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Sports Car Market Blue-Chip Ferrari: 500 Superfast Brings $1m Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Super Cooper $127k ™ $21k — Volvo P1800E vs. Ferrari 308 GTS Legal Files: The Perils of Car Storage What Depreciation? $110k Porsche GT3 RS DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE! FEATURING VIDEOS OF SELECT VEHICLES CLASSIC CAR MAGAZINE IN THE VOTED THE BEST WORLD www.about.com


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Sports Car Market Keith Martin's JOIN US ends January 2012 . Volume 24 . Number 1 1964 Mini Cooper Works race car 52 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS IN-DEPTH PROFILES What You Need To Know FERRARI 42 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast — $1,036,840/RM The 500 Superfast is one of the blue-chip investments in the Ferrari world. Prices have risen from the $70,000 range in 1983 to the million-dollar mark today Steve Ahlgrim ENGLISH 48 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 Roadster — $99,659/Bonhams E-type prices have dropped before the end of their 50th anniversary year, but this car didn't look like a greedy amount of money Paul Hardiman ETCETERINI 50 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 coupe project — $12,294/Bonhams Why would someone choose to pay $12k for a project that may or may not be complete? You could never pay a shop to finish this car and hope to be in a reasonable place financially Donald Osborne GERMAN 52 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS — $110,000/Barrett-Jackson GT3 RS prices will decline as Porsche introduces ever-better cars, but future value declines will be moderate. I recommend you buy one now and have all that fun sooner Prescott Kelly AMERICAN 54 1923 Ford Model T with White's Garage snowmobile conversion — $27,500/RM Auctions Few of these conversions have survived into the 21st century, but that doesn't mean that every collector wants one B. Mitchell Carlson RACE 56 1964 Mini Cooper Works race car — $127,386/Bonhams This same car sold in March 2007 for about $200,000 (SCM, July 2007, p. 54), so the value of the world's most expensive, most collectible Mini took a 35% hit between then and now Thor Thorson 10 Cover photograph courtesy of Bonhams Text SCM to 22828 FREE weekly newsletter Sports Car Market GLOBAL AUCTION COVERAGE 192 Cars Examined and Rated at Seven Sales BARRETT-JACKSON 60 Las Vegas, NV : The final stop on Barrett-Jackson's 40th anniversary tour totals $24.2m Dan Grunwald MECUMAUCTIONS 70 St. Charles, IL: $12.5m in cars sell at Mecum's annual St. Charles auction Dan Grunwald BONHAMS 80 Goodwood, Sussex, U.K.: A Daytona Spyder takes high-sale honors at this year's $8.1m Goodwood Revival Paul Hardiman SILVER AUCTIONS 90 Carson City, NV: Garth Richards' no-reserve collection leads a $4.7m weekend in Carson City Paul Duchene BONHAMS 100 Westport, CT: Bonhams Fairfield County Concours sale sees 46 cars sell for $2m Donald Osborne CLASSIC MOTORCAR AUCTIONS 108 Canton, OH: CMA's second Glenmoor Gathering auction grows to $997k, led by a Marmon Sixteen at $173k Kevin Coakley EBAY MOTORS 118 British convertibles and roadsters Chad Tyson


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34 2011 Fairfield County Concours COLUMNS 14 Shifting Gears There is no such thing as a free lunch in collector car ownership. Paying ten or twenty percent above market for a brilliant, well-cared for example is a bargain Keith Martin 30 Affordable Classic Would you rather pay $20,900 for a 1972 Volvo P1800E coupe or a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS? 32 Legal Files Don't leave your car alone in storage for long periods of time. Check on it regularly because bad stuff happens — sometimes quickly, but most often slowly John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks In December 1993, Keith asked me to write a Ferrari-based column. Now, 18 years later, the column is always a work in progress and a research project Michael Sheehan 130 eWatch John Wayne movie memorabilia, an auto paint poster, porcelain signs and old license plates get lots of attention — and money — online Carl Bomstead FEATURES 34 Fairfield County Concours: A show in its prime 36 Glenmoor Gathering: Eight Marmon Sixteens on display 38 Ironstone Concours: New classes and great cars 40 Miles Collier — Collecting Thoughts: The value of the world's oldest functioning car DEPARTMENTS 16 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 18 The Inside Line: American Car Collector, Corvette Insider's Seminar, Laguna Seca 2012 race schedule 20 Contributors: Get to know our writers 22 You Write, We Read: $16.4m Testa Rossa memories and trolls, an epic road trip through Yellowstone 24 Display Advertisers Index 26 Time Pieces: Restore, refinish or leave alone a 1962 Rolex 6234? 26 Neat Stuff: GPS Lap timer, Tankboard 28 In Miniature: 1957 Fiat 642 Bartoletti Ferrari Race Car Transporter 28 Book Review: The Complete Book of Porsche 911: Every Model Since 1964 96 Fresh Meat: 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo, 2009 Dodge Viper SRT/10, 2010 Lexus GX 460 120 Mystery Photo: “Okay, I'm returning the eco-car, the mountain bikes, the kayak and all this camping gear to get the down payment on that '71 Mustang Mach I Cobra Jet-R!” SCM Digital Bonus 12 Additional Seat Time contributions, videos and images are available in this issue's Digital Edition, included with every print subscription. To sign up for your Digital Issue, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/ digital or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 1 120 Comments with Your Renewal: “Classic bikes okay! Even enjoy the occasional old airplane — great balance.” 121 Our Cars: 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190b sedan 122 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 126 Resource Directory: Meet your car's needs Sports Car Market Michael Alan Ross


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Successful Collecting? Trust the Force Often, when I attend a multi-day collector car auction, I'll decide at the end of my first walk through the field that there just isn't anything there that hits my hot button. But after a few hours of watching other people buy cars, I start drinking the Kool-Aid and decide that if they can buy cars, I should be buying one too. Since I've already decided that there isn't any specific car being offered that really excites me, I start looking for cars I think will sell cheap. Hence my recent fascination with fourdoor Corvairs (luckily, that phase passed before I could hurt myself). What will invariably happen when you buy a collector car as a value-based decision is that when you get it home, you won't like it sitting in your garage, you won't like telling your friends you bought this goofy car because it was cheap, you will hate spending any money on it if things break, and you will be glad when it is out of your life. Remember this the next time you are at an auction and Martin, younger brother Kevin and Grandpa's Mercury I 've never owned a collector car, and I'd like to get into the hobby. How should I start?” It's a question we hear often. The path to collector car happiness is relatively straightforward; regular readers of SCM are familiar with our maxims. But this, our first issue of the new year, is a good time to revisit them. Here are three things to keep in mind as you start your search for your first collector car, and to revisit if you already have a garage full and are looking for your next one: First, as Yoda would say, “Trust the Force.” Each of us has a differ- ent vehicular hot spot, as cars from the past resonate with each of us for different reasons. Often it is the emotional relationships we have with cars of our youth that determine what our first collector car will be. My grandfather had a bumblebee yellow-and-black 1956 Mercury Montclair coupe, and it's the only Mercury I would ever have in my collection. Not for its importance to automotive history, not because of its performance, not even for its rather attractive styling — but simply because I have memories of scrambling around in the back seat of one — and of sticking my feet out the side window on a family trip to Disneyland (no seatbelts in those days). It would have to be in that exact color scheme or the memory-satisfaction wouldn't work. The other car that imprinted on me was the 1965 Mustang my spunky grandmother bought after my grandfather passed. It was white with a blue bench front seat, 200-ci straight-six and automatic. I installed a rear speaker to give it “big sound.” Oddly, if I owned another first-gen Mustang, it wouldn't have to be white, or a six-cylinder, or even a coupe. Perhaps because Mustangs come in so many flavors, and my grandmother's car was so basic, the appeal is not in the particular car but with Mustangs in general. The nostalgia gene is generally strong with car collectors, and if your first collector car is one that reminds you of years long gone by, it's a good way to start. Don't Buy a Hateful Car Because It's Cheap Second, the most common mistake I — and many other collectors make — is to buy a car because it seems inexpensive. “That's a lot of car for the money” is an oft-overheard phrase. “You couldn't replicate it for the asking price” is another one. What you mean is that the subject car is one you really don't want in your garage, but there is a certain fun factor to buying any collector car, and “value per dollar” as a reason to buy rises to the surface when “affection for automobile” is absent. 14 you're looking at the world's best AMC Pacer, which has stalled on the block at $10,000. You may be buying a car that has had a $50,000 restoration, but you will still have to explain to your friends why you have a Pacer in your garage. Don't Be Cheap Third, start out with the finest example you can afford. This is perhaps the most important rule of all, especially for new collectors. Recognize that every collector car will have problems, as they are all at least 30 years old, and many are over 50. If you buy a 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSi that has ratty paint and needs belts, do you really think the rest of the car will be perfectly maintained? Do you believe the a/c is charged, that the brake linings are good, the wipers and washers work and the heater is up to snuff? Unlikely. For every problem that is immediately apparent, assume there are ten more lurking unseen. So if a really good 308 GTSi is $25,000 and your ratty one cost $15,000, did you just get a screaming deal? Chances are that before a month of ownership has gone by, you will have spent the $10,000 and more, and your list of needs will still be long. Especially as a first-time collector, you'll be frustrated and aggravated by all the work that is still ahead of you. A collector car is not a five-year-old Lexus, where annual maintenance consists of having its washer fluid reservoir refilled. The sooner you realize that there is no such thing as a free lunch in collector car ownership, the sooner you'll find that paying ten or twenty percent above market for a brilliant, well-cared for example will turn out to be a bargain. My Guarantee Owning a collector car is the same as being involved in any hobby. If you take up coin collecting, you'll find yourself examining your pocket change with a different eye. If you collect kitchen mixers (as I once did), you'll be able to spot the desirable ones much more quickly after you've been to a few meets. (Early Hobart KitchenAids with the citrus juicer and food grinder attachments were my favorites.) There's a learning curve to collecting of any kind. If your buy your first collector car because it is a model you have always wanted, and you buy one in excellent condition, I guarantee that your entry into the world of car collecting will be a satisfying one. If you're buying your fourth, fifth or hundredth collector car, you already know that buying a car you don't really like just because it is cheap is jumping on the path to disaster. And buying a car with lots of needs is like getting yourself pecked to death by ducks. Lead with your heart, but finish with your brain. That's the path of the successful car collector. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Crossing the Block Tony Piff For more information about events marked (*), see the 52-page SCM Insider's Guide to the Arizona Auctions, polybagged with this issue Cobra street prototype; a 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro “Tin Soldier” race car, restored to original race configuration; a rotisserie-restored 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC; and a 1953 Corvette owned by Corvette authority Noland Adams and used as the basis for the USPS postage stamp commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Corvette. 2005 Ford GT at Fort Lauderdale Dave Rupp—Fort Lauderdale Beach Auction Where: Fort Lauderdale, FL When: January 6–8 More: www.ftlauderdaleauction. com About 300 cars are antici- pated for this long-running sale. Top consignments include a 2005 Ford GT with very low miles, in excellent condition and boasting a number of performance upgrades, and a two-time NCRS Top Flight Award-winning 1961 Chevrolet Corvette 283/315 fuelinjected convertible, restored to an exceptional standard. Tom Mack—Charlotte in January Where: Charlotte, NC When: January 14 More: www.tommackclassics.com Tom Mack's annual Charlotte sale takes place during a threeday swapmeet. You can buy a restored cruiser for under $30k, or pick up a project and then go load up a wheelbarrow full of parts. Among the star cars is an all-original 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible, showing 23k actual miles. Barrett-Jackson—Scottsdale 2012* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 15–22 More: www.barrett-jackson.com Last year: 1,245/1,245 cars sold / $68.5m The long list of headliners at Barrett-Jackson's weeklong flagship sale includes a 1948 Tucker sedan, one of 51 ever built; a 1957 DeSoto Adventurer Convertible; a 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow, one of three known surviving examples; a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Murphy Town Car, restored in the 1980s; a 1928 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A Cabriolet, with coachwork by Castagna; and a 1954 Mercedes- 16 Benz 300SL Gullwing driven a mere 4,149 miles since new. Bonhams—The Scottsdale, AZ, Auction* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19 More: www.bonhams.com For its inaugural Arizona sale, veteran auction house Bonhams has consigned an impressive list of blue-chip collectibles. Featured lots include a 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, originally owned by Andy Warhol; a 1929 RollsRoyce Phantom I Transformable Convertible Sedan, owned by actress Marlene Dietrich; and the ex-Mike Couper 1952 Bentley R-Type Saloon. RM Auctions—Automobiles of Arizona* Where: Phoenix, AZ When: January 19–20 More: www.rmauctions.com Last year: 172/180 cars sold / $30.8m At this sale last year, an impressive 96% of cars found new homes. Headliners for 2012 include a 1957 Ferrari 410 Superamerica with body by Scaglietti (RM estimate: $1,750,000–$2,250,000); a recently restored 1957 BMW 507 roadster ($900,000–$1,200,000); and a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 with fewer than 11k miles ($750,000–$850,000). Russo and Steele—Sports and Muscle in Scottsdale* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 19–22 More: www.russoandsteele.com Last year: 379/607 cars sold / $20m Star cars at Russo and Steele's 2012 Scottsdale sale include a 1965 Shelby 427 Gooding & Company—The Scottsdale Auction* Where: Scottsdale, AZ When: January 20–21 More: www.goodingco.com Last year: 121/131 cars sold / $35m Gooding & Company's upscale event will feature some of the world's rarest cars, including a 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast with coachwork by Pininfarina (Gooding estimate: $950,000–$1,250,000); a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster ($675,000–825,000); and a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV ($1,200,000–$1,400,000) Silver Auctions—Arizona in January* Where: Fort McDowell, AZ When: January 20–21 More: www.silverauctions.com Last year: 209/334 cars sold / $3.7m Silver bills itself as the family-friendly auction company, and their Fort McDowell sale is a refreshingly easygoing event. Featured cars include a 1948 Studebaker convertible (Silver estimate: $29,000–$31,000); a restored 1962 Rambler American convertible ($14,000–$16,000); and a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air ($32,000–$34,000). Mecum Auctions—Kissimmee High Performance Auction Where: Kissimmee, FL When: January 24–29 More: www.mecum.com Last year: 1,066/1,561 cars sold / $41.1m This annual mega-sale saw more than 1,500 cars consigned last year, and it's still growing. Notable cars include a 1969 Dodge Daytona, reportedly one of just nine delivered from the factory in Dark Green Metallic; and a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 4-speed convertible in triple-blue, with full matching numbers and complete ownership history. The Corvette earned Bloomington Gold Benchmark and NCRS Top Flight awards in 2011. ♦ Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. Email auction info to: chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com. DECEMBER 1—BONHAMS Brooklands, UK 1–3—MECUM Kansas City, MO 2—SILVER Spokane, WA 2–3—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 7—COYS London, UK 7—H&H Buxton, UK 8–11—HOLLYWOOD WHEELS West Palm Beach, FL 13—BARONS Surrey, UK JANUARY 12—BONHAMS Las Vegas, NV 12–14—MIDAMERICA Las Vegas, NV 12–14—AUCTIONS AMERICA BY RM Las Vegas, NV 14—COYS Birmingham, UK 14–15—MOTOEXOTICA Phoenix, AZ 15–22—BARRETTJACKSON Scottsdale, AZ 18–22—RUSSO AND STEELE Scottsdale, AZ 19—BONHAMS Scottsdale, AZ 19–20—RM Phoenix, AZ 20–21—GOODING & CO Scottsdale, AZ 20–21—SILVER Ft. McDowell, AZ 24–29—MECUM Kissimmee, FL FEBRUARY 1—BONHAMS Paris, FRA 4—PETERSEN Salem, OR 17–18—LEAKE Oklahoma City, OK 20—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 24—WORLDWIDE Atlantic City, NJ 24–25—RM Boca Raton, FL 24–25—MECUM Long Beach, CA 24–26—G. POTTER KING Atlantic City, NJ 25—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, UK 28—BARONS Surrey, UK Sports Car Market


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Inside Line Chester Allen Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com. Michael Pierce, NCRS senior judge and ACC writer Roy Sinor, NCRS national judging chairman David Burroughs, Blooming- ton Gold CEO Terry Michaelis, ProTeam Corvette owner Kevin Mackay, expert Cor- vette restorer and owner of Corvette Repair restoration shop Jim Jordan, president of Coun- ty Corvette Admission is free for ACC, CM and SCM subscribers, registered Barrett-Jackson bidders and consignors, owners of Bloomington Gold-certified Corvettes and NCRS members. Space is limited! To register, go to www.americancarcollector.com. (AZ) Events ■ Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has announced their 2012 race schedule, which will be the 55th race season at the world-famous track nestled into the foothills near Monterey, CA. This season's race dates are: • May 11–12: American Le Mans Series • May 18–20: Ferrari Racing Days • July 13–14: Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series American Car Collector: Same great Corvette coverage, plus more variety SCM News ■ Corvette Market, our sister magazine for the past few years, is becoming American Car Collector and Corvette Market this month. American Car Collector will continue Corvette Market's stellar Corvette coverage — and add in other American cars, including GM, Ford, Mopar, hot rods, race cars, classics and more. Corvettes will still get plenty of coverage in each issue, including a Corvette profile, auction reports and a Corvette column by John L. Stein. Each issue will also feature car profiles of GM, Ford, Mopar, hot rods, race cars, classics and other Americana, affordable “Cheap Thrills” cars — and, yes, trucks. Longtime SCM staffer Jim Pickering has been named editor of the new publication. He brings with him an extensive background in American car repair and restoration, as well as a passion for hot rods and muscle cars. Each issue of American Car Collector also will feature market 18 reports on more than 100 cars, and ACC Editor-at-Large Colin Comer's column on race and performance cars. We're excited about this new, all-American magazine, which will come out every other month. Current subscribers to Corvette Market will get six issues of ACC instead of the four yearly issues of Corvette Market. We hope you'll give our new magazine a test drive. www.americancarcollector.com ■ American Car Collector will host the 5th Annual Corvette Insider's Seminar from 9 am to 11 am on Thursday, January 19, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction site in Scottsdale, AZ. SCM and ACC Publisher Keith Martin will lead a panel workshop on how to completely examine a pre-sale collectible Corvette — from engine compartment to interior to the underside of the car — like a pro. Last year's panelists included: Mike Yager, founder of Mid America Motorworks The 2010 Classic Sports Sunday at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL Sports Car Market • July 27–29: Red Bull United States Grand Prix, featuring the MotoGP World Championship • August 17–19: Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. This year's feature marque is the Shelby Cobra. “Next season is going to be a special one for the fans and teams,” said Gill Campbell, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca general manager. “This facility is one of the only international race tracks to host such a diverse assemblage of race series, from prototype motorcycles and race cars to rarely seen vintage race cars.” All of this has us thinking about moving SCM World Headquarters to Monterey from May through August of this year. We love this track, especially when old racing and sports cars are crackling through the Corkscrew. For more information about entering a race, camping, tickets or other questions, call 1.800.327.7322 or visit www.mazdaraceway.com. (CA) ■ The 21st Annual Cavallino Classic howls into Palm Beach, FL, January 17–22. This six-day Ferrari lovefest will bring more than 400 Ferraris — and scads of Ferrari owners and lovers — to a full schedule of track days, including a road tour of Palm Beach — with stops at Mar-a-Lago, Ocean Ridge and the Chesterfield Hotel. The most popular event is the Concorso d'Eleganza on the front lawn of the elegant Breakers Resort Hotel. More than 150 immaculate Ferraris will bask under the Florida sun. The event ends with the Classic Sports Sunday at the Mar-aLago Club, where 120 vintage and classic cars will be on display on the lawn — and vie for guest votes. www.cavallino.com (FL) ♦ Bill Rothermel


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SCM Contributors MICHAEL LEVEN, SCM Contributor, came home from the hospital nursery in a custom Candy Apple Red '55 Chevy, and it's been cars, cars, cars, ever since. Eclectic fare, from full classics to current exotics, always filled the family garage. After a stint as the commercial director of an auto racing team, Leven became a professional winemaker, a craft he practices to this day. He regularly drives his Mercedes-Benz 280SL, and he recently recommissioned a W123 Mercedes for his teenage sons, saying “It's perfect; slow, safe and indestructible.” His mission is to find a Gypsy Red '55 Nomad like the one his grandfather bought new. Turn to p. 38 for his report on the Ironstone Concours. KEVIN COAKLEY, SCM Contributor, developed his interest in automobiles very early in life. Growing up in Detroit, he experienced the tail end of the glory years in the 1960s, then the dark days of the 1970s and the subsequent ebb and flow of the industry since. In 1979, he got his first exposure to serious car collecting, when as a truck driver for a local mechanical contractor, he had the opportunity to see Richard Kuhn's CarRail project firsthand during construction. A recent empty-nester, he resides In Oakland Township, MI, with his lovely — and patient — wife of 26 years, Louise, and is currently about 80% done with the restoration of a 1962 Impala SS. Turn to p. 108 for his report on CMA's Canton auction. MARCEMERSON, SCMLead Web Developer, formed the base of his knowledge about cars from the video game Gran Turismo, which he played almost non-stop the summer before his freshman year of high school. He earned his bachelor's degree in computer science with an option in 3D animation and game development from Eastern Washington University in 2007. For his first 3D animation project, he spent hundreds of hours meticulously crafting a 1999 Subaru Impreza WRX STI knocking down cones while driving through a parking structure. His primary task at SCM is developing new, and improving existing, components on the various SCM websites. Marc drives a 2-door, six-speed 2008 VW GTI, a step up from his first car, a 1996 Honda Civic LX sedan. When he is detached from computer monitors, he enjoys taking photos and frequenting restaurants and food carts around Portland with his girlfriend, Jenna. PRESCOTT KELLY, SCM Contributor, bought his first Porsche, a 1964 356SC coupe, in early July 1967, just before starting his first job. The next weekend he bought a refrigerator — thereby establishing priorities for life. He has owned many Porsches, including two 550s and a 904, but prefers cars he can drive. For 25 years he vintage raced a 1967 911R, then a two-liter Trans-Am 911, then from 1992-up a 1972 911ST. Currently, the garage holds a 1963 356B cabriolet, 1972 911, 1989 944 Turbo S and a 1964 Chevy Impala SS 4-speed. He is a Contributing Editor for Porsche Panorama, where he concentrates on arcane corners of Porsche history, writes the regular “356 Collectibles” and “MarketWatch” columns for the 356 Registry Magazine, and contributes to Excellence and the Journal of the Society of Automotive Historians. 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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 were driving this very car around the streets of Los Angeles in the 1960s. The car at that time belonged to Steve Earle, the man behind the Monterey Historics vintage races for 36 years. In the 1960s, this $16.4 million Ferrari was just an old, uncompetitive race car that few people cared to own. The car ran great and was very comfortable and easy to drive. For me, the most memo- Here is a photo from the weigh-in at Le Mans 1958 showing the scoops Testa Rossa trailer queen? To the Editor: Did Mr. Cumberford ever actually see the 1957 Ferrari TR 250, s/n 666, that I sold at David Gooding's auction in Monterey? If he had, he would have known that his Item 7, where he says the seats are “smooth luxury leather” (SCM November 2011, p. 38) is dead wrong, as they are cheap brown cloth and exactly as when the car was made. He said he has not seen the atypical scoops on other TRs, well there is one other, and he can do his own research to find out which one. Here is a photo from the weigh-in at Le Mans 1958 showing the scoops. It also had them when it raced for the factory in its last race at the Targa Floria in 1958. Prior to that it had, in order, no scoops, rear brake scoops and a single scoop further back on the hood. Ferrari liked to take torches to its cars and try stuff — especially on old prototypes. But what really got me was his comment about “a concours trailer queen.” The car competed in and won the Coppa GT award on the track at Watkins Glen after restoration in the Ferrari Nationals of 2007. It then raced for real at the Monterey Historics and then Sears Point and the New Jersey Motorsports Track in the Ferrari Historic Challenge — all in 2009. It won the latter event. 22 Some trailer queen. — Jon Shirley, via email Robert Cumberford responds: I thank Jon Shirley for answering my questions about the scoops between the front fenders and central fuselage and the atypical carburetors bulge on his Testa Rossa — and for correcting my mistake about the seats. I did indeed see the car in the Gooding tent at Pebble Beach but could not approach closely enough to see inside the cockpit. The “cheap brown cloth” looks like smooth leather in the photos from which I worked. That this car has been raced recently is encouraging, but it was surely not “as last raced” at the sale presentation, where it was as pristine and perfect as a manufacturer's concept car — far more perfectly finished than it ever was when Ferrari-owned. So it's not a trailer queen. It just looked like one. Trolling for TR trouble To the Editor: I realize this may accidentally “start something” but here goes. Regarding your recent cover star “16.4 m What else is there to say?” (SCM November 2011, cover and p. 36). Well let me say this: Yeah, sure it's the Holy Grail of Ferrari, and I know it's a prototype. I'm going to be the first (and I doubt the last) faithful SCM reader who has to say, what an ugly car. C'mon, are you kidding me? There, I've said it. I'll say something else. Inappropriate bulges, missing side body cutaways, the front half looks like it's glued to the back half, and there really isn't a good angle to be found anywhere except maybe the rear end as it's exiting my sight. This has got to be the goofiest looking car ever made. Oh yeah, and it's ugly. There, I've said it again. Sorry, in my humble opinion, it only proves to me that just because you have a lot of money — and I believe $16.4m is a lot of it — that doesn't necessarily mean you have style. Let's take a vote. I'll bet I'm not the only one who says the car is ugly. There, I've said it again. Let the fun begin! — Mike Ryan, via email Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Responses may be directed to youwrite@sportscarmarket.com. We'll keep a fire extinguisher next to the In Box. $5k Testa Rossa on Sunset Boulevard To the Editor: In a historical context, it is not surprising to me that the 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa sold for $16 million at The Gooding Auction at Pebble Beach (SCM November 2011, p. 36). With Ferrari GTOs selling for $25 million to $30 million, Testa Rossas should sell for that kind of money. What is amazing to me is we rable thing about the car was the incredible sound the four megaphone exhausts coming out the back of the car made (and still makes) at 5,000 to 6,000 rpm. We would drive the car on Sunset Boulevard (Sunset Gran Prix — unsanctioned) and around the streets of L.A. and never get pulled over or ticketed. Those were the days! This car was just an old, $5,000 uncompetitive race car in the 1960s. We used to take the car to the unfenced and unrestricted Willow Springs Race Track north of Los Angeles with nobody else there. We would race around all day with our daily driver Jags, MGs, Healeys and Alfas. We were big-time boy racers. Steve and Chris Cord (future GTO Champion with Gurney and Toyota) were very quick in the Ferrari. The rest of us, not as much. Steve has been a lifelong great friend (we grew up in the same neighborhood in the middle of Los Angeles and attended the same schools, and I was able to live my car-racing fantasies through him. It was never about the money or the potential value of the car. It was about the experience of driving these old race cars (many owned by Steve over the years), which had been such a huge part of racing history driven by our heroes. There were many old race cars stashed around Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s. This led to Steve launching the first Monterey Historics Vintage Races in 1972 — just to get these cars out and running. Today, the value of these old race cars is the result of that rebirth. I just can't get over the fact that 40 years ago I was driving around L.A. in what today is a $16.4 million car. — Dick Messer, Los Angeles, CA Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read Ad Index American Car Collector..............................111 Artcurial ....................................................... 39 Aston Martin of New England................... 103 Auctions America......................................... 19 Autosport Designs...................................... 101 Barrett-Jackson ...................................... 27, 29 Beverly Hills Car Club............................... 105 Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance................ 61 Bonhams ................................................ 23, 25 Canepa.......................................................... 73 Chubb Personal Insurance............................ 21 Classic Motorcar Auctions........................... 97 Classic Restoration....................................... 65 Cobalt Automotive LLC ............................ 131 Collector Car Price Tracker ....................... 115 Collector Studio ......................................... 113 Cooper Classic Collection............................ 89 Copley Motorcars......................................... 64 Corvette Market Insider's Seminar.............. 99 Cosdel ........................................................ 125 Desert Classic Concours d Elegance............ 75 Driversource Houston LLC.................... 47, 69 European Collectibles ................................ 113 Fantasy Junction........................................... 41 Ferrari of Seattle .......................................... 45 Gooding & Company..............................2, 4-5 Grand Prix Classics ~ Lajolla Ca............... 125 Gullwing Motor Cars, Inc.......................... 115 Hagerty Insurance Agency, Inc. ................... 15 Hamann Classic Cars................................. 121 Heritage Classics.......................................... 63 Hyman, LTD ................................................ 93 Infinity Insurance Companies .................... 132 Intercity Lines .............................................. 33 JC Taylor...................................................... 71 JJ Best Banc & Co ..................................... 123 John R. 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More recently, however, I have rediscovered motorcycles and look forward to any coverage you provide in your fine publication. With interest growing in vintage bikes, have you considered a spin-off similar to your Corvette Market publication? I, for one, would subscribe. — Bob Ropelewski, via email A new enabler/pusher for Keith Martin To the Editor: Publisher Martin recently asked in his weekly SCM Newsletter blog for recommendations for a good, under-$10k car and an exciting weekend drive. My recommendation for trouble-free motoring in a great handling car under $10k is a Porsche 944 S2 or 944 Turbo. Both can be had in great condition for under $10k. Very dependable, great looks, great handling, decent speed, good gas mileage. Bonus — the sunroof removed is great for those sunny days. This car is underappreciated. Luggage is easily stowed in the hatch. Here is my suggested road-trip route: This is a three-day trip, but it is a lot of fun. The days are easy drives, plus Montana's speed limit is 70 mph on secondary roads in daylight. This is best done in September after Labor Day — watch weather forecasts and it's always a good idea to get construction updates. Day One: Drive west out of Bozeman, MT, after staying the night in the Gallatin River Lodge. Breakfast at lodge or Cateye Café in downtown Bozeman. Drive east on I-90 to Livingston, MT. South out of Livingston on Highway 89 to Yellowstone National Park (after lunch at Mark's In and Out Burger in season, or if leaving earlier, breakfast at Northern Pacific Beanery in Livingston). Through Yellowstone south to Old Faithful, stay overnight and dinner in Old Faithful Inn. Can extend this with a trip around the Yellowstone loops or turning at Norris to Canyon on way to Old Faithful for trip to Yellowstone Falls. Routes in Yellowstone can be congested in summer by tourists and in fall by bison, elk, bears etc…. Getting to the Inn early allows a stroll through the Geyser Basin — spectacular surroundings and Old Faithful blows every hour or so. Day Two: Get up early for breakfast in Old Faithful Inn and then drive through cool fog east past Yellowstone Lake to east exit (watch for animals). Exit Park and drive to Cody, WY, and then head north on Wyoming 120 to Wyoming 296, also known as the Chief Joseph Highway. West to Cooke City at Hwy 212 for lunch and a trek to the Cooke City General Store for chocolate almonds and chocolatecovered raisins. Run east along Hwy 212 (Beartooth Highway) to Red Lodge, MT. Stay overnight in Pollard Hotel (downtown Red Lodge), dinner at Carbon County Steakhouse or Bridge Creek Backcountry Kitchen, and breakfast at Red Lodge Café or Regis Café. Day Three: Take Highway 78 out of Red Lodge to Columbus. If time permits and a short hike is acceptable, take Montana 419 to the end and walk about a mile up the Stillwater Gorge. Beautiful walk on an easy path along the raging river —and very nice halfhour drive to get there through “Montana's Alps.” West along I-90 to Bozeman, MT, for lunch at Montana Ale Works or Over the Tapas. End of tour. Fish at Gallatin River Lodge, which will be something you wished you did before you left! Guides can be procured for a fly-fishing lesson and good fishing tips, gear and so on. — Robert Godby, Laramie, WY Eratta Alex Hofberg, owner of Watchworks in Portland, OR, was a contributor to the Allure of the Automobile exhibition at the Portland Art Museum during the summer of 2011. Hofberg's name was misspelled in the contributor list published on p. 14 in the December 2011 issue. ♦ Sports Car Market


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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg What to Do With a Flawed 1962 Rolex 6234? We all eventually face that age-old question: restore, refinish or leave it alone? As with cars, so go watches. What is the prudent course of action when a watch finds you that is rare and valuable — but also has significant cosmetic flaws? Unlike automobiles — which hav many conditional variables, from pain upholstery to chrome to dash gauges a controls — in many cases, the sing most important factor to the appeal o a watch comes down to the condition and originality of the dial. Cases can be repaired or repol- ished, crystals can be sourced or custom cut, straps are often generic or interchangeable, but the dial of the watch is the single part that — if it is not available new from the original manufacturer or sourced used — can make or break the value of a rare watch. The pictured Rolex 6234 chrono graph from 1962 is an ideal example o this dilemma. Clearly, the dial condit detracts from the immediate overall peal. Yet Rolex sport watches — sp cally ones complicated by stopwatch f as this one is — are some of the most highly prized collectible watches. As a watch is used through the years, the dial is subjected to abuse from potential water damage, UV rays, hamhanded watchmakers who can leave scratches while removing the hands during service — or even radiation burns from the radiumfilled luminous hands on older pieces. As the lacquer that seals the finish breaks down, the dial can spot or tarnish, which sometimes causes a pleasant, consistent patina (which in some cases adds value if judged to be attractive). Or, as in this case, the watch gets uneven, unattractive age spotting. Sometimes the manufacturer can assist in restoration and will supply dials from old stock or arrange to have a new dial created, Neat Stuff by Tony Piff Race against Yourself with GPS Lap Timer The Solo lap timer from AiM Racing uses GPS to locate your exact position on the globe and on the track, eliminating the need for a buddy with a stop-watch in the pit lane. The unit comes with a built-in database of known race courses; you teach it new routes simply by driving them — which means the daily commute just got a lot more interesting. About $500 from www.aimsportline. com. but Rolex does not seem to have any interest in restoration of vintage watches. They would most likely refuse to perform any service whatsoever on this watch. They would probably call the watch “obsolete,” and, if they have a supply of vintage chronograph y won't admit it. ugh there are plenty of firms available that spe- n the refinishing of watch dials, none that I am of can return a job that would pass for original. ther the finish would appear overly bright and new, or the tracking and printing on the complex fractional seconds divisions would be inexact or sloppy — or both. The best job would still have the valuation effect that a salvage title has on a car sale. With such high stakes, parts collections amassed by watchmakers who worked on watches of this kind and who were active from the 1940s through the mid 1980s can be incred- ly valuable. A picker lucky enough to stumble onto a cache of vintage dials can turn them into a big pile of cash. Beware of any dials offered online as original. ging by a photo is rather difficult, and with so t stake, the potential monetary rewards bring some crupulous dealers — with very questionable prod- o the market. t is the practical value effect on this example? Assuming all other variables are constant and the overall condition is acceptable on two watches, the watch pictured might sell to a collector who will love it as is, has thoughts on where to find an improved dial or is willing to roll the dice on a refinish job. That buyer will pay upwards of $12k to $15k for the watch with the flawed dial. Another watch of the same model with a dial in fine condition will be worth double that or more. Details Production Date: 1962 Best way to wear one: While driving your Aston Martin DB4 or Mercedes-Benz 300SL convertible. Ratings ( Rarity: Durability: Parts/Service Availability: Cool Factor: is best): Mud-Romping Tankboard Climbs Mountains, Bombs Hills Ever wanted to snowboard uphill in the summertime or jet-ski down a dry riverbed? The DTV Shredder's rubber snowmobile treads are equally at home traversing powder, mud, dirt and boulders, and will haul whiteknuckled riders at speeds of up to 30 mph. The intake for the 200-cc/18hp 4-stroke is built into the handle, so even stream crossings are not a problem. And since the Shredder folds up small enough to fit in your car, it can truly go anywhere. $2,599 from www.bpg-werks.com. ♦ 26 Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1957 Fiat 642 Bartoletti Ferrari Race Car Transporter Racing car transporters are cool, especially those of the vintage European kind. I referred to these, and reviewed a couple in the February 2011 issue of SCM (p. 28), and here we have one of the latest and greatest. You may remember that in Gooding's recent Monterey auction, a similar — and real — Fiat-Bartoletti 682 just sold shy of the $1m mark. So, if you were one of the underbidders on that, or just daydreaming that you were, I have good news. You've got another chance, and it won't break the bank or require an airplane hangar for storage. CMC Classical Models has really done it this time with their brand-new, 1:18 scale model of the Fiat 642 RN2 Bartoletti Ferrari race car transporter. Try saying that after a few glasses of Chianti. The word “amazing” is used too often these days, but it truly applies here. This is one sizable piece. It measures 20 inches long, and that's before you extend the ramps. It's not a lightweight either, weighing in at almost ten pounds. The detail level is immense. CMC states that each model is hand-assembled and composed of 3,115 individual parts, some of which are stainless steel, aluminum, zinc alloy, leather, rubber and so on. When unpacking and preparing this model for display, make sure you follow the comprehensive step-by-step manual. You'll get a chance to view the fully complete undercarriage, which is faithful to the original down to the complete driveline, all cables, hydraulic hose lines and so much more. It took me a moment or two to realize that the mechanical clamp mechanism holding the spare tire is fully functional. This model has so many working features, and Model Details Production date: 2011 Quantity: No set number at this time SCM Five-Star Rating: Overal Quality: Authenticity: Overall Value: Web: www.cmc-modelcars.de/us many are quite delicate. I can't remember the last time I actually spent so much time looking over a model. One of many surprises was the triplehinged, adjustable rear-view mirrors. There is an incredible amount to see and to play with. Little opening flaps, compartments and doors are everywhere. Just aft of the right rear wheels is a lift-up door that exposes a drawer. Grasp the little knob ever so carefully, slide the drawer out and inside are four removable — and usable — wheel chocks. Naturally, the auto hoist ramps can be properly Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton The Complete Book of Porsche 911: Every Model Since 1964 By Randy Leffingwell, Motorbooks, 288 pages, $32.85, Amazon Some designs are simply right. Think about Helvetica type, an Eames chair or a Fender Stratocaster. All are examples of ground-breaking designs that set new standards of elegance and utility and continue to remain useful and desired decades after they appeared. The Porsche 911 should be on that list as well. Starting in 1964 and continuing through today, the 911 demonstrates all the qualities of iconic design. It remains as viable as ever, while retaining its essential style across nearly 50 years of production. More than that, it retains its essence: a half-century of polishing and refining Ferdinand Porsche's goal of producing a fast, lively car with an elegant exterior and little ornamentation. If you put a 1962 Porsche 901 (the first 82 cars were built as 901s until Peugeot complained, so they were rebadged as 911s before leaving the factory) next to a brand new 2012 GT3, the visual and mechanical DNA is unmistakable. Randy Leffingwell has compiled a model-by-model look at the entire run (including a brief history of what came before) for production and racing 911s. More than 50 models are detailed, with plenty of rare images offering visual keys to the changing faces. There also are detailed specifications that allow readers to compare the subtle and not-so-subtle growth from sedate '60s street car to some of the retina-tearing supercars of today. There is plenty of back-story, telling details and anecdotes you can quietly drop on your Porsche friends, as well as the business backdrop that alternately threatened and helped nurture and grow the model. And like any story of the ages, there are plenty of family fights, internal squabbles, opposing agendas, moments of genius and gross stupidity, any of which could have ended the story at any time. 28 But, like the Dude, the 911 abides, enduring without yielding, and is looking forward to another 50 years. Provenance: Randy Leffingwell, a wellauthor known automotive photographer, and brings personal passion to the subject. He is the Historical Editor of Excellence, a Porsche fan magazine, and his research covers the entire sweep of the 911 story. Fit and finish: A lovely, quiet and functional design by Cindy Samargia Laun gives great display to nearly 400 images, most in color, and provides a frame for subject matter that lacks unnecessary ornamentation. Sometimes the direct linkage from the text to the images gets out of kilter, but that's just a quibble. Drivability: I've never owned a 911, though I've kicked a few tires from time to time, and I've driven more than a few. Driving a 911 always gives me appreciation for the simplicity of design and a sense of tactile joy. It's like using a tool that is just right. Despite approaching The Complete Book of Porsche 911 with a sense of “does the world really need another 911 book?” dread, reading the text and poring over the photos gave me that same feeling — the sense of simple competence and utility — that Leffingwell created in telling the 911 story. ♦ Sports Car Market raised and lowered. Move up to the cab, and if you open the passenger side door, you will be able to easily lift up the rearhinged, leather-covered engine cover and view that 92-hp, inline 6-cylinder diesel in all its glory. Don't worry about opening any of the doors too wide, as there are well-scaled leather straps attached to prevent them swinging farther than they should. Front and rear seats are also covered in red leather. Every dash switch and control is present, as well as other details, such as the two adjustable, amber-tinted sun visors. Throughout the interior, beautiful chrome trim edging finishes things off nicely. If some of you want a little more, may I suggest adding a few of CMC's Ferrari race cars to display with it, and oh yes, also their upcoming release of the Maserati race transporter. That way you can have some pretty unique bookends. This is a must-have model. It is priced at $895 and is available from CMC.


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Affordable Classic Volvo P1800E vs. Ferrari 308 GTS The $20,900 Question: Volvo P1800E or Ferrari 308 GTS? “Volvos are built to last — they are tractors. Ferraris are built to be repaired and to be looked at” “The P1800 is for real car guys. The Ferrari is for the gold-chain set. I'll take the Volvo” E ditor's note: We asked you, our loyal readers, for your take on an Affordable Classic. Two cars sold for $20,900 at RM's Hershey auction — a 1972 Volvo P1800E coupe (Lot 105) and a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS (Lot 143). Which car was the best buy? Here are your responses: Steve Vining, via email: Ferrari is the better buy at $20,900, though the Volvo will likely start more often.... Terry Parkhurst, Seattle, WA: Putting forth the notion that a Volvo, any Volvo, might be considered a better buy than any Ferrari, in a magazine devoted to sports cars, is akin to former radio talk show host Tom Leykis shrieking, “Women are attention whores!” Both are guaranteed a series of responses, most consumed with passion and backed up by vitriol. But in the case of the two automobiles — one a '78 Ferrari 308 GTS, and the other a '72 Volvo P1800E — both of which sold for $20,900 recently at Hershey, PA, consider first, could the former sell for less, somewhere down the line? And could the latter sell for more, also somewhere down the line? Given how Ferrari 308 GTS autos have fluctuated in that direction, it's possible; just as the rise in prices for the svelte Swedish sports car make it possible that in the next year or two, a P1800E might go for $25,000 or more. Still, the economics of it is only one aspect. If you drive a 308 GTS, you have to be concerned about where you park, so as to not have the car stolen. You also have to worry about having a parking jockey, who thinks he's Magnum PI, in control of your Ferrari. With the P1800, the guys with the saggy pants aren't going to want it, or even know what it is. Moreover, if you give the keys to the Volvo to a parking attendant, it's likely he will drive it carefully, if indeed he doesn't give the keys to someone else. They may know that Roger Moore was James Bond, but it's unlikely they've seen him drive a P1800S in “The Saint.” The P1800E is one of the few automobiles that have been featured at MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York City; it beats the 308 GTS in that regard. And when you ask for insurance on a car, any Volvo is going to be treated with more respect than any Ferrari. You don't read in the dailies about some guy wrecking a Volvo in a fit of irrational exuberance, but it happens about twice a year with Ferraris. Even DEA 30 guys, parking a drug dealer's Ferrari, get into the act. Style is relative, and so the notion that a Volvo P1800E could best a car — Ferrari — that most people feel defines style, is a new concept. But like all new concepts, at some point it seems self-evident. The buyer of that car at Hershey understood that, as well as the notion that value isn't always the same thing as paying the least for the most. Jeffrey Breneiser, via email: Why pay $20k for a used Ferrari that will need its weight in gold for maintenance every 10k miles when a used Volvo will go forever before you have to change the oil.... David Brill, Middletown, CT: In this particular case, I'd go with the Volvo. The Volvo may not currently have the “investor” potential of the Ferrari, but that's where the cons end for me. They have distinct individual styling, both of which I like. However, I do like to stand out in a crowd a bit and the Volvo is relatively unknown and draws looks everywhere and comments, questions… what is it? It starts conversations. The Ferrari is a beautiful car, and if one was given to me I'd certainly keep and enjoy it fully, but it is your typical red over tan and doesn't really stand out from the crowd — especially the Ferrari crowd. The other downside is that despite the fact that someone said the belts/timing chains are fine, at 50k-plus miles, there's another $8,000-plus that you KNOW you're going to be spending sometime soon. I would imagine the Volvo to be well-sorted and will not need $8,000 of anything for quite some time. Dave Wetzel, via email: I feel the Ferrari was the Sports Car Market Courtesy of RM Auctions


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better buy. Look at RM's estimate for each of them. They are usually pretty close. You can see there were two people who were fighting over the Volvo that just wanted it really bad and were willing to overpay for it. On the other hand, there obviously weren't that many 308 fans in the room to bid up the Ferrari to where it should have been. In the long run, the person who bought the Ferrari will have more fun, looks and probably make a few bucks after enjoying it for a few years. Let's be honest, nobody grows up saying, “Someday I want to own a Volvo.” Paul Turek, via email: The P1800 is a daily driver; the Ferrari is a garage queen. You can restore the Volvo for the price of the Ferrari tune-up. Joe Stricker, Warren, MI: One sentence in the Ferrari's auction catalog description says it all: “The belts and timing chains were not replaced, however, as they were reported to be in fine running order.” How long do you think the prices for the two cars will remain equal? David Funnell, via email: Even though the 308 isn't the Ferrari of my dreams, it's still a better deal than the Volvo. There are no Volvos in my dreams. The 308 is faster, better looking and makes better sounds. It's a GTS, so the roof comes off. What would you rather look at when it's time to check the oil — aluminum camshaft covers and intake runners or a plain, stamped-steel camshaft cover? Irvin L. Jaffe, Louisville, KY: The P1800 is for real car guys. The Ferrari is for the gold-chain set. I'll take the Volvo. Vince Manto, via email: This is like comparing ap- ples to oranges, The fact that they both sold for similar money is the only thing they have in common. The 308 has hit rock bottom, but it deserves a better fate — even though the price of repairs is outrageous at best. On the other hand, the Volvo is on its way up, and will likely surpass the 308 in value, but which one would you rather drive, that's the real question. Al Zim, via email: After my first year of college, my father bought me a 544 Volvo. I wore it out quickly. He got a good trade-in, and purchased a 1962 544 with the B18 engine. Since that time, I have happily owned a variety of these cars. During my second year of college, I began working at the local sports car shop. During this time, I obtained intimate knowledge of English, French, Italian and German cars. At the end of my master's degree, I dated a lovely woman, and we subsequently married. Her mother was German and her father was Italian, but she claimed to be all Italian (and still does). When we went out on our own, my experience dictated that we leave the almostnew Fiat Spider with her parents. Over the years, some of the German emerged but never enough to offset the Italian. My down-to-earth, practical hopes remained — as did my choice in cars. Viva Volvo. Hans Christian, Copenhagen, Denmark: Volvos are built to last — they are tractors. Ferraris are built to be repaired and to be looked at. Vaughan Whalen, via email: My heart would say Ferrari, be damned passing smog tests, be gone highpriced parts. Everything else says to buy the Volvo. No smog tests ever, available parts, more amenable to home maintenance. The Volvo is likely to go up in value too, But look at the shape of the 308, it is rolling sculpture…. January 2012 “In the long run, the person who bought the Ferrari will have more fun” Jay Mackro, San Juan Capistrano, CA: I'd choose the Volvo P1800 in a heart- beat. It's almost a cliché to point out that the Volvo will be far cheaper to maintain than a 33-year-old Ferrari, but that's the most significant difference. $21,000 buys you a Volvo that's ready to enjoy for years, with only normal automotive maintenance. In Ferrari Land, $21,000 is just the initiation fee to join a club with hugely ex- pensive dues. Beyond cost of ownership, with a P1800 you are getting a collector car whose star seems to be rising — I see increasing interest in this model. The 308 will continue to decline in value, as newer, better Ferrari models take its place as moderately-priced collector cars. The Volvo is far more usable — you can take it to the grocery store as well as to shows and tours. A Ferrari is, well, a Ferrari — its cost-per-mile discourages racking up the odometer on frivolous errands. Consequently, you'll get a lot more enjoyment out of the P1800. And who wants to be kidded about Magnum PI and gold chains every time you show up at an event? Robert Redner, via email: I hate to say it, but the Volvo is a better buy. The Ferrari will be a money pit and never appreciate. The Volvo can be collected at a reasonable price, and it will appreciate. Now, if we could transplant the Ferrari engine into the Volvo…. Greg Morrison, Spokane, WA: Having owned both, the carbureted Ferrari has a better fuel delivery system than the early version of the Volvo's fuel injection system that is in the 1972 P1800E. However, from a cost standpoint, a $20k Ferrari is probably going to need a thor- ough mechanical freshening, and that means money — lots of it — whereas at $20k that's probably one of the nicest P1800Es in the country. But if money isn't an issue, then a Ferrari will always trump a Volvo in the fun, style and admiration departments. While Volvo has an interesting heritage, I don't recall Volvo winning many F1 Constructors' Championships, and a good racing heritage always has a positive effect on fun and value. Jim Sucharski, via email: This call is a lot tougher than it seems on the surface. The 308 IS a Ferrari, albeit with relatively high mileage, surface rust and no hope of appreciation. The cost of driving this car would doubtlessly exceed the initial investment in short order. And Tom Selleck is only a B-grade celebrity, after all. The P1800 is a major outlier from an idiosyncratic manufacturer: Volvo. It has the performance and technology of a multitude of 1960s-style English sports cars. The styling is a bit of a mash-up of Euro and Detroit influences, but it is roomy, sportish and reliable as an anvil. It has about the same number of miles as the 308, but on a lifeline the Volvo is a relative baby. It seems to have an upside financially, and it won't eat you out of house and home. My vote has to go to the clear eyed-Swede, in lieu of the dreamy Italian. P.S. Roger Moore probably rates as a B+ anyway. ♦ 31


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Legal Files John Draneas Avoiding Car Storage Nightmares No matter how much coverage the facility maintains, don't count on it. Keep your own insurance in full force these contractual provisions are actually enforceable in a given circumstance is dependent upon state law and the particular facts of the situation. However, the savvy collector should just assume that these provisions are enforceable to avoid unfortunate results. That means there are two things the collector should care very much about: making sure that the facility is reputable and dependable, and making sure that the car is adequately insured. Broad range of options Commercial facilities cover a broad range. At one extreme, a client stored his Shelby S/C Cobra in a heated mini-storage facility near his home for over 20 years without incident. At the other storage extreme are high-end facilities, such as Club Carrera in Bend, OR. Club Carrera is affiliated with the Bend Who is storing your car is as important as where you store your car M ost serious car collectors eventually run out of space to store their cars. That niceto-have problem launches an urgent search for additional storage space. Entrepreneurs have responded to this fact of collector car life, and numerous commercial car storage facilities have sprung up across the country. That prompted an email from SCMer John Motroni, who suggested, “Shouldn't ‘Legal Files' take a look at the legal issues involved?” Simple legal principles The legal principles involved here are pretty simple ones. When you store your car in a commercial storage facility, the law classifies the situation in either of two ways: 1. If the facility has no control over your car, and you have complete control over the rented space, it is merely a lease. The best example of this is when you rent a mini-storage space to store your prized possession. The facility generally has no liability for what happens inside your space. 2. Where the facility has some control over your car — or it is stored in a common area where others have access — the law usually classifies the relationship as a bailment. That means that the facility is required to exercise reasonable care to protect your collector car. Obviously, there can be many situations in between that make the categorization gray, but that really doesn't make much of a practical difference. In either case, liability on the part of the facility is dependent upon a showing of negligence — a failure to exercise the care that a reasonable person would exercise under similar circumstances. Most commercial facilities will present the collec- tor with a storage contract that tries to eliminate their liability altogether — or to limit it severely, such as requiring a showing of “gross negligence.” Whether 32 Porsche dealer, Carrera Motors, owned by longtime SCMer Tom Anderson. The facility is state-of-the-art, with significant security systems. They cater to collectors who want to take advantage of Oregon's “tax haven” status for car collectors — no sales tax and nearly free registrations. For about $6,000 per year, you get warm and secure storage for one car and a few accessories (rates go down for multiple cars), round-the-clock airport service, and membership in the club and use of its meeting and entertainment facilities. They have an in-house detail shop, they can arrange service work for you, they will start and drive your car periodically if you want, and you can even borrow the dealership's service facilities to do your own work. A quick Internet search will locate numerous options in between. Some are pretty scary. Many are operated by owners of otherwise vacant commercial buildings who had the bright idea that they could generate some easy rental income this way, but who know nothing about collectors and their needs. What to look for You have to do your due diligence before selecting the storage facility. That could be as much work as checking out the car when you bought it. Here are some key points to look into: • Track record: Make sure the facility is experienced and capable. Protecting your car is far too important to deal with an amateur operation, no matter how cheap it might appear. Get the names of some tenants, and talk to them about their experiences. • Insurance coverage: Ask what types and limits of insurance the facility main- tains. If they have none, or very little, run away. If they are insured, ask for a copy of their policy for inspection. But no matter how much coverage the facility maintains, don't count on it. Keep your own insurance in full force. The facility's insurance will cover you only for damage that is the facility's fault — and that is often limited by the terms of the storage contract. You probably don't get coverage for anything that is not the fault of the facility, such as other tenants' actions or casualties that are not their fault. Jim Fiske, Chubb Personal Insurance vice president, says that the biggest collector car risk is fire or other natural catastrophe — not theft or crashes. McKeel Hagerty, President of Hagerty Collector Car Insurance Co., points out that even if the facility's coverage applies, it won't be agreed value, and the claim won't be adjusted by someone who knows much about the intricacies of repairing damaged collector cars. Even if fault lies with the facility, your insurance company will be very helpful to you. They will simply pay your claim — whether it is repairing or paying off your car — and then seek reimbursement from the facility's insurance carrier. That takes the pressure off you, and it shouldn't raise your insurance rates. • Security: Inquire about the facility's security systems. How easy is it to gain Sports Car Market


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access to the facility? Once inside, what protections are afforded against theft and molestation by other tenants? While it is best to have your own secure space, that isn't always practical or af- fordable. The most common configuration gives you a defined parking space within a larger shared area. That lets other tenants get close enough to your car to damage it. Check the rules about what tenants are allowed to do around their cars — working on them and most anything having to do with a spray bottle should be no-nos — and make sure they get enforced. Finally, if the unthinkable happens, how are you going to know what caused it? High-end facilities such as Club Carrera typically have sophisticated electronic access controls and closed-circuit cameras that monitor everything that happens inside the facility. • Building systems: Check out the facility's electrical and other systems for safety. Fiske points out that Chubb will, for its larger customers (more than $500,000 of coverage), come and inspect the facility. (Hagerty offers a similar service.) Chubb even uses a thermal scan camera to inspect the facility's in-wall electric wiring for defects. One of Chubb's largest claims involved a fire caused by a refrigerator, microwave and humidifier all plugged into the same overloaded circuit that severely damaged 30 collector cars. Fiske speculates that the thermal scan camera, if then available, may have prevented the fire — and the loss. • Check out the neighborhood: Obviously, you don't want to use a facility located in a high-crime neighborhood. But neighborhood problems can be more subtle. Hagerty tells the story of a very professionally run facility that had everything going for it — good location in a nice industrial development, good systems and security. The only problem turned out to be that its next-door neighbor operated a propane bottling facility. A large propane tank got damaged and took off like a missile. It blew through the adjoining wall and into the car storage facility, where it exploded and damaged a number of cars. Out of sight, out of mind Once you select your storage facility, don't leave your car alone for long periods of time. Check on it regularly because bad stuff happens — sometimes quickly, but most often slowly. Aside from the maintenance issues — we all know that cars that sit wear out faster than those that are driven reasonable amounts — regular check-ins can spot problems before they become dangerous or destructive. Think fuel leaks, hazardous chemicals, inappropriate behavior of other tenants, encroachments, facility mismanagement — the list of risks that can be discovered by simply showing up every now and then is endless. Bringing it all back home Although we've focused on the evaluation of com- mercial facilities, much of the advice is equally applicable to your own garage. It's not a bad idea to look at it critically. Are the security and building systems up to snuff? Would you store your car there if it were a commercial facility? The last word goes to Hagerty, who once inspected a multimillion-dollar collection housed in the owner's personal storage facility. He expressed his surprise that the custom-built, knock-your-socks-off facility did not have fire sprinklers. “After all,” he pointed out to the collector, “there are no small car storage facility fires. The cars catch fire one after the other as the fire reaches the fuel sources.” The owner shrugged, stammered, and then replied, “Yeah, you're right. I did actually consider it when I built the garage, but it would have been another $10,000.” Think about that for a second. ♦ 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 2012 33


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Event Fairfield County Concours 2011 Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance This show, after eight years, is one of the places to be for car collectors by Donald Osborne winning car from each invited to Sunday's show. Between Saturday and Sunday, the ample grounds of the Hunt Club welcomed more than 10,000 spectators. Sunday saw more than 100 cars and motorcycles arrayed in chronological order from 1903 to 2011, as well as 83 cars in special and featured classes. Entrants came from as far as The Netherlands, the U.K. and California. Special displays included Formula 1 cars highlighted by the 2009 Force India VJM02 in which Giancarlo Fisichella finished 2nd at Spa. Team Principal Vijay Mallya entered the car. Other cars on display seen were racers SCMer Robert Wilder accepts the SCM Significant Vehicle Award for his 1955 Gilco-OSCA-Comirato Special C oming of age is a rite that can take many forms. For a concours event, it generally doesn't involve bloodletting or alteration of body parts, but it can be clearly sensed and seen. As so many new events have crowded the calendar in the past few years, the first hurdle for all is simply survival. Once past that, it takes a particular combination of location, entries, attendees, sponsors and something ultimately indefinable to make an event the place to be on a given weekend. The Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance of Westport, CT, is one such place. In its eight years of existence, it has established itself on the spacious and gracious grounds of the Fairfield County Hunt Club, filling the Saturday of the weekend with car club and seminar events as well as an autism charity benefit tour masterminded by noted vintage rally masters Rich and Jean Taylor. Building on the Presenting Sponsorship of Porsche Cars North America, which arrived in 2008, auctioneers Bonhams brought their automobilia and motorcars auction to the show in 2010, signaling another major step forward. For 2011, it all seemed to come together in the effortless way the best shows do in their prime. Clubs and cars galore The Classic Car Club of America's Metro and New England Regions held a Grand Classic at the show on Saturday, with the winners of their concours judging invited to be shown in a special display on Sunday's Concours field. Also on the field Saturday were the New England Region Ferrari Club of America, Jaguar Club of Southern New England, Maserati Club of America Northeast Region, the CT/Westchester and NYC/LI sections of the MercedesBenz Club, the Audi Club of North America's Northeast Chapter and the Connecticut Valley Region of the Porsche Club of America, with one Details Plan ahead: September 15–16, 2012 Cost: $35 More: www.fairfieldcountyconcours.com 34 driven by James Hunt and Peter Revson, as well as a 1931 Bugatti Type 51GP. Also honored was the legendary Chrysler Hemi V8 engine, with an assortment of Hemiequipped machines that ranged from a Cunningham C-3 — one of three on the field — a Chrysler Ghia SWB Prototype and even a Hemi-powered generator. One of the judged featured classes included a salute to the Jaguar E-type's 50th anniversary, and the class boasted James Strickland's 1961 E-type roadster chassis number 006, a lightweight competition coupe from the Collier Collection and Mallya's D-type, which showed where it all started. Barn finds — and preservation The Fairfield County Concours pioneered the showing of barn find cars, and its second annual national search yielded such gems as the last “lost” Cunningham C-3, a Mini Cooper and a delightful Lancia Appia. To illustrate the difference between barn find and preservation, a FIVA-sponsored Pre-War Preservation class was on the field, with the nod going to a wonderfully kept 1930 Ford Model A Tudor, which beat stiff competition from a host of luxury classics. Each year, the concours honors people in the hobby who have worked to broaden the reach of the community, and this year's recipients of the “Sharing the Passion” award were the Featured Artist, writer and SCMer Peter Egan, for his years of great storytelling about life with cars and motorcycles, and McKeel Hagerty for his work in establishing the Collectors Foundation Operation Ignite! for youth involvement, and the Historic Vehicle Association, the North American affiliate of FIVA. Top honors, or the Grand Prix d'Honneur Domestic, went to the stunning 1929 Stutz M-8 of Ralph Marano Sr., and the foreign prize went to the majestic 1926 Hispano-Suiza 6B of Frank Ricciardelli. SCM, a founding sponsor of the show, awards a trophy for Significant Vehicle, chosen and presented by yours truly, the show's emcee. This year's winner was a wonderful little Italian racer, the name of which was almost longer than the car — a 1955 Gilco-OSCAComirato Special owned by SCMer Robert Wilder. It has also been said that a measure of a great show are the vehicles in which spectators arrive. And although there were no Hispano-Suizas spotted, a look through the parking fields of the 2011 Fairfield County Concours revealed another show onto itself, further proof if any were needed that this show has well and truly arrived. ♦ SCM Digital Bonus. Complete list of award winners and additional images Sports Car Market Michael Alan Ross


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Event Glenmoor Gathering 2011 Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles Eight Marmon Sixteens were on display, and the nearby Crawford Museum showed its one-off 1933 Peerless 16-cylinder prototype by Murphy by Bill Rothermel A pair of Marmon Sixteens at the CCCA Classic on Saturday at Glenmoor S ynonyms for “significant” include “important,” “noteworthy” and “major,” which all describe the 17th Annual Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles at the Glenmoor Country Club in Canton, OH, on September 16–17. Along with Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and The Elegance at Hershey, your Car Bucket List should include the Glenmoor Gathering. It's just that good. The setting is lovely and there's plenty to occupy one's automotive appetite. And there are cars, cars and more cars. The parade of great cars never seemed to end. In addition to the Sunday Concours and art exhibition featuring eleven automotive artists, Friday arrivals were invited to park their cars on the lawn at the Country Club entrance, which provided a preview of the car-saturated weekend. Saturday's CCCA Grand Classic fielded more than 60 examples of the heavyweights, and Sunday's concours included exhibits of exotics and world-class performance machinery. Not quite enough? How about Friday's golf tournament, welcome party on the patio and seminars on the Chrysler Turbine Car and coachbuilt cars? Saturday included a road tour and gala dinner celebration — and Classic Motorcar Auction's Grande Salon Antique and Classic Car Auction. Affordable cars were sprinkled throughout the auction, although the high sale went to a non-running 1933 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan by LeBaron in need of complete restoration, which sold for $160k. Look for it on the showfield in two years. This year's Sunday concours featured three special classes: Avant Garde: Early Front-Wheel Drive Vehicles, Sixteen-Cylinder Motorcars, and The Automobiles of Darrin, which included more than a dozen 1938–42 Packards. Remarkably, eight Marmon Sixteens were on display, and the Details Plan ahead: September 14–16, 2012 Where: Glenmoor Country Club, Canton, OH Cost: $24 More: www.glenmoorgathering.com The former Tom Mix 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton SCM Digital Bonus. Complete list of award winners and additional images 36 Sports Car Market nearby Crawford Museum showed its one-off 1933 Peerless 16-cylinder prototype by Murphy. Among the Darrin Packards, Eugene Tareshawty's 1940 Custom 180 Sport Sedan was awarded Best in Class (Closed) among CCCA Classics, and Robert Briglia's 1933 Twelve Cabriolet deVille by Fernandez & Darrin garnered Most Elegant Car status. Best in Class among CCCA Classics was the ex-Tom Mix 1937 Cord 812 Supercharged Phaeton fresh from restoration and now owned by SCMer Bob White. People's Choice was given to Brent Merrill and his 1932 Marmon Sixteen Convertible Sedan by LeBaron. Best of Show was awarded to a stunning 1938 Bugatti 57C Drophead Coupe by Gangloff, owned by the Off Brothers: SCMers Ron Elenbaas and Bill Johnson. More than 200 cars in 26 classes graced the golf course in the 2011 event, which posted both a record number of automobiles and attendees. ♦ Bill Rothermel


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Event 2011 Ironstone Concours 2011 Ironstone Concours d'Elegance New cars and new classes add to the allure of this high-quality event by Michael Leven Closed and Open Best of Show winners — 1941 Mercury woodie wagon and 1915 Stutz Bearcat G raced by beautiful autumn weather and high-quality entries, the 15th Annual Ironstone Concours d'Elegance in Murphys, CA, once again proved a rousing success. This event is one of the yearly highlights in the Northern California collector car scene. Putting an exclamation point on this, the event continues to have the support of the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV, which this year displayed an immaculate, bright red 1913 Stutz Series B Bearcat, a true supercar of its era. The 2011 concours, held on September 24, sported a slightly different look. The organizing committee did a wonderful job of keeping the event fresh by attracting new cars and creating several new classes. It is amazing that so many previously unseen, nicely restored cars keep coming out of the same geographic footprint in a seemingly non-stop manner. Kudos to Entry Coordinator Chris Bock and his team. Preservation classes Reflecting the ever-increasing interest in original cars, the preservation classes (yes, plural) were well represented. A real highlight of the pre-World War II class was a 1918 Chevrolet V8 Touring, owned by Luke Rizzuto, who used the car to complete the centennial re-enactment of the North American leg of the 1908 Great Race, an event he helped organize. The post-war class had more than a dozen entries and was won by the 1957 Dual Ghia of SCMer John White, although many appreciated the 1960 Borgward Isabella of Curt Hoffman, and original owner Claudia Campbell's 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL. More cars, more awards With so many cars of note, favorites and new loves were to be found at every turn. Steve Finn's 1932 Lincoln KB convertible by LeBaron was imposing, yet elegant and almost understated, even in pastel green two-tone. Gene and Colleen Clarke brought their 1948 Tucker Torpedo, which looked downright mainstream in its jet black livery. Or what about SCMer John Grosseto's 1955 OSCA MT4 Details Plan ahead: September 22, 2012 Where: Ironstone Winery, Murphy, CA Cost: $20 per adult or $35 per couple. Vehicle entry is $50 More: www.ironstonefoundation.org 38 Morelli Spyder? And then there was that '57 Austin-Healey 3000 I see occasionally on my commute as it goes bombing by me at (something greater than) 65 mph. Now I know that it belongs to David Nock, noted Northern California British car specialist. Best of Show for Closed Cars went to SCMers Wally and Sylvia Hamilton's 1941 Mercury woodie wagon in lustrous Washington Blue, while yet another Stutz Bearcat, this one a yellow 1915 model owned by SCMers John and Linda Muckel from nearby Groveland, took top honors for the Open Class. Sports Car Market Magazine awarded the Spirit of Motoring Award to Wendell Haley for his Sunfire Yellow 1966 Corvette coupe. Mr. Haley personifies the passion, dedication and outstanding stewardship to which we all aspire. The car, which Haley bought new in Southern California, is no trailer queen and is used regularly — albeit sparingly —and it remains unrestored and original. This Corvette is such a part of the family that the next two stewards (Haley's son and teenage granddaughter) have vowed to never sell it. The Spirit of Motoring runs deep with the Haleys, and it is a gladdening prospect that several decades from now this car will still be in the family. It bodes well for the hobby. ♦ SCM Spirit of Motoring winner, Haley's '66 Corvette SCM Digital Bonus. Complete list of award winners and additional images Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Quadricycle A Car From the Dawn of Cars This $4.2m steam-powered car is about as close to the beginning of things as we can get by Miles Collier That this machine still operates as its maker intended is a significant value enhancer T he 1884 De Dion-Bouton et Trepardoux Quadricycle, reputedly the “oldest functioning automobile in the world in private hands,” sold for $4.2 million at the RM Auctions event in Hershey, PA, on October 7, 2011. By all standards, this steam-powered quadricycle is an important piece of technological history. In a world of “firsts” and “onlys,” where the hyperbole machine is engaged 24/7, this early pioneer is the real deal. It stems from the advent of steam that ushered in the Industrial Revolution, and it is a clear descendant of the British road-going locomotives that were mercilessly stamped out by the railroads. During the early 1830s, Goldsworthy Gurney showed the British public that road-going steam carriages could compete with the public horse-drawn coaches of the period. While the British railroad interests were able to destroy the new steam-powered “road locomotives” through predatory tariffs and tolls, the idea of practical self-propulsion over common roads had been well and truly demonstrated. France takes the lead Thanks to the network of “Routes Nationales” cre- ated by Napoleon at the beginning of the 19th century, over which he moved troops and supplies throughout France, the French were blessed with an incomparable asset that uniquely allowed the nascent motorcar flourish as it did nowhere else. 40 to In addition, the class prohibition to “being in trade” was less of an issue in France than Britain, though the eponymous Comte De Dion found himself the target of a conservatorship action brought against him by his family for wasting his substance on worthless and crazed hobbies, such as self-propelled road vehicles. The visionary De Dion teamed with two talented mechanics, Georges Bouton and Charles-Armand Trepardoux. Before the advent of the Otto cycle gasoline engine, steam was the only game in town, and Trepardoux was one of its more creative minds. By inventing a compact and fast boiler — one that could produce usable steam pressure in minutes — the way was opened to practical application in a small, over-theroad package. Our subject car is the third prototype of the trio's steam quadricycles. It surpassed earlier versions by incorporating rear-wheel drive and front-axle steering. The Comte named his new prototype after his mother, La Marquise, and proceeded to use it in arguably the world's first automobile competition — and in subsequent competitions. Conveniently, the new technological marvel was well-documented in contemporary photographs, which allow us to verify that our subject car is the real “La Marquise” of history. Each car being a hand-built prototype allows historians the ability to identify extant idiosyncratic components and fabrications on the machine in period photographs. The start of something big Now let's add all this up and see what it means. First, beginnings and ends of series are of more interest to historians and collectors than objects in the midstream of production. Predating gasoline engines, and, moreover, lying at the beginning of D, B et T production, “La Marquise” has a colorable claim as “the first car in the world.” While perhaps mildly hyperbolic, this is about as close to the beginning of things as we can get. That the Comte himself was known for so stating only reinforces the assertion. Second, “La Marquise” was well-documented photographically in period. That the Sports Car Market shooterz.biz, courtesy of RM Auctions


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physical fabric of the car today can be validated by photographic evidence from the period is hugely important. In addition, the machine featured prominently and successfully in the early motor vehicle competitions of the time, another significant plus. Third, our subject car has always been known. Unlike so many deteriorated barn finds that have to be excavated from under a collapsed roof and five tons of pigeon guano, La Marquise was retained in her first private ownership for 81 years. It was this long-term, responsible ownership that kept this car safe and intact until she was sold to her first enthusiast owner, who did all the right things in the re-commissioning process. Perfect preservation and provenance Many exposures at veteran motoring events, including London-to-Brighton with its careful vetting for authenticity, have built her provenance. So here we have an object that has had no more done to it than necessary to prepare it for sympathetic use. It has been regularly exposed to public view as an operating machine, and has consequently received extensive awards and accolades for its importance. Make no mistake, the fact that this machine still operates as its maker intended is a major value enhancer as well. In our field, operation is taken to be, if not the sine qua non of old cars, at least the first among equals in desirable properties. In fact, it is common to see issues of authenticity and originality regularly subordinated to the directive of “operation at all costs.” Luckily, in this case, that operating dictum has been achieved without doing significant violence to the machine's historic authenticity. In an artifact of this age and importance, that is extraordinary. There also exists relatively extensive documentation of the machine's re-commis- sioning and use. The paper file on La Marquise is important in its ability to answer questions about what was performed on her in the past, and her degree of historical, from-the-period originality. Driving and admiring Finally, let's consider the buyer in this purchase. It is well known that automobile collectors can be sorted into two major categories: experiential versus contemplative users. While no collector is 100 percent one or the other, all collectors are biased towards one side of this dichotomy. Experiential users collect cars for the sensory expe- rience and the gratification that comes from using and experiencing the machine in operation. This isn't to say that the experiential user doesn't have an appreciation for the non-functional attributes of his car, its history or its aesthetics. The point is that the driving experience lies at the heart of the collection. Naturally, if using is central to a collector's motivation, such a goal sets certain limits on the kind of car the experiential owner will be drawn to. Generally, cars that confer a satisfying user experience through thrilling acceleration, crisp handling, reliability and user comfort become important determinants in the selection of cars for his collection. By contrast, the contemplative collector is attracted to this field through a broader and even more personal set of values. In many ways, the contemplative collector looks and acts more like collectors in other fields, interested as he is in completing sets of objects or owning cars in certain chronologies and so on. As with the experiential user, the contemplative col- lector no doubt enjoys experiencing his cars in operation. It is just that operation gives way to other goals, say, owning the oldest automobile in the world. And in this case, it is in this category that our new owner can be found. The driving characteristics of La Marquise, while of interest, are not such as to attract regular use. Rather, I would expect to see this machine being demonstrated to great acclaim at events throughout the old-car world. In sum, when all the issues are favorable — rarity, importance, condition, history and provenance — we can expect an equally favorable price to the seller. As this is the only “earliest car,” I'd have to call the sale fair to both parties. ♦ January 2012 41


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Ferrari Profile 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast There's no need to downshift on a pass, just feed a little throttle, as the Superfast has torque at all rpms by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1964–1966 Number produced: 36 Original list price: $29,300 Current SCM Valuation: $750,000– $1,075,000 Tune-up cost: $3,000 Distributor caps: $450 (two required) Chassis #: Left frame member by steering box Engine #: Right rear above motor mount Club: Ferrari Club of America, P.O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1952–1955 Bentley R-type Continental, 1959–1964 Maserati 5000 GT, 1965–1969 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Coupe SCM Investment Grade: A Comps Chassis number: 6659SF Engine number: 6659SF I n its day, the 500 Superfast represented the pinnacle of Ferrari ownership. Offering 400 horsepower from its 4.9-liter V12 and capable of exceeding 170 mph, the ultra-exclusive 500 SF attracted Ferrari's most elite clients. The 500 Superfast was impossibly powerful, beau- tiful, unbelievably expensive and perfectly suited to high-speed Continental trips in true GT fashion. The 500 Superfast was a logical evolution not only of the 410/400 Superamerica but also the one-off Superfast II styling/engineering exercise of 1960. It was built in a run of only 36 cars typically divided into two series, the first having 24 cars and the second 12. Generally, the differences between the two series involve gearboxes, pedal configurations, clutches and power steering, but, as with all things Ferrari, these distinctions are not always set in stone. The stunning 500 Superfast offered here, chassis 6659SF, is the 22nd Series I car built, and one of only eight right-hand-drive cars. All 500 SFs are, of course, special, but 6659SF is the only one with rear seats. The car features Grigio Argento paint, Rosso Franzi leather and three-duct front wings. It was sold to a client in London for £11,518, a staggering 32,250 1965 U.S. dollars. Later, it was sold to a succession of enthusiasts in Australia, U.K., South Africa and then back to England, where 6659SF received a refurbishment by GTO Engineering. The indicated mileage stands at fewer than 13,200 miles, which is believed to be accurate. A recent inspection confirms that 6659SF is a well- sorted example that remains most impressive today. The paintwork is near-perfect and boot fits are good. The glass appears to be original, blemish-free and excellent. 42 The interior is original and excellent, with a nice patina and minimum wear to both the driver's and passenger's seat bolsters. The walnut wood interior trim is exceptional. The engine bay is detailed, but not overly so. The chrome is very good all around, as are the window trims. When starting the car, one instantly knows that there is serious power underfoot. The engine has a deeper burble than the normal Ferrari V12s, and a small blip of the throttle moves the whole car. However, as powerful as it is, the 500 SF feels controllable and well-mannered. In essence, this is the ultimate gentleman's GT. Driving impressions are excellent. The light clutch inspires confidence, and its larger proportions are not bothersome. The interior is luxurious. The seats are larger than a 275's, you sink into them, and the view across the wooden dash, with its big Nardi wheel, is simply magnificent. The difference in a Superfast over another contemporary 1960s Ferrari is immediately evident. The sheer size of it takes you back in time, and the beautiful aerodynamic shape looks fast even while standing still. These cars are rarely offered at auction. The offering of one of this caliber is a rare occurrence and a unique opportunity for the true connoisseur. Blessed with completely matching numbers, retaining the original 2+2 interior and certified by Ferrari Classiche, this Superfast combines all the required elements of desirability. In the realm of ultra-exclusive Ferrari ownership, it represents perhaps the crowning achievement of Ferrari Gran Turismo production. SCM Analysis This car sold for $1,036,840, including buyer's premium, at RM's London auction on October 26, 2011. Ferraris are admired for being dressed in the finest 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series 1 Lot 268, s/n 5989 SF Condition 2+ Sold at $935,000 RM Auctions, Phoenix, AZ, 1/20/11 SCM# 168691 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II Lot 339, s/n 8565 SF Condition 1- Sold at $1,127,500 RM Auctions, Monterey, CA, 8/13/10 SCM# 165615 1965 Ferrari 500 Superfast Lot 16, s/n 6049SA Condition 2Sold at $814,000 Gooding & Company, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/10 SCM# 159986 Sports Car Market Tom Wood ©2011 Courtesy of RM Auctions RM Auctions


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SCM Digital Bonus fashion by the best Italian coachbuilders, but it is the engine that makes a Ferrari a Ferrari. Starting from their first cars, it was the engines that made the cars win on Sunday, and it was the sound, feel and look of the engines that sold Ferraris on Monday. It has been said that when Colin Chapman was redefining racing with lightweight cars that flew through the corners, Enzo Ferrari declared, “Let the English pass us on the corners, we will motor past them in the straight.” Ferrari's engines have been built in 4-, 6-, 8- and 12-cylinder configurations. They have been supercharged and turbocharged, but, in the end, it is the normally aspirated V12 that fascinates the enthusiasts and fuels the Ferrari legend. Colombo vs. Lampredi There are two basic Ferrari 12-cylinder engine designs: the “Colombo,” which was designed by Gioacchino Colombo, a former Alfa engineer who joined Ferrari in the earliest days of the car company, and the “Lampredi,” which was designed by Aurelio Lampredi, an accomplished designer of scooter, aircraft and automobile engines, who joined Ferrari in 1946. Torque galore Each engine design is distinctive, and Colombos are compact, light and feature re- movable heads. Lampredi motors, also known as long blocks for their extreme length, are heavier, with huge torque and complicated cylinders that screwed into the heads. The relationship between bores and strokes gave each engine unique characteristics of power, sound and enthusiastic followings. There are many features that make the 500 Superfast special, from the driver's side passenger's door release to the beautiful crafted rear window molding, but it was the engine that elevates it from the crowd. A mixture of Colombo's construction and Lampredi's ratios produced a 5-liter, 400-hp V12 that made the 500 Superfast the baddest GT on the streets. Need a little extra power to pass another car? There's no need to downshift, just feed a little throttle, as the Superfast has torque at all rpms. The 500 Superfast is one of the blue-chip investments of the Ferrari world. Ignoring some spikes in their value, SCM's Platinum Auction Database plots a consistent price rise from the $70,000 range in 1983 to the million-dollar mark today. There is credible reasoning that the top of today's market may be as much as $1,500,000, but $900,000 to $1,200,000 seems to be the sweet spot. Compared with most financial instruments of 1983, the Superfast would have been a better bet. Low miles a plus, but not enough La Dolce Vita On the good side, Superfast 6659SF is possibly the lowest mileage of all the 500 Superfasts. The restoration work has been done by top shops, and Ferrari Classiche certification is a good assurance of authenticity. The car features a 5-speed gearbox and air conditioning. Not so good are the right- hand-drive configuration and the one-off rear seats. There are only about 58 right-hand-drive markets in the world, and most of them are small former British territories. The market for RHD Ferraris is far smaller than LHD examples, which equates to lower value. A back seat is a nice feature for a family car, but it doesn't help 6659. Superfasts are the embodiment of La Dolce Vita. They are for spirited drives down the coast or escorting beautiful women to the casino. Picking up kids from soccer practice doesn't fit the dream. RM's car was estimated to bring roughly $925,000 to $1,050,000. It sold for $1,037,000, which reflects the strong market for high-end Ferraris and the excellent condition of the car. The seller got as much as could be expected, and the buyer bought in at fair market value. Barring any serious change in the world economy, the next time we see 6659SF, it will be at a higher value. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Seat Time Tom Clark, via email: I guess most people consider me extremely lucky. Even though I do not own a Ferrari 500 Superfast, I have the enviable position of having to exercise one (#8735) every six weeks or so. The Superfast is not a small car, but the seating position and basic ergonomics transform the car to feel much smaller. The wood steering wheel is at a perfect angle, and the pedals are perfect for classic heel-toe driving. The gauges are also perfectly set, with oversize speedometer on the left and the tach on the right with the oil temp, oil pressure and water temp gauges flanked in an upside-down triangle between the two large gauges. Starting requires a turn of the left-side-mounted ignition key and letting the fuel pump build pressure. Just under the ignition is a bank of oversized toggle switches for various functions including fuel pump and lights. Once the click of the fuel pump has nearly stopped, simply press the key in and after a couple of pumps of the accelerator pedal, the car fires right up. Like all Ferraris, bringing it up to temperature is key. Not until the oil temp gauge begins to move does the car really start to feel good. Shifting to 2nd gear becomes less strained, and the motor accepts larger throttle inputs. This is not a car that you would want to flog around a track but feels very stable at speed. Back to the driving experience, it is somewhat of an ego trip as nearly all drivers at a street light either smile or show interest. I guess most people are right — I am extremely lucky. SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... January 2012 43


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Ferrari Profile The Cumberford Perspective Beauty is its own reward By Robert Cumberford A key function of Italian coachbuilders half a century ago was to make beauti- ful cars for demanding clients. There was no discussion of shaping bodies for pedestrian safety, no airbags to be considered, zero-damage bumpers were unknown, and it was assumed that fit and finish would be perfect. The only design criteria that mattered were beauty and elegance. In that realm, Battista “Pinin” Farina was one of the absolute masters, and his special relationship with Enzo Ferrari was well established, so he clothed most Ferrari Superfast chassis. This 500 Superfast is one of the happy results of the freewheeling era when rules were minimal and how things looked was as important as how well they worked. In some cases, how the cars looked was more important. Consumer Reports didn't evaluate cars costing nearly $30,000, nor did many Ferrari buyers worry about servicing costs. The original owner of this gorgeous coupe got his money's worth, and then some, as witness its value now. We know today that a Richie racing-style tail Ginther-inspired, spoiler on the downswept would aid aerodynamic stability, whic at speed the 1960 one com a genuin ful and p ably qu practical car for intercity travel fo two, with t possibili four to m runs for evening 7 9 44 10 8 Sports Car Market 1 3 2 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 The 500 Superfast is faithful to the low-drag aerodynamic thought of its time; everything tapered inward toward the tail. 2 Even the bottom of the car slopes upward toward a theoretical point somewhere behind the physical mass. 3 A couple of PF Superfasts had covered headlamps, but this pure, classical insertion of the lens into the body form is supremely elegant. 4 Slots beneath the grille show awareness of the advantages of bottom-feeder cooling to allow the beautifully small elliptical grille to be adequate. 5 This soft radius tempers the rather abrupt transition from the upper surfaces to the turned-under nose, with the upper edge of the grille carrying the line across the car. 6 6 This marker lamp essentially encompasses the overall form of the body; it was popular in the 1960s, showing up on many coachbuilt cars. REAR 3/4 & SIDE VIEW 7 The three-outlet vent shows this to be one of the later PF Superfasts, the earlier cars having many more vanes within the vent perimeter. 8 Cast alloy wheels are infinitely more practical, but there is no gainsaying the beauty and intrinsic elegance of alloy-rim Borrani wires with the three-eared, knockoff nuts. 9 This little bend at the bottom of the A-pillar is a nod toward the 1961 General Motors styling trick, acknowledgement of the many links between Pininfarina and GM. 10 The artful bend at the base of the C-pillar provides excellent visibility and allows the base of the backlight to parallel the fender profile before 5 sweeping across the tail. 11 The huge backlight carries out a beautifully tapered centerline profile for the roof, with only a slight kink where the painted body resumes. 12 The inset Kamm-style tail panel is so small, as the body tucks in behind the rear wheelhouse, that it becomes a bit crowded with lamps, license plate and bumperettes. INTERIOR VIEW (previous page) Wood in the steering wheel rim was part of Ferrari road cars almost from the beginning. But wood on the instrument panel was new — and rare. Perhaps a special order for this right-handdrive car, a subtle reference to traditional British practice. If the seats are not the original leather, they have been perfectly redone with believable patina. 11 4 12


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan A Lifetime of Ferrari Madness Once a month, I'm allowed to drag out my SCM soapbox and pontificate on what 35 years of living the Ferrari life has taught me 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast — how it all began I met Keith Martin before there was an Alfa Romeo Newsletter and long before it morphed into today's Sports Car Market magazine. This was far in the distant past, when Keith fought the uphill battle of owning an Alfa Romeo restoration shop. As fellow restoration shop owners and Italian exotic car brokers, we rejoiced in the booming 1980s and commiserated through the economic misery of the early 1990s. In December 1993, as Sports Car Market started to grow, Keith asked me to write a Ferrari-based column. Now, 18 years and several hundred columns later, the column is always a work in progress and a research project. Each column is meant to explain the pleasures and perils of Ferrari ownership. Just as Keith's early history didn't predict the ownership of a leading collector car magazine, my youth was far removed from the Ferrari world. Life started in Pembroke, a humble farming community in Ontario, Canada. In 1957, long before I had a choice, my parents headed for the big city of Vancouver, where my father became a reporter for the Vancouver Sun. I was encouraged to follow in his footsteps, majored in English and took typing courses at a time when only secretaries, reporters, writers and academics used typewriters. Time to head south I was in a car accident on the Trans-Canada highway on July 1, 1967, which put me in a body cast until February of 1968, which was a lifetime for a teenager. On a cold Canadian morning in February 1969, as the sun tried to break through and the early morning snow became a bitterly cold rain, Haight-Ashbury and warmer weather beckoned. In hours, I was again on the rain-swept Trans-Canada highway with $10 (Canadian) in my pocket, hitchhiking south. Over the next two years, I made multiple pilgrimages up and down the West Coast. 46 In 1970, I found myself in downtown San Francisco in need of parts for a 1955 Chevy, when I heard a newto-me, and hopelessly exotic exhaust rumble from a parking area across the street. The driver was a caricature of a European movie director, wearing a blazer, a cravat and a beret. I crossed the street and fell in love with his car. It was dark blue, had four exhaust pipes, a crossed flag emblem on the trunk, and the chrome script read “Superfast.” I had just seen my first Ferrari, and I was hopelessly imprinted. (Decades and much research later, I found it was 500 Superfast, s/n 08253.) Enzo Ferraris for less than $2,500 In 1971, while going to junior college in Orange County, CA, I opened a one-man body shop. Another local shop imported mechanical parts from wrecked 356 Porsches from Germany, using ex-German Post Office VW buses as packing crates that could be driven to the docks in Hamburg. I patched up and resold the buses to Southern California hippies. I did well and eventually moved up the food chain to Austin Healey, and, later, to Jaguar E-type sales and repairs. In late 1972, I purchased my first Ferrari, 250 PF Coupe, s/n 1447GT, for $2k, at a time when a house in Southern California cost $20k. It taught me the joy of Sports Car Market


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setting 24 valves and syncing double-point distributors. In 1973, I bought my second Ferrari, Vignale 212 Cabriolet, s/n 0125EL, for $850. Now a two-Ferrari owner, I was, by default, in the Ferrari business. In 1973, I moved my shop to Costa Mesa, CA. We were just down the road from Road & Track magazine — and right in the center of Southern California car culture. In 1974, I purchased Daytona prototype, s/n 12547, an ex-Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring racer, for $14k at a time when buying a used-up and stripped-out race car was masochistic madness. My lame rationale was that the outside fuel filter looked cool, and the roll bar would save me if I flipped it during a late-night run down Laguna Canyon Road. Rationalizing racing I began racing, starting with a 206 GT and then moving to Mazda Pro, then Barber Saab, to Trans-Am, IMSA GTO and eventually the Camel-Lite Series. My best — and last — season was 1993, with five podium finishes at Lime Rock, Mid-America, Watkins Glen, Portland and Phoenix. As part of our business strategy, we tracked down, bought, prepared and raced what were then long-lost race cars. In the days before the Internet, it was much easier to sell a race car that was well-researched, actively raced and could lead the pack. Over the past 35 years, the Ferrari business has continually evolved, and those who survived have reinvented themselves every four or five years. In the early 1970s, we fixed heavily crashed exotics for State Farm, USAA and Auto Club insurance. In the late 1970s, the boom to transform ratty Daytona Coupes into Daytona Spyder conversions was all the rage, and we gave many coupes a haircut. That market died as interest rates climbed past 20% in 1980. In the mid-1980s the Japanese entered the market, and I was among the first to go to Japan, meet the wannabe collectors and write for a major Japanese magazine. Our sales to Japan jumped from zero to $50m a year in only five years — and then back to zero as the Japanese economy imploded in the early 1990s. Ferrari madness in the 1980s In the boom years, we could do nothing wrong and expanded, and in the bad years, we did nothing right, so we downsized. In any business, long-term survival means controlling costs while growing — and cutting costs when downsizing. Grow too fast and you go broke, downsize too slow and you die. Today, we have a 4,000-squarefoot warehouse and show cars by appointment only. Thanks to the long reach of the Internet, we connect with an international clientele with all the advantages of being low-key, low overhead and local. Driving the SCM soapbox As a high-functioning obsessive-compulsive person, I insisted our staff track every Ferrari we bought, sold or were offered. We traded information with other anoraks and built up a database that has proven to be invaluable. Having morphed from a restoration shop to heavy crash repairs to race car prepara- tion and engine building, to sales and now brokering, I've been there, done that. I know it's all up to having the best people in the best shop with the best work environment. Today my kids are grown, and I'm too old for the babysitting required to run a large shop with all its personnel problems. My boutique situation suits me perfectly. Thanks to Sports Car Market, I have my small soapbox. Once a month, I fire up my Hewlett Packard and pontificate on what 35 years of living the Ferrari life has taught me. Simply answering the phones and dealing with the dozens of daily “Dear Abby” e-mails supplies a never-ending list of new questions to be answered and challenging problems to be solved, column after column. The next decade will be interesting, and I look forward to sharing them with you in the pages of SCM. ♦ January 2012 47


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English Profile 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 Roadster The purest early 3.8s fetch the most money, but this car offered the best of both worlds by Paul Hardiman Details Years produced: 1964–1968 Number produced: 17,320 4.2-liter cars Original list price: $5,372 Current SCM Valuation: $50,000–$75,000 Tune-up cost: $200 (more if valve clearances need adjusting) Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: Horizontal plate at base of scuttle on right side Engine #: Stamped on horizontal shelf above oil filter, on right of block Club: Jaguar E-type Club Website www.e-typeclub.com Alternatives: 1959–1961 Jaguar XK 150S 3.4 roadster, 1961–1962 Jaguar XKE Series 1 convertible, 1953–1954 Jaguar XK 120 DHC SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 1E2100 Engine number: 7E175478 T he first significant upgrade of Jaguar's sensational E-type sports car occurred in October 1964, with the launch of the 4.2-liter version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Apart from 4.2 badging, the car's external appear- ance was unchanged, but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements. These mainly concerned the cooling and electrical systems, the latter gaining an alternator and adopting the industry standard negative ground, while the interior boasted a matte-black dashboard and improved seating arrangements. The top speed of about 150 mph remained un- changed, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration. Like its 3.8liter forebear, the 4.2-liter E-type was built in roadster and coupe forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupe variant on a nine-inch longer wheelbase that was intended to extend the E-type's appeal beyond the traditional sports-car-buying market. In 1968, all three versions of the E-type underwent major revision to comply with U.S. safety and emissions legislation, emerging in Series II guise minus the original's distinctive headlight covers. In addition, enlarged side and rear lights were adopted, while a thickened front bumper center section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles. 48 From late 1967, the E-type began to embody some of the aforementioned modifications, these interim cars coming to be known as the Series 1.5, although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial model. Manufactured in May 1968 during this transitional period, this desirable right-hand-drive Series 1.5 Roadster was supplied new via Mann. The accompanying JDHT certificate confirms that it retains matching chassis/engine numbers. SCM Analysis This car, lot 207, sold for $99,659, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival sale on September 16, 2011. This is the most desirable of the Series 1s, as it still has the early looks (covered headlights, small mouth and slim, elegant taillights) with more torque, better brakes, cooling and electrics and the improved — though not so striking — dash and switches, which lost the patterned aluminum fascia of the earliest cars in favor of black vinyl. This car is only 83 chassis numbers from the last right-hand-drive 4.2 Series I open two-seater, and a very few of the late cars are supposed to have had the open, raised headlights found on the Series II cars. This roadster was in generally excellent condition, having been restored by various specialists over the past 25 years at a claimed cost of around $45,000 (bills on file). 1962 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Lot 134, s/n 860752 Condition 2 Sold at $88,132 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 7/23/11 SCM# 182985 1966 Jaguar XKE 4.2 Series 1 Lot 39, s/n 1E30635 Condition 4 Sold at $128,000 Bonhams, Carmel, CA, 8/18/11 SCM# 183067 1963 Jaguar XKE Lot 448, s/n 879471 Condition 2Sold at $69,318 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 7/1/11 SCM# 182336 Sports Car Market


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SCM Digital Bonus Straight and clean I had a chance to examine this car at the sale. It's not in its original Primrose Yellow, although its chassis and engine numbers still match what's on the Heritage Certificate. The body was straight, with good bonnet and door fit, the trunk lid a little less so. The sills were unrippled, and the floors good. It sat attractively on chrome wires, although painted wheels would have been more normal when it was new. The paint was nice, the chrome all good and straight, and it was as clean under the floor and wheel arches as up top. Inside, the leather was good, the driver's side a little more creased than the left seat base, with additional head restraints. However, the carpet fit wasn't great, the driver's sill trim was a little lumpy, and a modern stereo slightly spoiled the effect. The car wasn't quite perfect under the hood, but the motor was clean and tidy with no leaks. Most of the enamel finish was still on the exhaust manifolds (it doesn't last long), in an engine bay that looked not far out of restoration. Only the radiator header tank stuck out, as it needed a lick of paint. The car had 35,459 miles recorded, although, of course, at this age — and especially after full restoration — mileage is irrelevant. So this appeared to be a straight, tidy and very good no-stories car, which I rated a condition 2, maybe a 2-plus. A good buy Although the general consensus is that, after an initial slight rise at the end of 2010, E-type prices have dropped back before even the end of their 50th anniversary year, this car didn't look like a greedy amount of money — especially with dealers asking $100k-plus for really nice Series I roadsters in original condition. Although it wasn't the original color, red always helps at retail time, and the inte- rior was right (surely no one's going to complain about the head restraints). In comparison, a slightly lower-quality, open-headlight 1970 Series II roadster (Lot 226)sold for $49,013 at the same sale. There was no current MoT, but getting a fresh one should be a formality, and of course there is no road fund license to pay on a pre-'73 car. (Why owners are obsessed with saving less than £200 ($315) on a road fund license when spending almost £60,000 ($94,711) on a car has always been beyond me.) I'd say this car was correctly or even slightly well bought. The purest early 3.8s fetch the most money, but this car offered the best of both worlds. As the E-type has been a yardstick of classic car values since it defined the breed — and the overall trend is that prices continue to gently rise — bagging a nice example of one of the most desirable variants made sense. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams). Seat Time Walter Donaghy, via email: When I was racing at Palm Beach in 1985, I saw this 1969 Jaguar E-type, 4.2L, Series II Roadster. It was burgundy with a black top. It was for sale. Not restored, but a good daily driver. I bought it and had it sent back to Kent Bain at Automotive Restorations. They went over the car thoroughly, and I then drove it back to Virginia, where we had our horse farm. It ran great and I used it extensively for about ten years. Sometime around 1994/95 I sold it. Wish I still had it! It did, however, have the usual Lucas electrical issues in rainy weather, and the Stromberg carb floats would fill up with gas because they were seamed and glued together and over time the glue joint would let go. That would result in raw gas pouring out of the carbs into my engine compartment. Great fun. All in all it was a great car to drive. It looked great and was relatively trouble-free for a Jaguar. SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images, Seat Time and more... January 2012 49


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Coupe Project The pride of driving a car you've brought back to life with your own hands can trump convenience or logic by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1967–1971 (1750) Number produced: 44,269 Original list price: $5,550 Current SCM Valuation: $14,700–$24,700 Tune-up cost: $275 Distributor caps: $20 Chassis #: Engine bulkhead Engine #: Intake side of engine, near front Club: AROC, P.O. Box 12340, Kansas City, MO 64116-0340 More: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1971 Porsche 911E 1967 Mini Cooper S 1275 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1600HF SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Lot 364, s/n AR3022641 Condition 2Sold at $30,000 Chassis number: 775984 T he first of Alfa Romeo's Bertone-styled coupes — the 1.6-liter Giulia Sprint GT — was launched in 1963. Mechanically, the stylish new 2+2 was much the same as the Giulia TI sports saloon, featuring a 5-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension, coil-sprung live rear axle and disc brakes all around. A 1300 model — the GT Junior — arrived in 1966. The range was further extended the following year by the launch of the 1750 GTV, the latter powered by a 1,799-cc, 118-hp version of Alfa's classic twin-cam four housed in a four-headlamp version of the existing body shell running on 14-inch — down from 15-inch — wheels. A short-lived — but popular — model, the 1750 GTV underwent a minor mechanical and styling revision partway through production before being replaced by the 2000 version in 1972. Driver's cars par excellence in the Alfa tradition, Bertone's timelessly elegant Giulia coupes are among the most exciting sports saloons of the 1960s, and all versions are highly sought after today. This 1750 GTV is offered in a dismantled state: the body shell is on dolly wheels; the doors are off; the engine, gearbox and drivetrain have been removed; the wheels, suspension and brakes are off; and the interior is out. The body shell has been restored and sprayed in red, but neither the condition of the mechanicals nor the car's 50 completeness is known. Offered in need of mechanical assessment and restoration, the car comes with old-style Swansea V5 and is sold strictly as viewed. No reserve. SCM Analysis This car sold for $12,294 (£7,705), including buyer's premium, at the Bonhams National Motor Museum, Beaulieu sale on September 10, 2011. When Executive Editor Allen gave me this as- signment, I was a bit taken aback. I wondered what I might be able to say about this car and transaction that wouldn't take less than two minutes. Serial production car, in pieces, not all of which may be there, sells for arguably greater than the cost of purchasing said pieces individually at a swapmeet. A good buy? You don't have to have a brilliant expert's vast market experience to say, “I don't think so…” But let's get beyond this simplistic reaction and look at something a bit bigger here. First, the car itself. The Alfa Romeo 105 series coupes are very desirable, usable cars, with great looks, a terrific twin-cam engine and a responsive chassis that makes them fun to drive. They also have a parts availability that makes them easy to own. In the progression from the first Giulia 1600 GTs though to the final 2000 GTV, many consider the 1750 1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Lot 280310405447, s/n AR3022308 Condition 1 Sold at $36,851 eBay Motors, 4/20/09 SCM# 120311 Worldwide, Auburn, IN, 9/2/11 SCM# 185770 1971 Alfa Romeo GTV 1750 Lot SP57, s/n AR1532651 Condition 4+ Not sold at $14,500 RM Auctions, Toronto, ONT, 10/21/05 SCM# 39823 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus as the pick of the litter. In the place of the quirky “step nose” detailing of the early cars and the fussy chromed grille of the later cars, it has a smooth hood line and a simple, elegant mesh grille with headlights and driving lights in bold relief. A scary, unfinished restoration We all know that barn finds are big in the market these days, and Bonhams always does a stout job of selling them — often for huge sums at this auction in particular, which is held at one of the world's largest swapmeets. There's something about walking around all day among heaps of odd, gently rusting bits that makes almost any collection of parts seem like a viable restoration project. Add to that the singular predilection of our U.K. friends for tackling projects that would send most enthusiasts in the U.S. and Europe screaming in the opposite direction. This Alfa was not a barn find at all, but rather that even scarier creature, the partially done, abandoned restoration. A very good, and quite usable, GTV can be bought in the U.S. in the high $20k range, and the best sell for $40k. So why would someone choose to pay $12k for a project that may or may not be complete? You could never pay a shop to finish this car and hope to be in a sane, or even reasonable, place financially. To get the back story on this car and a feel for what the bidders may have been think- ing, I turned to Bonhams' Managing Director, International Group Head Motorcars, James Knight for some insight. James was also the auctioneer at the session and had this to say: “I've always believed a started, but not finished, car is one of the hardest cars to find a buyer. I've likened it to a surgeon taking over from an operation, not quite knowing how good/bad the previous surgeon's work has been and not knowing whether to undo any of that first operation as it may have an impact on how well the second surgeon's work can be — and whether the patient will be fixed correctly!” The journey might be the reward The Alfa had been given to a restoration shop to do, and the owner, frustrated with the progress or lack thereof, took the unfinished car back. It then sat in his garage untouched for more than a decade until he passed away a short time ago. With no real clue as to the quality or quantity of work done, a professional restoration shop would almost certainly want to start completely over again. However, Knight astutely pointed out that for a DIY restorer with limited funds, this car would be viewed as offering a head start from scratch. Any work done would be a positive, and with the shell stripped and painted, it was easy to get an idea of the structural state of the car. In addition, its current state offered a choice of restoration to street, rally or all-out racing trim. It is true that for many of us, especially in the U.K., the process can also be the product. Hours, days, weeks, months and years of long nights and weekends in cramped, drafty garages are what some live for. And then, the pride of driving a car you've brought back to life with your own hands trumps convenience or logic. As a rally or race car, it could be a viable consideration, as the level of finish and detail can be held at a much lower level than that needed for a street restoration. It was reported that the car sold to a U.K. phone bidder. One hopes they actually saw all the bits…. In any case, the estate of the seller came away firmly in the “lucky” column. ♦ (Introductory tion courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... January 2012 51 descrip


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German Profile 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS This car is a glorious driving experience — one that is being recognized at a time when depreciation pounds modern collectibles by Prescott Kelly Details Years produced: 2007–2008 Number produced: 1,275 Original list price: $123,500 Current SCM Valuation: $100,000 Tune-up cost: No tune ups until 45,000plus miles, then about $1,000 Distributor cap: Direct-fire coils Chassis #: Stamping on front trunk, metal tag on pillar, tag door jamb Engine #: On stand under fan (bring a flexible tube camera) Club: Porsche Club of America More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S 1999–2001 Porsche 996 GT3, 1996–2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Lot S652, s/n 9113600901 Condition 3+ Sold at $286,000 Russo and Steele, Monterey, CA, 8/21/11 SCM# 183930 Chassis number: WP0AC29917S793226 F rom the auction catalog: 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 2-door coupe, orange/black with a 4-cylinder, 3.6-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission. A collector car with 1,009 actual miles. All original, beautiful condition with no damage history and no mechanical history. Dealer maintained. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 667, sold for $110,000, including buyer's premium, at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale on September 24, 2011. This sale of a 2007 911 GT3 RS affords us the opportunity to look into Porsche's “modern classics” and to assess those cars against older, better-established, collectible 911s. The GT3 RSs of 2004 through 2011 are Porsche's modern iteration of the formula that built the firm's reputation for high-performance production cars: lighter weight, greater horsepower and better handling. It should be noted that some collectors prefer Porsche's turbocharged street cars in whatever variant, 911-993-996-997. They generate greater horsepower, better straight-line performance, and often lower lap times, but they are not lighter weight or better handling. 52 911 high-performance history It all started in earnest in 1967, with the iconic 911R, a Porsche “muscle car” with a 906-based engine slipped into a lightweight, largely fiberglass, body shell. Follow-ups included the 911T Rally and the 911ST. Then in 1973, Porsche built the street-going (except in North America) Carrera RS to homologate the Group 4 race car, the Carrera RSR. The RS was an immediate sensation with road testers and the public. Porsche sold more than 1,500 units in both lightweight (M471) and touring (M472) trim, versus as few as 20 examples of the earlier lightweight performance cars. At about 2,155 pounds with a 2.7-liter, 210-hp engine, the RS was considered to be an almost perfect blend of speed, g-forces and mechanical noises. A couple of low-production models followed. Porsche built about 50 examples of the 1974 RS, which was barely street legal in Europe, and the 1974–75 so-called “Euro RSs,” with the new, heavier, high-bumper bodies fitted with the 1973 Carrera RS Type 911/83 engines. Turbocharged cars then became the darlings of Weissach, largely eclipsing the RS formula. There was the largely forgettable mid-1980s Club Sport, which was supposed to be the reincarnation of the '73 RS but 1984 Porsche 911 SC RS Lot 115, s/n WPOZZZ91ZES100505 Condition 4 Sold at $48,400 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/8/03 SCM# 30555 Sports Car Market 2000 Porsche 911 GTS RS Lot 249, s/n WPOZZZ99ZYS692082 Condition 2+ Not sold at $120,000 Bonhams, Sussex, U.K., 8/31/07 SCM# 46870 Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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SCM Digital Bonus missed the mark and sold just 340 units — and only 28 in the U.S. Interestingly, it is a collectible today only because of its scarcity. Otherwise, the RS market was largely unfulfilled for about 20 years, despite constant clamoring from a small group of Porschephiles. A slow, inexorable change began with the 964 and 993 RSs and RSRs, constructed in a range of street, street-almost-race, and full-race cars. Included in that range was the North-America-only 1992 RS America, advertised as an updated interpretation of the 1973 RS. Again it fell short, largely because the engine was bone stock, and the weight savings were minimal. Nonetheless, RS America prices have held up fairly well, in part because only 748 were built. The non-U.S.-legal, truly uprated 964 and 993RSs and RSRs are now avidly sought by a small coterie of RS-specific collectors who bring the cars in at ever-increasing prices, some of them on the U.S. government's “show and display” regulations. Powerful Porsches In the fall of 1999, Porsche re-intro- duced normally aspirated street überperformance with the lovable, road-eating GT3. In 2004, the firm debuted the addedperformance RS as the homologation base for Porsche's updated race car, the GT3 RSR. The 2004 RS was available only in Carrera White with red or blue GT3 RS side graphics, a throwback tribute to the 1973 RS. Sadly, the RS variant was not available in North America. Only two exist here now, both brought in on U.S. senators' earmarks. That omission was rectified in 2007, when both the new 997 GT3 and GT3 RS were imported to critical acclaim and sales success. Understanding a good thing when it rings the cash register, Porsche has continued to develop and sell these models through the 2012 GT3 RS 4.0 of today. With 493 horsepower, the 4.0 is the ultimate and last of the 997-based RSs. The base-model 2007 GT3 RS listed in the U.S. for around $123,000, but they were most often sold in the low $140ks, fully optioned. Standard colors were Arctic Silver or black with contrasting side graphics. Standard equipment included ABS, limited slip, electronic stability control, air conditioning/climate control, cruise control, power steering-windows-door locks, anti-theft system, adjustable steering wheel, AM/FM/ CD/MP3 with six speakers, leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The GT3 RS was the real deal: 415 hp at 7,600 rpm with a redline of 8,400 rpm. The car went from 0-60 mph in 4.0 seconds and achieved a quarter-mile in 12.4 seconds at 116 mph, with a top speed of 193 mph. The car weighed just under 3,200 pounds, about 50 pounds less than a standard GT3, due to lightweight rear window (glass in the U.S., plastic elsewhere), carbonfiber wing and plastic engine cover. The optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes were 15 inches by 1.3 inches vented and drilled front disks under six-piston calipers, and 13.8-inch-by-1.1-inch, vented and drilled rear disks under four-piston calipers. By the way, those optional ceramic brakes denoted by the bright yellow calipers cost an extra $8,840, special paint (either orange or green) $3,070, navigation $3,080, leather $2,995, Bi-xenon headlights $1,090, and chronograph $690. That's how the MSRP of circa $123,000 became a delivered price of $144,000. Performance with the right sounds What did that money deliver? Car and Driver said that the GT3 RS “turns in with laser precision and then carves arcs of such uncorrupted geometry, it's almost as if the car were driving itself.” Porsche's electronic stability control system enhanced drivability. Road testers reported it to be unobtrusive when on and totally benign when its most important feature was selected — the Off position. Enhanced enjoyment came from the engine's acoustics — reported by Road & Track to be loud and growling in mid-range and a thundering roar at full throttle, “raising every hair on the back of your neck.” January 2012 That noise was created by an exhaust with bypass valves that opened with load. Activating the “Sport” button opened the valves even sooner. The bypasses released back pressure and added power. A second contributor was Porsche's “VarioCam” that used variablelength intake tubes with actuator flaps, going shorter about 5,400 rpm and even shorter at about 6,400 rpm, adding even more horsepower and torque. It all added up to a glorious driving experience, one that is being recognized by strong after market interest now at a time, four to five years out, when depreciation starts to pound modern collectibles. This Barrett-Jackson GT3 RS had only 1,009 miles and was reportedly in excellent condition. Buy it for fun and drive it It sold for $110,000, including buyer's commission, which looks to be toward the low end of retail for such cars around the country. Brumos Motors in Jacksonville, FL, has an example in the stock color of Arctic Silver with 3,432 miles, asking $107,997. Richard Sloan has sold several of these cars in the past 18 months, most recently one in desirable and optional green with 3,800 miles for $112,000. Sloan's other GT3 RS sales have ranged up to $124,000. A Long Island, NY, dealer has one in Arctic Silver for $119,957. Verdict: The BarrettJackson example was slightly well bought. We will opine that GT3 RS prices will decline further as Porsche continually introduces ever better cars, but because those new cars also will be ever more expensive, future value declines will be moderated. Personally, we would recommend you buy one now and have all that fun sooner. ♦ (Introductory description Jackson.) SCM Digital Bonus. 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American Car Collector Profile 1923 Ford Model T White's Garage Snowmobile Model Ts were a natural for these conversions because of their sheer simplicity — and massive numbers on the road By B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1917–1927 (non-Brass era) Number produced: 1,831,128 (1923) Original list price: $265 (2-door roadster) Current SCM Valuation: $7,500–$12,000 (stock with standard bodywork) Tune-up cost: $150 Distributor cap: N/A; commutator/timer lid costs $100 Chassis #: None Engine #: Pad directly beneath the cylinder head, centered on the left side of the block Club: Model T Ford Club of America More: www.mtfca.com Alternatives: 1948–1970 Bombardier B12 or C18 snowcats, 1917–1927 Ford Model TT one-ton truck, 1928–1931 Ford Model A with snow conversion SCM Investment Grade: D Comps 1912 Ford Model T Pie Van Lot 454, s/n N/A Condition 1 Sold at $27,525 V irgil D. White was a clever inventor who sold and serviced Model T Fords, becoming an authorized Ford dealer in West Ossipee, NH. By 1913, he had patented a snowmobile con- version kit for Model T Fords, which he sold for $400, and complete vehicles were sold for $750. 1923 seems to be the first year that he actively marketed the newlyinvented “snowmobile.” The first year, they sold only 75. Once people saw them in action, sales quickly jumped to as many as 2,500 per year. Typical snowmobile customers were doctors and rural mail carriers. The 1923 Model T Ford Snowmobile offered here is one of 75 completed units sold in this first year of production. It was sold by the Authorized Ford Agency of George H. Chesley in Dover, NH. There is a die-cast plate mounted on this snowmobile's dashboard that was put on when new. One of the White's Garage advertising slogans was “MAKES THE SNOWTRAIL A BOULEVARD.” This example is considered by both the Model T Ford and snowmobile experts to be the best preserved, most original example of its type. The paint, top and interior are believed to be original and untouched. The seat cushion shows wear, but the rest of the vehicle is remarkably well-preserved and extremely presentable. 54 Both stock wheels (for dry roads and weather) as well as proper original skis and original metal tracks (for snow and ice) are being sold with it. Both the skis and the metal tracks show very little wear, leading us to believe that the vehicle has seen very little use. Included are an excellent pair of snow tracks and front skis. The Magee Collection purchased this vehicle from the original owner's family, still living in Franklin, NH, in the 1990s. It was last used in the snow several years ago but has recently been serviced and reportedly runs superbly. Although other firms also made snowmobile conversions for early Fords, the “White's Garage” examples are generally believed to be of the highest quality. SCM Analysis This car/snowmobile, Lot 115, sold for $27,500 at RM's Hershey auc- tion on October 6, 2011. Okay, they gave this assignment to the scribe who lives in Minnesota; that's almost a no-brainer. However, I will be so brazen to declare that Model Ts converted to winter use are far from being unique. By 1923, Henry Ford's ubiquitous Model T was a fix- ture on the highways, byways, trails and in our culture. Indeed, 1923 was the zenith of production, as no other 1913 Ford Model T C-cab Lot 159, s/n 238151 Condition 3+ Sold at $60,500 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/11 SCM# 176549 Sports Car Market Bonhams, Beaulieu, U.K., 9/10/11 SCM# 184496 1921 Ford Model T Lot 71, s/n 5338366 Condition 3Sold at $8,100 Silver, Sun Valley, ID, 9/4/11 SCM# 184065


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SCM Digital Bonus manufacturer (let alone with one model) would build more than 1,831,128 cars in one year until the 1960s. By this time, not only had Model Ts filtered down as the most popular new car, but significant numbers were out there in the budding used-car market. During the Model T era, snowmobile conversions were not unusual. While the Model T's high ground clearance and narrow tires did work well for dealing with light snow, heavy snow — beyond axle deep — was a challenge. This was not at all helped by the tire industry, as mud and snow tires were still years away. Various tinkerers and inventors came up with various themes on making the Model T better suited to dealing with snow. Everyone was trying to be the first to make the better mousetrap. However, the White was one of the best and more prolific of them. Model Ts were a natural for these conversions be- cause of their sheer simplicity — and massive numbers out on the road. Especially as the base car got older — and cheaper to buy — getting a used Model T and one of these snowmobile kits made for a relatively low-budget way to get out and about in the rural north. While rural mail carriers tended to drive their Model T snowmobiles until they were used up, doctors tended to see far less use from theirs. As they tended to be wealthy enough to not only afford a car, but also have a Model T Snowmobile, it made more sense for them to just leave it as is during the summer, when they could use a more befitting conveyance, such as a Buick or a Nash. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Vladimir Lenin had a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which was modified with skis up front for winter travel while he was in power during the budding years of the Soviet Union. This Rolls has been on display in Moscow for years. Never say never, but don't expect that one to come up on the market (although the track record in modern Russia does give the impression that anything can be had for enough money). What to do with it? The do-anything nature of Model Ts, combined with the harsh impact of winter on cars, means that few of these conversions have survived into the 21st century. However, that doesn't mean that every collector wants one — even Model T fans. It's not at all the type of vehicle that you would take to a Friday night cruise-in, or even a local show or concours. For all intents and purposes, if you bring it to show, it would stay on the trailer — especially if it has the skis on the front. Sure, you can play “stump the band” with it if you live in Florida or California (there are enough retired snowbirds in Arizona that this doesn't work as well there), but that's generally it. Even up in the Great White North, a Model T is not the type of vehicle that modern collectors would like to use as intended in the winter circa 1923. With 88 years of technology since this car was built, most owners would not have a clue how to get a frigid Model T running. Most folks can't even start one at room temperature, so if you think a Model T is usually ornery, try starting a frozen one. However, once you get this car going, running it around a frozen lake at a vintage snowmobile meet or at winter festival will make you the talk of the town. Perhaps the best market for this vehicle would be a museum — either a dedicated car museum or an oddduck or a local historical society museum in northern climes. “And here, class, is a 1923 Ford, which was con- verted into a snowmobile that is just like the one that our county's first mail carrier, Emil Rasmussen, used until 1938.” I am well acquainted with a Ford Model A that had an Eskimobile snowmobile conversion since new (manufactured in Almena, WI, from 1924 to 1930), and all it has done is go from one museum-like collection to another — all the while not turning a wheel. With that taken into account, the selling price is a home run for the consignor — although he or she may not fully realize this. This sale hit that $25k sweet spot that is usually the limit for well-to-do collectors who like man-cave toys or obscure, hard-to-run conversation pieces. Most historical societies can't pony up that much for one car — unless someone buys it for them as an endowment (a definite possibility). Otherwise, the only way that a good, original Model T will sell in this price range would be one with exceptional provenance or celebrity ownership. While this is a generally unrestored original with a period conversion on it, skis don't play well on dry concrete. This was a very good selling price for the consignor — regardless of pre-auction estimates of $40k to $60k. And that's no snow job. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of RM Auctions.) Seat Time Curt Ormond, Colorado Springs, CO: I bought a 1923 Model T Ford Depot Hack at the Silver Auction in January 2009, and have had an absolute ball with it in several shows, where it has been picked as “People's Choice.” It also got a great hand in four parades. I drive it with a black derby on and an American flag hanging out the back. 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Race Car Profile 1964 Mini Cooper Works Race Car From a collector's standpoint, they were just plain cheap from concept to completion, and they built a ton of them by Thor Thorson Details Years built: Mk 1 Mini: 1959–1967 Mk 1 Cooper S: 1963–1967 Number built: Mk 1 Mini: 1,190,000 Mk 1 Cooper S: 19,000 Original list price: $2,181 Current SCM valuation: $30,000 Cost per hour to race: $500 Chassis #: Riveted to radiator shroud Engine #: Below thermostat housing Club: Mini Cooper Register More: www.minicooper.org Alternatives: 1964–1967 Fiat Abarth 1000 1962–1966 Lotus Cortina 1971–1975 BMW 2002 TII SCM Investment Grade: B Reason to buy: Fun car for the race track or rallies Comps Chassis number: CA257662044 Engine number: 9FSAY34709 headline-grabbing win in the 1964 “Monte.” The Mini Cooper family's ultimate expression — the 1,275-cc S — won first time out in 1964 and became the Works' frontline car from 1965 onward, winning eight international rallies outright that same year, a quite outstanding achievement. According to the British Motor Industry Heritage B Trust, this now Morris-badged (though originally Austin) Mini Cooper 1,275-cc s/n CA2S7662044, was built at Longbridge on November 26, 1964. Following subsequent preparation by the Competitions Department, Abingdon-based initially as an Austin for export market reasons, it took part in the 1965 Swedish and Acropolis Rallies before finishing 13th in class on the Alpine and (as a Morris) winning the RAC Rally of GB in the legendary Rauno Aaltonen's hands. Having been driven to victory by Tony Fall on the Scottish Rally the following season, DJB93B rolled into retirement from Abingdon Competitions Department service during the 1966 Gulf London Rally and was not seen again until 1986. By 1991, ownership had transferred from clubman Jeff Wilson to Mini Machine of Darlington, from whom the project was taken on in 1996 by the highly respected and very successful Works Rally co-driver and subsequent World Rally Team Manager Phil Short, who commissioned a total restoration to original Works specification. 56 elying its small size and apparent fragility, the Mini Cooper developed into the most successful Works rally car of the 1960s. One of its most A most impressive history file contains signed and famous victories was Paddy Hopkirk's dated BMIHT Heritage Certificates pre- and post-rebuild that confirm manufacturing, registration and competition history. The file contains Abingdon “Build Sheets” for 1964 RAC Rally, BMC Homologation Forms from period, FIA Historic Vehicle Identity Form, current MSA Competition Car Logbook, MoT Test Certificates 1986 to July 2007, two folders of original invoices, and current Swansea V5C registration document. This is one of the most correctly specified and de- tailed ex-Works Minis around. Since completion in 1998, the car has been main- tained regardless of cost (as confirmed by bills on file) and always garaged in a heated and dehumidified motor house. Apart from regular exercise on various historic rally fun runs as part of the Slowly Sideways Group, DJB93B has also been successfully hill-climbed and sprinted with a win in the 2001 Midland Speed Classic Championship. The car was purchased at Bonhams' Race Retro sale at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, in March 2007 (Lot 306). Since then, it has been invited to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it was driven again by Rauno Aaltonen in 2010. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 214, sold for $127,386, including buyer's premium, at Bonhams' Goodwood Revival auction on September 16, 2011. Zowie! $127k for a Mini? That pretty much has to make it the world's most expensive Mini, doesn't it? Well, yeah, it does, but the more important fact is that this same car sold in March 2007 for effectively $200,000 (SCM, July 2007, p. 54), so the value of the world's most expensive, most collectible Mini took a 35% hit between 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S Lot 206, s/n CA2S7820483 Condition 2Sold at $169,680 Bonhams Goodwood, U.K., 8/31/07 SCM# 46842 Sports Car Market 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S Lot 119, s/n CA297487769 Condition 3 Sold at $34,831 Artcurial, Le Mans, FRA, 7/9/10 SCM# 165323 1967 Mini Cooper S Lot 61, s/n CA2S71012033A Condition 3 Sold at $87,560 H&H Auctions, Cheltenham, U.K., 2/26/08 SCM# 58746 Courtesy of Bonhams


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SCM Digital Bonus then and now. By comparison, the Dow Jones lost 22% in the same time period. “Hang on, you may think, I thought collector cars were doing better than the stock market. What gives?” The answer is both yes and no, and therein lies the topic of today's missive. A Mini solution Minis were originally designed to be a British alternative to the German “bubble cars” of the late '50s, and the criteria given to designer Alec Issigonis included that the finished car must fit in a ten-foot-by-four-foot-by-four-foot box, that the passenger compartment must have six feet of the length, and that it use an existing BMC engine. Oh, yeah, it also had to be cheap. Issigonis' solution to the problem was nothing short of masterful. In setting the engine transversely over a transmission driving the front wheels, he created the model for a design that would encompass the majority of automobiles built over at least 50 years. History has found the design to be iconic. A few years ago, the Mini was voted the second most important design in automotive history, after the Ford Model T. Tiny car, huge impact Although we have become accustomed to them during the past 50 years, it is useful to remember just how shockingly tiny and innovative Minis were at the time, particularly in the U.S. My first car was a bone-stock 850 Mini purchased new in January 1962 (for $1,100 out the door) and I can assure you that Cedar Falls, Iowa, had never seen anything like it (I can also attest that two strong people can pick up the back of the car with me in it, and that it was possible to get five football players and myself into one for a short drive, but I digress). From a collector's standpoint, it is important to add that they were just plain cheap from concept to completion and that they built a ton of them (almost 1.2 million), neither of which bodes well for high collector value. A cheap winner John Cooper, however, provided the basis for a collectible variant. He recognized the competition potential of a properly modified Mini and talked BMC into allowing him to exploit it. The Mini Coopers were immensely successful, both in rallying and circuit racing, catching the public's imagination as little terriers nipping at the heels of the lumbering Jaguars and Fords, then jumping into the lead with some impossible move to take the win. Even when they dominated, they were the underdog. Of all the Mini competition images that came out of the era, by far the most enduring and iconic have been of the factory rally cars, bristling with accessory lights and chunky tires with two helmeted faces peering out of the windscreen, storming through the snow drifts of the Monte Carlo and other winter rallies. Appropriately, these have become the collectible examples. Rally cars drop in value They are at best minor collectibles, however (see cheap and high production, above), and this has led to an interesting anomaly. While the best vintage racing examples of Mini Coopers have generally been increasing in value during the past five years or so (and are now worth $50k–$70k in Europe), the more collectible rally versions have taken a substantial hit. I suggest several reasons for this. First, the value of pure circuit-racing cars is driven by both how much fun you can have with them and by what it costs to run at the front. There are many European circuit racing series right now where the Mini is the perfect (or only) weapon, which has stimulated demand for those cars, and the cost of being faster than the competition has continued to go up. These have conspired to make the value of top-line racing Minis increase. The collectible rally cars, on the other hand, have more limited and sedate competition venues, so eventdriven market demand or preparation costs have placed little upward pressure on market value. A minor problem As a minor collectible, Minis also have a problem. In my business over the past several years, I have noticed that the mid-range collectibles — cars that “you need permission from your wife or your banker to buy” — have been very hard to sell and have lost value. The investment-grade cars have at worst held value and often have increased substantially, and the user-grade cars at the bottom of the range have remained relatively stable. However, the middle range — the minor collectibles — have struggled to hold value. This makes a certain intuitive sense. In a difficult economy, the rich always have money to invest, and the upper-income players have enough money to go play with things, but there is not much market for entry-level investment cars. Unfortunately, I do not see this changing anytime soon, so the current market realities will be with us for a while. I'd say that today's subject car was fairly bought in light of a weak market for this type of collectible. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) SCM Digital Bonus. Additional images and more... January 2012 57


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Market Reports Overview Market Holds Steady at Late Summer Auctions Auction houses sell more cars for bigger totals, despite diminished average prices by Tony Piff F ollowing the hype and hoopla of Monterey, performance at the auctions of late summer looked relatively steady and stable. Across the board, annual auctions managed to consign and sell more cars, for increased sales totals overall, compared with performance in 2010. The growth of the particular auctions, however, was tempered by reduced sell-through rates and a dip in average sales prices. Mecum's well-established St. Charles sale broke the thousand-car mark for the first time this year. A total of 1,001 vehicles crossed the block, up slightly from 996 in 2010. Auction Analyst Dan Grunwald said the growth was due at least in part to an increased variety of vehicles beyond the muscle cars that are Mecum's specialty. Still, it was blue-chip muscle that brought the big money: A very correct '69 Boss 429 found a new home for $307,400, a '69 Yenko Camaro brought $188,150, and a '69 Yenko Chevelle sold for $171,720. Average price was $24,017, down from $26,735. This was the first time for the option of a reserve at Barrett-Jackson's annual Las Vegas sale, and judging by the 99% sell-through rate, the new system is functioning well. Grunwald attended this sale as well, and commented that Las Vegas and the Barrett-Jackson “lifestyle event” are a match made in heaven. In addition to the hundreds of restored muscle cars and high-quality customs, a number of late-model supercars made it into the six-digits, and a sold-for-charity Fairlane 500 brought an unfathomable $700,000, pushing total sales up to $24,245,585 from last year's $22,925,873. The $42,093 average price per car was a drop from last year's $43,502. Classic MotorCar Auctions more than doubled the number of cars at their annual Canton, OH, sale, and nearly doubled their total sales as well. The number of cars consigned leapt to 48 from 23 last year, and total sales increased to $996,812 from $587,628. Auction SCM 1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts 58 Sales Totals Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV Mecum, St, Charles, IL Bonhams, Sussex, UK Silver, Carson City, NV Bonhams, Westport, CT CMA, Canton, OH $996,812 $4,779,756 $1,958,956 Analyst Kevin Coakley recalled noting a high number of unrealistic reserves at this sale last year, where just 20% of cars sold, but thanks to an improved reserve policy, sell-through rate doubled as well, to 40%. High-sale honors went to a 1933 Marmon Sixteen LeBaron, sold at $172,800. Average price was $20,767, down from $25,549. Figures for Bonhams' second annual Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance auc- tion in Westport, CT, looked relatively flat compared with last year. Sales totals dipped to $1,958,956, down from $2,102,234, and average price per car dropped to $42,586 from $51,274. However, 46 cars sold, compared with 41 last year, for an overall sales rate of 73%, up from 55%. Notable sales included a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage saloon, sold for $348,000, and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux coupe, sold for $337,000. As Contributing Editor Donald Osborne observed, this venue has the ability to sell expensive cars. Across the pond, Bonhams' long-running Goodwood sale showed strong perfor- mance. The sales total of $8,187,739 was the biggest number seen here since 2004. Likewise, the average price-per-car of $141,168 was a huge jump from last year's $87,206. As pointed out by Senior Auction Analyst Paul Hardiman, the success of this sale followed close on the heels of Bonhams' annual Beaulieu Autojumble auction. Auction Analyst Paul Duchene was on hand for Silver's Carson City, NV, auction. Having lost their well-established Hot August Nights venue, Silver did well to put together this medium-sized sale of American classics. Of the 328 cars on offer, 272 sold for a respectable 83% sell-through rate and an average price per car of $17,573. Wrapping up the market reports for this issue, Chad Tyson distracted himself from Portland's oncoming winter gloom by scouring eBay Motors listings for best bets in British convertibles. ♦ Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, $940,012—BonUK, p. 88 2. 1908 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Roi-desBelges, $766,374—BonUK, p. 82 3. 1964 Ford Fairlane 2-dr hard top, $700,000—B-J, p. 68 4. 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Convertible Victoria, $662,191—BonUK, p. 82 5. 1964 Aston Martin DB5 coupe, $549,327—BonUK, p. 86 6. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing coupe, $540,645—BonUK, p. 87 7. 1954 Bentley R-type Continental coupe, $458,167—BonUK, p. 82 8. 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS “Lightweight” coupe, $349,643—BonUK, p. 87 9. 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage coupe, $348,000—BonCT, p. 104 10. 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Series 3 Ventoux coupe, $337,000—BonCT, p. 104 1. 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle 2-dr hard top, $171,720— Mec, p. 76 2. 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Convertible Victoria, $662,191— Bon-UK, p. 82 3. 1950 Mercury Eight custom coupe, $44,000—B-J, p. 66 4. 1963 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible, $27,000—Sil, p. 98 5. 1957 Land Rover Series I 88— $17,550—BonCT, p. 102 Sports Car Market Best Buys $24,245,585 $12,536,996 $8,187,739


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Collector Car Auction No airplanes or robotic automobile immolators were auctioned this year, but there were still rare and diverse consignments to impress the record audience Company Barrett-Jackson Date September 22–24, 2011 Location Las Vegas, NV Auctioneers Assiter & Associates. Tom “Spanky” Assiter, lead auctioneer Automotive lots sold/offered 576/581 Sales rate 99% Sales total $24,245,585 High sale 1964 Ford Fairlane 500 Custom, sold at $700,000 1947 Divco delivery truck, sold at $25,300 Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics T at his was Barrett-Jackson's fourth annual Las Vegas auction, and the fit seemed to be perfect — the style that is Barrett-Jackson and the Las Vegas atmosphere really do work well together. This annual sale is generally promoted as an “event” rather than just an auction, and rightly so. As always, there was a “Lifestyle Center” that housed vendors selling and showing exotic automotive-related products, and the pre-auction festivities on September 21 included a “cruise-in” at Gaudin Ford, a road rally of auction cars down Las Vegas Boulevard, and the opening night party at the Luxor's LAX nightclub with free live entertainment, food and cocktails. No airplanes, covered wagons or robotic automobile immolators were auctioned this year, but even so, there was still rarity and diversity enough to impress the record masses of attendees. Some of the star cars included the 2009 Mosler prototype, sold for $264,000; the Vector M12, sold for $106,700; and an F430 Ferrari, which sold for $121,000. Barrett-Jackson always sells cars for charitable causes their auctions, and they donated spaces for several here, with total charitable donations of $1.4m achieved. The prices are always far above the true value of the cars, which speaks volumes for the generosity of BarrettJackson as well as for the collector car family at large. 60 High-sale honors went to Steve Davis' 1964 Ford Fairlane 500, which un- doubtedly set a world record for a Fairlane at $700,000. It was a really fabulous car, but it was also one of the charity sales, with proceeds donated to the Armed Forces Foundation. With that in mind, it was no surprise to see it sell for many multiples of what a standard example might bring — don't think your run-of-the mill Fairlane just jumped tenfold in value. As expected, there were also bargains for anyone who took the time to look hard. Of the first 30 numbers across the block, 60% sold for under $10k each. One of the best deals of the event was the 1950 Mercury lowrider offered as lot 663. It was beautiful and sold for just $44,000, and I don't think it could be replicated for several multiples of that price. There were the usual mega-money sales here as well. When I read about the Volkswagen Samba bus that B-J sold in Orange County for $217,800 (SCM# 182248), I figured the market would be flooded with nice VW buses from sell- ers looking to cash in. A very nice 23-Window appeared here, but it did not reach the $217k of the Orange County sale, instead going to a new home at a more reasonable $62,700. This was the last Barrett-Jackson auction of their 40th anniversary year, and the company capped it off nicely with a 99% sales percentage. Total lots and total sales figures also saw a boost, moving from 527 sold for $22.9m in 2010 to 576 for $24.2m this year. Now it's on to Scottsdale in January, and if current market trends and the company's early consignments are any indication, that event should prove to be downright electrifying. ♦ Sales Totals $5m $10m $15m $20m $25m $30m 0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 Buyer's premium 10%, included in sold prices


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV ENGLISH #690-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100 Le Mans roadster. S/N 152971. Silver/red leather. Odo: 34,182 miles. 2.6-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Very high level restoration in all areas. Gleaming paint and chrome, immaculate interior, no sign of use anywhere. Le Mans kit, tilted windshield and 120-mph speedometer. in steering wheel and tears in seat armrest. Most leather very dry. Engine covered in dirt. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,200. The car certainly made its statement from 20 feet; with the new white paint, it may be destined for wedding service. Market price for an old white Cloud, but the new owner will want to keep his AmEx card handy. GERMAN #34.1-1956 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE convertible. S/N 10944655. Black & tan/black/tan vinyl. Odo: 34,843 miles. 1.2-L H4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. All-new paint, chrome, interior and top. Paint crack at left rear window. Has some edge chips along hood and dents in hood trim. Some paint chipping on steering column. Non-original but period-correct engine tidy, Includes British Heritage certificate and full photo documentation of the restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $56,100. This was said to be a barn-find Healey restored by a marque specialist. It presented as new throughout and fetched a market-correct price. An excellent car and a good deal at the price paid. #51.1-1961 MGA coupe. S/N GHDL88189. Red/tan leather. Odo: 14,706 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Paint has surface scratches, with prep dust and masking marks visible around windshield weatherstripping. New chrome. Chrome-look fender welting. Seats show wear. clean and shows as new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $24,200. Totally cute. There were lots of VWs available here, but this one—done to high standard—was the one to own. The new owner can enjoy driving it without hurting the value and will never have trouble finding a willing buyer down the road. Market price for an early Beetle convertible. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. Something just seems wrong to me about an MGA closed coupe as compared to a convertible. Then again, they don't get much California-style sun across the pond in England, so I suppose it works. Sold correctly. #55-1961 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER CLOUD II 4-dr sedan. S/N 8XC459. White/green leather. RHD. Odo: 36,919 miles. 6.2-L V8, 2x1-bbl, auto. Poor old right-handdrive girl sits low on right side partly due to deflating tire. New shiny paint over wavy side panels. Quick masking job evident at trim and weatherstrips. Chrome shows scratches and is getting thin. Glass chips on windshield. Cracks #674.2-1961 VOLKSWAGEN SAMBA 23-window minibus. S/N 757468. Sealing Wax Red & black/tan vinyl. Odo: 38,161 miles. 1.6-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Total restoration with some modernizations. Excellent stronger condition overall. Chips and flaws in paint on roof. Chrome, trims and interior all good. Engine swapped with later-vintage 1600. Upgraded to 12 volt power for cranking, disc brakes added. Slightly lowered, per “California” portedly a swap from a 1971 911T, 60k miles ago. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,000. This was said to have new carbs and performance upgrades. Hopefully the mechanical work was done to a higher standard than the cosmetics. A souped-up 912 will never be worth as much as a stock 911, but if you didn't care about that, it's one way to get some performance for a cheap price. Still, considering all the visible wearand-tear, this seemed a little pricey. #14.2-1967 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE sedan. S/N 117048833. Red/tan vinyl. Odo: 66,808 miles. 1.5-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Quickie paint with prep flaws everywhere. New chrome bumpers and new weatherstripping except on side windows, which have old cracked weatherstrips and dull trim. Right side body trim pulling off. New seat covers with weak it much more driveable. Market-priced for condition, features and upgrades. #34-1967 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 458351. Black/black cloth. Odo: 60,643 miles. 2.2-L H6, 2x3-bbl, 4-sp. Pretty terrible paint with wavy side panels and lots of poor preparation visible from 15 feet. Chrome and trim shows some scratches and age. Scratches in rear glass, chips in windshield and cracks in parking light lenses. Cloth front seats and leather rears with wear evident. Wrinkly dashpad. Door panel arm rest crudely restitched. Simpson racing belts fitted. Clean engine is re- fashion. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $62,700. As far as VW buses go, this thing was loaded: Safari windows, fog light, bumper guards, roof rack and window rails in back. People like to use these, and the deviations from stock will make 62 seat springs on driver's side. Clean engine bay. Window card says it drives well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $6,325. This was definitely a 20-footer and looked to me like a fluff-and-buff special. One of the less expensive Bugs for sale this weekend and rightly so. It won't hold up to close scrutiny, but for somebody's first Beetle, no harm done. #2-1990 PORSCHE 928 coupe. 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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV stone chip on windshield starting to star crack. Driver's seat leather dry and cracked, large #675.2-2005 FERRARI F430 coupe. S/N ZFFEW58A250144009. Red/black leather. 4.3-L fuel-injected V8, F-1 auto. Numerous paint issues on nose and stone chips on windshield. Some light windshield trim cracking. Interior presents as new. From the Jimmy Richardson Collection and offered without re- cracks on dash. Alpine CD player and huge old telephone mount on dash. Extra fuses in glove box. Newer alloy wheels. Black trim paint wearing thin and dull. Spoiler very dry. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,800. Just a tired old Porsche looking for a new home. These can hold up fine, or they can deteriorate into an expensive can of worms. Price should be fair if mechanicals check out. ITALIAN #690.2-1998 FERRARI 355 GTS targa. S/N ZFFXR42AXW0111702. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 6,762 miles. V8, F1 auto. Visible flaws in hood paint and stone chips on windshield. Passenger's dash fabric pulling loose. Some console wear evident. Alpine stereo in- serve. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. I am 6'4”, and I fit inside perfectly. Alas, bidding started a few thousand dollars above my budget. Dream on. Depreciation on late-model Ferraris is King. But the SCM Pocket Price Guide gives these a range of $140,900 to $198,400, so the buyer got a deal—for now. JAPANESE #337-1976 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ-40 SUV. S/N FJ40237951. Silver/black & silver vinyl. Odo: 5 miles. 5.3-L fuel-injected V8, auto. A well executed fresh build of a '76 Cruiser with modern updates. Fitted with a late-model Chevrolet V8 and overdrive transmission. Tinted glass throughout, flip-up sunroof, new interior and gauges. 17-inch wheels stalled. Delivered from Ferrari in Beverly Hills to Newark. $6,400 gas guzzler tax in 1999 on invoice. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $70,400. It would be prudent to ask for maintenance records on any Ferrari. The high bidder either knew what he was getting, or took a chance. Well sold. #665.5-1999 FERRARI 360 Modena coupe. S/N ZFFYR51A8X0117544. Blue/gray leather. Odo: 32,017 miles. 3.6-L fuel-injected V8, F1 auto. A few very light stone chips on front paint and on the right side headlight cover. Interior well preserved. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,200. According to the auction descrip- and 33-inch tires. Jack and shovel mounted out back, winch up front. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,200. This looked like a capable off-road vehicle with all the right gear, but it was just too pretty to think about getting really dirty. That said, perfectly redone FJs rarely break the $35k mark, so we'll call this a top market price. AMERICAN tion, the all-important 30k-mile belt service was completed prior to the seller's acquisition of the car in 2003, when it showed 28k miles. It looked like 64 a well-cared-for Ferrari and fetched a fair price. #345.1-1915 FORD MODEL T custom woodie wagon. S/N AZZ99547. Black & oak/black vinyl. Odo: 2,906 miles. Oddball restoration with many custom touches. Lots of new woodwork and shiny mid-level black paint. Brass plating wearing off Klaxon horn. New wood dash and gauges with JVC CD player installed. Fitted with dual overhead-cam 4-cylinder engine, automatic transmission and disc brakes on old wire wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $29,700. As seen on the TV show “Pawn Stars.” Some of the work was newer, Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV rust fit right in. This eye-catching “wine truck” would make good advertising for any business and the new owner can park it outside without fear of damaging the cosmetics. The crowds loved looking at it, and with the modern drivetrain it should drive well. A number of Divco trucks have crossed the block in the past year, but none changed hands as cheaply as this one. Well bought. #9-1949 WILLYS JEEPSTER convert- some was older, some just real old. Expensive for a Model T, and not really collectible, but would make sense as a funky tourist taxi. #659.1-1940 LASALLE SERIES 52 con- vertible. S/N 4329582. Blue/tan/blue leather. Odo: 10,508 miles. 332-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Recent nut-and-bolt restoration presents as concours-ready. You can pick a few tiny flaws in the paint and chrome but you really have to work at it. Some storage dust on the frame. ible. S/N VJ310146. Yellow/white/brown vinyl. Odo: 93,242 miles. 134-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Older price-conscious restoration shows age with thin, dull paint and chrome. Newer seat covers. Horribly cracked steering wheel bumpers. Interior faded and has some pitted chrome trim. Paint shows some oxidation from age but surprisingly little cracking. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $64,900. Amazing condition for an unrestored car, yet believable. If all the claims were true, this was one of the most impressive surviving originals I've ever seen. Bought well. #379.2-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 5-win- Heater hoses missing. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $88,000. Thought to be one of 425 convertible coupes built by LaSalle. This example was seen just a month prior at Mecum's Monterey sale on August 21, 2011, where it was bid to $55,000 but did not sell (SCM# 185061). The right bidders were here in Las Vegas today, and it earned a much more respectable price this time around. #340-1947 DIVCO delivery truck. S/N 1501857. Red, brown & rust/tan & brown vinyl. Odo: 47,136 miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Cosmetically distressed exterior, immaculate new leather interior, gleaming smallblock Chevy V8 under the hood. Delamination on all glass and broken rear window. New chromed front bumper. Old-style painted signage on side panel reads “R & R Vinyards,” faux grape vines strung around ceiling. Single and loose horn ring. No mention of side curtains. Loose windshield trim. Sitting on old 15-inch Sears whitewalls. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. Just an old fun driver from a California owner that holds a magnet solidly everywhere. At this price, a good value and lots of fun for the new owner. BEST BUY #663-1950 MERCURY EIGHT “Heavens to Mercatroid” coupe. S/N 50SL61357M. Yellow-to-maroon chameleon/white leather. Odo: 141 miles. 388ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Old-school full custom with chromed twin spotlights and lake pipes. Beautiful color-shift paint goes from bright gold to deep metallic maroon. Split front bumper and frenched dual antennas. Custom headlights and ‘57 Packard taillight lenses blended into rear fenders. Shaved door handles, dow pickup. S/N H540009948. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 1,697 miles. 235-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh high-level restoration with everything new, including 235-ci 6-cyl of unspecified origin with mild cam, dual exhaust headers and Offenhauser dual carb intake. Excellent #374-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003177. White/red vinyl. Odo: 26,975 miles. 235-ci 155-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Said to be matching-numbers with original paint and interior, purchased recently from original owner. Most chrome looks very good, possibly rechromed. Pitting on rear outside paint, trim and interior. Glass chipped on right curved window. No heater. Numerous firewall holes left open. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $41,800. This was a very pretty and very well done '54 Chevy truck. Top-dollar, but not unheard of for a top-quality restoration like this. chopped top, fender skirts. Chromed wire seat for driver and carpet and bench seats in rear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $25,300. With lots of intentional patina, all the original authentic 66 wheels shod with wide whites. Full custom button-tufted leather interior with gold plating and painted burl wood accents. Powered by Chevrolet 388-ci with Tri-Power. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $44,000. This had to the be the steal of the auction. Built and shown as “Heavens To Mercatroid” in 1989 and wonderfully restored in 1997 with air suspension and some modern features. The color-shift paint fad came and went very quickly, but no matter. I predict you will see it again soon bringing the new owner a tidy profit. #652.7-1957 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N K857H7501. Black/white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 8,818 miles. 347-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Lots of visible paint flaws and some chrome starting to show age, but still shiny overall. Interior presents well except for numerous large cracks in steering wheel. Highly optioned with power steering, brakes and top, fender skirts, Continental kit, spinner Sports Car Market


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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV hubcaps, whitewalls, heater, deluxe push-button radio and desirable and unusual Tri-Power. Said to be numbers-matching. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. Presented by JD from the TV show “Mindfreak” and offered without reserve. Good eyeball, matching numbers and good options, including Tri-Power all combined for a top-of-the-market price. Well sold. MARK V convertible. S/N OY85H413954. Red/black vinyl/black #358.2-1960 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL leather. Odo: 52,697 miles. 430-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Lots of paint flaws, with chips and scratches everywhere. Front bumper chrome and door handle chrome weak. Fitted with new interior. Actual dirt visible underneath new dashpad. Equipped with power windows, Wonderbar radio, and knockoff wheels. Looks factory-correct and showroom-new everywhere. Matching-numbers and, according to the VIN, the 54th car off the line in 1963. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $71,500. This was the nicest '63 Fuelie I'd seen in a long time. It previously sold at Russo and Steele's Scottsdale auction in January 2008 for $95,700 (SCM# 51965), and I was surprised at the low price when the hammer fell here. Well bought. TOP 10 No. 3 #6400-1964 FORD FAIRLANE 2-dr hard top. S/N 4F43K136821. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 66,373 miles. 427-ci fuel-injected V8, 5-sp. Built to promote the Sherwin-Williams Planet Color paint line at the 2009 SEMA Show. Outstanding new paint, chrome, and trim. Brand-new build with 522- clude power brakes, power steering, tilt/ telescoping steering column, AM/FM, tint glass, red stripe tires, Positraction rear axle and a/c. With original window sticker, Protect-OPlate, owner's manual, order form and pre-delivery sheet. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,000. This was a good restoration of a no-stories car that was clearly always cherished. It had good documentation, showed well and sold right. #359-1969 FORD MUSTANG Mach 1 optional power disc brakes, power steering, power rear window, heater and defroster, and dual exhaust. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,300. A long and low Vegas-style cruiser that will look great rolling down the strip at 3 am. It had lots of eyeball and sold fairly for condition. #341-1961 OLDSMOBILE STARFIRE convertible. S/N 616W01016. Metallic red/black/red leather. Odo: 3,927 miles. 394-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Frame-off restored to very high standard. Fresh paint, chrome and leather interior all present as new. Passenger's door lock disconnected. Equipped with optional power brakes, power windows, power seat and horse Roush 427 and 5-speed Tremec TKO transmission. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $700,000. A gorgeous car with the best of everything and all proceeds to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. It was donated by Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. An absolute alltime world record for a 1964 Fairlane that will never be broken. #48-1967 CHEVROLET NOVA 2-dr hard top. S/N 116377W195513. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 90,291 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. New shiny paint with visible flaws on hood. Chrome and trim look very good. New bench seat interior fitted. N.O.M. 327 V8 engine and Turbo 350 trans, a few mod- Wonderbar radio. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $80,300. When offered new, the Starfire was the most expensive Olds since the '53 Fiesta. List was $4,647 in 1961 dollars when a Bel Air convertible was $2,995. These are rare cars today, and this one was in exceptional condition, attracting the attention of the right bidders. Well sold. #366-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 30867S100054. Silver/red vinyl. Odo: 70,741 miles. 327-ci 360-hp fuelinjected V8, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration with accompanying photo book. Some dust by headlight in otherwise-spotless lacquer paint. Pilkington front glass. Equipped with optional lines installed, along with new carburetor, exhaust and gas tank. Power steering added. VIN tag looks like replacement but reportedly a numbers-matching car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $50,600. This Mach 1 inspired confidence with all of the reported recent mechanical work, with many components new or rebuilt. The addition of power steering will help with handling, and the bidders agreed. Well bought and sold. #686.1-1970 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 454 replica convertible. S/N ern accessories take it beyond pure stock configuration. Equipped with disc brakes and power steering. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $22,000. The '66 and '67 Novas are always popular. This was a pretty car and looked to have been well done. No, it wasn't all stock under the hood, but at least it always had a V8 in it. Bought fairly. #380.1-1969 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194679S712434. Daytona Yellow/black/black vinyl. Odo: 55,737 miles. 350-ci 300-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be owned by same family for 43 years, now presented in restored condition. Has a couple of big stone chips on windshield. Some pitting on cast windshield header pieces. New interior shows a couple dents on the console shift pattern plate. Clean engine bay. Good options in- 68 13670L159217. Red/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 2,635 miles. 454-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Deep shiny red paint on this LS6 re-creation. Some repair detected at base of windshield in front of dashpad. New interior. Equipped with power fastback. S/N 9R02R134396. Red & black/black vinyl. Odo: 66,408 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thick, shiny paint, chrome mostly new with some light scratches and bubbles on window and antenna trim. Lots of stone chips in windscreen. Hood fits high in rear. Some interior chrome and trim have issues and show age. New brakes, rotors and brake windows, power steering and power brakes. Detailed engine bay looks factory-original. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $81,400. 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Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas, NV #348.2-1970 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 228870N13287. Polar White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 8,201 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Restoration completed in 2009 shows numerous paint preparation flaws throughout, with poor masking and overspray, especially around windshield trim. Lots of flaws visible on vinyl hood stickers. Hood sits high in front. Wide door-to-fender gaps. New seats and carpets. Leather steering wheel worn and this one leads the pack, thanks to good options and condition. #675.1-1997 VECTOR M12 coupe. S/N 1V9MB1220V104800Z. Yellow/black leather. 5.7-L fuel-injected V12, 5-sp. Body-off restoration finished in 2008. Paint very good but not flawless. VIN tag partly covered by windshield sealant. Built-in-California Lamborghini Diablo drivetrain. 220 mph speedometer. in places. Scratches on rear glass. Nicely detailed Ram Air III engine. Equipped with modern a/c. PHS documentation included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,300. The details weakened it quite a bit, but this was not a bad car at a glance. The PHS documents helped quite a bit, and the car managed to sell rather well. #371.2-1971 FORD MUSTANG Boss 351 fastback. S/N 1FO2R151027. Grabber Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 18,780 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh restoration done to a high level with everything looking new. Obsessive attention paid to correctness and detail. Great paint and chrome. Well detailed Ram Number 2 of approximately 14 built. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $106,700. After just a handful of cars, production ultimately halted due to Lambo parts supply issues. It's hard to know what level of factory perfection to expect here because of the very limited build. Same with comparative values. Today it was worth $106,700. #675-2009 MOSLER RAPTOR GTR coupe. S/N 1M94136BX9C682029. Orange/black leather. 7.0-L fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Prototype built on a 2009 chassis but not completed until 2011. Presents as new inside and out. Gullwing doors and lots of carbon fiber, for a stated gross vehicle weight of 2,350 lbs. Custom LS7 reportedly puts out 1,200 hp. Air engine with factory markings and AutoLite tar top battery. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $60,500. Beautiful Boss 351—I couldn't find a flaw. Strong cars bring strong prices, and this car confirmed that once more. #104-1972 CHEVROLET C10 Cheyenne Super pickup. S/N CCE142A12214. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 47,798 miles. 402-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good paint and chrome. Dull grille trim, dull bed rails, thick, paintedover bed. Good bucket seat interior. Equipped with factory a/c, power steering and power Cond: 1. SOLD AT $264,000. These trade in a very thin market. The company had some racing success, but the usual money issues with this type of venture caused lots of delays and resulted in a very limited production. As this was the prototype, price paid is what it's worth. #679-2009 US SMOKELESS TOP FUEL racer. S/N 1210146. Blue/black vinyl. MHD. Fuel-injected V8, auto. 3.78 second 1/4 mile best time at 318.54 mph on nitromethane. Huge V8 with dual distributors, blower and injectors. Tiny cockpit and long 299-inch wheelbase. Fats on back and skinnies on front. Dual chutes. brakes. Build sheet included. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,350. Not listed in the catalog, but it did not matter: this price was giant money for this truck. Values for these late '60s/early '70s Chevy pickups have been moving up rapidly, January 2012 Sold on bill of sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $132,000. Don Prudhomme's last top fuel dragster was torn down after its last race, thoroughly checked out and put back together and is now ready to race again. Probably won't, though. Fair price? Someone thought it was worth it, and the seller agreed. © 69


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL St. Charles High Performance Auction It isn't just about American muscle anymore, even if that's what Mecum continues to do best Company Mecum Auctions Date September 15–18, 2011 Location St. Charles, IL Auctioneers Mark Delzell, Mike Hagerman, Bob McGlothlen, Jim Landis and Matt Moravec Automotive lots sold/offered 522/1,001 Sales rate 52% Sales total $12,536,996 High sale 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, sold at $307,400 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko SC coupe — $188,150 Report and photos by Dan Grunwald Market opinions in italics I f it is the beginning of fall and the leaves are just beginning to turn crimson in northern Illinois, then it must be time again for the Mecum Fall automobile auction at the Pheasant Run Lodge in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles. Pheasant Run Lodge is the same place where the Bloomington Gold Corvette event takes place every June. The area is quite selfcontained, with numerous eating places, shops and even its own golf course. Thanks to years of hosting sales here, the Mecum crew is familiar with this venue, and as always, everything ran smooth and fast. The lots were driven in, hammered sold and returned outside to their assigned parking spaces with practiced efficiency. The unseasonably cool weather made a light jacket the bidders needed little warming up necessary, but during the first hour, with eight of the first ten lots hammered sold. From there on it was a fine dance all weekend to find that happy area where the seller would cut loose of his car and the buyer would cut loose of his money. There were still a few holdouts who continued to hope for the prices they visualized four or five years ago, but for more and more sellers, the new reality has set in, and that was reflected here through a number of current market-correct sales. The cars offered here were, on average, much better in all respects than your normal Friday night cruise-in 70 St. Charles, IL Buyer's premium $300 on the first $5,499; $500 from $5,500 to $9,999; 6% thereafter, included in sold prices variety. But the majority of lots on offer were still basically #2 level restorations. The variety here ran the gamut from early iron to later-model used, but quite a few of the offerings fell into the American muscle category, which is no surprise, as that has been the foundation of Dana Mecum's success story. The older cars here dated all the way back to 1929, and the newest (other than the charity Mitsubishi Eclipse) was a 2011 Nickey Camaro. Aside from the American lots, a large contingent of Mercedes were available, and I saw ten VWs on-site, all of which helped to underline Mecum's changing dynamic — it isn't just about American muscle anymore, even if that's what the com- pany continues to do best. The top seller was a 1969 Mustang Boss 429 that was not perfect but appeared very correct. It found a new spot to roost for $307,400. The next two places belonged to a Yenko Camaro and Chevelle, sold at $188,150 and $171,720, respectively. Mecum auctions have become massive undertakings, with most offering huge numbers of automobiles, and this was no exception. A total of 1,001 cars were offered, and 522 were sold for a 52% sales rate and a total of $12.5m — respectable, but slightly off from last year's 528 cars sold for $14.1m. But with an average price of just over $24,000 per lot, this has proven itself to be a great event for collectors buying at a variety of price points, and with such good variety of cars available, it's a smart place to buy at the end of the summer season. ♦ Sales Totals $20m $15m $10m $5m $0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL ENGLISH #F103-1959 MGA roadster. S/N HDA4359117. White/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 90,512 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Heavy paint flaw at front of hood, marginal paint along fender welting. Most chrome good, although rear bumper shows bumps from contact. Hood sits low on center right. Driver's Paint worn off horn button, left sun visor held up by blue plastic ball-point pen. New plastic horn button screwed to dash. Emergency brake disconnected, wires hanging under dash with household wire nuts holding the ends. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. This old Roller was frightening even without the “Lifetime Super Value Pack” of 40 fuses between the seats. An old flyer found inside read, “Must Sell— $22,000.00 OBO.” Today's $10,000 offer was generous. GERMAN #F35-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412009756. Cream/cream hard top/brown canvas soft door fits very wide along bottom. New interior installed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $13,515. This was said to have had a recent tune-up and many new parts, and the cosmetic imperfections would not be visible from twenty feet. If the mechanicals are strong, buyer paid a cheap price for a fun driver. #U82.1-1966 AUSTIN MINI MOKE beach car. S/N AABIL841465. Maroon/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 19,364 miles. 52-ci I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Some pitting and wear on chrome bar-style bumpers. Chrome grille and windshield frame. Packard hubcaps and hood ornament added for comedy's sake. New top. Dirty very nice. Engine shows road dirt and some overspray on rubber parts. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $37,100. This car was said to have undergone a $54,000 rotisserie restoration at some point. It looked very clean overall, started right up and seemed to run well. The SCM Pocket Price Guide gives these a range of $45k to $90k, based on condition, so I'd still call this very well bought. #F305-1973 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE engine with some oil leaks visible. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. This unusual Moke was decorated with numerous classic Packardstyle custom accessories, which may detract for Moke purists (if such a person exists). No offense taken here, but the seller is still looking for a buyer, so we don't yet know the value of those novelty decorations. #U45-1973 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW 4-dr sedan. S/N SRH16551. Tan & brown/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 96,682 miles. 6.7-L V8, 2-bbl, auto. Two-tone repaint four years ago to less-than-Rolls-Royce quality. Interior dull and dirty, with cracks on dash wood and all seats showing grime and wear. seat, with weak seat springs. Cracked dashpad. New carburetor installed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,300. Maintenance records show 54,000 miles in 1980 and 42,404 now. It was no concours-winner, but still, probably sold as a bit of a bargain with lots of potential for fun. #F50-1974 VOLKSWAGON TRANSPORTER Riviera camper microbus. S/N 72 sedan. S/N 1132634599. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 42,404 miles. 1.6-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh paint with chips and flaws on trunk and hood area. All amber lenses cracking and new window weatherstripping curling. Tears in driver's top/tan leather. Odo: 80,985 miles. 2.8-L fuelinjected I6, auto. Paint and chrome look new. Windshield shows scratches. Has all four original wheel covers. Colors mismatched on dashpad, wood dash trim uneven, but rest of interior Coleman stove, sink and cooler. Looks honest and useful. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $13,250. Relive the glorious 1970s, and travel the country at a leisurely pace in relative comfort. A rust-free Transporter from any era is always going to be desirable, and the camper top here was both cool and functional. Price paid was fair to both buyer and seller. #T203-2001 PORSCHE 911 Carrera con- vertible. S/N WP0CAZ99X1S654193. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 12,337 miles. 3.4-L fuel-injected H6, 6-sp. Some light paint chips on hood and several stone chips on front glass. Interior shows almost no wear, appropriate for 12k indicated miles. One owner 2342124914. Orange/white camper top/tan vinyl. Odo: 59,933 miles. 1.8-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. VW bus with pop-top conversion by Riviera. In good condition overall—very clean and solid. Some cracked weatherstripping and paint. New seat coverings. Equipped with until last year. Said to have been a Texas car all its life. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $29,680. An extremely clean and well kept 2001 Carrera convertible that presented as new and sold very well. It's now with its third owner in ten years. #S38-2004 PORSCHE 911 Carrera Turbo convertible. S/N WP0CB29974S676041. Silver gray/gray canvas/gray leather. Odo: 17,288 miles. 3.6-L fuel-injected H6, 6-sp. No dirt or wear visible anywhere. Interior immaculate. Rims untouched. Has one small spot on top cloth on driver side. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. Showroom new and scarcely even enjoyed. If you wanted to enjoy 450 horses with the top down and a shifter in your right hand, this wouldn't be a bad choice. Final bid was bullseye market-correct. Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL ITALIAN #T265-1979 MASERATI MERAK SS coupe. S/N AM122AUS2326. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 19,210 miles. 3.0-L V6, 3x2-bbl, manual. Paint bubbling by base of windshield, scrapes at rear wheelwell, cracks on rear deck by gas door and right A-pillar. Seat leather dry and cracking. Aftermarket radio installed. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $37,100. This was a charity auction, with proceeds to benefit the Japanese Red Cross, in order to aid the tsunami and earthquake victims. The price paid was in the expected range for a new car sold for charity. AMERICAN #U63-1928 FORD MODEL A Touring phaeton. S/N A8182970. Blue/. Odo: 20,182 miles. 200-ci I4, 2-bbl, manual. Said to be a 1928 body with 1929 engine. Surface rust everywhere. Cracked windshield. Top fabric and interior fabric long gone. Throw rug over springs on seat to protect driver's delicate parts. Rear-mounted spare torn and flat. Lots of body dents. Best looking part is the 1929 engine, Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,430. This car was locked up tight, so close inspection of the interior was not possible. The black steel wheels nicely complemented the yellow paint and black trim, attracting the right bidders and a mid-market sale price. Should make the buyer and the seller happy. Spider. #S101-2001 FERRARI 360 Modena S/N ZFFYT53A81010125794. Blue/dark blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 17,367 miles. 3.6-L fuel-injected V8, F1 auto. Paint protected by 3M Clear Bra. Some overspray visible on front lower vent grilles suggests possible repaint to front. Otherwise, which looks to have had recent work done. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $4,200. From the collection of David V. Uihlein Sr. and sold on a bill of sale. After thirty years in storage, this found a friend with some extra time and money. Well sold, but buyer presumably knew exactly what he was getting, so no harm done. #S196-1948 FORD SUPER DELUXE condition commensurate with—or better than—low indicated mileage. Interior very well preserved. Alloy wheels unmarked. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $75,260. Not old enough or special enough to be collectible. Just a very clean used Ferrari. Price paid was market-correct. JAPANESE #S100-2012 MITSUBISHI ECLIPSE SE coupe. S/N 4A31K3DT0CE008611. Black/ black leather. miles. 3.8-L fuel-injected V6, auto. Said to be the last Eclipse of 980,000 cars built from 1989 to 2012. A brand new car with delivery miles only. Paint and interior unworn. The only V6 Eclipse equipped with the SE package. Donated by Mitsubishi Corporation. Looks striking on 18-inch “Dark Argent” rims. drive very well, with working radio, heater and Columbia rear end. Newer original-style wiring underhood, with light fitted. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,900. This looked like a good restoration that was just starting to show a bit of age. It still inspired confidence and garnered attention from the right people, hammering sold for a market-correct price. #F208-1953 CHEVROLET 3100 pickup. S/N H53K039777. Red & black/black cloth. Odo: 7,137 miles. 216-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Allnew chrome. Mid-level shiny paint shows preparation flaws. Doors both fit wide. New weatherstripping, oak bed. New interior fitted, with cassette radio. Detailed underhood with 74 windows and eight-way power leather seats. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $159,000. One of just 630 Bonnevilles built in 1957 (all of which were fuel-injected). This Pontiac icon presented as flawless and sold at the top of the market, right where it belongs. Sports Car Market Woodie wagon. S/N 899A2248245Z. Tan/brown vinyl. Odo: 51,238 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Chrome trim starting to dull in places. Side-vent glass has deep scratch on right rear and is starting to delaminate. Decent wood and interior. Doors shut solidly. Said to terior all immaculate. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $130,000. This has to be one of the finest ‘55 Cadillac convertibles on the planet. It was a true show car, as confirmed by pretty much every significant judged event but Pebble Beach. That said, even for perfection, the sixdigit high bid should have been plenty. #S124-1957 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE convertible. S/N P857H24652. Kenya Ivory & Tartan Red/white/red miles. 347-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Frame-off restored. Superb paint, chrome and top. Interior in excellent condition. Equipped with power antenna, power steering, power brakes, power leather. Odo: 34,692 original 6-cylinder engine and new wiring. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. This very attractive truck looked like a well restored driver or local show rig. The paint was a minor let-down, but that didn't stop me from liking it a lot. The offer seemed fair. #S164-1955 CADILLAC SERIES 62 con- vertible. S/N 556262370. Red/white/red & white leather. Odo: 85,837 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Presents as flawless from top to bottom. Earned First Place Awards from 2005 Cadillac Nationals, AACA Grand Nationals and Amelia Island, as well as a Class Award at Meadow Brook in 2006. Paint, chrome and in


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #F192-1958 CHEVROLET IMPALA convertible. S/N F58F238550. Black/black vinyl/black & gray vinyl. Odo: 84,856 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Lots of edge chips on driver's door and wide front fender-to-cowl gaps on both sides. Some cracked weather- windshield. Engine looks factory-new, including hose markings and correct decals. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,680. You don't typically see ‘64 Falcons restored to such a high level, and the price paid was toward the top of the current market level. I'll call it well bought and well sold. #S46-1965 BUICK WILDCAT convertible. S/N 464675H944777. Tan/brown vinyl/brown vinyl. Odo: 77,286 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Numerous prep flaws in fresh paint. Good chrome. New top. Clean engine said to be freshly rebuilt. Underhood insulation missing or deteriorating. New bench seat. stripping. Very shiny new paint and chrome. Interior excellent. Power seat and windows, dual antenna, Continenal spare tire. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,420. The 348 with Tri-Power was the most powerful factory engine from GM in 1958, and this had lots of great chrome and massive eye appeal. Sold market-correct. #S31-1962 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 20867S103962. Honduras Maroon/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 72,159 miles. 327-ci 340-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. New paint, chrome, top and interior. A bit more waviness than usual in fiberglass. Worn and missing window fuzzy trim. Shod with white- Fathom Green/black vinyl. Odo: 77,796 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Cosmetically superb, with recent mechanical freshening. Door gaps slightly wide. Rear window scratched. Hard seat backs have scratches. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, front and rear spoilers and AM radio. Comes with dealer transfer sheet and Yenko bill of sale. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $188,150. Certified by the COPO Connection in 2005. These cars are a Mecum speciality and always do well. The #2 top seller at this sale, just ahead of lot S80, the Yenko Chevelle. #F238-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 coupe. S/N 124379N697820. Yellow & black/black vinyl/yellow cloth & vinyl. Odo: 39,628 miles. 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Front bumper fits tight at center. Interior door handle trim has worn paint. Said to have every date Equipped with Speed Minder speedometer. 3-inch exhaust extensions fitted. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Tan and brown is not the most dynamic color combo, but on this Buick it did not seem inappropriate. The final bid looked correct, considering the details in need of attention, even with a recently rebuilt engine. #S69-1966 PONTIAC GTO “Royal Bobcat” replica 2-dr hard top. S/N 242176Z127695. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 91 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh replica race car presents as new. New paint and chrome. All lettering is peel-and-stick. With radio- and heater-delete. Sun gauges, Hurst Line-Lock kit. Ram Air 389 with Tri-Power code and number correct. Scored 927 of 1,000 at Camaro Nationals. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $74,200. This amazing car was restored in 1992 and still looked factory-new. The 1969 Z/28 is the Camaro everyone wants, and the top price reflected that here. BEST BUY stripe bias-ply tires. Formerly a fuel-injected car, now carbureted, injection system not included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $55,120. The fuel injection was gone, and it was unclear whether the engine was original to the car. But overlooking those two things, this was a nice solidaxle Corvette. Initially unsold across the block, it was later listed as sold, so a deal must have been put together after the fact. Fair transaction both ways. #S19-1964 FORD FALCON Sprint con- vertible. S/N 4H12F170442. Blue/white vinyl/blue vinyl. Odo: 1,386 miles. 260-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Rust-free California car, freshly restored to high level. Wears new paint, chrome, interior, top and trims. Some chips in #S80-1969 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE Yenko 2-dr hard top. S/N 136379B407823. Blue/black vinyl. Odo: 30,088 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An unrestored original, with 30k indicated miles said to be actual. Old paint shows bubbles and flaws on hood and several panelcolor variations. Dual gate floor shifter. Talbot racing mirror on driver's side. A “double COPO” car, equipped with the code 9562 L72 427/425 big-block and 4-core radiator, as well as code 9737, the “sports car conversion pack- carburetion, Doug's headers, boxed rear control arms, and cheater slicks on Hurst wheels. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This looked like a faithful replica of the 1966 Royal Pontiac drag car. All the work was done to good standard, and it was detailed like a new car. While I doubt the high bid would have covered the build cost, it probably should have been enough for a clone. #S102-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Yenko SC coupe. S/N 124379N615667. age.” Documentation includes broadcast sheet and Yenko inventory sheets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $171,720. This car previously sold at Mecum's St. Charles sale in 2005 for $357,000 (SCM# 39582). It is said to be one of 99 Yenko Chevelles ever built and one of just 22 accounted for today. This time, it sold for less than half the 2005 price but was still thirdhighest of the day, indicative of market-wide price corrections. Still a very important muscle car and well bought. 76 Sports Car Market


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Mecum Auctions St. Charles, IL #S109-1969 FORD MUSTANG Boss 429 fastback. S/N 9F02Z159202. Wimbledon White/black vinyl. Odo: 7,503 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 3-sp. Very high-level restoration of Kar Kraft #1451, well documented. Paint in excellent condition, interior presents as new. Optional Deluxe Décor interior group, wood els straight and smooth. A few very minor interior flaws. New seat cover and carpets. Brightly painted and clean engine compartment. Rolls on SS wheels. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,550. This very recently restored car had reportedly been with the same owner since 1988. Bought correct for a fraction of what you'd expect to pay for a comparable Chevelle that can't haul any wood. #F195-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER T/A 2-dr hard top. S/N JH23J0B304005. Sublime/black vinyl. Odo: 53,656 miles. 340ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Newer high-quality restoration. Clean and detailed throughout. Shows lots of side and rear glass scratches. Cond: 2+. trim, three-spoke rim-blow steering wheel, special speedometer, and in-dash clock. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $307,400. The Boss 429 was a very special Mustang modified by Kar Kraft to accommodate the Boss 429 engine prior to being sold out of Fomoco showrooms. This car was rare, and it was done right. The top-level price was a testament to the quality. #F178-1969 MERCURY CYCLONE fastback. S/N 9H15M565932. White & red/red vinyl. Odo: 520 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Fresh paint in Cale Yarborough Edition livery. Most chrome redone, but front bumper starting to peel. Rear trim shows damage. Good seats and carpets. Dashpad pulling away in front, dash chrome showing age. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT SOLD AT $83,740. With just a little more than 1,000 Challenger T/As built during their limited one-year production run, they are somewhat rare. This one sold at the top of the market and probably worth it for the superb workmanship. #S94-1971 PLYMOUTH HEMI 'CUDA 2-dr hard top. S/N BS23R1B402095. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 16,813 miles. 426-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Restored in 1998 and still looks pretty fresh. Very good paint and chrome. Shaker hood, interior presents as new overall, except for dirty carpets and some age showing leather. Odo: 33,985 miles. 302-ci fuel-injected V8, auto. Seems like a lot of miles for a car you can't imagine someone actually driving. Paint and chrome OK. Lots of interior wear, splitting leather and cracking wood. Mass of wires hanging behind center console. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $20,000. You've got to love a country where you can take an ordinary '87 Mustang, make it look like this and actually get money bid for it at auction. Liberace's spirit can live on forever. #U40-2003 DODGE VIPER SRT/10 con- vertible. S/N 1B3JR65Z03V501368. Red/ black canvas/black leather. Odo: 21,547 miles. 8.3-L fuel-injected V10, 6-sp. One owner, lowish miles. Excellent paint, although front bumper looks like it may have been repainted. Glass clear. Top in good condition. Interior very well cared for. No scuffs on alloy rims. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,220. This had seen 21k miles of enjoyment, but had clearly been meticulously cared for, and basically presented as factorynew. Sold very well. #F181.1-2007 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 coupe. 26E175129736. Yellow/black S/N 1G1YYleather. Odo: 3,776 miles. 505-hp fuel-injected V8, 6-sp. Paint shows no signs of age or wear. Excellent fit and finish. Interior basically immaculate. $26,500. Cale Yarborough's victory at the 1968 Daytona 500 in a Mercury Cyclone was honored with the release of a commemorative signature-series Cyclone in 1969. As seen here, it featured a Nascar-style flush-mounted grille and large greenhouse rear window in for NASCAR-style aerodynamics. With just 285 built, this well kept example was well bought. #T14-1970 CHEVROLET EL CAMINO pickup. S/N 136800L134371. Cream/tan vinyl. Odo: 89,768 miles. 307-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Fresh paint, solid rust-free bed. Side pan- on console. Some very light scratching on sidewindow trim. Factory build sheet included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $119,250. This looked like a decade-old quality restoration still holding up well, but the muscle car market has come a long way down from its highs of a few years ago. Price paid was market-correct today. A lot of car for the money. #T125-1987 ZIMMER GOLDEN SPIRIT coupe. S/N 1FABP40E4HF242277. White/tan Equipped with chrome wheels, memory package, HUD, and Z06 equipment package. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $53,000. This presented as factory-new, with just 3,776 miles miles on the minty odometer. Considering that MSRP for a Z06 coupe was $48,480 four years ago, the seller did very well. © 78 Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Sussex, UK Important Motorcars at the Goodwood Revival A 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 lightweight sold at $349,643 — a record for a right-hand-drive M471, especially one with such an interesting history Company Bonhams Date September 16, 2011 Location Chichester, Sussex, U.K. Auctioneers Robert Brooks and James Knight Automotive lots sold / offered 58/88 Sales rate 66% Sales total $8,187,739 High sale 1973 Porsche 911 RS Carrera “lightweight” coupe Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics A 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder vied with two Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts for top honors at Bonhams' annual sale at the Goodwood Revival meeting, although Bonhams quietly sold a very special E-type for an undisclosed and presumably higher price. James Knight and company founder Robert Brooks alternated between lots, and the Daytona, which was one of only 25 built in European specification, was the top published seller at $940,012. It outsold one of only four surviving 1908 Silver Ghosts, which reached $766,374 after a protracted bidding battle. The other Ghost was a magnificent 1911 ceremonial car ordered for the Delhi Durbar celebration of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, although no longer with its original closed body. It fetched $662,191. Both Royces were being sold from West Coast USA ownership. The unofficial top sale was the “seven-figure” deal done on the E-type post-auction. Bonhams reported the true sale price as “undisclosed,” although it was no doubt a healthy number, considering the car is a very original semi-lightweight racer that had always been closely looked after and souped up by the Works. Other highlights included a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight at $349,643 (a record for a right-hand-drive M471, especially one with such an interesting history); a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino for a very strong $259,352 compared with recent auction sales for cars almost as good at under $160k; a 1976 Lamborghini 80 Countach LP400 at what looked like a bargain 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder, sold at $940,012 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $47,356, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.63) $262,824; a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing at a market-correct $540,645; and a 1956 AC Ace Bristol roadster in tired-butcharming condition that fetched $222,888. A well-restored DB5 posted where these Aston Martins are now, as it sold for $549,327. Some of the competition cars also did well: An Alpine A110 1600S Group 4 rally car that was formerly the property of Armin Schwarz (and originally a 1300) sold for $49,648, and a reshelled but well-known 1965 ex-Works Mini Cooper S rally car, owned and very correctly restored by a former WRC navigator and now team boss, raised a strong $127,387 (see the profile, p. 56). Two Lister sports-racers were offered, but they both stayed with their sellers. The 1959 Chevrolet-engined car appeared to have raised $416,994 but was later declared unsold in the published results. The lowish price here was right for a car that had a Historic Technical Passport — which says Sussex, UK it's the same as the real thing — but not an FIA Heritage Certificate, which says it is the real thing. A very original but mechanically refreshed 1958 “Knobbly,” an ex-Briggs Cunningham team car, failed to sell despite the offer appearing sufficient, as not all the car's owners could agree. The ex-Peter Jopp/Les Leston 1959 Sunbeam Rapier rally car made a strongbut-expected $36,306, as it's suitable for a multitude of events including Goodwood and prestige rallies such as Tour Auto. This auction followed just six days after Bonhams' annual sale at Beaulieu Autojumble, which was almost a sellout. So inside a week in September, Bonhams raised a healthy $11.8m on 195 cars sold out of 239 offered. ♦ $1m $2m $3m $4m $5m $6m $7m $8m 0 Sports Car Market Sales Totals 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007


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Bonhams Sussex, UK ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 2 #230-1908 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST 40/50hp Roi-des-Belges. S/N 60747. Eng. # 60747. Blue/red leather. RHD. 7.0-L I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. From the same U.S. collection as the later Ghost in the sale, and in similar splendid condition. Bought as a collection of parts in 1989 and built up on a replica frame (no VIN, titled with engine number) with Labourdette coachwork that might once have been on a Mercedes. Perfect paint, 2007 Pebble Beach sale, where it sold for $990,000, and our reporter called it “very well bought” (SCM# 46543). #282-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 660892. Eng. # W3373. Silver/red leather. RHD. Odo: 7,210 miles.3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Generally excellent, and door fit is pretty good, although has some filler in shuts. Repainted 2007, following restoration in mid1990s. New leather. Motor very clean and tidy lightly homework. Well and imaginatively bought, but decently sold too. Recently seen at Gooding's March 2010 Amelia Island sale, where it changed hands for $105,600 (SCM# 159965). #252-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 coupe. S/N creased leather, good set of Lucas King of the Road lamps and nice Elliott speedos. 5% import duty if it stays in the U.K. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $766,374. A striking, attractive car assembled with great attention to detail and dollars. It sold well today for some $220k more than the “bitsa” Roi-des-Belges Ghost, which sold at Bonhams' annual RREC auction two years ago in June 2009 for $546,975 (SCM# 120727). TOP 10 No. 4 BEST BUY #221-1911 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST 40/50hp Convertible Victoria. S/N 1683. Eng. # 91K. Blue/black/red leather. RHD. 7.4-L I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Originally a limousine used for the Indian celebrations of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, rebodied as a ceremonial car for the Maharajah of Mysore around 1920. Then restored completely and a Pebble Beach winner in 1995. Still concours, although N.O.M. engine is from chassis 1680, one of the Maharajah's other with all correct finishes. High-torque starter fitted, but otherwise all-original with no seat belts, indicators or windshield washers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $132,596. It was refreshing to see one truly kept to original spec and not “upgraded” with modern trinkets. Sold where expected, smack in the middle of Bonhams' $120k–$150k pre-sale estimate range. #204-1951 LAND ROVER SERIES I utility. S/N 261008837. Green/tan canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 89,603 miles. 1.6-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Nicely restored 2003–2004, now showing a few small dings, as is appropriate for a Landie. Canvas top still looks newish, as do haust, electric fan, etc. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $78,401. Originally a pastel green left-hander supplied to Los Angeles. You can “improve” these as much as you like by bringing certain features up to date and making them easier to live with on modern roads, but it almost never ups the value. Sold right. TOP 10 No. 7 #269-1954 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental coupe. S/N BC64C. Eng. # BCC63. Shell Gray/blue leather. door seals. Seats in good shape. Short (80-inch) wheelbase. Very clean and tidy engine bay and chassis. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $19,061. This was reportedly Silverstone auction in July 2005 for $23k (hammer price). This time it sold on the phone, again for correct market value. #241-1952 BENTLEY R-TYPE coupe. cars. With gaily patterned parasol, perfect brass and nice Elliott speedo set. 5% import tax to remain in the E.U. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $662,191. The car was back in the U.K. by 1960 and sold at Sotheby's first collector car auction, in 1965, to collector James Leake of Oklahoma. A fantastic deal today, although Bonhams was obviously hoping for a bit more as it was catalogued under “Refer department.” Previously seen at Gooding & Co.'s 82 S/N B2RT. Eng. # B1R. Silver & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 60,833 miles. 4.6-L I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Perfect recent resto, brilliant paint, excellent plating. Newish leather, dash a bit bubbly and wants redoing, although rest of timber is nice. Reportedly the first R-type chassis produced, and appeared at Earls Court Motor Show. Not as strangely proportioned as most of Abbott's fare. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $141,278. Effectively a Continental at a quarter of the price, so the buyer had done his RHD. Odo: 55,903 miles 4.9-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Straight, with good panel and door fit, but has a few nicks and cracks in tired aluminium. The leather on the lightweight bucket seats (which come with the right-hand manual gear- last sold at Bonhams' 681197. Eng. # W85468. White/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,341 miles. 3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Shiny following big restoration and conversion to right-hand drive in 2000. Good chrome, door gaps uneven. Newish red leather. Now with five-speed Getrag, Harvey-Bailey handling kit, Monza filler cap, stainless ex- shift option) is a little tired, but dash is good. 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Bonhams Sussex, UK 3+. SOLD AT $458,167. Contis have been doing very well recently, easily going way past the $450k mark. This one sold slightly lower than the $490 low estimate given by Bonhams. I'd say on-the-money for an appealing but slightly less-than-perfect example. #210-1956 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BE172. Eng. # 100D520. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 39,875 miles. 1.9-L I6, 3x1-bbl, 4-sp. Well used and well loved, with stained paint, various cracks and marks, distressed old leather. Original dash now looking rather beat. Straight chassis. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $222,888. Sale price went 50% beyond the $125k–$160k predicted by Bonhams, but for such an original example (borderline tatty, some might say), this was bid on the money. #263-1956 TOJEIRO-BUTTERWORTH AJB air-cooled racer. S/N TAD354. Eng. # B44. Dark green/green vinyl. RHD. 1.5-L H4, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Flat-4 drives a Tojeiro chassis with Micron body, all in good order. Paint slightly cracked, but good for a racer. Never raced in period, has been re-engineered by Beaufort Engineering (now on Solexes instead of Amal GPs) and is said to run well, “and consumes oil as it was originally supposed to do.” On a Greek registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD rebuilt; new paint on block and no leaks. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $117,074. The AC-engined version is the least desirable of the three variants, but even these cracked $150k a few years ago. Not this one, though. Bought at Bonhams' Greenwich sale on June 5, 2011, for $188,500 (SCM# 182237), having been in storage in Philadelphia for 35 years, before that in Ohio and originally supplied to Maryland. The bid today was realistic. #205-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 roadster. S/N BN4558182. White & red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 79,972 miles. 2.6-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Newish paint has some cracks. Chrome starting to flake off in places. Chassis and panels straight, although rear fenders are fiberglass and rear valance is less than perfect. Retains original slightly worn leather. Motor Original dash is grubby, with crudely wrapped steering wheel, à la '50s/'60s NASCAR practice. Motor clean and tidy, having been recently I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Restored in Holland in 2004, now well used but still appealing. Chrome in good shape, but part of windshield trim missing. Fender skirts deleted to make room for fatter-than-standard rubber. Leather cracked. Non-original engine and 4-speed BMW gearbox fitted, although spare engine and transmission (with overdrive) come with the car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $39,029. If you wanted a cheap XK driver, this was a chance for a good one. The car twice competed in the Tulip Rally and was described as “running well” in the auction catalog. Price was held down by the drivetrain swap, but it still went a fair bit over its $31k high estimate. Well bought and sold. #258-1958 LISTER-JAGUAR “KNOBBLY” racer. S/N BHPEE101. White/bare alloy & blue leather. RHD. 4.2-L I6, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Well beaten and used old warrior, ex-Briggs Cunningham Team. Brian Lister's answer to the D-type and still a winner in historic racing today. Appears completely original (though appearance does change slightly through period pictures, it's now in original “short bonnet” form) and as roughlooking as you'd expect a 50-plus-year-old now unleaded-compatible. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $28,137. This car sold $7k under the $35k top estimate, so the seller presumably had a quick-on-the-spot rethink. The plastic rear AT $73,599. AJB was the name of the weird modular air-cooled swing-valve engine devised by Archie Butterworth. You could see his point—no stems or guides getting in the way of airflow—but it never quite worked, and this one always had poppet valves. Sold in the expected $60k–$90k range, but it kind of misses the point of a unique weirdy when most of the unique weirdness is taken out. Provided it's reliable, an interesting historic racer, from the golden “men in sheds” era of motorsport. Last sold by H&H in 2007 for $85,971 (SCM# 46774). #264-1958 AC ACE roadster. S/N AEX416. Eng. # CL2347WT. White/black leather. Odo: 11 miles. 1.9-L I6, 3x1-bbl, 4-sp. Straight body with good door fit, although shows some paint chips around door edges. Bumpers left off. New leather and carpets since being profiled in SCM September 2011. 84 Sports Car Market fenders took it down a notch or two, but if you could live with that, here was a decent, presentable driver at not very much money. Recently sold at Bonhams' Hendon sale in April 2011 for $41,329 (SCM# 177857). #201-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 coupe. S/N S824293DN. Eng. # ZB111098. Dark green/green leather. RHD. Odo: 27 miles. 3.4-L racer to be, although mechanically refurbished with new brakes and Dunlop alloys refinished; not original engine or transmission. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $760,000. Last raced at Spa in 2008, and not sold against a “refer dept.” estimate. Its value is in its originality that was confirmed before sale, and the car came with a report from Lister guru Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Developments, which sufficiently put minds at ease and yielded this sensible offer. The money should have been sufficient, but the vendors collectively decided not to accept. #217-1959 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4 “Foxbat” wagon. S/N S825106DN. White & wood/black leather. RHD. Odo: 10,650 miles. 3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Bizarre half-timbered station wagon, as if a Morris Traveller were to take an XK very rudely from behind, leaving both parties rather startled and awkward. Said to be one of two made. Doors are full of filler and fit is out. Otherwise fair, except where roof sections join. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT


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Bonhams Sussex, UK $42,620. Currently French-registered, although in the U.K. since 2008. The $45k–$55k estimate was very ambitious, but this would be the place to sell it, as it would make for the ideal pre1966 Goodwood race support vehicle. No real surprise that it failed to sell, although, as the market for something like this is very narrow. #274-1959 LISTER-CHEVROLET “KNOBBLY” racer. S/N BHL127. Metallic green/black leather. RHD. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of the rare “Knobbly” Listers with a Chevy motor. In fairly good order for a working racer, with a few crinkles, star chips and dings. Well used leather is just what you'd expect, but ready to race. No idea of motor spec but originally would have been a Corvette 327. Terrifyingly, it's road-registered with current pected, and the Speed Pilot was a $1,500 bonus. TOP 10 No. 5 #276-1964 ASTON MARTIN DB5 coupe. S/N DB51535R. Eng. # 4001562. Silver/black leather. RHD. Odo: 362 miles. 4.2-L I6, 3x1-bbl, 5-sp. Very clean and tidy. Hardly driven since meticulous restoration overseen by top Aston man Desmond J. Smail. Like new, chrome perfect. New leather. Flawless underneath with stain- Black/black leather. Odo: 94,531 km. 6.2-L V8, 2x1-bbl, auto. Really straight, with mirrordeep paint (usually a nightmare for large cars V5C and tax. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $416,994. Little early history, but this was apparently in Illinois in 1964, and back in the U.K. by the '80s. It won the Sussex Trophy at the 2009 Goodwood Revival, and it either won or got fastest lap in 2010. It's been on sale with a U.K. dealer for some time and here was correctly bid slightly under the $430k–$490k estimate, at less than half the price of the moodiest D-type. Part of that was due to it having an FIA Historic Technical Passport rather than a Heritage Certificate, which means nobody's claiming it's original. #225-1959 SUNBEAM RAPIER SIII 2-dr sedan. S/N B30014500DHHO. Dark green/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 68,150 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Ex-Works rally car driven by Peter Jopp and Les Leston in 1960 Monte Carlo and Acropolis Rallies. In solid and good overall condition. Nice brightwork. Couple of splits in driver's seat. Now with later 1,600-cc engine and roll cage, plus Halda less steel exhaust and all clean new fasteners. Sits on correct tall radials, motor concours. Mileage is since restoration. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $549,327. Found dilapidated in Kuala Lumpur before resto for a boy-band artist (whether I would have mentioned that is debatable: have you ever heard of “Westlife's Shane Filan”?), but sold just on the current money for a top DB5. About $90k over the $460k high estimate; maybe “celebrity” does sell, after all. #214-1964 MINI Cooper S sedan. S/N CA2S7662044. Eng. # 9FSAY34709. Red & white/gray check velour. RHD. Odo: 5,912 miles. 1275-cc I4, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Well known car, although like many real ones, re-shelled at least once following a big roll on the 1966 Gulf London rally, at which time it disappeared for 20 years. Usually ran as an Austin, sometimes a Morris and now obsessively restored to 1965 RAC spec and presented with all correct rally with flat panels) and perfect plating. Floors and rockers excellent. New black leather. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $85,714. Bought at Bonhams' Oxford sale in March 2010 for $84,320 (SCM# 160023) when we said, “Very straight and imposing, recently renovated by Frank Dale & Stepsons, with new leather and replated chromework... Chinese eye Continentals aren't as sought after as Mulliner S1s, but by comparison they represent great value for money.” It sold where expected today and looks a fantastic value next to an R-type or even S1 Continental. #234-1965 GORDON-KEEBLE GK1 coupe. S/N C48F1004RD. Eng. # 71F0702RD. Metallic red/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 30,205 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Sort of a fourseat Corvette with glass body, tube frame, discs all around and small-block Chevy power. Only about 100 built. This one is tidy-ish, although some paint is coming off the rockers. Chrome fittings, including Dymo tape switch labels and reclining navigator's seat (actually for OK. Still has original taillights. Original interior slightly worn, but all still fits well. Carpets lightly soiled. Just had new clutch and electronic ignition installed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $45,383. These have been gently hardening in the U.K., although this one has only just returned, having spent three years in Portugal. Condition wasn't tops, but these are rare cars. The money looked about right. the Speed Pilot. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,306. Last appears in the SCM database as having sold at Coys in Birmingham on May 4, 1986, for $25,161 (SCM# 5916). The value here is in the car's history, and in its potential as a Goodwood entrant next year, as the St. Mary's Trophy alternates between FIA periods F ('62'66) and E ('47-'61). Sold right where ex- 86 driver to lean over on long weight-transfer sections). Rewired by the man who did all the factory cars. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $127,387. The extreme level of correctness is due to the car's careful ownership and resurrection by former WRC co-pilot (and now team manager) Phil Short, who has used it for sprints and hillclimbs. Sold right on the money for one of the realest “real” ex-Works Coopers likely to hit the market. See profile on p. 56. #242-1964 BENTLEY S3 Continental coupe. S/N BC12LXC. Eng. # 6CBC. ible. S/N B382000980LRXFE. Eng. # 4266. Black/black #247-1965 SUNBEAM TIGER convertvinyl/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 53,279 miles. 260-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Perfect and shiny resto, with excellent cruciform and floorpans. Interior is new, and a good repro. New chrome is excellent. Engine lightly dressed up. Stainless exhaust fitted. Was lefthand drive, imported from Texas and converted. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $38,121. Interest in Tigers has been rising gently, and this was bang where expected—but still looked a good buy. Work could likely not be done again for Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Sussex, UK #206-1994 ASTON MARTIN VANTAGE V600-spec coupe. S/N 070057. Eng. # 590R700057M. Bronze metallic/black leather. Odo: 59,849 km. 5.3-L supercharged V8, 5-sp. Straight and tidy following series of expensive rebuilds, including conversion to V600 spec. But motor damaged by overfilling with oil and the price paid here, but it was carried out by a retired professional body repairer, so he's likely added value to a cheap import for his $15k spent on top of the purchase price. #286-1973 LOTUS ELAN S4 Sprint coupe. S/N 73020663E. Eng. # N29267. Red & white/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 1,745 miles. 1.6-L I4, 2x2-bbl, 4-sp. Very low mileage. No cracks in body, some paint off front bumper. Excellent original interior. Reportedly purchased at auction at the Hethel factory sell-off now out of car. On new or refinished Dymags. No registration docs. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $82,241. This was a no-show at Aston's last Works service sale, but had since been repainted and mostly reassembled. Sold today “strictly as viewed.” Big money for a project that could swallow a lot more. FRENCH at Coys' Silverstone Festival in 1998. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $51,736. Last-but-two Sprint made (and not registered until 1993, on an age-related number), which, with low mileage and condition, probably conferred an extra $15,000 or so here. As we say, “Find another...” #240-1988 BENTLEY TURBO R Empress II Sports saloon. S/N SCBZS0T00FCH13832. Eng. # 13832. Blue/blue leather. RHD. miles.6.8-L turbocharged V8, auto. Rebody of Turbo R that simply looks too heavy. Now presents as a little unloved, with crunched front spoiler and there. Complete with Cotal electric ‘box. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,106. Last appears in the SCM database as sold by Christie's in London on September 7, 1990, for $11,370 (SCM# 7064), presumably pre-resto. Hard to value in the U.K., but perhaps seen as a bargain French Alfa 1900. It fetched just what Bonhams predicted, a hair under the $49k high estimate. #288-1972 ALPINE A110 1600S coupe. cracked and dried-out leather. At least headlights will be cheap if you break one—they're from a Ford Sierra. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $78,768. One of those “But why?” cars. Stock Turbo Rs can be bought for as little as $15k, friends. This one sold over the $62k top estimate by a wide margin. If you're impressed by the words “modern coachbuilt Bentley,” maybe you thought this was a deal. January 2012 S/N A11012715. Blue, white & red/black vinyl & velour. Odo: 27,628 km. 1.6-L I4, 2x2-bbl, 5-sp. Rally car built to Group IV specification. Body straight and crack-free, no scuffs or scrapes underneath, no trim missing. Tidy interior. Motor dry and clean. Originally a 1300, now with 1600 motor, Gotti wheels, long-range tank, $49,468. Last seen at Brooks' Nurburgring auction in 1998, where it sold for $29,068 (SCM# 8462). Restored by former owner, 1996 European Rally Champion Armin Schwarz. Not 87 #262-1956 SALMSON 2300 coupe. S/N 85213. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,341 miles. 2.3-L I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Very rare, very French, and not quite elegant. In excellent order following '90s restoration. Body straight and paint still very good. Leather going slightly baggy after 20 years and 12,000 miles, but rest of interior is excellent, and brightwork is all and factory tool roll, plus undertrays. Motor tidy but not concours. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $540,645. Was in Italy, bought by the seller at Bonhams' Olympia sale in December 2001. It sold today at the low middle of the $525k– $585k estimate range, but was on-the-money for a slightly-less-than-top-notch Fairly bought and sold. Gullwing. TOP 10 No. 8 #273-1973 PORSCHE 911 Carrera RS “Lightweight” coupe. S/N 9113601500. Eng. # 6631460. White & blue/black velour. RHD. Odo: 20,403 miles. 2.7-L fuel-injected H6, 5-sp. The real thing, and with good history. Body all good with no rot. Motor is a replica based on a 911T unit, freshly rebuilt with no leaks. Oil pipes and antiroll bar mounts good. Alloys unscuffed. Good interior. Quoted engine number refers to the “tired” original, which is offered with the car. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $349,643. Said to be one of original (these are about as interchangeable as 911s), but it's to the most desirable spec and, although offered at no reserve, sold right for a Group IV Works replica. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 6 #250-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing coupe. 1980435500202. Silver/red leather. Odo: 60,314 km. 2.9-L fuel injected I6, 4-sp. Body straight and paint shiny, but has a few tiny bubbles in left rear wheelarch. Chrome all good. Newish red leather with fitted luggage S/N Devil exhaust. Cond: 2. SOLD AT


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Bonhams Sussex, UK only 17 RHD M471 lightweights. It was originally a racer, in 2.8 RSR form and not roadregistered. Luckily, trailing arm mounts were not modified, and it was put back on the road in standard form in the late 1990s, with license plate number similar to the famous AFN racer “RGO 2L.” So, this was about as real as they get, even though it's not always been this way. Buyer paid the right money for a lightweight with an interesting history. ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 1 #228-1971 FERRARI 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder. S/N 14605. Eng. # B1594. Red/black leather. Odo: 13,968 miles. 4.4-L V12, 6x2-bbl, 5-sp. In near-perfect condition following U.K. restoration in 2000, although left inner fender not flawless. Originally Blu Dino with beige leather, now brightwork, refurbed alloys. With original sales brochure, owner's manual, jack and most tools. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $259,352. This was very strong money for a Dino in today's market, showing what a difference it makes to have clear history on a good car. Well sold. #257-1976 LAMBORGHINI COUN- TACH LP400 coupe. S/N 1120204. Giallo Fly/tobacco leather. RHD. Odo: 28,867 km. 3.9-L V12, 6x2-bbl, 5-sp. Refurbished rather than fully restored, but in very good order. Repainted in original color, slightly rough around windshield, may be as-factory. One small split in driver's seat, some paint already wearing and flaking off door sills, though new brown mouse-fur dashboard looks perfect. 5% stage rallies against Escorts. Just starting to weather in nicely. Door-to-fender fit a little off. Roof now straight. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $41,041. Not sold, but I include it here for sentimental reasons, as I became intimately acquainted with the car at a Silverstone Rallysprint about ten years ago, when the late Mr. Fall rolled it, with me along for the ride (strapped in as ballast). Bonhams might have hoped that interest in competition Zs would be up after its recent 2011 sales of two Samuris at $121k and $90k, but here there was no intrinsic historical value. That said, it would have been cheaper to buy at the $50k low estimate than to try and build it again. red. Leather lightly creased, sits just right on Borranis, still with jack and full tool set. Recent exhausts. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $940,012. Last sold for $259,000 at Christie's auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles in 2000 (SCM# 9742), so it's been a good investment. It surpassed the $925k high estimate today for a market-correct sale. #216-1972 FERRARI 246 GT DINO coupe. S/N 04330. Eng. # 04330. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 30,204 miles. 2.4-L V6, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. One-owner Dino, taken off the road when three years old due to rust. In storage 25 years, now completely refurbished: panel gaps and fits good for a Dino, although a chin spoiler has been added at some point, probably in the '70s. Nice interior, shiny AMERICAN #267-1950 FORD CUSTOM DELUXE import tax due if it remains in the U.K Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $262,824. First owned by Adnan Khashoggi the Saudi Arabian businessman and then-richest man in the world, but for an early Countach this price didn't seem like a lot of money. Last sold at auction in Russo and Steele's 2007 Monterey sale for $533,500 with 28,990 km (SCM# 46397), which was at least $100k over estimate, so well bought this time around. JAPANESE #237-1972 DATSUN 240Z racer. S/N HS3011696. Red & black/black velour. RHD. Odo: 48,215 miles. 2.4-L I6, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Woodie wagon. S/N BOEG164430. Bronze & wood/brown vinyl. Odo: 73,915 miles. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Battered and faded old thing, although nicely original and body panels fairly straight. Timber split under new varnish. Chassis surface-rusted, but straight and solid. Dash all intact, chrome good, including beauty rings. Wears narrow whitewalls, sun visor and multitude of stickers on rear side-windows. Historic rally car built up about ten years ago for then-boss of Safety Devices roll cage firm (and former BMW/Opel Works driver) Tony Fall, sadly no longer with us. All the right bits (motor of unknown capacity, although may be up to 2.8 liters), though not competitive on Claimed to have had only two owners in California before export to U.K. in 2009. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $37,885. Not sold against a $43k lower estimate, which was rather hopeful despite rarity of model. Woodie surf wagons are the exception in the U.K., where we don't have much surfing (except Cornwall), and then the preferred mode of transport is the VW Kombi. So a brave punt, especially for a car in correctly bleached-out appearance, which most punters, especially at Goodwood, simply wouldn't “get.” © 88 Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV Garth Richards Museum Auction Richards' collection set the tone for the whole event, being largely 1950s cars that might have been seen in period on the streets of Reno Company Silver Auctions Date August 25–28, 2011 Location Carson City, NV Auctioneers Mitch Silver, Matt Backs, Rose Backs, Roger Fry, Bob Graham Automotive lots sold/offered 272/328 Sales rate 83% Sales total $4,779,756 High sale 1999 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph, sold at $64,800 Buyer's premium 1958 Packard Hawk 2-door hard top — $29,160 Report and photos by Paul Duchene Market opinions in italics T here's an old saying: “When life hands you lemons…” and in Mitch Silver's case, the answer might be “make margaritas.” Silver's Collector Car Auction has been a fixture at Reno's Convention Center during Hot August Nights for more than 20 years, so he was surprised to learn that his dates wouldn't be available in 2011. In fact, no dates would be available for two weeks before or ten days after the annual cruise-in. However, 32 years in business has made Silver Carson City, NV resourceful, and he remembered that Carson City developer and old friend Garth Richards (20 miles away) had been talking about selling off a good part of his collection — about 170 cars — at no reserve. To make things even better, Richards owned the Silver Oak Golf Center in downtown Carson City, where large tents could be erected, and it was five minutes away from a number of hotels. The dates August 25–28 were selected — the week after Pebble Beach — and the die was cast. In all, 328 cars would cross the block over three days, alongside 200 pieces of automotobilia on both Friday and Saturday. Richards' collection set the tone for the whole event, being largely 1950s cars that might have been seen in period on the streets of Reno. Fresh from museum storage, 90 almost all had been started, but lacked batteries, and were parked on the golf course for examination. Prices for the '50s cars ranged from the low teens to a high sale of $61,830, achieved by a bright red '55 DeSoto Fireflite convertible. But as usual with a Silver auction, $20,000 would have put you in the hunt for two-thirds of the cars, as the average sales price was $17,573. The high-desert climate meant that rust was almost entirely absent. Notable offerings included about three dozen Cadillacs, including convertibles and limousines and every year of Eldorado from 1953 to '77. Half a dozen Crosleys included a '51 Super Sports at $14,580, a fire truck at $12,420 and a 1952 Farm-ORoad Jeep that once belonged to Bill Harrah for $5,940. Fiestaware and Easter-egg colors dominated. The real finds were the 1950s station wagons. A red and white '59 Mercury Colony Park — complete with wood sides — sold for $15,660, a yellow and white '59 Dodge Custom Sierra brought $11,610, a Good & Plenty pink and white 1960 Plymouth recorded $19,440, a handsome copper and white 1959 Bonneville realized $27,000, and a very good '57 Mercury Voyager nine-passenger in bronze and white was a steal at $12,960. The few cars with reserves belonged to ambitious owners who took them home. That included a 1948 Packard Station Sedan hot rod that defied explanation but was bid to $67,500, and an absurd Cadillac-powered, full-sized '33 Packard replica rumble-seat roadster said to have cost $135,000 and for which $75,000 was inexplicably refused. A nicely done '71 Oldsmobile 98 Ambulance realized $11,880, prompting Silver to wonder out loud if he and crew should just buy it themselves “to follow us around, seeing how old we are, and how we live.” Silver said before the sale, “If the venue works, we might come back to it.” It certainly seems like a very attractive alternative to Hot August Nights. ♦ Sports Car Market 8%, included in sold prices


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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV ENGLISH #207-1960 HILLMAN HUSKY 2-dr wagon. S/N 2825727. Pale blue & white/red vinyl. Odo: 81,411 miles. 1.4-L I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. California black-plate car since 1974. Fair paint over reasonably straight body. Windshield scratched, chrome fair, some repairs detectable around left headlight. Tidy interior with nice seats, but headliner torn at rear. Mostly correct under the hood. Owner says it's rebuilt mechanically, with new engine and clutch. Miles claimed actual since new, but 81k is still quite a long way for one of these. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $6,750. An oddball driver with some charm. along with drastic price cuts. This was a very honest car, and the owner was on hand to explain why he was selling it: he had other projects, and this just didn't light his fire. He was also realistic about his price, and the car found a new home right at market value. Smartly sold, quite a good buy. SERAPH 4-dr #205-1999 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER sedan. S/N SCAL461E1XCX0252. Silver/Parchment leather. Odo: 40,014 miles. 5.4-L fuel-injected V12, auto. Hard to fault, other than some wear on driver's seat. Truly immaculate and has probably never spent a night outside, let alone been rained on. Has every option you can imagine. One of 402 Silver Seraphs built from 1999 to 2002, powered by BMW's V12 engine, cost $216,400 new. Sold in Beverly Hills, then went to Las Vegas, and has complete documen- would be a very tight squeeze for most people, and same can be said for the rumble seat. Clean and correct under the hood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,500. Almost Hans Nibel's last design for Mercedes-Benz, the side-valve 200 was the slightly larger sibling to the 170, which soldiered on until 1955. Quite handsome and fragile in appearance, but very slow. Still, it has independent suspension all around, and hydraulic brakes. It's a very cute alternative to a ‘34 Chevy or a ‘34 Ford roadster, and at this price, it's a good bit cheaper. Hard to see how you can go wrong. When you get bored with its lack of speed, sell it back to Europe; they're long gone over there. AMERICAN #252-1933 PACKARD EIGHT replica Although you'll want to stay out of the fast lane. Quite a few of these were sold on the West Coast, so parts are available, which is a good thing, as they all rusted away 30 years ago in their homeland. Start an antiques shop in some nice little California coastal town, and you've got the perfect delivery van. Beyond the cute factor, these are dismally slow, and this one was in the U.K. an awful long time before it came to the U.S. I hope the buyer had a magnet to check the panels. #521-1967 JAGUAR MK II 340 4-dr sedan. S/N P181340BW. Light green/black vinyl. Odo: 53,274 miles. 3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Very late Mk II sedan with “340” badges, big bumpers, disc wheels and vinyl interior. Mileage verified by 85-year-old long-term owner. Fair repaint in correct color. Quite straight and not rusty at all. Interior quite nice, with period radio intact. Damaged lacquer on wood dash and door tops. Mirror delaminating. Clean underhood. Good tires, incorrect exhaust. Includes many documents. Equipped rumble seat convertible coupe. S/N NEBR008776. Tan & brown/tan canvas/brown leather. Odo: 4,914 miles. 472-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Reportedly built at a cost of $135k, paid by collector Craig Watjen. Body is fiberglass, but many components (like the grille, headlights, trunk rack and bumpers) are genuine Packard. On correct 136-inch wheelbase, but powered by late 1960s Cadillac V8 with GM automatic transmission. Has a/c, power steering and brakes, electric rumble seat and disap- tation. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $64,800. Nice car, nice price, but who in their practical mind would want to be saddled with it? Where can you park it downtown, who can work on it and how will you face the first $10,000 repair bill? What the new owner will do is drive it for a few years, maybe change the oil, then flip it for half what he paid, to somebody who can afford it even less. That's how a car built to last 100 years (with proper care) only makes it to 20. The seller was hoping for $50k and he's probably thrilled. GERMAN #169-1934 MERCEDES-BENZ 200 roadster. S/N 816104. Two-tone blue/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 35,755 km. 1.9-L I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Well restored low-horsepower Benz from the 1930s, maybe good for 70 mph. Looks like it's hardly been driven lately. Plating excellent, top good, paint has some issues. Passenger's door mismatched and tied shut. Well-fitted leather interior, but looks like it pearing top. Tires are too big and don't fit inside the sidemount covers. Somehow titled as a 1933, and even has 1933 Washington plates. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. The only explanation here is the sad truth that, often, one man's dream car is just that. This car is making the rounds right now (it was bid the exact same $75,000 at Mecum's August 2011 auction in Monterey (SCM# 185128)). #173-1947 CROSLEY convertible. S/N with Varamatic power steering. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,740. Considering how desirable Mk IIs are today, it's hard to imagine they were a tough sell in 1966 and 1967. The bare-bones 340 incarnation, with vinyl interior, disc wheels and Borg-Warner automatic, was the last shot, 92 CC27803. Light green metallic/black canvas/brown vinyl. Odo: 111 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Slapdash restoration of slapdash car, but looks to be complete. Semi-straight, semishiny, reasonable panel fit. Quite good canvas “railtop” with fixed side roof. On trailer tires, with radio antenna but no radio. Painted fauxwood interior, cardboard door panels, no-pleat vinyl seats, rubber mats, heater. Wiper on floor inside. Correct and clean underhood. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $10,260. Cute in an orphan way, but hopelessly crude and not even well done, at that. 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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV sheet-metal blocks proved to be distressingly porous. At the price paid, there's no room for redoing it. Maybe a sentimental purchase? #455-1948 HUDSON COMMODORE convertible. S/N 48190943. Maroon metallic/tan canvas/maroon vinyl. Odo: 70,918 miles. 262-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed to be one of 620 built, although other sources put the number of Commodore Six convertibles as low as 49. Good paint, very straight, but doors do not fit well. Some chrome is checked, but trim is good. Vinyl interior well fitted, good canvas top. Wood dash paint is clumsy and holes indicate traffic light prism is missing. On wide whitewall tires. Mileage shown could well be correct. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $49,140. The triangle on the back and put a big flashing yellow light on top. Price seemed expensive to me for an old golf cart. $600 will buy most of them (and with four wheels), but this price represents the magic that happens with microcars sometimes. Very well sold indeed. #496-1950 BUICK ROADMASTER 4-dr sedan. S/N 45800844. Light green/gray cloth. Odo: 320 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, auto. Essentially a new car, but not particularly confidence-inspiring. Owned by Texas widow who hit a light pole and parked it when she found she was losing her sight. Car sat with 315 miles on it until the owner's death in 1995. Since then, has been straightened, repainted (with unnecessary stripe), and front bumper replated. Interior redone but may not be correct, according to some observers. Glass delaminating, rear bumper could use rechroming. Said to be sitting on its original tires, so don't go far or fast. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $17,280. What do you do with this Cadillac in Dallas, then bought by the seller's father in 1978 with 5,000 miles on it. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $42,500. This looked like an absolute time warp at first glance, but closer examination made me uneasy. I suspected at least a partial repaint at some point, with some sketchy prepwork, and the grille chrome seemed too patchy at the rear, even for GM. There was no doubt it was a very good car, but perhaps somebody couldn't resist gilding the lily a bit. In any event, it was bid to about double the price for a plain-Jane sedan in #1 condition. vertible. #174-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 62 conS/N 506249752. Blue-gray/black canvas/blue leather. Odo: 37,917 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Original car with quite a good repaint. Panel fit good, glass good, chrome a little weathered but very straight and usable. Very old top faded but sound. Black leather front seat cushion cracked, but rest are blue and much better and may be original. Equipped with radio, power steering, power windows and fog lights. Scruffy under the hood but probably 1948 “step-down” Hudsons would remain in production for six years with little change, because there wasn't much you could do with the basic shape. That said, they were handsome cars and the convertibles were very distinctive with their big header panels. This seemed like a good original example, but suffering from a haphazard restoration: some items very good, some not so. It's also going to be very slow. Some price guides have these as quite expensive. I'd call the sale price about right for this car. #716-1950 AUTOETTE SHOPPER electric cart. S/N DRF54820. White/tan canvas/brown vinyl. MHD. Tiny little threewheeled, tiller-steered golf cart made in Long Beach, California, and marketed to people as a shopping conveyance. Powered by a 24-volt electric motor with four 6-volt batteries and capable of traveling about 35–40 miles between charges, at up to 20 mph. Seems very original, with a 1956 California plate but with a new top and seat. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,268. Outside of a golf course, or maybe a gated community in Sun City, you'd take your life in your hands venturing into traffic in this contraption. Better paint it yellow with a reflective 94 car? It was a no-mile timepiece, but how are all the seals? Maybe it was the single Dynaflow that didn't leak? The paint seemed a little offtone, but it was nicely done, as was the interior, and there's no question the accident damage needed to be fixed. It's not going to be much fun to drive, and every mile will reduce its value, but the new owner might as well use it. It's not an original car if it's been repainted, reupholstered and replated, no matter what the signs say. Price was right on the money. #539-1950 CADILLAC SERIES 61 4-dr sedan. S/N 506126529. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 7,200 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Very straight, good paint and chrome, badges look new. Very clean and correct underhood. Equipped with radio, heater, hydramatic transmission, foglights, visor and whitewall tires. Said to be an original car bought new by a banker in Ardmore, Texas, from Lone Star runs like a clock. On ancient whitewall tires. Mileage could be correct. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $43,200. At least one person saw through this nice old car and bid it to where it deserved. It seemed to be an excellent, sound example that will reward a light touch in freshening it up, without a major restoration in some ghastly bright color. It would be interesting to find some old blue leather to match the front seat cushion with the rest of the interior. Some cars speak to you; this one spoke to me. It wasn't cheap, but I say well bought. #170-1950 MERCURY EIGHT convert- ible. S/N 50SL66830M. Pale yellow/white vinyl/black & gray leather. Odo: 7,074 miles. 255-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice older restoration of California car, with excellent paint and chrome and very nice grille. Good panel fit, but top is shrinking. Excellent interior with extra gauges. Equipped with overdrive trans- Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV mission, whitewall tires and twin spotlights. 3x2 Stromberg carburetors, Offenhauser heads, accessory oil filter. From aluminum obvious rust. Fitted with rear step bumper. Interior ratty and missing gauges. Filthy engine compartment, cracked and delaminated glass. Tires mismatched and worn out. Needs cheerful orange wheels and orange and gray stripes. 3-speed transmission appears to have another transmission backing it up, so that's six gears to pull the plow, cultivator or harrow, though with 2WD it won't be easy. Grille bent, part of windshield missing, no top or side curtains. Was reportedly once in the collection the firewall, it was maroon in color at some point, which might explain the black-and-gray interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $51,300. “James Dean” coupes are quite rare and most surviving examples have been customized; the convertibles are almost never seen. This seemed like a very well restored car, and, judging by the performance options it carries, is likely well-sorted. The color change seemed a bit of a puzzle, especially since the car was so well finished. Why not redo the firewall too? Nevertheless, it was a minor point and I'd call this car rather well bought. #425-1951 CROSLEY SUPER SPORT roadster. S/N VC30009. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 51 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Crude, but quite attractive, with bugeye lights. California car, looks straight, with decent paint and typically casual panel fit. Good chrome on bumpers, fair hubcaps. Tidy interior with simple seats and Mickey Mouse lift-off doors, edges wrapped in rubber strips so you don't cut yourself. Piston shift knob fitted. Good tires, rear-mounted spare. Probably restored, judging from the everything, but a relatively easy fixer-upper, if you can do it yourself. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $2,430. I had a couple of these 30 years ago, and I loved them. Very tough little workhorses. Without overdrive these are 30 mph rigs; with overdrive and a good engine they'll do 55 mph and get 23–25 mpg. That said, this thing was beat. Even if you were just considering it for parts, every single thing on this was worn out, dented, cracked or just plain missing. I'd have put it at about $800 tops, so call it very well sold indeed. #472-1952 CHRYSLER NEW YORKER convertible. S/N C51844501. Red/white vinyl/black & white vinyl. Odo: 58,909 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. One of about 6,400 Chrysler convertibles built in 1952 and one of 2,200 convertible New Yorkers. Very straight with smooth paint and trim, lots of excellent chrome. Decent interior, top looks good. Quite clean under the hood, but rack-and-pinion steering fitted, for some reason. Appears to have started life as a black car. Wears Kelsey- of Bill Harrah. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $5,940. This charming toy looked like some kind of Disneyland prop. Very rare survivor of at least 183 thought to have been produced from 1950 to 1952, but what on earth do you do with it? Seems to me like the perfect vehicle for a Sun City runabout, or perhaps a micromaniac will restore it within an inch of its life. No harm at this money. Rather well bought, as long as you aren't in a hurry to get somewhere. #111-1957 MERCURY VOYAGER 8-passenger 4-dr hard top station wagon. S/N 57LA35439M. Cream & gold/cream vinyl. Odo: 3,167 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. An older restoration wearing well. Very straight, nice panel fit and good glass, good repaint in correct color. Correct interior may be original or a redo which has aged nicely. Padded dash is wrinkled, steering wheel worn. Lots of trim and it's all good, although bumpers are checked and need replating. Correct and very clean under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, radio and spotlight mirror. Cond: 3+. mileage, but the sloppy steering does not speak well for the rest of the mechanicals. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $14,580. Despite their tiny engines and primitive build, Crosleys were significant in the U.S. for their performance in the early 1950s. The Hot Shot Super became the Super Sport in 1951, and one radically modified car even went to the Le Mans 24 Hour race. (It lasted two hours before the generator failed.) This was the best of six different Crosleys offered today and sold accordingly. #411-1951 STUDEBAKER 2R SERIES pickup. S/N R581874. Gray primer/brown vinyl. miles. 169-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. A solid beater that was formerly garden art, now said to run quite well. Left front fender bashed out with bag of walnuts, but cab quite straight, no January 2012 Hayes wire wheels with recent whitewall tires. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. Quite attractive, but the garish 1990s red paint was a jarring note. The Firepower Hemi V8 should make this a useful performer—maybe the power rackand-pinion steering was fitted to help keep it on the road? Incorrect color changes like this can present a real problem, unless the car is so valuable you can afford to correct it. In this case, I'd say it cut the car's price 30%, and it was still well sold. #152-1952 CROSLEY FARM-O-ROAD jeep. S/N FR183. White/brown vinyl. Odo: 3,431 miles. 44-ci I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Basic, tiny Crosley jeep. Tired paint, ancient military tires, SOLD AT $12,960. Not as sexy as lot 440, the '59 Colony Park wagon in red and white with wood trim, but felt like a better original car that had been sympathetically maintained and restored. Hard to see how you could go wrong at this price. This was the right car and well bought, with just a few details to attend to. Adding Vintage Air would make this a super cruiser. 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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Online sales of contemporary cars 2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Ochre & gray/gray vinyl & black & white cloth. Odo: 75,125 miles. 361-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Extremely nice example of mid-range Fireflite Sportsman coupe. Excellent paint in attractive period colors, good panel fit and glass, very good chrome, including KelseyHayes wire wheels, with wide whitewall tires. Equipped with power steering and brakes, push-button radio. Clean and correct under the hood, could very likely be original miles. Date sold: 11/04/2011 eBay auction ID: 350501696988 Seller: Expo Motorcars, Houston, TX, 800.396.8598, www.expomc.com VIN: ZHWGU22T68LA05925 Condition: 1 Details: Black/black over black leather w/yellow stitching. 5.0L V10, rated at 520-hp. Sequential EGear 6-spd. AWD. Sale Result: $128,100, 5 bids, sf 1309. MSRP: $180,050 (base) Other current offering: Prestige Imports in North Miami Beach, FL, asking $179,950. 2009 Dodge Viper SRT/10 convertible givable vinyl padding on the outside of the door tops were just cheesy. Painting the car red completed the package today. Well sold. #238-1959 CHEVROLET 3100 Apache fleetside pickup. S/N 3A59L100214. Turquoise/bronze cloth & vinyl. Odo: 51,651 miles. 235-ci I6, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Over-the-top restoration of claimed Mt. Rushmore National Park truck. Said to have one owner from 1969 to 2011. Apparently immaculate with very straight body, new wood bed and siderails. Good paint, but peeling on Apache fender badges, door step area too shiny. Park Service stickers on door. Windshield scratched and chipped, vent glass delaminating. Tailgate very One of 3,284 built. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,720. One of the reasons DeSotos are so rare from this period is the trade-in values plummeted after the marque disappeared in 1961. It didn't help that fins were pretty much gone by 1962 and that the last DeSotos all had very big fins. Add in the fact that rust prevention was virtually unknown, and value of this high-desert sale becomes apparent. This was a very nice example of a rare car, and it knocked the price guide through a loop. Still, go find another. I say well bought. Date sold: 11/03/2011 eBay auction ID: 260881513326 Seller: the95guywholesale (eBay ID) VIN: 1B3JZ65Z49V500345 Condition: 1 Details: Blue/black over black microfiber suede. 8.4L V10, rated at 600-hp. 6-spd manual. RWD. Sale Result: $66,700, 1 bid, sf 6. MSRP: $88,590 (base) Other current offering: A & R Auto in Clayton, NJ, asking $75,000. 2010 Lexus GX 460 #192-1958 PACKARD HAWK 2-dr hard top. S/N 58LS1413. Red & gold/tan vinyl. Odo: 17,265 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, auto. Packard's last gasp, based on the Studebaker Golden Hawk hard top, with a fiberglass nose. Now in red but appears to have been a white car. Fairly straight. “Bird bath” spare tire cover on trunk, mylar panel inserts in side flash. Interior a mix of redone and shabby original. Feels flashy and neglected. Equipped with incorrect exhaust, correct supercharger, limited slip differential, wire-wheel hubcaps well straightened. No radio. Wears wide whitewall tires. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $23,500. Overdone pickups are a problem for sentimental collectors who remember using them to actually do work, as opposed to posing with them for period photo shoots. Somebody was so in love with the idea that this could have been a Mt. Rushmore National Park truck that its real identity had somehow become lost. It felt more like a taxidermy exercise than a live being to me. Nevertheless, it was bid to $23,500 and I'd have taken that like a shot. #440-1959 MERCURY COLONY PARK 9-passenger wagon. S/N M9ZD515574. Red, white & faux wood/red cloth & white vinyl. Odo: 258 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. The most eye-catching of the 1950s station wagons at the sale. Very sound and straight Idaho car in driver condition. Decent paint, chrome mostly fine but some pieces checking, some scratches on back window from dust. Trim straight and correct. Interior OK, driver's seat shows some Date sold: 11/01/2011 eBay auction ID: 160669820452 Seller: eCarLink.com, Addison, TX, 972.372.7667, www.ecarlink.com VIN: JTJBM7FX6A5005831 Condition: 1 Details: Knight's Armor Pearl over black leather. 4.6L V8 rated at 301-hp. Automatic. 4WD. Sale Result: $51,888, 4 bids, sf 425. MSRP: $56,765 Other current offering: Lexus of Bellevue in Bellevue, WA, asking $52,995. ♦ 96 and wide whitewall tires. One of 588 built. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $29,160. Rare and should be. The “catfish look” was a sad way for Packard to exit the market, and the gew-gaws tacked onto the basically handsome Studebaker Golden Hawk look like stage makeup on a street walker. The toilet-seat rear spare, the ghastly golden mylar side flash and the unfor- wear. Clean and correct under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power brakes, radio and whitewall radial tires. Cond: 3-. Sports Car Market


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Silver Auctions Carson City, NV SOLD AT $15,660. A stylish timepiece that will draw a crowd wherever it goes. Not as tidy as some of the other wagons but solid, straight and complete, in spectacular colors. Another candidate for Vintage Air. Whoever buys this ought to sign up with a movie props company, as it would make the perfect backdrop to any 1960s movie. Beyond that, it's simple to maintain, and now would be a good time to get ahead accumulating spare parts before they're all gone. In terms of the fun factor, this might be the buy of the whole auction. #429-1960 PLYMOUTH FURY Sport Suburban wagon. S/N 3705109732. Pink & white/brown vinyl & cloth. Odo: 62,708 miles. 318-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A Las Vegas car that was originally all white, now outrageous Good & Plenty pink-and-white. Very straight, good panel fit, good chrome, excellent grille. Nice interior redone to approximate original pattern. Scruffy under the hood. Equipped with power steering, power seats, power brakes, power rear window. Aftermarket Mark IV air conditioning, roof rack, dual exhaust. One of 3,333 built. the interesting feature of a very low side-loading floor behind the cab, but the truck was discontinued after the 1964 model year. This example seemed well sorted, and in case you think it was ridiculously expensive, one sold for $31,320 at Barrett-Jackson's 2006 Scottsdale sale (SCM# 40070). BEST BUY #471-1963 CADILLAC ELDORADO Biarritz convertible. S/N 63E054230. Turquoise metallic/white vinyl/white leather. Odo: 65,363 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Quite straight, decent panel fit, OK chrome. With original-type headlights and good wide-whitewall tires. Decent leather interior. OK but correct under the hood, apart from scattered flat black paint splurges. Equipped with power steering, brakes, windows (including vent windows), seats, top and door locks, and a/c. Rolls on American Motors mags with radial tires. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $16,740. One of these days, real 1963–1964 Studebaker Avantis—and I don't mean the supercharged R3s and R4s—will start to climb in value, and I'll be able to say, “I told you so.” But it hasn't happened yet, and I've been waiting 25 years. This was an average car and brought an average price. You might as well keep on driving yours, unless you'd be happy with the $15k they all seem to bring. Just watch out when you're shopping—with so many Avanti II mongrels out there, the real originals will be where the money (if any) accrues. #520-D-1965 AM GENERAL M151 mili- Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. One of the wildest wagons from the Garth Richards Collection. It appeared to be a sound driver that was ready to go. Convertibles of this year occasionally show up, but station wagons almost never do. Like the ‘59 Cadillac, the ‘60 Plymouth's over-thetop styling was out of fashion for years, but now it's back as a curiosity, and the repaint seemed to help today. They're simple cars to maintain and a/c is a huge plus if it's staying in Nevada. In terms of fun-per-mile, surely one of the best buys of the sale. #517-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Rampside pickup. S/N 1R12435128864. Black & red/red brocade. Odo: 8,420 miles. 144-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Over-the-top restoration of quite a rare Corvair pickup, with underfloor engine at rear and lower front bed with side ramp (hence the term “rampside”). Excellent paint and chrome, good panel fit and good glass, hammerite finish on bed. Brocade interior is a bit much. Wears white-letter tires and aftermarket mags. Mileage most likely accumulated since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $15,660. Ford, Chevrolet, Dodge and Jeep all experimented with “forward control” trucks in the early 1960s, but only Chevrolet solved the weight transfer problem, by using the Corvair engine in the rear. The Rampside had 98 tary jeep. S/N SN151162. Olive Drab/tan canvas/black vinyl. Odo: 31,368 miles. 1.6-L fuel-injected I4, 4-sp. Coil-sprung, swing-axle Vietnam-era Jeep that never left the U.S.A. but will probably bring back nightmares to some buyers in the audience. Not sold to the public because of its strong tendency to roll over. Battered but shiny. 24-volt electrics, and fuel tank located underneath driver. Diesel motor Autronic Eye, rear skirts. One of 1,825 built in '63, mileage seems correct. Presents well overall, but needs to be detailed. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. This looked like an older restoration of a very good car. Carson City collector Garth Richards owned one of every Eldorado coupe and convertible from 1953 to 1978, but this was one of the nicest for sale, and it was equipped with a/c, making it eminently usable. No downside to this and very well bought. Detailing it should be well worth the effort. #191-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI coupe. S/N 763R1411. White/blue vinyl & cloth. Odo: 15,654 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. First-year Avanti, quickly identified by the round headlights (although a few 1964s had them, too). Fair paint, OK panel fit, with some body damage taped up in front. Fitted with later rack-and-pinion steering, vinyl seats have nontypical cloth inserts. Just an average driver, but apparently was driven down from Seattle with no problems, managing 18 mpg with the a/c on. Equipped with power steering, power brakes conversion. Roll bar added (thank God), new military pattern tires, ratty top, but missing tools, shovels and additional extras. Tow bumper links at both ends. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $6,588. The M151 was the classic example of what happens when you get the government involved in the redesign of something as simple as the original WWII Willys MB: the army depends on it, but it's illegal to sell to the public for safety reasons. This was all the money and then some. 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Barrett-Jackson Endorsed Collector Car Insurance and American Car Collector magazine present The 5th Annual Thursday, January 19, 2012, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, at the Barrett-Jackson Auction, Scottsdale, AZ TWO SESSIONS Session 1: “Show and Tell,” 9:15–10:15 am Session 2: “The Experts' Choices,” 10:30–11:30 am Seminar moderator — Keith Martin, Publisher of American Car Collector CAR COLLECTOR Corvette Market Insider's Seminar ONE DAY ONLY AMERICAN Corvette Market WORLD-RENOWNED PANEL OF CORVETTE EXPERTS INCLUDING: DAVID BURROUGHS, CEO of Bloomington Gold, Normal, IL JIM JORDAN, President of County Corvette, West Chester, PA KEVIN MACKAY, owner of Corvette Repair Inc., Valley Stream, NY TERRY MICHAELIS, President of ProTeam Corvette Sales, Napolean, OH MICHAEL PIERCE, NCRS Senior Judge, Portland, OR ROY SINOR, NCRS National Judging Chairman, Tulsa, OK MIKE YAGER, founder of Mid America Motorworks, Effingham, IL Register online: www.AmericanCarCollector.com/2012seminar Phone: 503-261-0555 ext. 217 S ae i i ie January 2012 pc s lmtd — pergsrto s srnl norgd! r-eitai n i togy ecuae Advanced registration/check-in opens at 8:00 am. (separate admission to Barrett-Jackson is required.) BONUS: NCRS will be hosting a seminar immediately following the CM seminar. Admission is complimentary. Stay around and immerse yourself even more in the world of collectible Corvettes. 99 Keith Martin's includes


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Bonhams Westport, CT Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia at the Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance The appetite for neglected Bugattis is as insatiable as it is incredible to conceive of such cars being abandoned in the first place Company Bonhams Date September 18, 2011 Location Westport, CT Auctioneer Rupert Banner Automotive lots sold/offered 46/63 Sales rate 73% Sales total $1,958,956 High sale 1967 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage saloon, sold at $348,000 1959 Abarth 750 GT Zagato “Double Bubble” coupe — $94,185 Report and photos by Donald Osborne Market opinions in italics I n 2010, Bonhams added a second sale to their Connecticut calendar, with an auction at what has become the leading regional show in the Northeast, Westport's Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance. It replaced the event held for a number of years in Brookline, MA, and seems to have settled in quite comfortably in the late summer/early fall season. For 2011, Bonhams came back, they saw, and they conquered, with a respectable $2m total and a healthy 73% sales rate for Sunday's vehicle auction. Last year's sale had a similar total, but more importantly, two lots sold over $300k, proving that this venue can successfully move cars at that level. Star of the day was without doubt the “barn find” 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux coupe. The appetite for neglected Bugattis is as insatiable as it is incredible to conceive of such cars being abandoned in the first place. The victim of an engine fire in the early '60s, the Bugatti had a restoration begun a few years later and never progressed much past cleanup. Very complete and straight, it was estimated at $150k–$200k and brought a healthy $337,000, which some onlookers thought was still a good buy. Just ahead and the top sale of the day at $348,000 was another of the usual suspects, an Aston Martin. This was a 1967 DB6 Vantage saloon, an older restoration quietly elegant in Midnight Blue. The hot spec and left-hand drive guaranteed a sale in the estimate range of $300k– 100 Westport, CT Buyer's premium 17% up to $100,000, 10% thereafter, included in sold prices $350k, even with a replacement engine block noted. On the other end of the spectrum were some notable bargains, such as the well-sorted 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 sold by an SCMer to a fortunate new owner at $104,130. Even at this price, the model seems to be making a move upwards. Another was a nicely presented 1986 Bertone X1/9 sold from a large collection of Italian cars in the New York area at $5,850. On the no-sale side of the ledger were found both a Duesenberg and a Honda wagon. The latter, in truly remarkable time-warp condition, almost as a slightly worn used car, was bid to $11k against a $15k low estimate. The former, a rather heavy-looking Derham sedan with some major collectors in its past, was chased up to $430k, tantalizingly close to its $475k low estimate. The auctioneers reported they were hard at work in the hours after the sale to make a deal, but nothing had been confirmed as of this writing. The Fairfield County Concours d'Elegance Sales Totals and Bonhams have created a good partnership and look to be building toward a successful run. Between Westport and Greenwich, they may have cracked the code to selling to Yankees. In the interest of disclosure, it must also be said that I made a purchase here. At the 2011 SCM Insider's Seminar at Pebble Beach, panelists were asked to name their “worst buy” pick. Through a bit of arm-twisting, I finally came up with the Maserati Quattroporte III. There were two in this sale, both from the Italian collection. I bought the better of the two post-block, for $2,340. Even for a “worst buy,” I think it should be characterized as “well bought.” ♦ $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m $5k $0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010


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Bonhams Westport, CT ENGLISH #733-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II Continental sports saloon. S/N 109SK. Eng. # JC25. Two-tone gray/red leather. RHD. Odo: 78,592 miles. 7.6-L I8, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit, except right front door out at leading edge. Excellent paint shows a few small stress cracks and rubs. Most bright trim lightly pitting. Good wood trim, instrument needles poorly repainted. Nicely broken-in cars are said to have left the factory with the upgrades, but the upgrade kits were available to dealers, and many were done post-sale. This car had been upgraded in recent times and looked very well prepared. It's now mellowed a bit, but it had a great look and feel. The high bid was certainly light, as the car could have easily gone for $50k with no problem. BEST BUY seats. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $135,000. Gurney Nutting bodies on the Phantom II are generally elegant as well as sporting. This very well maintained restoration was both, and yet I thought the light colors suited it poorly and made the car look rather bulbous. That minor criticism aside, this was worth more than the high bid, and the seller was right to keep it. #732-1953 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 674160. Eng. # W93148. Birch Gray/red leather. Odo: 62,579 miles. 3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Very good panel fit, somewhat variable gaps. Decent paint shows some color variation and a few small dings. Good chrome. Nice patina on seats, dashboard somewhat dirty. Top wheelbase model. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $17,550. Early Landies have become rather popular with the suburban set, many of whom do actually use them for weekend activities. They're best that way, as they are rather painful as everyday drivers. This was nicely presented but would not be too nice to take off road. Where was Rover-fanatic Publisher bows present, top eaten by rodent visitors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $70,200. This was the classic XK, in what is for me the best spec— with steel wheels and spats, the full expression of the form. A lovely color combination and just the kind of condition that makes you really want to flog it on the road, which you should. Fairly sold and bought. #705-1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN1 100M roadster. S/N BN1L223573. Black/red leather. Odo: 567 miles. 2.6-L I4, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Very good door fit, but hood and trunk gaps somewhat wide. Shiny paint shows various prep and aging flaws. Good chrome has some light pitting. Soft top included bows, but no fabric. 100M kit fitted, bumpers removed. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $44,000. The ultimate Healey Hundred is the 100M. Only a few 102 look at a truly original E-type, as the body panels, especially hood-to-cowl-to-door, fit together in a way they seldom do in a restored car. The shame here is that all has to come apart to be stripped and painted, and will it come back together this way again? One hopes. When restored, the owner will be upside-down for a bit, but will have a charming car in the best color, Opalescent Gunmetal. Sports Car Market Martin when the hammer dropped? Well bought. #749-1958 BENTLEY S1 sports saloon. S/N B428FA. Metallic rose & dark red/rose leather. RHD. Odo: 53,760 miles. 4.9-L I6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Variable panel fit. Shiny paint shows various prep flaws. Generally good chrome. Casually painted seats are a bit stiff #704-1957 LAND ROVER SERIES I 88 utility. S/N 114703579. Bronze Green/beige canvas/fawn vinyl. Odo: 8,776 miles. 2.0-L fuel-injected diesel I4, 4-sp. Correct orange peel in paint, random dings and wrinkles in body. Totally dull alloy trim pieces. Good seats, newer top. Second year of 88-inch under dark paint. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $50,310. A “barn find” presented along with an E-type and an MGA. Very complete and straight; the exterior might respond to a cleaning and polish for an “as found” look, but the interior needs to be completely redone. As a restoration project, well sold; as a preservation project, well sold also. #715-1963 JAGUAR XKE 3.8 convert- ible. S/N 879060. Opalescent Gunmetal/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 76,423 miles. 3.8-L I6, 3x1-bbl, 4-sp. Paint worn, bubbling and flaked. Straight body panels. Poor chrome. Very good panel fit. Contact-paper wood grain covering dashboard. Split seats, strange aftermarket deeply grained vinyl covering on doors and dashpad. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $49,140. From “barn find” display. It's remarkable to and show some cracking, as do door panels. Good dashboard wood, hysterically funny fuzzy wheel cover. The last Bentley/Royce before the introduction of the V8 engine. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $11,993. Not the height of market desirability, with its RHD, slightly strange colors, and amateurishly refurbished interior. But at the price paid, who cares? As long as it runs better than it looks, you'll still appear rich for peanuts. Well bought. #714-1958 JAGUAR XK 150 3.4 road- ster. S/N S830228. Eng. # V35428. Black/beige canvas/red leather. Odo: 37,234 miles. 3.4-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is distressed, but body is straight. Very pitted chrome. Good panel gaps, variable panel fit. Seats are quite worn, with some tears. Dash panel shows red color


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Bonhams Westport, CT TOP 10 No. 9 #723-1967 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB62722L. Eng. # 4002697. Midnight Blue/black leather. Odo: 88,281 miles. 3.9-L I6, 3x1-bbl, 5-sp. Superb paint and very good panel fit. Chrome lets down the presentation, showing various flaws. Partially retrimmed seats are very good, some staining visible on C-pillar and scuffed. Variable panel fit. Seats are very creased, but not cracked. Dash wood shows some water damage and dull varnish, with pitted bright trim and very worn carpets. Cond: 5-. headliner. Equipped with Blaupunkt 4-band radio. Replacement engine block. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $348,000. The most desirable hot rod Vantage spec, as originally delivered according to factory records. The replacement engine block was documented and the car presented in very nice cosmetic condition. Selling exactly in the estimate range, it has to be considered a good buy—it didn't go crazy the way some Astons have done of late. FRENCH #724-1925 PEUGEOT TYPE 172 Quadrilette roadster. S/N 10811. Green & black/black vinyl. 668-cc I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint is a bit dull, with many light scratches, touchedin chips and a pulled-out dent on the right front fender. Variable panel fit. Good brass trim, including huge acetylene driving lamp. Good SOLD AT $337,000. Another Bugatti barn find—this one an abandoned restoration project following an engine fire in the mid-'60s. Very complete and very appealing. It's not a preservation piece, simply the basis for a proper restoration. Needless to say, it blew through the high estimate and sold very well. A running, refurbished, unrestored Type 57 sold for $371,000 at Mecum's Monterey sale just a few months ago in August 2011 (SCM# 183999). (See both cars compared side-by-side in last month's “Collecting Thoughts,” SCM December 2011.) GERMAN #706-1937 MERCEDES-BENZ 170V Cabriolet A. S/N 184635. Black silver/black/black & leather. Odo: 10,798 km. 1.7-L I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Largely original, paint still shiny in some areas, dull in others, very distressed, flaking in spots with surface rust underneath. Bright trim fair to poor, but complete. Very good panel fit. Seats are OK, with splits on seams and a large rodent hole in right front cushion. Paint peeling on dash, which has rior with some bagging in rear seats. Wood trim is good in rear compartment, superb in front. Dual Becker Mexico cassette radios. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,500. Grosser Mercedes seldom present well in auction settings, or perhaps it's just that most examples that show up are so tired. This one was rather nice—it sat well and evenly on its air suspension and seemed like a well maintained car. The extended, or Pullman, models are always a tougher sell than regular SWB “self drive” cars, but this one was fairly sold and bought. #719-1972 PORSCHE 914. S/N 4722914593. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 14,270 miles. 1.7-L fuel-injected H4, 5-sp. Nice paint has a few chips. Fair chrome, cracked rear lens. good panel fit. Some weak repaired rubber on door and top seal. Very clean interior, wear visible on driver's seat from hand brake handle. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,190. 914s can provide great driving pleasure and usability, with easy entry to the PCA. This car was nicely presented as a driver, and at the winning bid, it can be an easy entry to Porsche owenership at modest cost. Slightly above the market, but no harm done if the mechanicals check out. seats, paint peeling from dashboard. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,795. Ex-Abba Kogan. Voiturettes and cyclecars have intrigued me for a long time, and this was a neat one. They somehow look better like this than all tarted up for the show field. Very usable in Europe and the U.K., less so here. I was sorely tempted. Market-priced for condition. TOP 10 No. 10 #764-1938 BUGATTI TYPE 57 Series 3 Ventoux coupe. S/N 57701. Eng. # 494. Dark blue, bare metal & primer/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 22,249 km. 3.3-L I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint stripped from left front fender and hood, right front fender in primer. Remaining paint is chipped, peeling 104 very faded instruments. Remnants of modern rug on floors. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $49,140. The 170V was one of the last new pre-war Mercedes, a low-priced model which was produced again after WWII. This was the most attractive “Cabriolet A” body style in very complete condition. Not a “preservation” car to my eyes, but a solid basis for a very good restoration. Many at the preview sought to “steal” it—in the end, a healthy price was paid. Well sold. #737-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pullman limousine. S/N 10001412000107. Black/black leather & gray velour. Odo: 99,247 miles. 6.3-L V8, fuel-injected, auto. Excellent panel fit overall, some variable gaps. Shiny paint shows some prep and aging issues. Good chrome lightly pitting in areas. Very clean inte- Sports Car Market BEETLE sedan. #753-1972 VOLKSWAGEN SUPER S/N 1122152016. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 40,009 miles. 1.6-L H4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Good panel fit. Shiny paint


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Bonhams Westport, CT shows just a bit too much orange peel, some overspray on rubber and bright window trim. Rattle-canned wheels. Excellent interior, with a scuff on headliner over rear seat. Very strong smell of mothballs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,020. The Super Beetle represented the last development of the Type 1, with heavily revised suspension and inner structure. This one appeared to be a quickie exterior freshening of a long-stored car. A bit well sold, I think. #711-1974 VOLKSWAGEN THING con- vertible. S/N 1842624856. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 90,203 miles. 1.6-L H4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Paint shows uneven fading, touch-ups and checking on engine lid. Variable panel fit. Crazed taillight lenses. Very good interior is fresher than paint. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,424. Descendant of the WWII Kübelwagen, a playtoy VW for beach and country. They were sold here in the U.S. for a surprisingly short time, only two years. Once again, these are cars which tend to be bought, used for a short time, then sold along after some light fluffing. The price here was fair—good for buyer and seller alike. #750-1977 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE Commemorative Edition sedan. S/N 1172086669. Porsche Silver/black leatherette. Odo: 1,436 miles. 1.6-L fuel-injected H4, 4-sp. Very good panel fit and paint. Chrome is good, black plastic trim shows fading. Interior presents as new, in line with mileage. Smell of mothballs overwhelming. Formerly owned by Jerry Seinfeld and offered with current Seinfeld Club. Cond: 6. SOLD AT $15,210. A somewhat ungainly roadster body fitted to a Seventh Series Lambda chassis. The hood and cowl looked to be authentic Lancia, the rest probably a late-'30s confection. Early Lambda engines are available, as most early cars had theirs swapped out for later engines. Would be the basis of a good “special,” in the English fashion. Not for restoration, that's for sure. Well sold. #761-1959 ABARTH 750 GT Zagato “Double Bubble” coupe. S/N 602924. Red/brown leather. Odo: 824 miles. 747-cc I4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Excellent panel fit. Good paint shows some light scratches. Shiny and complete bright trim. All windows are plexiglass. Very nice correct instruments, body colorpainted dash is good but incorrect. Zagato sport seats show some light wear and soiling. Roll bar fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $94,185. The Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,455. True factorybuilt Abarth sedans are incredibly rare, as most were modified by dealers or owners. This was a replica done out of period, although it did carry an Abarth I.D. tag in the engine compartment. Rather too many badges and decals to proclaim its identity, but well restored once, now unraveling a bit. Previously sold by RM Auctions in Monterey 2005 for $17,600 with 1,387 km (SCM# 39085). The 545 km covered since have been expensive. Well bought. #728-1964 LANCIA FLAVIA convert- ible. S/N 8153342093. Eng. # 8158006196. White/black canvas/red vinyl. 1.8-L H4, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Very good paint shows light polish scratches. Consistent panel fit, except trunk gap is a bit off. Excellent chrome, but missing side sill spears, trunk name badge and license plate frame. Very good seats, slightly wavy door panels. Cloudy and crazed plastic piano ITALIAN #760-1927 LANCIA LAMBDA roadster. S/N 17973. White & black/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 45,244 km. Rough body with right rear fender unmounted, rust-through on rear spare tire well and both running boards. No interior panels, dashboard has a few instruments. No engine or transmission. Ex-Dick Buckingham, long-time president of the American Lancia of overspray on side-window rubbers. Shiny bright trim. Seats good, speedo clean, although instrument housing is cracked, as is steering wheel rim. Missing trim on face of tray beneath dash. Corners of headliner are loose. title. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $21,060. An almost as-new Beetle, with celebrity provenance. This was said to be a VW-produced “Commemorative Edition,” obviously of interest to Porsche collector Seinfeld for its special paint. That said, it was not a very special example, but it certainly sold well above what you'd expect a '77 Bug to do. So was it the mileage or the celebrity? You choose, either could have given the figure. No matter what, with each transaction and every mile, a bit less special. Well sold. 106 Abarth Zagato “Double Bubble” is one of both firms' most recognized products, and up until a short while ago, was a remarkably inexpensive way to get a custom-bodied, thoroughbred vintage race car. Prices have moved smartly upwards in the last few years and show no sign of softening. I think this one looked a bit too nice for track use, but that's the owner's choice. Market-priced, but given condition, call it well bought. #741-1963 FIAT 600 Abarth replica 2-dr sedan. S/N 1537289. Aqua/aqua & white vinyl. Odo: 1,932 km. 767-cc I4, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Good panel fit, per factory. Attractive paint shows some adhesion issues on doors and small areas switches on dash. Hideous shiny nylon carpets. Dull metal wheel spokes. With factory hard top. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection. The Flavia was Lancia's first front-wheel-drive car and featured a neat flat-four engine. They are very sophisticated cars, largely unknown here in the U.S. This one was terrific looking at first glance; closer in, its true nature was more apparent: a very quick, incomplete and totally unsorted “restoration.” A shame, as it deserves better. In this state, high bid should have sold it. #709-1969 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 12369. Eng. # 245. Black/beige leather. Odo: 41,788 km. 4.4-L V12, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Very good panel fit. Good paint shows some small touch-ins. Generally good chrome shows some light pitting on some pieces. Seats have a nice patina, some wrinkles present on C-pillar Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Westport, CT shows microblistering in top color, the original finish. Excellent panel fit. Nice black trim, faded badges. Very good interior with contemporary CD player and added speakers. Some weak door rubber. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,850. From the Italian Cars Collection. Very nice late X1/9, from the period when Bertone acted as importer after Fiat left the U.S. market. Originally solid-color, the black lower color was added recently; two-tone schemes suit the car well. Nicely presented and appropriately bought, maybe a bit cheap. headliner. Becker Mexico radio fitted. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $104,130. The 365 GT 2+2 is a very useable Ferrari, a fact which has held values low. Lately they have begun to be better appreciated, and consequently better pre- sented. This was a very nice driver-level car, clearly well maintained mechanically and very presentable cosmetically. Sold for the correct new market price. #717-1973 FERRARI 246 GTS DINO Spyder. S/N 04366. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 96,407 miles. 2.4-L V6, 3x2-bbl, 5-sp. Very good paint shows two small stress cracks at A-pillar bases. Nice chrome, with some defects in plating on bumpers. Excellent panel fit. Interior presents well, with contemporary radio and built-in radar detector. Modern mirrors fitted. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $142,000. When I saw the mirrors on this car, I knew I'd seen it before. It was a $130,000 no-sale at Bonhams' Greenwich sale in June 2009 (SCM# 120870). It had Ferrari 348 wheels on it and its original cloth insert seats. Since, the seats have been retrimmed and the original wheels fitted, but the 348 mirrors remain. Dinos have appreciated in the past few years but seem to have plateaued just a bit. To get top prices, the cars have to be right. This one could have been cut loose at the high bid. #725-1986 FIAT X1/9 Bertone convert- ible. S/N ZBBS00AXG7157264. Gold & black/brown & black. Odo: 55,198 miles. 1.5-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Good looking paint belts. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. From the Italian Vintage Cars Collection. This was a very nicely January 2012 presented, Testarossa—an utterly very low mileage extroverted car, and presented in an even more extroverted color. In and -Homer Fitterling. Body returned to this chassis after a vacation on J551. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $430,000. A fabulous, well done restoration, now a bit settled, but still stunning. The style doesn't do it for me, but it was well executed. This car was a $280,000 no-sale at RM's 2003 Amelia Island sale (SCM# 30578), then sold at RM's 2004 Phoenix sale for $288,200 (SCM# 32471). It should be worth $450k or so all day long, and I'm sure before long a deal will be struck. © 107 Interior is good, with nice patina on seats. Wood trim on dash totally bleached. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $2,340. From a large Italian car collection in the NYC area, this was a shockingly good Quattroporte III. Even the hood struts worked. Titled as an '87, but '86 was the last year announced for the car in U.S. A very imposing motor, as the Brits would say. I confess, I bought it because at the price I couldn't resist. I hope I was right. #730-1989 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17AK0080559. Giallo Fly/black leather. Odo: 19,637 miles. 4.9-L fuel-injected H12, 5-sp. Very good panel fit, paint and black trim. Interior shows a bit more wear than might be expected for less than 20k miles, but these cars were always a bit fragile inside. Has “mouse track” automatic shoulder PORTE Series III 4-dr sedan. S/N AM33049A005616. Silver/natural #726-1987 MASERATI QUATTROleather. Odo: 48,974 miles. 4.9-L V8, 4x2-bbl, auto. Presentable paint shows a few nicks and chips, some peeling beneath right side of front bumper, few small areas of bubbling. Very good panel fit. Good bright trim, wheels a bit dirty. a just world, this car should certainly be worth the low estimate of $55k, but nostalgia hasn't yet caught up with the TR. AMERICAN #721-1927 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I Trouville Town Car. S/N S241FP. Eng. # 22417. Black/red leather & beige wool. 7.6-L I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Old, very worn paint still shows a bit of shine. All brightwork dull. Very good panel fit. Interior is worn but might clean up— certainly good enough for restoration patterns. Originally a Springfield-built “New Phantom” chassis delivered with Oxford coachwork, soon fitted with new Trouville Town Car coachwork and running gear, with the removable top over the chauffeur compartment sealed later. Cond: 5+. SOLD AT $39,780. The integrity of the Brewster body could be seen in the effortless closing of the doors, even after 84 years. When this is restored to original specification, it will be truly impressive. Well bought at an appropriate price. #746-1935 DUESENBERG MODEL J 4-dr sedan. S/N 2144. Eng. # J310. Dark red/tan canvas/red leather. Odo: 84,903 miles. 420-ci supercharged I8, 3-sp. Excellent panel fit. Superb paint shows a very few small stress cracks. Gleaming chrome. Some dullness on dashboard, bagging on door panels, shrinkage in leather window-surround beading. Very good seats. A well known car in Duesenberg circles, ex-D. Cameron Peck, -Jerry J. Moore,


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH Antique, Classic and Sports Car Auction at the Glenmoor Gathering CMA raffled ten “Bob Bucks” coupons, each worth $250 toward the purchase of any car auctioned Company Classic Motorcar Auctions Date September 17, 2011 Location Canton, OH Auctioneer Mark Otto Automotive lots sold / offered 48/119 Sales rate 40% Sales total $996,812 High sale 1933 Marmon Sixteen, sold at $172,800 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door hard top — $48,060 Report and photos by Kevin Coakley Market opinions in italics F or this year's Glenmoor Gathering auction, held in mid-September, Bob Lichty and his capable team from Classic Motorcar Auctions assembled a nice variety of of- ferings including a Brass-era Buick, some CCCA Classics, '60s muscle cars, interesting European offerings and even a couple of tractors. Reviewing my report from last year, I noted reserves then-unreasonable and disinterested bidders as contributing to a disappointing 20% sell-through rate. Print advertising for this year's event addressed that observation by stating, “Reasonable reserves permitted and encouraged.” And many consignments listed on the website included high and low estimates so potential buyers would have an idea of where the market currently sits. This year's sale did reflect a sizable boost over last year's numbers, selling $996,812 in cars compared with $587,628 in 2010. The sale was once again held in conjunction with the Glenmoor Gathering Grande Salon at the Historic Glenmoor Country Club. A clear, crisp morning welcomed the significant crowd to the early preview Saturday. The auction started promptly at noon, with a full tent and a nice variety of automobilia and collectibles, including several really nicely framed racing photos sold for far less than the framing must have cost. As an added inducement, Classic Motorcars raffled to registered bidders a total of ten coupons called “Bob Bucks,” each worth $250 toward the purchase of any one 108 Canton, OH of the cars offered at the auction. I don't know how many were redeemed, but it seemed like a good approach to break the ice with potentially reluctant bidders. The frontrunner of the day was an interesting, albeit rough, late-entry 1933 Marmon Sixteen LeBaron 4-door, which sold for $172,800. Other notables included a 1948 Nash Ambassador Custom convertible reported to be one of 1,000 originally built. It was quite a good deal at $27,000. A freshly restored 1955 Chevy Bel Air was a steal, selling a couple of grand short of the $50,000 low estimate. Noteworthy no-sales included a 1935 Cadillac seven-passenger Town cabriolet once owned by Elizabeth Arden. It was bid to $102,500. A 1931 Auburn 8-90 Boattail Speedster also failed to sell, with a final bid of $275,000. My unofficial count at the end of the auction had 32 of 119 lots sold; post-bid dealing boosted the sold number to 48 for a 40% sales rate. The results are probably not what Classic Motorcars had hoped for, but the numbers are trending up, which must be encouraging for Mr. Lichty and company. Although the auction tent was quite full, crowded actually, I suspect Mecum's threeday auction in St. Charles might have kept away some buyers who might otherwise have been in attendance here. CMA has everything in place for a successful event: the venue, the cars and the auction house cast and crew. Add in a larger number of serious buyers, and next year's results should be stellar. ♦ $1m $8k $6k $4k $2k $0 Sports Car Market 2011 2010 Sales Totals Buyer's premium 8%, included in sold prices


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH ENGLISH #209-1947 AUSTIN 10 GS1 saloon. S/N GS1270412. Black/tan velour. RHD. Odo: 4,784 miles. 1.1-L I4,1-bbl, 4-sp. Fresh paint with many scratches, dried-out window rubber seals, driver-quality engine detail, nice interior although the velour looks out of place. Comes with custom brass tool set and wood tool box mounted in the trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,720. Coming in just under the low estimate, it's a smart looking little car you wouldn't be ashamed to tool around town in. Just try to find another one at any price. Well bought. #220-1957 NASH METROPOLITAN Series 1500 coupe. S/N E38036. Berkshire Green & Frost White/black & white houndstooth. Odo: 19,890 miles. 1.5-L I4, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Claimed all-original, but paint looks a little too bright and shows some overspray. Some touch-ups over rust on rocker panels. OK brightwork, crack in windshield, dried-out weatherstrip rubber. Interior discolored from age, has a rip in driver's door panel, otherwise sure what is lurking underneath; interior otherwise tidy. Engine bay looks decent. New exhaust, dice valve caps. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $43,000. I heard this car run, and it purred nicely. I can understand sending this out with a paint blister, but door fit and missing emblems can be addressed without too much trouble. And the dice valve caps just made it look cheesy. If you're not ready to drop your reserve, a little more attention to detail could pull significantly more money. #228-1982 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE convertible. S/N SCAZP42AICCX05554. Sandstone Gold Metallic/beige cloth/brown leather. Odo: 23,000 miles. 6.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Minor cracks and micro-blistered paint, chrome plating wearing thin on grillesurround. Hood release doesn't work. Interior shows nice patina. All the power options you could ask for with a GM TH400 transmission. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $39,000. Another maintenance records, and one trip for service can get very expensive. The high bid seemed market-correct for the car as presented. FRENCH #208-1957 CITROËN TRACTION AVANT 4-dr sedan. S/N 638796. Royal blue & gray/gray. Odo: 27,000 miles. 1.9-L I4, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks fairly fresh. Rotten rubber weatherstripping all around, rear fender welting rotting out. Driver-quality engine compartment and interior. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,180. Originally a no-sale on the block when it was bid to $8,000 with an open invitation to show that car at the Glenmoor Concours the following day. The deal was closed sometime later. Price seems market-correct if not slightly well sold, considering the needs. GERMAN #323-1962 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB 2-dr hard top. S/N 1102110025091. White/red leather. Odo: 23,479 miles. 2.2-L I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Recent repaint shows minor rust under rear window trim, along with some other prep issues. Chrome plating wearing thin on front bumper and grille. Dried-out window rubber older Rolls-Royce with no mention of maintenance records, offered from the Bob Dicarlo Collection. The market looks a little soft on this car at the moment, and I don't see reason to believe that will change anytime soon. A quick eBay search shows “Buy it Now” prices in the estimated range and substantially higher, with decent bidding activity in the high bid range. very tidy. Driver-quality engine compartment with leaking valve cover. New exhaust fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $16,200. Another no-sale on the block when it was bid to $12,750, but was later reported sold. The too-bright paint and overspray lead me to believe this had been at least partially repainted. The body, floor boards and rockers all appeared to be solid, which makes all the difference between a good one and a big problem. These cars are hot right now, but I'd have to say the sale price was pretty spot-on for the market, if not slightly well sold. #286-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III con- vertible. S/N UD1822737. Primrose Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 24,750 miles. 5.3-L V12, 4x1-bbl, 4-sp. Big paint blister on hood, trunk emblem missing, both doors fit poorly. Top looks fresh and fits well. Electrical tape applied to inner valance, not 110 SPIRIT #265-1985 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER 4-dr sedan. S/N SCAZ542A4FCX13707. Horse Chestnut Maroon/beige leather. Odo: 59,730 miles. 6.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Good paint shows minor chips on door. Nice leather and wood in the interior. Tidy engine compartment, except the insulation on the hood is coming off. All the R-R goodies you'd expect. Cond: 3. NOT and door seals. Driver's door fit off. Rough dash wood, cracked steering wheel. Rattle-can engine detail. Equipped with factory a/c. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $13,000. A desirable package with some issues; I believe the owner is going to have to invest a little more time and money to realize the desired results. #243-1977 PORSCHE 911 S coupe. S/N 9117201526. Dark green/black vinyl. Odo: 158,374 miles. 2.7-L fuel-injected H6, 5-sp. Microblisters on hood, paint fading away on factory alloy wheels. Driver-quality Good glass and brightwork. OK interior with grungy headliner. Equipped with sunroof, a/c and aftermarket stereo. engine SOLD AT $15,000. My notes say “Nice used car,” which it was, but there was no sign of compartment. Motor reportedly has been overhauled, although it's not clear when. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,640. Bid on the block to a $6,750 no-sale, Sports Car Market


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH #234-1931 AUBURN MODEL 8-98 Boattail speedster. S/N 89825629E. Maroon & cream/cream cloth/cream leather. 268-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. An older restoration. Paint shows numerous scratches and touch-ups. Tires dryrotting. Fitted with dual side mounts, Woodlight headlights. Engine bay presents well. Auburn- but a deal came together later on. In spite of the high miles, this car seemed pretty well maintained, and it looked like a good buy at about half the $16k low estimate. ITALIAN #266-1984 ALFA ROMEO SPIDER VELOCE convertible. S/N ZARBA5414E1019907. Red/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 44,650 miles. 1.9-L fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Nice fresh paint. Faded black plastic and rubber trim bits. New top fits well. Cracked reflector on right rear. Engine bay presentable except for sloppy cam cover gasket-sealer. Cord-Duesenberg Club verification documents included. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $275,000. I rated this car a “3” for condition, but I'd give it a “2” for rarity and desirability. With a final offer bang on the $275k estimated high bid, I'm scratching my head on why this deal didn't get done; seemed like fair money considering the needs. #230-1933 MARMON SIXTEEN LeBaron convertible sedan. S/N 145506. Black primer/brown leather. 491-ci V16, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Black primer sprayed over the original yellow. New top wood but no top material. A Chipped vent window on passenger's side. Nice interior shows wear commensurate with age. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,800. Bid to a $5,000 no-sale across the block, but a deal was put together after the fact. Even at the low end of the estimated $10k–$15k, I'd call this one well sold, as comparable cars sell pretty regularly below $10,000. AMERICAN #221-1927 BUICK MASTER SIX Model 54 Deluxe sports roadster. S/N 1743833. Yellow, black & green/tan cloth/brown leather. 207-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows prep issues under attractive tri-tone combination. Wood spokes look rough. Equipped with rumbleseat, project that needs everything. Cond: 5. SOLD AT $172,800. You may think this was a lot of money for a project, and it was, but even if the restoration cost equals the purchase price, the new owner will not be upside-down. Well bought and sold. #226-1935 CADILLAC 355D V8 7-pas- senger Town Cabriolet limousine. S/N 53107191. Bolivian Brown & black/black leather & padded vinyl/black & tan cloth. Odo: 30,000 miles. 353-ci V8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nice paint with some touch-ups and sanding marks visible. Fitted with dual side mounts and fog lights. Grungy engine compartment. Comes with six painted wire wheels. Former Glenmoor golf club storage and dual rear-mount spares. 128” wheelbase. One of 4,310 built. Said to be one of seven known to remain. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $19,500. Rarity didn't trump condition on this car; the high bid seemed fair for a #3-. The estimated $27k–$35k would apply to a car in #2 condition. 112 Trippe driving lights. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $100,000. This car made a very strong presentation. It was imposing from twenty feet and did not disappoint as you looked closer. It was really too nice to let go at the high bid, and the owner was wise to hang on and wait for another day. #282-1941 PACKARD 160 touring sedan. S/N 14622453. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 19,993 miles. 356-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint shows cracks, crazing and chips. OK stainless, chrome and pot metal trim, driver's door handle loose, glass starting to delaminate. Musty interior with chrome heavily pitting and deteriorating Bakelite. Grungy engine bay. Cond: 3. NOT winner in 2008 for best original interior, which is still stunning. A CCCA Full Classic, said to be the only V8 Town Cabriolet in the CCCA roster. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $102,500. Orignally owned by cosmetics icon Elizabeth Arden, who bequeathed the car to her chauffer when she passed in 1966. No matter the condition, rarity or celebrity connection, the V8 engine will continue to hold back the value on this piece, compared with a V12 or V16. There may be more money out there, but not much. #225-1935 PACKARD EIGHT Convertible Victoria. S/N 388346. Red/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 53,506 miles. 320-ci I8, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Very nice paint with some minor stress cracking around the A-pillar, excellent brightwork. Superb interior leather and wood trim. Show-quality engine bay. Fitted with SOLD AT $22,000. This is an example of why you should be leery about buying a car without physically looking at it. The interior looked OK, but the smell was really bad, and you would never know it from looking at pictures. The high bid seemed more than fair for the condition. #205-1947 BUICK ROADMASTER 4-dr sedan. S/N 14665245. Black/gray cloth. 320-ci I8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Solid body, rough paint, rough trim, rough interior. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $2,916. Rough, rough, rough. But it seemed to Sports Car Market


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH #320-1951 DODGE KINGSWAY wagon. S/N DP23229785. Dark green & white/black vinyl. Odo: 28,385 miles. 230-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Paint looks good, except there are a couple different shades of green showing. Loose door handles, dried-out window seals, scratched glass, rear bumper chrome blistered. Fog lights fitted. OK interior, although the seat be, for the most part, all there and would make for a great “rat rod” project. No harm done at this price. #237-1948 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL coupe. S/N 876H571833S1976. Two-tone green/tan leather. Odo: 51,976 miles. 305-ci V12, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Decent paint and panel fit. Interior nicely worn, but by no means worn out. Driver-quality engine compartment. Equipped with overdrive transmission. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $30,000. The story goes that Ford's 47,154 miles. 331-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Body-on professional restoration. Paint nice, panel fit excellent, aside from passenger's door being out a little at bottom panel. All trim said to have been replated and shows very well. New windshield, hard parade boot. Beautiful leather interior, nicely detailed engine bay. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $108,000. As this car has gone zero miles since its appearance here at CMA's 2010 Glenmoor auction, where it was bid to a $95,000 no-sale (SCM# 167749), the seller's decision to hold it for a year was proven correct. Still slightly below the $115k low estimate, but market-correct. #267-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR 2-dr hard top. S/N VC55L062759. Turqouise & white/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 30,576 miles. 265-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Beautiful paint and trim. Excellent interior. Well detailed en- upholstery looks like it's out of a ‘74 LTD. Cond: 5-. NOT SOLD AT $13,500. Built for Canadian use and export elsewhere, this one sported a badge from Brazil. It was still very cool and presentable despite the noted needs. The high bid was just short of the $14k low estimate, so I don't expect the reserve was too far out of reach. I'm kind of surprised this didn't get done. #313-1953 FORD CUSTOMLINE chief stylist, Eugene “Bob” Gregorie, dubbed these two-tone Lincolns “Easter Egg Cars.” This was claimed to be one of less than six built in the various color combinations. The key to a successful sale is getting two or more people in the same room who want the car. Unfortunately, only one showed up this day. There's probably more money out there, but finding it could be a challenge. Custom convertible. S/N R508951. Gray/black #238-1948 NASH AMBASSADOR cloth/brown leather. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Nice paint, new top, original brightwork with some thinning chrome plating. Hood fit is off, driver's door closes hard. OK driver-quality interior. Equipped with A-pillar spotlight. One of 1,000 Ambassador Custom haust. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $25,250. This was big, shiny and in a great color combo. It had tons of eyeball, but I guess the right bidders weren't in the room. The consignor claimed he'd spent $70,000 dollars on the restoration, so can't blame him for holding on to this one. #262-1954 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 546231024. White/black cloth/red & white leather. Odo: convertibles built in 1948. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. This car had buffing schmutz all over it, and a little more time spent wiping it off would have helped. In the end, the buyer got a very cool convertible for not a lot of money. Well bought at significantly below the low estimate. 114 ment by tailgate reveals some floor rust through. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $45,000. Last seen at the Branson auction in September 2010, where it was a $50,000 no-sale (SCM# 165983). This car had all the eyeball at ten feet, but close scrutiny revealed some issues. The high bid seemed fair, considering the market and condition as presented. These cars seem to be on an upward trend at the moment after peaking in '08 and plunging in '09. Sports Car Market Alpine Country Sedan wagon. S/N B3FX126926. Dark red & cream/brown. 239-ci V8, 2-bbl, 3-sp. Frame-off restoration, fresh paint showing some drips, good brightwork. New interior with working analog clock. Nicely detailed engine compartment. Equipped with dual ex- gine compartment. Heater-delete. Little to fault here. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $48,060. Fresh out of a frame-off restoration, this very nice car sold for a very reasonable price. Well done, sir. #257-1957 CHEVROLET NOMAD wagon. S/N VC57J144378. Gypsy Red & white/red & black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 32,500 miles. 283-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows chips and blisters. All exterior trim appears to be in good shape, but there are some fit issues, dried-out window rubbers, door fit way off, left rear taillight askew. Beautiful interior upolstery and shiny trim. Lifting carpet in back compart


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH #288-1957 LINCOLN PREMIERE 2-dr hard top. S/N 57WA74646. Saturn Gold & Presidential Black/black & white. Odo: 2,087 miles. 368-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows chips and blisters, bright bits are rough, driver's door doesn't fit. Nice interior. Equipped with orange peel in the coves. Decent bright things showing a few dings and dents. Nice original interior and convertible top. Tidy engine compartment. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $33,000. The SCM Pocket Price Guide gives a range of $40,400 to $66,800 for 1961 283/230 convertibles, so even with the needs noted, this car deserved much more than the high bid. I can't blame the owner for hanging on. #302-1962 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS factory a/c, power steering, brakes, windows and vents. Engine compartment shows well. Odometer has rolled over. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,500. Big fins, two doors, cool colors—even with the needs, this car deserved more money. The seller was right to hang on. #324-1959 RAMBLER REBEL Cross Country wagon. S/N 31547. Classic Black & Oriental Red/red & black vinyl. 250-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Decent paint with some touch-ups. Bright trim looks presentable, good glass. Interior shows well, with the door panels and seat covers looking new. Aftermarket stereo Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $10,000. I'm presently restoring one of these, and the problem with the reproduction rocker moldings is that the clips don't pull the trim tight to the body. The good news is the issues noted with this car can be easily corrected, and a little attention to detail will go a long way to making this one right; I don't blame the seller for hanging on. mounted under the dash. Clean engine compartment. Equipped with power steering, power brakes and dual exhaust. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $15,000. A really nice color combination inside and out, with a pretty hot engine for the era, and there aren't many out there. Just a couple more bids probably would have got the deal done. #298-1961 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 10867506044. Ermine White/white cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 72,205 miles. 283-ci 230-hp V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint shows some cracking on left-side headlight trim. Buff-through on right front fender, heavy #250-1963 STUDEBAKER AVANTI R2 coupe. S/N 63R3510. Red metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 66,191 miles. 289-ci supercharged V8, 4-sp. Paint shows cracks, chips and blisters. Good chrome and stainless, clear glass. Decent interior, torn shifter boot, paint peeling inside speedo. Equipped with supercharger, chrome dress-up kit, power steering and brakes. engine compartment with fresh Jasper-rebuilt motor. Equipped with a/c and all the power goodies you'd expect. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $17,550. This Caddy had a great look about it, and although it wasn't perfect, it would have made a great high-end driver at the price paid. Well bought. #253-1966 OLDSMOBILE 442 convert- ible. S/N 338676M284201. Target Red/black cloth/red vinyl. Odo: 100,250 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Said to be “upgraded” with a 455 2-dr hard top. S/N 218475194901. Burgundy/saddle tan vinyl. Odo: 86,937 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint prep issues on hood lip; gaps off all around, glass starting to delaminate. Brightwork a mix of old and reproduction with screws in new rocker panel trim. Interior looks original and in good condition, with aftermarket gauges mounted under the dash. Weak hood springs, clean engine bay. engine compartment. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,580. Sliding in just under the $15k high estimate, this looked like an OK deal both ways. As far as value is concerned, this was not a lot of money for a fun, top-down cruiser. #233-1965 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N E5208179. Emerald Green/white cloth/green leather. Odo: 5,329 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint has some minor scratches and rubs, all brightwork shows well. Interior presents as new. Seat covers look fresh, though no mention of their age. Decent bought assuming everything checks out OK. #210-1964 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza convertible. S/N 40967W85320. Riverside Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 82,330 miles. 164-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, auto. Nice paint showing some chips and scratches, good chrome and stainless, nice new top. Interior holding up very well. Clean and inoffensive Includes original window sticker with $4,850 sticker price. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $27,000. This car sold in April at RM's 2011 Carlisle sale for $31,900 (SCM# 177839), with zero miles covered since. Someone took a beating and should have just left the money in the 401k. Well 116 Sports Car Market


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Classic Motorcar Auctions Canton, OH V8, origin not specified. Nice paint and brightwork. Nice interior apart from the hole in the dash pad. Clean, well detailed engine compartment fitted with HEI ignition, Edelbrock intake, and headers. Claimed to have a rebuilt front suspension. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. A very appealing mid-'60s muscle package with all the umph and eyeball you can ask for. It just didn't seem the right buyers were in the tent on this day. Even with the non-original motor, I think the seller will get his money down the road. #270-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 2233379L110058. Black/black vinyl. miles. 350-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint is shot, with scratches, chips, worn-through spots. Driver's mirror is but a memory, as is the antenna. Rear seats dried out and worn out. No gas pedal. Factory a/c. Fitted with aftermarket stereo with steering and Ram Air. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $55,000. Nice package in a desirable color, presented with PHS documentation. This car deserved a better result, which will no doubt happen on another day. #322-1970 FORD TORINO Cobra 2-dr hard top. S/N OA38N193910. Yellow & black/black. Odo: 38,645 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Repaint shows minor blisters, minimal brightwork has minor pitting on the driver's window trim. Hood fit slightly off. Glass clear. Clean, solid interior. Nicely de- speakers cut into the rear deck. Cond: 5. NOT SOLD AT $9,000. There were some real needs here, and while the price bid may not seem like much for a first-gen F-body, don't forget that Firebirds almost always trade at a steep discount to their Camaro cousins. Money bid should have been more than enough to make the deal. #264-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge 2-dr hard top. S/N 242379R156701. Matador Red/black & white vinyl. Odo: 10 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Said to be a numbers-matching original with PHS documentation to confirm. Nice fresh paint, decent panel gaps, although hood a bit off, unable to open due to seized primary latch. Screws in rocker moldings. tailed engine compartment shows very well. Equipped with dual exhaust, Detroit Locker rear end and shift kit. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Nicely presented in an appealing color combination with a desirable drivetrain package. Unfortunately, the lack of a shaker hood and column shift still hold the price back on this one. That said, the high bid was still light by $4,000. #211-1977 AMC MATADOR wagon. S/N A7A887H211650. Brown/brown plaid. Odo: 55,000 miles. 304-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint has numerous deep scratches and touch-ups. Nice solid body with OK trim. Interior looks good, no rips or appreciable wear. Equipped with power steering and brakes, factory a/c, AM/FM stereo and luggage rack. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT Hide-away headlamps a little off on adjustment. Very nice interior. Equipped with power $5,076. AMC's famously ugly designs are actually turning a curve and starting to age rather well, but no one old enough to remember will soon forget the quality and reliability issues. Still, this one was all there and in good condition. A volume dealer spotted a profit margin, and the car promptly reappeared on eBay looking like a polished jewel with an opening bid of $5,200. © January 2012 117


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eBay Motors Online Sales It's staying in the game that runs the price up Portland's gloomy winter weather has this reporter dreaming of summer and British drop-tops T he rain clouds have come back to hang over Portland until June. As we had a brief summer, I am longing for the opportunity to drive in the West Hills with the top down and sunlight peeking through the deciduous canopy above. I was one of the test drivers (dummies?) for sorting out the MGB experiment Publisher Martin ran last summer and found it pretty amusing. I took to eBay to see what sorts of British convertibles and roadsters are available and what they're selling for. Just in case I wanted to get one for myself for the brief summer of 2012. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. All quoted material taken from the eBay listings. (sf=seller's feedback) by Chad Tyson Market opinions in italics #300616475559-1961 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS79505L. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 68,183 miles. 53 photos. Oklahoma City, OK. “Classic Triumph TR3 was purchased this year from its longtime owner of 44 years. It has a large stack of records for service work and restoration done throughout the years as well as the original owners manual, tools (including grease gun) and a workshop manual. Last year it was repainted and the Panasport wheels were added. paint job, and the car as a whole, shows absolutely brilliantly. It is straight, rust-free and was painted about 3 years ago. The engine is in top tune, as is the overdrive. The under-body is equally and radiantly new as you can see in the pictures. All new and restored top to bottom. This is the only Healey I have owned that does not leak oil. The dash has been upgraded to the later model walnut burl with a lockable glove box.” 24 bids. sf 15. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $43,600. The top bid fell middle of the market for a higher end car. Can't say I blame the seller for not taking it and hoping for a higher return later. The car was relisted shortly after the auction ended. #110767006463-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE convertible. S/N FJ888470. It also has a new fuse box, control box, battery, tires, exhaust, and a high output Japanese starter conversion so that it starts quickly every time.” 18 bids. sf 7. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $20,750. This Triumph falls into the middle of the financial spectrum as we peruse British roadsters, but it's also the second highest price profiled here. That said, I think there were quite a few dollars left on the proverbial table here. As good examples have been selling for $10k to $15k more. Nothing like looking on eBay for a steal of a deal. #250920389296-1963 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk II BJ7 convertible. S/N HBJ7L20836. Red/black/black leather. Odo: 70,000 miles. 25 photos. Portland, OR. “The original car except not sure about the paint color. The price reflects some body issues, some rust and a couple small holes, no problem for a body man.” BIN. sf 0. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,850. Never listen to anyone who says getting into the collector car game is expensive. Running, sub-$2k cars like this one prove otherwise. It's staying in the game that runs the price up. Replacing the pitted bumpers and exterior chrome, repairing the “some rust” and body issues, and repainting the car will more than double the cost of the car. But you could 118 Blue/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 74,155 14 photos. Penn Yan, NY. “It's a great running car and has a good transmission. A new universal joint in the drive shaft was put in the first year. A spin-on oil filter adapter has been added. I had it professionally tuned this summer and new halogen headlights installed. She is an leak or smoke. I am down sizing and do not have room to keep it.” Interior tidy. Under hood needs detailing. 13 bids. sf 48. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $26,701. This sale price is near the entry point for a good Series II 2+2. The seller mentions that he is downsizing and no longer has the room to keep it. Somebody took advantage of that circumstance. Very well bought. #300615721854-1971 MGB convertible. S/N GHN5UB250966G. Green/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 75,000 miles. 30 photos. Stuart, FL. “This car has chrome front and rear bumpers. The top is in good shape with a clear plastic window on the rear. One that you can see out of. We are told from our seller that the radiator was replaced as well as the clutch. Its best to describe as paint chipped. The rest of car I would say needs a good polish and detail. always just drive it as is, appreciating the decent deal on an already cheap model. Series II convertible. S/N 2R14574. Pale Primrose/black #120802746286-1971 JAGUAR XKE vinyl/black leather. Odo: 51,095 miles. 18 photos. Medina, OH. “An excellent example of the Jaguar XKE convertible. One of the last 6 cylinder E-Types ever built. Car is a very reliable driver condition vehicle. It is in what I would consider very good condition. A head turner and fun to drive. It does not The interior carpet can use a good shampoo. The seats appear to be in great shape.” 13 bids. sf 11,564. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $4,356. The test driving last summer really gave me a soft spot for these cars. Perhaps it's in the head, but no matter. The price paid here was a little under what Publisher Martin paid for any of the ‘74s we had, and this one is probably a better starting point than either of the convertibles. There's still room to buff out the rough spots and not be under water. Another eBay deal. © www.collectorcarpricetracker.com Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Okay, I'm returning the eco-car, the mountain bikes, the kayak and all this camping gear to get the down payment on that ‘71 Mustang Mach I Cobra Jet-R! I just hope she doesn't notice that I sold all of her stuff before I get back home. — Tim Shannon, Atlanta, GA Concerned about the reli- ability of his wife's newfangled electric car, Bob took along several backup vehicles on their first road trip. — Pete Warner, Taos, NM Skippy was all set for the end of the world… In the storage container – 200 gallons of gas. — Chuck and Justin Benz, Neshanic Station, NJ Introducing the new 2012 Prius Al Gore Climate-Change Edition — Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO Emily and Leslie couldn't figure out why they were only getting 15 MPG out of their hybrid on their cross-country adventure. — Charles Wild, Danbury, CT RUNNER-UP: Despite points for the self-righteous cloud generated by the Prius-bicycles-kayak combination, Alexander had better get over in the left lane and start holding up traffic or he'll be drummed out of the owners' club. — Robert Skotnicki, Pawleys Island, SC Just throw in some faux wood paneling with Aunt Edna on the roof and you have a modern day Clark Griswold driving the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. — Chris Racelis, LaGrange, IL The new Prius tribrid with range-extension options. — Gary Francis, Chico, CA Frank, you should sue Toyota. They promised us 50 miles to the gallon on this Prius. — Mike Buettell, Balboa Island, CA OMG, because of all your crap, my MPG is DOA. — Norman Vogel, San Francisco, CA Ned “Nature Boy” Nimrod needed a car-top carrier for the dozens of pairs of black Spandex shorts he took on vacation. — John M. Reeder, Fair Oaks Ranch, TX Toyota's newest gasoline/ electric/pedal/paddle hybrid is not as fuel efficient as one might hope. — Erik Olson, Dublin, CA “Off to the tree-hugger triathlon. Prius, check. Bike, check. Kayak, check. — Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA Mike, cram that floor mat under the gas pedal. Maybe we'll go faster. — Sue Buettell, Balboa Island, CA Ready to prove his theory of Global Warming, Al Gore packs up the family for a trip to the polar ice caps! — Daryl Pinter, Lake in the Hills, IL I had hoped for OnStar on my new Prius. However, Toyota went a step further. New cars come with a self-deploying kayak in case your brakes fail and send This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: December 25, 2011 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@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll also get an official SCM cap. Email photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 120 you careening into a lake, mountain bikes in case you go over the embankment on Highway 1 on the way to Pebble Beach, and a survival kit on the roof. I am sold! — Rick Worm, Traverse City, MI Spy photo of featured car in SCM's soon-to-be-released spinoff mag, “OUTDOOR SPORTS Car Market.”. Condition 2+ SOLD AT $22,300. Car featured the items shown, plus horseshoes and badminton set complete with four rackets all neatly tucked in individual mahogany cases in the trunk. — Dale Rowe, Raleigh, NC Once a Suburban owner, always a Suburban owner. — Chuck Olenyk, Rockford, MI With the proliferation of hy- brid cars, Toyota felt the need to up the ante with the introduction of the Prius Green Adventurer with Smug Factor 11. This model comes standard with permanently attached faux mountain bikes, faux kayak and mysterious cargo pod. While the gas mileage took a hit, owners reported as much as a 35% increase in feelings of superiority over the common motorist. — Pat Hamlin, Thousand Oaks, CA Tim Shannon wins a light- weight, easily resold SCM hat for doing what we would all do in a hot second. © Comments With Your Renewals Classic bikes okay! Even enjoy the occasional old airplane — great balance. — Brad Baum, Escondido, CA Coverage of auctions too skimpy, When I go to an auction, I look forward to your analysis of sales, but nine out of ten times there is none. — Bill Amos, Fernandina Beach, FL. Bill, We usually limit each auction report to 50 cars, so we may be missing the cars that catch your eye. Platinum subscribers get online access to additional auction cars — KM And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—Keith Martin Sports Car Market Ricardo SInger


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Our Cars Alex Dearborn 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190b Sedan The last year of the “round body” also had the most improvements T he 1960 190 was the last year for the “round body” or “Ponton” sedans, so it had that oldness I like. As with the last iterations of any model, this had the maximum improvements of the series. Stout though they may be, the 190 sedans were the bottom of the model lineup — the most humble cars to wear the three-pointed star. Most were fitted with 50-hp diesel power and used as taxicabs in Europe. This car, though, had been delivered as a U.S.-version 190b, with full leather and some amenities (heater blower and a bit of wood trim). It Details Owner: Alex Dearborn Purchase date: 2007 Price: $18,000 Mileage since purchase: 17,000+ Recent work: Engine swap lived a charmed life in California, and it was then treated to a complete Bruce Adams restoration in the early 1990s. When I found it, I discovered that the engine hadn't been done, and it showed low oil pressure. Aha! The perfect excuse to swap out the 3-main-bearing 190 4-cylinder gas engine for the later-but-visually-similar 5-mainbearing 200 engine! With that bit of extra smoothness and torque available, we then swapped out the 4.10 rear axle for a rebuilt 3.7, giving a quieter highway experience. 190SL brakes, shoulder belts and halogen lights round out the improvements. It's quieter than my (late, lamented) Gullwing, and how much faster than 80 mph do I want to go? The result is a good-weather cruiser that stays in the left lane on the freeway, and renders my Mini a car to use only when the roads are salty. © Swap out the 190 for the 200, get two more main bearings December 2011 121


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1936 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Tourer 1967 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 Phase II Ruby Red w/black, solid, no rust, NV car for last 41 years. Recent service and ready to drive anywhere. COA included, date stamped wheels, correct high bow front bar w/wedge turn signals. Everything works as it should, great Tub. $74,550. Contact Tom617.428.5762, email: pdq356@gmail.com. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Silver/black. 38k miles. Showroom condition, fully serviced, tools and books. Runs and drives like new. $42,500. Contact Nat- 631.848.7674, (NY) 1980 BMW M1 1959 Porsche 356A Super Sunroof coupe 1977 Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera Drive it home; only 12,000 miles on engine. Two tops. Handsome White-Grey MD158, Red leather. Inspect in Minneapolis. Contact John- 612.377.0155, email: olson@mbseek.com. 1969 Porsche 911 R replica Original chassis and matching engine with lovely touring body built in the U.K. in the 1950s. A superb car that's a rally/tour veteran. Drives flawlessly, cosmetically gorgeous. Turn key and ready to enjoy. Please call for complete details. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) 1954 Jaguar XK 120 DHC Black w/black. 38,720 miles. Factory wide body 420hp rocket. #2 of 10. Motorcar Gallery. $88,500. Contact Motorcar- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. California car from new. One, enthusiastic owner for the past 23 years. Restored. Meticulously maintained. Heritage certificate. $95,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7556, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) 1958 AC Aceca Excellent running example with properly set-up pre-selector gearbox and triple carbs. Rare, coach built Graber body. Matching numbers. $289,500. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7556, email: sales@ fantasyjunction.com. Website: www.fantasyjunction. com. (CA) Shown at Amelia, Meadow Brook, and Glenmoor, where it won best in class. Time to grab one! Full details on website. $115,000. Contact Peter434.426.8506, email: bowmanpj@hotmail.com. Website: www.classic-motors-online.com. (VA) 1961 Bentley Continental Flying Spur German 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Dark green/parchment. Automatic transmission, two tops, a/c. Documented restoration, comes with all books, records, and tools. Looks and runs as new. Award winner. $59,000. Contact Alvin201.567.7224, (NJ) 1976 Porsche 912 The best example on the planet. Very rare, two owners, low original mileage. Shell grey, saddle leather. all original books and tools. Looks and drives as new. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $265,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 122 Matching numbers, original colors, 45,000 original miles. Restored to very nice driver standards. Well sorted. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $625,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) French 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Beautiful rotisserie restoration. Metallic golden beige/black. Mutiple photos and full details available. $59,500. Contact Ian- 954.463.5300, email: ian@thegailgroup.com. (FL) 2000 Bentley Continental R Millenium Edition Track car. 1850 lbs, 2-liter twin plug, fresh rebuild, carbs, current belts, eight extra wheels-four w/rain tires, Daytona transaxle and light bar. $59,500. Contact Steve- 920.707.4620, email: sdudley@ new.rr.com. 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Arena Red w/gray. Six-speed. 87k miles. All original, two-owner car, service records, wonderful condition. More pictures at website. Contact Robert650.261.1777, Website: www.drivelineac.com. (CA) 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 Dark blue w/full black leather seats. 23,980 miles. Recent paint, perfect mechanicals. EPA/ DOT releases. Motorcar Gallery. $178,500. Contact Motorcar- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Type 993 coupe Immaculate Condition, Needs Nothing! High Gloss Dark Green Exterior over Tan Interior, Fully Rebuilt 2.8L 6 Cylinder, Auto Trans, 4 Wheel Disc Brakes, Ice Cold Air Conditioning, Power Steering, Hard and Soft Tops, Meticulously Serviced and Maintained, None Finer! $52,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Original owner. 63k miles. All service records. Recent 60k service done. Great condition, perfect daily driver. $16,000. Contact Jim- 617.429.6700. 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL550 4matic Sport. Majestic Black/Cashmere. AMG sport package, Premium II package. 19” AMG wheels. New Continentals. Burl walnut trim. 30k miles. Dealer maintained. Balance factory warranty. Wholesale price! Chip's Auto Sales. $64,990. Contact Chip- 203.878.1994, (CT) Italian 1954 Ferrari Europa Rare opportunity to acquire one of only 18 Lampredi engined, matching numbers, Mille Miglia eligible PF coupes. $865,000. Contact Fantasy- 510.653.7555, email: sales@fantasyjunction.com. Website: www. fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Beautiful and rare. Only 2,099 912s in 1976. From California. Built to make 140hp. Comes with original engine cover. 915 trans. Drives excellent. $10,900. Contact Brian- 630.988.8090, (IL) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 1974 DeTomaso Pantera GTS original miles. F1 transmission. All services done including belt service less than 1000 miles ago. All original manuals, tools, etc. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $112,500. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www. deGarmoLtd.com. (CT) Designed by Michelotti, built by Vignale. #319 of only 328 made. Beautifully and extensively restored, including body, paint, chrome trim, mechanical and interior. One of the finest examples available. Contact Mark- 858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www. grandprixclassics.com. (CA) 1969 DeTomaso Mangusta Authentic factory GTS with same owner since late 1970's, two owners total. Perfect condition in every way. Red, black leather. A few tasteful mods that can easily be brought back to original. $75,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1995 Ferrari 355 Challenge American 1931 Chrysler Imperial Documented original DC phaeton. Fully restored. Rare, only one of 85 built, possibly ten extant. Ready to tour or show. $375,000. Contact Joseph603.437.1978, (NH) 1933 Pierce-Arrow Model 1236 Red w/black. 38,548 miles. Four headlight model. Restored and show detailed. Factory a/c. Motorcar Gallery. $110,000. Contact Motorcar- 954.522.9900, email: sales@motorcargallery.com. Website: www. motorcargallery.com. 1972 DeTomaso Pantera One of the best survivors we've ever seen. Two owners from new, low original mileage. Except for respray 25 years ago, completely original. Beautifully maintained. Runs and drives without fault. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd. $135,000. Contact Matthew- 203.852.1670, email: Matt@ deGarmoLtd.com. Website: www.deGarmoLtd. com. (CT) 1966 Shelby GT350 1966 Shelby GT350 H Former Risi. Mechanically excellent, tracks well, paint chips and minor body blemishes. No major damage history. US car w/title. $40,000. Contact Steve- email: Lbujenovic@aol.com. (LA) 2002 Ferrari 575 Maranello 12-cylinder Club sedan with salon trim. Rust free CA car w/900 miles since Pebble Beach level restoration costing over $200k. Immaculate condition throughout. Contact Tom- 831.320.7076, (CA) 1940 Chevrolet 2-Dr Sedan 20,529 original miles. 351 Cleveland. Professionally maintained by a DeTomaso expert. Owners manual and service manual included. Garaged in MA. $60,000. Contact Peter- email: petepatB2@gmail.com. (MA) One of 252. Carry-over carbs. Best combo of ‘65 hardware and ‘66 looks. Restored and documented w/SAAC. Additional pictures and further details available. $88,000. Contact Tom- email: tom@ edenoutsource.com. (CA) 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible Red, tan interior. Flawless car with just 7000 Chopped top, dark blue interior, 454-ci, TH400, 9” rear, ps, pdb, tilt, 6-way power seat, pw, a/c, heat. Award winning build. Super dependable. Contact Bill- 952.922.9435, (MN) 1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible 63k miles. Matching numbers. Restored, extensive documentation. 350-4v, automatic. Rust-free, strong number 2, drive it anywhere. $26,500. Contact David- 919.270.4228, email: hotdognc@nc.rr.com. Website: 69firebirdconv.webs.com. (NC) 1970 Buick GS 455 Stage 1 Full Frame-off Restoration, Red/Red with White Convertible Top, 325-ci V8 with two 4bbl carbs and batwing air cleaner, Red Leather Interior, Factory Parade Boot, Loaded, Power Windows, 6 way Seat, Top with new hydraulics, Power Release and Close Trunk Latch, Autronic Eye auto dimming headlights, Sabre Wheels, Like New Condition! $169,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www. thelastdetail.com. (IL) 1966 Pontiac GTO Documented Original Numbers Matching Stage 1 455, 4-speed with a/c! Red/Black, rare factory options, possibly 1 of 1. Loaded, power windows, locks, seat, tilt wheel, center consolette, Rally gauges with tach and speed alert, concours nut and bolt restoration. $89,900. Contact Rick- 847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) Kirkham Cobra 427SC PHS Documented GTO, 389-ci V8 with Tri-Power and 4 Speed! Cameo Ivory Exterior over a Beautiful Original Red Bucket Seat Interior with Console, Original Paint, body panels and undercarrige in near excellent condition. Rally Gauges with Tach, Rally 1 Wheels, Must See! $47,900. Contact Rick847.689.8822, Website: www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) 124 Guardsman Blue w/white stripes. Special order build, 427 Roush built engine, full Semi Competition specs, aluminum body, only 900 miles. Best of the Cobra continuation cars. Contact Mark858.459.3500, email: info@grandprixclassics.com. Website: www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) © Sports Car Market


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Auction Companies Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056, 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@auction.fr. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil Auctions America. 877.906.2437, Formed in July 2010 as a subsidiary of RM Auctions, the Auctions America by RM team led by collector car expert Donnie Gould, specializes in American classics, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and vintage motorcycles. Consign With Confidence. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) de Groot's Exoticars USA has serviced and restored Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini in the NJ, PA, NY region since 1979. We're passionate about keeping your car fast, reliable, beautiful and authentic. Our mechanical, paint/ body, electronic, machining and fabricating work is unsurpassed and award winning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. http://www.exoticars-usa. com. (NJ) eBay Motors. List your car for sale. $0 insertion fee. $60 listing fee if vehicle sells for under or at $2,000, $125 if it sells for over $2,000. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. customer service has led the company to 40 successful years, selling more than 32,000 vehicles. Leake currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Visit them online at www.leakecar.com or call 800.722.9942. enced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 405.475.5079, 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) Mecum Collector Car Auction- eers. 815.568.8888, 815.568.6615. The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for over 23 years, offering an industryleading 5,000 collector cars per year. Watch Mecum Auctions live on Discovery's HD Theater. Consignment, bidder and event information is available online. 950 Greenlee ST, Marengo, IL 60015 www.mecumauction.com. (IL) MotoeXotica Classic Cars & AucBarrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, 480.421.6697. For nearly four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service, and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watch unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www. barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103 www.butterfields.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) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Shows 800-237-8954, Hosting two auctions a year in beautiful Palm Beach FL, March & December. Offering quality collector cars and personalized service, all in a climate controlled, state of the art facility. Come be a part of the excitement! Check us out at www.hollywoodcarauctions.com... Where Col- lectors Collect! See You On The Block! Russo and Steele Collector AuCarlisle 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) 126 Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942, Es- tablished in 1964, Leake Auction Company was one of the first collector car auctions in the country. Unsurpassed tomobile Auctions. 602.252.2697, 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele hosts two record breaking ALL RESERVE auctions per year; Monterey, CA every August and Scottsdale, AZ every January. As one of the premier auction events in the United States, Russo and Steele has developed a reputation for its superior customer service and for having the most experi- Centerline Products. 888.750. ALFA, Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 30 years - rely on our experience to build and maintain your dream Alfa. Restoration, maintenance, and performance parts in stock for Giulietta through 164. Newly developed products introduced regularly. Check our web site for online store, new arrivals, tech tips, and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Sports Car Market RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, 519.351.1337. With over three decades of experience in the collector car industry, RM's vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, 310.899.0930. Gooding & Company offers its international clientele the rarest, award-winning examples of collector vehicles at the most prestigious auction venues. Our team of well-qualified experts will advise you on current market values. Gooding & Company presents the official auction of the famed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in August, the recordsetting Scottsdale Auction in January and a world-class auction at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Florida in March. www.goodingco.com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44 8458 334455, +44 8458 334433. The Motor House Lyncastle Road Warrington England. WA4 4BSN www.handh. co.uk. (UK) tions. 866.543.9393, After 24 years of selling classic cars, MotoeXotica has branched out with classic & exotic car auctions. MotoeXotica currently has auctions in St. Louis, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, and Phoenix, Arizona. Combining some of the industry's lowest entry fees and commissions MotoeXotica is poised to keep expanding while maintaining superior customer service. Contact MotoeXotica today at 866-543-9393 or online at www.motoexotica.com. Worth the trip! Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485, Silver Auctions isn't successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we're successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction's staff, bidders and consignor are everyday people with a passion for Nostalgic and Collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@ silverauctions.com. www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Specialty Auto Auctions and Sales. 800.901.0022, Established by Bruce and Helen Douglas in 1987. Based in Colorado and doing auctions in Colorado, Nevada and South Dakota. This year we will join forces with Hot August Nights and B & T Custom Rods for two sales in Nevada. We will also be working with Automania for sales in South Dakota. For personalized service contact us. www.saaasinc.com. (CO) 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) The Worldwide Group. 866.273.6394, Established by John Kruse and Rod C. Egan, The Worldwide Group—Auctioneers, Appraisers and Brokers—is one of the world's premier auction houses, specializing in the procurement and sale of the world's finest automobiles and vintage watercraft. www.wwgauctions.com. (IN) Tom Mack Classics. 888.TOM. MACK, PO Box 1766, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Three annual auctions in Charlotte, NC: April, September, and January. Selling Southern muscle, collector, and antique cars with experience and integrity for 24 years. North Carolina auction license 4017. www.tommackclassics.com. (NC) Alfa Romeo


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Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 800.890.2532, 510.525.9519. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from Giulietta to 164. Efficient, personal service. www.alfapartscatalog.com. (CA) Appraisals Automobilia Steve Austin's Automobilia & Great Vacations. 800.452.8434, European Car Collector tours including Monaco & Goodwood Historics, private collections, and car manufacturers. Automobile Art importer of legendary artists Alfredo de la Maria and Nicholas Watts. www.steveaustinsgreatvacations.com. Hartek Automotive, 319.337.4140, Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886, Offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale vales, estates, expert witness testimony. On-site inspection. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic vintage automotive posters. The vast inventory runs from the late 1890s through the 1960s; featuring marque, event and product advertising. Please visit us at: www.VintageAutoPosters. com. Buy/Sell/General Hartek Automotive is a division of Hartwig Motors Inc, one of the oldest automotive retailers in the Midwest since 1912. Hartek Automotive specializes in the maintenance and sale of sports and prestige automobiles. Their reputation for service continues with a very personalized approach to maintenance of an individual's daily driver, to the restoration of that special automobile. Hartek Automotive also offers presale or post-sale inspections. Uniquely located in Iowa we are equally accessible for the enthusiast from anywhere. Drive in or fly in...you will find us most accommodating. www.hartekautomotive.org (IA) Woodies USA. 949.412.8812, We buy and sell great woodies - hundreds to date. If you are buying or selling give us a call. We can help. Woodies are fun! Every car collection should have at least one. Located in Laguna Niguel, California (new location). www.woodiesusa.com. (CA) Classic Car Transport Motor Auto Express, Inc. 360.661.1734, Enclosed Transport. MAX cares for what you care for. We offer Personal, Private, Professional services with liftgate loading for your vehicles. Please contact Randy McKinley, Owner. maxiet@gmail.com. (WA) indiGO Classic Cars. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, Gooding & Company's experts are well-qualified to individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) 2shores International. 920.945.0450, International marketing services for collector cars. New Showroom in the U.S! Take advantage of our experience in the global collector market. Based in Wisconsin, working worldwide. Connecting buyers and sellers of collectible automobiles in a global marketplace since 1990. We put our market knowledge to work for you. Call Jurgen today! www.2-shoresclassics.com. (WI) International Auto Appraisers Resource. Use IAAA Appraisers' to perform insurance and legal appraisals and pre-purchase inspections; It is IAAA the largest association that certifies auto appraisers, who follow ethics, participate in ongoing training for IAAA/Uniform Standards for Automotive Appraisal Procedures™. Certifications include Master Automotive Appraiser™ and Automotive Arbitration/ Mediation Umpire™. The apprentice program was used by Mitchell International and other qualified applicants from the automotive industry. Locate IAAA members and get association info. www.autoappraisersassociation. com. 888.255.5546, indiGO Classic Cars buys individual cars and collections specializing in the purchase of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Porsche and Mercedes. indiGO will pay for shipping, handle paperwork and will gladly pay finder's fees. indiGO has capital and large lines of credit to pay the highest prices. indiGO Classic Cars is an indiGO Auto Group dealership.www.indigoclassiccars.com. (TX) Passport Transport. 800.736.0575, Since our founding in 1970, we have shipped thousands of treasured vehicles door-to-door with our fully enclosed auto transporters. Whether your prized possession is your daily driver, a vintage race car, a classic, a '60s muscle car, or a modern exotic you can depend on Passport Transport to give you the premium service it deserves. We share your appreciation for fine automobiles and it shows. www.PassportTransport. com. Luxury Brokers International. Specializing in the Purchase, Sales, and Brokerage of Fine Automobiles and Alternative Investments. Adolfo Massari 610.716.2331 or Andrew Mastin 215.459.1606. Email: Sales@lbilimited. com. Web: www.LBILimited.com. Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682, Brighton Motorsports, Scottsdale, Arizona, is a unique dealership specializing in Vintage European and American Collector Cars with their Sales/Showroom and Mechanical Repair facility in the heart of Scottsdale's legendary auction arena. They also have a state-of-the-art paint & body shop specially equipped to do all levels of repair and restoration just down the road, creating a one stop shop for the avid car enthusiast. www.brightonmotorsports.com. (AZ) West Coast Auto Appraisals. 310.827.8400, Pre purchase, diminished value, total loss settlements, expert witness. Let us be your eyes and ears, friendly and very knowledgeable car experts, muscle cars, street rods, Europeans, full classics, modern day and more. Servicing all of California, nationwide for larger car collections. Member of IAAA and AMA. Check out our website for a full list of services. www.thecarappraiser.com. (CA) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6092, www.paulrussell.com. Specializing in the Preservation and Sales of European Classics, pre-war through the 1970s, since 1978. You can rely on our decades of experience with Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, Porsche, Bugatti, Alfa Romeo and other fine collectibles. Repeat customers are the lifeblood of our business. Contact us today to join them. Car Sales Manager, Alex Finigan: Alex@paulrussell.com. (MA) Collector Car Insurance Chubb Collector Car Insurance. 1 (866) CAR-9648, The Chubb Collector Car Insurance program provides flexibility by allowing you to choose the agreed value and restoration shop. Broad coverage includes no mileage restrictions and special pricing for large schedules. For more information contact us at 1(866)CAR-9648 or www. chubbcollectorcar.com. Grundy Worldwide. 800.338.4005, Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100.Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) January 2012 The Last Detail. 847.689.8822 North Chicago / Keniworth, Il., As “Trusted Advisors” for over 35 years we have been assisting enthusiasts make critical decisions before creating costly mistakes. Whether servicing, buying or selling, your one stop destination for all of your automotive needs, Down to….The Last Detail! www.thelastdetail.com. (IL) With 60 years of experience in servicing and preserving the collector vehicle hobby, Grundy provides “The Gold Standard” of insurance, offering the most options to you: Agreed Value, No Model Year Limitation, Unlimited Mileage, and coverage options for Spare Parts, Trip Interruption, Towing and Labor Costs, Inflation Guard, and Auto Show Medical Reimbursement. Fast, immediate quotes. www.grundy. com. (PA) 127


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FerrariChat.com. The largest onAston Martin of New England. Hagerty Insurance Agency, LLC. 800.922.4050, is the leading insurance agency for collector vehicles in the world and host to the largest network of collector car owners. Hagerty offers insurance for collector cars, motorcycles and motorcycle safety equipment, tractors, automotive tools and spare parts, and even “automobilia” (any historic or collectible item linked with motor vehicles). Hagerty also offers overseas shipping/touring insurance coverage, commercial coverage and club liability coverage. For more information, call or visit www.hagerty.com. (MI) 781.547.5959, 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) line Ferrari community in the world with over 80,000 registered users. 3,000 new posts a day from Ferrari owners, historians, and enthusiasts along with 5 Million in our archives. Over 1,000 ads in our Classifieds www.ferrarichat.com. European Collectibles, Inc. Lamborghini Houston. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC.. 631.425.1555, All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servcing-complete mechanical restorations/ rebuilds - Cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame off restoration - Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) Heacock Classic. 800.678.5173, We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.heacockclassic.com. (FL) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876, www.fourintune. com. With over 25 years of experience in Complete ground-up restoration on British Marques – specializing in Austin-Healeys for 35 years. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process. Located in historic Cedarburg since 1976 – just minutes north of Milwaukee. (WI) J.C. Taylor Insurance. 800.345.8290, Antique, classic, muscle or modified - J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. Motor Sport Personal Accident Coverage. 441.297.9439, 441.296.2543. Email, mcooke@evolution.bm. Limits up to $1,000,000 including accident medical and helicopter evacuation. Comp Capital Ltd. can obtain coverage at competive rates including drivers over the age of 65. Either 12 month policy covering a whole season and or for specific events. Please contact Mark Cooke and or Kevin Way. English AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com. (OR) RPM Classic Sports Cars. Kevin Kay Restorations. 530.241.8337, 1530 Charles Drive, Redding, CA 96003. Aston Martin parts, service, repair, and restoration. From an oil change to a concours-winning restoration, we do it all. Modern upgrades for power steering, window motors, fuel systems, and more. Feltham Fast performance parts in stock. We also cater to all British and European cars and motorcycles. www.kevinkayrestorations.net. (CA) Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini 802.877.2645, With over 25 years of experience in Classic Italian Sports cars, we know how to make your car perform as new. Please visit our website showing numerous cars for sale and a frequently updated BLOG to see what is going on in our busy shop including video links of engines being run on a test stand and on a chassis dynamometer. Our two car enclosed transporter makes getting your car to our shop within the northeast a breeze. www.rpmvt.com. German Cosdel International TransportaCarobu Engineering. 949.722.9307, Ferrari specialist. Engine rebuilding/ development, dyno-testing, parts and service. Your source for high performance brakes, suspension, gaskets, engine parts, wheels and exhaust. Dealer for Tubi, Brembo, Koni, Razzo Rosso, Sangalli, Zanzi, Novitech Rosso and X-Ost. WWW.CAROBU.COM. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, 760.758.0600. sales 760.758.6100. Fullservice restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) 128 tion. 415.777.2000, 415.543.5112. Since 1960 Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world's best-known collectors, dealers, and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, we are the comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. www.cosdel.com. (CA) Sports Car Market 888.588.7634, Lamborghini Houston is a factory authorized Lamborghini dealership offering customers new and pre-owned Lamborghinis in addition to one of the largest selections of exotic cars in the United States. With one of the finest service facilities in the world, Lamborghini Houston consistently services all exotic cars including Ferraris, Maseratis, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Aston Martins. Lamborghini Houston offers shipping nationwide. Lamborghini Houston is an indiGO Auto Group dealership. www.lamborghinihouston.com. (TX) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, ^ 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com (CA) 949.650.4718, European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European Sports Cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, MG, Austin Healey & Jaguar with 40 vehicle in stock to chose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to Concours level along with routine service. Located in Orange County, California between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles. com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. 1-866-MB-CLASSIC, The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts – for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturertrained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Porsche of North Houston. 888.588.7634, Porsche of North Houston is a factory authorized Porsche dealership committed to all things Porsche. 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Carl Bomstead eWatch John Wayne's “True Grit” Eye Patch Brings $47,900 A rare Jaguar SS emblem, porcelain license plates and accessory side mirrors find good prices — but not Duke money Thought Carl's John Wayne's last movie was in 1976, but the Duke is still one of the most admired and respected American actors of our time. In October of this year, Heritage Auctions offered a number of items from his estate, with a portion of the $5.3 million in proceeds benefiting the John Wayne Cancer Fund. The results were rather startling, as the wool beret that he wore in “The Green Beret” realized $179,200, and the eye patch worn in his Oscar winning role in “True Grit” brought $47,900. Here are a few items we found that are not as iconic, but they are not as expensive, either: 24 inches, was in decent condition with a few minor scuffs. At the price paid, it was a screaming deal. to find and, as we see here, realize serious money when in good condition. EBAY #220865607943— PAIR OF 1917 PORCELAIN LICENSE PLATES. Number of Bids: 20. SOLD AT: $1,525. Date: 10/5/2011. California first required license plates in 1905 and issued them in a standardized format in 1914. The blue and white porcelain plates issued in 1916 were used for four years, with the metal tag changed each year. This matched 1917 set was in magnificent condition. A single plate was offered elsewhere for about $500 and was not in as good a condition as these, so once again, condition is the key to value. EBAY #140607262239— ACCESSORY SIDE MOUNT MIRRORS. Number of Bids: 26. SOLD AT: $1,625. Date: 9/25/2012. These very Deco side-mount mirrors were slightly pitted and the bottom half of one of the clamps that hold the mirrors to the tire was missing. Even so, these are extremely rare and add an unusual touch to a classic car. Cost of restoration will be up there, as only the best of metal finishers can replate these and not buff out the fine detail. They are rare as heck even in this condition, so no harm done. CLUB BADGE. Number of Bids: 18. SOLD AT: $566. Date: 9/18/2011. Kuwait was part of the British Empire until becoming independent in 1961. Oil was discovered in 1938, which transformed the country and has been the cause of continued conflict. We have to assume the Kuwait Automobile was for and Touring Club the titled British, and EBAY #130578488634— EBAY #110751172695— EBAY #190585186114— EFFECTO “DRY IN 4 HOURS” AUTO PAINTS POSTER. Number of Bids: 4. SOLD AT: $449. Date: 10/10/2011. This colorful poster was attributed to Elmer Pirson and displayed a man hand-painting his car with Effecto Auto Paint. The poster, which measured 19 inches by 1936 JAGUAR SS RADIATOR EMBLEM. Number of Bids:10. SOLD AT: $677.64. Date: 10/9/2012. The SS was manufactured from 1936 until 1940, and it was rather rare, with only 198 2.5-liter and 116 3.5-liter versions built. The SS name was changed after World War II for obvious reasons. With such limited production, the badges are difficult FRONTIER GASOLINE “RARIN' TO GO” PORCELAIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 28. SOLD AT: $2,950. Date: 9/25/2011. The Frontier Oil Company was founded in the mid 1930s in Denver, CO, and was acquired by Husky Oil in 1968. The “Rarin' To Go” logo with the cowboy was catchy, and this six-foot porcelain double-sided sign was offered in both red and white. The red version is more attractive and is a bit more common. The white version, however, is more rare and usually brings a few more dollars. This sign, due to condition, could have easily brought another $1,000 or so without raising a question. Therefore, well bought. they were chauffeured about in their Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, but we are simply speculating. Regardless, this is an unusual and interesting badge. EBAY #290615785847— EBAY #120774259030— 1950S KUWAIT AUTOMOBILE AND TOURING 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 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 130 AUTOMOBILE ELECTRIC ASSOCIATION TIN SIGN. Number of Bids: 25. SOLD AT: $676.60. Date: 10/6/2011. As technicians were trained on various products, they were able to add the manufacturer's name to the sign — and customers would be impressed with the knowledge and expertise the shop offered. We have seen these with well over a dozen tags, so this shop had a ways to go. A cool sign that was well worth the money. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market