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Sports CarMarket REO BLANCO Carrera GT Case—Porsche Responds 195 Cars Rated Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Race-Winner for 22 Years Back to South America at $928K February 2008 Simon Kidston Deconstructs a $17m Six-Mercedes Sale Shelby Tells SAAC to Get Lost The Automotive Investor Looks at Aston Martin www.sportscarmarket.com

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 48 Europa Series II RS 61—Last and best of the 550s February 2008 . Volume 20 . Number 2 66 Reo's speedwagon 58 BMW 507 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 48 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Maranello's first “mass produced” 250 brings $789k. Steve Ahlgrim 52 1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 Nimble, quick, and stylish, with room for four. Rob Sass 56 1967 Iso Grifo Coupe Bertone beauty and Corvette brawn make $255k. John Apen 58 BMW 507 Roadster $893k? Rare and worth it. Donald Osborne 62 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible Why $81,000 was more than enough for this Goat. B. Mitchell Carlson 66 1931 Reo Race Car Legendary car brings $927k and heads “home.” Thor Thorson Cover photograph: RM Auctions GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 195 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 72 The Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC Worldwide's season finale brings $4.5m. Chip Lamb 88 Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK Bonhams realizes $3.2 million at its tenth Autojumble. Richard Hudson-Evans 100 RM Auctions, Hershey, PA RM unearths $12m in them thar barns. Dave Kinney 110 Kruse International, Hershey, PA 96 cars bring $4.8m at Giant Center. Carl Bomstead 118 H&H Auctions, Duxford, UK Imperial War Museum hosts its first sale, a $1.9m success. Paul Hardiman 126 eBay Motors Armchair automotive design at its worst. Geoff Archer

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50 250 TR Replica—one of many ways to race a Ferrari TR Replica—one of many ways to race a Ferrari COLUMNS COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears The market is big, it's for real, and it's not going away Keith Martin 34 Affordable Classic Cadillac Eldorado—”the last convertible” Rob Sass 36 Legal Files Carrera GT crash hits a nerve John Draneas 50 Sheehan Speaks Best ways to scratch a racing itch Michael Sheehan 54 English Patient You've got options Gary Anderson 60 Porsche Gespräch Crunching the numbers on a 911 restoration Jim Schrager 64 Domestic Affairs Shelby throws out SAAC, but wants its files Colin Comer 132 Motobilia Vanderbuilt Cup pins could be winners Carl Bomstead 134 Bike Buys The lightweight Imme—a better mousetrap Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Jesters, pumps, and sparkplugs Carl Bomstead FEATURES 40 Collecting Thoughts: One Auction, Six Mercedes, $17m 44 Glenmoor: A French approach to judging 46 Kirkland: Golden days on Lake Washington DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 Contributors 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 26 Neat Stuff 28 In Miniature: Lotus Elan, BMW 507, Pontiac GTO 30 Icons: Craftsman, Cragar, and Amco 32 Our Cars: 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible, 1967 MG B roadster 35 20 Year Picture 117 Alfa Bits 127 Fresh Meat: 2008 Lamborghini LP640 roadster, 2008 Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano, 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage 128 Automotive Investor: Aston Martin 130 Book Reviews: Memories of heroes, marques, and tracks 136 Mystery Photo 137 SCM Garage 137 Comments with Your Renewal 138 Showcase Gallery 142 Resource Directory

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Leaving 1990 in the Dust In my 20 years of writing about the market, I have never seen high-end cars accelerate in value like this F or the first time in two decades, we're considering pulling a tattered banner out of storage and hoisting it above SCM world headquarters. It bears the fabled words of Monterey Sports Car Auction founder Rick Cole: “You can never pay too much; you can only buy too soon.” I never thought I'd write those words in a column again. It was the sale of a BMW 507, s/n 70015, for nearly $1m that got me thinking about this. RM got $893,104 for the ex-Ecclestone car, profiled on page 58, at their recent blockbuster London sale. These Goertz-designed V8s are svelte but idiosyncratic; they're not performance cars, they have no race history, and they were not particularly revered when new. But with their limited production (just 253 built), unusual engine, and striking lines, they are clearly a classic, and collectible. The last two 507 entries in the SCM Platinum database show RM selling s/n 71101 in 2005 for $347k, while s/n 70221 was a no-sale at $450k at the Geneva Sportscar Auction in Switzerland in 2006. At that time, we wrote: “Strangely, although the car was bid to its generous estimate, it did not sell.” A6G Zagato—not likely to turn up on Craigslist But $893k just a year later? Yes, the market has spoken And as 507s go, so goes the rest of the market. The prices of the big guys, like GTOs and 540Ks, along with their friendly little brothers, the SWBs and 300SLs, have continued to climb, and European exotics of all flavors seem to have been swept up by the surging tide. In my 20 years of writing about the market, I have never seen high- end cars accelerate in value like this. We are used to the ebbs and flows in selected areas, like Healey BJ8s jumping from $60k to $100k in two years (and now relaxing to $75k). Or Boss 302s going from $20k, where they were stuck forever, to $85k, and then coming to rest at $70k. But for the ultra-exotics, there seems to be no end in sight. We are now in a phase of, “Can you get me one?” not, “How much does it cost?” If you're looking for a Ferrari 250 SEFAC SWB ($5m), a Maserati A6G Zagato ($1.5m), or a Bentley Speed Six ($2m), just waving money around won't put one in your garage. It's a matter of knowing the right people—who know the right owners—who can put together the right deals. Or waiting until one comes up at auction, and then being prepared to keep your paddle aloft until the record-breaking end. Where's the money coming from? There has been some discussion that the upward escalation of prices is due to new, wealthy collectors from developing countries entering the fray. Others have commented that the weak dollar, compared to the Euro, has made our cars cheap. While both of those factors are surely playing a part, dealers tell me that many of the A-list cars are being bought by old-line collectors in America. These guys have been around for a long time, and as they see the market surging, they are jumping in because they don't think it is coming back down in the foreseeable future. There are new guys, and they are making a splash. Witness the sale of the 330 TRI/LM, s/n 0808, by RM at Maranello for $9.3m. It last sold in 2002 for $6.5m, and had been extensively shopped around to 10 the most likely collectors, with no takers. On auction day, it was a new player from South America who stepped up to break the bank. These new collectors tend to be more willing to pay top dollar than old-line collectors, because the veterans base their valuations on past sales, whereas new collectors accept current values as simply being where the market is today. When the Microsoft and Cellular One boys started collecting with a vengeance back in the 1980s, they paid what it took to get the best, regardless of past values. Which is the same way they bought their houses, their art collections, their yachts, and their jets. It's important to recall that a collec- tor who is buying a $6m car isn't likely to be scouring Craigslist for cars listed as “restored” or keying in “Otto Vu” at Collectorcartraderonline.com. A $6m car is just a small part of his collectible portfolio, which means that a decision to buy at $5m or $7m is not based on his financial means but on his evaluation of the market and the car itself. Which is why this market has gone so far, so fast. Those who are bidding things up are by and large not speculators or dealers. They are savvy guys who are in it for the long haul, and who figure that if there is a car they have always wanted, it's going to cost more next year than this, so they are pulling the trigger sooner rather than later. Will these prices be sustained? Yes and no. I do believe that collec- tor cars were out of favor and undervalued for nearly 20 years, and it is only now that we have caught up, and in some cases surpassed, the prices of 1990. It is also true that ultra-rich people are simply richer than they were 20 years ago; the billionaires' club just isn't as exclusive as it used to be. Which means that even if prices exceed those of 1990, when adjusted for inflation, cars are still cheap. Though I have faith in the ultra-high end, I would still advise cau- tion before paying a nose-bleed price for anything built in numbers over 500, including current flavor-of-the-month specials like Ferrari Daytonas. If the market does hiccup, there can easily be far more for sale than there are buyers, and that market will come crashing down. Free Corvette Market Seminar and Breakfast Thanks to support from key players in the industry, the first annual Corvette Market Insider's Seminar in Scottsdale, hosted by Russo and Steele, will now be free for SCM and CM subscribers, as well as registered bidders at Russo and Steele. It will be held at the Russo and Steele auction tent on January 18, from 9 am to 11 am. Another bonus—a catered breakfast will be provided free of charge, and Russo has a reputation for putting on a terrific spread. The tuition for non-subscribers is $55 each or $100 for two. Space is limited, and early registration is required. The topic is “The Corvette Market: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” and I will be moderating a panel discussion by a group of first-rate market and restoration experts, including Dave Kinney (USAppraisal), Jim Jordan (County Corvette), Kevin Mackay (Corvette Repair), David Burroughs (Bloomington Gold), Colin Comer (author, Million-Dollar Muscle Cars), and Michael Pierce (NCRS). For more, see page 99; register online at www.vettemarket.com/scottsdale. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Column Author from three separate collections. A 1935 Voisin Aérodyne C25 from the collection of Henry Browne de Kilmaine will be available, as well as a MercedesBenz 300SL Gullwing from the collection of Thierry Dehaeck, and a 1910 Panhard & Levassor X from the collection of Pierre Veniard. 1953 Jaguary XK 120 at Kruse Hawaii Kruse International— The Hawaii Auction Where: Honolulu, HI When: February 8–9 More: www.kruse.com The main exhibition hall of the Hawaii Convention Center in downtown Honolulu will host this first-time event. Over 200 cars are planned to cross the auction block, including a custom 1974 DeTomaso Pantera, a 1934 Morgan Super Sports, a 1966 Turner Mk III convertible, a 1950 Riley convertible, and a 1960 Fiat Abarth Double Bubble coupe. Artcurial—Rétromobile 2008 Where: Paris, FRA When: February 9 More: www.artcurial.com Last year: 26/45 cars sold / $4.5m The Palais des Congrès will again play host to Artcurial's season opener, held alongside Rétromobile, and this year's sale will feature a number of lots Bonhams—Automobiles d'Exception Where: Paris, FRA When: February 9 More: www.bonhams.com Also held in conjunction with Rétromobile and taking place on the same day as Artcurial's Paris event, this inaugural auction replaces the Christie's fixture and joins both the Monaco and Gstaad sales on Bonhams's Euro-sale portfolio. Headlining the day will be a 1936 MercedesBenz 500K Cabriolet A used by the painter Georges Mathieu on a daily basis for over 50 years. Kruse International—Naples 2008 Where: Naples, FL When: February 9–10 More: www.kruse.com Last year: 35/131 cars sold / $1m Moving from last year's loca- tion in the middle of downtown Naples to a new site at the Town Center in Ave Maria, Florida, this second annual event is expected to draw in the neighborhood of 300 cars. The majority of the lots offered at last year's event sold at under $50k, with more entry- and mid-level collectibles available this time around. RM Auctions— The Florida Collector Car Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: February 15–17 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 339/444 lots sold / $21.3m The mix of consignments at RM's annual Fort Lauderdale sale will include a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 1935 Voisin Aérodyne C25 at Artcurial 12 Sports Car Market

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convertible, a 1958 MercedesBenz 300SL roadster, a 1956 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, and a collection of micro cars. A replica of the 1966 Batmobile is also planned to cross the auction block, as well as one of the General Lee 1969 Dodge Chargers used in the 2005 Warner Brothers film, “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Silver Auctions—Seattle Auction Where: Seattle, WA When: February 23 More: www.silverauctions.com This first-time Seattle sale at the Bellevue Hilton will follow the same format as Silver's proven Hot August Nights event, and consignments from all around the Pacific Northwest are expected. The auction is limited to just 100 cars, with examples of everything from vintage classics to modern exotics offered to the highest bidder. Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions— 44th Exotic Car Show & Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 22–24 More: www.classic-carauction. com Last Year: 232/380 cars sold / $4.7m November's sale saw Keith McCormick and company completely sell out of space for consignments a month before the sale, so this event has been expanded to include a total of 580 consignments. Plenty of American muscle and classics can be expected alongside a number of European sports cars, with a highly-restored PHSdocumented 1967 Pontiac GTO leading the pack. H&H—Cheltenham Racecourse Where: Gloucestershire, U.K. When: February 27–28 More: www.classic-auctions.com Last year: 47/93 cars sold / $3.7m Headlining this year's Cheltenham Racecourse sale are a 1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spyder once owned by Benito Mussolini and raced in the 1936 Mille Miglia, the British Rally Championship-winning 1992 Subaru Legacy, and an exWorks 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S that took first in its class at the Tour de France in 1969. ♦ February 2008 1967 Pontiac GTO at McCormick Palm Springs 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 4-6—KRUSE Ft. Lauderdale, FL 10-11—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 11-13—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 12-13—ICA Gilbert, AZ 12-20—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 16-20—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 18—RM Phoenix, AZ 18-21—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 19—GOODING Scottsdale, AZ 19-20—KRUSE Concord, NC 24-27—KRUSE Phoenix, AZ 24-26—MECUM Kissimmee, FL February 1-2—ICA Tampa, FL 2—PETERSEN Salem, OR 8-9—KRUSE Honolulu, HI 9—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 9—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 9-10—KRUSE Naples, FL 10—SHANNONS Brisbane, AUS 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 15-17—RM Ft. Lauderdale, FL 18—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 22-23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 23—SILVER Seattle, WA 22-24—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 27—H&H Cheltenham, UK 28-MAR 2—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ March 1-2—KRUSE Stuart, FL 8—KRUSE Del Mar, CA 8—RM Amelia Island, FL 10—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 12—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 14-15—CLASSIC AUTOMOBILE AUCTIONS OF AMERICA Fredericksburg, TX 15-16—ICA Gilbert, AZ 15—KRUSE Huntsville, AL 17-18—BARONS Surrey, UK 17-18—KRUSE Ridgefield, WA 21-22—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 24—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK 26-30—BARRETTJACKSON Palm Beach, FL 27-29—RUSSO AND STEELE Hollywood, FL 29—KRUSE Murrells Inlet, SC 29—POTTS Atlanta, GA April 4-6—RM Ontario, CAN 5—SILVER Spokane, WA 8—CHEFFINS Sutton, UK 11-12—MIDAMERICA St. Paul, MN 12—SILVER Portland, OR 18-19—COX Branson, MO 19-20—KRUSE Tampa, FL 19-20—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 25-26—CARLISLE Carlisle, PA 25-27—RM Novi, MI 28-29—BARONS Surrey, UK 13

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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. the twisty mountain roads of Europe. Cars built before 1980 are eligible (revised from past years' pre-1977 regulation), and the event will feature both lowand high-speed regularity tests. Participants will start the rally in one of several towns, including Torino, Copenhagen, Valencia, and Briançon. www.acm.mc. (MCO) ■ The 33rd Rétromobile Expo takes place from February 8 to 17 at the Paris Expo. The show will feature more than 300 exhibitors, with special exhibits to celebrate 60 years of the Citroën 2CV. Bonhams has filled the void left by Christie's and will host its first collector car auction in association with the show. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for kids. www.retromobile.fr. (FRA) ♦ Rétromobile, a moteurhead's delight SCM News ■ The crew at SCM world headquarters continues to grow, and we were recently joined by Advertising Executive KJ Glennon and Subscription & Accounting Assistant Emily Hill. Glennon is a Portland native who played football at San Francisco City College, as well as Portland State University, where he earned his degree in Finance. His first car was a 1966 Mustang, which he got at age 15, turned into a mid-11-second machine, and now drag races whenever he can. His current project is a '68 Mustang fastback. Hill was born and raised in Laguna Beach, California. She came to Portland in late 2006. She is currently working toward a degree in Health Studies at Portland Community College, and will attend Portland State University later this year. Like Glennon, her first car was a '66 Mustang. ■ Don't miss the sixth an- nual Rétromobile Reception in Paris on Friday, February 8, from 5 pm to 7 pm. SCM's Donald Osborne and Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics will host the event, where you'll find plenty of SCM subscribers, friends, food, wine, and great 14 conversation. Just head to the Zinger Alsace restaurant in the rear of the Rétromobile hall at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center, and join the fun. Contact Donald Osborne for more details, or to confirm your attendance at dosborne@sportscarmarket.com. (FRA) News ■ The 58th annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will pay tribute to the automobiles of Lancia and Lamborghini, and will also celebrate the General Motors centennial. The field of 175 collector cars will include several revolutionary pre- and post-war Lancias, concept, prototype, and special-bodied Lamborghinis, cars from the GM Motorama, as well as Cadillac V16s, GM Woodies, and GM-powered sports cars. The concours will be held Sunday, August 17, 2008. www.pebblebeachconcours.net. (CA) ■ Noted artist and il- lustrator Robert McGinnis has created the artwork for the 2008 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance signature poster. McGinnis's subject was the career and cars of Amelia's upcoming honoree, Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones. McGinnis is a member of the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and his work has appeared on more than 40 movie posters and thousands of book covers. The concours takes place March 7–9 at the Ritz-Carlton at Amelia Island. www.ameliaconcours.org. (FL) ■ The Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance has named Mary Anne Parks as its new Director of Marketing. She brings over 15 years of marketing and public relations experience to the position and will be responsible for all promotional activities for the concours, including relationship building for new and existing sponsors and creating and implementing new ideas and events to fit those sponsors' agendas. The 30th annual Meadow Brook Concours will take place Sunday, August 3, 2008 at Meadow Brook Hall on the grounds of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, Michigan. www.meadowbrookconcours.org. (MI) Events ■ The 11th Rallye Monte Carlo Historique will be held January 1 to February 6 on Sports Car Market Event Calendar 1-3 AACA Ohio Regional Assembly (OH) www.aaca.org 1-6 Rallye Monte Carlo Historique (MCO) www.acm.mc 2-3 CSRG Driver's Clinic (CA) www.csrgracing.org 3 Stones River Region Swap Meet (TN) www.aaca.org 7-9 AACA Annual Meeting (PA) www.aaca.org 8-17 Retromobile (FRA) www.retromobile.fr 1-10 Brisbane International Auto Show (AUS) www.brisbanemotorshow.com.au 8-17 Chicago Auto Show (IL) www.chicagoautoshow.com 9-10 University of VARA (CA) www.vararacing.com 10 Intermarque Concours d' Elegance (NZL) www.concours.org.nz 22-24 Boca Raton Concours (FL) www.bocaratonconcours.com 28-Mar 2 Edmonton Motor Show (CAN) www.emdacars.com/motorshow 28-Mar 2 Sebring Endurance Challenge (FL) www.hsrrace.com 29-Mar 10 Melbourne Motor Show (AUS) www.motorshow.com.au

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SCM Contributors John Apen has restored old cars for 46 years. He currently owns ten cars, including four vintage Ferraris. He vintage raced for 13 years on most major American tracks, and in 1994 drove his 1957 250 TdF from Atlanta to Monterey, where he won Automobile Magazine's “The Way It Was Award.” His automotive library contains over 5,000 volumes and 1,400 auction catalogs, and he attends six major sales each year. Apen holds degrees in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California-Berkeley, New York University, and Johns Hopkins. He has contributed to SCM since 1996, and has been an Insider Seminar expert since day one. He lives in Georgia. You'll find his profile of a 1967 Iso Grifo on p. 56. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, B. Mitchell Carlson, Julian Shoolheifer (Europe), Carl Bomstead Auction Analysts Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada) Colin Comer acquired his first car, an MG B-GT, when he was 13 years old. He later founded Colin's Classic Automobiles, regarded as one of the premier classic car dealerships in the nation. In addition to helping others with their cars, he has an impressive collection of his own, and when not maintaining them, he vintage races his historic B/ Production Shelby GT350. Comer's expertise on the collector car market is widely featured in many publications and on television, and he is the author of Million-Dollar Muscle Cars: The Rarest and Most Collectible Cars of the Performance Era. He lives in River Hills, Wisconsin. His regular column, “Domestic Affairs, appears this month on p. 64. Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Simon Kidston, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Editorial Assistant Brendan Floyd brendan.floyd@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 220 Administrative Assistant Emily Hill emily.hill@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media Director Wendie Martin Simon Kidston began his automotive career in 1988 as assistant auction manager at Coys, and began running the department three years later. In 1996, he co-founded and ran Bonhams Europe, where he created the annual Ferrari auction in Gstaad, Switzerland, among others. He now runs a consultancy for car collectors based in Geneva, where he lives. He is the official presenter at the Mille Miglia and Villa d'Este concours and hosts motoring shows on the Smithsonian Networks channel. His father owned and raced a Mercedes S-type in the early 1930s. This month, on p. 40, he deconstructs the recent $17m sale of six pre-war Mercedes. Stephen Serio is the president and owner of Aston Martin of New England / Lotus Motorsports, Inc. in Waltham, MA, though for the most part, new cars just don't do it for him. His need to over-indulge in vintage European cars of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably leads to coveting one more car. Recent garage inhabitants include an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Porsche 356A Speedster and 356B Carrera 2, Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, Ferrari 275 GTS, and an Alfa Romeo Giulia 1300ti. Recent twins, Rocco James and Enzo Nicholas, have joined older brother Jack and vintage Porsche-driving wife Amanda. This month he explores the Aston Martin market in “Automotive Investor,” which begins on p. 128. 16 Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING Advertising Executives KJ Glennon kj.glennon@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 222 John Scharff john.scharff@sportscarmarket.com; 314.802.8139 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Jennifer Davis-Shockley jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 204 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 204, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. 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Morris & Welford, llc INTERNATIONAL SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS & BROKERS 1961 Lola-O.S.C.A. Mk I Chassis Number BR-10 is the ex Oliver Schmidt 1961 SCCA H-Modified class winning Lola- OSCA. Subsequently sold for the 1962 season to SCCA President John Holmes and raced by him and Guy Bates in H-Modified. Laid up for over 30 years from 1976-2006, it has since been professionally reassembled and the engine rebuilt. The car is a rare combination of both originality and provenance and ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Lola in 2008. OTHER CARS AVAILABLE 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer 1928 Riley Brooklands 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC 1958 Cooper T45 (2 litre FPF) 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Short Wheelbase Berlinetta 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 FIA Racecar 1968 Ford GT40 Mk III Road Car Please Contact Miles Morris Connecticut Tel: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Mark Donaldson Hampshire, UK Tel: 01252 845818 Fax: 01252 845974 Mobile: 07901 712255 E-mail: mark@morrisandwelford.co.uk www.morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford California Tel: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com

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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Berkeley days, part two The recent acquisition of a Berkeley by Geoff Archer (October 2007, “Our Cars,” p. 32) and the subsequent December response by a reader has brought me a fl ood of memories. I owned a Berkeley roadster for about a year when I was a sophomore in college, circa 1958. It's interesting that so many of the good things we retain and treasure happened when we were young and dumb and carefree. When I bought the car, it was a terrible choice. We lived in Michigan, where it seems to be winter much of the year. The Berkeley was the only transportation I had, and that year I was commuting to the local junior college. A Berkeley has to be one of the least practical vehicles ever made. The top and side curtains would keep one sort of dry if it wasn't raining too hard. Snow and ice made it imperative to leave it in the garage. Thank goodness for my mother, who let me drive her Chevy to school that year during inclement weather. Practicality aside, I loved my little car. I loved just sitting and looking at it. I loved working on it and cleaning it, and I did so love driving it. My previous cars had been Fords and Chevys—full sized, ungainly, evil-handling brutes with anemic engines. Given the cars' handling characteristics and the tires of the day, the sick fl athead V8s and inline 6 engines were probably a good thing. But after the brutes, driving the Berkeley would make me a sports car man for life. Whilst it obviously wasn't fast, it was a pure delight to drive. And isn't that what this is about? Surprisingly, the Berkeley had enough head and legroom, and I fi t in the car quite well despite being 6' 2” and 190 lbs. Of course, comfort has a very different meaning when you are 20 years old than it does 50 years later. I remember it being quite easy to keep the car running. It had a 2-cylinder motorcycle engine that was fairly reliable. I found an access port by the right-hand 18 I remember looking left at the huge wheel of an 18-wheeler. There was no rocket science involved in knowing what would happen should we tangle with that mobile mountain front wheel that would let me get at the points. If it sounded funny, I could reset the gap and be back on the road quickly with the engine purring. Shortly after I got the car my brother and I drove it down to Flint. I remember driving south on Dort Highway and looking left at the wheel of an 18-wheeler. It was close enough for me to reach out and touch and it looked huge. There was no rocket science involved in knowing what would happen should we tangle with that mobile mountain. In a Berkeley, one treated all other traffi c with a great deal of respect. There was one lovely fall weekend when I drove the car down to Michigan State in East Lansing to attend the J-Hop with my girlfriend, an MSU student. On the way down, it was warm and sunny top-down weather, and that 70-mile trip on the two-lanes through St. Charles and Owosso will stay with me, as will the whole weekend. Ella Fitzgerald and the Sauter-Finnegan orchestra were there, and it was the only time I ever got to hear the great lady sing in person. Eventually, common sense ruled, the Berkeley went, and I bought a Ford, then a Jaguar XK 140 FHC, and then a new Morris Minor convertible. I liked that car. I loved the little Berkeley and the memories it left me. It came at a time when I was young and tough and optimistic and full of life. Recently, I found one on eBay that seemed to be fairly well restored (most Berkeleys for sale these days are nothing more than a carcass without an engine, à la Mr. Archer's). Bidding was around $5,000, and I thought briefl y about buying it to put on display in my offi ce. I have plenty of room, but I eventually rejected the idea as being too expensive to get it into and out of the house. However, should I fi nd another... we could always take it apart, carry the parts in, and reassemble it inside. They only weigh 616 pounds, after all. I would love to have one here just to look at as I work.—Dick Wright, Clare, MI It's all for show Perhaps this is a rhetorical question, or perhaps it merits further discussion, but is putting on a concours d'elegance the equivalent of the opening of a new winery? While the last decade saw the desperate trend of anyone with money trying to open a winery either in California, Oregon, New York, or even in Italy, now it seems the trend is to produce a concours. Sure, concours are great if they are judged seriously, because they help to preserve history. But increasingly, most are just glamour shows. Fun, yes, but do we really need more? For automobiles, there's already Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Meadow Brook. For motorcycles, there's Legend of the Motorcycle. For boats, there's Lake Tahoe and Keels & Wheels. These are the standards. Of course, there are many, many more concours in America to satisfy all tastes and geographic locations—almost too many to

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Worldwide Group 20 97 145 109 65 97 95 123 115 73 105 21 91 19 101 133 121 133 133 61 133 61 33 125 93 31 135 111 105 145 148 2 11 87 15 121 135 55 145 139 9 109 17 81 113 79 29 113 77 147 23 121 4 5 7 101 145 25 99 75 85 115 115 3 27 135 111 135 135 69 Perhaps this is a rhetorical question, or perhaps it merits further discussion, but is starting a concours d'elegance the equivalent of opening a new winery? keep track of. In 2007 alone, four additional concours popped up—Carmel, Rocky Mountain, Vanderbilt, and Las Vegas (as well as others I'm probably not aware of). Is this overkill? I think so. Will it cheapen the value of a good concours by flooding the market the way wineries have with table wine? Who knows.—Mike Lucas, Houston, TX Keith Martin responds: The rise of new events means that people don't have to travel as far to see the wonderful machines that regularly grace concours lawns at other venues. Secondtier concours regularly attract many of the big cars that one finds at the big shows, sometimes a year later, but often in the very same concours season. Is a Bugatti Type 57 Atalante any less beautiful in Washington in September than it was in Florida in March? Do new concours cheapen the prestige of more established ones? No. A new concours competes only with itself in terms of the lasting effect it has on exhibitors and attendees. A well-organized and thoughtfully produced concours will always be recognized and appreciated as such, no matter where it is, and word will spread. It's that simple. Likewise, some events are doomed from the start because of mismanagement, poor or uninteresting cars, a weak schedule of events, or just plain bad luck. As an aside, in SCM's opinion part of what differentiates a firstrate concours from a pretender or a mere car show is the quality of the judging, the standards to which the cars are held, and the number of awards that are given. We believe that cars should be started, electrical systems made to operate, and hoods and trunks opened. We further believe that a concours where everyone wins an award of some sort diminishes all of the awards presented. And finally, cars that are rebodies, unless done in period, should not be eligible for awards; if they are, what message does that send to those who have painstakingly preserved their original coachwork? A concours should be a “feel-good” event for the attendees, but a competitive learning experience, sometimes pleasurable, sometimes painful, for the entrants. Concours are see-and-be- seen affairs, and as long as emerging events strive to deliver the right cars, the right crowds, and the best gearhead gossip, people will pay them notice. That burning sensation In his December 2007 profile of the $2.5m 1937 MercedesBenz 540K (p. 56), Alex Finigan writes: “It is noted in the car's history that it was damaged in a barn fire in Canada in the 1950s. It is not noted how much damage the car suffered or how much, if any, of the body was replaced. This is what we would like to know to help determine its value.” The attached photos, pub- lished in the March 1971 issue of The Classic Car magazine, show the extent of the damage, and an article by Norman B. Hathaway outlined the immediate aftermath. It was actually a garage fire at an apartment in Toronto, perhaps caused by vandals, that severely damaged a “beautiful original condition” car, as well as a 1924 Sunbeam, which was parked next to the 540K. The firemen “chopping away at the two cars with their axes with wild abandon” did not help. The article states they told the owner at the time, Paul Suckling, that “two old cars were burning furiously.” The burned Merc was then sold to Richard Mertz, who had the foresight to restore such a historically important car. So now you know the rest of the story. 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You Write We Read The restored car was for sale at the Pebble Beach Expo in 1995, and that is when I, like Alex, decided the car “was striking in appearance.” I didn't get the asking price then; I believe they just posted POA.—John Apen, Stone Mountain, GA A weighty matter I recently read Colin Comer's article about the fire in his GT350 (October 2007, “Domestic Affairs, p. 60). If I might add one thing about fire safety, it is that systems will expire, leak, and fail to perform after years of sitting in a race car. The only way to verify that your system will “most likely” work when needed is to take it out and weigh it. All systems have a weight on the bottle. If yours is worn off or covered with overspray you should think about a replacement. The weight is that of the empty bottle and head plus the suppression liquid plus the pressurizing agent. For example, if a Halon system is ten ounces light, you may have lost the pressurizing agent. In this case, pulling the handle will result in a short spit and then nothing. Gauges are inexpensive and can become stuck in one position—do not trust them. If you happen to use a newer CO2powered system, you should still weigh it on occasion, though a quick check of the CO2 cartridge will tell you if the pressurizing agent is still available. One final note: A pinned system is useless. I had a gentleman pull into tech recently at Laguna Seca while on fire. I asked him, as he leapt from the car, to pull the cable on his bottle. He pulled the cable completely out without the system going off. We later found that the safety pin was still in the firing mechanism. Don't underestimate your chances of a fire on a race track, and don't overestimate the capabilities of your car's suppression system.—Tom Turner, Emergency Suppression Systems, Inc., Danville, CA Early Rolls inaccuracies I am puzzled by a remark by Paul Duchene on page 100 of the November 2007 edition of your excellent magazine, where he said the 1912 Rolls-Royce, 22 The firemen ‘chopping away at the two cars with their axes with wild abandon' did not help chassis 1907, is “the only Barker Limousine to survive.” There must be several hun- dred surviving Barker limousines on Rolls-Royce and other chassis. If you meant to say surviving on pre-war Silver Ghost chassis, there are at least three others: –1911 chassis 1578, not listed recently, was in private ownership in the U.K. –1912 chassis 1859, called “Ladybird,” now in the Canadian Automotive Museum in Oshawa, Ontario. –1914 chassis 19UB, not listed recently, was in private ownership in the U.S. If you would consider limou- sine landaulets, there are at least eight original Barker landaulet bodies on pre-war Silver Ghost chassis.—John Peirson, via email Paul Duchene responds: You've got me, John. In my report, I should have said, per the catalog, that “this is the only Barker Pullman-bodied Silver Ghost that has survived.” Diane Brandon responds: In my opinion, such a definitive claim cannot be made, especially when discussing a marque like Rolls-Royce. Despite factual albeit spotty archival records regarding these early cars, much that has been written about the manufacturer is inaccurate. The definitive sources for these cars are obtainable through the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club (U.S.) and the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club (U.K.). Both organizations maintain files of the original RR Works chassis cards for almost all cars produced before the Germans came up the drive. Copies of the chassis cards are available for club members. A valuable word on Healeys There seems to be some confusion regarding the value of the Austin-Healey 100M, which stems from the fact that the term “100M” is used very loosely. “100M” is used in describing both the very limited factorybuilt 100M, of which 640 were produced and less than 150 are currently known to exist, and any Austin-Healey 100 that has been converted to the Le Mans specification after the fact. Using 100M to describe both the factory cars and the converted cars creates confusion in values, since the price range of a factory car seems to be about $125k to $180k when changing hands in the private market, while Le Mans-modified cars range in price from about $45k to $80k. Obviously, there's a large difference in values, so accuracy in auction analysis is important. A factory car should be identi- fied as such and later converted cars as Le Mans-modified. The term 100M does not apply to any converted cars. The Worldwide 100M Le Mans Registry was created to help track both factory 100M cars and cars that have been converted to Le Mans specs. One can readily find aftermarket parts to make such a conversion today and then register with the 100M Le Mans Registry. The certificate provided by the Registry indicates the provenance of the car as a factory car or conversion. Factory cars are also issued a dash plaque indicating such, and these plaques are well monitored by the Registry, to the point that each factory 100M is only ever issued one. If the plaque were to be damaged, etc., a second plaque is issued only after the The Classic Car magazine

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You Write We Read first is returned. Obviously, the 100M Registry serves its purpose well and responsibly. In Dave Kinney's analysis of lot 63 at the Christie's auction in Monterey last year (November 2007, “Market Reports,” p. 80), a “100M” sold for $55k. Mr. Kinney wrote “...the catalog stated this car has been listed in the Le Mans Registry ...for everyone who wants to know if they are looking at a real Le Mans or just a replica.” My concern in reading the description is that one might assume that this is a factory car since it is listed as a 100M and is in the 100M Registry. Mr. Kinney is absolutely correct that the certificate would indicate this, but I'm afraid the implication by the statement in the catalog could be misleading. Let's just hope the buyer was educated enough to do his research and know just what he was buying. My intent in writing this letter is to help further educate those not as familiar with the marque and to assist when placing monetary value upon the factory 100M versus a Le Mans-converted 100. I'd also like to suggest that in order to beter serve SCM readers, your future listings of auction results for the Austin-Healey 100M should add the qualifier “factory-built” when appropriate. You may also consider using the term “Le Mans-modified” or “conversion” when appropriate. If I remember correctly, you did just that in your July 2007 coverage of the Ponder AustinHealey factory 100M that sold for $231k at RM's Texas sale. Differentiating between “Le Mans-modified” and “factory-built 100M” cars seems to be in keeping with your present practice with other cars, so application of this seems logical.—Joel Gardner, Mt. Vernon, WA, & Bill Meade, Founder, Worldwide 100M Le Mans Registry Half full As a 22-year veteran of the auto glass business, I wanted to comment on Dave Kinney's review of Kruse lot 833 (December 2007, “Market Reports,” p. 117), a 1973 AMC AMX. I have a few things to say about the mix of glass brands 24 this stuff are laughing all the way to the bank, and the people buying this kind of art have way too much money and not nearly enough sense. I only hope they are equally generous when it comes to philanthropy. I can think of a variety of good causes that could use funds like that. I suppose the difference in the There seems to be some confusion regarding the value of the Austin-Healey 100M, which stems from the fact that the term “100M” is used very loosely installed in this car and also want to clarify some common myths as to what are correct glass markings on different makes of cars. All Fords up to the mid-'90s have (with very few exceptions) Ford or Carlite glass. Carlite was owned by Ford until it was spun off in the late '90s to become Visteon. They also supplied glass to other manufacturers, including AMC. GM used LOF, PPG, Guardian (mainly on trucks), and a few others, but required the vendors to use uniform LOF-style logos with their brand name in the center so all the markings would look uniform. Mopar products are the same as GM, requiring the Chrysler logo with very small manufacturer labeling. AMC, on the other hand, did not require its glass vendors to do anything special with the markings, so they look the same as the vendors' aftermarket glass. A good rule of thumb when examining vintage or modern car windows is to note whether brands and date codes match within the same windows (doors, quarters, vents, etc.). Also, having a tinted windshield and clear side and back glass was a common way cars were ordered through the '70s and should be considered correct. Finally, as always, a great issue. But as a Renault collector, I would consider lot 724, the Caravelle, in the condition described, VERY well sold!— Lloyd Mathis, Barnhart, MO Moving sculptures In the November 2007 issue, Mike Sheehan uses tortuous logic to conclude that collectible cars are underpriced compared to collectible art (“Sheehan Speaks,” p. 46). But in other articles, Jim Schrager has noted that a car's value as an investment is likely to drop when it is driven and it picks up the inevitable nick or scuff. By their very nature, cars are subject to wear and tear if they are to be enjoyed as intended. Paintings and sculpture are not. A car collector is faced with the decision of whether to buy a trailer queen or a car to be enjoyed for its essence as a moving device. Few of us would wish to own a trailer queen; the term itself is derisive. Except for significant pieces, where a collector must decide whether to loan them out, no similar decision faces the art collector. So let's face it, collectible cars are not durable in the same way as collectible art, and we should expect their value to be lower.—Don Bell, Montecito, CA I suppose that if you were a collector of modern British art, and you were quite wealthy and entertained a lot, having the dead shark in the tank of formaldehyde would be a great conversation piece. But personally, I think the artists involved in creating art market nowadays is that art has only recently become a consumer good, like automobiles. My personal belief is that when the tank is drained and the dead shark thrown out on the same junk heap as the steel chest filled with pills and the diamond-encrusted skull, the Ferraris you spoke of will still be rising in value. I don't mean to be poetic about this, or snobbish, but there is something of value and rarity to an object that was not created as a sales item—not specifically created to be worth something—but created to be the best of its kind. It's impossible to imagine anything of passion going into the creation of a tank with a dead shark in it. It's impossible to imagine the creation of a Ferrari, at least the models you spoke of, without passion as an essential element. If I were fortunate enough to have that kind of money, there are art pieces I would want to own. Isamu Noguchi's sculpture of George Gershwin comes to mind, but I would run right past it to get a vintage Ferrari. No contest.—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD The intrinsic value in contem- porary art is minimal in many of the pieces—the diamond skull and shark being notable exceptions, but even their material costs are insignificant compared to their selling prices. With cars there is some considerable cost to making them; casting something and plating it is a tiny part of the skill set required to make a car. Damien Hirst doesn't even make many of the items that carry his name—he employs other people to make many of them for him, Andy Warhol style. Sheehan's point is well made, and it is certainly true that historic cars are considerably cheaper than art, and always have been. Which is something those of us who prefer cars to art will probably never understand.—Peter Morley, via email ♦

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Stuff Neat by Paul Duchene WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Your room, darling For the Ferraristo or Ferrarista who has every- Air power Every garage can use an air compressor—to fi ll tires, to power wrenches and sanders, to interrupt everything with a deafening rattle when you're asking for a wrench and in a position where you can't get it yourself. It might even be a big enough compressor, like my friend Mike's, to occasionaly plunge the house into darkness, when its start-up load trips the breaker. To be big enough to be any use, it's also big enough to bruise your shin painfully when you forget you moved it in front of the door, because the air hose wasn't long enough. Correct all these problems at once with a Griot's Garage Portable Air Compressor from Porter Cable. At 22” by 28” and only 14” high, it's small enough to fi t under a workbench. It maintains 120 psi and only draws 15 amps on 120V household current. It costs $469, plus $10 for shipping, and while you're at it, buy the accessory kit with 25-foot air hose and 4piece disconnect for $46.99, and maybe even the increased airfl ow coupler set for $24.99. www.griotsgarage.com. thing—darn near anyway—how about a complete F1 engine on a stand? This engine (#050) was mounted in the World Constructors' Championship-winning Ferrari F2001. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, this monumental memorabilia is on sale exclusively at the Ferrari Store for collectors and fans of Maranello F1 gear. The 3-liter V10 unit produced over 700 hp at 19,000 rpm, and the engine is set on a metal pedestal bearing a plate that details its technical specifi cations. A certifi cate of authenticity accompanies the piece, signed by the General Director of the Gestione Sportiva, Jean Todt. For more information contact customercare@ferraristore.com. By the way, better move on this one before the dollar dives any deeper. For sale last summer at $51,328, item #279990169 has now climbed to $58,504. Are you cuckoo? If you are and drive a Mini as well, you'll love this daffy Mini cuckoo clock. The face looks like the speedometer of the second-generation Mini, and on the hour, a 1:93-scale red Mini laps the clock face, hooting and making engine noises. You can also get the chocolate Clubman version with a white car. It's very silly, but as an artist acquaintance once told me: It's better to be silly than right. Check out www.motoringgear.com and prepare to part with $135. 26 Sports Car Market

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In Miniature Marshall Buck An Elan with a Certain Elite Flourish The pop-up headlights work with precision, and the window glass fits perfectly, with delicate chrome trim and rubber gaskets 1965 Pontiac GTO Pontiac GTO: gobs of power Coupe 1955 BMW 507 Roadster This BMW model Overall Quality: ½ Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ is in the same color combination as a friend's 507 roadster, and for economic reasons, I opted for the 1:18-scale model instead of the 1:1. Not a great choice, but certainly less expensive. These were Chinese produced by/for Revell in the early 1990s in several color combinations and also as open roadsters, sans optional hardtop. Some models even came with Rudge knock- off wheels. All I can say is that in the short time since these were produced, mass-market model manufacturing has come a long way, baby. Regardless of price, I only have three good things to say about this one: the shape is captured extremely well, it has great working door hinges that pivot inside, and a sharp color combination. These are long out of production, but if I haven't put you off too much, there are always some for sale on eBay at around $60, along with numerous 1:43 models of the 507. Or, you could always opt for the 1:24 Revell kit also produced several years ago, which, with a little effort, will build up very well. I love the car and I wish there were really good 1:24 or 1:18 models of it. On eBay, search for 507 Revell; expect to pay $60–$80. 1967 Lotus Elan SE Coupe Etched into my memory since childhood are visions of Emma Peel blasting around winding English country Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: lanes in “The Avengers.” This 1:18 Lotus Elan SE coupe isn't her little blue roadster, but it is an extremely well done model by AutoArt of China. It is also available in red, and though there is another company that makes both the roadster and coupe, neither is up to this standard. Over the years, the Elan has been a very popular subject for numerous manufacturers of 1:43- and 1:24-scale models and kits. There are plenty of working features on this one, including pop-up headlights that open and close with great precision. And the perfectly fitting window glass and delicate chrome trim and rubber gaskets are some nice touches you always get with AutoArt. You'll want to display it with an open door to show off the well-detailed dash, carpeting seat belts, and more. They've even simulated the fiberglass underside of the car. The engine bay is nice but a little weak on detail, which is surprising when looking over the rest of the model, and these are RHD only, which may be a negative for some. Panel shaping is excellent, while the varying gaps remind me of most Elans I've seen. It's a well-done model at a very reasonable price—about $70. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www .motorsportsminiatures.com ♦ 28 Sports Car Market with that Tri-Power carb setup, a 4-speed manual transmisson, dual exhausts, and an Italian name. The Danbury Mint has done a commendable job with the '65 GTO coupe and convertible. Both are 1:24 scale. Though the coupe is produced from much older tooling (circa 1994), it stands up Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Convertible ½ pretty well with today's crop of newer models. Not great, but very good and striking in highly polished jet black with redline tires. It's a reissue with a reasonable amount of detail and working features. There are many noticeable differences and improvements with the more recent edition of the “Nightwatch Blue” metallic convertible, which features better engine bay detail with hoses, wiring, throttle linkage and more—all of which is to be expected these days. A few more boxes on the option list were ticked off for this one too: power windows, whitewalls, front and rear rubber floor mats (with Pontiac logos), and an oh-so delicate white pinstripe down the length of the body. It can be displayed as shown or with an included well-fitting white fabric convertible top. Gripes are few for both: crookedly installed front seats on my convertible, which is probably just an isolated incident, vent window frame castings are way too chunky, out-of-scale levers on steering column, lack of door jamb details, and old-style hinges, which all really can be forgiven when looking over how good the rest of each model is. Hey, the convertible even has door sill plates with the “Body by Fisher” logo. Either one can be had for a reasonable $120. Available from the Danbury Mint, 47 Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06857; 800.243.4664; www.danburymint.com.

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Icons Tools, Knobs, and Wheels Wrenching, Rolling, and Shifting Consumers rank the Craftsman brand right behind Waterford Crystal for quality Amco Shift Knobs Of the 40 or so sports cars I've owned over the past 25 years, a good 75% of them have come into my possession with an Amco accessory shift knob. These came in walnut and in leather-grained vinyl, each with a cloisonné marque badge. In the 1960s and ‘70s, you couldn't pick up any enthusiast magazine without seeing an ad for them. The list of available marques was stunning: I've seen Elva Couriers with Amco shift knobs, and for anything more obscure than that, they made knobs with just shift patterns on them. Reproductions are still available for popular marques, but none are as good as the originals. Happily, the supply of NOS Amco knobs still seems good, as they are always available on eBay mint and still in their classic black and white check boxes, for anywhere from $29.95 to $98.95, depending on rarity. www.motors.ebay.com. American Racing Torq Thrust Wheel Not surprisingly, American Racing was formed by a drag racer, a machine shop owner, and an engineer. The magnesium Torq Thrust was one of their earliest designs, dating back to the late '50s. It was available at first only to racers but soon became (along with the Cragar slotted mag) the iconic wheel of the muscle car era. The tapered spoke design gave the fivespoke wheel its trademark look and also reduced weight and promoted brake cooling. At least two Beach Boys album covers have featured the Torq Thrust, which is still available in sizes up to 22” from American Racing. $165 to $205 each. www.americanracing.com 30 Craftsman Tools Sears has been marketing Craftsman tools since 1927. During the 1950s and 1960s, they heavily marketed tools to the emerging foreign car-buying market and were among the first in the U.S. to offer a retail line of metric tools, as well as now-obscure Whitworth sizes. The reputation for quality was and is legendary—Craftsman hand tools carry a lifetime full replacement warranty, and in a poll taken in 2002, consumers ranked the Craftsman brand second only to Waterford Crystal in terms of perception of quality. A complete 1,470-piece set retails for $1,650, and a chest to hold it all will set you back $1,000. www.sears .com. Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars I'll Give You a Dino for These Three Here Driven properly using the car's handling and brakes, I'd put a well-sorted Dino up against any vintage Ferrari 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS Owner: Colin Comer, Contributing Editor Purchase date: July 10, 2001 Price: Traded a 1974 Pantera Euro GTS, 1970 Olds 442, and a 1962 Chevy Impala 409/409 even up Miles since purchase: 7,000 Recent work: New battery This is the Dino I always wanted. It's a very late 1974 car (s/n 8270) that was bought new by a friend. It was the first Ferrari he ever had and one I don't think he ever planned to sell. But then he visited my shop with his teenaged son, who fell in love with my Euro GTS Pantera and a couple of muscle cars. We struck a deal—three cars with a value at the time of about $80k plus or minus for one slightly tatty Dino, with the understanding that if I ever decide to sell it, my friend has “dibs” on buying it back. I hope he isn't holding his breath. Once it was mine, I stripped the severely crazed original paint and refinished the car. I put on a Tubi exhaust with a great sound and now drive the car as much as possible. Driven properly using the car's go-kart-like handling and brakes, I'd put a well-sorted Dino up against any vintage Ferrari. What it lacks in power it makes up in finesse, which allows a good driver to carry so much more speed into corners and to brake that much later. And who can argue about the exhaust note behind you, the intake noise over your left shoulder, or the view of the road over those front fenders? I started to add up all I have spent on the car since purchase, but soon got a headache and quit. I imagine this is another car with a market that has risen enough to “save” me, but much like the Alfa 750F Veloce it is parked next to, this Dino isn't going anywhere. 1967 MG B roadster Owner: Norm Mort, Auction Analyst, Canada Purchase date: April 2007 Price: Partial trade Mileage since purchase: about 1,000 Recent work: spare chrome wire wheel, $35 MGs have a special place in my heart. I once owned and enjoyed an MG A, which got me started writing about MGs in particular and collector cars in general. Since then my tastes have turned to more, shall we say, non-mainstream transport—Allards, Reliant Regals, Friskys, Morgan Trikes. I took the MG B as a partial trade for my Allard, and it's one of the nicest around. It was a concours restoration that included a new Heritage body, wool carpets, leather interior, chrome wire wheels, overdrive transmission, hard top, and a hotted-up engine. I can't deny it's one of the most reliable, easy-to-maintain, enjoyable sports cars to own. The car is bright red with a tan interior and although not 100% original with its Moto-Lita wheel, drilled pedals, tweaked suspension, painted dash, yada, yada… it's a pretty nice ride. The majority of members in our local Boot 'n Bonnet Club own MG Bs and all think I'm very fortunate to drive such a great example. All that said, I've tried to love it—my son sure does—but it is just too mainstream, too forgiving, and too easy to drive. For me, there is no adrenaline rush, no quirky character or styling. My son reckons I'm suffering from some kind of Orwellian car version of Animal Farmism—a three wheels good, four wheels baaaaa-d syndrome. I confess there may be some truth there. By the end of summer 2008, once it's seen service in our son's June wedding procession—when I can't take the normalcy any longer—I'll have to let it go. 32 1965 Chevrolet Corvair Monza convertible Owner: B. Mitchell Carlson, Senior Auction Analyst Purchase date: August 23, 2006 Purchase price: $200 Mileage since purchase: 5.8 (on trailer); .1 (selfpowered). Recent work: Replaced fuel pump and installed temporary gas “tank” next to the motor I had heard through the Corvair grape- vine about a lady with a '65 Monza convertible she wanted to sell—one she hadn't driven for 14 years. Sucker for punishment that I am, I called her up and went to look at. She had most of the documentation for the car, but had simply parked it and walked away, leaving it to rot. Previous Bondo patches had popped out of their places, the chassis was one mass of rust scale, and the car refused to roll—three of the four wheels were locked. It was thinly optioned, but those four options are keepers—the original 110-hp engine, the 4-speed manual, a manually tuned AM radio, and the telescopic steering column with wood steering wheel. The rare and desirable steering column alone made the car worth getting. Surprisingly, the engine turned. The first challenge was rescuing it from its isolation. Dragging it out of her garage with a 4x4 F-350 helped. Getting it off the trailer at my place was less graceful, and it involved log chains, gravity, and, when it hit my concrete driveway at 11 pm, angry neighbors. Since then, I've mostly cleaned it up to make it saleable, though I did have to shatter the brake drum on the last non-rotating wheel with a six-pound maul. I pressurewashed it—outside and in, and when I got to the trunk, a good part of it washed away. Still, all the electrical systems work, and those 110 horses cough to life if prodded, but it's not long for this world. Corvair scroungers have already been by and, truth be told, it's probably on its way off the property as you read this. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Cadillac Eldorado “Eldosaurus” Has Evolved into White Elephant No “Superfly” love broker worth his full-length mink would have been caught dead without an Eldorado in the 1970s by Rob Sass 1967–70. Although gigantic, this firstgen front-driver was, like its stablemate the Oldsmobile Toronado, quite beautiful. Its successor, built from 1971 to 1978, was simply large. But the second-gen did have one advantage over its predecessor— it was available as a convertible. This series wasn't referred to as C the “Eldosaurus” for nothing. With just two-doors but nearly 19 feet long, it was an arrestor hook and steam catapult short of being able to launch and recover aircraft from the hood. Although Bill Mitchell wouldn't retire from GM until 1977, the 1971–78 Eldo exhibited none of the elegance and good taste of cars like the C2 Corvette or the 1963–65 Riviera. The Eldosaurus was one bad design cliché after the next—skirts and phony rear side vents for 1971–72 and a rear marker light disguised as a Cadillac wreath in 1973. However, it all paled in comparison to the Biarritz model, with two-tone paintwork (pale yellow and cream?), a padded landau roof, coach lamps, and tufted pillow seats. It's no wonder the car served as the starting point for some of the most famous pimp- mobiles ever to rumble through blaxploitation cinema—the “Superfly,” “El Doral,” and other conversions made by Dunham Coachworks made notable appearances in “Superfly,” “Willie Dynamite,” “Magnum Force,” “The Mack,” and even the James Bond film “Live and Let Die.” No love broker worth his full-length mink would be caught dead without an Eldo in the 1970s. Details Years produced: 1971–78 (convertibles 1971–76) Number produced: 54,640 (convertibles) Original list price: $13,240 (1976) SCM Valuation: $18,000–$20,000 for perfect cars Tune-up cost: $250–$350 Distributor cap: $15.95 Chassis #: A-pillar tag Engine #: Left side of block on boss in front of transaxle Club: Cadillac & LaSalle Club, Inc. PO Box 360835, Columbus, OH 43236-0835 More: www.cadillaclasalleclub.org Alternatives: 1971–96 Rolls-Royce Corniche, 1971–75 Oldsmobile 88 convertible, 1961–67 Lincoln Continental convertible SCM Investment Grade: D on a sunny day in New Jersey, F in the Oregon rain 34 Emissions choked the 500-ci V8 Although cars like the Eldorado—especially in convertible form—are more about cruising than performance, in 1971 and 1972, the 500-ci V8 (the largest production V8 ever) put out around 365 hp. Rick Renner, now the managing director of FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport and an early '70s Eldo owner, remembers being able to embarrass a mid-'70s Corvette in a stoplight drag along what should be the Eldo's ancestral home—New Jersey's Route 3, made famous in the “Sopranos” credits. After 1972, when pollution regulations really took hold, the Eldo moved into contention for the greatest inverse relationship between cubic inches and horse- adillac had a tough task in replacing its first front-wheeldrive Eldorado, the Bill Mitchell-designed model of power since the Brass Era. By 1976, the 500-ci engine was putting out just 190 hp. But again, performance wasn't the point. The Eldo was roomy because of its front-wheel-drive layout, could seat six in a pinch, and the top went down. Other than the slippery, spine-numbing pillow lounge chairs, there was nothing remarkable about the interior of a 1971–78 Eldo. Fit and finish were nowhere near as good as the 1967 model, and the materials were the usual marginal quality GM stuff from the '70s, including plenty of fake wood, plated plastic and fancy looking (plastic) wreaths and badges. Handling was largely theoretical although allegedly better than a rear-wheel-drive Coupe DeVille. The ride was as pillowy smooth as the tufted Sierra-grain leather seats. At over 5,000 pounds, fuel mileage was an abysmal 8–13 mpg. Drivetrains are fairly bulletproof, as GM had gotten things correct right out of the box with the 1966 Toronado. Post-1972 cars suffer from driveablity issues, as lean running and retarded timing was the General's solution to emission controls. Rust-proofing was better than on earlier Eldorados, though 1975's optional fuel injection Sports Car Market

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offered a “self-barbecue” opportunity not seen again until the Maserati Biturbo. Marketed in 1976 as the “last convertibles” The only real notoriety gained by this series of Eldos (other than pimpmobile fame) was the flap over the “last convertibles.” By the mid-1970s, it looked like the convertible was going the way of the dual-cowl phaeton as a body style. Popularity was waning, and everyone thought the government would pass rollover safety legislation that would effectively ban the drop top. By 1975, the Caprice and Corvette convertibles were gone, and Ford and Chrysler had discontinued their convertibles, leaving the Eldorado as the “last convertible,” a status that GM took full advantage of in marketing the last 200 as triple white “Bicentennial Editions.” They even made a point of retaining the last one for posterity, prompting hundreds of would-be profiteers to “pickle” theirs—leaving them stored with no miles and waiting to cash the inevitable huge check. Thirty-one years later, many of them are still waiting, also sitting on a stash of WorldCom and Enron stock, no doubt. The record price for a 1976 Eldo is held by a triple- white car with 39 miles on it, sold fittingly at RM's Boca Raton, Florida, sale in 2005 for $42,800. An original sticker price of $13,240 translates into $48,617 in 2007 dollars, which means the owner lost only $6,000—costs of storage, insurance, and the time value of the money tied up in the “instant collectible” not included. In fact, this particular stratospheric sale result has proven virtually unrepeatable. High teens or low twenties is more the norm; the Bicentennial cars can bring up to 50% more. Frustration resulting from the “yes, we have no bo- 20 Year Picture nanza” chagrin of owners of pickled Eldos resulted in one of the most infamous claims in the annals of frivolous American lawsuits: After Chrysler and later GM began commissioning specialty makers to build convertible bodies for them in 1983, an attorney attempted to certify a class action suit against GM, alleging, among other things, that their clients had been duped into purchasing 1976 Eldorados under the belief that they were going to be the last convertibles ever. Frankly, if I had a '76 Eldo to sell at an auction, I'd display it with a framed copy of the class action complaint the way British car owners and Porsche people bandy about their Heritage Certificates and Kardexes. It is after all, the most significant legacy of the 1971–78 Eldorado. ♦ 1971–76 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 $25,000 $30,000 $35,000 $5,000 1988 1993 1998 2003 Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. February 2008 35 2007 1969–71 Chrysler 300 Convertible 1971–75 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible

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Legal Files John Draneas Carrera GT Crash Hits a Nerve The ink wasn't even dry when the email inboxes, telephone lines, mailbox, and other forms of communication got red hot T he “Legal Files” column in the December 2007 issue of SCM, which discussed the $4.5m settlement of the Carrera GT fatal crash lawsuit, hit a nerve within the SCM community. The ink wasn't even dry when the email inboxes, telephone and fax lines, and other forms of communication were humming. Most comments were critical that the column was overly biased toward the plaintiff's point of view and challenged us to give equal time to the “other side of the story.” And here it is, in a special four-page expanded section. Porsche, Ferrari Club complain We received a lengthy letter from Tony Fouladpour, the Manager of Corporate Communications at Porsche Cars North America, which is printed in its entirety following this article. Efforts to contact Fouladpour to discuss this further were unsuccessful due to his travel schedule. We also received comments from Craig McLaughlin—a former at- torney, an experienced racer and, at the time of the incident, President of the San Diego Region of the Ferrari Owners Club, which sponsored the fateful track day. He was present at the event, and intimately involved in all pre-trial discovery activities. McLaughlin states that Craig McClellan, the plaintiff's attorney, is a highly skilled attorney. However, he is “first and foremost, an advocate and not a journalist or historian.” That is true. Lawyers are trained to advocate their client's position, and it's hard for them to turn that off and become objective, even when the lawsuit is over. But that doesn't necessarily mean McClellan is wrong; one can be biased and right at the same time. McLaughlin and Fouladpour are in 36 the same position. SCM readers should keep potential biases in mind when considering the comments of all three, which we believe are all well-intentioned. McLaughlin makes the point that the case never went to trial, so there was no real “determination” about anything. That is true. He states that the decision of his group of defendants to settle was based on a “cost to defend, versus a cost to settle analysis.” That may be true as well, but “Legal Files” believes there had to be some “risk of losing” in the analysis as well. Taking issue with the facts Fouladpour and McLaughlin claim several factual inaccuracies in the December column: • McLaughlin disputes that the Ferrari entered the track too slowly. Given the modest 2% share of the settlement from this defendant, “Legal Files” believes that fact was disputed. • McLaughlin takes issue with the statement that drivers were instructed to move to the right after entering the track. If that was a misunderstanding on our part, “Legal Files” apologizes for the error. • McLaughlin acknowledges that there were problems with the track's entry design, but that they were explained to the participants at the drivers' meeting. If we accept that, it raises an interesting legal issue. Is disclosure of design defects enough? At what point would the organizers be required to cancel the event because of the danger? Keep in mind the California Supreme Court ruled that releases are ineffective against liability for gross negligence, and at least in Sports Car Market

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Washington and Virginia, against ordinary negligence. • Fouladpour states that Keaton and Rudl were looking at each other, not the track, when the Carrrera GT entered the straightaway. “Legal Files” can't accept or deny that, but can state that it is unaware of any other person having said that. • Fouladpour states that electronic stability control would not have helped because the Carrera GT went off the track with the front wheels pointed straight ahead. However, that is contrary to other reports about the incident, all of which described the rear end of the car as coming around. • McLaughlin denies that any technician said anything to any FOC official involved in the track day about the condition or handling characteristics of Keaton's Carrera GT. Who paid up and why Fouladpour, in his letter, denies that the defendants sought to appor- tion the settlement responsibility among themselves. We can accept his statements as they pertain to Porsche. However, McLaughlin says that the FOC, as the sponsor of the event, carried a single insurance policy that covered the FOC, the organizer, the Chief Steward who had been hired by the FOC to run the event, and the track. The FOC was confident that the track and/or the Chief Steward bore the major share of any responsibility among their group, and wanted the settlement to be apportioned among their group in that manner. However, their attorneys advised that the Court would not do that, and the settlement had to be a single amount for the entire group of defendants. Porsche's relatively small settlement can be taken as an indication that the case against it was weak. However, McClellan claims that Porsche simply benefited from being the last defendant to settle. Had the case against Porsche gone to trial, it would have received credit for all settlements from all other defendants. Consequently, the odds of recovering more than $4.5 million were not enough to merit going forward. No doubt, both of these parties make good points, but there may be some posturing in each view. “Legal Files” will have to leave it at that. Supercars and less super drivers Fouladpour takes great umbrage at the claim that anything was wrong with the condition or design of the Carrera GT. McClellan says there were no specific mechanical issues with the car, the only complaint being that the lack of electronic stability control was a design defect. McClellan and Fouladpour disagree about whether ESC could have been used, and we can't judge that point. But note that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently issued a rule that requires ESC in all under-10,000 lb. vehicles by 2012, with a three-year phase-in beginning September 1, 2008. This is an interesting legal point. At what point should a manufac- turer be held liable when its otherwise non-defective supercar is sold to a less-than-super driver? “Legal Files” has little doubt that the customers questioned by Porsche had no desire for ESC, and that Keaton would likely have turned it off anyway. But the Carrera GT was sold to customers who may not know how to handle the car. McClellan's suggestion that a street crash should be Porsche's greatest worry is a good one. Hopefully, we will never find out if he is correct. Keeping sight of the human element The most important comments about the case come from McLaughlin. He urges that “Legal Files” not lose sight of the human element. Referring to FOC members and organizers, he says, “After all, Corey Rudl and Ben Keaton were our friends. We were absolutely devastated when they died.” In particular, the event organizer was the most affected. He was among the group who went to the Rudl house that afternoon to tell Tracy Rudl about the death of her husband. And, when he informed his insurance agent that he might be sued as the organizer of the event, his homeowner's insurance company immediately filed suit against him, February 2008 seeking a determination that his policy did not cover him. After hiring his own attorney to defend that lawsuit, it was pointed out to the plaintiff that the organizer was an uncompensated director of the non-profit FOC, and as such, California law immunized him from liability absent a showing of gross negligence. McClellan confirmed that was the case, and the plaintiff promptly dismissed him from the lawsuit, but not before he had incurred thousands of dollars in legal fees. McLaughlin also advises that the club has not sponsored a track day since, and he doesn't know if they ever will again. He is sure the organizer will never be involved again and resents any insinuation that he or any other FOC members acted cavalierly. “Legal Files” has never intended any such insinuation. McLaughlin is concerned about the impact on the Rudl and Keaton families. He feels no animosity about the lawsuit, and is “heartened by the financial assistance the settlement has provided Mrs. Rudl. The money will never replace her husband, and her and Mrs. Keaton's losses will be with them forever.” JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. Carrera GT Letters From: Jim Rosenthal, M.D., Annapolis, MD I thought the “Legal Files” series on the Carrera GT crash and settlement was particularly well done, for several reasons. – No other car enthusiast magazine bothers to mention these kinds of issues, let alone go into them in penetrating depth. –Since many of us are buy- ing faster and faster cars, our chances of being involved in this kind of incident are increasing. –And the “real world” is always out there waiting to make its presence known, even when we are Walter Mittying it around the track. When I owned a Ferrari, I was sometimes invited to drive the car at Summit Point on FOC track days, and also track days that local clubs had organized. I have never taken a track driving course, and frankly I am only an average-skilled street driver, though I also ride a motorcycle, which makes me a bit more aware than the guy next to me. I did not drive the Ferrari at Summit, partly because there were always loose ends about its behavior, with which I was not happy. In addition, the occasional bland assertions that “no one ever flunks tech” bothered me. And frankly, I thought tech seemed to consist mostly of taking all the loose items out of the car and verifying that the brake fluid was changed in the last year. Oh, and seeing that your helmet fit. After I sold the Ferrari, I decided to buy something I could work on myself and ordered a Kirkham Cobra, a 289 version with the 427 coil-over frame and suspension. Fortunately for me, this model did not come with a rollover bar, which meant no track days for it, either. Most Kirkhams are driven on the track—the company sponsors track events at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah for the owners, and most race their own cars—but I am just as happy to have the opportunity removed. I think if I am going to drive on the track, I would rather do it with an instructor and in someone else's car. I realize Paul Newman began racing at about my current age, 56, but I am no Paul Newman in a variety of ways, driving skill first among them. As the collector car and car enthusiast hobbies grow, and as there are more rich people 37

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Legal Files You Write This was the goal of Porsche's management and engineers—to have a vehicle with the costly technology of a race car, but with the comfort and accessibility of a street vehicle. A well-mannered vehicle with remarkable stability at high speed. Their success at doing this is fully reflected in the Green Light without reservations in Porsche's final approval documentation with the ability to buy a car the capabilities of which exceed the driving abilities of nearly anyone who owns one, accidents and tragedies like the Porsche incident may become more common. I hope not. As an emergency physician, I am way too familiar with sudden violent death as it is. But if you look at motorcycle fatality figures, according to Motorcycle Consumer News, the accident and death rates are rising for middle-aged motorcycle riders like me. There are some parallels; people who can now afford what they wanted for years are buying those vehicles and riding, or driving them. And another parallel; the sport motorcycles now sold are beyond the capabilities of superbikes of ten and 15 years ago, and have been for a while. They are bought most often by young riders with a keen appetite for speed who frequently die on them; another illustrative case of eyes bigger than stomach. I am not a fan of government regulation of areas such as this, although I would be in favor of ESC being installed on cars of the type that got into the wreck you described. I think the only thing that will regulate this kind of recreation and make it safer is more careful behavior on the part of the participants, and as the settlement showed, the agreement was that the participants could have indeed been significantly more careful. I am also relieved that Porsche was not more liable; although I am not a Porsche enthusiast, I do believe they are generally good engineers and constructors, and the deaths that occurred were less their responsibility than anyone else's—as the settlement showed. From: Tony Fouladpour, Manager, Corporate Communications, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Knowing that your publication is typically one that should pride itself on checking fact from fiction, we were disappointed by your reporting on the resolution of the Rudl lawsuit in California. Much of the key information you received from plaintiff's counsel about Ben Keaton and his Carrera GT was simply wrong; of course, knowing that this information came from such a source should have sounded a cautionary alarm. This lawsuit was brought by the widow of the passenger in Ben Keaton's Porsche Carrera GT. As the depositions in the case showed, Ben Keaton was a skilled amateur driver with a strong history in testing the limits of his vehicles. However, the crash, though tragic, was fundamentally the same as most of the crashes on the public roads. Ben Keaton was distracted and likely not paying close attention to the track when another vehicle pulled out from the pits in front of him. He was traveling at 130 mph at the time (the entering vehicle was traveling at a very slow pace), and he swerved hard right and was on the grass and sliding in less than a second. There was a reason he was not looking at the track. According to all accounts, Ben Keaton was a skilled amateur driver who had attended every driving school he could find, including the Porsche driving schools in the U.S. and the training for new Carrera GT owners in Germany. He was passionate about his belief in the Carrera GT and had sent eight separate buyers to a Porsche dealership to buy Carrera GTs. Ben got nothing for those referrals except personal satisfaction. On this day, his passenger, Corey Rudl, a wealthy Internet entrepreneur, was driving a Lamborghini, but it broke down. Ben Keaton wanted Rudl to know what a great car the Carrera GT was and took Rudl out for some laps. As they came back down the straightaway at the end of their first lap, they were observed by multiple witnesses with their helmeted heads turned toward each other. A Ferrari pulled out of the pit exit in front of Keaton. The Carrera GT's tire marks showed Keaton did not react until the very last split second. He swerved hard right and was on the grass in less than a second. Grass is similar to ice at those speeds and the center of the vehicle took a straight line over 300 feet into a barrier wall. Again, it was a tragic crash, and we feel for the victims and those close to them. Your article suggests there was a moment in the case where the parties seemed to allocate responsibility among the defendants for settlement. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ben Keaton's estate settled with plaintiff in mid-2006 for $2,250,000. In December 2006, the California Speedway, the Ferrari Owners Club, and the other on-scene defendants all settled for a combined $1,875,000. Porsche had no involvement in either settlement. With this money banked, plaintiff's counsel pursued enormous amounts of discovery against Porsche in both Germany and the U.S. He also kept looking for a winning theory and never found one. Sometimes it was airbags, sometimes oversteer, sometimes lack of controllability, and finally a claim that a vehicle used on a race track should have mandatory Electronic Stability Control systems. Understanding that he could seek tens of millions of dollars in financial losses for Corey Rudl's wife, plaintiff's counsel asserted to Porsche attorneys that it would take multiple millions of dollars for Porsche to settle the case. Plaintiff finally worked his way down to $350,000. At that point, it was a simple matter of accounting: it would be considerably less expensive for Porsche to settle than to go through a lengthy trial and appeal. Culpability was not implied by this financial decision in any respect, as a reading of the settlement document clearly shows. Settlement also saved the time of key management and engineering personnel so they could continue to develop product in Germany instead of being involved in the trial. Settlement at this low level is simply a good business decision—nothing more. Bottom line: The case facts did not support the plaintiff's case against Porsche. Plaintiff's counsel knows full well there was no report of something being wrong with the handling of the Carrera GT leading up to the California Speedway event that took place in June 2005. Ben Keaton was meticulous in making sure that everything was in top condition 38 Sports Car Market

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in his Carrera GT. Both of the quality Porsche dealerships that serviced his vehicle were consistently impressed by both his vehicle and the care he took with it. Ben Keaton had an extraordinarily high passion for his Carrera GT. This was confirmed by his wife at her deposition and by the eight Carrera GT buyers he sent to the dealership. The mechanic who is mentioned in your article and supposedly warned Keaton actually had nothing to do with this event and he proved to be anything but a true authority. Without getting into all the details, the Ferrari Owners Club that employed him sought to have him banned from actual inspections. After a Board hearing, Maxwell's recommended position was ended. Plaintiff's counsel then paid this individual to be a car handling “expert” for this case and ignored his past experiences. In fact, most importantly, the authorized Porsche dealership that had been regularly maintaining the Carrera GT signed off on the inspection form, knowing the car was in great condition. Plaintiff's counsel's com- ments against the Carrera GT were taken from documents during the vehicle development phase. The testing of the final production vehicle in March and April 2003 showed the Carrera GT was in excellent condition, both mechanically and in handling design. This was the goal of Porsche's management and engineers—to have a vehicle with the costly technology of a race car, but with the comfort and accessibility of a street vehicle. A well-mannered vehicle with remarkable stability at high speed. Their success at doing this is fully reflected in the Green Light without reservations in Porsche's final approval documentation. It was also recognized by the witnesses at the California Speedway that day who uniformly reported on the consistent stability and power of the Carrera GT. The ESC claim is a red her- ring to anyone who knows about true sports cars. Ben Keaton would not have used it on the California Speedway. Still at the time of development, no one had ever developed an ESC for a carbon fiber monocoque design; technology had simply not advanced that far. And it is also true that Porsche was in contact with customers during the development of the Carrera GT and they indicated no interest in that technology for this vehicle. More importantly, however, is the fact that the Plaintiff's counsel also does not appear to understand what ESC does. It only assists a driver when the vehicle is going in a different From: Curtis Burton, Houston, TX I am an avid reader of your magazine and enjoy it immensely. I am also the owner of a number of classic muscle cars as well as a Ford GT and a Ferrari F430 Spyder. To say I'm disappointed in the results of the Carrera lawsuit and the legal issues it will give rise to is an understatement. First and foremost, anyone who gets into any automobile and is traveling at triple-digit speeds understands the risk to the hardware and to himself. To blame the track, the flagger, the car designer, or the owner for ensuing events is wrong. It is also self-serving and convenient say that all mechanical devices have flaws and failure modes. Cars are no different. If I operate my Ford GT according to all the rules and hit a wet spot just right on the road, it is still going to spin out and potentially be involved in a wreck. The same is true with the F430, and while you may argue the traction control system will minimize the risk, it doesn't eliminate it. This case is lawsuit abuse, plain and simple. The fact that Mrs. Rudl won doesn't alter that. You're not talking about operating in a normal driving mode and having a part fail that shouldn't have, you are talking about operating a highperformance vehicle on a race First and foremost, anyone who gets into any automobile and is traveling at triple-digit speeds understands the risk to the hardware and to themselves. To blame the track, the flagger, the car designer, or the owner for ensuing events is wrong. It is also self-serving and convenient if you're out to collect a $4.5 million judgment direction than the steering wheel is trying to point it. The Carrera GT was going in exactly the direction Ben Keaton wanted— sharply away from the rear end of the Ferrari. In any other car, he would have crashed into the Ferrari. In the Carrera GT, he escaped that impact, but at 130 mph, he was off of the track in a split second and on the grass, where nothing could help him because there was no more traction. The Carrera GT was and remains an enormous favorite with our customers because it provides high performance with controllability in all of its performance aspects, and user comfort. We hope that in the future a more balanced story will be told.. if you're out to collect a $4.5 million judgment. This should never have reached a courtroom. Getting on that track in the first place is a decision that places you in harm's way. Anyone with the sense of a billy goat knows that. For a grieving wife to claim poor Rudl got shortchanged by everyone in the line of folks that had to pay her is a cop out. Where is his personal responsibility for his actions? If he wanted to be absolutely safe, he should not have been at the track. The fact that he was (and I'm willing to bet it wasn't the first or only time) suggests he was familiar with high-performance cars, their risks, and the unknowns that surround performance hardware. And if he wasn't, that's even more of a reason to stay at home in his easy chair. I'm an engineer by profes- sion, so it isn't a stretch for me to track and all the risks to which that exposes you. Shame on the courts and the wife for ignoring the person most responsible for the death—Mr. Rudl. I fear the time is coming when no car company will design performance cars because of this exact type of lawsuit abuse. Your article asks, “Was anything accomplished?” You missed a couple. Certainly, this lawsuit will make the costs go up for anyone who wants to enjoy his car on a track day. Insurance companies have to allow for negligence and now gross negligence clauses and factor in the fact that the Mr. Rudl's wives of this world will sue them and win regardless. That means in the not too distant future, we will all be denied the opportunity to operate our cars on these tracks because no one will underwrite the risk. Sad. ♦ February 2008 39

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Collecting Thoughts German Royalty A $17m Mercedes Six-Pack Rumor has it that Bernie Ecclestone—”Mr. E,” as he's known—sent back all of RM's contracts with the dollar signs replaced by pounds by Simon Kidston 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, lot 225—$8,235,112 large before the driver that it becomes almost a fighter pilot's sight. And nowhere else but in a fighter plane could one sit behind so much engine.”—Michael Frostick, The Mighty Mercedes, 1971. To me, Frostick's words sum up the unique appeal of the pre-war H 40 supercharged Mercedes. To the generation of motoring enthusiasts who witnessed the Third Reich-funded Silver Arrows storming to victory on Europe's famed Grand Prix circuits, driven by seemingly fearless young men sometimes referred to as “The Titans” for their mastery of these brutal 500-horsepower-plus machines, the supercharged road cars basked in the same glow of invincibility. In collector car terms, their status is well established. There has never been a time when their passage caused indifference, nor have they ever been worthless; their styling has been imitated frequently but arguably never improved upon; and of course, they have always been fast, powerful, and rare. In short, a pre-war “Blown Merc” ticks just about every box in the collector car stakes. ere are the ‘Mercs' of motoring mythology.... Here the three great exhaust pipes emerge from the bonnet side to be copied by all and sundry who wanted to make a Mercedes-like impression. Here the great three-pointed star rides so big and Unlike most other classic cars, their market isn't really subject to fashion, nor, dare I say, much speculation. These are big boys' toys: You won't find a relative newcomer or a lottery winner chasing them, like certain Latin exotica. The major players tend to be serious collectors in the U.S. and Germany, with a sprinkling of owners in Great Britain and Holland. They don't often appear for public sale, so six in the same auction caused a stir. Then again, the seller, Bernie Ecclestone, is a man of bold statements. In recent years, he had built a large and eclectic collection, which was being pruned back to its Grand Prix car element to better reflect its owner's F1 interests. For RM Auctions, which had recently announced its first European multi-marque sale in the heart of opposition territory, it must have seemed too good to be true. The consignment negotiations between RM's Rob Myers and F1's own ringmaster would have made a master class in dealmaking (rumor has it that “Mr. E,” as he's known, sent back all of RM's contracts with the dollar signs replaced by pounds) but whatever the terms, it was probably worth the extra gray hairs. Highlight of the “surplus stock” was of course the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, the feature lot of RM's heavily promoted auc- Sports Car Market RM Auctions

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tion. Combined with its five cousins, it contributed a whopping $17 million to the London sale total. Let's find out why. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, lot 216 The factory offered its own coachwork on the 500/540K series of 8-cylinder touring cars, of which 354 and 406 chassis were built respectively (plus an additional 38 short-chassis 540Ks). The more common bodystyles were the Cabriolet A (two doors and two front seats, plus one sideways behind or just a shelf for luggage—116 made), the Cabriolet B (two doors and four seats with four side windows—the least desirable variant—296 made), and the Cabriolet C (similar to the B but with two side windows and worth a little more than the B—122 made). There were also open tourers (28), some pretty coupes (9), the streamlined Autobahnkurier (6), the sporting Roadster (flat screen), and the positively rakish Special Roadster (split screen), but more on that later. Even amongst Cabriolet As, there are variations, as the early ex- amples tended to have lower, prettier windshields, and the later cars were generally less attractive. Spare wheels were either in the front fenders or on the tail, with collectors favoring the latter. The Ecclestone Collection's Cabriolet A, acquired at Poulain's Monaco auction back in May 2000 from the Michel Roquet Collection, looked very shiny but had side-mounted spares and the matching red paintwork and interior would have suited a fire engine. Lots of pre-sale interest did not translate into lots of bidders, and a German buyer edged out competition from the U.K. and France to snatch it at $1,391,850—today's market level, although good value compared to cars typically offered by German restorers. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special Roadster, lot 225 This car sold for $8,235,112 to a German dealer (probably bidding on behalf of a well-known German collector), with underbidders from Germany and the U.S. I first admired a Special Roadster when touring the Mercedes-Benz Museum as a university student in Germany; I'd never seen such a striking pre-war car, complete with 1930s Berlin nightclub backdrop. Opinions vary strongly about these cars among “insiders.” Years later, while I admired one at Pebble Beach, a well-known dealer acquaintance commented, “Wearing her Sunday best, but still the cleaning lady underneath.” Granted, the driving experience of the heavy 8-cylinder chassis does not match the promise of the Special Roadster coachwork, but has there ever been a standard catalog body more arrogant or evocative? There are subtle differences between the 58 500/540K Normal and Special Roadsters made (short or long tail, low or high door, upright or flush-mounted spare wheel), but this 540K Special Roadster, delivered to U.K. lock maker Sir John Chubb in July 1937, had it all—long tail, 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, lot 216—$1,391,850 high door, flush-mounted spare. There wasn't much to criticize. The steering had been converted from the original RHD during a sojourn in the U.S., and the restoration was no longer fresh after over a decade in storage, but the car presented well overall. Compared to the last true Special Roadster seen at auction (the “dazzlingly restored” ex-Jack Warner car sold for $3,630,000 at RM Phoenix in 2002, SCM# 27037) this slightly lesser example might seem generously valued, but the dollar exchange has a lot to do with it, and any Special Roadster is, well… special. I believe the price was spot on, and the car will still stop traffic in 100 years. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet, lot 233 Sellers are often tempted to add the word “Special” (or the more exotic sounding “Spezial”) to any Mercedes-Benz bodystyle that doesn't match the factory catalog, but RM claimed the build sheet of this 500K—the superficially similar 5-liter predecessor to the 5.4-liter 540K—indicated it had originally been described as a “Spez. Cabr. A.” The car offered by RM was similar to a regular Cabriolet A, but with arguably prettier front fenders and a longer tail, both reminiscent of the Special Roadster, including the flush spare. Not so great were the coffee-brown wheels and interior, the generally average condition, a typically high soft top when lowered, and a slight gap in its history—from 1936 until 1995. Bidders were hesitant on this car, and it was knocked down at $1,449,844 to a German buyer, well below estimate. Mr. E was sitting in the front row, giving the nod to the auctioneer as his cars approached their reserves, rather like the omnipotent emperor deciding a Roman gladiatorial contest. I understand that a fellow bidder's hesitation made the buyer a $200,000 profit the next morning, when the underbidder decided he simply had to have the car. Considering that a standard Cabriolet A is worth about this much, even after the overnight mark-up, I'd still call this handsome car well bought. Once properly restored, it could look stunning. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster, lot 238 And now for something completely different. Yes, it's still a super- charged Mercedes, and it still has those hallmark side exhausts and vee radiator topped by the three-pointed star, but it's really from a different generation and has a completely different character, which should be no surprise, as the factory's chief designer at the time was Ferdinand Porsche. The big 6-cylinder, supercharged Mercedes rivaled W.O. Bentley's cars on the track and in the sales stakes, and both were fast, loud, and expensive, intended for the wealthy sporting motorist. Starting with the racy 6.8-liter S (Sport) type in 1927 (180 hp and up), 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Cabriolet, lot 233—$1,449,844 February 2008 the model evolved through the slightly less Spartan 225-hp SS (Super Sport) and finally the two-seat, 225-hp SSK with shorter chassis (hence 41

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Collecting Thoughts German Royalty the “K” for Kurz), with which young Rudi Caracciola earned his spurs. As is often the case with these models, RM's SSK wasn't what it first appeared to be. For starters, it has no visible chassis number. Secondly, its documents show the chassis number of an SSK, but not this one (another car sold by Poulain in 2003 to Germany and since factory-vetted). The engine is claimed to be a genuine SSK unit, although research suggests that only the crank case is SSK, with blower, sump, cylinder head cover and intake manifold from an S. The bodywork is SSK lookalike, and the car carried a catalog disclaimer reminding us that “RM Auctions Limited is not an expert in the construction of Mercedes-Benz automobiles.” Lots of grumbling from various experts and an apparent lack of pre-sale interest didn't seem to harm the price though, as a knowledgeable Dutch enthusiast beat off French, German, and American bidders to secure the car for $2,551,725. This was a fraction of the value of a proper SSK (the last one auctioned by Bonhams made over $8 million at today's exchange, back in 2004, SCM# 35065) and the same price as a bitsa Alfa Romeo Monza. The bid was generous but not crazy. 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Sports Tourer, lot 239 Give us Brits an English chassis to clothe, all jolly good. But some- times foreign chassis and British coachwork just don't go; it's important to get it the right way around (think Italian lovers and British policemen…). An SS Merc would normally elicit lots of interest from any collector, but like the so-called SSK above, this car's story was complicated. Originally a U.K.-delivered SS, it was bodied as a slightly awkward tourer by Cadogan of Fulham, London (my apologies to Mr. Cadogan if he's reading). The car later went to the U.S., where it ended up with Ray Jones, who promptly removed the body and placed it on an SS chassis (described as “un-numbered” in the catalog) powered by an S engine. Although this second car (with the Cadogan body) is the one RM claimed to be selling, the chassis number was given as that of the first car, and the catalog then told us “…the chassis appears to be a complete and correct S-type Mercedes….” You get the picture. The headline figure of $1,206,270 looks a bargain for an SS (I auc- tioned an original factory tourer in Monaco in 2005 for $2,394,000), but this car hasn't got the “wow” factor of the two bitsa SSKs in the same auction, and most high-level collectors these days tend to steer clear of cars that require a complicated explanation, preferring instead simple stories like “Steve McQueen/ Elvis/ Mussolini once sat in it.” That being said, the new owner, a well-known “Kompressor” Mercedes expert, tells me he's found the chassis number and that the S engine components are all numbered and matching, many of them in magnesium, which was favored for S-types destined for racing. He adds, “Okay, we as Germans will not discuss British taste as regards coachwork…” 1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Roadster, lot 238—$2,551,725 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL Replica, lot 240 To keep the old SSK competitive against newer machinery (mostly from Italy) as the 1930s dawned, the factory converted a handful of cars (five to seven) to SSKL specification, the “L” standing for Leicht or Light; it's all relative, of course. The chassis rails were drilled like cheese and the engine was boosted to a whopping 300 hp, but despite winning the '32 Avus Grand Prix at an average of 194 kph (120 mph), the SSKL's days were over. It weighed double the incoming 750 kg (1,650 lb) formula, and even Caracciola bought an Alfa instead. All were broken up and none are supposed to exist, although at least ten seem to turn up on the Mille Miglia every year. The Ecclestone car, which had also passed through Ray Jones's hands, used what is probably a shortened and drilled S-type chassis (you guessed it, un-numbered again) with an original S-type engine (un-numbered according to the catalog, but research suggests it probably does have one) and, of course, replica SSKL coachwork. Oh, and another car claims the same chassis number. But the finished product looked great and, despite its status as a very sexy bitsa, it went home to Germany (assuming that's where the bits were actually made) for $2,203,762. Sometimes, even collectors who know all the rules break them when something looks that good, and the fact that the buyer owns the S-type in which the engine and gearbox belong played a part too. Not an investment, but who cares when the blower's wailing and you're doing 120 mph? To sum up, I suspect Mr. E was wise to offload his cars at auction, as, the Special Roadster apart, these were not generally “world class” examples and probably would have struggled to find buyers at his prices in private sales. I should imagine everyone went home happy, and fellow Special Roadster owners must be feeling that little bit more… Spezial. ♦ 1929 Mercedes-Benz SS Sports Tourer, lot 239—$1,206,270 42 1931 Mercedes-Benz SSKL Replica, lot 240—$2,203,762 Sports Car Market

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Event Glenmoor Gathering Glenmoor's Grace 1930s “French” judging chooses cars strictly on their elegance of design and use of color by Carl Bomstead Significant automobiles gathered in Canton T 44 he Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles has established itself as one of the premier concours d'elegance in the country. Now in its 14th year, it is held in the second weekend of September on the historic grounds of the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, Ohio. The invitation-only event is able to attract a number of exceptional automobiles because of its proximity to several large metropolitan population centers and the untiring efforts of its Executive Director, David Schultz. When Schultz and Head Judge Paul Sable asked me if I would be available to judge at the 2007 event, I checked the balance in my air miles account and quickly accepted. Ed Herrmann, who also serves as Master of Ceremonies at Pebble Beach and the Kirkland Concours, was the Grand Marshall, and George Barris—the “King of Kustoms”—served as an Honorary Judge. I was joining an illustrious group. The elegant 167,000-square-foot Glenmoor Country Club was built in 1930 as a Roman Catholic seminary, and now serves as the Clubhouse and has a number of rooms for overnight guests. The Glenmoor Gathering is held on the expansive practice areas for the 7,018-yard Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course, and more than 200 cars were displayed for judging and spectator viewing. The event began on Saturday morning with the Countryside Tour, which involved about half the cars that would be judged the following day. This type of activity is becoming more commonplace at concours events; concours cars have often been viewed as static pieces of nonfunctional art, and the tours place them in their intended environment—the open road. At the Sunday morning judge's break- Details Plan ahead: September 12–14, 2008 Where: Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH Cost: $20 per person, $50 per family More: www.glenmoorgathering.com fast and meeting, Sable assigned the judging teams and explained the judging procedure. The Glenmoor Gathering uses the “French” style of judging, which is also used at several other prominent concours. The style is derived from the concours d'elegance that were held in France during the 1930s, where new cars were presented Sports Car Market

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Best in Show 1933 Stutz DV32 Rollston convertible Victoria of Andy Simo and judged strictly on their elegance of design and use of color. Cars were often painted to match the ladies' gowns and graceful animals typically used in the presentation. Animals were not allowed on the Glenmoor judging field, and none of the ladies went to extremes in their attire, but the cars were to be judged strictly on their design and elegance. I was teamed with Bill Warner, Chairman of the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, and Patrick Schiavonne from the Ford Motor Company Styling Department. We were assigned two classes—American Classics 1925–1932 and those from 1938–1948. A formidable task, as any of the cars would have been welcome in my garage. We were instructed to select a Best in Class and an Award of Distinction, which, for all intents and purposes, was our second choice. We then made our individual selections for the Best in Show award. At the award ceremony, we watched our first selec- tion, the 1929 Duesenberg Derham Phaeton belonging to Tim Durham, receive its first place award, quickly followed by our other class winner, Doug Seybold and his 1940 Buick Limited Convertible Phaeton. The most deserving Best in Show award was presented to Andy Simo and his 1933 Stutz DV32 Rollston convertible Victoria. ♦ SCMers Gathered at Glenmoor H.DeWayne Ashmead—Fruit Heights, UT 1932 Auburn Stephen Babinsky—Lebanon, NJ 1913 Cadillac Torpedo Phaeton William Bartels—Canfield, OH 1957 Ford Thunderbird Megan Boyd—Canton, OH 1932 Ford roadster Joe Cantore—Elmhurst, IL 1930 Alfa Romeo Willaim Chapin—Sewickley, PA 1949 Kurtis Kraft sport roadster James Cousens—Clarkston, MI 1920 Detroit Electric Model 82 William Davis—Charleston, WV 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Timothy Durham—Indianapolis , IN 1929 Duesenberg J Derham phaeton Walter Eisenstark—Yorktown Heights, NY 1955 Siata 208S roadster James Grundy—Solebury, PA 1915 Mercer L-Head raceabout Brett Johnson—Indianapolis, IN 1951 Porsche 356 John Lebold—Perrysburg, OH 1965 Sunbeam Tiger convertible Gene & Ann Nau—Russell, OH 1932 Lincoln KB Judkins coupe Gene & Sally Perkins—Greenwood, IN 1933 Packard 1006 LeBaron town car John Rich Sr.—Frackville, PA 1915 Crane-Simplex roadster 1912 Rauch & Lang limousine Jim & Rick Schmidt—Ocala, FL 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser Steven Schultz—Chicago, IL 1930 Packard 745 convertible sedan 1935 Duesenberg SJ convertivle coupe Mark Thomas—Birmingham, MI 1927 Kissel 8-65 speedster Lee Wolff—Orange Village, OH 1966 Lincoln Continental Steve & Susan Zumdahl—Seymour, IL 1931 Packard 840 town car February 2008 45

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Events Kirkland Concours “French Curves” Draw Admiring Glances The Maharajah's 3rd wife, Folies Bergere dancer Stella Mudge, had the car painted several times to match her mood and costume by Carl Bomstead 1937 Talbot-Lago, best curves of the show L 46 ooking out my window at the drizzly Seattle winter brings back happy memories of September's sun-drenched 5th annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance at Carillon Point on Lake Washington. Concours board chair Jeff Clark said the 2007 concours was the most successful to date. “Not only did the weather cooperate in spades, but the cars, boats and motorcycles on display represented the finest collection we have offered, and we enjoyed record crowds.” In all, 95 cars were shown, along with eight vintage wooden boats and ten vintage motorcycles. The featured class of automobiles was “French Curves”—custom French-bodied classics. The car that took first in that class, as well as Best of Show, was a 1937 Talbot-Lago T150C SS Figoni and Falaschi coupe owned by Jack Nethercutt of Sylmar, California. Talbot-Lago s/n 90107 features a tear drop, all- aluminum body, and is the only one of 16 built to have covered front wheels. It was given by the Maharajah of Kapurthala to his daughter Brinda, who married Paramjit Singh, Maharajah of India. Singh's third wife, the English Folies Bergere dancer Stella Mudge, had the car painted several times to match her mood and costume. Tommy Lee brought it to California after WWII and was timed at 116 mph at Muroc Dry Lake. Winner of the American Classics (1933–48 Open) was the 1933 Chrysler CL Roadster Le Baron owned by Ed Rittenhouse of Mercer Island, Washington. This car also won the Kirkland Concours Award, runner-up to Best of Show. Other American Classics that caught the judges' attention were the Duesenberg J Derham Phaeton owned by Timothy Durham of Indianapolis, Indiana, which won first in American Classics (1925–32) and the 1931 Cadillac 16 Sport Phaeton owned by Aaron Weiss of San Marino, California. This 16-cylinder, open-top classic was one of 86 sport phaetons built and one of 18 remaining. A highlight of the event was the display of the Blue Train Bentleys. On March 13, Plan ahead: Early September, 2008 Where: Carillon Point, Kirkland, WA Cost: Adults, $25; Kids 7–17, $10 More: www.kirklandconcours.com 1930, at 6 pm, Woolf Barnato, Chairman of Bentley Motors, left Cannes, France, in his Speed Six Bentley to see if he could get to London before the famous Blue Train. He did. He arrived at the Automobile Club in London 15 minutes before the train pulled into Calais on the northern coast of France. For years, it was assumed that the 1930 Details Speed Six Gurney Nutting coupe was the Blue Train car. Then, recently, vintage Sports Car Market

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Bentley expert Michael Hay proved the coupe was still being built at the time of the race. It's now believed that the actual Blue Train Bentley was a Mulliner-bodied 1929 Speed Six. Both cars are owned by Bruce and Jolene McCaw and both were shown at the concours. This year, for the first time, a Kirkland Tour d'Elegance preceded the Concours. The two-day, 16-car tour was led by Tour Masters Al and Sandi McEwen in their 1934 Derby Bentley. Other participants included Jules Heumann and Barbara Pastorella in a 1951 Jaguar XK 120, Stan and Valerie Dickison in a 1935 Packard SCMers at Kirkland Dennis Aker—Seattle, WA 1942 Indian 4-cylinder Gordon Apker—Scottsdale, AZ 1932 Packard 900 convertible coupe Tom Armstrong—Issaquah, WA 1968 Camaro Z/28 Penske Trans Am Carl Bomstead—Redmond, WA 1911 Singer John Campbell—Warren, RI 1956 Austin-Healey 100M roadster Terry Clark—Gig Harbor, WA 1939 Triumph Tiger 100 1952 Triumph 6T William Cotter—Seattle, WA 1964 Cobra Race Car 1965 Scarab F1 single-seater Eric Dremel—Seattle, WA 1967 Austin-Healey BJ8-Phase II convertible Timothy Durham—Indianapolis, IN 1929 Duesenberg J Derham phaeton Jim Feldman—Portland, OR 1938 AC 16/90 Competition Sport Supercharged 1968 AC 428 Frua convertible Tom & Cameron Fender—Portland, OR 1955 Triumph TR2 roadster David Fluke—Bellevue, WA 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 COPO coupe 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle Z16 SS Malibu 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS sport coupe 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sport coupe Jack Goffette—Edmonds, WA 1954 Kurtis 500 roadster 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Liter Charles Goodman—San Rafael, CA 1929 Cord L-29 cabriolet John Goodman—Seattle, WA 1971 Corvette Greenwood 1966 Corvette Sting Ray 1968 Riva Aquarama Gerald Greenfield—Lake Tapps, WA 1932 Ford B cabriolet Richard Griot—Seattle, WA 1963 Webster Special 2-liter sports racer Peter Hageman—Kirkland, WA 1954 MG TF 1500 roadster 1934 Bugatti T57 Stelvio DHC 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Liter Vanden Plas tourer 1930 Bentley Speed Six tourer 1925 Bentley 3-Liter Gurney Nutting tourer 1930 Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Bruce Harding—Beaverton, OR 1968 Triumph TR250 convertible Bill Harding—London, UK 1953 Aston Martin DB3S Bill Hart—Phoenix, AZ 1938 MG Supercharged Monte Holmes—Seattle, WA 1934 Cadillac 16 452D Fleetwood coupe Gary & Joyce Johnson—Tigard, OR 1941 Cadillac 6267 convertible coupe Mark Jones—Seattle, WA 1962 Triumph TR3B roadster Kay & Theresa Jones—Shoreline, WA 1953 Morgan Plus 4 roadster Bob Kampas—Bothell, WA 1947 MG TC roadster John Kane—Coral Gables, FL 1934 Packard 1104 coupe roadster Neal Kirkham—Saratoga, CA 1931 Rolls-Royce PII Barker Sedanca John Long—Los Angeles, CA 1957 Devin SS roadster Roy Magnuson—Mill Creek, WA 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter tourer Ken McBride—Seattle, WA 1929 Delage GL torpedo phaeton, Labourdette 1938 Talbot Grand Prix racer Bruce & Jolene McCaw—Bellevue, WA 1929 Bentley Speed Six Mulliner coupe 1930 Bentley Speed Six Gurney Nutting coupe Al & Sandi McEwan—Redmond, WA 1955 Greavette Streamliner Brent McKinley—Arlington, WA 1932 Packard coupe roadster, Packenberg 1929 Packard 640 7-passenger touring 1932 Auburn 8-100A speedster 1957 Ford retractable hardtop 1950 Hudson Commodore sedan 1953 Packard Caribbean Richard Messer—Corona Del Mar, CA 1937 Delage D8-120 aero coupe 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Bruce Meyer—Beverly Hills, CA 1960 Corvette Le Mans racer Charles Morse—Seattle, WA 1931 Delage D8SS tourer, Chapron 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante, Gangloff 1953 Delahaye 235 cabriolet, Chapron John Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1934 Packard Dietrich Custom sports sedan 1948 Indy/Offy Keck Pennzoil Special Peter & Merle Mullin—Los Angeles, CA 1937 Delahaye Type 145, Chapron Tom & Betsy Murphy—Gardnerville, NV 1940 Chris-Craft DeLuxe barrel back Steve Norman—Edmonds, WA 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter Martin Walter DHC Brian Pollock—Mercer Island, WA 1937 Morgan 3-wheeler Bloor Redding—Vancouver, WA 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Liter Art Redford—Gig Harbor, WA 1940 Indian Four w/sidecar Richard Tilden—Cornelius, OR 1924 Bentley 3-Liter Vanden Plas tourer Don Whalen—Monrovia, CA 1900 Orient 1207 Victoria, Neal and Lillian Kirkham in a 1931 Barker-bodied Rolls-Royce PII Sedanca, and Brown and Sara Maloney in a 1958 BMW 507. The tour covered 250 miles on secondary roads, with wine tasting, dinner and tours of Brent McKinley's, Jon Shirley's, and Craig Watjen's car collections. A lot of good people pulled together to make this event happen. Ed Herrmann is the Kirkland concours Honorary Chairman, and is assisted in the MC duties by our Keith Martin. Chief Judge is Glenn Mounger, I'm Assistant Chief Judge, and Honorary Judges include Peter Brock, David Gooding, Jules Heumann, Bruce Meyer, Bill Warner, Don Williams, and Sandra Kasky Button. To date, the Kirkland Concours has raised more than half a million dollars for charity in its five years, and no doubt will up that total significantly next year. ♦ February 2008 47

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Ferrari Profile 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Series II Consistent serial production 250s begin with the Europa GT. Prior to this, one could find differences between sequential Ferraris of the same model by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1954–55 Number produced: 18 Series I, 34 Series II Original list price: $9,500 approx. SCM Valuation: $600,000–$800,000 Tune-up cost: $2,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1955–57 Pegaso Panoramica, 1946–53 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Corsa, 1955–58 Bentley S1 Continental Fastback SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa Lot# 61, s/n 0341EU Condition 1- Chassis number: 0361GT I ntroduced to the public at the 1953 Paris Auto Salon alongside the 375 America, the 250 GT Europa was Ferrari's first true Gran Turismo and the first roadgoing Ferrari to be identified by the now-legendary 250 series nomenclature. Pinin Farina's design features a high-waisted silhou- ette with a long, low hood, crisp lines and a large oval grille. The elegant yet sporty 2+2 coupe is now regarded as a classic and solidified Ferrari's longstanding relationship with the design firm. The Europa was the only Ferrari 250 to carry the Aurelio Lampredi-designed V12, which was originally designated for racing use and produced over 200 horsepower. As such, the Europa was capable of a 135 mph top speed and 0–60 times under eight seconds. The V12 engine was coupled with an all-synchromesh transmission and, in conjunction with the car's superb handling characteristics, made for an outstanding Gran Turismo package. The exceptional left-hand-drive example offered here, chassis 0361GT, was the third 250 GT Europa produced. It was sold upon completion to Mrs. Paola Ferrari for Ms. Mirka Landini of Bologna, Italy. It was owned in the 1960s by J. McCoy of Missouri before returning to Europe and finding its way in 1990 to Albert Obrist, an avid col- 48 lector from Gstaad, Switzerland. Obrist owned the car until the mid-1990s, when it was acquired by the Ecclestone Collection. The car has received a show-quality restoration. The two-tone dark blue and silver paint is in very good condition and virtually free of defects. The blue upholstery has been professionally restored and well maintained. The light gray cloth headliner and blue-painted dash are also quite remarkable, as is the proper as-new instrumentation. All chrome trim and brightwork have been professionally replated to show quality finish. The undercarriage was correctly refinished in black and is complete, with original hardware or correct new replacements when necessary. No signs of road use are apparent, with the cleanliness in as-new condition. The engine bay is equally outstanding and has been expertly detailed. Three correct twinchoke Weber carburetors sit atop the 220-horsepower Lampredi V12. The original 16-inch Borrani wire wheels are shod in new Pirelli tires, and the spare wheel and jack reside in the boot, which has been professionally restored. Only 36 Europas were built in both series. Benefiting from such rarity, as well as a superb pedi- 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Special Lot# 17, s/n 1187 Condition 2- Sold at $1,100,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 SCM# 46555 Not Sold at $380,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM# 38921 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano coupe Lot# 50, s/n 0543GT Condition 1Sold at $550,000 Worldwide, Seabrook, TX, 5/5/2007 SCM# 45311 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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gree and concours-quality restoration, a 250 GT Europa of this caliber would be an exceptional addition to any automotive collection. SCM Analysis This Ferrari 250 GT Europa sold for $788,715 at RM's London sale on October 31, 2007. There are actually two distinct models of 250 Europa—the original series, intro- duced in 1953, and a second series known as the 250 Europa GT, which was introduced late in 1954. The subject car is the latter Europa GT. The original 250 Europa and its sibling, the 375 America, were nearly identical cars with different engines. Both cars featured a Lampredi “long-block” V12 but with different displacements. The 375 America's 300-plus horsepower engine displaced 4,522 cc, while the 250 Europa's 200-hp engine displaced a more modest 2,963 cc. The smaller engine was a concession to Europe's taxation on larger displacements. These cars had a 108-inch wheelbase, transverse front leaf springs, and Houdaille shock absorbers. The big difference between the Europa and the Europa GT was the engine. The complex and heavy Lampredi engine of the Europa was discarded in favor of a smaller Colombo-designed unit. The shorter engine was 20 hp more powerful and allowed an 8-inch reduction in the car's wheelbase. The shorter wheelbase, along with a revised rear frame design, coil front springs, and tubular hydraulic shock absorbers, contributed to improved handling in the Europa GT. The lovely Pinin Farina body was not significantly changed, though the Series II proportions are more aesthetically pleasing. The importance of the 250 Gran Tursimo series to Ferrari's history can not be overstated, and the history of production 250s begins with the Europa GT. Prior to the Europa GT, it was not unusual to find differences between sequential Ferraris of the same model. Different body builders, different trim, and an evolution of mechanical components meant that even though two cars shared a common model number, they often were not common to each other. The Europa GT changed that. Recognizing that standardization was the key to profitability, Ferrari embarked on a plan to make a standardized production model, and the Europa GT was that model. Although there are custom Europa GTs, most of them are very similar. While Europa GT #0361's documentation is not complete, there's enough history to be reasonably comfortable with its provenance. Certainly its history with Albert Obrist is a good indication of its quality. Mr. Obrist, a Swiss manufacturer of aluminum and plastic containers (think tooth paste tubes) liked to collect the best of the best. His collection included a 250 GTO, a TR 59, a half dozen sports prototypes, and a handful of other highly collectible Ferraris. Unfortunately, Mr. Obrist borrowed heavily against the cars in the superheated Ferrari market of the late 1980s, only to find himself deep under water when the market crashed in the 1990s. Rumor has it that Formula One czar Bernie Ecclestone nudged the bank to call the loans and ended up with the cars at a significant discount. A prominent U.S. collector snapped up the important competition cars but apparently passed on the Europa, which is a telling story of a Europa's relative collectibility when compared with the true heavy-hitter Ferraris. This particular car, and especially its catalog description, do raise some questions. The catalog states that #0361 is fitted with a Lampredi engine, but as the third Europa GT (a Series II car), it should have a Colombo engine. The car does, however, have the leaf spring and Houdaille shock absorber front suspension of a first series Europa. The catalog also states that there were only 36 of both series Europas produced, which is also probably incorrect. Ferrari often called the early cars 250 GTs without assigning a model name. One historian will call an ambiguous example one model and a different historian may call it a different model all together. The exact number of both series Europas produced is disputed, but it lies somewhere between 34 and 66. There is little question that the Europa GT is an important car in Ferrari's history. Owning one will get you invited to most anywhere you want to go. Unfortunately, they lack the lust factor the big boys have. While they are quite handsome and will draw a crowd, there will always be something faster or more glamorous that will take home the trophy. A Europa is a nice addition to a collection, but it's not a centerpiece car; if you can only have one Ferrari, it's not going to be a Europa. The $790k paid for #0361 is probably record territory for a Europa GT (0403GT was bid to $945,000 at Gstaad in 1999, but not sold—SCM# 8730), but these days that's not unexpected. There just aren't many great 250 series cars available, and if you want one you'd better be prepared to pay up. It's interesting to note that if this car had been bought at the 2005 exchange rate, it would have cost $100,000 less. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) February 2008 Seat Time Ken Roath, Newport Beach, CA: I purchased my 1955 250 Europa GT, s/n 0419GT, in early September of 2007 for use as a rally car. In my opinion, it provides all the performance characteristics of a true GT car, with added comfort. And since my wife will be joining me on the rallies, comfort—to the extent it was available in early sports cars—was of importance. The adaptation of front coil springs and the use of the short-block Colombo V12 enabled a shorter wheelbase and were major improvements in handling over the heavier and longer Lampredi-powered Series I Europa. It also produced a betterproportioned car visually. The Europa GT was the first Ferrari to carry the GT designation, and with a detuned 250 Mille Miglia powerplant, it could provide plenty of performance. This particular car had early race history in the capable hands of drivers like Olivier Gendebien, Jacques Swaters, and Leon Dernier, all of Belgian racing fame. As purchased, s/n 0419GT was operable, very complete and original, but is currently in Maranello at the Ferrari Classiche Department for observation prior to restoration, servicing, and maintenance. Budd Florkiewicz, Scottsdale, AZ: I own a 1954 Europa, s/n 0345EU, with matching engine. It's a beautiful car that has been fully restored, and it's a blast to drive. In September 2006, we drove it in the Colorado Grand, and it was superb in the mountains. Last August, we showed it at Concorso Italiano. Bob Slayden, Sandy Springs, GA: On December 19, 1971, I became the owner of a 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa , s/n 343EU. I bought it from Harley Cluxton in New Orleans back in the days when he was a law student dealing Ferraris on the side and I was a psychiatry resident buying sports cars and trading them up for the next one. Cluxton wanted something like $4,000, but we settled on $2,800. I bought #343 on a gamble because when I test drove it, the car had no power, but I believed I knew what was wrong. After the purchase, I had the cam timing checked on the Colombo engine and bingo! One cam was out of time by a tooth. The “mouse-trap” valve springs were a first for me. We retimed the cams and the car ran well but never had a lot of power. Inside it smelled of leather, oil, and a little must. When you turned the key, the unique Ferrari “whirrrrr” of the starter was instantly recognizable. Has anyone ever done a sound-track of unique starter motor sounds? This Ferrari would make it. Once running, it sounded terrific, with the V12 pulling smoothly with good strength through all four gears. The transmission was smooth once warmed up. Its lines were really special, with the long hood and coupe body, and it was finished in red with a mint blue original interior. I drove it almost daily for a while, and then moved to Philadelphia with my wife. We flat-towed #343 behind our Vista Cruiser station wagon using a homemade tow bar. We left Metairie, Louisiana, at 3:00 am only to discover my tow bar was too short; the bumper of the wagon punched out the Ferrari's headlight bulb as my wife pulled out of the drive way. We had to get to Philly, so we just avoided making any more sharp turns, and all was fine for the rest of the trip. I sold it on November 11, 1972, for $4,250. Was I getting rich or what? I made a $1,450 profit, plus I got to drive a Ferrari while my fellow residents were driving VWs. I used the proceeds to pay for a 300SL Gullwing Mercedes that I still own. I have often wondered what happened to the ol' girl. I'd take her back in a minute, but I'd still keep the Merc. ♦ 49

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan A Dose of Reality in Your Ferrari Dreams When I get requests for Ferrari race cars I always ask: What do you want to do with it? The response is usually a long silence by Mike Sheehan F310, not for big guys or beginners inexact science, I start by explaining that all Ferraris are in some way “mission specific.” To the first-time buyer who wanted a Ferrari F1 car, R I simply asked “Why?” and followed with a series of questions: “Have you every driven a Formula car of any kind?” “Do you have any racing experience?” “How tall are you and what do you weigh?” With the response that the client was over six feet tall, on the wrong side of 220 pounds, and had never driven a race car, the answer was self-evident: “You will not fit, and you're over your head.” Not for the faint of heart (or wallet) Modern F1 Ferraris are technological marvels, con- stantly redefining state-of-the-art technology and performance. Owning and operating a used F1 car is not for the faint of talent or wallet, with any V10- or V12powered F1 cars priced well north of $1 million, and over $2 million for a race-winning Schumacher car. The top F1 teams have budgets beyond $500 mil- lion per year and employ teams of computer wizards in search of an extra tenth of a second. Even at the privateer level, if you don't have Ferrari-speaking mechanics, 50 ecently, one early-morning caller wanted an “F1 Ferrari.” That afternoon, another emailed wanting “a race car,” and a later caller wanted either a 246 GTS or a 550. While buying a Ferrari is an you're not going to leave the pits. When you do get on the track, most F1 engines are built to last one two-hour race before being rebuilt and updated, at a cost that would put a 550 Maranello in your garage. As for owning or using an F1 Ferrari in the U.S., there is no racing series or support. You'd have to sign up for the Ferrari Clienti Corsa program, ship your car off to Italy where the factory has a full program, and fly to Europe to race. Buying an eligible and competitive F1 car and running six races a year will cost at least $2 million. And don't bother to ask about Turbo-era F1 Ferraris, which are much cheaper at $500,000; Ferrari will not allow turbo cars in their series, as the on-off power transition is too drastic. Who wants a neat toy if you can't play with other kids? I hear “I want a Ferrari race car” daily I only get a few requests for Ferrari F1 cars each month, while I hear, “I want a Ferrari race car,” daily. My answer is always the same question: What do you want to do with it? The response is usually a long silence on the other end of the phone. I then explain that Ferrari race cars start at as little as $50,000 for a usable 308 track car or a lastdecade 348 Challenge car, and go to $15 million plus for a 250 GTO. As for venues, a 308 track car or a 348 Challenge car will put you on the track in regional Ferrari Club track events and will even get you to the FCA Nationals and Cavallino. For those with a thicker wallet, a 360 Challenge car will set you back $100,000, while a current-but-used 430 Challenge car leaves little change from $200,000. Any of these will require one's own trailer. Oh, and have a Ferrari mechanic along for problems, as there WILL be problems. Better yet, contract with a local shop that has its own trucks, trailers, and race mechanics. It is important to note that Ferrari street car mechanics, restoration shop mechanics, and race car mechanics have non-interchangeable skill sets. Sports Car Market

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A popular rung in the Ferrari race car ladder is cars suitable for relaxed tours like the Mountain Mille or Texas 1000, with entry starting at a 330 GT 2+2 for around $100,000. While not real race cars, to many firsttime Ferrari buyers, any car eligible for these events must be a race car in sheep's clothing. The next step up is the higher-speed, more-intense, more-restrictive entry events like the California Mille or the Colorado Grand. We just sold a gorgeous 250 TR Replica at $395,000 that was accepted for both the California Mille and Colorado Grand. That's about the same value as a very nice 250 Ellena—the cheapest entry to these two events—which require 1950s Ferraris. Further up the ladder are cars for the Mille Miglia, Monterey Historics, or U.S./European Ferrari Historic Challenge. Look for an alloy-bodied Boano with race history, at about $750,000. Scream up to 512Ms and 250 SWBs at $3 million-plus. Go stratospheric with 250 LMs and GTOs at $5 million–$15 million. I recommend a driving school program Before buying a race car of any kind, I recommend a driving school program such as Skip Barber, Bob Bondurant, or the Russell Schools, each of which will provide more track time over a $4,500, three-day weekend than a would-be racer will get dragging a 308 or 348 to every local event for a year, and for far less money. Driving schools quickly separate race aficionados from the wannabes. If you love searching for the limits of your ability while in a four-wheel drift, you could be a racer. If you head for the bathroom every time you get out of the car, you're a spectator. These schools use learning-level formula cars that are quicker than almost any Ferrari street car, and infinitely cheaper to fix, as $5,000 will cover almost any crash. For those with a bigger checkbook who want to go to school in a Ferrari, FNA has a 430 driving school at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, that gives you two days of track time for $8,500 and supplies world-class accommodations. Should one have an “off,” the cost will probably equal to half a dozen Barber or Bondurant schools. Test drive the street car of your dreams For uninformed street car calls, such as the gentleman who couldn't decide between a 246 GTS and a 550, these are two very different cars. The Dino is my favorite of the V6–V8 cars, with gorgeous lines and a V6 that makes every shopping trip seem like a warm-up lap for Sebring, circa 1970. Alas, this client had never driven any Ferrari, and lived in a chilly town in the upper-Midwest, far from the nearest service center. I arranged for him to test drive a Dino only 400 nautical miles from his home, as he had his own plane. Test driving a Dino, in December, in Detroit, with the targa top off, quickly ex- posed the Dino's feeble heater, token defroster, recalcitrant power windows, and long warm-up period. And while it sounds like it's qualifying for Sebring, with 200 hp and at 3,000 pounds, the lady in the BMW next to him at the light left him for dead—and she didn't know she was being raced. His next stop was a recently serviced and user-friendly 550 in New York. A quick December test drive, with the luxury of a heater and defroster that worked, and more than enough power for rain-soaked roads, will probably make it his first Ferrari. Bottom line: Far too many first-time Ferrari buyers have a dream based on no real- world experience. Too many fail to relate their dreams to real-world usability of the Ferrari to which they aspire, as well as to their wallets, their climate, and their access to Ferrari service in their area. As for those who dream of starting a racing career in their 40s or 50s in a Ferrari, try a racing school first. If you want an event car, choose which event you want to do, speak with the or- ganizers, determine what cars will be accepted, and then go shopping. Most important—take time to test-drive the car of your dreams before writing a check. It will help make Ferrari ownership the experience of your dreams, rather than a nightmare. ♦ 246 GTS, both better and worse than a 550 February 2008 51

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English Profile 1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 Coupe Most pretty British sports cars of the 1960s and '70s have appreciated beyond the means of entry-level collectors by Rob Sass Details Years produced: 1967–74 Number produced: 4,798 (all Elan S1–S3) Original list price: $5,921 SCM Valuation: $9,000–$12,500 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $18 Chassis #: Driver's engine bay near firewall; sometimes inside a door panel, on chassis at random, under rear bumper Engine #: Back of engine block Club: Lotus Marque, PO Box L, College Park Station, MD 20741 More: www.lotuscarclub.org Alternatives: 1967–69 MG C-GT, 1971–74 Alfa Romeo GTV, 1966–67 Jaguar XKE 2+2 SCM Investment Grade: D Comps Chassis number: 501782 T he original Lotus Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hard top was offered in 1963 and a coupe version in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now-famous steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. The Elan was technologically advanced, with a twin-cam 1,558-cc engine, four-wheel disc brakes, and four-wheel independent suspension. An Elan 2+2, called the Plus 2 or +2, was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two rear seats. An estimated total of 17,000 original Elans and Plus 2s were built. Sports Car International named the Elan number six on the list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The original Elan is commonly credited as being the design inspiration for the highly successful 1990 Mazda Miata. In fact, two Elans were intimately evaluated by Mazda in the process of designing the Miata. This 1970 Lotus Elan Plus2 coupe is a classic example of Lotus success, excellent performance, and amazing handling. The car has been completely restored off the frame and shows its quality very well. The engine is a 4-cylinder, DOHC unit, with cast alu- minum cylinder head. The original 1,558-cc engine with twin Strombergs puts out about 108 horsepower and purrs like a kitten. The exterior is finished in a bright red with black fixed top, and both show obvious signs of a detailed and careful restoration. The interior is restored to original in black and is in 52 great condition, with matching black carpeting and a very rare option—power windows. The engine bay is detailed to show standard, as is the underside. The undercarriage and body are extremely solid. Overall, this Elan Plus 2 runs and drives extremely well and is ready to show or to take to any vintage event, where this car would be happily accepted. SCM Analysis This car sold for $20,900 at the Worldwide Group auction in Hilton Head, South Carolina, on November 3, 2007. With beauty being a huge factor in collectibility, good examples of truly pretty British sports cars of the 1960s and '70s have appreciated beyond the means of entry-level collectors. The few exceptions to the rule tend to be coupes of relatively modest performance like the undeniably pretty MG B-GT and Triumph GT6. The Elan +2, however, bucks this trend, as it offers good performance and stunning looks, and still falls within the realm of affordability. Lotus's underappreciated stunner In perhaps the only documented case of the 2+2 being prettier than either the two-seater coupe or the open car, Lotus produced an underappreciated stunner in the +2, a car both low and slim and with great details like two vertical vents on the fixed roof, a neat 1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 coupe Lot# SP37, s/n 501782 Condition 3 Sold at $12,774 RM, Toronto, Ontario, CAN, 4/15/2007 SCM# 45166 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint S4 coupe Lot# 238, s/n 7110260379E Condition 2+ Sold at $37,168 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 8/31/2007 SCM# 46861 1965 Lotus Elan S3 Prototype Lot# 48, s/n 264915 Condition 1 Sold at $41,151 H&H, Cheltenham, UK, 2/21/2006 Sports Car Market Photos: The Worldwide Group

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integral grille surround and bumper, and three-eared Dunlop knockoff disc wheels like a D-type Jaguar. The rear three-quarter view is especially nice, and the +2 is sexy where the roadster is toy-like. That the car is not more widely recognized as beautiful is perhaps a testament to the fact that few people have actually seen one. On the road, the +2 handled nearly as well as the Elan roadster, and the longer wheelbase gives it a better ride; extra weight made the +2 only slightly slower. Road & Track summed it up as a more practical Elan that gave up little, although the rear seats were admittedly of limited use. This particular example was restored by a Canadian shop in 1998 and came with much photo documentation. Originally a green car, the red and black colors in my opinion don't do the +2 any favors, as the cars tend to look better in light metallics and dark colors. In any event, the paint was done to a reasonably good standard, and the photos showed the proper attention to the backbone chassis. The seats were reported to be original, appeared to be in the correct vinyl, and showed well enough. The polished walnut dash and Smiths gauges looked to have been professionally done to a very good standard. Strangely, the headliner was left undone, and this was jarring. Everything works, including the headlights The Lotus twin-cam was rebuilt by Dave Bean Engineering, a well-known Lotus expert on the West Coast. The long-time SCMer who purchased the car reports that it runs quite well and that everything works, including the headlights and power windows. The car could use a detail and replacement of the head- liner to look fresh. The restoration was certainly done to a standard higher than original assembly, although when referring to a Lotus, that phrase has a far different meaning than when one is referring to a Porsche. As is often the result when a good example of an unusual car crosses the block, somebody steps up and pays in excess of what the guidebooks say. Interestingly, it sold in April 2007 for $12,774 (see Comp), though I still say no harm done at this price. It's hard to imagine any real appreciation in the future for what is still an unloved model from a marque whose production cars have yet to light any collector fires. But perhaps the car can be driven and enjoyed and disposed of with a small profit, in due course. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Worldwide Group.) Seat Time Alan Andrea, Lake Forest, IL: I've owned two Lotus Elan Plus 2s. The first was a near-new '71 “S” model I bought in 1973 while in college. I owned it for about a year. The second is a 1973 Elan Plus 2 S130, which I bought last year from the original owner. I've owned many sports cars both new and old, including at least ten Loti. There are plenty of things I like about the Elan Plus 2. It is rare, lightweight, easy on fuel, easy-ish to work on, has a great shift linkage, and possesses a high grip level, great balance, and maneuverability; it offers a much more comfortable ride than a standard Elan. The styling is pleasing for a 2+2, it came with an extremely high level of equipment for its day, the instrument panel is top-notch, parts are readily available, and rust is not so much an issue. Of course, it is not perfect, either. The U.S. version lacked for power, and it could have used a 5-speed, which was only available on Euro versions. They were somewhat crudely made and a bit flimsy when compared to contemporary cars like the E-type or 911, with which the Elan competed in price. The power windows are slow as a snail, there's an unpleasant surge from the rubber U-jointed axles, and of course it has the traditional oil leaks. Part of the crudely-made issue has to do with the fact that Lotus tried to build the car so light. It weighs around 2,100 pounds, maybe less, which puts it in a different league than almost anything else. I'm taking care of the power problem with a 150-hp Lotus twin-cam engine currently being built, and I'll install steel CV joints this winter. Otherwise, I want to keep the car pretty original. And the silver roof? It was only available on the S130 series, and was actually a metalflake finish impregnated into the fiberglass. ♦ February 2008 53

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English Patient Gary Anderson Extras, Extras, Read All About It! How about fitted luggage, a child seat that mounted over the center armrest, and leopard-skin seat covers? new sports car today, and in the 1960s, high-end Jaguars and Aston Martins offered similar options, but did you know that you could have bought all that equipment for your MG B, Triumph, or Austin-Healey in 1967? When you looked at a new car at the dealer—few cus- C tomers special-ordered their cars—you were likely to find a standard set of upgrades already in place. To keep down the advertised price (on which British taxes were based), most British cars were advertised as Plain Janes, with disc wheels, no radio, no heater, and no overdrive. So how come so many cars on British registries these days have wire wheels, heater, and overdrive? The answer is dealer-supplied (and sometimes dealer- installed) accessories. If you wanted custom touches, like fashionable outside fender mirrors that most of us believed were the sign of a true sports car (based on pictures of Jaguar XK 120s and 140s), your dealer had a full showcase of BMC and aftermarket accessories at a nice mark-up. For example, a list of accessories available at Donald Healey's retail dealership makes interesting reading. Not only could you order for your Healey the typical luggage rack, mirrors, and woodrim steering wheel, he even offered fitted luggage, a (pre-safety worries) child seat that mounted over the center arm rest, and leopard-skin seat covers for the cosmetically challenged. And they were cheap by comparison Prices back then were about one-tenth of what the same accessories would cost now—if you can find them at all. Your $29.95 custom car cover is now $219.95, and that trunk-mounted luggage rack is now about $350—up from $39.95 in 1968. Your dealer could install Lucas or Raydyot fender mir- rors ($5.95) while you waited and in whatever location you thought would work—or more likely, where they would look best. Raydyot mirrors cost $64.95 now, and though “Lucas-style” units are still cheap at $12.95–$24.95, they don't last long. You might have been convinced that a wooden Les Leston, Moto-Lita, or Derrington woodrim steering wheel ($39.95) and a matching wood shiftknob ($3.95) would be just the thing for your car. Moss now gets $220 for a replica Tourist Trophy wood wheel, while a Derrington repop is $400. Of course, a pair of stringback or Jim Clark leather driving gloves ($7.95) would improve your times on the Sunday autocrosses at the shopping center parking lots. How about a nice leather cover to lace over the steering wheel for just $6.95? Lucas driving lights would have set you back about $20 (now it's $141.95), while a grille guard or badge bar could be found for $17.95—try $79.95 today. 54 omes equipped with clock, luggage rack, driving lights, detachable hard top, AM/FM radio, and air conditioning.” That's pretty typical equipment for any Healey with period aftermarket hard top Tune into The Wolfman when you were parked And how could you possibly take your date out on Saturday without a $49.95 AM/ FM radio? Even if you couldn't hear it when the car was in motion, you could tune in the Wolfman when you parked with your steady. If you didn't find what you were looking for in the dealer's showcase, there were aftermarket catalogs from Amco and MG Mitten, plus the imported car section of the JC Whitney catalog. We were all ready to put up with a little discomfort in our new sports cars, but there were some answers for those problems as well, though the options were more costly. Fiberglass hard tops were available, since the BMC and Triumph factory works teams had them for racing and rallies, which meant they had to be in the dealer accessory catalog. A factory hard top added about $250 to a $2,195 MG A or a $1,795 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite. There were also several aftermarket hard top companies advertising in the back of magazines like Sports Car Illustrated. Though now very rare, tops were even available for models like the original Healey 100s. Triumph tried to go one better in 1961 when it offered a Michelotti-designed “Surrey Top” as a factory option on the TR4. The solid rear window and frame over the tonneau area were joined to the windshield by a metal or vinyl panel, both of which were best suited to desert climates. Of course, you could always buy a hard top MG B-GT or Triumph GT6 and have a fabric sunroof fitted. The standard in the field then was Webasto, which sold its kits to the manufacturers and also supplied them to dealers for fitting (about $79.95). Researching this article, I talked to Norman Nock, who managed one of the Qvale BMC dealerships in period, located in the same Stockton, California, spot where his son and daughter now run British Car Specialists. Norman says the tops leaked and can recall installing only one. The ultimate American-style accessory For the ultimate American accessory, in 1966, BMC/Hambro introduced “Air Conditioning for BMC Cars” in a BMC Parts Sales Bulletin to its U.S. dealers. The kit was manufactured by Coolaire in Miami, Florida, and had a small control unit and vents under the dash, linked to a compressor and condenser under the bonnet. The air conditioning kits could be fitted to the MG B, MG 1100, and Austin-Healey Sports Car Market

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3000. Hambro thought these units would be “potentially a most desirable accessory,” and “in view of the national demand for air conditioners,” urged its dealers to place their orders as soon as possible. There was one big hitch. The suggested retail price was $335 to $385—about 10% of the full retail price of the car. Today, that would be like offering air conditioning as an option for a BMW Z4 at $5,000. Nock remembers fitting only one or two in MG B-GTs. Are they worth it today? Is it worth looking for original versions of these op- tions today? And if you do find a car from the 1960s that is fitted with period accessories, how should you factor them into your offer? Some factory options, like wire wheels and overdrive, almost always increase the value of the car and are so common that most price guides show a deduction in value if they aren't present. Fitted accessories like driving lights, fender mirrors, and luggage racks are nice to have and as such are still duplicated and sold today. But check lights and mirrors to see if they're truly period, or modern just repops. The differences in condition and quality of materials will be obvious. I've only seen one B-GT with a period air condi- tioner, and while it's an interesting artifact, it didn't work very well; mostly it generated noise. On the other hand, I owned a Jaguar Mk II sedan fitted with a modern Selden a/c (a brand commonly fitted to hot rods), and it was both a pleasure to have and bumped the price when I sold the car. I know several Southern U.S. Healey owners who have fitted modern air conditioning and factory hard tops, and they are delighted. Factory hard tops al- Air conditioning, noisy and expensive ways increase the value of the car, and since they can be removed easily, there's a thriving separate market for them. Their value is generally listed at $2,000 to $3,000 in good condi- tion, and they can be found with a little effort. I have one for my Healey BN7, and I like it for long highway trips, but frankly, it sits above the garage most of the time. Today, just as in the 1960s, you can personalize your British sports car with all the gadgets and accessories you can imagine. Just be thoughtful before drilling holes in your otherwise pristine boot lid to install a luggage rack, or doing the same to put mirrors on your fenders. Frankly, I'd hang some fuzzy dice from my rearview mirror first. And I guarantee those won't reduce the value of your car, even if they might invite a visit from the collector car taste police. ♦ February 2008 55

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1967 Iso Grifo Coupe This Grifo may not seem expensive for long. Euro-Americans are the ultimate street rod, and already great performance can easily be improved by John Apen Details Years produced (all types): 1965–1974 Number produced: 400 A3/L (Lusso), 22 A3/C (Corsa) Original price: $13,448 in 1970 SCM Valuation: $85,000–$145,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Metal plate on top of right front shock tower Engine #: Top left flange at rear of block Club: IBOC, 2025 Drake Drive, Oakland, CA, 94611 More: www.home.tiscali.nl/isorivolta/ isopage1.htm Alternatives: 1964–68 Gordon-Keeble, 1959–64 Facel Vega, 1967–77 Monteverdi 375 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: GL650098 pany Iso Rivolta. Starting with scooters, he expanded to Isetta bubble cars, later licensed to BMW. With the proceeds of the BMW deal and continuing refrigerator sales, Rivolta, like many Italian industrialists, resolved to build a GT car. The Iso Rivolta, a Bertone-styled four-seat coupe, appeared in 1962 at the Turin motor show, and was built at a new plant near Milan. A sportier two-seat Grifo was sold from 1965 to 1974. Rivolta relied upon American engines to give his R cars exceptional performance and great reliability. The Grifo had the Corvette small-block V8 engine and gearbox and a competent chassis designed by one of Italy's greatest automotive engineers, Ferrari GTO designer Bizzarrini. It was all packaged under a svelte Bertone body by Giorgio Giugiaro. According to Motor Trend, Bertone referred to the Iso Grifo coupe as his masterpiece. With a height of less than 48 inches, an aggressive design, alloy wheels, and details such as engine cooling grids on the fenders, the Grifo's design was impressive. Although it was twice the price of a Corvette, it was lighter and more sophisticated. The lightweight pressed steel unitary body and chassis had four-wheel disc brakes, a deDion rear axle with inboard-mounted brakes, and coil spring suspension. The 327-ci V8 with high compression heads produced 350 hp by 1967. With a top speed of over 165 mph, the Iso Grifo was capable of the same tremendous performance as its Ferrari competition. This Grifo has the 350 hp Corvette Turbofire V8. Sig. Prevosti, who bought the car around 1988, had it restored to concours standards during the late '90s by 56 enzo Rivolta started building Isothermos refrigerators before World War II. Following the war, Rivolta recognized another Italian need, transportation, and named his new car com- Salvatore Diomante, who was heavily involved in building the A3/C and Bizzarrini competition cars at the factory. The body is straight, and the paint looks fresh and is free of imperfections, as is the chrome. The tan leather interior was fully restored and still shows no signs of wear. Every component is as-new and period-correct, from the instrumentation to the radio. The engine bay is detailed and indicates that this car has covered very few miles since restoration. During a recent test drive, the car started readily and idled smoothly. For many enthusiasts, the Iso Grifo represents the best of both worlds—Italian styling combined with the performance and low maintenance costs of an American V8. SCM Analysis On October 31, 2007, RM sold this well-restored Grifo for $255,172 at its London auction. This is a substantial price and well over market. It was 41% over RM's high estimate of $150,000, and of four price guides consulted, none estimates an excellent value over $130,000, with two indicating that that level has been attained only in the last year after solid increases in value. (SCM's 2008 Price Guide has been updated to reflect the shift.) There were several versions of the Grifo over almost ten years. The most important variation was the A3/C, where C stood for Corsa or competition. The Bizzarrini race version had a dramatic, modified alloy body mounted on a tube-frame chassis, and the engine was moved back about 16 inches, making it one of the first front-mid-engined cars. Bizzarrini dubbed the A3/C as his “Improved GTO.” Twentytwo A3/Cs were built as Grifos before Bizzarrini 1970 Iso Grifo Lot# 121, s/n 7L030322 Condition 1Sold at $162,675 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/21/2007 SCM# 45707 1967 Iso Grifo Lot# 68, s/n GL660109 Condition 2 Sold at $115,500 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28/2005 SCM# 37416 1966 Iso Grifo Lot# 287, s/n GL850221 Condition 1Sold at $73,700 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/12/2004 SCM# 34878 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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and Rivolta parted ways in 1965 and the car became the Bizzarrini 5300 GT and American GT. The street A3/L (for Lusso) had the same pressed-steel unitary body and chassis of the earlier four-passenger Iso Rivolta. The street Grifo was quite a success, but in 1970, Piero Rivolta, now running the company after the death of his father, upgraded the body with an elongated nose and hidden headlights, which turned an already outstanding design into one of the most elegant-looking GTs ever produced. These are referred to as the Series II cars and were in production from 1970 to 1974. They bring a good premium over the earlier cars. In 1968, the spectacular Corvette L71, a Tri-Power version of the famous 7-liter big-block 427, was introduced for the Grifo. In the end, there were 322 Series I and 78 Series II cars built for a total of 400 Grifo Lussos. This car is a regular A3/L Series I; the chassis number identifies it as the 98th made. Hard to find one good enough to buy Aside from being a true high-performance car, the big appeal of these American- engined, Euro-bodied amalgams is summed up by Steve Snyder, a Southern California collector who has an affinity for Facel Vegas: “I really like the whole hybrid idea. I know that my Facel will always run, and I could probably rebuild the entire drivetrain for the cost of a major service on a Ferrari.” He also explains why this nicely restored and attractively painted Iso might have garnered such big dollars: “I particularly like the Iso Grifo, but I've never found one that I felt was good enough to buy. The last Iso I looked at came from England and consisted entirely of rust holes and Bondo.” So while you get fantastic styling and low maintenance costs, there is a downside. Many '60s custom bodies are afflicted with the dreaded “tin worm.” While Iso built around 422 Grifos of all varieties, Oliver Kuttner, a Virginia collector who sold this car through a broker to Prevosti and has owned many Grifos and 38 Bizzarrinis, points out that over half of the new Grifos were sold into Germany. The climate and the salted roads are not kind to rust-prone Italian coachwork, and the stringent yearly state safety inspections are even less forgiving. He estimates that 30%–40% of Grifos there have been junked, and many more are in dodgy condition. So finding a good restored or restorable Iso Grifo is not easy. As one SCMer in Switzerland wrote in 2006, “I wanted to let you know that I just paid about twice your indicated price for a stunning car in near-perfect condition. I bought it through a reputable dealer in Europe. Paid $135,000… these cars are rare… a great number have surely rusted away.” Pedigree and execution define desirability If pedigree and execution define desirability, this car has it—chassis by the es- teemed ex-Ferrari development engineer Bizzarrini, body designed by Giugiaro, and built by Bertone, among the best for the quality of its bodies. Further, the restoration was done by Diomante, an ex-Iso employee who was instrumental in manufacturing the cars and later built some very fine Bizzarrinis. What of future values? Will Grifos continue to appreciate and find a wider follow- ing? Will the European design flair, combined with inexpensive-to-maintain American power, become more popular? I'd have to say this Grifo may not seem expensive for long. Euro-Americans are the ultimate street rod, with plenty of parts to increase the already great performance relatively cheaply. Several eclectic collectors admire Anglo/Italian/French-American customs. As Bob Lutz said in the “Etceterini Profile” of his Monteverdi 375 S, (February 2006, p. 54): “All of these… are attractive alternatives to the typical exotics of the era… I have often thought that a fascinating collection could be assembled from European cars that used American V8s. Just think of all the marques you could pick from.” Over the years, hybrids have fallen in and out of market favor. When hot, they are described as “the best of both worlds.” When cold, they are derided as “stylish bodies with lumps under the hood.” Given this sale result, it appears the market for hybrids is going through one of its “hot” and “hotter” phases. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) February 2008 Seat Time Ron Tonkin, Portland, OR: One thing about Iso Grifos is permanently etched in my memory. In the late '60s, I first visited the factory and met a very cordial Piero Rivolta. He, like me, was much younger and he was most hospitable. I went with him to his villa, met his charming wife and lunched with them. After lunch, we went to the factory, which was very small, but a busy place indeed. Rivolta said, “I want to show you something that just came here this morning.” We went around a corner and there sat the most hideous and total carnage remains of a new Iso Grifo. It had been involved in a massive wreck the previous day, and all that was left was the cabin. Every part of the car—front, sides, and rear—was totally compressed, and it appeared to be a small, square pile of junk. Rivolta told me what had occurred, and I was genuinely amazed. The owner of the car was absolutely uninjured; he walked away with nary a scratch. You would have sworn no one could have lived through that wreck, let alone escape without injuries. The owner, a Milanese gentleman, was so in awe himself of his good fortune that he immediately ordered another Grifo from Rivolta, and the factory was actually going to tear away all the damaged parts from the wrecked vehicle and build the car again. Such was the strength and protection the perimeter frame on the Grifo provided the owner. I guess you just had to be there to see it. And don't forget, this was 40 years ago. I think that speaks volumes about the quality and safety of the Iso Grifo and the technological superiority of that car in its day. It was a beautiful and practical automobile with a sleek Bertone body and massaged Corvette V8. A few years later, when GM could no longer supply them with engines, they turned to Ford. Using the Ford engines resulted in the redesign of the hood to accommodate the higher stance of the air cleaner, which, in my opinion, made them a bit less attractive, but still a great machine. Dave Kinney, Great Falls, VA: Of all the cars I've owned, one of the most satisfying was an Iso Grifo. They look great, are fun to drive, and in most cases are easy to fix. My first exposure to the Grifo was in the early 1970s when I worked at an exotic car dealership in the Washington, D.C., area. In my job as gofer, lot boy, and salesman, I often found myself making excuses to drive any of the three Grifos we had in stock in the three-year period before I went to college. I have fond memories of a black Grifo with a silver roof panel and tan leather, a 327ci 4-speed car. It had a particularly silky feel to the GM gearbox and was geared higher than any Corvette I had driven to that day. It was a great way to get back and forth from my occasional appearances in high school to my place of employment. A few years later, I bought a Grifo while on a visit to South Florida. It had been hit hard in the passenger side rear, and bent and torn sheet metal existed where formerly there was a rear quarter and trunk lid. At the time, a decent example was worth perhaps $10,000; I believe we paid in the neighborhood of $3,500 for our Grifo. My roommate at the time, Walt Bordas, took responsibility for the repairs; it was my job to find the missing parts and sell the car when finished. When everything arrived, miraculously, it all fit. Bordas had stretched, shrunk, and refitted the metal to an outstanding standard. We sold the car, now color-changed from light blue to red, for $10,000. When all was said and done, I doubt if we made any real money, but like every other Grifo I have experienced, it was a great ride. ♦ 57

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German Profile 1957 BMW 507 Roadster Removing the issues of performance, reliability and dealer service— significant considerations in 1957—the 507's charms rise to the surface by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1956–59 Number produced: 253 Original list price: $11,000 approx. SCM Valuation: $300,000–$500,000 Tune-up cost: $1,700 approx. Distributor cap: $500 Chassis #: Plate on firewall, stamping on chassis near right front suspension pickup point Engine #: Right side middle of block Club: BMW Car Club of America, 640 South Main St., Suite 201, Greenville, SC 29601 More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1956 Maserati A6G Spyder, 1957–63 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, 1954–55 Lancia Aurelia B24 America Spider SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 70015 I n the early 1950s, BMW covered opposite ends of the automotive spectrum. On the one hand, R24 motorcycles and Isetta bubble cars provided inexpensive transportation for the average German citizen. On the other hand, the large and well-appointed 501 was intended for the upper middle class and was powered by the pre-war hemi-head, inline 6-cylinder engine used on the sporty 328. Despite being underpowered for its size, the 501 was well received once production began in 1952. By 1954, BMW had finally solved its power problem with the introduction of the 502, which carried a 2.6-liter V8. Finally, in an effort to counter offerings from Mercedes, BMW unveiled two new models at the 1955 Frankfurt show. The 503 was offered as a coupe or cabriolet, and carried a 140-horsepower development of the original V8, now enlarged to 3.2 liters. It was the 507, however, that stole the show. Designed by Count Albrecht Goertz, an established industrial engineer based in the United States, and fitted with the 3,168-cc V8 engine producing 160 horsepower, the 507 held its own against contemporary competition, in looks at least. Credit for its initial conception goes to post-war U.S. importer Max Hoffman, who recognized the strength of the American economy as a lifeline for struggling German car manufacturers. Not satisfied with BMW's own proposal for a 507 convertible, Hoffman called upon Goertz to create an independent design. The car entered production the following November as a 1957 model. While Hoffman had initially targeted an upper- middle-class-friendly price range, production costs for the hand-built 507 escalated its price to over 58 $11,000—greater than that of the 300SL and twice that of the XK 140. Despite the increase in price, however, BMW lost money on every 507 produced. It was slightly revised in 1958 with the appearance of the Series II, which offered increased horsepower, standard front disc brakes, and added space behind the seats. Production ceased two and a half years after it began, with only 253 examples built. The car offered here is the fifteenth 507 assem- bled in 1956. The car has undergone a full restoration with the intention of being driven in historical events. The car has been finished in black and appears to be in excellent condition. It is fitted with a new Haartz cloth top and correct Rudge-Whitworth alloy wheels. The interior was reupholstered with red Connolly leather. The BMW 507 was a brief reinstatement of BMW's sporting heritage that flourished with the BMW 328 before World War II but would not reappear until the advent of the M Division years later. Owners such as Formula One great John Surtees and Elvis Presley added to the 507's high profile. It is believed that approximately 80% of all 507s have survived, and the car offered here is an ideal candidate for the growing number of historic events worldwide. SCM Analysis This car sold for $893,104 at RM's Automobiles of London sale held October 31, 2007. The BMW 507 is quite an amazing phenomenon. It's an example of an initial failure becoming a collectible icon. It has no race history, means surprisingly little to the overall history of the company, and 1957 BMW 507 roadster Lot# 104, s/n 70010 Sold at $346,500 Condition 2+ RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/28/2005 SCM# 37283 1960 BMW 507 Lot# 28, s/n 70221 Condition 1- Not sold at $450,000 Sportscar Auction, Geneva, CHE, 10/7/2006 SCM# 43289 1955 BMW 507 prototype Lot# 51, s/n 70002 Condition 3- Not sold at $320,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2001 SCM# 23299 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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tor, and exhaust systems being renewed, along with an engine rebuilt with new pistons, stainless steel-sleeved brakes, and the fitting of an alternator. All of that makes this particular 507 a pretty face with which you can have a bit of fun. Now as reliable as it needs to be The power-to-weight ratio of the 507 vs. a 300SL is of much less consequence on a long, sweeping road in a vintage rally or even climbing an Alp or two in a tour than it was in the 1950s, when you had to be on time to an important meeting across the Continent. With modern metallurgy and lubrication, the challenges of the aluminum engine have long ago been met and the unit is now as reliable as it needs to be. Much as Fiat's Otto Vu stands far above any other Fiat, the 507 stands out among post-war BMWs. Perhaps only the pre-war 328 Mille Miglia cars, if one could be found, would surpass it in price. In the past few years, the cost of obtaining a 507 has was in no way innovative. Perhaps it shows the power of a pretty face. Everyone agrees that it is one of the most evocative sports cars of the 1950s and has captured the imagination of collectors in a way it was unable to when new. Not what Max Hoffman had in mind The story of how Max Hoffman pushed BMW to create the 507 is well known. Perhaps not as well known is the fact that the car he had in mind was to be a moderately priced ($5,000), lightweight roadster, which could be driven to work during the week and raced on weekends. However, the car with which he was presented was heavy, relatively underpowered, and much more expensive than the competition. In any case, BMW's pre-war racing reputation was too distant and European-based to really mean much to the well-heeled clientele the 507 was targeting. These people could (and did) buy Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis, and Mercedes, all of which were winning major races in the U.S. and abroad and at the time of the 507's launch—not making bubble cars and motorcycles. Reliability issues with the aluminum V8 also caused headaches for early owners and further weakened its market appeal. However, Goertz penned one of the most attractive shapes of the 20th century, and in spite of its disadvantages, the 507 still attracted the “dolce vita” crowd and made copy, if not money, for BMW. It's difficult to tell if the publicity helped, as BMW's disastrous product planning pushed the company close to extinction. After a little more than two years of production, it gave up on the 507 and 503 and chose instead to concentrate on development of the 1500, the car that would evolve into the 2002 and lead to BMW's survival. Cars often become more desirable when they no lon- ger have to fulfill any function except to give amusement. When not viewed through the prism of performance, reliability, and dealer service—which would have been significant issues in 1957—the 507's charms rise to the surface. The auction description indicated that this particular example was restored with the aim of making a safe, reliable, vintage event car, with the steering box, radia- February 2008 Seat Time Rick Thompson, Yarrow Point, WA: I once owned a 1958 BMW 507, and following a restoration at TT Workshops in Westbury, England, I took it to the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours. I could go on and on about how attractive the 507 is, but the “seat time” part is also fun to talk about. Most (all?) restored 507s have an electric fuel pump added on because without it, the car will stall at some point. Maybe that's why I didn't win anything at Pebble, for surely it couldn't have had anything to do with the excellent oil pressure on the car forcing hot oil out the top of the filter housing—think coffee pot with hot coffee being forced out through the lid. With the fuel pump, the car ran great. What a fantastic car. Glenn Doshay, Rancho Santa Fe, CA: I have owned a 507 for eight years. I purchased it with significant work needed under the hood, but it now runs like a top. I own or have owned numerous sports cars from the period, and the 507 is about the best driving experience there is. It's fast, powerful, and handles well for a car of that vintage; the brakes are what you would expect. It sure turns heads, and there is nothing like that throaty V8 sound—this is how all roadsters should rumble. The drawbacks? Well, the shift throws are long, and GOOD LUCK WITH PARTS! Joe Hayes, Chicago, IL: I have owned my 1959 BMW 507 for almost seven years. It is a second-series car and was restored in Germany about twelve years ago. I have put about 5,000 miles on it during my ownership and have had it on the Colorado Grand as well as two New England 1000 trips. The car has never given me a bit of trouble and has always run flawlessly. It is not as fast as a 300SL Mercedes and was not designed for the track, but the thing that always occurs to me when I drive it is the degree of thought and quality designed into the car—the build quality is first rate. I am looking forward to the next seven years. It is a true boulevard cruiser. ♦ 59 risen dramatically, almost doubling between 2005 and 2007. Since the modern BMW company is now known as a producer of fast, luxurious, high-performance cars, the 507 relates better as an ancestor to today's “M” cars than as a stablemate of the Isetta. With its beauty, rarity, vintage event eligibility, and concours credibility, we can probably look for the 507 to continue its ascent in the collector car firmament. Although it was much higher than the last auction sales, this price will shortly be seen as not that far above the current market. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.)

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager A Costly 911 Dream Don't let a shop bill you for the time it takes them to gain experience on a complex set of pressed-steel stampings Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager What would you pay for pristine? W e got plenty of mail on McKeel Hagerty's 1967 911S restoration story (December, p. 58), including this letter from Pete Zimmermann, longtime SCMer and author of The Used 911 Story. He writes: I had to scratch my head when I read about the $150,000 restoration of a 1967 911S. I have so many questions I'm not sure where to begin, so here are my off-the-cuff responses to the amounts billed, and why I think you could do the same job for half the amount, based on my experience. According to the article, $31,000 was spent on one of the simpler engines Porsche ever put in a 911. I can only understand about half the cost; the parts needed don't have to be custom-fabricated, so prices are still reasonable. A fresh engine can be built, including all needed machine work, for between $12,000–$14,000. A displacement increase to 2.2 liters would be possible for less than $1,000 more. Combined miscellaneous costs are listed but not detailed at over $13,000, so I'm going to arbitrarily lop 75% off of that. Rust repairs to the chassis are about double the cost of what I think they should be. The worst 911 “rustoration” I ever saw was $15,000, not the $30,000 for the Hagerty car. When a 911 tub reaches that level of rust, it would make sense to buy a solid tub as a replacement. The cost for bodywork, paint, and trim is completely over the top. It says $38,000 went to paint, body, and trim, but many of the body parts are bolt-on, and quality 60 used replacements are available at reasonable prices. Give me nearly any 911 that is a complete car, and I'd say a first-rate paint job, with excellent trim, can be done for $15,000. And then there are the seats. Not many of us will spend $7,000 in labor to resur- rect two seats. In fact, used seats/parts can be found for a few hundred dollars, and one of the finest shops in the country will completely redo them in German vinyl for $2,000—including rechromed hinges. A restoration must be approached with logic, so here's how I would cut costs, but not corners. I would start by making sure there was no double-billing involved. For instance, in a total restoration, the engine and transmission are slated for overhaul and removed; the same for the rear suspension, which will need bushings, torsion bars, possibly more. At the same time, the car's interior must be prepped for replacement carpets, panels, and seats, so all of the old pieces will be removed. Now is the ideal time to replace the rear torsion bar tube because access is easy. Here's the question: Should the restorer charge to replace the tube as if the car was not already taken apart (about 25 hours labor), or should he charge the three hours actual replacement time since the car is already in pieces? Double dipping shouldn't happen, and the replacement charge should be three hours (at $100/hour, that's $300 vs. $2,500). Many aspects of a restoration overlap. Consider the clutch. If it's replaced at the time the engine is rebuilt, there should be no additional labor charges, but the temptation is great to charge labor to bolt that clutch on, even though the drivetrain is already apart for the rebuild. Replacement of the car's wiring harnesses can take more than 30 hours labor, but can be done in less than a day on a disassembled shell. So should the shop charge 30-plus hours ($3,000-plus) or eight hours ($800)? I would charge eight hours. So, by my calculations, we've saved about $35,000 already (seats, $5,000; engine, $15,000-plus; misc., $9,000; torsion bar tube/wire harnesses, $4,400). If we keep this methodology, before long, that $150,000 restoration becomes $75,000, all due to a logical, thoughtful approach. Sports Car Market

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The price of this restoration might give the car's owner bragging rights, but there are many ways to get the job done. I understand that costs can get out of hand, but with a bit of time, effort, and involvement from an owner, the cost of a restoration can be drastically reduced from what was spent on the 911S, with a fine car the end result. Here is my response. There are many different ways to get your car restored. One way is to simply write the check. I look forward to the day when I can find a shop I like and just let them loose on my car, with the simple instructions: Do it right. I have no criticism of a restoration done that way, but as wonderful as that sounds, it's out of reach for many of us. More likely is that we become our own general con- tractor, shopping and selecting a group of competitive and competent subcontractors. To do this you must be willing to remain intensely involved, realizing that at times this will be a stressful and serious job, taking real time and energy. I typically split a full restoration into five subcon- tractor packages, even though I might give more than one package to a single vendor. The first and toughest is the body and chassis work, as there are few shops that really know these critical areas of a 911 inside and out. Don't let a shop bill you for the time taken to gain experience on what is a complex set of pressed-steel stampings. With a really rusty car previously subjected to an amateur restoration using pop-riveted panels and lavish amounts of Bondo, there is an exceptional amount of guesswork in knowing how much this will cost. Still, I'd say $25,000 will be enough to do the body and chassis work on just about any 911. You are paying for the name of the shop Paint is the next package, and great paint jobs run from about $7,500 to $10,000 or so. Much more than that and you are paying for the name of the shop. Prices are highly dependent on your local region, how hard you are willing to shop, and how many chances you are willing to take on a shop without a brand name. The interior on an early 911 is simple but uses exceptionally nice materials. Budget about $7,500 to complete one in vinyl, $2,500 extra if you prefer leather. The engine and transmission are a single package, well covered by Zimmermann above. Call it $15,000–$20,000 for the whole deal, including rebuilding the engine and transmission, intake, heat exchangers, exhaust, and so on. The final package is the wheels, brakes and suspension, and here I would budget $10,000 for everything. These are robust parts and generally only need rebuilding rather than replacement. Total all these up at the high estimates and you are at $75,000. This is a fair number in today's world, give or take $20,000 or so, as long as you are willing to shop hard, stay involved, and make the tough calls when needed. The main cost variable for a 911 is the condition of the body and chassis, which is why it is so important to start with a straight car with minimal rust, if possible. You can save plenty by being your own general contractor, but I fully understand those who don't have time to do that and hope to be among them someday. I would caution, however, that simply paying a lot of money doesn't guarantee that you'll get a great car in the end. You're still going to have to be involved, if only to make sure that your notion of quality matches that of those who are restoring your car. ♦ February 2008 61

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American Profile 1965 Pontiac GTO Convertible I suspect the judges who previously gave this car an AACA Senior badge would not have done so on sale day by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: mid-1964–65 Number produced: 11,311 (1965 convertibles) Original list price: $3,093 SCM Valuation: $45,000–$55,000 Tune-up cost: $300 (add $100 min. for Tri-Powered cars) Distributor cap: $19.90 (YearOne) Chassis #: Embossed tag on driver's door hinge pillar Engine #: Stamped on right front of block below cylinder head. GTO engine codes: WS (360 hp, mt), WT (335 hp, mt), YR (360 hp, at), YS (335 hp, at). Alternatives: 1965–68 Ford Mustang GT 1966–67 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396, 1964–67 Oldsmobile Cutlass 442, SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 237675B126587 1965, the GTO was named Motor Trend Magazine's Car of the Year. It was easily distinguished from its Tempest siblings by its black-out grille, hood intake, various badges, and a rally gauge instrument cluster. This car was delivered to Reedman Pontiac in Bristol, P Pennsylvania, in May 1965 and sold in October. The fourth owner bought it in 1982 and drove it until 2005, when a full restoration was carried out. It was stripped, the bottom of the rear fenders were re- placed, and it was repainted in PPG urethane. The frame was dismantled, with all the components replaced or refinished and powder coated. A new gas tank and stainless steel fuel and brake lines were fitted. The original 389-ci V8 had previously been rebuilt and was untouched. All date codes and numbers match. The interior was reupholstered in red vinyl, with new carpets and hardware. The car comes with original window sticker, owner's manual, Protect-O-Plate, and build sheet, along with detailed bills of the work done. Shown at the AACA Spring Meet in New Bern, North Carolina, in May 2007, this GTO won a First Junior Award and scored a Senior AACA Award later. SCM Analysis This car sold for $81,400 at RM's first sale in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on October 12, 2007. Introduced in mid-1964, the GTO package was a high performance package for the Tempest's high-end series, the LeMans. The GTO wasn't a separate series until 1967, 62 ontiac first offered the GTO option on the Tempest in 1964, and despite UAW strikes, which kept production down, it was a big hit. The muscle car market was evolving, and in and through 1965, there is no way to tell a real car from a fake by looking at the body tag, so back-up documentation is a must (which this car had). One must also remember that this was only two years from the “rope-drive” Tempest of 1961–63, which shared the basic body structure and swinging rear transaxle of the Corvair, rather than the newfor-1964 Chevelle platform to which it moved. And if you thought that Ralph Nader had a good case against the early Corvair, those air suckers were rock-solid stable compared to an early Tempest, which had very little weight to hold that rear end down. While we have seen early Goats get into this kind of money on occasion, this car had some things about it that caused me to question its market valuation. One of the big selling points here was its fresh AACA Senior Award. Not to knock the AACA, as I do think highly of the organization, but I'd have been far more impressed if the awards came from the Pontiac-Oakland Club International, which is full of judges with GTO on the brain. One would think that an AACA Senior-judged car would be a no-brainer as far as restoration quality is concerned. However, some of my fellow auction reporters who saw the car were not so impressed. But let's first give credit to the restorer for trying to replicate the original, imperfect style of paintwork in his use of urethane. He understood that to accurately “restore” a car is to also replicate such things as runs and orange peel caused by the original painter at Pontiac Main during his shift on a hangover Monday. Sure, base / clear looks nice and shiny, but it's 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible Lot# 113, s/n 237675K141194 Condition 1- Sold at #$44,280 Silver, Reno, NV, 8/9/2007 SCM# 46880 1965 Pontiac GTO convertible Lot# SN151, s/n 237675B137967 Condition 2 Sold at $75,900 Russo & Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/19/2006 SCM# 40502 1964 Pontiac GTO convertible Lot# S181, s/n 824P38430 Condition 4+ Not sold at $35,000 Mecum, St. Paul, MN, 6/23/2007 SCM# 45761 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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an altogether different look than circa 1965—not that urethane is perfect, either. Call it being anal-retentive, but that's what POCI and AACA judges want to see in a true factory stock “restoration.” Remember, restoration is defined as returning something to its original configuration, warts and all. But we go downhill from there. While the desire to replicate originality might explain sloppy paint, it can't justify bad trim plating. The majority of the exterior was replaced with reproduction pieces, but there were some pitted originals. This included the rear taillight housings and most of the interior. Yes, I know the rear trim panel is a pain to deal with, and most of the interior trim is hard to find, but that's what should separate the men ($81,000) from the boys ($40,000)—no cut corners. While the undercarriage was fully restored, including ball joints and suspension bushings, it was reported that the front tires were starting to show uneven wear. Yes, you can stick $3,000 worth of new suspension parts in, but you also have to set them up properly. If this was strictly a trailer queen, the lack of a proper alignment would be harder to detect, simply because the drive from the show field to the trailer isn't far enough to uncover wear. It takes highway speeds and distance to do that, and this car was starting to show that it wasn't set up correctly. Once again, an $81,000 GTO should have no excuses. This was no longer strictly a show car, a fact reinforced by the engine bay, which showed light patina from use in the form of paint discoloration from heat cycling and rust on the bare metal fasteners and exhaust manifolds. Once a car is used like a car, pretty soon it's a used car. I suspect the judging team that gave it the AACA Senior badge would not have come to the same conclusion on sale day The other worrisome point is the way it is equipped. As a point of reference, I evalu- ated another 1965 GTO convertible at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale four years ago (SCM# 32398). It sold for $75,600. That car, in turquoise metallic, had all the bells and whistles a GTO buyer could ask for. These included the Tri-Power setup, 4-speed manual transmission, and a post-factory Hurst package of wheels and shifter. Our featured car has none of this. It is a base 4-barrel and, worst of all, has Pontiac's 2-speed slush box automatic. On the plus side, it is a real red paint/red interior car. The majority of the market wants red, yet that factor alone shouldn't have pushed this car into a retail-plus territory. Finally, let's look at the current market for early GTOs. While the above comparison car is a now-stale sale from four years ago, it also shows early GTOs at their peak. Since then, the muscle car market has cooled, including 1969 Camaro Z/28s, Boss 302 Mustangs, E-body Mopars, and early GTOs. Considering all of the above, I'd have thought this car would have sold in the $60,000–$70,000 range, at best. If the new owner bought it for himself and doesn't give a damn what the car is worth to anyone else, he'll be happy. But if he bought it thinking there was still money left on the table, he'll have trouble finding the table, let alone the money. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) Seat Time Loren Hulber, Macungie, PA: I have a rotating collection of about a dozen cars, including classics, sports cars, street rods, and muscle cars. As I was beginning my career in Detroit, I purchased a new 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix, but always regretted not buying a 1965 Tri-Power GTO. The graphic arts company I worked for produced books for the auto companies, including their Color and Trim Books. I used to cruise the Woodward Avenue hot spots along with Jim Wangers and other agency and car execs. Well, nearly 40 years later, after moving to Pennsylvania and doing a lot of looking, I finally found the 1965 GTO I would have purchased. It's a Bluemist Slate over Parchment hard top, PHS documented with original Tri-Power, 4-speed, 3.90 rear, heavy duty fan, metallic brakes, and minimal options—a real factory hot rod. My GTO spent its entire life in Asbury Park, New Jersey, where it was purchased to cruise The Circuit around The Stone Pony where Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi got their starts. My GTO has been the subject of a nut-and-bolt restoration and an engine rebuild by Jim Taylor Engine Services, regarded as the top builder of Pontiac engines. This GTO received the Best Debutante Award at the 2006 Concours d'Elegance of the Eastern United States and has won many other trophies as well. I have collected virtually every brochure, advertisement, and promotional item associated with the car, including a Ronnie and the Daytonas “Little GTO” record album and a “GeeTo Tiger.” The 1965 GTO was voted “Most Desirable” by members of the GTO Association of America and, in my opinion, represents a pinnacle of performance and success for the Detroit car companies. It can't compare with the handling of my Porsche 356 of the same era, but in a straight line, for seat-of-the-pants, all-out performance, there is nothing like it. I enjoy driving all my cars on a regular basis, but the GTO always brings a special smile to my face as a 40-year dream fulfilled. ♦ February 2008 63

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Shelby Sacks SAAC After 32 years, Carroll Shelby no longer officially recognizes SAAC I n my May 2007 column (p. 60), I wrote about the 32year relationship between automotive icon Carroll Shelby and the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC). I said then that SAAC is the best friend that Shelby ever had; it has steadfastly preserved the legacy of Shelby American and made Ol' Shel a celebrity in the process. To recap the history of SAAC briefly: In 1975, there was no Shelby American to go to for expertise or advice. Shelby as a manufacturer was gone, and the factory a distant memory. Even the newest Shelby was a five-yearold used car. So a handful of owners formed SAAC, which was dedicated to the preservation, history, care, and enjoyment of Shelby automobiles. The history of Cobras and Shelby Mustangs became very important to SAAC. The club and its members tirelessly gathered information on every car and every owner they could locate. They researched serial numbers, technical details, and running production changes. All of this information led to a registry. Every se- rial number was listed and every scrap of information was included. Shelby's cars, which had been orphans, became valuable. There was now an official publication to validate the genuine cars and expose the fakes. This dedication served to protect the marque and is responsible, 32 years later, for the current confidence in Shelby cars, due to the accuracy and accessibility of the club's documentation. Today, SAAC is stronger than ever, with over 5,000 members worldwide. In with the new, out with the old Recently, Shelby had the idea to start his own club, Team Shelby, scheduled to launch on January 11, 2008—Shelby's 85th birthday. “People have asked me for years to form a club that will help them really enjoy their Shelby car,” Shelby stated, according to Team Shelby's press release. “There's a new generation of cars, new faces at Shelby, and people who want to enjoy their vehicle in new ways. The world has changed over the past 42 years, so we need a club to meet the needs of this new generation.” As a Shelby owner, I thought this was great news. Until I read further and saw that it will be the “only club officially recognized by Shelby for all Shelby-built automobiles.” Hmmm, that's odd; Shelby has officially recognized SAAC for 32 years, and he even gave them a licensing agreement on January 31, 1996, to supersede the handshake agreement that had been in place since the 1970s. How Shelby intended to “un-recognize” SAAC was sent unceremoniously to Rick Kopec of SAAC via facsimile from Shelby's attorney, M. Neil Cummings, on November 14, 2007. Shelby, Rick Kopec, and Ken Eber—in happier times The letter (a copy of which is posted at www.saac.com) has five demands, in addi- tion to stating that Shelby Licensing will not renew SAAC's license upon its expiration on January 31, 2008. This license was given to SAAC by Shelby in support of the club. The licensing fee? $1 per annum. Shelby's SAAC demands 1. Shelby orders SAAC to immediately cease and desist using any of Shelby's intellectual properties, such as Shelby, Cobra, 289, 427 S/C, GT350, etc. 2. Shelby demands the return of documents loaned to the club. 3. Shelby demands all documents used for the Registry since January 1, 1996. 4. Shelby demands all unsold SAAC merchandise, literature, and other items be delivered to him. 5. Shelby demands all SAAC financial records since January 1, 1996. Shelby did indeed license SAAC to use his intellectual property for the past ten years, but he is now asking for items in addition to simply canceling the agreement. I'm not an attorney, but I fail to see what right he has to do this. The documents loaned to SAAC were discovered, with Shelby's blessing, in his attic and used in part for the 1997 Registry. However, according to Kopec, in 1999, Shelby commended him on the 1997 Registry and told him he could keep the documents previously loaned to SAAC. Another interesting fact is that while Shelby is requesting all of the Registry information, very little actually came from him. The lion's share was collected from owners over the last 32 years, and approximately 75% of the original Ford VIN records were obtained from other sources not connected to Shelby. According to Automotive News, Carroll Shelby says he is angry with the 33-year- old organization. He says Kopec and other club directors have excluded him from decisions on how the club is run and have not shared financial information. “I'm tired of them,” Shelby says. “I want the registrations and the records under my control. They've made a lot of money but never counted me in on anything. I don't 64 Sports Car Market

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want my legacy to go down under their thumbprints.” According to Kopec, the only input Shelby has of- fered recently was to strongly suggest that the club's convention evening programs be upgraded with gourmet food, a jacket-and-tie dress code, and to basically create a country club atmosphere. “I told him he was in outer space there,” said Kopec, “but he didn't want to hear that.” What legacy? Shelby talks a lot about his legacy. Shelby is in- deed a brilliant marketing machine and highly gifted at surrounding himself with incredibly talented individuals. But Shelby's key to success has been taking what others have built and putting his touch it. AC Ace = Cobra; Ford Mustang = GT350/GT500; Dodge Omni—well, let's skip that one. So is destroying SAAC the way to form his own Shelby club? Isn't this like throwing a bunch of sand off of your property because you have no more need for it, only later to find the neighborhood kids and all of their friends have built a nice sandbox using your sand? Kicking them out and making it your sandbox is not likely to make you friends. It seems it all boils down to money, and what really upsets Shelby about SAAC is that they never, in his own words, “counted him in” on it. The ironic part is that the club is not wildly successful financially. I would guess that Shelby has made a fair amount from his association with SAAC. In past years, he has used the club's annual national convention as a gigantic marketing opportunity to show (and sell) his products to the most receptive group of consumers imaginable. And SAAC has not been given any compensation for this opportunity. Can't we all just get along? When there is already one enthusiast club in operation, which is doing an excellent job, why introduce a second club into the mix? Only because you can't control the former and can the latter—if you own it. The bottom line may be control, if it isn't money. Many other marques and groups have multiple clubs from which to choose. For example, Corvette enthusiasts have Bloomington Gold and the NCRS. Vintage racers have the SVRA, VSCDA, HSR, etc. Most people I know are members of all the clubs that relate to their passion. How many SAAC members are also Mustang Club of America (MCA) members? I bet a vast majority. Is the Shelby world big enough for two separate clubs, each dedicated to different generations of Shelby cars? I'm betting it is. Why can't Shelby and SAAC shake hands on the kind of gentleman's agreement that seems to have served them both so well for the first 20-plus years of SAAC's operation? That would keep the lawyers and their 29-page agreements out of it and just let everyone play in the sandbox. After all, isn't this supposed to be about enjoying Shelby's cars and keeping his legacy alive? Or am I missing something here? ♦ February 2008 65

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Race Car Profile 1931 Reo Race Car Blanco and this Reo scored podium finishes for 22 years—from 1931 to 1954—a monumental accomplishment by Thor Thorson Details Year produced: 1931 Number produced: 1 (49 convertible coupes in 1931–32) Original list price: Reo Royale 835 cost about $1,800 ($25,000 today) SCM Valuation: $927,000, on this day Cost per hour to race: $350 Chassis #: Location unknown Engine #: Location unknown Club: Vintage Sports Car Club More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: 1928–32 Mercedes SSK, 1928–34 low-chassis Invicta, 1939 Chevy “Fangio” racer SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 002 appreciate Buenos Aires in the inter-war years. Argentina was at that time the world's third largest C economy, and motor racing was virtually the national sport. Some of the greatest drivers came from this vibrant motoring world, including Juan Manuel Fangio. As great as Fangio was, Ernesto Blanco was the national hero. Unlike Fangio, he never went to Europe to race, but in Argentina, his record was unsurpassed. Ernesto Blanco's Reo was designed by Macoco de Alzaga and Luis Viglione one afternoon in 1930. “We were trying to copy the “Gold Seal Special” of Guadno, which was a gorgeous car,” said de Alzaga. The body was new, but the car was mechanically very similar to the Chrysler they were copying. They kept the Reo engine, rated at 125 hp, although displacement was increased to around 7 liters. They fitted Winfield carburetors and a custom exhaust manifold, but changed little else. According to de Alzaga, the result was good for 180 hp–190 hp, more than enough to be competitive. The standard Reo “silent second” transmission was retained, as was the spiral-bevel rear axle. The chassis was not so easy. The original Reo frame was very high, and they found it necessary to modify the rear of the chassis by increasing the curvature and lowering the frame down over the axle. In addition, the front-to-rear weight balance was lopsided, given the huge size and weight of the inline 8-cylinder engine, so they moved the drivetrain back several inches. Volpi brakes were added later. 66 ar collectors have known for a long time that some of the greatest barn finds have come out of Argentina, but not many realize why this is so. To understand, it is necessary to Blanco began racing this car in September 1931, and in what is believed to be its first outing, he finished second. Over the next ten years, Blanco would earn an astonishing twelve 1st place finishes, along with five 2nd and a half dozen 3rd and 4th place finishes. Although Blanco retired the Reo in 1955, he continued racing until just before his death in 1961. After Blanco's death, the Reo wound up in a farmer's field in rural Argentina, where it was found by Roberto Vigneau. He restored it to the way it was when Blanco raced it, in respect for its heritage as an Argentinean national treasure. SCM Analysis This car sold for $927,000 at RM's Automobiles of London auction on October 31, 2007. Let's start with a bit of background. Ransom E. Olds was one of America's great automotive pioneers, responsible for the “curved-dash” Oldsmobile and the company that bore his name. Unfortunately, he ran into policy differences with his backers and was removed from the company in 1904. He immediately formed a new auto company named Reo, after his initials. It specialized in relatively light, simple, mid-market cars with advanced engineering, and was very successful from the teens to the 1930s. An early Royale made it to Argentina Either in response to or in spite of the arrival of the Depression, Reo went up-market in 1931 by introducing a larger, more expensive and complex car, the Reo Royale. It was a very modern car for its time, particularly due to a new straight-8 engine 1931 Miller Lion Head Special Lot# 142, s/n N/A Condition 1Sold at $297,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/16/2002 SCM# 28829 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Sport Lot# 70, s/n 0312909 Condition 2Sold at $970,000 H&H, Cheltenham, UK, 3/1/2007 SCM# 44614 1933 Maserati GP Monoposto Lot# 233, s/n 2011 Condition 1Sold at $457,200 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 9/1/2006 SCM# 43014 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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that featured nine main bearings and advanced design and metallurgy throughout. Though it's a bit difficult to parse the details from the catalog copy, apparently an early example of the Royale made its way to Argentina and immediately became the basis for this Blanco Reo special. It makes quite a lot of sense. Blanco had prior suc- cess with Reo cars, so he was comfortable racing them. In those days, the car to beat was the Mercedes SSK, several of which had made the trip to Argentina (many more than that have since been “discovered” there, but that's a different story). It was an on-demand supercharged car with about 170 horsepower normally and 210 or so with the supercharger kicked on for passing (you couldn't run it that way for long). The 8-cylinder Reo used an advanced, pretty much bombproof engine that, properly modified, could make 180 to 190 horsepower all day long. The drivetrain was well proven and dependable. If you could fix the chassis to get the center of gravity down and fit a lightweight racing body, there was no reason it couldn't be a very competitive car. That's exactly what they did. We need to spend a moment considering how the Argentines raced their cars. First, there was no such thing as a race track; all the racing was on public roads, at the time almost exclusively dirt. Second, they raced February 2008 Seat Time Bill Snyder, Orange, CA: I purchased a 1931 Reo Royale a long time ago in a place far away—1954, Chicago—for the sum of $75. It was on consignment at Howard's Used Cars near the Six Corners area where I lived. This big straight-8 car was in excellent original condition. A four-door sedan with dual sidemounts, it excelled Cadillac and Packard sedans of the same vintage. For one thing, it had great four-wheel hydraulic brakes that were the best of any drum-brake car I've ever driven. The former owner had driven it every other weekend to Cincinnati and back. We drove, trouble- free, anywhere we wanted to go. It took us up to the new Elkhart Lake Road Races, which at that time were run on the back roads of the county and through the town. The second year we got seats in a stand by the railroad tracks. People from California were there to watch their young friend battle for the lead. His name was Phil Hill. A lot of attention to detail went into that Reo Royale. The interior hardware was all plated in German silver, and the seating was upholstered in a heavy wool broadcloth with down-filled cushions, with ample legroom front and rear. I'm 6'5”, and that's very important to me. An interesting touch was in the battery box at the rear of the right front fender. It had a rolled spring at the bottom to cushion the battery from road shocks. I liked the looks of the car and later found out it was the first American production car to be tested in a wind tunnel as it was developed. I remember the Reo as being very trouble-free. Once, when it was parked outside in sub-zero weather, it was reluctant to start. No matter, as I got out the crank and helped it turn while my wife pushed the starter button. It pop-popped a couple times and then started right up. A great car, that Reo. Wish I had it now. 67

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Race Car Profile for long distances. The sprint races were 500 kilometers, and the longer ones could be over 8,000 miles. To race across the Andes, then turn around and race back was a relatively common event, and they did it year after year. Successful cars (and drivers) had to be fast, robust, and extremely dependable. Podium finishes for 22 years Motor racing was highly popular in Argentina, and the competition was intense, with many of the best cars in the world brought in to compete. In this demanding environment, Blanco and this Reo managed podium finishes for 22 years, from 1931 through 1954, a truly monumental accomplishment for both, and certainly the stuff of legend. So how do you value something like this? There is no question this Reo is historically important. It is also very cool, with all the stuff you really want to see in an early-'30s racer. It practically exudes the kind of heroic manliness that we like to associate with racing of that era—an old but unbowed prizefighter standing defiant all these years later. It stood up to and defeated Mercedes SSKs and 8C Alfas in no-holds-barred competition, time and again proving its worthiness. The problem is that it is also a production-based, one-off special that only raced in Argentina—long ago and far away . Though it is apparently almost completely original with unquestioned provenance (candidly, somewhat of a rarity in racing cars with Argentine history), it still qualifies as a “story car” in most of the world. My definition of “story car” is one where the owner has to take people aside and explain what the “story” is, as opposed to having them automatically understand, kneel, and genuflect. This has a huge effect on market value. In Argentina, of course, it's not a story car; it's a national treasure. The good news is that with globalization, a number of serious South American collectors have emerged. The seller of this car is an expatriate Brazilian, which might explain his original interest in it, and my sources have suggested that the purchaser is also South American and intends to repatriate it. With the expansion of collector money beyond the traditional borders, perceived value of collectibles has also broadened. A few years ago, I'd have thought this car would have been a tough sale, but in today's market it brought over $900,000. This is still a fifth to a tenth of what a good SSK or 8C Alfa is worth in today's market, and it stood in the ring with them and won, so you've got to give it some level of equivalence. To a European, it might be an oddity, but to a collector with knowledge of and attachment to the car's importance to Argentina, it's a chance to have a national icon without having to fight for it. I'd say reasonably bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 68 Sports Car Market

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Market Reports Overview Estate Collections Total $26m Worn originals showed increased popularity, with several bringing more than their reserves by Jim Pickering T he top of the market has seen some interesting changes over the last few months, with glossy, highlyrestored auction headliners being joined by those with dry leather, chipped original paint, and years of accumulated dirt. Barn finds have gained a following, and they, along with high-quality restorations of classics and sports cars, have helped to reflect what for the most part has been a strong worldwide market in recent months. Senior Auction Analyst Richard Classics, Barn Finds, and Sales Totals Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK H&H Auctions, Duxford, UK Kruse, Hershey, PA RM, Hershey, PA Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC Hudson-Evans made his way to the Beaulieu International Autojumble in September for this year's Bonhams Beaulieu sale, where he noted 69 of 75 cars selling for a combined total of just over $2.7m. The final numbers here were even stronger than last year's 80% sold at $1.1m, showing the market for racers, classics, and projects remains strong in the U.K. Hershey, Pennsylvania, plays host to the Antique Automobile Club of America's fall meet each October, $4,785,642 $1,878,350 $2,720,383 $12,301,570 $4,537,975 and Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead traveled to Giant Center from October 11–13 for this year's edition of the Kruse auction held alongside the show. Numbers fell to $4.8m from last year's $5.8m, with only 185 cars on offer rather than the 237 seen in '06. High sale honors went to a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Rollston formal sedan at $945,000. New this year and only a short distance from Kruse was RM's Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey sale. The AACA offically recognized RM as its official auction company, and this likely played a role in Kruse's drop in both consignments and final totals Total Sales Percentages 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK H&H Auctions, Buxton/Duxford, UK Krsue International, Hershey, PA RM Auctions, Hershey, PA Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 70 Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group (W), Hilton Head, SC, p. 72 RM Auctions (RM), Hershey, PA, p. 100 over the weekend. Senior Auction Analyst Dave Kinney was on the grounds of Hershey Lodge on October 12 for this first-time event, where 97% of the 111 lots on offer found new homes at a final total of just over $12.3m. The Estate of Helen Swigart was featured here and barn finds were the talk of the town, including the car that shared high-sale honors, a 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7passenger touring (see last month's “American Profile,” p. 58), which made a full $1.6m. Meanwhile, back on the other side of the Atlantic, Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman traveled to the Imperial War Museum for H&H's traditional mid-October sale, which took place on the 9 and 10 in Duxford. This was Kruse Internationl (K), Hershey, PA, p. 110 Bonhams (B), Beaulieu, UK, p. 88 H&H Auctions (HH), Duxford, UK, p. 118 the company's first auction at this location, and H&H was able to generate enough interest to sell 53 of the 78 cars on offer for a final take of $1.9m. A 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC lead the pack at $302,940, while an unrestored barn find Lotus Elite Type 14 brought a strong $40,392. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb made the trip to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, for the Worldwide Group's Hilton Head Sports and Classic Car Auction in early November, where $4.5m came from the sale of 94 of the 107 lots on offer. Numbers here saw a $1m boost over last year's $3.3m total, with 88% selling compared to last year's 60%. Several Brass-Era Peerless models failed to sell, while many no-reserve lots from the Walter B. Satterthwaite estate brought encouraging prices. Finally, Geoff Archer found a number of home-built projects in his monthly report on eBay activity, proving once again that tools, cars, imagination, and free time are never a good combination. ♦ 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. 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl phateon, $1,650,000—RM, p. 104 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger touring, $1,650,000—RM, p.104 2. 1932 Duesenberg Model J formal sedan, $945,000—K, p. 112 3. 1933 Stutz Dual Cowl phaeton, $797,500—RM, p. 106 4. 1930 DuPont Model G 4-passenger Le Mans speedster, $704,000—RM, p. 106 5. 1912 Locomobile 6-48 Model M Sportsman torpedo touring, $660,000—RM, p. 104 6. 1957 SIMCA Concept roadster, $540,000—K, p. 116 7. 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Ventoux, $528,000—RM, p. 102 8. 1953 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, $440,000—W, p. 82 9. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $434,500—RM, p. 102 February 2008 Best Buys 1. 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible, $55,000—RM, p. 107 2. 1969 Peugeot 204 convertible, $5,610—HH, p. 124 3. 1957 Oldsmobile 98 J-2 convertible, $92,400—W, p. 83 4. 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $105,300—K, p. 114 5. 1952 Armstrong-Siddeley Hurricane 18hp drophead coupe, $19,843—B, p. 92 71

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author Worldwide Auction at Hilton Head A 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 convertible sedan that ran as well as it looked was the pre-war star, scoring a solid $286,000 Company The Worldwide Group Date November 2–3, 2007 Location Honey Horn Plantation, Hilton Head Island, SC Auctioneer Rod Egan Automotive lots sold / offered 94 / 107 Sales rate 88% Sales total $4,547,700 High sale 1953 Corvette roadster, sold at $440,000 Buyer's premium High sale went to Corvette number 103—$440,000 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinion in italics F or the second consecutive year, the Worldwide Group hosted its final auction of the year at the Hilton Head Concours d'Elegance on the grounds of the Honey Horn Plantation. Last year's WWG sale offered improvements over the previous year's Potts Auction, and this year saw that trend continue. Standout offerings included two Brass-Era Hilton Head, SC Peerless models. The first was a barn-find 1909 Model 19 30hp Roi de Belges, the second a Pebble Beach-quality 1912 Model 36 48hp 7-passenger tourer. Despite efforts by the auctioneers, neither car found a home separately or together, but as of this writing, negotiations continue. However, a 1917 Peerless Model 56 Cloverleaf roadster did sell at $51,700, so there was some joy in Mudville. A 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 convertible sedan that ran as well as it looked was the star of the pre-war category, breaking the quarter-million dollar mark solidly at $286,000. A freshly restored 1953 Corvette, chassis number 103, sold for the low estimate of $440,000. Also in the post-war group was a 1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500 convertible. An unusual example of early Mopar tuning and one of only eleven known, it sold at $220,000—well above its pre-sale estimate of $125,000–$175,000. 72 Chrysler products plumbed both ends of the scale, with a 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial roadster bringing a respectable $172,500, while a humble 1986 Chrysler LeBaron convertible could be driven to school by one's daughter for $2,475… assuming she'd drive it. Meanwhile, a 1956 Porsche 365A 1600 Speedster drew a strong $165,000, regardless of the seller's disdain for bidders touching it before the sale. A 1968 Shelby GT500 KR fastback fetched only $127,500, and though this was partly due to non-stock paint with color-changing stripes, it still suggests that even Shelbys are feeling the muscle car pinch. A number of no-reserve lots were offered by the estate of Walter B. Satterthwaite, including a collection of Ford Thunderbirds, several Mercurys, and a handful of Lincolns. A substantial $36,300 was paid for his Judson-supercharged 1948 MG TC roadster, while his Allard K2 roadster passed to a new owner at $121,000. Soon thereafter, his 1953 Nash-Healey roadster sold at $60,500, surprising in the wake of recent six-figure prices, so either someone got a bargain, or the recent prices were just a bubble. Time will tell. With a final sales percentage of 88% versus last year's 60% and a final total up over $1m from last year's $3.3m, it's clear Worldwide had the right mix available for its bidders at this year's event. Anyone with a $50,000 line of credit could have bought 66 of the 94 cars sold here, which certainly seems like a fun way to end the year. ♦ Sales Totals $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 10% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author ENGLISH #21-1938 JAGUAR SS 1.5 saloon. S/N 50038. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 80,184 miles. Recent trim-on respray better than average, some overspray and paint issues around edges, primarily on roof panel. Panel fit excellent except hood on both sides. Chrome and brightwork polished or redone to high standard. Interior nice, original leather covered in plastic, wood either restored or amazingly well-preserved. Older engine compartment more clean than detailed and shows signs of occasional use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,800. An unusual and very stylish pre-war Jag, but underpowered considering its weight and girth. A sympathetic restoration must be balanced against the nearunavailability of most items, as well as its low place in the SS pecking order. That said, the seller's pulling of his reserve at the top bid was no tragedy for either him or the buyer, and the new owner gets to take this to his next JCNA Concours and raise some eyebrows. #48-1948 MG TC roadster. S/N TC5006. Eng. # XPAG5635. Medium blue/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 8,336 miles. Older comprehensive restoration done to original or better specs. Indications of use evident, panel fit asbuilt. Chrome and brightwork well-preserved throughout. Interior redone in original materials, older top and tonneau cover faded but serviceable. Engine bay detailed to similar quality down 69,692 miles. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Repaint looks older with orange peel and dirt under finish, evidence of Bondo obvious on left front fender. Body gaps decent, passenger door held shut with large bungee cord. Newer tan cloth top shows well, tan vinyl interior likewise. Knockoff wires incorrect to early TD, bumpers, chrome, and brightwork to driver quality or slightly better. Engine bay fitted with Judson supercharger with single SU carb. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,200. There were a number of quick fixes and improvised improvements that were symbolized best by an empty Marvel Mystery Oil can serving as the radiator overflow tank. An interesting driver with a little work and a not-unfair price for condition, and while a good cleaning and polishing as well as some small repairs will likely put this little roadster back on the the road again, a restoration will likely put the new owner upside down in a hurry. #98-1951 ALLARD K2 roadster. S/N 91K1846. Red/tan leather. Odo: 20,754 miles. 331-ci Cadillac V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Very nice paint and bodywork, exceptional panel gaps. Paint chipped around edge of hood opening, primarily at rear edge. Brightwork and chrome older but still wellpreserved. Correct bulged hood strap present. Engine compartment clean but undetailed, interior tidy. Likely only used for pleasure rather #34-1954 JAGUAR XK 140SE roadster. S/N 810376. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 61,443 miles. Concours-quality paint shows very minor flaws in hood and driver's door. Panel gaps arguably better than new, chrome and brightwork all redone to a high standard, minor issues with diecast on windshield frame. Fitted with chrome wires and wide whitewalls. Black cloth top, red leather, Wilton carpet and other soft items without obvious fault. Engine compartment complete with C-type head detailed to a very high gloss. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. Bids slowed considerably at the top, at which point the reserve was pulled. The proper painted wires and period tires might have been less of a distraction to the bidders, who were likely calculating the cost of another set of rolling stock, as well as asking themselves what else lingered here that was more appealing to the consignor than the overall market. I call this well bought regardless of taste, as examples such as this one can only appreciate. #17-1958 MG A roadster. S/N 15GBUH31820. Maroon/tan cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 46,059 miles. Older sympathetic restoration shows signs of use, but is still well-preserved. Panel fit better than average, tonneau cover fasteners missing on dashboard, bare holes across the span. Chrome and brightwork to driver quality, corrosion on right front bumper end, light pitting on trim throughout. High quality interior restoration with very minor fit to firewall-mounted oil can. Radiator appears to have been overlooked and requires re-coring and restoration, as it was fan-impacted at one time. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,300. Right on the money or even a little premium for an unusual color combination and a nice older restoration. The reserve was pulled at just a tad over the low estimate of $32,000, and that bidder bought the car. An obviously well-loved example with very little to fault other than typical use wear. #75-1950 MG TD roadster. S/N TD1851. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 74 than racing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $121,000. Last seen at Kruse Scottsdale in January '93, where it sold at $54,500 (SCM# 16134). After running poorly or not at all during the preview and the morning of the auction, the K2 ran strong into the tent and sold well above estimate or current market value. This has a lot to do with the aggressive look of the “street” Allard and the unusually good older restoration that looked period-correct. Well sold, but not a silly buy. A nice deal for all parties concerned given the rarity. issues. Engine compartment clean but not close to show standards. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,175. Brought to auction by the mayor of Hilton Head Island and sold at no reserve. While it opened strong at $15,000, it struggled past the second bid. I've seen worse cars top $20,000 regularly with ease regardless of year, and despite some cosmetic needs, this was more jump-in-and-go than many cars here. Slightly well bought now, possibly a steal in a year or two. #19-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE Mk I roadster. S/N AN5L10426. Light blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 35,390 miles. 1998 restoration shows little sign of use. Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author Panel gaps factory or better, body straight, finish even. Inner wheelwells show paint over undercoating. Chrome and brightwork to show-quality standard aside from windshield surround. Upgraded Mk II interior redone to high standard, steering wheel unrestored and looks original with light wear. Horn button crazed. Engine bay detailed but not over-restored. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,300. The crowd was enthusiastic for this car at the preview and across the block, with the reserve easily met at $21,500 after a $15,000 opening bid. A nicely turned-out example, and no evidence of covered-up corrosion made this a slight deal, although painted-over undercoating left a few questions. Well-bought and sold on appeal factor alone—there's always a slight premium for small attractive cars that fit in the extra space of an enclosed trailer. #55-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L11954. Red/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 56,151 miles. Claimed body- bay very correct and clean aside from chrome valve cover. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. Despite Triumph Club and AACA Award history touted again and again, the crowd's lack of enthusiasm kept this out of the stratosphere, making $30,000 only at the end. The reasonable consignor pulled the reserve right before the gavel fell, after much more work by Worldwide to get this one sold. Well done for all parties. A nice return and a sure-fire long-term investment. #54-1966 JAGUAR XKE SI convertible. S/N 1E2880. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 45,642 miles. Slight door adjustment issue due largely to new weatherstripping. Panels straight, gaps even. No major paint issues evident though white can hide a multitude of sins. Chrome and brightwork without major flaws other than pitted taillamp diecast. Black cloth top fits well, red interior faultless. Modern super-cheap radio in dash, engine bay nicely detailed down to gold cylinder head and properly-porcelainized exhaust manifolds. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $91,300. At the Saturday-night post-auction, AT $20,900. The announcer's “You couldn't restore it for that” might have done more harm than good twith this car, as it obviously needed quite a bit cosmetically as it sat. Consigned by a Canadian dealer who smartly pulled the reserve right at the top bid, this was an unusual result for an unusual and least-desirable variant of the Elan. Well sold—only an earlier Elan roadster would have been well bought in this condition. (See Profile, p. 52.) #41-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convertible. S/N UD1S22362. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 22,885 miles. Older repaint to moderate quality, many touch-ups to nose indicate use. Passenger door fit off at front and rear and appears to be more than an on restoration looks like more of a refurbishment. Decent-quality respray shows uniform orange peel and chips from use, sloppy brushquality paintwork in door and trunk jambs. Panel fit factory quality or slightly lower, driver door latch broken. Brightwork dull throughout with no rechroming or polishing evident, aluminum trim overbuffed. New black leather and vinyl top done well. Steering wheel and dash unrestored, underdash area looks rough. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,150. The just OK-quality restoration needed to be weighed against the decent price paid here. Much further recommissioning and proper restoration would be merited, but when was the last time you saw a BT7 at a show? #18-1966 TRIUMPH TR4A convertible. S/N CTC64844L. British Racing Green/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 31,392 miles. Properly-executed restoration to a high standard. Nice paint, panel gaps better than factory. Chrome excellent, anodized grille lightly cloudy and tarnished. Reproduction vinyl top does not fit windows correctly. Nicely redone leather seats and wood dash far more luxurious than when new. Engine 76 pre-Concours dinner gala, Worldwide principal and auctioneer Rod Egan disclosed transport damage repaired at the last moment on this car. The work done was quality, as I did not pick up on it during three separate inspections. I don't fancy white on an XKE, but the quality of restoration was high compared to most of these we see across the block. Well bought today, perhaps a bargain tomorrow. #14-1970 LOTUS ELAN 2+2 coupe. S/N 501782. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 56,898 miles. Older-appearing respray shows moderate uniform orange peel and swirl marks from polishing. External rubber sealings and details thoroughly painted, masking done well but external details obviously left on for paint. Driver door fit tight. Original chrome and brightwork weathered, front bumper scratched, rear dull beyond polishing. Interior tidy, new wood dash better han new. Engine compartment mostly correct and clean, exhaust headers a bit incongruous to dual Strombergs. Cond: 3+. SOLD GERMAN #58-1956 PORSCHE 356A speedster. S/N 82520. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 9,074 miles. Comprehensive restoration evident throughout to a very high standard. No waviness in paint and body, factory or better panel fit aside from right rear corner of hood sitting high. Brightwork new or well-restored original, interior nicely and correctly restored. Original horn button crazed, turn signal stalk surround cracked. Slight paint issues inside engine Sports Car Market adjustment issue. Chrome and brightwork look redone, glass nice. Original interior still in very good condition, newer tan cloth top present long enough to fit very well. Factory a/c an unusual option even for this late example. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. Despite being a federalbumper V12 Series III, the low mileage was believable and the car appeared to have never been apart. This was a better example than most at this stage of the game, but the looming specter of a five-digit repair bill put this in the same league as a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. The reserve was pulled by the consignor just before the gavel fell, making this well bought and sold. Not much to do to drive it, but hopefully the new owner likes working on it as much as driving it.

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author compartment, very nicely detailed motor. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. This car was exceptional, but the seller was very aggressive, with a serious attitude regarding touching his car. No-sale across the block, though a few bidders duked it out post-gavel and worked out a deal very close to the reserve. Slightly well-bought. #107-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 18901110002055. Red/black vinyl & black hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 13,232 miles. Older red trim-on repaint not part of comprehensive restoration. Decent panel gaps, chrome heavily pitted, brightwork similar. Hard top trim over driver door smashed as though top was dropped on a rock. Later Becker radio in dash looks correct to most passersby. Incorrect seat upholstery in correct pattern, window glass loose in door. Older engine bay detailing dull worthy tires. About as unrestorable as that car, however, as too much work would destroy the patina. Reportedly very close to the reserve, it was offered post-block with the 1912 (lot 64) but neither sold. No tragedy, as it'll appear again. #64-1912 PEERLESS MODEL 36 7-pas- senger touring. S/N 122450. Maroon/black vinyl/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 19,012 miles. Pebble Beach-quality restoration throughout showing wear to dashboard area wood and some soft items. Paint still foot-deep lustrous with nice hand striping everywhere. Brass well-polished, interior and top dusty but undamaged. Engine compartment well-detailed, but will need a a glossy chassis. Black vinyl top and leather interior excellent. Brightwork appears shiny and correct. Engine compartment shows signs of careful use, although detailing is somewhat weathered. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,700. A very interesting car and a good gauge for interest in the yet-to-cross big Brass Peerlesses later in the sale. Into the $40,000 range, two bidders duked it out until the other one gave way. Had I been in the market for a post-Brass tourer, I'd have been all over this unusual car. Well bought, and another venue might well show an easy profit since there's very little to improve upon. #31-1927 BUICK 154/8 Rumble Seat road- ster. S/N A2771890526. Beige & black/tan cloth/ brown vinyl. Odo: 12,371 miles. Older restoration done to the standards of its day. Some gap and panel fit issues throughout, paint chipped on door and hood edges. Correct nickel brightwork, interior and rumble seat recovered in vinyl. Older convertible top faded and lightly stained, but not damaged. Engine bay nicely restored, finish flaked off exhaust manifold. Cond: 2. with sidedraft Webers installed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,200. Another case of “it's almost over and you've still got money for something.” The cars went across the block from left to right, so the left-hand side of the car with the smashed hard top edge was up against the back wall of the tent. Well sold to someone, and hopefully the underbidder spent some of the money burning a hole in his pocket at the charity auction following the dinner gala. AMERICAN #63-1909 PEERLESS MODEL 19 30hp 7-passenger touring. S/N 4171. Black/tattered cloth/black leather. RHD. Incredible barn-find condition throughout and fascinating to all who viewed it. Apparently never painted. Brass heavily tarnished, original top in tatters along with upholstery. Glass missing from windscreen, engine compartment complete. Ran and drove onto the block in a cloud of smoke. Cond: 5+. NOT SOLD AT $225,000. Despite Worldwide's hopes, this would be no repeat of the 1911 Olds Limited at RM Hershey (see January “American Profile,” p. 58) even though this one exhibited newer and definitely more air- 78 good cleaning before being shown again. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $650,000. The bright red chassis and wheels against maroon coachwork made for a very sharp contrast. I had expected the largest crowd to have been around for the two Peerless sales, but the tent began to empty a few minutes earlier. Those interested took the bids to well over a half-million, but it just didn't get close enough to its reserve. A package deal was put together but fell short by five digits, and the two brass-era Peerlesses went back to their consignor. #44-1917 PEERLESS 56 Cloverleaf roadster. S/N W1360G380. Green & black/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 11,000 miles. High-quality recent restoration appears period. Panel fit excellent throughout and presumably better than when new. Chassis paint dull against glossy black fenders, but not inauthentic versus SOLD AT $45,000. Failed to sell across the block at its $40,000 top bid, but it found a home post-sale. This 1970s-era restoration was as good as it got in its day, but some re-restoration will be required to bring this car into the 21st century. The seller was wise not to let it go at the top bid, but he is to be commended for working with the auction house to make it sell for a few thousand more. #51-1929 FORD MODEL A Custom Boattail roadster. S/N A2367720. Polished aluminium/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 31,434 miles. Coachwork by E.J. Walton. Major scratching to 1950s-era custom aluminum body as though polished with a sanding disc at one time. Black steel fenders and underbody still well preserved, older black vinyl interior pulling slightly at seams. Black cloth top not as old as seats and in good shape. Engine bay highly detailed with copper-plated head, copper Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author intake, and custom exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $61,600. Coachbuilder E.J. Walton built the Marmon Wasp that won the inaugural Indy 500 race. Personally, I found the aluminum body interesting, but the heavy scratching had to have been from a more worthless time in this car's history. While about the most expensive Model A for sale this year with a standard Model A engine, nobody seemed disappointed with the result, especially the high bidder who came through over the telephone. #99-1929 STUTZ BLACKHAWK Rumble Seat roadster. S/N L64DA45D. Green & black/ black cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,204 miles. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Presentable older restoration with minor scratches and pitting to left front fender. Brightwork and chrome very good, paint finish quality well preserved. Driver's seat torn, older reupholstery shows its age. Newer black cloth top well-preserved. Engine compartment clean, detailing very old. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $95,200. Last seen at Kruse's Detroit sale in April '93, where it didn't sell at $35,500 standard. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $172,500. While a rebody of the period, this was not unacceptable to the CCCA, which awarded this car a National 1st some years ago. Brown and orange may yet become very much in style again, but for the moment, it merely dates this car more than cementing it in the period. A no-sale across the block, but efforts by the Worldwide Group managed to get this car sold later in the weekend. Well done by all parties concerned. #43-1932 BUICK 8 Deluxe Victoria 2-dr sedan. S/N 2611630. Red & black/gray cloth. Odo: 49,151 miles. Recent paintwork shows flaws and ripples, body wavy down sides and along flat sections. Doors could be better adjusted, hinges slightly worn. Overspray on trim and weatherstripping, damage to center trim of hood shows major alignment issues. Driver's headlamp sagging down toward fender, chrome and brightwork redone and well-preserved. Interior redone not in modern acrylic velour. Engine compartment tidy but not detailed, engine sprayed with a can. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,000. There was not much enthusiasm for standard with correct materials. Engine compartment clean, but not overly detailed. Full-flow oil filter and electric fan added for modern use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. I really like the driver-prepared aspects of this car as I struggle to find the fine line with my own cars of this era between show and use. Some aspects could have been executed better, but I can certainly relate to many of the modifications done. Sold across the block but shown one last time at the Concours the following day by the consignor, it ran quietly and smoothly across the field. Well bought for a tour car that's ready to travel. #56-1935 FORD MODEL 48 Deluxe 2-dr coupe. S/N 181728180. Black/tan mohair. Odo: 79,704 miles. Recent black respray to a high standard. Panel gaps as-new, rumble seat lid shows poor prep work in jamb, chrome and brightwork show only minor flaws to pot metal. Interior redone faithfully with correct materials and stitching. Door cranks and steering wheel appear original and amazingly well-preserved. Engine shows older restoration with some missed details, but looks very clean overall. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500. Won by a phone (SCM# 21858). An unusual and rare car in need of slightly more than minor reconditioning to regain some past glory. While restored to the standards of the 1970s, it only added to the tattiness of the car's current appearance. Stutzs are rare, but this was about all the money for this one's condition. Well sold. #57-1931 CHRYSLER CG IMPERIAL Rumble Seat roadster. S/N 7802053. Brown & orange/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 100 miles. A common sedan as-new, rebodied many years ago with LeBaron coachwork. Panel fit good aside from hood alignment and passenger door bottom. Older high-standard repaint well-preserved, chrome wavy especially around windshield, headlights and steering linkage-controlled driving lights considerably better than flat trim. Aluminum rumble seat steps heavily corroded, newer cloth top in very good condition. Engine bay detailed to a high this Buick that followed the outrageous V16 Cadillac, but this was not entirely the cause of this car's less-than-impressive auction performance. Shortcuts had been taken, and all the detailing in the world wouldn't make up for it. Probably a nice driver or tour car, and a phone bidder won the day after a protracted reserveoff battle with a few bidders in the room. #59-1934 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 836-A 4-dr sedan. S/N 1080935. Blue/tan mohair. Odo: 33,259 miles. Older driver-quality repaint with variable orange peel and some defects. Tack-on backup lights and turn signals a bit tacky. Chrome redone, brightwork mostly original, grille chrome shows sanding scratches underneath. Aftermarket radio antenna looks odd on right front door pillar, weatherstripping largely distressed. Interior redone to a high bidder either impressed with the super catalog pictures or with the intention of making the ultimate tidy resto-mod. This was right on the money or maybe even a little low for this day and age, but I think people forget that these cars ran a lot better than they stopped with their fullmechanical brakes. #42-1938 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Series 90 convertible. S/N 5270181. Ox-Blood Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 66,798 miles. Second restoration to a high standard aside from driver's door fit issue. Waviness in grille and oversanded diecast the limit of brightwork issues. Wide white tires appear to be vintage snows and look odd. Recent Jenkins upholstery job as excellent as body and paintwork. Leather, carpet, and wood all nicely turned-out. Engine bay neat as a pin and runs similarly well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $286,000. With 80 Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author MGM Studios the original owner, Cadillac and LaSalle the featured marque at the next day's Concours, and a V16 that ran better than it did new, this car brought exceptional money—but it was arguably the best of its kind in existence. Fashion show volunteers drove the car across the block and modeled with it during the sale, attracting even greater attention. A very strong car for very strong money... I wish they were all like this. #50-1938 BUICK 40C 4-dr convertible. S/N 13279428. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 67,681 miles. Driver's door and rear top bow misaligned, otherwise highly-correct recent and laser-straight restoration. All chrome, stainless, and diecast without fault. Interior newly reupholstered to a very high standard. Black cloth top fits well, engine compartment detailed correctly without being overdone. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,600. A little finish-up work might have the era, this probably wasn't a bad driving car and needed only a bit of wake-up work to attain that end. A phone bidder saved the day by driving the bid up $5,000 at one point, but the last thousand came from a floor bidder to close the deal. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 8 #46-1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E53F001103. Polo White/ black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 8 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Faultless paint and body to exceptional better-than-new quality throughout. Chrome and brightwork flawless. Top and interior not only well-executed but correct to NCRS standards. Engine bay likewise does not disappoint. An example comparable to #47-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003004. Sportsman Red/ beige vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 19,537 miles. 235-ci straight 6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Sloppy repaint full of chips and large peels. Creative reconstruction or original mold marks showing over front wheelwells. Chrome and brightwork pitted, rusted, or just completely peeled off in places. Door vinyl separating, carpet faded. Seats still intact if faded, and perhaps the most attractive cosmetic aspect of the car. Hastily detailed engine bay aided this car in coming much nearer to the high estimate of $90,000 rather than barely breaking the low forecast of $70,000. Offering this car at no reserve wouldn't usually be looked at as a risk, but there's nothing more questionable than a fresh restoration with obvious and usually easily-corrected flaws. A solid long-term buy in a sector soon to see improvement, and the corrections will be easy to make even if hired out. #92-1947 LINCOLN ZEPHYR convert- ible. S/N 7H159435. Maroon/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 22,897 miles. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Older repaint still holding up well, some pitting visible in door tops and at rear cowl. Panel gaps very good, chrome and brightwork approximately the same age as paint and still well-preserved. Tan cloth top nearly white, vinyl interior also likely from a 1970s- or better than the 2007 restoration of a slightly later '53 by GM Heritage. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $440,000. The car lost a few points with the NCRS due to overdoing some things... not missing details. Only three bids were cast in $100,000 increments, and the bidding closed with a sale at the low estimate. Maybe just under market today, but a few more years should see examples such as this appreciating at Gullwing speed. Well bought. #97-1953 NASH-HEALEY roadster. S/N 12486. White/red vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 397 miles. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. to driver quality or slightly better. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $77,000. The preview drew a lot of lookers to this car, many of whom commented on the sorry state of this worn but complete example. The opening bid of $50,000 seemed silly at first, but sensibility took over, and few of the underbidders wanted to challenge anything over the high $60s. Only one bidder dared go to $70,000, and his reward was the reserve being pulled and a sale. If the pundits are right, this should be a good restoration candidate down the road. Well bought and in line with the current market. #88-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N C5602320. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 95,782 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Thick older black repaint now has major flaws from long storage. Average panel gaps, no major body issues evident. Chrome and brightwork likely redone long ago, brightwork shows light dents in places. Antenna bezel missing from fender, black vinyl top material incorrect. Older era restoration. Steering wheel original, detail to engine bay older. Smells like old gas when running. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $39,600. It's nice to see a Zephyr from this era, as most post-war 12-cylinder Lincolns are Continentals in far worse shape. While redone to the standards of 82 Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Older repaint in refrigerator white shows numerous flaws to top surfaces. Hood scoop cracked, panel fit average, windshield cracked right down the middle. Chrome and brightwork considerably better than body. Older red vinyl top incorrect, dashboard repainted with spray can or brush. Seat redone in high-grade red vinyl many years ago. Engine compartment detailed on the quick. Runs roughly. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,500. Long storage and the rough-running engine were evident all weekend to those who examined this car at less than 20 feet. While this is still a long restoration away from being comparable to recent better examples, the price paid could be said to be realistically low in the current market, and despite some people's lack of affinity for these, I don't see any major drops in value anytime soon. Slightly well bought. leather interior shows bits of vinyl used to redo worn areas. Engine bay complete and appears serviceable, but shows years of neglect. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,900. The build sheet with this car showed it was built with factory a/c and the colors as seen at the auction, however it would require a major recommissioning at no small price just to get it roadworthy again. Someday these have got to take off in value, but I think I've been saying that for a few too many years now. Well sold. Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author #40-1957 OLDSMOBILE 98 J-2 convertible. S/N 579M25682. Red & white/ white vinyl/red & white leather. Odo: 43,144 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Recent restoration shows very few flaws. Minor waviness along both sides, panel fit probably better than original. Chrome immaculate other than a gouge in front bumper from jimmying the hood open. Brightwork well-restored, Continental kit on rear bumper resembles a diving platform. Interior fresh aside from wrinkled look to dash #49-1961 CHRYSLER 300G convertible. S/N 8413146911. Black/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,000 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Recent modern respray shows prep issues, slight rust or dirt bubbles around headlamps, and uniform orange peel. Driver's door bottom out of line with body, other panel gaps OK. Chrome and brightwork redone to a high standard. Cloth top shows minor fit issues, possibly from use. Bucket seats and bench rear leather reupholstered with high-quality authentic materials. Engine bbl, auto. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Older brilliant red respray slightly wavy, no major panel fit issues evident. Bumper rechroming older and oversanded, brightwork follows suit in some areas. White interior and red dash appear to have been redyed. Steering wheel covered, console lid cracked, white vinyl top in nice condition. Sports Roadster parts fitted, but not a true board top. White convertible top wrinkled, possibly from being stored down at length. Engine compartment tidy and well-detailed aside from incorrect modern battery. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $92,400. Not just a well-optioned Holiday, but a factory-original J-2 triple-carb example of the top-of-the-line Olds ragtop. Offering this without reserve was a little risky for the consignor, but the results were apparently indicative of the incentive to bid by those who were interested. A phone bidder ended up with the car after a short struggle with someone in the room. Nicely done, perhaps even a bit of a bargain given this car's rarity as well as how nice it was. #30-1958 DODGE CORONET Super D-500 convertible. S/N LD212655. Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl & black cloth. Odo: 50,308 miles. 361-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older high quality repaint obviously part of a comprehensive body-off restoration. Some touched-up chips around panel edges, wide gap at bottom rear of driver's door. Chrome and brightwork nice, mild pitting to diecast. Interior restoration done to concours standards apart from lightly-cracked steering wheel, newer white bay restored, but hoses, belts, and ignition wires are incorrect. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $159,500. Consignor claimed restoration by White Post, but didn't semm to their usual high standard. Apart from detail issues, the surface prep of the body was rough and a good deal of the car would need to be refinished before being shown. For the issues present, the sale price was a slight bargain, but if you missed it, it was no great loss. #73-1962 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL 4- dr convertible. S/N 2486H422995. Black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 77,719 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Offered at no reserve from the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Older thick black trim-on repaint shows numerous flaws. Panel gaps good, body straight, chrome and brightwork unrestored and worn. Interior car or a dealer conversion. Engine bay detailed with lots of chrome, some small items incorrect. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,750. It's pretty easy to check cars like this for originality using SCM back issues or just doing a web search. Even if you didn't have wireless mobile internet at this auction, it was still more than clear to most that this was just a nice driver and not the real thing. The price was in line with condition for a normal T-Bird of this vintage, so this was well bought and sold. #33-1965 SHELBY COBRA Replica road- ster. S/N CSX3198R. British Racing Green/ black leather. Odo: 4,594 miles. 427-ci V8, 4bbl, 4-sp. Older high-quality repaint shows only minor scratches and a few stress cracks. Door gaps wide but uniform, brightwork excellent including side pipes. Halibrand knockoff mags restored well. Leather seats show very little wear, 4-point harnesses fitted. Ford FE sideoiler a plus, but modern-looking dress-up items vinyl convertible top appears correct. Engine repainted silver with very little detailing. Hoses, clamps, battery, and some accessories incorrect but appear maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $220,000. As one of only eleven built, bidding on this no-reserve lot was slow at first, but then leapt in $10,000 and $15,000 increments. The last battle was between a collector of oddities and a phone bidder who just didn't want to go beyond $200,000. There's no replacement for rare displacement, and this was certainly no ordinary Coronet. Expensive, but possibly well bought nonetheless. 84 original other than recent red leather reupholstery, likely original black convertible top has seen better days. Engine compartment appears serviceable but is otherwise undetailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. As the car rolled onto the block it was obvious that the front brakes were locked nearly solid. An example of a car put into long and lonely storage, this and other Satterthwaite cars were mostly reminiscient of the Clair cars that ran through Keenan's Maine sale in September. A decent deal, although plenty of work will be needed before this again becomes roadworthy. #87-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N 2485Z165764. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 69,565 miles. 390-ci V8, 4- detract slightly from the overall presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $77,000. This car's interesting history had it as an original before being debunked as a replica while with a Japanese owner in the 1980s. A very well-executed car, although with no known build history and as a replica, this was the one to have over the usual Superformance/Factory Five offering—especially with the correct-type side-oiler big block. Definitely a looker and relatively cheap fun when compared to a real one. #90-1965 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 237675B204799. Teal metallic/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 74,330 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered at no reserve from Sports Car Market

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Worldwide Group Hilton Head, SC Column Author the Walter B. Satterthwaite Estate Collection. Major surface imperfections to hood under average-quality older respray. Chrome and brightwork appear original, diecast trim pitted. Black vinyl convertible top dirty and may be original. Dashboard hastily cleaned up, gauges cloudy, bucket seats redone with reproduction embossed Pontiac logos in seatbacks. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. The pungent aroma of heavily varnished gas hung around this car at the preview and filled the tent when the car pulled in. This looked to me and plenty of others to be just another ragtop with a lot of needs, and it was fairly well sold considering its condition. #22-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S103648. Eng. # S103648. Sunfire Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 33,243 miles. 427-ci 425-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. L72 fitted with 1967 L71 triple carbs. Older restoration shows signs of front clip filler and sanding marks under otherwise flawless finish. Panel gaps tidy throughout, chrome near show-quality, brightwork looks well-preserved. Interior appears original and in bent, seal replaced with silicone applied to stop a leak. Knockoffs and Goldline tires correct, leather interior appears original and shows nice patina. Driver quality engine bay clean, but with use visible. Factory a/c. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,500. Last seen at Kruse's Detroit sale in April '93, where it didn't sell at $24,750 (CM# 1532). Bidding was strong through $45,000 before falling off. I really liked the color combination with the leather buckets, but I'm no fan of a Powerglide-equipped Corvette. I imagine many folks at the sale felt the same way, but it only took one interested party to make an offer immediately post-block, which was accepted by the consignor. Well bought and sold. #5-1968 FORD MUSTANG Sprint coupe. S/N 8F01T214594. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 84,720 miles. 200-ci straight 6, 2-bbl, 3sp. Recent repaint marred by fisheye and dirt throughout. Door and panel gap issues most obvious at front of driver door. Chrome older, brightwork slightly above average and largely unrestored. Interior very tidy, appears mostly original or very correct reproduction. Engine bay detailed to show quality, correct aside from issues with paint other than waviness to front fender tops. Door gaps not perfect but not indicative of a problem. Chrome and brightwork without major flaws aside from slight pitting in places. Reupholstered seats in correct material but a little lumpy, pleats bunched on driver's seat. Engine compartment fastidiously restored down to firewall crayon marks and decals. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $340,000. As one of 93 ordered in Raven Black, this was a rarity inside a rarity. Bidding kicked off at $250,000, but slowed after crossing the $300,000 mark. It was not to the same quality as the 61-mile car offered this past summer at Russo and Steele in Monterey (SCM# 46362), and I suppose the crowd here was only willing to bet so much on the future of the muscle car market. The seller might have thought twice, as the top bid really wasn't too far from the low estimate of $375,000. #8-1976 CADILLAC ELDORADO con- vertible. S/N 6L67S6Q129096. Firethorn Red Metallic/Firethorn Red Vinyl/Antique Red Leather. Odo: 44,789 miles. 500-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Typical repaint of Firethorn Red, known for clearcoat deterioration, has more than the usual fish-eye and orange peel. Major right front fender alignment issue to door and hood, trunk lid fit shows similar issues, rear filler edge trim missing. Convertible top correct color and in good condition. Interior completely original good, if not show, condition. Engine compartment clean, hoses, clamps, battery and radiator cap incorrect. Wiring appears original, with some fraying around wiper motor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $95,000. Last seen at RM's Novi sale in April '07, where it sold at $56,700 (CM# 45211). A note on the console instructed any potential movers to “PUMP BRAKES,” and it was obvious to anyone who seriously inspected the car. That and no apparent love for Sunfire Yellow made this car stall across the block. Yet at the end bidder's woke up. Still very well bought. #36-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S107933. Blue/black leather. Odo: 86,370 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Slight panel fit issues between front clip to door on both sides. Older refinishing shows light orange peel throughout. Chrome slightly wavy, brightwork around windshield 86 battery and starter relay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,850. The owner claimed that the car lost very few points at an AACA show, but it must have been at a very out-of-the-way venue, as the quality of the confessed backyard restoration was not up to the usual AACA standards. Absentee and room bidding stopped just short of where the consignor pulled his reserve, and thankfully another interested party popped up in time. While the price was just enough for this seller, this has to be all the money for a 6-cylinder car. Well sold. #39-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fast- back. S/N 9F022198868. Raven Black/black vinyl. Odo: 59,587 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Recent two-year restoration shows very few and in very good condition aside from circular scratches in passenger seat. Engine compartment undetailed, hood insulation pad missing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,600. The catalog made this look exceptional, but I noticed different tires in the picture than those on the car. The ones mounted at the auction were older Michelins, so either the photo was of a different car or it was an older picture. Enough people looked hard enough at this car to notice, and as it happened, the car sold over the phone to someone who only saw the pictures. Most of what needs doing would be pretty easy, but the paint and bodywork will be costly based on the price of admission. Well sold. ♦ Sports Car Market

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A UNIQUE OP PORTUNITY Built to the special order of Benito Mussolini and delivered in August 1935, chassis 700635 is believed to be the last seventh series 6C 2300 chassis made and the body is widely held to be a one-off. It competed in the 1936 Mille Miglia driven by Ercole Boratto and factory mechanic Mancinelli and fi nishing 13th overall and 3rd in class. The car remained in Mussolini's possession until 1939 when it passed to a minor party offi cial. It is believed to have only had two keepers since being relinquished by the latter's family in 1972. Restored by Dino Cognolato the car fi nished 2nd in class at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours and won its class at that year's New York Concours meeting. This rare classic and other landmark cars, motorcycles, bicycles and automobilia will be offered at the next H&H Auction on 26th-27th February 2008 at Cheltenham Racecource in England. Telephone and live online bidding welcome. H&H Limited Whitegate Farm Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ United Kingdom Phone: +44 (0)1925 730630 Fax: +44 (0)1925 730830 Email: info@handh.co.uk Featured in the H&H February auction, this rare 1935 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara Spyder built for Benito Mussolini. OTHER ENTRIES INCLUDE: 1992 SUBARU LEGACY - Colin McRae's Championship Winner 1967 AUSTIN MINI COOPER S - Ex works - Hopkirk/Nash Tour de France 1964 MORRIS MINI COOPER S - Ex works - Hopkirk & Morley Brothers For our full auction details visit: www.handh.co.uk To bid live online visit: www.the-saleroom.com ENTRIES NOW INVITED FOR OUR NEXT AUCTION 2 6 T H - 2 7 T H F E B R U A R Y A T C H E L T E N H A M R A C E C O U R S E

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author Beaulieu International Autojumble Weekend A record $286,636 was paid for a 1926 Sunbeam Super Sports tourer, a factory demonstrator that had only had three owners in 81 years Company Bonhams Date September 8, 2007 Location Beaulieu, Hampshire, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 69 / 75 Sales rate 92% Sales total $2,719,985 High sale 1926 Sunbeam 3-Liter Super Sports 4-seater tourer, sold at $286,636 Buyer's premium Auctioneer Knight oversees bidding on the Sunbeam Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics T he Bonhams U.K. Motor Car Department worked two weekends running in September—at the Goodwood Revival in Sussex, then at Beaulieu in Hampshire. The tenth staging of the Beaulieu sale during the International Autojumble weekend proved to be by far the most successful, with clients buying 92% of the collector cars, motorcycles, and automobilia to total $3.2 million. The range of automobilia and motorcycles was as wide as one would expect at the biggest annual Autojumble in Europe, and there were far more cars from Eastern Europe in the Beaulieu parking fields than in previous years. The $2.7 million in cars alone was paced by event-suitable pre-war British sports cars, the top two of which doubled their pre-sale estimates. To loud applause, a record $286,636 was paid by a British collector for a 1926 Sunbeam Super Sports tourer with 3-liter twin-cam engine. It was first used by the factory as a demonstrator, and including the seller, had only had three owners in 81 years. Despite having been rolled on the Welsh Trial its last time out and being only halfrepaired, a 1921 Vauxhall 30/98 E-type Velox tourer from the late Arthur Jeddere-Fisher's stable also attracted competitive international bidding. It sold for $259,840, again to much applause. The successful buyer was particularly thrilled, as he was the underbidder on the Vauxhall 30/98 88 that sold for $350,583 at the Bonhams & Goodman sale in Melbourne on July 1, 2007. Other noteworthy sales included a Pittsburgh-built 1904 Autocar 12hp Twin- Beaulieu, UK Cylinder Model VIII Rear-Entrance tonneau, which sold for $159,355—a number in line with the continued demand for London to Brighton-eligible Veterans. Despite being overdue for a full makeover, a 1929 Morgan Super Sports 3wheeler from the Jeddere-Fisher Collection sold for a whopping $49,025— way over its $30,000 high estimate. A barn-find 1935 Riley 9hp Imp roadster project was taken on for a strong $70,035, and the same money was invested in a partly-restored 1952 Aston Martin DB2 with much still left to do. Most of it filled a huge pile of cardboard boxes, which is a regular aspect of Beaulieu sales. The collection of the late Mike Smith, of the Chiltern Museum of Motoring, at- tracted international interest, with many illuminated signs and globes selling for four times the forecast. An illuminated Shell Pump sign and globe, estimated at $800–$1,000, made $6,000, the top price in the section. A large “Spirit of Ecstasy” statue raised $5,290, double estimate, and a large-scale instructional model of a Chevrolet automobile fetched $4,140, four times its estimate. The extraordinary fizz of the market can best be appreciated by adding up the two sales at Goodwood and Beaulieu. In eight days, 129 cars and 747 lots of automobilia realized an impressive $8.57 million total. With that in mind, the sub-prime mortgage crisis and news stories on unsustainable credit card debt seemed worlds away. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 15% on the first $60,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1=$2.02) Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author ENGLISH #722-1921 VAUXHALL 30/98 E-TYPE Velox tourer. S/N E397. Eng. # 396. Pale bluegreen & red/beige canvas/red leather. RHD. First shipped to East Africa in 1921, rescued from Iranian jetty in 1951, Fiji resident from 1954 to the mid-'60s. Comprehensive mechanical overhaul in 1977, repainted in 1986, engine rebuilt in 2004, rolled during VSCC Welsh Trial in 2006 and still driven home. Still battle-scarred from that inversion and in need of a cosmetic makeover. Chassis looks straight, although with a full complement of weather gear included, this Oxford was much more characterful than the saloon and will be easier to sell down the road. #761-1926 SUNBEAM 3-LITER SUPER SPORTS F Series tourer. S/N 4107F. Eng. # 4115F. Blue & black/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 18,335 miles. Only three owners, mileage likely to be genuine from new. Featured in Autocar on June 17, 1927. Half-shafts renewed, finned brake drums fitted, tires replaced, engine bay items replated. Period-correct Claudel-Hobson carbs and BTH magneto with auto-advance still present, pre- #723-1929 MORGAN SUPER SPORTS roadster. S/N 1040A. Eng. # LTOWCC238131. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2 miles. Water-cooled JAP V-twin, 2-speed chaindriven transmission. Acquired as box of parts in 1972, reassembled during rebuild in 1973, last on road in 1991. Motor reinstalled in 2007, engine and transmission possibly incomplete. most panels scraped, radiator top pushed in. Instruments present and correct, wood dash OK, leather much evented with scuffs. From the Jeddere-Fisher Collection. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $259,840. With well-charted provenance since coming into late Arthur Jeddere-Fisher's hands in the early 1950s, and despite its damage and generally scruffy condition, this 30/98 was destined to do well here. How high it was to go only became apparent when the gavel fell to huge applause at nearly twice the low estimate of $120,000. With premium, a new U.K. and European record for the model. #711-1925 MORRIS OXFORD tourer. S/N 70636. Eng. # 78521. Green & black/black canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 2,742 miles. Another ex-Leigh Green Garage time warp, and one of the last Oxfords built before the flat radiator was introduced. Low mileage displayed likely to have been total since restoration in 1990, last road-used in 1991. Obviously carefully stored, cosmetically mellowing war Notek fog and driving lamps. Chassis and suspension paint good, body panels excellent, old repaint shows few marks. Dash missing ammeter. Largely original leather extraordinary. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $286,636. This was the surprise of the sale, with several very determined bidders pushing the price paid to nearly double the low estimate of $150,000. This not only led the results here, but it set a new world record price at auction for the model. #710-1928 MORRIS OXFORD saloon. S/N 260717. Eng. # 254998. Dark blue/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 4,876 miles. One of several lots from the Leigh Green Garage, which closed in 1993. Acquired by Gardner Bros. proprietors 1967, likely to have been in receipt of full restoration shortly afterward, last on road 1991. Paint, chrome, and interior show light patina and now look almost original. Both chassis and all-steel body made under license Cosmetically dull and scruffy and over-ripe for full restoration. From the Jeddere-Fisher Collection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,025. Considering likely cost of refurbishment, a double-estimate valuation for this project was generous. Even earlier in the year, this sort of money would have landed the buyer a restored example. Clearly 3-wheeled Morgans have become cool. #755-1930 DAIMLER 20/30hp limousine. S/N 32582. Eng. # 55469. Black & ivory/brown leather & beige cloth. RHD. Odo: 34,719 miles. Thought to be only Daimler to carry Windover Limo bodywork. Automotive roles in “Edward and Mrs. Simpson” plus “Jeeves and Wooster” productions. Last restored circa 1992, more recent timing gears and chains, rebuilt gearbox, and electronic ignition upgrade. beautifully with only gentle deterioration to paint, plating, and leather. Swivel-opening windshield, Auster screen for folks in back, plenty of time to take in the scenery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,676. As with the previous lot #710, this was offered without reserve and was here to be sold, which it did for mid-estimate money. Being a “Bullnose” open-top example, 90 from American Budd likely to be structurally sound, but requiring mechanical and electrical recommissioning before use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,342. Although offered without reserve, including premium, the minimum forecast of $16,000 was forthcoming. Delightfully quaint, though a tad boring both to look at and to drive. Statistically, the Oxford with its flat nose was Britain's most popular automobile before the Austin Seven arrived on the scene. Paint, brightwork, wood, and leather show a nice patina and are beginning to look almost original. Engine clean and obviously cared for. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,694. Even at over the high estimate of $44,000, this Daimler Six with formal coachwork representes much better value for money than the R-R competition from the period. The owner of this car should also benefit from some more movie hire fees, so this can be considered a decent buy. #714-1933 INVICTA 12/45hp saloon. S/N L233. Eng. # BA239. Black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,820 miles. Coachwork by Carbodies. Another ex-Collection car, this time from The Chiltern Museum of Motoring. Massive chassis low to the ground, wide-set springs enable a low profile and favorable Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author badge bar, and luggage rack. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,687. Really nicely presented, this TD deservedly generated 25% more than the high estimate of $30,000. Not very long ago, this was the sort of money a 100-point TF with a 1500-cc motor and wires would have fetched. #732- 1952 ARMSTRONG-SIDDELEY HURRICANE 18hp drophead coupe. S/N 1812323. Eng. # E1812031. Charcoal center of gravity. Blackburne motor rebuilt in 1980s, paint matte with chips, plating marked, wood and leather possibly largely original. Full recommissioning required before driving. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,342. With insuffi cient interest anywhere near the low estimate of $28,000 under the gavel, this “Small Invicta” from the fi nal year of production was acquired for very much less right after it rolled off the block. As long as everything could be made to work properly, it was not only good value, but there might even be a modest profi t to be made further down the road. Well bought. #754- 1935 RILEY 9hp Imp roadster. S/N 6027861. Eng. # 56435. Blue/distressed leather. RHD. Odo: 12,744 miles. One of the very last Imps made, featured January 28, 1955, in The Autocar, stored since 1965. Ye olde and more recent U.K. registration documents present. Parts from original engine number 56434 in boxes, spare engine included. In traditional “farmyard-fi nd” state, with minor damage to panels, lots of surface rust, and much decay. Unlikely to be complete. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $70,035. Attractively estimated at between $36,000 and $44,000, and a most appropriate lot for this location. Indeed, what Beaulieu auction would be complete without a crop of barn-found resto projects like this? In terms of the likely fi x at the end of the road, though, this charismatic evolution of the Brooklands Nine should be well worth the burning of many drums of midnight oil. #734- 1939 ALVIS 12/70 Four Seat tourer. S/N 15746. Eng. # 16231. Dark blue/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 19,468 miles. First Mulliner-bodied, now with Whittingham, Mitchell, & Anderson coachwork. Extensive mechanical and coachwork restoration during the '80s and '90s. Cosmetically excellent with only minor marks to paint and chrome. Seat leather slightly worn, dash wood good, engine bay presents well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $59,530. Alvis prices continue to climb steadily. Really handsome in the metal, this pre-war sporting tourer for up to fi ve generated nearly $20,000 92 Although benefi ting from bodywork by one of the fi nest British coachbuilders, overall rather dreary to look at. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,345. Even though nobody in the tent was prepared to match the low estimate of $30k, this tired but still desirable Mk VI was swept up immediately after its appearance on the block for a much more realistic price. If the buyer is at all fussy, however, then he could be in for having to spend plenty more—coachbuilts do have a nasty habit of making big holes in owners' pockets. #737- 1951 MG TD roadster. S/N TD11864. Eng. # 27311. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 3,248 miles. Likely to have been rebuilt earlier this century, mileage displayed almost certainly since restoration. “SJ” suffi x to U.K. registration indicates repatriation at some time, most probably once a left-hooker. Chassis steel and paint good, panel fi t and paint excellent, chrome shining brightly. Leather nice, engine bay spotless. Fitted with a pair of Lucas spots, more than the top estimate of $40,000, which was strong money considering the little-known body builder's coach plates. #717- 1951 BENTLEY Mk VI 4 1/4-Liter saloon. S/N B3LH. Eng. # B202L. Brown & caramel/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 56,401 miles. Coachwork by Freestone & Webb. Few owners, mostly charted. Old restoration shows fl at paint with various nicks. Brightwork in need of refreshment. Interior better than exterior, leather retrim worn, wood fair. Engine rebuilt 2002, but dull and without detailing. with mileage displayed, which is almost certainly since older restoration and now pleasantly mellowed. Wood and leather within good, engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,843. At the mid-estimate money paid, this stylish three-position drophead for four with the heroic WWII model name represented extremely good value for money. #738- 1952 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50121. Eng. # VB6E501398. Black/ N/A. RHD. Chassis and body mostly restored and seemingly structurally sound. Panels repainted, some of interior refurbished, no side or rear glass fi tted, AML-supplied replacement Vantage-spec 2.6 motor reportedly never run, very large stack of boxed items included. Most of work done in the early '70s, much deterioration evident after many years in storage. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $70,035. Although most likely Gray/gray canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 12,538 miles. Correct replacement engine, pre-selector gearbox. Chassis and steel panels seemingly sound, extremely long doors do not sag. Paint and chrome fi nish commensurate complete, this resto-case generated huge interest during viewing and was strongly contested under the hammer until taken on for $30,000 more than what had been an optimistically generous $40,000 high estimate. The prices of all Feltham Astons have seen some serious growth since the market readjustments of the late 1980s, so the stellar performance of this component-form DB2 project should not be surprising. #756- 1954 JAGUAR XK 120 SE road- ster. S/N S675804. Green/black leather. Odo: 73,629 miles. S-prefi x to chassis ID indicates Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author Special Equipment model. Former Californian resident, U.S. restoration from 2002, repatriated 2003 and unused since. Chassis appears straight and rust-free, body panels and fit good. Paint glossy with some marks around nose, chrome plating reasonable, interior mostly replaced and devoid of character, 3.4-liter engine clean though lacking a wow factor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,268. Nearly all XK 120s continue to out-perform most E-types on this side of the pond, and even at the top estimate sum, this retail-ready SE roadster will almost certainly cost the next owner even more next time around—even in this far-from-mainstream shade of green. #759-1954 BRISTOL 404 coupe. S/N 4042003. Maroon/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 79,444 miles. In dry South African climate for most of its life. Shipped to Holland seven years ago, currently fitted with Halda tripmeter and battery isolator for historic rallies. Aluminum panels over ash frame, old repaint shows some chips. Soft leather retrim lightly soiled. Bristol renewed 1998. Triple-carb-fed engine and bay unexceptional, wood wheel worn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $92,365. A new owner could merely keep trying to use this car between continual repair bills, but the truly besotted might just tear it apart and start all over again. Hey, at this sort of money—which was inexpensive for a DB6—both would be appropriate. The rise in pre-V8 Aston prices, with more upside to come, one suspects, probably justifies the full makeover budget. the tent was responsible for this average-looking former left hooker achieving top estimate money. Although 100s have been appreciating solidly, most 3000s—which are in much greater supply and are not being restored at the same rate as they were in the '90s—have been cooling by the sale. #721-1966 JAGUAR Mk II 3.8-Liter saloon. S/N 235072BW. Eng. # LE34958. Charcoal Gray/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 63,856 miles. Auto transmission rebuilt pre-acquisition in 1992, 3.8 motor reconditioned more recently. Upgrades include power steering, retro-fit a/c, and CD changer. Panels and shut lines all seemingly sound, only minor marks to paint and chrome. Leather retrim lightly Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $22,178. Most Stags—and there are herds of them for sale—tend to be decayed dogs rather than sound beasts in the metal. An over-stock situation and their general shabbiness has meant that V8-powered Triumph 2+2s have been selling for less and less—if they change hands at all. This very fine example certainly bucked the trend by attracting more than its high estimate of $20,000. A great price for a very nice car. engine dull, bay presentation disappoints. Known as the Businessman's Express, the 404 has unmistakable, aeronautically inspired air intake and very pointy tips to rear fenders. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,967. In seemingly good overall condition, this likely-to-be-fully working example of a post-WWII Bristol made just over the desired money. Correctly valued. #718-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III Phase II convertible. S/N HBJ8L3443. Eng. # 29KRUH9091. Light blue metallic & white/blue vinyl/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 35,495 miles. U.S. resident, returned to the U.K. in the late '90s when rebuilt and converted from LHD to RHD. Still fairly sharp from a distance, paint lifting along fender beading and several chips notable when viewed close up. Chrome quite reasonable having been either polished or replated. Leather retrim nice and soft, matching carpets clean, wood well-fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,854. Some determined competition between bidding contestants in 94 worn, woodwork excellent. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,014. Bravely offered without reserve and sold at low estimate money, this rather inauthentic-looking Mk II was never going to command very much more. Even though a 3.8 on wires is a desirable combo, the retail reality is that an auto can be hard to shift. #752-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk I coupe. S/N DB62740R. Eng. # 4002760. Silver/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 88,797 miles. U.K. home-market car driven until 1989, when shipped to British Columbia. Resident of Oregon by 1993, repatriated 1999. Recent repaint generally shiny with some chips and only fair in door jambs. Chrome, including wires, marked and worn. Still original leather soft but slightly shabby, headlining and carpets FRENCH #719-1918 ROCHET-SCHNEIDER TYPE 15000 saloon. S/N 11905. Eng. # 15000C20. Blue, black, & wood/gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 24,570 miles. Coachwork by Allignol. One of 545 built, first supplied to mayor of Lyon. Last restoration in 1998 with most original interior retained, regularly evented since. Clearly well looked after, seemingly in good mechanical order. Some shrinkage to coachbuilt body paint, discolored top-half varnish in need of refreshment. Brightwork good, interior tidy, engine bay presents well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,181. Even with premium, much less than the low estimate of $36,000 was accepted, #749-1978 TRIUMPH STAG convert- ible. S/N LD44300. Eng. # 044235. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 91,836 miles. Treated to an Aston Martin Tickford restoration which is said to have cost $40,000 in 1998. Panel condition and fit excellent, no trace of rust below supershiny paint. Brightwork virtually unmarked, interior refurbished, engine bay clean and tidy. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author which most probably valued this rather formal curio correctly. For despite being one of Les Grands Marques of France during the Edwardian period, Rochet-Schneider is more likely to be thought of as a brand of aftershave by those with new money to splash about. #731-1921 PEUGEOT TYPE 161 Quadrilette torpedo. S/N 161. Eng. # NE70. Aquamarine & light blue/beige canvas/blue leather. Coachwork by L.F. Willis. Acquired as a bare chassis plus bits at auction by the late Peter Hampton in 1968, then rebuilt and rebodied. Bought by vendor from the Brooks Hampton Collection dispersal sale July '91, GERMAN #728-1939 STEYR TYPE 55 saloon. S/N LV3361. Unfinished primer. Odo: 92,464 km. Incorporating many advanced features from the Porsche-engineered VW Beetle, the pre-WWII built Type 55 employed unitary construction. Mileage displayed likely to be genuine total. In receipt of partial restoration. clearly well preserved in storage since. Chassis, body, and wheel paint only slightly marked, brass dull, varnished wood windshield base and planked duck-tail decking in good order. Tandem seating leather and top canvas super. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $44,356. Peter Hampton motor cars continue to be gilt-edged investments, and this one had a very good look. Correctly valued by all concerned. #750-1987 CITROËN 2CV6 Dolly sa- loon. S/N VF7A2KAOOKA261754. Eng. # 0906025795. Blue & tan/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 125 miles. Absolutely genuine ultralow mileage clocked up by just one Citroën dealer owner. All booklets intact, original fuel consumption window sticker and engine label still in place. Clearly very carefully displayed Non-original rear windows replaced by steel panels, bodywork now sound but only finished in primer. Interior unfinished, with no seats or carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,206. Last seen at Bonhams Beaulieu in September '02, where it sold at $3,565. Even after a repainting and a retrim, this Steyr fastback, which has become fairly rare outside Austria, would struggle to make very much more than this. Well sold. #724-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104220024393. Eng. # 12192820002273. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 12,000 miles. Recent restoration, but without papers and clearly parked outside in recent months. Paint generally OK with some handling chips, brightwork only fair in places. Interior better, although steering wheel enamel scuffed. Engine bay unloved but complete. African resident before shipped to the U.K. in '98. Recent repaint shiny but showing issues in door jambs and other hard-to-see areas, bumpers rechromed. Largely original leather fair, trunk floor damp beneath mats, triple-carb V6 clean and complete. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,181. A handsome-looking example from the Pesenti-owned Lancia era, and only just hitting the low estimate of $30k with premium. Likely to be in need of a full mechanical and electrical check-out as well as much cosmetic detailing, this particular GT L3C wasn't worth any more than was paid here. AMERICAN #725-1900 LOCOMOBILE STEAMER Type 2 5 1/2hp Spindle Seat runabout. S/N 1896. Black wood/beige cloth. RHD. Tillersteered primitive steamer from Brooklyn, remarkably preserved. History charted from 1950s, when it was unearthed in a scrapyard loft, imported to U.K. in 1988 and restored. Boiler and fire pan renewed, largely original body treated and stored. New battery and exhaust apart, totally original and as-new. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $23,345. Low-mileage cars have a following, and they usually do well at auction. 2CVs have been given cult status by their loyal beretwearing fanbase. Put the two together and you have a sure-fire recipe for keen bidding, and in this case, it meant a price nearly double the low estimate of $12,000. Any more mileage or the faintest trace of cosmetic wear and the resale price will be cut in half. 96 Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,687. Considering the disappointing condition of this car close up, a price over the high estimate of $30,000 was extraordinary. That said, even if much less exotic and considerably slower than a 300SL, a 190SL is from the same period and is perceived in this market as desirable. This near-project example would respond to a speedy and easily executed makeover, but the new owner will likely be upside-down in a hurry. ITALIAN #735-1967 LANCIA FLAMINIA GT L3C coupe. S/N 13905826140001216. Eng. # MOT8261001580. Silver gray/red leather. Odo: 52,279 km. Former Turin, Zambia, and South with preservative where paint missing, exposed metalwork acid-dipped to provide protection. Original upholstery material and front apron leather reused, period aftermarket brake upgrades. Ascended Goodwood Hill in 1999, completed London to Brighton in 2001. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,366. Early Steam CC and VCC event eligible, this 107-year-old Steamer really did look authentic, hence this result of $15,000 over the high estimate of $50,000. Another case of veteran demand outstripping supply. Well bought and sold. #716-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R Curved-Dash runabout. S/N 15508. Eng. # 15508. Black & red/black leather. A working example of first volume-produced American automobile. U.K. resident since 2004, last restored 10-15 years ago. Paint a little crude in places, but only minor marks visible here and there. Single-piston motor and 2-speed, chain-driven transmission in center presents Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Column Author speed with good brakes. Comfortable ride for four, bulb horn, Neverout brass oil lamps. Old restoration with chassis and suspension in need of repainting. Bodywork better, but with cracks and chips. Brass marked, leather sound but grubby. Veteran of many London to Brighton runs. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $159,355. Offering its owner and party relatively rapid transport to Brighton, this 1904 Veteran flier from Pittsburgh raised $50,000 above its high estimate of $110,000. Such fast and practical pioneers continue to appreciate by the sale. well. White tires, bulb horn, wicker picnic trunk on back, brakes on differential and transmission only. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,192. With production of the three Curved Dash models exceeding 11,000 from 1901-1907, finding examples like this is not incredibly difficult. Including premium, this tiller-steered minimalist made just over the low estimate of $50k, and was therefore correctly valued by all concerned. #730-1904 OLDSMOBILE 7hp Curved- Dash runabout. S/N N/A. Eng. # 21600. Black & red/black leather. One cylinder 4-stroke motor, 2-speed transmission, center chaindrive. California restoration in traditional Olds colors older and now showing a nice patina. or unpainted, complete-appearing engine. No interior fitted, and more significantly perhaps, without any paperwork. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,014. The Beaulieu factor was responsible for this project—a daunting prospect for most of us—being taken on for $8,000 more than the high estimate of $20,000. It will, of course, cost the new owner many times more than this to complete the jigsaw puzzle. Well sold. #769-1923 CLEVELAND SIX tourer. Some minor paint shrinking throughout, chassis and suspension show stone chips. Buttoned leather shiny and well-fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,268. A final price just over the high estimate of $70,000 was forthcoming for this generally nice Olds, and at that final figure, it was both well bought and sold. #736-1904 AUTOCAR VIII 12/14hp Twin Cylinder Rear-Entrance tonneau. S/N 1637. Eng. # 1725. Blue & red/red leather. Recently rebuilt two-cylinder, three forward gears, shaft-drive, capable of useful turn of with adjustment levers. Walnut dash, boxed trafficators on A-pillar flanks, Unica travel trunk. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,213. With a best premium-inclusive offer of $2,800 below the low estimate of $28,000, the new owner of this early 1920s American—a model from a short-lived marque rarely encountered so far 98 polish-scratched, interior clean, engine bay tidy, top clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,967. Jet fighter styling, over-the-top tail fins, color coordinated interior, jukebox instrumentation—certainly not for the shy and retiring automobile collector. Even though the required money was forthcoming for this cosmetically sharp Eldorado Biarritz, such a politically incorrect gas guzzler from the days of plenty might be hard to shift for anything like this figure in a market likely to turn increasingly green in the future. ♦ S/N 1710. White & black/black canvas. Odo: 59,894 miles. Last restored in 1990. Cosmetic condition excellent with only minor marks to paint, wheel varnish good, interior acceptably worn. Cleveland branded motormeter on radiator top, sharp nickel-plated steering wheel #757-1913 CADILLAC MODEL 30 phaeton. White primer. RHD. Former Galveston Museum exhibit, first came to U.K. in 1989. Body restoration commenced but not completed at that time, in much the same state 18 years later. Chassis looks solid enough, timberwork done, panels in primer from its Ohio birthplace—certainly landed plenty of automobile for his money. #739-1939 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER 4-dr sedan. S/N 4130704. Green metallic/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 1,357 miles. Indiana-built chassis, shipped to Australia for assembly in Adelaide by T.J. Richards. One Australian owner until early '90s, mileage displayed adds up to the 101,357 claimed total from new. Certainly authentic- looking, claimed to be chassis-up restoration from mid-1990s with photo records. Repaint obvious in door jambs, woodgrained painted dash period-looking, steering wheel enamel cracked, undetailed engine clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,875. Quite powerful, potentially reliable, very drivable, and a good value at just over the low estimate of $15,000. #772-1958 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 58E013221. Blue metallic/cream vinyl/cream leather. Odo: 66,627 miles. 365-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Two bare-metal resprays since 1992, floor pan renewed. Interior retrim not that long ago, engine rebuild and brake overhaul on file. Cosmetically very good, with no rot breaking through glossy paint, chrome generally good and only lightly Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Column Author Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey $1.65 million for an unrestored 1911 Oldsmobile served as notice that so-called “barn finds” are more than a passing phase Company RM Auctions Date October 12, 2007 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 108 / 111 Sales rate 97% Sales total $12,301,570 High sale 1911 Oldsmobile Limited, sold at $1.650,000 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) 1911 Olds—$1.65 million, and where do you start? Or do you start at all? Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics T 100 his was a first-time effort for RM at the time of the AACA Hershey meet, but somehow, it felt like old home week by the Saturday of the sale. There are now two sales held at Hershey, PA Hershey. The first, and longest currently running, is the Kruse sale, held at the Giant Center just steps off the many fields that comprise the swap meet. RM has set up at the Hershey Lodge, about a mile away. It's a good location; a ballroom is used for the sale itself, while the cars are, for the most part, on view in tents connected by a walkway. There was no “drive across” for this sale; the cars stayed static, similar to the traditional British style. About 50% of the vehicles on offer were unrestored, some were best described as almost hopeless, while many others will make great cars—but only after the addition of buckets, if not rivers, of money. In the lower price range, the unrestored cars included a useable as-is 1970 Mercedes-Benz 250, in triple blue, with what appeared to be a solid body, that sold for a quite reasonable $2,450. Older in years and a bit more expensive, a 1931 Ford Model A special, with a delivery-style body, sold for an eye-popping $66,000 against a high estimate of $20,000. At this point in the sale, just a few dozen lots in, it seemed as if few people were surprised that unrestored examples were selling for as much as, or in some cases much more than, fully restored examples of the same vehicle. Clearly, the collector car world is embracing preservation and originality with an increasing fervor. The auction catalog cover featured a car that might serve as a talisman for those who see the future of unrestored car collecting—a 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger touring car. Selling for $1,650,000 against a $1,200,000 high estimate, the Oldsmobile was for many not just the highlight of the sale but served as formal announcement that so called “barn finds” are more than just a passing phase. It was also our January cover car. RM sold 108 of the 111 cars offered, a 97% sales rate. When the numbers were tallied, $12,301,570 changed hands. And, for those keeping track, yes, it rained again at Hershey. But not on RM's parade. ♦ Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Column Author FRENCH TOP 10 No. 7 #287-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57C Ventoux. S/N 57664. Black & red/ tan leather. RHD. Odo: 2,569 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork. Well restored with no age wear noted. Very clean and wellfitted leather interior, clean dash and gauges, With decent but not ground-shaking cars such as this closing in on the half-million mark, international exchange rates mean more than you might think. #210-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 250 4-dr nicely fitted wood throughout. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $528,000. Winner of the Elegance in Motion Trophy at Pebble Beach in 1998, and a participant in the first Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance. It's been nine years since its show win, yet very little deterioration was present. Appropriately priced near to its high estimate of $550,000. GERMAN #317-1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 10915406. Turquoise & white/ turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 1,149 miles. Excellent paint, very good brightwork, nice glass, well done trim. Lots of added options include wide whitewalls, luggage rack, and in- sedan. S/N 14401012043386. Blue/blue vinyl/ blue vinyl. Odo: 57,368 miles. No visible rust, tires appear to still be good. Dry gaskets, faded paint, good brightwork. Inside not clean but serviceable, with dirty carpets, good dash, and excellent seat vinyl. Mileage likely original. AMERICAN #224-1903 STANLEY MODEL B Solid Seat Steam runabout. S/N 180. Weathered Brick Red/black leather. Appears mostly complete and very worn. Possibly original paint now dull and cracked. Some torn leather and mouse holes to seats. In need of complete restoration. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $85,250. Easily the most storied name in steam, the Stanley brothers had many early successes in the race for early production automobiles. Not complete, but still a very worthwhile restoration project, as well as a valuable vehicle in its own right. As it sold for over three times the high estimate of $25,000, bidders must have seen an opportunity here. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,475. As a general rule, I'd rather find one of these from the West Coast than in the heart of where salted roads live. This car showed no exterior signs of rot, and if that's also true in places not visible, this could be considered a decent buy. Once found in the back corner of every used car dealer lot, these '70s M-Bs are getting harder to find. ITALIAN #294-1970 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA side parcel rack. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,350. Another VW Bug at auction with optional everything and over-the-top cutes. Well done at just over the low estimate of $20,000, but if I had to guess, I would say the seller was looking for more. TOP 10 No. 9 #270-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 7500257. Silver/red leather. Odo: 88,884 miles. Very good paint, brightwork just a tick off excellent. Polished lips to original-style wheels, underhood shows a bit more polish than factory as well. Nice seats in deep red leather not perfectly fitted. Square weave carpet, one chip to otherwise perfect steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $434,500. It would be intriguing to figure out how much of the recent increase in price on these cars is attributable to the slide in the dollar vs. real appreciation of the asset. 102 seats nice, dash excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,000. Full disclosure here: I was 50% owner of this lot until it sold. I was hoping for better, but in a no-reserve auction, you don't have a lot of say as to what the final bid will be. I think this will prove to be an astute buy for the new owner... Lord knows there was plenty of blood, sweat, and tears put into this car. spyder. S/N 59249314. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 27,794 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent paint, lots of refreshing and refurbishment throughout. Very good brightwork, paint fresh but not perfect, with a few divots here and there. Correct Magnum 500 wheels in good shape. Well-done interior, incorrect Oldsmobile is an iconic car for the era. In a time when just sighting an automobile was rare, the chances were good this was the model you saw. Missing its lights but not the attaching hardware, you might even get away with a sympathetic re-restoration here. Pricey for condition, but not silly money. #221-1904 CADILLAC MODEL B RearEntrance tonneau. S/N 3136. Maroon/black leather. Mostly complete, original trim includes lights, fenders, and other brass bits. Much older restoration shows chips to paint throughout, leather still good. Decent older tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $72,600. Rather pricey for its condition, but certainly not out of the realm of the reasonable. The single cylinder Model Sports Car Market #226-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R Curved Dash runabout. S/N 15168. Red & black/black vinyl. Corrected to 1902 model year. Older restoration, complete but without lights. Paintwork good, tires wasted, seating still intact. Looks to be a relatively easy redo. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $45,100. The curved-dash

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA the value as it is not London to Brighton eligible, but restored, this would be a handsome runabout with the potential for some upside. #242-1906 FORD MODEL R Bee-Tail roadster. S/N 1454. Black & green/black cloth/black vinyl. Older, slightly better than amateur restoration. Hard rubber tires missing on two wheels. Older top vinyl shows a few holes, paintwork chipping but could be rescued. Right side lamp has cracked lens, B is not the most powerful car of its age, but Cadillac's reliability and stamina should make up for part of that. #228-1904 CADILLAC MODEL A runabout. S/N 3642. Red & black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Major needs. This one looks to have either a replaced front end or body, but difference could possibly be just due to age. Top fabric tattered and unusable, plenty of missing trim throughout. Cond: 5. SOLD all brass needs polishing. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $22,000. Not particularly inexpensive, but sold at a no-harm-done price, especially if part of the restoration work is done by someone handy. Cars of this era are simplicity itself compared to later build dates, with repairs often handled by the village blacksmith and not by a technician in a white coat. AT $77,000. This car's last known registration was in Virginia in 1919. In need of a total restoration to ever run again. Missing its lighting and a number of accessories; perhaps the new owner thought having the very rare top with its brackets will make up for the rest. I thought this car was very expensive for its condition, others thought differently. #217-1905 AUTOCAR TYPE X runabout. S/N 3418. Green/black leather. Missing all lights, trim, and gauges, but startlingly original. Hard rubber tires flattened from sitting. Rear trunk has added-on lock assembly and original leather over horsehair and springs. Some mouse damage evident. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $26,400. An adventurous restoration project to say the least, but an interesting car with a storied name. 1905 production date decreases #236-1909 FORD MODEL T 5-Passenger touring. S/N 685. Eng. # 685. Black/black vinyl/black leather. A quality older restoration. Looks to be ready for its next tour. Older paint still looks good, closer inspection reveals major problems lurking underneath. Very good or missing. Excellent brass. Decent leather, good wood. Nicely aged throughout. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,000. Serving as a testament to the durability of a high-quality restoration, this Winton still stood tall despite its many obvious restoration needs—and one can assume it could be fully usable after a minimum amount of work. Not cheap, but heirlooms rarely are. #277-1910 ATLAS MODEL H 60hp tour- brass, older top undamaged. Inside complete and aged but showing well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $61,600. A car that appeared nicer on first glance than with close inspection. No major news here. Before the sale, I would have thought this car would struggle to meet its low estimate of $40,000. However, almost everything old or aged did well at this auction. #237-1910 PACKARD MODEL 30UC Open-Drive limousine. S/N 10267. Eng. # 10267. Blue/blue cloth. Odo: 684 miles. Much aged, but good quality restoration. Plenty to pick at, although it's all complete and all there. In need of a full restoration to be show. Brass February 2008 103 ing. S/N 1084H. Eng. # 1139. Black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 150 miles. Excellent paint and brightwork, nice top and trim. A top-quality restoration showing very well throughout. Doors open and shut well, leather fully and professionally presented. appears complete, plenty of dings to paint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $192,500. Although a bit aged, this car's interior was exceptional in its originality. However, the exterior was redone to a medium quality. Not used in many years, this limousine looked to be an easily recommissioned driver. #258-1910 WINTON MODEL 17 5-pas- senger touring. S/N 10918. Dark green/tan cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,983 miles. Lots of use wear to older but well-done restoration. Chipping paint to cream-colored chassis, good older paint to fenders and body, some dirt and stains to top. Plastic glass windows cracked

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Column Author Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $220,000. A handsome early touring car, formerly part of the Harrah Collection in Reno. Atlas did not survive despite some early successes, and this Model H 60hp touring is the last one known of its type. Sold at the high end of its generous estimate, but if you wanted an Atlas, this might have been the only time in your life one was available. TOP 10 No. 1 #250-1911 OLDSMOBILE LIMITED 7-passenger touring. S/N 64128. Black/black leather. RHD. The ultimate old car barn find, a largely untouched example in extra-deteriorated shape. Very complete, all original, and with everything needed to the restorer or preservationist. Rubber tires gone, only cloth remains. Seemingly sound, interior shows heavy patina. Five original tires in excellent condition included according to catalog well. Expensive at over $100,000 more than the high estimate, but go find another. TOP 10 No. 5 #262-1912 LOCOMOBILE 6-48 MODEL M Sportsman Torpedo touring. S/N 5273. Eng. # 5273. Burnt orange/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 107 miles. A fine quality restoration, and a car that shows no excuses. Fully and professionally done, no flaws to be found to any section or trim. Excellent paint, brightwork, engine bay, as-is, or will show well with some cosmetic work. #267-1928 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 81 touring. S/N 363022. Dove Gray & black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 76,279 miles. Another older restoration with age and use wear visible on a good but not great job. Body shows some dings and divots, fit issue to passenger rear door. Some chew holes on the top, description. Real history. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,650,000. Proving that big dogs can come in all shapes and forms, this totally unrestored Oldsmobile with modifications by Mother Nature was the star of the show as well as the talk of the town. The new owner, a Pennsylvania resident, is planning to install new tires and make only those mechanical repairs deemed necessary. The preservationists cheer while the parsimonious cringe. (See January Profile, p. 58.) #275-1911 SELDEN MODEL 40R Varsity roadster. S/N 2840. White/black cloth/red leather. RHD. Odo: 117 miles. Excellent paint, brightwork close to perfect. Fully detailed down to pinstriping on chassis. Top and interior excellent, ready for any concours. One of six known surviving Selden cars. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $220,000. If you consider yourself top, and interior. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $660,000. This multiple-award-winning restoration served as an appropriate showcase for this rare and quite elegant Edwardian-era vehicle As one of the few fully-restored show-ready cars at the sale, it provided quite a contrast to the barn finds, as well as a reminder to some of what can be done when cubic dollars are added. #280-1914 HAYNES MODEL 27 touring. S/N 6965. Black/cream cloth/black leather. Odo: 4,187 miles. Barn find condition. On the lawn at Pebble Beach 2007. Unrestored in every way, with only tires appearing more good brightwork, leather appears to have been redyed. Excellent instruments to a cosmetically weak dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $61,600. A Pierce with needs, this was one of the few cars at the sale to sell for a good percentage below its pre-sale low estimate of $80,000. Fully priced for its condition here. TOP 10 No. 1 #259-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 2169. Eng. # J403. Cream/cream cloth/red recent than the teens. No paint since new, interior completely original. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $112,750. In this “barn find mania” market, RM has been brilliant in presenting more than a handful of relatively untouched cars for sale. It takes an acquired taste as well as a sensitive eye to tell this storied survivor from something that Jed Clampett used to move away from there, but this was a good buy at this price. #293-1919 PIERCE-ARROW SERIES even an amateur student of automotive history and you don't understand the importance of the Selden patents, it's time to do some research and familiarize yourself with the Selden story. This Selden would make an excellent addition to any automotive museum, and it just might pique the curiosity of a number of visitors as 104 5 MODEL 38 7-passenger touring. S/N 311062. Burgundy & black/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 55,273 miles. Some paint problems include lots of cracking and several noticeable chips. Good brightwork, excellent trim, nicely done interior shows no issues. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,000. Another nosurprise sale with a price just a tad above the high end of its $132,000 high estimate. More striking than beautiful, this car will tour well leather. Odo: 71,636 miles. Coachwork by Murphy, titled as a 1930. Slightly peach-colored older paint job shows some fill-ins and a few chips. Good but not perfect brightwork, older top well fitted but now dirty. Seats show plenty of patina, great gauges to good dash. Engine compartment clean and correct. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,650,000. Originally owned by Tommy Manville, heir to the Johns Manville asbestos fortune and known for having been married 13 times. This J with its 50-year old restoration did not show as well in person as it did in the photos, and the Sports Car Market

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Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1960 300SL. Beautiful, clean example with fresh paint and interior. Straight, rust free. Big brakes, books, tools, Becker Mexico and new luggage set. $525,000. 1955 300SL. Solid, strong car. Drives perfectly. Ideal for any event or tour. Original luggage. Flat Nardi steering wheel. Factory replacement aluminum block. $560,000 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Zagato. True example of Alfa/Zagato synergy combining lightened body work with straight six performance. Phenomenal mechanical condition with excellent original interior. 1 of 105 built. Recent work including Weber carburetors. $92,000 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder, s/n 14389. Wonderfully original and unmolested factory Spyder. Highly original and irreplaceable historic artifact. Original in every detail. Interesting history with one California owner. Straight and corrosion free. $1,450,000

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Column Author color choice was no help. What was surprising was the eventual sale price of this car, as I would have expected it to go for quite a bit less. Duesenbergs are once again on the move upward. TOP 10 No. 4 #238-1930 DUPONT MODEL G 4-passenger Le Mans speedster. S/N G934. Eng. # G-1334. Black/cream cloth/red leather. Odo: 33,517 miles. An older restoration with some needs. Paint good, but far from show quality. Excellent brightwork, weak older top shows plenty of dirt. Nice older leather, good dash appears to have one mismatched gauge. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $704,000. Whenever any DuPont automobile some sympathetic restoration would go a long way. If I were this Marmon's new caretaker, I'd pop the gauges out and have them cleaned while having the paintwork issues addressed. Unfortunately, the colors on this car screamed 1977 much more than they reflected the hues popular today. TOP 10 No. 3 $66,000. Likely an example of a car that has never been restored, but rather repaired and used up until its 1955 Pennsylvania inspection sticker ran out. It escaped a bad restoration in the ensuing 50 years. Three times the high estimate and more was achieved, and one can only assume the new owner will attempt some sort of restoration. #284-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT appears at an auction, you can expect persons with the duPont name will be involved in the bidding. Such was the case here. This unique bodystyle was constructed by the Merrimac Body Company of Massachusetts, and was the ex-New York Auto Show car from January 1929. Rare, but well sold at over the high estimate of $600,000. #279-1930 CADILLAC V16 Madam X 5-passenger sedan. S/N 702103. Blue/black leather. Odo: 19,085 miles. Older restoration with plenty of use and age wear evident. Dull paint, some chrome pitted, good glass and trim. Interior shows good leather, weak carpets, and Dual Cowl sport phaeton. S/N 191336. Eng. # 191336. Garnet Red/cream cloth/saddle tan leather. Odo: 91,821 miles. Excellent paint and panel gaps, brightwork let down only by one wheel disc to rear. Weak top is discolored and dirty. Very good leather, clean dash and gauges. #266-1933 STUTZ DV32 Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 261560. Maroon/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 2,362 miles. Some age to a well-restored example. Very good paint and chrome, excellent trim, whitewalls and top show some age and discoloring. Excellent leather, nice fittings, very clean and crisp dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $797,500. An extremely handsome example, and a car that only the classic age could have produced. Not inexpensive, but likely worth this money to a serious Stutz collector, as this could be the only DV32 Dual Cowl left on the planet. #302-1934 PACKARD EIGHT Dual Cowl phaeton. S/N 378984. Silver & red/cream cloth/red leather. Odo: 78,079 miles. Good to very good paintwork, some areas show chips. Tired top frayed in places, chrome trim still very nice, glass shows no issues. Nice leather Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $170,000. This car looked to have been sitting for more than just a short period of time since restoration. In fact, the restoration was 15 years old, despite the car having acquired only an additional 500 miles since. After soft trim items are replaced, this is one you could pawn off as a three-year-old restoration should you choose. #265-1932 MARMON SIXTEEN 2/4-pas- fair cloth. Whitewalls slightly aged. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $93,500. Yes, it's a Madam X, and yes, it's a V16, but this car was seriously in need of some restoration help. The colors used are not popular hues in today's market, and with chrome and almost a complete interior needed, this one's just going to cost and cost. #234-1931 FORD MODEL A Special delivery. S/N A4682692. Manila Tan/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,995 miles. An aged restoration very ready for a sympathetic re-do. Missing front bumper, rear fender hand-hammered out, one front fender has an old-school weld mend. Linoleum floor in rear, lots of spare wheels included. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT 106 senger Rumbleseat coupe. S/N 16141641. Chocolate Brown & tan/tan cord. Odo: 75,703 miles. Some paintwork cracked to rear, most still good. Excellent brightwork, all trim well-fitted as expected. Beautiful engine compartment, nice interior let down by some cosmetic weakness at gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $242,000. An excellent example of where inside, excellent dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $187,000. I'm thinking the new owner can get away cheap if he can find someone to blow paint in the chips and someone to replace the top with a show-quality job. At this point, he's going to need cheap, because this car was anything but. #264-1936 FORD DELUXE Woody wagon. S/N 7902770. Desert Sand/dark brown vinyl/ saddle brown leather. Odo: 45,789 miles. Good older paint with some easy-to-find light wear. Very good wood is nicely grained and showing only slight fit issues. Attractive side curtains and vinyl top, clean interior done in stock style. Engine compartment as nice as the exterior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. A decent buy on a car with some light needs, and likely be one of the cheapest V8 woody wagons sold at auction in 2007. To make this car perfect would cost a Sports Car Market

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA #274-1940 FORD DELUXE convertible coupe. S/N 5852953. Beige/tan cloth/fawn vinyl. Odo: 85,772 miles. Nicely done paintwork with some color mismatch between fenders and doors. Very good chrome, unmarked glass, clean well-fitted top. Great original style interior with 43,871 miles. Excellent paint, even in black no flaws can be found. Superior brightwork excepting one wrinkle in stainless trim, excellent glass. Inside as-new down to clear vinyl seatcovers, just like Granddad's car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,700. Worth the money for the serious Cadillac collector, and perhaps even for the casual old car aficionado. This one's worth preserving, even if it means your thighs will stick to the Saran Wrap seats on hot summer days. small fortune, but bringing up its quality by light repairs would likely be the best choice. #313-1936 PACKARD SUPER 8 Victoria convertible. S/N 757231. Gray/tan cloth/gray vinyl. Odo: 4,014 miles. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, underhood is clean but not overly detailed. Inside is well done, with nice dash and good carpets. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,000. One of this sale's more enlightened purchases, this ready-to-tour Ford made it into the pre-war category handily and, as a late car, reliably. There's plenty of life left before a rerestoration is called for, and if I were about to enter the Great Race or similar, this would have been on the short list for my steeds. nice seats and excellent dash. Mileage claimed original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $148,500. This has to be one of the lowest-mile Packards out there. A handsome body style leads to a very solid sales result at near the high estimate of $150,000. #285-1937 CORD 812 SC phaeton. S/N FC2998. Ivory/Haartz tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 71,987 miles. Quite a bit nicer than it looks at first glance. Very good paint, excellent brightwork, dirty top hurts overall appearance. Excellent interior, great leather and carpets, wellsorted dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $253,000. The 810 and 812 SCs are among the most distinctive #276-1948 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY convertible. S/N 7406544. Gray & wood/black cloth/blue Highlander plaid & leather. Odo: 63,086 miles. Very good paint with some light orange peel evident. Excellent wood well-fitted throughout, nice chrome and trim. Well done underhood, with fresh-looking components in original style. Excellent leather and cloth, great carpets and dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $176,000. We've seen quite a few wrinkles evident on driver's side. Excellent carpets, great dash and steering wheel also original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $187,000. A record-breaking sale for Oldsmobile, just not this one. I would have preferred this to some of the over-restored whales I've seen recently on the block, as this appeared to be an honest car all the way through. One of the better buys in '53 Fiestas I've seen this year. #268-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N P855H76555. White & black/black cloth/white & black leather. Odo: 8,727 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint and brightwork, no visible flaws to exterior. Inside shows use wear to leather inserts of seats. Carpets and dash show no wear whatsoever. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,000. A great example, and a car that Town & Country Chryslers in the marketplace in the past few years, and this example was nice in its presentation and did not come across as overdone like so many have recently. Right on the money in the current market, so both the buyer and seller should be happy with the result. #311-1950 CADILLAC COUPE DEVILLE coupe. S/N 506258424. Black/gray cloth. Odo: of all post-war cars, with styling that has truly stood the test of time. I don't know what's driving so many of these cars to market currently, but my guess would be that many of the owners are reaching an age where they're no longer able to care for the cars as they once could. The price achieved here was commensurate with its condition. Well bought and sold. February 2008 should be worth more, but these just don't seem to push enough buttons for most collectors. I don't think white and black are the showcase colors for these cars, and that might have hurt here as well. Running down the list of American convertibles available in this condition and at this price, this one goes solidly in the well bought column. #282-1955 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N PSFW100797. Thunderbird 107 #297-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N 539M41439. Turquoise & white/white vinyl/turquoise & white leather. Odo: 92,897 miles. 303-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, very good brightwork complete and without flaws. Clean interior, leather appears original and shows a nice patina. Soft top fit could be much better, with sagging and

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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Column Author just reached past its $100,000 low estimate, but that was probably most of what this car was capable of bringing here. There's money left on the table for the new owner, and it won't take a lot of work to bring its condition up a little. #288-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 Blue/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 68,606 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice presentation, excellent paint and chrome. Underhood is clean, but no longer fresh. Well-done interior shows some light stains to white seat inserts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,800. Just the way you want to find your drivers... This was nicely done, but it also showed some age and wear. There's no shortage of '55 through '57 T-Birds in today's marketplace, so if you're looking for another color or another year, your wait won't be long. #271-1957 DODGE CORONET 2-dr hard top. S/N 35271237. White/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 44,045 miles. 325-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Well-done paintwork evenly applied, excellent brightwork throughout. Excellent glass. Well-done interior in the original style coupe. S/N 58G077214. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 67,975 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint, stainless, and chrome. Perfectly straight sides, good panel fit except minor trunk misalignment. Some pits and flakes to rear bumper chrome. Tacky white seat covers than passing interest that they were successfully accomplished in an era before computerized controls. #316-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 DeVille sedan. S/N 59A106621. Black/black & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 21,837 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Exterior ultra-nice, with excellent paint and chrome. Some delamination to the windshield glass, all the rest is good. Clean interior with original-style seats covered in over dirty black vinyl. Glove box misaligned, window rubber dry and crumbling at edge, wing vents delaminating. Stunning from ten feet, only OK up close. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. All the money plus more, as this was a Series 62 and not the more desirable Coupe DeVille. Not exactly a restored-for-auction special, but certainly a car that did not hold up to closer examination. #306-1958 EDSEL CITATION convert- ible. S/N XBWY704021. White & black/white & orange vinyl. Odo: 54,508 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration with some dings and scratches to otherwise just good paint, with age more of an issue than quality. Very good brightwork, older top has fit issues, rear with seats appearing to have been redone at some point. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. A handsome example, this car combined many '50s styling cues, both tasteful and otherwise, and it came out looking clean and tasty. The seller stated that the miles were original, and from its overall condition, I won't attempt to dispute it. Well bought. #296-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. S/N 5770096914. Maroon/stainless steel/maroon & white leather & brocade. Odo: 27,936 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. Fitted with factory a/c. Excellent window yellowed. Nice seats with 40/60 split to the seat back. Older carpets weak. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $44,000. A driver, and a car that will likely stay that way until quite a bit of money is spent making it otherwise. This didn't seem to be an out-of-place deal for buyer or seller, and both would have reason to think they did well. #272-1959 FORD SKYLINER retract- paint, well-done brightwork has a few light scratches. Excellent stainless steel top, passenger rear glass and vent windows show some delamination. Great seats, carpets are excellent but look as if someone emptied ashtray contents on them. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,000. This 108 able hard top. S/N H9RW195327. Green & white/white/green vinyl. Odo: 99,611 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint shows some age wear. Some brightwork loose, some dinged, most still good. Underhood clean, interior worn. A true 3- car that's nice enough to use for a long time—but you won't be winning any regional or national shows with it. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,300. No surprises in the sales department here. A decent buy in a more or less iconic body style from the '50s. As retractable hard tops become more prevalent in new cars, it is of more clear vinyl. Excellent dash. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,100. If you've got enough room in your garage, '59 Cadillacs are the luxo-boats to have. This very well-done example will likely retain its value even in a sketchy market. When you own one of these, as I have, you worry more about finding appropriate-sized parking than finding a table at the restaurant you're going to. #278-1960 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 0Y73Y176703. White/red leather. Odo: 24,562 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good quality paint with some light wear, no issues with chrome or trim. Very clean and well detailed under the hood. Some wear to potentially original seats, clean dash and gauges. Well done, but not in any way overdone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $57,200. Last seen at RM's Toronto sale in April '07, where it didn't sell at $65,000 (SCM# 45124). The seller stated that this was an original-miles example, and as such, it had to be one of the lowest mileage Square Bird convertibles out there. It wasn't a show stopper in condition, just a nicely presented example with lots going for it. Expensive, but a tough-to-duplicate car. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Hershey, PA Column Author The Hershey Auction A 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis sold at $66,960—20% higher than price guide valuations, but still a decent buy Company Kruse International Date October 11–13, 2007 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Daniel Kruse, Dean Kruse, Jim Richie Automotive lots sold / offered 96 / 185 Sales rate 52% Sales total $4,785,642 High sale Attractive New Yorker, a good buy in Hershey Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics Auction, LLC,” prior to this year's engagement. Given this, it seemed odd that while Kruse is the only auction company sanctioned by the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, RM, in its first Hershey auction only a mile away, was named this year's official auction company of the AACA. The weirdness did not end there, as the Kruse event K ruse is no newcomer to Pennsylvania in October, having held six annual sales in the area as “The Hershey Hershey, PA 1932 Duesenberg Model J Rollston formal sedan, sold at $945,000 Buyer's premium 8% (included in sold lots) some very nice, well-presented cars that sold at the higher end of the current market. A 1955 Chrysler New Yorker St. Regis 2-door hard top sold at $66,960, and though that was 20% higher than price guide valuations, it was still a decent buy. The high sale of the auction was a Duesenberg Model J Rollston formal sedan that was offered from the Kruse Foundation. It didn't have the most attractive styling, but it's sale at $945,000 was another illustration that the Duesenberg market is back with a vengeance. There was no shortage of weird automotive oddities at this year's event, including saw a bevy of security people making sure no one opened any hoods or doors of any of the auction lots inside Giant Center. It made no difference if you were a registered bidder wanting to buy a car or a hardworking scribe looking for information, one was not to personally investigate the lots. After being apprehended for the third time, my expulsion was looming, and upon further investigation, the official lady stated that she had never heard of anyone wanting to look at the interior of a car in all her 35 years of working auctions. “Besides,” she said, “the sellers don't like it.” The auction brochure stated that 500 cars were expected, but only 185 crossed the block. On top of that, one of the feature cars, the 1992 Batmobile from “Batman Returns,” was a no-show. That said, there were 110 an obscure 1919 Sayers & Scovill Hearse that was bid to $60,000. For some reason, the seller felt the sale's proximity to Halloween should have brought more for the car. One wag suggested taking it to the next auction in Transylvania. Also on the no-sale list was a 1975 AM General M151A2 Assault Jeep complete with a Browning M2 .50-caliber machine gun and military-dressed female mannequin. Although an intimidating lawn ornament for sure, nobody was interested past the $34,000 high bid. This year's results of $4.8m for 52% of the lots Sales Totals on offer sold was down from last year's $5.8m and 58% sold, and this year saw only 185 cars consigned compared to last year's 237. This was my first Kruse event in years, and while the AACA's choice of teaming with RM likely had something to do with the final drop in totals, the atmosphere probably had an effect as well. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m $8m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Hershey, PA Column Author GERMAN #450-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 LWB limousine. S/N 10001212001468. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 509 miles. Room for seven, over 22 feet long. Standard equipment includes a/c, ps, and AM/FM radio. Recent respray to decent standard, glass and trim in good order. CCCA Senior #1374. Body straight with slight door sag. Older paint decent but done in an unattractive color combination. Nice interior with only light wear. Needs Trippe lights in front. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $67,500. A fair price for an open Full CCCA Classic. Underpowered compared to a Lincoln or Packard, but not as expensive, either. Well bought and sold. #422-1930 PACKARD 726 4-dr sedan. S/N 288317. Tan & brown/tan fabric. Odo: 73,416 miles. The 726 was a Standard Eight mounted on a 127-inch chassis—the five-passenger sedan was the only body style offered on the shorter wheelbase. Restored to average standard, with unattractive paint showing a Interior appears to be in good condition, with no serious wear noted. Likely very hard to park. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. The price bid here was all the money, but the seller was looking for $100k more. He'll be lucky to see anything close to that number, but stranger things have happened. AMERICAN #717-1919 SAYERS & SCOVILL hearse. S/N 9NH1364. Black/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 19,223 miles. Sayers & Scovill made hearses and ambulances starting in 1913, but went out of business in 1924. Hand-carved market is back with a vengeance, with strong prices across the board for no-questions cars. The price paid here was strong, but in line with current market. Well bought and sold. #469-1939 PLYMOUTH P8 Rumble Seat convertible. S/N 1098208. Light blue/tan canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 34,580 miles. Convertible sedan bodied by Murray and restored to a high standard. Attractive colors inside and out, fitted with skirts, fog lights, and few nicks and scratches and poor panel fit throughout. Disc wheels, decent interior. Boxy styling. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,800. A CCCA Full Classic at a most reasonable price. The new owner should be able to use and enjoy this for a few years and move on down the line at minimal expense. #232-1932 FORD MODEL AA wrecker. S/N 4218889. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 9,638 miles. Model AA trucks were standard As with a stronger rear axle and chassis. Sold as bare chassis with cab. Both the tow truck and the pickup it was pulling were in decent condition with no glaring issues. An interesting package. body excellent, fenders dented, paint chipped and scratched. Wheels oddly fitted with whitewall tires. Unique and hard to duplicate. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. The price bid here was all the money, but the seller wanted more. What do you do with a 90-year-old hearse? An interesting oddity, but probably only worth the money for a die-hard hearse collector. #221-1929 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Series L roadster. S/N EP377P. Red & burgandy/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 47,297 miles. Factory semi-custom body by Locke. bumper guards. Power-operated top, rumble seat option, rectangular headlights. Multipiece chrome grille shows well. Attractive and well-presented. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,960. One of the better buys of the auction. Lots of desirable options as well as plenty of eyeball made this an excellent purchase at this price. #229-1949 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Special 4-dr sedan. S/N 496027507. Black/tan fabric. Odo: 29,357 miles. Attractive paint possibly due to constant rain. Body straight and solid, chrome and brightwork acceptable but not perfect. Hydraulic windows standard, interior clean. Appears well maintained. Cond: 2. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. A 1928 wrecker pulling a '26 Model T sedan was sold at RM for $34k, so the bid here was not out of line. That truck had the same phone number on the side as the one offered here, so they may have come from the same museum. TOP 10 No. 2 #442-1932 DUESENBERG MODEL J formal sedan. S/N 2574. Eng. # J-546. Silver/silver vinyl/gray fabric. Odo: 3,960 miles. Coachwork by Rollston. Offered from the Kruse Foundation. One-off styling with unattractive rear trunk. Excellent recent respray in silver to help minimize styling of trunk. Excellent brightwork, Pilot Rays, attractive interior. Has trouble starting, but runs OK. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $945,000. The Duesenberg 112 SOLD AT $22,680. This Cadillac was a couple of years outside what the Classic Car Club accepts, but it will be a great tour car for Cadillac and LaSalle Club tours. Price guides have a large spread on these cars, but the price paid was about right for this car in this condition. #225-1951 BUICK SPECIAL DELUXE 2-dr sedan. S/N 64196734. Maroon/gray cloth. Odo: 62,852 miles. Panel fit acceptable, orange peel in paint could be solved with a cutand-buff. Trim pitted, dash worn, chrome appears new. Interior features some slight wear to Sports Car Market

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Kruse International Hershey, PA Column Author #475-1955 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC55S164225. Regal Turquoise & Ivory/ivory & turquoise vinyl. Odo: 980. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Restored in 2002 to a high standard and well maintained since. Panel fit better than when new, paint and chrome generally very good. Front bumper shows several order, with factory-style appointments showing well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,590. This Safari wagon sold for well under the money and has to be considered a bargain. Wagons are creating a following of late, and with some attention to the needs here, this buyer will be in a good position to enjoy the upside. seating surface on driver's side, optional radio fitted. A not-all-that-special Buick sedan offered at no reserve. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,480. The chrome bill alone was likely more than this sale price. I have to wonder why someone would go to the trouble of restoring a car like this. It was worth a bit more than what was bid here, but not a lot more. A good buy if this is your thing. #451-1955 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER St. Regis Deluxe 2-dr hard top. S/N N5531900. Green & white/green leather. Odo: 47,439 miles. Recent restoration to high standard, several trophies in trunk. Photographically documented restoration, finished in an attractive color combination. Little #437-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N P6FH278884. Salmon/white & salmon vinyl. Odo: 2,281 miles. 312-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Recent restoration to high standard. Hard top, no optional soft top. Excellent paint with a few minor scratches, good panel fit, blemishes, other brightwork nice. Excellent interior in original style and with factory radio. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,600. Wagons are quickly becoming hot property, and few are more desirable than the 2-door Nomad. As such, the price paid here was not out of line considering the quality of the work done. #731-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N C55N159674. Gypsy Red & Ivory/red vinyl & tan fabric. Odo: 1,552 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent restoration of a barn-find Tri-Five. Seller drove it 700 miles to auction. New tires, body straight with uniform especially around doors. Glass not chipped or scratched, brightwork and chrome nice. Engine well detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,680. Well-restored early T-Birds have been escalating of late, so this price should be no real surprise. A few years ago it would have been all the money, but now it was fair for both the buyer and seller. #431-1956 PACKARD 400 2-dr hard to fault here aside from light waviness to top of door panels. Striking and well presented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $66,960. Last seen at RM's Rochester sale in August '07, where it sold at $60,500 (SCM# 46038). Bought by a buddy who paid a premium, but it was still less than the cost of restoration. Expensive, but worth it in this case. #220-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner Crown Victoria 2-dr hard top. S/N U5GW203351. Pink & white/pink & white vinyl. Odo: 40,316 miles. 272-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Transparent plexiglass roof, Continental kit, factory skirts. Recent respray needs to be wet-sanded, right door fit off at bottom. top. S/N 56871027. Pink, white, & dark gray/white/pink & white vinyl. Odo: 102,697. 374-cu V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent respray has a few minor blemishes. Window fit off, trim tarnished, chrome nice. Rebuilt engine in clean and detailed compartment. Interior showing gaps and seams. New interior done in original style. Engine clean with no fluid stains. A very attractive car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,660. Price paid here was right in line with the current market. If the new owner drives and maintains it, he should get his money back in a few years. A solid transaction. #439-1956 PONTIAC SAFARI 2-dr wagon. S/N C75. Black/black & white fabric. Odo: 86,458 miles. 316-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A striking ten-footer with a long list of needs. Paint cracked in several places, trim loose and scratched throughout. Glass OK, chrome shows pitting. Equipped with radio and wide whitewall tires. Interior appears to be in good minor wear, but complete and correct. Striking colors. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,220. Not a lot of money for an attractive Packard. This is a far cry from a Caribbean, however, and I doubt if there is much in the way of upside here, so the new owner should just drive and enjoy. #448-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N VC56B161448. Harbor Blue & Nassau Blue/light blue Interior in very nice condition with wild colors and matching fuzzy dice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,240. The price paid here was just about right, and the new owner should be able to use and enjoy it—and he'll come out just fine when he decides to sell it down the line. 114 vinyl/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 48 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration to high standard. Lots of options include skirts, Continental kit, ps, pb, and wires. Excellent paint and chrome, engine clean and highly detailed. 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'58 Mercedes 300SL chassis #7500438 engine #7500452 One Owner! An outstanding example with factory hard top. BB One Exports Raymond Milo, le Patron cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 bbone@dslextreme.com phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please '53 Ferrari Barchetta 166/53 Competition Barchetta by Oblain Stunning in condition. Fine history in major international events.

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Kruse International Hershey, PA Column Author #440-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Brougham 4-dr hard top. S/N 5770094941. Black/stainless steel/gray cloth & leather. Odo: 46,879 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. First pillarless 4-door styling. Only 430 made at a $13,074 list price, loaded with options. Air suspension system a major problem, striking paint, although most seat buttons missing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $77,760. Strange things can happen at auctions, and this sale was one of them. This was over-the-top money for an average entrylevel '58 Caddy convertible. I hope the buyer knew what he was buying, as this is what nice '59s go for in this market. #722-1959 EDSEL CORSAIR 4-dr decent buy. It would be difficult to restore the car to this standard for the price paid, so this was well bought even at this price. #256-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2- dr hard top. S/N VC57N182518. Larkspur Blue/India Ivory/blue & black fabric. Odo: 799 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent restoration in an attractive color combination. Poor door fit, minor blemishes in paint. Skirts, radio, bumper guards. New interior, trim dented in very nice interior. Good brightwork, nice glass. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $151,200. Significant money, but a rare and well-presented car. If the ladies' vanity set was not complete, the new owner will likely spend a bunch to find the missing pieces. All in all, a fair transaction. #441-1957 SIMCA Concept roadster. White & blue/black vinyl. Virgil Exner Jr's master's thesis at Notre Dame. Shown at Paris Show in 1959, rescued and restored in 1965. Several books of documentation included, currently in need of some minor restoration work. Paint chipped and scratched, horribly places. A strong #2 car that showed well even in the rain. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $41,000. A popular body style that was bid to a figure well under the money. Tri-Five Chevys had a hard time here, but we'll just have to wait and see whether the bloom is off the rose or if it was just this venue. #472-1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER 2- dr hard top. S/N 50422556. White & gold/tan vinyl & black fabric. Odo: 1,468 miles. 345-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One horsepower per cubic inch. Gold-colored trim throughout, including hubcaps. Dual headlights, Good panel fit with uniform seams, bright trim pitted and dented. Interior in decent condition. One of only 1,650 underpowered with 48-hp 4-cylinder. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $540,000. Concept cars have been bringing strong money the past few years, and while this was not in the same category as the 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 that sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in January '05 at $3,240,000 (SCM# 36957), it was still respectable money. Well sold at this price. #224-1958 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 58F113075. White/white vinyl/ red leather. Odo: 58,915 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A base-level Cadillac convertible, and a far cry from the much heavier-optioned Eldorado Biarritz. Paint presentable, body straight with acceptable panel fit to doors and hood. Top dirty, hood emblem missing, bumper tarnished and scratched. Interior well-fitted, Adventurer hard tops made. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,000. Last seen at Fall Carlisle in October '07, where it sold at $42,000 (SCM# 47090). The price paid here was about what was expected, and although the seller was a year or so late to cash in on the Hemi craze, he still got reasonable money for an average car—and he was able to clear over $10k from his purchase price from only a week before. 116 Sports Car Market sedan. S/N W9U. Talisman Red/black vinyl. Odo: 82,199 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c. Poor quality paint noticeably mismatched from front to rear. Chrome pitted and scratched, trim dented and oxidized. Body straight, panel gaps uneven, interior worn. Not exceptionally attractive, and in need of lots of work. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,400. Not much money, but not much car either. It will cost a bunch to get this straightened out, and when it's done, it'll still be nothing more than an ugly, undesirable Edsel. Well sold. #466-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 3Y85P161892. White/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 87,878 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sport Roadster options added. Paint shows swirls and scratches, door fit off. Interior shows holes in console and wear on seating surfaces. No engine dress-up option, but engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. Final bid was a bit light, but not by much. Although it was just an average T-Bird with some light needs, it should be worth somewhere in the low $30k range. #755-1965 SHELBY COBRA Replica roadster. S/N CSX4192. Blue/black leather. Odo: 47,834 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Built in 2000 as continuation, not one of the 356 real ones built between 1965-1967. No

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Alfa Bits issues with body or paint. Nice interior shows well, engine compartment clean but showing some light use. Well maintained. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $84,780. A lot of performance for a lot less money than the price of a real one. The new owner will be forever explaining what it is, but all in all, not a bad buy at this price. #456-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5F08C33853. Dynasty Green/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 27,365 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Decent respray needs a bit of attention, with some overspray and a bit of orange peel visible. Acceptable panel fit SOLD AT $42,120. Not the most popular body style, but this car had an appealing color combination as well as a lot of performance for the money... not the car for your teenage kid. This price was a bit below market, so this can be considered well bought. with gaps to spec. Brightwork good with a few scratches, interior shows minor wear. Trunk rack fitted, convertible top fits properly. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,000. A nice first-year Mustang at a reasonable price. Although it was lacking many of the desirable options, this was a fair transaction all around. The new owner can drive and maintain with no financial loss down the road. #751-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194376S118285. Nassau Blue/ white vinyl. Odo: 85,511 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent panel fit, quality respray shows no real issues. Brightwork acceptable, right door fit off a bit around the top and front of door. Lots of options including knockoffs, side pipes, AM/FM radio, and Powerglide condition, with only slight wear to driver's seat and carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,390. Price paid was reasonable enough, but this car didn't have a lot going for it. The buyer would have been better off to spend a bit more for a better car, as something more original and with less wear will appreciate more in the long run. #250-1979 FORD RANCHERO GT pickup. S/N 9H48F173880. Burnt orange/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 2,223 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Low-mileage original Ranchero with the GT package. Fitted with a/c, ps, and AM/FM radio. Appears to have been well maintained, with straight, rust-free body and transmission. Interior clean and well fitted, with either original or high-quality reproduction bits fitted. A strong car with minor issues. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $57,000. Offered on Thursday as lot 248, where it was hammered as a no-sale; later rerun on Sunday with the same fate. A decent '66 with the base 327-ci engine should bring at least $65k, so I can't argue with the seller's decision to take the car home. #426-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S733348. Riverside Gold/ black vinyl. Odo: 74,820 miles. 427-ci 390-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presentable paint shows a few scratches and swirls, panel fit consistent with original build quality. Glass shows no issues, trim slightly worn throughout. Chrome plating appears recently redone, interior has minor signs of wear to seats and carpets. Cond: 2. February 2008 car. Very few exterior blemishes, recovered front seats make interior look great. Recent valve job, rebuilt transmission, and carbs, new clutch, brakes, exhaust & tires. 28 bids, sf 234, bf 187. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,995. A great example in a fun color combination that matches SCM's current Alfa Spider. Made very good money here, and justifiably so. #270178963566-1970 ALFA ROMEO BERLINA 1750 4-dr sedan. S/N AR1757247. Navy blue/blue. Odo: 53,000 miles. 18 Photos. Durham, NC. Bought in the U.K. “It was driven on high days and dry days. The car was such a great example that I imported it to the U.S. when I moved here.” Several small rust bubbles, mostly clean with good shutlines. #718-1972 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 2F05H103209. Grabber Orange & black/vermilion cloth & vinyl. Odo: 94,273 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Repaint in a 1970 color chipped and scratched, trim pitted and worn. Front and rear spoilers fitted, glass scratched. Interior appears to be in decent little or no wear. The 4 cylider motor runs superbly and the transmission works flawlessly. 27 bids, sf 25, bf 152. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,300. Shaped more like a '50s British saloon, this model is probably not on the wish list of many Alfistis. Nevertheless, this stellar example pulled top dollar. #180166373122-1967 ALFA ROMEO 1300ti 4-dr sedan. S/N AR0053927887. Baby blue/burgundy. Odo: 88,102 km. 19 Photos. San Diego, CA. One owner in Italy from 1967–2000, now being sold by a Mercedes restoration expert. 200 hours of partial restoration into a really nice original Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #270184192392-1964 ALFA ROMEO 1300ti sedan. S/N AR233859. Blue/gray cloth. 15 Photos. Birmingham, MI. Sparse description explains, “restored to near new condition. The bench seats are in wonderful condition, the cloth shows decent panel gaps. Interior in good order, minor pitting on brightwork inside and out. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,520. This was purchased as a gift for the original owner's daughter, but the little darling did not want a truck, so daddy bought her something else to make her happy. The Ranchero then went into storage, hence the low miles. A good story, but I would not go too far without checking all this car's vitals. Not a bad price considering the low miles. ♦ Interior just OK. 2-liter engine “breathes through twin Weber 40's. Sorry Alfa but the car is better with the 2000. The car starts up first time and runs smoothly.” 25 bids, sf 160, bf 83. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,010. Seller rationalizes that “values for good examples of this car are steadily on the rise although not at levels to justify my storeage costs.” Slightly tattered and modified, this would not be the example that would appreciate without a restoration anyway. Market price. ♦ 117

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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK Column Author The Imperial War Museum Trawling the car park revealed two more Autovia V8s at the sale. Not a bad turnout, as there are thought to be only eight left Company H&H Auctions Date October 9–10 Location Duxford, U.K. Auctioneer Simon Hope Automotive lots sold / offered 53 / 78 Sales rate 68% Sales total $1,878,350 High sale 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, sold at $302,940 Buyer's premium Imperial War Museum, with the planes moved out of the way Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A lthough H&H's first auction at Duxford on October 10 could have taken place in a more inspired setting, the Warrington-based house remained unfazed and shifted most of the automobilia, motorcycles, and cars on offer. Rather than the anticipated spot in the main aircraft museum, the sale was shoved off into a remote hangar thanks to Health & Safety jitters over fire exits. Still, it's not often you have to wheel a WWII Supermarine Spitfire out of the way so its lair can become a saleroom for old motorcars. After more than a decade at its usual base—the Octagon Theatre in the delightful Peak District spa town of Buxton—in the past two years H&H has made several forays south to London Olympia, Cheltenham Racecourse, and now the Imperial War Museum's aircraft section at Duxford. The hangar quickly packed with serious buyers, and several had come from across the Channel. H&H boss Simon Hope was soon racking up another of the company's high sale averages, delivered with his trademark quips: “I'm not going up £50 at £13,000—I have a home to go to this week.” Fifty-three of the 78 cars sold for a sales rate of 68%. The big surprise of the sale was a nice 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, which soared way past its top estimate to finish at $302,940. A 1937 Autovia was one of only 44 made 118 by Riley in an upmarket attempt that ended with the parent company's bankruptcy. It was the only Special saloon built, offering extra legroom in the rear. Offered here at no reserve, it eventually changed hands for $63,856. Trawling the car park—always a worthwhile exercise—revealed two more of these large V8 sedans driven in to attend the sale. Not a bad turnout, as there are thought to be only eight left. Among the wide selection from vintage to almost-classics, and in condi- Duxford, UK tions ranging from projects to as-new, two cars outstripped their estimates. The first was a well-used British Racing Green 1957 Jaguar Mk I 3.4-liter with both Tulip and Monte Carlo rally history that fetched more than double its estimate at $51,612. The other was a 1951 Cooper Mk V JAP-engined F3 car. The Ecurie Richmond mount of one-time Works Cooper driver Alan Brown, it was fiercely fought over by a bidder in the room and another on the telephone. The gavel finally fell at $56,100, or again almost twice the expected total. A barn find Type 14 Lotus Elite created serious interest and found a new home for $40,392, which was on the high side for a car needing complete restoration. Hope hailed the automobilia sale of the previous Sales Totals day as a great success, achieving $34,519 for the archives of pre-/post-war racing driver Bert Hadley, including photos, artwork, trophies, clothing, and assorted memorabilia. Along those same lines, the car sale brought respectable results as well, with 53 of the 78 lots on offer selling for a combined total of nearly $1.9m. Still, H&H's Damian Jones could be heard promising, “Next time, we'll be in Airspace 1, with planes as a backdrop.” ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 10%, included in sales prices (£1=$2.04) Sports Car Market

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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK ENGLISH #59-1914 CALCOTT 10.5hp Light tourer. S/N 506. Eng. # 508. Cream & black/black leather. RHD. The first model of Calcott, made in Coventry between 1913 and the 1920s using the company's own engines, gearboxes, and axles. Well looked-after, with good brasswork in good used order, with matching speedometer and Smiths 6000 rpm tachometer to tidy dash. Non-original engine sports a period 14stud head. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,928. Cheap for a real Ulster, assuming that's what it was. However, without documentation, it would be hard to say for sure. Regardless, a delightful two-seater eligible for vintage events and a decent buy at this price. #33-1933 ASTON MARTIN 12/50 Open tourer. S/N F3289L. Eng. # F3289. Black/ black mohair/red leather. RHD. Odo: 7,192 miles. Well-looked-after example of Bertellidesigned Series II Aston. Paint deep and lustrous, chrome and trim show well. Recent interior renovation includes new leather and carpets. Dash restored, gauges sharp. Began to radiator and headlights. Fitted with electric starter and discreet flashing indicators. Used on events in the U.K., Ireland, and Europe. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,318. Not all that expensive for an attractive and very rare Edwardian car, and comparable in price to an equally usable Ford Model T. Well bought. #46-1924 ROLLS-ROYCE 20hp Doctor's coupe. S/N GRK6. Eng. # G1019. Cream & blue/blue canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 94,457 miles. Body looks too late for the car, so it could be a more recent addition. Claimed life as S II saloon, rebodied by an unknown coachbuilder after bomb damage in WWII. Matching engine and chassis numbers rare on a pre-war Aston. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $96,492. Claimed two owners over the past 30 years. Looking every inch the racer, but the danger always lurks that it will be chopped again into a short Le Mans-style replica. Mid-estimate money, well bought and sold. #9-1938 LANCHESTER ELEVEN saloon. S/N 35515. Eng. # 88188. Red & black/ red & brown leather. RHD. Odo: 38,170 miles. A BSA/Daimler-era Lanchester with none of Frederick Lanchester's innovations, but retaining a few quirks such as pre-selector transmission. In nice low-mileage and refurbished restored in 1991, overall in good order, especially radiator surround and headlamps. Dash good, dickey seat opens OK. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,368. Not particularly elegant, but the money was about right for a mechanically good, usable example. Well bought and sold. #7-1930 AUSTIN SEVEN EA Sports Ulster Replica roadster. S/N 105740. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 6,947 miles. Documented in various publications as a genuine “Ulster” replica, original chassis records no longer exist. Restored in the '70s and and interior show a nice patina. EU taxes paid but apparently as yet unregistered. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,466. Some recommissioning will be needed before it gets an MoT and sees the road, but a potentially fine example of a sought-after early car, and a good value at this price. #58-1956 COOPER T39 Bobtail sports racer. condition. Excellent paint, nice chrome and glass, interior leather wearing in nicely. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $9,649. These rarely appear on the market. At less money than the smaller Austin Seven, the price paid seems fair for a mechanically refurbished British four-seater that will be a delight to take to shows. #66-1951 COOPER MK V single-seat racer. S/N MKV751. Eng. # JOS73994B. Polished aluminum/blue vinyl. Alan Brown's Ecurie Richmond car. Has appeared at three February 2008 119 Green & white/bare aluminum. Cooper Car Club believes this to be a Works car that never had a chassis number. Once owned by Peter Gregg, it may have been one of his “Poopers” fitted with a Porsche engine. New 1500 Climax engine fitted, believed to have original chassis and body. In good order after a U.K. restoration in 2005, ready to race. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $183,821. Like a lot of old racers, its history was difficult to unravel, but the Club Goodwood Revivals. Fully restored including reinstatement of original wheelbase, which had been shortened sometime in the '80s. Fitted with JAP power rather than original Norton. Alternative fiberglass body set included, aluminum panels well formed, Spartan interior race-ready. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,100. Bid up to $48,000 against a phone bidder, confirmed afterwards as sold for $56,100 including commission. A usable track example, and a decent buy considering the quality of work completed. #57-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 SE roadster. S/N S676126. Eng. # F38278S. Duck Egg Green/ black leather. Odo: 92,498 miles. Attractive car recently imported from California, where presumably some titivation work was carried out. Originally white, recent repaint to a good standard. Chrome good, doors slightly saggy, trunk

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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK Column Author believes in it. It was in great shape overall, but the seller was looking for more than this high bid. #52-1957 JAGUAR Mk I 3.4-Liter sa- loon. S/N S971263DN. Eng. # KE17848. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 5,129 miles. Unregistered but originally FWB 1 and then 4938 VW, this Mk I took part in the 1958 Monte Carlo Rally, then prepared for the 1960 Monte and Tulip rallies for John Young by Swallow Engineering. In Japanese collection since 1988. #16-1959 LOTUS ELITE coupe. S/N 1037. Eng. # 10232. Purple metallic/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 29,256 miles. A bitsa built around a new shell to replace the original, which crashed before it could compete in the '59 Le Mans. Road-registered in 1966, dry-stored since the early '80s, in need of complete restoration. Some parts have been removed, but as it was nearly five decades ago. This one managed a creditable price helped by its fine overall condition. Well bought and sold. #70-1962 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk Original and solid enough, paint cracked and chipped, door handles pitted. Very good under the hood, appears used inside. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,612. Historic rallying is big news in Europe, and given recommissioning and a few modern safety mods, you could probably go right out and have fun on any one of the three modern historic Montes. With that in mind, the price, although high for a Mk I in this condition, wasn't out of line. #4-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I roadster. S/N HBT7L1966. Ice Blue metallic/white fiberglass/black leather & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 31,291 miles. Modified into Works specs, including triple Webers, side exhaust, and Works-type hard top. Originally sold in St Lucia, repatriated and restored in the '90s. Excellent condition throughout. Good interior with new-looking leather, perfect dash and instruments, Moto-Lita wheel, overdrive switch on shifter. Underhood a little stained, everything appears to be present. Body rough and dirty, wire wheels rusty. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $40,392. This price was very high for a full restoration project, especially considering decent examples can be had for not a whole lot more than this number. Another '59 sold at Bonhams Sussex in June '07 at $49,450 (SCM# 45873), and while that car had its share of needs, it was much nicer than what was offered here. #14-1960 SUNBEAM ALPINE SI convertible. S/N B9008497HRO. Eng. # B9008497. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,055 miles. Slightly rushed restoration with visible body filler and a hasty respray. Panel gaps inconsistent, with a high fit at driver's door. Decent chrome and trim, glass II convertible. S/N HBJ7L20894. Ivory/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. RHD. Odo: 31,524 miles. Supplied new to Germany, migrated to Italy in the mid '80s, and returned to the U.K. in 1998. RHD conversion. Some restoration work done. Slightly tired older repaint over bubbly doors and ripply sills, chassis rails straight, some new bushings fitted. Chrome unmarked, exhaust good, interior basically nice but not spectacular. Moto-Lita wheel, overdrive gearbox. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,400. The color did this car no favors, but at least one man thought it was a good look, as it took only two minutes to sell. It's hard to see how this would retail for a profit at the money spent, but still a decent buy for the end user. but hardly any scrapes or dings under chassis rails—rare on Big Healeys. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,002. Well done, although the Works would have started with a BN7 2-seater, not a BT7 2+2. Modding Healeys to this spec is a cottage industry in the U.K., and there's no stigma attached provided it's been done properly and/or by one of the anointed—usually Chatham, Everard, or Welch. Bidding started at $20,000, rose rapidly to $40,000, and then stumbled to this final number. Cheap money for a thoughtfully tweaked car, and much less than it would cost to replicate. 120 unmarked. Did pass an MoT earlier in the year, but everything is said to work. Interior is of a better standard than the body. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,488. Small-engined Alpines with the big fins are the least desirable of the group—except for their kitsch factor—so the high bid was accepted at no surprise. Worth preserving properly, but not much more than a driver as presented. #17-1961 VANDEN PLAS PRINCESS 3-Liter saloon. S/N VB514484. Eng. # 29VAN17402. Light greeen/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 64,721 miles. Flagship of the big BMC range, the Princess 3-Liter shared its platform with the Austin A99 and Wolseley 6/99. Excellent paint and panel fit, nice chrome and trim. Interior shows well-fitted leather to original seats. The holy grail of these big, rot-prone saloons. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $8,527. Aimed squarely at the company chairman, interest in these “poor man's Bentleys” is as niche today trim nice, panel fit good at doors and hood, interior wearing in well. Recent brake overhaul. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,709. This probably still had years of service left in it, but full restoration costs on these can be terrifying. As it was presented here, this was a reasonable price considering its condition. #68-1964 MORGAN PLUS FOUR Plus coupe. S/N A5686. Eng. # CT28327ME. Midnight Blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 70,697 Sports Car Market #30-1964 BENTLEY S3 saloon. S/N B318FG. Eng. # BFG159. Silver/brown & red leather. RHD. Odo: 68,164 miles. Impressive until you get close. Straight panels bubbled under new orange peeled paint. Chrome and

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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK Column Author main chassis rails still OK. Tidy interior, nice chrome and trim. 16,000 miles covered since 1989 restoration, comes complete with new tonneau and “usual crankcase oil seal leak.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $35,904. The later and most user-friendly Big Healeys don't attract as much money as the more elegant early cars in this market, unless they're in top restored condition. This one was perfectly usable and fetched a fair price at the top of its estimate. miles. Supplied new to Fergus Motors of New York, returned to U.K. in 1977, underwent restoration over next 27 years including new chassis and conversion to RHD. Dry storage, less than 100 miles since restoration. Shiny paint, fiberglass crazed to corners of hood opening, interior and dash nice and showing Morgan-branded instruments. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,100. This fiberglass coupe was Morgan's first attempt at diversification, and it was one of only 26 made. Sold for about the same as you'd expect to pay for an early Plus Eight or really good Plus 4, but the money spent probably didn't cover this car's restoration costs. Well bought in that regard. #54-1964 BENTLEY S3 saloon. S/N B202EC. Eng. # BEC101. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 74,766 miles. Complete restoration project. Rusty body shows holes in places, trim and chrome still relatively decent. Interior leather still OK, dash clock still works. One lady owner for the past 21 years. Cond: 4-. #44-1966 JAGUAR XKE SI coupe. S/N IE21234. Eng. # 7E82109. Red/black vinyl/ black leather & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 58,561 miles. Bumpy sills, paint chipping and flaking, interior tired. Panel fit decent, vinyl sunroof slightly wrinkled. Cracked driver's window, windshield beginning to delaminate, chrome unmarked chrome, good dash, and nice leather and carpets. Restored in the U.K. in 2003, fender spats still well-fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,879. Quite a few Mk IIs have reappeared in the U.K. from South Africa, but fewer from Australia—and now that Aussie prices have caught up with Europe just as Mk II prices have run out of steam in the U.K, it's unlikely we'll be seeing any more soon. The automatic puts a lot of U.K. buyers off, even though the Jag four-speed DIYer can be a crude implement of variable quality and acquired taste. Decently bought and sold. #13-1971 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. pitted and crazed. No big engine leaks. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $24,684. Any cheap E-type, be it coupe or convertible, should throw up a bunch of red flags, as nobody knows what troubles may lay in wait for a new owner. That said, this was not a 2+2 or an automatic, and it could make somebody very happy as a project or ratty driver. #47-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB62446R. Eng. # 4002486V. Red metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,250 miles. Complete body job in 1992 by a respected Aston specialist. New paint in 2005, plenty of SOLD AT $10,771. The pocket-money price paid reflected the enormous cost of a proper restoration, but it was worth saving, as only 1,285 S3s were made—and some now wear Rolls-Royce grilles. As the catalog stated, this was “mightily impressive even in decline.” #34-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N HBJ833197. Red/black vinyl/black leather & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 96,494 miles. Minor paint bubbling to bottoms of doors, bills in between. Only faults include a hint of bodywork visible on right-hand rear pillar and well worn interior leather seating. Dash and instruments excellent, mechanically it's up to scratch. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $142,494. People say these look too heavy around the rear, but that's only compared to the DB5, which is currently at least twice the price. This was a well looked-after example whose owner has not been afraid to spend what was necessary while also still using the car. On the money. #21-1966 JAGUAR MK II 3.4 saloon. S/N 170052BW. Eng. # KJ84748. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 16,883 miles. Initially unremarkable thanks to an unflattering color. Australian-supplied from new, largely rustfree. Tidy throughout with decent panel gaps, 122 Sports Car Market engine bay nice and tidy. Not overdone, only the Moto-Lita wheel is non-standard. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,172. About as sharp a TR as you'll find on the market, and happily, not tarted up with the wrong wheels or interior. Bid to mid-estimate, which should be no surprise for an example as nice as this. #35-1972 LOTUS ELAN Sprint convert- ible. S/N 72110811G. Red & white/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 49,678 miles. Stored 1994-2007, recently recommissioned. Good overall appearance from a distance, recent paint job has sink marks when viewed up close. Doors show no sag, dash good, interior has no splits in vinyl. Engine shows no leaks and still runs a dynamo. Chassis painted in red oxide and possibly replaced at some time. S/N CP54267O. Eng. # CP54034HE. Blue/ black vinyl/light blue. RHD. Odo: 67,911 miles. A home-market 150-hp overdrive car restored at a cost of over $60,000 between 2002 and 2004. Body straight, doors fit well, interior and

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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK Column Author Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,684. This was one of the most desirable models, and this car had the added bonus of having appeared in Motor Sport magazine in 1989. Although the mechanicals looked good, it sold for $6,000 under its low estimate—so as long as no gremlins were hiding under the hood, this was a good buy. #1-1989 JAGUAR XJS coupe. S/N SAJJAEC3CA158345. Eng. # 9DPAMA176255. Blue metallic/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 13,404 miles. Well-preserved car in very good original condition. One-family-owned from new. Large ding in passenger door, other bodywork straight and solid. Chrome and trim nice, glass clear, panel gaps got. One of 200 made in this right-hand-drive form. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,684. Even though the Spider had a one-model race series, these never really made it to cult status in the U.K., probably due to the weather (hence the full screen). Prices have remained fairly static in the $24,000–$32,000 range, so this can be considered a market-correct result. as-new. Interior well fitted and clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,976. The straight-six version of the XJ was launched in 1983 and was intended to be a lighter, sportier alternative to the thirsty 5.3 V12—and it was nearly as quick. Traditionally, bidders are asleep for the first lot in a sale. However, they woke up for this one, as it fetched a premium price even with its visible body damage. FRENCH #20-1969 PEUGEOT 204 convertible. S/N 6416698. White/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 38,328 km. Imported from south of France in 2007, straight and seemingly rust-free. Rubber-mat-covered floors wet and need drying out immediately. Floors and sills good, dash clean, chrome and trim nice. Splits intact. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,684. Bidding started at $16,000 and moved swiftly. Buyers generally want the 280, which is currently fetching around $50,000 in the U.K. market. The 230 is a fine car, although it is better in manual form. Former rust repairs can be a scary thought, but if all was as it seemed here, this was not a bad buy. in driver's seat, convertible top poor in comparison with rest of body. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,610. These are hard to find in unrusted condition, and while they're not quick, they are charming to meander along in—at least in a front-drive French sort of way. Cuter than its square-cut 304 replacement and on the bargain side of cheap both for the model and the experience. What other open-top motoring is there for under $6k except a rotten Spitfire or rough Miata? 124 #10-1967 PORSCHE 911 coupe. S/N 306541. White/black vinyl. Odo: 38,972 miles. Supplied new to San Francisco. Nice repaint, straight body, no damage to front floor. Some rust and cracking in front panel and around hood shut, some small bubbles around lower front fenders. Fuchs wheels unmarked, good interior with a few small marks on seats and nice woodrim wheel. Motor allegedly rebuilt with S barrels and pistons. No leaks, recent gaskets and heat exchangers, oil pipes OK. alloys unmarked. Dash clean, slightly discolored carpets and rear seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,074. Prices of clean, low-mileage 3.2s are on the up in the U.K.—no doubt hauled on the bootstraps of the earlier cars—and it was interesting to see this LHD version go for a couple thousand under retail. As there were no real needs visible, this can be considered well bought. Sports Car Market GERMAN #5-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL coupe. S/N 113042220113585. Eng. # 12798122003082. Orient Red/Orient Red/ cream MB-Tex. RHD. Odo: 16,357 miles. California coupe hard top version. Usual slightly too-shiny repaint, some earlier rust repairs visible in rear chassis legs. Rechromed bumpers with some pitting, interior grubby and musty-smelling, vulnerable heater controls be a 1500, but the engine prefix D would imply a 1200. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,610. It's rare to find a stock Beetle these days, and that may be why the price paid here was a bit strong. Well sold. #45-1986 PORSCHE 911 3.2 Carrera coupe. S/N WPOZZZ91ZGS109622. Dark blue/gray leather. Odo: 87,192 km. Imported from Italy in 2006. Straight and clean, no bubbling in the usual places. Some lacquer lifting by the fuel filler, trunk floor straight, front bumper bolts unmolested. Motor clean and fitted with fresh heat exchangers. Some oil return pipes new, oil feed pipes in good shape, Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,928. Short wheelbase cars are sought after by the classic rally crowd, as they fit into the pre-'68 Historic category, which keeps prices buoyant. As all small-bumper 911s go ballistic, this charming early car was a good value. #60-1969 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 119989768. Eng. # D0281535. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 22,764 miles. Generally good throughout. Freshened up in the not-too-recent past, some chips in paint visible. Good chrome, interior OK. 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H&H Auctions Duxford, UK #56-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL convertible. S/N 067624. Signal Red/black canvas/black MB-Tex. RHD. Odo: 23,046 miles. Both hard and soft tops, low mileage, no musty smells, no Bondo in rear arches. M-B service history, claimed only 4,000 miles in past 14 years. Rides on later M-B wheels, front lid from being forced closed. One lady owner last 17 years, full history from various Ferrari specialists, last cam belt 3,000 miles ago. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $49,368. Better than usual auction fare, but it attracted only similar bids to average private-sale cars, with the final sale price at over $49,000. This will likely hit the market again soon, and pricing around $60,000 can be expected when it does. AMERICAN originals come with car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,660. The post-'85 300SL is a desirable model with better rustproofing and a better water pump, and it is the most economical of the bunch. This was a fair buy, but expect it to pop up again in the trade soon at this number plus a few thousand. #8-1991 BMW Z1 roadster. S/N WBABA91070AL07861. Eng. # 0XXT109. Black/black mohair/black & gray leather. Odo: 63,642 km. One of 8,000 LHD examples built from 1988–1991 on 325i mechanicals in a steel chassis covered by composite body panels. Z stands for Zukunft or “future.” Multi-link Z axle at rear, doors drop down electrically into exhaust, transaxle overhauled in 2006 with casing still bone dry. Dash shows perfect instruments and period radio, new-looking leather and carpets fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $302,940. U.K.-supplied RHD car and ex-Maranello Concessionaires demonstrator. Very expensive, and probably a record price for a 330 GTC in the U.K.—at least at auction. Bids started at $163k, rose rapidly to $194k, which was about the supposed market value up until now, and kept going to this final sale price. Knocked down to a west country retailer who cheerfully admitted he would have to retail it “for $350,000.” #49-1986 FERRARI 328 GTS QV targa. S/N 2FFWA20C00065149. Eng. # 01420. Red/ creme leather. RHD. Odo: 8,459 miles. Original and unblemished. True mileage is 45,000, but it may never have had paint. Doors fit and shut well, sills perfect, interior good. Slightly bent shows a few dust marks, interior reupholstered in a garish and glossy button pattern vinyl. Possibly later motor dressed up with Edelbrock intake manifold and chrome valve covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $44,880. This was a relative bargain for a tidy 4-sp midyear in the U.K., even with the slight reservations expressed above. Well bought, and with some room left over for the new owner to recover the seats as well. ♦ #22-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867SIL8053. Red/white canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 69,366 miles. 327-ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Imported to the U.K. about 20 years ago, and subject to a body-off restoration. No fiberglass damage or missing trim, 1967 big-block-style hood fitted. Paint sills. Clean and tidy late-production example, no scrapes on doors, mechanicals proven to be reliable. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $27,152. Predictably, this promoted lots of “have you seen the doors” comments from casual punters. There are a few Z1s on the U.K. market at present, and the price has dropped in the last two years from $40,000 to $24,000–$30,000. This was one of the better ones, and it sold on the phone at the low end of right. (See January Profile, p. 54) ITALIAN #71-1968 FERRARI 330 GTC coupe. S/N 11381. Eng. # 209. Amaranto/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 64,745 miles. Good overall appearance, restored in 1996, four owners from new. Body repaint holding up well, chrome good, two Borrani alloys lightly scuffed. Underside clean and freshly undercoated, newish-looking February 2008 125

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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author Homely Home-Builts Reusing the Targa bar as a gullwing door pivot mount deserves some points for creativity, but such points are not available at a PCA concours Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics J ust because automotive designers have degrees in design doesn't mean they know everything. This month's collection features some creative homemade examples that dare to push the envelope. Further than it really should be pushed. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #140139297319-1965 VW CUSTOM jeep. Sand w/Afrika Corps graphics/army green cloth. 6 Photos. Aguanga, CA. “This is an all steel replica of a WW2 Volkswagen ‘Kubelwagen' that was built many years ago, reportedly for use in the movie industry. The current finish is a bit of scenic department creation and Mother Nature's work as well. There is a good bit of surface rust but no visable rust holes in the body itself... 1965 Beetle chassis with the original 65 40 horse engine and drivetrain... runs very well, fires right up every time and the brakes and transmission are good as well...” 16 bids, sf 109, bf 188. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,250. Q&A clarifies that the deck-mounted machine gun is not included. (Verdammt!) Price was a steal considering the work involved, but almost a total waste when you realize that the Parts Obsolete Camp Out (http://partsobsolete.com/events.htm) might be the only place you could drive this thing without looking like an errant Nazi extra in “Raiders of the Lost Ark 4.” #190042407932-1980 PORSCHE 911SC custom coupe. S/N N/A. Yellow/black. Odo: 71,000 miles. 15 Photos. La Canada, CA. “--GULLWING--ONE OF A KIND! 1980 126 PORSCHE 911 TARGA UPDATED TO 1997 PORSCHE 911 993 TURBO BODY WITH *GULLWING* HYDRAULICLY POWERED DOORS w/T-TOPS, 17” RACING DYNAMICS RIMS WITH NEW TIRES, QUANTUM ALARM SYSTEM MAKES DOOR OPERATION EASY AND FUN USING REMOTE CONTROL... OVER 120K WAS INVESTED... THIS CAR IS FAST, POWERFUL, FUN TO DRIVE.” 14 bids, sf 11, bf 90. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $15,050. California license plate reads “NAASTY1.” I second that emotion. That said, reusing the Targa bar as the gullwing door pivot mount certainly deserves some points for creativity. (Such points are not available at a PCA concours, by the way.) Surprisingly, these wild modifications did not appreciably affect the value of this lowmileage SC Targa either way. Go figure. #260087557795-1943 WILLYS JEEP jeep. S/N J225619. Oak/oak/oak. 10 Photos. Ft. Washington, PA. “This 1943 Jeep Willy's was custom made after its service in the war. As you can see from the pictures it has an all wood (oak and notty pine) construction. I have not driven it in years, but it ran fine when I parked it inside. It will need the common sense things done to it, for a vehicle that has been sitting.” 1 bid, sf 30, bf 47. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,000. Not what most people mean when they are searching “woody,” this cute custom Jeep would likely have made 3–4 times as much at a physical auction... after a tune-up and some Murphy's oil, of course. #180180301041-1947 PLAYBOY CUSTOM roadster. S/N 16. Red/white/white. 18 Photos. Prescott, AZ. “Marriage of a 1947 Playboy metal convertible car,(number 16 of 98 made) and a 1986 S-15 Jimmy frame, engine and running gear. Motor runs... It belonged to my late father-inlaw, this was the last car he worked on prior to his passing. He restored old cars as his hobby for the last 40 years always back to stock and original condition. With this one however he decided to do a custom car.” 25 bids, sf 36, bf 0. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,550. A friend of mine was interrupted by his secretary in the final moments of this auction, and he lost by just pennies. Later he considered this “divine intervention,” and anyone who has driven an S-15 Jimmy might agree. Seriously, the market for such an incomplete concoction is razor thin. While the number of bids surprised, their eventual total did not. #260124336544-1958 CROSLEY CUSTOM roadster. S/N N/A. Rust/white vinyl. 14 Photos. Brighton, MI. “Unique micro car from the 1950's. Honestly, we don't know what it is.” Crosley rims, no engine. “It is set up with a master cylinder, trans in the back and has a full chassis underneath.” No title, '58 MI plates. 12 bids, sf 280, bf 825. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $610. This funky Sports Car Market

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Fresh Meat Online sales of contemporary cars. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,500. Seller adds, “THE VEHICLE WOULD BE AWSOME PAINTED YELLOW.” I think it would also look awesome at a PCA concours, a parent-teacher conference, a job interview, the airport arrivals lane, a high school reunion, delivering pizza, a NOPI drag race, a drive-thru teller window... or in YOUR driveway. There's no money left for the respray at this price, but that's OK. '90 Geo Metro teal is perfectly suitable, no? #200026180194-1981 VW CUSTOM wing- special presented no more of a restoration project than a standard Crosley in the same condition, but the end product would be just that much more bumper-car, parade-car, kiddie-car-bring-yourfez-hat-and-your-smoking-jacket fun. Fair price all around. #130171029645-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Custom pickup. S/N 10735W143400. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 39,600 miles. 11 Photos. East Fallowfield, PA. “This is a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood Station wagon that was converted by to a ‘El Cormino' style pick up... After a recent tune-up, this stock 6 cylinder car runs well and I've driven about a fifteen hundred miles the last six months. Will run a highway speeds no problem, although I prefer a slower pace... This car is a dependable driver, not a show car.” 1 “Best Offer” purchase, sf 36, bf 12. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,200. I think most car people have had an El-fill-in-the-blank-ino fantasy. For the Corvair fans, this must have been a powerful visual, because one of them paid a little more than market for an extensively modified wagon in an otherwise so-so condition. #140026556676-1974 PORSCHE CUSTOM can am. S/N N/A. Teal green/black vinyl. 12 Photos. Madison, AL. “THIS VEHICLES WILL TURN SOME HEADS AND OF COURCE EVERY ONE ASKS THE SAME THING ‘WHAT IS IT?'” (Of course they do.) Never titled. “THIS IS A HAND BUILT CAR. THE CAR IS VERY FAST AS IT IS POWERED BY A CHEVY V-8 ENGINE.” '74 Porsche transmission. “RUNS VERY WELL. TIRES ARE GOOD AND PAINT IS FAIR.” 39 bids, sf 3, bf 128. loud air horns from trains, several sirens, tilt frontend, sliding canopy, bubble machine for attracting attention and just being cool. car starts instantly and runs perfectly and has been driven coast to coast.” 11 bids, sf 38, bf 30. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $7,100. This stinky thing is like a great big tip jar on wheels. Seller claims, “I get paid just to go to parades.” Makes sense to me. Fair price without the income stream. #160137697887-2008 DESPERADO coupe. S/N N/A. Gray primer/. 3 Photos. Koelliken, Switzerland. “This is not a kit car - this is a real car!... Desperado Sport Car project; complete shell including frame, wing doors and all windows, fuel cell and dashboard. Ready to be assembled.” Includes “V8 Northstar engine. Full tubular powdercoated less airplane. S/N 1VWFG0171BV119373. Copper/. Odo: 164,000 miles. 12 Photos. Huntsville, AL. “One of a kind diesel car made for advertising and parades. this car has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES, HOUSTON CRONICAL. HUNTSVILLE TIMES AND TV” It sports “2 sets of very very (Descriptions exactly as presented by sellers, including non-stop capitalization and creative grammar.) 2008 Lamborghini LP640 Roadster Date sold: 11/12/2007 eBay auction ID: 200169622594 Seller: Euro Motorsport, Ft.Lauderdale, FL, www.euromotorsport.net Sale Type: New car in stock Details: “E-GEAR FINISHED IN PEARL WHITE OVER RED HIDES AND WHITE STITCHING” Sale result: $705,100, 11 bids, sf 33, bf 0 MSRP: $345,000 Other current offering: Exotic Motorcars, Boynton Beach, FL, www.8887exotic.com, asking $489,000 for a pearl orange/black car. 2008 Ferrari 599GTB Fiorano Date sold: 11/17/2007 eBay auction ID: 110190394127 Seller: eBay ID “rallyauto” Sale Type: Used car, 2,252 miles Details: Red/tan. “YELLOW BRAKE CALIPERS, 6 CD CHANGER… CARBON FIBER FOR DRIVING ZONE, DAYTONA STYLE SEATS, ‘SCUDERIA FERRARI' SHIELDS, BOSE HIFI SYSTEM” Sale result: $445,600, 5 bids, sf 0, bf 7 MSRP: $273,845 Other current offering: Exotic Motorcars, Boynton Beach, FL, www.8887exotic.com, asking $579,900 for red/tan car with 136 miles. 2007 Aston Martin V8 Vantage frame; ready to rake rear wings (Porsche or similar).” No suspension. 2 bids, sf 3, bf 494. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $8,600. “Wings” must mean something different in Swiss English than it does in American or British English... suspension corners? Anyway, this was a surprising take for an unproven and incomplete pile of parts. It should not have made half as much. Well sold. ♦ February 2008 Date sold: 11/18/2007 eBay auction ID: 300172680648 Seller: eBay ID “zcarmanfl” Sale Type: Used car, 3,500 miles Details: Black/black. Manual, Premium Audio, Bluetooth, red calipers, bright grille, Piano Black veneer Sale result: $90,000, 1 bid, sf 254, bf 137. MSRP: $113,200 Other current offering: Scottsdale Ferrari, Scottsdale, AZ, www.scottsdaleferrari.com, asking $111,750 for similar car with 4,541 miles. ♦ 127

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Automotive Investor The Name is Martin, Aston Martin Giotto Bizzarrini once told me that the Aston chassis for the DB4, 5 and 6 was about as good as it gets—high honors indeed by Steve Serio A ston Martins from the “DB” era truly define the golden age examples for Aston Martin collecting and investing. Our focus here is a threedecade span from 1950 through 1973, the “non-profitable” David Brown years, if you will. Thank goodness his goal was not a dollar-driven bottom line but a passion for exciting and beautiful road and race cars. If Sir David Brown (DB himself) had not purchased Aston Martin through a fabled small newspaper ad, I think these rolling works of art and performance would not exist. In retrospect, it's small wonder that the most coveted Aston Martins were produced during a period that can best be described as the “hemorrhaging cash years.” History has proven time and again that there is nothing like a man who is small in stature but large in ego and wallet to make a successful and creative go at something, while bleeding money day in and day out. Brown was a massive industrialist whose holdings outside of Aston Martin made up the other 98% of his empire. Aston Martin was his jewel, but it was not his day job. This explains in part how he fueled his desire to build such personal cars. In terms of production volume, Ferdinand Porsche and Enzo Ferrari had him beat. In terms of a lasting automotive legacy, he's right near the top and, I dare say, he is at the top of the U.K. heap along with W.O. Bentley. How Aston Martins got to be so desirable over the last few years can be attributed to a number of factors, the most obvious being the resurgence of the company itself with the launch of the 6-cylinder DB7 in 1996. Aston is also back racing, which has reminded the world that it was very competitive in the 1950s. Throw in the obvious James Bond connections and awards like being The Coolest Brand in the U.K. for two years in a row, and the word is out. Down to cold, collectible facts There are very few inexpensive ways to enjoy a David Brown prod- uct, at least the ones you might want, anyway. Let's start in the 1950s with the Feltham cars and work our way to the early 1970s Newport Pagnell products. DB1: Not even mentioned in a great many price guides, as there were only 14 produced. In 22 years, I've been asked once to find one and have recently sold one. The only reason to spend $150,000–$250,000 on one of these cars is to say you have one or if you are building an Aston museum. They are crude and not really part of the DB Empire. All dropheads, all boring. DB2—DB2/4—DB Mk III: Widely ignored by collectors for years, these cars are the 1950s alternative to Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz and no longer castoffs in the collecting world. Offering two-seat or 2+2 configurations and with body styles ranging from coupes, drophead coupes, or fixed head 128 James Bond's very own DB5 coupes, these Astons can range from $75,000 to $400,000. Inspections by specialists are paramount. Many of these cars were cannibalized when they broke and they were never happy with quick and dirty fixes. Projects can only be carried out by a handful of shops in this country, and non-specialists do not know subtle mechanical nuances. Can you drive RHD? The majority of these cars will put you on that side of the cockpit, so be flexible; RHD cars are also less expensive. These cars still look cheap compared to the similar-driving, road-going Ferraris and are great for touring events and long-distance hauls. The 2.6 or 2.9-liter W.O. Bentley-designed engines are very satisfying to use. DB4—DB5—DB6: In my view, the best Astons, period. Very few contemporaries offer the ride, build quality, and beauty of these cars. Giotto Bizzarrini once told me me the Aston chassis from this period was about as good as it gets—high honors indeed. These 2+2 rides have entered the “no entry-level pricing” at this stage. DB6s were once half price of the DB4s and DB5s, but their quirky styling has now caught on as 1960s retro cool—they are cheaper, but only by a small margin. Start at $100,000 for a RHD automatic (yuck) DB6 (painted either red or white, double yuck), and there's your bottom-of-the-barrel car. Progress up to a LHD Vantage DB5 coupe and ring the bell at $400,000-plus. With only 3,700 or so examples in total from the decade, the numbers are fewer than the combined Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster and Gullwing production of 3,256. The DB5 is a worldwide icon, and it has never been off the radar. The DB4 is sportier and the DB6 in many cases more usable because of the slightly larger back seat. The 3.7- or 4.0-liter motors have in many cases been improved to 4.2 liters, and there are more Vantage set-up conversions available today than ever. Open cars—DB4 convertible, DB5 Volante, DB6 SWB Volante, DB6 Volante, and DB6 Mk II Volantes—are all desirable and “grade A” investments. Plan on budgeting $250,000 for an average DB6 automatic Volante and up to $850,000 for a perfect DB6 Mk II Volante (which was never officially imported to the U.S.). Sports Car Market

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DBS—DBSV8: With over 1,200 examples of these late 1960s/early 1970s Mustang-looking 6- and 8-cylinder beasts produced, the company line is always “try to find a good one.” Overlooked and ignored, expensive to repair and dull (compared to the above-mentioned DBs), these cars might be the only thing considered “cheap” these days. Figure $45,000–$100,000. The 1970s car may stop and handle better and perhaps may even be faster, but this is not why anyone buys one of these. If these cars were all priced the same, very few enthusiasts would look in their rear view mirror at an early 1970s Aston. Having maligned these cars more than I probably should have, I must tell you that a LHD DBSV8 fitted with a 5-speed ZF box is truly a great car to drive, and one of the fastest road-going Astons ever produced. Caveat #1: They were never imported to the U.S. in that configuration. Caveat #2: Good luck finding a nice one. The best of the best If an automatic, RHD DBS that needs work is the cheapest Aston Martin, let me introduce you to the most beautiful and expensive. Limited-production, higher-perfomance, special-coachbuilt Astons are now in the financial stratosphere, and justifiably so. Perhaps every bit as successful as race cars, every bit as beautiful as any other marques' custom coachbuilt road cars, or simply a combination of extremely limited production, these Astons are traded quietly or at auction as a feature lot. The 1950s gave us great race- cars—the DB3, DB3S, andDBR, just to name a few. Care to part with $1.5 million? That will get you started, and it will run to $5 million for a DBR Team Car. Touring, Bertone, Graber, and others all created rare-volume special Astons. If one comes to market, the dullest of the designs will be $300,000, and the Bertone or Touring Spyders are now commanding $1 million asking prices. DB4GT pricing has jumped to $1 million or better, with some lightweight versions bringing 75% above that. As a contemporary to the Ferrari 250 SWB, the DB4GT has historically been worth about 50% of the Ferrari, and this is still true today. The DB4GT Zagato is certainly the most coveted production Aston. If any of the 19 examples were to surface (none are missing, all are accounted for), February 2008 Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Year 1962 1965 1959 1956 1963 1961 1962 1970 1953 1961 1960 1966 1961 2000 1964 1965 1965 1954 1989 2002 1963 1964 1963 1966 1960 1960 1964 1989 1965 2000 1990 1964 2002 1964 1989 2003 1961 2003 1990 1966 2000 2003 1965 1996 2007 1938 2003 1961 2003 plan on $3 million to $4 million, if you can be first in line. Is this a bubble, and is now a good time to buy? More new col- lectors are coming to market, and the dollar is at an all-time low. But Astons are becoming more difficult to find. I'd say today's prices may look cheap in a year. ♦ Top 50 Aston Martin Sales* Model Sold Price DB4GT Zagato DB5 Coupe “James Bond” DB4GT Factory Lightweight DB3S Sports Racing Two-Seater DB4GT DB4GT DB4GT DB6 Mk II Volante DB2/4 Drophead Coupe DB4GT DB4GT DB6 Vantage Volante Mk I DB4GT 14 1951/53 DB2 Works Competition Coupe 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 DB6 Volante Mk I DB5 Volante DB2/4 Mk I Spyder AMR1 Group C Prototype Racer V12 Vanquish Coupe DB4 Convertible DB5 Coupe DB5 Coupe DBR1 Alloy Replica DB4 Coupe DB4 SII Coupe DB5 Volante V8 Vantage Volante DB5 Coupe V8 Vantage Le Mans Coupe 98145.451 DB5 Coupe V12 Vanquish Coupe DB5 Coupe Vantage Volante “Prince of Wales” DB AR1 Zagato Roadster DB4 SIII Coupe DB AR1 Zagato Roadster V8 Vantage Coupe DB6 Vantage Coupe V8 Vantage Le Mans Coupe DB AR1 Zagato Roadster DB5 Coupe V8 Vantage Coupe V8 Vantage Volante 15/98 Short Chassis DB AR1 Zagato Roadster DB4 Coupe DB AR1 Zagato Roadster SWB Vantage Volante Special Edition DB5 Coupe $2,695,000 $2,090,000 $1,650,000 $1,649,330 $1,265,000 $891,000 $880,000 $852,390 $847,000 $721,710 $523,770 $510,956 $495,200 $478,829 $471,240 $463,950 $445,500 $438,570 $387,000 $359,426 $336,800 $314,868 $314,110 $303,750 $275,000 $274,050 $273,264 $271,785 $270,282 $267,300 $266,400 $261,820 $259,200 $258,655 $257,331 $253,440 $248,400 $244,350 $242,000 $241,889 $238,194 $235,550 $232,200 $231,660 $231,351 $230,431 $224,172 $223,610 $222,750 $221,958 Location RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA RM, Monterey, CA, USA Christie's, Paris, FRA RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA RM, Monterey, CA, USA Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK RM, Marshall, TX, USA Christie's, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Goodwood, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Chichester, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK RM, London, UK RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, USA Christie's, Paris, FRA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Chichester, UK Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO RM, Monterey, CA, USA Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Chichester, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, USA Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO RM, Phoenix, AZ, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK Coys, London, UK Coys, Warwickshire, UK Christie's, London, UK Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, USA Bonhams, Newport Pagnell, UK *As recorded in the SCM Platinum database. 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Books Reviews Racing Histories Stirling Work All Round Like stepping into Doctor Who's Tardis, this is an entertaining, sometimes goofy time machine of off-track activities by Mark Wigginton Aston Martin: A Racing History by Anthony Pritchard, Haynes Publishing, 384 pages, $37.77, Amazon.com From early wins with a Bamford & Martin prototype to today's Aston Martin DBR9s rebuilding a racing heritage at Le Mans, Anthony Pritchard brings the racing history of the marque into defi nitive focus. Pritchard follows the cars on track around the world for almost a century, providing informational density, clear writing, and a dry wit. He's not afraid to bash the people skills of famous team manager John Wyer, or take the odd side road (why does the Aston-Martin hyphen come and go, he wonders?). Provenance:  Excellent research and depth of knowledge, great access to the materials. Fit and fi nish:  Lovely design, beautifully printed, the way it should be. Drivability:  If you love the marque, it's essential. Racing Sports Cars: Memories of the Fifties by Art Evans, Photo Data Research, 274 pages, $39.95, Amazon.com Art Evans was involved on and off the track in the “Fabulous '50s” of sports car racing in Southern California and environs, and his affection for the era has turned into a series of books. Here Evans taps the memories of drivers and builders, from regional regulars to stars in the making who went on to international fame. From Phil Hill to Dan Gurney, from Bill Krause to Augie Pabst, he mines their memories and delivers a few undiscovered nuggets of history. Evans links the short, one-page reminiscences with particular cars and sorts them by make and model. It is far from fancy, but a thorough and loving look at a region and era. Provenance:  In Evans's world, being there meant being in California, but the world was a bit bigger. Fit and fi nish:  Calling this book “designed” would be giving all designers a bad name, and there is little excuse for the muddy photo reproduction and poor type choices. Drivability:  Mostly well-known anecdotes, stiff writing and narrow focus. Stirling Moss Scrapbook: 1929–1954 y P St y hilip Porter, Porter Press International, 160 pages, $62.10, Amazon.com Like stepping into Dr. Who's Tardis, this third book in a series based on ress clippings and journals by Stirling Moss is an entertaining, sometimes oofy time machine. Moss was a compulsive journal writer and kept etailed press scrapbooks, and this version of the handsomely designed crapbooks takes on the early years, from boy to rising star. There is plenty of eep trivia for the racing fan, insane minutiae, and a never-ending parade f women and black-tie galas. It is all tied together with Moss's own words, Porter's historical perspective, and a pleasing design. f rovenance:  Obsessive-compulsive behavior turns into a prime selling point. it and fi nish:  A bit over-pretty, but good architecture and reproduction of often bad ource materials. A Drivability:  n 130 nteresting as much for the off-track activities as for the racing. Sports Car Market

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Vintage Pins, Costly Can, Bugatti Boo-Boo Serious collectors of early racing memorabilia in your area could offer you $400 or so for each of your vintage badges tracks was banned. Your fascinating pins could Vanderbilt Cup pins could be winners I was wondering if you could shed some light on two items I acquired about 15 years ago at a local auction. I was told they were from an estate of a gentle man named Mr. Paddington, wh had something to do with the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway. I was hoping you might be wh able to tell me what they are, a well as giving me an approximate value. —Steve Linden, Smithtown, NY Mr. Arthur R. Paddington was indeed involved with the Parkway, serving as Vice President of the Long Island Parkway and General Manage of the Vanderbilt Cup Races. T Parkway was a private toll roa that stretched from Queens to Lake Ronkonkoma and was on of the fi rst concrete roads in th country. William K. Vanderbilt, founder of the Vanderbilt Cup race in 1904, envisioned a land scaped parkway with banked curves that would permit high speed racing. The fi rst ten mile were completed in time for the 1908 Vanderbilt Cup race, but after four spectators were killed in 1910, racing outside enclosed very well have come from the estate of a prominent man such as Mr. Paddington. The Queensboro Bridge, now known as the 59th St. Bridge and referenced in the Simon and Garfunkel song “Feeling Groovy,” opened in 1909, so he could very well have been involved as an offi cial. The Motor Racing badge does not reference an event, but in his capacity with the Vanderbilt Cup, he could have been involved with most any race in the area. As far as value, there are a couple of very serious collectors of early racing memorabilia in your area and I would not be surprised it they offered you $400 or so for each of your badges. Bugatti wall sign looks homemade Could you please help me determine the value of a wooden Bugatti wall hanging that I purchased from an antique shop on Cape Cod about 15 years ago? I think I paid about $150 for it at the time. Your help would be greatly appreciated, as I am thinking about listing it on eBay and would like to get an ea of what it is worth before I .—Lou Schames, Palmer, IA Bugatti was founded in . ance and manufactured some f the most exotic automobiles f the classic era. The six Type 1 Bugattis stand at the pinnacle f automotive manufacturing. gatti offered little in the way f promotional advertising and e few signs from that era are ghly coveted. 1 e Your wooden sign, however, s a homemade look to it and I ggest it was made shortly prior o your purchasing it. Sorry to y, I doubt if it has appreciated nce then s Jayhawk Oil can chasing crude prices Ja ch I was recently offered this yhawk Motor Oil quart can for ,500. I was under the impreson that oil cans were well off eir high of a few years ago. Did Send your questions to motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos at least 3″ by 5″ at 300 dpi must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. this guy not get the message or am I missing something.—Ryan Anderson, Goodyear, AZ As a general statement, oil can prices are soft, compared to their highs a few years back. However, general statements have exceptions and this is one. This can appears to be in excellent condition and is one of a handful of colorful cans highly coveted by gas and oil collectors and which continue to command premium prices. The success of the University of Kansas football program, which uses the Jayhawk logo, does not hurt the desirability of the can, either. Had this can been offered to me, I would have been quick to part with a portion of my recent SCM bonus. ♦ 132 Sports Car Market

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene The Buzz on Imme The Imme's list of innovations is still impressive, and many haven't been produced by anybody else A fter WWII, the allies engaged in a mad scramble to pinch Nazi Germany's technology of all sorts, including motorcycles. The primitive DKW 125cc was reproduced as the British BSA Bantam, the U.S. Harley-Davidson Hummer, the Russian Moskva M1-A, and even the Yamaha YA-1 in Japan. They would have done well to look further for- ward, at a bike that was designed during the war, although not built until afterward. By not doing so, they missed out on one of the most innovative light motorcycles ever created, which could have been made even better with U.S. money and materials. The bike is the Imme (reportedly a German word for bee, hence the tank badge). It was made in Immenstadt in Bavaria from 1949–51. The Imme's list of innovations is still impressive, and many still aren't in production anywhere else. How about single-sided front forks and rear swing-arm—which doubles as exhaust? Quick-release wheels that leave chain and sprocket in place at the rear? Rear monoshock? Twist-grip, 3-speed gearbox? The designer was Norbert Riedel, whose claim to fame is designing an effective 2-stroke motor to start the groundbreaking (skybreaking?) German jet fighters like the Messerschmitt Me 262 and Heinkel He 162 that tore holes through allied bomber armadas over Germany at the end of the war, at 100 mph faster than piston-engined fighters. The U.S. Army wanted his engine design The U.S. Army badly wanted Riedel's design, but he needed a way to make a living, so they came to an agreement to supply him materials to make a motorcycle—using his starter motor engine. He found a factory in an out-of-the-way Bavarian Perfect Imme owner: Can hear the sound of one hand clapping Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HHHH Attention getter: HHHHH Years produced: 1949–51 Number produced: 12,000 approx. Original list price: 775 DM ($775) in 1949 SCM Valuation: $1,000–$10,000 Tune-up cost: Under $100 DIY Engine: 99-cc, 2-stroke single Transmission: 3-speed Weight: 125 lbs Frame #: On headstock Engine #: Behind cylinder, left side Colors: Brown/red, green, black, and blue Clubs (2): Imme-Freundeskreis, Heinrich Egger, Salestr. 16, D-87534 Oberstaufen (Germany) Also: Der Imme Schwarm e.V., Ziegelstr. 13, 87509 Immenstadt (Germany) More: www.cybermotorcycle.com SCM Investment Grade: B town and production began in 1949, though only about 80 bikes were made that year. Riedel hit his stride in 1950, however, and by the time the bank closed him down at the end of 1951, about 12,000 of his innovative machines were on the road. Despite being advertised in England and the U.S., few bikes got there, but others were exported as far afield as Australia. Mike Kron in Munich has restored three Immes over the years and is still impressed by the imaginative technology. He points out that Riedel designed the diminutive Imme with tubes of the same diameter, so he only had to order one size and could get a better price. The rear swing arm/exhaust is attached directly to the engine, so when the suspension works, the engine moves up and down too and chain tension is constant. The single rear spring under the bucket seat includes a rubber block in it, which could vary the stiffness for riders of different sizes, and there are also friction dampers. The wheels are attached by three bolts and are quickly removed, thanks to the single-sided front fork and rear swing arm (which predates Honda's ELF-designed unit on the 1988 Hawk by 40 years). The little egg-shaped engine—which has cylinder head and bar- 134 rel cast as one—is also easily removable, as the frame is a simple backbone design above it. Survived because they are so different Top speed is about 50 mph, roughly the same as the DKW 125cc, but the Imme is handicapped by not having a neutral in the gearbox, so you have to hold the clutch in at traffic lights. Kron estimates several thousand have survived in Germany because the bikes are simply so different from anything else. Spares are reasonably available for the engine—side covers, cranks, pistons, etc., as well as some rubber parts and decals (though it would probably help to speak German)—but all the sheet metal and gearbox parts are rare. Riedel was working on a 150-cc twin at the time the bank brought his attention to his $1.25 million deficit, but only 25 of these bikes were produced, so they are very rare. Another company called ZMG bought Riedel's remaining stock and continued to produce spare parts until the 1970s. As might be expected with something this unusual, passionate fans have formed two clubs in Germany and can probably help you find difficult parts, should you need any. In any case, you are most likely to find an Imme in Germany and should expect to pay between $1,000 for a basket case and $10,000 for a 100-pointer. The usual caveats apply in spades if buying an incomplete project. Buy a good one and chances are you'll never see yourself coming the other way. As a footnote, Riedel went on to design for Victoria— which made a Guzzi-like V-twin, and also the German company Triumph (no relation to the English one), which was on the verge of a deal to export lightweight bikes to the U.S. through Floyd Clymer when it went broke in about 1957. Riedel himself died in an avalanche in 1963, an unusual end for a very unusual man. ♦ Sports Car Market Mike Kron

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Mystery Photo Answers Yo-yo National Champion Melvin Pelth follows his famous “Walk the Dog” trick with his newest trick, “Walk the Peterbilt.” —Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA I warned you—first we let in them Mexican truckers, and now it's the damn Lilliputians—Gary Crum, Junction City, OR With his hand atop the Peterbilt's front fender, young Smedley whispered the ancient shrinking curse, “Metropolitanus Mini Cooperous Cee Two Veeus.” Much to his surprise, not only did the big rig shrink, but his slacks did as well.—Art Gumbus, Stratford, CT Bless you, my son. Now go and sin no more.—Al Nelson, Ludington, MI Neighborhood troublemaker Ratsy Bologna never quite got over his childhood aspirations of ruling the free world. He just built bigger and bigger models, offered strange salutes, and barked commands in a poor German accent for no good reason.—John Lyons, Hartford, CT Honey, I shrunk the semi.—Ed Cave, Atlanta, GA And when I say the magic word, you shall return to your original RUNNER-UP: Munchkin Land? Another three blocks down, then hang a left. Look for the yellow brick road. You can't miss it.—Bob Abhalter, Paducah, KY After losing money in the trucking business for years, John had no other choice but to downsize.—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty's truck is too small.—Joan U. Preston, Prescott, AZ To this day, Harry still believes that Hitler was was reincarnated as Optimus Prime.—Patrick Flaherty, Jefferson City, MO After shrinking the tractor trailer, The Great Plycaro (aka Bruce Weseski) was photographed moments before he returned the rig to its original size. The driver, sadly, has yet to be found.—David Ziglin, East Troy, WI size... Sim Sala Bim!—Steven Sperber, Tarzana, CA Not all big boys drive big toys.—Stephen Sugiono, Riverside, CA Now available—luxury interstate model car haulage with diecast and plastic $ rates.—Greg Hardy, Melbourne, Australia The Pinewood Derby car Jim “helped” his son construct turned out so well that he built a semi to transport it to the races.—Peter M. Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA All hail the miniature semi! All hail the miniature semi!—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT As I continue to wave my hand over this 18-wheeler, it will get smaller and smaller until finally it disappears.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Because he recognizes that tricks are tricks, Lance Lambert wins a soon-to-be collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal. ♦ This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: January 25, 2008 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto @sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official SCM hat. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 Sports Car Market

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SCM Garage Comments with your renewal More, more, more.—C. Riess, Santa Monica, CA Still the only magazine I read cover to cover. Stay true to the cause.—L. Schmidt, Cockeysville, MD Love your humor in the auction descriptions.—D. Carwford, Aspen, CO Appreciate the savvy market calls and the acerbic auction comments. I like the Ferrari and Porsche columns each month.—G. Sherard, Greenville, SC A fine publication. Keep up the great work. More coverage of affordable classics would be welcome.—D. Bishop, Sayville, NY Enjoy your great magazine. Go Ferrari!—T. Raynor, Morro Bay, CA It was great to meet Donald Osborne on the 2007 New England 1000. More Italian cars.—R. Reina, Neshanic Station, NJ Keep the magazine the way it is. If others don't want to read about motorcycles, they can move on to the next article. Great read every month.—A. Holverson, Wauwatosa, WI Great magazine.—T. Burns, Glen Ellyn, IL The best car mag ever. The only one I subscribe to. How about doing a write-up on converted Volvos?— W. Cahill, Oxnard, CA. Converted Volvos? If we ever have a spare crate 350 sitting around, perhaps we'll drop it into the 1964 544 we just bought. You can bet we'll get at least one article out of that…—KM Favorite magazine; it gets better and better.—T. Toth, Flushing, NY Keep up the good work.—T. Stubbe, Scotts Valley, CA Great magazine. Keep it up.—S. Bujenovic, Baton Rouge, LA You have an excellent and informative magazine.—G. Snyder, Wilton Manors, FL Great magazine.—G. Arthur, Stillwater, MN Best auto magazine on the mar- ket.—D. Drake, Salem, OR And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ W ith the successful sale of SCM's 257,000-mile 1967 Volvo 122 on eBay, billed as “Viagra on wheels” as its first owner was a sex-therapist, the SCM Fleet was reduced by one. It went to a new owner in the San Francisco Bay area for $5,700 (we only lost $900 in the process, which in collector car speak, is kind of breaking even). There was a funny footnote to this sales effort, which involved SCM's Rob Sass, who concluded that Swedes would be clamoring for just such a rust-free 122. So he translated the English listing into Swedish using an online translator. That he out-halfwitted himself became frighteningly clear when I shared the translated text with Swedish friends. Here are some of the translation questions they sent me: 1) Safe can mean to BE safe, or a safe you keep your valuables in—you say “this Volvo is A safe.” 2) You say “This car has a desire to live longer than you.” This is scary—is it going to kill me to win this game? 3) The door has a “person under 18 bubble” (of rust?—ED) 4) The former owner is a sexual organ therapist? 5) Somehow you have managed to “stave off a new factory.” I can't imagine what that was in the original text. 6) I personally do not believe that a mildewy floor mat is a great sales point. 7) What is a “new very tiring?” 8) The word your program chose for a native Swede is mostly used to describe a tribal black person in a remote uncivilized area. There is a very similar word you would use to describe a person born in Sweden. Perhaps this explains why no Scandinavians bid on the car, despite the exchange rate…. Playing Mad Max in a Lancia Beta Sass continues to persevere with his 1978 Lancia Beta, thrilled that the headlight switch he bought for $129 (and did not need; it was a bad wire) is worth between $400–$650 to somebody with a Ferrari 308 GT4, which it also fits. He still needs to fix an exhaust leak, and, after a recent hair-raising experience, I've told him I won't be riding with him again until he cleans out the gas tank. We were headed to Brady Joy's Import Repair Center in Portland, amid a herd of semis on I-5, when the engine faltered at about 70 mph, in a scene straight out of “The Road Warrior.” “Ah,” said Sass, “the last time this happened…” and managed to switch off the ignition, without lock- ing the steering column. Amazingly, the car restarted smoothly and we weren't trampled underfoot by the triple-trailer behemoths. “You mean this happened before and you still kept this car?” I asked. “Yes, the fuel intake gets plugged, but once you stop the motor the junk sinks to the bottom,” he said blithely, and motored on.—Paul Duchene ♦ February 2008 137 I'm huge in Sweden I am Curious… Garbled Swedish friends clamored for the translation progam

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. RHD. Magnificent, documented Concours winner. Never rusted Texas car. Modern A/C. 100% correct/complete. One of the finest extant. $45,000. Dan Woodnorth, danwoodnorth@aol.com, 312.209.0699. (IL) 1965 Triumph TR4 James red interior, white exterior chrome bumpers, chrome, wood, carpeting, in very good condition. $28,500. C Stegmeyor, 618.233.4895 (IL) 2000 Land Rover Range Rover HSE 4.6 Originally a Cal TR$, sold new in San Jose. Nice runner, no rust, BRG/black, wires. $12,500. John James, 253.265.2500. (WA) English 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 1966 Sunbeam Tiger in the world. BR Green, black leather, top, side curtains, tonneau. Matthew L DeGarmo, www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1957 AC Ace Bristol 100D Jaguar Lynx D-Type long nose 75k miles, excellent paint and interior, serviced regularly with no issues and just passed smog, loaded, upgraded exhaust system, garaged, no accidents ro dents. Cali car. $15,000. David Watsho, dgwatshon02@yahoo.com. (CA) Special Order Two Passenger Sport Coupe by Hooper and Company. Chassis #70TA. Considered by most experts to be the most sporting PII coupe ever built. For sale at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale January 2008, Lot #1312. www.barrett-jackson. com or 480.421.6694. (AZ) 1948 MG TC s/n BEX278. Beautifully restored by Ashcraft Restorations. Successful entrant Retro Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, California mille. Eligible for events worldwide. AC build sheet, restoration documentation, FIA papers, reprinted manuals. $265,000 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction. com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1957/58 AC Bristol Ace The ultimate touring TC. Properly and professionally restored and fully sorted mechanically for spirited and trouble free driving. Yellow, green Connolly leather, all weather equipment, tools. $35,000. Matthew L DeGarmo, www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1951 MG TD Chassis #BEX404 Sold New in Los Angeles. Two owners, disc brakes, original 100D engine. Complete body-off restoration. 1959 Willow Springs Hill Climb participant. For sale at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale January 2008, lot #1289. www.BarrettJackson.com or 480.421.6694. (AZ) 1964 Austin Healey BJ8 Body Robins Egg blue, fenders darker blue. Excellent driver, no smoke, 6,591 miles on rebuild. Bumpers need chroming. New dash. $12,500. Norm Winningstad, normwin@aofe.org. (OR) 1956 Austin Healey 100M Rare one of 1390 built, matching numbers, body-off restoration by Fourintune 1997, total engine rebuilt in 2004 including Denis Welsh aluminum head, headers, street cam, alloy radiator, mallory ignition, cast aluminum pan and valve cover, high torque starter, Monza exhaust. All original parts saved. $82,500 Dennis Johnson djohn27725@aol.com 920.668.8636. (WI) 1964 Bentley S III Factory correct 100M with Heritage Certificate. Fully documented restoration on immaculate original car to Pebble Beach standards. None better anywhere 1 0f 98 built, black/black interior, true SC matching number car, completely restored early 1990's, extremely nice running car with some modifications. $225,000. Chris Purer, purer@cox.net, 949.363.0891. (CA) Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years. $35,000. Matthew L DeGarmo, www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1973 Jaguar Series III 2+2 V12 automatic, chrome wire wheels, stainless exhaust, 69k pampered miles. Silver/black interior. Well maintained, runs excellent. Third owner who knew original and 2nd owner. Very nice driver. $17,900. John, 559.970.6119 (CA) 1979 Rolls-Royce Shadow II 48k miles, mechanically superb, beautiful, St. 1960 Porsche 356B roadster light ivory with red leather int. built late 64 and not sold until March 1966, all numbers matching, British Heritage certificate, complete frame off, nut and bolt restoration which took almost 18 years and of course not done for resale, Possible the Best BJ8 in the world. Done on a rust and accident free black plate California car, Unbelievable car $98,000. Chris Purer, purer@cox.net, 949.363.0891. (CA) 1969 Triumph TR6 Black with dark red leather interior and black German top, older restoration still showing extremely nice, numbers matching, 1 of 203 cars built, runs excellent $325,000. Chris Purer, purer@cox.net 949.363.0891. (CA) 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 SC coupe Restored California car. Nice driving example, tight and responsive. Fresh engine, wooden steering wheel and alloys. $67,500 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com 510.653.7555. (CA) 1966 Austin Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8 Fines Lynx engineering. Perfect condition, as good as they get. Aluminum body in British Racing Green. Fully Legal in the US and UK. $200,000. Carolyn Lowe, 561.366.5104. (FL) German 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 S cabriolet Excellent condition, fully restored, green, 356B, 1.61, 60hp $64,300 Richard McNamara, richarddmcnamara @mcnamaracompany.com, 651.464.5090. (MN) 138 Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL recent major brake service, interior decent. Has led a good life! $2,175. PJ, papisdiscounts@hotmail. com, 845.477.3701. (NY) 1986 Porsche 944 6 speed, nav, Harmon Kardon Sound & All Dinan options. Extended Warranty. Must See to Appreciate. $32,500. John Arena, 954.524.7453. (FL) 2004 Porsche Boxter S/550 1982 Toyota 4x4 PU Restored from the ground up by Bob Platz at a cost of $160k, with full documentation. Ultra rare ZF 5speed transmission. Looks, runs, drives as new. Two tops, books, tools. Absolutely flawless throughout. Green, cognac leather. $85,000. Matthew L DeGarmo, www.deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1970 Porsche 911T Service records from day one, 87K miles, easy on gas, R-134 A/C, new belts/seals/injectors. I will trade for CSX2000. $4,793. lbujenovic@aol.com. 1987 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC Anniversary Special Edition 3,644 miles, Carrera GT Silver w/”retro” mottled-brown int/top, center consol delete promotional items, climate controlled garage. $44,400. Stephen Gunder, 614.761.2342. (OH) Italian 1959 Abarth 750 Zagato Completely disassembled and restored by Rothsport ‘04 with new ‘85 3.2 Carrera mechanicals, little used since. Sparkling performance, classic looks. $35,000. Stacey Flier, 503.554.5563. (OR) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE 3.5 convertible 40k miles, never driven in rain, dealers show piece in 1991. Special paint and wheels from factory. White interior. $10,000. 707.964.3838. (CA) 2nd Owner, 71,000 Miles BLK on BLK Always Garaged & Covered Very Clean Runs and Drives Perfect. No Issues. $16,000. Geoff Sturgeon, geoffsturgeon@att.net, 818.516.2186. (CA) 1989 Mercedes-Benz 560SL Zagato #52 fully restored, original color with red and tan leather interior. All original trim, stamped #52. More pictures, mycarcollectables.com $85,000. David Christansen, 800.943.0125. (UT) 1961 Ferrari 59 Testa Rosa Reconfiguration Just finished a complete showroom restoration back in the original color dark olive green with full tan leather interior and green softtop, rust and accident free CA car with low miles, drives fantastic, original data cards and tool kit - we also have a silver/ black 3,5 arriving soon. $189,000. Chris Purer, purer@cox.net, 949.363.0891. (CA) 1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SL Very nice car with only 59k Original Miles. Black w/Tan. Nice soft top + Hardtop. Everything works! For more info or pics email vr4life01@aol.com. (CA) 1991 BMW 850i 12 cylinder, 6-speed coupe. Red/black, exceptional condition. Turner Motorsports ECU and suspension. New BBS wheels, tires, suspension, shocks, sound system. $10,500. Robert Fast, lisafast@comcast.net, 617.527.2450. (PA) 2000 BMW M Coupe Diana Bob Hatch prepared and flawless throughout. Rare early V8 with even rarer manual transmission. White, black interior, two tops, books, tools. 50,000 original miles. Show quality and ready to drive anywhere. $33,000. Matthew L DeGarmo, www. deGarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670. (CT) 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Only one in world. Dark green/Two-tone red/Blk, 42k miles. All diana equip done, BMW service all done by one dealer. Call if you want the best. $45,000. Mark, 435.901.8165. (UT) 2001 Porsche GT-2 Clubsport Silver with full black leather interior, sport seats, roll cage, fire system, tech art upgrades, full DOT/EPA releases, 2k miles. Immaculate one owner car. $137,000. Doug Brown, 845.351.5443 / 914.419.5630. (NY) 2002 BMW M3 convertible Best example in North America. 1.8 DOHC, 5speed, leather, sunroof, air, pw, Haan wheels, Konis, Webers, Alquatti. Ultra rare and unique. Club, show or driver. $4,500. William Hall, www.classicmotorsonline.com, 414.299.0771. (WI) 1978 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce-Alfetta (Not a 159) Daily Driver, 200k club. Ivory/Ivory cloth-brown leather. With parts car. $3,500 OBO. $3,500. Mike Patjens, 253.531.5921/360.902.4412. (WA) Runs well, inspected, registered but very rusty. Excellent hardtop, dash new Pirellis, AC, injectors, Titanium Silver/Black Top/Grey Leather, 35 k miles, AACA Grand National winner. None finer. $125,000. Russ Nairn, 412.638.2152 (PA) s/n 2597. One of four Norwood TRs. Accurate and excellent workmanship. Extremely fast and well sorted. 330 engine and five-speed gearbox $350,000 Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction. com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1975 Lancia Beta Saloon series I Restored senior series 160. 356-ci engine, overdrive, professional body off restoration. Beautiful in and out. $48,000. Don Kiesbuy. (WA) 1948 Chevrolet Deluxe 3-seat Woodie Wagon This car has been completely restored - Frame off, all wood replaced, engine rebuilt. We believe it is one of six. Advertised as the finest auto in America. $106,950. Larry Wiser, l_wiser2@hotmail.com, 760.564.9409 / 509.455.8922. (WA) 1940 Packard 160 Club coupe w/ jump seats. American 1929 Pierce Arrow 143 Custom Totally rebuilt and/or restored with many options and extras. $15k invested. Looking for quick sale. $9,500. Dan Knight, 602.821.7081. (AZ) 1991 Infinity Mi30 Convertible 140 Sports Car Market

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1953 Chevrolet Corvette 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Auto, AC, white, Z-28 striping, 350-4-bbl. Red interior, build sheet, all original, garaged, one owner, 60k performance handling and suspension pkg. $10,950. Stephen Turiano, 914.260.0108 / 614.690.9236. (NY) 1995 Ford Thunderbird Vin #93 of 300 produced, Blue Flame Six, powerglide. Polo white with Sportsman Red interior. Body-off restored. NCRS Top Flight certifications (multiple), NCRS PV'd, and NCRS Duntov Mark of Excellence award. Documented. Very interesting owner and show history. Ooh la la!! Terry Michaelis, 419.592.5086. (OH) 1954 Chevrolet 3100 series NCRS top flight judged car, Marlboro red/black interior and white top, complete frame on restoration in the mid 90's and driven to most shows, unbelievable good running car, black stinger hood, 4 speed, 3 Holley carburetors $139,500 Chris Purer purer@cox.net 949.363.0891 (CA) Professional body and paint work no rust. 350/350 9' Ford rear end PS/AC TCI clip Custom interior Hardwood bed FUN TO DRIVE. $29,000. Willaim Bernbrock, w_mf_bern@hotmail.com. (CA) 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Professionally built for show or go, pro touring/ Resto mod, best of parts, low miles/trailored, well sorted out. Best Offer bob@lcars.com 800.894.22 77/715.839.9129 (WI) 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS convertible Fuel Injected, Honduras Maroon (lacquer), Black interior, numbers matching, fuel injected 327/360 V*, close ratio, 4-speed, 4.11:1 posi-traction rear end, both tops, great driving classic. Best reasonable offer. Ed West, 602.377.1197. (AZ) 1962 Ford Galaxy Sunliner convertible 1969 Pontiac Convertible Sunfire yellow/black trim. Numbers matching. Recently restored. includes side exhaust, knock off wheels $109,000. David LeBrun, lebrunseven@hotmail.com. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible 427/435 Early 1954 Ford promotion model with all options: PS, PB, Auto, Dress Kit, hard and soft tops, professional restoration w/reciepts, AACA 2006 1st junior, senior, concours winner. Show condition. $55,000. Bill Harshman, 863.640.7328. (FL) 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham 33,000 miles, LTI engine, Tlt700 Hydramatic, 2nd owner, cotillion white, grey leather, heated seats, vinyl roof, like new. $11,900. Charles Davis, 716.854.6295. (NM) HUFNAGEL 1996 Chevrolet Corvette Special SR, much history, H-mod vintage, accepted HMSA Coronado CA, Vara, HSR West, Fiat 850 cc, 40 DCOE Webers, engine rebuilt by PBS, Hewland 4speed trans. $45,000. Bud Bourassa, bourassa1@cox.net, 480.661.8746. (AZ) 1969 Eagle Santa Ana Daytona Beach Special Collector edition coupe, silver/black leather, LTI automatic, glass top, original window sticker, near perfect, 14k original miles. $23,000. Bill Hufnagel, billyhuf@aol.com, 714.588.2170. (CA) 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS Conv. 2,500 miles, automatic, 345-ho, every option. All original, pewter/black. Showroom condition. $29,000. Jeff Alix, 401.349.4495. (RI) 2003 Chevrolet Corvette ZO6 6th 1969 Indianapolis 500, Joe Leonard / Smokey Yunick. Complete restoration, turbocharged 4-Cam Ford, Hewland. $175,000. Can-Am Cars, www. can-amcarsltd.com, 636.227.3959. (MO) 1975 Steyr Daimler Punch Pinzgauer Matching # 396 ci. 325hp. originally a 3 speed manual, Upgraded to a Muncie 4 speed. 12 bolt posi rear. Beautiful car. $42,000 Earl Brown 248.231.8068. (MI) 1973 Chevrolet Corvette L82 405 hp, 17k miles, millennium yellow over black leather, fully optioned, tinted windows, Hurst shifter, Adult owned, non-smoker. Excellent condition, garage kept. $35,500. Harry Yatsko, 302.367.6649. (MD) Second owner, records since new. 352 V8. Straight body, excellent paint, nice original interior. Great mechanics. $17,750. Brad Renner, bradleyrenner@aol.com, 425.558.4605. (WA) 1966 Oldsmobile Delta 88 Holiday coupe NOM. 45k original miles. Elkhard green/medium saddle int. New correct exhaust, interior, wheels, tires. Very fast and beautiful. $17,900 Brian 630.988.8090 (IL) 1979 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28 Looks and runs excellent. Blue fabric/vinyl int. 425/365. $8,999. Phil Torres. 4philt@gmail.com. 425.466.8186. (WA) Aluminum bodied, tube-framed roadster built for Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. 331 Cadillac engine, Halibrand wheels and rear-end. Restored by Steve Moal. Indy engineering and Hollywood Other 1950 Diedt Rochester Special Ex Swiss military ultimate 4WD, 29,401 miles. Excellent condition, 4 wheel independent suspension, locking differentials, seats 10. Tim Klingaman, 602.228.5885. (AZ) Wanted Pre 1968 MGB Pre 1968 MGB roadster in very good-excellent condition. I have a 1962 MGA Mk II roadster to trade. don@napanet.net, 707.942.0546. (CA) ♦ Featured in early 60's magazines, Amelia Island 2004, interesting history, fun to drive. Same owner for 32 years. Call for details. Bill, 820.823.2187. (WI) 1962 Jaco Sports Racer style. $375,000. Fantasy Junction. management @fantasyjunction.com, www.fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1959 Troy Roadster February 2008 141

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www .barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www .mecumauction.com. (IL) Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www .christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. www.ebaymotors.com. Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, holding over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse.com. (IN) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the fi nest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classicauctions.com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) 142 Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars Appraisals. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www .caldreamcars.net. (CA) 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques .com. (CA) Appraisals Gooding & Company. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.: We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www.legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Sports Car Market

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USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal. com www.usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www.gmpdiecast.com. (GA) 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www .blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge.com. (FL) Classic Car Transport Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.859.1585, Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. 717.859.1585 (PA), 321.287.9368 (FL), 973.991.8385 (NJ) 214.476.8102 (TX), 312.890.8734 (IL), 408.569.7972 (CA) www.pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, 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.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. Legendary Motorcar Company. Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www .vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Buy/Sell/General Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, ProTeam Corvettes. 888.592.5086, 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics .com. (DE) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the February 2008 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953-2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. proteam@proteamcorvette.com www.proteamcorvette.com. (OH) With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy.com. (PA) 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www.legendarymotorcar .com. (ON) 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail .com. (WA) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance 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.astonmartinlotus.com. (MA) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national AustinHealey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey .org. (OR) one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www .heacockclassic.com. (FL) JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Ac- cident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 972254615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, 143

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags.com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) 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 concourswinning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol .com (CA) tend battery life signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www.batterytender .com. (FL) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www .dearbornauto.com. (MA) Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com www .classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands.com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www .baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol .com. (CA) ufacturer 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) superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals .com. (TX) Restoration - General 712.944.4940. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, worldclass paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8 562/203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals .com. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch More Cool Stuff to Dress up Your Garage Rare gas globes are costly and fragile prizes; Riviere jester hood ornament mascot carries a big red flag EBAY Thought Carl's The suits at eBay do not seem to be able to leave a working system well enough alone. Often when searching a particular category, sorting by highest price first will cull a lot of the cheapo stuff that you don't care about. Well, now they have added shipping costs into the equation, so a seller plugs in a $1,000 transportation cost for his ten-dollar item and then states the actual cost in the listing. The benefit is that they are now one of the first listings to appear, and that gives them exposure they normally would not have received. Here are a few interesting pieces that caught my eye this month as I wiled away the hours sort through eBay. EBAY 80169432082— THOMAS EDISON DOUBLE YSTEM SPARK LUG. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $560. Date Sold: 11/09/2007. This unique plug dates o the early 1910s. Spark plug guys listen o different n han the res and will step u the rare and u My buddy who is in plugs said this was a g buy and these dual p rarely surface. I'll just take his word. EBAY #120180048796—13.5” WINGS GAS GLOBE LENS. Number of Bids: 7. SOLD AT: $3,000. Date Sold: 11/11/2007. This was a single lens and there was no mention whether the ransaction included the globe. This lens is seldom offered for sale and the globe guys were willing to open their wallets. Rare globes bring money and this one was no exception. I hope it arrives at the new owner's home in one piece, as major shipping companies are brutal on these things. Y #280158991888—AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF CA 1920S HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of . SOLD AT: $481.76. Date Sold: 10/08/2007. omobile Club of America was the oldest auto he country, being formed in the late 1800s. It was ental in bringing a number of auto clubs together o form AAA. This mascot was numbered and had an enameled American flag on one side and the Automobile Club of America flag on the other. I'd woudln't have been surprised if this had sold for a ouple hundred more than it did as Automobile Club of America stuff always attracts a lot of interest. EBAY #160176374880—AMERICAN BOSCH SALES AND SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $2,125. Date Sold: 11/13/2007. Bosch started making magnetos in Germany around 1905. During WWI, the German assets were seized and the company was auctioned off to an American company that changed the name. The company still exists under the name AMBAC International. This sign was striking with a black background and red graphics. It was in very acceptable condition with only a few minor dings. Price paid was in line with the market. EBAY #290174222476—CADILLAC AUTHORIZED SERVICE 42” PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $4,059. Date Sold: 11/03/2007. This is a very desirable sign that's not that hard to find. The condition was excellent, with only a few minor dings and chips. Expect to pay about this much if you find one in comparable condition. Fair money. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals #280173595918— JESTER HOOD ORNAMENT SIGNED Y RIVIERE. Number of s: 26. SOLD AT: $5,105. e Sold: 11/10/2007. This nouveau-style polkat jester is leading the y with his lantern. It was ed by French sculptor aurice Giraud Riviere and was 7½” tall. The colors were stated to be plating with bronze, chrome and silver. An identical mascot, without the polka dots, appears in the Williams/Ames mascot book—735—and is titled “Pierot looking for his mate.” Discrepancy raises a big red flag here and at five large, I hope the jester does not lose his spots and become a $1,500 Pierot. EBAY #250182502320— BOWSER CLOCK-FACE GAS PUMP. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $2,010.50. Date Sold: 11/10/2007. This was a model 310 “Xacto Sentry” that was manufactured between 1929 and 1934. It was in need of restoration but appeared to be complete, with no major whacks or dings. Will be a striking pump when restored. Restoration should cost about $2,500 and the globe could be a major expense, so the purchase price of the pump was the least of the financial outlay here. ♦ POSTMASTER postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market