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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 46 Horch: Germany's other pre-war roadster January 2009 .Volume 21 . Number 1 42 McLaren: Supercar benchmark 44 Isotta Fraschini: Win on Sunday, sell on Monday IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 38 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino—$153,720 As sexy now as it was new, and priced accordingly. Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH 42 1997 McLaren F1—$4,058,120 Just a decade old and already a legend. Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI 44 1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC Semi-Racer—$166,500 The little gem that caught Bugatti's eye. Donald Osborne GERMAN 46 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster—$1,808,510 Rare and elegant in its Erdmann & Rossi coachwork. Paul Hardiman AMERICAN 48 1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande Phaeton—$1,688,500 Supercharged and complete, an unbeatable combination. John Apen RACE 50 1976/77 Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12 Competition Saloon A big, mean cat, but too fragile for its own good. Thor Thorson GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE $58m in Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales BARRETT-JACKSON 54 Las Vegas, NV: 533 no-reserve lots bring $29m in Sin City. Dan Grunwald COX AUCTIONS 64 Branson, MO: Consignment list that matches the market sees a 51% sell-through rate at this $2.7m Branson sale. Chuck Leighton BONHAMS 70 Beaulieu, UK: Cyclecars headline a strong $2.4m sale at the annual Autojumble. Paul Hardiman MECUM 78 St. Charles, IL:On a $10m weekend, a “Swiss Cheese” Catalina leads the pack at $451k. Dan Grunwald BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS 84 Owls Head, ME: The Paine Collection hammers sold at $7.4m. Donald Osborne RM AUCTIONS 92 Hershey, PA: American classics total $6.8m at Hershey Lodge. Chip Lamb EBAY MOTORS 100 “You shouldn't have... no, really.” Geoff Archer Cover photograph: RM Auctions


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30 Goodwood Revival COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Collector cars: Still the best and the rest Keith Martin 26 Affordable Classic The Riviera, Buick's giant sleeper Rob Sass 28 Legal Files Leno's “garage-find” Duesenberg heads for court John Draneas 40 Sheehan Speaks Collecting and the three eras of Ferrari Michael Sheehan 102 Bike Buys Supercharged Vincent sets the record Paul Duchene 114 eWatch Gilmore globe could double its bid with the right crowd Carl Bomstead FEATURES 30 Goodwood Revival: Always something new 32 NW Classic Rallye:Monte Shelton's race turns 20 34 Kirkland Concours: Now with bikes and boats 36 Concours Roundup:GlenmoorGathering & St. Michaels Concours DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 Contributors 18 You Write, We Read 20 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 In Miniature 24 Book Review 62 Our Cars: 1968 Siata Spring 88 Alfa Bits 96 Glovebox Notes: 2008 Infiniti G37 Journey; 2009 Mini John Cooper Works 101 FreshMeat: 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 104 Mystery Photo 104 Comments with Your Renewal 106 Showcase Gallery 110 Resource Directory 8 Sports Car Market


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin All That's Gold Still Glitters We've had quite a run-up in the past few years, so a modest correction will still leave most collectors far ahead of where they were in 2004 A t SCM, we sometimes in feel the middle of we are in a small spotter's ship, stationed like an crest a swell, we see an auction analyst sending us his report ocean. From time to time as we in terse Morse-like code: “Bonhams does $7.3 million at Owls Head, bidding strong for good stuff,” or “RM sells $23.7 million in London, sales down from last year, yet McLaren brings record $4 million.” Our job is to combine all of these reports and in the relative calm of the SCM offi ces, try to ascertain if there is a pattern to the sales they represent. And indeed there is. As we have said many times before, in a weak economy, the best cars, with the best history and in the best condition, will still sell for good money, and nicely done, affordable, entry-level collectibles (the $25,000–$50,000 range) will change hands easily. We would be remiss to say that everything will continue as before; in fact, falling sales percentages and total dollar amounts their own story. But unlike investment banks that are imploding left and right, and even major car companies that can't give inventory away and are pushing to get into the federal government's soup-kitchen bailout line, the tell Gears Keith Martin All That's Gold Still Glitters We've had quite a run-up in the past few years, so a modest correction will still leave most collectors far ahead of where they were in 2004 A t SCM, we sometimes in feel the middle of we are in a small spotter's ship, stationed like an crest a swell, we see an auction analyst send- ing us his report ocean. From time to time as we in terse Morse-like code: “Bonhams does $7.3 million at Owls Head, bidding strong for good stuff,” or “RM sells $23.7 million in London, sales down from last year, yet McLaren brings record $4 million.” Our job is to combine all of these reports and in the relative calm of the SCM offi ces, try to ascertain if there is a pattern to the sales they represent. And indeed there is. As we have said many times before, in a weak economy, the best cars, with the best history and in the best condition, will still sell for good money, and nicely done, affordable, entry-level col- lectibles (the $25,000–$50,000 range) will change hands easily. We would be remiss to say that everything will continue as before; in fact, falling sales percentages and total dollar amounts their own story. But unlike investment banks that are imploding left and right, and even major car companies that can't give inventory away and are pushing to get into the federal government's soup-kitchen bailout line, the tell collector collector car auction companies we deal with all report that business is moving along as usual. They also report that sellers understand the changing market condi- tions, and that they may have to take less for their cars than they would have a year ago. However, they also understand that we've had quite a run-up in the past few years, so a modest correction will still leave most collectors far ahead of where they were in 2004. Increases confi ned to blue chips Also, from the SCM perspective, the increase in prices in the last fi ve years has been confi ned primarily to true blue-chip collectibles, with Duesenbergs, Bugattis, and Ferraris leading the charge. Muscle cars with unassailable provenance have maintained their values, but non-matching-number, lower-horsepower cars with questionable or no history have seen their values plummet, as indeed have all cars in shabby condition or with questionable provenance. Fortunately, we have been spared the ludicrous spectacle of the au- tomotive equivalent of a shark in a tank of formaldehyde bringing $12 million; our market does seem far more discerning now than in 1991. A Ferrari SWB will always be a desirable car, and it will have a strong market value long after jewel-encrusted masks created by an artist's apprentice have been put into a closet along with former fl ashin-the-pan collectibles like Peter Max paintings and Beanie Babies. Give yourself a running chance Our advice continues to be the same. Don't spend more than you can 10 afford to, don't buy expecting an immediate signifi cant profi t, buy what you want to use, and buy the best car you can in your price range. ommendation As we reach a certain age, above becomes the last receven more mportant. I am increasingly fi nding that I am ooking for immediate gratifi cation from my automotive acquisitions, and as such a perfect chrome-bumper MG B offers more satisfacion than a scruffy “but has potential” Healey B BJ8. I am cognizant that the days to use our old cars are few, and my patience is simply wearng thin with cars that offer a succession of mpediments to my using them. Fuel pumps hat don't pump, carburetors that don't carburet, valves that aren't timed properly, brakes hat don't stop, wheels that aren't in round, windshield wipers that don't work—the list is nearly endless for an unfettled car, restored or not. With each passing need for roadside assistance, I better understand why a well done, fully functional Ferrari GTE at $150,000 is a far better buy than one that has “been stored n a dry climate, hasn't run in 20 years, but is 100% complete” at $100,000. If the goal is to maximize our driving pleasure with these cranky old cars, why not give yourself a running chance to have a good experience by buying a nice car to begin with, instead of a wallet-magnet that offers more promises than reality. And when it comes to looking at dreams, promises, and reality, the SCM and Corvette Market teams will be in Arizona, attending every auction and reporting on them for you. If you see one of us in the fi eld, please come up and introduce yourself; we very much appreciate your continued subscriptions and support. Collector Car Price Tracker is a go After a few fi ts and starts, our near-real-time online price guide is up and running. The Collector Car Price Tracker represents two years of collaboration with eBay Motors; you can fi nd the results at www .collectorcarpricetracker.com. It currently has over 500,000 sale prices, and over 2,000 completed auctions are being imported each week. The most recent auctions, from July 2008 to the present, include the complete original auction listing with all photos, something not available anywhere else—even eBay Motors deletes them from its servers after 90 days. We understand that the eBay Motors spectrum is different from the SCM mainstream. Motors has more cars, of different types, and in wildly differing conditions and prices, than we normally cover. But the Collector Car Price Tracker is a valuable addition to a collector's toolbox. Our introductory pricing is attractive; you can get a year of unlimited access for just $49.99; one month unlimited is only $5.99, and a 24-hour test-drive is just $3.99. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Jim Pickering For more information about events marked with (*) see our exlusive Arizona Insider's Guide, polybagged with this issue When: January 14–18 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last Year: 298/490 cars sold / $19m Russo's all-reserve hometown event, with 500 European sports and American muscle cars on the docket, including a 1961 Porsche 356 T5 1600S cabriolet and a 1963 Shelby Cobra. RM Auctions—Automobiles of Arizona* Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 16 More: www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 88/95 cars sold / $27m RM's classy Biltmore auction One of four Model As at Tom Mack Kruse International—Boca Raton 2008* Where: Boca Raton, FL When: January 1–4 More: www.kruse.com This 500-car event is now held at the Royal Palm Polo Sports Club. Expect to see a 1963 Ford Thunderbird M-code convertible, a 1968 Shelby GT350, a 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith, and a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham. MidAmerica Auctions— Vintage Motorcycles* Where: Las Vegas, NV When: January 8–10 More: www.midamericaauctions .com Last Year: 440/495 bikes sold / $5.3m This is the largest motorcycle auction in the world, with 500 vintage and rare bikes scheduled to cross the block. New this year is indoor flat-track racing. Don't miss the World Champion 1973 Harley-Davidson XRTT Factory Racer, which could bring as much as $250k. International Classic Auctions— January in Arizona Collector Car Auction* Where: Gilbert, AZ When: January 10–11 More: www.icaauctions.com Look for a variety of classics and muscle cars, including a 1941 Lincoln Continental convertible and a custom 1967 LS2 Corvette convertible. Tom Mack Classics— Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 9–11 More: www.tommackclassics.com This year's auction will feature 12 a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible with matching numbers, as well as a four-car collection of rare Model As. Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2009* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 11–18 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last Year: 1,135/1,135 cars sold / $84m Speed Channel returns to B-J with live coverage of over 1,000 no-reserve consignments. Notable this year is the first production 1955 Ford Thunderbird. Russo and Steele— Sports & Muscle in Scottsdale* Where: Scottsdale, AZ will feature a 1937 Delage D8-120 Aerosport Coupe and one of five 1963 Corvette Grand Sports, which could bring as much as $10m. Silver Auctions—Arizona in January* Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 16–19 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 299/442 cars sold / $6.7m Silver expects about 500 cars at this casual venue, where many consignments will be priced at or below $30k. Look for a 1959 Nash Metropolitan convertible with 30,587 original miles and a completely restored 1952 Mercury Monterey among them. Gooding & Company— The Scottsdale Auction* Where: Scottsdale, AZ All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Calendar DECEMBER 1—BONHAMS London, UK 5-6—AUCTIONS AMERICA Raleigh, NC 5-7—MECUM Kansas City, MO 8-9—BARONS Surrey, UK 12-13—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 19-20—KRUSE Las Vegas, NV 20—BONHAMS Gstaad, CHE JANUARY 1-4—KRUSE Boca Raton, FL 2-4—FT LAUDERDALE BEACH AUCTION Fort Lauderdale, FL 8-10—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 10-11—ICA Gilbert, AZ 9-11—TOM MACK Charlotte, NC 11-18—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 14-18—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 16—RM Phoenix, AZ 16-19—SILVER Fort McDowell, AZ 17—GOODING & COMPANY Scottsdale, AZ 22-25—KRUSE Phoenix, AZ 22-24—MECUM Kissimmee, FL 31—PETERSEN Salem, OR FEBRUARY 6-8—RM Fort Lauderdale, FL 7—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 8—ARTCURIAL Paris, FRA 9—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 9-10—BARONS Surrey, UK 20-21—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 20-22—MCCORMICK Palm Springs, CA 26-MAR 1—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 27-28—KRUSE Tucson, AZ When: January 17 More: www.goodingco.com Last Year: 64/71 cars sold / $21m This second annual sale will feature just 70 select cars, nearly 20 of them from the newly uncovered Van Kregten Estate, plus a Pebble Beach Best of Showwinning 1932 Daimler Double Six Sport Saloon. Kruse International— Scottsdale 2009* Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 22–25 More: www.kruse.com Last Year: 153/367 cars sold / $4.9m This event will feature two auction rings working simultaneously to sell a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 and a 2005 Ford GT, among several hundred other classics and muscle cars. Mecum Auctions— Kissimmee High Performance Auction* Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 22–24 More: www.mecumauction.com Last Year: 441/769 cars sold / $15m Mecum's “Muscle Cars & More” television series will provide live auction coverage on HD Theater as all flavors of American muscle cross the block. A 1963 Yenko/Gulf Oil Corvette Z06 raced by Dr. Dick Thompson is expected to bring more than $1.5m. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Stefan Lombard Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. SCM News ■ Don't miss the second annual Corvette Market Scottsdale Insider's Seminar, held in the Russo and Steele tent from 9 am to 11 am on Friday, January 16, 2009. Publisher Martin will moderate a panel of recognized Corvette experts, and the event will include two distinct modules: Module 1 will address the methods by which collectors can assemble the best $500,000 Corvette collection, while Module 2 will examine the Corvette market today and tomorrow. SCM and CM subscribers pay just $25; $100 for non-subscribers. Register at www.vettemarket .com/2009seminar, or email seminar@vettemarket.com for more information. (AZ) ■Keith Martin and eBay Motors launched the Collector Car Price Tracker in November. Price Tracker is a revolutionary pricing tool that allows collectors and enthusiasts to value over 2,000 collector cars using over 500,000 real sales from eBay. The data is self-generating and updates weekly, while multiple graphical and analytical tools allow users to examine nearly every aspect of a given model's market. Introductory pricing is just $3.99 for a 24-hour search, $5.99 for one month, or $49.99 for a year. Visit www.collectorcarpricetracker.com to start your search. News ■GoPro, maker of wearable and gear-mountable digital cam- Prancing Horses at Cavallino eras, launched a new 170-degree wide angle camera at SEMA. TheMotorsports HERO Wide weighs 4.7 oz and will capture up to 56 minutes of continuous video or 64 minutes of still photos taken every two seconds at 5 megapixels. The unit comes with mounting accessories for motorcycles, helmets, cars, boats, and planes, and it retails for $200. Visit www .goprocamera.com for more. Events ■ For those of you who have no use for college football on New Year's Day, the AntiFootball Run is your event. This four-hour jaunt leaves from Sausalito in the morning and takes participants over some of California's best back roads, returning to Sausalito just in time for lunch. Entry is $35 per person. www.californiamille.com. (CA) ■When the 2009 La Jolla Motor Classic gets underway on January 11, crowds will be treated to a tribute to American sports cars, with everything from Corvettes and Cobras to T-Birds and Kaiser-Darrins. Also expected are an array of Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, and Porsches. The event is free to spectators. www.lajollabythesea.com. (CA) ■ The North American International Auto is the ultimate auto industry newsmaker when it comes to big unveilings. Last year's event featured 58 new vehicle debuts, so you can expect more of the same as new technologies and the designs of tomorrow go on display in Detroit from January 17 to 25. More than 700,000 people are expected to attend, with tickets priced at $12 for adults. www.naias.com. (MI) ■ You owe it to yourself to attend the upcoming 18th annual Cavallino Classic in Palm Beach. The Ferrari mega-event runs from January 20 to 25 and includes track time at Palm Beach International Raceway, a lecture series, parts and products vendors, a driving tour of the area, swank receptions, and the Concorso d'Eleganza, held on the lawn at The Breakers. This year's featured displays are 50 years of the 400 Superamerica and 40 years of the 246 Dino. The week wraps up with the Classic Sports Sunday at Mar-a-Lago, where other prestigious marques will join Ferraris on the lawn. Pricing and packages vary. Visit www .cavallino.com for more. (FL) ♦ 14 Event Calendar 1—Anti-Football Run (CA) www.californiamille.com 3-18—Dakar Rally (ARG) www.dakar.com 8-11—Autosport Int'l Show (UK) www.autosportinternational.com 8-11—Northeast Int'l Auto Show (RI) www.motortrendautoshows.com 8-11—Silicon Valley Int'l Auto Show (CA) www.motortrendautoshows.com 10-11—Winter Break Car Rally (NV) www.winterbreak.us 11—La Jolla Motor Car Classic (CA) www.lajollabythesea.com/motorcar 16—Corvette Market Seminar (AZ) www.vettemarket.com 16-18—South Carolina Int'l Auto Show (SC) www.motortrendautoshows.com 16-19—Utah Int'l Expo (UT) www.motortrendautoshows.com 17-25—North American Int'l Auto Show (MI) www.naias.com 20-25—Cavallino Classic (FL) www.cavallino.com 22-25—New Jersey Auto Show (NJ) www.motortrendautoshows.com 23-25—Mississippi Int'l Auto Show (MS) www.motortrendautoshows.com 23-25—West Virginia Int'l Auto Show (WV) www.motortrendautoshows.com 28-Feb 1—Pennsylvania Auto & Boat Show (PA) www.motortrendautoshows.com 31-Feb 8—Philadelphia Int'l Auto Show (PA) www.phillyautoshow.com Sports Car Market


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SCM Contributors ROBERT AMES is a real estate developer and recovering banker who has been active in auto racing and collecting for the past 50 years. His collection includes an Alfa 6C 1750 Super Sport, Ferrari 250 GT Lusso, AustinHealey 100S, Porsche Speedster, Lotus 19, HRG, the obligatory '32 Ford Roadster, and a 1902 Renault, with which he runs the London to Brighton. He has held an SCCA National competition license for 40 years and is a founder of Portland International Raceway, where he spends most summer weekends. He is also hopelessly addicted to the vintage sights and sounds of Lord March's Goodwood Revival. You'll find his take on the September classic on p. 30. DANIEL GRUNWALD and his wife Martha have been working together at D. Grunwald Jewelers in Geneva, Illinois, for almost 40 years. After a hard day at the jewelry bench working on the small, delicate scale, he seeks solace with a large hammer and wrench working on old cars and motorcycles. He's keen on American cars and European bikes, but nothing is off limits. If it “combusts fuel internally,” Grunwald is interested. He believes there's no better way to learn old cars than to work on them yourself, and his current project is a 1966 benchseat Nova. In addition to his regular coverage of Mecum's Fall High Performance sale in St. Charles, which appears on p. 78, you'll find his take on Barrett-Jackson's $29m foray into Las Vegas. That report begins on p. 54. PAUL HARDIMAN still has the old-car madness at the age of 45, reinforced by his claim that he is never happier than when checking out the heat exchangers under a 911. After half a lifetime in a staff job, he now writes for all the leading U.K. classic car magazines, a feat he puts down to “being cheaper, and anony- mous.” When he's not working as SCM's European correspondent, he lives quietly near Oxford, England, with an old race car, these days most often spotted on the school run. Hardiman wore several SCM hats this month: He profiles our $4m McLaren cover car on p. 42 and a 1938 Horch on p. 46, while on p. 70 you'll find his coverage of the Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble auction. Finally, in “Bike Buys” on p. 102, he looks at two noteworthy vintage motorcycles recently offered in England. JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE comes by his devotion to sports cars honestly. Some of his earliest memories are of riding around under the hatch of a 1970 240Z while his parents competed in Friday night road rallies. He's a veteran of SCCA club racing, stock car racing, performance rally, and the Alcan 5000 Winter Rally. Z's short list of must-do events now includes the Targa Newfoundland, La Carrera Panamericana, and the Baja 1000. He is the author of Subaru High Performance Builder's Guide andAutomotive Welding: A Practical Guide, both published by CarTech Books. His current project is a 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 under preparation for the Targa and La Carrera. He makes his SCM debut this month with his story on the 20th anniversary of Monte Shelton's Northwest Classic, which appears on p. 32. 16 Sports CarMarket Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 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 B. 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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com In praise of Talbots and others The expert and articulate writing of SCM commentators continues to be a great pleasure, the latest enjoyable installment of those qualities being Miles Collier's discussion of the 1939 Talbot-Lago Aerocoupe (November 2008, “Etceterini Profile,” p. 46). I have seen exactly one Talbot in the actual metal, know almost nothing of these cars, and yet Mr. Collier's feature on the car will likely lead to my picking up a book on Talbots and learning more about them—against the next time I am lucky enough to see one, so that I will be able to appreciate it a little better. The genius of SCM is very much in the knowledgeable enthusiasts who know these cars and write so well about them. Some other publications are good, and they may occasionally get close, but not all the way there, and not nearly as often. Bravo.—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Make that “faux” In his review of the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, lot# 271 at RM Monterey (November 2008, “Market Reports,” p. 88), Carl Bomstead refers to the car as “first bodied by Thrupp and Maberly as a fixed cabriolet…” Isn't that an oxymoron? Perhaps it's a cabriolet that was broken, but was then fixed? Your expertise is always appreciated.—Phil Menhusen, Mankato, KS Carl Bomstead responds: Good catch, Phil. It should have been more correctly called a “fixed faux cabriolet,” which shows all the exterior hardware of a cabriolet, but the top does not go down. It was a rather common body style for both R-R and Bentley in the era. #0799GT, mystery machine As an FYI and corollary to John Draneas's recent “Legal Files” on the Ferrari 250 PF Cabriolet (December 2008, “Who Really Owns the ‘Stolen' Ferrari?” p. 26), Connecticut law does not require nor issue a title 18 ences between bills of sale and certificates of title are hugely important to car collectors, since many of our cars are both old and valuable. “Legal Files” has touched on this subject a few times, but hasn't dealt with it directly. I think it's time to do that, so look for the topic in a future column. Joseph, thanks for your gen- erous comments. Unfortunately, I am unaware of anyone offering title insurance for cars. I just learned of a company that does just that for works of art, so perhaps it will come around. Or you could form one... The King of Cool's Turbo I wanted to comment on Jim I have seen exactly one Talbot in the metal, know almost nothing of them, and yet Mr. Collier's feature will likely lead to my picking up a book and learning more about them for a car more than 25 years old. In Connecticut, a car that is old enough can simply be registered with a bill of sale, and bill of sale can easily be bogus because it can be used to sell a car from someone who does not even have legal title to the car. The only real due diligence done by the DMV is a VIN search to check it against cars reported stolen, and then a physical VIN check at the time of getting permanent plates.—Matt McGinn, Plantsville, CT I congratulate John Draneas and the rest of the SCM staff for being on top of this story of the “stolen” Ferrari, and I appreciate Michael Sheehan's remarkable job of tracing this car's ownership history (online at www. sportscarmarket.com/timeline). This is why we love SCM—the best journalism in the industry. My question is this: When a classic car of this value is purchased, is there such a thing as title insurance? If a buyer reasonably believes his car's title to be clear but later finds out the title is invalid, with the car previously having been reported stolen, then he has to sue the seller, yes? If title insurance were available, then the current owner, who loses possession of the car, would be reimbursed by the title insurance company and would not face a huge loss. I have never heard of this type of insurance being offered, and wonder whether it would be worthwhile to form a company or work with an insurer to provide this type of coverage.—Joseph J. Burrascano Jr., Water Mill, NY John Draneas responds: Matt, thanks very much for adding your comments. The differ- Schrager's article on the ex-Steve McQueen 930 Turbo Carrera (November 2008, “German Profile,” p. 50). His analysis was absolutely spot on and exactly the reason I bought the car at the Gooding sale in Pebble Beach. At the time, I was surprised it did not go for much more than it did ($137,500). It was McQueen's last true sports car purchase, and the last Porsche special-ordered by him in his beloved Slate Gray/ black interior combination, just like the 911s that came before. I thought there would be those who would see this as a very cool and relatively cheap McQueen car with great upside potential. I must say I was surprised to get it at the price I did. I owned, restored, and then sold the ex-McQueen 250 Lusso, and I felt the Turbo was an absolute bargain at this price. First series Turbos are by far the rarest of them all, with numbers in the very low hundreds for the U.S. market. Of those, most have been used and abused, and finding a very good example not needing quite a bit of work is difficult. I believe these cars have not caught on yet and are actually quite undervalued in the market today. After all, the Turbo was the car of the late 1970s and early 1980s. 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I think this will be erased in a relatively short time with general values rising overall in the years to come, making the price I paid seem foolishly low for such a special example. I plan on taking the restora- tion to the next level, keeping with the standards of quality my restorations are known for, and then showing it at select concours events around the country over the next few years to expose the car to the general public. Chad McQueen called me to say he was happy I acquired the car, and that it felt like it was still in the family; I'm glad to know he feels that way. We're supposed to get together soon for a nice drive through the canyons near Malibu. Thanks again for the very insightful analysis.—Mike Regalia, Regalia Concours Restorations, Thousand Oaks, CA Bugatti clarifications I'm writing for two reasons. Peter Williamson introduced me to Bugattis in 1962; I have owned four. Regarding Keith Martin's column (November 2008, “Gazing Into the Crystal Piston,” p. 12), the caption under the photo of Williamson's Bugatti collection: “I'm done with them, your turn now,” was tacky and disrespectful. I doubt he said that. It was not his choice to die of cancer. Additionally, in that same issue, Julius Kruta's excellent article on the Williamson cars (“Gooding Steers the Bugatti Ship,” p. 34) warrants three minor corrections: Most of the cars were purchased in the 1960s, not the 1970s as he writes; some he bought for less than $4,000. The 2003 Pebble Beach Best of Show-winner and former Bob Oliver car was a 57SC Atlantic, not Atalante. None of these cars will ever be “a bit out of fashion.”—Richard N. Roger, Rancho Mirage, CA Keith Martin responds: Richard, there was no disrespect meant toward Mr. Williamson; the caption was a reflection of my general comments that for a variety of reasons, older collectors are deciding that their time with their collections has passed, and it is time for the cars I believe these cars have not caught on yet and are actually undervalued in the market today. After all, the Turbo was the car of the late 1970s to move on to someone else. The comments were not referring to anyone in specific, and I apologize if it came across that way. Regarding the Pebble Beach- winning Bugatti, which was not a part of the Gooding sale, you are correct: the car was a 57SC Atlantic, not a 57SC Atalante. The error was not Julius Kruta's, who certainly knows the difference, but instead happened during the editorial process and regrettably went uncaught. Rapide returns Thank you for Paul Hardiman's thoughtful and complimentary analysis of EPE 97 (November 2008, “English Profile,” p. 42). Being a Lagonda collector and owner of an LG45R, I have a few corrections to offer. The Fox & Nicholl cars are not considered amongst the 25 LG45 Rapides. The Frank Feeley-designed Rapides were high-performance street cars based on the racers, which took advantage of much of their competition development experience. Until EPE 97, the most recent LG45R offered at auction was #12172R, which sold for $671,000 at the 2006 RM Monterey auction (November 2006, p. 94). Within the last six months, there have been two on offer in Europe for $1,000,000 plus, neither with racing pedigree.—Ron Rezek, #12245, Ashland, OR Phil Hill's stats In his excellent tribute to Phil Hill (November 2008, “The Class of His Class,” p. 30) János Wimpffen writes, “Although the Sharknose provided three more podium finishes in 1962, there was growing turmoil at Ferrari, and the front-engine model was clearly becoming obsolete.” The Sharknose (Tipo 156) was a mid-engined car; Ferrari last ran a front-engined F1 car back in 1960. Also, Hill had four, not three, podium finishes in 1962—three 3rd place finishes (Dutch, Belgian, and British GPs) and a 2nd (Monaco GP).—Locke de Bretteville, San Jose, CA János Wimpffen responds: Thanks for your letter, Locke. You are correct about the Sharknose 156, in which Ferrari finally abandoned the dated front-engined design. Regarding Hill's podium finishes of 1962, he did in fact tally only three. 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Neat Stuff Stuff Neat by Stefan Lombard Floor it Winter weather means winter driving, and winter Sit on it We've all seen park benches with little placards dedicating them to the memory of certain people. It's a nice thought, but the benches themselves are nothing special. Why not dedicate your own bench to the memory of your favorite car? Artist David Chapple designs and builds custom park benches featuring the greatest cars of yesterday and today, and the finished result is just the place you'd like to park yourself when it's break time. Each is made of custom-milled poplar and then hand-painted. Even better, the back section of the bench folds up and into a table top—just one more reason to like these cool, functional works of art. All benches are made to order, so whether your passion lies in muscle, sports racers, or Amphicars, Chapple's got you covered. Prices start at $2,850, and you can see his work online at www.autoart.com, or in person in January at Barrett-Jackson and Mecum Kissimmee. driving means messy shoes. But that doesn't mean you have to make a mess of your car's interior. MacNeil Automotive has developed just the thing to keep your floors clean—WeatherTech Extreme-Duty FloorLiners. The semi-flexible rubberized material accurately and completely lines your car's interior carpet to give faultless protection, while digital measurements of interior surfaces offer a consistently perfect fit. The high-density, tri-extruded material is rigid and strong, with enough surface friction to keep it from sliding around on the carpet. Deep channels carry water and mud to a lower reservoir, while even more channels help keep it there. Available in black, tan, and gray for over 400 applications, and priced from $100. Visit www.weathertech.com for more information. WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Stuff it What do you get when you cross a luxury car maker and a luxury leathersmith? The Bentley Alfred Dunhill luggage collection, of course. The handsome five-piece set features a briefcase, a washbag, a weekend bag, and two suitcases, large and small. All are handcrafted in natural grain brown calf leather with a matching interior trim, and each features hardware done in palladium over brass, artistically finished with knurled edges and the distinctive Bentley “B”. These are just the thing to toss into the Continental before you set out for that holiday in Gstaad. The set retails for £4,300 (about $7,000), with individual pieces starting at £268 ($430). Find them at your friendly local Bentley dealership or online at www.bentleycollection.com. 22 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1937 Bugatti Type 57C The 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Gangloff-bodied roadster is a stunning 1:43-scale collectible by Heco Miniatures. As with all of their current releases, you do get what you pay for. In this case that means impressive presentation and display, spectacular subject matter, excellent overall fi t and fi nish, and a rare, truly limitededition, hand-built model made in France by a small, dedicated group of artisans. The wire wheels are beautifully assembled multi- piece photo-etched units. All of the engraved panel lines are the way they should be—thin, crisp, and not fi lled in with paint. The three-piece steering wheel is delicate and sized quite well, though it sits a little too low. Dash and gauges are represented well but no switch gear is shown. I am always against the use of real leather for inte- riors on models smaller than 1:12 scale simply because most manufacturers—big and small—tend to use the material with the fi nesse of a lumberjack performing brain surgery. They all love to say that they have used real leather, no matter how terrible it looks. However, Heco has managed to use real leather here to great effect; I believe it is either lizard or eel skin. Perfectly applied and thin enough, it looks right to simulate what might have been an ostrich-skin interior on this car. Bugatti Details Production Date: 2008 The details here are top notch, and the high-gloss paint is glass smooth. The only item that bothers me on this otherwise perfect model is what looks like an afterthought—the exhaust tip has no exhaust pipe attached to it. The tip is simply glued to the underside of the left rear. That one gripe aside, I love this model. Fairly priced at $325. Available from MiniAuto, 814.838.2274; www.miniauto.com. Quantity: Serial numbered limited edition of 200 Ratings: Overall Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: ½ Web: www.hecominiatures.com Porsche Sixty Years by Randy Leffi ngwell, Motorbooks, 2008, 348 pages, $37.80 (Amazon) There is no shortage of books on Porsches, argu- ably the most prestigious automobile brand (settle down, you Ferrari folks). There is also no shortage of interest. To mark the upcoming 60th anniversary of the marque, author and photographer Randy Leffi ngwell has put together an exhaustive look at the important Porsches, from street to track. It all started with pre-World War II design challenges pushed by Adolf Hitler himself for the Volkswagen, challenges met and exceeded by Doctor Ferdinand Porsche. Thinking better marketing of VW would come through motorsports, Porsche built three Type 64s for a 1939 Berlin to Rome race using VW components and a sleek body. The race never happened thanks to world-changing unpleasantness in Poland, but that exercise led to the fi rst prototype 356 Porsche in 1949—when the legendary journey really begins. Leffi ngwell's research and photography carefully retrace this history in painstaking, loving detail. It certainly won't be the last book on Porsche, but Porsche Sixty Years is the emphatic last word for some time to come. Provenance: Leffi ngwell has three other Porsche books under his belt and deep knowledge of the marque. His extensive interviews for this book, plus access to the Porsche archives, give him a complete historian's view of the events and people that shaped the company. Fit and fi nish: Nearly 300 color photographs are beautifully re- produced in the large-format book, though the design favors the images over the text. Leffi ngwell's prose is not as tack sharp as his photography, but the data is all there. Drivability: You might need to be deeply involved in Porsche to read the entire book, but the photos alone are worth the trip. The long, interesting history, categorized by years and models, street cars and racing, is a splendid, thoughtful, and complete bonus for Porsche fans. Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton 24 Sports Car Market


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Affordable Classic Buick Riviera When Buick Went South In GS form, with two four-barrel Carter carburetors, the Riviera put out a mighty 360 hp and generated an equally hefty 475 ft-lb of torque by Rob Sass L egend has it that the 1963 Riviera (originally supposed to be a revival of the LaSalle marque) was the result of a trip that Bill Mitchell took to Europe in 1960. Particularly impressed with a Ferrari 250 PF coupe and a custombodied Rolls-Royce with styling that he characterized as “knife-edged,” Mitchell vowed to build an American grand touring car. Stylistically, the 1963 Riviera was brilliant, but dynamically, it was far from a GT in the European mold. Since it shared its bodyshell with no other GM product, Mitchell's Riviera was around for just three model years before giving way to a new car that shared the GM E-body with the 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado and the upcoming 1967 Cadillac Eldorado. Strangely, the 1966 Riviera got a conventional front-engine, rear-wheeldrive layout, while its two siblings were front-drivers. The thing that strikes any observer on first glance is that the 1966–70 Riviera is simply enormous. And indeed, at nearly 18 feet long and 4,700 pounds, frankly, it is. Road & Track observed that the doors were so large and heavy that an errant strike with one would likely total a Bugeye Sprite. One of the more handsome American cars of the 1960s But the long hood, short rear deck, fastback styling, hidden headlamps, slim tail- lights, and styled steel wheels worked like no Buick (other than perhaps the 1953 Skylark) since the 1949 Roadmaster. Although perhaps not as fresh as the 1963 car, there is no denying that it was one of the more handsome American cars of the 1960s, even if its impact was somewhat blunted by its visual similarity to lesser GM intermediates that came later. The 1966 Riviera came to market with the 425-ci “nailhead” V8 from the outgoing car. In GS form with two four-barrel Carter carburetors, it put out a pavement-atomizing 360 hp gross and generated a tugboat-like 475 ft-lb of torque. A new 430-ci V8 appeared in 1967, which ballooned to 455 ci by 1970. Power outputs remained about the same. Contemporary testers spoke highly of the Riviera's interior. Strato-bench or Strato-bucket seats were available in cloth, leather, or vinyl. Full instrumentation was a welcome relief from the usual idiot lights. The speedometer was an unusual revolving drum design. Effective a/c was a common option, along with Positraction, dual exhausts, and cruise control. Details Years produced: 1966–70 Number produced: 227,669 Original list price: $6,000 SCM Valuation: $16,000–$19,000 Tune-up cost: $300 Distributor cap: $9.95 Chassis #: Tag on firewall Engine #: Right side of engine block Club: Riviera Owners Association, PO Box 261218 Denver, CO 80226 More: www.rivowners.org Alternatives: 1966–67 Oldsmobile Toronado; 1967–70 Cadillac Eldorado; 1963–64 Studebaker Avanti SCM Investment Grade: C Understeer and howling bias plys Dynamically, it was largely business as usual for an American car. Steering was a relatively quick three turns to lock; however, “comfortably numb” pretty much describes things. As Road & Track noted, dead steering tells no tales, and the driver's first clue of the approaching limit was terminal understeer accompanied by howling Goodyear Powercushion bias plys. Overall, though, R&T 26 1966 Riviera thought that in speed, power, equipment, and road manners, the Riviera in Gran Sport form was quite impressive. This from a magazine that was notoriously hard on American-built cars. Performance was more than adequate for a nearly 5,000-lb car, with 60 mph coming up in about eight seconds, the quarter mile in 16.7 seconds, and a top speed of over 120 mph. Whether ordered with optional Bendix four pot front discs or drum brakes, the binders got an “A” for adequate. Fuel economy was largely theoretical, with most owners lucky to see more than 10 mpg. Other than extreme thirst and the difficulty in find- ing a good one, there are few impediments to owning a second-generation Riviera. Most fans seem to prefer the 1966–67 version over the mildly restyled 1968–69 and the ghastly, skirted 1970 model, which seems suitable only for bad low-rider conversions. With its separate body and frame design, severe rust can be fatal. And while mechanical items are NAPA-common, trim pieces are unobtainable. Fans of large, stylish American coupes have a lot to choose from, including the Riviera's own siblings, the 1966–67 Toronado and 1967 Eldorado. As a collectible, the 1967–70 Riviera is like a middle child, while the 1963–65 version is already established as a desirable car. The 1971–73 boattail has been making future collectible lists seemingly since 1973, but little has been written or said about the second-generation cars. This works for buyers who can still pick up a 1966 GS for about half the cost of a 1965. The later car will never achieve the milestone status and the value of the 1965, but some feel it's at least as attractive. And it is undoubtedly a better driver. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Legal Files John Draneas Leno and a Duesie of a Lawsuit Heirs of Macy's grandson question the validity of a $0 bid auction and the story of a Duesenberg trapped by a too-small elevator S tate laws commonly give powerful protection to mechanics who work on cars and garage keepers who store them, recognizing that they often need special powers to help them get paid. Typically, these laws entitle them to retain possession of the car until they have been paid in full. If not paid after a specified minimum time, they are then free to sell the car to the highest bidder, and the purchaser gets good title to the car. The sale proceeds go to the mechanic or garage keeper to cover the amounts due and the expenses of the sale, and any excess is paid to the previous owner. A new case serves as a great $16,000, and that if not paid by May 2, the cars would be auctioned off on May 27. Straus assumed that the notice and his payment has crossed in the mail, and did nothing further. On May 27, the Duesenberg was sold to Chapman, LLC, an entity owned by the garage owners. The bill of sale states that the sale price was $0, and nothing was paid or credited to Straus's storage bill. Straus did not receive any Leno and the “garage-find” Duesenberg example of how much power this gives the mechanic or garage keeper, and how easily things can go awry. According to the complaint filed in New York court, here is what happened. John Straus was the grandson of one of the principal owners of Macy's, and a car collector. He owned a 1931 Model J Duesenberg, s/n 2467, engine J418, that his father purchased new. It was a custom-ordered formal town car, and the only Duesenberg that was bodied by F. R. Wood & Son, Inc., a small New York coachbuilder. It was in original condition, and had only 7,085 miles on the odometer. He also owned a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I convertible, s/n S484MR, that he purchased used in 1942. Both cars were stored for over 50 years at the Windsor Garage in Manhattan. Straus also owned other cars that were stored at the nearby Wayne Garage. Both garages were owned and operated by the same company. Throughout these years, Straus would let his stor- age bills accumulate and bring them current from time to time with large payments. The owners and managers were aware of that, and never made an issue of it. In later years, Straus developed dementia, and his rent payments become more sporadic. In April 2005, Straus noticed a past due invoice from the Windsor Garage for over $22,000. He sent a check for the exact amount shown due. The manager returned the check to him, explaining that the balance was actually over $36,000 and instructing him to pay that amount with the notation of his account number. However, the account number given in the letter was for the Wayne Garage account, which was one digit different. Straus sent another check in the higher exact amount, with the account notation requested. The manager accepted the check, but applied it toward the Wayne Garage account, thereby leaving the Windsor Garage account delinquent. Shortly after, Straus received a notice from the owner's lien service company stating that his Windsor Garage account was past due by over 28 notice about the sale of the RollsRoyce, but it was apparently sold at about the same time. The buyer turned out to be the garage's director of maintenance. Curiously, the garage kept charging Straus for storage fees through October, at which point a letter was sent demanding payment of his outstanding bills and threatening to sell the cars if payment was not promptly made. In December, about $39,000 was finally credited to the outstanding bill. This was about the same time that Chapman, LLC, sold the Duesenberg to a company owned by Jay Leno for $180,000. It is claimed that Chapman wanted $300,000 for the Duesenberg, but that was negotiated down to the final sale price. Straus died in May 2008. His daughters began administration of his estate, discov- ered these events, and made demands for the return of both cars. They recently filed suit against a lengthy list of parties, including the garage owners and managers, the director of maintenance, and Jay Leno and his company. The lawsuit seeks the return of the cars or the payment of their value, asserted to be $1.2 million for the Duesenberg and $500,000 for the Rolls-Royce, and additional damages for fraud and similar claims, including a claim of fraud against Jay Leno (discussed below). Shortly after the suit was filed, the director of maintenance committed suicide. None of the defendants have yet responded to the lawsuit, so we don't know their side of the story. The sale has to be right The main issues focus on the legitimacy of the sale of the cars. To start, the Estate takes the position that Straus did actually pay what was owed, and that the cars can't be sold if nothing was owed. This issue will require sorting out the bills, the rejection of the first check, and the claimed misapplication of the second check. We can't predict how that will come out, but the claim makes good sense. If Straus offered (tendered) payment, the garage can't refuse to accept it and sell the cars instead. New York law doesn't specify a lot of details, but it does give four important ones: (1) appropriate notice must be given before the cars can be sold; (2) the cars must be sold at a public auction to the highest bidder; (3) any sale proceeds over the amount owed must be paid to the owner; and (4) a failure to strictly follow the rules is a conversion of the cars, basically the civil law equivalent of theft. The Estate asserts that the Duesenberg notices were inappropriate on technical grounds, and that none were given as to the Rolls. It raises several questions about the sale of the Duesenberg. First off, can there even be an auction when the highest bid was $0? How can a sale be made when no bid was made? And if no one bid on this car, then how public could the sale have been? You would have bid $1, wouldn't you? The Estate questions whether there even was a sale of the Rolls. And it claims the entire sale process was a fraud intended to steal the cars from Straus. The outcome is hard to predict because of many unforeseeable twists and turns, but the ultimate answer looks like this to “Legal Files”: If the Estate invalidates the sales, the Sports Car Market John Lamm


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garage will be deemed to have converted the cars. If so, the garage would not have been able to transfer title to the purchasers, and Straus would still own the cars. If the Estate can't invalidate the sales but does establish that they were improper or mishandled badly, the Estate could recover the full value of the cars. But the interesting question then would be, from whom? The garage sold the Duesenberg to Chapman, LLC, which later sold it to Leno. It could turn out that the Estate is entitled to recover the full value from the garage and Chapman, but Leno keeps the car for the $180,000 he paid. Leno fraud claim Although some news reports have been to the con- trary, the Estate has not alleged that Jay Leno conspired with the garage owners ahead of the sale. The fraud claim against Leno is something different. The Estate alleges that Leno learned about the Duesenberg years previously, and tried to buy it from Straus, who refused to sell it. Nonetheless, Leno kept in touch with him, hoping to be there when Straus changed his mind. Concerned that someone else might get to the car, the Estate claims that Leno spread the false story that the garage had been remodeled and that the new elevator was so small that the car could no longer be removed from the garage. The Estate further alleges that this scheme kept other potential purchasers from bidding on the car or negotiating with Chapman after it acquired it, thereby letting Leno buy the Duesenberg cheaply. This claim seems to be tough to prove. First off, the Estate is going to have to produce potential buyers who knew about the sale but didn't bother, because they thought they couldn't get the car out of the garage. Second, the claim doesn't square up with the claims that the garage didn't conduct a fair auction, and that it concocted the entire scheme to defraud the Estate. And third, it doesn't give Chapman enough credit. If Chapman wanted $300,000 for the Duesenberg but couldn't get anyone else to offer anything substantial because Leno made them all think the car was stuck in the garage, Chapman could have easily moved it to another storage location, debunked Leno's story, and sold the car for much more than the $180,000 paid. Protecting yourself This should generate entertaining reading as the lawsuit progresses, but readers can take a useful lesson away even at this preliminary point. Mechanics and garage keepers are given very strong rights under most states' laws. They have the right to hold onto your car until they have been paid. If they don't get paid, they can sell your car to the highest bidder. The laws usually don't impose much of an obligation on them to get the highest price possible. All they have to do is give proper notices to you, perhaps advertise in some limited manner, and then conduct a public auction. If no one shows up, they or anyone else who does bid can end up owning your car for a song. Readers should be aware of these laws whenever they take their cars in for sig- nificant repairs. Just think of the horror story—you give your car to a shop for a time and materials restoration, one thing leads to the next, it takes forever, the bill gets astronomical, you get into a billing dispute with the shop about your partially restored car, the shop stops work, and you get a letter threatening to sell your pile of disassembled parts if you don't pay up. That seems like a real good reason to have a very well-written contract before the work starts. ♦ 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 2009 29


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Events Goodwood Revival Goodwood Revivified Lord March and his advisors pay close attention to the interests of Revival patrons and vary the races year to year, and hence the invited cars by Robert Ames Earls Court, new for 2008 Drivers, to your mounts A nnual events often become stale, or as the more charitable might say, “mature.” Attendance drops and media attention wanes. Eleventhhour changes are made. Some work, many don't. Examples abound: Many swap meets post-eBay, any racing series with spec engines, and the Indianapolis 500 come to mind. Thankfully, this phenomenon does not apply to the now-ten-year-old Goodwood Revival, and for good reason. Lord March and his advisors have paid close attention to the interests of its patrons and year-to-year have varied the races, and hence the invited cars. Many side shows have been added and the physical facilities improved. However, the ever-popular saloon car racing, Spitfire aerobatics and Laurel and Hardy are probably here to stay. Changes for 2008 seemed even more significant than in years past. My favorite was the new 90-minute twodriver event for the Freddie March Memorial Trophy. Starting at 5:30 on Saturday afternoon, the race ran past sunset and included a mandatory five-minute stop for fuel and driver change. Entries were limited to cars that might have com- peted in the Goodwood 9 Hour races from 1953 to 1955. Included were six Aston Martin DB3 and 3S sports racers, two Ferrari Monzas, six C-type Jaguars, and an Allard J2, plus assorted Frazer Nash LeMans Replicas and Lotuses. 100S grabs March Memorial Trophy The winner? An Austin-Healey, and by three laps, too. Okay, it was a 100S driven by former motorcycle pro Stuart Graham and ex-F1 star Emanuele Pirro, but what 30 Pre-1966 car park a show. Pirro's race pace would have put the car in the front half of the Glover Trophy race for 1961 to 1965 Formula One and Tasman cars. It was all the more astounding, as he'd never driven the car before. As a 100S owner myself, I was pleased as punch. Physical facilities both temporary and permanent evolve and improve every year. One has the impression that Lord March, who is seen constantly moving from one part of the grounds to another during the weekend, takes copious notes and thoroughly debriefs his staff on the Monday following. New this year was the Earls Court Pavilion, an art deco façade fronting an indoor recreation of London's Motor Show from the 1950s and '60s. Manufacturers' stands exhibited restored cars and were often staffed with skimpily clad models—overdressed by the standards of the press days I attended during the 1960s, when no clothes at all was the norm. One ever-changing and -growing Revival attraction that is a favorite of mine is the pre-1966 car park. This year I spent a couple of hours on Saturday morning wandering the aisles. Visitors with a car eligible for this special parking area (which is the closest to the circuit), simply supply car details and license number when they order tickets and receive a windscreen sticker admitting them. Don't miss it when you attend the world's greatest costume garden party. You are virtually guaranteed to see cars you've never encountered before, plus thousands of vintage British and Continental machines and the odd U.S. import to boot. “And that, sir, is what's known in 'merica as a rat rod!” Check out www .sportscarmarket.com/goodwood2008 for photos of the cars in the lot. On Friday evening, at the end of one of the many cataclysmic weeks in the financial markets, Bonhams's Revival auction sold most of what deserved to sell, including the earliest issued Scottish number plate, S1, for the best part of $800,000. It was an indicator that there is still plenty of sterling available for the unique. I'll be back to see what's new in 2009, and I'll look for you there. ♦ Details Plan ahead: September 18–20, 2009 Where: Goodwood House, Chichester, Sussex, UK Cost: $175, weekend general admission More: www.goodwood.co.uk Sports Car Market


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Events Northwest Classic Motorcar Rallye Northwest Classic Comes of Age Give a true enthusiast a great sports car and a winding road through sun-dappled forest and the rewards are visible ear-to-ear by Jeff Zurschmeide T he Monte Shelton Northwest Classic Motorcar Rallye is audio-visual proof that vintage sports cars are meant to be driven. Over 80 cars, ranging from a 1938 BMW to a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa gathered, in Portland for a long weekend in August for the 20th running of the event. Competitors were rewarded with about 500 miles of the Northwest's finest roads in an easy-going but competitive atmosphere. The rally is primarily a social event, but it's also a chance to enjoy a classic car in the way it was intended to be used. Most cars of the age and caliber attracted by this event are now driven only short distances, and rarely are they driven hard. But give a true enthusiast a great sports car and a winding road through sun-dappled forest and the rewards are visible ear-to-ear. This year's rally began in downtown Portland and headed north for a loop through Readying for the start in Portland Second place was claimed by last year's winner Dima Washington in the western foothills of the Cascade mountain range, then dropped back down toward Oregon. The rally crossed the Columbia River Gorge on the famously breathtaking Bridge of the Gods. And that was all before lunch. In the afternoon, rallyists were treated to a trip along the wild and scenic Clackamas River, then up toward Mount Hood on roads too remote to merit names. The route ended each day at The Resort at the Mountain. Dinner and drinks were served outdoors adjacent to the parking green, while competitors and rally staff shared tall tales and technical details in the twilight. SCM was a sponsor of the event (its predecessor, the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, had been a sponsor of the first running), and Publisher Martin made some thoughtful remarks about old cars just being a way to bring interesting people together, and that we should enjoy our weekend of fantasy life, driving vintage machines on scenic two-lane roads. No arguments against that. The second day of driving took the rally west into the Willamette River Valley, stop- ping at beautiful Champoeg State Park for lunch before wandering through Oregon's rich farm country. Participants were treated to a presentation by Amelia Island Concours founder Bill Warner, who gave a humorous account of his history with the notorious Cannonball Run. This year's rally victory went to Ed Details Godshalk and David Reich in an MG B-GT. This is the fifth time Godshalk has won the rally, and the third for Reich. “There are really three elements to a winning team—the driver, the navigator, and the car. And maybe not in that order,” Reich remarked. Plan ahead: August 6–9, 2009 Where: Portland, Oregon Cost: $500 approx. More: www.nwclassicrally.org Smolyansky, who partnered with Seva Khodakouskiy in an Alfa Romeo GTV. Third place went to the veteran team of Dan Sommers and Stephanie Campbell, also in an Alfa GTV. Several significant cars took part in this year's rally, including the second prototype of Alfa Romeo's 1957 Giulietta Sprint Speciale. The car is owned and driven regularly by Sultan Karim of Burnaby, British Columbia. Also in the mix was the 1938 AC 16/90 Sports Supercharged belonging to Jim Feldman of Portland. Vidur Verma's 1938 BMW 327/28 convertible survived a harrowing moment when the control rod used to open the radiator vents came loose and bridged the car's battery posts, causing a small fire. Luckily, the car was not seriously damaged. Many of the participants had been in the first Monte Shelton Rallye, held in 1988, and some had been in every one of the 20 rallies. Although both cars and participants had more patina now than then, it would be appropriate to say that every participant, and every car, had mellowed nicely with the passing of the years. For those of you who live in the Pacific Northwest and are looking for a reason to exercise your vintage car each August, the Northwest Classic might be just what you're looking for. ♦ 32 Sports Car Market


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NW Classic SCMers Joseph & Peter Angel—Portland, OR 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Carolyn Arnquist & Cameron Sheahan— Tigard, OR 1950 Alvis TB14 Greg & Joan Baldwin—Lake Oswego, OR 1957 Alfa Romeo Sprint Veloce Cindy Banzer & Susan Halton—Portland, OR 1978 Alfa Romeo Spider Kevin Blount & Paul Brewer—Portland, OR 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Robert & Annie Bridgeford—Sisters, OR 1965 Jaguar XKE coupe Mark & Kendall Carpenter—Tigard, OR 1959 Alfa Romeo Spider Stan Chesshir & Patsy Feeman—Portland, OR 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Teresa Davenport & Guy Recordon— Portland, OR 1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto John Draneas & Chuck West—West Linn, OR 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Jim Feldman & Terry Jondahl—Portland, OR 1938 AC 16/90 Sports Supercharged Rob & Niki Follows—W. Vancouver, BC 1950 Bentley Mk VI Mulliner Ed Godshalk & David Reich—Newberg, OR 1969 MG B-GT Chuck & Charlie Goolsbee—Vail, CO 1965 Jaguar XKE convertible Bob Hui & Richard Heseltine—Portland, OR 1974 Alfa Romeo GTV Ralph Inman & Bryce Cameron— West Linn, OR 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Ken & Bernice Ivey—Lake Oswego, OR 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Dorothy & Havlin Kemp—Portland, OR 1961 Porsche 356 Super 90 coupe Simon Levear & Reid Trummel—Portland, OR 1974 Triumph TR6 Keith & Wendie Martin—Portland, OR 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Rick Martin & Diana Mati—Portland, OR 1967 Maserati Mistral Stuart & Shirley Moss—Damascus, OR 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Steve & Annie Norman—Edmonds, WA 1964 Bentley S3 Continental Russ Paine & Bill Daemke—Hillsboro, OR 1962 Alfa Romeo Sprint Sergio Perticucci & Alex Carrara—Bend, OR 1974 Alfa Romeo Spider Dennis & Pat Pillar—Newberg, OR 1965 Alfa Romeo GTC Chuck & Jim Putney—Tigard, OR 1961 Porsche 356 Super 90 roadster David & Becky Schroeder—Portland, OR 1958 Porsche 356 Speedster On the lawn at The Resort at the Mountain Gloria & Paul Schwindt—Wilsonville, OR 1973 Porsche 911 Targa Casey Scott & John Duyn—Portland, OR 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Monte Shelton & Jonathan Nicholas— Portland, OR 1962 Porsche 356 roadster Neil Shelton & Charlie Waibel—Portland, OR 1961 Porsche 356 roadster Ed Slavin & Kim Lindstrand—Portland, OR 1968 Chevrolet Corvette Ric Tiplady & Tom Rounds—Sunriver, OR 1966 Porsche 911 Ron Tonkin & Dan Merrill—Portland, OR 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Jim & Debbie Walters—Denver, CO 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Bill Warner & Bill Woodard—Amelia Island, FL & Portland, OR 1969 Alfa Romeo Spider Al & Katherine Zemke—Bend, OR 1954 Jaguar XK 120 Jeff & Jill Zurschmeide—Tualatin, OR 1959 MG A roadster January 2009 33


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Events Kirkland Concours Bikes and Boats Enter the Kirkland Fold Jon and Mary Shirley's 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B—fresh from winning Best of Show at Pebble Beach—repeated at Kirkland by Steven Kovach; photos by Mark Greene of automobiles, motorcycles, and vintage boats to fulfill our growing charitable contributions to Children's Hospital and Evergreen Healthcare,” said Jeff Clark, event chairman. Donations to these charities now exceed $1,000,000, which was announced at the Saturday night gala. Noted actor, collector, and enthusiast Ed Herrmann returned as the master of ceremonies, assisted by SCM's Publisher Martin. Judges were faced with such problems as deciding between the iconic 1932 Ford Doane Spencer Hiboy, brought by Bruce Meyer, or the equally iconic So-Cal 1934 Ford coupe owned by Bruce Canepa for first in class. The record number of visitors had these two cars surrounded most of the day, and it was the Doane Spencer Hiboy that squeaked home with the trophy. The “Sixteen Candles” class featured 16-cylinder Cadillac town cars, coupes, and limousines from the 1930s. Gearheads were able to watch RM Auctions co-founder Mike Fairbairn's beautifully restored 1933 chassis and drivetrain, sans coachwork but complete with a driver seat, silently glide to a stop and accept Best Presentation Award. Tin Wagons, or what many older enthusiasts remem- Sixteen Candles T he sixth annual Kirkland Concours d'Elegance, held September 7, brought together more than 90 select collectible cars to build on the organization's growing reputation as a world-class event. Twelve classes ranging from European Classics to Historic Hot Rods, plus this year's theme, “Lipstick Red Convertibles,” graced the Carillon Point venue. Vintage motorcycles and vintage watercraft were judged classes for the first time, with First in Class Motorcycles going to Alan Kunovsky's 1902 Indian Camelback, dubbed “The Oldest Indian,” while First in Class Watercraft went to John Russell's 1939 Garwood Runabout. The weather cooperated for the second year in a row, and the sun shined on Jon and Mary Shirley's 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta. Fresh from winning Best of Show at Pebble Beach, it claimed the same honor at Kirkland. “The purpose of the Kirkland Concours is to bring together a significant collection ber as mom's “grocery getter,” included a great selection of American Big Three iron. Gordon and Janet Apker's 1955 Chrysler Town & Country took first in class, another tough call against their 1952 Ford Ranch Wagon with period-correct Kompak trailer and camping accessories. This marked the second year that a Tour d'Elegance was a part of the weekend. It covered just over 300 miles in two days along the pristine shores of Hood Canal and included stops at two private collections for lunch breaks. Great tours have a wide selection of rides to make them interesting, and this year's tour was no exception, with a 1911 Auburn, 1965 Cobra, no less than six 300SLs, and a 1937 Cadillac from the “Sixteen Candles” class, among others. ♦ Jon & Mary Shirley's stunning 8C 2900B, Best in Show 34 Mike Fairbairn's 1933 Cadillac chassis, Best Presentation winner Sports Car Market


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Kirkland SCMers Dennis Aker—Shoreline, WA 1964 Porsche 356C coupe 1965 Porsche 356C cabriolet 1962 Porsche 356B roadster, 1st in Class 1959 Porsche 356A convertible D 1985 Porsche Carrera Turbo cabriolet 1961 Porsche 356B Sunroof coupe Gordon & Janet Apker—Des Moines, WA 1936 Packard 12 dual cowl phaeton 1932 Ford AV-8 1955 Chrysler New Yorker T&C, 1st in Class 1957 Oldsmobile Fiesta hard top wagon 1952 Ford 2-door Ranch wagon w/Kompak Trailer Tom and Susan Armstrong—Issaquah, WA 1948 Chrysler T&C Sedan De Wayne Ashmead—Fruit Heights, UT 1949 Kurtis Bonneville racer David Baird—Coto de Caza, CA 1911 Auburn 1917 Pierce-Arrow Chris Bayley—Seattle, WA 1949 Buick Roadmaster wagon Pat Brothers—Bridal Veil, OR 1935 Cadillac Fleetwood Town cabriolet Bruce Canepa—Scotts Valley, CA 1934 Ford So-Cal coupe Timothy Cerney—Fairbanks, AK 1906 Compound Type 7.5 Terry and Annette Clark—Gig Harbor, WA 1948 Triumph Tiger 100 1937 Triumph Tiger 90 Bob & Gerri Craves—Redmond, WA 1948 Talbot-Lago T-26 cabriolet Paul Emple—Rancho Santa Fe, CA 1930 Minerva AL cabriolet Mike Fairbairn—Blenheim, Ontario, CAN 1933 Cadillac chassis Ed Godshalk—Newberg, OR 1925 Bugatti Brescia Jack & Pat Goffette—Lynnwood, WA 1937 Bentley 4¼ Liter coupe John Goodman—Seattle, WA 1958 Devin S.S. 1968 Riva 28 Aquarama Gerald Greenfield—Sumner, WA 1934 Lincoln 12 KB Dietrich convertible sedan Jules Heumann—San Francisco, CA 1922 Hispano-Suiza H6B Labourdette skiff Monty Holmes—Seattle, WA 1934 Cadillac 16 452D coupe Knox & Jeila Kershaw—Montgomery, AL 1931 Cadillac 452A roadster Brown Maloney—Sequim, WA 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe 1958 BMW 507 convertible 1957 Thunderbird Supercharged 1955 Corvette roadster 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 coupe, 1st in Class Sam & Emily Mann—Englewood, NJ 1935 Hispano-Suiza K6B Brandone cabriolet Ken McBride—Seattle, WA 1932 Ford Hiboy 1958 Oldsmobile Fiesta hard top wagon 1957 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser wagon Bruce & Jolene McCaw—Redmond, WA 1930 Bentley 4½ Liter (SC) Le Mans Allan McCrary—Vacaville, CA 1936 Cord 810 convertible cabriolet Alan McEwan—Redmond, WA 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe Stuart McLeod—Kirkland, WA 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, 1st in Class Bruce Meyer—Beverly Hills, CA 1932 Ford Doane Spencer Hiboy, 1st in Class 1932 Ford Bob McGee Hiboy Charles Morse—Seattle, WA 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Glenn Mounger—Bainbridge Island, WA 1956 Ford Country Squire 1951 Cadillac 75 Series Custom Woody sedan John Mozart—Palo Alto, CA 1909 Stearns 90hp open tourer 1934 Cadillac 452D convertible coupe Blake Nordstrom—Maple Valley, WA 1948 Chrysler T&C sedan James Raisbeck—Seattle, WA 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vanden Plas convertible sedan Art Redford—Gig Harbor, WA 1913 Harley-Davidson Twin 1917 Henderson Bob Reverman—Bellevue, WA 1952 Jaguar XK 120 roadster Ray Scherr—Westlake Village, CA 1930 Packard 734 speedster, 1st in Class Jon Shirley—Medina, WA 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B coupe, Best of Show 1949 Ferrari 166 MM David & Ginny Sydorick—Beverly Hills, CA 1953 Fiat 8V Ghia Supersonic, 1st in Class Don Williams—Danville, CA 1947 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca DeVille


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Events Fall Concours Roundup GLENMOOR GATHERING September 12–14, 2008 . Glenmoor Country Club . Canton, OH When the clouds passed and the sun set on the 14th annual Glenmoor Gathering weekend, no one could argue against another successful concours in Canton. Though rain dampened the grounds on Friday and Saturday and forced an impromptu relocation of the Sunday show, it did nothing to dampen the spirits of those in attendance. Said concours chairman David Schultz, “Attendance was the largest ever, and the show field of 200 cars was simply outstanding.” A 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster owned by Judge Joseph Cassini won Best in Show. The elegant silver car, with coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi, is just one of seven Special Roadsters built and one of five known to exist, and in its day rivaled the Mercedes 540K in its style and sophistication. Retired GM head of design Wayne Cherry served as grand mar- shal, a fitting choice, as the event celebrated 100 years of the Detroit marque. Also on display were the cars of Porsche and a selection of Model Ts, also a century old in 2008. Friday festivities included a round of golf on the club's Jack Nicklaus Signature Course and a private tour of the nearby Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum annex. Saturday featured a driving tour of Northeastern Ohio, a brunch and fashion show, and a cocktail reception and gala dinner. Next year's show dates are already set for September 18–20, so plan accordingly. The automobiles of Edsel Ford will anchor the weekend, along with a special display of '34 Ford hot rods and a special display honoring Alice Ramsey's 1909 trip across the U.S. in a Maxwell. Tickets are $15; visit www.glenmoorgathering.com for more.—Stefan Lombard 1938 Horch, Best in Show in Canton ST. MICHAELS CONCOURS September 27–28, 2008 . Inn at Perry Cabin . St. Michaels, MD St. Michaels is my kind of town, with excellent sailing, estab- lished restaurants, quaint shops, and traditional early American architecture. It is also home to two first-rate car collections, those of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Petronis and Judge John C. North II. As in last year's inaugural event, both collections were well represented on the 50-car field. Many of the cars that make up the event could be considered significant, most having gained major awards at other high-level concours, but a few stood out and were rewarded for it. Best in Show was a Chapron-bodied 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B convertible Victoria, entered by Milli and Frank Ricciardelli. It spent much of the morning with its canvas roof covered in plastic to protect it from intermittent rain showers. And a one-off 1931 duPont Model 6 Merrimac sedan made a very strong statement with its jutting split windshield and striking aluminum body. The car revealed different details every time I returned to look at it, so the Timeless Elegance Award bestowed upon it was fitting. A Saturday driving tour preceded an eve- ning cocktail party and gala fund raising dinner, while Sunday included a fashion show and two lunch buffets during the concours, with a wine reception to wrap things up. In just two short years, concours chairman George Walish Jr. and his capable staff have given enthusiasts a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best automobiles from a bygone era in a classic setting. Next year's show is scheduled for September 25–27, with tickets priced at $50. Visit www.stmichaelsconcours .com for more information.—Dave Olimpi St. Michaels, quaint and classy 36 Sports Car Market


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Ferrari Profile 1972 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino In May 2003, I wrote that $86,000 was “all the money” for an equivalent car; boy, was I wrong. $153,000 for this example is not over the top by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 246 GT, 1969–74; 246 GTS, 1972–74 Number produced: 246 GT, 2609; 246 GTS, 1274 Original list price: 246 GTS, $15,225 (1974) SCM Valuation: 246 GTS, $140,000– $225,000, add $15,000 for “chairs and flares” Tune-up cost: $500; $3,000 for 15,000mile major service Distributor cap: $300 Chassis #: Top frame rail, driver's side in engine compartment Engine #: Side of block before oil filter Club: Ferrari Club of America PO Box 720597 Atlanta, GA 30358 Alternatives: 1973 Porsche Carrera RS, 1961–67 Jaguar XKE convertible, 1999–2005 Ferrari 360 Modena Spyder Comps Chassis number: 03936 A s the first series-produced, mid-engined Ferraris, the early Dino V6s are landmark cars, and the line they founded would prove to be an immense commercial success for Maranello. The original 2.0-liter Dino 206 was replaced in 1969 by a longer-wheelbase 2.4-liter version, the 246 GT. Previously alloy, the body was now steel and the cylinder block cast iron rather than aluminum, but the bigger engine's increased power—195 hp at 7,600 rpm—was adequate compensation for the weight gain. While not as fast in a straight line as its V12-engined stablemates, the nimble Dino was capable of showing almost anything a clean pair of heels over twisty going. First registered in May 1972, this right-hand-drive 246 GTS was purchased by the vendor in July 1999. In 1982, the previous owner had the engine and gearbox stripped and rebuilt, the recorded mileage at that time being 40,046. When the current owner (the vehicle's fourth) purchased it in 1999, the mileage had risen to 47,057. The Dino's color at the time was metallic blue. The vendor used the car for a short time and then put it into storage. Approximately two years later, he had the Dino com- pletely stripped and a full body restoration was carried out. The engine and gearbox were removed and sent to Kent High Performance in Maidstone, where they were stripped and checked. All worn parts were replaced, and the cylinder heads were converted to accept leadfree petrol. The car was repainted Ferrari Yellow and then transported to Kent High Performance to have the brakes overhauled, the suspension checked, and the engine and gearbox reinstalled. The complete interior, 38 including dashboard, was retrimmed in leather. Since the restoration's completion approximately two years ago, the car has covered about 190 miles and remains in very good condition. The present recorded mileage is 47,442. Offered with assorted correspondence concerning mileage, this car represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rebuilt Ferrari Dino, ready to enjoy. SCM Analysis This car sold for $153,720 at the Bonhams Sports, Competition, and Collectors' Motor Cars Auction at theGoodwood Revival on September 19, 2008. Make a list of the 20 best looking sports cars of the last 50 years and it's a fair bet that a Ferrari 246 Dino will be on your list. Undoubtedly one of the sexiest automobile designs of all time, the Dino has aged extraordinary well, with the model still looking like it could have been introduced yesterday. Pininfarina's exceptional design has to be the main support for the Dino's popularity, but the beauty is more than skin deep. “A Ferrari is a 12-cylinder car” Enzo Ferrari's son Dino wrote an engineering school thesis on V6 engine design. The paper was the inspiration for a line of V6 engines that powered a series of Ferrari's race cars. While the cars were built by Ferrari, they were badged as Dinos. The use of the Dino name on these cars is often attributed to a statement Enzo Ferrari allegedly made: “A Ferrari is a 12-cylinder car.” The reasoning followed that because these cars had 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS Lot# 219, s/n 03902 Condition 2+ Sold at $147,473 Bonhams, Gstaad, CHE, 12/17/2006 SCM# 43818 Sports Car Market 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS Lot# 82, s/n 03920 Condition 1Sold at $198,000 Worldwide, Seabrook, TX, 5/5/2007 SCM# 45362 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS Lot# 145, s/n 03902 Condition 2 Sold at $183,425 Bonhams, Paris, FRA, 2/9/2008 SCM# 63033 Photos: Bonhams


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ments the exterior. Turn the key one click and the electric pump primes the carbs, stab the gas twice, slowly push the accelerator down half way as you turn the key, and silence is replaced with a wonderful low-pitched growl that is distinctive to a Dino. On the road, the 6-cylinder Dino engine is slower to respond to throttle input than the big 12s, and the best response is found above 4,000 rpm. Fortunately there's plenty of torque at low speeds, so you don't need higher revs for good performance. The noise level is high, but the sounds are so intoxicating, you would not want them silenced. Great gearshifts and mid-engines do not go together, but the Dino's linkage feels solid and precise. The second gear synchronizer is weak on many Ferraris, and the Dino is no exception. There are a few tricks that extend synchro life, and following them will make a big difference. Most important is to avoid second gear when the transaxle is cold. Another is to match revs when down-shifting, and double-clutching is always a good way to extend the life of the gearbox. The Dino is truly a driver's car, and it is unfortunate that most future owners will put few miles on their purchases. This Bonhams car sounds like a very nice but not top example. In May 2003, I 6-cylinder engines, they couldn't be called Ferraris. While 12-cylinder cars were the company's specialty, 4-, 6-, and 8-cylinder engines of many configurations had previously powered Ferrari-badged cars, so the reasoning is not totally credible. Dino tragically died of illness as a young man, and it's most likely that Enzo badged the V6 cars Dinos to honor his son and the engine he inspired. The 246 Dinos came close to never being built. In the mid 1960s, the Formula 2 sanctioning body decided that F2 race cars should be powered by small-displacement, production-based engines, specifically, a manufacturer had to produce at least 500 examples of the engine. The Dino V6 engine was perfect for the formula, so Ferrari decided to go Formula 2 racing. It is logical to speculate that the production Dino was built to homologate the engine, but that's not exactly right. Ferrari had contracted Fiat to build the Dino engines to Ferrari's specification. In return, Fiat was going to use the engine in a special series of cars. This Fiat series would easily sell 500 units, so the homologation problem was probably covered without Ferrari building the first street Dino. Sergio Pininfarina tells an interesting story that may be closer to the truth. By 1967 DeTomaso, ATS, Lamborghini, and Lotus all had mid-engined models. Pininfarina and some of Ferrari's dealers felt that midengine sports cars were the future and pressured Enzo to build one. Mr. Ferrari was sensitive about putting high performance cars in the hands of low-performance drivers and felt mid-engine cars were not safe. As a compromise, Ferrari agreed to build a mid-en- gine car, “not with a Ferrari, but with a Dino,” meaning not with a Ferrari 12-cylinder engine but with a Dino V6. This lowered performance to a level he felt was safe, giving Pininfarina the green light to start a project that would evolve into the 246-series Dinos. Little did they know this decision would fundamentally alter the future of Ferrari, as it later moved decisively into the world of mid-engined cars. Everything you'd want out of a sports car In a word, a 246 Dino is fun. It is light, agile, quick, responsive, and everything you would want out of a sports car of its era. Outside, the car is exciting without being intimidating. Inside, the interior is Spartan by today's standards but with an artistic simplicity that comple- January 2009 wrote that $86,000 was “all the money” for a roughly equivalent car; boy, was I wrong. For this example, $153,000 is good money but not over the top. The best 246 GTS can pull over $200,000, and it is not unthinkable that in five years this one will hit that mark. Traditionally, when the stock market's shaky, the market for collectibles is good. If anybody has any money left after this shakeout, you can expect more interest in collector cars. Dinos are as blue chip as collector cars get, so it's my bet there's upside on this buy. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) Seat Time Don Mann, Franklin, TN: What a tease! Perhaps the most beautiful and aggressively styled road-going Ferrari ever built, the Dino just lacks the 50 horsepower to make it fun—or the 100 to make it unforgettable. I owned mine, s/n 06826, from 1998 to 2006 and put about 15,000 miles on it. It was one of two documented Euro-delivery “chairs & flares” cars, with metric instruments, manual windows, factory a/c, and enough detail differences to drive its owner and FCA concours judges crazy. It was a surprisingly good touring car. I drove it twice from Memphis to Palm Beach (about 2,000 Mann's Dino miles, round trip) with no problems. Compared to my 275 GTB, the Dino was very reliable. It was originally set up for me by Mike Dopudja at MPH in Colorado and never needed another adjustment. I felt like Speed Racer whenever I climbed into the car. The view of the dash and over the bulging front fenders was truly inspiring. I just wished for more power every single time I drove it… Randy Simon, Beverly Hills, CA: I owned a nice 1972 Dino (can't call it a Ferrari!) 246 GTS for a few years longer than I'd planned to. I bought it in 1989 for $110,000, expecting to enjoy it for a while and then sell it at a profit. By the end of 1990, it was only worth $55,000, so I decided to keep it and enjoy it. Although it was somewhat underpowered, especially with two passengers, it had great handling and dynamite looks. I used to love roaring up and down mountain roads in northern Maine, where the biggest fear was not police radar, but deer. My lawyer owns it now. Mike Zack, Wilder, VT: In 1979, I was a mechanic at an exotic/European auto repair business in Colorado. After finishing a valve job on a 1974 246 Dino, the owner of the shop and I went on a road test in the early evening. While driving down a main street we were struck in the left front by a Ford Granada blindly changing lanes, which forced us into a utility pole. The car was totaled and I suffered a fractured back. In the mayhem, authorities contacted the owner of the car, and when he witnessed the damage, he kicked in the driver's door (the only straight panel remaining) and yelled, “This car is ruined!” Come to find out the car was illegally in the country and there were “issues” over the insurance. I never found out the fate of this car, as I was out of a job due to the injury. But I don't think he ever paid for the valve job. 39


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan 60 Years and Three Ages of Ferrari Enzo was first and foremost a racer, and Ferrari has always built street cars to help subsidize increasingly expensive racing habits of rapid, cutting-edge stylistic evolution and mechanical innovation, defining Ferrari as the world's standard for ultra-exclusive, ultra-rapid autos. All good things come to an end Beginning in 1966, Ferrari, and all of Italy, were crippled by labor unrest. Ferrari was also financially hammered by Ford as the costs of sports-prototype endurance racing spiraled. By 1969, Ferrari teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. Enzo's racing habits and low production required a bail-out from Fiat, with Fiat taking control of production cars while Enzo ran the racing. Finances also forced Ferrari to concede all sports racing programs to privateers after 1973, allowing Enzo to focus on Formula One. Fiat production engineers shifted the emphasis from 340/375MM, tire-shredder of Enzo's day O ver the last 60 years, Ferraris have evolved through three distinctive eras: the Enzo Ferrari era, the mass-market Fiat years, and the present high-volume exotics from Luca di Montezemolo. The Enzo era began modestly enough in 1947 with a pair of 125 Barchettas, s/ns 01C and 02C. Powered by a diminutive 1,497-cc V12, putting out a very modest 72 hp, the 125 was a success from its first race, winning at Rome's Caracalla Circuit on May 25, 1947. At the first rebuild, the 125's engine went to 159 spec, with 1,903 cc and 125 hp, and the evolutionary race was on. Within five years, Ferrari racers leapt from the diminutive 125 Barchetta to the tire-shredding, 340-hp, 4,522-cc 375 MM sports racers of 1953-54. Two decades of accelerated evolution Enzo was first a racer, only building street cars to help subsidize his increasingly expensive racing habits and offering his sporting clients de-tuned race cars for road use. The jump from the 125s to the 250 Europa GTs took only five years, and within another five years, the Europa GT had evolved into the dual-purpose 250 TdF, and the split between racer and street car started to widen. In yet another five years, the TdF evolved into the full-race 250 GTO for the hardcore racers and into the much highervolume 250 Lusso street cars to pay the bills. Another five years, and the 275 GTB and GTS fol- lowed, then morphed into the 365 GTB/4 Daytona. Through the 1950s and '60s, the race department was also subsidized by the building of a series of ultra-exclusive, one-off coachbuilt cars for the mega-rich. Starting as a race and machine shop, Ferrari had grown rapidly from three cars built in 1947 to 619 cars built in 1969, thus making the transition to small manufacturer. In the racing world, the cars of Enzo Ferrari often dominated on many levels, from F1 to GT racing and a multi-year string at Le Mans. The Enzo era was one 40 F40, supercar of the Fiat era Sports Car Market racing to street cars, and by 1971, road car production jumped from 619 to 1,246. New emission standards and bumper and headlight regulations, combined with pressure from upstart Lamborghini, forced Fiat to develop an allnew, mid-engined 365 BB as the flagship 12-cylinder. Fiat also realized the 246 Dinos would be killed off by looming regulations, so it introduced an all-new V8—the Bertone-styled 308 GT4. Almost simultaneously, the exclusive and glamorous cars for the super-wealthy disappeared. While the Fiat era is defined by the nondescript styling of the 308 GT4 and the 400/412 GT series, all auto manufacturers suffered bumper, headlight, and emission requirements, a 300% jump in gas prices, and worldwide economic crises. To top it off, Italy battled the Red Brigade terrorists, and bland cars were an attempt to avoid being kidnapped. Supercars and wretched excess went out of fashion. Fiat responds to the new order By 1976, Fiat responded to the new socio-economic order with the introduction of the highly successful 308 GTB, masterfully integrating safety bumpers and headlights while overcoming emissions through the torque of a 4-cam, 3-liter V8. The V8s soon became Ferrari's standard-bearers, and V8 production eventually tripled that of V12s. Fiat expanded the number of Ferrari dealerships and gave dealers a high-volume model to sell, reaching down from the ultra-rich to the merely wealthy. Through the 1970s and 1980s, Fiat built the 308/328 as the junior supercar, the 400/412 as a businessman's express, and the 512 BB and Testarossa as the flagship V12s. Fiat built a few true supercars: the limited-production 288 GTO—a 308 on serious steroids—and the F40. Each set new benchmarks as the world's most exotic and then-fastest production car. Although racing successes were rare, Fiat increased Ferrari production to over 4,487 cars in 1991.


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Enter Luca Cordero di Montezemolo As the Enzo era was run by a strong-willed individ- ual, the modern era carries the stamp of Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, who joined Fiat in 1971. In 1973, at the age of 26, he became Enzo Ferrari's personal assistant. In the early 1980s, di Montezemolo left Ferrari to manage other arms of the Fiat empire, returning in 1991. He made it his goal to regain the Formula One World Championship while also introducing all-new, state-ofthe-art Ferrari road cars. Coincidentally, Acura's 1990 NSX redefined supercars. Cramped cockpits, inadequate a/c, overheating engines, recalcitrant windows, and heavy steering were no longer acceptable. The 355 was a quantum leap over the 348, while the introduction of the 456 GT in 1994 and the 550 in 1996 marked a return to the frontengine V12 Ferrari flagships of the 1960s and early 1970s. Redefining the leading edge The stiffer, lighter aluminum frame of the all-new 360 redefined Ferrari as a leading-edge manufacturer. The lines matched those of the 456 and 550, and the new cars combined ultra-high performance, cutting-edge styling, and real-world usability. Under di Montezemolo, Michael Schumacher won five consecutive drivers' titles from 2000 to 2004, and Ferrari moved to brand everything from laptops to teddy bears in boutique shops from Beverly Hills to Bahrain. Ferrari has ramped up production from 4,487 cars in 1991 to over 7,000 cars in 2008, and will undoubtedly go to 10,000 cars a year when the world economy The Enzo, di Montezemolo's F1 racer for the road revives. All this will help pay the cost of a Formula One team, so the marque has come full circle. Once again, Ferrari also encourages its wealthiest clients to work with coachbuilders such as Pininfarina and Zagato to build factory-sanctioned 612s and 599s, none of which are for the slight-of-wallet. The Ferrari market repeatedly demonstrates that the 6,500 cars from the Enzo era are the most collectible. The 55,000 Fiat-era cars built from 1969 to 1991 have flatlined in value, and only the 288 and F40 can be considered collectible. The latest di Montezemolo cars, with about 68,000 built, and more added every day, quickly became used cars, and only the F50 and Enzo have enduring value. So as financial investments, the cars from the Enzo era are the ones to have. But if you're looking for an investment in driving pleasure, the modern-era Ferraris are where you want to be. And just think, late-model Ferraris are getting cheaper every day. ♦ January 2009 41


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English Profile 1997 McLaren F1 The buyer wouldn't be beaten. He replied “Yo” to each raise of $150,000, all the way to $4 million, winning a lot of affection from the crowd by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1994–98 Number produced: 65 Original list price: £600,000 ($960,000) SCM Valuation: $2m–$3m Tune-up cost: $7,500 at one of two U.S. McLaren service centers Distributor cap: Not used Chassis #: In right door jamb Club: McLaren Technology Center Woking, Surrey GU21 5JY, United Kingdom More: www.mclarenautomotive.com Alternatives: 2003–04 Ferrari Enzo, 2006 Bugatti Veyron, 2002–05 Koenigsegg CC8S SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 065 N o ABS. No traction control. No power steering. No airbags. No add-on spoilers. The McLaren F1 didn't need them. The thinking man's supercar was conceived in 1988, when McLaren bosses Ron Dennis, Mansour Ojjeh, Creighton Brown, and designer Gordon Murray were discussing production cars in an Italian airport lounge. When their plane finally took off, it had been decided that McLaren, already a dominant force in Grand Prix racing, would build the finest performance car in the world. Built around a carbon fiber chassis tub—the first roadgoing car to be built this way—with a central driving position, it was on the road by 1992, powered by a 6.1-liter BMW V12 engine producing 627 hp, and it incorporated active ground-effect aerodynamics by fans. Exotic materials were chosen for their suitability for the job, regardless of cost: for example, gold foil is used as engine cover heat shielding. The attention to detail was exquisite. Simple things like the pedal linkages are works of art. Though it could seat three, the F1 was small by supercar terms. Designer Gordon Murray is a big fan of minimalist cars, owning a Lotus Elan and designing the tandem-seat Rocket, so the F1 did not feature much that didn't need to be there. Steve Randle engineered the chassis, cleverly mini- mizing weight transfer so that anti-roll bars were not needed. This was to be the ultimate road car, not a track special, and the result was a forgiving car that was very easy to drive. But 627 hp and a curb weight of only 2,500 lb also meant it was seriously quick. The F1 was for a decade the fastest production car ever built, eclipsing the Jaguar XJ 220. Not merely super A standard version achieved a top speed of 231 mph in 1994, and in 1998 ran 240.14 mph, holding this record 42 until it was finally eclipsed in 2005 by the Koenigsegg CCR at 245 mph. Its power-to-weight ratio is still head and shoulders above “regular” supercars: 550 hp per ton, against a Ferrari Enzo at 434 hp per ton, or the Bugatti Veyron's 530 hp per ton. The F1 reaches 180 mph from standstill in 20.3 seconds, while the 4,000-lb, 1,001-hp Bugatti does 0–187.5 mph (300 kph) in 16.7 seconds. By comparison, the Enzo does 0–187.5 mph in 26.8 seconds. For all its performance, there were creature comforts. Standard equipment includes air conditioning, SeKurit electric defrost/demist windscreen and side glass, electric window lifts, remote central locking, Kenwood CD stereo system, plus tailored luggage, including a golf bag. All F1s carried a modem so that the factory could “talk” to the cars remotely in case of any problems, and McLaren still maintains an extensive support and service network. Primary support is provided by one of many local authorized service centers throughout the world (two are in the U.S.). If necessary, McLaren will fly a more specialized technician to your car or service center. McLaren ceased production of the F1 in May 1998. Of the 107 cars constructed, seven were pre-production prototypes, 65 were road cars, five were F1 LM road versions built to commemorate victory at Le Mans in 1995 (where five GTRs finished), and three were F1 GT roadgoing versions of the longtail 1997 F1 GTR race car. The remaining 28 were F1 GTR race cars built for private customers competing in the FIA GT series and 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car offered here is a road car, and the last customer car built. SCM Analysis This car sold for $4,048,000 at RM's Automobiles of London sale at Battersea Evolution, London, on October 29, 2008. After much to-ing and fro-ing between auctioneer Peter Bainbridge, RM boss Rob Myers, two telephones, 1994 McLaren F1 Lot# 87, s/n SA9AB5ACR91048011 Condition 1 Sold at $961,875 Christie's, London, UK, 6/16/2003 SCM# 31400 1998 McLaren F1 Lot# 128, s/n SA9AB5AC4W1048073 Condition 1- Sold at $1,257,750 Christie's, London, UK, 12/2/2003 SCM# 31768 1994 McLaren F1 Lot# 74, s/n SA9AB5AC7R1048007 Condition 2 Sold at $618,531 Brooks, Paris, FRA, 9/6/1998 SCM# 16228 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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and a party bidding remotely via a cell phone in the back row, this icon went to a buyer sitting center stage in the room who was simply not going to be beaten. He simply confirmed “Yo” to every suggested raise of $150,000, past the expected $2 million for yet another $2 million, until the car was his, winning a lot of affection from the crowd along the way. The last customer car built and delivered This car, chassis 065, is, as noted above, the final cus- tomer car built and delivered. Although it's been half-way round the world and back, it has covered less than 300 miles under its own steam. Sold only when McLaren closed its Park Lane show- room in 2004 and offered for sale for the first time since, it was practically as-new, with no discernible wear to any components, no scuffs to the body or wheels, and a very comprehensive service history over its short driving life. The floorpan is glossy and undamaged, and the rubberized stone chip coating on the bottoms of the sills feels pliant and fresh. Even the pedal pads are unworn. After its time at Park Lane, it was returned to the McLaren factory for a full service to ready it for its new Asian ownership. A McLaren mechanic flew out to service the car twelve months ago, and it has just had another factory service on returning to the U.K. There are simply no issues, and it was offered with a clean bill of health. One of the joys of the F1, apart from its beautiful looks and exquisite construction, is its compact build and userfriendliness. It needs no modern electronic inconveniences, because the inspired design concept translated with such purity. Your grandmother really could tool down to the shops in an F1. My drive time in one came a few minutes after the same car's throttle stuck open (pedal under the carpet) during some hot laps on a test track in England with John Surtees at the wheel. When he calmly declutched and let the V12 bang off the rev-limiter while he searched for the key and switched off before guiding us safely back to the pits, I realized I was in the presence of greatness. Not just the former world champ, but the car too, which never lost its composure. The F1 remains the best supercar in the world, and, though prices are generally supposed to be somewhat north of the $2 million mark, this car shows just what an unrepeatable device the McLaren is, as well as the costno-object fever it induces when one hits the market. For a buyer determined to have the best, this price doesn't look January 2009 43 too far out of kilter. The market will stay relatively stable, as these 65 automotive icons will never wear out or rust away, remaining with us forever. Our buyer certainly seemed jubilant with the deal. Check again in ten years' time to see whether he did the right thing. I think so. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Seat Time Miles Collier, Naples, FL: I've owned a McLaren F1 (s/n 022) for three years. It's a car with which I'm obsessed. To the question about moving two (or three) people and their baggage between two road-connected points at speeds limited only by technology, the F1, like all supercars, is one answer. In our real world, that's a question none of us truly need answered, because during the vast amount of time we spend behind the wheel, technical limits to driving speed are beside the point. It's the great weakness specific to the supercar breed: they are supremely specialized to perform a task no one needs. In general, speed comes at the expense of swingeing maintenance costs, bad visibility, embarrassing styling, zero parking ability, no ground clearance, etc. I think supercars engender a general feeling akin to wearing a toupee when one is at the wheel. Supercars are almost universally the ultimate poseurs, from the crass and porcine Veyron to the lamentably designed Enzo. So why am I obsessed with the F1? It is quite simply one of the most exquisite technological objects ever designed. To examine one in the flesh, and to experience one on the road, is to realize that a universal aspirational limit has been set: This is how perfect for their purpose all cars should be built. This is how good for their purpose all cars should be.


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC Semi-Racer While lacking the race-winning cachet of later cars, this little Isotta will get its owner into every vintage race, tour, and concours he fancies by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1908–10 Number produced: 100 (approx.) Original list price: N/A SCM Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 Tune-up cost: $1,000 Distributor caps: $500 Engine #: Left side of block Club Info: Historic Registry of Isotta Fraschini 1001 Park Ave. New York, NY 10028 Alternatives: 1910–18 Bugatti Type 13, 1905–16 Peugeot BB, 1914–14 Mercer 35J Raceabout SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo KM 4 Lot# 316, s/n 5646 Condition 1- Sold at $1,492,000 Bonhams & Butterfields, Carmel, CA, 8/14/2008 SCM# 117438 Chassis number: 6023 P erhaps the most influential light car design of the first decade of the twentieth century, the Tipo FENC Isotta Fraschini was derived from the Tipo FE Isottas built for the 1908 Grand Prix des Voiturettes at Dieppe. They were so advanced that for many years it was thought they had been designed by Ettore Bugatti, for their design was remarkably similar to the first production Bugattis that appeared a year or so later. In fact, the creator of the little Isotta was the unsung genius Giuseppe “Cou de Ram” (Redhead) Stefanini, born in 1870 in Lodi, near Milan, and one of the pioneers of motor engineering in Italy. Around 1900, he had moved to Milan to work as a consultant to Cesare Isotta. There he designed the first car that Isotta built in collaboration with the Fraschini brothers, relations by marriage. Stefanini carried out pioneering work on overhead camshaft performance engines, the first of which was his gigantic 17.2-liter 4-cylinder Tipo D racer built for the 1905 Gran Premio di Brescia. But it was at the opposite end of the capacity scale that Stefanini created the prototype of the modern small high-performance car. For the 1908 Grand Prix des Voiturettes at Dieppe, 44 he created a jewel-like four with a swept volume of just 1.2 liters. Tipping the scales at a mere 1,342 lb, the little Tipo FE Isotta had a top speed in the region of 60 mph, a remarkable performance for so small a car at that time. Among its advanced features were the monoblock construction of its engine (at a time when most multi-cylinder engines had pair cast construction), overhead camshaft configuration, automatic pressurefed lubrication, and crankshaft and camshaft running on ball-bearings. The highest-placed Tipo FE won the 4-cylinder class and finished 8th out of 67 starters. Afterward, one crossed the Atlantic to compete in the Light Car Grand Prix of the Automobile Club of America at Savannah, Georgia, driven by Al Poole. It was the smallest car in the race and finished 5th. Sensing that racing success could be translated into sales, a few weeks after the Dieppe race, Isotta Fraschini announced a road-going version of the Tipo FE voiturette under the designation “FENC.” It was available in two versions: a road-going model with gravity drip feed lubrication and a semi-racer with pressure lubrication. The final drive was available with or without differential gear. A further subtle variation 1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FEGP Voiturette Lot# 348, s/n 3 Condition 2+ Not sold at $120,000 Brooks, Carmel, CA, 8/18/2000 SCM# 10143 1905 Darracq Sport Lot# 672, s/n N/A Condition 2 Sold at $394,771 Bonhams, London, UK, 12/4/2006 SCM# 43859 Sports Car Market Photos: Bonhams & Butterfields


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was known as “Tipo America” and was fitted with larger wheels to cope with the poor roads of the marque's North and South American markets. It's quite likely that Bugatti drew inspiration from this ground-breaking design, and certainly the FENC configuration—featuring a small overhead-camshaft engine with cross-shaft drive for magneto and water pump—is remarkably similar to that of the Bugatti T13. So while the legend that Bugatti actually designed the Tipo FENC has been proved to be untrue, the more fascinating alternative that Bugatti copied Stefanini's design when he created his Type 10 deserves fuller exploration. SCM Analysis This car sold for $166,500 at the Bonhams & Butterfields Larz Anderson Museum auction in Brookline, Massachusetts, held October 4, 2008. Isotta Fraschini is known to most people as the builder of luxury limou- sines and touring cars in the 1920s and 1930s. However, the reputation of the Italian marque was founded on engineering innovation and racing success dating from the early 1900s. The adoption of four-wheel brakes, overhead cams, and straight-8 engines were examples of the company's leadership. In 2008, I had the opportunity to examine two contrasting examples of racing Isottas in the space of a few months. I was moderator of a panel discussion at the Larz Anderson Museum earlier in the summer, and on display was the delicate Tipo FENC car that was sold at the October auction. A few months later, I was face to face with the equally fabulous but remarkably large 1913 Tipo KM 4 Torpedo with a 10,618-cc 4-cylinder engine, which B&B sold at its Quail Lodge sale. Two more disparate examples of a single marque would be difficult to imagine. Details speak to the quality of construction But the scale of each of the two cars is noteworthy; if you didn't see a point of reference for either, the small size of the Tipo FENC would surprise you in person, and the same can be said for the immense Tipo KM. The level of detail in the chassis, such as the axles and the simple, clean and el- egant engine castings on both cars, speak to the quality and attention to detail in the products of the Milanese automaker. Both cars also illustrated the challenges of restoring and valuing rare old cars. Both the FENC and the KM had been discovered in a very derelict state in junkyards in the New York City area—if only such places existed today… In order to bring them back to completeness, it was necessary to manufacture new parts or find close replacements. The KM had sat in the junkyard from the 1930s until the late '40s, and then was rebuilt in the early '50s. There's no telling what may have been done at that time, but since then it has been fitted with a new, well executed body from New Zealand. The FENC has a replica gearbox, oil tank, and of course body, and is missing its chassis plate. In addition, the catalog mentions that the engine is “mostly original, though further development work is required to realize its full performance potential.” This most likely means that all the parts are there but it probably shouldn't be run very hard for very long until the buyer has taken everything apart and figured out how it's supposed to work. You need a Bugatti guru to bring this to life And as there are perhaps three cars in the world with this engine, that could be tricky. Of course there's that Bugatti connection, which could help. If you know a Bugatti guru, he or she can probably get things going the way they should. Having said all that, this car was beautifully pre- sented, with a high quality cosmetic restoration in superb condition. Despite the lack of a chassis plate and original gearbox, there is little doubt that the chassis and engine are correct for a Tipo FENC and the extreme rarity of the model must cause critics to allow for replacement parts. While lacking some of the race-winning cachet of later cars, as well as the instant recognition of a Bugatti, this little Isotta will get its owner into every vintage race, tour, and concours event he might choose to enter. Voiturettes such as this are not very fast cars, but they can offer a wonderful driving experience for a fraction of what the big-blocks bring. While not inexpensive, given the speed of the car, it's a bargain compared to the $1.5 million its bigger sister made in California. Add to that the mystery of the Bugatti connection, and you have a car that will be the center of attention wherever it goes. I'd call this well bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields.) January 2009 45


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German Profile 1938 Horch 853 Special Roadster Though the 853 bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary MercedesBenz 540K, and has a similar output, values lag behind the better-known car by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1936–38 Number produced: 7 (5 second series) Original list price: 15,250 RM ($3,812 approx.) SCM Valuation: $2m–$2.5m Tune-up cost: $500 Distributor caps: $20–$30 Chassis #: Right-hand scuttle support under hood Engine #: On firewall under hood Club: Dr. Peter Kirchberg extern.peter.kirchberg@audi.de More: www.horch-museum.de Alternatives: 1934–1939 Lancia Astura, 1936–39 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900, 1934–39 Mercedes-Benz 500/540K Special Roadster SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 854268 Engine number: 850632 H orch is one of the four companies that merged to form Auto Union, from which the present-day Audi descends. After training as a blacksmith and qualifying as an engineer, August Horch set up in the motor trade in 1899 in Cologne, where his fledgling company started off repairing vehicles. His first car was completed in 1901 and featured a number of innovative ideas that had spurred him to leave Benz earlier. These advances included a carburetor with spray jets and a constant-mesh sliding gear transmission. By 1904, the company was doing well and on May 10 went public, renamed Horch & Cie MotorenwagenWerke AG. At his new plant in Zwickau, Horch designed three models, the 14/17, 18/22, and 22/25 horsepower cars. But his desire to take his cars racing was seen as profligate by the rest of the management, and Horch's contract with the company that he had started was terminated on June 19, 1909. He immediately set up a new company more or less across the road from his old one. His first car was also called a Horch and legal proceedings ensued. Horch therefore renamed his new car with the same verb in Latin—Audi—which also means “to hear.” Horch retired from active management of Audi in 1920 but remained a member of the supervisory board. The Horch company continued to prosper after August Horch was ousted. However, it was not to last, as 46 the Wall Street crash of October 1929 resulted in postwar loans to Germany being called in, and the country was effectively bankrupted. Negotiations to amalgamate the four leading car companies—Audi, DKW, Horch and Wanderer—took nine months and Auto Union AG was formed at the conclusion of the Saxony Auto Trust agreement. Four rings, representing the four different marques, became the new emblem of Auto Union. In 1933, Horch launched the Type 830, followed by the 850 in 1934. These top models pinnacled between 1937 and 1940 with the types 853 and 951. Their 4,944cc straight-8 engines gave 120 hp and drove through 4-speed transmissions with a lever-actuated overdrive usable on all forward ratios. The rest of the running gear was sophisticated for the time, using DeDion rear suspension and a proper independent set-up up front, using upper wishbones and paired lower transverse leaf springs, a typical German layout. Vacuum-assisted hydraulic brakes were standard, and there's a centrally controlled four-wheel hydraulic jacking system. In early 1936, Horch decided to take on the sporting cars offered by rival Mercedes-Benz, and devised the long, low, and swoopy Special roadster. Two first-series cars were built and both survive in long-term ownership, one in Texas and one in Germany. Five second series cars were built, having more mod- ern coachwork, with elegant flowing lines and pontoonshaped wings. Three are known to survive, including 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special cabriolet Lot# 144, s/n 130945 Condition 1Sold at $2,035,000 RM, Phoenix, AZ, 1/18/2008 SCM# 48635 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Special roadster Lot# 554, s/n 154080 Condition 2+ Sold at $2,530,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/17/2007 SCM# 46250 1937 Horch 853a cabriolet Lot# 30, s/n 853293 Condition 2+ Sold at $308,585 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/10/2003 SCM# 30416 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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doors fit and shut well. The engine appears to be quite serviceable and running well, and is of the correct type, although its number does not match the commission tag, indicating that it may have been replaced at some point. Though the Horch is said to drive well and could be enjoyed as-is, it should be viewed as the raw material for a proper restoration. Values lag behind the 540K Though the 853 Special roadster bears an uncanny resemblance to the legendary 540K, and has a similar power output, values lag behind the better-known car. The best of these, Bernie Ecclestone's 540K, was sold by RM at the same auction last year for $8 million. This car was expected to fetch up to $3 million on the this car, commission number 3163, and each is different. 3163's chassis number remains clearly legible, and matches the original commission tag confirming that it is one of the four original Special Roadsters—the first of the five was broken up and its parts used in the other cars. It comes with a history file and Latvian title. SCM Analysis This car sold for $1,808,510 at RM's Automobiles of London sale at Battersea Evolution on October 29, 2008. It had been owned by a collector in Latvia and displayed in the Riga Motor Museum, having been restored during its stay. Not up to concours standards It's rare, certainly, elegant in its Erdmann & Rossi coachwork, and imposing, being the only serious rival to the Mercedes-Benz 540K Special roadster. This one features a single rumble seat and louvered rear fender skirts. What hurts this car is its rather rushed—and rough—restoration, and RM was more than happy to admit the job is not up to usual concours standards. The front and rear fenders are rippled and creased, and the lightly orange-peeled paint looks to have been blown over an imperfect prep job with one of those vacuum-cleaner-powered spray guns. Dust marks in the blue metallic were almost guaranteed. The brightwork is all present and scuttle lamps are fitted, though the radiator surround is lightly dinged on both sides and some of the badge plating is polished through. The seats are retrimmed in vinyl and are lumpy, and some of the instruments are incorrect, though the dash is in good shape. One window winder had fallen off and a large adjustable wrench lying on the floor of the car did no wonders for confidence. More seriously, some of the body structure is no longer original, having been made good with steel framing underneath new paneling at some point, rather than the timber frame as original. On the plus side, the car is complete and the January 2009 47 night, and though RM had made a super effort with studio photography and a pull-out gatefold to promote it in the impressive catalog (and placed the car in a leading British classic magazine before the sale), once buyers had a chance to properly assess its condition, it made about half that. In its present state, and with the likely cost of a proper restoration between $500,000 and $1 million, I'd chalk this one up in the “correctly bought” column. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.)


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American Profile 1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande Phaeton Duesenberg expert Randy Ema affirms that cars like this, with original major components—chassis, body, engine—are at the top of the scale by John Apen Details Years produced: 1932–35 Number produced: 8 SWB, 4 LWB Original list price: Chassis, $9,500; with LaGrande phaeton body, $16,000 est. SCM Valuation: $800k–$1m, SC phaetons Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor cap: $750 Chassis #: Upper left firewall; left front frame rail Engine #: Left rear engine mount leg; clutch housing Club: Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Club 536 McClean Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305-3644 More: www.acdclub.org Alternatives: 1933–34 Packard V12 Dietrich phaeton, 1932–33 Chrysler Imperial LeBaron phaeton, 1936–39 Mercedes-Benz 540K cabriolet A SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 2540 Engine number: J510 D uesenberg Automobiles was plucked from the post-World War I recession by Errett Cord, the savior of Auburn. By 1927, he was looking to build a more prestigious car and bought the innovative but struggling Duesenberg company. Cord had been attracted by the Duesenberg brothers' engineering prowess and gave Fred an assignment— build the best car in the world. More than a competitor for Cadillac or Packard, it was intended to be better than Rolls-Royce, Hispano-Suiza, and Bugatti. The short-wheelbase chassis was nearly twelve feet, the long one nearly 13, and they were all graced by the finest coachbuilders in the world. The 420-ci straight-8 featured dual overhead cams with four valves per cylinder and made 265 horsepower. In 1929, the first year of Model J production, 125 horsepower was the most that could be had in any other American car. The Model J was introduced at the New York Auto Salon on December 1, 1928. This first car was a LeBaron sweep panel dual cowl phaeton. Duesenberg ordered engines and components to build 500 Model Js, planning to sell that many in the first year, but the first delivery in May 1929 was barely five months before Black Tuesday. After the Model J's introduction, Fred applied his supercharger, as he had done successfully to his small racing engines. Fred died after an accident in a Model J in 1932, and his brother Augie was retained to put the final touches on the supercharged Model J. The result, the 320-horsepower SJ, was the holy grail of American luxury performance automobiles. While most Duesenbergs were coachbuilt, Duesenberg 48 also developed an in-house line of bodies, most of them penned by Gordon Buehrig. LaGrande was coined by Duesenberg as an upscale name, without the designer label mark-up. Originally the LaGrande designation was applied to bodies from the Union City Body Co. Later it was generally applied to all bodies shipped from Weymann, Walker, and others, unpainted and untrimmed, to Indianapolis. The handsome LaGrande phaeton offered here, J510, has a known history. It was delivered to Ben Smith Sr. of the broker Hutton & Co. in New York. It is one of four LaGrande phaetons on the long-wheelbase chassis, all of which have survived. It was the only one supercharged from the factory and built without the rear cowl but with a clever folding rear windshield. The rear cowl was an option but only one other, an SWB phaeton, was built without the cowl. By 1944, Smith's son had taken the car to Mexico City, where it was given to Bruno Paglie, manager of the Hipodromo horse track. The car was acquired in 1950 by a used car dealer, who kept it carefully for 18 years, finally selling it to William Wetta of Alabama, who in 1970 chronicled the recovery of J510 from its long exile. The car showed 26,000 miles. Wetta sold it in 1975 to James Southard, a dealer/col- lector in Atlanta, who did a two-year, $50,000 complete engine rebuild and body-off restoration. The initial estimate was $17,000 and six months—some things never change. Southard described it as “transformed into a gleaming jewel in its new Damask Maroon and Texas Sand colors.” He took it to a meet in Chicago, scoring 99.75 points, and then to the Classic Car Club's 1929 Duesenberg convertible coupe Lot# 457, s/n 2165 Condition 3+ Sold at $1,413,500 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/14/2008 SCM# 117427 1930 Duesenberg dual cowl phaeton Lot# 441, s/n 2270 Condition 3 Sold at $1,760,000 RM, Monterey, CA, 8/14/2008 SCM# 117428 1929 Duesenberg convertible Berline Lot# 257, s/n 2127 Sold at $1,210,000 Condition 2- RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/2008 SCM# 116085 Sports Car Market Photos: RM Auctions


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Grand Classic in Indianapolis, scoring 98.75 and a national first place. Southard sold the car the next year to collector Gene Storms. It was offered by Christie's at its 1983 L.A. auction with a reserve of $300,000, where it was acquired by its current owner. As presented, the car is in excellent condition. The odometer shows 31,400 miles, believed to be original. SCM Analysis This LaGrande Phaeton sold for $1,688,500 at RM's Hershey auction in Hershey, Pennsylvania, on October 10, 2008. Values of Duesenbergs are largely determined by two factors. The first was best summed up in 1995 by collector and dealer Don Williams, who has probably sold as many Duesenbergs as anyone in the last 30 years: “When it comes to Duesenbergs, coachwork is everything, You could pay $200,000 today for an excellent Willoughby sedan, while a LeBaron dual cowl phaeton could cost $2 million. Underneath, they are the same car.” The second factor is one stated by Duesenberg expert Randy Ema, who affirms that cars with original major components—chassis, body, engine—are at the top of the scale. The factory didn't build any bodies, and while in most cases they ordered the body and assembled the car, sometimes just a chassis and engine were delivered. J. L. Elbert, in his definitive 1951 book Duesenberg: The Mightiest American Motor Car, found about 380 bodies on factory purchase orders. In his revised 1975 listing of all chassis, he determined about 70 more were “chassis sales,” where the owner made his own contract with the coachbuilder, or in some cases transferred a favorite body from his old Duesenberg to the new chassis. These are all considered original. Post-war rebodies are the cars that sell for less. Open cars have survived in greater numbers than sedans So how does this car stack up in the hierarchy of values? As with most collectible cars, the open models are at the top of the desirability list. And aesthetics rule. About 268 or so—56%—of total production were soft top models, and these have survived in far greater numbers than the staid sedans and limousines, many of which are now rebodied with swoopy open coachwork. Some were converted in the 1930s and the factory bought cars back, rebuilt the chassis and engines and mounted a more desirable body for resale. Among the soft tops, sales were equally divided between convertible coupes and phaetons, while convertible sedans ran a close third. Convertible sedans are distinct from phaetons since they are completely enclosed by the side door glass. A phaeton requires attaching side curtains and even in the few phaetons with wind-up door windows, complete enclosure requires the addition of some side curtain pieces. The first Model J—the star of the New York Automobile Salon in December 1928—was a LeBaron sweep panel phaeton, the most popular LeBaron design and the best-selling open four-door style. About 24 were built. The sweep panel design by Ralph Roberts features an insert panel that begins at the radiator cap, broadens toward the cowl and sweeps into the door in a reverse curve. As on this car, it is often the demarcation for twotone colors. So popular was this design that around 1931 Gordon Buehrig, Duesenberg's 27-year-old chief designer, drew up Duesenberg's own version. Although the sweep panel is the dominant feature of the two designs, Buehrig's version had several improvements. The folded top lies much flatter due to an ingenious trunk with a hinged part that opened to accommodate the top. Post-war, the iconic sweep panel design has spawned at least six LaGrande replicas and perhaps four of the LeBaron design. J510—a restored, nice original This car, J510, is also highly valued because it has all its original major components. Of the approximately 481 Duesenbergs originally made, Randy Ema, keeper of the factory records, restorer, and historian, estimates that 378 still exist today—an amazing survival ratio. Also amazing is that Mr. Ema has seen all but about ten of the 378. Of the survivors, it's estimated that about 170 well-documented cars, like J510, have all major components as they were delivered. Perhaps 20 of these were never restored. Our LaGrande phaeton is one of 36 cars originally equipped with a supercharger, a big plus. While the restoration is 30 years old, the car was also a very nice original that had never been allowed to deteriorate. Recent sales of factory supercharged cars have been higher than this, but given changing economic conditions, I would call this price market correct today. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) January 2009 49


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Race Car Profile 1976/77 Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12 Saloon Going, turning, sticking, and stopping were evident and well in hand, but keeping the Jaguar in one piece proved to be more difficult than anticipated by Thor Thorson Details Years produced: 1976–77 Number produced: 4 Original list price: n/a SCM Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 Cost per hour to race: $2,000 Chassis #: unknown Engine #: Center of V at bellhousing flange Club: Jaguar Clubs North America 234 Buckland Trace Louisville, KY 40245 More: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1971–72 BMW CSL, 1961–66 Jaguar XKE competitionprepared (not factory lightweight), 1976–79 Jaguar XJS competition (Group 44) Comps Chassis number: BELJC002 R alph Broad's racing team had excelled in touring car competition since the early 1960s, running Ford Anglias, Mini Coopers, and Triumph Dolomites. Leyland subsequently contracted his Broadspeed team to prepare a Group 2 Jaguar XJ12 to confront BMW and Ford in the European Touring Car Championship. A heroic development period from October 1975 saw two cars built for the 1976 racing program, of which this is the second, chassis number BELJC002. Principal racing modifications to the robustly-built Jaguar coupe included provision of massive AP brakes cooled by special ducts at all four corners and specially cast suspension components to cope with racing loads. The interior, while stripped and now featuring just one bucket seat, actually retained its walnut veneer dash and electric windows, possibly unique features for a racing car. There was no doubting “the Big Cat's” unrivaled power, with its tuned 5.4-liter V12 engine developing some 560 hp. The car's extrovert character was amplified by its gigantic 19-inch wheels hooded beneath bulging arches, a low front splitter, and its large bootlid spoiler. The car offered here is number two of four built by Broadspeed from 1976 to 1977. Upon Broadspeed's 50 closure, it was rebuilt by Bob Kerr and features uprated 1977-specification suspension. It formed part of Jaguar enthusiast Allen Lloyd's private collection before being acquired by its current owner. It has run no fewer than three times in the Goodwood Festival of Speed and is also eligible for the recently created race series for 1970s/80s touring cars. SCM Analysis This car sold for $147,861 at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival auc- tion in Sussex, England, on September 19, 2008. The enduring question about the Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12C is not so much why it wasn't successful in its time as why they tried in the first place. The 1970s XJ series were big luxo-barges, without the slightest pretense of competition performance—they didn't even make one with a manual transmission. Desperate times call for desperate measures, though, and the mid-'70s were desperate times for British Leyland. British Leyland had been semi-nationalized In 1975, the British government had semi-national- ized the company, which at the time included virtually the entire British auto industry, to fend off otherwise Sports Car Market 1976 Jaguar XJS Trans Am Lot# 253, s/n 001 Condition 2 Sold at $225,500 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/10/2007 SCM# 44680 1971 Jaguar XKE Competition Replica Lot# 413, s/n 7001054 Condition 2+ Sold at $56,180 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/17/2007 SCM# 46231 1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Batmobile Lot# 4622612607, s/n 2275510 Condition 2 Sold at $73,100 eBay, 5/1/2006 SCM# 41382 Photos: Bonhams


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inevitable collapse (sound familiar?). Good news was in very short supply. Leyland's brass needed a master publicity stroke, and Jaguar's 5.3-liter V12 looked like the way to power it. The XJS was the logical car to start with, but it had been defined as a 2+2 (not a legal configuration for a saloon car) in a bit of corporate politics intended to keep it from racing, so the XJ coupe was the next best choice. Leyland decided to go ahead with it in early 1976 and hired Ralph Broad's Broadspeed to make it into a competitive racer. As an aside, you may note that I refer to Leyland rather than Jaguar. At the time, Jaguar's management was not at all happy with their corporate overlords and were, certainly in the beginning, less than fully cooperative in this project. It's instructive to note that these racing cars are the only Works Jaguars ever to carry any form of Leyland badging or identification; the production cars never mentioned it. Making the XJ into a serious racer was quite a challenge, and history suggests that it was not very successfully answered. But having gotten the job, Broad rallied the troops for an allBritish assault on the European Touring Car Championship. The serious competition in the series was BMW's 3.2-liter CSL, a relatively light and well-balanced car with years of racing development, while Leyland was committed to almost the polar opposite. XJ was old, huge, heavy, and undeveloped The XJ was an old design (1968), huge, heavy (700 lb heavier than the CSL, even in racing trim), and completely undeveloped as a racer. On the other hand, it had roughly 200 more horsepower to work with, so aside from fitting a manual transmission, making it go fast wasn't the issue. Making it turn, stick, stop, and survive were the problems. AP tackled the braking issues, coming up with absolutely massive 8-pot front calipers for the front brakes, and new suspension uprights were cast to carry the loads. BBS made wonderful wheels, but they were German and this was an all-Brit affair, so 19-inch Speedline racing wheels were built in England. Armstrong made up special shocks so Dutch Konis wouldn't be required. This was a very nationalistic affair, on the order of England's BRM or Italy's Ferrari in the 1950s. It was September 1976 at Silverstone when a single car finally made a start, the team having missed the first five races of the series. The event was widely anticipated, as the car was the first Works-entered Jaguar to race in over 20 years, and at least in the beginning, it did not disappoint. Derek Bell took the pole from BMW by almost two seconds, a huge margin. The Jaguar proved to be a brutal, ground-pounding monster that was capable of simply overpowering the BMW competition in the early laps, but it was not to last. Going, turning, sticking, and stopping were evident and well in hand, but surviving proved to be more difficult than anticipated. The car was out with a broken axle by half distance and the Broadspeed Jaguar team folded their tents to concentrate on the 1977 season. It's worth noting here that only one car ran in 1976; there were two additional cars built for 1977, but I don't know if this makes three or four total cars built. The cars broke in all but two races The new season, in fact the entire project, proved to be an exercise in frustration. The cars were incredibly fast, getting pole position at all but one event and leading every race they started for at least a few laps, but they broke in all but two of them, finishing 2nd in one and 16th in the other (and failing so close to the end of another race that they scored a 4th as well). In the end, the cars were simply too brutal to survive what they did to themselves, steroid-pumped athletes with weak joints and hearts. For instance, the engine on song January 2009 required 30 gallons of oil a minute (a full-on garden hose is about 5 gpm) and they mostly used a wet sump system. Yeah, there were oiling problems. At the end of 1977, Leyland couldn't continue to bear the losses (both racing and financial) and pulled the plug. Broadspeed returned three cars to Jaguar, where they were put into storage in various stages of disrepair and more or less forgotten. Eventually two were sold, and one remains with the Heritage Trust. Fast-forward 30 years and there are four known examples out there, resurrected remnants of an exciting and impressive, if not particularly successful, chapter in Jaguar's racing history. As such, they have a very real collector value, particularly to the anglophile leapingcat crowd, and there's no doubt they'd be a huge thrill to drive. There is, however, a bit of discomfort with the subject car's history in that Jaguar got three cars back when the project ended… and this is the fourth. Whether this car escaped Broadspeed directly or was built up from parts after the company closed remains a point of active discussion among those who follow the issue. There seems no doubt that this car is complete and correct, with all the right bits. The question is whether this chassis actually saw a race track in the era. Bonhams seemed comfortable with the provenance of the car, but there are a number of differing opinions among the people I spoke with. It's still an incredible beast, and any questions about provenance would presumably show up in the market's valuation, which in fact appears to be the case. My sources suggest that an unquestioned example should sell for closer to $200,000, so this car sold at a substantial discount. 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Market Reports Overview Autumn Sales Total $58m Although final totals fell in many places, sold percentages reflected some market stability By Jim Pickering D espite unsettling economic conditions throughout the U.S. and abroad, recent sales in the collector car market have again shown themselves to be relatively solid. As we saw toward the end of the summer and throughout the early fall, good cars still brought good prices in nearly every location, and although in many cases both the number of consignments and the final sales figures have seen declines from last year, sold percentages generally held firm. SCM Auction Analyst Chuck Leighton traveled to Branson, Missouri, on September 13 for Cox's annual fall auction, where 121 of 241 lots changed hands for a final total of $2.7m. Leighton noted several changes there from past auctions, including the type of inventory on offer, which included more '50s cruisers and European models to appeal to a wider audience. Last year's auction sold 63% of the cars on offer for close to $3.8m, and although both totals and the final percentage were down (by $1.1m and 12%, respectively), the sell-though rate of 51%, while not ideal, reflected stability for Cox. On the same day, Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman made his way to Bonhams's sale at the Beaulieu Autojumble, where 86% of the lots on offer found new ownership for a final total of $2.4m. More cars were offered and sold this year than in 2007 (74 of 86 as compared to 69 of 75), and as Hardiman noted, fewer of them were the typical Beaulieu restoration projects usually consigned. In late September, Bonhams & Butterfields held a sale of the Richard C. Paine Collection in Owls Head, Maine, and Contributing Editor Donald Osborne was there to cover the lots as they crossed the block. Made up almost entirely of Brass Era cars, the collection, which had once comprised part of the Seal Cove Museum, was offered at no reserve, with the automotive lots bringing a final total of nearly $7.4m—a significant figure for 50 cars, and money which will help finance a core collection at the museum. Mecum's annual Fall High Performance sale in St. 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 52 Sales Totals Bonhams, Beaulieu, UK RM, Hershey, PA Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV Mecum, St. Charles, IL Cox, Branson, MO Bonhams & Butterfields, Owls Head, ME $6,872,350 $28,722,980 $2,421,763 $7,378,618 $2,753,658 $10,180,038 Charles, Illinois, took place the weekend of October 3, with 304 of 607 lots selling for a combined total of $10m. Auction Analyst Dan Grunwald, wearing both his SCM and Corvette Market hats, noted that excellent examples of American muscle still showed solid performance here, including the high sale of a “Swiss Cheese” Pontiac Catalina racer at $451,500, but 58 fewer cars sold, with final totals falling distantly short of last year's $17.5m result. However, 50% of the lots on offer sold, against 52% of the 699 available in 2007. RM returned to Hershey for its now-annual sale held in conjunction with the AACA Eastern Division meet on October 10. As was the case elsewhere, dollar figures fell from last year ($6.9m compared to 2007's $12.3m), with only 73 cars selling as opposed to 108 at last year's event. However, the final sales percentage remained rather high at 87%, and Auction Analyst Chip Lamb noted that the same seemingly market-wide trend of quality cars continuing to bring respectable prices was seen here as well. Barrett-Jackson's addition of a Las Vegas auction to its annual calendar caused a stir within the market, and although many were skeptical of the possibility for positive results in the midst of the current financial situation, figures there were anything but disappointing, with 533 no-reserve lots bringing nearly $29m. Dan Grunwald found some bargains across the auction block, but as noted in his report, most of the cars here sold for realistic money. Finally, if you're shopping for a car guy who already has everything this holiday season, Geoff Archer's list of eBay Motors gifts is sure to have something he doesn't even know he needs yet. ♦ Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1933 Duesenberg Model SJ phaeton, $1,688,500—RM, p. 97 2. 1910 Mercedes 45hp Tourabout open tourer, $887,500—B&B, p. 86 3. 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost “The Hordern Ghost,” $823,000—B&B, p. 86 4. 1906 American Tourist Roi des Belges tourer, $612,000—B&B, p. 86 5. 1910 Peerless Model 29 Victoria, $469,000—B&B, p. 88 6. 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese” 2-door hard top, $451,500—Mec, p. 80 7. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Nickey Stage III coupe, $446,250—Mec, p. 80 8. 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 touring, $385,000—RM, p. 96 9. 1913 Locomobile Model M 48-3 4-passenger Baby tonneau, $357,500—RM, p. 96 10. 1913 Pierce-Arrow Model 48-B 7-passenger tourer, $315,000—B&B, p. 90 1. 1903 Eldredge 8hp runabout, $117,000—B&B, p. 86 2. 1903 Northern runabout, $46,200—RM, p. 94 3. 1940 Buick Limited Model 81C phaeton, $77,000—RM, p. 98 4. 1965 Mallock Mk 5B Clubman's racer, $4,117—Bon, p. 74 5. 1989 Chevrolet Corvette Callaway coupe, $26,950—B-J, p. 62 Sports Car Market Best Buys


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV Inaugural Las Vegas Collector Car Auction Buyers I talked to said “prices are high” and sellers felt that “prices are low,” which probably means everything was normal Company Barrett-Jackson Date October 16–18, 2008 Location Las Vegas, Nevada Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assister, Mark Gellman, Jimmy Landis & John Nicholls Automotive lots sold / offered 519/519 Sales rate 100% Sales total $28,722,980 High sale Cash flow, Vegas-style Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics W ith words like recession, depression, crisis, meltdown, and credit crunch at the top of the news in October, there was some trepida- tion about the inaugural Barrett-Jackson event in Las Vegas. You can bet that some consignors were sweating out the “no reserve” format for which B-J is famous. To say their fears were unfounded would be an understatement. Yes, there were some bargains, but overall the prices realized were solid. And of course, everything sold. There were no million-dollar sales, but there were no million-dollar cars, either. Instead, there were buyers looking for screaming deals in this tumultuous time, and there were a few to be had—but not many. In general, the buyers I talked to said “prices are high” and the sellers felt that “prices are low.” Since neither was overjoyed, that probably means that everything was normal. The crowds of spectators took everybody by surprise, and at times on the first day, the wait for tickets was almost an hour. According to Barrett-Jackson, there were over 1,200 registered bidders and over 50% were first timers. The spectators outnumbered the bidders by ten to one, by my guess. The “Lifestyle Event” kicked off with an evening gala at the beach pool (with real sand), with bidders and invited guests enjoying free liquid refreshments and live music on Wednesday evening prior to the sale. The gala attendees were greeted by Craig Jackson and Steve Davis as they entered the pool area. Details like this stand out in the minds of attendees. When you show people you 54 1949 MG TC, sold at $313,500 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold lots appreciate them, they are much more likely to purchase your product. The layout of Mandalay Bay made for long walks from the various display locations to the auction center, but that didn't seem to discourage anyone. The event center itself was reminiscent of an NBA basketball stadium, with upper “nosebleed” sections as well as VIP areas and bidders' seating on the main floor. The cars were brought in on the left side and rotated on a turntable to drive across the stage, where they rotated on another turntable to exit the arena. It sounds complicated, but the system ran smoothly all weekend. The vendor booths and high-end display areas were in another hall, well- lit and comfortably laid out. Most of the cars were outside under tents, and there were big-screen TVs set up showing the live auction inside, so you never missed a beat. The selection of automobiles was eclectic, with race cars, resto-mods, hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars, and some lots that simply defy description. Examples included the gigantic Hemi-powered three wheeler, lot 175, which hammered sold at $33,000, and lot 224, the custom-built dragon dragster “Drakko” that shoots flames and has never been run down a track, but has to be a bargain at $7,700. It's now in Publisher Martin's garage, and I'm going to let him explain this one. (For a sneak peak, see p. 104.) The catalog's cover car was a 1949 MG TC, in which Carroll Shelby won his first road race in 1952 in Norman, Oklahoma. It was the top sale at $313,500. We sometimes say that there are two price categories in the world of auctions— normal auction prices and Barrett-Jackson January prices, where new records are set for no apparent reason other than the allure of buying a car on live TV and the excitement of being in a tent with 3,000 other motivated bidders. The eruption of crazy bidding wars that often fuel the Scottsdale event did not hit this sale. Most of the prices were quite fair. We are all wondering how it's going to be in Scottsdale this year—thoughtful and restrained like Mandalay Bay, or typical B-J prices gone to the moon. In any event, the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino had to be thrilled with the turnout and the excitement it generated, and no doubt it will welcome this event back in 2009. For a first-time event, done on a very large scale, Barrett-Jackson had a lot to be proud of. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV ENGLISH #819-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N TC8335. Green/tan tonneau/green leather. RHD. Odo: 7,014 miles. Numerous stone chips and flaws in shiny paint. Painted wires, dual racing windscreens, louvered hood with leather strap and open sides. Chrome on radiator cap thin, good interior with Shelby autograph on inside door AT $72,600. JCNA winner a few years back and now retired from showing. This Jag had all sorts of eyeball, and it would make an excellent high-end driver with no work required. Bought well. #805-1992 JAGUAR XJ 220 coupe. S/N N5327357. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 2,742 miles. Number 91 of 280 built. Lots of chips on front end paint, one bolt missing on each exhaust header. Heavy side bolster wear on driver's aluminum replacement rockers, solid floors. Upholstered front trunk, nice tweed replacement interior and new top. Fitted with a/c and side skirts. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,700. Every Barrett-Jackson sale has a few nice Beetles, and even though this one wasn't perfect, it was very cute. On the whole, cute worked well here, and this sale price should attest to that. AMERICAN #109-1909 FEDERAL Flatbed truck. S/N 20693. Black & rust/wood. Hard rubber tires, flatbed with new lumber yard wood. Most paint long gone, lots of dents and some repaired cracks in heavy fender metal. Lots of surface pitting to heavy gauge metal body parts. Plate panel. Fitted with rear-mounted spare, racing oil filter with braided lines, and roll bar. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $313,500. Historic race car originally driven by Carroll Shelby in his first road race, which he won, and the cover car for the B-J Vegas catalog. Expensive, but with the Shelby connection, it'll likely be worth more in the future. #783.2-1955 JAGUAR XK 140M road- ster. White/red leather. Odo: 59,378 miles. Paint chips on door edges, front fenders, and hood. Some cracking body filler visible under grille. Dripping oil underneath, one flex tube and one solid tube fitted to dual exhaust. seat suggests many short trips. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $150,700. Fitted with 6-27-01 engine emissions tag from Santa Monica, California. This looked like lots of wear for the miles indicated, but the selling price apparently took that into account. GERMAN #166-1963 PORSCHE 356C coupe. S/N 212342. Red/black leather. Odo: 54,369 miles. New paint, rally lights, stone guards on headlights, luggage rack. Some chrome pitting, passenger's side door handle peeling. Lots of scratches on back glass, stone chips on front on dash states 13 mph. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,500. This was said to be the oldest truck in America. It was older than the example in the Henry Ford museum, and it was still in very original condition throughout. A fuel puddle appeared under it when when parked, but who cares? It's 99 years old and still runs! Cheap money for a piece of history. #813-1918 LE BESTONI boattail speed- ster. S/N 1326. Red & brass/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 55 miles. Solid brass fittings on a one-off special built by Gary Wales. Power steering, 14-liter engine, chain drive. Dash includes altimeter. Front straight axle with lever shocks, 40˝ x 8˝ rear tires, 38˝ x 7˝ front tires. A true Steering wheel heavily cracked, bumper chrome just starting to show pits. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $88,000. The M package added a crankshaft damper, dual exhaust, wire wheels, twin fog lamps, and windshield washers to the basic XK 140. This was an older restoration that was looking just a bit aged, but it still had eyeball appeal. A market-correct price. #771-1961 JAGUAR XKE Series I convertible. S/N 876534. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 63,656 miles. New chrome, paint, and interior. Good panel fit including hood. Right headlight trim fits a bit wide at bottom, one door edge chip and tiny chrome bubble on right rear bumper side. Solid floors, trunk lid slightly high on right center. Cond: 1-. SOLD glass, delaminating right rear side window. Very heavy undercoating to chassis. New seat covers and chrome wheels. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,300. I don't like and see no good reason for the fresh heavy undercoating on cars like this, but apparently it didn't bother the bidders here. Market price. #412-1971 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 1512435410. Yellow Pearl/ tan cloth. Odo: 72,440 miles. Yellow paint with numerous prep flaws on engine cover and front fender at headlight. Some chrome and trim show age and pitting. Very clean engine, one-of-a-kind. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $181,500. Gary Wales is retired and hand-builds cars like this in his spare time. Powered by an American LaFrance engine, this was reminiscent of the great racing cars from the distant past. That said, there's not much you could do with it, aside from driving it to shows... and do you really want to feed a 14-liter engine? Well sold. #791.1-1932 FORD HIBOY roadster. S/N 1827371007. Black/red & white leather. Odo: 183 miles. 350-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Best of everything includes Mooneyes valve covers, Offy intake with three deuces, Offy intake, Moon tank, So-Cal Buick-look finned drums hiding front discs, Winters quick-change 56 Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV #506-1956 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC56L104794. White & blue/ blue cloth & vinyl. Odo: 1,679 miles. 265-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Fitted with power seat, power windows, power steering, and power brakes. Very fine and correct restoration showing no differential, and Rod Bods steel body. Great paint and pinstriping, liberal use of chrome and polished aluminum. Discoloration on custom exhaust pipes. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $132,000. This rod was built by Boyd Coddington on his “American Hot Rod” TV show, and although it was well done throughout, a large part of this bid can be chalked up to that connection. Well sold at this price. #759.3-1935 FORD panel truck. Red & green/black vinyl. Odo: 260 miles. Nice paint with a few preparation flaws, but still nicer than original. New chrome with some peeling on windshield surround. Good service-type good paint. All new chrome with some light pitting on grille. Steel bed. Interior and engine like new, all new weatherstripping and wiring fitted. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $73,700. This was a lot of moola for a pickup, but this was a nice example, and the price was likely in line with the cost of restoration to this level. All the stars aligned here. #792-1947 FLEXIBLE STARLINER Custom motorhome. S/N 31101ICAC. Red & stainless/cream vinyl. Odo: 55,734 miles. Some rust around front curved glass windows. “Good as factory” paint with a few chips by cargo door handles. Fitted with flat screen TVs, stainless Pullman shower and head, satellite TV, surround sound, quiet Onan generator, issues whatsoever. Nice paint and chrome, spotless interior, chassis, and engine compartment. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $63,800. I found two tiny paint blemishes, but that is still much better than what the factory delivered new. Great mid-'50s Chevys are always a mainstay of Barrett-Jackson sales. This was a great car that brought fair money. #521.1-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-dr hard top. S/N 11837B193372. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 46,600 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New paint, chrome, a/c, power brakes, and power steering. All trim looks like new. Heavy scratching on rear glass. Upgraded with Turbo 400 transmission, interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $47,300. As a “Service Mechanical Training” vehicle, this was equipped with pull-out boards in back featuring examples of period Ford mechanical parts. Interesting and eye-catching, and ideal for a Ford dealer promo vehicle. Well bought and sold. #525-1937 LOGAN MIDGET racer. Bronze/black vinyl. Better-than-average paint and chrome. One-seat interior, no speedometer. Built in 1937 by Logan Race Cars and stored long term, then restored in the 1980s and has not been raced since. Engine received new seals this year. Flathead V8 with 2x2-bbl computer station, and two a/c units. Titled as a 1962 Flex. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $49,500. An original bus with an interior redone in 1962 by Custom Coach in Ohio. This had almost all the modern conveniences in a 1947-look wrapper, and it started right up and had a great sound. Less costly than most Corvettes, and a good buy at less than the build cost. #784.1-1954 KAISER-DARRIN convert- ible. S/N 161001071. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 1,903 miles. One of 435 built. Special order paint code 999 and interior 888. Decent paint, new chrome, trim, and interior. Wire hubcaps, detailed engine. Some chips on disc brakes, and performance suspension bits. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,400. Trimmed as a rare 1961 Impala SS with bucket seats and dash grab bar included. The SS option came as a dealer-installed package in '61, so who's going to know? The upgrades should make for a pleasant cruiser, and in this case, the price didn't suffer. carbs on Weiand intake, six exhaust pipes, and one-speed transmission. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $29,700. This was built on a Model T-era frame, and was about nine feet long by four feet wide and estimated at 1,200 lbs. A neat piece of quarter midget race history, and a great addition to any collection. A fair price. #230-1940 FORD pickup. S/N 185387881. Green & black/green vinyl. Odo: 1,017 miles. Body-off restored to very high level with very 58 #151-1962 FORD THUNDERBIRD convertible. S/N 2Y89Z. Red/red leather. Odo: 62,510 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Good paint with some edge chips, nice chrome, well detailed engine. Driver seat has heavy wear spot on bottom of seat back. Some light aging to interior trim, window fuzzies are no longer fuzzy. Fiberglass roadster cover included. Undercoating may be covering some floor pan issues. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,900. A nice jet Bird with some detail restoration left to do, but windshield. Undercarriage not detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $110,000. Cooler than a '54 'Vette? Check out the sliding doors. These were only built for one year prior to Kaiser biting the dust in 1955. It's no racer at 90 hp, but who cares? Maybe a bit expensive, but the special paint code added to the value here. Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV most of the hard stuff was already done. A decent buy if the floor pans turn out to be solid. #107-1965 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Corsa 2-dr hard top. S/N 107375W280427. Bronze/tan vinyl. Odo: 800 miles. New paint with color mismatch on front cowl vent panel. Some chrome trim bubbling and trim fit issues, decent chrome bumpers and glass. Clean 140hp, 4-carb engine in stock engine compartment. #821.1-1967 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N 6720F7AO1204. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 90,801 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in 2005 with lots of documentation and bills. Some age shows on interior and vent window #770.2-1970 OLDSMOBILE 442 convertible. S/N 34467OE164243. Blue/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 5,200 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent paint, new top and interior. Engine fitted with W25 cold air induction. As good underneath as on top. Passenger Solid floor pans undercoated and oversprayed with bronze paint, rocker panels look solid. Interior redone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $8,800. A solid Corvair is not easy to find, but this one appeared solid in the usually rusty places and was a 140-hp Corsa. Well sold right in the middle of the price range. #186-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242176Z116974. Palmetto Green/ white/parchment vinyl. Odo: 85,307 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint and chrome, hood misfitted and wide at rear. Dash top lumpy and wavy, other interior bits show chrome trim, all new underneath. Modified Kcode 289 said to make over 400 hp. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $104,500. This car was documented in the Shelby Registry and came with its original invoice (which charged $1.20 for four gallons of gas in March of '67). Correct money for a well sorted and well documented Shelby. #139-1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 194378S413843. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 18,538 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint, interior, and chrome. Non-original 350 engine fitted with headers, 4-speed transmission fitted with Hurst shifter. door gap slightly wide at top, small ding in left A-pillar trim. Glove box door taped shut. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $90,000. AACA Grand National Award winner. 442s are showing really strong money everywhere, and the drop-top version with 4-speed is the cream of the crop. Well sold at this price. #440-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-dr hard top. S/N RM23NOG139270. Green & black/black vinyl. Odo: 2,921 miles. 440ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Thick, wavy paint with some chips and masking issues. All glass heavily scratched, chrome shows pitting and discoloration. Hole worn in driver's seat back, door well. Detailed Tri-Power engine and undercarriage. Pontiac rally wheels on Redline tires. Nicely presented. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $49,500. This Goat had a good color combination, the desirable Tri-Power 389 with a 4-speed, and PHS documentation, all of which made it fairly bought at this price. #807.1-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S112654. Lyndale Blue & white/white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 42,760 miles. 427-ci 435-hp V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh restoration to high standards, as-new in all respects. 2008 NCRS Top Flight winner. Optioned with alloy wheels, side exhaust, Inside door panels don't fit correctly at top, interior otherwise serviceable for a driver. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,250. If originality isn't your primary focus, this just might be your car, as it was shiny red and most of it looked factory correct... but only when the hood is shut. A decent deal for both buyer and seller at this price. #189-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO SS coupe. S/N 124379N507053. Blue & white/ white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 69,449 miles. 396ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New smooth paint and white vinyl top with some paint chips around top of windshield and one ding on hood at hinge plate. Several wide panel gaps noted. Mostly panel painted metal pitted, gobby sealant on front window. Panel gaps variable, floor pans appear solid. Replacement engine clean, with new-looking dual quads on high rise intake and finned aluminum Mopar valve covers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $38,500. A quickie restoration of a Road Runner with an impressive new engine. Sold well at this price in this market. #164.1-1972 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37W2S5025560. Maroon/black leather. Odo: 64,703 miles. 454-ci 270-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Good non-stock pearl burgundy paint, typical headlight door panel cracks on both sides. Panel gaps typical of factory production. Side and back windows scratched, some power brakes, telescopic steering wheel, power windows, and tinted glass. Chromed-over front bumper dent and dirty vent handle knobs are the only issues noted. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $165,000. In my opinion, Lyndale Blue was one of the best colors of 1967, and this car was stunning. This combination was deserving of the price paid. Well bought and sold. 60 new chrome, scratches on side glass. Detailed chassis with all satin black paint. Engine well detailed, new interior shows little if any use. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,900. Only the panel gaps dropped this from a 2+ to a 2. Still, this had plenty of eyeball for a big-block 4-speed '69 SS, and at this price, it was bought and sold fairly. age cracking to leather seats. Fitted with newer cassette stereo and Hooker chrome side pipes. Miles said to be original. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,300. An honest car that looked to have been cared for. There were no major flaws, and the dead bugs on windshield suggested it had been driven here from the seller's home in New Sports Car Market


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Our Cars 1968 Siata Spring Mexico. Sharks have been on the rise over the last year, but this price was still rather strong considering this car's repaint and aftermarket bits. Well sold. #175-1987 CUSTOM Thunderous Cyclops three wheeler. Red metalflake/black vinyl. Built in Texas and powered by a Keith Black blown Hemi. Also uses a 1,100-cc Honda motorcycle engine to power hydraulics for steering. Capable of up to 45 mph. Driver Callaway Aero body parts. Several light stone chips on windshield, engine and undercarriage show driving dirt. Minor paint chips on front end, other paint still nice. Driver's seat bolster wrinkled in the usual spot. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,950. This was said to have original miles, so if it runs out OK, it was a pretty decent deal for the money spent. Well bought at around the same price of a similar but much more common '90 ZR-1. Owner: Paul Duchene Purchase date: August 2008 Price: $5,000 Mileage since purchase: 50 Recent work: Minor bodywork, valve train adjustment My neighbor Lee bought this at a whole- sale dealer's auction, where it had landed like a Martian showing up at Disneyland. He just happened to be polishing it on his lawn when I got home… Siata's MG TD “clown car” was the company's last gasp and their biggest hit, with about 3,500 made from 1968 to '70. It's certainly a comedown from the elegant 208S and the Daina sports cars of the 1950s, and is based on a narrowed Fiat 850 chassis with the engine in the rear. The faux Rolls-Royce grille was replaced with an aftermarket Mercedes grille, under the influence of mind-altering drugs, no doubt. This is an early car with a genuine wood dash and fold-down windshield (once the radio antenna was removed). It was privately imported to L.A. in 1970 and left to the Salvation Army when the original owner died in 2008. The car shows 23,000 miles, which seems correct, as it has no rust and just some body dings. It runs well (once a pushrod was replaced) but lacks a top, having just a tonneau. The 12-inch Borrani wheels sport new tires, except for an ancient Englebert spare. My friend Alyce gave me a life-sized stuffed panda for the passenger seat “so you can use the HOV lane.” uses a forward-looking television camera to see forward and has a giant blow-up man that sits on the seat. Capable of wheelies, races monster trucks with the Hemi. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,000. Wanted: new driver for a somewhat unusual special event vehicle. Quick reflexes and slightly diminished mental capacity are paramount. Wages and insurance negotiable. Well sold. #156-1987 BUICK GRAND NATIONAL coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1176HP435458. Black/ black & gray cloth. Odo: 6,662 miles. 3.8-liter turbocharged V6, auto. New, as-delivered condition with original miles. Fully documented, optioned with Astro roof. Hood and trunk closed, both doors locked, but interior looks untouched through the glass. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. 1987 was the last year for the #520-2000 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Avelate Custom convertible. S/N 1G1YY32G8Y5116626. Candy Apple Red/tan cloth/tan & black leather. Odo: 20,688 miles. 5.7-liter 490-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. Built by Avelate with custom body panels and interior. High gloss Candy Apple Red paint, supercharged LS1 said to propel this down the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds. Very light wear on driver's seat, front panel gaps and right headlight door fit wide. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,800. Previously sold at Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach in March '08 for $51,700. This was a nice custom, but a custom Corvette can be a hard sell anywhere. Vegas seemed to work well for this one, as the seller was able to get out of it around what he had in it. #805.1-2004 SALEEN S7 coupe. S/N 1S9SB18103S000026. Red/black leather. 7.0liter fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Numerous paint flaws around exhaust and rear wing. A few wear spots visible where leather rubs leather on rear-drive Regal and Grand National, which saw a 10-hp performance increase over the prior examples. Buick also decided to increase production to fill demand and built 20,193 cars, as opposed to the original target of just over 10,000, which undoubtedly disappointed those who bought one of what they thought would be a limited last year model to put away for speculation. This one brought near-GNX money, so the seller should be happy. #146-1989 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Callaway coupe. S/N 1G1YY2185K5115672. Red/red leather. Odo: 30,400 miles. 350-ci turbocharged V8, auto. Callaway Twin Turbo with interior. Fitted with a/c, power windows, and Lamborghini-style doors. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $260,700. Let's face it... nobody really drives these cars much, so they always look #2 or better. This looked very fast when parked and sounded extremely fast even when going slow. Well bought and sold. ♦ 62 Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO Branson Fall Auction Cars ranged from the weekend's high sale, a 1966 Shelby GT350, which sold for $108,000, to a few rubber-bumper MG Bs for less than $5,000 Company Cox Auctions Date September 13, 2008 Location Branson, Missouri Auctioneer Jim Landis & Mark Gellman Automotive lots sold / offered 124/241 Sales rate 51% Sales total $2,753,658 High sale 1966 Shelby GT350 fastback, sold at $108,000 GT350, high sale in Branson at $108k Report and photos by Chuck Leighton Market opinions in italics T wo days after the government buyout of Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac, while the Gulf Coast was being bombarded by Hurricane Ike, Cox's bi- annual Branson sale at the Hilton Convention Center proceeded as planned. Although rainstorms threatened through- out the weekend and some regular attendees were stuck in Southern airports, Branson managed a 51% sell-through rate to the tune of $2.75m. It appeared the auction staff took note of today's changing market, and the company modified its normal inventory to attract new buyers. A nice selection of 1940s and 1950s American Branson, MO Buyer's premium 6%, included in sold lots 1957 Bel Air hard top for $62,640. A driver-quality 1953 Buick Super 8 Victoria still wearing license plates from Honduras sold for $36,720, and a mildly modified but very impressive 1956 Buick convertible sold for $43,200, a bargain price, considering the car's exemplary condition. The most notable CCCA Full Classic present at the sale was a 1935 Studebaker 54R roadster, thought to be one of only six survivors, which brought an outstanding $86,400. A mostly original, barn-find 1942 Buick series 90 limousine managed a surprising $19,440, offering a very affordable entrance into the world of Full Classics. Branson may be known mostly for selling American iron, but this year's sale also had an impressive number of European models, with excel- convertibles helped bolster sales alongside traditional blue-chip investment cars, including multiple Tri-Fives and a few Full Classics. As usual, cars for every taste and price ranged from the weekend's high sale, a 1966 Shelby GT350, which sold for $108,000, to a couple rubber-bumper MG Bs, each of which changed hands for less than $5,000. Notable muscle car sales included a stunning 1958 Corvette finished in silver with white coves that sold for $81,000, as well as a 1971 Dodge Super Bee that brought $43,200. Branson typically features a number of 1950s cruisers, but more were present this year than in previous auctions. This group of cars did very well overall, with an excellent 1957 Bel Air convertible selling for $95,000 and a similar lent examples bringing market-correct prices and indicating that the auction house is beginning to appeal to a new group of buyers. Russian comedian and regular Branson performer Yakov Smirnoff's 1984 Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole sold for $34,560, no doubt aided by his showmanship on the block as the car was sold. A gorgeous 4-speed red over black XKE with chrome wires traded for $42,140, while a similar 1971 Series II XKE brought $33,480. Although final totals were well below last Sales Totals April's $3.8m, auction owners Jim and Kathy Cox proved adept at providing an array of consignments that suited the current collector car market and the economics of their buyers. Considering the circumstances surrounding the weekend, one must give credit to the auction house for creating an excellent atmosphere to buy, sell, or just enjoy excellent cars at realistic prices. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m $3.5m $4m 0 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 64 Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO ENGLISH #588-1949 MG TC roadster. S/N TCEXU8131. Red/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 6,646 miles. A genuine barn find. Very old paint checked, crazed, and chipping in some areas, but has been buffed to restore some shine. New top and seat cover installed, otherwise a time capsule car that has been preserved very well. No apparent rust whatsoever, some blue paint visible under inside front fenders. Tidy engine has been cleaned but not restored. Lots of patina. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $21,330. The car card stated it had been restored 35 years ago, and it showed its age very well. A very interesting car with loads of appeal, it would be a shame to restore it. I only hope the new owner realizes it would be best to use it and enjoy it as-is. #637-1958 JAGUAR Mk VIII saloon. S/N 78016GBW. Two-tone gray/blue leather. Odo: 48,767 miles. Older repaint showing its age but still has some life left, chrome and stainless have light pitting but are still good. Worn carpets, seats and door panels show lots of patina, glossy wood dulling in some spots. Engine bay clean but looks to have been untouched wood. Painted top sections of doors extremely dry and lack gloss, top frame was rusty at some point, with pitting painted over in the correct color. Clean and fresh undercarriage is undercoated, rockers show signs of bodywork. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,740. Bob Tullius won the SCCA E Production championship in a TR4 in 1962. British cars seem to do well in Branson, and this car was no exception. It was finished in desirable colors and looked like a very honest example that didn't seem to have any major flaws. Ready for the local British car club meet or gymkhana. A decent deal for both parties. #578-1971 JAGUAR XKE Series II convertible. S/N 2R14508. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 72,505 miles. Older lacquer repaint still very glossy but has been buffed through in some places. Corroded battery tray, engine has been detailed nicely but still appears to be mostly original. Presentable interior shows its age but still looks very nice and is hard to fault. Sun visors in the trunk. A nice, aftermarket stereo. Exhaust fit for a dune buggy consists of two glasspacks welded to catalytic converters. Clean engine bay with manuals and tool kit, no service records or history whatsoever. Owned by local Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff; license plates read “X-RED.” Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $34,560. I don't really know where to start with this one. All of the flaws one looks for when purchasing a Ferrari were present. This was nothing but a tired gray market car hastily imported during the 1980s and treated horribly since. I expected it to stall at $25k, but obviously someone either didn't care about its problems or didn't recognize them. I hope the buyer enjoys his first trip for service... I'm sure the shop owner will. AMERICAN #559-1948 PACKARD SUPER 8 Victoria convertible. S/N 22796340. Blue/white vinyl/ tan cloth. Odo: 57,583 miles. Older repaint thin in spots and shows rust bubbles around trim. Tired, pitted, and dull chrome in desperate need of replacement, interior ratty with ripped armrests, flaking chrome, and snags in incorrect seat upholstery. Dirty engine bay appears for many years. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,500. The Mk VIII sedan used the same engine design that propelled the D-type to a Le Mans win in 1957. This saloon looked excellent in this color combination and appeared to be a very honest car that had been used thoroughly since being restored. It would be financially improbable to redo again, and as it sat it would make an excellent driver with lots of style. A good deal for both parties. #523-1964 TRIUMPH TR4 convertible. S/N CT213626. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 88,294 miles. Professional quality paint marred by pitted and scratched chrome that appears original. Painted wires are a nice touch and add to originality. Nice interior appears to have been done recently with good carpet and 66 honest, older restoration that is showing its age but still has much life left. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,480. This Jaguar appeared to have been unused for many years, but it was obviously stored correctly and was still in excellent condition. One must wonder about its mechanical state, as Lucas electrics combined with a lack of use are a recipe for disaster. Both buyer and seller should be happy, and the new owner can either drive this as-is or use it as a good starting point for restoration. ITALIAN #567-1984 FERRARI 308 GTS Quattrovalvole targa. S/N ZFFLA13B000049067. Red/black leather. Odo: 36,170 miles. High quality paint job over somewhat good body. Hood dented from being forced against its prop, clear coat peeling around windshield. Interior dyed numerous times and showing split driver's seat bolster and complete. A tired but desirable Packard convertible that needs everything. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $26,460. This car was rough all over and definitely showed its age, but luckily the seller knew what he had and priced it accordingly. The buyer was either looking for a driver in his price range or needed a good restoration project. It will take a lot of time and effort to turn this into something. #593-1949 DODGE WAYFARER road- ster. S/N 03047468. Yellow/tan cloth/maroon leather. Professional repaint with no obvious flaws aside from runs in door jambs, rechromed bumpers, light pitting on some smaller trim pieces. Mix and match of new and old chrome used throughout. Beautiful leather upholstery, mostly original dash, chipped paint on gauge needles. Lots of spray-painted pieces create a tidy and original-looking engine bay. Huge Sports Car Market


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Cox Auctions Branson, MO curb appeal. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,600. The Wayfarer was designed to be an affordable roadster that would appeal to the young generation and was priced much lower than other American convertibles when new. This one had some flaws but was very nice where it mattered the most. It looked like a quality restoration using many original parts. If all the chrome were replated, it would be very close to show quality. An excellent purchase. #532-1955 DODGE ROYAL LANCER 2-dr hard top. S/N 34823865. Purple, black, & white/black & white vinyl. Odo: 70,506 miles. 270-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Tired paint is faded and thin but still OK, body has dents and dings throughout. Presentable chrome has light pitting and is wearing thin on bumpers. Decent carpet and upholstery marred by cracked steering wheel, foggy gauges, and poor door panel fit. Dirty engine bay with leaky fuel pump, chrome aside from two smaller front grilles getting thin and showing age. Nice top and interior, foggy gauges, needs new window felts. Driver quality engine bay with rusty pedal linkages and dirty carburetors. Very nice overall but lacking in the detail department. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,000. This was a good car, and it brought the money it deserved. The paint was superb and looked to be new. I wonder if the seller just forgot to take the two small grilles to the chrome shop. This was proof that a good restoration is worth a high price to the right person. A patient man with lots of Q-Tips will make this an excellent car. #573-1958 FORD SKYLINER retract- able hard top. S/N H8KW118251. Tan & white/brown vinyl. Odo: 52,819 miles. 352-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice older repaint done to a high standard, with some evidence of masking lines around quarter panel trim. Interior restored some time ago and still looking great aside from dirty knobs and greasy fingerprints on door panels. Top mechanism run through its paces on the block and seems to work correctly. he sale and was presented with a blank car card. It was presented with no Marti Report and no matching-numbers claims, and people were overheard asking if it was real. An excellent sale for both parties, and I would say the buyer had more information about the car than what was presented. #608-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177P235598. White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 50,118 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mediocre repaint shows lead seams on rear quarters and some masking lines. Some small bulges above back window underneath otherwise good vinyl top, interior nice from afar but closer inspection reveals peeling chrome and mostly original trim. Decent engine bay shows signs of use, incorrect aftermarket mismatched hose clamps, and lots of rattle-can work. Tired and in desperate need of cosmetic attention. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $19,710. This one made me wonder what kind of mechanical gremlins lurked underneath, as no service history or receipts of any kind were presented. Just a driver-quality hard top, but at least it had the big engine (for the year) and was in good colors. I only hope that the new owner bought it as a driver, as a complete restoration would be a financial mistake. #547-1958 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N J58S108995. Silver & white/black vinyl. Odo: 54,303 miles. 283-ci 245-hp V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Consignor states car has covered only 100 miles since a complete restoration, car card states a numbers-matching 245-hp dual-quad engine. Beautiful paint and Clean engine bay OK but showing age. A nice example in need of a serious detail. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,040. Ford's most expensive car for 1958. This car was much better than the other Skyliner at the sale but lacked the finishing touches needed to make a true show car. It appeared to have been stored away for some time and hastily prepared for auction. Although it needed a lot of small things, the buyer should be happy. #556-1966 SHELBY GT350 fastback. S/N SFM6S2340. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 29,207 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Originally green according to Shelby Registry. Excellent repaint looks nice, aside from hood that has more orange peel than rest of car. Some chrome has almost undetectable pitting but shows very well. Excellent interior aside from scratched sill plates and broken shift boot trim. Clean engine bay appears correct. No mention of matching numbers. A nice, fresh restoration of an early Shelby fastback. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $108,000. This was a last-minute entry into t carburetor installed. Just a driver-quality GTO ready for cruise nights. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $21,600. The seller was wise to fit larger TorqThrust style wheels to the car, as they gave it a mean look that obviously impacted the bidding. This car had issues but was nice overall, so it was perfect for the buyer looking for a usable driver. A good engine detail and some interior pieces would bring it to a 3+, but even then it would probably suit a driver better than a concours enthusiast. #621-1979 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Twin Turbo Custom coupe. S/N 1Z87L8S401572. Brown, gold, tan, & maroon/brown, gold, tan, & maroon leather. Odo: 72,554 miles. 350-ci 700-hp twin-turbocharged V8, 5-sp. Custom paint and interior done in the 1970s to a high standard. Late '70s vintage cheater series N.O.S. system and Banks twin turbo setup. More gauges than most aircraft, factory CB, glass tops. This car was modified top to bottom and looks ready for a Cannonball. Claimed 700 horsepower; BF Goodrich Comp T/As are nearly gone in the back. A macho Corvette straight from the disco era. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $17,820. Normally these older modified cars don't do well, but this one was covered in polished and anodized aluminum bits and seemed to have been well cared for. This will be parked in the garage of a rich foreigner soon... It screams out “Look at me” and would probably be a lethal stoplight race machine. I dare the new owner to hit the nitrous... should be the ride of his life.♦ 68 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK Beaulieu Autojumble Annual autojumble auction scores impressive 86% sale rate, but with fewer restoration projects than usual Company Bonhams Date September 13, 2008 Location Hampshire, England Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 74/86 Sales rate 86% Sales total $2,421,763 High sale 1931 Lagonda 2-Liter tourer, sold at $117,872 Vintage cyclecars led the way at Beaulieu Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics H eld in the grounds of the National Motor Museum in the New Forest, hard against the massive annual autojumble (the first in the world, and for which the phrase was coined) Bonhams's annual Hampshire sale is traditionally one of unrestored cars and restoration projects. This year, the stock was of a higher standard than usual. Though there were plenty of projects here with which to get in over your head, the bulk of the lots were either tidy or had already been restored. Not a conscious move on Bonhams's part, confirmed one staffer, just a case of taking what it could get. And the highest seller, the 1931 Lagonda, had certainly Buyer's premium 15% on first $53,700, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1.79=£1.00) storage, and two turned out to have been recreated from a mixture of original, secondhand, and reproduction parts. The market felt these were effectively the “real thing” and stumped up over Beaulieu, UK $100,000 for each, though the most original soared past its lowly $50,000 estimate to finish up north of $112,000. When there won't be any new ones, buyers are eager to snatch up any fresh iron on the market, particularly well-known cars like these that have been out of sight for years. Expect to see them out before long, proudly tatty but mechanically rebuilt by ever-enthusiastic VSCC members. Of the restorations, the most significant was the barn-find, matching-numbers Aston Martin DB2, selling for twice its estimate at $73,569, though not as stunning as the $175,000 (five times the estimate) that Bonhams raised for a slightly better DB2/4 at its Aston Works Service sale in May. The Sunbeam Harrington been restored, though it wasn't immediately obvious. The Lord Berkeley's tourer had given plenty of service since being bought for £200 ($550) in 1961 as Cambridge undergraduate transport, and it was used hard over the next few years, including trips over the Grossglockner Pass to Vienna, and to Norway. In return, it was treated to a $185,000 rebuild a few years back. But this was no ordinary makeover—marque expert Cedar Classics removed the body, completely refurbished the mechanicals, and then put the body back on, resulting in a car of original appearance but ready to go at least another 40 years—so the $117,872 paid didn't seem excessive. Three GN V-twin cyclecars owned long-term by the Stafford East Collection spearheaded the sale. Recently hacked from an ivy-bound Buckinghamshire garage by Bonhams's Stewart Skilbeck, all had suffered from long 70 Alpine had an interesting history, although it was not a GT40 development hack, as had been suggested. This well-documented car had been “Tigerized” by Rootes competition department personnel and had once been John Horsman's daily driver. Though needing total restoration, it was largely complete and fitted with a rebuilt Hi-Po 289 that had given service in one of Shelby's Fairlane service barges. It looked very reasonable at under $26,000, rough Tiger money. Neither of the E-types sold, nor did the ex- Sales Totals pected star lot, the 1905 (but with grandfather rights to the London-Brighton run) “coal-scuttle” Renault 14/30 tourer, an imposing beast in super order with all the right bits, for which at least $300,000 was being asked, but which bid to only $267,000. Bonhams did very well to achieve an 86% sale rate and $2.4 million, from the lower end of the market. A week later, the company held its annual sale at the Goodwood Revival. Selling cars there was much harder work, but that's another story. ♦ $500k $1m $1.5m $2m $2.5m $3m 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK ENGLISH #375-1919 CLEMENT TALBOT 25/50hp 4½-liter 4SW tourer. S/N SW10206. Eng. # 372SW. Blue & maroon/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 5,159 miles. Coachwork by Salmons. Last of the pre-merger cars, over-shiny but in very good order following restoration from its former role as a wrecker truck. Acquired this body some time in the late '50s, further restored from '93-'96. Paint and plating all good, excellent Duco headlights, dash perfect. Original Autovac in place, but its job is now done by twin electric fuel pumps. Just needs using to dull it down a bit. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $101,135. $30k over the top estimate of $70,666. Perhaps Bonhams was hedging its bets a little low amid the gloomy economic climate, but clearly they didn't need to worry here. Very rare and probably unrepeatable, and half the price of the comparable Vauxhall 30-98. #337-1922 G.N. 1,086-CC V-TWIN Kim II cyclecar. S/N N/A. Bare aluminum/bare aluminum & black leather. Odo: 316 miles. Rebuild of Archie Frazer-Nash's famous and very successful racers “Kim” and “Kim II.” Wrecked at Brooklands in 1920, recreated in this form with original GN V-twin but new chassis in the '60s and '70s. Everything rusty apart from drive chains (in good shape), seat and steering wheel binding ratty, but complete. Now fitted with coil ignition and would probably run without too much persuasion. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $116,887. Created, owned, and sold by Stafford East, G.N. enthusiast of 80 years standing. Though strictly a clone, and perhaps should be known as “Kim III,” it's steeped in G.N. history and provenance and should be considered practically as good as the real thing. That being said, this near top estimate price was market correct. #338-1922 G.N. 1,100-CC V-TWIN Akela racer. S/N N/A. Eng. # 3096. Bare aluminum/ 72 rough, surface rust everywhere due to long storage. Drive chains OK, Smiths central-mounted headlamp and sidelamps in good shape, spare wheel and folding windscreen fitted. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $112,949. Sold at nearly twice the estimate and that's because it was the most genuine and original, if not the most interesting, of the three G.N.s offered here. Should recommission easily, although it will be subject to much debate in the VSCC concerning how much restoration it should be exposed to. #379-1931 LAGONDA 2-LITER tourer. S/N OH9892. Eng. # OH1646. Blue/gray canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 369 miles. Delightful patina, but very sharp everywhere when you look harder. Body was off for a full mechanical rebuild at huge cost from 2003–06. Only 370 miles since rebuild, so the motor's not yet run in. Lights and plating excellent, dash new at restoration, leather very good, having been renewed in 1996. Engine compartment superclean with lots of brass tubing. Extra splash guards on front fenders. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT Sports Car Market still works. Mechanically refurbished in 2007. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $15,439. This seller accepted about 33% less than pre-sale expectations. Still, this was a tricky one to market, as however delightful that patina and full history are, it's really too rough to retail. I'd say very well bought. #423-1953 ASTON MARTIN DB2 coupe. S/N LML50285. Eng. # VB6B50640. Silver gray/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 21,631 km. Rough overall, with deteriorated body, flipfront not attached, and rotten outriggers—although some of chassis is OK where oil leaks have protected it. Dash OK, interior worn through and cracked. Plating has gone green and various trim parts are missing, but they may be in there somewhere. Said to run, but that's the easy bit. Only the brave need apply. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $73,569. Someone brave did apply. This was the second DB basket-case bare aluminum & brown leather. RHD. Odo: 704 miles. Another recreation, this time of Archie Frazer-Nash's 1922 racer with original overhead cam four-valve twin-plug V-twin and replica chassis and body. Not road registered and stored for many years, but complete and should run. Body good and straight, all mechanical parts in fair but surface-rusted order. Chains and sprockets good. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $101,135. Not quite the holy grail, as though AFN won in 1921 and was fifth in '22 with one of these, the original was the spare car for the 1922 race—but it did have good race history from then on. So the market decided mid-estimate was right. #339-1922 G.N. 1,086-CC V-TWIN Vitesse Two Seater roadster. S/N 1724. Eng. # 1724. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 764 miles. A steel-chassis car, and one of only about 35 built. With this registration number since 1961, basically complete throughout. Dash fair with Watford 100-mph speedometer, seat leather $117,872. Bought by Lord Berkeley for £200 in 1961, and a further £97,000 (about $185k then) spent on 2003–06 restoration. Even though it was $28k over the top estimate, it still looks well bought considering the sums invested and that it needs nothing for the foreseeable future. #386-1933 RILEY KESTREL 9hp sedan. S/N 6022456. Eng. # 47616. Dark green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 17,136 miles. Very original and quite ratty, but patina is understandable given Brooklands (JCC race 1937) and extensive rally history. Paint bubbling, window seals perished, well used inside. Sliding sunroof


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK to double its estimate in a couple of months, the last being Dickie Attwood's DB2/4 Mk II at Bonhams's Newport Pagnell sale in May '08, selling for $175k—although the dollar was weaker then (SCM# 116827). No, this wasn't Dickie's second one, but it's surely only resto-viable at this money if you have it done in Romania, as even the Czech Republic is getting expensive now. #391-1961 JENSEN 541S coupe. S/N 1001017. Eng. # 40A11954. Green/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 94,176 miles. Very good fit and finish of fiberglass body with unusually straight paint and chrome, door fit good, trunk floor OK. Carpets, interior trim, and dash like new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,492. This was $8,400 behind the low estimate and cheap for a nice 140 coupe, though it looked even cheaper since Brightwells raised a stunning $270k for a drophead in July, because exchange rates have shifted a bit. Then the £29,325 winning bid on this car would have equaled $60k. Still on the low side in the present market. and flat panels. Paint shiny with no sink marks, which is the hardest thing to get right on these. Chrome good, new leather inside shows no issues. One of the better ones. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,848. Slightly ahead of the $28,200 high estimate and top money for one of these. As we see so often, the work done must have exceeded the price realized, so well bought even at this price. #398-1962 SUNBEAM ALPINE Le Mans B fastback. S/N B9110308ODHRO. Gray primer/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 4 miles. 289ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Daily driver of John Horsman from 1965 before he struck GT40/Gulf Racing fame. “Tigerized” by former Rootes competition boss Des O'Dell using surplus parts, including narrowed Ford 9-inch axle. In barn 36 years, stripped some time ago, now surface #418-1965 MALLOCK Mk 5B Clubman's racer. Blue & silver/bare aluminum. RHD. One of five Mk 5s built in 1965. Complete historic clubman's racer, just needs to be taken apart and put back together properly with a bit of love and care. Body fairly straight, fiberglass nose in good dashboard in good condition with no splits, cracks, or delamination. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,731. Sold at well above the high estimate of $17,667. In Holland until 2002, with some restoration work completed upon repatriation. A nice car, but the money was strong, especially considering this was a less-desirable Stromberg-equipped version. Well sold. #358-1974 MG B-GT V8 coupe. S/N BD2D11572G. Green/black leather. RHD. Odo: 579 miles. 215-ci V8, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Sharp appearance following full $35k restoration in 2000, when odometer was was zeroed. Sills and floors still excellent, paint and chrome shape, one front fender detached. Drums all round will make for an exciting time if the new owner decides to race it rather than hillclimb it. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $4,117. $3,500 under the low estimate. Given there's no need for major expenditure here, provided a keen owner did all the work, this can be considered a bargain. #392-1968 AUSTIN MINI COOPER rust shows through primer. Most trim parts bagged up and with car. Believed K-code 289 now fitted, as well as a newish set of Minilites. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $25,731. Much-vaunted history as a GT40 development mule is possibly just wishful thinking, but it might have helped value here, although Tigers are on the up. An Alpine resto project would be about $6,000 and a Tiger in this state about $30k, so well sold at mid-estimate money. #352-1956 JAGUAR XK 140 coupe. S/N 804392. Eng. # G50389. Green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 58,380 miles. Original-ish although cosmetically restored in 2003, now with power steering, alternator, and CD player. Excellent 74 S sedan. S/N CA2SB1151429A. Eng. # 9FSAY50252. White/black vinyl. RHD. Bare-shell rebuild from '86 through '93 on a car said to be unmolested, hardly used since and still almost as good. Chassis and engine numbers decode OK. Floors, sills, subframes look OK, interior original. Engine bay tidy and shiny, interior very good although seats are later RV8-style coverings. Rebuild includes RV8 front subframe, so it's on telescopic dampers instead of lever-arms. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $10,293. I have a feeling I've seen this recently at much more money, but I can't quite place it. But a great deal, nonetheless. As ever, let somebody else pay for the restoration. FRENCH #384-1950 PEUGEOT 203 convertible. S/N 203A1267741. White/red vinyl. Odo: 216 km. Very rare in convertible form, and with cute baby Chevy looks, the 203 is a more sophisticated device than the Morris Minor. Restored since 2004 and in very good condition overall. Deco dash perfect, floors good. Sports Car Market correct. Minilite wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,821. The accepted bid was slightly above the $14,133 low estimate, and that looks like a good value in today's market, where “real” original Minis are inflating gently. Trade says £10k ($17,800 on auction day) is top whack for Mk IIs, so this must be seen as fairly to well bought. #414-1971 LOTUS ELAN S4 convertible. S/N 700080033C. Eng. # K22934. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 61,924 miles. Good body with no crazing, star chips, or paint cracks. Chassis looks good where visible, newish stainless exhaust fitted. Seats, interior, and


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Bonhams Beaulieu, UK good, no leaks under rebuilt motor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $69,631. 50% over top estimate. As early 911s climbed in value (they've pretty much flattened out now), their predecessors came with them—especially the later, more usable cars. Slightly high, but an indication of where the market is now. #389-1974 VW KARMANN-GHIA coupe. All details present, correct, and undamaged. However, it's not been used for a year, so will require recommissioning. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,995. $15k over the $19,400 low estimate. Originally in Vietnam, then Holland before coming to England in 1999. I've never seen one of these attractive convertibles on the market in the U.K. before, but saloons get about $11k. Find another... GERMAN #395-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104020019045. Eng. # 12192120019073. Green/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 78,057 miles. Good appearance after restoration in 2000 by a marque specialist, now with a tiny chip in driver's door and a few small bubbles and stars. Carpets look new, little wear fair with no dings, black vinyl all still intact in interior and showing no splits. New carpet. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,594. This one didn't set my trousers on fire, but it was a fair example of a usable coupe at just under market value. Probably better than it looked, and a good cutand-buff will undoubtedly help its retail value. AMERICAN #404-1916 AMERICAN-LAFRANCE 14- LITER roadster. S/N 3652. Eng. # 567. Gray & blue/black leather. RHD. Odo: 700 miles. As is popular in Europe, a former fire engine cut down into an imposing roadster. Well constructed, with 12-inch chassis trim and Bentley 8-Liter hubs with Rudge-Whitworth wheels. to seats. Fitted with Webers on polished manifold. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,404. The ladies at the sale loved it, and it sold at mid-estimate money. These fetch as much as a nice Pagoda and cost more to restore, and since this looked like it had no big issues, I have to call it fairly bought and sold. #366-1964 PORSCHE 356C 1600SC coupe. S/N 130020. Eng. # 821057. Silver/ black leather. Odo: 4,213 miles. Paint and leather looking quite new following 2000–02 restoration in U.S. by Porsche Specialists Inc. Imported into the U.K. in 2005 and used as daily transportation over the past year. One crack in driver's door paint, sills and floors Good chains and sprockets, nice brasswork with well-stocked dash including Jones speedometer. One headlamp shows cracked glass. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $96,213. This brought twice its estimate, and may have brought more if Jay Leno or Mr. Toad had seen it first. VSCC accepted and still less money than a Ghost or Phantom, so a good value. #415-1931 LINCOLN MODEL K tourer. S/N 68059. Black. RHD. Partially disassembled, with all important parts present, including engine, running gear, dash, and instruments... but no rear body. But it hasn't been hit too badly by damp storage, rust, or mice. Although various 76 only small minus is loose piece of headlamp trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,410. This price was what the seller wanted for it in pounds, so it looks like a great deal. Only imported to the U.K. early in 2008, but these have a small following which makes the low accepted bid look even stranger. How much Mk2 Jag could you get for the same money? #351-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 fastback. S/N 9FO2M100805. Metallic blue & black/cream vinyl. Odo: 97,225 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Renovated at some time, but unclear when. Straight body and basically good paint with rough prep in rain gutters. Crack in windshield corner, chrome beginning to pit slightly. Some small dings in window sur- S/N 1442445972. Black & silver/black vinyl. Odo: 85,770 miles. Imported from Texas in 1997. Fair condition, with vulnerable nose not dinged. Floors replaced in 2005, some small rust holes visible in sill closing panels. Chrome ancillaries have been refurbished, it remains a dauntingly large project. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $4,529. Sold against a no-reserve estimate of $7,000-$10,500, reflecting the enormity of the work needed. #377-1964 FORD GALAXIE 500XL 2- dr hard top. S/N 4E66X199069. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 94,509 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Straight body with good paint and no obvious rust issues above or below. Interior excellent, with no wear noted. Sculpted steel wheels, rounds, side window seals a bit manky, lacquer starting to flake off wheel rims. Interior good. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,848. This car was supplied new to Canada in 1969 and shipped to the U.K. in 1981. Not sold at the Coys Blenheim Palace auction in July '08 against a $34k-$38k estimate. Not as fashionable in the U.K. as the '65 and '66, but a fair price for a sound, attractive car. A good deal both ways. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL Fall High Performance Sale The first 1963 Pontiac “Swiss Cheese” Catalina sold for $451,500, chased closely by a Nickey Camaro at $446,250 Company Mecum Date October 3–5, 2008 Location St. Charles, Illinois Auctioneer Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bob McGlothlen & Jim Landis Automotive lots sold / offered 305/607 Sales rate 50% Sales total $10,180,038 High sale 1963 Pontiac Catalina “Swiss Cheese,” sold at $451,500 Nickey Stage III Camaro made $446k Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics R emember October 3? Some of the largest banks and insurance companies were bankrupt, the stock market was tanking, Congress was about to put us all in hock for the rest of our lives, and the presidential election ads were driving us all nuts. Then there was the bright side. The sun was shining in northern Illinois, and it was time for the annual Mecum Fall High Performance auction at Pheasant Run. Dana Mecum brought together some of the rarest muscle cars this country ever produced and hoped to sell them to the highest bidders. And sell he did. Despite the doom and gloom and rumors of the demise of the muscle car market, the sellthrough rate this year was 50%, on par with last year's 52%, when economic conditions were rosy, though totals fell off by $7.4m. The top seller was the first “Swiss Cheese” Pontiac Catalina ever produced. Lot S88 sold for $451,500, followed closely by lot S97, a 1967 Nickey Camaro that found a new home at $446,250. I also have to mention lot S189, a most unlikely addition to a muscle car sale, a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, which didn't sell at $575,000. A few consignors still held out for more money, de- spite decent bids on their cars, but for the most part, if the money was close, the cars were cut loose. There were some bargains for astute buyers, such as lot S44, a 1990 78 Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 5% thereafter, included in sold prices Corvette ZR-1 in very well cared-for condition that hammered sold at $18,900. The no-sale cars seemed to run in streaks, which made me wonder if they St. Charles, IL belonged to the same ambitious consignor. Then the next streak of cars would all sell, which built the excitement and helped keep things going. The money didn't come fast or easy most of the time, but it was still available for nice cars. And the vast majority of these offerings were very nice cars. I look hard at each sale to find at least one “fright pig” to write about, and there were a couple at this sale as well, but the hunt was not easy, even with 607 automotive lots offered. There were no million-dollar cars this year, but there were lots of solid offer- ings. Several private collections and a large collection of neon signs and automobilia made an appearance, and I predict these will become a regular part of Mecum sales. The neon signage sold well, and most of the items were old and of good quality. Despite difficult economic times, buyers were here, though they tended to be older folks who own their homes and businesses and remember dreaming about these cars in their youth. Such collectors have disposable income, and if they aren't making money in some of their investments, they'll cash out and buy the car of their dreams, knowing it will be a fun ride. Most will plan on driving their cars sparingly, rather than keeping them as trailer queens, and Mecum makes it easy for these people to find what they like. ♦ $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL ENGLISH #S53-1956 MORRIS MINOR TRAVELLER Custom Woody wagon. S/N FLE11401825. Black & wood/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 73,189 miles. 350-ci supercharged V8, 2x4-bbl, auto. All tube frame, nitrous injection, 4-wheel disc brakes. Lots of aluminum inside drag race interior with right-hand drive. Decent paint with racer-typical panel fit. Converted in England by Mike Sinclair and won “British Hot Rod of the Year” in 1997. Hot solidly. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,125. A very nice restoration on a convertible sedan. This needed nothing to be used or shown, and with the quality of the work done, it can be considered a decent deal at this price. #F223-1955 CHEVROLET 210 Resto- Mod 2-dr sedan. S/N B55K109007. Gray & pearl tangerine/gray leather. 540-ci V8, 4-bbl, 6-sp. Full custom resto-mod with fabulous pearl paint, smooth and sculpted firewall, and Wheels built a model of this car in 2001. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $18,900. Last seen at BarrettJackson's Scottsdale event in January '03, where it sold at $16,200 (SCM# 30168). This car originally came with a 49-ci 4-cylinder that had a top speed of around 66 mph with a quarter mile time in the high 26-second range. This one does it in nine seconds, and would require both extreme bravery and a healthy dose of mental instability. More expensive to duplicate, but market pricing nonetheless. GERMAN #F7-1974 PORSCHE 914 targa. S/N 4742919443. Green/black. Odo: 66,061 miles. Cracks, chips, and surface rust bubbles visible. Huge broken area at body filler-blended rear spoiler. Flared wheelwells to accommodate shield. The first “Swiss Cheese” frame factory race car of 14 built. Black steel wheels, radio and heater delete. Engine clean and restored. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $451,500. Good quality restoration of a legendary factory drag car, and an icon from the GM factory racing days when “Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday” was the motto. This was the high sale of the auction, and deservedly so due to both rarity and condition. #F69-1965 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 5F07C270976. White/black vinyl. Odo: 33,661 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Where to start? Dull paint and filler crumbling from front edge of driver's door, front fender misfit and rusted through on top. Chrome and trim horrible, front bumper and grille missing bolts and loose. chrome radiator and support. Undercarriage fully detailed and frame fully boxed. Dyno docs show an honest 746 hp. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $99,750. This was the nicest '55 Chevy 2door post custom I'd seen in a long time. The 746-hp engine will necessitate short trips only, but those short trips will undoubtedly be a lot of fun. Still, this can be considered well sold in this market. #F218-1963 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2- dr hard top. S/N 304370141309. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 33,591 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Nice paint and chrome on rotisserie restoration. Upgraded front disc brakes with dual master cylinder. Claimed COPO car with V8 installed from new. Panel fit and paint shows well, brightwork finished to a high Rusted holes in right floor, interior chrome pitted or worn off, radio missing. Custom steering wheel missing horn cap, three different tires fitted, claimed rebuilt engine with chrome kit. Extra holes in front for more emblems. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $2,600. My Fright Pig of the Month candidate. There were not enough decent parts to even use it as a parts car. Well sold even at this no-reserve bid. #F238-1965 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194675S122868. Glen Green/ white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 3,456 miles. 327ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Nice recently redone paint shows some waves at rear above taillights. Cragar mag wheels. Rear shock towers show lots of peeling paint and undercoating. Rustedthrough floor pans and invisible floor braces. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $5,300. Even with the $5,000 that the sign said was spent on a recent engine rebuild, this 914 was at the tail end of its useful existence. Very well sold, considering the needs noted. AMERICAN #S198-1940 MERCURY convertible sedan. S/N 167672. Maroon/tan cloth/brown leather. Odo: 46,131 miles. Very good paint, new top. Some bubble delamination on side glass, all new fuzzies and weatherstripping. Good chrome and trim, clean engine compartment with good attention to detail. Doors close 80 standard. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,250. Last seen at Auctions America's Raleigh Classic in December '07, where it sold at $32,440 (SCM# 47940). As noted when this car crossed the block before, while rare, the 283/Powerglide combination isn't an earth shaker. That said, it was finished to a high standard, and my wife loved it. Well sold at this price. TOP 10 No. 6 #S88-1963 PONTIAC CATALINA Swiss Cheese 2-dr hard top. S/N 383P96968. Silver & beige/blue cloth. Odo: 10 miles. 421-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Some paint chips and buff through on door edges. Plexiglass fitted all around, including wind Recently replaced top, interior still smells new. Factory-detailed engine with surface rust on exhaust manifolds. All new chrome. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,500. One of 4,716 fitted with the L79 350-hp small-block in 1965. This car showed few needs, and it would have made an excellent usable driver. Cheap money for an example in this shape. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 7 #S97-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Nickey Stage III coupe. S/N 124377N184950. Tahoe Turquoise/ black vinyl. Odo: 64,940 miles. 427-ci V8, Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL (SCM# 117585). I'm not generally a fan of these winged cars, but this was a nice one, and the sale price was indicative of that. That said, I'm willing to bet this seller wishes he'd cut it loose back in August. #S173-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. No-expense-spared restoration to very high and correct standards, with only minor steering wheel restoration flaws to detract. Original down to Bill Thomas traction bars made exclusively for Nickey Chevrolet. One of 17 built, and one of three fitted with the L89 435-hp aluminum head big-block. Won the Supercar Class at the Milwaukee Masterpiece Concours d'Elegance in August. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $446,250. This car came with documentation from Nickey's former employees who had prepped the original cars, and it was verified by Don Swiatek, who was the manager of high performance cars and parts at Nickey when these cars were being converted. This was pretty close to a half-million dollars for a Camaro... but this was no ordinary Camaro. #F284-1969 AMC AMX coupe. S/N A93M397X180002. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 32,932 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fittedwith a/c and Go Package. Looks to be mostly original paint with some chips and nicks; left front fender and hood rubbed through at edges. Original interior still shows well despite light wear. Engine is Yenko coupe. S/N 124379N615454. Yellow/ black vinyl. Odo: 332 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Chips and touch-ups in paint, fender gaps off under A-pillar, apparent rust repair visible under windshield on both sides. Driver's door fits wide at rear. Engine compartment detailed to as-new specs and it is said to have a datecoded rebuilt engine. One of 170 4-speed Chevelle convertible. Sure, this was a fake LS6, but it was a really nice one. This price was a lot more expensive than you'd expect a 350 Malibu convertible to be, but it was still less than a real drop-top LS6. Regardless, it'll never be the real thing, and it was well sold at this price. #S75-1974 PONTIAC TRANS AM SD 455 coupe. S/N 2V87X4N153013. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 29,581 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fitted with a/c, tilt wheel, and tinted glass. Decent repaint with some visible flaws, including cracking at front bumper. Chassis undercoated, some cracked weatherstripping. Clean interior with cloth buckets and speakers cut into rear package Yenko Camaros built in 1969. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $250,000. A bit of an auction frequent flyer. Last seen at Mecum's Des Moines sale in July '08, where it failed to sell at $260,000 (SCM# 117724). Seen before that at Mecum's St. Charles auction in October '07, at that time a no-go at $245,000 (SCM# 47044). Said to be an original, documented Yenko that was sold new at Marshall Chevrolet in Pennsylvania. The market has spoken on this example, and this seller was wise to let it go at this price. #U48-1969 FORD TORINO GT fastback. “car wash” clean with very rusty master cylinder. Solid floor pans, said to be original mileage with numbers-matching drivetrain. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,500. A rather rare 4-speed Go Package AMX with low miles and a/c that looked honest and correct and was painted in an appealing red and white. This money was just a bit high for a car in this condition, but not by much. Well bought and sold. #S122-1969 DODGE DAYTONA 2-dr hard top. S/N XX29L9B390024. Hemi Orange & white/black vinyl. Odo: 20,319 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Some dust in front paint, better than average headlight and snout fit. Good chrome and trim, wide driver's door gap. Well restored throughout using correct components. Numerous articles and awards. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $150,150. Last seen at RM's Monterey sale in August '08, where it failed to sell at $160,000 S/N 9A425293709. Blue & white/white vinyl. Odo: 30,368 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some dust, scratches, poor masking, and chips. Variable panel gaps, both sides of body wavy. Door handles pitting, rear trim dull. Driver's seat torn and cracked on back, tray, loose plastic drip rails, and missing emergency brake release handle. Said to have original miles. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $54,600. Offered with the original build sheet... always look in the glove box. For what it's worth, this car failed emission tests twice in 2002 and doesn't appear to be legal until it passes. That aside, it was in nice shape overall, and being one of only 212 SD versions built in '74, the price paid was fair for both parties. #S99.1-2009 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. S/N 1G1YRZ6R195800048. Red/ black leather. Odo: 7 miles. 6.2-liter 638-hp supercharged V8, 6-sp. The 48th ZR1 built, still new in wrapper. Excellent paint, trim, and interior. Factory tag says 20 mpg. The “Blue Devil” has arrived. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $137,500. On other seats dirty. Dash shows an empty hole where radio used to be, gauge pack mounted below with multiple bare wires hanging loose. Engine compartment shows use, a/c unit fitted but wiring disconnected. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,250. Barfsky & Mutch? This was very large money for this car... Someone must have liked the custom paint a lot more than I did. #S219-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 LS6 Replica convertible. S/N 136670B161426. Maroon & white/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 139 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh body-off replica LS6 Chevelle with good paint and chrome. Fitted with Cowl Induction hood and correct SS wheels and Firestone Wide Oval tires. Clean reproduction interior, unmarked new top. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $68,250. Started life as a 350-ci V8 82 top of the $102,450 base price, the 3ZR premium equipment group adds $10,000, chrome wheels add $2,000, the gas guzzler tax tacks on $1,700, and the destination fee totals $850... bringing the total sticker to $117,000. This car went to $133k and it was stalled by the reserve until the bidder jumped his own bid to buy it at this price. While this might seem expensive, limited supply and high demand will likely keep prices high in the near future. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Owls Head, ME Richard C. Paine Collection The $8.4 million raised will help finance a core collection of the Seal Cove Museum, which will remain open Company Bonhams & Butterfields Date September 26, 2008 Location Owls Head, Maine Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold / offered 50/50 Sales rate 100% Sales total $7,378,618 High sale 1910 Mercedes 45hp, 4-seat Tourabout, sold at $887,000 Buyer's premium 1910 Mercedes, high sale at $887k Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics T he two-day sale of automobilia, parts, motorcycles, and cars from the Seal Cove Museum, the noted collection assembled by the late Richard C. Paine, was an emotion- ally charged event. Many in the Maine community, as well as collectors in the wider New England region, feared the sale meant the end of the museum and feelings ran high. In the end, the directors of the Richard C. Paine Jr. Charitable Trust, the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the host of the auction, and auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields did a fine job explaining that the sale would help finance a core collection for the Seal Cove Museum, which would remain open. Paine's collection, comprised almost entirely of Brass Era cars, was theoretically focused on vehicles with a New England connection, but his wide interests and a bit of “Yankee hoarder” mentality saw a more diverse assortment. It was from these “non core” items that the sale lots were selected. The auction also took place in the very week in September which saw the stock market plunging, so once again we had a sale that people looked to as a bellwether of where the collector car market might be headed. As a no-reserve auction, obviously everything would sell—but for how little? In the end, together with the motorcycles, 84 automobilia, and various old parts on offer, B&B raised over $8.4 million, a significant figure. With its regular sale fixture at the Larz Anderson Museum in Brookline, Massachusetts, and the Frank Cooke sales in 2006 and 2007, B&B has demonstrated a keen ability to market to the New England audience. These sales have a community feeling, like a Saturday night tent auction in the country, and 500 buyers were present. Many of the cars had been purchased decades ago by Paine from early collector Dr. Samuel L. Scher in the 1960s and had not been offered since. However, many of the cars also sported older restorations done in a style not accepted today and for which allowances had to be made. While there were some bargains, such as the time-warp 1959 Volkswagen Beetle, beautifully preserved with a great patina for $12,870, and a very handsome 1925 RollsRoyce 20hp Landau coupe, which sold for $61,425, the sale followed current market trends and saw strong prices for the best cars. A very elegant ex-Sam Scher 1910 Peerless Victoria brought $469,000, and a grand 1923 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Pall Mall dual cowl phaeton sold for a proper $315,000, the same price achieved by an imposing 1913 Pierce-Arrow 48-B 7-passenger touring car. What we thought would end up as the top selling lot was the “Hordern Ghost,” a 1913 Rolls-Royce Roi-des-Belges tourer-bodied car. It was in the original owner's family for nearly 30 years, at which point it was sold and the original body removed. Wearing a very high quality replacement body, it looked ready to use and sold for a correct $832,000. However, it was pipped at the post by the very last lot in the sale, the 1910 Mercedes 45hp 4-seat Tourabout, which sailed up to $887,000 on very active bidding. In addition to the activity in the room, international buyers were also active, prov- ing the unique appeal of fresh-to-market kit. Adding to it was the variety of cars available, from Ford to DeDion Bouton, Mercedes to Locomobile, Packard to Rolls-Royce, as well as rarities such as an American Tourist, an Eldridge, and a Sharp Arrow. ♦ Sports Car Market 17% up to $100,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices


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Bonhams & Butterfields Owls Head, ME ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 3 #836-1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50hp SILVER GHOST “The Hordern Ghost” tourer. S/N 2617. Navy blue/ black canvas/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 8,129 miles. Very good panel fit, nicely applied paint shows some polish scratches, microblistering, and stress cracking on doors. Very good nickel trim, slightly dull radiator surround. Seats show some wear and are a bit stiff. 1980s replica coachwork by Wilkinson and Sons of Derby. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $823,000. In long-term original family and subsequent ownerships before joining the Paine Collection. With confirmed original mechanicals and a very wellbuilt new body, this was settled-in looking and could be breathtaking without needing much work. Worth every penny. #827-1925 ROLLS-ROYCE 20hp Landau coupe. S/N GNK66. Eng. # G1310. Dark green/tan canvas/taupe cloth. RHD. Odo: 33,630 miles. Coachwork by Locke & Co. Rumble seat and hood fit well, both doors out at front edge. Paint somewhat dull, with many visible faults. Brightwork evenly dull, but unmarked and not dented. Interior clean as well as small nicks and scratches. Nice brass trim, right hood handle missing. Well fitted interior with lovely wood trim throughout. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $887,000. Ex-Sam Scher. A grand tourer that had been restored to a high level and had considerably mellowed since. Action in the room was matched by activity on the phones, as this, the last lot in the sale, soared $200k over its high estimate. Well sold for a car which may not have had much of its original bodywork remaining. Still, very impressive. SWEDISH #845-1960 VOLVO 210 wagon. S/N 1433. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 64,824 miles. Very good panel fit, except tail doors slightly misaligned. Dull paint shows some rust in lower edges, mildew in Bondo over rear wheelarch and front of hood. Good chrome, amazingly good interior Good seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $238,000. ExSam Scher. Restored for him in 1965 with what is most probably a reproduction body. This was the marque that drove James Packard to start his own company, but it was otherwise one of the most highly regarded in the U.S. at the time. London to Brighton eligible and reasonably sold at mid-estimate money. TOP 10 No. 4 #854-1906 AMERICAN TOURIST Roi-des-Belges tourer. S/N 1783. Red & black/black canvas/red leather. has light pitting on dash trim. Soiled floor mats, period roof rack, original undercoating. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $11,115. A fabulous old Swedish workhorse that's very New England. During preview all who looked at it had visions of a gentle recommissioning... but what lurked beneath that undercoating? Good luck to the buyer. AMERICAN but slightly worn and has overwhelming smell of moth repellent. Original U.S. delivery car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $61,425. Interesting bodies are rarely seen on the “junior” 20hp chassis. This one by Locke & Co. of New York was a very charming “faux cabriolet.” I found it strangely compelling, with an upright sort of dash. It was my favorite car at the sale, and it was a decent deal at the price paid. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 2 #873-1910 MERCEDES 45hp Tourabout open tourer. S/N 7686. Beige & red/beige canvas/red leather. RHD. Very good older paint shows some fading 86 #849-1903 ELDREDGE 8hp runabout. S/N 71622. Black & red/black leather. Very good paint on fenders, with some nicks and a repair on the radiator surround. Clean interior. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $612,000. Ex-Sam Scher. A forgotten marque which once outsold Packard and used an engine designed by Harry Stutz before he started his own company. This very red tourer was the catalog cover car, and it shot through its high estimate by $200k. Is it the right price? Find another. #863-1906 AUTOCAR TYPE 10 run- about. S/N 7962. Red/black leather/black leather. RHD. Odo: 50 miles. Very good older paint now shows cracks in body, polish Sports Car Market RHD. Odo: 48 miles. Right door fit off, other panel gaps OK. Shiny paint peeling off in sheets on right rear fender and cowl side, cracking horizontally on body. Good brass trim shiny body shows many horizontal stress cracks. Very good brass trim, some nicks in nickel trim. Minor wear to seat, some paint loss on steering wheel rim. 1962 AACA National First. Catalog states this to be one of three known surviving examples. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $117,000. Ex-Sam Scher. One of the first LHD steering wheel-controlled U.S. cars. A forgotten landmark horseless carriage, and London to Brighton eligible, of course. A bargain price for such rarity. #859-1903 WINTON runabout. S/N 7987. Dark salmon, black, & yellow/black leather. RHD. Paint presentable, but shows bubbling, some areas of wear, flaking, rubs, and polish scratches. Brass good except for dent and repair on headlight. Some corrosion on radiator fins.


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Alfa Bits Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay by Geoff Archer (All English within quotes exactly as presented by sellers on eBay.) #230301336621-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE roadster. S/N ZARBB32N0M6012364. Silver/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 40,008 miles. 103 Photos. Greenville, SC. One owner, “An absolute garage queen. It only has 40,000 miles which should tell you a lot! It's truly a fantastic car to drive and the interior and exterior of this car are in excellent condition scratches visible on fenders and hood. Bulb horn detached from body, hose stretched and broken. Very good brass trim, clean interior. AACA National First. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,200. Ex-Sam Scher. The model is said to be the first multi-cylinder, shaft drive U.S. car. As both a historically important and rather rare example, this was the market price. and show very little wear. The whole interior of this car is in superb condition. Spent $3800 at Stephens Alpha Corporation in Florida for fine tunning.” 6 bids, sf 44, bf 25. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $14,900. Counterintuitively, spelling the marque wrong seemed to make no dent in buyer confidence. This was correct dealer retail for a low-mile, late-model Spider. #120316153731-1991 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE roadster. S/N ZARBB32G5M6006643. White/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 135,114 miles. 24 Photos. Waukegan, IL. “The exterior has a white paint finish with some signs of repaint and overspray on the body, aftermarket 15 inch chrome wheels, a very small chip on the windshield, hole on the convertible top shown in #852-1907 PACKARD 30hp Gentleman's roadster. S/N 5175. Cream & green/beige canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 7,973 miles. Very good older paint shows polish scratches and some stress cracks at bolt heads. Very good brass trim, external wood cowl shows only slight varnish loss. Good seats, nicely finished 1978. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $298,500. Ex-Otis Chandler. A beautifully restored Stanley only needing a freshening to be top rank again. Well bought even at over the high estimate of $250k. #866-1908 SHARP ARROW runabout. Eng. # 2108. Cream & red/red leather. RHD. Paint somewhat dull, with some stress cracking and one large area of flaking on fuel tank, as well as smaller areas of flaking elsewhere. Good brass trim, except for dents in radiator surround. Good seats and dash wood. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $183,000. Sharp Arrow production lasted only a few years, and any surviving examples are very important cars. However, this car seemed to be made up of a number of proprietary components, which while old, did not necessarily seem to have grown up together. At the least, perhaps a very evocative re-creation, and therefore very well sold. TOP 10 No. 5 the picture below, chrome trim, small spot of bondo on the rear passenger quarter panel, very light rust on the lower door edge not noticeable from 10 feet, and small crease on the passenger door. The interior has visible wear on the fabric...” 33 bids, sf 376, bf 8. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,850. Run away. Run away. Every clause in this description begs of a four-figure solution. Well sold... even at this price. #200245811734-1992 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE roadster. S/N ZARBB32N4N7004683. Green/black canvas/tan leather. Odo: 52,994 miles. 17 Photos. Lock Haven, PA. Third owner, CA & AZ car. “This Alfa had a complete paint job (stripped to bare metal) in April 2004 (a jealous idiot decided to key it). Mechanically she's in great shape. She does have the infamous Alfa pinion gear whine but it's not really noticeable dash wood and cork floor. Restorer's plate fitted from Reuters Coachworks, Bronx, NY. 1959 Hershey AACA plaque. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $284,200. Ex-Sam Scher. A very dashing early Packard, sporty and elegant in equal measure. The price achieved was strong, but the estimate was even stronger. It could have done another $20k with no regrets. Well bought. #864-1908 STANLEY MODEL M FivePassenger touring. S/N 4261. Dark green, black, & yellow/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 18 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint shows only minor polish scratches. Very good brass trim with only a few dents in horn. Nicely broken-in interior, some soiling on front floor mats. AACA National First in #844-1910 PEERLESS MODEL 29 Victoria open. S/N 16124. Black & green/black leather/black leather & taupe wool. Very good older paint now shows cracking on rear body and polish scratches on hood. Leather fenders quite alligatored. Very good brass trim, nice interior shows a few small moth holes in rear seat. Very good dashboard wood. Former AACA National First. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $469,000. Ex-Sam Scher. A flamboyant and dramatic car that was impressive even in this state, so it was no wonder that it doubled the high estimate. Well sold, but also well bought. #869-1910 STODDARD DAYTON 10C 4- with the top down. The transmission will grind a bit going into second if you don't know how to match revs when downshifting but there's no slipping or other untoward noises.” 40 bids, sf 116, bf 4. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,500. Seemed like a bargain at first glance at the stats (year and mileage), but a closer read reverses that opinion. A three-owner repaint with drivetrain noises should never achieve price parity with a perfect oneowner example. Well sold. 88 Seat roadster. S/N 10C214. Cream & red/brown leather. RHD. Old paint shows cracking, staining, chips, and rubs. Good brass trim with no noted issues. Seats show well except for missing button and tear in left front seat cushion. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $144,500. You have to love looking at these neat engines with their exposed valvetrain and hemispherical combustion chamber. This car Sports Car Market


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Bonhams & Butterfields Owls Head, ME #840-1922 MERCER SERIES 5 Raceabout roadster. S/N 17740. Yellow/black leather. Shiny paint shows bubbling on sides, rubs, and some rust pitting behind seats. Flawed chrome trim should be nickel plated. Nice interior #838-1931 STUTZ DV32 roadster. S/N DV281309. Yellow & burgundy/red leather. Odo: 13,784 miles. Very good panel fit. Older paint slightly dull and shows some small nicks and chips. Brightwork lightly pitted, spare tire cover may have been ex-JamesMelton, and the idea of a 4-seat roadster was also quite appealing. Price seemed right. #853-1912 HUDSON MODEL 33 Mile-a- Minute roadster. S/N KK9244. Yellow/black leather. RHD. Old paint is spidered, cracked, rubbed, and soiled. Most nickel trim is good, except the rear light, which is quite pitted and corroded. Newer seats are very good, dash and with well finished wood wheel and dash; light pitting on instrument panel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $238,000. Ex-Sam Scher. The “civilized” alternative to the Stutz Bearcat. This had been restored in 1965, and although some details were not correct, it still presented well. Very well sold at over the $120k high estimate. #867-1925 LOCOMOBILE MODEL 48 Sportif tourer. S/N 19131. Dark green & black/beige canvas/black leather. Odo: 53,224 miles. Good panel fit. Paint is somewhat dull soiled. Very clean interior with very good wood trim. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $105,300. Rakish and elegant boattail roadster version of a most desirable classic. It would be a great tourer as it was and a stunning show car if redone. Fairly priced, even over the $80k high estimate. #842-1934 PACKARD 1101 EIGHT 7- Passenger tourer. S/N 71011. Eng. # 374045. Navy & black/beige canvas/black leather. Odo: 44,825 miles. Very good panel fit, paint alligatored and crazed on most surfaces, rust showing at side of chassis and running board on right. All chrome shows pitting, ranging from light to floor show wear. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $72,540. As the catalog stated, this was “not a Bearcat or a Raceabout,” which were the two competitors of this Hudson. But it's an interesting beast nonetheless. As a very aged restoration with many incorrect details, it was very well sold indeed. TOP 10 No. 10 #847-1913 PIERCE-ARROW 48-B 7-Passenger tourer. S/N 10435. Eng. # 10435. Green & black/beige can- vas/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 36,075 miles. Excellent panel fit, very good paint with light polish scratches. Very good brass trim through and shows many small chips, scratches, and rubs. Bright trim shows pitting, wear, and small dents. Radiator surround very matte. Interior lightly worn but still holding up rather well. Rear seat windshield fitted. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $161,000. A rare and well proportioned tourer with a bit of the look of a Bentley. Sportif, indeed. An attractive car, worth the price. #872-1926 FORD MODEL T Roadster pickup. S/N 8219120. Burgundy & black/black vinyl/black vinyl. Paint very distressed on hood and cowl, and is dull, chipped, and scratched considerable. Clean interior with somewhat worn carpets, very stiff leather on seats. Lots of pitting on wiper motors. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $155,500. Thought to have had two family owners on the Maine coast from new. Very old repaint may have been the only work done. A strong price for a complete, original open Packard. #831-1960 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 700 Deluxe 4-dr sedan. S/N 00769W199120. Black/gray patterned cloth & silver vinyl. Odo: 50,378 miles. Original paint seems good under heavy dust. Some pitting on bumpers. Interior out. Top somewhat stiff and was likely folded for years. Very good interior, but instrument panel somewhat worn and dull. 1964 AACA National First. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $315,000. This car represented the height of pre-WWI U.S. motoring, and the 40-year-old restoration was still impressive. Well bought at just over the low estimate of $300k. 90 on fenders. Interior missing right door panel, steering wheel hub has body color overspray. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $12,870. Great body style... the true sport utility. It would be great to use as-is once recommissioned. Well bought and sold. almost complete, but soiled and mildewed. Red rust inhibitor painted on floors. Cond: 5-. SOLD AT $1,463. The first year of the Corvair in a rarely seen sedan. Straight and complete, but needs everything. Still, at less than $1,500, where was B. Mitchell Carlson when you needed him? Well sold. ♦ Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey RM added a Wednesday night charity banquet for the AACA with keynote speakers Bill Warner and Edward Herrmann Company RM Auctions Date October 10, 2008 Location Hershey, Pennsylvania Auctioneer Brent Earlywine Automotive lots sold / offered 73/84 Sales rate 87% Sales total $6,872,350 High sale 1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande phaeton, sold at $1,688,500 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices 1933 Duesenberg made high sale in Hershey at $1.7m Report and photographs by Chip Lamb Market opinions in italics H ershey Lodge, the popular tourist and conference venue, again served as a backdrop to RM's sale held during the annual swap meet a mile to the north. The Canadian-based company did not disappoint here, in either its elaborate decorations or its infrastructure. The same can be said for the quality of vehicles it brought to market. The RM crew sprang into action Wednesday after- charity banquet at the nearby Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, with keynote speakers Bill Warner and Edward Herrmann, plus a charity auction to benefit the AACA. Thursday morning brought a room filled with 80% of the cars on offer, the rest overflowing into the hall outside and a parking garage directly beneath. The cars remained in the room for Thursday night's gala reception, so prospective bidders could mingle among them with company personnel and consignors. The day of the auction, all cars were moved down- 92 Hershey, PA stairs into the garage, then lined up for the start of the sale, which began mid-afternoon with a selection of pedal cars, all to benefit the AACA. From simple home-built examples to works of art by General Motors outsource vendors, these pieces met with a responsive audience. Bidding continued in earnest throughout the evening up to the high sale of the night, the 1933 Duesenberg SJ LaGrande phaeton from the catalog cover. It failed to find a new home on the block, but a deal at $1.7m came together minutes later. Other Full Classics sold at or above noon and converted the lodge's largest ballroom for the following day's events. New to the schedule this year was a Wednesday night their high estimates: A 1913 Locomobile Model M48-3 four-passenger baby tonneau brought $357,500, while a 1917 Pierce-Arrow Model 48 touring car trumped that result for an impressive second-place finish at $385,000. In the post-war category, a stately 1962 Bentley S2 Continental coupe with HJ Mulliner coachwork brought over-estimate money at $264,000, while a poor 1970 Iso Grifo with a suspect 327 V8 managed a very impressive sale price of $85,250, considering its faults. Despite bidders in the front row checking their PDAs every five minutes for the latest hiccup from Wall Street, quality cars (and even a few exceptions) sold at quality prices, further illustration—if more were needed—that RM has established itself as the new main player in Hershey. ♦ Sales Totals $12m $15m $3m $6m $9m 0 Sports Car Market 2008 2007


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA ENGLISH #212-1952 MG TD roadster. S/N TD26580. Eng. # XPAGTD227157. British Racing Green/ tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 17,688 miles. One-off period rally replica executed to driver-quality or slightly better standards. Cycle front fenders replicate period race modifications but look odder on a TD than on a TC. Paint quality good but scratches evident from use. Checkered flag in grille resembles missing teeth more than the creator may have intended. Interior tidy save for tatty steering wheel and dusty gauges. Engine ITALIAN #268-1970 ISO GRIFO coupe. S/N GL960300. Yellow & silver/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 65,493 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. Old yellow repaint shows cracking at A-pillars and overspray throughout. Silver-painted rocker panels and lower rear quarter panels executed with a rattle can over something softer than upper body metal. Chrome and brightwork original and unrestored, interior redone in 1970s-era vinyl and cloth inserts to #236-1903 NORTHERN runabout. S/N 1512. Green/black leather. Fresh restoration makes a sharp contrast between this car and and lot 219. Paint glossy, deep, and considerably overdone per its likely original appearance. Brass restored well. Older compartment clean and exhibits somewhat shopworn detailing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,500. A bit contrived, this, with its full windscreen bolted to the car and Brooklands screens behind it like bifocals. Once the plaything of someone with an idea or two about what this sort of car should resemble, it failed to impress many and accordingly the reserve was lifted when the bidding crossed the $15,000 mark. TDs with taste modifications that attempt to make them into something they're not tend to suffer against ones with more correct, not to mention current, restoration work. #225-1960 MG A Mk II roadster. S/N HDK4372384. Eng. # 1866UH71788. Black/ red leather. Odo: 2,914 miles. Former winner of Radnor Hunt Concours d'Elegance. Exhibits very slight mottling under lustrous paint, bodywork excellent throughout, chrome and brightwork without issue. Interior overdone in red leather, no top or bows present at this sale. Engine compartment exhibits similar but not visually identical MG B 1800-cc engine original pattern. Dash wood and details very nicely preserved. Engine compartment clean but not detailed. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $85,250. Appearing very clean in the catalog, apart from the front bumper canted slightly and the mysterious silver paint, which was no better applied to the original mag wheels than it was to the rockers, this car had more needs than were initially evident, and it was very well sold at this price. AMERICAN #215-1899 KARNS runabout. Red/black leather. RHD. A runabout in as-uncovered condition from the back of a Pennsylvania barn. Red paint still evident on wood body. Black leather or leatherette intact. Steering wheel appears added and controls via cable, but evidence suggests a tiller may once have been in its stead. Solid rubber tires bonded to rotting wood spoke wheels separating from rims. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $28,600. With hay black leather seat still presents well and complements new black carpet. Engine clean but hidden by body and not overly detailed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $46,200. It had been painted green since cataloging (when it was red) and was situated in the lobby outside the preview and sale hall. A very well bought London-toBrighton candidate. #219-1904 NORTHERN runabout. S/N 1801. Red/black vinyl. Older restoration shows numerous flaws. Paint and possibly underlying wood cracking on exterior of dashboard, front fenders also cracking slightly. Brass dull and undetailed, tires older and incorrect. Seats well- executed, but older leatherette is cracked and feels very dry. Engine not incredibly clean for a parade-duty car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,000. A nicer example awaited some lots away, but the catalog pictured it in pre-restoration condition. Between this, an actual run on London to Brighton under this car's belt, and the fact that this lot came before the other car, the bidding war kicked in and took this example right to the high estimate. Well sold. #213-1910 BUICK MODEL 10 speedster. S/N SD8728PA. Eng. # 14124. Maroon/black vinyl. Last cosmetically restored sometime not and 4-speed transmission. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $35,200. Last seen at the Bonhams & Butterfields Greenwich sale in June '08, where it failed to sell at $25,000 (SCM# 116962). While an MG A resto-mod is not everyone's cup of tea, this was done better than most British Car Day concours-fanatic cars, and it likely gives considerably better performance than even one with a built 1600-cc mill would. Perhaps there's a coming trend, but for now this was all the money and a bit more still. 94 and an overturned case of half-empty oil cans sitting on the back of this car, it was shown downstairs among some of the sale's less remarkable automobiles. As likely the first of only a literal handful of Karns-powered wagons ever built, possibly the first automobile made in Pennsylvania, and since it's probably the only one left in any condition, the final result was not that unreasonable. Well sold. Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes RM Auctions Hershey, PA A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best. 2008 Infiniti G37 Journey MSRP: $35,000 Price as tested: $42,715 Details: 3.7L 24v V6, 330 hp, 5AT; 18/24 mpg Likes: Great sounds and good power from proven V6, ultra-comfortable cabin in soft leather, clear Bose stereo, quick-shifting autostick blips throttle when needed. Clean styling better than previous G35 model. Fold-down rear seat allows for longer cargo. Gripes: At 3,700 lb, the G37 is bloated. Rear bucket seats are comfy but best suited to short people with small heads. African Rosewood trim out of place inside, should be aluminum. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: The G37 coupe does everything right, but that should be a given in this segment. The cabin is plush but the automatic is soporific. Make mine a 6-speed manual, and I'll take the more attractive—and more useful—G35 sedan, which will get the 3.7 engine any minute now.—Stefan Lombard 2009 Mini John Cooper Works long after the Second World War. Body and paint exhibit more wear from age than anything else. Brass tired and dull, wood similar. Leatherette seats similarly aged. Engine and transmission comprehensively overhauled but cosmetic details in keeping with the remainder of the car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $38,500. An interesting piece of period beach-racing history. Cosmetically weak but likely a good running and driving example of American backyard craftsmanship, with some modern materials used in its mechanical overhaul. It sold in line or slightly below some similar Brass Era Model T speedsters of similar ability. TOP 10 No. 9 #245-1913 LOCOMOBILE MODEL M-48-3 4-Passenger Baby tonneau. S/N 6410. Eng. # 6410. White/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 312 miles. Very well-preserved 15-year-old comprehensive restoration shows only slight wear to top bows from erecting the giant structure. Paint remains in this configuration known to exist. While originality must be maintained, this was a little below condition for a non-brass Brass Era car, and thus it commanded a slightly lesser price than it might have. Below estimate, but not unreasonable. TOP 10 No. 8 #267-1917 PIERCE-ARROW MODEL 48 touring. S/N 15828. Eng. # B44064. Burgundy & black/black vinyl/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 1,067 miles. Slight wear evident to otherwise exceptional paint, itself part of a high-quality comprehensive restoration effort. Very light chips around left front door. Nickel brightwork beautiful and correct throughout, top flawless, leather to a high standard, brass radiator stained recently and not repolished for sale. Interior still to concours standards, apart from rather useless modern lap belts. Engine bay exhibits light tour and show field wear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $357,500. If you owned this Locomobile and managed to roll it over, wouldn't you be better off being thrown clear? Despite selling just below the high estimate, let's call it well sold. #264-1914 KISSEL MODEL 40 touring. MSRP: $28,550 Price as tested: $31,550 Details: 1.6L 16v inline-4, 208 hp, 6MT; 25/33 mpg Likes: Twin-scroll turbocharged engine makes 38 more horses than S, with minimal lag. Zero to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. Massive brakes, aggressive stance, razor-sharp handling inspires confidence. Gripes: Goofy interior is simply annoying and counter-intuitive, enormous central speedo is visually offensive. Rear legroom foolish, trunk space minimal. Costs more than Subaru WRX, but only poseurs will pay it. Fun to drive: HHHHH Fun to look at: HHHH Overall experience: HHHH Verdict: The fastest Mini yet, with go-kart handling and decent fuel economy. This would make a fun daily commuter, but the Wurlitzer dash is a deal-breaker, which is too bad.— Stefan Lombard ♦ 96 S/N 15471. Black/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 6,899 miles. Very if not completely original throughout. Exterior and interior reminiscent of a Bentley offered for sale from the same estate of one Anne Klein. Half-century old repaint mottled and old. Nickel—not brass—in surprisingly good condition. Engine compartment reasonably clean but undetailed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $37,400. Last seen at Gooding's Pebble Beach sale in August '07, where it sold at $55,000 (SCM# 47640). Not unlike other Klein Collection cars, this was one of very few pre-1916 Kissel Kars, and the only 1914 model likewise, even if material is a bit too smooth. Brass elements in trim, interior, and underhood still concours-fresh. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $385,000. A very correct and rare example of a large-displacement touring car. The three Ps (Packard, Peerless, and Pierce-Arrow) were king in their day, and the years have not diminished this as full-classic concours contenders are concerned. While a few details were done without the greatest emphasis on correctness, they should be forgiven for the stellar effort expended here. #207-1921 FORD MODEL T Railway Express delivery truck. S/N 5393262. Eng. # 5393262. Black & green/black vinyl. Older restoration exhibits light scuffs and chips from use on metal and wood bodywork. Radiator shell painted or powdercoated and obscures “Ford” script. Seat vinyl tidy but material grade does not appear period. Engine compartment clean. Period luggage a nice touch in rear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,300. Sales of Model Ts with similar special coachwork continue to impress many non-Model T buyers. This had a nice feel, and that combined with the catalog description stating it had participated in a 100-mile run just last year. It handily broke through the top estimate and sold well... especially considering its recommissioning was less than fresh and provenance all but unknown. Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA #204-1922 MAXWELL MODEL 25 tour- ing. S/N 374880. Blue & black/black vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 24,592 miles. 1960s-era repaint holding up well despite numerous small surface imperfections, recently detailed to reveal body is deep blue against black fenders. Blue laminate floor and running boards look like a '50s kitchen countertop. Chrome radiator shell and brightwork overbuffed and wavy, older replacement vinyl top without obvious tional vehicles went all but unnoticed. While not the white-hot buy it was less than a year ago, it sold yet again still well under the money it could yet bring. #209-1922 FORD MODEL T 101 Special Track roadster. Blue/metal seat. A rough old racer dating to the golden age of beach and roundy-round racing. Body exhibits crude repairs to rear, as well as flaking paint and rusting metal throughout. Homemade gas tank with Schrader fitting sits precariously behind unprotected and unpadded driver's seat. Engine undergoes a sympathetic restoration, it could be a participant in some of the finest events around. Well bought and slightly well sold. TOP 10 No. 1 #242-1933 DUESENBERG MODEL SJ phaeton. S/N 2540. Eng. # J510. Cream & maroon/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 31,387 miles. Coachwork by La Grande. Twenty-year-old concours restoration with overbuffed lacquer paint beginning to crackle on hood. Dirt in paint on driver's door top edge didn't buff out, clay bar apparently not attempted unless damage was to paint itself. Chrome bumpers and brightwork still excel faults. Black vinyl seats done to leather quality against otherwise unrestored interior. Engine appears rebuilt and is cleaner than other drivetrain and undercarriage components. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,700. Last seen at RM's sale of Al Wiseman's collection in December '07, where it was purchased for $11,550 (SCM# 47725) by a client of RM's restoration shop and tidied up. As the second automobile lot of the entire sale, its provenance as one of Jack Benny's promo- compartment similar cosmetically but made to run and stop well for sale. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $19,250. Reputedly run by Chuck Hulse and Lee Hammock, among others, throughout Southern California in the immediate postWWII era, this example of homemade speed was placed on a grease rack where it sat virtually untouched for approximately 30 years. Possibly an invitee to a special sort of concours as-is, and if the provenance is confirmed and it lent with little to fault. Top bow wood beginning to weather, chrome still shines. Older tan leather and carpet evidences some tour usage, as does engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $1,688,500. Kicking off at a cool half-mil and increasing rapidly in two quarter-million increments, bidding soon slowed above $1.4m and the car rolled off the block unsold. Happily, a quick post-block negotiation managed to persuade the seller to remove his reserve, thereby January 2009 97


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RM Auctions Hershey, PA making the night with the high sale of the auction. Well bought and sold. See profile, p. 48. #244-1935 AUBURN 851 cabriolet. S/N GG4224. Indiana Beige/maroon cloth/maroon leather. Odo: 341 miles. Excellent paint with very few marks or prep flaws of any kind. High-quality chrome, brightwork pitted slightly. Leather texture too modern and smooth, but #221-1939 MERCURY convertible coupe. S/N 99A79845. Black/tan cloth/maroon vinyl. Odo: 9,646 miles. Correct older restoration exhibits light scratches, cracks and waviness throughout. Black convertible top boot hides faded tan top. Chrome still well preserved, some brightwork possibly original and lightly pitted. Dashboard refinished to a high standard, maroon vinyl interior reflects available kits at the time. #206-1958 FORD CUSTOM 300 2-dr sedan. S/N A8CG147126. Black/gray vinyl & silver cloth. Odo: 5,342 miles. 223-ci straight 6, 2-bbl, auto. All-original base-model Ford exhibits light pitting beneath 50-year-old finish. Bumpers overbuffed, rear extremely cloudy as though heavily corroded from long storage. Brightwork as-new, only slight deterioration to badging. Interior as-new and well-protected top material coarse enough to appear period. Engine compartment shows very light use since comprehensive restoration completed. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,250. While powered by a large and somewhat agricultural flathead 8-cylinder engine not unlike other cars of its day, this Auburn was really done well through-out and needed only the lightest details to finish it off. A decent result for an unusual car. #246-1938 PACKARD TWELVE Collapsible Touring cabriolet. S/N 16082007. Eng. # A600189. Maroon/tan cloth/brown wool. Odo: 79,614 miles. Coachwork by Brunn. Older paint shows minor issues, the worst of which involves serious pitting on sidemount spare covers. Overbuffed chrome last replated during circa 1970 restoration. Tailpipe rusty at tip. Tan cloth top dusty, worst around Brunn-developed skylights above windshield. Gray-brown striped interior a bit wrinkly, one small crack in Engine compartment tidy, Columbia 2-speed rear axle fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,100. Nicely accessorized, including a dash-mounted clock, AM radio, heater and defroster. The unraveling restoration made this a very driveable car. I own a similar pre-war convertible with an overdrive that makes similar power, and it's a joy to drive without worrying about each and every flying rock. As a driver, this example should serve its new owner well for years to come, but to re-restore, the high bidder might be underwater before much got done. #233-1940 BUICK LIMITED MODEL 81C phaeton. S/N CA594451. Yellow/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 69,619 miles. Nearly 30-year-old restoration well-preserved, with small touch-ups and other slight flaws in places. Restored chrome largely intact, brightwork shows some suffering. Newer tan cloth top piped in maroon a bit wavy and wrinkly. Interior upholstery still excellent, dash woodgrain and good steering wheel set off engine-turned dash trim. Engine compartment appears serviced but small details such as incorrect from the ravages of time. Engine compartment clean but relatively undetailed or restored. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $21,000. Had this been an example of this car with the Thunderbird or Police Interceptor V8, it might have broken the bank. As it was a somewhat pedestrian grandma example used for one late 1950s trip to Florida and back before going into hibernation, it sold more or less on the money, if not slightly high. #260-1958 KOLLINS LE GRANDE roadster. S/N 2358. Maroon & white/white cloth/white leather. Odo: 10,299 miles. Titled as a 1930 Duesenberg and fitted with a modified Model J engine. Packard frame with KelseyHayes wheels and Caribbean fender sections and moldings. Paint blistered and cracked, brightwork acceptable, engine bay clean but not overly detailed. Leather seats cracked and worn, carpets have seen better days. Cond: 3. steering wheel previously hidden by a maroon wrap. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $236,500. The perfect Packard for a fan of Campbell's Soup, 1970s Olds wagons, or someone who liked those windows found in high-end conversion vans. No, I'm not making a Warhol reference... The original owner of this car was the daughter of the soup magnate who kept it until her early death. Following this, the car was restored about as well as any of these were in the period. Turned out the van and Vista Cruiser crowd were in attendance, as the bid skyrocketed above the $200k top estimate. Well sold. radiator cap take it down some. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $77,000. Once the property of the founder of the Buick Club of America, this unusual piece is one of very few still in existence, especially with its rare sidemount spares. Other examples of this particular model have broken records and nearly doubled prices realized by its Cadillac cousins, so this example in need of little other than a winter's worth of tinkering was rather well bought. SOLD AT $118,250. Last seen at RM's Phoenix sale in January '06, where it sold at $132,500 (SCM# 40674). Seen here attended by the son of the builder, Mike Kollins. While fascinating, the styling was not to most people's tastes, and the mods to the $100,000 engine had to have adversely affected the value. Although coming nowhere near the $180k–$250k estimate range, this one-off still sold for a ton of money. The new owner will need to write more big checks to bring it up to snuff, but then he'll have something sure to create a stir wherever it appears.♦ 98 Sports Car Market


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Corvette Market Keith Martin's 2ND ANNUAL CORVETTE MARKET SEMINAR Scottsdale, AZ • Friday, January 16, 2009 • 9–11 am 9:00–9:50 am Session 1: Overview—The Corvette Market Today and Tomorrow 10:10–11:00 am Session 2: Building the Best $500,000 Corvette Collection Once again, Keith Martin and an acknowledged panel of Corvettemarket experts will discuss topics essential to understanding today's market. As with last year, this seminar is interactive, with participation from the audience encouraged. Both modules included with registration. Space is limited. Last year sold out completely, so enroll today. Seminar: $25 for CM and SCM subscribers, $100 for non-subscribers. To register, go to www.vettemarket.com/2009seminar. Or phone 503.261.0555 x 204. PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTRATION DEADLINE DEC 31, 2008 (Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Don't be left out!) Name (1) Name (2) Address City Best Phone Email Fax Signature Payment in Full Required Register online: www.vettemarket.com/2009seminar. Register by phone: 503.261.0555 x 204 Send this form to CM Scottsdale 2008, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208; Fax 503.253.2234; Questions? Email jennifer.davis@vettemarket.com I am a subscriber to CM / SCM ($25 each) I am not a subscriber ($100 each) Charge my VISA/MC/AmEx Check enclosed Number of registrations Card # State Zip Expiration Total Amount $


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eBay Motors Online Sales The Perfect Holiday Gift Naughty or nice; it's your call. Payback could be achieved by plowing out driveways, or “payback” could be had by plowing them in Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics S tumped on what to get that car person on your list this holiday season? Throw out the socks and return the sweater, because this month's collection should have just what you need. 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 #220217255152-1962 PORSCHE 356B T5 arm chair. Aetna Blue/black leather. 7 Photos. Canoga Park, CA. “Built by artist Bill Bailey and one of only 5 ever to be produced. Other chairs in the series have been on display at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California... No expense spared, hand formed from the original nose from a 1962 Porsche 356. 100% Hammer welded steel. No fiberglass. front wheels straight. A couple tubes of liquid nails, a sleeping bag, a few bolts of remnant fabric, a black light, some mirrors, a velvet Elvis painting, a few lava lamps, an Incinolet, a mini fridge, a tow bar, and a flat screen TV are all that stand between me and portable, rent-free living. I even know of a place that for $25 will make a license plate frame that says: “My other car is sub-prime.” #290248865032-2005 Painted in Factory correct color with period specific leather cushions.” 21 bids, sf 1, bf 53. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $10,500. Intently watching this auction, I was out at about $2,500 (which is what I paid for my similar yellow VW Beetle chair with the seat in the engine compartment). Seeing this astounding result, I went right out and bought two 356B T5 nose clips so that a welder buddy of mine could clone it. Why two? At these prices, I'm making one for you and one for me (your treat). #150284110589-1963 VOLKSWAGEN TYPE II SWB microbus. S/N N/A. Red & black/red & black. 16 Photos. Ellenton, FL. “This van was used in front of a restaurant in Florida for years. Repaired outside, but it needs to be finish inside, floors were replaced, but nothing was done under or in the cargo area. Thousands invested...” 14 bids, sf 108, bf 77. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $2,550. Who's laughing now, Fannie Mae? Drop a Honda generator into the engine bay, toss the seats, and weld the 100 Sports Car Market PORSCHE CARRERA GT briefcase. Black leather. 4 Photos. New Braunfels, TX. “This bag is part of a very exclusive and unique Carrera GT luggage set... With the same super soft leather used inside this exotic vehicle, this brand new neverused attache includes a balsa wood handle, commemorating Porsche's 917 shift lever and the very same wood used in the Carrera GT shifter (form follows function)... Never available to the public and cannot be ordered unless you got the entire luggage set.” 8 bids, sf 145, bf 15. motor for show in his office.” Auction includes “all four points of suspension, two seats from a P400, one radiator with twin fans, one complete aluminum nose skin that has some damage...” 18 bids, sf 288, bf 3. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $53,100. Too bad the kind of person who would buy a Lamborghini engine as art is probably not the kind of person who would have fun selling all the other bits and pieces on eBay. If he was, he might find that this was a pretty good buy. #170219822945-1957 CHEVROLET BEL AIR sofa. Turquoise/white leather. 11 Photos. Newport, NH. “SOFA MADE FROM AN ORIGINAL VEHICLE REAR CLIP. THIS IS NOT A FIBERGLASS REPRODUCTION, THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. THE LIGHTS IN THE BUMPER ACTUALLY LIGHT UP! IT IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION... It's 6ft wide 34″ deep and 35″ high to the top of seat. Two people can carry it. Weight is about 125–150.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT $510. How do you get your hands on one of these if Porsche will not break up a complete $6,000 luggage set? At a price comparable to other designer attachés, this unobtanium accessory was very well bought. Case closed. #280252876528-1968 LAMBORGHINI MIURA engine & front clip. S/N 3547. Eng. # 2022. 12 Photos. . “Complete 1968 Lamborghini Miura engine. Was owned by Mr. T. Nara and was used for many years as a desk for his business with a glass top over it... includes a binder of documentation including Mr. Nara's purchase from the wrecked Miura, his 400 hour restoration and preparation of the


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Fresh Meat 8 bids, sf 17, bf 247. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,800. Seller claims to have paid $7k for it. That sounds expensive but is likely in line with (paid professional body shop) replacement cost. Anything short of $4k was a good deal, and I was only held back by geography. Well bought. #260285173164-1959 CADILLAC ELDORADO hubcaps. 5 Photos. Rehoboth, MA. No description... just a title, “N.O.S. back. 13 speed eaton with splitter and low range. Rear-end had a locking diff. which makes it push snow like no other... a little rust starting around the drivers door rocker panel, still has paint but is bubbling. Dump bed work like a champ.” 23 bids, sf 61, bf 231. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,700. Naughty or nice—it's your call. Payback would be achieved in just a few wintry weeks if you plow out driveways and sand them, or “payback” would probably take just a few minutes if you plow IN driveways and SALT them. #290242543056-1995 CAR TOP tent. Teal & blue/blue rip stop nylon. 4 Photos. Santa Fe, NM. One of 300+/- built. “This is a Car Top Tent that is as simple to use as it is comfortable. Unlatch the tent, pull on the ladder and the tent pops open. This is a great way to experience the outdoors in safety and comfort, away from the critters and off the hard ground. Just imagine sleeping on a thick and oh so comfortable foam Online sales of contemporary cars. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Date sold: 10/24/2008 eBay auction ID: 190260498903 Seller: Mike Edson Heartland Chevrolet, Liberty, MO, www.heartland.gmpsdealer.com Sale Type: New car, 3 miles VIN: 1G1YZ26E295106269 Details: Victory Red/ebony and red leather, 7.0L 505-hp V8, Z06 Spider Design wheels, 2LZ package Sale result: $69,674, 14 bids, sf 608, bf 0 MSRP: $79,825 Other current offering: Ron Marhofer Chevrolet, Stow, OH, www.marhofer.com, asking $78,790 for identical car with 8 miles. 1959/1960 GM Boxed Cadillac Eldorado Hubcaps.” Pictures imply a set of four. 34 bids, sf 2655, bf 99. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $10,201. Maybe Sanford & Son were on to something? Well sold. #120298583036-1980 FORD COURIER Kiddie Hook & Ladder pickup & trailer. Fire Engine Red/black vinyl. 8 Photos. Shohola, PA. “If you grew up in the 50s, 60s, or the 70s in NY state, your parents must have brought you to the Catskill Game Farm. This is one of the fire trucks that would take kids for a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS pad, no more rocks, pebbles and inquisitive little creatures... The company has gone out of business but it wasn't over quality issues.” 3 offers, sf 1996, bf 0. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $400. My cousin Ian invented the Car Top Tent in 1993. He and I probably helped put this very example into a box. Lamentably, the concept never caught on at $799 retail. Ironically, Ian gave all of his away many years ago, and had to go and buy this one for $22 less than it cost to make in the first place. Now we call it the Karma Top Tent. #280161448583-2002 SMART FORTWO ride around the farm. Originaly it was hooked to a Crosely but when it couldnt make anymore fire calls it was retired and upgraded to a Ford Courier. Everything is still on the truck and trailer bell, siren, hose, ladder etc. The truck runs very well.” 33 bids, sf 181, bf 781. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $3,950. The Courier looks absurd, but the trailer is adorable. Fair price for a fun piece of Americana. #150287793546-1994 WESTERN STAR Salt Spreader dump truck. S/N 2WLNACBE5RK932538. Red/brown vinyl. Odo: 193,390 miles. 12 Photos. Muskegon, MI. “Ex County road truck. 3406 Cat diesel. Air brakes. Heat, Radio, power passenger window, main power disconnect. Belly blade has brand new cutting edge. Plow controls and salter/sander controls in cab and fully plumbed to front and equipped with the SUPREX turbo engine with a power output which has been electronically increased to 70bhp. The safety cell is clad with matt titanium plastic parts, the B-pillar and the door sills. The instrument panel and seat covers made of water-repellent, fire-red plastic.” 1 Buy-It-Now bid, sf 146, bf 349. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $38,500. I don't know which body part this buyer was thinking with, but I can't say it was a smart one. Very well sold. ♦ January 2009 Date sold: 10/21/2008 eBay auction ID: 300266348931 Seller: Selman Chevrolet, Orange, CA, www .selmanchevy.dealerspace.com Sale Type: New car, 3 miles VIN: 1G1YR26R195800213 Details: Black/black leather, “Fully loaded… GM has slowed production on the ZR1, don't miss your chance to own a ZR1!” Sale result: $145,000, 18 bids, sf 1, bf 4 MSRP: $103,970 (base) Other current offering: Diamondback Automotive Group, Phoenix, AZ, www.phxcars.com, asking $146,900 for identical car with 68 miles. 101 Crossblade speedster. Black/red plastic. Odo: 3,500 miles. 12 Photos. Los Angeles, CA. Never officially imported. “Car comes with B of S and CA title.” Bulk of auction description consists of copied excerpts from pistonhead.com, including, “The Crossblade is Date sold: 10/25/2008 eBay auction ID: 270285013766 Seller: Suburban Chevrolet, Ann Arbor, MI, www.suburbanchevroletannarbor.com Sale Type: Third car built in early 2009 VIN: n/a Details: 6.2L V8, 422 hp, 6-speed, full sale price supports College for Creative Studies Sale result: $73,000, 54 bids, sf 0, bf 699. MSRP: $30,995 (base SS) Other current offering: Reliable Chevrolet, Albuquerque, NM, www.myreliable.com, taking orders on twelve new Camaros. 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1


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Bike Buys Bonhams, Staffordshire, UK Lightning Strikes In the finest British tradition, quite a few parts are held on with Jubilee clips by Paul Hardiman T he star lot at the Bonhams Staffordshire bike sale turned out to be not quite what it seemed, but a British challenger emerged as a contender for the world-record bike price. We've profiled them both. 1949 Supercharged Vincent Black Lightning, lot# 317 Frame number: RC4436. Engine number: F10AB1C2536 This is the only factory-supercharged Black Lightning, a tribute to Rollie Free's record-breaking exploits on much-modified Vincents, culminating in his record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in September 1947. The Vincent was owned by John Edgar and, by arrangement, had been especially prepared at the factory. Famously, those last few mph had proven elusive until Free stripped down to his bathing trunks, whereupon he thundered through the traps, topping the magic 150 mph, with a two-way average of 150.31 mph. This allowed Vincent to claim it made the world's fastest standard motorcycle. Soon, the firm introduced the Black Lightning, the model discussed here, incorporating a similar engine specification to the Edgar/Free prototype. It was easily Britain's most expensive motorcycle at over £400 ($1,600 in 1948, when a shop clerk might make £10 a week), and barely 30 examples were ever produced and sold. Inspired by Free's record, and perhaps also by the trophy and £500 that The Motor Cycle put up for the first successful all-British attempt on the absolute world speed record, Manchester dealer Reg Dearden bought a Black Lightning from the factory, and in early 1950 returned it to Stevenage for fitment of a Shorrocks supercharger fed by a two-inch SU carb. The work was overseen by Phil Vincent himself, and included lengthening the engine plates and frame by about six inches, installing a special clutch, and provisioning for the blower drive. SCM Analysis This bike sold for $383,195 at the Bonhams auction of Important Collectors' Motorcycles in Staffordshire, England, on October 19, 2008. This Vincent remains completely as-built, splendid in both age and patina, with original HT leads and the OE Avon tires first fitted at Stevenage; even the rims' factory black paint remains in place. The paint to the tank, a modified Grey Flash item, is cracking, and the motor is best described as “oily,” with dinged copper pressure pipes, lightly corroded exhausts, and a charming 20 psi boost gauge. There's a rev counter drive but no cable or instrument, so presumably this was used for dyno purposes only. In the finest British tradition, quite a few parts are held on by Jubilee clips. The seat base, in vinyl, is good, with a couple of splits at the rear, and the bum pad is in leather. This is a world-record price for a Vincent and quite rightly so, even though it lagged $30,000 behind the lower estimate. Details Auction Company: Bonhams Date: October 19, 2008 Location: Staffordshire, England Auctioneer: Malcolm Barber Motorcycle lots sold/offered: 129/203 Sale rate: 64% Sale total: $1,874,884 High sale: 1949 supercharged Vincent Black Lightning, sold at $383,195 Buyer's premium: 15% on first $51,900, 10% thereafter 1973 Ducati Formula 750, with questions and unsold at $216k 102 1949 Vincent Black Lightning, supercharged and sold at $383k 1973 Ducati Formula 750 racer, lot# 360 Frame number: 02. Engine number: 01 This is one of only three factory short-stroke Formula 750 racers built in 1973, and originally thought to be the bike ridden by Bruno Spaggiari at Imola. But Spaggiari was presented with his bike by the factory after the race and still owns it. The second bike, ridden by Swiss Bruno Kneubuhler, went to Spain, so this is presumed to be the one ridden by English star Mick Grant (who burned out the clutch on the start line in 1973). It was extensively rebuilt in the U.S. in 2000, and 1972 Ducati Imola winner Paul Smart rode it in the Vintage Motorcycle Days meeting at Mid Ohio in 2004. SCM Analysis This bike went unsold at the Staffordshire sale, after a high bid of $216,000 (about half its reserve of around $430,000). After having various owners, this bike received a comprehensive restoration in the early 2000s by Advanced Motorsports (Ducati Dallas), with parts and help sourced from all over the world, including NCR's Rino Carachi, who built the bikes in the first place. It still looks brand new, with paint to the tanks and frame excellent, well-polished Borrani rims, pristine carbs, and no engine leaks. The leather is good, and the seat/ tank bungee is new, though the cooling air trunking is disconnected. Last-minute questions about identity that contradict auction catalogs are the sort of saleroom discoveries that buyers (and auctioneers) hate, and they undoubtedly torpedoed any potential big bids. The '74 750SS estimated at $138,000–$173,000 that came a few lots later would have made an interesting comparison—but that didn't sell either. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Comments With Your Renewal How about a Keith Martin on Alas, early experiments with brake-by-wire technology were unsophisticated, to say the least. —Kick Wheeler, New Milford, CT RUNNER-UP: I taught the dog to drive to get his mind off chasing squirrels. It wasn't one of my better ideas.—Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA The latest auto craze: Xtreme Parallel Parking.—Jim Graham, New Canaan, CT The cable guy is here.—Stefan Bertone, Fort Lauderdale, FL Poor van. Hung up and ready to be quartered.—Bruce Booth, Santa Barbara, CA Equipped with HiJack, a division of LoJack.—Stephen R. Miller, Muncie, IN It was genius… Ted could sell his Quik-Lube oil change franchise to anyone near a guy wire for only $199 and no rent factor.—Bill Orth, Denver, CO Page two of DIY Mechanics features tips on easy oil changes.—Todd Fienen, Independence, KS Herbie Goes Vananas.— Roland Aviles, Brooklyn, NY Site of Jiffy Lube's humble beginnings.—Dale Rowe, Raleigh, NC Damn, it always worked on the “A-Team.”—Steve Thomas, Bronxville, NY John, I sure hope you brought more than one baggie. This town has a very strict scooper law.—Dan Patjens, Fircrest, WA Vince was anal about chang- ing his oil every 3,000 miles. No matter what.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA Forget the ramps Dad, I found another way.—Keith Reed, Minnetonka, MN Southern Edison's newest fire hydrant protection device.—Rod Diridon, Jr., Santa Clara, CA Murry just knew he could clear the fire hydrant on his third and final pole vault attempt at the 2008 Senior Van Olympics.— Julia Spinetta, Carmel CA Now what?—Brady Lindsey, Monterey CA The Garmin said turn right NOW, and because the voice sounds like my wife's, I turned right NOW. Naturally, she was wrong. AGAIN.—Rick Worm, Traverse City, MI Every car nut needs one of these fantastic cable lifts, just $99.99. Limit one per customer.— Walter Meyer, Eagle, ID Having had his truck stolen three times, Jose vowed never again. Unfortunately, this time they got the ladder off his roof rack.—Lorrie Peterson, Brooks, GA In test after test, Herman's fire hydrant protection device proved to be 100% effective.— Bill Mihalic, Rochester, MI Because of his understanding of the trials and tribulations involved with the development of technology, Kick Wheeler wins a soon-to-be-collectible Sports Car Market cap. ♦ Collecting Mercedes-Benz?—R. St. John, Phoenix, AZ How about adding Elva sport racers and Couriers to your Price Guide. You also need an “E” category between “D” and “F.”—P. Hughes, Weare, NH Bring us a Ferrari buying guide.—R. Scott MacNeil, Chicago, IL Very enjoyable auto magazine. It's quickly become my favorite. Just gave a gift subscription to my brother.—S. Brandemuehl, Plymouth, MI More stuff about steam cars, especially Dobles. Most people don't even know they exist.—J. Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD. What's a Doble?—KM Don't change a thing.— M.Fenster, Birmingham, MI Love every issue, and I always hope I get to the mailbox first. Here's to wives who are speedier to the mailbox.—J. Lynn, Reno, NV Great magazine. Keep up the great job.—J. Benson, Banning, CA Good read, with info every month that's available nowhere else.—P. Foley, Carpinteria, CA Much to enjoy. Fright pigs and drooling over cars. More features about the often cruel realities of owning old cars please.—B. Mitchell, Weston, CT. Don't you mean the pure bliss?—KM Keep up the good work. Thanks for the email alerts.—B. Smith, Lakewood, CO SCM is by far my favorite car magazine.—D. Stocker, Phoenix, AZ Keep doing what you're doing.—G. Shafer, Somerset, PA I would like more features on “affordable classics” for entry into the hobby.—J. Kleinklaus, Carlisle, PA. Perhaps Rob Sass can interest you in a Buick Riviera this month…—KM Great publication.—S. Garrett, This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: December 25, 2008 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a Sports Car Market cap. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; email: mysteryphoto@spor tscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCMcap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Fishers, IN More Porsche, Bentley, and Lotus Eleven. Less about anything going for more than $75k.—A. Yeaman, Springfield, VA SCM is the best car magazine in the world. There… I said it. Now get back to work.—A. Lopena, Fair Haven, NJ Great magazine. I love “Legal Files.”—D. Saxon, Auburn, WA Thanks for a great magazine. You'll have to buy yourself another Iso sometime.—D. Frank, Charlotte, NC More Alfa coverage. Otherwise, a great monthly read.—D. Daniels, Marietta, GA And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin ♦ 104 Sports Car Market


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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. Email: 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. For sale priced as follows: Prize winning Red 66 Series 1 OTS Strong #1 $125,000. Primrose 67 29,000 mile 2 owner open headlight Series 1 Strong #2 $100,000, Sherwood Green 66 Series 1 Coupe prize winner at Greenwich Concours $85,000. Or buy all three for $300,000. John Fox, 203.775.4803. Jaguar-Aston DB2/4 coupe Three Superb E-types 1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports saloon 4 manual, 46000 miles, Blue, Blue, GGR 25, Thrupp & Maberly. Good driver condition. Many details and photos available on request. $40,000. Brian, rrscm@bnrco.com. English 1928 Austin Chummy and has defined the identity of Jaguar to this day. Great car to drive.Restored by Auto Restoration of Christchurch. Wonderful event car. $375,000. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Rough project. Wire wheels. Matching numbers. Needs a full restoration. Quite complete. Inexpensive $11,500. Daniel Rapley, danielrapley@sbcglobal.net, 203.778.2601. (CT) 1967 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series I coupe Weighs 750 lb, 7 Horsepower, 50MPG. With a motorcycle engine it could turn to a rocket. $17,000. Don Severson, don@hawaiianantiquities.com, 808.591.2929, hawaiianantiquities.com. 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III Sympathetically rebuilt, properly maintained. Matching numbers. Original Suede Green leather interior with fresh original special order opalescent green paint. Lovely car in every way. Original tools. $78,500. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www .fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) Finished in Golden Beige Metallic over correct black vinyl interior. Best door and panel fit on a Healey you will ever see. A superb, strong driving show car. $85,000. John Fox 203.775.4803. 1954 Bentley R-type Continental 1968 Jaguar XKE convertible John Player Special, JPS #157, GT, Twin Cam, $-speed manual, 43000, Black, Black, 7305/3483R. This car, serial number 3483R is both authentic, and original. The mileage is a little over 41,000 miles. They only built 200 “john Player Specials” in 1973. I love to talk about the car, so please ask questions. There is plenty of work for the new owner, so don't expect a showroom gem. $22500.00 Jerry Paulson, jerrypaulson@mac.com, 717.872.0577. (PA) 1952 Nash-Healey roadster Silver over black leather. 4500 miles carefully driven by one owner. Vehicle is in as new condition. $125,000. John Fox, 203.775.4803. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220S German 1972 BMW 3.0CS XK 140 engine and overdrive gearbox installed back in the 1950s. Raced in this configuration. Comes with correct 2.9 liter Aston Vantage engine. Needs a full restoration. Inexpensive. 203.778.2601. 1973 Lotus Europa Incredible original car. Never restored and excellent throughout. Finished in dark green, tan leather, sunroof, power windows, factory air conditioning, all tools. $39,000 or fair offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1988 BMW 635CSI 42,000M. Mint, Collector Condition with BMW Certificate, 1 Owner, 100% Original Stock, Original Paint Mint, Black on Black, 5-Speed,New Tires and Brakes, $29,500. george.alexopoulos@belden.com. 2002 BMW Z8 S/n BC1LD. The first R-Type built with 4.9 engine. Lovely to drive. Ideal event car. Recent engine rebuild. Factory louvered bonnet, LHD, elbow rests, chrome side mouldings, skirts, automatic, books and tools. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) 1937 Jaguar SS-100 2½ liter Excellent example of the iconic sportscar that changed 106 Finished in Primrose yellow with black leather. A really nice, straight, rust free example. Runs and drives beautifully. Needs absolutely nothing to start driving and enjoying now. $39,500 Firm. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. #LSMF6 Two owner California car with only 39,750 miles. Left hand drive, automatic, sun roof. Midnight blue with red leather interior. A unique opportunity to buy a rare low mile Silver Dawn. Charles Crail Automobiles, 805.568.1934. www.charlescrail.com; crailauto@aol.com. Early Series 1 1/2 with S1 marker lights and nose. Beautifully restored example with matching numbers. Finished in white with black leather. All correct, mint throughout and ready now for trouble free touring. $65,000/fair offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1968 Jaguar XKE Series 1 1/2 coupe Nice driving car. Arizona rust free. Ready to use and enjoy in tours and rallies. Inexpensive. 330.759.5224 days. 1953 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn The Car is now located near Stuttgart, Germany. It is an all-original numbers matching motor & transmission with very low Kilometer. This is a true, all original, as well as a classic and survivor with no RUST, or any modifications. This beauty was first acquired on August 22nd 1957 in Dusseldorf, Germany. After the European summer vacation, it was shipped to Sunny Southern California where it has/had been enjoyed, pampered, babied, maintained and stored in the climate controlled garage with a cover on it until this fall. Major original document, including BILL of SALES; SERVICES, etc, are all with the car. Alex S or Markus H, asafari@pddcinc .com OR, 714.335.3421 OR 49.172.9836172, markus@sportherbst.de. Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1966 Mercedes-Benz 230SL convertible 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. $79,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd., 203.852.1670, www.deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible 1974 Ferrari Dino GTS Hatch TC 6-Cylinder, 5-speed. October 2007 Hemmings Sports & Exotic Feature car. Stunning original paint and condition. 63,700 miles. Fully documented multinational-trophy winner lovingly preserved since new. Factory electric sunroof. Totally original except front brake pads and of course battery, tires, plugs, filters and fluids. $12,900, Don Faxon, supracollector@yahoo.com, 626.355.1826. (CA) This lovely car has been in the hands of the same owner/enthusiast for many years. Very well cared for, 41,000 original miles. Finished in red with tan leather. $129,000/fair offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. 1990 Ferrari F40 Swedish 1972 Volvo 1800E 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) Mint condition two owner car with factory air conditioning, automatic transmission, two tops and original radio. Grey beige, parchment Tex. One of the best looking and driving 280's we've ever had. $49,000/fair offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www .deGarmoLtd.com. 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 cabriolet Gorgeous teal; black top. 79K miles. 2nd owner - 4 years. Driven & impeccably maintained. Stored winters. Runs/look great! $22,900. 617.429.6700; jfwlaw@aol.com. 1962 Porsche Carrera 2 GS coupe VIN: FFMN34AGL0084838 Engine: Twin Turbo 2.9 Liter V-8 Transmission: 5 Speed manual Color: Red with Red Interior. Red MOMO Seats. Safety: Roll Cage, MOMO Harness, Fire Suppression System. Mileage: 8,500 This F40 is the only one like it in the world. Built, driven, raced, and maintained by world class race car driver Roland Linder. Used in Mothers Wax commercials. Rescued by Roland after a fire, was constructed from the frame up for racing over 3 years. A maintenance log book and over 14,000 photographs document the construction and maintenance and will go with the car. Price: On Request. Vintage Motorcar Company, Sales@VintageMotorcarCompany.com, 828.693.6500, www.VintageMotorcarCompany.com. (NC) 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Spyder Matching number engine and transmission, well documented restoration years ago. Lovingly cared for and maintained for since by marque specialists. Ruby red, black leather. Books, tools. $235,000/fair offer. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. 203.852.1670. www.deGarmoLtd.com. Italian 1959 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 500 ci V*, Automatic, 85,000 miles, #6L67S6O110258 Rust FREE Texas car - Rebuilt Engine & Trans - runs great- looks great - NADA is 16k, but I must sell before winter. See more pictures at www.1GreatCar.com $7900.00, Robert Andrews, bobscaddy@gmail.com, 402.214.8663. 1 of only 125 examples of Giugiaro's glamorous open Ghibli. Beautiful condition. 28,000 miles. Drives very well. Great event car. 5-speed, power steering with telescopic tilt. $295,000. Fantasy Junction, sales@fantasyjunction.com; www.fantasyjunction.com. 510.653.7555. (CA) Japanese 1972 TLC / ICON FJ40 1932 Chevrolet Touring Bus Un-restored original race car. One of two car team. The other car has been located and is currently in restoration. Rare opportunity to own a real early Special Race Car. $29,500 obo 805.466.1015 or email to: automojo@hughes.net 1965 McKee Mk III / Lola T70 Mk IIIB 6 cyl, standard, 99,999 miles, red, black-red, custom made copy of park tour buses. 33 chevrolet truck chassie and running gear, 4 seats, top comes off, oak and walnut trim, runs and drives nice. $15000.00 Call Paul 406.581.2216 or email paul landsgaard, mtclassiccars@hotmail.com, 406.581.2216. (MT) 38,000 original miles. Original everything. Never rusted or wrecked. Original soft top. PF Hardtop. Tools, books, original sales paperwork from 59. A true survivor. In great condition, ready to use. 203.778.2601. 1973 Alfa 2000 Spider All new by TLC on restored and modified frame. Fuel injected GM 350, aluminum alloy body, ARB locking diffs. Dana axels. $122,000. 1985 Toyota Supra Beautiful condition California car, used sparingly. Overhauled engine, transmission, suspension, new paint, glass, top. Restored and maintained by professionals. $9,500. 619.475.1155. 108 White with saddle leather interior. Tilt-telescopic, 4 Speed numbers matching 350-255 HP. P.S., P.B., Air Conditioning. $27,900. www.gentrylane.com John Simoes, gentrylane@on.aibn.com, 416.535.9900, www .gentrylane.com. (CAN) 1972 Chevrolet Corvette Small Block Chevy, McKee syncro 4spd #6, yellow and red. Will consider interesting trades. Race or street. Project or turn key. $185000.00 Casey, putschracing@hotmail.com, 614.832.8728. www .putschracing.com ♦ Coupe, 2, 4 cyl FI, 4 + OD, 56,700 miles, It is basically stock with exception of exhaust, a mild cam, and aftermarket wheels. Have original wheels with tires also. It's all there! $13,999. Woody Williams, woody .williams@charter.net, 951.533.8890. American 1956 Arnolt Bristol Older restoration. Silver with black interior. Nice driving car. Fabulous Bertone styling. Original books, sales literature, jack and tools. Welcomed at all vintage events. Inexpensive. Tel: 203.778.2601. 1976 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible Red, black interior, 4-speed, 1600 cross-flow, black Calif. plates, incredible rust-free condition. Drives and looks great. $4450. andrew.watry@lexisnexis .com 510.526.0391. (CA) 1960 Willys DJ3A Just out of estate, In storage since mid 80s, Very Nice condition, Side Curtains included, New Tires, Just serviced and ready to enjoy. The ultimate beach house toy. $27,500. Lance Lazarus, lllazarus@gmail.com, 910.538.7055. (NC) Race 1951 Early Glaspar Race Car 1968 Ford Cortina Mk II Deluxe 2-door sedan 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon Sports Car Market


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x222 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33.1.4299202, 33.1.42292021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, Rond-Point des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr www.artcurial .com. (FR) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +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. 800.335.3063, 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www.bransonauction.com. (MO) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, Carlisle Collector Car Auctions. 717.243.7855, 1000 Bryn Mawr Road, Carlisle, PA 17013. Spring and Fall Auctions. High-line cars cross the block. Hundreds of muscle cars, antique, collector, and special-interest cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Real Cars. Real Prices. www.carlisleauctions.com. (PA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. www.ebaymotors.com. 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) Auto Appraisal Group. Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers the rarest examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues to its international clientele. Our team of well qualifi ed experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the offi cial auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August and record-setting Scottsdale Auction in January. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classicauctions.com. (UK) 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) 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 AppraisThe 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. 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 MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) 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) als. 888.314.3366, Over 30 years experience in Southern California appraising classic, antique, special interest, muscle and custom to current-year models. Specializing in pre-purchase inspections, stated value insurance appraisals, insurance disputes, and expert witness testimony. For more info, visit our web site. www.caldreamcars.net. (CA) 2shores International. 49.5691.912460, 49.5691.912480. International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the US! Take advantage of the strong Euro and let us market your car in Europe! Based in Germany, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Your trusted partner in Europe! Call Jurgen today! www.2-shores-classics.com. (DE) Motoring Investments. 619-238-1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www.motoringinvestments.com. American 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) Appraisals 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 toll free: at 800.872.7772. www .usappraisal.com. (VA) Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Buy/Sell/General 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) Alfa Romeo 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) 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) Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale Arizona is a unique dealer- 110 Sports Car Market


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ship specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state of the art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports .com. (AZ) ing long-term relationships. Sales Manager Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell .com www.paulrussell.com. (MA) Specialty Car Source.SpecialtyCa rSource.com is the premier source for buying and selling classic and modern specialty cars. List your car for 12 weeks for only $19.95. Dealers can list an unlimited amount of inventory for one low fee. Visit www.specialtycarsource.com today. www.SpecialtyCarSource.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fi t; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) The Bridgehampton Motoring Family Classics. 949.496.3000, Our showroom houses some of the world's most prized classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. If we don't have what you want, check backor tel us what you want. We're equipped to fi nd numbers matching 100-point restorations, low-mileage survivors or just beautiful, reliable drivers. www .familyclassiccars.com. Club.The Bridgehampton Motoring Club is unlike any collector car facility in the nation. We provide 24 hour key card access, humidity and temperature control, comprehensive video security, epoxy fl oors, tasteful lighting, rare automobilia, and most importantly services: Pick-up and delivery, battery maintenance, bi-weekly mechanical integrity routines, and detailing. Every member of BMC has unfettered access to their collection. Finally, the perfect way to enjoy your passion. www.bridgemc.com. ing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Infl ation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy .com. (PA) 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) Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050, Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost signifi cantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty.com. (MI) Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Motoring Investments. Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. www.heacockclassic .com. (FL) Motor Sport Personal Accident Woodies USA. 480.694.7929, We Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000, Park Place LTD is the West Coast's largest luxury, sports and special interest auto dealership. We're an authorized dealer for Aston Martin, Lotus, Spyker, Shelby, Superformance, and Speedster Recreations and carry collector and special interest vehicles of all kinds. 20 years in the business and familyowned; Park Place LTD is driven to excellence. www.ParkPlaceLTD.com. buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona. www.woodiesusa.com. (AZ) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc.. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) 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 Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, BMW, Alfa Romeo. Guidance given with emphasis on build- 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 Motoring Investments. 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www .motoringinvestments.com. Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, 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) Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, With 60 years of experience in servic- 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) 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www .motoringinvestments.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini T. 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RESOURCE DIRECTORY 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) Motoring Investments. 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) 619.238.1977, Award winning restorations, brokerage, sales & locating. Vintage German, Italian & British Mercedes specialist - SL, Pagoda & other models “Our website is a virtual buyer's guide for the 280SL.” www .motoringinvestments.com. Import/Export Cosdel. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Don't puzzle over your shipping needs. We are your solution.Martin E. Button, Inc./Cosdel International Transportation 55 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94105 info@cosdel.com The ImportExport Expert www.cosdel.com. (CA) Inspections Racehouse Design. 541.330.8766, GARAGE DESIGN PLANS FOR SALE. Racehouse Design has four portfolios of garage designs: “SPEEDCLUB GARAGES”, “COACH QUARTERS”, “CLASSIC GARAGES”, and “CAR COTTAGES”. Each plan is professionally designed by Lawren Duncan, Designer and Race Enthusiast. www.racehousedesign.com. (OR) German 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 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) F. Roxas, Inc. 708.598.1000, The Only Thing Better Than New Is A Fran Roxas Restoration. Recent restorations include Duesenberg, Packard 12, 8-liter Bentley, Cadillac V16, Delahaye, Stutz DV32, Ferrari, 1950's & 60's Concept Cars. We take pride in enhancing our clients investments by bringing these truly one-of-a-kind cars back to life. Maybe, an even better life. The quality of our work has been nationally recognized since 1970 with consistent 1st place winners at concours shows around the world. F. Roxas, Inc. (IL) Griot's Garage. 800.345.5789, The ultimate online store for automotive accessories and car care products. www.griotsgarage.com. (WA) Restoration - General Sports and Competition Morris and Welford. 714.434.856 2/203.222.3862, We operate an international specialist historic car consultancy and brokerage company based on both the East/West Coasts of the US and the UK offering specialist brokerage services of important historic cars to buyers and sellers throughout the world. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CA/CT/United Kingdom) 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) Vintage Events Muscle Car 1000. 949.838.7076, 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) Dash Decals.81 decals to label dash- board switches, knobs and lights for only $9.95. Visit www.dashdecals.com www.dashdecals.com. Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, High-quality paint, body, mechanical service. Discreet installation of a/c, cruise control, superchargers. Stock restorations done to exacting standards. Clean, well-equipped shop. Near I-90 since '96. We fi nish your projects. supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) October, 2009. This six-day luxury tour of Southern California includes exceptional muscle cars, exclusive activities, exquisite dinners, premium hotels, great friends, and fi ne wine. We're covering Orange County, San Diego, Palm Desert, Lake Arrowhead, Beverly Hills, and a great deal in between. Reserved for 1964-73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ♦ 112 Sports Car Market


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Gilmore Globe Stalls at $7,877 Ferrari and DeLorean ephemera found buyers, and a pre-war Rolls-Royce mascot might just be a bargain I continue to be amazed and amused at what shows up on the Internet. How about the woman in Saginaw, Michigan, who bought a house for $1.75? She had some competition, as there were seven other bids; I assume the bidding went up in increments of a quarter? She had not seen the property, which may have been a serious oversight on her part, as it had been condemned and, based on the photograph, the people who restore houses on those TV programs would run in fear. The “lucky” winning bidder is also faced with some back taxes and a looming foreclosure. Like some cars we have owned, the purchase price is often just the beginning. Thought Carl's EBAY #110291926408— Here's some stuff I found that will be more fun than a run-down house in Saginaw EBAY #380074699651—LATE '50S FERRARI DEALER DECAL. Number of Bids 8. SOLD AT: $102.50. Date Sold: 10/27/2008. This was an original peel-and-stick decal from the factory-authorized Ferrari dealership V.E.C.A which was located at Piazza Verdi 9 in Rome, Italy. It was in unused condition and originated from the estate of a man who had accumulated an extensive collection of Ferrari memorabilia. It's a very cool piece of Ferrari history that sold for a reasonable price. EBAY #180291585935— DELOREAN DMC-12 PROTOTYPE PHOTOS AND DRAWINGS. Number of Bids: 6. SOLD AT: $3,661.01. Date Sold: 9/30/2008. This offering was a set of photographs and drawings for the DMC-12 prototype that was fi rst known as the DSV, or DeLorean Safety Vehicle. One photograph, dated 9/1/76, shows John DeLorean standing in the underbody of an early car. It was stated that these were original corporate records from their archives. Considering how the DeLorean met its demise, a saga that includes bags of cash and illicit drugs, I can only wonder what else was found in the “offi cial” corporate records. EBAY #230290751149—FERRARI 500 TR SALES FOLDER. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $1,575. Date Sold: 9/19/2008. This four-page brochure had a photograph of a 500 TR stapled over he specifi cation page, but it appeared to be in very usable condition. The 500 TR was the fi rst to use the Testa Rossa name and most were built by Scaglietti, with three manufactured by Carrozzeria Touring. Paper has been a bit soft of late, but when a signifi cant piece like this shows up, market trends don't mean anything. EBAY #220282494666—AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA 1931 BADGE. Number of Bids: 8. SOLD AT: $438.99. Date Sold: 9/23/2008. Th Automobile Club of America was formed in 1899 and was one of the world's fi rst automobile clubs. Despite the name, the club was local to the New York area and was still operating in the mid-1960s. The colorful logo a interesting history make the signs, badges, mascots, and other stuff from the club very collectible. Price paid was in line with other recent sales, so no harm done here. s EBAY #130259097210—SINGLE GILMORE BLU-GREEN GASOLINE GLOBE ENSE. Number of Bids: 8. NOT SOLD AT: $7,877. Date Not Sold: 10/5/2008. As I have equently mentioned, anything with the Gilmore logo goes to the head of the class. This rticular fantastic globe was colorful, in good condition, and extremely rare. It had been opped around the Southern California area in the $12,000–$15,000 range, and many perts” thought it would go for more than that at auction. Not on this day, however, but s no doubt the seller will do better elsewhere. A single Polly Gas lense recently sold at auction for $20,000, and this one could do as well with the right audience. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $58 for 12 monthly issues in the US, $78 Canada/Mexico, Europe $88, Asia/Africa/Middle East $98. Subscriptions are payable in advance in US currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 24-hours 800.289.2819, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 114 EBAY #110295502861— ROLLS-ROYCE KNEELING SPIRIT OF ECSTASY HOOD ORNAMENT. Number of Bids: 0. SOLD AT: $517. Date Sold: 0/22/2008. This variation of he famed Spirit of Ecstasy was designed by Charles Sykes and adorned a number of Rolls-Royce models between 1936 and 1955. The pre-war examples were marked 26-1-34 C. Sykes. The post-war Rolls-Royce Ltd. reproductions are abundant, but if this one, with the earlier markings, passes muster, then I feel it was well bought, as they often sell for a few hundred dollars more than what was paid here. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market 1910 VANDERBILT CUP PIN. Number of Bids: 5. SOLD AT: 1,026. Date Sold: 9/28/2008. he Vanderbilt Cup was the fi rst major United States auto race nd was held on Long Island om 1904 until 1906, when a ck of crowd control forced s s cancellation. A new, more ontrolled track was built by William Vanderbilt as part of the Long Island Motor Parkway, and the race resumed in 1908. The 1910 race was won by Harry Grant in an ALCO. This little lapel pin was from that race, and while having lost a bit of the enameling, it is still a desirable piece of early racing memorabilia that sold for a fair price.