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125 COLLECTOR CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS • PROFILED: COFFIN-NOSE CORD Sports CarMarket GODSPEED Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends The Pope's $1.3m Enzo DESTROYED Exclusive Coverage of Katrina 600 COLLECTOR CARS Toy Alfa brings $22,000 January 2006


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values and Trends 62 48 January 2006 . Volume 18. Number 1 The world-record SC 66 Any provenance is good provenance Sold for a good cause COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 48 2005 Ferrari Enzo The Pope's Enzo catches a million-dollar wave. Steve Ahlgrim 52 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 How to talk yourself into a Lotus Esprit. David Slama 56 1963 Fiat 750/850 Abarth Berlina Mystery history needn't spoil Abarth fun. Donald Osborne 58 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet “Bridesmaid” Bimmer nets $88k. Raymond Milo 62 1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible Coupe Record pricemoves Cord market another rung upwards. John Apen 66 1973 Datsun 240Z Race Car Trawling for a race car among the bottom feeders. Thor Thorson 125 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 70 Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, UK A Bugatti, but not the Bugatti, tops the list at $1.5m. Richard Hudson-Evans 78 Christie's, Rayleigh, UK Mice and moths feature heavily in this $4m sale. Richard Hudson-Evans 84 RM Auctions, Novi, MI A one-owner Hemi goes without reserve for $100k. Norm Mort 92 Kucera Auction Service, Holbrook, NE Corvair parking only at the Massey Estate sale. B. Mitchell Carlson 96 Bonhams & Butterfields, Darien, CT The “right crowd” shows little affection for some wrong cars. Donald Osborne 100 International Classic Auctions, Iola, WI A 1987 Porsche 930 makes top sale in rural Wisconsin. B. Mitchell Carlson 104 RM Auctions, Delhi, Ontario, CAN The Stackhouse Collection draws nearly $1.8m. Norm Mort Cover photograph: Courtesy of Ferrari 110 eBay Motors The bigger the block, the cheaper they come. Geoff Archer


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28 32 After Katrina COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 24 Affordable Classic Playing Safe with the Volvo 1800 Rob Sass 26 Legal Files Who Pays for Endless Restorations? John Draneas 50 Sheehan Speaks: When a Fake Ferrari Is a Good Deal Michael Sheehan 54 English Patient Big Healey Buying Tips Gary Anderson 60 Porsche Gespräch Exploring the Myth of the Barn Find Jim Schrager 64 Domestic Affairs Muscle Car Numerology Colin Comer 114 Motobilia Bonhams Finds a Home at Hershey Carl Bomstead 116 Bike Buys Ballad of the Sad Harley Café Racer Paul Duchene 130 eWatch “Winged B” Mascot Cheap at $1,075 Carl Bomstead Greatest costume party in the world FEATURES 28 Collecting Thoughts: Katrina and Collector Cars 30 SCM Picks:Women's Track Day at Limerock 32 Goodwood Revival: Revisiting the Past 34 Fairfield County Concours: Vintage Sights and Sounds 36 Scottsdale Preview:Where, When, and How Much DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 20 Neat Stuff 22 Our Cars 25 20 Year Picture 94 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Mercedes-Benz E350, 2006 Volvo S60 R 99 Alfa Bits 111 FreshMeat: 2006 BMW M5, 2006 Chevrolet Z06, 2006 Pontiac Solstice 112 Price Guide: Italian Cars 118 Mystery Photo 119 Comments with Your Renewal 120 S 124 R It's the ideal car for road hogs, but it's a real pig on gas.—Norm Mort's report on RM's Delhi sale begins on p. 104.


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LBDimports.com LBD Imports is proud to announce the sale of a 1960 XK150 “S” 3.8 Drophead Coupe.This car will be available at auction January, 2006. Please inquire for details of auction house, location and lot number.This Jaguar is one of only 89 produced, in short making it very rare. Plus this particular car is in concours condition. You can contact Lyle Dickman at 813-493-2454 for more details. Check out lbdimports.com for more XK inventory. Lyle Dickman 813-493-2454 phone 813-645-7506 fax lbdimports2005@yahoo.com


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Frommer, Zagat, and Me W hat makes a car collectible? And what makes one car more desirable than another? We all might agree that a 1967 911S is more desirable that a 1977, but exactly why? At SCM, we have long felt there was a need for an evaluation and rating system for collectible cars that considered more than just transaction prices. After all, market value can fluctuate wildly. Consider the Maserati Ghibli. Its value has gyrated from $150,000 in 1990 to $35,000 in 2000. Yet the underlying characteristics that make it collectible haven't changed. To help understand what sets the Ghibli and other spe- cial interest cars apart, we are creating the Martin Guide to Collectible Cars. A dedicated group of experts, enthusiasts and collectors have been hard at work for some time on this. Over 2,000 models are being evaluated according to five factors of collectibility and assigned a Martin Rating. A perfect score will be 100. Criteria used will include rarity, physical beauty, historical significance, performance, and “fun factor.” Applying the system to the SCM fleet, we find that 1978 911SCs rate a 75, while 327/340 split-window 1963 Corvettes are awarded an 84. The algorithms used to determine these ratings are compli- 84 on the left, 75 on the right and rating to be determined in the middle cated, and combine objectivity and subjectivity. (Are the lines of the Ferrari 308 GT4 striking and modernistic, or does it resemble a cheese-wedgeshaped doorstop?) While most guides evaluate cars solely on financial terms, the Martin Guide will go beyond the bottom line and delve into intrinsic, significant, and definitive characteristics. Our goal is to provide a convenient tool for hobbyists and collectors to use to help them evaluate the relative desirability and usability of a car. TheGuide will provide a quick way to find out which models of a marque are the most desirable. If considering an MGB, a collector can see at a glance that a chrome-bumpered, taut-handling 1967 model rates a 75, while a clumsy, rubber-bumpered 1980 receives only a 54. On the Ferrari side, a 250 GTE gets an 81, while an SWB brings a 93. TheMartin Guide applies to models only, not to specific cars. (A system for rating in- dividual cars, with categories that include physical condition, originality and provenance, will be next.) With theMartin Guide we are setting out to provide the first-ever industrywide tool that can be used to evaluate nearly every model of collectible car ever built. Your copy of it, arriving with your February issue, will be SCM's New Year's gift to you. ALFA BITS For the first time since 1989, there is no Alfa profile in this issue. After 137 profiles, 16 Affordable Classics, and 15 Twenty-Year Pictures, good material has gotten a scarce. Alfas cross the block rarely, and models we haven't recently evaluated even less often. However, as I was born with a Snake and Cross imprimatur on my forehead, Alfisti still have a place in SCM to call their own. On page 99, you'll find our first installment of “Alfa Bits” (with a nod to Post Cereals, where the moniker originated, and to the Alfa Romeo Owners of Oregon, who call their newsletter the same). Our eBay guru Geoff Archer, an Alfa man himself, will offer four striking or stinking Alfa deals for your perusal on those months where no piece suitable for a profile has crossed the blocks. So between future profiles and the Bits, we'll still be attentive to our Alfa gang. INVESTING IN THE FUTURE We enthusiasts are pretty good about taking care of our cars. But we're not always so thoughtful when it comes to protecting the future of collecting. The Collectors Foundation was established to address this. Initially known as the Hagerty Fund, it was created by Hagerty Insurance and funded by a one-dollar donation from Hagerty for each membership received by the Hagerty Protection Network (now the Hagerty Collector Network). I have been privileged to serve as a director of the Foundation since its inception in 2003. It is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, and contributions to it are deductible. 10 Between the donations from the Collector Network, other companies (including SPEED Channel), and individuals, the total annual amount raised by the Foundation this year alone is approaching $1m. With those funds, the Foundation has made more than 25 grants, including four $5,000 scholarships for students in the restoration program at McPherson College (KS). A $10,000 scholarship has been given to the Art Center College of Design (CA) and two $5,000 scholarships have been granted to Clover Park Technical College (WA). It has granted $30,000 to the Petersen Automotive Museum (CA) to bus children in for special programs. The Saratoga Automobile Museum (NY) has received support, as has the Gilmore Automobile Museum (MI). In my neck of the woods, the Northwest Vintage Motorcycle and Automobile Museum (OR) received a grant to support its second annual all-high-school car show. On the heritage front, the Foundation has given the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) a $100,000, five-year challenge grant to digitize their archives and place them on-line, to the benefit of all collectors. As we are nearing the end of 2005, it's a perfect time to make an investment in the future of automobile collecting and the hobby by making a donation to the Collectors Foundation. Cars can be accepted as well as cash; most recently John Hollansworth, president of the Foundation's board of directors, donated a 1957 Isetta that Dana Mecum auctioned at his St. Charles, Illinois sale (Mecum contributed all of his fees as well). The net to the Foundation was $19,425, which can provide four students at McPherson with scholarships. You will find a way to join the Collectors Foundation on page 81 of this issue, and more details can be found at www.collectorsfoundation.org. This holiday season, all of us at SCM wish you and your loved ones good health, good times, prosperity, and many miles behind the wheel of your favorite classic car during the year ahead.u Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Mecum Collector Car Auctions—Fall K.C. Dream Classic Where: Kansas City, MO When: December 2 More: mecumauction.com At its upcoming Midwest sale, Mecum will further its muscle car sales streak by offering a host of '70s street machines. Star of the show will be a 1971 Chevrolet “Motion” Chevelle SS. A fully documented, two-owner car with just 35,000 miles, this is no ordinary Chevelle. Instead, it was prepped in period by Joel Rosen at his Motion Performance shop in Long Island, NY, where the big V8 was massaged to put out 650 hp. Repainted in its original factory colors, the sub-11-second Chevelle retains most of its original parts inside and out, as well as the go-fast bits fabricated by Rosen. Bonhams—Important Collectors' Motor Cars Where: London, U.K. When: December 5 More: bonhams.com Bonhams has managed to pull the white rabbit of Lamborghinis out of an obscure lockup, and will auction this rare 1967 Lamborghini Monza at its upcoming London sale. The marriage of a front-engined 400GT chassis and a shapely body by Neri & Bonacini, this one-of-one Monza was purchased new in 1966 from its place on the Barcelona Motor Show stand. The wealthy gentleman racer who bought it put only 7,000 km on the odometer as he drove it to and from race meetings around Europe, finally retiring it to obscurity in 1970. It has since remained in his family, though it has fallen into general disrepair. For fans of the marque, many of whom questioned its very existence, this sale will be an opportunity not to be missed. 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. E-mail auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com DECEMBER England – Dec. 1 COYS – London Missouri – Dec. 2-4 MECUM – Kansas City Oklahoma – Dec. 3-4 PREMIER – Oklahoma City England – Dec. 5 BONHAMS – London England – Dec. 6 CHRISTIE'S – London Texas – Dec. 9-11 KRUSE – Houston North Carolina – Dec. 10 WORLDWIDE – Raleigh England – Dec. 13 BARONS – Surrey Switzerland – Dec. 17 BONHAMS – Gstaad JANUARY Florida – Jan. 6-8 KRUSE – Ft. Lauderdale Nevada – Jan. 12 MIDAMERICA – Las Vegas Holland – Jan. 14 COYS – Maastricht Arizona – Jan. 14-22 BARRETT-JACKSON – Scottsdale Arizona – Jan. 19-21 RUSSO AND STEELE – Scottsdale Arizona – Jan. 20 RM – Phoenix Arizona – Jan. 21-23 SILVER – Ft. McDowell Florida – Jan. 22 GOODING – Palm Beach Arizona – Jan. 26-29 KRUSE – Scottsdale Florida – Jan. 27-28 MECUM – Kissimmee Christie's—Exceptional Motor Cars Where: London, U.K. When: December 6 More: christies.com At its Tuesday sale in the Jack Barclay Showroom, Christie's will auction off property of the late Moorton Fisher, including a 1907 Wolseley-Siddeley 18 hp Roi-desBelges tourer, estimated between $62k and $88k. Also featured in the sale will be several pre-war British and European classics. These include a 1927 Bentley 3Liter with coachwork by Corsica, estimated at $70k to $87k, one of two remaining 1930 Fiat 514MM two-seaters, a 1939 Atalanta V12 drophead coupe by Abbott, and a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith saloon by H.J. Mulliner, which won Best in Class and Best in Show at the 2000 RREC Rally. It is expected to bring between $176k and $246k. Complete Scottsdale auction preview, page 36. Bonhams—WilliamsF1 Reserve Collection Where: Grove, U.K. When: December 14 More: bonhams.com From the WilliamsF1 team headquarters, Bonhams will auction off more than 20 Formula One cars from the team's reserve collection, as well as hundreds of pieces of memorabilia from its 28-year history. Star lots include the 1985 Williams-Honda FW10B, in which Nigel Mansell won his inaugural race at Brands Hatch, as well as the FW14B that carried him to six victories and the 1992 World Championship. Damon Hill's 1996 title-winning FW18 will also cross the block. In addition, the sale will feature cars raced to victory by drivers such as Ricardo Patrese, Alain Prost, Jacques Villeneuve, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Ralf Schumacher. Not to be missed by any F1 fan or collector with his eyes on historic GP racing. Bonhams—Historic Ferrari Motor Cars Where: Gstaad, CH When: December 17 More: bonhams.com Bonhams returns to the elegant Palace Hotel to present a strong consignment of historic road and racing Ferraris. Chief among them will be a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France, a car that spent much of its life in the U.S., before being owned for the last 15 years by a major Swiss collector. It is expected to bring between $1.4m and $1.6m. Also present will be a 1952 Ferrari 212 Vignale. Raced under the banner of Franco Cornacchia's Scuderia Guastalla, it won the 1953 Coppa Intereuropa at Monza. Here it is expected to fetch $300k to $400k.u FEBRUARY Oregon – Feb. 4 PETERSEN – Salem England – Feb. 6-7 BARONS – Surrey Florida – Feb. 10 RM – Boca Raton France – Feb. 10 ARTCURIAL – Paris New Jersey – Feb. 23-26 KRUSE – Atlantic City Oklahoma – Feb. 24 LEAKE – Oklahoma City MARCH Florida – Mar. 11 RM – Amelia Island England – Mar. 13-14 BARONS – Surrey Washington – Mar. 18 PETERSEN – Ridgefield Texas – Mar. 24 KRUSE – Fredericksburg Florida – Mar. 31 BARRETT-JACKSON – Palm Beach Minnesota – Mar. 31 MIDAMERICA – St. Paul The everyman racer, Nigel Mansell, aboard the FW14B he drove to the 1992 World Championship 12 Sports Car Market


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The Inside Line News n Robert Pass, founder of Passport Transport, has retired from shipping to concentrate on collecting classic autos through his new venture, The Silverstone Group. He will also curate the race car collections of Grand Prix Speedways and continue his work with various charitable organizations. In 2000, Pass sold Passport Transport to FedEx, creating FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport, and has served as senior advisor and business liaison for the company since that time. n Car Crazy Central has an- nounced its new enthusiast Web site, www.CarCrazyCentral .com. The no-fee portal offers access to full-screen automotive television shows, radio, industry news, and a community area with classifieds and event listings. The company's online expansion, which debuted November 1 at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, will also feature car humor and automotive-themed e-cards. Events n The second annual Palm Beach International Concours d'Elegance will be held at the Palm Beach Polo Club in Florida on January 22, 2006. Ferraris of the Cavallino Classic and sports, sporting, and race cars will be featured. The selection committee's entry form is avail- SCM Happenings n The ninth annual SCM BarrettJackson Scottsdale Insider's Seminar will be held January 18 and 19, 2006, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Editor Martin will speak on “Driving Your Investment Home,” followed by small-group field walks through the cars up for auction led by our team of experts. SCM subscribers, $295 for one, $525 for two; non-subscribers, $395 for one, $695 for two. Hurry to secure your place—the deadline is fast approaching. Contact 503.261.0555 ext. 206, or project@sportscarmarket.com. www.sportscarmarket.com. (AZ) Heave ho, the Fiat's home n Steve Austin's Great Vacations and Keith Martin invite you to join them for the Car Collector's Dream Tour to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, July 2-10, 2006. In addition to the world-renowned Festival, visit museums, important factories, restorers, and auctions during the day, then be hosted by guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss and Derek Bell in the evening. Tour size is strictly limited. See page 87. 800.452.8434, www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. n Coming Next Month: All the Way Home—Averaging .32 mph. The SCM 1960 Fiat 2100 has finally made it to World Headquarters in Portland, Oregon—and went straight to Nasko's shop. Read all the gory details, along with a recap of the car's cross-country adventures over the past year and a half, in the February issue of SCM. able for download at their Web site. www.palmbeachconcours .com. (FL) n The Los Angeles Airport Hilton will host the 23rd annual Porsche and Vintage Volkswagen Literature and Toy Swap Meet on February 25, 2006. Expect more than 225 tables holding tens of thousands of collectibles, including posters, sales literature, toys, models, factory gift items, press kits, technical literature, small trim items, and accessories for Porsches and vintage VWs. www.lalitandtoyshow.com. (CA) n More than 300 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Rolls-Royces, and other important autos will be on display at the third annual St. Petersburg Festival of Speed, held February 26 in Vinoy Park, FL. A Jet Hop kicks off the weekend on Friday, Saturday will feature a Yacht Hop, and the main event takes place Sunday. Race cars and team members from the American Le Mans Race Series will also be in attendance. 352.385.9450, www.festivalofspeed.com. (FL) Transitions n Thomas Stackhouse, whose extensive automobilia collection was recently sold by RM Auctions in Delhi, ON, passed away November 4, 2005. He and his wife Marlene shared a passion for collecting, as seen in the 2,000 lots spanning 40 years offered this past September.u Calendar of Events Anti-Football Run – Jan. 1 www.californiamille.com North American International Auto Show – Jan. 14-22 www.naias.com SCM Insider's Seminar – Jan. 18-19 www.sportscarmarket.com Palm Beach Concours d'Elegance – Jan. 22 www.palmbeachconcours.com Fasnacht's Cord at Pebble n Our list of SCMers who had a car entered at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours was one short. Included should have been Jim Fasnacht's 1930 Cord L29 Voll & Ruhrbeck Victoria, which took second in the C-2 American Custom Bodied Open class. The car had been an exhaustive restoration project, including 32 individual parts that had to be recast. Fasnacht said the competition in the class was brutal, and while first at Pebble went to a “pretty magnificent DuPont,” his Cord went on to win best of show at the ACD festival two weeks later. 14 RetroMobile Paris – Feb. 10-19 www.retromobile.fr Porsche & VW Literature and Toy Swap Meet – Feb. 25 www.lalitandtoyshow.com St. Petersburg Festival of Speed – Feb. 26 www.festivalofspeed.com Marlene and Thomas Stackhouse Sports Car Market FEBRUARY JANUARY


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com SAAB STORIES Dear SCM: Since I know you'd harass anyone who lumped 206 and 246 Dinos together, I thought you'd like some tips on Saabs, as you seem to think that the two-smoke you have in your garage represents all Saabs, of all types. The sporting Saabs are more like Morettis than you give them credit for. And unlike yours, some of them even run, and run well, with regularity. Here's a quick guide: 1. Sonett II denotes a two- stroke car, of which 258 were produced: 26 1966 “prototypes,” most of which have GT6/Spitfire-style hood latches; the rest are early 1967 models. Current estimates say 150 survive in savable condition, and perhaps 30 are parts cars. Price for a project car is $5,000 and up. The most recent sale of a Sonett II was a solid #2 car for $15,000 out of California. In 2003, S/N 214 was briefly on eBay as a solid #4 car that topped $8,500 before the seller decided to keep the car and make it roadworthy. In 2001, S/N 218 in original #3 condition sold for $11,500. At www.wmsbrg .com/sweden/burgin, two cars are currently for sale in 3+ condition for $12,000, which would sell in a heartbeat at $10,000. I'd set realistic values on these cars at $4,500-$13,000. 2. Sonett V4 denotes the Sonett II body with the V4 bulge, built from 1967 through 1969. Total production was 1,610, with only 59 made the first year. Project cars start around $2,500, and restored cars run near $10,000. Last sale of a #2+ car that I'm aware of was for $9,500 in 2004. It had 50,000 miles, was dead stock and very near original, other than an older two-barrel Weber and mild cam. I would say that fewer Sonett V4s exist than Sonett IIs, but they are still less desirable. Given extant cars, $3,000–$9,000 is realistic, with potential for growth as restoring them becomes more serious. 3. Roughly 9,000 Sonett IIIs were produced from 1970-74, and there are few which exceed $6,000 in value. These were basically Sonnett IIs with new coachwork designed by Italian Sergio Coggiola and finalized by Saab designer Gunnar A. Sjögren. Projects start in the $400 range, most with ex- 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN General Manager DAVID SLAMA Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Copy Editors PAUL DUCHENE BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS Auction Analysts JOHN APEN B. MITCHELL CARLSON DANIEL GRUNWALD Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON Jay Leno settled for a Swedishmodel standard 93B bought from Tom Donney in Ft. Dodge, IA, for $8,500 four months ago tensive rust. These cars were used up and thrown away. Best guess is that 1,200 cars survive in streetable condition worldwide, with another 1,500 borderline parts cars. Sonett IIIs were a U.S.-market-only car until 1973, when a few were held back through the end of production (probably less than 200 cars). In July, I shuttled one of the absolute nicest original survivor Sonett IIIs—30k miles with a rebuilt engine, brakes and fuel system, redone interior, etc.—between two customers of mine. Sale price was $5,100 after a failed eBay ad. Good #3 driver cars go for $2,500$4,500 regularly. Most are in lesser shape, but Sonetts like the recent car touted as “everything better than new” on eBay three months ago can range up to $6,500. These have less potential for growth, like the Sonett V4, due to relatively common junk cars and the difficulty of maintenance (nose does not flip). 4. Most recent sale of a GT-750 (other than parts donor cars) was a 1960 93F for $15,000 in 1997. The car was a 2+ on your condition scale after a five-year restoration in the late '80s-early '90s. It's currently part of the GM Heritage Collection after being sold by Bruce Welch of Brookfield Center, Vermont. These cars are the rarest of the rare. Total production over the five-year run from 1958-62 was probably about 400; there is no available documentation. I'd say there are 20 restored or survivor GT750s worldwide, the bulk of which are in Sweden despite this being another U.S.only production car. It's difficult to say how many of those are authentic. A truly authentic '58-'59 suicide-door 93B GT750 could be worth upwards of $30,000. I have had inquiries from folks on this, including Jay Leno, who settled for a Swedish-model standard 93B bought from Tom Donney in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, for $8,500 four months ago. 5. Most recent sale of a GT850 was three months ago, a running, driving, barn-find example for $9,000. It needed mechanical work to bring it up to snuff, so overall condition was 3+. Nearly as rare as GT750, but more survived as they are actually useable. Low value is $3,500 for a reasonably savable car (rust-free, running, complete) through $13,500 for a concourswinning example. No sales at that price, but there were two serious offers on two different cars (restored '63 and original '64) over $15,000 at the most recent owner's convention. 6. I paid $12,700 for my Contributors KATHY KARAPONDO RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON ROB SASS STEVE SERIO I.T. 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Monte Carlo 850 in 2002. It is a #2, 60,400-mile original car. A restored 1965 MC 850 in #3 condition sold for $8,500 in 1999 with an incorrect color and interior. Though more were built from 1965-67 due to increased production by Saab of longnose-bodied cars, fewer survive due to typical 1970s Saab enthusiast mentality. I've turned down $22,000 for my car as recently as last month. I'd set realistic prices in line with GT850s, for slightly less desirable styling but an arguably rarer car. I know 90% of the buyers and sellers in the above transactions and can stand behind these statistics. Jay and Tom Donney publicized their transaction, so that's fair game.—William “Chip” Lamb, West of Sweden Saab, Richmond, VA SET LUCKY FREE Dear SCM: That's twice now you have planned to sell your two-stroke Saab, Lucky, on eBay and not produced. You have again dashed my hopes of recapturing some of my 1960s-era fun. Back then we were stepping to a different drum beat. Adding a quart of oil to a tank of gas, three cylinders, freewheeling, radiator behind the engine—all goofball ideas we embraced and championed. We were running flat out just keeping up with traffic, wringing out every bit of possible performance and wearing a smile the whole time. I pulled a sailboat with a GT750. It's quite a challenge to pull a boat out of a lake with a gravel ramp and front-wheel drive. A neighbor in a Beetle and I had a bet as to who would get stuck first in a snowstorm. I lost, but it wasn't the Saab's fault. Many more pedigreed and powerful cars since have not brought nearly the pleasure. Come on, Keith, let 'er go.—Bob Rader, Winter Park , FL Just think—while your friends were wearing bell-bottoms, smoking weed, and listening to Hendrix, your idea of fun was trying to pull a boat out of a lake with a twostroke Saab. Lucky is definitely for sale, asking price $3,000. E-mail me if you want more info, keith.martin@sportscarmarket .com.—ED. EBABES Dear SCM: I have enjoyed the addition of Geoff Archer's January 2006 You will find a bunch of clapped-out junker cars in Alabama with scantily clad women, and man, it is hilarious. eBay auction analysis. Across all categories, eBay is an amazing marketplace, but its impact on the collector car market hits especially close to home. I probably spend much too much time looking at all sorts of cars on eBay, just to see what's out there. It's also great entertainment. It's everyone's chance to become a used car dealer and how some people handle that “responsibility” is hilarious. One particular eBay seller comes to mind, and I can't imagine Archer hasn't come across some of this guy's auctions. If you do a seller search for “suthrn_girl” you will always find a bunch of clappedout junker cars in Alabama that this guy puts scantily clad women in front of while taking the descriptive photos, and man, it is hilarious—his descriptions, the hideous condition of these cars, etc. The funniest part is, this guy's auctions get thousands of hits, so he's clearly got a following, or at least the ladies he puts in front of them do. Incredible.—David Tobin, St. Paul, MN.Well, he's got you looking, and what does that tell us?—ED. WELCOME, COLIN COMER Dear SCM: As the owner of a $4m-plus car collection and an SCM Gold subscriber, I was most pleased to see you finally chose to include a factual article about the muscle car market and Hemi 'Cudas in particular. For years, I have watched as the muscle car segment of the classic car market was ignored by the mainstream and automotive press. I was even more impressed that SCM did their homework and found Colin Comer, arguably one of the most knowledgeable collector and classic car dealers in the muscle car world. I know I speak for all muscle car enthusiasts by asking that Comer be able to share his perspective on the muscle car market on a regular basis in SCM.—Les Quam, Las Vegas, NV Ask and ye shall receive, Les. You've probably noticed the addition of “Domestic Affairs,” Comer's new monthly column in SCM. There's no denying that the muscle car market is where the action is, and we're looking forward to Comer's insights.—ED. AT LEAST WE GOT THE STATE RIGHT Dear SCM: My collection is all-American (three Corvettes, including a '60 270-hp convertible, '67 400-hp Sting Ray coupe, '91 ZR-1, '56 Thunderbird, '56 Ford Crown Victoria, '51 Hudson Hornet Twin H-Power coupe, '69 AMX 390 4-spd., and a '35 Ford Deluxe coupe (an AACA Grand National Winner), but I've been searching for a Triumph TR6, so I found the Triumph piece in your November 2005 issue of particular interest. Good timing! One brief comment about the Meadow Brook Concours report in the November issue. I believe Tad Dinsmore may have taken too fast a spin in that Hemi 'Cuda, because the concours is held in Rochester, MI, not Auburn Hills (and it's Hills, not Hill), which is the next suburb over. Spectators exiting I75 at the Auburn Hills exit looking for Meadow Brook Hall will find instead DaimlerChrysler world headquarters, The Palace (home of the 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons), and the Walter P. Chrysler Museum. But that would be a nice mistake as the museum is definitely worth a visit.—Bob Stevens, Editor at Large, Cars & Parts Magazine, Sidney, OH GIVE THE CORVAIR ITS DUE Dear SCM: There was one glaring non-mention in your Meadow Brook Concours report. Rich Thompson's stunning 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder coupe was the first Corvair invited to a major concours, where it received a Lion award. The car was placed in Class G—American Luxury and Convertibles—as part of the three-year “The Best Cars in America” presentation. The Corvair community is extremely proud of this breakthrough.—Joe Dunlap, Lady Lake, Fl The Corvair convention was held in Portland this year, and we 17


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Best .................................................121 JR Rouse Real Estate ............................105 l'art et l'automobile .................................89 LBD Imports .............................................9 The Legato ..............................................13 Muscle Car 1000 .....................................65 Palm Beach Concours .............................23 Palm Springs Auctions ..........................103 Parish Heacock ........................................25 Passport Transport ...................................27 Potts Auction Dalton Georgia .................68 Precision Autoworks .............................128 Premier Financial Services ...................131 Putnam Leasing .......................................15 Renaissance Design (Renco Inc.) ...........128 Re-Originals ............................................73 RM Auctions .................................4, 21, 43 Ron Tonkin ..............................................55 RPM Autobooks ....................................128 Russo and Steele ......................................... Silver Auctions ......................................119 Sonoran Lifestyle Real Estate .................93 Symbolic Motors .......................................3 TNC Enterprises ....................................128 VintageAutoPosters.com .......................123 Tubi .........................................................45 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ...................123 Vintage Rallies ......................................107 West Wind European .............................120 18 were reminded of the extensive line that GM created—coupe, fourdoor, convertible, van, pickup—all with a variety of performance variations. They represent a significant, if unfortunately dead-ended, piece of American automotive history. Sometime in the near future, don't be surprised if a second-gen Corvair Corsa coupe finds its way into the SCM collection. If you come across a nice one, let us know.—ED. WE'RE HAPPY, BUT WE CAN'T TAKE CREDIT Dear SCM: It was great to finally meet Editor Martin at the Insiders' Seminar in Pebble Beach. The seminar was excellent and informative, and I look forward to seeing you again at the Christie's Insider Seminar with specialist Christopher Sanger. I wanted to let you know that after we saw you on Saturday morning of the Pebble Beach weekend, we ended up winning our class (C-2, American Open) and then winning “Most Elegant Open Car” with our 1931 duPont dual-cowl sport phaeton. It was an incredible event and moment for my father, my son, and me, who jointly own this car, which has been in our family for 43 years. I thought you would be interested to know that an SCMer has had the opportunity to drive across the podium twice.—Dicky Riegel, New York, NY Congrats to your family for its accomplishment.—ED. NOW IT'S PORSCHE TIME Dear SCM: I own a 1989 911 Carrera Club Sport, one of only 28 produced. It has 25k miles, is silver with blue interior, and is in mint condition. What do you think of these cars? With so few produced, is it a good collectible?—Vince, Denver Jim Schrager responds: It is a very nice car, but there were quite a few more than 28 produced. Porsche found very little interest in the Club Sport here in the U.S., with just 28 sold (that's where your number comes from), but there were 340 produced and sold throughout the world. This isn't ultra-exclusive in the Porsche world, which we normally equate to 100 or fewer built, and the Club Sport was not used in racing but was a set of deleted options, It was an incredible event and moment for my father, my son, and me, who jointly own this car, which has been in our family for 43 years special parts, and unique trim on a road car. Still, these will always be more desirable than a regular production 1989 911, so your car will sell at a premium. But will it ever be a true collectible, à la the 904, the Carrera RS or 356 4-cam Speedster, with prices firmly above six figures? My guess would be no. Dear SCM: C'mon guys—it's hard enough to resolve conflicting market value information from different sources, much less from the same source. In your November issue your price guide shows a good early 911T topping out at $14,000–$15,000. In the same issue, Jim Schrager says, “You should find a decent 911T starting at about $15,000.” So the top is the bottom? If you had a spread like that on Ferrari prices, you'd be getting beat up for months in the letters section. And then the one actual market example shown in the same issue sells for $23,100, and it was rated as a 3+. It may have been a nice original car, but I guarantee it will need $5k–$10k more put in it for one thing or another before it is something you would want to show or spend much time driving. More than a lot of other types of cars, early 911s are really no fun unless everything on them is right. I respect Schrager's opinion and think he would agree in the end it takes about $25k–30k to make one of these cars right, whether you pay $5k for a beater and end up putting $20k in body and engine work, or pay $25k for a nice one that hasn't been used and spend $5k in sorting it and getting it drivable again. In the real market right now, at least where I am, double that purchase price of a T for a comparable S, and put an E right in the middle of the two.—John Gray, San Ramon, CA John, you are correct. The mar- ket has moved quickly during the past year, probably at two or three times what it has in the preceding decade. Our 2006 Price Guide will have an electronic version so that we can update prices quickly. I would agree with you that with the 2.0/2.2/2.4 cars for $25,000 you should have a very nice one. It is still possible to find a decent car for $15,000, but it will take some looking, and you will probably have to spend at least $5,000 after you get it.—ED. ERRATA • In the Russo and Steele Market Report in our November issue, we incorrectly stated that 37 1965 Shelby GT350 Rs were produced. The Shelby Registry, and Colin Comer's profile of the car in the same issue, agree that there were only 34 built. • The correct address for the 356 Registry (corrected from the November 2005 issue) is: 356 Registry, Inc., 3359 Kings Mill Road North Branch, MI 48461 (www.356registry.org)u Sports Car Market


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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT This 16-pin plug frees you to park your car at an event, club meet, auto show, or your off-site garage without worry. The Ravelco Anti-Theft Device mounts out of sight under the dash, and will not interfere with the electrical system of the car. The device renders the car immobile and immune to hot wiring if the plug is not inserted. The manufacturer even claims 3.5 million installations to date that have never been beaten. $399. 866.664.6894, www.nohotwire.com. This 1/43-scale model of the 1957 Ferrari 250 TR Street was hand-built by Feeling43 of France. A variety of materials were used in its creation, including resin, brass, aluminum, and photoetch; the seats are even covered in very thin glove leather. At approximately only four inches long, the car features opening and closing doors, hood, and engine cover. $2,400. 916.485.1262, www.miniwerks.com. Now your Porsche can say “Überdude” complete with umlaut. Embossed European and German custom license plates manufactured in Berlin, Germany, arrive complete with mounting frame. Japanese and New Zealand plates also available. $39.95. 877.458.1155, www.customeuropeanplates.com. Richard Pietruska's sculptures have appeared in various magazines, including Automobile and Road & Track, and he was commissioned to design the Car of the Year Award for Automobile magazine. His work has also been exhibited in museums and concours d'elegance, including Pebble Beach, Meadow Brook and Amelia Island. This particular piece, Auto Union Streamliner, celebrates the beauty and speed of the 1930s Auto Union race car in cast resin and chrome. The 27” x 8” sculpture is available in a limited edition of 25. $8,000. 949.443.0500, www.carartinc.com. A spring-loaded LED in the stainless-steel Gerber Nautilus has four different settings: forward-facing; directed on your work area; one light shining ahead and one pointed to the ground; and emergency flashing signal. O-ring-sealed electronics. $60. www.gerberblades.com. Jalopnik is an online car blog with a sense of humor. They love anything and everything about cars, from reporting on the new spy shots of the upcoming and yet-to-benamed Ferrari to turbo minivans running sub-12-second quarter-miles. It's updated several times a day and is a fun way to research the current state of the industry. www.jalopnik.com 20 Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars The Electric MG That Never Was 1963 THUNDERBIRD SPORT ROADSTER Owner: Carl Bomstead Purchase price and date: Free, 1995 Mileage since purchase: 1,268 Recent work: Rebuild carburetor due to leaks, machine exhaust manifold due to warp, clean and polish wire wheels. About 30 years ago my future father-in- law, Phil Schwarz, rekindled my passion for old cars. He was buying and selling all sorts of old cars including Packards, early Rolls-Royces, '50s stuff, and everything in between. He kept what he could afford and supported his passion by selling the rest. His only real folly was restoring a 1963 Thunderbird sport roadster. Phil found the car languishing in a field and, after verifying that it was in fact one of the 455 sport roadsters built in 1963, he set out on a restoration project. He found a shop that was well-versed in Thunderbirds and started writing checks. As he was writing ever-bigger checks, the market on jet birds tanked, leaving him upside-down before the project was half-finished. Eventually, it was completed in spectacular Rangoon Red with red leather; even the complicated top mechanism worked. Unfortunately, shortly after the car was done Phil passed away, and my mother-inlaw debated what to do with the car. Not one for losing money, she turned down the current-market offers she received as they were about a third of what had been invested. After we had cared for the car for a few years she gave it to my wife and me, and we have enjoyed it for the past ten years. It, of course, has a permanent spot in our garage. I did enter the Thunderbird in one high-end show in Phil's honor, and his sport roadster was awarded Best in Show PostWar. I think he would have been proud. 22 1959 PORSCHE 356A COUPE Owner: John Draneas Purchase price and date: $27,500, Nov 2002 Mileage since purchase: 5,000 Recent work: Battery, starter, distributor upgrade. I bought my 1959 356A coupe exactly the right way about three years ago. It had been restored by someone else several years previously. The restoration was nicely documented with before, during, and after shots. The before condition was not all that bad, and all drivetrain and body numbers matched. Since the restoration, it had been well-cared-for and, most importantly, driven. Prior to my purchasing it, it had made two round trips from Texas to Oregon for the Parts Obsolete Campout, plus a third one-way trip when the previous owner delivered it to me here. Porsche guru Bruce Anderson inspected it for me, and encouraged me to overspend because it would take years to find another one in this condition, so I paid the over-the-top price of $27,500 for the car. Now, it's all I can do to keep my agreed-value insurance policy amount current. What impressed me most about this car was the way it drove—my observation has been that 356s all seem to drive differently, so don't buy one you haven't driven. It is very easy to drive, other than wishing I had longer arms to handle the long-throw shifter. It is very comfortable and reasonably quiet, and my wife doesn't mind taking trips in it. When pushed, it handles surprisingly well. These are fun cars, they get a lot of reaction from people, and they get you admitted into a wonderful owner group. 1961 MGA MK I 1600 Owner: John Apen Purchase date and price: $4,985, March 1998 Mileage since purchase: 6,000 Recent work: Bleed brakes, fix starter gear. In 1998, a mechanic from our Ferrari dealership claimed to have made money restoring two MGAs. At the time, I was intrigued with the concept of building an electric car that didn't resemble a golf cart by converting a common British sports car. An enthusiast in California has been driving a battery-powered MGA successfully since 1978; perhaps I could buy derelict MGAs and convert them. So I bought an MGA to establish what it cost to restore and convert. The key to any restoration is starting with a rust-free car—an oxymoron for an MGA. I finally found one that had spent most of its life in New Mexico. A friend checked it out, and reported that it knocked and didn't run very well, but for me the “rust-free” part trumped his niggling reservations about the mechanicals. The reason for the knock became very apparent: The #3 piston had disintegrated and the rod was beating interesting patterns in the cylinder wall. But the body was great, and the engine would be replaced with an electric motor anyway. In hindsight, the restoration wasn't too bad. It only cost three times the budgeted amount to get a rolling, painted chassis and body. With over $20k in it, relations with the restorer worsened with his estimate of $6k–$7k to finish. It became evident that the conversion idea was not financially viable. So we finished the car, and I drove off in a like-new $27,000 MGA, which with its red paint looks like a Ferrari Barchetta. It's a fun, solid car. Incidentally—anyone know where there's a totaled Prius?u Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic 1961-1972 Volvo 1800 Enough pipe-smoking, record-keeping professors bought 1800s to assure a decent supply of well-maintained examples by Rob Sass today, some would maintain, as evidenced by nightmares on wheels like the Land Rover Discovery) and would probably rust in a Morocco desert. To save its reputation as the maker of a qual- ity product, Volvo shifted production to Sweden in 1964 after 6,000 cars had been made, designating the improved car the 1800S. The split front bumper stayed in England; only later would it be appreciated, as “Braille parkers” invariably overrode the straight bumper and knocked out the grille. Mechanically, the car couldn't be more straight- forward. Vault-like unit construction, live rear axle, front discs/rear drums, and the howitzer-proof 1.8liter B18 engine. Road tests put the performance on par with the standard Porsche 356B and Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Normale. Reportedly, it achieved 0-60 in around 13 seconds. While the Volvo's beefy construction handicapped it against more nimble opposition, its understressed I n 1961, Volvo was Swedish for “stodgy,” and a sports car from these practical folks in a cold climate seems about as likely as tailfins on a reindeer. But that's what happened—right down to the fins. Volvo had attempted a sports car in 1953 when they contracted with Glasspar in the U.S. to build the P1900. Typical of early fiberglass cars, it was basically a shapeless blob with a pig-snout grille and a “flexi-flyer” frame. A total of 68 were built in 1956 and 1957. The reports from testers were appalling, one of whom listed 29 “must-fix” problems. The final straw was when Gunnar Engelau, Volvo's new CEO, took one for a 447-mile weekend jaunt. He reported, “The car shook so much, I thought the doors would fall off,” and that was that. Meanwhile, Volvo was quite successful rallying the 544 and 122 Amazon (based on an early '50s Alfa sedan) and in 1960 they returned to the sports car project—this time using steel. The P1800, which debuted in 1961, was pleasant but already dated, with fins, a curved side spear, and a split front bumper that mimicked the moustache of cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash. Various sources attribute the styling to Frua but it lacks any of their traditional cues, such as the low belt line and expansive side glass seen in contemporary Maseratis. It does, however, look from certain angles like a Ferrari 250 GT Boano, and if you've ever seen one with the fins removed, it resembles a giant VW Karmann Ghia. The P1800 grabbed some British TV glamour when it was selected for “The Saint,” starring Roger Moore as Simon Templar. The BBC wanted a Jaguar E-Type, but Browns Lane was selling as many as they could make and refused. Because Volvo lacked production capacity for the new model, they contracted with the British firm Jensen. This was most unfortunate as Jensen cars were assembled to the casual English standards of the time (and still in use 24 engine and Laycock de Normanville overdrive made it more of a relaxed GT car than the Alfa or the Porsche. The enthusiast press deemed the handling of the car benign, offering plenty of warning at the limit—a perfect sports car for the novice. The kitschy exterior styling was continued in the interior, which looked more like a 1950s American car with an odd two-spoke steering wheel, plenty of chrome, and highly stylized gauges. Again, this was most out of character for a Scandinavian car but perhaps in keeping with the realization that the U.S. would be the main market. Very Scandinavian, however, were the excellent seats—generally leather—with all of the standard adjustments, plus a rudimentary lumbar feature. Testers also praised the blast-furnace heater. By the end of the '60s, the 1800S looked like a relic. Exterior changes consisted of a different grille and side trim as the upward side spear was discarded. Mechanical changes improved the car considerably. A two-liter B20 engine, combined with Bosch electronic fuel injection, made the new 1800E the best-performing model, lowering the 0-60 time to ten seconds. There was also a new interior with handsome and comprehensive Smiths gauges, a woodgrain dash, and better ventilation. Alloy wheels became optional. Less happy was 1971's metallic paint option, which looked like a suede shoe in about a year. In late 1971, the coupe was joined by the 1800ES (“estate”), a kind of sport wagon similar to the then-popular British Reliant Scimitar. Elegant and better balanced with a passable back seat, it outlived the coupe by a year, being the only model available for the last year, 1973. The impending 5-mphbumper laws of 1974 spelled the end for the 1800s, as there was no way to protect the fragile nose and tail. There was no direct successor in the U.S., though a European update appeared in 1986 in the 480ES sport wagon. This was deemed too expensive to export to the U.S. but sold overseas for six or seven years. Volvo made strides in rust-proofing the Swedish-built cars and the later they are, the better. Materials are generally durable and mechanical bits (save for the fragile overdrive) are long-lived. Retired teacher Irv Gordon of Long Island, New York, has a documented two million miles on his 1966 1800S—which sounds more like a life sentence—and Jeff Ruffalo of San Diego has 2.5 million miles on his 1965 model, spread over three generations. DETAILS Years produced: 1961-73 Number produced: 39,407 coupes, 8,078 wagons Original list price: $4,200 (1966) SCM Valuation: $8,500-$14,000 Tune-up/major service: $300-$400 Distributor cap: $10.50 Chassis #: Left side below windshield Engine #: Left side of engine block Club: Volvo Sports America PO Box 4181 Warren, NJ 07059 More: www.vsa.org Alternatives: 1958-61 Borgward Isabella; 1963-67 Saab GT-850 Monte Carlo; 1962-66 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint SCM Investment Grade: C Sports Car Market Hyman Ltd.


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Volvo made 47,485 1800s, including 8,078 sport wagons, and enough pipe-smoking, record-keeping professors bought them that there are well-preserved examples out there. At least one dedicated specialist can supply most needs. In the case of the 1800, it is Don Thibault of www .P1800.com, in Sandwich, Massachusetts. Nearly everything is available either NOS or reproduction—at a price. Since mediocre cars tend to change hands around $7,000 and the world record is near $16,000, you can do the math. Let some other poor sap get into Don's catalog and you buy the fruits of his labors. The 1800 enjoys a cult following as a durable and attractive alternative to the Saab 96 and Volvo 122S Amazon. It lacks the snob appeal and sophistication of a Mercedes 220SE coupe or a BMW 2800CS, or the verve of an Alfa GTV 2000. However, its baroque styling has a certain charm—my artist brother Jeff has coveted one for as long as I can remember. The market for the 1800 today remains mostly confined to low-key eccentrics. Unless soccer moms and Joe Six-Packs develop a taste for '50s Scandinavian furniture and Ingmar Bergman films, I suspect that supply and demand are well-balanced.u ROB SASS, Business Development Manager of FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport, has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was sixteen. 20-Year Picture 62-65 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint coupe $5,000 $10,000 $15,000 $20,000 61-63 Volvo P1800 coupe 61-65 VW Karmann Ghia coupe Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. January 2006 25 1985 1990 1995 2000 2005


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Legal Files John Draneas $200,000 Spent and My Gullwing's Still in Pieces The lack of a formal contract is a missed opportunity to define the deal D ear Legal Files: I own an MB 300SL Gullwing that I wanted restored, and my MB dealer referred me to a restorer he was familiar with. I met with him, and looked over and drove a great MB that he said he had done. I was comfortable with him, so I hired him without checking out any references. He gave me an estimate of $200,000 plus-or-minus and a time period of 18 months. I did not get a formal contract, just a listing of all work that needed to be done. Every month I received a request for funds with a report as to the time spent and parts purchased, along with photographs. I sent him the money without ever inspecting the car, as it always looked good in the pictures, it was a long drive to his shop, and the car was often at a subcontractor's shop. After 16 months and $200,000 paid, without having said anything before, he told me it would cost another $150,000 and take an additional eight months. I took the car back, having to go to four separate loca- tions to pick up the pieces. The car is now with a second restorer (I checked him out very thoroughly), who says the first restorer did professional work, yet it will still take another $75k-$100k to complete. Do you think I have any legal recourse against the first restorer?—B.J., NY JUST WHAT DO ESTIMATES MEAN? B.J. has got himself into a mess here. It's pretty easy to see that he could have done a better job of getting a clear understanding of what the first restorer was going to do, what it was going to cost, and monitoring the process. Because he didn't do those things, he's now in a legal dispute that could be very difficult to sort out. First off, an estimate is only a prediction about the up- coming cost. Unless it states that the price is firm, or includes “not to exceed” language, the restorer would not be legally liable just because the estimate turns out to be low. That is very important with old cars, because you really don't know how much work is involved in a significant repair until you get into it, no matter how experienced you might be. Knowing that, it may well be difficult to get a restorer to quote a fixed fee, unless he is very experienced with the model involved and expects to do a total restoration. WHERE'S THE CONTRACT? The lack of a formal contract is a missed opportunity to define the deal. A properly designed contract would have answered all of the questions about the job. It would have made clear whether the estimate was binding on the shop, and clearly described the scope of the restoration and the caliber of the finished product—Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, mechanically sound driver, or something in between. It would have established a budget and a procedure to identify and report unanticipated problems as they arose so both parties could address the added cost and 26 agree on a plan of action. It also would have included a practi- cal dispute resolution mechanism. As we have seen many times before in this column, the lack of an attorney fees provision in the contract can mean that our reader could easily spend more money chasing the restorer than he might ever collect. If you're going to engage in a project as extensive as a restoration, it's time to hire an attorney. I know attorneys aren't cheap—the last time I wrote one of these contracts, it cost about $2,500. But that's Money spent up-front on a lawyer can save grief later on still only about 1% of the projected cost of our reader's restoration project, and it could have been paying him dividends right now. Perhaps the most important benefit of a written contract is that it forces both parties to think about all these issues at the start, so everybody knows what they are getting into. First off, they have to agree whether the deal is going to be a fixed price or time and materials, or a hybrid of the two. One approach is to break the project into smaller components (e.g., disassembly, engine work, paint, etc.) and set firm prices for each component as the project progresses. SET A MAXIMUM You could also have a “not to exceed” price, which is the maximum you will pay no matter what, but these contracts present a number of difficulties. First, you have to get the shop to agree to a maximum cost, because they will be working for free once the maximum is reached. In our reader's situation, do you think the shop would have continued to do good work if the “not to exceed” price had been $250,000? You could try to protect against that by establishing retainages as you go along, so the shop always has more money to receive by doing more work, but that reduces the shop's cash flow. And what about unexpected conditions, like rust? Does that serve as an exception to the maximum price? Even with their shortcomings, “not to exceed” contracts can work well. They make it clear to the restorer that, no matter how much time is spent on the car, the restoration ultimately produces only a limited additional value for the car. It takes some of the financial pressure off the owner, allowing the parties to develop a better working relationship. KEEP AN EYE ON IT Some restoration shops are so experienced at concours-level restorations of a given model that they can tell you flat out that they will restore every component of the car to a concours standard in a given time and at a given cost, and then perform as promised. Not all shops are capable of that, not even those with likable owners. Our reader made a huge mistake by not inspecting the car periodically during the restoration process. But to be honest, I can't really tell what this shop did wrong, other than to underesti- mate the scope of the work. That could have been due to many things: lack of experience and knowledge, lack of attention, intentional deception, or unforeseen problems. But if our reader had inspected the car periodically, he would have found out that the estimate was going to be low, and why, when there was still time to do something about it. If the owner and the restorer look at the car and the situation together they will often come up with ways to solve the problem, whether it's to change the scope of the project, lower the charges, or write a bigger check. And sometimes, when the owner knows why he has to write a bigger check, everybody is okay with that, and you don't end up reading about it in “Legal Files.”u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. 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Collecting Thoughts Katrina and Collector Cars Over 600 Cars Gone and Still Counting With sustained winds of up to 175 mph, cars were blown, smashed, flooded and submerged by Jonathan A. Stein vehicles were from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s; we lost more Corvettes than any other marque.” GOING THE EXTRA MILE As soon as Katrina made landfall, Hagerty extended its claims department hours, solicited assistance from independent field appraisers to speed claims handling, implemented 90-day grace periods on all payments, and set a goal of closing 90% of all claims within 60 days of the loss. The company has also offered clients the option of buying back their “totaled” vehicles at aggressive prices, and it sent many checks overnight to people in what McKeel Hagerty calls “desperate situations.” Grundy Worldwide Insurance, an- other collector car insurer (www.grundy. com), moved quickly as well, creating a Disaster Relief Plan in response to the devastation. This included establishing a 24-hour Hurricane Hotline, extending billing grace periods, and continuing coverage to policyholders in areas hardest hit by the hurricane. “When faced with a natural disas- From show car to salvage in a matter of hours A s Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on the Gulf Coast in August 2005, Ed Woods and his family owned three homes, a 1970 Mustang Mach I, and a 1969 Camaro. In the aftermath of Katrina, Woods felt “like Jed Clampett from ‘The Beverly Hillbillies,' because all that I own will now fit in my truck.” The Woods family was not alone in losing their homes and possessions to Hurricane Katrina, which displaced more than a million people in the biggest humanitarian disaster in the U.S. since the Great Depression. Understandably, most media coverage focused on the 1,300 lives lost, displaced families, and the massive damage that may reach $130 billion. What the media didn't discuss were the thousands of damaged or destroyed collector cars. Woods' two pony cars were “submerged in about ten to eleven feet of filthy water for nearly three weeks.” Both were total losses. Hagerty Insurance, a collector car insurance program (www.hagerty.com), reports that as of October 27, 2005, 419 Katrina claims had been filed. At least 75% are total losses and the average value is $24,000. According to Hagerty CEO McKeel Hagerty, “Most of the damaged 28 ter like Hurricane Katrina, I made an instant commitment to do everything we can as a company to help our policyholders put their lives back together,” said Jim Grundy, president of the company. “The day after Hurricane Katrina we put in place a committed recovery, clean-up, and salvage team. We then decided that no policyholder would be cancelled who failed to pay their premium because we realized they could not receive or send mail. I am particularly proud of the entire staff here at Grundy Worldwide who made a company donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.” Grundy has received claims for more than 200 damaged cars from Hurricane Katrina thus far, with a total insured value of around $4,000,000. In an effort to settle claims as quickly as possible, Chubb Insurance Group (Grundy's underwriting company) researched the areas hardest hit by flooding and offered agreedvalue reimbursement in exchange for vehicle titles before even seeing the vehicles. Like Hagerty, Chubb Ed Woods' 1970 Mach I Sports Car Market Photos: Hagerty Collector Car Insurance


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Like hundreds of other collectible cars, this 1968 Camaro met a watery demise has also allowed clients the option to buy back their vehicles at extremely competitive salvage rates based on the extent of destruction; for example, saltwater damage is not as harmful as muddy water damage. Approximately 50% of their clients have chosen the salvage option and Grundy will continue coverage for those vehicles during the restoration process. One Hagerty client lost a Corvette collection valued at $520,000 and another lost a $70,000 E-Type Jaguar. To date, the company's largest Katrina-related single car settlement was for a 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello valued at $190,000. WATER AND CARS DON'T MIX No hurricane to hit the United States has come close to the damage—to homes, businesses, and collector cars—inflicted by Katrina. Ivan came closest in 2004 with 88 claims reported to Hagerty, 43 of which were total losses. The mildest hurricane packs winds of 74 mph and can can be far-reaching: carpets and upholstery become sodden and mildew; computers and electronics are ruined; water in the cylinders causes catastrophic damage because pistons can't compress water; and saltwater in particular speeds corrosion of the body, chassis, and other steel parts. Sometimes a car that has been submerged can be saved, but the longer it's underwater, the more damage it will have sustained. AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION With floodwaters receding, New Orleans and surrounding municipalities cleared the streets and towed all vehicles, whether abandoned on roads or simply left outside, to holding lots. At last count more than 350,000 cars (out of 570,000 damaged vehicles) packed these facilities. Initially, the EPA considered destroying these vehicles to stop the spread of contaminants. Although not yet passed, the object of such an action would be to protect public health, but it would also destroy an estimated 2,000 collector vehicles. Katrina is proof that collectors in areas at risk for hurricanes or tornadoes need destroy buildings and uproot trees. With Katrina, heavy rains, storm surge, and sustained winds of up to 175 mph added massive flooding. As a result, cars were blown, smashed, flooded and submerged. According to McKeel Hagerty, “90% of the claims Hagerty processed from Katrina were due to water damage. Most cars sat in a few feet of saltwater for three or four days, or more.” When it comes to collector vehicles, water damage JONATHAN A. STEIN is the former editor of Automobile Quarterly. January 2006 plans for evacuating vehicles when a potentially devastating storm is coming. Arrange an alternative storage location inland, or in an area less susceptible to hurricanes or tornadoes. Develop a plan to have vehicles driven or transported to the alternate site and prepare directions for getting there. If traveling during hurricane season, relocate vehicles to the alternate location. Having an emergency plan for collector vehicles is critical, but so is an agreed-value policy from a collector car insurance company. This not only covers losses due to floods, but eliminates any need to debate the value of the car with the insurance company after it has been totaled. In the face of natural disasters, a viable evacuation plan and proper insurance could make all the difference.u 29


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SCM Picks Women's Track Day at Limerock Real Women Take Over Limerock A man might be better on the straightaway because he's got the bravado, but in the corners, a woman has the finesse needed to get the upper hand by Kathleen Donohue Karapondo Lining up to ride the Neon's tail I considered myself a pretty good driver as I headed to Limerock Park in Connecticut. The program I was to participate in was equal parts racing school and driving school, teaching the basics of car control. And it was just for women. But really, all I wanted to learn was how to drive fast. I met Matt deGarmo, a broker of vintage cars and longtime SCMer, at the Amelia Island Concours. He told me about an event he was organizing with the Skip Barber School of Racing at Limerock. DeGarmo's event would be different from other Barber offerings, and would be specifically for women with no racing experience. He asked me if I'd consider attending. I replied with an enthusiastic “Hell yes.” I quizzed deGarmo about how he came up with the idea for a day of racing just for women. “All my clients are men, and most have multiple cars. When they start talking about buying their fifth car, they may get some resistance—and rightfully so—when it takes time away from family,” he explained. “I thought if I could get women involved and excited about driving, it would help my clients.” DeGarmo arranged for the entire class to stay at the Interlaken Inn, about three miles from Limerock. It was a fairly diverse group of women, ranging in age from 22 to 60-plus; careers and marital status ran the gamut, too, as did net worth. There was a mother-daughter team, and a couple pairs of best friends. DeGarmo also invited Miranda Seymour, author of Bugatti Queen, to speak. Seymour is a wonderful story teller (especially with her English accent), and brought with her the spirit of Helle Nice, the sexy, outrageous and convention-busting racing legend of the '20s and '30s, who raced head-to-head with men. DRESSING THE PART Our instructors, all of whom have serious racing backgrounds, introduced themselves and briefed us on our upcoming lessons. We got some basic instruction from head instructor R.B. Stiewing, put on our hero (or is that heroine) suits, and headed down to the track to get into the cars. Getting into the open-wheeled Formula Dodge car was a bit unnerving. It wasn't easy 30 Karapondo as Schumi for a day sliding my long legs into the nose of the car while keeping them straight. I wasn't crazy about the fact that I couldn't see the pedals, and the shifter was just a metal bar with a linkage that felt more like the control for a carnival ride than a for a vehicle. We slipped on our “head socks” and helmets, then waited for the signal. I noticed one of my comrades was having a bit of difficulty getting the helmet over her enormous diamond earrings. I didn't have that problem. Three race cars were to follow a Dodge Neon pace car; when the pace car signaled, the lead car would move right and drop back, allowing the next car to move up behind the Neon. “Ready?” Though I didn't feel ready, I nodded. I hit the starter switch, shifted into what I hoped was first, and headed out. Limerock is a challenging track—no oval, to be sure—and seeing all those black tire marks where others had slid off into the grass was not reassuring. I tried to remember my instructions, starting with, “Look past the apex cone when pointing the car into a turn.” After a few laps on the mileand-a-quarter track, I followed the other cars into pit lane. Sports Car Market Photos: Jodi Brown/deGarmo Ltd.


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Stiewing came over. “How fast do you think you were going?” “I couldn't have been doing more than 70,” I replied. “I'll say,” said Stiewing “We started pulling away from you at 45.” LEARNING TO RIDE THE ASS I tried to explain that I just wasn't comfortable “riding the ass” of the Neon, as my dear old dad would have said. Dad taught me to leave at least six car lengths between me and the car ahead, especially on the freeway. Stiewing attempted to stifle a grin. Pretty much all of racing is riding the ass of the car ahead. I begged for another chance. Heading out onto the track, I stayed on that Neon's ass but good until it was my turn to drop back. I headed into pit lane with my helmet held high, pleased to have the approving nod of my instructor. I asked Rick, who's been instructing Perfect training for Oregon weather for 14 years, what the biggest difference between teaching women and men was. “Most women are better learners than most men. The majority of the women don't have big egos that get in the way, and they apply the things that you ask them to do. The thing that most women have that slows them down is self-preservation.” “But,” he added, “in racing, you have to be smooth. A man might be better on the straightaway because he's got the bravado, but in the corners a woman has the finesse needed to get the upper hand.” Another instructor, Bob Green, added, “Most drivers, especially guys, have a double dose of what we call delusions of adequacy. People in general are self-certified ‘good drivers.' And you know, almost everyone who's ever crashed a car has also passed a driver's test.” I admit that before I started this course I, too, was guilty of self-certified competence. I asked if it's hard for a guy to take instruction from another guy. Rick said, “There are two things you can't tell a man he doesn't do well, and one of 'em's drive.” After lunch, we split into three groups for some instruction in threshold braking and slide recovery. We hopped in the Neons for the braking exercise. This involved taking the car on a straightaway, getting it up to about 45 mph and then hitting the brakes, first using the ABS and then turning it off to understand the difference. Next, we took the Viper convertibles out on the autocross track. The Viper is an intimi- dating machine. Although it accelerates vividly and has brakes that inspire confidence, as Skip Barber's Andrew Torres says, “The Viper is an unforgiving car that will exacerbate your mistakes. It's very powerful, a great car to learn about limits.” During the last event, a relay race through cones on the autocross track, I'm proud to say that I heard Stiewing suck air through his teeth as I careened around the corners. Lost me at 45, indeed—I had him at the cones. Every driver could benefit from the Skip Barber pro- gram, and the years of experience (and patience) of the team. While this type of driving initially seems dangerous, in a controlled environment, it's really not. Said Torres, “You're safer on a racetrack than you are when you get on I-90.” And I must say, DeGarmo's philosophy has worked, at least for me. The next time a man asks me what he thinks about a race car he's considering buying, I'll tell him I think it's a great decision—as long as I get to drive it, too.u KATHLEEN DONOHUE KARAPONDO is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. Miranda Seymour signs a copy of Bugatti Queen January 2006 Driven women, not Desperate Housewives 31


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Events Goodwood Revival Reviving the Past There are cars from every era, with drivers and passengers to match, sporting everything from zoot suits to studded leather by Robert Ames Sir John Whitmore aboard one of the many Cobras present T here is nothing in the motoring world like the Revival, a fabulous annual English fancy-summer-dress party combined with competitive racing and notable drivers piloting handpicked historic cars. It is like a giant movie set, with hundreds of professional actors hired by Lord March, along with a huge corps of volunteers. GIs in jeeps, ladies with big hats and seamed stockings accompanying Facel Vegas, gents in tweeds and hand-painted neckties driving MGAs. There are cars from every era with drivers and passengers to match, sporting everything from zoot suits to studded leather. It is simply the greatest assemblage of his- toric race cars seen anywhere: three hundred of the world's best vintage autos, as selected by organizer and facility-owner Lord March and a handful of advisors prominent in collector car circles. The RAC TT one-hour race alone featured 30 cars with an average value well into seven figures. Every car in this race, which requires a driver change, had at least one driver who was an ex-world champion of one kind or another, and included current F1 drivers and Indy 500 winners. Goodwood, at nearly 2.5 miles, is a very 32 Chrysler 300 as period fashion accessory The Flying Scot and historian Doug Nye Sports Car Market


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Willie Green's Maserati 4 CLT took a tumble fast circuit by U.S. standards, and therefore a place where traditional endurance cars like GT40s are competitive. Sam Hancock's won the Whitsun Trophy race, and there were four others in the top ten. There was no lack of diversity, however, with T70s, assorted McLarens, and the odd Ferrari 250 LM wedged between. The car to watch was the Lotus-Ford 30 driven by Formula One driving coach Rob Wilson, but a wishbone began to break at middistance and Wilson parked it. The Brooklands Trophy race was a runaway for Duncan Rickets and the famous 1934 Riley Dixon Special, despite fastest lap going to the Alfa Tipo B of Thomas Bscher. But for this AARP member, the high point was watching Tom Delaney in the 1928 Lea Francis Hyper he's raced for some 70 years. A twelve-lap bash saw the HWM-Jaguar of Michael Steele hold off a flying Gary Pearson in a C-Type Jaguar. My chum, Bonhams CEO Robert Brooks, was pressed into reluctant service aboard the 750 Monza Ferrari I owned a few years back and managed to keep the beast on the black stuff for tenth in a field of 30. Tributes are an annual DETAILS Plan ahead: September 1-3, 2006 Location: Chichester, U.K. Cost: $120 public entry, three days Phone: +44.1243.755055 More: www.goodwood .co.uk Getting there: Fly to London, take the train to Chichester, and taxi or bus from there to the track January 2006 feature of the Revival. This year's honoree was threetime World Champion F1 driver Jackie Stewart, who began his career at Goodwood. An example of nearly every car driven by the Flying Scot, who is now the head of the British Race Driver's Club, was here with him. The concurrent air show here at what was a WWII Battle of Britain “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” in front of the AC Garage fighter base is among the best on the planet, with appearances by Spitfires and Mustangs. This year's three-times-daily acrobatics also featured a massive P47 Thunderbolt and flybys by iconic European-theater bombers, the B-17 and the Lancaster. My advice: Book tickets and paddock passes now, as the event sells out months in advance. Dig out that old tweed jacket, those flannels and saddle shoes, and put them aside for next September.u ROBERT AMES is a self-declared life-long car junkie. He collects, races, and restores cars, and was in England doing the London to Brighton Run in his 1902 Renault with fellow SCMer Monte Shelton at press time. 33


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Events Fairfield County Concours Vintage Sights and Sounds A new feature this year was “Reveille”—the simultaneous starting of the engines of every car on the field by Donald Osborne DETAILS Plan ahead: September 24, 2006 Location: Westport, CT Number of cars: 79, 14 motorcycles Eligibility: By invitation, with an emphasis on well-preserved original cars and motorcycles More: www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com Malcolm Pray's Best in Show 1936 Delahaye T 34 he 2005 Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance was held September 25 on the Veteran's Green in front of the town hall in Westport, Connecticut. Building on the success of last year's inaugural event, 79 cars and 14 motorcycles were on display for the approximately 2,500 attendees to enjoy. The historics-rich field included examples spanning 97 years of the automobile, all hand-picked by organizers and SCMers Bill Scheffler, John Shuck and Dan Long, along with consultant and chief judge Miles Morris of Morris and Welford. In keeping with the spirit of the event's beneficiary, Westport-based “Save the Children,” several activities for children were added to the event this year, along with a small automotive art display. Both helped to broaden the appeal of the show. Another feature introduced this year was “Reveille”—the simultaneous starting of all the cars on the show field. The sound of hundreds of cylinders in full song was certainly a novelty at a concours, and served to remind the crowd that great collector cars, while wonderful to look at, are even better to hear. In keeping with the goal of the show organizers to help educate attend- Event organizers Bill Scheffler and John Shuck Courtesy of Sports Car Market Sports Car Market


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SCMers at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance Mark Herman 1914 Ford Model T Roger Nobel 1928 Bentley Speed Six Richard Bernstein 1932 Studebaker President Robert Weiss 1937 Packard convertible coupe Phillip Laiacona 1938 MG TA Tickford DHC Malcolm Pray 1939 Delahaye, XK 120 OTS Ed Greenberg 1947 Cadillac Model 62 convertible coupe Lawrence Auriana 1950 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta, 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale Drake Darrin 1952 Jaguar C-Type 1938 SS 100 Jaguar and 1950 Ferrari 166 Barchetta Richard Sirota 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Ghia Albert Mitchell 1957 BMW 507 Dennis Mamchur 1959 Triumph TR3 Tom Champion 1964 Jaguar XKE David Letterman 1965 Ferrari Superfast Donald Osborne 1966 Lancia Fulvia coupe Bill Cooling 1967 Austin-Healey BJ8 Joseph Block 1968 Pontiac Le Mans convertible Robert Tebbenhoff 1969 Chevrolet Camaro L-89 convertible William Scheffler 1970 AMC Javelin SST Trans Am Rick Phillips 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spyder Steve Klein 1970 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda convertible Matthew deGarmo 1972 Ferrari Daytona Spyder Lawrence Auriana's 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale, winner of the SCM Best Sports Car ees about the collector car hobby, a display of three contrasting Jaguar XK 120 roadsters was on hand. All owned by SCMers, they showed the difference between “concours,” “driver,” and “project” condition, and in doing so lent an instant appreciation of what it takes to create a true show car. Miles Morris walked the field with a microphone, sharing interesting details and history January 2006 for the cars on display, while your author did duty on the podium as master of ceremonies. SCM once again sponsored the awards for Best Sports Car. This year's winners were Richard King's 1913 Mercer Raceabout in the open category and Lawrence Auriana's 1967 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 Stradale in the closed. Best of Show went to Malcolm Pray for his 1939 Figoni et Falaschi-bodied Delahaye.u Courtesy of Sports Car Market Tony Angotti 1973 Ferrari Dino Kevin Weiss 1976 Porsche 930 Turbo Carrera Richard Solomon 1977 Maserati Bora Eric Hippeau 1995 Callaway Supernatural 450 Camaro John Shuck Jaguar XK 120 OTS Miles Morris Jaguar XK 120 OTS 35


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Scottsdale Preview Auctions Arizona Auction Action The what, when, and where for the Scottsdale area this January by Kathleen Donohue Karapondo Barrett-Jackson Phone: 480.421.6694 More: www.barrett-jackson.com When: Preview January 15-16. Auction January 17, 11:00 AM; January 18-22, 10:30 AM to 10:00 PM (memorabilia auction 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM). Special Family Value Day (viewing only) January 15. Opening Night Gala January 16. Child Help Benefit Gala January 14, Fashion Show January 19. Where: Westworld, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale Tickets: Prices vary per day, with discounts for seniors, kids, and students: Tues-Wed-Sun, $20; Thursday, $25; Friday, $35; Saturday, $50; six-day pass $150. Big discounts if you buy before December 31. Free admission to registered bidders. New this year: Family Value Day, Sunday January 15, $10 per Another potential record-breaker from Harley Earl at Barrett-Jackson 9th Annual Barrett-Jackson SCM Insider's Seminar “Driving Your Investment Home” Phone: 503.261.0555 ext. 206 More: www.sportscarmarket.com When: January 18-19, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tickets: SCM sub- scriber price, $295 for one, $525 for two; non-subscribers, $395 for one, $695 for two. Insider's Tip: Get Editor Martin's take on the growing collector car market, including forecasts for 2006 and beyond. Learn how to examine a car like a pro (and how to spot a “fright pig”) as SCM analysts lead you in a guided field walk through the cars up for auction. Martin and his team of automotive experts share their secrets in two days of in-depth discussion, where you'll also meet like-minded SCM subscribers. Whether you're new to the hobby or ready to ramp it up to the next level, this intensive seminar is a smart investment designed to jump-start your collecting. Contact David Slama at scmgold@sportscarmarket.com and reserve your spot today. 36 adult, $5 per child, ages five and under free, also discounted if purchased by December 31. Insider's Tip: The big daddy of them all, Barrett-Jackson just keeps taking it up a notch. This year, the 35th anniversary, the giant is loosening its belt to accommodate a sixth auction day—add in previews, galas, and fashion shows and you've got a staggering nine-day event. Returning attendees will notice changes this year: more parking, bigger venue. Says B-J rep Jonathan Welch, “The tent is now long enough to have a quarter-mile drag race—and still have room to stop.” Registered bidders get VIP treatment and the best value at $350: five-day admission for two, full access to reserved parking area (a perk you will greatly appreciate), reserved seating at the hosted bidder bar, and admission for two to the Fashion Show and Tuesday's Opening Night Gala. Last year's Child Help USA Gala raised almost $2 million to help abused and neglected children worldwide. For more information, or to host a table, visit www.givinghearts.net. Star Car: 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special Motorama Concept Car If B-J 2006 is anything like last year, Harley Earl's 1954 Pontiac Bonneville Special will be generating a lot of noise—our ears are still ringing from the furor over the $3 million-plus garnered by Earl's Olds F88. This car, an homage to the jet age and one of only two built, was created to tour the West Coast as an ambassador of GM's design team and their futuristic concept cars. Expect bidding to be fast and furious. Silver Auctions Phone: 800.255.4485 More: www.silverauctions.com When: Preview January 19-20, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Auction January 21, 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM; January 22, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM; January 23, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Doors open 8:00 AM daily. Where: Fort McDowell Casino, northwest corner of Fort McDowell Road and Beeline Highway Tickets: $15 per day, $20 per two-day pass, no fee for bidder registration Insider's Tip: If you're new to the auction scene, this is the place to get your feet wet. Lots of affordable cars (they're expecting 500 total) in the $10,000 to $50,000 range. Bargain hunters: Monday is the last chance for sellers to make a sale; it could be your lucky day. If you see a guy zipping around the auction on a mini-bike, it's most likely Mitch Silver, who does a great job of making this a fun event. Star Car: 1940 Mercury Convertible Coupe Sports Car Market Photo Courtesy of Don Keefe


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Silver's Mercury Convertible Coupe The beautifully preserved body on this Merc is pure old Hollywood, but its guts are pure muscle: 350 Chevy engine, power steering, power brakes. It's rare to find a Mercury convertible coupe that looks this original, yet can run with the big dogs. Russo and Steele Phone: 480.517.4005 More: www.russoandsteele.com When: Preview and on-site registration, January 19-21, 10:00 AM. Auction January 20-21, gates open at 10:00 AM; memorabilia auction starts at 1:00 PM, cars immediately follow. Where: 18601 N. Scottsdale Rd, North Scottsdale, just off the 101 Loop Freeway and Scottsdale Road. Tickets: $10 for preview, $50 bidder registration. Insider's Tip: Muscle car nirvana. Scottsdale has been good to Russo and Steele, now in its sixth year and getting bigger all the time. More than 350 cars this year. This event, with its pulsating music and flashing lights, has the air of a Las Vegas prizefight. Site improvements for 2006 include paved roadway (which will mean a lot to those caught in last year's monsoon), more parking, a vendor midway, and more than twice the tent space from last year—which means all the cars will be under cover. Star Car: 2005 Monza Spyder Concept Prototype One-off prototype by legendary designer Milt Brown (also the creator of the Intermeccanica Apollo), this one-of-a-kind concept car blends the fluid lines of late 1920s Alfa Romeos with modern mechanical components. It won First in Class at the San Francisco Rod and Custom Show, and turned heads in Monterey, where it was the 2005 Concorso Italiano featured car. Powered by a 227-hp BMW 325i engine; fitted with a full leather interior, and Carpathian Elm wood dash. This car will be sold at no reserve. Monza concept at Russo and Steele Kruse International Phone: 800.968.4444 More: www.kruse.com When: January 26-29 beginning 10:00 AM daily Where: Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. 115th Avenue, Phoenix Tickets: Thursday $10, $5 kids 5-12, 5 and under free. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday $20, $10 kids 5-12, 5 and under free. Bidder Registration: $100 admits two. Insider Tip: A day at the Kruse auction is like witnessing a sort of evangelical three-ring circus: Dean Kruse is a modern-day P.T. Barnum and brother Daniel (who refers to the proceedings as a car revival) is a card-carrying preacher. The Kruse family likes to get out in the crowd and get to know their bidders, and they have the most energetic ringmen in the business. Star Car: 1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet Supercharged A very desirable classic, and sporty for its time—a baby Duesenberg with supercharged panache. Designed by Gordon Buehrig (who also designed the legendary '36 and '37 coffin-nosed Cords). A beautiful example, and a fitting representative for Kruse, which is based in this marque's hometown of Auburn, Indiana. RM Auctions Phone: 800.211.4371 Silver's r's Mercury Convertible Coupe The beautifully preserved body on this Merc is p r's Mercury Convertible Coupe The beautifully preserved body on this Merc is pure old Hollywood, but its guts are pure muscle: 350 Chevy engine, power steer- ing, power brakes. It's rare to find a Mercury convertible coupe that looks this original, yet can run with the big dogs. Russo and Steele Phone: 480.517.4005 More: www.russoandsteele.com When: Preview and on-site registration, January 19-21, 10:00 AM. Auction January 20-21, gates open at 10:00 AM; memorabilia auction starts at 1:00 PM, cars immediately follow. Where: 18601 N. Scottsdale Rd, North Scottsdale, just off the 101 Loop Freeway and Scottsdale Road. Tickets: $10 for preview, $50 bidder registra- tion. Insider's Tip: Muscle car nirvana. Scottsdale has been good to Russo and Steele, now in its sixth year and getting bigger all the time. More than 350 cars this year. This event, with its pulsating music and flashing lights, has the air of a Las Vegas prizefight. Site improve- ments for 2006 include paved roadway (which will mean a lot to those caught in last year's monsoon), more parking, a vendor midway, and more than twice the tent space from last year—which means all the cars will be under cover. Star Car: 2005 Monza Spyder Concept Prototype One-off prototype by legendary de- signer Milt Brown (also the creator of the Intermeccanica Apollo), this one-of-a-kind concept car blends the fluid lines of late 1920s Alfa Romeos with modern mechanical components. It won First in Class at the San Francisco Rod and Custom Show, and turned heads in Monterey, where it was the 2005 Concorso Italiano featured car. Powered by a 227-hp BMW 325i engine; fitted with a full leather interior, and Carpathian Elm wood dash. This car will be sold at no reserve. Monza concept at Russo and Steele Kruse International Phone: 800.968.4444 More: www.kruse.com When: January 26-29 beginning 10:00 AM daily Where: Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. 115th Avenue, Phoenix Tickets: Thursday $10, $5 kids 5-12, 5 and under free. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday $20, $10 kids 5-12, 5 and under free. Bidder Registration: $100 admits two. Insider Tip: A day at the Kruse auction is like witnessing a sort of evangelical three-ring circus: Dean Kruse is a modern-day P.T. Barnum and brother Daniel (who refers to the proceedings as a car revival) is a card-carrying preacher. The Kruse family likes to get out in the crowd and get to know their bidders, and they have the most energetic ringmen in the business. Star Car: 1935 Auburn 851 Cabriolet Supercharged A very desirable classic, and sporty for its time—a baby Duesenberg with supercharged panache. Designed by Gordon Buehrig (who also designed the legendary '36 and '37 cof- fin-nosed Cords). A beautiful example, and a fitting representative for Kruse, which is based in this marque's hometown of Auburn, Indiana. RM Auctions Phone: 800.211.4371 Kruse Kruse to auction an Auburn AM; Auction, January 20, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Reception Thursday, January 19, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (invitation only). Where: Arizona Biltmore, 24th Street and Missouri Avenue, Phoenix Tickets: $60 catalog purchase admits two. Insider Tip: The ever-elegant RM auction in Phoenix offers a welcome respite from the noise and crowds of the Scottsdale auctions, as well as some historically significant vehicles (this year, look for the former rides of a notable movie star, a famous gangster, and even a spy). The noise level is much lower here, thanks to the calm demeanor and dulcet tones of auctioneer Peter Bainbridge, who is also capable of some wickedly dry humor. Get the catalog early and contact the staff about a private viewing ahead of time. If you're a serious bidder, inquire about a test drive. Star Car: 1969 Ferrari 212E Montagna Everyone loves a winner, and this Montagna didn't know how to lose. This is one of the only Ferraris to have never lost a race. Piloted by noted driver Peter Schetty, this car claimed First Place nine times in a row before winning the 1969 European Hill Climb Championship. Says RM principal Rob Myers, “The Ferrari Montagna not only remained unbeaten throughout competition, but beat its own record with each successive victory.”u Undefeated, this Ferrari 212E Montagna will cross the block at RM Auctions January 2006 37


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Scottsdale Preview At a Glance Timeline of Events Saturday January 14 Sunday January 15 Monday January 16 Tuesday January 17 Wednesday January 18 Barrett-Jackson Auction Preview Barrett-Jackson Opening Gala Barrett-Jackson Auction Barrett-Jackson Auction RM Preview SCM Insider's Seminar Thursday January 19 Barrett-Jackson Auction Fashion Show RM Preview RM Reception Russo and Steele Preview SCM Insider's Seminar Silver Auction Preview Friday January 20 Barrett-Jackson Auction Preview RM Auction Preview Silver Auction Preview Saturday January 21 Barrett-Jackson Auction Preview Preview Sunday January 22 Monday January 23 Thursday January 26 Friday January 27 Saturday January 28 Sunday January 29 40 Sports Car Market Preview Kruse Auction Preview Kruse Auction Silver Auction Barrett-Jackson Auction Preview Preview Silver Auction Silver Auction Preview Kruse Auction Preview Kruse Auction Barrett-Jackson Auction Preview Barrett-Jackson Child Help Benefit Gala Russo and Steele Auction Russo and Steele Auction 8 a.m. 9 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. 1 p.m. 2 p.m. 3 p.m. 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. 10 p.m. 11 p.m. 12 a.m.


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To Sedona, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Lake Powell Russo and Steele RM Auctions 101 To Payson Bell Rd. 17 Glendale Camelback Rd. To Los Angeles Phoenix 10 Southern Ave. Baseline Rd. Kruse International To Casa Grande, Tucson, Nogales Scottsdale Phone Directory Airports Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport 602.273.3300 Scottsdale Airport 480.312.2321 Police Department Scottsdale: 480.312.5000 Phoenix: 602.262.6151 Shuttle/Car Service Arizona Limousines, Inc. 602.267.7097 (Phoenix) Your Ride Transportation, Inc. 800.700.2687 January 2006  10 Desert Knights Sedans & Limousines 480.348.0600 (Scottsdale) SuperShuttle/ExecuCar 602.232.4610 (Phoenix) Taxi Service AAA Yellow Cab 480.966.8377 Discount Cab 602.200.5500 Public Transportation Downtown Scottsdale Trolley, 480.970.8130 Valley Metro Public Transit, 602.253.5000 202 Tempe Guadalupe Mesa Apache Junction 60 51 Lincoln Scottsdale 101 Silver Auctions Shea Blvd. Barrett-Jackson Fountain Hills 87 Towing Companies All-American Roadside Assistance 602.955.4213 (Phoenix) 480.970.8588 (Scottsdale) Valley Towing Company 480.949.0095 (Phoenix) AAA Arizona 602.274.1116 (Scottsdale) Visitors Bureau Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau 480.421.1004 Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau 602.254.6500 41 Auction Companies Barrett-Jackson 480.421.6694 Silver Auctions 800.255.4485 Russo and Steele 480.517.4005 RM Auctions 800.211.4371 Kruse International 800.968.4444 Prima Rd. 115th Ave. 24th Ave. Scottsdale Rd. Fort McDowell Rd. Doubletree Ranch Rd.


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Scottsdale Preview Insider's Guide Insider's Guide to Scottsdale Some tried and true, some brand new by Kathleen Donohoe Karapondo The Arizona Biltmore. It's not in Scottsdale, but if you're attending the elegant RM Auction at the Biltmore, this is the place to stay. Every American president since Hoover has visited here, and Marilyn Monroe sunned herself by the Catalina pool (one of nine on the property). High Tea, complete with scones, finger sandwiches, and Devonshire clotted cream, is served promptly at half-past two, as it has been since 1930. 24th Street & Missouri, Phoenix, 800.950.0086, www .arizonabiltmore.com. $$$$ Wright's, the Biltmore's signature restaurant, boasts one of the best-stocked wine cellars around, and features awardwinning Southwestern cuisine. $$$$ Arizona Biltmore Spa. Sanctuary at Camelback E very January, the SCM gang leaves Portland, Oregon and descends upon Scottsdale, squinting in the unfamiliar sunshine with our fellow enthusiasts. Here are our picks for some of the best Scottsdale has to offer. Along with our favorites, we're adding some new discoveries—where to eat, sleep, play, and be pampered. You may go for the cars, but once you sample some of the good stuff below, we're sure you'll come back for the lifestyle. Sleep The Sanctuary at Camelback. This ultra-private, Asian-inspired retreat consistently lands on “world's best resorts” lists. Zen-like surroundings are the perfect setting for a spa with outdoor treatment rooms. Beautiful and relaxing private apartments, or “casitas” ($415$515 per night for mountain casitas, almost double that for deluxe spa casitas) with kitchens, fireplaces, and quiet patios with spectacular views of Camelback Mountain dot 53 private acres. Walk out your casita door and hike into the hills. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, 800.245.2051, www.sanctuaryoncamelback. com. $$$$ elements, the Sanctuary's award-winning restaurant, makes 42 the most of the minimalist experience (as does the grilled salmon with organic spinach and sweet mustard glaze). Soaring windows allow views of the serene infinity pool and the mountains beyond. $$$$ Jade Bar is appropriately named; the intimate green glow from the underlit bar provides a serene atmosphere, even when the room is full. Enjoy a casual dinner on the patio, warmed by the firebowls. Must haves: the creamy lobster bisque, accompanied by a full-bodied Zinfandel. $$$ Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa. Once a rustic inn hosting travelers to the desert, historic Camelback Inn has changed a lot since 1936. It's grown into a resort and spa on 125 acres of the beautiful Sonoran desert, while still maintaining its Southwestern charm. Spacious casita suites range from $489 for a standard double to $1,350 for a deluxe suite, including a private patio overlooking desert gardens. 5402 East Lincoln Drive, 480.948.1700, www .camelbackinn.com. $$$$ The Spa at Camelback. Oprah knows spas, and this is where she comes to recharge. Get rid of toxins like a talk show host with the Adobe Clay Purification Treatment, then relax in a private poolside cabana ($75) with your own fridge filled with water, fresh fruit, and chilled aromatherapy face cloths. $$$ With more spas per Arizona square mile than you can shake a smudge-stick at, the Biltmore boasts one of the best, with outdoor rooms and signature desert treatments like the Lymphatic Juniper and Cypress Massage; for a little togetherness, try the Couple's Sandalwood Massage. $$$ Caleo Resort & Spa (formerly SunBurst Resort). A $9m renovation was completed in April, transforming the former Sunburst into the slightly more upscale Caleo (the prices are more upscale, too: $239-$309). Two large lagoon-like pools have also been redone. Rooms and suites feature pillow-top mattresses and private terraces, some with panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.945.7666, caleoresort.com. $$$ SpaTerre, an Indonesianinspired retreat, has seven treatment rooms, claw-foot tubs, and a wet room with Vichy shower. Try the Javanese Lulur Royal Treatment, where you'll be massaged with jasmine oil, exfoliated with lulur, slathered with yogurt, and immersed in a tub filled with rose petals. Sports Car Market


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Scottsdale Preview Insider's Guide perfect libation. If you choose one of their wines, the corkage fee (about $7) is waived. 2515 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.990.2433. $$$ The Arizona Biltmore, home to the RM auction Days Inn. This bargain hotel is adjacent to great shopping at Fashion Square Mall, and within walking distance of Old Town, the famous Fifth Avenue shops, and over 80 restaurants. Thursday night, hop from gallery to gallery on the weekly Scottsdale Artwalk. Pool, tennis court, and free HBO and Disney channels are included for $93-$165 per night. Fashion Square Mall Scottsdale, 4710 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.947.5411, www.scottsdaledi.homestead.com/hotel .html. $$ Hospitality Suite Resort. Comfortable rooms, close to the Scottsdale airport, free Internet, free pool side cocktails, and free breakfast—what more can you want for $79-$100 a night? How about full kitchens? Make your own meals and really save some dough. 409 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 800.445.5115, www .hospitalitysuites.com. $$ Quality Inn At ASU- Airport. Convenient to Scottsdale, Tempe is a hip university town with an energetic college atmosphere. Newly renovated, good-sized suites sleep two to four people, and room prices range from $87$114. Some rooms have fridge, microwave and wet bar. Free hot breakfast daily. Pool, free Internet access, and airport shuttle. 1375 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.774.2500. $$ 44 Eat Sea Saw. This is tapas with a Japanese twist. Chef and coowner Nobuo Fukada has been hailed as a gastronomic genius by food critics as well as his patrons, not just for his inspired creations but also for his sublime wine pairings (Sea Saw boasts over 2,600 wines and 20 sakes). For his Japanese Mushroom Melange baked in parchment paper, Chef Fukada suggests a 2000 Adelshiem Pinot Noir. Reservations recommended. 7133 Stetson Street, 480.481.9463, www.seasaw.net $$$ Redfish. Things may be challenging in New Orleans, but a piece of The Big Easy has landed in Scottsdale, with French Quarter classics including blackened redfish, crawfish étouffée, and jambalaya. Entrées are not cheap, but happy hour (3-7 and 10-close) features $3 Hurricanes (let's hope they've given them a little more thoughtful name by now) and $4 appetizers (try the fish tacos and fried green tomatoes). 7401 E. Frank Lloyd Wright, 480.998.6995, www .redfishamerica.com. $$$ Cowboy Ciao. We love this place for the award-winning food, and because it's so darn fun—no one else offers a tattoo discount. Big Biceps salad, an homage to Popeye, is offered at $9, but it's $5 if you're sporting an anchor tattoo. Rave reviews from Gourmet and Wine Spectator magazines make this place a must-do. Ask for the “nifty fifty” favorites from the wine list. 6th Avenue and Stetson Drive, 480.946.3111, www.cowboyciao .com. $$$ Atlas Bistro. The strip-mall exterior of this funky little spot belies the sophisticated culinary treats within. Chef Carlos Manriquez specializes in international creations with a southwestern flair. Bet you've never had baja chowder, mussels in a creamy chile sauce, or a wild boar empanada. Atlas Bistro is a BYOB establishment. Stop in twenty minutes before your reservation, look over the menu, and go next door to a great little discount wine store, the AZ Wine Company, to choose the Bada BOOM! Pasta Room. Classic Italian fare with a saucy attitude, great sandwiches and a decent wine list make this a worthy stop; two daily happy hours (4-6 and 9-11) with half-price pizzas and a terrific outdoor patio make it downright irresistible. A convenient place to continue the party after the weekly Thursday art walk—at the corner of Marshall and Third, it's right in the heart of the gallery district. “Da Asparagus Ting” will make your mouth sing. 4151 N. Marshall Way, 480.214.2666, www.badaboomaz.com. $$ Los Sombreros. This little brick house plays host to some of the freshest, most satisfying Mexican cooking in town. Though takes on the typical south-of-the-border fare are featured (like the spectacular crab enchiladas), choices like short ribs braised in guajillo chile, lamb adobo, or a New York strip topped with fresh salsa and sliced avocado may tempt you out of your comfort zone. Chef Jeffery Smedstad often travels to Mexico in search of new ideas, and offers them in his three daily specials. Great selection of Mexican microbrews. 2534 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.994.1799. $$ Greasewood Flat. Surrounded by 120-year-old bunkhouses (from its days as a Cowboy Ciao Sports Car Market Jeff@jagphotoinc.com copyright 2000


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Scottsdale Preview Insider's Guide hotel. Prices vary depending on the size of your group. 800.831.7610, www.hotairexpeditions.com. $$$ Cave Creek Outfitters. Now, F1 Race Factory stagecoach stopover) and big trees circling the seating area, the Greasewood Flat experience is like a camp-out under the stars. Chili dogs are $5, and burgers are six bucks—chips included; spring for the $7 green chili bacon burger if you like a little kick with your cow. Probably the only restaurant where you can order marshmallows ($3) to roast over the plentiful fire pits. Cheap beer, free live music on the stage. Shyness is not allowed here—picnic tables and fire pits are shared. No credit cards accepted, so bring cash. 27500 N. Alma School Road, 480.585.7277, www.greasewoodflat.net. $ Flicka's. Locals head here for the $2 Coronas, day or night, and the beefsteak or shrimp fajitas at $7.95 are big enough to feed two. Fun, relaxed atmosphere either inside with the aquariums and pool tables, or sit out on the patio; heaters take the chill off a desert evening. 2003 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.945.3618. $ Shop el Pedregal. One of the most spectacular settings for a shopping mall you'll ever see. The aptly named el Pedregal means “a place with many stones”—in this case, huge boulders. Thirty upscale shops, ranging from clothing boutiques and art galleries to home furnishings and gift shops surround a courtyard amphitheater, where special events and concerts are a regular event. In fact, this was the setting for the fourth annual Concorso Arizona event last fall. 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, 480.488.1072 , www.wyndhampromotions.com/elpedregal. $$$ 46 Celebrity Encore. After 21 years, owner Lucille Zimmerman is moving the shop down the road a bit, just north of Scottsdale Road next to the Kiva Shopping Center. You'll find the same great gently or never worn designer togs, purses and treasures at bargain prices. Lucille so enjoyed meeting SCM subscribers last year that she's posting a special 10% off SCM coupon on her Web site. If you forget to print it out, just mention Sports Car Market, and tell her we said hello. 7121 E. 5th Avenue, 480.481.0176, www .celebrityencore.com. Play F1 Race Factory. If the sight of all the prime machinery at the auctions has you jonesing for a couple of laps around a raceway, maybe an afternoon at the world's largest indoor race kart facility will satisfy your cravings. Drive a 9-hp Europeanbuilt Bowman race kart on two different tracks, each offering tight turns, fast sweepers, and high-speed straightaways just like a real F1 track. $18 per race or $75 for a full day; racing license $5-$20. Facility also offers rock climbing, billiards and a sports bar. 317 S. 48th Street, Phoenix, 602.302.7223, www .f1racefactory.com. $$ Hot Air Expeditions. “Contour flying” just 200 feet above Saguaros means watching desert wildlife from a whole new perspective. After you land, you'll step out onto a red carpet to be served delicious hors d'oeuvres on elegant china and linen. Call ahead for reservations; shuttle will pick you up at your this is real horsepower. Saddle up for a peaceful ride on horseback out among the Saguaros and sagebrush, then head up into the hills. Cave Creek offers two-hour ($60), half-day ($100) and full-day ($150) guided rides. Reservations are required. Drive yourself out to the ranch, or call for a pick-up ($10 per rider). 31313 N. 144th Street, 480.471.4635, www.cavecreekoutfitters.com. $$ Rawhide Western Town. Rawhide has moved from Scottsdale to the Wild Horse Pass. It's still the perfect place for the kids, with some great new additions. In this rollicking 1880s Western town, you can pan for gold, visit the haunted hotel, and ride a mechanical bull, train, or stagecoach. Improvements include a Native American Village based on the heritage of the Gila River people. Keep an eye out for the wild horses that roam the wide-open spaces of the new location. 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, 480.502.5600, www.rawhide.com. $ Scottsdale Art Walk. Scottsdale is home to more than 100 art galleries, and every Thursday evening they hold an informal open house, a tradition for the past 30 years. Casual and eclectic, many galleries take this time to host artist receptions complete with wine and cheese. Galleries are located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, between Fifth Avenue on the north and Main Street on the south, and between Scottsdale Civic Center on the east, and Goldwater Boulevard on the west. 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. every Thursday. Downtown Scottsdale, 480.990.3939, www .scottsdalegalleries.com. FREE. Rent redhotcars.com. Tired of the typical Focus, Stratus and Taurus rentals? Soak up the sunshine in the ragtop of your choice: Corvette, Nissan 350 Z, Thunderbird, Audi A4, and Porsche Boxster are just a few. You could even get the most out of that gorgeous drive to Sedona in a Plymouth Prowler. PT Cruisers, Jeep Wranglers and Mini Coopers are also available. Pick up your car at PHX, or have it delivered to you in Scottsdale. 877.275.4771. $$$ u The Scottsdale ArtWalk, every Thursday evening year-round Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 2005 Enzo Ferrari Prospective purchasers were selected based on their importance to the dealer; we assume the Pope was pre-qualified by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 2003-2005 Number produced: 400 Original price: $700,000 approx. SCM Valuation: $950,000 - $1,100,000 Tune up/major service: starts at $3,000, can go up dramatically from there Distributor cap: N/A Chassis #: front compartment over the steering column near the windshield Engine #: V between heads Club: Ferrari Club of America, PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358; Ferrari Owners Club, 8642 Cleta St., Downey, CA 90241 More: www.FerrariClubofAmerica.com, www.FerrariOwnersClub.org Alternatives: 2006 Bugatti Veyron, 1991-98 McLaren F1, 1987-88 Porsche 959 COMPS Chassis number: ZFFCZ56B000141920 “F errari entered the third millennium during an incredible phase of competition. In fact, Formula One has never offered the company such a true laboratory for advanced research. I decided that this car, which embodies the best of our technology, should be dedicated to our founder, who always thought that our road cars should take into account the lessons of racing. So this car, of which we are very proud, will be named Enzo Ferrari.” Thus spoke Luca di Montezemolo introducing the Enzo. In the limited series produced at Maranello, which includes the 288 GTO, F40 and F50, the Enzo is the latest and most impressive showcase of Ferrari's technology. An extensive use of composite materials for the monocoque chassis and the body helped reduce the Enzo's weight. Many components are made of honeycomb aluminum/nomex/carbon fiber sandwich material. In the car's interior the carbon fiber is visible and functional. The majority of the controls are mounted on the steering wheel, as on the Formula One car. The heart of the Enzo, though, is the legendary V12, a direct descendant of the line that appeared in 1947 with the 125 F1. Once again, it has been totally redesigned, taking into account the latest lessons of racing such as the roof-shaped four-valve combustion chambers and the variable inlet timing. 48 The power is exceptional, with 660 bhp, the first time 110 bhp per liter had ever been achieved on a 500-cc-per-cylinder engine. The transmission is in unit with the engine. An electro-hydraulic system controls the gearbox and the clutch, minimizing the shifting time to about 150 milliseconds. The Magneti Marelli sequential control allows for ultra-fast shifting just by pulling the right control on the wheel to shift up the gears and the left control to shift down. Two modes are offered: Sport for “daily” driving and Corsa for circuit-style driving. With the ASR off and in the Corsa mode, one can also use a “Launch Control” borrowed from the F1 cars for faster start. The brakes were developed by Brembo in carbon 2003 Ferrari Enzo Lot #457, S/N N/A Condition: 1 Sold at $1,080,000 Kruse, Seaside, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39115 2003 Ferrari Enzo Lot #5555, S/N ZFFCW56A030128799 Condition: 1 Sold at $1,265,000 fiber as on the Formula One cars. The use of this material gives outstanding braking power as well as a reduction of the unsprung weight. This car was a present to the Pope from Ferrari. It is being sold for the benefit of Caritas charity. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $1,274,229 at Sotheby's Maranello Auction June 28, 2005. On January 17, 2005, Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo, Piero Ferrari, Jean Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/13/2004 SCM ID# 34856 Todt, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and 90 other employees presented Pope John Paul II with a 1:5 scale model of an F2004 Formula One car in recognition of his 26th year of papacy. Later, Todt announced Ferrari would also donate a Ferrari Sports Car Market


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Enzo to the Catholic charity administrator, Caritas, which would sell the car for tsunami relief in Southeast Asia. The Enzo defines auto- motive art. You either love it or wonder, “What the hell were they thinking?” It is an extreme exercise in performance and styling. Traditionally conservative, Ferrari defies its own conventions with the Enzo. Its usual long, flowing curves are discarded for a complex mixture of sharp angles that form a shape more chiseled than carved. Each component appears individually designed and then assembled like a Transformer toy. A secondary theme suggests the shape of a Formula One car. As the marriage of both their successes in Formula One and a statement of what the ultimate road car for the early 21st century will be, Ferrari nailed it with the Enzo. The Enzo's interior follows the exterior theme. Parts are individual features rather than subtle contributions to the whole. Upholstered trim softens and enhances the composite tub. A high-tech multifunction steering wheel complements a binnacle containing both analog and state-of-the-art digital gauges. The effect is warm, purposeful, and exciting. Scissor doors add an essential wow factor for small boys, and offered numerous magazines a chance to put the striking doors-up pose on their covers (a temptation even the 2005 SCM Price Guide couldn't resist). You expect performance from a Ferrari, and the Enzo does not disappoint. It is not as violent and raw as the F40 but it is more exciting than the F50, with a top speed of 217 mph, 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, and an even more impressive 0-124-0 in 14.2 seconds, thanks to those carbon fiber brakes. In the hands of a capable driver, this so-called “street” car can lap racetracks at race-winning speeds. You can even pull off an F1 start with “launch control,” activated by a switch on the steering wheel, which disables the traction control and calculates optimum revs—no matter how hard you step on the gas. The technology commands attention without excessive effort, unlike the Mercedes SLR, where you feel like you are at constant war with all the various electronic aids just to keep the car on the road. The Ferrari assists make you feel like an integral part of the experience and reward your input. Getting out of an Enzo and back into a normal exotic, like an F430, can be disconcerting—like Batman when he sheds his armor. Initially, Enzo production was to be limited to 349 ex- amples. Citing pressure from customers, Ferrari bumped production to 399. The Pope's Enzo was an additional unit added to the end of production and upped the total to 400. You could not walk in to your local dealer and buy an Enzo. Prospective purchasers were interviewed and selected based on their importance to the dealer (we assume the Pope was pre-qualified). Customers were then contractually obligated to keep the car for a specified period or sell it back to the dealership where they bought it, a feeble attempt by Ferrari to stop rampant speculation. SCM's Gold auction database shows that very few have been brought to auction, with most selling above $1,000,000. Enzo sellers should not use this car as a benchmark for their car's value. The papal lineage, new car status, last-of-the-line serial number, and a potential charitable write-off make it unique among Enzos. While the purchaser did not overpay, he did not make a good financial investment either. In the near future his car will never be worth more than it was on auction day. If he had to finance it, interest will run $100,000 a year. Transportation, insurance and maintenance will boost his holding cost even more. Further, when the replacement for the Enzo makes its debut, history has shown us that the value of the Enzo, no longer in the flavor-of-the-month club, will plummet. But as with most buyers of million-dollar cars, we as- sume the new owner was aware of all this, and decided the emotional upside, as well as having the last Enzo built, was worth what he paid. His return on this investment will be the enjoyment it brings him, not the money it makes.u “This one-of-a-kind Enzo from the history of Ferrari is a sign of solidarity for those who suffer, inspired by a great Pope, John Paul II”—Luca di Montezemolo, 2005 January 2006 STEVE AHLGRIM of Atlanta, GA, has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information in this profile courtesy of the auction company. 49


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Fake Ferraris for Fun and Profit Of the 33 Ferrari 250 TRs originally built, 46 well-documented—and disputed—examples exist today pleasure to drive with a cockpit that is not a torture chamber, and brakes, suspension, and gear ratios that work. In the late 1980s, these cars took over a year to build and cost $150,000-plus when done right. Today they would take more than a year and at least $250,000 to build— plus a 250 GT donor car. Once again demonstrating it's always better to let someone else do the heavy financial lifting, existing cars can be purchased from about $175,000 to $225,000. As for 250 TRs and GTOs, the A replicar for practice days: S/N 3781 P urists dismiss replica Ferraris as fakes that should never have been built, while aficionados who missed the first round of hiring at Microsoft appreciate their timeless beauty and affordable performance. However, in any situation that involves replication, recreation, or just downright fakery, some of these cars were built with the best of intentions—and some with the worst. TDFS AND GTOS Most 250 replicas were built in the mid-1980s on a shortened 250 GTE chassis with a mildly hot-rodded engine and fitted with a decent replication of the original bodywork. At a glance they look “right,” but all too often they were built on a budget, so they are underpowered, the steering ratios are wrong, the shifter is in the wrong location, and the rear leaf spring mounts protrude into the cockpit moving the seating position too far forward. They are anything but user friendly. The best of the 250 TdF, SWB or California Spyder replicas were built on shortened and modified 250 PF coupe or 250 Lusso frames, which are very close to the originals. The brakes and suspension were updated with 250 GTE components, and the correct spring boxes, headers, exhaust, transmission cases, and differentials were fitted, all topped off with a high-quality new body in aluminum. The result is a well-balanced car that's a 50 best replicas were built on all-new frames with the correct lighter and smaller-diameter tubing, as used in the originals. The engines were lowered and moved back in the frame and rebuilt with correct carburetors, cams, and other internals as per the original specifications. Ribbed aluminum gearbox castings and correct shifters were also fitted, and 250 GTE suspension components were modified, as was done by the Ferrari factory decades ago. The best cars have well-done aluminum bodywork and are near-perfect copies of the originals. These took over a year to build in the late 1980s and cost well over $300,000— plus a 250 GTE donor car. Now you can buy one between $200,000–$250,000. Since today's build cost exceeds market value, it's unlikely any more 250 replicas will be built, making the best cars a bargain. Replica production was also slowed from the mid1980s by the Ferrari Factory, which took legal action in Italy and used its connections to make life difficult for the manufacturers. The best TR replicas were built by Giovanni Giordanengo, Mario Allegretti, and Franco Ferrari in Italy; by DK Engineering and RS panels in England; by Piet Roelofs and Alwin Hietbrink in Holland; or by Greg Jones in the U.S. These cars all carry the original serial numbers of the donor cars from which they were built and were not intended to deceive unknowing buyers. Some are actively raced in events like the Chicago Historic races or the Walter Mitty Challenge, sanctioned by organizers such as the SVRA or HSR. Almost all have been modified with updated 250-, 330-, and 365-based engines, with modern brakes and suspension tweaks that make them much faster than the originals. They are often used aggressively, just as the originals were in their prime. For instance, GTO replica S/N 3781 was built with little regard for cost in 1988-89 for the owner of a “real” 250 GTO to use as his practice car at his own race track. We sold this car in August of 2003 for just under $200,000, and today it would bring about $250,000–$275,000. THE PLOT THICKENS Like Alfa Monzas, Bugatti Grand Prix cars, and Jaguar D-types, more “real” Ferrari 250 TRs exist today than were built by the original manufacturer. The creative (and sometimes lucrative) result of a single crashed car can mean two recreated cars, each claiming remnants of the original. In some cases a car (and sometimes multiple cars) Sports Car Market


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discovering that her husband had been unfaithful, she aided the police during their investigation. The plot further thickened when it was determined that Lord Brockett had sold Jon Shirley of Microsoft 250 SWB S/N 3565 at a then “market correct” price of about $575,000, claiming it to be the original 250 SWB S/N 3565. The “real” 250 SWB surfaced in France and some detective work proved that Brockett/Shirley's SWB was actually a well-done replica based on 250 GTE S/N 4015. Another two years was added to Lord Brockett's fiveyear prison term. Thanks to the ever-growing Internet and some very This pseudo 250 GT SWB, S/N 3565, earned “Jailhouse” Brocket an extra two years in the slammer has been created from a car that was totally destroyed years ago and in reality is gone forever. Of the 33 250 TRs originally built by Ferrari, 46 well-documented—and disputed—examples are known to exist today, one example being 250 TR S/N 0720 TR, which was the subject of a bitter lawsuit in Europe in 2001. The original 250 TR, S/N 0720, was owned by Dave Biggs of Clarksville, Missouri. In 1965 lightning struck Mr. Biggs' barn, destroying the barn, an adjoining garage and the cars inside. Mr. Biggs bulldozed everything and buried the debris. Before the bulldozers arrived, Biggs gave the TR frame to a friend, John O'Neil. Since the TR frame was of questionable value, O'Neil discarded the frame in a nearby ravine. The remnants of the frame were dug up by Simon Moore and Henry Wessels and sold to English collector Rodney Felton, who had a complete car built up by Rod Jolley Coachwork in England, going eventually to Harald Mergard, a German with a substantial Ferrari collection and also sponsor of the Barchetta.cc Web site, well known to most Ferrari enthusiasts. For photos of the frame and parts, as recovered, the reader is invited to go to www.barchetta.cc/All.Ferraris/250-tr-0720tr/index.html for more information. But there's more. A second 250 TR chassis turned up in Italy in 1980. In 1981 the restored frame was sold to Dutch collector Paul Schouwenburg, allegedly as S/N 0720 TR. He collected many original TR parts through the 1980s and had talented Dutch panel builder Alwin Hietbrink build a duplicate pontoon-fender body. The car was completed in early 1996 and in December of 2001 was offered at the Bonhams auction at Gstaad. As so often happens when big dollars are on the line, lawyers magically materialized and the Schouwenburg 250 TR was slammed with an injunction. The result was that today, the sole right to claim S/N 0720 TR is now with German collector Harold Mergard, with the frame from the ravine. ENTER THE CROOKS The most ambitious fraud concerns Lord Charles Brockett of England. He owned a small Ferrari collection, as well as Brockett Hall, the family manor, which had been turned into a conference and entertainment center. In 1991 Lord Brockett cut up and buried five cars, a Ferrari 195, S/N 0123 S, a Ferrari 340 America, S/N 0138 AM, a Ferrari 250 Europa, S/N 0421 GT, a Maserati Birdcage, S/N 2456, and an OSCA 2000, and then claimed they had been stolen. His insurance claim totaled a whopping 4,500,000 pounds ($7,936,508). Adding to the drama, Lady Brocket had de- veloped an addiction to prescription drugs and was caught forging a prescription. Then, after Built on a frame recovered from a ravine: S/N 0720 TR dedicated Ferrari “trainspotters,” the chances of a replica being sold as the real thing are becoming more remote. Today's Ferrari buyers, be they entry-level or buyers of factory 250 GTOs, have learned to do their homework. BANG FOR THE BUCK When replica buyers call—and they do call often—my advice is always the same: Figure out exactly what you want to do with the car, don't be in a hurry, and buy the best. I track almost 200 different 250 replicas in my database, from TRs, TdFs, SWBs, and California Spyders to GTOs. While the quality of their construction varies alarmingly, the best 250 replicas are exceedingly well done and offer excellent value to the enthusiast. Many owners race, rally, or run touring events with their 250 replicas numerous times a year, pleasing themselves, race fans, and event organizers alike. While 250 replicas may not be the real thing, they are as close as most people ever get, and at a fraction of the cost. It's more proof that there's no relationship between how much money you spend and how much fun you have. u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years, as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. January 2006 51


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English Profile 2001 Lotus Esprit V8 An Esprit makes sense based on performance and price, but it falls short on craftsmanship and materials by David Slama DETAILS Years produced: 1997-2004 Number produced: approx. 2,000 Original list price: $90,000 SCM Valuation: $33,000-$75,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $212, two required Chassis #: Wheel arch or bulkhead inside front luggage compartment Engine #: Rear of block Club: Lotus, Ltd., PO Box L, College Park, MD, 20741 More: www.lotuscarclub.org Alternatives: 1995-98 Porsche Turbo 993, 1989-94 Ferrari 348, 1990-2000 Lamborghini Diablo SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS 1998 Lotus Esprit V8 Lot #1916, S/N SCCDA0829WHC15490 Condition: 1 Sold at $50,370 Chassis number: SCCDC08211HA10264 A lthough the wedge-shaped Lotus Esprit has been around long enough to be something of a 1970s retro car, it has gone through significant changes since it first appeared in 1976. To most people the Esprit conjures up exciting scenes from the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me,” where Roger Moore escaped dangerous moments thanks to Q's outfitting of his Esprit. Most memorable was when the Esprit turned into a submarine and dived to the bottom of the sea, surely a one-way trip with Lucas electrics. This pristine example may not be able to excite that kind of theatrical performance, but it does perform on the road. The 2001 Lotus Esprit coupe comes equipped with well-proven mechanical roots that have continually been improved. The revamped composite plastic body dates back to 1987 on this still-contemporary supercar. A completely redesigned, luxurious leather interior was fitted in 1998 and has been continually upgraded since then. The 3.5-liter, all-aluminum DOHC, 32-valve, twin-turbo V8 engine with an intercooler was new in 1997 and produces a healthy 354 bhp to ensure that no Ferrari or Lamborghini will blow by you. And, with 295 ft-lbs of torque at 4,250 rpm, it has plenty of grunt. The steering and handling have been described as a “perfect match” for the built-in supercar performance. At the same time, this is a driver's car with razor-sharp steering and abundant grip. 52 The example we have the pleasure of offering here is finished in a rare and attractive Caribbean blue and beautifully complemented by a Magnolia interior. It was purchased new by the current owner and has been very well maintained. Showing approximately 30,000 miles on the odometer, the lady owner reports that most of the driving was almost exclusively highway miles between Palm Springs and Los Angeles. Overall, the Lotus remains in excellent condition and needs nothing. With a top speed of 175 mph, a 0 to 60 time of 4.6 Bonhams & Brooks, London, UK, 12/4/2000 SCM ID# 24654 1994 Lotus Esprit S4 Lot #421, S/N SCCFD30C8RHF61282 Condition: 3+ Sold at $32,940 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/26/2005 SCM ID# 36975 seconds, and an average of 21 mpg, this Lotus Esprit Turbo is a true supercar. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $55,000 at RM's auction in Monterey, CA, on August 20, 2005. The Esprit has been around for a long time. Consider that when it was introduced in 1974, Ferrari was still selling Dinos and Daytonas. When the last Esprit rolled off the production line in 2004, the 308 GT4, 308/328 and 348 had come and gone (not to mention the Boxer, TR and 456). Despite body redesigns and engine upgrades, the car never really caught on with traditional Lotus fanatics (who thought it too plush and cushy), or typical supercar buyers (who found things like “Toyota” being stamped on the taillight lenses off-putting). The Esprit shocked at its debut at the 1974 London International Motor Show. It was praised for Giugiaro's sexy lines but criticized for its high weight (for a Lotus)—nearly 2,000 lbs—when the Lotus Europa Special weighed 300 lbs less. Further, it had a fourcylinder, normally aspirated, 2-liter engine that put out just 160 hp. Where was the spartan Lotus of yesteryear? Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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The market responded with indifference. Sales of all Esprits ranged from 137 to 1,058 per year, with a total of approximately 11,000 sold by the end of its production in 2004. Lotus responded to complaints about per- formance by offering a 210-hp, turbocharged, 2.2-liter four in 1980. In 1988, the edgy lines were softened by Peter Stevens, who went on to design the McLaren F1 road car. In 1997, a 350-hp twin-turbo V8 became standard. However, along with the horsepower came an increase in weight to a monstrous (again, for a Lotus) 3,038 lbs. While this all-alloy engine put the car on an even playing field with its rivals when it came to performance, it was getting more and more difficult to get the market excited about a design nearly a quarter century old. But life with an Esprit, especially a V8, is exuberant. I bought mine two years ago and have never looked back. That's a good thing, as you really can't see much behind you anyway. I've learned exactly what contortions I need to perform in order to get into the car, and which driveways will rip the (fortunately replaceable) front spoiler off. An Esprit makes sense based solely on the performance and price, but if you consider craftsmanship and materials it falls short. The all-rubber steering wheel is straight out of a Pontiac Trans Am, and there are those Toyota taillights. Those kinds of things just don't happen at Ferrari or Porsche, where making cars is an art form. According to the catalog description, this car's miles were mostly put on during highway use. I'm sure these are correct since 30,000 is a lot of miles compared to many Esprits that come to market. I don't think either car or driver is capable of that many stop-and-go miles around town. If you've decided that you want to give an Esprit a try, I'd suggest getting to know the owner before you buy to get a sense of their mechanical intuition. An Esprit emits a myriad of vibrations and noises; some are characteristic, but others need to be addressed. Letting too many things go leads to the adage, “You can pay me now or pay me later,” which applies to Esprits in spades. Parts are expensive and can take a while to source. I'd also want to squeeze under the car for a look; since the car is low, it is susceptible to frame and suspension damage. If the tires are worn unevenly, it's another clue something is askew. Incidentally, a set of new tires will set you back over a grand. And it goes without saying that you should check all things electrical. In the 6,000 miles I've driven mine, I have mainly had to fix cosmetic problems the previous owners had ignored. The car has been in the shop for two months with what started as a routine 48,000-mile service and has since turned into a while-it's-here kind of thing that extended as far as replacing the clutch, a $2,100 part. I doubt I'll ever get this money back when it comes time to sell. Let the market's lack of interest be your friend. Esprit buyers, especially for the most expensive late-model cars, are few and far between. My car belonged to the owner of a high-end used car lot outside Seattle who repeatedly told me he was sad to let the car go, but it didn't take much haggling to settle on a price of $41,500, washed and with a tank of gas. January 2006 The Esprit trades in a buyer's market until depre- ciation takes the price low enough that mildly interested observers might see it as a Ferrari for Corvette money. However, by that time, chances are the car has begun its inevitable mechanical and cosmetic disintegration. A cheap Lotus is never cheap. At $55,000, this was a lot of car for the money, but on-the-button for value. My advice to the new owner would be to drive it as often as possible, and enjoy the experience—while it lasts.u DAVID SLAMA, SCM's general manager, is a car nut who has given up on his formal education to be closer to his passion, cars. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. 53


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English Patient Gary Anderson Five “Must-Checks” When Buying a Big Healey If the doors don't open easily and close firmly, the chassis may be structurally unsound and repairs will be very expensive T he Austin-Healey 100s and 3000s have continued to escalate in price over the past decade and now a recently restored example from a well-known restorer can cost up to $75,000. Nevertheless, big Healeys come on the market every month with asking prices less than half that amount. How do you tell whether you're getting good value for your money? The basic principles to keep in mind are that chassis and body repair can be extremely expensive, but mechanical problems are relatively easy to fix and carpeting and basic running gear can be replaced easily. Following those principles, here are five things to check for when you're looking at one for sale. l. Rust, rust, rust. Like location in real estate, rust is the major factor that separates a good buy from a monetary black hole. Almost anything else can be fixed within a predictable budget, but if extensive body repairs are necessary, costs can easily exceed any reasonable market value. Unfortunately, if the Healey has just been given a fresh paint job, the rust worm may not be visible, but can still be doing its evil work. Fortunately, there's one pretty good test that will help avoid the bodge jobs. Check behind the “dog-legs”—the sheet metal between the bottom of the door shut face and the rear fender opening. This area collects dirt and moisture from the rear wheel, and rust can easily start here and eventually chew into the frame rails and body panels. If the car has really been a “no-rust, California car” all its life, or if previous body work has been properly done, you'll be able to see the end of the outer frame rail extending from beneath the door opening behind the outer fender panel. There will also be a triangular brace extending down from the door pillar to the frame rail directly behind the outer fender panel. If either or both of these pieces are missing, it means that the car has been badly rusted and even more badly repaired. Don't bother to look any further. Walk away. If that area is intact, then check under the fender wells and along the underside of the rocker panels, as well as under the carpets, to further confirm that the body is in good shape. 2. Structural problems. The door gaps are another good indication of structural rust problems or badly done restoration. Basically, the Healey chassis consists of two complicated structures connected by two primary frame rails. If the frame is rusted under the passenger compartment, the car will bow in the middle, which will cause the door gaps to be uneven from top to bottom. If that's the case, or if the doors don't open easily and close firmly, the chassis may be structurally unsound and repairs will be very expensive. Also, look under the car from front to rear to make sure the frame rails are straight and level. Crooked frame rails indicate a badly damaged or badly repaired chassis. This should also be a deal breaker for anyone but a masochistic body man. 3. Detail trim parts. Check to make sure that all the niggly little trim pieces are present, and in good shape or at least repairable. Finding a set of top bows, original gauges and instruments, side screens, or good chrome pieces can be difficult to impos- 54 The tinworm is not your friend sible. No one currently makes a proper rear bumper for the 100, for example, or the correct rivet-secured trim rings for the headlamps. Even before you begin your search, buy the books on Healey originality by Clausager, Robson, Piggot, and Anderson and Moment (check with the Healey clubs for these). Study them carefully to know what the Healey should look like. 4. Previous mechanical work. Read any Healey post- ings on the internet (www.team.net sponsors an excellent Healey mail list, as does the British Car Forum) and you'll often see the abbreviation “dpo” to explain a current problem with a Healey. This is shorthand for “dumb previous owner.” Electrical problems, overheating, hot cockpits, and other challenges to pleasurable Healey ownership are too frequently blamed on British design or manufacturing quality. More likely, the problems actually developed during the period when these were just cheap old used cars, to be kept running at the lowest possible cost, frequently by folks who didn't know much about car repair. Look for signs of previous poor maintenance, start- ing with the wiring harness. If there are any added wires visible outside the harness, if connections look rusty, or if the seller dismisses a problem of poor starting or Sports Car Market


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accessories that don't work, as “well, it's just the Lucas electrics,” you can guess that if you buy this car you're going to spend a lot of time chasing electrical problems or standing beside the road on a dark night when the car shuts down for no particular reason. Other symptoms of “dpo” will be poorly fitted interior kits, old carpeting, a dirty, greasy engine compartment, or other obvious poor mechanical work. Sure, these can all be fixed, but if your intention is to drive and enjoy the car, rather than using it as the basis for an adult education course in British car maintenance, look for a better example to purchase. 5. Running condition. If, and only if, the car has survived this visual inspection—and if you spent less than an hour checking it out up to this point, you're letting emotion get the better of rationality—a road test will be in order. With the choke pulled out, the engine should turn over easily and enthusiastically, and start within a matter of seconds. Once the car is running, oil pressure should ramp up quickly to 60 pounds and then subside to around 40 pounds as the car warms up. Once the car is completely warmed up, oil pressure at idle shouldn't be below 20 pounds, and at cruising rpm of 2,500 or so, should be above 40 pounds. Underway, the car should shift easily up through the gears, and overdrive should engage a second or so after the overdrive switch is flicked. Obviously the engine should sound smooth and sweet at idle, and respond quickly and eagerly to the throttle. As you drive, the steering should be responsive, with only an inch or so of free-play in the steering wheel; more than that could indicate worn steering gear. When you drive the car across a railroad grade crossing or on bumpy pavement, the car should track straight without a lot of vibration that would indicate kingpin problems, and rebound should be limited if the shocks are in good shape. After about 15 to 20 minutes of driving, the engine temperature should be between 170 and 190 degrees; any lower and the thermostat may not be working, any higher and you may have a radiator problem or an engine that is badly clogged up. Don't be too concerned if temperature goes higher briefly when the engine is under load, like up a long grade on a hot day, but the temperature should drop back down into the correct A prime example of “dpo” range as soon as you're over the crest and coming down the other side. If the car you're interested in survives all of this, then you may have a good buy that will give you a lot of pleasure and pride for some time to come. If it doesn't, then pass it up; Healeys may be rising in price, but they're not rare, and as the original hobby group ages, good, well-maintained cars are coming on the market more frequently. Just be patient, keep your antenna up, and a good example will find you.u GARY ANDERSON recently co-authored with Don Racine MOTORING: Getting the Maximum fromYour New Mini, published by Enthusiast Publications, LLC. January 2006 55


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1963 Fiat 750/850 Abarth Berlina Lack of records makes it very difficult to tell a factory Abarth from one built by Uncle Giorgio's Garage by Donald Osborne DETAILS Years produced: 1962-67 (600D) Number produced: 2,984 (850 sedans) Original list price: $1,360 SCM Valuation $10,000-$13,000 (850TC) Tune-up: $175 Distributor cap: $25 Chassis #: Left side of firewall Engine #: Left side of crankcase support Club: Abarth Register, 54 School Street Suite 102, Westbury, NY 11590 Alternatives: 1963-67 Mini Cooper S, 1959-65 BMW 700, 1964-70 Renault R8 Gordini. SCM Investment Grade: D COMPS 1959 Fiat Abarth 750 GT Lot #5546, S/N 100441464 Condition: 3 Sold at $17,600 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/13/2004 SCM ID# 34900 Chassis number: 1537289 (Note: In the auction catalog, there was an addendum that declared that this particular car was in fact a Fiat 750 rather than an 850. As its model year was appropriate for an 850, we can only assume that an earlier 750 engine had been retrofitted. The historical information about the 850 model presented by the auction company is correct and we have not changed it. Where the auction company refers to this particular car, we have changed the nomenclature from 850 to 850/750. As indicated in Osborne's analysis of this sale, this type of alteration has minimal effect on the value of the car.—ED.) F 56 iat and Carlo Abarth have such a convoluted history, it's hard to believe joint planning didn't take place at conspiratorial “Godfather” dinners in some restaurant wine cellar. This story is no exception. Fiat debuted the “D” version of the 600 in the begin- ning of 1960, shortly after Abarth began designing the 850 with grand touring competition in mind. Introduced in 1961, the Fiat Abarth 850 was essentially a 600 sent directly to Abarth without front brakes, crank-shaft, carburetor, exhaust and some other minor parts. Abarth then fitted the cars with modified components and sold them for the incredibly low price of just 850,000 lire ($1,282). This price was only a 25% increase over the base price of a Fiat 600, a very good deal considering the 850 had three and a half times more horsepower than the miniscule 600. Aside from the beefed-up engine, Abarth also upgraded the brakes and tightened the suspension. On request Abarth could supply a sportsstyle steering wheel and add a rev counter and an oil temperature gauge to the normal instruments. In order to obtain the homologation of the touring category, Abarth had to reach a monthly production of 150 units. This meant that it had to guarantee the minimum number envisaged—1,000 units. This Fiat Abarth 850/750 Berlina was released from the Italian classic car collection 1961 Fiat Abarth 750 Lot #187, S/N 586952 Condition: 2Sold at $17,075 Brooks, Geneva, Switzerland, 8/5/2000 SCM ID# 12871 of Franco Manetti and recently arrived in the United States. The car has undergone a cosmetic restoration, with an interior that includes new leather seats and new Fiat floor rubbers. The engine and transmission have been inspected and tuned up to ensure optimum performance from the 850/750-cc motor. All electrical and mechanical systems have been thoroughly tested and are in working order. The 850 is a very fun car to drive as it can be tossed around and driven to the edge without having to go extremely fast. This car is simply a blast to drive and is undoubtedly worth the money in every respect. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $17,600, including buyer's premium, at the RM Auctions Monterey sale held August 19, 2005. Fiat has a long history of small, performance-modified race cars that dates back to Sports Car Market RM Auctions


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the Ballila and Topolino of the 1930s. Beginning in the mid-'50s, Carlo Abarth's modified Fiats became the kings of small-bore European racing, a rule that extended through the 1960s. While most of the big event results were achieved with the sleek Zagato-bodied cars, the standard “Berlina” or “sedan” Abarths also did quite well. Taking full advantage of the durable, under-stressed Fiat 500 and 600 engines, Abarth was able to double or triple the power output while retaining a great deal of reliability. The canny Austrian also made a deal with Fiat, which saw him receive payment for race and class wins. So to maximize his income, he made sure that as many entries as possible were Abarth-enhanced and -badged cars. Although the catalog description tells a story of the cars that were modified at his factory, the truth is that far more cars were built by dealers and mechanics from kits as after-market projects for customers. That, combined with an almost total lack of factory records, makes it very difficult to tell a “factory” Abarth car from one done by Uncle Giorgio's Garage. Whoever did the work, the cars are capable and fun on the track or the street. Even with a documented history, there are few ways to tell what modifications—beyond badging, instruments, and a rear hatch lift kit—have been made without opening up the engine. The most important parts of an Abarth are the crankshaft and camshaft, and it's not possible to tell much by looking at the outside of the engine. The rest of the kit included a finned crankcase with larger diameter bearing supports, lightened and strengthened conrods, lighter pistons, a bigger carburetor, and of course his famous exhaust system. It's interesting to note that the badges, emblems, and grilles were a separate order from the go-fast bits—which of course encouraged some more impecunious owners to buy the sizzle without the steak. In buying an Abarthized Fiat Berlina, it's more important to look at the condition of the car and the quality of the work than to obsess about the originality. When new, these cars were inevitably run hard, even if they weren't raced, and will have had many of the original parts replaced due to use and wear. It's not uncommon for them to be sold with multiple engines as spare parts (my 1959 Abarth Zagato Double Bubble came with two and a half) and for the parts to be mixed with abandon. That brings us to the Editor's note above. As a 1963, this should be an Abarth 850, as originally written, rather than a 750, as corrected by the auction company. The factory began marketing the larger engine in 1960 with the launch of the 600D model, and while it's possible that an old 750 kit was sitting on a shelf, it's more likely that a modified 750 engine was fitted to the car at a later date. It doesn't really matter, however, as explained above— if it's not a “factory-documented” race car, it doesn't make a difference except for a small margin of performance. This car had been recently restored (the catalog photo showed it when it was fresh out of the paint shop with no headlights or trim fitted) and was very well done. It had all of the Abarth trim pieces, down to the funky spinner hubcaps. As such, although high, the price paid was fair (and below the $20,000-$25,000 estimate) and the new owner certainly bought the car for less than the price of the restoration work. It's a car to be sorted and enjoyed right away.u DONALD OSBORNE is a Fiat aficionado and candidate member of the American Society of Apprasiers. Vehicle description courtesy of the auction company. January 2006 57


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German Profile 1939 BMW 327 Cabriolet Because this car is a 2+2 and a cabriolet it weighs several hundred pounds more than a 328, and acceleration will be leisurely by Raymond Milo DETAILS Years produced: 1937-40 Number produced: Stated 482 (I believe more like 1,300) Original list price: RM6000 ($2,400) SCM Valuation: $60,000-$85,000 Tune up cost: Should not exceed $500 Distributor cap: $250 Chassis #: Plate on the firewall, stamping on the left front upper side of the rail near the front suspension Engine #: Right side of the block towards the front Club: BMW Car Club of America More: www.bmwcca.org Alternatives: 1926-31 Bugatti T40 4-seater, 1934-39 Wanderer W25K tourer, 1934-39 Adler Trumpf tourer. SCM Investment grade: C COMPS 1939 BMW 327/28 Lot #657, S/N 74247 Condition: 2+ Sold at $63,508 Chassis number: 739622 B MW's first six-cylinder engine was launched in 1934, and formed the backbone of the company's racing legacy. A modified version of the new powerplant was developed by Rudolf Schleicher and would stay in production until 1961, first as a 1.2-liter then as a 2-liter. It was a pushrod engine which duplicated the advantages of a DOHC layout, without the weight. In 1936 the Schleicher engine was dropped into the new type 328 which went on to become a very versatile sports car in the late 1930s. The 327 was the Grand Touring version of the sporty new 328, designed to accommodate the customer who wanted the style of the 328 with four seats and a less aggressive driving experience. Smart and graceful, it came with a radio and was very easy and comfortable to drive. The detuned version of the engine was even more reliable. In the three-year production run from 1938-40 there were only 482 type 327s made. The number remaining is surely small. Offered here is a white 327 cabriolet. It has a navy blue top that matches the leather interior. In the late 1980s it was restored and has just been mechanically serviced. It has been fitted with a new exhaust system and new brakes. The suspension has been overhauled and 58 it has been fitted with new hoses and electrical components. For ease of operation it has been converted from a 6-volt to a 12-volt system. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $88,000 at the RM Sports and Classic Car auction in Monterey, CA, on August 19, 2005. The 327 was a nice little car, overshadowed by its glamorous sister, the 328, which revolutionized the idea of a dual-purpose sports car. It is difficult to understand how radical the concept was, but in my opinion the 328 ranks with two other immortals of the pre-war era, the 2900 Alfa and the Bugatti Type 35B. Worth less than the other two in today's market, 1936 BMW 319 Lot #S432, S/N 57546 Condition: 3Sold at $38,500 Blackhawk, Hershey, PA, 10/11/2002 SCM ID# 29213 the 328 is still one of the more significant cars of that era. It owes its origins to BMW's first strides toward automotive independence in 1932, when the company cancelled its licensing agreement with British Austin, and made its first all-BMW car, the 3/20. A creatively eccentric car, the 3/20 was a radical departure from the pedestrian Austin, with roller main bearings, overhead valves, central spline chassis and swing axles front and rear. The chassis was designed by Ferdinand Porsche, at the time a freelance engineer. Mass production of automobiles was in its infancy in Europe, so the body for the 3/20 was made by Daimler Benz AG in Sindelfingen. Sports Car Market Bonhams & Brooks, Geneva, Switzerland, 3/5/2001 SCM ID# 23954 Photos: RM Auctions


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In 1933 the model 303 was introduced, fea- turing a 1.2-liter six-cylinder overhead valve engine, and with lighter pressed steel bodies made in Berlin by a licensee of the U.S. Budd corporation, which was the leader in making heavy presses required for steel stampings. (The same company made bodies for Ford of Germany, Audi, Adler, and Horch.) The 303 was offered as a two-door sedan, a four-seat cabriolet, and a two-seat sports roadster. This last model received triple Zenith carburetors, and was quite lively for the period. The factory's philosophy was evolutionary, with constant improvement in design and quality. The proliferation of coachbuilders gave the little roadster a variety of special bodies, which ranged from exquisite to grotesque. By 1935 a very significant model emerged: the 315/1. The handling was greatly improved, the rear swing axles were gone, and the steering was improved by the introduction of rack and pinion. A two-seat roadster featured the improved 1.5-liter six with triple Solexes and a very high (for the period) compression ratio of 6.8:1. The little roadster was a true dual-purpose sports car. In the Alpine rally in 1935 they made mincemeat of the venerable “chain gang” Frazer-Nashes. As a result, Frazer-Nash entered into a licensing agreement with BMW and from that point on all Frazer-Nashes were really RHD BMWs with a different badge, built in Germany. By 1936 the line-up had three new models. The 3/20 was the entry level model featuring a shortened chassis from the previous model. It had hydraulic brakes and a very practical four-speed gearbox with a freewheel on first and second gear, enabling clutchless shifting in town driving. The factory claimed a top speed of about 60 mph and a reasonable price tag of “only” RM4500 ($1,800). The top of the line was the legendary 328, with its brilliant hemi-head, slightly longer chassis, and top speed in excess of 100 mph, for the whopping price of RM7500 ($3,000). To bridge the gap between the two, a 2+2 model was introduced—the 327. Like all 2+2s, it was aimed at the “family man,” providing him with a practical family sports car. The chassis was identical to the 3/20, and the engine had a curious arrangement of twin updraft Solexes, and an agricultural exhaust system on its ordinary head. At RM6000 ($2,400) the price was between the two extremes. The factory claimed a 78 mph top speed, most likely down a steep hill. The attractive body by Autenreith paid homage to the Chrysler Airflow, and as with most 2+2s, the rear seat was suitable only for small children. The car sold well when new, and I seriously doubt that “only” 482 were made—about 1,300 seems more likely to me. The 327 pales by comparison with the 328 with which it is supposed to be “almost” identical. In fact, it uses only the block from the legendary Schleicher engine. Because this car is a 2+2 and a cabriolet, it weighs several hundred pounds more than a 328, and acceleration is leisurely. But it's a reliable touring car that can be driven and enjoyed. Considering that Monterey generates record prices, and that the market is galloping ahead of the price guides, I'd say that the $88k is Monterey (if not market) correct. As an affordable and unusual tourer, and assuming no extraordinary and costly surprises, this 327 represents a decent deal for everyone involved.u RAYMOND MILO describes himself as CEO and chief sanitation engineer of BB One Exports. January 2006 59


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager The Porsche in the Barn If I were to design a way to ruin a car, I'm not sure I could do better than a musty, damp, dark barn with plenty of mice Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager W hat is it about a thoroughly neglected old car that gets our blood stirring? I have seen grown men with busy and important lives drop everything to drive hours to view a rusty, dusty mess of an abused Porsche complete with unknowable disasters lurking deep in its oxidized chassis and alloy engine cases. What's the big thrill here? Today, there aren't many barns hiding old Porsches any more. In fact, there aren't even many farmers, as corporate agriculture provides much better efficiency. Today we mostly find our derelicts in garages. Sometimes old, musty, filthy garages that few of us would consider parking our cars in, much less crawling around in on our hands and knees for a few hours. A SKANKY 912 Let's consider a 1969 912 that was in a barn, although the owner wasn't much of a farmer. This Ossi Blue Targa was advertised as “some rust” but a “great project” at an asking price of $6,000 or best offer. The car had been parked for years and the seller seemed motivated, so we drove a few hours out into the country to visit. One of the great problems with most barns is that the light is usually bad. Barn-find Fantastic or fright pig? cars don't run, and often can't be pushed, so the lack of light is a serious hindrance. In addition, a barn is about the worst place to store our precious Porsches, as rust-prone as they are, given typical dirt floors, abundance of moisture-retaining hay, and the usually lousy weatherproofing. If I were to design a way to ruin a car, I'm not sure I could do better than a musty, damp, dark barn with plenty of mice scurrying about. Why look at a 912 anyway? Well, 1969 is the last year of the original 912 and the Targa body is a bit unusual, plus the color is one of my favorites, a deep medium blue that sets off the chrome wheels like no other. But this car was a disaster, with structural and surface rust everywhere, a smelly, oily engine that had all the signs of an el-cheapo rebuild (Weber carbs and big bore pistons and cylinders installed by a local VW shop), deeply rusted chrome wheels, and a mice-nibbled interior. There was no realistic hope of putting this car on the road again, so it was a parts car and nothing more. But what parts were usable? Almost nothing. Perhaps a core 912 engine, but with potentially cracked heads and a tired crank, it wasn't worth much more than $1,200. I asked the seller how much room he had to negotiate and he said if he couldn't get $5,000 for the car, he would keep it. I have little doubt it remains right there, quietly rotting away as it returns to the earth. Dust to dust. A 911 FOR UNDER A GRAND I was recently called to look at the more modern iteration of a barn find, a car in a garage. This Porsche was stuffed sideways in the back of a modern three-car garage, where you might often find a freezer or the washer and dryer. It was a metallic red 1969 911T Coupe, with a very cheap and faded repaint over the original Kelly Green. The long-time owner was forced to take his pride and joy off the road when the left front shock tower rusted completely away at the top, allowing the top of the mount to waive defiantly in the air. He always wanted to get this car back on the road, but had let it sit long enough that the engine was seized. It had a fairly nice interior, a worthwhile magnesium case transmission, and a set of Weber carbs atop the seized flat-six engine. After a bit of negotiation I happily paid $950 and have put many of the parts to good use. But it won't ever see the road again. A 356 WORTH SAVING A 1960 356B Roadster lay tucked away in a small, cluttered garage. The owner started a complete restoration about ten years ago. In the meantime, much had changed in his life including jobs, wives and two young children, and it became clear that he wouldn't be finishing the Roadster anytime in the next decade. He was moving again, and just couldn't bear to drag it along, only to see it sit. 60 Sports Car Market


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work, it started to come alive and look pretty good. At $23,000, it was a fine barn-find and will certainly again be on the road someday. RESTORE IT, RESTORE YOU Why do we pursue these old, often hopeless cars? First, I think we genu- inely hate to see any of our cars pass away. Messing with old cars is partially about cheating time, isn't it? How many of us feel great driving our restored relics, thinking, if I can stop the clock from running out on this old timer, I can stop my own clock as well? In addition, the lure of a completely original car, with no one ever hav- ing “upgraded” and “updated” its various assemblies, is also a narcotic. Getting to be “the first one in,” and then demonstrating to the world just how thoughtful a restoration you can do, has its allure. Add to that the idea that you might be starting off by buying a car at a bargain price, and the equation starts to make sense. At least to most of us. And some barn finds are truly spectacular. A recent barn find netted a This is just the beginning The car, as with all unfinished projects, was a blend of joy and sorrow. But this garage find could most certainly be a car again someday. It had a now not-so-fresh coat of paint, most of which needed to be redone. It looked forlorn, covered in dust, dirt, and the obligatory scrapes and scratches where boxes and garage effluvia had fallen on it over the years. But once in our garage, with several days of cleaning, buffing, and various bits of assembly and disassembly tremendously original 1953 356 Super Coupe, carefully authenticated by the highest rank of 356 gurus, that now proudly resides in the collection of a well-known SCMer. At a price of $46,200, this was not only a great car, but worth easily twice what was paid. So the next time you hear about that 550 Spyder stored next to the Holsteins down the road, don't hesitate. It might not be a wrecked Beck Spyder, but the real thing. At the least, you'll get a great story and a few mouse droppings on your jacket. At the best, you'll become a part of myth and legend.u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356 and writes for The 356 Registry magazine. January 2006 61


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American Profile 1937 Cord 812 SC Convertible Coupe The ACD Newsletter recently ran an article entitled “Cord Shifting for Dummies” with emphasis on gear-changing techniques by John Apen DETAILS Years produced: 1937 Number produced: 64 Original price: $3,010 SCM Valuation: $150,000-$200,000 Tune-up/major service: $500 Distributor cap: $100 Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Same plate Club: Auburn Cord Duesenberg, Vincent & Barbara Pietracatella, 536 McClean Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305-3644 More: www.acdclub.org Alternatives: 1935-36 Auburn SC Cabriolet, 1940-42 Packard Darrin, 1929-35 Rolls-Royce PII Henley Roadster SCM Investment Grade: A COMPS Chassis: 812 32379F, titled 23379F Engine: FC2640 E . L. Cord was a master salesman who acquired Auburn in 1928 after saving it from bankruptcy by unloading about 700 sedans languishing on the lot. He spiffed up the orphans with bright paint schemes and applied his considerable sales talent to move them. His reward was the company, which he revitalized. In 1929 he took Auburn to the next step, introducing the front-wheel-drive Cord L-29 with low-slung sporting styling. He also bought Duesenberg and Lycoming engines to add to his portfolio of 156 transportation-related companies. He tied them all together with his holding company, the Chicago-based Cord Corporation. In the early '30s a product intended to be a “Baby Duesenberg” became the basis for a new medium-priced front-wheel drive car, the Cord 810. The 810 was intended to restore Auburn to health with style, performance, and reasonable cost. Gordon Buehrig's clean, coffin-nosed, retractable-headlight design was a sensation at its 1935 New York Auto Show debut, but Cord was in dire financial trouble, and while orders poured in, the first deliveries were not until mid-1936. The 1937 Cord 812s were little changed except for the supercharger option, which brought horsepower up to 190 and gave the car one of the best power-to-weight 62 ratios in the market. Approximately 195, some sources claim 225, of the attractive convertible coupes were built in 1936-37. About 64 of the 1937 convertible coupes were supercharged. This car was restored from the ground up in the mid-1980s and received the Auburn Cord Duesenberg (ACD) Club Level 1 Certification as a correct and original Cord. In the late '80s it went overseas to an important collection and returned to the U.S. in January 2005. While it was restored 20 years ago, it is still an impressive example that looks quite fresh. The SCM Analysis: This Cord sold for $236,500 at 1937 Cord 812 Lot #282, S/N 2173H Condition: 2+ Sold at $123,750 RM, Elkhart, IN, 10/15/2004 SCM ID# 35198 RM's Meadow Brook auction in May 2005. The 810/812 Cords were full of clever ideas like front-wheel drive, the electro- vacuum shifter with fingertip control, roller cam followers in the engine, and an oil level dash indicator. The chassis had a separate front sub-frame with trailing-link front suspension giving a favorable unsprung weight ratio for great handling and ride. The disappearing top was another first for a production car, as was the “step-down” floor design. The car's four-speed transmission included an indirect overdrive top, allowing high-speed cruising. For its era, the Cord was fast; Autocar in its March 1937 test recorded 0-60 in a shade over 13 seconds. The Cord's power to weight ratio was superior to its contemporaries, the Cadillac 60 and Packard Super 8. Just last summer, a West Coast Cord enthusiast drove his 812 to Auburn, averaging 60 mph for 2,500 miles. The editor of the ACD publication awarded him the unofficial Ab Jenkins Hero Drivers Award. Sports Car Market 1937 Cord 812 SC Lot #143, S/N 31892H Condition: 2Sold at $156,200 RM, Meadow Brook, MI, 7/31/2004 SCM ID# 34401 Photos: RM Auctions


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The two-seater convertible coupe was the ultimate expression of Buehrig's design. The hidden headlights and coffin nose with the Venetian blind grill were strikingly modern for the late '30s. Unlike the Chrysler Airflow, it was beautifully integrated and admired. Never officially referred to as the Sportsman, the two-seat convertible's moniker came from an ad with the caption “Sportsman's Convertible Coupe,” which really referred to the driver, not the car. The 812 Convertible Coupe or cabriolet with supercharger is among the most sought after of all 810/812 Cords. Roger Huntington wondered in a 1975 Car Classics article what made the Cord one of the most famous cars in history and a coveted collector's item. He concluded it was a perfectly integrated, completely cohesive design. However, it was also rushed into production on a shoestring. Several problems cropped up early and combined with the long wait for delivery to shoot down sales targets. Fixes have since been devised for the various weaknesses: troublesome front U-joints can be replaced with modified Olds Toronado transplants; cracked steel wheels can be replaced; and the Rube Goldberg transmission upgraded. That hastily produced Borg-Warner unit with its electro-vacuum shift mechanism can be trashed by an inexperienced driver and oil leaks onto its electric terminals can leave it stuck in gear. The ACD Newsletter recently ran an article entitled, “Cord Shifting for Dummies,” with emphasis on shifting techniques. Solutions to the overheating problem are still being devised 69 years later. Only about 2,900 810/812s were made, and the Convertible Coupe is the rarest body style. The ACD Newsletter recently estimated that about 60% of the 810/812s survive. How many of the original 64 supercharged Convertible Coupes exist is not known, but there are probably more than originally made, because many 810/812 Cabriolets and four-seater Phaetons have gained superchargers from sedans. So is this car worth $236,500? The auction estimate was $225,000-$275,000, which many Cord aficionados thought was generous. The selling price is at the top of the market and followed the sale of a '37 SC Cord Phaeton, also in black, for a generous $187,000, though that was a late '90s restoration, still like new. But this car is an original supercharged car with ACD Level 1 certification and maybe less than 40 of these exist. It was restored by George Ehresman, known for excellent work among Cord cognoscenti. On the down side, it's a 20-year-old restoration and showing its age, especially the chassis. It appears to be a very good driver but no longer a number-one show car. The rumble seat fitted during restoration is practical but also turns off some purists. The title is incorrect, but should be easy to rectify; 30 years ago, numbers were transposed. Titled as 23379F, It's actually chassis 32379F. Recent sales of these Convertible Coupes have been strong. Barrett-Jackson sold an 810 with marginal paint and chrome in January 2004 for $201,900. It had a good interior but the dashboard had paint over rust pits. It had been driven just six miles since it sold for $103,880 at the Branson auction in October '03, certainly a tidy profit. In January '05, RM sold two SC Phaetons for over $185,000, so all the SC Cords are bringing big money this year. Perhaps they are the muscle cars for the over65 set? While the price was a record, this car's the top of the Cord line—beautiful, rare, fast, and drivable. As the auctioneer pointed out: How long are you prepared to wait for another chance at an authentic SC Convertible Coupe?u JOHN APEN is the editor of a collector car value guide, www.manheimgold.com. He was the Atlanta Ferrari dealer for 17 years, and he still has his first collector car, a 1960 Corvette he bought new. January 2006 63


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Becoming a Muscle Car Detective The best way to determine legitimacy is to understand how these cars were built T echnology has advanced to the point where almost any engine or VIN number can be recreated, and paperwork conjured up from thin air. Plus, as muscle cars continue to escalate in value, many now in the seven-figure range, the sharks in the business smell the blood of the rubes just waiting to be fleeced. We lived through it once before in 1989-91, but then it was vintage Ferraris and Jaguar C- and D-types that were growing like weeds. Today, it's Hemi 'Cudas and COPO Camaros. Luckily, decoding a car and figuring out exactly what it was when it left the factory are relatively simple tasks. What follows is a beginner's guide for a basic muscle car “scratch-and-sniff” test, or preliminary inspection. It is not a comprehensive how-to, but rather a guide to help you determine with relative ease just what you are looking at. Let's start by examining “matching Your car's birthmarks numbers,” a common term that is widely abused. Matching numbers implies that a car is exactly as it left the factory, with its original factory-installed engine, transmission, and rear axle. However, to the unscrupulous few, matching numbers can mean that the number they stamped on the engine block five minutes ago matches the number that was on the original one. First, original paperwork is invaluable in determining if a car is real: window stick- ers, build sheets, dealer invoices, warranty cards, registration cards, owner history. The more you have, the easier it will be to document the car. I always look at every slip of paper with a car; even the most insignificant receipt may hold valuable information, such as a tune-up that noted engine size, a gas receipt with mileage and date noted, etc. The best way to determine the legitimacy of numbers is to understand how these cars were built. As mass-produced cars, foundries cast engine blocks and heads, body plants stamped out body shells, and eventually all components formed a finished car. Simple. Every part has a casting number and date, the body has a build date, and the completed car was assigned a date when finished. Obviously, all parts must predate the completed car by a reasonable margin, usually one to three months. EVERY PART HAS A NUMBER These time frames vary depending on the plant at which the car was built (engine blocks cast in Detroit were shipped by rail to a plant in L.A., as opposed to being at the factory in Detroit the day of completion), and time of year (Christmas shutdown, for example, slows production and widens the window). This is basic detective work and I always look for consistency within dates on each car, rather than a set time frame. For example, if I find a block was cast in March 1969, I do not expect to find January 1968 cylinder heads. Remember, every part has a number and date on it, even window glass and bumper jacks. Once you compile and compare all of the important date codes—for example, engine block, cylinder heads, intake manifold, body build date, and car completion date—it is time to look for the all-important “matching numbers.” Prior to 1968, many manufacturers did not have a VIN stamp on the block. This makes learning date codes and having concrete documentation that much more important. Certain high performance cars, such as Corvettes, 1965-67 289 “K code”-equipped Fords and Shelbys, did have the VIN on their engine blocks. Post-1968, all cars have at least the last six digits of their serial number somewhere on the engine block and transmission case. 64 With the proper research, you can determine how “numbers-matching” your recent find is. JUST LOOK IT UP Many books exist on decoding numbers, including what casting numbers are correct, where to find them, and how to decode every component on the car. A decent book on any make you are considering is money well spent. The Internet is also a powerful research tool. Google “Chevrolet casting numbers” for instance, and look at what comes up. Numerous online communities exist for most popular cars. More often than not, these discussion boards can be very helpful with specific questions. If considering a Pontiac GTO, the best $35 you will ever spend is ordering a Pontiac Historic Services report. These reports are worth their weight in gold. From the original factory records, Jim Mattison of PHS will provide you with copies of the original factory invoice and build card when provided with a VIN number. If you are in a hurry, for $10 extra PHS will fax you a copy immediately. Even though a seller may have his own PHS documents, as copies of originals, they are easily altered and I do not deem them reliable unless I obtain them myself. Go to www.phs-online.com and follow the instructions to order your report. For Shelby shoppers, go to www.saac.com and order a copy of the Shelby American World Registry. In this 1,400-page monster is every Shelby ever built, with known history listed for each individual car. There are sections on each year, production changes, part numbers, and hints and tips. Do not buy a Shelby without looking it up in the Registry. I also recommend joining the club to gain access to Sports Car Market


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the registrars who can help you with additional information on particular cars. These guys are the best and the club support offered by SAAC is second to none. Ford buyers can contact Marti Auto Works for a complete report on any Ford car from 1967-73. Kevin Marti has Ford's entire production database for these years. Please note that these records also include all Shelby Mustangs produced from 196770 as well, and I highly recommend a Marti report in addition to checking the SAAC Registry. Marti Auto Works is on line at www.martiauto.com. For Chrysler products, Galen V. Govier is the acknowledged authority. His company offers a wide range of services from basic decoding of cars over the phone to an on-site evaluation anywhere in the U.S. Govier also maintains The Chrysler Registry, which tracks all known examples of certain cars, at www.gvgovier.com Above all, educate yourself on any car you are looking at and enlist the services of experts when needed. The time and expense of performing proper investigation is insignificant compared to the values of most cars. Chances are, you'll find that being a muscle car detective can have double rewards—first, in the knowledge you will gain, and second, by the sense of assurance you'll get knowing you've done your homework. Of course, there are no guarantees, and even some of the world's top collectors are fooled by clones and air-cars now and then. But at least if you do your homework, you've got a running start on having the car you buy turn out to be what you thought it was, rather than a forger's delight.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles, as well as an avid collector and enthusiast. Protect your investment, do your homework January 2006 65


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Race Car Profile 1973 Datsun 240Z Race Car Trailing throttle oversteer resulted in far more of them leaving the track backwards than ever drove off straight by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced:1970-73 Number produced:156,076 Original list price:$3,800 SCM Valuation: $5,000 – $8,500 Cost per hour to race: $400 Distributor cap: $15.00 Chassis #: VIN tag in windshield Engine #: Boss on side of block Club: Classic Zcar Club More: www.classiczcars.com Alternatives: 1963-73 MGB; 1969-76 Triumph TR 6; 1968-72 BMW 2002 SCM Investment grade: D COMPS 1967 MGA Lot #131, S/N CT749 Condition: 3 Sold at $39,600 Chassis number: HS3001914 W hen Spike Anderson went trawling for a bottom-feeder race car in England, he started at a fish-and-chip shop. Anderson bought “LAL,” a four-year-old Datsun 240Z from a Greek fish-and-chip shop owner, a Mr. Michael. Stripped, prepared, and repainted in Spike's “Samurai” colors, the car was entered for the Silverstone 6-hour relay race in May 1977, successfully completing 158 laps. Fired by their success, the team entered the 6-hour relay at Brands Hatch in August. Clive Richardson started at the back of the grid and managed to work his way up through the field to eleventh place before handing off to Win Percy. With rain pouring down, Win had the crowd on its feet, passing a car on every lap, to reach sixth place overall before the race was stopped due to the appalling conditions. On the restart, Win spun into the barriers and the car was out. Bradburn Brothers, who had been helping Spike, bought the car, stripped and rejigged the shell, and rebuilt it as a rally car. The car was sold, unused, to the vendor in 1984. As a part of the rebuilding works parts transferred to “LAL” include reconditioned front and rear suspension struts, new works-pattern lightweight doors, hood, trunk lid, rear windows and tailgate, works roll bar with two 66 spare wheels, Group 4 brakes, a set of works magnesium wheels, and works seats. Although not an ex-works Datsun 240Z, examples of which have never come onto the market, “LAL 909K” (its English license plate) has an interesting history both as a circuit car and a rally replica. The SCM analysis: This car sold at Bonhams' Chichester, U.K., auction June 24, 2005 for $25,564. One of the great things about vintage racing is 1982 BMW 635CSi Group A Comp. Lot #102, S/N E24RA2 Condition: 3Sold at $20,525 Bonhams, Nurburgring, Germany, 8/10/2002 that there are arguably real racing cars available at all price levels. If you are by taste or necessity a bottom-feeder, you'll often need to deal with murky water in deciding what to snap at. One of the problems is that for low-value cars, the auction companies often won't spend very much time writing a coherent description for the catalog. In this situation, at this auction, there were two basically identical 240Zs several SCM ID# 29312 lots apart, obviously from the same vendor, with the second car having only minor rally history. The photos and descriptions were so commingled that it was difficult to figure out which car was which. The other car didn't sell, and may not have even crossed the block. So which car sold? Does it matter? Well, yes, it may matter. Even at the bottom of the food chain, history and provenance count. If you're interested in a road-racing car, your 25 grand will seem better spent if the car has some real race history, and “LAL” claims two rounds of the 1977 World Manufacturer's Championship. I checked the records and Spike Anderson did enter a 240Z at Silverstone and Brands Hatch that year. It was a low-budget, “betcha-won't-doit,” amateur, fill-out-the-field, backmarker entry in a world of Porsche 935s and RSRs going twice as fast, but it did enter and it did run. It was then wadded into a ball and Sports Car Market RM, Monterey, CA, 8/19/2005 SCM ID# 39171 Photos: Bonhams


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that they're a bit new for the golden era of vintage racing and some clubs won't accept them (however, most will). In Europe the FIA will make you run against Porsche 935s and RSRs, so you're stuck with being a moving chicane in the big leagues, but the local clubs will make room for you to play. I'm told that they're good fun to drive on the track, though a bit noseheavy (a Chevy small block weighs the same as the Datsun engine). This means they're a little pushy on the limit. The problem with this comes when you put sticky race tires on the car, because there are a lot of rubber bushings in the rear suspension, so toe-in and camber change under serious loading. “Trailing throttle oversteer” is a masterly understatement describing what happens if you commit to a corner in a Z-car, then lift. Far more of them left the track backwards than ever drove off straight. All in all, though, Z-cars are not a bad place to start. Such 240Zs are cheap, dependable and relatively safe. If the subject car was complete and anywhere close to being raceready, I'd say it was well bought. If eventually rebuilt as a wannabe rally car. Somewhere inside it, though, is history. And if only for bragging rights, that's cool. What we're really talking about here are entry-level, production vintage race cars, a group in which the 240Z is a late, not very desirable example. This is where virtually all vintage race drivers get their feet wet. Such cars are generally cheap to buy and run, durable and easy to fix, predictable to drive quickly, and (relatively) safe to be in when you mess up. It's the best place to start racing, and for many it's the best place to stay. The social pecking order in production vintage rac- ing is remarkably flat because it's really all about how well you can drive and play with others in traffic, not how much you chose to spend, but there are clear hierarchies of race car values. It starts with Sprites, Minis, and Spitfires in the high teens to about $20 grand (which is less than you spend to build one, but that's true of all of them). MGs, Triumphs, Datsuns, and Elva Couriers tend to fill the mid-$20 thousand range with Alfas and 356 Porsches in the $30s. Porsche 911s run into the $40k range and finish out the panoply of “normal” production racers. As you can see, Datsuns fit the lower-middle of this hierarchy. There are a number of factors that force Datsuns into the low-dollar category. The biggest of these is that small- and mid-bore vintage racers are terribly Eurocentric, and Datsuns are just so, so...Japanese. Somehow the image of a cheese-cutter cap, a meerschaum pipe, and a scarf flapping in the wind just doesn't work with a Datsun, particularly not a 240Z. The other problem is January 2006 for no other reason, at least some bits of this car did in fact make some real-racer laps in period, something that can rarely be said for most of the other race cars in this category, which have often been built up from worn-out street cars. Perhaps the new owner should learn to enjoy sushi, and save the pipe and tweed cap for the pub.u THOR THORSON has been hooked on race cars since the late '50s and actively involved with vintage racing since the late '70s. Historical and descriptive information in this profile courtesy of the auction company. Seat Time Carl Beck, President, Internet Z Car Club, Clearwater, FL: I own, and am in the process of restoring, one of the BRE Datsun Z cars. It's the BRE Baja Z that Peter Brock drove in the Baja 500 and Mexican 1000 in 1973. The car was featured in the October 1973 issue of Off-Road Vehicles magazine. It took six years to track this car down. It was stored in the owner's garage from 1978 to 2001, when the owner sold it to a friend's son. The son decided to return to college for advanced degrees and notified a friend of mine that it was for sale. I flew to California, bought it, and shipped it home to Florida. It sat in my garage for a couple of years, waiting its turn behind a couple other Datsun 240Zs. This year I started the restoration process in earnest. 67


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Market Reports Overview ICA (I) S CM's intrepid market analysts have been busy during this second half of 2005, spanning the globe, notebooks and cameras in hand, to hit the international, national, and regional sales that make up the collector car market. Estate sales and personal collections play heavily this month, with a mix as eclectic as the people who amassed them. Coverage begins at the Goodwood Revival, where Richard-Hudson Evans brings us up to speed on the action in the Bonhams tent. The company had quite a trio of big consignments, but how did the bidders respond? He'll also fill us in on the Christie's sale of the Sharpe Collection, where nearly 200 mostly pre-war (and mostly dilapidated) vehicles changed hands. The results are surprising. Then it's on to Novi, Michigan, and Norm Mort's report of the Fall itera- tion of this twice-yearly RM sale. With good weather and a new venue, all looked promising, including the one-owner, no-reserve Hemi that graced the cover of the catalog. Mort also made his way to the small town of Delhi, Ontario, where RM hosted the sale of the Tom and Marlene Stackhouse Collection. Every lot of this important automobilia collection sold, an indication not only of the strength of bidding, but of the significance of the pieces themselves. As SCM's resident Corvair aficionado, B. Mitchell Carlson has a sixth sense for the marque. He attended Kucera's sale of the Raymond Massey Estate, where he found several dozen Corvairs, which if properly sliced and diced, might add up to one or two decent cars. He also introduces International Classic Auctions to our pages, whose Iola, Wisconsin sale proved it wasn't just Detroit iron the bidders came to see. Donald Osborne, meanwhile, rubbed elbows with members of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club. This Bonhams sale, held in conjunction with the RROC gathering, was limited to just a handful of consignments. A few of the cars were true stunners, while others seemed a bit long in the tooth. Those present in the tent seemed to agree, and the results were mixed. Finally, Geoff Archer pored tirelessly through the pages of eBay, where he found stellar deals in the form of bargain big blocks. If cubic inches are your thing, then you'll find plenty in his report, and none over ten grand. He also covered another big block, a '67 Corvette 427, which managed to bring a bit more. As the collector hobby gears up for January, it would seem that all signs are pointing in the right direction. The variety of this month's sales show there is always something for everyone. And though prices continue to climb in nearly every sector—from entry-level collectibles to high-class exotics—so, too, does the quality. Pay more to get more. On a scale as large as Scottsdale, the results could be impressive indeed.—Stefan Lombardu SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts January 2006 Bonhams Chichester, UK Bonhams & Butterfields Darien, CT Christie's Rayleigh, UK ICA Iola, WI RM Auctions Delhi, Canada RM Auctions Novi, MI Bonhams & Butterfields (BD) Darien, CT, p. 96 United Kingdom Christie's (Ch) Rayleigh, UK, p. 78 Bonhams (BG) Goodwood Revival, UK, p. 70 RM Auctions (RMD) Delhi, Ontario, CAN, p. 104 Iola, WI, p. 100 RM Auctions (RMN) Novi, MI, p. 84 Column Author Top10 Sales This Issue 1. 1935 Bugatti Type 59/50B, $1,470,754–BG, p. 74 2. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette, $850,704–eBay, p. 111 3. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2-Liter, $739,385–BG, p. 72 4. 1951 Aston Martin DB2 Comp., $480,555–BG, p. 72 5. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL, $289,419–BG, p. 76 6. 1949 Bentley Mk VI drophead coupe, $252,500–BD, p. 98 7. 1903 Arrol-Johnston 20 hp, $242,540–Ch, p. 82 8. 1933 Riley TT Six, $211,770–BG, p. 72 9. 1939 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter, $177,000–BG, p. 72 10. 1967 Jaguar XKE Lightweight replica, $163,986–BG, p. 74 Best Buys $3m $6m $9m $12m 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1. 1994 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur III limo, $58,650–BD, p. 99 2. 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 conv, $39,728–RMD, p. 107 3. 1956 Morris Minor custom, $31,030–RMN, p. 86 4. 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL conv, $17,548–RMN, p. 86 5. 1977 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, $5,476–eBay, p. 111 69


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Bonhams Chichester, UK Column Author The Goodwood Revival The biggest payout came for the Type 59/50B, a re-creation reported to have been built of leftover parts from the Molsheim factory Company Bonhams Date September 16, 2005 Location Chichester, UK Auctioneer Robert Brooks Automotive lots sold / offered 27 / 38 Sales rate 71% Sales total $4,725,910 High sale 1935 Bugatti Type 59/50B offset single-seater, sold at $1,476,055 Buyer's premium The big seller, but not necessarily the big star, was this 1935 Bugatti Type 59/50B Report and Photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics A Chichester, UK t its 2004 Goodwood Revival auction, which included the disposal of George E. Milligen's $7.4m 1929 Merc 38/250 SSK, Bonhams enjoyed a till of nearly $13.3m, its biggest gross of the year. With a trio of much-hyped and potentially big-bucks headliners consigned for its 2005 fixture at the historic Sussex race circuit, Europe's collector vehicle leaders might well have pulled off a repeat performance. But of the 1928 Bugatti Type 35B, 1935 Bugatti Type 59/50B, and 1963 Jaguar XKE Lightweight, only the Type 59/50B changed hands, so another bonanza was not to be. The sale was by no means unsuccessful, however, as 71% of the cars in the catalog did sell, for a total of $4,725,910, which would make Goodwood the highest earning 2005 U.K. sale to date. The most notable no-sale casualty was the 1928 Type 35B, victor in the inaugural Monaco GP, as well as at Marne and Dieppe. Having safely gathered dust in Prince Rainier's automobile museum for the last few years, it was not only an extraordinary time warp in its fully unrestored condition, but was also regarded as the most original surviving GP winner from the 1920s. Before the auction it was suggested that a bid of $6.3m or more would be required to take possession, and though auctioneer Robert Brooks took it to $3,258,000, this tattered but stunning racer went unsold. 70 Another major non-seller—both in the tent and afterward—was the 1963 Jaguar XKE Lightweight racer, largely regarded as the most successful competition EType ever. Despite such a provenance, gained throughout 1964 in the hands of Peter Sutcliffe, it failed to sell at $1,484,200. Of the cars that did sell, the biggest payout came for the 1935 Type 59/50B, a re-creation reported to have been built of leftover parts from the Molsheim factory. It sold for $1,476,055. Strong money, in the form of $739,385, also came for a well-presented 1929 4½-Liter Blower Bentley in Birkin team specs, while $289,419 was more fuel for the classic Mercedes-Benz market as a fresh 1958 300SL roadster changed hands for this healthy price. Two notable former Le Mans racers were the ex-works 1951 Aston Martin DB2 that brought $480,555, and a 1961 Harrington-bodied Sunbeam Alpine racer with some serious award winning form, which drew a reasonable $98,283. As in previous years, this prestigious Bonhams shop window provided Goodwood race-goers with an interesting browse. And for the lots that sold—nearly threequarters in all—the values established proved to be quite bullish. Even without new ownership coming to either the Type 35B or the Sutcliffe E-Type, it is hard to argue against the success of this perennial autumn sale, nor the delightful gathering that bolstered it. u Sports Car Market 15% on the first $53,400, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)


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Column Author TOP 10 No. 3 Bonhams Chichester, UK ENGLISH #129-1929 BENTLEY 4 1/2-LITER SUPERCHARGED 4-seat tourer. S/N DS3569. Eng. # DS3569. British Racing Green/black/green. RHD. Odo: 4,549 miles. Period correct Amherst Villiers Mk IV blower up front. Restored in 2001, with most paint and details excellent, though the rear mudguard fronts are gravel-peppered, and the radiator black/red leather. RHD. Odo: 63,854 miles. Restored in the late 1990s. Panels, repaint, rechrome and retrim are still clean, though are now exhibiting minor wear. The engine bay presentation is impressive, and two trunk-lid trays of tools are intact. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $78,373. Keenly marketed without reserve. With a low estimate of just over $50k, this handsome Derby Bentley, in a lovely color combination, deserved such a generous valuation. #108-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP PHANTOM II sedanca de ville. S/N 133RY. Eng. # QW85. Black over blue/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 37,433 miles. The repaint and rechrome from 1986 are still excellent. The leather, which is possibly the original, is quite sound as well. be considered average or below, and while a full recommission is in order to make it run well, the car's overall rarity was responsible for this bid, which accurately priced it, given its needs. TOP 10 No. 4 #134-1951 ASTON MARTIN DB2 COMPETITION coupe. S/N LML5050. Eng. # LB6V50344. British brass is dis-colored. Both the dash presentation and the trim are super. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $739,385. Re-bodied and most authentic looking, this Birkin Team-spec Blower Bentley has been really well done. Other than cleaning up the small stone chips, there would be very little to do to bring it up to national concours standards. Fully deserving, then, of this big price. TOP 10 No. 8 #131-1933 RILEY TT SIX roadster. S/ N 4101. Eng. # 12TW2063. Aluminum/ black leather. RHD. Legendary racer and winner of the Brooklands 500 in the hands of Freddie Dixon. The old restoration shows nice naked aluminum bodywork, and the much handbeaten tail section has a great authentic look to it. Racing Green/light green and plaid. RHD. Odo: 12,691. Ex-works, and one of only a pair of such special lightweights. Extensive, successful period race history, including Le Mans and Mille Miglia. Last retro-raced in the 1990s, and rebuilt in 2004 by marque specialist Rex Woodgate. The body panels are clean, Nice pair of fitted travel trunks. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $90,319. One of four fine pre-war cars belonging to the late Dr. Robin Barnard. This one, like the others, was well-marketed by Bonhams at no reserve. And like the others, it raised much more than I might have suspected. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 9 #126-1939 BENTLEY 4 1/4-LITER drophead coupe. S/N B76MR. Eng. # L7BD. Light green/beige/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 608 miles. The display car for both the Brussels and Geneva Salons of 1939. In 2002, it received a $154,000 restoration. Still though the exposed chassis paint is poor. The low back bucket shows use, the engine bay is well detailed, and the LM lighting is authentic. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $480,555. With its fully documented and rather illustrious racing career fueling it on, “XMC 76” performed well before this international crowd. Still, this was huge bucks for a DB2—even one with major event provenance. #117-1955 FRAZER NASH DKW Recent eventmarks throughout. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $211,770. Though it is a car with undeniable historical significance to the Riley marque, it went unsold under the gavel. However, this very period looking, pointy-tailed, pre-WWII racer was quickly dispatched to a new stable afterward for only slightly less than forecast money. A good deal for all. #109-1934 BENTLEY 3 1/2-LITER sports sedan. S/N B66AH. Eng. # J3BQ. Garnet over in super nick and incredibly well-detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $177,000. Arguably the ultimate incarnation of the Derby Bentley, this was one seriously good looking motor car, and in great condition, too. It sold at about mid-estimate, but another with some truly impeccable provenance certainly would have warranted the top money. #121-1950 JAGUAR XK 120 ALLOY roadster. S/N 670119. Eng. # W11928. Silver gray/gray and blue. Odo: 65,738 miles. One of 240 alloy cars built. Club racing mods were made at some time, including removal of the bumpers, and the addition of cloth-trimmed lightweight buckets, aero-screens, a leather bonnet strap, twin sand-cast 2” SU carbs, larger valves, hotter cams, and Borranis. The old refurb is now tired, with marked paint and pitted chrome. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,130. While its condition could 72 and replacement gearbox, both of the correct type. The 6v electrics were converted to 12v, and all of the nicks were repainted. Although only a single aero-screen is fitted, the full-width screen and side-screens are included. Cond: 2. 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Bonhams Chichester, UK Column Author this was more than enough for what is likely to be nothing more than a screaming snail on the track. On the plus side, no one else is going to show up in one. #116-1960 EMERYSON-CLIMAX FORMULA 1/2 single seater. S/N P. British Racing Green/black. An F2 racer from 1960 that was driven to several finishes as an F1 car in 1961 when the formula changed. Re-made chassis frame and new wishbones, though many original components were employed in the recent, thorough restoration. Coventry Climax FPF 1.5-liter four, Hewland Mk 3 5-speed. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $126,700. Both Bonhams and the vendor had been hoping for at least $135,750. Beautifully presented and historically interesting, it's an “on-the-button” car for retro-F1 participation at such high profile venues as Goodwood or Monaco. But that doesn't stop it from being difficult to value. The bidders felt the same way. #123-1961 SUNBEAM-HARRINGTON ALPINE coupe. S/N B9102730ODHRO. Seacrest Green/black. RHD. Odo: 53,400 miles. 1961 Rootes Team Le Mans entry, and winner of the Index of Thermal Efficiency. Rebuilt from 1976 onward. Now has a Holbay 1725cc motor, though the correct works block and head are included. Modern plumbed-in fire system, Securon full harness, OMP high-back bucket, and later steering wheel, but the originals are included. The LM fuel filler through the rear side window is not connected to the tank. Authentic repaint is clean, though the roof is blistered. The Perspex is very marked also, and the “working” interior is only fair. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $98,283. With the premium, this seriously historic Le Mans Sunbeam Alpine only just scraped home. Although not cosmetically as sharp as it could easily be made to be, the car under-performed at auction and warranted more; $120,000 would not have not been an unreasonable expectation for this bright bit of Sunbeam history. January 2006 73


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Bonhams Chichester, UK Column Author #132-1963 COOPER-CHEVROLET PROTOTYPE racer. S/N CM463. White over blue/black. RHD. Partially assembled for “Bonanza” star Dan Blocker, but abandoned before delivery. Then bought by Chicago-based Nickey Chevrolet and raced by Skip Hudson to victory at Riverside in 1964. Club raced afterward and registered for street use in the '80s. dry-sump aluminum tank, ZF 5-speed, lowback bucket, period GQ Parachute Co. 5-point harness, and braced roll-hoop behind the driver only. The paint is just fair, and the engine bay is shabby. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $1,484,200. In terms of 1964 race results, this was the most successful of the dozen E-Type Lightweights built. Still, this handsome if somewhat brutish cat failed to make the psychologically magic million-pound mark in the tent. Nor could it be sold for close to this afterwards. TOP 10 No. 10 #137A-1967 JAGUAR XKE LIGHTWEIGHT COMPETITION coupe. S/N 1E78508. Gunmetal Gray/ Underwent complete restoration by U.K. specialists and competed at Goodwood 2003. Painted since, though only to racer standards. A nice looking car overall—well used, but not overly so. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $199,100. The bid was about $16k short of the minimum being sought. It really wasn't enough, for while this car's provenance is not stellar by any means, it is known. And its potency plus its relative practicality to run meant that it was wise for the seller to hold on to it. #127-1963 DEEP SANDERSON 301 coupe. S/N DS3GT1001. White with blue stripe/green. RHD. Ex-Chris Lawrence/Gordon Spice. Raced at 1964 Le Mans for about an hour, then blew its head. Restored for the 2004 LM Classic with a dry-sumped 1320-cc Mini fawn suede. RHD. Odo: 35,336. A re-creation of the factory lightweights built by specialist Brian Wingfield. Constructed from a LHD donor and sparingly used. Has a more modern 4.3-liter motor, 5-sp Getrag and roll cage. The aluminum panel SOLD AT $54,119. This was correct money for a rather average Volante, and in the end no one seemed to come away disappointed. FRENCH #110-1928 BUGATTI TYPE 35B 2-seat racer. S/N 4914. Eng. # 170T. Pale blue/black leather. RHD. Ex-works racer, driven to victory by William Grover-Williams in the inaugural Monaco GP. Also driven in period by Chiron and Dreyfus. Single ownership for the last half century, and driven only 500 km during that time. Thanks to its preservation in Prince Rainier's Monaco Museum, it has remained in rather remarkable “time capsule” condition. work is to high quality, the paint is unmarked, and the leather trim is lovely. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $163,986. It's not a direct copy, with subtle hints taken from the range of XKE racers, plus Wingfield's own additions, but it is incredibly well-executed. As one of just three low-drag replicas, this money was right on the mark. Still, it wasn't even in the same league as the bid which failed to buy the real deal, lot #130. #115-1985 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE Volante. S/N SCFV81C1FTR15390. Eng. # V5805390S. Red/black/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 48,158 miles. In 2003, the body was refurbished and the engine was overhauled and converted to unleaded. The repaint from then is still unmarked, motor, Lawrence Link suspension, and modern extinguisher system. Externally clean, with only minor event marks. The interior became damp at some time. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,445. While the bid may have seemed extravagant for a Mini-based special, even from a marque as rare as Deep Sanderson, it is unlikely that an original Le Mans racer, eligible for the LM Classic, could be landed for less. #130-1963 JAGUAR XKE FACTORY LIGHTWEIGHT COMPETITION roadster. S/N S850666. Eng. # RA13519S. British Racing Green/red. RHD. Odo: 7,092 miles. One of 12 built, sold new to racer Peter Sutcliffe and raced with success throughout 1964-65. Fitted hard top, trunk lid vents, big rear fenders, large but the alloys are corroded. The re-Connollised leather is lightly cracked. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $61,540. This car went unsold at $76,020 during Bonhams' all-Aston sale on June 4, where the vendor had $90k ambitions. This time around, the vendor wisely let this hardly discreet open V8 go for some $10k below a reduced estimate. A good buy at this. #111-1992 ASTON MARTIN VIRAGE Volante. S/N 60009. Eng. # 8960009A. RollsRoyce Royal Blue/blue/magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 19,000 miles. Two owners from new. Factory service records confirm the mileage. The front end is flecked with grit, and the leather is slightly soiled. 17” OZ wheels. Cond: 2+. 74 period parts, including the chassis, engine, and gearbox, all of which were sourced from Molsheim factory stores. Rides on distinctive Sports Car Market Though it was once red, the rippled bodywork is now over-painted in correct—but seriously faded and extensively chipped—Bug blue. If not original, then the exceedingly ancient seat is quite split. Claimed to run. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $3,258,000. With no interest visible in the tent at this price level, the pre-sale estimate range of $3.6m-$5.4m was not to be matched on this occasion. Whoever does become the next owner also has to decide whether to restore this “Sleeping Beauty” or leave it undisturbed to gather more cobwebs. Let's hope it's the latter, for automotive relics with this kind of significance don't come around often. TOP 10 No. 1 #128-1935 BUGATTI TYPE 59/50B single seat racer. S/N 2. Eng. # 8. Bright blue/black. Claimed to be a faith- ful re-enactment of the final offset-seat works car before Jean B. embraced the centerline monoposto configuration for his GP racers. A re-assembly from what were said to be many


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3 7 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t N e e d h a m, M a s s a c h u s e t t s T e l . 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 6 4 6 C o n t a c t S t u a r t C a r p e n t e r F a x . www.copleymotorcars.com 0 2 4 9 2 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 4 0 6 e-mail: copleycars@aol.com 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 AA Yellow, a/c, only 8k miles 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 #313/500, ground up restoration 1973 Land Rover Series III 88 Pimento Red, 4 speed, 79k mi. 1966 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 BRG, 73k mi, CA black plate 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 convert. Acapulco Blue, 4 spd, “as new” clone 1966 Ford Mustang GT convert. 4 spd, Pony int, 1k on restoration '06 Range Rover Sport super charged, Vesuvius Orange ............................new '05 Range Rover 4.4HSE, Beluga Black w/black ....................................... 11k mi. '99 Ferrari F355 F1 spider, Black w/black, “as new” ...................................4k mi. '92 Ferrari 512TR, red w/tan, one owner, “as new” ......................................4k mi. '88 Mercedes Benz 560SL roadster, astral silver w/blue ..........................18k mi. '48 MG TC, Red w/tan, RHD ...............................................................ully restored www.copleymotorcars.com 1966 Ford Fairlane 500 auto, factory a/c, 289 V8 1963 Austin Mini Moke 4 speed, titled, CD stereo '76 Toyota FJ40, Freeborn Red w/black ................................original and rust free '77 Toyota FJ40, Sky Blue w/tan ......................................... ground up restoration '97 Land Rover Defender 90 LE wagon, Willow Green ............................22k mi. '97 Land Rover Defender 90 wagon, Alpine White ..................................20k mi. '97 Land Rover Defender 90, Beluga Black, a/c .........................................4k mi. '94 Land Rover Defender 90, Alpine White .............................................20k mi. e-mail: copleycars@aol.com


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Bonhams Chichester, UK Column Author piano-wire wheels. Very new looking, though it does show some minor cosmetic wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $1,470,754. Presented in a condition far superior to that of the Type 35B, lot #110. Then again, it's apples to oranges, as there was no disputing that car's condition and the way in which it came about. Whereas this one fell into the realm of “never was.” Including the premium, it brought the minimum from a bidder in the tent, which seemed enough given its repro status. #139-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T23 4-LITER cabriolet. S/N 93001. Eng. # 23152. Dark blue/pale gray. Odo: 58,457 miles. 1938 Paris show car. Some photographic evidence to support the claim of a full cosmetic and mechanical passenger side trim strip shows dents. The red interior is spotless, and engine bay is thoroughly detailed. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $289,419. Though not quite as valuable as the later, disc-braked cars, with nearly every 300SL sold in the last twelve months—both coupes and roadsters, and in varying conditions—pulling in at least $300k and often much more, this beautiful rag top, in its appealing color combination, proved a bit of a deal for one lucky bidder. #114-1958 MESSERSCHMITT KR201 cabriolet. S/N 66248. Eng. # 2473395. Signal Red/black vinyl and snakeskin. Odo: 39,861 km. One of the rarest—and most glamorous—of all Messerschmitts. Like lot #104, this microcar was fully renovated pre-1997 when part of the restoration in recent years. It is still virtually unmarked, and the interior is in super shape, as is the engine. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $158,013. This elegant open car raised just enough to sell, changing hands for slightly above the lower estimate. Correctly valued, it was a good deal for all parties. GERMAN #104-1957 BMW ISETTA 300 3-wheeler. S/N 503092. Light red/white. Odo: 16,078 miles. Restored pre-1997 while still part of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection. The paint and chrome are still excellent, and the original seat fabric is intact but soiled. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $15,611. Typically, this would have been Weiner Collection. Paint and chrome, including the exhaust system, are still very sharp. And the snakeskin interior is pretty slick as well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $24,978. This little guy brought all the money, as these rarely jump above $15k. But I ask you: Where and when would you ever find another one of these tiny German fighters in this condition? ITALIAN #112-1959 FIAT-ABARTH ZAGATO high money for a 3-wheeled microcar. However, had most any other Isetta been restored, it's unlikely the cosmetic surgery would have been carried out to such a high standard. Having once spent time in the the Weiner Collection, the buyer knew he was getting a car that had much attention lavished upon it. Worth the price. TOP 10 No. 5 #105-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 8500101. Eng. # 8500170. Medium blue metallic/red. Odo: 76,454 miles. Freshly restored. The repaint and rechrome are unmarked, though the 76 750 DOUBLE BUBBLE coupe. S/N 672545. Black/white. Odo: 2 km. Now fitted with an 850cc motor, but a correct 750-cc motor is included. A former resident in the U.S., where it was raced and mechanically upgraded with discs and 13” wheels by Californian Henry Hasselgrove. Was the panels are sound, and the paint shows only minor marks. The finish to the Borranis is poor. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $54,119. This was fair money for a solid Ferrari. Granted, it's missing the motor it came with, but who buys these cars for the motor? It's the nose we love. AMERICAN #125-1969 FORD GT40 coupe. S/N GT40P1108. White with black stripe/black. RHD. Odo: 7,289 miles. One of two left-over tubs from John Wyer Automotive. In 1972 it was completed/converted from LHD to RHD by long distance racer David Piper. Acquired from him then as-new by its first and only owner, the vendor. Never raced or pranged, and are good, and the interior is well-presented, particularly the Abarth instruments. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $43,712. Mille Miglia eligible, of course, and so cute, this Italian miniature sold for top dollar. Nearly twice as much, in fact, as most other Double-Bubbles that have crossed the block of late. Chalk it up to condition and venue. #118-1972 FERRARI 365 GTC/4 coupe. S/N 15553. Silver/black. RHD. Odo: 79,121 miles. One of only 39 in RHD. Has a later 4-liter engine from a 400 GT. An older restoration, but in Italy from 1992 to 1998 for an extensive restoration by Seccafien. The panels and paint last rebuilt in 1985, with a/c added. The repaint is clean, though the chassis paint is only fair. The wheels are dull and chipped, and inside, the interior lightly worn. The engine bay is clean, though non-concours. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $416,300. Bonhams and its client had been hoping for bids of well over $500k, which didn't seem too unreasonable given the single ownership history and mileage. But the niggling bit about its construction as a postproduction GT40—even though the period was correct—seemed to cast a shadow many bidders couldn't overlook.u Sports Car Market


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Column Author Christie's Rayleigh, UK The Sharpe Family Collection Collections like this don't come along often, so this weekend was a chance to secure some truly rare cars Company Christie's Date June 30-July 1, 2005 Location Rayleigh, UK Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold / offered 191 / 198 Sales rate 96% Sales total $4,040,208 High sale 1903 Arrol-Johnston 20 hp limousine, sold at $242,540 Buyer's premium Bidders from far and wide came to Rayleigh in search of some rare classics Report and Photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics W Rayleigh, UK hen the Sharpe family took over a gas station and outbuildings east of London, the three brothers finally had a place of their own to put their toys. As soon as the work day ended, this acquisitive trio rushed around the U.K. to mop up anything automotive that caught their collective eye. Although the brothers soon were able to exhibit around a quarter of the cache in their own motor museum at Ramsgate, the Sharpe Collection became so large that purchases had to be spread around various Essex properties and farm buildings. Sadly, most of the storage facilities proved only to be of agricultural quality in the protection they offered, and the cars suffered the ravages of English weather, vermin, and, increasingly, vandalism. And so it was that following the death of Terry Sharpe, the surviving brothers called an end to their struggle to safeguard such a massive collection, consigning all 706 lots to Christie's. As with any collection sale, especially one so notable as the Sharpe's haul, the pulling power is considerable. Bidders were drawn in large numbers to attend both the viewing and the two sale days, completely taking over a parking field with their own cars, nearly draining the pub opposite of beer, and filling the giant tented auction complex to capacity. Indeed, the combined enthusiasm meant that this mostly private crowd parted with more than $4m of its money, taking home 191 of the 198 automobile lots in the catalog. 78 The brothers Sharpe seemed to adhere to a rather loose collecting policy of the whatever-caught-their-eye variety and mainly, though not exclusively, of British manufacture. This meant buyers were presented with a range that had at one end a 1915 Daimler 3-ton flatbed truck, which sold for $37,217, and at the other a diminutive 1960 Berkeley T60 3-wheeler that brought $10,208. At least a quarter of the vehicles were in truly dreadful condition and, if offered individually elsewhere, would have been categorized as scrap. Here, however, buyers saw things differently. A clutch of pre-WWII Roller resto projects raised from $12,761 to $29,775—far above presale estimates—and several dilapidated 1930s Bentleys found new homes for prices in the high $20k range. The cars that topped the price list all came in much bet- ter cosmetic and mechanical order. A 1925 MG 14/28—one of the oldest in existence—achieved a strong $76,563, and a 1903 Wolseley 10hp brought $174,394. The big draw, however, and certainly the rarest car present, was a 1903ish Scottish-built Arrol-Johnston limousine, which made more than $90k over estimate at $242,540. Collections like this don't come along often, so for those in attendance, this weekend was an opportunity to secure some truly rare cars. And despite the overall unkempt state of many consignments, bidders seemed content to go above and beyond estimates to secure their projects. How long until we start seeing them at concours is anybody's guess.u Sports Car Market 17.5% up to $181,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) Christie's


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Christie's Rayleigh, UK Column Author ENGLISH #250-1903 WOLSELEY 10 HP rear en- trance tonneau. S/N 319. Eng. # 311. Yellow and black/black. RHD. Original coachwork still fitted, with some shrinkage cracks to the paint. The leather mudguards are dry and cracked as well. Pneumatic tires at the front are decent, with crumbly solid rubber tires at the rear. Complete and claimed to run. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $174,394. For those who could name their top picks to make the run from London to Brighton in a jiffy, certainly this car would be on the list. Both potent and speedy in its day, and still so when placed among the proper competition, this Wolseley deserved the bid, though a fair amount of work is in order to return it to race readiness. #291-1904 BRITISH DURYEA 3- CYLINDER 12 HP tourer. Eng. # 61. Gray and red/brown leather. RHD. Central tiller steering. Appears to have been evented last on the 1956 London to Brighton Run. Fully restored since then, and museum displayed for years. It is still structurally sound, though the paint is cracked and shows shrinkage throughout. The varnished woodwork and seats are good. Overall, it would not take much to make this car mobile once again. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $106,338. Though they don't generally sell for huge bucks, pre1905 veterans maintain a loyal following who will pay top dollar to see that they remain for a few more years. The bid was about right on this one. #269-1911 DAIMLER 20 HP cabriolet. S/N 9921. Eng. # 11428. Burgundy and black/ black. RHD. Some question as to the exact year of the car. S/N suggests a build date of either 1910 or 1911, which means the car could, in fact, be a 22HP model. Proper measurement of the engine will resolve the issue. Formerly part of the Sword Collection. The repaint is very old, matte, and chipped, but still sound overall. The roof fabric is poor and the headlamps are missing. The car was stored for many years, so the seat leather is still decent. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $37,217. When it last sold at auction in 1962, this stately car brought $1,177. Though considerably more today, the price paid didn't seem all that expensive. But then pre- and post-WWI Daimlers do offer better value for the money than Rollers from the same period. #288-1922 DENNIS N TYPE TURBINE fire engine. S/N 4357. Eng. # 14019. Red/red. RHD. A very rare truck, and even more so in this kind of working order. Well-restored at some unknown time, and complete with the large brass bell and big bore hoses. The White and Poppe motor, as well as the water pump, are both functioning well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,775. The opportunity to purchase one of these 1920s fire appliances has become even rarer than the thing itself. Thus we saw nearly $8,000 over January 2006 79


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Christie's Rayleigh, UK Column Author able restoration costs have been factored in, this still might turn out to be a bit of a deal. #292-1928 AC 15-56 ACECA drophead coupe. S/N 14242. Eng. # WM10. Brown/ brown. RHD. Odo: 48,400 miles. Last taxed for road use in 1957. Acquired at a Sotheby's sale in 1965, then museum-stored since. Still very original. All fenders are marked and scabby. on the driver's side, the peaked roofline, and ye olde suicide doors. Last taxed for the road in 1962. Cosmetically refurbished in recent years, and now just fair both externally and internally. The engine bay presentation is poor. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,358. With its complete and known history, and the handsome custom coachwork, this Swift turned out to be a high flier indeed, soaring to more than $40k over the pre-sale estimate. Well sold. #693-1938 MG TA roadster. S/N TA2165. the estimate from someone who can now stop looking for a bit. #217-1925 MG 14/28 HP SUPER SPORTS sedanette. S/N 90553. Eng. # 272140. Maroon and beige/red leather. RHD. Odo: 8,601 miles. The sole survivor of only six “salonette” swallow tail cars built by MG. Ace wheel discs. Marine pattern scuttle vents, split windshield with opening top halves, and a bevelled glass Eng. # MPJG2426. Red/red leather. RHD. Odo: 490 miles. Splits in the fenders, and the old repaint is very bumpy and generally poor. The windshield rubber is perished, but the brightwork is OK. The Bleumels steering wheel is only fair, and the engine—while intact—has The paint throughout is chipped and scratched, but the interior is fairly sound. The triple SU-fed motor should clean up easily. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,028. This was another thumping good result for both Christie's and the Sharpe family. Apart from being both rare and charming, this AC would not be difficult to revive cosmetically. #249-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20 HP SIX LIGHT limousine. S/N GBM72. Eng. # U71. RHD. Odo: 21,715 miles. After a long period of storage, the entire exterior is dreadful. The fenders are split, the aluminum panels are corroded and flaked, and all the plating is dull. The flap in the roof. The Barker dipping headlamps are dash-operated. The old refurbishment now shows wear, with pucker to the fender paint and marks to the aluminum panels. The quirky interior is well-preserved. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $76,563. Other than being the second oldest MG, this one is also one of the rarest, with bodywork you just can't find any longer. Thus, the money paid—more than $20k above what I would have guessed—seems justifiable. #306-1925 SUNBEAM 14/40 4-seat tourer. S/N 5560E. Eng. # 5538E. Black/black. RHD. Odo: 81,679 miles. Barn-stored for many years and unrestored. The chassis is sound, though the fenders are rusted and the body paint is flat and dull. The surface plating is surprisingly shiny. Horsehair is sprouting from the seat seams, the clock is missing, and the engine bay is poor. interior is complete, including roller blinds, but is in need of much work. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $29,775. Depending on how much of the survival and recovery work this intrepid savior can do on his own, the money spent here may turn out to be a rather shrewd investment. If he has to contract most of it out, however... #654-1931 SWIFT TEN coupe. S/N 4333. Eng. # 4333433. Primrose Yellow and black/ black. RHD. Odo: 6,973 miles. Coachbuilt by Swallow of Coventry. Plenty of styling cues to prove it, including the vee-screen opening pets and headliner are done for. The Riley motor casings are corroded, which is sad to see. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $8,507. This Sam Elliot-bodied Healey, once “Britain's fastest production car,” was just a mess. Potentially, these cars could enhance any discerning collector's portfolio, but you'd have to go a long way to let this one in. Worth about half this much. #632-1952 ARMSTRONG-SIDDELEY Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $22,969. Though the photo can't do it justice, and because even in person, this car was not as bad as first impressions would let on, the winning bidder paid out more than three times the estimate to land this one. Even at this price, and even after the consider- 80 WHITLEY sedan. S/N SM188638. Eng. # W9445. Black/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 6,924 miles. Largely original and generally good. Some marks to the paint, and the chrome is reasonable, with some scratching and pits. The interior is fairly sound as well, with the leather Sports Car Market not been turned over for countless years. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,648. From afar, it happened to be one of the shiniest cars at the sale, but up close it needed all the same attention as most everything else. This money was what I might have expected a nicely presented TA to go for, but the buzz of this well-supported sale seemed to bring out some truly nostalgic wallets. #614-1949 HEALEY ELLIOT coupe. S/N B1809. Eng. # B3093N809. Green/red. RHD. One of only 104 Elliot-bodied Healeys, this car was one of the later 104-hp models with high position headlamps. Poorly stored, but complete. But awful. Lots of surface rust. The salvageability of the seats could go either way, but the car


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Christie's Rayleigh, UK Column Author #636-1961 BENTLEY S2 sedan. S/N B201DV. Eng. # 100DB. Gray metallic over blue/gray. RHD. Odo: 10,484 miles. No paperwork and unsubstantiated mileage. Last on the road in 1974. The old repaint is faded, flat and revised. Presumably, it works well, as it successfully completed the 2004 London to Brighton run. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $110,591. Christie's set the estimate for this car at $28k-$46k, which I thought to be about $10k light. At more than $65k above the estimate, the bid price can only be considered incredible, surely even for an instant London-Brighton car. SCOTTISH wear acceptable for age and storage conditions. The walnut dash and door caps are in nice shape. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $29,775. Made nearly $15k over initial estimates, which is a lot for any Whitley. Three things helped this particular car: its low original mileage, its overall originality, and its placement within a major collection sale. The “Everything Must Go!” mentality certainly factored in here. #639-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN sedan. S/N SUJ16. Eng. # S8J. Black/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 15,607 miles. One of 760 produced, still with its period sunroof and driving lamps. Dormant since 1972, but apparently sound. A full repaint is in order, and TOP 10 No. 7 marked, and the chrome is pitted. The original interior shows cracking and wear in the leather seats, and much of the wood varnish is flaked off. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,589. While not excessive, the money shelled out here was a bit high, given the car's obvious requirements. But that's what happens when two people want what only one can have. #685-1967 JAGUAR XKE SI 2+2 coupe. S/N 1E51015. Eng. # 7E535419. Opalescent blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 99,485 miles. Museum-displayed for years. Still in its original paintwork, but now discolored and rubbed through in places. The rear wheel arch is crusty, the chrome is only fair, but the leather is good overall and the interior is complete with picnic trays. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $69,118. How about another car that sold for way over the current going rate? In this case, about $42k over. On the face of it, this was just crazy. However, it's a veritable workshop virgin with all its original bits and a fairly low recorded mileage. #699-1960 BERKELEY T60 3-WHEELER roadster. S/N T60919. Eng. # B12120. Red/red. RHD. Odo: 3,770 miles. Genuine low mileage and originality. Stored on a rack in the Sharpe family home. The fiberglass body, including the gel-coat, is in good order. Only a few marks and much of the chrome is pitted. The driver's seat is worn and badly scuffed, as is the wood wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,330. This seemed slightly too much for a tired, late SI model XKE. However, these Jags have been big sellers all over the place this year, so perhaps it's no surprise that would be the case here as well. FRENCH #297-1905 DE DION BOUTON TYPE Y 2-seater. S/N 360. Eng. # 17881. Dark blue/black leather. RHD. Extraordinarily original, having spent the duration of WWII parked in the original owner's living room. The bodywork apparently has never been modified. The leather valences and the wooden body are in good order, with the varnish excellent even on the artillery wheel spokes. The brasswork is unmarked. The leather is holed in some places, and the engine bay could benefit from some attention. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $242,540. Trying to forecast what such a rare Scottish hippomobile would bring on the block was always going to be something of a lottery, as Arrol-Johnstons rarely fall under the hammer. Christie's took a stab and suggested an upper end of $150k. I suppose that we can now say, with some amount of certainty, that figure is a bit low. AMERICAN #230-1915 FORD MODEL T tourer. Eng. # 905091. Black/black. RHD. Uncertain on which continent this car originated. Either bodied in the U.S. by the factory, or in the U.K. by #227-1903 ARROL-JOHNSTON 20 HP limousine. S/N 338. Eng. # 65. Varnished wood/black. RHD. Formerly a Sword Collection superstar. The exact build date is a bit unclear; it may be as early as 1903 and as late as 1905. The car shows an old restoration, but is well-preserved from its long standing as a museum piece. Both the chassis to the paint, chrome, and trim. It will require a full mechanical refurb. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,208. 3-wheelers continue to have a loyal following, and Berkeleys like this never have a problem attracting bidders. One such person was prepared to go $3,000 beyond what condition would dictate. 82 are still in place on the front mudguards. The paint is matte and marked, but might be original as well. The steelwork is rust-free. DeDion carb is still fitted, and the ignition system has been ScottBrothers. Older restoration, now with much shrinkage to the fender paint, and much blistering to the paint in general. The retrimmed interior looks good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $14,887. The money spent to land this rather plain and unlovely T was a bit more than I might have guessed, but still more than the high estimate of $11k.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author Michigan International Fall Classic This close to Detroit, it made sense that Novi was mostly an American sale, with no shortage of classics, muscle and customs Company RM Auctions Date September 23-25, 2005 Location Novi, MI Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Paul Behr Automotive lots sold / offered 116 / 237 Sales rate 49% Sales total $2,243,328 High sale 1968 Shelby GT500 KR, sold at $107,535 RM laid out the red carpet for this no-reserve ‘68 Hemi Road Runner Report and Photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics R Novi, MI M held its annual Michigan International Fall Classic at the new, $18m Rock Financial Showplace. Modern and stylish on the outside, and with plenty of parking, it turned out to be a bit disappointing inside. The open ceilings, harsh lighting, and exposed pipes and air circulation systems lent the proceedings a factory atmosphere, while the limited seating meant that many attendees had to stand if they wanted to take in the action. One particularly troublesome effect of the lighting was the change in hue it lent to some cars, turning most red paint to orange. I'm sure more than one enthusiast found himself somewhat surprised when he saw the true colors—so to speak—of his new acquisition once it was out in the daylight. Though the weather was pleasant enough—unlike the snowstorm that hampered the spring sale—and the venue change was just a mile down the road from the old Novi Expo Center, the crowds just weren't there in the expected numbers. As a result, RM had to work doubly hard to sell 116 of the 237 cars it had consigned, with sales totaling just over $2.2m by close of business on Monday. Many of the cars that failed to sell did so because the vendors and the bidders couldn't see eye to eye on the reserve. And others, mostly customs like the attractive '32 Ford Hi-Boy roadster, '33 Willys roadster, and a very different 84 '59 Rambler wagon street machine, just didn't have the right buyers on hand. The high sale of the weekend was a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR that went for $107,535. The same car sold for $84,789 at the Spring Novi sale, and for $134,200 at RM's Monterey auction, so not only is it well-traveled this year, but on a bit of a trampoline as well. Two 1968 Plymouth Hemi Road Runners did well also, with a oneowner, low-mileage original selling without reserve for $100,000. This close to Detroit, it made sense that Novi was mostly an American sale, with no shortage of classics, muscle and customs from which to choose. Foreign cars were hard to find, however, and those looking for popular British sports cars were limited in their choices. Both XKEs present required plenty of work, and the lone MG TD, which was reportedly a frame-off, looked like they'd forgotten how to put it back together once it had been taken apart. Overall, this fall's Michigan sale came off well, but in the end it just seemed that not enough folks came to take part. There was certainly no shortage of high quality cars. And it didn't lack for bargains either. In fact, Novi was a good place to buy if you were in the market, and if you had a pair of “magic daylight” glasses to see what color your car actually was. u Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 7% (included in sold prices)


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1938 Lagonda V12 Rapide 1934 Packard Coupe Roadster 1999 Mercedes 300SL Gullwing 1939 Bugatti Type 57C 1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 1952 Lancia Ghia 1959 Bentley S1 Hooper 1975 Aston Martin V8 1951 Jaguar MKV Drophead 1918 Service Bus 1974 Jaguar XKE 1960 Mercedes 220SE


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author ENGLISH #SP66-1956 MORRIS MINOR CUSTOM woody wagon. S/N BEST BUY Z2531346034. Red/cream and white leather. 350-ci V8, auto. Original body beautifully refinished in red on a custom Fatman tubular frame. Great wood. Custom leather bucket seats. Ididit chrome steering column, tilt wheel, Dakota digital gauges and big-time sound system. 9” Ford rear end and posi-trac with a Mustang II front end. Fully detailed engine and compartment. American Racing mags. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $31,030. As they used to say on Monty Python: “And now for something completely different...” This Morris could turn most teetotalers into neat scotch drinkers faster than you could say “0-60.” With superb workmanship and plenty of flash, the price seemed like a bargain. #SP29-1969 JAGUAR XKE S II convert- ible. S/N 1R7920. Green/black vinyl/black. Odo: 63,149 miles. Passable quick green respray. All original chrome shows wear, and the convertible top is old but intact. The original interior is well worn beyond saving, with the dash peeling and all panels warped. One wiper is missing, and the other two are mismatched. Engine has original detailing, and shows evidence of recent work. the paint and minor wear all around. The interior is a bit worn and grubby, but could easily be brought back. Real, hand-made Persian carpets, bullet-proof glass, and special wheels. Desert Storm battle scene on rear wheel looks a bit amateurish. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,200. Custom-built at the price of $160k, this special Landy showed a bit of wear. But hey, it still looked impressive, and the price was a bargain. A great piece of history, and the perfect surfer buggy. GERMAN BEST BUY #606-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412009439. Pale blue/blue cloth/blue. Odo: 91,140 miles. Very good original paint and chrome, though not without a fair bit of patina in certain areas. However, it could easily be detailed to a good standard. The trunk appeared to have been resprayed and Solid wood and non-sagging doors shut with a clunk. The original cloth interior is a home for moths, so that should probably be attended to. And the engine could use some work as well. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,638. A far better buy than the other two American cars of similar vintage. If industrious, the new owner could have a decent looking runner for little investment and not lose his shirt. #NR04-1929 ESSEX SUPER SIX sedan. The underbody appears solid, and all original tools and manuals are included. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $24,182. A very original, well-exercised XKE ragtop, reported to run well. Considering the condition, the price wasn't out of line with today's E-Type market, and the options here are many: With minimal work it could be left as a driver. It could also be an easy rolling restoration, or even the solid basis for a ground-up. This last will cost another sixty grand, so this seemed a fairly safe investment. And there's a lot to be said for starting with the right car. #SP112-1988 LAND ROVER SPECIAL SUV convertible. S/N SALLDKAVZAA223942. Desert Sand Stealth/black/red leather. Odo: 23,287 miles. Penned by designer Dennis Adams and custom-built by Glenfrome England, Ltd. for the Saudi Royal family's King Abdullah to review the coalition troops at the Desert Storm Freedom Parade in Kuwait. Some cracking in 86 a 6-disc CD changer was added at some point. Comes with full maintenance records. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,548. This pampered, one-owner 280SL was a bargain. Though it lacked the hard top, and will likely have a few surprises, the new owner should have a nice #2 car with just a small investment and bit of elbow grease. And there's plenty of room for future profit as well. Nicely done. #SP06-1977 PORSCHE 911 TURBO SLANT NOSE coupe. S/N 9307700478. Black/black cord and velour. Odo: 92,307 miles. Sunroof. Body kit and aftermarket AM/FM/CD added. The quick black respray covers some flaws. Clean seats overall, but plenty of wear on the carpets. The leather steering wheel is worn. Basic detailing to the engine. Sprayed black underneath. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $11,342. This low price was due both to the crippling cost of S/N 1048248. Yellow and black/black/cloth. Odo: 44,997 miles. An older respray in yellow and black, with a taped red pinstripe to brighten it up. It now requires a repaint. Sporadic rust bubbles and flaking throughout, with blisters on the door bottoms. The radiator needs plenty of work, with pitting to the rechrome and some rust holes. All other plating is the dull original. repairs, should they soon present themselves, and to the market's ill tolerance of fake slant noses. From most angles, it looked like a solid example, but the angle that counts is the one from behind the wheel. Buying any old Turbo at auction can be a roll of the dice, so the bidder either got himself a bargain supercar or a costly paperweight. AMERICAN #NR03-1926 BUICK STANDARD SIX sedan. S/N 1748008. Blue/black/blue cloth. Odo: 72,858 miles. Cowl and driving lights, wooden wheels, rear-mounted spare. Same owner for 55 years. Resprayed blue quite some time ago. A good buff job, with some attention to the metal trim could work wonders. The interior shows rot, stains, rips, holes, etc. The engine paint is very tired. Yellow painted wooden wheels with new chrome nuts—why bother? Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,066. 1929 was a banner year for Essex, but that was a long time ago. The rear-mounted spare and cowl lights were not enough of a lure for this Essex, and the gearshift knob was a Molson Canadian bottle opener. The final price seemed high, as this Essex will require a full restoration. A notso-Super Six with a deep pit ahead of it. Sports Car Market


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Join Keith Martin at the SCM/Steve Austin's Great Vacations Car Collector's Dream Tour to the GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED July 2-10, 2006 Formula One Teams Bonhams Auction Aston and Porsche Restoration Shops Museums Celebrity Speakers The London Times described The Goodwood Festival of Speed as “the Garden Party of the Gods,” while the Telegraph has called it “the Greatest Show on Earth.” It is the biggest celebration of motorsports in the world. It embraces cars from the very earliest steam carriages to the latest in Formula One. Racing cars and bikes come from all over the world, and this is the only event outside the Grand Prix circuit attended by many of the current Formula One teams. Our hospitality arrangements for The Festival provide a unique and mesmerizing mix of close-up motorsport action and exceptional personal service. Nowhere else in the world can the shattering performance of Formula One cars and the nostalgia and heroism of the full spectrum of motor racing past and present be experienced so intimately. The SCM tour mixes some of the most beautiful English countryside with some of the most important factories, museums, auto restorers and collector car auctions. Guest celebrities such as Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell, John Surtees, and Alain de Cadenet make for entertaining evenings and valuable professional input for the related events and venues. (View the tentative itinerary online at www.sportscarmarket.com) Tour Price: $4,735 per person twin occupancy; $1,100 single supplement. $1,000 reservation required to secure your position. Tour size strictly limited. Call or e-mail today: Steve Austin's Great Vacations 1-800-452-8434 Email: steveaustin@colton.com Photo: Alistair Walker


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RM Auctions Novi, MI Column Author #SP82-1931 BUICK SERIES 50 EIGHT sedan. S/N 2587623. Cream and brown/black/ blue cloth. Odo: 88,720 miles. Cowl lights and rear-mounted spare. The doors are saggy and the center post is rotting out. The recent respray shows well, though the older roof paint has bubbling. The fenders are chipped, with lots of dirt in the paint. Original door handles and once the most expensive cars built in America, and this one was well presented. Although still wanting in areas, it sold for a good price, right near the top of the market for an example in this condition. #SP33-1959 FORD GALAXIE SKYLINER trim, with the rear bumpers peeling. Older blue velour interior is faded, soiled, and ripped. All hub caps are dented and the painted wire wheels show rust bleeds. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,313. Looked great from twenty feet, but any closer and you'll need your medication. Blue seats and red carpets with that color body? Perhaps the new owner was that guy in the green striped shirt, flowered tie, red check pants, and purple houndstooth jacket. Let's hope his banker is better than his tailor. #411-1952 OLDSMOBILE 88 sedan. S/N 528M53517. Turquoise/turquoise vinyl. Odo: 67,687 miles. A quick respray and blow-ins on the front fenders. Prep work, sanding marks, dirt, wear, and scratches abound. Mostly original deck. Good chrome with some minor flaws on the grille and trim. Plastic seatcovers on the rebuilt seats. Clean under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $35,310. This was a clean Skyliner with nice extras and a fully working top--a critical aspect when figuring value for these cars. Though not as highly prized as they once were, this one traded garages right around the top of the market, and was a fair deal for both parties. #SP98-1961 CHEVROLET BISCAYNE pitted chrome, but the bumpers and hood ornament were rechromed in the past. Non-original dark green carpets, and the original cloth seats show wear on driver's side. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,638. Tarted-up under the hood, but certainly not ready for shows, this regularly serviced and maintained Olds was a fair buy and will present its new owners with a nice, cheap entry into the hobby. #SP34-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MK II 2-door hardtop. S/N C56B2040. Black/ red and white leather. Odo: 74,882 miles. Fully optioned and nicely painted, with new chrome and original stainless trim. Plenty of polishing marks in both the paint and the brightwork. Nice two-tone interior is spolied by cheap looking nylon carpet. Resprayed firewall looks off, but otherwise very nice under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,450. The billing said the restoration was completed 200 miles ago, but said nothing of the time that has passed. These were 88 BISQUICK CUSTOM 2-door post. S/N 11110104319. Silver and white/gray leather. Odo: 29,971 miles. 500-ci V8, auto. Show paint with trick striping to imitate trim. Shaved handles and other mild custom touches. Simple, New interior and carpets look good as well. The console and original radio show appropriate wear, as do the sills. Fully detailed engine and compartment. Factory wheels with minor dings. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,252. This one-owner, black plate California car came with its original invoice. Despite its minor blemishes, this Nova was a real crowd favorite. Priced near the top of the range, but both seller and buyer should be happy. #130-1966 FORD MUSTANG convertible. elegant pleated interior with gray carpets and leather headliner. Modern custom dash and gauges. GM powertrain with aluminum heads, Demon carb and 400 Turbo transmission. No real chassis detailing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $58,315. Built by Jack and Troy Trepanier and featured in “Car Craft,” the Biscayne “Bisquick” was S/N 6F08C353203. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 64,913 miles. An older refurbishment with dirt, dull spots, touch-ups, bubbling and chips. All original chrome is pitted, except the wavy bumpers. The newer black carpet and vinyl buckets have minimal wear, though the driver's seat sags and the console is painted poorly. The engine shows a nice, basic detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,589. An excellent driver, it Sports Car Market hardtop convertible. S/N B9KW183910. Light blue over dark blue/blue and white vinyl. Odo: 6,183 miles. Continental kit, spotlights, skirts, a/c. Older body-off restoration, but just 6,000 miles ago. Minor rust bleeds around the rear Aftermarket Cragar wheels with Cooper Radial GT tires. Clean and solid underneath. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,593. A straight, honest car with a few flaws, but you get the fuzzy dice and the time warp thrown in for nothing. This was not a lot of money for a stylish, fun driver without the worry of losing your investment. Another good buy on a summertime cruiser. #SP68-1965 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-door hardtop. S/N 117375N175014. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 80,534 miles. Completely restored in July 2005. Excellent yellow paint, but for minor prep issues. The chrome is a combination of old and new, and is generally clean. a real stunner. It was bid quick too, though the craftsmanship and attention to detail could have warranted a bit more. #133-1963 CHEVROLET IMPALA con- vertible. S/N 31867S229887. Light blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 7,943 miles. An older repaint with chips on doors and hood. The vinyl top is splitting at the rear, but repairable. Mostly original chrome and trim show wear, but are good overall. New turquoise interior looks great. Clean underhood, with basic detailing.


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Column Author RM Auctions Novi, MI #SP95-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fastback. S/N 8T02R20180702466. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl. Odo: 65,976 miles. One of just 16 KRs with a/c, one of 74 with black vinyl “kit” seats, and one of only 84 in this color. Excellent paint overall, but with minor buffing marks and some build-up in the gutters. The original looked better below the hood than above. Priced here at market value, so both buyer and seller should be happy. #SP69-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hardtop. S/N 2421777116013. Orange/. Odo: 19,375 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully restored in 2003 by the Guild in Canada. Nearly flawless paint. Nice chrome, though the handles are poor and the stainless trim requires buffing. New rubber all around. New vinyl and carpet, trim appears well and mark-free. Fully detailed engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $107,535. The ground-up restoration was well-documented and the full history was presented since new. While it wasn't quite perfect, the price reflected that. Considering the rarity and the overall desirability of Shelbys of all shapes and sizes, this was a good buy. #SP100-1969 OLDSMOBILE 442 con- complemented by the lovely dash and console. Detailed underhood with plenty of chrome and an Edelbrock head. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,680. Another crowd pleaser that sold reasonably in a rather unreasonable market. The buyer should be pleased, as there is room for minor improvements, which could lead to a bigger payoff when it comes time to turn it around. #SP87-1968 PLYMOUTH HEMI ROAD RUNNER 2-door hardtop. S/N RM23J8A266693. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 14,906 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. This one-owner car came with all original documentation. The exterior paint is poor, with some discoloration, blow-ins, dirt, prep marks, and a minor rust bubble at the rear window area. vertible. S/N 344679Z102230. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 98,334 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The fresh blue factory color paint with black pinstripe looks good. Some replacement chrome, including the bumpers and door handles. Stainless trim is original and marked. The black vinyl top remained folded Paint and detailing are spot on, but for some very minor blemishes. The window trim pieces show slight dings and scratches. Fresh black vinyl interior and carpet. Clean stock wheels. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,220. Perhaps not perfect, but awfully nice. The crowd came alive and the bids rocketed for this very desirable example. It deserved this money and both buyer and seller should be happy. #SP96-1970 DODGE CHARGER R/T 440 2-door hardtop. S/N XS29UOG199649. Red orange/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 29,619 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Resprayed original red with a bumble bee stripe. Rechromed, with some minor scratches; the original stainless is marked as well. Replacement interior and covered by a boot. Original black vinyl interior is good, with minimal fading of the replacement carpet. Resprayed underhood, and the gold engine is nicely detailed. New wheels and undercarriage are sprayed black. Original 8-track radio. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,500. Pity about the stainless—think prom queen with a pimple on her nose. This was a good deal for the buyer, as 442 ragtops are rising steadily, especially fully optioned, clean examples such as this. #SP103-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD Original interior shows some wear—it smelled original too. The engine has been out and repainted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $100,000. The Novi catalog cover car, offered with no reserve. It was described by the seller as all original, but there seemed to be some questions about what “all” meant. It wasn't “all” original paint, or “all” original detailing, or “all” original engine paint. I guess it's “all” in the interpretation, but the bid fell short of many expectations. If the buyer can sort this Hemi out and confirm the important numbers, then there may be a big upside to this car. 90 RUNNER 2-door hardtop. S/N RM23H9G278785. Seafoam Turquoise Metallic/white vinyl. Odo: 7,943 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tinted glass, Air Grabber hood, power steering, original radio. One of one painted Seafoam Turquoise Metallic. Beautiful, flawless paint finish with show quality chrome. The fresh interior is just as nice, with some original interior chrome pitting minimally. Fully detailed underhood. New Redline tires. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,825. The car had it all. Mopar Nationals award winner with a full history and a unique color. It deserved big dollars and got them fairly easily. The way prices continue to spiral, this very good buy could quickly turn into a great buy. #SP88-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hardtop. S/N 124379N708903. Garnet and white/black vinyl. Odo: 60,209 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-sp. Correct drivetrain, cowl induction hood, console, gauges, clock, front and rear spoilers and more. Full restoration. with original dash, gauges, and cracked steering wheel. Detailed engine and compartment, and neat, resprayed undercarriage. Original radio and nice Magnum 500 reverse chrome wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,000. The a/c in this car is a bonus, but amateur black “440” decals on the hood are not. Although not without its flaws, this was an eye-catching Charger and deserved the high bid. Buyer and seller should both be happy. #SP101-1970 DODGE CORONET SUPER BEE 2-door hardtop. S/N WM21NOA174441. Lime green/black vinyl. Odo: 95,580 miles. 383ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Recent full restoration. Good paint in factory lime green, with some minor Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Novi, MI flaws. All chrome is excellent. New black vinyl seats and carpet show little use. Some puckering in the headliner. Pistol grip shifter. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,894. Not as rare or as powerful as the Hemi-optioned Super Bees—or even the 440s—but in period, this bargain Bee proved a powerful entry into the muscle club. The same could be said today, as this price was fair for a straight, clean entry in the collector's club. #SP63-1972 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-door hardtop. S/N 1D37J2R507391. Blue/black. Odo: 16,160. 350-ci V8, auto. An overall excellent blue and white paint job, except for some dirt on the front end. Fresh bumper chrome and trim. Original glass is scratched. New carpet and vinyl interior look good. Detailed matching-numbers engine. Clean letter tires and stock wheels. Original documentation. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,668. Nicely restored and presented. This was the wrong year for Chevelle fans, though, as the anemic small block was anything but muscular. In these colors, to this standard, and with plenty of documentation, this was strong money. Well sold. #425-1979 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87K9L191647. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 93,903 miles. Nice black Bandit repaint, but with an incorrect flying chicken decal. Original rubber is cracked, including rubber bumper. Broken plastic speaker grilles in the doors, and the shiny vinyl seats have numerous splits. Worn trim on the inside panels, and the carpet is peeling on the driver's side. New with minimal wear. Appears to have been wellmaintained over the years. Added rear console for coffee cups and TV. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,276. The power window divider made this one-owner limo the perfect car for transporting the kids—or the mother-in-law. With its good overall condition, it could also make a nice, inexpensive addition to a livery business.u Column Author Uniroyals with original clean wheels. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,375. Top money paid for what I considered a marginal car. It did draw lots of bidding interest though, as these cars are becoming more and more cult-like. Like Burt's revived movie career, perhaps the future is bright. #433-1990 CADILLAC DEVILLE 6- DOOR limousine. S/N 1G6DW5475LR719705. Silver/black/black leather. Odo: 71,715 miles. The vinyl top is starting to wear and peel. Nice silver respray with a red pinstripe. Typical GM door, taillight and trunk gaps. Very clean inside


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Column Author Kucera Auction Service Holbrook, NE Raymond Massey Estate It wouldn't be a Corvair scrounger's estate sale without parts to sell, too Company Kucera Auction Service Date August 6, 2005 Location Holbrook, NE Auctioneers Steve Kucera and Mel Parker Automotive lots sold / offered 53 / 80 Sales rate 66% Sales total $31,795 High sale 1951 Ford F1 ½-ton pickup, sold at $5,500 Buyer's premium none It's a sad sight when a good Corvair goes to pot Report and Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics R Holbrook, NE aymond Massey had amassed 67 Corvairs of nearly every size and shape by the time of his demise early this year at age 78. When word got out that Kucera would be hosting his estate sale, it was a no-brainer that your ranking Corvair loony/auction analyst would make the 683-mile trek from St. Paul to the southwestern Nebraska hamlet of Holbrook to attend. It's not so difficult to spot a field full of Corvairs in the vast expanse of Nebraska. And though 67 of anything is a fair number upon arrival it seemed like the pickings—the decent ones, anyhow—were pretty slim indeed. In fact, only fifteen lots came with titles. All Corvair people have two things in common—they can't have just one Corvair, and they can't have just one of some other oddball car. (I won't tell you what mine is here.) Raymond Massey was no different. While the fifteen titled cars got top billing out near the highway beside the shop, the rest of the lots, including his collection of 1980s GM diesel sedans, sat languishing out back among the hardy ditch weed. Of course, it wouldn't be a Corvair scrounger's estate sale without parts to sell. Thirty pallets of bigger items— engines, transmissions, and body panels—filled another part of the yard, while four hayracks and flatbed trailers held the smaller bits, all generally in a logical order. 92 When all was said and done only two-thirds of these no-reserve cars found new owners, but it wasn't an easy task. At the start of the sale, it seemed “no reserve” just wasn't enough to generate much interest, for Steve Kucera and Mel Parker couldn't even get bidders to pony up a 10-spot for these derelicts. And the local junk dealer wouldn't bid on cars unless they had powertrains, deeming the shells worthless. About ten minutes into the sale, perhaps sensing this trend of silence, Kucera decided to run only those cars that had dedicated, interested parties. One benefit of this onthe-fly policy shift was expediency, as the sale of both cars and parts lasted little more than four hours. This was quite a plus as temperatures worked their way into the 90s. As collector auctions go, I think it's safe to say I've never traveled so far for so little. With total sales of just $31,795, and a high sale of $5,500, this was definitely what you might call a niche sale. But Corvair people are a dedicated lot, and many walked away loaded to the gills with stuff only Corvair people could love. I picked up a box of shop bulletins and manuals for twenty bucks, which should keep me happy until the next batch of these oddballs shows up somewhere. And for the first time, when a no reserve car was marked “no sale,” I understood why.u Sports Car Market


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Kucera Auction Service Holbrook, NE AMERICAN #01-1941 CADILLAC SERIES 61 FASTBACK sedan. S/N 7341043. Green metallic/tan cloth. No windshield, and the passenger's side vent window is heavily cracked. The driver's side rocker panel is rusted out; now painted over during a bad respray. The grille sits loosely in place. Most of the interior pieces and half of the exterior trim, including bumpers, is piled up inside the car. Dust and dirt abound in and on this car. Most of the gauges are dangling in the dashboard frame. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $1,900. Sure, the 61 was the budget Cadillac, #02-1951 FORD F1 1/2 TON pickup. S/N F1R1SP15330. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 43,325 miles. Fitted with a gearbox and fenders from later years. All sheetmetal is in excellent, rustfree condition, but the older repaint is fading and has several scratches and nicks. Motor is a relatively fresh off-the-shelf rebuild, but does not have a distributor hooked up. The newer radiator is bone dry and the heater hoses are missing, as is the master cylinder. Only a few tears to the seat, due more to age than anything else. 1956 visor-mounted calendar, 1958 phone today than cars did, it says something about how much Cornhuskers like their trucks. #25-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 700 LAKEWOOD station wagon. S/N 10735W169557. White/blue cloth and nylon. Light hit on the lower left side, just enough so that rear door won't close. The trunk lid is missing, as is the cowl panel, windshield wipers, taillights, and all the brake hardware. Much of the paint on the upper body has faded away, leaving surface rust. Most of the trim is still in place, but half of it is damaged. All glass is in place and is serviceable. The interior is wretched, with some parts missing entirely. The motor is seized, and the entire bay is filled with piles of dirt. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $15. In 1961, Chevy tried every Column Author so it's not a CCCA Classic to begin with. And this one needs to go back to step one for a restoration, but this was still a bargain regardless. I hate to use the old line, “the parts alone are worth the money,” but in this case they're worth more. Priced Cadillac trim or flathead V8 rebuilds lately? The auctioneer kept pleading with us to “get it over two thousand,” but with a field full of Corvair owners, this wasn't going to happen. directory in the glovebox, and 1960 license plate—The Beef State—indicate when the truck was last worked for a living. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,500. I was surprised by the final bid here. While it certainly is in decent shape, it was still a dead sled. Had it been running, I'd have called it a #3 or #3-; however, it's missing too many things. While I initially figured that $2,000 to $2,500 would be big money, that's about where the bidding started and didn't slow down until it ended. As pickups tended to bring bigger money angle to find markets for the Corvair. In the 1960s, you had to have a station wagon to have a proper car line, so for a year-and-half they had the base-level 500 series and the mid-level 700 Lakewood series. For 1962, both the Lakewood and the top-rung 900 Monza series offered the January 2006 93


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Glovebox Notes Column Author A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHH is best 2006 MERCEDES-BENZ E350 wagon body. Unsuccessful as they were, the wagons were dropped in mid '62 when the droptops and the turbocharged Spyder package were introduced. Air-cooled wagons tend to be fairly rare due to both low production and the typical abuse wagons saw daily in period. Since a lot of the wagon-specific parts are salvageable on this one, it should rightfully die so that others may live. #04-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Price as tested: $54,100 Likes: Masterpiece of restraint. Base car offers 268 hp, 3.5-liter engine, and seven-speed automatic. Options range through turbo-diesel and 4-Matic to 469-hp V8 in AMG 55 (for end-of-life crisis?). Subdued, comfortable interior with heated seats, walnut trim, simple dash, and reassuring analog clock. Beautiful finish, big trunk, intuitively easy to drive, with all the latest handling and safety gadgets—and decent 25 mpg. Gripes: Nav system designed to make you crazy. Subdued styling, looks great alongside new BMW 5- and 7-series, which is faint praise indeed. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Still the king of the Euro sedans.— Paul Duchene 2006 VOLVO S60 R SPYDER 2-door hardtop. S/N 20927O154153. Red metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 58,020 miles. The old, dusty repaint is still serviceable. Good door and panel fit on a solid body with no signs of work. The original chrome is mostly decent, and all glass is good. All four rims are mismatched and shod with dry-rotted bias-ply tires. The older interior vinyl is in fair condition, though the horn button is missing. The dusty motor is fitted with a Motorola electronic ignition circa 1964. It started up with a fair amount SOLD AT $1,550. This was used by Raymond Massey as his daily driver between the shop and his house. While it looked like hell, once they got it started it ran just fine. I've owned several FCs and can attest to their usability as an aroundtown parts hauler. They are also increasing in value at a greater rate than Corvair cars, with excellent examples occasionally fetching five digit prices. Less Nader baggage, perhaps. It would take a ton of work and money to make this one right, so if the buyer runs it as-is, there's no harm done. #12-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA convertible. S/N 107675W148532. Dark silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 43,400 miles. Purchased in 1981 with 41,295 miles on it by Raymond Massey for $2,800. Restored then to average standards. Now has rust blisters popping up behind the right front wheel well and at the right rear corner body seam. The A-pillar bases (always a rust-out point on these cars) show unevenness from poor bodywork. Paint is of coaxing, but then ran out fine without any lifter tick. Overall, this car screams for an hourlong power wash. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,300. Along with the convertible, the Spyder option was released in April of '62. This was an early Spyder, with a build date the second week of May. As the vast majority of '62 Spyders were configured exactly like this one, it has survived relatively well and would be an easy restoration. If the work is done by the new owner, he could do alright on it, but anything major—even a quality repaint—will put him in deeper than he wants to be. #06-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Price as tested: $44,335 Likes: Zippy 300-hp turbo 2.5-liter 5-cylinder; sport suspension setting was distinct and fun; firm seats are supportive on long rides; striking blue analog gauges easy to read. Gripes: Taking advantage of the horsepower caused a noticeable drop in stated highway 25 mpg to way under 20; rain-sensing wipers not so sensitive; neither the radio nor the iPod supplied with the test car displayed the song title when the iPod was plugged in. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: Our Sonic Blue metallic model came kitted out with a low front spoiler that was out of place and shredded by daily driving—and we were careful. Once that was put in the trunk, the all-wheel drive handled Northwest weather conditions with Volvo-standard predictability.—Kristen Hall-Geisleru 94 95 GREENBRIER 6-WINDOW van. S/N 4R126S109649. Beige and brown/light gold and brown. Odo: 53,348 miles. Base level trim with the chrome bumpers of a deluxe model. Typical Forward Control Corvair 95 rust issues in the front wheel wells, foot wells, and rocker panels. The old, cheap repaint is faded and getting thin in spots. The interior was not detailed said to be a 1979 Ford color. All weather strips are getting crusty and show overspray. The vinyl top is decent, though the plastic rear window is yellowed. The seat vinyl is getting stiff, and the passenger's seat is developing a tear at the top outside edge. The motor isn't detailed or cleaned, but it ran silent and strong. Shod with old, dry-rotted bias-ply tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,600. This was the only no-issues, turnkey Corvair you could actually drive home. I felt that anyone could do alright with it as a toy for $3k or under. At $4,600, the estate will eventually be more pleased than the buyer, but for now he has a good running cruiser, and eventually a restoration project. #07-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR CORSA 2-door hardtop. S/N 107375W232749. Maroon/white vinyl. Odo: 64,785 miles. A solid body with minimal signs of work done. The older repaint has several chips and scratches from handling. This would seem to be the only bit of restoration work done on the car, as the weatherstripping is all dry-rotted and crusty, in any manner, with a lot of miscellaneous junk in it, and the rear seat is missing. The engine bay is grungy and shows several home-made engineering tweaks. 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with plenty of overspray. The original interior is dirty and torn-up, and the engine bay is very dusty and missing parts. Like many of the lots, when a battery was hooked up, it started easily and ran fine. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,800. I'll go ahead and say it: someone paid too much for this. While the 4-barrel, 140-hp engine is the Corvair powerplant in greatest demand (winkwink), this car has been sitting around too long to just take it out and drive. It could be the basis of a thorough restoration, but that means taking it back to square one, which makes it a $2,800 all-work-and-no-play proposition. #16-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA 2-door hardtop. S/N 105375L115923. Blue metallic/rust/white vinyl. Odo: 83,281 miles. At some point, the car was hit in several places, including the rear, the roof, and the driver's side front. The trunk lid is missing and the engine compartment lid is heavily dented, but the doors appear to be salvageable. The windshield and rear quarter glass are also salvageable, as they aren't broken. Some of the is a mixture of new, serviceable original, and just plain crusty. Most of the trim has been installed, but some is still in NOS boxes. The top is an older replacement in decent shape, though the window is yellowed. The original maroon interior is present, but the car comes with a complete replacement in white vinyl with black carpet. Most of the dash is bare, with dangling gauges. The motor appears to be complete, but who knows when it was last started?. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,250. This car reminded me a lot of a pre-painted model car kit, in 1:1 scale. At this money, that doesn't leave much left in the budget for glue. As it was bought by a husband and wife team who are very much into Corvairs (she wanted it as her own project), at least they know what they are getting into. #83-1968 ULTRA INDUSTRIES ULTRA- VAN CLASS A RV. S/N 402. Beige and brown metallic/avacado and beige cloth. Odo: 65,257 miles. Last licensed in July 2003. Radials mounted on heavily oxidized Western 5-slot aluminum wheels. The older, two-tone repaint is holding up well. Original foam bumpers are disintegrating, but a new set is included in the sale. Minimal dings and dimples on the aluminum skin. Delamination at the edges of the windshield. The interior makes a definitive '60s fashion statement in an overall avocado motif. The steering wheel is from a 1957 Chevy 210, the dashboard from a 1967 full-size Chevy, and the dash-mounted shifter from a Corvair 95 truck, plus a plethora of gauges and switches from various unknown vehicles. The battery front trim and glass trim, as well as the front bumper, may be useable for a driver. All trim behind the rear window is scrap. The seats and carpet have been removed. The powertrain is still complete and in the car, but the motor is stuck. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $10. This was one of many of the cannabis Corvairs. The local scrapper only bid on it because it still had the engine in it. Although the basic shell was quite solid and free of rust out, only a real dope would buy this one to save it. But for ten bucks, it would make a great planter. #13-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR MONZA convertible. S/N 105676L111915. Red/white vinyl/maroon and white vinyl. Odo: 67,025 miles. Power top, heavy duty air filter. This is a work-in-progress project. The bodywork was recently completed and wears a newer coat of correctly applied paint. The weatherstripping GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1963 OSCA 1600 GT Zagato OSCA, established by the Maserati brothers, performed magnificently throughout the fifties in international competition. This OSCA 1600GT, chassis number 0080 was raced in period by Italian driver Gian Pietro Contro in hill climb events. An extensive restoration was carried out in 1995 and 0080 has been used sparingly since. This, one of the shapes penned by the genius of Zagato stylist Ercole Spada is finished in stunning red with black interior and has an extensive history file. 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Works Car In 1964 the Healey Competition Department entered 767 KNX at Sebring; it was to be driven in the event by Paddy Hopkirk and Grant Clark. This was followed up by many sprints and hill climbs by its next owner, Henry Crowther, the Yorkshire woollens magnate. Remarkably, the car also competed in the 1968 Targa Florio where it finished 25th overall. Recently subjected to a thorough mechanical overhaul by Denis Walsh Motorsport, it was dead by the afternoon. Once jump started, the 110-hp motor lit off smoothly. Thanks to glasspacks and extended exhaust pipes, it made quite the racket as well. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,500. As the most famous vehicle built in Hutchinson, Kansas, the best way to think of an Ultra-Van is to imagine an Airstream built on the cheap with a Corvair engine tucked into it. Even among Corvair people, owners are looked upon as a bit odd and quirky, often referring to themselves by the S/N of their contraption. As no two Ultra-Vans were built identical, Rube Goldberg engineering comes with the territory, and the mods that #402 did to his fit right into place. These are kept within a rather closed society and maintained with an anything-goes mod philosophy, so selling prices are all but impossible to track accurately. Given that, I'd say the new Mr. and Mrs. #402 paid market price.u January 2006 comes with a current set of FIA papers and is eligible for so many of the events on offer CARS IN STOCK 1964 AC Cobra 289 (competition car) 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II (Works Car) 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental (manual) 1965 Bizzarrini 5300GT (7 litre engine) 1964 Brabham BT8 1952 Ferrari 340 America 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé 1958 Ferrari 250 Tour de France 1991 Ferrari F40 1934 Mercedes-Benz 500K 1954 Moretti 750 GS 1963 OSCA 1600 GT 1968 Porsche 910 1985 Porsche 962C 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com www.gregorfisken.com 95


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Bonhams & Butterfields Darien, CT Column Author Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars The crowd was composed of badge-wearing RROC members—very much “the right crowd and no crowding” Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date July 29, 2005 Location Darien, CT Auctioneer Brooke Sivo Automotive lots sold / offered 5 / 16 Sales rate 31% Sales total $368,875 High sale 1949 Bentley Mk VI drophead coupe, sold at $252,500 Buyer's premium The rolling grounds of the Ox Ridge Hunt Club played host to this RROC sale Report and Photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics B Darien, CT onhams & Butterfields brought a small selection of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars to Darien, a wealthy corner of Connecticut's Fairfield County, to coincide with the activities of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club Celebration, Rally and Meet. The auction, which was held on the grounds of the Ox Ridge Hunt Club, felt very much like a private affair. For the most part, the crowd of approximately 100 was composed of badge-wearing RROC members—very much “the right crowd and no crowding,” as they used to say at Brooklands before the war. Even B & B's choice of auctioneer reinforced the theme. As the company's director of American furniture and a longtime member of the RROC, Brooke Sivo was a natural at the helm. The event was low-key, and the 16 consigned cars var- ied wildly in their overall conditions. At one end was the sublime—a magnificent 1949 Pinin Farina-bodied Bentley Mk IV convertible, formerly a Pebble Beach class winner. It was also the high sale at $252,500. And at the other end, the ridiculous—a primer-spotted 1970 R-R Silver Shadow, the very example of nobility in decline. It was the low sale at $3,525. With this kind of range, the sale seemed to have something for every taste and pocket. Two “barn finds” attracted much interest. The first, a 1934 Bentley 3 ½-Liter, was an attractive three-position drophead coupe with a 1940s re-body by an unknown coachbuilder. Whoever built the car did a superb job; even in its tired state, the large doors opened and closed with fingertip pressure. Today was not its day, however, and it went unsold at $30k. The second was a “special” 96 15% up to $100,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) built on a 1938 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter chassis. Wearing a somewhat awkward dual cowl boattail body, and needing repairs to the cylinder head, it also failed to sell at $30k. A few lots showed instances where the attendees failed to bid worthy cars up to market-appropriate prices. For instance, a 1930 Rolls 20/25 estate wagon with good proportions and a bit of dashing style offered a good basis for a straightforward refurbishment or restoration. The vendor hoped for at least $45k, so the offered $29k was not enough to secure it. And a lovely 1931 Phantom II Brewster-bodied drophead, in admittedly dated colors, fell short at $110k. Finally, a desirable 1964 Silver Cloud III Mulliner drophead, which counted the opera singer Sergio Franchi among its past owners, failed at $200k, far below its actual value. Holding auctions at marque club events is a curious thing. On the one hand, you obviously have a knowledgeable audience, and one interested in the type of car you've brought to sell. On the other hand, they already own at least one example of the brand, and often several; do they really need another? Moreover, most club members have a tendency to value any car they own at top dollar, but will only want to buy them for as little money as possible. Bonhams & Butterfields did a good job selecting a small but wide range of cars to appeal both to the enthusiast who wanted a car to use right now, as well as to those for whom the rescue is the joy. But with just five cars changing hands, had the crowd been a little less “right,” then perhaps the results could have been quite a bit better.u Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Darien, CT Column Author ENGLISH #336-1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CROYDON convertible. S/N 240AJS. Ivory and beige/tan canvas/beige leather. Odo: 14,222 miles. The older paint is good, but somewhat faded and with a few small chips. There is some shrinkage on the right panel behind the door, a crack on the right rear fender, and peeling around fuel filler neck. Good panel fit, Thrupp & Maberly sedan that was rebodied in the late '30s or early '40s by an unknown shop. As presented, it was in running, “barn find” condition. Very complete overall, and I was quite impressed that the heavy doors had no droop. Although in need of a full restoration, a bid somewhere between $35k-$42k would not have been too much. #331-1938 BENTLEY 4¼-LITER except both doors sit out at the leading edge. Good chrome as well, with only some light pitting. The seats have a good patina, but the steering wheel is cracked under its wrapping. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $110,000. This was a lovely car. Indeed, it was the 1934 New York show car. It underwent a restoration in the '70s, which shows in the color choices, but overall it is holding up well. Although it again needs a total restoration, the bid was way low. #341-1934 BENTLEY 3½-LITER dhc. S/N B120AH. Green/dark green/red leather. RHD. Odo: 59,577 miles. The paint is cracked, chipped, and semi-opaque. Good panel fit, however, and the long doors close very well. The chrome is totally worn and the wheels are rusted. The whole interior shows a good patina, though the driver's seat cushion is torn, the wood is dry faded, and the carpets are perished. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Formerly a DERBY SPECIAL DUAL COWL phaeton. S/N B183KU. British Racing Green/black Naugahyde. RHD. Chipped and scarred paint, except for new paint on the new fenders. Some surface rust on the front chassis arms. There is scratched and dented chrome on the radiator shell and headlights. The interior is complete, but dirty, though the seats are good. Cracked cylinder head. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. Originally a Hooper bodied 2-door “Sports January 2006 97


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Column Author Bonhams & Butterfields Darien, CT Saloon,” it was rebodied as an open car in the '40s or '50s and given its slightly odd boattail body. It is presently in “barn find” condition, so what do you do now? Restore it in the current style or rebody it again? Regardless, the bid should have sold it. #331A-1947 BENTLEY MK VI sedan. S/N B362BH. Gray/eggplant leather. RHD. Odo: 65,064 miles. The paint shows many cracks, chips, and some polishing burn marks on the sharp edges. Very good panel fit and good chrome, except for a deep scratch on the rear bumper. Very good seats, though the dashtop and door cap wood is dried and faded. Cond: 3-. of the driver's seat. Somewhat faded and dull dash wood, with scratches on the central control area and peeling plating on the hood release levers. Sanyo cassette stereo. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $52,000. A stunning big coupe, restored in 1992. It seems superb from a distance, but plenty of details let it down. It's an auction frequent flier as well—a no-sale at Kensington's June 2004 Long Island, NY auction at $59k, and a no-sale at the June 2005 Christie's Greenwich, CT auction at $50k. It might be worth more in the U.K., but the U.S. market has clearly spoken. SOLD AT $19,550. An all-aluminum “Sports Sedan” in odd but strangely attractive gray coachwork and purple—oh, sorry, “Aubergine”—color scheme. Restored back in 1969, and holding up fairly well. The mid-'60s Sharp AM/FM underdash radio is very cool. The price was high for a RHD manual, but it's a solid car. TOP 10 No. 6 #338-1949 BENTLEY MK VI dhc. S/N B453CD. Silver/navy canvas/ navy blue leather. RHD. Odo: 91,679 miles. Excellent paint and panel fit, except for misalignment at the hood sides. Superb interior, with very deep lambswool overrugs. Light scratches on the steering wheel center and center control binnacle. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $252,500. A stunning Pininfarina-bodied Bentley with elegant, well-proportioned lines. Winner in the Pininfarina class at Pebble Beach in 1993, it also toured in the 1998 Louis Vuitton China Run. Worth every penny paid—in fact, the buyer may have gotten a bit of a bargain. #332-1951 BENTLEY MK VI EMPRESS coupe. S/N B92HR. Brewster Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 11,099 miles. Very good paint, with a few light rubs and scratches. Good panel fit, except for variable gaps on the trunk lid, bottom edge of passenger door, and some mis-alignment at the rear of the hood. Very good chrome. Some delamination on the rear window. Very nice seats, with some rub marks on the side 98 scratched. Slightly dry leather on the front seats, and the dash and door wood is nicely refinished. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,050. A good restoration to a high driver standard. Last seen in April 2005 at the Bonhams Brookline, MA auction, where it was a no-sale at $36k. There was lots of interest in this car and the buyer got a good deal. The seller, I'm sure, wishes he had sold it at the event in April. #334-1963 MARINA-ROLLS-ROYCE ANDREWS SPECIAL race car. S/N RRM01. Eng. # PV33B. Red/black vinyl. RHD. Very good paint, with evidence of racing use. The clean interior shows some wear as well. Clean engine and undercarriage. Overall good condition for forty-year-old racer. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $65,000. A rather under-the-table Rolls-based racer, which infuriated the factory. It was never competitive either, so perhaps that's what really upset them. Road registered in the U.K., and last seen at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in 2004, where it was a no-sale leather, and carpets. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $200,000. Owned in the past by singer Sergio Franchi. Restored in 1990, and nicely mellowed now. A lovely car. While the “sedan style” DHCs are worth a lot more than the still attractive “slant headlight” convertibles, the past celebrity ownership can't count for too much, as most of these cars were owned by famous folk. The bid was much too light—somewhere in the high $200s to low $300s would have been right. #333-1967 BENTLEY T 2-door sedan. S/N CBH1618. Green and gray/white leather. RHD. Odo: 95,603 miles. The older paint is checking, cracking, and lifting in places. Color mismatch between hood and fenders. Very good panel fit, except for a wide gap around the hood. Very good chrome with some light scratches; faded paint on the hubcaps. The dyed seats are heavily creased, and the dash wood varnish is crazed but #340-1960 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II sedan. S/N LSWC252. Sand and Black Pearl/red leather. Odo: 72,077 miles. Very good paint in a classic and attractive color combination. Excellent panel fit, though the right front door is hard to close on the new rubber. The rechromed bumpers look good, but other chrome is somewhat faded and lightly at exactly the same $65k as it was here. It's an interesting curiosity, but without a great race history I think we know what the market wants to pay for it. Should have sold. #339-1964 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD III drophead coupe. S/N LSX 283. Ivory/brown Everflex/beige leather. Odo: 64,226 miles. Good paint, but with some waviness, a few touch-ups, small cracks, and sanding marks. Very good chrome with some polish scratches on the radiator surround and front bumper. The interior is unmarked, with excellent wood, Sports Car Market


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ting. Full Webasto Everflex sunroof. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The T-Series was the first to employ unit construction, and not lifting. Full Webasto Everflex sunroof. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. The T-Series was the first to employ unit construction, and thus brought the end of true custom coachwork on Bentleys. Variations were styled by James Young and Mulliner-Park Ward. This car, a Young style, is slightly awkward looking. The color combination must have looked stunning in the south of France when new, but it is somewhat odd now. Still, the bid was probably $5k light. #330-1970 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRH8628. Sand/black Everflex/black leather. RHD. Odo: 93,056 miles. Dull and faded paint, with areas of primer showing on most panels. Good door fit, though variable gaps on the hood and trunk. The chrome is generally good, with only some light scratches. by Geoff Archer Recent Snake and Cross sales on eBay. Gold plated “Spirit of Ecstasy.” Inside, the seats are well-creased, and there are splits in the dash wood varnish; most varnish is completely gone from the door caps. New dash top and lower trim. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $3,450. A RHD beater sold at no reserve. A Silver Shadow of this vintage isn't generally a restoration project, but the parts alone are worth more than the price paid. If indeed that is the buyer's M.O., then this was bought well. BEST BUY #335-1994 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPUR III limousine. S/N SCAZW02C6RCX80120. Ming Blue/gray leather. Odo: 34,670 miles. Good paint, with some chips and a scratch on the left rear fender. Delamination of clear coat around the coachbuilder's badge on the left C-pillar. Poorly painted monograms on the #4583900199-1957 ALFA ROMEO 1900 PRIMAVERA 3-window coupe. Cream and blue/cream and blue. Odo: 43,105 km. 6 photos. Westwood, NJ. Completely original, passed down through four generations. Has seen decades of storage, with occasional parking lot exercise laps. Dulled paint and a wee bit of surface rust around the bottom. Runs and drives. 72 bids sf 177, bf 4. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $20,200. Everything mechanical on this car will need a thorough going-through. Figure $10-$12k, including a great detail, and you will bump this car up to #2 condition. Even after factoring all that in, this was a bargain by upwards of $20k. #4579744344-1966 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPRINT GT VELOCE coupe. S/N AR242924. Purple/black. Odo: 59,000 miles. 24 photos. Laguna Niguel, CA. 15” Panasports, bumpers removed, Talbot mirrors, Euro taillights, racing seats, roll bar, limited slip. Bad “outie” ding in the right rear quarter. $24k in receipts, including a $4k engine refresh. 1:45 laps at Willow Springs (with a bad driver). 34 bids, sf 2, bf 21. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,200. This car has all the trick bits, and it looks great—in black and white photos. But very few people want a GTV that looks like Barney. The purple paint ended up costing the seller about $3,000/gallon. Perhaps it should serve as a lesson to think twice about what you are doing to your resale value when you go with that unique color scheme. #4582144829-1967 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SUPER rear doors. Very good interior, but with some missing hardware pieces. Custom audio/video system with DVD. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $58,650. Kevlar “Level 2” armored limo, which originally cost $650k. No amount of armor could have protected this beast from a decade of depreciation. Sold here at no reserve, the buyer got a lot of car for not much money. Well done.u January 2006 sedan. Primer/none. 7 photos. Portland, OR. A shell only, but solid and primered on jackstands. No visible through rust. Comes with a ‘74 Berlina parts car that recently had an on-track wreck to the right front. Rebuilt Berlina 2-liter engine, three GTV steel wheels, limited slip, no transmission. 9 bids, sf 11, bf 37. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,380. When you have the car apart, selling is always a catch22. Do you quickly paint it and put the suspension back? Or just sell it “as-is” to the narrow market of people who want to reverse engineer your basket case project? Well sold at this price, and almost double our expectations. #4584940741-1991 ALFA ROMEO 164L sedan. S/N ZAREA43LXM6205673. Black/tan. Odo: 157,000 miles. 5 photos. Philadelphia, PA. Faded paint. Cheap seat covers. Only starts with lighter fluid. Demonstrated needs include tires, tune-up and wiper blades. Seller's phone number listed in the auction. 12 bids, sf 1, bf 23. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $600. This is was the lowest priced functioning Alfa on eBay Motors this month. Perfect 164s are only worth about $5k, so please don't fix this one or they will all drop to $4,800. Fine price for a parts car: the transmission alone might be worth the purchase price. u 99


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Column Author ICA Iola, WI Iola Old Car Show Auction If you nodded off during a lull, the piercng blast of the train whistle that accompanied a sale was enough to make you jump Company International Classic Auctions Date July 9, 2005 Location Iola, WI Auctioneers Gary Height and Kevin McPhearson Automotive lots sold / offered 61 / 147 Sales rate 42% Sales total $602,239 High sale 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo, sold at $31,535 Buyer's premium You're not from around here, are you? Report and Photos by B. Mitchell Carlson and Stu Lenzke Market opinions in italics N Iola, WI either the Iola Old Car Show nor International Classic Auctions are new to the collector car world. Now in its 33rd year, the Iola Old Car Show easily lays claim to the largest Show & Swap in the Midwest. And ICA's busy nationwide sales schedule means that Stanley Torgerson and his crew work year round to find good consignments for their customers. After four years of partnership between the show and the auction company in this central Wisconsin town, the sale seems to have legs of its own. Steady growth has meant that next year the auction will be relocated to a specifically tailored, eight-acre site adjacent to the car corral. To go along with the extra space, there will be an extra day as well. These are good signs for both cheeseheads and gearheads alike. The partnership is not without its foibles, and still suf- fers from some minor teething issues. Chief among them for many attendees is the double admission you must pay if you decide to hit both parts of the event. Entry to the Car Show costs $8, and entry to the auction is an extra $10. Because of the heavy cross promotion, it seemed to me—and to many attendees as well—that a unified admission price would allow for less confusion and more attendance, even if it meant an overall increase in price to the Car Show. ICA operates much in the same way as most regional collector car auction companies, with a good pace and effective color to keep the proceedings fresh. Things did get 100 slow at times, particularly during dry spells between sales when several no-sales in a row crossed the block. But if anyone nodded off during those lulls, the piercng blast of the train whistle that accompanied a sale was enough to make you jump. The 147 consignments were an eclectic bunch, with most in the #3 and #4 condition range. In the end 61 sold, giving ICA a sales rate of 42%, and a sales total of $602,239. Of the lots that did sell, top marks and a big whistle went to a 1987 Porsche 911 Turbo. With relatively low mileage, and everything on the surface appearing in order, it might turn out to be a good buy at $31,535. It was a surprising buy as well. The Car Show is traditionally and unabashedly an homage to Detroit and Kenosha, so German performance was one of the last things I expected to see do well here. Nothing else that sold—foreign or domestic—drew close to $30k, though there were quite a few nice American cars that certainly could have, had the right bidder been in the tent. When ICA held its first auction four years ago in con- junction with the Iola Old Car Show, it wasn't expected to last much longer than the one Saturday for which it had been scheduled. The only other attempt by an auction company—sometime back in the 1980s—had flopped. But with a new, expanded space set for next July, and an extra day to sell cars, it looks like the small Arizona company has found itself a niche in rural Wisconsin, and it won't be going away anytime soon.u Sports Car Market 6% (inlcuded in sold prices)


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Column Author ICA Iola, WI GERMAN #58-1976 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 107.044 12 033239. Maroon/ black soft top/tan leather. Odo: 129,706 miles. U.S. spec California car with Euro headlights. Very good panel fit with solid closings. Rear bumper is pushed in too far. Slight dash cracks and carpet wear. Thin edges of the console are cracking off. Aftermarket radio and amplifier. Padding under the trunk lid is missing. A rust hole is developing in the back of the muffler. Possible dealer car with expired MN plates. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $?,??? This car disappeared sometime between being staged in the line to cross the block and the block itself. I hate it when that happens.... #54-1987 PORSCHE 911 TURBO coupe. S/N WPOJB0934HS050878. Guards Red/black leather. Odo: 50,674 miles. 4-sp, factory a/c, and sunroof. Foggy plastic headlight covers, with a stone chip in the right side. Neat as a pin interior with virtually no indications of wear. While the engine bay was not detailed, it was certainly cleaner than most used cars with 50k miles on them. The same applies to the undercarriage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,535. A well-maintained and carefully enjoyed 930 in a great color. Only very minor imperfections, and those took some looking to find. Not as precise as the less regulated 5-spd model of ‘89, but a blast nonetheless. Perhaps slightly on the big money, but if all the service updates have been done to the motor, I'd call it worth the bid. AMERICAN #37-1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E56S001257. Red with white coves/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 167 miles. Decent newer repaint with good body prep. However, little work was done in putting the body panels together, as the doors are severely out of alignment, and the hood and trunk don't line up real well, either. Misaligned stainless trim on the windshield. Pitting on the grille and surround, as well as the outside mirror. No felt weather seals between the door glass and the doors on either side. Good older replacement upholstery kit with some light wear. Clean but not concours engine bay. Recently undercoated chassis and underbody. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $38,500. This had all the telltale signs of a “hurry up and get it out of the shop so we can sell it and make money” job. Well, guess what—if you do a hack job on something, no one will want it, especially at an unrealistic reserve. Clean up the details on this car, and then this kind of money will make sense. Otherwise, there are plenty of other '56 Corvettes to be had. #101-1956 DODGE ROYAL LANCER 2-door hardtop. S/N 35013181. Pink and January 2006 101


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ICA Iola, WI Column Author #43-1964 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 40867S108091. Red/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 48,580 miles. 327/300, 4-sp. Claimed to be an original fuelie. If so, the only evidence that remains are the faded fender emblems, as a 1966 motor now occupies the engine bay. Numerous paint issues, including cracks, blisters, obvious underpaint work and sand blasting on the rocker panels. The original chrome was all reused. The interior is bitsa, black/white paint/black and white vinyl. Odo: 14,563 miles. Factory optional power steering and twin rear antennas, plus aftermarket 1960s vintage seatbelts. Quality repaint on panels that show patching and filling, but to a good standard. Replated bumpers, with the remaining trim in very good condition. The original interior is in good condition, with minimal wear on the driver's side of the bench seat. Engine bay shows its age, but is otherwise acceptable. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $14,400. This was last offered at the Mecum auction in St. Paul on June 18, 2005, not selling at $16k. Interest in “Forward Look” Dodges is nowhere near what it is in '55 through '57 Chevys, or even similar vintage Fords, so this will be a harder sell. It's not quite a fright pig, but it is in line for the casting couch. #108-1959 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N C59J108109. Reddish/black vinyl and cloth. Odo: 59,806 miles. The donor chassis came from a Chevy Blazer, mangled and remangled to work here. The body shows typical Wisconsin rust over a cheapie repaint. One rear taillight is a heavily cracked original unit, while the other is cut and modified from a sedan. The bedliner is made of recycled pallet wood and rotted planks, and the clamped exhaust system with a 1970s Oldsmobile sport steering wheel, Hurst shifter, repro seats, and aftermarket stereo. Underhood is much the same, but with some rust as well. Three-prong spinner wheelcovers. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $27,000. Forever a car with a story, and one that no one wanted to hear. This should've changed hands with any reasonable cash offer, so perhaps the seller's logic differed from that of the market. #45-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard- top. S/N 242177P209023. Gold/gold/off-white vinyl. Odo: 39,524 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be numbers matching. Rally I wheels with radials, factory a/c, clock option, and Hurst Dual Gate shifter. A few missed prep areas under the paint, which has its own issues of bubbling at the windshield and rear window surrounds. Original emblems and stainless trim a/c, cowl induction hood, and AM/8-track radio. The motor is from a 1970 Corvette. Older repaint, with some masking lines prominent on the weatherstripping. The patch and fill bodywork is blistering at various places. Poor bumper installation alignment, along with surface rust all over the chrome, and lots of dings in the aluminum trim. Older seat reupholstery kit is starting to show some wear, while the original headrests are cracking, and the dash trim is worn and dirty. Aftermarket rear stabilizer bars and dual exhaust on a generally flat black undercarriage. Cond: 4. NOT SOLD AT $17,500. Oink-oink, get your fright pig! Being green is the least of its problems, and when was rust ever considered a period accessory? It's an auction frequent flier, so I wonder just what kind of money the consignor was holding out for, as this was more than enough. #68-1973 PLYMOUTH BARRACUDA 2- door hardtop. S/N BH23G3B354437. Panther Pink/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 83,511 miles. 383 clone. Originally left the Belvedere plant with a 318-ci V8. Unspectacular colorchange repaint, with highly defined masking lines and fisheyes in the matte black hood paint. Aftermarket rear wing and aluminum wheels. Driver's door alignment is off. All seals and weatherstrips are original and heavily cracked. New replacement interior kit, is attached by various pieces of barbed wire. The bitsa interior is finished in mouse dung, as evidenced by the smell. Rust holes big enough to step through. The Wisconsin “Farm Use” plates expired 15 years ago, yet it still runs. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $3,445. This was a true, early '80s Frankenstein job, when mating a 4x4 truck chassis to just about any car body was in vogue. Let's face it—anything over $500 was silly money for this monument to backwoods engineering. I'd like to pity the man who has to explain this one to his wife, but it's the wife I feel sorry for when all is said and done. used throughout, with some sanding scratches visible on the rocker trim. The left front bumper corner fits badly. Spotty plating around the gauges, rough chrome on the console, and the steering wheel is cracked. Drippy differential, and the rubber body mounts are dried. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. The high-end dealer who consigned this car seemed to have the “it's got to set a record” mentality, but that wasn't going to happen up here. Considering the condition, the bid should have sealed the deal. #61-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 2-door hardtop. S/N 13637OR212098. Green with gold stripes/black vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 61,740 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory 102 installed to a good standard. Poorly modified small block “K” frame front end to accept the big block. Patchwork exhaust system. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $19,080. Nice try pal, but the last time a 383 was offered in a Barracuda was 1971, so this is actually more of a phantom than a fake. Regardless, someone in the future will probably get sucked into this car without doing his homework. That is, unless it falls apart first. Or magically turns into a “numbers matching” Hemi. The seller did well to get this bid.u Sports Car Market


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PALM SPRINGS 244 N INDIAN CANYON DRIVE, PALM SPRINGS LAST SALE WAS 63% SOLD OF ALL CARS ENTERED The McCormick family is once again organizing this auction in their usual friendly and courteous manner. Ask for Keith, Jason or Desley to answer your questions. Sponsored by THE OLDIES STATION PHONE FOR CONSIGNMENT NUMBERS. ASK FOR ENTRY FORMS, BIDDER APPLICATIONS, AND GET ON OUR MAILING LIST... NOW! 760-320-3290 RESERVE YOUR POSITION NOW! ENTRY FEES: SATURDAY AND SUNDAY $250. Add $100 for prime time replacement - only 80 cars. No numbers will be reserved without consignment fee being paid in full in advance. VISA, MasterCard and American Express are accepted. Positions will be filled on first=come first-served basis. To reserve the position you desire, send your check covering the entry fee or phone in your credit card number. You may specify the cars you're entering at a later date. Entry fees are Refundable less $25 handling fee if you notify us in writing 14 days prior to the auction. Color photographs may be included in our exclusive color brochure. We strictly limit the number of positions available in this two-day event of 350 cars. COMMISSION STRUCTURE: FLAT 5% OF SALES PRICE (one of the lowest in the business). WE SOLD OUT OF LOT NUMBERS PREVIOUS SALE SO BOOK EARLY. New Enlarged Event: This event will now include a car show on Saturday the 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Trophies, entertainment, parties, food and auto vendors. $20.00 per car. Vendor booths $200.00. Entry forms on web site or call numbers below. Palm Springs Auctions, Inc. (760) 320-3290 244 N, INDIAN CANYON DRIVE PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA 92262 U.S.A Web site - http://www.classic-carauction.com LOCAL HOST HOTEL: We recommend Spa Resort & Casino Telephone: 760-325-1461 or 800-854-1279 www.sparesortcasino.com And mention Auction for special rate of $199 check out these websites: www.palm-springs.org (Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism) www.PalmSprings.USA.com (Palm Springs Desert Resorts) Sponsored by Keith McCormick presents the 40th Collector Car Show & Auction SATURDAY and SUNDAY FEBRUARY 25th & 26th, 2006 AUCTION OF 350 ANTIQUE, CLASSIC, SPORTS, AND SPECIAL INTEREST AUTOS HELD AT THE LOCATED AT: REAR OF OUR OFFICE/SHOWROOM Check our web site: on line virtual showroom on line classifieds www.classic-carauction.com


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RM Auctions Delhi, Ontario, CAN Column Author Thomas and Marlene Stackhouse Collection There were oddities like a 1920s electric shock therapy unit, a headboard-mounted Pillowspeak radio, and portable iron jail cells Company RM Auctions Date September 15-18, 2005 Location Delhi, Ontario, CAN Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Paul Behr Automotive lots sold / offered 30 / 30 Automobilia lots sold / offered 1,938/1,938 Sales rate 100% Sales totals Automotive / Automobilia $459,832 / $1,306,082 High sale All signs pointed to Delhi, where there was something for everyone Report and Photos by Norm Mort Market opinions in italics D Delhi, Ontario, CAN elhi, Ontario is a sleepy little town just off the north shore of Lake Erie. And from appearances, there seems little that would warrant a gathering of car nuts in such a place. But in mid-September, motorheads of all sorts descended on the town, along with the crew from RM, to auction off one of the largest and most significant automobilia collections in the world. Tom and Marlene Stackhouse opened their Queensway Tire store in 1959, and with it began a passion for automobilia. Over the next 40 years, as the business grew, so, too, did the collection. The number of lots up for grabs during the four-day sale neared 2,000, and included neon, tin and porcelain signs, gas pumps and cans, tin and die-cast model cars and trucks, hood ornaments and radiator cap mascots, vintage automobile badges, lamps and steering wheels, dealer signs, pedal cars, air meters, historic road maps, and nearly everything else under the vast umbrella of automobilia. The no-reserve auction also included thirty cars, mo- torcycles and tractors. And for those whose interests lay beyond the automobile, there were oddities like an antique wood commode with a hand-operated sawdust dispenser, a 1920s electric shock therapy unit, a headboard-mounted Pillowspeak radio, vintage outboard boat motors, portable iron jail cells, and much more. 104 1941 Chevrolet DeLuxe convertible, sold at $65,450 Buyer's premium 10% on cars, 15% on automobilia (included in sold prices) In all, RM sold all 30 automotive lots, and every one of the 1,938 automobilia lots as well. This 100% hit rate spoke as much to the gathered enthusiasts as it did to the lots themselves, as those present seemed well aware of the quality and rarity of many items. One such rare piece was a metal Goodrich Safety Tires dealer sign. Estimated pre-sale at $8,500 – $10,000, it sold for $19,550. Another was an Essex-Hudson neon dealer sign that sold slightly below its $15k forecast at $14,660. Some noteworthy vehicles crossed the block as well. A beautiful Chevrolet Special DeLuxe convertible sold for $65,450, more than $15k above the top estimate. Also, an eye-catching 1955 Ford Crown Victoria Skyliner drew more than $20k above expectations, selling for a generous $54,230. And though it sold above predictions, a lowmileage, numbers matching 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 convertible brought a bargain $39,737. When all was said and done, many of the automobilia prices established new records, or else set the bar for future sales. And though Tom and Marlene Stackhouse have said they aren't finished collecting, this sale did much to relieve them of nearly half a century's efforts. When they've had a chance to refill the barns, however, don't be surprised if the car nuts descend upon sleepy Delhi once again. (Sadly, Tom Stackhouse passed away on Nov. 4, 2005. Please see Inside Line, pg.14)u Sports Car Market RM Auctions


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Column Author RM Auctions Delhi, Ontario, CAN GERMAN #3265-1957 BMW ISETTA 3-wheeler. S/N 30010541. Green/white vinyl/yellow and orange cloth. Odo: 8,190 miles. Refurbished with lots of flaws, including surface rust on both body and rims, as well as dings and scuffs. Poor repaint in factory unattractive green, with runs, sanding marks, and dirt. The chrome is literally the brightest spot on or in the car. The top is dirty and the rubber is dried. The original and poorly patterned interior is soiled and worn. Engine appears to have been rebuilt in the past. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,918. Built under license in Great Britain and exported to Canada, this lowmileage example sold for well above the deserved estimate. Somebody just had to have one, but Isettas just aren't that rare. And those Tweety Pie rubber floor mats have got to go. AMERICAN #3270-1934 OLDSMOBILE SERIES F 2-door sedan. S/N 47037. Burgundy/gray cloth. Odo: 28,000 miles. Wide whitewalls, trunk, dual wipers, mirrors, sidemounts, driving lights and factory optional heater and defroster for northern winters. An original, low-mileage example that was resprayed in the factory color, with minor chips around the taillights, some orange peel black/brown cloth. Odo: 42,543 miles. Older body-off restoration, but far from concours quality. The nice blue paint, black fenders and yellow wheels are spoiled by sanding marks and other prep problems, as well as numerous touchups. Engine and grille are a poorly painted silver. The cloth interior is similar to original, with lovely refinished metal and wood trim. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,304. 1934 was a good year for Terraplane, with nearly a 49% increase in sales. This nice driver coupe seemed to have plenty of options that would have made it attractive back then—a rumbleseat, wide whitewalls, hill holder, roll-down rear windows, encased spare and more. The price was right then, and this price was spot on as well. #3274-1937 BUICK SPECIAL SERIES 40 sedan. S/N L32D9153. Black/brown cloth. Odo: 52,948 miles. All original inside and out. The paintwork suffers from time, with some cracking, peeling, and flaking. A few touch-ups and a good shine would work wonders. The chrome is pitted around the windows, but the grille, bumpers, door handles, etc. still shine. new, with the taillight surrounds, bezels, door handles and hood ornament pitted. The interior door panels and seats looked far from original. The original leather squabs on the rear seats made for three different shades of red within the interior. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,239. This older, fully refurbished example will make an excellent driver. It sold at the low end of the estimate range, and proved to be a bargain compared to similar Fords and Chevys, despite its overwhelming patina. #3276-1955 FORD CROWN VICTORIA SKYLINER 2-door hardtop. S/N M5RF172Z46. White over rose/white and pink vinyl. Odo: 2,632 miles. The eye-catching Tropical Rose and Snowshoe White paint with matching interior drew the crowds. Power steering and brakes, overriders, spot lights, wire wheel covers, Continental kit, dual exhaust, T&C radio and optional rear deck antenna. Poor passenger door fit. All the paint and most chrome looked good, but with worn bezels and ill-polished stainless. The glass seemed a problem, The cloth interior shows minor wear only. The custom radio, dual wide whitewall sidemounts and driving lights add to the look. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $12,620. With less than 53,000 original miles, this very original Buick sedan was truly Special. If you ever wanted one, this was it, as this example sold at a very reasonable price. #3278-1940 DODGE D14 DELUXE and dirt beneath the surface. Rechromed grille and bumpers show wear, but all other chrome is in original, aged condition. Refinished dash looks good, but the original door caps are worn. New gray cloth to the seats is in the original style. Basic engine detailing. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,424. Not without flaws, but still a stylish driver that required little to enjoy at a low price. The new owners perhaps won't sing at the top of their lungs about this “Merry Oldsmobile,” but they might whistle or hum. #3280-1934 TERRAPLANE SERIES K rumbleseat coupe. S/N C52337. Blue and 106 convertible. S/N 30383255. Dark red/brown cloth/red leather. Odo: 80,477 miles. Nicely optioned. The older restoration shows wear. The paint is beginning to show its age, and the cloth top has some stains. Chrome is a mix of old and with pitted vent windows, scratched windshield, and some delamination. Some cracking to the original rubber. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $54,217. One of a mere 603 sold, this glass-top Skyliner was far from perfect, but also one you couldn't pass up until next time. Bidding demonstrated the sustained strength in rare '50s models with desirable options and loads of character. This one had both, along with the “cool” colors of that long ago decade. Complete with fuzzy dice, it was very well sold. #3277-1966 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 6R08C106717. White/blue vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 4,228. 289-ci V8, auto. Dual exhaust with trumpets, fog lights, luggage rack, wire wheel covers, and aftermarket radio. Fully refurbished/restored to driver quality. The white paint has some touch-ups and the light blue replacement top looks non-original. Rechromed bumpers show sanding marks, and the original grille is pitted. New carpets show minor wear in the new blue and white Pony interior. Original cat's whiskers, rubber, and threshold plates. Engine compartment and chassis painted Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Delhi, Ontario, CAN Column Author flat black. Basic engine detailing. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,239. This Mustang was a lovely 20-footer that got worse the more I looked at it. More than anything, it seemed to be a color combo gone wrong. It was priced optimistically, but snapped up by a buyer with either bad eyes or a big wallet, as it will require great confidence in one's manhood to take it to cruise-ins. BEST BUY #3272-1971 OLDSMOBILE 442 W30 convertible. S/N 344671M180365. White/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 57,758 miles. 455-ci, 370, auto. A matching numbers, low mileage Florida W-30 with AM/FM/8-track, pb, ps, tilt sport wheel, power seats, pw, a/c, Rally wheels, and Tic-Toc-Tac. Claimed to be an all original, less the respray in its original white, convertible reflected the continued rise in prices for once-forgotten muscle cars. Considering the condition and growing desirability of the model, this was an excellent buy. #3271-1971 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MK III 2-door hardtop. S/N 1Y89A835170. Blue/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 12,519 miles. Very low mileage, original owner example with all the options and wider whitewall tires. A couple of small dings in the fenders on each side. Some chrome showing its age. Like-new black shag AUTOMOBILIA #3113- AUSTIN J40 pedal car. This J40 was fully restored at some point, and includes an extra rear bumper. A few scuffs on the otherwise mint but sickly green/brown paintwork. The fake motor is complete and detailed. An original built at the Austin Junior Car Factory, with the with just a bit of overspray on the new stainless trim. The paint was sun baked at the rear. Poor door fit on the driver's side. The white vinyl seats showed minimal wear. Clean underhood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $39,728. Much debated, but authenticated by RM as a real W-30, this carpet, and minimal wear on the white seats and dash. Rear seatbelts still in plastic. Original under the hood, except for the resprayed air cleaner. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,000. These large Mk III Lincolns have a loyal following, and here was an excellent example of one of the best. It exceeded the high end of the estimate, but to an enthusiast this was the boat of his dreams, so well bought. body pressings coming from Longbridge. At five feet long, it weighs 95 pounds. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,835. Dubbed the J40 due to its A40-like lines, it was built by miners suffering from pneumoconiosis who could no longer work underground in South Wales. So popular with collectors that reproductions now exist, which has softened the market prices somewhat. The buyer should be happy. #3115- AUSTIN PATHFINDER SPECIAL pedal car. One of the two Austin pedal cars built in South Wales by Austin. This January 2006 107


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Column Author RM Auctions Delhi, Ontario, CAN International Harvester light display was close to mint, with only a few chips and scuffs. A working piece wired to test the three lights. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,466. One of the surprises of the day, as bids from farm enthusiasts clashed with those from the car/truck lobby to drive the price over a grand more than the estimate. Look for this one on the mantle, proudly displayed between the gun rack and the moose head. #1236- PONTIAC BANNER. An original Pontiac dealer display. Felt-finish on paper banner measuring 38” x 57” in red, maroon, gold here. Miss Piggy went to market for $1,230. Ideal for road hogs, and those who like to ham it up, but it's a real pig on gas. Any volunteers to drive it from Delhi, Ontario to the SCM world headquarters? #3431- ATLANTIC PREMIUM DISPLAY. Pathfinder Special has been completely restored. It only requires a good clean and wax. Attractive cream paintwork, leather hood strap, and padded red vinyl seat are in excellent condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $3,910. These rare toys were built for just one year, with production ceasing in July, 1950. Everything appeared to be correct on the car, and the price was spot on. #3489-SERVICE STATION EQUIPMENT GAS PUMP. Built during the early half of the 20th century by Service Station Equipment Company. Painted in White Rose red and yel- and white. Quite spectacular overall. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $831. This was a very rare and desirable piece, and the enthusiastic bidding drove the price way up. It may be years before you ever find another like it. #2509- DUNLOP TIRE SIGN . One of three Dunlop pedestal signs. This double-sided, red, yellow and black porcelain sign had only minimal wear around the edges. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT dusting. When plugged in the attendent opens the hood and leans over the fender to add a quart of Atlantic Premium's finest motor oil. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,760. This was a surprisingly low price for such a rare and novel piece of petroliana. A good deal for the buyer. #3154- INTERNATIONAL HARVESTER LIGHT DISPLAY. This nearly two-foot low, it features a reproduction globe. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,346. This Clearvision gas pump was an older restoration with scrapes, chips, and dings. Its selling price was reflected in its tired and uninspiring appeal. #3261-HOG MISS PIGGY paddy wagon. S/N P1. Yellow/black. Some chips on the runningboards and snout. Missing a fender bolt. Pig pen in the back for little oinkers. Fully carpeted throughout in black nylon. Single cylinder engine, lawn tractor wheels, chrome steering wheel. Optional earrings. Pork belly clean and painted black. Limited weather protection. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,230. No pig in a poke 108 $2,053. “Fit the world's finest.” Any British car enthusiast would find this six-foot tall sign the perfect backdrop for his racing green roadster. It sold quickly, and well above forecast. #3055-TIN TOY FIRE TRUCK. Apart from some minor chips, this detailed fire truck was in excellent condition, presented in a classy plexiglass case with a nice oak base. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $2,248. It was all there—headlamps, Mack Bulldog mascot, operating three-piece telescopic ladder, and one extension ladder. The price was high, but not overly so. A novice to the toy fire truck hobby could have built Sports Car Market Large, all wood, 36” x 36” animated Atlantic Premium Oil display. Complete with mechanic in blue cloth overalls, this was a near-mint piece that required only a few minor touch-ups and


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RM Auctions Delhi, Ontario, CAN Column Author seen at flea markets, and in this condition I was surprised by the price. #3222- HUDSON-ESSEX NEON SIGN. his collection around this impressive, original, three-foot long Smith Miller Fire Department truck. Provided he could pony up the big bucks to secure it. #2412-KAISER-FRAZER SIGN. Two- sided, 58” diameter. Chipped around the edges, and peeling where the Frazer name had been bolted on at the bottom. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $880. Although Kaiser-Frazer car production Cond: 1. SOLD AT $14,662. Manufactured by the American Sign Corporation of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the price almost equalled that of the restored Terraplane coupe up for auction. Apart from its rather ordinary green paint it was a stunner. One enthusiast compared it to finding the Hudson-Essex equivalent of the Holy Grail. #3210- GOODYEAR ELECTRIC SIGN. in North America ended over fifty years ago, the marque still has a faithful following. The round sign promoting K-F Approved Service sold for more than a good parts car. These are often This neon and porcelain sign, in the Goodyear Tire colors, and complete with the familiar winged feet logo, was in near mint condition. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $11,730. A good year indeed. At 72” x 28” it was one of the largest also works well. SOLD AT $1,466. One of the nicest clocks of the collection. The buyer made a good investment, despite paying four times the high estimate.u It couldn't get much better for a Hudson-Essex collector. A fully working, wood and electric 78” x 46” x 12” sign in beautiful art deco style promoting the Essex and Hudson Super Six models. metal signs, and despite lacking any art deco style it sold for one of the largest prices. #4209- STUDEBAKER CLOCK. Metal, numberless, and illuminated Studebaker “Authorized Service” clock. Great colors, and it Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1952 Ferrari 212, s/n 0147E. Great history including 1952 and 1954 Mille Miglia. Drogo re-body in 1965 for Count Johnny Lurani ala California Spider. Wayne Obry engine. 2005 Ferrari Challenge prep by Motion Products. $595,000. 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB. Cross & Ellis four seat tourer. Great car for any event. Light weight body, 2.5 liter six, all synchro gear box and SB independent suspension. History, books and spares. $110,000. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K, s/n 113695. Fully restored with new Special Roadster Longtail body. Among the most magnificent of road cars. Easy to drive in modern traffic with its supercharged engine and effective braking. Style and satisfaction. $1,000,000. 1970 Maserati Ghibli Spider, s/m AM115S1235. Stunning in new black paint, interior, windshield and chrome. Award at Greenwich concours 2005. 45,000 miles, 5-speed, A/C, PW, Alloys. $155,000. January 2006 109


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics T here's no replacement for displacement, especially when it's the cheap kind, so this month we give you a special selection of four-figure big blocks. As for the rest, well they just seemed interesting. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions, cars were not physically examined by the author. Note: sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback FOUR-FIGURE BIG BLOCKS #4574630232-1966 BUICK WILDCAT convertible. S/N 464676H956206. Burgundy/ black vinyl/cream vinyl. Odo: 73,000 miles. 21 photos. Richmond, VA. Nailhead 401-ci V8 makes 325 hp at 4400 rpm and 445 lb/ft at 2800 rpm. One of 2690 built. Clean original with newer paint, and “some Bondo in the quarters.” 3 bids, sf 67, bf 34. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,500. This is about $500 more than what a #3 car should pull. Either the Bondo isn't very obvious, or the buyer was excited to get down to the beach. Either way, no harm done. #4574813024-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS 396 2-door hardtop. S/N 142377N222281. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 56,543 miles. 16 photos. Greenup, KY. A roller with no engine. VIN and cowl tag say its a 396. The quarter panels have been replaced, but the floors are OK. The paint looks like an abandoned project. Overall, the car needs a total restoration. removable hardtop. An engine fire melted everything in front of the A-pillar, including the windshield. Dash is burned through as well. Salvage title. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $4,052. For the marque expert who wants to rebuild this car, wash the title through some state that makes the “salvage” part go away, and resell it for $50k, this was fair money with a little room to spare. In other words, nobody would pay $4k for this crusty rear clip. #4572516890-1969 FORD MUSTANG MACH 1 fastback. S/N 9F02R162402. Tan primer/black vinyl. 6 photos. Hollywood, MD. The original 428-ci CJ is absent. Included in its stead is a '68 428-ci CJ. No transmission. No rear end. It's a trim-free roller that needs a rotisserie. The Ford invoice and Marti report show it needs a total restoration. 18 bids, sf 94, bf 8. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $8,600. Freshly restored, this car is worth maybe $30k. It was probably hard to watch a nice, complete, convertible project car like this stagnate at the opening bid of $3,500, so a dozen guys pushed it up another $5k. The seller made out here, because this definitely won't be an economical restoration. #4572076756-1973 OLDSMOBILE 442 coupe. S/N 3G37U3R163162. Green/white vinyl. Odo: 132,400 miles. 17 photos. North Dighton, MA. 455-ci V8, auto. Rust-bubbling Bondo abounds. The opera windows need gaskets. “Amateur sheetmetal work” in trunk. The swivel bucket seats are novel, but split and cracked. “Runs and drives good.” Needs exhaust and front springs. “No, it's not a gem.” 10 bids, sf 98, bf 1. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,758. In honor of our favorite fugly green beast from the '70s, let's call this thing “Hulk.” Eight different bidders fought to own it. I hope the winner is pulling the 455 and scrapping the rest, beacuse I don't want to be around when the red mist strikes again. #4573616958-1974 PONTIAC VENTURA GTO fastback. S/N 2Y17B4L106284. Buccaneer Red/black and red velour. Odo: 31,998 miles. 23 photos. Longmont, CO. The original, smog-choked 350-ci V8 was scrapped in favor of a '72 455. Motor, tranny, and rear are “freshly rebuilt.” Paint “needs a wetsand.” Missing some trivial interior trim. Rally wheels. Powerglide on-the-column, 12 bolt rear end, and bench seat. 23 bids, sf 92, bf private. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $6,500. Seems like a lot for a car with this much work to do and a big block to buy. Still, the body is not swiss cheese, and it is an attractive project given recent early Camaro appreciation. So maybe is was just a bit of a deal, provided it gets finished before the winds change and take the trends with them. #4571531368-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194379S732283. Black/black. 12 photos. Fontana, CA. Matching numbers 427/390, 4-sp. Louvered rear window, 110 this car was a silver jade Mach 1 428 Cobra Jet with a black-out hood, high back buckets, and a close ratio 4-speed. 32 bids, sf 617, bf 3. SOLD AT $7,600. With an incorrect motor and missing trim and drivetrain pieces, this was probably a correct price. If the buyer happens to be a Mustang collector with ample “Plain Jane” donor cars he just might end up with a fun driver at a decent price. #4572335650-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD 400 convertible. S/N 223679U134393. Medium blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 130,452 miles. 24 photos. Newtown, CT. Original 400-ci V8 and auto transmission. Power drum brakes, dual exhaust, Rally wheels, headrest buckets, and woodgrain dash and console. Needs carpets, paint, a new top, and a new motor. Gaps and glass are good and the body is solid. Otherwise Functional shaker hood. 1 bid, sf 52, bf 182. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,500. The last year of the GTO shared most panels with the Nova. Even “performance” Novas, Darts and Dusters are five-figure cars these days. Though most would call it a GTO in name only, this is a lightweight car with a huge engine. If this is your “look,” it was a fair price for a cheap date to the Friday night drags. Sports Car Market


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Fresh Meat BEST BUY #4553654540-1977 CADILLAC ELDORADO BIARRITZ coupe. S/N 6l47S8Q289248. Cream and brown/cream vinyl/cream and brown leather. Odo: 4,283 miles. 15 photos. Hobe Sound, FL. 4,283 original, Florida miles. The succinct description read “runs great, but car is not perfect.” Power split car really seemed complete, but then again that windshield might be expensive. #4573391544-1957 ARNOLT-BRISTOL bench. No evidence of ever having worn a longhorn hood ornament. Wrinkly, supple leather upholstery with copius giant buttons looks like an Eames chair gone wrong. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $5,476. Today we would call this color combo Mocha and Frappuccino. That said, this was the butt-ugly-big-block-buy-of-the-month, closing on eBay Motors at about 1/3 of its physical auction value. WILD CARDS #4574767448-1995 PORSCHE 911 CARRERA 2 coupe. S/N WP0AA2990SS322367. Arctic silver/black. Odo: 65,000 miles. 7 photos. Birmingham, AL. Extensively modified less than 500 miles ago, including a TPC supercharger, Bilstein coilover suspension, Recaros, 18” Turbo Twist wheels, Brumos exhaust, RS door panels, and GT Racing carbon fiber fenders, front bumper representing a car in my 30-year carrier.” So excited, in fact, you misspelled “career.” 34 bids, sf 124, bf 265. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,000. The buyer has a very high feedback rating, attained on everything from $5 magazines to restored SS Camaros. That experience, plus the seller's photos, equalled two parties in the know. I'd call this price justified, a fair dollar for a near-perfect example of this rare little car. TOP 10 No. 2 #4581027348-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 7S122777. Eng. # T0524IT. Red/black. Odo: 1,500 miles. 36 photos. Central California. 427/560hp. 1 of 1. Numbers matching L-88 big block with side pipes and a 36-gallon gas tank. Very detailed and trunk lid. 321 rear wheel hp, 0-60 in 4.2 sec. 17 bids, sf 99, bf 81. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,600. Generally people value blown (supercharged) 911s as though the engine really was blown (kaput). If the buyer could verify that the car is in great mechanical order, he just got about $30k worth of go-fast goodies for free. Otherwise he got himself a mildly garish hand grenade at full retail. #4573647762-1967 INTERMECCANICA TORINO roadster. S/N 50020. Red/black. Odo: 52,500 miles. 18 photos. Las Vegas, NV. A roller that has been sitting 15 years. 99% complete, minus the windshield, which was smashed by a “malicious cat” who bombed it with a box of parts. Needs to be restored. 44 bids, sf 4, bf private. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $15,000. Watch out for those crafty feline bombardiers. The buyer could have paid up to $3k more if the January 2006 DELUXE roadster. S/N 404X3112. Red/tan/ tan. 24 photos. Naples, FL. One of about 130 built. 283 miles since restoration by unnamed persons. Ex-Florida collector Gene Ponder. Though the description is very brief, the photos demonstrate that this car is fresh from a fantastic restoration. “I have never been this excited about Online sales of recent production cars. 2006 BMW M5 Date sold: 10/20/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4582384658 Details: Heads-up display, active-width seats, satellite radio, heated rear seats, rear sunshade. Sale result: $93,300, 6 bids Seller's feedback: 242 Buyer's feedback: Private sale MSRP: $91,400 Other current offering: EB Mobile, Ebay, NJ, www.eb-mobile.ebizautos.com, asking $105,000 for a 35-mile car. 2006 CHEVROLET Z06 Date sold: 10/12/2005 Sale location: eBay Motors #4583958876 Details: 1LZ package, 505-hp, 427-ci V8, drysump oil system, alloy frame, 500 miles. Sale result: $72,000, 1 bid Seller's feedback: 4 Buyer's feedback: 16 MSRP: $65,800 Other current offering: Nelson Exotics, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA, www.nelsonexotics.com, asking $3,000 over MSRP for a new car. 2006 PONTIAC SOLSTICE photos show an incredible restoration. Every possible body tag is pictured with very high resolution. 56 bids, sf 23, bf private. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $850,704. Just one coupe was built with the big fuel tank. This car's nickname is “The Tanker,” so it is only appropriate that you'd have to own an oil company to be able to afford it. Rarity, plus a meticulous restoration justify the price here. How high will it take its new owner?u Date sold: 10/25/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4583570790 Details: Car number 36 with plaque; premium, power and convenience packages; limited slip. Sale result: $31,100, 20 bids Seller's feedback: 7 Buyer's feedback: 19 MSRP: $19,995 Other current offering: Gillespie Auto Group, Chicago, IL, www.gillespieautogroup.com, asking $27,215 for a new car.u 111


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Price Guide Italian Cars T ABARTH 207A Boano Spider Zagato 750 Double Bubble Record Monza 850 TC 2+2 ALFA ROMEO RL Normale/Turismo RL Sport/S. Sport RL Targa Florio 6C 1500 Normale 6C 1500 Sport 6C 1500 SS Supercharged 6C 1750 Turismo 6C 1750 Gran Touring 6C 1750 GS SC 2+2 6C 1750 GS SC Zagato 6C 1750 GS Touring 57 58-61 59-62 62-66 22-25 25-26 23-24 27-29 28 28 29-33 30-32 30-33 30-33 30-33 8C 2300 short chassis “MM” 8C 2300 “Monza” Tipo B Monoposto (P3) Tipo C Monoposto (8C-35) 6C 2300 saloon Coachwork 6C 2300 Sp. Coachwork 6C 2300 Mille Miglia 8C 2900 short chassis 8C 2900 long chassis 31-34 31-34 31-34 31-34 32-34 35-36 34-39 34-39 38-39 36-38 36-38 12 n/a n/a n/a 1,702 929 4 1,058 inc. inc. 2,259 inc. inc. inc. inc. 130 12 20* 26 15 6 1,606 inc. inc. 17 27 6C 2500 cabriolet (Coachbuilt) 39-53 6C 2500 SS (Coachbuilt) 6C 2500 Frec. D'Oro 6C 2500 Villa D'Este 1900 5 Window coupe 1900M 4WD 1900 3 Window coupe 1900 cabriolet 1900 Zagato (SSZ) 2000 Spider 2600 Spider 2600 Sprint 2600 Sprint Zagato 750 Sprint Normale 750 Spider Normale 750 Spider Veloce 750 Sprint (Lightweight) 750 SS (Low-nose) 101 1300 Spider Normale 101 1300 Spider Veloce 101 1300 Sprint Normale 101 1300 Sprint Veloce 101 1300 Sprint Speciale SZ-1 SZ-2 TZ-1 TZ-2 46-53 46-50 49-53 51-54 51-53 55-58 52 55-57 58-62 62-65 62-66 65-67 54-59 55-59 56-59 56-59 56-57 57-58 59-62 59-62 10* 50* 383 680 $100,000 $20,000 $30,000 $8,000 $60,000 $80,000 $275,000 $60,000 $95,000 $210,000 $75,000 $85,000 $155,000 $500,000 $400,000 $125,000 10/99 $35,000 $45,000 8/99 (Add $15k for correct twin-cam engine. 850-cc twin-cam models, $38k-$59k, 1000-cc twin-cam bialbero $70k-$90k.) $11,500 $80,000 $100,000 $350,000 $80,000 $125,000 $260,000 $95,000 $120,000 $195,000 $700,000 $500,000 (Deduct up to $100,000 for non-matching engines on previous two models.) 8C 2300 long chassis “Le Mans” Team Cars he values below reflect a retail buying and selling range for cars in very good to near excellent condition—significantly above a “daily driver” and one step below regional concours; a strong #2 on the accepted 1-6 scale, 1 being the best. These values are set by sales activity, primarily in the United States, as well as conversations with Price Range Giulia TI Super Giulia Super 4R Zagato 1600 GTA Stradale 1600 GTA Corsa 1300 GTA Jr. Stradale 1300 GTA Jr. Corse 1750 GTAm 63-64 501 65-72 124,590 66-68 65-67 65-67 68-71 68-71 68-72 92 560 inc. 447 inc. 40 1/02 3/00 6/02 TT 33 SC 12 (Supercharged) Duetto 1750 Spider (Roundtail) GTV 1750 1300 Junior Zagato 1600 Junior Zagato Montreal $900,000 $1,500,000 2/02 $1,750,000 $2,500,000 $3,000,000 $4,200,000 $3,000,000 $4,200,000 6/01 $1,700,000 $2,900,000 5/00 $2,500,000 $3,500,000 2/96 $32,500 $85,000 $275,000 $37,500 $105,000 12/01 $350,000 $6,000,000 $10,000,000 11/99 $4,000,000 $6,000,000 (2,594 6C 2500 chassis of all types were built. Numbers below are included in that figure.) 6C 2500 SS (Coachbuilt) 6C 2500 SS Corsa 39-43 50 - 100 $125,000 39-40 250* 949 1,949 854 91 28* 3,443 2,255 6,999 105 7,000* 7,000* 2,300* 1,100* 100* 100* 7,800* 500* 59-62 17,000* 59-62 58-62 60-61 61-62 63-64 64-65 1,900* 1,366 169 44 101 12 Giulia Sprint GT Veloce Giulia GTC 112 62-65 64-66 62-64 63-66 63-66 66-68 64-66 9,250 1,091 7,107 1,400 $275,000 $225,000 $175,000 $55,000 $175,000 $45,000 $10,000 $55,000 $50,000 $250,000 $20,000 $25,000 $10,000 $35,000 $13,000 $15,000 $30,000 $30,000 $55,000 $32,500 $14,000 $18,000 $10,000 $15,000 $25,000 $80,000 $90,000 $200,000 21,542 14,240 1,000 $14,000 $35,000 $12,000 $22,500 $9,000 $12,000 $15,000 $175,000 $450,000 $350,000 4/99 5/01 $350,000 11/05 $65,000 2/95 $250,000 10/00 $60,000 $15,000 $85,000 $60,000 $325,000 $27,000 $35,000 $13,000 $55,000 $18,000 $22,000 $50,000 6/04 9/94 12/05 9/98 4/02 9/05 4/03 (Add 50% for ‘56-'57 Veloces due to eligibility for prestigious vintage events.) 750 Sprint Veloce $40,000 $70,000 $40,000 $22,000 $24,000 $16,000 $25,000 $30,000 $110,000 11/00 $130,000 2/99 $280,000 10/99 $1,000,000 $1,250,000 2/01 (TZs and SZs are easy to fake; prices are for authentic cars with paperwork.) 101 1600 Spider Normale 101 1600 Spider Veloce 101 1600 Sprint Normale 101 1600 Sprint Speciale Giulia Sprint GT $20,000 $45,000 $18,000 $28,000 $12,000 $15,000 $20,000 GTV 1750/2000 Spider 1750/2000 Spider 2000 Alfetta Sedan 67-69 67-69 69-72 75 77 66-67 68-69 69 68-72 72-75 72-75 69-74 70-74 70-74 75-81 75-79 GTV-6 Balocco GTV-6 GTV-6 Maratona GTV-6 Twin Turbo Spider 2000 Milano (Automatic transmission, deduct $1,000.) Milano Verde Spider 2000 Zagato ES-30 164/164L 164S Spider 2000 (com. ed.) 5300 GT and Strada CISITALIA D46 202MM (Spyder Nuvolari) 202 coupe 202 cabriolet DE TOMASO Vallelunga Mangusta Pantera Pantera GT/L, GTS (Add $3,500 for true GT5.) FERRARI 10/05 8/01 3/05 166 Spyder Corsa 166 MM Berlinetta 166 MM Barchetta 166 Inter 195 Inter 340 America Closed 340 America Open 47-48 48-50 48-50 48-51 50-52 51 51 8 12 25 38 19 12 13 $700,000 $950,000 $1,100,000 $1,400,000 $1,100,000 $1,600,000 $250,000 $250,000 $350,000 $350,000 6/99 4/96 $600,000 $1,600,000 12/01 $450,000 $1,200,000 87-89 87-90 90-92 91-95 91-95 91-92 93 65-69 46-48 47-51 47-54 47-54 67 67-71 71-74 75-89 n/a n/a 1,020 n/a n/a n/a n/a $3,000 $4,500 $22,500 $3,500 $6,000 $6,000 $8,500 $6,000 $7,000 $28,000 $6,500 $9,000 (‘94-'95 only, 4-cam 164L, LS add $3,000. ‘95 only, 164Q, add $7,000.) Spider 2000 (Automatic transmission, deduct $1,500.) BIZZARRINI 100* 36 30 153 17 50* 400* 5,629 3,500* $175,000 $60,000 $180,000 $80,000 $75,000 $65,000 $35,000 $30,000 $32,000 $225,000 $100,000 $260,000 (Deduct 25% for incorrect engine. Beware: Cisitalias are currently the fake du jour. The replicas never used Cisitalia chassis numbers. They generally have a Simca engine, look brand new [because they are], and have no paperwork or history.) $100,000 $110,000 $80,000 $50,000 $45,000 $47,000 5/01 $12,000 $14,000 8/05 75-79 82-84 81-83 82 84-86 84 85 85-86 87-89 18 30 20 12 2 owners, dealers and collectors. Condition and history are the ultimate determinants of value. Prices below assume cars with “no stories attached.” An automobile priced above our guide is not necessarily overpriced, nor is one priced below automatically a bargain.u Price Range $18,000 $8,000 $30,000 $50,000 $70,000 $40,000 $45,000 $75,000 15,047 inc. 44,265 1,108 402 3,925 37,459 n/a n/a n/a (Automatic trans, deduct $500.) Alfetta GT (US) Spider 2000 GTV-6 13,715 n/a n/a 350 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a $650,000 $375,000 $350,000 $325,000 $250,000 $12,000 $10,000 $8,500 $18,000 $25,000 $14,000 (Deduct $2,500 if not properly state and federal certified.) Berlina 1750/2000 $2,000 $9,500 $5,500 $5,000 $2,000 $2,500 $4,000 $3,000 $4,500 $4,500 $5,000 $10,500 $3,500 $2,500 $24,000 $12,000 $40,000 $60,000 $90,000 $45,000 $55,000 $95,000 (GTA prices are especially affected by originality, completeness and history.) TT 33/2 Stradale TT 33/2 (2-liter) TT 33/3 (3-liter) TT 33 12-cylinder $850,000 $500,000 11/95 $500,000 $425,000 $275,000 $16,000 $14,000 $13,000 $22,500 $28,000 $20,000 2/97 7/05 6/03 6/00 5/94 12/02 $3,500 $15,000 $8,500 $7,500 $3,000 $4,000 $5,500 $5,000 $5,500 $7,000 $7,000 $13,000 $6,000 $4,000 9/02 9/05 8/95 1/99 340 Mexico 342 America Berlinetta 342 America cabriolet 212 Export (Closed) 212 Export (Open) 212 Touring Barchetta 212 Inter 225 Sport 166 MM Berlinetta S2 166 MM Spyder S2 250 MM 250 MM Berlinetta 340 MM 500 Mondial 375 MM 375 MM Berlinetta 250 Europa Series I 375 America 375 MM+ 250 Monza 750 Monza 250 Europa Series II 410 Sport Spyder/coupe 860 Monza 500 TR 410 Superamerica 250 GT Boano/Ellena 250 GT Tour de France 12/04 *Zagato-bodied 500 TRC 250 Testa Rossa (all) 250 GT PF cabriolet Series I 250 GT PF cabriolet Series II 57 56-61 57-59 59-62 250 GT California Spyder LWB 57-60 *Alloy-bodied 250 GT California Spyder SWB 60-63 *Alloy-bodied 9/05 250 GT Int. Berlinneta 250 Pininfarina coupe 250 GT SWB (steel) *Alloy-bodied w/no stories *SEFAC variant 400 Superamerica 250 GTE 2+2 250 GTO 250 GTL Lusso 330 LM Berlinetta 330 America 330 GT 2+2 250 LM (no stories) 500 Superfast 275 GTB/2 SN 275 GTB/C SN 275 GTB/C Le Mans 275 GTS 275 GTB/C 275 GTB/4 (Add $200,000 for alloy body.) 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder 330 GTC 330 GTS 365 California Spyder 206 GT Dino 365 GTC 365 GT 2+2 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe 59 59-62 60-62 61 60-64 60-63 62-64 62-64 63 63 63-68 64-65 64-66 64-66 65 65 65-66 66 66-68 67-68 66-68 66-68 66-67 67-68 68-70 68-71 68-73 52 52-53 52-53 51-52 51-52 51-52 51-52 52 52-53 52-53 52-53 52-53 53 53-54 53-54 53-54 53-54 53-54 54 54 54-55 54-55 55 55-56 56 56-59 56-58 56-59 4 3 3 9 8 7 84 22 4 9 13 16 9 33 16 7 18 12 6 4 33 34 4 2 17 37 130 77 8 (inc.) 5 (inc.) 20 34 40 200 42 9 51 3 7 350 122 inc. 23 45 955 39 350 4 50 1,080 32 36 450 11 3 200 12 280 10 600 100 14 144 150 800 1,273 Price Range $1,400,000 $1,700,000 $300,000 $450,000 $400,000 $1,000,000 $300,000 $350,000 $395,000 $450,000 $1,100,000 $1,200,000 $300,000 $750,000 $850,000 $1,000,000 $1,100,000 $1,300,000 $1,200,000 $1,650,000 $1,200,000 $1,500,000 12/00 $1,800,000 $2,250,000 $600,000 $1,500,000 3/98 $3,250,000 $4,000,000 6/02 $2,750,000 $3,250,000 $275,000 $350,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000 $1,700,000 $2,700,000 $650,000 $300,000 $850,000 $475,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $1,600,000 $2,000,000 11/03 $1,000,000 $1,400,000 $450,000 $200,000 $750,000 $300,000 10/05 $950,000 $1,200,000 11/01 (Early Pininfarina-bodied “roundtail” TdFs [‘56] will command a premium.) *14 louvre comp. car $1,000,000 $1,700,000 $1,500,000 $1,750,000 $1,200,000 $1,500,000 12/96 $7,000,000 $14,000,000 $550,000 $175,000 $850,000 $300,000 5/01 3/04 $1,100,000 $1,400,000 3/05 $1,400,000 $1,600,000 $2,200,000 $2,500,000 6/00 $2,800,000 $3,500,000 $700,000 $1,250,000 11/01 $85,000 $135,000 12/98 $1,100,000 $1,400,000 4/04 $1,800,000 $2,750,000 $2,500,000 $3,000,000 4/95 $425,000 $50,000 $575,000 $75,000 $8,500,000 $12,000,000 $250,000 $350,000 $5,000,000 $7,000,000 $40,000 $30,000 $70,000 $45,000 $400,000 7/05 9/05 10/00 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 9/97 $300,000 $250,000 (Add $25,000 for longnose, $25,000 for 6 carbs, $25,000 for alloy body, $5,000 for outside filler cap.) $950,000 $1,150,000 10/02 $3,500,000 $7,500,000 $200,000 $260,000 11/04 $1,200,000 $1,400,000 9/04 $425,000 $500,000 $145,000 $275,000 $650,000 $100,000 $155,000 $75,000 $200,000 8/04 $2,500,000 $4,000,000 11/05 $90,000 $225,000 $475,000 $65,000 $125,000 $45,000 $145,000 4/01 11/03 5/00 Sports Car Market 6/04 $375,000 12/95 2/00 $395,000 10/04 $950,000 $350,000 12/97 $750,000 Yrs. 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Price Range 365 GTS 69 365 GTB/4C (Fact. Daytona Comp.) 71-73 Non-factory Comp. Day. 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder 365 GTC/4 246 GT ‘Dino' coupe 246 GTS Spyder 365 GT4 BB Boxer 308 GT4 2+2 308 GTB (fiberglass) (Add $5,000 for dry sump.) 308 GTB (steel) 308 GTS 512 BB Boxer 400 2+2 carbureted 308 GTBi 308 GTSi 400i Mondial 8 coupe 512 BBi Boxer 308 GTBi QV 308 GTSi QV Mondial coupe QV Mondial cabriolet QV 288 GTO Testarossa Testarossa 412 Mondial 3.2 coupe Mondial 3.2 cabriolet 328 GTB 328 GTS F40 328 GTS Mondial ‘t' coupe Mondial ‘t' cabriolet 348 tb 348 ts 512 TR 456 GT Manual 348 Spyder F512 M F355 Berlinetta F355 GTS F355 Spyder F50 456 GT Automatic 550 Maranello 355 Serie Fiorano 360 Modena 360 Modena Spyder 360 Modena Challenge 430 550 Barchetta Pininfarina Enzo 71-73 72-73 71-72 69-74 72-74 (Add $7,500 for “chairs and flares.”) 365 GT4 2+2 72-76 74-76 74-79 75-77 75-79 77-79 76-81 76-80 79-80 80-82 80-82 80-84 81-82 82-84 83-85 83-85 83-85 83-85 84-85 20 $275,000 $350,000 15 (inc) $1,100,000 $1,500,000 2/96 5 (inc) 124 500 2,609 1,274 470 387 2,826 712 2,089 3,218 929 502 (Add $2,500 for 400/400i with manual shift.) 512 BB LM 25 494 1,743 1,308 708 1,007 748 3,042 1,848 629 272 85-87.5 87.5-91 85-89 86-88 86-88 86-89 86-88 88-91 89 89 89-91 90 90-92 91-95 92-03 93-95 94-96 94-99 96-99 95-99 95-97 96-03 96-03 99 9901-00-06 00-03 03- 7,200 inc. 576 987 810 1,345 6,068 1,315 inc. 840 1,010 2,895 4,230 2,280 1,548 1,090 500 3,938 2,048 2,663 349 403 1,600 100* n/a n/a n/a n/a 448 349 312 “Spaghetti Exhaust” 70-80 312 B & T series Turbocharged Front-engined V6 (Dinos) Formula One Cars '60s 12 68-70 81-88 40* 36* 6* Rear-engined V6 & V8 Dino racers (Includes 196, 206, 246, 296 S without stories.) 61-67 25* 63-67 22* $800,000 $1,200,000 9/01 $325,000 $50,000 $45,000 $85,000 8/05 5/03 $15,000 $65,000 $19,000 $30,000 $23,000 $25,000 $55,000 $17,000 $425,000 $22,500 $22,500 $18,000 $15,000 $60,000 $28,000 $28,000 $21,000 $23,000 $275,000 $40,000 $50,000 $25,000 $24,000 $27,500 $35,000 $35,000 $275,000 $40,000 $32,500 $35,000 $45,000 $50,000 $70,000 $55,000 $55,000 $115,000 $50,000 $65,000 $75,000 $650,000 $60,000 $115,000 $80,000 $110,000 $190,000 $80,000 est. MSRP $240,000 $25,000 $85,000 $25,000 $40,000 $30,000 $32,500 $72,500 24,000 $525,000 $27,500 $27,500 $28,000 $22,500 $80,000 $35,000 $38,500 $27,000 $32,500 $325,000 $60,000 $70,000 $37,000 $32,000 $37,000 $45,000 $50,000 $375,000 $60,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $65,000 $95,000 $90,000 $70,000 $150,000 $85,000 $100,000 $110,000 $450,000 12/03 $75,000 $70,000 $100,000 Show Cars/Other Coachwk. 1100/1200 TV roadster 1200/1500 roadster Fiat Dino Spider Fiat Dino coupe 850 Spider 124/2000 Spider X1/9 1/05 11/98 INTERMECCANICA Italia coupe Italia convertible ISO 1/04 6/03 2/97 1/03 5/99 7/04 Rivolta coupe Grifo Lele ISOTTA FRASCHINI Tipo 8 Touring Tipo 8A cabriolet Tipo 8A convertible coupe Tipo 8A S cabriolet roadster 10/00 7/02 5/04 5/02 10/01 57-58 59-67 66-72 66-72 67-74 68-85 74-90 67-72 67-72 63-70 65-74 69-74 19-24 30-32 25-32 25-32 Tipo 8A SS Dual-Cowl Phaeton 25-32 Tipo 8A SS roadster cabriolet 25-33 (Castagna coachwork, add 15%) LAMBORGHINI 350 GT 400 GT 2+2 Miura P400 400S 400SV Espada Islero (400 GT version) ‘S' version 2/05 8/02 2/01 2/03 9/00 Jarama (both versions) (Add $5,000 for “S.”) Urraco P 250 P 200 P 300 5/98 9/03 $775,000 12/02 $95,000 $165,000 $115,000 $160,000 $230,000 $110,000 $160,000 $285,000 4/03 2/04 3/03 $950,000 $1,100,000 1/06 *Concerning “cut-cars”: non-factory, non-NART Spyder conversions are valued primarily by the quality of workmanship. In today's market, rarely is a cut car valued more than the coupe it is derived from. $800,000 $1,000,000 $450,000 $225,000 $600,000 $275,000 Ferrari Sports Prototype Racers 57-60 (Includes 166, 196, 246, 286, 268 SPs without stories.) Rear-engined V12 racers FIAT 8V (body by Rappi) Body by Zagato (28) January 2006 53-55 114 total $200,000 inc. $245,000 $300,000 $350,000 4/98 $2,750,000 $3,750,000 $1,450,000 $1,850,000 $4,000,000 $9,500,000 (Includes 250P, 275P, 330P, 330P2, 275P2, 365P, 330P3, 365P2/3, 330 P4, 330 P3/4 [412P] without stories.) 2/98 Countach LP400 LP 400 S LP 5000 S LP 5000 QV Anniversary Silhouette Jalpa P 350 LM002 Diablo Diablo VT Diablo Diablo VT roadster Murcielago Gallardo LANCIA B20GT Coupe S1-5 6th series B24 Spider America B24 convertible GTL 2+2 Touring coupe Flaminia convertible 2.5L Flaminia Sport Zagato Fulvia GT 1.2/1.3 HF Fulvia GT 1.6 HF Fulvia GT Zagato Stratos 54-55 55-59 59-68 59-68 59-63 65-68 69-76 67-76 74-76 64-66 66-68 66-69 69-71 71-72 68-78 68-69 68 70-76 72-76 75-77 75-79 74-76 76-82 82-85 85-88 1989 76-78 82-88 87-90 (America version add $12,500.) 90-93 94-99 96-01 96-99 0204-- 51-58 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 2,697 424 240* 521 1,718 300 848 205 1,317 4,948 800* 500 $80,000 $100,000 $105,000 $130,000 $200,000 $145,000 $40,000 $25,000 $125,000 $90,000 $15,000 $11,000 $20,000 $55,000 $12,000 $16,000 $13,000 $45,000 $100,000 $125,000 $130,000 $160,000 $250,000 $170,000 $55,000 $35,000 (Note: S1,2&3 B20 coupes are valued higher in Europe than S4,5&6 due to their racing history. Also, contemporary reproductions such as wire wheels and Nardi wheels add more value in the U.S. than in Europe, where originality is prized.) $195,000 (*Factory number, but probably optimistic, and includes approx. 20 cars in the hold of the Andrea Doria.) $140,000 $28,000 $14,000 $30,000 $90,000 $16,000 $19,000 $19,000 $65,000 9/04 (Additions: $5,000 Nardi carb kit; $2,500 factory hard top; $5,000 Borrani wires.) Flaminia GT Touring 10/02 3/97 6/96 (Four variations: Covered headlight 2.5L; open headlight 2.5L; double bubble sport with 2.8L; super sport with chopped tail. Additions for all Flaminias: $5,000 for added triple Weber carbs, $4,000 for original 2.8L, 3C model.) 4/02 10/05 4/00 113 6/03 143 244 465 138 148 1,223 129 102 327 525 66 198 149 235 323 610 657 52 410 300 $75,000 $50,000 $65,000 $110,000 $180,000 $25,000 $25,000 $30,000 $20,000 $13,000 $12,000 $25,000 $70,000 $50,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 $25,000 $20,000 $45,000 $100,000 $80,000 5/02 $100,000 10/03 $145,000 $225,000 $35,000 $40,000 $45,000 $35,000 1/03 4/03 10/99 $22,500 $20,000 $35,000 $90,000 $70,000 $70,000 $85,000 $88,000 $40,000 $35,000 $65,000 inc. n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 500* inc. 799 412 317 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a Price Range $150,000 $9,000 $7,500 $22,500 $10,500 $4,500 $4,000 $1,750 $16,000 $28,000 $12,000 $50,000 $10,000 $350,000 $525,000 $550,000 $600,000 $700,000 $750,000 $175,000 (Correct 8V engines are difficult to find. Deduct 40% for incorrect type or no engine. Add 25% for significant, documented history.) $15,000 $9,000 $35,000 $15,000 $6,500 $6,000 $3,500 $20,000 $38,000 $28,000 $80,000 (Add: $7,000 for 427 engine, $2,500 for long-nose model. Deduct: $2,500 for 351 ci. ) $13,500 $600,000 $725,000 $750,000 $800,000 $875,000 $925,000 2/01 3/05 11/97 8/99 12/02 6/01 MASERATI A61500 (60 PF coupes, 1 Zagato) A6GCS/A6GCM A6GCS/53 A6G54/A6G2000 Allemano coupe Price Range 46-50 47-53 51-53 54-57 A6G54/A6G2000 Frua Spyder 54-57 A6G54/A6G2000 Zagato coupe 54-57 150S 200S, Si 300S 450S 3500 GT, GTi 3500 GT Vignale Spyder 5000 GT Special Bodies Birdcage Tipo 60/61 front engine Birdcage Tipo 63/64 rear engine Sebring coupe SI Sebring coupe SII Quattroporte I Mistral coupe Mistral Spyder Mexico 4.2 (Add $2,000 for 4.7 version.) Ghibli coupe 4.7L Ghibli coupe SS 4.9L Ghibli Spyder 4.7L Ghibli SS Spyder 4.9L Indy Bora Merak 11/04 3/00 1/02 6/05 6/00 55-58 55-58 56-58 57-65 59-64 59-64 59-64 61 16 52 21 12 20 (Also 6 Frua coupes, 1 Zagato Spyder built.) 55-57 24 30* 28 10 1,991 227 (3500 add $5,000 for wires, $3,500 for 5-sp.) 5000 GT Allemano coupe 32 inc. 60-61 62-65 65-66 63-69 64-70 64-69 65-68 67-70 70-73 69-71 71-72 69-74 Khamsin Merak SS Kyalami Quattroporte II Biturbo coupe Biturbo Spyder Biturbo Spyder (inj.) 228 430 Spyder Coupe MORETTI GS Bialbero (750 cc) Barchetta Bialbero (750 cc) OSCA 8/99 (S1,2&3 were all RHD. Additions: $1,000 Nardi steering wheel; $1,500 Nardi floor shift; $5,000 Nardi carb kit; $2,500 period Webasto sunroof; $7,500 Borrani wires.) Mt4 Mille Miglia 1600 GT SIATA 300BC 48-56 58-61 72 128 $300,000 $65,000 $450,000 $85,000 7/05 12/02 (1600 GT price is for Zagato Berlinetta. Deduct $30k for Fissore body, $40-$60k for Boneschi body.) 49-52 (Deduct $5k for Fiat 1100 engine.) Daina cabriolet 51-55 52-55 52-55 70 80 20* 90* $50,000 $30,000 $200,000 $200,000 $75,000 $60,000 (Additions: $5k for Grand Sport [twin Webers], $7,500 for alloy body.) 208 coupe (Farina & Balboa) 208S America roadster STANGUELLINI 1100 Formula Junior $350,000 $300,000 (Correct 8V engines are difficult to find. Significant deduction for incorrect type or no engine. Examples with exceptional and fully documented history can and do command exceptional prices.) 47-56 59 60 120 $75,000 $30,000 $150,000 (Price for OHC or DOHC engines. Deduct $10k for pushrod engine. Deduct $10k for 750 engine.) $40,000 54-56 63-69 n/a n/a $115,000 $160,000 $140,000 $225,000 (Spare engines are non-existant. Cars w/o engines have marginal value at best. Add 25% for documented, significant history.) (Add $2,000 for 4.7L or 4.9L engine.) 71-80 72-76 74-78 76-80 77-82 79-86 84-87 86-88 89 89-90 89-90 02-04 02-04 22 6 $90,000 $400,000 $500,000 $130,000 $450,000 $475,000 $575,000 $725,000 $125,000 $450,000 $700,000 $165,000 $550,000 $600,000 12/03 $750,000 $975,000 $2,250,000 $2,750,000 8/97 $2,800,000 $3,200,000 $30,000 $65,000 $40,000 $90,000 $175,000 $175,000 $250,000 $300,000 (Coachwork by Touring, Micholetti, Frua, Pinin Farina, Ghia, Bertone) 59-61 346 98 679 828 120 250 1,149 inc. 100 25 1,136 571 1,832 421 277 150 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 5/03 5/03 $1,500,000 $2,000,000 8/01 $600,000 $25,000 $900,000 $35,000 $30,000 $10,000 $30,000 $70,000 $16,000 $35,000 $40,000 $90,000 $100,000 $16,000 $33,000 $15,000 $18,500 $17,000 $14,000 $7,500 $3,000 $7,000 $7,000 $6,500 $5,500 $60,000 $65,000 $40,000 $14,500 $40,000 $90,000 $21,000 $45,000 $60,000 $140,000 $150,000 $24,000 $45,000 $23,000 $30,000 $25,000 $22,000 $11,500 $5,500 $10,000 $11,000 $9,500 $8,500 $75,000 $80,000 11/05 11/95 8/04 5/00 6/04 9/00 Yrs. 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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Nuvolari's Alfa Romeo P2 Cruises to Win Big sign prices were soft, so buyers with their own transportation could redecorate on a shoestring Hand-built model of a P2 sold at $21,850 G ive Bonhams full marks for tenacity. Shut out of the main Hershey arena by Kruse and the AACA, they still seek a foothold in this fertile market. This year they may have found the answer in reviving the Thursday-evening automobilia auction at the elegant Hotel Hershey. If they can ratchet up the quality, they may be on to something. LOT 114. 1910 MASCOT DIANA THE HUNTRESS BY C. WENEZ. Estimate: $2,800$3,200. SOLD AT: $3,220. Lovely signed nickel- and silver-plated bronze French mascot was highly detailed and in excellent condition. Correct money. LOT 186. BOXED SET OF LYNAMITE SPARK PLUGS. Estimate: $200-$300. SOLD AT: $58. Little-known Prices on many items, particularly larger porcelain signs, were soft. If you were looking to decorate a garage on a budget, you could have gotten a good start here. But not everything was a bargain—like the half-scale Alfa Romeo P2 that drove well past the high estimate of $16,000 all the way to $21,850. Here are some lots that caught my attention: and Paige owners. Cheap at twice the price—a great automotive knick-knack. LOT 251. SILVER DASHBOARD COMPANION BY ASPREY & CO. Estimate: $930-$1,100. SOLD AT: $1,840. was hallmarked. A surprising amount of interest, sold for strong money. LOT 115. “LIBELLULE” DRAGONFLY MASCOT BY A.E. LeJEUNE, CIRCA 1925. Estimate: $5,400-$5,600. SOLD plugs were made by the Lydon Manufacturing Co. in Chicago. Four plugs in the box and testimonials from happy Packard, Reo 114 Delightful dashboard-mounted cigarette case had a two-tone blue cloisonné St. Christopher plaque and machine-turned front. Silver Sports Car Market Bonhams & Butterfields


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AT: $8,050. Unusual mascot with detailed, fragile wings. A couple of determined phone bidders wanted it, and the resultant price showed what it costs to win—in this case, about $2,000 above market. LOT 165. “SPEED HEAD” GLASS MASCOT BY RED ASHAY, CIRCA 1930. Estimate: $7,400-$8,200. SOLD AT: $3,795. Red Ashay made a complete with ten small Coke bottles, decals, and the original tires. Condition is paramount with toys—this one was nice, complete, and appealed to both Coke and toy collectors. Price paid was not out of line, despite the estimate. LOT 365. MOBILOIL LOLLIPOP CURB SIGN WITH BASE. Estimate: $400$600. SOLD AT: $403. An A hand-built, half-scale model of Tazio Nuvolari's Grand Prix d'Monza race car with 12-volt engine capable of 8 mph. My eight-year-old granddaughter loves Danica Patrick, so I thought this might start her racing career, but bidding quickly passed my Hershey allowance. LOT 389. WAYNE 100A GAS PUMP. Estimate: $300$500. SOLD AT: $920. This number of glass mascots, many patterned after Rene Lalique's designs. This piece was similar to Lalique's “Victoire,” which sells for well over $10,000, as well as a Corning Glass piece titled “Mother,” which sells for about $1,000. Estimate seemed aggressive; hammer price was on the money. LOT 202. DOUBLE-SIDED CADILLAC AUTHORIZED SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $1,200-$1,500. SOLD AT: $4,025. One of the better $600. SOLD AT: $288. Most of the crowd had left for dinner or the bar when this very nice oil rack was offered, so someone hit a home run. The bottles are worth about $125 each, and the rack goes for about $400, so the buyer is ahead of the game by at least a grand. It pays to be patient. Or at least, to eat before the auction. identical sign was well-bought on the field for $800, making this an outright bargain. A bit large for carry-on luggage; a guy with his own ground transportation can often find deals. LOT 147. JOSEPHINE BAKER MASCOT BY A. REVENEY, CIRCA 1926. Estimate: $19,000-$20,000. NOT SOLD. American-born Josephine LOT 381. AUSTIN J40 PEDAL CAR. Estimate: $600$800. SOLD AT: $1,840. In pump, offered by Wayne in 1947, was unique in that the hose was inside the center. This example was complete with ad glass, pump plate and a reproduction globe. A good buy, considering all the extras. LOT 376. FLYING A SERVICE 47” PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $500-$700. SOLD AT: $806. In excellent need of restoration, but appeared to be complete. It had a neat little engine under the hood, which was also in good order. At one time these were selling for about $3,000 in the box, so with paint the new owner will have a nice car at the right price. LOT 401. 72” TEXACO DOUBLE-SIDED PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $300-$400. SOLD AT: $201. signs in the auction, with good color and luster and only minor edge wear. The estimate was ridiculously low, and at triple the price it was still a decent buy. LOT 259. 1930S METALCRAFT COCA-COLA TRUCK. Estimate: $300-$400. SOLD AT: $1,390. Truck was Baker created a sensation in Paris in 1926-27 performing her famous Banana Dance at the Folies Bergère. This impressive mascot cost 170 FF in 1926, which at the time was very pricey. It featured Baker wearing a gilded skirt and little else. Finely detailed piece may well may be worth $20,000, but not to this crowd. LOT 303. A 1:2 SCALE WORKING MODEL OF ALFA ROMEO P2. Estimate: $14,000$16,000. SOLD AT: $21,850. January 2006 condition with only a few minor chips, which is unusual since the tips of the A are prone to damage. These usually sell for at least $2,000. Someone could have easily doubled their money on the field if Friday's weather had cooperated. LOT 397. MOBILOIL RACK WITH EIGHT BOTTLES. Estimate: $200- Once again, hungry bidders had left the building, so this went for a song. It's big, but if you had a way to move it, you had a great buy. Sold for next to nothing, given that these usually go for at least a grand.u 115


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1977-1978 Harley-Davidson XLCR 1000 Peak torque is produced at 3,800 rpm; winding it higher merely increases vibration so that things fall off and hands get numb by Paul Duchene S ay the name aloud and you get how it plays out in words: Excelsior. The XLCR was Harley's first sport bike, launched while the company was deep into AMF's ownership, which considered the manufacture of bowling balls the perfect launchpad for building motorcycles. Black and brutish, the XLCR was Design Director Willie G. Davidson's baby, but it struggled to appeal to a buying public who wasn't sure what to make of it. With a little over 3,000 manufactured between 1977 and 1978 (and nine more from leftovers in 1979), the XLCR is one of the rarer Harleys. More importantly, it represented a change in the company's historical direction from building super-sized boulevardiers to, ostensibly, a GT bike. By the XLCR's launch, Harley's Hydra/Duo and Electra Glides had owned the U.S. heavy tourer category for better than 25 years, following the demise of Indian. Times were changing, however, and when designer Craig Vetter transformed the 1975 Honda Gold Wing from jumbo roadster to über-tourer with his fairings and bags, the Japanese bike began to claw away at Harley's claim to the open road. Soon the Honda factory would enclose the Wing with cladding and define the genre. Harley-Davidson went looking for new markets, and Willie G. thought he saw a seam. After all, there had been sport bikes in the company's past, with sporting roots dating back to the Silent Gray Fellows of the early 1900s, and even the KR 750 racers and stripped-down Sportsters from 1952. The XLCR was aimed squarely at the café racer crowd, immortalized as British out- laws who would rev to the roundabout and back before the record on the jukebox ended. Unfortunately for Harley-Davidson, the café racer market was being whittled down as fast as careless British bikers in rush-hour traffic. Honda's 750-4 had already blown British sport bikes like BSA, Norton and Triumph into the weeds with its smooth engine and electric start, and by 1977 the Brits were all but dead—they just hadn't lain down yet. For the Harley faithful, the whole exercise was a mystery. Harley-Davidson led with a roar, it didn't follow some effete foreign whim. Besides, America is a big country; 50 miles through the hedgerows might have been a fun thrash in the U.K., but it wouldn't get you to the next town in any state but Rhode Island. The idea of hunching uncomfortably over a gas tank for 100 miles just didn't generate the interest the company had envisioned. The Harley-Davidson faithful weren't interested, and Perfect XLCR owner: Thinks Harleys should be able to go around corners Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHH Ease of maintenance: HHHH Appreciation potential: HHHH Attention getter: HHHHH Years produced: 1977-78 Number produced: 3,123 Original list price: $3,623 SCM Valuation: $5,000-$10,000 Tune-up/major service: $100/$250-$300 Engine: 997-cc, air-cooled, V-twin Transmission: 4-speed Weight: 520 lbs Engine #: Right side, between cylinders Frame #: Right-side down tube Color: Black 116 brand-loyal Triumph and Norton owners weren't swayed. And the racing fraternity ignored the bike, too. After all, how could you go racing on 520 lbs with only 61 hp? That left a prospective customer base of loners and rebels almost beyond classification. It's no surprise then that the bike was a flop from the start. Most XLCRs were heavily discounted from their $3,623 MSRP, and a year later were selling used for $2,500 or less. Nonetheless, the XLCR is an interesting design that deserves study, shortcomings and all. The front forks and frame are Sportster, but the rear swing-arm is reportedly modeled on the 750 flat tracker. They feature KelseyHayes disc brakes with twin discs up front, which require nothing short of a Herculean pull. The engine casings are matte black, while the exhaust is handsomely Siamesed and would show up on other models. XLCRs came with a single seat, but the rare, optional dual seat merely snaps on in place of the other, with passenger foot-pegs bolted to the axle. Rear-sets lean the rider forward over the angular tank, with its unique bar-and-shield badge, which dates back to early HarleyDavidson designs. There's a small café fairing as well, which, in the grandest café racer tradition, offers minimal protection. The motor is the thumping 1,000-cc twin, but sadly it generates only 61 hp. Peak torque is produced at something like 3,800 rpm, and though you can wind it up higher, doing so merely increases vibration to the point where accessories fall off and the rider's hands become numb. Top speed was announced as 106 mph, but anything over 80 is a test of the rider's stamina. Kim Ridley of Portland, Oregon, has been buying, sell- ing and collecting Harley-Davidsons for 15 years, and has an XLCR with 12,000 miles on it. Bodywork and emblems are hard to find, and correct exhausts can cost over $600, so he advises buying a bike that is absolutely complete, with matching engine and frame numbers. He also warns that because they were heavily discounted, many XLCRs have been thrashed. Essential upgrades that Ridley recommends include twin plug heads and engine balancing, which reduces vibration significantly. If you find an XLCR, expect to pay upwards of $5,000 for a running bike, with nice ones in the $7,500-$10,000 range. A good number of XLCRs have survived, and there is a Web site dedicated to them, www.xlcrclub.com. When it was new, the XLCR was left to lone wolves, an image it still carries. Today, if you want to feel the big-twin thump of a vintage Harley, but on a machine that actually corners and stops (notice we didn't say anything about blinding acceleration), then the XLCR is your only choice.u PAUL DUCHENE is a 45-year motorcycle rider and collector, and has the scars to prove it. Luckily, he knows chicks who dig scars. Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Wee Olds lives in a yellow submarine. —John Gray, San Ramon, CA RUNNER-UP: Though arguably “groovier,” Austin Powers' response to 007's Lotus Esprit was somehow lacking in elan.—John Fontaine, Westport, CT Like Ringo said, “We all live in a yel- low Cutlass Supreme.”—William Hall, Milwaukee, WI Since the new driver education car arrived, not only has the instructor resigned but the students all quit as well.—Rob Kunzelman, Traverse City, MI Movie sequel: “Return of the Yellow Submarine.”—Bill Wells, Bloomfield Hills, Mi New Orleans taxis proved to be the only sure way to get out of the city during the recent hurricane. Now, they are affectionately known as “Katrina Cabs.”—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Where are those Blue Meanies when you need them?—Tom Donahue, Dallas, PA The hunt for Red October is finally over.— Paul Eklund, Tigard, OR Margaret, quite the eccentric, preferred rear seat positioning to view traffic from all directions through her odd arrangement of telescopes.—Greg Calo, San Ramon, CA The president of the Portland Beatle Mania Fan Club of America arrived in grand fashion today for the first day of the Club's 41st annual convention. Members were green with envy as he stepped out of his Yellow Submarine conversion sedan. Rumor has it that the club's secretary will be driving a vintage Blue Meanie bubble car. —Terry Schaeffer, Chicago, IL GM's new Pontiac model, “The Hurricane Evacuator,” has become the number-oneselling car in all of the Gulf states.—David Libby, West Des Moines, IA The fledgling Iraqi Navy proudly displays their first submarine purchase outside the Baghdad Ministry of Defense (while the U.S. Department of Military Surplus can't believe they finally sold it).—Ian Bishop, Upland, CA All you need is love, John Gray, and a sureto-be-collectible-someday 1:18 scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal. It will arrive on your doorstep with a little help from your friends.u USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: December 25, 2005 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 118 Sports Car Market


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Comments With Your Renewal SCM is still head and shoulders above all other car mags (AutoCar is number two), but please, less Detroit rubbish.—Dick Lynch, San Pedro, CA More BMW stuff (old M cars, etc.).— Kenneth Robinson, Portland, OR Enjoyed the chat my son and I had with Editor Martin at Amelia Island this spring.—John Weiss, Montgomery, AL Don't change a thing. We enjoy the rally coverage.—Ron Rader, Playa Del Rey, CA Love the car tour write-ups, auction re- views, and the variety.—David Meek, Eden Prairie, MN Expose more fraud, and explain step by step what to look for in a used car before you buy.—Bruce Matheson, Miami, FL More pre-war and CCCA. Classic knowledge in auction reports.—Matthew Sonfield, Oyster Bay, NY. John Apen and Carl Bomstead are our go-to guys for the Classics, and you'll be reading more from them.—ED. Keep up the no bullshit coverage— always entertaining. Add more specialist features. —Rob, North Vancouver, CAN Keep up the great format.—John Benson, Orange, CA Best magazine I've ever read.—Paul Moloney, Bangall, NY I have always had a standard sub- scription. I'm trying the Gold as I'm getting ready to buy—I need the help.—Don Wilcox, Sacramento, CA SCM just gets better and better.—David Spellberg, Naples, FL Enjoy the honesty and comments on the cars that were questioned.—Dirk Van Doren, Greenwich, CT Please do a story on vintage Chevy trucks 1947-54.—David Franco, Los Angeles, CA Your mag continues to improve its look. I wish you continued success.—Larry Moss, Birmingham, MI What a nice surprise to see the Jensen Healey featured in “Affordable Classics.” I've owned a '74 JH in tangerine orange for ten years, and met and married my wife because of the car.—David Jonker, Saint Clair Shores, MI. I'm almost afraid to ask – she's not starting to rust, is she?—ED. The only thing that's missing is a scratch-and-sniff on the barn finds.—Bob Fennell, Red Hook, NY See you at the 2007 AROC national meet in Detroit—the concours will be held in conjunction with Meadow Brook.— David Hammond, Bloomfield Hills, MI. I look forward to being there – count SCM in as a sponsor of the event.—ED. Another year and another car. You guys are a bad influence.—Kevin Borden, Kendall Park, NJ Why not do monthly features on a subscriber's collection and his garage space?—Ray Wojszynski, Pittsburgh, PA. Ray, we keep trying to find the right format for this kind of column. You'll see another attempt in the near future.—ED. Keep up the good work—it's the high- light of my month.—Jim Sells, Silverdale, WA Please continue to profile sub-$20k au- tos.—Mateo Robertaccio, Alexandria, VA It just keeps getting better. EBay cov- erage helps balance the big auction stories like B-J Scottsdale. Two suggestions: more personal accounts of cars once owned (including regrets) and an article on a #2 vs. #3 or #4 car of the same model. When does a #3 or #4 make for a wise purchase?—Troy Witzel, Mountain View, CA Terrific magazine. Number one for car- crazy folks.—Carol Oosterbeek, Lewisburg, WV How things have changed since the Alfa letter—good for you.—Glenn Smith, San Rafael, CA. And thanks for sticking with us all these years.—ED. We appreciate your thoughtful com- ments and renewals.—ED.u January 2006 119


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, 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 1937 Jaguar SS 100 (2 1/2 liter) Rare 1071-S. Approximately 4,500 built. Accurate frame-off restoration. BL Heritage certificate. If you want the best one, contact Jack or Mike. $27,500. 800.886.2701 (MO) 1965 Jaguar Series I National Champion Coupe '63 Built European roadster. Age dictates the release for sale #3236. 2nd owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical & cosmetics completed. $410,000. John Glatz, 928.468.6212 (AZ) 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster. 1600 Normal. Red, tan interior and top; tools, books, Flawlessly restored black plate Calif. Car. Runs drives and looks spectacular. Ready to show or drive like the blazes. $95,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com $95,000. 203.852.1670 (CT) 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster Club Sport Racer Black with Green leather interior. Just fully restored. Fast appreciating Jaguar that qualifies for all vintage events including the Mille Miglia in Italy. POA www.docsjags.com Worlds largest Classic Jaguar dealer and worlds largest Jaguar Web site. 480.951.0777 (AZ) V8 Healey Roadster 1965 Jaguar Nationally acclaimed in Signal Red/ black hides. Matching numbered, low original miles, California history.Won every Jaguar show ever entered including JCNA Challenge Cup against 15 competitors in same class. Finished to the highest possible standards. Perfect. www.docsjags.com Worlds largest Classic Jaguar dealer and worlds largest Jaguar Web site. Doc's Jags, 480.951.0777 (AZ) 1967 Austin Healy 3000 MKIII Classic 289 Ford with 4-speed. All 4 arches flared in steel; no glass or bondo. Period roll bar. Nice car, quality built in late 60s. Fast, fun, great lines. $14,500. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015 (CA) 1959 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster A sensational car from a private collection. Fully sorted, perfect mechanicals, cosmetically pristine; finished in white with red leather. Matching numbers. Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd.com, $85,000. 203.852.1670 (CT) 1964 Austin Cooper 1967 Austin Healey 3000 MKIII. A fabulous driver. Superb mechanicals, clean, spotless body; very original throughout. Completely sorted and ready now for fall touring. Healey blue, blue leather. $35,000 Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www.deGarmoLtd.com, $35,000. 203.852.1670 (CT) 1968 Jaguar XKE Roadster Simply the finest example in the world. Two owners, low mileage, well over $300k spent on documented Pebble Beach restoration. Black, black leather, fac- Serial# 1227478, excellent-driving complete original, recently rebuilt engine, sidemount, second owner, lots of extra parts, literature. Very rare, enjoy as-is or restore. $24,500. Walter Miller, 315.247.2388 (NY) Silver. Disc brakes, new fuel cell, fresh engine and gearbox rebuild, new clutch. Alloy head fairing. Full roll cage and fire system. Race ready. $88,000. Nick Soprano, 914.997.9133 (NY) 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL One owner, low original mileage, all books and tools, lots of documentation. Emerald green, original saddle leather. Recent documented service. A fantastic original car. Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.deGarmoLtd.com $21,500. 203.852.1670 (CT) ITALIAN 1923 Fiat 501 Roadster 1973 Mercedes-Benz 450SL GERMAN 1956 Porsche 356 Speedster original condition. Call for price. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. www.degarmoltd.com, 203.852.1670 (CT) tory hard top. Never publicly offered before. Rare opportunity. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd.www.deGarmoLtd.com. 203.852.1670 (CT) 1963 Mercedes European 300 SL Roadster Series II car in original condition with just 49,000 miles. Known history from new, well documented. Silver, original black leather, absolutely rust free, always well maintained. A fantastic car in lovely 120 Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1953 Ferrari 342 America 1,000 cars produced, original owners manuals, one owner since new. $40,000. Herbert Telge, 00.511.9791.0505 (PERU) 1968 Alfa Romeo GTA Junior Race Car gauges, top, side curtains, etc. $17,500. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015 (CA) 1939 American Bantam Woodie Perfect show condition in every way; shown at Pebble Beach Concours, AACA national award winner, multiple “People's Choice” awards: California license plate “SAPLING” goes with the car. Not that fast, but unbelievably cute and very rare. $48,000. John T. Kernan, 619.221.1275 (CA) S/n 0246AL. The beginning of Ferrari's and Pininfarina's to produce cars for the luxury market. The fifth of only six 342's produced it is especially elegant, sharing many details with the King Leopold drophead. Geneva Show car. $695,000. Fantasy Junction, 510-653-7555 (CA) 1954 Ferrari 250 Europa International Hill Climb Champion, 1964. The “Old Yeller” of hill climbers. No. 23 sports original Olds V8, triple Strombergs and 4-spd. All panels steel or aluminum. Documented winning race history. $39,000. Bill Hair, 805.466.1015 (CA) 1965 Ford Mustang S/n 0341EU. Absolute knock-out early Lampredi engined Ferrari. Matching numbers. Ex-Fitzgerald and Haga. Special features. $475,000. Fantasy Junction, 510-653-7555 (CA) 1957 Maserati Tipo 350 S Complete restoration - only 79k original miles. The nicest GTV around! Comes with all service records and vehicle history. Some nice upgrades! $16,900. Christopher Hoexum, 616.813.2175 (MI) 1991 Ferrari 348 Challenge 427/450 HP matching # car, M-22 4 spd; Dover White w/rare original green interior, 23k orig. miles, Endura, Rallys, AM-FM, tint and power disc brakes, documented from day one. Check it out at www.investmentmotorcars.net or email craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net, $175,000. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (FL) Maserati Tipo 350 S currently raced in Europe, recent restoration, engine currently going through full rebuild for 2006 season. Kevin Way, 441.297.9439 (VA) 1958 Ferrari 250 Red/red. Restored 1994. Full factory upgrades including 330-hp engine, carbon fiber and Plexiglas. As-new cosmetic and mechanical condition. $6,900,000. Nick Soprano, 914.997.9133 (NY) 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SVR One woman owner from new. Low mileage. All documented. Base 6 cyl. motor, 3 speed manual, power top, original manual, jack and spare. Poppy red, black interior. Cosmetically and mechanically flawless. An incredible time capsule. $22,500 Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670 Website: www.degarmoLtd.com, 203.852.1670 (CT) 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible 53-72 Corvettes S/N 0901GT. Great car in excellent condition, engine by Oldtimer Garage. Superb period history including second overall 1958 Tour de France, Scuderia Los Amigos, Trintignant/Picard. www. fantasyjunction.com, $1,750,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555 (CA) 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTC #24 of 32. Supertrophy car. Located in SC. Only one in U.S. that is registered for highway use. Excellent mech. cond. Featured in Sept.issue of Makes & Models magazine. $134,999. Karl Troy, 843.478. LAMB (SC) AMERICAN Hot Rod Rare “C code” with a factory 4-spd a/c, real red car w/pony interior, 24 options, fresh restoration, ready to show. Check it out at www.investmentmotorcars A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086 (OH)u WANTED 1953-62 Corvettes 1953 to 1962 Corvette project cars, barn cars, basket cases, parts inventories. $1,000 finder's fee paid! Fair prices paid. Contact Jay, e-mail jays1953vette@yahoo.com. Jay Peterson, 512.799.8088 (TX) 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 1290cc full race engine by Beck. Tilton clutch and Schwitters box. Extremely quick. Finishes first or second in class. $79,000. Hugh Tompkins, 301.320.0181 (MD) 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 1949 Olds Special Lime Gold w/black, all original paint, top & interior, automatic, for the collector wanting one as delivered from the factory, ultra rare find! Check it out at www.investmentmotorcars.net or email craigbrody@investmentmotorcars.net, $249,500. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (FL) .net or email craigbrody@investmentmotorcars. net, $42,500. Craig Brody, 954.646.8819 (FL) 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-500 KR Convertible Convertible (original top) in optimum condition, completely restored, 88k kilometers, only 122 Late 40s So Cal-built hot rod, custom, Roadster Special. Totally original. All steel, absolutely no rust/Bondo. Chrysler flathead 6, 3-spd., original Sports Car Market


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FOR SALE BY PRIVATE OWNER 1955 Austin Healey 100S AHS3707. Fully sorted on older restoration by noted marque specialist, known history from new, period club race history, turnkey and in need of nothing. 1955 Mercedes Benz 300S cabriolet. 4 passenger cabriolet, high quality ground-up German restoration, ready for drive or show. Contact owner: Jon Savage 401-272-1400 ext. 3029 e-mail: jsavage@shlawri.com 5500 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA Phone: 941-355-6500 Fax: 941-359-0810 sales@temperocars.com 1999 Ferrari 355 Berlinetta Yellow/Black 10,000 miles. Clean $95,200 1968 Jaguar 420G RHD Dk Opelesant green / Biscuit, Exceptional orig 19K mile car, Show paint, Heritage docs $27,500 1924 Duesenberg Touring Model A Dk. Green/Black Fenders/ Very Nice tan lthr., Dual Spares, Crème Wires $205,000 1975 Triumph TR6 Dark blue / black, cosmetically restored $16,500 1986 Porsche 911 Targa Guards Red / Black Interior, Nice Condition $19,500 Web: vintagemotorssarasota.com


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Resource Directory Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco .com. (CA) Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax 815.568.6615, 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, St. Paul, Bloomington Gold, Columbus, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody sells more muscle than Mecum. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www. classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele. 480.517.4005, fax 480.517.9112. 4117 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. russoandsteele@qwest.net, www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 16-17, 2005. 38page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT, USA. www.automobileinspections .com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax: 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns .com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www.autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-classic restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) www.investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www.dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasy-junction.com, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. www.grandprixclassics.com; info@grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the US with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- torcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. Motorcar Portfolio. 1.866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinely Grand Hotel. Ever-changing collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the prewar era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell.com. (MA) Proteam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953-2003; also Corvettes wanted. 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VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com, www.virgallery.com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstransport.com, www.concourstransport.com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel. com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited three-day coast-tocoast service. www.passporttransport .com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING JJ. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod and Sports Cars with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax or e-mail your application today for quick 10-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified—J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 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.parishheacock .com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. (OR) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 196473 American muscle cars, 1962-68 Cobras, 1955-73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, 17444 US Rt. 6, Montville, OH 44064. Award-winning paint/body restoration—sports, muscle,vintage. 8 years in business, newly built shop. A short drive from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, 5 hours from Detroit. We finish your projects! Photos/ info: supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) SPORTS AND COMPETITION Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford .com. (CT) VINTAGE EVENTS MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. 38 years of authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928-71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel.com. Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14-16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in Downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25-30, Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337. 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Six-cylinder Aston Martin DBs our specialty, from DB2 through DB6. All Astons welcome, along with other 1950s and 1960s British and European sports and classics. We do it all, from engine overhaul to showwinning paintwork. We buy Astons. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Okla- January 2006 125


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Resource Directory homa City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the US and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. P.O. Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Prewar European autos, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www.centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto.com. (VA) original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers's Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com. www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, 949.488.0523 fax. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com, www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online.com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809, simonrandy@aol.com. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it 126 for you (at low prices). Please, call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt.com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff have the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors.com. (CA) GERMAN Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older MBs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com, www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche AMERICAN Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. P.O. Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) PARTS AND ACCESSORIES Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from US & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696, ext 100, cell 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357.Connecting Car Enthusiasts with Homes on the Monterey Peninsula. Email: jr@jrrouse.com, www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965-1973. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u Sports Car Market


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Carl Bomstead Tin Signs Up, Oil Cans Down The Whiz Fly Spray can was still a quarter full, and considering some of the toxic stuff used 60 years ago, I would not want to be the guy who opened it O ne of the better-known automotive landmarks in Los Angles is the Felix Chevrolet sign that stands at the intersection of Figueroa and the Harbor Freeway. The cartoon character “Felix the Cat” has been on top of the sign, in various iterations, since Winslow B. Felix founded the agency in 1923. The popular character was created in the early 1900s by Otto Messmer and was the rage well before Mickey Mouse. It seems that Messmer's boss, however, had the rights to the little guy and traded the use of the logo to his friend Winslow Felix for a free automobile. Messmer l Bomstead Tin Signs Up, Oil Cans Down The Whiz Fly Spray can was still a quarter full, and considering some of the toxic stuff used 60 years ago, I would not want to be the guy who opened it O ne of the better-known automotive landmarks in Los Angles is the Felix Chevrolet sign that stands at the intersection of Figueroa and the Harbor Freeway. The cartoon character “Felix the Cat” has been on top of the sign, in various iterations, since Winslow B. Felix founded the agency in 1923. The popular character was created in the early 1900s by Otto Messmer and was the rage well before Mickey Mouse. It seems that Messmer's boss, however, had the rights to the little guy and traded the use of the logo to his friend Winslow Felix for a free automobile. Messmer All All this leads to a cute little Felix Chevrolet license plate attachment being offered on eBay. The piece was in decent condition, with Felix the Cat, the early Chevrolet logo, and the name and address of the Winslow Felix agency. A neat piece for both the Bow Tie guys and license plate attachment collectors, and after twelve bids it sold for a very respectable $610. Here's some other stuff without the cat. EBAY #7187971850—ONE GALLON WHIZ FLY SPRAY OIL CAN. Number of Bids: 8. SOLD AT: $145. Date Sold: 10/13/2005. Interesting Whiz cans with cool graphics continue to pop up, sending the Whiz guys deeper into their wallets. Not all of their products were car-related, as they also made off-the-wall products such as bed bug spray and this fly spray. This can was still a quarter full, and considering some of the toxic stuff used 60 years ago, I would not want to be the guy who opened it. EBAY #6569876330—BENTLEY WINGED B MASCOT. Number of Bids: 10. SOLD AT: $1,075. Date Sold: 10/14/2005. The Winged B mascot was designed by F. Gordon Crosby in 1921 and first used by Bentley at the 1923 Olympia Motor Show. It was produced in two sizes, but the larger size offered here proved troublesome, as the wings fractured at the base. example was stamped AEL, it being manufactured by A.E. Lejeune. the 4 1/2-Liter and 8-Liter Bentleys but not on the Speed 6, which used the smaller size. Considering the rarity of the larger-size mascot, this must be considered well-bought. EBAY #6004975064—DICK McCOY STREAMLINER TETHER CAR. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $1,611.85. Date Sold: 10/16/2005. Dick McCoy started designing tether cars for Duro-Matic Products Co. two weeks after the end of WWII. This was his first design and was offered between 1946 and 1952, with ced. Capable of speeds in the 116 mph range, these cars set many ecords in their day. The teardrop design is very swoopy and looks attractive painted with flames. Tether car collecting is quite eclectic and prices for the rare and unusual whip up there in a hurry. These were made in quantity, which hurt the price, but it's still a very desirable piece. EBAY#6571547746—LINCLON HIGHWAY EBAY #7186173627—UNION GASOLINE ORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 32. LD AT: $4,251. Date Sold: 10/28/2005. y Union Oil advertising with the peedy” character is desirable, and this s no exception. “Speedy” was used as nion Oil's logo in the 1950s when service ually was a factor at service stations and little guy signified quick and prompt ion. The sign was in good condition with seven colors, so the price was a touch low. for about twice the price if it had been flat rather than curved.u SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Keith Martin Publications, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and additional entries. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.252.5812; fax 503.252.5854. 130 POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 24. SOLD AT: $3,050. Date Sold: 10/26/2005. The Lincoln Highway was the “Mother of All Highways.” It was conceived in 1913 by Carl G. Fisher, who developed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and turned a Florida swamp into Miami Beach. It was to be the first transcontinental highway, between San Francisco and New York City, but by the time the highway was completed the current numbering system was in place, so the Lincoln Highway designation was dropped except among a dedicated group of highway aficionados. This sign would have been on a pole indicating the route. It sold for adult money but would have gone