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THE 50 TOP NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTORS 217 CARS RATED 50 TOP NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTORS 217 CARS RATED Long Isla 50 TOP NORTH AMERICAN COLLECTORS 217 CARS RATED Long Long Island Express $1.1m 1907 Renault Vanderbilt Racer Ken Gross >> $1.6m Mercer Simon Kidston >> $1.3m Ferrari 225 S February 2007


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 56 44 February 2007 . Volume 19 . Number 2 Porsche 904: instant success 52 64 Ferrari 225 S Toyota's 2000GT supercar IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 44 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider by Vignale How substance can lose out to style. Simon Kidston 48 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Special Equipment Ubeatable on a twisty road. Rob Sass 52 1967 Toyota 2000GT Yamaha's gift to Toyota—and us. Donald Osborne 56 1963 Porsche 904 GTS Why this is a top-tier Porsche collectible. Jim Schrager 60 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout Proving that “all that glistens” can be brass. by Ken Gross 64 1907 Renault AI 35/45 Vanderbilt Racer The Enzo of its day. Thor Thorson Renault Vanderbilt racer GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 217 Cars Examined and Rated at Eight Sales 68 Sportscar Auction Co., Geneva, CH $4.3m marks Sportscar's return to the market. Julian Shoolheifer 78 Hershey Auctions LLC, Hershey, PA A pair of Duesies leads the $5.8m pack in Pennsylvania. Dave Kinney 88 H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K. 82% and $2m sold at the Pavilion Gardens. Richard Hudson-Evans 98 RM Auctions, Toronto, CAN American classics and muscle bring $3.7m. Norm Mort 108 Mecum Auctions, St Charles, IL The Randy Williams Collection headlines a $21m weekend. Dan Grunwald 118 RM Auctions, Novi, MI A Harley Earl trio brings a combined $540k at this $1.7m sale. Norm Mort 128 Silver Auctions, Portland, OR $553k of affordable classics sell at the Portland Expo Center. SCM staff Cover photograph courtesy of Gooding & Company, Copyright Pawel Litwinski 136 eBay Motors Everything you need to set your own speed trap. Geoff Archer


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32 Top auction sales of all time 40 Slow and steady to Brighton Columns 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic The Cosworth-Vega: John Z's first sleeper B. Mitchell Carlson 30 Legal Files The pitfalls of Internet purchases John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks: The truth about Ferrari timing belts Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient TVR's mystique soldiers on Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch What to do when #2 just won't do Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Reality check on the auction block Colin Comer 138 Motobilia Steve McQueen's bulletproof legend Carl Bomstead 140 Bike Buys Four great rides from Otis Chandler Paul Duchene 154 eWatch Schalebaum's “secret” sale uction sales of all time 40 Slow and steady to Brighton Columns 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic The Cosworth-Vega: John Z's first sleeper B. Mitchell Carlson 30 Legal Files The pitfalls of Internet purchases John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks: The truth about Ferrari timing belts Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient TVR's mystique soldiers on Gary Anderson 58 Porsche Gespräch What to do when #2 just won't do Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Reality check on the auction block Colin Comer 138 Motobilia Steve McQueen's bulletproof legend Carl Bomstead 140 Bike Buys Four great rides from Otis Chandler Paul Duchene 154 eWatch Schalebaum's “secret” sale FEATURES FEATURES 32 Top 10 Sales of All Time: Bugatti Still Heads the List 36 Top Collectors: 50 Who Exemplify the Hobby 38 Hilton Head Concours: A Fitting Finale 40 London to Brighton: Ye Olde Race 42 Fairfield County Concours: The Class of Connecticut DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 24 Neat Stuff 26 Our Cars: 1971 Lancia Fulvia 1.3S, 1985 Van Diemen RF85, 2007 BMW 750Li 29 20 Year Picture 106 Alfa Bits 130 Glovebox Notes: 2007 Jaguar XKR, 2007 Bentley Continental GT 137 Fresh Meat: 2007 Jaguar XK8 convertible, 2007 Mercedes-Benz CL550, 2008 Chevrolet Camaro 142 Mystery Photo 143 Comments with Your Renewal 144 Showcase Gallery 147 Crossword Puzzle 148 Resource Directory The plastic ducks and chickens—included!—would look great next to a pink flamingo on the lawn.—Norm Mort's report on RM's Toronto sale begins on p. 98.


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Smart Collecting I f you're a car collector, chances are you are going to be in Arizona this January. And since you're going to be there anyway, there is a set of seminars you should take advantage of. My good friend McKeel Hagerty has put the considerable resources of his collector car insurance company behind the “Smart Collector Seminar Series,” which is an outgrowth of the seminars that SCM has hosted in Scottsdale for over a decade. Hagerty has brought luminaries from the hobby, including master Mopar decoder Galen Glovier, to join with SCM all-stars Colin Comer (muscle cars), Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney, automobilia guru Carl Bomstead, and all-around collector car raconteur Donald Osborne. Hagerty and I will be speaking as well. There are three days of seminars, each with its own focus, including “How to Buy and Sell at Auction and Still Have a Good Time,” “Training You'll find our list on page 36. We are now compiling our list of the Top 50 European (and Rest of the World) Collectors; please send your suggestions to Sass at rob .sass@sportscarmarket.com. THE SCM GARAGE Our Auction Editor, Jim Pickering, has also become keeper of the toolkit (jumper cables and a tow company card) for the SCM fleet. Here is his report: It was Alaska or Bust for SCM's '79 Triumph Spitfire, which was sold on eBay to a bidder in Fairbanks in early November for $4,700, leaving SCM with a net loss of $295 for its six months of ownership. $1.60 per day seems like a pretty cheap price to pay to have a classic car around. The '68 BMW 2002 has rejoined the ranks of the fleet after having A classic moment Your Eye: How to Read What a Car is Telling You,” and “Decoding Value: Resources for Authentication.” Get complete details on page 79 of this issue, on the web at http://shop.hagerty.com, or by calling 866.922.9401. If you have an interest in becoming a smarter collector, I strongly urge you to take advantage of this opportunity. 50 TOP COLLECTORS It's the age of lists. Our new almanac, Keith Martin on Car Collecting, has rows and rows of data, listing collector car sales in nearly every way imaginable. Price guides of all sorts abound, with page after page of data neatly arrayed. What we haven't had is a list of the key players in the collector car world; the personalities that make the hobby's wheels go 'round. Until now. Our Vice President of Business Development and Affordable Classics editor Rob Sass has spent the past two months interviewing key players in the hobby, asking them who they think the players are. He has combined all of this information into a collector car cauldron, and distilled the contents. The end result is SCM's Top 50 Collectors of North America. The listing is alphabetical, so the only way for Lorenzo Zambrano to move up from being listed last would be to change his name. As with all lists, it has its capricious and arbitrary nature. To all those who feel they were unjustly omitted, we apologize in advance. Our criteria included being active with collector cars in rallies, vintage races and/or concours, being involved with charitable activities that enhance the hobby, and essentially being a positive force. 10 North to Alaska Gearbox good to go suffered catastrophic transmission failure with Editor Martin at the wheel. David Fish, an SCM reader and mechanic, was called in for diagnosis, and after a complete disassembly, he found the transmission to have a severely worn main shaft, which shifted inside the case and caused only first and third gears to function. SCM opted to replace the gearbox with a used one, as well as have the steering adjusted and a new battery installed. Total cost, $886. Next on the list is replacing the outer tie rod ends, as well as a complete four-wheel alignment. The SCM Corvette was fittingly done-up for Editor Martin's wed- ding to Wendie Standish on December 9. A comprehensive plastering of signs accentuated the body, and a number of empty Castrol oil jugs were tastefully added to trail behind as the Martins took their first drive as husband and wife. When Martin was reunited with his 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Veloce a year ago, he had it fitted with Rugh springs in the front, but when the stock rears were cut to match, the car bottomed out when two or more cases of wine were placed in the trunk, making the car, in his opinion, unusable. Spacers were added, but the resulting stance was reminiscent of a high school kid's hot-rodded Dodge Dart. Martin contacted Rugh who offered a solution; new rear Rugh springs are on the way. Our 1968 Colony Park Wagon is safely ensconced on the showroom floor of the Mercedes dealer, Vern Eide Motorcars Inc., in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and will remain there while our Senior Editor and Wagon Ho! choreographer Paul Duchene coordinates the journey to Scottsdale, and from there to Portland. If you're interested in joining the motorized fray, contact him at copyed@sportscarmarket.com.u Sports Car Market John M. Vincent


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Potts Auction Co.—Atlanta Motor Speedway Where: Hampton, GA When: January 13 More: www.pottsauction.com Potts Auction Company has partnered with the Atlanta Motor Speedway in this inaugural event, which will include a Trade Show and Swap Meet, and will feature muscle cars, street rods, classics, race cars, motorcycles, auto parts, race car rides, and more. Expect to see one of the best 1938 Chevrolet street rods in the country, and an nicely restored 1955 Chevrolet two-door hard top. Barons—Classic Collectors & Historic Cars Where: Surrey, U.K. When: February 5–6 More: www.barons-auctions.com Last Year: 37 cars sold / $456k Barons caters to the grass-roots collector, and has some of the lowest commission rates in the U.K. Last year's high sale went to a 1975 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible that sold for $31,410, and the majority of the results fell in the $10k–$20k range. Plan on more of the same, with about 50 lots offered for sale at Esher Hall. RM—The Florida Collector Car Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: February 9–11 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 308 cars sold / $18m Having outgrown its Boca Raton venue, RM has moved its Florida sale to the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center for 2007. Over 400 vehicles will be offered, including a fully operational replica of the 1966 Batmobile, a concours-quality 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, and a 1970 Plymouth Superbird—one of just 58 built with Hemi power and a 4-speed. Christie's—Retromobile 2007 Where: Paris, FR When: February 16–17 More: www.christies.com Last Year: 22 cars sold / $4.2m Headlining Christie's Retromobile sale this year is a 1939 Auto Union D-type racer thought to be one of two in existence. It won the 1939 Belgrade Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari at the wheel, and is considered one of the most important cars ever to appear at auction. It is estimated to bring upwards of $12m. Other 12 1939 Auto Union D-type at Christie's Retromobile highlights include one of 20 “interim” 1936 Mercedes 540K cabriolet A models, and the only remaining 1930 Derby K4 LowChassis roadster. Kruse International—Naples Collector Car Auction Where: Naples, FL When: February 17–18 More: www.kruse.com Downtown Naples will provide a tropical backdrop for Kruse's “Super Car Weekend.” The lots will be driven in parade fashion to the auction block, which is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and the Gulf of Mexico. Look for an exceptional 1934 Packard Victoria cabriolet, a 1932 Duesenberg Model J cabriolet, and a 1970 Chevelle SS 454. Artcurial—Retromobile 2007 Where: Paris, FR When: February 19 More: www.artcurial.com Last Year: 28 cars sold / $5m The Palais des Congres will play host to Artcurial's season opener, which has been pushed back just enough to relieve last year's scheduling conflict with Christie's. Expect to see a healthy showing of Alfas and Ferraris among the international consignments. G. Potter King—34th Atlantic City Vintage Car Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 22–25 More: www.acclassiccars.com Last Year: 256 cars sold / $8m With 20 acres of floor space and more than 1,200 cars on display under one roof, this is America's largest indoor collect- ible car event. Look for a 1957 Chrysler Dual Ghia convertible— one of around 40 still in existence, a 1975 Checker Cab restored in NYC livery, and a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible with just 19,265 miles on the clock. Leake Auctions—23rd Annual Collector Car Auction Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 23–24 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last Year: 140 cars sold / $2.5m Leake and Kruse team up once again for the 23rd edition of this annual event. Over 400 cars are expected at this all-indoor sale, which will take place at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. American muscle has been the main draw in years past, and plenty of offerings from the Big Three are expected. McCormick—42nd Exotic Car Show & Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 24–25 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last Year: 247 cars sold / $4.7m The Spa Hotel & Casino will serve as a backdrop for Keith McCormick's 42nd event. The auction will feature close to 400 cars, as well as a show for those who want their cars to be seen but not sold. One of the featured lots this year is a near-concours quality 1964 Corvette convertible equipped with a 327-ci V8, 4-speed manual, and knockoff wheels.u Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. JANUARY 5-7—KRUSE Ft. Lauderdale, FL 11-13—MID-AMERICA Las Vegas, NV 12-13—KRUSE Concord, NC 13-21—BARRETT-JACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 13-14—ICA Gilbert, AZ 13—KRUSE Corona, CA 13—POTTS Hampton, GA 17-21—RUSSO & STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 18—BONHAMS London, UK 18-19—RM Phoenix, AZ 19-22—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 26-28—KRUSE Scottsdale, AZ 25-27—MECUM Kissimmee, FL FEBRUARY 5-6—BARONS Surrey, UK 9-11—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 10-11—SILVER Puyallup, WA 16-17—CHRISTIE'S Paris, FR 17-18—KRUSE Naples, FL 19—ARTCURIAL Paris, FR 22-25—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 23-24—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 24-25—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard SCM NEWS n SCM held its annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 1. Our first event in the new office was a great success, and more than 80 SCMers showed up to help us celebrate. Longtime SCMer Monte Shelton shared his exploits as a racer, auto dealer, and all-around gearhead with the guests, and was presented with the first annual SCM Collector of the Year Award. n SCM Publisher Keith Martin married Wendie Standish on Saturday, December 9, at the Oaks Pioneer Church in Portland, OR. The Martins, along with their children Tyler, Alexandra, and Andrew, honeymooned in Whistler, B.C. n Registration is still open for Hagerty's Smart Collecting Seminar Series at BarrettJackson January 17, 18, and 19. Speakers will include McKeel Hagerty, Galen Govier, SCM contributors Dave Kinney, Carl Bomstead, Donald Osborne, and Colin Comer, and Editor Martin. Each session costs $425, and you must register by January 8, 2007. www.shop.hagerty.com. (AZ) n Join contributing editor Donald Osborne and Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics at SCM's annual Paris Retromobile Reception, February 16 from 5 pm to 7 pm. The event will be held at Café du Jambon, at the rear of the main hall. Contact Osborne for further information, dosborne@sportscarmarket.com. (FRA) EVENTS n Historic Sports Racing West kicks off its 2007 season with a racing weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, February 9–11. Seven race groups encompassing Historic Stock Cars, Can Am racers, Big Bore production cars, and single seaters from Formula Ford to Formula One will qualify on Saturday for Sunday's one-hour enduros and trophy races. Spectators and car clubs are welcome all weekend for $10 per day. www.hsr-westracing.com. (AZ) Chicago Auto Show, February 9 to 18 n McCormick Place will host the 99th Chicago Auto Show February 9–18. Expect all the major manufacturers, with production debuts including the Cadillac's 2008 CTS and Jaguar's radical (for Jaguar) XF. Concepts on hand will include Chevrolet's upcoming Camaro and Honda's FCX hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and kids. www.chicagoautoshow.com. (IL) n If you're headed to New Zealand for the summer—theirs, not ours—don't miss the 34th Intermarque Concours d'Elegance, the country's largest classic car event. The weekend of February 10–11, marque clubs from all over the island nation will gather in the Auckland suburb of Ellerslie. Saturday features an Interclub Fun Run, and the concours takes place on Sunday, with prizes going to marque clubs rather than individual cars. www .concours.org.nz. (NZL) n The 32nd annual Retromobile Salon kicks off at the Paris Expo on February 16. More than 100,000 visitors are expected to come through before close of business on February 25. In addition to the Christie's auction, which is anchored by the 1939 Auto Union D-type, the event will feature a dozen cars from the collection of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, including his 1955 D-type Jaguar and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Also look for vehicles of the polar expeditions of Paul-Emile Victor, who in 1947 was the first explorer to use heavy tracked vehicles on the ice. Admission is $16 for adults, $9.50 for kids. www.retromobile .com (FRA) (From left) Andrew, Tyler, Keith, Wendie, and Alexandra 14 n To celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the 1932 Ford, the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles will host Deuce Week February 19–24. The weeklong event will feature tours of Orange County customizers like the So-Cal Speed Shop, as well as visits to the Nethercutt Collection and others, with a drive up the Pacific Coast Highway. The final day—Deuce Day—will feature a gathering of 750 1932 Ford Deuces at the Petersen. www .deuceweek.com/www.petersen .org. (CA)u Event Calendar 3-4—Classic Sports Racing Group (CA) www.csrgracing.org 8-11—Motor Trend Intl. Auto Show (MD) www.motortrendautoshows.com 9-11—HSRW Phoenix Historic Festival (AZ) www.hsr-westracing.com 9-18—99th Chicago Auto Show (IL) www.chicagoautoshow.com 10-11—34th Intermarque Concours (NZL) www.concours.org.nz 10-11—Vintage Auto Racing Association (CA) www.vararacing.com 11—International Triumph Show (UK) www.classiccarshows.org.uk 16-25—32nd Retromobile Salon (FRA) www.retromobile.com 22-24—AACA Winter Meet (FL) www.aaca.org 25—International MG Show (UK) www.classiccarshows.org.uk 25-26—Vintage Drivers Club of America (SC) www.vintagedrive.com Sports Car Market Jeffrey Hecker Chicago Automobile Trade Association FEBRUARY


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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 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA BIG RECORD, WEE CAR While reading the December issue of SCM, I came across a picture of the 1935 Rytecraft Scootacar (“Goodwood Revival,” pg. 39). As you can tell from the attached scanned photo, that actual car was driven around the world in 1965 in 421 days by an intrepid Mr. Jim Parkinson—with a quoted top speed of 15 mph, no less. The information was gleaned from the book British Specialist Cars by Chris Rees.—Gary Kiernnan, Cave Creek, AZ AW, YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE Over the last ten years, I have watched SCM grow in both content and professionalism. But the one thing you've never lost is the community feeling. Above every other car mag I have ever subscribed to, SCM stands alone in its dedication to the hobby. Beyond the auction results and profiles, your passion for cars and the gearheads who love them is incalculable. You can really feel it in the pages. And most recently, I experienced it first hand. As an long time Alfista, I re- ceived an email from the Canadian Alfa Club regarding a very pretty 1960 Alfa Spider that was for sale. My Spider senses started tingling right away—because it felt like a scam. The price was way too low, the location of the car was overseas, and shipping was a steal. But, hey, I am an eternal optimist. I decided to reach out to SCM for help. SCM is unique this way. You somehow seem more accessible and approachable than any other mag. And your people just seem to care enough about the hobby to address other people's concerns. So I fired off an email to John Draneas asking him for his advice on how to ferret out this scam. Within hours he replied, helping me to confirm my suspicions. Other than a club newsletter, what other publication is so responsive? What other magazine is so dedicated to its readers? Thank you, John Draneas. And thank you SCM for fueling my passion for cars. Consider me a life- 18 V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Managing Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Auction Editor JIM PICKERING Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS (EUROPE) B. MITCHELL CARLSON Auction Analysts DANIEL GRUNWALD JOHN CLUCAS (AUSTRALIA) NORM MORT (CANADA) JOE SEVERNS Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON The car was driven around the world in 421 days by an intrepid Mr. Jim Parkinson— with a quoted top speed of 15 mph time member. —Jon Finkelstein, Toronto, CAN YOU, EITHER I don't subscribe anymore to your magazine. Seems very ignorant. I mean, here you have a sports car magazine that does not respect the '80s Ferrari and Lamborghini—the Testarossa and Countach. That's like not understanding Frank Gehry as an architect in an architectural book! I have videos that are quite long showcasing the handmade Countach from start to finish. I think you could use a copy. When you realize what was involved in the creation of these two moving works of art—the special materials, skill, advanced thinking, and pride—you have to conclude either you are hypnotized by auction house P.R., or you are just ignorant.—Allen Friedman, Cleveland, OH Imagine looking into a ga- rage and seeing a Countach and Testarossa parked next to one another. Just imagine.—ED. TR-RIFFIC Being the shop that built the 1963 Triumph (chassis number CT29652L) featured in August 2006 (“English Profile,” p. 44), I simply had a few additional comments concerning your write-up on the sale. Dave Kinney's article was well written and not overly dramatic. But I must disagree with the statement quoted by the author's friend and well-known British car restorer: “Would you like three (restored that nicely) for $97,200?” I don't think so. This particular car took 1,134 manhours to restore. This, combined with all of the quality parts purchased, adds to the $85,000. I was delighted to see you tell your readers that $97,200 was just one more bid than someone else Contributors JOHN APEN KATHY DONOHUE RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO MARTIN EMMISON (U.K.) Information Technology BRYAN WOLFE Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Editorial Intern JENNIFER DAVIS Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Sales and Marketing Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 211 valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 204 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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made. As a matter of fact there were six bidders to $70,000, plus three over $90,000. As the builder, I was curious as to why someone would spend this kind of money for a restored 1963 Triumph. After the car rolled off the block, I introduced myself to the winning bidder and asked him why he purchased the car. This is what he told me: “I was comfortable with the looks of the car, the way it was presented, and the fact all of the restoration documentation was with the car. The listing stated the engine was rebuilt, and in the paperwork with the car was the machining documentation, micrometer specifications, and a receipt for all of the parts. There was no doubt it was done.” He didn't buy the car because he knew something about the market. He didn't buy it because “his wife wanted the pretty blue one.” He bought it because he was comfortable with the car, plain and simple.—Jim Barber, Classic Automotive Restoration Specialists, Inc., Belews Creek, NC Dave Kinney responds: Your shop certainly did do a lovely job on the car. As a matter of fact, I made it a point to compliment the seller in person when I looked at the car before the sale. As to my friend and restorer who made the comment about building three for that kind of money, you'd have to ask him. We all know how important documentation is becoming in today's market. More sophisticated buyers and those who are “paying up” for their cars are quickly learning this lesson, and we are also learning that it is more important on some cars than others. There will always be cars sold above and below what is perceived to be the current market rate, or “fair market value” to some. As I said in my original report, that's just fine with me; anyone can spend any amount they like for whatever goods they want to buy in our society. The sarcastic among us—and every car dealer—will repeat the much-loved double (really triple) entendre—there's an ass for every seat. The less cynical will say that someone bought what he wanted at a price he was willing to pay. Bully for that. February 2007 thusiast who knows little of the Oldsmobile Rocket 88 that dominated most contests of speed held in the late '40s and early '50s. The Olds of this era dominated NASCAR and won, as well as the horrific Mexican Road Race in 1950 that ran a staggering distance of 2,178 miles from Juarez, Mexico, to El Octal in the mountainous frontier of Guatemala. Fifty-two cars finished the race out of 132 that started. The Olds of 1950 was the car He didn't buy it because he knew something about the market. Or because “his wife wanted the pretty blue one.” He bought it because he was comfortable with the car, plain and simple WHO BUILT THAT COACH? In most instances, your auction reporters omit the coachbuilder's identity in preparing the capsule descriptions of coachbuilt cars at auction. I believe this is an important item of information and should always be included. I hope you agree.—A.S. Carroll, Garden City, NY We do agree. Coachwork is an important factor in the value of a car, sometimes adding hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars to a given car's price tag. To that end, you'll see that we've begun to include the coachbuilder in the Market Reports when applicable.—ED IT'S SORT OF A PORSCHE In reading the latest issue, Editor Martin said the Beck Spyder was his least favorite car. As a longtime reader, I'm curious to know why.—Bob Arnett, via email Keith Martin responds: As a matter of principal, I don't like fakey-doos or replicars or clones. I don't have laser-reproductions of the Mona Lisa in my living room, and I don't want fake cars in my garage. I don't “disapprove” of those who have them, but for me, they are bereft of any heritage. A lowly 1965 VW Beetle is more in- teresting than a Beck Spyder built off the same chassis, as the Beetle is true to its underpinnings. If you need to have an air-cooled, swingaxle sports car, buy a Karmann Ghia and be happy. There are two reasons I put muscle car clones even lower than Beck Spyders on my “not interested” list. First, the Beck Spyder can actually provide some top-down driving pleasure. Second, muscle car clones lend themselves all too easily to fraud and misrepresentation down the line. The current seller may tell the truth about the car, but how long until a subsequent owner manages to “re-identify the car” with an altered chassis or engine block number? Conversely, no one is going to try to convert a Beck into a real 550. OLDSY BUT A GOODY This letter regards Brad Brioux's report on the Kruse International sale at Seaside, CA, and in particular his comment on the offering of the 1950 Olds 88 convertible, “a relatively non-desirable lump that should have sold for the bid of $64,000” (November 2006, “Kruse International Market Report,” p. 124). Mr. Brioux is obviously from another generation of car en- that every young man dreamed of owning. It was the car that ushered in the many later models of the muscle car era. If he could not afford the car, then the search was on for an Olds V8 to drop in his Ford coupe. The '50 convertible at the Kruse sale, given its original condition and possibly having better documentation, could have gone for more money had the right cult of car guys been there.—Skip Ritner, Spokane, WA Brad Brioux responds: My family always had Oldsmobiles. I grew up with them, and I even took my driving test in an Olds 98. I am well aware that the first successful overhead GM engine came from Oldsmobile, and in the early 1950s my uncle raced a Rocket 88 in the Canadian stock car series. Regarding the Olds in ques- tion, I recall no documentation to back up the seller's claim of mileage. On a 56-year-old car with just 1,100 miles, that would seem quite important. Without proof of mileage, and with the paint and chrome in the tattered condition in which they were presented, I maintain the car was fairly undesirable and should have sold. A nice 1949 Olds 88 Woody wagon sold at B-J last year (lot# 1559) for $76,800, and it was worth every penny because of its condition. It would thus seem the seller at Kruse had an unrealistic high reserve. THE WEDDING CRASHER I thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Serio's tongue-in-cheek article about the Aston Martin DB4 (November 2006, “English Patient,” p.46) and wanted to give your readers some further information. 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Ad Index Adam's Polishes ...................................... 87 Ameilia Island Concours ....................... 119 Aston Martin of New England ................ 51 Automobilia Monterey .......................... 127 Autosport Designs ................................... 73 Bald Head Garage ................................... 73 Bart Holland BV Restoration Co. ......... 141 BB One Exports ...................................... 83 Blackhawk/Auto Collections Inc .......... 115 Blue Highways ........................................ 83 Bonhams & Butterfields .......................... 35 Bortz Auto Collection ........................... 113 Brian D. Moore Restorations ................ 153 Buyer's Guides ........................................ 99 Charles S Crail Automobiles ................... 63 Christie's Auction.................................... 33 Classic Carriages ....................................111 Classic Wines Auction .......................... 133 Copley Motorcars Corp. ........................ 103 Cosdel ................................................... 153 Covercraft ............................................. 113 Digit Motorsport ................................... 101 Doc's Jags ............................................. 152 Driver's Houston Auto Works ............... 127 Ebay Motors .............................................. 9 Exotic Car Transport ............................. 152 Fantasy Junction ...................................... 69 FECC Passport Auto Transport ............... 95 Fourintune Garage Inc .......................... 153 GM ............................................................ 7 GMP Diecast ........................................... 69 Gooding & Company ................................ 2 Gregor Fisken ........................................ 107 Grundy Worldwide .................................. 11 H & H Auctions ...................................... 59 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ............ 156 Horseless Carriage ................................ 153 Hotseat Chassis Inc ............................... 152 Intercity Lines ........................................ 31 Italian Car Parts ..................................... 153 Keels and Wheels Concours ................. 131 Kelley Blue Book .................................. 129 Kruse International .................................. 81 Maserati North America ......................... 23 Mecum Auction ....................................... 91 Morris & Welford, LLC .......................... 25 Motorcar Portfolio ................................ 121 Muscle Car 1000 ..................................... 75 Palm Beach Supercar Weekend ............ 117 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions ........ 123 Parish Heacock Insurance ...................... 45 Park Place Ltd. .................................. 77, 89 Potts Auction Company ........................ 125 Premier Financial Services ................... 155 Pro Team Corvette .............................. 129 Putnam Leasing ....................................... 15 Re-Originals .......................................... 103 Renaissance Design .............................. 152 RM Auctions ..................... 4, 13, 21, 27, 71 Ron Tonkin ............................................ 101 RPM Motorbooks ................................. 153 Russo and Steele ..................................... 16 Silver Auctions ........................................ 97 Smart Collecting Seminar ....................... 79 Symbolic Motors ....................................... 3 Tubi Style USA, Inc. ............................... 85 Vanderbilt Concours .............................. 105 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ................... 135 Vintage Rallies ...................................... 135 VintageAutoPosters.com ....................... 127 Western Driver ...................................... 152 Worldwide Group .................................... 93 20 To coin a vulgar phrase, it was a “virgin car,” and it is that aspect which captured the imagination of the five absentee bidders, nine telephone bidders, and half a dozen people in the room mate would be—bearing in mind its condition and cost of restoration—$28,000 to $37,000, but it could also make an illogical price. I must confess, I didn't think it would make $148,000. I know Serio thought the Bonhams description was flowery, but it was factually correct and did, as he quoted, contain the words, “The car is in need of a total restoration.” No one can, nor indeed did, argue against that. It was also remarkably scratch- and dent-free, as you can see from the article photo. The aura surrounding the car was interesting. It wasn't a car that had been used and abused and then discarded. To coin a vulgar phrase, it was a “virgin car,” and it is that aspect which captured the imagination of the five absentee bidders, nine telephone bidders, and half a dozen people in the room. By way of a comparison, we offered a DB5 for restoration that had been “got at” by a previous half-hearted restoration attempt. Although that car exceeded expectations, it didn't have the feel of the DB4 and subsequently sold for quite a bit less ($111,000). Some background. The owner (Mr. Wright, Sr.) bought his DB4 as a used car in 1964. It was three years old at the time, and he drove it for a further ten years and then no more. He wasn't a car collector, just a chap who didn't like the idea of suffering the immediate depreciation when buying a new car. Serio's letter did prompt me though to ask the son (Mr. Wright, Jr.) why the Aston was no longer driven after his sister's wedding. Here is your answer. On the day of the wedding, Mr. Wright, Sr. accompanied his daughter to the church (as any good father should) in a limousine, but he wanted to drive his DB4 from the church to the reception. That meant someone had to get the DB4 to the church—a job en- trusted to the senior Mr. Wright's wife and his daughter-in-law, the junior Mr. Wright's wife. It could have all gone horribly wrong that day, as the brakes failed en route to the church. What wife and daughter-in-law said to Mr. Wright, Sr. is not recorded, but Wright, Sr. nursed the car back home that day—alone—and parked the DB4 in the garage. Bearing in mind he never drove it again, one can only guess he got an absolute earful for nearly wiping out half the family on his daughter's wedding day! Mr. Wright, Jr. did say that his father enjoyed driving the car fast, and in 1974 it couldn't keep up with what was coming out of Germany. As a result, his father eventually bought a BMW. Why was it bricked up? Well, when Mr. Wright, Sr. passed away, his wife was still alive, and as a security measure Mr. Wright, Jr. took the doors off the dairy and bricked up the doorway. Granted, taking two wheels off and rest- Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read ing the car on stands would have achieved the same goal, but what can I say? People have asked me why someone (and let's not forget those underbidders) was prepared to pay what they did for the car. Well the obvious answer is that you wouldn't do it unless you could afford to, and working on the basis that you can afford to, what a great project to undertake. You can have it restored by the company you want, to the specifications you want, and generally get a kick out of seeing the car being resurrected before your eyes and tailor-made to your exact requirements. I've always said that if I won the lottery I'd buy a tatty MercedesBenz 280SL Pagoda, give it to the Oldtimer Center at Mercedes, spend far too much having it restored to my bespoke liking, and then give it to my wife, as it's her favorite car. Same sort of principle, but you definitely need the money first to make the decision process less of an issue—James Knight, London, U.K. James Knight is the Bonhams auctioneer who handled the sale of the DB4.—ED WILL YOU TAKE AN ARM INSTEAD? Boy, was I saddened by Michael Sheehan's article on the maintenance costs of a newish Ferrari 550. I've always had the dream of retiring and getting such a car. While I understand that the engine would require tuning, timing belts, etc., what is shocking is how expensive and failure-prone otherwise normal components turn out to be. Where do they source such things as window washer systems, instrument panel components, and seat switches—the old Yugo factory? Being a high performance car shouldn't overstrain these sorts of components, should it? Any comment?—Charles Ehrlich, via email COUNTING BEANS Mike Sheehan's article on Ferrari ownership understated the cost of owning a 550, but overstated the cost of typical Ferrari ownership. Through December 2004, the cost of owning the 1998 550 was close to $260,000. While Mike focused on the $38k for repairs and maintenance, and 22 mentioned the $135k of depreciation, he omitted foregone interest income—about $50k, $4k for gas, $20k for insurance and $16k for sales tax/registration. The grand total is closer to $263k, assuming garaging is free; add another $45k in New York City. Hence the $10/mile average is pertinent not only to the peak service interval, but also to the car's overall life through the first resale. The key point here is that maintenance—even for a V12—is only a small portion of the total cost and the last area to trim, as doing it properly is recovered in lower depreciation and a far superior ownership experience. On the other hand, owning a new 360 Berlinetta for a similar period ran closer to $110k—even less for the Spyder. Using the same methodology, a Jaguar XK8 convertible would have been $95k. That comparison makes a Ferrari look like a bargain. All of these numbers reaf- firm that exotic cars are considered luxuries. But ask any owner: The experience is “priceless.”—Denis O'Leary, Scarsdale, NY Mike Sheehan responds: I agree, in part, with Mr. O'Leary but one column can only cover so much. The massive depreciation in the first few years of Ferrari ownership was touched on, but is a subject for another column, as that number varies wildly from model to model. Mr. O'Leary is correct that on some of the newer cars, maintenance is minimal compared to depreciation, but I argue these costs are moot, as those funds would otherwise go to a Bentley, or a Porsche, or a Lear.… Additionally, registration costs and other fees such as parking vary wildly in different areas, from exorbitant in New York to nonissues in Montana. As for the maintenance and parts costs, Ferrari owners are certainly more “automotive aware” than your typical Toyota owner and so are more willing—and able—to spend whatever it takes to keep their cars in top shape. Most Ferraris see the high side of their speedometers many times in their lives. Toyotas do not. As for the expensive and annoy- ing little parts that break, Toyota has the luxury of amortizing the development and testing of parts over hundreds of thousands of Sports Car Market cars; Ferrari must do that over four thousand cars, and so Ferrari parts are far more expensive and far harder to get. While a Toyota might cost twice as much and be twice as good as a Daewoo, the same linear logic doesn't begin to apply to Ferrari ownership. One cannot extrapolate that since a Ferrari costs four times what a new Lexus costs, it will be four times as reliable. If that were possible, Ferrari maintenance costs would be in negative figures. As for the notion of someone retiring—even from a comfortable income—and THEN getting into exotic cars: Without a revenue stream with which to support them, I foresee a saga without a happy ending. Number-crunching Ferrari ownership should be left to one's accountant. The ownership experience must, to quote Mr. Leary, be considered “priceless,” or owning a Ferrari makes no sense. CULTURAL LITERACY I am a Gold subscriber to your magazine and as yet have had no problem with the content and the various editorial subjects, some of which are great. However, this month I'm confused as to the meaning of the January cover headline—one I find cheap and rude. Being an Englishman, maybe I do not understand the meaning, but I was of the understanding I was subscribing to a magazine about the classic car market, not a magazine with a headline describing a female dog—Bitchin' Camaro? Have I misunderstood this? Thank god it wasn't a Bentley; WO would have turned in his grave. Please explain, and if these kinds of headlines are to be repeated, I may cancel my subscription, as I wanted a quality journal that informed me of the market with accurate descriptions.—Stephen R. Campbell, U.K. “Bitchin' Camaro” is the title of a song by the Philadelphiabased '80s punk band, The Dead Milkmen. The term “bitchin” (sometimes spelled “bitchen”) is an American colloquialism meaning “cool,” “awesome,” etc., that dates back to at least the 1960s. Though its etymology is unknown, Southern California surfers used the term—along with “tubular” and “gnarly”—to describe waves, boards, Woodies, and anything else that was bitchin'. The word appears in both Webster's and the American Heritage Dictionaries. No one would ever consider a Bentley bitchin', except perhaps the Blue Train Special.—ED ERRATA • In the January issue, English Profile Seat Time, p. 50, we incorrectly identified the person sitting in R-R Silver Ghost S/N 32PB as Roger Morrison. It is his wife, Sissy. • In our January coverage of the Radnor Hunt Concours, on page 43, we incorrectly listed Al Holbert as the owner of 1984 Porsche 962C-103. The owner of the car is actually Holbert Motor Cars of Warrington, PA. SCM regrets the error. • In our supplement to the Arizona Auctions, we incorrectly located the Kruse auction on our page 12 map. The sale will take place at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, not at Phoenix International Raceway.u


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StuffSEMA edition Neat by Colin Comer New Car Stuff for the Old Car Gang The word “SEMA” conjures up images of adolescent types building tuner cars with Xbox controllers instead of steering wheels and enough under-car fluorescence to light up a city. But after strolling the aisles for what seemed like a month, I came up with these brand new goodies that will make your old car happy. Perhaps the best upgrade for people who want to drive their muscle cars is to swap in an overdrive transmission. New for 2006 is Keisler's Tremec TKO 5-speed “PerfectFit” kit for 1965–70 Mustangs that retains the stock shifter location. Kits are available in 550 hp or 650 hp ratings. Also new for 2006 is Keisler's 4-speed automatic overdrive conversion kit for Mopar vehicles, which, oddly enough, uses a GM 4L60E transmission…. Just don't tell your Mopar. $2,995 for manual/manual conversion; $4,495 auto/manual conversion. www.keislerauto.com For vintage Ford and GM cars using an antiquated generator, check out Powermaster's “PowerGEN.” Looks like a generator but has a 90-amp alternator hidden inside. This baby cranks out over 60 amps at idle—just the thing for your '32 flathead-powered hi-boy with navigation, a/c, and subwoofers, or for the guy who just wants his battery to actually charge when he drives. $370–$470. www.powermastermotorsports.com PurePower's Lifetime oil filter is a forged billet aluminum oil filter that not only looks cool, but also flows better, won't burst, can filter your oil up to 90% better, and drops oil temperatures more than conventional disposable filters. It is also a great way to monitor what comes out of your engine, especially after that last long distance rally. Don't trust your $20,000 engine to a $4.00 dimestore filter. $199–$329. www.gopurepower.com Custom Autosound's “Secretaudio” systems are great for those tired of singing to themselves while admiring the factory radio blanking plate in your lightweight Ford Thunderbolt. Completely hidden, as the name implies, one can operate this system completely via remote. I have one in my 246 Dino, and the hot tip in the control unit fits perfectly in the ashtray. But my favorite product this year is the USA-66 radio for 1965–66 Mustangs. A replica of the factory AM/FM unit, this 200-watt unit looks dead original but also has inputs for a CD changer, MP3 player, iPod, and even satellite radio. Not bad for under $300. www.custom-autosound.com Is your ride a little hot under the collar? If so, AFCO has not only direct-fit aluminum radiator replacements for nearly any car you can think of, but will also custom build a radiator for your car. Want a bolt-in high-performance radiator for your 365 GTB/4 Daytona? AFCO tells me they can build it for you. Why settle for just looking cool? $329 for bolt-in; $700 for custombuilt. www.AFCOracing.com 24 My dogs like my cars. And dogs are messy. I've tried every type of “custom” seat cover out there, but Covercraft's new Canine Covers division will even make custom covers to your specs in a variety of colors. They aren't glamorous, but compared to paw prints all over your seats, they start to look pretty good. Don't tell me your dog wouldn't like a ride in the F40 after all…. $90–$300. www.caninecovers.com u Sports Car Market


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS Offered Exclusively from a Private Collection 1961 Triumph TR3B Italia Coupe Coachwork by Vignale, fully restored overdrive, matching numbers 1967 Triumph TR4A IRS Fully restored, Overdrive 1968 Triumph TR5 Fully Restored, Overdrive, PI 1971 Triumph TR6 2 owners, 63,400 original miles 1976 Triumph TR6 89 original miles, Overdrive, Hard Top Soft Top, Radio, Covers 1976 Triumph TR6 176 original miles, Overdrive, Hard Top Soft Top, Factory Air con, Covers 1976 Triumph TR6 235 original miles, Overdrive, Soft Top Please Contact 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 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 Malcolm Welford 1976 Triumph TR6 443 original miles, Soft Top Stored 29 years


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SCM Our Cars A Rally Star, a Formula Car, a Bangle Barge At the Canadian border I was told the car didn't meet 1974 U.S. safety standards, never mind that it was produced in 1971 1985 VAN DIEMEN RF85 1600 Owner: Richard Hudson-Evans, SCM U.K & European Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 16, 2006 Price: $12,300 Mileage since purchase: 40 Recent work: New six-point harness and fire system, replaced seat, added quick-release steering wheel At my great age, I should know better. But as an inevitable part of second childhood, I have 1971 LANCIA FULVIA 1.3S Owner: Bill Woodard, SCM Strategic Planner Purchase date: June 2006 Price: $8,500 Mileage since purchase: 1,500 Recent work: Valve adjustment, oil change In my continued effort to own every car I once lusted for in my youth, the Lancia Fulvia 1.3S was on my short list. Finding a rust-free example of any old Italian car is difficult, but for these little cars it seemed impossible. My leads over the last couple of years led me to a number of shiny, often well-sorted cars, but all had rust somewhere. This car was owned by a couple in Edmonton, Alberta. I was aware of it, and when they decided to sell, I immediately bought it. That was the easy part. Getting the car across the border proved to be the challenge. A friend and I picked up the car in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and when we trailered it to the border early that morning, U.S. Customs told me I couldn't bring it into the U.S. I had made numerous calls to officials beforehand to make sure I met the requirements, which, on a pre-1974 car, meant a valid Canadian registration, a passport, and a completed HS-7 form. At the border I was told the car didn't meet 1974 U.S. safety standards, never mind that it was produced in 1971. I was then informed it would be impounded for a mandatory three days before further action could be taken. My arguments fell on deaf ears and left me feeling as if I might be impounded if I wasn't careful. After more than an hour of wrangling, the supervisor I'd been requesting to speak with showed up and said, “No problem.” Fifteen minutes and 2.5% duty later, we were on the road. With that behind me, this car has been a delight to drive. It's one of the best cornering and most nimble cars I have ever owned, and was certainly worth the wait. And the border ordeal. 26 gone and added a single-seater to my toy cupboard. While I have to accept that a Van Diemen is no F1 car, a 1,600-cc Formula Ford should nonetheless provide me with a ground-hugging, openwheeled racer buzz for far fewer bucks. The Ralph Firman-designed RF85 was built at Snetterton, and the model mopped up most of the FF race series in its day. The RF85 is distinguished from many earlier chassis by having an extremely narrow frontal area with two radiators flanking the cockpit sides. Also novel at the time was inboard front suspension featuring a rocking lever with bell cranks linking the Bilstein shocks. To maximize airflow and maintain weight as low and as near to the center line as possible, the rear dampers are also mounted inside, within an F1/Indy-style gearbox carrier. I've no desire to subject myself or my new toy to the lottery of FF motor racing, which so often descends into the mayhem of a destruction derby as the young chargers of tomorrow slug it out in such competitive training grounds. Rather, the object of this particular exercise is to campaign it in the far more gentlemanly world of timed sprints and hill climbs at such historic venues as Shelsley Walsh and Prescott. How did I come to fall for this particular, full-sized Dinky toy? Well, having been impressed with the Benetton Blue machine in the Harewood paddock, and more so as I watched it safely ascend the North Yorkshire hill climb course in one piece, I knew the package really could perform as well as it looks in 2007, and I bought it there and then. 2006 BMW 750LI Owner: David Slama, SCM General Manager Purchase date: November 24, 2006 Price: $81,000 Mileage since purchase: 400 Recent work: Programmed garage door openers My wife decided to swap her 2004 Mercedes-Benz S430 4matic for a 750Li with a TV in back for the kids. Perhaps it was a bit more than the TV, as my new M5 made her car seem, well, antiquated. A lot of the gripes about the iDrive are well founded. The rest, as I've discovered, go away with daily use. But even if you can't get it to play a simple radio station, its looks, interface, and fingertip innovation will make even a relatively new and advanced car like the last generation S-Class seem geriatric. We've had it for just a short time, and so far our reaction is mixed. The 750Li has guts and pres- ence, where the S430 and its air suspension was the epitome of smooth. The BMW's engine really pulls when you want it to, and the controls are heavier and the ride firmer, as it was most likely designed for middle-aged men. We love the Bluetooth—when it works (sometimes it's unable to link to the phone). The doors don't seem to open to an average full position. Sometimes you have to wait on the parking sensors, as they are slow to react. And although the trunk is similar in volume to the S430, it can't take a stroller as easily. Minor gripes, none of which have to do with how the car actually goes. Overall, the 750Li is about what I expected from BMW and its latest line of ultimate driving machines. If we only had a smaller stroller…u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Cosworth-Vega 1975–76 Chevrolet Cosworth-Vega It's not hard to find a well-maintained, low-mileage car, as they were something of an “instant collectible” in their day, with a small but ardent following by B. Mitchell Carlson W hen Chevrolet's new compact, the Vega, came to the market for 1971, it was intended to compete with imports landing on both U.S. coasts. Shortly before the car's intro- duction, then Chevrolet General Manager John Z. DeLorean directed his staff to develop a highperformance “halo car” variant. One of the leads he sug- gested was Keith Duckworth of England's Cosworth Engineering, to see if they could develop a hot version of the Vega's newly developed aluminum four-cylinder motor. John Z thought the motor would form a good basis for a full race version, and in 1970, both Chevrolet and Cosworth started development work. THE VEGA LAID AN EGG Meanwhile, the production Vega was turned loose on the marketplace and laid an egg. Economy cars weren't trendy, let alone one with an all-aluminum engine (GM should've figured that one out from the Corvair). On top of that, the “sporty” Vega GT was tanking, since it was nothing more than trim and decals, and those didn't count for much when sitting next to a Chevelle SS 454 on the dealer's lot. Good news was needed for the Vega line, so upper management put the heat on their engineering department and Cosworth to come up with a wonder motor. However, at Cosworth, they were discovering what millions of Vega owners would eventually find out: the allaluminum block was prone to failure. Developed by GM engineers with the assistance of Reynolds Aluminum, it was the world's first (and so far only) all-aluminum block, including the cylinder bores. In lieu of steel sleeves, the block was cast from a high-silicon-content alloy, which initially seemed to wear at the same rate as steel. In reality, most engines started to wear out of tolerance within 40,000 to 50,000 miles. What Cosworth was also finding was that while they could develop gobs of power with their twin-overhead cam cylinder head (up to 290 hp at 9, 000 rpm); the blocks would break, especially at the bottom. Discouraged, and lacking the capacity for volume production, Cosworth licensed the head design to Chevrolet for further development. DETAILS Years produced: 1975–76 Number produced: 3,508 SCM Valuation: $5,000–$7500 Tune-up/major service: $400 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Driver's side of the dashboard, driver's side cowl near the plenum chamber, the engine bell housing flange adjacent to starter Engine #: Engine bell housing flange adjacent to starter Club: Cosworth Vega Owner's Association (COVA), P.O. Box 5864 Pittsburgh, PA 15209 More: www.cosworthvega.com Alternatives: 1974–76 BMW 2002tii, Alfa Romeo GTV, 1970–77 Mercury Capri SCM Investment Grade: C- 1976 Cosworth-Vega COSWORTH DISCOURAGED Despite this news, GM gave the Vega TC (its code- name internally) the green light. Sales were still sluggish, and the “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” mantra was deemed the Vega's best hope. In this case, racing was SCCA Production B sedan class, Chevy's target from nearly day one, due to what was happening both here and in European 2-liter class sports car racing. Based upon computer models, the Vega TC was expected to be competitive, if not have a slight edge (being in a lighter body) than both the BMW 2002 and the Alfa Romeo GTA. Chevy's plan was to have at least 1,000 examples of the hot motor available in the Vega to homologate it for the series. Several forms of induction were considered. The best setup, with Weber sidedraft carburetors, was not in the cards, as the DCOEs could not be smogged (as BMW found out with the 1600ti, thusly creating the famous 2002). The only carbureted variant considered for produc- tion used the Weber-designed, Holley-built DGAVtype progressive downdraft two-barrel. Fuel injection appeared the best bet, but GM's Rochester Products division was only interested in developing a complete 28 Sports Car Market Matthew Brown


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integrated system (to include a sealed fuel system and catalytic converters). Externally, systems from both Lucas and Bendix were considered, with the latter getting the nod for production. The engineers continued to improve the durability of the engine blocks, and the whole twin-cam program was targeted for the 1974 model year. Press releases, sales material, color and trim selections, and even a test by Car & Driver magazine were slated. MOTORS DETUNED FURTHER Increased emission regulations meant the motor needed to be detuned further. This was no easy task, as the package was originally designed for a 12:1 compression ratio and struggled at 8.5:1 and 110 hp—a far cry from 290. But what caused the missed production date was that the motor failed its EPA certification test, due to burned valves from an overly lean fuel mixture and advanced timing. During the year, one of several changes made was the color combination. Originally intended to be a silver car with black trim, John DeLorean changed his mind and production cars were black with gold trim. From the first car out of the Lordstown, Ohio, plant until the last scheduled 1975 model, all Cosworth Vegas were black and gold. Black was unavailable on any other Vega that year. The Cosworth package made the Vega the second most expensive car in the Chevy line, at $5,916. This was nearly twice the price of a standard Vega, a fact that Chevy's ad agency used in several ads for the car when it finally hit the street. What a Cosworth buyer got for the money was more than just a fancy cylinder head with electronic fuel injection on a stock aluminum engine block in a black and gold package. The car also featured a four-speed manual transmission, firmer springs, sway bars front and rear, unique alloy wheels shod with radial tires, full instrumentation with a gold-toned, engine-turned dashboard, and a dash plaque with a series number on it. NOT JUST BLACK IN ‘76 For 1976, the overall Vega line saw a couple of cos- metic changes, mostly characterized by the parking/turn signal lamps hiding behind a three-slat grille (like an early Fedders air conditioner) that extended entirely between the headlights, plus larger taillights. These changes spilled over to the Cosworths, which were now offered in seven additional paint colors (Antique White, Dark Blue Metallic, Firethorn Metallic, Mahogany Metallic, Dark Green Metallic, Buckskin, Medium Orange, and Medium Saddle Metallic) with additional interior color and material combinations. Also, the brakes were improved slightly and a 5-speed manual transmission was made optional. The $6,000 price tag and less than spectacular power output guaranteed that Chevy was not going to exceed the forecast limited production of 5,000 units. In fact, 2,061 cars built in 1975 and another 1,447 the following year meant there were some left-over engines. Most sources estimate that 5,000 engines were hand-assembled. While a few engines were used for warranty replacement, none $9,000 $12,000 $15,000 $3,000 $6,000 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. B. MITCHELL CARLSON is a Market Analyst for Kelley Blue Book and Old Cars Price Guide, and his auction reports regularly appear in SCM. 20 Year Picture were actively marketed for off-highway performance, so they stayed in inventory until the early 1980s, when around 500 were disassembled for parts and the remainder scrapped for a tax write-off. For the final year of the Vega in 1977, the Cosworth was gone, but one could get close with a Pontiac “Iron Duke” steel-block four-banger, the five-speed tranny, the Cosworth's F41 suspension package, and it even came in black. Today, it is not at all difficult to find a well-cared-for, low-mileage Cos-Veg, as they were something of an “instant collectible” in their day. They also attracted an immediate cult following of an ardent (albeit small in number) cadre of enthusiasts. The best example to buy would be from one of these club members. As good quality examples are still generally available (including the occasional min- imal mileage new examples at a dealer), don't buy a restoration project. The hopeless rust-out issues and problematic engine block owned by someone who didn't religiously maintain it make the restoration of any Vega just silly. The unique twin-cam pieces are just icing on the cake. ONE FOR THE PRICE OF TEN Rough cars are best used as powertrain donors for others. Although the Bendix fuel injection was a compromise, and tuned so closely that all components were numbered as a set, it is generally best to leave it as stock. However, if you enjoy turning up your nose at 1975 EPA regulations and don't live in California, ditch an uncooperative setup and go with a pair of Weber DCOEs, as Cosworth had intended. Examples in worthwhile condition have generally stayed within $2,000 of their original MSRP for over the last decade. However, better examples are starting to get noticed and there have been some slight market adjustments upward. The CosworthVega might have been a Vega for the price of two when it was new—now it's about the price of ten.u 1975-76 Cosworth Vega 1972-74 BMW 2002tii 1969-74 Alfa Romeo GTV February 2007 29 1987 1992 1997 2002 2006


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Legal Files John Draneas Long-Distance Dreams, Close-Up Nightmares The litigation costs could easily exceed the $10,500 that could be recovered authority. This one wasn't much of a car guy, and was swayed by the seller's “expert” witness—a friend who testified that the Beetle was “perfect” when he saw it loaded onto the transporter, so all the damage must have happened in transit. End result was the recovery of $1,800 for the torn window and door seals all around, plus court costs. That wasn't all that bad a result. After deducting his travel costs, our client had enough left over to fill the Beetle's tank and take his wife out to a very nice dinner. The Case of the Rusted-Out Pantera took a different turn. Our Utah client was smitten by a very well-presented 1974 Pantera located in Florida. Again, the eBay listing contained an extensive description of the car, as well as numerous photographs. The Pantera looked quite nice when it reached Utah, Can you spot all the dings, scratches, and paint chips at 72 dpi? tion, long-distance collector car purchases have become commonplace. But this bold new marketplace is fraught with peril, as two recent cases handled by our law firm illustrate. In The Case of the Overdinged Beetle, our client purchased a California resident 1979 I VW Beetle convertible while sitting comfortably at his computer in the Midwest. The Beetle was very nicely presented on eBay with an extensive description and 40 photographs that made the $10,500 purchase price seem like an excellent deal. When the Beetle arrived, however, it didn't meet our client's expectations. The “only one small ding and couple of hood chips” had miraculously grown to over 100 chips, dings, and scratches all over the car, some poorly touched up and some not at all. The “all panel lines as they should be” apparently reflected the seller's belief that a one-inch gap between the hood and the fenders was correct. The “excellent, shiny paint” turned out to have the life expectancy of a drive to the nearest paint shop. The eBay Square Trade mediation was unsuccessful, and our client retained us to help resolve the problem. A quick strategy session concluded that the case would have to be filed in California, we would have to retain local counsel, and the litigation costs could easily equal or exceed the $10,500 to be recovered. And, with no written contract to provide otherwise, our client would not be able to recover his legal fees. Consequently, the best course for him was to file an action in small claims court, which he did. THE EQUIVALENT OF FRONTIER JUSTICE Small claims courts are wonderful institutions, but they dispense the equivalent of frontier justice. With no attorneys and no appeals allowed, the judge is clearly the final n just a few years, the Internet has created a national marketplace for collector cars way beyond local newspaper classified sections. Web sites such as eBay have plowed fertile new ground. Combined with increased collector car values and affordable auto transporta- but closer inspection revealed that extensive rust had simply been painted over during the “extensive restoration.” This time the legal situation was quite a bit different. My partner's excellent nosing around on eBay discovered that the seller was actually a small Florida car dealer masquerading as a private party. That gave our client the ability, under Florida law, to recover his attorney fees if he won. We referred him to a Florida attorney, and the case is ongoing. WHAT'S A GUY AND HIS COMPUTER TO DO? The “red mist” of buying used to be just an auction thing. But now, sitting at your desk, perhaps sipping a glass of fine wine, surfing the net for great collector car deals, the mist has found a new way to cloud your senses. It is so easy to believe that the car that looks so good in those little Internet pictures is the car of your dreams. It is so easy to believe that the seller, who has offered such a detailed description of the car, together with candid explanations of its very few warts, is being both honest and accurate. BE WARNED: PICTURES LIE A picture may be worth a thousand words, but what good will a thousand lies do you? I once found a wonderful-looking 356 Porsche Roadster on the Internet, located a short distance away from a knowledgeable friend. George happily looked it over for me, and burned a 36shot roll of film in his Nikon. But as the photos were in the mail, George called to say, “I looked at the pictures and just couldn't believe how nice the car looked, even though I was trying to highlight its defects. Trust me, it's a LOT worse than it looks in the photos.” If the best efforts of Nikon and Kodak couldn't make the defects show, how much confidence should you place in those little, low-resolution pictures on the computer screen? 30 Sports Car Market


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GET A PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION Hire a local dealer or shop—preferably one having no relationship with the seller—to inspect the car before you buy it. You pick the shop, be very clear about what you want them to look for, and have them report directly to you. Ask a lot of questions. GO LOOK FOR YOURSELF If you really want a nice car, go look at it for yourself. No exceptions. The ideal personal inspection is best handled at the shop where your pre-purchase inspection is being conducted, for two reasons. One, you have the opportunity to speak directly with the mechanic who is inspecting the car and can ask questions while the car is in front of you. The other is that you will see the condition of the car for yourself. Even if you aren't an expert, you will know whether or not it meets your standards. HIRE AN EXPERT If it is impossible for you to go see the car yourself, hire an expert to look at it for you—especially if you are paying a premium because the car is supposed to be “factory correct.” The shop doing the pre-purchase inspection probably won't know enough to help you out here. They will be too focused on mechanical items to serve this purpose, and the mechanic may not have the knowledge to gauge authenticity and cosmetics. You need an experienced appraiser or a restorer, experienced collector or marque club enthusiast—someone who really knows this model and year—to look at the car and report to you. COMMUNICATE CLEARLY When talking to the seller, shop, or expert, be very careful about exactly what you say, and listen very carefully to them. Avoid conclusory comments, opinions, and value judgments, and focus on specific facts. The other person's judgment isn't the most important thing; what you want is the most accurate description of the car so you can make your own judgment. Remember, two people can see the same thing and then describe it totally differently, each being sure he is accurate. GET IT IN WRITING There is no substitute for a well-written contract with the seller. Spend the money to have a car-knowledgeable attorney write one for you. At a minimum, the contract should contain the seller's complete description of the car, specify its provenance, and create a workable dispute resolution mechanism, including the recovery of your legal fees and other costs if you have to pursue a legal claim. If you don't have time to do all of that, don't buy the car. Trust me, another will come along soon enough.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His columns are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com. February 2007 31


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Collecting Thoughts Top Sales All-Time Highest Auction Prices The bus made $4.3m; the sellers, meanwhile, were hoping for about $600,000, a figure roughly double their investment to restore it by Stefan Lombard elow are ten cars that saw at least two bidders duke it out with their paddles and their pocketbooks. They represent the top auction sales of all time. Christie's recently announced it had consigned an Auto Union D-type to its February 17 Retromobile sale in Paris. The firm believes the car could achieve a world record price, speculating it might reach somewhere near $12m if and when the B 1 2 3 4 32 hammer falls. The key ingredients, of course, will be two determined bidders. All sale prices include a buyer's premium. Where applicable, the period sale price has been adjusted for inflation to show today's equivalent cost. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe—$8,700,000 / Adjusted For Inflation (AFI): $17,622,158 Sold by Christie's in London, UK, on 11.17.1987 Imposing and opulent in nearly every way, the enormous Royale was the car of kings. Or should have been. The chassis alone cost $25,000, and the coachbuilt bodies added another $18,000. At a much-hyped sale at the Royal Albert Hall, this car sold to an anonymous bidder, and 20 years on still marks the highest price paid for a car at auction. (Photo: Christie's) 1929 Mercedes-Benz 38/250 SSK—$7,443,070 / AFI: $7,902,391 Sold by Bonhams at Sussex, UK, on 09.03.2004 The purest sports car of its time, a trio of SSKs swept the podium at the 1927 German Grand Prix. Thirty-three cars were built, and each lived a hard life as a rule. Today only a handful of original and complete cars survive. This was a desirable short wheelbase car, fully documented from new, unrestored, and still wearing its original coachwork. 1931 Bugatti Royale Berline de Voyager—$6,500,000 / AFI: $11,806,724 Sold by Kruse at the Harrah Collection in Reno, NV, in June, 1986 This Royale was once part of mega-collector Bill Harrah's stable. When his 1,400-car collection was sold off at three auctions in 1986, this car received much fanfare in its presentation. A gala event entitled “Evening Royale” served as the venue, where pre-sale speculation included figures two and three times the hammer price. (Photo: National Automobile Museum [The Harrah Collection] Library, Reno, NV) 1962 Ferrari 330 TRI/LM—$6,490,000 / AFI: $7,161,771 Sold by RM Auctions at Monterey, CA, on 08.16.2002 The last Testa Rossa built, it was raced by Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien to outright victory at Le Mans in 1962, the last front-engined car to do so. Today it wears a non-original body, and though its pedigree earned this price, the newer sheetmetal hindered the sale, perhaps by as much as seven figures. Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Top Sales 5 6 7 8 9 10 34 1966 Ferrari 330 P3—$5,616,000 / AFI: $6,587,437 Sold by Christie's at Pebble Beach, CA, on 08.19.2000 The striking P3 was built solely for racing, and this particular car has several overall victories to its credit. Most famously, it finished 3rd in a Ferrari 1-2-3 formation sweep at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. In the long and often sordid story of Ferrari racing lore, big V12-engined prototype racers of this era occupy a place near the top. 1958 Ferrari 412 S—$5,610,000 Sold by RM Auctions at Monterey, CA, on 08.18.2006 This car crossed the block loaded with history. Powered by the engine from Fon de Portago's ill-fated 1957 Mille Miglia 335 S and subsequently raced by Phil Hill in the Race of Two Worlds. Sotheby's failed to sell it in June 2005 at $9.2m, and though speculators thought it might bring as much as $8m in Monterey, the final price was no small change. 1930 Bentley Speed Six—$5,109,665 / AFI: $5,424,988 Sold by Christie's at Le Mans, FRA, on 07.23.2004 Bentley won Le Mans in 1924, and again from 1927 to 1930. This car, a fac- tory racer, finished 2nd in 1930, and is viewed as the most original and significant surviving Bentley. The result was fully $2 million above pre-sale estimates, and still represents the highest price ever paid for a British car, as well as the biggest sale in France. (Photo: Christie's) 1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster—$4,455,000 / AFI: $4,729,923 Sold by Gooding & Company at Pebble Beach, CA, on 08.15.2004 Dubbed the “Mormon Meteor,” this Duesie was built to set land speed records. Doing just that, Utah developer Ab Jenkins averaged 135.47 mph over 24 hours at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Impeccable history and the rare opportunity to own the only one of its kind brought this price. 1964 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe—$4,400,000 / AFI: $5,161,098 Sold by RM Auctions at Monterey, CA, on 08.19.2000 In the 1960s, anything Carroll Shelby touched turned to gold. Shelby's six streamlined Daytona Coupes were built to beat Ferrari in endurance races. This one helped cement a World Championship in 1965, a feat never again achieved by an American car. It was also Shelby's personal car, which helped the price. (Photo: RM) 1953 GM Futurliner—$4,320,000 Sold by Barrett-Jackson at Scottsdale, AZ, on 01.14.2006 This bus toured America before and after WWII, displaying GM's emerging technologies in the “Parade of Progress.” Continued interest in American concept vehicles from the era, plus the desire by one bidder to fill out a collection of such vehicles, led to this strong result. The sellers, meanwhile, were hoping for about $600,000, a figure roughly double their investment to restore it.u Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Top Collectors Top 50 North American Collectors of 2006 All embody the spirit of educated and informed collecting Avoid,” etc. A list of people rather than cars, however, is something new not just for us but in the collector car world in general. The SCM list of the Top 50 Collectors of 2006 is not based solely E on size or value of collections but on passion for and contribution to the car collecting hobby. Some individuals listed have raised the profile of the hobby, supported and participated in concours and shows, or made it a better, safer, or more fulfilling pursuit for the rest of us. Some you may recognize and some you may not. All we think embody the spirit of educated and informed collecting that SCM endeavors to support every month. very industry has a list of “players”―influential people, opinion leaders, and fixtures at major events. At SCM, there has always been a certain propensity for lists―“Ten Bargain Exotics”, “18 Best Vintage Events”, “11 Ferraris You Should COLLECTOR STATE Gordon Apker WA Thomas Armstrong WA Gary Bartlett Joe Bortz IN IL Stephen Brauer MO Joseph Cassini NJ Charles Cauley MD INDUSTRY Real Estate Manufacturing Automobile Parts and Accessories Hospitality Engineering Law Financial FOCUS Pre-war; Post-war European; Post-war American Pre-war; Race cars Single marque (Jaguar) Post-war American; Concept cars Pre-war Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war American Richie Clyne David Cohen Corky Coker Miles Collier Keith Crain Clive Cussler Oscar Davis Jimmy Dobbs III Thomas DuPont John Hendricks Lee Herrington Bill Jacobs Shirley's 1938 Alfa Romeo 2900 B Coupe 36 Sports Car Market NV TN FL MI AZ NJ AZ FL Charles Goodman CA CO NH IL Collier's 1955 Jaguar D-type Hospitality CAN Mining and Minerals Automotive Parts and Accessories Real Estate Publishing Publishing Manufacturing Automotive Sales Publishing Real Estate Entertainment Catalog Retail Automobile sales Pre-war Pre-war Antique; Pre-war; Post-war American Race cars; Pre-war; Post-war European Post-war American Pre-war Pre-war Pre-war Pre-war Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war European; Post-war American Pre-war; Single marque (Ferrari) Post-war European


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Peter Kalikow NY Buck Kamphausen CA Arturo Keller CA Richard Kughn MI Ralph Lauren Robert Lee Jay Leno Sam Mann JW Marriott, Jr. Bruce McCaw NY NV CA NJ DC WA John McMullen MI Bruce Meyer John Mozart John O'Quinn Robert Pass Gene Perkins Malcolm Pray Patrick Ryan Peter Sachs Ed Schoenthaler Jerry Seinfeld Jon Shirley CA CA TX MO IN CT AL CT IL NY WA Frederick Simeone PA Chuck Swimmer David Sydorick Archie Urciuoli Rob Walton CA CA CT AZ Real Estate Service Industry Manufacturing Retail Apparel Retail Entertainment Technology Hospitality Telecommunicatons Automotive Sales Real Estate Real Estate Law Transportation Real Estate Automobile Sales Automotive Sales Financial Automobile Sales Entertainment Technology Healthcare Real Estate Financial Financial Retail Single marque (Ferrari) Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war European Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war European Post-war European Pre-war; Post-war European Pre-war Pre-war Post-war European Pre-war Post-war American Post-war European Pre-war; Post-war American Pre-war; Post-war European Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war European Race cars; Pre-war Race cars Pre-war; Post-war American Single marque (Porsche) Single marque (Ferrari) Post-war European; Pre-war Pre-war; Post-war American Post-war European Post-war European Pre-war Don Williams Mike Yager CA IL Lorenzo Zambrano MEX Mann's 1934 Voisin C15 Roadster Automotive Sales Automobile Parts and Accessories Post-war European Single marque (Corvette) Construction Materials Post-war European u THE TOP 50 COLLECTORS BY INDUSTRY Technology Retail Real Estate Public Service Mining Manufacturing Sydorick's 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato February 2007 37 Law Insurance & Finance Healthcare Entertainment Engineering Automobiles


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Events Hilton Head Island Concours Wrapping Up the Concours Season The Quest for Speed display allowed young and old alike to experience just how uncomfortable racing cars can be—not that it mattered to the racers by Joe Severns more than just the concours, and is accompanied by historic racing action at nearby Roebling Road Raceway outside Savannah, Georgia, and an auction put on by the Worldwide Group. And despite early November temperatures that dipped into the thirties, visitors from around the world bundled up to enjoy all of it. More than 400 cars graced the Discovery Museum's T Honey Horn Event Grounds, with this year's honored marques “The Cars of Indiana”—Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, and Studebaker—occupying prime spots throughout. Many Indy 500 machines had a strong presence as well. The Hoosier theme was not relegated to the concours field alone, however. Lyn St. James, former Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, and Janet Guthrie, the first woman to race at both the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, were available for meet and greets and book signings, and St. James drove some hot laps. Even the Auburn-based Worldwide auction company met the unofficial criteria. Concours organizers shifted focus this year, working hard to attract entire families, not just car enthusiasts. On fields adjacent to the Worldwide tents, the Quest for Speed and Style Exhibition and a Kid's Corner led the way to the Car Club Jamboree, where local car clubs presented their rides to the public. And by allowing people access to stationary racers, the Quest for Speed display allowed young and old alike to experience just how uncomfortable racing cars can be. Of course, comfort wasn't exactly high on the priority list when these cars were designed and built. Patricia Mooradian, CEO of The Henry Ford, a cultural museum dedicated to the business and personal legacy of Henry Ford, was chosen as Concours Honorary Chairperson this year, the first woman to chair at Hilton Head. The post put her in good company with the trailblazing female racers present throughout the weekend. Mooradian brought two of her own cars to the show, a 1956 Chrysler 300B and a Crosley Hot Shot. The Crosley made its way to the event in the trunk of the Chrysler. Best of Show went to Ethel Lanaux of New Orleans, Louisiana, for her 1931 Chrysler Waterhouse, while Bill Alley of Greensboro, Vermont, and his 1914 Locomobile Berline took the People's Choice Award. The event had plenty of SCM winners, too. Malcolm Pray took Best in Class for his 1937 Delahaye 135M and Rick Schmidt took Best in Class for his 1955 Olds 98 Holiday. he Fifth Annual Hilton Head Island Concours d'Elegance & Motoring Festival once again brought the celebration of the automobile to South Carolina. The weekend is made up of far Historic Formula One and Indy Cars at Roebling Road 38 Sports Car Market


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SCMers at Hilton Head Howard & Diane Banaszak—Ft. Lauderdale, FL 1953 MG TD Judy & Shelly Barquist—Savannah, GA 1932 Cadillac 355B Ray & Lou Bowersox—Milton, PA 1932 Stutz DV32, 1932 Marmon Coupe Fred Burt—Hilton Head, SC 1939 MG TA Howard Byron—Chevy Chase, MD 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Carl Cedergren—Stillwater, MN 1913 Hudson 6-54 Speedster, Palmetto Award Roy Crowninshield—Ft. Wayne, IN 1967 Morgan, Palmetto Award J.B. Day—Easley, SC 1939 Plymouth Coupe, Chairman's Award Hilton Head attracted many families this year, not just gearheads The new focus on family added to what has fast become a great way to finish the long concours season, and planning for next year's event is already under way. With great cars, lively personalities, and all ticket proceeds benefiting local charities, the Hilton Head Island Concours has developed a winning formula.u DETAILS Plan Ahead: November 1–4, 2007 Where: Hilton Head Island, SC Cost: $25 More: www.hhiconcours.com JOE SEVERNS is an automotive writer based in Georgia. His work has appeared in Hemmings, the Washington Post, and the Boston Globe. Rob & Brenda Ellis—Westerville, OH 1958 Porsche 356 Convertible D Dick & Sue Gasper—Murrells Inlet, SC 1957 Chevrolet Mark Hyman—St. Louis, MO 1939 Lagonda Rapide J.W. “Bill” Marriott—Washington, D.C. 1938 Darracq/Talbot Lago, Palmetto Award Mike McClelland—Seneca, SC 1937 Cord 812 SC phaeton, Palmetto Award Don & Diane Meluzio—York, PA 1963 Porsche 901 Prototype, Palmetto Award Helen & Aaron Newman—Rosemont, NJ 1939 Cadillac 7519F Fleetwood, Palmetto Award Malcolm Pray—Greenwich, CT 1937 Delahaye 135M, Best in Class 1957 BMW 507, Best for Touring 1937 Cord 812 Sportsman, Most Historically Significant John Rich—Frackville, PA 1910 American Traveler, Palmetto Award Frank Rubino—Pinecrest, FL 1947 Morgan F Super, Palmetto Award Rick Schmidt—Silver Springs, FL 1955 Oldsmobile 98 Holiday, Best in Class Jim Schmidt—Gainesville, FL 1924 Lincoln 135 limousine Bob Slayden—Atlanta, GA 1965 Shelby Cobra 289, Palmetto Award Carol & W.L. Wagnon—Stone Mountain, GA 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Dale & Barb Whitney—Alpharetta, GA 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal Janet Guthrie Nearly a dozen Stutzes on the field February 2007 39


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Events London to Brighton Slow and Steady Wins This Race Early on Sunday morning, we had downtown London to ourselves, and our top speed of around 15 mph seemed par for the course by Dave Kinney Merrily on their way through the cold London morning E 40 arly November brings at least two sure things to London—cold weather and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR). Open only to cars built before January 1, 1905, the race is run on 60 miles of public roads between the capital city and the seaside town of Brighton. The original London to Brighton Run was first held to celebrate the end of the Red Flag Laws, an act that forced early motorists to hire someone to walk in front of their car, flag in hand, to announce its approach. The repeal of the act also meant that vehicles were now free to up their speeds from 4 mph to a breakneck 14 mph. In keeping with such pace, the current event prohibits participants from exceeding 20 mph. I have harbored a desire to participate in the London to Brighton since I was a child, first reading about it well before I was driver's license-eligible. For this year's race—the 110th anniversary of the original—I found myself in the passenger seat of Larry “The Limey” Riches's 1904 Cadillac. So popular is the event these days that there are now three distinct events to fill the weekend—a small auction held by Bonhams on the Friday before, a concours held on London's famous Regent Street on Saturday, and the race itself on Sunday. More than anything else, the London to Brighton is about the characters who partici- DETAILS Plan Ahead: Early November, 2007 Eligibility: Cars built pre-1905 More: www.LBVCR.com pate, and if you attend, you're sure to find a group that is friendly, fun, and in some instances, fresh off the pages of a Dickens novel. Before the race I was acquainted with only a handful of the 500 participants, but by the time the concours ended, my circle of contacts had grown exponentially. The Ward brothers, Daniel and Toby, were happy to acquaint me with the cars they had entered in the event—Daniel's 1899 Delahaye and a 1901 Panhard et Levassor to be driven by Toby. Dressed in period garb, the brothers were hard to miss, and their delightful charm would win over even the most hardened skeptics of early motoring. Had there been a category for best dressed, pre-1900, then the Wigglesworth family from suburban Kansas City, Kansas, surely would have taken the prize. With a look completed by their 1903 Oldsmobile, they had great fun looking the part in the crisp London air. The race started promptly at daybreak, which on this day meant 7:07. With the oldest cars leaving first, Sports Car Market


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“Where the hell did I put that credit card?” The author (R) enjoys a casual ride about town London to Brighton SCMers Robert Ames—Portland, OR 1902 Renault Malcolm Barber— San Francisco, CA 1903 Peerless Robert Brooks—London, UK 1904 Oldsmobile Martin Button—San Francisco, CA 1904 Lenawee Could be close our 1904 Cadillac was to be one of the last cars to leave Hyde Park Corner on its route south. That early on a Sunday morning, we had downtown London to ourselves, and our top speed of around 15 mph seemed par for the course. We sat high above the smaller but faster modern cars around us, and the Cadillac provided a surprisingly comfortable ride. In fact, many British participants will point out that early American cars were built for our sub-standard roads and therefore ride better than some of their European counterparts. Sixty miles is not far, but London to Brighton is best described as an all-day event. When your 102-year-old car slows to a walking pace at each hill, the miles and the time it takes to cover them add up. Still, the Cadillac soldiered on without breakdowns or complaints, and we just managed to beat the sunset when we arrived in Brighton. Not an adrenaline-filled macho-fest like some automotive driving events can be, the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run is an experience in vintage motoring done at the pace of a forgotten time. Any serious car enthusiast should make it a point to do this drive. It took me a long time to get there, but my first London to Brighton won't be my last.u DAVE KINNEY is head of USAppraisal, as well as a longtime contributor to SCM. He writes regularly for the New York Times and Automobile. Martin Chisholm— Brockhampton, UK 1903 Peugeot Chris Drake—Petersfield, UK 1900 De Dion Bouton Bill Harding—London, UK 1904 Mercedes Michael Kadoorie—Hong Kong 1903 Cadillac Arturo Keller—Petaluma, CA 1903 Berliet Dave Kinney—Great Falls, VA 1904 Cadillac Bruce McCaw—Bellevue, WA 1904 Mercedes Monte Shelton—Portland, OR 1902 Renault DeNean Stafford—Tifton, GA 1902 Panhard et Levassor February 2007 41


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Events Fairfield County Concours Climbing the Concours Ladder It's rare that a concours establishes itself so thoroughly in such a short time, but Fairfield displayed a maturity suitable to see it into the future by Donald Osborne 1958 Facel Vega of SCMer Matt deGarmo (R) and the 1958 Morgan Plus 4 of Lance Herman M 42 other Nature was not too kind to most collector car events held in the Northeast U.S. in the summer of 2006, but the annual Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance in Westport, Connecticut, proved it was out to beat the odds. On an overcast day that threatened rain but only delivered a brief shower, a full show field and a large, enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the 94 cars and 12 motorcycles on display on the Veteran's Green in the center of town. Again demonstrating the unique educational approach of the show, the cars, bikes, and their detailed, descriptive cards were arranged in chronological order, spanning a full 100 years of motoring—from a 1905 Packard Runabout to a 2005 tuned Bentley. SCMers made up a healthy dose of exhibitors, as well as those behind the scenes, including show organizers Bill Scheffler and John Shuck, Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney doing an informative “Field Walk,” and myself as master of ceremonies. Special displays have been a hallmark of the Fairfield Concours since its inception, and this year the tradition continued with a survey of MG. Ten cars were represented, dating from a 1932 Type M to a 1980 MGB. Also included was a rare 1953 Arnolt MG coupe. Also, with Lancia's centenary receiving much attention over the summer both in Europe and America, in Westport the celebration continued. Richard Sirota displayed his 1958 Aurelia B20 coupe, while I brought out my 1952 Ardea sedan. Returning was the popular “Reveille,” for which concours entrants fired up the engines of their cars and bikes on cue, much to the delight of the crowd. The day also featured special activities for the youngest show visitors, hosted by the event beneficiary, the Save the Children organization. Though small in scope and still young, the Fairfield County Concours has never Plan Ahead: September 16, 2007 Where: Westport, CT Number of entries: 95 cars, 15 motorcycles Cost: $15 for one, $30 for families up to 2 children and 2 adults More: www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com lacked for exceptional machinery. This year's highlights included a 1948 Tucker—the third built—owned by SCMers John Boccardo and J.R. Roberts, which took home the Founders Award. Also attracting plenty of attention was the People's Choice winner, a 1939 Horch owned by Jack Rich, while one of the event's oldest entries, Richard King's 1908 Thomas Flyer, took home Best in Show. It is rare that a concours can establish itself so thoroughly in the rapidly filling DETAILS Sports Car Market


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(Center) 1953 Fiat 8V of SCMer Lawrence Auriana calendar of automotive events, but the third edition of this southern Connecticut show displayed a maturity suitable to see it into a successful future. Plans for the 2007 show will shift the event further forward on the calendar, and a new venue at the Fairfield County Hunt Club will allow more space for the exhibits and attendees. In addition, a new name, “The Fairfield County Gold Coast Jack Rich's 1939 Horch took home People's Choice honors Concours d'Elegance,” will reflect the national reputation this part of Connecticut has for accomplishment and gracious living. This is certainly a show on the move, and is worth your Sunday afternoon if you plan to be in the area.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on collector cars have appeared in the New York Times. SCMers in Connecticut Tony Angotti—Westport, CT 1954 Porsche Speedster Lawrence Auriana—Greenwich, CT 1953 Fiat 8V, Best Closed Foreign 1967 Ferrari 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder, Best Open Foreign Michael Balaban—East Patchogue, NY 1973 BMW 3.0CS, 1st Closed Sports Richard Bernstein—Rye, NY 1932 Studebaker President John Boccardo & J.R. Roberts—Sausalito, CA 1948 Tucker, Founders Award Ronald Brandman—Norwalk, CT 1967 ISO Rivolta Wayne Carini—Portland, CT 1954 Hudson Italia, Preservation Award Matt DeGarmo—Norwalk, CT 1958 Facel Vega S4, Best Car to Take Home Charlie England—Darien, CT 1961 Porsche 356 Roadster, 1st Open Sports Jim Glickenhaus—Rye, NY 1947 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa Larry Goldstein—Hartford, CT 1973 Ferrari Dino Tom Grudovich—Weston, CT 1968 Triumph Bonneville Michael Grunberg—Greenwich, CT 1948 Chrysler T&C convertible Fred Kanter—Mountain Lakes, NJ 1958 Dual Ghia 400 Concept Phil Laiacona—Trumbull, CT 1935 MG PA 1955 MG TF, Best MG Robert Machinist—New York, NY 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Dennis Mamchur—Verona, NJ 1970 Fiat Dino Spyder 2400 Roger Noble—Simsbury, CT 1931 Blower Bentley 1935 Cadillac limousine John Oricchio—Pound Ridge, NY 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC Donald Osborne—Avon, CT 1969 Lamborghini Islero, 2nd Closed Sports 1952 Lancia Ardea Rick Phillips—Weston, CT 1967 AC 428 Frua convertible Malcolm Pray—Greenwich, CT 1912 R-R Silver Ghost, Best Open Pre-war Michael Resnick—Stamford, CT 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado Bill Scheffler—Westport, CT 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS John Schiavone—Old Saybrook, CT 1969 Porsche 912 Archie Urciuoli—Nokomis, FL 1965 Shelby Cobra 1969 Ford GT40 February 2007 43


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Ferrari Profile 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider by Vignale The 225 S should be on every Ferrarista's shopping list: it has 12 cylinders, a five-speed gearbox, egg-crate grille, and it makes all the right noises by Simon Kidston DETAILS Year produced: 1952 Number produced: 13 spiders, 5 coupes and 1 barchetta Original list price: around $8,000 SCM Valuation: $1m–$1.4m Cost per hour to race: $2,000 Distributor cap: $400 Chassis #: Front left hand frame member and on firewall data plate Engine #: Right hand side of motor on raised surface at rear Club: Ferrari Club of America, P. O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358, 800.328.0444 More: www.barchetta.cc, www.ferrarimarketletter.com Alternatives:1952 Jaguar C-type, 1948–50 Ferrari 166MM barchetta, 1956 Ferrari 500TR SCM Investment Grade : B COMPS Chassis number: 0160ED sembled on January 10, 1952, the only 225 Sport fitted with double parallel springs on the rear axle, probably to handle the 40-gallon fuel tank. It was prepared for the XXII Tour of Sicily with Piero Taruffi and Mario Vandelli as number 443—the number it wears today. After posting fastest time of the day, it DNF'd with a blown head gasket. It was then sold to Count Bruno Sterzi who raced in D the XIV Aosta Gran San Bernardo hill climb, and later tested by Ascari at Imola before being sold to Mrs. Piano in Buenos Aires in late 1952. 0160ED spent the next 20 years in Argentina, win- ning numerous races and changing colors to blue, back to red, then to blue again. Australian Kerry Manolas bought 0160ED in 1982, restored it, and painted it red again. Manolas showed it at Pebble Beach in 1984 and Tony Wang bought it, keeping it until 1989. Lee Beck, Chris Cox, and Skeets Dunn were the next owners, then in 1995 John Sullivan re-restored 0160ED to win the 1997 Judges Cup at the Cavallino Classic and show it at Meadow Brook Hall. The current owner entered 0160ED in the 2006 Mille Miglia. By all accounts it is the most complete, original, correct, and verifiable 225 Sport Spyder in existence. It is accompanied by exhaustive records and a complete toolset. (Courtesy of Christie's) THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $1,280,000 at Christie's Monterey Jet Center auction held on August 17, 2006. The buyer was a 44 eveloped in a period of triumph and passion, Ferrari's big-engine sports racers from the mid1950s personify the company's racing legend. Tipo 340 Tuboscocca chassis 0160ED was as- respected and well-informed West Coast SCMer, while the seller was a former Ferrari racer of the 1960s and '70s who had acquired the car at RM's Monterey auction two years earlier for $995,500. Made for the 1952 season, Ferrari's 225 S (Sport) descends from the firm's line of open sports racers that began with the landmark 166 MM. Its immediate predecessor was the 212 Export, and it was succeeded in 1953 by the classic 250 MM and its bigger sister, the intimidating 340 MM. From this point onward the coachwork that clothed Maranello's open sports racers became more voluptuous, ranging from pretty 4-cylinder models such as the 500 Mondial / 750 Monza / 500 Testa Rossa and TRC (make sure you look confident, but never remove the hood in public) to “mere-millionaires-need-not-apply” 12-cylinder icons such as the 290 MM and 250 Testa Rossa. Looking purely at the numbers, the 225 S should be on every Ferrarista's shopping list: it has a 12-cylinder, 2.7-liter lump under the hood mated to a 5-speed gearbox, guaranteeing good performance and all the right crowd-pleasing noises. The wind-in-the-hair open body, with its mandatory egg-grate grille, low Perspex windshield, and trademark oval portholes in the fenders, is suitably racy and bears the signature of one of Italy's leading carrozzieri of the day: Alfredo Vignale. With just 13 Sport Spiders clothed in their workshops (no two of them identical, and three are still missing in action or destroyed), plus five Vignale coupes and an anachronistic Touring-bodied barchetta, 225 S owners can relax in the knowledge that they won't be jostling 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Inter Lot #204, S/N 0237EU Condition: 2+ Sold at $389,993 Bonhams, Gstaad, CH, 12/17/2005 SCM ID# 40198 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder Lot #232, S/N 0160/ED Condition: 1Sold at $995,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM ID# 34865 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Lot #179, S/N 0259E Condition: 1Sold at $429,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/2006 SCM ID# 40694 Sports Car Market Christie's Images LTD.2006


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for the crowd's attention with 30 identical cars on the Mille Miglia (no offense meant to German 300SL teams). Not to mention the fact that the 225 S is eligible for, as dealers are increasingly fond of saying, “almost every event on the planet,” let alone those held further afield. Now, to ensure total disclosure, I should mention that our firm has been representing the owner of a sister car to this one for some time now. His car has been offered for sale privately but does not have its original engine or gearbox. It is otherwise correct but has not yet sold, despite numerous enquiries. The price is slightly below the Christie's sale figure, but of course their car did have its original engine and gearbox, which will command a premium, especially as a relatively high proportion of 225s seem to have ended up in South America, where “matching numbers” was an unfamiliar idea to most mechanics fixing outdated European racing cars in the 1950s and '60s. Incidentally, another 225 Sport Spider is currently on offer in the U.K. trade with non-matching engine at $1.5 million. The Christie's car also had the obligatory sojourn south of the border, from as early as 1952 until as late as March 1982, but seems to have avoided local would-be specialists. Its Argentine career included well-known races, and its subsequent collector owners all inspire confidence, from Alfa 8C fancier Lucio Bollaert in Buenos Aires to Kerry Manolas in Oz, Tony Wang in Long Island, and Skeets Dunn in California, plus the odd dealer and high profile auction in between (at Christie's calamitous Monaco event in 1990 it was a no-sale like most of the cars on offer, but its acceptance in such an auction is more positive than negative). Add to this that the car was restored by one of America's top shops (Bob Smith Coachworks, although the catalog credits Motion Products), and you're looking at a toptier example of the model. So why did it “only” fetch $1,280,000 when during the same weekend a humble 500 TRC, albeit a superb example but with one third as many cylinders, drew almost a million dollars more? What's the very first thing that turns on a collector, before more detailed analysis be- gins? Aesthetics. The 225 S, like many of its non-Ferrari contemporaries, doesn't have the swoopy lines of the later '50s racers. Let me give you a parallel. The previous year at David Gooding's auction, a sensa- SIMON KIDSTON is a leading authority on the classic car market. After building up Coys auction department in his early 20s, he created Bonhams Europe in Geneva and ran it successfully for a decade. He formed his own consultancy for high-level collectors in 2006, presents the Villa d'Este Concours, and judges at Pebble Beach. tional, fire-breathing 375 MM berlinetta with great race history and in wonderful condition, from a highly respected collection, failed to reach reserve, which was in line with the value of a 250 SWB Comp car. Come on! Surely the 375 is infinitely rarer and has even more “Wow!” factor? But the fact is, everyone loves the shape of an SWB and almost anyone can drive one. Try being a hero in an early 1950s Ferrari, whose chassis was built to withstand the potholes of the Mille Miglia and would have made an ox-cart look sophisticated. Unless you have the talents of Ascari, you'll probably exit through a hedge backwards. Come to think of it, even poor Ascari came unstuck in the end. Buyers are increasingly focusing on late '50s, '60s, and even early '70s sports racing cars, enamored with their sleeker lines, better chassis, improved handling, and actual brakes (not just retardants) and, in some cases, younger buyers' greater affinity to the later period in which they were built. That can make for some shrewd deals like this one if you're happy to follow your instincts rather than trends, but bear in mind that even in the sometimes fusty collecting world, fashion exists too, and it does not stand still. I'd call it well bought.u February 2007 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Serpentine Issue, Straight Answer In the '90s, Ferrari didn't have an official policy mandating cam belt replacement; the 355's warranty book recommended inspection at 52k miles by Mike Sheehan 1983 Boxer, 30,000 miles, original cam belts... research some of the service requirements on newer cars—timing belts for example. When do they really need replacing? Let's consider the advantages of knuckle-bashing first. M 46 Back in 1972, I bought my first Ferrari, a 1959 250 Pinin Farina coupe, S/N 1447 GT, for the then-market-price of $2,000. My inspiration was endless reading of Road & Track magazine, based only a dozen miles down the road in Newport Beach, and Ferrari, the Sports & GT Cars, by Dick Merritt, then the only current book on Ferraris. The very few Ferrari owners I knew or met were “gearheads,” diehard enthusiasts who bought Ferraris because they represented the pinnacle of automotive engineering and complexity. Inspired by enthusiasm and aintenance has always been a large part of owning a Ferrari; if you are mechanically inclined, consider an older car you can work on yourself. Either that, or seriously necessity, I sourced oil filters, learned how to change twelve plugs, check the cam timing, adjust the valves, and the other intricacies of Ferrari ownership. It was a simpler time; gas was 30 cents a gallon and the small cloud that followed me was resolved by buying Castrol oil by the case. To this day I do not know if the heater or wipers worked, because I never drove it on a cold or rainy day. I do know that my first Ferrari made glorious sounds, defined my automotive addiction, and never left me stranded. DAILY DRIVERS, TECHNICIAN'S NIGHTMARE In the mid-late 1970s, the Ferrari market and the profile of the Ferrari buyer changed forever with the introduction of the 308 and a flood of gray-market 512 BBs. Ferraris now had a/c and power windows that worked, and they could be driven every day. Independent shops sprang up to maintain the new cars. Owners manuals improved and detailed shop manuals were available. But the factory-installed smog equipment on the 308s and gray-market systems on the 512 BBs became a technician's nightmare. Through the 1980s and into the 1990s, the smog and a/c systems on the Mondial and 400 series resulted in overworked and overly complicated electrical systems, Sports Car Market


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fuse boxes, ECUs, and alternators. The Mondial, 348 and 355, and the Boxer and Testarossa required an engine-out service, and service costs spiraled. Ferraris became much more com- plex, with semi-active suspensions, power steering, climate control, power seats, and integrated engine management systems. The 348 evolved into the 355, horsepower jumped from 300 to 370, the redline went from 7,500 to 8,500, and headers began to burn through because of the high temperatures of emissionclean engines. A whole new world of bad valve seats and guides and burnt valves emerged as Ferrari tried to squeeze more power out of less fuel. BELT INSPECTION AT 52,500 MILES Engines had changed to cam belts from chains, and belt replacement became a regular part of servicing. But through the 1990s, Ferrari never had an official policy mandating cam belt replacement. Indeed, the factory warranty book for the 355 recommended a cam belt inspection at 52,500 miles. The reality is that cam belts virtually never break. And even if one loses a single tooth, because the cam sprockets are multi-toothed, the loss of a single or even several separate teeth on the same belt would not cause the cam timing to slip. In 2002, Ferrari instituted the “certified pre-owned program.” To be “certified” a Ferrari had to have cam belts replaced within two and a half years or less. While the 355/360/456 and 550 did not have cam belt problems, they did have tensioner problems, and the early 360 had cam variator problems. Ferrari found the most efficient way to have the tensioners and variators checked was to insist on a mandatory three-year belt replacement. The good news was that the 360, 456, 550, and 575 could be serviced with the engine in, and so costs were not as crippling. NOT YOUR DAUGHTER'S TOYOTA While your daughter's Toyota may go 100,000 miles on a cam belt, a Toyota doesn't put out over 400 hp, doesn't rev to 7,500 rpm, and doesn't have radical cam timing and stiff valve springs. Under these circumstances, cam belts can wear and stretch, not to mention the onset of leaking seals and worn-out tensioners. So did Ferrari build cars with cam belts from 1974 to 2002—some 28 years—and then suddenly decide belts need to be replaced every three years? Fellow SCM writer Steve Ahlgrim of T. Rutlands, the Atlanta Ferrari experts, interviewed a Gates belt engineer who said Gates recommended changing belts every nine years. Today's obsessive-compulsive mandate that cam belts need to be replaced on the twelfth month of the fifth year is simply silly. For example we bought and sold 1983 512 BB S/N 35411 in November, with 30,000 miles and it had never had cam belts changed. When the cam belts were finally replaced after 25 years and 30,000 miles, Complex Testarossa engine Simple 250 lump they showed no unusual wear or deterioration. Here's the bottom line on belt replacement. You've got the following choices. 1. Every nine years, as Gates recommends. 2. Every 52,500 miles, as Ferrari used to recommend for the 355 and earlier cars. 3. Every five years, as is the common recommendation today. 4. Every three years, as Ferrari has now decided needs to be done for a car to be “certified.” 5. Every three months, if you want to keep your mechanic busy. Personally, I get by with an annual visual inspection of the cam belt and tensioners, and with a replacement every five to nine years, unless my car spends time at the track. ELECTRICAL ENGINEER OR MECHANIC? Long-term problems with newer Ferraris will have more to do with obsolete electri- cal parts than mechanical ones. Parts for the Testarossa and 348 are quickly becoming unobtainium, and it's a matter of time before Ferrari stops supplying parts for the 355 and 456/550 series. Specialists like T. Rutlands scour the world looking for rare parts like ECUs and discontinued light assemblies. There is now a whole new cottage industry of high-tech computer-literate propellerheads who patiently disassemble and rebuild discontinued relay and fuse boxes, ECUs, a/c and heater controls. Today, an electrical background is as important as a mechanical one to maintain a modern Ferrari. And every time the owner of a modern Ferrari takes his steed in for work, the me- chanic can be counted on to point out other problems. Because of the litigious nature of a society that breeds more lawyers than engineers, a detailed inspection by any auto dealer, be he Ford or Ferrari, is an industry obligation. Having thicker wallets, most Ferrari owners want to be advised of impending issues, because bringing the car back is a bigger annoyance than paying more now. OLDER IS EASIER We sell many classic era (Daytona and earlier) Ferraris, and the ownership expecta- tions and personality profiles are very different from new car buyers. A 275 buyer is at peace with some exhaust smoke, less than stellar compression, minor oil leaks, older paint, or heater controls that don't work, as these will be resolved “when they get around to it.” The 275 will be a third or fourth car, and if the owner has to wait for parts, so be it. Plugs for his neighbor's 456/575 may be $22, but the 275 owner can buy them at Pep Boys for $3 each and install them himself. If you want to enjoy a Ferrari with today's state-of-the-art technologies and performance—one with power steering, great brakes, effective a/c, modern safety features, and readily available parts—you have to accept the vastly greater costs to maintain it.u MIKE SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari broker and a racer for 30 years. He has raced in the Mazda Pro Series and the Trans-Am Series, as well as IMSA GTO and IMSA Camel-Lite, with three separate drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona. February 2007 47


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English Profile 1964 Ford Lotus Cortina Special Equipment Dynamically, the transformation wrought by Lotus was amazing. On a twisty road, the dumpy little Cortina could shame cars costing four times as much by Rob Sass DETAILS Years produced: 1962–66 Number produced: 2,894 Original list price: $2,548 SCM Valuation: $14,000–$21,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $15.95 Chassis #: Righthand fender apron in the engine compartment Engine #: Lefthand lower rear of the block Clubs: www.lotus-cortina.com Alternatives: 1968–73 Datsun 510, 1971–74 BMW 2002tii, 1963–64 Alfa Romeo Giulia TI Super SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: Z74D424157 valves, bigger diameter exhaust system, 115 hp (up-rated from 105) as indicated by green cam covers, adjustable rear dampers, leather-covered version of the distinctive Lotus wood-rim steering wheel (from April 1964), Irvine “aircraft specification” seatbelts/harnesses, and unique “Special Equipment” script badge on rear body panels. This car was the subject of a lengthy and meticulous O restoration undertaken between 1993 and 1997 by the talented husband-and-wife team of Duncan and Teresa Tough, while the engine was rebuilt and uprated by marque specialists Nick Stagg Engineering of Chipping Sodbury, Bristol, as part of the restoration. Test results are fully documented, including the dynamometer-tested horsepower rating of the completed unit of 143.8 hp at 7,182 rpm. The finished car is confirmed as to correct specifica- tion by the Lotus Cortina Register and was the subject of a photographic history exercise by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, which had chosen this particular example as the reference model for its archive. After restoration, this car was acquired by well-known Lotus Cortina aficionado Trevor Barefoot and during his ownership featured on BBC television's popular motoring 48 f the 2,894 Mk 1 Lotus Cortinas produced, only 64 were built by the factory as Special Equipment models. This rare version was upgraded with semi-race camshafts, larger program “Top Gear,” transmitted initially in 2001. The current owner purchased the car from Don Rose in 2003 and since then has used it, albeit gently, for selected rallies. Kept in heated/ventilated accommodation while in the vendor's hands “AEG 156B” represents a rare opportunity to acquire the ultimate version of this legendary model, which was a true world-beater in its day. A substantial history file documenting its restoration comes with the car, together with Swansea V5 document and a comprehensive photographic record detailing the painstaking restoration of both body and chassis. Nick Stagg's engine specification sheet and a pristine owner's manual are provided also, as well as a spare set of five original steel wheels. (Courtesy of Bonhams) THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $49,342 at Bonhams's sale at Beaulieu, England, on September 9, 2006. The price may well be a record for a Lotus Cortina at auction. BMW's 1600/2002 seems to be ingrained in our collective car consciousness as the first killer sport sedan. Brilliant as it was, few Americans realize that four years earlier, Ford of the U.K. and Colin Chapman turned another doughty small sedan into a dominant racer driven to a saloon championship by none other 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot #137, S/N BA74EG59595 Condition: 2 Sold at $29,256 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 9/5/2003 SCM ID# 36347 1963 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot #562, S/N 274C61235 Condition: 2+ Sold at $31,935 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/7/2006 SCM ID# 42350 1965 Ford Lotus Cortina Lot #71 Condition: 1Sold at $28,058 H&H, Cheltenham, U.K., 2/21/2006 SCM ID# 41330 Sports Car Market Bonhams


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than doomed Grand Prix legend Jim Clark. Named for the site of the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, the actual car was a totally conventional small sedan, a sort of U.K. Ford Falcon with styling that had elements of earlier Ford U.K. sedans and an almost Trabant-like greenhouse. Ford, seeking an image-builder in the U.K., imagined that race and rallying success would add street cred to the semihomely little sedan. Colin Chapman seemed just the man to do it. In 1962, a deal was quickly cut—for once seemingly without the usual Chapman skullduggery—and unfinished Cortina shells were soon being delivered to Lotus's Cheshunt works sans engine, gearbox, and rear suspension. Lotus added a coil spring rear suspension, and the twin-cam Ford-based engine and four-speed gearbox from the Elan. It worked out well for both sides—greater name recognition for Lotus and more sales for its twincam engine, and an instant racing success for Ford in the hands of the god-like Clark. Visually, there were a few differences to distinguish the special cars badged as Ford “Lotus” Cortinas. The 1963–66 Mk I cars continued a Ford tradition of palette choices—in this case you could have any color you wanted, as long as it was Ermine White with a huge Sherwood Green side stripe that wrapped around the rear panel. The grille was blacked out, and split bumpers were added. Opening panels were done in aluminum. Early cars had a unique but fragile A-frame rear suspension. It was a hinderance in rallies, and later cars made do with the standard Cortina semi-elliptic rear end. Dynamically, the transformation wrought by Lotus was amazing. On a twisty road, the dumpy little Cortina could shame cars costing four times as much. The 105hp twin-cam motor and Lotus's suspension magic, along with wider wheels and tires and front disc brakes, worked in concert to allow even the most apex-oblivious driver feel like Jim Clark. It's this association with two of the most famous names in 1960s motorsports—coupled with just over 3,300 built—that fuels the market for the Lotus Cortina. There really is nothing else like it. A BMW 2002tii, while similar in concept, is nowhere near as scarce. And other than Max Hoffman, you'd be hard pressed to name anyone famous connected with the car or any races it won. Although no particular competition history is claimed for this example, the fact that the profile car is an even scarcer “Special Equipment” model—purportedly one of 64 built with ten more horsepower and a few other assorted goodies—goes some of the way toward explaining this result, which was about $17,000 over the high estimate. The car's presentation in correct cream and green livery with period-proper Panasport wheels, a documented restoration by a known specialist, and a thorough sorting-out explains the rest. The fact that the car is eligible for pre1965 vintage rallies and tours doesn't hurt either. While the hammer price was well above the pre-sale estimate, and very strong for a street-spec Cortina, the sale price was probably very near the cost of restoration. If your collection must include a Lotus Cortina, absent one actually piloted by Jim Clark, this was probably the one to have.u ROB SASS has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. His stories have appeared in the New York Times and Business Week Online. February 2007 John Spetter does his best “Who me?” John Spetter, Williams, OR: The Lotus Cortina brings back many memories of crazy weekends long ago. I never owned one, but I raced one for three years with the Southern California division of the Sports Car Club of America. In 1967 I was working as Department Manager for a large department store. A 17-year-old kid named Ron who worked in the maintenance department of our store came to me one day and asked me if I knew anybody who would be willing to race a car he was building. I asked him what kind, and he said a Lotus Cortina. I said “Heck yeah,” and told him I would race it, so we formed a partnership where I supplied the race-day expenses and entry fees, and he supplied the pickup and trailer. Before long we got the car finished and inspected with SCCA approval. We went to Willow Springs for several weekends of fine-tuning. It was a great car to drive, as it was very predictable, with good weight transfer. The roll cage made a significant difference, allowing the car to drift the apexes. We campaigned the car for a year, and then one weekend Ron's friends came to the track with a new engine. They said they got a great deal on an old project, and it came with a newer trailer. Boy, was that great. I was standing over the engine bay admiring our new set up when a fellow driver came over and said, “That looks like the set up we had sent over from England. It was stolen with our car and tow trailer several months ago.” “No kidding,” I said. “What a shame. I sure hope you find out who did it.” We had a pretty good weekend and came in second in class. The next Monday at work Ron told me that he and the boys not only stole the engine, but the car and trailer as well from an alley behind the local Ford dealership. The boys dismantled the car and voilá—we had spare parts, not to mention a completely modified new trailer. Needless to say I was dumbfounded, but what the hell—racing's racing, and when you've got to go, you go. We went on for two more years with a few seconds and thirds and several DNFs (karma). In the early 1970s the Datsun 510 was introduced with huge factory backing and my second child was born. I saw the writing on the wall and called it quits. But I really enjoyed that Cortina. Turns out it was stolen, too. John Bryant, Beaumont, AUS: I owned and successfully raced my 1964 Lotus Cortina from 1998 to 2002. Mine was a car with significant history that was raced in '64 and '65 by Bob Jane in our Touring Car Championship. Bob started racing this in conjunction with his previous car, a Mark 2 Jaguar, and I understand he didn't like the Cortina. It was returned to racing in the late '80s and was very successful in Historic classes driven by another former touring car great, Jim McKeown. I purchased it from Jim, and while I certainly didn't have his credentials, I managed a great degree of success, winning the Australian Historic Touring Car Cup in 2001 and the pre-1964 section of our inaugural Historic Touring Car Series in 2002. A great little car that just loved to rev, I used to shift at around 8,500 rpm and pull 9,250 in fourth gear. Contrary to their reputation, it was extremely reliable, with an amazing finishing record. Hardly ever missed a class win and did extremely well in outright position against much bigger and more powerful cars. I sold it to a prominent Historic racer in the U.K. in 2003 after I decided I wanted to race a V8-powered 1964 Falcon Rallye Sprint, probably one of the worst decisions I have made; it's as unreliable as the Lotus was reliable. I can't own that one again, so I bought another one, which is awaiting a rebuild into a race car.u 49 Seat Time


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English Patient Gary Anderson TVR! TVR! The Russians Are Coming… Old-time journalists still reminisce about the 1971 Earls Court Motor Show, where the press was attracted to the TVR stand by two nude models W hat do you need to establish an automobile marque that will last for nearly 60 years? Apparently just an eighth-grade education, a few years of apprenticeship, the know-how to weld tube frames, and a desire to go racing. At least that's all it took Trevor Wilkinson, who built his first car in 1948. The marque he founded, using three letters from his first name, still exists today as TVR. Though TVR has been produced by a series of companies—each rising from the ashes of the previous entity's financial ruin—the TVR of today still has the same attributes as the early cars designed by young Trevor: tube frame, backbone chassis, short wheelbase, two seats in a fiberglass body, and a distinctive long nose and short tail. AMAZING IT'S STILL ALIVE But this isn't a simple story of “young man makes good”—in fact, the history is much more complex than one would expect of a marque Lots of fiberglass and tube frames on display with fewer than 1,000 examples made before 1966, and only 8,000 produced by 1980. A succession of optimistic introductions, financial failures, and changes in owner- ship accompanied the TVR's evolution, so it's amazing today to find the marque still alive at all. Born in the seaside resort town of Blackpool, Trevor Wilkinson left school at the age of 14 to apprentice in the motor trade. With a taste for racing, he built his first tubechassis special in 1947 using an old Alvis as its base, with a trailing-link independent front suspension and coil springs scavenged from discarded bumper cars in good supply around town. Dreaming of a bright future, he established TVR Engineering, which paid the bills by building and maintaining amusement rides. Refining his ideas and objectives after that first special, he and a buddy named Jack Pickard built a second race car in 1949. That second example (which still exists today) was quite effective in hill climbs and track events, leading him to a third prototype with the same tube-frame design but incorporating Austin A40 suspension parts and a Ford sidevalve engine. JOMAR DEAL LED TO NEW MODEL By 1953, Wilkinson was ready to try series production, using the same basic chassis structure but switching from one-off light alloy bodies to fiberglass bodies available from several English suppliers. One of these cars caught the attention of American Ray Saidel in 1954, and he made a deal with Wilkinson to supply sports cars to U.S. enthusiasts under the Jomar nameplate. The order allowed Wilkinson to develop an improved suspension design with a center backbone that permitted a low-slung seating position. The first Jomars were exported to the U.S. in 1957. In England at the same time, Bernard Williams put additional capital into the com- 50 pany and became a director. Williams owned Grantura Plastics, one of Wilkinson's sources of bodies, and TVR introduced the Grantura model at London's 1958 Motor Show. The Jomars and Granturas defined TVR for nearly 20 years. One chassis design carried 13 different models, with some modifications to suspension components. Underneath the fiberglass skin, a four-tube central backbone frame was supported by VW trailing link independent suspension at both ends. The stiff backbone chassis precluded the need for anti-sway bars. The frame could accept several engines, but the ven- erable Ford sidevalve and the superior Coventry Climax were the primary power sources, though the four-cylinder MGB engine became most popular in the 1960s. FOR HARD-CORE ENTHUSIASTS About this time, the handling capabilities of the TVR caught the attention of Jack Griffith, an American race car builder, who followed the lead of Carroll Shelby's AC Cobras and stuffed a 289-ci Ford V8 into the lightweight chassis to create the TVR Griffith. Though it rode like a buckboard, overheated, and was known for indifferent build quality, the Griffith was stunningly fast and attracted hard-core enthusiasts. Approximately 300 were sold. Little wonder that Road & Track referred to the TVR Sports Car Market


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as a “truculent troll, a ferret with an oversupply of Y chromosomes.” By 1967, the Tuscan model, with both V8 and V6 Ford engines, and the lower-powered Vixen, with MGB or Triumph Spitfire engines, had replaced the Griffith. Produced through 1971, these models helped TVR gain a foothold in the American market. Meanwhile, a variety of financial setbacks and reorga- nizations in England saw Wilkinson forced out by dealers and creditors in 1962. The company then passed through several management groups before being taken over by the Lilley family in 1965. TWO NUDE MODELS AT THE SHOW Old-time journalists still reminisce about the 1971 Earls Court Motor Show, where the press was attracted to the TVR stand during the preview by two nude models cavorting across the new cars (no picture, sorry). The new 1600M and 2500M were followed by the 3000M, the M standing for Martin Lilley, now running the company. New TVRs appeared periodically during the 1970s. Some made their way to the U.S., but the company found some financial stability by focusing its efforts on the British market with high-performance supercars in convertible body styles. Nevertheless, the financial dramas continue. The company is now owned by Russian entrepreneur Nikolai Smolenski, and announced in April that it would be moving production out of Britain, leaving its small Blackpudlian workforce on the beach. FACTORY CLOSURE PROTESTED Production has now ceased at that plant, but the workers have combined with owners to ask the British government to intervene, mounting a 500-TVR motorcade (a Guinness record, by the way) to Parliament in November. So keep your seats, the fat lady hasn't sung yet. In the meantime, what of young Trevor? Having been eased out of the company in the early '60s, Wilkinson disappeared from the automotive scene. Aside from a few interviews in the early 1990s on the occasion of the introduction of a new TVR model, the man who gave his name to the car and company lives in retirement on the Mediterranean island of Menorca, popular with British ex-pats. TVR enthusiasts have interesting choices, including Climax-powered Granturas, MG-engined 1800s, and the Griffith and Tuscan with lusty Ford V8 power to challenge the AC Cobra. All these models are exempt from state and federal emission restrictions, and all are exciting to drive when properly restored (and more so if they aren't). They'll cost much less than better-known marques, and there is a North American club (www.tvrna.com) as well as a solid English-based club (www.tvr-car-club.co.uk) to help with information and parts sources. The downside is that relatively few pre-1975 cars still exist. The few that were built were highly vulnerable to damage, and many succumbed to driving and racing accidents. Today, the cost of restoration will inevitably exceed the car's value. Search carefully before buying, settle for only the best, and be prepared to answer lots of questions whenever the car is shown.u GARY ANDERSON is the founding editor of MC2 , the new Mini magazine, three times participant in the Monterey Historic Races, and has had his cars achieve trophy status at significant concours. February 2007 51


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1967 Toyota 2000GT While NSX devotees continue to explain why their car should be accepted as a “real” supercar, Toyota 2000GT owners need make no such excuses by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1967–70 Number produced: 358 Original list price: $7,150 SCM Valuation: $175,000–$225,000 (1/06) Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $40 Chassis #: On cowl; also right side chassis rail behind right front wheel Engine #: Right side of block above oil pan Club Info: Toyota 2000GT Owners Club, PO Box 617, Saco, ME, 04072; 207.282.6161 Alternatives: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS 2.7, 1965–71 Alfa Romeo GTA, 1965–69 Bizzarini Strada SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: MF1010140 T oyota's 2000GT is widely acclaimed as the first Japanese car to be taken seriously by Western critics—the country's first “supercar.” The model marked Japan's rise away from dull derivative models toward the highly competitive position it enjoys today. The 2000GT was originally penned by Albrecht Goertz (creator of the BMW 507) for Nissan, who were hungrily looking at the burgeoning American sports car market, but when accountants vetoed the car on the grounds of cost, Yamaha (who developed the engine) persuaded Toyota to pick up the project. The 2000GT debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1965, but the first cars didn't reach owners until 1967. The model ran until 1970, but in the end just 337 2000GTs were built, thanks to a price tag ($7,150 in the U.S. in 1967) that towered above even the Jaguar E-type ($5,580) and Porsche 911 ($5,990). If the eye was wooed by the aluminum body, the heart was won by the twin-cam engine packed with the latest technology from Yamaha's motorcycle experience. Offering a top speed of around 130 mph in road trim, the car could be tuned to 200 hp, power that was well within the limits of the Lotus Elan-inspired backbone chassis, equipped with double-wishbone independent suspension and disc brakes all round. A 5-speed synchromesh trans- 52 mission, rack-and-pinion steering, oil cooler, heated rear window and magnesium-alloy knock-off wheels completed the state-of-the-art specification. Performance credentials were established with a 3rd place in the Japanese Grand Prix of 1966 followed by a 78-hour endurance run in October that broke 13 international records and three world records, including the 72 hours, 10,000-mile and 15,000-mile records (with averages of 206.02 km/h, 206.04 km/h and 206.18 km/h respectively). This was underlined by victory in the Fuji 24-hour race the following year. In the U.S. the 2000GT so impressed Carroll Shelby that he agreed to develop it for Production C class racing, despite strong objections from the Big Three. But after a strong start, Toyota soon turned their attentions to other sectors of the market rather than their supercar. Thus it remains one of those endearing quirks of automotive history and the source of endless musings along the lines of “what if…?” It is rare that examples of this icon reach the open market. One in this condition deserves the attention of discerning collectors. (Courtesy of Christie's) THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $225,988 at Christie's auction in Le Mans, France, July 8, 2006. 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Lot #067, S/N IA30303 Condition: 2 Sold at $269,500 Worldwide, Houston, TX, 5/6/2006 SCM ID# 41544 1964 Ferrari 250 GTL Lot #152, S/N 5947 Condition: 1Sold at $286,875 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MON, 5/20/2006 SCM ID# 41912 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Lot #129, S/N 2083R Condition: 1Sold at $231,660 Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, U.K. 5/13/2006 SCM ID# 41957 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's Images LTD.2006


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Etceterini & Friends Profile While devotees of the Honda NSX continue to explain how and why their car should be taken seriously as a “real” supercar, Toyota 2000GTs owners need make no such excuses. The 2000GT has it all—great looks penned by one of the most talented auto designers, a sophisticated powerplant and chassis, prowess on the track, a starring role in a James Bond movie (“You Only Live Twice”), and rarity matching the most exclusive Italian sports cars. It's ironic that the 2000GT was originally conceived for Nissan, which of course went on to produce the 240Z and stayed in the sports car market in a way that Toyota didn't. But neither manufacturer would likely have continued production or developed the car in any meaningful way. It simply wasn't part of the overall growth strategy for Japanese companies in that period. In that way, it can be compared to another famous Goertz project, the BMW 507. That too was a neat car, but had nothing to do with BMW's ultimate success. It's really hard to think of these cars as Toyotas in a real sense, as they were designed, developed, and built by Yamaha. That was their downfall, as Toyota's management felt it necessary to move the 2000GT from contract hand-building to in-house assembly line construction. When they asked U.S. dealers if they could sell 1,000 cars a month at twice the retail price of anything else in their showrooms, the response was overwhelmingly negative. Unable to make the economic case for boutique production, Toyota killed the project. Nevertheless, the cars they made are sensational. Their looks equal their most pedigreed European competition, with a compact, svelte aluminum body. Build quality is outstanding, and the cars are more usable than many sports cars, with excellent space utilization for two small people and their luggage. Small is the operative word—one of the reasons that two convertibles were made for the James Bond movie was that Sean Connery couldn't squeeze his 6-foot 2-inch frame behind the wheel. Performance is outstanding—a real 130-mph car, with terrific torque and a 5-speed gearbox. Today they make superb vintage rally cars, with abundant mid-range power, a stable yet supple suspension and power disc brakes. Sixty-two 2000GTs were imported into the U.S., and it is thought that 40 remain in existence. In spite of their rarity, they are well supported by an American dealer in Maine—Maine Line Exotics (www.mainelineexotics.com)—which has been active in 2000GT circles for many years. In evaluating one of these cars, begin with the condition of the glass. Unavailable as spares, the windshield and rear window are outrageously expensive to source. In addition, the non-structural but double-skinned rockers should be examined to make sure that the jacking plates are connected to the subsill and the rocker. They are omitted sometimes in “restoration,” making it difficult to raise the car without damaging the suspension. The wheels are magnesium and subject to corrosion and pitting. Ironically, wheels are the only part of the car to be reproduced, but unfortunately the aluminum replacements tend to be out-of-round. Mechanically 2000GTs are robust and once properly set up should present no problems. This car was sold at the October 2000 Brooks sale in Hershey, Pennsylvania for $151,000 (SCM# 10511). The sale was judged then to be “heavy money.” However, the market has been moving 54 Sports Car Market


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ur upward, and truly collectible cars like this one have done I would say that the current price of $226k is at the least ket correct, and perhaps a bargain. Evaluated six years ago being in very clean #1 condition, the odometer showed 45,281 lometers. At the time of this latest sale it has 76,326 kilometers the clock, indicating it has driven over 30,000 kilometers since 2000 and is still an attrac tive #2 car. It's a testament the driving pleasure this Asian landmark offers, and hope the new owner flogs it the way its makers intended many miles to come.u DONALD OSBORNE is the principal in Appraisers Automotive Valuation Services. His articles on col lector cars have appeared in the New York Times. Seat Time Craig Zinn, Hollywood, FL: As one of the few who has several 2000GTs, I am glad to see it featured. Since the first time I saw a picture of one, the 2000GT had me hooked. My father, Dave Zinn, was the first Toyota dealer in the state of Florida. In early 1967 he and my older brother Warren flew to Lindhurst, New Jersey, to pick up a Polar White MF10, as the early production cars were called. The car was so small that their simple luggage didn't even fit. They drove it home with paper bags for luggage, and every car nut following them and asked what kind of car it was. Pictures don't do the 2000GT's dimensions justice. I'm 6'3” and my body is not made for this car. It is so low, Zinn's Shelby-prepared car you feel like you're sitting on the ground. The fit of the Yamaha-built body is flawless, and the doors click open and closed better than any Ferrari of the period. Quality and elegance are everywhere, and immediately you are overwhelmed by the rosewood, toggle switches, and gauges—much sexier than even the E-type's. The footbox is sufficient for even my frame, and the pedals are easy. Headroom is another matter, as even with the seat tilted back my head touches the roof. The clock cluster has a 12-hour chronograph and the vent controls are the same as those in a '67 Corona. Turn the key and the fuel pumps fill the three Solex carbs. Pull the choke and turn the key again and you get the unique rasp of the Yamaha-headed beast. The five-speed transmission (the first one I ever saw) is tight, and the simple clutch makes the car get out of first quickly and easily. Second is a challenge, however, as in the early MF10 models the gearing was too high so you fell off until the revs got up. Third will get you over 100 mph. Though later cars came with a single-cam 2,300-cc engine, they had no top end. It's the twin-cam that sings with the birds. The brakes were a little weak, as the booster system was not powerful enough, and the cam chain tensioners were a little fussy, causing a potential valve meltdown, but the car's weakness to a South Floridian was that it didn't idle well and ran hot. But as a true grand tourer, the 2000GT will run all day long at 120 mph. Today I'm one of Toyota's largest dealers, and currently I own the largest fleet of 2000GTs, with enough Garcia's 2000GT parts and knowledge to keep them running for many years to come. The 2000GT said to the world, “Here comes Toyota.” People think the company just got lucky, but drive a 2000GT and the car tells of what was to come. Carlos Garcia, Albuquerque, NM: I have a 1968 Toyota 2000GT (S/N MF1010144) that has a pretty interesting story. My father bought a Toyota dealership in 1967 here in Albuquerque. He originally saw the car in a parking lot at a local shopping center and left his business card under the windshield wiper. It turns out the car belonged to a U.S. serviceman who had just returned from Guam. Strangley, the car is a U.S.-spec left-hand drive model. My dad bought the car from the man in the early 1970s. It was seldom driven for the next ten years and was ultimately parked in the back of the dealership. My mother had it fully restored in 1990 to better-than-new condition. The rubber and upholstery were replaced, some engine work was done, and it got a new paint job. The car has 22,378 original miles on it and is currently stored in our Toyota showroom. SCMer Craig Zinn (who owns a bunch of 2000GTs, including one of the Shelbys) actually drove the car when he was my father's Toyota factory rep in the late 1970s—small world.u February 2007 55


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German Profile 1963 Porsche 904 GTS Prototype The fiberglass-to-metal body and chassis bonding worked fine for the projected race life of a 904, then rust began to separate the two elements by Jim Schrager DETAILS Years produced: 1963–64 Number produced: 120 approx. Original list price: $7,425 SCM Valuation: $375,000–$500,000 Tune-up/major service: $600 Distributor cap: $65 Chassis #: On horizontal bulkhead under front lid, forward of fuel tank Engine #: Just below fan input vane Club: Porsche Club of America PO Box 5900, Springfield, VA 22150 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1964–65 Abarth Simca, 1961–62 Jaguar XKE lightweight, 1955–57 Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ Zagato SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 904 003 raise the stakes for 1964. Early in 1963 Ferry Porsche's son, “Butzi,” finished a W full size model of the new design. Although used already on the body panels of their Grand Prix car, this was the first time Porsche planned to use fiberglass on a sports car. In typical Porsche fashion, this new material was put to additional use on the 904 and it increased torsional rigidity by bonding the fiberglass to the steel ladder-frame chassis. Not only was the fiberglass body to benefit structur- ally and in weight savings, but it was cost-effective as well. Rather than undertaking this aspect in-house, the fiberglass bodies were subcontracted to Henkel, an aircraft parts supplier. The new design was a low-slung, slippery two-seater, and using all of their experience, Porsche created formidable technical specifications to ensure the new race car would possess exceptional handling characteristics. Thanks to the front-mounted fuel tank and mid-engine placement, weight balance was 48/52 when full, changing to 42/58 when empty. The 904 evolved with the new six-cylinder engine and competition application was inevitable. However, it was clear that this all-new engine would not be ready in time for the 1964 season, so Hans Meyer (from the Grand Prix project team) was employed to entice more power from the existing four-cylinder, four-cam Carrera engine used 56 ith the proven 356 Carrera Abarth having served formidably for three seasons, the imminent arrival of the two-liter Simca Abarth meant that Porsche was going to have to to good success powering the 356 GTL (the L stood for lightness, about the only thing missing from the standard 356 upon which the chassis was based). Designated Type 587/3, the final evolution of the 2-liter Carrera engine produced a very healthy 180 hp at an ear-splitting 7,200 rpm. The engine was mated to an all-new five-speed transaxle, known as the type 901 (and later used in the first years of the 911), and with a dog-leg first gear, it dispensed power through a ZF limited slip differential integral with the gearbox. Inside the svelte 904, the seats were located in a fixed position, and Porsche designers gave the driver the opportunity to adjust the pedals to three separate locations. The steering column was telescopic. In order to homologate the car, Porsche had to build one hundred examples. The company needed to fill order books quickly to meet the March 31 cut-off date, allowing the car to tackle the premier sports car races in the 1964 season. Henkel produced the bodies, which were painted, wired, and plumbed for fuel and oil tanks at a rate of two per day with deliveries starting in November 1963. Meanwhile in Zuffenhausen, using the brand new factory-built for the production of the Type 901 Coupe (later forced to be named the 911), Porsche built one 904 per day. As expected, the 904 proved to be an outstanding race car and in 1964 alone a 904 came in first overall in the Targa Florio, humbling machinery with far greater displacement. The 904 also recorded class wins at Le Mans, Sebring, Nürburgring, Spa, Reims, 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Lot #73, S/N 904067 Condition: 1Sold at $253,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/17/2003 SCM ID# 30252 1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS Lot #434, S/N 904/092 Condition: 3Sold at $264,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/18/2000 SCM ID# 10275 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 Lot #510, S/N 906147 Condition: 3+ Sold at $557,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/2006 SCM ID#42599 Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's Images LTD.2006


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and many other courses in both factory teams and private hands. (Courtesy of Christie's) THE SCM ANALYSIS This 904 sold at Christie's sale in Monterey, August 17, 2006, for $565,000. I judge this to be market correct, and a good measure of current values for first-tier Porsches. As the 904 is one of the true collectibles of the Porsche world, it has ascended the value chain, along with the 550 Spyders and the 917, to represent “the head of the market” we often write about. If you want to take the temperature of the high-end collector market for Porsches, watching 904 prices is an excellent way to do so. That market has done very well over the past several years, and continues to be strong. Compared to other vintage machines, the 904 is relatively roomy and user-friendly. The final version of the Carrera four-cam engine has plain bearings and is reasonably reliable. Even the $50,000 rebuild cost isn't out of line with the value of the car. But 904 owners have another option if they want to use their cars, and that is to slip in an early 911 engine, which can be made to produce much more tractable power and, when set up correctly, is as reliable as a tractor. The same can't be said of the innovative fiberglass-to- metal chassis bonding technique, which worked fine for the projected race life of a 904—say three years—and then began to cause problems. Any bit of corrosion between the fiberglass and the metal will cause the body to separate from the chassis. There is a small cottage industry in Europe that rebuilds 904s from the inside out, and it can make owning one more costly than you can imagine. As a first-tier collectible built in very small numbers, everyone on earth knows the 904 is highly valued. This is one of the trademarks of a true first-tier collectible—that the word is out, and finding a great one cheap is about as likely as winning the lottery. But when it comes time to sell, your investment should, like any broad-based stock index fund, mirror the movements of the overall market. So what does your crystal ball say about where vin- tage car values are headed? If values go higher, a 904 is a great way to get there. If they stagnate, the 904 is very unlikely to lose value. If they crash, the 904s won't crash as hard as less desirable cars that have become overvalued. And no matter what happens, if you bought your 904 to campaign it, regardless of its current value, you will have a machine that is extremely capable, will be well received in nearly any event in the world, and will certainly make you the envy of historically-aware Porsche owners everywhere.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence magazine, Porsche Panorama, and the 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. February 2007 57


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager My 911's Great, So What Gives? To make a #1 car you have to attend to a few hundred small, expensive details. Nice street machines bring half the price of #1's Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager receive a lot of questions each month about all things Porsche. Often these questions deal with values, because everybody wants to know what he's got. Here are two that piqued my interest. 1. About seven years ago, you sold me a I 1973 911S coupe, Alpine White/black, that ran strong, had Carrera tensioner updates, correct Fuchs alloys, and later Recaro Sport Seats. It was in general a good, straight car, with some wear showing but fun to drive, especially when the S cams kick in. As you represented, it is a numbers-matching car. Not at all concours, but very limited rust, driver-quality older paint, original carpets showing loads of wear, and the typical crack on the dash. I paid $12,000 and felt it was a great deal. I have had the car repainted—not by a Porsche specialist but by a very good painter. The local Porsche dealer has worked on the engine, although with 130,000 miles on the odometer I haven't driven the car much, and it hasn't needed much. It has new carpets, tires, and the Fuchs alloys have been polished. I am ready to sell the car and feel it is worth $50,000 based on the prices of other early S cars I see. I have sent it to a top-flight consignment car dealer that you recommended and he tells me it is worth about $25,000. I know he is an honest, knowledgeable, and fair guy, so what gives? Why do I see these cars sell at such high prices, but not mine?—Dr. BK, Detroit, MI 2. I have a 1971 911S Targa, silver/black for sale. I have had it repainted by a very expensive shop, replaced all the rubber seals, completely rebuilt the engine, MFI, and transmission, and completed a bunch of other work, including a new dashpad. It was rust-free when I started, I felt I stole it for $20,000 when I bought it, and now it is really nice. A Porsche consignment specialist contacted me and indicated he would advertise the car and get it sold. We raised the price from my ask of $50,000—about what I have in it—to $75,000 to cover his commission and some negotiating room. Sadly, he failed to sell the car after many months. Am I in the right ballpark with my price?—Mr. RT, Omaha, NE A coat of paint and set of carpets does not magically make a #2 car into a #1. Your reference prices are #1 cars, but yours are #2 cars. Yes, exceptional early 911S cars (1967–73) can sell at $75,000 and even more. But nice street machines bring about 50% of the price of #1 cars. To make a #1 car you have to attend to a few hundred small—some even tiny—expensive details. True #1 cars have fastidious attention to seemingly small items lavished over every square millimeter of the body, chassis, 58 interior, door jambs, the front compartment, the engine bay, and the engine itself. For example, there is a riveted metal paint code tag in the forward driver's door jamb. How was the repaint handled here? Rarely can you tape off the tag and have the paint look perfect, so was it removed and re-riveted? What do the rivets look like? Were the original, weird, small-head German rivets used? What kind of shape is the paint code tag in? Has it been scratched and dinged over the years? Does it sit flush on the pillar post or is it damaged from being removed? Can you see some scarring where the original rivets were removed? Are we having fun yet with our project? Moving just a few feet away but staying in the driver's door jamb, was the alloy molding over the door sill replaced? Were the original and hard-to-obtain tiny plastic rivets located to refasten the sill? Was the right color rivet used—clear, white, or black—depending on the year? How scuffed is the alloy sill plate? Was the replacement properly fitted in the space available, without sitting proud of the door sill? So far, just staying in the driver's door The overspray on these body tags will keep this car from being ranked a #1 jamb, are you beginning to get the feel of the level of detail that makes a #1 different from a #2? While we have the door open, let's look at just a few more items. Notice the movable map pocket on the driver's door. It's made of a sturdy cardboard pressing and trimmed with an alloy molding long since unobtainium. The cardboard works well for a few decades and often gets warped, ripped, or delaminated. Value of a good movable map pocket is north of $500—new replacements are simply not available. Your car will take two, plus two stationary ones that run about the same money. If you can even find them nice enough, that is. Staying close by now, how is the door panel? Anybody slap a speaker in there? It is the handiest place to mount the ubiquitous twin stereo speakers. If so, the unusual vinyl covering of the door panel is long out of production. So you need to find a pristine original set for your #1 car. How hard is that, with all the rush into early 911 cars these days? Plenty tough. We've just spent a few minutes looking only at a few items that hit us in the face as we opened the driver's door. Imagine how many more there are as we walk around and poke our nose in the many other compartments, nooks, and crannies of a 911. Add all these items up, and you can begin to see why #1 and #2 Porsches sell at dif- ferent prices. As to my old 911S coupe, the $25,000 is probably market right now for a decent #2 like that, given that the drivetrain hasn't been overhauled. On the 911S Targa, I'd say $50,000 is possible, but it will take the right guy. A range of $35,000–$40,000 may be more like it for the condition of the car. As architect Mies van der Rohe so aptly put it, “God is in the details.” And so it is for the value of #1 vintage Porsches as well.u JIM SCHRAGER wrote Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for Excellence Magazine, Porsche Panorama, and 356 Registry. His latest book on the early 911 will be published in late 2007. Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1911 Mercer 35R Raceabout Mercers remain four to five times more expensive than a comparable Stutz, proving that a Raceabout is the most desirable pre-WWI car built in America by Ken Gross DETAILS Years produced: 1911–14 Number produced: 400 (estimated) Original list price: $2,250 SCM Valuation: Not listed, but at least $1 million Tune-up/major service: $500 (estimated) Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Cast in crankcase Club: The Horseless Carriage Club Of America, 40637 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA, 93644, 559.658.8800 More: office@hcca.org Alternatives: 1912–16 Stutz Bearcat, 1913 Marion Bobcat, 1911 Simplex Speed Car SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis number: 478 Rhode Island collector Webster Knight III, then acquired by Ed Saczawa in Connecticut, who planned to restore it. R But this never took place, and Massachusetts collec- tor Charles LeMaitre bought it from Saczawa's widow in the 1970s. It was then sold to George Wingard in Oregon, a historian, racer, and collector of early sports and racing cars. Wingard restored it, retaining as many original parts as possible. The Mercer won Best of Show at Forest Grove Concours in 1988, the Briggs Cunningham award for the most exciting car at Pebble Beach and, also in 1988, First in Class at the AACA National Meet at Hershey, and the AACA Best Restored Mercer award. At a Mercer Associates gathering in Trenton, New Jersey, it was named Best Mercer in Attendance. In addition to its rare 100 mph speedometer, this car carries a rare, period Warner tachometer. During the restoration, front spindles were reproduced in 4140 steel for high-speed safety and aluminum pistons installed to relieve strain on the crankshaft. It comes equipped with its original and very rare Stewart carburetor and Bosch magneto. The thorough restoration makes this the best Mercer Gooding & Company has ever driven. It is extremely taut, and one feels completely secure pitching it into a 60 estored from a highly original and complete car, this is one of very few authentic Mercer Raceabouts. Like the 1911 Simplex in the Chandler Collection, it was once owned by corner at high speed. Every drive was memorable for the first owner 95 years ago, and will be for the new one. (Courtesy of Gooding & Company) THE SCM ANALYSIS This Mercer sold for $1,595,000 at Gooding & Company's Otis Chandler auction on October 21, 2006. Think that's a great deal of money? We don't. Here's why. In 1999, Christies offered a 1913 Mercer Model 35J Raceabout, #1285, with a four-speed Brown & Lipe gearbox, and documented engine and crankcase modifications by Harry A. Miller. A three-owner car with known history, repainted the correct yellow in the 1940s, it was presented in unrestored, well-preserved, good running condition. As Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, I suggested to Robert E. Petersen that he buy the car, since a great Mercer would probably be the first American Brass Era car to top $1 million. “Pete” was the successful bidder at $926,500, but questioned if he'd paid too much. Noting that the under-bidders were a “Who's Who” of top collectors, I told him he'd done just fine. Seven years later, the late Otis Chandler's superb 1911 Mercer Type 35R brought $1.5 million, making Petersen's purchase look very good indeed. Say what you will about Stutz Bearcats, but the pre-WWI Mercer Raceabout is the premier American 1911 Mercedes 37/90hp Lot # 63, S/N 13504 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,050,000 Worldwide, Seabrook, TX, 5/6/2006 SCM ID# 41542 1913 Mercer 35 Lot # 652, S/N 1186 Condition: 1Sold at $412,000 B&B, Brookline, MA, 5/1/2004 SCM ID# 33896 1907 Renault 34/45hp Vanderbilt Lot #14, S/N 29059 Condition: 2- Sold at $1,100,000 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 Sports Car Market Photos courtesy of Gooding and Company; Copyright Pawel Litwinski


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sports roadster. Ninety-five years on, I had the pleasure of driving Petersen's 35J. It was nimble, surprisingly quick, and aside from its feeble, two-wheel mechanical brakes, it possessed the agility and grunt of a more modern machine. After a driving lesson from David Gooding, whose dad, Ken Gooding, owns a superb Raceabout, I could toss the Mercer into a four-wheel drift, steer with the throttle, and blow bystanders away. In 1911, Mercer designer Finley Robinson Porter received carte blanche from Washington A. Roebling II, scion of the Roebling family (builders of the Brooklyn Bridge) and the Kusers, another prominent New Jersey clan, to create a thinly-disguised racing car for the street. Built in Trenton, in Mercer County, the Raceabout sported a high-strength steel (the Roeblings were bridge builders, remember?), ladder-type frame, with just a hood, vestigial fenders, a pair of bucket seats, and a crossways-mounted 25-gallon gas tank. There was no starter, no body, no windscreen, not even a top. Some owners retro-fitted a natty monocle windshield. Sparse instrumentation, a pedal ex- haust cutout and an outside-mounted gear lever (in 1911–12, Mercers had three speeds; by 1913–14, there were four), and flickering Rushmore acetylene lighting were all a sporting blood needed. The footbrake operated (feebly) via a contracting brake shoe on the transmission. A pull on the tall e-brake lever operated the rear wheel drum brakes much more effectively. The Mercer's engine was a 300-ci, T-head four, with cylinder pairs cast en bloc, an updraft Stewart or Fletcher carburetor, and dual ignition via magneto. It developed 60 hp at 2,000 rpm, which doesn't sound like much, but those big cylinders propelled that 2,300-pound speedster with alacrity. Raceabouts were guaranteed to do a mile in 51 seconds; top speed was about 80 mph. With lightweight racing pistons and fine-tuning, 100 mph was attainable. Mercer used tough clutches with 44 steel-to-steel plates running in oil, a superior mechanical solution to the era's fragile leather cone clutches. The lusty, 4.9-liter four was mounted in its own sub-frame. Unlike most period competitors who relied on chain drive, Mercers were shaft-driven. The Raceabout's semi-elliptic springs were made of chrome vanadium steel. “The Mercer Raceabout was one of the most advanced cars of its time,” says Jay Leno, himself a Raceabout owner. “In the era where most sports cars needed huge engines, Mercer used a relatively small engine in a light chassis. Like Bugatti, Mercer's high power-to-weight ratios, well-selected gear ratios, and great handling helped it win races.” Some of the best pre-WWI drivers—men like Barney Oldfield, Ralph DePalma, Eddie Pullen, and Spencer Wishart—all competed in Mercers, along with talented amateur sportsmen who knew they could drive from the showroom floor to the track and win. And win they did: Raceabouts swept five of six major contests in 1911. In Los Angeles in May, 1912, Ralph DePalma set eight new class world records in a Mercer, including 150 miles in 130 minutes on a road course. In August, Spencer Wishart snatched a stock Mercer out of an Ohio dealership and won a 200-mile dirt track event. Over the years, perhaps inspired by Ken W. Purdy's “The Mighty Mercer,” (a chap- ter about his own Raceabout from his definitive book, The Kings of The Road), top collectors like James Melton, Briggs Cunningham, Phil Hill, George Wingard, and Peter Helck all owned Mercers. Today, Raceabout owners include Miles Collier, Sam Mann, Bob Petersen, and David Uihlein. “Most antique automobiles are not fast,” wrote Purdy, “and this one is. A good Mercer will cruise all day at 60, show 70 or more on demand, and has the steering and road holding to go with its speed.” Otis Chandler was a discerning collector, and his Raceabout was as good as it gets. The engine and suspension modifications made it even better, without any visible clues. This Mercer has it all: known provenance, originality, superb condition, desirable modifications, even the right color. When you consider the astronomical prices February 2007 for artwork these days, and that fewer than three dozen Raceabouts survive—and very few are as authentic as this example—I'd call it well sold, and very well bought. RM sold a 1915 Stutz Bearcat for $368,500 at Meadow Brook Hall this year. While the bigger, heavier Bearcat and the Raceabout were period rivals, Mercers remain four to five times more expensive than a comparable Stutz. Discerning collectors know that a Mercer Raceabout is the single most desirable pre-WWI car built in America. Perhaps the last words on Mercer Raceabouts should be those of Ken Purdy: “Cartsprung fore and aft, with Hartford shock absorb- ers that give ground bitterly and reluctantly, the Mercer ought to put up a hard ride, and in truth, it's nothing for your Aunt Matilda. But while it's tough on rough roads at low speed, it levels out nicely once it's underway, and in any case what movement there is seems natural, like the movement of a horse under you. “You never need to worry about anyone stealing it. It would take a thief a week to figure out how to start it, the complete drill being: (1) Open cylinder primers and turn over engine a few times to put a little oil here and there; (2) Close primers; (3) Fill half full of gasoline, drain and close again; (4) Open cut-out; (5) Switch magneto to intake side plugs; (6) Set spark and throttle levers; (7) Check fuel pressure; (8) Check gears for neutral; (9) Crank; (10) Switch magneto to both sets of plugs; (11) Get in and go someplace. “And remember those brakes, Jack.”u KEN GROSS is the former Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum and a freelance writer based in Hamilton, VA. He owns a '32 Ford highboy roadster and a '40 Ford coupe, both with hot flatheads, and a '39 Ford convertible coupe with an early Chrysler Hemi. 61


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Russian Roulette with a Full Clip You'll never see a 275 GTB/4 that started life as a green 4-cylinder with a vinyl top and a column shift automatic. But you might see a Hemi 'Cuda that way 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda Clone unprecedented disposable income on the table. But along with new money comes new buyers. I see a R lot of new buyers playing muscle car Russian roulette with a semi-auto and a full clip. While I have great confidence that quality cars will continue to climb in value, watching some less-than-great cars sell gives me chills. These are the cars that are bound to take a huge hit in value very soon. The market is showing signs of a serious adjustment for certain cars. Here are some examples. CONTINUING WHAT? “Continuation” cars: What is a continuation car? To me, this is a car with no history built to replicate a genuine example of the same. Somehow buyers have been hoodwinked into believing press releases and hype, valuing these cars higher than the original examples they are “continuing.” This I do not understand. What would possess somebody to pay $400,000-plus for a 2006 “Motion” continuation Camaro that has zero resemblance to the original 1969 version it was built to commemorate, when an original could be had for less money? I use the Motion car as an example, but plenty of cars 62 ecent record auction results show collectors still buying what they want, when they want. The market is strong, and in spite of “gloom and doom” predictions from many experts, we are still seeing fall into this category: Continuation Cobras, GT350s, “Super Snakes,” Hemi Darts, etc. One must consider any purchase of this genre to be similar to a new car, since that is what they are. Buy one because you like it, not because it is a true collector car or an investment. Park it next to the Ford GT you paid $100,000 over sticker for and watch them depreciate together. Don't park it next to your pedigreed muscle car and expect a similar return on your money. “Replica” or “Clone” cars: A less authentic or less endorsed version of a “continua- tion” car, these are built from scratch, or an upgraded version built from a lesser car. For example, from a $150,000 “restification,” a six-cylinder Barracuda emerges as a “Hemi 'Cuda.” Or a base Malibu gets turned into a Chevelle LS6 SS 454. Eleanor Mustangs also fall into this classification. DON'T PAY REAL MONEY FOR A FAKE This is a great way for enthusiasts on a budget to build the car they want, but not a great way to get into the hobby when you pay real car money for a clone or replica car. Many people learn quickly that what starts out as a fantastic plan to turn their nice 1965 Mustang fastback into a “Shelby GT350” for $10,000 at Billy Bob's local body shop just won't work out that way. By the time they are done, it is a $100,000 investment in a $25,000 car. If you cannot afford to buy the real thing outright, consider financing or leasing it. Use your clone car money as a downstroke on the real deal. Trust me—it will be cheaper in the long run. Better still, if you just have to have a Hemi clone car, buy somebody else's at fifty cents on the dollar and drive the wheels off it. More of these are getting built every day, and values are going nowhere but down. Mopar Hemi E-body cars: Now for something I will really get hate mail on—let's talk about Hemi 'Cudas and Challengers. With values that tripled literally overnight, Sports Car Market


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these cars are bound for a “time out.” While I do not think values will drop on really fine examples, I do think the day has come for them to stop appreciating at such a rapid rate. Going from $100,000 cars to $300,000 has brought a lot of cars out of the woodwork, and the rapid price increases that started four years ago mean that a lot of cars are just now getting the “let's cash in” restorations completed and are hitting the market. I won't even comment on the Hemi E-body convertibles selling for multiple millions of dollars. B-BODIES A BETTER BET Historically, the Mopar Hemi B-bodies (Road Runner, GTX, Super Bee, etc.) were always roughly the same value as a good 'Cuda or Challenger. Now they are about half the price. I see them creeping up and the E-bodies staying put for some time. Not necessarily scary, but not cars I recommend you run out and buy either. So if all of these are frightening, where do I feel the safe money is in the muscle car market? As always, buy the best car you can. Just as you wouldn't buy a Ferrari with stories, don't buy a muscle car with them either. Because they are based on generic, mass production cars, it is even more important to fully document and verify any muscle car. For example, you will never see a Ferrari 275 GTB/4 that started life as a puke green 4-cylinder with a vinyl top and a column shift automatic. But you can very well buy a Hemi Orange “Hemi 'Cuda” 4-speed that started life as a slant-six Barracuda if you are not extrememly careful. I see value in certain cars with low production figures and rare performance options. LOOK FOR LOW PRODUCTION, RARE OPTIONS For example, rather than a Hemi car, look at a Ram Air IV Pontiac. They are just as rare, if not more so, and were equal to the Hemi cars when new. Or how about any car built to homologate a race version, such as T/A Challengers, AAR 'Cudas, Pontiac Trans Ams, or a Z/28 Camaro? These are great cars to drive and still cheap compared to their bigger-engined brethren. Rare examples of early GTOs—the original muscle car— documented with a combination of Tri-Power or Ram Air engines and little-known options like metallic brakes or 4.33 gears, bring a small premium over the run-of-themill-examples, and are bound to have their day as people get more selective and look for rare factory muscle. As a dealer immersed in the business on a daily basis, I closely monitor the market and listen to buyers and sellers both. We are in a unique time, realizing unprecedented appreciation of values and a shortage of good cars. The number one piece of advice I can give anybody curious about where the market is going is to rest easy if you have great cars. The great ones are few and far between, and always in demand. The same cannot be said of not-so-great cars, as there are far more of them than buyers. Unless, of course, there is a bidder's bar in close proximity. As the market adjusts, and it is doing so now, the cars that sneaked into the party will be thrown out by the bouncers, and the good cars will stay to have fun. There is not one market that isn't cyclical. The one constant is that quality endures, be it in stocks, real estate, or cars. Keep that in mind when planning your next purchase, or your next sale.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles and an avid collector and enthusiast. February 2007 63


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Race Car Profile 1907 Renault AI 35/45 Vanderbilt Racer This car was the Ferrari Enzo of its day—exclusive, fast, beautiful, and exciting—but not really a racer by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1907 Number produced: 11 Original list price: $8,500 (about $200,000 today) SCM Valuation: $1.1m–$1.3m Cost per hour to race: $800 Distributor cap: Unknown Chassis #: Plaque on firewall Engine #: Unknown Club: Vintage Sports Car Club, The Old Post Office, West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5EL More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: 1911 Mercer Raceabout, 1905 Mercedes 28/32, 1908 Simplex Speedcar SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS 1914 Marmon 41 Lot #32, S/N 30781 Condition: 1Sold at $616,000 Chassis number: 29059 in the 1903 Paris-Madrid race and Louis quit racing, the company itself only took a year off. Competition was the most effective way to promote R Renault's products and demonstrate speed and reliability. In 1905, Renault built a 12.3-liter monster for Gould Brokaw's entry into the Vanderbilt Cup on Long Island. Driven by Maurice Bernin, it did not finish, but captured the Eagle Rock, New York, hillclimb later that year. For 1906 the ACF announced the Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France, the grand prize in automobile competition. Organized on a 103-kilometer circuit over public roads located east of Le Mans, it was held over two days, with six laps scheduled each day. Open to all comers, it was vital for competitive manufacturers. Renault rolled out a new, purpose-built racecar, the Type AK, powered by a giant 13-liter, four-cylinder engine with shaft drive. Driver Ferencz Szicz pulled out an immediate lead, taking the opening day well ahead of his closest competitor. He was so far ahead on the second day that he was never threatened. 64 enault's reputation was made in the open-road races of Europe at the turn of the 20th century, in cars built and driven by Louis Renault and his brother Marcel. Even though Marcel was killed The performance of Szicz in the Grand Prix and Brokaw's Renault in the Vanderbilt Cup caught the attention of William Kissem Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt, like many of his wealthy counterparts, was an early enthusiast and in 1907, he arranged for a run of sporty Renaults to be built. Patterned after the 1906 Grand Prix de l'ACF winner, they were based on the lighter Renault AI chassis and built specifically for his friends. Sleek, powerful and reliable, they were ideal for an afternoon's entertainment on the smooth, banked, and protected Long Island Motor Parkway. (Courtesy of Gooding & Company) THE SCM ANALYSIS This car sold for $1,100,000 in Oxnard, California, at the Gooding & Company auction October 21, 2006. I think the most interesting things about this Renault are what it is and what it is not. It's not a race car—even though it's named a “Vanderbilt Racer” and certainly looks the part. Several of its sister cars were raced and it could have been raced, but it was not designed or built as a race car. It was sold to very wealthy “sporting gentlemen” for fast road use. 1911 Mercer 35R Lot # 62, S/N 478 Condition: 2 Sold at $1,595,000 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 SCM ID# 43483 Sports Car Market Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/20/2006 SCM ID# 42540 1911 Delage X Lot #634, S/N 1712 X501 Condition: 3 Sold at $600,015 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 6/24/2005 SCM ID# 38671 Photos courtesy of Gooding & Company; Copyright Pawel Litwinski


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I suggest that this is the world's first production supercar. In 1907 this car was the Ferrari Enzo of its day—exclusive, fast, beautiful, and exciting. Its purpose was to generate adrenaline and provide bragging rights at the club to those few with the inclination and the means to indulge themselves. Perhaps a bit of historical background will help. “Willie K” Vanderbilt, of the legendary family, was at the height of his powers when the automobile became practical, and he embraced it as a very rich and powerful magnate. He organized the first serious American auto races, and when it became obvious the cars were faster than the available roads would allow for, he fixed the roads. His answer was the Long Island Motor Parkway, a mesh-reinforced concrete private road that ran from Queens down the center of Long Island to Lake Ronkonkoma, a distance of 48 miles. Built in 1907, it was the world's first limited-access highway, fully fenced, with bridges for the few crossing roads, excellent sight lines, and banked turns. It was a place where you could actually drive fast safely. Heeding the old adage “Never start vast projects with half-vast concepts,” he arranged for the construction of some cars to test what he was building. Though in recent history the French have only been bit players in the American market and are now effectively non-existent, for the first few decades of the automobile they were the dominant nation. Renault demonstrated a clear superiority with its “AK” Grand Prix racer in 1906 and had a well-established New York sales agency, so approaching them for a short run of gentleman-racers made sense. Putting the smaller (60 hp vs. 90 hp) engine on a lighter chassis than the AK but making it look very similar to the GP winner may or may not have been Vanderbilt's idea. But he did arrange for ten of the eleven cars produced to be ordered by his friends on Long Island. At $8,500 each in 1907, these were very expensive toys (roughly $200,000 in 2006 dollars), so the accomplishment of getting them made and sold was a serious one. The cars were extremely exclusive and treated accordingly. A friend of mine is an antique dealer who now deals in collector cars, and he taught me what I consider the most basic rule of collecting: What was special then is special now; what was ordinary then may be rare now, but it's not special. If you are going to collect old things and are concerned with the investment aspects, always buy things that were “special” when they were new. Steuben crystal will always be more desirable than Depression glass; a Ferrari will be a better investment than a Fiat. I find it useful to refine this concept by adding rankings, sort of accumulating points for various characteristics. The most valuable set is for things that were special, even famous, in their own time (Ferrari GTO). The second set is for things that were associated with special people or events (Clark Gable's Duesenberg), while a third can be assigned to simple rarity (a 3¢ stamp with the airplane printed upside down may just be a piece of paper, but it's the only one). With something that can be played with, like a car, the question of how much and how easily you can play with it becomes vital in determining desirability. By looking at that factor you can get a pretty good feel for where virtually any collectable should fit. Let's look at the Renault, then. Beautiful, exclusive, expensive, and fast, it was a pretty special car in its own right when new. On the down side, it never won anything important and is not a Mercedes. It was a rich man's toy, not a champion, so we'll give it excellent points but not ultimate. In the second set, it certainly was associated with wealth and fame in its time, though the names Whitney, Vanderbilt, and Guggenheim mean more on Long Island than in Topeka. We'll call it a draw. On the rarity front, five of the original eleven have survived, so it's rare, but not hen's teeth. As the catalog points out, though, that high a survival rate is ample proof that these have always been considered great cars. I'd say good to excellent rarity points. Now we're down to whether it's fun to own. What can you do with it? I have no per- sonal experience, but I'm sure it would be a gas to drive, fast and light. As a gentleman's toy rather than a fire-breathing racer, I'd expect it to be relatively user-friendly, as the catalog asserts. It's too new for London–Brighton, but there is no shortage of events that would love to have it anywhere in the world. Did I mention it is fast? I'd assign high usability points. If we tally the points, I'd say that the Renault is a 70 to 75 percentile car, and that's pretty much what the market said. It was valued well below the 1904 Mercedes and a bit below the Mercer Raceabout, but a little above the Simplex. I say we have a rational market and within it, the car was fairly bought.u THOR THORSON is president of Vintage Racing Motors of Redmond, WA, and has been an active vintage racer for 25 years. February 2007 65


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Market Reports Overview Super Duties, Super Sports, and Supersonics Muscle wasn't hot everywhere, but rare racers and high-quality examples still brought top results by Jim Pickering Sales Totals nies achieved comfortable growth both in the U.S. and abroad. As you might expect, the consignment lists that were best tuned to customer's tastes functioned as catalysts for positive results. SCM European Senior Auction Analyst T Richard Hudson-Evans made his way to an H&H sale at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, and although its final sale figure was a modest $2m, the sales of 82% indicated that auction owner Simon Hope clearly putting the right group of cars in front audience. It's clear the company has figured out stay competitive in the market despite recent troubles in finding good cars to sell in the region. In October, The Sportscar Auction Company returned for the first time since 1992. Julian Shoolheifer made the trip to Switzerland for the sale, where he noted that a solid $4.3m result was forthcoming—even more remarkable when the less than expected 50% sales rate is taken into account. The Hershey Auction took place under clearer skies he months leading up to the events in were solid within the market, although final totals were down slightly from marks set in '05. For the most part, auction compa ����������������� ���������������������� ������������ �������������������� ���������������� �������������������� ��������������������� than in 2005, and SCM Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was there to watch the events unfold. While the $5.8m from 139 sold lots was respectable, it fell short of last year's results. Norm Mort noticed the same trend when he strolled among the lots in Novi, Michigan at RM's annual International Fall Classic Car Auction, where both attendance and sales results were down. The high sale of $540k consisted of three cars combined into one lot—all of them Harley Earl-designed convertibles from the '50s. American cars made up the majority of this sale, and even though there were some exceptional examples present, the final figure of $1.7m was down from last year. Sold Percentage 80% 100% 60% 40% 20% H&H Buxton, U.K. 66 Mecum St. Charles, IL RM Novi, MI Hershey Hershey, PA RM Toronto, CAN Silver Portland, OR Sportscar Geneva, CH Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions (SV), Portland, OR, p. 128 Mecum Auctions (M), St. Charles, IL, p. 108 RM Auctions (RMN), Novi, MI, p. 118 The Hershey Auction LLC (H), Hershey, PA, p. 78 Many are questioning whether muscle will remain strong, and even though both RM Novi and The Hershey Auction showed slight downturns in sales predominantly featuring the Big Three, Dan Grunwald noted that Mecum did well at its 11th annual High Performance Auction in St. Charles, Illinois. The Randy Williams Super Duty Collection was featured, along with several vintage drag cars that helped bring a total of almost $21m. Rarity was the name of the game here, and factory racers in perfect condition carried the weekend. At the end of October, Mort found his way to RM's annual hometown sale in Toronto, where 181 lots rounded out a $3.7m weekend. He noted that the range of consignments here was rather shallow, with one-third being Chevrolets, but $848k over last year's total with only five more cars sold was good news for both RM and the market. SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1965 Dodge Coronet Yankee Peddler drag racer, $787,500—M, p. 114 2. 1963 Pontiac Tempest Super Duty wagon, $656,250—M, p. 112 3. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl LWB, $625,000—H, p. 82 4. 1967 Shelby Cobra SOHC roadster, $556,500—M, p. 114 5. 1963 Pontiac Catalina Swiss Cheese 2-dr hard top, $462,000—M, p. 112 6. 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic coupe, $452,800—S, p. 74 7. 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl tourister, $450,000—H, p. 82 8. 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Thunderbolt 2-dr coupe, $330,750—M, p. 112 9. 1963 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty 2-dr sedan, $299,250—M, p. 112 10. 1962 Pontiac Catalina Super Duty lightweight 2-dr hard top, $246,750—M, p. 112 1. 1963 Pontiac Tempest SD wagon, $656,250—M, p. 112 2. 1970 Plymouth AAR 'Cuda, $52,800—RMT, p. 107 3. 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser, $8,370—RMN, p.124 4. 1924 Morris Cowley Special roadster, $14,895—H&H, p. 90 5. 1976 Chevrolet Vega wagon, $2,862—SV, p. 134 February 2007 67 RM Auctions (RMT), Toronto, CAN, p. 98 Sportscar Auction Co. (S), Geneva, CH, p. 68 H&H Auctions (H&H), Buxton, U.K., p. 88 Silver returned to Portland in early October for its annual Fall sale at the Expo Center, and the SCM staff jumped at the chance to kick some tires and be auction reporters for a day. Although a final sale rate of 41% is not what an auction company would hope for, the final numbers were up nearly $128k from the $425k made here in '05, again showing Silver's understanding of the affordable collector car arena. And finally, Geoff Archer thumbed through the pages of eBay to find an eclectic assortment of the cars with red lights everyone dreads seeing in their rearview mirror.u Best Buys


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The Sportscar Auction Company Geneva, CH Column Author The Sportscar Auction Unusual for a European sale, it was held “American-style,” with bid spotters trying to stir a frenzy in the room and keeping those bidding on the hook Company The Sportscar Auction Co. Date October 7, 2006 Location Geneva, Switzerland Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge (under the aegis of MaÎtre René Pantet) Automotive lots sold / offered 31 / 62 Sales rate 50% Sales total $4,320,000 High sale 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, sold at $1,766,400 1961 250 SWB made high sale in Geneva at nearly $1.8m Report and photos by Julian Shoolheifer Market opinions in italics cars, and the dominance of pre-existing auction houses within that market. Between 1988 and 1991, the company held a number of auctions in Switzerland, and in 1992 held a couple of exhibitions in Tokyo, which unfortunately coincided with the collapse of the market. Unlike other companies who battled through a long period of market recession, the Sportscar Auction Company made a shrewd decision to withdraw from the market before the end of 1992. After a fifteen-year break, the company now consid- T ers the market to have recovered sufficiently enough to re-introduce itself. While the U.S. market is generally buoyant and certain sectors of the market at a rarefied level are very strong, the European market seems generally to be lagging behind its U.S. competition, so it's interesting that the company has decided to return now. However, Sportscar is not alone in its thinking, with Sotheby's recently having made the decision to return to classic cars in a joint venture with RM. Unusual for a European sale, this one was held “American-style,” with bid spotters trying to stir a frenzy in the room and keeping those bidding on the hook. Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge is as “English Gentleman” in his delivery as they come, and while this style seemed a little alien to my English palate, it seemed to go down 68 he Sportscar Auction Company was founded in 1987 by a group of classic car dealers in response to a rapidly rising global market for classic Buyer's premium 13% on the first $78,000, 11% thereafter, included in sold prices (1 CHF=$.78) quite well for others. Lot announcements were made in Italian, German, French, and English, and the sale was not to be rushed, with just 15 lots per hour being sold on average throughout the course of the evening. Notable sales included a 1970 Honda S800 roadster, which at $18,800 was an excellent buy for its condition. A 1959 MGA, which appeared slightly tattered in the catalog, was actually as nice as they come in person and deserved every penny of its $35,800 sale price. The most viewed car at the sale was a 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, which was perfect in every respect, and brought a mid-estimate $452,800. No-sales included a 1959 Ford Thunderbird that despite being in excellent overall condition couldn't exceed a high bid of $23,900. A rare and well-restored BMW 507 roadster was bid to its copious $450,000 estimate, but didn't sell under the hammer. Also rare and unsold was a 1960 Maserati WRE spider. While it was one of only three built, bidding ceased at $380,000—nearly $90,000 short of estimates. A total of $4,320,000 was comfortably high, given the short space of time in which Sportscar had to consign entries, but a 50% sale rate is the very minimum that should be expected from any professional auction company. With the news of Sotheby's joining up with RM, and more recently with Christie's decision to back out of the U.K. and concentrate on its U.S. and European sales, interesting changes are afoot for the market, and Sportscar may have chosen just the right time to re-enter the fray.u $4m $5m $3m $2m $1m Sports Car Market SALES TOTAL 2006


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Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1955 Ferrari Superamerica, Series I, s/n 0499SA. Rare late Series I Short wheel base Pinninfarnia Coupe. Ultimate early Ferrari road car. Unmolested and sensitively preserved. Special features. $975,000. 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12 Coupe. Excellent example of a true American classic. Effortless and smooth V12 driving experience. Less than 1,000 miles on engine rebuild. $42,500. 1954 Jaguar XK-120. California matching numbers car freshly restored in original colors. Extensive recipts and photo documentation. One owner past 35 years. Hertiage Trust Certificate. $89,000 1939 Delahaye 135 MS Grand Sport. Stunning and unique combination of Figoni et Falaschi open bodywork and Delahaye triple carburetor competition chassis. Fully restored. Ready for all events and tours. $1,325,000.


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The Sportscar Auction Company Geneva, CH Column Author ENGLISH #38-1948 BRISTOL 400 85B sedan. S/N 400139. Blue/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 49,102 miles. Excellent bodywork and panel gaps, very shiny paint unsympathetic to the car and color somehow not appropriate. Nice brightwork, superb powder-coated wheels. Clean interior with as-new leather. Wooden dash and door caps perfect. Fitted with a modern electric fuel pump, but otherwise complete and original. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,700. Of seat covers and worn paint. Chassis appears very sound and rust free. Cheap aftermarket car looked shiny in the photographs, but the tires looked dull and dirty, and so no conclusions could really be made. Very nicely prepared on the day, it really was as good as they come. It seems the market for best condition MGAs is getting stronger, but it's having little effect on Bs. #23-1961 AC GREYHOUND Bristol sa- loon. S/N BXF2511. Eng. # 100D21095. British Racing Green/black leather. Odo: 34,244 km. Nice straight bodywork ruffled by a blistered radio aerial. Generally rough. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. Like a fish out of water at this sale. It was very sound, which is rare in one of these, and it was original and unrestored, but the low estimate of $23,400 was way off. This would have been a sensible buy at $7,000. #24-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M road- around 450 built, this was one of 52 examples still known to exist. This one had been thoroughly rebuilt in England, and it still looked fresh. It was believed to have competed in the 1948 Mille Miglia, but there was no supporting evidence provided. A generally neat restoration, but the vibrant blue paint used was not right for the car and really let it down. Despite its rarity, this was too much money for a 400. #32-1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 fixed head coupe. S/N LML50150. Eng. # VB6B501042. French Gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 69,534 miles. Very good bodywork, original paint nicely polished but thin in places. Good original chrome plating and silver painted wires. Original interior has an attractive patina, engine bay tidy and complete. A wonderful original feel overall. Cond: 3. Great bodywork and excellent paint, although the use of undercoating is questionable. No bumpers, other chrome and trim in good condition. Nicely finished interior, good quality matching gray carpets. Silver painted wire wheels, fender piping a little astray in places. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $85,400. This pretty good example was restored in the U.K. by a specialist Healey workshop at a cost of around $90,000. A British Motor Industry Heritage Trust certificate accompanied it and confirmed it to be a genuine M. Despite a slightly optimistic estimate, this one did the business and sold well—confirming the investment potential in event-eligible cars of this period. SOLD AT $102,800. While it is certain that this car had considerable amounts of remedial work carried out over the years, it had been done in such a way as to blend in with the better original bits. Not perfect by a long shot, but its faults were more than outweighed by the control used in preserving it. This is the way it should be done, and it was not surprising that it was bid to this level. #45-1954 AUSTIN CHAMP FFW 4x4. S/N 10672. Eng. # 4569. Bronze Green/green vinyl/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 57,347 miles. Original condition, with dented panels, poor paint, and used-up tires. Interior shows creased 70 #8-1959 MG A 1600 roadster. S/N HDL43S63978. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 25,494 km. Superb bodywork, excellent shut lines, perfect paint. Seats and carpets as-new. Chrome and wheels appear new. No noteworthy faults anywhere. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,800. The ster. S/N BN2L228308. Eng. # 1B228308. Silver metallic/gray leather. Odo: 479 km. and poorly prepared paint job. Chrome generally thin and average at best. The Perspex rear window is yellowing and scratched. Interior is little more than usable. Engine bay looks original and workmanlike. Shiny new Cobra wires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $42,100. One of three built in LHD. I like these cars, but this one was pretty uninspiring throughout. This car was given four pages in the catalog, and I was expecting great things. In person it was a let-down, and the price paid was in line with an example in need of freshening. #22-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series I fixed head coupe. S/N 890657. Red/biscuit leather. Odo: 32,907 km. Good bodywork and shut lines, including hood and doors. Thickly applied paint lets the whole thing down. Chrome is generally good for original, and has the usual light marks and micro-pits. Fitted with poor-quality chrome wire wheels. Decent glass, interior shows some minor wear. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $37,600. This car was stated to have had just two owners from new and to be in “good original condition,” and apart from the low-quality repaint and cheap wire wheels, that was the case. Still, this price was $4,000 too much. Well sold. #11-1981 ASTON MARTIN V8 coupe. S/N V8S11982LCAS. Anthracite/red leather. Odo: 88,511 km. Dull, flat paint over average bodywork. Cracks and rock chips evident Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Company Geneva, CH Column Author trim excellent throughout. Factory alloy wheels unmarked. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $89,600. The condition of this car was such that it was placed on a plinth for viewing—a treatment shared with only the 250GT SWB (lot# 42) and the Fiat 8V (lot# 37) at this sale. Although it sold, it failed to reach the high estimate by a decent margin. Cheap for condition, well bought. everywhere. Scruffy alloy wheels corroded, numerous parking dings on both sides, brightwork in very lackluster condition. Interior appears worn for the reported mileage, and its dirtiness indicates little care from the previous owner. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $32,200. I know these cars are great value for money generally, but when they need work, their costs add up over the long run. The previous owner used up all the fun in this one and left the new owner with a huge clean-up bill. It was cheap for a V8 Aston, but a slightly more expensive one will be cheaper in the long run. #9-1992 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N SAJJNADW4EP181125. Burgundy metallic/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 43,372 km. Nice rust-free bodywork, paint has light scratching and some small chips and cracks. Trim shows light wear commensurate with the mileage, carpets clean. Tasteless aftermarket steering their side, these cars tick a lot of boxes. One of the last of the line, this one was very good following a restoration in the early '90s—although it lacked Rudge knock-offs and a hard top. Strangely, although the car was bid to its generous estimate, it did not sell. wheel lets the interior down. Nice factory alloys in original condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,600. Not a bad example, and certainly the condition reflected the age and mileage fairly. There was a good amount of original paperwork and service history with this one, which always helps a sale. There is growing interest in the very best examples of these, and given the condition it was sold correctly. #15-1996 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE Volante convertible. S/N SCFDAM2CCRBL60171. Black/black cloth/ cream leather with black piping. Odo: 13,282 km. Presented in virtually new condition with perfect paint, bodywork, and glass. The trim appears new, and while the driver's seat appears used, the passenger seat does not. Walnut #7-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412015277. White/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 12,882 km. Tell-tale signs of a previous average restoration. Very dry paint needs a heavy polish at least. Mostly original chrome shows some signs of scratching and pitting in places. Seats nicely retrimmed, GERMAN #28-1960 BMW 507 roadster. S/N 70221. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 26,895 km. Restored to a very high standard, with great paint and excellent trim. Brightwork has some micro-pitting in places, but is still presentable. Nicely detailed engine bay, first-rate interior and glass. Nicely painted wheels fitted with period Pirelli tires. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $450,000. One of 252 built. Surely one of the prettiest sports cars of all time, and with an aluminium body, V8 engine, and rarity on unmarked factory paint with just a couple of stone chips on the lower front panel. Excellent factory alloys, new Continental tires. Faultless glass, as-new plastic on lights, unmarked interior. Doors work perfectly. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $28,800. You really would have to go a long way to find a better example than this. The car was presented in virtually perfect condition, yet had been used enough in the past to justify its existence. Perhaps the buyers were after older machinery, as this one fell about $8,000 short of expectations. “Emerging” classics sometimes struggle when the sale flavor is for more ancient things. #2-1991 BMW 318I convertible. S/N WBABA51080EJ22865. Red/black vinyl/gray & tartan cloth. Odo: 86,340 km. Original condition presented to museum quality standards throughout. Excellent paint, glass, and plastics. Wheels unmarked and factory finished. Superb tartan cloth trim, unmarked carpets. This car was as close to new as you can get and belied the 86,340 km recorded. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,900. Bidding on this car began slowly, but it eventually got rolling. The catalog description was vague, and in person this car shone. Good examples will achieve cult status as lesser ones are scrapped and modified, and with that in mind, it was very cheap and well bought. ITALIAN interior generally fair with no major faults. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. Looked great at ten feet. It wasn't a bad car, but didn't really bear close inspection. Undoubtedly well maintained as cataloged, with no evident signs of terrible rot bubbling away underneath the repaint. The high bid was fair, and should have bought the car. #12-1991 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N WBABA91060AL00898. Red/black vinyl/ black leather & suede. Odo: 47,891 km. Almost 72 #47-1947 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS cabriolet. S/N 915568. Eng. # 923666. Dark blue/light gray/light gray leather. RHD. Odo: 73,423 km. Generally exquisite with perfect bodywork and flawless paint. Excellent interior with unmarked seats and carpets. Engine compartment nicely detailed, beautiful dash and instruments. Perfect glass. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. This was one of my favorites of the sale. Found in a movie studio parking lot in the 1970s, it was in remarkably original Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Company Geneva, CH Column Author plates, Marchal spots, and a Condor radio. Very original overall, but requiring extensive restoration in some places. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $195,200. This car appeared to have never left Rome since being first registered in 1958. While this car was original, the interior was torn beyond rescue, and a full restoration was needed throughout. Expensive as a starting point, but rare in this form. condition. It sold for $192,500 at Gooding's Pebble Beach auction in August 2005 (SCM# 38886). Restored a few years ago, the car was well presented and truly exceptional in both its original detail and in its level of restoration. There was a lot of interest here during viewing, yet it stalled come crunch time. The high bid was not nearly enough considering the condition. TOP 10 No. 6 #37-1953 FIAT 8V Supersonic coupe. S/N 106000039. Eng. # BS126. Black/ red leather. Odo: 24,942 km. Perfect black paint, bodywork, wheels, trim, and chrome. Nice engine compartment, 5speed Alfa transmission fitted in period. Better than new in all respects with nothing to fault. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $452,800. Open cars are generally prettier and worth #30-1960 MASERATI WRE spider. S/N 1002. Eng. # 2429. Silver/blue cloth. RHD. Exquisitely restored, with perfect panelwork and immaculate paint. Blue cloth seats appear as-new, windscreen clean and unmarked. Firstrate engine bay shows great detailing. Superb center-locking alloy wheels. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $380,000. World Racing Enterprises (WRE) was founded by ex-Willment mechanic John Wadsworth and based in Modena, Italy. The WRE was a based around a tubular chassis and powered by a Maserati 200 SI engine, and with a weight of just 1,350 lbs, it was capable #29-1965 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato coupe. S/N IGM2636OM0099. Eng. # 16000099. Pale blue & white/pale blue leather. Odo: 68,752 miles. Good straight bodywork, poor paint shows cracking and scratching all over. Blistered and scratched chrome is matched only by cracked and aging rubber trim. Sandcast wheels appear poorly painted. Described as in original condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $168,800. Gorgeously pretty, these cars have everything—but on a 3/4 scale. There is no denying that they are serious bits of kit, but this one failed to deliver on several levels. Although the auctioneer ran the bids to the low estimate, no one took the bait and it remained unsold. #34-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N F101AC10015349. Eng. # F101100000341. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 56,700 km. Nice bodywork with good gaps let down by a poor repaint. Front bumper marked heavily of 162 mph. Only three cars were built, with one winning the Naples GP in 1959. All were successful in club events and hillclimbs from 1959 to 1961. Ultra-rare and in excellent overall condition, but bidding stopped nearly $90,000 short of estimates. #14-1962 LANCIA FLAMINIA Sport more than their enclosed counterparts, but when correctly penned, enclosed coachwork can leave you breathless. This car's incredible “rocketship” styling was limited to just eight examples. The combination of this coachwork, a dramatic period color scheme, and a potent V8 made this the most-viewed car in the sale. Hotly contested, the hammer was brought down firmly mid-estimate. #40-1958 FERRARI 250 GT Ellena coupe. S/N 0823GT. Eng. # 0832GT. Metallic silver/ green leather. Odo: 78,379 km. Generally good bodywork shows some bubbling around the windshield. Good paint, some micro-pitting to chrome, rusty wheel spokes. The leather seats are extremely worn and tattered on the backs and bases. Equipped with Rome registration Island sale in March of '99, where it sold for $81,400 (SCM# 11938). Beautiful “doublebubble” alloy Zagato coachwork, faired headlights, and a triple-carburetor engine made this car a desirable creature. A winner at the 1996 Amelia Island Concours, then part of a Swiss collection since 1999, it was here offered in superb overall condition. Outstanding in every sense, it sold firmly over its very strong estimate. 74 Zagato. S/N 824133379. Eng. # 8231013675. Burgundy/tan leather. Odo: 19,217 km. Firstrate bodywork with top quality paint. Very good chrome and window surrounds, excellent glass. Rear lights faded and crazed. Nicely trimmed interior in great condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $177,600. Last seen at RM's Amelia from parking lot exploits. Trim and glass unmarked. Nice Borranis, interior shows gentle usage with no marks or tears. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $51,100. From a Swiss collection. Despite the nice wheels and clean interior, the general level of fit and finish was lacking. The sale price was on the money. #43-1976 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA SIII coupe. S/N 9480. Silver metallic & black/tan leather. Odo: 89,595 km. Great bodywork, paint, and panel gaps. Good window rubber and glass, nicely finished wheels. Original leather seats show a nice level of patina. OK carpets and door trim. A pretty good example throughout. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. If an Espada is your thing, this looked like a good one to be involved with. It was a low-mileage Sports Car Market


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The Sportscar Auction Company Geneva, CH Column Author car that had obviously had all the right things done to it, and came with $20,000 in receipts for an engine rebuild in 2004. The car knocked down at $44,000, then was immediately re-offered to make just $40,000—so it went from sold to unsold in 30 seconds. Now that's fast. #13-1977 FERRARI 512 BB coupe. S/N 102BB20933. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 38,015 km. Bodywork disappointed by a poor repaint. Unrestored wheels are corroded and marked all around. Dash top in poor condition due to sun damage, seats appear gently used. age and mileage, and the car could not really be faulted for one that had seen reasonable use over 18 years. That said, the auctioneer worked very hard to sell it, and the car just managed to scrape past its reserve price. Fairly bought and sold. JAPANESE How is it that such heavy marks can occur to a seat with such a low mileage? Perhaps the previous owner needed to carry building supplies home in it one day.... Also despite being a 1986 model, it was not registered until 1991. Big money, even for a #1 example. #10-1987 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP 5000S QV coupe. S/N ZA9C005AOHLA12043. Red/tan leather. Odo: 11,360 km. Excellent paint, flawless #5-1970 HONDA S800 roadster. S/N S8001006039. Eng. # 010662. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 59,555 miles. Excellent paint on very good original bodywork. Superb brightwork appears largely factory. Very good top in the original material, possibly original to the car. Poor silver paint finish to steel wheels. Interior factory spec in every respect, with correct wood-effect plastic steering wheel. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,800. On the face of it, these Tired looking overall. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $68,100. I remember being driven in one of these at incredible speeds through 150 miles of English lanes by my uncle when I was 15 years old. I was hooked, and I still have a soft spot for them. Although needing a tidy-up, it was the right money for the car at that mileage. #17-1977 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P300 Silhouette targa. S/N P11840016. Red/ black & orange cloth. Odo: 41,984 km. Fair bodywork with numerous flaws to the paint and large areas of micro-blistering. Poorly refinished wheels, terrible detailing. Below average interior is tired looking, dated Recaro wheels. No wear to the interior anywhere. Glass, lights, and window rubber all in as-new condition. Condition reflects very low recorded mileage. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. 610 examples of the LP 5000S QV were built between 1985 and 1988, and this one had been loved like a child. Just a few thousand miles had been covered from new, and it had really been cosseted. The high bid was nowhere near the mark for this condition of car. seats are faded. Generally shabby. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $33,500. One of several consignments that stood out as being nowhere near the mark. Worn and dated overall, there was nothing about it that dazzled the bidders, and the money offered should have been plenty to take it home. #19-1986 LAMBORGHINI JALPA 350 targa. S/N ZA9J00000ELA12156. Red/tan leather. Odo: 5,173 km. Nice paint, bodywork unmarked. Factory panel gaps, good plastic and trim. Fantastic OZ wheels in new condition. Excellent interior, but with heavy marking on the seat backs. Very good overall. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,300. The strange seat marks let down an otherwise great example. 76 #18-1988 FERRARI 328 GTS targa. S/N ZFFCA20S000076664. Rosso Corsa/cream leather. Odo: 34,272 km. Excellent bodywork and original-looking paint show no dents or marks anywhere. Original interior has some slight wear on the driver's seat bolster, but appears clean elsewhere. Good plastic lenses, very tidy wheels. Two owners from new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. A very genuine car. The wear on the driver's seat tallied well with its cars could be dismissed in passing as an MG Midget, but they are so well engineered, rare, cleverly made, and have so much performance for a sub-800cc engine that they really hit the spot. The slightly tatty wheels can easily be rectified, and I think this car was a really great buy on rarity and condition alone. AMERICAN #21-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P5FH122338. Red/white vinyl/ red & white vinyl. Odo: 19,267 miles. Fair older repaint faulted by a small amount of crazing at the windshield base. Wide gap at bottom of passenger door. Chrome ranges from fair to good. Hubcaps dented, tires dirty. Interior nicely prepared and in very good condition with no marks or damage. Excellent dash and gauges. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,100. One of several T-Birds in the sale, and the earliest model present. This car was little more than driver quality, and the high bid was over full market value for its condition. However, it still brought $8,000 under its estimated price range.u Sports Car Market


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The Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA Column Author 6th Annual Antique and Classic Auto Auction The rain could best be described as scattered showers, which were much more welcome than last year's monsoon-style downpours Company The Hershey Auction, LLC Date October 5–7, 2006 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Dean Kruse Automotive lots sold / offered 139 / 237 Sales rate 58% Sales total $5,767,715 High sale 1930 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl phaeton, sold at $687,500 1956 M-B 300Sc sold for a strong $127,600 Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics (AACA) National Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Those who are regular attendees at Hershey in the fall know the weather is always on everyone's mind, and this year, the rain could best be described as scattered showers, which were much more welcome than last year's monsoon-style downpours. This was good for vendors on the field, and there was a decent sized crowd in attendance at the auction as well. The Giant Center provides a good venue for selling H cars, although it must be awkward for the auction staff, as they are on the floor of a new and very modern stadium built for the Hershey Bears hockey team. One can assume there were more than a few sore necks at the end of the weekend from looking up into the crowd. A portion of the auction proceeds went to benefit the AACA Museum, which is not to be confused with the AACA in general. The museum reciprocates by selling de-acquisitioned assets, which is not a bad deal for either party as the auction gets stock, and the museum severely limits the costs of transportation due to its close proximity to the sale. Most of the cars the museum sold were in good condition, but there were some occasional lesser examples, which included a 1969 Cadillac DeVille convertible that was a tribute to duct tape sculpture, at least in 78 ershey Auctions's 6th annual sale was again held in early October alongside the Antique Automobile Club of America Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) the interior. It sold for a much more than expected $4,950. Other notable sales included a 2003 Talbo, a car not often seen anywhere. Very nice inside and out, it sold for a deserved $125,000. A familiar 1980 Triumph Spitfire seen at several other recent auctions (and profiled in May 2006, p. 46) only made $14,850 here, which was almost $5k less than its brought at its last appearance in Florida. The feature car this year was a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Derham tourister, and while it brought a sizable $495,000, it was eclipsed by its sister lot—a 1930 Model J Dual Cowl phaeton—which was the high sale of the event at $687,500. A mostly original and well-worn 1974 Bricklin SV1 surprisingly didn't sell at $10,000—a full market price for its condition. A 1958 Morris Minor 1000 convertible was also a no-sale; despite being one of the better examples offered in recent memory, it couldn't bring any more than the $17,500 high bid. Also notable was a 1954 Buick Skylark convertible in very good condition that stalled at a fair $120,000. The final sales rate was down a full 10% from last year's 68%, due in part to a smaller number of lots offered, and I suspect a lack of heavy rain kept some would-be bidders outside among the other events of the weekend. Even so, ambitious bidders were not as thick as in past years, despite consignment quality as a whole remaining at its usual high.u SALES TOTALS $6m $8m $4m $2m Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


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The Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA Column Author ENGLISH #244-1938 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III Sedanca de Ville town car limousine. S/N 3CM123. Two-tone gray/black leather & tan cloth. RHD. Odo: 2,297 miles. Coachwork by Mulliner. Good quality paint, most chrome is decent, but some shows pitting. Nice older wood, leather and cloth show well. Overcarpets to rear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $65,450. Phantom IIIs can be magnificent and beautiful automobiles, but this body style is much more business- in May 2006 (p. 46). It looked like some of the chips and damage were new, but it was still all easy to fix. This was a decent buy on a sub-100mile Spitfire, and I qualify that by saying I'm a former Spitfire owner. #746-1987 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE good looking example with great colors, and I even liked the price. Early E-types remain sought after, and they help bring the prices of the later examples along. There's general agreement that the E-type is one of the bestlooking production cars of all time. One would think these cars will remain collectible long after all of us are gone. #247-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. like than sexy. These can also be a nightmare to repair when anything involving the motor is needed, and they have gained a reputation as a car that only an expert should buy. This example was fully priced, and perhaps the buyer knows more about this particular car than I do. I would like to think there is some potential for upside here. #465-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 drop head coupe. S/N 678328. Gray/gray cloth/gray leather. Odo: 73,003 miles. Good fit to doors, hood, trunk, and skirts. Straight sides, very good paintwork. Top, although well-fitted, shows some use. Very good chrome could use some polish, might as well clean the vent window gaskets at the same time. Very nice interior, light wear to the driver's seat. Cond: 3+. NOT S/N CF9607U. Teal green/black vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 47,077 miles. Ho-hum just about everywhere. Decent older driver-quality paint with plenty of chips. Weak windshield surround with flat black paint. Decent top, chrome shows pitting. Original interior is tired out, but II convertible. S/N SCAZD42A0HCX16830. Cream/blue/blue leather. Odo: 74,833 miles. Some paint issues, including light cracks and two spots of rust in the fresh air vent at the cowl. Pin-stripes partially buffed off. Top could be original, rear window shows some clouding to the glass. Good wood, leather is still decent but needs some treatment. Smells like some airing out could help. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. Even with the limited number of cars built, Corniches from this era are commodities—you find the best you can in the price range you can afford. Price guides will tell you this car is worth right around this figure or a bit less, so this car was fairly bought. GERMAN complete. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,470. Cheap for a TR6 in today's market, but with this many needs, putting Humpty Dumpty back together will cost a pretty penny. The best bet is to have fun and enjoy it—and drive it until the wheels fall off. #743-1980 TRIUMPH SPITFIRE convertible. S/N TFVDW6AT009157. White/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 52 miles. Plenty of chips are easy to find in what might be the original paint. Front bumper ram has a crack at one end, top shows age. “Unleaded fuel only” sticker faded away. Nice seats with houndstooth cloth centers, good carpets and SOLD AT $83,000. Before anyone gets upset, this car could easily have been called a 2- with some soap, water, and a toothbrush. The gray on gray color combination has become among my favorites—it's understated and shows the lines of the car very well. The owner is right in holding out for more. I would suggest a full professional detail to help bring the price up. #476-1964 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 convertible. S/N 87943L. Dark green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 86,627 miles. Straight sides, very nice paint, excellent chrome. Redline tires on chrome wires. Well-fitted leather, nice console has some denting to the metal cover. Good dash and gauges, period Blaupunkt AM/FM radio, nice hard top. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,950. A 80 dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,850. This car was seen at Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach auction in April 2005, where it sold for $17,820, and it showed up later at Gooding's Palm Beach auction in Janauary 2006, where it sold for $19,800 (SCM# 40569). We even profiled it driver-quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,100. Absolutely spot-on price for condition. These middle Benzes hit the sweet spot for many collectors, as they are not as small as some and not as big as other Mercedes offerings from the same era. Well bought, and with some sorting this will be a nice example. #463-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 300Sc coupe. S/N 1880146500118. Black/red leather. Odo: 41,258 km. All paint cracked and pitted, some chrome is dull in places. Some hope left, however, as excellent examples bring huge bucks. Interior is more recent, and the owner says it was that way when he bought the Sports Car Market #766-1956 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N 1800306509144. Black/tan cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 15,284 miles. Also ran as car #240, no sale at $50,000. Very nice paint is in need of detailing. Most chrome is quite nice, but some is poorly affixed. Good cloth top, seats only slightly better than


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The Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA Column Author a trail of hundred-dollar bills for it to gobble up while you're running. There is no car better equipped to teach you a lesson in expensive maintenance, and when they get this bad, let's talk parts value and leave it at that. #734-1978 PORSCHE 911SC targa. S/N car. Very nice leather, good carpets, wood has needs. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $127,600. This car sold to a dealer, and he undoubtedly plans on a sympathetic refreshening to make this car come back to life. I was surprised but not shocked to see this car go this high with this many needs, and after expenses are added in, I hope there's still a profit left. #406-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410013814. White/ black cloth/blue vinyl. Odo: 39,613 miles. Also ran as lot #250, a no-sale at a reported $53,000. Two tops, very nice paint, good brightwork to the exterior. Cloth soft top is well fitted, but shows a few light stains. Toyo radials look new. Interior has nice seats, good wood, and 9118211227. Silver/black/black vinyl. Odo: 91,036 miles. Decent restoration. Very nice paint, good panel gaps. Some scratching to windshield surround brightwork. Some of the window rubber is dry, but not worth replacing yet. Black vinyl seats are no summertime treat. Good dash, con Very nice interior is well fitted with high-quality leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $450,000. No history or ownership records present, and in an auction, information on cars like this can be sketchy at best. I would always look for a car with documentation, and hopefully one graded by the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Club, so I know what bits were built with the car. Sale price seems under-market, even if it's wearing a much later body. sole, and carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,480. A bit more “so what” than “who cares,” it's another silver Porsche with undetermined history at auction. In silver, it hardly stands out among the crowd. A generic Porsche deserves nothing more than a generic statement—if no sins are found, likely a decent buy. ITALIAN #438-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA a tidy dash. Underhood has been generously chromed, an unusual look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,950. Excepting the underhood customization, an appealing example that brought a pretty penny. The manual 4-speed transmission always helps on these cars. I just wonder what someone was thinking when they went chrome crazy under the hood. #287-1975 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412022253. Gold/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 224,447 miles. Weak paint is made worse by numerous scratches, dents, and dings. Decent older cloth top is a bonus. Aftermarket wheels are peeling their chrome. Horrible seat covers look to have been done in “let's learn to make fun things in coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A6J0078052. Red/ black leather. Odo: 10,289 miles. Some light scratches to the paint, but a light cleaning and wax would remove them. Cracked lens on driver's side driving light. Excellent blackout trim and glass. Goodyear Eagle VR5 tires. Light wear to both seats, good dash and console. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $63,000. No surprises here. High bid was correct for year TOP 10 No. 3 #246-1930 DUESENBERG J Dual Cowl LWB. S/N J276-2296. Black & red/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 11 miles. Excellent restoration is no longer fresh but still very nice. Superb paintwork shows no flaws. Good chrome shows light surface rust, including the ends of the front bumpers. Top has lightly faded material, whitewall tires slightly yellowed. Excellent leather, beautiful dash. Full restoration photos included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $625,000. A handsome and nicely presented Le Grandebodied Duesenberg. Again, it would be nice to have a little history of the car present at the sale. The upside is always limited with a lack of information. #443-1938 PACKARD 1600 convertible. and condition. I didn't hear any announcement or see any printed material about the maintenance history, which could have been a big help. As with all recent auctions I've attended, when a Testarossa is present, kids with cell phone cameras are snapping away—a good sign for future values. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 7 vinyl” class. Usual carpeted dash pad. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,050. Das Badden Benz. Run, don't walk, from all cars of this ilk. If they're German cars, just open your wallet and leave 82 #450-1930 DUESENBERG J Dual Cowl tourister. S/N J197. Black & orange/black cloth/orange leather. Odo: 486 miles. Dual windshield Phaeton. The car card states it was restored during the last three years, but it looks older than that. Excellent paint, chrome still quite bright. Cloth top has some light dirt. Sports Car Market S/N A19809A. Burgundy/tan cloth/tan leather. Older quality restoration, very good paint and brightwork. Panel fit appears factory and body is mostly straight, but the cowl vent door is dented. Well-fitted cloth top, good glass and


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The Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA Column Author gaskets. Excellent wide whitewalls. Well-done interior, leather seats show light wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $62,700. This appealing Packard convertible brought what I consider to be a surprising price, but with a great name, a convertible top, and a relatively compact size, it's easy to see the appeal. #444-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 4-dr convertible. S/N 83632865. Burgundy/tan cloth/burgundy leather. Odo: 18,200 miles. Another high quality older restoration now showing age. Good paint, chrome is not pitted but has scratches. Some window felts and gaskets look old. Top has a few holes from bow painted for auction example. The paint itself was by far the highlight of what was otherwise an ordinary Split-Window. One can hope the new owner took some time to look over this Corvette before purchasing it. If he bought it based on the paint job, I imagine he'll be disappointed. #747-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard likely from a steady source of water. Clean interior, very good vinyl, excellent dash and steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,025. A very solid buy on a usable and fun collector car. This is a body style that is standing up in the face of time. They look correct for their era, but fit in well with more modern cars. Someone in my neighborhood uses one of these as an everyday driver, and I'm looking forward to seeing it on the road in the snow as I did last year. #404-1953 BUICK SUPER 8 Woody wear. Excellent leather, clean interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,250. A very nice driver, or with some sympathetic restoration, a possible show circuit contender. The old timers will tell you that the automatic transmission hurts the value, but I tend to disagree. In 2006 there is a growing number of potential owners who do not want to shift their Cadillac. Current market priced. #495-1946 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 1421519. Brown/tan/brown & tan cloth & leather. Odo: 45,815 miles. Older paintwork is quite good. Wood has some issues with darker than expected colors, some splits, and major differences in grain. Good older cloth top. Nice interior with good seats, headliner, and door wagon. S/N V859455. Burgundy/gray & maroon vinyl. Odo: 19,635 miles. Older restoration, dealer owned. Good paint and chrome. Decent wood with several minor wear issues. Good glass, functional engine compartment. Interior shows worn older vinyl seats and carpets. Nice dash and gauges. Cond: 3. SOLD seats, good carpets and dash. Redline tires on factory Oldsmobile rallies a nice look. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,625. All of a sudden anything with 442 on the trunk lid is a worthwhile car, and that's quite a change from 10 years ago. The price achieved is starting to seem reasonable as well. Not cheap, but well bought for the end user. #402-1967 FORD MUSTANG convert- AT $51,425. A tad surprising, as I was expecting perhaps $10,000 more out of this car—but very much a market correct result as it was. Refurbishing the wood will cost plenty, so the best bet is to wait as long as possible before spending any money. Good colors helped on this desirable wagon. #248-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE panels. Knob on the driver's side spotlight worn. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $85,250. As a driver-quality Chrysler, this represents a good buy. With prices tens of thousands more for freshly restored examples, the person who wants to use their T&C would have done fine with this car. However, the wood problems will have to be addressed at some point. #437-1951 FORD CUSTOM convertible. S/N 81DA178961. Dark blue/tan cloth/tan & brown vinyl. Odo: 56,409 miles. Nice paint shows some light scratching that should buff out. Brightwork is still quite good, with no real issues. Cloth top shows some discoloration, 84 coupe. S/N 30837S100181. Daytona Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 18,251 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Almost flawless paint, but it heads downhill from there. Some chrome is good, most has scratches or pitting. Lots of scratches on the glass in various areas. Dry gaskets, painted vinyl seats, good carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $59,930. This looked to me like a ible. S/N 7F03C106230. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 87,567 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fair quality older paint is scratched and lightly pitted in areas. Chrome ranges from fair to good, but most is fair with pitting and scratches. Windshield scratched as well. Excessively wide door gaps on passenger side. Interior is stock and looks OK. Tempest brand radials may be top. S/N 338177M275200. Gold/white vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 59,409 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A good, honest looking example. Nice paint, but some flip-flop to the metallic is easy to find. Excellent vinyl top, good glass and trim. Very tidy interior, with nicely covered more fitting on a Pontiac. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,230. Likely the cheapest driveable V8 '67 Mustang convertible we'll see from now on. Normally you might think about panel gap size in terms of millimeters, but on the passenger door we're talking a deck of cards—and one with all the jokers still in it. If you're an end user and you don't mind driving with the Grand Canyon, well bought. For everyone else, it'll be an expensive restoration. #488-1969 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A9M397X161829. Black & red/tan vinyl. Odo: 86,751 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older paint shows several dings and divots. Excellent chrome, good glass and gaskets. Go Package, power disc brakes, power steering, seller claims Sports Car Market


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The Hershey Auction, LLC Hershey, PA Column Author SOLD AT $4,950. They must get worse, and I don't wish to see it. Had this been a coupe or sedan, it would have hit the crusher a long time ago. Because it's a convertible, someone thought it was worth saving. Barring the new owner finding a cache of gold bars wrapped in unmarked $100 bills and tied with a string of diamonds, it's unlikely this car was worth this bid. matching numbers. Interior shows some issues, with poor reproduction door panels and OK seat vinyl. Nice carpets and dash. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,275. Proving once again that all AMXs aren't expensive or almost free, this one hit right in the middle, but came up a little high for condition. I've seen the reproduction door panels that some are making, and they are nicer than the units in this car. Equipped with everything to make it worth more, all it needed was some parts replacement and reconditioning. #283-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194879S7L8260. Gold/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 67,515 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Likeable older restoration showing paint problems at the driver's door and window wiper plate. Very nice vinyl hardtop, off-brand radial tires. Lots of pitted chrome, good glass. Interior shows plenty of wear, console has #456-1970 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE coupe. S/N J0311354. Black/black vinyl/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 30,453 miles. High-quality repaint shows a few scratches. Original vinyl top with a bit of rust bubbling up in places. Full power with a/c and an added power moonroof. Good interior has nice cloth panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,600. A little expensive for condition, but overall a decent purchase for an end user. At least this one's not pretending to be something it isn't.... I'll take a 383 automatic over a replica 440 or 426 any day. #224-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1287L8S41064. Silver/oyster leather. Odo: 46,649 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 25th Anniversary, seller states matching numbers and actual miles. An average car with an average presentation. Good paint, nice trim, glass and gaskets show well. Interior clean, but seats and a clean dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,000. Plenty of money here for a low mileage Coupe DeVille. One of a few Cadillacs of this era at auction. I'm of the belief that the added moonroof takes something away from the value of the car, but someone else obviously disagreed. More than fully priced. #489-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER cracks. Decent dash, good seats show wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. There were very few bits here that couldn't be replaced with a catalog order, and it was actually a good candidate for someone who wants to make a lesser car sparkle. Good Vettes of this era are getting hard to find, and this one was worth a second glance. Priced right. #736-1969 CADILLAC DEVILLE convertible. S/N F9181475. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 7,467 miles. Poor prep evident under bad paint, drips visible from 10 paces. Lots of pitted chrome, some is barnaclelike. Visible rust in places. Convertible top looks old, interior shows duct tape seat patches and the occasional protruding spring. Cond: 5. 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23N0B126276. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,971 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Described as a real Challenger R/T, but not a word about being a real Hemi car. Factory panel gaps, nice chrome. Well-applied paint, excellent vinyl top, light wear is not tough to find. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,730. A very good buy on a Corvette that will become collectible if we all eat our vegetables, go for daily walks, and don't get hit by a bus. Seriously, the good ones have mostly found permanent homes, and it's getting harder to find examples in decent shape. Well bought. #487-2003 TALBO SERIES II coupe. S/N N/A. Blue/tan leather. Odo: 2,124 miles. Nice paintwork appears to be all original. First-rate brightwork, all trim excellent. The interior shows high-quality materials, with nice leather and a beautiful engine-turned dash. Cond: 2. good brightwork and glass. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,900. We've all heard the expression “TMI” for too much information, so let's start using a shorthand “TLI” for cars like this that display too little information. As it sits, a very nice Challenger with great colors, but more info could have brought more money. #781-1970 DODGE SUPER BEE 2-dr hard top. S/N WH2110A113981. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 10,091 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Also ran as lot #428, a no sale at $22,000. Shiny paint, chrome is pitted in many places. Good glass and gaskets, excellent Redline tires. Interior has tired spots with plastic chrome in need of a redo. Nice seats and door 86 SOLD AT $125,000. The first example of a Talbo that I have seen at auction. These Florida-built replicars are built to a high standard and seem to hold up decently. This lowmileage example was in very good condition overall and sold well.u Sports Car Market


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H & H Auctions LLC Buxton, U.K. Column Author The Pavilion Gardens The room was filled with an enthusiastic crowd, and the final sell-through of 82% indicated H&H had the right mix of cars in its catalog Company H&H Classic Auctions Date July 26, 2006 Location Buxton, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 77 / 94 Sales rate 82% Sales total $1,991,880 High sale 1939 Bentley made high sale in Buxton Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics A lthough it was a 1939 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter with replica Vanden Plas tourer bodywork that raised the sale high $174,764—a new Euro-zone record price for the model—by far the biggest buzz during the mid-summer H&H sale at Buxton was caused by a 1939 Lagonda V12, which had been “sleeping” for four decades. Definitely in the resto-project category, it created much interest during viewing and frantic competition under Simon Hope's gavel. After 41 years in the same family, $150,933 became the price of new ownership. The winning bid received much applause from H&H's typical full house. Looking like a smaller version of an aero-bodied Lister-Jag, an even rarer 1959 Kieft-Climax just failed to sell under the hammer but managed to change hands after the auction for a mid-estimate $99,298. Unlike the paddock full of Lotus Elevens, which must vie for places on the over-subscribed starting grids, this unique Midlandmade sports-racer should be guaranteed entry at any top historic race meeting. Among other strong performers here, a 1998 Aston Martin V8 Vantage made a much better than expected $123,129. A top estimate $93,340 was forthcoming for a 1961 Jaguar XKE 3.8-liter flat-floor roadster, a home-market car that had only been driven 22 miles since a complete rebuild. A very generous $50,642 paid for the JCB Hillman Hunter in 1970 London-to-Mexico Marathon Rally trim can be explained in part by all its proceeds benefiting the National Society for the Protection of Children Charity. Admittedly very well done, but a fraud 88 1939 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter Vanden Plas tourer, sold at $174,764 Buyer's premium 7.5%, included in sold prices (£1=$1.8474) nonetheless, a 250 GTO look-alike employing a Datsun 260Z donor car raised a top estimate $37,773. A 1957 Morgan 4/4 Series 2 without its original powerplant sold for $14,994, but a 1950 4/4 Series 1 with its original engine under the hood only just struggled into the results at $12,313. The seller of a 1923 Dodge made the wise decision to keep it at a high bid of $14,479, which was not enough for the five-seater even on the most gloomy day. Another notable no-sale was a 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III, which failed to sell at a high bid of $42,490. Likely to be highly significant in the U.K. collector vehicle auction marketplace were some proposals for possible changes in client charges. During viewing and sale days, H&H sounded out clients as to their likely reaction to a reduction or elimination of the vendor's commission, which stands at 5%, and at the same time adding any reduction in that percentage to the buyer's premium. With such intense competition between SALES TOTALS $2m auctioneers on what is, by U.S. standards, a relatively small group of islands, auction house prosperity is more down to being able to outconsign the competition rather than achieving high sale rates. Without there being plenty of stock on offer, the commercial facts of life are that punters don't tend to make the journey in significant numbers, and as a result the sale lacks atmosphere, too many potential buyers sit on their hands, and the vital statistics are depressed. However, with a final sell-through of 82%, it's clear H&H had the right mix within its catalog, and while the final result was just under $2m, the number of bidders and spectators voted with their presence.u $1.5m $1m $500k 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market


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H & H Auctions LLC Buxton, U.K. Column Author ENGLISH #42-1924 MORRIS COWLEY Special roadster. S/N 44058. Eng. # 53662. Red & black, bare aluminum/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,528 miles. Converted into current Special roadster format many years ago, likely to be one-off. Flat-top fenders and pointed tail Chrome good, interior leather and wood show a nice patina. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $174,764. At the top estimate paid, this is certainly a new Euro-zone record valuation in public auction for a Derby Bentley. The milestone result was even more noteworthy as the chassis had been topped with non-original coachwork—albeit extremely well executed and in authentic VDP style. #91-1939 LAGONDA V12 convertible. SOLD AT $18,867. The high quality work carried out and excellent current condition fully warranted the new owner's $4,000 above the high estimate. However, in saloon form, an Alvis of this horsepower and vintage may become much more difficult to shift in the future. rather rakish. Various paint chips touchedup, radiator surround dimpled, hood frame requires restoration. Black leather interior presentable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,895. This little roadster provided vintage fun for midestimate money, and even that was downright affordable. Well bought. #55-1933 LAGONDA 3-LITER ST24A Pillarless saloon. S/N Z10469. Eng. # 35Z114. Silver/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 7,508 miles. Former 3-liter car, upgraded to present capacity post-WWII. Last part-repainted in 2001. New Lucas P100s, wood polished, carpets renewed in Art Deco inspired cabin. Paint still drop. Brightwork clean, working standard engine bay presents well. Old leather good, wood veneers polished. Headliner, carpets, and front roof section tonneau all renewed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,670. Not the sharpest example in the drawer, but 25/30s do have a following and this one was in possession of a prized “DGU 1” U.K. registration. Well bought at mid-estimate. almost unmarked, though fender edge scuffed and spare wheel cover chipped. Chrome good, working engine well detailed, original leather dry. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,579. Oh so elegant, and thanks to the extra horses, likely to perform well too. This truly magnificent 1930s sporting thoroughbred was well worth the low estimate price paid. #4-1934 ALVIS SILVER EAGLE SF sa- loon. S/N 11761. Eng. # 12210. Black & ivory/ brown leather. RHD. Odo: 32,192 miles. 800 miles claimed since total restoration, including part replacement of ash frame for body panels. Fenders, steel runningboards, and inner door plywood skins renewed. Original leather and woodwork refurbished, headliner and carpets new. Paint, roof vinyl, chrome, and interior all super. Engine and ancillaries well-detailed. SU electric fuel pump modern, some spares included in travel trunk on back. Cond: 1-. 90 #38-1939 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER Vanden Plas replica tourer. S/N B122MR. Eng. # Y8BP. Silver/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,136 miles. Rebodied as direct copy of Malcolm Campbell's car in 1971. Fenders renewed, full repaint and retrim in the late 1980s, much international exercise since. Body holding up well, door fit still OK, paint chipped, minor bubbling to both rear fenders. #82-1936 ROLLS-ROYCE 25/30hp Sedanca de Ville. S/N GTL76. Eng. # G24V. Burgundy/tan leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 55,526 miles. One of 1,201 built, therefore one of rarest pre-WWII R-R models. Last restoration early during last 15 years of seller's ownership. Thick repaint unmarked but flat, panels apparently sound beneath, some door S/N 14092. Eng. # 14092. Blue/beige canvas/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 50,113 miles. Color changed from factory-applied black many decades ago, mileage displayed reckoned to be from new. In same family ownership since 1965. Last on road circa 1970, apparently absolutely complete. Definitely dry-stored as very dusty, interior wood and leather still all original, canvas top split and disintegrating, engine kept free by occasional rotation. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $150,933. With the collectable status of this model long established and most examples already refurbished, the chance of capturing a disinterred virgin like this was likely to be a once-in-a-lifetime buying opportunity for would-be rescuers. After the project was eventually taken on for $58,563 above the top forecast—itself a generous valuation—there was much applause in the hall. #20-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N TC2456. Eng. # XPAG3036. British Racing Green/beige canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 1,934 miles. Matching numbers, current U.K. registration indicates return home from overseas residency. Well restored, nice overall patina. Paintwork largely unmarked, most chrome still good, some deep shrinkage cracks on scuttle and dash-top nacelle. Renewed leather soft but grubby, top canvas and sidescreens replaced in recent past and still clean. Full complement of tools unusual. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,314. Demand for this British sporting pop icon—so many of which were shipped out by U.S. service personnel during the post-WWII years—continues to strengthen, particularly Sports Car Market


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H & H Auctions LLC Buxton, U.K. Column Author among nostalgic islanders of a certain age. At slightly over the high estimate of $25,864, this TC only confirmed the trend. #69-1948 JAGUAR 3 1/2-LITER Sports saloon. S/N 612888. Eng. # S3522. Gunmetal Gray metallic/forest green leather. RHD. Odo: 79,518 miles. Total mileage of 82,000 from new. A super example of what is unofficially regarded as the Jag Mk IV. First supplied to Australia, became Dutch seller-owned in 2000 and has since been expensively restored. fit good, other panel gaps OK. Few marks to paint, chrome, and leather, engine bay not detailed. Steel wheels, desirable rear wheel skirts present. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $47,663. Mid-estimate performance about right for all concerned. If the original U.K. registration had still been in place, it might have raised $6,000 more. #43-1957 MORGAN 4/4 S II roadster. S/N Door fit good with no drop, repaint shows few chips, chrome unmarked. Retrimmed leather too soft and modern, engine clean from fresh work. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,649. Including the premium, the gross price paid by the new owner amounted to just under the low estimate, which was right on the money for the condition. Well bought. #60-1950 MORGAN 4/4 S I roadster. S/N G1874. Eng. # 2516E. Red/black leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 7,744 miles. One of 249 4/4 SIs, correct 1,267-cc motor. Acquired as a long-dormant project in 1983, then rebuilt over several years. Original rod and cable brakes converted to hydraulic, instruments now more modern. Paintwork now very matte, nice hood strap, chrome OK. Bench seat retrim flappy A216. Eng. # IOV189E30980. Green/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 11,594 miles. Original Ford-sourced 1,172-cc motor replaced with BMC A-Type 1098. Older restoration, chassis seems OK, ash body frame firm, crude Coventry Climax FWA motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,298. Last seen pre-restoration at Coys London sale in November '99, where it sold for $23,290 (SCM# 8120). Midland-made Kieft 500-cc F3s and sports-racers have become rare, and this fine Neville Oatley-designed example of the marque was deserving of its pole position in the H&H hall. Wisely mopped up for mid-estimate money after the sale. Being different from the pack of Lotus XIs on offer should at least guarantee the new owner plenty of race-starts at all the top historic meets. #5-1961 JAGUAR MK II 3.4 saloon. S/N 157366DN. Eng. # KH19598. Red/green leather. RHD. Odo: 21,504 miles. Treated to repaint and rechrome in 1987 by specialist Vicarage, still looks as-new. Power steering, Coopercraft 2-piston calipers at front, Daimler Double Six seats with intertia-reel belts. Nice interior, driver's seat bolster leather holed. repaint shows some microblistering. Bench seat leather reasonable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,994. Non-factory engine upgrade would deter many Mog collectors—but not the buyer, who happily paid the mid-estimate price forecast. Overall condition was good, and with the correct engine it could bring more in the future. #58-1959 KIEFT AERODYNAMIC and inauthentic, two spare wheels on tail. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,313. Even though still to original spec and therefore quite rare, this very late SI only just scraped across the seller's bottom line. The unknown cost of some necessary mechanical recommissioning before being able to take to the highway may well have depressed its auction performance. #30-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 660672. Eng. # W26257. Blue metallic/dark blue canvas/two-tone blue leather. RHD. Odo: 664 miles. A right-hand drive home-market XK. Appears to have been well restored in 1998 with only 650 miles driven since. Cosmetically still sharp both externally and internally. Door 92 RACE Coventry Climax racer. S/N K321. Eng. # FWA40013790. Blue/red leather. RHD. One-off Kieft for Graham Eden, period U.K. race history. Channel Islands resident for 40 years. Re-discovered 1999, received Hoole Racing restoration. Still looks authentic, with all ID stamps and plates intact. Nose graveldented, some event chips to rest of paintwork. Cockpit presents well, mechanical items spotless. Early 1,098-cc rather than 1,220-cc Paintwork and chrome virtually unmarked, underhood presentation sharp. Interior neat, with clean red leather and a new top. Chrome tripod light units incorrect for model and year. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $93,340. This is the spec, condition, and color combo that current E-Type hunters seek—and more than one bidder fell in love with it and pushed the high price just over the high estimate. Sports Car Market Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,817. Manual-shift Mk II Jags with overdrive continue to fare well—especially if apparently rust-free. This bright and shiny example outperformed the auctioneer's forecast by $3,000. Even at this level, depreciation is very unlikely as long as the successful bidder keeps his investment out of the weather. #21-1961 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 flat floor roadster. S/N 850104. Eng. # R16489. Gunmetal Gray/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 65,204 miles. Genuine flat floor homemarket car. 22 miles on recent complete restoration. Glossy overall, panel fit and gaps super.


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H & H Auctions LLC Buxton, U.K. #39-1965 JAGUAR XKE S I 4.2 fixed head Column Author coupe. S/N 1E21051. Eng. # 7E85049. Black/ black vinyl/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 66,611 miles. Stored from 1977–2002, rebuilt with most original monocoque and panels retained. Front subframe and hood renewed, 5,000 miles since period-correct engine change. Cosmetically Latest repaint in JCB livery fresh, but only to race car standard. “Roo-bar” to protect battery of 6-lamps from wildlife, affixing holes for metal rally plates in hood panel, two spare wheels on roof, very long-distance gas tank plus two jerry cans in well-prepped trunk. Modern full cage with side bars, hi-back buckets, and 6-point wide-belt harnesses. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,642. The $17,000 above forecast paid for this ex-Marathon Hunter can be explained in part by the JCB entry's proceeds benefiting the NSPC children's charity. Otherwise, the rather mediocre history and much replicated spec of this 1968–74 Post Historic really only warranted $30,000 at most. sharp including paintwork, chrome, interior, and most of engine bay. Manifold black paint matte and flaking. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,494. Even with the roof vandalized by a Tudor Webasto, the excellent condition of this S I 4.2 justified its mid-estimate price paid. #88-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III BJ8 roadster. S/N HBJ8L37376. Eng. # 29KRUH11993. Old English White/black vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 69,513 miles. Ex-California car, repatriated in 1990. RHD conversion during subsequent restoration, all paint. Bumper chrome and brightwork lightly polish-marked, original leather dry and acceptably cracked. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,740. Most Interceptors crossing the block are crumbling away to some extent, but this third series open-top example appeared sound and sharp. That said, the high estimate price paid may be the final peak on the graph. #1-1981 MG B LE convertible. S/N mechanical items rebuilt in 2003. Paintwork still reasonably good, passenger-side B-post edge wavy. Rear bumper chrome marked, leather trim soiled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,719. The U.K. trade has been retailing 3000 Mk IIIs in similar condition for $51,000 and more lately, so the mid-estimate auction performance here should not surprise. #49-1968 HILLMAN HUNTER Rally saloon. S/N BO11064551HSHSO. Eng. # BO11064551HSHSO. White, yellow & red/ black cloth. RHD. Odo: 78,106 miles. Purported to be JCB-backed Rootes factory-built 1970 London-to-Mexico Marathon rally car, restored with many components renewed since then. paint flat and marked, sidewinder graphics intact, driver's seat squab, striped seat fabric grubby. Mechanically standard engine bay presentation unexceptional. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,519. Even though slightly off cosmetically, valued correctly at just over the high estimate of $11k. Great condition, too bad it had the ugly plastic bumpers. 94 519085. Eng. # 039630. Bronze metallic/black cloth/black & orange cloth. RHD. Odo: 3,370 miles. One owner, mileage displayed likely to be genuine total. One of 1,000 “Limited Edition” Bs—580 GTs in pewter metallic and 420 bronze convertibles, 208 of them on wires like this. Produced to mark upcoming closure of ye olde MG Abingdon factory. Trunk lid bubbling erupting below passenger-side headlamp, many front spoiler gravel chips, trunk lid paint blister. Alloys freshly refurbished, spotless red brake calipers with A-M script. Original leather acceptably worn, red LM start button. Twin Eaton-supercharged engine bay clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,129. Undeterred by the paintwork problems, competing bidders slugged it out until a new owner had parted with $21,800 over the high estimate. With 0–60 mph in 4.6 seconds, 100 mph in 10.1 seconds, and 186-mph top speed potential, a V8 Vantage like this is one seriously potent front-engined GT. FRENCH #84-1924 MORS 12/16CV SSS boat- tail speedster. S/N 127468. Bugatti Blue & Royal Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 199 km. Possibly first a Motor Show exhibit, rebodied in current racy boattail form by Wilkinsons of Derbyshire. Chassis restored to very high standard in the late 1990s, mainly displayed since. Paintwork unmarked, interior like new, engine well detailed, huge wheel discs highly Sports Car Market #46-1974 JENSEN INTERCEPTOR S III convertible. S/N 9619. Eng. # 4C12625. Old English White/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 37,072 miles. In receipt of full restoration by marque specialists Cropredy Bridge, only occasional dry weather exercise since. No obvious rot erupting, only very minor marks to #72-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE coupe. S/N CRH0050641. Blue metallic/black Everflex/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 63,200 miles. One of 1,108 hand-built at Crewe works, this one more recently owned by R2D2 actor Kenny Baker. Old repaint with color-coded bumpers shows some bubbling and stone chips. Brightwork polish-scratched, later alloys OK, engine bay nothing special. Original leather acceptably worn. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,810. The “Star Wars” connection must have played a large part in the over top estimate price raised by this non-standard Corniche, as the condition was below average. Well sold. #36-1998 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE coupe. S/N 70197. Eng. # 590R70197M. Midnight Blue/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 18,390 miles. Factory-serviced from new. Nasty


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H & H Auctions LLC Buxton, U.K. Column Author alike, this well-executed replica is remarkably authentic in the plastic. Bumperless coupe body beautiful and spotless, chrome wires shine, interior leather well done, Nissan Six to concours spec, triple Weber 40s on unfiltered trumpets likely to be extremely rorty. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,773. Just about as nice as replicas can be. At just over its high estimate, this head-turning one-off was several million dollars cheaper than one of the 39 originals from Maranello. polished, lots of lovely French period goodies include Marchal BS9307 headlamps. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $34,593. Unsold during the auction, but sold afterward for not far short of the $36k low estimate. Even though all the work had been well done, 1901 Paris–Berlin and 1903 Paris–Madrid victories for the marque were a very long time ago—and a replica-bodied Mors SSS may be just as tricky to move the next time around. ITALIAN #90-1974 LAMBORGHINI URRACO P250 coupe. S/N 15790. Eng. # 15790. Red/ cream leather. RHD. Odo: 40,068 miles. Fully restored in 1998, cosmetically still sharp. Door fit consistent, paintwork glossy, Campagnolos clean, piped-leather retrim spotless. engine nuts and bolts very fresh-looking following claimed recent rebuild. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $16,881. side rear fender scuffed. Whitewalls old and grubby. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,533. Although a Buick Standard Six was intended to be a cut above Ford, Chevrolet, and Dodge opposition in its day, this Opera coupe only just struggled into new ownership at $2,400 under its low estimate. Some detail work may have gained the seller a more robust figure. The lower estimate forecast was just barely achieved. Even though conceived as a direct competitor for the Dino 246, the few Urraco P250s that do hit the open market north of the English Channel have been selling for a third or half of the price commanded by Ferrari's much higher profile rival. JAPANESE #22-1973 DATSUN 260Z 250 GTO rep- lica coupe. S/N N/A. Red/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 6,226 miles. For a 250 GTO look- “Maxwell No. 27” headlamps, “Maxwell No. 9” sidelights, and bugle bulb-horn present and correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,895. Early history Stateside and almost impeccable current condition were insufficient for this Indiana pioneer to achieve the mid-$20k estimate range sought. With such fare being of only limited appeal to an aging and declining fan base, the seller was wise to accept less. #14-1923 CHANDLER SERIES 32 sedan. S/N 139007. Eng. # 128159. Black & blue/gray cloth. RHD. Last major restoration pre-25 static years in Japanese museum, engine rebuilt and retrim since 2002. Some paint chips, wood spoked and steel-rimmed wheels still good. Replaced running boards plating still good with few marks, cloth trim only lightly worn. Functional running boards far too modern-looking. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,888. With the seller having sold only some of his lots, the auctioneers let this well-made fifth-series 526 go for nearly $10,000 less than they had been hoping for. Inexpensive for the buyer.u #33-1928 PACKARD 526 sedan. S/N IS9203R. Eng. # U160169B. Black & maroon/ brown cloth. RHD. Fully rebuilt to professional standard within the last 16 years of ownership and clearly never exposed to any nasty weather. Chassis and panels seemingly sound, paint and AMERICAN #26-1911 MAXWELL AC MESSENGER tourer. S/N AC76638. Eng. # AC76638. Dark & light blue/beige canvas/black leather. Gifted by grateful patients to first owner, one Dr. Davis of Plainfield, NJ. Laid up by him from 1920–40, older restoration since then. Chassis and spring paint sound with few marks, minor blemishes to body and mudguard paint, buttondown leather shiny. All brass in need of polish. inauthentic, red trunk by Autoluggage rather nice on tail. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,895. In view of the difficulty of hooking a buyer for a Chandler on this side of the Atlantic divide, a best offer of $1,850 below the low estimate was wisely accepted by H&H and their seller for this very tidy and fully working example of the Cleveland marque-establishing model. #25-1927 BUICK STANDARD SIX Opera coupe. S/N 1851080. Eng. # 1915866. Black & blue/blue cloth. Odo: 6,492 miles. 56,492 total mileage claimed. Last restoration early during 16 years of seller's ownership, little exposure to elements since. Some marks and scratches from careless handling. Passenger's side front fender edge paint chipped, driver's 96 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author 2006 Toronto International Fall Classic Guys in hunting jackets went goo-goo over the plastic fowl, which convinced me to get a plastic skunk to clear the path for future auction photography Company RM Auctions Date October 20–22, 2006 Location Toronto, Ontario Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Phil Faulkner Automotive lots sold / offered 181 / 370 Sales rate 49% Sales total $3,656,387 High sale 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $135,360 After living an uneventful life in Madrid, this 1972 Landy brought a bargain $12,720 Report and photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics T he International Center in Mississauga, Ontario, was once again the backdrop for RM's annual hometown auc- tion in late October. The three-day sale saw 370 collector vehicles cross the block, many of which were offered without reserve. Like the examples seen a month prior in Novi, there were very few cars or trucks in less than excellent driverquality condition. Overall, the consignments were very good, and with a large number of sold prices falling below $35k, it was clear the bulk of the sales went to enthusiasts rather than high-end collectors. As usual, pre-war cars were fewer in number at this auction, but some high-quality examples were present, including an excellent 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged phaeton that found a new home for $132,480. I fell in love with a concours-quality 1931 Ford Model A roadster that had been restored in the U.S. and further upgraded by RM in Canada. A former Willistead show car, it sold for $36,720—about $10k–$15k more than the other Model As offered, but still an excellent buy. Out of the eleven Model As at the auction, five sold, as did both Model Ts, which further dispels the myth that collectors only buy the cars they grew up with. A bright red 1972 Land Rover Santana pickup with an interesting history sold for just $12,720. It had spent its life at the Madrid airport as a “follow me” truck, and 98 with under 30k miles on the odometer, it still had a lot of life left in it. Attracting far more attention than it should was a rather roughly restored 1952 Studebaker truck. The plastic chickens and ducks in the bed drew quite a crowd during the sale, and they more than likely helped to push its final sales figure to $13,200. Waiting for a bunch of burley guys in plaid hunting jackets to stop going goo-goo over the fowl display convinced me to acquire a plastic skunk to help clear the path for future auction photography. While the Bow Tie may not be selling in new car showrooms like it used to, it's still the marque of choice, despite widespread Mopar madness. Of the 105 Chevys at this auction, 46 sold, some at very high prices. A 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible—the nicest I've ever seen—sold for $91,200, and a 1955 model brought a fair $60,960, proving these '50s favorites are still popular among collectors and remain strong in the market. Included in the no-sales was a rotisserie-restored 1947 Lincoln Continental that failed to find a new home at a high bid of $83,000. A 1967 Camaro RS/SS convertible didn't sell at $39,250, a result most likely due to the unpopularity of convertibles in Toronto's cold October climate. The final sales rate of 49% grew slightly from last year's 47%, and with five more cars sold and a gross of $848k over last year's $2.8m result, it's clear RM has come to know what to offer its hometown audience.u $4m $3m $2m $1m SALES TOTALS 2006 2005 2004 2003 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author ENGLISH #SP28-1969 JAGUAR XKE roadster. S/N 124379N667899. British Racing Green/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 19,738 miles. Quick respray shows some dirt and is mismatched with a lighter green under hood. Some new chrome, rechromed overriders suffer from sanding marks. New black top, incorrect carpets, interior, and dash fittings. Seats marked from top bows. Worn knock-offs. Engine looks scary and uncared for in past. A great 20-footer. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,240. Although far from the best XKE offered, this wasn't a bad price for a driver in the current market. If the new owner wants to restore it fully, it would have been cheaper to buy better from the start. Lots left to restore here, and let's hope the motor was in better shape than it looked. #118-1972 LAND ROVER SANTANA pickup. S/N E45216194. Red/white/black vinyl. Odo: 27,446 miles. Nicely resprayed red with white removable hardtop. New black vinyl interior, Spanish gauges. Small pull-up seats mounted in bed. Frame resprayed black, painted underhood with basic detailing. A practical classic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,720. looking chrome, mechanicals, and engine. The hands-down winner of the worst car I've ever seen at any auction. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $4,900. The editors of Petersen's 1971 Imported Car Guide wrote that driving an SM was like “being in another world,” and this example would take you there quickly. The owner noted that it drove well, and it was “very rare and collectible.” Good hydraulics were noted also, and the leaks were there to prove it. Even the wipers were rusting away. The high bid should have been more than enough. GERMAN #SP113-1978 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE convertible. S/N 1582020067. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 10,069 miles. Original white paint with cosmetic fixes to the front and rear. Still decent chrome. Original white interior, including soiled visors. Like-new engine compartment. White painted underside also like new. Claimed as an Canada. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $18,500. Last seen here in April 2006, where it was a no-sale at $21,500 (SCM# 41297). Despite the rarity and publicity surrounding DeLoreans, they tend to languish at the low end of the sports/touring car market. They have a small but faithful following, but there was little going for the two offered in Toronto that were at best good drivers. Still, the bid was a bit on the low side. ITALIAN #SP30-1991 FERRARI MONDIAL t cab- riolet. S/N ZFFKC33B000092894. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 40,865 km. Original factory paint shows minimal flaws. Good panel gaps, nice glass and trim. Upgraded stereo doesn't look great in the dash. Interior presentable, with minor wear to seats and carpet. Nice top, wheels unmarked. Engine compartment clean with original details. A typical Mondial t. With Land Rovers it all comes down to the frame, and this one looked rock solid. Spanishbuilt under license, this one had spent its life as the “follow-me” vehicle at the Madrid airport. Shipped to Texas in 2003, it landed in Toronto where hopefully it will avoid the salty roads of winter. Well presented, well bought. FRENCH #121-1973 CITROËN SM coupe. S/N 00SB9876. Silver/brown leather. Odo: 85,866 miles. Poor, faded, and chipped paint with plenty of scratches and rust. Matching split leather interior and awful carpets. Terrible 100 all-original 10,000-mile example with minor touch-ups. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $20,250. This seemed like huge money for even a lowmileage Beetle convertible, and it must have been sitting with top down for it to get so soiled inside. Usually parked examples have seized everything, but it didn't appear this VW would be driven much in the future. IRISH #SP38-1983 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T0DD015222. Stainless steel/gray leather. Painted gray nose and tail, stainless finish displays numerous scratches and dings. X-bracing on front hood clearly visible. Decent interior brought down by cracking gray leather seats. Engine compartment clean and original. One of the 100 shipped into Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. Reportedly fully serviced, although the owner also noted the Mondial was a “very rare and collectible Ferrari.” Came complete with tool kit, books, and keys—always a nice feature. A mainstream Ferrari—read V8 in particular—is never a hot ticket in Toronto, so not surprisingly, none of the four offered found a new home. At $50k, it should have sold in a heartbeat. AMERICAN #119-1930 FORD MODEL A Hot Rod 5-window coupe. S/N ASDO5J91510519018. Red/gray cloth. Six-inch chopped roof on a steel Model A coupe. Paint still very good, belly pan fully detailed. Custom gray cloth interior fitted. Rear-mounted V6 engine, Linken fabricated tube chassis. American Racing wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,200. A real attention getter. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author #SP139-1947 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 7H171016. Black/tan cloth/ red leather. Older restoration with minimal wear. Paintwork shows minor polishing marks and flaws. Nicely detailed undercarriage. Chrome excellent, interior clean and well fitted. Fully detailed engine. Cond: 2+. NOT Over $100k reportedly spent on the build in 1991. This winner at big performance shows here in Toronto could only muster $19k in bids. Even though somewhat dated, the chassis and choice of powerplants set this one apart from all the other chopped five-windows out there. Well bought at this price. #SP138-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe roadster. S/N A2777777. Stone brown & black/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Original Ford headlamps, cowl lights, dual spares, and rumbleseat. Fully restored to concours condition. Beautiful color combination excellently applied. Fully detailed engine and chassis. Equipped SOLD AT $83,000. This former California car was owned by the president of the Lincoln Continental Owner's club. It was a former first Senior and Junior winner that had undergone a rotisserie restoration and still looked like it could be shown with pride. The owner was right to pass on the high bid. #SP89-1950 CHEVROLET DELUXE convertible. S/N 14HKE74714. Blue/blue cloth/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 35,005 miles. Decent blue metalflake paintwork with some dirt and minor prep issues. Excellent chrome, painted black undercarriage, nicely detailed and clean under the hood. Equipped with DeLuxe steering wheel, radio, wide whitewalls, bumper This Studebaker was a “bitsa” that attracted lots of attention because of the ducks and chickens included in the sale. Hey, the craft show is next door, boys! The price wasn't all that outrageous, so when all was said and done it was not a bad buy—although nothing to crow about. #SP120-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N N/A. Polo White/tan cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 96,603 miles. Original side curtains, aftermarket hard top. Restored in nearby Oakville, ON, by Howe Motor Works. Usual large-gap panel fit. Very good paint with a few minor nicks, whitewall tires old and with wind wings, quail ornament, trunk and rack, runningboard steps, and grille guard. Spotless inside and out. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $36,720. Restored in the U.S. and further upgraded by RM in Canada. A former Willistead Concours d'Elegance winner and a good buy. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. #SP123-1937 CORD 812 phaeton. S/N 31918H. White/white cloth/red leather. Recently rebuilt. New white paint with chips on rocker panels and around ill-fitting trunk lid. Black painted underside not pretty. New yellowed. Original tail lamps fogged and dulling. Like-new bright red interior. Clean black painted chassis. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,200. Body-off restoration in 2001, but was showing some wear despite the claim that it had been stored inside and only driven 300 miles. A very nice example overall, well restored and well bought. guards, fog lamps, trim rings, and fender skirts. Excellent gold Gazelle hood ornament, factory brochures. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,600. With its mechanical rebuild and more than sympathetic restoration, this attractive Chevy sold for a top price, but the new owner now has a lovely car that will attract attention wherever it's driven. #457-1952 STUDEBAKER 2R pickup. chrome, red leather interior, and tires. Detailed and rebuilt engine and transmission. A great looking supercharged driver. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,480. Fully documented with an ACD certificate, this was a nice car and a bit of a bargain for what the buyer was getting. Well bought. 102 S/N HR54993. Red/red cloth & vinyl. Odo: 4,364 miles. Wide whitewalls, non-original radio. Quick red paint over fender cracking, painted rust coating in bed and inside of tailgate. Recent chrome, mostly damaged incorrect hubcaps, dented and chipped fog lamp, incorrect front bumper. Original under the hood, detailed in the past. Box covering nonoriginal tranny destroys any ambiance of newer interior. Plastic ducks and chickens would look good with pink flamingos on front lawn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,200. What the cluck? I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder. #SP143-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC55B122655. Orange/ white vinyl/orange & white leather. Odo: 343 miles. Older restoration with slight wear. Panel fit could be better, convertible top lightly soiled and aged. Paint and chrome nice, with only minor issues. Interior like new, with clean seat covers, carpet, dash, and instrumentation. Fully detailed engine, painted underside. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,960. The owner had purchased this stylish convertible over 25 years ago, and Sports Car Market


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somewhere along the line did a body-off restoration. A nicely presented example, and the price was fair on both sides. #SP110-1956 FORD FAIRLANE wagon. S/N P6LX177104. Meadowmist Green & Colonial White/green & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 16,244 miles. Stylish two-tone color with prep issues and dirt in paint. Drip rails particularly poorly finished. Good chrome and stainless, nice new interior. Painted and detailed #SP125-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC56N022787. Red &white/ white/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 640. Fully detailed inside and out. Excellent paint apart from minor polishing scratches. Trunk interior is as good as the exterior. Equipped with Continental kit, wide whitewalls, Wonderbar radio, tissue dispenser, power steering, windows, and top. No issues or complaints any- engine compartment and chassis. Equipped with power steering, fender skirts, radio, dual mirrors and exhaust, and wide whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,500. This former California car (all the Canuck wagons rusted away decades ago) featured nine feet of cargo space, with new brakes and exhaust. Despite its minor flaws, it was an excellent buy and something very different in which to drive the family around on sunny days. where. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $91,200. Last seen at RM's Meadow Brook sale in August '05, where it sold for $79,200 (SCM# 38782). A year and 320 miles later, this stunning example still was as nice as they come. Described then as setting the benchmark for a nicely optioned '56 in good colors, it is safe to say the market has moved up for these. Expensive, but still well bought and sold. #SP136-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC57T232693. Yellow/ February 2007 103


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RM Auctions Toronto, CAN Column Author NOT SOLD AT $61,000. Not concours, but a clean, well-presented Split-Window Corvette that would be something to be proud of at any show. This example fell in the middle of the three bids with only the least expensive, a slightly not as nice 'Vette, selling at $54,720. #SP112-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE white vinyl/yellow & silver vinyl & cloth. Rotisserie restoration. Beautiful paint spoiled only by some sanding marks on rear cowl area. Original scratched and dinged windshield trim. Excellent chrome, interior, and engine detailing. Wide whitewalls, twin aerials. A lovely restored example with some minor blemishes. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $82,000. With no miles since full restoration, this Bel Air may have been only done-up to sell. The high bid was in the correct ballpark, and nobody wanted to strike a deal at a higher price. #SP108-1958 FORD FAIRLANE 500 convertible. S/N G8MC129444. Red & white/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Excellent panel fit. Decent two-tone paint with some minor dirt issues, all chrome sparkles. Painted engine compartment shows basic detailing. coupe. S/N 30837S101515. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 68,187 miles. 327-ci fuel injected V8, 4-sp. Decent older paint. Worn chrome still has good luster. Nice panel gaps, clean knockoff wheels. Scratches in rear glass. Faded black carpets show minor wear only on seats and telescopic steering, AM/FM radio, a/c, and dual side exhaust. A superb example of the desirable 427 'Vette. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $100,800. This numbers-matching coupe was a real eye-catcher, and with 15 factory options there was little to complain about. Buyer and seller both went home happy. and dash. Engine clean with basic detailing. Painted black underside. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,720. This older restoration still had plenty of appeal left in it. Nicely bought, and with additional detailing under the hood and other minor improvements, it should either continue to maintain its value or follow the market upward. #SP93-1965 DODGE CORONET 500 convertible. S/N W451233637. Gold/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 32,930 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Sympathetic restoration completed in 1999. Decent repaint to the exterior, original faded paint under hood and in trunk. Door fit not perfect. Rebuffed stainless, new New convertible top, spotless interior. Dual exhaust, wide whitewall tires, radio, fender skirts. A nice, clean example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,640. The new owner paid market value for this attractive Ford convertible. There was nothing outstanding or special about it, but it was an enjoyable ride. Well bought and sold. #SP46-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 30837S105840. White/tan leather. Odo: 62,424 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent full restoration, excellent paint. Rebuilt black painted chassis. Chrome, stainless, and full interior like new. Original engine rebuilt and detailed. Standard wheel covers. Cond: 2+. chrome. New front seats don't match original rears. Clean engine with basic detailing, new dual exhaust. A sunshine cruiser. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,160. A basically solid car with the original build sheet. No harm done, as buyer can enjoy, add a a bit of detailing, and sell it down the road for similar money. #SP124-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S115631. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 5,148 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent hand-rubbed lacquer yellow paint. Well detailed under the hood with minimal wear. Excellent chrome let down by wavy rear bumpers. Interior well done, with nice seat covers and carpet. Optioned with tinted glass, all power options, posi, tilt 104 Sports Car Market #SP142-1967 FORD MUSTANG GT fastback. S/N 7R02C125332. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 64,185 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Decent paintwork with some minor scratches and imperfections. Combination of original and new chrome with scratched stainless trim. Clean underside was painted red at one time. New interior with worn and scratched console. Basic detailing under the hood. Original GT wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,904. A clean, solid driver, and as such, the price was spot on. No harm done here, as this 'Stang is perfect for meeting the buds at the local A&W. Well bought. #SP94-1968 MERCURY COUGAR Dan Gurney Special 2-dr hard top. S/N 8F91F553310. Pink/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 83,722 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. OK paint chipped and dulling by the moment. Combination new and old chrome. Newish interior. Decent engine compartment, sprayed black underside. Turbine wheel covers, wide ovals with whitewalls, chrome engine dress-up kit. Standard feature Gurney signature decal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,560. Advertised here


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Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #1900305381-1976 ALFA ROMEO ALFASUD 4-dr sedan. S/N N/A. Silver/red. Odo: 40,420 km. 24 photos. Palm Springs, CA. Washington state-registered survivor with 40k kilometers. Water-cooled flat four. Great presentation with cutaway drawings and factory brochure photos. Totally rust-free. A multiple Concorso Italiano entrant. “There as a one-owner car, it sold at Barrett-Jackson in January '06 for $20,520 (SCM# 40158) and was last seen at Silver's Hot August Nights sale in August '06, where it sold for $15,370 (SCM# 43045). Paul Duchene's assessment in Reno was right—it was ugly. Apparently Mercury only built one pink Dan Gurney Special, and for that I'd bet the former great American racing driver and Eagle F1 builder is truly grateful. A ten-grand hit in less than a year, but at least it was split between two people. #SP134-1968 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 coupe. S/N 124378L348876. Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 410 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great paint, interior, and brightwork, except for scratched and dinged windshield trim. Optioned with power steering, power disc brakes, tilt column, console with gauges will be no mechanical surprises awaiting a new owner.” 32 bids, sf 220, bf 137. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,225. “This auction might just be the most interesting deal available today on eBay.” Mmm, I can't say that, but it sure is a neat piece for the Alfisti at a price that did no harm. #3000277426-1991 ALFA ROMEO 164 S sedan. S/N ZAREA33E6M6183683. Red, white & green/black leather. Odo: 59,500 miles. 24 photos. North Woodmere, NY. “Started its life being purchased in 1993 as a dealer left over.” 2-owner car, “renamed the 164 Challenge Stradale.” Sump guard, red painted brakes, updated mirrors (that do not work), thousands spent on mechanical maintenance. Fitted with “the Italian stripe decal from the Ferrari and tach, and a simulated wood steering wheel. Detailed engine to GM specs. An all-around nice example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,240. A full restoration of a high horsepower, numbersmatching Camaro with correct clamps, hoses, and paint dabs. This car had it all, and the sold price was market correct. Nice car, nice buy. #SP144-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO 360 Challenge Stradale. I continued the theme by having the Ferrari decals put on both front fenders.” No known faults. 9 bids, sf private, bf 126. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,100. The decals on the car must be priceless. Though hard to find, an immaculate 164S with low miles shouldn't break into five figures. #2500528627-2002 ALFA ROMEO 166 sedan. S/N 1A9DA12212C539011. Silver/gray. Odo: 10,700 miles. 21 photos. Staten Island, NY. “Show and Display only.” VIN plate indicates importation by Autodelta. Loaded with navigation and three DVD screens. “Car has two small scratches on driver rear side and also on side skirts. Other then that This car is show room condition.” 31 bids, sf 24, bf 13. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,101. A lot of eBay sellers white-out their license plates with Photoshop, and this seller might have more reason than most. It's probably quite the willpower challenge to keep this illegal vehicle off the road. Either the buyer has dealer tags (still illegal, but less likely to be caught) or really, really wants to have the only 2002 Alfa trailer queen at the local car show. Seems like a lot of money for something you can't use, but if it sold for any less, it would just be shipped back to Europe. u 106 door handle and bumpers. Nice new interior, fully detailed engine compartment, spotless painted undercarriage. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $61,000. A well-done full restoration, but why leave one original door handle? A nice 4speed Camaro set off by a desirable color. The money seemed fair, but fell short as far as the seller was concerned. #SP49-1969 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA convertible. S/N BH27F9B140406. Blue & white/white vinyl/blue vinyl. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, brought back. A solid example of an old favorite. Tinted glass, AM radio, power steering and brakes. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,160. Dodge Darts with the smaller V8 were popular back in 1969. This one-owner, western Canada hard top came with the factory build sheets and manuals. A “no reserve” car, and the price was a bit of a bargain. Let's hope it doesn't become the donor for a hotter version. #SP127-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9F02S163461. Blue/cream vinyl. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. S-code, Marti Report, a/c, factory invoice. Flawless blue paint, excellent chrome except outer door handles. New interior with wrinkled seat covers. Minor wear to original console and glass. Beautifully detailed engine and compartment. Painted and detailed Sports Car Market RS/SS 396 coupe. S/N 124379N625809. Blue & white/houndstooth cloth & vinyl. Odo: 13,789 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent blue paint with worn original stainless windshield trim. New brightwork offset by scratched auto. Very good paint with minor imperfections and touch-ups. Older refinished chrome. New blue carpets and dash, vinyl seats have marks on driver's side. Matte black underside caked in mud. New white convertible top. Some minor detailing was attempted underhood. Worn Rally wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,400. One of just 1,442 open Barracudas built in 1969, this refurbished example was solid. The owner must have figured nobody would get down on their knees to notice the remnants of a mud bath underneath. Not the best looking Barracuda convertible ever built, but this was respectable coin for a small V8, non-Formula S version. #SP95-1969 DODGE DART Custom 2-dr hard top. S/N LH23F9B142777. Bronze/tan vinyl/tan cloth & vinyl. Odo: 83,316 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recently resprayed in original period bronze with some minor imperfections. Original chrome and stainless still decent. Trunk looks new, rubber trim deteriorating. Decent original interior. Scruffy original engine compartment should be easily


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interior presents well. Detailed underhood and chassis. Equipped with console, AM radio with 8-track, remote mirrors, power brakes, fiberglass hood, and a rear spoiler. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $52,800. A real numbers-matching 340 Six Pack AAR with a factory 4-speed that sold for little more than replica money. Well bought. #SP129-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T undercarriage. Not concours, but close. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,200. Described as “one of the best on the market,” but I hope the new buyer noticed the minor shortcomings. Still, a great looking, numbers-matching 390 'Stang that was well worth the money. #SP122-1969 DODGE CHARGER 500 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B157499. Silver/black leather. 528-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Excellent silver metalflake paintwork with no issues. New chrome, nice stainless, original side glass scratched. Detailed and painted undercarriage shows several rust bleeds. Nonstock crate Hemi nicely detailed, with 830 carbs, an aluminum dual plate intake, ATI-built 1972 Ferrari Competition Daytona The fabled Ferrari ‘Competiton' Daytona was a huge success on the race circuits being campaigned mainly by the favored Ferrari distributors such as Luigi Chinetti's N.A.R.T. (North American Racing Team). Only fifteen of these racers were constructed between 1971 and 1973 by the factory's Assistenza Clienti at Modena in three separate ‘series' of five cars each. The first five Competition cars were very carefully assembled and scratched window trim, other chrome and brightwork new. Nice interior, pistol grip shifter, no console. Fully rebuilt and detailed under the hood. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. Recent rotisserie restoration with minor flaws missed. An attractive car, but with those minor imperfections evident, the high bid was just about right. #SP96-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE competition 727 automatic, Wilwood 4-wheel discs, Fatman spindles, Dana rear end, and NASCAR exhaust. Although not original in any way, a very special Charger. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. With 620 hp and 650 ft-lbs, this wasn't your average driver. Built by Joe Arrington and signed by his father, Buddy Arrington (of NASCAR fame). Nice all over, but it wasn't a “real” car. The high bid sounded substantial for what it really was—somebody's personal project. #SP141-1970 PLYMOUTH AAR 'CUDA coupe. S/N BS23J0B308430. Lime Light Green & black/white vinyl. Odo: 45,622 miles. 340-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. OK paint suffers from prep marks and a few scratches. Some new chrome, original door handles pitted, trim and glass scratched. New original windshield stainless scratched, nice chrome. Detailed engine with added chrome bits. Restored in 2004, still looking good. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,040. OK, you'll pay how much for a big block Chevelle, but a matching-numbers 454 'Vette goes for just over $35k? I must be missing something here. I'd say very well bought. u coupe. S/N 194371S105484. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 3,178 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original numbers-matching example, equipped with power windows, power steering and brakes, and a tilt column. Excellent yellow paint with black painted chassis. New interior, and much lightened with all aluminum bodies. This achieved a weight saving of some 400kgs with distinctive changes also to Pininfarina's original creation by fitting a wraparound chin spoiler, flared wheel arches and distinctive aerodynamic ridges along the front wings. As part of the lightening process the bumpers were also removed as were the retractable headlights, the front lenses now being mounted under contoured plexiglass. The interiors were sparse race trimmed with of course no sound insulation to speak of! Chassis 14885 was the 4th series 1 example built and was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti snr in January 1972 and entered by NART for the 6 Hours of Daytona before racing at the 12 Hours of Sebring driven by Luigi Chinetti Jnr and Bob Grossman. Despite very stiff opposition from all-out Group 5 racers, 14885 finished a highly creditable 8th overall and 2nd in class! The following year the Daytona was upgraded to full Series III configuration which included further engine modifications providing even more power, coupled with improved brakes, wider wheels and heavily flared arches. Following 14885's retirement from competitive racing in 1973, it was sold to second owner Charles Kemp who enjoyed the Daytona for a further fifteen years , entering many prestigious concours events to great acclaim. The present( and only the fifth owner) ,one of Great Britain's most respected Ferrari collectors has returned 14885 to the Historic race scene. Run for him by Gelscoe engineering and fitted with a full race 450 BHP plus engine and transaxle by Piet Rollof the Dayton has proven itself well on a recent Tour Auto and this year's Le Mans Classic Class leading as ever! Offered of course with its original engine and transaxle and Historical report by marque expert Keith Bluemel. CARS IN STOCK 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 NART Competition Daytona 1949 Jaguar XK120 – Aluminium 1974 Lancia Stratos 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 1970 Porsche 911 2.2S 1953 Pegaso Z102 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com February 2007 www.gregorfisken.com 107 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental( Manual) 1931 Bentley 4 ½ Supercharged 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 ‘Ruddspeed' 1964 Abarth Simca 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1963 AC Cobra Comp Car 1972 Alfa Romeo T33/3 1964 Alfa Romeo TZ 2-dr hard top. S/N XS29VOG169484. Plum Crazy/white vinyl/houndstooth cloth & black vinyl. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Numbers matching, broadcast sheet and fender tag. Minor flaws in popular period Plum Crazy paintwork. Underside painted, including plenty of purple overspray. Original dinged 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.


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author 11th Annual High Performance Auction Williams's collection was first offered as a whole for $1,550,000, but was then split up and sold individually for a combined total of $1,880,550 Company Mecum Auctions Date October 6–8, 2006 Location St. Charles, IL Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, and Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 411 / 797 Sales rate 52% Sales total $20,706,251 High sale 1965 Dodge “Yankee Peddler” drag car, sold at $787,500 Buyer's premium Get in my belly! Drag cars like this 1968 Barracuda were the highlight in St. Charles Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics peratures that lasted throughout the weekend. Muscle in the Midwest always draws a crowd for Mecum, and the addition of the Randy Williams Super Duty Collection to the sale helped to boost attendance as well as final numbers for the weekend. Randy Williams started out as a collector of A GTOs, but when that proved to be too ordinary for his taste, he shifted the focus of his collection toward the early '60s Super Duty Pontiacs built before GM's notorious ban on factory-backed racing. He became the largest and likely the most knowledgeable SD Pontiac collector in the country, but sadly was diagnosed with a brain tumor that took his life in 2004. His family consigned the collection to Mecum in October, which included five rare factory-built racers. Of the cars offered from his collection, by far the rarest was the 1963 Tempest wagon drag racer. Known as the “holy grail” of SD cars, it is the only remaining example of six built. Every car was impeccably restored with the rarest parts ever to come from Pontiac. The group of cars was first offered as a collection for $1,550,000, but was later broken up and sold to individual collectors for a combined total of $1,880,550. Final sales numbers revealed a total of 411 cars sold, and as is always the case with a Mecum sale, almost all of them were high 108 fter almost an entire month of rain, the annual fall Mecum High Performance Auction opened to clear skies and comfortable tem- $300 on all sales under $5,500, $500 for those between $5,000 and $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) performance American machines. Notable sales included a 1957 Buick Caballero hard top wagon, which had lots of style and managed to bring a $76,125 result. A matching-numbers 1967 Corvette 427 convertible was hammered sold for a correct-for-condition $204,750, and $127,050 was forthcoming for an excellent 1961 Chrysler 300G convertible. A number of historically famous drag racers were present for the sale, but not all of them sold. Of the ones that did, a 1965 Dodge “Yankee Peddler” altered wheelbase drag car brought high sale honors at $787,500, and the “Mr. Nasty” 1964 Ford Thunderbolt roared to $330,750. The Ault-James 409-powered 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne couldn't pass $185,000 and was put back on the trailer for another day. Other notable no-sales included the last Hemi 'Cuda built, which failed to sell at a $700,000 high bid. A somewhat worn 1965 Shelby Cobra topped out at a fair $450,000, and a poor-quality homage to Bob Falfa's '55 Chevy from “American Graffiti” struggled to an insufficient $12,500. The variety of factory hot rods from Detroit avail- able here kept the pace moving, and helped generate interest and excitement throughout the weekend. The sale of the Randy Williams Collection was a large part of the close to $21m total realized, and if a collection of rare, perfectly restored domestic machines is any indication of the state of muscle as a whole within the market, it might be safe to say it's here to stay for a while—so long as the consignments stay rare and the quality remains high.u SALES TOTALS $20m $25m $15m $10m $5m 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #U31-1931 FORD MODEL A roadster. Column Author S/N A714860. Blue & black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 120 miles. Paint shows lots of chips, cracks, and flaking. Most chrome pitted, body has accident damage at right rear. Rusty wheels, dirty engine. Doors sag a little when opened. Floors appear solid, wasps reside interior in good condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $92,400. First shown at Corvettes Carlisle in 2001. Sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2005 for $118,800—that's a cost of $412.50 per mile if the odometer was at zero when it sold previously. Definitely unique, but something's wrong with the words “Corvette” and “wagon” in the same sentence. #S166-1957 BUICK CABALLERO hard top wagon. S/N D4024794. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 66,499 miles. Unique and stylish hard top wagon with no post. Chrome and paint show some flaws, both generally presentable. Detailed engine, equipped with a/c. Glass scratched, some wear to interior chrome. Heavy newly applied undercoating to chassis and under hood. Newer seat covers, power underneath. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,488. An older restoration—with an emphasis on old. Needs everything, but looks complete and reasonably solid. Stock it or rod it, the parts are all there. A steep price for a total project, and it's just the beginning of spending for the new owner. #S102-1956 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N P856H15795. Glendale Green/green cloth/green & white vinyl. Odo: 61,163 miles. Great paint with no issues. All chrome either replated or replaced. Panel fit excellent, straight body. Nice original style interior appears completely new. Trim and glass good, fitted with Continental kit. Nice windows. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,125. Arguably the best looking 4-door wagon of the 1950s. This was a good restoration that could be driven with pride—and it should be at the $76k sale price. Even though Buick built close to 7,000 of them, you're not likely to ever see another one on the road. #S94-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P857H21. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 11 miles. 347-ci fuelinjected V8, auto. Extensive chrome in very good shape, paint shows no flaws. Excellent panel fit, doors open and close correctly. Power windows, a/c, Continental kit, fender skirts. whitewall tires and factory hubcaps. A high level restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $85,050. Rust free, with huge amounts of chrome both inside and out. This was the nicest '56 Star Chief convertible I'd seen, and even though the amount paid was strong, it was well deserved. Well bought and sold. #S228-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE custom wagon. S/N VC56K062071. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 64 miles. Custom made 1956 Corvette Nomad built to resemble the GM concept of the era. Nice paint, chrome, and stainless coves. 1957 date-coded fuelie engine. Power windows, waffle bench seat Frame looks to be coated in undercoating or POR-15. Interior perfect, new top. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $171,150. Number 24 of 643 built. A full restoration to a high standard on a rare car equipped with most options. Appears very solid overall. Strong price paid, but most likely one of the finest examples out there. #S174-1959 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- dr sedan. S/N D59J232301. White & red/gray cloth. Odo: 34,769 miles. Some minor paint flaws an easy fix. New repaint mismatched at driver's side door jamb. Windshield scratched, bumpers either replated or replaced. New interior with rubber floor mats and cloth bench seat. Dash top shows pitting in paint. Grille appears to have been cleaned with steel wool. 110 well-detailed under hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $127,050. Impressive and very long, with a three-body trunk. Good restoration throughout. Not the first thing that comes to mind when you say “muscle car,” but definitely one of the originals with 413 cubes and dual quads. Chrysler letter cars continue to be strong, and the sale price was justified. Sports Car Market Detailed undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. A very rare factory fuel-injected 2-door post. This bare-bones time machine was certainly worth more than the $55k high bid, and the seller was wise to keep it. #S109-1961 PONTIAC VENTURA Super Duty 2-dr hard top. S/N 561P3791. Honduras Maroon/tri-tone red vinyl. Odo: 33,258 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Full tinted glass with some scratches at rear. Paint nearly perfect, with only minor polish marks. Nice trim and chrome, excellent underhood detailing. Good original interior shows very little wear. Wide whites, 8-lug wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $141,750. Ex-Randy Williams Collection. Delivered with Super Duty heads and camshaft in the trunk from the factory—allowing Pontiac to supply racers and not need a special assembly facility. Above market-correct for a Ventura Super Duty, but the condition warranted the money spent and its value will likely increase with time. #F292-1961 CHRYSLER 300 G convert- ible. S/N 8413149400. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 14,920 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Good chrome and trim, thick paint is shiny. Slightly wide door gaps, several stone chips on windshield. Nice interior shows some scratches on console bright trim. Rear view mirror desilvering. New undercoating,


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S62-1962 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE Column Author Max Wedge 2-dr sedan. S/N 3121177342. Black/silver cloth. Odo: 4,328 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. Numerous prep flaws visible in shiny black paint. Scratches on front and rear glass, chrome and trim nice. Newly painted undercarriage, clean interior. Featured as “the best example” for correctness in a '62 Max Wedge. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $170,000. Not the most stylish, but very fast in its day. The Holy Grail of Super Duty Pontiacs, this is the only example of six built known to exist in its original form. The rear-mounted transaxle provided a 50/50 weight balance, and gave the wagon much needed traction at the strip. Arnie Beswick had one when it was new, and he drove this one across the block at the sale. Nearly impossible to duplicate, and worth every penny. built before the GM ban on racing took effect in January 1963. Meticulously restored by Scott Tiemann of Supercar Specialties in Michigan. Its rarity and excellent condition warranted the high bid. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 9 The Max Wedge came in two versions featuring 2x4-bbl ram-induction manifolds made for drag racing. This engine was only available in 1962, and the Max Wedge option was only $374 more than the base 230-hp V8. However, with compresstion ratios at 11.0:1 or 13.5:1, they weren't the best family cars. $170k was too steep considering its cosmetic needs, and the bidders agreed. TOP 10 No. 10 #S110-1962 PONTIAC CATALINA Super Duty Lightweight 2-dr hard top. S/N 62P66200. Black/tri-tone red vinyl. Odo: 13,217 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. As-new chrome and paint, nice trim. Factory new interior, slight pitting on seat adjusters. Aluminum hood, inner and outer fenders, core support, bumpers, and brackets from the factory. Excellent engine detailing. Cond: 1. lightweight front panels. Transistorized ignition, 8-lug wheels. No flaws. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $299,250. Ex-Randy Williams Collection, still smelled new inside. The last Catalina Super Duty sedan built before the official GM ban on racing. An excellent compendium of super rare and one-of-a-kind Pontiac parts compiled to make this car arguably the best example of Pontiac's rich drag racing history. Rated at 410 hp officially, the 421 was likely closer to 525 hp in reality. A fair price for a factory racer in #1 condition. TOP 10 No. 2 SOLD AT $246,750. Ex-Randy Williams Collection. The '61 Ventura Super Duty was the first factory-produced all-out race car from Pontiac. It could be ordered with a single 4bbl for NASCAR racing, or equipped with dual fours for dragstrip use. Only the latter came with the ultra-rare aluminum body panels. Excellently presented, well bought and sold. TOP 10 No. 5 #S112-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA Swiss Cheese Packer Pontiac 2-dr hard top. S/N 363P104314. Silver/blue. Odo: 2,823 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 3-sp. New chrome and paint, “as raced” painted lettering in superb shape. Excellent chrome, perfect trim and glass. Fully restored ultra-rare early Super Duty “Swiss Cheese” frame Pontiac. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $462,000. Ex-Randy Williams Collection. One of 14 “Swiss Cheese” cars 112 #S113-1963 PONTIAC TEMPEST Super Duty wagon. S/N 163P99224. White/blue. Odo: 2,777 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Everything on this car is factory special—clearly not your normal station wagon. Equipped with race-only “Powershift” transaxle and slicks. Independent rear suspension, re-formed wheelwells for tire clearance. All-aluminum front, steel bumpers. Excellent paint, chrome, interior, and engine detailing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $656,250. Ex-Randy Williams Collection. Cracked steering wheel and worn interior chrome trim. Console not attached. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,000. Starts quickly and runs smooth. No “fluff & buff” here—this was simply an honest car that should bring the new owner enjoyment. Well bought. #F64.1-1964 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 45837A127879. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 7,273 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice new paint with no issues, excellent chrome looks replaced. Wide gap where passenger side door meets front fender. Engine Sports Car Market #S111-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA Super Duty 2-dr sedan. S/N 363P157313. Black/gold cloth. Odo: 12 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Beautiful chrome and paint show no issues. Interior and undercarriage asnew. Solid frame version of the Super Duty, the last of 14 built. Bathtub high-rise intake, special aluminum radiator and steering box, factory TOP 10 No. 8 #S66-1964 FORD FAIRLANE 500 Thunderbolt 2-dr coupe. S/N 4F1K230584. White/gold. Odo: 733 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint, good panel fit. Aluminum bumpers, glass hood, Econoline buckets. Heavy Duty front and rear suspension and standard looking unibody without frame connectors. All chrome and trim in good shape, mileage likely accumulated in 1/4-mile increments. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $330,750. This was Ford's entry into the lightweight drag racing scene. 127 examples were built, only around 20% are thought to survive. This example was campaigned by Reynolds Ford in Syracuse, NY, and while this was big money for a Thunderbolt, it wasn't out of line considering its documented race history. #U22-1964 CHRYSLER 300 2-dr hard top. S/N 8243132928. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 83,975 miles. Average older repaint with orange peel and overspray visible. Chrome worn and pitting. Broken trim on front fender. Engine freshly pressure-washed, with a new Edelbrock intake and air cleaner installed. Clean original interior, newer radio with missing trim pieces.


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author #S120-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S110047. Lyndale Blue/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 24 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Bloomington Gold certified. New paint well-applied, with no issues except a chip in the left headlight door edge. Passenger side vent glass poorly fitted, dressed up with lots of chrome. Original Super Sport. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,313. Mild custom features with stock look. A 283 V8 and an automatic were probably not the best choices to lure big money, but this driver level car was good looking and will react kindly to $3.00/gallon gas prices. Priced correctly. TOP 10 No. 1 #S61-1965 DODGE CORONET Yankee Peddler drag car 2-dr sedan. S/N 51186734. Gold & red/gold vinyl. Odo: 1,965 miles. 426-ci Hilborn-injected V8, 4-sp. One of two FX factory lightweights built with an altered wheelbase, fiberglass doors, and light front end. Plexiglass windows, acid dipped sheet metal. Good paint and lettering shows slight scratching. Bare-bones race interior includes a some pitting on frame. Detailed engine with all-GM components. Described as a matching numbers example. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $204,750. A very nice '67 convertible in an excellent color. Close to a #1, and a little work should push it up the scale a bit. Even as-is, no harm done at this price. #S91-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1946775108960. Sunfire Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 51,599 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very nice paint and chrome. Some scratches in tinted glass, interior as-new. Triple Crown single bucket seat. Some rough welds visible on reinforcing roll bar members. Excellent history. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $787,500. This was the beginning of the funny car in drag racing. The first altered wheelbase cars from the factory were built specifically to win at the dragstrip—and moving the rear axle forward put more weight on the slicks and achieved that goal. Expensive, but a true piece of Mopar drag racing history? TOP 10 No. 4 #S75-1967 SHELBY COBRA SOHC roadster. S/N CSX3305. Black/black leather. Odo: 42,981 miles. 427-ci SOHC V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally delivered with a 428, Holman & Moody “cammer” 427 installed later after an engine failure. Lots of stone chips on windshield, black repaint in good condition but showing some age. Chrome decent, excellent appears to have been restored at one time. Equipped with a/c and a Protectoplate. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,813. An honest car with original paint. One of a number of El Caminos at this sale, most of which seemed to sell well. On the inside it feels just like a '67 Chevelle, but at half the price—and you can throw an extra engine in the bed and haul it home. Well bought. #S85-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Bloomington Gold, Gold Spinner award, and 2 NCRS Top Flight awards in 1999. Tank sticker, 4-owner car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $183,750. An excellent example of the ultimate C2 Corvette. This was an aging award winner that still showed very well. The color combination was striking, and both the buyer and seller should be happy with the result. #F74-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO convertible. S/N 123677N188867. Yellow/ black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 85,351 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows lots of dust and chips. Panel gaps factory, chrome and trim have some light scratching. Windshield chipped. Nice interior, good seat covers side exhaust and Goodyear racing tires. Nice leather seats. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $556,500. Not a trailer queen by any means. It was clear by the condition that this one had been driven and enjoyed. Not for the timid driver, as “cammer” engines were known for massive power and high rpm. Fairly bought and sold. 114 Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N658513. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 46,432 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Chipped and cracking original specialorder paint, decent panel gaps. Distressed interior includes split driver's seat vinyl and a curling dash pad. Cross Ram intake, engine compartment dirty from use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $204,750. A pretty good looking original appear lightly used. Heavy undercoating recently done. Originally a 6-cylinder car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,525. This sale price was heavy for a re-engined 6-cyl car, and it reflected the popularity of Camaros—even base model, low option cars. A fun driver, but not a future money maker for the buyer. #F58-1967 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 1368807Z112709. Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 92,453 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Dull paint with lots of chips and small dents on both sides. Hood gap poor on driver's side. Chrome decent, glass OK. Engine clean. Said to be a California survivor. Nice interior car from 10 feet—until the interior comes into view. One-off baby blue original paint certainly seemed to help the price, and the seller must be dancing in the streets. The rarity of a one-off color can't be denied, but this just didn't look like a $200,000 car. 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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author car. The bid was $125,000 last year at this same location, and it didn't sell then either. The owner had better cut it loose soon, as the people who remember “The Mod Squad” are becoming fewer each year. #S163-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr deep scratches in side glass. New interior, nice dash and console. Poor A-pillar interior trim fit at windshield. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $51,000. It was nice to see an original single 4-bbl intake instead of a reproduction Cross Ram on this Z/28. Good condition all around, but nothing was spectacular about this car. A nice driver, and as such, the high bid was on the money. #F302-1969 DODGE DART GTS 2-dr hard top. S/N LS23P9B288495. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 85,899 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh red paint well applied. Chrome shows pitting and age. Extensive trunk pan repair, floors appear solid. Lots of glass scratches. Clean interior with some missing wheels. New electronic dash, non-stock seats. Originally delivered with a 318-ci V8. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $125,000. A modern version of the 'Cuda—perhaps Chrysler should build this car today. Shows some minor wear from participation in the 2005 Hot Rod Power Tour, was also shown at the 2005 SEMA Show Mopar Performance Display. A very expensive resto-mod, but the bid was market correct. knobs and dash wear. Engine detailed and newly painted. Driver's window misfit. Stock look, Redline tires. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. One of 3,919 hard tops built in '69 with the standard 340-ci engine. Lots of work done, but some details and dollars were still left for the new owner. It should have found a new home at $22k. #S118-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA convertible. S/N BS27HOB105820. Blue/white cloth/blue. Odo: 71,943 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint shows age. Trunk gap off, other gaps OK. Decent chrome outside, some pitting and scratching visible on interior pieces. New seats and carpet. Chrome luggage #U72-1970 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 fastback. S/N 0F0G191504. Yellow/black. Odo: 81,701 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good exterior chrome and paint, nice trim. Scratches on side glass, rear window louvers in good condition. New interior shows some hard top. S/N BS23HOB287607. Black/black. Odo: 1,921 miles. 540-ci all-aluminum Hemi, 2x4-bbl, 6-speed. Excellent paint with AARstyle stripes down the side. Nice panel gaps, minimal brightwork in good condition. Shaker hood, power steering, power brakes, a/c. Fourwheel disc brakes with inboard discs on rear independent suspension. 17-in front and 18-in rear dirt on firewall. Glass chipped and scratched. Two owners from new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. An original documented W-30 4-speed convertible in a great color. Very nice overall, but the high bid was more correct than the $400k sought by the owner. #F194-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T convertible. S/N JS27NOB149397. Red/ black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 90,568 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint and chrome, nice panel gaps, heavy scratches in both side windows. Several gouges in rear seat side plastic detract from otherwise nice interior. Undercoated chassis. Power windows, a/c, AM/FM stereo. Said to be numbers matching. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $78,000. Govier documented, highly optioned. One of 1,070 Challenger R/T convertibles built in 1970. Nine were Hemis, the rest were 440s and 383s. A clean car with a strong offer, but the owner thought $90,000 would be nice—a result just about as realistic as a date with Halle Berry. #S67-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B429180. Blue/ black. Odo: 23,740 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. New chrome and paint to good standard, glass scratched on rear side window. Wide gap at driver's door, other gaps OK. Rear passenger misfits and pitting chrome knobs. Brake release handle hangs low. Clean engine with shaker hood. Marti report. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $68,000. Extensive good quality restoration done to this originally brown car. This color combination was much better. The high bid was market correct for a #2 car, but the seller was looking for more. #S78-1970 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS rack. Original looking engine. Lots of options, including a/c. Newer top. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Said to be ex-“Mod Squad” TV 116 442 W30 convertible. S/N 344670M217628. Blue/white cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 88,710 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repaint from 1986 still excellent. Nice chrome and trim. Original interior shows very little wear. Clean undercarriage, correct red front inner fenders. Engine detailed, with some surface rust and side seat base torn. Said to be original engine, 4-speed transmission, and tires. Govier report. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $700,000. The last known Hemi 'Cuda built. Bid to $700,000, but the owner wouldn't settle for less than $900,000. There can only be one “last one,” and as long as everything Hemi remains golden, it's possible the owner may get his asking price.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author 2006 Michigan International Fall Classic The price on the Harley Earl trio bogged down during bidding, but then surged until they were hammered sold at a combined total of $540,000 Company RM Auctions Date September 23–24, 2006 Location Novi, MI Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Phil Faulkner Automotive lots sold / offered 88 / 218 Sales rate 40% Sales total $1,687,775 High sale 1953 Cadillac Eldorado represented one-third of a Harley Earl-styled trio that brought big money Report and photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics Issues with harsh lighting and poor seating hurt the sale last year, and not a lot had changed inside the cavernous and expansive room. A respectable number of consignments were present for sale, with a few no-reserve lots sending tingles up many an enthusiast's spine. Fewer bidders were on hand this year than in years past, and poor weather, along with a Michigan State football game, did little to help RM's cause. The stars of the auction were three convertibles de- R signed by Harley Earl and sold as one lot. They included a very stylish bright red 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, an equally impressive two-tone red and white 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, and an excellent all-red 1953 Buick Skylark. These vehicles could not be sold individually, although they were priced separately in the catalog. All eyes were on them as they came up for bids, and the crowd was not disappointed. The price bogged down twice during bidding, but then rocketed skyward until the trio was hammered sold at a combined total of $540,000—$135,000 for the Buick, $162,000 for the Cadillac, and $243,000 for the Olds. Cars from the '50s were hot, with a 1955 Pontiac Starchief convertible bringing $75,600, and a 1957 118 M Auctions returned to the Rock Financial Showplace in late September for its annual Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction. 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta convertible, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, and 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, sold at $540,000 as one lot Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold prices) Mercury Turnpike Cruiser two-door hard top in decent driver-condition selling for a mere $8,370. Selling at no reserve was a bright yellow 1961 Willys 4x4 wagon that brought a generous $5,724, and a 1960 Studebaker Champ pickup made to look like a Dodge Li'l Red Express that tempted somebody to shell out a more than reasonable $4,320. A barn find of sorts was a 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 convertible fitted with a rarely seen fiberglass hard top. A good deal at $8,640, even considering it needed a full restoration and its smell would require several days of airing out. Michigan is American muscle's home state, and there was no shortage of nice examples, but the bulk of these returned home on trailers, as most bids were too low to make a sale. Of these was a 1969 Camaro SS bid to a less than adequate $135,000. Once owned by Dick Harrell and equipped with a 427-ci big block, its provenance deserved more. A 1967 Plymouth GTX set up for drag racing failed to sell at $15,000, and a decent 1970 Road Runner remained with its owner at $50,000. Again, as was the case last year, this sale simply didn't draw the attendance it needed to be considered a complete success. While the $1.7m result wasn't horrible, it fell short of the $2.2m collected here in '05—which itself didn't break any records. However, the quality of the cars was typical of any RM event, and fewer bidders on the floor meant some bargains were present for the taking.u SALES TOTALS $4m $5m $6m $3m $2m $1m Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author ENGLISH #SP90-1962 FORD POPULAR/ANGLIA 100E 2-dr saloon. S/N D12B098995. Green/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 71,383 miles. Recently resprayed in original light green hue. Factory interior shows minimal wear. Mostly new chrome with original door handles and bezels. Newly painted wheels, old tires. Original mats excellent. Clean underhood and chassis. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,048. Garage-kept and wife-driven, but there is little interest in these expensive-to-repair 928s. Wisely sold at market value. ITALIAN #SP65-1984 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. engine with cylinder head welds. Quick respray on rusty undercarriage. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $3,900. Cute as a button, but not without some work ahead. Floor had minor rot with rust in jacking points, and the engine could be questioned. Price was more than enough from my standpoint, particularly since it was also right-hand drive. GERMAN #SP78-1966 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 116087103. Red/white & red trim. Odo: 1,376 miles. Non-original stereo, visor, and roof rack. Overall solid and clean example. Nice red paint, fresh interior in non-original colors. Some wear on carpets. Chrome either new or replated. Upgraded and rebuilt engine, radio installed, speakers mounted in doors. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Low kilometers, complete service and ownership records since new, EPA/DOT paperwork, and a factory tool kit weren't enough to tempt anyone to buy above a bid obviously considered fair market value. AMERICAN #SP38-1931 FORD MODEL A Deluxe new window rubber, EMPI chrome wheels, new tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,152. The added roof rack and ski board were well worth the effort. Completely refurbished with lots of eye appeal. The seller did well, and the buyer should enjoy it for years. #622-1987 PORSCHE 928S coupe. S/N WPOJB0923H861708. Silver/white leather. Odo: 74,388 miles. Factory dark silver paint good overall, with only minor scratches around driver's door handle. Panel gaps nice, poor trim fit around windshield. Original white leather interior cracking, but white carpet and 120 roadster. S/N A4279418. Khaki & black/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 42,511 miles. Paint excellent other than minor door and hood edge chips. Panel gaps factory, doors shut nicely. Nice chrome appears replated, glass OK. Some wear to engine paint, painted undercarriage. Equipped with whitewalls, luggage rack, cowl lights, rumble seat, wind wings, and dual side S/N ZFFJA09B000051847. Red/black leather. Odo: 19,832 km. Nice original paint with several chips. Panel gaps factory, blackout trim and wheels decent. Interior clean with minimal wear to leather seats, but dash is warping. Clean engine compartment and trunk. Pioneer sunglasses. Power steering and brakes, a/c, Duvall windshield. Appears well built. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,100. Five-spoke mags, a low windscreen, and a neutral cloth top gave this Hi-boy an appealing look. Only driven 900 miles since it was built, which makes one wonder how it drives. Hopefully well, but at the price paid there is room for a bit of sorting out. Well bought. #SP55-1933 CHEVROLET MASTER EAGLE 4-dr sedan. S/N 1CA0217765. Maroon & black/brown cloth. Odo: 84,777 miles. Body-off restoration to a high standard. All new wood, solid body, excellent paint. Interior and engine well detailed. Original heater, radio, bumper guards, dual horns, cowl lights, locking gear shift, eagle radiator cap, mount spares. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,140. An attractive paint scheme with cream wire wheels made this Ford stand out. An excellent buy for a Model A enthusiast. Considering the resurgence of interest in these old Fords, this was very well bought. #SP24-1932 FORD HI-BOY roadster. S/N KS124765. Blue & purple/tan cloth/beige vinyl. Odo: 7,474 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently built and painted in colorchanging blue and purple paint on a fiberglass body. Beige vinyl interior still fresh, all chrome and aluminum shiny. Usual Chevy 350 engine detailed and with enough gleam to require wide whitewalls, dual tail lamps, and tool kit. Undercarriage painted, muffler paint flaking. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $30,456. An “Airstream” sedan model in excellent condition, recognized by Antique Automobile Club of America as a Senior winner at Hershey. Pristine condition, well bought and sold. #SP42-1937 CORD 812 SC convertible. S/N FC2655. Maroon/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 761 miles. Very good older paint with some minor chips in B pillar and driver's door. Nice panel fit, doors open and shut well. Good chrome is not flawless. Unmarked red leather Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author #402-1949 DODGE CORONET 4-dr sedan. S/N D3036188. Metallic blue/blue velour. Odo: 47,722 miles. Resprayed in non-original light blue with plenty of flaws and imperfections. Not so nice bright blue replacement seat covers. Solid throughout with a touch of detailing, but basically original under the hood. Decent original chrome, trim, interior, fully detailed and heavily chromed engine and blower. Equipped with a/c, all power options, CD, video screen, GT Grant steering wheel, remote mirrors, and Cragar wheels. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $18,500. Reportedly over $65k invested, less than 10,000 miles since built. The owner was looking for $24k, which was likely close to the cost of replacement, but the high bid fell well short. The rosy color was most likely the culprit. interior and maroon nylon carpet. Nicely detailed engine, black painted chassis. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $215,000. Few imperfections on this desirable 812SC. The car was supposedly restored by one of America's leading Cord experts, but the red leather had a vinyl feel, and the nylon carpet was unusual—and it was reflected in the high bid. #407-1938 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN 1/2 ton wagon. S/N 5HC025321. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 48,367 miles. Frame-off resto, beautifully executed with minimal flaws. Excellent paint, fresh interior to spec, detailed underhood with good basic detailing on under- and newish tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,536. Further refurbished since last seen here, and the owner appears to have decided it was better to cut his losses. Non-original inside and out, but pleasant enough. A great buy for entry into the hobby. The new owner can enjoy it and sell it down the road for about the same money. At this price, no harm done. #430-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE convertible. S/N BOLU133073. Maroon/ tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 79,589 miles. Resprayed red metalflake paint is better than it sounds. Non-original interior is period-like, but needs some minor refitting. Combination of new and original chrome, minor dings in #SP06-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 536259395. Red/black/red & white leather. Odo: 66,694 miles. Excellent red paint, good panel gaps. Chrome has minor scratching, trim nice. Equipped with power windows, power steering, power top, heater, signal- seeking radio, wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, fog lights, tinted glass, and Autronic Eye. Excellent throughout, well-detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $162,000. Part of the $500,000-plus Harley Earl package deal, one of 532 built. Fully equipped and in excellent condition, it was a good deal for all concerned. carriage. Minor touch-ups, flaws on painted runningboards. New chrome. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $31,000. Own one of the original SUV crossovers. Chevy first built its Suburban in 1935 for military use, but the public soon saw its versatility. This rare three-seat version was an excellent buy. #SP19-1938 GRAHAM SUPERCHARGED 4-dr sedan. S/N 141446. Blue/blue vinyl/blue velour. Odo: 1,083 miles. Blue paint bubbling and chipping, padded lighter blue vinyl roof does not provide contrast. Basic detailing throughout. Straight and solid body, decent chrome, stock wheels. 350 Chevrolet engine #SP05-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N 539M42367. White & orange/white vinyl/white & orange leather. Odo: 68 miles. Stylish white and red paint with some minor chips on fenders and around hood. Excellent red and white matching leather interior. All power options, deluxe radio, padded dash, electric clock. Fully detailed and spotless trim. Underhood freshened over original paint. Undercarriage painted in black. Wide whitewalls, mirrors, radio, Continental kit. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,250. More than 50,000 of these were built in 1950, but this one had only one owner for over 50 years. Although not 100% original, this clean Ford convertible was worth substantially more than the final bid. #SP34-1951 CHEVROLET 3100 Custom pickup. S/N JBA579516. Rose/gray cloth. Odo: 43,122 miles. 402-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Rose paint excellent except for crack along center of hood. Nice wood floor in bed with cloth pleated bed tonneau. Tubbed, wide rear wheels fitted. Like-new basic gray cloth under the sharknose hood doesn't want to fire right away. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $10,908. Not the best or most beautiful mild custom in the world in any respect, but a Graham is different enough that it will attract crowds wherever it goes. Although the seller likely had more money in it, the price paid did no harm. 122 other than a few chrome imperfections. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $243,000. The Fiesta was based on the 98 convertible, and included every option available except a/c. 458 were built in 1953. Of the three cars in the package, the Fiesta had the lowest production figures, but it also had the most minor flaws. Still, quite a package. Well bought and sold. #SP04-1953 BUICK ROADMASTER Skylark convertible. S/N 16845901. Red/ white & red leather. Odo: 48 miles. Beautifully restored with correct white inner wheel wells—which were also available in red. Excellent condition throughout, beautifully Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author rarest of Ford's 50th anniversary models. A real attention getter, and even though the high bid seemed like a lot for this Canadian car, the owner was justified in thinking otherwise. detailed. Excellent paint, chrome shows a few minor scratches. Leather interior to factory spec. Nice trim, new top. All power options. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $135,000. Only 1,690 of these low top, low front fendered Roadmasterbased Skylarks were built in celebration of 50 years of Buick. My personal favorite of the three, it was priced the lowest and had equal style. A good deal for all involved. #400-1953 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- dr sedan. S/N C533103019. Light blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 107,663 miles. Solid body, decent paint shows several chips. Some chrome original, some replaced. Nice glass, good panel gaps. Engine compartment appears factory. Clean interior with minor wear to seats and carpet. In very good mechanical order with #SP37-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N L855H12757. Red & black/ black vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. Matching numbers, every nut and bolt replaced. Excellent two-tone paint, fresh chrome, new top, new interior. Fully detailed inside and compartment. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $43,200. Last seen as a fresh restoration at Kruse Auburn in the fall of '92, where it was a no-sale at $25k (SCM# 7960). Dismantled in 2006 and fully refurbished, but still not perfect. A fine example, and both the buyer and seller should be happy. #NR06-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 89UW732131. Two-tone blue/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 38,538 miles. A solid, clean, original Edsel in nice '50s colors. Some minor dents, scrapes, and scratches, but good overall paint. Some dings in trim. Minor wear and fading of interior. Some pitting on out, underhood and chassis to original factory specs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,600. Lots of admirers for this stylish Chief. A true concours restoration, and though this was big money for a Pontiac convertible, it was well deserved. A good buy. #NR05-1957 MERCURY TURNPIKE CRUISER 2-dr hard top. S/N 57LA43698M. Black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 97,247 miles. Decent driver-quality fresh black paint, cracked windshield. Combination of fresh and worn chrome. New seats and carpets with original headliner and holes. Needs air fresheners instead of fuzzy dice. Solid, but well worn under the chrome, but acceptable considering originality. Dent in horseshoe grille. Underside sprayed black. Pushbutton radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,992. Edsels were hot once, but not anymore. This one was not a bad example, and for the money it was a steal. The new owner can never lose on this nice original car—unless it just sits behind his house for ten years. #NR01-1961 WILLYS JEEP 4x4 sta- many new parts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,048. Fully refurbished where necessary. A good car, but hardly inspiring. As the first car to cross the block, it sold for much less than the $10k the owner had dreamed of—but then he will no longer have any nightmares either. A good driver bought at a fair price. #SP43-1953 FORD CRESTLINE Sunliner convertible. S/N B3CC155937. Red/black cloth/black & red leather. Excellent paint, interior, and chrome on this frame-off concours example. Fully detailed under the hood. Wide whitewalls, spotlight, overdrive, radio. As-new in all respects. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $59,000. A Sunliner paced the Indy 500 in 1953, and power steering was introduced that same year, which makes this Ford somewhat memorable. The Sunliner is also the hood with some quick resprays over original paint. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,370. From the “all that glitters” department.... An excellent buy despite the flaws, and certainly priced well below market value. Very well bought, and perhaps the buy of the sale. #SP51-1958 FORD SKYLINER retract- able hard top. S/N H8KW133581. Red & white/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 71,128 miles. Excellent paint with minor polishing scratches. Chrome decent but not perfect. Wide whitewalls, spotlights, Continental kit. Excellent interior, nicely painted and detailed engine and original chrome with some scratching and pitting. Unusual side exhaust on a slightly chromed-up Chevrolet 350 V8. Decent detailing except for rusty exhaust manifolds. Nice whitewall tires not ideal for off-roading. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,724. Was this what Kipling meant when he wrote about the yellow peril? It looked great from a distance, so it was probably bought by some guy at the back. At this no reserve price, the new owner can go out and do some serious off-roading and not worry about it. And besides, yellow will be easy to spot when he breaks down. #450-1962 OLDSMOBILE DYNAMIC 88 hard top convertible. S/N 622M43568. Aqua/white fiberglass/white & green vinyl. Odo: 45,353 miles. Paint has dirt and minor 124 Sports Car Market tion wagon. 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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author if you're a sports fan. This wasn't the case at Novi—they must have all been at home watching Michigan State football. #SP86-1967 PONTIAC LEMANS 2-dr scratches. Trunk lid fitted poorly. Original bumpers pitted, other chrome and trim decent. New tires on factory wheels with full hubcaps. Original dirty Rocket V8 under the hood. Soiled interior looks scruffy, with a ripped driver's seat. All power options, including trunk. Hardtop appears to have been recently repainted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,640. This resprayed barn find attracted a lot of attention with its fiberglass hardtop. While I was there, no lives were lost from the stench in the interior. With needs greater than fresh paint, the price paid was fair. #SP20-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S112499. Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 52,115 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent bronze paintwork, good panel fit. Older chrome with decent bumpers and poor fender trim. Fresh black carpet, new seat covers, recently replaced rubber. Clean 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Spotless blue paint, beautiful blue leather interior and carpets, gleaming chrome. Detailed underhood, almost perfect chassis. The 327 looks as fresh as the day it left the factory. Redline tires, knockoff wheels. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $54,000. This was one of the nicest generations of Corvette to drive in open form. Although this car wasn't perfect, it was darn close. An excellent example that sold very reasonably in today's market. #SP10-1966 PLYMOUTH BELVEDERE convertible. S/N RH27G67257864. Silvergray/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Body-off restoration of an original 383 car. NOS replacement trim with minor flaws around windscreen. Silvergray paint shows a few runs and imperfections. hard top. S/N 237177P120705. White/red vinyl. Odo: 65,871 miles. 326-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. White paint suffers from dirt and chips. Bumpers straight, but show some wear. New seats, carpet and headliner. Nicely detailed engine compartment with rusty exhaust manifolds. Undercarriage painted basic black with some rust stains and white overspray. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. A matching-numbers car—if that matters on a LeMans. Many of these have been dressed up to look like GTOs, and it was nice to see a good example in close to original condition. This was a clean driver that deserved a bit more. Owner was wise to pass. and detailed under the hood. Wonderbar radio, Muncie shift kit, hard top. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. Although not perfect, it was rumored the owner would have let it go for $48k. Neither that nor the high bid was off the money, and had it been in a better color, the higher price may have been achieved. #605-1964 RAMBLER CLASSIC 770 4-dr sedan. S/N Z207080. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 28,953 miles. Quick respray in pearl white shows sanding marks. Original chrome is pitted and worn, trim shows some overspray. Decent seats, scruffy all-original interior. Undetailed #SP63-1968 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. S/N 344678M361552. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 86,592 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent respray with plenty of flaws and dirt. Decent newer white vinyl top. Original chrome shows scratching and Faultless new interior. New detailed Hemi crate engine, Redline tires on Magnum 500 wheels. Basic detailing on undercarriage with some undercoating. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. A nice replica in a not-so-attractive color. The high bid was shy considering the quality, and the owner was smart to hang on to it for another venue. #SP23-1967 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23L71207990. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 77,402 miles. 528-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint except for flat black hood. Aftermarket racing seats up front, no seat in rear. Added gauges, custom rollbar. Underhood shows wear and a general lack of attention. Fresh chrome bumpers, worn pitting. Presentable combination of new interior carpet and seats with original panels and trim. Underhood detailing over original paint, underside patched and undercoated. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $12,096. Refurbished in areas rather than restored. The sale price on this 442 was a bit high considering what was needed to be done to take it to the next level. With more dirt in the blue paint than my son's sandbox, the described condition of “fair overall” was not to be taken lightly. #SP01-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE underhood components appear all-original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,728. No chick magnet here. A solid, basically rust-free example that would better have been left all-original. AMC built some fine cars, but this bread and butter example was hardly inspiring. Bid reflected condition and desirability. #SP02-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S105288. Blue/white vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 65,917 miles. 327-ci 126 original door handles and trim. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. All set for serious racing, but no seatbelts or harnesses were evident. Previously owned by Magic Johnson's father, Irving Johnson, which may add some value SS 454 LS5 convertible. S/N 136671B203721. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,598 miles. 454-ci 365-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Silver paint shows lots of shine, but has chips around hood. Chrome slightly scratched, engine compartment fully detailed with mild cam added. New interior, carpets, black vinyl top, and Firehawk tires. Console, gauge package, aluminum intake, Cowl Induction, F41 suspension, 12-bolt Posi-traction rear end. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,720. Full frame-off restoration of a Sports Car Market


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matching-numbers LS5 454. This 1971 model just isn't as hot as earlier cars, but it still has all the go you'll ever need. Clean inside and out, a well-bought Chevelle. #SP80-1973 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 convertible. S/N 3F03F216510. Blue & silver metallic/black vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 42,430 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Mach 1 package, solid body. Nice paint, clean interior, fading carpets. Original engine compartment with some detailing. Original stainless and chrome shows pitting and scratches. Front bumper, spoiler, and fascia ill-fitted. Undercoated underside clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,984. The eye-catching light blue and silver color combination drew plenty of attention. The new owner should be able to enjoy driving it for a few years, then sell at this same price. A good deal all around. #SP64-1979 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am coupe. S/N 2W87K9N166810. Gold/gold vinyl. Odo: 25,876. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Solid body, dirt in paint, peeling and cracking screaming chicken. Nice non-original gold vinyl interior has fresh carpets, a warping dash, and rear speakers cut into shelf. Basic detailing underhood. Original chrome, trim, and honeycomb wheels show plenty of use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,668. Despite its flaws, this was a good deal for both buyer and seller. The new owner can drive this decent Trans Am for a few years, and then pass it on for the same money—or maybe even a bit more. u February 2007 127


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Silver Auctions Portland, OR Column Author Portland Fall Collector Car Auction With 500 hp and a 0–60 time in six seconds, the '79 Toyota SR5 pickup looked like a lot of fun, but it couldn't bring more than the $8,500 high bid Company Silver Auctions Date October 7, 2006 Location Portland, OR Auctioneer Mitch Silver Automotive lots sold / offered 56 / 137 Sales rate 41% Sales total $552,684 High sale 1957 Ford Thunderbird, sold at $56,180 Buyer's premium 6% (included in sold prices) Plenty of bang for the buck, but the bucks just weren't big engough Report and photos by SCM Staff Market opinions in italics always looks forward to Silver's events held in our hometown, because everyone—from editorial to advertising— gets the chance to become involved with the auction reporting process. As in years past, the sale took place S within one large hall, with all of the 137 lots offered lined up in neat rows throughout the room. After a brief orientation from Editor Martin, the SCM staff was set loose to evaluate some of the cars as the sale geared up for action. Silver's past auctions were weighted toward American manufacturers, and this year was no different, with muscle cars outnumbering a select few imported marques. The lots made up a widespread range of conditions, with most of the cars falling into the “fun driver” category. Some very nice examples were present, as well as others only a builder could love. Of the cars that found new homes, one of the most no- table was a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette convertible. Though it had some cosmetic problems, it was an excellent driver and a good buy at $48,760. A very nice, recently restored 1970 Camaro brought a full $18,020, which, while on the high side of its value, was also smartly bought and sold. A 1964 Corvette convertible with a fuel-injected 327 128 ilver returned to the Portland Expo Center in early October for the second of two sales it holds annually in the City of Roses. SCM brought $50,880 despite some mismatched paint and worn trim, while a 1955 Ford Thunderbird with 25 years of single-family ownership brought a mid-market $22,472. The cheapest fun was a 1976 Chevy Vega with a V8 conversion that found a new home at a no-reserve $2,862. The prettiest car at the sale was a 1958 Chevrolet Impala in two- tone blue and white. Close to #1 condition, its only issues were slight inconsistencies in the paint. Bid to $31,000, it failed to sell. A 1969 Corvette equipped from the factory with a 427-ci big block stalled at $24,000, and while it wasn't perfect, $4,000 more would have been closer to correct. One of the most interesting lots was a supercharged small block Chevy-powered 1979 Toyota 4x4 pickup. With a claimed 500 hp and a zero to 60 time in the low six-second range, it looked like a lot of fun, but it couldn't bring more than the $8,500 high bid. With 27 more consignments offered this year than in '05, Silver was able to knock down almost $553k in final numbers for the day—close to $128k more than last year's total of $425k. The percentage sold stayed nearly the same, down just 1% from last year's 42%. While other sales on the West Coast may eclipse Silver's Portland fixtures in glitz and glamour, it's a good place to find a deal on a car—even if it needs a little work to be perfect.u SALES TOTALS $400k $500k $600k $300k $200k $100k 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 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. HHHHH is best 2007 JAGUAR XKR SUPERCHARGED COUPE ENGLISH #80-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF27912UO. Mimosa Yellow/black/brown vinyl. Odo: 29,395 miles. Decent paint, nice chrome and brightwork, poor panel fit. Left rear fender shows signs of recent repairs. Soft top missing, aftermarket hard top fitted. Engine compartment nice, brakes and transmission seals recently serviced. Good original seats, dash delaminating. Scary cracked windshield. Price as tested: $86,500 Likes: Styling less effeminate than last XK. Bonded aluminum construction lighter and stronger, with more poised handling. Blistering performance from the 4.2-liter V8, which cranks out 420 hp and shows 0–60 in 4.9 seconds. Base 300-hp XK now as fast as previous supercharged XKR. Dislikes: Drowned goldfish grille is pure Taurus, doors too high to hang an elbow out. Still no stick; even all-knowing BMW decided to let us have a manual in their 5- and 6-Series. Fun to drive HHHH Fun to look at HHHH Overall ownership experience HHHH Verdict: More purposeful, mechanically sharp as a tack, but paddle auto no substitute for 6-speed stick. Still looks disturbingly like '80s shape that Aston Martin does better. XK 120 and E-type shocked the world; this car barely wakes you from a slumber. C'mon guys, call in the Italians if you have to.—Paul Duchene 2007 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GT Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $10,500. The work completed was just the begining of what was still needed, and at this price, addressing all the cosmetic issues would have been hard to do while still staying in the green. The high bid was more than enough, and it should have sold the car. GERMAN #29-1959 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE custom roadster. S/N N/A. Teal/black. Odo: 14,603 miles. Started life as a coupe, top removed and roadster style windshield fitted. Decent paint shows some dings, marks, and wear. Panel gaps good. Chrome bumpers nice, trim dented on driver's side door. Interior has new seat covers and carpet. Door handles style air-horn inside driver's side inner fender. 2” body lift, 5” suspension lift, custom axles. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. V8 insanity at its finest. Undoubtedly complex, with long coolant hoses reaching from under the hood to the pickup bed. “Functional” was the only word for the interior, with sketchy cab wiring and mystery switches. I don't know of any offroad trails with gas stations and parts stores, and the driver of this truck will need both. Selling something like this is an uphill battle, and the high bid here was certainly less than the build cost. AMERICAN #127-1950 WILLYS JEEP 4x4 wagon. S/N 018774. Dark green/green vinyl. Odo: 33,633 miles. 283-ci Chevrolet V8, 4-bbl, 3sp. Poor older repaint with chips and scratches. Minimal brightwork OK. Claimed to run well with all 4x4 components functional. New tires mounted on new painted wheels. Extra gauges Price as tested: $178,905 Likes: Bespoke interior appointments. F-16 acceleration makes g-suit a desirable option. Very sticky in the twisties for a 5,000-lb lump. Arresting carbon ceramic braking. Excellent paddle shifters and intuitive navigation system. Massaging front seat. Dislikes: Rear seat access requires shoehorn and lube. Not crazy about the Piano Black interior option; give me burled wood any day. Fun to drive HHHHH Fun to look at HHHHH Overall ownership experience: HHHHH Verdict: The W12 engine can purr or roar depending upon throttle pressure. The diminutive back seat makes the car perfect for the man or woman who needs more space for custom luggage than for friends. The best grille of any modern car—just look at all the 300Cs that have spouted wannabe versions.—Diane Brandonu shaved. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. A well-done custom Beetle in a nice color, but the rear of the body didn't look quite right with the top removed, and all the little cosmetic issues made it clear that the owner of this car had been driving it. The build cost was likely close to the high bid, but the seller will be lucky to find much more for it elsewhere. JAPANESE #145-1979 TOYOTA SR5 custom pickup. S/N RN37010244. Red/red & black vinyl. Odo: 85,403 miles. Supercharged 400-ci Chevy V8, 4-bbl, auto. Red paint in good condition, with satisfactory panel gaps. Claimed 500 hp and zero to 60 in just six seconds, while still able to pass emissions. Radiator in pickup bed, truck- 130 Sports Car Market included. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $6,100. Cheap fun, but an endless project. It seems like most Willys wagons have been fitted with Chevrolet running gear at one time or another, so parts are cheap and easy to get. As long as the 4x4 system was reliable, this would have been a fun trail truck, but the high bid was all the money and then some. #105-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD hard top convertible. S/N N/A. Red/white/red & white leather. Odo: 44,343 miles. 292-ci V8, 4- bbl,


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Silver Auctions Portland, OR Column Author auto. Older respray chipped and cracked, body wavy down both sides. Poor panel gaps at hood, doors, and trunk. Chrome pitted, especially at bumpers. Possible suspension issues, as front end sits too low. Interior clean, but shows considerable wear. Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels, power windows, 4-way electric seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,472. Described as single-family owned for the last 25 years, this highly optioned T-Bird needed some paint and body work to become show worthy. Nothing special about the car or the price. #125-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S102027. Red & white coves/red/red. Odo: 57,629 miles. Shiny red paint shows marks from hard top. Decent chrome, driver's side overrider loose. Panel gaps OK, with passenger side door fit out at bottom. Some front end damage apparent, with front grille surround bent and rechromed without straightening. Interior nice, but shows wear. Engine compartment painted semi-gloss Hands down the nicest car at the sale, this first-year Impala had it all: good paint, a nice interior, excellent chrome, and all-original parts. Splotchy metalflake distribution on the trunk lid and quarter panels was the only thing keeping it from #1 condition. The high bid was well below this car's value, and the owner was right to try again another day. #61-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N N/A. Silver Blue/white/black leather. Odo: 73,919 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel injected V8, 4-sp. Iffy repaint mismatched in places, and contains bugs and dust. Chrome is driver quality, with scratches and dings from use. Trim no longer shiny, but intact. Nice new top and clean interior, cracked steering wheel. fit horrible, doors sag when opened. Engine compartment not well detailed. Original interior trim well worn, seats recovered. Shelbyautographed glove box door. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. This used-up replica was in need of some real attention. The imperfections made for a home-resto feel, and the amount of overspray present along with the sagging doors brought the car down considerably. The high bid was more than enough by far, but the seller felt otherwise. #46-1966 FORD FAIRLANE 2-dr sedan. black, including wiring looms. Later 350 V8, original 283 comes with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,760. Great from a few feet away, but closer inspection revealed lots of little imperfections that added up quickly. Why would someone rechrome and reuse a bent grille surround? With the 350 V8 and powerslide tranny, it was a no-nonsense driver that would be perfect as a summertime weekend cruise-in car. Market-correct price for condition. #87-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N F580131309. Powder Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 66,515 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Paint close to perfect, with some slight metalflake spread issues on the trunk lid. Panel gaps very good. Chrome all replated or replaced, with excellent trim throughout. Interior new, with nice seatcovers, carpet, door panels, and headliner. Engine compartment looks completely stock, with the exception of chromed Chevrolet script valve covers. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. No power steering or a/c. Knock-off wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $50,880. One of 1,325 built with fuel injection. Clean for a driver, but not quite concours. Mismatched paint took away from the overall presentation, but it was nice enough to take to any show or event with pride. Market-correct price paid. #48-1965 RAMBLER AMERICAN 440 convertible. S/N P109133. Turquoise/white vinyl/white & turquoise vinyl & cloth. Odo: 83,684 miles. Solid original. OK older repaint shows some orange peel. Panel gap tight around hood, but looks to be factory. Nice chrome, trim scratched. Older redone interior dirty and showing age. Rubber trim cracked and S/N 61C31C181203. Wimbledon White/blue vinyl. Odo: 91,245 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High quality white repaint is smooth with few flaws. Panel gap good, chrome and trim nice originals. Windshield scratched by windshield wiper on driver's side. Interior clean and original spec, with nice headliner and door panels. Engine recently rebuilt. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $13,250. Clean inside and out. The unassuming paintwork over a post body made for a nice sleeper image, and that look was carried out inside with a bench seat and floorshifted top loader. The high bid was marketcorrect and all the money for the car. If muscle stays hot, more money may be forthcoming in the future, but I wouldn't hold my breath. #63-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS dry. Power steering, power brakes, power top. Lots of eye appeal. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $9,750. This rare Rambler convertible would have made a fun driver, and there would have been no harm done at the high bid. Americanbuilt straight sixes simply don't die, and you're not likely to see another like it in the grocery store parking lot. It generated some interest, but not enough to find a new home. #45-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT350 replica fastback. S/N 6S23166. Red & white stripes/black vinyl. Odo: 61,138 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Poor quality repaint with lots of overspray throughout. Bumpers and door handles new, all other chrome poor. Panel 132 Sports Car Market replica coupe. S/N 1234377L161958. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 78,225 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Bright yellow paint has a deep shine. Chrome and trim OK, panel fit decent. Dual exhaust, power disc brakes, power steering,


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Silver Auctions Portland, OR Column Author front and rear spoilers, Cowl Induction hood. Engine compartment a mix of new and old, fan shroud missing. Interior serviceable. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. Nowhere near close to show, but clean for a driver in need of some help. This too-yellow replica had the wrong SS badge on the grille, and the missing fan shroud would most likely have made any summertime drive a short one. Even though $17k was just above market-correct here, the seller was still looking for more. #38-1968 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS S convertible. S/N 336679M369352. Tan/tan/ black vinyl. Odo: 122,872 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older paint shows some dulling and chips, and does not hide some rust issues around trunk area and quarter panels. Chrome dull throughout, trim OK. Interior decent for a driver, with original seats and carpet showing age. Power top, power brakes, power steering. Starts and runs well. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $8,700. Nothing special or unique here, and #40-1970 CHEVROLET CAMARO coupe. S/N 124870L500589. Silver & gray/ black. Odo: 11,935 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed less than 50 miles since resoration. Nice paint shows some minor flaws in clear coat. Panel gaps wide in some places and tight in others. Chrome excellent, trim nice. Reproduction interior with nice original seat belts. Equipped with new AM/FM/CD CB radio. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,120. Solid overall, but the details left a lot to be desired. No harm done at this price, but the new owner had better get used to buying gas. #91-1991 CHRYSLER MASERATI TC convertible. S/N ZCFS120XMB208088. Cream/cream/black leather. Odo: 147,566 miles. Paint OK, chrome and trim heavily aged. Driver's side headlamp dirty internally. Body damage on passenger side door and quarter panel. Panel gaps poor in places, Maserati side glass delaminating. Interior leather worn, stereo, tilt wheel, power steering, and power brakes. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,020. Despite the paint and panel gap issues, this Camaro looked good inside and out, and would have made an excellent nice-weather driver. While the price was on the high side of the market for this car, it was likely worth it for the end user. Well bought and sold. #33-1976 CHEVROLET VEGA 2-dr wagon. S/N 1V15B6U114615. Black & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 26,168 miles. there was some tell-tale oil and transmission fluid puddled up underneath this big Olds as it waited to cross the block. Someone had added an auxiliary oil filter under the hood, which could have been the culprit. No harm would have been done at the high bid, but much more would have been over the top for this needy convertible. #101-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S716877. Silver/black. 427ci 390 hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint with some orange peel, panel fit good. Chrome appears original, with some pitting on hood inserts and marks on bumpers. Interior clean and original, with correct automatic console. T-tops fit well. Engine compartment clean and OEM. No a/c and aftermarket goodies. Power brakes. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,862. The small block and 4-speed in this little wagon would have certainly made for a hair-raising ride, and even though Vegas were known for rust problems, this one didn't have any bubbling evident. This conversion was the absolute cheapest fun offered at the sale, providing the new owner takes it out and drives it. or power steering. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. A clean, factory big block 'Vette in a nice understated color combination. Automatic Corvettes are always a harder sell than their 4-speed counterparts, and this one lacked some of the more desirable options that could have helped it sell. The high bid was around $4k less than market for the condition, and the seller did the right thing in holding out for more. 134 #28-1979 LINCOLN MARK V 2-dr hard top. S/N F9Y89565A620F. Emerald Green/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 2,605 miles. Poor quality quick repaint in original color with overspray and buff marks. Chrome buffed through to metal by the painter. Trim dinged and scratched. Interior decent, with original white leather in serviceable condition. Vinyl top nice. AM/FM stereo, 8-track player, Non-original 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Black paint contains dirt and scratches. Panel gaps OK. Chrome poor throughout, with rear bumper below liftgate heavily scratched and front bumper dull. Interior old, but clean. Engine compartment dirty, with shoehorned small block but clean. Appears generally used throughout. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,650. If Maserati is what you crave, but K-car is more friendly to your wallet, this was the car for you. A basic cleaning would have done wonders here, as the headlights looked moldy and the paint was crying out for wax. As it was, well bought and sold. #137-1995 FORD MUSTANG Saleen rep- lica convertible. S/N 1FACP45T6SF171912. Red/tan/tan leather. Odo: 31,727 miles. Red paint scratched, dinged, dull, and cracked. Aftermarket fiberglass hood star-cracked and wavy. Ground effects kit fits poorly on both sides near side exhaust outlets. Interior shows heavy wear to seats and door panels. Power steering, power brakes, a/c, Saleen-style roll bar and wheels. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $6,700. Described as “all the looks at a fraction of the price,” but in person the looks were just as fractional. Too many needs were blatently obvious here, and this dressed-up GT drop-top failed to draw any new owners. The price of buying it and sorting out all its cosmetic issues would have put the new owner close to buying a used real one. The high bid should have been enough.u Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors #4619417278-1963 FORD GALAXIE Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics is a relative term, and most of these police offerings seem like they might have a hard time getting out of their own way. S Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material take from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #2000074098-1964 PORSCHE 356 SC Polizei cabriolet. S/N 159303. Light ivory/black/black. 16 photos. Southport, CT. “Documented in Porsche achives as being used at the Police Departments in Dusseldorff and Oberhausen, Germany, from November 29, 1963 to the end of 1966.” Never hit. “Frame-up restoration.” One of three Polizei 356 cabs in the U.S. “Mixture of authentic and repro police equipment.” 70-liter tank. “Not driven since its find better examples of this plentiful machine for about the same money. In fact, the buyer seems to have overlooked one offered three days earlier in Reno with a quarter of the miles for $500 less. Shipping bikes around the country isn't cheap, but riding them sure is fun. #4617647362-1952 CHEVROLET restoration and has only been flat-bedded to two car shows.” 41 bids, sf 63, bf 161. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $86,600. Open 356s have all moved over into the appreciation fast lane. With Speedsters and Roadsters leading the pack, restored SC cabs in this condition can be $80k–$90k cars in civilian garb. The unique cool factor of this ultra-rare Polizei model was bought for nothing and will help this particular car grow and hold a high valuation. #2000481319-1988 KAWASAKI KZ1000 Police motorcycle. S/N JKAKZCP23JB500000. Black & white. Odo: 89,725. 8 photos. Jacksonville, FL. Just like the bikes used on “CHiPs.” “THIS WOULD BE A GREAT BIKE FOR PARADES, ESCORT, TO RENT OUT FOR A TV OR MOVIE BIKE OR JUST A GREAT DAILY RIDER.” Excellent condition, needs nothing. “THE ENGINE WAS FRESHENED UP NOT THAT LONG AGO AND MAKES NO NOISES OR SMOKES.” 12 bids, sf 2639, bf 876. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,225. Seems like a fair deal at first glance, but if you dig a little deeper, it's fairly easy to 136 DELUXE Police Car replica 4-dr sedan. S/N 14KKJ59669. Black & white/green vinyl. 18 photos. Pine Grove, PA. “Our local Halloween Parade was coming up so I bought a siren, bubble light, and spray paint and turned it into a cop car. The car looks cool but don't let these pictures fool you. It's all spray paint and bondo. All of the chrome and emblems are spray paint also.” Runs & drives (with slipping tranny). windshield protector and radiator shield. 19 bids, sf 36, bf 23. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,106. I consider this well bought. The purchase price could easily be recouped in a couple of weekends robbing banks and mowing down ATM machines. A quick coat of paint, and you've got a hobby and a permanent alibi—winning every demolition derby you enter. #3200387276-1969 PLYMOUTH FURY “The muffler fell off so it currently sounds like a killer bee. The interior is in shreds. The floors are all patched up. The floor braces are bad but the frame & suspension are good.” 8 bids, sf 447, bf 3. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $900. Here's the only good reason to buy this car: “I park it at the end of my driveway, everyone slows down because they think Barney Fife is on duty.” Well (and honestly) sold. III sedan. S/N PM43F9F284963. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 92,655 miles. 13 photos. Berthoud, CO. Unmarked police car replica. 318-ci V8, auto. “The fun stuff include a complete Motorola radio that works, spotlights, police wheels and caps and the looks on the highway!!” Older color change with several rusty spots. “I drove this car from Boston to Denver with absolutely no issues but it does need some things or a complete restoration.” 15 bids, sf 0, bf 0. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,025. I think Sports Car Market mokey's got to keep up with the lawbreakers in their fancy sports cars. But “keep up” 500 4-dr sedan. S/N 3D62C184876. Black & white. Odo: 55,471 miles. 24 photos. Miami, FL. Replica of TV's “Andy Griffith Show” Mayberry cop car based on a two-owner, 55kmile survivor. “289 engine that purrs no valves knocking or blowby.” Fresh paint, original interior, great glass, smooth tranny. Everything works. “Fly in and Drive to any where in the USA!” Lister is “selling this for a friend who is devoted to the show but after spending the money in converting it fell ill and can no longer drive.” 13 bids, sf 13, bf 96. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,501. Is Ron Howard AARP eligible yet? Hmmm. Anyway, it will be at least another half century or so before plain-Jane Galaxy fourdoors are at all collectible, and this familiar livery offers a fun way to enjoy all those decades in between. A good deal with no premium paid for the crowd-pleasing conversion. #2000484959-1967 INTERNATIONAL armored truck. Blue. Odo: 23,000 miles. 18 photos. Central Virginia. Ex-Lynchburg police. 4WD with hi/lo gears. New straight six with dual fuel tanks. Imposing list of features includes escape hatch, lockable gun slats, intercom/public address system, winch, new tires, spot lamps, fog lamps, and a hydraulic armored


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Fresh Meat there.” 5 bids, sf 39, bf 7. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,027. Fox-bodied Mustangs are everywhere, and finding stock replacement parts will never be an issue. Fair price for what was there, but the time and money to be spent on this restoration would clearly be better spent on just about any older muscle car. #4619730707-1991 WESTWARD most of us can understand the fun of cloning a police car, but an unmarked one? The price here reflected the fact that this undesirable car did nothing well. A heavy, wimpy V8-powered 1960s Mopar that wouldn't even be any fun at the drag strip. The crate motor and man hours it would take to change that would just be money out the window. #4609153941-1972 AMC MATADOR sedan. S/N A2A157H239973. Navy blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 17,300 miles. 19 photos. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Documented ex-Scituate, RI, police car with a claimed 17k original miles. 304 V8, auto. Equipment includes “Front Push Bar, Mopar Police Wheels, Dual Exhaust w/ Glas-pac Type Mufflers, Spot Light, Siren, Roof Mount Bubble Light, Federal Director Siren Control & Radio, Hand-held Aerotron (Police INUSTRIES GO-4 3-wheeler. S/N N/A. Blue & white/black. Odo: 28,960 miles. 3 photos. Cougar, WA. Aluminum-bodied metermaid machine with “three wheel maneuverability” and “proven automotive components.” Purported to have cost $20k new. “Have driven many times Date sold: 11/25/2006 eBay auction ID: 130050261746 Seller: Southern Automotive Companies, Little Rock, AR, www.southernautomotivecompanies.com Sale type: Used car, 575 miles Details: Triple black, “EVERY OPTION AVAILBLE ON A XK!” Sale result: $79,995, 7 bids, sf 29, bf 150. MSRP: $94,175 Other current offering: Jaguar Land Rover of Toledo, Toledo, OH, www.toledo.jaguarretailer .com, asking $93,565 for similar car 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ CL550 LAUNCH EDITION and it will go over 75 mph. This could easily be turned into an ice cream truck.” 26 bids, sf 139, bf 126. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,211. Fair money if you can live without the sleeker new body style (no, I'm not kidding), but if you're taking this three wheeler up over school-zone speeds, I doubt you'll live long anyway. #4618280539-2002 CHEVROLET Radio) w/ Leather case to work with the in-car unit, Wip Antenna.” D.A.R.E. graphics with sponsors listed on the rear quarter. Peeling paint and active rust evident on the roof, trunk, and door edges. 6 bids, sf 51, bf 97. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,500. Yuck. This result was at least double any sensible estimate, and was about 4,500 times what I would pay for this ugly orphan in such a crusty state. #1300450457-1988 FORD MUSTANG LX 5.0 Notchback coupe. S/N 1FABP40E6JF221601. Gray, black & white/ gray cloth. 24 photos. Denver, CO. “Has the original core support tags proving it was a Police Interceptor.” 5.0L, T-5 5-speed manual. Front end damage, surface rust abounds. “This car needs lots of basic parts (front bumper, interior, misc engine compartment parts, etc.) but all of the specific police interceptor parts are CAMARO B4C Interceptor coupe. S/N 2G1FP22G022124775. Black & white/gray cloth. Odo: 58,056 miles. 24 photos. Largo, FL. Ex-Oklahoma State Patrol “B4C” option code Police Interceptor. “The Camaro Is the fastest production Police car around, the car has been clocked up to 168 MPH stock.” Seller says this is one of only 583 B4Cs built in 2002. 50 were Date sold: 11/26/2006 eBay auction ID: 140057974745 Seller: Smothers European Mercedes-Benz, Santa Rosa, CA, www.smotherseuropean.com Sale type: New car, 38 miles Details: Designer Edition Mocha Black over Sahara Beige Nappa Leather. 382-hp 5.5-liter V8. Nightview, Parktronic, Distronic, Keyless Go, Dynamic Heated/Cooled Seats. Sale result: $114,975, 1 Buy It Now bid, sf 4, bf 72. MSRP: $99,900 Other current offering: Bache Sales & Leasing, Miami, FL, www.bache4cars.com, asking $124,975 for similar car. 2008 CHEVROLET CAMARO ordered by Oklahoma, and an estimated 10 survive. Never wrecked, no rust, $914 spent on a recent refresh. 14 bids, sf 154, bf private. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,500. Legally stolen. Rare and imposing, this very stealth Camaro was ripped for several thousand less than a comparable looking civilian Z/28, and many thousands less than a mechanically comparable 5.7-L Z/28 SS. Giving Ferrari club guys rear view mirror heart attacks for less than they paid in sales tax: Priceless.u February 2007 Online sales of recent production cars. 2007 JAGUAR XK8 CONVERTIBLE Date sold: 08/31/2006 eBay auction ID: 300021042264 Seller: Gary Miller Chevrolet Buick, Girard, PA, www.garymillerchevroletbuick.com Sale type: “FOR AMOUNT OVER MSRP AT TIME OF PURCHASE.” Details: Buyer determines all trim and options. Sale result: $10,100, 34 bids, sf 34, bf 78. MSRP: est. $24,000–$50,000 Other current offering: None u 137


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead The “King of Cool” Is Still Hot The Harley headlight clock might be worth $200, but with McQueen's association, add a zero then double it “King of Cool.” At the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, on November 11, Bonhams S & Butterfields offered several hundred items McQueen had collected during his which had been saved by his wife Barbara. In most cases the prices paid had relationship to reality, as it was a matter of paying whatever it took to own a of his past. How else do you explain $70,200 for the Persol sunglasses that he in the opening scenes of “The Thomas Crown Affair,” or $3,800 for one torn T-shirts? There were actually two auction catalogs—the first for the 216 items that Barbara McQueen was offering and the second for items Steve may have had some ment with or which were simply motorcycle related. The McQueen portion and at the prices paid, you have to wonder if bidder remorse was a painful hangover the following morning. When Bonhams started on the second catalog, interest waned rapidly, and descended to more realistic levels. LOT 57. A WELLS FARGO MASTER CHARGE ISSUED IN STEVEN T. MCQUEEN'S NAME. Estimate: $1,000– $2,000. SOLD AT: $9,945. This credit card was not signed by McQueen on the back and was valid from 06-78 thru 07-80. I know this has nothing to do with car stuff, but it set the tone for the silly money that was spent here, selling for as much as the limit on the card in most peoples' wallets. photo, the price would have been triple what was paid here. LOT 104. STEVE MCQUEEN'S PERSONALIZED IDAHO LICENSE PLATE. Estimate: $100–$150. SOLD AT: $4,095. This may have been one of the plates for Steve's vehicles that his wife Barbara continued to register with the Idaho DMV after his death. The 3188 refers to his ID number when he was a student at the Junior Boys Republic reform school in Chino, California, in the mid-1940s. It was a cool plate that I would have loved to have hung in my garage, but not at this price. I guess it was a decent buy compared to the $70k sunglasses. teve McQueen was cool. Think of the scene in “The Great Escape” flips the ball against the wall, or the motorcycle jump from the same He was so cool that a quarter century after his death, fans and collectors willing to spend inordinate amounts of money just to touch the robe LOT 99. HARLEY- DAVIDSON HEADLIGHT CLOCK. Estimate: $100–$150. SOLD AT: $4,388. A motorcycle headlight that had been made into a clock sometime in the '40s. It was stated Steve McQueen had it on his desk at his farmhouse in Santa Paula. Might be worth a couple hundred bucks, but with the McQueen name associated with it, add a zero and then double it. LOT 63. A 1960 WHITE/ BLACK WOOL PULL-OVER HARLEY-DAVIDSON SWEATER. Estimate: $3,000–$5,000. SOLD AT: $6,435. This sweater was in excellent condition and displayed in a shadowbox type of frame. It was not mentioned if McQueen ever wore the sweater, but if he had and it was documented with a 138 LOT 97. A TOKHEIM 850 “VOLUMETER” GAS PUMP FINISHED IN SIGNAL COLORS. Estimate: $1,000– $1,500. SOLD AT: $9,360. This was documented as one of the gas pumps that McQueen collected. Painted with a broom and fitted with reproduction decal and gas Sports Car Market Photos courtesy by Bonhams & Butterfields


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globe. These normally sell for about the high estimate of $1,500, so there was eight grand worth of McQueen provenance here. LOT 100. BUICK CLOCK. Estimate: $300–$500. SOLD AT: $1,989. This “Buick Authorized Service” clock was claimed to have hung in the airplane hanger at Santa Paula where Steve and Barbara lived for a brief period in 1979. The working condition was not known, so I guess there were no electrical outlets available anywhere in California where it could have been plugged in and tested. The silly factor was not so much at play here, as it sold with only a 50% premium over what they usually go for. LOT 239. A STEVE MCQUEEN LEATHER JACKET BY DAKOTA. Estimate: $600–$750. SOLD AT: $1,112. This was a modern copy of the leather jacket worn by McQueen in the film “Le Mans” with Gulf, Firestone, and Tag Heuer logos. Buyer paid a premium for an interesting jacket that had only a very remote connection to McQueen. LOT 240. STEVE MCQUEEN “SALUTE” PHOTOPRINT. Estimate: $400–$500. SOLD AT: $1,872. This was a black and white reproduction of an image from “Le Mans” with a facsimile Steve McQueen signature reading “Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting.” Seems like a ton of money for a reproduction, and I can only speculate what it would have brought if the signature had been real. NON-MCQUEEN RELATED LOT 137. JAPANESE TIN '50S RACE CAR. Estimate: $200–$300. SOLD AT: $585. This tin lithographed race car was in decent condition with wear to the wheels and paint. McQueen had a large toy collection he planned to display at a general store he hoped to open in Idaho. At a typical toy show it would be a tough sell at a couple hundred bucks. Problem is, you set this on your shelf and tell your buddies what you paid for it as it once belonged to the “King of Cool.” But it's tough to get admiration when you are lacking any photographs or other proof to back up your claim. February 2007 MOTORCYCLES. Estimate: $3,500–$4,200. SOLD AT: $4,973. This very colorful 39 x 28 inch lithographed poster was for FN motorcycles, which were made in Belgium starting in 1900. A 1904 FN bike sold later in the auction for over $100,000, so hopefully the buyer of this poster was able to put the two together. LOGO. Estimate: $650–$850. SOLD AT: $3,510. I would think this very cool hand-painted leather jacket with the Indian Motocycle logo dates to the late '30s or so. Lot of wannabe motorcycle guys were after this and it sold for well beyond expectations. LOT 356. INDIAN LOT 302. POSTER FOR FABRIQUE NATIONALE D'ARMES DE GUERRE LOT 326. LEATHER INDIAN MOTORCYCLE JACKET WITH PAINTED SCOUT DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $2,800–$3,400. SOLD AT: $3,276. This four-color sign was in very nice condition, and after spirited bidding it sold for under the money. Dealer who bought it thinks he already has a home for it. The money boys must have used all their funds on McQueen sunglasses and license plates. u 139


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Mr. Otis Has No Regrets Today… Chandler's sale proved that provenance pays the seller, but a love of eccentricity pays for buyers, too G ooding's $36-million sale of Otis Chandler's collection on October 20 (January, p. 70) rocked the hobby with big prices. Seven cars fetched over $1 million and two brought more than $2 million. Bike prices soared along with the cars. As our auction reporter Carl Bomstead observed, 13 bikes topped $100,000. Let's take a look at four significant bikes that sold in Oxnard and see what they say about the current market. 1907 HARLEY-DAVIDSON 440-CC STRAP TANK SINGLE Lot 23, sold for $352,000. Well-restored or super original Harleys and Indians make up the core of the collectible motorcycle business in the U.S. and every so often a bike shows up with impeccable pedigree and bulletproof provenance. This bike is a classic example of The Best and The Rest and made the show's high sale for a bike. Interestingly, the estimate was even higher, at $375,000–$425,000. It, along with all the other bikes, was sold without reserve. By 1907, Harley-Davidson was seriously making motorcycles after a fitful start three years earlier and 150 were completed that year. It's called a “strap tank” model because the oil tank is banded to the gas tank with nickelplated straps. Sager forks offer limited front suspension and the paint scheme is Renault gray with red lettering. The 27-ci engine develops 3.25 hp and was in its third year of production. This bike is an original LAPD motorcycle with a com- plete and colorful past. It was stolen 30 years ago from a shop where it had been dismantled for restoration, resurfaced in Seal Beach and was traded to Vince Martinico in Auburn, Indiana. for six other early bikes. It then passed to the Panichio Collection in New York and was repossessed by the IRS, from whose auction Otis Chandler bought it. Having been stolen in pieces, it had been completed with incorrect bits from other bikes. The missing parts were tracked down and noted bike restorer Steve Huntzinger completed the restoration. Provenance is everything and this bike had it in spades. Several other collectors called it well bought, as a fully documented example of a very rare survivor. 1939 CROCKER 60-CI SMALL-TANK TWIN Lot 13, sold for $236,500 Crockers are generally accepted to be the best American-made bike of their time. Crocker's boast that he would refund the purchase price to anybody ever beaten by a stock Indian or Harley-Davidson may be apocryphal but there no stories of anybody trying to collect either. Otis Chandler's Crocker is significant, as it is the last small tank model made. After stints at Thor and Indian, by 1931 Albert Crocker and his foreman Paul Bigsby were making their own successful Speedway engine and a 45-degree V-twin followed. 140 1907 Harley 440 cc The first 17 bikes were OHV hemis with exposed valve gear, but a change of heart (or road dust?) led to enclosed gear and wedge heads. Engines were 60 ci, though at least one 86 ci was built and all the bikes differed in details. The 3-speed transmissions were renowned for their durability and promised 60 mph in first. Crockers were offered in “small-tank” and “large-tank” configurations with 2 inches difference in the wheelbase. This shorter small tank model could run 80-90 mph – but only for 40 miles. In all 64 Crockers were built with about 30 remaining. The engines were used in Speedway cars and quite a few more were made independently for that purpose. It's possible to build a complete “new” Crocker for about $100,000, thanks to Markus Karalash in Toronto, who revived the name in 1997 and reproduces parts, including the frame. The auction bike went for almost double its $135,000-$150,000 estimate and this can be attributed to its provenance as the last made and also the quality of the restoration. And even at this high price, the bike gurus I spoke with considered it to be well-bought. 1924 MONOTRACE 510-CC SINGLE-CYLINDER Lot 39, sold at $33,000 The two-wheeled car-bike Monotrace could be one of the oddest motor vehicles ever. Designed in Germany by Mauser in the earlier 1920s, it was embraced by the French, who built Monotraces in St. Etienne in Southern France from 1924-28. This is the only complete example known outside Europe, where there are five or six. It was discovered in the basement of a castle and bought sight unseen (apart from a murky photo). Driver and passenger sit in a two-wheeled bathtub with training wheels, which can be lowered. There's a steering wheel, car-type pedals and a stick shifter. Final drive is by chains and the engine is under the passenger seat. The windshield turns with the steering wheel. It's hard to put a price on such a piece of motoring madness but Gooding came close, estimating $20,000–$30,000, a bargain against other prices that night. I'd say your biggest danger (apart from tipping over) would be being hit by gawking motorists. 1938 BOHMERLAND 600 ANNIVERSARY Lot 27, sold at $52,800 Another piece of motorized eccentricity, the Bohmerland was quite successful, being manufactured in Bohemia (now modern Slovakia and the Czech Republic) from 1924 to 1939. Albin Liebisch named his bike for his home country. Bomherlands were noted for their bright colors (red and cream was popular), solid alloy or steel wheels, and varying frame lengths. It was possible to buy a 10-foot long Bohmerland with seats for three people in line and add a sidecar for two more. The chassis looks more like a 1950s tube-frame sports car. Buyers went to the factory, handed over money, and workers built a bike. What advertising? The engine was a 600-cc single of Liebisch's own design, like the front suspension. Later models used his own 8-speed gearbox. This bike is one of two Anniversary Models extant. In all, about 75 Bohmerlands survive, though export is banned, as the Czech government has declared them a national treasure. Again, Gooding was close with the estimate of $40,000–$50,000. In any case, it's hard to see how you could go wrong with this fully restored oddity. Three-up rides might lead to conversations with local gendarmes, though.u PAUL DUCHENE has written about motorcycles for 45 years. His stories have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and the New York Times. Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH 1950 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster MGA is one of the most desirable and drivable classic sports cars today. www.championms.com $15,900. Champion Motorsports, 508.336.9700. (MA) 1956 Austin-Healey 100M Rare factory 100M in need of restoration. Has BMIHT certificate and is registered in the 100M registry. Will be sold frame-off restored. Inquire for price. BMC Classics, 396.426.6405. (FL) 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster JCNA 99pt car. Absolutely spectacular, drives flawlessly. Silver, red leather. Matching numbers. Books, tools, fitted luggage. Body-off restored by marque specialist on excellent, rust-free original car. Expensive. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1952 Austin J40 Pedal Car Known history back to virtually new. Documented restoration. Matching numbers. Cotswold Blue, gray leather, black top. Fully sorted for driving anywhere with confidence. Cosmetically immaculate. $85,000. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1957 Jaguar XKSS A magnificent, complete restoration of what is one of the best pedal cars ever made. Just hop in and go. $3,500. Bill Drake. (NY) 1954 MG TF Excellent condition, all-original, one-owner car, gray with red leather interior, new tan canvas top, nice original side curtains, very interesting history. www.dormangarage.com $28,000. Dorman Garage, Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk I Coupe This car has been in storage for over five years. It is basically complete but the engine is apart. $17,500. Danny O'Loan, 02 8011 4651. (AUS) 1956 MG A roadster Original red w/ black leather, chrome wire wheels. This is a correct matching-number MGA with the rare 1500-cc high compression motor. Gorgeous complete restoration to original specifications. The 144 Black with maroon interior, fresh engine overhaul, excellent running and driving condition, price upon request. See more at www.dormangarage.com. Dorman Garage Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) This XKE is the ultimate super exotic. V8 Chevy 327 LT-1. 400-plus hp, Muncie 4-speed, fuel cell, flares, side pipes, etc. etc. Beautiful, fast, sorted and rust-free! $27,500 OBO. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015. (USA) Series BJ8 Phase 2. Rare, original Golden Metallic. Drives excellent. Chrome/stainless 72-spoke wires. Three-owner, known history. Needs top, cosmetics, and usual rust repair. Email for more info and photos. $32,000. Reid Trummel, fun_with_ cars@hotmail.com. (USA) Sports Car Market Stunning aluminum recreation, exacting build to original, monocoque center / tubular framework, awesome performance, Jaguar mechanicals, 400 sorted miles, triple Webers, 5-speed, Koni shocks, Connolly leather, LHD. Dan Rourke, 508.872.5312. (USA) 1957 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk II Red, black Connolly leather, all weather equipment. A great driver from a private collection. Clean and straight, nice paint, mint interior. Runs and drives without fault. $27,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. 1963 Jaguar XKE Black/silver, gray interior, 37,000 original miles, unrestored. V8, a/c, at, ps, pb, pw. Meticulously maintained by RR shop. $49,000. Dennis Frazier, 251.968.8141. (AL) 1963 Morgan 4-4 “Bugeye” Sprite, original Wedgwood Blue with matching blue interior. Correct 948-cc engine mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox, beautiful brightwork, mechanically superb, fully restored and prepared for country touring, full weather equipment. www.championms.com $12,900. Champion Motorsports, 508.336.9700. (USA) 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II XKE 3.8. Restored California black plate, properly set up for taller driver with lower floor and seats. Numerous quality upgrades including Wilwood calipers, Elgin cams and BorgWarner 5-speed plus original gearbox. $89,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster Recent complete restoration by a professional restoraton shop. 25 miles since restoration. Best of everything, original hard top, appraised at over $90,000. Complete pictures and receipts of all work. $110,000. Ron Bosi, 847.895.6537. (IL) 1966 MG B-GT A unique & stunning '50s sports racer. A one-off car with an original Williams & Pritchard Costin body on a number-matching Jaguar XK 150S. $325,000. Terry Larson, 480.984.8501. (AZ) 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite 1959 Jaguar Costin 1963 Jaguar Mk II Mk II 3.8 MOD. 52,000 miles Charcoal over gray with red leather purchased in 2001. 4-speed with overdrive. AC. Negative ground, gear reduction starter, dash recently refinished. Jaguar radio. Everything works including the clock. New Goodyear wide whitewall tires. Picnic tables. Original tools & manuals. It's the ultimate Mk II. $32,500. Ken Nachman, 804.840.1441. (VA) 1964 Ginetta G4 Round tube, solid rear axle, very correct with period photos and history with documentation. $42,000 OBO. $42,000. Greg Meyer, 408.316.1582. (USA) 1964 Jaguar XKE Overdrive, red/black interior; Minilite wheels, new tires and hubs. New seats and Moto-Lita wheel. Pertronix; no rust/damage. $9,500. Don Holle, 505.281.7460. (NM) 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III


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1967 Jaguar XKE Roadster 1964 VW Karmann Ghia Convertible Sharp, low mileage 911 in red and black, 5-speed, a/c. One of the best Porches ever made. Priced to sell. www.maxacars.com, Maxatawny Auto Sales $18,995. Paul Greenblatt, 610.683.0480. (PA) 1994 Porsche Speedster 911 RS Original, unrestored, 2nd family owner, red/black, 4.2-liter, 4-speed, no tears in top/upholstery, no rust/dents, new exhaust/tires drives great. $42,500. Bruce Bull, 586.716.9429. (MI) 1974 Triumph TR6 Gorgeous car with upgraded VW motor. Comes with original '64 VW motor too. Red, black interior, 4speed. Mint condition in and out and great performance $17,500. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) 1965 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Coupe Every nut and bolt restored, #'s matching. New gray interior. Overdrive. This car runs and drives perfect and is all new. $18,500 OBO, part trade. Sam Widmeyer, 765.661.0420. (USA) 1979 Jaguar XJ6L Beautiful Jag, last of the classic look and XKE engine. New interior and paint (Silver Mint). A Sacramento, CA, car. No rust! Excellent condition, must see. $4,500. Jim Moak, 916.204.9206. (CA) 1986 AC Mk IV California car, magazine feature, show/drive, 1,967-cc engine, fast, Empi rims, shifter, custom interior, remote CD, nice paint, fun! $10,800. Jim Wood, 574.250.4298. (IN) 1971 BMW 2800CS Black/black 83,000 miles. 2nd owner, dealer maintained, professionally detailed. New Pilot sports, new battery, B&B exhaust, K&N filters, sheepskins, navigation system, folding rear seat. George Beighley, 803.738.0737. (USA) 2001 Porsche GT2 Clubsport Maybe the best original example anywhere. 934 original miles, absolutely flawless throughout. BRG, tan leather, full aluminum coachwork, Ford 5.0-L V8, properly serviced. None better. $105,000. Matthew deGarmo, 203.852.1670. (USA) McLaren M8 Titanium silver/black leather, full roll cage, sport seats, interior upgrades, fire system, 1,800 miles, concours condition. $135,000. Doug Brown, 845.651.5443. (NY) Rare and gorgeous 1971 BMW 2800CS. 3.3 liter/5 speed upgrade, dual Webers, COLD air condtioning. Other classics at BimmerBrothers.net. Call Evan at 415.298.3270. $18,971. Evan Esterman, 415.298.3270. (USA) 1980 Porsche 928 2003 Porsche 996TT One of three cars built for Ford Motor Company. Can run European enduros and Can Am. Original tub, perfect history. $450,000. 925.963.0570. GERMAN 1962 Porsche 356B Present owner for last 22 years. Original miles 74,473. No needs or stories, sunroof, automatic, brown leather interior. All original records available. Excellent condition. Fax 623.566.1119. $13,950. Bill Wyckoff, 623.566.3962. (AZ) 1985 Porsche 911 Carerra Convertible S90 Roadster, silver/red. California car. Older restoration, recent 356SC engine. Originally a S90. Photos at www.dearbornauto.com. $115,000. Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644. (MA) February 2007 Yes, the last of the original VW Beetles! Titled, licensed & insured as a 1973. Fuel injected, alternator (not generator), front disc brakes, 2,465 mi. This is virtually a new car and is as tight as can be, no rattles, nothing loose, etc. Drive a new classic. Great interior! Have run out of garage space, & something has to go. $14,495. Burt Richmond, 312.951.0031. (USA) Ruf R Turbo 550 conversion, 580 hp, Ruf clutch, suspension, exhaust, 19-inch wheels, gauges, etc. silver/black, factory aerokit, clearbra, $50k-plus in upgrades, 10.5k miles, perfect condition. Rob Wolford, 949.355.6118. (USA) 2004 Volkswagen Beetle 2002 BMW X5 4.6 Silver/black leather, NAVI, grille guard, window and sunroof visors. 340 hp, 2 sets wheels and tires, 65k, well-maintained. $32,500. Ken Malo, 708.732.1684. (IL) Beautiful silver with red leather interior, fresh 289 Ford with 4-bbl., 5-speed manual transmission, excellent condition. See more at www.dormangarage .com. $55,000. Dorman Garage Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Automatic, excellent paint—beige metallic, light olive leather interior, ivory-colored wheel. Becker radio, Grand Prix LMKU. 3rd owner. Mechanically very good. 618.397.5312 fax:618.233.7111 $19,500. C. Stegmeyer, 618.223.4895. (IL) 1967 Volkswagon Beetle One owner, silver with gray interior. 7,300 miles. Garage-kept. Excellent condition. Only used for pleasure. $73,000. Roy Brod, 717.917.6083. (PA) Triple black, 17k miles, California car, perfect car and investment. Original, a/c, 5-speed, Sport wheels. Just serviced, Alpine CD player. $65k OBO. Paul Goldman, 650.346.6672. (CA) 1998 Porsche 911 C2S 9,100 miles, second owner, Guards Red/gray leather. All key options including motor sound, Tiptronic. Like new. $55,000. Bob Frank, 480.473.2868. (AZ) 2000 BMW M5 Raffaele Cammorato campaigned (00132) it and won the National Italian Championship in 1959. Restored by Nino Epifani. Has VSCA & CSRG logbook. New motor. Concours condition. $99,000. Mark Sange, 415.987.1942. (CA) 1962 Ferrari Modena Replica California Spyder ITALIAN 1959 Stanguellini Monoposto 2005 Mercedes 500SL Well-cared-for and rust-free example of one of the great Ferrari road cars. Mechanically great with strong engine and synchros. Exceptional cosmetics and interior. Great car to drive. $195,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1967 Maserati Ghibli Coupe Sorted period Chevy V8 conversion. Runs excellent, fast and reliable. This is a lovely rust-free Ghibli you can actually drive and enjoy. OBO $29,500. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015. (USA) 145


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider Veloce restoration, multiple show winner. Races VARA & HSR, sorted. $67,500. Bob Klemme, 562.988.0521. (CA) 1967 Datsun Roadster Recent body-off restoration, military-style paint and interior, stock engine and transmission, excellent condition, runs and drives beautifully. www .dormansgarage.com. $10,000. Dorman Garage Inc, 219.363.8277. (IN) 1963 Chevrolet Impala Complete restoration: running gear, interior, exterior, new cloth top, fresh tires, Euro lenses & covers. Reconditioned: brakes, electrics, fuel system, front end. Farina red/black. $18,900. Chris, 510.684.1980. (CA) 1982 Ferrari Orig CA black plate with car, one of the best left anywhere, thousands recently spent. Mike Young (Datsunsports.com) maintained and pre-purchase inspected. Nissan U20: highest hp & torque of any 67–70 production 4-cyl engine. Enthusiastically welcomed at every casual European sports car club drive I've attended. To be auctioned at RM Amelia Island March 10. Eric Hoffman, 770.667.0065. (USA) SWEDISH 2001 SAAB Viggen Convertible Runs good, must sell now. For additional pictures and info call or email. Excellent original tan interior makes a great color combination. Original 35,000 miles just had a service tune-up, no belt replacement. $29,000. Roy Hifai, 408.561.5186. rhifai@hotmail.com. (USA) 1984 Alfa Romeo Maratona GTV-6 29k miles steel gray with black, fully documented. Many upgrades. Outstanding condition. $16,500 OBO. Patrick McDowell, 630.832.7123. (USA) AMERICAN 1950 Oldsmobile Coupe Winner 2006 National AROC Concours, 99.5 points. Bare metal repaint, otherwise original. 33,000 miles. Full 30,000 maintenance including belts, hoses & driveshaft guibos. Looks, drives, smells as-new. Partial trades considered $15,000. Les Neidell, 918.430.5968. (OK) 1987 Lamborghini Jalpa Chassis #356. Black/tan 12,000 miles pristine condition. Engine-out major services and updates by the master himself (Bob Wallace). Borla exhaust, well-sorted example. $47,500. Craig Holcomb, 402.731.1181. (NE) 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider Original owner. Rosso Corsa w/black interior, F1, shields, red calipers, rear Challenge grille, 6-disc CD, electric seats and clear bra and factory warranty. Joe Hurwich, 510.654.9669. (CA) JAPANESE 1967 Datsun 2000 George Barris Lincoln Lido Coupe. Original 49,000mile car w/ all history since new. Many articles w/ Mr. Barris; a piece of Barris history. $69,000. Aaron Ruskin, 818.481.2200. (USA) 1953 Willys Jeep CJ3B 1981 Pontiac Trans Am 327-ci/375-hp 4-spd. One of 771 produced. Silver w/ black & white int. Frame-up restoration. Original knock-off wheels. Documentation includes Protecto plate. Fast. Dependable. (949.644.6421) $76,000. Bob Lincoln, 909.596.1927. (USA) 1968 Oldsmobile Toronado Only 500 miles since complete body-off-frame restoration. Rebuilt engine/transmission. PHS documentation, 3x2 carbs, 4-speed, remote JVC AM/FM/CD. Ready to cruise. $59,900. Jeff Snook, 419.353.8338. (OH) 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible Hydromatic, all original inside and out with 30,400 documented miles. Nice! $50,000. Skip Ritner, 509.922.3431. (WA) 1951 Lincoln Lido Original bill of sale and registrations. Black with white top. Perfect paint-detailed. Factory A/C, power steering, 289 V8. $21,500. Terry Johnson, 303.888.8231. (CO) 1965 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible. Silver/black leather. Original driveline, new Redline tires, M21. Extremely nice condition. Paint is new, interior is original. Randall Ward, 952.240.3727. (USA) 1971 Chevrolet El Camino SS 350 Impala SS 409. Highly original, matching-numbers example with desirable rare combination of performance features and options. Extensive set of original literature. $69,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 1964 Ford Mustang Beautiful, all-original, numbers-matching Caspian Clue “D” code 289 automatic convertible with only 62k. Painstakingly maintained, with many new parts. Runs/drives great. $28,500 OBO. Contact for more info/pics. 574.361.5315. (USA) 1965 Pontiac GTO Gorgeous Sunflower Yellow/black interior w/white vinyl top, automatic transmission, matching numbers 350/274 hp, 273 posi 12-bolt rear, Torq Thrust wheels, 68,000 miles, restored to original specifications, original build sheet. $15,900. Champion Motorsports, 508.336.9700. (USA) 1972 Corvette 327/340 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427-390 Convertible with hard top. Less than 1,000 miles since multiple year restoration. Total miles: 44,000. Honduras Maroon. 4-speed, dual exhaust. Enhanced engine equals over 400 hp. A+++ condition. $89,000. Barry Smith, 480.595.3125. (AZ) 1978 Chevrolet Corvette 25th Silver Anniversary Indy 500 Pace Car, 350/185 hp, 2,700 actual miles, air, cruise, leather, power steering/brakes/locks/windows, AM/FM stereo, power antenna, sport mirrors, aluminum wheels. $29,600. Richard McNamara, 651.464.5090. (MN) 1979 Pontiac Firebird Formula, W72/L78 400, 4-spd, 56k miles, Texas car, Mayan Red, PHS documented, 1 of 367, welloptioned, WS6 suspension. $22,500. Bruce Johnson, 210.771.6673. (USA) VIN#SRL311-00004, oldest remaining factorybacked race car 1967, National Champion Driver 68–70. Very original & documented, with frame-off 146 32k original miles, unrestored. Paint 11 yrs old, better than new. No scratches, dents, or swirl marks. Many first place awards. Michael Resnick, 203.274.5416. (CT) 4.9-L auto. T-top. 99k orig miles. Matching numbers. Well-sorted mechanicals. Flawless new paint, excellent Sports Car Market


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interior. Professionally restored in 04/05 and stored since. $11,000. Rowland Miller, 814.233.4368. 1988 Cheverolet Camaro IROC Z Arizona in January IROC Z convertible. Incredible, mint original, 29,000 miles, 5-speed, tan leather, 16-inch rims, four-wheel discs, performance options, show or drive. $17,500. John Phillips, 503.538.8096. (OR) 2005 Ford GT Excellent, as-new condition car with 2,800 miles. Upgraded wheels and red calipers. Borla racing exhaust with stock system included. Full manual pack, car cover and air pump. Service up to date. $145,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (USA) 2006 Ford Mustang GT Legend Lime w/dark charcoal cloth, 2,400 miles. Interior decor package. Corsa axle-back exhaust. 5-speed manual. Garage-kept; never driven in rain. Flawless. Spoiler delete. $22,500. Anthony Zardecki, 609.859.0922. (USA) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH) Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini Wanter Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche cars and items (memorabilia, parts collections) related to those cars in any condition. Fair, discreet and reasonable. Please contact 860.350.1140 or fax 860.350.1140. Peter Sweeney. (USA) Marcos GT Marcos GT with 3.0-L Ford or Volvo Engine. Manual transmission, Lefthand drive. Any condition. Paul Batovsky, 423.344.5713. (TN)u Across 1. Al Capone car auctioned by RM at the Arizona Biltmore in 2006 5. _____charged 9. French for gold 10. Famous car auctioneering name (2 words) 15. Regret 16. Voice over, abbr. 17. Mother 18. Lady sheep 20. 1936 Pierce _____ 23. Gets close to 25. That _____ car smell 26. District Attorney, abbr. 27. Type of market 29. Auto __ Fe 31. Custom Ferrari to be sold at Silver Fort McDowell 32. He comes after Jr. 34. Audio-visual, for short 35. See 42 across 38. Car, plane, or ship pronoun 39. Drunk driver's charge 41. While 42. Hank Williams Pontiac sold by RM in 2006 (goes with 35 across) 47. Fashionable 49. Arizona's Mopar darling 53. Dodge supercars 54. Relative 55. 540K maker 56. Billboard content Down 1. 1967 Shelby 427 _____ 2. Challenger 3. Be situated 4. Maker of James Bond's classic ride 6. Pink colored 7. _____ Bros. livery on an upcoming 1965 GT350 R in Arizona 8. Last month's cover car 11. Atmosphere 12. B-J broadcaster Speed___ 13. Lugs around 14. Have to have For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword February 2007 147 19. Turned abruptly 21. Song 22. Not use well 24. Listener 28. Inlet or compartment 30. _____-n-roll in basketball 31. Colors 33. Moon of Jupiter 34. Expression of surprise 36. Stinger that spells 37. Model, in a way 38. Spokane auction company 40. Product compliance std. 43. Actress Long 44. Joie de _____ 45. Casual desire 46. Twofold 48. Employed 50. Spoil 51. Billiard striker 52. To _____ for 54. King or gun


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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 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrettjackson.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) 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) 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 Collector Automo- biles. 602.252.2697, fax 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; 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) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243-7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 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) MACK. PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle collector and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics .com. (NC) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal .com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. 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.classiccarauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualified professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com (CAN) Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www .campbelllevydesigns.com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www .jonathankendall.com. (MD) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 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.” 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) INSPECTIONS BUY/SELL/GENERAL 2shores International. 49-5691- 912460, fax 49-5691-912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trustfed partner in Europe! www.2shores-classics.com (DE) 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) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment 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, authentic- 148 Sports Car Market


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ity, 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) in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell .com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Auto Transporting by P.C. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Kidston SA. +41 22 740 1939, fax +41 22 740 1945. 7 avenue Pictet-deRochemont, 1207 Geneva Switzerland. Expert advice on all aspects of collecting including finance, insurance, and discreet guidance on selling or help finding the right motor car. Particularly strong contacts in the UK and central Europe, all multilingual and experienced (ex-Bonhams) staff. www.kidston.com. (UK) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located Bear. 717.849.1585, 321.289.9368, 973.981.8385. Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. www .pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com; www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-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 Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-thanperfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector 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 Insurance. 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. www.jctaylor.com. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24hour 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 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 BarrettJackson, 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. 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) Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award winning, show quality restorations on Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We will handle every stage of any restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare America muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) February 2007 149


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY VINTAGE EVENTS Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655. High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www.cmcshows.org (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol. com (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 19–21, 2007. 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) 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. 888.4AH- CUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin The Winning Collection, Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all make and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frame-off restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www.winningcollection .com (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) 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 limited. www.musclecar1000 .com. (CA) William K. Vanderbilt Jr. Concours d'Elegance. July 27–29, 2007 at The Newport Mansions, featuring a Driver's Dinner honoring Sir Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney, Black & White Ball, Tour d'Elegance, and Concours. www.NewportMansions.org. (RI) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals; with expertise in sports and competitive classic cars such as Ferrari, Jaguar, Maserati, and Bugatti, as well as other sports and competition automobiles. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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. Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www .astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/ 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) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, fax 480.951.3339, Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoe- nix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com, www.docsjags.com. Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna .com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto .com. (VA) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. 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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 Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www .familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.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) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www .vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol .com. (CA) Porsche Legendary Motorcar Company 905.875.4700. North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the finest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COVERS (426.8377). World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA. www.covercraft.com. (OK) 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Box 606, Napoleon, OH 43545. Corvettes—over 150 mostly 1953 to 1967s. World's largest. 90,000 sq. ft. The Holy Grail of Corvette collections. Money back guarantee. Free catalog. NCRS #136, SEMA, AMRO. proteam@proteamcorvette.com. www .proteamcorvette, www.corvetteswanted .com. (OH) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Rosso Corsa. Modena, Italy. Unique handmade products. Limited-production sport watches, each with its own chassis number. Free engraving / personalization. Car and boat totes, handmade silk ties in racing team colors. Vintage leather jackets in styles from famous racing drivers of the '40s and '50s. www.rossocorsausa .com. (IT) 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) ANTIQUES Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222. California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fine art and estate jewelry. One of the finest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse .com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx .com. (OR)u 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www .greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877.GAME. TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultra-realistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) February 2007 151


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Carl Bomstead Random Publicity, Random Results Considering the rarity and quality of the pieces offered, I'd bet Schalebaum was under water on the sale and not happy T here are times when you can build it and they just won't come. You have to go out and spread the gospel, making the masses aware of what you have created. In the recent case of the Random Treasures auction of the 250-piece Schalebaum collection, all that was sent out was an email of the upcoming event to past customers. No advertising, no catalog, and as expected, no significant action. The majority of the pieces sold but at prices nowhere close to what Schalebaum, a 30-year automobilia collector from Allentown, Pennsylvania, would have asked at his tent at Hershey. Now, some will say that his asking prices were a bit aggressive, but when Schalebaum bought stuff he spent top dollar and tacked on a profit margin when he sold. In a recent conversation, Schalebaum said: “I paid two hundred grand more for this stuff than they are selling it for. They are giving it away.” It is rumored that he was paid up-front for his collection and now only shares in the profit. Here are a few of the more interesting items from the Random Treasures Schalebaum sale, along with a couple of pieces from other sales that attracted our attention. RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 203. ROCKET SHIP HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $1,446, Date Sold: 11/17/2006. This was a Hupmobile hood ornament for the Raymond Loewy-designed 1934 T-47 Eight that was referred to as the Hupmobile Aerodynamic. Few of these were made, and the hood ornaments are rare and sought after. This example was missing the red paint trim but was in otherwise good condition. Had the auction company described the piece properly as a Hupmobile hood ornament rather than a “rocket ship,” it should have brought at least another $500. RANDOM TREASURES RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 167. THREE CERAMIC CONDIMENT SHAKERS. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $1,085. Date Sold: 11/17/2006. These French ceramic salt and pepper shakers dated from about 1910 and feature ladies in period motoring garb. I could not resist these as I already had one, and now with these three I have two complete sets. My wife said I spent silly money. I said, “You spend too much on shoes.” AUCTION. LOT 380. CORCOR GRAHAM PAIGE METAL TOY CAR. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $934. Date Sold: 11/17/2006. This Corcor metal Graham toy car was about 20 inches long and had wooden tires. Appeared to be in very good condition, with some minor paint loss. There are two versions of this toy car and the other, which is more desirable, has headlights and a rear-mounted spare and usually sells in the $1,000–$1,200 range. As long as shipping charges are not excessive, the price paid here was about right, considering the omstead Random Publicity, Random Results Considering the rarity and quality of the pieces offered, I'd bet Schalebaum was under water on the sale and not happy T here are times when you can build it and they just won't come. You have to go out and spread the gospel, making the masses aware of what you have created. In the recent case of the Random Treasures auction of the 250-piece Schalebaum collection, all that was sent out was an email of the upcoming event to past customers. No advertising, no catalog, and as expected, no significant action. The majority of the pieces sold but at prices nowhere close to what Schalebaum, a 30-year automobilia collector from Allentown, Pennsylvania, would have asked at his tent at Hershey. Now, some will say that his asking prices were a bit aggressive, but when Schalebaum bought stuff he spent top dollar and tacked on a profit margin when he sold. In a recent conversation, Schalebaum said: “I paid two hundred grand more for this stuff than they are selling it for. They are giving it away.” It is rumored that he was paid up-front for his collection and now only shares in the profit. Here are a few of the more interesting items from the Random Treasures Schalebaum sale, along with a couple of pieces from other sales that attracted our attention. RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 203. ROCKET SHIP HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of bids: 24. SOLD AT: $1,446, Date Sold: 11/17/2006. This was a Hupmobile hood ornament for the Raymond Loewy-designed 1934 T-47 Eight that was referred to as the Hupmobile Aerodynamic. Few of these were made, and the hood ornaments are rare and sought after. This example was missing the red paint trim but was in otherwise good condition. Had the auction company described the piece properly as a Hupmobile hood ornament rather than a “rocket ship,” it should have brought at least another $500. RANDOM TREASURES RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 167. THREE CERAMIC CONDIMENT SHAKERS. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $1,085. Date Sold: 11/17/2006. These French ceramic salt and pepper shakers dated from about 1910 and feature ladies in period motoring garb. I could not resist these as I already had one, and now with these three I have two complete sets. My wife said I spent silly money. I said, “You spend too much on shoes.” AUCTION. LOT 380. CORCOR GRAHAM PAIGE METAL TOY CAR. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $934. Date Sold: 11/17/2006. This Corcor metal Graham toy car was about 20 inches long and had wooden tires. Appeared to be in very good condition, with some minor paint loss. There are two versions of this toy car and the other, which is more desirable, has headlights and a rear-mounted spare and usually sells in the $1,000–$1,200 range. As long as shipping charges are not excessive, the price paid here was about right, considering the RANDOM RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 378. TWO EARLY CAST IRON TAXI TOYS. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,592. One taxi was the Amos n' Andy Fresh Air Taxi in excellent condition, with minimal paint loss but mis ing the passenger in the back se The other was an Arcade Bus that advertised the Yellow Cab Company and was also in excellent condition. The money was in the Arcade Yellow Cab 12-inch bus and at the price paid, the Fresh Air Taxi was free. RANDOM TREASURES AUCTION. LOT 189. TWO GLASS PANELS WITH WINGED TIRES. Number of Bids; 15. SOLD AT: $1,315. These were circa 1920 and done in the period Nouveau Deco style. The two 18 x 18 inch glass panels were deeply etched and hand-colored. They were extremely attractive and would be spectacular built into a wall with a light behind them. Price seemed most reasonable, if you had a place to display them. EBAY #300049395063— G.O.P. LIFE BEGINS IN '40 LICENSE PLATE TOPPER. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $271.66. Date Sold: 11/23/2006. This political license plate topper was in unmolested condition with bright graphics and only minor wear. The biggest problem was the seller listed it a month or so too late. If this had been offered when the Grand Old Party was still in favor, it would have sold for a couple of hundred bucks more. Just goes to show that timing is everything. EBAY #180051060586—SEALED POWER PISTON RING TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: SOLD AT: $710. Date Sold: 11/20/2006. The stylish Art Deco logo for Sealed Power Piston Rings was in prominent use in the '30s and this tin sign is very desirable. The sign was not in the best condition, as it had serious edge wear; however, the body of the sign appeared to be presentable. In better condition, the price would double, but this will do until a better one comes along. No harm done here. u SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. 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