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Sports CarMarket LOST A Restoration Goes to Court Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 1911 Olds— $1.65m 177 Cars Rated January 2008 Hemi Market Gets the Flu 512 BBi—Heavyweight BoxerMakes $119k Maserati Collecting, f FrromFantastic to Frightful omFantastic to Frightful www.sportscarmarket.com

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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 52 Italia—European flair, American grunt January 2008 .Volume 20 . Number 1 58 1911 Olds—the only unrestored one left 48 Lagonda M45 tourer IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know 44 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Boxers on the rise after a knockdown. John Apen 48 1934 Lagonda 4½-Liter M45 Tourer Lagonda's 1930s Bentley-beater. Donald Osborne 52 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder Frank Reisner's Anglo-Italian sleeper. Carl Bomstead 54 1991 BMW Z1 Munich's first (and coolest) Z-car. Paul Hardiman 58 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger Touring The shabbier the car, the higher the price? Miles Collier 64 1948 Veritas BMW Rennsport The truth about Veritas. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: RM Auctions GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 177 Cars Examined and Rated at Six Sales 68 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K. 72% sell-through on a $5.1m day at the Goodwood Revival. Richard Hudson-Evans 80 MidAmerica Auctions, Blaine, MN Grassroots American muscle struggles to bring $526k. B. Mitchell Carlson 86 Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA Fall Carlisle totals $1.5m with 42% sold. William “Chip” Lamb 92 Keenan Auctions, Portland, ME Ernie Clair's no-reserve projects bring $1.3m. William “Chip” Lamb 102 Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL Muscle and mixed Euro fare total $17.5m at Pheasant Run. Daniel Grunwald 110 eBay Motors The panache of Italian motoring... and then some. Geoff Archer

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46 When good restorations go bad 62 That thing got a Hemi? COLUMNS 12 Shifting Gears Reshuffling the garage Keith Martin 36 Affordable Classic Trying to catch a Morgan Plus 8 Rob Sass 38 Legal Files Jaguar restoration gets finished via lawsuit John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks The half-life of Ferrari restorations Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient The first Sunbeam Alpines Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch Decoding early 911 production Jim Schrager 62 Domestic Affairs Hemis sneeze and the market gets pneumonia Colin Comer 116 Motobilia Bus signs and the Jantzen girl Carl Bomstead 118 Bike Buys 1 radiator, 2 strokes, 3 cylinders, 4 exhausts Paul Duchene 130 eWatch eBay adds to the excitement with live auctions Carl Bomstead It's hard to fathom spending $262,500 on a Pinto, but then again, this wasno ordinary Pinto. —Dan Grunwald's report on the Mecum High Performance Auction begins on p. 102. FEATURES 40 Meadow Brook: Michigan's Concours Crossroads 42 St. Michaels Concours: First Time's a Charm DEPARTMENTS 14 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 16 The Inside Line 20 You Write, We Read 22 Display Advertisers Index 28 Neat Stuff 30 In Miniature: 1976 Ferrari 512 BB, 1963 Shelby Cobra 289, 1965 Chaparral 2A 32 Icons: Webers, Konis, and old JC 34 Our Cars: 1967 Saab Sonnet II, 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe, 1972 Escort Mk I 37 20 Year Picture 75 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Land Rover LR2, 2007 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring 83 Museum Spotlight: Lane Motor Museum 97 Alfa Bits 111 FreshMeat: 2008 Audi TT coupe, 2008 BMW 335i convertible, 2008 Lexus LS600hL sedan 112 Automotive Investor: Maserati 120 Mystery Photo 121 Comments with Your Renewal 122 Showcase Gallery 125 Crossword Puzzle 126 Resource Directory

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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Mucking out the SCM Stable We began to wonder if the BMW had had some conjugal visits with our failure-prone Fiat 2100 and been the recipient of its DNA Y ou might think that with all the transactions we track, and all the conversations we have, the principals at SCM world headquarters would make nothing but brilliant deals. We'd buy perfect cars cheap, have no repairs or unexpected surprises during their time with us, and then sell them for absolute top dollar. After all, what potential classic car owner could resist the descriptive phrase, “As written about in the pages of Sports Car Market magazine?” At the same time, the writers and staff here (a mostly younger generation who view floor-mounted dimmer switches the way we look at fossilized remains at a museum) would have the educational and fun experience of blasting around town in old cars. And the sun would shine every day in Portland, the newly-ordained Camelot of the collector car world. Well, somehow the evil knight Mordred has sneaked into our castle Alpine, all good, all gone rage, and frankly, it never seemed the vehicle of choice for quick lunchtime trips. Maybe the fact we had to use our Split-Window Corvette as a pilot boat to help guide it up the driveway was a factor. During the weekend of the Kirkland Concours, while on a tour of Jon Shirley's garage (sadly, no Colony Park wagons on display there), SCMer and ex-F88 concept car owner Gordon Apker asked us, “Are you going to be selling your wagon?” As anyone who has ever sold cars knows, the answer to that question is always an immediate “Yes.” And you can add, “We're going to list it on eBay tomorrow,” if you want to ratchet up the pressure. The wagon market has been vibrant, and we and wreaked havoc on some of our motorized steeds. So with the onset of winter, we decided a garage-clearing was in order, and that it was time to share our vehicular wealth with other fortunate—or at least willing—collectors. The BMW from hell Veteran SCMers are familiar with the wretched 1968 2002 we picked up from someone who bought it on eBay; it lived in L.A., and at first we entertained fantasies about flying down and driving it home, before it began disintegrating in a mechanic's shop there. Why a 2002? As an Alfa owner in the late '60s, I recalled watch- ing Jon Norman in his lime-green GTA duke it out with the little boxy cars (later replaced by Datsun 510s), and thought they were cute, even if totally bereft of visual appeal. The first time my wife saw our green 2002, she remarked, “Oh, you bought a Mr. Magoo car.” All I needed was a bowler hat to complete the picture. We sold the car on eBay a few weeks ago. We got $5,000, which was less than we paid for it, and certainly less than the $14,000 total we had “invested.” The litany of replaced and repaired parts could fill a Chilton's Manual; suffice to say we discovered this was one of those cars that liked to break, and when fixed, to break again. We began to wonder if it had had some conjugal visits with our failure-prone Fiat 2100 and been the recipient of Fiat DNA. Our affordable classics expert Rob Sass is trying mightily to convince me that what I really need is a 2002 tii, in orange or burgundy, with a sunroof and mags. But since his collection now consists of a Lancia Beta and an Opel GT, I have my doubts as to his reliability as well. Wagon go Our 1968 Colony Park wagon was a better story. I first saw the car when Automobile magazine Senior Editor Joe Lorio brought it to a dinner meeting we had in Detroit. He wanted it gone, and we wanted it here. We paid $7,500 for it, and a succession of willing SCMers drove it across the country. It was in superb condition when we got it and, after some ministrations to its fuel system and rear suspension, was even better after it arrived. But it took up enough space for a dozen collector cars in the SCM ga- 12 thought the car was worth about $15,000. We mentioned that figure to Apker, he agreed, we shook hands, and the deal was done. He confided to me later that he wondered if he had paid too much. I countered that I wondered if I had asked too little. Which means it was a perfect deal. However, the massive profits on the wagon, plus more, were vora- ciously devoured by the 1965 Alfa Giulia Spider Veloce as fast as sea lions chomp down salmon at the base of Bonneville Dam. Some $8,500 vaporized from our checking account, to be replaced by the refreshed bottom end of a 1600-cc Alfa engine. Now our only projected maintenance costs on the Alfa are replacing the two quarts of oil it seems to leak onto the garage floor every month. With the Alfa back, our 1967 Sunbeam Alpine could go to a good home. It was one of the best in the world; we paid $6,500 for it and had about $8,000 in it when done. It sold on eBay for $9,200, and that profit was immediately seized by our 1967 Volvo 122S for radiator repair, new front brake pads, and repairs to the heater fan. The fan was only working on its low speed, and one repair shop declared, “Volvos never had good heater fans.” Come on guys, these cars were built in Sweden, not Phoenix, and it actually gets cold there. Although it's a pretty good car, it's also pretty ugly, and the high belt- line and low roof give it a driving position similar to that of a Sherman tank, as you look out at the world through a turret slit. We bought the car for $2,700, stupidly had the front suspension rebuilt and other needless things done, and hope we can get our invested $5,000 out when the dust settles. Now that our winter stable-cleaning is almost over, we've vowed only to buy cars because we are interested in them, not just because they are cheap (Sass came running in with a Craigslist posting for a Rover 3500, referring to it as a “four-door Daytona”; we made him sit in the corner and have quiet time for an hour until his attack passed). All of us here like old cars, but we like driving good ones more than we like fixing marginal ones, and we hope the next few that find their way into our garage are gems, rather than gems in the rough, or four-wheeled lumps of coal. Make that 20 In just a few months, we will be celebrating SCM's 20th anniversary. Our first issue was published in mid-year 1988. So to keep our own history numbers-matching and period-correct, you'll get your commemorative issue this summer. We're going to be asking you to share your thoughts about 20 years of collecting with us, so watch this column for further developments. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering Column Author For more information about events marked with (*) see our 32-page Arizona Insider's Guide, included with this issue for subscribers. Maserati Merak at Kruse Ft. Lauderdale Kruse International— Ft. Lauderdale 2008 Where: Ft. Lauderdale, FL When: January 4–6 More: www.kruse.com Last year: 198/379 cars sold / $6.5m Held at the War Memorial Auditorium, this annual Kruse sale has had a history of high sales percentages, and this year, 500 cars are expected to cross the auction block. Look for a 1972 Ford Mustang Boss 351 BARC fastback racer, an unrestored 25,000-mile 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle, a 1975 Maserati Merak, and one of 68 1969 Shelby GT500 fastbacks fitted with factory air conditioning. MidAmerica Auctions— Vintage Motorcycles Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 10–12 More: www.midamericaauctions .com Last year: 435/503 bikes sold / $5.6m Now in its 17th year, this an- nual Las Vegas event has become the place to go for bidders looking for excellent rare and early motorcycles. Consignments this year include a 1923 AJS 350, a 1920 ABC Skootamoto, an original 1959 Triumph Bonneville, and a 1966 BMW R27 rally winner wearing its original paint. Tom Mack Classics— Charlotte-In-January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 11–13 More: www.tommackclassics.com Held in conjunction with the 24th annual Antique, Classic, & Collector Car Swap Meet, Flea Market, and Car Corral at the Metrolina Exposition Center in Charlotte, this event will feature 14 a 1968 Mustang fastback with factory air conditioning, a 1955 Mercury station wagon, and a large selection of Model As and other early American antique cars. Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2008* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 12–20 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1239/1239 cars sold / $108m Last year's sale under the WestWorld tent brought a record total, and although the number of consignments has dropped by 20% this year in order to better manage space, it's safe to assume America's highest-total-dollar auction will again bring some very large sales numbers. Plenty of American classics and muscle will be available, as well as the 1963 Thunderbird “Italien” concept, the Pininfarina-bodied 1963 Corvette “Rondine,” and Robosaurus, the fire-breathing, car-killing robotic dinosaur. Russo and Steele— Sports & Muscle in Scottsdale* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 16–20 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last Year: 294/431 cars sold / $20m Scottsdale is Russo and Steele's hometown, so it should be no surprise that it's also the site of the company's biggest annual auction. Over 500 cars are expected to cross the block this year, and chief among them will be a 1966 Shelby GT350 vintage racer with all its original sheet metal and dash, a completely restored 1954 Buick Skylark convertible, a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder conversion, and a 1969 Corvette L88 fitted with a rare automatic transmission. RM Auctions— Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona* Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 18 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 106/114 cars sold / $30m Traditionally much more slanted toward elegance than some other high-profile Arizona auctions in January, this annual RM event held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort is known for its class as well as its high-quality consignments. Ken “Posies” Fenical's 1947 Chevrolet Fleetliner Street Rod will cross the auction block this year, as well as a 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt LeBaron and 1941 Chrysler Newport LeBaron expected to bring over $1.5m each. 1966 Shelby GT350 at Russo and Steele Sports Car Market

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1971 Ferrari Daytona Spyder at Gooding & Company Silver Auctions—Arizona 2008* Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 18–21 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 238/438 cars sold / $4.8m Silver has a reputation of catering more to the affordable classics market at this annual event at the Fort McDowell Resort Casino, and the company prides itself on providing a relaxed atmosphere for both its buyers and sellers. Expect to see a number of consignments priced in the $10k–$50k range, including a 1956 GMC 1/2-ton pickup, as well as a 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible. Gooding & Company— The Scottsdale Auction* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19 More: www.goodingco.com After a record-breaking $61m Monterey sale in August, Gooding & Company added Scottsdale to its list of auction locations for 2008, with a venue adjacent to the Scottsdale Fashion Square serving as backdrop for this first-time 50-car sale. An FCA Platinum Awardwinning 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder will headline the event, as well as the Raymond Loewy 1941 Lincoln Continental January 2008 with one-off coachwork by Derham. Kruse International— Scottsdale 2008* Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 24–27 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 177/384 cars sold / $4.1m Held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, this 37th annual event will feature plenty of American muscle, classics, sports cars, and antiques. A recently restored 1904 Thomas Model 27 racer will headline this year's sale, as well as a 1927 Packard Custom-Bodied DualCowl phaeton, a 1966 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible, and a 1970 Plymouth GTX offered at no reserve. Mecum Auctions—Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 24–26 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 453/731 cars sold / $20m The Osceola Heritage Park will serve as backdrop for Mecum at this Florida staple, with 750 cars planned for auction. Expect Detroit iron to make a big showing, with Chargers, 'Cudas, Chevelles, GTOs, Camaros, and Mustangs all available to the highest bidders. ♦ 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. December 2—BONHAMS & GOODMAN Melbourne, AUS 3—BONHAMS London, UK 5—COYS London, UK 7-8—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 7-8—AUCTIONS AMERICA Raleigh, NC 10—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 10-11—BARONS Surrey, UK 15—ARTCURIAL Marseille, FRA 15—KRUSE Houston, TX 16—OSENAT Fontainebleau, FRA 19—BONHAMS Gstaad, CHE Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. January 4-6—KRUSE Ft. Lauderdale, FL 10-12—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 11-13—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 12-13—ICA Gilbert, AZ 12-20—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 16-20—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 18—RM Phoenix, AZ 18-21—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 19—GOODING Scottsdale, AZ 19-20—KRUSE Concord, NC 24-27—KRUSE Phoenix, AZ 24-26—MECUM Kissimmee, FL February 2-3—ICA Tampa, FL 8-9—KRUSE Honolulu HI 9—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 9—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 9-10—KRUSE Naples, FL 11-12—BARONS Surrey, UK 15-17—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 22-23—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 23—SILVER Seattle, WA 22-24—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 28-MAR 2—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 15

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IColumn Author nside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. place on January 13 from 11 am to 3 pm on the lawn of the La Jolla Cove Suites. This year the event pays tribute to pre-1916 horseless carriages, as well as CCCA Classics. The judged show will include ten classes, with Excellence in Design, Director's Choice, Best in Show, and People's Choice awards also given. The event is free. www .lajollabythesea.com/motorcar. (CA) ■ Cavallino Classic XVII La Jolla Motor Car Classic SCM News ■ SCM's “Porsche Gespräch” columnist Jim Schrager has just published his second book, Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 911 and 912, 1965– 1973. The book goes in-depth on all aspects of the early cars and includes chapters on values and what to pay, things to look for when buying, engine upkeep and routine maintenance, how best to sell when the time comes, upgrades and accessories, as well as a detailed appendix on performance specs and production figures. The softbound, 168-page book is an excellent reference for all Porschephiles, from novice to seasoned pro. It is published by RPM Auto Books, retails for $29.95, and is available in the book division of the SCM web site at www.sportscarmarket .com. ■ SCM's sister publication, Corvette Market magazine, will host its first Scottsdale Insider's Seminar on January 18 from 9 am to 11 am in the Russo and Steele Auction tent. Publisher Martin will moderate the event, entitled “The Corvette Market—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow,” and a panel of leading authorities in the Corvette world will share their thoughts on the state of the market across 16 the entire Corvette spectrum, C1 to C6. Russo and Steele will provide a catered breakfast for all participants at 8 am. Entry for current SCM and CM subscribers is $50 for 2, $35 for 1; nonsubscriber rate is $100 for 2, $55 for 1. See the registration form on p. 99, and visit www .vettemarket.com/scottsdale for details. (AZ) ■ Cave Creek Classics and SCM invite you to the sixth annual Rétromobile Annual Reception in Paris on Friday, February 8, from 5 pm to 7 pm. Your hosts, Ed Fallon of Cave Creek Classics and SCM's Donald Osborne, will once again welcome SCM subscribers and friends for food, wine, and conversation at the Zinger Alsace restaurant in the rear of the Rétromobile hall at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles exhibition center. The 2008 show runs from February 8 through 17. Contact Osborne for further information or to confirm your attendance at dosborne@sportscarmarket.com. (FRA) News ■ Bonhams will hold an inaugural collector car sale in France alongside Rétromobile on Saturday, February 9. The sale rounds out the firm's traditional European calendar, which includes annual venues in Monte Carlo in May and Gstaad, Switzerland, in December. Said James Knight, the company's International Head of Motoring, “Rétromobile is a welcome addition to our worldwide portfolio, and it enhances our presence in continental Europe. We anticipate a memorable debut sale.” (FRA) Events ■ The fourth annual La Jolla Motor Car Classic will take Schrager's newest title Sports Car Market will take place in Palm Beach, Florida, from January 22 to 27. The event includes private track days at Moroso Motorsports Park, Ferrari memorabilia and accessory displays, the Ferrari Maserati Historic Challenge, Concorso d'Eleganza at The Breakers, a Ferrari display on the lawn at Mar-a-Lago, and plenty more. Celebrated cars will be the 250 GT TdF and the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Prices vary by event. www.cavallino.com. (FL) ♦ Event Calendar 1 Anti-Football Run (CA) www.californiamille.com 5 Winter Break Car Rally (NV) www.winterbreak.us 5-20 Dakar Rally (AFR) www.dakar.com 10-13 Silicon Valley Int'l Auto Show (CA) www.motortrendautoshows.com 13 La Jolla Motor Classic (CA) www.lajollabythesea.com/motorcar 18 Corvette Market Seminar (AZ) www.vettemarket.com 18-20 W. Virginia Int'l Auto Show (WV) www.motortrendautoshows.com 18-21 Utah Int'l Auto Expo (UT) www.motortrendautoshows.com 18-27 Montreal Int'l Auto Show (CAN) www.montrealautoshow.com 19-27 North American Int'l Auto Show (CA) www.naias.com 20 Phoenix-Scottsdale Concours (AZ) www.elegantcars.com 22-27 Cavallino Classic (FL) www.cavallino.com 24-27 Northeast Auto Show (RI) www.motortrendautoshows.com

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SCM Contributors Geoff Archer figured out how to make money being around cars by working as a lackey at two Porsche dealerships, then as a mechanic on the 1997 Panama-Alaska vintage rally, and finally progressed to full-time employment as Brand Manager for Yahoo! Autos, Business Development Manager for (the now defunct) Yahoo! Auctions, and General Sales Manager of Cars Dawydiak (www.carsauto.com). A recovered English Ford Cortina addict, he and his wife currently host about 8.5 cars, a modest collection with an emphasis on driver-quality, rust-free, #3-condition German cars of the '60s. He teaches Entrepreneurship at Oregon State University. His eBay Auction analysis of Italian cars appears this month on p. 110. Marshall Buck founded his model company (CMA) in 1982 out of his passion for sports and classic cars. He sold exotic cars for a few years, and has authored a number of articles on models. He wrote a featured model column for Vintage Motorsport magazine from 1988 to 1999. He has a significant collection of models and always keeps at least one “full-scale” model in his garage. His daughter Victoria, age 4, has recently informed him she will be going to work in his business building model cars with him and that she loves the smell of his old car. You'll find is regular column “In Miniature” on p. 30. Paul Hardiman first crawled under a car with spanners at age eight, and hasn't learned enough to stop doing it yet. From 1991 to 2005, he served in the U.K. as deputy editor and auction correspondent for Classic & Sports Car magazine, and recently joined the freelance ranks, which prevents him from putting his hand up at auction sales. A race license holder and amateur navigator, he sprints and hillclimbs a ratty old '72 Ford Escort that he's owned forever, but he has competed in everything from an Austin A35 to a Mercedes-Benz 300SLR. He lives in Oxfordshire, England. His profile of a 1991 BMW Z1 is on p. 54. Donald Osborne lives for old cars, especially those of the odd European variety. He regularly attends major automotive events around the world, and has been a longtime Contributing Editor and Auction Analyst for SCM. His writing on classic cars has also appeared in the New York Times, BusinessWeek Online and Road & Track. He is a member of the Vintage Sports Car Club of America and the American Lancia Club, for whose magazine, Lanciana, he serves as Editor. He is the principal of collector vehicle appraisers Automotive Valuation Services, and lives in Connecticut. He profiles a 1934 Lagonda on p. 48, and his analysis of the Maserati market appears on p. 112. Michael Sheehan is a well-known Ferrari historian and broker. He has appeared on multiple television documentaries, including shows on the History Channel. He has a passion for racing and has competed in the Mazda Pro Series, Trans-Am, IMSA GTO, and IMSA Camel Lite, and has three drives in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He currently races Legend cars with his 15-year-old daughter and is getting his pilot's license with his 15-year-old son. His regular column “Sheehan Speaks” appears this month on p. 46. 18 Sports CarMarket Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 V.P. Business Development/General Counsel Rob Sass rob.sass@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 214 Art Director Kirsten Onoday kirsten.onoday@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Executive Editor Paul Duchene paul.duchene@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Managing Editor Stefan Lombard stefan.lombard@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Auction Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Copy Editors Yael Abel, Kristen Hall-Geisler, Bill Neill Senior Auction Analysts Dave Kinney, B. Mitchell Carlson, Julian Shoolheifer (Europe), Carl Bomstead Auction Analysts Richard Hudson-Evans (Europe), Daniel Grunwald, John Clucas (Australia), Chip Lamb, Norm Mort (Canada) Contributing Editors Steve Ahlgrim (Ferrari), Gary Anderson (English), Colin Comer (Muscle Cars), John Draneas (Legal), Donald Osborne (Etceterini), Jim Schrager (Porsche), Michael Sheehan (Ferrari), Thor Thorson (Race Cars) Contributors John Apen, Diane Brandon, Marshall Buck, Miles Collier, Kathy Donohue, Martin Emmison, Paul Hardiman, Simon Kidston, Raymond Milo, Steve Serio Information Technology/Internet Bryan Wolfe bryan.wolfe@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 215 Controller Jimmy Carter jimmy.carter@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 205 Editorial Assistant Brendan Floyd brendan.floyd@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 220 Strategic Planner Bill Woodard Print Media DirectorWendie Martin Executive Producer, SCM Television Roger Williams ADVERTISING Advertising Executive Cody Wilson cody.wilson@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605 ext. 213 Sales and Marketing Coordinator Valarie Huston valarie.huston@sportscarmarket.com; 877.219.2605, ext. 211 SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator Jennifer Davis-Shockley jennifer.davis@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 204 To order new subscriptions 800.289.2819 Questions about current supscriptions 877.219.2605, ext. 204, service@sportscarmarket.com, fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE Email service@sportscarmarket.com Fax 503.253.2234 General P.O. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com Proceeding without failure I'd like to address the com- mon misperception of the reliability of Jaguars, and I thought you would be interested in knowing of a recent trip my wife and I did in our 1954 XK 120. I use all my cars and put on lots of miles both on the road and track. In 20 years of racing the C- and D-type, I have had only one mechanical DNF in each. We recently did the Montana tour. We packed everything we needed in the car, drove to Montana, then up to Canada on the tour and then back to Phoenix. It was 113 degrees when we left and 109 when we came back. The last day we did 740 miles in nine hours of driving, and the grand total was 3,900 miles. The engine has never been rebuilt from the factory, the car ran perfectly, and I added only two quarts of oil. We have had many great experiences in this car, including a trip through a heavy, wet snowstorm where I had to use a hair brush to clean the windscreen as I drove because the wiper motor did not have the strength to move it. We've also taken it 5,000 miles across Australia and Tasmania, and through temperatures over 120 degrees, and through it all, the car ran perfectly. The XKE is no less reliable. My wife drove a Series I E-type to work in Scottsdale daily for eleven years without a single breakdown (for a couple years it was our only car), and we took it on plenty of tours. We have driven our 1938 SS100 to San Diego and back when it was 108 in the shade (and there is NO shade between SD and here). I can go on and on with stories about trips I have taken with no problems, and I lay stake to the claim that an old Jaguar is one of the most reliable collector cars in the world.—Terry Larson, Mesa, AZ Keith Martin responds: Let me make a policy statement about “reliability” and old cars. When they were new in the '50s and '60s, sports cars, and in fact all cars, were reasonably reliable. They had to be, or they 20 We've had manygreat experiences in the XK 120, including a trip through a heavy, wet snowstorm where I had to use a hair brush to clean the windscreen as I drove couldn't have fulfilled their basic task of transportation. However, even the best old car was never as reliable as the worst new car; the notion of 100,000 miles between tune-ups simply would have been ludicrous. But that was a function of available technology. As old cars like XK 120s became just used cars, they often were owned by those without the technical skill or financial resources to take care of them properly. In extreme cases, this led to Chevrolet V8 engines being installed in XKs. In fact, I believe this era of underfinanced, hamfisted maintenance is what led to the reputation for unreliability that so many old cars have. In today's world, most vintage cars are mechanically maintained far better than they were even when they were relatively new. They are driven less, and in less challenging circumstances (i.e. no daily commutes). Modern technology makes them run better as well. In your case, as a Jaguar specialist, with both financial and knowledge resources to bring to bear, I would expect that your cars would run reliably. After all, if they didn't, what would that say about your skill set? So let's see if we can agree on this. Nearly all vintage cars, when set up and maintained by a specialist, are reliable—probably more so today than when they were new. I can't say that SCM will stop making jokes about warm British beer or the Prince of Darkness, but in fact, if a well-taken-care-of vintage car fails to proceed today, it is much more likely to be the fault of the technician than it is something inherent in the design of the car. Two-wheeled hyperbole The woulda-coulda-shoulda scenario as described by Paul Duchene in the November 2007 issue (“Bike Buys,” p. 134) is a little much. Moto Guzzi did not set out to build either a short-lived component or a faulty bike. It may be of some academic interest as to the cause of his bike's failure, but not much else. The “catastrophic” failure wording incorporated in the opening paragraph of the recall is probably no more than the standard scare-um verbiage mandated by the NHTSA, meant to get a recipient's attention. The fact remains that Moto Guzzi apparently corrected the problem and thus provided Mr. Duchene with a machine upgraded to latest specs. Using his own type of reasoning, there is nothing to suggest that his Moto Guzzi wouldn't have provided him with 45,000 miles of fun transportation, as did his old Triumph. That he found in his dealer a sympathetic ear speaks more for the dealer than it does for Duchene.—David Rivkin, Jamaica Estates, NY Paul Duchene responds: I thank Mr. Rivkin for his observations and I'd like to address them, one at a time. I'd categorize “catastrophic failure” as anything that could kill me; the

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The Moto Guzzi recall had not entered the NHTSA database at the time of writing (17 months after the recall). As I observed, it was purely an inside note to dealers and people who had already purchased the models in question. Caveat emptor, indeed. While I am grateful to the dealer for buying the bike back, please note from the story that I made a call to Moto Guzzi shortly before his offer. It was not on the table before. Also, the recall notice came out in March 2006— nine months before I bought the bike—and the defective cardan shaft had not been replaced. Nor was it caught on the 700-mile service. Two missed opportunities to correct a potentially fatal flaw. The only reason Moto Guzzi had the opportunity to fix the bike is that I realized it was failing and stopped before I crashed. One wonders how Moto Guzzi became aware of this problem at all. Could there have been a serious/fatal accident somewhere that led to an internal investigation? A grim sequel to my story is that a Moto Guzzi Club rider was killed in Oregon a few weeks after my incident, under circumstances that sounded eerily familiar to me. Finally, I suggest Mr. Rivkin check out other NHTSA recall notices on Moto Guzzi. If he's happy riding bikes with this history, more power to him—and his estate. '50s? What '50s? I always enjoy reading my copy of SCM, but got hung up a bit with your coverage of the Mecum Auction in St. Paul on June 23, 2007 (October 2007, “Back To The '50s Auction,” p. 90). If this sale was about cars from the '50s, as the title indicates, why were there only two cars from the '50s out of the 35-plus cars reviewed? To make matters worse, you chose to write up run-of-themill, used cars from the '80s and '90s, and pictures in the article show portions of cars from the 22 If Mr. Rivkin ishappy riding bikes with this history, more power to him— and his estate '50s that were not included in the review. Was that an early '50s Ford station wagon sitting next to the 1983 Rolls-Royce? Was that a brand of '50s GM iron hiding behind that 1998 Corvette? You should have titled the article “See If You Can Guess The Make And Year Of Cars Being Obscured By Boring Vehicles.” No major gripes with the magazine though—I enjoy every issue. Thanks for listening.— Bart Stringham, Bethesda, MD B. Mitchell Carlson responds: Thanks for the letter, Bart. I'll first address the event that is associated with the auction. Back To The '50s is a car show open to all pre-1965 cars of all types and conditions, though most are street rods. The Mecum auction, while located on the same site, is physically separated from the show, and like every Mecum auction, accepts consignments of all eras, including late-model specialty cars. The cars I covered were representative of the overall consignments at the auction, with the exception of the Corvettes, which I covered more extensively due to the demands of our sister publication, Corvette Market. If your issue is with late-model cars at collector car auctions, it is one to take up with the auction companies themselves. Many of the '50s cars con- signed at this auction were modified, and while we appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into well-done street rods, customs, “clones,” or replica muscle cars, they do not accurately reflect the market as a whole. Stock is our baseline. We appreciate your continued support of SCM, and while we can promise always to call them as we see them, we can't promise we know what we'll be looking at each time we arrive at an auction. The Ferrari challenge I recently discovered your magazine and thoroughly enjoy reading it. Heck, I may even subscribe. I am a Tifosi and have owned six Ferraris thus far. All have been bought second hand, some with little miles. I buy the cars to drive and enjoy them. Of the six, the best financially I

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You Write We Read have done was to break even on a 1995 F355 Challenge car I owned and campaigned in 1998. After the F355, I went Ferrari-less for some time because I thought the prices they commanded were nuts and figured I would wait for them to depreciate as soon as the next hottest toy was introduced. This year I bought a 2002 575 with 5,700 miles for $100,000 less than new. My dilemma is in regards to the new 430 Scuderia. I have enough of a Ferrari pedigree to buy one from my dealer; however with prices in the secondary market going through the roof for production cars that will depreciate (eventually), I am caught. On the one hand I want the car because it will be a fantastic Ferrari, but if someone wants to pay me $200,000-plus over sticker, I will have a hard time saying no. The problem for me is that I really do not like it when opportunists flip cars and make a killing, which puts the cars out of reach for the regular enthusiast. But now that I am on the other side of the equation, I have a hard time arguing with the laws of supply and demand, or the greater fool theory.— Thomas Neilson, via email Mike Sheehan responds: Thanks for your letter, Thomas. You've been in our database since 1993, back when you had 328 GTS s/n 61579 and a 512 BB. To answer your question, if it's a production car, they all go down in value. I refer you to my March 2007 column for a more in-depth look (“Why a 50% Hit Means Nothing,” p. 38). As for the 430 Scuderia, they will probably be out about January 2008 and will likely be about $100k over the estimated $200k MSRP. At least for the first few months.... Be advised, if you are paying $100k over window sticker, your dealer is not giving you any kind of “deal.” If you are paying less than $100k over, that sounds great, but you certainly will not be able to get $200k over. Just getting $100k over will be “all the money.” The spot market on the latest-and-greatest toy is like the 24 a Miami summer. The isostatic shift mechanism is crisp and positive, even if the throws are long. It goes without saying that cold shifts into second gear are best done gently if synchronizer longevity is to be achieved. Also, the Maratona ushered While the two ‘special editions' really added nothing major in the way of performance, it bears noting that they are far more likely to be in top condition than standard GTV6s market for fresh fish—adjusted daily. And like yesterday's fish, it's almost always heading downward. Now, about that subscription to SCM… Europe—full of duty I read with interest Keith Martin's November 2007 column (“Why Market-Driven is Only Skin Deep,” p. 8) and agree that our sinking dollar is making cars sold in America cheaper for our friends across the Atlantic. However, it is important to note that collector cars are subject to a 17.5% EU import duty. The playing field is far from level with regard to cars moving back and forth across the pond, as the U.S. duty is only 2.5%. The disparity in currency still creates opportunities for European collectors, but they need to be informed of their exposure to duties before raising their paddle at American auctions.—Craig M. Balaban, Patchogue, NY Special enough I'm writing in response to Rob Sass's mostly excellent piece on the Alfa Romeo GTV6 (November 2007, “Affordable Classic,” p. 34). Having owned several of these beasts, I'd like to shed some additional light on what he wrote. While the two “special edi- tions” (1982 Balocco, with 350 produced, and 1984 Maratona, with 150 examples) really had nothing major to add in the way of performance, it bears noting that these cars are far more likely to be in condition #2 to #1+ than standard GTV6s. This is particularly true of the Maratona edition. My penultimate GTV6 was one such car. In early 2002, I purchased it with under 12,000 miles and a phonebook-sized stack of receipts dating back to its 300th mile. (The seller, a fellow SCMer, was one Howard Jacobs, better known— especially to Publisher Martin—as the man who set the hook for “America By Fiat,” and firmly planted his Fiat 2100 in Martin's grasp). The Maratona had the added advantages over the Balocco of the updated Recaro seats, improved “isostatic” shift mechanism, and vastly improved air conditioning. The Maratona presaged the improvements the GTV6 would receive in 1985–86. The aforementioned a/c (known as Tropic-Aire) actually cools the car down, even in the swelter of in the “dealer-optioned” aerodynamic package, which was later affixed to various Callaway GTV6s. Finally, the Maratona brought to the GTV6 the dreaded TRX wheel/tire combination. An intriguing system when it was introduced around 1977, TRX suffered because none of the improvements in tire technology were applied to it during its production life. As a result, it is best set aside and only brought out for concours purposes. The head gasket issue is minimized by a) making sure the new gaskets are Reinz, and b) fanatically monitoring the coolant temperature. In short, I loved the car and it was only with the greatest pangs of regret I sold it after receiving “an offer I couldn't refuse.” This was replaced by the last (of five) Callaway GTV6 prototypes, and everything Mr. Sass wrote about this car is accurate, including the paucity of legitimate examples sold, never mind prototypes. My research confirms that his assessment of high $20k–low $30k for a production Callaway is about right, although I just politely declined $45k for my prototype. Incidentally, it was very wise to have a GTV6 Callaway fitted with the Maratona aerodynamic kit— don't ask how I know— as it truly makes a difference once you go in excess of a certain speed.—Joe Garcia, Coral Gables, FL Dodge royalty As the owner of a factory 1958 Super D-500, I wanted to clarify a comment regarding the 1959 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer, lot 511, which you covered in the results of RM's Monterey sale (November 2007, “Market Reports,” p. 96). Carl Bomstead correctly states this is not a factory Super D-500 but did not mention that the car is indeed a factory D-500. The three variants of this car available in both 1958 and

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You Write We Read 1959 are as follows: the standard version, which came equipped with a 2-barrel carburetor and was rated at 285 horsepower. The D-500 carried a single 4-barrel carburetor and a couple of other upgrades and was rated at 305 horsepower. The Super D-500 had dual 4-barrel carburetors, a different cam, a unique RH exhaust manifold with provisions for a choke heat riser, unique brackets for the coil mounting, a higher compression ratio, and several other upgrades that delivered a pretty strong yet conservatively rated 345 horsepower. There are stories that suggest a fuel-injected version was on the drawing board but was never built. Production numbers are vague because the D and Super D options were available across the entire Dodge line-up. I have been told by an active Dodge collector and someone who maintains a registry of these cars that of the 50–60 built, there are eleven known 1958 Dodge Super D-500s, including sedans, coupes, and convertibles. I don't know the info for 1959, but I would think that Super D-500 production numbers are about the same. While there are more D-500s known, they are also rare cars and seldom turn up for sale. The RM car was a beautiful example and had all of the correct identifiers for a factory D-500. The car sold for $66k, which was high for a fairly garden-variety Royal Lancer. Had it been a Super D-500, I would think a number around $125k would not be out of the question—double that for a convertible. One man's opinion here: I think the Super D-500 is the most significant post-war Dodge built.—John Lyons, West Hartford, CT Bygone thrills John Apen's recent profile of the 1963 Steve McQueen Lusso (November 2007, “Ferrari Profile,” p. 42) opened the floodgate of memories, and I'd like to share one here. I have in my lifetime owned a few Ferraris, including—briefly—a 1963 SWB Cal Spyder, and the stories of how I came to own each of them are make a good impression. But the girls…omygosh, the girls! One day, after a drive to Mywife accused me of stealing the Lusso or doing something illegal to get it, because she couldn't believe it was a gift without strings. This cost her, because she never did get to drive it unique and as yet untold. The theme that surrounds them all seems to be “Ferrari Angst,” because that is what I feel when I think of what I paid for the cars, what I got for them when it came time to sell, and why I sold them at all. In 1966, I was living in Sherman Oaks, California, and working as a stockbroker. One of my clients—a chap called Jerry—was just starting up a small business wherein he was buying exotic cars in Europe and bringing them to California for his clientele, people who included actors, show biz folks, celebrity hair dressers, etc. I had been very successful in my share (stocks) recommendations to Jerry and he had, in a short time, made a helluva lot of money with me. One afternoon he asked me to come down to see his newest import. On arriving at his showroom I was shown the most beautiful car I had ever seen. It had just won a concours competition in Orange County and it was in “top nick” as they say. The car was a 1964 maroon 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta exactly like the one in your article. As I stood there drooling over it, Jerry handed me the keys and said I should take it for a drive. “In fact,” he said, “why don't you drive it home, because it's a present from me to you.” At this time in my life, I was not a rich man by any means, and I couldn't believe my ears. I'll spare you the awestruck dialog of the afternoon and say only that I drove it home. What a sensation to get behind the wheel and start it up and drive it away. I was so scared of shifting into the wrong gear or doing something stupid that would screw up the car that I drove it home like a little old lady. All my previous exotic car experience had been limited to Porsches, and this was unlike any Porsche I had ever driven. My wife accused me of steal- ing the car or doing something illegal to get it, because she couldn't believe this was a gift without strings. This cost her, because she never did get to drive it. Over the next six months I experienced every sin of pride a person could feel and exhibit. I hated to park it on the street behind another car because I was afraid some dodo would back into the nose and screw up that fabulous finish. I wouldn't let parking lot guys park it, and I always looked for the safest place to park blocks away from the restaurant where I had hoped to San Diego and back on a fairly hot day, I noticed blue smoke coming out the back. Not heavy blue smoke, but worrisome in that I hadn't noticed it before. I took it to the Ferrari people in Beverly Hills to ask about the cost of a valve adjustment should I happen to need one. Don't forget, this was 1966, so when the guy told me it would cost $2,500, I blanched visibly and left in a hurry. Of course, later I would learn that blue smoke from a Ferrari is normal and not something to have a panic attack over. But panic I did, and I drove straight to Jerry's place and said I couldn't live anymore with the stress of owning this incredible car with such potential for financial ruin. Jerry happily took the car back and gave me in its stead a 1967 Porsche 911S, which to this day I claim to be the best car I've ever owned. But my treasured pictures of the Lusso still haunt me because not only did it represent a fabulous period of my life, it also grew so much in value. It was the first of several that got away, and boy does that cause regrets. I don't mean to focus on the prices so much, but you would have to have been there then and now to understand the sense of real loss. Not financial loss so much as the feeling one gets having owned such beautiful machinery then and knowing now that the era for which they were originally made and meant to be driven was the era of your youth. At 75 years of age, I am not really bemoaning the loss of sales value so much as the loss of the thrill of owning one of those lovely machines. Even if I had one of them now, fully restored and pristine, it still wouldn't be the same because I am not the same.—Lee Montgomery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Errata On p. 94 of our December issue, we incorrectly graphed the sales totals for the Bonhams & Butterfields Aurora sale. This was a one-time sale of $1.7m. ♦ 26

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Stuff Neat by Paul Duchene Fast Company. Ever since the rst movie-goers fl inched away from e onrushing locomotive in 1903's The Great Train Robbery,” movies ave had a love affair with speed. The automobile was a natural extenon of this and generated some of the ery best movie posters of all time. Think Steve McQueen in “Le Mans” and “Bullitt,” also “Two Lane lacktop,” “Grand Prix,” “Vanishing oint,” “American Graffi ti,” Paul Veysey's full-color river,” “The French Connection,” nd so on. coffee table book, Motor Movies—The Posters! digs back to the dawn of motorcar movie posters (he thinks that's 1914's “The Lights of London,” by the way). Now think of posters in French, German, Italian, and Japanese, with a completely different set of artists and sensibilities, and you see what a goldmine he's hit. “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” translates as “Die Satansweiber von Tittfi eld” in German, which certainly seems to have captured the spirit of Russ Meyer's boobfest. Stuff Nea Stuff Nea Stuff Nea Neat by Paul Duchene Fast Company. Ever since the rst movie-goers fl inched away from e onrushing locomotive in 1903's The at by Paul Duchene Fast Company. Ever since the rst movie-goers fl inched away from e onrushing locomotive in 1903's The Great Train Robbery,” movies ave had a love affair with speed. The automobile was a natural exten- on of this and generated some of the ery best movie posters of all time. Think Steve McQueen in “Le Mans” and “Bullitt,” also “Two Lane lacktop,” “Grand Prix,” “Vanishing oint,” “American Graffi ti,” Paul Veysey's full-color river,” “The French Connection,” nd so on. coffee table book, Motor Movies—The Posters! digs back to the dawn of motorcar movie posters (he thinks that's 1914's “The Lights of London,” by the way). Now think of posters in French, German, Italian, and Japanese, with a completely different set of artists and sensibilities, and you see what a gold- mine he's hit. “Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!” translates as “Die Satansweiber von Tittfi eld” in German, which certainly seems to have captured the spirit of Russ Meyer's boobfest. Dreaming Dreaming of the future, '50s-style. Considering the stodgy offerings Chrysler foisted on John Q. Public in the late '40s and early '50s, the company's concept car program is doubly remarkable. The vision of the Italian-American design teams is refl ected in near million-dollar prices these days, and a new book celebrates the whole sequence of events that led to the development of the Chrysler d'Elegance, Dodge FireArrow, and Plymouth XX500, as well as the ill-fated Chrysler Norseman that wound up on the Andrea Doria. In Chrysler Concept Cars, 1940–1970, writers David Fetherston and Tony Thacker spent years collecting period photos, tracking down designers, and reconstructing the development of 50 Mopar dream cars from the '40s, '50s, and '60s, including the 1962 Turbine cars. CarTech has published a 144-page coffee table book, including 50 color photos and 250 black-and-white pictures. It can be ordered from www.cartechbooks.com for $24.96, plus $6.95 shipping. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT “The versary of what's been called the greatest road race in he world—the original Mille Miglia (1,000 miles) from Rome to Brescia to Rome—and a new documentary elebrates the fact. Run 24 times, with a break for WWII, the Mille Miglia thrilled entrants and spectators alike, as racing egends like Varzi, Nuvolari, Caracciola, Fangio, and Von Trips tore through tiny villages in 500-hp road racers. But on May 12, 1957, Alfonso de Portago crashed his Ferrari into a crowd in Guidizzolo at 150 mph, killing himself, his navigator, and nine spectators. Road racing was banned, and the Mille Miglia was dormant until e evived as a more leisurely historic event in 1977. In 2006, a German fi lm crew shot 130 hours of footage of the Mille Miglia Storica and knocked it into a 90minute fi lm, “Mille Miglia: The Spirit of a Legend.” It also features numerous historic sequences and interviews with gnarly old racers like Sir Stirling Moss (who holds the outright race record at an average of 99.4 mph in 1955), Jochen Mass, and Jacky Ickx. The fi lm is available from www.millemiglia-thefi lm.com for €30 (about $44), including shipping. 28 Sports Car Market

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In Miniature Marshall Buck Boxer Models KO the Competition Every manufacturer and builder of 1:43 cars take note; the bar has just been raised 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster Cobra CSX 2137 by GMP (made in China) in 1:12 scale is Overall Value: Quality: Authenticity: 1976 Ferrari 512 BB Overall Value: Quality: Authenticity: Bigger isn't always better. Take a look at the 1976 Ferrari 512 BB models in 1:43 scale by Make Up Company of Japan and you'll agree. There are 16 versions available (colors vary, as do rear fender widths), and they are limited-edition hand-built resin models, but not too limited. Several versions are limited to 150 each, and all the rest are pushing the limit at around 500. That is my only gripe. These models are truly superb. Body shape is dead-on, as are all the crisp panel lines, and paint finish is flawless. No panels open, but detail is more than abundant. The grille nose vents are made of numerous precise photoetched parts, a theme that carries over to all detail trim, including the tiny door key locks. It's a strain to see, but the dash gauges with their red markings and all console switch gear are perfectly replicated. The windshield has the tinted sun band at the top. I've been drawn to look at these over and over, and am still amazed and impressed. At $189, they are a great value—easily half of what they should sell for. Every manufacturer and builder of 1:43 cars take note; the bar has just been raised. Available from Miniwerks, 4225 American River Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864; 916.485.1262; www.miniwerks.com. Overall Value: Quality: Authenticity: ½ 1965 Chaparral 2A If you grew up in the 1960s and had any interest in cars, then you knew the name Chaparral. This AutoArt 1:43-scale 1965 2A replicates s/n 002 just before its final iteration with the later big rear “flipper” wing. Although mass produced in China, it is made to an excellent level and with surprising detail. I'm a big proponent of handbuilt models, and this rivals any 1:43 hand-built Chaparral I've seen. Overall fit and finish are perfect, though the simulated brown fiberglass should be shiny and a bit darker. The cockpit is well detailed, as is the exterior, with brilliantly simulated mesh screening. AutoArt went overboard on engine detail, which can be viewed from the underside, along with suspension bits and half shafts. Up front there's great brake duct work and perfectly cast, posable wheels fitted with accurately marked and treaded Firestones. There is only marginal room for improvement or added detail with this piece. And at just $39, it is one to buy regard- less of your taste in cars or models. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com. 30 Sports Car Market modeled as it raced in 1963. They have produced four different competition 289s, including this one, plus another seven street cars in various colors and configurations. GMP has gone to great lengths to reproduce different bodies, wheels, and other details specific to each version—quite a task. Edition sizes range from 350 to 750, depending on which you choose. I consider this version to be the most significant of the competition variants being produced. Overall, the model is extremely well done and has a wealth of detail, such as the full chassis and numerous working parts—suspension, steering, hood, doors, trunk, etc. If you really feel the need to play, you can try the working gear shift. Beneath the hood, four Webers are attached to a well-detailed engine and surround- ing bay. Throughout the model you'll find some real highs tempered with some real lows. Panel fit and the finish of many parts are an issue. Toy-like door hinges are just not what they should be, and the oversized padded seats take away from the model. Much effort went into producing these $500 Cobras, which makes me wonder why the finish of many parts is not as good as it could be. I do applaud GMP for going where others have not, and even with my gripes, I'm glad they made these; after all, I own three of them. Available from Motorsports Miniatures, PO Box 4, East Meadow, NY 11554; 800.249.3763; www.motorsportsminiatures.com.

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Icons Webers, Konis, and old JC Carbs, Shocks, and a One-Stop Resource The magnetic hiss we all miss; winged shocks, and the motorhead's guide to wolf whistles, hula girls, and fake whitewalls by Rob Sass Koni Shock Absorbers Koni as a company dates back to 1857, when it began manufacturing horse harness equipment in the Netherlands. Like so many other companies in the horse and buggy industry, they saw the writing on the wall and began manufacturing automotive products in the 20th century. In 1945, they introduced their first adjustable telescopic shock absorber. The orange/red shocks are performance icons. Originally fitted on numerous post-war European sports cars, even today, Konis represent the gold standard for dampers, www.classicgarage.com. Weber Carburetors Edoardo Weber began producing carburetors in the 1920s as speed equipment for Fiats. He pioneered the multiple venturi system in downdraft and sidedraft carburetors. By the 1930s, Webers had become the carburetor of choice for Maserati and Alfa race cars. Post-war Ferraris and Lamborghini street cars nearly all used Webers. By the late 1980s, fuel injection began to supplant the more elegant Webers. Their polished velocity stacks and characteristic intake hiss were missed by all. The Magneti Marelli group now owns Weber—they continue to be in demand for vintage racing and street performance applications and are available from Pierce Manifolds. www.piercemanifolds.com. JC Whitney Catalog A JC Whitney catalog is a bit like a Backstreet Boys album. There are millions of them out there, but no one will fess up to having one. Now pretty much the domain of the truck and tuner crowd, back in the day, Whitney could be counted on to supply all manner of vintage sports car tools and accessories, including the classic “wind-up sports car key,” a suction-mounted replica guaranteed to make any Sprite look like a Marx wind-up toy. The company grew out of a South Side Chicago scrapyard owned by the Warshawsky family. A $60 ad in Popular Mechanics launched millions of catalogs and sold untold numbers of Hollywood Wolf Whistle Horns and shimmying dashboard hula dolls. www.jcwhitney.com. 32 Sports Car Market

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SCM Our Cars A Silly Green Car The late, great Roger Clark reckoned as long as he wasn't looking out the Escort's rear window, he could always get it back 1969 Porsche 911E Coupe Owner: Geoff Archer, eBay Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 2006 Price: $16,000 Mileage since purchase: About 1,500 Recent work: New gas cap and gas tank vent hose I got this car in a trade with SCM's Jim Schrager. I sent him the terrifying, trashed, rusty, fiberglass, Brazilian Envemo 356C Coupe replica and $8,000. If you have ever purchased a car from Schrager, then you know he writes fantastic reviews, and includes hard copies printed on resume-quality paper in the folder with all the receipts. The Porsche Certificate of Authenticity for this car is a mere Xerox copy, but his write-up is ready to frame: “This was a California car from new and has been back in the Midwest for about the last dozen years. Never seen snow or salt, completely original undercarriage, with no previous rust or collision damage evident. It was color changed (to Porsche Gemini Blue) about 20 years ago to a high standard; none of the original color (Porsche Irish Green) can be seen on the car or in the door, hood or engine jambs. Original E engine, original E mechanical fuel injection (MFI).” I know enough to know the “E” is the sleeper of the long-wheelbase, so-called “long hood” 911s. “E”s have less horsepower than “S” cars, but more torque available lower in the rpm range. And of course, they share much of the same great 911-ness. What I didn't know was how good Schrager is at pegging values for old Porsches. I op- timistically insured it for $24k, right between the #2 and #3 prices in the guide books. Jim insisted it was worth $18k, no more, no less. Recently, I ran it on eBay twice, each time ending less than $1000 on either side of Jim's mark. The man knows his Porsche prices. Now if only he knew someone who wanted to buy it…. 1967 Saab Sonnet II, Chassis 218/258 Owner:William “Chip” Lamb, Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 28, 2007 Price: $3,500 and a 1978 Saab 95GL Wagon Mileage since purchase: 3 (twice around the block) Recent work: Removed engine and transmission for overhaul Becoming emotionally involved with one particular car you've rarely seen or driven but heard a good bit about through the grapevine can lead to the ultimate case of tunnel vision. I'd brokered this car twice over the years, once for the third owner in 2000, and again in 2006. I came into ownership when a customer of mine who bought it sight-unseen from the executor of the last owner's estate found himself the victim of misrepresentation. The deal was a bit of a blunder on my part, but these 258 2-stroke Sonnet IIs are lightweight and perfectly balanced, so they command a little more respect. The car refused to start when I picked it up in Massachusetts, so I trailered it home, where it soon became clear there was more work ahead of me than I'd thought. The late-'80s racing overbore (to 940 cc) had developed a severe case of big-end rod bearing cage failure, and piston-to-cylinder clearances were sloppy at best. Thus, it seemed prudent to dive in before something grenaded and took out a “hard” part that we do not reproduce, such as the block. Luckily (for me), I've gotten pretty good at turning out properly rebuilt component crankshafts for these engines, plus I inventory a passel of other bits to make this car better again. There's also some chassis repair to be carried out, so I'll likely return the car to its original shade of Silversand Metallic in a year or two, since the body may have to come off if I really get serious. 34 1972 “Fraud” Escort Mk I Owner: Paul Hardiman, Contributor Purchase date: October 1996 Price: $1,350, with another $8,000 now into it Mileage since purchase: 20,000 Recent work: Welded the floor It's not original. Real RS2000s were then and still are beyond my budget, and its genesis is a mystery, but over the last decade, this Escort and I have had numerous jollyups, near-disasters, and lots of spannering. It weighs just 1,900 lbs, and gets reason- able prod from its 2-liter Pinto engine. It was already stiff and dropped; adding a Twin Cam anti-roll bar pulled the struts forward and took out some of the excess negative camber. With a quick rack and too much caster, it's a pain to park, but it happily applies its own opposite lock if you just let go of the wheel when you've overdone it. Escorts are fundamentally great han- dlers—the late, great Roger Clark reckoned as long as he wasn't looking out the rear window, he could always get them back—and there's not much you can do to mess them up. It's been to France a couple times and completed five Pomeroy Trophy competitions with the VSCC, with a best result of 11th overall out of about 90, and a second-in-class award. Along the way there have been a million track days, sprints, and hillclimbs, three engine rebuilds, a drowning in a deceptively deep puddle on the way to Castle Combe, an occasional commute, and now a school run on a regular basis. My three-year-old daughter loves going in “the silly green car.” I get noticed in this Escort. Like an MGB, everybody of a certain age seems to have had one. I'd like to properly restore it, but I'm too busy enjoying it. And if it became too precious, I'd be chary about abusing it so badly. And that's a genuine Ford color, by the way—Le Mans Green. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Affordable Classic Morgan Plus 8 Morgan Brings a Sword to a Knife Fight The Plus 8 offers something in the Allard J2 vein, with way too much power for its antediluvian chassis, but with a dash of British style by Rob Sass I f Scotchman William “Braveheart” Wa had been alive in the late 20th century probably couldn't have resisted the bro sword of sports cars, the Morgan Plus 8— even though it was built by the hated Engl It's just the thing for carving up your favo country lane. For most lovers of British roadsters powe by V8s, Triumph TR8s and Daimler SP250s don't quite cut it—they lack style, cachet, or provenance. And Tigers just seem like musc cars that lost their way. Those who dither (myself included) when Allard J2s were und $100,000 are now completely out of luck. O are they? As this column often points out, when on car appreciates beyond the reach of the majority of the market, Dave Kinney's Law of Substitution comes into play. And in spite of what Porsche's marketing people say, there's always a substitute. Looking for something in the Allard J2 vein, with a ride bruising enough to make you ponder potential kidney transplant matches, way too much power for its antediluvian chassis, and a dash of British style? Look no further tha olde Morgan Plus 8. By the late 1960s, supplies of Morgan's mainstay, the Triumph 2.2-liter 4-cylinder, had dried up. Perhaps caught up in the American performance car craze, Morgan was looking for more power than the TR6's 2.5-liter 6-cylinder could deliver. They were also smart enough to choose something that wouldn't upset the car's balance; the excellent 215-ci aluminum Buick-Olds V8 inexplicably discarded by GM was actually lighter than the cast iron Triumph 4-cylinder. Morgan extended the wheelbase of the fi rst cars by two inches in 1969. Stunning transformation The transformation was stunning. Motor magazine got theirs to go 0–60 in 6.7 seconds, with a quarter-mile time of 15 seconds. The hottest Plus Fours took about ten seconds to get to 60. Top speeds were nothing to brag about, but with the drag coeffi cient of a suburban ranch house, it was to be expected. Aside from the punishing ride (courtesy of Morgan's sliding pillar front suspension), quirky handling, side curtains, and a top courtesy of the Boy Scouts, the most annoying aspect of early Plus 8s was the gearbox. The Plus 8 was introduced with the infamous Moss Details Years produced: 1968–2004 Number produced: 3,000+ Original list price: $2,800 (1968) SCM Valuation: $40,000–$60,000 Tune-up cost: $250–$300 Distributor cap: $15.95 Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Left side cylinder head Club: Morgan Sports Car Club, Ltd. c/o Dolphin House, Durford Wood, Petersfield, UK GU31 5AW More: www.mscc.uk.com Alternatives: 1972–81 Panther J72, 1959–62 Daimler SP250, 1965–66 Excalibur SSK Roadster SCM Investment Grade: C 36 gearbox. Old in 1961 when the E-type was launched with it, by 1968 the Moss box was an even bigger anachronism than Morgan itself. Slow and noisy with a crash fi rst and only theoretical synchromesh in every other gear, at least it fi t the character of the Plus 8; in the E, it was about as appropriate as a boat anchor. In 1972, Morgan substituted a 4-speed from the Rover 3500, and by 1976, the car gained the 5-speed from the 3500's successor, the SD1. The track was widened by two inches in 1973, and again in 1976. Steel bodywork was fi tted from 1977, with aluminum still optional. By the late '70s, Morgan's EPA exemption ran out and ironically, with its American-designed V8 not certifi ed for sale in any new car, their only choice was to have Bill Fink and Isis Imports in California convert the cars to run on liquid propane. A surprising number of Plus 8s and even 4/4s were sold in the U.S. that way. Fortunately, Rover began importing the SD1, Triumph TR8, and later the Range Rover with the 3.9liter aluminum V8, and eventually Morgan was able to sell gasoline-powered Plus 8s again in the U,S. With good gearboxes and fuel injection from 1984, 0–60 times were down to the mid-fi ves. Rack-and-pinion steering was standardized in 1986. Straightforward, with ample spares Older cars are the purest, with narrow bodies, low bumpers, low-back seats, and very cool J.H. Robinson alloy wheels. Bumper and lighting regulations did the car no favors, as later examples have larger bumpers mounted on huge impact shocks and really ugly Fordsupplied airbag steering wheels. Side refl ector lights spoil the graceful fenders (although these can be removed easily enough). Surprisingly, the cars look better on alloys than the chrome wires and low profi le tires so often retrofi tted to 1990s Plus 8s. They appear more like a neo-classic or replicar on modern rubber. Mechanically, the cars are straightforward enough and ample spares are available. Indeed, the car just went Sports Car Market

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out of production in 2004. If there is a potential trouble spot, it is the ash frame that supports the bodywork. Sagging doors give this condition away, but in truth, it is far less common than in a T-series MG simply because most Plus 8s are at least 30 years newer. Frames should also be checked for rust and body damage. Interiors are straightforward and easy to retrim. Tune-up parts for later cars are as close as your nearest Range Rover dealer. Morgan has always had a long waiting list, and new ones have always been in short supply in the U.S. Consequently, latemodel Plus 8s have retained the vast majority of their original values. Expect to pay $45,000– $65,000 for a gasoline-powered later Plus 8. There was only one factory-built four-seater. The Moss box cars are quite rare and have appreciated well in excess of their original asking prices. Road & Track's 1969 test car, which was a privately imported car owned by a reader, cost just $2,800 F.O.B. Malvern Link, England, at the then prevailing exchange rate. While rare at auction, around $40,000 seems about right for a sorted early car. The Plus 8 will never be collectible in the sense that an Allard J2 is. Morgan has little race history to speak 20 Year Picture of, and the post-1967 production date of the Plus 8 means that in spite of its pre-war appearance, it is eligible for very few important events. But as something in which to pull up to a local British car show, a Plus 8 has a lot of swagger. It's also great fun to play the unassuming Nigel Shiftright-type in a tweed cap, smoking a pipe and then showing your dual exhaust pipes to a surprised Corvette or Boxster owner. ♦ $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $60,000 $70,000 1988 1967–72 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder 1968–75 Morgan Plus 8 1965–67 Sunbeam Tiger 1993 1998 2003 Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. January 2008 37 2007

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Legal Files John Draneas Faith in System Restored (and also a Car) An expert examined the Jaguar and concluded much work was substandard, and the owner had been overcharged by at least $17,000 A n SCM subscriber, whom we'll call Bill, has been a car guy for a long time and has owned a Ferrari Daytona, a 289 Cobra, and a 1960 Jaguar XK 150. After he had owned the 3.8liter drophead coupe for about 20 years, he decided it needed a restoration. He was referred to a restoration shop to do the work. He visited it twice, received an estimate of $16,165 and three months for completion, developed confidence in the owner, and gave him the car to restore. Bill received a monthly bill in each of the next nine months, and paid a total of about $30,000. Told the Jaguar was ready, he was very disappointed when he went to pick it up and saw that the work was not really finished. After another two months and another bill, this time for $5,900, he got tired of the whole thing and insisted on getting the job finished promptly. When he went to pick it up, he was forced to pay the $5,900 before the car would be released to him. When he got home, he saw that the work had either been done poorly or not at all, and he stopped payment on the check. Sometime later, Bill took the car to another repair shop to get some of the work completed. While the car was at the second shop, the original shop somehow managed to take possession of it, claiming a mechanic's lien for the $5,900 unpaid work. The original restorer then refused to release it to Bill unless he paid the $5,900, with interest and attorney's fees. He then threatened to sell the Jaguar at auction to settle the debt, so Bill met his demand. After further discussions, the restorer agreed to honor his warranty, and Bill took the Jaguar back to him. In spite of the warranty, the shop then charged Bill for additional work. Call in the lawyers That was the last straw. Bill was well aware that litigation is no fun and was willing to do most anything to avoid it. But he just didn't believe that it was right for people to get away with this type of conduct. So he paid the last bills, took possession of the Jaguar, and filed suit. Once he got the restorer's attention, he offered to settle for a refund of the $5,900 and the additional bills, but the restorer refused the offer and insisted on fighting. Bill then filed suit under his home state's Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act. Like most states' similar acts, it provides a consumer remedy for a broad category of deceptive trade practices. Most importantly, these laws generally allow the consumer to recover his attorney fees if the claim is successful, but do not make the consumer responsible for the shop's attorney fees if the shop wins. That fact alone makes it tough for businesses to defend relatively small claims, as they essentially lose even if they win. His state's act, however, goes further than most, and imposes personal liability on the representative of the business who misrepresents matters to the consumer, adding even more leverage. Bill charged that the shop engaged in deceptive practices by overstating its abili- ties, exaggerating how quickly the work would be done, charging far more than the estimate, promising a warranty it did not honor, charging multiple times for the same work, and charging for work that was not done. 38 Similar 1960 XK 150 from the SCM Platinum database Overcharged by $17,000 Bill retained an expert witness who concluded the invoices appeared to be “made up to look pretty,” that he had been charged for work that had already been charged for, and also charged for unnecessary work. He examined the Jaguar and concluded that much of the work was substandard. His conclusion was that Bill had been overcharged by at least $17,000. The restoration shop's expert did not appear, citing scheduling difficulties. He tried to get the court to delay the trial, but the court refused. The jury saw things Bill's way, and awarded him $17,000 for the overcharges, $25,000 for the shop's knowing violations of the law, and $34,000 in attorney fees. When in hole, stop digging The shop owner was now in a $76,000 hole, not counting his own attorney's fees. Not content to leave bad enough alone, he filed an appeal. That's where he learned another (expensive) lesson in how the law works. An appeal is not the same as a “redo.” It's not like when we were kids and Mom said no, so we went to Dad and started from scratch, faked him out and got a yes, then ran off to wherever we wanted to go while Mom yelled at Dad. Sports Car Market

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The appeals court gives great deference to the jury. It reviews the record of the trial and asks only whether or not there was any evidence the jury could have accepted to justify its result. Whether the appeals court would have reached the same conclusion is irrelevant. All that matters is that the jury's decision was essentially within the range of reason, based on the evidence presented. The appeals court was courteous to the shop owner, and gave a point-by-point explanation of its decision, but upheld the jury's verdict completely. And, it added $12,500 to Bill's judgment for his additional attorney fees on appeal. Asset maneuver can backfire Still unwilling to accept defeat, the restorer decided to attempt to outsmart Bill by transferring all of his and the shop's assets to several trusts. That way, there wouldn't be anything against which Bill could enforce his judgment. It's a clever idea, but not clever enough. The law treats any transfer of assets that is intended to defraud, hinder, or delay one's creditors as a “fraudulent conveyance.” The creditor can sue to get the assets back, and can also recover damages from everyone who participates or assists in the fraudulent conveyance. That includes not only the recipient of the assets, but also the attorneys and other advisors who advise the debtor in connection with the fraudulent conveyance. So Bill filed another lawsuit, which named everyone, including the shop owner's attorney. With interest on the judgment, the shop owner was now in a hole about $100,000 deep, still not counting his own attorney's fees. Now advised by a new attorney, the restorer apparently saw little hope of defending the fraudulent conveyance lawsuit, and just paid the $100,000. That's certainly not a very good outcome in a case that initially could have been settled for a refund of $5,900 and the last bills. In a telephone conversation with the restorer, he still maintained that all his invoices were fair, none of the work was defective, and that Bill had signed off on all the work. He stated that his attorney's terminal illness caused numerous errors that prevented him from adequately presenting his case, and that Bill's claims were bogus. But when asked the question, he acknowledged that he should have settled. Stood up for his principles Bill figures he came out okay. The money he paid the shop and his own attorney was about equal to what he had recovered from the shop. He hired another shop to re-restore the Jaguar, at a total cost of about $25,000, and it came out beautifully. Since then, he has given the Jaguar to his son, and he visits them both often. “Legal Files” always points out that it's very hard to come out a winner in litigation. But this case gives us two added insights into this truism. From Bill's perspective, he really didn't have any choice. He could either take the poorly-restored Jag and pay another $25,000 to have it made right, or he could file suit and stand up for his rights and principles. Fortunately, he persevered, and he came out pretty well, all things considered. From the restorer's perspective, it was a complete disaster. By refusing to pay a small amount to put all this behind him, it ended up costing him well over $100,000. The lesson here is this: When you're wrong, or when there's a reasonable chance that a jury might think you're wrong, acknowledge the reality of the situation. Give up on trying to be “right,” make the best deal you can, and move on. Fighting a losing battle in court to avoid acknowledging your errors is just going to magnify your losses. In this case, by a multiple of almost 20. ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. January 2008 39

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Events Meadow Brook Concours Meadow Brook's Estate of Grace The event had a new, energized feel this year, including a hangar party that not only featured a B-17, but Lutz arriving in one of his jet fighters By Rob Sass R ochester, Michigan, may lack the drama of Pebble Beach's Pacific Coast location or, for that mat- ter, Amelia Island's short walk from equally lovely white sand Atlantic beaches. However, for an old-money, upper-crust backdrop truly befitting the cars, it's hard to beat Meadow Brook Hall. The imposing structure that lends its name to the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance is an 80,000-square-foot, 110-room Tudor-revival mansion built in the 1920s by Matilda Dodge Wilson, the widow of John Dodge. A tour of the estate is one of the highlights of the concours; however, be forewarned that referring to it as “Mopar Manor” will not gain you any brownie points with the locals. The 29th edition of the Meadow Brook Concours was the first without founder Don Sommer. Sommer announced his retirement last year, and a new management team headed by Larry Smith, a longtime judge, committee member, and exhibitor, took over for the 2007 event. Any concerns about the direction the event would take without Sommer were quickly quelled by the announcement that longtime SCMer Bob Lutz would be the chief judge. The event had a new, energized feel this year, from the up-tempo fashion show (we're talking long-legged rather than wire-wheeled beauties here), to the driving tour, and a hangar party that not only featured a B-17, but also Lutz arriving in one of his jet fighters. The gala held the night before the show was tastefully done, with high-class food and drink in abundance. Early August in Michigan can generally be counted on to produce a climate that resembles Bangkok's, with heat and humidity combining to produce weather you wear. This year, the clouds and light rain made Portlanders feel at home—but like Portland, it never really came down hard enough to put a damper on the fun. The Alfa Romeo Owners Club National Meet was also being held in Rochester the same weekend, so it was appropriate that Alfa Romeo was the featured marque at Meadow Brook. Not surprisingly, SCMer Jon Shirley's Alfa 8C 2300 Spyder won the trifecta—Best Alfa Romeo, Most Sporting Car, and the Best Driving Award Scherr's 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B as the car the judges would most like to drive home. (Publisher Martin meanwhile searched in vain all weekend for a good $15,000 GT Jr. to drive home, but settled instead for driving Smith's low-nose Sprint Speciale in the tour.) SCM was a participating sponsor to help bring all three Alfa B.A.T cars out from the Blackhawk Collection. At the other end of spectrum, Best in Show–Foreign was won by the Alfa 8C 2900 of Ray Scherr. Ethel Lanaux took Best in Show–Domestic with a 1931 Chrysler GG Imperial Victoria. Like all of the Class and Lion award winners, they were amazing examples of the automotive restorer's art. But Meadow Brook seems to be bucking the trend set on both coasts by not also exhibiting well-preserved unrestored cars in a preservation class. Details Plan ahead: August 3, 2008 Where: Rochester, MI Cost: $20 advance online; $25 at the gate More: www.meadowbrookconcours.org In any event, Chairman Smith and his Executive Director, Matthew de Larcinese, have done an enviable job continuing Don Sommer's work of attracting truly first-tier cars to a location that is surely among the best the Midwest offers. There are no shortage of concours springing up around the world, but none can claim the automotive heritage that Meadow Brook represents. ♦ 40 Sports Car Market Images courtesy Meadow Brook Concours

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SCMers at Meadow Brook Gregory A. Aarssen—Chatham, Ontario, CAN 1934 Packard 1101 Eight coupe H. DeWayne Ashmead—Fruit Heights, UT 1932 Auburn 8-100A speedster Gordon Barrett—Indianapolis, IN 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spyder Denis Bigioni—Pickering, Ontario, CAN 1953 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Stephen Brauer—Bridgeton, MO 1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 convertible sedan, Best in Class Joe Cantore—Oakbrook, IL 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Zagato Bernard Carl—Washington, DC 1969 American Motors AMX/3 Bizzarrini Wayne K. Cherry—Bloomfield Hills, MI 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Miles Collier—Naples, FL 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B berlinetta Oliver Collins—Toronto, Ontario, CAN 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500SS coupe James Cousens—Clarkston, MI 1912 Baker Electric Special Extension Keith Crain—Detroit, MI 1930 Duesenberg Murphy roadster Paul Emple—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1947 Delahaye 175 S cabriolet Gene Epstein—Wrightstown, PA 1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith roadster Timothy Gallagher—Asheville, NC 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Pininfarina Diane & Richard Gent—Moreland Hills, OH 1953 Ferrari 166 MM Series II William Tom Gerrard—Big Sky, MT 1957 Ford Skyliner Retractable 1957 Pontiac Bonneville convertible James M. Glickenhaus—Rye, NY 1931 Duesenberg Model J 4-door Joost Gompels—Savannah, GA 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS touring O. Delmas Greene—Clearwater, FL 1960 Alfa Romeo “Cast-Iron” 2000 William G. Hall—Milwaukee, WI 1964 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint coupe David K. Hans—Barrington, IL 1961 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Michael & Christine Heroy—Angola, IN 1956 Lincoln-Continental Mk II coupe Theodore C. Hohman—Grand Rapids, MI 1952 Alfa Romeo 1900C Corto Gara Mark A. Hyman—St. Louis, MO 1957 Dual-Ghia convertible Irwin Kroiz—Ambler, PA 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro Linda & Richard Kughn—Dearborn, MI 1941 Cadillac Series 62 convertible 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible 1957 Chrysler Imperial convertible Robert Lutz—Detroit, MI 1934 Riley MPH LeMans James G. Manz—Mundelein, IL 1954 Kaiser-Darrin convertible Jim McDonald—Bloomfield Hills, MI 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible Tom & Megan McGough—Shoreview, MN 1963 ATS 2500 GT coupe Peter McCoy—Beverly Hills, CA 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica, Best in Class William Mihalic—Rochester, MI 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Shawn Miller—Highland, IL 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS cabriolet Howard Buck Mook II—West Bloomfield, MI 1954 Ford Comete Monte Carlo Louis Natenshon—Highland, IL 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS cabriolet H. Gene Nau—Russell, OH 1932 Lincoln V12 KB coupe Gerald A. Nell—Brookfield, WI 1952 Jaguar XKC-type roadster John North—Easton, MD 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider Marc S. Ohm—St. Louis, MO 1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Robert M. Pass—St. Louis, MO 1928 Stutz boattail speedster 1933 Duesenberg dual cowl phaeton, Best in Class James Patterson—Louisville, KY 1939 Bugatti Type 57C, Best in Class Gene Perkins—Greenwood, IN 1933 Duesenberg Model J convertible sedan Christopher Piscitello—Cleburne, TX 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 coupe Bernie Polen—Bloomfield, MI 1966 Jensen FF Malcolm Pray—Greenwich, CT 1939 Delahaye 135 M convertible, Best in Class Roy Reichenbach—Gas City, IN 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible Frank Rubino—Pinecrest, FL 1957 Austin-Healey 100-6 roadster William B. Ruger, Jr.—Newport, NH 1935 Duesenberg Model J Berline Hermann J. Schaller—Clarkston, MI 1949 Triumph 2000 roadster Ben Scheiwe—Orchard Lake, MI 1956 Jaguar XK 140 roadster 275 GTB and Meadow Brook Hall complement each other nicely Ray Scherr—Westlake Village, CA 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Spider, Best in Show–Foreign Rick Schmidt—Ocala, FL 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado Deluxe 1969 Lincoln Continental Mk III Chuck & Diane Schneider—Lapeer, MI 1934 Chrysler Airflow sedan Ed & Judy Schoenthaler—Oak Brook, IL 1930 Stutz MB LeBaron cabriolet Jon Shirley—Medina, WA 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Spider, Best in Class; Best Driving Award Jim Simpson—Langley, WA 1958 Nardi Blue Ray II coupe 1992 Nardi Blue Ray III convertible Richard J. Sirota—Irvington, NY 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Terry Spilsbury—Old Lyme, CT 1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost tourer Len Star—Hudson, OH 1939 MG TB Tickford DHC David & Sondra Strus—Kokomo, IN 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce Gerald T. Sutterfield—Palm Beach Gardens, FL 1957 Ford Thunderbird Phase 1 Chuck Swimmer—San Diego, CA 1938 Peugeot 402 roadster Marvin Tamaroff—Southfield, MI 1933 Marmon V16 Mark A. Thomas—Birmingham, MI 1927 Kissel 8-65 speedster Court Whitlock—Springfield, MO 1953 Siata 300BC Bertone Roger Willbanks, Sr.—Denver, CO 1950 Hudson Hornet sedan January 2008 41

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Event St. Michaels Concours Saints Preserve Us General feeling was that the event showed a high degree of polish, as if the organizers had been putting it on for years by Dave Olimpi Perfect setting for The Great Gatsby E 42 very pastime has its season, and the Northeast concours circuit wound down September 30 with the first annual St. Michaels Concours d'Elegance, in St. Michaels, Maryland. It featured some classic “heavy metal,” and each of the 50 entries was a significant car with impressive provenance. The concours field was assembled on the lawn of the Inn at Perry Cabin, a circa- 1812 luxury hotel located at the water's edge in one of the most picturesque towns of the Chesapeake Bay. An hour's drive south of the sailing Mecca of Annapolis, St. Michaels has been a scenic destination for generations of recreational boaters. The consensus among the entrants was that this was a high-level show, both in organization and the quality of the cars. Conversations overheard among spectators indicated that the knowledgeable crowds appreciated what they were admiring. Gilding the lily perhaps, beautifully turned-out models could be seen gliding among the cars on display. The classic inn and equally classic cars complemented perfectly the restored antique wooden speedboats rocking stylishly at the dock. Details Plan ahead: October 5, 2008 Where: St. Michaels, MD Cost: $50 More: www.stmichaelsconcours.com Concours Chairman George Walish, Jr. limited the field to 50 cars, and that limit will continue. With the exception of a 1948 Delahaye 135, the entire group was pre-World War II, and many were award-winners from other important concours. Best of Show at St. Michaels—Oscar Davis's egg- plant-colored Figoni et Falaschi-bodied 1938 TalbotLago T150 SS coupe—was also Best of Show at Radnor Hunt earlier in the month. Malcolm Pray's 1937 Bugatti Type 57 roadster, winner of the People's Choice award, was acclaimed Most Elegant Open at Radnor. Peter Ministrelli's brobdingnagian 1932 Daimler Double Six was Best of Show at Pebble Beach in 1999. One of only twenty-six Double Sixes produced, it won the Honorary Chairman's Award at St. Michael's. One of my favorites was Morton Bullock's “Most Elegant Closed” 1929 Isotta Fraschini 8A limousine, presented in an understated two-tone paint scheme, Sports Car Market

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Gordon Barrett's Alfa 8C 2300 Cockpit, Best of Show Talbot-Lago North Collection's 1927 Hispano-Suiza skiff which contrasted with the car's natural flamboyance. The 1939 Voll & Ruhrbeck Bugatti Type 57C cabriolet, entered by Jim Patterson, won the Timeless Elegance award and drew crowds with its distinctive waterfall adaptation of Ettore Bugatti's trademark grille. Timothy Durham's 1929 Duesenberg Derham Sport phaeton, shown at Pebble Beach in August, held special significance for me, as in the 1960s my office adjoined Enos Derham's (one of this car's designers) in Derham's Rosemont, Pennsylvania, plant. The St. Michaels area is home to two eminent classic car collections, those of Henry and Gale Petronis and the event's Honorary Chairman, Judge John C. North II. Between them, they contributed ten of the 50 cars on display. Overall, the general feeling amongst more than 1,000 spectators was that the event showed a high degree of polish for a first-timer, as if the organizers had been putting on this show for years. Proceeds from the sale of tickets benefited the American Red Cross of the Delmarva Peninsula. I predict the St. Michaels Concours will become a regular stop on the show circuit, and I'll be interested to see how it evolves in 2008. ♦ '34 Packard Dietrich-bodied V12 convertible runabout SCMers at the St. Michaels Concours Stephen & Susan Babinsky—Lebanon, NJ 1928 Minerva AK Weymann club sedan, Best in Class Gordon Barrett—Indianapolis, IN 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 roadster, Best in Class James Caldwell—Toms river, NJ 1927 Rolls-Royce Playboy roadster, Best in Class Richie Clyne—Las Vegas, NV 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III towncar Mark Gessler—Potomac, MD 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 Grand Sport Testa Fissa, Class Award Jim Grundy, Jr.—Horsham, PA 1915 Mercer L-head raceabout, Class Award 1909 Pierce-Arrow runabout Tom Heckman—Flourtown, PA 1912 Packard 30 roadster, Class Award Knox Kershaw—Montgomery, AL 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I “Torpedo Transformable” John North—Easton, MD 1929 Duesenberg J wood-bodied speedster 1931 Stutz DV32 Super Bearcat 1927 Bugatti T 39A Grand Prix 1936 Bentley 4 1/4-Liter dual cowl phaeton 1927 Hispano-Suiza H6B wood-bodied skiff 1931 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 roadster Richard Parker—Rockville, MD 1936 Lincoln K convertible sedan Jim Patterson—Louisville, KY 1939 Bugatti T 57C cabriolet, Timeless Elegance 1936 Delahaye 135 competition coupe, Best in Class Gale & Henry Petronis—Easton, MD 1936 Bugatti T 57SC Atalante 1929 Bugatti T 46S convertible sedan 1927 Mercedes-Benz S Sindelfingen tourer 1931 Bentley 8 liter tourer Malcolm S. Pray, Jr.—Greenwich, CT 1937 Bugatti T 57C roadster, People's Choice Jack Rich—Frackville, PA 1927 Bugatti T 38A grand sport, Best in Class January 2008 43

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Ferrari Profile 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi For maximum value, buy a carbureted 512, but note that buying a Boxer without paperwork is like playing Russian Roulette with all chambers loaded by John Apen Details Years produced (all types): 1974–84 Number produced: 327 (365 BB); 927 (512 BB); 1,007 (512 BBi) Original list price: $35,000 plus DOT/EPA ($15,000) SCM Valuation: $65,000–$85,000 (BBi) Tune-up cost: $3,500; add $2,000 for belts Distributor cap: $350 Chassis #: Frame tube in engine bay Engine #: Top of engine block Club: Ferrari Club of America, PO Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358; Ferrari Owner's Club, 8642 Cleta St., Downey, CA 90241 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org; www.ferrariownersclub.org Alternatives: 1966–72 Lamborghini Miura, 1971–80 Maserati Bora, 1967–71 DeTomaso Mangusta SCM Investment Grade: B Chassis number: 41609 I ntroduced at the 1981 Frankfurt Show, the 512 BBi was the last derivation of the 1973 365 Berlinetta Boxers. Almost identical to its 512 BB predecessor, it retained the wider rear track and wider and longer body. It also kept the front spoiler and NACA ducts to the rear brakes, but its flat-12 featured Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection instead of carburetors. Detail improvements were made to the suspension and aerodynamics. With 344 hp at 6,300 rpm and an overall weight of just 3,304 pounds, the car performed in Ferrari style and was a major sales success. At the close of production in 1984, some 1,007 units had been built. It also marked the passing of an era in Ferrari history, for as coachbuilder Sergio Scaglietti sadly remarked, “It was the last car where we made everything by hand.” The car on offer is in traditional and unmarked Rosso Corsa, it was delivered new in Switzerland, and it has a Swiss title. All of the original documents are included with the Ferrari wallet. The odometer indicates it has covered 17,143 miles, or 27,568 kilometers. Since 2001, it has been in a private collection. Recent work includes a full examination, new electronic control unit, new battery, etc., at a cost of $4,385. As such, this is a fine opportunity for a discerning owner to acquire a genuine, fine original-condition, low-mileage 512 with all the benefits of the later production series. SCM Analysis This car sold for $118,700 at the Sportscar Auction in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 6, 2007. This is a substantial price, as Sports Car Market's 2007 Price Guide pegs the BBi at $65,000–$85,000. But as Publisher Martin said in a recent article: “As the topflight cars like the Maserati A6GCS and Ferrari 250 SWB 44 continue to accelerate, we are seeing the first signs that the far lesser cars, such as Maserati 3500 GTs and even unloved Ferrari Boxers, are beginning to be caught up in the froth.” Indeed, recent sales of Boxers, such as RM's 2007 sale of a 365 BB at Amelia Island for $176,000 (SCM# 44688), contrast vividly with Bonhams's sale of a very nice 13,000-mile injected Boxer in December 2000 in Switzerland for $44,800 (SCM# 10710). This would indicate how robust the Boxer market has become, which is perhaps fitting—and more realistic—for a hand-crafted car with so much mid-engined performance and aesthetic appeal. Even at the new prices, Boxers are still less than half the cost of a Daytona. The 365 Boxer introduced in 1973 was revolution- ary for Ferrari and designed to meet the competition of the mid-engined Lamborghini Miura and Maserati Bora. Some 2,313 Boxers were sold over a ten-year run, while it took the factory only five or so years to produce 1,273 Daytona coupes. No Boxers were ever sold by the factory in the U.S.; all had to be modified to meet DOT and EPA requirements. Injected Boxers seem to bring less An entirely new car, and the first road-going Ferrari not to have a “V” configuration engine, the Boxer used a 4.4-liter, 4-cam flat-12 derived from the 3-liter Formula One car. The mid-mounted engine and 5-speed transaxle were housed in a tubular/monocoque chassis clothed in Pininfarina's elegant Berlinetta coachwork. Some 387 were produced from 1974 to 1976. These early Boxers were followed by 929 carbureted 512 Boxers with slightly enlarged engines, 1977 Ferrari 512 BB Lot# 13, s/n102BB20933 Condition 3 Sold at $68,100 Sportscar Auction, Geneva, CHE, 10/7/2006 SCM# 43262 Comps 1981 Ferrari 512 BB Lot# 223, s/n 37499 Condition 2+ Sold at $126,225 RM Maranello, ITA, 5/20/2007 SCM# 45298 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Lot# 986, s/n 2FFJA09B000051725 Condition 3 Sold at $82,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/18/2007 SCM# 44140 Sports Car Market Sportscar Auction Company

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but they were detuned for better mid-range torque. Then, 1,078 injected 512s were produced from 1982 to '84 with considerable changes. Dick Fritz, whose company Amerispec imported and modified more Boxers than anyone else, once said that the stock 512i cars had “100 changes—50 for the mechanic and 50 for the customer.” But while it is a considerably better car for the average driver—and easier to modify to meet EPA regulations—the injected car seems to bring less than the carbed 512s, while the more untamed, high-revving 365 brings the highest prices. But what about this car? The catalog description, as usual, leaves lots of unanswered questions. As with any 12-cylinder Ferrari under $200,000, status of the maintenance can influence the value as much as $20,000. SCM's man on the ground, Richard Hudson-Evans, had this to say: “The odometer had 23 more miles by sale day compared with cataloged mileage. So the good news was that it must run, even though, allegedly, it had been mainly static whilst in a private collection from 2001 to 2007. In terms of body panels and paint, it appeared to be largely original, with no signs of being restored. The black leather seats with black herringbone cloth inserts exhibited only minor wear and looked like they had less than 20,000 miles. The engine bay was nothing special, though clean and tidy, and ECU and battery may well have been renewed recently as claimed. I did not, however, have cause to personally Seat Time Overall, the 512 is my favorite of the mid-engine Ferrari production cars. It makes my heart race when I look at it, and it reminds me of the time when Enzo steered the ship, production-based Ferraris spent more time on racetracks than on television, and big V12s were used on the autostrada as competition for airlines. Stephen H. Ross, Calgary, Alberta, CAN: I recently acquired a 1983 512 BBi, s/n 45999. I had owned a 1986 Lamborghini Countach LP5000QV, which had appeared previously in SCM, and I traded it straight up with a friend. We had each had our eyes on the other's car and decided to make the trade a few months ago. Mine is a very nice, lower mileage (34,000 km) example, but driving it is of course very different from driving the Countach. It is far more pleasing and relaxing to drive, especially when backing up! The sound of the flat 12 is great, the car performs well on the open road and in traffic, and like my 365 GTC/4, it takes a keen eye to notice it's a Ferrari, so I can move about somewhat covertly. ♦ Eichenbaum's BBi David Eichenbaum, Boston, MA: I've owned 512 BBi s/n 49473 since May 2007. I found it after a two-year search for the right car. My favorite aspect of the BBi is that it combines the styling themes of the 1970s–'80s mid-engine cars while retaining the “old world” craftsmanship methods—buck-hammered panels and handstitched leather—of the classic front-engined Ferraris. Additionally, as the BBLM, it was the last 12-cylinder raced in a factory-built and -supported package. In my opinion, it is a romantic model that represents the end of an era. Although I love the way the BBi looks, smells, and feels, its engine and exhaust tone lose some of the mechanical magic inherent in the carbed BBs. It also suffers from some old-fashioned mid-engine spookiness as driving gets more aggressive. The engine is mounted relatively high and the car rides (at least mine) on old-fashioned high-sidewall metric TRXs. January 2008 peruse the paperwork, if any, to authenticate what precisely had been done. Overall, I judged the condition as a #1-.” Many well-documented exotics sell privately for far more than examples that show up at auctions with no service history or documentation. A stack of repair bills and photos backed by a believable owner are worth real money and peace of mind. Was this Boxer a good buy? Only time will tell. It will either be a high fun-per-dollar car and a good buy in this market, or it will be a major engine-out service away from the money pit. But for some brave bidder, the gamble was obviously worth it. New book details competition history What of future values? Will Boxers continue to appreciate? As with all second-tier collectibles, it depends largely on the price levels of more desirable items. But one new factor is a recently published book, which devotes over 100 pages to the competition history of the Boxer. Nathan Beehl's Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer: The Road and Race Legends (www.rardleymotors.com), is an excellent, well-researched book with extensive coverage of both the 32 factory-prepared BB/LMs and the many privately prepared racers. Association with racing is what makes many Ferrari models valuable, and until now the story of the ten-year Boxer campaigns by private entrants had not been told, so this book alone will boost the bragging rights of any Boxer owner, and perhaps the value of his favorite mount. As to the claim that the Boxer is an unloved car, tell that to the many supporters who keep the fires burning for the Boxer on the forums of Ferrarichat.com. Caveat lector: The writer is just finishing an expensive refurbishment on his 365 Boxer, and has the following recommendations: For frequent driving, buy an injected BB; for raw excitement, find a 365; for maximum value, buy a carbureted 512. Just be aware that buying a Boxer without paperwork is akin to playing Russian Roulette—with all the chambers loaded. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Sportscar Auction Co.) Ross's Boxer 45

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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan Death by Storage The half-life of a Ferrari restoration that is not maintained is about ten years, and at 20 years it is usually “start-over” time All that shines is not Platinum T 46 he daily drama of selling older Ferraris provides a constant supply of material for this column, as the same set of problems endlessly repeat themselves in slightly varying scenarios. Rather than continu- ally go through the same explanations, it's often easier simply to tell people, “Stand by, and I'll email you one of my columns that should answer your questions.” At 20 years you start over But here's a new subject, related tangentially to the topic discussed ad nauseam—deferred maintenance. Part of our business model is to seek out and sell former “Platinum-level” cars as examples of the best-of-thebest collectible Ferraris. To achieve Platinum, a Ferrari has to score 95 points or better by the Ferrari Club of America's tough test, an ultra-high standard for any older Ferrari, and a standard that very few will ever meet. When potential buyers call about former Platinum-level Ferraris, we always start by explaining that Ferraris are like Uranium U-238, and while the half-life of U-238 is 4.5 billion years, the half-life of a Ferrari restoration—or indeed any Ferrari, new or old—that hasn't been rigorously maintained, is about ten years. At 20 years, it is usually “start-over” time, as they fade into studies in deferred maintenance. I go on to explain that doesn't mean a 95-point Ferrari drops to 50 points on the FCA scale ten years out, but rather that every component on every car has a shelf life, be it tires, gas, leather, or paint; all are perishable in one way or another. I explain that if you were to buy any new car, a Toyota or a 599, and park it for ten years, the list of deferred maintenance will be long and expensive, so why would a Platinum-level Ferrari be any different ten years out? Additionally, when talking Platinum level, I am almost always dealing with pre- Fiat-era cars—Dinos and Daytonas and earlier—so the build, trim, chrome, and rustproofing levels when new were nowhere near today's build standards, and nowhere vaguely near today's Platinum-level standards. The dream of the deal The reality is that inevitably, most buyers really want a former Platinum-level car Sports Car Market

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that is somehow still 100% Platinum, years out, at slightly more than the current market price for a normal “driver.” The dream of “a deal” dies hard, as most buyers read only the words “Platinum winner” and not “former Platinum winner.” As a rather extreme example, I recently offered 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS s/n 03998, finished in Fly Yellow with black leather, for $179,500 F.O.B. North Dakota. It had achieved the ever elusive “Platinum” at Cavallino in January 1998 and had seen little use since. Before we list any Ferrari we ask the owner (or preferably his mechanic) to look it over carefully. Although 246 GTS s/n 03998 had been stored in a heated private collection, those nine years had taken their toll. As per the owner's personal inspec- tion, the power windows and wiper motor assembly had developed arthritis, it had sprung the usual oil leaks and was also leaking from the fuel filter. These issues were explained to the prospective buyers. The need for inspection Once advertised, there was no lack of buyers, and so the logistics of a comprehensive third-party inspection were put in place. Because 246 GTS s/n 03998 was in North Dakota, the logistics of inspection were difficult—it seems you can't get there from here. The first pre-purchase inspection was eventually done by a qualified Ferrari mechanic, who also found that the radiator needed to come out from years of sitting, the exhaust tips had been replaced by non-factory parts, the tires were “H”-rated Michelin tires, not “R”-rated, the a/c needed to be recharged, and the paint had its share of minor chips, coupled with a small list of lesser problems. While the price was negotiable, the buyer had really wanted a car that would still score 95 points or more, and so this car was not for him. Next buyer faded away The car was then offered to a second buyer, who acknowledged the list of problems and sent his own qualified mechanic on the long plane ride for a second pre-purchase inspection. Armed with the previous mechanic's report, the second mechanic looked further and longer and found paint blistering under the doors from poor paint prep done a dozen years ago. A series of emails followed back and forth that explained the differences between paint blistering from rust bubbles inside the door and paint blistering from poor paint prep underneath the doors, as well as the comparative cost differences, from a few hundred dollars to repair poor under-door paint prep versus several thousand dollars to replace door skins and repaint entire doors. While the explanations were accepted, the mood was dispelled and the buyer was gone. Finally, somebody who got it Enter the third buyer, who was supplied with both inspection reports. None of the age-related problems found in the two pre-purchase inspections should be deal-killers, just realistic assessments of the condition of a Platinum-level Ferrari ten years further down the road. After the usual round of negotiations, both parties reached a compromise that included an equitable split on the $15,000–$20,000 estimated cost of repairs, the buyer signed a purchase agreement for $160,000 and the seller received payment. The seller felt he got a reality check on what his former Platinum-level Ferrari now needed, as well as a fair price, based on the purchase inspections. The buyer felt the final price gave him the room he needed to bring the car up to his standards for a great Blistering from poor prep driver. He had no immediate plans to show the car, felt it was a good value, and was prepared to give the car to a local shop that would deal with what were, in effect, deferred maintenance issues. Having been Platinum was a plus and the associated books, tools, and photo album were a bonus, but going back to Platinum was not in his immediate plans. Time stands still for no Ferrari The morals to the story are many. All Ferraris—be they new, Platinum winners, or daily drivers—deteriorate with age. Regardless of which Ferrari one considers, a pre-purchase inspection is mandatory, and the list of problems found will virtually always grow with the age of the car or its restoration. While we at SCM preach the fiscal propriety of buying a restored car under the “buy the restoration, get the car for free” plan, the reality is that in a strong Ferrari market, that isn't going to happen. The good news is that older, pre-Fiat Ferraris are infinitely recyclable, but that is an ongoing process, and time stands still for no man, and certainly no Ferrari. Long ago, I found the key elements to a successful purchase are a pre-purchase inspection, then the seller's acceptance of the problems found. The buyer then must understand that older Ferraris are just used cars, albeit expensive ones, and like all used cars will need to have issues dealt with before they are parked in your garage. Expect any “former Platinum-level” Ferrari to go through life without deterioration and you will be disappointed. Expect it to need some loving care and you will be rewarded with a terrific ride. ♦ January 2008 47

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English Profile 1934 Lagonda 4½-Liter M45 Tourer The body on this car is “reputedly new old stock from the factory” and mounted in the early 1950s. It's handsome and correct, but still a rebody by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1934–35 Number produced: 70 Original list price: £1,000 (about $5,000) for chassis only SCM Valuation: $90,000–$110,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000–$1,500 Distributor cap: $1,000–$1,250 Chassis #: Frame rail plate in engine compartment Engine #: Right side of block Club: Lagonda Club, Witney House, London Road, Hartley Witney Hants, RG27 8RN UK More: www.lagonda-club.com Alternatives: 1928–32 Invicta 4½-Liter high-chassis, 1933–37 Bentley 3½-Liter, 1932–36 Alvis Speed 20 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: Z10990 I f the best British workmanship and the finest materials appeal to you, and if character, sweet running, and a maximum speed… are qualities that attract you, there is no need to look further; you will find them in this British car.” So read Lagonda's sales brochure announcing the M45, a powerful model boasting 4 1/2 liters and regarded as one of the most desirable of all post-vintage thoroughbred cars. Launched in 1933, it was powered by the 6-cylinder, 4,467-cc, OHV engine designed by Henry Meadows, which had been progressively developed since 1928. Like all of Meadows's engines, it was robust and, if anything, over-engineered, enabling the more sporting enthusiast in later years to tune it to good effect without serious consequences. At the time of its launch, it was the largest-engined British sports car available; even Bentley was left on the starting grid with its relatively new 3 1/2-Liter model. Unlike Bentley, which did not produce its own coachwork at this time, the Staines factory offered a range of attractive factory-built bodies, including both open and closed cars, and arguably the most handsome and practical was the four-seat T7 (see note) tourer, although other bespoke coachbuilders such as Vanden Plas, Wylder, and Freestone & Webb were also to clothe the M45. “AOL 564” was first registered in late 1934; at that 48 time we understand it carried saloon coachwork. In the early '50s, it was rebodied with a T8 tourer body, reputedly new old stock from the factory, which had been acquired by the David Brown organization when it acquired Lagonda. In 1977, the car was acquired by the present owner from past VSCC president Bruce Spollon and has since been both well-used and used well. Only the owner's advancing years bring the car to market. In 1982, the owner, an artist of some distinction, won a travel scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy, enabling him to drive his old Lagonda on a tour of France, a mission most successfully accomplished. In 1991, a 3.3:1 rear axle ratio was fitted to facili- tate high-speed touring without stressing the motor. In the late 1980s, the car was entrusted to the late Herb Schofield for a cosmetic facelift and retrim in blue leather, while the engine was dispatched to Lagonda exponent Alan Brown for a major overhaul. Brown later rebuilt the gearbox. In more recent years, a stainless steel exhaust system was fitted, spring leaves and bushes were refurbished, and the clutch was re-lined. The body has been sensibly modified at the rear, doing away with the opening boot—a well-known weakness of this body design. In short, here is a car from long-term ownership that has been enthusiastically driven and correctly 1934 Lagonda M45 Tourer Lot 753, s/n 210521 Condition 2+ Sold at $93,826 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 6/25/2004 SCM# 34515 Sports Car Market 1934 Lagonda M45 Tourer Lot# 38A, s/n 211021 Condition 3+ Sold at $88,125 Christie's, Monterey, CA, 8/8/2004 SCM# 34620 1933 Lagonda M45 T7 Tourer Lot# 721, s/n A1055 Condition 3+ Sold at $92,870 Bonhams, Chichester, UK, 6/25/2004 SCM# 34514 Photos: Bonhams

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maintained. “AOL 564” is presented in blue livery with blue leather upholstery, has all period instruments, and is complete with good weather equipment, including hood, sidescreens, and a rear tonneau cover. SCM Analysis This car sold for $174,124 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auc- tion, in Chichester, Sussex, England, on August 31, 2007. Today, the once-proud name Lagonda lies dormant in the portfolio of Aston Martin, although still a part of the official company name. For most people it brings to mind the William Towns-designed “origami” sedan of the late 1970s. Few in this country remember that Lagonda rivaled Bentley for comfort and performance and that it won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935. Although founded by William Gunn, an American from Ohio, Lagonda has a very low profile on this side of the Atlantic. The company began with motorcycle production in 1906 and soon moved into building small cars employing their own engines. Following Gunn's death in 1920, the company began making a move up-market, and to power larger, more sporting models, they began to use proprietary engines from Crossley and Meadows. Powered by superb 6-cylinder engine The power for the M45 of 1934 was the superb 4,467-cc inline OHV 6-cylinder designed by Henry Meadows. The same powerplant was also used in contemporary Invicta sport tourers. Lagonda was one of the top British performance touring cars of the mid-'30s and offered ample room for four passengers to travel in style and speed. Today, these are cars equally at home on the Peking to Paris Rally as on the lawn at Pebble Beach. Bankrupt in 1935, Lagonda was bought by Alan Good, who outbid Rolls-Royce. This endeared him to W.O. Bentley (who was not so lucky four years earlier), and Bentley left Rolls-Royce for Lagonda, where he improved the 4 1/2-liter Meadows engine and designed a spectacular 4 1/2-liter V12 in 1937. It is primarily the engines Bentley created for Lagonda that made David Brown purchase the marque in 1947 and add it to his Aston Martin group. But the pre-Bentley Lagondas have a great deal to offer for those seeking vintage high-performance motoring. The M45 is a terrific event car with good handling and a near-100 mph top speed. This car has had some modifications to make it more roadworthy in today's conditions and to enhance its value in use. One common alteration, which is not mentioned as having been done to this example, is the fitting of an Alvis synchromesh transmission. It makes driving the M45 a bit easier, a concession that would draw scorn from vintage Bentley boys. However, since the Lagonda trades at a discount to a comparable Bentley, I would say you could safely endure their sneers, as you'd have as much fun as they and more money in the bank. Cut-down doors and huge headlights Many Lagondas of the period, like their Bentley counterparts, have been rebodied since first delivery. While the usual coachbuilders supplied bodies for the Lagonda chassis, the factory-built styles were the most prevalent. The T7 and T8 were open tourers, the T8 having both left and right front doors, while the T7 had a left front door and right rear door. These beautifully proportioned bodies, with sweeping fenders, side body cut-outs, and huge headlights, represent, along with the Invicta low-chassis and SS 100, the look of the archetypical British sporting car of the pre-war period. This car began life as a saloon and was later re- bodied with the sexier tourer body. In fact, it's become rather difficult to find one of these cars with its original body, whether tourer or saloon. A few are on offer currently with original bodies at asking prices double what this car brought. The auction company description states the body on this car is “reputedly new old stock from the factory” mounted in the early '50s. If this is verifiable, it's nice but still makes it a rebody after period. No matter, it certainly looks correct and very handsome. Although it appears in decent condition, it's clearly an older restoration that has been well used. Valuing these cars is challenging, as they don't come up for sale that often, and asking prices can vary wildly. Given the long-term ownership, usability, and rarity, and when comparing it to the alternatives, this sale has to be considered market correct for a car in this condition, if not something of a bargain. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) January 2008 49

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English Patient Gary Anderson Sunbeam Style over Substance Grace Kelly reached into her picnic basket and asked Cary Grant, innocently enough, “Do you want a leg or a breast?” Alpine view of the Riviera B efore the 1960s Sunbeam Alpine that we all remember as the basis for the Tiger, there was another Alpine, made from 1953 to 1955. For my money, the stories attached to this seldom-seen model (of approximately 3,000 built, only 200 may now survive) are more interesting than those about the later model. I'd argue that had there not been a Sunbeam Alpine in the '50s, Rootes probably wouldn't have introduced a new sports car in the '60s. But then, I was deeply influenced as a boy by Grace Kelly smiling at Cary Grant from the front seat of a sapphire blue Alpine as she reached into her picnic basket and asked him, innocently, “Do you want a leg or a breast?” In 1953, we are way ahead of where the story starts. Sunbeams date back to 1887, when John Marston, an avid racing cyclist, started the Sunbeamland Cycle Factory. By 1909, the company was producing a line of Sunbeam automobiles, with Marston racing them to gain publicity. Four land speed records The company absorbed Talbot and Darracq in 1920 to form the STD Company, with racing still a big part of its identity. In 1927, a Sunbeam established world land speed records on four separate occasions. However, this didn't help in the Depression. By 1935, the company was in receiver- ship, and canny Billy Rootes added Sunbeam-Talbot to Hillman and Humber. Rootes resumed automobile production after WWII, and in 1948 introduced the Sunbeam-Talbot 80 and 90 saloon and drophead. Though the smaller-engined 80 was discontinued by 1950, the 90 continued, with the engines expanded to 2,267 cc. Rootes had little use for racing, but dealer George Hartwell of Bournemouth rebodied a drophead Sunbeam 90 for competition by shrouding the rear seat and extending the trunk lid. He added louvers in the hood, but otherwise the Alpines were identical to the drophead coupes back to the B-pillars. Styled by Raymond Loewy The result was quite handsome, and its styling caught the eye of Norman Garrad, Rootes's competition director. Rootes hired Raymond Loewy Studios to clean up the design and put it into production as the Sunbeam Alpine Sports roadster. The name was reportedly Garrad's idea, referring to the rallies in which the Sunbeam-Talbot saloons did well. The Alpine bodies were produced at Thrupp & Maberly, Rootes's in-house coachbuilder. The new model weighed a portly 2,848 pounds and sold for $2,899. It was adver- tised as “bred in the Alps” and had a leather interior, detachable sliding side windows, no outside door handles, and a removable soft top. Tuning kits and racing windshields were available, but acceleration was leisurely from the 77-hp, 2.2-liter 4-cylinder. Production models topped out around 90 mph with the quarter-mile coming up in a soporific 21 seconds. 50 “Hmm, choices” In a marketing drive, Garrad hired drivers Stirling Moss and Sheila Van Damm to run the car in speed trials on the Jabbeke highway in Belgium in early 1953. The specially prepared cars topped 120 mph over the measured mile, and then set another production car speed record by completing 110 miles in an hour on the Montlhéry race track. Six Alpines were entered in the 1953 Alpine Rally, and four made unpenalized runs, including the one driven by Stirling Moss. In addition, Van Damm won the Coupe des Dames as the fastest woman driver. Moss would go on to earn two more Alpine cups runs, winning one of the few Coupe d'Ors awarded on this challenging run. Grace Kelly gave the Alpine its moment of movie fame in 1955 when she co-starred with Cary Grant in what I consider to be her best picture—the Alfred Hitchcock thriller, “To Catch a Thief.” Though Kelly herself was not a good driver, her character—a wealthy, liberated young American woman—thought she was. With string-back gloves and Grant hanging on to the grab handle, she outdistanced the police in a chase that supposedly took place on the French Riviera. The irony of this sequence, with its back-projection filming of the two leads swaying in the seats of an obviously stationary car, is that Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco in 1956, was killed in 1982 when her Rover went off the same stretch of road after she suffered a stroke. Sunbeams get a facelift All three Sunbeam models were upgraded in 1955, and these models were referred to by the company as Mk IIIs, with the Talbot name dropped. However, the Alpine was too heavy to be a true sports car, and even with a price reduction that made it less expensive than the Healey 100 and Triumph TR2, it couldn't compete. After seven years of production, the Sunbeam 90 gave way to the Sunbeam Rapier, badge-engineered (by Loewy again) from the Hillman Minx. The Sunbeam Alpine left its name and competition record to a new Sports Car Market Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures, ©1955, 2007

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Probably not broken, just parked generation of Rootes sports cars in 1960. Two myths about the Sunbeam Alpine surface with regularity, and should be addressed here: First, there was never a “Sunbeam-Talbot Alpine.” The Alpine was simply the “Sunbeam Alpine Sports roadster.” In 1953, Rootes was in the process of removing the old Talbot name from its brand identity so its cars wouldn't be confused with the Talbot-Lagos in France, and the Alpine was the first car to be renamed. Second, there was no such thing as a Sunbeam Alpine Mk I. The first version of the Sunbeam Alpine was based on the Sunbeam-Talbot Mk II A, but it never had a model number of its own. Thus, the second model of the Alpine was called the Mk III, because when Rootes introduced the Mk III saloons and dropheads in 1955, Blurred background belies Alpine's actual speed the Alpine carried the same designation. Today, first-generation Alpine prices vary widely, with the last two sales in SCM's database being for $15,000 and $37,000 in 2006. Values are largely determined by the existence of unique trim pieces, though mechanical and suspension items are common to the 80 and 90 sedans, and there are active clubs in the United States and Europe. The options you want to have are a floor shifter and a center-mounted tachometer. Since the problem of the Alpine was that it had glacial acceleration in spite of its reasonable top speed, you might well find one with an engine transplant. I've seen them with Ford 289s, for example, which of course would give a new definition to the phrase “chassis flex.” Either way, you should have lots of choices around $20,000. These are not cars for everyone. Homely at best, with underwhelming performance, they might shine at an Orphan English Car Show or a “Name That Ride” Festival. For someone looking for an offbeat, slow collector car for sedentary rides through the countryside, perhaps racing with MG TCs at sub-50 mph speeds, the Alpine could be just the ticket. ♦ January 2008 51

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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1970 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder If Italias offer style and performance, why would they sell for under $50,000? Well for one thing, their handling is a bit suspect by Carl Bomstead Details Years produced: 1967–72 Number produced: 411 Original list price: $6,450 (1967), $10,000 (1971) SCM Valuation: $40,000–$55,000 Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: $10 Chassis #: Plate on firewall Engine #: Under coil attaching bolt Club: Intermeccanica Owners Registry, Tim Marriott, President 18699 E. Colorado Dr. Aurora, CO 80017; 303.752.2301 Alternatives: 1965–74 Iso Grifo, 1964–67 Sunbeam Tiger, 1965–69 Bizzarrini SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 59249314 I n 1959, chemical engineer Frank Reisner combined his fascination with automobiles and professional talents to establish Carrozzeria Intermeccanica. Born in Hungary in 1932 and raised in Canada, he raced sports cars and “specials” in the late 1950s before moving to Italy. Over the next few years, Reisner built numerous cars, including the Apollo GT, which was based on Buick mechanicals, for International Motor Cars of San Francisco. These stylish Italian-bodied sports cars helped firmly establish Carrozzeria Intermeccanica as an automobile manufacturer despite the fact that 1963–1965 production was limited to about 100 units. Reisner arranged for a new distributor to sell his first true production car, the Torino, but in 1967, the similarly styled 5-liter Italia was unveiled. The Corvette-like Italia, in Ferrari-inspired clothing, sold well in America. Sports Car Graphic said in 1970, “…it has the potential to be the Ford Motor Company's version of the 'Vette, and it's a lot more exciting.” The 0–60 time was 6.2 seconds. This Italia is fitted with the rarely seen factory air conditioning and powered by the preferred Ford 351 cubic inch Cleveland V8 mated with a 4-speed manual transmission. The engine is fitted with custom valve covers, a new Edelbrock 650-cfm 4-barrel carburetor and Edelbrock Performer intake manifold. Its recent freshening also included a new electronic ignition, rebuilt front end, new wiring harness, stainless steel exhaust system, as well as a new fuel pump. The dash and controls are all business, exemplifying the Italia's supercar nature, while the leather seats, tan carpets, and power windows are concessions to the Grand Turismo side of the Italia. Approximately 376 Italia coupes and Spyders were built, which, in comparison to some far more expensive Ferrari models, is very few in 52 number, making an Italia a truly rare American-powered international supercar. SCM Analysis This car sold for $44,000 at the RM Auction held at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on October 12, 2007. Membership in the Sports Car Market Intermeccanica Italia Owners Club was reduced by a third with this sale. The car sold here belonged to Dave Kinney, SCM's Senior Auction Analyst, who with a partner paid $24,000 for the car in early 2004. John Apen and I are also owners of Italias. John has had his for some time and paid $17,500 in 1998 (they were trading between $20,000 and $30,000 as late as 2003). I, on the other hand, paid $60,000 to get a car I can't fault. Italias are striking cars that offer handsome styl- ing with hand-formed steel bodies that were made in Turin between 1967 and 1972. Classic & Sports Car, in a 1993 article, stated, “The Italia may be one of the most gorgeously styled cars ever made, but you may never have heard of it. The Italia is one of life's great mysteries; it's an especially beautiful car. It also looks curiously familiar …a touch of the Nembo Ferrari, or a NART Spyder, especially the grille. The only identification is the two small badges on the flanks that say Carrozzeria IM and are adorned with rampant bull emblems. What is it? A Lamborghini? Nope. What you are looking at is a genuine Intermeccanica Italia.” The Italia is a descendent of the Apollo GT, a Buick-based sports car, and the Griffith GT that Frank Reisner built with American partners. When those floundered, Holman Moody got involved and refined the development of a high performance 1967 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder Lot# 2800681150, s/n 50007 Condition 2Sold at $46,500 eBay, September 2007 SCM# 45743 1969 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder Lot# 960.2, s/n 50060 Condition 3+ Sold at $48,600 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/14/2006 SCM# 40386 1972 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder Lot# 372, s/n 50388414 Condition 3Sold at $30,240 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/22/2004 SCM# 32185 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions

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Italian-American car, resulting in the Omega. A few cars with Italia styling followed. They were called Torinos, but (for obvious reasons) Ford objected strongly. Reisner was, however, able to source engines from Ford and assembled the entire car, now called the Italia, in Turin. The earlier cars used the 289 HiPo V8, then the 302, and finally the 351 Cleveland. Performance was not an issue; I recall one high-speed run on a recent Copperstate 1000 with Colin Comer and some of the other Cobra boys where our Italia stayed with the pack as speeds entered the low three-digits. If Italias offered the styling as described in the Classic & Sports Car article and per- formance that lets you keep up with the big boys, why would one sell for under $50,000? Well, for one thing, their handling is a bit suspect. A 1971 Automobile Quarterly story reported that front suspension A-arms—sourced from Fiat pickups—could be bent by the weight of the V8 engine and thus alter the alignment. I paid a premium for my car, as the previous owner had spent an inordinate amount of money having new springs and front suspension designed. The gas filler cap is also located low in the rear, which gives the unsuspecting an unpleasant surprise when the gas backs up during filling. I moved my filler to the top of the left fender. All this aside, Kinney's Seat Time George P. Dausch IV, Upperco, MD: While sitting in a hotel room in Brazil in March 2005, I bought a 1971 Intermeccanica Italia Coupe on eBay. It was a spur-of-the-moment purchase—what I call sport bidding. A good friend who is restoring one had made an off-the-cuff remark about how much easier it would be if he had a finished example to view, so I obliged. I wired the funds and several weeks later the car arrived. It was pristine as represented, and I drove the car about 3,000 miles over the next 15 months before selling it to buy a Bentley. It always started, always ran, always brought me home; the a/c was cold, and the handling was typical of the era. If it had stopped, I could have repaired it by the side of the road. As it were, I never even changed the oil. Just several of the many benefits of Ameripowered vintage cars. ♦ would have gone at least another $5,000 if pushed. Having admitted a prejudiced point of view, I'd still Italia should have sold for more than what was realized here. He readily admits the venue was not conducive to selling a sports car, as the Swigart Collection was the attraction. There were only two bidders on his car, one a dealer who would have paid the $40,000 high bid, but no more, and the new owner who Kinney says say the new owner got a heck of a buy on this car. Italias are getting stronger as collectors realize they offer an amazing amount of fun per dollar. They are relatively rare, as only 57 coupes and 354 open cars were produced during their six-year run, and they mate attractive styling with strong performance. Parts can be found at the local NAPA store, and the Ford V8 is no challenge to work on. My Italia won't leave my garage anytime soon; my wife and I have enjoyed 3,500 trouble-free, top-down miles so far. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 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 1957 AC Ace Bristol, 100D, s/n BEX278. Beautifully restored by Ashcraft Restorations. Successful entrant Retro Mille Miglia, Colorado Grand, California mille. Eligible for events worldwide. AC build sheet, restoration documentation, FIA papers, reprinted manuals. $265,000 1939 Jaguar SS-100 3 ½ liter, s/n 39101. Restored, late 3 ½ liter example with flow miles on freshly rebuilt engine. Great to drive, practical pre-war car. Ready and perfect for all events. Ownership history from 1974. $375,000 1950 Diedt Rochester Special. Aluminum bodied, tubeframed roadster built for Eddie “Rochester” Anderson. 331 Cadillac engine, Halibrand wheels and rear-end. Restored by Steve Moal. Indy engineering and Hollywood style. $375,000 1973 Ferrari Daytona Spyder, s/n 16903. Immaculate, factory Southern California Spyder. Original owner Mel Blanc. Multiple Platinums. All original top and interior. Full tool roll, manual pack, two sets of wheels, documentation, paint by Junior. $1,550,000 January 2008 53

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German Profile 1991 BMW Z1 BMW reckoned owners could swap body panels in hours for a color change, though people who have tried it say to allow two days by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1987–91 Number produced: 8,000 Original list price: $75,000 SCM Valuation: $25,000–$30,000 Tune-up cost: $2,300 (half that at independent specialists) Distributor cap: $51.95 Chassis #: Stamped below Motronic box Engine #: Pad on front of engine Club: BMW Z1 Club e. V, Hildeboldstr. 11a, 50226 Frechen, DEU www.bmw-z1.de; the only Z1 club recognized by BMW AG More: www.bmwz1.co.uk Alternatives: 1994–2003 BMW Z3/Z4, 1997–2004 Mercedes SLK, 1990–2007 Mazda Miata SCM Investment Grade: C Comps Chassis number: WBABA91070AL07861 L ike its predecessor the 507, which bristled with trick technology but ultimately failed to go as well as it looked, the Z1 is a bit of a novelty. But it did mark the return to a forgotten line for BMW: the two-seat sports car. Under that long-nosed plastic body hides a fine automobile. It is arguably more attractive than the Z3 that followed and has exclusivity on its side, with just 8,000 built. That it never came to the U.S. was almost certainly due to the sliding doors, unique half-depth devices that dropped electrically into the sills when the door handles were pulled, taking the windows down with them if they were raised. It was built on a galvanized steel punt built by Baur, clothed in thermoplastic panels made by General Electric Plastics, and it rode basically on E30 325i mechanicals. This was the first BMW to use the multi-link “Z-axle” at the rear, next seen under the new-generation E36 3Series. Other innovations included a bonded plastic undertray that channeled air over the inverted wing-section exhaust tailbox, which provided meaningful downforce at speed. The potted official history is thus: Founded on January 1, 1985, as an R&D think-tank, BMW Technology GmbH was tasked with developing technologies that challenged the accepted basics of automotive design. Headed by Ulrich Bez, now the boss of Aston Martin, (he stayed after the sports car maker's release from Ford), the new subsidiary's first challenge was to build a car that encapsulated “Freedom on Four Wheels.” The resultant Z1 concept (Z standing for Zukunft, or future), was green-lit for production after the intervention 54 of BMW AG chairman Eberhard von Kuenheim. It wowed the crowds at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor Show, though the press had had a few sniffs the year before. Impressively rigid for a soft top, the Z1 would do 0–60 mph in just over 7.5 seconds and top out at 140 mph, with excellent handling and creamy smooth power delivery from the small six. BMW reckoned owners could swap the body panels in a matter of hours if they wanted a color change, though people who have tried it say you need a couple of days to get them off and back on again. In retrospect, perhaps the bravest thing for BMW was that it looked so unlike a Beemer that most folk didn't recognize it for what it was, which, in the shoulder-padded big-haired yuppie '80s, was a compelling reason for buying it. SCM Analysis This car sold for $27,152 at H&H's Duxford, England, auc- tion on October 10, 2007. Though initial demand was fierce—BMW says it took 5,000 orders before production began—that dropped off by 1988, and it's hard to see exactly who the Z1 was originally aimed at. In any case, it took a few years for all the Z1s to trickle through the dealer network, not helped by a huge $75,000 list price. There's no embarrassment about this landmark car though; BMW U.K. keeps one it sometimes lets out for magazine features, and the author spent a pleasant week with it in 1994, when it turned more heads than a Testarossa. It's as easy to get along with as a 325i, though at a heavy 2,750 lbs, it's not 1991 BMW Z1 Lot# 12, s/n WBABA91060AL00893 Condition 2+ Not sold at $28,800 Sportscar Auction, Geneva, CHE, 10/7/2006 SCM# 43261 1990 BMW Z1 Lot# 620, s/n WBABA91020AL01787 Condition 1Sold at $42,389 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/6/2004 SCM# 36915 1991 BMW Z1 Lot# 69, s/n 066961 Condition 2 Sold at $21,512 H&H, Buxton, UK, 12/10/2003 SCM# 31843 Sports Car Market H&H Auctions

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quite as fast, and explaining those novelty doors quickly gets tiresome. Clean, tidy, and discreet in black This one is late in production, clean and tidy, and dis- creet in black—the second most popular choice after red, with 2,301 supplied in this hue. Metallic Ancient Green was the third choice, with embarrassing (though we thought it was cool at the time) camouflage-pattern bolstered seats. Some owners have had them retrimmed in various catastrophic colors, as the Nubuck covering doesn't last well, but this car's dark gray leather had survived unscathed. The vendor described the car's condition as “very good” (interior trim, chassis, bodywork, paintwork, wheels and tires) and “excellent” (engine, gearbox, electrical equipment), all of which I'd go along with. What goes wrong? Usual E30 3-Series stuff, and that's not much. The cylinder head can crack between cam bearings if it's been overheated, pre-'90 cars had a potential head bolt problem that was sorted by Torx bolts, and lower front ball joints can wear, though that seems unlikely at this low mileage. Interiors are fragile, and the most serious cosmetic failing is that the inner door trims can get scraped if you play with the doors too much, but the lifting mechanism, via motors, shafts, and toothed belts, seems reliable. There is plenty of info on various club and owners' web sites on how to tackle it. Predictably, this sale prompted plenty of “have you seen the doors” comments from casual punters who always make up the numbers at British regional auctions. Dealers are a bit nervous of Z1s, as they're a bit “weird,” though most don't get to see one. There were only 86 officially imported to the U.K., though the total here now maybe double that with personal/gray imports, of which this was one. It makes no difference in value, however, as they are all left-hand drive. One of the better Z1s on the market There are a few Z1s on the European market at present, and the price has dropped in the last two years from around $40,000 to $25,000–$30,000. This was one of the better ones, with “celebrity” (soccer player) previous ownership, whatever that's worth, and a year's MoT. It sold on the phone to a U.K. buyer at the low end of correct for $27,152. The only jarring note was the Northern Ireland license plate, which some owners mistakenly apply to aging “prestige” vehicles in the mistaken belief that they convey a discreet timelessness, but one could change to a proper age-related number easily enough. The Z1 is not DOT approved except under a special Show and Display waiver, and it will be five years until a first-year 1987 model can be brought to the U.S. Although BMW builds definitive sports sedans, the ranks of first-tier collectible BMWs is thin indeed, and the Z1 doesn't help any. In a way, what it shares with the Z8 is a total lack of visual continuity with any other BMW, no mechanical uniqueness, and no competition provenance (unusual door treatment only gets you so far—ask a DeLorean owner). At this price, no one got hurt, but no one's going to put their children through college on any potential profits, either. Let's just call it fair enough for all concerned, at a price that was exactly what the car was worth. ♦ Got a spare weekend? January 2008 55 BMW AG

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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager Decoding Early 911 Values Contrary to myth, 1965–68 SWB cars are not rare, with 44,943 units made— that's 40% of production from 1965 to 1973 T Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager his chart of 911 data has never been seen before. This is because the Porsche records are a mess, there are several massive typographical errors in the published data, and no one had taken the time to put all the conflicting data together over the past 25 years and try a “best effort” to make sense of it. The data below, even though a great deal of work has gone into compiling it, should be counted a “best effort.” It is subject to additional updates as better factory records are discovered. Part of the essential problem is that these cars bridge the period when Porsche switched from careful handwritten documents to computers, and as anyone who has ever lived through such a conversion knows, there is always data lost along the way. These errors were augmented by poorly proofread data charts through the years, with compounding and cascading errors. This data is important since volume is Production Summary 1965–73 Model Years Total cars bult: 112,453 Coupes: 84,059 ........... 74.8% Targas: 28,394 ........... 25.2% Short Wheelbase (1965–68): 44,943 ........... 40.0% Long Wheelbase (1969–73): 67,510 ............ 60.0% one half of the value equation—the other being desirability. Porsche has always been in an unusual spot on the value scale, as a relatively high-volume producer in the lowvolume sports car sector. Unlike Ferrari, Aston Martin, Maserati, Lamborghini, and other low-volume marques, Porsche has made a relatively large number of road cars, just like Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Mercedes (post WWII), and BMW. This makes it especially important to understand the number of various models involved. The first thing to see from the chart is that it takes much more than 911T (1968–73): 39,333 .......... 35.0% 912 (1965–69): 31,270 ........... 27.8% 911S (1967–73): 15,778 ........... 14.0% 911E (1969–73): 12,159 ............ 10.8% 911 (1965–68): 10,723 ........... 9.6% 911L (1968): 1,610 .............. 1.4% 911 RS (1973): 1,580 ............. 1.4% about the future of potential price movements for this “top of the line” early 911, eclipsed only by the 1973 Carrera RS. In looking at prices of vintage cars, the first correction needed is the condition of the car. So while you may see an auction report of a 911S that went for $70,000 and conclude that every 911S is worth a figure in that ballpark, the reality may be someone paid that kind of money due to the superb condition of the car. How much does condition matter? We believe the difference between a #1 and #2 Porsche is about 100%; i.e., a #1 sells at about twice the price of a #2. Until you compare like-condition cars, the value of the “S” model can be unclear, as there are some very nice “T” and “E” cars that can bring big numbers, if in great condition. 911S prices boosted by Carreras Next, “S” cars are being dragged along by the explosion in values for the Carrera RS model, which now runs about $200,000 for a decent example. Many potential RS buyers end up as 911S owners, often at a fraction of the price and with a highly similar car. Both the Carrera RS and 911S cars rarity to make a Porsche valuable. Of the two lowest-production models, one is the most valuable street 911—the 1973 Carrera RS, at 1,580 units. The other—the 1968 911L, at 1,610 units—is among the least valuable. We can also see that, contrary to myth, SWB cars, built from 1965 to '68, are by no means rare, with 44,943 units made, representing 40% of production during the 1965–73 period of the original body style. Targas make up a whopping 25% of production from these years, meaning they won't be rare anytime soon. Soft Targas, on the other hand, built mostly in 1967–68, were produced in small numbers. Hard to see 912 or 911T in short supply The most popular model is the 911T, with 39,333 built, even though it didn't get into worldwide production until 1969. Next in line, the 912, made only from 1965–69, has huge production of 31,270 units. Although many have been rusted and wrecked over the decades, it seems hard to imagine 912s or 911Ts in short supply any time in the near future. The surprise comes as the third most produced model, after the “high value content” 911T and the “budget” 912—the “high priced” 911S. With 15,778 made, few collectors would call this a rare car. Yet the value of “S” cars has made a major movement upward in recent years. How to explain this? Is it an irrational bubble? The value of older Porsches has remained strong, along with vin- tage cars in general, and the 911S has been one of the biggest gainers. Understanding a few of the reasons beyond scarcity will help us think 56 have been taken along by an important additional factor, beyond general market trends, and that is growth in Porsche allure in general. Have you noticed that vintage Porsche owners are standing in line for brand new Porsche GT3 and GT2 cars? Or that the new and limited-production RS cars are painted in bright orange and Kermit-the-Frog green? Porsche's much-dreaded water-cooled cars have now caught the imagination of new car buyers, and each buyer of a new, full-zoot 911 is a candidate to answer the question, “Where did this car come from?” with the subsequent purchase of an early 911. Automotive brands grow by making great product, and Porsche is growing its brand. This injects new buyers into the market for old cars. It is only natural that some of these new buyers will want to sample one of the original “greats,” and that would most likely be an early “S”. The final reason for the increased price pressure on the “S” model is simply the delight of owning one. Each 911 is a great car, and I feel there are no bad 911s to own. But the powerband of the “S,” with its high rpm torque, makes it an especially fun sunny day driver. Somewhat like a 356 Speedster, the 911S wasn't really the best all-around daily driver back in the day, but it shines in its new use as pure pleasure machine. To solve the price equation, the mix of supply versus demand al- lows us to determine value. Demand for Porsches, even in a relatively high volume, has been high and continues to grow. Does this mean Porsche prices will never go down? Absolutely not. But it does help us understand why prices are so strong, even when looking at large production totals. ♦ Adapted from Buying, Driving, and Enjoying the Porsche 911 and 912, 1965–73, by James E. Schrager, just out from RPM Publishing and available at Amazon.com. Sports Car Market

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American Profile 1911 Oldsmobile Limited 7-passenger Touring Without evidence of time, what does a real object offer the collector that a perfect replica does not as well? By Miles Collier Details Years produced: 1910–12 Number produced: 1,000 SCM Valuation: $1,000,000–$1,400,000 Original list price: $5,600–$7,500 Tune-up cost: $2,000–$3,000 Distributor cap: $1,000+ Chassis #: N/A Engine #: Between crankcase legs, right side Alternatives: 1909 Simplex 90hp, 1916 Packard Twin Six, 1911 Locomobile Model 48 SCM Investment Grade: A Comps 1912 Oldsmobile Limited Lot# 56, s/n 64626 Condition 2 Sold at $1,265,000 Engine number: 64128 O ldsmobile made its name with the tiny single-cylinder “curve dash” buckboard in the early years of the 20th century, but went on to produce one of the most significant and largest early American cars. Based on the earlier Model Z, the 1910 Limited rode on the same 130-inch wheelbase with massive 42-inch wheels. The following year the wheelbase was stretched to 138 inches and the engine was expanded from the Z's 505-ci 6-cylinder to a massive 707-ci unit. A roadster, a touring car, a four-passenger “tourabout,” and a limousine were offered, at prices from $5,600–$7,500, competing with Packard, Peerless, and Pierce-Arrow. Oldsmobile built only 159 7-passenger touring cars in 1911, so finding one in any condition is unlikely. This car was bought new by the president of the Brewyn-White Coal Company in Cambria County, Pennsylvania. It is one of three known and the only one never restored. The car was discovered by collector William Swigart in the 1950s and he resisted urges to restore it, though he did find a set of new tires. It presently carries incorrect headlights, though the right Solarclipse 950 units are available with a bit of hunting. The Olds also lacks a top or top bows, though they were optional. Oldsmobile 58 sold only 140 Limiteds in 1912, the last year for the model. SCM Analysis This car sold for $1.65 million at RM's Hershey, Pennsylvania, sale on October 12, 2007. There are a number of interesting issues to which this transaction gives rise. The subject car is a passably preserved barn find. It is complete in most respects, but shows signs of distress and deterioration and has largely unplumbed mechanical systems to boot. I examined the 1912 Limited that sold at the Otis Chandler estate sale a year ago and felt it lived up to its “finest and most desirable in existence” billing. When the hammer fell, that car sold for $1.25 million. So why did our barn find do so much better? We are beginning to see the emergence of a trend among collectors wherein wholly unmolested cars—with all the wear, tear, and shabbiness that implies—command significant premiums over beautifully restored examples. Are these signs the collector car world is start- ing to fall in line with other areas of antiquarian collecting—some varieties of furniture, silver, por- 1910 Locomobile Type 1 Lot 85, s/n 3715 Condition 2 Sold at $506,000 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 SCM# 43495 Sports Car Market 1911 Oldsmobile Limited Lot# 45, s/n 75017 Condition 2Sold at $644,000 Christie's, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/19/2000 SCM# 10232 Gooding, Oxnard, CA, 10/21/2006 SCM# 43479 Photos: RM Auctions

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celain, firearms, clocks, scientific instruments, and so on—where originality is everything? Diametrically opposing demands Yes and no. Let's take a look at the two diametrically opposing demands on collectible cars—perfect operating capability versus historical integrity. Unlike other antique objects, save for perhaps musi- cal instruments, collectible cars are required to operate at, and sometimes beyond, their original design limits. In the past, this operating ethos has been so pervasive that the vehicle's integrity as a “historical document” was customarily subordinated to the demand for perfect operation. Hence we are used to the ubiquity of the “total res- toration,” which erases any evidence of historical age in order to create the simulacrum of newness. Two factors contributed to the drive to restore—the collector's personal relationship to the car and the recent nature of the automobile collecting movement. The collector's personal relationship to his car is often based on its ability to connect him to his own specific past. Nostalgia causes him to see the car not as a historic object, but, like the collector himself, as an inhabitant of the present with the right to be reinvented according to whim, even if that be restoration at the expense of erasing the object's historical nature. The second factor that contributes to the “perfect operation at all costs” philosophy is the immaturity of the field. Collecting cars started as an activity for enthusiasts to own some valueless old crocks that represented a piece of history they cared about. Experiencing the cars as they were As the cars were essentially valueless, much of the focus of these ur-collectors was on the salvaging and re- habilitation of these objects by the collectors themselves in order to experience the cars as they were when the hobbyist remembered them. Indeed, that was the point of the hobby. Today, how- ever, at one end of the collecting continuum lie automobiles that by virtue of their exceptional qualities and historical significance command prices on a par with rarefied objects in other fields. In this arena, minor differences in condition (of which originality is by far the most important), provenance, original specification, etc. have enormous repercussions on value. So this is no longer a hobby, it is connoisseurship. The two opposing factors, use versus history, con- spire to create a major disconnect in our field: We desire (and price) these objects as masterpieces of the past, yet we treat them as modern artifacts without regard to history. With total restoration, we erase patina, the historic evidence of the object's travel through time to the present day. By erasing the evidence of history, the car loses its identity as a historical object, which is the only real value in the first place. Without evidence of time, what does a real object offer the collector that a perfect replica does not? January 2008 59

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American Profile A replica would serve better Indeed, for many uses to which collectible automobiles are being put, a perfectly executed replica would serve better. We truly could experience our car as it was when new. The conventional response to this statement is that people don't want modern copies; they want “real” cars. This response raises a major epistemological question, however. If an antiquarian object manifests no signs of history, how do we KNOW it's real? Indeed, what makes it real? We need only consider the countless examples of fraudulent works from our own as well as other fields that have fooled experts. So returning to our subject car, I would suggest that the Olds's primary property is that its historical reality is absolutely verifiable. The very bones of its legitimacy are there for all to see. Some insightful collectors have realized that, like collectors in other fields, history should trump function. The unrestored historic automobile offers us a direct connection to the people and times of a past era, whether distant or recent. We can sit on the same leather, touch the same finish, and operate the same vehicle despite its quirks of age and decay. Such surviving cars are the rarest and purest of all collectible automobiles redolentwith the fascination of historical reality. Collectors who share that appreciation will pay accordingly. However, limited, if not marginal operation has drawbacks, because unrestored cars are remarkably fragile, deteriorating to nothing if subjected to significant use or exposure. That's why there will always be a demand for restored “good drivers,” no matter where this original car trend goes. Clearly, based on price, the buyer of this Olds plans neither to restore nor use this car extensively once the mechanical conservation and rehabilitation is performed. The buyer's risk in this deal lies in the revelations of a detailed exploratory examination—whether the body's wood frame, its body skins, its major mechanical components have sufficient integrity to allow conservation of the visual elements and the successful resuscitation of its original mechanicals. Barn-find prices allow no room for error Barn-find price premiums allow no room for error. And this is the major difference between the barn-find purchase—a piñata of potential unpleasant surprises— and the purchase of a known, original car that aged gracefully in the public eye. Because of the unknowns, the barn find should be priced below a comparably original car that has demonstrated its structural integrity over years of use and exposure. How did our buyer do in this deal? Assuming the car has sufficient integrity to permit conservation alone, I think he's okay. I would guess that in today's market, the Chandler car would be worth the same as this one. So, pricing equal to the best restored example for the only untouched, reference-quality, original Oldsmobile Limited may well prove to be a deal as this trend develops. Fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM.) 60 Sports Car Market

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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Got the Hemi Pneumonia and the Big Block Flu Figure a slide of 10%–20% from late 2006 prices across the board and you're not far off; the better the car, the less the correction 1970 Hemi 'Cuda sold for $216,000 in 2004 T 62 he drag chutes are out for the Mopar Hemi muscle car market. Unquestionably the most visible and talked-about phenomenon in the last five years of stratospheric price increases, the Hemi 'Cuda and its corporate cousins gained value at an incredible rate. Almost overnight, anything with a 426 Hemi literally doubled or tripled in price. The cars became poster children for the muscle car boom, and led the way for many others, including an entire industry that popped up to build Hemi car “continuations,” “tributes,” “resto-mods,” and “clones.” Now what? Hemi car values are adjusting to a more intelligent level—much higher than where they started, but down from their peak value, which I feel was reached late in 2006. Case studies: In 2000, I sold one of the best original, unrestored '70 Hemi 'Cuda hard tops for a world record $75,000 at a time when ordinary examples were bringing $40,000. It was a car deserving of the price; to this day, I haven't seen a better original-paint Hemi car, and this one was black with single-digit miles. As the market continued to rise, I ended up buying this same car back for $95,000 and selling it for $105,000, only to buy it back yet again in 2002, with the third sales price at my hands of $135,000. By this time, ordinary cars were up to $75,000, plus or minus. In 2003, I unearthed a one-owner, 9,000-mile '70 Hemi 'Cuda hard top in a barn and dragged it home for a restoration. I consigned it to Barrett-Jackson's 2004 Scottsdale auction at no reserve. It was a stunning car, albeit with a replacement block, and I anticipated a sales price of $100,000–$125,000. It ultimately sold for $147,500 “all in,” but even more telling was the '70 Hemi 'Cuda that sold about an hour later for $200,000. The race was on. In the next two years, Hemi 'Cudas doubled in price, and other Mopar Hemi cars followed. A $75,000 Hemi Road Runner became $150,000, and right down the line anything that said “Hemi” on it was the muscle car to have. Hemi cars WERE undervalued The way I see it, the low production numbers and in- stant name recognition (no doubt helped by the famous “Does that thing got a Hemi?” commercials) exposed the fact that Hemi cars were undervalued. An iconic car like a Hemi 'Cuda with triple-digit production numbers should be worth some large multiple of a one-of-20,000 Barracuda with a 4-barrel, 440-ci engine—not just a 20% premium for the Hemi motor, which is what they were in 2000. But as values adjusted, they overshot. Not helping this trend was the influx of terrible cars not previously Sports Car Market

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deemed worth restoration, which were quickly dragged out and given “auction restorations” to cash in. Good cars were (and still are) hard to find, leaving buyers to fight over the not-so-good cars. And we won't even discuss the silly money made by multi-million-dollar Hemi E-body ('Cuda and Challenger) convertibles that led the prices for the solid roof cars. As prices doubled and tripled for Hemi cars, and the quality of cars suffered, buyers began to look elsewhere for value, as what was once undervalued was now anything but. Big horsepower muscle cars from other manufacturers with similar production numbers suddenly looked cheap by comparison—and they are. Ram Air IV Pontiacs, Stage 1 Buicks, even Mopar's own 440 6-Pack cars all offered Hemi performance and rarity at logical price increases from their pre-2000 values. For example, a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge hard top with the Ram Air IV engine—a car with almost identical production numbers to the 1970 Hemi 'Cuda—went from a $45,000 car in 2000 to a $125,000 car in 2006, versus a 'Cuda at $350,000. How about a 1970 440 6-Pack 'Cuda hard top—$30,000 in 2000, with the world's best examples bringing $150,000 in 2006. Again, very similar production numbers and arguably better performance than the Hemi, and almost identical visually. This is where the Hemi cars got out of round, costing twice the price of similar cars and charging ahead using a formula seemingly devised from thinking: “If a Hemi 'Cuda convertible is $2,000,000, then my hard top should be $500,000.” Not so. Further leading this charge was well-known Mopar muscle dealer Fred Englehart, who for several years had a hand in just about every high-dollar Hemi transaction. Unfortunately, about six months ago, Englehart dealt a shattering blow to the market he helped create when he admitted owing millions of dollars to sellers, and titles to buyers. Some Hemi cars are tied up in court, sellers never got paid, and buyers have possession but no titles. Mopar Collector's Guide magazine ran the headline: “Mopar Empire Falls… Millions Lost.” For a market already on edge with overvalued cars and hesitant buyers, it was a bitter blow. Hemi prices were officially wounded. Back to late-2005 pricing As a tabloid TV show would ask: Where are they now? The easiest answer is late-2005 pricing for all Hemi cars. Great 4-speed Hemi B-bodies (Road Runner, Super Bee, GTX, etc.) are $90,000–$125,000; great 1970 Hemi 'Cuda hard tops are $175,000–$275,000, depending on options and transmission. And while the Mopar Hemi market adjusts and seeks its level between the bargain prices of five years ago and the crazy numbers of one year ago, predictably, this adjustment has affected all Mopar muscle cars, although not nearly to the extent of anything with a Hemi in it. Figure a correction factor of 10%–20% down from late-2006 prices across the board, and you will be right. As with anything, the better the car, the lesser the correction. Demand continues to be high for very special cars such as excellent unrestored examples, or cars with unique options or special history. But the best way to sum it up is that collectors who bought great Hemi cars in 2005 or before are safe, and buyers who jumped in to buy anything Hemi in the last 24 months—regardless of condition or history—are due for a well-earned haircut. Looking forward, I expect values for great cars to return to logical numbers and stay strong, which will in turn get more collectors and enthusiasts back into the fold, This will displace the collector car speculators who have been so prevalent. The next five years should be at least as interesting as the previous five have been. ♦ January 2008 63

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Race Car Profile 1948 Veritas BMW Rennsport This is a front-running, potentially winning car at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Now the price all starts to make sense by Thor Thorson Details Years produced; 1948–52 Number produced: 22 Original list price: Unknown SCM Valuation: $500,000–$700,000 Cost per hour to race: $600 Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: Right side block toward front Club: Vintage Sports Car Club More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: 1948–56 Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica, 1948–55 Osca MT4, 1948–50 Ferrari 166 MM SCM Investment rating: B Comps 1948 Veritas Rennsport Lot# 92, s/n 85123 Condition 1 Sold at $207,020 Barrett-Jackson/Coys, Monte Carlo, MCO, 5/26/2000 Chassis number: 85123 V eritas was formed in 1946 by BMW engineers Ernst Loof and Lorenz Dietrich to build BMW-engined sports cars. Because steel was virtually unavailable in post-war Germany, the bodies were all hand-finished in aluminum, with steel being confined to the main chassis members. This, and a general shortage of all other components, explain why no two Veritas cars are really identical. Even so, as conditions allowed motor racing to return in one form or the other, the cars enjoyed a certain measure of success. Their first was an outright win by Karl Kling at the 1948 Nurburgring sports car race at an average speed of 161 kph—almost 100 mph. The small company finally closed in 1953 when Loof returned to BMW. Estimates of the number of cars built, including renn-spyders, coupes, and single-seaters, vary, but the number is usually thought to be around 78. The example on offer here has been restored to the original renn-spyder configuration. Although chassis 85123 took part in several races in Germany in 1948, its first recorded overseas race is with Dennis Poore in 1949 at Goodwood, where it placed 6th at the September sports car meeting. In the early 1960s, it was given a more stylish body treatment before being sold to a Mr. Beemsterborer. He 64 intended to restore it to original, but this did not happen until the 1980s when it was bought by a German owner. The car was shipped to England, and the work was carried out by the highly regarded TT Workshops Ltd. at a cost reputed to be over £100,000 (only about $110,000 in those strong-dollar days). The car was then resident in the U.S. from 2001 until being re-imported to Europe by a major Swiss collector in 2003. It is in exceptional restored condition, possesses FIA papers, and is totally fit and ready for the next season. SCM Analysis This car sold for $572,000 at the Sportscar Auction Company sale in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 12, 2007. The real story of the Veritas marque begins in 1936, when BMW brought out the model 328. Designed by engineer Fritz Fiedler, the car was revolutionary for its time, utilizing a tubular space frame and a 2-liter 6-cylinder engine with a novel valve operating arrangement to achieve hemispherical combustion chambers with a single side-mounted camshaft. Light, supple, and quick, it has been described as the only true sports car produced in Germany before the war. Throughout its brief manufacture, the Sports Car Market 1955 OSCA MT4 Lot# 41, s/n 1167 Condition 1 Sold at $429,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/15/2004 SCM# 34618 SCM# 9646 1948 Ferrari 166 Spider Corsa Lot# 54, s/n 014l Condition 3- Sold at $1,045,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/18/2007 SCM# 46569 Photos: Sportscar Auction Company

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328 had been developed into a formidable productionbased racing car with frequent class and occasional overall wins at races like the Mille Miglia and Le Mans. The onset of hostilities ended 328 production, though, and the conclusion of hostilities pretty much ended the German auto industry. BMW engineers start own company In 1946, with BMW effectively shut down, several of its racing engineers decided to try to start something on their own, so they formed the Veritas Company. With no real manufacturing or production facilities left, they started by finding old 328s, rebuilding them, and turning them into post-war racing cars. The first were openwheel formula cars, but their real success came with the Rennsport two-seaters, effectively 328s updated to post-war aerodynamics. At the same time and on a parallel path, the British were busy trying to appropriate the 328 for themselves. Arrangements were made to have the Bristol Aircraft Company acquire the technical drawings and available tooling from the bombed-out BMW factory. The chassis plans became the basis for the Bristol 401 automobile, while the engine became known as the Bristol 2-liter and found a home in Bristol, Frazer Nash, AC, and Arnolt cars, as well as innumerable racing cars. It became the “English” performance 2-liter engine of choice into the late 1950s before ceasing production in 1961. Meanwhile, amid the post-war reconstruction of industrial Germany, Veritas was trying to keep its doors open and produce cars, a task made ever more difficult by the diminishing supply of old 328s from which to work. They went to Heinkel in an attempt to get fresh castings and partial assembly of engines, but it never really worked out. By the early 1950s, Veritas cars had become very expensive and no longer competitive with the new offerings from Ferrari, Maserati, and Jaguar, so the company was shut down and most of the people went back to BMW. My sources suggest that 22 Rennsport models were constructed, of which roughly 15 survive. In the late 1940s, these and Frazer Nash shared the mantle as the epitome of the light, agile, sophisticated approach to auto racing. Cars like Talbot-Lago and Allard took the simpler-chassis, big-engined approach. It may seem to the casual reader that 572 big ones is a lot to pay for a 1948 sports racer with a 2-liter production-based engine, but it actually has its own very clear logic. We're talking “horses for courses” here. Though collector street cars often have a value in their beauty and image, vintage racing cars tend to have value based on what you can do with them. Best event, best people, best parties In all of vintage racing, without doubt the most prestigious and desired event is the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. It is the best event, with the best people and the best parties, and is held every other year the weekend before the real GP. As befits a GP, it is almost exclusively for open-wheeled formula cars, but there is one exception. In 1952, times were hard and the GP was run allowing sports cars to ensure a full entry, so the Historic GP has one grid of sports racing cars. Because of the demand to enter the sports car grid, entry is strictly limited to cars constructed and with international racing history prior to June 1952, as well as interesting, significant, and/or unusual cars to boot. There is simply no more desirable or difficult vintage race entry in the world. So let's take a look at the Veritas with this in mind. The car is old enough, beautiful, very significant, and rare enough that there aren't likely to be many others asking to participate. Even if there are, they won't look like this one, since all Rennsports were more or less one-offs. As a result, you'll have a good chance of being accepted for the event. If you are accepted (and you're a good driver), we get to the next part. Monaco is a very tight, demanding, relatively slow street circuit that favors light, nimble cars. The Rennsport may be BMW 328-based, but you recall that it is also called a Bristol 2-liter, and these days 160 drivable horsepower is easy to develop from one. The Veritas weighs about 1,200 pounds and has every bit as much tire and brake as anyone else that can run. Last time, a Frazer Nash won the event. The Veritas is certainly a front-runner and potentially a winning car at Monaco or similar events. It all starts to make sense, yes? Yeah, it's a lot of money for a little car, but it sold for $207,020 at the Barret- Jackson/Coys Monte Carlo sale in 2000 to better its estimate by $35,000. It's appreciating in line with the market, and you're going to look long and hard to find anything likely to be acceptable, much less competitive, at the big-noise events for any less. It's also going to be a great and useable car that your wife might actually enjoy riding in on the various touring events that it would always be very welcome to join. It's not a car for the thin-wallet crowd, but then neither is prestige vintage racing these days, so there you have it. I'd say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Sportscar Auction Co.) January 2008 65

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Market Reports Overview Middle-Market Sales Drop a Cylinder As the summer months faded, many grassroots events totaled lesser numbers than recorded this time last year by Jim Pickering T his summer saw consistency throughout the upper tiers of the market worldwide, with many sales meeting or exceeding num- bers achieved in years past. However, while the higher end of the market still seems to be stable, the middle and lower end saw more trouble with too-high reserves leading to no-sales as the summer months faded, and many events totaled lesser numbers than recorded this time in 2006. At the end of August, Senior Auction Sales Totals Bonhams, Sussex, UK Carlisle, Carlisle, PA MidAmerica, Blaine, MN Keenan, Portland, ME Mecum, St. Charles, IL Analyst Richard Hudson-Evans found his way to Bonhams's sale at the Goodwood Revival, where he noted results to be down to $5.1m from last year's $6.6m total. Quality was not an issue here, as many high prices were paid, but the usual selection of high-dollar headliners was not present, directly leading to a $1.5m drop in fi nal totals for the company. This year's high sale went to a 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A landaulette at $602,970, while a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster brought $585,194—a new U.K. auction record for the model. MidAmerica returned to Blaine, Minnesota, in late September, and Senior Auction Analyst B. Mitchell Carlson was present to inspect the lots on offer. Numbers here totaled $527k, which was not only down from last year's $700k, but also well below the company's $680k May event. Although high reserves were again problematic, $1,519,403 $526,714 $1,278,080 $5,162,841 $17,500,845 as they were in May, there were still some good buys present where sellers' expectations corresponded with current market values. A 1967 Corvette convertible was this year's high sale at $58,830, while a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda brought a cheap-for-condition $42,665. Carlisle held its third auction of the year in early October, and Auction Analyst William “Chip” Lamb was there to report on the 91 cars sold. As with MidAmerica, this sale typically caters to the middle of the market, and again, numbers dropped this year to $1.5m from last Total Sales Percentages 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Bonhams, Sussex, UK 66 Carlisle Auctions, Carlisle, PA MidAmerica Auctions, Blaine, MN Keenan, Portland, ME Mecum Auctions, St. Charles, IL Sports Car Market

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MidAmerica Auctions (MA), Blaine, MN, p. 80 Mecum Auctions (M), St. Charles, IL, p. 102 Carlisle Auctions (C), Carlisle, PA, p. 86 Keenan Auctions (K), Portland, ME, p. 92 Bonhams, Sussex, UK, p. 68 year's near $1.7m total. The fi nal sales rate did see an increase to 42% over last year's 35%, showing that while the prices were not up across the board for the lots on offer, high reserves weren't as much of an issue. Just one weekend prior to Carlisle, Lamb traveled to Portland, Maine, for the Keenan Auction Company's no-reserve sale of the Ernie Clair, Sr. Collection. A total of 145 cars changed hands for close to $1.3m, and while many of the cars available were little more than complete projects, some excellent deals were available for buyers who weren't afraid of a little work. Analyst Daniel Grunwald traveled to St. Charles, Illinois, in early October for Mecum's annual Fall High Performance Auction, where 52% of the lots on offer found new homes for a fi nal result of $17.5m. High reserves showed themselves to be a factor again here, but in many cases, bidders were stepping up and paying some consider- able prices for rare examples of American iron. This year's high sale went to a 1966 427 Cobra at $766,500, with the 1965 Pontiac Hurst “GeeTO” Tiger selling for an impressive $420,000 and Bob Glidden's Pro Stock 1972 Ford Pinto bringing a full $262,500. That said, last year saw $20.7m in sales at this location, and had many sellers accepted the over-market bids offered for their cars, this year's total easily might have surpassed that number. Finally, Geoff Archer's focus fell upon some of the best and worst of used Italian motoring in this month's report on eBay Motors sales. ♦ 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 Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 roadster, $766,500—M, p.106 2. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster, $630,000—M, p.104 3. 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A 7.4liter Sport landaulette, $602,970—B, p. 76 4. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $585,194—B, p. 75 5. 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-Liter All-Weather tourer, $569,640—B, p. 70 6. 1991 Ferrari F40 coupe, $515,000—M, p. 103 7. 1969 Chevrolet Corvette L88 coupe, $446,250—M, p. 107 8. 1965 Pontiac GTO Hurst “GeeTO” Tiger 2-dr hard top, $420,000—M, p. 104 9. 1966 Shelby GT350 HiPo fastback, $380,000—M, p. 106 10. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 coupe, $336,000—M, p. 107 1. 1921 Chevrolet 490 Touring Sedan convertible, $4,200—C, p. 88 2. 1955 Cadillac Sedan DeVille, $9,900—K, p. 98 3. 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta convertible, $210,000—M, p. 103 4. 1956 Lotus-Climax Eleven Le Mans Series I racer, $165,236—B, p. 72 5. 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200 Diesel 4-dr sedan, $1,643—MA, p. 82 January 2008 67 Best Buys

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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author The Goodwood Revival A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster attracted $585,194—$145,000 more than expected—establishing a new U.K auction record for the model Company Bonhams Date August 31, 2007 Location Chichester, Sussex, England Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 37 / 51 Sales rate 72% Sales total $5,162,841 High sale 1929 Isotta-Fraschini Tipo 8A 7.4-liter landaulette, sold at $602,970 Buyer's premium 1958 300SL set U.K. record at over $585k Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics D espite there being no mega-buck headliners for its second Goodwood fixture of the 2007 season, Bonhams's Goodwood Revival auction was none- theless well stocked with interesting lots that attracted a packed tent on Friday evening after practice. Heading the $5.1m results was a 7.4-liter 1929 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A with landaulette coachwork by Carrozzeria Castagna of Milan. It comfortably exceeded a pre-sale estimate of $400,000–$500,000, selling for $602,970. Exactly 50 years earlier, the noble Italian had claimed the Premier Award at a concours d'elegance event right here at Goodwood, although it subsequently had lain untouched in a remote farm building in West Wales until a rescue and total restoration by the seller some 20 years ago. A 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL with original match- ing hard top and fully charted history attracted $585,194, which established a new auction record for a 300SL roadster in the U.K. Several Bentleys successfully crossed the block into new ownership, led by a $569,640 1927 6 1/2Liter that had belonged to the same family for 60 years. As is always the case at Bonhams Goodwood auc- tions, some serious competition stock was pitched at the historic racing fraternity, for whom both Festival and Revival have become powerful magnets. The ex-Lord Clydesdale Lola-Climax Mk I raised $188,420 (profiled 68 15% on the first $60,600, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices (£1=$2.02) in December, p. 64), and a much sharper 1956 Lotus XI Series 1 without any period race history sold for an impressive $165,236. One of the three BMC Team Minis famously disqualified from the 1966 Monte Carlo Sussex, U.K. Rally for headlamp regulation infringements came under the hammer here as well. Originally a Mk I 1275S, GRX 5D had been re-shelled as a Mk II in period and was turned out much like it was when it won the 1967 Circuit of Ireland. It changed hands here for just above the high estimate at $169,680. Even more remarkable were the performances of a 1967 Austin Mini Cooper 1275S Works Replica at $83,022 and an ex-Works 1968 Morris 1800, which brought $61,560. The buy of the sale would undoubtedly have to go to the 1969 AC 428 convertible, which had only one owner from new—and an Ecurie Ecosse racing driver at that. After 38 years of enjoyable ownership, which had included a major ground-up restoration in 1994, Cyril Wicks and his wife had the opportunity to witness their much loved convertible go to a new home for $143,016—or $40,000 more than the pre-sale high estimate. Happy retirement, indeed. Goodwood continues to be a popular destination for auction-goers in the U.K, and even though this year's $5.1m and 72% sell-through didn't compare favorably with last year's $6.6m and 81%, a large part of that result can be chalked up to a lack of high-profile headliners. Regardless of the lack of typical show stoppers, there were still plenty of high prices paid on the lawn across from Lord March's racing circuit. (Note: In addition to being a Senior Auction Analyst for SCM, Richard Hudson-Evans is employed by Bonhams to catalog their offerings. In general, SCM policy would not allow him to cover any Bonhams auctions, but he was the only analyst available for this particular event.) ♦ Sales Totals $3m $6m $9m $12m $15m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author ENGLISH #243-1921 NAPIER 40/50hp T75 6.2- Liter 4-seat roadster. S/N 17607. Eng. # 25331. Bright green & yellow/black leather. RHD. Odo: 5,618 miles. Rescued in current minimalist form from South Africa where employed for hot air balloon support duties. Likely to have been repainted since repatriation, finish shows minor marks throughout. Leather seats in reasonable order, buckets look #222-1928 BENTLEY 4 1/2-LITER tourer. S/N FT3205. Eng. # MF3154. British Racing Green & black/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 76,668 miles. Coachwork by W.H. Knibbs & Son. One of 665 built during the four-year model run. Weymann-type sedan body changed for current coachwork in metal rather than fabric sourced from chassis KM3096. Older restoration now mellowed, last on road in '05. Microblistering below fender paint, driver's bucket seat edge scuffed, much #241-1934 LAGONDA 4 1/2-LITER M45 T7 tourer. S/N Z10990. Bright blue/black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 43,324 miles. First bodied as a sedan, current T7 open coachwork claimed to have been Lagonda factory NOS from when Aston Martin acquired the company in 1977. Opening trunk eliminated. Cosmetic facelift, engine rebuilt, retrimmed in the late '80s. Paint now old and chipped, seat leather dry with cracks, steering wheel rim leather worn. Engine bay tidy, 3.33:1 rear too modern. Napier speedo and clock, Tapley gradient meter, Lucas bulb bugle-horn, nickel CAV headlamps. Aluminum cylinders with steel liners and overhead cam interesting. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $80,800. Even though one might have thought that a jaunty looking one-off of this vintage would be tricky to place, a new owner was prepared to part with mid-estimate money... presumably to chase balloons in style. TOP 10 No. 5 #244-1927 BENTLEY 6 1/2-LITER All-Weather tourer. S/N KD2106. Eng. # FA2503. British Racing Green/brown canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 61 miles. One of 544 6 1/2-Liter chassis, 60 years in single family ownership. Originally Hooper-crafted coupe, All-Weather tourer coachwork by Corsica dates from 1937. Engine rebuilt, rear axle overhaul 1991. Repainted, brightwork refurbished, gas tank and top renewed more recently. Paint still generally good with some minor chips. scope for polishing in engine bay. Streamlined Toby bullseye sidelamps nice, travel trunk on tail. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $296,334. With well proportioned open accommodation for four, this characterful late 1920s Bentley generated strong bidding. The new owner will surely feel better about his having to pay $36,000 more than the $260,000 high estimate when he checks out receipts on file totaling $232,000 for work carried out on the car since 1984. Well bought and sold. #242-1933 MORGAN SUPER SPORTS roadster. S/N D203. Eng. # LTOWZZ26451SM. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 178 miles. A desirable “beetle back” dry-stored for most of first 30 years, $90,000 restoration over last ten years. Restoration almost too fresh-looking, renewed wooden tub stamped with original body number, most panels salvaged and reused. Paint unmarked, nickel radiator with honeycomb core, interior largely replaced. Water-cooled axle ratio fitted in '91, more recent gearbox rebuild and clutch relining. Hood, sidescreens, and rear tonneau present. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $174,124. Sold well over the high estimate of $120k. Stylish pre-WWII thoroughbreds continue to appreciate by the auction, although to attract an above-estimate price such as this one did, they have to be both open-top and have been made by a mainstream Northern European marque like Lagonda. See Profile, p. 48. #216-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE 4 1/2- LITER Special roadster. S/N B51UL. Eng. # B25U. Two-tone brown/beige canvas/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 11,200 miles. Coachwork by Ashton Keynes. Originally factory-bodied R-type with “Standard Steel” saloon body, rebodied with current J. Gurney Nutting roadster look-alike coachwork in the '70s. Paintwork generally tired and cracked, large scab of filler missing from driver's front fender. Leather soiled, scuffs to side trim. Wires look too small for bodywork, with larger diameter wheels likely more appropriate for a mid-1950s Brightwork lightly marked, ancient seat leather color-rubbed but wearing well, dash and door wood fair. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $569,640. Last seen at Bonhams Sussex in July '02, where it sold at $201,500 (SCM# 28732). Although below the low estimate of $540k, the highest bid bought the car. Including premium, the price fell between estimates and correctly valued this impressive machine. Bentley 6 1/2s rarely come to market, and this one not only retained the body it carried for all but the first ten years of its life, but its original registration as well. 70 JAP V-twin original to chassis, casings dull and marked. Foot brake and 12-volt electrics fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,075. Although the resurrection of this Super Sports had most certainly been well executed, the end result was a 1933 three-wheeler that was short on character. A season or three of runs, flying gravel, and some squashed bugs should sort that out, and the lack of patina did not deter a new owner from paying just over the top estimate to take it home. car. Consigned directly from deceased estate of motoring peer and auctions regular Lord David Strathcarron. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $125,240. The high price paid can be explained by the fact that this was a unique Bentley with aristocratic provenance. 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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author Indore's Duesenberg J chassis. Much viewed and strongly bid, with the successful buyer paying $35,000 more than the $90,000 presale estimate to own it. #219-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100M roadster. S/N BN1153858. Eng. # 1B207037. Red/red vinyl/red leather. RHD. Odo: 44,612 miles. U.K. market Scottish-owned car, claimed to have been fitted with 100M Le Mans upgrade kit from new. Competed in '54 Tulip Rally, engine rebuilt in '56, in same family ownership since '57. Apparently largely original. Chassis rails underneath remarkably straight and rust- #210-1959 LOLA-CLIMAX Mk I Sports free, some panels show different shades of red. Complete, though generally scruffy and now more than ripe for a full makeover. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,137. Originality, 100M goodies, and period Tulip history all helped this unrestored virgin raise top forecast money. 100/4s of all kinds have been out-performing average and below-average 100/6s and 3000s at U.K. auction lately, and this one was worth all the money spent. #234-1956 LOTUS-CLIMAXELEVEN Le Mans Series I racer. S/N XIISP018. Blue & aluminum/red leather. RHD. One of 150 built. Coventry-Climax FWB 1500-cc motor, Jack Knight straight-cut dogbox, dual gas tanks. Exported to New Zealand around 1970, repatriated circa 1991. Retroraced, new chassis fitted in 2006, original included. Recently upgraded by Andrew Tart miles. Stratton Motor Co.-restored prior to acquisition in '00, and since refurbished with chassis overhaul as well as engine and gearbox rebuild. Suspension and safety equipment upgraded, readied for mild competition work. Small dent to passenger front fender, scratch below filler flap. Restored interior with new leather. Engine, ancillaries, exposed chassis, and suspension components all well looked after. Very nicely presented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $158,570. With the benefit of disc brakes up front and the extra gear of an overdrive, not forgetting a much less flappy hood with fixed fender sides instead of the hinged front end of the DB2/4 Mk I, the Mk III can be considered the most user-friendly Feltham DB Aston to own. There was a time, and not that long ago too, when $50,000 would land a sound Mk III runner, but not anymore. Well bought and sold. #209-1959 COOPER-CLIMAX TYPE 45/51 Formula 2 racer. S/N F2559. Eng. # 43041020. British Racing Green/black leather. Reckoned to be Francis Beart's prepped Cooper F2, driven by Trevor Taylor in 1959, then Tommy Atkins-entered for Roy Salvadori in 1960. Current Climax engine claimed originally supplied to Lotus. Original looking, but likely rebuilt over many seasons. Bodywork and paint to race car standard, polished suspension components shiny enough. Cockpit very racer. S/N 21. Blue & aluminium/blue leather & black tape. RHD. Supplied new to Lord Angus Clydesdale, who crashed it, turned it into an open-wheeler, and later started returning it to original spec. Restoration completed in '98 following acquisition by Goodwood supremo Lord March. 1220-cc motor fitted, Goodwood Revival and Silverstone raced in '98 and '99. Bright paint marked, fiberglass panel completely worn through above driver's side rear tire. Leather-trimmed central tunnel, Lola-branded steering wheel. High-rise roll bar prudent but unsightly. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $188,420. In both historic and current form, Eric Broadley's Lotus XI-beating Lola Mk I is the one to have, and this example could easily be sharpened up into a front-running car. It also had some nice aristocratic period and retro race provenance, which helped to justify this mid-estimate valuation. Besides, the LolaClimax is one of the most beautifully styled and proportioned front-engined sports-racing cars of all time. #224-1962 SUNBEAM RAPIER Competition saloon. S/N B305924ODHHO. Eng. # B3059524ODHHO. Gray & red/black cloth & vinyl. RHD. Odo: 50,981 miles. Converted into an effective historic tin-top racer. Much campaigned, twice at Goodwood Revival meetings like this. Potent motor, full cage, race-spec panel fit. Body paint bumpy with lashings of filler here and there, recent with Aeroquip brake hoses, aluminum panels in receipt of CKL Developments refurbishment. Cosmetically sharp in all departments, particularly for circuit car. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $165,236. Although devoid of any period race history, this well-prepped Eleven was compliant with the latest FIA regulations and was capable of providing instant gratification for its new owner, therefore making it well worth the midestimate price paid. #215-1958 ASTON MARTIN DB Mk III coupe. S/N AM3001506. Eng. # DBA1107. Dark blue/red leather. RHD. Odo: 81,307 72 time warp, with any refurbishment showing patina. Raced three times in period at Goodwood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $118,574. Late '50s and early '60s race cars can be mighty hard to shift at auction, with only a few potential new owners in the market for such stock... yet this one positively flew off the shelf. The location of the sale, together with a target audience that appreciated old racers, clearly helped its chances, and those factors must have worked together to boost performance here well past the pre-sale high estimate of $90k. below-waist repaint shows poorly, chrome pitted and worn out. Original interior still present apart from single high-back bucket. Inoperative steering box declared. Correctly cheap. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,292. Although currently very scruffy cosmetically and with a broken steering box, a Rapier of this vintage in possession of FIA papers and FIVA Passport, as this one was, could be eligible for all manner of top events. At just over half the low estimate of $18,000, this may just have been well bought. Sports Car Market

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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. #255-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. Column Author S/N DB51441R. Eng. # 4001416. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 2,168 miles. Original U.K. market car, repatriated in '03 from an Australian museum. Paint and interior changed twice before current 007 color and trim combo. 2005 Chris Shenton restoration included unleaded conversion, new clutch, alternator conversion, Harvey Bailey handling kit with Konis, and FM conversion for original Motorola radio. Cosmetically superb inside and out. Well- detailed engine bay likely to be mechanically super. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $314,110. Last seen at Bonhams Sussex in July '06, where it sold at $257,331 (SCM# 42336). DB5s were the first of the DB Astons to take off price-wise, and the ever increasing sums paid for all the other Feltham and pre-V8 Newport Pagnellmade models reflect the now-cool status of the marque. This lovely example of arguably the prettiest Aston of them all duly achieved midto high-estimate money here. #254-1965 LOTUS CORTINA Mk I Series II racer. S/N BA74EG59595. Eng. # 59595. White & green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 2,754 miles. Re-shell declared during mid-1980s restoration, which included upgrades such as larger Dell'Orto carbs and high-lift cams. Full suspension and transmission rebuild, electronic ignition installed. Recent trim renewal to model-correct specs, with Cobra bucket, Eng. # 9FSAY39689. Red & white/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 23,111 miles. One of trio of BMC factory team Mk I Minis famously thrown out of 1966 Monte for headlight infringement. Subsequently crashed and re-shelled at Abingdon Comps Dept as Mk II for Paddy Hopkirk to win 1967 Circuit of Ireland. Last restoration funded by late Victor Gauntlett following auction acquisition in 1989. Still reasonably authentic, cosmetically only fair with minor marks to paint, slightly grubby interior, and undetailed engine bay. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $169,680. After the last ex-Works Mini to come to market made a record $201,000 under the Bonhams gavel at the Race Retro auction at Stoneleigh in March '07 (Profiled July 2007, p. 54), one might have imagined this car would have fared even better here. Considering it had been re-shelled and was far from concours condition, this was a strong result. Well sold. #220-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 coupe. S/N DB63155R. Eng. # 4002327. British Racing Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 81,457 miles. Original engine replaced before seller's acquisition in '96, and since had unleaded cylinder head conversion, gearbox overhaul, and clutch renewal. Body awful, with thickly painted panels, shrinkage cracks, and lifting. Panel gaps decent, glass and trim still OK. Some brightwork poor, front driver's side fabric. RHD. Odo: 17,990 miles. Apart from a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox, this always Mk I S donor was converted into a near 100% replica of LRX 829E, the Rauno Aaltonen/Henry Liddon 1967 Geneva Rally car. Totally authentic down to last detail, with NOS Lucas switches, Heuer watches, and Halda Twinmaster. Rare water temp gauge and Continental spotlights fitted. No flaws to speak of anywhere. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $83,022. If you can no longer run to buying a genuine Abingdon rally Mini, then a superbly done replica like this has to be the next best thing to have. The very high price paid here— which has to be a new milestone price for a rally rep—can perhaps be explained by at least more than one disappointed underbidder from the earlier Works car being determined to take home a red Mini with a white roof. One of the most viewed cars at the sale, and deserving of its bullish price. #221-1968 MORRIS 1800 Mk II Rally saloon. S/N MH58D4701A. Eng. # CEXP101. Red & white/black cloth. RHD. Odo: 5,927 miles. One of seven 1800 “Land Crabs” prepped by BMC for the 1968 London to Sydney Marathon. One of two which did not compete, being employed instead as a survey car. Minor historic rallies since. Externally restored at some time in period-correct colors. Extra lamps, spares on roof. Internally almost certainly partly original, including tripmeters. Willans 4-point harness, and Safety Devices full cage. Repaint and brightwork generally clean, interior excellent. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $36,007. Last seen at Bonhams Sussex in September '03, where it sold at $29,256 (SCM# 36347). Thanks to their consumption by circuit racers and rally drivers, Lotus Cortinas are becoming harder to source. Genuine cars that are in nice order are appreciating by the season. Top estimate money, but worth the price paid in this market. #206-1966 AUSTIN MINI COOPER 1275S Rally saloon. S/N CA2S7820483. 74 bumper crooked. Original interior and leather nice enough to keep, but certainly used. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $100,798. Regardless of condition or the likely cost of restoration, DB6s have been selling in European auctions throughout 2007. It would seem there are more buyers than sellers in the market. Those who could not afford now-typical DB4 and 5 prices waved their hands in the air for this example, bringing more than double the top pre-sale estimate. #223-1967 AUSTIN MINI COOPER 1275S Works Replica Rally saloon. S/N CA2S71012370. Red & white/red & gray Lightweight panels wavy, paint matte, Perspex windows scratched, interior shabby, engine bay presentation poor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $61,560. Although ex-Works rally cars—particularly BMC and Ford Team stock—have been appreciating at auction for a while, this was a first “wow” result for what was only ever a route note-compiling car. Judging by his reaction on hammer fall, this one had been extremely well bought by the buyer, while the price paid established a new world record auction price for a Land Crab. #256-1968 MORRIS MINI COOPER 1275S racer. 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Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2008 Land Rover LR2 Green & white/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 84,488 miles. According to seller, bodyshell is one of six Minis built by Cooper Car Company for racing in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Crossflow head with Lucas fuel-injection certainly looks authentic enough, as do period-correct Minilite alloys with drilled centers. Standard gearbox fitted in place of race unit. Cosmetically scruffy, with interior and underhood verging on tatty. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $37,168. The message for the market from this sale was clear. Prices for ex-Works Mini Cooper 1275S cars—be they genuine in whole or part or declared as replicas—would appear to be stronger than ever. #251-1969 AC 428 convertible. S/N CF12. Eng. # 7L105. Blue/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 121,207 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of 80 428s hand built between 1966 and 1973. One Ecurie Ecosse owner from new, hence famous race team shields displayed on flanks. Seller Cyril Wick confirms total mileage, with both engine and transmission changed at circa 70,000 miles. Ground-up Bonhams Goodwood in September '05, where it didn't sell at $99,279 (SCM# 39696). Even though a replica, this very handsome example had been very well executed, and being well known to the AMOC, it will continue to be accepted by the membership as a significant Aston in its own right. At the lower guide price paid, it was correctly valued. #238-1972 LOTUS ELAN S4 Sprint coupe. S/N 7110260379E. Eng. # N25297. Lime green, white, & gold/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 46,155 miles. Backbone-type chassis renewed approximately ten years ago. Restoration includes new dash and fuel tank as well as rebuilt engine converted for use with unleaded fuel. Repaint still unmarked, knockoff Minilites hammerdinged, milky windshield corners delaminating. Price as tested: $40,050 Likes: Elegant, downsized Range Rover replaces forgettable Freelander. Volvo-based 230-hp, 6-cylinder, and 6-speed automatic suits carlike character. Quiet at speed, many electronic gizmos assist handling, braking etc. Stylish leather interior, well-organized dash, twin sunroofs. Off-road “terrain response” capability seems wasted on cross-over 4x4. Gripes: 4,211 pounds needs more torque— maybe the Volvo V8? 2.6 turns lock-to-lock steering feels twitchy, 26.5 cubic feet is tight for storage, 21 mpg highway is unimpressive, navigation can't be initiated while in motion. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Range Rover sibling at half the price, with half the off-road capability, which nobody uses anyway. Biggest problem: This market is crowded, and the LR2 is definitely late to the dance.—Paul Duchene 2007 Mazda RX-8 Grand Touring restoration in 1994. Externally still good, with some stone chips and a slight reaction below paint. Brightwork excellent, original leather lightly cracked but soft. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $143,016. It doesn't get much better than an Italian-styled Anglo-American pampered from new by one motor sporting celebrity owner. Therefore, $43k over the high estimate of $100k here should not be a surprise. #250-1971 ASTON MARTIN DBR2 Replica racer. S/N DBS5803R. Eng. # 4004880SVC. Aston Racing Green/green plaid cloth. RHD. Odo: 9,580 miles. Tubular steel space frame employed with correct DBR2 dimensions. Ex-DBS Vantage engine, ZF 5-speed box, Cosworth LSD, rose-jointed suspension, disc brakes, and quick-release Nardi wheel. Buckets trimmed in authentic-looking check material. Perfect aluminum panels, minimal cosmetic wear to correct shade of Aston Racing Green. Mechanical items spotless, street legal. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $134,128. Last seen at January 2008 Interior tidy, engine bay and ancillaries clean. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $37,168. Lighter and thinner than the S3, the fourth and final version of Elan benefited from flared wheelarches, wider wheels, larger rear lights, and fresh air vents to an improved interior. Extensively renovated and now showing a nice patina, this Elan coupe was much viewed, and at just above the high estimate of $36k, it was given a top retail valuation here. Well sold. GERMAN TOP 10 No.4 #214-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 19800428500067. Eng. # 1989807500569. Silver/red leather. Odo: 72,104 km. Originally supplied to France, resided in Adrien's Maeght's Mougins Museum until the early '90s. In receipt of extensive German restoration with step-by-step photo record in '95, front brakes converted to discs and trunk-located CD stereo installed. Panel fit super, paint and most brightwork unmarked, engine and bay not concours but clean. Serviced by HK Engineering in 2007. Seat leather cracked lightly, jacking point grommets missing from sills. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $585,194. Even with an increasingly green Price as tested: $34,095 Likes: High-revving (9,000 rpm redline) twin rotary makes 232 hp from just 1.3 liters. Impressive, nimble 50/50 handling, even at the threshold. Short, even throws from 6-speed. Quiet ride and good Bose stereo. Gripes: Poor rearward visibility, trunk opening accommodates golf clubs but not a cooler, 16-18 mpg observed on the highway, navigation “joystick” is finicky, annoying “lump” in passenger footwell, polarizing looks—fenders reminiscent of new Dodge Durango, goofy rear doors. Fun to drive: HHHH Fun to look at: HH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: I admire Mazda's pluck with the rotary, as the sound and experience are quite unique, but this car should not have four doors. The previous RX-7 was downright sexy, but the RX-8 can't decide what it is. Drives like a sports car, looks like a concept.—Stefan Lombard ♦ 75

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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author future in prospect, prices continue to rise for the best examples of those cars from yesteryear which are perceived to be iconic. The price paid here for one of the finest open-top 300SLs to cross the block in recent memory was dear, but in this market, it can still be considered fairly bought and sold. #217-1984 GEBHARDT-FORD JC843 Group C2 racer. S/N 843. Eng. # DFV224. Red, white, & blue/black leather. RHD. 1984 Gebhardt Team car, leading the marque to 6th in C2 World Championship of Makes. Acquired by ADA, won 2nd in class at Le Mans and a class win and 6th overall at Malaysia in '85, class win and 8th overall at Le Mans in '86, mainly static displayed since. Appearing still to be as raced in period, with general cosmetic wear to panels and paint. Cockpit snapped up even at the $26,000 minimum required. Otherwise, this was all the money. In the meantime, “The Stars and Stripes Manta” could perhaps be exercised at track days, sprinted, or hillclimbed. #249-2000 PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS racer. S/N WPOZZZ99ZYS692082. Yellow/black cloth. 2003 Miami 3rd, finished 5th in ALMS Series. Le Mans 6th in class, 15th overall. 2004 Mosport 4th and 7th ALMS Series. Qualified but failed to finish Le Mans '04. Upgrades include '03 MY Brembo 6-piston calipers up front, '04 MY engine, front suspension and 3way adjustable dampers, traction control, and the 1980s. Back-to-chassis rebuild to superb standard, well detailed inside and out. Fitted with Twolite headlamps, Willocq & Bottin indicators, Jaeger speedo, Fournier thermometer, and Le Nivex fuel gauge. Comes with three mascots, including illuminated Lalique Eagle's Head. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $602,970. Isotta Fraschinis were always unashamedly expensive when new. Seventy-eight years after first leaving the Milanese works, this fine example of the noble Italian marque's automotive art was no exception, deservedly exceeding top estimate by $103,000 to head the Revival's auction results. #247-1951 LANCIA AURELIA B10/20GT racer. S/N B102934. Eng. # B1030519. Black/ black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 55,672 miles. Upgraded in period with 2-liter engine for rallying, gained current B20GT 2.5-liter V6 during restoration. Raced at the Goodwood Revival in '02, hence full cage and high-back buckets. Some trim stripped, but included. Steelwork apparently sound, paint only fair close up. Interior, trunk, particularly authentic. Engine and ancillaries seemingly all complete but in need of recommissioning. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $105,242. With Group C racing becoming increasingly attractive for both organizers and owners of eligible cars, this Ford-Cosworth powered coupe from the Brothers Gebhard should provide the new owner a reasonably-priced ticket to ride in the Group C category, as well as a car that finished twice at Le Mans. A decent buy at mid-estimate money. #204-1987 OPEL MANTA 400 racer. Red, white & blue/orange cloth. RHD. Really scruffy up close, with cracks to fiberglass bits, lots of chips to largely matte paint, and shabby splitrims with likely dangerous ancient race rubber. Strictly functional interior unloved, with lots of rollcage bars and one distressed bucket seat. Allegedly rebuilt short-block Chevy in place of original 7.1-liter Pontiac Vandelly V8, beefedup transmission reportedly in receipt of recent check-out. Will never be street legal, and too young to be a historic racer. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $19,000. A 1990s racer like this could be allowed to rumble again in Euro-retro events one day in the not too distant future, and if so, this potential winner should have been 76 Motec dash with special wiring and data-logger. Unraced since '04. Paint chipped, interior strictly functional, alloy wheels tatty. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. If treated to a half-decent paint job, this very well-sorted GT3 RS could easily be turned into a concours head-turner. Difficult to make street legal, and over the top for your average track day participant, a racer like this has an extremely limited market outside the paddock. Nobody here was interested at the $140k low estimate. ITALIAN TOP 10 No.3 #237-1929 ISOTTA FRASCHINI TIPO 8A 7.4-liter Sport landaulette. S/N 1349. Eng. # 1349. Blue & black/ black cloth/black leather & patterned cloth. RHD. Odo: 623 miles. Coachwork by Castagna of Milan. Chassis number corrected from cataloged 1390 to 1349. Goodwood Concours winner 50 years ago, off radar until barn rediscovery in and engine bay all scruffy. Could be returned to highway-legal spec, though more likely to have a future on track. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,765. One of the most influential designs to emerge from post-WWII Italy, the Aurelia was also the first production car ever to employ a V6. Unusually, the four doors had no central pillars, while another world first was the novel semi-trailing arm layout at the rear. Although it had some needs, this modified one-off was a decent deal at mid-estimate money. #218-1957 MASERATI 350S Prototype racer. S/N 3503. Red, blue, & white/dark blue leather. Driven by Hans Hermann in the 1957 Mille Miglia with experimental 3.5-liter V12. Later SCCA raced in Tom Newcomer's team, allegedly ending up disassembled in Virginia, where it was acquired by the seller and shipped to the U.K. for restoration in '01. Cosmetically sharp after two seasons of BRDC Historic Sports racing. 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Bonhams Sussex, U.K. Column Author minimalist cockpit good, 3.5 six currently installed presents well. Pre-sale on-screen notice declared “no verification of any components from chassis 3503.” Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $203,110. Chassis 3503 reportedly sold at Coys London in January '05 for $210,319, although that car was evidently restored in the '80s and sold to a buyer in Japan in '93 before returning to Europe in '97. Although unsold under hammer, an increased offer immediately afterwards was sufficient to buy this authenticlooking racer. If some ID verification had been forthcoming, then it would have likely made $250,000 or more. If the provenance pans out, this was a great buy. #245-1959 ABARTH-ALFA ROMEO 1300 Aerodynamic coupe. Red/black leather. Carlo Abarth commissioned Lutz Colani to build this experimental coupe with pointed nose, double-bubble roof, and aerodynamic tail treatment. Reportedly capable of 130 mph and could lap Ring in under ten minutes. Bodywork seemingly in good order, repaint unmarked, renewed interior little used. lightly soiled and cracked. Engine bay presents well, suspension rebuilt 1990. Good history from only a handful of well heeled owners. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $72,000. Despite being usefully spacious and reminiscent in side silhouette of the far more costly Superfast, this aesthetically pleasing 2+2 failed to raise the necessary $86,000 low estimate. Even so, the prices of most 365GTs are likely to continue increasing as this underrated model is discovered by a wider fan base. #240-1972 ABARTH-OSELLA 2000 SPORT SE-021 racer. S/N SE0210021. Red/black cloth. RHD. Although no specific race history has been attributed to it, this SE021 looks the part of a storied racer. Ex Rosso Bianco Collection, in need of fullest recommissioning if not a back-to-frame rebuild. Panel fit below race car. Dusty all over, with for the buyer, but away from Goodwood, not worth much more. #208-1964 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5F07A293315. White & red/black leather & fabric. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Ordered August 16, 1964, and first supplied to Larsen Ford of White Plains, NY, for dispatch to Sweden, where fully restored and FIA race-prepped in '05. Issued with latest bar-coded FIA Historic Technical Passport April '07, cosmetically virtually unmarked. Race-spec V8 and engine bay Displayed for last few years, in need of full recommissioning before being driven. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $116,000. Even though almost certainly unique, this fascinating 1950s aerodyne with both Alfa serpent and Abarth scorpion badging as well as Colani signage failed to seduce a new owner among the Goodwood set. One of the rarest Abarths ever built, and as such, not overpriced at the circa $130,000 or so sought. #246-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 12089. Eng. # 12089. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 15,776 miles. One of 801 produced between 1967 and 1970, ex-Lord Charles Brocket. Color changed from original Celeste Gainsborough with blue interior to current form. 1986 repaint still reasonably sharp, though some chips touched up. Rear bumper plating lifting in places. Black carpets renewed and tan retrim in 1989. Leather chips to paint and marks to wheels. Engine compartment appears as it did when last used. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $116,000. Seemingly intact, this authentic period piece would most likely be utterly straightforward to revive for 2liter historic events. Therefore, it was surprising that nobody here could spot the potential for taking on this Chevron- and Lola-eater for nearer to the $130,000 low estimate. AMERICAN #203-1922 FORD MODEL T Indianapolis speedster. S/N E575432. Eng. # 185530. White & red/black vinyl. Bodied as a speedster at some time, most probably Stateside. Copy of Texas Certificate of Title on file. Chassis in need of repaint, chips to body paint, headlamp rim plating poor. Trim scuffed, engine bay Gulf-related memorabilia. Genuine low mileage, full service history by specialists Roush, cosmetically still brand new. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $224,000. Despite being in truly “Limited Edition” supply, and with benefit of future value-boosting Oliver provenance, this example failed to hook a fan, with close to $240,000 required to own it. ♦ dusty due to lack of recent use. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,584. Even with premium added, this Model T funster in need of a complete recommissioning only raised $5,500 below its pre-sale low estimate of $24,000. A good value 78 Sports Car Market spotless. ATL fuel cell, Moto-Lita wheel, Cobra bucket, Sabelt harness. Evidence of some recent paint freshening and minor detaling. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $87,466. If you wanted a turn-key entry into major Historic Race competition, then this extremely sharp and seemingly readyto-go Mustang would have ticked all the boxes. This likely cost considerably more to rebuild and prep than the just-over-high-estimate paid here, so the car itself was therefore a bonus. Well bought. #226-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N 1FAFP90345Y400816. Eng. # Y400816. Blue & white/black leather. One of 28 U.K. cars of 101 Heritage GT40s built, consigned by 1969 Le Mans winning driver Jackie Oliver and complemented by model-appropriate LM/

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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author 21st annual Spring Twin Cities Classic Car Auction A 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda sold at $42,655, which was cheap considering E-body values just a year ago Company MidAmerica Auctions Date September 22, 2007 Location Blaine, Minnesota Auctioneer Dave Talberg, Todd Fiskness Automotive lots sold / offered 44 / 126 Sales rate 35% Sales total $526,714 High sale 1967 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, sold at $58,830 Buyer's premium '71 Plymouth 'Cuda, sold at $42,655 Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics M idAmerica returned to its hometown of Blaine in late September for the second of two yearly classic car sales held by the company. When I reported on the May edition of this event in the September 2007 issue of SCM, I opined that the reason for poor sales during the Friday segment of this two-day sale was that consignors were hopeful their cars would cross the block again and sell for more later in the weekend. MidAmerica didn't auction cars on Friday night this time around. While the lost day might have hurt the overall number of walk-in spectators that normally would have shown up, it also functioned to give the auction company more time to get consignments sorted out, lined up, and better organized for the next morning's events. Just like Mecum's Des Moines sale in July 2007, the Blaine, MN muscle market today, and while this car was nice throughout, compared to values from as little as a year ago, the price here was cheap. Immediately after the 'Cuda crossed the block and sold, the next lot offered was an equally well-restored 1970 Dodge Challenger convertible offered by the same seller. It was still fitted with its original 340-ci V8, and while it was in better-than-driver-condition throughout, it was not turned loose at a $52,000 high bid. Other notable no-sales included a 1976 Triumph TR6 convertible that failed to find new ownership at $7,100, a 1955 Ford Thunderbird with a host of issues that returned to its seller at $25,000, and a stolen and then recovered 1959 Corvette that couldn't bring more than $42,500. While the final sales percentage here was down only slightly to 35% top sale here was a restored 1967 Corvette small-block convertible, and the one offered here sold at $58,830. One of the best deals of the day had to be the 1967 Mercedes-Benz 200 Diesel four-door sedan that changed hands for just $1,643. While it had some obvious needs, it would have made a decent biodiesel-fueled driver for cheap money, offering Prius cachet on the cheap. Also of note was the $42,665 sale of a 1971 Plymouth 'Cuda in #2 condition. These are a good barometer of the 80 from last year's 38%, final totals dropped over $170k from last year's $700k result. The numbers at this sale were also well below the $680k May 2007 sale, which themselves were considered to be below expectations. Interestingly, Ron Christenson, Director of Operations for MidAmerica Auctions, commented to the assembly before the start of the sale that he felt this region was more stable for the collector car market since “up here we are more thoughtful on what we buy, and we tend not to make the record-setting prices.” Regardless of the reasons, the numbers here were a reflection of the nationwide market for grassroots American collector cars in general, and while there are still some decent deals to be had throughout the country, many sellers are still looking for more than a lot of buyers are willing to spend. ♦ Sales Totals $100k $200k $300k $400k $500k $600k $700k $800k 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 6% (included in sold prices) Sports Car Market

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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author ENGLISH #79-1978 JAGUAR XJ12L saloon. S/N UJ2R59920BW. Silver/black leather. Odo: 66,040 miles. Aftermarket body side moldings fitted. Mediocre repaint with sub-standard masking around window seals and vent window frames. Original bumper and trim chrome, recently replaced brake and exhaust systems. Grubby and unkempt-looking under the hood, with a bungee cord used as a battery clamp. Seems to run out fine, with no out-of-the-ordinary leaks or noises. Apart from new carpet and #110-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 200 Diesel 4-dr sedan. S/N 11011010316186. Chocolate Brown/tan leather. Odo: 44,158 miles. Mileage claimed correct. Good older repaint with several nicks and scrapes. Serviceable original chrome and trim with some bumper dings. Driver's side rear wheel missing trim ring, all four wheels wear standard color-matched hub caps. Turn signal lenses faded, engine compartment shows some recent maintenance. Generally good condition original interior with minimal wear, homemade AMERICAN #65-1947 CHRYSLER WINDSOR 4-dr sedan. S/N 70577914. Black/maroon plaid cloth. Odo: 83,916 miles. Fluid Drive semiautomatic transmission. Period aftermarket sunshade, spotlight, and exhaust deflector. Excellent older repaint with some recent buffing out. Quickie replate of grille with new chrome over old pits. Original trim shows minor pitting, especially at taillight housings. Incorrect welting with a silver bead used between body and rear fenders. Minimal cosmetic work in engine compartment, seats and door panels reupholstered floor mats, the interior is original and in very good condition. Offered at no reserve. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $3,180. While the consignor used the phrase “professionally restored” on the windshield description card, I'll dare say that a repaint and new carpet are neither. As long as it continues to be well cared for and doesn't have anything expensive quit working, this was a respectable deal. Otherwise, this was just a parts car for a Series III E-type once something aside from the motor dies. GERMAN #54-1964 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 6012368. Red/cream vinyl. Odo: 52,355 miles. Heavily modified bodywork, with 1953 split-window roofline grafted to '64 body and tub. Paint looks great at ten feet, but has light orange peel that has been buffed heavily. Lots of billet aluminum trim, crate 1800-cc engine doesn't appear to have a single stock VW part. Good workmanship to interior, but not necessarily a custom job, as it seems to be from an pull handle for engine shut-off switch made from an eye bolt. No reserve, proceeds to be donated to a designated non-profit organization. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $1,643. Although it's a four-door diesel with about as much sex appeal as Eleanor Roosevelt, this was one of the best deals of the sale. Drive it economically until the wheels fall off or something expensive breaks—although a scheduled major service will cost more than the car did. The brew-yourown fuel crowd has also taken a shine to old Benzes, so there is another secondary market for it. #14-1982 PORSCHE 928 coupe. S/N WPOJA0928CS822592. Gold metallic/brown leather. Odo: 88,275 miles. Fitted with sunroof, pw, and add-on rear spoiler. Decent quality older repaint, older aftermarket window tinting. 2004 Car Craft Summer Nationals participant sticker on left front windshield corner, Harley-Davidson sticker on rear hatch window below broken-off cell phone antenna mount. Used car-grade engine bay and undercarriage, all original interior components. Heavier wear than would be expected to seats, far less to carpets. Trim around shift lever mostly missing, with correct-style Highlander package plaid cloth. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,070. During the immediate post-war years, when the bulk of the industry was doing “like it or leave it” bland interior color choices, Chrysler offered the Highlander package with plaid upholstery. Lasting only from '46–'49, it was offered on all body styles, including the Town & Country Woody convertibles. While this was not perfectly restored, these are effortless cruisers and this one represented the typical add-ons of the era. The reserve was passed at $9,300, so both the seller and the buyer did all right here. #37-1955 OLDSMOBILE SUPER 88 2-dr hard top. S/N 558C7339. Peach & white/peach & white vinyl. Odo: 80,161 miles. 324-ci V8, 4bbl, auto. Restored to high standards for retired toy and model company magnate John Ertl. Fitted with Autronic Eye headlight dimmer, Wonderbar radio with power antenna, and gas filler edge trim. Superb repaint in correct colors, restored or replaced chrome and trim. Engine compartment nice, but showing signs of use. Modern wide whitewall radials on stock rims. aftermarket upholstery kit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,784. I got the feeling that the roofline was all that was left of a locally used '53, as they tended to rust away to nothing up here in the Salt Belt. VeeWees tended to be toward the top of the list for winter beaters here during the '60s due to their traction, even if their defrosters were pathetic on -20 degree mornings. Not a great car, but a decent car and a decent buy if a Cal-style Bug is your thing. 82 remaining pieces loose. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $4,346. Both stickers on this car—especially the Harley one—might as well have said “WARNING: DON'T BID ON ME.” 928s aren't moving much in value, and they seem to be in the same league as run-down RollsRoyce Silver Shadows. The new owner might get lucky enough to get 50k more miles out of it without issue, but it's more likely he'll just be waiting for something expensive to break every time he turns the key. Sold well. New carpeting and vinyl interior upholstery correct to stock and professionally installed, door panels since rippled. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $36,040. This was about a nice as you could restore a '50s Olds without completely taking it apart. Although the consignor claimed it was all original apart from the paint, it was not. Even though there was no real star power here, this car didn't have too much difficulty going past its $33k reserve and selling for a market-correct price. A pretty good deal for the buyer. Sports Car Market

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#81-1956 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL Mk II 2-dr hard top. S/N C56F3089. Cream/ maroon leather. Odo: 79,049 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory a/c complete except for compressor drive belt. Mediocre repaint shows orange peel at base of roof along C-pillars. Newer plating on all trim, including wheel covers. All engine and chassis components older and very dirty. Slightly sooty exhaust outlets, minimal smoke upon startup. Heavier wrinkling of original and still generally supple seat leather. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,270. Bidding was quite heavy until it hit this amount, as it seemed like the low $30k range was the glass ceiling for everyone in the room. And justifiably so, as this was too good to restore and too bad to show. The consignor must have sensed this and dropped his reserve, and with about ten seconds of trying in vain to get another bid, it was hammered sold. #20-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC57J183993. Aqua/white/aqua & black vinyl & nylon. Odo: 44,331 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice frame-off restoration with only 3k miles covered since completion. High quality body and paint work, partial masking line visible at top edge of hood trim. Stainless trim and chrome either replated or replaced. Exceptionally clean engine bay, engine color slightly off hue. Fresh-looking highquality replacement interior soft trim pieces, from where it is supposed to be, modern replacement windshield installed. Engine bay sprayed with trunk paint, engine moderately cleaned. Interior restored with reproduction seat upholstery, door panels, dashpad, and carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,194. Not redone by a Corvair person, and it showed. The seller wisely cut loose the reserve when he saw that someone really was willing to buy it at this price, and everyone else quit. The two smalltime car show trophies sitting on the back seat are probably the only awards it will ever win, so hopefully the new owner got to keep them. #40-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S106942. Marlboro Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 58,974 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Judged at an NCRS event within the last two years at 91.7%. Lightly reworked body with all bonding strips barely visible. Repainted to a good standard, panel gaps no better than GM spec, exhaust outlets both sit low in body cutouts. All chrome trim replaced, both bumpers rechromed to an average standard, convertible top freshly Museum Spotlight Lane Motor Museum By Jennifer Davis-Shockley I f you're an SCMer who's been dragged to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, don't despair. Escape to the Lane Motor Museum for a fun afternoon with some of the more bizarre vehicles from Europe and the U.S. Jeff and Susan Lane opened the museum in 2002 to display cars that fell through the cracks of the serious collector world. Their 150 vehicles mostly look like props for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” but represent original and often successful thinking. The museum keeps these oddities running; everything you see can be started (usually in a cloud of 2-stroke fumes). Many cars and trucks in the 142,000- square-foot building date from the 1950s and '60s, but some are as old as the 1920s and as strange as the 1932 propeller-driven Helicron. The museum boasts 32 Citroëns and the biggest collection of rear-engine, tail-finned Tatras outside Czechoslovakia. If Citroën represents the mainstream, Wal-Mart floor mats and prerequisite fuzzy dice the only non-stock pieces. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,860. The consignor was convinced to cut this car loose once it was bid past $30k by at least three parties, and two bids later, it went home with a new owner. Last year in SCM's Buy/Hold/Sell picks, I marked the '57 Chevy as a car to sell, and that wasn't far from the mark, as a car of this caliber would've been in the $40k range this time last year. #22-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza coupe. S/N 30927W106105. Eng. # T0910ZF. Fawn Metallic/Fawn vinyl. Odo: 39,109 miles. Mileage claimed correct. Newer repaint decent, but with some masking issues throughout. Factory steel wheels incorrectly painted red instead of black, replated bumpers nice, trim good original or replacement. Accessory gas lid lip trim fitted 90 degrees January 2008 installed. Engine lightly corroded and discolored from limited use. Replaced carpet and interior vinyl, restored dashboard has lightly faded gauge lettering. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,830. I was a little surprised to see the car sell for this much, as $50k would've been more like market on a very nice driver with some needs. The seller must have wisely sensed this too, as he dropped the reserve when the bidding stopped. Well sold. #38-1969 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242379P334728. Orange/black vinyl. Odo: 46,180 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with ps, pb, hood-mounted tach, and Rally II wheels. Claimed $20k spent to rework the car, including new fenders, quarter panels, and a good quality repaint. Solid panel and door fit, rechromed bumpers and new trim. Rebuilt, bored out, and heavily cammed motor doesn't look overly modified but sounds beefier than stock. New interior vinyl and carpeting, aftermarket triple gauge pack mounted under dash. Hidden aftermarket stereo system with modern you can imagine the rest. “Rare and should be” encompasses the amphibious 1962 Alvis Stalwart, 1962 Crofton Bug, 1948 Davis Divan, 1959 DKW Munga, 1974 Faun Kraka, 1960 Goggomobile Dart, 1946 Hewson Rocket, 1936 Praga Baby, 1953 Rovin, 1924 Simca-Violet, 1959 Weidner Condor, 1965 Zaz Zaporozhets, and 1958 Zundapp Janus—which, like its namesake had seats facing both ways. Imagine an Isetta 300 with two front ends. Unique No concessions to mass-market appeal in this group of oddities. Where 702 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210 www.lanemotormuseum.org What 150 of the strangest cars in the world. Hours Thursday–Monday, 10 am to 5 pm Closed Tuesday and Wedenesday Admission Adults, $5; Seniors, $3; Under 18, Freeu 83

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MidAmerica Auctions Blaine, MN Column Author Jensen rear package shelf speakers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $27,500. While the consignor claimed that “this has everything a judge wants to see,” it had quite a bit that Pontiac-Oakland Club International club judges don't want to see. Most likely, the only judge to view it will be the local magistrate when some youthful future owner goes blasting through town smoking the tires and cranking the stereo. A realistic bid. #69-1969 FORD MUSTANG convertible. S/N 9F03M102466. Pale yellow/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 95,797 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Factory installed pb, ps, pt, center console, and AM/FM radio. Seller claims car was restored five years ago. OK repaint shows some issues, panel alignment off at both doors and hood. Replated bumpers, replaced emblems, convertible-specific trim heavily scuffed, dull, and painted silver. Mostly original interior, newer seats worn and dingy enough to match stuck too far forward on trunk lid. Buffed out stainless trim, replated bumpers, replacement roof vinyl. Seat belts faded, steering wheel rim shows heavy wear, remaining interior restored with modern reproduction soft trim. Although sounding deeper than stock, the engine runs out quite well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,665. This car saw a lot of action, both on site and over the phone. Therefore, when the bidding stalled at $40,250 on the block, the seller cut loose his $50k reserve and helped benchmark the small block 'Cuda market... at least until January. #11-1977 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37L7S4Y8454. Silver Blue Metallic/black leather. Odo: 45,767 miles. 350-ci 210-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mileage claimed correct. Paint much nicer than stock, with no masking lines or overspray anywhere. Excellent panel gaps, minimal amounts of typical plastic fascia warping. Door jambs original, engine compartment mostly factory with some after- less. Having sold at the end of the bids when the seller released his reserve, the former camp can call this well bought and the latter camp can say fully priced. A decent buy. #93-1985 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY0787F5132796. Black/ black cloth. Odo: 33,046 miles. 350-ci 230hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Mileage claimed correct since new. High quality repaint with masking lines around gas filler lid. Aftermarket rear spoiler, rear hatch low-budget window tint film starting to lift and peel. Generally well maintained engine bay not show-ready. Heavier wear than average on the driver's side market dress-up bits. Optional a/c, tilt column, and leather wheel. Supple original leather seating has almost no wear. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,865. This car had three owners since new, the first two being pilots. Actually, it now has had four total owners, since someone stepped up to pay a slight premium for it. Not the finest '77 on the planet, but a fair deal as it sat, and with some minor work, this can easily be a stunning bone-stock example. #19-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE original vinyl. Base-level steering wheel cracked at rim, with poorly-fitted center pad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $21,200. The '69–'70 Mustang convertibles don't do as well as their older brethren, and they are nearly the same in value compared to a Mach I—but the styling didn't work as well with a soft top compared to the more sexy fastback. The seller wisely released the reserve when the bidding stopped. This was a bit on the expensive side for its condition, but not a bad deal overall. #119-1971 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23H1B426707. Lemon Twist & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 31,074 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Equipped with ps, pb, wood wheel, Tic-Toc-Tach, console, and billboard side graphics. Excellent quality barebody restoration and repaint. Rear wing spoiler coupe. S/N 1G1AY8789C5109208. Silver & maroon/smoked glass/maroon leather. Odo: 49,673 miles. 350-ci 200-hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Equipped with two-tone paint, a/c, tilt column, and wood-tone interior applique. Generally good quality repaint shows a few overly definitive masking lines around gas tank filler lid. Polished optional factory alloy wheels, newly replaced radials. Moderately weathered outboard seat bolster, passenger's seat has commensurate wear for the miles indicated. Some lifting of seat cloth around driver's side power seat control panel. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $9,500. While the miles might have been low, this car showed it had been used to the fullest rather than meticulously preserved. Therefore, I saw no reason for the seller to hold out for more here. A market-correct bid. #107-1994 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1YY22P8R5105945. Red metallic/tan leather. Odo: 68,369 miles. 350-ci 300hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Sold new in Florida and consigned from a late-model car dealership. Original miles independently verified. Good condition original paint with a few light scuffs on upper curves of hood and rear wheelwells. Dealer-grade clean-up under the hood, washed off undercarriage with average wear. Interior stock engine compartment with corrosion and dirty air cleaner elements. Interior wear light and congruent with mileage. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $8,480. There is one camp that claims 1982s are worth the most of the late C3s, owing to better build quality with the move to the Bowling Green Assembly Plant. Another camp believes the combination of automatic transmission, primitive electronic fuel injection, and luxury amenities makes them worth slightly 84 shows little use, although plastic cladding doesn't fit perfectly around the steering column and some wiring can be seen. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,515. Better-condition later production C4s are staring to get some appreciation in the general market of late. Like most GM products, they were pretty much completely sorted out just before they were replaced by the C5, and the fact that this example sold above a car dealer's reserve leads some credence to this fact. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Column Author Fall Carlisle A 1921 Chevrolet 490 Touring Sedan convertible in running condition was the buy of the sale at $4,200 Company Carlisle Auctions Date October 5–6, 2007 Location Carlisle, Pennsylvania Auctioneer Jeff Knosp and Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 91 / 217 Sales rate 42% Sales total $1,519,403 High sale 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS L78, sold at $60,900 Buyer's premium 5% (included in sold prices) 1921 Chevrolet, a bargain at $4,200 Report and photos by William “Chip” Lamb Market opinions in italics C arlisle's in-house auction company closed out its 2007 schedule with its third event of the year during the first weekend in October, following a $2.2m Spring Carlisle auction in April and the $1m Corvettes at Carlisle sale in August. This year saw many changes for the company, including the passing of Carlisle's reins to the hands of Bill and Chip's sons, Bill III and Lance Miller, respectively, which cemented the transition from the days of the founders to the next generation. Air conditioning kept the main indoor auction site nice and cool despite some unseasonably warm fall weather, and potential bidders and the first consignors were already milling through the parking lot and auction-block arena on Thursday afternoon, along with casual observers who had walked across the street from the fairgrounds. When the building opened on Friday morning, the punters were in force, checking their run lists and watching the street outside as transporters, flatbeds, and enclosed trailers continued to deliver sports cars, muscle cars, and classics to the auction site. Carlisle attracts more enthusiast-driver consignors than those at the higher museum and collector-grade levels, and many of the consignments here were offered by small dealers or private parties and had been previously well-enjoyed. A number of cars were also present from larger and better-known northeastern collector car dealerships, and where reserves were either not present or 86 below market level, there were some deals to be had. Among them were a 1947 MG TC roadster in decent overall condition that sold at $15,750, a 1941 Crosley convertible that brought $6,720 (still thy beating heart, Carlisle, PA Donald Osborne), and a nice 1957 Ford Fairlane 500 2-dr hard top that found new ownership at $25,515. A few late lots did very well for their buyers Saturday afternoon, including a 1921 Chevrolet 490 Touring Sedan convertible in running and driving condition that sold at $4,200—definitely the buy of the sale. The high sale of the weekend went to a 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS fitted with the potent L78 375-hp 396. After a no-sale on the block, it went home with a new owner at $60,900. Notable no-sales included a 1967 MG BGT in driver-condition that didn't sell at a high-enough $11,000 offer, a quickly restored 1966 Pontiac GTO that failed to find new ownership at $36,000, and a rare 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T convertible that stayed with the seller at a market-correct $115,000 bid. Carlisle's slogan, “Real Cars, Real Prices,” holds more water than most similar claims elsewhere, and with the hoopla surrounding many of the larger companies and exotic televised venues around the country, Carlisle continues to support the grassroots individual collector market better than most. This year's event saw 42% sell for a final total of $1.5m, which was an increase over last year's sell-ratio of 35%, but a drop in final dollars from close to $1.7m in '06. High reserves were an issue here, but the company has come a long way since its first auction in the spring of '06. As the market continues to correct, the auctions that look for true market values instead of wishes and hopes of achieving yesteryear's prices have the best chances of succeeding, and Carlisle has its tent planted firmly in that arena. ♦ Sales Totals $2m $1.5m $1m $500k 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA ENGLISH #S127-1947 MG TC roadster. S/N TC1805. Red/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 14,889 miles. A classic 20-footer, with sanding scratches throughout and mild rust pitting on hood from '60s-era respray. Ancient white vinyl interior kit from seats to kick panels, top similar. Wood dash correct but dry, headlamps and radiator surround chrome above average. arms overlooked. Chrome bumpers beginning to rust and pit, other brightwork not addressed. Front spoiler lip cracked and split, leather dry and cracked from use, carpets fair. Burlwood interior trim faded on console and mismatched to dash. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,250. The alarm beeped at me while I inspected the car and the owner was absent each time I went back to look. At the end of the day, this was little more than a candidate for a used car auction, not a collector event. Fully priced. Engine bay tidy but undetailed. In driver condition. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,750. From the same estate as the Crosleys and King Midget in this sale, sold at no reserve by the Millers as a gesture to their old customer and friend. A nice buy for a driver, but to restore would push the price past full retail for a currently restored version. Still, this was slightly well bought. #S148-1967 MG BGT coupe. S/N 1G7GHD3L116771. Tan/red vinyl/red leather. Odo: 64,994 miles. Thick tan respray contains a high quantity of ingrained dirt and appears to have been buffed hard to remove runs. Unusual body welds around rear hatch opening. Chrome wavy, anodized aluminium and stainless trim dull, diecast brightwork pitted heavily. Strange VW Beetle roof rack clamped to roof gutters and removed just prior to sale. Interior re- GERMAN #S159-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 11304210004044. English Red/black cloth/parchment leather. Odo: 69,656 miles. Recent repaint to a driver-quality standard. Left door gap very wide at front, evidence of a previous repair present at A-pillar base. Chrome bumpers redone to a decent standard, though front bumper sags at left front. Door handles and other brightwork unrestored, with some areas dull and pitting. Windshield gasket dry, cracked, and apparently leaking on dashboard wood molding. Redyed original Recaros and RS door panels denote car's modified sporting character, large stereo only added weight. Engine bay tidy and supports claims of a built 2.7-liter powerplant. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $16,500. When fixing rust on a high-stress sports car such as this, there are plenty of wrong ways and very few right ways to do it. The seller documented around $40,000 in receipts, mostly toward major mechanical work, but the 2.7-liter engine is not exactly the most reliable platform for upgrades of this kind. Crossing the block Friday, bidding only exceeded $20,000, and it came up far short during this re-run on Saturday... more inspection no doubt played a part. Either bid should have easily resulted in a sale here. #S174-1972 PORSCHE 914 Roadster. S/N 4722913233. Orange/black/black cloth. Odo: 26,550 miles. Smooth and attractive correct orange respray with overspray evident on weatherstripping. Rocker panels appear to be mostly sculpted putty, though sides are straight. Poor paint to fiberglass top and bumpers, brightwork mostly flat, original alloys painted with a can while mounted on car. Most interior carpet stripped out, harness bar behind original cloth seats has older orange Deist belts. Engine compartment clean aside from done in Connolly hides and deep pile carpet. Engine bay clean but undetailed. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $11,000. The seller's car card touted a professional restoration, but not much on the outside of this car appeared anywhere near professional. In the end, nobody was flexible enough with the abysmal bodywork and paint on this car to spring for anything north of the high bid—even with that number represented almost totally in the over-the-top interior redo. Expensive at this bid, and just a driver without a major exterior stripdown. #F8-1990 JAGUAR XJS coupe. S/N SAJNW5847LC172264. Black/tan leather. Odo: 72,975 miles. Fresh black paint did not address body alignment or door dings, rear of boot lid very high. Some newer dings and paint chips evident, details such as rusty wiper January 2008 leather seats lumpy, European instruments indicate Western European origin and explain some rust repairs. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. The owner's history only went back to the car being registered in Philadelphia, after which it spent many years in Hawaii. The paint quality was all that kept this car out of the #3s. Friday's bid was generous at $34,000 when it crossed the block as lot F68, and Saturday's rerun resulted in disappointing bidding. It was made clear right before the car left the block for the last time that Friday's top bid would own the car, but 20/20 hindsight was not enough to turn back the clock here. #S175-1972 PORSCHE 911T coupe. S/N 9112100092. Black/black cloth. Odo: 91,309 miles. Smooth, thick black paint does not hide major rust repairs cracking through Bondo. Quarter panels, engine lid, and hood lip show evidence of filler and poor prep work, more corrosion evidence around battery tray. Bumper low at left front corner. Modern cloth some dangerous and amateurish wiring. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $4,500. Once the local autocross champion, this 914 might still make a capable weekend warrior with some tidying to the interior and engine compartment—but Bondo and bad trim were obvious enough to scare many away. Another example of invisible improvements underneath having no impact across the auction block. Seller stated it would sell regardless of the bid on Friday, but ran it both days to diminishing returns, and he took both this and lot S175 back home. #S158-1986 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Widebody replica cabriolet. S/N WPOEB0919GS170318. Yellow/black cloth/ blue leather. Odo: 75,866 miles. Sloppy yellow respray over original Diamond Blue metallic 87

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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Column Author paint. Widebody rear fenders and factory Turbo whaletail from non-Cabriolet well grafted but looking odd. Lots of overspray on trim, with black bits resprayed in a hurry, perhaps to mask excessive yellow and original fading. Blue sport seats original to car and dry and cracking from age and abuse. Aftermarket short shifter, period add-on door panel speaker enclosures, filthy original engine compartment. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $16,000. Scary fright pig Miami Beach edition 911 done by someone either with very unique tastes or a budget that ran out before the paint and top were completed. A used-hard example with tons of excuses. Bitsa 911s are never a good idea, and bidding over $10,000 here was just foolish. Thankfully, the seller still had an idea that another $7k–$9k was reachable, so nobody got hurt on this car at this particular venue. #F20-1991 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDBFA66E0MF023146. Black/black cloth/taupe leather. Odo: 101,301 miles. Both tops present. Decent quality repaint on most surfaces well-maintained, with the exception of more than a few stone chips to the front of the hood. Some evidence of a repaired left front collision visible. Interior near perfect for mileage, excepting faded pink seatbelt latches. Cruise control stalk broken at steering column, console wood loose or fitted Somewhat ripply repaint with dings, chips, dirt, and fisheye. Cowl panel high on right side, brightwork has burnishing marks and upholstery glue from top replacement around rear cowl. Diecast door handles and hard top mounts pitted, engine compartment just driver quality. Overall, a clean used car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,245. The original selling dealer took this car back in on trade recently and brought it to auction on a lark. When the reserve disappeared at $6,900, the little Alfa found a new home. Gutless, but not the worst car in which to teach your young son or daughter to drive a sports car. Nobody got hurt here, even though there's absolutely no upside. AMERICAN #S218-1921 CHEVROLET 490 touring sedan convertible. S/N 2A79509. Gray & black/black cloth/black vinyl. Ancient restoration includes many original parts inside and out. Black overspray on hood sloppy, ostensibly from respraying radiator. Modern incorrect taillamp, black cloth top still intact. Black seats and rubber mats aged but not rotted away or torn excessively. Wood steering wheel needs refinishing but is not split or cracked. Later engine underhood runs empty, replacement present in passenger footwell. Interior rough and somewhat incomplete. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,095. The “No Brakes” sign taped to the steering wheel during much of the preview didn't stop someone from driving the car across the block. A nice value on a neat and rare car nonetheless, and it won't be too much of a challenge to restore it. A fair deal all around. #F69-1957 DESOTO ADVENTURER 2- poorly at one time. Engine compartment clean, evidence of factory Dinitrol spray still visible. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $10,500. This firstyear example of the R129-chassis SL had aged better than most, but it was not quite a collectible automobile. Auctioneers claimed original paint as it crossed the block, but bidders were holding out. Whether they bought the claims as-presented or not, the car was not for sale at the top bid. ITALIAN #S196-1988 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER Graduate convertible.S/N ZARBA5643J1062846. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 50,677 miles. 88 smoothly. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,200. Last seen at The Hershey Auction's sale in October '06, where it sold at $7,865 (SCM# 43151). Claimed 40+ years in a museum, with a restoration that obviously predates that time. I'm glad I had driven over to the fun field by this time, as I would have bought the car and then had even less room for works in progress. The buy of the sale and cheap money, too, since it runs, drives, and stops better than the equivalent Model T. #S136-1941 CROSLEY convertible. S/N 39031748. Yellow/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 30,884 miles. Paint shows slight bubbles and pits on top surfaces, but still probably dr hard top. S/N 50422556. White & gold/tan vinyl & cloth. Odo: 1,423 miles. 345-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older repaint apparently carried out in stages, with minor panel-to-panel mismatches. Body gaps straight, waviness to chrome bumpers. Smaller brightwork unrestored, diecast bits show some pitting. Nice interior appears to be original down to gold flecked brown carpet, although seats could use some minor detailing. Engine bay appears largely original and in very good order. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,000. It could be argued that this example had less pop than the Willis car (lot F60), but the exclusivity of an Adventurer brought the right premium. The last 1st generation Hemi gentleman's hot rod, with wild fins and gold-tone alloys harking back to Sports Car Market better than what was originally applied. Other than nice cloth top and vinyl seats, interior bare of carpet or panels. Unfinished due to previous owner's death. Engine compartment clean, complete, and intact. Runs smoothly. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,720. A nice basis to complete an unusual pre-war Crosley. The little two-cylinder engine was only undersized at this event by the King Midget from the same estate, but this was a decent no-reserve price for a consumer of extra space in someone's enclosed trailer. #F51-1950 CROSLEY HOTSHOT road- ster. S/N VC10084. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 7,009 miles. Rough old body not terribly rusty, paint falling off in small chunks around hail or falling garage debris damage. No major cancer present, but barn-abused as much as barn-found. Folding frame for windshield

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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA Column Author the block, but the convenience of modern a/c and an apparent good-running powertrain got more than a few people interested in it as a driver's car. Reserve came off at $24,000, and a few more small increments ended the auction. Nicely bought. #F60-1959 DESOTO FIREFLITE 2-dr the ultimate in 1950s automotive excess. The seller's reserve was reasonable given the high level of preservation, and the buyer should have no regrets at this price. #S163-1957 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N D7FH257320. Red/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 67,039 miles. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Both tops present, sloppy body gaps throughout. Trunk and hood bowed, older lacquer repaint shows numerous sags and waves. Pot metal brightwork pitted, chrome bumpers pitting and crazing. Non-original older reupholstery, steering wheel cracked. hard top. S/N M451109047. White & coral/ gray vinyl & cloth. Odo: 63,273 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows minor prep flaws and ingrained dirt, mild overspray on weatherstripping visible throughout. Chrome bumpers well above average, pot metal pitted as though unrestored. Optioned with dual antennas and right-hand remote mirror. Interior mint and possibly original, with only a few dashpad wrinkles. Engine well-detailed without being overdone. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,775. Once owned by Bruce Willis. Interior mothball stench a little unsettling, but interest in this car was enough to break the reserve at the sale price. A nice unusual car at a slight deal for the buyer, with no harm done to the seller. Modern radio in once-blue dashboard, some issues with original instruments. Old engine bay restoration tatty. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $31,500. Claimed to have been an AACA parade car, but I can't see too many parades or other functions left in this example with its rotten old bias ply whitewalls and Bondo-filled body. It was not even a special E- or F-code T-Bird, so this price was enough and more. Well sold, hopefully to benefit some function of the AACA museum in Hershey. #S185-1957 FORD FAIRLANE 500 2-dr hard top. S/N CFV332892. Red & black/red cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 64 miles. 292-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very presentable paint and body, slight upper door gap issues on passenger side. Chrome and brightwork excellent, glass and trim unmarked. Interior either older high-standard reproduction or low-miles original, with some fading to tops of front seats. Engine bay well-detailed but tarted up by modern dress-up items. Aftermarket a/c fitted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $25,515. Modern comfort and dress-up items caused this car to lose some juice across #S154-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867S103121. Roman Red & white/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 19,324 miles. 350-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sloppy pop-riveted patch in front valance panel, stress cracks in coves and under last E in Corvette along nose. Very old repaint coming apart and about to peel in large sheets, with chips and scratches throughout. Older chrome bumpers dinged and misaligned. Pitted potmetal brightwork, stainless dull. Older interior redo panel. Chrome ground down hard and overbuffed, woodwork redone to home handyman standards, applique older. Unique bucket seat interior features driver power seat and T-Bird swing-away steering wheel. Modern a/c compressor and hoses fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,375. Built new for the wife of a California Ford dealer. Seen before at Kruse Auburn in May '07, where it didn't sell at $19,000 (SCM# 45953). It was clear the seller had had enough of toting this big rig around the auction circuit, as he pulled his $30,000 reserve at this high bid. Too bad Publisher Martin wasn't in the room; he and the happy buyer might have driven the price slightly higher. #F70-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 118376N119353. Bronze/black vinyl. Odo: 22,101 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One apparent repaint in original color over a very straight original body. Some dirt in clear coat, minor sags on sides. Door and panel gaps to factory specs. Interior dusty but completely original throughout, minor use wear to carpets and door panels. Engine compartment undetailed, but clean. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $12,600. It's occasionally nice to see a sleeper shows redye to dash and door panels. Engine bay messy and missing most original detail parts. Engine stated as coming from a 1971 Corvette. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $38,063. Just an old driver Corvette to impress your friends or empty your wallet while attempting to restore... which would be pointless unless you found the original powertrain under a rock in your backyard. Fully priced for condition alone, and a premium considering the incorrect engine fitted. #S167-1965 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE wagon. S/N 5J78Z166321. Green & wood/tan vinyl. Odo: 89,922 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Respray in original color shows flaws throughout, worst dirt and orange peel in tailgate 90 hot rod when it's a one-owner documented original—even one in a relatively unattractive color as this one. The Protect-o-Plate was present at the sale and the owner let it go for surprisingly less than many expected. The following afternoon, the car occupied a premium vendor space on the swap meet field and had a price tag in the window $9,000 higher than its sale price across the block. Well bought, as the new owner will likely make a few bucks when it's sold again. #F37-1966 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. S/N 6F07A726020. Blue/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 57,000 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. “Fresh restoration” already looks older, with prep issues throughout. Bumpers overly ground and sanded, brightwork clean aside from minor scratches. Heavily pitted trunk lock escutcheon an unfortunate oversight, roof rail weatherstripping disintegrating. High-quality interior kit, custom armrest console and cupholders, faded original shift knob. Engine bay to clean driver condition, with Cobra finned Sports Car Market

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Carlisle Auctions Carlisle, PA aluminum valve covers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $17,325. Blocking and sanding appear to be a dying art in light of this amateurish restoration. While many available reproduction parts were used here, there was more shopping to be done. Across the block, the car looked somewhat more respectable, and as reserve was met at $16,000, another couple of bids bought it. Well bought and sold. #S137-1966 KING MIDGET convertible. S/N K660554A. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 4,327 miles. Paint applied thickly in minimal coats, probably in line with production specs. Some amateurish rust repairs to rear cowl in front of decklid, with orange peel and dirt showing. Some ripples to bodywork throughout, aluminum bumpers scuffed. Older from Thursday on, so any serious bidders got the information they needed ahead of time. The reserve was met at the top bid, which was a reasonable deal for all parties involved. #S170-1969 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2-dr sedan. S/N 114279W506870. Eng. # W506870. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 34,178 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rotisserie restored and color changed from Cortez Silver to Tuxedo Black with no trace of former hue. Deep black paint complements excellent panel fit throughout, ever-so-slight waviness along sides of car. Interior appears original and faultless. Engine compartment well-detailed and not overdone. Cowl induction air cleaner fitted. Build sheet Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,025. A nice example of one of these, especially considering the mileage. More than a few of these were put away and still have four-digit mileage on the odometer, but needless to say, not many cross the block at major events, yet there is recent evidence of renewed and serious collector interest in these special edition models. There's still room for growth for this one in the future, so it can be considered well bought. #F87-1982 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Collector Edition coupe. S/N1G1AY0785C5110728. Silver Beige Metallic/smoked glass/gold, tan, & gray leather. Odo: 7,218 miles. 350-ci 200hp fuel-injected V8, auto. Better than most museum-stored low mileage classics. Only a few nicks and scratches in headlight doors and bumper, mild stress cracking around front license plate opening. All original throughout, Kohler 12.5-hp engine detailed nicely, interior clean and well fitted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $3,570. This arrived at Carlisle on its own little red trailer that accompanied it across the block, and hopefully the occult car collector who bought it had some way of getting it home aside from doubling up on trailers. Not a bad deal for the ultimate microcar buff or for someone who wants to upgrade his vintage racing pit transportation a notch or two. #S124-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 Replica coupe. S/N 124379N614044. Cortez Silver & black/black vinyl/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 26,167 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Body wavy along the sides, with creases visible in both doors. Driver's door sags from worn hinge bushings, passenger's door adjusted tight for good gap when closed, hood high at cowl. Brightwork around windshield dented from installation, interior slightly lumpy with nice aftermarket kit installed. Engine bay detailed to local show standards, with plenty of later aftermarket parts installed. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $27,825. There was a slight chance this car was hit in the right front corner and repaired, given certain gap and fit issues, but it was likely nothing that couldn't be cleared up. Non-original powertrain not mentioned across the block, but the car was on display January 2008 present. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $60,900. While the black paint was about two times deeper than original, it was evenly- and well-executed throughout. Slight prep issues and some unrestored age wear kept it out of trailer-queen perfect status, but it was very nice nonetheless. Bidding trailed off at $56,000, and after the car left the block it was announced that the seller had taken the top bid offered. Well bought and sold on quality alone. #F36-1979 DODGE LI'L RED EXPRESS pickup. S/N D13JS9S173754. Red & wood paneling/red vinyl. Odo: 77,814 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body straight, left rear corner of the hood bent upwards. Repaint shows some sags, dirt, and heavy fisheye and orange peel in rear half of left front fender. Nice brightwork all original aside from redone rear bumper. Interior crisp apart from small rip in driver's seat bottom and some broken piping on that edge. Engine compartment appears completely original and tidy with no apparent restoration. aside from battery and maybe tires. Engine bay reflects mileage with excellent preservation for age. Interior immaculate with no wear noted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $23,888. One of many put away, and cosmetically on par with the 2,000mile 2008 Saab media car I drove to the event. Seemed to run fine as it drove across the block, selling at the reserve price despite its relatively undesirable automatic transmission. #F100-1984 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1G1AYO780E5125544. Bronze Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 85,981 miles. 350ci 205-hp fuel-injected V8, 4-sp. Evidence of front bumper and clip respray aside from onetime full body repaint. Orange peel and some fisheye throughout, right rear bumper finish spidering. Weatherstripping dry, leather cracking on driver's seat, carpet and console faded. Cut-off switch on battery hints at electrical issues. Heavy Armor-All underhood over black spray-can touch-ups. Steering rack boot torn and soaked with power steering fluid. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,355. A rather tarted up 1st year C4 Corvette. Just an old used car with slightly under-average mileage for a pleasure vehicle. Sounded and looked good enough across the block to meet its $5,000 reserve, and it picked up one more bidder beyond that. 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Keenan Portland, ME Column Author The Ernie Clair, Sr. Collection Many of the cars on offer were projects, with Steve Keenan remarking at the beginning of the sale that “nothing works here” Company Keenan Auction Company Date September 30, 2007 Location Portland, Maine Auctioneer Steve & Stefan Keenan, Thomas “Spanky” Assiter Automotive lots sold / offered 145 / 145 Sales rate 100% Sales total $1,278,080 High sale 1953 Buick Skylark convertible, sold at $78,100 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Plenty of derelicts in Maine Report and photos by William “Chip” Lamb Market opinions in italics J ames “Ernie” Clair, Sr. started his first car dealership in 1964, and eventually owned a total of 19 throughout the New England region. He started collecting cars at an early age and storing them away as they were accumulated either through a trade-in at one of his dealerships or purchased by him on a whim. Many of the cars had fallen into a state of disrepair by the time of Clair's death in late 2004, with more than one hundred cars occupying storage buildings, barns, and Clair properties in the area. As the estate cleared probate, the Keenan Portland, ME buyers to make their inspections prior to bidding, and Steve Keenan remarked at the beginning of the sale that “nothing works here.” Although a lot of the cars were rough, the sale offered opportunities for bidders to acquire many vehicles not commonly offered; in most cases, these vehicles were mechanically better than average considering their overall condition. A special treat for attendees was the full participation and showmanship of well-known auctioneer superstar Thomas “Spanky” Assiter, who worked as a ringman during the first 23 lots, then moved to the podium and swung the gavel throughout the remainder of the event. The high sale of the day went to a 1953 Buick Skylark convertible that brought Auction Company in South Portland was called in to liquidate the collection at no reserve. In conjunction with Clair family members, two employees of Clair Ford/Mazda came in to get as many of the vehicles as possible running and driving prior to the sale, and these two dedicated technicians worked for almost nine months to do so—while continuing their regular dealership service work. They remained on hand throughout the weekend to assist at the sale, helping with whatever problems arose before and after the cars crossed the block. As with any auction, the responsibility was with the 92 $78,100. While in need of a complete restoration, it was all there and not excessively rusty, and it was a decent buy considering the current market for restored examples. Other notable sales included a 1955 Cadillac Sedan DeVille in time-warp condition that sold at $9,900, a 1969 Buick GS 400 Stage 1 drag car that sold at a cheap $4,180, and a 1928 Rolls-Royce 20hp with later unknown boattail speedster coachwork that found new ownership at an inexpensive $30,800. Clair's children, grandchildren, and extended family were present at the sale, purchasing numerous cars back from the estate and having more than a casual impact on the overall results. A 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud returned to the family at $30,800, which while high for the model, was likely worth it considering the car's sentimental value. While a collector car auction is a rare event for Keenan, this was not its first auto- motive sale and certainly not a format the company is unfamiliar with. A total of over $1.2m was by no means a disappointment considering most of the lots were complete projects, and while this sale was a one-time event, Keenan clearly demonstrated its ability to sell within the market. ♦ Sports Car Market

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Keenan Portland, ME ENGLISH #54-1928 ROLLS-ROYCE 20hp boattail speedster. S/N GBM12. Silver, aluminum, & wood/black leather. RHD. Odo: 4,149 miles. Originally a hearse or shooting-brake of unknown coachbuilder. Paint peeling off left rear quarter from poor prep work, hood unpainted aluminum. Brightwork dull, chassis clean and uniformly black throughout. Wood rear sections nice, well finished and similarly well-preserved left pane of windshield cracked. Fiberglass cycle fenders of unknown origin show well, but I can't think of any other fiscally responsible cause for this car other than a recreation of the “Monty Python” mortician sketch. Well sold. #8-1951 MG TD roadster. S/N TD2056. Eng. # LHX2360. Red/tan vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 13,603 miles. Early 1970s respray coincides with ancient restoration. Body lacks flex seams in rocker panels, an indication of major rust or accident repair sometime in its past. Decent chrome and brightwork given age and lackadaisical storage. Weatherstripping petrified and showing minor indications of overspray. Interior intact but undetailed, period Allstate radio in dashboard. Engine hit $20,000 it was crazy, so this was committable. Well sold. #68-1959 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD saloon. S/N LSKC49. White/magnolia leather. Odo: 32,900 miles. Slightly better-than-average wedding car body and paint over original Shell Gray and maroon. Decent panel fit, weatherstripping petrified and showing overspray. Radiator shell not overpolished, bumpers beyond acceptable. Leather dry, but engine compartment reasonably clean. Runs and drives acceptably. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $30,800. Last seen at Sotheby's London sale in May '67, where it sold at $3,266 (SCM# 3997). There was no provenance as to ownership or coachbuilder, so as the bidding entered the mid $20k range, it became very soft. Go ahead, irk the local RROC chapter when you show up for its next wine and cheese party in this car... Despite being a standard 20hp example, this was still a neat piece for cheap money. #37-1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Springfield limousine. S/N S285KR. Eng. # 20859. Black/black & brown leather & cloth. Odo: 6,476 miles. Wavy and dented black Brewster body shows evidence of more than one past repaint. Black vinyl roof rotted and peeling at rear, exterior brightwork tarnished, pitted, and overly polished. Glass cracked in right front door window, partition window shattered but still intact. Front leather crackly, compartment mostly complete, but missing top of original oil bath air cleaner. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,500. Keenan had this listed as a 1953 model at the sale, but the verified low chassis number could only be from 1951. It's nice to find one of these not too terribly rusted or overly kicked around, and I imagine some dreamy college student traded it in back in the day and Clair wisely stored it for the duration. Right on the money, well bought and sold. #88-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 convertible. S/N T831291DN. Maroon/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 16,600 miles. Very rough inside, outside, and underneath. Older respray about as dead as the mouse inside the glovebox, with sections of paint and Bondo coming off in sheets. Door gaps way off. Rubber and leather petrified throughout, engine bay in junkyard condition. An under-the-tree-find... the barn with no cracks or rips. Interior wood crackly, engine bay still dusty from repaint. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $30,800. While there's a minor surge for Clouds across the board, this was all the money and more. There's a reason for this, as Mary Clair waxed nostalgic about her father's time with this car and just had to own it at the top bid. Fully priced, which shows the value of family ties. #91-1962 TRIUMPH TR4 roadster. S/N CT11355L. Eng. # CT11170E. Bondo, red, & green/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 97,220 miles. A bit of aquamarine or turquoise stands out under layers of red primer, Bondo, surface rust, and combinations of the above. Originally a white car with red interior, it now lacks most of the interior but is otherwise complete. rear compartment surprisingly tidy down to original woodwork. Engine bay undetailed and appears complete, but a box of valvetrain parts suggests otherwise. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $33,000. The high bidder missed the aforementioned box of parts, finding out only later that the big 6 had been apart for some years and this was not going to run without an investment akin to what he just paid for the car. Perhaps a good chassis basis for a more interesting body, January 2008 must have collapsed. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,200. Ernie Clair smiled as this crossed the block for over DHC or 150S money—and it didn't even have overdrive. Buyer is all the way in and somewhat deeper, as there's no way a restoration will pay off for this example in the foreseeable future. Someone must have thought a 150 was more valuable than a 120 or 140 just because it was a bigger number. When the bids Driver's side rear tire expired. Engine present and relatively tidy, with a chrome valve cover and original SU carbs. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $1,210. Again, not a terrible project, and a terrific parts car for the money. As an early pre-IRS TR4, the drivetrain alone is worth the top bid and commission if it isn't stuck. Well bought no matter why. #69-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT Mulsanne saloon. S/N SCAZS42A2CCX06217. White/tan leather. Odo: 131,667 miles. An originally-white Silver Spirit with one decent-quality respray and no apparent body reworking. Exceptionally straight given mileage, nice chrome and trim. Rear suspension down, brakes likely the same. 93

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Keenan Portland, ME Column Author Leather dry, dash wood light, door wood peeling off in chunks. Engine compartment surprisingly clean. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $16,500. While most likely a Connecticut to New York City executive commuter car judging by the community and country club stickers on the glass, this was almost the Webster's Dictionary definition of Fright Pig as far as Rolls-Royces go. Crazy money for a car with apparent expensive needs—the high bid may match the first repair bill to cover mechanicals. Well sold. GERMAN #87-1963 PORSCHE 356 coupe. S/N 201998. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 19,957 miles. Ancient respray over a less-than-impressive 356 shell. Lots of orange peel and fisheye throughout, poor gaps explained partially by rusted-out rocker panels with pieces falling out onto pavement. Rear wheelwells rusty, tread peeling off tires like orange zest. Interior largely original, engine bay complete with the exception of air cleaners. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $8,800. Once a soft car from many salty winters, I'd say this one was about ready to stick a fork in. Were the combined parts worth the top bid? If so, this was still all the money if not more, given the work to part it out or strip and redo. #95-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 600SEL SWB limousine. S/N 1000121200794. Black/ black leather. Odo: 83,397 miles. Heavy black repaint with dents in right rear quarter. Left rear taillamp lens smashed, left rear suspension problem causes car to list. Hydraulic windows faulty, taped up, and drooping. Dash and door wood rough, most panels hanging off doors not quite loose but by no means attached. Leather dry but almost intact, chrome and brightwork need major help. Passenger-side door mirror missing. Jammed hood opened by someone wielding a large screwdriver, revealing an engine that looks to have once been underwater. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,000. Along with the engine, anyone who attempts restoration of 94 faded but mostly intact. Clean dash aside from decal residue in center. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $660. More of a barn find than an abandoned Bondo bucket, but the price here reflected the latter rather than the former. Crossing only the viewscreen, this 914 might have done better cleaned up and pushed across the block. Well bought by the adventurous sort, as it will be impossible to get hurt at this price. ITALIAN #90-1965 FIAT 600 coupe. S/N 100653859. Eng. # 1000001146. Red & black/tan vinyl. Odo: 31,360 miles. Original red paint faded to chalk-board consistency. Black top naturally not as bad given it was likely a later addition. Small rust areas in lower front fenders and rear quarters still considerably less than most of these in similar shape anywhere. Original this car would likewise be in the murky deep. If the drooping Silver Spirit (lot 69) wasn't bad enough, try a car whose water pump costs $5,000 rebuilt and whose brake pads start at a reasonable $1,000 or so... custom-made by a gentleman in Pennsylvania. While it could be parted out for a fairly speedy recoup on the investment, it would still be a shame to crush the rest. Fair money for condition. #94-1976 PORSCHE 914 Roadster. S/N 4762900182. White/black/black cloth. Odo: 84,403 miles. Older white repaint flaking off top surfaces. Glass uncracked, good panel gaps and door shut lines hint it was probably never heavily rusted or wrecked. Rocker panels starting to get cancerous but not overly so, interior Spartan interior surprisingly nice down to rubber floormats. Engine compartment clean, car started and ran briefly before fuel system clogged up. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,090. Fiats like these rusted about as badly out in California and are for the most part merely brownish dust in the Northeast. Not too bad at all as a restoration object, and it was so tempting that the guy next to me bought it on my enthusiasm alone. Well done for a neat little project with a little upside. JAPANESE #8B-1972 HONDA 600 coupe. S/N AZ6001015123. Eng. # N600E2513714. Medium blue/black vinyl. Odo: 41,066 miles. Original paint and interior remarkably wellpreserved for mileage and use. Paint exhibits minor flaws, including large chip on hood. Sloppy tape-on pinstripe probably fitted by the original selling dealer. Rear window caulked onto hatch around chipped and scratched blackout trim. Brightwork original, somewhat pitted, and dull in small areas. Front seats torn at seam lines, carpets slightly worn, wires hang under dash. Undetailed engine bay remarkably clean. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,400. A sticker on the rear hatch belied this car's origins from Saco Honda, another of the local Clair stores on Route 1. Like many cars here, though not to the same extent, this was a victim of lessthan-perfect storage and dealership display over the years. I thought this would appeal to more folks on size and cute factor alone, and if my trailer had just another foot in length and the fragile fiberglass car tucked inside was not so meticulously strapped down, I might have bought it myself at this price. AMERICAN #1-1908 BUICK MODEL 10 3-Passenger touring. S/N 10E942. Yellow/black vinyl. RHD. Ancient reconditioning shows original dark blue paint underneath broom-finished yellow, likely immediate post-WWII vintage. Headlamp brass dented, gas lamps missing, cowl-mounted lamps intact but no gas tanks remain. Firestone Akron tires not completely gone, new NAPA Commercial battery present. Vinyl interior crafted around the same time as the paintwork. Engine bay greasy but complete, made running for the sale. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,500. While not London-to-Brighton Sports Car Market

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Keenan Portland, ME Column Author Bidders knew this was a rare find and bid accordingly. Despite all the surviving Model Ts, over 95% have been painted at one time or another, and this appeared to be the exception to the rule. Not overly well-bought, but still a very neat piece. #39-1926 FORD MODEL T pickup. S/N 13211015. Black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Older restoration looks good from a distance, but is still decidedly amateur in execution. Bodywork reasonably straight with few dings to fenders, nice wood floor and bed. No front eligible, this will be 100 years old next January and ran well enough to move onto the new owner's trailer. Slightly well bought for condition. There's room for restoration and growth as these cars find a new enthusiast base. #38-1921 FORD MODEL T Center Door sedan. S/N 5156322. Green & black/brown cloth. Very original side-entry T sedan with factory interior. Body redone in green probably sometime in the 1950s, front bumper added. Petrified rubber and vinyl, sliding windows damage. Engine bay clean, OHV 8 not welldetailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $6,875. Another restoration might have been in order, but the high bid would have been short anywhere other than here. A nice basis for a tour or parade car to complete without breaking the bank, or a rather easy project. Well bought. #47-1932 CHEVROLET CONFEDERATE bumper, add-on starter inoperative. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,800. There were two roadster pickups at this event, and this was the one which was more or less complete and appeared to be not far away from operational. A fair deal for the estate and the buyer, as it won't take much to have this in parades again shortly. #44-1928 BUICK MODEL 28-20 coupe. S/N 2152354. Black & green/brown cloth. Odo: 57,711 miles. Body shows rubbedthrough paint in places. Vinyl roof not too bad, right rear tire doesn't hold air. Interior surprisingly nice throughout and may be original. Dashboard missing clock. Engine compartment interesting. Engine spray-painted silver. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $7,700. A rare high-roof twodoor Model T not often seen in any condition. Non-running Model Ts are rare given the ease in getting them going again, and even though this one needed a full restoration, I still consider it well-bought. #42-1925 FORD MODEL T Trunkback roadster. S/N 70034801. Black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Barn-find condition, likely completely original down to paint, top and interior, though seat may have been redone long ago. Top features glass rear window. Engine bay appears tidy, new spark plugs may indicate good running condition. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $7,975. pickup. S/N 2BB0123303. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 30,730 miles. A quickly resprayed example without much attention to detail. John Deere Green body wavy with uniform orange peel throughout, giant peeling section and very hasty respray visible on right door. Body color clashes with teal-painted wheels, wood running boards and bed nice. Interior tidy and complete, engine bay appears functional. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,325. Pickups are hot, and the incredibly poor paint was all but ignored for the functional and well-done aspects of this truck. Not too high, but probably all the money for an example in this condition. #59-1936 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD complete down to oil can on firewall, vacuum tank leaks fuel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,600. Well bought as an unusually original car. Just about as-found, with nothing having been molested. Not too distinctive or rare, hence the mediocre bid, but it would have made an excellent project for someone in the market for a solid starting point. #46-1932 BUICK MODEL 575 4-dr sedan. S/N 32519. Black/tan cloth. Odo: 12 miles. Older restoration mostly completed, but not quite. Thick black paint looks fresh but not well-applied. Chrome appears replated, headlight lenses missing. Older reproduction or original interior shows unfortunate moth 96 Sports Car Market Series 80 4-dr convertible. S/N 63197. Ivory/ tan cloth/brown vinyl. Odo: 23,873 miles. Older lacquer repaint one step away from peeling in places. Running board, side mount, and trunk trim missing. Stainless could use a light polish, chrome peeled in spots and wavy on bumpers, hubcaps dented. Interior done unsympathetically in vinyl. Tan cloth top may be

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Alfa Bits the last cosmetic vestige of this car from new. Engine bay dusty as if fresh from body shop and painted a strange metallic green. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $44,000. Ernie Clair's son Mark told me that the car was very nice before his father decided he didn't like the color, and he sent it to one of his dealership body shops for a repaint. Here's the result. A sad end to a serious full classic car. Here's hoping the lacquer does peel off, it would be interesting to see what's underneath. All the money considering the great mystery of the OHV V12 engine; even the Buick four-door convertible did better with its relatively pedestrian straight-eight. #62-1939 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Series 60 4-dr sedan. S/N 6105680. Grayblue metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 75,646 miles. Decent repaint likely completed just before long-term storage, some edges of bodywork completely bereft of paint and rusting lightly. Chrome and stainless need a good polishing more than anything. Interior redone in surplus Dodge Caravan herringbone cloth. Completely rewired with modern commercial-grade stock, done at a boat canvas shop. Bumper chrome nice, diecast metal about average for year and condition. Stainless trim shiny and showing no signs of heavy polishing. Front leather appears original, rear compartment done in vinyl. Dash wood applique still presentable, light cracking to steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $52,800. One of 230 built, possibly one of only 15 remaining. Bought by an SCMer to resell, and as of press time, he's considering a less-than-quickie restoration to see what his money can do for him. Slightly well bought for the long haul, but for right now, the price was fair all around. #60-1940 PACKARD 120 convertible. S/N 13992384. Black/white cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 51,396 miles. Old black lacquer repaint heavily crazed in right rear fender, paint flaking around hinges on hood and along center panel. Nice old chrome bumpers still decent, diecast trim moderately pitted. Older cloth top shows no major flaws, well-worn vinyl seat almost looks like leather in its current state. Steering wheel like driftwood. Engine bay tidy except Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All creative English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #190150385070-1979 ALFA ROMEO ALFETTA sedan. S/N AR116580003291. Tan/brown velour. Odo: 25,313 miles. 24 Photos. Langhorne, PA. 25,313 miles. “This MINT Alfa has factory a/c, factory sunroof & a plush interior. It is certainly an elegant & unique vehicle which has been garage kept, well maintained and pampered for its entire life.” 19 bids, sf 201, bf 237. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $11,500. We last saw this car on eBay about two years ago, when it sold for $14k (SCM# 39972). I believe the first guy didn't ever show up to pay what I joked to be seven times market for the Alfetta. Well sold, and better luck next time... #130142557680-1988 ALFA ROMEO MILANO VERDE sedan. S/N ZARDA1247J1051128. Black/burgundy leather. Odo: 25,698 miles. 17 Photos. Miami, FL. “Rebuilt title” from front end damage, touring car body kit. Rebuilt engine, ported & polished heads, rebuilt transmission, new interior, clutch, & steering rack, “new instrument cluster (odometer reflects the total mileage on the car since it was restored)”, and “Stole auto aircraft-grade buss bars replace original bakelite ones. Engine colors incorrect, but clean overall. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. A sad example of what was essentially a well-prepared tour car that was probably the victim of long damp storage. The smell of varnished fuel was par for the course at this event, and while this car was no exception, it was in the minority of those which drove on and off the block. Well bought, as these are easy and fun to drive, and parts are not difficult to find. #58-1940 BUICK SERIES 80 phaeton 4- dr convertible. S/N 12694572. Green/white vinyl/black leather & vinyl. Odo: 85,370 miles. Old green lacquer respray shows much crazing to door finish and small chips around edges. Surprisingly rust-free underneath and along body. White top looks to have been re for surface rust and sloppy paint on firewall ostensibly from color change of car from white. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $36,300. Claimed to have been in the mini-series “War and Remembrance,” but it was a stretch to find anyone who remembered this car in better days. The Clair family thought they knew which one of their childhood friends had once owned it, but they couldn't remember off-hand. Price was about right considering it was a candidate for a full restoration, not just a refurbishment. #20-1948 BUICK SUPER woody wagon. S/N 14868761. Green & wood/black vinyl/tan cloth & red vinyl. Odo: 24,881 miles. Ancient green paint possibly original, bodywork dented and dinged throughout. Outer wood missing on left rear door, door hinges no longer affixed to center post with door merely latched to car. 16x7-1/2 wheels.” 8 bids, sf 15, bf 76. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $6,200. A Herculean effort at building a bionic Milano, and but for that “rebuilt” title, this price was fair (and probably a colossal loss). As a salvage car with unknown total mileage, it really shouldn't have made more than $4k. Well sold. #180146465588-1995 ALFA ROMEO 164Q sedan. S/N ZARED33R6S6314456. White/black leather. Odo: 81,400 miles. 24 Photos. Palatine, IL. “Excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. This is a ‘turn-key' vehicle. The engine sounds great, is very strong and never misses a beat—it has always started easily and idles smoothly. The transmission shifts smoothly and there are no fluid leaks of any kind. Everything works—all electrics, lights, switches, motors, etc., including the electronically adjustable suspension.” Performance chip, Alpine stereo and newer 16” rims. Window sticker scanned. 11 bids, sf 24, bf 5. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $9,200. With resale value like this, I might start to think of the 164 as the Toyota Camry of Alfas. Just kidding. This was a very nice example with tasteful mods and enthusiast mileage. It sold for $2k or $3k more than it should have, and I will just chalk that up to the seller's good-luck Quadrifoglio. January 2008 97

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Keenan Portland, ME Column Author Wood rough, black vinyl all but gone from roof. Interior covered and tatty. Comes with long-ago stashed wagon-load of spare parts in rear for eventual restoration, including roll of LeBaron Bonney vinyl for the roof. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $13,200. Were it not for salt, termites, and mice, this might have looked more like its long-ago beachfront summer houseowning family remembered it. Not an overly ambitious project for the skilled boat and car restorer, but right up there. Still, a decent buy at this price. #55-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible conversion. S/N 496248863. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 29,140 miles. Unusual convertible conversion performed on an original Club coupe. Rear cowl reworking almost undetectable beneath very shiny paint. Body straight and solid, brightwork in front oversanded or overbuffed, with scratches under average rechroming. Rear bumper starting to flake its plating. Haartz partment finished in rattlecan black. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $19,800. The contrast between this car and the convertible conversion (lot 55) was stark. The two cars were parked right next to each another in an unintentional “before and after” display. Bidding reflected this car's condition as well as its preview placing next to the conversion, and apparently a little extra value blew from that car to this one. #15-1953 BUICK SKYLARK convertible. S/N 17052256. Carlsbad Black/white vinyl/red & white vinyl. Odo: 75,634 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older thick black lacquer, body shows numerous dings and dents. Correct original red wheelwells appear solid. Body and door gaps fair to poor, with a major issue at right door window. Stainless trim not overly abused, diecast metal pitting, chrome bumpers pitted and rusty in tight areas. Petrified big Corleone Black '57 Cadillac Fleetwood, and this was the only one that ran and drove across the block. Other than being four quarts low on ATF, it was a smooth driving car. Prior to this revelation, the crowd was not too enthusiastic. Still, this only needed a little work to be a decent driver, and this price was on the money with that in mind. #17-1955 CADILLAC SEDAN DEVILLE 4-dr sedan. S/N 5562118413. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 70,341 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Possibly original black paint thin on front clip, with surface rust showing in places. Body production-line straight and surprisingly rust-free. Rear chrome and brightwork rusted and pitted far worse than front, stainless trim shines down both sides. Original interior in nearperfect condition under period seat covers, door panels and dash nice. Steering wheel and interior trim almost show-quality down to cloth top has glass window, exquisite interior shows no faults. Engine bay detailed to a high standard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $62,700. As a Cadillac fan, I like odd conversions such as these, especially when they hark back to the original coachbuilt “roadsters” like Derham and others built for Hollywood stars. Arguably the most show-worthy car present, it needed little to impress a more critical crowd. Value was more a factor of passion than market here given the '80s-era reworking, but this was still an impressive piece for the money spent. #56-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 62 convertible. S/N 496238865. Red/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 60,476 miles. Older repaint leaves much to be desired. Hood trim missing along top of repeatedly hit and repaired panel. Right front fender sags at rear, paint overbuffed, chipped, and dented throughout. Top and interior an unsympathetic period reupholstery. Steering wheel 60% disintegrated, brightwork and chrome surprisingly almost better than anything else on car. Engine com- weatherstripping throughout, older top barely intact and pulling in all directions, similar vintage vinyl interior looks as bad as most original leather interiors. Barn-find engine compartment missing air cleaner assembly. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $78,100. An older “Gentleman's Hot Rod” in need of more-than-average TLC. An Internet bidder snapped this one up, and whether or not this Triple Crown project was worth all of what was spent here, the market has been shooting up on the few of these that are still out there. A few years ago, this might have been well sold, but it was well bought here. #11-1955 BUICK CENTURY 4-dr hard top. S/N B7032865. Two-tone blue/two-tone blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 18,643 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older repaint to a once-high standard, now starting to lose its appeal. Very good panel fit and gaps, no problems with glass, petrified weatherstripping everywhere dash-mounted Autronic eye. Clean but undetailed engine compartment shows well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. The barn-find deal of the auction. Apparently the barn this was in was insulated by other cars that took the brunt of the temperature cycles and moisture. The rear brightwork may have been rather close to a door, but the front was nestled snugly into some miraculously tight space. While non-running across the block, this was the best-preserved of any '50s car at the auction, hands-down. Wellbought, even with four doors, as these cars are only this original once. #9-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC56F151472. Yellow & black/ yellow & black vinyl. Odo: 46,225 miles. 265ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint shows its age, with pitting and waviness visible throughout. Plenty of evidence of Bondo in the usual places, including lower fenders, rockers, and quarters. Pot metal chrome bits heavily pitted. probably original. Chrome and brightwork starting to rust and pit from poor storage. Missing right rear door trim, paint gash in door beginning to get rather brown. Original interior pulling away at driver's side front seal. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,600. One of my big time SCM buddies bought this, two other Buicks, and a 98 Sports Car Market

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Keenan Portland, ME Column Author Interior either original or very correct replacement. Engine repainted, air cleaner missing, original power steering on back of generator. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $18,700. A decent old '56 Chevy driver-condition car, certainly by Maine standards, for a Tri-Five guy or gal. Two possibly original wheel covers sitting on passenger floorboard were a good start, since the wheels all around were bare. Bidding kicked off at a surprising $10,000, then moved quickly to $15,000, and ended on the top bid from an Internet bidder. All the money and more for this car in its current condition. #10-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 4-dr sedan. S/N VC56K036982. Bronze metallic & beige/bronze & beige vinyl. Odo: 42,143 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Faded 1979 Oklahoma inspection sticker inside windshield. Body appears mostly solid, older respray losing gloss. Scratched bumper chrome not overly rusty, stainless brightwork decent. Older vinyl reupholstery might be more appropriate in a speedboat, rest of interior heavily sunburned and dry. Pitted trim everywhere. Glass cracked on driver filler. Stainless gouged and scratched, chrome not much better. Good body gaps, rust repair without metal replacement evident under repaint. Petrified black leather interior, incorrect grain vinyl on door tops and dash. Cloudy back window, older vinyl top. Trunk pulldown inoperative. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $60,500. The buyer could have found a fully redone example for the same amount of money as buying this one and redoing the chrome and trim. This was definitely not the way to buy one of these cars, since another $100,000 investment will be inevitable to do it up correctly. The body was not terrible, but it had a lot of questionable areas with strengths and weaknesses that will not be fully known until the car is down to bare metal. Well sold. #23-1964 BUICK WILDCAT convert- ible. S/N 6K5044401. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 3,083 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older white repaint full of chips and flaws, rear quarters wavy with Bondo. Ill-fitting newer-looking top, rear bumper bent and rusty, chrome and brightwork well below average. Apparently-original bucket seats OK, but all carpet, sill panels, door panels, and other showing its age. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $25,300. This was the most distinctive early muscle car of the auction, and many debated on Saturday as to what it might do. Small points should be given to Keenan for parking it close to the Corvette, but even that didn't help bidding along. A lucky bidder snagged it as bidding collapsed a bit over $23,000, and the car was his. Well bought, and as it turned out, the buyer was able to sweet-talk an autographed catalog out of Spanky Assiter. #24-1966 BUICK ELECTRA 225 convert- ible. S/N 484676H212203. Teal Green/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 5,591 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Older respray in apparently original color over a lot of rear quarter panel body filler. Right rear fender skirt missing in action, door gap shows evidence of an impact. Ancient black convertible top may be original. Front door vent window as well as right front door window. Aftermarket Frigiking a/c and York compressor fitted. Antifreeze puddled under car. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,600. Potentially less Bondo-rific than the two-door hard top (lot 9), but it had two extra doors and a tornado alley vinyl and shag interior job straight out of a B movie. On one of these seats was a tattered sale card from a long-ago Kruse Tulsa auction. The guys at Clair had it running at one point but it did not run across the block or after, hurting its value more against the rusty coupe. Still, a slight deal for a solid car in the Salt Belt. #16-1957 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 5762038046. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 65,099 miles. 365-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Older black respray shows heavy crazing in front clip and a big chip over left front headlamp, indicating interior trim missing. Dashboard faded. Engine compartment merely looks used. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $6,875. Another case of a car showing the beginning signs of a restoration from a while back, but with nothing completed. This car didn't have much going for it as it was, and bidding fell flat at $6k as it crossed the block sans fanfare. Well sold. #22-1965 BUICK SKYLARK Gran Sport 2-dr hard top. S/N 444375H262597. Black/white vinyl. Odo: 18,412 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older black respray has its share of uniform orange peel and swirl marks. Right door dented and chipped, chrome and brightwork not show quality but still nice. Right front fender to door gap wide at top, indicating a sagging front clip or misaligned door. Factory Rally wheels with period Firestone Polyglas tires. Interior nearly spotless and original throughout, with console-mounted tach and 8-track. Engine bay once detailed, but now bumper wavy, rear bumper pitted from long storage. Attractive original interior, engine bay undetailed but presentable. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,600. A well-bought car on the interior alone. If one wanted, this could easily be combined with a more solid Western car lacking interior and mechanicals to make a stunning restoration. But is it worth the trouble? #35-1969 BUICK GS 400 Stage 1 2-dr hard top. S/N 446379H269332. White & blue/white vinyl. Odo: 22,784 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older quickie repaint in the final stages of deterioration. Relatively light on rust for a Maine car, with only doglegs and rear quarters showing light cancer. Plenty of surface rust not a major issue. Interior dirty, ancient Moroso tires on period aluminum dragster wheels front and rear miraculously still hold air. Inoperative engine dirty from 25 years of storage. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,180. A stack of New England Dragway Class Winner stickers adorned the passenger door window. One of Clair's longago employees was present at the auction and claimed to have had a hand in building this car. Incredibly white-hot well-bought, as the wheels alone were worth this. This car in this condition and with this provenance ought to be scraping five digits. 100 Sports Car Market

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Keenan Portland, ME #36-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER convertible. S/N RN27H9G10549. Blue metallic/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 7,625 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Incredibly rough. Once Bondo-filled rear quarters now less than Swiss cheese. Trunk floor, floorpan, and torque boxes more solid, left rear leaf spring no longer connected to body. Deteriorated original interior and top, major impact damage in right front fender fixed hastily with 1968 fender. Engine locked up solid and cosmetically unappealing. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $6,325. I talked to a local Mopar guy on Saturday who said he'd pay in the mid- to upper-$6k range for this, but I guess he rethought that decision before the car crossed the block. Sold on the Internet to a lucky high bidder, but whether the new owner feels lucky when it arrives on his doorstep remains to be seen... and whether he will get all his money back after the restoration is complete is also open to question given the current market for these cars. #71-1969 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD Brougham 4-dr sedan. S/N P9280598. Ivory/ tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 8,551 miles. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Another Ernie Clair repaint, miles on odometer believable. Slight bubbling above front corner lamps and along trunk eyebrow trim. Leather seats slightly dry, dash and original one-year-only rim-blow steering wheel immaculate. Anodized trim and chrome need a 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very straight body with a few small rust bubbles in right rear wheelarch. Door gaps factory, both sides shut well without sagging. Well-preserved top and original interior dirty, but will clean up without major effort. Incorrect 455 air cleaner atop 350 engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $19,800. This car was more honest than most of the examples of this time period present, as it required more in the way of cleaning than restoration. The correct air cleaner was out back behind the service doors along with 15 or so others, so with any luck, the new owner discovered it and swapped it for the 455 one on the car. Whether there's still money to be made here remains to be seen, but the mileage would seem to be accurate per condition. #6-1989 AVANTI II convertible. S/N 12AAV2227K1000469. Light blue metallic/ dark blue cloth/dark blue leather. Odo: 19,616 miles. 305-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Original tpaint and trim show some use. Light waviness in body likely from original, rear painted bumper scuffed from use, front bumper and right side rub strips losing dyed finish. Chrome wires without corrosion or evident damage, chrome decklid luggage rack a bit over the top. Haartz op still presentable, plastic rear window milky. Perforated leather seats nearly as-new with very little wear to side bolsters. Underhood tidy but not overly detailed, runs smooth aside from dead battery. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. I felt this was going to be bought on condition alone, regardless of relevance in the grand scheme of early versus late Avantis. It doesn't seem that the overall result of this sale was hurt by the tack-on chrome luggage rack on the trunklid or any of the other noted needs, so the seller should have no complaints. ♦ good polish. Engine compartment dusty, complete, and operational. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. Not unlike the 1936 V12 Cadillac (lot 59), Ernie Clair took a nice original car and repainted it in an incorrect color and added an incorrect vinyl top and ASC Astroroof. One of the Clair sons remembered the car when it came in as a 1,500 or so original miles tradein, and it was perfect. The victim of poor storage and Clair's personal taste, it still sold for a tidy sum. Nicely done. #31-1972 BUICK SKYLARK Custom convertible. S/N 467H2H109247. White/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 56,132 miles. January 2008 101

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author Fall High Performance Auction The 1965 GTO Hurst “GeeTO” Tiger sold for a very respectable $420,000, while a 1966 427 Cobra took high sale honors at $766,500 Company Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers Date October 5–7, 2007 Location St. Charles, Illinois Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Jim Landis, and Bobby McGlothlen Automotive lots sold / offered 363 / 699 Sales rate 52% Sales total $17,500,845 High sale Major muscle, a staple of Mecum sales Report and photos by Daniel Grunwald Market opinions in italics F or the second year running, Mecum's annual St. Charles High Performance Auction in early October took place under clear skies and pleasant weather at Pheasant Run Lodge and Golf Resort in St. Charles, Illinois. Mecum is no stranger to northern Illinois in the fall, and this year's consignment list featured some of the rarest and fastest examples of American muscle available anywhere in the country. Mecum's been known as the place to go for American muscle, and this year was no exception to the rule, with Cobras, Hemis, L88s, W-30s, Shelbys, Yenkos, Daytonas, Superbirds, and LS6s all available to the highest bidder. Alongside the production Detroit muscle was a selection of rare American drag racers, including Dyno Don's 1965 Mercury Comet Cyclone A/FX, Arnie Beswick's 1969 Pro Stock Pontiac GTO, and Bob Glidden's 1972 Pro Stock Pinto. The Comet, fitted with a SOHC 427-ci Ford V8, failed to find new ownership at $860,000, while the Glidden Pinto sold at $262,500 and Beswick's 9-second Pontiac made $278,250. The 1965 GTO Hurst “GeeTO” Tiger sold for a very respectable $420,000, while a 1966 427 Cobra took high sale honors at $766,500. Not every record price was six figures or attached to a muscle car, as a Crosley Hot Shot sold for a very high $38,000. At first, that number seems insane, but as this was the first Hot Shot ever built, it was likely 102 1966 427 Cobra, sold at $766,500 Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499, $500 from $5,500 to $9,999, 5% thereafter (included in sold prices) St. Charles, IL worth the money to a die-hard Crosley collector. As the market has changed, Mecum has worked to change with it. The company has added a variety of offerings to its inventory recently, and this sale also included a number of pre-muscle American machines and several European sports cars and exotics. Included this year was a 1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider that brought $8,100, a 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta convertible that sold at $210,000, and an excellent low-mileage 1991 Ferrari F40 that found new ownership at a reasonable $515,000. Plenty of no-sales were recorded, including the Ex-Randy Williams 1963 Pontiac Tempest Super Duty wagon, which sold here last year at $656,250. It appeared here paired up with an equally rare 1963 Tempest Super Duty A/MP coupe. The two crossed the block together, resulting in a no-sale at $925,000 for the duo. A 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona failed to sell at $420,000, while a rare Shelby GT350 H executive car fitted with a Paxton supercharger from new stuck with the seller at $150,000. A restored 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 that had once served as a Yenko drag racer failed to sell at $135,000, and a 1967 Pontiac GTO convertible in decent driver condition didn't manage to change ownership at a $60,000 high bid. While the final sales rate of 52% matched last Sales Totals year's percentage, the $17.5m result fell distantly short of the $20.7m achieved in '06. Spectators were plentiful and bidding was spirited, but high reserves again plagued sales, and the numbers could easily have been higher here had sellers accepted the very strong bids offered for their cars. I would be willing to bet they will take them next time around. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL ENGLISH #U31-1971 JAGUAR XKE 2+2 S III coupe. S/N 1S71200. Red/black leather. Odo: 43,906 miles. Painted at least twice, with plenty of chips showing. Age cracking on leather seats could be considered patina, turn signal arm lying under soggy carpet could not. Headrests deflated, original chrome shows its age. Rusty wire wheels, weatherstripping completed. Possible floor pan replacement completed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,100. This bid was all the money for a Euro car with some possible past rust issues. Well sold. TOP 10 No. 6 deteriorated. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $23,100. Last seen at Mecum St. Paul in June '07, where it didn't sell at $13,000 (SCM# 45713). Dirt on the inside of the windshield didn't inspire confidence, and an underhood repaint from long ago didn't help either. Even scarier was an invoice for replacing a melted cooling fan fuse holder. Very well sold. ITALIAN #F247-1969 BUGATTI Replica convert- ible. S/N 119127827. Yellow/tan vinyl. Odo: 530 miles. Volkswagen special. Good paint and chrome, excellently detailed engine that has been bored, balanced, and fitted with dual carbs. Tears visible in right side vinyl seat back from people lifting the engine cover without first releasing the upholstery snaps. Small #S104-1991 FERRARI F40 coupe. S/N ZFFMN34A2M0089441. Red/red & black leather. Odo: 4,402 miles. As-new in all respects, as 4,400 miles would suggest. Excellent paint, glass, trim, leather, and alloy wheels. Tires show no wear, nose paint and spoiler specific steering wheel. Beautifully detailed engine with new original-style wiring. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $210,000. One of 458 built from a GM Motorama design. This was the first use of the panoramic wraparound windshield and cut down doors at almost double the price of the base Oldsmobile 98 convertible. Expensive in its day, and still very expensive now. The market for these has been on the rise of late, and this was a decent buy at this price. show no chips or curb marks. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $515,000. An as-new F40. Although these had an initial sticker price of $399,150, many buyers paid upwards of $700,000 to own one when they were new. For those who wanted one and missed out on a dealer-fresh example, here was their second chance. Expensive, but worth the price paid in this condition. AMERICAN #F253-1949 CROSLEY HOT SHOT roadster. S/N VC10001. Green/red vinyl. Some flaws visible in new paint, but not many. Detailed to as-new standards, including engine, interior, dash, and chrome. New top and side curtains fitted, tiny whitewall tires a good racing windscreens. Moto-meter-style radiator cap. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $8,250. A nicely done fakey-doo that spoke to me. I have always wanted to own a Bugatti, and something like this is as close as a lot of us will ever get. I have to consider this a good buy, as it is now filling the open spot in my garage from the '49 Chevy pickup I sold last month. Next spring, I am sure to have bugs in my teeth from smiling while driving this. #F46-1972 ALFA ROMEO 2000 Spider convertible. S/N AR2460730. Red/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 43,096 miles. Shiny newer paint shows some polish marks. Some pitting on bright trim, lots of windshield chips. Driver seat torn on side, dash drying out. Engine compartment very clean, with some recent detailing January 2008 look. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $37,800. The first Hot Shot built, with VIN 0001. Could this be the first sports car built in America? It would be hard to disprove. Either way, this was the most expensive Crosley in the history of the universe. Way beyond price guides, and probably worth it. 103 chrome much nicer. Interior well fitted, with clean dash and instrumentation. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,500. 1956 was the first year of the 12-volt electrical system in the T-Bird, which makes these the cars to have for collectors looking for a usable early example. Sold on-the-money for its condition. #U78-1957 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N E57S104693. Onyx Black & silver/red vinyl. Odo: 536 miles. 283-ci 270hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint, chrome, and interior. Some chrome pitted at taillights, other #S229-1956 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N PGFH316425. Tan/rose & white vinyl. 312-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Some preparation flaws in paint, large scratch on Continental tire cover. Engine shows some pitting and dulling on original dress kit, exterior #S191-1953 OLDSMOBILE FIESTA convertible. S/N R368298. Eng. # 539M27525. Orange & white/white cloth/orange & white leather. Odo: 6,895 miles. Some minor flaws evident in newer paint. Extensively used chrome excellent, with either replated or replaced parts. Variable trunk fit, doors and hood as good as or better than factory. Leather seats nice, cracking in Fiesta

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author exterior brightwork servicable. Wonderbar radio, T-10 4-speed, off-road exhaust. NCRS Top Flight in 2001. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $107,625. A nice car inside and out, and although the restoration was an older one, it was still holding up well. Well bought. #S94-1961 PONTIAC VENTURA Super Duty 2-dr hard top. S/N 561P3671. Black/red & white vinyl. Odo: 30,073 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny black paint with very few flaws. Radio delete, bucket seat interior. Well NOT SOLD AT $925,000. Ex-Randy Williams, and the rarest of the Super Duty Pontiacs. Last seen at Mecum St. Charles in October '06, where it sold at $656,250 (SCM# 43090). Offered as package with the lot S111 Tempest. While this would be nearly impossible to duplicate, the bidders weren't interested past $925,000 for this and the coupe together, and they both went home with the seller at this price. TOP 10 No.2 #S90-1964 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX2271. Silver Mink/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 55,279 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Newer silver paint shows no issues, all-new chrome includes wire Hurst wheels and gold-plated Hurst shifter show some age, Redline tires fitted. Equipped with pb and ps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $420,000. Original contest car from Hurst and Pontiac to promote the GTO, Hurst, and the record “GeeTO” by the Tigers in 1965. Marketing at its finest from 1965 still worked today, as this one-of-a-kind GTO brought a premium price. Well sold. #S113-1965 PONTIAC GTO Riverside Pace Car convertible. S/N 237675Z107724. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 20,477 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Nice paint shows no issues, including side lettering. Panel gaps as good as new, chrome and trim show no imperfections. Windshield chipped, weatherstripping dry in places. Hurst mag detailed everywhere, including rare Pontiac parts. Eight-lug wheels, excellent chrome. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $157,500. The Super Duty 421 was a terror on the drag circuit in 1961, and this bubbletop looked all correct and well done. A piece of drag race history. Well bought and sold. #S111-1963 PONTIAC TEMPEST Super Duty A/MP coupe. S/N 263P76227. Cameo White/blue vinyl. Odo: 28 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. One of six LeMans Super Duty coupes built by Pontiac. Aluminum front bumpers, hood, and fenders. No wipers. Special wheels. New red leather interior well fitted, engine compartment spotless. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $630,000. You have to love the original Cobra. I really wanted to buy one of these in '64 when I first got my license to drive, but I didn't have the money or the parental consent. A market price for a very nice example. #S114-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 824P232637. Black/blue vinyl. Odo: 20,505 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Two owners from new. Said to be 100% original, including paint, interior, hoses, and fan belt. Looks to be a completely original and unrestored wheels with Redline tires. Nicely restored with some visible wear from driving. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $210,000. Two of these cars were built. One was given to Dan Gurney for winning the Riverside 500 race in 1965, while this one went to a lucky winning ticket holder in the stands. Another marketing wonder car from Hurst and Pontiac, and with only three owners from new. Documentation and history were the driving forces here. Well sold. #S115-1965 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard 4-speed automatic with clutch. No air filters fitted. As raced by Wynn Engineering. Several paint scratches and chips, but great by race car standards. All new chrome. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $925,000. Offered together with lot S111.1, the Tempest Super Duty wagon. These likely would have done better separately, as together, the bidding ended in a no sale. #S111.1-1963 PONTIAC TEMPEST Super Duty wagon. S/N 163P99224. Cameo White/blue vinyl. Odo: 2,777 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Good paint and new chrome. All-aluminum front end. One of six Super Duty Tempest wagons built. Automatic 4-speed made up of dual powerglides with clutch built by Pontiac for drag racing. Excellent paint, interior, and engine compartment. Cond: 1-. top. S/N 237375P22035. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 15,365 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Matching numbers. Original paint, interior, and chrome. One-family-owned from new, body shows some paint chips and scratches, chrome 20,000-mile GTO, with only some mild paint checking, chips, and scratches. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $120,000. Consigned by an SCMer and sold with lots S115 and S116. The mileage was certainly believable, as were all the perishable original parts. The seller may have been right to hang on, but for how long? TOP 10 No. 8 #S112-1965 PONTIAC GTO Hurst Gee-TO Tiger 2-dr hard top. S/N 237375P226900. Tiger Gold/black vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 61,713 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. New paint and top, burn hole in rear seat. Rare original Gold lightly pitting at bumpers. Nice trim and glass, interior clean but showing some age. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $85,000. The second year of the legendary GTO in nice original condition. Not concours, but an excellent original 47year-old car. This was very strong money for a run-of-the-mill original Goat, but the owner clearly thought it was worth more. #S118-1965 MERCURY COMET Cyclone A/FX 2-dr hard top. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 300 miles. 427-ci SOHC V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint and chrome show no issues whatsoever. Fiberglass front end and trunk lid excellent, Cragar S/S wheels spotless. Spartan race interior fitted with lightweight racing bucket seats and red roll cage. Many original 104 Sports Car Market

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'58 Mercedes 300SL chassis #7500438 engine #7500452 One Owner! An outstanding example with factory hard top. BB One Exports Raymond Milo, le Patron cell 323.864.0999 8375 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA fax 323.654.8788 bbone@dslextreme.com phone 323.656.7483 90069 By Appointment Only Please '53 Ferrari Barchetta 166/53 Competition Barchetta by Oblain Stunning in condition. Fine history in major international events.

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author Odo: 79,939 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-bbl, auto. Front and back glass show some scratches and chips. Shelby-signed glovebox, battery in trunk. Original Hertz executive car fitted with Paxton supercharger from new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $150,000. First hand-made race parts fitted. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $860,000. Looks much better today than it did during the 1965 race season. Driven by “Dyno Don” Nicholson until the advent of the tube-frame flip-top funny car. It disappeared for several decades before being completely restored. An important drag racer with much history, but as rare as it was, this bid should have been enough. #S124-1965 SHELBY COBRA Challenge racer. S/N CSX4179. Yellow Pearl/black vinyl. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Offered on bill of sale only. Yellow paint without the usual road rash apparent in a racer, though some paint cracks and chips visible. Fire system, full cage, dry-sump looks new, with no real issues noted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $380,000. A factory drag racer with a late-model high-performance engine. The new engine was “serialized” by Shelby with the original VIN, which likely hurt the value of the car compared to what it would have brought if still equipped with its original 289 V8. Rare, but without that 289, the price paid was over the top. #S135-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard seen at Mecum's Arlington Heights sale in November '97, where it sold at $31,185 (SCM# 6419). Later seen again at Mecum's Elkhart Lake sale in July '00, where it sold at $39,000 (SCM# 10069). Period-correct and likely very fast, this original car has seen a push in value with the introduction of the late-model Shelby Hertz cars. The seller was looking for more, but this bid should have sold the car. #S116-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242176811829. Red/white/red vinyl. Odo: 36,712 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed original paint has flaws, including several dings and scratches. Chrome also claimed original, with some slight issues throughout. Nice trim and glass, light dirt and wear to interior. Very little paint left on engine. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $145,000. Built by Shelby as a “Continuation” 4,000Series Cobra, raced at many well-known tracks. While this bid reflected a serious attempt to own the car, the seller was still looking for more. #F197-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S103678. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 69,777 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cracks, chips, and age checking in older paint, large cracks on nose. Glass, trim, and chrome still show well. Driver's armrest issues visible in older interior, dash original-looking engine, good undercarriage with aluminum-painted exhaust components. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $70,000. An original looking GTO that was bid to a very strong level. This should have been more than enough to sell the car, and with the market for these cars still questionable at the moment, the seller may kick himself in the future for not taking the deal. TOP 10 No. 9 #S120-1966 SHELBY GT350 HiPo fastback. S/N SFM6S011. White & blue/ black vinyl. Odo: 21,547 miles. and instrumentation still crisp. Side pipes, two tops. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $50,400. Said to have never been restored, but that must not have been counting the obvious older repaint. This car had lots to like and would have made an excellent driver. It could have some bargain potential—but a very close inspection would have been needed to assess the amount of originality still present. #S103-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S1678. Black & gold/black vinyl. 106 Sports Car Market 347-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of four built, two of which remain. Stroker Ford small-block engine built by Shelby American in 2006. Scratches and chips on windshield and backlight, windshield trim misfitted at right side. Paint top. S/N 242176P136783. White & black/ black vinyl. Odo: 58 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Good paint with vinyl lettering as raced by Arlen Vanke to NHRA Stock Eliminator titles in 1966. New chrome and paint, like-new interior and Hurst wheels. Correct date-coded engine, radio, and heater delete. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $250,000. Much cleaner than when raced. Another “Tin Indian” Arlen Vanke car sponsored by Knafel Pontiac during the 1966 season, this one with 27 Stock Eliminator wins that year. A realistic bid, but again, the seller was looking for more. TOP 10 No. 1 #S174-1966 SHELBY COBRA roadster. S/N CSX3304. Blue & white/black leather. Odo: 44,167 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Original engine, chassis, and body. Talbot mirror glass flawed, large crack in windshield, Sidepipes nice, chrome and trim spotless. Sold with SAAC documentation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $766,500. Prices for good Cobras are always strong, and this one was clean with only very minor faults. Well bought and sold. #U67-1967 PONTIAC GTO convert- ible. S/N 242677B112714. Plum Mist/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 60,844 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint and chrome, glass chips visible to windshield. Engine dirty and showing surface rust. Non-stock air cleaner, hood installation hanging loose. Fitted with

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL ps, power top, power rear antenna, and Rally wheels. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. Last seen at Mecum Des Moines in July '07, where it didn't sell at $61,000 (SCM# 46738). This car was claimed to have had a frame-on restoration and it showed, as a lot of the chassis needed detailing. Lightning struck twice here, as this bid was again well over market value. And again, the seller would have been wise to let it go. TOP 10 No. 10 #S123-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28 coupe. S/N 124377N221407. Cardinal Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,756 miles. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Race interior with roll bar and small-diameter steering wheel. Shiny paint with preparation flaws and dust. Corvette knockoff aluminum wheels, no wipers, Corvette hood scoop on fiberglass pinned lift-off hood. Dash top pulling loose, some didn't sell at $170,000 (SCM# 43085). A Max Wedge in a “no-frills” Plymouth. Want to guess what it was used for? Looked very original, including dog-dish hubcaps. Max Wedges came in 11 to 1 and 13.5 to 1 compression ratios, and either would need racing fuel today. Under the money for condition, so the seller was right to keep it. #S98-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans chrome pitting at vent panes. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $336,000. No wipers fitted, but the windshield had wiper scratches, so go figure. The Fred Gibb Chevrolet “Little Hoss” drag car and 1968 AHRA record-holder. Dominated 1967 competition with 35 wins and no losses. Ten world records in 1968, when racking up 65 wins against three losses. There were lots of race cars in this sale to choose from, and this one was a fair deal considering its provenance. #S144-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67412F9A02407. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 76,038 miles. Originally sold with the 428 engine, dealer-installed 427 side oiler. 2x4-bbl, auto. In SAAC World Registry, comes with Marti Elite Report. One of 172 factory red cars built, with paint and chrome still nice. Panel fit typically off at hood, OK elsewhere. Scratches and chips in all glass, incorrect bright-coated headers detract from otherwise period engine Am Ram Air III coupe. S/N 223379N118143. White & blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 8,218 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented owner history, matching-numbers drivetrain. Good paint shows only slight issues, chrome nearly perfect. Side glass scratched, interior appears completely original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $129,150. The first year of the Trans Am, and a Ram Air as well. $129k might not seem ing the price down here. Either way, the seller was right to hang on to it for another day. #S167-1967 PLYMOUTH SAVOY Max Wedge 2-dr sedan. S/N 3121177342. Black/ gray cloth. Odo: 4,332 miles. 413-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 3-sp. Orange peel and dust in shiny paint. Good chrome, several windshield chips. Radio delete and manual 3-speed on the floor. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $115,000. Last seen at Mecum St. Charles in October '06, where it original-miles L88 car with Bloomington Gold, NCRS Top Flight, Gold Spinner Triple Crown awards, never scoring below 97. As-new everywhere and superb throughout. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $446,250. This could be the ultimate showroom-sold collector Corvette. Put it on a pedestal. At this price, this car will never be driven the way it was originally intended again. A decent buy for the Corvette collector looking for the best. #S93-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N570256. Silver & black/black vinyl. Odo: 17,562 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Original Yenko Drag Car. Painted front bumper shows some chips, right door gap wide. Nice paint, decent glass, trim unmarked. Documented history of drag racing includes numerous time slips. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Restored as a street-legal driver. How many original parts could have survived on the car during the first ten years of track duty? It had a great look and some good history, but this bid was all the money. #S95-1969 PONTIAC GTO Ram Air IV convertible. S/N 242677B169050. Carousel Red/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 97,293 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent paint shows no marks, chrome either replated original or nice reproduction, interior well-fitted. like such a stretch when you consider the prices Z/28s in this condition are bringing these days, and the Trans Am is rarer and was more costly when new. A Trans Am will never have the same level of appeal as its Chevrolet cousins. Still, this was well bought and sold. TOP 10 No. 7 compartment. Fitted with factory solid-lifter “Le Mans” cam. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. Said to be all original sheet metal and a California car since new. Even though we've seen a downturn in GT500 prices of late, this bid was slightly under the money. It's possible the replacement engine, although a much more potent powerplant, was a factor in hold- January 2008 #S88-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88 coupe.S/N 194379S736298. Monza Red/tan leather. Odo: 2,257 miles. 427- ci 430-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fully documented, Left rear bumper fit slightly off. Said to have numbers-matching drivetrain. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $330,000. Not a Judge, but still rare, as reportedly only 24 were built in this combination. Excellent throughout, but very well sold at this price. #S101-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29J9B409075. Copper & white/white vinyl. Odo: 45,531 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Later production car recognized by the Chrysler Registry. Optioned with ps, pb, full gauges, and bucket seats. Hood fits high, other panel gaps OK. New paint of good quality, with some marginal masking at base of rear wing. Center front stone guard shows several dents. Nice interior has some wear and dirt on driver's side door panel. 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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Column Author sold at $603,750 (SCM# 45397). This winged creation was the consumer version of the popular and successful NASCAR racer, which was built for the street in order to qualify as a stock car. This bid was under the money for this car in this condition, but the market for cars like this is not where it was this time last year. The seller was right to hold on to it. #S108-1969 DODGE CHARGER Daytona “Mr Norm's” 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B379751. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 49,769 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint and chrome, as-new interior. Side glass scratched, trim shows no issues. Well Replacement engine with correct date code stamping, nice interior with correct lettered headrests. Correct Torq-Thrust D wheels and Goodyear Wide Tread tires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $245,000. Said to be an original Yenko sold new in Reading, PA. Extensive documentation was included to back up the claims, but nobody was willing take it home at over $245k. #S160-1969 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 9F02M481339. Dark green/white vinyl. Odo: 449 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Few prep flaws visible in paint, hood fits high in center, chrome bits show no issues aside from light scratching. Well-detailed engine with Ram Air, interior clean and original, side glass 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Beautifully restored, with excellent paint, chrome, and trim. Panel gaps superb, fit and finish much nicer than factory throughout. Interior clean and correct, engine compartment features correct-looking components. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $72,450. The market for E-body Mopars is on the decline, but with such nice condition throughout, this car was not overpriced. Well bought and sold. #S106-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE detailed throughout, including chassis components. A three-owner car with extensive original documentation. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $225,000. One of 503 built, and the only Daytona sold through legendary “Mr. Norm's” Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago. Clean throughout, and with its history and documentation, deserving of more than this top bid. #S119-1969 PONTIAC GTO Pro Stock 2-dr hard top. Orange/aluminum. 455-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. Arnie Beswick's “Righteous Judge” Pro Stocker. Covers the quarter-mile in 9 seconds. Restored to like-new condition. One-piece front end, Plexiglass windows, full cage and safety equipment. Fitted SS 454 LS6 2-dr hard top. S/N 136370A135886. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 32 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint well-applied, but with some dust evident throughout. Chrome as-new, trim and glass perfect. Interior clean and original, factory SS wheels with incorrect General white letter radials. No hood pins or functional cowl induction. Build sheet verifies options. Mileage scratched. Offered with original Shelby build sheets and Marti Report. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $102,000. The GT350 has been following the same slight downward trend seen with the GT500 lately, and while this late example had a great look overall, the high bid was all the money here. #S83-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 344670M187140. Blue & white/white vinyl/parchment vinyl. Odo: 2,976 miles. 455ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Great paint, slightly wavy sides. Chrome and trim excellent, glass and top show no issues. Highly optioned, one of correct. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $290,000. First seen on eBay in July '05, where it sold at $425,000 (SCM# 38335), later seen at Mecum Belvidere in May '06, where it didn't sell at $400,000 (SCM# 41772). While this was a nice car inside and out, this bid was likely all the money at present. The seller was wise to hang on to it, but he won't see those price levels again anytime soon. #S127-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23U0A178681. Lime Green/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 18,388 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Original build sheet, Govier documents. New shiny paint shows no problems, lumps under vinyl top hint at sloppy glue or possible rust issues. Glass scratched, trim nice. as last raced. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $278,250. A beautiful restoration of one of the most famous Pontiac cars raced by Arnie Beswick, an Illinois farmer with a long history of recordbreaking Pontiacs, as well as factory and fan recognition. Well done in all respects, and a decent deal considering its history. #S121-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko coupe. S/N 124379N615454. Yellow & black/black vinyl. Odo: 320 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Several windshield chips and paint touch-ups visible. Front bumper center has been pushed in, likely during transport. 108 2,933 convertibles built. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $126,000. An outstanding color combination, drop top, and manual box were the formula for success here. This car wasn't perfect, but the final sale price certainly was. Offered at no reserve, bidding was fierce from start to finish. Very well sold considering the state of this market. #S91-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23VOB214589. Lime Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 3,104 miles. Several interior paint issues to dash and column, interior chrome trim slightly pitted in places. Usual marginal nose fit, variable panel fit. New undercoating to chassis. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT Sports Car Market

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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL $132,300. New paint and a generally good interior showed a good start to this restoration, but the new owner still has some details to attend to. Expensive considering the needs noted, especially if the bubbles under the top turn out to be holes under closer inspection. #S128-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23ROB222674. Vitamin C Orange/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 43,429 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Some glass nicks and scratches, windshield starting to delaminate at corner. Miles said to be actual, condition makes that look believable. Shiny paint shows some slight issues. Excellent interior, newer vinyl top, engine compartment outdoors. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $300,000. The 1970 “Tin Indian” Knafel Pontiac drag car, fitted with its original experimental Ram Air IV/V engine making close to 500 hp in race trim. Rare and nice throughout, but not nice enough to sell at over $300,000 here. #S164-1970 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A0M397X287061. Sonic Silver & black/black leather. Odo: 62,050 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good paint in an unusual color. Leather driver's seat padding broken down, seat covers still nice. Chrome and trim decent, glass unmarked. Extra gauges added below dash. correctly detailed. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $175,000. The Hemi 'Cuda has been the Holy Grail of muscle cars as well as the barometer of stratospheric prices, but the air has become thin up there. It appears it is time for a rest, if not a descent to more breathable levels. Although we've seen them go for much higher, this bid was likely close to all the money in the market now. #S132-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 convertible. S/N 1366670B142595. Fathom Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 10 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fitted with original engine, transmission, and rear end. Excellent gaps, paint and interior all as-new. No-frills equipment includes stripe delete, bench seat, and ultra-rare dual-snorkel air delivered from the factory. Non-original engine fitted in detailed engine compartment. New interior, aluminum radiator, a/c, Shaker hood. Fresh throughout. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. A nice restoration with a new Hemi, but $95,000 seems like a lot of money for a fakey-doo in this market. Even the real cars are seeing a downturn, so the seller might have been smart to take the cash and run. #S139-1972 FORD PINTO Glidden Pro Stock coupe. S/N N/A. Red, white, & blue/ black vinyl. 377-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 5-sp. Plexi side windows, full roll cage, tubs for huge rear tires. Mediocre paint and poor gaps to racer-standard, but still looks surprisingly good. Won the '73 U.S. Nationals and the '74 NHRA Pro Stock Championship, where it set a national record. Clean Go-Package engine. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $53,500. The AMX has always been the poor stepchild of the muscle car genre. They were down on power and still considered a “Rambler” to many when they were new. It looks as if the lowly AMX is still running full stride, as the sale price here beats many comparable Corvettes of the same era. Well bought and sold. #S181-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23VDE110540. Lime Green/ black vinyl. Odo: 22 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Good new paint with some visible prep flaws, panel gaps decent save for wide right door gap. New interior has lumpy arm rest, dash and console nice. Side glass scratched, engine Altogether this car won 20 NHRA National events and three World Championships. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $262,500. Without a doubt, this was the most successful Pro Stocker of its time—the drag chute was not just for a macho look. It's still hard to fathom spending this kind of money on a Pinto, but this was certainly no ordinary Pinto, and the provenance was the real factor here. Well bought and sold. #S254-2007 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. S/N 1G1YY26E875104705. Black/red & black leather. Odo: 3,249 miles. 7.0-liter fuel-injected LS7 V8, 6-sp. A very clean used Z06 Corvette with low original cleaner. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $410,000. Lots of documentation, original build sheets, and a well-done restoration. Sold in 2003 at Russo and Steele's Monterey sale for $172,800, which would have made this sale a nice profit for the owner if he was really looking to sell here. He was obviously looking for more, but as with a lot of cars at this sale, this should have been more than enough. #S133-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air IV “Tin Indian” 2-dr hard top. S/N 2423TOP1533378. Blue & white/black vinyl. Odo: 87 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint, interior, and vinyl graphics. Nose misaligned to body, panel gaps nice for a racer. Good chrome and trim, glass unmarked. Completely restored after a number of years January 2008 and undercarriage well detailed. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $72,000. The 440 engine was new for the 'Cuda in 1970, and this one had the 6 Pack, 4-speed, and Shaker hood. This bid was a bit light compared to the double-digit 'Cuda increases in the past, but that wasn't overly surprising. #S268-1970 PLYMOUTH 'CUDA Hemi Replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 8H23G08182351. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 70,923 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Started life with a 340-ci V8. Nice new paint shows no issues. Chrome appears new, panel gaps as miles. Several very light paint chips to nose, clean engine compartment and interior. Almost completely as-new. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $65,000. New Z06 sticker is $66,465, so even with its low mileage, this wasn't a bargain unless you just can't find one with a deal attached to it. Well sold. ♦ 109

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eBay Motors Online Sales Column Author eBay Italiano Odds are if you like Panteras, you like attention. But how many hairy-chested bald men would be caught dead showing off their pink valve covers? Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics I talian cars are all about performance and image, and although those aspects don't always go hand in hand, this month's collection features a little bit of both. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #320075058992-1952 LANCIA AURELIA B52 Ghia coupe. S/N B521071. Eng. # B213976. Blue/blue leather. 24 Photos. Auburn, IN. “One of three B52s bodied by Ghia it is believed to have been designed by Mario Boano's son, Gian Paolo. That is why it is marked B-junior on the rear fender. This is a flamboyant show car and deserves a quality restoration... There were only two of these vehicles built for the 1953 Turin Auto Show. This SOLD AT $38,000. The French Blue and the Campagnolo five-spoke alloys really “popped” this double bubble. It was, however, a 20-footer, and though this price was fair given condition and location, the new owner may have signed himself up for several more costly under-paint bubbles.... car is in rough unrestored condition. The engine is the original but is apart, the engine number is B21-3976.” 34 bids, sf 0, bf 181. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $35,212. It's not surprising the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum did not see this oddball Italian concept (which looks like Packard trimmed out a contemporary “Rebel Without a Cause” Mercury leadsled) fitting into its collection. Price was somewhat surprising for the condition, but it could prove to be well worth it when finished. #220122816135-1959 FIAT ABARTH 750 Bialbero Zagato coupe. S/N 556150. French Blue/black leather. Odo: 21,734 miles. 10 Photos. Switzerland. “IN 1961 THE CAR DID WIN THE THE SWISS CAMPIONSHIP IN THE GT CLASS.” Sparse description does not clarify if THIS actual car won or one like it. Body has, “SOME MINOR CORROSION... THE CAR HAS A REBUILT 750 NORMAL ABARTH ENGINE. THIS ENGINE ONLY DID RUN 300 MILES UP TO NOW... SWISS DOCUMENTS.” 1 bid, sf 301, bf 169. Cond: 3-. 110 Some light rust here and there. Incomplete crash repair right front. “YES, it does start and move under its own power using a small makeshift gas tank.” 36 bids, sf 157, bf 177. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $19,384. No longer looking quite so jolly, this tired old clown will need everything. Still, it was so cute that a complete restoration might even be profitable. A fair deal. #130077207679-1967 FIAT DINO coupe. S/N 480. Fly Yellow/black leather. Odo: #160134985010-1960 FIAT 500D Jolly convertible. Pink/tattered canvas/tan wicker. Odo: 7,627 miles. 23 Photos. Brownsboro, AL. Documented history back to the MSO. Lived on a farm in Raleigh, NC. Amateur paint “looks like it was a very heavy coat. It also has a Mack Truck bulldog mounted on the hood just in front of the windshield.” 25,000 miles. 7 Photos. Miami, FL. “Lovingly restored. Painted FLY yellow over older black leather hides. She revs eagerly thru her gears, brakes and steers tight and stands out in any crowd.” Passenger window sticky, gas gauge and wipers inoperative. 13 bids, sf 58, bf 15. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,700. With Pseudorrari Dinos on the rise, this car sold closer to the CPI's value than Kinney's more optimistic Cars That Matter number. Weak pix and seller's standoffish attitude (e.g. “Send me intelligent questions and show real interest and I will answer”) may have stunted the bidding somewhat. Potentially well bought by several grand. #110165857777-1970 FIAT DINO spider. S/N 135BS0001289. Giallo Oriente/black/ black leather. Odo: 125,000 km. 28 Photos. San Diego, CA. “130th of Only 424 Fiat Dino 2.4 Spiders Built by Ferrari, Designed by Pinin Farina.” Second owner for 33 years, offered with both tops. Schizophrenic description says, “Professionally restored June 2007, all original with few exceptions...” One question-asker corrected this terminology to “refurbished.” Friendly seller conceded. Original paint, “NO Rust, original interior like new.” 19 bids, sf 1, Sports Car Market

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Fresh Meat bf 7. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $66,000. Seller cautions that this Dino “attracts much attention with her curves and Ferrari snarl.” The same holds true on eBay, apparently. Well sold. #320145988309-1972 DETOMASO PANTERA GT5 coupe. S/N THPNMGO3397. Pink & black/black w/pink inserts. Odo: 35,178 miles. 7 Photos. Winter Haven, FL. “Parked in 2002 for repairs from curb-damage to the front air dam and left front fender flare.” Not yet 5000 miles ago and was bored over 30/1000 sporting Keith Black pistons.” 2,000 miles on C6 transmission. “The car is in very good presentable condition.” 20 bids, sf 540, bf 12. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,700. Last seen on eBay in December '05, when it sold at $15,699 (SCM# 39997). Going from the text I would have called this a #2 and a $5k–$8k bargain, but the pictures revealed a dog-eared #3 car that would need at least that much to pull $25 large. Market price. repaired, now shows issues from sitting. “The Ford 351 Cleveland will start and run briefly, but needs a good going through.... The tires need to be replaced as well due to their age.” 24 bids, sf 491, bf 49. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,600. Odds are if you like Panteras, you like attention. But then again, how many morehair-on-the-chest-than-the-head men are likely to be caught dead showing off their pink valve covers? Color probably explains this mild bargain, which could easily afford a profitable restoration in this market. #200162078825-1973 LANCIA FULVIA Zagato coupe. S/N 818750001214. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 32,530 miles. 30 Photos. Emeryville, CA. The seller, EASY Porsche Salvage, effectively channels a Fantasy Junction atmosphere in the photos. That said, the paint is matte and awful a la Krylon. Ferocious rust bubbling around rear hatch and quarter windows. OK-looking interior befits age. “Very tight and runs smooth, just like it did when it was new.” Bought 1,000 miles ago, fitted with new hoses, battery, carpets, brakes, and chrome lug nuts. Redyed red seats look very nice. 4 bids, sf 77, bf 3. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $7,300. Proof that X 1/9s are not the new 914s. Not yet, anyway. Seller lost about a grand on this survivor, but he still pulled top dollar for a runt with ten times museum mileage. Well sold. desirable 4-cylinder, 1.6-liter hi-compression engine. The front wheel drive, 5-speed gear box, allows this automobile to move right along.” 3 bids, sf 33, bf 32. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,600. Northern California is probably the perfect market for a funky old Lancia, and the bidders might well have been local. That must have been the reason why it barely made #4 money. Probably a fair deal if you saw the car in person. #160169985795-1976 DETOMASO LONGCHAMP coupe. S/N THLCPS02395. Red/Gray leather w/red velvet inserts. Odo: 2,107 miles. 24 Photos. Atascadero, CA. “Italian styling meets good 'ol American muscle.” One of 409 built. Bare metal respray and reupholstering ten years ago. Overspray on cracked door rubber, crusty at the corners. Ford 351 Cleveland, “rebuilt less than January 2008 #320080177597-2007 LAMBORGHINI GALLARDO spyder. Metallic blue/black/ blue and cream leather. Odo: 150 miles. 12 Photos. Honolulu, HI. 150 miles new. “WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY, THIS IS THE ULTIMATE SUPERCAR !!! LOADED WITH #130145081274-1983 FIAT X 1/9 coupe. S/N ZBBBS00A707150249. White & gray/red leather. Odo: 15,425 miles. 17 Photos. Prescott, AZ. No accidents, unrestored. “Every option available from the factory. That includes air conditioning, power windows and leather interior. And yes, everything works... The car is Date sold: 10/24/2007 eBay auction ID: 250179524188 Seller: Bell Auto Group, Newton, NJ, www .bellauto.com Sale Type: New car in stock Details: Monaco Blue/cream. Twin turbo 6, Steptronic, navigation, Sirius Satellite Radio, M-Aerodynamic Kit Sale result: $61,265, 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 175, bf 62 MSRP: $58,520 Other current offering: Performance Automall, Chapel Hill, NC, www.performanceautomall. com, asking $55,450 for bronze/cream car. 2008 Lexus LS600hL Sedan Date sold: 09/17/2007 eBay auction ID: 330165968637 Seller: Hendrick Honda, Woodbridge, VA, www.hendrickauto.com Sale Type: Used car with 5,500 miles Details: Silver/black. 2.0T, Tiptronic Sale result: $33,000, 2 bids, sf 50, bf 29 MSRP: $34,800 Other current offering: Thoroughbred Motorcars, Nashville, TN, www.thoroughbred.com, asking $40,900 for similar car with 594 miles. 2008 BMW 335i Convertible Online sales of contemporary cars. 2008 Audi TT Coupe ALL THE OPTIONS.” 1 bid, sf 448, bf 17. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $205,000. The window sticker was not mentioned, but it's clear from the $206k MSRP that the seller wasn't making anything on the sale. With a pretty car this hard to find, it is possible to buy one and change your mind... and without losing your shirt in the process. ♦ Date sold: 10/23/2007 eBay auction ID: 160168165818 Seller: Lexus of Rockford, Rockford, IL, www .lexusofrockford.com Sale Type: New car in stock Details: Black/black, 438hp V8, duel VVT-I, E-CVT Hybrid Transmission, Electric Power Steering, 3-Mode Air Suspension Sale result: $117,100 16 bids, sf 0, bf 7 MSRP: $115,877 Other current offering: Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett, Gwinnett, GA, www.lexusgwinnett. com, asking $116,000 for similar car. ♦ 111

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Automotive Investor Maserati: Racing into History, or Stuck in Park Racers from the 1950s start at $2.5 million, while Citroën waterboarded the 1970s models, and 1980s Biturbos offer trial by fire by Donald Osborne A6GCS a regular member of the million-plus club M 112 aserati is one of the most evocative names in the marketplace. With a heritage built on racing, it continues to hold a fascination for both enthusiasts and the general public alike. The company has had the serial relationship with various corporate owners that seems to be a pattern with small manufacturers, but it's hardly in the league of those Elizabeth Taylors of the car world, Lamborghini and Aston Martin. However, the history corresponds with the current market valuation of the cars it produced. The periods are: “Founders,” “Orsi,” “Citroën,” “DeTomaso,” and “Fiat/Ferrari.” Founded by the Maserati brothers in 1915, the company built only race cars. A handful of sports racers found their way to the road following racing careers, but passenger cars were not in the plan. Through the takeover by the Orsi family in 1937, Maserati continued to build only race cars. It was not until 1947 that the fi rst sports car was introduced, the A6. Even then it was produced in miniscule numbers, and all were basically one-offs. Serious production of road cars began as the company withdrew from factory-supported racing in the mid-'50s. The 3500 GT was launched in 1957, the same year Maserati won the Formula One World Championship with the 250F, and the marque truly became a builder of passenger vehicles. “Birdcages” guarantee entry to vintage races The racing Maseratis of the “founders” and pre-war Orsi periods are now all gilt-edged collectibles, especially those with important event and driver history. Seldom do they trade for less than the mid-six fi gures. The highest valued Maseratis are found in the race cars of the Orsi period in the 1950s. These are the cars that fi rmly established the racing identity of the brand and are some of the most iconic ever made. The A6GCS, “Birdcages,” 300 S, and 450 S are guaranteed entries to any vintage racing event in the world and sell for $1.7 million and up when they do appear on the market. The Orsi road cars of the 1950s and early 1960s have been valued at rather less than comparable Ferraris of the period, but have seen sharp upward price movement in the past few years. The 3500 GT coupes now regularly sell above $100,000, and the attractive Spyders bring almost twice as much. Most prized of the road cars of the era is the rare 5000 GT. Sports Car Market Photo courtesy of Maserati

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1958 3500 GT Built in tiny numbers (32), it combined a detuned version of the V8 fitted to the 450 S with a variety of wild bodies. Prices vary depending on the attractiveness of the body and the provenance—all went to fairly famous people, including the Shah of Iran and Briggs Cunningham. In the early 1960s, model proliferation makes things confusing. The company offered the Sebring, a direct successor to the 3500 GT, the Mistral, a two-seater with the same mechanicals, the Quattroporte, a fourdoor with a V8 engine, and the V8 two-seater Ghibli. Despite arguably more attractive styling, the Sebring is currently worth about half what a 3500 GT brings and, I feel, represents a very good bargain in a vintage Maserati. Of this group, the Ghibli is clearly the star. With a beautiful and timeless Giugiaro-styled body and excellent driving dynamics, the Ghibli has appreciated at least 30% in value in the past few years, and the very best are poised to break the $100,000 barrier. The very rare Spyder (125 made) has long been over six figures, and the top examples of them now bring nearly $200,000. On the other side of the value equation are the Mistral and the first edition of Quattroporte (now referred to as the Series I). Perhaps it's the angular Frua design of the Mistral (which is shared by the Q-porte) that has kept prices depressed, but they certainly deserve to be worth rather more than two-thirds the price of a 3500 GT, which is where they currently sit. The Quattroporte's almost total lack of value is easier to understand. A four-door sedan from the maker of sports GTs trades in a thin market, and its looks are certainly an acquired taste. In the interest of disclosure, however, I have to say that it has been one of my favorite cars since I first saw it at its introduction, and I still lust for one. It's hard to find a good one, and many have been sacrificed as parts cars over the years. In addition, it will cost more to restore than a Ghibli and will return far, far less. Another great value can be found in the four-seat, two-door stable- mate of the Quattroporte, the Mexico. It's the perfect vintage Maserati for the family man, with what I think is a very cool “'60s Executive” style and the same V8 found in the Ghibli. Very good ones can still be found in the mid-$40,000 range. Entering the Citroën twilight years Now we move into a bit of twilight. In 1968, the Orsi family sold Maserati to Citroën. Basically, the French company bought it to gain an 1967 Ghibli engine for what would become the SM (parenthetically, another one of my favorites from my obviously slightly off-center childhood). In exchange for powertrain expertise, Citroën lent Maserati its trick hydraulics. It's not clear that anyone came out ahead here. The first product of this exchange across the Alpes Maritimes was the Indy. Named for the back-to-back victories taken at the Indianapolis 500 by Wilbur Shaw driving the Maserati 8CTF in 1939 and 1940, it was the four-seat replacement for the Mexico. It failed to set the market alight when new, and no one cares about them now. Next came Maserati's first mid-engined car, the Bora. Not to be confused with the similar V6engined Merak, the Bora offers terrific performance and handling in a very attractive, sleek package. Make sure the hydraulics are good, and you'll enjoy great motoring in a Bora. The best can bring up to $50,000, but very good examples can be found in the high-$30,000 to low-$40,000 range. The long-awaited successor to the Ghibli arrived in 1975 in the dra- matic shape of the Khamsin. In my opinion, this is one of the best-looking cars of the '70s, but values have again been held down by fear of the Citroën hydraulics (largely unfounded) and the unattractiveness of the U.S. safety bumpers fitted on this side of the Atlantic. At this point, it's easy to source Euro bumpers for the car, and attention to the health of the fluid and its lines can make for relatively untroubled driving. Although they are a bit of a bargain right now, major appreciation will probably not be forthcoming any time soon. Shortly after the Khamsin's launch, Maserati's next suitor (or is that “savior”?) came along in the form of Alejandro DeTomaso. Whatever your opinion of the man, there's no doubt that without him, Maserati would probably not exist today. His first move was to re-badge his DeTomaso Deauville four-seat coupe as the Maserati Kyalami. It's not that important to know much about it, as you hardly ever see one, and there's no compelling reason to seek one out. His next step was the reintroduction of the Quattroporte in 1979. This car, called the “Quattroporte III” (there was a short-lived, sec- ond- series four-door built under Citroën, with really unattractive Bertone styling, which, mercifully, died after a few pre-production prototypes were made), was probably the most ill-timed car that could be imagined. It was huge, heavy, and got horrific gas mileage at a time when even the 1977 Khamsin January 2008 1987 Biturbo Spyder 113

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Automotive Investor wealthy were beginning to think about such things. Nevertheless, it is an impressive driver and delivers performance quite amazing for such a bruiser, and all today for practically credit-card money. If you've got an Exxon-Mobil affinity card, even better. Trident good for marshmallows The crowning achievement, or lowest point, depending on your view of this period, is the Biturbo. Introduced in 1984, it was going to be the car that brought the Maserati Trident to the BMW masses. And that it did, being produced in larger numbers than any Maserati before or since. No need to go into the stories about fires, grenading engines, shed trim, or rust here. It's all well known and it's what makes the early ('84–'87) cars practically worthless. The later injected models, especially the Spyder, are worth owning, as most of the issues had been worked out, and they are a bit more carefully screwed together than the coupes. The best Spyders can crack the five-figure bracket and provide a neat driving experience for not much outlay. After Maserati left the U.S. market in 1991, DeTomaso continued to build a bewildering assortment of Biturbo variants, few of which will turn up for sale here and none of which can be considered an investment item, with the possible exception of the few Ghibli Cup cars (not to be confused with the earlier model), built for a one-marque race series that shockingly(!) never really got off the ground. The modern Maseratis, pro- duced after the Fiat takeover, and especially after the Ferrari takeover, have spearheaded a marque revival. Back in the U.S. since 2002, Maserati has already built a future collectible—the Ferrari Enzo-based MC12 race car. A few have been built for road use and have so far held their value well. As for the future of production models, we'll wait and see. Like their Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Porsche counterparts, they're going to be used cars for quite some time. ♦ Rank Year 1 1940 2 1955 3 1962 4 1956 5 1962 6 2004 7 1972 8 1935 9 1965 10 1937 11 1955 12 1972 13 1950 14 1961 15 1954 16 1946 17 1960 18 1956 19 1937 20 1956 21 1956 22 1948 23 1933 24 1957 25 1962 26 1964 27 1960 28 1964 29 1962 30 1957 31 1957 32 1956 33 1962 34 1963 35 1962 36 1969 37 1970 38 1961 39 c.1933 40 1963 41 1971 42 1961 43 1970 44 1970 45 1963 46 1952/3 47 1957 48 1958 49 1970 50 1970 Model 8CL Monoposto 300S Sports Racer Tipo 151 Sports Racing Berlinetta 150S Barchetta 5000 GT Frua Coupe MC12 Coupe Boomerang Concept Prototype 4CS 1100/1500 Roadster Tipo 65 Sports Racing Prototype 6CM Monoposto Voiturette A6G/54 Berlinetta Boomerang Concept Prototype A6GCS Sports Racer Tipo 63 Sports Racer A6G2000 Frua Spyder 4CL Monoposto 5000 GT Touring Coupe A6G2000 Allemano Coupe 4CM Monoposto A6G2000 Zagato Coupe A6G2000 Zagato Coupe A61500 GT Berlinetta 4CM Monoposto A6G2000 GT Frua Spyder 5000 GT Frua Coupe 5000 GT Michelotti Coupe 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Tipo 151/3 Sports Racing Berlinetta 5000 GT Allemano 350S Sports Prototype 350S Sports Prototype 98145.451 5000 GT Allemano Coupe 5000 GT Allemano Coupe 5000 GT Allemano Coupe Mistral 4.0 Spider Ghibli SS 4.9 Spyder 3500 GT Vignale Spyder 4CS Chassis 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Ghibli 4.7 Spyder 3500 GT Vignale Spyder Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Ghibli 4.7 Spyder 3500 Vignale Spyder A6GCM Chassis 3500 GT Vignale Spyder 3500 GT Coupe Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Top 50 Maserati Sales* Sold Price Auction Location $2,204,235 Sotheby's $1,925,000 RM $1,676,167 Bonhams $1,145,804 Coys $1,100,000 Gooding $1,072,500 RM $1,000,000 Christie's $819,825 Bonhams $764,188 Bonhams $726,000 Gooding $638,447 Bonhams $627,923 $588,000 Christie's Bonhams & Butterfields $583,598 Bonhams $552,500 Bonhams $503,653 $495,000 RM $487,147 RM $472,811 $467,501 RM $396,001 RM $371,160 RM $346,000 $324,500 RM $319,000 RM $302,500 RM $275,000 RM $231,448 Bonhams $225,000 $210,319 $203,010 Bonhams $188,106 Bonhams $184,670 Bonhams $178,500 Bonhams $176,000 RM $163,727 Bonhams $159,138 Bonhams $156,940 Bonhams $152,855 Christie's $133,515 Bonhams $125,400 RM $123,015 Bonhams $120,960 $117,180 $108,503 Bonhams $107,865 Christie's $106,701 RM $104,018 Bonhams $103,680 $103,680 Russo and Steele Barrett-Jackson Barrett-Jackson Kruse Bonhams & Butterfields Coys Christie's Sotheby's Maranello, ITA Phoenix, AZ, USA Gstaad, CHE Monte Carlo, MCO Date 6/28/05 1/20/06 12/17/06 5/20/06 Pebble Beach, CA, USA 8/19/07 Monterey, CA, USA Paris, FRA Monte Carlo, MCO Gstaad, CHE Pebble Beach, CA, USA 8/20/06 Monte Carlo, MCO Paris, FRA Brookline, MA, USA Gstaad, CHE Carmel, CA, USA Maranello, ITA Amelia Island, FL, USA London, UK Paris, FRA Monterey, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA London, UK Bonhams & Butterfields Carmel, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA Gstaad, CHE Carmel, CA, USA London, UK Chichester, UK Gstaad, CHE Monte Carlo, MCO Carmel, CA, USA Monterey, CA, USA Gstaad, CHE Monte Carlo, MCO Monte Carlo, MCO London, UK Monte Carlo, MCO Monterey, CA, USA Monte Carlo, MCO Scottsdale, AZ, USA Seaside, CA, USA Monte Carlo, MCO Paris, FRA Monterey, CA, USA Monte Carlo, MCO Monterey, CA, USA Scottsdale, AZ, USA *As recorded in the SCM Database. May not reflect all public sales. 5/16/05 2/12/02 5/1/04 12/17/06 8/22/02 6/28/05 3/8/03 10/31/07 7/8/06 8/16/03 8/16/02 10/31/07 8/13/04 8/16/03 8/16/03 8/16/03 8/18/07 12/17/06 8/13/04 1/15/05 8/31/07 12/17/06 5/15/04 8/22/02 8/16/03 12/17/06 5/16/05 5/26/03 3/29/04 5/21/07 8/13/04 5/15/04 1/19/04 8/13/04 5/20/06 2/8/03 8/16/03 5/21/07 8/16/03 1/16/03 8/18/06 2/12/05 5/20/06 12/17/06 Lot # 125 171 204 261 45 460 119 172 214 55 244 40 641 206 316 108 49 258 105 469 123 261 1514 451 448 445 591 217 1542 222 218 225 240 297 450 209 221 248 66 151 226 239 711 443 154 56 444 106 5120 740.1 114 Sports Car Market

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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Rare Bus Sign Goes First Class Orange Line sign hits the jackpot, Greyhound sign still a bit new, Jantzen girl has SCM ties, but also a case of the blues you a handsome price for this interesting piece as an adornment for his desk. Or maybe take it in trade for a lifetime subscription. Early Greyhound signs are top dogs Attached is a photograph of a Bus sign expensive, but just the ticket I was just at Hershey and saw an Orange Line Motor Coach Station sign with an asking price of $29,000. The next day it was sold. Why would anyone pay that kind of money for an Orange Line sign?—Lloyd Emerson, Muncie, IN I had not been to Hershey for several years and went this past October with a few buddies. We were amazed by the changes. Everything is on asphalt so no more mud, but there were few automotive signs to buy, and what we found was way out of sight. I also noticed the the Orange Line Motor Coach Station sign, and while I thought it was spectacular, I was a bit taken aback by the price. It seems the Orange Line operated in Wisconsi serviced a handful of tow the northern part of the state, so there were few stations and few signs. It was double-sided porcelain and in amazing condition, with just a few minor edge chips. Rumor was that it sold for about $22,000, and while that's a bunch of money for a working guy, it was about right for a rare sign that was in good condition and had interesting graphics. Everyone agrees that good stuff is harder and harder to fi nd. Auctions and the Internet create competition for swap meets like Hershey. Also, as the hobby matures, more stuff ends up with guys like me who want to keep it out of the hands of hoarders (in other words, other collectors like me). Jantzen girl has the blues I found this diving girl at Motobilia Motobilia Motobilia Motobilia Motobilia Motobilia Motobilia ia Carl Bomstead Rare Bus Sign Goes First Class Orange Line sign hits the jackpot, Greyhound s lia Carl Bomstead Rare Bus Sign Goes First Class Orange Line sign hits the jackpot, Greyhound sign still a bit new, Jantzen girl has SCM ties, but also a case of the blues you a handsome price for this interesting piece as an adorn- ment for his desk. Or maybe take it in trade for a lifetime subscription. Early Greyhound signs are top dogs Attached is a photograph of a Bus sign expensive, but just the ticket I was just at Hershey and saw an Orange Line Motor Coach Station sign with an asking price of $29,000. The next day it was sold. Why would anyone pay that kind of money for an Orange Line sign?—Lloyd Emerson, Muncie, IN I had not been to Hershey for several years and went this past October with a few buddies. We were amazed by the changes. Everything is on asphalt so no more mud, but there were few automotive signs to buy, and what we found was way out of sight. I also noticed the the Orange Line Motor Coach Station sign, and while I thought it was spec- tacular, I was a bit taken aback by the price. It seems the Orange Line operated in Wisconsi serviced a handful of tow the northern part of the state, so there were few stations and few signs. It was double-sided porcelain and in amazing condi- tion, with just a few minor edge chips. Rumor was that it sold for about $22,000, and while that's a bunch of money for a working guy, it was about right for a rare sign that was in good condition and had interesting graphics. Everyone agrees that good stuff is harder and harder to fi nd. Auctions and the Internet create competition for swap meets like Hershey. Also, as the hobby matures, more stuff ends up with guys like me who want to keep it out of the hands of hoarders (in other words, other collectors like me). Jantzen girl has the blues I found this diving girl at right, right, and what do you think it is worth?—Tony Lee, Salt Lake City, UT This attaches to the top of a Boyce MotoMeter, which is an early temperature gauge that fi ts into a radiator cap. The gauges were offered in two sizes, and yours is the larger of the two. The smaller ones fi t Fords, Plymouths, and the like, while the larger are for more impressive cars. Your attachment is for the larger cars and is more diffi cult to fi nd. It should say Jantzen Knitting Mills Portland, Oregon, on the front of the support piece. Too bad this has been repainted blue. The Jantzen girl has red wim cap, and bathing n good condition and l paint, they sell for as s $1,000, but yours would h half that. rts Car Market world arters recently relocated riginal Jantzen Knitting uilding in Portland. I'm ublisher Martin would pay Greyhound Bus sign that I have had for over 35 years. I can't recall where or how I acquired it, but it is taking up space, and I'd like to sell it for the right price. It is in good shape, with some rust chips along the edges and on a mounting hole on the top. It's 3 x 3.2 feet in dimension. What do you think?— Howard Koby, Burbank, CA Bus signs are very desir- able, with early Greyhound ones bringing as much as $15,000–$20,000. At that kind of money, the Greyhound would be die-cut, and the condition has to be pristine. Yours is attractive, and I would date it to the 1950s or '60s. Given its good condition and desirable graphics, I'd think it would bring at least $1,500 and perhaps more if offered on eBay. ♦ d your questions to motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital otos at least 3″ by 5″ at 300 dpi must accompany your queries. e to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be wered. 116 Sports Car Market

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Bike Buys Paul Duchene Suzuki's Triple Threat The GT750's spindly frame and swing arm make it a “flexi-flier.” The engine's tempting to tune, but the handling can scare you to death I n the 1960s and '70s, Suzuki lived and almost died by the 2-stroke and developed the technology to alarming lev- els, emissions be damned. The 500-cc RG500 Gamma proved Suzuki could win multiple world F1 titles, but the company's largest and most bizarre statement was 1971's GT750 “Water Buffalo,” a water-cooled 3-cylinder of elephantine proportions. Suzuki hit its 2-stroke stride with the X6 Hustler back in 1967, which gave the motorcycling world a cheap 100 mph, 250-cc twin. Next came the bulletproof, 500-cc, 2-stroke twin, the T-500 Titan, which survived until 1976 with very little change, and which gave me my start in road racing. Race days were divided between those when I could win and those where a carburetor vibrated off, an exhaust pipe cracked, or I melted a piston. While all this was going on in a blue haze, Honda had introduced its 750-cc 4- cylinder in 1969, and the bike world would never be the same again. Its 120 mph top speed, bulletproof reliability, front disc brake, and electric start spelled the end for British eccentricities, though Triumph in particular would die hard, lingering into the early 1980s as a worker commune with negligible quality control. Think Peter Sellers in “I'm Alright, Jack,” and you get the picture. Confronted with Honda's fait accompli, Suzuki dived into its box of tricks and emerged with the oddest bike until its disastrous rotary engined RE5 of 1975–77. The 1971 GT750 Le Mans was launched at the Perfect Water Buffalo owner: Doesn't think Beijing is polluted Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HH Attention getter: HH Years produced: 1971–77 Number produced: 71,000 Original list price: $2,195 (1976) SCM Valuation: $1,000–$4,000 Tune-up cost: Under $100 DIY Engine: 738-cc two-stroke, water-cooled triple Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 531 lbs Engine number: Right side above clutch Frame number: On head stock Colors: Candy Apple Lavender, Yellow Ochre, Jackal Blue, white, gold, orange, red, and black More: www.thekettleclub.org.uk; www.vjmc.com SCM Investment Grade: C- Tokyo show but not offered for sale until 1972. It was the first water-cooled 2-stroke since England's Scott gave up on its Squirrel twin in the 1950s. Porky, thirsty, and flashy The GT750 was porky (531 lbs), thirsty (as little as 21 mpg) and came in 1960s dune buggy metalflake colors. It ran three cylinders into four exhaust pipes for the sake of visual uniformity—and about another 15 pounds weight. The bikes were nicknamed “Kettles” in the U.K., “Water Buffalos” in the U.S., “Wasserbuffel” in Germany, and “Hot Waterbottles” in Australia. They featured Suzuki's automatic CCI oiling system and electric start, but the first couple of years stuck with a four-leading-shoe drum brake, which was finally replaced with dual discs in 1973. The early GT750 drum brake model is perhaps most desirable, as the brake resembles an Italian Grimeca. It certainly worked well on my T500 race bike, though the wheel does take two people to lift into place. Later front disc brakes perform fine in the dry, not so well in the wet. Complaints about the GT750 from testers at the time centered on performance (modest), weight, and 118 height. It's a big bike with a wide engine and low pipes that limit aggressive riding. But it's comfortable, smooth, and quiet. If your expectations are modest—nice cruising on sunny afternoons—you'll be happy. If you want to go fast, you face other issues. The GT750 has a spindly frame and swing-arm. It's what's called a “flexi-flier,” and though the engine is tempting to tune, the handling can scare you to death. Portland, Oregon, road racer Mark Leslie welded so many cross braces into the frame of his GT750, the engine was practically trapped, but it still didn't help the cornering. Another issue is tires—they are tiny by modern standards and go away fast at speed. That's something to consider if you are howling across Nevada at near triple-digit speeds in triple-digit weather. Weight was always an issue Weight was always an issue for the factory racing TR750 models, which generated up to 130 hp and could touch 180 mph. TR750s won the U.K. Superbike championships in 1972 and 1973, but tires proved to be the bike's Achilles heel in the U.S. Tire temperatures of 250 degrees were recorded at Daytona, and Barry Sheene crashed at 175 mph in 1975. Few changes were made to the stock GT750 over the years. Chrome was added and colors toned down. The exhaust was raised in 1974 for better ground clearance, rubber gaiters were removed from the forks, and the three carburetors changed to 32 mm Mikunis. These grew to 40 mm Mikunis in 1975, the pipes were raised again, and the gearing increased. Should—for some strange reason—you decide you need a GT750, the biggest problem you may face is finding a nice one. Many were used as commuters and not well preserved. NOS spares may also be difficult, so check with the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club in the U.S., or GT750 clubs around the world. I'd expect to pay between $1,000 and $2,000 for a running, complete bike, with a nice original edging into the $3,000 level. Don't bother with a basket case. Be aware that running lean can burn a hole in a piston— particularly the center one—and the resulting overhaul, if you have a shop do the work, might cost more than the bike is worth. The market may be on the move, however, as the pink bike pictured above brought $6,400 at a MidAmerica auction recently. I'd call that very well sold indeed. ♦ Sports Car Market Suzuki Motor Corporation

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Mystery Photo Answers After upgrading to ceramic brakes, Giuseppi figured “What the hell,” and his restoration took on a life of its own.—Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT included. Wheels make this container easy to move.— Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA And all the kings horses and all the kings mechan- ics for some reason put this Alfa together again.—Scott Barry, Ephrata, PA ‘78 Fiat 124 Spider. Runs good, some rust and fun- gus.—Ted Weatherup, Springfield, OH The ugly-car gods managed to settle their differences long enough to create the world's ugliest car.—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Divorce decree: He gets the wedding china, she gets Dad's Alfa Romeo. All's fair in love and cars.—Margo Lee Perine, via email In an attempt to expand her brand, Martha Stewart embarked on her own version of “Pimp My Ride.” The one and only episode never aired. The car's owner had to be restrained. The lawyers are still sorting the whole thing out.—Brian R. Bateman, Huntington Beach, CA RUNNER-UP: The recent merger of Alfa Romeo and Pottery Barn results in the release of this 2008 Alfa Terrazzo.—Lance Lambert, Seattle, WA Mr. Robinson gets his re- venge.—Ed Pasini, Las Vegas, NV The “typo-gremlin” strikes again. The email should have read: “For best sales results on eBay, your Alfa should be fully “TITLED,” not “tiled.”—Gary Crum, Junction City, OR Stoned.—Bob Bayuk, Annandale, NJ I thought it was cool until I realized I couldn't see through the windshield.—Rich Castiello, Chevy Chase, MD Yes, it's drivable, but only the blind would buy it.—Ron Carr, San Diego, CA FOR SALE: only surviving car from the Mt. Vesuvius eruption. Ran when parked. Solid as a rock.—David Sweet, Salem, OR While conceding a few minor details, FBI forensic reconstructors displayed with pride the centerpiece in their “Enzo Case” investigation.—Jim Sucharski, Orlando, FL Pottery for sale: Unique Italian mosaic tiled pottery with palm tree 120 Mystery Photo Response Deadline: December 25, 2007 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; email: mysteryphoto@sportscarma rket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official SCMhat. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Sports Car Market This Month's I'm afraid our agreed value coverage does not extend to a one-car tile-up, sir.—Steven Vibbert, Lafayette, IN

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SportsCarMarket.com The World's Largest Market Value Web Site Gaudi or gaudy, you decide.—Dr. Jonathan M. Bird, Bristol, UK Rare Alfa Romeo “Collagio” discovered at local kindergarten.— Doug Dresser, Fresno, CA ...and this month the wife is taking cane weaving, so I'm gonna let her work on the seats.—Eric Burt, Advance, NC I think “high tech” is a bit redundant.—Bill McCauley, Tallmadge, OH The Do-do-etto.—Stu Schaller, Portland, OR Take THAT, Michelangelo.—Kevin Wolford, Westminster, MD Finally, a car for artists—Danette Wolford, Westminster, MD Being a parade car ain't all it's cracked up to be.—D. Pope, Plymouth, IN The “Earl Scheib On Drugs $39 Special.”—Mike McClelland, Brevard, NC Because he understands that restored cars don't always turn out the way we thought they might, Kick Wheeler wins a soon-to-be-collectible 1:18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal. ♦ VISIT THE NEW AND ENHANCED SPORTSCARMARKET.COM! World's Largest Auction Database: See the cars that didn't make the magazine—every car we cover is available on the web, while only a portion make it to print each month SCM Article Archive: Read Profi les, Shifting Gears, Affordable Classics, and more Auction and Event Calendar: Use our stateof-the-art calendar and map tool to fi nd upcoming auctions and events near you Interactive Photo Gallery: Comment on and rate your favorite SCM photos, with new photos being added regularly Comments with your renewal How about more Humber Super Snipe coverage?—T. Cotter, Davidson, NC I must admit, Sports Car Market has become one of my favorite car publications. Keep up the good work.—Cheech, Elmsford, NY Best magazine on the mar- ket.—P. Niggeman, Belvedere Tiburon, CA How about some technical articles on the implications of new fuels and the effects on our favorite pastime.—D. Miller, Dulles, VA. In March 2007, in his “English Patient” column, Gary Anderson touched on the issue of oils with ZDDP. This sparked a lively discussion among the SCM editorial community, and we ran many opinions in the July “You Write” on p. 22. We may revisit the issue or expand upon it with various fuels in the future.—KM Keep up the good work.—M. McClain, Englewood, FL Less toy cars for rich guys and more on collector cars in the $100k or less range.—A.C. Buck, Hummelstown, PA Great publication.—A. Bothwell, Woodland Hills, CA It just keeps getting better and better. What about an in-depth article each month on a signifi cant car?—B. Hill-Douglas, Toorak, Australia Going in-depth on signifi - cant cars is what we do each month in our Profi les, where we attempt to examine what it is that makes that car special, and how those factors affected its selling price at a recent auction. Rarely will we look at a car just to look at it; vintage cars are most signifi cant when their sale price adds to their story.—KM Keep on trucking.—T. Russo, Suffern, NY Don't change. Keep up what you are doing, because you're doing it very well.—M. Bailey, Plymouth, MI Great job. I read it cover to cover. I really enjoy John Draneas's “Legal Files.”—V. Palmieri, Libertyville, IL More European cars and fewer muscle cars.—D. West, Palos Verdes Estates, CA Nice mag but why so many Italian cars with weenie-sized engines, instead of real cars with Hemis? – J. Kowalski, Pittsburgh, PA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ Online Contests, Games, and Polls: Try your hand at this month's crossword puzzle, enter our Mystery Photo contest, and tell us which car you'd buy if someone handed you a blank check Looking to Stay on Top of the Market? GO Platinum! Fully Searchable Auction Database: The 40,000-entry SCM auction database with added graphing features to make following the market even easier Market Trend Graphs: Pick up to fi ve cars and see how they compare Digital SCM: Download the latest copy up to two weeks before it reaches homes! Sign up for the NEW SCM Platinum January 2008 121 SPORTSCARMARKET.COM CHECK IT OUT TODAY!

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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1935 Rolls-Royce, Phantom II Beautifully restored with several JCNA concours honors. Tight and strong driver. Ideal for any tour. Comes with operators manual, Welch Enterprises replacement tool roll, restored side curtains. $89,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction. com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1958 Lotus Mk VII Special Order Two Passenger Sport Coupe by Hooper and Company. Chassis #70TA. Considered by most experts to be the most sporting PII coupe ever built. For sale at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale January 2008, Lot #1312. 480.421.6694, www.barrett-jackson.com. 1948 MG TC Perfect for the English driving enthusiast. RHD. Early Series ! detailing including wire wheels. Fitted with 1275 engine. Suitable for vintage racing, historic rallies and casual Sunday driving. $36,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction. com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1959 Jaguar Mark I The ultimate touring TC. Properly and professionally restored and fully sorted mechanically for spirited and trouble free driving. Yellow, green Connolly leather, all weather equipment, tools. $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1956 Austin-Healey 100M California restored early 80s. Less than 5000 miles since. Original engine, BorgWarner automatic. 2006/7 new bushings/brakes/tires. Incorrect interior. Great driver. Strong #3. $19,750. Lester Neidell, gtvalfa@sbcglobal.net, 918.430.4968. (OK) 1963 Austin Healey 3000 MK II BJ7 Factory correct 100M with Heritage Certificate. Fully documented restoration on immaculate original car to Pebble Beach standards. None better anywhere in the world. BR Green, black leather, top, side curtains, tonneau Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1956 Jaguar XK-140 SE 1/4 FHC, 4 owners and 54,000 documented miles, heritage certificate, all receipts, mechanically excellent, driven weekly, $38,000. Car will be in Palm Beach Florida area from December 15th to January 31st. Bill Kidd, bill-kidd@coldwellbanker.ca. Total body-off restoration. Probably the finest BJ7 anywhere. Numbers matching; full documentation, new wheels, tires, chrome, etc. Needs nothing. Go to ww.memory-motors.com for more information and photos; Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622, www.memory-motors.com. (WI) 1966 Sunbeam Alpine 1969 MG C convertible Restored in California in early 90's. Driven summers only and meticulously cared for by two fussy owners since. Teal green, saddle leather. A really lovely car, ready to drive and enjoy. $18,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 2003 Mini Cooper S Super solid car that is straight as they come. Runs and drives very well. $33,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt.com, 802.877.2645/802.598.0385, www.rpmvt.com. 1968 Jaguar E-type series I 4-spd, rare turquoise color, 22k original miles, excellent original condition. New brake, exhaust system, factory H/T, A/C. $45,000. Bill, 410.643.0535 1974 Triumph TR6 Surrey Top Roadster. 2003 ground up restoration. Superb inside and out. Perfect dash and interior. Mirror like finish. $27,500. Don Buckroyd, DonBuckroyd@themayfairpage.com, 214.522.8415. 1967 Austin Healey BJ9 Mk III Phase 2 Gaudy money spent on spectacular restoration to way better than new condition. British Racing green, black interior. The best looking and driving TR we've seen in 20 years. $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com (CT) 1969 Jaguar XKE roadster condition. $17,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt .com, 802.877.2645/802.598.0385, www.rpmvt.com. 1966 Triumph TR4A in our website, please visit out website. $33,000. Steve Mackay, mackays_garage@hotmail.com, 617.312.4022, www.mackaysgarage.com/ Restorations/ 1969 Triumph TR6 Restored to original BRG with Black leather. Texas/California car in very nicely restored condition. The final version of the Big Healey, correct, practical and usable. $66,500. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ-8 BRG-Tan. 25,000 original three owner miles. Rust Free-1st place Jaguar Concourse-2005 National 1st AACA. Mint. $69,000. 201.274.3178 1973 Jaguar E-type roadster Rare factory wire wheels and a true CA black platecar. All original. Excellent mechanical and cosmetic 122 This is a gorgeous 1969 MGC in BRG with 17,100 original miles. It was restored bolt-by-bolt by Mackay's Garage. The restoration was featured Red/Black leather. Only 18,700 miles, Sport Package, CD, Cruise Control, Rear Spoiler, Alloy Wheels, etc. Joe, 503.806.3004. (OR) Sports Car Market

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SCM Showcase Gallery German 1950 Volkswagon Standard 1965 Porsche SC cabriolet 1973 Mercedes 350SL roadster 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Historically significant, immaculate, mechanically perfect. Great driver, consistent show winner. $35,000. Steve Hammond, mainedogg@aol.com, 207.685.9130 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Show quality and ready to drive anywhere. Professionally installed A/C. Finished in yellow with black leather and top. Original radio. Gorgeous throughout. Inquire for further details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1966 Mercedes 230 SL Roadster Bob Hatch prepared and flawless throughout. Rare early V8 with even rarer manual transmission. White, black interior, two tops, books, tools. 50,000 original miles. Show quality and ready to drive anywhere. $33,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. , 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1973 Mercedes 350SL Very original car with wonderful interior and excellent mechanicals. Drive it for years as-is and restore it later. $245,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt. com, 802.877.2645/802.598.0385, www.rpmvt.com 1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 One of the finest gullwings in the world. Michael, 203.661.6669, www.carriagehousemotorcars.com 1960 Porsche 356B Restored from the ground up by Bob Platz at a cost of $160k, with full documentation. Ultra rare ZF 5-speed transmission. Looks, runs, drives as new. Two tops, books, tools. Absolutely flawless throughout. Green, cognac leather. $85,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd .com. (CT) 1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Ivory/black 4-sp stick, no AC. Beautiful originalEuro-spec SL with recent preservation.Fast & fun. $29,000 Alex Dearborn, 978.887.6644, www. dearbornauto.com. (MA) 1988 BMW M6 Spectacular car in slate blue with dark tan interior. Beautifully detailed car in near perfect mechanical condition. $76,000. Steve Markowski, rpm@rpmvt. com, 802.877.2645/802.598.0385, www.rpmvt.com American 1937 Harley Davison Knucklehead Super 90 roadster. Documented 200K restoration completed in 2004. Three hundred plus picture file plus receipts. Original tool kit, manuals, and records back to Precision Motor Cars, (Beverly Hills), purchase in 1960. Amelia Island participant, 2004. Flawless and exquisite vehicle. Restoration shop is available for additional questions or inquiries. Privately owned. $139,500. Dr. Wellington C. Morton, slickcar@bellsouth.net, 904.230.4448, (FL) 1963 Porsche B Cabriolet Numbers matching car; 61,000 miles; 2-Tops; New blue interior; properly maintained and driven regularly; complete records. Go to www.memory-motors. com for more information and photos. $34,000. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622, www.memorymotors.com. (WI) 1971 Porsche 911T Totally original with just 40,000 miles, and pampered since new. All records back to new. An immaculate and mechanically flawless car. Black, light gray leather, all options, books, tools, etc. $33,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1994 Mercedes-Benz E320, convertible Well preserved older restoration correct, detailed, and complete. Good rider. $65,000. Mike, mike@fiteng.com, 203.622.6093, www.fiteng.com/knuck. (CT) 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Woodie Wagon Fantastic driver. Finished in red with tan leather and top. Beautifully installed A/C. 1600 Super motor. Fully sorted mechanically for trouble free touring. $65,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1965 Porsche 911 Very original example, including paint. All ownership and service records, Weber carbs; Transmission re-build. Porsche Cert. of Authenticity. A wonderful unmolested early 911. Go to www.memory-motors. com for more information and photos. $31,500. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622, www.memorymotors.com. (WI) 1971 Volkswagen Cabriolet Excellent example of limited production convertible; completely sorted and serviced. A future classic. Go to www.memory-motors.com for more photos and information. $19,500. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622, www.memory-motors.com. (WI) Italian 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Rare model with superb original wood. Mint condition throughout. Great history. All options including Columbia rear end, original radio, heater. Show quality but fully sorted for real driving. Call for details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1967 Shelby GT-350 VIN #300703, Engine #900826, matching numbers, European model, 79,000km, (49,000 miles), one of the earliest 911's in existence, superb 100% correct rustfree original, minor restoration, red/black, great driver, later 1965 sold Christie's Greenwich 6/07 for $71,000. $49,500. Walter Miller, info@autolit.com, 315.247.2388, (NY) 124 A beautiful example of the first Super-Beetle Convertible; Karmann body; new top, headliner, tires and, German carpets; mechanically sound. Go to www.memory-motors.com for more photos and information. $17,500. Robert Tenges, 414.852.8622, www.memory-motors.com. (WI) s/n 14389. Wonderfully original and unmolested factory Spyder. Original in every detail. Interesting history with one California owner. Straight and corrosion free. $1,450,000. Fantasy Junction, management@fantasyjunction.com, 510.653.7555, www.fantasyjunction.com. (CA) S/N 1416 (in 97 SAAC Registry) equipped with inboard lights, Hurst shifter, Pertronics ignition, tubular headers, Eibachs, balanced driveshaft, under-rider bars, power brakes & steering, 10-spoke wheels, upgraded radiator, excellent interior and paint, lots of TLC. $125,000. Joe Noyes, 949.786.6223. Sports Car Market

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Shelby 427CI/435HP -One of the most incredible BIG BLOCKS you will find! Matching #s,complete w. build sheet, straight and correct. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. Michael, 203.661.6669, www.carriagehousemotorcars.com 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR 4 Speed Convertible VIN# 03275. Highland Green. Car has 55k Original Miles Completely Restored. Original paperwork includes Original Order Sheet and Invoice from Shelby American. A Beautiful, well documented car with no stories and listed in the Shelby Registry. Currently Located outside Denver Colorado. Must Sell or Trade for Ford GT plus cash. Other interesting Muscle Car Trades Considered. Karman, kdcrmms@hotmail.com, 800.530.2600 x 103. 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster Number matching 327/300 4 SP. 2 owner, 58,000 original miles. Complete frame off Restoration by County Corvette that cost $118,000. (A/C P/S P/B P/W) $68,900. Dennis, winokur@cox.net, 215.771.3030. (PA) 2006 Ford GT Across A collector car in the making. Special “heritage edition”. Paint scheme produced for only 200 units. 5.5 liter super charged 550 HP engine. Michael, 203.661.6669, www.carriagehousemotorcars.com. Misc. Commercial Condos for Sale 1. Slithering contemporary Shelby (2 words) 8. Goes Like Hell Some more, briefly 11. Payment rate, for short 12. Moved fast 13. Openers 14. Shelby's major 1960s partner 15. Last 17. Parisian gold 18. Worked, as with leather 19. Shelby's 1985 L-body car 21. 1962–67, Shelby's first Ford ___ 23. ___ hurry (2 words) 24. Stop on it 25. The sum is greater than them 27. Contest area 29. Voice over, abbr. 30. Drive across someone else's path 31. Go along fast 32. Type of Internet connection 33. Work of art 35. Aerodynamic feature 36. Newport's St. 37. St Louis locale 39. Shelby's most famous creation Comercial condos for sale or lease. Store your vintage cars, hot rods, race cars, RVs, planes, boats and motorcycles, and have a shop to work on them too. Located in Hayward, CA 94545 near hwy. 880 & hwy, 92. $269,950. For info call: Bill Saunders 415.279.6339, wbscc@sbcglobal.net ♦ January 2008 41. GT350s and GT500s 44. Compass direction 46. Nurse, abbr. 47. Carrier 49. Speed benchmark (3 words) 53. Trademark 55. Nose __ tail 56. For example 57. Golden State 58. 1967 Mustang variant 59. An Englishman's green 60. __ Mans; race Carroll Shelby won in 1959 61. Major communications center Down 1. 1989 Shelby pickup 2. 1986 Dodge ______ C/S (3 words) 3. Position tracker 4. Medical TV show 5. Dodge Daytona ____ R/T 6. Golfer's equilibrium 7. Terminate 9. 1988 Dodge ___ Shelby 10. Shelby's partner in his winning race at 60 across For solution, go to: www.sportscarmarket.com/crossword 125 15. Pal 16. Shelby's rental car of choice 17. __ the road 19. Turn ___ dime 20. See 28 down 22. Juice up the motor 25. Young doggie 26. Engine volume, for example 28. Cars Shelby raced at Le Mans and in F1 (with 20 down) 30. Prototype cars 34. Stirling Moss's title 37. U.K. motorcycle grand prix 38. AOL, for example 40. Aircraft related 41. Gauge 42. Test 43. It's a ___ thing 45. In the way or manner indicated 48. Shelby's Swedish wheel connection 50. Expected to show up, briefly 51. To do something forcefully 52. Football pts. 54. Shelby's first race car 57. Copper, for short

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x211 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfi elds. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfi elds.com. (CA) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.355.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290, 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262 www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) ing over 35 auctions per year. Home of the 480-acre Auction Park in Auburn, IN, where the 37th Annual Labor Day Auction will be held with over 5,000 cars and 150,000 people. www.kruse .com. (IN) and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA(2532), Call for free catalog, or visit www.centerlinealfa.com for online shopping, color product photos, tech tips, photo galleries and more. Exclusively Alfa for over 25 years, we have hands-on experience with Giulietta through 164. We're constantly adding new parts, accessories, and performance items, so check in often for the latest updates. www.centerlinealfa .com. (CO) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.524.3636, 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Effi cient, personal service. 510.525.9435. (CA) American Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) Christie's. 310.385.2600, 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies .com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. www.ebaymotors.com. RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobiles. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. 5230 South 39th Street, Phoenix AZ 85040. info@russoandsteele.com; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. (August 18 and 19) - The Pebble Beach Auction has added a Saturday evening auction to the week's events. Now offering more of the fi nest cars traditionally available on Sunday's famed auction following the Concours d'Elegance. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions .com. (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group— Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers —is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's fi nest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (TX) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. Kruse International. 800.968.4444, 5540 CR llA Auburn, IN 46706. Largest Collector Car Auction Company, hold- 126 MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offi ces located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certifi ed, confi dential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. California Dream Cars Appraisals. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years expe- Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the fi nest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” with 38-page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com www .vintageautoposters.com. (CA) Sports Car Market Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialize in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle cars. We are the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.: We are a professional, discreet, and fair buyer for your quality American Muscle. www.legendary-motorcar.com. (ON) Shelby American Automotobile Club. 860.364.0449, 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Antiques Solvang Antique Center. 805.688.6222, California's Premier Antique Collective features 65 extraordinary dealers. Quality 18th and 19th century furniture, decorative accessories, fi ne art and estate jewelry. One of the fi nest selections of antique clocks, watches and music boxes in the world. www.solvangantiques.com. (CA) Appraisals GMP. 800.536.1637, GMP offers the best value possible in accurately detailed diecast models through exhaustive research and development followed by uncompromising quality control standards in design, modeling, and manufacturing. We are the diecast leaders. Your collection starts here. www .gmpdiecast.com. (GA) rience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well qualifi ed to appraise automotive and collectible estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust, or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to help you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100, Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com www .usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia

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Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations .com. Buy/Sell/General Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) ProTeam Corvettes. 888.592.5086, 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953-2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free catalog. proteam@proteamcorvette.com www.proteamcorvette.com. (OH) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible cars in a global market place. International Classic Car Events. Serving our clients with compassion, loyalty, and 15 years of experience. Your trusted partner in Europe! www.2-shores-classics .com. (DE) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-akind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Auto Transporting by P.C. Bear. 717.859.1585, Born 1941, car nut since 1943, transporting since 1994. For answers to all your questions, call the guy that loads and drives the truck. 717 859 1585 (PA),321 287 9368 (FL), 973 991 8385 (NJ) 214 476 8102 (TX), 312 890 8734 (IL), 408 569 7972 (CA) www. pcbeartransport.com. (PA) Intercity Lines, Inc.. 800.221.3936, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coastto-coast service. Insured enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercity.lines.com. (MA) Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) Collector Car Financing J.J. BEST BANC & CO. 800. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, North America's premier muscle car center, specialized in restoring and trading the fi nest and rarest American muscle. Our 55,000 sq. ft facility and 100 car showroom is the ultimate car heaven and the home of Speed TV's “Dream Car Garage.” www .legendarymotorcar.com. (ON) USA.1965, Call Now or Apply Online. The nation's oldest and largest classic car fi nancing specialist. Low national fi xed rates starting at 6.99%. Five-minute approvals. Terms up to 12 years. Simple interest. Pre-qualify for auctions. Financing for Antique, Classic, Exotic, Hot Rod, Kit, Muscle, Luxury & Sports cars. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, 978.768.3525. Since 1978, offering restoration and sales of classic European sports and touring models from pre-war through 1960s. Successfully brokering MercedesBenz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on building long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) January 2008 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) Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AH- CUSA, 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, Vancouver, WA 986658813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members recieve Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey.org. (OR) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Deltran Battery Tender. 386.736.7900, Our chargers are the most technologically advanced in the world. Microprocessor-controlled fully automatic “smart chip” charging applies the correct logic to extend battery life signifi cantly! Safe, dependable and will not over-charge your car battery! www .batterytender.com. (FL) German Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoe- 978.887.3889. Topsfi eld, MA> Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializign in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto.com. (MA) 127 The Carcierge. 561.241.6696, 561.241.6613. At The Carcierge, our facility has been designed to provide secure storage at appropriate temperature and humidity levels. We also offer our CarCare program, designed to protect your automobile from the damage that can occur when it is idle. www.thecarcierge.com. (FL) understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) nix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) JWF Restorations, Inc.. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Kevin Kay Restorations. JC Taylor. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modifi ed-J.C. Taylor Insurance will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., even Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online. www.JCTaylor.com. (PA) Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specifi c events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations .net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually fi nd it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) T. Rutlands. 800.638.1444, The largest independent Ferrari parts source in the business. Our vast inventory includes new, used and rebuilt parts for vintage and contemporary Ferraris. Buy your parts where the Ferrari shops do. Now, shop 24/7 at www.TRutlands.com www.TRutlands.com. (GA) Garage/Tools Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253, Offering a fi ne selection of quality metal garage cabinets suitable for shop and residential garage applications. SS and custom colors available. Many modules to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA)

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RESOURCE DIRECTORY nal, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Restoration - General Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038, 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservaton of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefi ts include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) and sellers throughout the world. www. morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) all Classic Tires. Only Oldies Specializes in all Classic Service from Pre-war - 60's Muscle. We Don't Restore 'em… We Keep 'em Running Right. www .onlyoldiesgarage.com. (AZ) Vintage Events RM Auctions, Inc.. 800.211.4371, Doc's Jags. 480.951.0777, 480.951.3339. Restoration Center 623.869.8777. 23047 N. 15 Lane, Phoenix, AZ. 85027. The world's BIGGEST and BEST Jaguar Web site. #1 in Jaguars WORLDWIDE. Largest inventory of all models. Ask for “DOC.” Email doc@docsjags.com www.docsjags .com. (AZ) Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, 503.223.3953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Award-winning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit our website for complete listing. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) Inspections Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700, You may have seen our award winning, show quality restoration. Our 55,000 sq ft facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www .legendary-motorcar.com. (ONT) Only Oldies Garage. 480.966.9887, The Southwests Only Coker Tire Distributor! Contact us for Best Pricing on 519.351.1337. Our team of highly qualifi ed professionals with over 25 years of experience will perform complete classic car collection appraisals. Your collection will be assessed by superior appraisers who are exceptionally detailed and want you to get the most value from your collection. RM is the world's largest vintage automobile house specializing in vintage automobile restoration, auctions and appraisals. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Tires The 4th Annual Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, October 5–10, 2008. The most luxurious collector car adventure in America. This six day, all-inclusive, once in a lifetime experience includes exceptional Hotels and Resorts, Gourmet Meals, Fine Wines and Great Friends. Our 2008 participants will enjoy an opening night gala on Alcatraz, the wonders of Yosemite, the tranquil beauty of Lake Tahoe, a private winemakers dinner in Napa Valley, Drag Racing at the Infi neon Raceway, and a magnifi cent awards banquet on the beach at The Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay. Reserved for 1964–1973 American Muscle Cars. APPLY NOW-Space is limited to just 40 teams. www .musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦ Performance Restoration. Automobile Inspections LLC.. 860.456.4048, “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) Parts and Accessories Covercraft Industries. 800.4.COV- ERS (426.8377), World's largest manufacturer of custom vehicle covers. Over 58,000 patterns in our library and we can custom make a cover to your dimensions. Thirteen (13) fabrics for indoor/outdoor protection of your classic or daily driver. Made in USA www .covercraft.com. (OK) The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4940. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refi nishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks .com. (IA) Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www .griotsgarage.com. (WA) Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.8562 Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for origi128 /203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers Sports Car Market 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel .net. (OH)

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Carl Bomstead eWatch eBay Goes Live Tire sign rolls past $6,000, Gilmore can makes the grade, and the millionth California plate brings $1,126 Thought Carl's To help you add to those hours you wile away on the Internet searching for useless stuff you don't really need, eBay has come up with something else that's addictive—eBay Live Auctions. In conjunction with iCollector.com, the function allows you to bid online in live auctions and also place absentee bids through eBay. The items are listed on eBay, but you have to go through an extra step or two and get approved by the auction company, which is actually a very simple process. You can place an absentee bid, take your chances and be done with it, or follow the auction online to ensure you get the piece you covet and perhaps find a few more that you didn't know you needed. It's a bit like going to Costco. Here are a few odd and expensive items we found on eBay Live and elsewhere. EBAY LIVE #180158240622— EBAY #120163086238— 1924 CALIFORNIA LICENSE PLATE 1-000-000. Number of Bids: 16. SOLD AT: $1,126.11. Date Sold: 9/27/2007. California was the first state to register one million passenger vehicles and issued 16 1/2-inch-long plates to accommodate the longer number. (This was before the letters and numbers era.) This is a historically significant plate and the only one out there. How do you place a value on the “only one?” In this case we can say it was worth exactly $1,126.11. EBAY 260161884771— 60” PACKARD SERVICE PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $5,877.77. Date Sold: 9/25/2007. This Packard sign was double-sided and in very good condition, with a few minor nicks. These are not that hard to find, but as interest in larger signs increases, so does the price. Also, as we have often noted, condition brings money and this was no exception. EBAY LIVE #190152835587—ANGLE TREAD TIRES SIGN. Number of Bids: 12. SOLD AT: $6,050. Seller: Showtime Auction Services. This sign was beveled tin over cardboard and measured 17 x 23 inches. It dated to 1915. There was some restoration, but the colors appeared bright and vibrant, and the graphics were spectacular. One of the best pieces of tire advertising known, and considering its rarity, it was well bought. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market magazine (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals 1931 INDIANAPOLIS 500 TEAM MANAGER BADGE. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $510. Date Sold: 9/19/2007. Seller: Nate Sanders Auctions. This two-inch cardboard Team Manager badge was from the June 8, 1931, Indy 500. The race was won by Louis Schneider after Billy Arnold crashed out near the finish line. Interestingly enough, t badge was not good for gate admission. Piece was well bought, as it most likely would have brought more at the Saturday swap meet held before the big race. EBAY LIVE #190152835526—1952 SANYO INDIANAPOLIS RACE CAR. Number of Bids: 8. SOLD AT: $2,280. Date Sold: 9/29/2007. Seller: Showtime Auction Services. This 18-inch Indy race car was in excellent original condition. The front bumper was tarnished but should clean up with steel wool. Right front tire was flatspotted most likely from missing the braking point in turn three. This was the Champion version that was the result of Ben Agajanian er the unauthorized use of his name on the earlier one. Premium was paid here for outstanding original condition but all-in-all a good value EBAY #200161487122— GILMORE ONE GALLON OIL CAN. Number of Bids: 21. SOLD AT: $1,302.77. Date Sold: 10/16/2007. As we have mentioned on numerous occasions, Gilmore stuff is hot property with the gas and oil guys, and this can was certainly no exception. It was in decent condition but lacked luster and had a few dents and scratches. Nevertheless, this size Gilmore Oil can is seldom offered for sale, and a determined bidder paid a premium to add it to his collection. EBAY #220152748625— 1970s NIKI LAUDA HEUER HELMET CLOCK. Number of Bids: 22. SOLD AT: $482.77. Date Sold: 10/1/2007. This new, in-the-box helmet clock was produced by Heuer in the '70s and was called “Cavallino.” The visor was adjustable, and it was covered with sponsor's decals. Just the thing for an F1 fan who followed racing 30-some years ago. I hate to think what it would have sold for had it been a Dale Earnhart helmet with #3 plastered all over it. POSTMASTER postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 130 Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market