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Sports Car Market $685k Legal Files: Bugatti Veyron Takes a Bath; Who Gets Soaked? Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 2005 Pagani Zonda What Recession? 1965 Aston Martin DB5: $604k 1956 Tojeiro-Butterworth AJB — a $74k Oddity Murray Smith on Death in Vegas CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST WORLD www.about.com DRAMA QUEEN


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 58 1969 BMW “Spicup” Concept Car 60 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt February 2012 . Volume 24 . Number 2 IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI (VIDEO) 48 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta — $784,392/RM The pre-sale estimate was $635,000 to $765,000. The $775,150 sale price was just over the top estimate — but not out of line with today's values Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH (VIDEO) 52 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe — $604,072/RM Jonathan Kaiser, of boutique London retailer Hexagon Classics, recently said, “The recession hasn't hit the 1% of people who can pay for these cars.” Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI (VIDEO) 54 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 S Roadster — $685,216/RM In 2006, the list price of a Zonda Roadster F was approximately $645,600. I would challenge any reader to find other exotics selling at or near their purchase price at six years of age Donald Osborne GERMAN (VIDEO) 58 1969 BMW Spicup Concept Car — $621,138/Bonhams The Spicup is a silly idea as a car — but a neat piece as an object. It can be driven, and it's also a sure invite to any concours Donald Osborne AMERICAN (VIDEO) 60 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt — $259,700/Mecum Finding a good Thunderbolt has never been easy, and as the years roll on, it won't get any easier. So is $260k really a bad price to pay to play God of Thunder whenever you want? Colin Comer RACE (VIDEO) 62 1956 Tojeiro-Butterworth AJB air-cooled racer — $73,599/ Bonhams This car is neither fish nor fowl, not much of a racer and only moderately collectible. But it is still very cool — and a great car to have in a stable that is moving toward being a collection Thor Thorson 12 GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 202 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales RM AUCTIONS 66 London, England: Ferrari 250 TdF tops RM's Battersea sale, where 99 of 125 lots sold for $21.9m Paul Hardiman MECUM AUCTIONS 76 Dallas, TX: The bidding was fast and furious, and Mecum ran 760 cars across the block and sold 519 of them. A 1969 Chevrolet L88 Corvette coupe led the way at $596,250 Greg Riley RM AUCTIONS 88 Hershey, PA: The 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, sold for $4.62m, helps RM steam to a very successful sale, where 97 of 115 lots sold for a total of $10m Chip Lamb ARTCURIAL MOTORCARS 104 Paris, FRA: 59 lots total $3.8m at Champs Elysées, led by a 1955 Mercedes-Benz coupe that brought $752,431 Jérôme Hardy AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM 114 Carlisle, PA: A 1959 DeSoto Firedome convertible sells for $99,000 and leads the way to 150 of 273 cars sold for a total of $2.8m Chip Lamb THE BRANSON AUCTION 128 Branson, MO: A 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 brought $513,000, and 123 of 251 lots sold for a total of $2.5m B. Mitchell Carlson EBAY MOTORS 142 Italian Jobs for the brave, talented and foolhardy Chad Tyson Cover photograph: Tom Wood © 2011, courtesy of RM Auctions Text SCM to 22828 FREE weekly newsletter Sports Car Market


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40 The Colorado Grand COLUMNS 18 Shifting Gears Bring an expert along when you look at a car in Scottsdale. An expert will instantly see what is right and wrong about a car, such as underhood decals, routing of wiring and hoses, upholstery patterns and suspension modifications Keith Martin 34 Affordable Classic Because of their cult status, great numbers of FJ40s have survived; however, few are bone stock. The small-block Chevy V8 seems to be the engine swap of choice B. Mitchell Carlson 36 Legal Files A YouTube video is playng a big role in a case in which a Bugatti Veyron owner drove his car off the road and into a saltwater lagoon. The insurance company claims that the video proves fraud and has refused to pay the $2m policy John Draneas 50 Sheehan Speaks Ferrari is the only car maker that limits production to stimulate demand and sells about 6,500 cars per year. All other exotic manufacturers are production-based and build every car they hope they can sell Michael Sheehan 154 eWatch Superman's 1938 debut, Australian rally badges and a stunning example of Alfa Romeo automobilia Carl Bomstead SCM Digital Bonus 16 Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ digital or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 1 FEATURES 38 2011 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance: The last one by Lake Washington 40 2011 Colorado Grand: It's all about camaraderie — and respecting the Motors 44 Greystone Concours d'Elegance: Star cars in Beverly Hills, CA 46 Murray Smith — From the Paddock: When cars started to rub wheels only a few laps into the Las Vegas IndyCar race, I began to feel the overpowering sense of a disaster about to happen DEPARTMENTS 20 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 22 The Inside Line: Bomstead's long run, Katherine Pickering, Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance 24 Contributors: Get to know our writers 26 You Write, We Read: $16.4m Testa Rossa memories and trolls, an epic road trip through Yellowstone 28 Display Advertisers Index 30 Time Pieces: The Mickey Mouse Watch 30 Neat Stuff: Threadmate bolt restorer, flip-up side door trailer 32 In Miniature: 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 32 Book Review: Elva: The Cars, The People, The History 138 Fresh Meat: 2010 Cadillac CTS-V, 2011 BMW 750Li M Sport, 2011 Audi R8 5.2 Quattro Spyder 144 Mystery Photo: “Although it was covered with an N.O.S. monogrammed Bricklin car cover, the Ferrari was easily spotted by even the most casual observer” 144 Comments with Your Renewal: “Sorry to read about the Isetta woes. My '57 has been quite reliable” 145 Our Cars: 1941 Lincoln Continental Coupe 146 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 150 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs Sports Car Market David Olimpi


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin The Anatomy of a Buy Lesson: Become engaged with fanatics and experts as you zero in on the type of car you want. Nearly every collector car make and model has a forum, and your first step as you head toward acquisition should be to join one and talk with some of the members before the event. You'll be surprised how many of the forum authorities will be in Scottsdale. They will generally be pleased to help you. Nashville My search became an opportunity to meet SCM subscribers — we located a white ES in Nashville, TN, and I contacted the only SCMer, Cal Turner, who had the same ZIP code as the selling dealer. A subscriber since 1998, he was gracious enough to test-drive the car for us. It was handsome, but just too expensive after the tow bill to Portland was factored in. Volvo after Volvo after Volvo crossed my desk. As I shuffled the What happens when an ES goes carnivore C hances are good that you are preparing for the Scottsdale five-ring circus while you're reading this. You've pored over the SCM Arizona supplement and used the digital edition to instantly link to the auction company web sites. You've probably hooked up with a transport company, insurance company and even a finance company so that you'll have your ducks in a row when you get there. Your bank letter of credit has been issued, and you've made arrangements to have your bidding credentials approved. Perhaps you've even decided on a couple of specific cars you are interested in, looked up their collectibility ratings, appreciation predictions, production numbers and current buy-sell range in the SCM Pocket Price Guide. In short, you're as prepared as a Navy SEAL getting ready for a black-ops HALO drop into the Arizona arena. Your mission instructions are simple: Don't Come Back With the Wrong Car. Perplexing Passion Last month, we discussed three fundamental rules of collecting: Buy what you like, don't buy for a cheap price alone and buy the best example you can afford. This month, let's move from the philosophical to the practical. The following is the anatomy of what we hope has been a thoughtful buy. It's no secret that SCM goes through cars like some women change shoes. We have cars for every season, occasion and event. Range Rovers for winter; the Alfa spider for summer; the Elise for modern, high-speed tours; the Boxster S for comfy performance; the Isetta for comic relief; the Nova wagon as a practical classic; and the GTV as a sports car with a back seat. Just this year we bought, refurbished and sold three chrome-bumper MGBs (cars to take your friends touring in), parted with our Volvo 544 (a car to elicit high-fives from everyone), and both of our Mercedes pontons (cars to drive to opening night at the opera). Long-Term What? The best part of owning the 544 was becoming a part of the Portland-based Round-Fendered Volvo Club. They're a laid-back group of enthusiasts, and a few times a year they go on casual tours. The combination of these slightly goofy vintage Swedish cars and the committed guys who loved them was addictive. When I decided, for no particular reason, that the next car in the SCM fleet would be a Volvo 1800, I set out using the Volvo guys as minesweepers to examine every 1800 that popped up. I became acquainted with guru Ernie Shack through the web, and locally, the Gang of Three — Dean Koehler, Peter Eulau and Cameron Lovre — began feeding me likely suspects and evaluating the cars I was finding. 18 links off to my attendant advisers, they weighed in with their opinions on each. I don't have a Volvo 1800 eye, so they were able to spot things that I would never have noticed. Lesson: Bring an expert along when you look at a car in Scottsdale. For example, someone who lives and breathes Chevelles will instantly see what is right and wrong about a car, such as underhood decals, routing of wiring and hoses, upholstery patterns and suspension modifications. Chances are you would be oblivious to these details, especially if the car presented well. It wouldn't be until the first show-and-shine that you found out just how wrong your car was, as club members would delight in piling on with detailed descriptions of just what a mentally deranged buy you had made. It has happened to me more than once; it's a good thing I don't carry a Glock to the events. Mine, Mine, Mine After all the evaluations and test drives, we zeroed in on an 1800ES just 180 miles from Portland. It met several criteria, such as having the same long-term owner (since 1979), always garaged (no rust), complete and correct, close (no tow bill) and reasonably priced ($10,000). Koehler went with me, inspected the car, drove it and pronounced it sound and desirable. Lesson: If you give the auction company a little advance notice, they will surely start a car for you, and often provide you with an opportunity to take a short drive in it. If you don't take advantage of that opportunity, you are leaning into a left hook from Sonny Liston in his wrecking-ball prime. We bought the Volvo and with some minor cosmetic refurbishment it will be available as a regular driver. It fits several categories: as a winter driver, a sports car with a back seat and most important, continued membership in the Round-Fendered Volvo Club. Lesson: When you're getting ready to raise your hand in Scottsdale, ask yourself if you have thoughtfully examined the car, if it is the best car you can buy within your budget, and if you have a reason to own it besides the fact it is shiny and makes nice noises. Do you know other people with the same type of car? Are there events the car will get you into? Will having this car in your garage make perfect sense, or will you ask yourself, “What was I thinking?” There will be more than 2,000 cars to choose from in Scottsdale, and the perfect car for you is waiting for you to claim it. But cars are not picky; they always go home with the highest bidder, no matter how good or poor the buying decision is. Take note: I, along with a dozen SCM staffers and reporters, will be at every Scottsdale auction. If you have questions, concerns or just want to shoot the collector car breeze, come find us. There's nothing we'd rather do than help you shape your next decision about your next car. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff be a 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Tourabout; a 1939 Lagonda V12 Rapide Sports Roadster; and a 1949 Rounds Rocket Indianapolis Racing Car. G. Potter King—Atlantic City Classic Car Show & Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 24–26 More: www.acclassiccars.com Last year: 158/396 cars sold / $3.6m This long-running sale now 1926 Amilcar C6 Voiturette at Bonhams' Paris auction Bonhams—Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia Where: Paris, FRA When: February 1 More: www.bonhams.com Last year: 57/92 cars sold / $12m This annual sale gets a fresh venue for 2012: La Halle Freyssinet in the heart of downtown Paris. Star cars are a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT coupe (Bonhams estimate: $1.3m–$1.7m); a 1929 Bentley 6 ½ / 8 Litre “Speed Six” Special ($750k–$875k); a 1926 Amilcar C6 Voiturette ($575k–$675k); a 1959 Ferrari 250 S1 Pininfarina coupe ($250k–$375k); a 1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50-hp Phantom I shooting brake, coachwork by Hooper ($250k–$375k); and a 1956 Talbot-Lago T14 L S Special 2.5-liter coupe ($175k– $225k). Artcurial—Rétromobile Salon Where: Paris, FRA When: February 3 More: www.artcurial.fr Last year: 79/102 cars sold / $9.3m Artcurial's classy Rétromobile Salon sale continues to grow. Just two years ago, they earned $3.1m between 25 cars; in 2012, 79 cars sold for a sales total of $9.3m, for an average price per car of $117k. Expect abundant high-quality French fare such as Bugattis and Citroëns, plus a strong selection of sports and luxury cars from across the rest of Europe. H&H Sales Ltd.—The Pavilion Gardens Where: Buxton, U.K. When: February 16 More: www.handh.co.uk Last year: 43/69 cars sold / $1.8m H&H returns to the Octagon Theatre and Paxton Suite for this long-running sale. A broad 20 range of British and European classics is expected, including a 1954 Austin-Healey 100 as the featured early consignment (estimate: $57k–$72k). Leake Auction Company—Oklahoma City 2012 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 17–18 More: www.leakecarauction.com Last year: 181/265 cars sold / $2.9m Leake's OKC sale in February typically sees 300 or so cars cross the block, with highquality restored and original muscle cars, sports cars and classics available at a range of price points. The star of the 40th anniversary sale this year is a 2007 Shelby Mustang GT, which features signatures from Carroll Shelby himself. Worldwide Auctioneers—Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 24 More: www.wwgauctions.com Last year: 32/63 cars sold / $2.9m Worldwide took over this segment of the annual G. Potter King sale in 2010 and established the Trump Taj Mahal as its swanky new venue of choice. About 80 carefully selected cars will cross the block, with many expected to break the $100k mark. RM—The Milhous Collection Where: Boca Raton, FL When: February 24–25 500 pieces of exception- ally rare automobilia and Americana will cross the block over the course of two days at the much-anticipated Milhous Collection sale, in Boca Raton, FL. Alongside carousels and mechanical music bands will takes place in conjunction with Worldwide Auctioneers' upscale Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal auction. The auction lasts two days and features a broad selection of classics and imports from the 1950s, '60s and '70s at a wide range of five-digit prices. McCormick—Palm Springs Classic Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 24–26 More: www.classic-carauction.com Last year: 342/484 cars sold / $5.8m Keith McCormick threw his 50th Palm Spring auction last year, and he shows no sign of slowing down. About 500 cars are expected to cross the block in sunny Florida this time around, with every genre and price point represented — especially classic Detroit iron from $10k to $25k. Silverstone—Race Retro Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: February 25 More: www.silverstoneauctions. com For their 25th Race Retro sale, Silverstone has consigned a 1948 Allard K1; a 1958 Jaguar XK 150; a 1965 Austin Mini Cooper S; and a 1933 Talbot 110 Alpine replica. At this venue in November, 39 cars found new homes to the jingle of $2m, for an average sold price of about $50k. ♦ Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. JANUARY 12—BONHAMS Las Vegas, NV 12-14—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 12-14—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Las Vegas, NV 13-15—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 14—COYS Birmingham, U.K. 14-15—MOTOEXOTICA Phoenix, AZ 15-22—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 18-22—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 19—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 19-20—RM Phoenix, AZ 20-21—GOODING & CO. Scottsdale, AZ 20-21—SILVER Ft. McDowell, AZ 24-29—MECUM Kissimmee, FL FEBRUARY 1—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 3—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 4—PETERSON Salem, OR 16—H&H Buxton, U.K. 17-18—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 20—SHANNONS Sydney, AU 24—WORLDWIDE Atlantic City, NJ 24-25—RM Boca Raton, FL 24-26—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 24-26—McCORMICK'S Palm Springs, CA 25—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 28—BARONS Surrey, U.K. MARCH 3—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 3—CHEFFINS Bristol, U.K. 3—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 3—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS Rosanky, TX 5—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 6—COYS London, U.K. 7—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 9—GOODING & CO Amelia Island, FL 10—RM Amelia Island, FL 16-18—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Ft. Lauderdale, FL 24—COYS Essen, GER 30-31—MECUM Kansas City, MO 31—CLASSIC MOTORCAR AUCTIONS Akron, OH Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. welcomed daughter Katherine Elizabeth Pickering into the world on November 20, 2011. Katherine weighed six pounds, four ounces, and came complete with a full head of hair. And she already loves riding in the car, which Jim thinks is conclusive evidence that she's going to be a motorhead. 15-year SCM veteran Carl Bomstead with the 1958 Ferrari 250 TdF that he drove on the 2011 Mille Miglia North America Tribute SCM News ■ Our own Carl Bomstead has had at least one article — and in many cases several articles — in every issue for the past 15 years. This amazing record of keep- ing on keeping on prompted us to ask Carl how this all happened. As is his habit, he sent us a reply right away: “Many years ago, I was writing a column for Mobilia Magazine and received a call from Bob Ames asking if I would like to do something similar for Sports Car Market. I knew nothing of the publication but said “sure.” A few weeks later, I received a call from Keith offering me $25 an article, and after I accepted, he then stated a stringent list of guidelines and requirements. The first Motobilia article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and an article of some sort has been in the 181 issues that have followed. Why? If you are a car guy, how else can you climb around the offerings of the major auction companies trying to find minor discrepancies and other tidbits to write about? Also, working with the bright, young energetic people Keith continues to find keeps me young. Well, at least younger.” We couldn't have said it any better ourselves, which is why we can't imagine an issue of SCM without Carl. Here's to another 15 years. ■ SCM Managing Editor and ACC Editor Jim Pickering and his wife, Kristina, Events ■ While most of the United States is shivering through February, the gearheads in Florida are enjoying another endless summer. But quite a few of them are doing good deeds with their cars, and Cars for the Cure is one of them. This is the eighth year that classics and modern exotics will mingle in the warm, balmy weather of Lake Mary, FL, on February 3–5 to raise money for the American Lung Association. There is a VIP reception on February 3, and an all-day auto show will take place February 4. Registered participants take their cars out for a sunny, warm winter drive on February 5. Car registration is $125 and includes admission to all events. Spectators get in free. www.carsforthecure.com. (FL) ■ The 2012 Boca Raton A new car fan is born — Katherine Elizabeth Pickering Concours d'Elegance will celebrate 50 years of Shelby Cobra and 100 years of Aston Martin cars on February 24–26 at the Boca Raton Resort & Club. A spectacular hangar party gets the weekend started on the evening of February 24. The next night brings a gala dinner with a performance from comedian Dana Carvey and an auction of five Shelby cars, including three Cobras. The concours is scheduled for February 26. RM Auctions will sell the worldfamous Milhous Collection on February 24–25. Concours tickets are $50. www.bocaratonconcours.com. (FL) ■ Italian Styling and Design, which opens February 25 at the Petersen Automotive Museum, examines the grand cars of the 1930s through modern supercars. This exhibit shows how Italian designers and coachbuilders made each car a single, visually appealing work of art. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children. www. petersen.org. (CA) ■ Florida isn't the only place where collector cars — and their owners — steal a little summer from winter. The 2012 Desert Classic Concours d'Elegance in Rancho Mirage, CA, is rolling into its sixth year of showing vintage cars, driving vintage cars and racing vintage cars. This year's events stretch from vintage races at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway on February 17–19 to a tour on February 24–25 and the concours on February 26. No other motivation is needed to make the journey to Palm Springs in February. By the way, a chuckwalla is a large lizard found in southwestern deserts. www.desertconcours.com (CA) ♦ The Petersen Automotive Museum will pay tribute to Italian styling and design beginning February 25 22 Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors 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, The Complete Book of Shelby Automobiles and Cobra: 50 Years. A hands-on guy, Comer maintains an impressive collection of his own and is an avid vintage racer. He is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market and is editor-at-large and columnist for our sister publication, American Car Collector. Turn to p. 60 for his thoughts on a 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt, which blew to $260k at a recent auction. MURRAY SMITH, SCM Columnist, is a well-known figure in both historic and modern motorsport circles. His first cars included a Vauxhall 30/98 and Austin Ulster, and he entered his first race in 1956, in the Ulster, while still at the London School of Economics. He has since competed in a variety of vehicles, from Historic Formula One to Group C, across the globe, from China and Mexico to Le Mans and Lime Rock. Smith is the founder of the Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Center, and is the chairman of the Lime Rock Historic Festival. A past member of the FIA Formula One Commission, he also has been instrumental in involving major corporations such as Rolex, Chrysler and LVMH in support of vintage and historic events. In this month's “From the Paddock” on p. 46, he shines a powerful light on what went wrong at the Las Vegas IndyCar World Championship in October 2011. DONALD OSBORNE, SCM Contributing Editor, lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world and has been a longtime contributing editor and auction analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has appeared in the New York Times, Hagerty's Magazine, Art & Antiques, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He is a member of many clubs including the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He appraises and consults on collector vehicles internationally through his company Automotive Valuation Services, and recently relocated to California. On p. 58, he takes a detailed look at the 1969 BMW “Spicup” Bertone Concept Car, and if that's not enough, he profiles the sale of a 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 C roadster on p. 54. ERIN OLSON, SCM Ad Coordinator / Web Content Administrator, has a marketing degree from Andrews University in southwest Michigan and recently joined SCM to assist the sales and web departments. She is adapting to the auto-centric life at SCM World Headquarters. She has owned two vehicles in her life: a Chrysler minivan that clunked out and died while backing down the driveway, and a 1998 Grandma Gold Mazda 626 that (much to the dismay of her significant other) simply won't stop running, no matter how much they abuse it. Erin now hopes to own a vehicle that growls loud enough to wake the dead when she revs the engine. 24 Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Auctions 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 Senior Auction Analysts B. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com 0666 and all of its beautiful brethren are some of the most fantastic, great-looking cars in the world The $16.4m Testa Rossa is ugly To the Editor: I wholeheartedly agree with Mike Ryan (January 2012 “You Write, We Read,” p. 22), where he declared that the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa is an “ugly car.” While the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa prototype may have been beautiful by 1950s standards, I find it awkward looking and downright ugly when compared to cars created since then. — Ed Mettelman, New York, NY The Testa Rossa is a vision of beauty To the Editor: Tell Mr. Ryan (if that is his real name) that he is blind to pure beauty. 0666 and all of its beautiful brethren are some of the most fantastic, great-looking cars in the world. I have an 18-inch-by-24-inch charcoal rendering of a competition Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa hanging prominently on my den wall as a centerpiece. Gorgeous car! — Don Holle, via email That's one sexy TR To the Editor: Oh my God, where do I start? Mike, have you ever seen a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa in per- 26 son? Probably one of the sexiest car shapes on the planet to my eye, and I'm not really a Ferrari guy. It begs the question: What do you consider beautiful? I can't wait to read the other responses. SCM, please add the remainder of Mike Ryan's subscription to me and insert the requisite smiley face icon. — Alex Finigan, via email Well, you missed a few spots… To the Editor: I would not normally think of commenting on a “You Write, We Read” letter, especially as it is not about a particular car, but this one set me off (January 2012, “A new enabler/pusher for Keith Martin,” p. 24). My wife and I drove from Seattle to Montana and Wyoming for a two-week driving vacation. We did drive on a lot of the roads Robert Godby mentioned, but he missed too many stops along the way for me to ignore. In no particular order: West of Bozeman on Interstate 90 is Butte, MT, and the Berkeley Pit, the largest copper mining pit ever, which is supposed to be visible from the moon. It is over one mile across and is awe-inspiring. Just northwest of Butte on I-90 is Deer Lodge, which is home to one of the earliest state prisons, and it was built by the prisoners. Deer Lodge is also home to the Montana Automobile museum, which contains mostly early American cars but is well worth a visit. Virginia City and Nevada City are old mining towns south of Bozeman on Montana Highway 287. They look just like they did back in the day — almost like the inhabitants left without packing. There are lots of old trains and rolling stock. The Little Big Horn battle- field southeast of Livingston. For an unforgettable experience, take the bus tour with an Indian tour guide. Our guide's ancestor was a chief at the battle, and she got a standing ovation from the entire bus. Cody, WY, is home to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum, which is a world-class museum. Cody would have to be an overnight stop, it takes a good two days to go through the museum. There is also a little Italian restaurant on the main street that serves great pizza. Further south are the Grand Teton Mountains and Jackson, WY. Robert was right about the driving, the roads are great — but so are sights to see. — Ed Wootton, Whidbey Island, WA Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Ed, I drive through this part of the world every year, and you point out a lot of great stops. That said, more details are needed for one of your spots. The Berkeley Pit is visually impressive, but with a dark side. The acidic water in the pit is heavily polluted with heavy metals from the mine and is a direct threat to every living thing in the Clark Fork River. The pit is, in fact, one of the largest Superfund sites in the United States. This part of the world is full of amazing sights, and I can the Madison River Landslide area on Montana 287 between Hebgen Lake and Ennis, MT. An entire mountainside broke off during an earthquake on August 17, 1959, and slid into the Madison River. The spot has a great visitor center, and it is a massive testament to the power of nature. Is the O'Quinn Collection a market barometer? To the Editor: I keep seeing various statis- tics used to indicate the health of the collector car market, such as the number of sales, number Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index 28 2shores International.................................. 141 Adam's Polishes, Inc.................................. 127 Advanced Retirement Income Solutions ..... 97 All American Racers, Inc............................. 84 American Car Collector............................. 145 Artcurial ......................................................8-9 Aston Martin of New England................... 129 Auctions America......................................... 27 Automobilia Monterey............................... 149 Autosport Designs........................................ 79 Barrett-Jackson ...........................................4-5 Bennett Law Office.................................... 102 Beverly Hills Car Club............................... 133 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance ............... 87 Bonhams ................................................ 31, 33 Brighton Motorsports................................. 125 Bruce Shaw................................................ 101 Canepa.......................................................... 83 Car Art by David Snyder............................ 117 Carrera Motors............................................. 43 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 25 Classic Motorcar Auctions......................... 121 Classic Restoration of Denver ..................... 71 Classic Showcase....................................... 107 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 155 Collector Car Price Tracker ......................... 86 Collector Studio ......................................... 131 COMEXPOSIUM.......................................111 Concours d'Elegance of Texas..................... 14 Continental Western Group........................ 103 Cooper Classic Collection.......................... 119 Copley Motorcars......................................... 86 Cosdel .........................................................111 Dan Kruse Classics ...................................... 91 Driversource Houston LLC.................... 35, 75 Edenholm Motor Group............................... 45 European Collectibles ................................ 131 Exoticars USA,LLC................................... 139 Fantasy Junction......................................... 125 Ferrari Financial Services .......................... 113 Ferrari of Seattle .......................................... 57 Fourintune Garage Inc ............................... 148 Gooding & Company..................................... 2 Granite Digital ........................................... 126 Greystone Mansion Concours d'Elegance... 47 Grundy Insurance....................................... 129 Grundy Worldwide....................................... 89 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 139 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 19 Hamann Classic Cars................................... 51 Heacock Classic .......................................... 29 Heritage Classics.......................................... 69 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 93 Infinity Insurance Companies ...................... 41 Intercity Lines .............................................. 37 JC Taylor...................................................... 67 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 147 Kastner & Partners Garage ........................ 137 Kidston......................................................... 17 La Jolla Motor Car Classic ........................ 137 Live Oak Concours d'Elegance ................. 109 Mac Neil Automotive Products Ltd............. 77 Mercedes Classic Center............................ 156 Miller's Mercedes Parts, Inc........................ 86 Motor Classic & Competition Corp........... 139 Motorcar Gallery........................................ 141 Motorcar Portfolio ..................................... 121 Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions............... 73 Park Place LTD.......................................10-11 Paul Polvinale ............................................ 149 Paul Russell And Company ....................... 127 Poff Transportation .................................... 140 Porsche 356 Registry ................................. 132 Pro-Team Corvette Sales, Inc....................... 85 Putnam Leasing...........................................111 Reliable Carriers .......................................... 65 RM Auctions .......................................... 21, 23 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ......................... 123 RPM Autobooks......................................... 148 Russo & Steele LLC ...................................6-7 Scott Grundfor Co...................................... 135 Silver Collector Car Auctions ...................... 39 Sports & Specialist Cars ............................ 133 Sports Car Market...................................... 143 SWISSVAX AG......................................... 105 Symbolic Motor Car Co................................. 3 The Desert Classic Concours d' Elegance ... 81 The Elegance At Hershey............................. 95 The Last Detail........................................... 135 The Stable, Ltd............................................. 99 Vintage Rallies........................................... 123 VintageAutoPosters.com............................ 153 Volo Auto Museum .................................... 115 Worldwide Group................................... 13, 15 You Write We Read Porsches must agree with me, because 40 years and 11 Porsches later, I am still driving and enjoying them of sales over a million dollars, percentage of sales, average price per car, profit made on a car with known sales history and so forth. But, I think the John O'Quinn Collection may be an interesting — if not accurate — way to look at the market, and in fact to see if investing in collector cars is profitable at all. Consider that he had a huge and varied collection, he had the finances to buy only the best and most rare and he had the finances to indulge his whims regardless of the collectibility of the car. In addition, most, if not all, of the collection was acquired in the past decade, and he held onto the cars rather than making an attempt to profit from each one with quick flips. Granted, the timing of the liquidation of the collection was somewhat forced by his untimely death. However, the estate has been releasing the cars slowly, at carefully chosen venues — and not putting the entire collection up at no reserve and the first near auction, so there has been some attempt to maximize profit. I believe SCM has the data on most, if not all, of the cars in his collection. I would like to see an article discussing some of the best cars in terms of profitability, and an overall sum for the collection as liquidated thus far. I would also request that you adjust the prices for sales commissions on all ends of the deal, so that it accurately reflects the money in or out of his bank account. To wit: If a car of his was bid to $100,000, with a 10% buyer commission, you would report that sale as $110,000, but the actual check to the estate is for only $90,000, and that is the number that should be used. Also, if the car was known to have been restored or modified, the number needs to be adjusted for a best-guess estimate of the cost of that process for that car. I think the variety, quality, and timing of the transactions would serve as a good proxy for the market in general, and in particular for anyone thinking of investing in one of the collector car investment portfolios that are coming to the market. — Tim Wright, Glendale, AZ Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Tim, thanks for your note and thoughts. It would be difficult to use the O'Quinn Collection as a barometer for the collector-car market, as this sprawling collection of cars doesn't cover all the marques and models needed for an accurate picture of the overall market. And, as we all know, the market can change, depending on who is or is not bidding at an auction. This is why we cover collector car auctions all over the world. We do know that collecting cars can be profitable — or not. Porsche 914 was always a bargain To the Editor: I just finished reading Peter Zimmermann's article on the Porsche 914 (December 2011, “Affordable Classic,” p. 26). It brought back great memories of shopping for my first 914. After a series of Healeys, MGBs, Bug Eye Sprites and a Lotus Elan, I was ready for my first German sports car. Porsches must agree with me, because 40 years and 11 Porsches later, I am still driving and enjoying them. Speaking of affordable, these entry level Porsches were even more so than Mr. Zimmermann indicates. Rather than $4,499, the base price of my car was $3,595. I have attached a copy of the window sticker for my 1971 914/4. I was a big spender to go for the optional $290 Appearance Group and special-order paint (black!) for $100. With transportation and prep, the car was out the door for $4,261. I drove this great little car for over two years for a total of $661 in depreciation, selling it for $3,600 to the first guy who looked at it in order to buy my first 911 (I paid $ 9,850 for a new 1973 911E Targa). As I recall, my 911 payment was slightly more than my house payment at the time, and my friends made fun of me over this obvious misalignment of my priorities. As an aside, John L. Stein's coverage of the Gooding Pebble Beach Auction (SCM November 2011, p. 96) features a Porsche 904 GTS. He states “Porsche decal on nose rather than metal badge.” The factory never delivered these cars with the Porsche crest on the hood. If you see one, the car owner added it. The Monterey auction coverage was outstanding as usual. SCM remains my favorite car magazine — hands down. — Mike Eden, Springfield, MO ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg It All Started with a Mouse Eleven months before 1929's catastrophic collapse of the stock market that brought on the Great Walt Disney and his collaborator, Ub Iwerks, the animated character Mickey Mouse to the w Although there were some silent screen t in the year, the short cartoon “Steamboat W Mickey's debut — and the first Mickey film commercial distribution. The successes of for his creators established a dynasty that m forever and proved a financial windfall for — and scores of companies that rushed to Mickey-related products to the nation and wor A 1935 New York Times article offered thes thoughts: “The fresh cheering is for Mickey the Big Business Man, the world's super-salesman. He finds work for jobless folk. He lifts corporations out of bankruptcy…” Mickey's image was found on soap to bookends, from hot water bottles to breakfast cereal, and Cartier made a diamond and platinum Mickey Mouse bracelet. By 1934, Mickey merchandise was earning abou $600,000 a year. But no Mickey-related produ is more famous than the Mickey Mouse watch Introduced in 1933 by the Ingersoll Company of Waterbury, CT, for $3.25, the M Mouse watch was not inexpensive (it was ab in 2011 dollars). But the watches sold well, a observers suggest that the Mickey Mouse wa Ingersoll from bankruptcy. Ingersoll eventuall what we know today as Timex, the low-price w The first wrist model measured 32 m was rather large for the period. The watch stamped-brass, nickel-plated case, and the matching bracelet had stamped Mickey attachments. The watch also had an unusual seconds bit that was a revolving disc of three small mice chasing each other in a circle. Of course, the most iconic feature of the watch was Mickey's large yellow gloved hands and skinny black arms that point out the time. Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Thread Restorer Saves Bolts, Sanity You're now free to toss out that bulky set of traditional spin- on thread chasers, because the palm-sized Threadmate replaces them all. With a flick of the wrist, it restores mangled threads of any size, pitch or direction without adjustment. Furthermore, when those old-fashioned tools can't overcome badly distorted end threads — the most likely place for threads to be damaged, after all —Threadmate clamps on at the middle and cleans all the way to the end. $34 from www.griotsgarage. com. 30 Although the watch was relatively robust and reliable, movement that is found in early chars made as inexpensively as possible, considered to be very repairable. The wels, plates and components were rivnd it had a very rudimentary escapeThese watches are closely related to w call “dollar watches,” which were ches sold by the millions at five-andrug stores all over the United States. valuation component is whether the accompanied by the original folding which was festooned with images of ckey and Minnie Mouse. As the box was cardboard, they did not last well, so finding it with the watch adds quite a bit of value. Through the years there have been hundreds of watch models featuring Mickey, issued by dozens of manufacturers. While some have value and all can be considered cole, the Ingersoll is really the only one ficance. Watches can easily be found ete condition in the $400 range, and an original box in mint condition can ards Pieces by Alex Hofberg It All Started with a Mouse Eleven months before 1929's catastrophic collapse of the stock market that brought on the Great Walt Disney and his collaborator, Ub Iwerks, the animated character Mickey Mouse to the w Although there were some silent screen t in the year, the short cartoon “Steamboat W Mickey's debut — and the first Mickey film commercial distribution. The successes of for his creators established a dynasty that m forever and proved a financial windfall for — and scores of companies that rushed to Mickey-related products to the nation and wor A 1935 New York Times article offered thes thoughts: “The fresh cheering is for Mickey the Big Business Man, the world's super-salesman. He finds work for jobless folk. He lifts cor- porations out of bankruptcy…” Mickey's image was found on soap to bookends, from hot water bottles to break- fast cereal, and Cartier made a diamond and platinum Mickey Mouse bracelet. By 1934, Mickey merchandise was earning abou $600,000 a year. But no Mickey-related produ is more famous than the Mickey Mouse watch Introduced in 1933 by the Ingersoll Company of Waterbury, CT, for $3.25, the M Mouse watch was not inexpensive (it was ab in 2011 dollars). But the watches sold well, a observers suggest that the Mickey Mouse wa Ingersoll from bankruptcy. Ingersoll eventuall what we know today as Timex, the low-price w The first wrist model measured 32 m was rather large for the period. The watch stamped-brass, nickel-plated case, and the matching bracelet had stamped Mickey attachments. The watch also had an unusual seconds bit that was a revolving disc of three small mice chasing each other in a circle. Of course, the most iconic feature of the watch was Mickey's large yellow gloved hands and skinny black arms that point out the time. Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Thread Restorer Saves Bolts, Sanity You're now free to toss out that bulky set of traditional spin- on thread chasers, because the palm-sized Threadmate replaces them all. With a flick of the wrist, it restores mangled threads of any size, pitch or di- rection without adjust- ment. Furthermore, when those old-fashioned tools can't overcome badly distorted end threads — the most likely place for threads to be damaged, after all —Threadmate clamps on at the middle and cleans all the way to the end. $34 from www.griotsgarage. com. 30 Although the watch was relatively robust and reliable, movement that is found in early char- s made as inexpensively as possible, considered to be very repairable. The wels, plates and components were riv- nd it had a very rudimentary escape- These watches are closely related to w call “dollar watches,” which were ches sold by the millions at five-and- rug stores all over the United States. valuation component is whether the accompanied by the original folding which was festooned with images of ckey and Minnie Mouse. As the box was cardboard, they did not last well, so finding it with the watch adds quite a bit of value. Through the years there have been hundreds of watch models featuring Mickey, issued by dozens of manufacturers. While some have value and all can be considered col- e, the Ingersoll is really the only one ficance. Watches can easily be found ete condition in the $400 range, and an original box in mint condition can ards ect- ect- ality our tire cter ably barred to you. If adding a half jigger of nostalgia with a dash of whimsy to your life is in order, then consider letting Mickey's hands point the way. Details Production Date: 1933 Best way to wear one: Anywhere but the Splash Mountain ride at Disneyland, as this watch is not waterproof. Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: is best): Flip-up Trailer Doors Make For Easy Exits Enclosed trailers offer security and protection while trans- porting your prized collectibles, but getting into and out of a car parked inside can be a real pain. Built-to-order car trailers by JimGlo solve this problem with oversized flip-up side doors and removable fenders for unobstructed access. Trailers are available in a range of sizes, with many optional add-ons, and high-tech composite construction materials for unprecedented weight savings and excellent handling. The car guys will be inspecting your one-of-a-kind trailer as closely as the trailer queen it carries. Contact JimGlo to discuss pricing, www.jimglo.com. Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1970 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray I've always had a soft spot for the 1968–72 chrome-bumper Stingrays. As a youngster, I lusted after each and every one of them, and I'd still be happy to have one taking up space in my garage. The design, although not perfect, has certainly stood the test of time very well. As we all know, the real cars are popular, which means they are a model manufacturer's delight, with so many variants being relatively easy to produce — once the basic tooling is done. This model is a new, 1:18 scale release from AutoArt, and it is offered in three colors: Classic White, Monza Red and Laguna Gray (shown). The white and red versions have light tan interiors, and the gray car features a black interior with gray carpets, which I prefer, as it hides the oversized pedals. All three are produced as serial numbered editions, and a numbered certificate is also included. This one goes into my “even with a few blemishes, she sure is pretty” category of model cars. Blemishes, you ask? Yes, and unfortunately, once again we have a big-time model manufacturer making a model with easily avoidable blunders. My major gripe about 99.9% of all model manufacturers is that they are either lazy, cheap, or both when it comes to research. There is no excuse. I am not a Corvette aficionado, but it only took me about 30 minutes searching on the Internet, looking in one book and placing one phone call to an expert to find the few big mistakes. There are more little mistakes, but dealing with them would drive me into a padded cell. This also causes me to wonder about the eyesight of the licensing people who approved this model. Here is the short list of what is noticeably wrong: The rocker panels should be aluminum, but they've been painted body color. The center caps of the Rally wheels should be Model Details Production date: 2011 Quantity: 6,000 of each color SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.autoartmodels.com all chrome, but they are painted black. They're actually from the optional full wheel covers that AutoArt used on their previously produced 1969 Corvette convertible. The seat belts have the wrong more modern latch mechanism, which GM never used back then. The turn signal stalk should have a chrome shaft, and the column-mounted ignition is shown as a molded-in, all-black lump. If you like your engine Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Elva: The Cars, The People, The History By Janos Wimpffen, David Bull, 516 pages, $99.95, Amazon Visceral connections with early loves are powerful, which can lead to painfully wrong decisions (high school reunion, anyone? Go ahead, raise your hands). But in Bruce McCaw's case, his love affair with an Elva Mk VII, his second race car, led him to make a good choice — learn everything he could about this feisty little race car company, and the man behind Elva, Frank Nichols. It led to a long personal relationship between the two men, with McCaw's promise to get the full story of Elva told. That promise led to the commissioning of this book, which is a door-stopper collection of the history of the marque. The company started in 1954, and lasted barely a dozen years, but the impact Elva had on racing was way beyond the backyard beginnings of designing a small, light, underpowered race car. Period photos of the early Elva cars put their simplicity — and the design philosophy behind them — on stark display. Simple — but strong — tube frames, sketched in chalk on the floor, speak of intuitive design rather than engineering. All this turned out to be a recipe for modest success across open-wheel cars and sports racers and led to winning collaborations with Porsche and McLaren. And guiding it all was Nichols, whose thrift was as much a guiding principle for the cars as anything. He hung on to 15-inch wheels — when competitors were going for more aero-friendly 13-inch wheels — simply because he had spent money on the castings. The Elva Courier, Nichols' foray into road cars, came along in 1958 and 32 continued until the late 1960s under a variety of different companies, thanks to limited success —and Nichols' even more limited handling of the business side. To the end, Nichols' pri- mary focus was on the racing cars, which were important pieces of racing history from the era of skinny tires and skinnier wallets. Provenance: Janos Wimpffen, in addi- tion to his well-regarded Time and Two Seats history of sports racing, is Bruce McCaw's automotive historian. He had access to a trove of material from the Nichols family. Fit and finish: Nicely designed, the book features clean typography, an uncluttered design and quality reproduction of hundreds of historic and current images. Drivability: This is a labor of love. It is evident in the depth of research and the quality of the publication. For fans of Elva, it's an exhaustive collection of racing history, personalities and technical details. ♦ Sports Car Market well detailed — as I do — then do not bother to open the hood. The only nice-looking part is the air cleaner, and the rest of the engine and its compartment is a complete disappointment and is only suitable on a toy. Granted, this is not a very expensive model. But it is priced at $149.95, which is not pocket change. This model should be much better. After all, The Danbury Mint does a far superior job for the same price, and without producing as many models. The good points are strong. The paint finish is good, although there is more orange peel than should be expected. The overall body shape is beautifully captured, and the model has just the right stance when viewed from every angle. Fit and finish of all parts inside and out are perfect, and all working features function flawlessly. The removable T-top panels are well engineered, but they are a little difficult to attach and fit properly. The interior and chassis have a great amount of detail, including legible gauges and one of the best steering wheels I've seen on a model. The chassis detail is good and quite complete. This model is available directly from AutoArt.


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Affordable Classic Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser Land Cruisers Climb the Value Hill Aside from being a well-engineered off-roader, it was also the right vehicle at the right time by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1963–1983 (official exports to the U.S. market) Number produced: 349,481 Original list price: $2,975 (1963) to $10,408 (1983) Current SCM Valuation: $7,500 to $25,000 Tune-up cost: $350 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: Stamped on the forward outboard right frame rail (pre 17-digit VIN) or behind the front wheel (17-digit VIN); also found on plates on the right side of the firewall (all years) and on the driver's side door pillar (1968–on) Engine #: Stamped on the right side of the block near the starter Club: Toyota Land Cruiser Association More: www.tlca.org Alternatives: 1955–1983 Jeep CJ-5 and 1976–1986 Jeep CJ-7 1966–1977 Ford Bronco 1961–1970 International Scout and 1971–1980 Scout II 1958–1970 Land Rover series II SCM Investment Grade: B 1963 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser D uring World War II, the ubiquitous jeep (built by Ford and Willys) came into the limelight as a vehicle that could do it all. The Japanese noticed and started working on a plan to get their own jeeps. The Imperial Japanese government tasked Toyota with reverse-engineering Bantam BRCs captured in the Philippines in early 1942. Japan only got limited use from the small number of vehicles built during World War II. During the Korean War, Toyota went back to the drawing boards to develop another one — this time with the U.S. military's blessing. This project became the Toyota model BJ, which was first built in 1951. While similar in execution, the BJ trumped the power output of the World War II G503 series jeeps — and also outmuscled the then-current military M-38 and civilian CJ-3A. Regular civilian production of the Toyota BJ commenced in 1954. In 1955, Toyota technical director Hanji Umehara came up with the Land Cruiser name. Never mind that Studebaker had used that name on their higher series 4-door sedans from 1934 to 1954. Evolution and improvement The classic Land Cruiser was introduced in 1955 as the 20-Series, which continued in production until 1960, evolving into the 40-Series. Mechanical improvements included a new transfer case with a low range — it now had six forward speeds — and a more powerful 125-hp, 3.9-liter F series engine. The FJ40 was available as an open-bodied utility, a fully enclosed 2-door body or with a longer wheelbase FJ45 chassis in an enclosed 2-door, 4-door or pickup-type body. The pickup was rarely seen in the U.S. because of the 25% “Chicken Tax” tariff on light-duty cargo trucks. Officially imported to the U.S. market in 1963, the FJ40 gained rapid popularity in the western states. By 1965, half of all Toyotas imported to the U.S. were Land Cruisers. Aside from being a well-engineered off-roader, the Land Cruiser was also the right vehicle at the right time. While the Jeep (and its slightly heavier, truck-based brethren) 34 had ignited an interest in off-road driving, the 1960s saw the International Scout and Ford Bronco come on the scene, building on each other's success to create a new, recreational four-wheel-drive market. The Land Cruiser merged successfully into this mix. While the 1973 Arab oil embargo hammered most auto sales, Land Cruisers kept churning out of dealerships, as Americans were clamoring for the Corollas and Cressidas on the same Toyota showroom floors. By 1976, the economy drive cooled down somewhat, and compact four-wheel-drive vehicles made an uptick in sales, based on the rising popularity of vans, trucks and RVs. The FJ40 saw gradual improvements. In 1974, the transmission became a 4-speed unit; 1976 introduced front disc brakes and power steering. A revised grille — with square headlight bezels —came out in 1979. In 1983 — its last year of production — the Land Cruiser had a 5-speed transmission. The inline, 6-cylinder F and 2F engines were quite robust — they were also used in Toyota forklifts — which helped keep parts available. Some claim that this engine is based on the Chevrolet Stovebolt Six. The 3.9liter F was used until 1975, when it was replaced by a 4.2-liter variant called the 2F. The foolish “Jap crap” stigma of the late 1960s to early 1970s pushed Land Cruiser owners into forming clubs — especially when they got hooked on the sturdy vehicle's good build quality and off-road prowess. The first national Land Cruiser club was formed in 1976, and to this day, clubs foster a sense of community — with a Sports Car Market


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focus on using their rigs for trail rides. Within the past two decades, even the most narrow- minded Ford, Chevy, IH or Jeep off-roaders admitted that the FJ40 is a good rig, and Land Cruisers are welcome at any general-marque ORV event. Australia became one of the most important markets for the Land Cruiser — not surprising, considering the vast Outback. Today, the BJ40 parts, restoration and aftermarket component community is generally based out of both the U.S. and Australia, with very little from Japan. Lots of survivors — but watch for rust Because of their cult status, great numbers of FJ40s have survived; however, few are bone stock. In the U.S., the small-block Chevy V8 seems to be the engine swap of choice, with alternative power plants ranging from 2.8-liter and 4.3-liter Chevy V6s to 3.8-liter Buick V6s. In recent years, modern Toyota engines have found new homes under Land Cruiser hoods. The rugged nature of off-road driving tends to make SUVs into rolling job security for SEMA member companies, so expect to search far and wide for an unmolested Land Cruiser — and still expect a few things to be changed. Watch out for rust, as rust prevention from the fac- tory was all but nonexistent. While most examples were sold new in the arid Southwest, many rigs that were sold new in Wisconsin have evaporated into piles of red dust and should be avoided, unless they are bought with the intention of being a powertrain donor. A global market Two examples that recently crossed the auction block 1971 Land Cruiser FJ40 give us a good representation of the Land Cruiser market. Bonhams sold a 1963 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, Lot 307, for $26,319 at their Harrogate, U.K., auction, and a 1975 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, Lot 86, sold for $25,380 at Silver's Sun Valley, ID, sale. The former was immaculately restored to stock, easily done as it was originally bought new by the Rover Group as an evaluation vehicle for its first three years, with a claimed 26,331 miles on the clock. The Silver example was restored to generally stock condition by the second owner, with 71,000 miles from rust-free Utah. These two sales show that Land Cruisers are truly a global market vehicle, as they sold within a thousand bucks of each other on opposite sides of the planet. ♦ February 2012 35


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Legal Files John Draneas Bugatti Veyron Drowns in Litigation Lagoon The owner says the crash was an accident, but the insurance company claims that a viral YouTube video proves fraud thinking of buying. The crash occurred en route to the marina. Candid camera Bugatti Veyrons attract a lot of car spotter attention. Joe Garza was riding in his friend's car on the freeway when he spotted the Veyron traveling on the parallel feeder road. He grabbed his camera and starting filming the car. Just as Garza told his friend he was going to own a hot car of his own someday, he was stunned to see the Veyron veer to the right and drive straight into the lagoon, coming to rest in three feet of saltwater. House safely escaped from the Errant pelican or fraud? It's up to the courts to decide how a 2006 Bugatti Veyron landed in a Texas lagoon M ore than three million people have now watched the YouTube video of a 2006 Bugatti Veyron driven straight into a lagoon in Galveston, TX. Now it looks like the video is going to be viewed at least another twelve times by a U.S. District Court jury. According to the complaint filed by the Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company — which underwrites policies for Grundy Worldwide — the video is evidence that they don't have to pay the claim because the damage to the Veyron was intentionally caused and the policy was procured by fraud. The complaint states (we have not received any information from the other parties) that the 456-mile Veyron was purchased by Andy House for $1,050,000. He paid for it with a zero-interest loan from his friend and business associate Lloyd Gillespie. House purchased a collector car insurance policy from Grundy and listed Gillespie as a Loss Payee based upon his having financed the purchase. The policy included an agreed value of $2,200,000 for the Veyron. Questionable usage For a month or so after the purchase, House put about 1,200 miles on the Veyron. He drove the car to and from work, on errands, to a biker rally, on business trips and to business functions. He also let several of his friends drive it, including Gillespie. On the day of the crash, House drove from Lufkin, TX, to a friend's place outside Houston. He drove to a Taco Cabana for breakfast, then to a Sprint store to buy a phone battery. He then drove to Galveston to view commercial properties for business. After stopping for lunch, he set off for a marina to look at a boat he was 36 drowned Veyron and explained that he was trying to use his cell phone's GPS feature to find the marina when he dropped it on the floor. Upon looking up, he saw a low-flying pelican coming at him and swerved to avoid it, sending him into some boulders and then into the lagoon. He explained that he was being bitten by mosquitoes and had to exit quickly. House forgot to shut off the engine. It ran for about 15 minutes before dying an unglamorous — and arguably unnecessary — death from drowning. Garza's video was a too-good-to-be-true situation for the insurance company. They couldn't see a pelican in it, nor could they see any effort on House's part to steer away from the lagoon or that he hit the brakes, which was confirmed by a lack of skid marks on the pavement. Additionally, Garza testified that he didn't see a pelican, didn't see House drop the cell phone, and didn't think House appeared to be distracted in any way. Icing on the cake Obviously hoping to drive the last nail into House's coffin, Philadelphia advised the court that a confidential informant had come forward and was prepared to testify that House had offered to pay him to steal the car and burn it so he could collect the insurance proceeds. Further, the informant claimed to have confronted House after the car was driven into the lagoon, and he claimed that House offered to pay him part of the insurance proceeds in exchange for his silence. Philadelphia refunded all of House's premiums and denied coverage for three reasons: • The damage was not an “accidental loss,” but the result of House's intentional actions. • The Bugatti was not used as a “collector vehicle” as defined by the policy. • House was a dealer and the Bugatti was inventory, both of which House misrepresented when he purchased the policy. That allows Philadelphia to rescind (cancel) the policy retroactive to the date of issuance. An accident? Of course, there are going to be two sides to the accident versus intentional act issue in this case. Who wins that battle is going to depend entirely upon whom the jury chooses to believe. There is no way to predict that outcome, and we will have to wait and see what happens. An interesting point here is Gillespie's situation. He will undoubtedly insist that he was an innocent lender listed as a loss payee with respect to the policy, and that Sports Car Market Chris Paschenko, The Galveston County Daily News / AP Images


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Philadelphia must pay him the money he loaned to House. This is a good legal point, as the insurer's obligations to the lender are separate from those to the owner. That is, if House intentionally destroyed the Bugatti, he may not get coverage, but the lender may still get paid off. That is why Philadelphia alleges that Gillespie knew all about this and assisted House in destroying the car. If that can be proven, it might well prevent Gillespie from getting his money back. If not, Philadelphia might have to pay the $1,050,000 paid for the car, but not the $2,200,000 agreed value. Excessive use an issue Collector car insurance policies are very affordable because collector cars are driven so infrequently — and owners keep their cars secured and in great condition. So the risk of loss is quite small. The big bugaboo is that the carriers don't want to insure our daily drivers, which are subjected to far higher risk of loss due to the character and magnitude of the use. Consequently, collector car policies all contain provisions that limit the use of the cars. This one is rather typical. It defines a “collector car” as “maintained solely for use in exhibitions, parades, club activities or other functions of public interest,” and “is not used for regular driving to work, school, errands, shopping, general transportation, secondary or commercial purposes, except for limited pleasure use.” Philadelphia has alleged a number of facts that would seem to contradict much of that definition. Legal Files sees some problems with this argument. First off, it's just a defini- tion and may not automatically mean that there is no coverage — that would seem to require a separate policy provision that denied coverage in that circumstance. It also has a lot of wiggle room with the use of the words “regular” and “limited pleasure use.” And House can be expected to argue that this was just a new toy, which he only owned for a month. With time, his use would have lessened and averaged out to more limited use. Should we take this case as a warning that our collector cars shouldn't be driven? Legal Files is unaware of any other case where a collector car insurance carrier denied a claim based upon excessive use. This is probably just an extreme case that triggers a “you know it when you see it” reaction. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that these policies are premised upon limited use, and to be careful that our actual use of our collector cars is consistent with the policy definition. Dealer status can backfire The dealer argument rings another warning bell for collectors. Was House really a car dealer trying to buy cheap insurance — or was he just another collector who thought he could avoid sales tax by getting a dealer license? We will have to wait for the trial to learn the answer. But it does seem logical that, if it is proven that House was actually a dealer trying to insure his inventory cheaply, the policy would have been procured by fraud and the insurance company can cancel it retroactively. Legal Files has advised several times that using dealer status to avoid sales taxes can backfire on you. This case is another example of how becoming a car dealer may not be the best overall strategy. It can cause you income tax problems, liability problems with buyers when you sell your cars, and, as we see in this case, possible insurance coverage problems. Again, this is probably just an extreme case and may not indicate problems for the “technical dealer collector.” However, the result may just be a matter of degree. In this case, Philadelphia is using the Bugatti and an Enzo that House also insured with them to establish dealer status, and those two cars may not be enough by themselves. However, if you have a dealer license — and you regularly sell a more substantial number of cars — this may be something you should be thinking about. If you think you can be a dealer when that suits you and a collector when that suits you, you might end up getting hoisted by your own petard. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. February 2012 37


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Event 2011 Kirkland Concours d'Elegance The Last Concours at Lake Washington In 2012, the concours will move to the Le May — America's Car Museum at their stunning new home in Tacoma, WA by Carl Bomstead spectacular 1954 2/4 Allemano Coupe. Working Girls was a whimsical class for light-duty trucks that were displayed in colorful period livery. Telephone trucks, mail trucks, a 1940 Ford Sedan Delivery “Coke” truck and a Helms Bakery truck were included. They were just a few of the dozen entries that attracted attention throughout the day. The Helms Bakery truck, which was part of a fleet that delivered bakery products “Daily to Your Door” in Southern California from the 1930s through the 1960s, was judged Best in Class. CCCA Full Classics were presented in two classes, and the judges had a difficult task indeed. The Early Classics class was won by SCMer David Cohen's 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet that was bodied by Carrosserie Graber. It was certainly deserving of accolades, and it was fresh from its appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. The Late Classics Class included SCMers Steve and Annie Best of Show — 1911 Simplex, owned by SCMer Ray Scherr T he ninth annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance brought James Bond's DB5 and other terrific cars to the scenic shores of Lake Washington's Carillon Point on September 11, 2011. Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz was again the title sponsor, and LeMay — America's Car Museum returned as presenting sponsor. Since its inception, the concours has donated well over one million dollars to Seattle Children's Hospital and Evergreen Hospital Medical Center. September is normally one of the most pleasant months in the Pacific Northwest, and on Concours day the temperatures were well into the 90s. The concours was preceded by the Tour d'Elegance, and Tour master Al McEwan led 25 cars on a three-day drive around the scenic Olympic Peninsula. In addition, the Tour d'Jour was a one-day tour that included about 80 local sports cars and started the day at the LeMay's Club Auto in Tacoma and concluded with lunch at Griot's Garage. If that was not enough, the Tour d'Vin included stops at many of the well-known Washington wineries in nearby Woodinville. These wonderful, well-attended events set the stage for the Kirkland Concours d'Elegance. The featured marque for 2011 was Aston Martin, and the star of the show was the James Bond 007 DB5 that was featured in the thrillers “Goldfinger” and “Thunderball.” This car sold for $4.6 million at RM Auction's Automobiles of London sale on October 27, 2010 (SCM February 2010, p. 48). Loaded with all the “Q” gadgets, this DB5 was one of the two “real” Bond cars used in the actual filming. The other was lost under mysterious circumstances, which makes this one of the most famous cars in existence. It won the Best Presentation Award and was also a hit with the Junior Judges — and got their award. The Aston Martin that won the class, however, was SCMer Don Williams' Details Plan ahead: September 9, 2012 Cost: $25 More: www.lemaymuseum.org or www.kirklandconcours.com Bomstead with the Kirkland Concours Award winner 1934 Voisin Model C27 38 Sports Car Market Norman's 1938 BMW 327/28 Cabriolet and SCMer Paul Emple's 1947 Delahaye 175S Cabriolet. Both were worthy of Best of Class recognition, but decisions had to be made, and the Delahaye won. Appropriately, the Normans' BMW won the People's Choice Award. The 1934 Voisin Model 27 that SCMer Peter Mullin entered won the coveted Kirkland Concours Award. It was finished in the same “Jazz” interior as his 2011 Pebble Beach Best of Show Voisin C25 Aerodyne. Additional classes included Antiques, Pierce-Arrows, Vintage Wooden Boats, Solid Axle Corvettes and American Racing Motorcycles. The Collector Class featured five cars from the collection of SCMers Gordon and Janet Apker. With the late afternoon sun glistening on Lake Washington, Honorary Chairman Ed Herrmann and Event Emcee, SCM Publisher Keith Martin, announced the Best of Show Award that was presented to SCMer Ray Scherr's 1911 Simplex. The Kirkland Concours d'Elegance continues to attract the finest collector cars on the West Coast and beyond, and it is in the upper echelon of boutique events. In 2012, the concours — called the Phil Smart Kirkland Concours d'Elegance presented by America's Car Museum — will be conducted under the auspices of Le May — America's Car Museum at their new Tacoma location, scheduled to open in June 2012. ♦


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Event The 23rd Annual Colorado Grand Rain and Hail Can't Wash Away the Fun Cars included three Ferrari 250 GTOs, a 330 LMB and a 375 MM, along with Jaguar D-types and C-types by David Olimpi ice that was pelting the alloy bodywork of their cars. Day Two was a 285-mile loop beginning and ending in Steamboat, with a stop in Saratoga, WY, for lunch. Here, Bridge Street was blocked off to regular traffic, as our mobile exhibition of ravishing cars lined both sides of the thoroughfare in front of hotels, restaurants and retail shops. I was beginning to get used to the rock star treatment. On Day Three, it was raining Ain't life Grand? Fred Phillips and his wife, Nancy Harbert, of Calgary, Alberta, in the 1937 Tommy Lee Special I 'd never been to Colorado before, much less participated in the Grand. The Colorado Grand isn't a road rally in the strictest sense, as there is no timing and scoring during the event — and therefore no winner. This event, which ran from September 12 to 17, 2011, is all about the camarade- rie — and driving as fast as your experience and common sense permit. To help us stay safe, the Colorado State Patrol motorcycle officers — “The Motors” — were always present along the route to warn us of changes in road surfaces or other potential hazards. I drove with Chuck Schwager in Chuck's 1957 BMW 507 roadster. The 507 ran well enough in the 10,000 foot elevations, although its acceleration was clearly not what it would have been at sea level. Horsepower rules on this event, and some of the cars that ran out in front of the pack were the three Ferrari 250 GTOs, a 330 LMB and a 375 MM, along with Jaguar D-types and C-types, and Allard J2Xs. Mercedes-Benz, the lead sponsor, was well-represented by a dozen 300SLs. Day One began in Vail and ended in Steamboat Springs, with a midday stop in the little town of Walden. The locals all turned out for our arrival and presented us with a catered lunch, knowing that the next day the folks in another town along our route would also be bringing out their best cuisine. Rain turned to hail on two occasions, and a few entrants worried about the size of the 40 SCMers Jon (driving) and Erick Shirley in a 1962 250 GTO Details Plan ahead: September 2012 Where: Colorado's spectacular two-lane highways Cost: $5,500 for two drivers and one car. This event has raised more than $3 million for college scholarships and small Colorado charities. More: www.coloradogrand.org fairly hard as we stopped in Hayden for coffee on our way to Grand Junction. We arrived for lunch in Meeker, where the citizens directed our cars into a livestock auction building to keep them dry while we enjoyed yet another fantastic homecooked meal. We had adapted to the rugged weather conditions, and nobody complained. How could we? Each day, we drove over miles of endless highways, climbed and descended twisty mountain roads and stopped along the way to take photographs of each others' cars with million-dollar views as backgrounds. Suddenly, it was the last day, and it dawned on us that this is it — back to Vail, and then home to the Real World. The BMW wasn't showing any signs of distemper, so why couldn't I just drive another day, or two? We displayed our cars in the Vail Village town square, just the way they came off the trip — no soap and water to prep them beforehand, only road mud. And just to keep things fair, it rained again. ♦ David and David George III stop their 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C Monza Pescara to chat with John Rich Jr., driving a one-of-a-kind 1951 Fitch-Whitmore LeMans Jaguar Sports Car Market David Olimpi


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Event The 23rd Annual Colorado Grand SCMers at the 2011 Colorado Grand Steven Adler & Jakob Griesen 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder Chris Andrews & Emelie Graham 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Lightweight Paul Andrews & Jennifer Moore 1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet Phil & Martha Bachman 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Mike & Grant Barber 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Frank Barrett & Lynne Dannenhold 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider John Barrett & Mike Blanton 1954 Arnolt Bolide Stanley Bauer & Ron Hein 1953 Allard J2X William & Heather Binnie 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Peter Booth & Charlie Campbell 1952 Allard J2X Garrett Bouton & Fritz Bullman 1939 Jaguar SS 100 Stephen & Camilla Brauer 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Jim Callahan & Mike Bruno 1959 Aston Martin DB2/4 Roger Cassin & Irma Schretter 1954 Alfa Romeo 1900C Stephen & Ann Cortinovis 1959 OSCA 372 FS Michael Darling & Chuck Collings 1953 Siata 208S Richard & Scott Darling 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Oscar Davis & Rich Sirota 1960 Ferrari 250 Cabriolet Kurt & Robin Engler 1960 Jaguar XL 150 S Jack & Tina Farland 1958 AC Ace Ed Fitts & Debra Whitman 1955 Austin-Healey 100 Bud Florkiewicz & Ronnie Collins 1954 Ferrari 250 GT Europa Peter & Barbara Fodor 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Kurt Furger & John Hughes 1931 Bentley 4/8 Litre Le Mans David & David George III 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C Monza Pescara Paul Gilpatrick & Scott Close 1995 Ferrari 456 Max Girardo 1954 Jaguar XK 120 DHC Bob & Herrick Griffin 1955 Austin-Healey 100S 42 Stopping for a coffee break. A 1954 Kurtis 500S driven by SCMers Doug and Ellen Weitman is in the foreground. At right, SCMer Charles Wegner leans against his 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TDF Peter Hagerman 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Richard & Joanne Hansen 1952 Allard J2X Steven Harris & Eric Wittenberg 1949 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster Terry & Noel Hefty 1959 Aston Martin DB4GT Ron Hetherington & Richard Proctor 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Tom Horan & Marc Hruschka 1952 Allard J2X Mark Hyman & Brian Joseph 1931 Bentley 8 Litre Neil Jones & Seth Rollert 1957 Jaguar XK 140 MC Barry Konier & Ron Johnson 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Scott & Joanie Kriens 1961 Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet Mike Kunz 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Bill & Vicki Levine 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Jerry & Heidi Lynch 1958 AC Ace Jeff Mamorsky & Paul Alter 1962 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder SWB Sam & Emily Mann 1958 Ferrari 250 PF Chris & Tammy Marsico 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Adam Martin & Tom Papadopoulos 1961 Aston Martin DB4 Richard Mattei & Jim Stokes 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Bruce McCaw 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Sperimantale Dean & Madylon Meiling 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL SCMer Jim Taylor, driving his 1953 Jaguar C-type with Gord Duff of RM Auctions Steve & Kathy Meyer 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint David & Melissa Mohlman 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Roger Morrison & Scott Williamson 1949 Jaguar XK 120 Alloy Glenn & Meaghan Mounger 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL John & Heather Mozart 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Brian Murray & Tyler Atha 1955 Austin-Healey 100 Rob & Shelby Myers 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Richard & Susanna Nash 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Zagato Eddie & Susan O'Brien 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Steve & Amy Plaster 1961 Jaguar XK 150S Fred Phillips & Grant Kinzel 1937 Ford/Kurtis Tommy Lee Special Bill Pope 1933 Maserati 8CM Doug & Joan Prestine 1956 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spyder Helmut Reiss & Larry Broderick 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster P.B. Bachman and Ted Rutlands zip past in Phil and Martha Bachman's 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Sports Car Market Randy Reiss 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet Ron Rezek & Janet Eastman 1927 Bentley 6.5 Litre John Rich Jr. & Lia Rich 1951 Fitch-Whitmore Le Mans Jaguar Rick & Nancy Rome 1957 Jaguar Cozzi Special Axel & Hanko Rosenblad 1951 Allard K2 Stephen Ross & Helge Kirmse 1959 Talbot-Lago America Bruce Rudin & David Katzen 1949 Jaguar Nuvolari Spyder Hugh Ruthven II & Trey Ruthven 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Drogo Peter Sachs & Chuck Queener 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Gary & Scott Schaevitz 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Ray Scherr 1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Charles Schwager & Dave Olimpi 1957 BMW 507 Tony & Belle Schwartz 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster Thomas Shaughnessy & Gordon McCall 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Bill Shires & Chris Stevenson 1952 Allard J2X John Shires & Craig Ekberg 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Phil & Renee Shires 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Jon & Erick Shirley 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Elad Shraga &Amir Almagor 1955 OSCA MT-4 Le Mans Phil & Jorja Shuey 1964 Porsche 356SC Cabriolet Chuck Swimmer & Armando Flores 1953 Ferrari 342 America Speciale James Taylor & Gord Duff 1953 Jaguar C-type Jack & Lisa Thomas 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Tom & Melissa Thornhill 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20S William Van Huystee & Michael Rowen 1924 Bentley 3 Litre Le Mans Tourer Don Weber & Bill Neale 1959 Alfa Romeo Sprint Zagato James & Steve Weddle 1959 Devin Special Charles Wegner & Chris Dugan 1959 Ferrari 250 GT TDF Doug & Ellen Weitman 1954 Kurtis 500S Roger Willbanks & Mark Johnson 1953 Cunningham C-3 Cabriolet Herb Wolfe & Elliott Rabin 1956 Maserati 300S Bill Rothermel David Olimpi


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Event Greystone Concours d'Elegance 2011 Greystone Concours d'Elegance SCMers Peter and Merle Mullin's 1934 Voisin C27 Aero sport won the Elegance Award by Donald Osborne Dinos and Beverly Hills go together the wide terrace with a spectacular view of Los Angeles on an unusually clear day. A superb selection of cars that reflected the car culture 1937 Maserati 6CM 1500 “L ocation, location, location” is as important for a concours d'elegance as it is in real estate. In 2010, a concours was started at the imposing Greystone mansion in the hills above Beverly Hills, CA. The dramatic, 46,000-square-foot, 55-room stone estate was built in 1928 by Ned Doheny on land given to him by his father, oil baron Edward Doheny. It didn't turn out to be the happiest place for him and his family, as he was killed by his personal secretary — who then killed himself — shortly after moving into the house. That his young daughter later fell or leapt to her untimely end from an upstairs room not long afterward was reason enough for the surviving family to move out of the house. It sat empty and unused for decades until 1965, when the developer who bought it in 1955 sold the 18-acre house and estate to the city of Beverly Hills. Besides building a huge holding reservoir on land above the house, and occasional rentals for film shoots, little was done with what was now a public park. A few years ago, the city began restoring the expansive grounds to use for events such as parties and weddings. To support that work, Cindy Brynan, senior recreation supervisor of the city of Beverly Hills, turned to her auto enthusiast spouse, Jeff Brynan, and son David, who is a Gooding & Company car specialist, with the idea of doing a concours. The Brynan family is not only energetic, talented and quite persuasive, but the team of sponsors and volunteers assembled ensured that by the time the 2011 edition of the show was over, it was clear that Southern California now has an important new fixture on the calendar. The parking lot, which covers the top of the reservoir, was the main show display area, with a smaller group of pre-war cars below in the cobblestone motor court leading to the mansion. Inside the mansion, visitors filled Details Plan ahead: May 6, 2012 Cost: $100, which includes admission, parking, food and beverages More: www.greystoneconcours.org 44 rooms for seminars on a variety of automotive topics, including one on the state of the collector car market given by yours truly. Also inside the house was food and drink to be enjoyed on of the area was gathered, ranging from the dawn of the 20th century through pre-war European and American classics, sports cars, post-war European GT and touring cars to 1950s American iron. The scope and quality of the cars guaranteed that there was something to excite all who came. Of course, SCM was a sponsor, and many SCMers brought their cars to the concours. The event gives top awards in two categories: Concours de Sport and Concours d'Elegance. Sporting honors were given to the sleek 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica of SCMer Peter McCoy, while the nod for Elegance was given to SCMers Peter and Merle Mullin's 1934 Voisin C27 Aero sport from the Mullin Automotive Museum. Considering that a few months later the Mullins won their first Pebble Beach Best in Show with another Voisin, perhaps Greystone could be to Pebble as the Golden Globes are to the Oscars — as a preview of things to come? In any case, the next Greystone Concours d'Elegance takes place on Sunday, May 6, 2012. If you're in the Los Angeles area, make a point of visiting — you will be suitably entertained. ♦ 356s all in a row Sports Car Market Donald Osborne


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From the Paddock Murray Smith Too Much Risk Led to Las Vegas Tragedy No driver should have to buck the heavy odds we saw this past October A race organized like a circus is a recipe for disaster, and this one claimed the life of promising racer Dan Wheldon in October T here is little doubt that the risk in car racing is one reason why it is so interesting. One doesn't have to go quite as far as Stirling Moss, who has often pointed out that drivers were more precise and took fewer chances when the reward for going off course was contact with a hard object, be it a tree, a house or a stone wall. Add to that the relatively flimsy construction of racing cars in Stirling's day and you had a potent recipe for disaster. But races were not organized with disaster in mind. The people involved knew the risks, and leading drivers have told me that when they left home to race, they looked out of the rear-view mirror and seriously wondered if they would see home and family again. Rewards versus risk A very good friend of mine, who shall be nameless but is very brave, retired from racing because he thought it was all just too dangerous. He later returned and won championships at the highest level because he felt the cars and tracks were a little safer, the rewards were rather better and he had found no other substitute for the combination of risk and reward that the sport offered. So let us assume that all participants in motorsport, at any level, are aware that there are risks involved. Whether you are driving a Works Audi at Le Mans or a Triumph TR3 in a vintage event, the thrill compensates for the little voice in the helmet that says, “You could possibly hurt yourself doing this.” Personal choice is the ultimate arbiter of whether one wants to take the risk and go racing. Nine times out of ten, a racing driver will always “have a go.” Gambling with lives in Las Vegas Given the crucible in which drivers make decisions — and their ability to take risks based on their fundamentally competitive nature — it is the obligation of those who run the races to assure some modicum of safety. The absolute opposite seems to have been the case during the tragic 2011 IndyCar World Championship Race at the Las Vegas Motor 46 Speedway on October 16, 2011. The organizers got it all wrong. It was the wrong track with the wrong cars. It seems that almost everybody involved in the event — drivers, entrants and educated observers — felt and stated prior to the event that this was an unwise race to run. There were more cars on track than at the Indianapolis 500 — and on a steeply banked and considerably shorter oval. This track allowed the cars to run flat out most of the way, and it was a situation in which courage rather than skill could define the outcome. There were rookie drivers involved — without the series of rookie tests required at Indianapolis. This was an incredible recipe for disaster, with virtually identical cars running on a short, banked oval. The drivers had vastly different levels of talent — and all this was happening at more than 220 mph. This was a race run like a circus — one where the lion bites the lion tamer. Whoever ran this race at Las Vegas obviously did not have the welfare of the drivers or the sport as a priority. A sense of oncoming disaster I watched the live broadcast on ABC. When cars started to rub wheels only a few laps into the race, I began to feel the overpowering sense of a disaster about to happen. The inevitability of the eventual wreck was quite clear to anybody with a real knowledge of racing. How could the organizers have conceived such a scenario? Admittedly, the drivers didn't have to race. Eventually, after the 15- car catastrophe that took the life of the brilliant Dan Wheldon — a twotime winner of the Indianapolis 500 — they made the unprecedented decision to stop the race. Instead, they returned to the track for a five-lap tribute to the fallen Wheldon, which will afford little consolation to his wife and two children. Someone who really understands motorsport in all its grandeur and folly is needed to lead IndyCar Racing to a much better place — and to protect drivers from needless danger while they do what they do best. No driver should have to buck the heavy odds we saw at Las Vegas this past October. ♦ Sports Car Market Jessica Ebelhar, Las Vegas Review-Journal / AP Images


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Ferrari Profile 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta Sellers love to brag about the time and money they spent on a restoration, but neither time nor money guarantees a good job by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1962–1964 Number produced: 355 Original list price: $13,375 Current SCM Valuation: $450,000– $650,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $450 (two needed) 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 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1965–1969 Bizzarrini Strada, 1962–1966 Bentley Continental Coupe,1965–1969 Aston Martin DB6 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 5167GT Engine number: 5167GT A prototype of the new 250 GT Lusso appeared at the Paris Motor Show in October 1962. The strikingly elegant lines, blending into an aero-efficient Kamm tail, were reminiscent of not only the 250 GT SWB Berlinetta but also the 250 GTO. Notably, the Lusso was the last Ferrari model to be equipped with the legendary Gioacchino Colombodesigned 3.0-liter V12 engine. With three Weber carburetors, as opposed to the six used on the racing version, the unit used in the Lusso produced about 250 horsepower and was capable of propelling the car to a top speed of 150 mph and sprinting from rest to 60 mph in only eight seconds. Simply put, this new 250 GT combined gorgeous styling with a leather-trimmed interior and all the race-bred-12 performance that continues to symbolize Ferrari today. The Lusso was manufactured from 1963 until 1964, a very short period, with merely 355 produced. Aside from a virtually endless list of positive press reviews in period and today, the Lusso attracted numerous well-known clients, including Steve McQueen; Harvey Postlethwaite, Ferrari's former head of F1 design; and Battista “Pinin” Farina, who was apparently so pleased with the outcome of his company's design that he had to have an example for his own personal use. Finished in metallic gray with black leather inte- 48 rior, 5167GT was in Virginia during the 1970s and Connecticut during the 1980s. In 1987, it was acquired by the current owner and exported back to Italy. He has owned the car for a remarkable 25 years. Shortly after its purchase, 5167GT was treated to a full, body-off restoration, and the car was finished in black with a cream leather interior. Ferrari specialists in Milan rebuilt the V12 engine, a specialist in Monza performed the bodywork, and the interior work was entrusted to Selleria Luppi of Modena. During the restoration, a brand-new set of Borrani wire wheels was fitted to the car. The owner intended to use the car at Ferrari Club events. However, due to a lack of time, the car was used only sparingly on weekends. Since the restoration was completed, the car has been driven only about 5,592 miles. Recently, the owner decided to return 5167GT to its original exterior color of Grigio Metallizzato. It was given a bare-metal refinish, with all chrome re-plated. All of the suspension and brake components were recently rebuilt and restored. Approximately 800 manhours were invested. Photographs of recent work are contained within the car's history file. It comes complete with copies of the original Ferrari build sheets and is confirmed to be a matching-numbers car. Offered from long-term single ownership of a 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO Lusso Lot 23, s/n 5529GT Condition 2+ Sold at $632,500 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/11/11 SCM# 176294 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Lot 103, s/n 5191GT Condition 2+ Sold at $719,208 RM, Cernobbio, IT, 5/21/11 SCM# 177903 1964 Ferrari 250 GTO Lusso Lot 7, s/n 5691GT Condition 1Sold at $605,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/10 SCM# 165654 Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus quarter-century and having formed part of a small but high-quality collection, this is a tremendously attractive opportunity for Ferraristi. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 214, sold for $784,392, including buyer's premium, at RM's London Auction on October 26, 2011. There was a time when vintage Ferraris weren't the highly sought-after commodity that they are today. Contrary to the perception that all early Ferraris are virgins that have never been driven uphill or in the rain, many of today's multimillion-dollar stars were once just clapped-out race cars or used-up street cars. Rotted-out bodies and severely smoking engines were once commonplace, and yes, some vintage Ferraris have actually been in accidents. Not that many years ago, many older Ferraris needed more repairs than they were worth. Fortunately for the marque, early Ferrari enthusiasts, such as Dick Merritt on the East Coast and Ed Niles in California, saw value in old Ferraris. They tracked down Ferraris around the country and passed them to new owners — some who barely knew what they were buying, as they had never seen a Ferrari other than pictures in a magazine. Merritt also tracked down missing engines, squirreled away parts, wrote books on the marque and helped found the Ferrari Club of America. Dick's work, along with that of his friends, laid the foundation of today's Ferrari hobby. Deciphering restoration costs RM's write-up of 5167GT, like most auction descriptions, references the restorers of the car. Most of the early Ferraris have been refurbished — if not fully restored. A quality paint job today starts around $10,000. A Pebble-Beach-quality restoration of an old Ferrari can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. When looking at old Ferraris, the details of the restoration should never be overlooked. Sellers love to brag about the time and money they spent on a restoration, but nei- ther time nor money guarantees a good job. Overly long restorations are usually due to the customer's inability to pay — or an inexperienced shop getting in over their head. Extremely expensive restorations are often the result of poor planning or the condition of the subject car. The location of the restoration is not a guarantee of qual- ity. “Restored in Detroit” doesn't make a Mustang any better than one restored in Portland, OR. Likewise, a Ferrari restored in Modena may not be any better than one restored in Brazil. Proven restoration shops become brands. A Fran Roxas Duesenberg, a Gary Bobileff Miura or a Paul Russell anything says more about a restoration than any reference to time or money. Sellers tend to embellish the thoroughness of a restoration. Restoration shops do everything from accident repair to full restoration. Just because the shop made a car shiny doesn't mean they made it run. You can't repair a smoking engine by painting it. It's a good idea to examine the restoration bills to see what was really done. It's interesting that the subject Lusso notes work done at three facilities — but names only one. Selleria Luppi of Modena has a long history of doing Ferrari interior work. You can be sure any work Luppi did is top quality. As for the other work, a close inspection is warranted. A hot market for twelve cylinders August 16, 2007, is a holy day for Lusso owners. That's the day a chestnut brown 1963 Ferrari Lusso once belonging to Steve McQueen sold for $2,310,000 at Christie's Monterey Jet Center auction. Optimism abounded among owners that their half-million-dollar Lusso would soon command that same kind of money. While a nod has to be given to the exceptional restoration of the McQueen Lusso, the lottery winnings came from the former owner's celebrity rather than the car's real value. SCM's Platinum Auction Database documents Lusso sales from a low of $632,000 to a high of $907,000 in 2011. RM estimated our subject Lusso at $635,000 to $765,000. The $775,150 sale price was just over the top estimate — but not out of line with today's values. Front-engine, 12-cylinder Ferraris are hot. There are few on the market, and those that are offered are priced just more than the last one sold for. The seller had no reason to complain about his sale, and the buyer should be pleased with a great car and a good investment. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... February 2012 49


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Ferrari Drives the Exotic Car Market Simply put, Ferrari tells their dealers: “This is your allocation, and that's all you will get” billion) to take worldwide Maserati sales to 60,000 units per year by 2015, which is a massively optimistic and ambitious plan. Supply now exceeds demand, so what happens when production increases by ten times? Down the road at Lamborghini Lamborghini was purchased by VW-Audi in 1998 Among Ferrari's introductions of the past decade — 2004 F430 Spyder T his column began with a search for a very-early production 2012 458 Spider for a client willing to pay the price of exclusivity. Conversations with the owner or sales manager at almost every Ferrari dealership in the U.S. quickly led into long discussions about the politics of new car allocations, the possibility of “extra cars” and comparisons between Ferrari and the other makes each dealer carried. Ferrari is the only market-based car maker, and it sells about 6,500 cars a year. Ferrari could build and sell thousands more, while all other exotic manufacturers are production-based and build every car they hope they can sell — and more. Simply put, Ferrari tells their dealers: “This is your allocation, and that's all you will get.” In contrast, every other exotic manufacturer tells their dealers: “This is your allocation, you have to take them all, and we can supply more.” Let's take a look at how Ferrari stacks up against other modern-day exotics: Ferrari leads the pack Ferrari dealers can't order cars for inventory, as every car must be pre-sold to a client, which creates demand. Ferrari also spends about 14% of gross sales on research and development, a huge re-investment in new models. Over the past decade, Ferrari has introduced the 360 and 575, followed by the 612, F430, 599, 458, California and the all-new FF. With 40 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, Ferrari will sell about 1,500 cars a year in the U.S. and about 6,300 worldwide. Demand for Ferraris exceeds supply. Maserati back from the brink Ferrari took control of Maserati in 1999, opened an all-new factory in 2001 and took Maserati from the brink of bankruptcy to state-of-the-art manufacturing. In 2002, an all-new Maserati GT brought Maserati back into the U.S. market. The Quattroporte followed in 2005 and the Gran Turismo in 2006. Alas, Maseratis are too exotic for middle America and only outsell Ferrari on the West Coast and Florida. As more than one dealer said, “We only outsell Ferrari because we have Maseratis in the showroom, and we can always get more.” In 2005, Maserati was split off from Ferrari and sold 2,006 cars in the U.S. Maserati sold 2,108 U.S. cars in 2006, and 2,540 in 2007. In 2007, Maserati was profitable for the first time in decades. Maserati now has 55 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and the company will produce about 5,700 cars worldwide and 2,400 for the U.S. market. At a recent dealer meeting, Maserati announced plans to spend €1.2 billion ($1.6 50 and was wrapped into four companies, Lamborghini Spa (cars); Motori Marini (marine engines); Arti Marca (accessories) and VW-Audi Italy. Clearly, the swapping of tax credits between these companies helped absorb the cost of purchase. The Diablo-based Murciélago was introduced in 2001, followed by the smaller and all-new Audi-based V10-equipped Gallardo in 2004. Murciélago production ended in late 2010 and was replaced by the Lamborghini Aventador as a 2012 model. Always a very niche brand, total Lamborghini production peaked at a high of 2,580 units in 2007. Today, Lamborghini has 29 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, with about 300 projected sales in the U.S. and 1,300 worldwide. Lamborghini production is a rounding-off error for the huge VW-Audi company. How many do you want? The Bentley boys In 1998, Bentley and Rolls-Royce were split. By 2003 (and a few billion dollars later), VW-Audi had taken full control of Bentley and modernized the Crewe factory. The VW Phaeton-based Bentley Continental GT was introduced in 2003. While the VW Phaeton was a marketing failure, the Continental GT and its variants, the LWB Spur 4-door in 2005 and the Continental GTC in 2006, have been runaway successes. Bentley epitomizes production-based manufactur- ing, and sales were initially a manufacturer's dream come true. A total of 8,627 Bentleys were sold worldwide in 2005, with 3,654 sold in the U.S. In 2007, the 10,000-cars-per-year threshold was broken for the first time, with sales of 10,014 and record profits. Bentley sales dropped to about 7,600 in 2008 and plunged to 4,616 in 2009, with 1,433 sold in the U.S. Bentley suffered an operating loss in 2009. A facelifted and hotrodded Continental Supersports helped sales rebound, with total sales of 5,100 for 2010 and projected sales of 5,500 for 2011. Drop by and pick one out. Rolls-Royce keeps a stiff upper lip In what has to be described as a major corporate “oops,” VW beat out BMW to buy Rolls-Royce in 1998 for $670m, which included the Crewe works, the RollsRoyce “Spirit of Ecstasy” mascot and the radiator grille — but not the rights to the Rolls-Royce name needed to build cars! BMW later bought the Rolls-Royce name and “RR” logo for another $62m — but not the right to build RollsRoyce cars! In a complicated Teutonic trade, BMW was given all rights to Rolls-Royce cars, while VW got Bentley. In 2003, BMW introduced the all-new Rolls Phantom Sports Car Market


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as a 2004 model with a stated goal of selling 1,400 cars worldwide. Rolls didn't reach 1,000 units until 2007, and then only thanks to the new Drophead. An all-new and smaller Rolls-Royce Ghost was announced in 2009 as an alternative to the Bentley Spur 4-door. The Ghost has revived sales, with about 2,800 units for 2011. It's expensive, but it is in stock. Aston Martin needs a sugar daddy The very successful, Jaguar-based Aston Martin DB7 ended production in 2003, and it was replaced by the all-new aluminum-and-composite DB9 in 2005. DB9 production is being wound down, to be replaced by the new Aston Virage. Aston's Gaydon facility can build 5,000 cars per year, but it has never reached that level. Total U.S. sales for 2011 will be about 950 cars, and worldwide production will be in the 3,000-car range. Ford sold most of Aston in 2006, and so Aston desperately needs a parent company What color would you like? McLaren, the new boy in town In 2011, McLaren began shipping the all-new MP4- 12Cs to 35 dealers worldwide, with eight in the U.S. and two in Canada. Multiple Ferrari dealers across the world are also McLaren dealers — and this makes them persona non grata at Ferrari. This is a complicated political situation, as these dual Ferrari-McLaren dealers are often the biggest dealers in the biggest markets. The first U.S. model MP4-12Cs arrived in December. Each of the eight U.S. dealers has a huge market area, and all expect to sell their full allocation at full sticker price — with a generous margin to the dealer, which potentially makes their new McLaren franchises more valuable than their Ferrari franchises. Sold out, for now... McLaren's new MP4-12C, sold out at dealerships The big picture Whether they are market- or production-driven outfits, each of these manufacturers has a global marketing plan — but they are all susceptible to economic downturns. Most have well-capitalized major manufacturer ownership, but automotive facto- ries break even at 75% to 80% of total potential production — and most lag far behind. The latest-greatest model always sells well, but demand quickly fades. Ferrari's success is obviously based on a regular supply of new and ever-more- exotic models, while most other exotic car builders are two-trick-ponies without new steeds in the stable to bring in new buyers. The Asian market has helped all exotic manufacturers, and most now sell 25% of their total production in China. All have an abundance of image — but several lack an abundance of substance. Success breeds success, so Ferrari is a cash cow at the current time, Bentley booms in the good years, Maserati and Rolls make little profit, and Aston and Lamborghini often lose money. ♦ February 2012 51


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English Profile 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Coupe The buyer paid a premium for originality and left-hand drive, and the American collector no doubt carefully picked his moment by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1963–1965 Number produced: 887 Original list price $12,137 Current SCM Valuation $400,000– $600,000 Tune-up cost: $900 Distributor cap: $83 Chassis #: Engine compartment on right of firewall Engine #: Stamped on right side of engine block Club: Aston Martin Owners' Club More: www.amoc.org Alternatives: 1960–1964 Maserati 3500GT, 1962–1965 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, 1964–1966 Lamborghini 350GT SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: DB51847L Engine number: 4001847 A ston Martin developed and released the all-new DB4 in 1958 alongside the final DB2-derived DB Mark III. The following year, the company received a Royal Warrant of Appointment from HRH Prince Philip and took overall victory at Le Mans and the World Sports Car Constructor's Championship the year after. A highly advanced design, the DB4 heralded the ar- rival of the brilliant new Tadek Marek-designed, all-aluminum 3.7-liter engine and a new platform-frame chassis, clothed in beautifully hand-formed aluminum coachwork designed by Touring of Milan and constructed using their patented Superleggera (super light) process. A huge advance, the DB4 evolved through five sub- variants and profoundly influenced the Aston Martin line through 1969, while nonetheless retaining the distinctive flavor of its predecessors. The DB5 arrived in the autumn of 1963 as an ad- vanced development of the Series V DB4, and it was distinguished primarily by its larger, more powerful 4-liter engine, along with triple SU carburetors. After approximately the first 50 cars, the DB5 was upgraded with the sturdy, all-synchromesh ZF 5-speed gearbox as standard equipment in place of the David Brown-produced 4-speed. The DB5 differed from the DB4 in many respects, with 170 upgrades between the models. 52 The Dunlop disc brakes were replaced with Girling units, and the suspension was significantly redeveloped with the front now adjustable for camber and the addition of Armstrong Selectaride dampers in the rear, along with a dash-mounted control to adjust stiffness to the driver's taste. Most visually apparent, the trademark covered headlights, first seen on the DB4GT, became a DB5 hallmark. The dash and gauges were modified to include an oil temperature gauge, á la the DB4GT. Although it was produced for slightly more than two years, the DB5 achieved lasting fame as the most famous of all Aston Martins and arguably the most famous car of all time. The original left-hand-drive, U.S.-delivery example offered here was completed on November 23, 1964, and was finished in Dubonnet with black upholstery. Non-standard equipment included Normalair air conditioning, chrome road wheels, an engine breather, power-operated radio antenna and a pair of detachable headrests. Just three days later, DB51847L was bound for the U.S. and its original owner, Leslie Pouch of Staten Island, NY, who eventually took delivery on February 23, 1965. Offered from a Swiss collection, it has been kept in climate-controlled display alongside original examples of the DB4GT and DB4GT Zagato, and has required little more than routine maintenance. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 276, s/n DB51535R Condition 1 Sold at $549,327 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 9/16/11 SCM# 186155 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 146, s/n DB51990L Condition 2 Sold at $687,500 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183750 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Lot 410, s/n DB51316R Condition 4+ Sold at $407,425 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/1/11 SCM# 182310 Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus SCM Analysis This car, Lot 250, sold for $604,072, including buyer's premium, at RM's London auction on October 26, 2011. This car, a rare original left-hand-drive example with factory air conditioning, was offered from a Swiss collection — complete with a copy of the original build sheet — plus a British Motor Heritage certificate that essentially confirms it is what it says it is. It was acquired in the past decade from a Swiss Aston Martin specialist, having previously belonged to a partner at Banque Syz, but there's not much history before that. As the vendor said before the sale: “Unmistakable! It's James Bond's car in ‘Goldfinger.'” The DB5 is so much part of Agent 007's panoply that it even made a guest appearance in 2006 in a later Bond film, “Casino Royale.” The DB5 is the Aston Martin line's most sophis- ticated achievement. The next model, the DB6, was rather heavier, larger and more comfortable. It also capitalized on the market appeal generated by the James Bond saga. So, the car sold very well indeed. The DB6 was built in larger numbers than the DB5, but, lighter and rarer, the DB5 is worth twice the price of a DB6 today. Their technology is the same, but the difference between the two Aston Martins is the same as that between an evening gown and a daywear dress. $600k doesn't buy perfection in this market Our example has been refinished in the Silver Birch of the Bond car, although it started life in Dubonnet Rosso, and it was always left-hand drive. As presented under the lights at Battersea Evolution, the condition was 2-, maybe 2 with the wind behind it. At this money you expect perfection, and north of $600k I reckon we're entitled to nitpick a little. The body is straight, although the right door/sill profile is a bit uneven. The paint is good, although a bit cloudy on the hood and a little rough in the headlight scoops. The chrome to the bumpers is well polished, the grille a little wavy, and what's probably the original leather is nicely cracked and creased — perfectly in keeping with the age of the car. The motor is clean, dry and tidy, with all correct factory finishes, and it's solid underneath, sitting pleasingly right on tall crossplies. So what we have here is a straight and honest coupe with an older repaint that's a little way off concours, or at least some of the concours-class restorations that have recently been through auction, such as the hardly driven ex-pop star car that sold at Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale for $549k the month before, which was straight out of a restoration by U.K. specialist Desmond J. Smail. When will the rocket ride end? This car was $75k or so more than one of those, and part of that can be explained by the left-hand-drive. A lot of top collector cars sold in the U.K. are going abroad, and left-handers are at an advantage when selling into Europe and the U.S. — to the extent that dealers have found it worth their while to have DB Astons converted. To see where coupes might be heading, see the sky- rocketing prices currently being asked for at least two top retail convertibles — especially in light of so many Astons recently being squirreled away to the Middle East, thereby reducing supply, increasing demand and raising prices (shades of the plot in “Goldfinger”). We keep asking ourselves where it's all going to stop, but as Jonathan Kaiser of boutique London retailer Hexagon Classics recently remarked: “The recession hasn't hit the 1% of people who can pay for these cars.” Those two convertibles, asking $1.1m and $1.2m, are pristine. One is just out of a Works Service restoration, and DB5 convertibles have traditionally been just under twice the price of coupes. As a guide to the bottom line for a good, usable DB5, take a look at the restored but very usable coupe, a former racer in Vantage spec and fundamentally good order, at the same RM sale at $360k. With our subject car, we're paying for originality and left-hand drive, and aptly, the car was sold to an American collector who no doubt carefully picked his moment. Time might prove this a wise buy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions). SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... February 2012 53


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 S Roadster This car's 0–60 mph time of 3.7 seconds makes it a strong contender for the freeway on-ramp sweepstakes, and the aural entertainment adds fun by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 2003–2005 Number produced: 12 Original list price: $645,600 Current SCM Valuation: $450,000– $650,000 Tune-up cost: $750 Chassis #: Engine bulkhead Engine #: On chassis bulkhead inside left front wheel arch Alternatives: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster, 2006 Koenigsegg CXX, 2009 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 2004 Pagani Zonda C12 S Lot 479, s/n Za9C82OC110F76041 Condition 1 Sold at $513,083 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/1/11 SCM# 182346 Chassis number: ZA9C820C11OF76044 A ppropriately named in honor of the legendary hot winds of its creator's Argentine birthplace, the Zonda is the inspired brainchild of Horacio Pagani, who designed and built his first Formula 3 race car at the age of 20 and moved to Italy in 1983 to pursue his lifelong ambition of building the world's ultimate limited-production supercar. Pagani, who was a composites engineer with Lamborghini during the 1980s, left that storied manufacturer in 1991 and translated his high-tech expertise into his own Modena Design firm, which produced carbon-fiber components for Formula 1 teams and such marques as Daimler, Ferrari and motorcycle-maker Aprilia. In 1992, Pagani Automobili Modena was established, with seven years of development culminating in the debut of the Zonda, its first product, at the 1999 Geneva Motor Show. Immediately hailed for its radical styling, stunning performance and almost inconceivable technical sophistication, the Zonda was clearly the physical realization of Mr. Pagani's relentless pursuit to create “Una Macchina con Anima”— a car with a soul. Introduced at the 2003 Geneva Show, the Zonda Roadster incorporated a removable carbon-fiber roof panel and forged aluminum, 19-inch alloy wheels and ultra-low-profile tires measuring 255 mm in the front and 335 mm in the 54 rear, which were specially designed by Michelin for this machine. Powered by a 7,291-cc DOHC Mercedes-Benz AMG E73 60-degree Alloy V12 with Bosch Motronic ME7 sequential electronic fuel injection, this car produces 555 horsepower at 5,900 rpm. The car can is capable of a 220 mph top speed. Collector-owned and maintained from new, it is housed in Europe and offered at auction today in as-new condition. With only about 4,970 miles traveled from new, it is finished in a red exterior with black hides stitched red. The Pagani factory has confirmed that a total of only 12 Roadsters were produced, of which this example is Number 8. A new factory plaque attesting to this fact was just delivered by Pagani and installed into the car. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 244, sold for $685,216, including buyer's premium, at the RM Auctions Battersea Evolution, London, U.K., sale on Wednesday, October 26, 2011. The world of the extreme supercar is a curious one. Many entrepreneurs and enthusiasts dream of creating the ultimate road car and upstaging the establishment, much as Ferruccio Lamborghini did in 1963. From Vector to Koenigsegg, Romano Artioli's Bugatti to Cizeta and others, their makers have employed a variety of solutions to chassis and powertrain challenges Sports Car Market 2008 Bugatti Veyron Lot 6580, s/n VF9SA25C18M795080 Condition 1Sold at $770,000 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/23/10 SCM# 166281 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Lot 21, s/n WDDAK76F08M001713 Condition 1 Sold at $253,000 Gooding & Company, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/14/10 SCM# 165691 Tom Wood ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus — some original, some adapted — to varying degrees of success. While many of these efforts have been carried out by talented, high-profile engineering talent, the CV of Horacio Pagani stands out. The breadth of his experience in industrial design and development help to make the Pagani cars somehow more complete, more grownup if you will, than just about any of the others save the McLaren F1. I have little doubt that if Pagani had Gordon Murray's budget he would do equally well. Keys to success in this arena are dramatic looks, dramatic power and an equally dramatic price tag — along with miniscule production numbers to ensure exclusivity. Does your car pass the garage/bedroom/office wall poster test, can it post 0-60 mph and top speed numbers generally only seen on racetracks, and can it be an alternative in price to a studio apartment on the East Side of Manhattan? A clean design, but not too clean Styling is, of course, a very personal and subjective area, and I feel, as do many whose primary interests lie in older cars, that most modern sports cars have a certain anodyne sameness. Once the basic melody had been laid down by Marcello Gandini, it seems to have been largely variations on the theme for decades now. Horacio Pagani is his own stylist, and he has done a good, clean job of integrating the standard supercar design elements into something a bit cleaner and neater than most. He also managed to make an interior with enough trim and detail worthy of the elevated price — without crossing the line into the near-parody design victim Spyker. Cooking with a wail The Pagani's 0–60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a 200-plus mph top speed are certainly respectable entries in the freeway on-ramp sweepstakes, and the aural entertainment adds to the fun. One of the things most missed about Formula 1's V10 era is the sound of those engines, in particular the piercing wail emitted by the Mercedes in the McLaren MP4/14 of 1999. It still echoes through my inner ear. While watching a video of “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson drive the Zonda R at Imola, I'm immediately transported back to 1999. The “cooking” version doesn't pack quite that spine-chilling thrill, but it's said to come awfully close. Holding their own These cars have held their value quite well. Bonhams sold another of the roadsters, chassis 76041 at the Goodwood Festival sale on July 1, 2011. Observed to be in 1 condition by SCM's on-site reporter, it brought $513,000, either because of — or despite — its color scheme of pink over black. In 2006, the list price of a Zonda Roadster F was ap- proximately $645,600. I would challenge any reader to find other exotics selling at or near their purchase price at six years of age. For comparison, the 2006 Mercedes SLR McLaren had an MSRP of $450,000 and can be found now in the $250,000 range. Of course, as there were only a dozen Zonda roadsters built — and because total model production barely broke 200 units over 12 years — they are rather more rare than their pure German competition. The indicated 833 miles per year covered in this Pagani seems to be a bit higher than would be expected, but it is delightful to contemplate. Many, if not most, cars of this type would be hard pressed to travel 83 miles in a year. When you consider that the typical circuit on which track day outings are held is 2.5 to four miles long, a bit more than 240 laps each year would cover about 780 miles. It's clear that this car has seen more use, and I am sure is all the better for having done it. It appeared to be in excellent condition in attractive — if typical — colors. If this kind of ultra-extroverted ride is your style, you could find few better ways to go. And as it has held its value remarkably well, it may prove to have been a reasonable buy going forward. ♦ (Vehicle description courtesy of RM Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... February 2012 55


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Etceterini & Friends Profile The Cumberford Perspective Exquisite detailing, but just a little too much of it By Robert Cumberford 1 Bugatti is far beyond the cars of Ettore and Jean in this respect, but it may well be that Horacio Pagani has exceeded even the contemporary Molsheim product. No matter where you look, B the Zonda provides evidence that someone has cared to assure that the most minute mechanical element was carefully studied for function, form and fi nesse. Compared with other super- cars, the Zonda has amazingly generous space in the cockpit, a really comfortable ride and astonishing performance from its solidly unfussy engine. Despite incorporating a level of craftsmanship rarely achieved by Ferrari or Lamborghini contemporaries, Pagani's eponymous cars have never quite measured up to the best of their rivals aesthetically. In Milos Forman's 1984 fi lm “Amadeus,” the Emperor Joseph II has the temerity to tell Wolfgang Mozart that his work was good, but there were “too many notes.” Like Mozart, Horacio Pagani is a genius, and one does not criticize genius. Still, it is possible to think that there are too many beautifully executed little details in a Pagani composition, too many circles, too many stitches, too many “surprise and delight” elements for one automobile. It's best not to dwell on those suspici ementa of goin ugatti Veyron or Pagani Zonda? Which has the most perfectly executed detailing? Volkswagen's 2 3 4 6 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Splitting the rear wing is typical Pagani practice. If one is good, two is better, more is better still. 2 High sill recalls cockpit coam- ing on classical sailboats, objects presumably familiar to Pagani clients. 3 Thin carbon fi ber moulding adds little in weight, takes up little storage space, but does the job of keeping rain off a driver. 4 Circles, circles, at least six of them for lamps up front, faithful to the decorative scheme of more, more and still more details. 5 Even the minor lamps are multiplied. Two would do, so there are four. 6 Low air inlet is elegant, helps defi ne rear fender as separate 5 from the long, sleek body form above the rising line along the sides. REAR 3/4 & SIDE VIEW 7 Having the door run into the wheel opening is unusual, but ultimately practical — and it reduces the number of cut lines on the body. 8 A simple slot for fi ngers to reach the door latch control was fi rst seen on the 1966 Intermeccanica Griffi th, then used in production on the original Renault fi ve city car. 9 Voluptuous curves are at maximum effect just above the rear wheels, fl anked inboard by additional air inlets. 10 Lower edge of rear fender makes a crisp transition from side of body to upswept bottom horizontal surface, defi ning side 9 profi le of body. 11 Side strakes separate diffuser from the aesthetic parts of the bodywork. 12 No fewer than nine circular elements on the tail: four lamps, four exhaust pipes and the trim ring surrounding the latter. One regrets the taillights, which are rather kit-car-like. INTERIOR VIEW (previous page) The Chairman Mao-style quilt- ing is egregiously overused in the interior, but one must admire the incredible craftsmanship. Elegance of fi ne saddlery detailing is expressed in belts and buckles throughout the car, even on the glovebox lid. Still more circles, even in the seats themselves for the fi ve-point belts offered. 12 7 56 8 10 11 Sports Car Market


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German Profile 1969 BMW ‘Spicup' Concept Car BMW regularly took turns down dead-end roads, and this strange and wonderful car is one of them by Donald Osborne Details Year produced: 1969 Number produced: 1 Original list price: None Current SCM Valuation: $500,000– $600,000 Tune-up cost: $275 Distributor caps: $20 Chassis #: Engine compartment bulkhead Engine #: Right side of engine block Club: BMW Car Club of America More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1971 Maserati Boomerang, 1980 Aston Martin Bulldog, 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Rondine SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: V0010 Engine number: V00102800 Coachwork by Carrozzeria Bertone T he concept, or show, car emerged after World War II as a means of generating publicity and gauging the public's reaction to often-radical ideas for new models. They were built as design proposals, rolling laboratories, marketing experiments, automotive provocations and everything in between. The BMW offered here, “Spicup” — the name arises from the concept: half Spider, half Coupe — originates from an important European private collection and was shown for the first time in 1969 on the Bertone stand at the Geneva automobile salon. Contrary to many studies and prototypes then and now, Spicup was without reservation ready to drive and is based on a shortened BMW 2000 CS with the 2.5-liter BMW inline 6-cylinder engine. First registered in the Netherlands and used for ten years as a daily driver, the car was stored for 20 years before it was given to the company Carrozzeria Granturismo in Milan for a complete restoration. The entire chassis and body structure were renewed, including the sills and a large portion of the doors. New forms were made to re-manufacture the glass, which had been broken. After a thorough cleaning, the interior revealed the original spectacular color combination. Many of the original parts were re-manufactured with the utmost care. Following the restoration, the body returned to a lacquer finish in the original green metallic color with silver gray accents. The technical director of Carrozzeria Granturismo, Aldo Goi, put extreme value on all the unique design characteristics of Carrozzeria Bertone, including the special roof mechanism and the interiors. 58 All parts of the entire drivetrain were overhauled by the specialists of Talk Willow Racing in the Netherlands. This beautiful car is in concours condition and already has been shown at the 2009 Concorso Villa d'Este and in the BMW Museum in Munich during the summer of 2010. It certainly has the potential for an invitation to the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance or Amelia Island. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 175, sold for $612,138 (€460,000), including buyer's pre- mium, at the Bonhams Power by BMW sale at the BMW Museum in Munich, Germany, on October 1, 2011. The magnificent brand engine that is BMW today is amazingly less than 50 years old. While the company has long roots back to the first decade of the 20th century in aero engine production, the current “Ultimate Driving Machine” image looks for inspiration to the 328 of the late 1930s and then picks up with the 1800ti and 1600 of 1964. Even then, BMW regularly took turns down dead-end roads, and this strange and wonderful car is one of them. By 1969, the in-house design team, led by Wilhelm Hofmeister — he of the “Hofmeister Kink,” which is the trademark forward curve of the C-pillar on BMWs — was firmly in charge of the brand's look. However, Italians had provided designs for the company, notably Giovanni Michelotti, who styled the BMW 700 that literally saved the firm, and Carrozzeria Bertone's Giorgetto Giugiaro, who penned the range-topping 3200CS coupe. That car, the replacement for the elegant-butslow-selling 503 V8 coupe, was the last of the post-war luxury line introduced by BMW in the early 1950s. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero Concept Lot 113, s/n C1160 Condition 1- Sold at $1,086,803 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, IT, 5/21/11 SCM# 177913 1978 Lancia Sibilo Bertone Concept Lot 108, s/n S12201 Condition 2 Sold at $135,850 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, IT, 5/21/11 SCM# 177908 1974 Lamborghini Bravo Bertone Concept Lot 110, s/n NS4601 Condition 2 Sold at $839,076 RM Auctions, Cernobbio, IT, 5/21/11 SCM# 177910 Sports Car Market TopSpeed.com


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SCM Digital Bonus A chassis for Bertone That there was confusion — and more than a bit of desperation — at BMW as the 1960s rolled around is apparent in this incred- ible story, as recounted in Jan Norbye's 1984 book, BMW—Bavaria's Driving Machines: Apparently the company's marketing manager discovered that the body of the Lancia Flaminia Pininfarina Coupe fit almost exactly on the chassis of the big BMW 3200L V8 sedan. He proposed that BMW should have Pininfarina build Lancia coupe bodies modified with BMW grilles to serve as a rangetopping model. Fortunately for all concerned, this idea was not pursued. But when Bertone asked BMW for a chassis to build a concept car showcasing a unique retractable hard top, Munich didn't hesitate. While the idea of retractable, non-fabric roofs had been kicking around since the Peugeot Eclipse created by Georges Paulin in the 1930s, the execution generally left something to be desired. The ingenious solution devised for the Spicup was to have the rigid brushed stainless steel targa roof divided into sections, which then telescoped into a C-pillar roll bar structure. Also finished in brushed stainless, the roll bar looks a bit bulky, sort of similar to the control bridge on a World War II Japanese battleship or perhaps the roof of a Mercury Turnpike Cruiser. Neither look is terribly desirable in a sporting GT, and that is another reason this idea wasn't pursued further. Setting that aside, the design, said to have been begun by Giugiaro and finished by Marcello Gandini, is really quite smooth and almost elegant — if a bit chunky. Bertone at the time was captivated with geometric shapes — think of the Marzal and Espada — and the blocky seats and dashboard are a bit at odds with the exterior. A flimsy future The idea of using a show car on the road is an intrigu- ing one. Truly driving the future in a one-off prototype puts an owner in what would seem to be an enviable position. In reality, the lion's share of such display gems are distinctly more paste than precious. The catalog mentions that the bumpers were originally made of wood and covered with vinyl, and the Dutchman who drove the Spicup for more than 60,000 miles reported that the clever telescoping top was not “completely water-tight.” As designed, the hood is cut out around a decorative engine cover. During the car's everyday use, the cover was attached to the lid, doubtless to keep weather out of the engine compartment. It is inconceivable in today's litigious world that a prototype such as this would be sold to a private buyer for use on public roads, but such were the wonderful 1960s. RM Auctions' recent sale of Bertone show cars and prototypes in Italy during May 2011 showed both that there was great interest in the work of the firm and its designers — and that there was a time when it was common to have running, functional concept cars. Of course, “run” and “function” do not equal usable, but they are all art objects more than anything else, and it's wonderful to be able to hear and see these sculptures moving. The Spicup is a silly idea as a car — but a neat piece as an object. In the context of important BMWs or Bertone products, it's not high on the list, so it has to be placed in the well-sold column. As a surefire invite to any concours, it's cheap at twice the price. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Seat Time, additional images and more... February 2012 59


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American Car Collector Profile 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt The buyer has a significant piece of Ford's Total Performance Era sitting in the garage — and is ready to hunt Super Stock Mopars by Colin Comer Details Year produced: 1964 Number produced: 100 Original list price: $3,780 (4-speed), $3,980 (automatic) Current SCM Valuation: $250,000– $300,000 Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Tab on firewall and tag in driver's door jamb Engine#: N/A Club: Thunderbolt Owner's Association More: www.427tbolt.com Alternatives: 1964 Dodge / Plymouth Super Stock; 1964 Mercury Comet A/ FX, 1964 Chevrolet Impala 409 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 4F4K167198 F ord's Total Performance program was well under way when Lee Iacocca hired Dearborn Steel Tubing Company to build a batch of special lightweight Ford Fairlanes for its top drag racing clientele. Painted Wimbledon White and stuffed with 427 cubic inches of Galaxie V8, the cars were dubbed “Thunderbolts.” Highlights: • One of 100 factory built, VIN 4F4K167198 • Three-ring binder of documentation • Ownership history, MSO, Ford Company letters, etc. • Owners include Don McMillan Ford, R.E. Tinkle and Steve Guiliani • Many photos from the 1960s and a Guiliani restoration • Fiberglass front fenders, front bumper and hood • Nine-inch Ford 4.11 Detroit Locker rear end • C4 automatic transmission SCM Analysis This 1964 Thunderbolt, Lot S141.1, sold for $259,700, including buyer's premium, at Mecum's Dallas auction on October 7, 2011. Was this car almost $260k worth of, as Plato would suggest, a cosmic merging of power and sound like no other — or did somebody's wallet just get zapped? Let's step inside the storm to find out. Of the 100 Thunderbolts produced, 41 came with 4-speed Borg Warner aluminum transmissions and 59 60 with automatics. They were built for Ford by Dearborn Steel Tubing to incorporate many changes that would be impractical, if not impossible, for Ford to do in-house on an assembly line. The Thunderbolt got the special 427-ci center-oiler engine with Ford's legendary “High Riser” C3AE-K cylinder heads topped with dual Holley four-barrel carbs. Those carbs were force-fed oxygen through a special cold air box and air intake hoses that ran from the inboard headlamp holes. Other changes from the ordinary Fairlane included: • Installing a 4.41:1 or 4.58:1 geared Detroit Locker filled nine-inch rear axle with special control arms for drag racing. • Modifying the front suspension shock towers so the 427 engine would fit. • Moving the battery to the trunk. • Installing a fiberglass front bumper, fenders and hood. • Installing Plexiglas side and rear windows and lightweight seats pilfered from Ford's Econoline Van parts bin. Many other modifications were made to make these special cars as light and fast as possible — at least in a straight line. Some fast history The 100 cars were not all built at once, but rather in three batches between October 1963 and May 1964. The first batch of eleven cars that rolled out of Dearborn Steel were unique in that all were painted Vintage Burgundy, and all but one car were 4-speeds. 1964 Plymouth Belvedere Super Stock Lot X4, s/n 32441275619 Condition 2 Sold at $183,750 Mecum, Rockford, IL, 5/26/05 SCM# 38218 Sports Car Market 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt Lot S115, s/n 4F41K230530 Condition 1- Not sold at $225,000 Mecum, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165740 1964 Ford Fairlane Thunderbolt Lot S134, s/n 4F41K167201 Condition 3+ Sold at $206,700 Mecum, Kissimmee, FL, 1/22/09 SCM# 119457 Courtesy of Mecum Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus Ford singled out drag racing royalty they knew could put these little missiles into the winner's circle, and to do this offered them as “Dollar Cars” with factory support. Yes, these cars were indeed sold to important drag racers for literally one dollar. Dick Brannon got the first car, and soon other racers such as Mickey Thompson, Phil Bonner and others got theirs. In some cases, they got more than one if they happened to wreck their first one. After this first batch, the remaining Thunderbolts were all painted white. In battle, the Thunderbolt's primary adversaries were the Super Stock Plymouth and Dodge cars that were running 426ci “Wedge” engines in these pre-Hemi days. The little Ford T-Bolts rained on that parade, although the Ford's automatic didn't compare with Chrysler's legendary TorqueFlite unit. These were exciting days of factory-backed Super Stock drag racing, and right out of the box a good driver in a Thunderbolt could rip off quarter-mile times in the mideleven-second range at around 120 mph. In the end, the Thunderbolts did manage to win the 1964 NHRA Super Stock title for Ford, which was a notable achievement. A documented Dollar Car Now let's focus on our feature car. As one of the documented Dollar Cars — and carrying the very early VIN of 167198, it is one of the first second-batch cars produced. Its original owner and sponsor was Don McMillan Ford of Houston, TX, and R.E. Tinkle was the driver. To get a Dollar Car, Ford had to have faith in this pairing. It appears the car was named Hazel, judging by period photographs. Today, Hazel has almost all of the stuff serious collectors look for: strong paperwork, a known chassis and Ford VIN that is on the master list, a good racing record and verifiable ownership trail, period photos and a sympathetic restoration. Replacement tranny? If the auction description is accurate, I do see one negative. Thunderbolts did not come with Ford C4 automatic transmissions. They came with a special automatic made specifically for the Thunderbolt's 427. It was a modified Lincoln unit in a specially cast case made to fit the FE series engine block. Ford obviously had no need to make a lot of them, and they did not have a good survival rate. Today an original Thunderbolt transmission, if you can find one, is a $25k–$50k part. A replacement tranny isn't a deal killer, but it is certainly something to keep in mind when considering a car at this price point. Also, if it does indeed have a 4.11:1 ring and pinion, that is incorrect as well, leading one to question if the car was restored to be correct or to be raced. Once race cars become “just old race cars,” bad stuff can happen. With Thunderbolts, it isn't uncommon to hear of one that has been rebodied after a wreck, or to find an automatic car that was converted to a 4-speed after the problematic original transmission exploded. They were also famous for twitchy handling, which is not unreasonable, considering that the narrow and short Fairlane chassis was carrying more than twice the power of a stock car. As a result, a lot of cars were later cut up and con- verted to a straight front axle, and even into alteredwheelbase cars. Thankfully, from all appearances, our subject car seems to have avoided these all-too-common issues. A ready-to-rumble God of Thunder Finding a good Thunderbolt has never been easy, and as the years roll on, it won't get any easier. So is $260k really a bad price to pay to play God of Thunder whenever you want? I think not. This is a seemingly good, well-documented Thunderbolt, and as such, the price paid is spot-on for today's market. If I were forced to pick a side, as a Ford guy, I'd give the edge to the buyer. After all, he or she now has a significant piece of Ford's Total Performance Era sitting in the garage, ready to piss off all the neighbors — or go hunting for Super Stock Mopars at a moment's notice. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Mecum Auctions.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... February 2012 61


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Race Car Profile 1956 Tojeiro-Butterworth AJB Racer I have no idea how much fun it might be to drive, but I can guarantee it won't have a chance against the Lotus 11s and Cooper Bobtails by Thor Thorson Details Year built: 1954 Number built: 1 Original list price: n/a Current SCM Valuation: $50,000 to $70,000 Cost per hour to race: $700 Chassis #: n/a Engine #: n/a Alternatives: Lotus 11, Cooper Bobtail, Elva Mk IV SCM Investment Grade: B Reason to buy: A fun, arcane addition to a racer's collection. Comps Chassis number: TAD354 Engine number: B44 A rchie Butterworth of Frimley Green, Surrey, was a wonderfully extroverted engineering personality involved in the resurgent years of British motorsport immediately post- World War II. Here we offer this most unusual and intriguing Tojeiro-chassised sports-racing car from 1954, powered by one of the Butterworth AJB flat-4 engines. This car, we are advised, was commissioned by former Brooklands racer Major Ronald Clare Clifford Palmer. He bought it from John Tojeiro's Automotive Developments company. Major Palmer and fellow enthusiast Roger Hans Everett set about installing a 1.5-liter AJB engine with poppet valves — as opposed to Butterworth's ingenious (but never fully developed) swing-valve system — into this Tojeiro chassis. Palmer and Everett were intent upon saving as much weight as possible, which of course was one tenet of the air-cooled engine design, as it required no heavy water-filled radiator and cooling system. A sleek, molded fiberglass body was commissioned for this putative sports-racing car, and with the 1500-cc AJB Star flat-4 engine driving to the rear wheels via an MG T-series 4-speed manual gearbox, the Major's new Tojeiro-AJB was first U.K.-registered “XNK 900” on May 28, 1956. However, the major quickly discovered that the motorcycle-type Amal carburetors that Butterworth recommended would not work satisfactorily when mounted as downdraught units, despite the company's published claims to the contrary. Try as he might, he failed to convince Amal that there was a problem, and 62 ultimately — also confronted by other AJB difficulties — the frustrated Major Palmer simply laid up the car and abandoned further development. We are advised that the car remained within Major Palmer's ownership for 30 years before being offered for sale after his death. It was sold at a Sotheby's auction to prominent collector David Wenman, who commissioned Michael Williams of Beaufort Restorations to revive it for him. This Tojeiro-Butterworth's AJB engine, meanwhile, had been partly re-engineered and re-machined to accommodate modern Vandervell bearings, new con rods, pistons and a replacement starter motor. The gearbox and back axle were found to have very little use and were re-used after suitable cleaning and refettling. Porsche 356-like Solex carburetors were adopted in place of the original, troublesome — or poorly understood — Amals that had caused Major Palmer such grief in period. Since completion of this restoration work, the Tojeiro-Butterworth has been sparingly used, and its last outing was the HGPCA Silverstone meeting of April 2007. As now offered here, the car has covered fewer than 50 miles in the past year, it has been preserved in a climate-controlled underground garage and — as the vendor says — “...the engine starts instantly, runs perfectly and consumes oil as it was originally supposed to do!” SCM Analysis This car, Lot 263, sold for $73,559, including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams Goodwood auction on September 16, 2011. Sports Car Market 1952 Tojeiro MG Barchetta Lot 116, s/n RMS1 Condition 2+ Sold at $143,000 RM Auctions, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168565 1954 Tojeiro Bristol Lot 166, s/n TAD255 Condition 1Sold at $203,839 RM Auctions, London, 10/27/10 SCM# 167959 1954 Tojeiro-Butterworth AJB Sports Lot 39, s/n TAD354 (same car) Condition 2 Sold at $85,971 H&H Auctions, Kempton Park 7/25/07 SCM# 46774 Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus There are as many reasons to buy vintage sports racing cars as there are buyers, but generally the motivations fall into two broad categories: Either you buy a car because you intend to go race it (what I call “weapons-grade” intentions) or you buy a car to grace a collection, and in some manner, be a place to stash wealth (“collector-grade”). Perhaps surprisingly, the characteristics that give a car value for either of the motivations can be quite different and are frequently at odds with each other. When people buy race cars, the motivations are almost always mixed together in various proportions, with the result that the various characteristics are differently valued. This Tojeiro-Butterworth contains a particularly interest- ing mix of the characteristics. In fact, it has moderate — but unexceptional — levels of virtually everything. It is at once remarkable and not particularly collectible. It can be raced, but it is uncompetitive. It is fascinating and obscure. As such, it occupies a peculiar niche that is worth exploring. A fascinating car that never really raced Let's start by discussing some of the characteristics that define successful cars. If your motivation is to go out and race, a primary concern is whether it can at least potentially run at the front — whether it does or not is not really the point, but being completely outclassed is very tough on a car's desirability. A second important issue is whether it is easy and fun to drive, as a great driving experience is frequently as important as finishing order. Other points that are of great importance for the racing approach are how easy it is to maintain and fix (if you race it, it will break, and finding suitable parts can be a big issue), and whether there are enough good places to go and race (it's no fun and very lonely having the only car even vaguely like what you brought to the track). Finally, will the car be granted entry in the events you want to attend? For example, the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion accepts maybe two Bugeye Sprites from all entries, so if you want to be accepted, that's not a good car to enter. However, if you are a pure collector, the things that make an old racer desirable and valuable can be very different. Aesthetic beauty can be hugely important, as can racing history, iconic status and/or celebrity involvement (“Wow, Pedro actually bumped wheels in Eau Rouge in this car? Are those really McQueen's sweat stains on the seat?”) that have nothing to do with whether a car will ever race again. The exclusivity and amount of hand work involved in creating an old racer likewise add value from a collector standpoint that has nothing to do with racing it. Collectible racing cars have to have aluminum bodies — certainly for any car built before the late 1960s. Fiberglass bodies kill collectibility. Historical interest and technical weirdness can also be very desirable in a collector car — while unleashing terrible problems if you actually want to campaign it. The greatest cars are the ones that tick all the boxes in emphatic bold strokes, but how do you approach the ones that don't? The Tojeiro-Butterfield is an excellent example to consider. It's a one-off chassis from a moderately obscure constructor (Tojeiro) with a pretty-butquirky fiberglass body. It has a little-known and unsuccessful engine (Butterfield) and a pedestrian drivetrain. The car never actually even started a race in period — it was a no-show in the one race it entered — so it has no real history. I have no idea how much fun it might be to drive, but I can guarantee it won't have a chance against the Lotus 11s and Cooper Bobtails it will have to run against (the stated facts that the original owner gave up in frustration, and that the car hasn't raced since except once in 2007 don't bode well for its competitive chances). On the other hand, the engine is weird, unique and fascinating (when Tom Wheatcroft used to give tours of his Donnington Museum, his Butterfield engine was a favorite stop), and its place as a sidebar in the development of British racing is secure. Although you won't run at the front, the car is a virtually guaranteed entry at selective events such as Goodwood or Monterey, and it will always get attention. Value between the categories So the Tojeiro-Butterworth is neither fish nor fowl, not much of a racer and only moderately collectible. But it is still very cool and a great third or fourth car to have in a stable that is moving toward being a collection — or as a conversation piece in a major one. It is also relatively cheap: The cars that define the genre (Lotus 11 and 17, Lola Mk 1, Cooper Bobtail) all sell for two to three times the Tojeiro's price these days. The car has been auctioned three times, selling unre- stored for $21,000 in 1994, for $86,000 in 2007, and now for $73,500. That represents a 15% hit in value. This really is not that bad — especially as it is a minor car and the market has been tough for middling cars in the past few years. All this suggests to me is that it has a reasonably stable value. As a fun, weird, and somewhat usable old racer, I'd say this car was reasonably bought and sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... February 2012 63


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Market Reports Overview October Sales Total $60m The one inaugural sale covered here, Mecum in Dallas, TX, made a heck of a debut, earning $20m on 519 cars sold by Tony Piff T he collector car market hummed along steadily through the month of October, continuing the stable performance seen through summer. At the five annual sales featured in this issue, sales totals, number of cars sold and average price per car fluctuated only slightly from the previous year's figures. The one inaugural sale covered here, Mecum in Dallas, TX, made a heck of a debut, earning $20m on 519 cars sold. That's a lot of money and a lot of cars, and it will be interesting to see if Leake's long-running November Dallas sale takes a hit as a result. Auction Analyst Greg Riley was on hand, and he observed Mecum's usual muscle-heavy mix and signature rapid pace — Mecum has a formula, and the formula works. The figures for Branson's fall sale were off from a year ago. Sales total dropped to $2.5m from $3m in 2010 and $3.4m in 2009. The average price per car was down as well, to $20k from $26k, but total number of cars sold increased. The star car, a one-owner 1964 Shelby Cobra, made a whopping $490,000, but, as observed by Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson, a few headlining Mopars failed to meet reserve, which put a significant dent in the sales total. Two long-running Pennsylvania auctions take place in October: RM Hershey and Auctions America by RM Carlisle. Auction Analyst Chip Lamb attended both and brought back the story. RM Hershey, a specialty sale that focuses on pre-war heavy iron, sold just 97 cars, compared with 148 last year, but nonetheless shattered 2010's sales total, leaping from $8m to $10m, for an average price-per-car of $103k. This jump in values continues the trend of early cars bringing strong money. The Carlisle auction, held in conjunction with the famed Sales Totals RM, London, England Mecum, Dallas, TX RM, Hershey, PA Artcurial, Paris, FRA Auctions America, Carlisle, PA Branson, Branson, MO $2,535,800 $2,783,305 $21,865,175 $20,678,198 $10,062,450 $3,806,879 Carlisle swap meet, represents the yin to Hershey's exclusive, upscale yang. 150 cars hammered sold there, for an average price per car of $19k. Across the Atlantic, performance at RM's Battersea sale in London — their annual finale — fell by more than 25%. The sale earned $22m, compared with $30m last year. The average price per car also dropped to $220k from $339k. Still, as Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman observed, RM knows how to “raise the right money,” selling a 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France LWB coupe for $3.6m. In Paris, Artcurial did just fine, edging up a hair to $3.80m from last year's $3.77m. Two more cars sold translated to a dip in average price per car, but, as Auction Analyst Jérôme Hardy noted, it still represents respectable growth from the $1m–$2m sales of a few years back. Concluding the market reports is Chad Tyson's eBay column. This month, Chad explores the foggy line that separates fixers from parts cars. We'll just call them “Italian projects.” ♦ 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 64 Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1884 De Dion Bouton Et Trepard Dos-a-Dos steam runabout, $4,620,000—RM-PA, p. 90 2. 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France coupe, $3,606,400—RM-London, p. 74 3. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $901,600—RM-London, p. 72 4. 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso coupe, $784,392— RM-London, p. 74 5. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $752,431—Artcurial, p. 108 6. 2005 Pagani Zonda C12 7.3 S convertible, $685,216—RM-London, p. 75 7. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible, $626,612—RM-London, p. 72 8. 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Cimier coupe, $613,088—RM-London, p. 70 9. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette coupe, $596,250—Mecum, p. 86 10. 1964 Shelby Cobra roadster, $513,000—Branson, p. 138 1. 1930 Lincoln Model L LeBaron roadster, $66,250—Mecum, p. 80 2. 1959 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster, $50,609—Artcurial, p. 106 3. 1951 Allard J2 roadster, $243,432— RM-London, p. 68 4. 1959 Plymouth Sport Fury convertible, $37,800—Branson, p. 136 5. 1917 Buick Model D-45 5-passenger touring, $19,250—RM-PA, p. 94 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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RM Auctions London, U.K. Automobiles of London A perfect, matching-numbers 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast, one of only eight right-hand-drive cars built, fetched just over $1m Company RM Auctions Date October 26, 2011 Location London, England Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 99/125 Sales rate 79% Sales total $21,865,175 High sale 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France LWB Berlinetta, $3,606,400 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France LWB Berlinetta — $3,606,400 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics nual October London sale. Under the glittering lights of Battersea Evolution (“London's most dynamic dining and event space”), 1039GT headed up a 125-lot sale, including 25 motorcycles, with four-fifths sold by the time the final lots had stretched into the night and the TdF had found a buyer. A perfect, matching-numbers 1965 R Ferrari 500 Superfast, one of only eight right-hand-drive cars built, fetched just over $1m, a 1964 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso was $784,392 and the 1972 Autodelta Alfa Romeo TT 33/3, with Le Mans and Targa Florio history, made $946,680. However, the other star Ferrari — the 1955 750 Monza — could not reach the $2.4m needed to buy it, as it ran out of steam at $2,093,000. There was even a Scuderia Ferrari driver's coach, a ten-year-old Iveco Domino, parked outside and it could be yours for $216,384 — or about twice the going rate of a secondhand example. A 1935 Avions Voisin C25 Cimier Coupé sold for $613,088, and a beautifully elegant 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio Cabriolet by Gangloff looked very usable with electronic ignition and fetched $477,848. 66 M raised the right money for its matching-numbers 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Tour de France Berlinetta at its an- Buyer's premium 12%, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.62) RM found yet another “barn-find” Mercedes 600 LWB Pullman, its third in three years — and the neediest yet, as it was still covered in desert dust. Presented next to a pristine example, it fetched $40,572, rather than the dizzying prices of previous years, where restoration cases have fetched almost the price of a good example. At the other end of the spectrum, RM sold a fully restored 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at $901,600. There were plenty of Astons on offer at this exhaustive sale. The “very original” and low-mileage DB4GT, with recent new paint and chrome, went back to its London dealer having bid short to $1,255,800, but a perfectly restored 1965 DB5 left-hooker realized $604,072, and a less cosmetically good righthand-drive 1964 car uprated to Vantage spec looked relatively inexpensive at $360,640. A left-hand-drive 1953 DB2 Vantage Drophead made a strong $315,560, and a 1989 V8 coupe hot-rodded to 7 liters by RS Williams was $216,384. Another hot rod, the 1951 Allard J2 with later 472-ci Caddy V8 and autobox (though with the original-type 331 on a pallet behind it) looked unusually cheap, though the $243,432 it fetched was all the seller was looking for. The top-selling motorcycle from the 25- bike “La Collezione due Ruote” was the 1973 MV Agusta F4 1000, which achieved $79,115. “The London sale is always a highlight of our auction calendar, and as ever, this year's event has brought our 2011 auction season to a spectacular close,” said Max Girardo, RM Europe's managing director. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m $35m $40m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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RM Auctions London, U.K. ENGLISH #288-1907 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost limousine. S/N 60547. Eng. # 546. Green/buttoned green leather. RHD. Odo: 40,103 miles. The eighth 40/50hp built, and thought to be the oldest in existence (the Ghost name wasn't yet invented). Excellent older resto. Really nice paint and hand-done coachlines, plating slightly discolored. Fantastic array of oil carriage lamps, BRC headlamps in front, charming Alpha Communicators control tion. One of the best Acecas, and the most desirable variant with Bristol D2 motor on Webers; this price is approaching where Aces were four years ago. Maybe not long now until they crack the £100k mark. Fairly bought. #205-1960 JAGUAR XK 150 3.8 road- $315,560. Last sold for $114,660 at Bonhams' 2006 Brookline, MA, sale, wearing red and in need of better detail finishing (SCM# 41650). It brought huge money for a DB2 drophead today, well over the $280k high estimate. #231-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 SE road- panel, plus Smiths clock and speedo. Not the original body, but the right coachbuilder and period-correct. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $450,800. A former trophy-winner at Pebble Beach, from the John O'Quinn Collection with U.S. title. Originally owned by R-R company director Arthur Briggs, this previously sold for $440,000 at RM's 2003 Phoenix sale (SCM# 30301). Sold slightly under the ambitious $500k–$700k estimate today. BEST BUY #279-1951 ALLARD J2 roadster. S/N J2089. Red/black leather. Odo: 787 miles. Good and straight, probably better than when it left Clapham, sporting dual spares. Leather lightly creasing, aircraft-type ster. S/N S673761. Eng. # W78608S. Gray/red & biscuit leather. Odo: 13,631 miles. A very appealing original car, mechanically refurbed as is the present fashion. Body straight, although door fit out at bottoms, original paint has a few scrapes, chrome shows polish scratches. ‘80s interior retrim allegedly in original colors still in good order. Trunk floor ster. S/N S832144DN. Eng. # VA22278. White/black mohair/red leather. Odo: 78,718 miles. An older restoration. Good door fit,variable panel gaps. Leather looks newish. Engine near concours and slightly over-polished, with enamel still on exhaust manifolds. Equipped with factory overdrive and original- type Dunlop brakes. One of only 36 left-handed 3.8-liter vehicles. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $155,075. This car was originally supplied to Pennsylvania. It was restored in the late 1990s and had more recently been through the hands of XK specialist JD Classics. Sold recently at RM's Phoenix sale in January 2011 for $77,000 (SCM# 170673). This time it picked up the right money. #295-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4GT OK. New stainless exhaust, springs are still gaitered. Motor very clean and tidy. Sits properly on tall set of Turbosteels. Mileage claimed original and has FIVA Certificate to prove it. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $130,732. Originally sold to Colorado via LA, this looked very impressive and desirable today. But if you use it much, you take away the low miles that give it value. Sold about where a slightly-above-average usable car sells for, so this sale is one to ponder. #274-1958 AC ACECA Bristol coupe. S/N harnesses. Now up-engined with later Caddy 472 and automatic. Original-type 331 with dual quads and suitable T10 4-speed included and displayed behind car on pallet. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $243,432. Originally supplied to Cuba. Due to their suitability for drum-braked 1950s sports-racing classes, J2Xs are now around the half-million-dollar mark and I don't understand why this J2 should be so cheap. #252-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 Vantage drophead coupe. S/N LML50366. Green/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 352 miles. Restoration completed 2008. In excellent condition with one scrape in front. Straight and tidy, huge panel gaps as per factory. Newish leather, dash perfect. Engine bay concours. Originally supplied to the U.S., now offered from a Swiss collection. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT 68 BEX709. Silver/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 332 miles. Straight and clean, sharply refinished with nice paint following $60k restoration in 2007. Good door fit. Redone leather just taking on some wind, still smells new inside. Motor near concours, now with modern oil filter and coupe. S/N DB4GT0145R. Eng. # 3700162GT. Goodwood Green/fawn leather. RHD. Odo: 18,376 miles. Looks completely original but has been painted since last on sale. Amazingly straight, though, and the rechrome is excellent; one scratch in rear Perspex. Distressed old original beige leather, carpets original and dash excellent. Underside has been thickly painted, and there's a new stainless exhaust. Motor clean and tidy, with a fair bit of gasket sealant in evidence. Still one of the most unmolested cooler, plus added overdrive. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $144,256. Originally supplied to the U.S., and converted to right-hand drive on repatria- GTs out there, just a litle less unmolested than before. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,255,800. This has been knocking about the trade with an asking price of $1.5m or so for a couple of years. Apparently it had been painted before, so not factory-original, but I think it was a mistake to paint it again. Interestingly, the figure at which it was declared not sold was the $1.2m lower estimate, so it can't have been far off reserve. Last sold at Bonhams' Aston Martin Works Service sale in May 2008 for $2,115,820 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, U.K. over a pre-sale estimate of $1.3m (SCM# 116832). Looks like the madness has cooled down. #277-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51531R. Eng. # 4001501. Dubonnet Rosso/black leather. RHD. Said to have been just restored with body off inner frame, but looks older. Generally tidy but not concours. New leather and dash excellent. Engine now a 4.2-liter in Vantage spec, but interestingly, dyno sheets show only 300 hp—I wonder what the original 4-liter “325-hp” Vantages really marks. Seats probably original, dash excellent. Engine bay clean and tidy. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $52,293. From a three-car clutch of TRs, all in similar condition and part of a larger Swissowned collection. This fetched slightly higher money than TR5s have managed at retail in the past two years, so I'd say well sold, especially as it was offered without reserve. Per the catalog, this was purchased for CHF 50,000 in Switzerland in 2003, which converts to about $37k in 2011 U.S. dollars. #211-1968 ASTON MARTIN DBS V8 made? Resto pics and original engine block on display behind car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $360,640. Raced in the '70s and '80s (hence the need for restoration), this fell some way short (like $180k) of the money fetched by newas-a-pin over-restored silver cars—and I expect the new owner will be more comfortable actually driving and parking it. Well bought, although realistically sold. #275-1966 JAGUAR XKE 4.2 convert- ible. S/N 1E13100. Eng. # 7E91939. Gunmetal/black mohair/red leather. Odo: 52,105 km. Restored to better than new and hardly used since, with enamel still on exhaust manifolds. New leather hardly sat in. Most likely original front, rather than new or repro, with hammer marks inside. New stainless exhaust, brake pipes still shiny, fasteners underneath still clean, wheels and tires fatter than coupe. S/N DBS5072RAC. Eng. # V535001PX. Blue/blue & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 11,036 miles. Various past restos and refurbs, now looks good. Window rubbers cracked and perishing. Fitted with refurbished V8-type alloys and ugly (although period-correct) glue-on ducktail. Floors and structure appear sound. Newish leather, but carpets feel Basically a late stretched Cobra in a party frock. Straight and tidy, paint looks sharp following recent respray. New top, chrome nearly perfect. Shiny, creased and lightly cracked leather. Service records suggest mileage is likely original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $225,400. Said to be one of 29 built. Convertibles sell for more money than coupes (see profile in the December 2011 SCM), but this price must have pleased even Andy Shepard, the 428 Registrar who is always telling me these cars are worth $190k-plus, despite auction prices indicating otherwise. Well sold at just $15k under the $240k high pre-sale estimate. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 8 #221-1935 AVIONS VOISIN C25 Cimier coupe. S/N 50012. Black/black aluminium/Art Deco pattern cloth. RHD. Odo: 34,099 km. A rare surviving example of over-the-top Art Deco excess: razoredge styling, wipers mounted through windscreen, etc. In fair order with a few blemishes and cracks in paint, plus chips at panel edges—but show me a Voisin that's perfect. Sliding sunroof (originally hydraulic) presented open but shown closed in catalog, so apparently works. Polished aluminium standard. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $162,288. Originally supplied to Germany and restored in Holland. Though they lack the clean patterned alloy dash of the 3.8, 4.2s have more brakes and electrics and are a better proposition on the road, so a matching-numbers 4.2 open two-seater is arguably the most desirable of the lot. Sold strongly but right, and may yet retail for a little more. #248-1967 TRIUMPH TR5 convertible. S/N CP380. Red/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 73,788 km. Restored some time before 2003, LHD conversion presumably done at that time. All excellent, except door fit out a little at bottom right. Chrome good with a few small 70 Sports Car Market damp. Still on its original fuel injection (although someone has clumsily painted the inlet tracts and airbox). Clock still ticks! Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,176. This was notable for its factory prototype V8 injection engine, although it was not fitted to this Cyprus-supplied DBS until 1974. Records show that the car had previously received no fewer than three warranty straight-six engines, so this V8 was perhaps offered as a customer-service gesture, along with the later wheels. It achieved the sort of money a decent stock DBS is getting today. #220-1969 AC 428 Frua drophead coupe. S/N CF31. Eng. # 7L0906. Live Oak/black mohair/black leather. RHD. Odo: 30,949 miles. brightwork all there and straight, interior retrimmed in repro desert-camo-style Art Deco print cloth. Fitted with straight Easiclean discs and discreet flashing indicators. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $613,088. This sold well above the $500k pre-sale high estimate, but according to the marque expert, it's one of the best-driving Voisins left. Last offered by Christie's at Le Mans in 2006, but not sold at a bid of $128,000 (SCM# 42310). Here it brought more than anyone was hoping for, but if you must have one... #263-1937 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Stelvio cabriolet. S/N 57435. Eng. # 322. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 55,078 km. Straight, with a few dust marks in paint following older restoration some time back. Interior very appealing with decent leather and fittings; excellent en


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RM Auctions London, U.K. gine-turned dash. Tidy motor now has electronic ignition. Very usable and really nice altogether, even with radiator shell and Scintilla lamps lightly polished through. Germanregistered, but being sold from Switzerland, having been in Holland and the U.K. in the '60s. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $477,878. It's been across the block a few times while in German/ Swiss ownership—last sold for $455,952 at RM's May 2010 Monte Carlo sale (SCM# 161959) and before that a $467,500 no-sale at Sportscar Auctions in Geneva, 2007, when we felt it should have made $500k (SCM# 48139). Before it went to Germany, offered but not sold at $239,195 by Coys at Silverstone in 1999 (SCM# 19711), following its sale for $225,100 by the same company at Chiswick House in 1998 (SCM# 12522). This time sold on the money. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 3 #283-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL 1980405500288. Gullwing coupe. S/N Eng. # 1989805500279. Black/cream leather. Odo: 71,368 miles. Perfect body, paint and chrome, following total restoration. New leather and carpets. Engine (now with electronic ignition) though leather just going a little baggy—as I overheard one U.S. agent describe it, “a driverquality car.” Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $627,900. U.S.-titled and claimed only four owners from new. Not sold, but must have been very close, as it was just a hair behind the $630k lower estimate. With the few very minor cosmetic flaws, I expected the seller to let it go at this. #271-1958 PORSCHE 356A Carrera GS Sunroof coupe. S/N 102210. Eng. # 90914. Silver/green leather. RHD. Odo: 31,089 miles. Restored in early 2000s. Both doors slightly out at bottom, nice paint. Windshield rubber is cracking. Floors look solid but heavily undercoated. Has Rudge wheels, sunroof, early racing history. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $414,736. perhaps a little too fussy in appearance but should mellow. With tools, jack, spare keys, fitted luggage, pair of cloth seats and instruction and workshop manuals. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $901,600. An expensively faultless example, this shared the turntables with the two big Ferraris and the DB4 GT. It fetched new big money for a U.K. Gullwing sale, deservedly. TOP 10 No. 7 #253-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 19804275500650. Silver/silver fiberglass hard top/red leather. Odo: 2,205 km. Straight body with hard top. Good chrome, repainted in its original silver from former black. Slightly older creased leather, carpets renewed in 2001. Now with First supplied to Ireland, more recently in the U.S., and still with European Collectibles sticker, but back in Dublin by 2002 and Irishregistered now. You can pretty much name your price for a 4-cam GS, worth around five times what a Super 90 will bring, and this sold right in the middle of the $350k–$430k estimate range. High price in USA dollars—part of the difference is the strong value of the British Pound. But great colors and a great car in any geography. front disc brakes. Includes recent set of fitted luggage and original tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $626,612. Originally supplied to South 72 #223-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pullman limousine. S/N 10001412001126. Black/red upholstery. Odo: 31,513 km. Two owners from new and both should probably be shot. Still artfully covered in desert dust and riding slave wheels held by two bolts each. Bashed front fenders, hood and doors. Needs Sports Car Market Africa, then re-imported to Germany. It was offered today on a Swiss title, so add a 5% import duty if it stayed in the E.U. Sold for a correct price, just under the $630k high estimate. #264-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 8500116. Eng. # 8500164. Hellblau metallic/black mohair/red leather. Odo: 36,853 miles. Chassis excellent, body good and straight, chrome all good. Has a couple small rub-marks in trunk lid paint and small ripples in door. Motor and interior tidy, al- Offered at no reserve. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $40,572. Of the three project 600s offered by RM at this sale for three successive years, this tropical-spec car plumbed new depths and needed the most. The last one (SCM# 167911) fetched $283,602—almost as much as a good car—but at least you could see where you were starting from. This one was worth it as a parts car, but someone out there will probably restore it. door #224-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 sixPullman limousine. S/N 10001612002274. Black/gray leather. Odo: 8,399 miles. A rare six-door LWB Pullman. In good order following restoration only 3,000 miles ago. Good leather and veneers with interior upgrades, including drop-down screen and surround-sound cinema system. Cond: 2. complete interior, including rear seat frame and rest of timber (turned to dust). Missing some brightwork, instruments, a/c and headlights. Air suspension deflated, but motor is there. SOLD AT $130,732. “Sell it quick, Max, before all the parts go missing,” said co-auctioneer Peter Wallman, and Max started this one where the previous lot sold. Still a very good value compared to the resto-project landaulet sold for a huge $283,602 at the same sale last year (SCM# 167911), so slightly well bought. ITALIAN #218-1950 FERRARI 195 Inter coupe. S/N 0113S. Eng. # 0113S. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 9 miles. Originally white. Not original bodystyle, but probably modified before 1959 by first owner. Has a few polish


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RM Auctions London, UK marks in paint, dulled bumpers, Borranis slightly stained. New carpets, older leather just wearing in nicely. Motor tidy, exhausts and underside good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $450,800. Delivered to Los Angeles in 1959, and still with U.S. title. The bodywork obviously cuts the value, but at least it was done in period. It sold right in the middle of the $410k–$500k pre-sale estimate, $150k or so less than you'd expect to pay for an unmodified car. #235-1955 FERRARI 750 MONZA spy- der. S/N 0502M. Eng. # 0502M. Red/black leather. RHD. Only one built without a headrest fairing. Straight and extremely tidy. Freshly painted interior, slightly settled-in leather. Chassis as-original with proper rough welding. Classiche-certified. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $3,606,400. Last sold for $1,554,527 at Bonhams' 2005 Gstaad sale (SCM# 40056). This was the one they'd all been waiting for, right near the end of the sale. It fetched the expected money and did not disappoint. At this level, it's gotta have Ferrari Classiche approval to sell at all. With the 750 Monza and the “original” DB4 GT not sold, RM really needed to get this one in the bag. Well sold and correctly bought. TOP 10 No. 4 No leaks. Hopefully the paint burnt off of exhaust is a good sign. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $2,093,000. Ex-Ernie McAfee. For a car with such massive history (and Ferrari Classiche papers), I could have done with a bit more patina. Bidding stopped about $300k short of what might have bought it. #285-1957 ALFA ROMEO 1900C Super Sprint coupe. S/N 1900C10542. Eng. # 130810553. White/biscuit cloth. Odo: 598 km. Clean and tidy. Sits right on nice Borranis, though color does it no favors. Nicely redone cloth interior, all fixtures and fittings correct. underside and running gear tidy and clean. Good exhaust with recent hangers. Rolls on newer Borranis. Odometer reading is since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $784,392. This car spent the last 25 years in the same Italian ownership. Originally delivered in “Grigio Metallizzato” with black interior, it presented very well today. Sold on the phone for the right money. Engine tidy though there's a lot of instant gasket and gun gum putty. Includes original tool roll. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $144,256. Only three owners from new and sold right where expected. Utterly charming, but a stronger color may have helped, so full marks to the owners for keeping it original. TOP 10 No. 2 #293-1958 FERRARI 250 GT LWB Tour de France coupe. S/N 1039GT. Eng. # 1039GT. Red & white/beige leather. Odo: 7,685 miles. Presents as perfect throughout. All alloy trim straight. New Luppi quilted interior, with perfect crackle-finish dash. Undertray unscruffed, differential and engine dry underneath. Exhausts in good shape with various new hangers and fixings. On highly polished Borranis. Was once Fordengined but restored with original lump and now probably better than new. Ferrari 74 #245-1965 BIZZARRINI 5300 GT Strada coupe. S/N B0232. Silver/dark blue leather & corduroy. Odo: 24,297 km. Post-Ferrari “palace revolt” Iso Grifo-based supercar with Corvette power (set so far back you access the rear plugs through a hatch in the dash top). In good order, as last restored in 2003. Straight and sharp, nice paint and glass. Original leather/cord seats wearing well, with a few #214-1964 FERRARI 250 GT Lusso coupe. S/N 5167GT. Eng. # 5167GT. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 9,069 km. Straight body with good door fit. Nice recent paint from black to original silver. Restored late '80s with Luppi interior, driver's seat just settling in, dash leather still looks new. Motor, Borranis, and with nice Heuer Super Autavia clock mounted on dash, both fitted 2004. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $320,068. This first sold to Portugal, then Canada by 1980, when it was owned by author and Lambo Owners Club of Canada founder Ken Browning. The car last appears in SCM's database sold for $46,060 at Barrett-Jackson's 2003 Los Angeles sale, prerefurbishment with 23,112 km (SCM# 31464), when the best cars cost $80k. On the right money here. #234-1972 FERRARI 246 GT Dino coupe. S/N 03292GT. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 52,819 km Panel gaps a bit variable, door fit slightly out, trunk fit only slightly off—so about par for the course for a 246. Otherwise straight and appealing, with good original seats, dash top faded... with overspray on it? I wanted to like this car, but it just made me stains, recovered dash top, new quilted leather in rear. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $547,400. Last sold by Coys in London on December 4, 2003, with 24,049 km recorded, for $339,081 (SCM# 31864). We called it “a huge amount” then. Today it was bid within a hair's breadth of the $550k low estimate. #208-1966 LAMBORGHINI 350 GT coupe. S/N 0358. Eng. # 0352. Silver/black leather. Odo: 26,238 km. Tidy but not concours. Glass-out repaint presumably done when chrome was replaced in 2004, though there are signs of some rushed prep and reassembly— windshield washers held in by gravity, for example. Leather looks almost unworn, but could be original. Sits on polished set of alloy nervous. Euro-spec and -supplied, but U.S.titled, just back from Tennessee. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $144,256. This was cheap for a Dino by today's standards, although most of the last few sale prices in the U.K. have been disappointingly low. The seller chanced his arm and put it up at no reserve. #270-1972 LAMBORGHINI MIURA SV coupe. S/N 5036. Rosso Corsa & gold/black cloth & leather. RHD. Odo: 51,100 km. Late car, straight and tidy with only slightly uneven panel gaps, refurbished around 2005 and claimed only 100 miles since engine rebuild. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions London, UK Motor clean and tidy, although a little short of concours, but with distributor cover still in place. Still with Borletti a/c; rare Alcantara dash top perfect. Seat material in excellent condition, so probably has been re-trimmed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,127,000. reserve, this didn't reach its lower estimate of $310k. Price paid was more than twice what a normal used Domino would cost, but if you add up the upgrades you come out about even, with the knowledge that Schumacher and Barichello (probably) sat here thrown in for free. It would look great in the paddock, but the new owner had to sign an affidavit promising to protect Ferrari's trademark and not use the bus for commercial purposes. TOP 10 No. 6 Originally sold to Australia following RHD conversion by the factory. Unsold $75k under the $1.2m bottom estimate. Given the highprofile venue and the right-hand drive (which can hurt value), you might have thought the seller would let it go. #265-1982 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N 044937. Red/beige leather. Odo: 59,756 km. Faint marks on alloys and rocker trims, front bumper and chin spoiler lightly scuffed, but looks never painted. Mechanicals and interior fair. Has obviously been a driver, as the selling owner of 15 years has twice run it to Romania. ease of registration, but still LHD. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $685,216. Collector-owned from new, hence the lowish mileage. Sold where expected, so pretty much on market value. At a quarter the price of a McLaren F1, which it keeps up with most of the way to 220 mph, it almost starts to make sense. (See the profile on p. 54.) Cond: 3. SOLD AT $81,144. French-registered and offered without reserve, this must have been the cheapest Boxer to sell anywhere on the market in the past five years, at half the price that the best cars are achieving at retail. A relative bargain for somebody who values driving over polishing. #294-2001 IVECO DOMINO HDH Orlandi Scuderia Ferrari motorhome. S/N ZGA662R004231. Red/beige velour. Odo: 85,000 km. All in good order, and you can bet that Ferrari ordered up the best for its drivers. Equipped with independent front (air) suspension and disc brakes, with an eight-speed behind the engine. HDH is the tall version, now with $70k motorhome conversion plus other upgrades, and very low mileage for its type. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $216,384. Offered without AMERICAN #202-1923 FORD MODEL T torpedo phaeton. S/N RPA046188. Brown/buff canvas/black leather. In very good order following '80s restoration. New paint in 2000, new top and interior trim in 2004. Although not a true Brass Era car, radiator-surround and headlights look good polished to bare metal. #244-2005 PAGANI ZONDA C12 7.3 S convertible. S/N ZA9C820C110F76044. Metallic plum/black leather & carbon fiber. Odo: 8,000 km. One of only 25 built out of a planned 40. Perfect and unscuffed, and presented in pristine condition. Party-trick clamshells and doors open to expose almost entire chassis. In U.K. spec for (But purists will shudder.) Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,426. This was in Argentina before restoration, then in a collection near Modena. Offered without reserve, it was the first proper car lot after the Bugatti Bebe child's car, and must have caught most of the room napping. It was let go cheaply, about 50% behind where nice four-seaters retail in the U.K. © February 2012 75


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX Mecum Dallas The bidding was rapid, with cars on and off the block at a dizzying pace. Some of the most spectacular were from famed restorer Amos Minter Company Mecum Auctions Date October 7–8, 2011 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Jimmy Landis, Matt Moravec, Steve Holt Automotive lots sold/offered 519/760 Sales rate 68% Sales total $20,678,198 High sale 1969 Corvette L88 coupe sold at $596,250 1957 Ford Custom 300 2-door sedan Report and photos by Greg Riley Market opinions in italics M ecum Auctions conducted their inaugural Texas sale on October 7-8, 2011, at the Dallas Convention Center. Prior to the auction, there was much speculation about the sale's prospects for success. Mecum certainly assembled an impres- sive roster of cars for their first Texas sale. As one would expect at a Mecum event, there was a preponderance of muscle cars. However, I rather unexpectedly saw a significant number of full classics, sports cars and even a few oddballs. Mecum had a brand-new Lexus LFA on display before it crossed the block. Unsurprisingly, the carbonfiber Lexus 10-cylinder supercar failed to sell for a final Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 6% from $10,000 and up bid of $325,000, which was less than the dealership price. Some of the most spectacular cars on hand were those from famed Dallas, TX Dallas restorer Amos Minter. Minter brought the most stunning 1957 Ford Custom 2-door sedan “Phase 1” that I've ever seen, and it was resplendent in Flame Red. Minter rightfully turned down the high bid of $190,000 for this spectacular example. Another spectacular car that failed to sell on the block for a final bid of $215,000 — but which found a new owner immediately afterward during post-block negotiations — was a 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertible. Claimed to be a “one of one” in this combination, the car's rotisserie restoration appeared correct in every detail, but the car incongruously leaked a steady stream of fuel from the block to the parking lot. No doubt this was a minor gasket or seal, but the new owner likely expected perfection for the final selling price of $230,338. High sale of the auction was a Survivor 1969 Corvette L88 coupe at $596,250. It had perfect patina and full documentation, including Bloomington Gold Survivor Car, NCRS Top Flight awards, The car is even used by the NCRS as a training seminar vehicle for judge certification. It is always interesting to note how the Corvette collectors prize original cars such as this above all others, while some of the Full Classic folks sneer at any car not overrestored to better than perfection. As always, the pace at Mecum was rapid, with cars on and off the block at a dizzy- ing pace. In fact, one bidder was heard to comment that a lot he desired came and went before he realized it was on the block. The numbers show that Mecum's first trip to Dallas was an unqualified success. 2012 Lexus LFA — no sale at $325,000 76 There were 10,000 spectators and 3,000 bidders (1,200 of them first-timers at a Mecum auction). Those bidders looked over a lineup of 760 lots and bought 68% of them, for a sales total of $20,678,198. Mecum and Dallas seem to agree with each other. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX ENGLISH #S1-1932 MG J2 roadster. S/N J2105. Maroon & red/burgundy leather. RHD. Odo: 5,653 miles. Looks like a shrunk-down early Bentley. Cycle fenders and overall styling very appealing, but hurt by poor quality paint in incorrect colors. Significant age-cracking in finish. Fitted with Brooklands wind screens and headlight stone guards. Interior has some minor flaws, but not bad overall. Listed in North American MG register, little other info offered. roadster with loads of curb appeal. The body was laser-straight with great panel fit and paint. The engine, however, could have benefited from more careful preparation and paint. Although this was an excellent car, it was not concours-perfect. This appears to be a minor bargain for the buyer in one of the 356's most desirable body styles. A neat car that would benefit greatly from a repaint and general freshening. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. It's always hard to be the first car out of the auction gate, and that certainly seemed to be the case here. The Mecum crowd didn't know what to make of what probably looked like some kind of miniature, hence the dismal bids. The owner rightfully took his little MG home, where hopefully he will repaint it before trying again. #S52-2002 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Vantage Volante convertible. S/N SCFAB42332K402486. Light blue/dark blue/Dove Gray & blue leather. Appears to be an excellently maintained late model car. Only tiny flaws here and there keep it from present- ITALIAN #F136.1-1985 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSA17A2F0056347. Red/saddle leather. Exterior in excellent condition with paint that is apparently original. Interior shows minor enjoyment patina. Equipped with power windows, a/c and original tool kit with correct wrenches and sockets. Engine bay also exhibits some use but is in much better condition than one would expect from an unrestored car of this age. Overall an excellent presentation of an ap- ple of the marque. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $103,880. An excellent and correct-appearing board fire system. Engine compartment has been slathered in Armor All in a futile attempt to enhance the appearance. A factory racer showing plenty of use. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $32,860. Only 108 F355 Challenge cars were produced using a $30k Ferrari-supplied and dealer-installed kit. As all of these cars were documented as 6-speed manuals, the 4-speed here was odd indeed. The car showed plenty of hard racing use, and has likely been involved in a previous collision. While the winning bid may seem like mini dollars for a racing Ferrari, the new owner likely bought himself at least that much and more in repairs. JAPANESE #S151.1-2012 LEXUS LFA coupe. S/N JTHHX8BH8C1000017. Blue/blue-gray leather. Odo: 129 miles. A new car in almost undriven, perfect condition. Carbon-fiber body. Stunningly beautiful modern interior. Engine bay designed for function rather than beauty. The 4.8-liter DOHC 40-valve VVT V10 makes 552 hp, 354 lb/ft torque, goes 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, top speed 203 mph. Equipped with paddle-shifted 6-speed sequential shift trans- ing as new. Wears new 2R radial tires. Original books and service records included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $46,110. The price paid seemed rather high for a nine-year-old used car, but I suppose it is an Aston, after all. These sold for over $150k new and will still turn heads wherever they are driven. GERMAN #F67-1960 PORSCHE 356B roadster. S/N 87005. Cream/tan Haartz cloth/saddle leather. Odo: 71,768 miles. Straight exterior with excellent paint. Near-perfect interior and instruments, period-correct Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. Matching-numbers and includes Porsche certificate of authenticity, along with extensive restoration documentation. Small evidences of careful enjoyment. Overall an excellent exam- 78 Sports Car Market parently well maintained car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $43,460. Those of us of a certain age coveted this red-head when new over just about every other car on the planet. That awesome V12 engine, wrapped in a package unlike anything we had ever seen, contributed to the hero worship. The price paid seems very fair for loads of driving pleasure and styling that will still knock them dead at the country club. #T96.1-1997 FERRARI 355 Challenge coupe. S/N ZFFXR41B000107860. Maroon & white/red & black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 11,892 miles. Inexpensive repaint, lots of evidence of previous shunts on the track. Interior Challenge items include racing buckets, roll cage, and on- mission, Torsen limited slip differential and all the toys one would expect in a Lexus halo car. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $325,000. A fantastic example of modern sports car engineering: blistering performance and extreme rarity, wrapped in a modern package that looks like a stealth fighter (were it not electric blue). Oddly, no one was babysitting this carbon-fiber wonder, with many spectators crawling in and out of it. The final bid offered was less than the base price of $375,000, and the seller rightfully took it home. AMERICAN #S54-1926 STUTZ VERTICAL EIGHT Series AA sedan. S/N AAS77079. Green & black/black leather/tan broadcloth. Odo: 54,553 miles. Excellent paint presents as origi


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX nal with appealing patina. Interesting coachwork features integrated windshield visor. Very good interior and dash woodgraining. Equipped with all the interesting factory mechanical bits including the Stutz OHC “Vertical Eight” engine with split exhaust manifolds and dual-plug ignition, Safety Chassis and worm-drive differential. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,850. This car stuck out among a field largely comprised of muscle and sports cars. Its low selling price illustrates why it's so important for car and auction to match. Had this been consigned at a venue featuring other pre-war cars, the selling price would likely have been higher. BEST BUY #S45.1-1930 LINCOLN MODEL L roadster. S/N 64277. Gray & black/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 45,665 miles. High-quality restoration. Close inspection of paint reveals some small divots and fish-eyes. Excellent engine presentation would benefit from additional detailing and minor recommissioning. Equipped with dual sidemounts, opening windshield, disappearing top. Borla exhaust. Rolls on Wheel Vintique wire wheels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $40,280. This was one of those rare hot rods where both vintage and modern elements blended impeccably, making it somehow look classic as well as fresh and modern. The stance was perfect, and this was simply a gorgeous little truck by any measure. To reproduce it from scratch, one would spend two or more times the sales price. A solid buy with lots of fun potential. #F85-1939 PLYMOUTH DELUXE con- vertible. S/N 10870188. Green/tan canvas/ saddle leather. Odo: 8,713 miles. Excellent older restoration holding up extremely well, with very minor aging of paint. An AACA 1990 National first-place winner. All chrome and brightwork virtually perfect, as are all the almost irreplaceable badges and lenses. New interior, top and boot fitted. Only minor clean-up and detailing would be needed for engine bay to once again be show-ready. Cond: 2. SOLD repaint. However, it previously sold for $27,500 at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale in September 2010 (SCM# 166221) and made big Crosley money today as well, going over $22,000. Seldom do even pristine examples top $10,000. Still, this offered tons of appeal and fun in a tiny, easy-to-transport package, and these little cars are sometimes even welcomed at concours events. Well sold a second time. #F188-1954 KAISER DARRIN 161 road- ster. S/N 1600412. Green/green canvas/green vinyl. Odo: 74,255 miles. 161-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Extensively documented California car, #412 of 435 produced. New concours-quality restoration. Paint is an unusual and very appealing color with only one almost imperceptible flaw observed in front valance. No flaws of any kind found in the brightwork. Interior appears new, including instruments and upholstery. Engine and compartment detailed to highest standard, with all details appearing Appealing dark brown leather and chrome dash. Appears concours-ready. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,250. This was a Glen Wright restoration of a car formerly owned by country superstar Toby Keith. I recently overheard a certain pundit say that the magic LeBaron name was worth a 40% premium, but that certainly wasn't the case here. It is difficult to understand why the owner let it go for half price, with both the LeBaron name and the Toby Keith name attached—certainly one of the best buys of the sale. #S41.1-1934 DODGE Hot Rod pickup. S/N P30124569. Red/saddle leather. Odo: 1,289 miles. Built by Kingpin Hot Rods of San Jose and a 2009 Street Rodder featured car. Perfect paint, impeccable panel fit. Beautiful saddle leather interior, original-style instruments. Boxed Dodge frame, Fatman Mustang II IFS, rack-and-pinion steering, disc brakes, AT $33,390. 1939 Plymouth convertibles are not often seen. As they were a low-priced car, most examples have seen generations of hard use, making this example all the more appealing. Given the overall condition and winning history, it is easy to understand why this car sold for a few thousand more than top book value. Well bought and sold, and the new owner should get lots of enjoyment out of it. And if he maintains it in its current state, it should be easy to sell in the future. #T94-1948 CROSLEY Series CC Woodie wagon. S/N CC54051. Blue & woodgrain/saddle vinyl. Odo: 18,291 miles. Poor quality and non-original metallic repaint. All original trim and Crosley accessories intact and in excellent condition. Sports luggage rack with period-correct luggage. Very attractive, with correct instruments all in pristine condition. Engine and engine compartment appear original with believable patina. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,260. My initial hunch was that the neat little car's value would be hurt by the mediocre factory-correct. A virtually perfect example. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. Dutch Darrin's magic name, combined with rarity, sliding doors, and three-position landau roof make Kaiser-Darrins the most valuable and desirable of any Kaiser produced. This example was in an unusual color that was apparently factory-correct. One of the nicest cars seen at this auction. The top bid was probably $50,000 less than an example of this quality should command, and the owner rightfully took his beautiful car home to try another day. #S76-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N C57A117435. Sierra Gold & cream/cream vinyl & black & gold cloth. Odo: 50,097 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows minor scratches, orange peel on top. Excellent chrome and trim. Interior appears fresh and correct. Underhood not as fresh as rest of car. Factory-optional power steering and brakes. A solidly appealing driver-quality shoebox Chevy. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $40,280. I see lots of these cars with quality of restoration ranging from the Moon to Mars. 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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX fine details or enjoy the car as-is. Price paid was spot-on. #S90-1957 FORD CUSTOM 300 2-dr sedan. S/N D7FG194882. Flame Red/gray vinyl & cloth. 312-ci supercharged V8, 3-sp. One of three factory supercharged cars reportedly known to exist. Virtually perfect paint and brightwork on a laser-straight body. Interior appears factory-correct and in as-new condition, including a Town & Country radio. Other options include safety package, padded dash, seatbelts, padded visors, clock and factory Paxton supercharged “Phase 1” engine. The ble the purchase price in bringing it to anything approaching show condition. Expensive for condition. #F68-1958 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N F580113478. Silver Blue Metallic/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 449 miles. 348-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Seller claims rotisserie restoration was performed with only original GM N.O.S. parts. Paint near perfect and better than factory. All chrome trim is excellent except for the front bumper, which is in need of replating. Interior virtually perfect in every detail. Numerous areas in engine compartment quite done playing with his car yet. #T90-1958 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 Holiday 2-dr hard top. S/N 588K02189. Gold/gold & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 63,499 miles. 371-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Older repaint significantly worn, with some exterior trim showing dents and other imperfections. Interior appears original and correct with minor wear. Mostly original-appearing engine and compartment including J2 high-performance equipment. Equipped with optional power steering, power brakes, AM radio, Continental kit. engine and compartment detailing no doubt far exceed factory appearance. Definitely ready to compete at the most rarefied levels. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $190,000. A beautiful restoration by legendary Ford restorer Amos Minter. It was almost impossible to find flaws in this stunning car that even smelled new. It brought out big-boy money, while a perfect non-supercharged car would be unlikely to top $25k. That said, although this is likely the rarest of any '57 Ford, turning away almost $200k seems short-sighted. #F86-1958 CHEVROLET APACHE Cameo pickup. S/N 3A58S109931. White & red/red & white cloth & vinyl. Odo: 14,122 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Rare and desirable Chevrolet Cameo truck with claimed frame-off restoration. Low-quality, very glossy repaint showing flaws and imperfect masking lines. Rare Cameo-specific body and trim pieces all present and in good-but-not-pristine condition. Cloth inserts in seat and door panels have faded need attention for the car to reach its full potential. Aftermarket radio well done—rear speakers particularly well integrated. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,820. 1958 Chevys have finally started to come into their own after years of being overshadowed by their Tri-Five brethren. This Bel Air absolutely exuded personality but was hurt by several areas that require attention. Price paid seems expensive when you could buy an equally stunning and more appealing Impala for the same money. #S31-1958 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N G8RY146834. White & woodgrain/red & white vinyl. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl. Mild resto-mod with presentable paint, excellent trim, and luggage rack. Interior is a combination of new and worn bits. Some interior trim items painted rather than plated. Fitted with period-correct under-dash a/c and accessory tissue dispenser. FE 390 engine of later vintage, spotlessly clean under hood presentation. An excellent overall presentation, despite numerous small flaws. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. This appealing Country Squire was Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. 1958 was a recession year, so sales of showy mid-size cars like this attractive Olds took a significant hit, and they are therefore rare today. This looked like a great driver-quality car, but I noted many areas in need of attention, including missing door seals and trim that will be virtually impossible to replace. The $47,000 bid and no-sale both left me scratching my head. This was one instance where the seller should have taken the money and run. #S59-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 59F118600. Black/red leather. Odo: 1,098 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A Series 62 convertible trimmed as an Eldorado. Fresh repaint in excellent condition, all trim excellent, with some of the special Eldo pieces exhibiting minor scratches; fiberglass parade boot needs repainting. Gorgeous interior presents as new in every detail. Equipped with optional Autronic eye, power steering and brakes, badly. Instruments in excellent condition. Minimal engine compartment detailing with evidence of gas and oil leaks, and an obviously broken exhaust manifold bolt. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $23,850. Cameo trucks are very popular, but pristine examples seldom command more than $30,000, and this one was far from that. It was a fair “ten-footer” that looked great from a distance but had flaws aplenty on close inspection. Hopefully the new owner purchased this as a driver, as one could easily spend dou- 82 an example of a car that was more than the sum of its parts. There was nothing expensively done in the restoration, but the spotless presentation nonetheless oozed style and confidence. The top bid of $40,000 was impressive money for an attractive amateur restoration and well above any Ford wagon of this vintage in recent memory. It's difficult to understand why the current owner turned it down, unless he wasn't a/c (with aftermarket compressor), power windows and signal-seeking radio. Spotty engine detailing would benefit from additional attention. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $116,600. This was an apparent cosmetic restoration and update of a Series 62 convertible turned into a Fauxdorado. 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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX #F89-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J59S102779. Eng. # F709CQ. Roman Red & Snowcrest White/white canvas/red vinyl. Odo: 34,490 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good quality repaint is undoubtedly superior to original. Excellent trim and badges. Amateurish detailing of engine and compartment. Upholstery appears new, which clashes all the more with the faded carpeting and dash pad. VIN plate attached with non- clock/cigarette lighter-delete. Claimed numbers-matching top-dog 409-hp V8, with transistor ignition. Highly detailed chassis. Undoubtedly superior in every aspect to its condition on the day it was delivered from the GM factory. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $90,000. This spectacular 409 came with the Indy-style rear suspension, Foose wheels and Baer Shelby logo brakes. Excellent detailing standard screws. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,300. Great classic styling and the free-revving small-block 283, coupled with a 4-speed manual transmission, make these early Corvettes very popular. Overall this was a very appealing driver quality ‘Vette, but the underhood detailing was over-glossy and a little garish. Most troubling of all was the VIN plate issue. Documentation is everything on Corvettes, and the VIN plate alone would have made me pass on this one. Price paid seems very high for such a car. #S50-1962 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N 21637S294496. Roman Red/red vinyl & cloth. Odo: 4 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Nut-and-bolt restored in 2009. Liquid-looking paint evidences tiny flaws upon close inspection. Virtually flawless chrome and hard-to-replicate anodized trim. Every aspect of the interior presents as new. Radio/heater/ original sales invoice, Protect-O-Plate, and photo-documentation of the restoration. The great overall quality, however, made two issues stand out all the more to me: The hood hinges were painted with spray-bomb paint, rather than cadmium-plated, and the polished stainless steel muffler also stood out as incorrect. However, these are small niggles on a great restoration. I know of a similar example that sold privately for 20% more than offered here. The owner of this one was right to take her home. #S38-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5R07A235685. Silver & blue/black cloth. Odo: 3,281 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. ProTouring with excellent paint, rear spoiler molded into bodywork, cowl induction hood and custom bumpers and front valance. Full custom interior including Auto-Meter instruments, tilt wheel, custom console, Sparco seats and harness, custom stereo and Vintage Air. Fitted with Roush 327R 425-hp V8, custom under the hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $42,930. This little ‘stang captured the Pro-Touring look to a T. I would've coveted a few hot laps in this little pony more than any other car at the sale. It had all the right stuff to drift around the track at will or win any stoplight derby. On full customs like this one, quality counts, and this one exhibited it in spades. The new owner got bigboy fun for very reasonable dollars. The winning bid was recognition of the fun potential and sanitary workmanship of the entire package. 2-dr #F94-1966 DODGE CORONET Hemi hard top. S/N WH23H67296406. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 16,700 426-ci V8, 2x4bbl, auto. A 16,000-mile unrestored surviving original. Numbers-matching with original documents, and listed in Galen Govier registry as one of 96 equipped with 426-ci Hemi V8 and TorqueFlite automatic. Paint is glossy and looks factory-applied. All exterior trim is in excellent condition, exhibiting appropriate patina for age. Excellent original interior shows just minor wear. Seller says engine was rebuilt 200 miles ago. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,200. Factory paint on Mopars of this era tended to be carelessly applied, but after closely scrutinizing for overspray or masking lines, I do believe this was the original finish. The low mileage and recent engine rebuild made me wonder if it perhaps broke soon after its manufacture and was stored until recently. The price paid seems fair to the purchaser, and future appreciation seems likely. #S77-1967 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 138677Z115133. Yellow/black canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 97,505 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cosmetic restoration of a popular big-block SS convertible. Nice paint with minor flaws. Good panel gaps and straight body, excellent chrome. Excellent interior with minor issues evidenced. Halfhearted underhood detailing: pitted 84 engine chrome, incorrect clamps, etc. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. In my opinion the Chevelles Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions Dallas, TX of 1966–1967 are some of the best-looking cars of the era. This big-block ragtop had all the right stuff and was very appealing in light yellow with black interior. Bidding was sluggish, however, with a final offer of $40,000, which was apparently less than the owner expected. I say this was all the money, and the offer of $45,000 (not accepted) at Mecum's Indy sale over a year ago in May 2010 (SCM# 163299) would seem to confirm that. TOP 10 No. 9 #S106-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S722199. Tuxedo Black/black vinyl. Odo: 28,116 miles. 427-ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Factory paint, tires and interior on a virtually untouched surviving original. Extensively documented, including tank sheet, sales invoice, Protect-OPlate, keys, delivery sheet and full ownership history. A Bloomington Gold Survivor and special collection NCRS training seminar vehicle, earned 98.4 at NCRC Regional Top dition. Excellent original interior with many options, including a/c, tilt-wheel, remote mirror, and power windows, locks and top. Claimed numbers-matching engine is in untouched condition with no detailing. Purchased new at Huffines Motors near Dallas by Don Carter, former owner of the Dallas Mavericks. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Much was made of the celebrity former owner of the Dallas Mavericks and former owner of the car, but that held little cachet outside of Texas. Although the car had claimed low original miles, it was not in overall superior condition. Basically a nice cruiser-quality car. These are frequently seen at auction with low miles, and the top bid was quite likely all the money. The current owner is unlikely to see more dollars unless he finds a Dallas local to buy into the Don Carter connection. #F106-2005 CHRYSLER CROSSFIRE SRT6 coupe. S/N 1C3AN79NX5X036259. Gray/gray leather. Odo: 25,040 miles. 3.2-L supercharged V6, auto. Only a few model years old and appears very well maintained. Paint flaws only detectable under very close examination. Interior appears virtually new except for minor soiling of carpets. Unable to inspect the engine compartment, but likely in similar Flight. Acknowledged by the ‘Vette guys as one of the best in existence. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $596,250. This remarkable Survivor is said to be one of three black L88s built. The years of gentle patina and character were wisely left by previous owners. The final bid of almost $600k will buy some seriously spectacular automobiles, but this is one of the best and most desirable of all Corvettes. Although it seems a little spendy in this economy, the long-term potential is excellent. #F181.1-1975 CHEVROLET CAPRICE convertible. S/N 1N67U5S171414. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 21,480 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl. Used-car quality repaint showing minor overspray in door jambs and other areas. Original chrome and trim in fair-to-good con- excellent condition in line with rest of car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,490. Although Crossfires share over 80% of their components with other Mercedes models—particularly the SLK 320—and feature coachwork by Karmann, they never met Chrysler's sales expectations. The love-it-or-hate-it styling has been compared by some to the Rambler Marlin. This rare SRT6 model was particularly appealing with its Darth Vader-esque wheels and muted trim. The money paid was used-car book wholesale. Although the new owner may be able to turn a quick profit on the used car market, the jury remains out regarding collector status. © 86 www.collectorcarpricetracker.com Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA RM Hershey Lodge 2011 Hershey remains a great venue for RM Auctions' high-caliber sale Company RM Auctions Date October 6–7, 2011 Location Hershey, PA Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold / offered 97/115 Sales rate 84% Sales total $10,062,450 High sale 1972 Volvo P1800E coupe — $20,900 Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics T he Hershey Lodge, a popular tourist and conference spot throughout the year, was home to RM Auctions' fifth annual sale during the gargantuan annual AACA Hershey swap meet. Having attended this auction for four of its five years, I've seen it develop from a one-evening event of oddities to a lifestyle event all its own. RM again sponsored the AACA's Night at the Museum gala banquet the evening prior to the sale, which provided an excellent appetizer to the two-day sale that followed. With clear skies over Hershey and cool conditions during the entire event, the inclement weather and flooding that plagued central Pennsylvania during the summer of 2011 was nowhere to be found. RM brought 115 distinctive cars to this sale, ranging from the oldest example of a running car, the 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux, to many classics and other high-quality prewar and post-war models. The diverse offerings sparked tremendous interest from bidders and enthusiastic spectators alike, many of whom left the Giant Center's enormous parking lot up the road earlier in the week to see RM Auctions' lineup for Thursday and Friday. Thursday night brought some interesting sales out of only 46 lots on offer, topped off with a 1928 Cadillac Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton, which sold for a mid-estimate price of $115,500. There were deals to be had, such as a slightly tatty — but nevertheless rare — 1923 Franklin Series 10-A 5-passenger touring, with a unique 6-cylinder air-cooled engine that brought a mere $11,550. 88 Hershey, PA 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Steam Runabout, $4.62m Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices As one would expect, Friday brought the big-ticket cars, and the biggest among them was the 1884 De Dion-Bouton, which steamed onto the block under its own power. A very determined absentee bidder helped to create drama, as other suitors in the house dwindled to just one. The car eventually sold for a hammer price of $4.2 million. The next-highest result of the auction was the Brewster-bodied 1911 Mercedes 28/50PS town car, which sold to a phone bidder for $253,000 including buyer's premium. Only one other lot would break the $200,000 mark, and that was a stunning 1938 Lincoln K Convertible Victoria at $203,500. Several higher-priced lots failed to find new ownership, which included an extraor- dinarily rare 1913 Pope Hartford that stalled at $375,000, and a similarly well-restored and scarce 1913 Stearns-Duryea which couldn't get past $155,000. RM has refined the Hershey formula over the past five years, and they came very close to pulling off a faultless event. I have a couple of small complaints: As in their Phoenix, AZ, sale each January, the preview area is located in a rather dark parking garage. In Hershey, this sits next to Hershey Lodge, and the lighting is poor. One should be armed with a large flashlight to examine a car. That said, the cars are marshaled out to a small parking area just before the auction, but this allows for little time to do due diligence on a car. With much of the collector car world in central Pennsylvania for one or two weeks during early October, Hershey remains a great venue for a high-caliber sale such as RM's. Not unlike the AACA swap meet that began a half-century earlier, RM's classy auction has become a fixture of the weekend. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $6m $9m $3m 0 Sports Car Market 2010 2009 2008 2007


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA ENGLISH #205-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Brougham Limousine de Ville town car. S/N 78UF. Brown & faux cane/black vinyl/dark green leather & white cloth. RHD. Odo: 8,092 miles. Older rebody from a Hooper limousine may or may not be genuine Barker, although sill plates suggest it is authentic. Brown finish older yet well preserved, as is faux cane work at rear. Nickel and brightwork very presentable. Front compartment tidy if older, rear compartment reupholstered in heavy cloth with brown floral pattern reminiscent of a 1940s #203-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BN7 roadster. S/N HBN7L12667. Colorado Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 76,065 miles. Older body-off restoration still shows well, uniform finish marred only lightly by chips and touch-ups. Chrome and brightwork very presentable, if upstaged somewhat by newer chrome wire wheels. Interior very tidy with supple black leather seats. Engine com- GERMAN #227-1912 MERCEDES 28/50 PS town car. S/N 16081. Eng. # 16081. Maroon/cane/ black leather fenders/black leather front/gray cloth rear. RHD. Ancient paintwork likely dates to 1940s or 1950s. Leather fenders likely original, very dry. Brass older and could stand some work. Front seat reupholstered and subsequently aged, rear compartment quite possibly original. Engine bay clean, but leaks antifreeze when run. Delivered to London in 1913 as an LWB chassis; documentation indicates Brewster body added when it came to sofa. Engine compartment clean and appears to be mechanically looked-after. Formerly of the Tallman Collection, where its paint scheme was called “Hershey Bar Brown.” Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $82,500. This car ranks toward the top of my list of undesirable big Rolls-Royces, in that it is a giant limousine with particularly unattractive throughout. It bodywork and appointments recently brought $99,000 at RM's 2011 Amelia Island in March (SCM# 176725), so the seller took a haircut, but I still say well sold. #201-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 SE coupe. S/N S679199. Eng. # W85138S. Silver/maroon leather. Odo: 54,373 miles. Very few flaws visible in five-or-so-year-old finish, appears uniform throughout. Chrome well above average, although rear bumper slightly pitted. Rear glass has some scratches. Interior immaculate with beautifully restored wood and newer leather. partment detailed, but shows signs of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. A high-quality two-seater big Healey with overdrive in about the best possible colors hammering sold at $40,000. Just how bad is the economy? This was not a show queen, but I would have expected a little bit more from this car at this auction. Well bought. FRENCH TOP 10 No. 1 #259-1884 DE DION-BOUTON ET TREPARDOUX DOS-A-DOS steam runabout. S/N 6. Black/black leather. RHD. Incredible prototype of a car pre-dating Karl Benz's trike by two years. Wood body largely authentic and with uniform matte-black finish. Brass, wood and copper detailing simple, yet elegant. Black leather seats tell a remarkable story, and if original are even more amazing. Steam boiler, while long past its cer- U.S. in 1914. Missing chassis plate, titled on engine number. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $253,000. This car has made three recent appearances at auction: not sold for $215,000 at Bonhams' 2005 Carmel, CA, sale (SCM# 38978); not sold for $165,000 at Bonhams' 2006 Brookline, MA, sale (SCM# 41704); and not sold for $221,000 at RM's 2009 Amelia Island sale (SCM# 119913). The interesting ownership history goes back to the 1930s, but I can't see it being a concours-level preservation piece nor a good tour car without a lot of work. The new owner— in Germany, reportedly—has some decisions and work ahead of him. Well sold. ITALIAN #143-1978 FERRARI 308 GTS coupe. S/N 23379. Rosso Corsa/black vinyl targa/tan leather. Odo: 58,686 miles. Mix of original and spot paintwork throughout, large lacquer bubbling on hood lid. Bumpers and trim remain sharp, wheels generally unmarked. Tan leather dingy with normal wear. Engine compartment undetailed but evidences recent attention. Engine compartment restored, shows light use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $63,250. A nice kickoff for the Friday auction. The ever-more-appealing fixed-head coupe, this 120 SE was skillfully refurbished not too long ago and showed quality workmanship throughout. It looked like a nice driver and easy on the eyes (obviously). Buyer got a slightly good buy. 90 tification date, still works to propel this along ahead of a large cloud. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $4,620,000. Last seen at Gooding's 2007 Pebble Beach sale, where it sold for $3.52m to the O'Quinn Collection (SCM# 46577). SCM analyst Paul Duchene commented then, “Had it run under its own steam, it might have brought another million,” and O'Quinn's dedicated mechanics saw to that. The car doubled its $2.5m high estimate handily, selling to an absentee bidder against exciting activity on the floor. (See Collecting Thoughts, SCM January 2012.) Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,900. This was said to have been recently serviced, but according to the catalog, “the belts and timing chains were not replaced, as they were reported to be in fine running order.” This statement did not inspire Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA confidence, and neither did the boxes of spare parts lying around the car, which included many mechanical items like a clutch kit. SWEDISH #105-1972 VOLVO P1800 E coupe. S/N 1826353038437. Teal metallic/black leather. Odo: 58,092 miles. Older repaint shows well despite light lacquer checking and some shrinkage. Good chrome and brightwork likely original. Black leather interior undamaged inside, though passenger's seat very dry and possibly beyond the point of no return. Aftermarket stopped right under the low end, and someone got quite a good deal. #231-1903 COLUMBIA MARK XIX electric surrey. S/N N/A. Black/red fringe/red leather. RHD. High-quality older restoration still shows well. Heavily painted caning on rear sides beneath rear bench seat. Leather fenders and seats done very nicely and add to overall fect in every respect. Paint glossy, uniform and well executed. Brass items likewise. Seats very fresh. Engine well detailed. Only thing holding it back will be claims of over-restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $66,000. An escapee from the workshops of the General Motors Heritage Collection, this 1904 Oldsmobile runabout Panasport alloys with “Ferrari Moose” caps and Nardi steering wheel are nice touches. Engine compartment tidy with finned valve cover but not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $20,900. Volvo coupe and sport wagon prices have been shooting up recently, particularly for relatively stellar examples such as this, and I rather thought the car would exceed its $12k high estimate—but nothing like this number. Very well sold. AMERICAN #235-1902 PACKARD MODEL F rearentry tonneau. S/N 233. Eng. # 233. Maroon/black leather. RHD. Ten-or-so-yearold restoration immaculately well preserved throughout. Paint finish exemplary, with no wear or flaw noted. Brass exhibits only light polishing marks and pitting. Sumptuous button-tufted leather interior without fault. Engine clean and detailed along with remainder of undercarriage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $137,500. excellent presentation. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,750. This remnant of the John O'Quinn and James Cousens Collections is supposedly the sole survivor of its production series, and it had more je ne sais quoi than perhaps any other vehicle in this sale of highly unusual cars. I imagine it's a bit of fun, even if one might have to recharge it frequently. #116-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R Curved Dash runabout. S/N 17083. Black & red/black vinyl/black leather & wicker. MHD. 1960s-era restoration exhibits numerous cracks in lacquer finish, chipped fenders, waviness in metal finishes. Top nice, leather seat likewise, brass tiller handle and hubcaps polished. Wicker rear seat lightly deteriorating, but may would be striking on a London-to-Brighton tour—and would likely pick up a few chips and scrapes along the way. Here's one case where I hope that doesn't happen, as this can truly stand up to any scrutiny thrown at it. #242-1910 MAXWELL MODEL Q five- passenger touring. S/N 1551. Black & red/tan cloth/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 86,920 miles. Comprehensive restoration extends to tidy undercarriage with excellent finish preservation and few indications of use. Brass presentable, with light staining and scratches. Tan top shows some wear. Leather dry but not damaged. Engine exhibits some tour use but plenty of care. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $46,200. Perhaps one of the earliest “large” Maxwell automobiles extant and very nicely accessorized, this example had enough age on it not to be showworthy, but a very attractive Horseless Another remnant of the O'Quinn Collection, this Packard is one of just 20 examples surviving from the original Packard plant in Warren, Ohio, and one of just four remaining Model Fs out of 179 built. As a veteran of the London-toBrighton run and of numerous collections as well, I fully expected this one to exceed its $140k–$180k pre-sale estimate, but bidding 92 be original. Engine underneath, still painted but not well detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,500. This looked OK at some distance but did not stand up very well to close scrutiny. Still, a cheap entry for the London-to-Brighton, which is where most of the value is. As such, a re-restoration might not offer significant upside potential. Sold about where expected. #121-1904 OLDSMOBILE “FRENCH FRONT” touring runabout. S/N 31825. Green/black leather. RHD. Cosmetically per- Carriage Club touring car and a prized collectible. Offered out of the O'Quinn Collection, its provenance and unusual nature combined with great patina helped it to exceed its high estimate. Well bought and sold. #233-1910 OTTO speedster. S/N 210. Eng. # C164. White/tan cloth/red leather. RHD. A very tatty older restoration. Lacquer finish heavily crazed and chipped throughout. Brass stained beyond any hope of polishing. Top loose, faded and worn. Leather seats heavily weathered and torn, woodwork in driver's area and on opposite side of firewall in need of sanding and revarnishing. Engine compartment Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA detailing likely dates back to a 1950s restoration. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $60,500. A total orphan built in Philadelphia, this Otto is one of just two known examples and has been since the late 1950s. I suppose the allure here is in its local origins and complete rarity, but its tired er's area. Engine compartment original and unremarkable. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,000. From the Nethercutt Collection, where it spent the last 30 or so years; a 1981 oil change sticker indicated that the car had gone fewer than 100 miles since then. With any luck, that wasn't the only maintenance it received during that timespan. Not a bad alternative to a Ford or a Chevrolet, but parts can't be easy to come by. Well sold. #106-1923 FRANKLIN SERIES 10-A five- metic condition suggested, this 6-cylinder was one of the best buys of the auction. It still wore its AACA badge from 1970 with pride and looked like it was ready to go another four decades. Very well bought. appearance isn't going to improve much without a costly restoration. Previously not sold for $38,000 at Christie's 2003 New York City sale (SCM# 31310); sold for $51,750 at Bonhams' 2004 Carmel, CA, sale (SCM# 34720); and I'll call it well sold today, even $20k under the $80k low estimate. #234-1912 SIMPLEX DOUBLE roadster. S/N 1150. Red & black/tan cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 9,509 miles. Older restoration very well preserved throughout. Excellent paintwork retains good finish with only light shrinkage and age issues. Sharp brass, some of which has been clear-coated, retains a good shine. Some brass polish stains on radiator core. Leather and wood interior still crisp. Engine compartment tidy and not over-detailed. Cond: #113-1917 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 38 C-4 Open-Front French Brougham town car. S/N 38450. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl & blue-gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 16,883 miles. Comprehensive older restoration likely dates back to the 1950s. Nice patina of age but still rather flat overall. Limited brass and brightwork still shines. Front seat redone in vinyl, cloth rear closed compartment presents as highly original. Engine compartment neither particu- passenger touring. S/N MVD103299. Royal blue & black/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 9,025 miles. Older amateurish restoration not all that attractive—finish heavy over generally wavy panels, front fenders rough under paint. Nickel limited to headlamp rings and hubcaps, well preserved and likely original. Interior spartan, clean and intact. Air-cooled Franklin larly clean nor displaying recent maintenance. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $66,000. I noted a large oil slick on the ground outside where this car sat as the RM specialists attempted to get it running. They finally met success on Thursday, and the Pierce-Arrow huffed and puffed its way onto the block, selling squarely within the $50k–$70k estimate range. I was not convinced of its claimed original finish, but evidently the winning bidder was. 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A bit of a fakey-doo, this, but a well-known one. It wore a few different bodies before its prior owner had Arthur Bergstrom in Illinois fashion this Holbrookstyle double-roadster reproduction body. An AACA and multiple other organization awardwinner since and with much recent mechanical work just completed, this looked like a very attractive touring machine at a fair price. BEST BUY #202-1917 BUICK MODEL D-45 five-passenger touring. S/N 316914. Green & black/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 21,584 miles. 1960s-era restoration immaculately well-preserved; finish quality remains excellent throughout, with only minor blemishes. Nickel details and chrome bumper still have good shine, wood wheels sharp, interior tight and tidy. Engine compartment wears its age very well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $19,250. With the nice accessories, and assuming it runs and drives as good as its cos- 94 #208-1922 OVERLAND MODEL 4 sedan. S/N 186703. Maroon metallic & black/black vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 16,735 miles. Amateurish 1970s refurbishment largely unwound. Looks like it was originally blue and black with the same yellow wheels worn today. Body seems solid with no repairs evident. Interior possibly original, slightly tatty in driv- 6-cylinder engine sports an aged detailing. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,550. By no means a particularly quick, lightweight or well-restored car, but an air-cooled Franklin five-passenger touring car that's nearly 90 years old has got to be worth more than the $10,500 hammer price. I was very surprised when one floor bidder trumped one phone bidder at this number and nobody else challenged it. Very well bought. #141-1928 FORD MODEL AA Popcorn truck. S/N A1164718. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 8,134 miles. Comprehensive older restoration a bit faded and shop-worn, bodywork evident in front fenders, small dings along running boards. Presentable bumpers and brightwork, nice overall detailing. Single vinyl seat lightly worn, interior wood very nice, as are popcorn-making components and modern add-ons for more practical use. Engine compartment tidy and not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,000. Evidently used recently to make popcorn, this was reportedly bought Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA today by a major collector as a gift for his popcorn-loving wife. It will be a welcome attraction in local parades, fairs and fund-raisers. #214-1928 NASH SPECIAL SIX rumbleseat coupe. S/N A8595. Eng. # A60851. Twotone blue & black/black vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 39,210 miles. High-quality older refurbishment well presented. Fenders somewhat wavier than bodywork. Chrome redone to high standard throughout, but lower portion of radiator shell looks sloppy. Interior likely retains much originality. Engine compartment sports a #236-1930 CORD L-29 replica boattail speedster. S/N FDA1423. Red & black/red vinyl. Odo: 37,501 miles. Stunning custombodied Cord reproduced by specialist Stan Gilliland, likely in the 1980s. Restored about ten years ago to a very high standard by former owner Al Wiseman, who kept it in his climatecontrolled showroom before selling to the O'Quinn Collection in 2007. Paint, body, chrome, brightwork, interior and engine compartment remain without fault, although a #122-1931 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 42 sport phaeton. S/N 2525250. Eng. # 325376. Two-tone green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 15,658 miles. Dreary 1960s-era repaint, replete with large chips, touch-ups and flaking lacquer. Original brightwork rough against replated chrome that likely dates to era of paintwork. Tan cloth top has aged but is still intact. Original leather interior very dry, dashboard has a faux-woodgrain appliqué covering what was likely Dinoc. Engine compartment unre- decades-old detailing but is quite clean. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,000. Whether due to a dead battery or something more serious, this Nash was pushed on, then off the auction block. I would have been comfortable buying it within the $12k–$16k estimate, but others saw fit to go a few bids farther, despite its long dormancy within the Nethercutt Collection and the lingering question of its mechanical state. Hopefully, its lack of propulsion is easily rectified—if so, not a bad buy. #209-1928 VELIE MODEL 60 convertible coupe. S/N 157646. Eng. # VS47322. Maroon metallic & black/black cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 32,924 miles. Aged finish faded throughout, stained on hood by antifreeze when cap came off at an inopportune moment. Numerous other imperfections amount to more than patina. Chrome and brightwork polished leather interior would seem more appropriate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $165,000. RM handled the sale of Al Wiseman's collection in late 2007, following some pre-sales to large collections and through his former classic car dealership showroom in Tarpon Springs, Florida. This was the AACA's Show Vehicle of the Year award-winner following restoration in the late 1990s as well as a multiple class award recipient. I hope it has found a new and appreciative home, just as much as Al and his restorers echo that sentiment. #215-1931 DEVAUX 6-75 sport coupe. S/N M4619. Eng. # 6180. Green & black/black vinyl/brown cloth. Odo: 16,085 miles. Older exterior refurbishment not to any modern standard. Lacquer pitting and cracking, particularly on fenders, poor prep work evident on upper body. Original top tatty and in need of replacement. Bumpers painted silver, other nickel trim weak. Original interior likewise in need of help. Engine compartment unappealing. Cond: stored with little evidence of recent maintenance. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. Reportedly owned by New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker and present at the opening of the George Washington Bridge—a set of facts whose proof may have disappeared with the World Trade Center in 2001. This Pierce was neither a survivor nor a quality restoration, and the lack of documented provenance will make it hard to justify the needed full restoration. #248-1932 FORD MODEL B woodie wagon. S/N B5041968. Emperor Brown & wood/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 35 miles. Older finish exhibits light polishing marks and some sub-surface prep issues on cowl. Wood excellent throughout. Chrome and brightwork not fresh, with polishing marks also evident. Interior spartan but clean and well-prepared. Engine compartment similarly shows little sign heavily over the years and show pits and scratches. Interior redone in vinyl and subsequently re-dyed. Engine compartment just average. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,000. Another Nethercutt car by way of the Harrah Collection, neither of whom seemed to have done much with it over the decades. Certainly rare (I've seen and heard about few others), but in this condition one wonders what upside there could be. 96 4+. SOLD AT $11,000. This example from a rarely seen marque reportedly had its engine rebuilt in 1991. It looked solid and would be a good basis for a restoration, but it's doubtful that work invested would pay off in anything other than personal satisfaction. of use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $99,000. An older nut-and-bolt restoration in Nick Alexander's shop. I can only think that a poor storage or display environment would cause the unwinding seen here on a 35-mile-old restoration. Still, it's a very rare wagon, with only 20 of the original 1,032 built known to remain, and from perhaps the most iconic year of pre-war Ford production. #117-1932 HUPMOBILE SERIES I 226 rumbleseat coupe. S/N 5404. Maroon & red/maroon leather. Odo: 53,844 miles. Very high-quality restoration dates to 1980s or Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA 1990s. Light polishing swirls do not overly detract from presentation. Chrome and brightwork excellent, with only slight pitting to die-cast pieces. Interior nearly immaculate, slightly worn seats, beautiful wood grain on dash and other trim. Engine compartment maintained form. Top and side-curtains could fit better, though could be factory. Chrome and and detailed to show quality. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $71,500. This was in Harrah's collection from the mid-1960s until probably the mid1980s. The two-tone paint was visible in a period inventory photo taken by the Harrah curators. The car is thought to be the sole surviving example (and has long been same) of a Series I coupe. While not a Full CCCA Classic, it is more distinctive than many that have that honor. Offered bravely at no reserve, and sold just below the $75k low estimate. #212-1933 REO ROYALE sedan. S/N 35N1981. Eng. # N3931. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 85,966 miles. Older finish likely dates to 1960s, very heavy black lacquer shows many imperfections, signs of poor prep work and big brush-stroke touch-ups. Chrome and brightwork older and somewhat shabby, although headlamps and horns shine on. Front seat redone, all else generally original and quite tatty. Engine compartment restored decades brightwork nicely and uniformly restored. Interior likewise well done and very clean. Engine compartment correct without being over-restored. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. The last fifteen years have been very kind to this big Ford touring car, the recipient of a 1996 AACA National Award. There was not much here that required a lot of attention, and it would not be hard to raise its condition a grade with an easy winter's worth of work. Well bought. #250-1935 PACKARD TWELVE road- ster. S/N 903111. Two-tone green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 66,256 miles. Older concoursquality restoration extends all the way around and underneath. Small lacquer cracks, chips and slight dings in finish from use. Chrome and brightwork comprehensively well preserved with only minor pitting and crazing. Top well kept, interior likewise, although seats seem seller's claims of some serious work. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,500. A sharp example of mid'30s Art Deco styling, this DeSoto was also reportedly a good driver—and it should be, thanks to the big inline-6 and 3-speed overdrive transmission. A recent recipient of the Tesla “Most Innovative” award at the 2009 Greenwich Concours, there remained a little work to be done here. A generally nice example of a rare and striking American car. #243-1936 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT seven-passenger phaeton. S/N 950201. Black/tan cloth/black leather. Odo: 29,148 miles. Sympathetic older restoration. Unclear whether any original finish survives, but lacquer checking present on rear body. Chrome and brightwork well done or extremely well preserved. Newer tan cloth top lightly soiled. Black leather has nice patina and remains quite supple. Engine compartment lightly detailed with signs of tour use. Ordered new for the ago and shows little use since. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $23,100. Apparently Jack Nethercutt's aunt had an REO a bit like this one, so he bought it, but then found another one more to his liking. Particularly plain-looking and in need of serious help, both cosmetic and otherwise, there is not a whole lot of upside in this one—particularly if the long-dormant mechanicals protest their wakening. #126-1935 FORD MODEL 48 DELUXE phaeton. S/N 182106415. Light brown/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 759 miles. Light stains from water or acid rain appear lightly in finish and may buff out. Rough area in the right rear quarter and rear panel, but otherwise uni- 98 somewhat wrinkly. Engine compartment highly detailed but not overly glossy, as is so often the case today. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $181,500. An outstanding tour car sold new in California with good history. It apparently has seen tour use, since its concours days are long past. Hopefully the astute new owner will enjoy it for what it is, rather than try to re-restore. Slightly well bought. #119-1936 DESOTO S2 Airflow coupe. S/N 5091863. Light gray-green/tan & gray cloth. Odo: 87,256 miles. Twice restored and most recently refreshed just five years ago. Paint uniform but a bit sloppy around inlaid roof panel edges. Chrome largely redone, brightwork a mix of original parts with some moderate pitting evident. Interior immaculate with an Art Deco stripe pattern extending from seats to side and door panels. Engine compartment likewise well detailed and backs up the White House garage and likely used in FDR's second and third inaugural parades. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $154,000. This was said to be one of two surviving of examples of the 1936 Super Eight Dietrich seven-passenger phaeton, just three of which were built. Some uncertainty about its history was not clarified by RM, but what was made abundantly clear was that the first $100,000 of the proceeds were to benefit the Packard Proving Grounds property in Michigan. Well bought and sold for a good cause. #129-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 62 coupe. S/N 8350293. Gray/tan cloth. Odo: 66,711 miles. Older average-quality finish is going a bit flat overall. Panel fit could be improved. Chrome aged and possibly original, brightwork bordering on distressed, including hubcaps. Interior claimed to be original with seats just uncovered after 60-plus years, but Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA original door panels, armrests and woodgraining are distressed beyond recovery. Driverquality engine compartment. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. The catalog description suggested much mechanical work, but the overall presentation in person was that of a somewhat scruffy driver in need of far more TLC than its value should merit. The bidding was strong on this one and hopefully the new owner knew what he or she was getting. #125-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 16456301. Black/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 34,791 miles. Older repaint lightly rubbed through on high spots along right front fender, checked and chipped throughout. Redone chrome retains good luster, brightwork original and not particularly distressed. Interior likely redone with somewhat dry replacement leather, but a good overall presentation. Engine compartment retains stored and generally un-detailed with the patina of use. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. An unusual Series 96 Club Coupe, this also had the Hydra-Matic in its second year of production along with the Condition-Air heater, turn signals, radio and fender skirts. It would make for an interesting, good-looking, #114-1945 FORD good detail. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,200. This was an older restoration, likely done in the late 1960s, but one that had been kept up quite well. The red leather interior was said to be original, but the material grade and workmanship differed greatly from a few truly original cars I've examined recently. Well bought just under the $50k low estimate. #253-1941 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N H108325. Rockingham Tan/tan cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 54,613 miles. Older high-quality finish with light prep driver-quality Grandma special, but not much more. Fairly bought and sold. pickup. S/N 99C635498. Bright red/two-tone gray cloth. Odo: 125 miles. Uniform high-gloss red finish hides little; while perhaps brighter than the factory finish, still makes for a nice presentation. Front bumper chrome nice, painted rear bumper a strange touch. Other brightwork restored or replaced. Interior very modern-looking with two-tone gray cloth piped in red, would be better suited to a street rod. Engine compartment detailed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. No original finish was detected by this multiplebathtub-Packard owner who looked carefully all around the car. I found little evidence to support the claimed low miles, even with the high-quality interior appearing to be original. Not a bad car and fairly bought for sure, just above what it went for last time it crossed the block right here at RM's 2008 Hershey sale, at $45,100 (SCM# 118259). #133-1949 DODGE WAYFARER road- ster. S/N 48501209. Light green/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 40,901 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older refurbishment of a lowmileage original car. Finish ripply down both sides from lack of proper blocking and sanding. Carson removable top probably easier to deal with than the folding one that was standard. Chrome and brightwork completely original and well above average. Very basic white vinyl issues now detectable underneath due to age. Chrome and brightwork excellent, similarlyexcellent interior well executed with correct materials throughout. Engine compartment exhibits use and care. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $63,800. A 1996 AACA Senior badge-holder and formerly in the large collection of MBNA banker Charles Cawley. This pre-war Continental convertible had a great period look without being overly ostentatious. Slightly well bought. #217-1941 OLDSMOBILE SERIES 96 club coupe. S/N 966255. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 27,948 miles. Older exterior refinishing exhibits light lacquer checks and cracks, as well as sub-surface sanding scratches and other prep issues. Chrome and brightwork likely original, blackout sections in front grille chipped away. Original cloth interior quite remarkable and well preserved. Engine compartment unre- PA that was a wartime contractor, this truck may conceivably have been red its entire life. Perhaps not this red, but perhaps also not the flat army green that most might protest that it should be. The interior was the real let-down here, as an original-style redo might have been worth the investment. Buyer got about a 50% discount. Well bought. Victoria #221-1948 PACKARD SUPER EIGHT convertible. S/N G419037C. Black/tan cloth/red vinyl & tan cloth. Odo: 12,595 miles. 327-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Older respray does not extend into door jambs and is not of great quality in prep or execution. Chrome appears largely redone, brightwork original with some age. Interior likely original and well preserved apart from seriously yellowed steering wheel. Older top faded with light staining. Engine compartment clean, not appears more hastily detailed than rest of truck. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. Reportedly bought new by a pharmaceutical company in 100 interior is probably correct. Engine compartment clean but simply detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. A rare post-war American roadster with side curtains, this Wayfarer was more Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA a neat piece of history than something you'd actually enjoy driving. There wasn't much originality left here, but the mileage was believable and the seller stated that it ran, handled and stopped very well—traits not shared by many old cars. #104-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER convert- ible. S/N 46389888. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 11,180 miles. A well presented older restoration—not comprehensive, but finish and undercarriage thoroughly redone. Chrome fresh, brightwork largely original, including pitted front grille. Newer top intact and shows well. Seats older with newer carpeting. #255-1966 CADILLAC DEVILLE coupe. S/N J6290695. Light blue metallic/light blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 5,213 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Described as an actual-miles all-original car, but wears comprehensive repaint—possibly dated by incorrect 1970s hood ornament. Chrome and brightwork appear otherwise original. Small bubble visible in leftrear pillar from poor prep work. Blue cloth for $19,250 at The Auction Inc. in Las Vegas (SCM# 21712). Formerly of both Jim Miller and Michael Leith's collections of low-mileage original cars, this has changed hands a few times in recent years and at diminishing numbers each time, reportedly. It's probably too nice to drive and not particularly inspiring at that. Slightly well bought anyway. #263-1958 PACKARD 2-dr hard top. S/N Engine compartment clean but detailed with a spray can. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,800. An early lot on Thursday, this little Jeepster sold just below the $20k low estimate. Nicely presented for a driver, and a few details like the “big” six and 3-speed with overdrive will help make it more capable in modern traffic. Not a bad buy. #226-1954 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER Town & Country wagon. S/N 76609535. Yellow & green/brown vinyl & tan cloth. Odo: 28,962 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Highquality comprehensive repaint uniformly consistent and only slightly aged. Chrome and brightwork original, bumpers have some wear to them. Interior original and very well preserved with a remarkable wood and stainless cargo area. Engine compartment clean and well detailed without being overdone. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,700. Previously sold in 1992 by plastic covers until recently. Engine compartment nicely detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. “Packard-bakers” have been doing well lately, especially low-mile originals and high-quality restorations. This was sort of a combination of the two. It was offered bravely at no reserve, and the consignor's expectations were likely exceeded by the end of this exciting auction. well detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,100. Previously offered at Kruse's 2002 Ft. Lauderdale auction, where it was a no-sale at $3,400 (SCM# 24971). Following the barnburning sale of a major collector's highly overrestored Toronado for $45,100 right here one year ago at RM's 2010 Hershey sale (SCM# 171696), there's now a bit of a mystique about them. This car, which might otherwise have done $15,000 or so from a collector dealer, exceeded that by $6,300, and I have a hard time reconciling that with the sales of most other Toros on the market. Well sold. © 58L6655. Gray & blue/light gray steel/gray vinyl & black & white cloth. Odo: 20,805 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint from recent refurbishment leaves little to be desired. Minor chips, touch-ups and stresses to fiberglass front hood do not overly detract. Chrome redone, most brightwork trim original. Interior original and immaculate, having been protected interior original and unmarred, perhaps due to high durability of material, rather than low use. Engine compartment exhibits signs of many miles driven. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. I found the claim of “about” 6,000 miles evasive, and the car was far from all-original. It was a nice car, but probably worth half or a third of the all-in price. Fantastically well sold. #220-1966 OLDSMOBILE TORONADO Deluxe 2-dr hard top. S/N 396876M528199. Cranberry/Cranberry cloth & vinyl. Odo: 33,565 miles. 425-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows many small chips and imperfections throughout. Chrome redone to less-than-perfect standard, brightwork original and pitted. Interior completely original and tidy, but not optioned as well as catalog suggests without tilt or FM radio, among others. Engine compartment clean but not particularly 102 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial Champs Elysées Enthusiasts were happy to raise their paddles, especially since most of the 69 automobiles were offered without reserve Company Artcurial Motorcars Date October 30, 2011 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 59/69 Sales rate 86% Sales total $3,806,879 High sale 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $752,431 1963 Facel Vega Facel II coupe — $289,508 Report and photos by Jérôme Hardy Market opinions in italics S unday October 30th, 2011, was the third episode of the “Champs Elysées” Artcurial Motorcars sale. And it was business as usual, with auctioneer Hervé Poulain again bringing his 40 years of experience and wisdom to the podium, and Matthieu Lamoure again exhibiting his characteristic high energy. The setting was the same as well, in the form of the conservative bidding room of the magnificent headquarters of Artcurial at the bottom of the Champs Elysées. It was packed and hot like French subways on workday mornings (air conditioning, anyone?). Still, participants were enthusiasts and they were happy to raise their paddles, especially since most of the 69 automobiles available were offered without reserve. Poulain introduced the sale by reviewing a handful of world records achieved by Artcurial in the preceding week in the art, jewelry and furniture departments. Mere minutes later, a world record was again reached in the automotive department with the sale of a Renault 8 Gordini, which sold for an astonishing $74,227. The Renault 8 was one of the cheapest cars offered in the '60s—a true econobox with seating for five in front of an antiquated all-iron 1,100-cc engine, installed behind the rear axle. Balanced? Most people put 100 lbs of sand up front to keep some steering control. This example had no racing history, but it was well restored—although restoring a Gordini does not cost much more than $25k. Later that night, for that same 104 Buyer's premium 15% up to $212,400, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.71) Paris, FRA $74k sale price, you could have instead purchased a well-maintained 1989 Ferrari Testarossa with its marvelous Pininfarina design, highly sophisticated engine and 190-mph top speed. The high sale at $752,431 was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing. They've become a common sight at auction these days, and their values continue to reach upward. During that era, France was competing in the GT segment with the Facel Vega HK coupe. Lot 136 was a 1963 Facel II with gorgeous lines if not splendid condition. It sold at $289,508—twice the high estimate. This sale offered a part of the large collection of an American car enthusiast, and I was surprised by the prices of cars that not so long ago were completely disregarded by European buyers. Lot 115, a 1964 Ford Thunderbird, had been restored with $100,000 of invoices. It displayed full options in a gorgeous dark blue and cream livery. It sold for $75,913, which was a remarkable achievement. Likewise, Lot 120, an immaculate 1960 Cadillac Eldorado convertible, fetched $101,219. Even a pink 1968 Caddy Convertible in less-than-mint condition, Lot 166, found a new home at $21,593. On a purely French note, the 1998 Renault Spider, which was basically a Lotus in French suit, sold for $42,174. Want more sensations? How about a tricycle powered by a Honda CX500 engine? It had no reverse, but with a dry weight of just 520 lbs, does it matter? The English JZR kit was nicely put together, but at $22,774, the price paid was over the top. When the night fell in Paris, Artcurial could say that this episode was a good one, with $3.8m sold—a much higher number than Artcurial typically achieved at these “intermediary sales” a few years back. Now, let's get ready for the end of the season and Rétromobile, taking place February 1–5. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #119-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N TD19507. Green/beige vinyl/beige leather. Odo: 95,485 miles. Delivered new in Trenton, NJ. Restored inside and out to a very good level (but not show-condition) in the U.S. ten years back. Barely used since. Paint slightly thick with orange peel. Panel fit good. Nice burled This car was in better condition than lot 103, the 3000 Mk I, but it sold for the same price. A good deal here. A lesser-condition car sold a few months ago for $41,329 at Bonhams' 2011 Hendon sale in April (SCM# 177857). #103-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 wood dash. Interior presents as new. Two spares on trunk. Engine bay detailed. Ready for touring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,365. Slightly expensive for a TD, even given the nice condition. For just a little more, a TF in the same condition will give you more grunt, and they're not difficult to find. A TF sold at Bonhams' September 2011 Beaulieu sale a few months ago, in LHD, for $40,371 (SCM# 185810). #116-1955 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 8673805. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 61,419 km. Would be a true #1 condition car if the carpets were cleaned. European-delivered. Nut-and-bolt restored in U.S. to show levels, not taken on the road since, and nothing to fault anywhere. Wire wheels gleam, engine bay highly detailed. Appealing colors. Concoursready. Titled as a 1955 but truly a 120. Not certain whether this is an original SE or not, roadster. S/N HBT7L10437. Yellow & brown/brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 12,138 km. A Californian big Healey restored over there some years ago to very good levels and then imported into France. Some paint nicks. Panel fit variable. Wire wheels slightly picked. Now in a nice driver condition with lovely #143-1967 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRX2487. Silver/red leather. Odo: 58,296 miles. Delivered to France originally. Completely original and now with patina, including rust bubbles. Engine bay undetailed. Has not been driven for a long time. Exquisite aesthetics still hold up, but not rare (20,604 Silver Shadows built 1965 to 1976), and many available on the market. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,304. This was a cheap price but you can find a better one for the same money, even a LWB, fixing it up will cost just as much as buying it, and why bother? For the exact same price, you could have lot 144, the ex-Dior black-and-red 1983 Silver Spur. It would have been a better choice. Well sold. #126-1987 JAGUAR XJS convertible. yellow-and-brown livery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,609. Five years ago, 3000s were $100,000 cars (BJ8s mostly). They are now settling into the $50k range, which makes sense. They're not rare and not sophisticated but are reliable and fun to drive. A Mk I in lesser condition sold at Bonhams' 2011 Beaulieu sale a few months ago for $41,288 (SCM# 185829). Marketcorrect. #132-1963 MORGAN Plus 4 roadster. which makes a difference. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $158,575. 120s and 140s offer class, driveability and style, and this roadster was utterly attractive. It earned close to a world-record price for a restored non-alloy XK 120. The most expensive restored 120—an SE—sold for $159,500 at Gooding & Company's 2007 Pebble Beach sale (SCM# 47813). This car was nice, but the price paid was expensive. BEST BUY #123-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BNL4L074382. Light blue/black leather. Odo: 658 miles. Really nothing to fault on this classic two-seat Healey in light blue. A late 100-6 U.S. car, nutand-bolt restored to very high levels, inside and out. Interior looks new. Wire wheels in superb condition. Engine bay detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $50,609. 100-6s are very close to, but rarer than, the Austin-Healey 3000, with about 14,000 BN4s and BN6s built 1956–59. 106 French Burt Reynolds owned the car helps explain the high price for this 4-cylinder car in mediocre condition, although Morgans do have a strong enthusiast following, in spite of or because of their antiquated design. RM sold a similar car for only $22,000 last year at their 2010 Ft. Lauderdale sale (SCM# 160071), making this one look very well sold. Sports Car Market S/N 5446. Green/black leather. Odo: 60,777 km. A three-owner car, sold new in France to French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo. Partially restored to decent level some years ago. New engine. Dry leather. Rusted wire wheels. Attractive with simple wind deflectors and trip master. No bumper. Ready for rallying. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,548. The fact that our good tires. Soft top OK. Offered without reserve. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,243. These unloved cars can be had at cheap prices—not hard to understand with French gas at $9 per gallon. This one looked like a good example. Well bought, although not a good investment. #141-1993 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R coupe. S/N SCBZB03D9PCX42523. Black/light brown. Odo: 25,525 miles. Sold new in Florida before returning to Europe in 1996. Presents as new, despite the 25,000 miles on the odo. Nothing to fault and classy in its black livery. Interior is Bentley sumptuous. A future collectible. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $84,348. S/N 8AJJNADW4DM171411. Bronze/black cloth/beige leather. Odo: 82,194 km. U.S. delivered. Not rare, but fully original, in excellent condition inside and out and fully loaded, with potent V12 engine, a/c, and autobox. Could be reliable when sorted out, and when fitted with


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Sold above high estimate, the mint condition partially justifying the premium. Artcurial sold a similar one in less attractive colors at Retromobile 2011 for $64,300 (SCM# 175022). FRENCH #136-1963 FACEL VEGA FACEL II coupe. S/N HK2A166. Silver/beige leather. Odo: 33,171 km. The last of the big V8 Facels, which are the best ones. Sleek, powerful, discs all around. A166 was sold new in Switzerland in blue. Repainted silver a long time ago, but never restored. Definitely looks like a 50-yearold car that's just been maintained. Complete and original, with rust bubbling, dry rubber, shabby interior, cracked leather in rear. Engine SOLD AT $22,774. I loved it, but I was obviously not the only one, as it sold for more than twice the $9k low estimate. Well built, fun and original, although I would feel uneasy aside a big truck. All said, you can buy a lot of nice toys with $22k. Well sold. #155-1998 RENAULT Spider. S/N VMKAF0H0515625079. Yellow & gray/black leather. Odo: 2,694 km. Presents as undriven. Built 1995–1998, about 900 produced total and most are still in existence in the same as-new condition as this one. No windshield, as it's one of 320 fitted with the Venturi-style wind deflec- bay of a neglected driver. One of 180 Facel IIs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $289,508. Restore or drive, that is the question. This sold for twice the $110k low estimate and 10% more than a nicer car at Artcurial's February 2010 sale in Paris, which brought $253,384 (SCM# 159183). Prices for big Facels are up, very fast, but still far from Continental Rs and other GTs of the era. Slightly expensive given condition. #102-1967 RENAULT 8 GORDINI 4-dr sedan. S/N 203253. French Racing Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 63,959 km. An original Renault 8 Gordini restored to perfection (for a Renault 8 econobox, anyway) with all options. Chrome hazed. Disastrous as a transportation device and ugly to look at, but fun to drive fast on the track. Many French drivers started with the 8 tor. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $42,174. Renault's even more radical attempt to build a Lotus was an excellent product and a commercial flop. Too bad it carries a Renault badge. It would have been a hot seller with something else. There is obviously no top, so this is just a toy for summer days. Expensive as a toy, but a nice collection piece. Market-correct. GERMAN #124-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N A1210425500986. Red/ brown cloth/red leather. Odo: 94,930 km. Hastily restored. Paint thick with prep issues, some chrome hazed, all rubber dry, bezels cracked. Interior OK with Becker radio. Soft Interior redone as new, with Becker radio. Steel wheels with perfect hubcaps. Engine bay clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $77,825. Sold slightly above the $70k high estimate. 190SLs are slow, but when nice as this one, they are classy. They are not particularly rare, with about 26,000 units built from 1955 to 1963. This looked like a much better value than sister lot 124. Marketcorrect. Gordini cup in the late '60s. No racing history for this one, though. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,227. This is a crazy price if you ask me, for a car that can be replicated anytime, anywhere. I trashed one twenty years ago. Since this sale, I have bought five regular Renault 8s ($4,000 a piece), ten vinyl bucket seats and 20 gallons of French Racing Blue paint (just kidding). #163-1979 JZR trike. S/N CX5002021053. British Racing Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 35,245 miles. An English kit bike, as only the Brits can do, in three-wheeler Morgan style. Extremely well built around a V-Twin Honda CX 500 engine. In as-new condition. Probably a blast to drive. Delivered with French title and probably the only one in France. Cond: 1. 108 top aging. A ten-footer with the engine bay of a neglected driver and no history whatsoever. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $67,478. 1- condition 190SLs are reaching $100k despite their anemic 1,900-cc 4-banger. This one would be too costly to re-restore and looked too expensive for a driver. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 5 #131-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. S/N 1980405500359. Silver/red leather. Odo: Sports Car Market #130-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE convertible. S/N 11202310008317. Offwhite/black cloth/light blue leather. Odo: 120,232 km. One-owner car delivered new to Paris and meticulously maintained and restored. New paint, chrome and soft top. Mostly original rubber. Original interior has nice pa- silver over red leather. Restored some years ago to very good levels, it still shows well, inside and out, with slight patina. Fitted luggage included. Engine bay of a driver. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $752,431. Sold slightly above the $650k high estimate. One of these went for $1.3m in January at RM's 2011 Phoenix auction (SCM# 168715). Prices are up. Therefore, the number of restored cars offered is up too, but we will soon reach the limit. As long as demand is stronger than supply, no risk here. Market-correct today. #113-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210407502655. Light blue/dark blue leather. Odo: 89,214 km. A nice 190SL in an attractive period-correct color combo, ready to hit the road or show. Has traveled throughout the world with its original owner, history fully known. Restored to high level some years ago. Paint slightly thick. 14,752 km. It seems to me that there is one 300SL coupe at every auction. This one was delivered in the U.S. in its current attractive


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Artcurial Paris, FRA tina and one cut in driver's seat. Equipped with desirable 4-speed transmission. Big sound system installed. A nice Riviera grand tourer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $121,462. Yes, prices for these well built cars are up, but this price was still 50% over estimate and off the chart. And yes, they are good cars, but they just don't look good (to my personal taste anyway). #151-1982 PORSCHE 930 coupe. S/N WPOZZZ93ZCS000479. White/black leather. Odo: 115,773 km. Three-owner car, delivered new to France. Repainted some years ago. Interior very good, mags excellent, driverquality engine bay. Has a/c. 115,000 km is a lot, and many worn parts may be due for replacement, but this one apparently has been well ITALIAN #149-1954 LANCIA AURELIA B20 GT coupe. S/N B20S3195. Black/light gray cloth. Odo: 98,090 km. A desirable fourth-series car. Restored partially some years ago with new recent repaint. Very good body with good panel fit. No bumpers. All rubber original and dry. Interior redone but headliner stained. Engine than a costly-to-maintain driver or, even worse, a restoration candidate. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $21,931. Pininfarina design ages well, and these big cars do look good in dark livery. You can buy a mint one today for $50k, but the survival rate is poor, as low values prohibit restoration, and they tend to rust. In 20 years, there will be few of them left. Parts will be needed. Could be a good long-term investment if you have space in the barn. bay very clean, but undercarriage scruffy. Probably a good tourer but not particularly attractive colorwise. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $86,000. Not sold, but given the condition, it could have. These are good cars for rallying. A much better one sold for $128,611 in Paris at Artcurial earlier in February 2011 (SCM# 169047). maintained. A good-looking driver. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $57,356. 1982 930s are part of the Europe, Rest-of-World models (1980-1985) with the 3.3 liter engine and 4 speed transmissions. These are gas eaters, so they were not so popular in their time, but today, for use as a sunny-day driver with swoopy curves that are still eye-catching, they are finding a new group of owners in Europe. Has wrong valence under the front bumper, but seems a decent enough car. Plenty of money paid, wouldn't go anywhere near this high in the USA. IRISH #129-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T0BD005013. Silver/gray cloth. Odo: 1,654 miles. One of about 8,500 built and most are still accounted for. Build quality is poor, but these things do not rust, so they are not rare. This one is close to as-new, with only 1,650 miles on the odo, having spent its life in a museum. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $40,488. This Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $43,861. One of 1,135 built from 1969 to 1975. The Indy has an ungainly look and is not destined to be a star, but it's an excellent high-speed cruiser with style and a gorgeous interior. This one had a nice color combo, a/c and at $43k, sold marketcorrect. Artcurial sold a 4.9-L without a/c in 2010 for $44,465 (SCM# 165326). Fair deal. #101-1979 FERRARI 400i coupe. S/N F101Cl29391. Dark blue/beige leather. Odo: 21,126 km. An old used car. Old repaint with rust bubbling underneath. Bad smell of long car came from a museum display, which in my opinion is pretty much right where it belongs. The most expensive DMC-12 ever sold at auction (without a film connection) went for $51,700 last year at Barrett-Jackson's 2010 Scottsdale auction (SCM# 156165). So, for a mint car, I'll call this market-correct. Question is: What will it be worth in 20 years? 110 storage inside. Leather drying. Last apparent oil change was in 2004. Mags thickly repainted. Slush box. Probably better used as a parts car Equipped with ABS. A beautiful example of the last year of the 328. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,260. I remember a similar GTS in red that sold for $124,059 at Bonhams' 2007 Gstaad sale (SCM# 48115), and a similar one sold for $76,362 at Bonhams' 2011 Chichester sale just a few months back in July (SCM# 183190). I would say that this one was well bought given the amazing color and the condition. Sports Car Market #148-1972 MASERATI INDY coupe. S/N AM116282. Bronze/black leather. Odo: 69,567 km. French-delivered three-owner car with certified 69,000 km on the odo. Fully original but for a ten-year-old repaint. Chrome redone. Interior very clean, with a/c and Maserati radio. Top end of engine redone recently. A decent driver always in the shadow of the Ghibli. 1,000 BBis built, so relatively rare. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $103,767. 512s were hot stuff in the late '80s, but they've been $100k cars for years now. The Koenig kit on this car can be seen as a plus or a minus, depending on your taste and understanding of what makes a “collector car.” Let's call it slightly expensive, as you can buy a near-mint 512 for this money. #106-1989 FERRARI 328 GTS spider. S/N 078867. Blue/cream leather. Odo: 24,671 km. A sparsely used toy, delivered new in Saudi Arabia, then quickly resold to an English gentleman as a summertime accessory for his French Riviera home. Completely original and in very good condition, aligned with the 16,000 miles on odo. Really gorgeous blue-and-cream color combo. Just a few paint nicks on front bumper. Mags unmarked. Engine bay clean. #127-1983 FERRARI 512 BBi coupe. S/N ZFFJA09B000042869. Red/black leather. Odo: 30,839 km. Sold new to a Sultan who fitted it with a dramatic Koenig bodykit. Well built, but with all the plastic add-ons and huge rear tires, it loses the clean Pininfarina lines and just looks like a more dated '80s car. Interior condition OK. 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Artcurial Paris, FRA #140-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFAA17B000082473. Red/black leather. Odo: 68,709 km. French-delivered. A good unmolested car with engine rebuilt in 2009. Not enough nicks in the paint for it to be original given the mileage. Interior clean with dirty carpets. Engine bay of a driver, which it is. Fitted luggage, new Tubi exhaust. Just an- These sold new for $300k just two years ago. This one was nothing short of a new car and still sold for a 50% discount. Cheap price, but what do you do with 612 hp on the road these days? AMERICAN #120-1960 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 60F102503. Sienna Rose/beige vinyl/tobacco leather. Odo: 1,419 miles. 390-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Nothing to fault on this gorgeous looking best-of-the-era GM status symbol. Restored to very high levels, inside and out. Nice color combo. One-of-akind in Europe, but difficult to park here. Cond: other Testarossa. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,913. With approximately 7,000 Testarossas built from 1984 to 1991, their high survival rate and expensive maintenance, prices can be expected to remain affordable. Despite high miles and plenty on the market in this color, this managed to sell above the $70k high estimate. Well sold. #114-2000 FERRARI 550 coupe. S/N ZFFZR49B000119560. Silver/blue leather. Odo: 52,930 km. As-new condition inside and out. Silver paint without flaw. Mags unmarked. I'm not too keen on the flashy blue leather interior, but it's in excellent condition. Equipped with desirable 6-speed stick shift. Major ser- livery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,913. A big boat for Europe, where American cars are not so much understood, and no one knew what it would fetch. T-Birds are easy to find in the U.S., but not so much here. And when found, they don't tend to be very nice. This one was not a Sports Roadster, so priced a little high, approaching the $84k high bid, but somewhat aligned with U.S. values. #166-1968 CADILLAC DEVILLE con- 2+. SOLD AT $101,219. Not a Biarritz, but so what? It's good to see U.S. iron at last being appreciated on this side of the pond. No one knew what this one would do, and it nearly doubled the $56k low estimate. Given the cost of restoration of such complex hardware (compared with, say, lot 102, the $75,000 Renault 8 Gordini), this was an extremely good value. Market-correct. #110-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 108678106981. Dark blue/dark red leather. Odo: 65,114 miles. 327ci 250-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. U.S. car imported to Europe ten years ago. Older restoration to good level now aging. Nice color combo, but paint is faded and chrome is hazed. Interior clean. No radio. Equipped with desirable 4-speed. Driverquality engine bay has no air filter. No European vice completed in 2009 at 43,200 km, including belt change. Always in France. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,913. These cost over $200k when new. Now that they're at the bottom of the depreciation curve, I'd say they look like a real value. Market-correct price paid for this one. #134-2009 FERRARI 599 GTB Fiorano coupe. S/N ZFFFD60B000167984. Rosso Corsa/black leather. Odo: 22,000 km. As-new despite 22,000 miles driven. Always in France, owned by a collector of classic Ferraris. Equipped with full options and stick on the floor. Gorgeous Pininfarina style, as ever, in title. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,731. An honest driver of an average 'Vette in nice colors. It would be easy to find a better one for the same price in the U.S. It had no French title, so to have it already delivered to France was of no real benefit. If you want a 'Vette, go take a vacation in the U.S. and bring one back. Well sold. #115-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- Rosso Corsa over black leather with red piping. Engine bay presents as mint. Tubi stainless exhaust fitted. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $185,567. 112 vertible. S/N 4Y85Z159046. Blue/cream vinyl. Odo: 75,236 km. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rare bird. European-delivered originally and restored to impeccable condition in France with $110,000 of invoices. Nothing to fault anywhere. Full options. Nice blue-over-cream leather livery, called the Mulholland Edition. Polished mags. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,678. An easy and cheap way to have a unique and modern car, far outside the mainstream in Europe. This one sold in line with U.S. values. It looked like a rare opportunity to be unique at the next American French guys gathering. © Sports Car Market vertible. S/N 68367F81743824382. Pink/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 91,544 km. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Delivered new to France. Partially restored. Pink paint and chrome OK. Rubber dry. Front seat redone, rear is original. Dash cracked. Old vinyl top may be original. A driver that could be fun but far from a show car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,593. In a world where most things have to be taken seriously, a pink Caddy is always refreshing. Who doesn't want one? I sure do. A fair price for a lot of car, and plenty reliable after all. #156-2001 CHRYSLER PROWLER Mulholland Edition convertible. S/N 1C3EW65G21V703539. Midnight Blue/dark blue cloth/black leather. Odo: 15,224 miles. The Prowler was never imported to France, but this one has a French title, so the owner must have connections to the right people. Condition presents as new in classy blue-over-black


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA Auctions America Fall Carlisle High-sale honors went to a 1959 DeSoto Firedome convertible from a large collection that sold for $99,000 Company Auctions America Date September 29–October 1, 2011 Location Carlisle, PA Auctioneers Jeffrey Knosp and Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 150/273 Sales rate 55% Sales total $2,783,305 High sale 1959 DeSoto Firedome Convertible, $99,000 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda 2-door hard top sold for $42,000 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold price Report and photos by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics A uctions America by RM returned to the massive, seasonending Fall Carlisle Swap Meet for their second go at Carlisle's traditional biannual auction. The rainfall — which the following weekend's Hershey swap meet is infamous for — came a week early, drenching the fairgrounds and auction on all three days of the event. On occasion, the sun peeked out from behind the clouds long enough for consignors to wipe cars off and hope that their machines went under the hammer before the skies opened up again. This is a well-run auction, but two logistical problems stuck with me. Auctions America by RM brings very strong marketing and top-notch clients to this sale. Auctions America has also made many improvements, including effective phone and Internet bidding. More than half of the cars on offer sold, with high-sale honors going to a 1959 DeSoto Firedome convertible from a large and well-known collection. Sold at $99,000, with buyer's commis- sion, it barely beat out the beautiful 2001 BMW Z8 on offer, which sold Friday for just over $90,000 with commission. Second runner-up went to a 1959 Corvette convertible at $63,800. Notable no-sales included a 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark with great eye-appeal at $110,000, a 1958 Dodge Coronet Super D-500 convertible at $90,000 and a 1958 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham that failed to sell at $75,000. The appeal of an auction at Fall Carlisle 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark — no sale at $110,000 114 remains strong, given the high number of car hobbyists in attendance for the swap meet and car corral across the street. Some organizational and logistical hurdles remain for Auctions America at Carlisle, but the quality of the company and the loyalty of their clients remain strong and obvious. ♦ Sales Totals $500k $1m $1.5m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA ENGLISH #544-1957 MGA roadster. S/N HDL4330150. Iris Blue/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 40,173 miles. Complete restoration appears to have missed very little. Highquality finish extends everywhere it should. Hood fit is a bit high at cowl. Chrome and brightwork uniform and stunning. Interior likewise brilliant, apart from minor carpeting fit instrument panel details were overlooked. Older engine compartment detailing has since unwound. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. Recently sold at Mecum's 2011 St. Charles sale in September for $19,080 (SCM# 189227). Restored probably more than a decade ago from a solid example, age was this car's only enemy. While exquisite examples may fetch as much as double this, top bid was right for this car. issue. Engine compartment comprehensively restored and detailed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. If you found the light blue hue to your liking, this was undoubtedly one of the best MGAs to be found anywhere. Last Spring, a similarly well done car did all the money and more, no doubt attracting this particular example to the auction. The high bid could not have been light by much. #604-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE racer. S/N N/A. British Racing Green/black cloth racing seat. Good-looking older race-carquality finish throughout, body shows evidence of repairs and some competition use since. Spartan interior hides little of the car's long racing history. Seat is newer and shows some wear. Many HSR tech stickers present on roll bar from 1990s and early 2000s. Engine com- #564-1963 MORGAN 2/4 Series IV Competition roadster. S/N B825. Salmon & maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 28,207 miles. Older finish with light prep issues likely not the original. Passenger's door is a further shade off from rest of body. Older Panasport mag wheels with similar-vintage street rubber evoke a bygone era. Chrome and limited brightwork very presentable for being likely untouched. Spartan interior with black vinyl seats and door panels clean. Engine compartment completely lacking any evidence of main- might have resulted in a better bid than seen here. Unrestored MGB GTs are rare, but that fact was not emphasized here, and overall appearance did little to help it get sold. GERMAN #130-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 4763954. Red/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 54,379 miles. Said to be a one-owner car, mostly original except for one better-than-average older respray. Original top and interior surprisingly good. Chrome and brightwork likewise original and deserve mention for their preservation, although vent-window frames have begun to rust. Engine compartment dusty but completely original, with signs of recent maintenance. Runs smooth, but sounds like a valve adjustment would be a partment clean and well prepared, if not overly detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,050. I recognized this from competition down in Atlanta or Sebring back when I was doing some vintage racing in the Southeast. Little was known about its real history, and old race cars lose their value when they go unused, making the price paid here seem just about right. #422-1959 MGA roadster. S/N HDA4355413. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 53,808 miles. An older restoration, finish uniform with only light wear and signs of use, door gaps wide at front fenders. Chrome and brightwork appear to have been comprehensively replaced or restored. Interior and top redone at some point in the past, although some 116 tenance in the last generation and would greatly benefit from careful detailing. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $28,800. The 1966 G Production Ladies Hillclimb Champion, this Morgan was driven by well-known local driver Elly Fronina for a number of years before likely retiring into the back corner of her garage. It also participated in the Hershey Grand Ascent during the first Elegance at Hershey this past summer, so it should run and drive just fine. To earn a better price than this, some attention to the engine bay would have been worthwhile. #311-1973 MGB GT coupe. S/N CHD5UD320945G. Orange/black cloth. Odo: 30,937 miles. Original lacquer finish flat and checked, square blemish on hood down to primer. Chrome and brightwork original throughout and in better condition. Interior tidy, with only minor separation on driver's seat-bolster. Engine bay dusty without much sign of recent attention. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $4,100. Detailing this car prior to auction Sports Car Market good idea soon. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,550. According to the SCM Platinum database, this sold for $10,238 right here at Carlisle's Spring 2008 sale (SCM# 116539), which would seem to negate the single-ownership claim. Still, while not a dead-on preservation piece, it was indeed something of a time capsule. A nice car right around the middle of Thursday's auction; the buyer got a bit of a good deal. 50-year-old VWs are rarely this good in the rusty Northeast. #536-1963 PORSCHE 356B coupe. S/N 213926. Guards Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 40,327


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA miles. Older cosmetic refurbishment still presents well, but Porsche Guards Red not a period color. Chrome and brightwork older, with some pitting to pot metal items. Tan vinyl seats a bit lumpy and far from the correct material grade. Instrument panel nicely detailed. Engine compartment shows much recent work and backs up the claim of a comprehensive overhaul stated on the car card. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $22,000. While mechanically better than its dated looks would suggest, this 356 was really just a driver example with perhaps an insurmountable amount of detail work needed. High bid was realistic. #530-1964 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 5940090. Yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 45,576 miles. Older repaint over well preserved original finish, some light overspray into door and trunk jambs. Fender welting painted over. Chrome appears to have been redone, brightwork largely original. Roof rack seems to be a period accessory. Interior original, with serviceable white vinyl seats and a diode pack should be replaced. Engine bay was not touched during recommissioning and shows no sign of attention paid. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,975. One could shoot from the hip and say this was incredibly well bought, but careful inspection of the details suggests otherwise. Call it well bought and sold: a good deal for a nice car with needs. #334-1971 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE 181 Safari Thing convertible. S/N 1812788008. Tan/tan vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 86,816 km. High-quality off-pan restoration with comprehensive disassembly evident. One crack and some undercoating overspray on driver's-side fiberglass front fender not a big issue. Painted bumpers as glossy as bodywork. Tan top lightly soiled. Interior spartan but very appealing with sisal floor mats and correct black vinyl. Empi mag wheels with oversize off-road rubber give AT $34,560. Given that this reportedly sat for ten years in a local warehouse while tied up in probate court, it was amazing that the air suspension was in working order and absolutely no surprise that the hydraulic accessories were inoperative. Not a great buy here given the specialists needed to correct the car's extensive flaws, but not a bad buy either for someone with the right resources. #389-1974 BMW 2002 2-dr sedan. S/N 4222950. White/black vinyl. Odo: 14,360 miles. Better-than-average respray extends into doorjambs, but light flaws and chips prevalent around panel edges. Anodized bumpers and original brightwork show slight wear but are without major defect. Wiper arms set too low and catch on hood opening; sunroof seals poorly. Interior completely original and worn, slightly tatty dash. Engine compartment likewise unrestored and grungy, though car runs well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,480. While a very solid California example, this little Beetle was a bit beyond a “preserved” original, especially the older respray. The reserve was reasonable, and it even attracted a few more bids, likely due to the fact that it was clearly not a local salt-eaten example. #375-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412020576. White/tan cloth soft top & white hard top/cognac leather. Odo: 49,316 miles. High-quality respray on good straight car exhibits little in the way of external flaws. Chrome redone, brightwork original and fits well. Shrunken rubber door trim inserts could stand replacement. Cognac leather has nice patina, carpet appears to have been replaced and could stand some additional fettling. Alternator light on, car runs well but it an aggressive stance. Engine fresh from the crate with only light use evident. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,125. A desert example in Mexico until 2001, this very cool “pre-Thing” VW had lots of eyeball and plenty of documentation to back up its presentation. It won't take much to set a few minor details right, and while its future resale may not grow much higher, cheap fun is not to be underestimated. Well bought. Grosser #562-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 limousine. S/N 10001212002062. Anthracite Gray/black leather. Odo: 70,729 miles. High-quality older respray uniform throughout with only a few sub-surface issues. Weatherstripping cracked, likely original. Chrome and brightwork uniformly preserved, possibly restored. Moldy smell to interior and damaged wood around windshield almost the sole flaw to the interior. Hydraulic windows, seats and trunk inoperative, although air sus- particularly on driver's side, with carpet detaching and seat sagging slightly. Engine compartment somewhat dirty, has newer Weber 2-barrel upgrade. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. Nothing here but a slightly needy driver-grade 2002 with big bumpers. Not an old rust-bucket, but far from the investmentgrade car suggested by the high bid. Certainly looked like enough money to have gotten this done. #387-1987 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D5HA060039. English Red/red hard top/black cloth soft top/parchment leather. Odo: 72,648 miles. Comprehensively original paint throughout shows very few age- and use-related flaws. Chrome, brightwork and trim lightly marked. Interior very tidy apart from loose trim on door panels and some light varnish crazing on wood trim. Engine compartment not cleaned or de- pension works well. Engine compartment recently cleaned but far from detailed. Fitted with aftermarket cruise control. Cond: 3+. SOLD 118 tailed, although some recent maintenance has clearly been done. The 15th year of the “Panzerwagen” SL. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $13,750. These late 560SLs have yet to receive much love from collectors. 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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA birthday, it could well find its way onto an AACA showfield. I saw a far less tidy '86 on display the following weekend at Hershey. I thought this was a decent buy for a tidy car that likely came out of a Greenwich, Main Line or Hamptons garage. #386-2001 BMW Z8 convertible. S/N WBAEJ13411AH60537. Black/black hard top & soft top/black & tan leather. Odo: 11,202 miles. Near-flawless original finish marred only slightly by a few skillfully touched-up hood chips. Trim and wheels unmarked, tires are original Bridgestones. Interior as-new throughout, with no sign of wear or carelessness. Engine compartment similar with only ered one of the best DeLoreans and as such, somewhat well bought. ITALIAN #392-1973 ALFA ROMEO GTV coupe. S/N AR3022641. Maroon/black vinyl. Odo: 60,167 miles. Good panel fit and high-quality finish do not mask some prep issues down both sides and extremely poor adjustment and fit to both doors. Car sits unnaturally high in front. Chrome and brightwork redone. Front bumper is not U.S.-spec, although car is. Interior likely original, very tidy and correct throughout. Engine compartment nicely detailed but has light dust from limited use. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,200. The car's underhood stickers were Canadian-market while the instruments were all U.S., which was a bit curious. Nevertheless, it was one of just 5,703 rarely seen examples. The reserve came off at the high bid and sold to an eager phone bidder, making this the high sale on Friday and the secondhighest of the entire auction. IRISH #388-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T1BD001438. Stainless/gray leather. Odo: 6,151 miles. A high-quality original throughout, with great preservation and maintenance evident. Body unmarked apart from a few light scratches to painted bumper extensions. Unmarked interior held back only by dry leather and weak door struts. Engine compartment as-built and clean with no dressup detailing. Equipped with desirable 5-speed some improvised wiring done to lesser standard. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. An attractive car with possibly original miles, but poor door fit and other issues made one wonder exactly what remained to be done here. The car was very recently bought for $30,000 at Worldwide's Auburn sale in September 2011 (SCM# 185770), making this seem like a market-correct bid, but the seller obviously hopes to make more on his flip. #385-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS coupe. S/N 29115. Rosso Corsa/black vinyl targa/black leather. Odo: 27,810 miles. Older high-quality repaint a bit faded on top surfaces, particularly around center of front deck lid. Alloy rims also refinished. Some light wear to trim. Black leather slightly dry and worn commensurate with age and use. Engine compartment not de- on HRE mag wheels, which do little for the car's appearance. Engine compartment very clean, well detailed and with obvious recent care. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $45,000. While wheels are certainly a matter of taste, these aesthetically clashing rims were also less than cosmetically perfect. The lowish price here would seem to reflect this. Buyer got a good deal—especially if the original Ferrari alloys convey. manual transmission. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. Well-documented back to new with lots of paperwork and an attentive owner who stated that even the a/c remained nice and cold. With so few 5-speed cars extant, let alone ones with super low mileage, this could be consid- 120 tailed but clean, and recent belt service mentioned is credible and helps. Engine compartment lid does not latch. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Probably a nice driver example but still in need of some further detailing and sorting. These remain a bit weak given their high cost of upkeep over the long haul, so I'd venture to say that the high bid was generous enough. #301-1985 ALFA ROMEO spider. S/N ZARBA541XF1021498. Mint green metallic/ black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,733 miles. Older respray exhibits shrinkage as well as AMERICAN #542-1928 DODGE STANDARD SIX Depot Hack woodie wagon. S/N J39881. Black & wood/black vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 76,691 miles. Older high-quality restoration. Retains all original wood body. One shoddy repair at tailgate bottom not too unsettling. Wood not overly glossy, with much original hardware still present. Chrome nice with sharp bumper, radiator and headlamps. Interior dates to 1970s and is very presentable. Engine compartment exhibits some age and use but is Sports Car Market hastily dyed black over an original tan. Dusty engine compartment shows no effort at recent maintenance or detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,850. Factory a/c and power windows set this one slightly apart from the herd, and at no reserve it raised a few eyebrows, but this was still not quite a driver overall. The '80s Spiders are coming up in the world a bit, but they are not helped by typical old used-car examples like this one. #390-1997 FERRARI F355 spider. S/N ZFFXR48A8V0106553. Giallo Fly/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 28,050 miles. Flawless yellow finish appears to be completely original. Very small chips from road use in windshield. Interior likewise tidy, showing mileage-appropriate wear on driver's seat. Top lightly wrinkled. Anodizing somewhat cloudy blocking and sanding issues under finish in upper-rear quarters. Bumpers and black trim refinished; emblems and brightwork original and rougher. Interior is clean and at driverquality condition, with the convertible top boot


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA clean, if not overly detailed. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Woodies of this vintage tend to get restored as rich men's playthings, rather than as accurate representations of how they were when new. This unusual Dodge depot hack, reportedly just one of ten built, was redone sympathetically and faithfully to the identity of the truck. Bidding fell short for a reason I could not identify, and the consignor wisely held out for more. #371-1953 BUICK ROADMASTER Skylark convertible. S/N V647177. Fiesta Red/white vinyl/red leather & white vinyl. Odo: 6,445 miles. 321-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Highquality restoration but likely not body-off, at least in recent years. Paint to concours standards, excellent panel fit. Chrome and brightwork faultless. Evidence of older rust repair underneath, sloppy work inside rear window and convertible top well. Top slightly issues. Engine compartment not particularly remarkable. Air cleaner assembly in front footwell during preview. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $63,800. In better condition than most 1959s redone some time in the past, this example would benefit more from a careful sorting and detailing than almost anything else. Hopefully, the successful buyer this time around had an opportunity to inspect it all closely before raising the paddle. #550-1959 FORD GALAXIE Sunliner convertible. S/N H91C131955. Light blue/white vinyl/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 17,745 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older comprehensive restoration to a high standard. Light shrinkage to finish and some sub-surface defects more related to age than poor prep work. Chrome and brightwork expertly refinished with only light buffing marks to the latter. Interior possibly original or made of N.O.S. assumed this to be a far worse car than it was. It looked like a decent buy, and I was surprised not to see it at Hershey the following weekend with a higher number on the windshield. #363-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S109460. Sebring Silver/black vinyl soft top /silver hard top/black vinyl. Odo: 13,786 miles. 327-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An older refurbishment. Finish is even but has numerous small blemishes. Gaps to factory standard. Chrome redone, bumpers have light rust underneath, brightwork original apart from spinner hubcaps which appear to be newer. Interior very original and well pre- wrinkled. Interior immaculate and mostly correct. Engine compartment highly detailed with only light signs of use since. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. Unless you happened to get down on the ground and look up, this sure looked like a car worth close to the high estimate. The quality of the finish, chrome and details suggested that this had indeed received a top-flight recent restoration, but there were some shortcuts taken underneath. High bid should have been enough. #548-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J595103315. Light blue metallic/medium blue vinyl/light blue vinyl. Odo: 9,845 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration exhibits uniform finish throughout and factory-or-better panel fit. Some waviness under finish in top body curves. Chrome and brightwork comprehensively redone and remain without defect. Top fits well. Interior crisp apart from age- and detail-related 122 materials, seats slightly over-stuffed with worn piping around edges. Engine compartment detailing remains correct and strong without being overdone. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $37,500. With AACA National awards from 2000 and 2001 under its belt, this Galaxie convertible has good potential to be a repeat preservation candidate now and in the future. The price realized was somewhat light, but not by a great margin. #307-1961 METROPOLITAN convert- ible. S/N E89017. Red & white/black vinyl/black vinyl & black & white cloth. Odo: 68,914 miles. 1500-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Older amateurish restoration lightly weathered but not badly preserved. Chrome redone, brightwork original and shows some light pitting, grille emblem worn. Black vinyl top older but presentable, interior likewise and attractive to boot. Engine compartment detailing unwound somewhat. Car runs a bit rough, likely due to long storage. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,625. As it was in need of a healthy detailing, I suspect that the good folks at Auctions America served. Engine compartment clean but not show-prepared; car card claims the mechanicals were overhauled in 2005. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $47,000. While certainly a good two-top driver ‘63, this was more a restoration candidate than anything else, since there was little originality apart from the insides. Another bid may have bought it, but any more than this would just be giving the new owner a head start on being upside-down. #373-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI coupe. S/N 63R3454. White/red vinyl. Odo: 62,730 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older comprehensive respray in lacquer paint is checked, chipped and scratched throughout. Some light fiberglass chips and other loss not hard to find. Chrome and brightwork original throughout, wear commensurate with age and Sports Car Market


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA mileage. Interior original, driver's seat torn. Engine bay poorly detailed with a spray can. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. All the money and then some for a naturally aspirated automatic Avanti with the wear-and-tear seen here. A local car , as evidenced by a 1970s-era oil change sticker, it was not particularly nasty underneath, but it sported very little in the way of curb appeal. The high bid should have gotten this done. #416-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 5FDBC333976. Teal metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,960 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older comprehensive repaint shows its age. Certain areas along top surfaces are redone and exhibit underlying body filler. Chrome redone or replaced at one point in time, brightwork appears to be a blend of replacement and buffed-out original pieces. Newer top and tires add little. Interior is quite ago. I was surprised not to find a leather interior in this one, but I was even more surprised that the consignor did not consider the high bid to be enough to get this done at this venue. #552-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S117002. Marina Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 3,264 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older restoration unwinding somewhat. Doors tight at rear clip, passenger's side worse. Well executed paint extends into jambs and still shiny. Chrome redone, brightwork original and very presentable throughout, including unmarked sidepipes. Convertible top wrinkly, as though kept down more than up. Interior likewise older, gauges cloudy, but good wood wheel and lots of origi- example of an unusual car. There's a little work left to correct the niggling details, but overall, we can mark this down as fair to both parties. #328-1969 OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88 convertible. S/N 354679M441146. Gold metallic/gold vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 40,794 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Unrestored throughout, original finish lightly faded and stained. Additional clearcoat may have been applied on top surfaces and not to the best quality. Chrome and brightwork uniform throughout and lightly pitted. Top and interior likewise original, intact and presentable, although latter possibly original or a good older kit. Engine compartment appears unmolested apart from a 1970s used-car-lot spray-can detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,050. Hardly the all-original car described by the consignor and with very little eye appeal, one hopes that this unremarkable Mustang sold to someone who at least had the opportunity to inspect it in person prior to it crossing the block. Selling rather late on Friday, this was a surprise. #598-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194377S107790. Goodwood Green/black vinyl. Odo: 46,330 miles. 427-ci 400-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very honest one-repaint original car exhibits light shrinkage and some cracks to old lacquer finish around windshield. Factory-quality or better panel gaps. Nice chrome appears to have been redone or replaced, brightwork carefully polished and reinstalled. Interior refreshed and accessorized with wood wheel and AM/FM radio. nal parts. Engine compartment shows detailing and maintenance but would need to be redone for show use. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. I thought the high bid was light even given this car's needs. It had good eyeball and was the right combination of stuff for the more sporting Corvette driver. I can only assume there were too few of these folks present, but I can also only wonder how many more bids it might have taken to get this one sold. #563-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 124379N581331. Mint green metallic/black vinyl & black & white cloth. Odo: 319 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight body and high-quality finish leave little to be desired. Chrome restored, brightwork original and lightly marred by installation. Driver's door and deck lid fit could stand adjustment. Interior comprehensively new throughout, although seats overstuffed and steering wheel restored to very high-gloss finish that stands smells of mothballs. Engine repainted, many ancillary parts original, including water pump, hoses and pulleys. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $12,100. A low-budget top-down hot rod from new, this survivor Olds 455-powered barge offered little in the way of creature comforts and not much eyeball, but isn't putting the power convertible top down almost as good as a/c and considerably better than power windows? At least two present thought so. #318-1969 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N 262679P346876. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,194 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older silver finish, while uniform and a bit flat, hides some filler and other older rust repairs. Underside of hood lip very rough. Chrome and brightwork original with light aging. Interior original, seats intact without much wear, instruments cloudy and steer- Underhood lightly detailed and correct. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. An honest car and a rare one at that, this may never have been taken apart aside from the trim and other necessary items removed for repaint decades 124 out and looks incorrect. Engine compartment with factory a/c leaves a nice impression. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,400. With no documentation and a few shortcuts noted, along with the curious buckets-sans-console and column-shift automatic, this took a special buyer who at least believed that it was a real-deal ing wheel incorrect. Top older and possibly original with original weatherstripping. Engine compartment clean but not well detailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,575. With many weak results here on many cars, seeing this tired old Long Island Bonneville break the bank made me scratch my head a bit. Sure, it had the big 428, and sure, it wasn't the worst one ever, but the high bid seemed excessive for condition. Well sold. #350-1970 DODGE CHARGER 2-dr hard top. S/N XP29N0G209474. B5 Blue/ Sports Car Market


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Auctions America by RM Carlisle, PA white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 52,451 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Comprehensive restoration to high standard, no waviness or evidence of rust in typical areas. Chrome redone, brightwork original with light installation dings and depressions. White vinyl top not held back in prep or finish work; panel gaps and billboards likewise very well executed. Go Wing and rear window slats seem a bit flat with uneven finish quality. Chrome redone, bright trim suffers from installation issues. Unusual leather interior dry but likely original and otherwise well preserved. Engine bay appears freshly detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $42,000. A $65,000 no-sale at Mecum's Indianapolis Spring Classic in May 2010 (SCM# 164222), this ‘Cuda found new ownership here at Carlisle at a much lower price point. Fair price to the buyer, and seller is no doubt kicking himself for walking away from the money when it was right in front of him in May. loose in front corners. Seats and carpet replaced, but fit and finish leave a little to be desired; remainder of interior restored to good standard. Engine compartment likewise well prepared and has good eyeball thanks to some chrome dress-up items. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,000. The giant 4-speed shifter jutting out from the transmission tunnel made this one look like fun, but that wasn't enough to outweigh the relatively pedestrian 383 V8. And B5 Blue isn't for everyone, either. #566-1971 PLYMOUTH ‘CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23N1B302135. Plum Crazy/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 79,974 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. High-gloss paint #327-1979 FORD THUNDERBIRD coupe. S/N 9G87H242177. White/orange vinyl/orange vinyl. Odo: 690 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Extremely low miles and all original apart from unappealing Continental kit (reversible with parts included in trunk). Two small touched-up paint chips on right-front fender. Chrome and brightwork as-new, interior likewise. Engine compartment original and well preserved. Newer narrow whitewall radi- could double as a diving platform. Not a bad price for a museum piece, but start driving it, and its value will halve in 20k miles. Not unlike a new car today. #351-1984 PONTIAC FIERO Indianapolis Pace Car Edition coupe. S/N 1G2AF37R3EP266897. White/gray vinyl & red cloth. Odo: 150 miles. Comprehensively original down to the brownish window sticker still in driver's window and all of the original prep wrap over seats and carpet. Light aging to finish and trim. Engine compartment tidy and without fault. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $20,900. The outlandish $45k–$55k estimate here still may have helped to get this to a record price for any Fiero at auction—particularly for one with no real detailing effort made, not to mention the automatic transmission. I was a little shocked at this result since no history of this car's long storage accompanied it to the auction. Well sold. als and battery. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $12,375. A nicely-optioned white-and-orange Popsicle with three-digit mileage and a rear bumper that #557-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR-1 coupe. S/N 1G1YZ23J4M5800231. Bright red/red & black glass targa tops/red leather. Odo: 14,312 miles. 350-ci 375-hp fuelinjected V8, 6-sp. Flawless original finish throughout, not even a touch-up or nick on front bumper. Trim and badging only slightly aged. Interior shows nearly no wear and plenty of care; seats, dash and console without flaw. “Pizza box” owners' kit complete and in back along with second targa top. Fresh tires on cor- rect original 1991–1993 rims. Engine compartment undetailed, faint staining to top of coated plenum is all one can fault it for. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,200. Without argument, the best example of a 1990s ZR-1 I've seen on the auction circuit. The car was absolutely complete as delivered, with cosmetics the equivalent of a car one year old. Everything worked inside, and there were no fault lights on. Prices on used ZR-1s are all over the place and usually there's a short (or not-so-short) list of immediate faults to pick on. This really had none of them at all. Well bought. © 126 Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO The Branson Auction We'll probably never again see a one-owner Cobra cross the block with the excellent provenance of this car Company The Branson Auction Date October 20–21, 2011 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Andrew Assiter and John Nichols Automotive lots sold / offered 123/251 Sales rate 49% Sales total $2,535,800 High sale 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, sold for $513,000 Buyer's premium 8%, included in sold prices 1972 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer Cheyenne —$21,600 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics I 128 t was a splendid fall weekend for a collector car auction in picturesque Branson, MO. The locals were upbeat, with the St. Louis Cardinals playing in — and on their way to winning — the World Series, the fall foliage was at its peak, and there was an eclectic selection of vehicles to choose from in the Branson Civic Center. The collector-car market on this October weekend was not soaring, but at least it wasn't coughing up blood. While the results weren't a barn-burner, it was still a respectable sale — although Friday was rather light. The top sale of the weekend was the “big buzz” car — a 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 that was sold out of the original owner's estate. When all was said and done, it was hammered sold for $490,000 across the block, and reaching $513,000 with buyer's premium added. While some thought that this was a bit steep for the car, there was more to this than just the car. We'll probably never again see a period, one-owner Cobra of any stripe with the excellent provenance of this one. The other headline cars didn't fare as well. Most notably, there were Branson, MO several high-end Hemi Mopars that failed to meet their owner's reserves. This is not entirely surprising, as the Mopar market is still a long way from settled in most collectors' minds. The Big Iron Full Classics on top of the billing also tended to go back Sales Totals home to the same garages. The auction company dis- played a number of banners that had quotes from the late, great car guy David E. Davis Jr. I enjoyed reading his words, and they helped lighten the mood of this usually high-tone event, but Davis' sayings also kept things classy overall. It was just one more thing that makes this venue a joy to attend each spring and fall. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Branson Branson, MO ENGLISH #580-1949 JAGUAR MK V convertible. S/N T8431. Black/tan cloth/biscuit leather. Odo: 16,054 miles. Per the Jaguar Heritage Trust, was sold new in Hollywood, CA, with original owner claimed to be silver screen legend Robert Mitchum. High-quality older repaint presents well even with some light polishing swirls. Older rechrome work is somewhat muted. Light wear, wrinkling and soiling on reupholstered seats and carpeting. Well refinished interior woodwork. Tidy under the hood, grungy on the undercarriage. Fitted with accessory driving lights. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $97,000. The celebrity factor offers a convenient explanation why it didn't sell for this very weighty offer. An appealing car either way. #543-1953 BENTLEY R-TYPE 4-dr sedan. S/N B84HT. Silver & maroon/maroon leather. RHD. Odo: 74,815 miles. Decent repaint comes off glitzier than correct for the period. Muted older brightwork presents well. Nine cows gave their all to reupholster the interior, along with Lord knows how many sheep for the woolen carpet and headliner. Refinished wood has a low-gloss finish. 500 miles on the rebuilt motor and brake system. Equipped with sliding steel sunroof, Motorola multi-band some point, now dull. Fussy to start, burbling muffler sounds like it's about ready to blow. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. It was striking to look at, but these cars don't do well just sitting for a long time. The consignment form stated said it “probably needs nothing more than thorough re-commissioning before hitting the car-show circuit, or the road to your house”—but that won't be cheap. Plenty bid. #614-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L17231. Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,695 miles. Betterthan-original build quality, fit and paint. Replated chrome, but grille surround and bumpers are a bit wavy. Recently replaced top and interior, both already showing light wear. Carpet and seat belts are a bit crusty but still serviceable. Light pitting on gauge-surround trim. Quite tidy, clean and bone-stock under the hood—apart from modern battery and original peting, though. Aftermarket wood-rimmed steering wheel. Engine bay well restored at alignment, but they do shut solidly. Wears period accessory luggage rack and modern aftermarket chrome exhaust tip. Fitted with older replacement top and seat, with new carpet and seat belts. Seats and center arm rest pleasantly worn in. Tidy under the hood with new water pump, radiator, hoses, carburetors, brake lines, cables and shocks. Stock steel wheels shod with newer radials. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. Not a show car by any means, and would take a full tear-down to get it there. Still, this was proper money for a car that should be a decent tourer. The car was purchased just a month earlier at Mecum's St. Charles, IL, sale on September 15, 2011, for $13,515 (SCM# 184103), so this bid even had some room left for profit. #610-1959 PEERLESS GT coupe. S/N GT200172. Red/tan cloth. Older repaint has some noticeable polishing swirls but is quite presentable. Doors stick out a bit, but gaps are decent. Fiberglass bumpers painted silver, little remaining metal trim has mostly been replated. Reupholstered seats, door panels, and headliner, all with only light wear. Modern seat belts and carpeting installed. Under the hood, a lot of the alloy castings have been polished, in addition to the few brass components. Fresh radio, trafficators, dual fog lamps and singular driving light. All serialized components match original build sheet. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $35,000. As the seller put it, “All of the heavy work is done,” which indicated that there was some “light” work left to do. Two-and-a-half years ago, the car was declared sold here at Branson's April 2009 sale for $43,200 (SCM# 120270). Today it was bid to the “no work needed” level and really should have sold. #559-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 MC road- ster. S/N S812864. Silver/black cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 73,050 miles. Has been inactive in a private museum for some time. Presentable older repaint, doors wavy and fit poorly. Light pitting or frosting on most brightwork. Several rusty spokes on wire wheels, shod with older wide whitewall radials starting to turn brown. Piping around body coming loose in a few places, seats have heavy patina, nice older car- 130 Sports Car Market generator with heavy paint chipping. Fresh undercoating and economy muffler on the bottom side. Rolls on stock steelies with newer reproduction bias-ply whitewalls. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,100. With so many contemporary remakes of both classic sports cars and microcars, how long do I have to wait for a retro Bugeye Sprite? They're small, nimble and get great mileage. Not a steal perhaps, but this was still well bought. #286-1959 MGA roadster. S/N HDA4359117. White/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 90,529 miles. Recently repainted to average standard. Older bumper replate, most chrome shows light pitting. Door fit not particularly good, due to uneven gaps and panel light blast of undercoating beneath the body. Chrome knockoff wire wheels shod with modern radials. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Looking something like a 7/8th scale Ferrari 250 GT 2+2, the post-war British Peerless was fiberglass-bodied with the mechanicals of a Triumph TR3. As they make any Morgan look dead common, it's a bit hard to fix a price on it. The consigning dealer has it listed online at $48,500, but this bid would seem at least in the range of consideration. #218-1971 TRIUMPH STAG convertible. S/N LE1428LBW. Light yellow/yellow hard top & black vinyl soft top/black vinyl. Odo: 27,561 miles. Claimed to be a true 27k-mile “barn find.” Good original paint, recently buffed out and touched up. Most weatherstrips sagging, or crusty. Taillights faded. Wears 1972 New Mexico license plate. Good original interior soft trim, with more fading and soiling than


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Branson Branson, MO wear. Dash top pad and interior wood cracked and crazing. 1970s AM/FM/cassette stereo. Washed-off engine shows moderate surface rust on steel components. Equipped with both types of tops and chrome knockoff wire wheels shod with period Michelins. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,210. This was not quite a Stag to make you gag, but it certainly was no trophy magnet. Regardless, I thought that it must have been worth a little more, and since it was picked up by a prominent Midwest dealer who's not afraid of offbeat cars, I must be right. #615-1974 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N UE1S25664. White/black vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 57,994 miles. Equipped with a/c and chrome knockoff wire wheels with periodstyle Dunlop radials. Indicated miles claimed actual. Older repaint looks pretty decent on top but gets sloppier the further you go underneath it. Very presentable original brightwork. Generally good original top, but has holes at lower corners. Good original interior soft trim, McDowell, AZ, auction, then declared sold at $15,120 (SCM# 48777). Nearly four years later, this price seemed a bit spendy for a slightly tired restoration, but it was bought by a Midwest dealer, so I have a hunch I'll be running into it again at another auction. ITALIAN #606-1983 FERRARI 308 GTS Quattrovalvole. S/N ZFFMA13A6D0046917. Dark blue metallic/black panel/tan leather. Odo: 44,951 miles. Recently inspected by Kansas DMV and given their papal approval, prompted because the title shows 104,300 miles while the odometer and pattern of dealer service records for the last nine years show the current 44,951 miles. Excellent repaint. Recent interior redo, to no-worse-than-factory quality. although center console pad has far heavier wear than the seats—or anything else for that matter. Topical clean-up of original motor and ancillaries. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. By this final year of production, the E-type was more of a boulevard cruiser than a sports car. This one reinforced that point with its a/c and automatic transmission. Bid was in the ballpark for the market. GERMAN #644-1962 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 4695419. White/black cloth/butterscotch vinyl. Odo: 7,037 miles. Old pan-off restoration. Paint generally quite presentable, but some cracking at panel junctions and at tops of door pillars. Mostly reproduction bright trim and seals, with various pieces starting to come loose. Stock-style aftermarket chromed wheels. Slightly lowered front suspension, helped by slightly larger tires in rear. Recent top, stock-style seat upholstery, carpet Stock alloy wheels with a higher-than-stock level of polish, shod with modern radials. Tidy engine bay, but not a show car by any means. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,600. Paperwork from the state regarding mileage really shouldn't scare you off, as it does show that they are happy with it. Nonetheless, many potential buyers will be turned off. As such, it sold for all that was expected, at a price that otherwise would be a good buy. SPANISH #618-1964 VOISIN BISCUTER 100 roadster. S/N 0011780. Silver/blue cloth/red vinyl. Older cosmetic restoration. Very presentable repaint with original brightwork. Newer tires on original steel wheels with three chromed lug nuts each. Rudimentary turn signals added after it crossed the ocean. Engine indistinguishable from a snowmobile in both look and sound. Extremely simple top mechanism makes a Bugeye Sprite look like a '59 Ford Skyliner retractable. Reupholstered two- and door panels. Accessory under-dash wicker tray, steering wheel rim cover, in-dash AM/ FM/cassette and window cranks. Engine is a later 1,600-cc unit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,040. Last seen at Silver's 2008 Ft. 132 up bench seat. Modern label tape used to denote the controls on very rudimentary control panel. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The antithesis of Gabriel Voisin's dramatically styled Classics of the 1930s. Later in life he wanted to develop a car as basic as possible. With leftfront-wheel drive, a wash tub body, and no instrumentation, I'd say he pretty much achieved it. Then again, so did the King Midget. Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO However, because it's French-designed, the largest button is for the horn. Stated that the consignor wanted $25k for it, but for that it will be a tough sell anywhere but Monterey. AMERICAN #540-1915 SAXON B-512 roadster. S/N 7884. Green & black/black cloth/black vinyl. Recent cosmetic restoration, utilizing many hardware store fixtures and fasteners, like brass cabinet door hinges. Then again, these cars were pretty much hardware store build quality when new. Metal and wood finishing better than physically possible when originally built. All newer rubber throughout. Exposed brass oldie redo. Still, a Full Classic phaeton for under $50k is hard to beat, even if it took forever and a day to get there from $20k. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson in 2003, then declared sold for $34,560 (SCM# 30159), and not a mile turned since then, so the consignor should be just as pleased. #550-1930 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL B Victoria coupe. S/N 2500229. Gray & dark blue/blue pinstriped broadcloth. Odo: 228 miles. Received a concours-quality restoration a few years ago and still presents very well. Paint and chrome still excellent, with only a few light scuffs in higher traffic areas. Discreet modern turn signals added alongside luggage rack. Whitewall edges yellowing slightly. Only the slightest hint of wear on driver's seatbottom and carpeting. Fitted with wood spoke wheels, dual sidemount fenders, driving lights, heater, the minty original that the seller thought it was, and shoppers bid accordingly. High bid was realistic. #583-1936 PACKARD EIGHT series 1402 4-dr phaeton. S/N 394365. Green/tan cloth/green leather. Odo: 357 miles. Newer concours-quality restoration. Period-correct paint color is applied better than technologically possible when new. All exterior brightwork replated, including those pesky grille shutters. Expertly crafted top and interior upholstery with little indication of wear. Light pitting on some interior chrome fittings. Tidy engine bay. Stainless steel exhaust system unceremoniously protrudes straight out the back. starting to dull. Fitted with period accessory front bumper, modern repro rear-view mirror. Light top weathering, minimal evidence of seat wear. Extremely tidy motor and undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. A Saxon is a pretty rare sight anywhere, yet there were two of them here in Branson, and this one was the more authentically restored of the two. The top bid was not entirely out of line, but seller held tight, and aside from a Model T, you'd be hard pressed to get into a show-ready Brass Era car for much cheaper. #544-1930 BLACKHAWK MODEL L6 phaeton. S/N L65DW91E. Light yellow & black/light tan cloth/beige vinyl. Odo: 65,472 miles. Old repaint is lifting on body character lines, but it's still a shiny ten-footer. Brightwork has light frosting on the best pieces, heavy pitting on the rest. Fitted with dual side-mounts, cowl lamps, and trunk rack (sans trunk). Old Naugahyde interior discoloring along pleat and seam edges, but no rips, tears, or seam-splitting. Kept up under the hood functionally, but not and removable trunk. Show-ready engine bay. Reproduction s/n tag in standard location. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $49,000. Said to be one of five accounted for in the Pierce-Arrow Society's registry of the approximately 140 Victoria coupes built. Closed Classics remain in a state of decline, so while there was easily more put into this car than what was bid, this was still pretty much the high end of the market for it. #549-1934 NASH AMBASSADOR series 1290 sedan. S/N 522854. Green & black/dark gray velour. Odo: 59,531 miles. Claimed to be a mostly original car, but sports an older repaint and newer reupholstery in modern automotive fuzzy velour. Light patina on woodgrain dashboard, gauge face lettering very cloudy and looks like a fix-up gone bad. Vent windows starting to delaminate along edges. Generic ribbed sheet rubber reskin on the running boards, with the ribbing not following the edge Equipped with optional ride control and Goddess-of-Speed hood ornament, with period accessory mirrored Lorraine spotlight. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. We've seen this at a few auctions this year: It sold for $143,000 at RM's 2011 Amelia Island sale in March (SCM# 176564) and for $130,000 at Worldwide's Auburn sale just a month and a half ago in September 2011 (SCM# 184443). Since it's already been shopped heavily this year, I wasn't too surprised when it both showed up at another venue and didn't find a new home. #210-1951 DODGE M37 military truck. S/N 80013294. Olive Drab/Olive Drab canvas/Olive Drab canvas. Odo: 62,903 miles. Repaint is a step up from rattle can. Numerous dents and dings, no body prep. Originally had front winch, now with homemade tube front bumper instead. No rust-through noted, even in usual trouble spot beneath headlights on fenders. Spare tire mounted on WWII-era combat wheel loose in bed. Good-condition surplus soft top. Sloppy driver's seat redo. Cracked steering wheel, crazed and poorly masked cosmetically. Older brush-painted chassis now looking pretty grubby. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $42,660. The final year for the economy-grade Blackhawk's two-year run, built by Stutz as a separate nameplate. Sure, you won't get an invite to Pebble Beach, and 2011 was the big anniversary year for Stutzes. It's also a moldy 134 of the molding strip. Hood-to-cowl fit not all that great. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Only the most senior series of Nashes from the 1930s are accorded Full Classic status by the CCCA—with the Ambassador being the big Kahuna since mid-1932, when the model name was introduced. This was some ways off from gauge lenses. Converted from 24-volt to 12volt, and therefore also has a few more switches and a civilian heater under the dashboard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,100. With these driven primarily off-highway, 30k or 40k miles is about all you'll typically see on the odo. This example, by comparison, had quite a few miles on it. It sold in the expected ballpark for a decent runner—if not pretty deep into right field. Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO #545-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N P6FH285587. White/white hard top & black vinyl soft top/red & white vinyl. Odo: 21,927 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Called “a recent frame-up restoration,” but frame and everything bolted to it is all pretty dingy. Still, brilliant paint and chrome, and better-than-average door and panel fit. Underhood clean and presents as stock, apart from modern a/c compressor and battery. Mostly stock and like-new upholstery. Heavily optioned with power steering, brakes, windows Authentically detailed engine bay. Retains original-style bucket seats, but rest of interior tastefully modified similar to a stock station wagon, with folding rear bench seat, full several years ago and still presents well, despite some light panel-edge chipping. Doors shut clunky, but gaps are good. Mostly useable original trim, with some select older rechroming. Aftermarket wheel covers. Heavier wear and seats, plus both types of tops. Added modern a/c, AM/FM/cassette and every ‘Bird owner's favorite non-stock accessory: repop Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. This was one of those shock-and-awe early T-Birds that looks stunning at first, but once you peel back the layers of the onion and start to evaluate it even casually, it's nothing more than a very pretty driver. There may very well be $50k or more into it, but that doesn't mean you can sell it for that. #532-1957 STUDEBAKER GOLDEN HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 6101649. Gold & cream/gold & cream. Odo: 57,927 miles. 289ci supercharged V8, auto. 57k miles claimed actual. Restored in the early '90s to original spec and earned First in Class at Studebaker Driver's club at last appearance. Only deviation from stock is the modern radials. Repaint shows prep flaws, chrome and brightwork still stunning. Reupholstered interior shows well, although bottom of front bench seat is starting carpeting from the toe board to liftgate and upholstered rear quarter-panels. '70s-era GM shifter and '60s-era locking center console. Very tidy undercarriage. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $29,000. While it was nice enough—and rare enough, as I can't recall ever seeing a '58 sedan delivery in any condition—this never occurred in nature. A sedan delivery would've had a 3-on-the-tree instead of a 4-on-the-floor, and the Power Pac was also not a regular option (not that this was the original motor anyway). Then again, they wouldn't have had a backseat or upholstered interior side panels either. It was nicely executed, but no one here placed the same value on it as the consigning dealer today. BEST BUY #560-1959 PLYMOUTH SPORT FURY convertible. S/N M293101861. Copper/white vinyl/copper vinyl with tan & gray Nylon. Odo: 76,842 miles. 318-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Displays its original 1959 and 1960 Kansas City license stickers on windshield, with last MO state inspection sticker dating to 1978. Wears one older repaint, still rather presentable. Older bumper replate, rest of brightwork generally presentable. Interior sill plates and dashboard bezels very dull. Seats are either good originals or a good older redo. on top edging, plastic backlight scuffed. Front seats have had some sort of non-breathable cover over them, making the leather chalky and stiff, with several tears. Heavy carpet wear around pedals and door sills. Used-car-grade engine bay. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $17,000. This was the first year for the Starfire, and for this year only, it was available exclusively as a convertible. From 1962 through 1966, both convertibles and 2-dr hard tops were offered, and in its final year of 1966, it was a hard top only. While this one was not aging very gracefully, I would've expected to see it bid to $20k at least, so the no-sale was logical here. #203-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 2-dr sedan. S/N 20927O131860. Silver/gray cloth. Odo: 56,009 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Originally had an optional 102-hp motor, now has a 140 with ports for secondary carbs blocked off by aluminum plates. Said to have driven great on the way here, except it dropped a valve seat just before arriving. Repainted over original Ermine White to used car standards. Decent condition brightwork, but half the emblems are missing. Recently redone seats and door panels in nonstock material. Modern dark gray carpet lightly to wrinkle. Engine bay is concours-ready; undercoated undercarriage could stand to be detailed before it's shown again. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $39,960. Well known within the Studebaker Drivers Club, this example was owned from 1989 to 1991 by country western singer Conway Twitty, who commissioned the restoration. While still a very respectable car, it's starting to lose a bit of its luster, so letting it go at this price was reasonable. #529-1958 CHEVROLET DEL RAY sedan delivery. S/N G58O117290. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 13,807 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally built at Oakland as a Glen Green 6-cyl. Better-than-original body prep, paint and panel gaps. Replated bumpers and like-new brightwork. All new weatherstripping. 136 Dingy carpeting. Older engine compartment fluff-up, which still looks good now that it's washed off despite several economy-grade service parts. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,800. As the new top-rung Plymouth for '59, each Sport Fury came with a plaque affixed to the glovebox door engraved with the owner's name. In this case, she was Liz Rainwater. Considering that big fin Mopars have been continuing to gain momentum in the market—and at the worst, tread water—I'd say that Ms. Rainwater's Sport Fury was bought well. #624-1961 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. S/N 616K01272. Maroon metallic/white vinyl/maroon leather. Odo: 87,009 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repainted soiled. Generally kept up under the hood. Modern radials on stock steel rims. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $3,900. The 140-hp has the largest valves of all the Corvair engines and is known for dropping valve seats under certain conditions. If you run them hard and then back off, as when going up and down the hills approaching Branson, the seats can cool off too fast and come loose from the aluminum head. (And in this case, having half the carburetors didn't help.) This usually scores the affected piston jug, meaning it's basically time to shut down and pull the motor. Not a good day for the seller. #213-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza Spyder convertible. S/N 20967W266729. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 86,391 miles. 146-ci turbocharged H6, 4-sp. Decent newer repaint, mix of original and replated brightwork. Decent panel gaps, but rear quarter-window seals missing. OK older Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Online sales of contemporary cars 2010 Cadillac CTS-V replacement top. Original front seat vinyl turning black from U.V. exposure, some seamsplitting on bottom cushion, door panels moderately warped. Fitted with modern carpeting, replacement rear seat upholstery. Has brackets and looks nicest at top of car, suggesting painter didn't want to stoop. Front bumper slightly tweaked. Modern replacement windshield. Replacement seats and door panels Date sold: 12/08/11 eBay auction ID: 290641013763 Seller: Wagner Motors, Boylston, MA, www.wagnermotors.com VIN: 1G6DV5EP3A0127707 Details: Thunder Gray ChromaFlair over ebony leather. 6.2L V8, rated at 556hp. 6-spd manual. RWD. Sale Result: $51,806, 2 bids, sf 148. MSRP: $60,720 (base) Other current offering: Select Luxury Cars in Marietta, GA, asking $58,900. 2011 BMW 750Li M Sport a period unused Firestone spare and modern reproduction Delco battery in the engine bay. Motor generally tidy on top, but a mess underneath. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $8,500. Since I still own the '62 Monza convertible that I restored two decades ago, I might have been a bit hard on this “make it pretty enough to go away” driver. It was last seen here at Branson's 2007 sale, then declared sold at $9,936 (SCM# 47549). The high bid today was about all it's worth—even if it was declared on the block that they were five grand away from a deal. TOP 10 No. 10 #581-1964 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX2305. Princess Blue/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 32,773 miles. Date sold: 12/09/11 eBay auction ID: 160685038898 Seller: Fun Rides Inc., Boca Raton, FL VIN: WBAKB8C51BCY65888 Details: Alpine White over Black Nappa leather. 4.4L twin-turbo V8, rated at 400hp. 6-spd automatic. RWD. Sale Result: $77,800 MSRP: $86,400 (base) Other current offering: eCarLink in Dallas, TX, asking $80,888. 2011 Audi R8 5.2 Quattro Spyder Date sold: 12/08/11 eBay auction ID: 190607485486 Seller: Formula 1 Sports Cars, Miami, FL, formula1-sport-cars.ebizautos.com VIN: WUATNAFG8BN001348 Details: Phantom Black Pearl over Luxor Beige leather. 5.2L V10, rated at 525hp. 6-spd manual. AWD. Sale Result: $149,800 MSRP: $162,700 (base) Other current offering: Audi Manhattan in New York, NY, asking $180,425. ♦ 138 is original engine on a stand, aftermarket hard top, various spares and paperwork. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $513,000. This was the main feature car for the auction, and rightfully so. As one of the few remaining original-owner Cobras of any stripe, it has provenance bar-none. The bidding seemed to hit the wall at $450k, but slowly worked its way to the $500k ceiling on the hammer. Others may disagree, but because this is the first time it was ever a used car, we can forgive the few changes on it and call it well bought for the long term—perhaps for another 47 years. #506-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5T07T185831. Emberglow Metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 32,160 miles. 200-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Stated that Missouri title has typo on VIN. Repaint in approximately original hue has a few masking errors around rear bumper 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Bought new by a Kansas doctor in 1964 and kept until his death this year. Restored several years ago to average standard in as-built colors. Presentable original brightwork. Older interior redo lightly worn. Original optional Cobra-labeled AM radio. Engine bay tidy. Older brush paint job on suspension. Retains five original knockoff wire wheels. Occasionally raced in SCCA and autocrossed, with trophies included. Also included show minimal wear. Fitted with non-stock console, under-dash CD stereo and old non-stock brown carpeting, heavily faded and stained, probably from a formerly blown heater core. Wears newer all-season radials. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,480. If the warranty disclosure form matches the title, it's no wonder there's a typo—it shows the body tag codes and not the VIN. They must have missed the line printed on every 1965 FoMoCo body tag that states “Not for title or registration purposes” (and it's not painted over, either). This was a mediocre car to start out with, so enough was paid to deal with it. Good luck at the register's office! #558-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S108229. Rally Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 58,826 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage claimed actual. Recent thorough frame-off restoration, no discernible body seam broadcasting through the repaint. Authentic and clean under the hood and under the car. Minimal discernible wear or soiling on new repop interior. Originally built with optional L79 350-hp engine, M20 4-speed, 3.70 ratio Positraction differential and AM/FM. Factory-style a/c, wood-rimmed steering wheel and replacement AM/FM radio added. Retains original window sticker and tank sticker. The only stock C2 here today. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $72,360. If there was an award for too much crap on display with your car, this would win hands down. Beyond the informative signage, they had an absolutely over-the-top Halloween display around and in the car, including a skeleton behind the wheel. It seemed like all marketing sizzle and no steak to me and several others, but it nonetheless achieved a very respectable price. #578-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29J9B383276. Dark green metallic & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 520 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Retains original build sheet and window sticker. Restored within last decade to high quality. Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO Paint gaps better than factory. Minimal interior wear. Engine bay tidy and correct, with only a modern battery. Correct repro tags and undercoating. Heavily optioned with 4.10 ratio Super Trac-Pac, power steering, windows and front discs, tint glass, console, woodgrain wheel, up to that speed isn't enough to make you believe in the power of a '60s Hemi, you'll never be convinced. The thought of controlling said cinder block at speed, however, is enough to give the driver the Big Cojones award for that year. Market price for a typical Hemi, but this was not your typical Hemi. #637-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr six-way driver's seat, Tic-Toc-Tach, light package, and AM/8-track. Reportedly the only Daytona with a dealer-installed white vinyl top. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $400,000. When I was asked by someone who saw me taking notes what I felt it would sell for, I guessed it would get bid to $300k and not sell. Well, I was $100k too low, but it still was a no-sale. Then again, regardless of what figure I'd have stuck on it, I just got the feeling that it was not going to change hands this weekend, with the market still not settled on Hemis. #590-1969 PLYMOUTH GTX 2-dr hard top. S/N RS23J9G252603. Dark green metallic/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,487 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Mileage claimed actual. Was a dedicated race car until restoration to stock spec 15 years ago, in museum setting since, virtually unworn. Panel gaps somewhat inconsistent, per factory. Engine bay, undercarriage and interior all stock and show-ready, apart from Southern California Timing Association brass tag screwed to air cleaner lid. Optional Hemi, 4-speed, Super Trac-Pac differential, power front discs, power ing and wire management. Not a clone, as confirmed by Pontiac Historical Services copy of build sheet shown with car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $50,760. Bidding pretty much just plodded along until the reserve was cut loose at $41k. Then the next bid jumped to $45k, with that bidder having to toss another at it to get it bought. While not a time-capsule car, the low miles made this price seem not so silly. #523-1971 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS convertible. S/N 136671B122751. Sunflower Yellow & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 34,045 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Repainted in stock colors nicer than stock, with most brightwork replated or replaced. Light wear and fading on repro seats, door panels, and dash. Modern aftermarket Hurst shifter and oil pressure gauge fitted. steering, Air Grabber hood, console, light package, in-dash tach, full tinted glass and AM/ FM. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. This car held a class record (B Altered C/S) of 195.86 mph at Bonneville in 1976—as verified by the SCTA brass tag affixed to the lid of the air cleaner. If getting a 4,000-pound car with the aerodynamic properties of a cinder block some wear and wrinkling. Fitted with aftermarket console T-pad and shift knob. Factoryoptional LT-1, power steering and brakes, interior décor group, tilt/tele steering column, and AM/FM radio. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. 1972 was the last year for full chrome bumpers, and this drop top did have an LT-1, but the top bid looked fair enough and realistically should have sold the car. #300-1972 CHEVROLET K-5 BLAZER Cheyenne SUV. S/N CKE182F161240. Aqua/white painted fiberglass/black vinyl. Odo: 2,611 miles. 350-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Recent frame-off restoration of a lifelong southern Missouri truck. Excellent prep and paint, all new trim except original dealer tags. New reproduction interior reasonably well fitted. Rebuilt original motor is both tidy and robust-sounding. Optional equipment includes hard top. S/N 242379Z115127. Orange/white vinyl. Odo: 16,602 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. 16k miles claimed actual. Paint seems too nice to be original, but no masking or sanding marks found. Light pitting or frost on most chrome. Modern non-OEM windshield fitted. No yellowing of the vinyl, as most of it appears to have been redyed. Older engine repaint, with some gaskets weeping. Non-stock ignition wir- Originally a bench seat car. Equipped with factory-optional a/c, power steering and power brakes. Stated to have under 1,000 miles on rebuilt “correct date coded” motor, but it sounds more robust that stock, even discounting the chambered exhaust system. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,860. It took a little while to get this one up to speed, but after it got past $28k and looked close to selling, Spanky really got spanking. I sure hope the buyer knew what he was getting into. #621-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 1Z67L2S524745. Red/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 54,886 miles. 350-ci 255-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Indicated miles claimed to be actual. Body tag missing, popped off before recent repaint. Better-than-stock door gaps. Replated bumpers and mostly repro trim. Retains original LT-1 block, yet nothing on top of it is stock. Original seats and carpeting have 350-ci V8, TH350 automatic, a/c, power steering, tint glass, skid plate package, push-button AM radio and rear seat. Also had chrome wheel covers, but they have been replaced by modern GM truck Rally wheels with all-terrain tires. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,600. The first-generation Blazers tend not to have survived well into the 21st century, as they were used heavily year-round, and were therefore more subject to rot than their two-wheel-drive pickup counterparts. This one sold today for $4k less that the reported $25k spent on restoration, and was an impact wrench and a set of wheels away from stock configuration, so call it a decent buy. © 140 Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Online Sales Italian Projects and Parts Collections When you have time and money… and want to punish yourself A ITALIAN #290637182063-1958 FIAT 1200 TV roadster. S/N N/A. Rust/rust. 16 photos. Spokane, WA. “Car is in poor shape with no title or paper work. The car is solid in the trunk and from firewall forward. The windshield glass, radiator and front bumper are missing. Just three hub caps, four spinners. The center of the car is super bad and will need new rockers and floors, the tunnel is solid above the floors. The grills, intake, carb, exhaust man, horn cap and jack are in the trunk. No title and not running, but motor, trans and drive line are still the convertible top.” 17 bids. sf 1. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $810. What a cute little fright pig here. The seller mentions an Autobianchi that sold for $82k (SCM# 168707), but that car is worlds away from where this one sits. Microcar love is still strong in the market, but it is a pipe dream to think this one can be restored by the time indifference sets in the market. It is a well sold pile of parts. installed.” 22 bids. sf 277. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $1,365. Alternatively titled “When Rust Attacks!” In any interior picture provided by the seller, the ground can be seen through where the floor was. I wish the buyer good luck in sourcing whatever parts are missing, especially that windshield. Parts donation would probably be this car's best bet at ensuring species survival. If it was bought as such, good buy, otherwise it has been well sold. #270862428772-1959 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Trasformabile convertible. S/N 110B012598. White & rust/none. Odo: 23,408 miles. 4 photos. Hampton Bays, NY. “No motor, no transmission, no title. I got the car from a costumer that wanted to repair it but never gave me any money for the job. Most body parts are still in the car. Car uses any regular motor or transmission from ‘50s to late 142 #220897192584-1959 FERRARI 250 PF Series I coupe. S/N N/A. Black/none. miles. 12 photos. Sydney, AUS. “I bought this body many years ago and my intention was to restore it, but due to lack of time it has sat in my warehouse taking up room. Sound-straight-complete body shell. All body panels are there, and in good order. All glass is still there (front windscreen has chip though). The body does not have ID tags, they were off it when i purchased it. The body needs new floor pans to be welded some rust, needs to be restored, good trunk, floor needs replaced.” Spider webs throughout interior. 22 bids. sf 28. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $1,712. It's not a bad buy, getting a car at 1/10th the going rate for a decent condition example. As long as the new owner isn't looking to take this to number 1 condition, there should be plenty of financial headroom to repair the rust and sort out the mechanicals. Well bought. #300626174898-1973 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNNK06568. Steel gray/gray steel. 24 photos. Mapleton, MN. “The car is in need of a restoration along with all the parts with it. It has some rust. I have another Pantera, so I know about rust issues they have (would be great for a dropped-floor pan conversion) car has been stripped and most of it blasted. It has been sitting since 1980. Most of all the parts are there for the car and all in boxes. I have a clean and clear title for it. nother month, another safari through the fascinating world of eBay Motors. Our explorations took a turn — maybe a dark turn — toward Italian cars for the brave. There is bit of spare room in the SCM Garage that Publisher Martin has been itching to fill, so I thought I'd offer some possible project ideas. And was I shocked at what I found begging for someone to build. Parts bins, crated bodies and rust! Oh my! No doubt any of them would keep our friends at the body and repair shops wrenching away deep into the long, cold winter nights. 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) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics ‘60s Fiat 400. The car has suicide doors and most body parts are there, even the structure for rotary engine or VW TDI and take it to various concours and enjoy the mean stares flooding my way. 250 PF coupes may be rising “fastly” in value, but they are sort of the least desirable 250s and this one just begs for too much to be done to it. And with no ID tag, it is won't be easy to verify the shell's authenticity. #250941501122-1971 ALFA ROMEO GTV 1750 coupe. S/N AR453224. Red/black. Odo: 109,000 miles. 16 photos. Clackamas, OR. “This is an all original Alfa that needs a good home. Has been sitting for a long time, but was running when last parked 6 years ago. Complete, nothing missing. I was going to make a track car, but too many cars. Alfa has in, the previous owner had a restorer cut them out, the work was never completed.” 0 bids. sf 88. Cond: 6. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. Maybe it's sacrilegious, but I'd like to make a tube chassis for this car, put in a forced-induction This would be a great starter car for someone who wanted to take their time and build a car.” 0 bids. sf 85. NOT SOLD AT $100. This auction didn't even solicit one bid, incredible. It is as close to building your own car as it gets outside of a kit. I think it might have made for a fun multi-winter project, considering these cars go for $40k to $60k when in good, complete condition. It would at least have been worth taking a chance and if nothing else, parting it out. © Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers California Car Covers early model, rare blue color, original, only known survivor in blue with numbers-matching brick. The cinder block is not original, but the original cinder block has been located and is available for sale to complete package. This is a rare opportunity to own an important car cover in #2 condition, will not last. — Daniel J. Santry, via email RUNNER-UP: Although it was covered with an N.O.S. monogrammed Bricklin car cover, the Ferrari was easily spotted by even the most casual observer. — Hank Mauel, Auburn, CA Dang, I coulda swore that double-wide came with a covered garage — Tom Rodberg, Irvine, CA To hide his aging exterior, an old and wrinkled Thomas Magnum painted his now-famous Ferrari a dark color, put a tarp over it, parked it in front of Robin Masters' estate and went into hiding forever. — Ron Susser, Ashburn, VA Cover for another spinoff from SCM — Car and Paver. — Joseph Kimock, via email I was the 1%. Now, I'm the 99% Occupying The Street. — Joseph S. Hladek, Sherman, CT Oh, Enzo! We merged with Ford (Fix Or Repair Daily) after all! — Jay Gillotti, Mercer Island, WA I know what you're thinking. I should have found the Targa top before the storm, but Robin Masters is never around to notice anyhow. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA For Sale: 1979 Ferrari 308 GTS, always kept in secure storage, never been in the rain, call for details. — Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Taking full coverage a little too literally. — Regina Driscoll, Grand Rapids, MI Secret photos leaked from behind the set of “Magnum to the 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; cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Future!” — Steve Racelis, via email Yes, I know it will cost Corvette money — as in whole car — to get it back on the road again. No, I will not go back to driving a Chevy. No, it is not for sale. — Rich Coparanis, SCM Comments With Your Renewals I have been with you now since 1997. Still hands-down my favorite car magazine of the dozens I get. Sorry to read about the Isetta woes. My '57 has been quite reliable. You just need to remove those 12 body-to-frame bolts, get two of your friends to lift the body off the chassis, and rebuild the drive train! — Richard Reina, Neshanic Station, NJ Richard, can you come to Portland in a few weeks and help me get started? — KM 144 World Headquarters Don't be fooled by the Ferrari badges, Keith. You can tell by the cover that it's a Brick-lin! — Dennis Thalmann, via email Upon seeing the Ferrari he purchased online, Keith Martin longed for his broken MG and email: mysteryphoto@sports- carmarket.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 crashed Mercedes. — K.J. Bedminster, via email This must have been taken in Oregon. I know because I recognize the Oregon state flag covering the car. — Terry Ballard, via email The elusive Ferrari/Bricklin. — Gary R. Law, Hornby Island, B.C. Stunning in Nero with recent Azzuro Oregon removable top. Original leather trim has a wonderful patina. Tasteful upgrades This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: January 25, 2011 include a third Brick Light and fresh cinderblocks at each corner. Driven sparingly. Best offer. — Ian Easton, via email Sadly, as the value of the Ferrari 348 descended into 308 territory, scenes of owner abuse became much more common. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) protects aged Italian auto industry. — Laura Racelis-Paradiso, Chicago, IL Even if the brick were pure gold, I would still be upsidedown on this deal! — John T. Kernan, San Diego, CA Once they break, you cannot afford to fix them — leave it by the side of the road. — Al Zim, via email Daniel J. Santry wins an SCM ball cap — with tasteful Keith Martin patina applied during a warm afternoon at the 2011 Concorso Italiano — for his recognition of how a true SCMer attracts the best buyers and the top prices. © All the very best with ACC. I know it's going to be a home run. No — A Grand Slam Home Run. — Buddy Pepp, Beverly Hills, CA The must-have magazine! I let my husband have it first. — Mrs. Lynn, Reno, NV And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin Sports Car Market


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Our Cars Jérôme Hardy 1941 Lincoln Continental Coupe A s I've said before (SCM September 2010, Our Cars p. 126), “It is amazing what can be achieved with a little bit of luck and good SCM friends.” In September 2008, I became the new owner of a 1939 Packard Super Eight Club Coupe — thanks to Paul Duchene and Jim Pickering. The car had to be picked up by truck in Portland, OR, delivered to Los Angeles, CA, and then shipped by closed container to Le Havre, France. Price for a 40-foot (two cars) container is only 25% higher than for a 20-foot container (one car). The truck guy was asking only Details Owner: Jérôme Hardy, vice president of Club de l'Auto in France; president of the Packard Automobile Club de France Purchase date: December 2008, in Portland, OR Delivery date and location: May 2009, Paris, France Purchase Price: $55,000, delivered and titled in Paris Mileage since purchase: 500 Spent since purchase: $600, all in Hershey, PA, this fall Recent work: Oil change, clean spark plugs (as usual) $200 more to transport two cars. I quickly found myself calling my SCM friends again: “Would you know any nice pre-war coupes for sale at a good price in Portland?” Sure enough, a fully restored, black with red leather/tan fabric — with the chassis and troublesome V12 all rebuilt — 1941 Lincoln Continental Coupe was secured. I love 1940-41 Lincoln Continentals for their European-style design in a modern, streamlined package. Black is the color to have, as most were that hue out of the factory. Watch “The Godfather” movie to spot one. Five months later, both cars showed up in Le Havre, France. The The Packard started like a charm, but the Lincoln needed an assist home Packard started like a charm. No one told me that it is REQUIRED to pull the key toward you after a counter-clockwise quarter-turn on the Lincoln ignition. The Lincoln cranked like crazy and had fuel but no spark. It went back home on the trailer. Since I learned about the key drill, the Lincoln has been used mostly for shows. It is a true rarity in Europe, and it is the ONLY one for sure in France, and there are probably no more than three in all of Western Europe. The Lincoln's lines and advanced design features, such as the push- door handle button, attract connoisseurs. My 18-year old daughter Camille understands nothing about pre- World War II car design. But her smile at the latest Polo de Paris Concours d'Elegance this fall proves once again than it is all about sharing the passion for old cars. Nicola Bulgari says, “Europeans don't understand American cars.” I agree, and I am working hard to change this. © THERE'S A NEW KID ON THE BIG BLOCK Introducing a new magazine from the SCM team The expertise that made Sports Car Market the definitive source for assessing collector car values is now focused on the surging market in American vehicles 1 YEAR-6 ISSUES FOR ONLY $29.95! 2-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $55 3-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION $80 Go to www.AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe or call 503-261-0555 x 1 H GM H Ford H Mopar H Corvette H Race H Hot Rods H and more in every issue H February 2012 145 SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY RATES FOR SCM SUBSCRIBERS!


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. Czech 1941 Tatra T87 This is a Kurt Tanner restored big healey that has traveled less than 800 miles since completion! Full nut and bolt restoration! $78,900. Contact Wayne304.284.0192, 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase II Torpedo roadster. Just recommissioned after a long sleep. In a prominent East Coast museum. Correct, very rare, very nice. $22,500. Contact Richard508.336.9700, Website: www.championms.com. 1956 Talbot T14LS 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 French 1925 Citroën 5CV C2 Boattail Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7556, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1953 Jaguar XK 120 OTS Healey Blue/black. Only 151 Healeys made after this car. Excellent condition. Contact Ian- 954.463.5300, email: ian@thegailgroup.com. 1973 MG B GT Solid, strong running example of Hans Ledwinka's engineering marvel. Streamlined, monocoque construction, magnesium V8. Captivatingly bizarre. $265,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7556, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) English 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Dual Windscreen Tourer Freshly restored. Highly detailed engine bay and undercarriage. Strong running, driving example. Tools, weather equipment, Heritage Certificate. $118,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7556, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1954 Nash Healey Le Mans coupe V8 conversion, 5-spd. Good paint and interior. Body off, frame painted and new suspension, Spax shocks. Runs perfect. More pictures available. $13,000. Contact David- 801.699.3928, (UT) 1999 Jaguar XJ8L One off body by Brewster. Sea Blue w/ red leather. Three owners since new. Splendid condition and believed by experts to be one of the best original chassis in existence. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@ msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville Recent restoration, some detail work remaining. Healey chassis, Pininfarina body , Nash driveline. 1 of 150 coupes. $115,000. Contact Fantasy510.653.7556, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1957 Jaguar XK 140 One owner, 14,000 miles, like new! Every record from new! Original wheels and tires included! $22,900. Contact Wayne- 304.284.0192, 1978 Mercedes-Benz 300d coupe By Park Ward. Impeccable styling with exterior cane work and a rear electric blind, silk rope pulls tray tables, vanities, and exquisite cabinetry in bleached quilted maple. Good history. One of the finest town cars of the Classic Era. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@ msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1952 Bentley Mk VI Imperial Maroon with biscuit interior. Professional restoration. Original engine mated to 5-spd with front disc brakes. Ex-California car. More details and photos available. JK Restorations. $155,000. Contact Jim- 630.554.2120, 1959 AC Ace Bristol Exceptional one owner collector car, in So Cal since new. Never used for Taxi/Limo work. Left hand drive. Automatic, Ford turbo-diesel. Custom Interior, great features, Clarion AM/FM/CD. Built-in taxi meter that works. Handicap ramp, easy maint./ parts. Mint condition. Inside rear compartment like new. Gets more looks than a Bugatti or Ferrari! $39,000. Contact Edward- 949.715.9692, email: edwardfshulz@aol.com. (CA) 2005 Bentley Continental GT Champagne beauty. 80k miles. LWB, interior excellent, stored winters. Recent dealer service. $5,995. Contact James- 414.964.5910, (WI) 2004 London Taxi LXII Immaculate Condition, Needs Nothing! High Gloss Dark Green Exterior over Tan Interior, Fully Rebuilt 2.8L 6 Cylinder, Auto Trans, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Ice Cold Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Hard and Soft Tops, Meticulously Serviced and Maintained, None Finer! $52,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1974 BMW 2002 Nearly completed renovation. Everything on car is original or correct reproduction replacement. Have owned for 25 years. Email for link to photos. $4,500. Contact Don- 707.942.0546, email: don@napanet. net. (CA) 1974 TVR 2500M Immaculate, fantastic modification of coupe to convertible. Expertised by clean Pierre Cornu. Evaluation of value: 180,000 euros/$261,000. Complete documentations, details of construction. BMW V8: #62001. Contact James- 304.269.1572, email: usafranceauto@aol.com. German 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Blue/blue w/M-B Tex. 70k miles. Two owner car. Box new, interior and exterior restored or as original. Zibart. $24,500. Contact Dan- 707.321.5482, email: vestar@sonic.net. 1979 Mercedes-Benz 280E Rare, coachbuilt Graber body. Extremely nice cosmetic condition. Runs and drives exceptionally well. Grand touring Bentley. $195,000. $195,000. 146 Brown metallic w/brown leather. 16” wire wheels. V8 Cobra engine installed in 1965 by 1st owner. Full restoration 2004–06 in USA by 2nd owner. Perfect condition, very nice car! 195,000 euros. Contact Racing Box- 00.32.475.476.288, email: racingbox@ skynet.be. Moonbeam Silver/Beluga hides. 8k miles. Factory chrome wheels. All books, tools, service, and updates. Perfect condition and finish. Contact Dean915.598.1302, email: dcreiber@msn.com. Gray/blue. 86k miles. Gas Euro sedan. $9,500. Contact Dan- 707.321.5482, email: vestar@sonic. net. Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1997 Porsche 993 C2 Black/black leather. 57k miles. 60k service done. Always garaged/covered. Motorsound. CDR210. All receipts from past nine years. $29,911. Contact Jack401.245.9014, (RI) 2010 Audi S5 cabriolet Red/cream. Concours. 27k. Glass Saratoga top, Euro spoilers, major service, tools, books. $42,000. Contact Robert- 715.772.4992, (WI) 1985 Alfa Romeo Spider Prestige Plus 27k. Audi Care for 35k and 45k services included. In addition, the car is under warranty through 12/14. Car is the best of all worlds. Fast, seats 4, awd, convertible plus all the luxury. RARE CAR AND COLOR. 7 speed dsg. $54,000. Contact Randy- 702.569.4866, (NV) 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS Gullwing 44k miles. 3+ condition. Mechanically excellent. Rebuilt transmission. Very solid. Must see and drive! Contact Brian- 203.927.0334, email: greenfieldimported@gmail.com. (MA) 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Red/tan leather. 2nd owner. 15k miles. All records, updated maintenance. $68,500. Contact Don972.239.3258, (TX) Magno Monza Grey (matte) finish. Only one built this combo. 1200 miles. New condition on MSO. You will be frist owner. Contact Robert- 908.601.0288, (NJ) Italian 1959 Abarth 750 Zagato 1991 Ferrari Testarossa With two tops. Low mileage. 312-ci V8, automatic, new Coker tires, fender skirts. Accident free. Arizona car, so no rust. $54,000. Contact Rick- 520.977.1771, 12-cylinder Club sedan with salon trim. Rust free CA car w/900 miles since Pebble Beach level restoration costing over $200k. Immaculate condition throughout. Contact Tom- 831.320.7076, (CA) 1947 Cadillac Series 75 Fleetwood Limousine Excellent original condition w/ 50k Miles. Original official embassy transport car. Black with Black leather in front, tan cloth in rear. Original spotlight, sirens and sombrero-style full hubcaps. AACA Preservation Award winner. Charles S. Crail Automobiles. Contact Charles- 805.568.1934, email: eenberg@msn.com. Website: www.charlescrail.com. 1948 Nash 600 Super 4-dr sedan US car. 32k miles. This car runs and looks great. 15k service done at 29k miles. Private seller. $52,000. Contact Axel- email: axel@krohnecapital. com. (CA) 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider This is Zagato #52. #532947. The engine is new w/10 mm head bolts, Abarth cam and crank. Red and tan leather interior. More pics and info available. $90,000. Contact David- 801.699.3928, (UT) 20,500 miles. One owner. All original. Flawless. Full service w/belts done 3k miles ago. $44,500. Contact Ned- 401.323.7005, Website: www.championms. com. Model 4840. Show winner. 63k original miles. Onefamily owned since new. Extremely original paint, chrome, upholstery, etc. Car in excellent condition. Always garaged- it has never spent a night under the stars. $19,950. Contact Grant- 703.675.4428, email: addisoncrowder@yahoo.com. (VA) 1949 Art Rod Lapin Agile This car was named by Leon Mandel with full page feature in “Autoweek” 04/09/00. New, never-driven, “garage-find” Chrysler straight-eight. Changeable fabric body. $78,800. Contact Anatoly918.743.0888, (OK) Very rare 289/3-spd coupe built in Mexico. Very few know to exist today. A must for any serious Mustang collection. Number one, absolutely pristine car. Open to possible trades. $39,995. Contact Kevin315.415.0261, email: kmfear@aol.com. (NY) Rare, one owner. Saddle tan/tan leather. 4-spd. Perfect original condition. Fully documented, low mileage, needs nothing. Belongs in museum/ collection. Sell/trade, serious inquires. Contact Richard- 561.272.1718, 1965 Ford Mustang Full Frame-off Restoration, Red/Red with White convertible top, 325-ci V8 with two 4-bbl carbs and batwing air cleaner, red leather Interior, Factory Parade Boot, Loaded, Power Windows, 6 way Seat, Top with new hydraulics, Power Release and Close Trunk Latch, Autronic Eye auto dimming headlights, Sabre Wheels, Like New Condition! $169,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www. thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Split Window 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible 1983 Ferrari 308 GTS QV American 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 1236 1956 Ford Thunderbird 148 Sports Car Market


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1965 Superformance Cobra Mk III car cover - A Great Car! $48,000. Contact Warren973.214.1364, email: wseifer@seifer.com. (NJ) 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Black/gray leather. All options. Original owner. All paperwork incl. window sticker. 1,600 original miles. Garaged and covered. $24,000. Contact Ron609.266.3928, (NJ) 2000 Ford Mustang Cobra R A perfect example of a Superformance Cobra Mk III. Low miles- 1300. 427 Roush/Ford engine w/5-spd transmission. Professional maintenance, kept in climate controlled garage. Carroll Shelby autograph on glove box. 5-point belts. Absolutely no issues. Mint condition. $65,000. Contact Raymond847.251.0597, email: rykoenig1@aol.com. (IL) 1966 Pontiac GTO This is a nearly perfect car with 14,000 miles in the rare Blue color! This example is one of 79 Esperante's built in 2002! $59,900. Contact Wayne304.284.0192, PHS Documented GTO, 389-ci V8 with Tri-Power and 4 Speed! Cameo Ivory Exterior over a Beautiful Original Red Bucket Seat Interior with Console, Original Paint, body panels and undercarrige in near excellent condition. Rally Gauges with Tach, Rally 1 Wheels, Must See! $47,900. Contact Rick847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 2004 CAV GT40 SVT Ford Mustang Cobra R #38 of 300. Perfect car owned by 74-yr old car collector. Never raced. $39,750. Contact Larry- 630.643.8082, (IL) 2002 Panoz Esperante 3,822 miles. Custom tan leather/black alcantera interior including full doors and roof. Smith gauges, fire system, lumbar inflator. Ford 302 by HRE Motorcars. 385hp/325ft/lbs, MSD, Holley 4-bbl, 12-qt sump w/remote cooler, Audi 5-spd. Heat, a/c, 3M clear bra, Aeroquip lines. Titled/registered in NJ. $85,000. Contact Warren- 973.214.1364, email: wseifer@seifer.com. (NJ) Documented Original Numbers Matching Stage 1 455, 4-speed with a/c! Red/Black, rare factory options, possibly 1 of 1. Loaded, power windows, locks, seat, tilt wheel, center consolette, Rally gauges with tach and speed alert, concours nut and bolt restoration. $89,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1973 Checker Marathon Big and beautiful. Yellow w/original brown interior. Absolutely rust free. Fantastic condition. Full set of magnetic taxi decals for extra fun. Fly in and drive this anywhere. $19,500. Contact Richard508.336.9700, Website: www.championms.com. 1985 Pontiac Trans Am Prototype Kammback 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Commemorative Edition 2,450 miles. Original $57,485 sticker. Factory original and mint. 6-spd, 405hp, titanium exhaust, special suspension, carbon fiber hood. Factory graphics and embroidered interior. Contact Ken248.626.5500, email: kal@thepdmgroup.com. 2005 Pontiac GTO HO V8, 5-spd, factory air, power steering, brakes, AM/FM stereo cassette, glass t-tops. Professionally restored. Editorialized. PHS docs. $125,000. Contact Terry- email: tmichaelis@charter.net. (OH) 1987 Aurora Mark III Magna-supercharged 6.0-liter Pontiac coupe. Very stealthy. Like new - stored inside garage. 475hp at the rear wheels. Automatic transmission - tall gearing. Very slippery shape, very high top speed. Excellent mapping. Exhaust quiet but muscular. Signed by DSG (current owner). All 7,810 driven by Dan Gurney. One of a kind. $41,999. Contact Kathy714.540.1771, email: kweida36@aarinc.com. (CA) 2009 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Last car built - 5 of 5. Stock Ford 302HO w/4bbl and 5-spd w/od, a/c, heat. Electric windows, trunk and antennae. Tan leather, black carpets, cherrywood console, chrome Zenith spline- drive wires, inboard rear discs, articulated cloth top, stereo cassette. All records, brochures, manuals, February 2012 Blue/black. Protection package. Nav/Sat radio. 7k miles. $77,500. Contact Kevin- 319.337.4140, email: info@hartek.org. Website: www.hartek.org. (IA) © 149


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With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) 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 MotoeXotica Classic Cars & Auc- tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona. Combining some of the industry's lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-543-9393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! 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) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) Russo and Steele Collector AuLeake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Join Leake Auction Company as they celebrate 40 years in the collector car auction industry. Their unsurpassed tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta Sports Car Market


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through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, 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. Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters.com. Buy/Sell/General Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc, one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual's daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers presale or post-sale inspections. Uniquely located in Iowa we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) 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) 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) indiGO Classic Cars. 2shores International. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 920.945.0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the U.S! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! Visit us online: 2-shores.com. (WI) 888.255.5546, indiGO Classic Cars buys individual cars and collections specializing in the purchase of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsche and Mercedes. indiGO will pay for shipping, handle paperwork and will gladly pay finder's fees. indiGO has capital and large lines of credit to pay the highest prices. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a '60s muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport.com. Luxury Brokers International. Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. International Auto Appraisers Resource. 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. Brighton Motorsports. 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) 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) Collector Car Insurance 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. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, 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) February 2012 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com. www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Keniworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to….The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 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) 151


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FerrariChat.com. The largest onAston Martin of New England. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. European Collectibles, Inc. Lamborghini Houston. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. With over 25 years of experience in Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) 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. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com. (OR) 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 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. German Cosdel International TransportaCarobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 152 tion. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Sports Car Market 888.588.7634, Lamborghini Houston is a factory authorized Lamborghini dealership offering customers new and pre-owned Lamborghinis in addition to one of the largest selections of exotic cars in the United States. With one of the finest service facilities in the world, Lamborghini Houston consistently services all exotic cars including Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Aston Martins. Lamborghini Houston offers shipping nationwide. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) 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 advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European Sports Cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicle in stock to chose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to Concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles. com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Porsche of North Houston. 888.588.7634, Porsche of North Houston is a factory authorized Porsche dealership committed to all things Porsche. Porsche of North Houston activates experiential Porsche ownership for customers offering a large selection of new, pre-owned and vintage Porsches. We offer nationwide shipping. Porsche of North Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.porscheofnorthhouston.com.(TX) Import/Export


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Inspections ity services from basic maintenance to full frame-off restorations. www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Sports and Competition 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) Italian MMRsite.com. The on-line inforHamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300, with more than 30 years in the industry and world wide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferrari of the '50s & '60s. www.ferrari4you.com Literature 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 LeMay—America's Car Museum, set for a fall 2011 opening in Tacoma, 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 Autobahn Power 877.683.3001 We specialize in complete Performance and Modification Projects for all types of vehicles. Spanning decades we have completed literally hundreds of project cars. Many are used for daily drivers that can aggressively ramp it up for performance venues. Located in the heart of the Midwest we're easily accessible. If you've got a project in mind, we know you want a trusted source for quality work in performance, efficiency and safe upgrades to your ride. Choose us! Autobahn Power! Visit us at autobahnpower.com. February 2012 mation and entertainment resource for enthusiasts of European cars and motorcycles. Interactive database features include 1,300 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. Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for car care products and automotive accessories. www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) 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, 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) © RPM Classic Sports Cars. WeatherTech® Automotive Acces- sories. 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 www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration - General 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. FOLLOW SCM 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) The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Keniworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, TLD is your one stop destination providing the highest qual- 153


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Carl Bomstead eWatch First Superman Comic Goes Up, Up and Away Rally badges, license plates signs and toys ease the pain of not having a superhero comic book printed in 1938 Thought Carl's The issue of Action Comics that featured the first appearance of Superman was recently sold on comicconnect.com for a record- This was not its first rodeo, as it sold at auction in 1997 for $150,000. Wish we could get that kind of leverage on the stuff we buy! Here are a few items we found that won't provide the same return on investment as the Action Comic, but then they are not as expensive either: offered on eBay for $475, with the wimpy disclaimer that “I'm not an expert on these so not sure of its origin.” This one had the red paint on the exhaust tips but it was missing paint elsewhere. At the price paid, well bought. EBAY #200651576855 — 1957 MOBILGAS AUSTRALIAN RALLY BUMPER BADGE. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: AU $315 (Approx. $307 U.S.) Date: 9/11/2011. These enameled bumper badges were most likely presented to participants in this rally. The route was designated on the badge, and it looked like an arduous route that followed the coast of Australia. The badge was in nice condition — and appealed to Mobil and badge collectors alike. As such, this was a fair price. the screws to attach it to the car. It failed to sell but was quickly scarfed up after the auction for an unknown amount. A rare piece indeed for the Packard collector. Ford sign. It was in wonderful condition, with the neon and wiring replaced. It was outlined with blue neon and the lettering was in red. The same seller offered the more common 6-foot version, but it was bid to only $3,300 and did not sell. setting price of $2.16 million. It was graded 9.0, which is close to mint. The comic was first sold in 1938 — for the price of just a dime. It is thought that about 100 copies are still in existence, but only a few are in decent condition, with this one being the best known. EBAY #1306012900 — FREMONT TIN “HAND POINTER” SIGN. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $177.50. Date: 11/18/2011. These are commonly known as “finger” signs, and were they used to promote and point the way to all sorts of businesses, towns and other locations. This one pointed the way to Fremont, MI. They usually sell for about $300, so the buyer did just fine here. EBAY #15069891211 — 1950s ALFA ROMEO 1900 SPRINT TOURING COUPE BY VENTURA. Number of Bids: 13. SOLD AT: $3,051. Date Sold: 11/21/2011. This sensational tin Alfa Romeo 1900 was in wonderful condition, with just a few minor paint abrasions and an insignificant dent in the hood. The battery-operated control had been cut, but this is no big deal. It was 14.5 inches in length, and the interior was lithographed. The marvelous condition makes it a strong addition to any collection of Alfa Romeo memorabilia. EBAY #140630183365 EBAY #290625174395 — 1935 HUPMOBILE HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $2,100.55. Date: 11/2/2011. These zinc, die-cast hood ornaments were used on the Aerodynamic series Hupmobiles. They infrequently show up, and one sold at Bonhams' Quail Lodge 2009 sale for $5,490. A very poor reproduction was also — EARLE C. ANTHONY CUSTOM BODY DEPARTMENT NAME PLATE. Number of Bids: 14. NOT SOLD AT: $103. Date: 11/11/2011. These seldom-seen body tags would have been attached to any of the cars that passed through the Earle C. Anthony Custom Body Department. It was in excellent condition and even had 1923 CALIFORNIA MOTORCYCLE EBAY #250930717454 — LICENSE PLATE. EBAY #140574640660 — 1930s FORD DEALERSHIP SIGN. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $5,000. Date: 10/19/2011. This was the smaller 4-foot version of this desirable 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 $65 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $95 Canada/Mexico, Europe $105, Asia/Africa/Middle East $115. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 154 Number of Bids: 43. SOLD AT: $183.35. Date: 11/22/2011. This motorcycle plate is very desirable, but it appeared to have been repainted and had some minor rust at the mounting holes. Considering that the respray was rather crude, it is surprising that it received so much attention. I hope the “winning” buyer knows what he is receiving. The most desirable California motorcycle plates are the early ones that fit the shape of the fender and sell in the low four-figure range. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market