR3s across the board. The high bid seemed in line with the market for this car in this condition. #424-1963 JAGUAR MK X sedan. S/N 303011DN. White/black and tan leather. Odo: 31,118 miles. Needs on top of needs. Visible rust is just the beginning, carrying on to the lousy paint, pitted and dented chrome, and everything else to keep any restoration shop busy until 2010 and beyond. Grimy underhood, chrome, including a period-style trunk rack. Sharp interior with good seats and dash, but the carpets are ill-fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,960. Sounds fair to me. This looked like an honest example that was well taken care of, even if the last restoration was a bit on the amateur side. #242-1961 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N C1720L449. Old English White/white/blue with white piping. Odo: 20,559 miles. Minilite wheels. Excellent paint. Most chrome is good, and some is very good. The interior is well-fitted and looks great in medium blue with white piping. The vinyl on the glove box door is loose,


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author good glass. The faded Everflex top is not a good look. Very nice interior, including both wood and leather. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. Even a so-so example such as this has appeal, as evidenced by spirited bidding, as well as some post-block activity. No agreement could be reached, however. This would have been no bargain; even a not-too-expensive respray and a new top will cost north of $10k. to excellent. The random dry gaskets hurt, and other little details such as a detatched grommet in the boot cover are no help either. Tidy and correct interior, except for some vinyl pulling away at the gear shift cover. The Dunlop radials appear fresh, and the wire wheels are excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,980. A bargain-priced BJ8. Except for the minor flaws noted, everything appeared to be in good enough shape for a driver or local show contender. I've seen cars this nice sell for well into the $50k range, so this car was worth more than the high bid. #436-1969 MGB-GT Mk II coupe. S/N GH04V160793G. Glacier White/black vinyl. Odo: 79,624 miles. Absolutely, without a doubt the best MG of any type, ever. Owned by a hard-working auction reporter, who bought the car to split with a friend who lives locally. Okay, so maybe it's not the best MG, or even the best MGB-GT, but it does have very so many MGB roadsters on the market at any given time, it just makes sense to find one that is good cosmetically before you even think of buying. No matter how nice the mechanicals are, this car exhibits thousands of dollars of cosmetic needs. Very fully priced. #314-1981 TRUIMPH TR7 convertible. S/N SATPV4183BA407912. Silver/black/ gray cloth. Odo: 48,302 miles. A very clean example. The high horsepower Sprint motor has been totally reworked, and the vendor says it has about 4,000 miles on it. Excellent paint, and a well-fitted top that appears new. Good leather and wood, and overall the interior is decent. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,700. More of a refugee from a used car lot than a collector car. It's still possible to find these cars almost everywhere with conditions ranging from pristine to abysmal. This driver quality Jag failed to inspire anyone to bid anything but a low retail figure. #280-1990 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER straight sides, excellent paint, and most chrome is very good, except for some scratching on the rear bumper. Clean and correct style interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,010. Okay, so this was my car. I bought it two years ago for a tad under $6,000. However, between registration, taxes, repairs, and fees, no actual money was made. I rode the wave of increasing values; unfortunately, the undertow of costs took me under. The good news is my total loss amounts to the same as a very good bottle of wine. #409-1969 MGB roadster. S/N CHN4U18495G. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 81,338 miles. Lumpy bodywork and a medium quality respray is never a good combination, and here the two meet once again. The brightwork is good but shows scratches. Plenty of overspray on the dry gaskets. On the plus side, the interior looks good, correct, and well-fitted. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,618. With 100 Very good brightwork, and a nicely trimmed interior. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. There's little doubt that the wedge shape of the TR7 will forever remain an acquired taste. However, I was surprised that this well-turned out example did not find a new home. The owner wanted a bit more and I can't say that I blame him. It might take a while, though. #251-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE II convertible. S/N SCAZD02A6HCX21068. Magnolia/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 61,811 miles. The paintwork is generally nice, though there are some issues with the bodywork on the passenger door. A little bit of bowing out is not what buyers look for. Excellent brightwork and re-dye. An average Roller with good colors and medium miles. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Not bad looking, but also not a lot of visual appeal in this color combination. The one-piece Euro headlights are now a dated look; I would have converted back to the fourheadlight version. Then again, had it been my car, I would have been happy with the high bid as well. Sports Car Market SPUR II sedan. S/N SCAZN02D6LCX31079. Silver/creme leather. Odo: 60,414 miles. Eurostyle headlights. Decent paint to an acceptable standard, with very good chrome and no glass problems noted. Good wood and dash on the inside, and the leather looks to have a light #420-1987 JAGUAR XJ6 sedan. S/N SAJJCALP4CC420315. Dark blue/tan leather. Odo: 77,179 miles. Sunroof, wire wheels with huge spinners. Plenty of stone chips to the front, and the paintwork is unexceptional elsewhere. The brightwork ain't so bad, however.


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author FRENCH #441-1960 HENNEY KILOWATT sedan. S/N 1178055. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 4,398 miles. Started life as a Renault Dauphine. Good repaint, but with lots of overspray. Good glass and trim, but the gaskets show their age. Very nice interior. The owner states it has fresh batteries. A big deal in a car that uses a bunch. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,194. These cars were rebuilt as electrics by Henney, a famous coach and commercial car builder. One of perhaps 100 built, this is likely among the few survivors and is the nicest one I have seen. I owned one once in the 1980s, and ended up here as the under bidder. C'est la vie. GERMAN #411-1968 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 12802908. Tan/black vinyl. Odo: 53,732 miles. There isn't much to write home about here. The paint is to a good standard, but the brightwork, while complete, has seen better days. Good glass, and most gaskets have plenty of life, save for that around the windshield. Original style interior is a bit weak, and the seats need straight sides, with excellent paint and gaps. Some chrome has pitting. Good glass, but the gaskets are weak in places. Michelin tires are a good sign. No information on the condition of the soft top—does it exist? The seats have been recovered in correct leather, but they are flat in places. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,500. The owner thought his car was worth more, but I tend to agree fully with the high bid. Extremely well-restored examples with no stories can bring more. This one had a few too many excuses to bring the top bucks. #164-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SEC coupe. S/N WDBCA43A8DB005767. Black/ gray leather. Odo: 161,566 miles. Sunroof. Very straight, and most paint appears original. Hundreds, if not thousands, of stone chips to the front end. That's a good sign that perhaps all those miles were at high speed. Nice this dull. I won't say the new owner made a mistake, however, because no one knows what goes on behind closed garage doors. ITALIAN #271-1966 FERRARI 330 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 8245. Red/black leather. Odo: 92,829 km. A Series II, two-headlight car. The paint runs the gamut from very good to poor, but there are plenty of problems overall, with cracking and orange peel throughout. The driver's door has a thumb-sized tear in the metal, and the nose shows evidence of a rework. Some chrome brightwork and glass. The interior is surprisingly good. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,664. If the right car is bought right, these once very expensive luxury cars can provide years of reliable service. A poorly maintained example can make a Rockefeller broke, so choose wisely if you find one. If all is right here, then this was fairly bought and sold. rebuilding, but the covers are good. Very dirty carpets, and the stained headliner is pulled back. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $10,070. I'm a big 912 fan, and these once-forgotten Porsches are slowly appreciating themselves back up the food chain, driven by the movement of the desirable early 911s. With plenty to choose from, it just makes sense to buy the best one possible and to forget the also-rans or ones with needs. The bid seemed high by a third. #247-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410012885. Blue/blue HT/saddle leather. Odo: 9,115 miles. Very 102 #277-1983 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N WP0JB092XD5860873. Silver/black leather and vinyl. Odo: 100,962 miles. About as uninspired as they come, with so-so paint, cracks in the front bumper, and gap issues everywhere. No moonroof, and it's an automatic. Interior is a combination of leather and vinyl in a state appropriate to the mileage. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $9,434. The first owner was country singer Charlie Rich, the second country legend Jim Owen, who was on hand to flog his Porsche. Let's just hope the new owner was a fan of the Silver Fox or Mr. Owen. This is high-dollar territory for a car issues as well, including divots and pitting in places. Good glass, but with some dry rotted gaskets. Dry leather, good carpets, and nice wood to the dash and Nardi wheel. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $49,820. This car was a shocker to me at this price. Nice examples can top $75k, but this one had needs from here to Modena. I pegged it pre-sale at fully $10k less. It sold to a dealer, which was a wake-up call to me that I need to revise my thinking. #281-1985 FERRARI 308 GTSi QV targa. S/N ZFFUA13A3F0054105. Red/tan leather. Odo: 48,990 miles. Quattrovalvole. Belt service done in April. A straight example with nice paint that looks to have been resprayed. Very good trim, nicely detailed with no apparent issues. The original interior shows incredibly Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author well, though the leather is a tad dry—easily redeemable with a light treatment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,040. The owner, an affable sort who stayed by his car for the majority of the weekend, was rethinking his multiple thousands of dollars investment in having the belts and services done before bringing it to auction. Relax, I say. Even though it was money that will not be recovered on a one-to-one basis at any sale, it helped push this car into the sold column and that's the important factor. YUGOSLAVIAN #451-1990 YUGO GV “Drowning Mona” movie prop coupe. S/N VX1BA1219HK370057. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 66,988 miles. Movie car used by Bette Midler in “Drowning Mona.” Paint appears original, with very good blackout trim and good glass. SOLD AT $38,160. I was rather surprised to see this car change hands. All things considered, however, both the buyer and the seller got a reasonable deal here. The cosmetics look to be an easy fix. The buyer can use the car and enjoy it and refit the needed pieces on his own time. The interior is also very good, marred only by a cigarette burn in the driver's seat. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $1,350. Even with movie provenance this Yugo failed to find a new home. The high bid was light even without the movie link, as running and driving Yugos are scarce. A funny car from a funny movie, just not funny enough to make someone open his wallet. AMERICAN #254-1931 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Roadster. S/N 809083. Green with black fenders/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 177 miles. Show quality paint and chrome, though the top shows a bit of light wear. Lots of appeal, as this like a dry-rotted spare, and some gaskets were put back instead of replaced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,105. I was surprised by the sale bid. This Ford still had plenty of needs that are going to cost the next owner both time and money to fix. It's better than a “restored for auction” truck, but it didn't take a lot of looking to find the flaws noted. #428-1954 MERCURY MONTEREY Sun restoration appears to be of the highest quality. The interior shows well, with an excellent dash and good gauges. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. I don't disagree with the vendor in holding onto this one. Its value should exceed 104 Valley 2-door hard top. S/N 54SL29323M. Cream/tinted plexi/green and white vinyl. Odo: 58,301 miles. A much older restoration, now with quite a few issues. Lots of overspray from the medium quality paint. The chrome is showing its age, with some dings and scratches. Rust but lots of little problems with the chrome. Some wear and scratches, with dents in the windshield header bar. Replacement wind- Sports Car Market #306-1946 FORD 1-TON pickup. S/N 79941341709. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 77,142 miles. 1,000 miles on the recent restoration. Excellent paint, with no issues noted. New wood to the bed deck and side rails. Good trim, and the brightwork is very good. It's the small bits that hurt here; corners were cut with things detailed underhood. Universal wide whitewalls show some age, but still have service life left. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,190. Still a lot of car for what is now very few dollars, the DeSoto is known mostly as the off brand '50s car from Chrysler. It should be worth more, even as it sits. This one has to be put into the bargain column. #244-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E575104202. Red with white coves/red vinyl. Odo: 57 miles. 283/250, 4-sp, fuel-injected. No issues noted with the paint, the high bid, but not by a huge margin. Next time try $125k. #249-1940 BUICK SUPER Series 50 convertible. S/N 13835617. Red/saddle leather. Odo: 71,429 miles. Older restoration, and no kidding, I saw a moth fly out of the moth-eaten area of the rear carpet. Very good paint and brightwork. The boot cover looks well worn. All the cosmetic problems represented by an older restoration are here in spades. Cond: 3. on the door sill plate is no help. The interior is dirty but will clean up. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $23,850. The Mercury Sun Valley has a tinted plexiglass roof panel across the front seats, much like the Ford Skyliner models. This is a price I would have expected from a #2 condition car. As a #4+, this high bid was nothing but a gift to the previous owner. #302-1956 DESOTO SEVILLE Firedome 2-door hard top. S/N 55279647. Coral/white/ black and gray cloth. Odo: 64,948 miles. Push button automatic. Excellent paint and very good brightwork. The clean, correct interior is in the original style. 330-ci Hemi V8, and well


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author shield, with bad fit at the top of the driver's side window post. Looks like a restoration with a few corners cut, making it merely a good restoration and not an excellent one. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $97,000. When people spend big bucks for fully restored cars, they expect no excuses all the way around. You didn't have to sneak up on this Corvette to find a few flaws; they were out there in the open for everyone to see. Had the restoration been nicer, this car would have easily generated more interest. In this shape, the seller was a bit unrealistic. #250-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57L130029. Colonial Cream/black/Colonial Cream and silver. Odo: 1 mile. 2001 restoration. Very good gaps, paint, and brightwork—not perfect but well done. Excellent glass, including the tinted windshield. Power steering, brakes, and top. I would have expected for a solid #2 example, I think perhaps some irrational bidding exuberance prevailed. #285-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE split-window coupe. S/N 30837S117310. White/Saddle leather. Odo: 77,385 miles. 327/300, 4-sp. The paintwork is just up to the acceptable level, but is nothing to brag about. The chrome is in a similar state, and some of the painted areas have peeling paint as well. The original-style interior shows a patina, and underhood, all looks complete. Cond: 3+. Excellent paint, with a few chips in the nose, and very good brightwork. The interior shows well, but there is some fade to the dash. Fresh carpets, very clean console, AM/FM radio. Clean underhood. The owner is an SCMer, and is rightfully proud of his working clock. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $51,410. Very appealing, and also hard to find in red with a red interior. This 'Vette was well-presented, and as such brought the big bucks. The high bid was right at the current market level, so well done. #225-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- Continental kit. Some fit issues to NORS. interior, including a crack in the steering wheel. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. Colonial Cream, to the uninitiated, is a lemon-lime yellow. Production of the 1957 Bel Air convertibles was 47,562, and the cost new was $2,611. Unfortunate but true, had this car been red, it would have brought more and might now be the property of a new owner. #426-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sedan. S/N VC57S128527. Red and white/ black and red vinyl. Odo: 76,319 miles. Looks to be a good quality older restoration, though the paint now has some scratches and divots. Lots of scratches to the chrome as well. The wipers have left marks on the windshield, and the side vent glass shows some delamination. Very nice interior that is well-fitted and correct, with good seats, headliner, and carpets, though the original steering wheel has lost most of its color. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,900. Expensive for condition, I would have expected this car to top out in the very low teens. When a car with this many cosmetic needs brings close to what 106 The interior is nice but a bit dirty; a full detail would help. Good dash, but the console has some discoloration. The added gauges below the dash would be easy to remove. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,040. If this car vets out to be an original 409 SS convertible, this might be the buy of the sale. I was expecting to see above $50k here, even with the noted flaws. Well bought if it's real, and not embarrasing if it's a partial (non-SS original, non-original 409) clone car. #279-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S111634. Red/red. Odo: 34,197 miles. 327/350, 4-sp. Side exhaust and reproduction knock-off wheels. A great driver that is well-detailed and in great colors. Sports Car Market top is recent and fits well. GT style grille, pony interior, styled steel wheels, console and wood steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,398. One car that is easy to use to track the health of the overall collector car market is the 1965–66 Mustang convertible. When times are good financially, expect Mustangs to go up. Downtimes bring no growth or lesser numbers. Today this was market price. #276-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S123413. Blue with white stinger/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 40,134 miles. 427/390, 4-sp. Marked and sold SOLD AT $42,400. This sale price should make editor Martin, a split-window coupe owner, happy. This “just a car” condition 'Vette was a yawner in every department but price. Last year it would have struggled to make $35k, but I'm still going to call this number strong for the condition. #257-1964 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS convertible. S/N 4146752726154. White/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 57,428 miles. 409-ci, 4-sp. The owner says it's an original SS with the original 409 and original 4-speed, a great combination. Good older repaint—it was originally blue. The brightwork is good but not fresh, and it's easy to find some overspray. ible. S/N 6F08C245841. Dark green/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 80,969 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very good paint that looks to be an older, good quality job. Good chrome—it lacks “pop,” but nothing needs replacing. The


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Column Author as not numbers-matching. Very good paint and brightwork, with good gaps throughout. A nice fit to the correct-style top. Very clean and correct interior. As nice as any driver should be; but for the issue of numbers, it could be a show car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,830. Let's hope the new owner or subsequent owners can avoid the temptation of restamping the block to make it another of the parade of numbers-matching Corvettes created in someone's garage. The high price achieved sounds a bit expensive, but is undoubtedly very close to market correct. #238-1967 MERCURY COUGAR XR-7 GT coupe. S/N 8F93S578882. Black Cherry/ black vinyl/charcoal leather. Odo: 81,200 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good quality paint, as is most chrome, though some is quite weak with pitting and scratches. Excellent fit to the vinyl top. Poor gaskets in places. Cracks to the leather seats, but good carpets not perfect. Very good brightwork, with one or two dents in the off-road exhaust covers. The correct interior is well-fitted. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. In the 1967 Corvette kennel, the L88 is about the biggest of the big dogs you will ever find. A nicely restored example will hold up for a long period of time. This car had that in spades. A very expensive Corvette, but worth it only to the serious 'Vette collectors. Unfortunately, it looks like none were in the audience today. #321-1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 convert- ible. S/N 7E57C236819. Light yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 63,108 miles. 289-ci V8, auto. The personification of “just a car.” Mediocre paint, which now has a few chips, and the gaps run from good to poor. All chrome is there, but some has needs. The interior is in burn-your-thighs black vinyl, with uninspired carpets and a crack in the dash. Cond: 4. detailed, and underneath is very good as well. A clean and honest car, not a trailer queen. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $137,800. The seller thinks there is money left on the table here for the buyer, and I agree. If the muscle car market is a game of musical chairs, perhaps grabbing a seat at this point is a good idea. If it's not, he made a tidy profit and moved on. #270-1968 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 8T03S116065/00253. Wimbledon White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 14 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight appearance, with very good paint and only light orange peel. Most brightwork is very good, and some is excellent. Very poor fit to what appears to be a new and console. The stereo is missing, but the owner has an uninstalled replacement unit in the trunk. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,088. Even though the Cougar was built as a close relative of the Mustang, sharing most of the internals, parts are harder to source and generally more expensive than for a Mustang, piece per piece. Add to that the Cougar's lackluster showing in the marketplace when it comes time to sell it, and this proved to be not such a good deal. No bargain now, but it might just be an up and comer in the collector car world, given some time. #268-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 convertible. S/N 194677S102390. White with red stinger/white HT/red vinyl. Odo: 311 miles. 427/430, 4-sp. One of 20 L88s built. The car card states a professional restoration was completed in 1989, with just 300 miles since. The paint, despite its age, remains good, though SOLD AT $7,844. Actually, this would be a relatively easy restoration as long as no rust issues surface. Plenty of the trim on this car is readily available. Here's the dilemma—at close to $8,000 it seems a tad pricey for the condition. However, what other full-size convertible can you find under $10k that can be used to haul you and three or more of your friends to the beach? #262-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R210173. White/black vinyl. Odo: 56,190 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Tenspoke wheels and factory-style a/c were dealer added. Fully detailed by a meticulous owner, he has taken the time to document each component, which is photographed and shown. Not a restored car, and the miles are apparently original. Very good paint, and most brightwork is excellent. Original interior. Underhood is fully top. Excellent interior. Clean underhood and well-detailed, and nice underneath, too. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $130,380. Failed to sell while on the stage, but found a new home minutes after leaving. Shelbys in this price range have to be darn nice to excite the crowd. And to get sold at top dollar. This was about top dollar for the condition, but expect to see this car—with a much better fitted top—at an auction near you. #243-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-door hard top. S/N JS23N9B204378. White with black stripes/black vinyl. Odo: 80,463 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very nice paint on a straight body with acceptable gaps. Excellent glass; the windshield is a recent replacement, and many gaskets appear fresh. Air induction hood with pin locks. Very good interior, with a nice dash and carpets, and excellent seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,980. I had mentally pegged this car at a $30k hammer price. I guess I got lucky, as that is where it ended. A very nice example of a car that has caught a bit of Mopar fever, but not the full dose. #273-1970 PLYMOUTH SUPERBIRD 2door hard top. S/N RM23U0A155781. Alpine 108 Sports Car Market


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GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale Coupe ‘The Bumblebee' Chassis # 0197EL perfectly embodied the styling genius of Vignale. Originally finished in the flamboyant colour scheme of pale yellow and black with a matching interior of black seating with yellow piping, 0197 was a show stopper! Sold new in 1952 to a wealthy Frenchman, 0197 was latterly exported to the States until subsequently being bought by one of the foremost Ferrari collectors who entrusted DK Engineering to carry out a very extensive and painstaking restoration. Since then 0197 has been shown at Pebble Beach and is one of the most stunning 212's that we have seen White/black vinyl/black. Odo: 60,031 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A fresh restoration, with very good paint, though the gaps still adhere to the 1970s ethic of “close enough.” Well-fitted vinyl top and good brightwork. Underneath is brand new, well-displayed with mirrors to show it off. Nice stock-style interior, but the gauge faces appear untouched and dirty. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. I refuse to be the first to call this market DOA, but I'm happy to say that all of the folks I know who waited have now bought one. I love these things for the silly good fun they represent. But for me, silly stops way short of $100k. My toy box is nowhere as big as some, however. #289-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-door hard top. S/N JH23J0B296620. Burnt Orange/Burnt Orange vinyl. Odo: 95,726 miles. 340-ci Six-Pack, 4-sp. Side exhaust. The owner states that all numbers match. Excellent paint and chrome. Well-fitted vinyl top, with nearly as-new appearance throughout. The seat Burnt Orange/black vinyl/Burnt Orange vinyl/ cloth. Odo: 47,176 miles. 440-ci V8, 375-hp, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint and very good brightwork, but with some needs; polishing would be a big help. Light fit issues to the vinyl top. Very clean interior. Underhood is clean but could be better detailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. Just a few too many flaws on this one to keep it from bringing the really big dollars. I thought the high bid should have been enough to make this one change hands. #212-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER SE 2-door hard top. S/N JH29G0B153044. Red/ black vinyl/black cloth and vinyl. Odo: 20,375 miles. 360-ci V8, auto. Originally a 318. Factory a/c, ps, pb. Magnum 500 wheels. Very good paint, glass, and replacement chrome. Well-fitted vinyl top. The interior is done to the correct style. Fully detailed underhood, with headers, and clean underneath. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,490. One of 5,873 Challenger SEs built in 1970. The new owner thinks there is room for appreciation, and I tend to agree. It needs a good spit and shine and some detail work to bring it a little further out of its cocoon. Still, it's a nice car that was well bought. 1958 Ferrari Tour de France We are often heard saying how difficult it is to find truly original cars, however with this 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France we are sure not to disappoint! Not only was this, the 14th model built uniquely painted in Pininfarina Gold, it is also continuously documented including photographs illustrating the car's delivery to its first owner Mr. Casimiro Toselli, back in 1958. Campaigned at hill climbs, the Grand Prix of Venezuela and subsequently the GP della Lotteria di Monza, 0933 has been beautifully maintained and is accompanied with an original tool roll, manuals and pouch. As active supporters of one of the greatest rallies and of course the car's namesake ‘the Tour de France', we think 0933 would make the perfect entrant. CARS IN STOCK 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II (Works Car) 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental (manual) 1965 Bizzarrini 5300GT (7 litre engine) 1964 Brabham BT8 1952 Ferrari 340 America 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France 1991 Ferrari F40 1954 Moretti 750 GS 1963 OSCA 1600 GT 1968 Porsche 910 1985 Porsche 962C 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com 110 www.gregorfisken.com the cheap for the movie. Inside, the only detail change noted was a black curtain behind the driver and passenger seats. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,900. Purchased as a Christmas present by the brother of a veterinarian; she will have the best advertising vehicle in town. Really, all you are buying here is the bragging rights. Sports Car Market covers are brand new, with excellent carpet, dash, and console. Very nicely done overall. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,530. What sounded pricy just a few months ago is today's current valuation. I won't argue that this car sold too high, but I will say that I think it was a bit ahead of the market. A well-done muscle car with no excuses is this year's favorite. #299-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER RT/ SE 2-door hard top. S/N JS29U0E107457. #449-1978 FORD ECONOLINE “Dumb and Dumber” movie prop van. S/N E34HHAJ4273. Tan fur/black vinyl. Odo: 90,334 miles. From the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” it's the Mutts Cutts van. The body is covered with shag carpet “fur,” but now this pup is looking a little dog-eared. This looks to be an ex-plumber's van that was converted on


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r Give me an old van, a roll of carpet, and some fiberglass and we can be in the replica business like everyone else. Just about three times what I thought it might bring, but spirited bidding (and a weathy brother) can make for an exciting auction. #186-1983 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 1G2AS87HXDL228167. White/tan cloth. Odo: 6,596 miles. Vendor states the miles are correct on this one-owner vehicle, though a transposed digit on the car card reads 65,000 miles—a big difference. No paint issues, by Geoff Archer Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay. except for a divot on the rear spoiler. Good glass and trim. Very clean interior with no fade. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,526. Not the most sought after year or body style for the Firebird, and expensive on the face of it. Worth the high bid, even if the next owner just uses it for transportation. A better plan would be using it sparingly and maintaining its extreme low miles status. The growth potential is a small one, but it's there. #236-1985 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Caliente coupe. S/N 1G3EZ57Y2FE3222235. White/white vinyl/gray leather. Odo: 60,982 miles. Very good original paint and brightwork, with an excellent vinyl roof. Clean and original #6983188492-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA T1 ICIS Modelle. 3 photos. Northern California. 40-year-old, empty cardboard box for a 1:43 scale Alfa Romeo Giulietta T1 model car. No car is included. Looks like a 3+ on a 1 to 5 scale. 8 bids, sf 2604, bf 70. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,375. The seller says that you can save on the $8.50 shipping by authorizing him to collapse the box and mail it flat in a stiff envelope. C'mon now—how can you even consider skimping on the shipping when you just dropped a grand on a box of hot air? #4588249938-1964 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT SPECIALE coupe. S/N AR381099. Eng. # AR0012101012. Red/black. Odo: 21,302 miles. 21 photos. Milwaukee, WI. Excellent exterior restoration. Mint original chrome and rubber. The nice orginal seats would benefit from a reupholstering. New shocks. “Needs notihng mechancially.” Original jack included. 45 bids, sf 98, bf 137. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,100. Somebody read Editor Martin's “Profile” in SCM's October 2005 issue. This is the condition that he predicted would bring $35k or more. Good find at a market-correct price. interior looks better than the miles would indicate. This car shows all signs of being both well-cared for and garaged. Very cool Uniroyal Tiger Paw Nailguard tires—remember them? Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,724. More than I expected this car to sell for, but not a bunch more. Reasonable miles, a solid-appearing body and a good overall look helped here.u #4584227871-1967 ALFA ROMEO DUETTO . S/N AR663149. Red/. 18 photos. Eugene, OR. Bare rolling shell with rebuilt suspension and $4,000 in very nice-looking paintwork. Nothing included except what is pictured. Oh, but not the steering wheel. 10 bids, sf 1101, bf 154. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,995. Highly rated seller quotes SCM (in repeating that Duettos are undervalued, in general), so we know that he is pretty savvy. Looks like he got all his money out of this project. Still, the buyer got a fine deal here, too. Add a mechanically sound, beat-looking donor car, and you would have one very nice machine. February 2006 #4589206171-1993 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER roadster. S/N ZARBB32N8P7006326. Green/black/ tan. Odo: 57,100 miles. 24 photos. Santa Monica, CA. The paint and interior look excellent. One lady owner. Recent 50k mile service. 16 bids, sf 26, bf 47. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,999. These final year Spiders do very well in excellent condition and with low miles. This was proof. Though the evolved styling isn't for everyone, this price was correct. 111


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author 19th Annual Twin Cities Fall Auction As a thank you for staying to the end, MidAmerica opened up the bar for a round on the house; of course I was one of the first in line Company MidAmerica Auctions Date September 23–24, 2005 Location Blaine, MN Auctioneers Curt Warner and Dave Talberg Automotive lots sold / offered 66 / 136 Sales rate 49% Sales total $519,105 High sale 1958 Chevrolet Impala, sold at $43,000 Buyer's premium It's not even a Cosworth, but it did bring $6,405 Report and Photos by B. Mitchell Carslon Market opinions in italics T Blaine, MN hough MidAmerica is well-known for its sale of collector motorcycles, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based company got its start 19 years ago with collector cars. But while the scope of its two-wheeled sales is global, MidAmerica tends to conduct its automobile sales on a more regional scale, hosting two collector sales each year in the Twin Cities area. This year's fall sale saw a slump, as the number of consignments, the sales total, and attendance were all down from the spring event. Sixty-six of the 136 lots sold, posting a 49% sales rate, with total volume of $519,105. But if numbers were down, quality was up, and many of the lots offered trumped those of past sales. Indeed, the top sale at this event, a 1958 Chevrolet Impala in fine #2 condition, outsold the top lot from the spring, a #2 1971 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 455SD, by ten grand. Because the upper Midwest seems to maintain a sleeper reputation as a place that has so far been under the market, every once in awhile you'll find some great deals. Such was the case with a driver 1955 Mercury Monterey. At just under $15k, it is a far rarer and, dare I say, nicer car overall than any Tri-year Chevy. Similarly, a 1974 911 with low miles and from long-term ownership sold post-block for 112 $9,450. While that figure is fully within the market, the care lavished upon it by the previous owner could pay big dividends for the new one in terms of fun per dollar. Add to the sleeper deals MidAmerica's reasonable commission structure, and it makes for a great selection of cars for all tastes and price ranges. MidAmerica continues to fine-tune this event to make it better and more customer-friendly with each occurrence. While it has been in the National Sports Center venue for about six years, last spring they finally set aside a beverage and snack area for bidders and VIPs, and new this fall was a decent cash bar. As a thank you to the die-hards who stayed until the very end, Ron Christenson, MidAmerica's Director of Operations, opened up the bar for a round on the house. As a member of the motoring press, of course I was one of the first in line. Not all auctions can be high-profile home runs. Sometimes, it's workmanlike singles, double and triples that keep the cars and bidders coming back year after year. Cheers to MidAmerica for nearly twenty years of putting on decent sales, and I predict, another twenty yet to come.u Sports Car Market 5%, minimum fee of $100/ maximum of $500 (included in sold prices)


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author ENGLISH #035-1978 TRIUMPH TR7 custom convertible. S/N ACW43523UF. Light auqa metallic/plywood/tan fuzzy velour. Odo: 86,935 miles. Repowered with a small-block Chevy V8, hooked to a TH-350 automatic transmission and Ford 9” rear end. A true hack job of a coupe body, with plenty of poor custom welding. Recent cheap repaint. Crusty weatherstrips, 300ZX drivetrain, hence the vanity plate “TR7ZX.” All original paint, with lots of chips and wear. Minimal rust bubbles. Aftermarket door edge guards, steering wheel cover, stereo, and Nissan trim bits for the shifter. The older replacement top is serviceable. Ran fine on Friday, but was difficult to start on Saturday. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $1,700. Buyer's interest was also difficult to get going. It was a no-sale twice, at this price on Friday, and at $1,300 on Saturday. Japanese running gear won't make these run better if the bits fail to work together. Also, on a market basis, you're on your own as to value, as an original car is worth far more. Destined to be a bargain basement special until it finally dies. window seals, and door glass wipers, all with overspray. Sheetrock screws retain the bare plywood “parade boot.” Serial numbers on the chassis and body don't match. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $900. The guy who bought this on Friday for $1,300 ran it on Saturday at no reserve because “it's too much” for him. Too much of what, I can't say, but he wanted it gone from his life so badly that he took a $900 hit. Even at this price, this is a stupid car at stupid money, and the best fix might just be a hand grenade. #117-1980 MGB convertible. S/N GVVDJ2AG513463. Maroon/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 71,456 miles. Aftermarket trunk rack and period Pioneer Supertuner AM/FM/cassette. The engine and clutch were replaced this year. The older repaint shows some light chipping on panel edges. Decent GERMAN #013-1965 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE coupe. S/N 115216739. Dark green/tan vinyl. Odo: 55,596 miles. Recent ground-up restoration. Very good repaint, with a few chips and swirls. Some aftermarket trim, but all else is original and otherwise good. The headliner has a few tears and has come loose at some edges. The seats are reproduction and were installed bumpers. Reupholstery is falling apart, with clear packing tape over the largest tear in the driver's seat. DIN-mount stereo system with homemade unfinished wood speakers sitting on the rear package shelf. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,200. While this was one of the few sub$5,000 450SLs that I'd actually recommend, one does have to wonder why the consignor had a $3,000 reserve on it. Fair amount of car for a fair amount of money. Provided the buyer gets a few weekends of use out of it, it'll have been bought well. #150-1978 PORSCHE 911SC coupe. S/N well. The engine bay is a bit dirty now. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,145. The five-grand reserve was dropped once the bidding reached $4,800. Since the New Beetle/Original Beetle thing has pretty much come and gone, this is market value just about anywhere in the country for a pre1968 in this condition. Since it appears that the work was done awhile back and that it has been regularly used since then, the consignor shouldn't have much to complain about. brightwork, but dulled plastic and rubber bumper and trim cladding. Replacement soft top has lots of wrinkles. Good overall interior, with a small hole in driver's seat. Dirty engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,040. Whatever the reserve was, it was ditched when the bidding ended here. The consignor made the right decision, as this is a final year U.S.-spec MG, and they aren't really going anywhere soon. #010-1980 TRIUMPH TR7 convertible. S/N TPVDJ8AT203212. Brown/black vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 15,829 miles. Odometer is flipped. Repowered with an early 1980s Nissan #184-1974 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 9114103107. Guards Red/black. Odo: 55,004 miles. Factory a/c, Fittipaldi steering wheel, updated headlights, bumpers, and whale tail. Extremely good original paint with only a few chips on the leading edge of the roof. The engine was rebuilt to 3.0 specs within the last 10 years, and hasn't been cleaned since then. Light smoke upon startup. Nicely installed non-stock 9118 202368. Guards Red/tan leather. Odo: 109,529 miles. U.S.-spec/California-spec. Formerly owned by ex-pro wrestler, ex-actor, ex- Minnesota governor, current has-been Jesse someone. It was bid to $8,400 on the block, but sold by the end of the day to this slightly higher than market price. If he's looking for a great car to enjoy, the buyer did alright here. #102-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412018087. White/tan ST, white HT/cream vinyl. Odo: 165,081 miles. Non-stock fog lights and 1980s vintage chrome M-B wheels. Older repaint shows some overspray on a few door seals. Dent in the right front fender at the front of the wheel well. Serviceable brightwork and Ventura. Very good older repaint, possibly from white. The replacement windshield is poorly installed and off kilter. The hard rear quarter window seals show signs of UV damage. The heavy wear on the driver's side seat bottom makes sense. Otherwise the patina matches the indicated miles. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $11,500. Viewed as just a '78 911SC, this was correct money. However, the “celebrity” factor skews things here. Until they find a member of the Jesse Ventura fan club who will pony up over $14k for it, it will stay in the land of the no-sale. HOOYA! upholstery with very little wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,450. Apart from the PCA sticker in the side window, it was fairly easy to tell that this car was a long-term summer play toy for 114 ITALIAN #003-1980 FIAT SPIDER 2000 convertible. S/N 124CS200162350. Cream/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 69,070 miles. One owner car. Nice repaint with good prep; it takes a careful eye to Sports Car Market


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author an example, a #1 car would have the correct exhaust, without the two bare pipes pointing straight out. Still, it was a darn nice cruiser, and both parties should be pleased at the outcome here. locate the masking lines. All the brightwork is original and still very good, although there is some lifting of the bumper rub strips. The top is heavily wrinkled, and several seams show sealer. Very little wear from careful use on the seats, especially the driver's side. The motor runs fine, and the bay appears to have been well kept. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,305. Easily surpassed the reserve of $3,500. While this is commensurate money for this Spider's condition, after 25 years of apparently careful use—plus one recent repaint—one would think the vendors got their money's worth out of it. After all, they could've bought a 1980 Ford Fairmont Futura instead. Spider #149-1987 MASERATI BITURBO convertible. S/N ZAMFM1105HA331323. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 34,302 miles. Mileage claimed to be original. The good original paint has a few touch-ups. Replacement windshield is sloppily installed, with excessive glue oozing all over the inside frame. Bad aftermarket tint even if bits and pieces aren't all that correct. It won't be so difficult to re-do the interior correctly, but for now I'd say just cruise with it and enjoy. A better—and far rarer—car than any Tri-Five Chevy, but at less than half the money. Go figure. #135-1956 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-door hard top. S/N 6800302. Salmon pink and white/pink vinyl and cloth. Odo: 87,438 miles. Newer cheap repaint with plenty of orange peel. Shoddy trim mounting, especially on the right side. Bumper chrome is heavily worn and the rear trim is missing #037-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY convertible. S/N 3301151777. Red metallic and white/white vinyl/red and white vinyl. Odo: 9,852 miles. Sport Fury trunk lid “toilet seat” fake spare tire option. Recent professional restoration, with excellent paint and chrome. The original windshield is starting to delaminate, but is still very useable. Good interior in stock pattern, and nice detailing underhood. Narrowband whitewall radial tires look a little out of place. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. With a $40k reserve, this car was going nowhere quick. While '60 Plymouths are not everyone's cup of tea, if you like a little Virgil Exner in your drop top, this would be a good one to get. You'll likely see this one at Barrett-Jackson in even better condition. job. Dulled and corroded wheels. Driver's side rearview mirror is permanently aimed at the ground. The top shows excessive creasing. Good original interior, with very little wear or patina. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $6,500. One could argue the nice condition and low mileage are due to a looooong wait for parts. This is exactly the kind of convertible you want in the Salt Belt—low miles and used only during the summers. By all rights this bid should have sealed the deal. You won't find much more for this car. AMERICAN #001-1955 MERCURY MONTEREY 2-door hard top. S/N 55WA23634M. White over aqua/aqua and white vinyl. Odo: 686 miles. Dealer accessory front grille guard. Expertly repainted, with most of the chrome and stainless finished to a high standard. Very solid door and panel fit. Poor alignment of the non-stock dual exhaust system. Suspension sits slightly low in the rear. Interior is a generic vinyl reupholstery job, plus an aftermarket stereo with color-coordinated speakers mounted in the rear package shelf. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,595. Overall, a good buy for the buck, 116 altogether. Vent window glass is delaminating, and the other glass isn't too far behind. Rusty exhaust is crudely engineered and installed. Newer upholstery and dash pad, with a dusty and worn dashboard beneath it. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $8,400. The consignor made a great show of telling passersby that his car had a Packard 352-ci motor in it. Big whoop, as all '56 Golden Hawks did. On top of that, the Packard V8s had oiling problems that were far worse than any malady on the generally stout and reliable Stude V8, so it's like bragging that you have a skunk that doesn't smell too bad. The bid was way over the top for this claptrap example, and it should have sold. #145-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2- door hard top. S/N F58L178932. Rio Red/ red, silver, black vinyl. Odo: 65,435 miles. Base-level 348-ci motor, power steering, rear antennas, and a/c. Crisp, mirror-like body panels with excellent paint. All chrome and trim is either replated or replacement. Vent window rubbers are the only seals that weren't replaced with matte black a theme. The same goes for the undercarriage. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $11,200. While not the exemplary Falcon that it was hyped to be, this was still a very good example that had been used sparingly since it was restored. The $13k reserve probably represents the work put into it, and with Falcon prices seeing some modest increases lately, the market value should be closer to the reserve than the final bid. #113-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR with new ones. Professionally reupholstered, correct interior shows no wear. Good engine detailing and cleanup. Non-stock compressor and exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,000. To be a #1 car, the devil is in the details, and this one was lacking in that department. As Monza convertible. S/N 105675W298180. Eng. # T0701RL. Dark blue metallic/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 76,692 miles. Recent paint sprayed over lousy bodywork, with plenty of Bondo stuffed into the rust holes. The original brightwork is mixed quality. Sheetrock screws in the rocker panel trim. Older replacement top has several small tears, and the plastic rear window is no longer translucent. Sports Car Market #142-1963 FORD FALCON Futura convertible. S/N 3H15U183010. Red/black vinyl/ red and black vinyl. Odo: 32,473 miles. Good paint and prepwork. Most chrome is replated to a high standard and most trim is polished. Good older reupholstery work, but not to the stock pattern on the seats. The door panel vinyl is starting to wrinkle. Generally clean underhood,


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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author tic bid from a motivated buyer, but the seller seemed less motivated. #131-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T Original musty interior is patched with blue duct tape, and the engine compartment is very grubby. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,045. The only thing going for this car was a repaint so fresh it was still degassing. And it certainly didn't help the reputation of Corvairs in general. A waste of a $1,500 paint job, if you ask me. Unless you're in need of a running parts car, this was ill bought. #169-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 6F08C342471. Light yellow/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,725 miles. Nonstock rocker panel tape stripes. Older repaint with iffy masking and several chips on the door edges and leading edge of the hood. Poor trunk and hood fit, and uneven door gaps. The re- Clone 2-door hardtop. S/N WP23G77174546. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 84,528 miles. 440-ci, 4bbl, auto. This is the same B.S. R/T that sold for $21k at Mecum's Des Moines sale in July 2005. Began life as a premium trim Coronet with a rather bland 318 V8. Still has wavy the top, the lack of structural suport is apparent in the sagging body. While first-generation Broncos have had a good following for decades, this was way over the top money for a used and abused work truck. #115-1976 CHEVROLET VEGA hatch- rocker panels and door bottoms. Still has some masking issues, but decent paint otherwise. Still has good chrome and trim, with light ripples in the grille mesh. And the freshly rebuilt motor is still spotless. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,575. Back on the market, with less than one mile on the clock since July, and consigned by the same fellow who brought it to Des Moines. I recommend taking both of these sales with a grain of salt. For the $1,575 made between then and now, has it really been worth it? #151-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE placement top is heavily rust stained. Wrinkled dash pad and pitted chrome, especially on the steering wheel hub. Primer gray undercarriage with an older clamped exhaust system. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $9,500. While it looks pretty good from 10 feet, give it a few years for the rust to percolate out and then we'll see if anyone bids it to $9,500. Even if the motor runs okay, rust never sleeps. The seller should have taken the money and run. #168-1967 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-door hard top. S/N 7K35W126257. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 1,853 miles. 427-ci, 2x4-bbl, auto. Originally left the Kansas City plant with a 390 under the hood. Average repaint, with no signs of repair. Most trim is decent, though the side trim has plenty of dings. Inside is an aftermarket A-pillar tachometer and stereo in an otherwise original interior with moderate SS 396 2-door hard top. S/N 138378K133925. Dark blue metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,660 miles. 402-ci, 4-bbl, auto. Recently rebuilt TH-400 transmission. Decent newish paint-reskinned top. Several sanding scratches in the vinyl top separation trim. The new interior is straight out of the Year One catalog. The engine is clean with good detailing. Nicely restored undercarriage, with new exhaust and back. S/N 1V77B6U141488. Orange/tan nylon and vinyl. Odo: 9,953 miles. An almost all original car, with mileage as indicated. Options include rear window defogger, day/night mirror, tinted glass, four-speed transmission, and Rally II wheels. Very good GM-spec original paint. Virgin interior with no signs of wear or usage. The engine bay shows only very light wear. Electric fuel pump added after the mechanical one quit. Includes original bias-ply tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,405. For whatever it's worth, this is one of the nicest original Vegas left in existence. Unlike the somewhat regularly seen Cosworth Vegas, almost no one has saved the garden variety model. We'll call this market price, if the Vegas in question happen to be in this kind of shape. #128-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE gas tank. The rear suspension sits a little low. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $20,500. This one showed up about a half hour before it crossed the block. As most anyone who would've been serious about bidding on the car had little chance to inspect it, there was very little bidding activity. Maybe there was a good reason for the tardiness, but not having your car available for inspection is one of those no-brainers that almost guarantees a no-sale. wear. Aftermarket fiberglass hood with internal scoop, coiled antenna, and aluminum wheels. Non-stock exhaust and modified rear suspension. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $27,100. While 390s were hardly powerhouses, that original engine would have made the whole car worth something. Instead, it's a bitsa with nothing exceptional about it. This was a pretty realis- 118 #176-1971 FORD BRONCO SUV. S/N U15FLK63237. Cream/white fiberglass/cream vinyl. Odo: 95,123 miles. Some rattle can touch-up over the rusty rockers. Bad body and door sag, with heavily dented B-pillars. Crusty seals and sun-baked gaskets all around. Newer replacement upholstery with aftermarket center console and non-stock cheap carpet. Ratty exhaust. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,250. Without T-top coupe. S/N 1Z8789S435035. Gunmetal/ glass/red leather. Odo: 59,208 miles. 350/195, 4-bbl, auto. Good repaint, but there is overspray on some of the door weatherstripping and Ttop seals. Some warping of the rear “bumper” plastic above the outboard tail lights. Well cared-for seat leather, with minimal patina from careful use. Clean undercarriage and generally maintained under the hood. Recent carb replacement and modified exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,400. 1978-82 Corvettes seem to have escaped the “Corvette Summer” era of excessive modification of any and all sorts. Current owners are either keeping them bone stock, or trying to return them to that state, as the market has little interest in modified C3s. This one seems not to have been messed with too much, and was a good buy for the fortysomething who wanted a 'Vette when he was in high school.u Sports Car Market


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PALM SPRINGS 244 N INDIAN CANYON DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS LAST SALE WAS 63% SOLD OF ALL CARS ENTERED The McCormick family is once again organizing this auction in their usual friendly and courteous manner. Ask for Keith, Jason or Desley to answer your questions. Sponsored by THE OLDIES STATION PHONE FOR CONSIGNMENT NUMBERS. ASK FOR ENTRY FORMS, BIDDER APPLICATIONS, AND GET ON OUR MAILING LIST... NOW! 760-320-3290 RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW! ENTRY FEES: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY $250. Add $100 for prime time replacement - only 80 cars. No numbers will be reserved without consignment fee being paid in full in advance. VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Positions will be filled on first=come first-served basis. To reserve the position you desire, send your check covering the entry fee or phone in your credit card number. You may specify the cars you're entering at a later date. Entry fees are Refundable less $25 handling fee if you notify us in writing 14 days prior to the auction. Color photographs may be included in our exclusive color brochure. We strictly limit the number of positions available in this two-day event of 350 cars. COMMISSION STRUCTURE: FLAT 5% OF SALES PRICE (one of the lowest in the business). WE SOLD OUT OF LOT NUMBERS PREVIOUS SALE SO BOOK EARLY. New Enlarged Event: This event will now include a car show on Saturday the 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trophies, entertainment, parties, food and auto vendors. $20.00 per car. Vendor booths $200.00. Entry forms on web site or call numbers below. Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. (760) 320-3290 244 N, INDIAN CANYON DRIVE PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92262 U.S.A Web site - http://www.classic-carauction.com LOCAL HOST HOTEL: We recommend Spa Resort & Casino Telephone: 760-325-1461 or 800-854-1279 www.sparesortcasino.com And mention Auction for special rate of $199 check out these websites: www.palm-springs.org (Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism) www.PalmSprings.USA.com (Palm Springs Desert Resorts) Sponsored by Keith McCormick presents the 40th Collector Car Show & Auction SATURDAY and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th & 26th, 2006 AUCTION OF 350 ANTIQUE, CLASSIC, SPORTS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST AUTOS HELD AT THE LOCATED AT: REAR OF OUR OFFICE/SHOWROOM Check our web site: on line virtual showroom on line classifieds www.classic-carauction.com


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics W agons, estates, avants, shooting brakes; call them what you will. They're built to haul, and this month we give you some that do it at a fair clip as well. As for the rest, well they just seemed interesting. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions, cars were not physically examined by the author. Note: sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback CARS THAT HAUL #4581739844-1939 FORD DELUXE Custom woody wagon. S/N 184773229. Black and wood/black vinyl. 11 photos. Canton, MI. A just-completed street rod, sporting a GM 350 crate motor and fresh PPG paint. All new wood. New stainless trim and bumpers. '38 Ford dash #4573379126-1999 AUDI A4 Avant quattro wagon. S/N waugb28d8xa041540. Metallic green/ecru cloth. Odo: 96,000 miles. 21 photos. Lowell, MA. A rear-end collision has wrinkled both rear quarter panels over the wheel arches. Dinged and nicked everywhere. Blacked-out AudiSport grille and dark window tint. Aftermarket 5-spoke wheels and cut coil springs. 30-day engine and transmission warranty. 4 bids, sf 8 , bf 17. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,550. These things drive like extended wheelbase, AWD GTis. I had a very nice '98 that cost me $7k in repairs before I even hit 20k miles. Now I am in the sad club of those who concluded never again to buy an Audi outside of the factory warranty. $4,500 even seems high for a parts car. Run away. Run far away. #4583924127-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ E55 wagon. S/N WDBUH76J75A750790. Gray/black leather. Odo: 10,000 miles. 19 photos. Montgomery, AL. As-new and loaded, with COMAND navigation system, Sirius with Classic Gauges. Vintage Air. Mustang II independent front suspension. 29 bids, sf 194, bf 94. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,100. Despite pathetic photos and a sparse description, this brand new woody looks awesome, and pulled the big bucks. Though huge, the money seems commensurate with the craftsmanship. #4582813510-1951 CROSLEY WAGON. S/N K514005598. Mint green/red vinyl. Odo: 28,730 miles. 25 photos. De Pere, WI. Amateur repaint. Puckered interior. Mechanically sound. Solid but dirty undercarriage. 31 bids, sf 23, bf White with wood flash/custom white vinyl. Odo: 29,984 miles. 15 photos. Pasadena, CA. Built by George Barris and featured as Dean Martin's plush wagon in the 1966 film “The Silencers.” Faded and chipped original paint with movie graphics. Custom interior with expansive, wrap-around couches and tacky old TV sets. Stored seven years, and does not run. 34 bids, sf 76, bf 13. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. The Rat Pack and Barris provenance brought double what this car would be worth otherwise. Still, as a rolling cigar bar, it was a bargain for impressing your friends. #4574968466-1987 VOLVO 740 wagon. S/N YV1FX8757H1076496. Black and silver/ black leather. Odo: 297,000 miles. 11 photos. Southern Indiana. Recent repaint and newer OEM twist alloys. The tired interior is missing pieces from an aborted conversion from tan to black. $10k engine swap and upgrade to an satellite radio, Xenon lights, etc. MSRP over $90k. 22 bids, sf 488, bf 28. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $69,600. Well bought. The buyer is an SCMer whose “other car” is a 360 Challenge Stradale. And as a single guy, I'm sure his use of the cargo area will be more creative than anything DaimlerChrysler had in mind. WILD CARDS #4586617968-1932 FORD DEARBORN DEUCE Reproduction roadster. Jaguar Blue/tan. Odo: 50 miles. 8 photos. Dearborn, MI. All-steel body. Signed by Edsel Ford II. 2005 Woodward and 2005 SEMA Show Car. Charity Auction for Juvenile Diabetes Research. 24. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,324. This miniature “tin woody” went for about a grand over what I would have expected, probably due to the cutesy color and instant driveability. A similar white wagon with no wood paneling just sold for half as much. Still, no harm done considering the smile factor. #4584782585-1965 MERCURY MONTEREY wagon. S/N 5Z76Z561283. 120 88k-mile V8 sourced from a 5.0 Mustang by Converse engineering. Big exhaust, brakes, and sway bar. Ran when parked one year ago. 15 bids, sf 109, bf 227. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,237. All the hard work is done. This overpowered, RWD, “sleeper” wagon could be ready to haul ass in just a couple of weekends. At much less than the cost of duplication, this was a bargain by about $2k. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat 302 crate motor with GT40 aluminum heads. 1 year/12,000 mile warranty. 36 bids, sf 0, bf 0. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $129,500. Looks great, and sold for a great cause. This was a big price, but fair for a turn-key, top-quality, custom-built hot rod. The autograph and the warm fuzzy feeling are free. #4571512975-1952 LANCIA AURELIA B20GT coupe. S/N B201598. Eng. # B201967. Navy/black. RHD. Odo: 71,000 km. 35 photos. Gordonsville, VA. Purchased from a Monaco casino in 2000, this car then ran the Historic steering wheel is cracked and the seat bottom is faded. 56 bids, sf 84, bf 43. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $6,900. Seller says that Pintos are “becoming a cult vehicle for ‘in-the-know' car people.” Consider yourselves warned. This was double anybody's price guide, but the right price for a time-warp example. #4575411465-1976 JENSEN GT coupe. S/N 30294. Silver/tan cloth. Odo: 51,520 miles. 12 photos. Merced, CA. The original paint is crazing on both hood and roof. Driver's seat is torn on the side bolster. Recent 40-hour mechanical service. Billed as a nice “driver,” if you Monte Carlo Rally. Not a show car. Not a race car. Damaged left front headlight, golf-ballsized divot on the roof, ugly chipping at the corner of the left door. The interior looks old and slighty dry. 7 bids, sf 1543, bf 211. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,200. If you restore it, you'll be underwater for a very long time. Same problem if you properly race prep it. The best way to salvage the price paid here is to economize in tidying her up and enjoy some exclusive vintage touring/TSD rally events. A bit pricey, but these are still appreciating. #4571533489-1964 MASERATI MISTRAL coupe. S/N AM109090. Light blue metallic/red leather. Odo: 50,432 miles. 20 photos. Santa Barbara, CA. Looks very good from afar. However, the pictures don't allow comment on the finish or panel fit. Dealer decribes the car as “original to a fault.” 36 bids, sf 276, bf 210. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,100. Double-checking Rob Sass's “Affordable Classic” piece (December 2005), we think this car has everything going for it—Borranis, color, etc. But without an in-person inspection, this was a lot of money to pay for a Mistral coupe whose history and condition were not well-detailed on eBay. #4575248130-1974 FORD PINTO hatch- back. S/N 4T10X149842. Key Lime/Key Lime. Odo: 9,494 miles. 9 photos. Akron, OH. The condition befits the ultra low miles, except for what looks like too much insulation. The sound system. OEM 19”s swapped for the current OEM 18”s at the dealer. 7 bids, sf 18, bf 1. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $62,800. Assuming proper break-in protocol was followed, this is a great way to save $10k or $15k on your next 911. The winning bidder used the new “best offer” feature, which may have factored into his success.u February 2006 Date sold: 11/16/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4588803335 Details: Vesuvius Orange, CommandShift trans, Sirius satellite radio, DVD entertainment. Sale result: $81,100, 34 bids Seller's feedback: 5 Buyer's feedback: 3 MSRP: $74,250 Other current offering: Hammersley Group, Roanoke, VA, www.hammersley.com, asking $75,050 for a new car.u 121 no leaks, no BS.” 29 bids, sf 10, bf 27. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,050. The blunt, unsophisticated copy suggests that there is more to know than meets the eye. One would expect six pictures of the interior alone, details of maintenance expenses, and the pedgiree of the mechanics. Even though it is posited as a “driver,” it doesn't seem like a deal. #4587593362-2005 PORSCHE 911 Carrera 2 coupe. S/N WP0AA29955S716709. Carrera White/black. Odo: 2,200 miles. 9 photos. Morganville, NJ. No paintwork. No smoking. Xenon lights, heated seats, white gauges, Bose can really say that about something with a Lotus 907 engine. 9 bids, sf 57, bf 0. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,600. Like a Volvo P1800 or a fixed-roof BMW Z3, it's hard to decide if this is a coupe, an estate or a 2-door wagon. It's arguably better looking than its drop-top sibling. The price paid was about $2k high given the cosmetic needs. #4573953030-1989 FERRARI 348 ts targa. S/N ZFFFA36A7K0082600. Red/tan leather. Odo: 48,000 miles. 6 photos. Los Angeles, CA. 2nd owner. The paint is “90% original” and “shiny,” but the dirty seats are worn on the love handles. New clutch 200 miles ago. Major service 500 miles ago. “It starts right up, no smoke, Date sold: 11/3/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4587294381 Details: Gray with black leather, 550-hp supercharged 5.4-liter alloy V8, Ricardo 6-speed. Sale result: $167,600, 2 bids Seller's feedback: 0 Buyer's feedback: 4 MSRP: $153,345 Other current offering: Nelson Exotics, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA, www.nelsonexotics.com, asking $163,345 for a new car. 2006 PORSCHE CARRERA S Online sales of recent production cars. 2006 FORD GT Date sold: 11/8/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4587303123 Details: Rare 1974 Mexico Blue, ceramic brakes, sport chrono package, sport exhaust. Sale result: $90,000, 24 bids Seller's feedback: 5 Buyer's feedback: 68 MSRP: $82,195 Other current offering: Princeton Porsche, Lawrenceville, NJ, www.princetonporsche. com, asking $90,455 for a new car. 2006 RANGE ROVER SPORT


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The Martin Guide Rating System for Collectible Cars H ere's a sneak preview of the Martin Rating System for Collectible Cars. We've picked 100 cars, each with something different to offer to a collector, and rated them on a 1–100 point scale, in five categories of 20 points each. Over 2,000 collectible cars will be rated in the upcoming book, The Martin Guide to Collectible Cars. Year Marque 62 Ferrari 36-39 Mercedes-Benz 56-57 Jaguar 67-68 Ferrari 60-63 Aston Martin 50-53 Jaguar 60-62 Ferrari 65 Ford 54-57 Maserati 54-57 Mercedes-Benz 73 Porsche 37 Cord 70 Plymouth 64 Porsche 63-65 Shelby 65 Shelby 35-36 Auburn 56-59 BMW 47-54 Cisitalia 71-72 Lamborghini 54-55 Lancia 53-57 Pegaso 67-68 Porsche 48 Tucker 53 Chevrolet 62-64 Ferrari 68-73 Ferrari 53-55 Fiat 51-54 Jaguar 52-54 Allard 62-67 Jaguar 56-63 AC 122 Model 250 GTO 540K Special roadster XKSS 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder DB4 GT Zagato XK C-type 250 SWB GT40 MkII A6G54/A6G2000Z 300SL Gullwing Carrera RSR 812 SC Sportsman Superbird Hemi 904 GTS Cobra GT350 R B P H F MR IG Low How Does Your Car Rate? Rating Key R = Rarity B = Physical Beauty P = Performance in Its Era H = Historical and Technological Significance High Comments 19 20 20 20 19 98 A $10,000,000 $14,000,000 19 20 19 20 20 98 A $2,000,000 19 20 20 19 19 97 A $925,000 19 20 19 20 18 96 A $3,500,000 19 19 19 18 19 94 A $2,500,000 18 19 19 19 19 94 A $800,000 18 19 18 19 19 93 A $1,400,000 19 18 20 19 17 93 A 19 19 19 17 19 93 A 16 19 18 19 20 92 A 17 18 20 19 18 92 A $500,000 $500,000 $300,000 $350,000 17 19 18 20 17 91 A 19 17 18 19 18 91 A 18 19 19 18 17 91 A 16 19 19 19 18 91 A 17 18 18 19 19 91 A Boattail Speedster SC 17 20 18 18 17 90 A 507 roadster 17 20 17 18 18 90 A 202 coupe Miura 400SV Aurelia B24 SA Touring coupe (flat windshield) 911S Targa Torpedo Corvette 250 GTL Lusso 365 GTB/4 Daytona 8V Zagato XK 120 roadster J2X 17 20 16 20 17 90 A 18 20 20 18 14 90 A 17 19 17 18 19 90 A 19 19 18 19 15 90 A 17 18 18 19 18 90 A 19 17 19 19 16 90 A 17 17 16 20 19 89 B 17 20 16 18 18 89 B 16 18 19 18 18 89 B 18 19 18 19 15 89 B 14 19 19 19 18 89 B 18 16 19 16 19 88 B E-type Series I OTS 13 20 19 20 16 88 B Ace Bristol roadster 17 19 17 17 17 87 B $150,000 $175,000 $500,000 $300,000 $175,000 $175,000 $300,000 $100,000 $350,000 $125,000 $250,000 $22,000 $300,000 $100,000 $300,000 $150,000 $245,000 $55,000 $95,000 $45,000 $70,000 $2,650,000 $1,300,000 $4,000,000 The ultimate front-engined Ferrari sports/racer and the ne plus ultra of homologation specials. The most glamorous car of the 1930s. Phenomenal performance for the era. Just cross your fingers that the original owner's name didn't include “The Butcher of...” Oozes charisma. It's a thinly disguised Le Mans winner for the road. Factory fire assured immortality. Let's see, Chinetti, McQueen, the ultra-rare open-top version of what is already one of the most desirable post-war sports cars—it's the bluest of blue chips. $3,000,000 Aggressive and charasmatic sports/racer. Although not a success on the track in its day, it is now viewed as Aston's 250 SWB. $1,000,000 Beautiful, unfussy for what it is, and a Le Mans winner. From the days when you could drive a contender to the circuit. $1,600,000 $800,000 $700,000 $350,000 $450,000 Awesome dual-purpose GT truly at home on the road or in competition. Ford's sharp stick in the Ray-Bans of Enzo Ferrari is the stuff of legends. Brutish sports/racer from the period when Maserati was a credible competitor to Ferrari. The post-war Mercedes. Style, speed, handling—and those doors. The ultimate 911. Ducktail, Carrera graphics, and lightweight accoutrements all add to the mystique. $200,000 $205,000 $600,000 $375,000 $200,000 $250,000 $400,000 $150,000 $450,000 $200,000 $300,000 $28,000 $400,000 $140,000 Supercharged FWD stunner. Puts some competent post-war cars to shame in the performance and handling department. Shame about the tricky gearbox. Legendary over-the-top nose and wing were homologation items. Hemi is the MOPAR holy grail. Almost as lovely as a Ferrari 250 LM, it's one of the most attractive mid-engined racers ever. The AC Ace, prettiest British sports car of the '50s plus the verve of a small block Ford and the star power of a certain Texan equals an all-time great. The Texas chicken farmer's first Mustang special is the most visceral of the “production” Shelby Mustangs. Simply a masterpiece of art deco flamboyance with excellent performance for the period. Hands down, the most attractive post-war BMW. Lithe, charismatic and rare. The single car that defined the new post-war style of an envelope body with fender crowns higher than the hood. Scant performance from a tiny motor, but that's not the point. Still (and likely forever) the most beautiful mid-engined sports car. An outrageous performer but fragile and impractical. A rare combination of Italian style plus an almost Teutonic obsession with engineering and quality. A backward military dictatorship of a country with no car-producing heritage builds a Ferrari-like GT. Commitment required as parts are as common as a passenger pigeon. Arguably the prettiest 911, the rare, short wheelbase “S” is peaky and tricky fun. A sad glimpse of what might have been had Preston Tucker's advanced sedan been mass-produced and developed. Rare first edition of an American institution. $400,000 More beauty than beast, a comparatively sedate performer that is nonetheless the most beautiful closed Ferrari road car. $250,000 The last “classic” two-seat, front-engined, V12 Ferrari, and to many, the last Ferrari of consequence. $350,000 $80,000 $140,000 The only Fiat so undeniably great that it overcomes the stigma associated with the badge. Fiat Dino owners will wait in vain for this recognition. The first true post-war sports car. Incredible perfomance for the era and the beginning of an incredible decade for Jaguar. Sydney Allard's cycle-fendered Cadillac powered weapon was the Cobra of the '50s. $70,000 Aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer penned one of the most iconic shapes of all time. Sheer numbers keep it out of the top tier. $90,000 Rarity, fine handling, and a gorgeous, Italianate lightweight body. 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Year Marque 55 Chevrolet 56 Chevrolet 64-66 Lamborghini 56-59 Alfa Romeo 63-65 Aston Martin 72-74 Ferrari 74-76 Lamborghini 56-58 Porsche 67-70 Toyota 63 Chevrolet 65-74 Iso 58-63 Lotus 64-67 Pontiac 64-67 Austin-Healey 62-64 Facel Vega 60-63 Ferrari Model Bel Air convertible R B P H F MR IG 13 18 17 20 19 87 B Corvette 265/225-hp 15 18 18 17 19 87 B 350 GT 18 17 19 18 15 87 B 750 Spider Veloce DB5 coupe 246 GTS Dino Countach LP 400 356A Speedster 2000GT Corvette coupe (340-bhp 4-speed) Grifo Elite GTO 3000 MkIII (BJ8) Facel II 250 GTE 2+2 16 18 17 16 19 86 B 16 18 17 18 17 86 B 16 19 17 17 17 86 B 18 17 20 17 14 86 B 16 16 17 18 19 86 B 17 18 16 18 17 86 B 14 18 17 18 18 85 B 17 19 18 15 16 85 B 16 19 17 17 16 85 B 13 17 18 19 18 85 B 13 18 17 18 18 84 B 18 18 17 15 16 84 B 16 17 17 17 17 84 B Low $60,000 $55,000 $80,000 $30,000 $160,000 $75,000 $80,000 $65,000 $135,000 $40,400 $50,000 $28,000 $22,000 $32,000 $50,000 $75,000 High Comments $90,000 $77,500 $140,000 $45,000 $225,000 $125,000 Iconic piece of Americana and 1950s swagger. First to sport the greatest small-block V8 of all time. Prettiest of the solid axle Corvettes with the first iteration of Chevy's sweet small-block V8. First running of the Bull. A terrific first effort preferred by many contemporary testers to Ferrari's offerings. Maybe the prettiest volume-produced, small displacement sports car ever. Jewel-like in every respect from masterful detailing to multiple alloy castings. Forever linked with Ian Fleming's suave spy 007, the DB5 is a beautiful long-legged GT in the classic sense. A close second to the Miura in the looks department. The only collectible production Ferrari with fewer than 12 cylinders. $115,000 Gandini's arresting original design before the descent into self-parody. Brutal performer like the Miura. Just as impractical. $70,000 Max Hoffman's idea of a stripped-down loss leader became the 356 to have. $160,000 $62,000 $90,000 $35,000 $35,000 $50,000 $85,000 $125,000 The most collectible car ever to come from Japan. Relatively modest performance and inability to accommodate those of typical Western stature hurt. Bill Mitchell's and Zora Arkus-Duntov's dream car come alive. Split-Window coupe is the iconic mid-year 'Vette. Another Giugiaro masterpiece. The eyeball of a 275 GTB without the heartache. Chevy lump will never be mistaken for a Latin V12 but it is the sweetest smallblock ever. Amateur Peter Kirwan-Taylor responsible for one of the most beautiful small bore sports/racers ever. Revolutionary fiberglass monocoque construction. The original muscle car and the only one to have inspired a more than tolerable song. The last Big Healey is the most user-friendly and the best performer. Glamorous gallic grand routier a favorite of celebrities. Brawny Chrysler power and easy to live with, but punitively expensive to restore. Ferrari's first mass-produced road car is a pleasantly-styled if slightly ponderous GT. February 2006 123


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The Martin Guide Rating System for Collectible Cars Year Marque 60-68 Lotus 63-65 Porsche 64-66 Austin 64-66 Lotus 67-73 Maserati 66-67 Alfa Romeo 64-66 Ford 55-57 Ford 55-62 MG 45-49 MG 55 MG 67 Sunbeam 62-63 Triumph 72-74 BMW 71-74 DeTomaso 67-69 Pontiac 62-63 Studebaker 70-73 Datsun 66-72 Fiat 54-64 Mercedes-Benz 73-76 Porsche 68-70 AMC 62-67 MG 72-74 Alfa Romeo 68-71 Jaguar 72-76 Maserati 66-67 Oldsmobile 69-76 Triumph 72-74 BMW 71-74 Jaguar 68-71 Mercedes-Benz 65-66 Griffith 68-78 Lamborghini 78-83 Porsche 67-68 Mercury 65-67 Triumph 124 Model Seven S2 356 Coupe SC Mini Cooper S R B P H F MR IG 16 15 18 18 17 84 B 14 16 17 19 18 84 B 14 15 18 20 16 83 B Elan S2 convertible 14 17 18 18 16 83 B Ghibli coupe Duetto 16 20 17 15 15 83 B 13 17 17 18 17 82 B Mustang convertible 13 17 15 19 18 82 B Thunderbird A roadster 13 17 16 18 18 82 B 13 18 16 18 17 82 B TC TF 1500 Tiger MkII TR3B 2002 tii Pantera Firebird 400 coupe Avanti R2 240Z Dino Spider 190SL 914/4 2.0L AMX 390 B roadster GTV 2000 14 17 14 20 17 82 B 15 17 14 18 18 82 B 16 17 17 16 16 82 B 15 16 16 17 18 82 B 13 15 17 19 17 81 B 14 18 18 16 15 81 B 15 17 17 16 16 81 B 16 16 17 16 16 81 B 13 17 16 18 16 80 B 16 17 17 16 14 80 B 13 17 15 16 19 80 B 13 16 17 17 17 80 B 15 17 17 15 15 79 13 16 15 18 17 79 13 18 16 16 15 78 E-type Series II OTS 13 17 16 17 15 78 Khamsin Toronado TR6 3.0CS 17 17 17 16 11 78 13 18 17 18 12 78 13 17 15 17 16 78 14 18 16 16 13 77 E-type Series III OTS 13 16 17 17 14 77 280SL Series 400 Espada 911SC coupe Cougar XR7 TR4A 13 17 15 16 16 77 19 13 16 12 16 76 16 17 17 15 11 76 13 15 18 15 15 76 13 17 15 15 15 75 13 16 15 15 16 75 C C C C C C C C C C C C C C C Low $22,000 $25,000 $15,000 $21,500 $35,000 $15,000 $29,500 $25,000 $15,000 $22,000 $20,000 $23,000 $20,000 $10,500 $30,000 $20,000 $18,000 $9,000 $22,500 $35,000 $6,000 $18,000 $12,000 $9,500 $40,000 $18,500 $7,000 $12,000 $8,000 $38,000 $33,000 $26,000 $25,000 $13,000 $14,000 $16,000 High Comments $27,000 $30,000 $22,500 $26,500 $60,000 $20,000 $40,000 $42,000 $30,000 $32,000 $30,000 $30,000 $27,000 $16,500 $45,000 $25,000 $28,000 $17,000 $35,000 $50,000 $9,000 $30,000 Chapman paid more attention to the Seven's weight than the most binge/purge obsessed supermodels. Payoff was race car handling and excellent perfomance. The ultimate development of the 356. From an Austrian sawmill to this finely developed piece of industrial design in 15 years. Sir Alec's giant-killer. A shockingly competent handler even today. Makes even the most ham-fisted driver look ready to take on the Monte Carlo Rally. Drivers still swear that even on tires that today wouldn't be suitable for Segways, the handling is otherworldly. Achingly beautiful Giugiaro design saddled with a pedestrian rear suspension and a V8 instead of a high-revving V12. Immortalized as the graduation gift to Dustin Hoffman in the 1967 film, it has all of the typical Alfa attributes. A Falcon in a sport jacket, but what a jacket. Possibly the most instantly recognizable American car ever. Ford's softer answer to the Corvette. It's a pleasant sunny-day cruiser. Lovely to look at, delightful to drive, and cheap to keep. An ideal first collector car. The sports car America loved first as long as they weren't in a hurry. Spindly and fragile-appearing, it would corner rings around the average post-war American hippo. The last traditional separate fender MG was arguably the most graceful and certainly the best performer. Rootes commisioned Carroll Shelby and Ken Miles to turn its boulevardier Alpine into the king of the mid-priced sports car jungle. 289 MkIIs are rare and fast. Tough-as-nails end of the line for the side-curtain TR benefits from all-synchro box and larger engine. Another Max Hoffman home run. The category-defining sports sedan. Handsome Ghia-bodied middie is a more practical alternative to a Bora or a 308. Prettier twin to the Camaro suffers from the “not a Chevy” syndrome. Raymond Lowey's controversial fiberglass GT with love-it-or-hate-it looks failed to save Studebaker. Style, reliability, and performance. Huge production numbers and national origin will always hold it back. Relatively handsome, appealing roadster that is unfortunately not quite handsome or appealing enough to overcome the stigma of its pedestrian badge. A German T-Bird. A pleasant boulevardier, harmless unless you try to restore one. Shunned back in the day as neither Porsche nor VW, revisionists now see it as a cheeky proto-Boxter. The first midengined production Porsche. The short-wheelbase Javelin has looks and performance let down by typical Kenosha quality and hard-to-find parts. $17,000 Pretty, sturdy, and accessible. Doesn't excel in any one category, but the whole is undeniably greater than the sum of its parts. $15,000 Giugiaro again pens another for the ages, this time with Bertone. A wonderful small GT. $55,000 $30,000 $12,000 $18,000 $14,000 $55,000 $45,000 $37,000 $45,000 $17,000 $17,000 $21,500 Idiotic “safety” and emissions regs took the edge off the Series I's style. Still a nice driver, as worthwhile improvements were made to cooling and brakes. Striking Bertone design; among the few wedges that has held up well. Euro version much prettier. Citroen hydraulics and parts prices make it suspect. Stunning looks and a technical milestone. Size, poor brakes, and expense of restoration work against it. Rugged good looks, smooth six-cylinder power make this last vintage Triumph a sports car everyone should own once. Very handsome pillarless coupe for the descriminating is unbelievably rust-prone and expensive to restore. Turbine-smooth V12 returned the pace at the expense of grace. The last E-type was more a grand tourer than a sports car. Notoriously unreliable. Neither terribly sporty nor light, they are comfortable, well-made and a more capable boulevardier than a 190SL. What to do with some spare TVR bodies and chassis designed to cope with a hundred or so horsepower? Double it? Triple it? A diabolical, homemade little beast. Polarizing Bertone design is broad and low, a real V12 four-seater—but so's the more conventional Ferrari 412 with added cachet of the Prancing Horse. The nearly perfected air-cooled 911, it lacks only the purity and vintage charm of the 1965-73 cars and the chain tensioner upgrades of the 1984-89 series. A stretched and sophisticated Mustang, the original XR7 had one of the nicest interiors of any American car of the era. The zenith of the four-cylinder Triumph sports car. Agricultural motor but independent rear suspension, neat Michelotti styling and decent poke. Sports Car Market


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Year Marque 78 Chevrolet 59-64 Daimler 62-73 Volvo 61-68 Amphicar 81-83 DeLorean 66-69 Porsche 70-75 Citroen 74-75 Bricklin 78-80 Lotus 70-74 Saab 84 Chevrolet 68-73 Opel 76 Porsche 74-77 Porsche 75-80 AMC 75-80 MG Model Corvette coupe Silver Anniversary SP250 P1800 770 DMC-12 912 SM Coupe Esprit SI Sonnett III Corvette GT 912E 911S 2.7 Pacer B roadster R B P H F MR IG 13 16 16 14 15 74 16 13 16 14 15 74 13 16 15 14 15 73 16 13 13 19 11 72 14 14 15 17 12 72 13 17 14 14 14 72 14 17 16 16 16 14 15 15 16 17 15 16 8 9 5 71 C C C C C C C 69 D 69 D 14 15 15 13 12 69 D 13 16 16 14 9 68 D 13 17 14 12 12 68 D 16 15 13 12 12 68 D 13 15 15 15 13 13 8 8 10 15 8 9 9 67 D 55 10 11 50 F F Low $12,700 $20,000 $8,500 $25,000 $12,000 $6,500 $10,000 $11,500 $6,500 $3,000 $6,700 $3,000 $6,500 $8,000 $3,000 $5,000 High Comments $21,000 From the era when Chevy had no idea what to do with the 'Vette. Wankle? Mid-engine? Keep the same stale model for another five years? Silver leather is repulsive. $28,000 A great little hemi V8 stuck in a body only Bela Lugosi could love. Great brakes, crude chassis. A car of multiple paradoxes. $12,500 $35,000 Rugged Swede with decent performance for the sporting pipe-smoker. It's a car—no it's a boat. It's not a good example of either, really. $22,000 $8,500 $15,000 Ill-conceived, underpowered, and constructed by a largely unskilled workforce with no car-producing heritage and a finish more at home on a high-end range. The charm of an early 911 (especially early SWB cars); unfortunately no economy over the 911 and a huge performance deficit. SM doesn't stand for “sadomasochist;” however, anybody who buys a less-than-perfect SM qualifies as one. Stunning, but a Franco-Italian joint-venture? Scary. $19,500 Appallingly made stab at a category-defining “safety sports car,” it was a kit car-esque answer to a question nobody asked. $10,000 The entry-level Bond ride is a stylish but typically underdeveloped underacheiving '70s Lotus product. $6,500 $10,750 $5,500 $8,000 $10,000 $5,500 $8,500 The III was a great improvement style-wise over previous models. Modest performance and still no compelling reason to own unless FWD and plastic body appeal to you. Chevy skipped the 1983 model year—they probably should have gone for two in a row. Horrible quality, bone-jarring ride, and arcade instrument panel are the lows. 2/3 scale Corvette that didn't have 2/3 Corvette performance. Surprising that it lasted as long as it did against the 240Z. A placeholder until the reprehensible 924 was ready. That in and of itself has to tell you something. Only a 911 deisel could have been less exciting than this VW-powered slug. A rare flop for Porsche. Hot-running and alloy problems in the engines make these 911s to avoid. Ovoid Kenosha curiosity is a bad ‘70s cliché on wheels. Little to recommend from a driving standpoint. Strangled, ill-handling rubber bumpered “safety Bs” were a sad end in the US for a storied marque. u February 2006 125


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead A True Mickey Mouse Deal and Other Stuff You paid market price for your sign, so if you don't need the ten large for something else, you have no reason to look back by Carl Bomstead 1 3 1 TWO GUYS TOOK THE BAIT I recently attended a large motorcycle auction and while I was not prepared to bid on anything, I was rather smitten by a Michelin poster that was in the auction. It was sold at no reserve and had an estimate of only $200. I figured it would be a good deal if I could get it for something close to that. The bidding started at $500 and went to $1,200 so fast that I could not even get a bid in. Two guys then went back and forth and the poster ended up selling for $1,800 plus commission. Why was the $200 estimate so far off base?—Don Walters, Monrovia, CA A couple of things could have happened here. The auction company could have just dropped the ball, not knowing the current market for this type of collectible. However, that's not very likely, considering their reputation. I would be willing to bet that they used a low estimate to stimulate bidding and as you mentioned, their strategy worked. The striking poster (which showed Michelin's Bibendum on a motorcycle) could have easily brought a bunch more and still 126 would have been considered a wise purchase. As an aside, when an auction company offers a piece with a reserve they will normally place the low estimate slightly below the reserve, which is the lowest price that the consignor will accept. SCROOGE'S BID IS MICKEY MOUSE I recently found this Sunheat Furnace Oil blotter when we were cleaning out my Dad's old stuff. It is in decent condition with a price of $6 written in light pencil in one corner. It is dated 1939 and as you can tell from the photo it has Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I showed it to a friend who collects gas stuff and he offered me $100 for it. I do not know anything about the blotter but he has been calling me just about every day asking me if I have made a decision. His excessive interest is making me a little suspicious. Any suggestions?—Jerry Trixol, Columbus, OH Sunheat was the furnace oil brand for Sunoco. Sunoco, under license with Disney, offered a series of 22 different blotters with Disney characters that were giveaways at their service stations. Most sell in the $25-$75 range depending on the phase of the moon or time of day. You, however, have one of the two crown jewels in the series that promotes their furnace oil. They are rarely offered for sale and I can recall only seeing one selling in the past three years or so and that quickly went for about $300. I would suggest your friend's offer is a bit light, as you surmised by his frequent contact. I'd tell him to dig deeper or offer it on eBay and expect a final bid of at least $300. 3 FIELD-FIND HUDSON SIGN We were visiting my wife's family in Indiana and I found this Hudson sign in a field near their house. There were a bunch of other signs also in various states of disrepair. The Hudson sign was okay but missing the neon. It had a few chips and dings but nothing serious. Judging by the brackets it looked like it would have extended from a building. The owner came out of the nearby house and told me the signs belonged to his son who collected old signs. He said that his son also sold them on occasion. I was able to contact him and he wanted $10,000 for the Hudson sign and he said he would fix the neon. I bought the sign but I am now having second thoughts as I think I may have paid too much. What do you think?—Larry Dawkins, Des Moines, IA A couple of years ago I would have said that you did not pay too much, just bought too soon. I would have been on the money as the market for decent neon sign continues to act like Google stock. Yours is in fact a double sign and you are correct that it extended out from a wall, so hopefully you have an appropriate spot in your shop where both sides can be seen. All-in-all, you paid market price for your sign so if you don't need the ten large for something else, you have no reason to look back. Send your questions to: motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. High-resolution digital photos must accompany questions.u CARL BOMSTEAD has been an automobilia enthusiast for decades, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1994-98 Britten V1000 You could run local track days with it, but that's like going grocery shopping in a Bugatti Veyron C ar collectors usually know what they'd buy if money was no object. It might be a Ferrari Enzo or a 250 TR, a Duesenberg SJ, a Porsche 959, or a '63 Corvette Grand Sport. For a sophisticated motorcycle collector, the most obvious choices include a Brough Superior SS100, a Vincent Black Lightning, Bimota Tesi, or maybe best of all, a Britten. The New Zealand-built Britten is a piece of racing history that's still beating competitors worldwide almost 15 years later. Kiwi genius John Britten built his dream bike out of Kevlar and carbon fiber (even the wheels) with a homemade 1,000-cc V-twin engine and completely original thinking. When it was perfected, it beat Ducati, Moto Guzzi, Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha, and Harley-Davidson first in New Zealand and Australia, then at Daytona and all over Europe. Brittens still win, supported by the tiny factory in Christchurch, New Zealand. John Britten raced a Ducati in the 1980s but was dissatisfied with the frame, so he built his own carbon-fiber monocoque. Then he was dissatisfied with the engine, so he sourced one from local speedway engine makers Denco and built his first competitive bike. When it broke during a 1988 race, he parked it and built his own V-twin 1000, which scored a third at Daytona's battle of twins in 1990, and second in 1991. Not good enough—Britten went back to the drawing board. John Britten's intricate production techniques (laying up carbon fiber and Kevlar over #8 wire) defied mass production. There are only ten Britten V1000s in existence, plus a couple of factory race bikes. A Britten reportedly changed hands last year for $250,000, so they do come on the market. If you manage to buy one, be prepared for the attention; James Hunter's Britten is currently touring in the Guggenheim “Art of the Motorcycle” show. Best use for a Britten is to go racing if you're good enough, or can hire somebody who is. You could run track days yourself, but that's like going grocery shopping in a Bugatti Veyron. John Britten's outrageous pink-and-blue brainchild tops out around 185 mph, weighs 304 pounds, and generates 165 hp at 12,400 rpm. The 60-degree V-twin is fed by Bosch fuel injectors, the double overhead cams are belt-driven, the eye-catching, snake-like pipes take 80 hours to bend, and the radiator is under the seat, so the heat is exhausted out the rear. A beam bolted across the top of the engine holds the saddle, while the front suspension is a unique carbon-fiber girder fork. In an unforgettable sequence at the 1992 Daytona Perfect Britten owner: can afford to race (and win) worldwide Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHHH Ease of maintenance: H Appreciation potential: HHHHH Attention getter: HHHHH (at least) Years produced: 1994–98 Number produced: 10 Original list price: $100,000 SCM Valuation: $250,000 Tune-up/major service: Don't you have a mechanic on retainer? Engine: 985-cc, 165-hp, water-cooled V-twin Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 304 lbs Engine #: Left front of engine case Frame #: N/A Colors: Electric blue/pink; black/yellow; silver/gold 128 Battle of Twins, unknown Kiwi rider Andrew Stroud repeatedly wheelied past Pascal Picotte and his Ferracci Ducati on the backstraight and was filmed telling Britten excitedly, “I haven't even used full throttle yet!” In the wake of an all-night engine rebuild, 1992's result was a big disappointment; a cross-wired battery sidelined Stroud with two laps to go. But the team would return to win Daytona five times in the 1990s: in 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 (they were second in 1995). Brittens dominated almost every race they ran, and the V1000 set four world speed records in the under-1,000cc class in 1994, including the flying mile at 189 mph. After John Britten's sudden death of melanoma in 1995, his loyal crew completed the remaining bikes in the program, delivering #9 and #10 in 1998 and providing active factory racing support. At recent count, three bikes remain in New Zealand, where one is the principal attraction at the Te Papa national museum. Another belongs to Cardinal computer founder Gil Simpson, and the third is Vern Grant's 1995 BEARS class world champion. Italian owner Roberto Crepaldi of Café Racers and Superbikes has a black and yellow bike, which has been extensively campaigned. There are five Brittens in the U.S. Mark Stewart and George Barber own retired race bikes (Barber's is in his Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama), while James Hunter and Michael Canepa have current race bikes. Michael Iannucilli in Las Vegas has a Britten still in the crate (which might be the bike which just sold, say experts). Meanwhile, South African Gary Turner, who lives in Holland, has the silver and gold bike that won the Daytona twins race in 1998 and numerous European events since then. As you might expect, Brittens are high-strung and complex. Brian Slark is the affable technical consultant at the Barber museum, and he offers a few caveats. First of all, he warns, a Britten needs to be overhauled about every five hours of racing. Piston speeds are high—the engine lacks a counterbalance—and the whole arrangement is balanced on a knife edge. The first time the museum started its bike, it dropped a valve seat into a piston and the engine was mailed back to New Zealand for repair. Some riders have observed that ordinary forks might work better, Slark says, and the chassis can be adjusted in an endless number of ways. “If you don't know what you're doing, you can really wind up in left field,” he adds. The bike must be started on rollers via a laptop com- puter. Fans must be set up to blow through the radiator intakes or the bike overheats in three minutes at idle. There are no spares beyond what's available at the factory, though if you're racing, you'll get to know them well. While you're waiting for your Powerball numbers to come up, you might visit the Web site www.britten.co.nz to buy a conversation-stopping key chain for $4.75, or a detailed 1:12 metal kit of the bike for $217. And if you're interested in John Britten's extraordinary story, look for the much-praised John Britten: The Biography by Tim Hanna or Dare to Dream: The John Britten Story by Britten's sister-in-law Felicity Price. There are also two excellent New Zealand TV docu- mentaries, 1994's “Backyard Visionary” and 1995's “One Man's Dream: The John Britten Story.” If you're looking to buy a Britten, you need to know the background. There are only ten bikes from which to choose, and when one comes up for sale, you need to pull the trigger fast or you'll be left wishing you had. u Sports Car Market www.britten.co.nz


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Mystery Photo Answers I think that I shall never see A Ford lovely as a tree. A Ford whose hungry mouth is prest Against the sweet earth's flowing breast. —Jeffrey Vogel, New York, NY (with apologies to Joyce Kilmer) RUNNER-UP: The body needs a ground-up, but I think the engine's vine.— Lisa Williams, Schomberg, ON This old Ford truly has a “powerplant” and with the missing hood, it “leaves” nothing to the imagination.—George Giese, Hood River, OR After spending some spe- cial time in West Virginia at her highly secured semi-private campus, Martha Stewart scavenged around and made a lovely floral arrangement which could also be used by friends as a “quick getaway” remembrance.—Charlie Barnett III, Oldsmar, FL Chia Ford: New model; water once and watch a new species of plant grow. Choose from twelve patina colors.—Stephen Sugiono, Redlands, CA This “green” business has gone far enough.—Stephen Miller, Muncie, IN Coming up on HGTV, “Gardening with ing pot, he also got a ticket for a non-working brake light.—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA “Come on, honey, let me buy it. It won't cost much to restore.”—Rich Coparanis, Beaverton, OR When we call it vintage wine, we put the year the grapes were grown, not the year of the car they were grown in.—Duane Bietz, Portland, OR Johnboy Walton, after an all- nighter, wished he had not taken a shortcut in Dad's 1930 Model A Pickup across the back 40 swamp. Goodnight, Johnboy.— Russell Beyer, Scottsdale, AZ For Sale: '31 sedan with flower Wrecks.”—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY “What did you do to my car,” Travis said to the valet. “It was fine when I brought it in.”— Ralf Berthiez, McLean, VA Rust in peace.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stam- ford, CT Not only did the owner get busted for grow- USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: January 25, 2006 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mysteryphoto@sp ortscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCMFright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 130 Sports Car Market power, needs work. Best offer.— Charles Taylor, Cypress, CA Thanks to Jeffrey Vogel for creating his very own literary “replidoodad” based on an iconic Amercian poem. For his creative efforts, he will receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal.u


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Comments With Your Renewal Thank you for your excellent old sports car coverage. I don't care about muscle cars, luxury cars, or new cars. My current project is a '78 Porsche 924.—Philip Menhusen, Mankato, KS. You're a brave man. And perhaps hopelessly misguided at the same time!—ED. More American car articles on cars people can own.—Murray Stahl, Rochester, NY Less American, more exotic, less Amer- ican, more interesting, less American, more sports cars, less American, more European, less… okay, you get it. Racing cars and motorcycles are okay.—Tony Wilcoxson, Marietta GA More cars $10-$30k. More grading A- F. Feature on appraising companies?—Ed Maurer, Vandalia, OH Wonderful format, photos, articles, and information for us sports car addicts. You guys have some of the best jobs in the world.—Chris Keelty, Nichols, NY SCM continues to be among my fa- vorite automotive magazines.—Craig Balaban, Patchogue, NY Best car magazine on the market.— John Jonigian, Clovis, CA If I were an old rich-guy car collector I'd buy a few cheap '80s exotics (Testarossa, Countach, etc.) and stash them, then sell them to guys like me in ten years for lots of money. Posters on our walls as kids, in our garages in our 40s.—David Tobin, St. Paul MN My favorite car publication. Look- ing forward to joining you for an auction clinic.—Steve Garrett, Fishers, IN. Now is your chance! There is still time to sign up for the Barrett-Jackson Auction Seminar. See page 115 for more information.—ED. How could I have my subscription expire? SCM is the most interesting mag I receive—packed full of good stuff.—J.M. Murray, Portland, OR Keep up the good work.—Bjarne and Robin Holm, Anchorage, AK Some coverage on the AC/Autokraft/ Akin Cobras. One sold at Monterey, but you didn't cover it.—John Ratto, Henderson, NV More British sports car info.—Mark Moll, Cedar Crest, NM Show on the face of the magazine what country's cars are featured in the “Price Guide.”—John Hislop, Naples, FL It's on the spine of every issue.—ED. I'm only sorry I wandered in the wil- derness for so long before I discovered your exceptional magazine. Renew me for three.—Pierce Isaacs, Dublin, OH Include more articles on obscure Alfas.—Darrell Foote, Walnut Creek, CA. Of course, some would argue that all Alfas are obscure. Not us, though.— ED. More book reviews please.—Glyn Morris, Deerfield, IL. Especially of those published by your fine company, Dalton Watson (www.daltonwatson.com), correct? – ED. Good writing.—Robert Yung Hono- lulu, HI I'm happy to renew my favorite maga- zine (of the 12 I get each month). It gets better all the time. Consider publishing a book of “Etceterini and Friends”—a collection of great stuff.—Jeff Griffin, Aiken, SC Do a feature on the Datsun Road- ster.—Matthew Cox, Mesa, AZ. Matthew, our Gary Anderson wrote an “Affordable Classic” piece on the 1600 roadster in our February 2000 issue. It will be on the Web in the near future, and we expect to ask Rob Sass to write an Affordable Classic on the 2000 roadster before this summer.—ED And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and renewals.—ED. u February 2006 131


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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 scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB One of 361 left drives made. Exqusite and complete restoration with all matching numbers. Warwick Gray with cherry Connolly leather. Everything rebuilt or replaced. www.docsjags.com, world's largest Jaguar Web site. $125,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 Cross & Ellis four seat tourer. Great car for any event. Lightweight body, 2.5-liter six, all synchro gear box, and SB independent suspension. History, books, and spares. $110,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1937 Jaguar SS 100 (2 1/2 liter) 1960 AC Bristol Aceca coupe chassis #BEX766, engine #100-D2-1051. Blue-gray with gray leather interior. Disc brakes, desirable 100D2 engine with overdrive. Car has always been in California. Original invoice, California plates, and dealer plate frame. Recent mechanical overhaul including engine, brakes, cooling system, etc. New paint and upholstery. Body was stripped to bare metal. Car is in superb running condition. Rollbar can easily be removed without disturbing interior. Briefly raced and has fire safety system, fuel cell and roll bar installed. 55,000 miles on odometer and it is believed to be correct. Ready to race, rally or show! Charles S. Crail Automobiles at www.charlescrail .com $85,000. Charles Crail, 805.568.1934 (CA) 39,000 unrestored original miles; 96+ JCNA preservation class points; Sherwood green with green hides; matching numbers. Complete and comprehensive records documenting history from day one. www.docsjags.com. $159,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1960 Jaguar 3.8 litre S RHD Black with green leather interior. Just fully restored. Fast appreciating Jaguar that qualifies for all vintage events including the Mille Miglia in Italy. POA. www.docsjags.com. World's largest classic Jaguar dealer and world's largest Jaguar Web site. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Drophead Coupe All-aluminum recreation. Authentic to the screw. New Zealand manufactured. www.docsjags.com, world's largest Jaguar Web site. $125,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) Red fixed-head coupe. One of only a few made. International concours winner (two available, the other in British Racing Green and also RHD). Matching numbers. wwwdocsjags.com, world's largest Jaguar Web site. $92,500. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1960 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4 Liter Arguably the best in the world in our opinion, all amenities including matching numbers and a noexpense-spared restoration just completed to totally original standards; better than factory new. www. docsjags.com. World's largest Jaguar Web site. $165,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 Original color Cottswold Blue. This is not the 150 you have been looking at that we have been driving in Europe the past year, but it is the twin to it. Burled wood center dash, fantastic Sony sound system and juke box controlled from a small glove box control. Restoration by Docs Jags just completed included: bare-metal paint; complete engine and drivetrain rebuild; finest Connolly leather interior; new Dayton wire wheels and new steel belted radial tires (choice of 3-inch white walls); all new wiring; new chrome; all instruments rebuilt and calibrated; and so much more we can't list here for lack of room. www.docsjags.com, world's largest Jaguar Web site. $129,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 132 1965 Jaguar Nationally acclaimed in Signal Red/ black hides. Matching numbers, low original mile, California history. Won every Jaguar show ever entered including JCNA Challenge Cup against 15 competitors in same class. Finished to the highest possible standards. Perfect. www.docsjags.com World's largest Classic Jaguar dealer and world's largest Jaguar Web site. Doc's Jags, 480-951-0777 (AZ) 1966 Sunbeam Tiger 1965 Jaguar Series I National Champion Coupe 1963 Jaguar D-type 1960 AC Bristol Aceca Coupe Exceptional car! Ground-up restoration at a cost exceeding $50,000. Fresh balanced engine built to 285 hp. Engine compartment, trunk and underside completely detailed. Must see. Buy the car for the cost of the restoration. See photos on www .continentalautosports.com $54,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) 1966 Mini Cooper A real Mini! This Cooper S has been the subject of a complete re-manufacturing process and has covered only 2,800 miles. This includes a complete body shell and later type interior. Mark 1 nose and tail. Performance options include: Minilite wheels, flares, Yokohama performance tires, Moto Lita wood steering wheel, 1,300-cc fuel-injected Austin/ Rover high performance engine, lowered suspension, disc front brakes, short shifter and driving lamps. An outstanding drive, must see. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com $19,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) 1968 Jaguar XKE Show Race Car Too much to list here. Finest of everything. Highly modified. Race and show ready. Metallic dark blue with biscuit interior. www.docsjags.com. World's largest Jaguar website. $101,000. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1972 Jaguar V12 XKE 4-sp with air conditioning in silver, red hides and the high-hp motor. Matching numbers. Fully restored with moderate miles. A no-excuse winner. www.docsjags.com, world's largest Jaguar Web site. $52,500. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Powder blue. One of six in this color. 300-hp engine and small Euro bumpers, automatic California Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery car. Fabulous quality and finish. Conversion to wire wheels included in price. www.docsjags.com. $51,500. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1973 Jaguar XJ12 Sedan Sable with camel leather. One owner. Original sticker. All service records. A+ condition. Plus original chrome wheels. Matching numbers. Low miles. Garaged. $9,900. Gordon Bates, 719.599.5867 (CO) National JCNA Show Winner. Body-off restored to better than new. Fully documented. Low original mileage. The best there is. BR Green, biscuit leather. Flawless. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd.com $29,500. Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1974 Triumph TR6 Convertible Fully restored with new special roadster longtail body. Among the most magnificent of road cars. Easy to drive in modern traffic with its supercharged engine and effective braking. Style and satisfaction. $1,000,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) Body-off restored every nut and bolt. Red and gray interior. 4-speed with overdrive. One beautiful TR. Want quality? $18,500. Sam Widmeyer, 765.661.0420 (IN) This low-mileage car with only 52,000 km is mostly original. The mechanics are excellent and there is no rust in the car. One of the last great classic sports cars produced by Talbot. The car is owned by us and located in Europe. Charles S. Crail Automobiles www.charlescrail.com Charles Crail, 805.568.1934 (CA) 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing ‘63-built European roadster. Age dictates the release for sale #3236. 2nd owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical & cosmetics completed. $410,000. John Glatz, 928.468.6212 (AZ) 1976 BMW 2002 FRENCH 1954 Talbot T26 Grand Sport Coupe FIA-Papers, BMW V8, drum brakes, Borranis, very original, race ready. $350,000. Axel Anders, (Germany) GERMAN 1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K 1600 Normal. Red, tan interior and top; tools, books, flawlessly restored black plate CA car. Runs, drives, and looks spectacular. Ready to show or drive like the blazes. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd.com $95,000. Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1963 Mercedes European 300SL Roadster 1976 Jaguar XJ6L 1957 Talbot Lago America Barquette on www.continentalautosports.com $329,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster FOR SALE BY PRIVATE OWNER Beautiful 300SL Gullwing. Chassis number is 5500229. Engine number is 5500246. Silver/red. The odometer reads 21,020 miles. This car has 1955 Austin Healey 100S AHS3707. Fully sorted on older restoration by noted marque specialist, known history from new, period club race history, turnkey and in need of nothing. been in the Chicago area since the early '70s and was driven very little. We have had the car for a few months and the car is now ready for a new owner. Extensive cosmetic work just completed by us: new bare metal repaint in the correct silver, new rubber seals installed and re-chroming of the bumpers and trim parts. The striking red interior is original and in excellent condition. Mechanically, we have completed a clean-out and service of the fuel tank and all other fuel system components. We also completed work on the braking system including a master cylinder rebuild and new brake hoses. Additionally, a standard service was performed and all fluids and filters replaced. This Gullwing now drives as it should and is ready to be enjoyed. See photos Rust free California time-warp original. Excellent interior. One repaint. Great driver. Identical car to SCM July 05 pg 22. 110k miles. $7,800. LW Jodar, 231.348.0924 evenings (MI) ITALIAN 1952 Ferrari 212 1955 Mercedes Benz 300S cabriolet. 4 passenger cabriolet, high quality ground-up German restoration, ready for drive or show. Contact owner: Jon Savage 401-272-1400 ext. 3029 e-mail: jsavage@shlawri.com 134 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Great history including 1952 and 1954 Mille Miglia. Drogo re-body in 1965 for Count Johnny Lurani a la California Spyder. Wayne Obry engine. 2005 Ferrari Challenge prep by Motion Products. $595,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1960 Ferrari 250 California Replica Rare find. 289, balanced, blueprinted with ported aluminum heads and intake. 5-speed. Boxed steel tube frame. Coilover shocks. Fast, fun, beautiful. $55,900. Mikail Pinette, 269-469-2007 (MI) 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider One of only 122 factory-built Daytona Spyders. Complete nut-and-bolt rebuild of all mechanicals including engine, transaxle, suspension and braking system. Bare-metal repaint to original specifications. Interior is original and very nice. Drives beautifully. Books, tools, and restoration records included. Must see. See photos on www .continentalautosports.com $599,000. DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) Jeff 1965 Ford Mustang AMERICAN 1935 Ford Three Window Coupe Perfect show condition in every way; shown at Pebble Beach Concours, AACA national award winner, multiple “People's Choice” awards: California license plate “SAPLING” goes with the car. Not that fast, but unbelievably cute and very rare. Call John at 619-221-1275. $48,000. John T. Kernan, 619.221.1275 (CA) Ready to race and win. Extensive spares package available. For full details contact: P. Sachs. $79,950. 917.731.9661 (CT) WANTED 1953 Corvettes Wanted: 1953 to 1962 Corvette project cars, barn cars, basket cases, parts inventories. $1,000 finder's fee paid! Fair prices paid. Contact Jay, e-mail jays1953vette@yahoo.com. Jay Peterson, 512.799.8088 (TX) Corvettes Beautiful restored Giulietta Spider. California car with no rust. All mechanicals completely rebuilt. A wonderful car to drive. Must see and drive. See photos on www.continentalautosports.com. $34,900. Jeff DiSandro, 630.655.3535 (IL) A rare find. Show quality in every detail and fully sorted to drive anywhere, anytime. Classic beige, brown cloth interior, original radio, rumble seat. Mint. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd. com $35,000. Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) SCMGOLD? What is SCM GOLD membership gives you access to over 40,000 auction records. Each month in the magazine, we deliver reports from auctions around the world on what sold, for how much, and why. Only part of what our auction analysts turn in makes it to print, but every car they report on is available online to GOLD members. Everything You Get With GOLD Membership: Full Access to Thousands of Online Auction Reports Gold-Only Emails Informing You of Insider Information and Updates on Sales from Around the World Access to Our Full Online Price Guide Invitations to Special Events and SCM Gold-Only Offers Sign up online at www.sportscarmarket.com Just $7.95 a month or $60 a year 136 Sports Car Market One woman owner from new. Low mileage. All documented. Base 6-cyl. motor, 3-speed manual, power top, original manual, jack and spare. Poppy red, black interior. Cosmetically and mechanically flawless. An incredible time capsule. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.degarmoLtd.com $22,500. Matt DeGarmo, 203.852.1670 (CT) A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086 (OH)u 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder 1939 American Bantam Woodie 2004 Cadillac CTS-V Grand Am Cup Racer


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Resource Directory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax 815.568.6615, 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Columbus, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody sells more muscle than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www .rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele. 480.517.4005, fax 480.517.9112. 4117 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. russoandsteele@qwest.net; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) 138 Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 16–17, 2005. 38page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood, or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns .com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www .blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft. building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- torcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www.investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. 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America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinely Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the prewar era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell .com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coastto-coast service. www.passporttransport .com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. February 2006 Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service, and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock .com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www .premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928– 71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www .mosesludel.com. VINTAGE EVENTS Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in Downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event, or to pre-register visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962-68 Cobras, 1955-73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is lim- ited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, 17444 U.S. Rt. 6, Montville, OH 44064. Award-winning paint/body restoration—sports, muscle, vintage. Eight years in business, newly built shop. A short drive from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, five hours from Detroit. We finish your projects! Photos/info: supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. 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Resource Directory Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Six-cylinder Aston Martin DBs our specialty, from DB2 through DB6. All Astons welcome, along with other 1950s and 1960s British and European sports and classics. We do it all, from engine overhaul to showwinning paintwork. We buy Astons. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. P.O. Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Prewar European autos, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. 140 New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www .centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www .internationalauto.com. (VA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax, 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online .com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol .com. (CA) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965-1973. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs .com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Sports Car Market


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PARTS AND ACCESSORIES products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www .greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www .jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u February 2006 141


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Resource Directory Join Keith Martin at the SCM/Steve Austin's Great Vacations Car Collector's Dream Tour to the GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED July 2-10, 2006 The London Times described The Goodwood Festival of Speed as “the Garden Party of the Gods,” while the Telegraph has called it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” It is the biggest celebration of motorsports in the world. It embraces cars from the very earliest steam carriages to the latest Formula One. Racing cars and bikes come from all over the world and this is the only event outside the Grand Prix circuit attended by many of the current Formula One teams. Our hospitality arrangements for The Festival provide a unique and mesmerizing mix of close-up motorsport action and exceptional personal service. Nowhere else in the world can the shattering performance of Formula One cars and the nostalgia and heroism of the full spectrum of motor racing past and present be experienced so intimately. The SCM tour mixes some of the most beautiful English countryside with some of the most important factories, museums, auto restorers and collector car auctions. Guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, John Surtees and Alain de Cadenet make for entertaining evenings and valuable professional input for the related events and venues. (View the tentative itinerary online at www. sportscarmarket.com) Tour Price: $4,735 per person twin occupancy; $1,100 single supplement. $1,000 reservation required to secure your position. Tour size strictly limited. Call or e-mail today: Steve Austin's Great Vacations 1-800-452-8434 Email: steveaustin@colton.com 144 Sports Car Market Photo: Alistair Walker


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Carl Bomstead A Good Month for E-Trading The Dan Patch car was named after a famous champion harness racing horse that set every conceivable record in the first decade of the past century C ool stuff seems to come in streaks. You can search for months for interesting radiator badges and end up looking at dozens of mundane Dodge, Plymouth and run-of-the-mill offerings. Then one morning, you fire up your computer and rare ones start pouring out of the integrated chips in droves. Luckily, all these neat pieces fell onto my keyboard just prior to this month's deadline. EBAY #6573026151—DAN PATCH RADIATOR BADGE. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $761.50. Date Sold: 10/31/2005. The Dan Patch was an automobile manufactured in 1910 and 1911. The car was named after a famous champion harness racing horse that set every conceivable record in the first decade of the past century. In its famed career, the horse never lost a race and after being put out to stud, traveled in its own rail car. The name was used to promote every possible product, including an ill-fated and short-lived automobile that cost $525. Rare as can be, this is the ultimate prize for a badge collector and it is doubtful we will soon see another one offered. BAY #7196611171—GILMORE L BATTERY CABLES DISPLAY. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $1,526. Date Sold: 11/19/2005. As has been frequently mentioned, stuff from the Gilmore Oil Company goes to the head of the pack when the rare and unusual is offered. They operated about 3,000 stations on the West coast but were known nationwide due to their early racing sponsorship. They became part of the Mobil empire prior to WWII and the stations bore the Mobil Pegasus when the war ended. Gilmore batteries with the embossed lion show up from time to time and sell for adult money when in decent condition, but this is the first display for their cables I have seen. Considering the collector interest in the company, I would not have been surprised if it sold for another grand or so. EBAY #6579261234—MAYBACH RADIATOR BADGE. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $491.50. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. Wilhelm Maybach designed the first Mercedes and his son Karl went on to manufacture the famed Maybach automobile. The cars were built (excluding the current iteration) between 1921 and World ar II and included a V12, which was introduced in 1929—just in time for the Depression. Maybach built about 2,300 cars and it is estimated that about 150 remain today. This rare badge looked almost too good but the seller guaranteed its authenticity, so the condition and the provenance combined to bring a market-correct price. EBAY #7191769201—1969 CHEVROLET DEALER SALES ALBUM. Number of Bids: 42. SOLD AT: $1,814. Date Sold: 10/30/2005. Automotive paper has been a little soft of late but it stiffens up when a piece like this is offered. Each section starts with a color brochure for the model and is followed by dozens of specification sheets. The Camaro section, for example, has 37 pages. Also included are fabric samples and interior and exterior paint chips for all models. Stated to be in very good condition, this would be a piece that a '60s Chevy guy would have to have. Based on the number of bids and the final price, a number were in contention until the bitter end. EBAY #6575418243— 1916 WEED TIRE CHAINS CALENDAR. Number of Bids: 11. SOLD AT: $1,300. Date Sold: 11/17/2005. This very cool roll down calendar was framed in a shadow box and featured four attractive ladies attired to coincide with the seasons of the year. It was listed on eBay through James Julia Auctions, so you had to pass muster with them prior to placing what is in effect an absentee bid for their live auction. This piece sold at the low end of their estimate and the final price quoted did not include their buyer's premium. All in all, the price was not out of line considering the quality of the piece. EBAY MOTORS #4589357381—1957 DESOTO FIREFLITE 2-DOOR HARDTOP. Number of Bids: 59. SOLD AT: $40,500. Date Sold: 11/21/2005. This was offered by an old college buddy I haven't seen in years. He stated that the car had 40,593 original miles and was in excellent condition. He added Chrysler wire wheels, radial wide whitewall tires, and seat belts, which—while not original—are a plus. The new owner won't find any surprises; the seller has always been a straight-up guy. But the buyer will be surprised when he looks in the Hemmings that came out before the auction and finds the car offered for just $32,500. That's what makes auctions interesting.u SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. 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