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Sports Car Market PROFILES Keith Martin’s JOIN US The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Subscribe! February 2015 . Volume 27 . Number 2 FERRARI This Month’s Market Movers Up Close by Steve Ahlgrim 62 ENGLISH AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 193 Vehicles Rated at Nine Sales by Donald Osbor 66ne 82 92 Two 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresinas $164,215 / Artcurial $202,531 / Silverstone Collectors woke up, and prices are rising fast ETCETERINI by Jeff Zurschmeide 68 1958 AC Aceca Bristol $214,500 / RM Passion drives prices for charming ’50s GT GERMAN by Prescott Kelly 70 118 130 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1 $40,700 / Motostalgia If you want a 240Z, the time is now AMERICAN by Dale Novak 74 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa $291,108 / Artcurial Huge money, but a smart buy RACE by Paul Hardiman 76 142 102 RM / AUCTIONS AMERICA Farmers Branch, TX: Sam Pack sells off 131 of his cars at no reserve, totaling $11.5m — Cody Tayloe BONHAMS London, U.K.: The London to Brighton car sale saw 14 of 23 lots trade hands for a total of $2.3m, led by a 1905 GardnerSerpollet at $592k — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Philadelphia, PA: A $1.4m 1907 American Underslung tops a $3.8m day at Bonhams’ third “Preserving the Automobile” sale, with 47 of 60 lots sold — Adam Blumenthal ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA: $1.1m 1964 Aston Martin DB5 leads an $8m evening in Paris, where 63 of 79 lots trade hands — Paul Hardiman BONHAMS Harrogate, U.K.: Bonhams’ final Harrogate sale sells 29 of 46 lots for $811k, led by a 2001 Bentley Continental R at $161k — Paul Hardiman ROUNDUP Highlights from Motostalgia and Dan Kruse Classics in Austin, TX; Branson in Branson, MO; and GAA in Greensboro, NC — Doug Schultz, Cody Tayloe, B. Mitchell Carlson, James Grosslight 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible $280,500 / RM A great example of a car on the rise 16 1964 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S $138,530 / Bonhams Goodwood history adds to the appeal Cover photo: 1958 AC Aceca Bristol; Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions Sports Car Market


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58 Ferrari Marks 60 Years in the U.S. COLUMNS 20 Shifting Gears A 1,000-mile drive through the South American Andes in a well-preserved E-type is a trip to the automotive Magic Kingdom Keith Martin 42 Affordable Classic 1965–68 Lancia Fulvia 1.2/1.3/1.6 HFs are emerging from the shadows Donald Osborne 44 Collecting Thoughts Mazda Miata at 25: Still fun and affordable after all these years Mark Wigginton 48 Legal Files The nuts and bolts of a collector car 1031 exchange John Draneas 50 Simon Says The inside story of the Baillon Collection and the once-missing Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder Simon Kidston 64 The Cumberford Perspective Fiberglass is not a straight-up substitute for aluminum Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch A 1963 Andy Warhol “Triple Elvis” silkscreen brings $81,925,000 at Christie’s November 12 New York sale. That’s enough to buy a Ferrari 250 GTO and a beachfront estate Carl Bomstead FEATURES 54 2014 Hershey Fall Meet: Bargains everywhere at this giant event 18 Sports Car Market 56 2014 London to Brighton: Sixty miles in a 120-year-old car 58 Ferrari North America: Celebrating 60 Years in the U.S. DEPARTMENTS 24 Auction Calendar 24 Crossing the Block 28 Concours and Events: Rétromobile, Cars for the Cure, Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance 30 Contributors: Get to know our writers 32 You Write, We Read: Collier’s thoughts on Abarth and young collectors, Toly’s Abarth adventures 34 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: Cartier Santos 100 Wristwatch 38 Neat Stuff: Race car office chair and gearhead jewelry with gears 40 In Miniature: 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Gurney Nutting Rothschild Sedanca coupe 40 Speaking Volumes: Ferrari Hypercars: The Inside Story of Maranello’s Fastest, Rarest Road Cars 100 Glovebox Notes: 2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport sedan, 2015 Audi A3 TDI FWD S-tronic sedan 140 Fresh Meat: 2014 BMW i8, 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider, 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport 152 Rising Sun: Recent sales of Japanese cars 158 Mystery Photo: “There will be clear indications when Uber starts going under” 158 Comments with Your Renewal: “A dark and cold shadow was cast over me just thinking I wouldn’t receive my SCM!” 160 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 164 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs Mike Daly


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin To Patagonia and Beyond In an E-type There’s something special about being in a string of old cars, on great roads through magnificent scenery I recall one wet day on the California Mille, driving my 1958 Giulietta Spider Veloce vintage racer. The Alfa had a cut-down racing windscreen, so the raindrops simply beat straight onto my face at 70 mph. I thought it was a great day, and I was dry before dinner. Not neces- sarily warm, but dry. I still value that memory of driving an old car in ridiculous weather conditions and being surrounded by others doing exactly the same thing. It’s nice when all of the inmates from the asylum escape at the same time — and head in the same direction. The Millas had more than 80 timed sections called “Monte Carlos” interspersed throughout the 1,000-mile route. You had to complete each one of these in a specified time, and you were measured in 1/100s of a second. Maximum timing penalties were assessed after a two-second error. Was this our idea of fun? Of course it was. Llao Llao, Malbec and champagne By day three, Dean and I were veterans. We knew that the cham- Welcome to the Magic Kingdom W e had just crested the 4,311-foot Cardenal Antonio Samoré Pass, crossing from Argentina into Chile. The 1969 Series 1.5 Jaguar XKE we were driving was performing brilliantly. It was a clear day, and we were surrounded by the snow- covered peaks of the Andes. This was the second day of the 26th Annual 1000 Millas Sport de la República Argentina — the premier classic-car rally in South America. SCMer Martin Sucari introduced me to this rally eight years ago. This year, the Club de Automóviles Sport, which hosts the rally, invited me back for another go. Damian Pozzoli graciously provided us with the Jaguar, which was trucked to the starting point, Bariloche, from Buenos Aires. It had covered just 50,000 km since new, and was still wearing its original paint and well-patinated interior. Driving it would prove to be an extraordinary experience, as it was a nicely kept used car. The E-types I have driven before have either been worn-out claptraps — or fully restored examples that have lost their souls. (Damian drove his 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Special on the rally.) I’d never had a former U.S. Navy carrier pilot as a navigator before. I was slightly concerned that Dean Koehler would start barking out orders and expect me to eject upon command as we sped through the mountains. I kept a tight grip on the wheel — just in case he was thinking of commandeering it. As we motored along, I thought back to all of the road trips I’ve been on. I have long maintained that old cars are just magic keys that unlock certain experiences. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of keys open a lot of two-lane padlocks. Having the E-type in Patagonia was yet another visit to another Magic Kingdom. Why we do this For someone who’s not a car fanatic, a vintage rally doesn’t make much sense. You drive a sometimes-unreliable and probably uncomfortable car long distances — often over bumpy, curvy roads. You depart early — our start time was around 8 a.m. each day — and end 10 hours later. You proceed through good weather and bad. 20 pagne reception at the magnificent host hotel, the Llao Llao, would begin at 7:30 p.m. The sumptuous dinners started at 9 p.m., and wouldn’t conclude much before 11 p.m. The 6:30 a.m. wakeup time meant we knew we wouldn’t get enough sleep. We knew not to eat too much at lunch — or we’d both be afternoon snoozers somewhere along the route. We also quickly moved from ignorant-class to novice-category rally drivers. Fellow SCMers Tom Smith and Don Polak were at the event, driving a Volvo 544 they had purchased on Bring a Trailer. Koehler was especially delighted to meet them, as he is the founder and benevolent dictator of the Round-Fendered Volvo Club in Portland. He has an 1800E and an ES in his stable. SCM has two Volvos in its collection as well — a 122S and an 1800S, so we four SCMers went around acting like wannabe Vikings. If only we could have found an IKEA in Patagonia for some pickled herring snacks. Unlike some vintage events, where only vintage rally calculators are allowed, the Millas is an electronic free-fire zone. Smith had advised Koehler to download the app “Chronomaster” and he was able to preload the times for all of the day’s special sections into it. (Tom’s story about the Millas will appear in the next issue.) Koehler, through his sterling navigation, managed to move us slowly up through the standings. We were 79th out of 123 competitors at the end of Day One, and we were 57th at the finish. We accumulated 6,626 penalty points. The overall winners, Juan Tonconogy and Barbara Ruffini, driving a 1936 Riley Sprite, had just 403 penalty points over the 1,000 miles, meaning they were just four seconds off from perfect at the end of the event. Did our finishing position really matter? On one hand, of course not. On the other, each time we moved up a notch in the standings, we basked in the glow of conquest. There’s something special about being in a string of old cars, on great roads through magnificent scenery. When you’re staring at a Gullwing through your windshield, and see a 280SL in your rearview mirror, it’s as if you have been transported to a magical world from which ordinary cars are prohibited. The next morning, the ball was over and it was time to return our double-overhead-cam glass slipper. As our flight left Patagonia, we looked down at the Andes and watched the chapter close on another great memory-making road trip. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1935 Delahaye 135S with extensive race history at RM Paris RM — Paris 2015 Where: Paris, FRA When: February 4 Last year: 41/52 cars sold / $23.6m Featured cars: • Star Car: 1935 Delahaye 135S. In France all its life. Ex-Jean-Philippe Peugeot of the Peugeot Motor Company. Extensive period race history. (RM estimate: $1.5m–$2m) • Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Berlinetta by Touring gifted by Mussolini to lover Claretta Petacci. ($2.3m–$3m) • 1969 Porsche 911 S Factory Rally ($1.4m–$1.6m) and 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Sports Lightweight ($1.2m–$1.7m) More: www.rmauctions.com Bonhams — The Grand Palais Where: Paris, FRA When: February 5 Last year: 105/149 cars sold / $21.8m Featured cars: • 1961 Lancia Flaminia GT Touring coupe 2.5 (Bonhams estimate: $74k–$93k) • 1953 Cisitalia 303 F berlinetta ($87k– $110k) • Star Car: 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spider. Formerly the property of Giuseppe Campari. Coachwork by Carrozzeria Zagato. ($2.2m–$3m) More: www.bonhams.com Leake — OKC 2015 Where: Oklahoma City, OK When: February 20–21 Last year: 305/393 cars sold / $6.4m 24 • Star Car: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 327/350 convertible with factory a/c. In dry storage 1986–2013. Restoration just completed. Offered at no reserve. More: www.leakecar.com 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 8—BONHAMS Las Vegas, NV 8–10—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 9–10—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 9–11—DAVE RUPP Fort Lauderdale, FL 10—COYS Maastricht, NLD 10—COYS Birmingham, U.K. 10–18—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 14–18—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 15—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 15–16—RM Phoenix, AZ 15–17—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 16–17—GOODING & CO. Scottsdale, AZ 16–25—MECUM Kissimmee, FL 31—PETERSEN Salem, OR FEBRUARY 4—RM Paris, FRA 5—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 6—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 20–21—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 20–22—MCCORMICK’S Palm Springs, CA 21–22—SILVERSTONE Stoneleigh Park, U.K. 23—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 24—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 25—H&H Buxton, U.K. 27–28—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 27–MAR 1—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ MARCH 2—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 4—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 5–7—GAA Greensboro, NC 7—BONHAMS Oxford, U.K. 7—SPECIALTY AUTO Loveland, CO 12—BONHAMS Amelia Island, FL 13—GOODING & CO. Amelia Island, FL 13–14—VICARI Chattanooga, TN 13–14—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 13–15—ELECTRIC GARAGE Red Deer, AB, CAN 14—RM Amelia Island, FL 20–21—MECUM Las Vegas, NV 21—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 27–29—AUCTIONS AMERICA Fort Lauderdale, FL 28—BONHAMS Stuttgart, DEU 28—DAN KRUSE CLASSICS San Antonio, TX McCormick’s Palm Springs Collector Car Auction Where: Palm Springs, CA When: February 20–22 Last year: 409/561 cars sold / $7.5m More: www.classic-carauction.com Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff Images courtesy of the respective auction companies Silverstone — Race Retro Where: Warwickshire, U.K. When: February 21–22 Last year: 66/105 cars sold / $3m More: www.silverstoneauctions.com Barons — Collectors and Sports Cars Where: Surrey, U.K. When: February 24 More: www.barons-auctions.com Star Car: 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spider at Bonhams Paris G. Potter King — Atlantic City Classic Car Auction Where: Atlantic City, NJ When: February 27–March 1 More: www.acclassiccars.com ♦ Ultimate Barn Find? Artcurial unveils huge collection for Rétromobile 2015 auction Where: Paris, FRA When: February 6 Last year: 160/191 cars sold / $37.6m More: www.artcurial.fr A huge automotive archeological treasure trove — including a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder — will star at Artcurial’s Rétromobile auction. Likened by some to the famed “reserve collection” of the brothers Schlumpf, this barn-find hoard includes cars ranging from humble Amilcars, Citroëns and an Innocenti to grand routiers such as a Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, a number of Delahaye 135Ss, a Talbot Lago T26 Saoutchik cabriolet delivered to King Farouk of Egypt and, most remarkably, an ultra-rare Maserati A6G 2000 Frua berlinetta and a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder originally owned by French film actor Alain Delon. Sixty of the cars unearthed will be of- fered at the Artcurial auction in the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center, and they will be on display from the show’s opening on Wednesday, February 4, until the sale the following Saturday. In a phone chat, Artcurial Managing Director of Motorcars Matthieu Lamoure said the discovery of the collection in the west of France is “one of the most exciting things I have ever been a part of in this business. “It is an unbelievable opportunity for true collectors to find untouched cars of the highest quality and interest,” Lamoure said. Photos of the cars as found show that many were stored in open sheds, so they are in true barn-find condition. They are untouched and original, but many are severely weathered and are great candidates for a correct restoration. 26 Sports Car Market Others, such as the Ex-Delon Ferrari California Spyder and the Maserati A6G 2000, were stored in garages and may offer preservation opportunities. In any event, many of these are examples of cars which rarely come to market in any condition, and the interest in Paris should be quite keen. — Donald Osborne Christian Martin, courtesy of Artcurial


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Concours and Events Alex Martin-Banzer Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com CALENDAR Feb. 7 Concours in the Hills, Fountain Hills, AZ, www.concoursinthehills.org Feb. 13–15 VARA/ SVRA Duel in the Desert, Pahrump, NV, www.vararacing.com Feb. 20–22 Race Retro, Warwickshire, U.K., www.raceretro.com Feb. 26–March 1 SVRA Spring Vintage Clas- sic, Sebring, FL, www.svra. com Cars for a Cause An array of distinctive and Rétromobile will mark its 40th anniversary Forget April, Try February in Paris Rétromobile, one of Europe’s biggest and best car events, rolls into Paris from February 4 to 8. Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre is the host for the 450 exhibitors and more than 100 automotive clubs. To celebrate the 40th year of this fantastique event, Corrado Lopresto’s unique collection of prototype and coachwork cars will take the spotlight. Artcurial Motorcars’ auction, including the recently revealed Baillon Collection barn finds, is on February 6. This year’s SCM Rétromobile reception at Café Le Jambon à la Broche is on February 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Spaces are still available — RSVP to Contributing Editor Donald Osborne (dosborne@sportscarmarket.com) no later than January 28. RM and Bonhams are also holding auctions off-site during the automotive week. en.retromobile.com (FRA) Sunny and Funny The ninth annual Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance brings together more than 200 fine cars and automobiles, comedian Howie Mandel and fantastic Florida sunshine. All this adds up to a fun, festive February 20–22. The weekend kicks off in style with a hangar party at Atlantic Aviation at the Boca Raton Airport on February 20. More social gatherings take place on Saturday, February 21, with the Concours Gala dinner, auction and show, which includes Mandel’s comedy. The Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida opens the gates for the Concours d’Elegance at 9:30 a.m. February 22. This year’s concours celebrates Cadillac and the 50th Anniversary of Ford Mustang. Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County. Concours admission is $60. www. bocaratonconcours.com (FL) 28 unforgettable cars will rumble through the streets of Lake Mary, FL, on February 7 for the 11th Annual Cars for the Cure. Taking place at Colonial TownPark, this daylong family festival is free to the public. Proceeds benefit the American Lung Association in Central Florida. The weekend also includes a VIP reception at the Westi Lake May on February 6 and a registered participants’ drive on Sunday, February 8. www.carsforthecure.com (FL) Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance Sports Car Market


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL 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 / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auctions Editor / Photographer Tony Piff tony.piff@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Associate Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2015 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors SIMON KIDSTON, SCM Editor at Large, is from an old British motor racing family. He started his career at Coys, leaving to co-found Bonhams Europe in Geneva. Over the next decade, he staged high-profile auctions around the world, branching out on his own in 2006 to found Kidston SA, a consultancy responsible for some of the larger deals you rarely hear about. He also judges at Pebble Beach and is “the voice” of the Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia. His column, “Simon Says,” is one of SCM’s most popular features. Turn to p. 50 for the amazing backstory on the Baillon Collection barn finds. STEVE AHLGRIM, SCM Contributing Editor, taught high school auto shop before moving to Atlanta, GA, where his love of sports cars led him to FAF Motorcars, the former Ferrari dealer where he served as General Manager and Vice President. His first car was a 1964 Chevrolet Nova SS convertible, quickly followed by a 1967 Mustang fastback, a Porsche 914 and a Lotus Europa. In his adult years, he has been a self-proclaimed “one-trick pony,” coveting the Ferrari marque. He has been involved in concours judging for over 25 years and is a member of the IAC/PFA, an international committee overseeing highlevel Ferrari concours judging. He is chief judge of the Celebration Exotic Car Show in Celebration, FL. Please turn to p. 62 for his take on the rise of the Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina. 30 CODY TAYLOE, SCM Auction Analyst, joined the team in 2013, and his clean, timely copy quickly endeared him to the editorial staff. As a member of Generation X, Tayloe represents the fast-growing segment of car collectors whose interest in vehicles doesn’t stop at 1972. He has a passion for Porsches, and his daily driver is a 1983 911SC coupe. Tayloe worked as disc jockey and as a television writer and producer before landing in the building-products industry, where he has spent the past decade. He is also a licensed car dealer, buying, selling and representing cars at auction regularly. Tayloe is a native of East Texas, where he resides today along with his wife and son. Check out his coverage of RM Auctions’ Sam Pack Collection sale on p. 82 and the Dan Kruse Austin auction on p. 142.


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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 Pegaso wish comes true To the Editor I would like to think my past letter to SCM requesting a profile of the Pegaso was responsible for the Pegaso profile in the December 2014 issue of SCM (Etceterini Profile, p. 60). I know better, but I would like to thank you anyway. I loved this car since it was introduced in 1953. It was featured in the January 1995 issue of Sports Car International. I first saw it introduced in Popular Mechanics in 1953. I thought it was the most beautiful car in the world, and it is responsible for my intro into sport cars. Races at Elkhart Lake were just beginning (on country roads, no less). I was raised in Sheboygan, WI, so I saw all the races, including the Can-Am series, before moving away. If any of your readers can find that issue of SCI, they will be treated to a beautiful article on the car. Thanks again. — Stuart V. Klarich, via email Miles on track with Millennials To the Editor: One of the things I really love about SCM is that just when I think you folks have got the pendulum too far to the hype side, someone comes along and rights the ship! Miles Collier’s piece on the need for getting the Millennials involved in the “passion for collecting” is both insightful and telling (November 2014, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 36). And very refreshing! I would focus on his examina- tion of the pre-war classics, where he notes that something as fundamental as death is changing that part of the business dramatically — future unknown! In the one summary para- graph that ends “Time will tell,” Miles has keyed on an important reality of the unknown future of the largest segments of auto collecting: pre-war and post-war. My view is this: It seems clear that there is a portion, the top end if you will, of collectibles that are going to go on indefinitely with ever-increasing prices. These cars are collected for 32 I thought it was the most beautiful car in the world, and it is responsible for my intro into sport cars pride of ownership, regardless of the buyers’ automotive/racing/ beauty instincts. The large questions: Are there going to be enough people of that ilk to support the $900kand-above levels for the 600 or so 330 GTCs or the thousands of 300SLs at $1.5m and above? I appreciate Miles Collier’s candor in allowing that he did not know. My second theme is based on my belief that we are, in many areas — including the things we are passionate about — products of circumstances in the broadest sense. It is clear that, when talking about autos, circumstances evolve continually. As such, my generation — or Miles Collier’s — cannot hope to be followed by like-minded people. Again, it is clear that large segments of collector/buyers are motivated by want, desire to obtain something they lusted after in a time past — be it the high school parking lot or at Bridgehampton during the 1960s. I think the boom in muscle cars is as good an example as any. Once again, these circum- stances are not reoccurring. They have — with a nod to vintage racing — to a large extent, left us. Current young and new generations will lust after things based on very different circumstances. Again, future unknown. Related to that view for me there is another unanswered, very basic question — and perhaps some hope: Where are the people who are born with a passion for the marvel of the machines we admire so much? I believe that some individu- als are born with the instinct to develop this appreciation for the beauty in things mechanical — Digital Age or not. I was born with IT. My older sister was always fond of telling people that I had limited interest in car toys but would rather be out looking at and naming — and later describing — real cars. As Miles Collier tells us, there are programs that do expose young people to things beyond the six-inch screens in their lives. I hope these programs are a path. It would seem to me that is where the hope for the future of sustained collecting beyond the elite lies. — Dave Gunn, via email Toly’s Abarth adventures To the Editor: Abarth! What memories the name stirs! (December 2014, “Collecting Thoughts,” p. 36) I bought a 2000SP to race in enduros and the occasional SCCA race in early 1970. It even came with an owner’s manual. A manual which specified the wrong tire pressures — way too high — based on the tires on the factory development car. Bill Pryor and I spun merrily at Sebring from time to time, once nearly taking out our friend Piers Courage in an Alfa SP. Oh, the annoying problems we had. And then a new mechanic didn’t want to deal with the car, so without asking me, he took it apart. The engine had been running perfectly and the tranny lasted for a couple dozen hours in spite of a previous wrencher refilling it only up to an inspection hole — not the filler hole. Ed Swart has it now, I believe. Boy, it was fun to drive; it’s in the opening scene of one of those great Triangle Films Sebring Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index ACC Arizona Insider’s Seminar ....................116 AIG PC Global Services, Inc ...........................61 Amalgam- Fine Model Cars ...........................105 Artcurial .....................................................12–13 Aston Martin of New England .........................43 Auctions America .............................................31 Authentic Classics ..........................................155 Auto Kennel ...................................................149 Automotive Restorations Inc. ........................136 Autosport Designs Inc ....................................139 Barrett-Jackson ..........................................25, 61 Bennett Law Office ........................................163 Beverly Hills Car Club ...................................151 BMW Car Club of America, Inc. ...........147, 148 Bonhams / SF .............................................6–7, 9 Canepa ............................................................133 Carlisle Events ...............................................117 Cars, Inc. ..........................................................57 Centerline Alfa Parts ......................................150 Chequered Flag International .........................141 Chubb Personal Insurance ................................41 Classic Assets Motor Sports Center .................85 Classic Investments ..................................55, 159 Classic Restoration .........................................121 Classic Showcase ...........................................109 ClassicCars.com ...............................................81 Collector Car Price Tracker ...........................155 Cooper Classic Cars .......................................153 Copley Motorcars ...........................................159 Corvette Mike ................................................4–5 Cosdel ............................................................159 D. 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It was something beyond stereophonic sound. Then the factory offered me a 3000P in the early 1970s. It was about $9k plus shipping — and in “factory checked over and running condition.” It sounded bad when we fired it up. Mechanic said, “Flat plane crank.” I ran it in a couple of SCCA races, and although it was geared for 132 mph at 8,000 rpm in 5th gear (can you tell it was a hillclimb car?), it was barely faster than a wellprepared Corvette. I took it to the second Monterey Historics and had an amusing time in the first practice session when my back got cold and wet. The carb intake fitting had come loose and gas was being pumped onto the back of my neck! But all the pieces were there, even the gaskets, so I reassembled it and, golly, checked all the others. And as long as I was tinkering, let’s just have a look at the plugs. I was so stunned I can’t remember if two or maybe even three were fouled beyond belief. I’d been running the car for over an hour in a couple of races on maybe six cylinders! I put the plugs back in after I cleaned them and went out for practice. I blipped the throttle and it sounded just like the F1 car the engine had been designed to be! I pulled into the pit lane and nearly spun the thing. And on the first lap, the gearbox broke. We dropped by Abarth after the Torino Salone in 1975. They had no parts — but offered me a deal on a full crate of new 58DCOEs. My car already had two, in good condition, so what would I need with a silly crateful? I passed. I planned on coming back for the meter-square expanded metal piece with every Abarth badge ever made on it — they had at least a couple I’ve never seen in any Abarth book. Time ran out before I went back; we had to leave town to catch the boat home, and next year it was gone. It would’ve been free, too. That was the same trip when we went by Scaglietti. I was an authorized Ferrari dealer and Abarth! What memories the name stirs! inquired about the buck for the Dino Competizione rusting out back. “You can have it for a display back in Oklahoma,” they told me. Came back the next day with a pad for the roof of the rental Volvo, and they’d changed their minds. Perhaps I should’ve offered them some money, but I just should’ve put it on the unprotected Volvo roof and paid damages. So we went by Osella, which had all the Abarth spares. Yes, they had a tranny for the 3000P, but it was missing a few parts (which were unbroken in our tranny). They debated in a corner for a few minutes, then apologetically asked for $250. I feigned consternation and shook my head ruefully — and gave them a mess of lira. We put the transmission in the trunk and got out of the parking lot before we let ourselves whoop and holler. Onwards to my final Abarth: a 1300 Periscopio. It was all there, and everybody could start it but me. Fuel, spark, sputter. A friend even took it to the Sebring vintage race for me — we were racing something or other — and when I slept in, he took it around for a few laps and then put it back on the trailer. I rolled it off the trailer back in Bartlesville and tried to start it. No luck. I eventually sold it to someone out west who had the engine overhauled; his man put the pistons in backwards. I heard it eventually won its class at Pebble Beach. The only Abarth-badged item I have now is an amazingly cheap-looking steering wheel on my one-off Bristol 407 Zagato. I could go on and on, but I already have. Ask me about Serenissima engines sometime. — Toly Arutunoff, via email Preserve historical photos To the Editor: I implore Phil Carney (November 2014, “You Write, We Read,” p. 24) to donate his father’s photos of the liberation of Buchenwald to a museum or organization that will catalog and preserve them. Please don’t sequester them. Being of Jewish heritage, and growing up with kids whose parents were concentration camp survivors, I consider it an imperative to document those horrific acts. Like you, I too am in posses- sion of photos taken by my father during and after World War II. While in Japan as part of the U.S. Army occupation force, he was stationed near Hiroshima and took photos showing its destruction. I plan to donate those photos. — Bob Goldberg, Saratoga, CA ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg From the Early Days of Flight to Your Wrist Question: Which legendary jeweler and designer can lay claim to two important firsts in the watch industry — having the same model offered as the first men’s wrist watch as well as the first pilot’s watch? Answer: Cartier. Both circumstances were the result of an aviation first that happened in Paris on November 12, 1906. Here is the story: On that day, Brazilian bal- loonist and aviation pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont made what was arguably the first true powered flight — beating the Wright Brothers to an aircraft that took off completely under its own power — by flying 235 yards in 21 seconds. Later, he celebrated at the famous Paris restaurant Maxim’s. Among his friends was Louis Cartier, a noted Paris jeweler. During the meal, Santos reportedly told Cartier about the difficulties of using a pocket watch during flight. In response, Cartier created for his friend a thick-walled watch that fit on the wrist with what may also be the world’s first men’s leather wristwatch strap. Whether Cartier was simply making a unique gift for a friend or immediately perceived a potential market for the device is not known. What is known is that in 1911 Cartier and movement maker Edmond Jaeger collaborated on bringing the Santos watch to the public. The extraordinarily simple design of the early Santos watch was quite ahead of its time. The body of the watch is roughly square, as is the dial, and its broad bezel makes it quite stout and molded in appearance. This modern shape had little similarity to the circular case and dial of traditional pocket watches of the day — and even less to most of the early wristwatches that followed it. Competitors to the brand-new men’s wrist-watch market took the path of having their new designs look like a small pocket watch with a skinny strap. Manufacturers wanted the customer to feel an association with the Neat Stuff by Tony Pif Fast-Track Office Chair Automotive details abound on PitStop Furniture’s GT office chair. The racing-style bucket seat features billet aluminum shift knobs, five-spoke wheels, disc brakes and calipers o base, and tire-embossed a rests on coil-over springs. H Publisher Martin swerves t avoid Executive Editor Ch Allen’s incessant reminde he still hasn’t written his monthly column. $399 from www.pitstopfurniture.com traditional pocket watch — and also to save money in retooling costs. The Santos was reintroduced to the public in 1978 in a variety of styles of modestly sized watches for men and women with metal bracelets in steel, steel and gold or solid gold. Here, we examine the later relaunch of the Santos for its 100-year anniversary. This watch really drives home the notion of both how modern the original watch was in 1906, and how that design, without regard to its historic nature, stands on its own. The Santos 100, named to celebrate its centenary, is scaled up from any of its predecessors to a beefy 5 mm by 48 mm (including the case lugs but excluding the crown). The watch usually has a wide crocodile strap and double folding deployment buckle that is also quite robust. The width of the strap combined with the weight of the buckle does a great job of stabilizing the bulk of the watch and steadying it on the wrist. When it comes to oversized timepieces, this is essential; the oversized watch that is constantly in motion on the wrist is the one that becomes annoying to the wearer. Current Santos watches are made in three families: The Santos 100, which is our subject watch. The Santos De Cartier Galbée, which are more like the watches introduced in the late 1970s. The Santos-Dumont, which emulate the original watch closely in design and are a bit smaller. Cartier currently offers a variety of style sizes for both men and Details Production date: 1906 to present Best place to wear one: While floating over Albuquerque, NM, in a hot-air balloon while raising a glass to the pioneers of aviation Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: is best): women, with features that include standard automatic watches — and others with skeletonized movements, power-reserve indicators and other complications. The design of the original Santos watch was ahead of its time, with aesthetic elements that are still relevant in modern watches. In fact, had the original not existed, the watch would still have tremendous appeal with today’s collectors. With pricing starting at $6,550 for the least-expensive model to $250,000 for a diamond-encrusted model, there is a watch to suit many budgets. A Gearhead’s Heart Valentine’s Day — the relationship minefield that mas- Brian Baker querades as a holiday — is approaching faster than a Ferrari 458 on a midnight highway. What to do? If your beloved also loves cars, the Kinekt Gear Necklace pendant encloses three surgical stainless-steel gears in a heart. Sliding the pendant on the ball chain sets the heart’s gears in motion. This might be just the thing for your beloved’s days at the track or showfield. This pendant pairs nicely with Kinekt’s Gear Ring. $185 from www.kinektdesign.com © 38 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Gurney Nutting Rothschild Sedanca coupe The actual car may well be the most elegant of all Derby Bentleys. It was built back in the day when cars were cars, men were men, true craftsmanship existed and all that other stuff.... Only two Gurney Nutting Sedanca coupes were built. One was a two-tone green car, and the other, our black-and-white subject car, was originally ordered in 1936 by Yvonne Cahen d’Anvers de Rothschild. She wanted a car for her own use that would echo the style of her husband’s dramatic pair of French-bodied Hispano-Suizas. Bored with the long waiting period, she purchased another car instead and never took delivery of this Sedanca coupe. Its current custodian is motoring journalist and historian Simon Taylor. I believe that models such as this should be built in small numbers, by real craftsmen and in the country of origin of the real car if possible. Thankfully, I can say that this one meets all my beliefs. Yes, true limited editions and old-world craftsmanship still exist, and they come to us courtesy of Bentley Classic Models, located in East Sussex, England. All of their models are produced on premises, and each has a certain soul or character — along with the meticulous attention to detail that you simply cannot get with any mass-produced model. This 1:43-scale gem of a collectible comes Model Details Production date: 2013–present Quantity: 100 black and white, 100 two-tone green SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.bentleyclassicmodels.com from the hands of Patrick Land and his staff. Pat lives and breathes automobiles, especially Bentleys. Aside from the Sedanca coupe, Bentley Classic Models has also produced various special- Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton Ferrari Hypercars: The Inside Story of Maranello’s Fastest, Rarest Road Cars by Winston Goodfellow, Motorbooks, 240 pages, $47.19 (Amazon) One of the joys of running a racetrack is getting to drive or ride in fast, spe- cial cars. One highlight for me was a handful of laps as a passenger in a Ferrari Enzo. The driver was Todd Harris, the head of the Portland International Raceway racing school. The acceleration was impressive — but unsurprising — with 650 pranc- ing horses. The braking, on the other hand, was jaw-dropping. We lapped the track — going about eight-tenths — on street tires and laid down a time that would have put us on the front row of the Portland Rose Cup. As we came off track, Todd, grinning ear to ear, turned and said to me, “One-point-two million dollars — and worth it!” That endorphin-drenched, mind-altering reaction is the goal for a car builder — and the car that gives you that feeling stands the test of time. Case in point: A 1947 Ferrari 166 MM, which author Winston Goodfellow suggests is the first Ferrari “hypercar,” went for $3.6 million in 2014. What, exactly, is a hypercar? Goodfellow makes the case for the transition from exotic to supercar to hypercar as the speeds and technology expand. Ignore the grade-inflation definitions and groove on the cars. Goodfellow breaks it down into three eras: The 12-Cylinder Years (from 1947 to ’83), when horsepower was king. The Lightweight Materials Era (1984–97). The Digital Age (1998 to present). The pace of change jumped with the arrival of Luca di Montezemolo, who was plucked from the Lancia rally team (and the hip pocket of Fiat patriarch and family friend Gianni Agnelli) at the ripe old age of 26 to resurrect a listless Formula One team in 1972. Montezemolo soon ran it all, putting his passion for the marque, and its racing heritage, into every road car, with more dazzling models being introduced at a pace hard to absorb. Ferrari’s long road from the 166 to the F60 is strewn with discarded technol- 40 ogy, designers, market course corrections and even questions about the soul of the company. But the new models keep coming — and each is more dazzling and faster than the one before. All are designed to make Ferrari fans swoon and exhaust the previous superlatives. Hypercars indeed. Provenance: Goodfellow has a string of important books about Ferrari under his belt, and fills this book with insider knowledge, interviews with the right people and beautiful images. Fit and finish: This is truly luscious, from the cover to the typography and design. You hope for top quality in a book about the most special Ferraris, and it is delivered. Drivability: When picking up Ferrari Hypercars for the first time, all I could think about was the moment in Mel Brooks’ “Spaceballs” when the captain calls for “ludicrous speed.” Despite my petty and juvenile reaction over the title and language inflation, Goodfellow has written a smart, readable and informative book about the most exciting road cars from Ferrari. Your time with this book will be time well spent — almost as fun as riding in one. ♦ Sports Car Market bodied 1950s S1 Coupes and dropheads. This craftsman makes some of the world’s most beautiful scale models. Many of the models I review are mass produced in factories such as those, and yes, they do have their place (and I do collect some). It wasn’t always that way, but now the model-car cottage industry has very few specialists like Pat Land. I applaud his dedication, at- tention to detail and superb quality, which of course comes at a price. The price is £350 ($549) for one of these. Both of the two real Sedanca coupe cars are offered in exactingly re-created black and white or two-tone green, along with all the many detail differences between the two cars. They are made of white metal, and each has a little more than 130 individual parts. The fit and finish is superb, with great, high-gloss, black-and-white paint with a thin red pinstripe all around. The model features a wealth of detail, and you will really need time to take it all in. I did a double-take when I noticed that the colorful, front-mounted badges are legible. The fit and look of delicate windshield wipers and transparent blue visor are a treat. The interior demands your viewing time. There are numerous separate parts, and the hand-painted simulatedwood trim is terrific. The model even has the wood-trimmed vanity mirrors in the rear seating area. 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Affordable Classic 1965–68 Lancia Fulvia 1.2/1.3/1.6 HF cars No Longer Hidden in Plain Sight Lancia Fulvias are emerging from cult status — and values are on the rise by Donald Osborne 1967 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.3 HF, sold for $19,688 this year L ike a surface vein of gold in the Sierra Nevada of California in 1848, Lancias have suddenly been discovered by the larger collector car world. Long hidden in plain sight, these superbly over-engineered, pioneering and championship-winning cars are leaving behind their reputation for being woe- fully undervalued. Lancias are setting new auction records, and prices have hit levels scarcely imaginable by long-term Lancisti just a few years ago. In point of fact, a very good argument could be raised for the inappropriateness of including the Lancia Fulvia HF as an Affordable Classic at all. While the factory-designed-and-built 1.2-liter and 1.3-liter coupes are still sleep- ers — known only to a small number of Americans for their excellent balance, elegant design, detailing and build quality — the high-performance HF, or High Fidelity, variants left their mark in the record books of competition long ago. Details Years produced: 1965–68 Number produced: Series 1–1.2 HF, 435; 1.3 HF, 882; 1.6 HF, 1,258; Series 2 1600 HF, 3,690 Current SCM Valuation: $25,000–$95,700 (for non-Works cars) Club: American Lancia Club Club website: www.americanlanciaclub. com Alternatives: Alfa Romeo GTA, BMW 2002 Turbo, Porsche 911S Pros: Great package, impressive history, superb engineering and build Cons: Somewhat underpowered, some part shortages, fakes abound Best place to drive one: Any twisting mountain road A typical owner: A mathematician, engineer or architect 42 1960s elegance, modern performance Based on the elegant, in-house-designed and -built Fulvia coupe, the HF cars have a simple, elegant look with a thin-pillared roof and fine detailing. They are very 1960s in their appearance, but they drive like a very modern car. Although they are front-wheel drive, they exhibit none of the vices often associated with the format and are extremely well balanced and fun to drive. A range of weight-saving measures was taken in the HF models — at least the earlier models — including alloy opening panels, plastic side and rear windows, simpler door panels without armrests, lighter sport seats, removed bumpers and light carpets in place of rubber mats. The most desirable HF, the 1.6 Fanalone, or “big lights” model, even came with a thinner glass front windshield and brake discs. The last Series 2 1600 HF cars are much further removed from this ethos, with all-steel bodies and much more fully trimmed interiors. Winning on the track Many forget that Lancia had two major periods of competition brilliance. The first, under young Gianni Lancia in the 1950s, saw the company victorious in long-distance road and circuit racing, as well as Formula One. Later, in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Lancia was a force to be reckoned with in FIA sports car and rallying. The Fulvia HF Series 1 in 1.3- and 1.6-liter form, between 1967 and 1974, delivered four European or International championships and was competitive in every type of event entered. 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Group 4, sold for $55,376 in 2013 Sports Car Market


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Variants everywhere There are, as is not unusual when it comes to Lancias, a number of variants which serve to baffle and trap the uninitiated. Covering all the differences could fill the entire issue of this magazine and could make even Nosferatu sleep through the night. They are best identified by the Lancia type number and are as follows: • 818.140: The 1.2 HF, first of the series built in 435 examples from 1966 to 1967. • 818.340: The 1.3 HF, built from 1967 to 1969, with 882 leaving the factory. • 818.540: The 1.6 HF Fanalone, with a total of 1,258 built in 1969–70. • 818.740: The 1600 HF, of which 3,690 were built from 1971 to 1973. All these models have a specific character — think of the driving experience of an Alfa Giulia GT 1600 versus a 2000, or a Porsche 356B versus a Carrera 2. They’re the same as each other, but they require and respond best to input in a very different manner. For example, the earliest 1.2-liter cars have to be pushed really hard before they reveal their capability, while the last 1600 HFs are much more comfortable as daily drivers. Watch out for fakes It is relatively easy to make an HF out of a standard Lancia coupe, and now there is considerable financial gain as well. Do not under any circumstances pay an over-the-odds price for a car with supposed Works competition history if the chassis number doesn’t appear in the definitive book by Enzo Altorio: Lancia Fulvia HF e tutte le altre Fulvia: Berlina, Coupe e Sport published by Giorgio Nada Editore. The type numbers are unique for the HF, and always check that the numbers on the metal data plate match those stamped into the body in the underhood drain rail. If the numbers are obscured by paint, it’s not too much to insist that the paint in the area be stripped to confirm the identity. 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Fanalone The price of admission Prices for Fulvia HFs have long been far higher than those for stan- dard coupes and have recently taken a decided turn upward. Expect to pay the following for each of the models: A 1.2 HF with questions, missing pieces and/or rust runs about $20,000, with good examples up to $45,000. The 1.3 HF will set you back from $24,000 up to $60,000. The less-desirable and most-common Series 2 1600 HF will cost from about $11,000 to about $30,000. Notice I’ve left the Series 1 1.6 HF Fanalone for last. These are the models which really have no place in an “Affordable Classic” column — except as they relate to other competition-proven cars of their type, say, a Lancia Stratos. Entry level here is around $85,000 and they will run quickly up to $150,000 for a nice example. Add documented, no-hype Works history, and the numbers can double. ♦ February 2015 43


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Collecting Thoughts Mazda Miata at 25 A Game-Changer for a Quarter Century The Miata is a nimble, reliable convertible sports car that saved affordable wind-in-the-hair driving by Mark Wigginton T here is a certain joy to driving with the top down. It’s elemental, visceral — maybe even genetic — tickling some part of our reptile brain, lighting up neural pathways laid down by our veldt ancestors as they ran after game through high grasses. For several generations before and after World War II — the era when they thought numbering wars would stop them — the open-topped two-seat sports car was the beginning and end for drivers. Alfa Romeos, MGs, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys and all their relatives — mass-produced or hand-built — satisfied the need for affordable, wind-in-your-hair speed. By the 1980s, the world got all grown up, responsible and expensive. Safety and sobriety dominated the affordable end of the market, and going topless became expensive, Italian, or both. An idea sprouts at Mazda But Bob Hall, Tom Matano and Norman Garrett (the short list, with so many more having big impacts in the final car) at the Mazda design center in Southern California had a solution. They thought there was a market for an affordable two-seater, a frontengine rear-driver, a proper sports car, thank you very much. They wanted a platform for the feeling they missed when at the wheel, so they set out to convince their bosses in Japan. But, this being the mid-1980s, all the Very Serious People knew — knew, damn it — that sports cars should be mid-engine, with lots of wedge and maybe a few sharp creases. Happily, our intrepid California team ruled the day, and we got the Miata. (Well, 44 2008 promotional material the U.S. market did. In Europe it was always the MX-5, in Japan the Eunos Roadster, Eunos being a new brandline identity.) Now, 25 years later, nearly 1,000,000 have been sold worldwide, the awards are piled high, and the future still looks bright. Always affordable, always reliable Miatas have always been affordable, fun and on the button. The original 1990 model year car sold at launch for $13,995 in 1989, back when newspapers were thick and the Internet was an embryo. Fast-forward to 2014, Sports Car Market


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and the new generation sells for $23,920, which is actually cheaper in inflation-adjusted dollars by almost $3,000. Über car guy Jay Leno regularly pulls his Miata out of his garage of exotics and classics. He’s a convert to the cause: “My Miata was my late brother’s,” Leno said in Mazdasport magazine. “He got it in ’96 and, like most people, I had that ‘hairdresser car’ kind of reaction. ‘What did you buy that for? Why didn’t you get an MGA Twin-Cam or something? Something that will leak oil and catch fire?’ ’’ Of course, that is the point. The Miata is an English sports car that works, all day long, year after year. The engines are often good to 300,000 miles, parts are plentiful, and there are few gremlins and glitches. At first, they came only in red, white or blue. The base model was Spartan, with steel wheels and roll-up windows, nary a cup holder in sight. Four generations later… The inevitable upgrades over 25 years have changed things, for sure. Mazda is now in its fourth generation of the MX-5, each a little wider or more muscular or faster — with dashes full of navigation and electronics. Even the first delightfully easy, one-handed soft-top has been replaced with an optional retractable folding hard top. But somehow Mazda hasn’t lost the handle, the essence that was behind the first car: The Miata is still a classic, nimble, affordable sports car. How it happened The Miata started with a 1978 conversation between Bob Hall, a Motor Trend jour- nalist, and Kenichi Yamamoto, then Mazda’ chief engineer. When asked what Mazda should build next, Hall suggested a bugs-in-your-teeth British sports car that works. By 1983 there were three competing design teams, two in Japan and one in Southern California. “(The goal) wasn’t the fastest car, it was the most fun,” said Hall. And a decade later, after Hall had been lured to Mazda, Road & Track’s Dennis Simanaitis was behind the wheel, calling the new car “a latter-day Lotus Élan with February 2015 45


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Collecting Thoughts Mazda Miata at 25 Well, maybe knock a few “eees” off, as the original car only had about 118 horse- power. But the Miata wasn’t meant for generating quarter-mile times, it was about creating big grins on twisty country roads, top down, shifting between gears with that lovely, precise linkage. As the team worked on the prototype designs, the original car had a smaller engine and a solid rear axle. But the Mazda bean counters, in a fit of unexpected generosity, said it was less expensive to build than they thought, so they allowed an upgrade to a fully independent suspension and the twin-cam. The crisp handling, the sheer tossability of the Miata and the lack of horsepower that keeps you rowing the sweet little gearbox were gateway drugs to a lot of soon-tobe sports car addicts — and racers. 2002 promotional material styling that’s simultaneously fresh and modern, yet recalling sports/racing cars of the Fifties.” The design team in Irvine, CA (the two other compet- ing teams in Japan were working on their own designs, including front-wheel-drive and mid-engine variants), was looking for a body that would stand the test of time. Think E-type Jaguar — not Toyota MR2. And most of all, Matano wanted to avoid trendiness. The finished prototype was a reflection of the Japanese expression that served as a guiding principle of the designers: “jinba-ittai,” meaning “the horse and rider as one.” With crisp handling, great road feel, peppy engine and more, the initial Miata was fun personified. It was an instant hit, selling 45,266 units the first year, a high-water-mark 95,640 units the next, while grinding out nearly 40,000 a year on average across three different generations. Light, nimble and reliable The layout, which hasn’t changed, mimics the Lotus Élan, using a lightweight powertrain frame connecting the front and rear subframes. Engines started as DOHC 1.6-liter fours, the suspension was fully independent double-wishbone, the steering rack-and-pinion, with the whole package coming in at under 2,200 pounds. Wheeeeee! On the track Garrett, the engineer on the project, saw the racing potential as the car took shape, and original drawings included an E-production SCCA racer. Even he didn’t predict that by 1996 the SCCA would fully embrace the Miata, creating a hugely successful spec class that continues to be one of the best shows on a race weekend anywhere in the country. Road & Track describes Spec Miata as “a cross between the chariot race in ‘Ben Hur’ and ‘101 Dalmatians.’” Gary Bockman, a winner in the Northwest in both his Mazda RX-3 GT3 — a high- tech tube-frame racer — as well as his Spec Miata, says the two cars are a lot alike. “Both are momentum cars, and your job is to keep the momentum flowing. If you make a mistake in a Miata, that lap is gone because you don’t have a lot of horsepower. “The Miata is the best training race car you can possibly get,” Bockman said. “Get to the top five in a Miata, and you are going to be fast in almost anything.” Bockman, more than smitten, also has two street Miatas. Much more a driver than an investment And now that 25 years have passed, the inevitable question: is it collectible? The Miata certainly is showing up on a lot of lists as a car to think about from the ’90s. But there are sooooo many of them, including lots of special editions, so picking the right one to preserve might be difficult. But you can certainly own and drive one in the meantime. Nice first-generation cars can be found all day long for $4,000–$5,000, and you won’t get as many smiles per mile for your dollar anywhere. Maybe Jeremy Clarkson said it best back in 2009: “The fact is that if you want a sports car, the MX-5 is perfect. Nothing on the road will give you better value. Nothing will give you so much fun. The only reason I’m giving it five stars is because I can’t give it fourteen.” ♦ Choosing a Mazda Miata MX-5 Guide to packages The “A Package” added power steering, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, aluminum alloy wheels and cassette stereo. The “B Package” included power windows, with cruise control and headrest speakers. The “C Package” included a tan interior and top and leather seats. The “R Package” editions, which included all of the luxury options from the “C Package” as well as special paint and special wheels. Three generations The NA MX-5 sold first in 1989 as a 1990. It was phased out in 1997 (except for 400 limitededition U.K.-only Berkeley mod- 46 els and 1,500 Special Touring Option versions in the U.S.). The NB came in 1998, and it is most notable for fixed headlights, which were changed due to safety rules. The NC was a big redesign in 2005, which including moving to a shortened RX-8 platform. The car gained a retractable hard was stripped and lighter for racing. The “M Editions” are special top in 2009. The original NA models have the most charm, and there are many around to choose from. What to look for Want one? Who doesn’t? Here’s what to look for: The MX-5 is relatively bul- letproof, and the only essential big-ticket maintenance is the replacement of the timing belt (might pump at as well do the water the same time) every 80,000 miles. Vinyl soft tops last about five years, so upgrade to a glass rear window when you replace it. Loud lifters at start aren’t a problem. They often indicate the need for an oil change. 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Legal Files John Draneas Trading Cars to Avoid Taxes You can exchange your Porsche for a Ferrari without any worries. However, you can’t exchange your car for real estate, or vice versa Obviously, you can’t always make the value of the cars come out the same, so when that happens, you have no choice other than to equalize the exchange with cash. If you add cash to buy the replacement car (trading up), all is fine. You’re still tax-free, and the cash simply adds to your basis (investment) in the new car. But when you trade down and receive cash as the equalizer, the cash is taxable. This often surprises people — all of the cash is taxable, to the extent of the overall gain. Consider a simple example: You have $500,000 invested in a $1,000,000 car. You exchange it for a $500,000 car plus $500,000 in cash. Most people think they would pay tax on half their gain, since they reinvested half the money. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. All of the $500,000 is taxable, as the cash is treated as profit first. Deferred exchanges As it’s not easy to find someone who wants your car and will trade you a car you want, the law allows you to use an exchange accommodator to sell your car and replace it in a separate transaction. The rules are very technical, and little mistakes can make the whole thing taxable. The first step is finding a buyer for your collector car. Once you “L egal Files” gets a lot of questions, but the most frequent is: “How can I do a 1031 exchange with my collector car?” This is not much of a surprise. Many readers who have owned their collector cars for some time have realized significant ap- preciation they want to cash in on. Then they discover that income taxes will take a very large bite out of the successful sale. Fortunately, for those who have owned their collector car for at least a year, the profit on the sale is taxed as a long-term capital gain. That allows the collector to take advantage of the favorable 20% capital gain rate. Collector cars are not subject to the 28% rate on collectibles because, well, they just don’t fit into the tax law’s technical definition of a “collectible,” no matter what we might think of them. But that little “deal” evaporates quickly when you get the rest of the story. The gain is treated as “investment income.” Once your investment income exceeds $200,000 ($250,000 on a joint return), which your collector car sale can often assure all by itself, all of your investment income is subject to an additional 3.8% tax. Add in up to about a 10% state income tax, and then consider that the alternative minimum tax will likely prevent you from deducting the state income tax on your federal return, and, bang, you add up to around 34% tax. Like-kind exchanges Section 1031 of the federal tax code provides that your gain is not taxed if you exchange one investment asset for another of a “like kind.” This is the tax-saving provision many readers are familiar with in the context of real estate, but it applies equally to non-real-estate investment assets. Cars are all considered to be like kind. So, you can exchange your Porsche for a Ferrari without any worries. However, you can’t exchange your car for real estate, or vice versa. Equalizing the exchange You can do multiple car exchanges. For example, our office is cur- rently in the midst of an exchange of eight Porsches for one Porsche. We’ve handled another exchange where one valuable car was replaced with 15 less-valuable cars. 48 do, but before the sale is completed, you enter into an exchange agreement with an independent exchange accommodator — or a “qualified intermediary,” in tax-speak. Pursuant to the exchange agreement, you transfer title to your car to the buyer, but the buyer pays the purchase price to the accommodator, who holds it in escrow for use in buying the replacement car(s). The first problem for many collectors is actually setting this up before the sale occurs. Our office has dealt with situations where the seller suddenly thinks of doing an exchange when the seller has received a substantial nonrefundable deposit, when the broker is already holding the full purchase price, when the car is loaded in a container and halfway across the Atlantic — and similar last-minute scrambles. We haven’t been able to bail out all those situations, and waiting that long creates a lot of anxiety. Plan ahead! 45- and 180-day timers Once you relinquish ownership of your car, the clock starts ticking simultaneously on two timers — a 45-day limit and a 180-day limit. You have a maximum of 45 days to “identify” one or more poten- tial replacement cars to the accommodator. Describing a model isn’t enough. You must identify specific cars with VINs, license numbers and so on. Once the 45 days runs out, the cars you have identified become the only cars in the world that can be purchased as part of the exchange. If your negotiations fail — or if someone buys the cars out from under you — you’re done and you have to pay the tax. You can identify multiple cars to have some choices, but you can’t go hog wild. The law limits you to identifying either three cars regardless of their value, or any number of cars so long as their total value does not exceed double the sales price of your car. The second limit is that the entire exchange must be completed within 180 days. That’s 135 days after the 45 days. Buying the replacement car The purchase process is the reverse of the sale. You contract to purchase the replacement car you want. Then you instruct the accommodator to purchase it for you with the exchange funds. 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Expenses Selling expenses — such as broker’s commissions, accommodator fees and other costs — can be paid by the accommodator and treated as a reduction of the sales price. If you paid any of them yourself, the accommodator can reimburse you. Selling expenses should include any repairs that you might be required to make to your car as part of the sales contract. However, repairs that you make ahead of time to get the car ready for sale should not be paid by the accommodator. Although there is no clear guidance on this, the accommodator should be able to pay, as part of the acquisition cost of the replacement car, any transport fees, import duties, etc., incurred in getting the car to you. Restoration work It is complicated, but you can make restoration work done on the replacement car part of the exchange. Theoretically, parts and labor are not considered to be of “like kind” with a car. However, once the work is completed, it becomes part of the car and then it is “like kind.” For that reason, the replacement car must be acquired by the ac- commodator and the accommodator must contract and pay for the restoration work before the car is transferred to you. This raises two practical problems: It requires more accommodator fees and likely a more car-savvy accommodator. Since the work must be completed before the 180-day period ex- pires, the amount of restoration work that can be done becomes limited. There may not be much time left by the time the car actually gets to the shop and work starts. Work done after the 180th day does not qualify as part of the exchange, even if paid for before then. Buy and then sell You can do a reverse exchange, in which you buy the replacement car before selling your car. To do this, you start with an interest-free loan to the accommodator to use to buy the car. The accommodator must then arrange for storage pending completion of the exchange. Next, you find a buyer for your car. The buyer then pays the pur- chase price to the accommodator. Next, you identify the new car as the replacement car. The accommodator then transfers the new car to you as the exchange for the old car, and uses the sales proceeds from the sale of the old car to repay your loan. A reverse exchange is a more complicated transaction, and it has you doubling up on your investment temporarily. Plus, the entire transaction must be completed within 180 days after the accommodator acquires the new car. Auctions It’s easy enough to sell the old car or buy the new car at auction. However, doing both on the same weekend takes some careful coordination. First off, you have to get your accommodator and your auction com- pany on the same page before the auction weekend. Everyone needs time to handle the paperwork. It’s pretty easy if you sell and buy at the same auction, as the auction company offsets dollars internally. But if you sell at one auction and buy at another, you have to get the two auction companies connected. The practical problem is the cash flow. Auction buyers typically settle their accounts on the Monday after the auction, but it then takes several weeks before the sales proceeds are disbursed to the seller. You have to convince the selling auction company to hurry its internal administration, so it can disburse immediately and the sales proceeds can go to the buying auction company in time to settle the purchase. That puts a lot of stress on both companies, and they won’t do it every time they are asked. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. February 2015 49


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Simon Says Simon Kidston The Story Behind the Big Baillon “Barn Find” For once, I know the backstory is as exciting as the press release. My only tinge of regret is for still-debonair Alain Delon Having introduced myself, the next 20 minutes were spent discussing a shared passion for old cars without me ever directly asking if he owned the California Spyder — this is France, after all, and Old-World European manners dictate a certain pace and tact. I promised to follow up with a letter, which was duly sent a few days later, and that was the last I ever heard from him. Time passed, the market climbed, and one day a very good client asked if I could find him a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, “but only a special car; it has to be one of the best.” It was time to call Monsieur Baillon again. “Who is calling? Ah, you must want my father. I’m afraid he passed away four months ago.” Another pleasant telephone conversation exercising respect and discretion, touching on the extraordinary rise in the value of classic cars, and a glimpse of hope with Monsieur Baillon Jr. not ruling out a meeting “although I have a busy few months ahead.” And then, total silence. Until yesterday. “BREAKING NEWS: ARTCURIAL DISCOVERS Not quite King Tut’s tomb — more a shed 250 miles west of Paris H ave you ever wondered where all the “barn finds” and “discoveries” that seem to appear on an almost daily basis in auctions and magazine editorials actually come from? Cynics might conclude there is probably a production line somewhere taking tired old stock from dealer forecourts, giving it a liberal coating of rust and dirt before photographing it in a stage-managed state of hibernation prior to its appearance at a glitzy auction somewhere near you. I dare say they might not be too far from the truth. Sometimes, though, just sometimes, these discoveries really do happen. An interesting tip A few years ago, a respected Parisian motoring historian friend mentioned, in pass- ing, that he had researched a hoard of old French registration documents relating to Ferraris, and they identified some famous cars which had long been forgotten. One of them, he continued, was a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder. And did I know which one? No, as I thought they were all accounted for — in fact, there were probably more in existence now than had originally been built. “Ah, let me surprise you,” he went on. “It’s a famous car which has been hidden for decades under our noses, because nobody knew it existed. It isn’t even listed in the books on the model.” This sounded improbable, but I kept listening, and it got better. “It’s the Spyder in which Alain Delon and Jane Fonda were photographed, and it’s been registered to the same French trucking company owner since 1971. But because someone at the factory incorrectly wrote ‘berlinetta’ on one of the build records, Ferrari spotters have always assumed it was just another steel berlinetta which hadn’t been seen for years,” he said. “It’s not. It’s a missing California.” Had my source not been an old-school Ferrari collector and author himself, I might have thanked him politely and not thought much more of our conversation. But he had a name, an address and a telephone number for the man to whom the Ferrari was registered, so I took the plunge. A call, a letter, and then nothing “Monsieur Baillon?” I inquired when a male voice answered. “Who is calling?” came the reply in French. 50 A FORGOTTEN TREASURE IN FRANCE “Found following 50 years of lying dormant, the Baillon Collection will be sold by Artcurial at the Rétromobile Salon on 6 February 2015. Visitors will be able to share in our emotion, much like that experienced by Howard Carter entering Tutankhamun’s tomb.” And the star lot? Yes, you guessed it: “Beneath piles of newspapers, [our team] discovered a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spyder, with covered headlights. It had been bought new by the actor Gérard Blain, then sold to fellow actor Alain Delon, who was photographed several times at the wheel, including in 1964 with Jane Fonda during the filming of ‘Les Félins’ and on the Côte d’Azur with Shirley MacLaine. One of 37 examples, its whereabouts unknown to marque historians until now, is bound to attract the attention of collectors of important historic Ferrari.” Well, you can’t win ’em all, and I’ve no doubt that the expert overseeing the sale, amateur opera singer Matthieu Lamoure, who was part of my team at Bonhams, will put his heart into it. “I couldn’t believe it when we got the call,” he con- fided to me: “I thought it was another dreamer with a tired 250 GT cabriolet in his garage.” A great story The $11.5 million to $14.5 million pre-sale estimate suggests the family wasn’t entirely unaware of what they owned, and the auction will fulfill their ambition to pay tribute to their father and grandfather who first assembled the collection. For once, I know the backstory is as exciting as the press release. My only tinge of regret is for still-debonair Alain Delon, whom I sat next to at dinner a few months ago (“Is zat your wife? Pleez introduce me...”). 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Feature 2014 Hershey Fall Meet A Pretty Sweet Deal Nothing is free at the massive flea market — except admission Story and Photo by Bill Rothermel Tucker Gallery and the world’s largest collection of Tucker vehicles and artifacts. For AACA members, museum entrance is free, and for the rest of the world, just $12. A bargain for car lovers. Ditto for the AACA Library (and club headquarters) across town on Governor Road. The repository of all things related to the automobile is nothing short of remarkable. Looking for something on your one-of-a-kind antique? Chances are the librarians will know where to look. The cost of entrance is free, but you’ll pay for research done by the helpful and friendly staff. This year the library had its first-ever yard sale during meet week, and there were lots of books, brochures and shop manuals at reasonable prices. Auction sights and sounds RM’s auction takes place both Thursday and Friday If you can’t find it here, well, you’re just not looking hard enough wards of 250,000 of the faithful return home to the mothership. Such has been the case since 1955, when the then-new Hershey Region of the AACA was chosen to host the five-day event on the second week in October of each year. With 3,000 flea-market vendors, over 1,200 cars on the Saturday showfield, and a H week’s worth of things to do, if it is not on your bucket list, you are missing out. It is something every car lover should experience at least once. But it won’t stop there. Trust me. Best of all, there’s no admission. It’s free. Short of meals, the cost of getting there, and finding a place to stay, pretty much everything can be done on a thrifty budget. Parts, memorabilia and cars galore Looking for a part for your Model T or ’36 Ford? Chances are you’ll find it. If your tastes run a bit more obscure, say a Locomobile or some quirky brass car, don’t give up. You’ll likely find something too. And it’s not just car parts — you’ll find lots of memorabilia, books, vintage advertising, signs, petroliana, toys, and of course, food. Perhaps, the best part of the flea market is seeing three generations walking together, carrying old car parts. It makes you feel good about the future of the car hobby. Did I mention it’s free? Circling the vendor area is the Car Corral, which has a seemingly endless supply of vintage cars for sale. You will see cars you’ve never seen before — and some that you would never buy. Yet those find new homes as well. A seasoned salesman once told me, “There is an ass for every seat.” He has proven correct. Again, no charge for this entertainment. Galas and openings Wednesday is “Night at the Museum” sponsored by RM Auctions to benefit both the AACA Museum and Library. Yes, there is an admission charge, but it’s for a good cause, and one might call it the automotive society event of the week where old friends reconnect and new friends are made. This year featured the opening of the Cammack 54 Details Plan ahead: The 2015 Hershey Fall Meet is scheduled for October 6–10, 2015. Where: Hersheypark and the Giant Center, Hershey, PA Cost: Admission to the famous flea market, the Race Car Condition Run and the Show Cars on Saturday is free. The galas are not. More: www.hersheyaaca.org ershey, PA, bills itself as the “Sweetest Place on Earth.” No wonder, as it’s the home of the Hershey Chocolate Company. But it’s also the home of the Antique Automobile Club of America, as well as its library and museum. Things get even better during the AACA’s Annual Fall Meet, when up- nights. Once again, prepare to see vehicles you won’t see at auction anywhere else, as Hershey brings out the eclectic collector. How about seeing a 1915 Stanley Mountain Wagon operate under live steam? RM previews the cars outside the auction venue under tents, and this is open to the public at no charge. Friday morning be sure to amble on over to the old Hersheypark Stadium. Race cars displayed on Saturday’s showfield run around the warm-up track. Immediately following are the highwheeler races — a Hershey tradition since the meet’s earliest days. Pitting a Sears against an International Harvester is something that defies description in the realm of competition racing. Don’t forget to leave your wallet at home, as there’s no admission. Be ready to walk Saturday brings the incredible display of cars. Arrive early and watch (and hear) the cars as they make their way to the entrance. Smart people bring a lawn chair to view vehicle after vehicle as they queue up. Once on the field, leave your camera behind, as trying to take a picture is futile and your patience will be tried. There are people everywhere. Just enjoy. Once again, it’s okay to show up with empty pockets. Don’t get me wrong. Hershey can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Just be prepared to walk. A lot. Parking is a mile away, and that’s before you get to the vendor area and Saturday’s showfield. The traffic, if you try to cross town as the day un- folds, is almost unbearable — and that’s before you get to where you’re going. Deal with it. You have no choice. And don’t be afraid to stay outside the area to snag a less-expensive hotel room. Bring the kids. There is plenty to do that has nothing to do with cars. After you’ve done this once, you’ll be back to do it all over again next year. I promise. And if you see any vendor with the Crestline book on Pontiac, let me know. I’m still looking for it. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Feature 2014 London to Brighton An Automotive Taste of the 19th Century A nearly 120-year-old motorcar traveled farther in a day than it did in its heyday Story and photos by Robert Ames Carini, who was ready for his first trip to Brighton the next day on a 1904 Cadillac. Rain and lots of service stops Sunday dawned dry, but we knew what was forecast and most broke out the rain gear before mounting up. This was to be my first London to Brighton on a machine built before the turn of the century. Thanks to an invite from driver/entrant Robert Brooks — Bonhams’ chairman — and the generosity of the Louwman Museum, I was aboard an 1895 Peugeot starting up front. Hot-tube ignition, solid rubber tires and seating several feet above the roadway promised new experiences galore. Immediately after the drop of the Union Robert Brooks prepares to mount up at dawn in Hyde Park T he Thursday highlight of London to Brighton week was a talk given at the Royal Automobile Club forum. Evan Ide, a Bonhams motoring specialist and former curator of the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, MA, delivered a well-received history of the U.S. auto industry from 1895 to 1905. His presentation highlighted the differences in configuration between United States machines and those of European or British manufacture. Ide pointed out that these differences were brought about by the greater distances involved in the United States — plus comparatively primitive road surfaces. In short, ruts and mud. These resulted in what is often referred to as the Duryea configuration: large-displacement, single-cylinder engines with a large flywheel and a straightforward planetary transmission. This drivetrain, combined with large-diameter road wheels, yielded needed ground clearance and torque. As U.S. road conditions improved and macadam surfaces became more common, the so-called European Panhard system — including multiple cylinders and more sophisticated transmissions — became available. This comprehensively illustrated lecture demonstrating in-depth knowledge of America’s earliest motorcars in the home country nicely reinforced the argument for dating of American cars to be done in the United States for purposes of London-to -Brighton eligibility. This is still a topic of controversy. From F1 to a 1904 Wilson Pilcher By way of contrast, the after-lunch speaker was Formula One designer legend Ross Brawn, who was entered for Sunday on his 1904 Wilson Pilcher — which he characterized as “having a frightening lack of brakes.” Brawn had some great insider F1 stuff from someone with no more axes to grind. His description of Ferrari: “Great mechanics and engineers with management running around like headless chickens.” Saturday’s Regent Street display is now nearly a full-blown concours, with expanded emphasis on period clothing and somewhat more formal judging than before. A guest judge was “Chasing Classic Cars” host Wayne 56 Details Plan ahead: The next London to Brighton Veteran Car Run — the 119th anniversary — is scheduled for November 1, 2015 Where: About 500 pre-1905 cars drive the 60 miles from London’s Hyde Park to Madeira Drive in Brighton Cost: Free to watch. Entry fees vary depending on the age of the cars. More: www.veterancarrun.com Fancy dress in Regent Street Sports Car Market Jack, I realized Brooks’ steering via the two-handled tiller was constant and of considerable magnitude. The rain, tram lines, pavement grooves and a tire patch the size of a pencil eraser added to the challenge of navigating the old car. Brooks came to grips with the challenge for the next six hours. We later diagnosed the culprit as massive toe-out. This car from the dawn of cars did run faultlessly in every other way, thanks at least partially to half-hour services every 90 minutes. Heavy rain — at times nearly torrential — was an irritant, but in the end the downpour only added to the sense of awe of a nearly 120-year-old motorcar traveling farther in a day than it probably ever did in its heyday. Brighton’s Madeira Drive was reached at 2 p.m. amid many high-fives — and a far greater appreciation of the trials of 19th century motorists. ♦


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Feature Ferrari Marks 60 Years in the U.S. A Rodeo of Prancing Horses A gleaming array of significant Ferraris takes over Beverly Hills Story and photos by Mike Daly Ferrari 288 (from left), F40, F50 and Enzo on Rodeo Drive V ery early in Ferrari’s history, the company realized that the United States was a lucrative, trendsetting market — and it was destined to play a huge role in some of Maranello’s most significant cars. The arc of Ferrari’s strategy was soon evident in models like the 342 America, 410 and 400 Super Americas, and the various California Spyders. So it was only appropriate that Ferrari North America hold its 60th Anniversary celebration in Beverly Hills, one of the marque’s most significant American hot spots. Pulling out all the stops, Ferrari NA threw a celebration over the weekend of October 11–12 2014, with neighborhood collector and SCMer Bruce Meyer organizing a concours on posh Rodeo Drive. Meyer has long served as the chairman of the Rodeo Drive Concours held annually on Father’s Day, and his well-documented 1957 625 TRC Spyder figured prominently among a short row of breathtaking Testa Rossas that graced the free-admission concours. Meyer joined Ferrari NA brass and Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse in welcoming famous guests Saturday evening to a private gala near Beverly Hills’ City Hall. In addition to hosting Hollywood A-listers such as Megan Fox and Mary J. Blige, the event also served as a soft introduction for Ferrari’s latest anniversary supercar: the F60 (essentially a $3 million topless version of the F12 berlinetta). New Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne and Ferrari NA CEO Edwin Fenech of- ficially unveiled the F60 a day later at the Sunday concours on Rodeo Drive. The show also featured 60 of the most significant Ferraris in history, including several early Le Mans winners, two veterans of the Carrera Panamericana, and the 2014 Pebble Beach Best-of-Show-winning 375 MM. Ferrari royalty on Rodeo As handsome as the limited-edition F60 is (the 10 examples marked for production have already been sold), it couldn’t hold a candle to the row of jaw-dropping vintage sports racers and prototypes positioned down the luxury retail avenue. Even the most experienced Ferrari enthusiast would be challenged to recall a gathering of more important and beautiful Maranello machines in one setting, with California Spyders, Testa Rossas, GTOs, TdFs, and rare sports-racers like the 315 S, 410 MI, and 857 S. Coachbuilt one-off road cars on 340, 342, and 375 America platforms emphasized the bespoke luxury of the 1950s, while 340 and 375 MM examples that ran the Carrera showcased the other side of the coin. More than 1,000 Ferraris In conjunction with the brand activities, the Ferrari Club of America organized a gathering one block away with the goal of parking 1,000 Ferraris on the street and adjacent garages. An F1-inspired archway digitally counted each Ferrari that passed underneath to park, while at Beverly Hills High School a convoy of Californias paraded to the unveiling platform on Rodeo Drive. Two examples of the brand’s range-leading LaFerrari, the plug-in hybrid hypercar, settled next to a 288 GTO, F40, F50, and an Enzo, completing a visual survey of the evolution of the modern Ferrari supercar. For the Maranello purist, it was a day to long remember, an unparalleled celebration of la bella macchina. ♦ 1964 250 GTO 58 1953 340/375 MM 1956 410 Sport Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile Two 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresinas They are gorgeous Ferraris and a blast to drive — and were the bargains of the sports car world for years by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1976–77 (fiberglass 308 cars) Number produced: 712 Original list price: $26,500 Current SCM Valuation: $100,000– $200,000; add $5,000 for dry sump Tune-up cost: $4,000 Distributor caps: $400 Chassis # location: Stamped into the upper frame on the passenger’s side next to the engine Engine number location: Center of V on passenger’s side Club: Ferrari Club of America More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.org Alternatives: 1982–88 Lamborghini Jalpa, 1973 Porsche Carrera RS, 1999–2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale,1975–89 DeTomaso Pantera GTS, 1972–76 Maserati Merak SS SCM Investment Grade: C Artcurial Lot 228, sold for $164,215 Comps 1976 Ferrari 308 GTS Vetroresina prototype Lot 224, no serial number (prototype car) Condition 3Sold at $145,772 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/5/14 SCM# 244729 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Chassis number 20271; engine number 00441 T 62 his superb fiberglass Ferrari 308 has always been fastidiously maintained. During its restoration it showed no signs of previous repair. The engine was refurbished in 2000. The car has therefore been completely overhauled and fitted with a high-performance exhaust. The current owner sent the car to Ferrari after pur- chasing, where they found no significant faults. The original rims with four new Michelin XWX tires were installed after our photos were taken. The rims seen in our photos will be supplied with the car. The “polyester” or “glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)” 308 GTB is the lightest and purest of all the 308s, making it a highly sought-after collector car today. This car, Lot 228, sold for $164,215, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Paris auction on September 12, 2014. 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Chassis number 20543; engine number 20543 When Ferrari introduced the 308 to the public in 1975 at the Paris Salon, it was the first time that they had chosen to use fiberglass for the bodywork. The Vetroresina, as it is known, was manufactured from 1975 to ’77 before the introduction of the steel-bodied cars in mid-’77. Only 154 right-hand-drive Vetroresinas left the Maranello factory, making it the rarest model 308 money can buy. This car spent many years in the collection of Harrods’ owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed, before he donated it to a charity auction. The car has been well maintained, as indicated by a history book that accompanies the car, noting over £28,000 in repairs. Engine, gearbox and cosmetics have all been freshened. The car comes complete with the original books in the Ferrari leather wallet. The odometer reads just 25,953 miles. This Vetroresina 308 comes with a solid 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Lot 229, s/n 19755 Condition 2+ Sold at $69,962 Bonhams, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/11/12 SCM# 201772 Sports Car Market 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina Lot 22, s/n F106AB20265 Condition 3 Sold at $155,160 H&H Auctions, Duxford, U.K., 4/24/14 SCM# 243470 Courtesy of Artcurial


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Silverstone Lot 349, sold for $202,531 history file and ticks all the right boxes in terms of mileage and ownership history. This car, Lot 349, sold for $202,531, including buyer’s premium, at Silverstone’s Birmingham, U.K., auction, November 16, 2014. SCM Analysis Ferrari 308s are pretty vanilla when it comes to exotic cars. “Magnum P.I.” gave them such exposure that despite being much rarer than a Porsche 911, they seem almost as common. They were built well and are not particularly prone to self-destruction. While a full major service is expensive, interim cam-belt-only changes can drasti- cally reduce service cost. Ferrari 308s are basically analog devices with no need for fancy computers for maintenance. Most good foreign car mechanics can keep one up. Until recently, you could buy a decent 308 for under $30,000, with best-in-the-world examples barely breaking $50,000. Considering they are drop-dead gorgeous, a blast to drive, and say “Ferrari” on the nose, they have been the best buy of the sports car world. Well the world has woken up and has started paying attention to 308s. Clean $30,000 308 GTBs can now break $50,000. $35,000 Quattrovalvoles have gone the way of dinosaurs. It’s a new world for 308s and 328s. The rarest 308s There were only 712 fiberglass 308s produced, and they are King of the Hill when it comes to 308 values. European 308 GTBs have a higher-horsepower, dry-sump engine. The dry-sump fiberglass 308s are the top dogs of all. The Artcurial and Silverstone 308s are both dry-sump versions, and they represent the pinnacle of the 308 market. However, they vary in several areas — which resulted in quite different sale prices. Silverstone’s car — chassis 20543 — was a much better car and was rewarded with a $38,000 premium. Resale Red is a reality, and with all other things being equal, Silverstone’s red car starts with a value edge. Silverstone’s car also was enhanced by celebrity ownership, documented history and an owner’s pouch. Artcurial’s car — chassis 20271 — was saddled with aftermarket boy-racer mods, including silly-looking bomb mufflers, drilled pedals, a big radiator and gaudy engine detailing. Artcurial’s 308 also featured new leather that was not quite correct, and shabby, incorrect carpet. Obviously, RHD cars do better in RHD markets, but it’s hard to put a value on LHD versus RHD versions. In this case, I think it was a wash. The floodgates have opened My charge on this assignment was to compare the sales of two cars, but the real story here is historical comparison. A little over two years ago (September 2012, p. 58), I wrote a Ferrari Profile on another fiberglass 308 GTB. That car also sold at a European auction. The car was a U.S.-market, non-dry-sump model that sold for $70,000. I wrote that when a 308 sells for over $100,000, the floodgates will open. A search of the SCM Platinum Auction Database shows the first recorded $100,000 sale was early this year. Barrett-Jackson raked in $114,400 for a yellow 1976 fiberglass example. While the sale got some tongues wagging, just a few months later a $155,000 sale was made, and then a backup $153,000 sale confirmed the 308’s ascension. The $202,000 sale of Silverstone’s 308 was certainly impressive, but it is just a step on an upward spiral. When I wrote my 2012 column, I referenced the fiberglass 308’s value to a Porsche 911 RS and a Ferrari 246 Dino. The Dino and the RS have both seen unprecedented appreciation, while the 308 has lagged behind. The jump in fiberglass 308 values is already trickling down to the more pedestrian 308 models. I learned an important lesson a couple of years back when a Toyota 2000GT sold for a million dollars. Stunned pundits raved that the buyer could have bought a Ferrari Lusso, a Shelby Cobra — or any number of great cars for the same or less money. The reporter’s comment went something like this: If a person can afford a million-dollar Toyota, they probably already have a Lusso or Cobra or anything else that they want. I’d never considered that perspective, and it changed my outlook on collector car values. The bargain days are gone It’s interesting how price can influence value. The same steak seems to taste better at an expensive restaurant than at a diner down the road. A shirt that appears garish at Macy’s becomes cool at an exclusive designer store. A $40,000 308 may never hit a wealthy collector’s radar, but at $150,000, he or she has to have it. That’s where we are today. 308s have always been great cars, but their entry pricing has kept them from being cool. It’s not logical that common British sports cars were selling for more than a Ferrari 308, but they regularly did. The days of cheap 308s are over. Top cars are already bringing good money — if you can find one. If you’ve always wanted one, you may be too late. ♦ (Introductory descriptions courtesy of Artcurial and Silverstone.) February 2015 63 Courtesy of Silverstone Auctions


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective A beautiful car, but vetroresina was not the right stuff for the shape By Robert Cumberford 2 3 steel — if it’s used right, not as a substitute for something else. With all due respect to Y Pininfarina and Leonardo Fioravanti, the shape of the lovely 308 GTB was conceived by traditional tin-benders and in no way makes advantageous use of the composite glassresin material (note that the Italian term is far better than ours). After a few more than 700 of the plastic bodies, Ferrari reverted to the tried and true, and the identical shape was made in the sheet metal that the hard-edged shape suggested — and to which paint adhered with greater tenacity. Yet these early “plas- tic” Ferraris are highly desirable as daily drivers. Their engines have less work to do when operating down near speed limits, all-out acceleration is better, and there’s something desirable about having an exotic experiment to drive. And experiment it was, never to be repeated in production volumes, however small. I remember hearing about an exclusive sports car club in California in the 1950s that had a specific rule against fiberglass cars. “Real” cars had metal bodies, an attitude that seems to have taken root at Ferrari in the late 1970s and since. Not that I scorn the 25-different-aluminum-alloy 458s being made now. I just regret that the superb sensibilities of Italian designers have never fully embraced composites. ♦ 64 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 No question about these delicate louvers. Not vetroresina. 2 No longer allowed, for multiple good reasons, the fold-away headlamps did provide a truly elegant form when they were shut. 3 One has to think that the bumpers were never intended to bump anything at all, else there would not be parking lamps in the strike face of the slim rubber blade. 4 Another element out of time: tiny marker lamps just barely big enough to do their job. With LEDs now, this should be enough. 5 These wheels may be 1 es, is lighter fiberglass than aluminum and stronger than 4 6 5 expensive and exclusive, but I frankly prefer the standard-issue, five-spoke alloys so characteristic of Ferrari racers. 6 This hard horizontal pe- rimeter line does a great job of increasing visual length and establishes a thrust line that expresses dynamic energy in the overall form. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 This sharp point is excel- lent in aesthetic terms, but is not really suited to the best use of glass-fiber-reinforced plastics. But as I suggest, this is conceptually a metal car. 8 This tiny mirror is really inadequate, given the blockage of the flying 10 9 8 7 11 buttresses surrounding the near-vertical backlight. There should be one on the other side as well. 9 The scoop in the door and rear quarter is an almost-mirror inversion of the normal surface that was interrupted by the inlet. Effective, elegant and beautiful. 10 Perfectly round wheel openings are a great visual statement of purposeful design, making the performance aspects of the car totally transparent. 11 The little upturned lip at the end of the deck is an excellent cut-off for aerodynamic flow, but it is really too small to provide much real downforce. Looks great, though. 12 There are many workouts for the below-bumper area, with grilles, pairs of exhaust pipes and apparent transverse mufflers, but this is unique in my experience: cutouts not for pipes, but for muffler cans. To protect resin against heat? INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) Straightforward, matter-of-fact and just about perfect, the instruments are grouped as in a racer. The controls are clear and easy to reach, and the seats are well-shaped and very good looking. I love the flattened steering wheel, which is not excessively vertical. 12 Sports Car Market


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English Profile 1958 AC Aceca Bristol At the end of the day, it’s passion that rules this world. The cars that inspire that passion are most often the ones that perform best in the market by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1954–63 Number produced: 328 (all engine types) Original list price: $52,000 Current SCM Valuation: $115,000– $175,000 Tune-up cost: $375 Distributor cap: $100 Chassis # location: Plate on firewall; stamped on engine mountings Engine # location: Right side of block near starter Club Info: AC Owners Club More: www.acownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1955–57 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mk III, 1960–65 Lancia Flaminia GT, 1960–61 Porsche 356B coupe SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis BEX678, sold for $214,500 by RM 1958 Aceca Bristol chassis BEX678 The Aceca Bristol offered here has its original Bristol engine, the number of which matches the car’s original firewall tag. According to the consignor, John Moir, the car’s original owner was Peter Winston, the son of renowned New York City jeweler Harry Winston. Young Mr. Winston used the car as an everyday driver in Manhattan for some years, after which he sold it through an acquaintance to Tom Hickey, a well-known motorcycle and sports car racer from Cambridge, MA. Mr. Hickey sent the Aceca Bristol back to AC Cars in Thames-Ditton, where it was totally refurbished to its original condition by the factory that had built it new. Upon its return stateside, the proud owner displayed the car at various New England sports car events, where it was very popular and became well known as one of the finest Aceca Bristols in the world. Only when Mr. Hickey was stricken with a tragic illness did he sell his pet to perhaps the most avid of its many admirers, John Moir. It has remained a great favorite in the Moir Collection ever since. The past three decades have left the car with a won- derful, rich patina, a term often overused but well-applied here. The red leather interior has softened and been broken-in gently, and it is as comfortable as it appears. The dashboard instruments and interior trim are still in beautiful condition throughout, and the black finish, which has only the lightest of wear, is still in good condition; it will polish out well for local shows or continued driving. Overall, the car is best described as resembling what a well-kept, gently driven Aceca Bristol would have looked like in 1968. 66 1960 Aceca Bristol chassis AEX756 The example offered here was completed at Thames Ditton on January 4, 1960, and it was sold new as a lefthand-drive example to North America. While originally delivered with an AC two-liter engine, the car was fitted, under the previous owner’s tenure, with the desirable 1,971-cubic-centimeter Bristol engine and gearbox. After being acquired by the current owner in 2010, a comprehensive restoration of this Aceca Bristol coupe was recently finished by renowned British car specialists at Kevin Kay Restorations in Redding, CA. The aluminum body panels were taken down to bare metal prior to a show-quality repaint, and it should be noted that the body required a minimal amount of metalwork during restoration. The interior was newly trimmed in correct materials, and every component was either rebuilt or restored, as needed, including a new front windscreen. The braking system was rebuilt, Spax shocks were fit- ted, and some of the new components include a stainlesssteel exhaust system and all of the wiring and rubber seals. The body is finished in an original AC shade of Slate Blue, and the interior is trimmed in black leather with gray carpet, making for a very stunning appearance. This is a superb chance to slip behind the wheel of a freshly and extensively restored, dashing British sports car that exhibits the outstanding performance that took the world by storm in the mid-1950s. 1959 Aceca Bristol chassis BEX711 This Bristol-powered Aceca, with chassis number BEX711, was AC’s display vehicle at the 1959 New York Sports Car Market 1960 AC Aceca Lot 210, s/n AEX756 Condition 1Sold at $286,000 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245137 1959 AC Aceca Bristol Lot 65, s/n BEX711 Condition 2+ Sold at $275,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 245030 1957 AC Aceca Lot 239, s/n AEX569 Condition 3 Sold at $116,618 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/5/14 SCM# 244739 Darin Schnabel ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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International Automobile Show. At the show, it caught the eye of William Willock Jr., who purchased the car. This was one of eight examples delivered to the United States in 1959. The car was purchased for his son Norman, a recent university graduate. Norman enjoyed the car occasionally until moving to the Virgin Islands, with the Aceca placed into long-term storage at a family property in Maryland in the late 1960s. Norman returned to the United States circa 1988, and settled in Tucson. His Aceca was removed from storage and delivered to him. During the late 1990s, the car was given a sympathetic restoration, which included rebuilding of the Bristol engine, a bare-metal repaint in the original gunmetal gray, and re-trimming of the interior in red leather as original. The work was completed in 2001. In 2007, it was acquired by Norman’s son. Since new, the car has traveled fewer than 15,700 original miles. The 1,971-cc overhead valve inline 6-cylinder engine is fitted with triple Solex carburetors and offers 128 horsepower. There is a 4-speed manual gearbox with Girling disc brakes in the front and hydraulic drums in the rear. SCM Analysis 1958 AC Aceca Bristol chassis BEX678, Lot 139, sold for $214,500, including buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Hershey, PA, sale on October 9, 2014. 1960 AC Aceca Bristol chassis AEX756, Lot 210, sold for $286,000, including buyer’s premium, at the RM Auctions’ Monterey, CA, sale on August 16, 2014. 1959 AC Aceca Bristol chassis BEX711, Lot 65, sold for $275,000, including buyer’s premium, at the Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach, CA, sale on August 16, 2014. It’s always a comfort when manufacturers make it easier for us to determine how a car was originally built. Want to know if an AC was delivered with the AC inline 6-cylinder or the BMW-derived Bristol 6? Simple. If the chassis ID starts with “A,” it means “AC,” and “B” means “Bristol.” So, of course, as everyone bad-mouths the “ancient” AC unit, loves the Bristol engine and engine swaps are definitely a dealkiller, the car born with the “wrong” engine and which has the swap brought the biggest price. Clear? Now that you’ve absorbed that, be prepared to forget other “absolute truths” your friends tell in bars, on concours fields and in the garages of other friends they don’t really like. From roadster to coupe Everybody knows that the AC Ace roadster was only good as a placeholder for a decade until it was rescued from obscurity to become the Shelby/AC Cobra. Or was that the case at all? I think not. For many years, owners of AC- and Bristol-powered Aces quietly enjoyed their cars and fended off inquiries on why their “Cobras” looked and sounded so strangely anemic. While there’s no doubt that what Shelby American brought to the table in creating the Cobra was remarkable, there’s also a good reason Carroll Shelby looked to the Ace as a source to develop. Since every respectable sports car maker — especially one based under the less- than-balmy skies of Britain — must have a more serious closed model to sell to adventurous doctors and solicitors, the Ace quickly gained a GT stablemate, the Aceca. Rarely has a perfect roadster shape such as the Ace spawned an equally attractive closed version. While it lacks some of the grace an Italian carrozzeria would have given it, the lines are harmonious and the cabin has useful space. A glance back at the 2007 SCM Pocket Price Guide shows Acecas listed in a range from $40,000 to $70,000, with Ace Bristol roadsters pegged at just over twice those figures. The brand-new 2015 SCM Pocket Price Guide lists the Aceca at $115,000 to $175,000 and the Ace Bristol roadsters at $225,000 to $335,000. Both represent an increase in prices parallel in movement. What we’ve now seen — confirmed in these three sales — may likely be a narrowing of the differential between GT and roadster similar to what we’ve seen in the Mercedes 300SL market. Loving a metal roof It is really a matter of personal preference. I am, as most readers of my work for decades now know, very much a tin-top guy. Give me a choice between a swoopy roadster, convertible or cabriolet, and I’m more than likely to ask if there are any coupes or sedans available. I think I was born “GT Man.” There’s nothing quite like a roof over your head and windows to roll up and down while blasting down a sinuous river road or over a winding mountain track. Besides the inherent added torsional rigidity, I like the coddled feeling you get in a GT car. In March 2011, I drove a lovely, nicely patinated 1957 Aceca during the preview of the Gooding & Co. Amelia Island sale. Powered by the veteran AC engine, it was a delight to drive, and unlike many other occasions on which an object of long affection disappoints at first hands-on experience, it surpassed my expectations. I later had the chance to drive a Bristol-engined February 2015 67 version, and my devotion was assured. The Aceca I drove in Florida sold near the low esti- mate at $110,000, surprising many who expected it to go for rather less, but not me. I was, however, simply disappointed that another car I loved seemed to be heading out of reach. All three sales click The cars we are discussing here all sold exactly where they should have relative to condition. Taking into account the dates of last restoration and specification, it all makes logical sense. AEX756 was the freshest of the cars and presented itself extremely well in a terrific, very period color. BEX711, an original Bristol-engined car with low mileage, sold nearly as well as AEX756 — despite having been restored nearly a decade earlier. BEX768 had been restored at the factory but had the oldest restoration, approximately 30 years old, which now showed considerable patina. It had also been lightly used for a number of years in the collection of John Moir. I would argue that a freshly restored, original BEX example would now handily surpass all three of these cars in price. That AEX756 could sell as the highest of this trio de- spite not having been born with the Bristol engine tells you a great deal about how the Aceca has risen in the esteem of a larger audience. In fact, the buyers of that particular car are SCMers who wrote a letter published in the January 2015 issue (“You Write, We Read,” p. 36) explaining why they “paid so much” for the car. It came to down to what the letter writer — Michelle Rand — illustrated: “We LOVE this car…” At the end of the day, it’s passion that rules this world. The cars that inspire that passion are most often the ones that perform best in the market, especially when more people become more sensitive and aware of their particular charms. And the Aceca is a very charming 1950s GT indeed. ♦ (Introductory descriptions courtesy of RM Auctions and Gooding & Company.)


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1970 Datsun 240Z Series 1 Collectors are paying five-digit prices, which will attract quality cars out from under their covers and onto the auction blocks in 2015 Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 1970–73 Number produced: 148,115 Original list price: $3,526 Current SCM Valuation: $8,200–$14,000 Tune-up cost: $200 Distributor cap: $10.95 Chassis # location: Right side firewall Engine # location: Right side inner fender Club: Classic Z-Car Club Club Website: www.zcca.org, www. classiczcars.com Alternatives: 1965–74 MGB-GT, 1971–74 Alfa Romeo Spider 2000, 1969–76 Triumph TR6, 1965–72 Porsche 911 SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: HLS3006116 T he first Series I cars produced between late 1969 and early 1970 are identified by the fresh-air exhaust vents located on the rear hatch. Datsun quickly realized that they had hit the mark with the modern lines and overhead-cam 6-cylinder that redlined at 7,000 rpm. Restored to like-new condition, this 240Z is one of the most pristine examples on the market. The only thing this car lacks to be a ZCCA gold-medallion car is the factory wheels and hubcaps, as the restorer chose a period centerline wheel to complete the sportier look. From the paint to the interior, great attention to detail was used during restoration. The engine starts promptly and pumps incredible smooth power to the rear wheels. If owning the nicest of its kind appeals to you, you will want to seriously consider this first series Z. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 107, sold for $40,700, including buyer’s premium, at Motostalgia’s Grand Prix Auction on November 1, 2014, in Austin, TX. The 240Z was a pivotal product for Datsun in 1970, and it set the stage for Nissan sports cars to this day. It is the direct lineal ancestor of the current 370Z. The 240Z offered performance and styling at a level not generally expected from a Japanese car in that era, and its low price point relative to the European competition made the 240Z an extremely attractive proposition. In its debut year, Datsun marketed the 240Z as a “high- 68 performance personal two-passenger fastback” with a 2.4-liter SOHC inline 6-cylinder engine rated at 151 horsepower and a fully synchronized 4-speed gearbox. The new 240Z advertised a 0–60 mph time of 7.5–8.7 seconds and a top speed of 115 to 122 mph. The 240Z also offered a modern independent suspension at all four wheels, with McPherson struts in the front and Chapman struts in the rear, radial tires, and front disc brakes. Inside, buyers got a true sports car experience, including a full set of aircraft-style gauges. It was an exciting package with a sticker price of $3,526. Datsun sold 16,215 of these cars in the first model year. The 240Z soon made its mark in racing, diving into road racing and even scoring a win in the East Africa Rally on the WRC calendar. Best known in the United States was the distinctive red, white and blue livery of BRE Racing by Peter Brock. Brock’s 240Z racers claimed back-to-back SCCA national championships in 1970 and 1971. This is the performance and history of a true groundbreaking sports car. The 240Z in context When comparing the 240Z with its closest in-period competitors, buyers could save a few dollars by buying the Triumph GT6 or TR6, but they would sacrifice performance, as the Triumph pushrod engines made just 94 and 104 horsepower respectively. The horsepower comparison doesn’t even touch the antiquated suspensions on British cars of the day. 240Z purchase prices were on par 1969 Datsun 2000 Lot 138, s/n SRL31108295 Condition 2Sold at $8,250 Auctions America, Carlisle, PA, 4/30/11 SCM# 177810 1971 Datsun 240Z Lot W68, s/n HLS3037428 Condition 3Sold at $10,968 Mecum Auctions, Dallas, TX, 9/5/13 SCM# 227663 1972 Datsun 240Z Lot 220, s/n HS3001577 Condition 3+ Sold at $22,271 Silverstone, Warwickshire, U.K., 2/23/13 SCM# 215520 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Motostalgia


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with the Opel GT, but there again, the best Opel came with only a 102-hp engine and a solid rear axle. To get into the same performance envelope as the 240Z, buyers could opt for the least expensive Porsche 911 at 142 horsepower and $6,430, or the 914-6 at 125 horsepower and $5,999. Yet those cars cost more than the 246-horsepower Jaguar E-type at $5,725. Of all comparable imported sports cars, the 4-cylinder Alfa Romeo Spider 2000 at $4,198 and 132 horsepower came closest to a good competitive buy in 1970. Now comes the value spike The subsequent history of Z-Series cars had its ups and downs. Bad de- cisions at Nissan — that turned the nimble 240Z into a heavier, clumsier car — resulted in the 240Z (1970 through 1973) emerging as clearly more desirable than anything that came afterwards. While the collector car community has been slow to recognize the value and appeal of Japanese cars, some recent sales are indicating an impending tornado for topcondition early Z-cars. Our subject car was an early 1970 240Z that sold for $40,700. Even considering 57,014 original miles on the odometer and a nice restoration with respect paid to period-correct aftermarket dish-mag wheels, this was still an eyebrow-raising price for the car. But just two weeks later and thousands of miles away at the Silverstone auction in Birmingham, England, a resto-modded 1972 240Z with 62,924 miles brought $33,813. This car had been the subject of a bare-metal restoration, with the engine pumped up to 190 horsepower courtesy of an aftermarket exhaust and triple side-draft Webers replacing the original twin SU carburetors. Ordinarily, those modifications should detract from auction value, but that doesn’t seem to have been the case. The hype begins As if those sales weren’t enough, consider the restored 1970 240Z that ended up on eBay in late November. The owner claimed $90,000 in receipts, including $40,000 in paint and bodywork. The high bid came in at $30,600, which didn’t tip the reserve or come close to the hyperbole in the listing, but it was still an impressive bid for a 240Z. The SCM Platinum Auction Database shows that most 240Z models traded between $2,000 and $10,000 just a few years ago. One all-original 1972 example sold in 2009 for $9,975 (SCM# 143125). Those days are almost certainly over for any solid original or nicely restored 240Z. Prices for the transition model 1974 260Z and the 280Z from 1975 through 1978 will likely follow the rising tide. With these recent sales, it seems undeniable that at least for top res- torations and solid time-capsule cars, values have taken a hockey-stick turn and are headed up to compare with more conventionally collectible vehicles of the same era. Collectors are not blinking at mid-five-digit prices, which will bring more quality cars out from under their covers and onto the auction blocks in 2015. If you ever want to own a 240Z, the time is now. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Motostalgia.) 1972 Datsun 240Z, sold for $33,813 at Silverstone’s Birmingham auction February 2015 69


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German Profile Column Author 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa At this price, you suspect a “French Connection” stash hidden in the car, but the hidden value is in the engine by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 1974–76 Number produced: 2,323 across three years; about 630 Targas Original list price: Approximately DM 38,000, or $15,800 Current SCM Valuation: $65,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: $1,400–$1,500 with wires, cap and valve adjustment Chassis # location: On plate at front lip of trunk panel; chassis stamping above gas tank on passenger’s side Engine # location: On engine case boss under the fan, reading vertically, facing to the right Clubs: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1975–77 Ferrari 308 GTB, 1974–76 Ferrari 365 GT4 BB, 1971–74 Jaguar XKE V12 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 9114610191 Engine number: 6640695 • Very rare Carrera 2.7-liter Targa model • All the original manuals • Recent engine rebuild • Just 630 examples built T 70 he series “G” of the 911 appeared in the autumn of 1973, the seventh generation of the 911 since it was first presented in 1963. The consistently highperforming Carrera, now minus the “RS” in its name, sat at the very top of the 1974–75 range. An external difference to the previous year’s model was the addition of more imposing aluminum bumpers front and rear, and fitted with shock-absorbing bellowstyle boots. Mechanically the car stayed the same. The car presented belongs to a well-known Porsche enthusiast. Brilliant in its original black livery, this car is presented in excellent condition. The engine was completely rebuilt 2,000 km (1,242 miles) ago. There are no records of the hours spent on this, but there are Porsche invoices for all the parts required. The car comes with its stamped service books, owner’s manuals, compressor and original toolkit. The interior is very impressive and looks like new. This rare Targa with aluminum roll hoop looks great and is in fantastic condition, on top and underneath, as we were able to check when we inspected the car on a ramp. This Porsche is the direct descendant of the legendary Carrera RS of 1973. It is easy to see, with its lively and versatile engine and sexy look, why this model is becoming more and more sought after. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 234, sold for $291,108, including buyer’s premium, at Artcurial’s Automobiles sur les Champs Auction in Paris, FRA, on November 2, 2014. When this Porsche sold for $291,108, market observers accustomed to $40,000–$60,000 for prime G-body 911s must have wondered where in the car was “The French Connection” — the hidden stash that accounted for that result. In fact there was one — under the rear lid. There, at the heart of the machine, lives the Type 911/83 mechanicallyfuel-injected 2,687-cc, 210-horsepower engine that helped make the 1973 Carrera RS instantly legendary. When Porsche engineers proposed a 1973 street model with specifications that included being lightweight, with an uprated engine, and with wider rear flares and wheels to be the homologation base for Porsche’s upcoming Group 4 race car, the firm’s marketing and sales department demurred strongly. Why? Because the car would not be sold in the United States, the sales department anticipated problems selling the 500 examples required. Enthusiasts quickly dispelled their reluctance, and Porsche sold 1,525 1973 Carrera RSs in two trim levels: 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa Lot 35, s/n 9115610061 Condition 3 Not sold at $74,600 Bonhams, Knokke-Heist, BEL, 10/11/13 SCM# 228335 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Lot 30, s/n 9114609026 Condition 2 Sold at $1,001,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/14 SCM# 244999 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Lot 38, s/n 9114600026 Condition 2+ Sold at $70,230 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/19/07 SCM# 44572 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Artcurial


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The 1973 RS is the Porsche collectible Even today, the 1973 RS is widely considered a premier driver’s car. It is lightweight, responsive, uncomplicated, a little primal — and deeply satisfying. It is a car that is in balance — and the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts — with its specifications. As you know, 1973 Carrera RSs have gone on to be- come the archetype Porsche 911 collectible, and they are now finding their way into purely investment-motivated portfolios. (No derogatory comments will be added.) Along with them, but less well known, are the even-morevaluable 1974 Carrera RS 3.0-liters, which were the almost purebred Group 3 race car for the street, built just 54 strong along with the Group 4 RSR — the ultimate normally aspirated racing 911 that was manufactured in 70 examples over three years. The 1974 RS 3.0 was not a car for your average per- formance-fixated 911 enthusiast. It was expensive, raw and raucous — and not street-legal everywhere — most especially in the United States. Porsche simply did not see the need or the potential to deck it out in a streetable version similar to the 1973 RS Tourings. Into that breach, Porsche slipped another car. 200 Porsche order code M471 “Lightweights,” stripped of non-essential interior, trim, sound deadening, and undercoating — and 1,325 M472 “Tourings” in full street regalia including optional sunroofs and air conditioning. Along the way, at 1,000 cars produced, the RS itself qualified for Group 3 competition. The Group 4 car was, of course, the 2,806-cc RSR, built 55 strong in the same production run. It shares serial numbers with its little brother RS. Euro Carrera — different looks, same zip If the 1974 RS 3.0 was the spiritual successor to the 1973 RS Lightweight, then our subject car was the spiritual successor to the RS Touring. The car has had many monikers over the years, but Carrera RS is wrong. These days, most of us refer to them as “Euro-Carreras.” The Euro Carrera was nothing February 2015 71


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German Profile Column Author May of 1986, 13 of us lined up our 1973 RS cars in the 25car Instructor Run Group. Just one smart man, a banker and PCA leader in northern New Jersey, brought a Euro Carrera. He was ahead of his time. The trick was that the Euro Carrera offered an almost identical performance and driving experience as its progenitor 1973 RS. The cars’ weights were almost identical — suspension, brakes, gearbox were all virtually the same. The Euro Carrera was 0–60 mph in under six seconds, with a top end of 148 mph. And even in the 1980s that excitement came at substan- tially reduced prices in comparison with 1973 RS cars. Fast-forward to today. 1973 RS Lightweights have pushed quickly past $1m and now occasionally bring $1.5m, and Tourings are pressing upward on the seven-digit barrier. And you, a rational-consumer enthusiast with one eye on the inflating market bubble, do not want to go that deeply into your resources. What to do? Buy a Euro Carrera. Sure, you settle for a G-body car with its ungainly, more or less than the new 1974 G-body Porsche 911 with the throwback 1973 Carrera RS engine — the Type 911/83 with the same 2,687-cc displacement and 210 horsepower. In 1974, it also usually wore the carryover 1973 RS “ducktail” engine lid. (1975–76 examples usually had the flat-tray tail, and cars from all years sometimes had the standard sloping engine lid.) Porsche built 1,456 of these cars in 1974, another 712 in 1975 and 155 in 1976 — for a total run of 2,323, of which about 630 were Targas. As was too often the case in those years, the Euro Carreras were not importable into the United States, as Federal EPA emissions and DoT safety requirements continued to push away special, low-production models. The 911/83 engine, like all Porsche MFI engines, was especially dirty for the era, and as a result, Porsche’s American-spec 911s all were powered with the new and oftmaligned CIS Jetronic 2.7s. The poor man’s Carrera RS To people in the know, the Euro Carrera quickly became the poor man’s RS. Back in the 1980s when a lot of us were using the “once-a-lifetime” exemption to bring in 1973 RS cars, a few wise people adopted Euro Carreras instead. At a Porsche Club of America Connecticut Valley Region driver’s education event in grafted-on impact bumpers, which is one of the lesserloved Porsche body styles, perhaps trailing only the 1999–2004 Type 996. That said, you also get a lot of performance for the money — and you get a relatively rare vintage 911. As the prices of 1973 RS cars power upward, those of Euro Carreras will most certainly follow. The heart of the beast Our Artcurial subject car appeared to be a relatively good example in black, with original paint and interior and trim — all well turned out. It lacked the plaid seat sections that graced many of these cars, which is a period look that collectors like today. It was also was a Targa, the preferred body style for perhaps 10% of 911 buyers. But the heart of the beast was a Type 911/83 engine. That motor was all that was needed for the Targa to be worth five to six times the same car with the standard 1974 CIS 2.7-liter motor. A nicely original coupe with just 11,000 km (6,835 miles) and all-original paint sold a few months ago for $325,000. That looks like a smart buy now. We think the market is correct. Euro Carreras are worth the money. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Artcurial.) 72 Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible Lousy 1969 sales mean that GT500s — rare from the start — are very hard to find in 2015 by Dale Novak Details Years produced: 1969–70 Number produced: 335 Original list price: $5,027 Current SCM Valuation: $117,500– $160,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Chassis # location: Driver’s side door tag Engine # location: Pad on the back of the block on the driver’s side Club: Shelby American Automobile Club More: www.saac.com Alternatives: 1969–70 Shelby GT350 convertible, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6 convertible, 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger convertible SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 9F03R483249 • 360 horsepower, 428-ci Cobra Jet Ram Air V8 engine with twin Holley 4-barrel carburetors • Ford C-6 3-speed automatic transmission • Independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms, coil springs and an anti-roll bar • Live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and staggered shock absorbers • Power front disc and rear drum hydraulic brakes • Wheelbase: 108 inches • One of just 75 GT500 convertibles finished in Grabber Yellow • Documented by a Marti Report, original invoice and order form • Beautifully restored and perfect for MCA and SCCA events SCM Analysis This car, Lot 153, sold for $280,500, with buyer’s premium, at RM Auctions’ Sam Pack Collection sale on November 14–15 in Dallas, TX. The 1969/1970 Shelby GT500 needs little introduc- tion, and nearly every classic car collector on the planet is well versed in the cars. RM scripted wonderful prose about the history of the GT500 series — and our subject car, which was introduced with the 1967 model year. By 1967, Carroll Shelby had a great track record with the Shelby Mustangs. The 1965 and 1966 GT350 models had done well in the showroom, but buyers were yearning for more power and more creature comforts to help make the car more palatable for everyday street use. With that, Shelby American introduced the GT500 model, which ratcheted up the cubic inches to 428 and added an additional 49 horsepower to the configuration. 74 Enthusiasts jumped on the muscular car, and the GT500 outsold the GT350 at nearly two to one. The GT500 was certainly here to stay. Still, the one Shelby Mustang that was missing from the lineup was a drop-top edition. In 1967, Shelby experimented with a convertible model and built one prototype GT500. That was enough to prime the pump, and by the 1968 model year, buyers could now check the box for a convertible GT350 or GT500. Sales for the newfor-1968 Shelby Mustang convertible soared to 1,124 for all variants of the wind-in-your-hair model, including the new GT500 KR. Big brother takes over 1968 was a pivotal year for the Shelby Mustang. Production moved from Shelby American to A.O. Smith based in Ionia, MI, as Ford took the lead role in the manufacturing of the car. Still, sales were brisk, with 4,451 total Shelby Mustangs sold (coupes and convertibles). The future still remained bright, as three models could now be ordered — and any of those could be had in the convertible configuration. Bigger engines, more power By 1969, the muscle and pony car revolution was perhaps at the height of the horsepower race. Huge, very powerful engines were dropped into relatively light cars, and the big three were all in the race. Chevrolet was building L88 Corvettes, Chrysler was dominating the tracks with Hemi muscle and Ford was building heavy-breathing 429s and directing Kar Kraft to cram them into the new Mustang sportsroof as the Boss 429. Blue Oval management knew that the Shelby was 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot S728, s/n 9F03R480653 Condition 3+ Not sold at $110,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/15/14 SCM# 232321 1969 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot 39, s/n 9FO3R482705 Condition 2 Sold at $156,200 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 8/30/14 SCM# 245232 1970 Shelby GT500 convertible Lot 202, s/n F03R483287 Condition 1Sold at $368,500 RM Auctions, Gainesville, GA, 11/13/10 SCM# 168341 Sports Car Market Teddy Pieper ©2014, courtesy of RM Auctions


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shaky-pen expensive, so, beginning in 1969, Ford offered buyers more economical choices. The new Mach 1 was hitting the streets with a variety of engine choices, shaker hoods and plenty of performance goodies. That selection shifted buyers further away from the Shelby, and sales began to wane. At the end of the 1969 model year, Shelby Mustangs had to be carried over to 1970 just to dispatch the remaining inventory. It marked the end of the Shelby Mustang years. Only 1,153 1969–70 Shelbys would be sold — with some at deep discounts just to move them off the dealer lots. Lousy 1969 sales means rarity today Like most of the rare muscle in the market today, the dynamics of value are related to various issues that presented themselves 40-plus years ago. Of course, back then, no one paid much attention to these factors. Cars that became enormously expensive via option choices meant very few guys ordered them. Those cars are rare today. That doesn’t make them all valuable, but it does when you’re talking about one with a Shelby badge on it and a 428 under the hood. Only 335 built The Shelby/Ford partnership managed to offload 335 GT500 con- vertibles in the 1969/1970 model year. Naturally, some of the 335 built have met their demise via a missed swift turn, getting T-boned in an intersection or succumbing to the tin worm. So, the number of survivors is not huge, which adds further rarity to those that have survived. Our subject car is one of the 335 built. It’s also a handsome car and very well optioned. The rarity continues as one of only 75 GT500 convertibles built in the eye-popping Grabber Yellow. Documentation with our subject car includes the obligatory Marti Report but also includes the original invoice and order form. The car presented extremely well, and it is probably one of the better examples you’ll encounter. It was reported to be lacking in a few small areas, but nothing that detracted from the overall presentation. Adding to that, a fastidious private collector who took a great deal of pride in maintaining his collection to the highest standards offered the car. Private-collection or single-source sales, such as the Sam Pack Collection, have a long track record of producing excellent results. Savvy buyers target these sales — especially when the cars on tap are well detailed, properly maintained, nicely documented and ready to be transported to another collector’s toy box. It’s a no-brainer since the cars are already vetted for the buyers. There’s an assumption, and rightfully so, that the cars are in a league of their own, as the collector, Sam Pack in this case, didn’t casually spend his money hazardously on inferior cars. That certainly was the case with our subject car. We also saw this happen at RM Auctions’ Milton Robson Collection sale in 2010, where an exceptional 4-speed 1970 Shelby GT500 convertible sold at $368,500. Reading the 1969/1970 GT500 tea leaves According to the SCM Platinum Auction Database, 1969 GT500 con- vertibles now trade in the $115,000 to $175,000 range. These are for well-sorted cars in very nice condition. The SCM Pocket Price Guide places them at $117,500 to $160,000 for a well-presented #2 car. Other price guides are a bit more generous, with values in the low $200k range for a great car. I spoke with Donnie Gould, car specialist at RM and president of Auctions America, about this car and its sale price. “In my opinion, and I’m an avid Shelby guy, these are $300,000 cars when you find them in this condition,” Gould said. “I’ve always felt the cars have been undervalued. They only built 335 of them, and they are great road cars and they are finally getting the recognition they deserve — and the valuation that goes along with that.” While it’s too early to call this the new market for a very nice GT500 convertible, it may suggest a wake-up call is in order. If you’re a guy with one in your garage, I’d be cautious about tossing it into the sales arena unless you’re committed to letting it go, as this sale may be an anomaly. If you bought one as an investment some time ago, your capital gains filing might be one auction away. Let’s see if a few more come out to play and how much they bring. As it stands now, I’d call this one well sold — but the new owner bought one of the best out there, and that’s something that will likely make the price paid seem fair in the long run. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) February 2015 75


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Race Car Profile 1964 Austin Mini Cooper 1275 S Competition Saloon This car sold for the price of a genuine Works-built Mini — and rightly so by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1964–67 (as 1275 Mk 1) Number produced: 1.5 million (all Mk 1s) Chassis # location: Stamped in plate riveted to radiator cowling or bonnet slam panel Engine # location: Stamped in plate riveted to flat ledge, front top right of block above generator Distributor cap: $11 Tune-up cost: $200 Club: Mini Cooper Register, Arbons House, 47 Water Street, Lavenham, Suffolk CO10 9RN More: www.minicooper.org Alternatives: 1962–66 Fiat Abarth 850TC, 1963–76 Hillman Imp, 1965 Renault 8 Gordini R1135 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Registration number: DPE 608B D PE 608B was purchased new by the current vendor on August 12, 1964, from BMC dealer Jackson’s Garages of Godalming, Surrey. The Mini was primarily his road car but was raced whenever the opportunity arose. Early outings included Rufforth and Cadwell Park, both in September 1964, and Goodwood on March 13, 1965 (original program on file). The Mini then passed through the hands of various other owners. In 2004, the vendor was able to buy it from Gordon Cameron, who had been campaigning the car very successfully in historic rallies. Its previous owners were almost all members of the Bognor Regis Motor Club, and the Mini had been in competition for most of its life. The vendor, reunited with the Mini, commissioned the car’s total restoration in anticipation of an invitation to return to Goodwood for the 2005 Revival meeting, which was duly received. Following the Revival, it was decided to enter the HSCC pre-’66 Touring Car Championship in 2006 and, after winning seven out of the nine races, the Championship was in the bag. DPE 608B and the vendor were champions again in 2007. Following a major off at Spa Francorchamps in September 2007, caused by a severed brake line, the car was rebuilt by The Brooklands Motor Company. The car and its owner were invited back to Goodwood for the 2009 Revival. [The St. Mary’s Trophy saloon car 76 race that year was for Minis only, to celebrate 50 years of the pocket rocket.] They again entered the HSCC race at Spa that year. In 2010, the vendor spent the season racing with his daughter in the Mighty Mini Series, and it was not until 2011 that he returned to the HSCC Touring Car Championship, which he won again in that year and also in 2012. “DPE” has brought its owner four Championships with the HSCC and four Championships with the HRSR — quite a trophy haul for a senior citizen. Since 2005, a total of 50 races have been entered in the U.K., France and Belgium, resulting in 26 wins and 13 other podium places, as well as 16 fastest laps. Additional documentation consists of restoration invoices, old-style logbook, Heritage Certificate, current MoT/tax and V5C registration document. The car now boasts Swiftune’s finest specification of engine and transmission, which has one full season behind it. The engine was fully refreshed by Swiftune just one event ago, and this highly competitive Mini is presented race-ready for another season. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 228, sold for $138,790, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction on September 13, 2014. 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S ex-Works Rally Lot 61, s/n CA2S71012033A Condition 3 Sold at $87,560 H&H Auctions, Cheltenham, U.K., 2/26/2008 SCM# 58746 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Works Rally Lot 206 s/n CA2S7820483 Condition 2Sold at $169,680 Bonhams, Goodwood, Sussex, U.K., 8/31/07 SCM# 46842 1967 Austin Mini Cooper S Works Rally replica Lot 223, s/n CA2S71012370 Condition 1 Sold at $83,022 Bonhams, Goodwood, Sussex, U.K., 8/31/07 SCM# 46855 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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What an interesting survivor. And how charming that it’s latterly been raced by the man who bought it new, although of course those “Championships” are class and not outright wins — you need a Lotus Cortina for that. It sold for the level of money you’d expect only a genuine Works-built car to achieve, and we need to understand why. First, the successful bid is a “sum-of-its-parts” valuation. It would be hard or even impossible to replicate this race winner for the money paid here. As ever, buying someone’s already-completed race car or project is cheaper than starting from scratch. Early pictures show it racing in presumably stock trim, judging by the full interior, lack of roll cage, and 4½-inch wheels, and later it was a rally car, but now it’s in full race spec. Mini in name, but not in price Does it really cost this much to build a winning Mini? Absolutely. The price of a half-decent standard 1275 Cooper “S” is around £25,000 ($40k), and a Swiftune FIA-spec engine and transmission package, which includes ancillaries, will set you back £27,500 ($43,650). Preparing the body shell with roll cage, paint and plumbed extinguisher costs at least £10k ($16k) and already we’ve little left over for labor within the budget, let alone sorting out the suspension and brakes. Ironically, it’s the FIA rulebook that makes preparing a fast car so expensive, as we shall see below. The “total restoration” and build into a race car was by Rae Davis Racing, which also produces the fastest A35s in the world. The work involved a re-shell, as the one it arrived with was too far gone after years of rallying — and it may not have been the original anyway. Don’t read too much into the patch screwed to the floor covering the original gearstick hole, as all Mk 1 Coopers were like this, according to Davis. Damage caused by the major “off” at Spa in 2007 was repaired, and the car was not re-shelled again as far as Davis knows, but not having its original body shouldn’t affect the value. Re-shelling damaged competition cars was common practice back in the day, and almost none of the original Works cars reside within their original bodywork. Either way, as part of this pristine, race-prepared package, even after several seasons the shell was dead-straight and shiny, with immaculate floors. Stretching and bending rules Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile racing regulations, to which most historic racing in Europe conforms, are quite restrictive. They essentially allow only what was done in period, with the goal of keeping cars technically stock. So, you can’t just bolt on any go-faster bits that you like. But with careful reading of the rules, the Mini’s once-75-horsepower, 1,275-cc, long-stroke slugger becomes a 1,293-cc, fully balanced, 120-hp screamer. Mysteriously, a little negative camber appears at the wheels — even though Mini suspension isn’t adjustable. “It’s a black art, and you have to be a bit devious,” Rae Davis admit- ted. “You want more castor on the front too, but pulling the front wheels forward makes the wheelbase too long, and you can’t move the rear wheels forward to compensate as you would on a Lotus Cortina. Ideally February 2015 77 you want a Mini to corner on three wheels to help kill the understeer, otherwise they push the front, so the rear anti-roll bar and the dampers are very important.” The minimum weight for an FIA Mini Cooper S is 620 kg (1,366 pounds), and you can be sure it’s down to that, as they can be built under 600 kg and ballasted back up. This car carried the usual pedal extension mods, so the driver can heel-and-toe — in fact, legendary Mini rally exponent Paddy Hopkirk marketed just such a device in period as a bolton go-faster aid. Numbers confusion, but the price is right Both the engine and chassis numbers were incorrectly quoted in the catalog. The VIN CA287551918, which is only 417 numbers after the first Austin Cooper 1275 S, should start CA2S, so the S has been misread as an 8, and the engine number 9FDSA731962 was more likely correctly to have been 9FDSAY. I don’t think we need read anything too sinister into that, as the car has had FIA papers that identify it as a genuine Cooper (of course they need renewing upon change of ownership), plus there’s that Heritage Certificate which does the same. The bottom line is that, although a couple of FIA-spec Minis have recently sold cheaper at auction, the sums certainly stack up on this one, and as a ready-to-go, proven winner with an almost-fresh engine, it needs no more spending or expensive track time for shaking it down. Tiny racer, massive provenance What makes this car so attractive is that Goodwood provenance. Although it might not guarantee a future entry to the best old-car event in the world, owners like to think it makes a difference, and having appeared there both when new and at the Revival, there is every hope this car might one day be invited back. With owners desperate to appear there, every little bit of perceived clout adds value. This is the price of fame, folks. So, though you never quite get your money back on race cars, I’d call it fairly bought and realistically sold. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Present the Second Annual SCM SCOTTSDALE INSIDER’S SEMINAR “Are You Covered?” Keynote Speaker: Jim Fiske, Vice President, Marketing, Chubb Personal Insurance TOPICS INCLUDE: • Classic Car Insurance for Underage Drivers • Tours and Rallies • Letting Someone Else Drive Your Car • Floods and Natural Disasters THURSDAY, JANUARY 15 Gooding & Co. Auction Tent, Scottsdale Fashion Square, AZ • 9:30–11:30 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION Keith Martin will lead a discussion with a panel of SCM experts on the topic of “The Perfect Pair.” The experts will share their picks for a two-car collection at three different price points. The panelist whose choices resonate the most with the attendees will win the “People’s Choice” award. Following the discussion, the panelists will offer detailed examination of select cars to be offered at the Gooding auction. ™ PANELISTS INCLUDE: Carl Bomstead, American Sports & Muscle; Donald Osborne, European Sports & Racing (excluding Ferraris); Stephen Serio, Ferraris and Late-Model Exotics; Simon Kidston, The European Perspective; and Colin Comer, Post-War Sports and Muscle SPACE IS LIMITED — SIGN UP TODAY! The 2014 Pebble Beach seminar was completely sold out, with standing-room only. Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members and registered Gooding bidders; SCM subscribers, $35 for two; non-subscribers, $70 for two; Not a subscriber? Sign up today and save on admission, or upgrade to Platinum, and your admission is free! To secure your space, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/scottsdale2015 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217 78 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Overview Some Go Up, Some Go Down A lesser E-type is still an E-type Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster, $1,430,000—BonPA, p. 110 2. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $1,166,235—Art, p. 120 3. 1989 Ferrari F40 coupe, $1,068,447—Art, p. 120 4. 1963 Shelby Cobra roadster, $880,000—RM-TX, p. 88 5. 1905 Gardner-Serpollet 18hp Type L steam phaeton, $592,624—Bon-Lon, p. 98 6. 1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Spyder, $447,858—Art, p. 126 7. 2006 Ford GT coupe, $418,000—RM-TX, p. 91 8. 1901 Panhard et Levassor 7hp rear-entrance tonneau, $413,767—Bon-Lon, p. 94 9. 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino coupe, $343,358—Art, p. 126 10. 1931 Chrysler CG Imperial roadster, $341,000—RM-TX, p. 86 By Tony Piff A t Artcurial’s “Automobiles sur les Champs 7” in Paris, sales ratcheted up 37% to $8.2m from $6m a year ago, and 63 of 79 cars changed hands. A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe rang the bell at $1.2m. Bonhams’ third “Preserving the Automobile” sale in Philadelphia also saw healthy growth. Totals increased to $3.8m from $2.8m, and the high sale was a 1907 American Underslung 50hp roadster, sold at $1.4m. For their Veteran sale in London, Bonhams’ consigned 23 cars — a record for this auction — but total sales declined. Fourteen lots sold for $2.3m total, down from $2.9m in 2014. A 1905 Gardner-Serpollet 18hp Type L phaeton broke the half-million mark, selling for $593k. Bonhams finished up the final Harrogate auction with total sales of $811k among 29 cars out of 46 consigned. That’s off last year’s high of $1.4m. A 2001 Bentley Continental R coupe was the most expensive lot at $162k. American metal from the Blue Oval family sold strong at RM and Auctions America’s Sam Pack Collection sale in Farmers Branch, TX. Sales totaled $11.5m among 131 noreserve lots. A 1967 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster came out on top at $1.3m. Tony’s Market Moment: Among the few foreign lots on offer at the Pack Collection sale was a 1974 Jaguar XKE roadster. Despite the plastic bumper overriders, less-pure V12, and less-than-flawless condition, bidders pushed it to a healthy $85k. The buyer drove away with a stick shift in his right hand, confirming that early 6-cylinder E-types are pulling the second-tier V12s right along with them. In the month prior, however, two E-types sold under Best Buys 1965 Jaguar XKE convertible, $89,572—Art, p. 120 80 $30k: a 1972 went for $26k at Bonhams Harrogate, and a 1969 found $23k at Bonhams Philadelphia. Both cars were 1969 Jaguar XKE Series II 4.2 2+2 coupe, sold at $22,550 — Bonhams, Philadelphia, PA Dan Kruse Classics Austin, TX September 26–27 Branson, MO October 17–18 London, U.K. October 31 Bonhams November 1 Artcurial Greensboro, NC November 6–8 Farmers Branch, TX November 14–15 RM Harrogate, U.K. November 12 $0 Bonhams $811k $3m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition November 2 GAA Paris, FRA Motostalgia Austin, TX Branson Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue Bonhams $1.3m Philadelphia, PA October 6 $3.8m $2.8m $2.3m $4.2m $8.2m $7.1m $11.5m $6m SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts in decent running condition, both were 4-speeds — and both were 2+2 coupes. Ah, yes, the 2+2 — the only XKE in the SCM Pocket Price Guide with a “D” Investment Grade. But while the Price Guide-toting cognoscenti discussed covered headlights, flat floors and outside hood latches, I’ll venture a guess that the two buyers had their minds on other things — like catching crumpets. If the Price Guide had a rating for that, well, I think any E-type under $30k looks like a pretty smart buy. ♦ $9m $12m 1901 Renault Type D Series E Two-seater voiturette, $55,094— Bon-Lon, p. 94 1994 Bentley Continental R coupe, $36,388—Bon-Har, p. 138 1960 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite roadster, $17,928—DKC, p. 144 1921 Haynes Light Six Model 47 opera coupe, $5,400—Bran, p. 152 Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX RM with Auctions America — The Sam Pack Collection The Stars and Stripes reigned supreme — only one import made its way into the top 20 list Company RM with Auctions America Date November 14–15, 2014 Location Farmers Branch, TX Auctioneer Max Girardo Automotive lots sold/offered 131/131 Sales rate 100% Sales total $11,543,400 High sale 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, sold at $1,292,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices The one non-American car that made the top 20 list — 1959 Porsche 356A convertible D, sold at $165,000 Report and photos by Cody Tayloe Market opinions in italics S uccessful Ford dealer Sam Pack s building his impressive car collection a years old. Now 77, Pack decided it was time to sell off some of the cars he’d acquired over the past few years. His goal? Reduce th footprint of his collection from four wareho to two. To make that happen, Pack enlisted t of RM Auctions to offer an absolute sale of 131 of his cherished vehicles. As a Ford dealer, most of Mr. Pack’s collection centered around the brand and related marques, including Farmers Branch, TX Lincoln, Mercury, Edsel and Shelby. Other American makes and a handful of imports were also included in the sale, alongside several Lincoln and Ford concept cars. The Stars and Stripes reigned supreme here — only one import made its way into the top 20 list. The top two sales were both Shelby Cobras: a 1967 Cobra 427 and a 1963 Cobra 289. The 427 Cobra was the only car of the sale to break the million-dollar mark, ing for just shy of $1.3m, while the 289 car brought $880k. The number-three sale was a 2006 Ford GT that made $418k. It still wore delivery decals and interior plastic and was offered with only a hand- ful of delivery miles. The aforementioned sole top 20 import in the sale was a 1959 Porsche 356A 1600 S convertible D, which tied for the 11th place on the results list at $165k. Mr. Pack walked through his warehouse on preview day and visited with prospec- tive bidders. He was welcoming and inviting to his guests and was easily approachable. The RM staff handled the standing-room-only house with ease, with phone and Internet bidders actively engaged in the process. Bidders were enthusiastic and confident in the quality of the offerings, and the overall results are a testament to the caliber of the collection. With all lots offered at no reserve, total sales came out to $11.5m, exceeding Mr. Pack’s reported expectations of $9m. After letting go of a fourth of his collection, Mr. Pack still has another quarter to Top seller — 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra, sold at $1,292,500 82 go to reach his ideal collection size. The remainder of the cars will likely be sold off through private sales. With no plans to retire, Mr. Pack also plans on making more acquisitions, as long as the size of his collection stays within its new threshold. What will he add now that he has $11m burning a hole in his pocket? ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX ENGLISH #175-1961 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I BT7 roadster. S/N HBT7L12570. Eng. # 29DRUH3374. Ice Blue/blue vinyl/navy blue leather. Odo: 51,897 miles. British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Certificate and build sheet. Rotisserie restoration showing a little age. Small blemish on tail less than the size of a pencil eraser. Light scratch between trunk and top. Stainless exterior trim a little worn. Driver’s door out. The interior shows use and wear. Carpet piping at driver’s door coming have one of the nicest Series IIIs at those events. Still, strong price for an SIII V12 in sub-concours-winning condition. GERMAN #155-1959 PORSCHE 356A convertible D. S/N 86820. Eng. # 84589. Red/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 77,480 miles. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity. Older restoration. Highly equipped with a Becker Europa radio, luggage rack and reclining seats. High-quality restoration aging. Paint touched behind driver’s door at very top. Passenger’s door out at bottom. Door handles appear to be original and showing light scratches. Windshield delamination. Interior is clean and tidy. Gauge bezels are slightly pitted. Some engine labels are worn. Modern K&N air filters. Fluid buildup at the tion. The only flaw to note is a brittle rubber floor mat. Original engine is just as tidy as the rest of the car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,000. 1967 marked the first year of the larger 1,493cc powerplant and upgrade to 12-volt electrics. The history of this low-mile Beetle can be traced back to the original owner who purchased it in September of 1967 in Springfield, MO. The factory tool roll and owner’s manual are still with the car. Early “oval window” and “split window” examples can bring decent money, but it is difficult to find one as original and well preserved as this one. That helped this first lot of the auction find strong money. Well sold. IRISH unraveled. Excessive carpet bunching along the transmission tunnel. Restored engine compartment shows a little age but is well above average. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Restored by Austin-Healey specialist Tom Rocke. This Big Healey had been driven just enough miles to get it through the break-in period. Stable values took a bit of a hiccup three years ago, and while steady again today, they have not returned to the prices of the late 2000s. Well bought considering the high-quality restoration. #124-1974 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N UE1S25590. Silver/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 35,320 miles. Highquality restoration done around 1990 in very good condition. Restored trim is showing age but holding up well. Both doors slightly out at bottom rear. Very little wear showing on the wide driver’s door threshold. Carpets are in very good condition. Leather seats are original. Dash, console, and gauges are all in very good condition. Factory a/c. Original tool set #105-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T4BD004933. Stainless/gray leather. Odo: 203 miles. One of the lowestmileage original DeLoreans in existence. Other than a few handprints, the stainless body is well preserved. Discoloration and chips on the plastic nose piece. Clear original glass with DMC logos. Rubber driver’s door gasket has come loose at the bottom. Seat upholstery has been replaced. Reset stalk for the trip odometer has broken off, and there is a crack base of the engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $165,000. One of a handful of foreign cars offered from the Sam Pack Collection. The early history was unknown, but lineage can be traced to the early 1980s, when it was originally finished in Meissen Blue over brown before undergoing a full restoration. Porsche values remain strong and on the rise, although the 356 market hasn’t seen the same recent wild upswings as long-nose 911s. Last seen at Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction in 2012, where it sold for $148,500 (SCM# 197528). Market-correct price today, all things considered. #101-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 118057507. Savannah Beige/ teak vinyl. Odo: 19,071 miles. Low original mileage and well cared for. Paint is lustrous and in very good condition. Some rubber shows a little age but is not hard. Very minor windshield delamination at bottom corner. Inside the driver’s door sill, printed labels show the date and mileage of each service dating back to 1978, which was less than 2,000 miles ago. Interior is in excellent condi- in the inner instrument cluster housing. Engine shows some pieces with surface patina, pointing mostly to age over use. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $41,250. The interior was recently replaced, as the brutal Texas climate has been unkind to the car over time, but it is otherwise all original and well kept. DeLoreans come to auction often, and average price has vacillated between about $20k and $30k in a generally upward direction since 2000. One sold at Auctions America California in August for $55k, making this exceptionally low-mile example look like a great deal. AMERICAN #220-1926 FORD MODEL T “Golden and jack. Very tidy engine compartment starting to become average quality since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $85,250. Last seen at Mecum’s Kansas City auction in 2012, where it was well bought at $60k (SCM# 201398). Equipped with the more desirable manual transmission, factory air conditioning and, of course, the iconic V12; the age of the restoration is to the point where one could enjoy driving it without guilt to JCNA meetups and likely 84 Era” roadster. S/N TT13444904. Gold/white vinyl. Odo: 1 miles. Constructed by famed hot rod builder Rick Dore and featured in Street Rodder magazine in 2006. The odometer reading and condition points to no use outside of climbing in and out to try the car on. Named “Golden Era” to pay tribute to the hot rods built in the 1960s. Almost everything has been massaged in some way. 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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX doors slightly out at the front. Brightwork is in excellent condition. Interior features leather, a/c and a sound system. Original bench seats restyled for modern tastes. Original trumpet Sold at auction thrice recently, increasing each time: $30k at Mecum Indy 2012 (SCM# 205609); $46k at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in April; and $57k at Barrett-Jackson Reno in August (SCM# 230232). The catalog estimate sought to continue the trend, but the sale fell short of even the low estimate. Another one well bought. #187-1931 CHRYSLER CG IMPERIAL roadster. S/N 7801798. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 88,535 miles. Older restoration showing rare use. Excellent panel fit. Deep red paint has some light buff marks. Chrome and brightwork like new, with few flaws. Minor scratches around the rumble seat from entry and exit. Chrome housing around the singular rear taillight shows very light pitting. Rubber protectant on running board shows wear. Windows are clear and flawless. Canvas top shows TOP 10 No. 10 with very detailed stitching. Stainless dash panel and chrome door hardware is in top condition. Soft-top hardware has also been restored. Beautifully detailed engine compartment. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $209,000. This longtime California car spent about 50 years in storage before receiving a comprehensive restoration only a few years ago by a highly regarded Packard specialist. The coupe roadster is a desirable bodystyle, as reflected in the sales price here. Fair deal for both buyer and seller. #109-1936 FORD MODEL 68Deluxe roadster. S/N 182456409. Tan/tan canvas/ brown vinyl. Odo: 270 miles. Iconic Ford with a few subtle custom touches. Older high-quality restoration showing age. Paint is chipped and starting to flake at the base of the rumble seat. Early signs of crazing on rear deck lid. Very deep scratch on inner side of fender from lowering hood incorrectly. Brightwork in very good condition. Both doors out. Interior is clean and in very good condition. Driver’s seat horns under the hood. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $154,000. It was refreshing to see that the mileage and condition point to actual road use. The catalog describes it as “modern technology, yet still retains its vintage elegance.” The big money in pre-war Packards is in the 12-cylinder convertibles and phaetons. Touring sedan donor cars can be picked up relatively inexpensively, but the money spent here was on the modifications. One can’t help but wonder if you could build one for the price paid here. #172-1939 LINCOLN ZEPHYR coupe. S/N H75869. Gray/red leather. Odo: 996 miles. Recent build with flawless paint and a Cosworth V12 tuned to 600 hp. Engineering and body sculpting give factory-correct appearance. Chrome is in excellent condition. Trim on beltline and front fender that was originally chrome has been tinted black. Interior finished in leather and still smells new. Quality stitching throughout. Original steering wheel re-covered in matching leather. Carpets show no wear. Interior window sills, hardware, no signs of use. Leather interior like new. Interior is neat and tidy. Motor is finely detailed and highly restored. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $341,000. Desirable roadster body. Of about 100 that were built, this is one of only a dozen known to still exist, according to the catalog. The most recent restoration was said to have begun in the 1980s; it was not completed until 2001. Upon completion, it was awarded CCCA National First Senior award; has appeared at Pebble Beach. The final price was a good deal for the buyer and seller. Last sold for $259k at RM Monterey 2011 (SCM# 185511). #205-1932 PACKARD EIGHT roadster. S/N 50988. Black/black canvas/burgundy leather. Odo: 8,706 miles. Highly restored. Deep black paint. Light clearcoat scratches are noticeable in intense light. Very minor unevenness noted in some of the body contours. Chrome is in excellent condition. Windshield is clear. Interior wood veneers in excellent shape. Carpet shows no wear. Leather interior is in excellent condition. Beautiful door panels 86 back has a few dark spots. Gauge faces are dulling. High-compression engine with Eddie Meyer high-rise manifold and aluminum heads. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $60,500. There are a few things that need to be massaged, but the price paid leaves a lot of room for improvements. There seem to be no real immediate needs that would prevent this one from being road-worthy, and what little it does need is mostly cosmetic. In better condition, this could easily bring $100k. Well bought. #164-1937 PACKARD custom sedan. S/N 398699A. Black/red leather. Odo: 16,917 miles. Frame modified to accommodate the LS3 powerplant. Deep black paint in very good condition. High quality with few flaws for such a large car. Some touch-ups and chips on the nose point to actual road use. Deep scratches at the bottom of hood lid from improper raising and lowering. Rear suicide and door hardware have all been rechromed. Air-ride suspension. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $253,000. This Lincoln Zephyr has been completely reimagined with costly customizations from top to bottom. Fortunately, an “extensive operation and maintenance manual” is included with the sale to help navigate the technology that has been added. Even in stock form, Zephyrs are out of the price range for entry-level collectors. The end result here was very appealing, and the bids just climbed. Very nice car, very well sold. #110-1940 LINCOLN ZEPHYR Club coupe. S/N H93338. Red/tan cloth. Odo: 2,289 miles. Well-cared-for older restoration. Paint shows age. Poor masking around the windows, where paint is visible on the edges Sports Car Market


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of the rubber. Excellent panel fit. Trim along the side of the body is slightly scratchy and has a few small dings. Minor delamination on the trailing edges of the front vent windows. Pitting on the trunk hinges. Cloth upholstery and door panels are in very good condition. Instrument cluster face finish and surround is flaking off, and speedo indicator needle is RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX #129-1954 FORD CRESTLINE Skyliner 2-dr hard top. S/N U4DF136874. Cadet Blue & Sandstone White/tinted skylight/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 13,133 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Older restoration. Paint shows some visible flaws but is in good overall condition considering age. Some paint unevenness noted on driver’s side of the roof. Pinholes visible here and there, especially on the hood. Passenger’s door out at the bottom rear. Driver’s door sags. Interior shows light soiling and wear. All interior lights work. Piping on front bench seat cushion is uneven. Average-quality splintering. Carpets show age but have little wear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. Only about 3,500 club coupes were built in 1940, and this car reportedly had just one repaint in its lifetime. Very nice without being perfect, making it a terrific candidate for regular motoring. Further investment would improve the car but won’t do much for its limited appeal. Not many of these cross the block, and pre-war Lincoln values are all over the board. That said, the price paid looked fair for all parties. #176-1941 WILLYS custom coupe. S/N 44112372. Black/gray leather. Odo: 144 miles. 409-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Older custom build with little use but showing age. Black paint shows years of clearcoat scratches. Custom skull motif. Tubbed rear end. Glass is clear and scratch-free. Sidepipes exit at front fender. Both doors are out. Shaved door handles. Interior finished in leather with snakeskin accents. Homemade center console with generic window switches. Wear on driver’s seat, but there are hardly any miles on the car. Enormous powerplant with dual carburetor setup. Cond: engine compartment houses later 312 V8 with Offenhauser heads and Edelbrock carburetor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $35,750. We have watched this one cross the block two previous times: at eBay/Kruse Scottsdale 2002, where it no-saled at $19,500 (SCM# 25786) and more recently at RM’s 2012 sale in Grapevine, TX, sold at $35,750k (SCM# 213787). Original accessories include a heater, clock, radio, windshield washers, and the Continental kit, but performance add-ons may turn away the purist. The price paid here was market-correct, solidified by the fact that it was to the exact penny of the last sale just a few years ago. #192-1955 FORD FAIRLANE Crown Victoria Skyliner 2-dr sedan. S/N U5RW134768. Two-tone green/tinted skylight/white & green vinyl. Odo: 23,338 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restoration in past decade. Car shows little if any post-restoration use. Doorhandle plating shows wear. Interior is near perfect. All the dash gauges and knobs are meticulously restored. The screen-printed marking on all the switches is like new. The glass roof does have very small, minor scratches, if you look for them. Engine com- 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Not terribly desirable when first produced, these Willys later became popular with customizers and hot rodders. Demand within those communities spurred companies to produce fiberglass replicas, such as this one. Completed between 2006 and 2007, the build appeared fresh with little use, and the mileage was showing less than 150. The value largely depends on the configuration of the components in the build and, most importantly, finding a buyer who desires and appreciates the car. This one likely sold well below build cost. February 2015 partment is very tidy. Ford Thunderbird valve covers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $71,500. This well-accessorized Skyliner is believed to have begun its life as a steel-roofed Crown Vic, with a Skyliner transparent panel added at some 87


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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX point. The last sale was by RM in 2013 in Michigan, where it sold for the same $71,500 (SCM# 231301). I’d say the market is set on this one. #219-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR cus- tom 2-dr hard top. S/N VC56K007777. Red/tan & cream leather. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resto-mod custom. Deep red paint is high quality. Trim and brightwork are in great shape and have been rechromed. Shaved door handles. Fuel filler has been relocated to the inside of the trunk and is complete with fuel filler door. Rubber all new. Packard taillights integrated into fins. Leather and suede bucketseat interior. Factory-style power-window switches. Discreet a/c vents under the dash are SOLD AT $247,500. The supercharged Fcode Thunderbird was essentially Ford’s answer to the fuel-injected offerings from Chevrolet at the time. Of over 21,000 Thunderbirds produced for 1957, less than 1% of those were equipped with the supercharger. Only three owners since new; the last and only restoration was done over 20 years ago, and the car is holding up remarkably well. Exclusivity, a well preserved restoration, and limited ownership helped push this car to its strong price. Well sold. #136-1958 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK III convertible. S/N H8YG404118. Matador Red/brown canvas/red, black & white leather. Odo: 98,526 miles. 430-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older restoration done to high standards holding up well. Miles of red paint, with a few prep issues. Bumpers have light scratches from polishing. Rubber showing age but still soft to the touch. Panel fit is excellent, and doors close with ease. Driver’s carpet shows a little wear. Interior lights work. Trim around driver’s power window operating switches is a little dull. Reupholstered seats are very nice. order. Steering wheel has a couple of small cracks. Engine compartment has been restored, and while not perfect, is in above-average condition. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $93,500. Prior to joining the Pack Collection, the car underwent a restoration at some point, and has been well maintained ever since. The age of the restoration is such that using it now would render no harm. You start getting into the Eldorados, and price jumps significantly. While not cheap, these are a good alternative to the Biarritz for the budget-minded Cadillac collector who is looking to add that iconic piece of Americana to his collection. The sale price was on the money and fair for all. #135-1963 FORD THUNDERBIRD Sports Roadster. S/N 3Y89Z110998. Silver Mink Metallic/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 69,862 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Very fresh restoration just completed in spring of 2014. Slick, even paint with a few dark blemishes on the tonneau. Driver’s door slightly out along the trailing edge. All trim has been replated. Windshield shows wiper marks. Seats have been re-covered, with some bunching in the vinyl in the curves along the stitch- well integrated. Carpets appear brand-new. Almost every piece under the hood is polished and in great condition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $63,250. Last seen at Mecum’s Monterey auction in 2011, where it did not sell for $66k (SCM# 184733). This was one of several TriFive Chevys in Pack’s collection. Most were restored to original specs, making this custom stand out. The build quality was nice, and the car showed little use. There is little doubt that the original builder has far more tied up in the build than the sale price here. Very well bought. #200-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD con- vertible. S/N F7FH347627. Raven Black/ white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 11,671 miles. 312-ci supercharged V8, 3-sp. Deep black paint. Chrome and brightwork in excellent condition. Excellent correct panel fit. Fender skirts and Kelsey-Hayes knockoffs. Porthole hard top. Trim around windshield shows light scratches at base. Original Town & Country radio. Gauges are clear and easy to read. Seats and carpets are in good shape. Repainted and restored engine compartment with factory inspection markings on the inner fenders. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $88,000. Last sold in 2012 at RM’s sale in Grapevine, TX, for $65k, which our analyst described as “middle of the road” (SCM# 213855). After the nut-and-bolt restoration about 12 years ago, it took first prize at the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club National Meet. As values have increased, the sale price here is higher but middle of the road once again. #216-1959 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 59F006742. Black/white vinyl/ red & white leather. Odo: 66,312 miles. 390-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Miles of deep black paint. A few flaws here and there but mostly in the clearcoat. Trim is a little dull in places but well above average overall. Passenger’s door slightly out at bottom rear. Interior is clean and tidy. Driver’s side carpet shows some wear. Red upholstery a little faded. Gauges are clean and clear, and screen printing is in good ing. New carpets show virtually no wear. Gauges are original and unrestored. Console stainless shows wear. Engine compartment is nice, with a few polished pieces to dress it up. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $74,250. One of about 450 Sports Roadsters produced for 1963, this one included the Z-code 330-hp V8 with 3x2bbl carb. A rare bird indeed, although the king of the hill is the 340-horse M-code. RM put the estimate between $70k and $90k. I call this a fair deal if not slightly well bought, considering the recent restoration and limited production. #158-1963 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX2048. Red/black leather. Odo: 59,501 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Current engine period-correct but not original. Chrome wire knockoffs with the AC logo on the two-bar spinner. Older red paint is very high quality. Few flaws other than occasional light clearcoat scratches. Chrome ac- TOP 10 No. 4 Door thresholds are not worn at all. Trunk compartment is tidy, with original restored jack. 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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX cents are pit-free and restored. Restored leather seats. Some paint touched up around the threshold from entry and exit. Carpets are custom cut, with edges unfinished at doors. Engine compartment is above average but not flawless. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $880,000. Used briefly as a show car on the famous “Ford Custom Caravan” traveling display. Later owned by a FoMoCo executive and subsequently sold to an individual who owned it for 30 years, using it regularly and driving on cross-country trips. Somewhere along the way, it was separated from the original engine. Restored in the late 2000s, then sold at RM’s Monterey auction in 2012 for $523k (SCM# 212840), presumably to Mr. Pack. A nice payday for the owner, but still under the money in today’s Cobra market. #224-1966 OLDSMOBILE CUTLASS convertible. S/N 338676M144247. Black/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 31,334 miles. 400-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Fully restored Cutlass with 442 and W-30 upgrades. Older restoration very well maintained. Paint better than new with lots of shine and few blemishes, if any. Panel fit is excellent. Nice stainless and chrome. Red inner fenders would not have been available until the following year. Pedals still wrapped in restorer’s plastic. Dash panel retains factory radio but has aftermarket to launch the first “rent-a-racers,” but in 1968, only 224 examples were ordered—about a quarter of the original 1966 order. This one included a long list of options, such as power steering, power disc brakes, tach, AM radio, and more. It previously crossed the block at Mecum’s Dallas auction in 2011, where it didn’t sell for $92k (SCM# 191108). The hammer price was nearly the same here, making it market-correct today. #153-1969 SHELBY GT500 convertible. S/N 9F03R483249. Grabber Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,173 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Near flawless yellow paint. Black vinyl graphics appear new and unfaded. Brightwork in very good condition. Panel fit is correct. Seats and carpet are like new. Minor rip noted on driver’s door panel near where you would pull it closed. Gauges are clear and easy to read. Original radio. Factory air conditioning. Restored engine compartment. Original radiator tag. Original a/c compressor. Catalog says 2x4-bbl carb, but that appears to passenger’s door edge. Upholstery appears as though it has never been sat in. Instructions for the convertible top are still present. Engine compartment like new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. As a new generation of collectors enters the hobby, Fox-body Mustangs will only increase in popularity. This one sold right within estimate, which could seem like a bargain down the road. #102-1988 FORD MUSTANG GT con- vertible. S/N 1FABP45E6JF106845. Black/ black vinyl/white leather. Odo: 9,985 miles. 5.0-L fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Original black paint shows little sign of use. Minimal rock chips on nose and clear plastic headlights with no clouding or discoloration. Underside of chin is smooth, with no curb check. Factorycorrect panel fit. Original rubber is in very good condition. White leather seats that tend to discolor over time are bright and well preserved. Screen printing on buttons and switches all excellent. Slight carpet wear at speakers. Trunk is clean and tidy. Engine compartment is restored to factory spec. Chrome dress-up valve covers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,500. There were only 240 true Tri-Powered 442 convertibles built for 1966, and there has been a lot of attention to detail here to emulate those rare finds. The auction estimate was pretty aggressive for what amounts to an upgraded Cutlass convertible, but the sale price still didn’t cover the restoration and upgrades. Fair price. #203-1968 SHELBY GT350 H coupe. S/N 8T02J15544101262. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 23,107 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very well restored. Deep red paint in excellent condition and shows few, if any, flaws. Brightwork in very good condition. Rubber is replaced and like new. Glass is clean and clear. Panel fit is excellent and correct. Interior is highly restored. Console and dash wood appliqué appear almost as when the car left the factory. Interior overhead lights work. Engine compartment is highly restored but not so far as to reproduce the factory chalk marks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $101,750. Hertz and Shelby formed their partnership in 1966 90 be a typo. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $280,500. The accompanying Marti Report confirms this as one of 75 convertible 1969 GT500s painted in eye-catching Grabber Yellow. This was one of the most coveted cars of Mr. Pack’s collection and the auction estimate reflected its exclusiveness. Options included an automatic transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM radio, and heavy-duty suspension, and extras included documentation and the original owner’s manual. Bidders knew the bar was set high on this one, but had no problem paying up at the end of the day. See the profile, p. 74. #229-1984 FORD MUSTANG GT350 20th Anniversary convertible. S/N 1FABP27M2EF173134. Oxford White/white vinyl/ Canyon Red cloth. Odo: 20 miles. 5.0-L fuelinjected V8, auto. All-original unrestored time capsule. Like-new factory condition as though it was just delivered. The windshield header does not even show any scuffs from where the soft top would sit. Nose paint is discolored and a shade darker than body. Chip on driver’s position. Engine is all original and in average condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,750. The original owner purchased this well-optioned example in late 1987 after seeing it being unloaded at the local Ford dealership in Indiana. That same original owner drove the car occasionally and only on favorable weather days until his passing in 2004. His son cared for it for the next five years. As a new generation of car collectors enters the market, these Fox-body 5.0s will only become more sought-after—especially well-cared-for examples like this one. The sale price was correct today, but this will be one to watch in the future. #184-2002 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL concept sedan. S/N 20021. Blue. Rolling concept car with no engine and partial interior. Factory-quality exterior paint is average usedcar quality. Real stainless trim on the exterior. Tight panel fit. Plexiglass in place of windows. Window trim is coming loose on the front passenger’s door. Suicide rear doors. Enormous Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Farmers Branch, TX 22-inch wheels. Partial interior. No drivetrain. Looks a little tired, but after all, it is a retired with only delivery miles. Factory delivery decals are still present on the front windscreen. Factory plastic still covers the passenger’s seat and center console. Factory plastic still over the Ford GT logo on the steering display car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,500. Displayed at the 2002 Detroit Auto Show, this is reportedly one of two that exist, with the other one being operational and packing a V12. This one was built as a rolling display to gauge consumer feedback of the design. Inside, only the top quarters of the seats are exposed for photographic purposes. If it had been built, this would have been the pinnacle of luxury for the Lincoln brand. The sale price was right where expected, and the new owner gets a one-off car that can never be driven. #180-2005 LINCOLN MKS concept se- dan. S/N 1MEHM411X5G600074. Gold/ ivory leather. 4.4-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Factory-quality paint. Real chrome trim where plastic appliqué would be present. Side glass is in excellent condition. Roof glass is cracked and has a large hole that is patched with tape. Very tight panel fit with narrow gaps. One-off custom machine wheels are very high quality and much larger than what would appear on a production version. High-quality leather and suede inside where more cost-effective materials would typically be used. Damaged glass wheel. New in every way. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $418,000. Preserved from day one. Fully optioned with the McIntosh stereo, painted calibers, stripes, and lightweight wheels. Other similarly equipped, delivery-mileageonly examples are starting to break into the $400k-plus stratosphere, like the one a few months ago at RM’s Monterey auction with 13 miles, sold for $407k (SCM# 247706). The money paid here wasn’t crazy considering the rate of return, but begs the question “when will it end?” #144-2012 FORD MUSTANG Boss 302 Laguna Seca Parnelli Jones Edition coupe. S/N 1ZVBP8CU4C5257491. School Bus Yellow/black leather. Odo: 39 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Brand-new original. Graphics are painted on. Hand-signed by Parnelli Jones on the exterior of the hood as well as under the hood on the plastic trim piece close to the hood latch. Factory-quality paint flawless. Correct panel fit. Interior shows no use. There is some very minor wear on the driver’s seat outboard bolster stitching. Factory protectant over radio display still intact. Engine compartment consistent with a modern roof. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. This MKS concept was unveiled at a media event in 2006, but it wasn’t until 2009 that the model made it into production. This car spent those years as a display for Lincoln, and it had obviously been around the block a time or two. With an auction estimate of $30k to $50k, the sale price here did not meet the low end of the estimate spectrum. Call it well bought, but good luck sourcing replacement pieces for the panoramic glass roof. TOP 10 No. 7 #156-2006 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90S66Y400835. Silver/black leather. Odo: 12 miles. 5.4-L super- charged V8, 6-sp. All four factory options. Includes promotional materials and handbook distributed to dealers. Factory-fresh original February 2015 factory Boss 302. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $88,000. Ford designer Melvin Betancourt designed this to be a modern interpretation of the Trans-Am Championship-winning 1970 Mustang Boss 302 piloted by Parnelli Jones. Betancourt, a former heart patient, created the special Mustang to raise money for cardiovascular research at the Henry Ford Health System, where it sold for $300k at a private charity auction in 2011. Today with less than 40 miles, it is practically brand new. The bids kept climbing and surpassed auction estimates, and the new owner gets a true one-ofone. © 91


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Bonhams London, U.K. Bonhams — Veteran Car Run Sale You could have bought a car on Friday and lined it up for the Run at 7 a.m. Sunday Company Bonhams Date October 31, 2014 Location London, U.K. Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 14/23 Sales rate 61% Sales total $2,278,295 High sale 1905 Gardner-Serpollet, $592,624 Buyer’s premium 1905 Gardner-Serpollet 18-HP Type L steam phaeton, sold at $592,624 15% on the first $79,487 and 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics Brighton Veteran Car Run. But on the sale’s 10th running, with the lot numbers swelled from the teens into the 20s, fewer than half of the cars offered sold on the hammer. The magnificent and imposing 1905 Gardner- B Serpollet was the star, now restored to proper working order (it runs a rather sophisticated demand-fed flash boiler, a bit like an instant water heater, and was recently clocked at 42 mph) and it was a relief when it was hammered away at $593k — just under the lower estimate, but $250k more than it last sold for in 2009. At the other end of the scale, the cheapest way to Brighton was a 477-cc V-twin 1904 Phoenix Forecar with wicker front seat, costing just $37k. Sold prices were generally in line with their es- timates, and four post-sale deals helped boost the final percentage. One of these was the 1898 Daimler Wagonette that was passed at an apparent high bid of £175k ($278k), but was later declared sold at £120k plus premium ($216k) after the owner had a rethink. Some of the cars that didn’t sell were the most interesting. These included the 1902 “La Perla,” the oldest 92 onhams typically almost clears the board at this annual staple of the primitive-car scene, timed just two days before the famous London to known surviving Panhard et Levassor 15-hp 4-cylinder Model KB roadster, which had spent most of its life in Spain and wore the 18th number issued in Madrid. But even though Malcolm Barber dropped the hammer at $796k, this was at least $150k shy of the $952k–$1.1m estimate. Curved-dash Oldsmobiles appear to be out of favor, too, as the 1903 car London, U.K. stalled at £30k ($48k), just about matching a 1902 example that failed to find a buyer in Harrogate the following week. The 1901 Laparelle was a mystery, too. It’s almost certainly the only one in existence, but the owner was looking for something more than the £50k ($80k) bid for this running project. An unusually high propor- tion of the lots — 11 of them — were offered with entries for the Brighton Run, meaning that you could have bought a car on Friday and lined up with it at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Hyde Park start line, just a stone’s throw away from the sale and conveniently located over a huge subterranean car park. Of the three cars sold with entries that started the Run, only one, the 1904 De Dion-Bouton 8-hp coupe, brought its new owners successfully (and dry!) to Brighton, while the 1900 Cleveland electric Stanhope and 1901 Panhard failed to get there, reflecting the results of one of the biggest Runs of all. Of 445 entries this year, 414 started and 360 finished at Brighton. ♦ Sales Totals $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $.5m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010


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Bonhams London, U.K. ENGLISH #205-1898 DAIMLER 6-HP Wagonette tourer. S/N N/A. Eng. # 1148. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Once hot-rodded with later parts and a big radiator, now put back to original, but has electric ignition with small battery on rear floor. Older paint. Drive chains quite well worn and sprockets slightly hooked. All brass ished Supra Luxon lights. Some wicker redone. Paint just okay. Originally hot-tube ignition, now trembler coil. Electric water and seat leather painted over in matte black. Original number AW 48 should still be available with DVLA. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $278,000. In Japan for the least 20 years. Bidding on the day halted some $20k behind the lower estimate. The owner clearly felt such a rare device was worth more, whatever state it was in. #201-1904 PHOENIX 4½-HP tricar. S/N N/A. Eng. # 165. Black/black & brown leather & wicker. MHD. Older restoration and paint. Lucas lights battered, leather unworn, wicker “bodywork” nicely weathered. Last on the Brighton Run in 2004 and last taxed in 2010, but down as starter #282 this year. Peacock pump also added; original with car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $115,075. With two bidders in the room and one on the phone, it was let go just under the high estimate. Slightly well bought. #209-1901 DE DION-BOUTON TYPE G vis-a-vis. S/N N/A. Eng. # 6060. Maroon & wood/brown leather. RHD. Last of the 2-speed de Dions. Nicely settling in older restoration with splendidly patinated leather, nickel Lucas King of the Road lights. No odo, but it does have a clock so you can see how long it’s taking to get to Brighton. Fine display of a classic de Dion rear layout, with modern CVJ boots quite possibly hiding modern joints. With an radiator a propriety item from Jacques Crouvelle of Paris. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $79,365. In France all its life and one-family owned from new, but no records exist of Laparrelle, so probably a one-off, and coachbuilder Pellerin, whose plate is on the car, is equally mysterious. Bid just $16k behind lower estimate, which you’d think would have been enough to buy it. TOP 10 No. 8 #214-1901 PANHARD ET LEVASSOR 7-HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 2881. Eng. # 2881. Green/brown leather. RHD. In good order, having been restored in 1990s. Still with original body, but roof added since last sold. Nice paint, beautifully burnished leather, although it’s new in front. Super brass Ducellier headlight and Neverout sidelights. Drive chains hardly worn, twin motor wears a Brown & Barlow carburetor, noted as the only deviation from standard. Pioneer Run eligible. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $36,730. Offered at no reserve and, although sold at the high end of the estimate range, the cheapest entry to Brighton in this sale—or in fact probably anywhere. It did not take part this time around, however, which was probably a wise decision considering when it last ran. FRENCH #204-1899 PEUGEOT TYPE 26 spindle- seat. S/N 925. Eng. # 570. Green/brown leather. Newish perforated leather. Well-pol- 94 MoT, but no longer required in the U.K. for pre-1960 vehicles. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. Last sold at Brooks’ Hendon sale in 2000, changed hands privately two years later. High bid in the room wasn’t quite enough, falling about 10% short of what was required. Registration number, not originally included, was offered as part of the deal, as well as various spares and a trailer. #224-1901 LAPARRELLE rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 96. Eng. # 9164. White/brown leather. RHD. Restoration project with de Dion-type single-pot motor. Said to be running and driving, but looks rough with gaps in warped floorboard, missing rear wings, very baggy and threadbare cloth seats. Brass lights dull but not dinged, instruments long departed, but brass oil plunger on dash still present. Last (brush) painted in 1960. Drive chains still wearing some oil and sprockets not too worn, Sports Car Market Magneto ignition from new. A 72 registration number was not originally included, but thrown in with the deal while the car was in the sale room. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $413,767. Sold new in France, bought by the vendor at Pebble Beach in 2009. Sold here mid-estimate, the second-highest sale of the day. Finished the Run in the top dozen last year, car #99 this year, but retired with its new owner. BEST BUY #210-1901 RENAULT TYPE D Series E two-seater voiturette. S/N 023. Eng. # 4749. Green/red leather. Renault’s staple of the early 20th century years


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Bonhams London, U.K. in good order; fine brass, rear body modified back to original shape, repainted in its original color, newish leather just taking on a bit of a shine. Nice unbranded clock on dash. Car #74 on the Brighton Run, SOLD AT $55,094. Bought by the vendor at Bonhams’ New Bond St. auction in November 2006 (Lot 203); this time let go some way (£8k/$13k) under lower estimate. Bonhams sold chassis 23 for £62,000 at this sale in 2008, so at two-thirds of that price, we’ll call it very well bought. New owner did not attempt the Run two days later, possibly because the tax ran out at the end of September. #223-1902 PANHARD ET LEVASSOR 15-HP Model KB two-seater with dickey. S/N 6042. Eng. # 6041. Red/brown leather. A Brighton Run regular, “La Perla.” Restored in Spain in mid-1970s. Nice Ducellier lamps a bit tarnished, ignition switch cracked, matte seat leather beautifully patinated, leather pads on pedals wearing through. Okay paint with a few small cracks, brass slightly dulling and tarnished, chains and sprockets slightly worn (Ouvrard scuttle lamps, Ducellier rear), unworn leather, still with original supplying dealer’s plate screwed to body. Dutch title. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $110,604. In Belgium and Holland since the 1960s, with this owner since 2013. Two interested parties in the room were outbid by an American on the phone who paid just enough to secure it, offering £4k ($6k) under the lower estimate... which just about equated to the required number once buyer’s premium was added. #212-1902 ROCHET 4½-HP TYPE D vis-a-vis. S/N 1369. Eng. # 2627. Red/brown leather. RHD. Aster engine, 2-speed Bozier gearbox, now with electric water pump. Older paint, shiny and cracked leather, slightly dinged brass lights and horn. Car #112 on the Brighton Run but did not take part. Control instructions helpfully written in marker pen on opy and windscreen, plus electric starter. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $492,063. Originally in Spain, hence the Madrid registration. Won a hillclimb in Barcelona in 1904, first Brighton Run in 2006. Here it was bid about $65k short of the lower estimate. Entered as car #617 on the Brighton Run but did not start. #220-1903 DARRACQ 12-HP rear-en- trance tonneau. S/N 3663. Eng. # 3663. Red/maroon leather. What you think of as the archetypal Brighton Runner. Restored 1998– 2000 and still very good all around. Leather weathered in like a favorite old pair of shoes. Superb copper-plated steering column and but are marked Panhard et Levassor, so may be the originals. Magneto, electric starter and later carburetor fitted, all to make actually using it easier. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $793,650. Said to be the oldest known original KB surviving. Originally registered in Madrid, in The Netherlands since 2006—three owners from new! Hammered at £500k, but that clearly wasn’t enough against a £600k–£700k ($952k–$1.1m) estimate, as it doesn’t appear in the sold results. #215-1902 RENAULT 8-HP TYPE G two-seater. S/N 114. Eng. # 7201. Black/ buttoned black leather. RHD. De Dion-engined car restored 2000, still with excellent smooth and shiny brush-applied paint, perfect brass the steering-wheel spokes. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $68,254. Bought at this sale in 2010 for $89k (SCM# 105107) and completed four Runs “without issue.” Bid here to $68k, about what bought the Renault Type D (Lot 210), to which is it broadly equivalent, but that was about $10k short. If a deal is done, 5% extra VAT to pay if it stays in the U.K. due to Swiss registration. #217-1903 CLEMENT 12/16-HP rear- entrance tonneau. S/N AC4R. Eng. # 166. Blue/black leather. RHD. Older (1970) restoration of a superior Veteran (four cylinders, four gears, and pressurized lubrication feed) and still very nice. Newish leather covering the old upholstery, lovely BRC acetylene lights with Besnard generator, plus Bleriot paraffin sidelamps. Now with detachable can- controls. Massive Ducellier headlamps undinged and highly polished. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $196,955. First registered in Portugal and only left there in 2014. Bid up to £115k ($183k), £35k ($56k) short of lower estimate and hammered unsold, but a deal came together later. #206-1903 MALICET ET BLIN 8-HP rear-entrance tonneau. S/N 6. Eng. # 13379. Blue & black/buttoned black leather. RHD. Very rare three-pedal Vet, multiple Brighton Run plaques on dashboard. Good overall. Older paint on repro body holding up well, newer leather, well-polished brass with a few dings. Eligible for De Dion events due to its power unit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $163,367. Last sold here in 2008 for a low-estimate $136k (SCM# 118649). This time it sold near the top of the estimate range, gaining less than $30k in five years. Down as car #226 on the 2014 Run but did not start with its new owner. #211-1904 CGV TYPE H1 side-entrance phaeton. S/N 2054. Eng. # 2054. Blue & black/black leather. RHD. CGV stands for 96 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams London, U.K. Charron, Girardot et Voigt. Imposing and locolike with delightful brass, and there’s a lot of it. Dash well stocked with oilers and controls, as well as the magnificent lights. Once with later straight-sided body by Binder; this replica of the original style fitted in 1970s. Now black leather/ black leather. RHD. Excellent all around and now put back to original spec, but with more modern, improved boiler and new crank (original broke on the 2011 Brighton Run). Magnificent brass lamps. Two-speed White axle once fitted, now replaced with a replica of the original. Leather well worn and #216-1900 CLEVELAND SPERRY SYSTEM ELECTRIC three-seat Stanhope. S/N 8746. Black & maroon/black leather. MHD. Very much a horseless carriage. Restored about 20 years ago and in good overall order. All-leather body in good shape, seat leather lightly creased. Large Polkey headlight plus Astra sidelamps undinged. “Chassis number” is actually body number. Replacement motor the size of a beer keg has solid-state controller (original control box included), now with chain drive instead of gears, chains and with starter motor, later carburetor and flashing indicators. New rear wheels in 2014. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $555,555. Originally owned by Olry Roederer of Reims Champagne house Louis Roederer. Sold by Christie’s in Paris 2006 for $445,358 (SCM # 40753). After the Serpollet steamer (Lot 207), this would be the most comfortable way to get to Brighton, and in fine style, but bidding stopped about $80k short of what would have bought it. #203-1904 DE DION-BOUTON 8-HP Model V coupe. S/N N/A. Eng. # 15432. Maroon & yellow/buttoned gray velour. Restored in 1960s. Interior recently redone including timberwork. Very plush for its year. Delightful dinky opera lights on the sides. Paint okay with a few small chips. Modern driveshafts starting to crack. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $592,624. Formerly part of the collection of George Milligen, who modified it a bit but luckily left the original parts hanging in his barn. More recently on the Isle of Man. Registered AH 100 since 1959. Last sold at Bonhams’ 2009 Henley sale for $345k (SCM# 120206). This time it just scraped up to the level where it was on sale, and Malcolm hammered it as the high spot of the auction. Entered as car #399 on Sunday’s Run (although now dated 1905, it qualifies under “grandfather rights”) but withdrawn. AMERICAN #202-1899 LOCOMOBILE TYPE 2 3½- hp spindle-seat runabout. S/N N/A. Eng. # 827. Yellow/black leather. Almost finished project. New boiler made, still needs some plumbing and lagging, two pressure gauges on dash. Painted wheel rims with stainless-steel spokes. Lovely brass headlight and cut-glass carriage lamps. Leather going a bit shiny. sprockets in good order. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $88,151. Irish registered. Bought at auction in London about 25 years ago and “The People’s Choice” at the LBVCR Regent Street Concours in 2005. This time the high bid with premium exactly matched the lower estimate, suggesting the owner was keen to sell. Entered as car #43 on the Brighton Run, but sadly it could not get its new owner to the finish. Range of “about 30 miles” on lead-acid batteries, according to the vendor, only gets you about halfway from the capital to the south coast, “though it’ll do more if you put lithium batteries in.” #219-1900 MARLBORO steam run- about. S/N N/A. Red/buttoned black leather. Very good U.S.-restored condition. Wheels rebuilt with stainless spokes. All good except a little paint flaking off the steering arms. Drive chain and sprocket not worn. Lovely nickelplated Neverout sidelamps. Leather unworn. With folding top, Mason engine. Cond: 3+. and boots on classic De Dion rear. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $141,904. Previously used in various period TV dramas. Sold in the room at a figure approaching top estimate. Car #348 on this year’s Run and, as Malcolm said, “Now, in case it rains on Sunday...” which it duly did, but this purchase carried its new owners to the finish. TOP 10 No. 5 98 #207-1905 GARDNER-SERPOLLET 18-HP Type L steam phaeton. S/N 1013. Eng. # 1307. Black & green/ Paint a little chipped at edges. Drive chains and rear brake band look fairly new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,585. Took part in earlier Brighton Runs, but boiler failed inspection in 1980. Bought in dismantled state at Brooks’ Beaulieu auction September 2000, according to catalog. Let go just under lower estimate. Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2015 Jaguar XF 3.0 AWD Sport sedan A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. Bonhams London, U.K. SOLD AT $50,304. Bought by the vendor in 2011 and about the cheapest way into a fourwheeled Vet, certainly at this sale, but needs a boiler-inspection certificate before it can go on the road. #222-1902 AUTOCAR TYPE VIII rear- Price as tested: $62,400 Equipment: 3.0-L 340-hp supercharged V6, 8-speed automatic, Instinctive All-Wheel Drive, Dynamic Stability Control, Meridian audio system. EPA mileage: 17/27 Likes: Appealing styling, fit, finish and performance all top-notch. Steering, 8-speed transmission and active suspension worked great. Spent most of my time driving in Sport mode. Dislikes: At a GVW of 5,324 lbs, this Jag didn’t exactly jump off the line. Fun to drive: HHHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: It would make a great daily driver. Comfortable interior, decent trunk space at 17.7 cubic feet. With its Aston-esque rear exterior styling and distinctive Jaguar front end, it stands out without shouting, “Look at me!” — Jeff Stites 2015 Audi A3 TDI FWD S-tronic sedan entrance tonneau. S/N 776. Eng. # 762. Green/black leather. Older restoration of tillercontrolled 2-cylinder Autocar, the first American shaft-drive multiple-cylinder car produced. Foot controls are both brakes. Throttle, spark control, steering, clutch and gear-changing are all by hand. Rear tonneau has been re-created; okay paint, nice brass #218-1903 OLDSMOBILE MODEL R Curved Dash runabout. S/N 15508. Black/ black leather. RHD. First volume-produced American automobile, with single-cylinder engine and 2-speed transmission. Reverse gear hub has been removed on this one. Last restored about 20 years ago and still fair to good overall. Some chipping and cracking in paint. Seat leather very shiny but unworn. Nice brass lights. Was down as car #218 for this year’s Dietz lamps, leather starting to wear at edges, wicker beautifully weathered. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $92,063. Older AACA 1st place winner. Participated in the London-to-Brighton in 1970s, and this year it was down as car #157, but it did not start. Bought for $64k at Bonhams’ 2011 Petersen Museum sale (SCM# 190026), this time unsold £17k ($27k) behind lower estimate, so seller was probably right to keep it to try another day. Price as tested: $39,195 Equipment: 2.0-L TDI clean diesel 150-hp 236 lb-ft engine, Audi MMI Navigation Plus package, Premium Plus model EPA Mileage: 31/43 Likes: This is a good-looking sedan with nice finishes. The steering wheel feels good, the rain and light sensors are pampering, and even the sound as you lock the car is understated and elegant. There is also the not-so-small matter of driving 100 miles on 2.8 gallons of fuel. Dislikes: Acceleration is fine once you’re already going, but the initial “go-go-go” is lackluster. Why does this brand-new luxury sedan not have a backup camera? Fun to drive: HHH Eye appeal: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: I had lukewarm feelings about taking the A3 on my trip to the Washington coast. I remained mostly satisfied, with brief moments of frustration with the punishingly stiff seats, for the remainder of the trip — until it was time to diesel up. This was a moment of euphoria complete with angel choirs and spotlights from heaven. $28. I drove over 300 miles and spent more on Taco Bell than on fuel. — Erin Olson 100 #208-1903 CADILLAC MODEL A runabout/tonneau/C-cab. S/N 1447. Eng. # 1447. Black/black leather. Cadillac’s first model. With (replica) removable van and nice touring (wicker) bodies. Single-cylinder engine and 2-speed transmission. Very good, almost too restored—surely sharper and shin- Veteran Run but did not start. A Stevens-Duryea took its place and retired en route. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,619. U.K. resident since 2004. Last sold for $50k at Bonhams Beaulieu 2007, when we said, “With production of the three Curved Dash models exceeding 11,000 from 1901–1907, finding examples like this is not incredibly difficult” (SCM# 46789). This would have been one of the cheapest four-wheelers available for the Run, but the high bid was $8k behind the lower estimate. Seller was right to take it home again. #221-1904 MAXWELL 16-HP MODEL H side-entrance tonneau. S/N N/A. Eng. # H238. Green/brown leather. Apparently the 69th Model H assembled. New rear body, paint still nice, radiator lightly dinged, shiny leather, Atwood oil-fired scuttle lights. Motor rebuilt and windscreen added since last sale in ier than when it left the factory. Seat leather unworn, good brass. Only copies of documents, though. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $138,327. In the U.S. until bought by a U.K. collector in 2007. Claimed to be the only one with three bodies. Hammered sold £4k ($6,350) behind the lower estimate, so there was clearly a bit of leeway as the owner wanted to sell. I’d call this a fair deal. 2008. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $125,807. In the U.S. until bought at Bonhams’ London sale in October 2008 for $77k (SCM# 118656). Here it sold near the high end of the estimate range, which doesn’t look like a lot of money for a five-seater Brighton car with a number of successful worldwide Veteran runs under its wheels. © Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA Bonhams — Preserving the Automobile Top seller of the day was a 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster, which shattered its pre-sale estimate and went to an American collector for $1.4m Company Bonhams Date October 6, 2014 Location Philadelphia, PA Auctioneers Rupert Banner and Patrick Meade Automotive lots sold/offered 47/60 Sales rate 78% Sales total $3,821,290 High sale 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster, sold at $1,430,000 Exceeding the high estimate, the 1907 American Underslung 50-hp roadster, sold at $1,430,000 Report and photos by Adam Blumenthal Market opinions in italics T he leaves may have been falling, but the sales at the Bonhams auction at the Simeone Museum this past October were rising. This was Bonhams’ third annual preservation auction, again set against a backdrop of historically important automotive eye candy. As befits the mission of the museum, this sale primarily focuses on preservation and barn-find vintage machinery. Staying true to the old dictum, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the car auction again followed the sale of automobilia on a Monday afternoon, with a two-day preview over the weekend and a casual reception Sunday evening. The timing couldn’t have worked out better, as Hershey got under way two days later and was less than a two-hour drive away. Consignments for this sale spanned the 20th century, and stretched into the 19th in the form of a circa-1899 Société Parisienne Victoria Combination equipped with a De Dion-Bouton air-cooled engine. It sold at $68k. Modern fare included a lovely 1985 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur sedan that sold for $14k, and a 1989 Corniche II convertible that made $77k — both from the John G. Middleton Collection. A nicely presented 1992 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce convertible in an eye-catching Verde Inglese/tan leather color scheme also sold, making a market-correct $12k. Top seller of the day honors belonged to a 1907 102 Philadelphia, PA Buyer’s premium 25% on the first $100,000, 20% from $100,001 to $2m, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices American Underslung 50-hp roadster. Displayed prominently on the stage, this ex-F.C. Deemer “Honeymoon Roadster” stirred up a bidding war among collectors in the room and on the phones. Ultimately, this innovative Brass Era knockout shattered its pre-sale estimate and was purchased by a private American collec- tor for $1.4m. Notable six-digit sales included a gorgeous Springfield 1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50-hp Phantom I Piccadilly roadster with Merrimac coachwork (the second-highest sale of the auction, at $220k); a 1932 Cadillac V16 452B 5-Passenger sedan ($182k); and a rare 1925 Cunningham Series V6 phaeton ($162k). In the barn-find category, a 1958 Lancia Aurelia B20S 6th Series coupe that report- edly sat for 35 years drew collectors’ interest. Its Pininfarina coachwork was covered in rust and corrosion, but it was one of the more surprising project cars of the auction, fetching $63k. Bonhams sold 47 of the 60 lots on offer, for a total of $3.8m and an average sold price of $81k. That’s $1m more than last year and a $32k difference in the average sold price. It wasn’t long ago that original, preserved cars were largely ignored while restored, gleaming examples basked in the spotlight. Today, it’s a somewhat different story. More collectors are recognizing the inherent beauty and history of authentic originality and are not hesitant to pay for it. The results of this Bonhams auction are a testament to that trend. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA CZECH #335-1948 TATRA T87 sedan. S/N N/A. Eng. # 222667. White/red velour. Odo: 22,090 miles. Single-family ownership since 1975. Older restoration weathering. Paint pretty good, small blemishes scattered on sheet metal. Can’t-miss holes above front windows. Okay chrome. Doors out. Dual fendermounted mirrors. Interior well preserved but a bit dank. Comfy, if slightly springy, seats. history, but crossed the pond in 1970 with the re-creation body it currently wears. One of a small grouping of cars that sat at the entrance to the museum. Right away it caught my attention, as I had never encountered one before. Its distinctive design was captivating. No doubt it’ll spark conversation at local Austin track days. Sold north of the $12k high estimate, making for a happy seller; buyer should have no regrets. #355-1953 NASH-HEALEY LE MANS coupe. S/N 3016. Eng. # NHA1239. Red primer/red leather. Odo: 52,849 miles. Body looks prepped for paint, but work wasn’t done. Right headlamp missing chrome bezel. Hole in body where right front turn signal should go. Passenger’s vented window cracked. Driver’s door hard to open. Antenna broken, as are wipers. Firestone whitewalls up front, unidentified pair in rear. Filthy interior. Dash, instrument display intact. Floor shift lever, steering Nice, unspoiled upholstery. Huge clock on glovebox. Spare in trunk. Engine compartment clean. Car titled on its engine number. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $104,500. Tough to inspect, as it was parked in a dark corner adjacent to the auction podium. After languishing in sub-$50k land for several years, the futuristic Tatra is on the ascent. This one wasn’t perfect by any stretch, but it still yielded a six-figure result. Sold at mid-estimate, and both parties can rightly declare a fair deal. ENGLISH #327-1933 AUSTIN SEVEN Ulster Sports replica roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # M176608. Red & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3 km. Body-off restoration completed in 2012. Paint has some cracks, waves. Minimal trim. Teeny headlamps flank large squarish grille. Oil cap where hood ornament is normally located. Two separate windscreens blemish-free. Torpedo-shaped rear end reminiscent of early Bugatti racers. Side-mounted exhaust runs along length of car. Sparse inte- cates a high-compression unit, according to catalog. Winner of numerous concours awards. BMIHT Certificate. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $85,800. This car had the improved six-port engine that upped horsepower and top speed. I couldn’t stop looking at this car, but stunning as it was, I doubted it would hammer close to the $80k–$100k pre-auction estimate. The SCM database shows even great examples have fallen into the $50k–$60k range. Whether this is a new benchmark remains to be seen; more data points are needed. For now, for this reporter, well sold, but the buyer got a super car. #329-1959 MGA 1600 roadster. S/N GHNL72444. Eng. # 166AU13186. Red/black hard top & black vinyl soft top/red leather. Odo: 47 miles. Stored in a barn for 30 years until 2009. Restored at that time and repainted from OEW to red with supercharger added, 3.9:1 rear from a ’64 MGB, front discs, rear drums sourced from an MGB. Inconsistent brightwork. Fog lamps in front of grille, mirrors on fenders and wind wings. Hard-top window has scratches, swirls. Luggage rack. wheel missing. Seats heavily faded, soiled, and loose from housings. Driver’s door lining badly torn. Carpets shot. Used engine bay. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $33,000. Per the auction catalog, “Purchased decades ago in the state it is in today... has been in dry indoor storage ever since.” It needed plenty but was salvageable. The new owner should expect to part with many a greenback, and at the price paid, he may be underwater in a hurry. Well sold. #332-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN6L3420. Eng. # 26DRUH70138. Healey Blue & Ivory White/blue leather. Odo: 2,220 miles. Four-speed with overdrive. Decade-old restoration done to a very high standard by Knut Holzer of British Motor Corporation in Philadelphia. Fantastic repaint in original two-tone. Grille, bumpers have scratches. Very good glass. Stayfast top. Weatherstripping intact. Excellent panels. Gor- Newer seats show minimal wear. Roof lining has cracks. Stromberg-Carlson AM radio. Engine bay looks unrestored, but clean. Original MGA brochure, reprinted warranty book, and driver’s handbook. BMIHC. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $28,600. Over the top—and I’m not so much referring the performance mods and aftermarket gauges, but the panoply of lights and mirrors. These trade in the mid-to-high $30s in today’s market, so this one looked like a really good buy. #328-1967 AUSTIN MINI Mk II 1000 Countryman wagon. S/N AAWB1173818A. Eng. # 99H141H16951. Borodine Green/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 83,086 miles. Two-owner car with consignor for 25 years. Reportedly driven 900 miles since restoration. Originally Island Blue, so-so repaint at acquisition shows rior. Leather seats look new; seatbacks a different style than bottoms. Engine looks stock. Fitted with performance parts and mods. Claimed to have achieved two first-place finishes at local AACA events. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. A mere 168 Seven Ulsters were produced 1930–32, according to the catalog. This example had a largely unknown early 104 geous interior. Comfy seats with white piping. Clean carpets. Heater. Spare in clean trunk. Tidy engine bay. “H”-series engine code indi- Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA nicks, scratches, bubbles. Fisheyes on headlight bezels. Non-structural wood trim not perfect, but adds character. Well-preserved original interior. Carpets a little dirty. Soiled headliner has a major tear. Both visors dirty. Doors open and close well, including double rear doors. Nifty sliding rear side windows. Battery and spare mounted beneath rear floor. Scruffy engine bay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,250. Promises a generous dollop of good old-fashioned fun on the cheap. Some cosmetic needs, but it’d be a shame to erase its aged charm. A satisfying deal both ways. #337-1967 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N 1E15032. Eng. # 7E125519. Cream/black canvas & vinyl tonneau/black leather. Odo: 36,077 miles. Low miles believed actual. Heritage Certificate confirms matching numbers. Older repaint in original cream is lifeless, crazing, many blemishes. Chips, dings at leading edge of hood and in grille. Front bumper has nicks, scratches. Offcream color mark at left headlight nacelle. Dash intact; all instruments, controls there. Seats nicely worn in, have minor cracks. Newer driver’s seat cushion. Center armrest isolated blisters, two big scratches at rear on driver’s side and at front headlight nacelle. Lots of flaws in variable chrome. Good glass. Interior very inviting, clean. Seats have cracks from continued wear. Becker Mexico TR radio. Clean engine compartment. Owner’s Manual, service book, and radio manual. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,550. A straight and solid 2+2 with the desirable 4-speed manual. This left the impression of being a very honest cat with no major issues. Bonhams pegged this one right, and it sold just north of the high estimate. Sure, go ahead and dismiss it for being a 2+2, but factor in the positives: the attractive color scheme, desirable manual transmission—and the fact that it’s a smallbumper XKE! Very well bought. #310-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR sedan. S/N SCAZN42A4FCX12371. Black/gray leather. Odo: 29,999 miles. In the Middleton Collection from new. Crisp, straight paint. Chrome okay. Front and rear bumpers heavily scratched. Mottled wheels. Good glass. Cooper rubber. Very nice and original inside, but musty. A/C. Radio with cassette. Hood release not working; engine not in- tem. Gently used engine compartment. Has service books, jack, tools, and copies of original purchase docs. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $77,000. A beautiful late-model Corniche in a winning color scheme. Recent sales have averaged around $50k, making this a notable outlier. Well worth a premium for its exceptional originality and condition, but still a good chunk of change. Well sold at no reserve. FRENCH #360-1899 SOCIÉTÉ PARISIENNE Vic- toria Combination voiturette. S/N N/A. Eng. # 15494. Red/tan cloth. RHD. Circa 1899 manufacture. De Dion-Bouton air-cooled engine. Longuemare carb. Didier 2-speed gear and clutch manufactured by Guyenet et Balvay, whose plate is affixed to vehicle. Newish repaint. Twin headlamps. Wire wheels with rims painted red. Basic interior. Controls located on tiller. Nice wood dash. Seating for cracking. Later radio. Engine bay reflects low miles. Tools, tool roll, original dealer warranty card accompany sale. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $67,100. Late, open-headlight Series I. E-type values as a whole continue to rise in value for good reason: they have an iconic, beautiful design; are a joy to drive; and are relatively reliable by collector car standards. This car featured prominently when you entered the museum. While it looked okay from afar, it soon became clear it had needs. Let’s just say a repaint would be transformative. Buyer paid a market-correct price and stands to gain if cosmetic needs are addressed. Well bought. #356-1969 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2 2+2 coupe. S/N 1R41032BW. Eng. # 7R361649. Warwick Grey/red leather. Odo: 58,456 miles. Four-owner car. Stated to have never been restored. Looks to be very original save for an older repaint some 35 years ago. Still presents well under the museum lights. Some spected. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,300. Very little to fault here. Late-model Rolls may have a limited following among collectors, but my goodness, where else are you going to find any car as luxurious as this for 14 clams? Values of these have been on the decline for a few years now, but at this price, there’s still room to make a small profit. Well bought. #309-1989 ROLLS-ROYCE COR- NICHE II convertible. S/N SCAZD02A7KCX29087. Black/oatmeal leather. Odo: 13,443 miles. In the Middleton Collection from new. Low miles believed original. Deep, rich, black paint. Chip in front and rear bumpers. Very good brightwork. Driver’s door opens and closes too easily. Excellent glass. Tonneau cover a bit dirty. Interior looks factory. Fitted with all power amenities, but windows don’t work. Spectacular wood dash. Seats have black piping and a few light dirt smudges. Pioneer AM/FM/cassette sound sys- two. Eligible for the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. Stated to run. Ex-Henry Austin Clark Jr. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,200. Very popular for its time. It is estimated that more than 400 of these were produced, of which less than 12 are know to survive, according to the catalog. Diminutive and cute. No prior offerings at auction in the SCM Database, but its sale a nick from the $70k high estimate seemed fair given its age and condition. #358-1926 RENAULT TYPE NN road- ster. S/N N/A. Eng. # N/A. White & gray/gray canvas/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 155 km. Rust visible everywhere: paint, panels, fenders, wheels, rumble-seat rail supports, engine, undercarriage. Paint has numerous flakes. Headlights intact. Mediocre panel gaps. Original Michelin Bibendum rubber shot, as is bluish soft top. Interior no better. Seats brittle, would have to be replaced. Floor rusty. Cond: 5-. 106 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA SOLD AT $1,100. A durable, diminutive little runabout that would hardly get the adrenaline pumping with its 35 mph top speed. Despite rust from end to end, a brave soul still stepped up to take it home at no reserve. Restoring it would probably leave said courageous person underwater, but a cheap and fun vintage car that’d be the talk of the neighborhood would await at the end of the rainbow. A less consuming option? Sell it for parts and take a smaller loss. Fairly bought and sold. GERMAN #312-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010020333. Eng. # 12192110020471. Fire Engine Red/tan leather/tan leather. Odo: 64,438 miles. Mechanical and cosmetic refreshening of older restoration done last year. Older paint pretty and clean, save for some micro-scratches and chips. Brightwork decent. Scuff marks around mudguards. Doors slightly out. White plastic bonding strip on rear bumper is loose. Excellent glass. Newer Vredestein rubber. Spotless interior. Seats too cushy. Lovely dash and chrome trim. Trunk locked. Has restoration single family ownership for over five decades. Highly original with no mention of a restoration during its life. Paint deep and rich, but inconsistent. Variable brightwork. Super glass. Wheels scuffed. Immaculate interior. Replacement seat covers. Dash has excellent chrome trim, clear instruments, but discolored. Passenger’s visor stained. Spotty rear-view mirror. Equipped with hard and soft tops. Becker Mexico radio. Kienzle clock. Newer whitewalls. Driver-grade engine bay, but no sign of any leaks or fluids. Recently serviced. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $123,200. Let’s compare this result with Lot 312, which saw bidding stall at $120k (not including premium). Both were ’61s equipped with Solex carbs, had known provenance, and were in similar condition. Yet this arguably had a better color scheme and lower miles... and it sold at a lower bid. So what did I miss? Perhaps bidders gravitated toward the other SL’s restoration history, which was absent from our subject car. In any case, well bought. #336-1961 PORSCHE 356B T-5 custom cabriolet. S/N 89427. Eng. # 745386. Slate Gray/green tonneau/beige leather. Odo: 3,201 miles. Body built by D’Ieteren et Frères. Beautiful repaint, very little to fault. Light scuffing on right headlamp surround. Bosch headlamps, LED taillights. Haartz cloth top. New Michelins. Gorgeous interior with Nardi wheel, NOS square-weave carpets, three-point seat belts from a 993. Spare in clean trunk. Fitted with a 1966 912 motor and 5-sp. Pristine engine bay. An extremely well-executed build. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $134,750. Number docs, original toolkit, jack, hard and soft tops, technical manual, and copies of original build sheets. Engine used but clean. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. A numbers-matching, three-owner car. It speaks volumes about the 190SL market that a $120k offer won’t always be enough, especially for well-sorted examples like this one. 190SLs are red-hot, and with so many coming to auction on a seemingly daily basis, discerning collectors have the pick of the litter. While not show-quality, this one benefited from a recent refreshening and desirable Solex carbs. Seller will have to try again, but may find it tough going against ever-increasing competition among high-quality examples. #331-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010020278. Eng. # 12192110020438. Black/black hard top & red tonneau/red leather. Odo: 46,667 miles. In Spare in filthy trunk. Engine bay a bit sordid, but largely all there. Has original jack and instruction book. PA car. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $62,700. I considered getting vaccinated prior to setting foot in this car, but my trepidation eventually dissipated. The more time I spent with it, the clearer was its redemptive value. It was a rust bucket, no doubt, but there was optimism in that interior, and, dare I say, the corroded body. Perhaps a similar assessment congealed in the winning bidder’s mind, since this sold just north of the high estimate at no reserve. A project that could pay dividends down the line as values continue to escalate. Well bought and sold. #333-1975 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1428606. Eng. # AR0056451070. Rosso Alfa/tan leather. Odo: 75,840 km. Delivered new to Germany. Four owners before fifth brought it Stateside. No mention of a restoration during its life, but paint, gaps, trim holding up very well. Door jambs unblemished. Minor chipping to black spoiler below front bumper. Crack in right hood slatting. Nicks on chrome door handles, scuffing on chrome rocker panels. Sporty interior with leather seats that have the right amount of give. Alfa Hellebore wood wheel. Jaeger 5 sale of the day. Top-notch 356s routinely scale the $100k mark, especially true for open cars. This one looked stock but had lots of mechanical and performance upgrades. It wasn’t for the Porsche purists, but it resonated with whoever purchased it. Well sold, but not a bad buy. ITALIAN #334-1958 LANCIA AURELIA B20S Series 6 coupe. S/N B20S1676. Eng. # B20N05240. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 85,646 miles. A largely original “barn find” that reportedly sat for 35 years. Body shows a takeover of rust and corrosion, particularly at the front end. Lights, grille intact. Glass covered in dust, but no cracks. Good panel fit; doors “thunk” with authority. Underneath looks old and rusty. Musty inside, but surprisingly in decent order. Seats, Jaeger gauges, original wood wheel, door panels and Blaupunkt radio all intact. 108 speedo, tach. Blaupunkt am/fm radio. Driver engine bay. Spica fuel injection. Recent service. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $74,800. Never officially imported in the States, with fewer than 100 believed to ply American roads. Exclusive, yes, but new owner assured of headaches when needing parts and proper servicing. Yet the luscious T33-derived DOHC V8 motor, aggressive and downright sexy Gandini styling, classic Italian color combo, and stout ZF 5-speed gearbox offer a heady punch of panache and performance to quell such ailments. These are riding high, and this goodlooking example sold at a market-correct price. Well bought and sold. #354-1992 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Veloce. S/N ZARBB32N2N7002351. Verde Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA Inglese/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 23,359 miles. Two-owner car. Very pleasing color combo, but lots of scratches on unremarkable Verde Inglese (English Green) paint. Gold pinstriping intact. Driver-quality chrome has scratches. Tan tonneau cover clean and in good shape. Good glass. Door jambs clean. Nice interior shows use. Seats comfy, are a bit AMERICAN #341-1907 AMERICAN UNDERSLUNG 50-HP roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # 1402. Red/black leather. RHD. Ex-Deemer Collection, Dick Teague, and W.K. Haines. Older restoration still shows extremely well. Very good paint, some scratches on front fenders. Mostly shiny brass. Large brass spotlight on center of cowl. Big grille with “The American” eagle graphic in good condition. Spoke wheels painted a different red than sheet metal. No top. Twin rearmounted spares. Luggage in back. Seats could be mistaken for new save for a few crinkles, TOP 10 No. 1 dore Jonathan Moore. In “eminently usable driving condition,” per catalog. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $126,500. Completed The Great Race transcontinental rally in 1986; still ready for touring of similar distances. Not the star car of the sale, but nevertheless generated a lot of conversations. Hard to pinpoint a market value, but for such respectable provenance and proven durability, I call this very well bought. #317-1917 CADILLAC TYPE 55 Club hard. Upholstery has ground-in dirt and a few tears. Clean green carpets. Factory radio with cassette player. Clock works. Driver engine bay, but looks like all hoses and wires are there. Original books and tools come with car. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,550. Among the final iteration of Spiders to be imported Stateside. Low miles for a 22-year-old highly original car that didn’t have a whole lot of issues. The new owner should be rewarded with many miles of top-down fun in the sun. Sold at no reserve for a market-correct price. SWEDISH #311-1973 VOLVO 1800ES wagon. S/N 1836363004871. Red/black leather. Odo: 79,775 miles. Fitted with optional Borg-Warner 3-speed auto. Repaint in correct red has a great look. Hood doesn’t close all the way. Heavily scratched bumpers. Excellent panel fit. Very good glass. Sporty interior is largely intact. Driver’s door panel is loose. Seats have a bit too much give. Wheel has light cracks. Purposeful dash layout with clear gauges. Headliner, carpets clean. Driver engine bay, but all hoses and lines are there. Service docs, roadster. S/N N/A. Eng. # 55M715. Red & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 36,752 miles. Newer restoration done to concours level. Excellent paint. Red pinstriping undamaged. Newer soft top in good condition. Ditto the small round lamps atop cowl. Great glass. Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels painted red. Smooth, undamaged fenders. Leather interior shows minimal use. No dings on hard black dash. Lovely wood wheel. Seating for two in back. Nice engine compartment. 1994 AACA cracks. Engine not inspected. Portion of sale to benefit Simeone Foundation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,430,000. Top sale of the auction. “Underslung” moniker refers to the frame rails’ placement below the axles, providing a lower center of gravity. The star of the show and the catalog cover car. Rare and important, it’ll fit right in at many an AACA and Brass Era event. A 1914 Underslung Model 644 four-passenger sold for $748k at Bonhams’ Carmel sale in 2013 (SCM# 227098), making this price look healthy, although the $1.3m high estimate seemed reasonable, and the charity factor no doubt helped things along. #323-1916 SIMPLEX CRANE MODEL 5 sport berline. S/N 2420. Eng. # 2402. Gray/ gray leather. Odo: 52,344 miles. A highly authentic example. Faded paint, hard to tell what color it was. Major flaking on trim surrounding doors. Very good sheet metal. Remarkably good panel fit. Luggage rack. Above-average original interior a “time warp,” though uncertain if the odo and Warner AutoMeter gauges are original. Footrests in back. Clear two-piece glass division. Rear window latches don’t work. Stock, undetailed engine compartment. Purchased new by speedboat racer Commo- National First Prize Senior Division. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,900. A well-maintained, lovingly restored Type 55 with very low miles. It wasn’t perfect, but I didn’t find anything of major concern. The only question was the restoration itself and how much originality was buffed out. Bonhams pegged this in the $80k– $110k range, which seemed right given condition and attention. At this price, I’d have to call it slightly well bought. #305-1917 PACKARD TWIN-SIX 2-25 rear-entry brougham. S/N 127871. Eng. # 127871. Red & black/black leather. Odo: 21,991 miles. Coachwork by Chauncey Thomas & Co. of Boston. Once in the Rick Carroll Collection, now in Middleton Collec- owner’s manual, and dealer delivery folder come with car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. Two owners from new. Hard to fathom what it is about these cars that has left them in the shadows of obscurity. They’re comfortable, practical, relatively safe, and have sporty styling. Given this one’s better-than-average condition, I expected a result more in line with the $30k high estimate or higher. The buyer should see profit down the line. Well bought. 110 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA tion since ‘79. Fitted with a body from another early Packard. Has retractable front windows. Top of windshield has a mechanism allowing it to fold into roof and is heavily taped. Older repaint is holding up well. Minimal chrome okay. Heavily cracked running boards. Little front seat upholstery remains. Rear entrance reveals two patinated seats facing each other. Original engine bay dirty, shows rust. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $35,200. A somewhat needy thing. It was a Packard, but its carriage coachwork looked somewhat out of place at this sale, which worked against it. The car sold at no reserve far south of the optimistic $70k low estimate and probably could have fared better among a grouping of more likeminded automobiles. Very well bought. #319-1918 NATIONAL HIGHWAY SIX tourer. S/N 8N4822. Blue & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,385 miles. A mostly original car “that has seen some restoration along the way,” per the auction catalog. Looks like it was painted not too long ago; has a nice sheen but shows minor nicks and a few permanent smudges. Large wind wings incorporate smaller mirrors to enhance side-view visibility. New Rosco lights clamped to windshield. New soft top has three glass panes, all in good shape. Interior has been retrimmed. Very good wood trim. Original engine bay has been left & Lomb drum headlights; chrome is seriously mottled. Dual windshields with folding windwing panels. Heavy flaking on windshield surround. Rear windshield with canvas wind skirts. Soft top heavily stained. Rusty bodycolor wood spoke wheels. Rear-mounted dual spares. Luggage shelf. Interior has great pa- Like other early American automobiles that made up this sale, the condition was secondary to the wonderful charm. Hats off to the consignor for keeping its originality intact. Hoping future generations do likewise. High bid was nowhere near the $120k low estimate, and seller rightly took it home. #322-1925 CUNNINGHAM SERIES V6 phaeton. S/N V4661. Eng. # V4655. Red/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 39,999 miles. ExB.C. Hartline. Coachwork by James Cunningham, Son & Co. Brown-Lipe 4-speed. Original Lockheed 4-wheel hydraulic brakes. Low miles believed actual. Said to have been repainted and retrimmed some time ago; classy paint still looks great. Variable brightwork. Dual side-mounted spares. Full running boards in good shape. Very good glass. Newer-looking soft top is a little dirty. Wood supports in tina. Seats supple, show major wear. Folding footrest. Seats four. Serviced and recommissioned several years ago. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. A captivating dual-cowl design from J. Frank de Causse. The Locomobile name is well respected in early American automobile circles. A fairly strong presentation marked by the Sportif’s quiet elegance and class, not to mention a ton of charisma and presence. No-saled $5k below the low estimate—a take-it-or-leave it proposition. Seller decided on the latter. #346-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Piccadilly roadster. S/N S454FL. Eng. # 20546. Blue & black/white canvas/red leather. Odo: 9,226 miles. Ex-Frank Cooke Collection. The Piccadilly body on this car was originally fitted to Silver Ghost chassis no. S178ML. Straight paint has a subtle shine. Excellent panel fit. Decent brightwork. Bausch & Lomb headlamps. Very good glass. Twin side-mountsed spares. Two-piece windscreen. Faded white canvas top. Wood floorboards with alone. Said to run well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,050. Not a very well-known automobile brand, the National Motor Vehicle Company was based in Indianapolis and produced cars between 1900 and ’24. This car was emblematic of the era: a 4-door tourer with woodenspoke wheels, big radiator cap, and MotoMeter in front. Much of its originality was retained, although what was new had a “mix-and-match” feel that weakened its presentation. Comps are few and far between, but using the $30k low estimate as a guideline, I’d say this sold right on the money. #313-1921 MERCER SERIES 5 Sport- ing tourer. S/N N/A. Eng. # 5988. Green & black/brown leather. Odo: 7,505 miles. Highly original car with great patina. Paint flaking, scratched, lots of imperfections. Dull brass. Rusty grille and windshield-surround. Door gaps off; passenger’s doesn’t close all the way. Dual spares at rear. New upholstery in very original interior. Waltham clock doesn’t work. Floorboards with original covering intact. Original engine bay with relatively clean block. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $80,000. 112 good condition. Rudge-Whitworth wheels. Lovely, elegant interior. Seats nicely worn in. Simple dash clean. Tidy under hood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,250. Number 4 high seller today. One of five cars from a private collection representing New York marques. An extremely attractive car that drew a lot of interest. I wish I could’ve experienced its full beauty, but its location in a dimly lit area of the museum made it a challenge. Hard to put a value on a car with no real comps, but based on condition and the $135k–$160k pre-sale estimate, I have to call this a fair transaction for both buyer and seller. #345-1925 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 48 Sportif tourer. S/N 19139. Eng. # 19139. Green & black/beige cloth/black leather. Odo: 53,265 miles. Ex-Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection. Largely original with okay paint; scratches near cowl, chips throughout. Bausch chrome slats in good shape. Interior is unspoiled, clear gauges. Chelsea clock. 1963 RROC National Award Winner plaque on wood dash. Massive engine doesn’t show any leaks. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $220,000. Number 2 sale of the auction. An elegant Springfield Rolls with great presence. I liked it a lot, as did a marque owner and aficionado with whom I spoke with. 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Bonhams Philadelphia, PA #326-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Dinsdale Special limousine. S/N S86PM. Eng. # 20866. Green & black/black vinyl/ green cloth. Odo: 13,500 miles. Once owned by Mrs. August Anheuser Busch. Believed three owners from new. Looks like a highly original example. Chips, fisheyes, light scratches on decent paint. Smears of paint on intact grille. Chips inside door jambs. Dull chrome, brass, but an easy polish will rectify. It appears some type of adhesive was used to seal the top closed. Light blue running boards cals up to snuff, then perhaps bidding would’ve been more spirited. As things turned out, it maxed out way below the $55k low estimate. Seller should take this as a lesson learned and try again with better presentation. are an eyesore. Dual side-mounted spares. Sumptuous, well-preserved interior. Lovely wood trim. Two forward-facing folding seats in back. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,100. With the known provenance and overall very good condition, I expected this to do better on the block. But there was uncertainty about its low miles, and the catalog did not inspire confidence, saying, “It has been carefully checked over and made to run, but a full check over is now for the new owner to complete prior to proper road or tour use.” Well sold slightly north of the $75k low estimate. #318-1929 LINCOLN MODEL L brougham. S/N 60051. Eng. # 60051. Red & black/black leather/black leather. Odo: 50,964 miles. Older repaint shows numerous chips, flakes. Peeling on hood. Major scratches below driver’s door. Both front doors off. Chrome variable. Equipped with removable driver’s roof section and padded rear faux cabriolet top. Two side-mounted spares. Folding rear luggage rack has a few dings, some rust. Interior mostly feels like new. Front buckets have minimal wear; tears in rear seats. Headliner soiled. Glass divider crystal-clear. Reflecting chrome dash shows major scuffing. Wood faded. Driver engine. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. If only the cosmetics had benefited from the reported $30k spent on bringing the mechani- Keith Martin’s #340-1932 CADILLAC 452B V16 sedan. S/N 1400238. Eng. # 1400238. Viceroy Maroon/brown broadcloth. Odo: 37,189 miles. Fleetwood coachwork. One of only 300 V16s produced in 1932. Exquisite presentation. Superb paint, brightwork has the right amount of shine. Imposing grille. Dual sidemount spares. Luggage rack at rear. Impeccable interior defies age. Wonderful stained wood trim. Minor scuffing on rear-view mirror. Clock, footrests in back. Restoration documents. A CCCA Full Beautiful dash, instruments. ACD Certified Vehicle sticker; number appears to be 0-199, but faded, and so difficult to distinguish. Tidy engine bay. CCCA Full Classic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $59,400. A popular and fitting color on this bold design. I think it could have fetched another $10k with a fresher presentation, although the $70k–$90k estimate seemed a tad aggressive. The new owner has room to address the cosmetic needs and still come out ahead. Assuming the mechanics check out, well bought. #304-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr Classic. Oozes elegance and class. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $181,500. The #3 high sale of the day. Last year for the flat radiator grille and open front fenders. This awesome machine came from the Canton Classic Car Museum, which undertook a seven-year restoration that was only recently completed. Bidding stalled at $130k, far below the $175k–$200k estimate, then reignited to achieve this wholly reasonable hammer price. Slightly well bought, but the seller should be satisfied. #352-1936 CORD 810 Westchester sedan. S/N 1383A. Eng. # FB2056. Gray beige/ Sports Car Market The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends SUBSCRIBE TO SCM 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 SportsCarMarket.com/subscribe 114 ™ hard top. S/N VC55J028422. Eng. # 0011749F55F. Shoreline Beige & Gypsy Red/beige & red vinyl. Odo: 47,318 miles. 265-ci V8, 1-bbl, auto. From the estate of John G. Middleton, who owned the car for over 30 years. Very tired cosmetically—screaming its age. Bland two-tone paint has spider cracks, bubbles, flakes. Scratches, fisheyes on dull chrome. Good glass. Passenger’s door sticky. Staid interior. Seats are a little dirty, as are burgundy cloth. Odo: 70,287 miles. Owned and restored by Jim O’Brien about 20 years ago. Showing its age now. Paint faded, no longer crisp. Cracks on left cowl. Unremarkable chrome. Gaps decent. Door sills scuffed. Twopane windshield in good shape, but with what looks like dried glue on passenger’s side. Burgundy cloth interior with white piping fresh. carpets (an easy clean, though). Roof lining clean. AM radio. Non-working clock. Trunk locked. Texas registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,950. A perfect candidate for a full body makeover. A troubling car to review, but the potential to return it to its former glory was there, as it rides on a straight and solid platform. Mixing in some TLC and reasonable dollars will bring this Sport coupe back. All the money at this price, with the winning bidder standing to make a nice profit if that outlay is spent wisely. Well bought. © Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Artcurial — Automobiles Sur les Champs 7 A rare 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Targa fetched a world-record $291k, and a LHD 1972 2.4S Targa with matching numbers made $266k Company Artcurial Motorcars Date November 2, 2014 Location Paris, FRA Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold/offered 63/79 Sales rate 80% Sales total $8,223,321 High sale 1964 Aston Martin DB5, sold at $1,166,235 Buyer’s premium Record-breaking 1974 Porsche 911 2.7 Carrera Targa, sold at $291,108 16% up to $751,440; 12% to $1,753,360; 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.00 = €0.80) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A s well as the usual flush of French oddities lurking in Artcurial’s Paris viewing room, a few yardstick classics made more than their usual yard- stick figures at this November’s Paris sale. A rare Targa version of Porsche’s 1974 911 Car 2.7 fetched a world-record $291k (see the profile 70), almost matched by the $266k for a left-hand dr 1972 2.4S Targa with matching numbers — althou that was much less than the $320k record price a rarer RHD 2.4S Targa made in London this September. A very original LHD and always French-domiciled Aston Martin DB5 — a model which to casual observers appeared to have slightly stalled at around the $550k mark 18 months ago — reached nearly $1.2m, the English dealer bidding on behalf of a European collector having to pay over the top estimate of €700k ($875k) to beat a Russian bidder on the telephone. Three Dinos were offered here in varying degrees of condition and desirability, and two sold, including a LHD 1971 GT in Rosso Chiaro at $343k and a better 1974 GTS targa with a/c and Daytona upholstery at $448k, while a driver-quality 1972 GTS could not reach the $350k needed. Those French oddities were led by an astonishing 118 Paris, FRA $68k for a beautifully restored-to-stock Renault 8 Gordini 1135 — that’s more than Escort Twin Cam money — and four Panhard Dynas, actually considered quite sporty despite having only 850-cc flat-twin engines, ranging from $20k to $32k. But a superb Citroën DS19 cabriolet by Chapron failed to sell against a $145k–$165k estimate, as did a real Lancia Delta S4 Group B rally car with history, having been the 1986 Argentine Rally winner, for which at least $800k was required. However, a Group 4 Fulvia 1.6 HF with period rally history sold, reaching a healthy $116k. A 1966 Morris Mini Traveller fetched an amazing $58k, or rather more than Cooper S money even though it was still an 850… but then a recent film appearance might have had something to do with it, as the French seem even more obsessed with celebrity than Brits are. By near sale’s end, empty car transporters were lined up on the darkening street opposite the Théâtre du Rond-Point, as a swift exit is required as soon as the sale ends at 6 p.m. Come Monday morning, the carpeted, floodlit viewing room reverts to normal life as a humble concrete car park. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010


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Artcurial Paris, FRA ENGLISH #212-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51382L. Green/black leather. Odo: 24,544 km. An older restoration but in original spec and just mellowing nicely. Chassis okay, older paint, decent chrome, well-creased leather in front, may be original in rear. Becker Mexico radio. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,166,235. French car all its TOP 10 No. 2 original car. Repaint is still shiny, but now driver-quality. Likely original leather, new top. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $89,572. Offered at no reserve, sold cheap for any S1 roadster—a couple in marginally better condition sold at auction in the U.K. the following month around the $120k mark. In the same way that the home-grown Panhards went high here, the imported Jag goes low. Well bought. #222-1966 MORRIS MINI Traveller life. This sold right at the top of the estimate range, finishing up at twice where DB5s stalled 18 months ago. Bought by a U.K. dealer for a client who plans to have it restored, so that’ll be another $400k, making this possibly the most expensive DB5 so far. Oh well, in for a penny, in for a pound. #248-1964 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 880579. Metallic blue/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 6,403 miles. Billed as a 1964 car, which would make it a 3.8 roadster fitted with a 4.2 engine hiding under earlier cam covers. But chassis number doesn’t looks right—too early for a ’64 LHD OTS; could belong to a shift. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $53,743. Really nice original Travellers can sell for almost as much as a decent Cooper S—and this did about 50% more, fetching twice its pre-sale estimate, harking back to a time when dealers could sell every average ADO15 and 16 they could get their hands on to Japan and Hong Kong. Absolute madness... perhaps precipitated by its appearance in the recent Isabelle Huppert movie “La Ritournelle.” late ’63 FHC. Restored, repainted, retrimmed. Very good chrome, new top, alloy center console trim very good and unscratched. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $204,522. For a bitsa, however worthy a combination of the earliest shells with improved mechanicals, this did very, very well to get this far. #226-1965 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1E10984. Red/gray leather. Odo: 83,018 km. Looks like an older restoration but is actually claimed to be an BEST BUY #224-1968 TVR VIXEN S2 racer. S/N LVX1235F. Silver/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 55,922 miles. Nicely prepared racer. New bucket seats, last raced at Spa Classic 2013. No detailed specs on tweaked crossflow motor, but it’s a Burton unit claimed to produce wagon. S/N MAW4L841356. Green/green vinyl. Odo: 47,555 km. Restored with new floors and rockers and said to have new timber, although it’s showing some filler in the side trim. (The wood isn’t structural on these, unlike the preceding Morris Minor Traveller.) Repro seat trim, aftermarket timber dash, Moto-Lita wheel and aftermarket throttle pedal extension so you can heel and toe, plus big period Dunlop alloys. Still has weedy single-carb 850 motor and “magic wand” gear- be difficult to repeat for the money, fairly well bought. #229-1989 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFGJ34B000080853. Red/red velour. Odo: 28,576 miles. Good, original, winding-window Euro car with full service history. Cam belts done in past 1,000 miles, no mention of tanks. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT TOP 10 No. 3 $1,068,447. Sold new by Pozzi in Paris, although not road registered until 1991 due to rife speculation when the car was new, just before the bubble burst last time. Yet another million-dollar-plus F40—and there are loads on the market. #227-1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N SAJJEAEX8AX220798. Green/gray leather. Odo: 8,652 km. Tidy and unscuffed. Windshield is beginning to delaminate, as usual. Seats look hardly worn, as you’d hope from the mileage. French registered. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $264,407. Originally the personal property of its creator, Tom Walkinshaw, and not registered until it was sold in 1998. These have finally begun to move after more than a decade of waiting. Low spot was 2002, when they averaged under $150k. Priced about right here and fairly bought. FRENCH #241-1951 PANHARD DYNA X85 cab- 156 hp. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,336. Originally TVR’s London Motor Show car in 1968. Ran at Spa Classic 2013. Offered at no reserve and sold where expected, bang in the middle of the estimate range, but given that it would 120 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA riolet. S/N 309456. Maroon/black cloth/gray leather-cloth. Odo: 18,032 km. Restored in past couple of years, with shiny, even paint and all alloy trim pieces in good order, although some of it could do with a polish. Seat leather-cloth lightly creasing. Excellent Decostyle dash and instruments. Three small cracks in white plastic steering wheel rim. Motor is from a PL17, as the original 610-cc twin was “a bit limited,” according to the vendor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,843. The X85 sedan was nicknamed “Louis XV” due to the baroque styling and brightwork (actually aluminum). Offered at no reserve and sold mid-estimate. #240-1953 PANHARD DYNA X87 Ju- nior roadster. S/N 855028. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 67,395 km. Solid, driver-quality car with older paint. Robri wing protectors in good shape, as well as all other alloy body trim. Newish vinyl trim on bench seat. More instruments than the other one, as well as 140 km/h speedo. Dynas were quite sporty cars in their nice paint showing just a couple of dust marks. Seat velour unworn. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $68,281. Exceedingly well sold at half as much again as the pre-sale no-reserve estimate. Just to put this in perspective, this is almost twice what you’d pay for a half-decent Mini Cooper S or Escort Mexico. Literally, only possible in France. day, you know. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,857. Offered at no reserve and hammered mid-estimate at a price slightly north of the value of a really good Frogeye Sprite. For such an oddity, looks well sold, although due to lightness, performance is on a par with a 948-cc Sprite, and these have their following in France. #242-1953 PANHARD DYNA X87 Ju- nior cabriolet. S/N 855471. Pale blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,041 km. Has slightly lower windscreen than the roadster, plus external door handles. Solid but older paint lightly orange-peeled and lightly dinged and cracked under right door. Steering wheel rim (from a Dyna Z) cracked and worn. Seat vinyl just going slightly on driver’s side outer bolster. Fitted with bucket seats and modified, rather than usual Volvo replacement due to reliability issues. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $71,186. One of 614 convertibles out of a total of 1,045 Facellias, according to the catalog. Sold almost half over the top estimate. That’s partly down to its rarity (especially with the original motor) and partly due to it being a French car being sold in France. #239-1961 DB LE MANS cabriolet. S/N 5095. Eng. # 2578MS. White/white fiberglass hard top/red vinyl. Odo: 24,519 km. This is the hot one—as quick as a 356, you know. With floor change. Fiberglass all good, including rare hard top. New seat vinyl in front, original in rear. Mechanically rebuilt but “plat- GERMAN #211-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 84749. Silver/black leather. Odo: 94,969 Looks weird without bumpers (which are included), and color is wrong, plus it sits on wide rims and rubber. But essentially a sound car. Has a couple of bubbles over the right $30k), due to slightly poorer condition and not being stock, but it’s probably the slightly more usable car and therefore represents the better buy if you’re not worried about the last word in originality. It would take a real Panhard anorak to spot the differences. #204-1960 FACEL FACELLIA cabriolet. S/N FAB121. White/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 29,936 km. Slightly edgy paint, side trim a bit dinged and bent, dash and instruments very good. Probably original leather well cracked and beautifully patinated. Still with original Pont-a-Mousson twin-cam motor, as much to gentlemen of a certain age as “RS2” or “12G940” (or “R32” to the younger breed). Restored to completely (and pleasingly) standard spec, dead-straight with mostly front wheelarch. Leather unworn, newish top. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $209,001. Cheap for a Speedster, but then with mild cosmetic issues, it probably needed to be. Let’s call it a fair and realistic deal both ways. #256-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE form shows a few signs of corrosion.” Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,857. Uses a cut-down Citroën DS windshield, trivia freaks. Offered at no reserve, sold just under lower estimate. MGA money for a bit of FWD French madness that, unusually, looks presentably like a real car. #263-1967 RENAULT 8 GORDINI racier dash from a later Panhard 24. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,900. Offered at no reserve, this one was cheaper than the roadster (Lot 240, 122 R1135 sedan. S/N 201257. Blue/gray velour. Odo: 7,879 km. The car that kicked off the careers of many French rally heroes—the French Escort GT, if you will. “R1135” means Sports Car Market 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712002623. Silver/ black cloth/brown leather. Odo: 59,754 km. Older restoration by Thiesen is holding up very well. Excellent panel fit, paint and


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Artcurial Paris, FRA chrome. New perforated leather, dash top timber good. Period Becker radio plus a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $286,629. Sold mid-estimate. Just to show how much prices have soared over the past decade or two, I had to insure one of these for top-dollar market value about 15 years ago—which was then $100k. Makes a Corniche convertible look cheap. #233-1972 PORSCHE 911S Targa. S/N 9112310159. Silver/black leather & velour. Odo: 50 km. Straight, rot-free, and just restored in original colors. New leather and velour, including aftermarket bucket seats, but originals are included in the lot. Motor dry underneath, new exhausts and exchangers. Delivered new to Chicago, Dutch title. Cond: SOLD AT $316,486. Avignon region car all its life. Like all vaguely “classic” 911s, the hitherto-unloved 964 has enjoyed some price increases, too, recently, with RM selling a minter in Monaco for $370k (SCM# 243924). Full service history is essential, and price looks right for a clean, honest example. ITALIAN #202-1956 FIAT 600 MULTIPLA micro- 3+. SOLD AT $265,729. Although the price is bonkersly massive, it’s actually in line with the steep upward curve that small-bumper 911Ss (in fact, all air-cooled 911s) have been enjoying in the past three years—and a similar Targa sold for similar very big money the month before ($224k, RM London, SCM# 245364). But just before we all take leave of our senses, let’s remember—that doesn’t make it not bonkersly massive. #234-1974 PORSCHE 911 2.7 Carrera Targa. S/N 911461019. Black/black leather. Odo: 4,500 km. G-series Targa, shiny and smooth repaint of rare model. New Nylocs under motor, clean and tidy underneath, leather retrim unworn. A very well-preserved car. S/N 006580. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 30,865 km. For those who needed a bit more seating—Italy’s a largely Catholic country, you know, or was in the 1950s. Restored, bright and shiny with interior redone. Some overspray on chassis outriggers, chromework all redone. Appears to wear larger taillights from later 500/600. Cond: 2-. rior, and new vinyl rollback top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,857. Brought back to Europe some years ago but still has a U.S. title. Sold here mid-estimate for the price of three average 500 sedans. #225-1968 ISO RIVOLTA IR 300 coupe. S/N 420559. Silver/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 3,070 km. Sharp post-restoration condition with good paint and chrome. Older, probably car. With Italian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $291,108. This is the non-USA Carrera equipped with the 1973 Carrera RS engine, complete with MFI, so the price is generally about one-fourth to one-third of the 1973 RS values. It is a rare model and the bid was strong, but somewhat in line with the 1972 911S Targa above which has the advantage of the smaller bumpers but the disadvantage of just an S, rather than a RS, engine. #237-1992 PORSCHE CARRERA RS coupe. S/N WPOZZZ96ZNS490560. White/ 124 SOLD AT $26,871. From the first year of Multipla production. Displayed on the street, as there wasn’t room for the entire catalog in the underground car park that serves as Artcurial’s Paris viewing room. Offered at no reserve and sold around the lower estimate for about the price of two decent Fiat 500s. And it’s Mille Miglia-eligible. #280-1957 LANCIA APPIA Furgoncino van. S/N C8081945. Gray & dark brown/gray velour. First-series model of which fewer than 2,000 were built, according to the catalog. In good straight order all around. Sold without documents. Load bed decked out in timber, and previously used to promote the vendor’s wine bar in northern Italy. Chassis number quoted as C80S but should probably read 808. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,322. This little cutie was another stray that didn’t make it into the original leather holding up well. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,586. Originally delivered in France. Sold mid-estimate. #216-1970 FIAT 500 Lombardi “My car” 2-dr sedan. S/N 110F2440549. Gold/ black vinyl. Odo: 58,850 km. Special coachbuilt 500 from Francis Lombardi. Mostly different around the headlights, with a fake grille attached, and on posh alloys. Good restored Sports Car Market black leather. Odo: 50,255 km. Good, original, unscuffed and unmessed-with. With books (full service history), tools and spare keys. Speedo was replaced at 31,000 km. Cond: 2-. main hall, being displayed at the bottom of the steps to Artcurial’s Rond-Point office. Sold where expected for the price of three or four decent Minivans, but find another... #217-1959 AUTOBIANCHI BIANCHINA Trasformabile microcar. S/N 110B017116. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 28,567 km. Coachbuilt tiny convertible on Fiat 500 platform. Restored with new vinyl inte


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Artcurial Paris, FRA dash top. Redone leather seats just starting to crease in. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $343,358. Strongish money for an unexceptional Dino, but then that’s only average in today’s market, so probably deserved. #271-1971 MASERATI INDY coupe. S/N AM116504. Metallic blue/black leather. Odo: 80,012 km. Restored mid-2000s. Paint now shows a couple of tiny cracks at corners, among other blemishes. Leather new during restoration and now only lightly creased. With condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $14,929. Sold at not much more than a decent stock sedan, so the price of being different here is very little. #215-1970 FIAT 500 Mare beach car. S/N 2429372. White & pale blue/wicker. Odo: 31,732 km. Conversion in the manner of the Ghia-built Jolly beach cars. No idea when the conversion was carried out, but apparently Carrozzeria Holiday did not start chopping vintage Fiats until about 15 years ago. In excellent restored condition, new wicker, older mat carpets. Motor rebuilt with Abarth parts gato coupe. S/N 818750001606. Red/black leather. Odo: 14,121 km. Restored 2009, still tidy and nicely turned out, paint a bit orangepeely in places. Refinished alloys. Seat leather okay. Bumpers not fitted but included in the deal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $49,264. Offered at no reserve and sold at twice the mid-estimate. Strong money, probably $5k–$10k over what you’d pay in the U.K., so well sold. #232-1973 ALFA ROMEO MONTREAL coupe. S/N AR1428328. Bronze metallic/tan velour. Odo: 6,402 km. Restored and very good. No rot in body sides, although rocker ends have gaps and want finishing. All brightwork intact. Velour seats have worn well or more likely have been retrimmed as origi- a/c and power steering. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,657. I just couldn’t get worked up over this one, and obviously buyers couldn’t either. Sold mid-estimate, so the auctioneers obviously weren’t hoping for too much either. Let’s assume everyone walked away happy. #266-1972 LANCIA FULVIA 1.6 HF Group 4 rally car. S/N 818540002267. Red/ black velour. Nicely presented Group 4 rally car with factory history and all the trimmings, such as massive Monza filler cap. Unscuffed alloys, paint chipped. Period rally seats with baggy inserts, bolsters may have been redone. nal. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $75,545. Sold midestimate. Montreals have begun to climb steadily, from tentative beginnings of an upturn a couple of years ago when $40k would have gotten you the best on the planet. That’s not what this car was, but it’s the right money now for a nice, tidy restored car. and cylinder head. Italian title. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,814. Sold slightly over estimate at a price that would get you three very nice regular sedans or almost a 595 Abarth. About as much use as chocolate teapot anywhere other than the French Riviera, so let’s assume that’s where it’s headed. Well sold, though not quite as well sold as a similar car sold at RM Monaco in May for $69k (SCM# 247646). #251-1971 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 02606. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 97,983 km. Swirl marks in paint, plus a few sub-surface prep marks on trunk lid (and fit is off at both rear corners, not just the left one as normal). Chrome okay with extra front bumper bar. A few creases in redone TOP 10 No. 9 #264-1974 FERRARI 246 GTS Spyder. S/N 07868. Yellow/black fiberglass/ tan/black leather. Odo: 43,040 miles. Nicest of the three Dinos offered at this sale. Straight and shiny, panel fit all good, and even the trunk lid fits at both corners! Mouse fur excellent, two-tone “Daytona” seat leather. TOP 10 No. 6 Belts dated 1992. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $116,443. Sold around the price of a minor real Works Mini with similar history—or much the same as would get you a fresh and readyto-go Mk 2 Group 4 Escort capable of winning historic rallies, which this car couldn’t do. Its value is in its factory history, and it looks super-cute, too. #205-1972 LANCIA FULVIA Sport Za- With electric windows and a/c. No add-on Prancing Horse badges, but extra reflectors on the rear panel. Delivered new to Ron Tonkin Ferrari in Portland, OR. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $447,858. The highest price of the three by quite a margin. This is top dollar for a Dino, even after the flurry of rising prices over the summer, but based on the relative conditions of the trio presented here, it was worth the money. #272-1976 MASERATI MERAK coupe. S/N 1221058. Silver/blue & gray leather. Odo: 40,374 km. “Baby Bora” with Citroën/Maserati V6. Tired older paint, some bubbles forming in front fenders, leather lightly creased. 126 Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, FRA Left-hander, so it has the oval SM dials. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,772. French car all its life. rally car. Said to have won the 1986 Rally Argentina with Miki Biasion and Tiziano Siviero; put away afterward, not rallied but appearing at various Lancia and rally car gatherings. No documents, on a Japanese car temporary import and still awaiting customs clearance. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $650,000. One of these killed Henri Toivonen, remember, and hastened the demise of the Group B cars. High bid would be Group B Quattro money. AMERICAN Fetched just over top estimate, but, bizarrely, now getting cheaper than the big Citroën that begat it. But if you think of it as a cut-price Dino, which it rivals in the junior supercar league, then it represents stonking value. #228-1977 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- sina coupe. S/N 20271. Eng. # 00441. Black/tan leather. Odo: 1,298 km. Good overall appearance, although it has a few small blemishes and cracks in the thick repaint. Newer leather. Presented on Stratos wheels in #275-1959 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N F59T231948. Red & white/ beige cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 56,813 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older paint, chrome has a few scratches, fading carpets, seat vinyl in good shape. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $74,643. Imported into France in 2000s. Sold catalog, which suit it well, but originals are included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $164,215. Last sold at Artcurial’s November 2012 Paris sale for $74k (SCM# 214283). Sold approximately twice over lower estimate this time, although realistically, $150k-plus has recently been the territory for a plastic GTB. I’d say sold right. See profile, p. 62. #267-1985 LANCIA DELTA S4 coupe. S/N ZLA038AR00000209. White/black velour. Complete and original-looking S4. Both supercharged and turbocharged, like its predecessor the 037. In used but good order for a at bottom estimate for what we’d think of as quite strong money in the U.K. But the French hold their ’Vettes with higher reverence than the Brits, paying almost the same for this as for Lot 226, the E-type roadster. Rather cheekily, there was another identical car sporting an “À Vendre” sign outside, so if you missed this one... #273-1969 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 9F03F178856. White/white vinyl/ maroon vinyl. Odo: 56,658 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight, restored in 1990s and repainted again in 2010 but looks older. Scraped on left rear wheelarch lip. Interior excellent with all good, unsplit vinyl and power top. Old-style Paris (75) registration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $26,871. Sold at lower end of estimate range, priced about right in U.K. terms. Last sold at Artcurial’s 2007 Paris sale (when it was said to be a 10-year-old restoration) with 43,649 miles and condition 2for $41k (SCM# 48018). © 128 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. Bonhams — Collectors’ Motor Cars Here there were two standout lots: a $109k 1953 Healey 100 that had run in the 1954 New Zealand GP, and a beautifully restored $56k Willys MB Company Bonhams Date November 12, 2014 Location Harrogate, U.K. Auctioneer Rob Hubbard Automotive lots sold/offered 29/46 Sales rate 63% Sales total $811,292 High sale 2001 Bentley Continental R Le Mans coupe, sold at $161,850 Buyer’s premium Winner of the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix — 1953 Austin-Healey 100 roadster, sold at $108,691 15% on the first $79,105 and 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics I t’s no secret that this was Bonhams’ last visit to Harrogate, as Robert Brooks’ team stratifies its charge upmarket. That might explain the slightly thinner catalog than usual. But the annual North Yorkshire sale always had a charm of its own, drawing a completely separate crowd and a wholly different vibe compared with the London-and-the-home-counties auctions that Bonhams sets the rest of its U.K. store by. Some observers reckon there’s room to play at both ends of the spectrum, which is something Bonhams demonstrates with its annual Beaulieu Autojumble sale, now an institution in its own right. But, as staff have pointed out, the overheads are the same wherever you go (although a cow shed outside Harrogate must be cheaper than a marquee behind Goodwood House) and you might as well offer a catalog full of high earners rather than middle-market classics. Time will tell. Anyway, on to those middle-market classics. Here there were two standout lots: a 1953 Healey 100 that had run alongside single-seaters in the 1954 New Zealand GP, and a beautifully restored — almost too beautifully, in my opinion — Willys MB. The Healey BN1 was presented in good order and, 130 Harrogate, U.K. eligible for many of the world’s top events, looked like a good value at $109k. The Jeep, a 1943 Willys as far as you could tell, was probably better than factory and complete with every trinket, cover, strap and tool, plus specially commissioned tow-rope, drew a staggering $56k — even more than a restored MB complete with trailer fetched in London the month before. Another notable lot was the almost-new MGB with 4.6 V8 in a new Heritage bodyshell. An RV8 with authentic retro looks, if you will, it sold for decent RV8 money — $33k — far less than it cost to construct. If you wanted a cheaper MG roadster, a clean example of its younger TF cousin was just $2,183. To replace the Harrogate fixture, Bonhams has announced a new sale at the annual Goodwood Members’ Meeting in March. This exciting new venture, first run in 2014, re-enacts the old BARC members’ meetings begun in the ’50s — 2015 is the 73rd running — with the revival of ’70s and ’80s tin-tops and sports racers that appeal to race fans of a certain age. Considering that this is the same middle-aged generation with money to spend on the cars they lusted after as schoolboys and that the next wave of coming ’80s classics is upon us, taking a monopoly on the Goodwood sales looks like a logical move. ♦ Sales Totals $1.5m $1.25m $1m $750k $500k $250k 0 Sports Car Market 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010


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Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. ENGLISH #102-1920 HILLMAN tourer. S/N H124R. Eng. # 4KR. Yellow/brown vinyl. Okay body, older paint, dull and battered brass radiator shell. Buttoned brown seat vinyl of unknown age holding up well. Dorman motor might not be original to car. Four-speed gearbox fitted, 3-speed supplied with car may be well post-war, as the Minor did not get an OHV engine until 1952, and the 948 fitted here didn’t arrive until 1956, with a single later SU carb. Extra Butler spotlamps and the original. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,375. Sold at about three times its £3k–£5k ($4k– $6k)estimate, even though it’s been unused for a while and will require “recommissioning” (a.k.a. anything up to a complete rebuild). Still, a rare car along junior Humber lines for more or less Austin Seven money. #143-1931 SINGER JUNIOR tourer. S/N 35857. Eng. # 37076. Gray & black/black cloth/brown vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,677 miles. Rebuilt from a saloon 2011–12, but paint looks older. New body has fair door fit, radiator chrome okay, decent instrument panel, slightly baggy vinyl to seat, top is new. Electrical system now 12V along with added flashing indicators and SU pump replacing the flashing indicators, plus hydraulic brakes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,833. Although the seller was only expecting this much, this looks cheap for a “proper” MG, especially compared with its replacements. Obviously the wrong engine is going to knock the value (but nobody can see that from the outside), and hydraulic brakes will put off the purists, but all that makes it a better driver. Imaginatively bought and realistically sold. #127-1943 WILLYS MB military jeep. S/N MB265101. Eng. # MB. Olive drab/buff canvas/buff canvas. Odo: 2,671 miles. Tube front crossmember, so it’s a Willys chassis with a Willys chassis number and a Willys engine. Body is unmarked but probably that rare thing, an all-original numbers-matching Jeep. Restored to better-than-new, complete whole shooting match returns home to London). Offered at no reserve against a £5k–£8k ($8k–$12k) estimate and sold cheaper than the rebodied Junior later in the sale (Lot 143, $11k)—to which it is technically superior, so, technically, something of a bargain. #129-1953 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 road- ster. S/N BN1145426. Eng. # 1B139363. Red/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 88,376 miles. Clean, straight and tidy, with good door fit and chassis rails hardly dinged. Older paint still okay, older well-creased leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $108,691. Winner of the 1954 New Zealand Grand Prix and recently imported from there, still on NZ plates. Sold mid-estimate at about the right money for 100, but the nice history makes this one something of a deal. Autovac. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,280. Junior predates the Nine, which appeared the following year. Sold at lower estimate and looks like a good value compared with a much smaller Austin Seven for similar money. Since no original two-seat tourers exist any more, this replica has rather cornered the market. #118-1933 MG J2 roadster. S/N J2930. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 436 miles. Early car still with cycle wings (clamshells came later in 1933). Microblistered paint, well-patinated leather. Engine and gearbox from post-war Morris Minor—in fact quite 132 with fender-mount extinguisher, tools and covers, including canvas light protectors. Claimed just 670 miles since restoration. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $56,402. Sold massively over the realistic £18k–£22k ($28k–$35k) estimate. A mad price, but you couldn’t repeat it for the money, whatever you think the relevance of a “perfect” Jeep is. #101-1950 SINGER NINE AB roadster. S/N 4A5567T. Eng. # A5687T. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 75,234 miles. AB is essentially a pre-war design but with coil-sprung independent front suspension. New leather, dash and instruments in good order, some bubbles and dust marks in paint, blemishes in headlights, but radiator shell plating is better. Ran when parked in 2012. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,914. One of a couple of post-block sales at this auction (there aren’t many because soon after the sale end Bonhams packs up, and the #136-1962 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 878068. Eng. # R74049. Bronze metallic/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 17,660 miles. Restored over last three years, paint mostly decent and good looking, with a little orange peel and a couple of sink marks. Bumpers have a decent rechrome or are repros. Interior like new with redone dash top, seat leather unworn, new top, motor and driveline rebuilt. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $114,007. Originally supplied to New York with black trim. Not (quite) hammered on the day against a £70k ($111k) lower estimate, but sold post-auction for a very fair £67k all in. On the same day at H&H Buxton a little way south, a lightly upgraded 1966 4.2 coupe in similar condition sold for $4k more, making this look like a very attractive buy. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. #132-1966 MGB GT coupe. S/N GHD393595. Eng. # 18GBUH45057. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 11,447 miles. Restored, straight and shiny, fairly good door fit. New red leather, new carpets, modern Kenwood stereo. With overdrive and immobilizer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $13,100. GTs have always been SOLD AT $26,382. The cheapest working E-type that I’ve seen sell in recent memory— and it’s a manual shift, too. A late addition to the sale, it came between a cheap XJS (Lot 110, $8k) and the top-selling XKE roadster (Lot 136, $114k), so you might say one tainted the other. Putting it after the other E might have yielded better results. Either way, however horrid it might have been under the paint (and it didn’t look that bad, honest), something of a bargain. helped the value any here, as it failed to get anywhere near its ambitious £5k–£7k ($8k– $11k) estimate and was let go in a post-sale deal for £3,500 plus premium. Slightly well bought for such a nice one, though. cheaper than roadsters, but in many ways they are the better car. This deservedly sold at the top of the estimate range, at almost twice the price of the rubber-bumper roadster (Lot 137). Though the rubber-bumper B wasn’t popular at birth, the difference is really showing through in the prices now. #108-1967 DAIMLER V8 250 sedan. S/N 1R1336DN. Eng. # 7R1363. Silver/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 92,104 miles. Looks good and shiny from 10 paces, but it’s a quick “resto,” with lots of welding in the chassis rails; door hinges have dropped, one shallow ding behind right headlight, cracked leather painted over. In its favor it is a rare manual, #114-1971 MGB V8 replica convertible. S/N GHN5245550. Black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 88,490 miles. 2010 V8 MGB build using brand-new Heritage shell and 15-inch wheels. RV8 front crossmember has balljoints instead of originals’ kingpins, rear on telescopic dampers, motor is a 4.6-L injected V8, transmission is BW T5 with Centronic clutch re- #146-1975 MGB GT V8 coupe. S/N GD2D12213G2043. Blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 77,895 miles. Completely rotten project with radiator missing. Presented with cobwebs still under the hood. From the same yard as the equally rotten Capri 2.0 S (Lot #148) and the Transit camper van (Lot 147). Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,003. Offered at no reserve and sold for much more than its £500–£1,000 ($800– $1,500) estimate, but it’s complete and original and perhaps the ideal donor for a V8 roadster project in a new Heritage shell (see Lot 126). with overdrive. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,368. Rather ambitiously estimated at £7k–£12k ($11k–$18k) but offered at no reserve. Standing next to it was a sad-looking Mk 2 2.4 Jag (Lot 112) that hadn’t been blown over. That car was displayed warts and all, but it was much more solid and sound and a far better starting point for restoration. #123-1968 MORRIS MINOR 1000 se- dan. S/N MA2S5D1203990. Eng. # 10MAUH29491. Maroon/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 3,309 miles. Nice older (late ’90s) resto of “Moggy Thou” (though they were 1100s after 1962). Paint still even and shiny, no rot, straight sills, new red vinyl to seats. Very tenuous “famous owner” connection. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,368. Bought by the vendor at this sale last year for $7,382. Was once the property of Sophie Rhys-Jones (for a year, pre-restoration, before she became a minor Royal by marrying Prince Edward, youngest of the Queen’s four children). But that doesn’t appear to have 134 lease. Only 600 miles since build, so almost like new. Has the usual awful Heritage-shell door fit and panel gaps. Reg number and identity are from 1971 donor. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,750. Sold for approximately the same money as a decent RV8 but with the classic looks. Looks like a great value for a practically new car for much less than it cost to build, only being sold due to death of its owner. A great buy. #135A-1972 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 coupe. S/N 1S51588. Eng. # 7S9524SB. Primrose/ black leather. RHD. Odo: 14,303 miles. Older resto, looks solid underneath but body has a few small dings and bubbles in the paint, with a few trails of rust weeping out of panel joints. Leather is creased and cracked, likely the original. Motor dulled but all there. Cond: 3. rebuilt in 2011, original motor included in lot. No MoT. Offered with a sister 1969 car in the same colors converted to a hearse (Lot 131). Cond: 3. SOLD AT $61,860. Fresh from the funeral trade and sold where expected. The hearse, another huge undertaking, didn’t. #134-1976 JAGUAR XJ6 4.2 sedan. S/N 2T15958BW. Lavender/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 32,412 miles. Recently repainted in its original color (Jag offered quite a few rather sudden hues around this time) and good all Sports Car Market #130-1975 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM VI limousine. S/N PRH4817. Black & maroon/ gray leather. Odo: 32,579 miles. Straight body with a few bubbles in paint. Lightly worn leather (new in 2006). Timber nice and shiny. Replacement engine and transmission


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Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. around. Low mileage could be genuine. Very sound underneath, no holes in rear valance, just a couple of tiny blemishes in paint. Dash and instruments good with period Radiomobile, perforated leather slightly baggy. Sits right on original-type Dunlop SPs. New stainless exhaust. With optional electric sunroof 5457869G. Yellow/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 82,203 miles. Tidy and repainted, and solid underneath. Leather isn’t factory spec, but it’s a decent job and holding up well. Soft top is new. A good, solid user. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,278. Nice thing if it just wasn’t a rubber-bumper car... But then it would be twice the money. Fairly bought and sold. #135-1989 JAGUAR XJS 3.6 coupe. S/N SAJJNAEC7CA166763. Eng. # 9DPAMA192733. Black/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 88,234 miles. The 3.6 AJ6 motor (and later the 4-liter AJ16) was the answer to the greedy V12 and gave the XJS a new lease on life. In good order, repainted last year, appears rot- from new. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,643. S2s look a bit more pleasingly antique than S3s, which have more glass and bigger, plasticfaced bumpers. Bought at this sale in 2011 for $2,360 pre-refurb. Not so long ago old XJs could be bought as old smokers for just a few hundred quid. Now that it’s pretty much just the nice ones left, values are rising. (These are better than a Silver Shadow to drive, remember.) Sold where expected, market-correct and a lot of car for the money. #148-1978 FORD CAPRI 2.0 S coupe. S/N GAECUL15303. White/gray velour. RHD. Odo: 83,628 miles. As dragged out of a barn, very depressing and rusted-out in places, with aftermarket bucket seats loose in dusty interior. Tartan rear bench looks okay. Fourteen-inch Weller white eight-spokes on the back. Requires “recommissioning” apparently. free and very nice for age. (These go first around the rear arches.) New leather on front seat bases, new headlining. Unusual manual transmission. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $5,094. In storage 2003–2012. With the manual I have to say I rather fancied this... Anyway, sold at the right money, while good V12 autos, especially convertibles, climb steadily. See the sermons elsewhere in this report about values of juicy old Jags. #110-1989 JAGUAR XJS V12 convert- ible. S/N SAJJNADW3DB161791. Eng. # 85068147SA. Metallic blue/blue cloth/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 84,809 miles. Good for year with no apparent rust in rear arches or body sides, where they usually go first. Leather only lightly creased, new top. These looked huge at launch in 1975, didn’t they? But as everything else has grown more huge, they now look almost dinky and have backdoored into classicdom. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,369. Bought by the vendor four years ago Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,456. Harrogate has more resto projects than Beaulieu these days. Time was when we could pick up Pinto engines for £80 and gearboxes for £50 ($80) each. Now these things have some more value, and although the car probably isn’t worth saving, it’s a good source of parts for anyone building an Escort RS2000 replica. #137-1978 MGB convertible. S/N GHN- and apparently refreshed since. Estimate revised down from £8k–£10k to £6k–£8k ($9k– $12k) when it became apparent this was a Category D insurance write-off—most likely stolen and recovered, although Cat D also covers light damage. Not sold on the day, but a post-auction deal was done afterward. Like that other Grand Routier, the Jensen Interceptor, nice ones are on their way up, so I’d call this a fair deal both ways. 136 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. #125-1993 JAGUAR XJ40 sedan. S/N SAJJHALD3AJ685332. Green/beige leather. RHD. Completely unremarkable and nicely kept. Straight, tidy, alloys unscuffed, leather in good shape and no noted issues except for technically illegal leaping cat mascot on the hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $454. Bought at this sale in 2010 for $1,839 as transport home to Ireland. I’ve included it to illustrate what happens to old Jags when they become simply upwards), expect to see it advertised elsewhere soon. #109-2001 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R Le Mans coupe. S/N SCBZB25E62CH01764. Silver/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 27,000 miles. Take a big pushrod V8, and add one massive turbocharger... 46 Le Mans versions of the Continental R were built, using bigger wheels, flared rear arches and lots of other boy-racer trinkets, but only 12 were right-hand drive. Good, original and uns- used cars. Expensive to run and maintain, as age sets in they become unloved and change hands for just a few hundred quid. This was where the original XJ series was a decade ago but, now the dross has rusted away, and only the best ones are left, so the values rise—see Lots 134 and 120. This perfectly usable sedan marks the low point—anything less than this, and it’s worth more as scrap. Bonhams H Bonhams H Bonhams H Bonhams H Bonhams H Bonhams H Bonhams H arrogate, U.K. #125-1993 JAGUAR XJ40 sedan. S/N SAJJHALD3AJ685332. Green/beige leather. RHD. Completely unremarkable and nicel hams Harrogate, U.K. #125-1993 JAGUAR XJ40 sedan. S/N SAJJHALD3AJ685332. Green/beige leather. RHD. Completely unremarkable and nicely kept. Straight, tidy, alloys unscuffed, leather in good shape and no noted issues except for technically illegal leaping cat mascot on the hood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $454. Bought at this sale in 2010 for $1,839 as transport home to Ireland. I’ve included it to illustrate what hap- pens to old Jags when they become simply upwards), expect to see it advertised elsewhere soon. #109-2001 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R Le Mans coupe. S/N SCBZB25E62CH- 01764. Silver/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 27,000 miles. Take a big pushrod V8, and add one massive turbocharger... 46 Le Mans ver- sions of the Continental R were built, using bigger wheels, flared rear arches and lots of other boy-racer trinkets, but only 12 were right-hand drive. Good, original and uns- used cars. Expensive to run and maintain, as age sets in they become unloved and change hands for just a few hundred quid. This was where the original XJ series was a decade ago but, now the dross has rusted away, and only the best ones are left, so the values rise—see Lots 134 and 120. This perfectly usable sedan marks the low point—anything less than this, and it’s worth more as scrap. old old wrecks as cheap as chips, even nice ones aren’t particularly expensive. Sold right, might retail for a little more. Oh, guess what! It just popped up with a trader in North Yorkshire for £13,995 ($22,214), more than twice what was paid here. Cheeky! #116-1994 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R coupe. S/N SCBZB03C3SCH53387. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 85,000 miles. Good, tidy order, leather lightly creased and alloys unscuffed, with full service history and all old MoTs, confirming modest mileage for year. Cond: 3+. BEST BUY of it), buyable for a fraction of its new price before good ones become scarce and they start climbing again. XK8 series has a little way to go yet, but surely will eventually follow its DB7 cousin into inflation. Until then, get ‘em while they’re cheap, as here. For now, this was a fair deal both ways and would retail for more. SOLD AT $36,388. And this is what stock Continental Rs go for. Purchased at this sale in 2012 for $43,762 and here quite well bought. With retail cars at £30k-plus ($48k 138 #126-2003 MG TF convertible. S/N SARRDWBGJ4D619885. Black/black cloth/black & tan leather. RHD. Odo: 59,000 miles. TF is the steel-sprung continuation of Hydragassuspended MGF—essentially a sports body riding on a pair of Metro subframes with the engine in the rear one. Very good and unscuffed, dash top excellent and leather unworn. Has the Stepspeed transmission, essentially a CVT with six artificial stops to replicate fixed ratios. But at 59,000 miles, it’s right on top of preserved as well as possible. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $23,800. Originally bought near Harrogate but Irish-registered to give the authorities a hard time and, as the catalog puts it, “by quirk of fate” returned to the Harrogate area in 2004, although last taxed in 2010. Not sold against a $32k–$40k estimate, but immediately post-sale it looked as if a deal would be done for something in between. GERMAN #107-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SL coupe. S/N 11304322002043. Eng. # 1299822000969. Blue/silver steel/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 88,001 miles. California coupe, so no soft top. Better than it looks, very nice with an Sports Car Market cuffed, alloys uncurbed, and leather hardly worn. With full service history. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $161,850. Sold over the estimate of £70k–£90k ($110k–$140k), and at this money I wouldn’t expect to see it retailed any time soon. For comparison, there’s an LHD 6,000-miler in the trade asking €138,500 ($173,400) and an RHD car with 26,000 miles asking £105k ($167k) privately. #133-2002 JAGUAR XKR convertible. S/N SAJAC42N52PA29682. Silver/ivory leather. Odo: 114,500 miles. Tidy and well kept, no noted rust or damage. Service history missing. Sits on refurbished 20-inch BBS wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,917. Like all old Jags (and all juicy, big cars, come to think a cambelt change, which is 60k miles/four years on these. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $2,183. Fairly priced (although I just bought a manual year-2000 MGF with the same mileage for $1,000), but remember that cam belt change (and water pump and tensioner, while you’re in there) is going to cost something like $450, so it needs to be factored into any price on these bargain roadsters. But ask yourself how much MX-5 Miata you would get for this money... FRENCH #122-1912 DELAHAYE TYPE 47 10/12- hp spindle-seat roadster. S/N 8305. Eng. # 70. Brown/brown leather. RHD. Bodied by the English importer H.M. Hobson (maker of the Claudel Hobson carburetor). Timber remains decent to rear, at front is thick, shiny and with orange-peely paint over ripply steel. Very nice and well-polished brass lamps and radiator shell, although large single headlight shown in archive pics is missing from its mount. Slightly moth-eaten original leather has been


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Bonhams Harrogate, U.K. Online sales of contemporary cars 2014 BMW i8 older repaint, swages still showing inboard of headlights, rear chassis legs look to have never been welded. Retrimmed in leather. Both been dry-stored since 2002. Cracks and rust marks in paint, rusting bumpers, baggy seat covers. Still, the alloy wheels must have a little value. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $1,819. Offered at no reserve and sold at half the ambitious lower estimate. And half that must have been for the wheels... SWEDISH Date sold: 11/24/2014 eBay auction ID: 281497557596 Seller’s eBay ID: circlebmw Sale type: New car with 12 miles VIN: WBY2Z2C5XEVX64450 Details: Crystal White over gray leather; 1.5-liter, DOHC, turbocharged inline three rated at 228 hp with electric motor rated at 129 hp (357 combined hp), 6-spd auto, AWD Sale result: $180,100, 17 bids, sf 1 MSRP: $135,700 (base) Other current offering: BMW of Humboldt Bay in McKinleyville, CA, offering a gray over gray leather i8, with 14 miles, for $259,995. 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia Spider bumpers are starting to pickle, and one hubcap is dinged, but rest of chrome is okay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $41,847. Imported from Australia in 2009, and a cheap SL. Perhaps it was the slight air of Bluesmobile about it, but I liked the body-colored steels. #111-1977 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 1162111420. Eng. # D1190062. Yellow/blue velour. RHD. Odo: 66,153 miles. Fairly neglected, although apparently has just been put back on the road, having #124-1980 VOLVO 244 DL sedan. S/N 05244424. Beige/brown velour. RHD. Odo: 11,522 miles. Completely original “brick” that’s held up very well. Likely original paint, unworn interior, perfect uncracked dash and top. Motor tidy and original. Nobody say “SBC conversion.” Cond: 2. SOLD AT Date sold: 12/08/2014 eBay auction ID: 301431132665 Seller’s eBay ID: garageman2005 Sale type: Used car with 1,074 miles VIN: ZFF68NHA3D0191076 Details: Nero over Rosso leather; 4.5-liter V8 rated at 561 hp, 7-spd dual-clutch F1 transmission, RWD Sale result: $295,900, Buy It Now, sf 177 MSRP: $257,412 (base) Other current offering: Ferrari/Maserati of Scottsdale in Scottsdale, AZ, asking $292,000 for a Giallo Modena over Nero leather, 1,170-mile Italia Spider. 2012 Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport $7,096. Two owners and very low mileage make this special, even if it is a hearing-aidbeige Volvo. Fetched almost the same as the even “newer” 1987 340 GL that ACA sold in April (£5,250, about $8k), with enough left in the kitty for the trilby you’ll need to wear at the wheel for the full effect. © Date sold: 12/05/2014 eBay auction ID: 301425180130 Seller’s eBay ID: smcclj Sale type: Used car with 5,078 miles VIN: VF9SK2C27CM795052 Details: Black over red leather; 8.0-liter quad-turbocharged W16 rated at 1,001 hp; 7-spd DSG, AWD Sale result: $1,900,000, Buy It Now, sf 8 MSRP: $1,400,000 (base) Other current offering: Chicago Motor Cars offering an 11,552-mile, black over black 2006 Veyron for $1,095,000. ♦ 140 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report Global Auction Highlights ENGLISH #567-1937 FRAZER NASH TYPE 55 roadster. S/N EL1566. Eng. # UMB1563. British Racing Green & yellow/black leather. RHD. Nicknamed “Toad” by someone along the line, it is a copulation of various parts, assembled most likely in the early 1950s. Rather scruffy bodywork and old paint. Bodywork is believed to be from Leacroft, but no Only 400 miles since restoration — 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 coupe, sold at $308,000 MOTOSTALGIA AUCTIONS D’ELEGANCE Location: Austin, TX Date: November 1, 2014 Auctioneers: Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 62/90 Sales rate: 69% Sales total: $4,236,910 High sale: 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, sold at $357,500 Buyer’s premium: 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Doug Schultz Buick V6 engine-swapped — 1972 Opel GT coupe, sold at $5,832 DAN KRUSE CLASSICS — HILL COUNTRY CLASSIC Location: Austin, TX Date: September 26–27, 2014 Auctioneers: Daniel Kruse, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 81/192 Sales rate: 42% Sales total: $1,331,154 High sale: 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $65,610 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Cody Tayloe tag or provenance to confirm it. (I rather doubt that the plywood flooring is OEM spec.) Older black leather seating. 1951 AC engine. Prewar BMW front suspension. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. U.K. ownership traceable to 1965, then imported to the U.S. in 1986, before most Le Mans replica cars like it were put together in the early 1990s. I don’t see this bitsa finding a better offer anywhere else. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #550-1949 ALLARD MODEL M con- vertible. S/N 1051B. Dark blue metallic/gray cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 46,702 miles. Assigned Missouri VIN DRMV80000156776MO. Pretty decent trim-off repaint. Most major trim replated. One driving light concealed behind grille. Modern motorcycle turn signals should be concealed, as there are perfectly good trafficators still in place. Wellreupholstered interior. Ford flathead V8 punched out to 274 ci, with speed modifica- An MGA worthy of the term “restored,” — 1959 MGA roadster, sold at $31,500 THE BRANSON AUCTION Location: Branson, MO Date: October 16–17, 2014 Auctioneers: Ben DeVore, Brian Marshall Automotive lots sold/offered: 117/200 Sales rate: 59% Sales total: $2,764,485 High sale: 1966 Gotham Cruiser, sold at $150,000 Buyer’s premium: 8%, included in sold prices Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson This one sparked a bidding war — 1973 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 SUV, sold at $42,135 GREENSBORO AUTO AUCTIONS Location: Greensboro, NC Date: November 6–8, 2014 Auctioneers: Mike Anderson, Eli Detweiler, Ricky Parks Automotive lots sold/offered: 326/497 Sales rate: 66% Sales total: $7,083,437 High sale: 1969 Shelby GT500, sold at $88,510 Buyer’s premium: $500 up to $8,000, 6% thereafter, included in sold prices Report and photos by James Grosslight tions from various eras, such as Offy heads and dual 2-bbl intake, modern 12-volt alternator, and electric fan. Converted from column shift to floor shift with a circa 1939 transmission. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. One of 500 model Ms built 1946–49. With the various tweaks, bobs and bobbles, this comes off more like a garage-built California hot rod than a street-going production Allard. I’d say bid under the money, but the assigned VIN makes this look like a realistic offer. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #554-1952 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 674045. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 34,466 miles. High-quality older restoration 142 Sports Car Market


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with some recent fluffing. Excellent repaint. Most brightwork replated, including under the hood, where the cam covers are hyper-polished. Generally tidy undercarriage; all fasteners corrosion-free. Repop bias-ply tires show age. Light wear starting to show on the seat leather. Carpet fit isn’t all that great. Dashboard upholstery starting to lift around some of the gauges. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $86,400. While the car is still quite good, there are some areas that could’ve easily been touched up for better presentation (or tucked in, in the case of the carpeting). Good colors overcame the minor shortcomings for a good payday for the consignor. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #158-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 coupe. S/N LML793. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 33,837 miles. Looks superb at first, with only 400 miles since restoration. Upon closer inspection, several issues noticeable. Ding and pronounced bubbling on front right wheel opening. Ding with paint cracking on left quarter-panel. Chrome on rear bumper, gas cap, taillight bezels, and right front bumper guard shows age. Minor waves and orange peel on passenger’s side. Left door and hatch could be better aligned. Excellent glass and wheels. Interior immaculate other than slight orange peel on rear of fold-down rear seat. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $308,000. Recently sold at the Mecum Monterey auction on August 16, 2014, for $221,400 (SCM# 247827). This was not a concours-winning show car, but it was definitely presentable. I’d say the consignor got all the money and then some. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #260-1956 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD I saloon. S/N LSYB2. Eng. # 001. Black/tan leather. Odo: 32,656 miles. Owned by and built for Cary Grant. Signed owner’s manual. Previously displayed in a museum. Mileage believed actual. Factory LHD. Dealer installed a/c. Older repaint with a few dimples on rear deck and mask lines. Chrome is a little lackluster and shows polishing scratches throughout. Original interior. Seat February 2015 143


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Roundup hole comes off as an afterthought, with the modern leather knob looking out of place. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,000. One of 83 built, leather stressed but fully intact, with no rips or holes. Wood is outstanding for a car of this age. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $60,480. Phone and Internet shoppers looking for a piece of celebrity history dominated the bidding here. The car itself is significant for a Rolls, as it reportedly could be one of the first, if not THE first, left-hand-drive Silver Clouds delivered to the U.S. The 001 engine number further adds to the collectibility. Offered at no reserve; the market is now set on another rolling piece of Hollywood history. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/14. #543-1959 MGA roadster. S/N HDR4314024. British Racing Green/black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 25,123 miles. Restored a decade ago to concours standards, then used very sparingly. Fitted with stock radio blanking plate and luggage rack, plus aftermarket wind wings. Painted knockoff wire wheels shod with modern radial tires. Excellent bare-body repaint. Better door fit than usual. All chrome has been replated, at least to original quality. in 1959. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $63,800. This car should be a lot of fun. Set up for SCCA roadcourse racing. This car has been auctioned several times over the past few years (SCM# 185096, 227557, 253228). Most recently, it was a no-sale at $55k at the Mecum Monterey auction in August (SCM# 248247). I thought the sale price was a touch high, but it looked like a turn-key, streetable racer. The new owner can get his weekend Stirling Moss gratification immediately, and that’s gotta be worth some bucks. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. BEST BUY #228-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY BUGEYE SPRITE roadster. S/N AN5L30817. Light blue/tan canvas/ black leather. miles. Older restoration. Paint very well kept. Several areas reveal prep issues with fisheyes throughout. Overspray on hard-top rubber. Dry and cracked windshield seal. Scratches in glass. Brightwork in decent shape except for scratched headlight bezels. Well-sorted interior. Carpets clean and show three of which were LHD. Now more of a mutt than a greyhound. Personally, I’d have taken a little more effort to find the correct powertrain for a car of such limited production—especially since it’s found in a common English sedan—but then I wasn’t the one with the pile of parts sitting in my shop, either. Originally bid to $24k on the block; post-event results show it sold for this much, around the value of the sum of its parts. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #ST0045-1966 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III convertible. S/N 29KRUH8415. Metallic silver/black/red leather. 2013 restoration. Nice quality paint. Chrome is pitted, showing damage. Carpet a bit sloppy. Body panels not a great fit. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,605. Aside from the great paint job, it looks like they Excellent upholstery work, with a center armrest added that blends in well. Modern seatbelts. Concours-quality engine bay detailing, ready to show as-is. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $31,500. An MGA worthy of the term “restored,” unlike the cars we usually see done over-the-top with things like polished stainless-steel exhaust systems and highly chromed wire wheels. The few liberties from stock can all be corrected in short order with a screwdriver. A good buy for the money. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #154-1959 MGA Twin-Cam coupe. S/N YM11955. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 27,707 miles. Looks good from 10 feet. Several chips on front from vintage racing. Minor chips on windshield. Significant fisheye on right front fender and hood, as well as around the lower deck lid. Cracking at rear of left door. Average interior appears well used but still functional. Most weather-stripping needs replacement. One of only 220 Twin-Cam MGAs produced 144 slight wear in driver’s footwell. Seat leather is holding up well. Engine is average quality and shows use. Odo reads zero. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,928. This Bugeye Sprite was prominently displayed to the right of the stage, where it attracted a lot of attention. It no-saled at Mecum’s Houston auction in April of 2014 with a high bid of $20k (SCM# 252455). Well bought today. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/14. #555-1963 AC GREYHOUND coupe. S/N 2548. Blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 200 miles. Modified from a roller, repowered with a 215-ci Triumph TR8 V8, T5 transmission and 1991 Ford T-bird limited-slip differential. Modern a/c and gauges, power steering. Entire electrical system uses modern streetrod-based harnesses. Hood louvers stamped in before the recent repaint and powertrain stuffing. Brightwork acceptable but not show-quality. Excellent seat and door panel upholstery workmanship. Gearshift poking through the rushed to get it to market. Carpet was not tacked down, convertible top does not fit well, body panels everywhere were not aligned... I’d recommend checking the frame for straightness. Buyer overpaid by about $10k. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/14. #628-1966 JAGUAR MK X sedan. S/N 1D75291BW. White/tan leather. Odo: 55,976 miles. Optional power window lifts. Period accessory Artic Kar a/c and Metravox AM/FM radio. Older repaint generally presentable, but is lighter and brighter than the original eggshell white found under the hood. Weak masking. Excessive door dings on both flanks. Dry-rotted door and windshield seals. Newer Sports Car Market


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Roundup carpeting and refinished woodwork. Serviceable original seats with that comfy lived-in look and feel. Modern speakers cut into door panels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,308. Powered by the same 4.2 I6 as an E-type, making it a rather understated Q-ship. The reserve was lifted at $15k, garnering one more bid to buy it, so both parties should be satisfied with the price. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #558-1970 JAGUAR XKE convertible. S/N 1R11309. Silver/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 65,642 miles. Recently completed concise restoration on a claimed rust-free car. Excellent bare-body repaint. Good panel gaps and door fit. Lightly pitted bumper chrome is okay for an original car but doesn’t match the rest of the restoration. Non-stock cloth top well fitted. Well-upholstered interior. Modern electronic stereo system retro-styled to harmo- bright and new. Rims are without curb scrub. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $10,600. I had trouble finding fault with this restoration—or was it a real 238-mile car from someone’s living room? Strong sale price and well worth it. Well bought and sold. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/14. nize with the original interior. Chrome wire wheels shod with radials. Authentically detailed under the hood, but with ceramic-coated exhaust manifolds. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $75,600. 1970 was the last full year of the traditional inline six-powered series II E-type. Considering that this one is lacking in a few details (like another $5k at the plating shop), this was fully priced. At least the new owner is a happy camper. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #512-1970 LOTUS ELAN Series 4 con- vertible. S/N 459706. British Racing Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 55,811 miles. Titled as a 1971, but built in December 1969. No top material, bows only—which may be one of the car’s strong points. Distressed older repaint, plenty of body damage, including a perforation in the fiberglass at the right rear corner. Front side marker lights are missing. Ill-fitting doors. Hood hinges replaced with shop-found bits. Strap aluminum hood stay. Modern alter- GERMAN #130-1936 BMW 319 Weinberger cab- riolet. S/N 58144. Eng. # 326011000. Light gray & black/black fabric/gray leather. Odo: 724 km. Really cute and uncommon car, draws a lot of attention. Light scratches on left front fender appear to be from a heavy-handed detailer and most likely can be polished out. Front bumper faded with some pitting. Other chrome presentable. Panel fit seems proper. Glass and top boot present well. No real issues with interior, but seats look uncomfortable. respectable, this was a healthy selling price. Rougher than a cob, so you might as well run it hard and flog it. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #FR0072-1976 MG MIDGET convert- ible. S/N GAN6UG174202G. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 238 miles. Rubber bumpers, great paint, great chrome. Top and interior show great fit. All body panels straight. Gauges #157-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 121040109501084. Silver/ red leather. Odo: 50,778 miles. Average paintwork with just some touched-up chips. Deck lid slightly up in rear. Bumpers need to be redone. Taillight lenses faded, with crack in right. Good glass. Surface rust on wheels. Weathered interior. Cracked leather on seats. A mostly original car that could be driven as-is but probably should be restored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $99,000. As we all probably know, 190SL prices have recently been following their larger 300SL cousins into the stratosphere. One could kick oneself for not buying that mint 190SL five years ago for $65k because it was too much money. Lot 177, the 1955 car, looked like a nicer example, but the bidders here factored in the restoration costs, and if the buyer can do most of the work himself, it’s probably a good deal. If he has to go outside, not so much. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #FR0019-1971 VOLKSWAGEN BEE- TLE convertible. S/N 1512203115. Orange/ black vinyl. Reportedly a frame-up restoration, but needs to be redone. Paint new but not good. Interior weak. Engine looks original. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,250. A good car to restart a restoration on. And everything needs restoring. The seller should be very happy with the sales price. The buyer should pay attention to this publication’s information on pricing and trends. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/14. nator, electric fan and somewhere down there is an a/c compressor. Dashboard has been cut for added a/c duct and control panel. Decent original seats. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $16,200. Since it essentially needs everything to make it 146 Unable to inspect top or engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $90,000. An unusual car seldom seen at auction, as the few built either change hands privately or are still over on the other side of the pond. This one, though, recently sold at the Russo and Steele auction in Monterey for $92,400 (SCM# 244798). Only 10 miles have been added over the past few months. You really can’t pick up a value guide and price a car like this. Since it sold within a couple thousand dollars of its previous sale, that’s apparently what the car is worth. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #223-1972 OPEL GT coupe. S/N 77289- 5351. White & black/black leather. Odo: 13,855 miles. Older amateur repaint with flaws and trash throughout. Touch-ups appear to have been done with Liquid Paper. Bubble on driver’s door. Rust on bumper painted over. Brightwork painted black. Crack in windshield. Aftermarket racing seats are too big, with windows almost touching upper bolsters when rolled up. Interior surprisingly clean and decent. Carpets are worn and everything else is mostly original. Ashtray suggests a one-time smoker’s vehicle, but that could have been Sports Car Market


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Roundup would’ve benefited from better prep. Slight hood bowing. Clean, tidy, stock engine bay. Odo: 81,344 miles. Well cared-for mostly original paint; prep issues indicate beak has likely been resprayed. Good door fit, and both door windows curtsy like they’re supposed to. Black-out trim on the mirror edges has some crazing and damage. Tidy, stock engine bay. decades ago. Buick V6 looks at home. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $5,832. Originally offered with a 1.9-L 90-hp I-4, but many Opel aficionados seeking more power opted for the 3.7-L Buick V6 engine swap, as seen here. Unfortunately, the fun factor is dialed down with this one’s 3-speed automatic. Thankfully the owner was realistic about the condition, despite all the money spent on mods. It has a few needs but at less than $6k, it’s hard to get in much of a bind here. Well bought. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/14. #211-1974 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412015210. Silver/ silver hard top/red leather. Odo: 97,201 miles. Said to be recently painted, but paint is far from fresh. Original trim is scratched and hazy. Wheels heavily pitting. Rubber original but in good condition. Driver’s seat is worn. Pencil-eraser-size hole in driver’s seat. Dashpad could be hiding typical cracks. Carpets original. Remnants of aftermarket decades-old electronic hardware in rust-prone right-side trunk well. Engine soiled and used. Appears to Center emblems on stock alloy wheels almost devoid of paint; modern performance radials are at about half their useful life. Runs out well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $7,992. My assistant didn’t think much of the period Euro-funk waving-checkered-flag motif, but to me—having lived in Germany when these were used cars in the techno-pop 1980s—it goes handin-hand with the car’s real character. (We didn’t see the motif here, since U.S.-bound cars had leather interiors.) Despite my usual warnings against gray market cars, this is one of the few worth getting. Well bought if the new owner knows the caveats of non-dealersupported cars. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #221-1986 VOLKSWAGEN VANAGON Westfalia Wolfsburg Edition camper van. S/N WV2XB0256GH092794. Light gold metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 166,271 miles. Consignor purchased from original owner in 2009. At that time, the motor was pulled and rebuilt. Original paint buffed into submission. Heavy wear on the blackened trim on all door handles. Door gaps okay. Aftermarket dashpad. Modern CD stereo poorly fitted into dash; speakers cut into doors. All the special camper goodies are in place and in pretty good shape. Class III hitch added out back (like it could Motor runs out well with a smooth idle and no smoke. Stock alloy wheels. Dealer-prep interior detailing. As is typical for this era, seat padding has settled and is very stiff, as is the seat leather itself. Optional power sunroof. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $12,500. The V8 variant of the 8 Series has less going for it than the V12. This era’s Nikasil cylinder borelined M60 V8s have a reputation for tending to lose compression, and anyway—it’s not like the V8 is any less electrically complex than the V12. Still, it’s one of the last modern Bimmers that really looks good. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #241-2006 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 4 lack recent maintenance. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,210. This 450SL was below average and appeared to have been stored outside. Despite the shortcomings on this example, now has got to be the time to get into the market on the R107s. The private market is signaling that the collectible value has already matured, with unrealistic asking prices in the stratosphere. Meanwhile, actual transaction prices at auctions are very reasonable on ones that change hands. The 560SLs of the late 1980s are more desirable than the earlier 450SLs. This one was a fair deal for all. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/14. #533-1980 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N 9289101276. Gold/brown & green cloth. Odo: 124,844 km. Well cared-for, mostly original car. Gray-market private import, retaining Euro-spec side marker lights, metric instrumentation, and cloth interior with wavingcheckered-flag motif. Original Blaupunkt tape deck. Dashboard cracking at corners of defroster vents. Mostly good original paint; roof 148 coupe. S/N WP0AA29976S715692. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 73,414 miles. Clean CARFAX. Door ding in driver’s door but no paint damage. Grooves in both sides of the chin from dragging on transporter ramps. Left rear tire is newer than the rest. Interior shows average wear. Few minor nicks on driver’s door pull. Navigation screen cuts off intermittently. Engine is clean and dry underneath. Aftermarket Fabspeed intake. Exhaust baffles have been removed, giving it a good grumble without being too overpowering. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,780. The 997 series is the better-re- pull anything more than the weight of its own accessories). Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,830. 1986 was the year that true Bugheads gave up on Type II vans, since the air-cooled 1.9-L boxer four gave way to a 2.1-L with—gasp!— a water pump. Gen-III vans don’t turn up too often anymore on the auction circuit. For onetenth the price of a first-generation or onethird the price of a second-generation, this is a Westie you not only can use for a weekend away, but is original enough that it should hold its value—or start to ratchet up in the not-so-distant future. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #289-1994 BMW 840I coupe. S/N WBAEF6327RCC89295. Black/gray leather. ceived second generation of the liquid-cooled 911, following the love-it-or-hate-it styling of the 996. This one was in the mid-range of naturally aspirated Carerra coupes, a step above the standard 2-wheel drive, but not the higher performance “S,” nor was it well optioned with popular extras such as the Chrono Package. It sold at Leake’s Dallas auction in the winter of 2013 for $34k (SCM# 234975). 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Roundup ITALIAN #214-1990 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER 2000. S/N ZARBA12G0L6002084. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 27,533 miles. Imperfections noted in recent average-quality repaint. Original trim in good overall condition. Soft top appears original; cloudy plastic backlight. Power antenna inoperable. Interior could use some attention. Passenger’s door speaker unsecured and barely hanging on. Seats show use but are in decent overall condition. Gauges clear and easy to read. Original carpets #127-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A2M008699. Rosso Corsa/tan leather. Odo: 8,288 miles. A lowmile looker with original paint that still shows very well. Right headlight bucket slightly out of alignment. A few chips and touched-up scratches on front bumper. Noticeable buff marks around Pininfarina emblem on left quarter-panel. Glass good. Interior like new, with just some slight wear on driver’s seat. slightly worn. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $4,860. A low-mileage, running, driving Italian roadster for less than five grand. Although not perfect, this one had the more desirable manual transmission and upmarket Veloce trim with leather seats and alloy wheels, and the recent paint set someone back a few bucks, which was likely not recouped in the sales price. Sure, there are others in the price range, but not in this condition. Downright cheap here. Dan Kruse Classics, Austin, TX, 09/14. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $93,500. 1991 was the final year of production for the Testarossa, with many collectors considering it to be the most desirable year. Well-presented Testarossas have been ticking up nicely over the past several years. With that in mind, this sweet, low-mileage example sold square in the middle of its current value range. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #572-1995 FERRARI F355 Spider. S/N ZFFPR48A5S0103329. Rosso Corsa/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 19,034 miles. Actual miles. Alloy wheels have plenty of curb rash; even the tire sidewalls are scrubbed pretty well. Good original paint, some polishing swirls and chips on the nose. Engine bay could stand to be cleaned up. Undercarriage ignored since new. The same can be said of the interior, which has heavier seat wear and soiling in all seat pleats and interior seams. Heavily faded, worn and dirty Ferrari-logo floor mats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $47,520. While the miles were lowish, they certainly weren’t pampered. The 96k-mile C5 Corvette that I drove here was better detailed after I recycled the pop cans lying on the floor that I drank en route. Heck, my leather seats were concours-quality compared with these. And think: This is about due for service (which may well cost as much as my C5’s current value). Sold well. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. JAPANESE #107-1970 DATSUN 240Z coupe. S/N HLS3006116. Blue/black leather. Odo: 57,104 miles. Beautifully restored early Z that presents well. Immaculate paint with just a little orange peel that can be buffed out. BB-sized chip behind left headlight. Small scratches on cowl. Passenger’s door a touch out of alignment at bottom. Rubber bumper-surrounds spotted. A couple tiny chips in windshield. Mint interior appears original. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,700. A national award-winner with only 250 miles on the restoration, this car was as nice as they get. Other than the aftermarket wheels, attention was paid to a correct restoration. Previously sold at Mecum Seattle in June of 2014 for $18k (SCM# 255521). I estimated the value at $20k, give or take a grand, and hoped that I might buy it for $16,500. Two bidders had to have it, though, and bid it up incredibly. The consignor must have been a happy guy on this day. See the profile, p. 68. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #212-1971 HONDA N600 custom hatch- back. S/N AN6001034734. Red/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 84,805 miles. Aftermarket wheels and low-profile tires extend past the fenders by at least an inch. Decent repaint with decent masking, with non-stock pinstriping. After- 150 Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Recent sales of Japanese cars by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #171557553559-1967 TOYOTA STOUT pickup. S/N T67RK4117190. 86,200 miles. “Prior owner started the restoration. Truck does run. Interior nearly fully restored. Could use some paint and bodywork.” Condition: 3-. Roundup market window tint. Dry-rotted body seals. Selective replating of major trim pieces, such as the bumpers, but mostly original brightwork. Rear license plate housings removed, with decorative studs filling the holes. Faded taillights. Seats reupholstered. Custom dashpad. Aftermarket steering wheel and years. Missing the interior roof lamp housing, with wires dangling out of the hole in the headliner. Dingy engine compartment shows effort to keep it running, despite a little rod SOLD AT $6,700. They have a “stout” presence but make just 60 hp, compared with 108 hp from the little (neither high nor luxurious) Hilux that followed. I think you might be able to buy a clean, running truck for this price, but they come to market rarely enough that it’s also a case of “find another.” eBay Motors, December 2, 2014. #201199997425-1967 TOYOTA CORONA. S/N T67RT4347556. 43,000 miles. “Stored in a California shipping container for many years. Body and trim near mint. Original interior with no rips. New tires for safety’s sake.” Condition: 2+. skull shift knob. Cleaned-up engine bay with aftermarket air cleaners. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,776. Wearing current-issue California plates, here’s another example of how 1970s Japanese cars have become the happenin’ thing out there. By and large, middle America doesn’t get it, nor do they really care if they do. As such, it was picked up by a dealer once the bidding ceased after the $6k reserve was passed. Not much profit here, as it last sold almost a year ago at McCormick’s Palm Springs sale for $6,825 (SCM# 242900). Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #FR0159-1973 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 SUV. S/N FJ40138137. Bluegray/black vinyl. Odo: 61,000 miles. Very fine paint job, even panel gaps, clean undercarriage with all the correct factory parts. Engine and compartment look factory fresh. Painted bum- SOLD AT $5,505. I’ve been shopping for one of these frumpy things for about a year and was planning to spend about $2k. Bonhams is offering an ex-Martin Swig 2-door Corona in Arizona, which I assume will make it into the five-digit range. I think I’ve missed the boat. eBay Motors, October 28, 2014. #181578378733-1972 DATSUN 510 wagon. S/N PL510. “No rust, body very straight. I am second owner. Everything redone. Paint is very nice, interior is all new. Slotmags and diamond-plate mudflaps added. Automatic transmission.” Condition: 2. pers and white-painted grille. Dash perfectly appointed like the rest of the interior. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,135. Flawless FJs continue to bring huge prices, and this one sparked a bidding war. Well sold, but this is the market. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 11/14. AMERICAN SOLD AT $8,400. Someone spent a lot on this one, but the details weren’t obsessively correct, and it had an automatic transmission. So I want to call it well sold, but this is how the market moves. There was hot debate around the SCM editing table whether 510 wagons deserved the bump from “D” Investment Grade to “C.” We eventually settled on “C.” eBay Motors, November 12, 2014. ♦ 152 #503-1921 HAYNES LIGHT SIX Model 47 opera coupe. S/N 40149. Black/gray broadcloth. Odo: 20,534 miles. Period-accessory “fat man” adjustable steering wheel. Painted wood-spoke wheels and older replacement tires. Old repaint with chipping along belt line revealing aluminum bodywork. Crease on hood. Dull trim. Decent door fit, considering age and wood body framing. Period Masonic lodge decal in windshield. Good reupholstery work in recent BEST BUY window frames. Tidy and generally stock under the hood. Corrosion below the coolant hose intakes on the heads. Light wear on the seat bottoms and carpeting. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $43,200. One of 980 convertible sedans, from Ford’s final year of this body style (at least until the 1961 Lincoln Continental). Not so scruffy that it needs to be redone, but there’s plenty of room for it to be spiffed up before thinking about showing it even locally. As such, it was fully priced. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #579-1941 PACKARD 110 Deluxe con- vertible. S/N 588895. Ivory & maroon/ maroon cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 4,477 miles. Well-reupholstered interior, generally close to stock style but with generic seat and doorpanel pleats. Overdrive indicator on dash but not an overdrive-equipped car. Gauges are foggy. Good trim-off repaint. Fuel-filler door won’t close flush with the fender. Replated Sports Car Market knock. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,400. Haynes— self-described as “America’s First Car”— dates back to the Haynes-Apperson of the late 1890s. At three grand in 1921, this was quite a prestigious car. Today, I felt that it didn’t get enough respect for what little it sold for—even if the reserve was surpassed at $4,300, which leads me to suspect that the consignor was scared about having to open up the engine. Well bought if you have a machine shop, and not too bad even if you just have mechanical ability. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #541-1940 MERCURY EIGHT 4-dr con- vertible. S/N A09A74783. Maroon/tan cloth/ tan leather. Odo: 26,245 miles. Typo on Missouri-issued title, comes with a state-issued correction form. Restored circa 2001, but not to concours quality and used some since then. Trim-off repaint has an authentic pre-war enamel sheen to it. Lots of overspray and cobwebs on bottom of the car. Varying brightwork quality. Reproduction headlight trim, good bumper replate, foggy original plating on vent


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Roundup bumpers, but lightly pitted pot-metal trim. Reproduction Doughnut Pusher hood ornament. No body tag on cowl. Motor repainted in non-stock shade of green. Engine bay is clean and functional. Push-button AM radio and clock. Dealer-installed heater. Cond: 3+. Gold/black hard top/black & white vinyl. Odo: 49,587 miles. 312-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Overall, an attractive E-bird with just a few cosmetic issues. Hood sits a tad high at both sides of the rubber bumpers. Some discoloration around passenger’s front fender vent. Touched-up chip on body under deck lid. SOLD AT $29,700. Notice the four stainless trim bars on the bottom of the fenders? That’s one of the easiest ways to tell a Deluxe model over a basic 110 or 120 in 1941. That’s also not assuming that someone made a standard 110 into a Deluxe. While the pre-war 8-cyl 120s had sufficient power, the commensurate sixes were always a gutless wonder, so they don’t make the best of touring cars. Shop-worn enough since it was restored that this price was about right, although the buyer got the better end of the deal. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #593-1950 LINCOLN COSMOPOLI- TAN limousine. S/N 50LP6237H. Dark blue/ black Pyroxylin/gray leather & gray broadcloth. Odo: 32,696 miles. 336-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. One of eight similar cars built for use by the Truman administration; this one stationed in New York City. Generally authentic restoration 15 years ago, earning a first in class at the 2002 Professional Car Society’s national meet. Since then mostly in museums and a personal collection. A few polishing swirls in the paint, plus a few gouges on the front fenders. Some weak chrome replating. Decent panel gaps. Lightly wrinkled front seat leather. Most inte- Slight buff marks on front bumper. No flaws spotted on optional hard top, although there is some scratching on body where it attaches. Tidy interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $60,500. Correctly restored, this car needed little. I talked to the owner, who had brought several cars to sell. He indicated that he hadn’t known it was an E-code Bird when he purchased it and was pleasantly surprised. The car sold post-auction, and the buyer got a good wholesale deal. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #561-1958 BUICK SPECIAL wagon. S/N 4E2009037. Red/red & white vinyl. Odo: 91,464 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optional power steering, power brakes, windshield washer, and push-button AM radio. Repainted in recent years, but not to highest standards. So-so original chrome—and on a ’58 Buick, there’s a lot of it. Bumpers almost dull with some scratches from the reassembly process. Reprinted 1968 “Nixon Now” bumper sticker. rior plastic trim crazed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $105,300. A Henney-bodied Lincoln seems like an unusual thing, as the coachbuilder is generally associated with Packard, but they would have had plenty of experience with the rounded bodywork of the post-War Lincolns, as the post-1948 Packards were very similar. As Truman was the sole president to hail from the Show Me State (and one of the few Democrats Missourians generally like), I figured this car would do well here. However, since this car no-saled at Bonhams’ 2012 Scottsdale sale at $145k (SCM# 191705), I’ll call it well bought. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #112-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD Ecode convertible. S/N E7FH318301. Sun 154 Door gaps and fit are okay. Newer glass, but vent windows are delaminating. Reupholstered seats and door panels. Dull interior chrome. Older motor repaint now getting dusty. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $23,220. Incorrectly labeled by the consignor as a Century, as the Century wagon was the 4-door hard-top Caballero. Not the most stellar example out there, this one surpassed the reserve of $19k and garnered a few more bids. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #123-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 40837S101929. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 21,687 miles. 327-ci 375-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Gorgeous paint with no visible cracks or chips. Superb panel fit. Bumpers nice, with just some pitting and rust on underside of rears. Wheels slightly aged. Small areas of rust and buff marks on windshield chrome. Windshield good, but all other glass has scratches. Interior in mint condition. Undercarriage detailed but shows some miles. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,550. A stunning, Sports Car Market


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Roundup Cond: 3. SOLD AT $11,000. My guess is that this was a little ol’ lady car, and when she started to ding it up, it got parked. Not entirely a bad way to buy them, provided they get awakened properly. Originally went off the block as a no-sale at $10k, but a deal came together by the end of the weekend. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #265-1964 STUDEBAKER GRAN TUR- numbers-matching Fuelie in a desirable red/ red. The catalog mentioned documentation including window sticker and Protect-O-Plate, but at the sale, they indicated that the documents were lost in transit. The price paid seemed in line, and both buyer and seller should be satisfied. Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. #258-1964 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE 2-dr hard top. S/N 8641015173. Tahitian Yellow/green vinyl. Odo: 13,006 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. With a/c, tilt column, power windows and seat, power trunk release, power antenna for the push-button AM radio, and wire wheel covers. Pretty paint, but not well applied or masked. Otherwise original. Trim and chrome could use some tending to—espe- ISMO HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 64V1385. Maroon metallic/gray & maroon vinyl. Odo: 89,921 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Titled on engine number 64VK6135. Modern add-on a/c. Good repaint in non-stock hue over mediocre body prep; filler cracking out where front fender emblems used to be. Low-budget replating. Halogen lamps. Faded plastic emblems. Non-stock upholstery work, but done fairly well. Indoor/outdoor plastic carpeting (handy if the windows seals leak). Aftermarket #610-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS coupe. S/N 124377L120074. Marina Blue/ blue vinyl. Odo: 67,665 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory-optional Powerglide automatic, front bench seat, tilt steering column, and deluxe seat belts. Also an original a/c car but converted to a modern compressor plumbed with R134a. Trim-off repaint in recent years. Lousy driver’s door fit, but good on passenger’s side. New seat upholstery, door panels and dashpad. Rather dingy engine bay. cially the “park by braille” front bumper. Aftermarket tri-bar headlight diffuser on the high beams. Excellent original interior. Rattle-can detail job under the hood. Newer pieced-in sock-style muffler on mostly original pipes. steering wheel. Non-stock carburetor on adapter plates; aftermarket air cleaner. Modern power brake booster and dual master cylinder. Aftermarket alloy wheels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,010. We tend to see most ’64 GT Hawks with some degree of modification for some reason. They were the hot ticket from Studebaker if you wanted a steel-bodied car, and they seem to attract the drive-and-modify crowd. This helps reinforce the increasing values for stock, original cars. Originally went off the block as a no-sale at $10k, but was a post-block sale by the end of the weekend. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $24,300. The bench seat is one of those “rare, but so what?” options, but coupled with the tilt steering column, it gets desirable and spurs the teenagers-at-thedrive-in wisecracks. Hopefully, this one will stay as-is and not get swapped for a beefier engine and transmission. Maybe not a best buy, but the new owner certainly didn’t get screwed, either—provided he bought it just to drive and enjoy. Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14. #120-1970 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194370S413806. Donnybrooke Green/green vinyl. Odo: 62,778 miles. 350-ci 370-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Immaculate fresh paint on a dead-straight body. Good panel fit other than the passenger’s door that needs adjusting. Bumpers in good condition with some scratches on right front. Rocker panel chrome slightly faded. Some scratches on driver’s door glass. Stained chrome on passenger’s T-Top. Cowl up slightly, with a windshield wiper peeking out. Interior in good order, with just a blemish on console door. No reserve. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,100. This car recently sold at Leake OKC in February for $22,000 (SCM# 245550) and then at Leake Dallas in April for $22,500 (SCM# 251493). Since then, new paint, seats and other items were added. The car performs well, and I hope to enjoy driving it for years to come. Since a decent, documented, numbers-matching LT-1 is hard to find south of $50k, I’d like to think it was slightly well bought? Motostalgia, Austin, TX, 10/14. © 156 Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Laugh if you want to, but my brother got the one we made out of the front of his car and the back of my bike. — Nathan Maddox, Springfield, IL This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: January 25, 2014 RUNNER-UP: Proof that motor- cyclists sometimes miss the back seat on date nights. — James S. Eubanks, Marietta, GA Classic VW fastback, no panel-alignment issues. However, mismatched rubber and obviously dirty jambs. Includes aftermarket quick-ratio steering upgrade. — Gary Fluke, Snohomish, WA Before they became rich and famous on reality TV, it is rumored that certain long haired/ bearded Louisiana duck hunters created this as their first ATV. — Frank Koch, via email Bob just got a ticket from the fashion police for wearing white socks with black pants and black shoes. — David Libby, West Des Moines, IA Comments With Your Renewals A dark and cold shadow was cast over me just thinking I wouldn’t receive my SCM! Love the magazine! — Mark Mitchell, Saint Joseph, IL An article on the rarest of all “pony” muscle cars — the 1968–70 AMX by Little American Motors?! A real “sleeper.” — Robert Ulbricht, Spring Valley, WI Keep up the good work! — Robert Davis, Avon by the Sea, NJ 158 Hatchback, notchback, squareback, and now the hogback! — Luke Kowalski, San Mateo, CA From the rickshaw section of the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI The driver wanted a good biker run, but the passenger was two-tired. — Dennis d’Andrea, Wainscott, NY After 25 years, Jon knew the key to marital harmony was compromise. He wanted a motorcycle; she wanted a car. — Marty Orgel, San Anselmo, CA A-pillars are overrated. — Nor- man Vogel, San Francisco, CA This stylish Town Car conver- sion has added to the utility, the sophistication, and of course, Bring back Alfas — more models and more quickly! — Gordon Hyde, Bothell, WA I love your magazine. It’s fun, informative and often amusing. Happy to see MG TC upgraded to B investment. — Tim Arnold, Olympia, WA Love the long articles and detailed cases and description. The more European cars, the better. Appreciate all the work you do. — Thomas Barratt, Chagrin Falls, OH Give a little more coverage to the lower the value of this vehicle. HOW COULD IT NOT? — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Volkswagen, schmolkswagen, I know a “knuckle head” when I see one. — Steve Schefbauer, Monroe, CT Proof that V-Dubs eat Hondas for breakfast. — Douglas Knight, Cherry Hill, NJ This is going to be the best prom night ever! — Harvey end of the market. I don’t care for more multi $ and Ferraris. I enjoy the legal column and car profiles. — George Jewett, Marietta, GA I got the bug when I saw my first MG TC back in 1948. Had no idea what it was, but loved it. First car, while in college, was a ’35 Buick convertible. It was a two-seater (!) with a rumble seat and outside spare. Ran like a train. Should have kept it. We all should have kept all of them! Here’s a Lotus story. After two years in the Army, I worked Hushman, Vancouver, WA There will be clear indications when Uber starts going under. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA Imagine riding in the back seat during a snowstorm! — Oliver Collins, Toronto, CAN Nathan Maddox wins a Sports Car Market ball cap for his unique perspective on a unique, well, vehicle, but he has to wear the cap backwards. © at Seeley Turner Foreign Cars in Yellow Spring, OH. We sold everything (Jaguar, Triumph, Deutch-Bonnet, DKW, Panhard, others, and Lotus.) Someone from Cleveland ordered a Club Lotus (tiny open racer) about 1960. He came down to pick it up and said he was going to drive it to Florida! No, man, don’t do that. It has no top, no place for luggage. He wouldn’t listen to reason, so we lashed his suit bag over the back of the car (boy, did it look ludicrous!) and he took off. Somewhere on the way, it rained, he got pneumonia, and broke the frame going over a railroad track. When we got it back, finally, and repaired it, Dick Turner drove it home to Cleveland one night. We stood around outside in the dusk and listened to that Coventry Climax wail through the night for miles until the sound finally faded. Memories, man. Love SCM. — Ted Weatherup. Springfield, OH Thank you all for your continued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap.


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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 www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: 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. Snail mail: 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. English 1939 Bentley 4½ Litre Sports roadster in a private collection in San Diego, CA, and shown at local Jaguar concours events. The car is in great running and driving condition. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/434 (CA) 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe Customer’s choice/customer’s choice. I6, 4-spd manual. Matching numbers, completely new alloy body built in 2014, known history from new, mechanically excellent. Price is for the finished car. Please feel free to visit our website for additional photos. $198,000 OBO. Contact Guenter, Oldtimergalerie Rosenau, Email: info@oldtimergalerierosenau.de Web: www.Oldtimergalerie-Rosenau. de (GERMANY) 1961 Jaguar E-type SR I ‘’Flat Floor’’ Roadster British Racing Green/light tan. I6, manual. I am selling my three-owner TR6 (27 years with original owner, second seven years and eight with me). Sold new at Continental Cars in Austin, TX, and still a Texas car. It never had any rust and looks very good inside and out. Refurbished engine, gearbox, carburetors, dash, instruments, etc. Time for me to move on to something else. Thanks $14,500 OBO. Contact Ben, 512.750.4230, Email: ben@txsunandshade. com (TX) 1977 Jaguar XJ6C saloon S/N 1E32782. Opalescent Silver Gray/red. 105,732 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Matching numbers, limited ownership California XKE with mostly original features. The car retains its original interior, along with numerous driving upgrades such as headers, stainless exhaust, aluminum radiator with aux. fan, and bullet mirrors on both fenders of the bonnet. Recently serviced by Classic Showcase. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/446 (CA) 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe Silver/black leather. 63,000 miles. I6, 3-spd automatic. Barn-find XJ6C project. One owner; parked 25 years ago. Body and interior in very good shape. Engine out car. No rot and only minimal surface rust dots along sills. Fairly rare, roughly 4,000 imported to U.S. Needs someone to bring this car back to its former glory. $3,500 OBO. Contact David, 860.398.1732, Email: E4wBrill@aol.com Web: www.autoarcheologist.com (CT) 1992 Morgan +8 roadster S/N 875978. Opalescent Silver Blue/dark navy blue. 54,500 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Rare ‘61 “Flat Floor” E-type. Removable hard top, matching numbers, Heritage Certificate, documented concours restoration, three owners from new, correct ‘61 interior with RACE trim and high-performance package. Porcelain/stainless-steel exhaust system, correct ‘61’62 steering wheel, original radio, tonneau cover, boot cover, rare ‘61 tools/jack, manuals and more. Serious inquiries only. Contact Gene, 612.298.5648, Email: gene.berghoff@gmail.com Web: www. customshowboards.com/61jaguar (MN) 1965 Jaguar E-type convertible S/N 1E31482. Opalescent Blue/dark blue. 81,988 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful matchingnumbers XKE is a California black-plate car with low original miles. It has been professionally restored to a show/driver level and comes in its spectacular original color combination. A Heritage Certificate and DVD of the restoration process is included. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com Web: classicshowcase.com/index. php/inventory/detail/377 (CA) 1967 Sunbeam Tiger convertible British Racing Green/Camel. 6,570 miles. V8, 5-spd manual. BRG/Camel leather, great color combination. Rover 3.9-L V8. Runs and drives beautifully. Original unrestored, excellent condition. Wonderful original interior/seats with a Nardi wheel. Complete weather equipment: tonneau, top, side curtains. $64,900 OBO. Contact Chuck, Central Classic Cars, 419.618.3855, Email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com Web: www.centralclassiccars.com (OH) 1995 Jaguar XJS convertible S/N 1E10758. Opalescent Silver Blue/dark blue. I6, 4-spd manual. This beautiful and professionally restored car comes in its original color combo, and has been driven sparingly since restoration. Has been Blue/black. V8, 4-spd manual. Non-original 302 V8 S/N SAJNX2749SC197498. Sea Green Metallic/magnolia. 61,000 miles. V6, 4-spd auto- S/N 10704412015437. Silver metallic/black. 130,468 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Every option, rare black hard top, black wheel covers, fitted with indestructible M-B 117 V8 4,520-cc/190-hp, Bosch fuel-injected engine. Second owner since 1978, meticulously maintained, with service records. Outstanding condi- S/N 9110301626. Black/black. 60,500 miles. H6, 5spd manual. Original Southern California numbersmatching car. Factory options with limit-slip, driver’s sport seat and sway bars. Further factory upgrades include H1 headlights, horn grille fog lights, aluminum license plate panel, 7R-style wheels, shorter gears. Engine rebuilt to 2.5 short-stroke specs. Great event Porsche. Contact Paul, AutoKennel, 714.335.4911, Email: paul@autokennel.com Web: www.autokennel.com (CA) 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL convertible S/N 46864. Bleu Foncé/light gray Ostrich leather (dark blue piping). I6, 4-spd manual. Multiple award-winning show car built by Figoni et Falaschi Coachbuilders of Paris. Very elegant and unique model, exquisite color combo with dark blue top, restored by Delahaye experts. Numbers-matching, one-of-kind, blue-chip, investment-grade example for the discerning collector. Classic Showcase, 760.758.6100, Email: webmaster@classicshowcase. com Web: classicshowcase.com/index.php/inventory/ detail/271 (CA) German 1970 Porsche 911S coupe Black/magnolia. 5,000 miles. V8, automatic. This immaculate collectible is one of only 50 built. In showroom condition with all of the manuals and second sets of keys. $149,500. Contact Lauren, Email: lmh4842@aol.com (VA) French 1936 Delahaye 135 Competition disappearing-top convertible never rusted or hit, 4-wheel disc brakes. Excellent car in every respect. $37,900 OBO. Contact Lou, The Auto Gallery, 815.385.5014, Email: autogallerymuseum@yahoo.com (IL) 1972 Triumph TR6 convertible matic. 4.0-L. Leather interior with wood accents, stunning color combination, black power soft top. Always garaged, excellent condition, fog lamps, cruise control, front air bags, electric seats. $11,850. Contact Coleman, 804.380.9028, Email: tinkerhorse14@gmail.com (VA) 2002 Bentley Le Mans R coupe 160 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery tion—body, interior and mechanicals. Hero car from the film “True Colors.” $18,500. Contact Anne, Email: tinkerhorse14@gmail.com (VA) 1976 Porsche 914 2.0 convertible custom floor mats, custom car cover. New clutch, four new Michelin tires. See link for additional images. $24,900 OBO. Contact David, AutoArcheologist.com, Email: e4wbrill@aol.com Web: www.autoarcheologist.com (CT) Italian 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 replica targa S/N 4752403994. Summer Yellow/Cinnamon. 41,425 miles. H4, 5-sp manual. Two-owner, low-mileage, matching-numbers, fuel-injected 2.0-liter, with original drivetrain, paint, interior, etc. Porsche COA. Two sets of wheels—black aftermarket Type II with brand-new Michelins (shown) and set of BBS honeycombs (not shown). Straight body with minor chips/rust spots on fender lips and lower door edges. Tub and battery box are rust-free. Front air dam has curb damage (new replacement included). Engine, transmission, CVs are recently serviced. Car runs well. New brakes (rotors, rebuilt calipers, pads) on all four corners. Many factory upgrades. Non-original Blaupunkt CD/stereo with amp and speakers without any holes cut to return car back to stock (original stereo not available). Full details and many additional images available on Web link. $22,500 OBO. Contact Steve, 503.887.8894, Email: sportracer@earthlink. net Web: https://flic.kr/s/aHsjZ7Zy2f (OR) 1984 Mercedes 500 SEC coupe All maintenance records. Used regularly, owned since 1998. $46,000. Contact Robert, 509.447.3344, (WA) 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena coupe S/N 1260441059679. Midnight Blue/Midnight Blue. 88,000 miles. V8, automatic. Possibly the nicest and most original 500 SEC in much of Southern California. Always babied and never abused. A time capsule! $14,000 OBO. Contact Thomas, 818.634.1094, Email: tlkoob2001@yahoo.com (CA) 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet S/N ZFFYUS1A940121568. Argento/light gray & black. 32,000 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. Power Daytona seats, Challenge grilles, red calipers, 6-disc CD, clear bra, no body or paintwork. Books, records, monroney label, all fobs and keys, service complete. $69,500. Contact Bob, Maine Line Exotics, 207.590.0059, Email: enzo@gwi.net Web: mainelineexotics.com (ME) S/N WP0CB2966MS460901. Black/tan. 63,102 miles. H6, 5-spd manual. Spectacular condition with only 63k miles. The body is clean and straight and the paint is in excellent condition. The interior is in great condition too. Plus the car runs and drives excellent as a 63k-mile car should. You won’t be disappointed. $39,500. Contact Michael, 917.620.8158, Email: maxforza@aol.com (NY) 2001 Porsche Carrera convertible Speed Yellow/black leather. 26,606 miles. H6, 6-spd manual. Immaculate, second-owner car with low miles. Loaded, two tops, wind deflector with bag, Suzuka Blue/blue and black. 48,000 miles. Nearperfect condition. Leather interior, black factory hard top, new blue factory soft top. Completely stock except for new Kenwood stereo. Includes factory cover, hard-top dolly, hard-top cover, shop manual, tons of filters and other new parts. May consider trade for NSX. $27,000. Contact Steven, 760.741.7180, Email: S/N 7F93A628220. Lime Frost-Ford #2041-A/Ivy Gold Leather. 97,153 miles. V8, 4-spd automatic. Original California car. 289-4U A-code engine dress-up kit. C4 automatic, PS, PB, a/c, console, custom fabricated with XR7-G rear exhaust outlets, hood scoop and stylized steel wheels. Marti Report available. $25,000 OBO. Contact Paul, 248.647.1460, Email: farberman@aol.com (MI) S/N HU68. Black/black. 420 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. Lower Le Mans rear wing, fresh-heart 420R 300+hp motor. New stiffened tub, fresh transaxle, recently-dynoed double adjustable shocks, fourrace-old complete rebuild. Well sorted and ready to race. Two sets of wheels. $230,000. Contact Bart, Wolf Motorsport, 920.207.2511, Email: bwolf28@ yahoo.com (WI) Japanese 2006 Honda S2000 convertible Sebring Silver/Riverside Red. V8, 4-spd manual. Split-window, Tanker Z06. Bloomington Gold, NCRS. Hall of Fame and Special Collection. Price firm. $650,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 800.592.5086, Email: terry@proteamcorvette. com Web: www.ProteamCorvette.com (OH) 1967 Mercury XR7 Cougar 2-dr hard top steveandcate@hotmail.com (CA) American 1929 Ford Model A wagon 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe Tan & black/I4, manual. Underwent a complete frame-off restoration. Stunning wood, in nearperfect condition, 100% original. Located one hour from San Francisco. $40,000. Contact Wm. B., Email: billyoung1228@aol.com (CA) 1931 Pierce-Arrow Archer mascot S/N 5745. Red/maroon. 387 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Recreation by Italian Design & Racing. Six-year, fastidious build, FRP body, 550 Maranello V12, 600+ hp, inverted G-50 gearbox, targa with side windows, heat & a/c, blindingly fast. Ready for vintage racing or rallies. $249,500. Contact Bob, Maine Line Exotics, 207.590.0059, Email: enzo@ gwi.net Web: mainelineexotics.com (ME) 1985 Ferrari Testarossa coupe Exemplary NOS hood ornament. Near perfect with original bow and arrow. May be only one known to leave Ternstedt Manufacturing w/o nickel chrome plating. Bronze cast w/ all correct stampings. Never on a vehicle. It rode an executive’s desk for most of its life. Authenticated by Don Sommer. $2,600. Contact Stan, Email: bighifive@sbcglobal.net (TX) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe Riverside Gold/black. V8, automatic. Body-off restoration by Naber’s Brothers. Bloomington Gold and NCRS. One of only 17 automatic L-88s ever produced. Price firm. $650,000. Contact Terry, ProTeam Corvette Sales, Inc, 800.592.5086, Email: terry@ proteamcorvette.com (OH) 1969 Pontiac Firebird coupe S/N 22337LOR521513. Green/black. 100,000 miles. V8, 3-spd automatic. Strong running and aggressive. Freshly rebuilt four-bolt 350 with cam, headers, intake and carburetor. Rebuilt TH-350 transmission. Brand-new suspension, power disc brakes and fresh paint. Custom interior. Great driver/cruiser. $14,500 OBO. Contact Miles, Email: miles.slattery@gmail. com (TN) 2007 Chevrolet Corvette convertible Red & white/black. V8, 6-spd automatic. ”Retro ’58” classic look, comfort and reliability of a new ‘Vette. 400hp, power top, navigation, original owner, never damaged. Health forces sale. $25,500. Contact Dennis, 251.968.8141, Email: skfrazier1@hotmail. com (AL) Race 1974 Lola T-294 sports racer race car 162 Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) JR-Auctions. 1A Wyoming based Auctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs. The company boasts an expert team of specialists, who offer 180 years combined experience buying, selling, racing and restoring collector vehicles, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) company, founded by Robert A. Tybor, entrepreneur/businessman and Jeff Davi, Entrepreneur/ Real-Estate Broker. JR-Auctions will be hosting its first live/virtual Monterey Plaza Hotel classic Auto/Yacht Auction in Aug, 2015 overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay. For more information please visit our website jr-auctions.com or call to 844-572-8867. Accepting Consignments-please register online. You don’t want to miss it. state-of-the-art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com. Where Collectors Collect! See You On The Block! exciting automotive events like the U.S. Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectable cars, but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 717.243.7855. 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. Forty-two years later, the auction company has sold over 35,000 cars and currently holds auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Their unsurpassed customer service and fast-paced two-lane auction ring makes them a leader in the business. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of two reality TV series — “Fast N’ Loud” on Discovery and The Car Chasers on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics & exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Lucky Collector Car Auctions. Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan has personally has over $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara, manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) 888.672.0020. Lucky Collector Car Auctions is aptly named after Harold “Lucky” Lemay. Based in the majestic, pastoral ground of Marymount, home to the Lemay Family Collection Foundation near Tacoma, WA, the collection, formerly the biggest in the world, according to Guinness, now hosts an unrivaled event center, art collection and charitable foundation, which features two exceptional collector car auctions a year. www.luckyoldcar.com (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas Co. Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 Corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www. petersencollectorcars.com Mecum Auction Company. Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors FOLLOW SCM Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800.237.8954. Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach, FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate-controlled, 164 Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 262.275.5050. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 25 years, now offering more than 12,000 vehicles per year. Mecum Auctions is the world leader of collector car, exotics, vintage motorcycles and road art sales. Auctions are held throughout the United States and broadcast live on Velocity, Discovery Network. For further information, visit www.Mecum.com. 445 South Main Street Walworth, WI 53184. 262.275.5050 (WI) Rick Cole Auctions . Rick Cole conducted the first auction ever held in Monterey. His dozen successive annual events forever changed the landscape of the historic weekend. Next August, Rick Cole and Terry Price combine 70-plus years of professional client care to present an entirely new type of Monterey Auction experience, conducted at The Marriott Hotel. Limited consignment. Email: rickcole@rickcole.com Web: www.rickcole.com (CA) Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. A premier international collector car auction house offering the rarest and finest automobiles on the world market. Motostalgia publishes a full photographic catalog presenting and documenting professional descriptions and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse automotive experts offer bidders and consigners alike an accurate understanding of the global automotive market. With venues that parallel the most RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371. RM Auctions is the world’s largest collector car auction house for investmentquality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, from restoration to private treaty sales and auctions, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Alfa Romeo Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts four record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; Monterey, CA, every August; Las Vegas in September, and Scottsdale, AZ, every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele. com. (AZ) 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 through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our website for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) HoustonAutoAppraisers.com 877.845.2368 We provide certified auto appraisals and property damage estimates on new/used cars & trucks, classic, collectible & special-interest autos, commercial vehicles and other vehicles. We specialize in diminishedvalue appraisals, total-loss appraisals, presumptive-value appraisals, prepurchase inspections, auto loan appraisals, mechanics lien/documentation support,and much more. (TX) Celebrate your ownership experiMotostalgia. 512.813.0636. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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 A premier international collector car auction house and professional appraisal company. Motostalgia’s diverse and multilingual automotive experts offer collectors and investors alike an accurate understanding of the global and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s international offices have the capability of appraising collector cars around the globe. With decades of global collector car market knowledge our experts can accurately value your most prized automobiles, ranging from a single pre-purchase appraisal to full collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Automobilia The Vicari Auction Company hosts fast-paced, high-energy auctions along the Gulf Coast, offering an entertaining destination to car collectors, enthusiasts and travelers. The company prides itself on personal service, providing cars for everyone from the avid collector to the first-time buyer. For more information, contact Vicari Auction at 1900 Destrehan Ave., Harvey, LA 70058; call 504.875.3563; or visit www.vicariauction.com. (LA) 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 website for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. ence! Automotive designer & illustrator, Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques, eras, driven, concours and race. Ferrari- & Porsche-licensed Illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434. European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, CAR ART, INC. www.CarArt.us Worldwide Auctioneers. 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalogue-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) February 2015 Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. 206.467.6531. For over a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has been at the center of the world for collector cars changing hands. Their unparalleled experience in tracking valuations makes them uniquely capable of valuating the rare and unusual. Estates, settlements, collections, insurance. Let their billion dollars worth of experience supply the results you seek. “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian”. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) We are your one-stop shop for the World’s Finest Automotive Art. Choose from 1,300 artworks of 130 marques by 80 renowned fine artists, car designers and photographers. “Whether your preference is European sports and racing cars, American muscle or pre-war classics, you’ll find what you’re looking for.” — SCM. Founded in 2002 by Peter Aylett after 25 years in car design with Ford, GM, Lotus, Mercedes, Mazda and Nissan. Contact Peter at info@carart.us or call 949-433-0500 (CA) Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise 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) Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). 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 Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. We can 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. meet all your classic car needs with our unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Cosmopolitan Motors, LLC. LETTING GO! 847.774.4857. Use Joe’s 50+ years of experience for professional assistance in marketing your collector cars to get top dollar out of the marketplace. Joe Bortz, 10:00– 10:00 CST. BortzCars@gmail.com (IL) 206.467.6531. Experts in worldwide acquisition, collection management, disposition and appraisal. For more than a quarter century, Cosmopolitan Motors has lived by its motto, “We covet the rare and unusual, whether pedigreed or proletarian.” Absurdly eclectic and proud of it. Find your treasure here, or pass it along to the next generation. www.cosmopolitanmotors.com (WA) consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Woodies USA. 949.922.7707, Motor Classic & Competition. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more Classic Assets Motor Sports Cen- ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A first-rate used car dealership specializing in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as well as an eclectic private collection of investment-grade automobiles including classic cars, vintage rally cars and supercars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectible motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectible trades always considered. We are available to assist buyers and sellers with all aspects regarding classic cars including import and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter. com. (CA) than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 914.997.9133. Since 1979, we have been racing, restoring, servicing, buying and selling high-quality sports, racing and GT cars. Motor Classic & Competition is where enthusiasts find their dream. We specialize in Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lotus, Aston Martin, Ford GT40, Cobras and all European sports and vintage racing cars. www.motorclassiccorp.com 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. www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Passport Transport. 800.736.0575. Paul Russell and Company. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California visit Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world class facility houses 3 showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team, of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore visit www.heritageclassics.com 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) 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. L.A. Prep. 562.997.0170. L.A. ProTeamCorvette.com. Corvettes: Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com The Stables Automotive Group. Luxury Brokers International. 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car 166 480.699.3095. Arizona’s finest facility for automotive management and concierge services offers show car preparation, auction representation, storage and transportation. Single or multi-car collections are welcome in our climatecontrolled 20,000 sq. ft. facility located in Scottsdale’s Airpark, near January’s auction scene. Stop by and meet the owners, Steve and Chris, they’re on site every day. www.stablesgroup.comv 1953–1982. Over 10,000 sold since 1971! Money-back guarantee. Worldwide transportation. Z06s, L88s, L89s, LS6s, ZR2s, ZR1s, LT1s, COPOs, Fuelies, Special 425s/435s/RPOs. Call toll free 888.592.5086 or call 419.592.5086. Fax 419.592.4242, email: terry@proteamcorvette.com or visit our website: www.ProTeamCorvette.com. ProTeam Corvette Sales, 1410 N. Scott St., Napoleon, OH 43545. Special Corvettes wanted at CorvettesWanted.com! NCRS Member #136. Prep brings its 30 years of experience transporting vehicles for the automotive industry’s top manufacturers to discriminating luxury and exotic-car owners and collectors across the United States. Its highly skilled and experienced staff delivers an unsurpassed level of service and takes care of your car with the highest-quality equipment available in trucks and trailers that are as clean and well maintained as the valuable assets that they carry. www.LAPrepTransport.com Reliable Carriers, Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event, or shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com FOLLOW SCM Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Collector Car Insurance Fourintune Garages Inc. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select Get a quote, enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. 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) 262.375.0876. www.fourintune.com. Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (WI) J. J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! Finance Ferrari Financial Services. Kevin Kay Restorations. J.C. Taylor Insurance. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb, you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included, and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. 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. English 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) Events—Concours, Car Shows 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. German Aston Martin of New England. Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Grundy Worldwide offers agreed value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) 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) Hilton Head Island Motoring Fes- tival. The South; a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall - October 23rd to November 1st - in the land of southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete 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) 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) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini European Collectibles, Inc. 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 and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Carobu Engineering. 949.722.9307. Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high-performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. www.CAROBU.com. E-Type UK USA. An international specialist Jaguar E-type restoration and sales organisation with offices in both the U.K. and USA. E-Type UK USA are proud to announce the impending opening of their newly refurbished purpose built E-type showrooms and workshops designed to provide their USA clients with a real test of this famous English sports car. USA +1 805.267.6795 harry@etypeukusa.com www.etypeukusa.com February 2015 Radcliffe Motor Company. 410.517.1681. The Mid-Atlantic’s premier facility for the maintenance, repair, and light restoration of exotic Italian and fine European automobiles. Having gained the trust of the exoticcar community, we are known for our proficiency and workmanship. We host the annual Vintage Ferrari All Italian Car Event each May, and you are cordially invited to attend. Visit our website for more information about our shop, and see photos of past events. www.RMCCAR.com. Porsche of Bend. 800.842.1584. Located in Central Oregon since 1982, Porsche of Bend is the Northwest’s destination dealership for new and pre-owned Porsches. Formerly Carrera Motors, Porsche of Bend continues to proudly sell and service one of the most desired brand names in North America. www.bend.porschedealer.com (OR) dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. We have the largest indoor Recycling Facility for Porsches in the U.S. We specialize in used rebuilt and new parts for Porsche cars. Including all models of the 911, 912, Carrera and Turbo, 944 16 valve S, 924S, 951, 944 Turbo, 914-4, 167


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914-6 Boxster, 968, Cayenne,928, 928S, 928 S4 Vintage parts a specialty. We have an extensive inventory including used Porsche engines, transmissions, fuchs wheels, seats, brake upgrades, interior trim and suspension. No part is too small. We are a God-owned family business serving the Porsche community for over 25 years. www.dcauto.com 252-955-0110 (text) 252-977-1430 int’l Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Leasing Premier Financial Services is the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export nation’s leading lessor of vintage and exotic motorcars. Our Simple Lease Program is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as for those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination Program allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) events, concerts and even drive-in movies. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students/military and $8 for youth. ACM is free for members and kids 5 and younger. www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) important classics. Originality is essential, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. www.quicksilverexhausts.com SpeedFurniture.com. 844-GOLeMay Family Collection FoundaPutnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. Cosdel International Transportation. 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, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel. com. (CA) Italian For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than one million dollars, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Law Offices of Bruce Shaw Collector Car Fraud Specialists, www.shawlaws.com. A motorhead law firm with real practical knowledge and experience in the Collector Car Field. Experience: Chain of speed shops, Body Shops, Car Dealerships, former NCRS judge as well as licensed attorneys. Estate planning and divorce settlements concerning Collector Cars. 50 State Representation. 215.657.2377 Mercedes-Benz Ferrari & Maserati of Seattle. 206.329.7070. Family owned and operated, Ferrari of Seattle is Washington State’s only Official Ferrari dealer. Named “Ferrari Top Dealer-World Champion 2013,” our customer service and knowledge of the Ferrari brand is second to none. 1401 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122 www.ferrariofseattle.com The SL Market Letter. 612.567.0234. NOT just SLs but all rare and collectible Mercedes! A key resource on Mercedes since 1982. 100s of Mercedes for sale, market news, price analysis & special reports in every issue & website. 1 & 2 yr. subscriptions open the door to one-on-one SLML help finding & selling specific models. Ask about our private sales program. www.slmarket.com (MN) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s & ’60s. www.ferrari4you.com Museums tion at Marymount Events Center near Tacoma, WA, hosts an epic backdrop for your next event. Home to 500 fabulous collector cars, world-class art exhibits, and assorted ephemera, consider your next event here. Weddings, swap meets, conventions, auctions. The facility can likely exceed your expectations. Visit during the 37th annual open house along with 13,000 other enthusiasts. 253.272.2336 www.lemaymarymount. org (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care SPEED. Racing-Inspired Furniture, Ergonomic Racing Office Chairs, Streamlined Automotive Desks, Bar sets, Lounge Chairs, Bookcases, Tables & Accessories! Experience the highest quality custom furniture available. Designed by award-winning Designer Henri Lenterman. Using cutting-edge European design and style. Offering Affordable Automotive Furniture backed by a Lifetime Guarantee. Manufactured using the highest-quality materials & components. Now available with custom embroidery! Email: SpeedFurniture@yahoo.com Website: www.SpeedFurniture.com Apex Detail. 201.308.3839. Apex Detail provides bespoke paint correction and detail services to discerning individuals wishing to restore, preserve, protect and maintain their fine automotive, aerospace and marine investments. From a single automobile to large collections Apex Detail has the experience to make a difference. Specializing in ultra-exotic, luxury and classic cars Apex Detail offers a wide range of products and services. www.theapexdetail.com Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a pre-wax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti, Lamborghini. www.swissvax. com www.swissvax.us Baldhead Cabinets. 877.966.2253. The garage is no longer a place to cast off items unwanted. It is a destination in itself. We are a full-service, family owned company that designs and manufactures custom metal cabinets in Bend, OR. Choose from meticulously crafted storage cabinets, TV cabinets, sink cabinets, or our ever-popular pull-out fastener bin cabinet, just to name a few. www.baldheadcabinets.com WeatherTech® Automotive Ac- cessories. 800.441.8527. MacNeil Automotive Products Limited providing Automotive Accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high-quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from allweather 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 California Car Cover Company. More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. LeMay—America’s Car Museum spotlights America’s love affair with the automobile. The museum rests on a nine-acre campus featuring rotating galleries, a 3.5-acre show field, theater, café, banquet halls, racing simulators and slot car racing. ACM hosts annual 168 QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 305.219.8882. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust system for various reasons —durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. QuickSilver are the default choice for many of the most Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. 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agement and control produce the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc. 940.668.8622. 960.665.4657 (fax). Complete exotic and vintage automobile restoration performed by master craftsmen to the highest standards of excellence. Bob Smith Coachworks Inc., 1600 Floral Dr., Gainesville, TX 76240. Email: bsmith@bobsmithcoachworks.com. (TX) 610.593.7423, We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. We provide full-service restoration, maintenance, and support of the finest cars driven extensively by the most refined collectors. Find us at concours from Amelia Island to Pebble Beach, venues from Lime Rock to Goodwood, and events including the Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. Bright Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are located in the heart of the Arizona Auction Arena in Scottsdale. We offer a unique collection of European and American special interest cars and motorcycles and host the Brighton Classic Car Rally each November. BrightonMotorsports.com, 480-483-4682 or info@brightonmotorsports.com. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) High Mountain Classics. 970.532.2339. World-class restoration, repair, and maintenance. Many Pebble Beach Class wins and Best of Show evidence our pursuit of restoration excellence. We service and maintain blue-chip collectibles, race cars, and other investment-grade cars, and provide vintage race track support. We have particular excellence with Bugatti and other pre-war marques. www.HighMountainClassics.com JWF Restorations Inc. Special- izing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St. Portland, OR 97225 503-706-8250 Fax 503-646-4009 The world’s largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership is not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) The Guild of Automotive Restor- ers. 905.775.0499. No matter whether your car is bound to the concours or for the road, we are the sensible choice. We are expert in our craft and we combine this with unimpeachable integrity doing something that we enjoy as much as our clients enjoy the fruits of our labors. Share our passion for your passion. Give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you. David Grainger and Janice Stone Proprietors. www.guildclassiccars.com (CAN) Vintage Motor Group F. Roxas Inc. 708.598.1000. Brid- geview, IL. The Only Thing Better Than New is a Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950s & 60s Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients’ investments by bringing these truly one-ofa-kind cars back to life, maybe an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours around the world. (IL) RPM Classic Sports Cars. Hahn - Vorbach & Associates 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 biweekly detailed billing, we keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our excellent web site for details. Email doug@classicrestodenver.com. www.classicrestodenver.com. (CO) LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com 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. com, call 1-855-SUIXTIL (784-9845), or email sales@suixtil-usa.com. Volante Classics. 978.447.1669. At Suixtil USA. 855.784.9845. Suixtil- USA is the premier retailer for fine menswear inspired by auto racing heritage. The Suixtil racing uniforms have been worn by many Formula One racing heroes including Juan Manuel Fangio. Built for Speed, Styled for Passion, Made for Gentlemen. For more information, shop online at www.suixtil-usa. Volante Classics we rebuild notable European classic cars. What sets us apart is our master craftsman, Roberto Donati, who learned to reshape contours, reconstruct panels, and recreate beauty while he was a young man in Italy. Under his father’s and grandfather’s mindful tutelage, Roberto dedicated his life to coachwork. More than the craft itself, Roberto saw and felt the passion with which his father toiled. He came to America to perfect his art, working at one of the most prestigious firms for more than a decade. Only those who live and feel that same passion, and possess the highest degree of skill, can reach his level of excellence. Only they can restore the essence of a classic machine. www.volanteclassics.com © Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver, show/driver, show, and preservation level restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsman who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) February 2015 169


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Warhol is Worth More Than Enzo A 1963 “Triple Elvis” sells for $81.9 million, which could have put two hot 250 GTOs in the garage Thought Carl’s The King is alive and well. At least he is in the art world, as Christie’s, at their November 12 New York sale, Let’s see, for that kind of money, we could buy a Ferrari 250 GTO and have a bunch left over. Here’s some stuff that has nothing to do with “The King” but is cool nonetheless: to be redone. Seller could not find the key, so it was unknown if it still ran or not. Looks like you could get it dialed in for not a lot of money, and if you had its big brother in your car barn, you would really have something. EBAY #2017049294— TEXAS ROUTE 66 HIGHWAY SIGN. Number of Bids: 14. SOLD AT: $2,950. Date: 9/29/2014. The “Mother Road,” which was commissioned in 1926, stretched from Chicago to Los Angeles and covered about 2,448 miles along the way. Popular due to the song and TV series, early Route 66 highway signs continue to bring serious money. This one was simply painted steel and showed the ravages of time. The ones with reflective markings are more popular, but this one was still a lot of money. SERVICE PORCELAIN FLANGE SIGN. Number of Bids: 43. SOLD AT: $11,799. Date: 10/5/2014. This 20-inch round Buick flange was in excellent condition, and the blue porcelain was bright and not discolored. A very unusual sign that had been “sold” a few weeks earlier for $12,900, but the flaky buyer did not come up with the money. BADGE. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $1,056. Date: 11/14/2014. The Dixie Flyer was built by the Kentucky Wagon Works from 1916 until 1923. They built about 10,000 vehicles during their seven-year run. They changed to an octagonal radiator badge in 1920, which makes this an early example. Rare as heck and a real find for the committed badge collector. sold the 1963 Andy Warhol silkscreen “Triple Elvis” for an astonishing $81,925,000. The three superimposed images of Elvis as a gunslinger are thought to have been based on a still from the 1960 movie “Flaming Star.” EBAY #361044589986— AMERICAN NATIONAL PRESSED-STEEL RICHFIELD OIL TANKER. Number of Bids: 27. SOLD AT: $2,085. Date: 9/14/2014. This 28-inch toy tanker was in original, played-with condition, but the important decals were all there. There were a few dents on top of the tank and some other scratches and nicks. All in all, the condition was very acceptable, and it would be a shame to restore this desirable toy. No issue with price paid. EBAY #325181280927— 1959 PLYMOUTH FURY 1:4-SCALE TOY CAR. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $2,850. Date: 11/20/2014. This unusual Plymouth Fury kids’ car was stated to have been restored in 1996 at a cost of $3,360. It was also stated that the paint was now bubbling and the bumper needed EBAY #131345274799— 1978 DINO 246 KEY RING. Number of Bids: 2. SOLD AT: $646. Date: 11/14/2014. This was a very original Dino key ring that had accumulated a bit of wear — make that patina — over the past 36 years. At first glance a bit pricey, but with the cars now pushing the $400k mark, what’s $600 or so for an original key ring to go with? EBAY #261594050950— EBAY #221561858910— 1920s BUICK-AUTHORIZED EBAY #321576701978— DIXIE FLYER RADIATOR 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 $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. 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. 170 1928 CHEIN TEXACO FILLING STATION “FREE AIR” PUSH CART. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $360. Date: 9/21/2014. This very unusual and rare Texaco “Free Air” push cart may have been a Texaco premium — or offered by Chein to accompany their series of larger toys. Regardless, it checks all the boxes for the Texaco collectors and the tin-toy guys. The seller, a well-known toy guy, stated he had never seen one, and neither have I. Price was more than reasonable, all things considered. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market