Want to read this issue? To get started, subscribe here, or sign in!

Search This Issue



Page -1

Sports CarMarket Bond Car 225 Collector Cars Rated / Legal Files: Speed Six Fake Deep Sixed Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends DB5 $4.6m in London Goldfinger Price 1969 GTO Judge Ram Air IV Lookin' Fine at $682k Sheehan Goes Underwater With a Ferrari 328 VW 21-Window Samba Bus Rides Bidding Rainbow to $78k DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES


Page 10

Sports Car Market Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 48 Bond's DB5 February 2011 . Volume 23 . Number 2 52 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo 64 Star cars at RM's London auction IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 44 1966 Ferrari 365 California—$1,169,857/RM The California was designed to let beautiful people go topless while cruising the Riviera Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 48 1964 Aston Martin DB5 “James Bond”—$4,608,528/RM The sale price was right on the money for the last “real” Bond DB5 Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 52 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo—$283,602/RM Gerald Weigert's cars garnered reams of coverage from 1972 through the late 1990s—but company drama got plenty of attention as well Donald Osborne GERMAN (VIDEO) 54 1967 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba Bus—$78,975/Bonhams A well-presented relic from the hazy 1960s rides an unexpected rainbow to a sky-high price Carl Bomstead AMERICAN (VIDEO) 56 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible—$682,000/RM The Ram Air IV was only available in 1969 and 1970, during which just 24 Judge Convertibles were ordered with the option Colin Comer RACE (VIDEO) 58 1934 MG PA/B Le Mans Works racer—$124,076/RM A Le Mans racing provenance—with a female driver—adds allure Thor Thorson Cover photograph: shooterz.biz © 2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 225 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales RM AUCTIONS 64 London, England: James Bond's DB5 leads a $30m day, selling for $4.6m Paul Hardiman RM AUCTIONS 74 Hershey, PA: Annual AACA Hershey Fall Meet gets down to brass tacks, generating $8.7m in sales Megan Boyd CARLISLE 88 Carlisle, PA: Varied consignments lead a $2m weekend at Fall Carlisle Chip Lamb BONHAMS 104 Dubai, UAE: Bonhams' first Dubai auction sees 10 cars make $1.4m in sales Evan McMullen BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 110 Tacoma, WA: Fewer cars lead to a lesser total of $665k at the second America's Car Museum auction Carl Bomstead MIDAMERICA 122 St. Paul, MN: The 24th Twin Cities Fall Classic gets a new venue and sells 59 lots for $542k B. Mitchell Carlson EBAY MOTORS 134 Luxurious Limousines Geoff Archer


Page 12

40 From the Paddock—La Carrera COLUMNS 14 Shifting Gears The sheer fun of driving once-new, now-old British sports cars, despite leaks, rattles and roadside repairs Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic Eventually, the Fiat Dino may be accepted for what it is, and owners will cease putting Ferrari badges and Scuderia shields on the fenders Rob Sass 32 Legal Files A dispute over a rebuilt Bentley makes documentation all-important when advertising a vintage car for sale Martin Emmison 40 From the Paddock The Carrera Panamericana, a seven-day affair that travels through Mexico from near the southern Guatemala border north to the finish in the colonial town of Zacatecas, offers a real challenge Murray Smith 46 Sheehan Speaks Going underwater with a 1988 Ferrari 328—and the impact of a possible U.S. value added tax on the Ferrari market Michael Sheehan 146 eWatch A Red Hat Motor Oil canvas banner in great condition may just be too good to be true Carl Bomstead SCM Digital Bonus DEPARTMENTS 16 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 18 The Inside Line: Pebble Beach classes and marques for 2011 20 Contributors: Get to know our writers 22 You Write, We Read: Ghibli gripes, a tale of two Talbots and Jaguar restoration advice 24 Display Advertisers Index 26 Time Pieces: Bulova Accutron Watches 26 Neat Stuff: CorseCaffe Coffee, BedWood 28 In Miniature: Bartoletti Type II transporter 28 Book Review: Inside the Archives 135 Fresh Meat: 2011 Shelby GT350; 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Package; 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Roadster 136 Mystery Photo: “Mustangs usually have only two to a litter” 136 Comments with Your Renewal: “Never can have enough vintage Ferrari” 137 SCM Weekly Poll Results: Best muscle car buy at Robson 138 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 142 Resource Directory: Your car needs Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/digital or call 503.261.2555 ext. 1 FEATURES 36 London to Brighton: A $566k ride to breakfast 37 Highland Village Ferrari Festival: 50 Ferraris and one Lola 38 2010 Sunriver Festival of Cars: A thundering good time 38 St. Michaels Concours: Skiff-bodied cars and wooden boats


Page 14

Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Rattling Road to Reno M y first car was a 1959 Bug Eye Sprite that I bought in 1966, on the day I turned 16 and got my license. The Bug Eye was just seven years old at the time. Today, we think noth- ing of buying a seven-year-old car—doesn't 2004 sound like new? But back then, a seven-year-old sports car was very likely to be on the last of its original legs. My little Sprite had dents on every quarter, a piece of the lower front left fender was just missing—as if a Rottweiler had chomped on it—and it made horrible sounds in first and reverse gears due to a chipped tooth in the cluster gear. As an aside, driving a 948-cc, no-first-gear car in San Francisco was an immediate introduction to clutch-slipping. Because of all these flaws, the Bug Eye was just $30—yet it was my ticket to enter the sports-car fraternity I had been reading about in Road & Track for the previous decade. Yes, I was the lowest-of-the-low, but I was in the club. I waved at other sports car owners, got an Austin- Healey patch to sew onto my jacket (next to the Laguna Seca Raceway one) and even wondered if I would look good in a tweed hat. Worn Out At just seven years of age, the Sprite was completely worn out. The suspension bushings were history, and the front Armstrong shocks leaked fluid as fast as I could pump it in. I remember putting the one new tire I bought on the front left, and my grandmother helping me hold the string that I used to self-align the car. Cheap and decrepit sports cars. That's what most of us started our “col- lecting” with. Unsuited for high-speed American highways, these little foreign rattletraps spun their engines into oblivion after 50,000 miles. A lack of thoughtful maintenance didn't help either. After all, on a $30 car a $60 tune-up represented 200% of its value. The world of old cars is very different today. First of all, cars that were just seven years old in 1966 are now 52 years old. By and large, those that have survived have been through at least a couple of restorations. And they are now “collector cars.” Where Bondo-laden repairs, quickie resprays and cheapo seat covers were once the norm, now even inexpensive cars like MGAs receive decent paint jobs, reproduction chrome and interior kits. When engines and gearboxes are overhauled, work is generally done to a high quality, not the knurled valve-guides and pistons of yesteryear. Today, as these cars are now “collectible” and no longer daily drivers, they are better taken care of than they were nearly-new. What was once a purchase of desperation, a cheap, worn-out sports car on a peanut-butter budget, is now a “collector car” with its own prized place in the heated garage. The $15,000 Challenge I've found an excuse to buy some more entry-level sports cars, and I believe that it will be easier to find a decent-condition 50-year-old sports car today than it would have been to find the same-condition, seven-yearold car in 1966. I'm looking for two driver-quality MGBs and a GT under $5,000 each for a family road trip this summer. The All-MG Register gathering is in Reno this year from June 13-17 (www.mg2011.com). More than 1,000 MGs of all flavors are expected to be in attendance. I've caravanned to Reno once before, that time in a Big Healey for that marque's 50th anniversary, and it was a glorious two-day affair with a stop at Crater Lake on the way down. 14 Three of these must have SCM's name on them Just think—our entire family in three MGs, with 4-year-old Bradley securely strapped in the back of the GT and Wendie and I in the front, and teenagers Tyler and Drew in one B, and Alex in the other. All in the company of MG fanatics, cruising the 1,200 miles to the convention and back. I confess that not all of my family shares my fascination with this—in fact, at this moment, none of them do. The three teenagers, when I sent them a description of the event and some pictures of MGs available for sale, replied, “You want us to drive crappy old cars a really long way from home, hang out with a bunch of weird grownups who never got over this car thing, and then drive home—hoping that no parts fall off the cars or that they don't set fire to themselves in the middle of the desert?” Wendie wanted to know why we couldn't drive her comfy and capable 2010 BMW 528 and “put an MG sticker on it or something to show them we were a part of the gang.” I reminded the youngsters that as it wasn't a Lotus convention, the MGs were not likely to self-immolate. And I told Wendie that duct-taping an MG badge to the grille of the Bimmer probably wouldn't do the job. Add to the Fleet My search is on. Can I buy a decent 40- to 50-year-old MGB today for under $5,000? No rubber bumpers or Abingdon pillows, please; target years are 1963-67 or 71-74. Searching the Holy Trident of Affordable Classics: Craigslist, eBay Motors and AutoTrader Classics, there appear to be examples in the $3,000 to $5,000 range. If you've got a candidate, email me at keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com, or call 503.261.0555 x 210. If you'd like to be a part of this SCM caravan, drop me an email. There is a cross-country rally as well, for more information go to www.rallyetoreno.com. Old Cars, New Experiences We at SCM continue to maintain that the primary reason to be involved with old cars is the experiences and opportunities they create, and the people you meet as a result. Buying three goofy old British cars and subjecting my family to a week in them sounds like a good idea to me, and I've got a few months to win them all over. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 16

Crossing the Block Tony Piff Atlantic City Convention Center. Among the mix will be a street rod 1928 Ford Tudor Sedan, a 1941 Cadillac Series 62 4-door convertible that is said to be one of 400 convertibles built in 1941, and a 1954 Ford Skyliner show car with factory original plexiglas hood and lights to illuminate the engine compartment. Collectibles of all kinds at McCormick's Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Artcurial—Rétromobile Salon Where: Paris, FRA When: February 4 More: www.artcurial.fr Last year: 24/47 cars sold / $3.1m Artcurial's annual Paris sale is always a prestigious affair, with sales totaling $3.1m last year between just 25 cars. Star cars at this year's auction include a 1902 De Dion Bouton Type K1 two-seater cabriolet, a 1937 Bugatti 57C Atalante, and fifteen no-reserve cars from The Heads of State Limousine Museum, including the 1960 Simca Présidence V8 Cabriolet with coachwork by Henri Chapron that was built for General De Gaulle. Bonhams—Motor Cars, Motorcycles, and Fine Automobilia Where: Paris, FRA When: February 5 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 57/98 cars sold / $8.4m Bonhams' annual Rétromobile sale returns to its traditional date for 2011, this year to be held at the Grand Palais on the Champs Elysées. A wide range of high-end consignments are planned to cross the block, including a 1933 Bugatti Type 51 Grand Prix two-seater owned by the late Fitzroy John Somerset, the 5th Baron Raglan. It's estimated to bring between $800k and $1m. Petersen Collector Cars—Salem Collector Car Auction Where: Salem, OR When: February 5 More: www.petersencollectorcars. com The Oregon State Fairgrounds will be filled with hot rods, muscle cars, sports cars, and classics at Petersen's annual Salem sale. Expect a family-friendly atmosphere and great deals on some wild customs that can be driven straight home. Early consignments 16 include a 1963 Mercury Comet convertible and a 1923 Ford allsteel T-bucket. Leake Auction Company—Oklahoma City 2011 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 18-19 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last year: 223/351 cars sold / $3.9m This annual sale typically draws about 350 cars, with many selling below the $40k mark, making it a great place to score an awesome cruiser, driver, or first collectible. Early consignments include a 1929 Auburn 8-90 Rumble Seat roadster and a 1930 Lincoln LeBaron roadster, formerly owned by country music star Toby Keith. Worldwide Auctioneers—10th Annual Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 18 More: www.wwgauctions.com In August of 2010, Worldwide acquired this well-established high-end sale, previously operated by G. Potter King. With the change of ownership comes a change of venue. At the swanky Trump Taj Mahal, 80 hand-selected cars will cross the block, including a CCCA 100-point 1932 Auburn V12 Boattail Speedster, National Best in Show-winning 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, offered at no reserve, and a 1958 Buick Limited convertible, which was owned by one family from new. G. Potter King—Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 18-20 More: www.acclassiccars.com In conjunction with Worldwide's Classics at the Trump one-night sale, G. Potter King will continue its annual two-day event, held at the McCormick—50th Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 25-27 More: www.classic-carauction. com Last year: 280/486 cars sold / $4.8m Keith McCormick has been holding two Palm Springs auctions a year for 25 years, making this his 50th. Nearly 500 cars crossed the block last February, to the tune of $4.8m, and another 500 are expected this time around. Early consignments include a 1958 Nash Metropolitan and a 1964 Ford Thunderbird roadster. H&H Sales Ltd.—The Pavilion Gardens Where: Buxton, UK When: February 26 More: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 25/41 cars sold / $1.1m The Octagon Theatre and Paxton Suite play host to this recurring sale, which will feature an interesting mix of European sports cars, racers, and exotics. Top consignments including a 1950 Healey Silverstone, a 1954/55 Jensen 541 drophead coupe, and a storied 1959 Austin-Healey 3000, known as “Bulldog,” estimated at $313k$390k. ♦ 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 2011 6—BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS Las Vegas, NV 6-8—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 7-9—DAVE RUPP Ft. Lauderdale, FL 7-9—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 14-15—MOTOEXOTICA Phoenix, AZ 15—COYS Birmingham, UK 17-23—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 19-23—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 20-21—RM Phoenix, AZ 21-22—GOODING & CO Scottsdale, AZ 21-23—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 26-30—MECUM Kissimmee, FL 29—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ FEBRUARY 4—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 5—PETERSEN Salem, OR 5—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 7—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 7-8—BARONS Surrey, UK 18—WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS Atlantic City, NJ 18-19—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 18-20—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 19—CHEFFINS Bristol, UK 25-27—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 26—H&H Warwickshire, UK MARCH 2—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 4-6—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL Sports Car Market 5—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Loveland, CO 5—BONHAMS Oxford, UK 7—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 8—COYS London, UK 11—GOODING & CO Amelia Island, FL 12—RM Amelia Island, FL 14-15—BARONS Surrey, UK 18-20—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS West Palm Beach, FL 19-20—BUD WARD Hot Springs, AR 19-20—D. E. FOELLER Palmetto, FL 25—SPECIALTY AUTO AUCTIONS Loveland, CO 26—SILVER Portland, OR


Page 18

Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. over Europe from February 4-6. Special exhibitions include German cars with coachbuilt bodies. Visitors can browse through the displays of 550 exhibitors from all over Europe. Admission starts at $17. www. classicmotorshow.de. (DEU) ♦ Event Calendar 4-6—Bremen Classic Motorshow (DEU) www.classicmotorshow.de 4-6—Cars for the Cure (FL) www.carsforthecure.com Pebble Beach announces 2011 classes and featured marques SCM News ■ SCM Auctions Editor Tony Piff and his wife, Jaime, celebrated the birth of son Theo on November 1, 2010. cours.net for more information and complete class listings. (CA) Events ■ Join Petersen Automotive Theo joins daughter Markie in the car-happy Piff household. Young Theo was 8 pounds, and he's anticipating getting his first driver's license on Nov. 1, 2026. News ■ The 61st Annual Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance will feature these marques and classes on Sunday, August 21, 2011: The creations of Benz, Daimler and their successors, including Mercedes and Mercedes-Benz. Classes will emphasize style and technology, and one preservation class will be for these marques. Early Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts (from 1907 to 1919). The Stutz Centennial. The Birth of the Ferrari 250 GTO. A total of 39 Ferrari 250 GTOS were built between 1962 and 1964. Italian Motorcycles. The creations of Ducati, MV Agusta, Moto Guzzi and others will be on the lawn in 2011. Visit www.pebblebeachcon- 18 Museum curator Leslie Kendall and Tony Thacker, executive director of the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum, for a tour of NHRA: Sixty Years of Thunder. Kendall and Thacker will explore the history and the vehicles and the people of the NHRA. Reservations are recommended. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. www.petersen.org. (CA) ■ Cars for the Cure is all about getting great people and great cars together in great Florida weather—and raising money for the American Lung Association. This is the seventh year that classics and modern exotics will mingle in the balmy climate of Lake Mary, FL, and this year's event is set for February 4-6. People who enter cars enjoy a VIP reception on February 4. The all-day Auto Show is on February 5 from 10 am to 4 pm, and the popular Sunday Drive is on February 6. Class and best of show awards are offered. Car registration is $125, and includes admission to all events. Spectators get in for free. www.carsforthecure.com. (FL) ■ This year marks the 100th anniversary of a little Memorial Day weekend race in Indiana, Modern exotics at Cars for the Cure Sports Car Market and The Legends of Indy is the main theme of this year's Boca Raton Concours d' Elegance from February 25-27. Legends of Indy Awards will go to the Unser Family, A.J. Foyt, Rick Mears, Helio Castroneves, Roger Penske, Honda and Firestone during the February 26 Grand Gala. An auction of vintage Indianapolis 500 racers is scheduled. Jay Leno will return to host the event. The concours, which will feature a display of Indy 500 cars, is scheduled for February 27 at the Boca Raton Resort. Concours tickets are $50. www. bocaratonconcours.com. (FL) ■ The Bremen Classic Motorshow will welcome more than 40,000 visitors from all 10-12—75th AACA National Meeting (PA) www.aaca.org 11-12—28th Coppa Dalla Favera (ITA) www.coppadallafavera.it 11-13—Automoto Retro (ITA) www.automotoretro.it 11-20—Chicago Auto Show (IL) www.chicagoautoshow.com 12-13—New Zealand Classic Car Weekend (NZL) www.concours.org.nz 24-27—Tucson British Car Roundup (AZ) www.tucsonbritish.com 25-27—Boca Raton Concours (FL) www.bocaratonconcours.com 26-27—Desert Classic Concours (CA) www.desertconcours.com


Page 20

SCM Contributors MARSHALL BUCK, SCM contributor, founded his model company (CMA) in 1982 out of his passion for sports and classic cars. He sold exotic cars for a few years and has authored a number of articles on models. He wrote a featured model column for Vintage Motorsport magazine from 1988 to 1999, and he is SCM's regular model reviewer. He has a significant collection of models and always keeps at least one “full-scale” model in his garage. This month, on p. 26, he looks at the suddenly popular world of model race car transporters. Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Auction Editor Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Data Analyst Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Bill Neill COLIN COMER, SCM contributing editor, is the founder of Colin's Classic Automobiles in Milwaukee, WI. His fascination with cars began at an early age, and according to him, he never grew out of it—nor does he wish to. Colin regularly appears on television, and he is the author of the books: Million-Dollar Muscle Cars and the Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles. He is hard at work on his third book, Cobra: 50 Years, which will be released in 2011. A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to both Sports Car Market and Corvette Market magazines. Turn to p. 56 for his thoughts on how a 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible muscled to $682k at a recent auction. Senior Auction Analysts B. Mitchell Carlson, Carl Bomstead, Paul Hardiman (Europe) Auction Analysts John Clucas (Australia), Daniel Grunwald, Jérôme Hardy (Europe), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada), Dale Novak, Phil Skinner Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Prescott Kelly (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Alex Hofberg, Simon Kidston, Ed Milich, Rob Sass, Steve Serio, John L. Stein Operations Manager Molly Gray molly.gray@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 218 Marketing Intern Rich Coparanis rich.coparanis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 217 Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Financial Manager Nikki Nalum PAUL HARDIMAN, SCM contributor, still has the old-car madness, reinforced by his claim that he is never happier than when checking out the heat exchangers under a 911. After half a lifetime in a staff job, he now writes for all the leading U.K. classic car magazines, a feat he puts down to “being cheaper, and anonymous.” When he's not working as SCM's European correspondent, he lives quietly near Oxford, England, with an old race car, these days most often spotted on the school run. He takes a look at the sale of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 on p. 48. nikki.nalum@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media Director Wendie Martin wmartin@enthusiastmediagroup.com; 206.427.1652 Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams roger_williams@earthlink.net ADVERTISING Display Advertising Executives Tom Mann tom.mann@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 211 Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 x 213 Classified Advertising classifieds@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS MARTIN EMMISON, SCM contributor, says his early sports car enthusiasm was fueled by the cars of his native England—the MG TA, Turner, AC Ace, Morgan, and Jaguar XK140. He was bitten badly by the Ferrari V12 bug in the 1980s and owned a 250 GTE, 275 GTB, an LWB California Spyder rebuilt from a wreck, and he recently sold a 365 GTC/4. Emmison lives in a 15th Century house in Essex, England, and as a lawyer in London, he represents collectors, dealers, auctioneers, and restorers in the high-value deals and disputes regarding historic cars. He is a late convert to Alfa Romeo, but his pleasure and European rally motoring comes mostly from his favorite driver, a 1963 289 Cobra, CSX 2187. On p. 32, Emmison takes a close look at a Speed Six Bentley case that might have car collectors— and car sellers—looking very closely at paper trails. Subscriptions Coordinator Kyle McBride kyle.mcbride@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 216 To order new subscriptions or for questions about current subscriptions 877.219.2605, x 1; service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 M–F 9 am to 5 pm PST www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Customer Support www.sportscarmarket.com/helpdesk Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2011 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA 20


Page 22

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 Ghibli values questioned To the Editor: I enjoyed reading Donald Osborne's article about the Maserati Ghibli (December “Etceterini” p. 42). However as I approached the end of the SCM analysis, I was taken aback by the quote “…with a good example going from the mid-$30k range then to the mid-$50k range today.” If this is true, then I'll take ten or more at these prices. I have owned, restored, shown and sold many Ghiblis over the past six years. I have actually received numerous trophies, and some were presented by Keith Martin. I have sold these high-quality, condition 1 cars for well over the $120,000 value within the past two years. To restore a running driverquality Ghibli coupe and bring it to a high quality show/original/ sorted condition will easily run $120,000 or more. Once restored, the Ghibli will provide the owner with years of reliable, high-speed motoring pleasure. My main gripe with Osborne's market analysis is that a “resale red” 4.7 Ghibli, selling in Auburn, IN—in a primarily muscle car field for only $53,900—is not a correct market comparison. Having said that, one will notice that on p. 97 in the very same December SCM issue, the same car was listed for $72,500 with a dealer named “DriverSource” in Houston, Texas. If you check their website, you will see the car is marked as “sale pending.” It was not “well sold”; it was, in fact, well-bought and represents a huge profit. If you check with the folks that actually know and understand these cars, such as Maserati Source in California and MIE in Auburn, WA, they will enlighten potential buyers to the real values and costs of parts and restoration. I have seen numerous rough, non-runners for $27k to $38k, depending on condition and completeness. Decent 4.7 drivers now cost $60k to $70k, and SS 4.9 cars are more into the mid-$70k range. A great car will be firmly into the $130k to $150k zone. A perfectly restored 22 My main gripe with Osborne's market analysis is that a “resale red” 4.7 Ghibli, selling in Auburn, IN—in a primarily muscle car field for only $53,900—is not a correct market comparison. Pebble Beach quality SS 4.9 coupe should be at least $180k to $200k. Now, this is approaching the real costs and values I have been seeing for these cars of late. They are still way below that of a comparable Daytona. The comps provided in the article are also misleading, as two sales happened in 2008 and one in January of 2009, which are hardly current. This year's RM Auctions Monterey results in August 2010 show a 1967 4.7 yellow Ghibli coupe, Lot 236, selling for $107,250 plus buyer's premium, with a posted estimate of $120k to $140k. This car was in very nice condition, but it was without the desirable power steering and had an incorrect air cleaner and carburetor set up, which alluded to the possibility of the engine number not matching. Another Ghibli, Lot 211 RM Monterey, sold on August 12, 2010, with the less- desirable automatic. Actual selling price was $82,500, which was in the middle of RM's estimate of $70k to $90k. These are more accurate and current comps. A further check of Anamera.com reveals eleven Ghiblis for sale throughout the United States and Europe—and not one is priced less than $85k. Ghibli Spyder drivers are sold in the high $200k range, and restored 4.7 Spyders will command over $400,000 and the extremely rare SS 4.9 will be much higher. Misinformed and inaccurate value-focused articles—albeit well-intended—can have quite a negative effect on the current fragile market value perceptions. A bit more research and understanding can help keep SCM at the leading edge of market analysis and maintain its value and prominence as one of the leading reference in the collector car world.—Martin Logé, Santa Barbara, CA Donald Osborne responds: Dear Mr. Logé, Thanks for your note. I be- lieve that a more careful reading of my piece might reveal that we are not far apart in our observations of the Ghibli market. In addition, I'd like to stress a few points. First, as you point out, the market in which a property is offered has a considerable effect on the value realized. I concluded my profile with just that statement, that Auburn, IN was not the most likely market for the Ghibli. Given a less-thanprime market and a less than prime car, I stated that the owner did well at $50k. Your examples of higher sales are for better cars in much more suited-tothe-Ghibli auction sales venues, which of course can affect price positively. The current market displays a wider differential between “good” and “great” cars of all types, Ghiblis included. Most important, “asking prices” are not an indication of value—only realized prices are. Look to see how long some of the cars have been on offer at the listed prices, and you will have a fair picture of where the market is. I have written often of my high esteem for the Ghibli and many other Maseratis of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. I think many should bring the prices that their Aston Martin contemporaries do—but until people start paying them, that's not where the market is. A tale of two French sisters To the Editor: I am a regular, some might say fanatic, follower of the market for French cars. I was musing about the two very similar Talbot Lago “long chassis” Teardrop coupes that were auctioned in 2010, both from the O'Quinn estate, both sold by RM. Although their Figoni & Falaschi bodies were near identi- Sports Car Market


Page 24

Ad Index 24 Artcurial ....................................................... 83 Asheville Symphony.................................. 129 Aston Martin of New England..................... 51 Auctions America by RM ...........................8-9 Automobilia Monterey............................... 129 Autosport Designs........................................ 81 Bald Head Garage...................................... 119 Barrett-Jackson ...........................................6-7 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance ............... 39 Bonhams ...................................................... 19 Branson ........................................................ 67 Brighton Motorsports................................. 125 Canepa.......................................................... 77 Cappy's Automobile Transportation .......... 103 Chevau-Legers Auctions.............................. 23 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 21 Classic Motorcar Auctions......................... 127 Classic Restoration....................................... 71 Classic Showcase......................................... 69 Collector's Studio ...................................... 123 Cosdel ........................................................ 129 Driversource Houston LLC.................... 55, 73 Elegance at Hershey..................................... 29 European Collectibles ................................ 113 Exotic Car Transport.................................. 131 Exotic Classics........................................... 105 Fantasy Junction......................................... 123 Fine Sports Cars......................................... 121 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance. 109 Griot's .......................................................... 27 Grundy Worldwide....................................... 87 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 103 H & H Sales Limited.................................... 99 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 15 Heacock Classic .......................................... 25 Heritage Classics.......................................... 95 Hollow Brook Associates, LLC. .................. 89 Hollywood Wheels Inc............................60-61 Indigo ......................................................... 147 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor...................................................... 65 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 139 Kastner & Partners Garage ........................ 115 Kidston......................................................... 17 La Jolla Motor Car Classic .......................... 87 Live Oaks Concours d'Elegance.................. 79 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd........... 107 Martin Chisholm Collector Cars Ltd. ........ 132 Mecum Auction...........................................4-5 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 148 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc.............. 131, 145 Morris & Welford, LLC............................... 85 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 131 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................... 127 Northwest House of Hardtops.....................111 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions............... 75 Park Place LTD.......................................42-43 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 119 Petersen Collector Car Auction.................. 132 Plycar Transportation Group...................... 137 Poff Transportation .................................... 121 Pro Team Corvette ..................................... 133 Putnam Leasing............................................ 47 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 63 Retromobile................................................ 129 RM Auctions ................................................ 13 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 125 RPM Autobooks......................................... 103 Russo & Steele LLC ...............................34-35 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 31 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 121 SWISSVAX AG........................................... 93 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 Take Your Car To Auction, LLC................ 133 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 91 Universal Autosports.................................. 113 Vintage Rallies............................................. 41 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 141 Volo Auto Museum ...................................... 97 Watchworks................................................ 141 Worldwide Group......................................... 11 Zymol......................................................... 115 If you're young, have skills and patience—but not much cash on hand—a project isn't necessarily a bad investment. cal, very different prices were realized. I thought you might be interested in my opinion of the reasons why. I first heard about Chassis 90034 in the mid 1980s, and I found the owner who was about to go and live in China, but he did not want to sell. He surfaced again in the early 1990s, and I bought the black car on behalf of a Swiss collector. Some tidying was carried out, with a partial engine rebuild. In 1995, the car was offered for sale at RM Monterey, where it was sold to John O'Quinn for a surprisingly high $3,685,000. At RM Monterey in 2010, the car went under the hammer again and was sold for $4,620,000. In the 1990s, Chassis 93064 belonged to Charles Morse from Seattle. In 1995, it could have been bought for less than $2m. Following the success of the black car, it was assigned to RM at Amelia in 1986. The color was royal blue, and the condition was good, but it was not show quality. The car struggled on the block, but it was sold for $2,145,000, once again to John O'Quinn. At the 2010 RM London auction, the car was sold again, making $2,836,000. Although the two cars were built on similar chassis, the black car is a T150C, while the blue car is a T23. The T150 is based on the race engine, with a special head and higher compression. The result was a substantially faster car. It also boasted Rudge center-locks, while the T23 is fitted with the less-charismatic bolt-ons. The T150 was more desirable, more expensive, and rarer, and things haven't changed in the last 70 years. Other pluses for the black car are the chrome decoration on the wings and doors, and the not-insignificant fact that it won its class at the Spa 24 hour race in 1948. But these facts alone do not tell the whole story. The black color scheme is far more attractive than blue, and although the T23 changed color, it's still blue. But there are other factors that play here. Both times that the black car went across the block, it was at Monterey. The blue car debuted at Amelia, at a time when RM's auction there was still a fledgling. The presentation and bidders were not of the same quality as Monterey, and this established a benchmark value for the car. When the car was auctioned again at London in 2010, once again, this was not the right venue for a car that typically appeals more to the American market. Add the fact that the black car benefits from a perfect RM restoration, while the blue car was restored in Europe, to a lesser standard, in an uninspired color, and you begin to understand the wildly different prices realized. So who got the best deal? The black car was well sold, presumably to someone who understands the fine print. And the person who purchased the blue car probably thinks he got a bargain. But for the real con- noisseur, the difference in price is understandable.—Toby Ross, England Restore that Jag, young man! To the Editor: After reading in Keith Martin's editorial that “projects make no sense,” (December “Shifting Gears” p. 8) and Martin's advice to Aaron Greenburg to not restore his 1965 Jaguar E-type (December “You Write” p. 16) let me put in a carefully-qualified dissent: For a young collector, looking to the long term, the tradeoffs might be different. Dealers have to resell cars quickly, and some collectors trade often. But if 29-year-old Aaron keeps his Jag 40 years— as long as I've kept my $1,000 XK120—all that counts is choosing a really great car. Aaron's ‘65 is unquestionably a Blue Chip. Projects do make sense if it's the right car—and you keep it long enough. I've bought lots of them: my AC Ace Bristol, my Jag, my Lotus Eleven, my $1,000 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, my $2,200 Alfa 1900, my $1,200 ex-Le Mans Peugeot Darl'mat, and many others. I'm glad I bought them instead of lesser cars in better condition. If you're young, have skills and patience—but not much cash on hand—a project isn't necessarily a bad investment.—Paul Wilson, Fairfield, VA ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 26

Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg Bulova Accutron Watches If the post-war world of the 1950s could be characterized in two words, those words might be optimism and science. These styling cues found products—from cars to televisions to kitchen gadgets that reflected those pervasive ideals. So it went with watch indus- try as well. Watch designers of the 1950s were intrigued with the notion that a watch could be made to operate with the use of electricity, rather than through springdriven mechanisms. However, acceptable battery size and lifespan were hurdles that had to be conquered if wristwatches were to run electrically. Designers knew that accuracy could be greatly enhanced if the delicate balance wheel was removed from modern watch design and replaced with a construct that beat in a regular, more robust manner. The design team at the Bulova Watch Company of New York had these goals in mind as they developed their first electronic watch, which would carry the name of Accutron. The premise for this new innovation comes straight from high school physics lessons on tuning forks, where we learn that a tuning fork of a particular length will vibrate, unfailingly, at a particular frequency. Thus, if the forks are magnetized—and placed in the field of a weak electromagnet—the constant vibration caused could accurately and steadily drive a gear train that could be calibrated to rotate in a “timely” manner. Two notable characteristics arose out of the use of the tuning fork system: one was that unlike other electrical watches of the day, the second hand moved in a very smooth sweep due to the high frequency at which the watch operates. The other characteristic is that the watch hums steadily. From the initial launch in 1961, the Accutron was an immediate hit, and hundreds of thousands of the watches were sold. Collectible Accutrons tend to be made up of two basic models: the 214, which is Neat Stuff by Coffee with Your Ducati? MotoCorsa is an award-winning Ducati dealership in Portland, OR, (and full of SCMers) and their shop CorsaCaffe baristas also serve up great cups of coffee. Portlanders slurp down coffee to survive weeks of gray winter drizzle, so they need the good, high-revving stuff, and these beans are the good stuff. Now, they'll ship you bags of freshly roasted CorsaCaffe coffee beans. Twelve-ounce bags of espresso, dark or decaf beans range from $13.75 to $14.25. Shipping is $4 for the first bag. Buy two to four bags, and shipping is $8. Buy five to seven bags, and shipping is $12. Buy eight bags or more and shipping is free. www.corsacaffe.com. 26 distinguished by the absence of a crown on the side, (it is found on the back), and the later 218 model, which featured a crown at the 4:00 position. Of those two models, countless variations were made. One of the most interesting to collectors is the Spaceview family, which had no dial and had either a crystal that had hour markers on it or a narrow chapter ring that was marked under the crystal. These watches range from $500 to $800. Another prized model, the Astronaut, featured an extra hand that marked military or “Zulu” time. A decent Astronaut will cost between $500 and $800. The first wristwatch certified for railway use was an Accutron model with a white dial, large Arabic numerals and spade-style hands. The watch was marked simply, Accutron Railroad. You can expect to pay $200 for an unrestored, working model. One of the most unusual Accutron models was designed to be a marine chronometer. The Bulova designers stacked three Accutron movements on top of one another to create a fail-safe system where any two could fail, but the clock would still be accurate. Although the Accutron watch was extremely robust, accurate and of relatively simple design, some watchmakers of the day shied away from working on them as they require a special electronic multimeter to test them—and a microscope to properly set up and adjust the index wheel whose teeth can only be discerned under 10X magnification. Today it can be a little difficult getting new spare parts—and finding a technician who is willing and able to work on them—but generally parts can be found and service is relatively inexpensive. One of the best aspects of col- Details Production Date: 1961 to 1977 Best place to wear one: lecting Accutrons is that they are plentiful and varied—and range in price from just over $100. However, many solid gold models were made that will have more value. As always, stay away from the cheap basket case, as the cost of restoration will exceed the completed value. To the Star Trek convention at the Cow Palace in San Francisco Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: weird watch science Everyone loves is best): BedWood is Good to Have Every car collector needs a pickup truck, even if just to chase parts for your 289 Cobra or your Maserati Ghibli. It's especially nice to have a spiffy older truck with a steel dashboard, bench seats and wood slats in the bed. Trouble is, those wood slats often look like they were used as concrete forms. Well, a lot of us at SCM World Headquarters love old trucks, so we couldn't help but stop by the BedWood booth at the recent SEMA show in Las Vegas. Owner Jeff Major showed off samples of ready-to-install wood beds for any Ford, Chevrolet, GM or Dodge pickup truck from 1917 to 2011. BedWood even has wood kits to install in the bed of modern pickups. You can choose from more than 40 types of wood, from ash to cocobolo; we favor wood that isn't afraid of seeing some work. Prices vary with the wood market. www. bedwoodandparts.com. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 28

In Miniature by Marshall Buck Bartoletti Type II transporter One of these days there will probably be a concours for vintage race car transporters—ones from the mid-1930s through early 1970s. There are numerous types, manufacturers and configurations. Almost everyone loves them. They seem to be the next phase of collector vehicles within the vintage race car community. The same has been happening with collectible model vehicles, which often mirror the vintage car world. While the production of race transporters is not new in the model world, the selection and availability has increased in recent years. The level of quality and detail has also improved. In the early 1990s, manufacturers SMTS and Old Cars were pretty much it when it came to model race car transporters. Then ABC Brianza came aboard, and now there are pieces from Exoto, Schuco, Spark and others. Prices range from under $100 to over $700. In this genre, the best transporters come from Exoto, which offers 1934 to 1976 haulers. This is a comprehensive selection, but Exoto still does not offer all types or marques, so you may have to look elsewhere for your favorites. Shown here are Exoto's two latest transporters in 1:43 scale. To begin with, I'm partial to these because I am a Ford GT40 and Shelby Cobra fan. The models are of the Bartoletti Type II transporter as used by the teams at Le Mans. One transporter is from the 1965 Cobra team—think Daytona Coupes—and the other is from the 1966 Alan Mann-prepared Ford GT40 team. As with their previous release of the Bartoletti (Type I) 642 and 682 Maserati and Ferrari team transporters, Exoto's latest are packed with a wealth of detail—including a healthy amount of working parts, which function just as they should. Both models are excellent, very highly detailed, and beautifully finished. The paint is great and smooth, with just a hint of metallic—very nice. Both transporters are identical with the exception of the Alan Mann Racing Ltd. graphics on one, and the American flag on the other. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Inside the Archives By Jesse Alexander, David Bull, 96 pages, $75.00, Amazon I've been dragging around a big, ungainly, beautiful beast of a book for almost 40 years. Every so often, it finds its way into my hands, liberally coated with dust. The dust jacket is torn and frayed, the binding weaken- ing and the cover warped at the ends from moisture. It has been across the country and back with me, and yet every time I bring it out I am amazed, delighted and energized. It captures what I wanted racing to be, crystallized my dreams. It is At Speed by Jesse Alexander. Alexander spent the 1950s in Europe, Leica or Nikon in hand, documenting a very different world of motorsports. And At Speed was his daring, bold and singular take on that world. The images, and the brain behind them, were like nothing I had ever seen before. They were intimate, they were gigantic; they were electric, they were quiet; they were, one after the other, truly eye-opening. Now, Alexander has gone back to those years, and picked more images, more jewel-like moments of an age that memory burnishes with every passing year. He returns to the moments he captured then, from a handful of mechanics working in the rudimentary pits at Spa in 1955, to the dirt and gravel scrutineering area of Le Mans, to a Ferrari Dino on the streets of a Sicilian town during the 1962 Targa Florio. Like any photographer, Alexander only published a trickle of the torrents of images that he created, and with Inside the Archives he has taken one more look, panning for missed nuggets of gold. While I appreciate the result (there are plenty of arresting image in the new book), I have mixed feelings about Archives. As a newspaper picture editor decades ago, I quickly learned that editing is about killing the pretty good to preserve the best, and while lots of images are worthy, few survive the cut. In Inside the Archives, he got his second edit, and we get a lot of pretty good Jesse Alexander, which is still better than most. But it isn't the best. 28 Provenance: Jesse Alexander is a talented photographer with 50 years of motorsports behind him, and he has created iconic images of racing. His portrait of Jimmy Clark is just one example, and At Speed set the bar for motorsports photography in book form. Fit and finish: A slight volume, From the Archives is safe in every aspect, never daring. The layouts showcase the images well, and the printing is first rate. Drivability: I have a friend who collects every scrap of music by the Beatles. Not just the various albums in different collections, but huge caches of alter- nate versions, recordings of outtakes and errata. He drags them out, and you realize quite quickly that the Beatles were pros, and as pros they picked their best stuff—the first time. That doesn't mean the alternatives aren't good, but the versions of the songs we know were the best. Memories of listening to a not-so-good version of “Yesterday” haunted me throughout Inside the Archives. The first time through, I enjoyed it, but the second time I was troubled by the lack of intensity. The images were historic and fascinating, but something was missing. After pulling out At Speed for comparison, the problem was obvious. This is the “pretty good” stuff, and standing next to the ruthless decisions, aggressive cropping and intimacy of that seminal book, the new one pales. Should you have it in your collection? Yes, especially since the price seems to be rising. But don't expect to still look at it a decade from now. ♦ Sports Car Market The undercarriage is fully detailed, including an articu- lated drive shaft that spins as the wheels on the rear transaxle rotate. The tires are superb, with perfect tread and accurate, raised-letter sidewall detail. Not only do the ramps raise and lower, but they all have real wood inlays. Adding to that are perfectly replicated etched metal surfaces on the small auxiliary ramps and on the surface under the lower car ramps. On the tailgate of the 1965 Cobra Model Details team truck, there is an attached miniature cloth American flag. Look through the half-lowered front door windows into the well-appointed interior, and you'll notice the two upper and lower beds with pillows behind the driver and passenger seats. These are wonderful, highly rec- ommended models. They are priced at $348.95 each. Production date: 2010-2011 and... Quantity: Mass-produced, so there are a lot of them out there SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.exoto.com


Page 30

Affordable Classic 1966-72 Fiat Dino A Fiat or a Ferrari? There is no difference between the engines that went into Fiat Dinos and those in Ferrari 206 and 246 Dinos by Rob Sass Contrary to rumor, there were no differ- ences between the engines that went into Fiat Dinos and the engines supplied to Ferrari for 206 and 246 Dinos. The view from behind the wheel of the spider was not unlike an upmarket Fiat 124 spider, with lovely wood trim and plenty of black-rimmed Veglia gauges. The coupe added even more wood and a whopping seven-gauge instrument panel in comparison to the spider's six gauges. Beware of rust monsters Of the pair, the spider was decidedly more sporting, owing to its lighter weight. The coupe was more rigid and made a nicer tourer. And although less agile, the coupe's handling was certainly benign, and it even understeered a bit near the limit. Even the 2-liter cars with a live rear axle rode pleasantly. The seats were comfortable, but the 1971 Fiat Dino Spider T he foibles of “production” car racing and homologation rules have given rise to some rather interesting machinery over the years. Nutty Plymouth Superbirds and road-going Ford GT40s are at one end of the spectrum, and Ferrari's first V6 engine is at the other. Alfredo “Dino” Ferrari envisioned the V6 as an ideal Formula 2 engine before his untimely death in 1956. But the engine didn't come to fruition until nearly a decade later. By then, there was simply no way that Ferrari could build a sufficient number of Dino 206 GTs to successfully homologate the engine for racing. Il Commendatore then turned to Fiat to find another outlet for the brilliant 2-liter, DOHC V6 engine. As it happened, Fiat was looking for a flagship GT to replace the 2300, and the Ferrari-designed V6 was ideal in terms of power output and cachet for the new Fiat Dino. Details Years produced: 1966-72 Number produced: 7,803 Original list price: $5,000 SCM Valuation: $39,000-$62,500 for the spider and $16,000-$23,000 for the coupe. Tune-up cost: $2,000 Distributor caps: $160 Chassis number: Side frame rail above right wheel Engine number: Front passenger side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.com Alternatives: 1969-73 Porsche 911 Targa, 1974-79 Ferrari 308 GT/4, 1972-75 Alfa Romeo Montreal SCM Investment Grade: B for the spider, D for the coupe 30 Two body designers Like Alfa Romeo had done a decade before with the Giulietta, Fiat employed Bertone and Pininfarina to design entirely different coupe and spider bodies. While both were attractive, the Fiat Dino coupe looked much like a number of small coupes then on the market, including cars as diverse as Opel and Glas. On the other hand, the Fiat Dino spider was quite striking, with the same round taillights and highly arched fenders as the 206/246 Dino. Of the two, it was far more Ferrari-like (arguably even more so than the 275 GTS). The original 2-liter Fiat Dinos had about 160 horsepower and a rather basic rear suspension consisting of a live rear axle and leaf springs. Later 2.4liter cars put out over 170 horsepower and had more sophisticated independent rear suspensions. In a first for Ferrari, Fiat built the engines in Turin rather than in Ferrari's Maranello plant. driving position was typical Italian, with the steering wheel raked towards the dash, which encourages an arms-out posture. The 2.4-liter spider was the best performer, as it is capable of 0-60 mph runs below 8 seconds. The mechanical noises are sublime. Like any Italian car of this vintage, the Dino was rust-prone in the extreme, with fenders, door bottoms and jacking points of particular concern. Body panels and trim bits for the coupe or spider are nearly extinct, so purchasing any car missing pieces or in need of significant rust repair is sheer folly. Similarly, while the car carries Fiat badging, service and repair to the drivetrain carries a Ferrari price tag. Accordingly, it's best to steer clear of cars with uneven compression, smoking or low oil pressure. Worn synchros or noise from the ZF 5-speed are signals of an expensive rebuild. Not rare, but still special By Ferrari standards, the Fiat Dino is anything but rare. Total production was 7,803 cars, with 26% spiders and 74% coupes. Overall, only 36% were 2.4-liter cars. The survival rate of the spider must surely be greater, as one rarely sees coupes. In terms of ultimate collectability, the 2.4-liter spider seems to be well in front. Unlike the 2-liter cars, the 2.4s were assembled in Maranello at the same time as the 246 Dino. Thus, those who argue that it's as much a Ferrari as the 246 GTS would seem to be correct. Nevertheless, it's the Fiat badge that holds the car back. This is odd, as it certainly doesn't bother collectors interested in a Fiat 8V. Eventually, the car may be accepted for what it is, and owners will cease putting Ferrari badges and Scuderia shields on the fenders and realize what special cars these are in their own right. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 32

Legal Files Martin Emmison When is a Speed Six Not a Speed Six? The judge placed huge importance on documents that show a car's continuous history—if claims to its authenticity are made while promoting a sale T he High Court in London has recently given judgment in the case of Brewer vs. Stanley Mann, Fortis Lease UK Limited and Stanley Mann Racing Limited. The judgment emphasizes the importance of accuracy when giving sale descriptions of collector cars. The judge's finding, heavily in favor of the private buyer and against the seller, raises some interesting issues for dealers, auction houses and buyers. This judgment has caused some waves in the U.K. trade, and is already subject to appeal. The facts In June 2007, London-based vintage Bentley special- ist Stanley Mann sold a car which he described as a 1930 Bentley Speed Six to a Mrs. Brewer. This was his first mistake. Mrs. Brewer, a lawyer admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, Florida and England, turned out to be a formidable opponent. She and her husband, both vintage Bentley enthusiasts, had seen Stanley Mann's advertisement for a Speed Six in Classic & Sportscar magazine, and they visited his shop to inspect and discuss the car. The evidence showed that in the late 1970s Stanley had acquired a discarded bare chassis frame from a 1930 Speed Six. The chassis was in very poor condition, but it was stamped with its chassis number. That chassis was repaired with much new steel, and Stanley then fitted an engine from a 1927 Bentley 6½ Litre, which he had uprated to Speed Six specification. The car was built up with a new body and many new and used components to resemble a 1930 Speed Six open tourer, and it was sold in 1980 to Ian James, who owned it for some 26 years. I remember Ian driving his Bentley on rallies in the mid-1980s, and being impressed by his strength, which he certainly needed to wrestle this huge beast around the French hairpins. In December 2006, James consigned this Bentley to Stanley Mann on a sale or return basis. In June 2007, Mrs. Brewer bought the car for £425,000 ($844,330 at that time) with finance provided by the bank Fortis Lease UK Limited and two days later, once the sale was consummated, Stanley Mann in turn bought the car from Ian James for £325,000 ($645,664). Just over a year later, in the financially difficult days of late 2008, Mrs. Brewer considered selling the Bentley and sought advice from one of the London auction houses. They told her that the engine was not an original Speed Six, but was a 6½ Litre motor reconstructed to Speed Six specification. Mrs. Brewer stopped her finance payments. Fortis then took the car back and resold it to Stanley Mann. Mrs. Brewer then started High Court proceedings against Stanley Mann and Fortis for misrepresentation and breach of contract. The Court's decision There was conflicting evidence at court about what Stanley Mann had said to Mrs. Brewer when she first inspected the car. Mrs. Brewer was adamant that Mann had assured her that the engine was a Speed Six engine, 32 No question about the provenance of this car—1930 Bentley Speed Six “Old Number 3” which he denied, but her evidence was accepted. The judge also considered that, as the representation about the engine was crucial in Mrs. Brewer's decision to buy the car, a warranty should be implied into the purchase contract that the car she was buying had a genuine Speed Six engine. Under the British Sale of Goods Act (roughly equivalent to the Uniform Commercial Code sale of goods provisions), any item sold by description must conform to its description. Since the judge decided (based on expert evidence) that the car did not have a genuine Speed Six engine, it followed that it did not match its description. As a result, there was a breach of contract, and Mrs. Brewer was entitled to damages. In a long and detailed judgment, the judge stated that, for a correct description of the Bentley, Stanley Mann should have referred expressly to the much-repaired chassis and replacement engine. He also should have described the significant changes to the car over its lifetime. In reaching this conclusion, the judge also placed huge importance on documents that show a car's continuous history—if claims to its authenticity are made while promoting a sale of the car. The judge's finding on this “continuous history” point is worth quoting in full, because if this part is upheld on appeal it may be significant for the future, at least in the U.K.: “It is clear that everyone involved with Speed Sixes now regard it as essential, for such a car to be properly described as a Speed Six, to be accompanied by a continuous history, being a full, unbroken and authentic set of documents which identify in a reliable manner who has owned the car, the uses that it has been put to and a description of its service history and any restoration, rebuilding or reconstruction work that the car has experienced throughout its life since originally leaving the Cricklewood works. The evidence suggested that this view arose, or was at least confirmed, as a custom of the Speed Six trade by Justice Otton's judgment in 1990 in Hubbard vs. Middlebridge Scimitar Limited. This “Old Number One” judgment is certainly widely known to, and relied on by, enthusiasts, owners, dealers, auctioneers and valuers involved with Speed Sixes.” In short, “Old Number One” is a 1990 case where the authenticity of a Bentley Speed Six Race car—known as Old Number One—was called into question after a deal for $17m was made for the sale of the car. Justice Otton said that the car's logbook, Bentley service records, the Bentley Drivers Club register and other evidence showed that the car, although it had been crashed and rebuilt, still retained it historic identity as Old Number One. A question of missing documentation While his solicitor assures me that Stanley Mann has multiple grounds for appeal, it is that part of the judgment quoted above that exercises me the most. I suspect that the judge has noted evidence from each party's expert witness about the desirability Sports Car Market


Page 33

(in terms of provenance) of an unbroken set of documents as to a car's ownership, use, service records and restoration history. He has then made the extra step to find (as a question of fact, so it seems) that if this written record of continuous history is absent or broken, the car in question may not properly be described by that model name (i.e. as a “Speed Six”). In my view, “this finding of fact” by the judge is a bridge too far, and is not justified by the “Old Number One” judgment from 1990. We can all think of real or hypothetical examples where the written record of a car's ownership, use, servicing or restoration has been lost in the mists of time, and yet its provenance as a good example of that model is undoubted. Am I the only car nut who dreams of finding that missing Bugatti Type 57SC (no, make that an 8C Alfa) whose owner bricked it up in a barn in France in spring 1940 as the tanks rolled closer? If all the stamped numbers corresponded with the factory records, it would not matter to the car's continuous history or provenance that no one could verify who owned my barn find between 1936 and 1940, or indeed who had left it in the barn, as long as the landowner could pass me good title to the car (and preferably had no idea of its value). If the car is clearly the real car, that is enough in itself. Final thoughts It remains to be seen how this decision will be viewed by the Court of Appeal, but for the moment it highlights the dangers for dealers (and indeed auction houses and their vendors) when describing or making claims about the car being offered. In English law there has always been a fine line between a throw-away statement which a potential purchaser will recognize as “a mere puff” which cannot be sued upon, and a statement that while designed to achieve a sale is in fact relied on by the buyer, and which creates a legal obligation. It will not always be obvious what pre-contractual statements may give rise to legal obligations later on. So in the perfect world, the prudent dealer will keep a written record of all representations (whether oral or written) that he makes about a car, and ensure that what he says is accurate and verifiable. Luckily for us lawyers the world is not perfect. MARTIN EMMISON is a partner in the London law firm of Goodman Derrick LLP, and he specializes in transactions and disputes in the collector car field. Martin can be contacted by email memmison@gdlaw.co.uk or by telephone. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. A U.S. Perspective By John Draneas Many SCM readers will wonder if the result in this case would be significantly different under U.S. law. In large measure, the result would have been much the same. Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a seller's description of the car as a Bentley Speed Six would constitute a contractual warranty that the car actually meets that description. When it turns out not to be a Speed Six, the buyer has a breach of contract claim. In addition, if the seller is aware that the car is not really a Speed Six, then the buyer can also sue for misrepresentation or fraud. The critical factual issue would be whether or not the car is a Speed Six, which may not be as easy a question as one would expect, given the age and rarity of some collector cars—and the possible variations from their original configurations. For those reasons, a U.S. court would consider evidence from collector car experts about what essential elements make a car a genuine Speed Six. Nonetheless, I agree with Emmison. A U.S. court ruling that a car cannot be a Speed Six if it does not come with full documentation of its chain of ownership and provenance would be quite novel. Under U.S. law, documentation can certainly prove the identity of a car, but it doesn't create the identity. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney.


Page 34

1968 SHELBY GT350R PART OF THE FRIEDLANDER COLLECTION UP FOR AUCTION AT RUSSO AND STEELE SCOTTSDALE, JANUARY 2011. 1 of 36 Ô RÕ Code GT350 Shelbys. The exquisite and historically-important example seen here is one of the latter. Shelby GT-350R #5R530 was ordered by Shelby American on the 18th of March, 1965. Raced by purchaser Bratzo Vicich, the car was the South American Class Champion during the late 1960s as well as the Peruvian National Champion as late as 1973. The car remains in excellent condition and will always be a top-tier invitee to vintage race events or exemplary concours events worldwide. 1932 PACKARD 902 ROADSTER 1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER NO RESERVE 1973 JAGUAR E TYPE V-12 ROADSTER NO RESERVE 1965 SHELBY GT350H NO RESERVE 1970 PLYMOUTH HEMI ÔC UDA 1966 FERRARI SPECO 330 P-4 5 DAYS 600+ CARS CONSIGNMENTS NOW INVITED


Page 35

JANUARY 19-23, 2011 1932 FORD DEARBORN DEUCE ROADSTER 1965 JAGUAR XKE NO RESERVE 1969 DODGE DAYTONA BOBBY ALLISON RACE CAR 1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD CUSTOM NO RESERVE 1968 SHELBY GT500KR NO RESERVE 1953 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ROADSTER 1975 PONTIAC YENKO TRANS AM 1933 PLYMOUTH COUPE STREET ROD NO RESERVE 1965 MASERATI 3500 GT This rare and exclusive 1965 Maserati 3500 GT is a seldom- seen and late-production specimen of the breed, especially with the operable side windows. Finished in the correct factory shade of blue, it was recently professionally refinished, color-sanded and buffed following a comprehensive exterior dis-assembly for a high-quality finish. REGISTER TO BID AND PURCHASE YOUR GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS ONLINE WWW.RUSSOANDSTEELE.COM


Page 36

Event London to Brighton 2010 London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Buy the car on Friday; learn to drive it on Saturday and motor away from Hyde Park on Sunday by Robert Ames Details Plan ahead: November 6, 2011 Where: London's Hyde Park to the seaside resort of Brighton Cost: $274 More: www.lbvcr.com that drive the price and desirability of a London to Brighton machine: four cylinders, four speeds and four seats. Bidding began with multiple paddles raised and settled down to the usual one-on-one battle. Finally $566,000 was paid, with the car staying in the U.K. Saturday's Regent Street Finishers in Brighton A fter last year's horrendously wet and windy London to Brighton, I sold Josephine, my 1902 Renault. Within weeks, I developed a terminal case of seller's remorse and started looking for a replacement pre-1905 ride. This time it was to be a larger car, preferably American. Meanwhile, having learned that my friend Bruce McCaw was plan- ning on doing his first London to Brighton aboard his 1904 Mercedes, I decided, for the first time ever, to attend the event as spectator. This would let me to watch all the cars leave London's Hyde Park on the morning of November 7 and then zip off to the seaside resort of Brighton, via train, to witness their arrival. I could take lots and lots of photos, which would give SCM's art director many choices. The annual run from London to Brighton—about 54 miles—cel- ebrates the 1896 British law that increased the speed limit on highways from 4 mph to 14 mph. All cars on the run must have been born before 1905. London to Brighton is the longest-running motoring event in the world, and it is also one of the largest gatherings of pre-1905 cars each year. Before the Run Friday afternoon was the annual Bonhams auction of veteran cars that are eligible for the Run—some even came with entries for this year's Run. Buy the car on Friday; learn to drive it on Saturday and motor away from Hyde Park on Sunday. Ten of the eleven cars offered sold, but the star of the sale was far and away the 1903 Sunbeam. The car had everything, including a fabulous unbroken provenance from new. In addition to participation in the first speed event on public highways in England, it had the “three fours” 36 Concours for run entrants saw a record turnout and the conclusion of the Brighton to London Run for experimental cars powered by electricity, hydrogen and so on. Major manufacturers enter most of these new cars. These modern competitors joined the veterans in a fully blocked-off Regent Street. This addition of the alternative fuels cars to the event—coupled with great weather—attracted a record crowd. The day also brought news from my chum Robert Brooks, CEO of Bonhams, that he'd been given the Sunbeam to drive the next day. Would I like to join him? Wow! I'd be doing the event yet again, and for the first time, in a car built in Britain. A quick run up to Oxford Street for some rain gear followed. London to Brighton on a Sunbeam Happily the purchases proved unneeded, as Sunday dawned clear and dry. Bonhams, which has long supported the London to Brighton, is now a principal sponsor along with Tindle Newspapers. As a result Robert is allowed an earlier departure so that he can be in Brighton to greet the bulk of the participants and serve out Bonhams' nowtraditional hot chili and mulled wine. Also up front were Genevieve, a 1904 Darracq, and her protagonist from the famous movie of the same name, the Spyker. The Louwman Museum now owns both cars from “Genevieve,” and they are centerpieces in the magnificent new facility that just opened in The Hague. The Spyker had only been an entrant once before, and that was 60 years ago. This year it was driven by Evert Louwman with his daughter driving Genevieve, as has been the case the last few years. Our nearly traffic-free run to Brighton more than made up for the miseries of 2009, and it was a new experience for me to watch 400 or so of the 550 cars entered reach the Brighton sea front. The three days spent at the 2010 version of an event that has become a part of my life reinforced the commitment I've made to be there in 2011—with my newly acquired 1903 Searchmont. A what? Look for more details regarding this veteran in a future issue. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 37

Ferrari Festival Event 2010 Highland Village Ferrari Festival Although the Ferrari Festival is a young event, it already has a rich history of presenting exquisite cars by John Clark Great cars, great crowd and all for a great cause S CM'er Bob Weiner casually shut the trunk of his car and walked around to its driver's side of his immaculately detailed 1961 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2. Weiner's car was so perfect that he had little else to do before the start of the Fifth Highland Village Ferrari Festival, which was on November 14 in Houston, Texas. So Weiner answered questions from the many curious onlookers. “I bought this car right after I graduated college about 40 years ago,” he said. “The company I was working for provided me with a per diem that I didn't need, so I bought this car for $3,700. I've owned it ever since and have put about 70,000 miles on it.” Although the Ferrari Festival is a young event, it already has a rich history of presenting exquisite cars, and 2010 was no exception. Festival organizers Franco Valobra and Paul Cox limit the number of entrants to about 50 cars and only allow Ferraris—at least most of the time. “Ferrari is about purity,” Valobra stated. “No other car delivers the pure essence of driving like a Ferrari.” Letting in a Lola And Ferraris were there. As in past years, the cars spanned the Enzo- and Montezemolo-eras and included two 250 GTs, a 1967 275 GTB, a 1972 365 GTB, two F40s, 355s, 430s, 360s, 550s, new 458s and Challenge Series cars. True to Ferrari's racing heritage, several February 2011 weapons-grade race cars were present, including those from Risi Competitzione, Krohn Racing and Valobra. Two-time Le Mans podium finisher Tracy Krohn also presented his 2009 Lola, which was allowed entry because, as Valobra enthused, “it's a fast car, like a Ferrari!” Valobra helped run the French Quarter Classic in New Orleans for years before he moved to Houston. Once he arrived, Valobra wanted another opportunity to gather Ferrari owners and fans in a fun event that promotes a worthwhile cause. The festival benefits the Texas Children's Cancer Center and helped raise over $50k in donations this year. Children from the hospital were present and were encouraged to climb in the Krohn and Valobra race cars for photographs. The festival awards trophies for five different categories: Best in Show, People's Choice, Best Classic, Best New Model and the Sponsor's Trophy. With its deep navy color and Colombo V12, Weiner's 1961 250 GTE was a popular favorite all day, and applause broke out when it was awarded the Best Classic trophy. His was one of the last vehicles to leave the lot after the show. ♦ Details Plan ahead: November 2011 Where: Houston, Texas Cost: Free admission to the public. Sponsors and participants donate money toward the Texas Children's Cancer Center More: www.ferrarifestival.com 37


Page 38

Events Concours Roundup 2010 Sunriver Festival of Cars Every car event has its own unique style and character. After 13 years, the Sunriver Festival of Cars presented by Sports Car Market has established itself as a must-do Northwest car enthusiast event, where the accent is on having fun with your car and friends. Although many of the cars are excep- tional, there is nothing pretentious about this festival at a popular Central Oregon resort, and the fun, low-key style keeps the participants coming back. The big challenge to the September 17-19 event was weather, which is usually good in Central Oregon during September. Things got a little dicey on Friday night, with a lightning storm and torrential rains. If you live in the Northwest, you know that a stormy night doesn't necessarily mean that the next day is going to be really bad. But it's also not likely to be very good. Thankfully, the rain settled into a pattern of light showers. It didn't faze anyone. Owners placed their cars on the grass at the Sunriver Resort Meadows Golf Course, visited the coffee cart and the Bend Distillery martini bar—housed in a restored vintage Airstream trailer—and kicked tires at the Carrera Motors and Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo booths. Everyone got a chance to talk to Chubb Collector Car Insurance about insuring their cars and to listen to excellent jazz. The Festival avoids serious judging, which keeps things relaxed and fun. In all honesty, the cars always look tremendous, and getting out the white gloves and Q-tips wouldn't serve any purpose—other than to make people reluctant to enter. 2010 St. Michaels Concours Roadster; a 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith (which garnered the Peoples' Choice vote); and a 1925 Hispano-Suiza Dual Cowl Phaeton. The theme of this year's concours was coachbuilt cars, along with significant award-winning cars from the years 1900 to 1942. Only 50 cars are entered for judging. Marge and Joseph Cassini's one-off 1927 Isotta-Fraschini 8A Fleetwood Roadster won Best of Show. Legendary silent movie star Rudolph Valentino ordered the car, and its cost exceeded $25,000—during the 1920s! A car that I returned to look at several times during the 1938 Delage D8 120S Aerosport coupe belonging to John Rich The Fourth Annual St. Michaels Concours had a nautical air, as it took place on the campus of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, in St. Michaels, MD. The museum was also the chari- table beneficiary of this year's event. Many finely restored wood boats Details Plan ahead: September 25, 2011 Where: Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels, MD Cost: $35; $100 for VIP (in 2010) More: www.smcde.org served as a backdrop for the cars entered into this year's concours. One of the boats was an immaculate mid-1960s Italian Riva Aquarama. There were also three skiff-bodied cars—which are built of wood using boatbuilding techniques: a 1929 Duesenberg 38 day was Bill Alley's one-of-a-kind 1914 Locomobile Berline Limousine with body by Kellner. The car, which is eight feet tall with a 504-ci engine, Tiffany lamps and French upholstery, is the personification of plush transportation from the earliest years of the automobile industry. It won the Timeless Elegance Award as well as the Morton Bullock Honorary Chairman's Award. Another multi-award recipient was SCMer John Rich's 1938 Delage D8 120S Aerosport coupe. There is nothing subtle about this eggplant-colored car, from its dorsal ridge to its external chrome exhaust headers. In addition to Most Elegant Closed, it also won the Youth Judging Award. Linda and David Kane's blue 1934 V16 Cadillac Fleetwood Convertible Sedan, a former Pebble Beach Best In Class, took the Most Elegant Open award. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the presenting sponsor of the event, awarded their trophy to SCMers Marion and Jim Caldwell's 1926 Phantom I Newmarket Sedan. The relaxed atmosphere of this whimsical little village on Maryland's Chesapeake Bay is a drawing card for classic car owners and spectators alike, and next year's Fifth Annual St. Michaels will continue to build on its very unique status on the concours schedule.—Dave Olimpi ♦ Sports Car Market White gloves and Q-tips not needed on this lawn The only award given is the Jay Audia People's Choice Award, which is named after my friend and partner who organized the Festival with me before his untimely death last year. Given the German car feature, it was quite a surprise that the award went to SCMer John Ash's very nice 1965 Intermeccanica Italia. The event ended on an upbeat with Details the Sunday Dash—110 miles of nicely twisty roads leading to a grand finale lunch.—John Draneas Plan ahead: September 16-19, 2011 Where: Sunriver Resort, Sunriver OR Cost: $200 for two people and one car in 2010 More: www.sunriverfestivalofcars.com Photo: Ken Visser


Page 40

From the Paddock Murray Smith Are You Ready for La Carrera Panamericana? The trees lining the road hide deep drops of several hundred feet, and off-pavement excursions can have major consequences Follow the cobblestone road M any splendid road tours provide opportunities for extended use of your D-type Jaguar or your 8C Alfa Romeo, but they don't include all-out, tire-smoking efforts against the clock on closed roads or tracks. Indeed, these road tours are usually subject to the speed limits imposed on every other citizen—however exotic their means of transportation. I am thinking here of wonderful events like the California Mille, The Copperstate 1000 or the Colorado Grand. They are usually a happy mix of great roads, interesting cars, and convivial camaraderie. Now, how about stepping up the pace? Why not try the modern equivalent of the great classic rallies of the 1950s, where long sections of the route are completely closed to other traffic and the final results of the event are determined by how fast your car completes each stage? There is a short list of events upon which you might start your new career. All of them cater to relative novices and have classes for historic cars and modern rally cars. I know a retired executive in his 70s who owns a Mercury Comet Caliente, mildly tuned and with appropriate safety equipment. Navigated by his wife, also a senior citizen, he has successfully completed a number of hardcore rallies, including the Targa New Zealand, the Targa Tasmania, the Targa Newfoundland, and the Carrera Panamericana. With a thoughtfully prepared car, an experienced service crew and a rational approach to the competition, one can actually finish one of these tough events and gain a certain satisfaction. A start to the craziness Personally I would start with Targa Newfoundland, which is fairly close to the United States and has excellent, English-speaking management. There is a good level of camaraderie amongst the entrants. The speed limit on each stage is 125 mph. There is a lot of respect for classic and historic cars. The enthusiastic support from the populace and a really nice environment to drive in make this an ideal place to start your 40 stage rallying career. If you get really hooked, the Carrera Panamericana, which is a seven-day affair that travels through Mexico from near the southern Guatemala border north to the finish in the colonial town of Zacatecas, offers a real challenge—and adventure. What is the epic Carrera Panamericana like? This is a question I am often asked, as I have done ten of them. Here are the negatives and positives: The negatives You can have a very big accident on the Carrera. There are many and varied stages, from very fast ones where cars are doing over 170 mph, to long and very twisty stages with slick, ice-like conditions from the sap that falls from the dense forests shadowing the road. In many cases the trees lining the road hide deep drops of several hundred feet, and excursions can have major consequences for car and crew. With cars starting every 30 seconds on the stages, it is easy to get involved in someone else's accident or create one of your own. Try to avoid any kind of incident which might involve another car. This applies to transit sections and driving through some of the big cities, where every local and his cousin want to get in on the action. Unless you have some command of Spanish, you may run into prob- lems understanding what is going on. You will also find the mandatory evening receptions even more boring. One of these affairs started at 8 pm and was still soporifically continuing at 11:45 pm, with a start scheduled for 7 the next morning! Chaotic disorganization in the timing and scoring area has made the event a total crapshoot. If you don't care where you place it's OK, but I would surmise that most folks competitive enough to take part would like to know how they are doing against their peers. This was not possible to estimate with any degree of certainty in 2010. A taxi driver carrying the starting order to the start at Guadalajara got lost, which caused some interesting scenes, with some 120 crews Sports Car Market


Page 41

wondering what would happen next. But, after six days of confusion, the entrants were unanimous in cooperating with each other to keep the event on schedule in spite of the organizers There was very poor enforcement of the regulations. Tech was some- what sporadic. Interestingly enough, all cars must have an on-board fire control system, but a very nice Porsche 911 simmered nicely while the owner struggled with the front hood to get an extinguisher out. Two Mexican Falcons with tube chassis—blatantly illegal in the regulations—were accepted by the organizers. But make sure that your car complies, as an argument in Spanish about details way down south would not be a good start to your Carrera The sheer length of the event is a challenge, along with the stress, the heat, the plethora of stages and the route finding. All of these can contribute to fatigue, which can lead to bad decisions. The most serious injuries on this year's event were not in a Studebaker that went end over end down a cliff for a couple of hundred feet—but when an MG got into an accident and the crew weren't wearing safety belts. Yes, there are positives There are also lots of reasons to go: The whole event takes place on 99% good roads through amazingly varied scenery. Deserts, jungle, cattle-strewn prairies, canyons and snow-capped volcanoes up to 18,000 feet high line the route. The cars wend their way down cobbled streets through ancient co- lonial towns where spectacular cathedrals are built on the remnants of pyramids whose original function was human sacrifice. Think obsidian knife and a ruptured sternum. The route organization, the road book, the pace notes and the help of the local, state and federal police are all well directed. And security has been good. The attitude of the great majority of the entrants is friendly and helpful. There is a sense of “We're all in this together.” At the finish line, there is always a sense of joy at one's own successful completion of the event—and in the success of all who complete a rigorous test. The hospitality and friendliness of the great majority of the Mexican population is wonderful, despite our noisy and undisciplined progress. The receptions in many of the towns one drives through are in excess of anything one could expect. Thousands of people line the streets. The kids get the day off school—it's like the Mille Miglia used to be. The satisfaction gained by from completing this event in one piece is much more profound than that to be gained from a ten-lapper at Mont Tremblant or a place on the lawn at Amelia Island or Pebble Beach. That's because participants share the joy with the support crew and many of the others who have worked equally hard to get to the finish. Worth the madness? Should a rational enthusiast risk the Carrera? In my opinion, yes— but with following provisos: Don't think you have any chance of winning. That situation is reserved for specialists in 175-mph cars with professional navigators gazing at enhanced pace notes. But, with a couple of years under your belt, you can do really well. A good support crew is essential, not a luxury. Your car will need serious attention every night if you are to finish at all. Approach the whole affair as an adventure with a capital A. And this is not just a motoring adventure. Enjoy the sights you see, the driving you do and the people you meet. Even the risks you will take add up to an experience you just cannot duplicate in almost any other kind of classic car event If you want to live on the edge for a week in a motoring environment then the Carrera is for you, otherwise you may as well get your kicks watching the Speed Channel all the time. It's a great ride—as long as you are firmly in control of the reins. ♦ February 2011 41


Page 44

Ferrari Profile 1966 Ferrari 365 California After parking a California on uneven terrain, a photographer found the door jammed shut—the chassis will flex By Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1966–67 Number produced: 14 Original list price: $21,000 SCM Valuation: $750,000-$1,100,000 Tune –up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $375 Chassis #: Stamped on the passenger side frame rail next to the engine Engine #: Stamped on a flange on the rear passenger side of block Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 Ferrari Owner's Club, 8642 Cleta Street, Downey, CA 90241 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Volante, 1958 Dual Ghia Convertible, 1964 Ferrari Superamerica cabriolet, 1971 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 Cabriolet SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 08347 F errari's 365 California was, in so many ways, the culmination of Ferrari's collaboration between sports car racing and customer road cars. Only 14 examples of the 365 California were built. They are almost invisible among the (relatively) boxcar loads of 275 GTBs and 365 GTB/4 Daytonas that Ferrari, along with Pininfarina and Scaglietti, turned out about the same time. The 365 California was a hybrid made possible by the extraordinarily flexible combinations of the chassis, engines and drivetrains available at Ferrari. Pininfarina's design imagination and low-volume coachbuilding skills enabled Ferrari to create niche marvels that sold at breathtaking prices to a small cadre of well-heeled and discriminating clients. The 365 California established a standard of ex- clusivity that later Ferraris didn't even try to meet. It was a low production, futuristically designed and styled visual masterpiece. Ferrari never called it a “Spyder” or a “GT.” It is simply a “365 California”—an elegantly simple name. Of the 14 365 Californias built, chassis 08347 has the distinction of being the prototype example, the first car built and the one that was displayed on the Pininfarina stand at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. Chassis 08347 was originally fitted with flat taillights, which were later modified to the standard three round lights, as seen on the other Californias. It also has the ancillary pop-up driving lights next to the standard lights. Previous owners have enjoyed the car. It has been seen at the Raid Ferrari D'Epoca in Modena, the 1983 Ferrari Days meeting, the 1984 Rallye du Champagne 44 in Reime, the Francorchamps F40 meeting in Brussels, and the Club Ferrari France “Les Cabriolets au Mas du Clos” meeting. A matching-numbers car with known history from new, it has been Ferrari Certified and is unquestionably one of the finest examples of the few 365 Californias built. Still in pristine condition, this is one of Ferrari's rarest coachbuilt road cars. It is welcome in all the great Ferrari events around the world and given its rarity and prototype status, is certainly worthy of close consideration. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 193, sold for $1,166,458 against an estimate of $870,000 to $1,075,000 at RM Auctions' Automobiles of London sale on October 27, 2010. Ferraris tend to be known by their model designation rather than their year of production. Each model stands on its own, with little regard to its production date. Few know or care if a 250 Lusso or 250 SWB came first, or that 275 GTB/4s were built until 1968 and 330 GTC production began in 1966. This is noted to help clear the popular misconception that the 365 California was a derivative of the 365 GT 2+2 Queen Mother. The 365 California and the 365 GT 2+2 sport similar front ends, interiors, 2+2 configurations, and 365 model designation. Open top Ferrari models usually trail the closed versions, so it's logical to assume the California was a chop top version of the 2+2, but that's wrong. Why is this important? This distinction is important because the California 1967 Ferrari 365 California Lot 30, s/n 9889 Condition 2+ Sold at $634,500 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/17/03 SCM# 36236 Sports Car Market 1967 Ferrari 365 California Lot 228, s/n 9849 Condition 1 Sold at $965,250 RM, Maranello, ITA, 5/20/07 SCM# 45349 1966 Ferrari 365 California Lot 105, s/n 9127 Condition 1Sold at $888,941 Sotheby's, Maranello, ITA, 6/28/05 SCM# 38616 Photos: Tom Wood © 2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


Page 45

SCM Digital Bonus is Ferrari blue blood, sired from a line of royal Ferraris. The 365 GT 2+2 is a Ferrari commoner—if there can be such a thing. The California was designed for beautiful people to cruise the Rivera, while the 365 GT 2+2 was designed to drive to the office, stop at the store, or drop off the kids at school. Any similarity between the models would be passed from the California to the 2+2, not the other way. It's a well-known story that from the earliest days of production Ferraris, an exclusive “top-of-the-line” model was available to Ferrari's best customers. These cars were low-production luxury touring models with powerful engines, the finest trimmings, and distinctive coachwork. The models progressed from the America series through the Superamericas (1960s vintage) and on to the Superfasts. It is a lesser-known story that the bloodline ended with the 365 California. A design exercise lives The 365 California began as a Pininfarina styling exercise for the 1966 Geneva Salon. American designer Tom Tjaarda was working at Pininfarina at the time, and he was charged with doing an original design for the 500 Superfast's successor. Tjaarda tells a story of having to work on the design while on summer vacation because Pininfarina had a tight schedule. He turned in the drawings and left the company soon afterwards. The next summer, he was in Santa Margherita, Italy, and saw “some rich-looking guy” driving one. “That really surprised me because we had a running joke at Pininfarina—we thought it would be a show car only,” Tjaarda said. The design of the car had to contain recognizable Ferrari styling cues yet look fresh and modern. A 500 Superfast-style front end was the starting point, with its familiar egg crate oval grille and deep set covered headlights. A raised center 275 GTB style hood was another recognizable feature. A scoop down the door into the rear fender was borrowed from Pininfarina's 206 GT show car. On the Dino the scoop was functional, but on the California it was just for show. Mechanically the California's engine was basically a bored-out version of the 330 GT's Colombo V12. It's true that Ferrari's 365 P2s used a similar engine, but the California's 320-horsepower version was certainly not race tuned. Weakness underneath The California's underpinnings were the weak link of the car. The chassis was a carryover from the 500 Superfast and the 330 GT. It featured an independent front suspension with a solid rear axle suspended by leaf springs. The suspension was hardly state of the art, but it was adequate for the period. The frame however, was not. The open top California lacked the rigidity of a closed top body. When stressed, the chassis would flex. The problem was significant enough that after positioning a California on uneven terrain, a magazine photographer found the door jammed and would not open. RM's sale of California 08347 for more than $1,100,000 probably speaks more to the tremendous desirability of vintage open top Ferraris than the California's appeal. The ungainly proportions and confusing styling of the California has never been a crowd pleaser. Additionally, the 2+2 seating is not a popu- lar Ferrari configuration, and the California's performance is not particularly impressive. In its favor, 08347 is one of less than 1,000 pre1975 open top Ferraris in existence. Chassis 08347 was the original show car and the prototype for the model. It was also the car featured in Ferrari's line catalogue. Its history is known from new, and Ferrari's Classiche certification virtually insures there are no skeletons in the closet. If you want a 365 California or an open Ferrari, 08347 is a good choice. It takes nearly $500k to get into the open top vintage Ferrari game, and a $1m for an important car is not unreasonable. RM sold another 365 California in 2007 for nearly the same price, and another one is currently on the market at a $1,100,000. Chassis 08347 broke the auction estimate—but not by much. The seller and buyer met at market price and both should be happy with the transaction. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) February 2011 45


Page 46

Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan A Ferrari 328 with Needs is a Friend's Bad Deed Your friend was underwater the moment he loaned $33,500 against this borderline parts car A 328 GTS with fewer stories than our subject car other day. The car in question is a 1988 targa, white over black, and I'd describe it as being in “rough driver” condition, which means: I spotted a lot of bodywork, some paint runs, blends, and white paint in some of the M wrong spots (as in the underside of the spare tire well lid). The suspension bushings are all worn and squished out. There is an exhaust leak, which seems to be coming from the front cylinder bank manifold. The underside is beat up, dented from improper lifting and laden with underseal and some surface rust here and there. The door bottoms have been worked and the engine compartment lid sits proud at the upper left corner near the buttress, and the rear bumper is pushed in just slightly on the right side. Finally, the engine is dirty with lots of oil leaks, I'm sure it needs a major done and who knows what else “while you're in there....” Now, on the plus side, the car actually drove fairly decently. There weren't any knocks or clunks in the suspension, the gearbox felt good and grabbed all gears, including second, just fine from dead cold. The engine idled smoothly, although I detected a slight hesitation (which did not abate itself as it warmed) on my test drive of the car. It looked like the injectors were recently replaced, presumably in an attempt to fix the running problem. The brakes felt good and the steering was still sharp. This was kind of a sad story, as the car is owned by a fellow who took it as col- lateral on a loan for $33,500. As you may have guessed, the guy never paid up, so my client has the car. It seems to me that this “friend” knew he was offloading a lemon, and dumped it on my client, who gave him the loan as a favor. Too bad, really. The odometer shows 26k miles, but it's broken, and just inspecting the car, I can fairly reasonably assume that the mileage is probably three times that. I've seen and worked on enough 308s in my day to know the difference between worn bushings due to sitting and worn bushings due to use. The interior is pretty nice, the seats look good, don't appear to have been redone, 46 y column takes a slightly different tack this month, as SCMer Aaron Greenburg sent in this letter asking for some advice on a 1988 Ferrari 328: I'm interested in trying to put a value on a Ferrari 328 that I inspected the and are still nice and firm in the bolstering. The dash, door panels and carpets are in good order, and all of the electronics seemed to work. So in my effort to deliver the bad news to my client as gently as possible, I am thinking the car is worth maybe $20k at best? Perhaps I need to advise him to throw a set of Blizzaks on it and make it his new winter driver. And here's my response, along with some more ad- vice from SCM Ferrari expert Steve Ahlgrim: Hi Aaron, Your friend was underwater the moment he loaned $33,500 against this 328 GTS. In the world of Ferrari 328s, the 1989s are kinda-sorta collectable, thanks to ABS brakes and different wheels, but the best-of-thebest, fully serviced 1989 328 GTS would only bring lowmid $40s. A 1988 with miles is a low $30k car, and a car with your needs is a borderline parts car. After Fiat took over Ferrari, they introduced the dreaded rubber cam belts in 1974, so every 328 is a candidate for a $4k to $8k cam belt-and-more service every three to five years. This represents 10% to 20% of the value of the best 328, and it is 20% to 40% of the value of this car. These servicing costs will keep the car's value down forever. CARFAX if you dare If you really want to confirm how far underwater your friend is, run a CARFAX search. If we had the serial number, we could run it past our fellow Ferrari historians for previous ads or info that would confirm the real mileage and/or damage, but do you really want to know? Sports Car Market Photo: Michael Sheehan


Page 47

The good news is that it is a Ferrari and it runs and drives modestly well, so it's a driver or a project car candidate. Someone will write a check for in the low $20k range for cheap thrills and the joy of having their first Ferrari. At worst, it's worth $12k to $14k to a shop willing to invest the money and take the time to part it out. This car is a poster child for diminishing returns. Any money spent beyond a car wash is wasted. Here are Steve Ahlgrim's thoughts: Every once in a while I come across a car like this. One that's too rough to restore but too good to part out. The trick is to drive it until it dies, and don't try to fix it up. You could put $10,000 into it and not increase its value one cent. Worn suspension bushings won't keep it off the street nor will beat-up rockers. As long as it's a decent driver, it will find a home. Ninety percent of 328 buyers wouldn't touch this car with a ten-foot pole, but put it in front of the ten percent that would, and it will sell. As a parts car, its worth is in the low teens. That's what the engine and transmission will sell for, the rest of the car is profit. Wholesaling it would be very tough. Most exotic dealers wouldn't buy the car, and a used car lot won't touch it unless it really cheap. Figure wholesale at $16,000 to $20,000. The project-car market Retail is the only way to get any value out of the car. There are a limited number of buyers who like a project. They're the guys who have two years work and $25,000 in a kit car that's worth $10,000 when they're done. There's another small group that doesn't care what a car looks like as long as it drives OK. Snag either of these types and $25,000 is not out of the question. What the car's worth depends on what you're going to do with it, but the $20,000 figure sound like a good place to start. Heads-up: A VAT on the horizon? On December 1, 2010, two bipartisan commissions on cutting the U.S. budget defi- cit both recommended variations on a Value Added Tax. One commission called for a near doubling of fuel taxes. Another commission called for a 6.5% VAT. Of the G-20 countries (the top 20 economic powers in the world) only the United States doesn't have a GST or VAT. A VAT is like a sales tax in that in the end only the consumer is taxed, but it differs in that it is usually charged at every stage of the supply chain. While, in theory, businesses end up paying no tax, they are responsible for collecting the tax at every stage of the supply chain, and then collecting refunds from the government after the fact. This complicates bookkeeping. Most American Ferrari collectors I know don't believe a VAT will ever happen in America. Europeans, on the other hand, are amazed that America doesn't yet have a VAT. A United States VAT would affect the Ferrari market in four ways: It would certainly add to the cost of every new Ferrari, on top of the current import duty, sales tax, registration, gas guzzler fee and so on. Second, the used Ferrari market would change, as private-party sales would have no VAT, while dealer and auction sales would. This would create a new world of “invisible” brokers. Third, the Cross-Atlantic trade in anything collectible coming into America would increase in price. Classic car dealers currently control the cross-the-pond market and are happy to work on a 5% to 10% margin. A 6.5% VAT would evaporate most of that margin. Finally, there would be a VAT on parts and labor on every Ferrari service invoice, which adds to the cost of ownership. It may be years before the United States has a VAT, but the reality is that taxes will probably go up to pay down the deficit. The Ferrari market could be changed in ways we do not want or like. ♦ February 2011 47


Page 48

English Profile 1964 Aston Martin DB5 “James Bond” That intercontinental playboy glamour, so nonchalantly aired onscreen, was almost impossible to imagine in the mid 1970s, let alone the mid 1960s by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1963–1965 Number produced: 886 (four like this) Original list price: $12,500 SCM Valuation (this car): $4m-$5m Tune-up cost: $900 Distributor caps: $83 Chassis #: Engine compartment on right of scuttle Engine #: Stamped on right side of engine block Club: Aston Martin Owners' Club, Drayton St Leonard, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 7BG More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1959-63 Ferrari 250 GTE, 1963-66 Alvis TE21, 1963-70 Maserati Mistral SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: DB5/1486/R W e don't need to introduce the Aston Martin DB5, the epitome of British style and performance in the 1960s, and the catalog description ran to a couple thousand words, so here is the quick version: “The Most Famous Car in The World” as arch-Bond fan Dave Worrall's book of the same name termed it, is the most authentic example of the DB5s used in the filming and promotion of the 1960s James Bond movies “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” During the filming of “Goldfinger,” there were two DB5s: the “effects car” and the “road car.” Our example is the road car, and it was used for most of the driving scenes, as it was lighter and more nimble than the effects car—and had its rear mufflers removed for a throatier exhaust note. For “Thunderball,” this road car was fitted up with the now-famous film props as well, including dummy machine guns, the rear bullet deflector, a removable roof section and revolving license plates. After filming was complete, the two film cars, plus two additional press cars fitted up with the gadgetry, were sent out to promote the movies. After that, the effects car was stripped of all its gadgets and sold off as a standard road car. Secreted away In 1969, after radio station owner and personality Jerry Lee heard about the sale of the press cars, he managed to persuade Aston Martin to sell him the road car, 48 for which he paid $12k. Lee then traveled to London to join his special Aston Martin DB5 in one final promotional event at the Playboy Club on Curzon Street. The effects car was stolen in 1997, and hasn't been seen since. One of the press cars resides in the Louwman Museum, which is located in The Hague. RM Auctions sold the other in Arizona in January 2006 for nearly $2.1m. Since he bought this car and showed it at a brief se- ries of promotional dates after its arrival in the U.S., Lee displayed it in public only twice: at the New York Motor Show in 1981 and for the Meadow Brook Concours circa 1992. The car spent the rest of the time in a special, climate-controlled James Bond room at Lee's home. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 197, sold for $4,608,528 at RM Auctions' Automobiles of London sale in Battersea Park on October 27, 2010. There's no doubt the silver screen has a life-chang- ing impact on impressionable youth. I was too young in 1964 to notice the huge effect James Bond's silver DB5 had on young men who wanted to be him—but weren't yet quite sure why. But at Battersea, here they were: A small legion of 50- and 60-somethings lining up to get near to, have a feel of—perhaps to sit in—their hero's car. James Bond—as portrayed by Sean Connery—had a big impact on the later generations too, but in more subtle ways. In the 1960s, British people just didn't 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Lot 353, s/n DB5C2118R Condition 1Sold at $838,280 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 8/2/10 SCM# 165520 Sports Car Market 1965 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond Lot 155, s/n DB52008R Condition 3 Sold at $2,090,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/ 06 SCM# 40549 1980 Lotus Esprit Turbo “For Your Eyes Only” Lot 642, s/n SCCFC20A8AMD10858 Condition 2Sold at $171,835 Coys, Woodstock, U.K., 7/18/09 SCM# 121023 Photo: www.007magazine.co.uk


Page 49

SCM Digital Bonus travel—by way of either wherewithal or inclination—the way they do today. It wasn't until years later—after I had driven and skied some Alps—and stood probably where the snapper stood on the Furka Pass in Switzerland when he took that iconic shot of Connery, leaning on the (slightly creased, you'll notice) side of the silver DB5—this DB5—that I realized just how big an impact it must have made in post-war-hungover Britain. That intercontinental playboy glamour, so nonchalantly aired onscreen, was al- most impossible to imagine, much less realize in the mid 1970s, let alone the mid 1960s. Such an impossible world of the über-privileged was pure fantasy. It was viewable only in movies—or in your faint, hand-wringingly limp hope that one day you could be there (if not do that) too. So this car is more than just an icon to worship; it's a statement of cool. But let's get the hardware out of the way first. Under all the pre-auction hype was a mildly tired DB5 with 30,942 miles recorded and patinated gray leather. The car had barely turned a wheel for 30 years. In the weeks prior to the sale, the highly respected Aston Martin specialist RS Williams of Cobham, Surrey, went over the car and basically made it a runner again. The work included a new clutch, new exhaust pipes and fluid changes. The big buildup and then… The RM publicity team was in top gear for months before this sale. A supplementary booklet in the style of a top-secret file (which may become collectible itself) was created to go with the auction catalog. RM also allowed a leading British classic car magazine to drive the car. Finally, the car was placed in a specially constructed “film set” on auction night. The set was closed on three sides, so the burly security guards could keep an eye on the car. All day, a queue lined up for an audience with this 007 artifact, and all night from the 4 pm sale start, the tension rose as RM auctioneer Max Girardo worked his way through more than five hours of other lots before the Main Event. And yet, when it came to the numbers, it was all over quite unspectacularly. Eventually a bid of £2.5m was forthcoming —after one wag had shouted “£10m!” from February 2011 49 Photos: shooterz.biz © 2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


Page 50

English Profile the bar. Such was the thrall this car held, people wondered for a minute if he was serious. Then there was another bid for £2.6m… and that was it. Girardo held out for as long as was decently possible in hopes of more. Nope; that was it. Was the price right? The car went to a bidder in the room, Harry Yeaggy, a prominent American col- lector. He plans to put the car on display in his museum in Ohio, to the benefit of collectors and the general public as well. We should be glad that it wasn't bought by someone who would have just put it away out of sight for another 30 years. What about the price? Actually, the numbers do make sense on one level. On recent past record, Bond provenance multiplies a car's intrinsic value tenfold (remember the $170k Lotus Esprits: SCM # 118810 and 121023?) and that held good here. With pre-sale estimates of at least $4.75m, and rumors of double that being offered but turned down before the sale (OK, I predicted £10m…), it appears that Yeaggy paid about the right money. Perhaps the real winner is the Jerry Lee Foundation. Lee has seen his $12,000 increase beyond all imagining, and he pledged the sale proceeds to his initiative dedicated to solving social problems associated with poverty, with an emphasis on crime prevention. So, here you might say the car was well bought and sold. Neither of the “press cars” seems likely to come up for sale in the near future. Unless the missing “effects car” reappears, $4.6m is the current and correct valuation of The Most Famous Car in The World. ♦ Seat Time Mike Bless, Carmel, CA: We have owned DB5 saloon 2098R for five years. It is a standard “no frills” (no radio, no other fancy stuff) car still in RHD—and in the wonderful original color combination of Sierra Blue over navy blue. The car has 66k miles and is largely original, other than a front seat retrim. The engine has never been out of the car; the only major mechanical work in the car's known history was a recent top end/valve rebuild by Randy and Ricky Reed at Antique Auto in Seaside, CA. The car gets weekly use year-round. It is generally as reliable as my modern Mini Cooper and reasonably bulletproof. It is a beast, no doubt. But I take issue with those who say that these cars are good for little else than straight-line travel at high speeds. My car is surprisingly nimble—once you get the hang of the entire package. The low-end torque in almost any gear (our car, like most, has the ZF 5-speed) is obvious. But there is a surprising amount of flexibility in and out of a corner at a reasonable clip (again, once you have a bit of experience under your belt). As others have reported, the car is a very honest mechanical package; one can always feel, hear, sense (and sometimes, smell, with the clutch on a steep start!) what is going on. After owning dozens of cars, from a Jaguar E-type to an Alfa Duetto, this one is a keeper. The dated photo is of my son, Ned (now 10 years old), who is quite confident that the DB5 will be his someday. We shall see. 50 Sports Car Market


Page 51

SCM Digital Bonus The Mystery of the Missing Aston by SCM staff In 1986, Anthony Pugliese III, a Florida real estate developer, bought the car at auction for $275,000. Years later, it was appraised at $4.2 million and insured for that amount. Then, late one day in June 1997, the car disappeared from the airport hangar where it was stored. An investigation by the police and Chubb Corp., the insurer, failed to determine what became of the car. Chubb paid the claim and offered a $30,000 reward for information leading to the car's recovery. It now has ownership rights to the car, which is still in the wind. Two other Aston Martin DB5s—completely outfit- ted with the secret agent gadgets seen on the cars used during the actual filming—were used as press cars to promote the movies, but they were never used during filming. One of these press cars, (DB5/2017/1R) is on dis- T he fate of the other 1964 Aston Martin DB5 used during the filming of “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball” is a real-life mystery. The missing car, (DP/2161/1), vanished from an airport hangar in Boca Raton, Fla., in 1997 and has never been recovered. This Bond car was the first to be outfitted with gadgets. But after the filming ended, Aston Martin stripped the car of most of its secret-agent accessories and sold it as a standard used vehicle. The car, which still carried the famous ejector seat button on the gear shift knob, was sold at auction and had several owners over the years. play in the recently opened Louwman Museum in The Hague, Holland. RM Auctions sold the other press car (DB5/2008/R) in Arizona during 2006, and it is now in a private collection. Chubb won't comment or specu- late on the fate of the other film James Bond Aston Martin DB5, so we can only wait and see what happens next. It's kind of like, well, a James Bond movie. www.louwmanmusem.nl. ♦ February 2011 51


Page 52

Etceterini & Friends Profile 1992 Vector W8 Twin Turbo The Vector W8 tells tales of stunning performance and jet-fighter looks— and flagrant obfuscation, lock-outs and lawsuits by Donald Osborne Details Year Produced: 1992 Number produced: An estimated 19 to 22 cars (including prototypes) Original list price: $455,000 SCM Valuation: $200,000 - $300,000 Tune-up cost: $250 Distributor caps: None (coil pack ignition) Chassis # VIN plate on driver's side dash Engine # On block below alternator Club Info: None Website: www.vectormotors.com Alternatives: 1992 Bugatti EB110, 1992 Ferrari F40, 1992 McLaren F1 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1992 Ferrari F40 Lot 215, s/n ZFFGJ34B000091502 Condition 1Sold at $415,523 Chassis number: 1V9VW2623NW048007 Weigert, who founded a design firm called Vehicle Design Force. Working with designer Lee Brown, the fledgling company's first design was the Vector, imagined as an American alternative to the radical, midengine Italian “supercars” of the late 1960s and early 1970s. A non-running prototype debuted at the Los Angeles D Auto Show in 1972, but almost immediately, the effort was beset by the departure of Brown. Series production was planned, with a $10,000 purchase price quoted for the Vector. Despite earning a Motor Trend cover, the original Vector was shelved in favor of a new car in 1978, dubbed the W2. A running W2 prototype was ready in 1979 and accumulated 100,000 miles at the hands of motor journalists, most notably testers from Motor Trend and Britain's Top Gear television program. Company personnel claimed a 230-mph top speed for the W2, yet they prohibited Top Gear from making any top-speed runs with the prototype. A stock issue, followed by successful lawsuits against Goodyear and the maker of Vantage Cigarettes for trademark infringement, funded development of the W8, Vector's definitive model of the 1980s and early 1990s. More closely akin to a contemporary enduranceracing machine than a road car, the W8 featured ag- 52 espite being short-lived in production, the Vector W8 was the product of nearly two decades of design and development, beginning in 1972. The driving force was Gerald gressively wedge-shaped aluminum bodywork with upward-tilting doors and an overall design theme reminiscent of the Marcello Gandini-designed Bertone Carabo show car of 1968. A mid-mounted, Chevroletderived 6.0-liter V8 engine supplied power, rated at 625 hp with fuel injection and twin turbochargers, while a three-speed automatic transmission provided reliable shifts. Boardroom power struggles, inadequate capitaliza- tion and a deep recession conspired to halt production in 1992, with estimates of 22 units ultimately built. With extremely low mileage from new, this Midnight Blue/black example comes from the Hooper Corporate Collection and has been on display since new as one of the prized exhibits in the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany. Chassis 007, the car offered here, is the last W8 of the first body design with the sharp nose. It is in superb, virtually brand-new condition, just the way it left the factory – a wonderful example of the vehicle described by Motor Trend as “America's Forgotten Supercar.” It is remarkably easy to drive and handles superbly well. It is very well equipped with multi-functional Recaro seats and a very advanced stereo system. From its radical semi-monocoque aluminum chassis to its sinister bodywork and cockpit reminiscent of contemporary fighter aircraft and bar graph instrumentation, the W8 will doubtless continue to provoke discussion wherever it is displayed. Bonhams, Gstaad, CH, 12/19/07 SCM# 48103 1992 Bugatti EB110 Lot 47, s/n ZA9ABO1EOPCD39040 Condition 2 Sold at $223,250 Christie's, London, U.K., 4/19/05 SCM# 37929 1991 Vector W8 Lot 464, s/n 1V9VW2624MW0480 Condition 2 Sold at $126,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/26/99 SCM# 11325 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


Page 53

SCM Digital Bonus SCM Analysis This car sold for $283,602 (£179,200), including premium, at the RM Auctions “Automobiles of London” London, U.K. sale on October 27, 2010. The Vector W8 tells a tale of audacious performance claims, press adoration, jet- fighter looks and impressive specifications—as well as flagrant obfuscation, lock-outs and lawsuits. No one would think that it would be easy for an independent manufacturer to produce a world-class supercar in the U.S., despite its status as the world's largest market for sports cars. Gerald Weigert's experience helps prove that point. A designer of the Aquajet and the Rocket Belt, he certainly knew something about traveling fast in an imaginative way. While he is not quite Preston Tucker, the disparity between promises and realities helped to sink his vision. Today, there are a number of ultra-high-perfor- mance cars, basically street-legal sports racers from independents available for sale, such as the Konigsegg, Saleen S7, Pagani Zonda and SSC Ultimate Aero TT. In the recent past, the Cizeta Moroder was among their ranks. While not the product of a small independent, the Bugatti Veyron probably epitomizes this type of ultimate performance car. Built to achieve blinding 0-60 mph times and 200-plus mph top speeds, most are useful only on track days or by the truly optimistic on public roads. Back when Weigert conceived the Vector W8, he had as his target surpassing cars, such as the Lamborghini Countach, with an all-American solution. Not surprisingly, the Vector cars created by Weigert's company garnered reams of coverage from 1972 through the late 1990s. Magazines across the world told of the promise of its first appearance in 1972. By the late 1990s, the articles were tales of ruined dreams. The W8 was the first production vehicle of the company. It was launched in 1989 and featured an alloy main tub assembled in aircraft fashion with a carbon fiber, Kevlar and Fiberglass body. By the time the W8 reached production, its competitors were the Ferrari F40 and Bugatti EB110, both of which were more fully developed and less expensive. Shortly to follow was the ultimate modern GT, the McLaren F1. While twice the price of the Vector, it was a demonstration of what could be achieved with a proper budget and production planning. Still alive Following the W8, the replacement M12 saw a dozen made from 1995 through 1999. The company apparently exists still today, with a vehicle in long-term development called the WX8. On their website, (www.vectormotor.com) they describe the WX8 as an “HPRV” or “High Performance Road Vehicle.” The website goes on to say that the company is “…incorporating marine, aviation and aerospace technology into its design and construction.” It is to have a 10-liter V8 “capable of over 2,000 horsepower.” A prototype of this car was shown at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show, but nothing has been heard of it since. Highway fighter plane In appearance, the W8 certainly looks the part of a fighter plane for the highway, with a sharply creased and multi-scooped body, and the requisite supercar scissors doors and massive rear tray wing. The car at RM's London auction appeared to be in very good condition, and considering its artisanal production, seemed to be well-screwed together. It is well-equipped inside as a GT, with Sony stereo, electrically adjustable seats and cruise control. Coming from museum display, it would probably be wise to carry out a major service prior to attempting to access the potential performance of the W8. It should be capable of providing a truly hair-raising ride, especially given what appears to be really limited visibility from the cockpit. However, given the rarity of these Vector sports cars, it's entirely likely that it will only lead a life of silent display for the rest of its time. The Vector will most likely be a curious footnote to the story of late 20th Century high performance cars, but an interesting one nonetheless. The price realized seems quite reasonable for a car which certainly will, as the RM catalog states with delightful English understatement, “…provoke discussion wherever it is displayed.” ♦ (Vehicle description courtesy of RM Auctions.) February 2011 53


Page 54

German Profile 1967 Volkswagen 21-Window Samba Bus While the sight of a Samba Bus can bring back youthful memories, following one on a two-lane road is a miserable experience by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1950–1967 Number produced: 1.9 million Original list price: $1,800 SCM Valuation: $30,000-$40,000 Tune-up cost: $50 Distributor cap: $8 Chassis #: In cab, on driver's side Engine #: At base of generator stand Club: VWCA, 647 Franklin Ave, Council Bluffs, IA 51503 More: www.vwca.com Alternatives: 1961-67 Ford Econoline, 1965 Corvair 95 Corvan, 1964-70 Dodge A100 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1964 VW 21-Window Bus Lot 55, s/n1283044 Condition 1Sold at $38,517 H&H Auctions, Buxton, U.K., 4/16/09 SCM# 119986 A s readily recognizable as the immortal Volkswagen Beetle itself, the VW Type 2 and its derivatives enjoyed an even longer period in production than their progenitor. The original was conceived in the late 1940s by a Dutch Volkswagen agent, Den Pon, who drew up plans for a van based on the Beetle floorpan and running gear. Known as the Volkswagen Type 2 (the Beetle being Type 1), the result of Pon's efforts arrived in 1950 and almost immediately proliferated into a bewildering variety of models catering to an enormous range of commercial and domestic activities. Perhaps the most iconic variant was the 21-Window Samba bus, as its skylight windows and Golde sunroof became design hallmarks of the model. The example offered here is recently out of a comprehensive four-year restoration and has lived in the state of Washington most of its life. SCM Analysis This 1967 VW 21-Window Samba Bus, Lot 449, sold for $78,975, in- cluding buyer's premium, at Bonhams and Butterfields Petersen Automotive Museum sale in Los Angeles on November 13, 2010. The Volkswagen Type 2 bus was produced in at least a dozen variants by the factory and all kinds of other 54 third-party configurations were offered, including fire engines, hearses and police vans. Close to 2 million were produced in the German factory between 1950 and 1967, and production continued in Brazil and Mexico after that, so they are far from scarce even today. Americans tend to refer to the different models by the number of their windows. The basic Kombi or Bus is the 11-window version with a split windshield, two front cabin windows, six rear side windows and one in the rear. The sunroof deluxe version has eight side windows and two in the rear. It addition it has eight small skylight windows, thus the 23-window designation. In 1964, Volkswagen incorporated a wider rear door on the bus and the rear corner windows were deleted and this model gained the 21-window moniker. Both the 23- and later 21-Window versions are nicknamed “Samba.” Puffing away very slowly Those of us from an older generation remember the Volkswagen Microbus as the counter-culture icon from the 1960s. This was the “If you remember them, you weren't there” period, when Deadheads followed the Grateful Dead from concert to concert. They painted their buses in Flower Power hues and “Make Love Not War” was their theme—and legend has it that a lot of love-making went on in the back of these buses. 1967 VW 21-Window Bus Lot 262, s/n 247092534 Condition 2 Sold at $38,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/17/07 SCM# 46407 Sports Car Market 1964 VW 21-Window Bus Lot 407, s/n 1210934 Condition 2 Sold at $71,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/14/08 SCM# 117504 Photos: Bonhams & Butterfields


Page 55

SCM Digital Bonus Most of the hipsters from that generation eventually got day jobs, cut their hair and joined mainstream American─but the sight of a VW bus brings back a slew of faded, hazy memories. But while the sight of a Samba Bus can trigger thoughts of a slightly-addled past, following one on a two-lane road is a miserable experience. Powered by an anemic 1,463-cc 4-cylinder engine that produces a mere 53 horsepower, they have difficulty getting out of their own way. That is coupled with atrocious handling that will scare the heck out of the most fearless of drivers, so they are best relegated to grocerygetter status. This example, when recently restored, was upgraded with a 108-horsepower engine but no mention was made of dealing with the handling. A nice VW bus, but it's still a VW bus The seller states that all the sheet metal and floor pans are original to the bus and the interior has been fitted in the correct, deluxe oatmeal hue material. The deluxe trim has been refinished and the original radio is in place. In addition it sports a roof rack for additional storage when hauling the kids to the beach. It retains the U.S.-spec bumper with rubber inserts and the attractive red-and-white respray was applied to professional standards. Ever since a 1966 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper sold at Gooding's August 2005 Pebble Beach sale for an astonishing $99,000, eager sellers have been trying to catch that moonbeam, but to no avail. The seller of this well-presented example referenced that sale and was, of course, hopeful of a similar result. So, what is a spiffy VW 21-Window deluxe micro bus worth in today's world? The SCM database provides numerous examples of 21- or 23-Window buses selling in the $30k range, with a very nice—but far from perfect—example selling at RM's Monterey August 2008 sale for $71,500 (SCM #117504). Based on the evidence, we have to think that the RM sale in 2008—along with this one—were aberrations, and $30,000 to $40,000 has been the price point for the past decade and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we consider this one well sold indeed. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Seat Time Robert Redner, via email: I have a 1967 VW bus that I have owned since 1970. It has just recently met its demise through a wildfire, but before that, I put 330,000 miles her. Named her Elizabeth. Always broke the number 3 exhaust valve at 50,000 miles, creating the opportunity for another rebuild and more adventures. I used her for everything from a hunting wagon to a delivery van to hauling baby stuff. I even lived in her in the middle of a cow pasture once. She was always a joy to drive, even though she had no real heat, faint-hearted wipers and unique braking habits. In 330,000 miles she only stranded me twice. Winters were the most outrageous. Thank goodness I stayed in California. I never had a wreck. Always drove defensively because there was no other way. People hated you when they got stuck behind you. They hated you even more if you had long hair. That VDUB bus convinced me of the merit of Teutonic engineering, leading me to spend many years involved with Porsche. Sadly, she will run no more. Bent and rusted from fire and heat, she sits in my friend's driveway awaiting her fate as a parts donor. However, she still brings joy. Last week my friend's 7-year-old daughter had a birthday party, and his wife gave all the children big shirts and cans of paint. Elizabeth now looks like everybody thinks a VW bus should look like: multi-colored and flowered. It was the most fun vehicle I ever owned, but my friends say I'm lucky she is gone. Can you imagine driving the Southern California freeways these days at 57 mph? Dead Dude driving! Thanks for letting me do a memory rerun. Hope the other van owners love theirs as much as I loved mine. February 2011 55


Page 56

American Profile 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV Convertible An aversion to high rpm made most Ram Air engines throw up pistons and rods when twisted too hard, and you can't just tuck engine parts back into place by Colin Comer Details Years produced: 1969–1970 Number produced: 5 in 1969; 18-19 in 1970 SCM Valuation: $325,000–$450,000 Original List Price: 1969, $3,940; 1970, $4,054 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $18 Chassis #: Driver's side dash top Engine #: Stamped in front passenger side of block next to timing cover Club: GTO Association of America PO Box 213 Timnath, CO 80547 More: www.gtoaa.org Alternatives: 1970 LS6 Chevelle convertible, 1970–71 Oldsmobile 442 W30 Convertible, 1970–71 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 242679B173023 M ilt Robson's triple-black 1969 GTO Judge is a triple-threat of collectability. It has the powerful Ram Air IV V8 engine. It has a 4-speed. And it's a convertible. It is one of the rarest 1969 Judges in the world. For 1969, the real beast GTO engine option came in the form of a Ram Air IV, which was rated at 370 horsepower. A very significant option package made its debut on the 1969 GTO. Named for a popular anti-establishment catchphrase on “Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In,” “The Judge” was originally conceived as a way to combat the budget-minded muscle cars coming from Ford and Plymouth. When it debuted, The Judge package was a $332 op- tion on top of the cost of a GTO hard top or convertible. It included the 366-hp Ram Air III V8, a rear spoiler, Rally II wheels (minus trim rings), three-colored side body stripes and “The Judge” decals. With the optional $389.68 Ram Air IV engine, Car and Driver piloted a 1969 Judge through the quartermile in 13.7 seconds at 103.6 mph. When the model year was over, Pontiac had sold 58,126 GTO hardtops, 7,328 GTO convertibles, 6,725 Judge hard tops and 108 Judge convertibles. The grand total was 72,287 GTOs. But there were only five 1969 GTO Judge convertibles with the extra-cost Ram Air IV V8, and this is the only one that came in Starlight Black. It was a very desirable combination of features, in- cluding the close-ratio four-speed manual transmission ($184.80), heavy-duty Safe-T-Track differential ($63.19), 56 covered headlamps ($52.66), three-spoke wood-style steering wheel ($34.76), power disc brakes ($64.25), console ($55.82) and power steering ($105.32). Total cost when new was $5,147.27. This is the most valuable car in the Robson Collection. It is also one of the most significant examples of its kind, with provenance from new, outstanding documentation and virtually perfect condition. SCM Analysis This Ram Air IV Judge convertible, Lot 250, sold for $682,000 at the RM Auctions Robson Collection Auction on November 13, 2010. To the uninitiated, this result for a GTO must seem completely ridiculous. To be fair, even those of us who follow Ram Air IV GTOs were a little surprised at how much it sold for—especially given the state of the economy. RM's pre-sale estimate of $750,000 to $1,000,000 certainly sparked debate among the Pontiac faithful, and selling a Ram Air IV Judge convertible at no reserve was indeed a bold move. But to better understand this sale, one must first at- tempt to grasp two distinct markets that merged in this car: that of Judge convertibles and that of Ram Air IV Pontiacs, aka “round port” cars. First let's touch on Judge convertibles. A total of just 292 were produced during the three years (1969, 1970 and 1971) of production. This low number, along with the fact that Judge convertibles are unquestionably the ultimate GTO, has always made them highly desirable. When one narrows down to things such as color and 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible Lot S103, s/n 242670P177238 Condition 1 Not sold at $350,000 Mecum, Belvidere, IL, 5/23/07 SCM# 45404 1969 Pontiac GTO Ram Air IV convertible Lot S95, s/n242677B169050 Condition 1 Sold at $330,000 Mecum, St. Charles, IL, 10/5/07 SCM# 47025 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible Lot SP36, s/n 242670P177238 Condition 2+ Sold at $410,000 RM, Boca Raton, FL, 2/11/06 SCM# 40792 Sports Car Market Photos: Darin Schnabel ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


Page 57

SCM Digital Bonus transmission selection, that 292-car total starts to have a real impact on value. Big horsepower, tiny production Attrition is high among all muscle cars, and many of the 292 GTO Judge convertibles cars are now in the ownership of Mother Earth. But it gets even trickier. For serious collectors (such as Robson), the squelch gets adjusted even further on this particular frequency. They want the famous Ram Air IV engine, which is the 426 Hemi/LS6 454 of the Pontiac world. The Ram Air IV, although rated at a mere four horsepower more than the standard Ram Air III engine, was actually quite different and added up to a lot more than more horsepower. It was fitted with a hotter cam, a better rotating assembly, a twopiece aluminum intake manifold, and the all-important round port cylinder heads that replaced the Ram Air III's rectangular port castings. And if you thought 292 Judge Convertibles over three years was a tiny number, consider that the Ram Air IV was only available in 1969 and 1970, during which a total of just 24 Judge Convertibles were ordered with the option: five in 1969 and nineteen (although some argue 18) in 1970. One can see where the mystique of a Ram Air IV Judge Convertible comes from. They are indeed the Hemi ‘Cuda convertible of the Pontiac world, and they are equally rare as Chevrolet's famous 1970 LS6 454 Chevelle convertibles. Original engines ever rarer Now, here is the real rub with Ram Air IV cars: Very few have their original en- gines. While this is usually a huge deterrent in most muscle cars, Ram Air IV buyers have generally accepted that most of these cars lost their original blocks as a result of having a notorious aversion to high rpm. It usually makes them throw up—and you can't just tuck rods and other engine parts back in. The market for 1970 Ram Air IV Judge convertibles is well established. In May 2008, a 4-speed car with a non-original engine sold at a Mecum sale for $378k. In October 2009, a numbers-matching car with an automatic transmission sold at Mecum for $371k, and I profiled it in the February 2010 issue of SCM. And Robson's own non-original engine, 4-speed car sold for $308k at this sale just prior to the subject car hitting the block. These sales show that 1970 Ram Air IV Judge convertibles have stabilized in the $300k-400k range today, and that is proof that their significance still attracts willing buyers. And remember that almost four times as many 1970 Ram Air IV cars were built than 1969 versions. Yes, 1969 Ram Air IV Judge convertibles are a whole ‘nother ball game. Of the five that were built, all were 4-speeds. I don't know of any that survived with their original engines. And rarely do any of them come up for sale. To be honest, I can't remember ever seeing one offered at public auction. As such, this car is uncharted territory. I inspected the Robson car shortly after its restoration was completed during the 2005 GTOAA National Convention. There just isn't a better color than black for a badass muscle car, and all else equal, a black car usually brings a 20% premium. A value-setting car There are some nits to pick: Robson's car, 6 years from restoration, lost some of its snap, although this is nothing a good resto shop couldn't correct in a few days. And many new buyers can't get their heads—or checkbooks—around a muscle car with a heart transplant. All that aside, rumor has it that Robson was ap- proached with a $1m offer for this car a few years ago. Factoring in the decline in muscle car values since then, the price paid for it as this auction works out to just over a 30% discount from the peak—which is right in line with a lot of other high-end muscle cars. The bottom line is: If you want sand, you go to the beach. And for the first time in many years, Milton Robson opened the only beach in the world—and the price of admission was up to the people that came to play. Which means we must declare that the current market price for one of the five 1969 Ram Air IV Judge convertibles to be just under $700k. And I call that a spot-on sale for Robson, and a well-played buy for the end user, who saw it as an opportunity to add a spectacular and rarely available GTO to his or her stable. My congratulations go to both. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Seat Time Les Quam, Las Vegas, NV: Some muscle cars are simply unique because of the astonishingly small amount of them that were built. Most are just a pain to drive today, such as a Boss 429 or a Hemi ‘Cuda, due to finicky de-tuned race engines and crappy suspensions made to only go straight. But everyone has a story of a car they wish they had never sold, and mine involves my old 1969 Judge convertible, of which 108 were built, 74 with a 4-speed like mine. My Judge convertible had 20,000 authenticated miles, its original engine and drivetrain and all its original body panels, which is rare with these cars. As a collector, I have a hard time with non-original engines, as the engine is the heart of a muscle car. The great thing about Pontiacs is they are well-balanced. The Judge always ran perfectly and was a dream to drive. I sold it in 2004, and to this day, I'm not sure why. I do wish that I hadn't! It now resides with your own Colin Comer, who clearly has a better crystal ball than I. I have owned just about every type of muscle car built and that GTO was by far the best bang for the buck. Truly rare, fun to drive, easy to live with. You should fire Colin so he has to sell it back! February 2011 57 Photo: Aaron Summerfield ©2010 Courtesy of RM Auctions


Page 58

Race Car Profile 1934 MG PA/B Le Mans Works Racer Stories of plucky early feminists invading the man's world at Le Mans can count for a lot when your friends are over for a garage tour by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1934–1935 (PA and PB) Number Produced: 2,000 PA; 526 PB Original list price: £222, which is about $18,000 in 2011 dollars SCM Valuation: $35,000 to $50,000 Cost per hour to race: $250 Chassis #: Right side of firewall Engine #: Stamped onto left rear of block Club: MG Drivers Club of North America, 18 George's Place, Clinton, NJ 08809 More: www.mgdriversclub.com Alternatives: 1936-40 Jaguar SS 100, 1936 Frazer-Nash TT Replica, 1955-57 Aston Martin DB2/4 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: 1711 T his car is the sole original survivor of a three-car team put together by MG to publicize the new P-Series, which had been introduced in 1934. The idea was that three identical works cars would be entered in the 1935 Le Mans race, driven by three teams of women, with the whole enterprise to be managed by Captain George Eyston, who had raced at Le Mans in 1928 and 1939. The press had a field day with Abingdon's idea, dub- bing the six women “Eyston's Dancing Daughters.” The cars were carefully assembled at the works at Abingdon, fitted with cycle-type aluminum fenders, aluminum louvered hoods, an aero screen for the driver, luggage space modified for spare tires, special door locks, quick filler caps, racing wheels, radiator and headlights fitted with stone guards, double fuel pumps, Q-Type brakes all around, and J-Type gearbox ratios. The engines were blueprinted, with lightened fly- wheel, Q-Type racing valves and springs. The head was polished and an air scoop was fitted to cool the sump. The six drivers were hardly chosen for public rela- tions value, as all the women had solid racing records, with Brooklands history, club racing, rallies, and hill climb success. Nevertheless “Les Girls at Le Mans” was the dismissive tagline. The MGs proved themselves bulletproof, with only one light bulb being changed on the number 55 car and the only excitement being an argument with officials about whether one car had been refueled before the required time. The women silenced their critics with steady prog- ress, and Simpson brought the number 56 car, the example offered here, home in first place among the team. 58 The three cars finished 24th, 25th, and 26th. The cars were then scattered, with C. Miles Collier buying PA 1667 (and it now resides in the Collier Collection) while the two remaining cars, PA 1661 (now missing) and PA 1711 (offered here) were reborn as works hill-climbers, fitted with Marshall superchargers by the factory. The present owner bought 1711 from Sir Fredrick Royston in 1981, and it was completely restored in 1995. Its history is thoroughly documented, and it will be welcome at any event for which it is eligible. The car is offered with a large file of documentation, including extensive period photography. If, as Sports Car Market magazine publisher Keith Martin says, “The main job of a collector car is to be admired by friends standing around a garage with glasses of wine, while its history is told,” then 1711 will give hours of enjoyment to the next owner—on or off the track. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 164, sold for $124,076 at the RM Automobiles of London auction on October 27, 2010. Vintage racing, the collector car business as a whole, and SCM all thrive on variety. A few months back, I wrote a profile of a 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza (SCM December 2010), which could usefully be thought of as a pre-war Ferrari Barchetta. The best analogue for this month's subject car, the MG PA, would be to imagine a pre-war Bugeye Sprite. The MG automobile company was created to fill a market niche for light, affordable sporting cars that could be driven on a daily basis—but could also be raced on weekends if the owner desired. After a somewhat faltering start in the 1920s, MG and its inexpensive 1933 MG K3 Magnette Lot 652, s/n K0326 Condition 2Sold at $194,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/12/10 SCM# 165797 1935 MG PB “Cream Cracker” Lot 312, s/n PB 0521 Condition 3 Sold at $99,369 Bonhams Chichester, U.K., 9/19/08 SCM# 117782 1934 MG PA Lot 12, s/n PA 1845 Condition 2 Sold at $36,300 Worldwide Group, Hilton Head, SC, 11/01/08 SCM# 118593 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


Page 59

SCM Digital Bonus sporting concept caught its stride with the worldwide financial difficulties and flourished (relatively) in the 1930s, becoming one of the most famous sporting car marques in Great Britain and the world. Their product line during the early part of this period consisted of the 1,300-cc, 6-cylinder Magna, the smaller 1100-cc Magnette, and the 4-cylinder Midgets. “There was a young fellow….” Although none of the MG product line could be considered luxurious, the Midgets were the most Spartan of them all. The sales literature of the time advertised “Over one hundred new and improved features” over the preceding J-Type, but few, if any, of those features had to do with comfort. The idea was to build the minimum sporting car that could be affordable, nothing more. They were cute, but with 36 horsepower and a crash 4-speed, they were anything but fast. The PAs were tiny little things; six inches shorter and over a foot narrower in the body than a Sprite. They were designed for a much smaller person than is normal today. If you're over 140 pounds with more than a 28 inch inseam, you're simply not going to fit into one, much less have a passenger. These cars bring to mind the old limerick: “There was a young fellow from Boston Who bought himself a new Austin There was room for his …. and a gallon of gas.” I think every car guy remembers the rest. The limerick really does apply here. These cars were, however, immensely successful, with roughly 2,500 produced (PA and PB), easily the highest production of any pre-war MG. The entire MG image was based on racing success, but the P-Series was designed (not unlike the Sprite) as purely a street ride. If you want to race one, go ahead, but that's not why they built it. The factory did build eight Q-Types, effectively supercharged, pure racing variants on the P, but that was because the racing department was incorrigible. Women at Le Mans When the P series started selling far better than expected, the idea came along to send a group of women racers to LeMans to drive more or less stock PAs as a promotional gimmick. Three cars were prepared, with racing internals in their otherwise stock 850-cc engines and modifications to make the cars suitable for a long-distance race, and off they went. The women all drove admirably, but they were seriously outclassed and beaten by Singer's 972-cc entries. All this largely precipitated the introduction of the PB, effectively a PA with a 940-cc engine and a closer-ratio gearbox. After the race, Collier bought one of the cars and the factory converted the other two into hill climb racers with supercharged PB engines. One was lost and the other is our subject car. It retains the supercharged PB engine, which is not correct for its Le Mans history but is appropriate for its later life. Speed, cuteness and provenance There is probably no other pre-war sporting marque with as many examples still around as MG, with the result that there is a very well-established market for them. Their values fall into three basic categories based on a combination of speed, cuteness, originality, and racing provenance, pretty much in that order. The bottom rung is filled with basically stock, carbureted street cars that sell for $35,000 to $60,000. If you add a certain amount of speed (the larger Magna and Magnette and the supercharged Ps), cuteness (the fabulous but hard-to-drive Airline Coupes), or basic racing provenance, the value goes up to the $90,000 to $130,000 range. If you step all the way up to mechanically exotic (supercharged, high-RPM, pre-selector transmissions) documented factory racers, such as the K3 Magnettes and the R-Type (see SCM March 2006 for my profile) the values go from $190,000 to $250,000 and more. Our subject car presents an interesting conundrum in staking the middle ground. Although it has unquestioned factory racing history, it is neither particularly fast nor exotic, and its current supercharged 947-cc engine is not correct for its Le Mans provenance. On the other hand, the supercharger is a legitimate part of its factory history, and speed trumps everything if it's original, so it constitutes a serious net gain in desirability. Visually, the car is pretty much a standard P-Type roadster, but the stories to tell of plucky early feminists invading the man's world at Le Mans can count for a lot when your friends are over for a garage tour. It's unlikely that anyone's going to drive the car much anyway, so whether anyone fits it or whether it's very fast isn't that important. All in all, I'd say that this car fits into the top of the middle range of pre-war MG values, and, notably, that's where it sold. It seems a fair price for a col- lectable, fun and interesting—if not very useable—car. ♦ (Introductory description cour- tesy of RM Auctions.) February 2011 59


Page 62

Market Reports Overview Inaugural and Seasoned Events Total $44m Prices held firm at both ends of the market, with nearly every sale topping levels set this time in 2009 by Jim Pickering T his fall saw quite a few high-profile cars cross the auction block at a number of landmark events, and both all-new venues and rare consignments helped drive final totals to near-record levels in a number of locations. In addition, some of the more traditional and middle-market sales also taking place in September and October saw strong results across the auction block as well, reflecting continuing growth in the collector car market for players at almost every price level. RM Auctions returned to Battersea Evolution in London for its annual Automobiles of London event on October 22, where Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman noted 89 of 104 lots sold for a combined $30.2m. And, of the cars on offer, the most publicized and most anticipated was what RM touted as “The Most Famous Car in the World”—the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 used in the filming of “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” It brought high sale honors at $4.6m, followed by seven other cars that broke the million-dollar barrier. Bonhams also made headlines in the auction world this summer with the announcement of its first ever collector car sale in Dubai, to be held at the Royal Mirage Hotel in mid-October. Auction Analyst Evan McMullen was there as 10 of 16 collector cars sold for just under $1.4m, including two cars from the BMW Museum's collection: an immaculate 1979 M1 and 1975 3.0CSL (See the German profile, January 2011, p. 48). Both made record prices, selling at $264,000 and $218,400, respectively. The high sale of the event went to a 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Shooting Brake at $300,000 (see the Ferrari profile, January 2011 SCM, pg. 40). RM's annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey sale took place in early October, where 100% of the lots on offer found new homes for a total of $8.7m—noteworthy in that this sale featured lots with reserves. Auction Analyst Megan Boyd noted that Brass-Era cars and pre1920 cars appeared to be strong, with six of the ten top 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 62 Sales Totals RM, London, U.K. RM, Hershey, PA Carlisle, Carlisle, PA Bonhams, Dubai, UAE Bonhams & Butterfields, Tacoma, W MidAmerica, St. Paul, MN WA ,164 $541,660 $1,374,000 $665,617 sales dating from that timeframe. This year's highest sale went to a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe at $748,000, while a 1903 Packard Model F brought $374,000. Bonhams & Butterfields' second America's Car Museum Sale saw 43 of 79 lots sell in mid-September, led by a 1933 Lincoln KB Victoria Coupe at $93,600. Senior Auction Analyst Carl Bomstead noted that around 100 fewer consignments than were offered in 2009 led to a much lower $665k final total than the inaugural event's $2.2m, and quite a few of the cars on offer were in rough overall condition. However, some high prices were achieved, including a 1936 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan that made $78,975. This year's Fall Carlisle sale sold 143 of 271 lots for $2.2m in early October, includ- ing a 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 Fuelie convertible at $90,300. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb noted a slight increase in the final take this year, up from $1.9m in 2009, with a good selection of both restored drivers and originals again available. Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson made his way to St. Paul, MN in late September for MidAmerica's annual Twin Cities Fall Classic Car Auction, which was moved to an all-indoor arena at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for 2010. In total, 59 of 147 lots sold for $541,660, including a 1936 Ford that made $49,290 and a 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible that brought $32,330. Finally, if you think getting where you're going in style doesn't include actually driving yourself, Geoff Archer's report on eBay Motors sales may have just the limousine you need. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond coupe—$4,608,528—RML, p. 68 2. 1923 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop coupe, $2,836,019—RML, p. 70 3. 1971 Lamborghini Miura SVJ coupe, $1,152,132—RML, p. 70 4. 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV coupe, $1,115,637—RML, p. 72 5. 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Competition coupe, $1,107,819—RML, p. 70 6. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB coupe, $850,805 —RML, p. 70 7. 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe, $748,000—RMH, p. 82 8. 1989 Ferrari F40 coupe, $500,735—RML, p. 72 9. 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Mk1 Volante convertible, $469,715—RML, p. 68 10. 1903 Packard F rear-entry tonneau $374,000—RMH, p. 78 1. 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost cabriolet de ville, $265,877— RML, p. 66 2. 1932 Bergholt Streamline 2-dr sedan, $82,500—RMH, p. 84 3. 1967 Pontiac GTO 2-dr hard top, $17,325—Mid, p. 128 4. 1986 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur saloon, $13,650—Car, p. 90 5. 1967 Jaguar XKE Series 1.5 convertible, $48,300—BonT, p. 112 Sports Car Market Best Buys $8,707,600 $30,1 196,337


Page 64

RM Auctions London, UK Automobiles of London The room buoyed on the rising tension on the build-up to the DB5, which after much fanfare brought $4.6m on the block Company RM Auctions Date October 22, 2010 Location London, England Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 89/104 Sales rate 86% Sales total $30,196,337 High sale 1964 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond movie car, $4,608,531 A chariot Ben-Hur would approve of Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I t's not often you arrive at a U.K. auction—especially one near the heart of the capital—to find a film-star helicopter standing guard outside. Celebrating its half-century, this was the Hiller ‘piloted' by Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger,” and it was just a portent of what was to come inside. As a host of names, such as John Coombs, Malcolm Wilson, Stefan Johansson and Frank Sytner watched, RM shifted most of the cars offered, yet in anticipation of the “Most Famous Car in the World,” waiting in its own studio set in the center of the room, two of the big lots passed almost unnoticed. Auctioneer Max Girardo flitted fluently among three languages as he exhorted the crowd all night, but could draw no more than $2.8m for the ex-Masten Gregory 1952 Jaguar C-type ‘015,' or a whisker shy of $1m for the mint two-owner, 9,000-mile Ferrari Enzo, both unsold. Both were close things; as was the Hiller, which was bid to $253k—about $60k light of what the seller was hoping for. Another Bond prop, a Jaguar XKR (with Ford V8 and 4wd from an Explorer) used in the ice chase scene in “Die Another Day,” sold for $88,626. A horde of ordinary Aston Martins included a DB6 Volante at $469,715, and probably the best V8 Volante in the world, which made $319,052. And though it wasn't a great night for 64 Buyer's premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) big Ferraris, a 365 California Spyder went over estimate at $1,169,858—one of eight million-dollar sales, which also included the ex-Rod Stewart Lamborghini Miura SV for $1,107,820, and a rare Miura SVJ for $1,152,133. One entire wall of the room—and this would have been big news at any other sale— was taken up with the Hooper Corporate Collection, an eclectic mix, many of which had been residing at Hooper owner John W. Dick's palatial St John's Manor on Jersey, Channel Islands. Cars on offer from this collection included “The Sorceror,” a recreation of the famous ‘AX 201' Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which looked like a great value at $265,877. In addition, a copper-bodied 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II made $181,682. All but one of these 22 cars sold, and most were offered at no reserve. Max took almost six hours to work his way through the catalog, and leaving the Bond car until almost last was a very wise move on the part of RM. Since announcing the first lot at 4pm, the room buoyed on the rising tension on the build-up to the DB5, which after much fanfare brought $4.6m on the block. After the DB5 changed hands, the crowd then melted, part-relieved, somewhat deflated, but almost certainly neither shaken not stirred, into the chilly Thames-side night. Overall, RM has to be very pleased with the total results realized at this fourth-annual event, especially compared to the $18.2m achieved here for 69 of 84 lots just one year ago. It seems the company has found a winning combination of high-end consignments and high-end buyers in the U.K., and it's safe to assume this event will continue to see solid prices and sell-through rates into the future. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m $40m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2010 2009 2008 2007


Page 66

RM Auctions London, UK ENGLISH BEST BUY #132-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST cabriolet de ville. S/N 30PK. Eng. # R210. Silver/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Reproduction of famous “AX 201,” the Barker Roi-des-Belgesbodied first Silver Ghost, still owned and driven by Rolls-Royce. Originally fitted with Pullman limo coachwork by Mulliner and may once have been a garage wrecker, as were so manifolds and chrome Borranis. Sunroof still slides. Fitted with Bluemel's Brooklands steering wheel. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $230,426. From the O'Quinn Collection. Last seen at RM's sale of the Gene Ponder Collection in April '07, where it made $398,750 (SCM# 44867). Lovely but rather pointless, it sold at the bottom end of the $225k-$275k estimates. A good seeing-to would help greatly and take the edge off somewhat. #153-1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE roadster. many old Royces; this body dates from 1914, and it wears #201's old wheels. Excellent allaround condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $265,877. A centerpiece of the Hooper Corporate Collection and sold in the room without reserve for around half the $540k hopeful estimate. At the price paid, this was quite the ridiculous value. #130-1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II roadster. S/N 130XJ. Eng. # IY65. Copper/ green leather. RHD. Odo: 25,285 miles. Copper-bodied (in England), although it's unclear when it was done. I first encountered this some years ago on Jersey and couldn't believe it. Body remarkably unscuffed and undinged, with good fit and finish (although with lots of fingerprints after a night at the sale). Leather Historic Technical Passport. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $2,769,548. Starting at $1.6m in the room, Max hammered the car unsold at this price when another $160k or so might have bought it. With no Heritage Certificate, it might have been wise to take the money. In any other sale this would have been the star of the night. #166-1954 TOJEIRO BRISTOL sports racer. S/N TAD255. Green/brown leather. RHD. One of three early spaceframe cars, originally raced in U.K. with Turner engine, now with Bristol six. Gorgeously restored with lightly worn and creased. Motor rebuilt within last year at cost of $50,000. Jersey registered. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $181,682. From the Hooper Corporate Collection and sold (without reserve) to an Internet bidder at $95k under the lower estimate. About on the money for a Phantom, weird-but-attractive body notwithstanding. #147-1936 MG NB MAGNETTE Airline coupe. S/N NA0848. Red & black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,536 miles. Almost too shiny and perfect, and glitzier than anything Abingdon would have turned out, with polished exhaust 66 you can't have everything. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,763. Last sold in August '08 at RM's Monterey sale for $159,500 (SCM# 117510). This time sold about on the money for a lefthanded BN1/2, so it's a good deal for an M, with a little left in it for retail. Original tools and handbook were a nice bonus and will help at resale time. #171-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series II coupe. S/N DB4672R. Eng. # 370678. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 13,826 miles. Sports Car Market S/N XKC015. Ivory/gray Hardura. RHD. In decent order, with original Hardura transmission tunnel covering and welded extensions to pedals. Body seams a little cracked. Famously owned, raced, and crashed by Masten Gregory, rebuilt in the '60s using parts from #034. More recently refreshed in 2008 by JD Classics. Has interior, motor is dry, German registration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $203,839. Slightly low compared to recent original Ace-Bristol sales, but fair performance against a $174k commission bid. Slightly well bought. #144-1956 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M roadster. S/N BN2L229932. Old English White/maroon leather. Odo: 78,522 miles. Heritage Certificate says this is a real factory 100M (many were converted by dealers). Body is the right shape, chassis rails straight, new maroon leather following 2006 restoration in the U.S. Drum brakes incorrectly painted—but cost as no object by an owner in the U.S. and better than new, although has lost original alloy wheels and drums in favor of wires and discs. Has been on the concours circuit, but is for sale due to change in racing plans. Sold without reserve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $203,839. The seller felt it was the right thing to offer the car where it was made, saying, “If it goes too cheap I'll be putting my hand up.” Sold over the Internet for around the same as a decent AC Ace Bristol (with which it shares an engine), it looked to just scrape over the minimum. May need to go back on drums to get FIA papers. #161-1955 AC ACE roadster. S/N AE70. Eng. # 100D21136. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,353 miles. Originally AC-engined, restored at indeterminate time. Tidy, good


Page 68

RM Auctions London, UK seeing it in daylight in the Channel Islands, the front fender color doesn't quite match—but it's hard to tell inside the dark Battersea Evolution venue. Equipped with Bailey handling kit. Steering wheel trimmed in blue leather to match rest of interior. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $56,974. Jersey-registered, following time spent with owner in California. One-of-a-kind with lots of presence, and calls to mind the Green Hornet's wheels, or the sled from “The Car.” Did not make its $61k lower estimate today. Good overall, but with a few bubbles in paint and lightly creased leather. Very appealing and usable. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $225,995. Mostly in the hands of one family from new, the owner ruefully said he'd let it go because another DB4 had done well earlier. Very well bought at least $100k under the top of the market. TOP 10 No. 1 #197-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 James Bond coupe. S/N DB51486R. Eng. # 4001469V. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 30,942 miles. The most real of the Bond DB5s, this was the “Road Car” used for driving shots in “Goldfinger,” then fitted with the film gadgets for publicity. Has been locked away for the past 30 years (apart from two appearances), recently refettled into a runner with new clutch. But underneath the hype there is an average DB5 with tired leather. Creases in door and front fender evident in “Goldfinger” Furka 1-. SOLD AT $469,715. Last sold in 1997 for an undisclosed amount, but this time it was all the money. As a DB5 convertible notably hit $838k at Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction in July (SCM# 165520), and that must pull the very similar DB6 ragtop behind it—although this was still quite a bit less than the immaculate condition #1 car that made $469k at this sale last year (SCM# 152166). #177-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 coupe. S/N DBSV810086R. Eng. # AM. Dark blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 41,159 miles. The best early V8 I've seen. Pretty much flawless after big, near concours restoration. With massive history. Quad round headlights, #106-1989 ASTON MARTIN V8 “Prince of Wales” Volante convertible. S/N SCFCV81C2KTR15733. Eng. # V5805733X. Graphite/red leather. RHD. Odo: 12,500 miles. A really well looked after example of the most desirable spec V8—essentially a Vantage without the flashy bits. Copied for another 25 examples after one Charles Windsor, a long-time Aston enthusiast with clout, specced his up in 1987. Low miles and nearly faultless, after paying all the right people to bring it Pass shots and publicity shots taken outside the Playboy Club in London have been removed and the car repainted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,608,528. The most awaited car fell slightly flat following much pre-sale hype, selling in the room to an American collector after interest on the phone from Germany. If $4.6m is a good deal for an almost unusable artifact, slightly well bought and sold with a few photographs. All proceeds to the Jerry Lee Foundation. Revolving numberplates and ejector-seat gearknob from effects car offered immediately afterward as next two lots, to no interest. See the English Profile, p. 48. TOP 10 No. 9 #174-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Mk1 Volante convertible. S/N DBVC3709R. Eng. # 4003797. Metallic blue/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 28,899 miles. Very tidy and clean following refurbishement, leather lightly creased. Was an automatic, which comes with the car. Now with stiffer front anti-roll bar and bumpier cams, among other sensible minor upgrades. Cond: 68 Sports Car Market tools and owner's handbook included. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $146,232. Given the price being asked for some early DBS sixes, this didn't look too massively out of order, especially as it was something like half the price of the resto. #110-1980 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE coupe. S/N CRX50264. Metallic blue/blue leather. Odo: 15,076 miles. The last Corniche coupe produced and first of the cars from the Hooper Corporate Collection. Basically a Corniche with coachbuilt front and rear resembling Spirit ends, and small limo rear window. In good order all around, apart from one small paint chip on nose—although as I recall from to this level. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $319,052. Simply a staggering price for a V8, and twice as much as top Vantage X-packs have been getting. “P.O.W.”-spec is arguably more elegant and discreet but that probably won't be the top concern of most aspiring Volante owners. Price shows where the best cars are going, though this one's too young for America, where V8s have to be 25 years old to get any attention. #195-1998 JAGUAR XKR James Bond villain convertible. S/N SAJDA42POYP00598. Green/black leather. Special effects villain's car, one of eight built for the Bond movie “Die Another Day,” with plastic guns and rockets— and 4wd transmission and V8 from a Ford Explorer. Crude interior and transmission controls, weird alloy treads on tires. Not streetable.


Page 70

RM Auctions London, UK Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $88,626. If you couldn't afford the DB5 or the Hiller helicopter, here was a Bond movie prop that was a bit more manageable, although it still sold (without reserve) at twice the estimate. Owned by Jaguar Cars and has been in English National Motor Museum since 2003. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 2 #187-1923 TALBOT-LAGO T23 Teardrop coupe. S/N 93064. Eng. # 80572. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 56,676 miles. One-of-a-kind on this chassis. Recent restoration (in France) is perfect unless you want to criticize the flake size in the silver paint. Was a Pebble Beach class winner in 2000—even before restoration—and looks destined to return there. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,836,019. From the O'Quinn Collection, Alloy all straight with no corrosion, motor tidy, no interior. Claimed to be all complete, although bumpers are not originals. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $274,739. Was in the Rosso Bianco museum, and after that with the O'Quinn Collection, which started the restoration in France before the owner's passing. Last sold in August 2006 at Bonhams' Carmel sale for $375,500 in Navy blue (SCM# 42604). GERMAN where it had been since it was bought at RM Amelia Island in 2006 for $2,145,000 (SCM# 40982). At that time, it had 56,604 km, was finished in blue, and had a different engine number. Bidding finished up between two parties in the room somewhat north of where expected, to applause. #176-1948 DELAHAYE 175S Coupe de Ville Aerodynamic coupe. S/N 815001. White primer/beige leather. Odo: 561 miles. Former Pebble class winner presented in primer (and showing some grubby finger marks). Decent leather, motor still needs to be gone through. Curved Perspex still nice and clear, although #105-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pullman 4-dr landau. S/N 1000141200235. Black/cream leather. Odo: 21,569 miles. Conversion done sometime in the '80s on a long-wheelbase Pullman by British coachbuilder Crayford, therefore referred to as “number 60 of the 59 built.” Good all around, with no tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $850,805. German supplied and registered. Bid to $760k on the block—about the going rate for 275s in the U.K. right now—to a “come and see us later,” response from Max, and declared sold at this price before the end of the auction. #194-1969 LAMBORGHINI ISLERO no leaks, although motor is not shiny. Dash good, but slightly cracked leather has been “refurbished” with dye. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $283,602. Has been in the U.S. and then New Zealand. Compare the price paid for this complete and running car with the genuine basketcase that was sold at this sale in 2009 for $510k (SCM# 152217) and you'll see that, for true rarities, the only rule is that there are no rules. fender profile is apparently not quite as original. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $212,701. From the O'Quinn Collection. Restoration stalled after metalwork was done, due to O'Quinn's death, but here it still raised respectable money. #136-1949 TALBOT-LAGO RECORD convertible. S/N 100047. Aluminium/N/A. RHD. Odo: 248 miles. Coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi. Mistakenly listed as a Grand Sport in 70 ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 5 #148-1956 MASERATI A6G/2000 Competition coupe. S/N 2137. Eng. # 2137. Red/tan leather. Odo: 157 miles. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Presents as perfect, with body (redone by Fantuzzi), paint, door fit, chrome, and new leather all marvelous. Achingly hard to tear yourself away from. not new but unworn. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $168,389. The seller just about got back the cost of this one's restoration, but he could not match the $203,500 GT sold by SCMer Donald Osborne at Gooding's Pebble Beach auction in Sports Car Market GTS coupe. S/N 6432. Eng. # 2988. Silver/ maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 38,724 miles. As used in the Roger Moore film “The Man Who Haunted Himself.” Still good after older restoration, with solid inner fenders, etc. Door fit not perfect, but probably as factory. Leather Italian registration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,107,819. Very nice throughout. These don't come along every day. Sold, deservedly, for rather more than the $1m expected, and there was 17.5% VAT left to pay on the entire price as well. TOP 10 No. 6 #151-1965 FERRARI 275 GTB coupe. S/N 07743. Eng. # 07743. Silver blue/black leather. Odo: 5,629 km. 2008 Dutch restoration holding up well, when it was returned to original short-nose configuration. New black perforated leather. Engine bay detailed to concours standards, but catalog. Presented stripped and loosely reassembled, as apparently is the new fashion.


Page 72

RM Auctions London, UK August '08 (SCM# 117593). See the Etceterini Profile, January 2011 SCM, p. 46. TOP 10 No. 3 #150-1971 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SVJ coupe. S/N 4892. Eng. # 30640. Rosso Granada/black leather. Odo: 25,917 km. One of 5 (or 7; this is allegedly one of the last two) built for customers out of SVs after the original SVJ prototype was destroyed. Just out of restoration with rivets correctly showing everywhere. Doorsills and sale in 2002 for $122,460 with odo showing 29,372 km (SCM# 30900), then considered a relative bargain. Quite a different story today, with the last SV this year sold well at $855k (SCM# 165333) and only around the same expected here. #173-1975 LAMBORGHINI alloys excellent, new leather. Probably better than new, but still, charmingly, with authentic splatter-welding. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,152,132. Originally white with blue interior. Sold for a little less than the slightly hopeful $1.2m low estimate, but still a fair deal. Last seen in August 2008 at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale, where it was a $2m no-sale (SCM# 117511), and before that sold through Symbolic Motors in 2007. #167-1972 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 coupe. S/N 14795. Metallic blue/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 15,439 miles. A fairly average Daytona, with lightly creased leather. Mouse fur good. Looks nice on wide Borranis, although van tires on the rear really don't lend confidence. and drove it. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $310,189. This car was advertised for ever-decreasing sub-$100k money five years ago, so it's safe to say it's recovered. Though whether all the restoration costs came back is debatable. Now about on the money. TOP 10 No. 8 Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $203,839. Originally sold in the U.K. in gray metallic, came to this sale from Singapore. This was the cheapest Daytona sold recently, and no-reserve sale was a clue. Someone wanted out of it, to the benefit of the buyer. TOP 10 No. 4 #172-1972 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV coupe. S/N 4818. Eng. # 30734. Yellow/dark blue leather. RHD. Odo: 30,783 miles. One of only seven RHD SVs, with split-sump lube, restored at cost of $290k by the Lambo factory in 2004. Wheels, paint, and interior (with dash-top a/c) present as perfect. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $1,115,637. Originally owned by Rod Stewart, so RHD couldn't hurt it here too much. Last sold post- 72 #180-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000080693. Red/red velour. Odo: 9,288 km. “Non-Cat, Non- Adjust” car. Good all around, with just a few tiny scratches at door handles. No cracks in rear pillars, alloys unscuffed, unworn seat velour and new P Zeros, although fuel tanks have not yet been replaced. German registered. plates. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $221,564. Another from the Hooper Collection. This one spent the last 20 years in the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany, and it sold for less than the anticipated $310k. A nice buy. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $500,735. Well sold. Papers had yet to arrive, but as Max said, “If it #112-1951 WILLYS M38 jeep. S/N 36972. Green/green canvas/green canvas. Odo: 37,901 miles. Good all around and not overdone. Very authentic looking deactivated (I hope) gun with ammo and counter reading 44,344 rounds, plus Jerry can, spade and axe, Tommy gun, radios and aerial, dashboard scabbard, etc. Basically good seats and top with a few nicks and wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,588. Bought in the U.S. in 2002, probably already restored to Korean war specs. Though sold at no reserve, this was a big price for a Willys—especially an Sports Car Market COUNTACH LP400 Periscopo coupe. S/N 1120026. Yellow/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 28,535 km. Extensively restored, but still has authentic weld dimples in door shuts. New interior with frizzy new carpets. Gas smell inside. A lot better cosmetically than when I last saw “You Only Live Twice”). In good order, paint lightly orange peeled, alloys very sharp, motor tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $283,602. The last 2000GT to sell at auction was a similar-condition stock coupe at a low $225,600 at Christie's Le Mans sale in 2006 (SCM# 42367), so this conversion was about as sensible as taking a can opener to a Daytona or 275 GTB. AMERICAN #115-1935 AUBURN 851SC Supercharged speedster. S/N 33177E. Red/magnolia leather. Odo: 120 miles. Good and tidy, following restoration in Uruguay. Has a few nicks in steering wheel. Jersey registered but still on California doesn't have books and history, you don't have to take the car.” This was the money RM hoped for, near the top of the F40 market, and it suggests they might be creeping up. JAPANESE #202-1967 TOYOTA 2000GT targa. S/N MF1010125. White/black vinyl. Odo: 29,651 km. One-off created in 1984 after a design intended for Bond producer Albert Broccoli (which resulted in the two 2000GT cars used in


Page 73

RM Auctions London, UK M38—but it was pretty faultless and ready to use. There's 5% extra to pay for it to stay in the U.K. (which Jersey isn't). #201-1960 HILLER UH-12 E4 helicopter. S/N N5372V. White. As flown by Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore in Bond movie “Goldfinger,” restored and in good order with English registration and Certificate of paint and chrome, superb ruched leather, and Nardi wheel. A few minor chips and scratches to glass noted, but difficult to spot in the dark Battersea venue. Aside from that, appears perfect. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $230,426. Was in South Africa, then the Wayne Davis Collection, and now with Swedish registration. Last sold in April of 2008 at RM's Dallas sale for $275k (SCM #116506). Sold right on the button this time around. #152-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L89 convertible. S/N 194678S404229. Red/ red fiberglass/velour. Odo: 4,541 miles. 427-ci 543-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Full-spec race car with L71 429 and L89 aluminium heads, Muncie M21, hard top. Refreshed in the U.S. in 2004, Airworthiness. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $253,216. This bid was about $60k short of what was needed to buy it—but it made a great opener, parked outside the sale. #124-1961 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL Crown convertible. S/N 9214108743. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 85,136 miles. 413-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 429 built. Fins unmarked, chrome and paint brilliant, still with quartic wheel. Apparently a runner, but seller says more work very good red paint, good chrome, velour wearing though on driver's seat. On silver Minilites. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $79,763. Raced by Rhoddy-Harvey-Bailey in the U.K. the in early '70s, where it shone briefly thanks to sheer grunt. Offered here at no reserve, and sold well under the $155k bottom estimate, but about on the mark for race Corvettes in Europe. © WARNING: Upgrading to SCM will be needed before regular use. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,469. This had been in German museum “for several decades” and sold without reserve some way below a rather hopeful $105k lower estimate. Probably a relative bargain. #146-1963 DUAL-GHIA L6.4 coupe. S/N 0313. Maroon metallic/beige leather. Odo: 74,371 miles. Said to be “fabulously running and driving.” Stunning looks and in super order all around following restoration, with excellent February 2011 PLATINUM may cause your keyboard to sizzle. As an SCM PLATINUM member you will receive exclusive e-mails giving you near-instant auction results. Sign up today and get the inside information you need, sent so fast it may cause your computer to smoke like a Voisin! www.sportscarmarket.com 73


Page 74

RM Auctions Hershey, PA Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey Brass makes a comeback and helps RM to a 100% sale during one of the hobby's biggest weekends Company RM Auctions Date October 7-8, 2010 Location Hershey, Pennsylvania Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 148/148 Sales rate 100% Sales total $8,707,600 High sale 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe $748,000 Buyer's premium Murphy-bodied 1929 Duesenberg, star of the sale Report and photos by Megan Boyd Market opinions in italics I f there was one thing to be taken from the results at this year's RM Hershey event, it would be that Brass cars are still very solid in the overall market. These pre-WWI cars, once relegated to the back lots of museums and garages, shone brightly during this year's sale at the Hershey Lodge, which was again held in conjunction with the annual Hershey Region AACA Fall Meet. Of the 148 cars offered over two days, half of them predated 1920. Six of those early cars claimed positions in the top ten sales at the event, which boasted a 100% sales rate. The top brass cars sold included a 1903 Packard Model F, a 1911 Jackson 7-Passenger Touring, and a 1913 Inter-State Model 45 7-Passenger Touring. The 1903 Packard, which sold for $374,000, was from the estate of famed car collector John O'Quinn (as were multiple cars offered in the sale) and is just one of three known to exist. The 1911 Jackson sold for $203,500 is an ex-Barney Pollard vehicle (the same man who used to hang his cars from the rafters to save storage space) and featured a restoration by the famed Tired Iron Works of Monrovia, CA. Last but not least to claim a top spot was the rare 1913 Inter-State Model 45, which fetched a handsome $189,750. It is one of just two known surviving Model 45s (the other of which is reportedly unrestored) of the 430 that were produced. 74 Hershey, PA The number-one seller of the weekend was a 1929 Duesenberg Model J convertible coupe with coachwork by Murphy. The Duesenberg, also a part of the late John O'Quinn Collection, brought $748,000, and was featured in the January issue of SCM. The history of this vehicle can be traced back to when it was purchased new in August of 1929 by William Durant Campbell of New York City and is complete to present day. Additional vehicles of note within the top ten include a 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton which sold for $297,000, a largely original 1931 Pierce-Arrow Model 41 7-Passenger All-Weather Tourer that sold for $173,250, and a replica 1937 Delahaye Type 135C Grand Prix car which brought $159,500. The move to a two day format in RM Auctions' third year at Hershey proved suc- cessful, as auctioneer Max Girardo pulled bids from a packed house both days. Sales from the event totaled $8.7m, with bids reportedly being accepted from 18 countries, including as far away as Argentina and Australia. In addition to the vehicles, there were six vintage motorcycles offered, as well as several hundred lots of memorabilia, including fine art by Ken Eberts and Tom Hale, signage, license plate toppers, and an extensive collection of radiator mascots. This year's final total compared well with last year's $8.7m for 128 of 136 lots, and although it was not an all-no-reserve sale, every lot traded hands. It was yet another positive sign the hobby is getting back on track, and that classic car investments, at least when it comes to vintage iron, are as strong as ever. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $6m $9m $3m 0 Sports Car Market 2010 2009 2008 2007 10%, included in sold prices


Page 76

RM Auctions Hershey, PA ENGLISH #544-1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Newport town car. S/N 203AMS. Eng. # S75T. Two-tone maroon/black leather & tan cloth. Odo: 33,961 miles. Older restoration, worn door jambs have cracked and peeling paint. Minor pitting beginning on luggage rack, window frame, taillight, and headlights. $20,900 at RM's Amelia Island sale in March, 2002 (SCM# 27228) where the reporter called Alvis “a marque of mystery to most Yank collectors.” A stunning sporty sedan finished in the right colors. Would have been a steal at catalog estimate, but surpassed that by nearly double. Not often seen on the market, though. Interior in excellent condition, looks as if it hasn't been used. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $129,250. Purchased by O'Quinn at the Kruse Hershey Auction in 2005. Fair price paid, considering similar models on the market are going for much more. #558-1951 MG TD C roadster. S/N PAG9735. Eng. # XPAG9735. White/black vinyl. Odo: 1,183 miles. Purpose-built race car with all the usual chips and scratches, but in overall nice condition. Some discoloring in paint to the rear of passenger compartment. All brightwork pitted, some peeling. Engine shows use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $27,500. According A purpose-built racer, and a little rough around the edges. Evidence of old stickers on exterior, cracking paint on right rear side of body and on left side around boat tail. Sloppy taillight gaskets. Basic racing interior, very tidy engine compartment. Although a recreation, supposedly competed and won races as far back as 1951. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $159,500. Whether it has racing history dating back to 1951 or not, the owner has raced it as recently as 1995 in the Great American Race with no difficulties. Fun for both the road and the track, and the tenth-highest sale of the weekend. to the plaque on the dash, Carroll Shelby owned this car at one time, or at least drove it, but that couldn't be confirmed. The car was originally purchased by sports car racer Rod Kennedy to promote his radio station, then later displayed in the Texas Speed Museum. Very presentable and useful as-is, and a bargain at the purchase price. #508-1965 ALVIS TE-21 2-dr sedan. S/N 27233. Gold/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 95,357 km. Another car from the Lewis Golub Collection, proceeds benefiting the Saratoga Auto Museum. Minor flaws in clear coat with rough paint around trunk hinges. Chrome splintering on front bumper, small scratches on other brightwork. Passenger's side rear window damaged from installation or restoration. Driver's seat worn, interior otherwise nice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $34,100. Last sold for 76 GERMAN #572-1960 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 2916717. Ceramic Green/ Stone Beige canvas/Stone Beige vinyl. Odo: 10,108 miles. Show-quality restoration of a nice car. Very minor signs of use, only minor scratches near door handle. Chrome refur- FRENCH #512-1937 DELAHAYE TYPE 135 C Grand Prix replica roadster. S/N 45123. Light blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 28 miles. chipped through. Interior in fair condition, wear only significant on driver's seat and floor. Engine in stock, unrestored condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $137,500. A nice example of the ultra rare BMW/Lamborghini collaboration. I had some doubt about the claim of being original and accident-free, considering the evidence of paintwork, but still a rare, early supercar bought fair. ITALIAN #564-1962 FIAT 1200 convertible. S/N 014096. Red/red hard top & black leather soft top/tan leather. Odo: 9,113 km. Excellent paint with no visible flaws. Windshield frame pitted all the way around, but all other chrome in nice condition. Nice interior but has had aftermarket stereo and speakers installed. Tidy engine bished at restoration, looking very nice. Interior in great shape, looks never used. Correct 1,200cc engine, clean engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $28,600. Show-quality restoration of the first “people's car” since the Model T. VWs, especially convertibles, have been on the rise and this one was no different, fetching a spendy sum. #552-1980 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS59910004301153. Red/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 17,977 km. Some paint buildup in door jambs and a significant crack in top of passenger's side door. Overspray on left rear quarter. Bumper repainted partially and compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $33,000. I always believe the sign of a well cared for car is when you find the original jack, tools, and manuals still with the car. This Fiat had all of that, plus the sales literature. With history since new and excellent condition, the buyer bought this car right. #506-1970 FIAT 500L coupe. S/N 2555231. Burgundy/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 38,240 km. Nice paint with minor flaws. Dent in front of hood. Chrome and brightwork fair overall, Sports Car Market


Page 78

RM Auctions Hershey, PA vinyl. RHD. Partially original condition (body and interior) with cracked and peeling paint on body exposing wood. Interior in nice shape, as is top. Tail light tarnished, appears to be copper, possibly. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,700. Built by one of the earliest manufacturers of auto parts and accessories, this Neustadt-Perry was a bit of a mystery. It was also the oldest car in the auction. It sold for a bargain price—well below the $60k low estimate. A piece of automotive history well worth restoring. #340-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A run- door handles slightly pitted. Odd paint spot on passenger's door, poorly repaired hole in driver's door. Basic black vinyl interior in nice condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,400. Lots of fun out of a little car, and it was bought well at below the $20k catalog estimate. #372-1974 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNE06885. Red/black cloth. Odo: 29,591 miles. Poorly repainted, with overspray on seals and thick paint in door jambs. Multiple chips in paint, including front left corner and on hood. Plastic hood vents faded and dry. Interior not stock, but serviceable as is. Center console cracked and worn. in fair condition. Stains on top. Interior nice. Engine detailed at one time, then used. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. Recognizable by its big barrel front, this long-ago-restored Franklin still presented nicely. Considering the Franklin market and the $25k–$40k catalog estimate, it seemed spendy. #332-1907 BUICK MODEL G roadster. Engine somewhat detailed and clean, most likely due to recent modifications in carburetion. Once owned by NFL quarterback John Reaves. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Several modifications were made to the car while in Reaves' ownership, including monochromatic paint, Recaro seating, stereo, and fuel injection (since removed). Due to the changes and use, the car appeared somewhat tired, especially the interior. Bought high considering the condition—maybe the high bidder was paying for the past celebrity ownership? AMERICAN #356-1902 NEUSTADT-PERRY 4-passen- ger surrey. Black/black canvas/black $68,750. Like many other early Cadillacs, this car was a hodge-podge of original and new construction. Nonetheless, still a very presentable example of the much desired Model A. Considering how much these early Cadillacs often fetch, this was a fair price. TOP 10 No. 10 #537-1903 PACKARD F rear-entry tonneau. S/N F251. Eng. # 251. Maroon/red leather. RHD. Said to be one of three remaining of 179 built, and surviving grandly. Despite a few minor hiccups— flaw in paint above radiator cap where a hole was patched, shrinkage near top of body (possibly evidence of a top at one time)—in overall and cracking at seams. Brass in good condition, slightly tired. Leather seat in great condition, as is the engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $49,500. A correct restoration, having won many AACA awards back in the mid-'80s. Desirable for 2-cylinder touring. Bought fair, considering the aging but still presentable restoration. #328-1907 JEWEL MODEL D runabout. excellent condition. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $374,000. One of the real surprises of the sale, this rare Packard surpassed the predicted price range to claim the second highest hammer price of the auction. Prior to joining the John O'Quinn Collection in 2009, the car found success coast-to-coast, first at Pebble Beach, and then at various AACA and Packard shows. Here's to hoping the new owner gets his mon- 78 S/N 542. Eng. # 542. Dark green &black/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Older restoration with nice paint on body and minor chips on all fenders. Suspension paint edgy. Chipped and poor paint on interior bows, seats in nice condition but interior dirty as a whole. Brass weathered and needs polishing. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. Made near my hometown, I'm somewhat partial to the little Jewell. It had been claimed that Sports Car Market S/N 4490. Eng. # 4490. Maroon & black/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,570 miles. Some scratches and chips in fenders, following total restoration several years ago. Body in overall nice condition with slight paint chips about. S/N 122. Black & maroon/black leather. RHD. Another older restoration with typical chips and scratches on fenders and body. Rear fenders slightly bent. Some odd marks on the rear of the body. Brass in fair condition. Leather seat in good condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT ey's worth and heads for the London to Brighton run. #333-1906 FRANKLIN MODEL G tourer. S/N G2619. Eng. # 3349. Dark red & black/tan canvas/maroon leather. RHD. Older restoration with paint on body chipped and cracking in some areas. Pinstriping wearing off body as well. Fenders slightly chipped on edges. Brass


Page 80

RM Auctions Hershey, PA record. Despite its older restoration (took 2nd at Pebble Beach in 1983), it was still a very eye catching car. Bought relatively cheap considering the cost of brass-era vehicles at this sale. #548-1911 JACKSON 50HP 7-passenger tourer. S/N 5202. Dark blue & black/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,892 miles. In nice condition, most recently restored in 2002 by Tired Iron Works of CA. Chips on top of left rear door, scuff marks on left running board, cowl molding marred. Wood firewall our local museum had the only survivor, but this proved otherwise. Considering its rarity the price was fair, though significantly higher than the estimate. #330-1909 STANLEY MODEL E2 run- about. S/N 284. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Older amateur restoration and reconstruction. Body severely chipped, exposing wood. Fenders in fair condition, chipped around edges. Rubber on running boards cracked. Interior in nice condition. Engine looks not to have been steamed for a long time. downs in front, slight tears in running board covers on both sides. Brass in excellent condition, having been restored in 2008. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $173,250. Restored by Stoddard- finished nicely, brass in excellent condition, interior showing only slight signs of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $203,500. This former Barney Pollard car (no, this one wasn't hung in his garage) remained in nice condition despite its nearly decade-old restoration. Well bought under the $300k–$400k catalog estimate. #318-1912 LITTLE FOUR roadster. S/N 218. Eng. # 218. Gray & black/black vinyl/ black leather. RHD. Older restoration showing signs of age. Front fenders in nice condition, but have some scratches. Black overspray dots all over body. Rust around fuel tank mounting brackets, especially the left. All brightwork Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,250. A rare coffinnose Stanley that was partially reconstructed many years ago. But how much of it is real Stanley? There were some not-quite-correct details, including the gauges and controls, but the car was bought fair considering what it is. Let's hope the new owner uses the money saved on a restoration. #541-1909 THOMAS-FLYER 6-40 7-pas- senger tourer. S/N 254. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Older restoration shows signs of age, with chips and cracks in paint throughout. Brass somewhat tarnished and scratched. Fair interior with wear only visible on front seat. Formerly show-detailed engine now slightly pitted. Engine showing signs of use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,400. William Durant's project between GM and Chevrolet, the Little car company only produced cars for 18 months, for 3,500 units total. They were rare then and even rarer now, but this older restoration brought more than expected, probably because of all of the other early cars at this sale. #549-1912 STODDARD-DAYTON 5-pas- riddled with fluids. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $176,000. Another John O'Quinn car, another 80 senger roadster. S/N 12C228. Eng. # 12A228. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,574 miles. In fair condition, considering restoration is 40 years old. Painted scratches on driver's side of cowl, rusty scratches on driver's side front fender, paint chipped on top hold- ing signs of wear both front and back. Engine detailed to show quality with some tarnish on cast. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $189,750. As one of only 16 Inter-States known remaining, this was a unique opportunity for sure. It had won many awards, including the Don Olson Memorial Award presented by the Horseless Carriage Club. Bought under the $200k–$250k catalog estimate, and a fair price considering its rarity and dependability. #547-1913 PEERLESS 48-SIX roadster. S/N 13269. Green/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 141 miles. Restored in the early 1980s, now beginning to show age. Significant cracking between seat back and fuel tank area, paint on fuel tank chipping. Paint faded and rough in some areas. Large bubble in running board mat. All brightwork slightly pitted and tarnished. Nice interior evidences little wear. Engine showing signs of rust, corrosion, and Sports Car Market Dayton expert Temple Baldwin in the late 1970s, this extremely rare Model 11C had held up well. Updating cosmetic details over time has helped the vehicle continue to be an award winner (as recently as 2008). With a little more cosmetic help, this accurately restored car could be back to top condition. Bought fair considering the rarity of the automobile and thorough restoration by the authority on Stoddard-Daytons. #562-1913 INTER-STATE MODEL 45 7-passenger tourer. S/N 6668. Dark green & black/dark green cloth/black leather. Odo: 83,038 miles. Older restoration, freshened in 2009. Minor chips and cracked paint on front fenders. Thick paint on doors. Jamb rubbed through to body from users not turning latch to shut doors. Seats in nice condition, floor show


Page 82

RM Auctions Hershey, PA chipped paint. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $200,750. This Peerless was airlifted out of a California canyon where it had been used in a gold mine. The epic rescue of the car and consequent journey to the Pebble Beach show field in 1984 make for quite the pedigree. Bought well, considering Peerless vehicles aren't often on the market. #543-1918 MILBURN ELECTRIC LIGHT brougham. S/N 26567. Dark green & black/black vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 17,594 miles. Still presents well, despite aging older restoration. Paint chipping off body, warped fenders with minor flaws in paint, white pinstripe partially worn off. Brass handles tarnished, glass in good condition. Well decorated interior survives with bud vases, curtains, etc. Driver's black vinyl/blue-gray cloth. Odo: 8,504 miles. Out of the John O'Quinn Collection. Older restoration still in great shape. Only one small chip in paint on belt line. Brass in nice condition but could benefit from thorough polishing. Interior appears new, looks to have never been used. Same for the show-detailed engine compartment. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $55,000. An AACA award-winning car from the “Golden Age” of coach building in America. This Brewster had all the right stuff and has held up great, considering how long since it's been since the restoration. A solid buy for the quality. #566-1928 LASALLE 1168-B4 phaeton. S/N 211324. Two-tone burgundy/tan canvas/ tan vinyl. Odo: 47,052 miles. Presents as flawless, with fresh paint and new top. No flaws noticed in paint or body. Nice interior as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $110,000. Sold out of long-term ownership, it was easy to see how this baby Cadillac took home first place awards of that auction, this highly desirable Duesenberg was another from the estate of John O'Quinn. With coachwork by Murphy and history since new, it was a fine example that was bought fairly. See the American Profile, January 2011 SCM, p. 50. #363-1929 FORD MODEL A phaeton. S/N A99550. Tan, dark brown & black/tan canvas/ dark brown vinyl. Odo: 684 miles. Older restoration with multiple paint flaws, including chips on both front doors and both running boards. Snag and tear on passenger side rear in both the AACA and CCCA. Said to be one of only 2 surviving Model 1168-B4s, this car had all of the right stuff, including dual side mounts and a stanchion-mounted spotlight. One of Harley Earl's first and what many Cadillac experts would consider “best” designs. Bought fair, well above catalog estimate—no doubt because of the high quality. side carpeting worn from use. Needs new battery set to be operational. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $41,800. Made in Toledo, Ohio by the Milburn Wagon Company (eventually sold to GM), this older restoration remained in nice shape with a well-appointed interior. A little pricier than most other electric cars, but Milburns saw only limited production. #540-1920 BREWSTER 2-dr sedan. S/N 02344. Eng. # 02382. Bright blue & black/ signs of age. Rust on top of passenger's side running board, paint chipped in several locations, including deck lid, gas filler cap, and fender bottoms. Snap missing on driver's side of top. Nice interior shows little wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $748,000. Last sold for $825,000 at RM's Rochester sale in 2005 (SCM# 38810). One of the stars of that show and the top seller 82 chrome, brightwork, and interior all in nice condition showing little sign of wear. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $297,000. Last sold for $262,500 at Kruse Auburn in August '91. (SCM# 8797). Despite paint flaws, it still presented well today, nicely equipped with all of the period accessories. A bargain at nearly $100k below the catalog estimate. #515-1931 FORD 66-A Deluxe pickup. S/N A4823806. Rubelite Red & maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 622 miles. An older restoration paint cracks showing all over. Bad paint splintering top of bed near cab. Some Sports Car Market TOP 10 No. 7 #529-1929 DUESENBERG MODEL J convertible coupe. S/N 2213. Eng. # J194. Silver/green/tan cloth w/dark green leather trim/dark green leather. Odo: 41,190 miles. An older restoration showing fender. Side mount covers and top stained. Older yellowed whitewall tires. Nice condition interior. Engine in fair condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,900. Believed to be an AR—one of the first Model As to roll off the line in 1928—this car would be a great driver. Sure, it had minor flaws here and there, but most drivers do. It was bought right with a little left over to correct some of the issues. #528-1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452-A sport phaeton. S/N 702514. Black/silver & black cloth/red leather. Odo: 60,810 miles. An older restoration that's been well maintained, only showing small signs of wear. Touched-up paint chips in cowl area, some not as well done as others. Paint on trunk rough. Engine,


Page 84

RM Auctions Hershey, PA signs of shrinkage on right side of bed. Window glass starting to separate. Nice chrome and as well as left rear door. All chrome and brightwork nice with the exception of the drivers side window stanchion, which is pitted and peeling. Material on seats not stock but still nice. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,750. One of only 45 produced in ‘31, this Lincoln still presents extremely well despite its older restoration. The AACA badge on the car is dated 1982, which is when we can assume the restoration was done. It was a deal at the purchase price considering the rarity and all the car you get for the money. stainless. Show quality engine bay. Said to be one of fewer than 30 remaining examples of just 293 built. Originally made as GE fleet vehicles, then produced for the public. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,250. This is the way to have a Model A pickup and set yourself apart. Bought well at low end of estimate, considering paint issues that need to be fixed. #542-1931 FORD DELUXE phaeton. S/N A4762447. Dark blue & black/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 3,609 miles. An excellent example, with nice paint and like-new interior. Chrome and brightwork good, only slight pitting in Formerly nicely painted engine compartment now stained from use. Trunk also stained, gas cap missing. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $88,000. Although an award-winning show car in 2004, the car was beginning to show some age in the paint and driver's area. Correctly purchased, smack dab in the middle of the catalog estimate. windshield stanchions. Chipped paint on hood hold-downs. Show quality engine detailing. AACA and MARC/Henry Ford award-winner. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,600. Sold at Kruse in May of 2006, presumably purchased by John O'Quinn, as it was here as one of his estate cars. High price for a Model A, but a rare body style. #364-1931 LINCOLN MODEL K 7-pas- senger touring. S/N 67436. Medium blue and dark blue/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 68,044 miles. Nice paint with exceptional fit and finish. Small chip near right rear door partially been replaced with an odd-looking distressed vinyl. Minor corrosion on dash. Engine never restored and in fair condition. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $173,250. One of my personal favorites of the sale. Originally purchased by John Rockefeller's daughter Alta, and her monogram still remains on the rear doors. The car stayed in the family until enter- 84 running board mat coming off. Slight pitting on chrome bumpers, all other brightwork nice. Interior clean with excellent wood grain. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. Allegedly used in the 1991 thriller “Billy Bathgate,” this older restoration still presented well. Sold new in Brooklyn, it has been maintained well over the years and hardly driven, with just 26,000 short miles on the clock. A nice entry-level Packard, affordable at auction price. #559-1935 AUBURN 851SC phaeton. S/N 31899H. Deep green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: Sports Car Market #556-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 41 7-passenger tourer. S/N 3050219. Tan & brown/tan cloth/dark brown leather. Odo: 36,886 miles. Nearly all original and said to be one of only 5 surviving Model 41s. Exhibits only minor chips in the original custom color paint and slight pitting on bumpers. Interior has #530-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 43 phaeton. S/N 1025208. Eng. # 226404. Green & dark green/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 43,109 miles. An entry-level Pierce for '31. Older restoration with chips in paint all around the top of the body. Some chrome pitted. Signs of wear on driver's seat and running board. ing Harrah's collection in 1976. Considering the history and the quality, it was bought fairly at the high end of the catalog estimate. It should fare well in any preservation-class judging. BEST BUY #569-1932 BERGHOLT STREAMLINE 2-dr sedan. S/N 134761. White/white vinyl/blue & gray cloth. Odo: 85,449 miles. Shown a few times since restoration completed in 2006 and still looking virtually flawless. Door handles slightly pitted. Interior plain but very nice. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $82,500. One of one, built by Fred Bergholt to promote his cosmetic line Madam White. Aside from being a promotional vehicle, the Bergholt was well ahead of its time and was granted 7 patents between 1934 and 1936. Mr. Bergholt never was successful in selling his design ideas to the major auto manufacturers, though he was successful in at least suing GM years later for ripping off his design. Hard to believe this was built on a '32 Ford chassis and drivetrain. A unique piece of automotive history and bought at a bargain price. #310-1932 PACKARD LIGHT EIGHT 4-dr sedan. S/N 5534080. Light & dark brown/ brown cloth. Odo: 25,997 miles. An older restoration with some chips in front right fender, driver's door, cowl where hood meets, and beltline. Hood paint cracking. Passenger's


Page 86

RM Auctions Hershey, PA 547 miles. By far one of the nicest vehicles in the sale, this car has virtually no flaws. One small scratch on front passenger's fender and toration of what appears to be a nice, solid car. Paint chipped on cowl near hood and on door hinges. Driver's door fits poorly and doesn't latch at bottom. Top slightly stained. Chrome fair. Nice interior, although not completely stock. Engine in useable condition, with signs of overheating on generator and intake. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,750. Although not perfect, this roadster would still be a joy to cruise, considering all the options it was equipped with: rumble seat, radio, combined oil and gas gauge, wind wings, and banjo wheel. Fairly bought considering the old adage, “When the top goes down, the price goes up!” a couple chips along top of rear doors are the only visible signs of wear. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $154,000. Last sold for $228,960 at the Kruse auction in Scottsdale, AZ in January '07 (SCM# 44384). The most stunning vehicle in the sale, this Auburn looked like it came out of the restoration shop yesterday, not 7 years ago. An AACA Jr and Sr award-winner, this car would be perfect for CCCA touring with its supercharged engine and Columbia two-speed rear end. A costly restoration, and a bargain for the new owner. #519-1936 FORD DELUXE delivery sedan. S/N 182500401. Maroon/black vinyl/ tan cloth. Odo: 29,341 miles. Older restora- #563-1936 PONTIAC DELUXE EIGHT convertible. S/N 8BA8211. Dark green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 1,111 miles. Chips in driver's side door, front right fender, and above taillights. Chrome on window trim wavy, hood emblem pitted. Seat dirty and wrinkled from use. Engine compartment detailed at one time, but now slightly grungy from use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,900. Believed to be one of only Running board covers slightly rotted and cracked. Minor pitting on chrome inside and out. Clean engine compartment. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,250. The Super Deluxe was the superior model for the restyled for '41 woodie wagon. Woodies are always desirable, and for the sale price today, this was a nice, solid example. two surviving examples, and utterly presentable. Eight years went into this car with great attention to detail, down to the size of the metal flake in the paint. It earned VMCCA Gold status when judged, scoring 97.5 out of 100. A fair buy considering the rarity of the car and the condition it was in. tion of a solid car. Poor-fitting front fenders both present minor chips. Passenger door also slightly out of adjustment. Exterior wood in nice condition with only slight signs of use. Some cracks in banjo wheel. Minor pitting on chrome. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $47,300. '36 Fords of any body style are hot right now, and this was something not often seen. Well bought at a very reasonable price. #352-1936 FORD DELUXE rumble seat roadster. S/N 183277355. Tan/tan canvas/ brown vinyl. Odo: 9,098 miles. An older res- #513-1940 LINCOLN-ZEPHYR CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 06H96690. Dark green/carmel Haartz cloth/ carmel leather. Odo: 6 miles. Ex-Jerry Capizzi car, restored some time ago. Paint shows shrinkage spots on driver's and passenger's sides, with possibly a few touch-ups. Interior appears nice with very little wear on one time to have been restored. Overall chrome nice, only license plate support pitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,250. The catalog described this as a proven tourer, which would be a great activity for this less-than-show-quality car. Bought at a price the owner can drive and enjoy. © #539-1941 FORD SUPER DELUXE convertible. S/N 186691035. Mandarin Maroon/ tan cloth/dark red leather. Odo: 217 miles. Once Cayuga blue, allegedly retains the original interior. Both doors out of adjustment, paint chipped or rough in various places. Interior in nice shape, as is the engine, which appears at restoration quick-fixes need to be redone properly. An average market price. #521-1941 FORD 11A Super Deluxe sta- tion wagon. S/N 186433867. Tan & wood/ black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 5,475 miles. Early woodie wagon boasting largely original wood with some cracks in drivers door, other repairs evident. Some chipped paint on spare tire cover and on cowl where met by hood. driver's side and no apparent wear anywhere else. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. This would make for a nice touring car, but some of the 86 Sports Car Market


Page 88

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Fall Carlisle Cars from France, Italy, Germany, and England all crossed the Carlisle block—something you don't always see at other sales of this size Company Carlisle Auctions Date September 30–October 1, 2010 Location Carlisle, Pennsylvania Auctioneers Jeffrey Knosp & Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 143/271 Sales rate 53% Sales total $2,194,164 High sale One of several Shelbys to cross the block at Carlisle Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics tor automobile auctions at the Expo Center across the street from the fairgrounds. Now in its fifth year, the 2010 Fall Carlisle auction did not disappoint, selling 143 of 271 cars for a final total of just under $2.2m—a significant improvement over last year's $1.9m for 111 of 281 lots. Carlisle's auction inventory is not that different from C the selection at its Car Corral at the fairgrounds, with consignments largely made up of good quality drivers and regional award-winning show cars. During this year's two-day sale, cars from France, Italy, Germany, England, America and even a Finnish-built Saab turbo convertible crossed the Carlisle auction block—something you don't always see at other sales of this caliber. Not surprisingly, high sale honors fell to a fuel- injected 1965 Corvette 327/375 convertible. It had been here this past spring and failed to sell, but this time it left the block sold at just over $90,000. Not far behind, a 1970 Shelby GT500 with the Drag Pack sold all-in for $88,200 to a phone bidder. Second runner up and from the same consignor as the Shelby Mustang, a 1958 Chrysler Imperial Convertible with low mileage and some renovation (that also failed to find a new home at more or less the same number last spring) was cut loose this time for $80,325. 88 arlisle's most heavily-trafficked events are its Spring and Fall all-make swap meets, which also support their own collec- 1965 Chevrolet Corvette 327/375 FI Convertible, sold at $90,300 Buyer's premium 5%, included in sold prices Notable no-sales included a trio of Shelby GT350s: a '67 model was bid to $67,000, a ‘66 Hertz brought $72,000, and a ‘69 fastback stopped at $60,000. A pair of rather older restored second-generation Corvettes also failed to find new ownership for $75,000 and $66,000, respectively. As in the spring, Carlisle again improved its auction promo- tion well in advance of the sale by publishing an easy-to-mail booklet with quality lots and a good number of photos. The brochure that hit many mailboxes late this summer included many of the high-bid and high-sale lots to cross the block, and very few of the featured cars did not show up, ostensibly having been sold in the interim. A Ford feature was touted, attracting many low-mileage, rare and unusual examples from Dearborn, and that helped draw a good number of Ford collectors. The emphasis on all-original cars, while not a feature by itself this time around, was again seen in many of the consignments, and it undoubtedly helped a good portion of the lots available find new ownership by the weekend. Improvements to Carlisle's auctions time Sales Totals after time are palpable; despite the company's relative youth in the auction business, it has spent over 35 years creating an atmosphere of honesty, fair play, and straight dealings across the street at the fairgrounds, where more than a dozen automotive-related mega-events take place annually. The company continues to maintain and improve upon its sales and the quality of cars consigned, while not forgetting about the buyer looking for that first-time collector car for his or her garage. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006


Page 90

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA ENGLISH #T91-1958 MG A roadster. S/N HDR4335279. Old English White/black vinyl/ black leather. Odo: 18,347 miles. Stunningly original throughout, sporting one older and possibly partial respray to correct minor impact damage. Original selling dealer plaque on decklid appears never to have been removed. Chrome and brightwork remarkable, but not more so than the original soft leather interior. Engine compartment very original, undetailed, and that no further bids came in before the hammer fell. Well bought. #T44-1991 LOTUS ELAN convertible. S/N SCCGA36BXMHF37683. Red/black cloth/gray leather. Odo: 76,524 miles. Original finish lightly faded, but no sign of accident damage or other bodywork. Panel fit likely asbuilt. Interior average, seats very dry, instrument panel faded. Black top shows shrinkage and wear, plastic rear window clouded. Engine ple, and there might be a few dollars left in it once scrubbed and detailed a bit more. Fairly bought and sold. Last seen at the December 2008 Auctions America sale in Raleigh, where it was an $8,600 no-sale (SCM# 118744). #F208-1987 PEUGEOT 505 STI IMSA Firehawk-spec 4-dr sedan. S/N VF3BA71Z8GS400100. White/red & gray cloth. Odo: 39,892 miles. Recent race-car quality respray shows an even finish and very few warts. Sunroof caulked up from new, headliner still present with no sunroof hole. Full racing cage. Good exterior trim. Interior Spartan and correct to period, with older driver's race seat and taxicab passenger's seat, as originally equipped. Engine bay exhibits racing prepa- and honest, down to original antifreeze tag. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $24,938. The flaws made it unique and believable, and I don't think I've seen as good an original MG A in a decade or more. It was hard to pass up, even at the high bid. Some would say well sold, but I'd say it was also well bought, with some potential for upside down the road—as long as someone doesn't ruin it with a restoration. BEST BUY #F171-1986 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR saloon. S/N SCAZN42A5GCX15369. Champagne & sable/magnolia leather. Odo: 111,223 miles. High-quality respray in two-tone color combination tasteful and possibly as originally delivered. Clear coat heavy and a bit ripply from basecoat preparation. Later-model alloy wheels unmarked. Interior very tidy, leather wellcared-for, wood redone. Engine bay shows recent maintenance, powerplant runs quietly and compartment very clean, indicating maintenance and multiple tuning efforts. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,500. Somewhat on the cusp of collectibility, the short generation of the Elan is still considered by many as no more than an uncommon used car. Condition-wise, this particular example was well behind the curve. Value is about on par with a similarvintage Miata. FRENCH #T58-1977 CITROËN 2CV Club 4-dr convertible. S/N VF7AZKA00KA363567. Light gray/black vinyl/gray/blue cloth. Odo: 43,312 miles. Generally quite original, save for older, driver-quality repaint. Body straight with good panel fit, light rust around the edges. Brightwork original and still in presentable shape. Convertible top excellent and very likely original. High-spec “Club” interior completely original but lightly soiled. Engine ration and good maintenance, but no detailing. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $7,000. In the heady days of the IMSA racing series, the RS Sedan and Firehawk races were the warm-up to the main GT events. This was a real racer from brand new and also ran in the Escort Endurance series, another production-class event. I think I was the sole vintage racer in attendance here, at least while this car crossed the block, so it was no surprise to see it return to its seller. GERMAN #F238-1950 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S 4-dr sedan. S/N 13604015975. Black/black cloth sunroof/palomino leather. Odo: 35,348 km. Older body-off restoration shows considerable weathering—paint still crisp with little shrinkage, but chrome and brightwork are starting to pit and even lightly rust. Panel fit excellent. Canvas sunroof not as well done as exquisitely-executed interior with all-correct is quite smooth. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,650. Those who pay retail for these cars generally look for models 1987 and later with chassis numbers over 20,000, due to the numerous improvements carried out by Rolls-Royce at that time. However, $40,000 in receipts on this particular example over the last few years would seem to carry more weight. I was surprised when the reserve came off at this low number 90 compartment shabby relative to the rest of the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,190. A Germanspecification car when new, according to the exterior stickers. Not much rust, but not much indication of recent service, either. This was reportedly a good running-and-driving exam- materials. Engine bay faithful to original and not over-detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Someone, obviously well-intentioned, probably could not figure out where to stop hemorrhaging money into this otherwise lovely Sports Car Market


Page 92

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA car. I'd wager thereafter that it sat under a shelter, but likely not indoors. The small corners that were cut hurt interest, and it ran late on Friday as well, so there just may have not been enough people left. #T1-1970 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1502862640. Dark blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 43,428 miles. Decent older respray with some light dents, chips, and scratches from use, most of which have been touched up. Newer convertible top fits well. Chrome and brightwork done to driver-quality. Interior possibly original. Engine compartment vinyl/gray velour. Odo: 9,705 miles. Older paintwork to reasonably high standard, stretched bodywork well-executed. Finish exhibits numerous small scratches and marks. Vinyl top puffy but intact. Interior tidy, rear compartment laughably elegant with pillowtufted seats. Engine compartment shows regu- Driver's door shows poor fit and gap of door to fender due to past hyper-extension. Targa hoop weathered, top in good shape and fits well. Correct factory front and rear non-turbo spoilers undamaged. Optional leather sport seats very dry, dashboard and console in good shape. Hood and engine lid struts weak and need of average and undetailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,985. The first lot out after the Salvation Army Cars finished up on Thursday, this was a nice little car to get the crowd fired up. It ran well without any smoke or other apparent issues, leaving the block for a new home. #F203-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412007403. Mimosa Yellow/black cloth & Mimosa Yellow hard top/ black leather. Odo: 26,927 miles. Purported low-mile California car sporting an older, average quality repaint with plenty of overspray on trim. Chrome and brightwork well-preserved and help to confirm the mileage. Interior has newer replacement leather; steering wheel and shift knob look to have five times the stated mileage. Engine compartment likewise lar signs of use and is generally undetailed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $5,100. Reportedly built during the 1980s in southern California. Nobody seemed to need this Funny Bunny as it crossed the block, and it was later seen over the weekend at the car corral, and later on the following week at Hershey. #T46-1979 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 4-dr sedan. S/N 11602412146991. Milan Brown/Palomino MB-Tex. Odo: 177,453 miles. Correct and relatively-recent refinishing in correct Mercedes-Benz Milan Brown metallic. Panel fit between right-front fender and hood suggests possibility of past damage. Original chrome and brightwork without any major flaw. Interior very tidy with no dashboard cracks, wood problems, or rear seat shrinkage typical of these models. Engine compartment evidences care and recent mainte- replacement. Engine compartment exhibits servicing but would not appear ever to have been detailed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $9,800. While the pre-'87, pre-G50 transaxle cars do not pull the values of their later brethren, this was still an honest driver with no apparent needs. It ran too late on Friday night to attract more than token attention. High bid was about $5,000 light and the consignor wisely held on, aware that there are plenty of other suitors well above this number. #F161-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N WDBFA67E3SF121650. White/tan cloth & white hard top/tan leather. Odo: 102,465 miles. Paint mostly original; hood, left-front and right-rear fenders appear resprayed to high-standard. Leather and wood present well with no major defects. Convertible top shows slight wear from use and is original. Engine compartment clean but not hiding age suggests a harder life than that described. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. I suppose if Grandma only drove it to the hair salon, somewhere inland of the California coast, and left it parked on the street with the top down every day, it might explain the amount amount of visible aging and the need for repaint and other work done. But the credit card restoration did not make this an appealing piece, even with the small bumpers. High bid should have been enough. #T37-1976 VOLKSWAGEN RABBIT limousine. S/N 1763027486. Black/black 92 nance, and newer stainless-steel exhaust completes the package. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. Brought to the sale by its original owner, this was an impressive specimen with the exceptions of the uncorrected hood-tofender gap and some minor detailing. The 280SEs were well-balanced and not underpowered relative to the heavier, emissions-strangled V8s, though drivability is not necessarily what collectors are looking for. The high bid might have been a bit light, but the consignor's reported expectations were far out of touch. #F257-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Targa. S/N WP0EB0918GS161853. Guards Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 90,533 miles. High quality respray on a solid car. or mileage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,085. A friend of mine bought one of these in lesser condition for more—and he thought he got the deal of the century. I suspected not, and here is the proof. Not unlike the Silver Spirit he bought for considerably more than the similar RollsRoyce in this particular sale—again for more money and in lesser condition—there's something to be learned from these later-model sports and luxury cars changing hands at auction. #F207-1997 AUDI A4 4-dr rally car. S/N WAUCB88D1VA172825. Silver & red/black cloth racing seat. Odo: 104,058 miles. Fullyprepared rally car, finished in factory-original silver with much added embellishment. Some Sports Car Market


Page 94

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA clearcoat issues apparent. Spartan interior with racing seats, Terratrip computer, and other specialty instrumentation and add-ons. Full rollcage extends from front to back with extra reinforcements. Engine compartment clean but not detailed—purpose-oriented and nothing more. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Campaigned by Bill Miller, III in some major northeastern events some time ago, this welldocumented rally machine was not exactly at the top of its game, but could still make for a fun weekend in and out of the trees. However, any aspiring rally driver's were evidently not in attendance on Friday, as the car left the block unsold. #F239-1999 PORSCHE 996 Carrera convertible. S/N WP0CA2990XS654292. Black/ black cloth/black leather. Odo: 54,680 miles. Factory-applied black finish very well-kept, though one rather large ding in passenger's door could have been addressed. Rims marked, trim without damage. Interior tidy but leather seats look dry. Cloth top quite possibly original and without real wear or damage. Engine bay sports many modifications including an presumably leak-free. Chrome and brightwork original and unremarkable. Interior original, aside from wood wheel and shift knob. Turn signal and headlamp stalks rusty, small cracks in dashboard. Engine compartment complete and undetailed, no leaks apparent. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $2,100. Even with a “City of Galveston, TX” sticker on the windshield, I was nonetheless very leery of this—the salty Pennsylvania roads could not have been kind to this Soviet steel. A good runner—yes, I fired it up—but the copiously-applied black undercoating may have hidden lots of issues. High bid may have been light, but not by much. JAPANESE #T83-1977 DATSUN 280Z coupe. S/N HLS30366830. Copper bronze metallic/brown vinyl. Odo: 47,728 miles. Claimed to be a restored, low-mileage car, but with little evidence to support either assertion. Numerous small finish flaws and clearcoat damage along panel edges detract. Bumpers a bit rough, brightwork original and somewhat dull. Rear window but intact, dashboard lightly cracked. Engine compartment undetailed but clean and shows recent maintenance. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $2,750. It's unusual to see one of these cars at auction, let alone not completely trashed or without significant rust. This was a nice start to something that could be cleaned up without major expense for next spring, but only the bottom-feeders were playing, and their bids just weren't enough. AMERICAN #F152-1933 FORD STANDARD 2-dr sedan. S/N 347153. Black/black vinyl/tan mohair. Odo: 29,537 miles. High-quality, comprehensive, frame-off restoration finished in modern materials. Slight exterior prep issues in hard-to-reach places. Chrome and nickel nicely redone, brightwork not pitted. Interior shows aging, tan mohair has turned a bit green, but minimalist instrument panel still looks FPC supercharger, K&N cone filter, and more. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Top bid was more than would be expected for a first-year 996 convertible in similar condition. No mystery here, even with the modest miles, as very few folks want to turn their obsessively engineered Porsche into a personal hand grenade. Best way to lower the value of your shiny 996: spent thousands adding a supercharger. Late model cars tend to sell at Carlise for about wholesale. It will be hard to achieve much more. ITALIAN #F249-1977 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER convertible. S/N AR3050809. Yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 35,845 miles. Older respray shows use and abuse, left front fender creased. Factory alloys painted yellow and not appealing. Newer black convertible top intact and 94 louvers a period touch. Interior mostly original and tidy, though showing its age. Grimy engine compartment with Bosch D-Jetronic-derived fuel injection shows some evidence of maintenance, but not recently. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,190. Apart from the interior, this car had few redeeming qualities. Far better examples trade for similar money or less, so this just seemed like a case of tunnel vision. Well sold. SWEDISH #F181-1990 SAAB 900 TURBO convert- ible. S/N YS3AL75L7L7010097. Cherry Red/ black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 139,960 miles. A straight and solid example of Saab's original ragtop, with good original paint apart from clearcoat damage on gray bumpers. Upgraded 3-spoke “SPG” alloys look good. Top original and lightly worn. Tan leather dry crisp. Engine compartment restoration likewise shows its age and some touring duty, but is not overdone. 2004 AACA National First Place plaque screwed to license plate. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,100. This one's condition suggested it had seen some moderate touring in the years since its 2004 AACA win. The light prep issues were not a major distraction, nor was the similarly light aging throughout. Market priced. #T94-1936 FORD MODEL 48 phaeton. S/N 3048476. Black/tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 6,218 miles. Restored or refurbished some time ago. Older two-stage paint somewhat more recent. Brightwork average and pitted, chrome bumpers likely redone more recently. Tan cloth top appears newer. Older interior presumably dates to original restoration. Engine compartment detailing surprisingly fresh. Prep and finish work lacking Sports Car Market


Page 96

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA throughout, and amateur attempts to shore up certain elements detract further. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,000. A no-sale today and a $44k no-sale just 6 months earlier at this same sale (SCM# 161938). Nicely accessorized, including a Columbia 2-speed rear axle, but not comprehensively restored to any sort of modern standard. This Phaeton had all its pieces and parts, but given the amount of work it would take to bring it up to snuff, the high bid should have been enough. #F209-1940 FORD DELUXE convertible. S/N 185757266. Red/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 5,550 miles. Older comprehensive restoration done in a brighter-than-stock shade of red. Good panel fit, with only light swirl marks to detract from finish. Older tan cloth top not worn. Good chrome, slightly dull & pitted brightwork emphasized by saggy door handles. Interior tidy with highly-detailed instrument detailing shows some tour use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,000. This Buick may well have been special-ordered and retained for four decades or more by well-known actor of stage and screen, Jackie Gleason. But with limited credible documentation backing up the claim, the price achieved only slightly more than it might have on the car's own merits. If the new owner can prove it conclusively, he'll see some upside, with value heading “To the moon, Alice!” #T41-1947 CHEVROLET FLEETMASTER coupe. S/N EAM95064. Maroon/tan mohair. Odo: 7,320 miles. Very presentable throughout, low miles reportedly original. Paint older and not to restorationquality, numerous small flaws evident. Panel fit could be better and is mysterious given car's originality. Bumpers and brightwork very original, grille chrome pitted beyond that of other pot metal. Cloth interior stunningly well- compartment still very nice, dashboard and upholstery crisp. Engine compartment tidy, not overly-detailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. These Kaiser sedans featured a pullout trunk, useful as a demi-pickup truck for traveling salesmen in the day. Not common 50 years ago, let alone today, this is the only one I can recall seeing at auction in recent years. While still in need of some TLC, high bid was light for the car's rarity and the amount of beautiful wood in the rear. #F160.1-1951 PLYMOUTH CRANBROOK 4-dr sedan. S/N 12704224. Gray-green/gray cloth. Odo: 43,321 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older respray extends to jambs and exhibits use. Driver and right rear doors fit a bit wide at center posts. Chrome redone, brightwork somewhat dull and lightly pitted. Seats and door panels redone in modern cloth materials. Engine compartment unre- panel. Engine compartment exhibits tour usage since comprehensive detailing and is very correct. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. With its older vinyl interior, fender skirts, and small motorcycle turnsignals—along with the lipstick red finish—this felt rather dated, compared with other, more period-correct examples. Condition was hard to fault, but high bid should have been enough. #T86-1941 BUICK SUPER convertible. S/N 14027899. Yellow/black cloth/yellow vinyl. Odo: 3,916 miles. Restored a decade or more ago, still with good paint, fit and finish throughout. Black Hartz cloth top likely never wet and remains nearly as-new. Nice chrome, brightwork shows light pitting and wear. Interior dyed and looks quite mottled, material incorrect, steering wheel cracked, dashboard chrome possibly original. Older engine bay 96 preserved, dashboard tidy apart from broken radio dial. Engine compartment clean but not detailed, engine painted incorrect color. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,555. There were too many questions with this one, and the buying public apparently agreed. The consignor saw fit to cut it loose just below the high bid. At this number, if the mileage is right, this should be a nice, guilt-free driver for many years to come. #T32-1949 KAISER VAGABOND 4-dr sedan. S/N K492038169. Dark green metallic/ brown vinyl. Odo: 79,226 miles. Older refurbishment of a very original car exhibits numerous panel-to-panel mismatches and waviness. Bumpers and larger brightwork items rechromed, window surrounds and interior brightwork original with normal aging apparent. Interior older, wood in rear loading stored, but dry and complete. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,665. A 1986 Utah inspection sticker testifies to this car's solid condition and lack of apparent rust or body issues. While not a particularly inspiring car, they're plenty of fun to toodle around in, and they make good entrylevel collector cars. Well bought and sold. #T30-1953 NASH RAMBLER CUSTOM convertible. S/N D137635. Yellow/black vinyl/green & tan plaid cloth. Odo: 43,286 miles. Older amateur restoration shows numerous finish and panel fit flaws. Original green paint visible along edges. Chrome and brightwork redone. Top older and fits poorly over windows, worst at the second bow. Green cloth interior redone to original standard. Engine compartment worst of the color change, engine itself detailed to amateur standard and somewhat deteriorated since then. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,800. A textbook “credit card Sports Car Market


Page 98

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA and finish. Stunning chrome and brightwork with few flaws evident. Interior very correct with N.O.S. seat material, but dashboard and steering wheel are a bit dull. Engine compartment nicely detailed and not overdone. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. A well-restored V8 wagon with 3-speed overdrive manual transmission. For such a superbly cool time capsule, the old adage “find another one” comes to mind, but that doesn't mean there was a bidder here willing to pay the right price. Consignor was wise to hold out for more, but he might also be advised to enjoy this in the meantime. restoration” over the course of a few years and completed plenty of years ago. I hope it runs and drives far better than it presents, since this was all the money for such an example. #F178-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003557. Pennant Blue/tan cloth/tan vinyl. Odo: 185 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Concours-quality older restoration has unwound, with some later touch-up work on certain panels. Chrome and brightwork remain preserved to a high standard. Interior restoration comprehensive and exhibits little if any wear. Engine compartment sports a high- #F206-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH393727. Gray/white hard top & white vinyl soft top/red vinyl. Odo: 16,573 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Well restored with no major issues to exterior finish or body. Chrome nicely redone, small items of brightwork beginning to pit, however. Older weatherstripping a bit dry. Interior pristine, though horn ring could be a few degrees better. with new headliner, seat covers, and other small details. Engine tidy but unrestored. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,713. This was perhaps the zaniest lot of this eclectic sale and it had a lot of people looking, but few raised their hands. The number was right for a low-miles example in such condition, so both buyer and seller ought to be pleased. #T50-1958 EDSEL PACER 2-dr hard top. S/N W8UG718885. Venetian Red & white/ white steel/red cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 26,854 miles. 361-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older high-quality restoration exhibits ripples and light dents down right side. Driver door gap to front clip uneven. Chrome and brightwork outstanding. Interior tidy, dashboard restored to similar standard with light use evident. Rear quality detailing with some age apparent. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. Back in the days of the $300,000-$400,000 1953 Corvette, a few 1954s commanded some pretty high prices. Pennant Blue is sure pretty on these and the 1955s as well, but I'd rather have a V8 above this particular number. Thus, I would imagine just about everyone else stopped at an ‘all-in' number around $80,000, leaving this car unsold. #T56-1954 STUDEBAKER COMMANDER 2-dr wagon. S/N 8839177. Maroon & tan/tan & red vinyl. Odo: 47,814 miles. 232-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Very high-quality restoration appears generally comprehensive, although roof rain gutters show weaker prep Engine compartment restoration comprehensive and well-preserved since. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,000. A nice older restoration in an initially-unappealing hue, this car's shade of gray was meant for the 1958 models but made it onto some of the last “Early Birds.” It took some time to grow on me, and while not bid on with great passion, it was the only firstgeneration Thunderbird here, and high bid was in line with the marketplace. Seller should've taken it. #F202-1957 JEEP FC150 FORWARD CONTROL pickup. S/N 6554815263. Green & white/green vinyl. Odo: 13,165 miles. Older renovation of a low-miles original Forward Control exhibits numerous chips and light touch-up spots. Paintwork generally decent for a workhorse driver, light overspray on original rubber weatherstripping. Original glass lightly delaminating around edges. Interior revived parcel shelf cut for modern speakers. Engine compartment lightly detailed to driver quality; incorrect battery, hoses, and older wiring could be addressed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,063. A nicer car from a few feet away, and many of its details could be addressed without much money or time. The new owner will do well to clean up these issues and then continue to enjoy this unusual and striking car. #F189.1-1958 FORD F-100 Fire Chief panel van. S/N F10J8K31841. Red/tan, white, & red vinyl. Odo: 14,778 miles. Older red respray of otherwise original, low-mileage fire chief wagon. Paint aged but very intact and presentable with only minor flaws. Painted bumpers decent, good brightwork, lights, and emblems. Spartan but tidy interior without issue. Engine compartment surprisingly well detailed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. With all of its fire department equipment intact and the privacy of its spacious rear compartment, you could have your own private “red light district” in the back of this truck. But I'm 98 Sports Car Market


Page 100

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA not sure what else you would do with it, apart from park it next to your American LaFrance. Despite the cost of restoration and the low mileage, I'd say the high bid was generous enough. #T68-1959 CHEVROLET IMPALA 2-dr hard top. S/N F59A172731. Black/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 92,072 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older renovation now shows light touchups, chips, scratches, and some sub-surface imperfections in comprehensive repaint. Chrome bumpers possibly original and moderately scratched, anodized grille cloudy, remainder of brightwork decent throughout. Nicer #F260-1964 CHRYSLER 300 convertible. S/N 8243204527. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 54,763 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older renovation with plenty of warts, still decent as a cruiser but unremarkable. Two-stage paint applied to average body shop standard. Chrome redone, brightwork original and presentable apart from diecast rear panel pitting. Convertible top older, header bow leaks. Boat shop tuck-and-roll vinyl interior older and distinctly unappealing, steering wheel exhibits brightwork shows just slight markings and fit issues around windshield. Interior likewise masterfully executed, seats, dashboard, gauges and even the accessory floormats pristine. Engine bay well-detailed with only minor aging apparent to certain soft parts. Cond: 2+. interior well preserved—probably redone with new-old-stock materials. Engine bay lightly detailed to driver quality. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,775. With no mention of how much of a “bitsa” this was, and nothing at all on the car card apart from a reference to a 409-ci V8, one wonders how this pulled even as much as it did. Another case of looking really good on one side under the lights? Somewhat well sold. #F201-1961 STUDEBAKER LARK VII 2-dr wagon. S/N 61V3575. White/red vinyl. Odo: 75,491 miles. 232-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older light renovation of a nice original car. Older rust repairs well done. Chrome bumpers replated, most brightwork seems original and presentable. Interior faithfully reupholstered and shows well apart, from a cracked dashboard top. V8 engine and 3-speed overdrive transmission show signs of use since last a few cracks. Engine compartment very clean, still showing an older detailing. With factory a/c. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $13,230. Ah, the very last car of a two-day, 270-car sale, when only the die-hards are left. Who can resist a red convertible from the 1960s for $13,000? This might be a tough one to move off someone's lot, at least until next spring; with luck, the Pennsylvania snow won't make it in between the windshield and the convertible top header. #F205-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500XL convertible. S/N 4J69X131969. Wimbledon White/light blue vinyl/light & dark gray & blue vinyl. Odo: 14,257 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. High-quality repaint extends under hood but not very well into door jambs. Great panel fit, probably never taken apart, hit, or rusted. Chrome redone, brightwork original and very nice. Newer convertible top correct, interior SOLD AT $90,300. The high sale of all 271 cars to cross the block, this '65 Fuelie didn't get it done this spring when it was last here, but apparently a few people remembered the opportunity they missed and came back—or at least told their friends. A pretty car with plenty of documentation, it sold just under market price for its excellent condition. #T112-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. S/N 5F07A740429. Green metallic/tan vinyl/ tan vinyl. Odo: 15,008 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Unusual GT hardtop, recent high-quality restoration shows just a few paint prep issues down tops of rear quarter panels. Chrome redone or replaced, brightwork possibly original. Interior very tidy with factory a/c and 4-speed transmission, column-mounted tachometer, comprehensive detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,800. An alluring car with good history, this Lark wagon was reportedly owned by a notable dignitary in the Studebaker club. A N.O.S. (or restored) set of “poverty caps” for the steel rims were in the backseat, some paper documentation occupied the front. I liked the versatility of the bodystyle combined with V8 power and manual transmission, and apparently someone else did as well. Nicely bought. 100 original and in great condition. Engine compartment shows well and very correct, apart from modern battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,025. This beautiful, low-mileage car was largely original and well-preserved apart from the respray. Whatever necessitated it and some of the other renovation work did not overly detract from the comprehensive presentation. Nicely bought and not badly sold, either. #F186-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S111601. Nassau Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 183 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Very high-quality restoration exhibits uniform paint and excellent panel gaps. Excellent chrome and clock, and wood steering wheel. Engine bay well-detailed, though the finned alloy Cobra valve covers detract somewhat from the original presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,563. Why was convertible money spent on a lowly hard top? While I typically don't spend this kind of money on any ‘60s car with a roof, I'd have bought this over the equivalent ragtop in a heartbeat. This had to have been rare when new—undoubtedly more so today. The car spoke to me just as as it did a handful of bidders, one of whom scored. Well bought. #F198-1966 SHELBY GT350 H coupe. S/N SFM6S1052. Red & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 2,498 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older high-quality restoration and comprehensive color change from dark green exhibits light sanding scratches, sags, and defects. Fiberglass not uniformly finished. Original glass lightly scratched, particularly the rear window. Sports Car Market


Page 101

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Chrome redone, brightwork highly-polished and original. Interior uniform but older and showing its age. Engine compartment detailed some time in the past. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $72,000. In the Shelby registry and one of few cars to leave Gardena in green with gold stripes, so it's a mystery to me why it was recolored in Candy Apple Red. A bit past its expiration date all the way around, so this price ought to have gotten it done. #T100-1967 FORD GALAXIE 500 XL 2-dr hard top. S/N 7U55H162527. Rangoon Red/red vinyl. Odo: 22,123 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice, original, surviving Galaxie, with original exterior finish (with possibly only a few retouched areas). Body straight, gaps appear factory throughout. Chrome and brightwork exhibit no major issues. Interior completely original in appearance and presents particular car was built in tribute to sold for north of $2.7m. While unrepeatable in today's marketplace, it would obviously still be an expensive car, were it to emerge today on the auction circuit. This was a nicely-done car with little unappealing about it apart from its clone status, making it slightly well bought in my book. #F217-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 67200F7A01347. Lime gold metallic & white/black vinyl. Odo: 47,579 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older high-quality partial respray blends well with original finish, car possibly fully re-clearcoated. Minor scuffs and flaws are more patina than damage. Chrome and brightwork appear uniformly aged and are likely original. Interior comprehensively ownership due to consignors stuck in the past, it's refreshing to see a decent high-level driver like this go at or about its market-correct price. There was some stuff to do to this one to bring it up a notch without too many hours or dollars being laid out, so both buyer and seller should be pleased with the result. #F205.1-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 9F02M481726. Teal green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 96,330 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration comprehensive enough to hide original Royal Maroon finish and perhaps a good bit of repaired rust. Horrible driver's door fit to both front and rear quarters. Clearcoat finish heavy on orange peel. Chrome redone and could be better, brightwork a mix of as mint. Engine compartment original and would require serious detailing to match the rest of the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,738. A stunningly original example with only a few warts, the worst of which was the presentation underhood, this Galaxie 500 XL would be receptive to some thorough detailing. I can't imagine that many others have survived this well. #F234-1967 FORD MUSTANG GT500 replica convertible. S/N 7R03C110925. Candy apple red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,896 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highquality red paint still requires light detail sanding to perfect some areas of heavier orangepeel to two-stage finish. Gaps good, driver's door a bit tight. Chrome redone to show-quality, brightwork still a bit needy. Top and interior crisp and well-detailed. Engine bay would benefit from cleaning and some re-detailing to touch up signs of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,900. Some years ago, the one-off experimental Shelby GT500 convertible that this February 2011 original throughout and very tidy, trunk compartment likewise. Engine compartment clean but generally undetailed, recent maintenance evident. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $67,000. The final year for Gardena, CA production of the Shelby Mustang, this surviving example presented well and even stood up to close examination. But the Shelby enthusiasts were more interested in lot T88, the '70 GT500, which sold for $88,200. #F197-1969 FORD MACH 1 fastback. S/N 9F02M203614. Medium blue & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 84,881 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored with modern materials, prep issues and light cracking exist in rain gutters and other tight places. Slightly mismatched driver's door possibly replaced, poor fit front and rear, deck lid also exhibits slight color shift. Chrome restored or replaced, brightwork lightly overbuffed. Tidy interior, although console surround moderately pitted. Engine bay detailed to high standard apart from modern battery and some hardware; hood hinges very stiff. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,775. With so many of these cars failing to find new replacement and original. Interior tidy and correct, though aged. Engine compartment nicely detailed and correct apart from some MSD and Mallory components. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Despite a Marti report attesting to its originality and some documentation pertaining to the restoration, this car left much to be desired in many areas. High bid was generous and definitely should have been enough. #T76-1970 MERCURY COUGAR XR7 convertible. S/N 0F94H506556. Yellow/dark green vinyl/dark green leather. Odo: 41,536 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older high-quality respray executed to high standard on a lowmileage original car. No evidence of past rust-out, crash damage, or body filler. Chrome 101


Page 102

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA original and excellent, brightwork likewise, although a careful buffing would pay off. Original top intact and presentable. Interior sports redone seats and carpet against an original dashboard and console showing some signs of age. Steering wheel cracked, rim-blow horn inoperative. Engine bay largely original, tidy but undetailed. Equipped with factory a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,900. This looked really stellar crossing the block, but on closer inspection, some details left me a little disappointed. It should be said that these are reasonably uncommon in any condition but that there are plenty of parts around to support a car such as this—so it was not badly bought, but possibly somewhat well sold. #T88-1970 SHELBY GT500 coupe. S/N 0F02R483145. Grabber blue/white vinyl. Odo: 68,781 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older comprehensive restoration of a no-questions Deluxe Marti Report car, now a 20-footer. Numerous prep and finish flaws exist within paintwork. Hood fit bowed on either side about 1/3 back from the grille. Chrome redone, brightwork original. Tidy interior with redone seats and carpet; dashboard, steering wheel, and console likely original to the car. Highquality engine compartment detailing still under paintwork, most obviously at front of hood and beneath rear quarter-windows. Chrome wavy, brightwork shows installation damage and light scratching. Interior presents well and correctly, apart from accessory gauges above center console. Engine bay detailing older and deteriorating. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. An unusual car fitted with factory sliding power roof by American Sunroofs and factory a/c. The older restoration was likely done in long stages and/or by a hobbyist in the home garage. Bidders were relatively impressed, but not enough for the consignor to let it go. #F230-1976 CHRYSLER CORDOBA coupe. S/N SS22K6R100588. Maroon/maroon vinyl landau/maroon velour. Odo: 10,278 miles. 360-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A benchmark example of shoddy malaise-era build quality from Chrysler. Original paint exhibits much waviness and some small chips and scratches from limited use, mostly touched up. Chrome and brightwork original without many flaws, apart from some minor pitting to diecast items. Velour interior presents as mint. Engine bay although with typical Motorcraft ignition amplifier meltdown on inner fender, with epoxy running down onto suspension. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,510. I doubt I've seen a finer example anywhere. Initially unsold across the block, some hasty negotiations immediately post-block resulted in a happy consignor and a jubilant new owner. Obviously, this was way over expectations, mine included, but a few folks thought differently and on further reflection, I don't blame them. #F183-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Anniversary coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S430697. Silver & gray/oyster leather & gray cloth. Odo: 11,860 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Comprehensively original front to back. Paint exhibits light fading with factory gaps. Trim and emblems crisp, brightwork decent. Both glass and fiberglass T-tops on and in car. Unusual oyster leather with gray cloth seats, good carpet, some wear to center console. appears crisp. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $88,200. The documentation likely got this car sold to a phone bidder, but condition would not be easy or cheap to bring up at this price. Hopefully the new owner is happy with this car, since turning it again for similar money will be tough in this market. Well sold. #F179-1972 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS Indy Pace Car 2-dr hard top. S/N 23157U2M201561. White & gold/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 366 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older comprehensive restoration exhibits unrestored and honest throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,930. Fitted with optional wire wheel hubcaps—the originals were found in the passenger's footwell. I'd never buy a Cordoba without the Ricardo Montalbán-touted “fine Corinthean leather.” Squarely in the “rare and should be” category, I'd still say it was slightly well bought, just as a time capsule. #F174-1976 FORD BRONCO suv. S/N U15GLA81614. Medium blue/white steel/dark blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 64,461 miles. Absolutely brilliant restoration, particularly for a mid-'70s Bronco; great paint on a solid body with only a handful of small chips. Chrome appears new, brightwork original and carefully polished throughout. Largely original interior with perhaps only new carpet. Nicely detailed engine with power steering and aftermarket a/c, Engine repainted, remainder original and still very clean and unmarked. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,700. A good result for a standard horsepower automatic Anniversary Corvette. An L48 automatic car wouldn't have been my choice, but as a gap filler in a Corvette collection, this was not a bad car, with very nice patina inside and out. Well bought and sold. #F145-1988 PONTIAC FIERO Formula coupe. S/N 1G2PE1195JP213896. Red/gray cloth. Odo: 1,207 miles. 2.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Uniform original paint with surprisingly heavy orange peel—originality confirmed by no evident wear or body damage. Wheels unmarked. Interior surprisingly basic and unappealing with only minor entry wear. numerous preparation and finish flaws. Door gaps fair, old rust issues beginning to peek out 102 Engine compartment undetailed but more-orless as-new throughout. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $12,750. 1988 was the year when most pundits say GM finally got the Fiero right—and then they promptly deleted the model. This one Sports Car Market


Page 103

Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA would have been a lot more interesting with a 5-speed and a few more options than its rental fleet configuration. While perhaps one of the newest in existence, the price offered was nonetheless fair and it should have sold. #F193-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1G1YY36W295105544. Maroon metallic/black cloth/black & tan leather. Odo: 2,081 miles. 6.2-L 430-hp fuelinjected V8, auto. Flawless, like-new paint throughout. Body perfect. Cloth top clean and likely rarely raised. Opulent all-leather two- tone interior extends to dashboard top, carbonfiber fascia and surround. Engine compartment exhibits only light use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,475. I had to get this fired up to read the odometer. This has been sitting a while as I also confirmed the tire pressure monitoring works—3 out of 4 tires were pretty low. Not a bad buy on a year-old high-option Corvette convertible. © February 2011 103


Page 104

Bonhams Dubai, UAE Collectors' Motor Cars Meticulous execution and a spectacular resort setting made for a red-carpet atmosphere that set a lofty precedent for future events in the region Company Bonhams Date October 11, 2010 Location Royal Mirage Hotel, Dubai, UAE Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 10/16 Sales rate 63% Sales total $1,374,000 High sale 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Shooting Brake, sold at $300,000 A big cat at rest in the desert after coaxing $56,400 from the bidders Buyer's premium 20% on the first $500,000, 12% thereafter (included in sold prices) Report by Evan McMullen, photos by Bonhams Market opinions in italics the Middle East in royal fashion and with equally opulent price tags. A hotly anticipated two-car selection from the official BMW factory collection and three exceptionally rare Ferraris were among the top selling lots of the evening. The sale, to which a selection of art and fine wristwatches was supplement, totaled more than $4.4m, with 65% of the lots being sold—not a bad day's work for a first-time event. Private jets lined the tarmac as collectors descended B on Dubai International Airport en masse. Dubai, a city with a Vegas-like synonymy to wealth, luxury and noholds-barred spending, was a natural choice as a venue for this high-caliber sale that featured some rare and valuable collector vehicles. For the first time, BMW entrusted Bonhams with two of its museum collection models, a BMW M1 and a 3.0CSL ‘Batmobile' (See the January 2011 German profile, p. 48) Both drew considerable attention on the auction block, commanding world-record $264,000 and $218,400 selling prices, respectively. 104 onhams hosted its first motor car auction in Dubai at the lavish Royal Mirage Hotel on October 11, 2010, rolling into Dubai, UAE Despite being eclipsed by the BMWs in pre-sale hype, three concours-quality Ferraris remained ubiquitous targets for some of the more deep-pocketed buyers. At $300,000, the 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona ‘Shooting Brake' (see the January 2011 Ferrari Profile, p. 40) secured the largest sum of the evening—a title that could have easily been seized by the 1980 Ferrari ‘Pinin' Sports Saloon had the owner accepted the $880,000 high bid. It's no surprise that it failed to change hands, though, considering the work done since its last sale at RM Maranello in May '08 for $272k. Here it was presented as a running and driving car, with a pre-sale estimate of $1.2m–$1.4m. Spirited bidding for the final Ferrari of the sale, a factory Classiche- certified 1973 246 GTS Dino Spyder, forced its final selling price to $174,000—low compared to the other two Ferraris, but still well above pre-sale estimates of $100k– $140k. The remarkable turnout delighted buyers and sellers alike. For Bonhams, high prices and respectable percentages laid the foundation for further motor car auctions in the region. Meticulous overall execution and a spectacular resort setting lent themselves to a red-carpet atmosphere that, for better or for worse, set a lofty precedent for future automotive events in the region. It was obvious that special consideration was given to the variety of automobiles up for bid—an effort that paid dividends for Bonhams and everyone involved. Several of the 16 cars had appeared on the block at previous sales with little interest; Bonhams' James Knight and Philip Kantor deserve credit for turning what could have been seen as a handful of lemons into what amounted to one very sweet glass of lemonade. ♦ Sports Car Market


Page 106

Bonhams Dubai, UAE ENGLISH #67-1947 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH 2-dr sedan. S/N WVA74. English Mustard Beige & black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 39,913 miles. Old restoration. Lacquer checking everywhere, pitted chrome, stained carpet showing lots of wear. Aged interior. Badged with Frank Dale and Stepsons, famous British reseller of Rolls-Royces. Imposing P-100 high quality detail. Some scratches and minor chips to paint, excellent panel fit. Some oatmeal leather. Odo: 14,933 km. Although clearly a color change, very nicely presented and even smells new. White seats and door panels, black carpets. Interesting history as the Brussels show car. First owner was a famous Saudi prince and former ambassador to the headlamps with original glass. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $82,000. Interesting coachwork and a generally nice car that hadn't been redone in eons and failed to sell today. Seller should have sold, as this offer was a strong one, considering that proper restoration will set the next owner back $50k to $100k. #72-1964 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 880938. Eng. # RA5651-9. Nautical Blue/dark blue/biscuit leather. Odo: 57,154. Amateur restoration with no recent detailing. Horrid trunk fit, no rear bumper. Visible Bondo, paint shrinkage, some rust. Incorrect alternator, fan, steering wheel, stereo, shifter, and seat belts. Tacky, goofy dash with incorrect gauges, “Jaguar” script added to glove box. Almost like Cond: 2. SOLD AT $56,400. Nice or not, an early, covered-headlight, wire-wheeled 2+2 car isn't worth any more than this, and the auto gearbox hurts it plenty. This was the 2+2 to get, if you had to have one. Seller was probably buried in the restoration costs. #70-1977 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW II saloon. S/N SRF31926. Silver & black/crimson leather. Odo: 140,181 miles. A very nice and imposing example from ten feet, but shows evidence of a lifetime of use. Repainted, with a plethora of paint flaws. Appears to be a nice driver, but no history of a kit car. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $81,600. This was said to have had $50k invested recently—but whoever spent the money didn't really care about originality, unfortunately. These cars are arguably the best deal in a world class sports car of the '60s, but it would be starting all over to fix this one. As a driver it was worth $45k, and the seller should have let go. An excellent example will knock on your door above $100,000. #65-1965 BENTLEY S3 CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N BC98LXE. Eng. # 49EBC. British Racing Green/biscuit leather. Odo: 75,640 km. The personal car of legendary brew baron Alfred “Freddy” Heineken. Nice overall, but showing signs of use. Brilliant and crisp interior. Very nicely presented, but (like nearly all the cars at this sale), could benefit from a 106 wear to chrome, minor dings on bumper overriders. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $138,000. Fairly bought and fairly sold. Previously listed twice in the SCM database, selling for $163,350 at Christies in Paris in '03 (SCM# 30364), and $123,328 at the same sale in '05 (SCM# 37391). If you lived in Dubai, it was a good buy. To send it home, the additional expenses for shipping and duties detracted from the bargain. A great car, and a fair price, although the seller may be disappointed. #74-1966 JAGUAR XKE Series 1 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E76018. Eng. # 7E512029. Light blue/black leather. Odo: 1,895 miles. Beautiful restoration showing minor age. Said to be well documented. One of the nicest cars of the sale. U.S. and U.K. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,000. Low, low mileage is rare on these coachbuilt R-Rs, which cost exponentially more than the rest of the closed lineup when new. The dated design now looks rather chic, and though perhaps fully priced, one would be hard pressed to find such a nice driver example of quirky car that is coming back into vogue. The car garnered spirited bidding, and it was both well bought and sold at this price. #60-1996 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Volante convertible. S/N SCFAA4116VK201043. Navy blue metallic/blue/tan. Odo: 63,057 miles. Sold new in Italy. Shows its age, with door dings, paint flaws, and scratches. Evidence of previous repairs, like a typical 14-year-old car. Dirty interior shows plenty of use. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,400. This was a decent car that might turn up in lane six at the Riverside Dealer auction. A good detailing and an I.O.U. to the Dent Wizard would have helped. Last sold in February '05 at Christie's Paris sale for $60,160 with 61k miles showing (SCM# 37384). Sold cheap today, but who knows what condition it was in mechanically. GERMAN #69-1962 PORSCHE 356B cabriolet. S/N service records offered. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. Silver Shadows are common, and the later rubber bumper variants are less desirable. This car had served its owner for decades and who knows how it ran. It costs $8,000 for a reputable shop to go through the often problematic brakes. I saw nobody in the room showing much interest, and if I were the seller, I would have let it go. #61-1979 ROLLS-ROYCE CAMARGUE coupe. S/N JRX50198. Eng. # 50198. Black/ 156115. Silver/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 5,215 km. T-6. Desirable car but nonnumber-matching with later motor. Badged as an SC but not represented that way in the catalog or across the block. Lots of overspray, corrosion on front trim vents, dinged overriders. PCA badge on deck lid means likely was a U.S. car. Three-band Euro radio suggests it's been back and forth. Poorly redone floor shows nonfactory welds. Otherwise, quite nice cosmetically. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $78,000. This was a $50k no-sale before at Bonhams' Reims sale in September '09 (SCM# 143274). Either the product of multiple restorations or a recent fluff and buff, the purist would find much Sports Car Market


Page 108

Bonhams Dubai, UAE trimmed in burl, including the rear cargo shelf. Nice treatment of gauges. Some wear to the leather, wood, and carpets. Minor paint wear, but nicely presented. Wet paint from Bonhams set stuck to the tire. On Borrani wire wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $300,000. Admittedly to fault with this car. That said, a casual Porsche fan could get lots of mileage and smileage out of it. #63-1975 BMW 3.0CSL coupe. S/N 4355046. Eng. # 4355046. Chamonix White/ black. Alpina stripes. The first of the spectacular restored BMWs offered from the factory at this sale. Fabulously turned out; nicer than new and presents as flawless, short of a swirl or scuff. Concours-quality. BMW factory experts on hand. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $218,400. With phone bidders, proxy bidders, and many hands a fine example, but $300k was all the money for such a non-factory conversion. Its ties to Chinetti and others make it widely accepted, but its odd shape won't have universal appeal. This car is no stranger to the auction block, selling at Bonhams' Gstaad sale in December 2003 for $254,880 (SCM# 31736) and at the same sale in 2005 for $261,861 (SCM# 40211). It was a more recent $300k no-sale at Bonhams' Carmel auction in August 2008. I suspect the seller is delighted to have moved it on. See the Ferrari profile, January 2011 SCM, p. 40. #62-1973 FERRARI DINO 246 GTS spy- in the air, the atmosphere was intense, and prices quickly exceeded expectations. There is likely no finer restored example in the world, although another, unrestored example is known and said to be also spectacular. Top price paid for a top shelf car, but it's unlikely that this type of hype will strike twice for the new owner, and Batmobile owners elsewhere should not consider this price realistic. See the German profile, January 2011 SCM, p. 48 #64-1979 BMW M1 coupe. S/N 4301 166. White/black & gray. Odo: 49,700 km. The second offering from the BMW factory. Presents as perfect, aside from minor door fitting issues, a trivial scuff on a piece of rubber, and one or two miniscule paint flaws. One of der. S/N 03652. Eng. # 11112. Rosso Corsa/ black. Odo: 87,543 miles. A Ferrari factory Classiche-certified car nicely restored prior to sale. Recent motor swap is surprising, since it was just restored. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $174,000. Last sold for $86,292 at Christie's Paris sale in February 2003 (SCM# 30372). Several people in wheel wells. Delaminating plexiglass. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $98,400. One of the most obscure cars at the sale, and appealing to my taste. Lady Penelope's summer driver perhaps, when not in Fab 1. Top bid was a bargain, but if I had been the seller in the desert, I would have let it go. I doubt it would be much fun to drive at 110 degrees Fahrenheit. AMERICAN #68-1931 LINCOLN MODEL K roadster. came just for this car and scurried away when the big boys started going for it. Telephone bidding was strong, and the final price strong indeed. Although people are asking well into the $200k+ range for top cars, this was just a very nice driver. Factory restored doesn't outweigh the non-original 2.4-liter motor. Well sold. 450 built to homologate for racing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $264,000. The Giugiaro-designed, limited-production M1 has been a blue-chip investment for most. These are hot right now, and this one did not disappoint. The buyer spent all the money for one of the best examples in the world. ITALIAN #66-1972 FERRARI 356 GTB/4 Daytona shooting brake. S/N 15275. Black/tan suede leather. Odo: 3,897 miles. Four owners from new. Extremely well done in period by Bob Gittleman and Luigi Chinetti. Elegantly 108 #76-1980 FERRARI PININ 4-dr sedan. Silver/tan leather. The only four-door Ferrari every produced, an aesthetic tribute to Ferrari's favored coachbuilder Pininfarina. Shows the typical issues often found in nonfunctional show cars. Ill-fitting body panels. Various S/N 68655. Eng. # 68655. Cranberry & Creamery Butter/tan canvas/chocolate. Even wear on an older restoration. Very nicely presented, although with many paint flaws and pitting of plating throughout. Fitted with twin side mounts, trunk rack, and landau irons. tor's appeal of a one-off four-door Ferrari is undeniable, reflected in atmospheric presale estimates well into seven figures. That being said, the lack of functional windows and air conditioning makes this drivable show car a rolling furnace, especially in Dubai's infernal heat. Surely unique, but distinctly impractical, even for casual use. This price should have been sufficient. #73-1988 ITALDESIGN AZTEC bar- chetta. Silver/gray. Odo: 147 km. 147 miles from new. Typical build imperfections for a prototype, and showing some age. A great styling exercise, very curious and nicely appointed. Upgraded to run with Audi platform. Rear wheel farings missing. Dead battery. Mud small dents, likely due to the repeat application of featherweight supermodel derrières. Latest owner replaced nonfunctional drivetrain with complete 512 BB engine and adapted 400 GT gearbox. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $880,000. Truly the most unique car at the sale. Last seen at RM's Maranello sale in May '08, where it sold at $272,360 (SCM# 116719). The collec- Updated safety lighting incorporated into the period equipment. 6.3-liter eight makes 120 horsepower, and is claimed to be a strong runner. Fabulous original dash. Quite a car in its day. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $82,800. The early K convertible coupe is not a common car. Last seen at Christies in London 10 years ago, where it sold for $63,600 (SCM# 1332). The more desirable KBs bring in six figures, but this venue didn't have the buyers one would find in Hershey or Auburn. Buyer got a great car for a great price. © Sports Car Market


Page 110

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA America's Car Museum Sale Thirty of the vehicles were culled from the LeMay Collection, and as was the case last year, most were best described as long-stored originals Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date September 10, 2010 Location Tacoma, WA Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 43/79 Sales rate 54% Sales total $665,617 High sale 1933 Lincoln KB Victoria Coupe, sold at $93,600 Buyer's premium 1933 Lincoln KB Victoria coupe, high sale at $93,600 Report and photos by Carl Bomstead Market opinions in italics T he second-annual Bonhams & Butterfields America's Car Museum Sale, featuring property from the LeMay winning bid of $78,975. The most unique offerings were a pair of Mustangs—a '68 Collection, took place September 10 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma. WA. Bonhams & Butterfields offered about 100 fewer cars than were presented at last year's event, and as such, revenues were off by about $1.6m in total, down to $665k from $2.2m in 2009. Thirty of the vehicles were culled from the LeMay Collection, and as was the case last year, most were best described as long-stored originals, with quite a few projects in the mix. Harold LeMay, the founder of a very prosperous re- fuse collection firm, was the consummate collector. At one point he had accumulated about 2,500 cars and was buying about five a week. High-point cars were not his forte, and he took pride in stating that his was a working man's collection. That's all well and good, but past use and long storage had not been kind to some of the cars here, and it seemed like a normal working man wouldn't be able to afford to get some of them in roadworthy condition with a year's worth of wages. The cars that were presentable shone like diamonds in the rough, as by comparison, they were first rate. For example, a 1936 Packard 120 Convertible Sedan that had been recently advertised in the summer issue of Packards International with an asking price of $73,500 attracted a 110 Tacoma, WA Shelby GT350 that somehow was going to remotely control another hydrogen-powered '67 Mustang coupe. They both were fitted with all sorts of switches and whatnot, but in the process of the conversion, the owner lost interest in the project. The Shelby brought $35,100, while the coupe made just $7,020. The LeMay offerings were certainly a mixed bag. An Austin London cab realized $3,510 and a 1947 Sterling Dump Truck with matching 1940 Mack tractor and Fruehauf trailer brought a combined $30,000 against a high estimate of $70,000. They had been donated to the museum a few years back, and the cost of restoration far exceeded the price realized. A 1953 Burma Bomb Service Jeep brought $3,218, but it's hard to say just exactly what one will do with it. You'd obviously be the only one in your neighborhood with one, for whatever that's worth. A cute Wolseley police car brought $31,590 against a high estimate of $15,000, and that was even with the warning that the engine was seized. Go figure. Bonhams and the LeMay folks have realized that the offerings here need to be a bit more upscale for the annual event to be a success in the future, and they both are committed to making it happen. LeMay has the cars, and Bonhams has the expertise, and if everything comes together as planned, next year's event will be back on the same level as the first-annual event in 2009. ♦ Sales Totals $2m 2010 2009 17% on first $100,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices $1m 0 Sports Car Market


Page 112

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA AUSTRIAN #14-1935 STEYR 120S Super roadster. S/N C368S. Red & black/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 238 km. The catalog cover car. Paint has a few issues, older brightwork losing luster, interior worn. A sporty little car for the era. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,875. Steyr's very advanced and streamlined. Of course, during the war, all production went toward that effort. Miles could be actual, as it's been in a museum most of its life. No indication when it was last started. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. The market for these is deep and narrow, and the biggest collector of WWII military vehicles recently passed away. High bid should have been enough. ENGLISH #9-1935 BSA STANDARD 4-dr sedan. S/N D4058. Maroon & black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 61,019 km. Lots of wood in need of attention. Trim badly pitted, numerous paint chips and dings. Carpet badly worn. Needs help. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,605. A unique automotive oddity. Birmingham Small Arms Co. made automobiles from 1907 until 1940. In 1910 they ascent began with rifles in 1864, bicycles in 1894, and automobiles in 1915; Ferdinand Porsche joined the company in 1929. A couple of determined bidders had to have this and the “winner” paid the price. At least he will have the only one at the next All Orphans Car Show. CANADIAN #15-1975 BRICKLIN SV-1 coupe. S/N 00011BX5S001288. Orange & black/tan vinyl. Odo: 35,560 miles. Fiberglass body, poweroperated gullwing doors don't fit properly. Repainted, with overspray everywhere. Interior worn but not tattered. Fitted with Ford Windsor 351. Cost $5,400 new, which was a purchased Daimler, who manufactured the cars for BSA. In 1935 they offered the models 9 and 10, this being the 10. Needed a bunch to make it presentable, but perhaps the new owner just wants to get it in running in time for the next All British Field Meet. If so, he will be well received. #11-1954 WOLSELEY 6/80 police car. bunch back then. Built in New Brunswick, one of 2,897 total from 1974 to 1976. SV-1 stood for “Safety Vehicle One.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,483. Bought at the low end of the price scale, but not a lot of upside either. A new paint job would help, but not much—you'll just have a shiny Bricklin. CZECHOSLOVAKIAN #44-1942 TATRA TYPE 57K Kubelwagen. S/N 60960. Camo/canvas. Odo: 2 km. Tatra made some very unusual vehicles that were S/N AAB1425286. Black/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 70,870 km. By Wolseley Motor Company, founded in Birmingham, England, in 1901. Known for their police cars, and this was the real deal with all the bells and whistles. In decent condition with a few scratches in paint and on bumpers. Major concern is the Engine properly restored and detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,300. The so-called Series 1.5 had exposed headlights but retained the slender front bumper of the Series 1. Did not sell when it crossed the block, but a deal came together later. The modern paint was an issue, but I will still call this well bought, as it could have easily brought another $5k or so. #52-1968 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E4777. Eng. # 7E122489. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 45,086 miles. Decent respray with chip on nose. Good panel alignment. Interior shows expected patina. Engine poorly detailed with inconsistent painting. Presentable but with a slight edge. Cond: 2-. seized engine. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,590. Can't explain this one, as it sold for twice the high estimate, and with major issues under the hood—but two spirited bidders had to have it. Braver folks than I, or maybe just better mechanics. But then what do you do with it? Is there a concours d'elegance for police cars? 112 Sports Car Market #49-1966 MG B roadster. S/N GHN3L33742. Red/black vinyl/black leather & red piping. Odo: 23,470 miles. An older restoration that still shows well. Minor paint chips on drivers door, windshield trim scratched and pitted. Nice leather interior with red accents. Introduced in 1963 with 91-inch wheelbase, design was more square than the MG A it replaced. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. Based on condition, this was worth at least $12k-$14k, so the owner was correct in not letting it go. I think folks were looking for bargains here rather than cute little British sports cars. BEST BUY #75-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series 1.5 convertible. S/N 1E17694. Eng. # 7E165169. Gunmetal gray/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 46,028 miles. Restored in early 2000s with non-authentic metallic paint. No issues with brightwork. Top does not fit properly. Attractive red leather interior.


Page 114

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Slender bumpers and covered headlights make the Series 1s very desirable, but the seller needs to understand that the market is a bit soft for less-than-perfect examples. Top bid should have been enough. #58-1975 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF30068LL. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 41,568 miles. An original oneowner car with mileage stated actual from new. Newer top poorly fitted and ripped. Door fit off sold for far more than expected. Will get a few minutes attention at the cruise-in, but not much more than that. #59-1964 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 129134. Red/black leather. Odo: 22,789 miles. First year for the 356C, with disc brakes all around and the engine rated at 75hp DIN. New paint, interior, and chrome. Couple of small dents on passenger's side fender. Bumper also dented, window trim tarnished, steering a bit. Paint chipped on door edges. Veneer on dash shows age. Equipped with trunk rack. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. This TR6 had some needs but was still worth $4k or so more than was bid here, as a decent, rust free car, that the owner stated ran well. Seller should get closer to his price next time out. GERMAN #45-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 4-dr sedan. S/N 6500639. Black/red leather. Odo: 90,399 miles. The car favored by German Chancellor Adenauer and still known as the “Adenauer Mercedes.” Body filler cracking on right rear fender. Trim starting to show age. Red leather interior cracked, hole poorly patched. Wood window trim showing age. wheel cracked. Dash in good order. Equipped with luggage rack. A nice driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $35,100. 356s have been the hot ticket, although they have cooled a bit. The big money is for close-to-perfect examples, but this one, with a few issues and less-desirable red livery, sold for a market correct price. They're prone to rust, so hopefully the new owner went over it with a magnet. #43-1966 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE coupe. S/N 116397440. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 57,403 miles. Converted to newer 1,600-cc engine. Resprayed in 2006, showing orange peel and dust specks. Overspray on window rubbers. New tires, brightwork redone. New Essentially a hand-built car, so very expensive to restore. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The price bid really should have gotten the job done, especially since the car lacked the fitted luggage. If the owner wants to get more, he better take care of a the little noticeable nits. #13-1963 PORSCHE 917 replica coupe. S/N 9170520. Purple metallic/tan vinyl. Odo: 2,036 miles. A fiberglass replica of Porsche's Le Mans-winning 917. Made by Elite on VW chassis. Godawful purple metallic paint, normal wear and tear, no major flaws on body. Seats uncomfortable as can be. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,898. As one of the auction representatives put it: “One day we sell one for $4m, and then one for less than $8k. It's never boring.” Two bidders had a use for this, as it 114 Cocoa mats. Cool wicker package tray under dash. Recent mechanical work. A cute little grocery-getter. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $10,647. Paint redone to Earl Scheib standards, but otherwise was very presentable. At this price, this would be a good 2nd or 3rd car, or just the thing to send your daughter off to school in. A little paint work will go a long way. Sports Car Market won't appeal to all. Rubber on rear bumper discolored. Bolster cracked on driver's seat. Polished wheels were factory ordered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,005. An inexpensive way to join the Ferrari club, but don't expect front row parking at their next outing. But with the desirable 5-speed, price paid was in line. Fair all around. JAPANESE #72-1972 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS30127606. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: tattered. Hard to find anything nice to say. Oh, and it's not running. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $3,000. It's hard to fathom why someone would bring such a rough spider to an auction and then not let it sell. At least send it to the shop first and make it a running project for somebody. Should have sold. #61-1984 FERRARI 308 GTSi targa. S/N ZFFUA13AOE0051449. White/black leather. Odo: 53,156 miles. Equipped with the Quattrovalvole engine, introduced late in the year and making 25 additional horsepower. Respray has a few cracks, unusual white livery ITALIAN #71-1973 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE convertible. S/N AR3044843. Dark blue/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 176 miles. Last year for the stainless bumpers. Paint badly scratched, with large gouge down left side. Missing headlight ring, other trim oxidized and pitted. Bumper loose. Top just OK. Interior


Page 116

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA 3,881 miles. The little Japanese sports car, introduced in 1970 to much fanfare. Nose dented, as are bumpers. Paint scratched and worn. Window handle missing. Speakers pulled from doors. Induction altered. Used and abused. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. Very prone to cancer, so if you're in the market for one of these, you need to make sure the one you are buying passes muster. These are worth about $25k in excellent condition, but I don't know if a new owner will be able to get there from here. AMERICAN #29-1916 REO MODEL M chassis. A chassis with wood runningboards added. Valve covers taped down, parts of drivetrain missing. A true needs-everything project. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,170. Did the buyer have a use hood. Equipped with stone guards and dual mirrors. Interior redone to good standard. Over two million sold by mid 1929, so there are plenty to choose from. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,987. A very presentable example, but not a ribbon winner. Sold for perhaps a touch under the money, but I'd still call this fair all around. #41-1933 LINCOLN KB Victoria coupe. S/N KB2137. Raspberry & dark purple/gray herringbone cloth. Odo: 1,000 miles. Striking Victoria body style, one of 18 built and thought to be the only one left. Bold colors well applied but won't appeal to everyone. Brightwork without fault. Senior Trippe lights look out of for this, or was he buying it for the wheels and a few of the parts? I have no idea, but to do something with this requires finding a bunch of stuff and a ton of work. #63-1929 FORD MODEL A coupe. S/N A2858432. Vagabond Green & Moss/tan fabric/brown cloth. Odo: 17,414 miles. An authentic restoration in correct period colors. Little use since. Paint well applied with no noticeable blems. Painted wires and brightwork done to high standard. Interesting options include Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $78,975. Many feel the mid-market 120 was the beginning of the end for Packard. This was recently advertised in Packards International with an asking price of $73,500, so the seller should be really pleased with this result. #3-1938 BUICK LIMITED SERIES 90 limousine. S/N 93457435. Tan & brown/tan fabric. Odo: 71,710 miles. A CCCA Full Classic, the pre-war Limited was the most luxurious series built by Buick. Two serious dents in left front fender and by rear window. Grille and most trim badly pitted, missing several trim pieces and door handle. Last year for the wood-framed Buick body. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,212. Just your basic needs-everything collector car. These are worth about $60k in well restored condition, so the new owner is not upside-down yet. Two big questions: How is the wood? And what lurks under the hood? It takes a brave man to tackle a project such as this, and I wish him well. #12-1940 AUSTIN BANTAM coupe. S/N place. Wonderful interior in excellent condition. Shown at Pebble Beach in 1996. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $93,600. Last seen at Christie's 2004 Pebble Beach sale, where it realized $94,000 (SCM# 34612), used sparingly since. With the desirable body style and reliable KB engine, the only issue will be getting over the wild livery. #39-1936 PACKARD EIGHT 120 pha- eton. S/N 9971781. Brown/tan fabric/red leather. Odo: 2,020 miles. A Junior Packard on 120-inch wheelbase, so not a CCCA Full Classic. Not the most attractive of colors, top fit off a bit. Lots of options, including trunk rack, rumble seat and fabric-covered eye shade. Converted to 12-volt power. Had to be a labor of love. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Price bid was close to the current value, but far from what the the owner had into it. Few younger collectors aspire to drive a Model A, and thus the decline. #75A-1930 FORD MODEL A coupe. S/N A3074197. Maroon & black/black vinyl/gray wool. Odo: 88,814 miles. A properly restored Model A. Respray in unusual metallic has a few noticeable runs as well as scratches on 116 radio, heater, and Trippe lights. Stated to have receipts for $25k in recent mechanical work. side, headlight lens, and front grille trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,313. The butt of many jokes in the era, Bantams were often non-affectionately referred to as “clown cars.” Price paid seemed a bit aggressive, as there's a ton of work to be done here. No mention made of mechanical condition, so the buyer is rolling the dice. #23-1941 DESOTO CUSTOM coupe. S/N 5766468. Eng. # S890847. Dark blue/blue fabric. Odo: 58,712 miles. Possibly resprayed in the past, with rust bubbles throughout. Trim pitted and rusting. Runningboard rubber gone, Sports Car Market 63365. Metallic blue/black fabric/brown vinyl. Odo: 19,642 miles. Made by Bantam Car Company, formerly known as American Austin Car Co., and the last year of production. Weird metallic paint, passenger window cracked, holes in fender. Missing wheel cover on one


Page 117

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA driver's window cracked. A true fright pig well past its prime, although it does have bum- 23rd series. A low-end Packard at a low-end price when new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,135. At a little over $2,000, this was the least expensive Packard offered in 1949. It's a starter car that gets you into the Packard circles, but I bet the owner will soon be looking for something a little more upscale. per guards and a sun visor. The Custom was DeSoto's top trim level offering up until 1952. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $4,680. The apparent respray nullifies it for any preservation awards, but maybe this could be a barely decent driver, if the new owner can deal with the smell. And that assumes all is well under the hood. #40-1949 LINCOLN COSMOPOLITAN coupe. S/N 9EL7151. Haiti Beige/tan fabric. Odo: 2,434 miles. Restored, but fender trim replaced with 1950 Lincoln trim. Grille poorly replated. Standard power windows and seats missing. New but incorrect interior. Restoration included. These were only $100 cheaper than the convertible version. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. The Windsor fit into the Chrysler lineup between the Royal on the low end and the Saratoga and New Yorker on the high end. This one had attractive styling, but the restoration looked as if it was done in a hurry. Price bid should have gotten the job done, but I'm willing to bet the seller had more than that in the refurbishing. #62-1950 PLYMOUTH DELUXE sedan. missed the mark. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. The Cosmopolitan was Lincoln's topof-the-line model during the Continental's hiatus. With the incorrect trim and other oddities, I can't understand why this one did not go on down the road at the price bid. But the unsuccessful bidder should be able to buy a nicer example for the same money. #66-1949 PACKARD STANDARD Club coupe. S/N 229594829. Eng. # G284720CE. Egyptian Sand & gray/tan tweed fabric. Odo: 10,189 miles. An early '49 with carryover trim from '48. Grille pitted, paint blemishes on S/N 18109531. Black/gray fabric. Odo: 41,319 miles. 217-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Plymouth Owners Club awards in 2004 and 2005. Numerous scratches and blems in paint. Rear trim pitted. Interior side panels sagging. Sun shade and larger hubcaps were added options. With cor- looks 55 years old. Dents and large scrape on passenger side. Grille pitted. Window trim rusted. Leather seats worn and split. Power windows not working. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. An excellent example will run about $75k, and this one needed everything. Best bet would be to fix the mechanicals and drive it as a surviving original. You'll go broke restoring it. cowl. Interior door panels loose. The Standard Eight was the entry-level car for the 22nd and February 2011 rect, entry-level black rubber windshield moldings, rather than the bright metal of the Special Deluxe. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. Yeah, not everyone has a big Packard in his budget, but a few more dollars here will buy at least the top-of-the-line '50 Plymouth, which in the long run will be a far better investment. That said, price bid was light by several thousand, as the pre-sale estimate of $16k-$18k was correct. #77-1955 CHEVROLET 150 sedan deliv- ery. S/N D550017287. Red/gray fabric. Odo: 90,632 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recently completed with paint, 350/300 crate motor, and 700R4 overdrive transmission. Paint professionally applied with subtle purple flames. Interior well done with power seats and side panels in gray cloth, LeCarra steering wheel, and ten-disc CD changer. Fitted with sun visor and headlight eyebrows. A unique and subtle 117 #60-1950 CHRYSLER WINDSOR Newport 2-dr hard top. S/N 70844095. Eng. # C4876045. Ivory/brown/tan leatherette & cloth. Odo: 92,765 miles. 250-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Trim pitted and paint not rubbed out next to upper trim. Interior properly refitted and wire wheels added. Lots of overspray on engine. Equipped with Presto-Matic fluid drive transmission. Original sales contract #8-1954 KING MIDGET KM roadster. S/N 2236116. California Cream/brown vinyl. King Midgets were sold in kit form by Midget Motors in Athens Ohio from 1946 until 1970. Know as the “World's Number One Fun Car,” the owners' group is still very active. Kit included the frame, axles, and patterns for the sheet metal. A 500-pound car for $500 that could pull more than its weight. This one poorly repainted and in need of attention. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,803. The King Midget club advertises a bunch of these for sale at prices all over the board, and $7,000 will buy a perfect example. Those with needs go for a bit less than what was paid here. Well sold. #78-1955 BUICK ROADMASTER convertible. S/N 7B2060519. Blue & white/white vinyl/blue & white leather. Odo: 81,685 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Roadmaster was Buick's prestige offering, with only 4,730 produced in '55. Stated to be an original car with untouched paint, interior, and top, and no reason to question that statement, as everything


Page 118

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA laminating, windows scratched. Steering wheel pitted. The first year for an overhead-valve V8 by Pontiac; Star Chief was the only convertible Pontiac offered. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Seen at Silver's Medford, Oregon sale in October '09, where it changed hands for $30,780 and was described by our reporter as a “less desirable” Tri-Five (SCM# 152557). It had been all dressed up here, but no one wanted to take it home. #74-1956 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. presentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,000. Sold for a market-correct price after crossing the block. The blank side panels are just begging for an interesting logo advertising some sort of auto-related business. #32-1955 CHRYSLER WINDSOR DELUXE Nassau 2-dr hard top. S/N W5518585. Jewel Black/black & white vinyl. Odo: 55,217 miles. 301-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Nassau was produced for only two years and was the least expensive offering in the Windsor Deluxe series. Older respray stained in several areas. Wiper scars on windshield. Decent interior but arm rest stained. Optional Powerflight transmission with dash-mounted shift lever. Stated to have had recent mechanical work. Includes original jack and spare. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. The car did not appear to have been abused, and as such, it was worth a bunch more than top bid here. Described by the ads of the era as having a “Million Dollar Look,” this would indeed be a fun go-to-dinner car. Seller was right to hold out for something closer to the $16k low estimate. #52C-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N K855H3420. Avalon Yellow & white/black fabric/black & white vinyl. Odo: 79,010 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent respray in non-authentic color combination: bright yellow with icebox white is a bit much. New plastic hood ornament. Windshield de- and rusty. Bumper badly oxidized. Body fairly straight. Interior badly faded with sun visor broken. Engine has not been touched in a decade. The definition of a fright pig. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,463. Where do you go with this? A parts car would be my guess. Better yet, a sure winner at the next Concours d'LeMons if the new owner can get it running. 118 Sports Car Market not attended to during restoration. Repairs to lower panels poorly finished. Equipped with Powerglide transmission. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. A turn-and-burn restoration. Yeah, these can push six figures, but they need to be absolutely perfect, and that was not the case here. Considering the shortcuts taken during restoration, top bid here was about right. #27-1958 EDSEL CITATION 4-dr sedan. S/N X85X703403. Pink/white vinyl & fabric. Odo: 60,667 miles. 410-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The Citation was the top of the line and expensive at about $3,500. Rattle-can repaint with overspray everywhere. Rust bubbles throughout. Some trim missing, the rest pitted for $2k less than the hot ticket Eldorado Biarritz convertible. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,210. Pre-sale estimates were certainly aggressive, as the condition did not warrant more than was bid here. A lot of expensive work ahead, or just drive as a beater if you can remedy the funky odor. #16-1964 STUDEBAKER AVANTI coupe. S/N 63R5653. Eng. # EX2123. Red/red vinyl bucket. Odo: 28,316 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Stated in catalog to be the last Studebaker S/N VC56F198091. Eng. # 026858IF56F. Twilight Turquoise & Ivory/light turquoise & pattern cloth. Odo: 123 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fewer than 8,000 of these stylish 2-dr wagons were built. This example was recently restored, but with paint runs visible in rear deck and cracks from too-thick application. Trim scratched in several areas, so it was evidently With Cruise-O-Matic. Slightly fewer than 13,000 Skyliners produced for '59. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,930. These have been off their high of a few years ago, and as such, price paid here was about right. Let's just hope their are no gremlins lurking in the top, as sorting out the mechanics can be a nightmare. #25-1960 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 60F075891. Maroon/white vinyl/ red & white leather. Odo: 82,930 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Needs lots of attention. Carpets shot, seats split and cracked. Dash badly faded, windows delaminating, trim rusty and pitted. Musty smell. No idea what lurks under the hood. The entry-level Caddy for 1960, retailed #65-1959 FORD FAIRLANE Skyliner retractable hard top. S/N H9RW127491. Blue & white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 25,742 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored 2,000 miles back and looking great. Attractive styling, very acceptable paint, nice interior, engine clean. Top trim dented, white walls yellowing.


Page 120

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA produced, but corrected on-site. May have been a test mule sold post-production. Older respray has rust bubbles and serious chips. Bumpers rusting, trim oxidizing and pitted. Seats split and carpet shot. Lacks the desirable 4-speed. Just 809 built in '64 prior to production being halted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $14,625. Having sat for a number of years, the engine condition was unknown, and just being inside the car was unpleasant due to the strong smell of mold. This needed everything, which if done professionally, would put you upside-down almost immediately. Hope the new owner can do most of the heavy lifting himself. #42-1965 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 138675Z124538. Eng. # 124538. Tuxedo Black/black fabric/black vinyl. Odo: 50,153 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original 283 engine swapped for 327. Decent paint with no issues noted, couple of minor dings in trim. Front seat reupholstered with 12-bolt 3.08 rear end. Paint well applied but not my color of choice. Well executed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. A fish out of water at this venue. Would attract much more attention at the January Barrett-Jackson event. It was well presented, but the buyers here were not looking for street rods. The $40k$45k estimates were not not out of line, and the seller should do OK elsewhere. but back still original. Equipped with a/c, power steering, and Powerglide transmission. Super Sport package was a $162 option and included special trim and wheel covers. An attractive presentation. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The 327, if original, would add about $4k, but in this case was a net zero. Price bid may have been touch light, but I don't know where the owner will go to get a better offer. #76-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07C149655. Poppy Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 68,976 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Trim tag indicates correct color (3) and interior (69), which is code for Palomino luxury. That is to say, the Pony interior is, in fact, factory correct. Also equipped with GT gauge package and lot 30, the '68 Shelby Mustang. A mad scientist project. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,020. This was not bought by the same person who bought Lot 30, so alas, the project will not be completed. All the new owner has to do is convert the hydrogen storage tank back to gasoline, convert the engine, find seats and steering, paint the car, and remove all the wires and switches, and he will be good to go with a Mustang worth about $16,000. #68-1967 PONTIAC FIREBIRD convert- center console. Decent respray did not include hood. Interior well fitted. Carpet a bit worn. Engine clean and stated to have been recently serviced. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,000. A decent driver at a reasonable price, with parts easily available at NAPA. It won't win any awards, but it'll be a good introduction to the 120 ible. S/N 223677C142608. Signet Gold /black vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 28,198 miles. 326-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Numbers said to be matching. Paint just OK, with a few buffing swirls and scratches. Pitting on window trim and rearview mirror. Well fitted new top. Seller calls it a “400,” but it does not have its original working. Loaded with all the power goodies. Expensive when new. Won't pass many gas stations. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,000. A big soft ride, if that is your thing, but these have not Sports Car Market #31-1967 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 7R01C110XXX. Wimbledon White/N/A. 289ci V8, 2-bbl. Converted to Wiley hydrogen power system. Hunks of paint falling off body. Seats and steering column removed. Operated by joystick and many unmarked toggle switches. Four TV screens for dash. Two alternators. Was to be remotely controlled by collector car world, and it will pay the owner back when it's time to upgrade. #70-1966 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO custom panel truck. S/N 136806K202994. Green metallic/tan leather. Odo: 24,938 miles. 283-ci V8, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Tastefully done custom conversion from El Camino pickup to panel delivery truck. Wears a '67 nose and a '65 wagon top that extends all the way back. Body channeled 3” over frame, door handles shaved. Leather interior well done. Five speed Tremec engine and tranny. Dual hood scoop. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. For a real 400, this was light by a ton, but for a documented 326 convertible, the price bid was not far off, and Signet gold is not the best resale color. Seller was looking for #2 money, but the car did not justify more than another $4k-$5k. Better luck next time. #37-1968 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 8R03T149928. Wimbledon White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 21,391 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. A documented one-owner car. Second time around on the clock. Respray heavily applied with noticeable orange peel. Brightwork just OK. Scratches and pitting on windshield frames. Acceptable panel fit with no evidence of rust or other body issues. Anemic 6-cylinder engine with troublesome SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,210. With all the performance Mustangs available in '68, the little 115-hp six gets lost in the shuffle. No performance here at all, but that's just fine if, say, you want it for your kid. Price paid was market correct, and a little paint work will go a long way. #51-1969 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MK III 2-dr hard top. S/N 9Y89A868959. Olive green/black vinyl/black vinyl & fabric. Odo: 49,664 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Second trip around on the odometer. Older respray holding up well with just a few minor nicks and scratches. Window trim nicked and handles pitted. Power headlight covers not


Page 121

Bonhams & Butterfields Tacoma, WA caught on as collector cars and fail to bring much money when offered. But price bid was light by several thousand, and the seller can hope to do better elsewhere. #30-1968 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 8T02J134499. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 98,560 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highly modified, with Wiley joystick steering system to remotely control another car—lot 31, the hydrogen-powered '67 Mustang. Couple dozen toggle switches and a phone are also part of the equation, but with no instructions or documentation for mods. Body appears solid, respray thick and cracking, hood pins replaced by locks. Modified fuel tank. In the Shelby Registry. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $35,100. Just figuring out the unexplained two-car system would be a project, but the cars went to two different buyers, so that is obviously not the plan. The Shelby guys were all over this one, so I have to assume they knew what they were buying. Look forward to seeing a properly restored GT350 back on the road in a few years. © February 2011 121


Page 122

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN Twin Cities Fall Classic When all was said and done, 59 of the 147 lots hammered sold, yielding a 40% sell-through rate. Not perfect, but within the realm of today's market Company MidAmerica Auctions Date September 25, 2010 Location St. Paul, MN Auctioneers Dave Talberg & Todd Fistner Automotive & motorcycle lots sold / offered 59/147 Sales rate 40% Sales total $541,660 High sale 1969 GTO—automatically correct at $32,330 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics F or the last two years, MidAmerica Auctions has been holding its auctions in a number of different venues in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Its former long-term venue—the National Sports Center Arena in Blaine, MN— was turned into an indoor track with artificial turf, so it no longer allows cars inside. After holding spring and fall auctions at a couple of sites that didn't work out well, this spring, the company set up at the centrally located Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Since Mecum has been holding its St. Paul auction here for over a decade, it has a track record of being a good location for collector car auctions. MidAmerica used the lower level of the massive 1936 Ford DeLuxe coupe, sold at $49,290 Buyer's premium 6%, included in sold prices of lots they were interested in. The motorcycles were pushed up a slight stage immediately ahead of the auctioneers podium, while the cars were driven up closer to the crowd. When all was said and done, 59 of the 147 lots were hammered sold, yielding a 40% sell-through rate. Not perfect, but within the realm of today's market and the rest of the industry. The top sale of the weekend was a modified (rather than street rodded) 1936 Ford DeLuxe Blaine, MN 5-window coupe, selling at $49,290. The top motorcycle sale was also the oldest vehicle on site, and it was the same age of the building it was sold in—a 1909 Wagner. Originally built here in St. Paul, it sold for $35,245, despite needing a complete restoration. This region has traditionally been a buyer's market, and that once again proved to be true. A good example was a 1967 Pontiac GTO two-door hard top. Despite being set-up with non-authentic earlier TriPower induction, there was still Sales Totals money on the table at the $17,325 it brought. Having become the industry leader in 101-year-old grandstand and expo complex. Since the company locked down the size of its auction to a maximum of 150 lots—split evenly between cars and motorcycles—everything fit inside with room to spare. Being inside with room to spare is a good thing in Minnesota in September, as there was an uncertain weather forecast and light drizzle on the morning of the auction. The sale had good attendance. The company interspersed its consignments into four to six blocks of cars and bikes, so a group of cars would cross the block, then bikes, and so forth. This worked well, as it gave buyers a bit of a break between the types 122 vintage motorcycle auctions, especially at Monterey this year, MidAmerica has gained plenty of momentum in the overall market. The company also hasn't started acting like it has to always be exclusive and high-end, and it seems the principals generally enjoy doing an auction of average cars just because they can kick back a little and enjoy it (and make a few bucks at the same time). With a good location now in its back pocket for its hometown collector car and motorcycle event, the company now seems to be back in the swing of things. ♦ $400k $600k $800k $200k 0 Sports Car Market 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2009 no sale


Page 124

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN ENGLISH #23-1974 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF25319U. Dark blue/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 77,392 miles. Consignor claims this was always garage kept and has never been driven in the winter. Well kept original paint, with only light chipping on nose and rockers behind wheels. Slightly dulling original chrome and trim. Good door fit and panel gaps. Original interior generally usable and presentable, with the heaviest wear and soiling being the carpet. Comes with a new interior kit from Moss was lifted at $8k and got a few bids after that, the consignor should be pleased. #64-1973 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER BEETLE sedan. S/N 1333003465. Beige/tan vinyl. Odo: 62,980 miles. Factory radio delete, with blanking plug in the left front fender. Beat-up old repaint, with plenty of overspray on door seals. Fresh scratch in left front fender, dent in left rear fender, old paint cracking and lifting over rust on passenger's door near hinge. Rust also seen at bottom of fenders and in running boards. Light rust specks on bumper chrome, dull and lightly scuffed alloy trim. Well-kept original interior with more soiling than wear—especially on driver's seat. Dusty motor shows regular maintenance. Newer where they are no longer just used cars, being old enough to warrant restoration to various levels. With 121k on the clock, the powertrain should've been updated by now, as there was no mention of anything mechanical done on the car. Declared a no sale on the block at $11k, but post-event listings show that a deal was put together at this price. Suffice to say, this isn't a Pebble Beach-ready show boat, but it promises to be a fun driver, so it sold well enough. #30-1982 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45A4CB012853. Light gold metallic/gold hard top & brown vinyl/ brown leather. Odo: 117,411 miles. U.S.-spec car from new, but retrofitted with Euro-spec headlights. Also fitted with fog lights, driving lights, Becker Mexico, and both tops. Locally owned since new, but claimed to be a summer toy only. Good original paint, although pinstriping is thin in places. Slightly dulling chrome. Engine dirty but shows regular main- Motors. Dusty but solid undercarriage, motor and engine compartment could stand a good detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,360. The upper Midwest doesn't always have rust buckets. Provided that it's a summer play toy type of car, and that it definitely hibernates over the winter, well-kept lower mile original convertibles can be good cars bought well up here. As there's no need to restore this one beyond what came with the car—and the original upholstery isn't so bad as having to need to redo it yet— this was bought well. GERMAN #47-1966 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 456594. White/beige vinyl. Odo: 17,566 miles. Sold new in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and has always been owned by local PCA members. Older Ziebart decal in passenger's vent window, but lower fender rust repair shows good workmanship. Good quality color change repaint from the original Irish Green. Presentable original brightwork comes off as dull compared to paint. Recent mechanical overhaul, brakes and tires. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,968. This car reminded me way too much of the 1974 Super Beetle I restored with my dad after my sister used it during her last two years of college in the Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN area. “It don't look like there's too much rust” really means buy new fenders, bumpers, running boards, and cut/weld patches to the point that the body will never come off the pan again. I can also state from personal experience that, unlike the consigning dealer's opinion, VeeDubs do NOT make good all-year drivers. In the 21st century, they are now fair-weather friends only. #46-1978 PORSCHE 911SC Targa. S/N 9118211695. Guards Red/black panel/black leather. Odo: 121,719 miles. High quality trimoff repaint, although door jambs appear not to have been resprayed due to no masking line around DOT tag and lots of deep nicks around body tag. Body tag appears restamped and is missing one mounting rivet. New black plastic lower body moldings. Targa hoop restored in the pre-1978 style of bare brushed stainless steel. Fresh Pirellis mounted on like-new Fuchs alloy wheels. Show quality engine bay, with all stock components. Aftermarket steering wheel and stereo, new carpeting and seat tenance. Dingy undercarriage. Overall congruent interior wear and light fading for mileage. Minimal wood cracking at center console. Newer embroidered carpeted floor mat in light tan. Claimed to have a new soft top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,406. For once we have a 380SL that was a decent buy. Not so cheap because it's scary time bomb; not bought for stupid money only because the miles are low. Just bought right for a decent summer cruiser car that has been maintained. It might even make the owner a buck or two when it comes time to sell—if something expensive doesn't break before then. ITALIAN #148-1988 AGOSTINI FERRARI TESTAROSSA Replica child's car. S/N 47. Red/beige leather. Odo: 4 km. Mid-mounted electric-start single-cylinder 8hp Briggs & Stratton gas engine. Rear-drive two-speed transmission, 4-wheel independent suspension. Headlights flip up and down, plus it has a Momo steering wheel and fully functional with engine bay clean and generally stock. Good original upholstery with light seat wear and heavier wrinkling on door panels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,010. Rust not only never sleeps, but works overtime here in Minnesota. Rust, or even rust repair, is never a feel good description on an early 911/912 body, so it sold for as much as can be expected. As the reserve 124 upholstery show minimal wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,190. SCs are getting to the point Sports Car Market


Page 126

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN Veglia gauges to include a speedometer with odometer. Fit and finish of the fiberglass body is about the same as a 1954 Corvette. Leather upholstery almost as well crafted as a real Ferrari—certainly better than any 1988 Alfa Romeo or every single full-sized kit car on the planet. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. One of 25 originally sold in the 1988 FAO Schwarz Christmas catalog for $50,000, due in no small part to having the Papal Blessing from Ferrari. MidAmerica had this one with them when they were set up at Pebble Beach – with Ron Christenson's grandson as the pilot. This time around, the gas tank was bone dry, so it was pushed onto the podium as the finale for the auction. It seemed like there was genuine interest in it, but was declared at the end that it was going to take $17,500 to get it sold. JAPANESE #77-1979 DATSUN B210 4-dr wagon. S/N WHLB310015793. Light blue metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 69,963 miles. Purchased from the original owner by the consigning dealer about a decade ago out of Mesa, AZ. As such, it's your basic desert used car—sun faded paint and interior, but rock solid body. Paint presentable with a bit of a shine buffed into it. Interior faded, seats torn from weakened fabric, plastic trim bleached, carpet heavily stained. Door and greyhound hood ornament. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $40,500. As much as I'm a sucker for mid-to-late 1930s Fords in maroon, this one was more of a Farmer Bob restoration than an investment car. Sure it's probably great for touring, I wouldn't recommend showing it in a Vintage V8 Ford Club event. As such, more than enough bid for it, with or without the original motor in the mix. #26-1948 HUDSON COMMODORE Six 4-dr sedan. S/N 48226123. Dark silver & blue metallic/gray broadcloth. Odo: 43,937 miles. Title shows VIN to be preceded by an “A,” although physical number stamped on the car doesn't. Mileage claimed actual. Older respray lifting along body contours and shows orange peel. Crusty original door seals covered in overspray. Lightly pitted but serviceable brightwork. Period accessory driving lights, Fulton windshield visor, headlight visors, and stainless side window shades. Upholstery original and in good condition, Goodyear Airfoam Corporate Blue, with aftermarket chrome valve covers and open element air cleaner. Recently undercoated economy exhaust system. Newer radial tires. Optional Swing-Away steering column, leather, and windshield tint. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,890. Black interior and no a/c in Nevada—no wonder it was stored more than driven. Hard top Rocketbirds used to be hopelessly stuck in the $3,500 to $5,000 range, but this selling price is now closer to reality for average cars like this one. #86-1964 BUICK LESABRE 4-dr sedan. S/N 4K4061156. Golden Bronze/Fawn vinyl & nylon. Odo: 86,507 miles. 300-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Two owners from new. Repainted in '94, some light touch-up since, few rust blisters starting on bottom of right front fender. All original chrome except for a repaired rear bumper. Well maintained engine compartment. Minimal wear and aging on original upholstery. Period triple gauge pack installed in place of ash tray. Latter day cruise control, third brake panels heavily wrinkled, shift boot loose and torn. Cloudy brightwork. Engine compartment has been cleaned but not detailed. With factory optional a/c and AM/FM radio. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $1,500. This was one of those cars that leaves you at a loss for words, beyond “I haven't seen one if those in a while.” To get more than this would require finding someone who used to own and fondly remembers one. Good luck. AMERICAN #59-1936 FORD DELUXE 4-dr convert- ible. S/N 182626595. Maroon/white vinyl/ brown vinyl. Odo: 14,277 miles. Circa 1948 95-hp motor, original available. Converted to hydraulic brakes and sealed beam headlights at restoration in '97. Good body prep and paint application, all brightwork replated. Modern vinyl top weathered. Seat and door panel reupholstered in Naugahyde. Rat's nest of wires under dash. Original gauges yellowing and pitted. Fitted with optional Columbia overdrive rear axle and dealer accessory chrome grille surround, dual hinge-mounted rear-view mirrors, wheel trim rings, heater, AM radio, clock, 126 seat cushion label still attached to passenger's side of front seat. 1960s seat belts added. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,010. Compared to the rest of the domestic industry, the Step-Down Hudson's—of which this example is from the initial year of production—were relatively agile. Thanks to a wider stance and a lower center of gravity, they handled better than their domestic brethren, and by that rather than raw power made them formidable in NASCAR's early years. While not pristine, this was nonetheless a decent cruiser car. A decent deal for both parties involved, if not tilted more towards the seller's benefit. #110-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD 2-dr hard top. S/N 2Y83Z123122. Black/black leather. Odo: 9,276 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Sold new in Henderson, NV. Originally Silver Mink, older color change repaint shows heavier polishing scratches. Dull original chrome and trim. Good door and panel gaps. Minimal patina on original seats and carpet. Very dull dashboard and console alloy trim. Motor recently incorrectly painted in Ford light on parcel shelf, hitch, and a/c added. Optional power steering and brakes, Speed Minder, and fender skirts. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $5,250. This was the classic old retired guy car. The original owner bought it new when he sold his farm, retired, and moved into town. When the seller retired in 1990, he bought it from the estate of the first owner. Not too many other folks would be interested in a small-engine big-body Buick sedan even on the cheap, so the final bid was all the money in the world. #131-1965 CHEVROLET MALIBU SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 138375K104569. Off white/blue vinyl. Odo: 10,785 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-original engine block, but claimed to be an original 300-hp car. Wears a tired old repaint with some panel edge chipping and massive cracking on driver's door, rust blisters forming over rear wheel wells and lower front fenders. Dull original chrome. Very dingy engine bay is generally original. Older interior piecemeal upholstery work, with the original carpeting rather heavily worn and soiled. On old radials with stock wheel covers. Optional a/c, power steering and brakes, rear Sports Car Market


Page 128

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN defogger, console, tach. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $6,200. Not much to get excited about here. It would make a mediocre restoration project or a decent driver—at a cheaper price and rust concerns notwithstanding. The money bid suggests folks didn't notice the parts swapping. #6-1965 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 5F08T723843. Light blue metallic/white vinyl/blue & white Pony vinyl. Odo: 80,851 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Body tag missing from door, so impossible to verify if the reproduction Pony interior replaces the original. Imported from Florida and then repainted in the '80s. All original bodywork, with date code stampings on the rocker panels. Newer replacement top shows minimal weathering. Mix of Less interior patina than expected with the indicated miles. Engine compartment cleaned up but not detailed. Optional power steering, power brakes, Positraction, tilt column, rear defogger, and two-tone console. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,250. Even with what work was declared, this was a long way from being a Survivor-grade original, and looking at the 98k indicated miles, I got the feeling that this had had more cosmetic restoration work than indicated. Since light green metallic is hardly a popular color, this was a proper bid. #81-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. S/N 6R07A187442. Springtime Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 81,031 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory optional GT package with A-code 4-barrel 289, 4-speed, and AM radio. Suspension lowered an inch both front and rear. Fitted with 16-inch Torq-Thrust D wheels on Kuhmo radials. Claimed to be a California car since new, with current tags on black plates. Excellent body prep panel fit, very solid door fit. All chrome has been replated or fittings. Minimal wear on replacement seat upholstery, heavily worn original door armrests. Seems to run out well. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,328. Hammered as a no sale at $8,800 across the block, and by the end of the day was a post-block sale. A cheap enough way to play, just don't put a whole lot into it and expect to make a bundle—or for that matter, anything at all. BEST BUY #139-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 272177P235497. Regimental Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 44,545 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Earlier vintage Tri-Power induction, with lessthan-expert hard fuel line bending and installation. Dealer accessory hood tach less-than-professionally installed later on. Correct options include His & Hers Hurst shifter, power steering, and power brakes. Average quality masked-off repaint in the correct original color. Acceptable but not great panel gaps and fit. All original trim, all lightly scuffed. Older bumper rechrome. Mostly origi- replated, reproduction, and original brightwork throughout the car. Older cosmetic redo on the engine bay. Factory optional power top, power steering (inoperative pump in trunk), and driver's door remote mirror. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. One benefit of a six-banger car is that they have generally not been messed with too seriously, or else it would have been made into a V8. Worth more than what was bid here, but not by a whole lot more. #45.1-1966 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 168376L179233. Light green metallic/two-tone green vinyl. Odo: 98,996 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Largely original, save for paint, windshield, valve covers, carpeting, minor service parts, fluids, and oversized wheels. Door and hood edges recently touched up. Original chrome lightly fogged. Passenger's side low beam looking milky. Weather seals lightly cracked. replaced. Stock intake manifold, carburetor, and oil pan included in the trunk. Non-stock dual exhaust system, expertly installed reproduction interior. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Even being an A-code GT, this was restored to better standards than I am used to seeing on hard tops. It took a lot of work to get all of the front end parts to line up properly— from the factory they only rarely fit together right. Way under bid here, even with the (correctable) deviations from stock. #45-1967 OLDSMOBILE 442 2-dr hard top. S/N 338177N398109. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 19,309 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional power steering and power brakes. Cheapie repaint loaded with fisheyes. Tired original bumper chrome, heavily pitted door handles are almost a hazard to hold. nal interior, with moderate fading, discoloring, and wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,875. While some very early 1967s were equipped with TriPower before the GM ban on multi-carburetor setups, this car was built too late in 1967—actually near the end of the production run—to be one of those. Not the best example of a '67 GTO hard top out there, but it was far better that what was paid for it. The consignor needed to move it out regardless, so the realistic $22k reserve went away past the $15,500 bid. Another example of how the economy is still affecting the market. One of the best buys at this auction. #68-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Malibu 2-dr hard top. S/N 135379K396371. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 30,527 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good quality repaint, panel and door fit OK, as per factory. Newer bumper Modern black plastic windshield wiper blades, loose and torn original door and door glass weather seals. Good original vinyl roof, but has also been redyed. Rattle-can repainted motor, with non-stock air cleaner, ignition, and misc. 128 rechrome, with good original trim. Light wear and soiling on seats and carpeting. Aftermarket steering wheel and stereo, speakers cut into rear parcel shelf. Tidy under the hood, but virtually nothing stock on the built-up 350, with tube headers, HEI distributor, aluminum in- Sports Car Market


Page 130

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN take, and chrome valve covers. Recent poly suspension bushings, shocks, and big bore chambered exhaust. Fitted with 18-inch wheels up front, 20s in the back. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $13,250. Not much to get excited about here. Just another modified cruiser car, but at least it was a real deal Malibu and not a fakey-doo SS. Bid should have been enough to buy it. #34-1969 FORD TORINO GT Cobra fast- back. S/N 9R46R162806. Black & gold/black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 490 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Exclusively a drag car since new, with just 490 actual indicated miles. Class record holder at Minnesota Dragways from 1969 to 1975. Recently restored to stock, aside from period dealer accessory dual-quad induction, chambered exhaust, and modern accessory gauges. Original single four-barrel induction included. Light patina on original chrome 1969s are loose in the trunk. Stiff seat leather, along with some wear and fading. Late 1970s Ford electronic ignition. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,498. The seller claimed that his father bought the car new in late 1968, and that it was a Snowbird most of the time in California. Being a Lincoln guy, I was twitching a little while it was under $2,500—especially since this was the only year for the high-compression version of the evergreen 460 cube mill. But beyond that, I really don't need to deal with a rusty sled again. Someone else can think they got a deal. #16-1969 MERCURY COUGAR coupe. S/N 9F91H559115. Ivy Green Metallic/light green vinyl. Odo: 34,387 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Miles claimed actual since new, said to be an original-owner car until 2005. Since then it was repainted, had a non-stock dual exhaust system installed, and has a new set of radials. Otherwise basically original. Light overspray to engine and undercarriage. Door armrests heavily discolored from age, under the hood, most Ram Air components loose in trunk. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,780. Mercurys get no respect. Not only did they get axed recently (thanks to Ford turning them into expensive Fords rather than making unique platforms), but they bring less than even a comparable Torino. I hate to use the old “it's worth this for just the motor” line, but it basically is. Bought very well, even with issues. #96-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr sedan. S/N RM21M9A282577. Orange/ black vinyl. Odo: 57,969 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Claimed to have been restored in 2004, but not to show standards. Pretty paint, average prep work. A mix of wide and narrow door and panel gaps, although cowl gaps are decent and the panels all line up well. Minimal chrome rehabilitation, somewhat loose fitting door handles. Rather tidy engine bay, but not and trim. Repro Polyglas tires on stock GT wheels. Interior nice. Deluxe Marti Report confirms Ram Air, 4.30 ratio Traction–Loc diff with Drag Pack, and Wide Oval tires. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Nice, but not too nice—you could take it to the vintage drags and run it without having to fret about getting your concours trailer queen messy. Still, if I had a say in the restoration on a 490-mile car, I'd say make it a show-boat trailer queen, and leave the retro draggin' to a more heavily used car. That way, it would have really been worth the $40k reserve. #121-1969 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mark III 2-dr hard top. S/N 9Y89A869026. Dark Orchid metallic/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 44,003 miles. 460-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Data plate on door pop-riveted back on after car was repainted in the early 1980s. Optional AM/FM stereo with fader, automatic headlight dimmer, a/c, and cruise control, all of which are claimed to work. Usable original trim, trunk lid key cylinder removed and filled in. Rust blisters under roof vinyl at C-pillars and above windshield. Fitted with 1970 wheel covers, tops of front seat backs starting to crack, steering wheel rim has several cracks. Remainder of interior is in far better condition—although not like new. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,750. While not pristine, being a low-mile car, this should have brought at least the consignor's reasonable reserve of a grand more than what was bid here. Even if it's in an unpopular color combo, not an XR-7, and has a base-level powertrain in it. #37-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE Cobra Jet 428 fastback. S/N 9H16R52280. Red & flat black/black vinyl. Odo: 66,596 miles. 428ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional 428 Super Cobra Jet, power brakes, and AM/FM radio (which is missing all of the knobs). Original steel GT wheels included with car, modern alloys currently fitted. 1986 Missouri inspection sticker in windshield. Older color change repaint to concours or show standards. Aftermarket chambered exhaust. All reproduction interior soft trim, with minimal wear and light soiling. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. The famous Six Pack came out mid-year in '69, and this was one of those cars. Today, Six Packs are pulling almost as much money as Hemis—and that isn't bragging. This rightfully could've sold at this number, but the seller held fast to his $60k reserve. #35-1969 PONTIAC GTO convertible. S/N 242679Z108356. Antique Gold/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 26,802 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be a frame-off rotisserie nut-and-bolt restoration, but was a few years ago and has been driven since. Factory options include a/c, power steering, power front disc brakes, remote mirrors, and AM radio with rear speaker. Good body prep and paint application, generally even panel gaps— even if the hood sits high. Tidy under the hood, —originally Burnt Orange Metallic—has burned through on the hood when it was buffed recently. Less than stellar hood fit and gaps, sloppy replacement door seal glue, older bumper rechrome job. Generally clean and tidy 130 but not detailed. All-GM under the hood, although a/c has been converted to R134a. Good workmanship on the fully-restored interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,330. No sale bid to $31k on the block, but was later posted online after the event as a post block sale. Having a Sports Car Market


Page 131

1965 Ferrari GTB 6 Carb Alloy 1965 Ferrari GTB 6 Carb Alloy. Built on special order for Monte Carlo Rally, Freshly rebuilt engine, Skid Plate, competition Borranis, new burgundy Leather. One of the first long nose cars, Outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition. Built on special order for Monte Carlo Rally, Freshly rebuilt engine, competition Borranis, new burgundy Leather. One of the first long nose cars, Outstanding cosmetic and mechanical condition. 1966 Ferrari 330Gt 2+2. Silver Blue/Blue. F-1 Transmission. Excellent mechanical condition throughout. A superb example. 5spd,blue/grey,single headlight,Borranis,excellent paint,fresh grey leather,excellent chrome.This car shows 75,000 miles and runs and drives beautifully. This would be a great entry level Ferrari for the enthusiast who enjoys driving and particiapting in classic events. 2002 FERRARI 360 MODENA SPYDER. 1974 Chevron Formula II B27-74-10. Reputedly to be ex-David Purley aspiring F-1 champion of the period. Raced extensively by Bobby Brown. This car has a winning race history. It is currently fitted with a fresh Cosworth YBM and a Hewland FT200. It is currently ready to go out and win. 1960 Lancia Appia Zagato. This is one of 350 rare sought after alloy Zagato couples. Lancia's are well known for their outstanding engineering and superb quality contruction, this fully restored show quality machine is a joy to behold and an absolute pleasure to drive. it would be a milestone addtion to the astute collectors garage. WE ARE IMMEDIATE PURCHASERS OF ALL VINTAGE SPORTS, RACING AND GT CARS Motor Classic & Competition Corp. FERRARI AND VINTAGE RACING SPECIALISTS 868 350 Adams Street Bedford Hill, N.Y. 10507 • Phone 914-997-9133 Fax 914-997-9136 www.motorclassiccorp.com


Page 132

MidAmerica Auctions St. Paul, MN base-level powertrain with typical options, it eventually sold for a proper price for today's market. #87-1971 BUICK GRAN SPORT 2-dr hard top. S/N 434371H190930. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 93,555 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body tag missing. Older repaint presents well with minor chips. Claimed original block and heads, but several deviations from stock are apparent: aftermarket intake manifold, valve covers, electronic ignition, fuel lines, electric fuel pump, and chrome alternator. Reupholstered seat, most interior soft trim #54-1976 FORD F-100 Ranger pickup. S/N F10HRA81297. Copper/brown vinyl & nylon. Odo: 53,341 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Indicated miles claimed actual since new. Older repaint with plenty of overspray in door jambs and hood gaps, has some newer touchups. Period accessory tonneau cover tie-down latches on box sides, bare wood floor heavily weathered. Original chrome, trim, and emblems. Reproduction seat upholstery and new, #54.2-1978 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Silver Anniversary coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S435824. Silver & charcoal/black cloth. Odo: 13,782 miles. 350-ci 185-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller claims car has not been restored in any way and that indicated miles are actual since new. Well cared for original paint, few light stone chips behind wheel openings and on nose. Minimal seat and carpet wear, although carpeting is coming loose along the console. Original engine bay shows 32 years original, carpet soiled and faded. Triple Auto Meter gauges and competition tach with shift light odd for a column shift automatic. Optional Stage 1 engine, power steering, AM radio, and Buick Road Wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,080. Not a car that appeared to be well cared for at any time in its existence—more like a high school parking lot terror for multiple decades. The reserve was lifted when the bidding hit this amount. Well sold. non-Ford seat belts are darker than rest of faded original interior. Steering wheel cracked in two places. Optional power steering and brakes, AM radio, swing-away mirrors, and full wheel covers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $6,000. I recall running into this truck at the ICA auction in Gilbert, Arizona two years ago, where it sold for $5k. Out there, it was marketed as a California truck, still wearing its original blue license plates. Here it was pumped up as being an Arizona truck. I had a '78 Gremlin like that once—it was in AZ long enough to get a year renewal on the tabs and the interior faded, but it was a rusty Pennsylvania car from new. worth of aging, flash rust, and dust. Hood light loosely mounted and intermittently operational. Optional alloy wheels shod with the original tires. Factory optional a/c, 8-track, and power windows. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,000. It's one thing to have a low-mile original car; it's another thing to keep a low-mile original car maintained. This appeared to be a case of the former. If the seller had no emotional ties to the car (as he was the second owner), it should've been cut loose at the magical “buck per mile” top bid. #118-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM 10th Anniversary coupe. S/N 2X87K9L181977. Two-tone silver/silver leather. Odo: 28,378 miles. 403-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage claimed original. Excellent overall condition, with original paint, trim, powertrain, and interior. The only changes from stock are dealer-installed bodyside moldings and plastic mudflaps. Edges of rear spoiler have worn though to plastic from polishing. Topical engine bay cleanup, but hardly detailed. Undercarriage somewhat surface rusted but in good original condition—proving that it was never driven in Minnesota winters. Like new interior, with minimal patina from aging plastic. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,310. All of the equipment on this car was included as part of the heavilyloaded 10th Anniversary package—even the T-tops and AM/FM/8-track stereo. This car had no other options, and it still had a 2-page window sticker. Bid to $11k on the block, but was declared to have been a post-block sale a few lots later. Three years ago, it would've been over $20k to get one like this with low miles. Today, it may not be there anymore, but it is worth more that what it did here. Bought well. © 132 Sports Car Market


Page 134

eBay Motors Online Sales Stretch out in style Although I do wonder how many kayaks and mountain bikes would fit on top, it's unlikely that such a thing would appeal to a private party buyer Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics A rriving at an event in a flashy sports car is great, but when you and five of your friends want to really make an entrance, a limousine is the only choice. Here are a few that'll definitely get you noticed on the red carpet. 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) #250729174447-2000 JAGUAR XJ8XL limousine. S/N SAJDA23C2YLF11014. Metallic black/black leather. Odo: 44,000 miles. 25 Photos. Port Huron, MI. “This car wasn't stretched until 2006. It had 43,000 at the time. It now only has 44,000 miles... Never a rental or fleet vehicle. Paint is flawless and the body is extremely straight. No waves at all. The one piece stretch windows were custom made in CA by Limoglass inc. No wear or abused items in the interior... The engine runs original and appears to have been re-dyed once. Needs a mechanical re-commissioning due to looking at a car. 0 bids, sf 29. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. There was a Buy-It-Now option of $74,900, and I wouldn't be surprised if that didn't even cover the build cost. That's not to say it is a realistic valuation. I suspect the OMG-my-BFFs-are-all-ROFL factor is going to cap this price at about half that. #220528098176-2004 SUBARU strong and needs no work. This limousine has only been privately used. It has been stored indoors for four years and driven at least once a month.” 32 bids, sf 530. Cond: 2- SOLD AT $20,089. This chronically re-listed eBay frequent flyer finally reached its destination. The $20k reserve might seem low given the careful build and excellent condition, but then again it's far too long to fit on an AAA rollback tow truck. Will the new owners drive it home? #180384545649-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300D ADENAUER Nicaraguan Presidential limousine. S/N 7500143. Blue/gray leather w/ blue piping. Odo: 28,277 miles. 43 Photos. San Diego, CA. “From 1936 to 1979, the Somozas ruled Nicaragua and accumulated personal assets totaling $400 million. This Mercedes Benz was part of this fortune.” (It survived Sandinista rule, because it was exported to California in 1980.) “Complete documentation. The paint has a few bubbles and chips. The leather is 134 long storage. Champagne and very old bottle of Johnny Walker Black is still in the bar.” 181 bids, sf 264. Cond: 4+ SOLD AT $64,901. This unique story instigated a bidding frenzy that resulted in a sale price approximately triple that for an average Adenauer Benz with needs. That means we can all add notorious Central American dictators to the very short list of personalities (previously proven to include Tim Allen, Steve McQueen, and The Pope) whose fingerprints immediately boost a vehicle's value. #300391483614-2008 MINI COOPER S “Barbie Edition” limousine. S/N WMWMF73598TV37019. Pink & white/ black, pink, & white leather. Odo: 12,000 miles. 30 Photos. Commack, NY. Multiple mirrored make-up stations, several pink striped loveseats, Barbie dolls in curio cabinets, and Barbie graphics everywhere. And bringing up the rear we have...dual axles supporting a white plastic hot tub for the swimsuit portion of our experience. While a full load of buxom bachelorettes and a sloshing spa full of water might affect the Mini's characteristic “go-kart” handling, thankfully it won't change the odds of becoming barefoot and pregnant by simply FORESTER XT limousine. S/N JF1SG69634H725913. Silver/black leather. Odo: 52,321 miles. 4 Photos. Mansfield, TX. “It was used as a courtesy shuttle for our clients as well as a few family outings and never disappointed. It has seating for six in the back with two fold down executive work stations. Flat screen TV in the privacy divider as well as flat screen in the bar area. Full bar set up ready for entertaining. The limo was broken into and the front stereo was stolen. I had the window replaced but have not had the front stereo replaced. That is why I am selling it at a discounted price.” 25 bids, sf 21. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. Although I do wonder how many kayaks and mountain bikes would fit on top, it seems unlikely that such a thing would appeal to a private party buyer. Hard to park and far too flashy for the Forester-buying demographic, I bet this oddity will live on as another dealer's courtesy shuttle. At only about $3k more than a normal one with the same age and mileage, this was a bargain compared to the construction cost. Sports Car Market


Page 135

#140466001165-1968 CHRYSLER TOWN & COUNTRY Armbruster Stageway Airport limousine. S/N CE45G8C296985. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 90,000 miles. 4 Photos. Bend, OR. “A Big restoration project for someone with time on their hands. The car belonged to the Portland airport until 1972 when it was sold to a college as a touring vehicle. My parents bought the car in 1976... stored in a shop in 1982 and has only recently seen the light of day. The car... displays the quirks of vehicles stored for long periods of time. The car starts been stretched 43” and a middle row of stock bucket seats have been added. I installed a 6” lift kit on it, and it rides on 37” hummer tires... Online sales of contemporary cars. 2011 Shelby GT350 Fresh Meat and drives, it needs a brake master cylinder and a carb rebuild, but seems to drive well.” 12 bids, sf 138. Cond: 4- NOT SOLD AT $5,100. I tried to get Publisher Martin to buy this for the SCM crew to use for event transportation and lodging. No comment. Maybe the better play is to get Chrysler design God Ralph Gilles to restomod it SEMA-style and show it at Villa D'Este. Either way, it was too cool for this low bid. Seller was right to hold out for low five figures. #160413070056-1993 LINCOLN TOWNCAR stretch limo stretch limo. S/N 1LNLM81W3PY727854. Watermelon/watermelon leather. Odo: 142,000 miles. 8 Photos. Markle, IN. “Modeled after the comedian Gallagher's watermelon act. The exterior paint job cost $20,000. Sound system that goes outside to a speaker and has a microphone to talk outside as you drive. The speaker is the sledgeo-matic on the trunk... The interior has red and green leather seats with watermelon seeds painted on them. Contains VCR TV STEREO BAR.” (What's a VCR? Oh yeah, I think I The interior is in great shape. The seats have no fading or rips or tears. The carpet is new. It has a stock engine and auto trans. I get a lot of attention when I take it out, it looks like it could have come from the factory.” New paint. 4 offers, sf 155. Cond: 3- NOT SOLD AT $29,000. When the seller says, “I wanted to put a hemi in it and a Dana 60 in the rear and a 44 in the front, but maybe next time,” it is not only a fun pipe dream, but also a good reminder that this truck would not be impossibe to replicate. Furthermore, with-four door Wranglers now commonplace on the modern JK platform, the market just didn't see paying for all the work it took to stretch an older TJ. Seller should have been prepared to accept anything over $20k. #120638499201-1998 CADILLAC ESCALADE double ended limo . S/N 1gchk33r0wf005942. Pearl white/gray leather. Odo: 162,000 miles. 18 Photos. Hazelton, PA. “Reconstructed TITLE. THIS TRUCK IS A 1998 CHEVY CREWCAB TRUCK WITH TWO FROUNT ENDS ON IT WITH CUSTOM LIMO INSIDE WITH A BIG TV... NEW CRATE MOTOR PUT IN 2003. RUNS AND DRIVES 100% YOU CAN GET IN THIS TRUCK AND DRIVE IT ANYWHERE THIS TRUCK IS GOING TO NEED 2 BUMPER COVERS THATS IT SHOW READY. THIS SHOW WAS A SHOW Date sold: 11/30/2010 eBay auction ID: 320621968523 Seller Type: Ford Dealer Seller: Porter Auto Group, Newark, DE, www.porterauto.com Sale Type: New car. VIN: 1ZVBP8CF1B5110027 Details: Performance white with blue Shelby stripes. Charcoal black leather with red, white and blue accents. A supercharged version of the legendary 5.0 liter, 6-Speed manual transmission. Sale result: $89,990, 21 bids, sf 3. MSRP: $79,578 Other current offering: None. 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe Police Package Date sold: 11/28/2010 eBay auction ID: 110616063314 Seller Type: Private Party in Palm Harbor, FL Seller ID: tokaytow Sale Type: New car with 1,100 miles. VIN: 1GNLC2E05BR193096 Details: Black over dark gray, cloth front seats, vinyl rears. Black wagon wheels. A 320-bhp 5.3L V8. Sale result: $29,800, 9 bids, sf 29. MSRP: $34,606 Other current offering: Classic Chevrolet, Sugarland, TX, www.classicchevysugarland.com, asking $34,606 for each of their three identical new units. 2009 Dodge Viper SRT-10 Roadster smashed mine with a hammer.) “This is such a fun car to ride around in.” #3 cond. 4 bids. sf 719. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,100. I'd happily don my front row safety goggles to watch Gallagher smash this thing with a hammer. I suppose I could have put my money where my mouth is and bought it to destroy it myself... But not at twice its retail value. Well sold. #280486490976-1998 JEEP WRANGLER SAHARA stretch limo jeep. S/N 1J4FY29P6WP765903. Green/tan vinyl/tan cloth. Odo: 87,683 miles. 18 Photos. Chino Hills, CA. “I built it to tow behind my motor home and be able to fit my family of six. It has February 2011 STOPPER WHEN WE TRAVLED TO SHOWS ALL OVER THE US.” Cabs appear to be joined by pleated fabric, accordion-style. Seats 10. 24 bids, sf 1280. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,701. One of two double-ended GM trucks listed on eBay by the same seller simultaneously. Well sold considering all of the inane conversation the buyer will undoubtedly endure. Good thing it was listed on eBay and not the local paper... can you imagine the “Who's on First” style telephone calls? “Hi, I'm callin' about the rig with the two grilles.” “Which are you interested in?” “What?” “I've got two trucks for sale.” “Aren't they attached?” “Yeah, I mean no....” © Date sold: 11/27/2010 eBay auction ID: 230553275840 Seller Type: Private Party in Kearney, MO Seller ID: mebkriles Sale Type: Used car with 2,050 miles. VIN: 1B3JZ65Z19V500562 Details: Yellow with black stripes over black and leather. Aero package. Sale result: $69,201, 58 bids, sf 46. MSRP: $80,000 (seller's estimate) Other current offering: Criswell Chrysler Jeep Dodge, Gaithersburg, MD, www.criswellchryslerjeepdodge.com, asking $107,145 for a 2010 yellow/ black convertible with Aero package. ♦ 135


Page 136

Mystery Photo Answers “Mustangs usually have only two in a litter.” —Dale Peterson, Manson, WA RUNNER-UP: The judges, faced with judging yet another Mustang, instantly fell asleep.— Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA How many Shelby experts are necessary to determine if this car is a recreation, a replica, a reproduction or if the oil drain plug has the correct finish?—Frank Koch, Baton Rouge, LA Another informative SCM class: A Mustang's Gender. — Keith Reed, Minnetonka, MN How many GM executives does it take to find a drain plug on a Mustang?—Lynn Bremer, Valparaiso, IN O.K. guys, I owe you a beer. The proof is when you look down below. The red head is really a red head, but the blond is not a real blond.—Alan Sosnowitz, Stamford CT I understand Fix Or Repair Daily, but isn't this a little absurd?—Al Zim, via email Jim and the crew search fran- ticly for a part of the car Shelby hasn't signed.—Kurt Anderson, via email Deano casually mentioned that his Shelby had dropped 60 to 80 grand in the last 18 months, so his buddies thought they might try to figure out if they could somehow stop up the leak.—Phil Lucas, Cincinnati, Ohio Little did the wives know, but Billy Bob had installed a Blu-ray player with Surround sound behind the transmission for events just like this.—Ian Steward, North Vancouver, B.C. The SCMer's version of a Tailgate.—Dave Conlan, via email When Ms. Shelby at Mustang Day Care told the boys it was nap time, they listened instantly!— Mark Vanderwoude, Rio del Mar, CA Geez, you're right. Shelby did sign all the oil pan bolts.— Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA After they finished the beer, the guys decided to take a nap. Shade was scarce that afternoon.—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA It takes a herd of cowboys to break one Mustang!—Mike Kent, via email Ever since I got rid of those crying kid dolls that lean against the car and started using these, more people now stop by to look at my car at shows.—Jim MacLachlan, Marcellus, NY It's an oil additive AND a pheromone.—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA The local barbershop quartet found the acoustics under the GT350 almost ideal, but perhaps not quite as powerfully resonant as under a GT500.—Jeff Brock, Brentwood, TN Some animals have been known to raise the young of others—or those whose wives have abandoned them.—Scott Eldredge, La Honda, CA This Month's Mystery Photo The economy continued its downward spiral into 2018. Pebble Beach Concours rules were relaxed to include judging in a Monterey wharf parking lot and casual attire for the judges of the new “Muscle Car” category.—Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO To some men, this is like porn.—Alan Grant, via email One of those Prius owners smugly said “carbon footprint,” and that Shelby just up and leapt across the tarmac, crushing the lot of them.—John Kelley, East Longmeadow, MA A genuine SCM cap goes to Dale Peterson for his understanding of Mustang husbandry. ♦ Comments With Your Renewal Great print publication. Website content top notch. Layout unnecessarily complex. Simplify and I will spring for Platinum access.—Jeffrey Corton, Chesapeake, VA. Jeffery, stay tuned. The next few months should show a big difference.—KM Fantastic magazine.—Tom Heinrich, Milwaukee, WI Never can have enough on vintage Ferrari!—Daniel Reese, Winchester, VA Great work! I would be happy with more attention to fuddy-duddy four-doors, wagons, low-value survivors.—William Rice, Washington, DC The website is confusing to order on.—Dan Hassenger, Boerne, TX. Dan, we hear you. Our current architecture does not lend itself to allowing for online renewals and address changes, and we're working on it.—KM Enjoy the magazine thoroughly— Response Deadline: January 25, 2011 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. 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 also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 136 especially the Draneas column. Be careful with the elitist tone, as lots of us don't have Ferraris and some of us even buy shirts at Jos. A. Bank. Thanks!— John Rees, Portland, OR. John, some of us also buy shirts at that store, and I won't go into detail about Managing Editor Jim Pickering's Edelbrock T-shirts or Editor Chester Allen's gaudy University of Oregon regalia. Draneas dresses better than any of us.—KM Has it been 17 years already? Where did the time go? Here's to another year of living vicariously.— Klaus Chavanne, Lagrangeville, NY Expensive, but worth it.—Robert Buckles, Bradenton, FL Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your continued renewals.—KM Sports Car Market


Page 137

SCM Weekly Poll Results Each Tuesday morning in our free SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter, we conduct a poll. Here's how you responded: November 22nd (933 total votes) Which car would be best for working off that extra Thanksgiving weight on a road course? A. 1967 Ford GT40: 16.1% B. 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe: 25.8% C. 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB: 15.1% D. 1931 Bugatti Type 51: 43% November 15th (1,081 total votes) What was the best muscle buy at RM's Robson sale? A. 1962 Impala SS 409 lightweight: $132k – 53.1% B. 1969 Camaro ZL – 1 coupe: $418k – 11% C. 1969 Firebird Ram Air IV convertible: $286k – 8.7% D. 1971 GTO Judge convertible: $286k - $9.9% E. 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible - $154k - $17.3% November 8th (1,169 total votes) What Ferrari will it take go get noticed at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi? A. 1962 GT SWB: $3m – 37.9% B. 2006 FXX: $2m – 28.4% C. 1965 500 Superfast: $1.2m – 12.4% D. 1947 166 Spyder Corsa: 1.2m – 21.3% November 1st (989 votes) The weather has turned, and around SCM World Headquarters in Oregon (Go Ducks!) we're considering getting an allweather collector car. Which would you pick? A. 1964 Amphicar: $45,000 - 7.9% B. 1967 MGB-GT: $8,000 – 42.7% C. 1947 Willy's Jeep: $10,000 – 32.5% D. 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 and a “Deadliest Catch-style” ocean survival suit, $55,000 – 16.9% Vote on the latest poll at www.sportscarmarket.com or in your SCM Weekly Insider e-newsletter. February 2011 137


Page 138

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. Australia 1978 Ford Falcon XC Cobra 396/400 1935 Bentley 3 1/2 Liter This extremely rare and desirable Bentley Continental has been bought a few years ago with full history and has english plates. This motor car is checked, serviced, serviced and has been driven and cherished on a regular basis. Contact Naef- email: naef.claude@gmail.com. 1959 Elva Courier Ford Australia built only 400 of these very unique and collectable XC Falcon Cobras back in 1978. Very few left today. Factory 4.9L V8 full matching numbers, a/c, p/steer, electric windows, 9 inch diff, 4 wheels disc brakes etc. Well documented history with all handbooks and manuals including Ford verification letter of authenticity. Multiple show winner (all trophies provided) Unmarked Snow white duco with Bold Blue stripes, original factory interior in excellent condition. Amazing car to drive. $98,000. Contact Rodney- 61.407.4073008, email: tinycriss@bigpond.com. English 1932 SS1 Elegant one-off body by Kellner of Paris. Original tools, tea service and fitted luggage. Payne electric overdrive. $375,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1947 Healey Elliott Saloon Five-year rebuild, $15,000 spent. Advice and parts via Elva guru Butch Gilbert. Many spares, body moulds, tested willow springs. Superb roadholding, past winner, faster now. Beautiful looker. $30,000. Contact Jack- email: jebennet@flash.net. (CA) 1959 Lotus Elite One of 101 built by Healey as his 2nd model car, specs are the same as the Westlands roadster his 1st, and the Silverstone, the fastest of this chassis type. Perhaps the only one in the USA. Mille miglia elegible and all vintage events worldwide. Contact Whitman- 610.363.1559, email: wball@ptd.net. (PA) 1947 MG TC Shown at Pebble Beach 2003. First place at Palos Verdes 2010. Restored to original in every detail. The basic Jaguar car beginning. Very rare. Drives superb. IDHT certificate. $250,000. Contact Richard909.949.5226, email: red.jags@earthlink.net. (CA) 1935 MG NA 1959 Austin Healey 3000 Mk1 12,000 miles from new and incredibly original. Modified slightly when new for period rallying. British racing green, original green leather, 1500-cc TC engine. Great fun and a great look for entry level money. $29,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1953 Triumph TR2 NA Special, campaigned in VSCC races in England, aluminum body, race-prepared engine and chassis, recent body-off restoration and new supercharger, looks fast, sounds fast, goes fast. $95,000. Contact John- 619.221.1275, email: john.kernan@cox. net. (CA) First Triumph Sports ever built for North American 138 Sports Car Market Three documented owners from new with low original mileage. Rare and desirable BN7 model with two seats. Mostly original paint, original interior, top, tonneau. 72-spoke Dayton wheels. An amazing find that runs and drives like new. Great power, no rattles. $35,000. Contact Matthew203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) Exceptional survivor condition. Three-owner car with less than 5,000 miles on numbers-matching rebuilt engine. Original interior. Great patina. Email for link to photo library. Contact Don- 615.538.8310, email: iconicautos@gmail.com. (TN) 1967 Austin Mini Cooper Body-off restoration in the 1990s and only driven to shows since. Amazing photo documented restoration with narrative of each restoration step. Mutiple show winner. Museum condition. Period rally options including seats, tachometer, map reading lights, wheels, wheel arches, front and rear fog lights, original 1967 Monte Carlo rallye plaque, and many performance components. Webasto sunroof. One of the best and fastest in the world. $35,000. Contact Brian- 202.215.4820, email: drbrianjpeters@ gmail.com. (DC) Purchased new from Chamberlain in 1959, by Alson Brizard and used as an SCCA race car out of NORCAL Region during the early 1960s. It has been well maintained and still has its original motor. The car is completely street legal and could be used for vintage rallies or track competition. It does have some spares including original drivers seat. This car is a very early example that is number 1 condition. $79,495. Contact Northshore- 847.247.0447, email: nbries1@tds.net. A spectacular California car finished in black with black leather. All matching numbers. Original books, tools, spare, jack. Perfect mechanicals, gorgeous cosmetics. Ready to perform flawlessly on rallys, tours, or just for weekend cruising. $69,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1964 Jaguar XKE Roadster MG B 1800 engine and Ford five-speed. Restored and driven with TLC. Needs nothing. No rust, no problems, no vices. A joy to drive and show. $24,000. Contact Don- 505.281.7460, email: mgardon1@msn.com. (NM) 1964 Jaguar XKE 3.8 Coupe market, Commission Number TS1 LO (Chassis #1), 18 years to restore to original, fully documented ownership, history, many provenance items included. Your choice of open or enclosed trailer. First public offering of this car here and now in SCM Gallery! A true “blue chip” car, needs nothing. Priced at low six figures USD. From private collection. Contact Robert808.342.1036, email: smith1127@aol.com. 1955 Bentley S1 Continental HJR Mulliner Impeccable, like new, all original 38,500 miles. All numbers match, new whitewall tires p.s p.b interior. $60,000. Contact Peter- 450.451.6518, email: peter. vnicoll@gmail.com. 1960 MG A Roadster 1960 Jaguar MK1x


Page 140

SCM Showcase Gallery 1972 Triumph TR6 Mille entrant. $40,000 in recipts $210,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) German 1957 BMW 507 Red w/ black interior. Reliable, driver-quality vehicle. Private seller. $11,200. Contact Mike678.895.1871, email: nsxtarga@bellsouth.net. (GA) 1997 Aston Martin DB7 Comes with California Black Plates, is a superbly preserved Series I specimen, with outstanding patina, original feel and an extremely tight ride. $975,000. Contact American Concours Foundation631.899.3800, email: classix@bid123sold.com. (NY) All books, records, tools. Supercharged in-line 6. 355 hp. 3239cc. 5 speed. 35,500 mi. CarFax. M.S.R.P. $147,000.00 $39,950. Contact Russell561.762.2908, email: reglac@aol.com. 2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT 1964 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible Matching numbers (chassis: 9113102430, engine: 6134479 and transmission: 338408); a very solid southern car. The mechanicals have been completely restored and the body stripped to bare metal and spayed in Porsche silver with a polished clearcoat. $90,000 invested in the restoration with all receipts. $90,000. Contact Paul- 301.466.6129, email: pauld911@gmail.com. 6 Liter V12, 6-speed Getrag box. Max BHP 440, max speed 187. 13.7k miles, one of 83 in the US. $60,000. Contact Tom- 414.964.9208 (WI) 2003 Aston Martin DB7 GT Very rare limited edition. One of 190 GTs worldwide, one of 54 in the US. Many factory performance upgrades over standard DB7. Covered by extended factory warranty up to 9/10. Dealer serviced. Just completely serviced. Showroom new condition. Private collection. $65,000. Contact Brian- 202.215.4820, email: drbrianjpeters@ gmail.com. (DC) French 1938 Peugeot 402 BL Eclipse Black plate California car restored to true 100% factory-correct concours condition. All matching numbers, original colors of Bahama blue, white interior, white top. All original books, tools. A flawless car, fully sorted to drive as new. $34,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SE Convertible 1979 Porsche 930 Immaculate museum/collector condition. Original US version. Multiple award winner. Fanatically maintained regardless of cost. One of the finest. Part of private collection. $37,000. Contact Brian202.215.4820, email: drbrianjpeters@gmail. com. (DC) 1985 Audi Quattro Auto 2 tops 73k mi. Collector owned (2) sets wheels & tires, radios, spectacular condition. $10,995. Contact Robert- 908.601.0288. A very clean, straight California car. Interior has new leather matching OEM. Exterior refinished in original Emerald Green. Vin 2280442, A/C runs great. $31,500. Contact Henry- 415.551.4211, email: henryschmt@aol.com. (CA) 1973 Porsche 911 Full Cage, 2 Recaro w/belts, Rothsport Built ‘93 RS America motor (75-100 hours), Full Monoball Suspension, PCA and POC Logbooks, Many extras. Contact Scott- 801.726.3802, email: carrera2_ racer@mac.com. Website:www.airpowerracing.com/ c2racecar.html. 1999 Mercedes-Benz SL 500 1991 Porsche Carrera 2 Club Racecar 1971 BMW 2800CS 1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL 30k survivor, showroom condition. All you would expect from an $80k car for just $22k. Includes hard cover cart and cover. $22,000. Contact Larry928.668.1110 (AZ) 2001 Porsche GT2 Clubsport Silver with black leather interior, roll cage, fire system, electrical kill system, DOT/ETA releases, concours condition. 2,000 miles. $115,000. Contact Douglas- 845.351.5443 (NY) 2006 BMW 300ci convertible Maybe the best 280 we've ever had in our inventory and a car we've known well for 20 years. Great history, 76,000 original miles. Dark Olive green, cognac leather. rare factory A/C, floor shift automatic. Mint in every way. $85,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE Coupe George Paulin's pioneering retractable hardtop. One of the most intriguing and practical of the French streamlined Art Deco cars. $175,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Dubos DHC Beautiful condition. Well sorted. Successful California 140 One owner from new until one year ago. Factory special-order with electric sunroof, 4-speed transmission and special color combination of gray beige with dark green leather. Fully documented service history. All original books and tools, original Becker radio. A superb car that drives as new. $35,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) Immaculate museum/collector condition. 1 of only 74. All original except for K24 turbo, water cooling kit, and 2Bennett chip to upgrade to euro 220hp. Fanatically maintained regardless of cost. Factory sunroof. Multiple 1st place and best of show awards. The best. $30,000. Contact Brian- 202.215.4820, email: drbrianjpeters@gmail.com. (DC) 1986 Porsche Euro 930 18,000 original miles. Silver, light grqy leather, black top. Perfect condition. Steptronic, performance package, cold weather package. Harman-Kardon, Xenon, etc. This car is stunning. $33,000. Contact Bill- 707.939.8173, email: billyoung1228@aol. com. (CA) Italian 1968 Bizzarrini 5300 GT Strada Original owner offering this stock 930, 5,200 miles. Excellent condition with full documentation. Black w/ champagne interior. Includes factory European parts removed for EPA/DOT conversion. $69,500. Call 928.468.6212 or email: outdog31@hotmail.com Fully restored to the highest standards. Incredible presence. Four Webers, wide rear wheels. $595,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) Sports Car Market


Page 141

1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS American 1928 Locomobile 4-door hardtop whitewall tires. Exceptional condition. $32,500. Contact Murray- email: murrmeister@gmail.com. 1957 Chevy Bel Air trades $49,000. Contact Ken- 248.561.8972, email: kal@thepdmgroup.com. 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle Authentic factory GTS with same owner since late 1970s, two owners total. Perfect condition in every way. Red, black leather. A few tasteful mods that can easily be brought back to original. $75,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV Seats 5+. 3 speed, straight 8, excellent wooden spokes and trim. Very good paint, interior and rubber. No rust, interesting history, 65,000 miles. $29,900. Contact Michael- email: mchubbell@ gmail.com. 1935 Chevrolet Fire Truck 2-door hardtop, rebuilt stock 283 power-pak with powerglide transmission. This is a solid western car without modification. Looks and runs great! Newer chrome. $29,900. Contact Thomas- 740.881.6154 (OH) 1959 Chrysler Imperial 62k original miles. I am the 2nd owner. Interior, vinyl top, carpet all original. One repaint. Cold A/C! Red/white. Beautiful. $11,900. Contact Brian630.988.8090 (IL) 1979 Ford Ranchero GT Red/tan. 62,200 miles. Major service and new tires in 2009. Same owner since 1989. Good condition. $27,500. Contact Jay- 513.595.7689, email: jay_kolb@hotmail.com. (OH) 1990 Ferrari Testarossa This is the real thing! Runs and drives and is absolutely beautiful. Original Brass Bell & Siren. Originally from Pennsylvania, and in great condition. $8,495. Contact John- 413.774.5517, email: greenfieldimported@gmail.com. (MA) 1935 Ford Woodie Wagon 2 Owner car, original miles, original black exterior with red interior. Condition #2, no rust, from Florida, woman owner, Has factory air conditioning, detailed engine compartment with 413 V8 orgininal engine. Runs, stops, and looks great. $19,500. Contact Steve- 978.681.0370, email: scontarino@ adamsonindustries.com. 1965 Ford Mustang “K” Code GT Convert Recent 30k service, engine out plus all updates. Chrome wheels and recent detail. $70,000. Contact Larry- 321.377.4231, email: cavallaro@earthlink. net. (FL) 1995 Ferrari 355 CH Callaway C12 Speedster .One of only two Speedsters built. Came out of the famed Otis Chandler collection. $150,000. Contact Jim- 925.838.5586, email: robyniam@aol.com. Over $150,000 spent on fully documented body-off restoration by Woodie specialist. Beautifully cared for since and still in superb condition. Runs and drives beautifully. A fantastic car and an incredible value. $85,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com Website: deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1941 Cadillac Coupe RISI, runs strong, extra set of wheels, other body parts. She's a race car not a doll. $49,000. Contact L- email: L.Bujenovic@gmail.com. 1999 Lamborghini Diablo Excellent condition, low milage, all service records. Autographed by Valentino Balboni. $175,000. Contact Paul- 901.438.2832, email: paultenn@ aol.com. (FL) Japanese 2001 Toyota MR2 Spyder convertible Red with black interior, air bags, ABS, AC, power steering, power windows, AM/FM stereo, disc, PDL, power mirrors, 5-speed manual, 40,500 miles. $11,500. Contact Lennart- 704.363.1560. Tourquoise & colonial white California car. Auto, PB, PW, spinner hubcaps, Town & Country radio, radial February 2011 Saddle Leather Headrest Seats,4 speed, Side Pipes, 2 Tops (vinyl), Tilt/Tele, 3.70 Posi, restored, matching numbers. Will accept interesting Corvette All-original California car, excellent condition, mechanics A-1, new red white interior, numbers matching ps, electric seat, no radio from factory. Both tops. $45,000. Contact Peter at 450.451.6518, email: peter.nicoll@gmail.com. 1956 Mercury Montclair An amazing survivor. Two owners from new. current owner for 26 years, and just 67,000 original miles. Except for one respray 30 years ago, this is a TOTALLY original and untouched car. All-original sheet metal and fiberglass, original engine and transmission, original interior, period correct a/c blows ice cold. White, gold stripes, black interior. $135,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1969 Corvette Convertible 427/400 This is an unrestored example from the H modified period. Built by three friends, Frazier Sibbald, an industrial engineer, George Olsen, boat builder/ surf board maker, and Howard Bliss. The car was built using a 750cc sports coupe motor.It has Le Grand suspension pieces. The car weighs 635 lbs. It was very developed and very fast when it ran. It was driven by Frazier Sibbald and raced in the SCCA National Championships at Riverside in 1966 where he finished 5th in class. After two years, Frazier lost interest in racing after a friend died in a racing accident. The car was resurrected by Glade H Miller and eventually sold to Bruce Mc Caw in 2006. Mark Sange bought the car in 2009 and has raced it 3 times, the last time in the HMSA Portland Historics July 2010. The car comes with many spare parts, the original fiberglass body moulds and design drawings, history and paperwork. $32,000. Contact Mark- 415.987.1942 or 415.868.2940 email: captainmarco@cs.com. © 141 Original was named for this car. 37,500 miles. Original paint, chrome, upholstery, carpet, and engine. Driven like a new 1941 Cadillac. Great story. $55,000. Contact Terry- 303.888.8231 (CO) 1955 Ford Thunderbird 2007 Dodge 3500 Mega Cab Custom Hauler Silver-Blue with blue and white pony interior. 2894V Hipo, AT, PS, PB. Fully restored by Legendary Motorcars in 2000. Driven only 3,000 miles since. $47,500. Contact Eric- email: etremblay@astonhill. ca. 1966 Shelby GT350H Dodge's mega cab with 52” rear seat area, reclining seats. Cummins turbo diesel 6-speed automatic. $48,000. Contact Russell- 412.638.2152,. (PA) Race 1963 Shridlu Sports Racer H mod Metallic blue with blue interior. Wire wheels with P255-60R15 Goodyears. Only 70k miles, 351 engine rebuilt at 58k miles. $4,900. Contact Peter- email: vincraft1@comcast.net. 1999 Chevrolet Calaway Corvette


Page 142

RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x222 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.42992056, 33.1.42991639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial.com. (FR) setting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www. classic-carauction.com. (CA) The Worldwide Group. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the record- 142 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, Centerline Products. 888.750.ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance California Dream Cars Apprais- als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. http://www.saaasinc. com. (CO) 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Motoring Investments. 619-238Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. Oklahoma City – February 18-19, 2011 at Cox Pavilion San Antonio – April 8-9, 2011 at Freeman Coliseum Tulsa – June 10 – 12, 2011 at QuikTrip Center. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. American parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa. com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 859.368.0222. PO Box 13271, Lexington, KY 40583. 4,000 members worldwide, active regions in most population centers. Dedicated to the preservation, history and enjoyment of Cobras and Shelby Mustangs. Annual national convention; quarterly on-line publication; printed annual; active website and forum; hardcover registries listing every car. Email us at saac@ saac.com. www.saac.com. (CT) Appraisals Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's Sports Car Market


Page 143

experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) Brighton Motorsports. International Auto Appraisers Re- source. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/ Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation.com. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) Passport Transport. 800.325.4267, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a 60's muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. Collector Car Insurance the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Automobilia Carlectibles. 510.745.8675, Offer- ing a unique selection of quality automotive art, classic posters, vintage toys and models, videos, literature, pedal cars, and automobilia that celebrate the history, achievements, evolution and artistry of the automotive industry and motorsport. Visit us today- you're sure to see things you've never seen before. www.carlectibles.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 Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) 2shores International. 920-945- 0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the US! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! http://www.2-shores-classics. com/kontakt_us.html. (WI) February 2011 Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy. com. (PA) 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST 143


Page 144

RESOURCE DIRECTORY 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) advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) ticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www. mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) RPM Classic Sports Cars. Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. Motoring Investments. 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www. motoringinvestments.com. Import/Export WA., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus also contains a 3.5acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To become an ACM member, volunteer or make a donation, visit www.lemaymuseum. org. (WA) Parts and Accessories Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini VeloceSpace. 408.441.7788, “Spe- cializing exclusively in rubber and upholstery products for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati; we also stock classic M-B and Porsche. Our source is the original Italian factory that manufactured these parts for your car in the ‘50s and'60s, hence our products' perfect fit and quality. Visit our website at www.velocespace.com, or e-mail us at info@velocespace.com for more information. Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fine 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. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) German FerrariChat.com. The largest on- line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, Motoring Investments. 619-238- 1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. 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 find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight 144 Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, me- LeMay— America's Car Museum, set for a fall 2011 opening in Tacoma, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Via Corsa Car Lover's Guide- books. “Travel the world with guidebooks written for car enthusiasts! We cover car museums, factory tours, race tracks, auctions, and major events. Exclusive interviews with Alice Cooper, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Derek Bell, Mario Andretti, and more! Our guidebooks are available at motorbooks.com and amazon.com. Museums WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 800.441.8527, MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from All-Weather Floor Mats, Extreme-Duty Floor Liners, Cargo/Trunk Liners, Side Window Deflectors, No-Drill MudFlaps, many different options of License Plate Frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to WeatherTech.com. www.WeatherTech.com. Sports Car Market Cosdel. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel. com. (CA) Inspections AutoBahn Power. 877.683.3001, Performance + Looks + Durability + Comfort = Autobahn Power! We are a veteran of vehicle modifications, parts and accessories. Our specialty has been to carry products that are better than original equipment in performance, safety and quality. Our warehouse, service shop and retail store are located in the Midwest for good access to all parts of the USA. We have completed literally hundreds of project cars. These performance vehicles are in enthusiast's hands across the USA. Many of the cars are in daily use proving the durability of our workmanship and products. Check us out at www.autobahnpower. com. Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www. griotsgarage.com. (WA) Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Literature MMRsite.com. The on-line infor- mation and entertainment resource for enthusiasts of European cars and motorcycles. Inter-active database features include 1300 selected suppliers of goods and services. Interesting Classified Ads, Book and DVD Reviews, Blog, Forum and MMR Store. Subscribe today to receive our MMR Community Newsletter and help us build this site. www.MMRsite.com.


Page 145

Restoration - General Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245, Classic Restoration by Country Club Auto, located in Colorado, is a large facility that offers world-class restoration, repair and fabrication services. Highly organized, fiscally responsible and providing bi-weekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent website for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com www. classicrestodenver.com. (CO) perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www. rpmvt.com. VeloceSpace. 408.441.7788, “Spe- cializing exclusively in rubber and upholstery products for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati; we also stock classic M-B and Porsche. Our source is the original Italian factory that manufactured these parts for your car in the ‘50s and'60s, hence our products' perfect fit and quality. Visit our website at www.velocespace.com, or e-mail us at info@velocespace.com Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags. com. (AZ) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562, 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/UK) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, wellequipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We finish your projects. supercharged@ alltel.net. (OH) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, ReinCARnation Auto. 719.632.9999, We offer premier restoration services with over 45 years of experience specializing in Muscle, British, and German autos. Our services include full rotisserie restorations, rust replacement, complete mechanical and award winning paint work. We provide daily photo updates of your project online so you can experience every detail of your projects restoration. Our quality speaks for itself. www.reincarnationauto.com. 519.351.1337. Celebrating 30 years in the collector car industry, RM Auctions and its associated companies are responsible for acquisitions, restorations and sales of the world's rarest and most valuable vintage automobiles, including record-breaking sales in Maranello, Italy and London, UK. RM's restoration division achieved unprecedented accolades in 2006, when the Company earned “Best of Show” honors at the world's top three collector car events in a single year. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, RPM Classic Sports Cars. 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car February 2011 October, 2010. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fine wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www. musclecar1000.com. (CA) © 145


Page 146

Carl Bomstead eWatch Early Hawaiian License Plates Bring All the Money Sports memorabilia collectors make automobilia collectors look sane Thought Carl's We continue to marvel at the prices folks pay for other types of collectibles. Sports memora- bilia collectors seem to have endlessly deep pockets and pay astonishing prices for significant pieces of sporting trivia. For example, someone paid $575,912.40 for the bat Kirk Gibson used for his historic home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1988 World Series. His jersey from Game 1 in that series went for $303,277, while his batting helmet realized $153,388. Heck, add all those amounts up, and instead of walking around in a used jersey, wearing an old batting helmet and a battered bat, you could be stylin' in a nice Murphy Duesenberg. Here are a few items that won't even come close to the $45,578 that Gibson's World Series trophy realized at that same auction: has a following, and considering the condition, the price paid was not out of line. EBAY #170564800508— ARCADE PANEL INTERNATIONAL DELIVERY TRUCK. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $825. Date sold: 11/20/2010. This cast-iron truck was 9 ½ inches in length and had some serious paint loss and minor rust. The decals were damaged but legible. It was not cracked or otherwise damaged, and the tires appeared to be new reproductions as was the driver. The rear door functioned properly. A very desirable toy that sold for a marketcorrect price. EBAY# 150511522772—1903 CONNECTICUT LEATHER LICENSE PLATE. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $3,550. Date sold: 11/04/2010. 1903 was the first year cars were required to be registered in Connecticut. Owners were required to submit an application with a fee of $1, and they received a number registration certificate. They would make their own license plate, most frequently out of leather, as was this one. As we have observed before, license plate collectors get goofy over the rare and unusual, so nothing out of line here. EBAY #280589649213— BOWES SEAL FAST SPARK PLUG TIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $587. Date sold: 11/21/2010. This colorful, die-cut tin sign was N.O.S. with only slight shelf wear. The colors were bright and vibrant and would suggest the sign dates to the 1950s. Spark plug advertising was five feet long and two feet high and was in remarkable condition. Red Hat was the brand name for the Independent Oil Men, and the use of the Red Hat logo was discontinued in 1927 due to Standard Oil filing legal action that it infringed on their Red Crown logo. Thus, this banner has to be at least 83 years old. The paint was not cracked and the colors were vivid with a crisp background crisp. This banner was too good to be true and just may have been! early racing collector that sold for the going rate. EBAY #170560332630— ORIGINAL 1900S AUTOMOTIVE CARTOON ART. Number of Bids: Buy-ItNow. SOLD AT: $340. Date sold: 10/31/2010. This was an original watercolor that was unsigned and showed minor signs of age but was otherwise undamaged. Without a caption, the message is lost, but it is a cute piece of early automotive art. The price did not seem to be unreasonable. EBAY #280588661890— EBAY #280583570114—1906 EBAY #180583638596—RED HAT MOTOR OIL CANVAS BANNER. Number of Bids: 1. SOLD AT: $1,200. Date sold: 11/13/2010. This canvas banner VANDERBILT CUP RACE MOVING PICTURE FLIP BOOK. Number of Bids: 9. SOLD AT: $457.99. Date sold: 11/08/2010. This little flip-book showed the #1 Thomas car, with driver Hubert le Blon, taking the hairpin turn at the famed 1906 Vanderbilt Cup race. To see the action you would hold the book at the bottom and flip the pages from the top and the car would come alive. The cover page had some wear but all-in-all it was in decent condition. An unusual piece for the SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 146 MOBIL GAS LICENSE PLATE TOPPER. Number of Bids: 17. SOLD AT: $91.99. Date sold: 11/17/2010. We have to assume that Elmer was the proprietor of the Mobil station, and that he was out selling gas and not at the Mustang Ranch, the house of ill repute that made Winnemucca, NV famous. Also wasn't the Mustang Ranch the brothel the government took over and failed to turn a profit? Well, that is actually legend, as the government never really ran the cathouse. They just closed it due to tax issues. Cool license plate topper for all the noted reasons. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market