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Bargain Bull at $106k 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Sports Car Market V12 Victory $65k Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Buyer Wins With Series III Auto at ™ July 2016 www.sportscarmarket.com New Resto Column! Inside the “Ferris Bueller” Garage $40k No More: “Average” 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS, $65k Profile: $213k to Harness Sheer Terror in a Ford RS200


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“Like” us on Sports Car Market Keith Martin’s The Insider’s Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends July 2016 . Volume 28 . Number 7 FERRARI PROFILES This Month’s Market Movers Up Close ENGLISH by Jack Tockston 64 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS $64,900 / Auctions America A great starter Ferrari at a fair price ETCETERINI by Donald Osborne 66 by Steve Ahlgrim 62 AUCTIONS What Sold, and Why 201 Vehicles Rated at Seven Sales 80 84 98 110 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster $64,900 / Auctions America A mild deal on a nicely kept automatic GERMAN by Pierre Hedary 68 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce $82,500 / Auctions America Freshly restored car brings strong money AMERICAN by B. Mitchell Carlson 70 136 150 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster $862,562 / Bonhams Excellent restoration brings excellent price RACE by Thor Thorson 72 1991 AM General M998 Humvee $22,000 / Barrett-Jackson The first trickle in the military Humvee flood NEXT GEN by Jeff Zurschmeide 76 120 MARKET OVERVIEW Top 10 auction sales and best buys, plus a NEW SECTION charting five years of trends — Chad Tyson AUCTIONS AMERICA Fort Lauderdale, FL: 301 cars sell in South Florida, garnering $19.7m — Pierre Hedary BONHAMS Chichester, U.K.: Over $8m achieved from 72 cars selling at Goodwood — Paul Hardiman LEAKE Dallas, TX: 226 cars change addresses, bringing in $4.1m — B. Mitchell Carlson BONHAMS Stuttgart, DEU: 29 of 56 cars sell for $7.2m total at the Mercedes Museum — Leo Van Hoorick BRANSON Branson, MO: 147 cars sell, bringing the total to $3.4m — Andy Staugaard ROUNDUP Highlights from GAA in Greensboro, NC, and Anglia Car Auctions in King’s Lynn, U.K. — Jeff Trepel, Mark Moskowitz and Paul Hardiman acebook and look for updates and offers! 1987 Ford RS200 Coupe $213,107 / Bonhams An insanely fast car with nowhere to go 14 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder $105,600 / Auctions America “Bargains” abound in the Gallardo market Cover photo: 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 roadster; courtesy of Auctions America Sports Car Market


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COLUMNS 18 Shifting Gears Bringing back SCM’s beloved Lotus Elise — and keeping the 911 Twin Turbo Keith Martin 44 Affordable Classic First-gen “new” Minis are a giggle to drive, and they’re plentiful and inexpensive Mark Wigginton 46 New Column! Restoration Revelations Noted restorer — and new SCM columnist — David Cooper got his start in the famous “Ferris Bueller” garage David Cooper 48 Legal Files The famous demolished Enzo is whole again — and is a classic case of diminished value John Draneas 50 Unconventional Wisdom The Porsche 914 and the Alfa Romeo 2600 are not blue-chip collector cars — but they capture the true spirit of each marque Donald Osborne 74 The Cumberford Perspective The Ford RS200 isn’t pretty, but it sparks fantasies of blasting along back roads Robert Cumberford 170 eWatch Civil War hero Capt. Henry Lawton’s Winchester Model 1886 sells for $1,265,000 Carl Bomstead FEATURES 54 2016 La Jolla Concours: An elegant event staves off the rain and raises $26,000 for charity — Mark Moskowitz New Feature! 56 2016 Benedict Castle Concours: Barry Meguiar’s friends and family crank up a fun day with hot rods and classics — Carl Bomstead 58 Paradise in Your Own Backyard: Discover your local car shows this summer — Bill Rothermel DEPARTMENTS 22 Auction Calendar 22 Crossing the Block 26 Concours and Events: Forest Grove Concours, Hillsborough Concours, Concours d’Elegance of America at St. John’s 28 Art on Wheels: AACA Library’s O’Reilly Collection, Gilmore turns 50, 100 Masterpieces at BMW Welt and Blackhawk road trips to Pebble 30 Contributors: Get to know our writers 34 You Write, We Read: Toly hates wussy power steering, SCM is a good day-off read, Testarossa cheese grater, and the thought behind rating one Porsche 36 Display Advertisers Index 38 Time Pieces: Rolex Reference 6034 — complicated, and gaining value every day 38 Neat Stuff: Clamp-on anchors and a Bluetooth cassette 40 In Miniature: 1985 Porsche 911 SC/RS Group 4 Rothmans 40 Speaking Volumes: The Man Who Saved the V-8 94 Glovebox Notes: 2016 Honda Fit EX-L 116 Rising Sun: Three oddball ’80s trucks 130 Fresh Meat: 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo, 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV, 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition coupe 140 On the Radar: 25-year-old cars that are now legal to import into the U.S. 146 Our Portland Hipster: For Millennials, old cars are still a cheap, fun way to non-conform 156 Mystery Photo: “Old-school now has its own bus” 28 The new “Art on Wheels” page highlights museum openings and exhibits 156 Comments with Your Renewals: “Always anxious to update my ‘prescription’ to SCM!” 158 Showcase Gallery: Cars for sale 162 Resource Directory: Meet your car’s needs 16 Sports Car Market 54 1934 Ford Geisen Special Roadster at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance Mark Moskowitz


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin You Can Go Home Again When I told Alex that her Elise was coming back, she was ecstatic She’s been away too long A s you read this, the 2006 Lotus Elise that we sold in May of 2013 is in a car transporter and headed from Connecticut back to SCM World Headquarters in Portland, OR. We first drove an Elise in 2009; Legal Files contribu- tor John Draneas has one. We were entranced. Weighing just 1,984 pounds, and propelled by a 190-horsepower, 1.8-liter Toyota engine with a Yamaha-tuned cylinder head, the Elise was very quick indeed. The spartan — yet purposeful — interior made the Elise a car that was modern in execution but vintage in feel. In 2010, we found a 2006 model with about 12,000 miles on it in Michigan in the color we wanted: yellow. We paid $29,000 for it. During the next three years, we drove the Elise on several five-day, 1,000-mile rallies, and it was always a delight. One memorable moment was when we hit a large pile of fresh-from-the-source cow manure at high speed — and promptly slathered the sides of the car with stinky brown stuff. Luckily, a nearby high school was having a car wash, and the kids held their noses while they wiped the car clean. The Elise became my daugher Alexandra’s favorite car. It fit her well — a diminutive machine for a petite driver. When she took it out, people assumed it was a Ferrari or a Lamborghini because of its exotic appearance — and she didn’t do anything to dissuade them. She went to a driving school at Portland International Raceway in it, and her lap times were more than respectable. In May of 2013, I got a call from someone looking for an Elise. At that time, the SCM bank account was stressed from the ever-accelerating costs of restoring our 1958 Giulietta Sprint Veloce — a car that “needed nothing” when I bought it. Well, $50,000 later, it was actually road ready. So I decided to turn the Lotus into cash. $28,000 was the sale price. When I told Alex, she was crestfallen. “You sold MY car, Dad,” she said. Telling her she could drive our Isetta anytime she wanted to didn’t seem to mollify her. Three years passed. I had our 2001 911 Twin Turbo out for a drive, and stopped by Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo in Wilsonville, OR. My good friend and the former GM Art Smith was there, and he greeted me by saying, “Don’t you miss your Elise? Come look at what we have.” 18 They had just taken in a blue 2005 model. As I sat in it, memories of our yellow one came flooding back. My love of driving has always centered on small-engined cars that handled well, and the Lotus would have to be at the top of that list. I baited my own hook by contacting Doug Jackson, the head of the Evergreen Lotus Car Club, and asking him if he knew of any Elises for sale. He found a couple, but they weren’t in color combinations that appealed to me. So I emailed the man who had bought the car from me. He responded and said he had driven the car less than 1,000 miles in three years, and it was still in perfect condition. I offered him $32,000 for it, which reflected the increasing values of these cars. He graciously accepted, and we have the title in hand. When I mentioned to Alex that her Elise was coming home, she was ecstatic. When I followed up by saying that we should really sell the Turbo to make room for it, she became very stern with me. “Dad, why do we have to choose? They’re very different cars, and we NEED them both,” she said. I confess that having a daughter who is a sports-car-buying enabler is a huge plus. All gearheads always look for reasons to buy another car, and making a daughter happy ranks right up there with “I’ve never owned a red one” and “Everyone else has one, why don’t we?” I have missed the Elise. On two-lane roads, when you hit 5,000 rpm and the variable cam timing kicks in, it accelerates like a spooked cat. I’m used to cars with limited luggage space, so I could always get what I needed into the car. Its functional air conditioning was an unexpected treat. Having four airbags was a safety feature that none of my vintage sports cars has. You might well ask, why, with all the sports cars in the world to choose from, would I buy a model I have already experienced? As I become more thoughtful in my collecting, I am ever more ap- preciative of the cars within my budget that offer unique and exhilarating driving experiences. The Elise is simply a one-of-a-kind vehicle, and it’s unlikely there will ever be anything quite like it built again. Welcome home, little Lotus. Alex has your former slot in the garage ready for your return. It’s next to the Turbo — which we still have, of course. Why should we have to choose? ♦ Sports Car Market Chester Allen


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1964 Pontiac GTO with 4-speed, a/c and dealer-installed 428-ci V8, at Mecum Denver Coys — Blenheim Palace Where: Woodstock, U.K. When: July 2 More: www.coys.co.uk Silver — Jackson Hole 2016 Where: Jackson Hole, WY When: July 2–3 Last year: 39/96 cars sold / $461,007 More: www.silverauctions.com Mecum — Denver 2016 Where: Denver, CO When: July 8–9 Last year: 397/602 cars sold / $11,941,680 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1964 Pontiac GTO, with 4-speed, a/c and dealer-installed 428-ci V8 • 1969 Chevrolet Nova, with big-block 396 and Tremec 5-speed • 1948 DeSoto Custom club coupe More: www.mecum.com Smith’s — Paducah Summer Collector Car Auction Where: Paducah, KY When: July 8–9 More: www.smithsauctioncompany.com Artcurial — Le Mans Classic 2016 Where: Le Mans, FRA When: July 9 More: www.artcurial.com H&H — Chateau Impney Where: Worcestershire, U.K. When: July 9 More: www.classic-auctions.com Silver — Spokane 2016 Where: Spokane, WA When: July 9 Last year: 26/79 cars sold / $126,347 Featured car: • 1970 Ford F-150 More: www.silverauctions.com 22 Auction Calendar Email auction info to: chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com. JUNE 4—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 4—DRAGONE Westport, CT 4—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Chattanooga, TN 4—SILVER Williston, ND 5—BONHAMS Greenwich, CT 10–12—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 10–12—RUSSO AND STEELE Newport Beach, CA 11—THE FINEST Hershey, PA 11—VANDERBRINK Sibley, IA 17–18—RALEIGH CLASSIC Raleigh, NC 17–18—MECUM Portland, OR 17–19—ELECTRIC GARAGE Calgary, AB, CAN 18—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 18—CCA Silverstone, U.K. 18—MOTOSTALGIA Indianapolis, IN 18—SILVER Coeur d’Alene, ID 23—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 23–25—BARRETTJACKSON Uncasville, CT 24—BONHAMS Chichester, U.K. 25—BARONS Stamford, U.K. 25—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Murfreesboro, TN 25—VANDERBRINK Brandon, SD 25–26—AUCTIONS AMERICA Santa Monica, CA JULY 2—COYS Woodstock, U.K. 2–3—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 8–9—MECUM Denver, CO 9—ARTCURIAL Le Mans, FRA 9—CCP Chatham, ON, CAN 9—SILVER Spokane, WA Sports Car Market 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. 9—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 9—VICARI New Orleans, LA 10—H&H Worcestershire, U.K. 12—BARONS Suffolk, U.K. 13—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, U.K. 16—VANDERBRINK Chatfield, MN 21–23—MECUM Harrisburg, PA 23—VANDERBRINK Lester, IA 28–30—GAA Greensboro, NC 28—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. 28—H&H Buxton, U.K. 30—RM SOTHEBY’S Plymouth, MI 30—VANDERBRINK Edgemont, SD 30–31—SILVERSTONE Northamptonshire, U.K. AUGUST 4–6—MAG AUCTIONS Reno, NV 6—VANDERBRINK Wells, MN 6—COYS Juchen, DEU 13—BARONS Surrey, U.K. 13—SOUTHERN CLASSIC Jeffersonville, IN 13—SILVER Shelton, WA 13—VANDERBRINK Hudson, WI 18–20—MECUM Monterey, CA 18–22—RICK COLE Monterey, CA 19—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 18–20—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 19–20—RM SOTHEBY’S Monterey, CA 20–21—GOODING & CO. Pebble Beach, CA 20—VANDERBRINK Marne, IA 27—ACA King’s Lynn, U.K. 29–30—LUCKY Tacoma, WA


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Crossing the Block Chad Tyson Images courtesy of the respective auction companies unless otherwise noted Star Car: 1970 Shelby GT500 fastback at Mecum in Harrisburg, PA Petersen — Graffiti Weekend 2016 Where: Roseburg, OR When: July 9 Featured cars: • 1980 Mercedes-Benz 450SL • 1932 Chevrolet Confederate sedan More: www.petersencollectorcars.com Vicari — New Orleans 2016 Where: New Orleans, LA When: July 9 More: www.vicariauction.com Barons — Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection Where: Suffolk, U.K. When: July 12 More: www.barons-auctions.com Brightwells — Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles Where: Herefordshire, U.K. When: July 13 More: www.brightwells.com VanDerBrink — Wes Anderson Estate Auction Where: Chatfield, MN When: July 15–16 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Mecum — Harrisburg 2016 Where: Harrisburg, PA When: July 21–24 Last year: 763/1,294 car sold / $20,073,306 Star Car: 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster at GAA in Greensboro, NC Featured cars: • Star Car: 1970 Shelby GT500 fastback, with original 428 Super Cobra Jet V8 and one of 104 equipped with Drag Pack • 1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS, with 4-speed and recent restoration • 1960 Oldsmobile 98 convertible, with air-ride suspension and cosmetic customization More: www.mecum.com VanDerBrink — The Ageson Collection Where: Lester, IA When: July 23 Featured car: • 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, with 41,101 original miles More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com H&H — Donington Park Where: Derbyshire, U.K. When: July 28 More: www.classic-auctions.com Silverstone — Classic Race Car Sale Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 28 More: www.silverstoneauctions.com GAA — Greensboro 2016 Where: Greensboro, NC When: July 28–30 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1956 Porsche 356A Speedster • 1996 Porsche 911 • 1967 Shelby Cobra CSX3302 More: www.gaaclassiccars.com RM Sotheby’s — Motor City Where: Plymouth, MI When: July 30 Last year: 62/78 cars sold / $7,402,450 Featured cars: • Star Car: 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, with all service records and just two former owners • 1933 Packard Twelve coupe roadster, possibly the last 1933 Packard coupe roadster produced • 1929 Duesenberg Model J disappearingtop convertible coupe by Murphy More: www.rmsothebys.com VanDerBrink — Black Hills Antique Auto Auction Where: Rapid City, SD When: July 30 More: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com Silverstone — The Silverstone Classic 2016 Where: Northamptonshire, U.K. When: July 30–31 Last year: 86/123 car sold / $7,753,105 More: www.silverstoneauctions.com ♦ Star Car: Two-owner 1986 Ferrari Testarossa at RM Sotheby’s in Plymouth, MI 24 Sports Car Market


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Concours and Events SCM Staff Send news and event listings to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Three Hundred Cars Amid the Trees SCM luminaries — and German cars — light up this year’s Forest Grove Concours d’Elegance. Miles Collier, a regular “Collecting Thoughts” writer — and world-class collector — will serve as Senior Judge. Publisher Martin and SCM Columnist Donald Osborne return as emcees. The picturesque, tree-shaded lawns of Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR, will host more than 300 sports and classic cars on July 17. The special classes for this year’s show are Porsche Street and Competition Cars, 100 Years of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen. This year’s concours honors Monte Shelton, a longtime Portland, OR, car dealer, racer and car collector. Advance tickets for adults are $17, and children younger than 13 are admitted free. For more information, visit www.forestgroveconcours.org (OR) See Cars Sparkle at Crystal Springs The Hillsborough Concours, one of the Bay Area’s top car events, rolls beautiful cars onto the gorgeous fairways of the Crystal Springs Golf Course in Burlingame on July 17. Admission is $25 for adults; children younger than 13 are admitted free of charge. www.hillsboroughconcours.org. (CA) JULY CALENDAR 8–10 Le Mans Classic, Le Mans, FRA; www.lemansclassic.com 8–10 Portland Vintage Racing Festival, Portland, OR; www.portlandraceway.com 23–24 Misselwood Concours d’Elegance, Beverly, MA; www.endicott.edu/ concours 30 Concours d’LeMons Michigan, The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI; www. concoursdlemons.com Chrysler to Star at Keeneland Concours The Keeneland Concours d’Elegance glides onto the elegant Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY, on July 16, and Chrysler automobiles are the headliners. Featured Chrysler classes include “Racing Winged Daytonas and Superbirds,” “Chrysler Pre-1970,” “Chrysler Post-1970” and “Chrysler 300 Letter Cars.” Other classes include “Future Classics: 2014 to Present,” “Sports Classics” and “Hollywood Cars.” The weekend starts on July 14 with a Bourbon Tour. July 15 brings the Hangar Bash Cocktail Party, and the concours is on July 16. Admission is $20 at the gate, and children younger than 12 are admitted for free. www.keenelandconcours.com (KY) Concours Will Recognize Meguiar as “Enthusiast of the Year” The handsome grounds of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI, will welcome the 38th Annual Concours d’Elegance of America from July 29 to 31. The concours will honor Barry Meguiar with the “Enthusiast of the Year” award. Featured classes include “Insider’s Look at Detroit: 1946–1975 The Designers,” “Body by Dietrich,” “110 Years of Lancia” and “The Evolution of the Fastback.” Weekend events include a motoring tour, a Saturday Cars & Coffee, and a gala Saturday night party. Ev- erything leads up to the Concours d’Elegance of America on Sunday, July 31. Publisher Martin returns as the emcee. www.concoursusa.org (MI) 26 Errata The next Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is scheduled for March 10–12, 2017. A story about the 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in the June issue provided the incorrect date for the 2017 event. Sports Car Market


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Art on Wheels Museum Openings and Exhibits Send announcements to insideline@sportscarmarket.com Gilmore Car Museum Celebrates 50 Years The Gilmore Car Museum opened in 1966, and it’s now one of the largest and most respected car museums in the United States. The museum, now housing more than 500 cars, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and a special exhibit of founder Donald Gilmore’s first collector cars is taking center stage. The museum is at 6865 W. Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060. The museum’s 90-acre campus is midway between Detroit and Chicago on Interstate 94. The entire museum and grounds are open through November 30. The main building is open year-round — except on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $13 for adults, $10 for ages 7 to 17 and free for younger children and active-duty military. 100 Masterpieces at BMW Welt BMW is 100 years old this year, and the world-famous BMW Museum selected masterpieces — many of them cars and motorcycles — that tell the marque’s storied history. Most of the masterpieces are on dis- play on five platforms in the Museum Bowl, and the stories of BMW workers, innovations and racing milestones are scattered among the cars, motorcycles and airplane engines. BMW Welt and the BMW Museum are stunning buildings in their own right. The BMW Werk factory is located nearby. The exhibition is open through March 9, 2017, at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany. Admission is free. For more information, visit www.bmw-welt.com. AACA Library’s Life of O’Reilly The Antique Auto- mobile Club of America Library & Research Center in Hershey, PA, recently unloaded a 54foot trailer crammed with Don O’Reilly’s car literature, films and ephemera. O’Reilly, the former publisher of Speed Age, was a pivotal figure in writing about car racing — especially NASCAR — and he saved just about every magazine, photograph, document and other ephemera from his long career. The Don O’Reilly Collection will be archived, digitized and cata- loged for historians and car fans. The AACA Library and Research Center is free to all, and it includes more than 1,250,000 items. The libarary is at 501 W. Governor Ave., Hershey, PA 17033 Visit www. aacalibrary.org for more information. 28 Blackhawk’s Field Trip to Pebble Beach Do you love the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance but hate the parking, traffic and high cost of a hotel room during Monterey Car Week? There is an- other way. The Black- hawk Museum is putting together its Second Annual Road Trip to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21. The day trip includes a round-trip ride on a VIP motor coach from the Blackhawk Museum in Danville, CA, to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a Pebble Beach program and poster and admission to the concours. The day trip costs $425 if you’re a museum member, and it’s $475 for all others. For more information, visit www.blackhawkmuseum.org or send an email to pbroadtrip@blackhawkmuseum.org. Sports Car Market Courtesy of AACA Library & Research Center Courtesy of Gilmore Car Museum Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours


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Sports Car Market EDITORIAL Publisher Keith Martin keith.martin@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 210 Executive Editor Chester Allen chester.allen@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 203 Art Director David Tomaro david.tomaro@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 202 Managing Editor Jim Pickering jim.pickering@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 208 Digital Media / Art Director Jeff Stites jeff.stites@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 221 Auction Editor Chad Tyson chad.tyson@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 207 Data Specialist Chad Taylor chad.taylor@sportscarmarket.com; 503.261.0555 x 206 Editors at Large Colin Comer , Simon Kidston, Donald Osborne Copy Editors Yael Abel, David Tomaro Senior Auction Analysts B. 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Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 FedEx/DHL/UPS 401 NE 19th Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 The information in Sports Car Market magazine is compiled from a variety of reliable sources. However, we disclaim and deny any responsibility or liability for the timeliness, use, interpretation, accuracy, and completeness of the information presented. All material, data, formats and intellectual concepts in this issue © 2016 by Sports Car Market, Inc., Automotive Investor Media Group and Automotive Investor in this format and any other used by Sports Car Market magazine. Copyright registered with the United States copyright office. Canada Post Publication Agreement #41578525 PRINTED IN USA SCM Contributors DAVID COOPER, SCM Contributor, in 1989 founded Cooper Technica Inc., a restoration shop specializing in European cars of the 1930s and 1940s in the tradition of fine artisans and Old World craftsmanship. He personally oversees all aspects of historical and provenance research, restoration and assembly in his workshops in Chicago and Lyon, France. He is a third-generation trained fabricator, machinist and engine builder. He apprenticed under a master craftsman for 11 years after a decade in engineering, machinery design and marketing for automotive, furniture and military applications. He is a historian, lecturer, writer, radio guest and consultant to museums, collectors and investors. He judges at concours all over the world. Turn to p. 46 for his first Restoration column. 30 JACK TOCKSTON, SCM Senior Auction Analyst and Contributor, started writing “Riding the Rods,” a column about cars, at age 15, for a monthly youthcenter newsletter. At 16, his first car was a 1951 Ford Country Club coupe he personally modified into a trophy-winning mild custom for shows and drag racing. For over 20 years, he has been associated with the Society of Vintage Race Enthusiasts as a racer and volunteer. Jack is a retired Air Force officer who has held managerial positions in Fiat, Ford and Mercedes-Benz dealerships. He’s also hands-on experienced in restorations and appraisals, and participated in collector car auctions for four decades. His wife, Judi, has endured his encyclopedic car comments for more than 50 years. Turn to the English Profile on p. 64 for his thoughts on a 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 roadster. B. MITCHELL CARLSON, SCM Senior Auction Analyst, wrote his first auction report for Old Cars Weekly in 1990 and has contributed colorful commentary to Sports Car Market since 1998. His work appears regularly in Kelley Blue Book and in a handful of marque-specific publications. Carlson shuns what he calls “single-marque tunnel vision” and takes great pride in his “vehicular diversity,” which basically means Corvairs, Packard Eights, BMW 2800s, and a Whizzer motorbike. He attends about two dozen auctions a year. 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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 One reason was that the slats provided additional side/door impact crash protection We LOVE this guy, but still no free sub… To the Editor: One of the few compensations for having to work an overnight shift is coming home and enjoying the new issue of SCM at my leisure the following day. The latest, May 2016, is particularly full of very enjoyable articles. So much so that it’s taking me hours to get through it, which is all to the good. I also note, to my delight, no less than THREE large advertisements where the halo car is a Mercedes 3.5 cabriolet, one of my favorite automobiles. Although, to be fair, one ad is for car care products; the fact that they picked this car says something about how it is now regarded. I was fortunate enough to acquire one some years back, and they really do live up to their reputation as elegant and timeless classics that are also fully usable in modern traffic, which, around here, moves at about onetenth the speed of which they are capable. Many modern blogs, publica- tions, etc., talk about being a community. SCM and its subscribers 34 and supporters really ARE a community — perhaps a community of like-minded lunatics, but we are mainly a harmless* bunch, and we do have a good time while preserving some very significant artifacts of engineering and artistic expression and genius for future generations. Thanks to you for your matchless contribution to the motoring pleasure of all. — Jim Rosenthal, M.D., Annapolis, MD * Perhaps “mostly harmless” is more accurate. Executive Editor Chester Allen responds: Jim, thanks for your inspiring note. SCM strives to reduce workplace productivity for all gearheads, so I was sorry to hear that you wait until you get home to read SCM. Then again, perhaps that’s for the best. Toly is NOT a wuss To the Editor: So I’m skimming through the May issue — it’s such fun realizing there are so many, many cars I don’t want — and I see in your pages that at least a couple old cars have added POWER STEERING. (I don’t like all caps. but some things demand them.) Have we become this big a buncha wusses? If my 118-pound mother could simply have the power-steering cylinder on her ’54 Packard Caribbean disconnected when the system blew a hose — while running 8.20-by-15-inch bias-ply tires, surely the ladies and gentlemen of today can manage to drive cars whose ads never mentioned a “116-pound, 9 main bearing crank,” even if it were “polished in powdered walnut shells.” One used to be able to order cars without power steering — and even specify the fast-ratio steering box. I had a ’67 442 ordered that way, and a ’68 Dart 383 GTS like that, too. But GM eventually doubted its customers’ muscles: There was no such option on a non-power-steering ’71 454 Chevelle convertible. — Toly Arutunoff, Tulsa, OK Not just a cheese grater To the Editor: Regarding Robert Cumberford’s comments on the “still not very gracious” cheesegrater treatment on the side of the Testarossa (May 2016, p. 74), the slats were used for two reasons: Berlinetta Motorcars did EPA/DOT conversions of many Euro-spec Ferraris to U.S. specs. One reason was that the slats provided additional side/ door impact crash protection. The other reason was that the slats provided laminar airflow for cooling air to the radiators, which are in the rear sides of the car as opposed to the Boxers and 308s, etc….The laminar air flow from the slats was more efficient than just the open scoop to the radiator(s). — Doug Pirrone, President, Berlinetta Motorcars The thinking behind the rating To the Editor: I saw Cody Tayloe’s comment on the purchase price of the 1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS coupe at the Bonhams auction in Scottsdale (April 2016, “Bonhams — The Scottsdale Auction,” p. 146). If you look at the Hagerty valuation tools, the hammer price is right on their valuation. Why was he so critical? — Scott Cielewich, via email Sports Car Market Christian Martin, courtesy of Artcurial Motorcars


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................................................ 35 Symbolic International ............................................ 19 The Finest Automobile Auctions........................... 6–7 The Stable, Ltd. ....................................................... 89 The Werk Shop ...................................................... 168 Tony Labella Classic Cars ..................................... 169 Unit 56 ..................................................................... 60 Velocity Channel ..................................................... 32 Vintage Car Law .................................................... 135 Vintage Motors of Sarasota ..................................... 97 Vintage Rallies ....................................................... 133 VintageAutoPosters.com ....................................... 160 Watchworks ........................................................... 160 Welsh Enterprises, Inc. .......................................... 139 West Coast Classics, LLC ..................................... 147 Woodside Credit .................................................... 173 36 You Write We Read We have witnessed crazy numbers on nearly everything that wears a Porsche badge, and a rare car like this should be no exception Cody Tayloe responds: Hi, Scott! Thank you for your inquiry into my analysis and market evaluation on Bonhams’ Lot 28, a 1962 Porsche 356B Carrera 2 GS coupe. I did think the final price was a little light for multiple reasons. First, we have witnessed crazy numbers on nearly everything that wears a Porsche badge, and a rare car like this should be no exception. The consignment team at Bonhams is very bright, and their catalog estimates are usually marketcorrect and not over-inflated, but, at the end of the day, it is an auction and anything can happen. Personally, I expected the hammer price to be on the higher side — but within the range of the realistic auction estimate. Second, this car was excep- tional and certainly worthy of the 1- condition rating. Aside from a few noted flaws, the car is better than it was when it left the factory. While Hagerty is an excellent and reliable resource, almost any published or online market evaluator inherently lags slightly behind the actual mar- ket. It just takes time for editors to collect and analyze data and disseminate it to the public. Auction sales set the market in real time when the hammer falls. In a Porsche market that has been marching forward, I would expect a car like this to set the market slightly above the Hagerty estimate. Please also consider the Hagerty estimate that you are citing is an “average.” Again, the car is well above average. As of March 2016, even a Condition 2 car on the Hagerty evaluator is $760k, and a Condition 1 is pushing $1 million. Finally, we witnessed the sale of a 1962 356B Carrera 2 at RM Sotheby’s London sale in September 2015 (SCM# 266918). That car was a Condition 2, and it sold at $622k after commissions. The example at Bonhams was a far better car with fewer notable flaws for a mere $5,000 more. As I mentioned in my intro- ductory report, nearly 20% of the Bonhams offerings at this sale were Porsches. At the SCM Scottsdale Insider’s Seminar, it was noted that the auction tents throughout Scottsdale would be pretty empty if it wasn’t for Porsches this year. I think many of the Bonhams Porsche values were reflective of abundance — and possibly overabundance — of supply, coupled with overall soft selling prices that were widespread throughout Scottsdale. It was a buyer’s market, and this one was among the many considered well bought. Thank you again for your inquiry, and I always invite my readers to challenge the condition evaluation and market valuation processes. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, and I certainly appreciate your continued readership and request for clarification. Scott Cielewich responds: Cody, thank you for your prompt and detailed response. I misinterpreted the last sentence of the review to mean the estimate of the value (Bonhams’ estimate) was inflated rather than the price was below market. 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Time Pieces by Alex Hofberg One of the hottest segments of wrist- watch collecting has been — and may always be — chronographs. The display of technical complexity — a dial festooned with scales and registers — is appealing. Adding in the romance of the racers, pilots and adventurers who wear chronographs has led to a superheated marketplace. Collectors and enthusiasts gobble up nearly anything that looks complicated. Another hot segment of the wristwatch collecting market is — and may always be — Rolex. Rolex watches, specifically steel sport models, are the hottest ticket in the industry. Combine Rolex and chronometer and — presto — you get some of the most desirable watches ever made. In the early 1930s, just as wristwatches were gaining popularity with men who traditionally carried pocket watches, manufacturers began to experiment with watches that included stopwatch features. Early examples proved popular, and a new era of sporting and sci- entific watches developed. One of the market leaders, Rolex, touted one of their competitive differentiations — the sealed Oyster case, which protected the movement to a level unheard of in the industry at the time. Until recently, Rolex did not produce the movements in their chronographs. Rolex opted to buy movements modified to their specifications. The specialty firm Valjoux further finished the movements to suit Rolex’s specifications. Although it was not Rolex’s first Details Production date: 1953 Best place to wear one: This watch is a personal pleasure, as it is quietly and obscenely valuable, but most won’t notice it. Wear it while enjoying a fine Pinot or a cigar Expect to pay: About $35,000 Ratings ( is best): Rarity: Durability: Parts/service availability: Cool factor: Neat Stuff by Jim Pickering A Hook Where You Need It Old trucks don’t always have a lot of tie-down points, so securing the stuff you haul can be tough. These add-on tiedown anchors from Lee Valley solve the problem. Just slide one onto your bed side rail, tighten down the screw, and you’ve ot an anchor oint good for 600 pounds of ull. Each s made f PVCoated eel with a d mount- , so they’ll last. A pair is $9.95 from www. leevalley.com. 38 chronograph, the pictured steel chronograph — known as Reference 6034 — is one of the earliest to feature a third subsidiary dial. This dial (Valjoux model 72) added the 6 o’clock register that counts hours of elapsed chronograph rotations. Eric Clapton owned a Reference 6034 made of rose gold. LeRoy The Rolex Reference Oyster Chronograph Cashes in on Complication Neumayer, who, in 1953, broke the landspeed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats while clocking 233 mph, also owned one. The condition, originality, beauty and complexity of the dial have a huge impact on the value of a Rolex chronograph. In this case, the dial and hands are completely original and in good condition with even patina. The red and blue telemeter and tachymeter scales increase value. Not all 6034 dials would have the same characteristics, as there are quite a few variations. Another factor is the word “Antimagnetic” curving above the register. Some Rolex models do not bear the word, and some are printed in a straight line. This example reads: “Swiss Made” in tiny lettering at the outer edge, below 6 o’clock, while other examples only read “Swiss.” Refinished dials will often not have printing in that spot. These details, and the quality of the lettering and numbering of the scales, are critical to determine authenticity. Another interesting detail of this watch, and other Oyster models made in the same period, is the use of the “Super Oyster” crown on the side of the case. Rolex, long known for their highly water-resistant watches, em- ployed a crown capable of threading down tightly to the case body. In the early 1950s, Rolex began producing a crown that did not lock down. Instead, it closes on a gasket — in a manner similar to other brands. These watches were marked “Super Oyster – Rolex” on the flat of the crown. Rolex tried to convince themselves — and the public — that their watches were suitably sealed against moisture. Regrettably, the watches were not sealed to Rolex standard, and the project was abandoned. Collectors seem to accept either version of the watch, and some view the “Super Oyster” as less likely to be a counterfeit because it is more obscure. The Rolex 6034 is a prime example of the rarified world of over- valued collectibles that prove to be blue-chip investments. When new in 1953, it might have had a retail price of roughly $350. Sixty years later, that same watch is worth roughly 100 times that, or $35,000. Best-Bet Cassette This Bluetooth tape beams music straight from your smartphone into your original tape deck-equipped car stereo. It also features a built-in microphone, so you can use it to make and receive hands-free calls, too. No need to scrounge for vintage tapes or upgrade your head unit — now you can stream your music and keep those original looks. $39.99 from www.thinkgeek.com ♦ Sports Car Market


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In Miniature by Marshall Buck 1985 Porsche 911 SC/RS Group 4 Rothmans The 1985 Porsche 911 SC/RS Group 4 Rothmans cars are ultra-rare, and they’re on my dream list. Twenty “evolution” cars in total were produced for FISA homologation requirements. They were born from the need to provide Rothmans with an almost immediate Group 4 rally car, and Prodrive developed and ran five Group 4 rally cars under the Rothmans banner. They had respectable finishes for rear-wheel-drive cars, but they were no match for the all-wheel-drive cars of their competitors. That said, I still wouldn’t kick any of these 911s out of my garage! Here we have a fairly recent release (late last year) from OttOmobile — a prolific specialist model manufacturer of 1:18- and 1:12-scale curbside (no opening panels) resin models. OttO releases many editions each year. Some are racing cars, such as the wonderful 1:18 Porsche 911 SC/RS Group 4 Rothmans rally car. The version modeled is of the car that placed 3rd in the 1985 Tour de Corse — Rallye de France. These models from OttOmobile are mid-volume production runs. Depending on the model, they can run as low as a 1,000-piece edition to over 3,000 pieces. I guess it depends on how many they think will sell. The selling focus of OttOmobile is on Internet-only sales, and they pri- marily sell directly to collectors, which helps to keep their model prices extremely low (typically $70 to $80 each). Prices are also low because the models are made in China. Some dealers carry and sell OttO models, although their prices are higher than if purchased directly, and they all have very limited inventory. I can’t fault this model. It isn’t super-detailed, Model Details Production date: 2015 Quantity: 2,000 SCM five-star rating: Overall quality: Authenticity: Overall value: Web: www.otto-models.com but is very well detailed — more so than many other more-expensive models — and the overall fit and finish is superb. The body shape is spoton, and the application of the high-gloss paint and extensive decals is perfect. All of the Rothmans decals were put on after Speaking Volumes by Mark Wigginton The Man Who Saved The V-8 by Chase Morsey Jr., 142 pages, $9.99, Amazon We are all “the hero” when we tell stories about ourselves around a campfire or a nice corner table in a restaurant. It’s all about how we were able to put one over on someone, stop the forces of darkness or overcome obstacles on the way to triumphant success. It’s easy to sand out the rough edges, burnish the tale in the telling, and in that polishing make sure the blemishes are impossible to see. This is why reading The Man Who Saved The V-8 is such a treat — and an exercise in skepticism defeated. It isn’t quite an autobiography, although we learn about Chase Morsey’s early passion for cars — especially his first Ford V8. We also get a glimpse of his post-Ford career at the highest levels in corporate America. V-8 is really an extended telling of his pivotal moment in American car making. The book recounts Morsey’s accidently heroic fight in 1948 to keep Ford from making a huge mistake — killing the V8. Morsey was a newly minted junior executive when his boss handed him a thick book, The Forward Plan for the Ford Car, essentially a near-term planning bible — recently approved by Henry Ford II and created and supported by the “Whiz Kids,” including his former Army boss, Robert McNamara. Morsey was incredulous to find they were going to drop the V8. Using the statistical tools they had developed to fight World War II, they figured it would be more cost effective to simplify the product line and go to a straight-six engine for the entire Ford line up — from cars to trucks. 40 Morsey was horrified, as he was a real Ford man who spent so many days talking to people in gas stations on the road — people who always asked him about the V8 in his Ford. What follows is the tale of a brash young man tak- ing on the corporate culture, and in turn, changing it forever. Given 90 days to make his case, Morsey essentially creates the idea of market research at Ford, and in that act, saved the Ford brand, the V8 and changed how future cars were envisioned, created, manufactured and sold. It’s truly a historic tale: David in a new suit bat- tling the boardroom Goliaths. And in the telling, Morsey even leaves a few of his own blemishes intact. Provenance: Chase Morsey Jr. lived it and then wrote about it. Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be much disagreement among those who worked with him about his skills and the impact he had on Ford. Fit and finish: A thin, print-on-demand book from Amazon, it has a pleasant cover and simple typography. Drivability: This was an unexpected treat to read. Morsey, who died early this year at 96, turns out to be a clear, effortless author — in addition to his other many accomplishments. The story of the battle to save the V8 and Ford, and then the rest of his career, is a worthy way to spend an evening. ♦ Sports Car Market the model arrived at my workshop. Each model has an excellent information sheet that shows where to place each decal. One other separate part — easy to install — was the delicate roof-mounted antenna. When you see it, you will know why it was left for you to install. The wheels are great, and the front and rear are differ- ent — as they were on the car when raced. Peer through the spokes and you’ll see vented discs. All windows have printed matte-black frames, and the lensing for lights front and rear is the best and most accurate I’ve seen on any model in any scale. Although nothing opens, the stripped-down competition interior had much attention paid to it. Your eyes see a full roll cage, shifter, hand brake, mirror, detailed racing dash with gauges, excellent seats with white Sparco logos and yellow back shells. There are even separate red cloth five-point seatbelts with latches, buckles and yellow labels, as well as a tiny Porsche emblem on the steering-wheel center. Turn the model over to see the correct chassis shapes, detailing, and the bottom of the engine and exhaust system. This model is sold out at the factory, but it is available from model dealers and on eBay. I did a quick eBay search and found about 12 listings, with prices ranging from $115 to $180. That’s more expensive than the maker’s direct Internet price, but any price in that range is still a good value.


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Affordable Classic First-Gen Mini The Nouveau Mini is Rich in Fun These little cars are everywhere, they’re cheap and they’re fun to drive by Mark Wigginton Designed for fun handling, with room to go camping original Mini. After all, the first generation of the newly reimagined, redesigned and relaunched C Details Years produced: 2001–06 Current price range: $4,000–$6,000 Pros: Fun, fast, comfortable and eye-catching Cons: Expensive to fix, common as house cats Best place to drive one: That twisty road outside of town — if the paving is new Worst place to drive one: In the snow, even if there is a hint of snow — or even the memory of snow 44 BMW/Rover Mini, produced 42 years after the inarguably classic Mini, might be nothing more than a used car at this point. Worse than that, collecting this car might be akin to collecting beer cans — they are lying about everywhere and are the exact opposite of rare. On the other hand, the Mini has all the attributes of desirability as a potential classic: standout styling, sports car handling, and nice fit and finish. But don’t expect any love at a local Mini meet. There, the first-edition cars (“classic Mini” is the phrase used in the cloth-cap set) are the focus. The new iteration is often relegated to a coach-class section of the event, their poor owners disparaged as tasteless arrivistes. From the classic to the newbie The “classic Mini” was built from 1959 all the way through 2000, although it was hard to import to the U.S. after 1967. It went through six different models, with hundreds of variants. But the clock was ticking. Rover, then a vassal of BMW, started designing a new Mini platform in 1995. Rover imagined a replacement for the old design that was an economy car aimed at the same working-class market as the original. But BMW had other ideas — envisioning more of an entry-level sports coupe. Being the owner is always a great way to win an argument, and the resulting car was fast, handled well and enjoyed all of the upscale at- omedian Gilbert Gottfried asked, “Too soon?” after telling a 9/11 joke just weeks after the Twin Towers fell — and he heard boos instead of laughs. The first reaction to the notion of the “new” Mini being an Affordable Classic might well be a chorus of jeering “Too soon!” from owners of the tributes of a BMW. It wasn’t just Rover’s Mini concept that BMW dumped — it was Rover itself in the end. BMW shed the money-losing company in 2000. Designed for fun handling Designer Frank Stephenson is credited for the look of the new Mini, but much of the design concept owes a debt to the original Mini design by Alec Issigonis. The new car borrows the original envelope, with a wide track and long wheelbase for the size of the car. The wheels are pushed to the far corners. The wide stance and low center of gravity give you sharp turn-in and kart-like handling, while the interior is relatively spacious. The look of the new Mini is enhanced by the “invisible” B-pillars, which give the roof a nifty, floating look. Introduced in England in 2001 with three models (Mini One, Cooper and Cooper S), only the Cooper and Cooper S were imported to the U.S. market starting in early 2002. The John Cooper Works version followed quickly after. The Cooper name is synonymous with the racing heri- tage of the original Mini. John Cooper, whose rear-engined single-seaters changed the racing world, created the Mini Cooper S during the 1960s, and it became a rally winner and highly sought-after race car. BMW bought the rights to the Cooper name, and John Cooper himself was involved with the Rover/BMW designers. Sports Car Market


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The new Mini’s kit All the models from 2002 to 2006 came with the 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder motor designed by Chrysler and built in Brazil under the Tritec name (a joint BMW-Chrysler venture). The Cooper promises 115 horsepower, and the supercharged Cooper S weighs in at 163 horses. Don’t tell your friends, but the same basic motor powers the Dodge Neon and PT Cruisers of the era. Some things are best left unsaid. The gearbox on the Cooper was a Rover-based 5-speed, but the S came with either a 6-speed Getrag or a CVT automatic (which is a real deal breaker, as it was prone to failure with enough regularity to cause a class action lawsuit). The 2002–06 car is a 4-seater, but it’s more of a 2-crush-2 for most adults, and the back seat is a test of anyone’s potential claustrophobia. While the wide doors make access to the back easy, the combo lever that both flips the seat back forward and slides the whole seat forward as well only episodically remembers where it started the process. Supercharge the fun But you probably aren’t interested in hauling around a family anyway. You want the go-fast S version. Since the supercharger takes up space under the hood, the battery in the S moves the trunk, and the spare moves to Neverland — a can of green goo is your only option in case of a flat. Speaking of flats, the Cooper S came with 17-inch run-flats that turn the already stiff handling up to 11. Green goo and less-stiff sidewalls will make your life in a Cooper S much more pleasant. Lurking gremlins The handling is the big fun in owning a Mini. What isn’t so fun is trying to drive past the local mechanic’s shop. There is a long list of potential faults lurking in your used Mini — all of them expensive: • If you hear any timing chain rattle on start-up, run away. It isn’t called the death rattle without reason, and it was probably created by either running low on oil (the early Cooper S regularly uses oil, by design) or going too long between the suggested 5,000-mile oil changes. • Water pump failure is also pretty common, with 50,000 miles being a good over/ under bet, and the plastic thermostat housing is suspect as well. • The electric power-steering pumps are also failureprone, usually because of low fluid caused by leaking hoses, and BMW is quite proud of those hoses — if you get my drift. • Oh, and clutch failure is common, often the result of enthusiastic driving. • Did I mention the front strut towers sometimes fail? All this aside, if you have your eyes wide open and aren’t blinded by desire (looking at you, Alfa owners), the Mini can be a satisfying ride. Depreciation has ended And on a positive note, the first gen of the new Minis has depreciated about as much as they ever will. A 2002 Cooper S with 150,000 on the odo, in pristine shape, should go for less than $4,000, while a similarly equipped and well-loved 2006 would still only be around $6,000. Cut the mileage in half (or pick a John Cooper Works version) and plan to add back a couple of thousand. With prices pretty much akin to pocket lint, finding the right early Mini can be the key to some fun motoring, despite the fact they are now like noses on the road, with big ones and little ones everywhere you look. Just make sure you have a smart mechanic do a thorough pre-purchase inspection, as fixes are pricey. Bottom line is Minis are a giggle to drive, with plenty of room inside. They’re also inexpensive, and there are plenty of aftermarket options if you want to start adding speed gear. As far as “Affordable Classic,” well, the design is cer- tainly classic, and things don’t get much more affordable, so not “too soon” at all. ♦ July 2016 45


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Restoration Revelations David Cooper In the Garage Where the Ferrari Flew SCM’s new restoration columnist shares the story of how — and where — he started his own shop David Cooper and an iconic ’80s car-guy scene: the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California going airborne in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” imported to Great Britain before World War II. Lord Howe, a prominent enthusiast and racer, was the car’s first owner. I don’t know where Ben found the car, but I do know that Lord Howe found Ben. In Y a hand-written letter inviting him to visit, Howe recalled driving the BMW at 90 mph through a flying half-mile at Brooklands. Months later, Ben and Fran were in Lord Howe’s chauffeured Rolls-Royce on the way to his Penn House Estate in the Chilterns outside London. They drove past the main house to a separate building, where the family trophies were housed. Over tea, Lord Howe told racing stories, and explained that he always raced under number 30. He asked Ben to use this same race number on what he now considered to be “their” BMW. Who could refuse? Ben ordered number 30 decals. Two years later, in the carousel turn at Road America, Ben threw the rod, strewing parts and oil across the track. I watched the car return to the paddock on the back of the wrecker. Ben wanted to race it again. He knew I fabricated engine and mechanical parts for my Porsche race car — and parts for his Bugatti. He also knew that I had sold my company and was taking a break from precision machinery design. He asked me to restore the Lord Howe 328. As I had no workshop, Ben offered his garage for the restoration. Where a Ferrari flew The garage, or the “studio,” as Ben and Fran called it, was built to house their car collection. The steel- and glass-walled pavilion, perched over a deep ravine north of Chicago, was built in the style of Mies van der Rohe. It is probably the most famous garage ever — it’s the one where the Ferrari 250 GT shoots out the window in John Hughes’ movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” That garage is where I started my restoration business. The movie crew replaced floor-to-ceiling glass with breakaway glass designed to shatter explosively. They laid a track on the floor with a winch cable to yank the Ferrari, as it “fell” off the jack stands, through the window where it plummeted 60 feet to the bottom of the ravine. Cameras were everywhere. There was only one chance to catch this shot. Hughes created one of the most memorable car moments on film. The studio was not conducive for restoration projects. It floated in the treetops over the ravine. Just inches away, the squirrels and birds were fascinating — and distracting. Inside, electricity was limited, there was no air compressor, and the steel roof heated up and boomed intermittently like a giant steel drum. Ben wanted the place spotless for his frequent entertaining. He insisted that tools 46 Back in business: 1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328 Sports Car Market ou actually could put your fist through the gaping holes on either side of the engine block after my friend Ben Rose threw a rod in his 1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328. Frazer Nash BMWs were the right-hand-drive version of the BMW 328 and engine parts be stowed every evening in the Snap-On toolbox from the movie. In short, it was difficult to work on Lord Howe’s BMW there. But I loved it. Finding old iron In the studio, I studied the damage to the engine block, finding that some main bearing supports were destroyed. There were two choices: repair the block or find a replacement. Cast iron becomes more dense and stable as it ages. If I repaired the block by welding in new cast iron, I doubted it would be strong enough. We located a replacement BMW 328 engine block from a World War II water pump. As a stationary engine, it had no mounting brackets or provisions for a generator or starter. To adapt it for use in a car, I needed 1930s cast iron to make the missing parts. An obsolete cast-iron German printing press became the donor. Three months into the project, I bought a lathe and a mill, and opened a shop in Chicago. I machined the missing engine parts from what was left of the printing press. It took time, but Ben was back in Number 30 at the next vintage race at Road America. That famous Snap-On toolbox still sits in my shop today. ♦ © Paramount Pictures Corp. All Rights Reserved


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Legal Files John Draneas The Reincarnated Enzo The famous Enzo that broke in two during a 2006 crash is new again — and a great example of diminished value The aftermath in 2006. Does this mean it’s half price now? T here have been several stories too big to fit into one “Legal Files” column, but the biggest of them all is the 2004 Ferrari Enzo that Stefan Eriksson crashed into a power pole at 199 miles per hour on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA. That story was in “Legal Files” in September 2006 (p. 28) and October 2006 (p. 26), and it resurfaced in the March 2007 (p. 30) and November 2007 (p. 36) issues. Photographs of the crash scene were amazing: a red Enzo sitting in the middle of the road, split behind the passenger’s compartment into two pieces resting some 600 feet apart. A concrete power pole was broken in two, with the bottom half lying on the ground and the upper half suspended from the wiring. The Enzo’s engine, and numerous other pieces of the car, were scattered along the road for 1,200 feet. Standing in the middle of the carnage were two men: Bo Stefan Eriksson and Trevor Karney. As the story unfolded over the months and years, we learned that Eriksson had a substantial criminal background, reputedly as part of the Swedish mafia. Unpaid banks and creditors, unhappy investors, unsavory characters and defunct companies were all left in the carnage. The Enzo went back to the European bank that owned it, and Eriksson made a plea deal that netted him three years in prison, three years of parole, a fine, restitution and likely deportation. Now the Enzo has risen from the ashes. RM Sotheby’s sold the car in Paris on February 3, 2016, at a price of $1,734,436. Rising from demolition The Enzo had been completely rebuilt at the Ferrari factory’s Ferrari Technical Assistance Service. Amazingly, the car was restored to asnew condition with Ferrari Classiche certification. The auction catalog description explained that the Enzo had come to the United States, “where it was unfortunately damaged in a road accident” — perhaps a bit of an understatement. But RM Sotheby’s did an exemplary job of making the reconstruction clear by displaying the Ferrari Classiche binder, which explained that: • The original chassis (carbon fiber tub) was repaired in 2006 by Zanasi in Maranello. • The body is not original to the car, but is correct and was repaired by Zanasi in 2006. • The powertrain is original. As part of the process, the Enzo went through a color change from red to black (perhaps Resale Black has supplanted Resale Red). The Enzo also sports some special features installed during the restoration: satellite navigation, Bose stereo, back-up camera, power windows, and 48 Ten years later, better than new and sold at $1.7m a carbon-fiber rear spoiler with “Enzo Ferrari” script. With a clear title as well Interestingly, title passed by means of a clear, unbranded French title. A similar damage and repair history in the United States would usually result in a branded, or salvage, title. But we don’t know how that would play out in Europe, and we don’t know all the particulars about how the Enzo went from Eriksson to the factory restoration to the auction. We do know that in 2006, the Enzo went back to the European bank that owned it. Was it insured? If not, even in the United States, there may not be any mechanism to brand the title if ownership did not pass through an insurance company. If you wreck your car — and you pay a shop to repair it — the car is never “totaled,” and the title stays clean. The poster child for diminished value We have every reason to believe that this Enzo was in better-than- new condition, and the factory rebuilt it to the highest possible standards. It undoubtedly looks and drives like a brand-new car, except that the drivetrain has 2,500 km (1,553 miles) on it. It was well presented at a very well-attended auction by an extremely professional and capable auction company. Still, it sold at a very substantial discount from the value of an un- damaged Enzo. This Enzo may be the poster child for diminished value. I consulted SCM’s in-house valuation guru, Donald Osborne, ASA, who made a number of interesting comments: “Diminished value is definitely real, no matter what your insurance company wants you to think. You can find and buy near-perfect, neverdamaged Enzos. Why would you buy one that’s been damaged and repaired unless you saved some money on it? “Diminished value is not a single thing, and it differs depending upon a variety of factors. Chief among them are: • The nature of the car — a Toyota Camry takes less of a diminishedvalue hit than something like a Carrera GT (or an Enzo). Camry buyers generally don’t care as much. • The amount of the damage — the heavier the damage, the heavier the valuation hit. • Who made the repairs — a factory re-do takes less of a hit than a Jones Body Shop re-do. “Determining the amount of the diminished value requires that all pertinent factors be taken into consideration and properly weighed. You can’t just look at one of them or use a standard formula. “Totally original cars suffer the greatest diminished value. In many Sports Car Market www.wreckedexotics.com


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cases, the value of these cars is their originality, and that has been lost. That is why you seldom see diminished value in classic cars. Worst case is, they just get re-restored. “The factory restoration of this Enzo is a “betterment,” which actu- ally adds value. This Enzo is in better condition that it was before the crash, as everything has been fixed and the factory can actually build a better car now than it could in 2004. “It’s hard to say, but the notoriety that will stay with this particular car, based upon its former owner and his and its history, may always be a valuation negative.” Osborne concluded that, at the roughly $1.7 million sale price, this particular Enzo was discounted by about 40% compared to the roughly $2.7 million that an undamaged version would be expected to sell for. That’s a very strong discount, especially after considering the factory betterment. Calculating the discount isn’t all that easy here because of one other factor. Osborne explained that, generally, the value of a car declines with the number of owners. The fewer owners, the better A 1,553-mile, near-perfect, one-owner Enzo would push $3 million in value today. A two-owner version of the same car would probably bring around $2.7 million. A three- or four-owner version starts to approach $2 million. Thus, the greater the number of previous owners, the lower the value, and the diminishment of value becomes smaller. It isn’t clear how many owners this Enzo has had. We don’t know if Eriksson was the first owner, but that seems doubtful. Did he even count as an owner, or did the bank own the car all along? Does the bank even count as an owner? The bank probably didn’t have the car repaired, and it probably sold the Enzo to someone else before the restoration began. The Enzo was reconstructed in 2006 — how many owners has it had since? But even with these uncertainties, this Enzo does seem to set a standard for diminished value. Negotiating with an insurance company Let’s take a more mundane illustration of this concept. Recently, my wife and her dog were sitting at a red light in their six-month-old, 7,000-mile Dodge Grand Caravan. A trailer missed the turn and destroyed the left front of the van. The driver’s insurance company admitted responsibility and promptly paid about $9,000 to a very capable local repair shop to make the van “as good as new.” The adjuster got a little less friendly when I started talking about di- minished value, and he told me he needed some sort of documentation. The Ron Tonkin Dodge manager gave me an ambitious pre-loss value estimate of about $27,000. SCMer Matt Crandall, owner of Speed Sports Inc., gave me an opinion that the value was diminished by 30%, pointing out that they have a hard time getting customers to even consider a used car that doesn’t have a clean CARFAX report. The adjuster responded with a $35 “diminished value report” from an outside vendor, who fed the repair estimate and the details about the van into its proprietary computer program. The program calculated a diminished value of $2,340, which it quickly doubled due to the excellent condition of the van. I pointed out that anything that needed to be doubled in order to keep a straight face was obviously garbage. The adjuster disagreed. I responded by retaining a local appraiser — one who does a lot of work for insurance companies. The local appraiser calculated a 25% diminished value off a $25,500 value. A couple more times back and forth, a litigation threat, and a suggestion we just round it off resulted in a $6,000 settlement. That’s less than the actual value loss, but we aren’t selling the van. As time goes by, the value loss will diminish as a percentage of the depreciated value, and my wife can actually come out ahead. Now, if I can just keep her and her dog from noticing that Dodge is redesigning their vans… ♦ JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney in Oregon. His comments are general in nature and are not intended to substitute for consultation with an attorney. He can be reached through www.draneaslaw.com. July 2016 49


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Unconventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Looking Past the Obvious Exploring beyond the blue-chip cars can revea the true soul of a famous marque M ost rational enthusiasts can agree on a manufacturer’s masterpieces — those obvious choices when choosing a collector car. Many of those choices make up the so-called “blue chip” list of collectible cars — and for a very good reason. The key attributes that contribute to their historical importance also help maintain long-term value in the marketplace. These blue-chippers can also become the unimaginative default selection for the less- than-curious collector. Why not look a bit deeper to bring a bit more character to your garage? A non-conventional choice might connect you more closely with the true soul of a marque. Porsche is a good place to start, as everyone can agree that just about any model of the 356 or 911 would be an easy choice for a collector. The 356 and the first 10 years of the 911 brought us the cars that established and expanded Porsche’s reputation for robust — yet lightweight — sports cars that were at home on a mountain road and a racetrack. Why not a 914? The Porsche 914 is a terrific vehicle; simple, well detailed, beautifully balanced, care- fully built and possessing adequate power with its 1.7-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s a wellpowered car with its 2.0-liter 4-banger, and it’s delightful with the 2.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine. On the debit side for many was the fact that it was also in part the successor to the VW Karmann Ghia and sold in Europe with “VW-Porsche” badges. That the original 356 could have been thusly badged as well apparently makes little difference. I would argue that the 914 is closer to the philosophies that established the reputation and spirit of Porsche than some of the far heavier, larger and more powerful cars with “pure” Zuffenhausen bloodlines. Before dismissing the 914 out of hand, actually take the time to drive one. And since we all know we should buy cars because of what they do for us — rather than our friends — you can safely ignore the badge snobs who might look down their noses at you. Alfa Romeo’s 2600 It’s also interesting to consider Alfa Romeo. The company that Nicola Romeo founded in 1910 built large, expensive cars for an exclusive clientele up to and during World War II and in the immediate years afterwards. In 1950, the first step into the mass market was made with the introduction of the 1900, a unit-bodied sedan powered with the smallest 4-cylinder engine Alfa had ever built. Most people know only the cars of the Alfa Romeo of the mid-1950s: the brilliant Giulietta, the Giulia that followed in the 1960s and the wonderful sporting variants thereof. These nimble, light and responsive cars were built with all the inherent quality of design and finish that had been the hallmark of Alfa Romeo in its first 40 years. But grand tourers they are not. Alfa didn’t stop building “big” luxury cars for long. The 1959 successor to the 1900, the 2000, begat the 2600 in 1962. These all-but-forgotten cars were available in four styles — all updates of those created for the 2000. The 2600’s styles were: • A 4-door sedan in the serious, sober and square Alfa manner • A smooth, elegant Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed 2+2 grand touring coupe — the Sprint built by Bertone Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent tional Wisdom Donald Osborne Looking Past the Obvious Exploring beyond the blue-chip cars can revea the true soul of a famous nventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Looking Past the Obvious Exploring beyond the blue-chip cars can revea the true soul of a famous marque M ost rational enthusiasts can agree on a manufacturer’s masterpieces — those obvious choices when choosing a collector car. Many of those choices make up the so-called “blue chip” list of collect- ible cars — and for a very good reason. The key attributes that contribute to their historical importance also help maintain long-term value in the marketplace. These blue-chippers can also become the unimaginative default selection for the less- than-curious collector. Why not look a bit deeper to bring a bit more character to your garage? A non-conventional choice might connect you more closely with the true soul of a marque. Porsche is a good place to start, as everyone can agree that just about any model of the 356 or 911 would be an easy choice for a collector. The 356 and the first 10 years of the 911 brought us the cars that established and expanded Porsche’s reputation for robust — yet lightweight — sports cars that were at home on a mountain road and a racetrack. Why not a 914? The Porsche 914 is a terrific vehicle; simple, well detailed, beautifully balanced, care- fully built and possessing adequate power with its 1.7-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s a well- powered car with its 2.0-liter 4-banger, and it’s delightful with the 2.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine. On the debit side for many was the fact that it was also in part the successor to the VW Karmann Ghia and sold in Europe with “VW-Porsche” badges. That the original 356 could have been thusly badged as well apparently makes little difference. I would argue that the 914 is closer to the philosophies that established the reputation and spirit of Porsche than some of the far heavier, larger and more powerful cars with “pure” Zuffenhausen bloodlines. Before dismissing the 914 out of hand, actually take the time to drive one. And since we all know we should buy cars because of what they do for us — rather than our friends — you can safely ignore the badge snobs who might look down their noses at you. Alfa Romeo’s 2600 It’s also interesting to consider Alfa Romeo. The company that Nicola Romeo founded in 1910 built large, expensive cars for an exclusive clientele up to and during World War II and in the immediate years afterwards. In 1950, the first step into the mass market was made with the introduction of the 1900, a unit-bodied sedan powered with the smallest 4-cylinder engine Alfa had ever built. Most people know only the cars of the Alfa Romeo of the mid-1950s: the brilliant Giulietta, the Giulia that followed in the 1960s and the wonderful sporting variants thereof. These nimble, light and responsive cars were built with all the inherent quality of design and finish that had been the hallmark of Alfa Romeo in its first 40 years. But grand tourers they are not. Alfa didn’t stop building “big” luxury cars for long. The 1959 successor to the 1900, the 2000, begat the 2600 in 1962. These all-but-forgotten cars were available in four styles — all updates of those created for the 2000. The 2600’s styles were: • A 4-door sedan in the serious, sober and square Alfa manner • A smooth, elegant Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed 2+2 grand touring coupe — the Sprint built by Bertone Keep Keep on truckin’: 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint The 2600 was blessed with a strong, flexible and smooth DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine. In the coupes and spiders, the engine was matched to a trio of clever progressive 2-barrel, side-draft Solex carburetors. In lowload, low-speed driving only one barrel was used, but under heavy load a vacuum-activated plunger opened the second barrel for added power. Those carburetors gave the 2600 remarkably creamy performance — not at all peaky or difficult. They also developed a reputation for burning valves when the secondary controls were not maintained, and a loss of vacuum or a stuck release prevented the secondary from opening and resulted in over-lean running. Publisher Martin’s truck I owned three 2600 Bertone Sprints, and in fact, they were the subject of the first article I contributed to Sports Car Market. The two-part “Mr. Osborne Builds His Dream Car” appeared in the March and April 1996 issues and chronicled my adventures through the three to own the “perfect” example. I also met Publisher Martin through my 2600 ownership. As a subscriber to the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, I had taken great exception to his description of the 2600 as “The best truck Alfa ever made.” When I met him for the first time at the 1993 Alfa Romeo Owners Club national convention in Maryland, the featured model was the 2600. I had driven my 1963 Sprint down from my home in Pennsylvania, and I couldn’t wait to give him a piece of my mind. I got that opportunity, and in one of those moments that can’t be predicted, by the end of our “argument” a friendship destined to last decades had been born. You can actually see us at that event together with my 2600 Sprint, as it was immortalized in the VHS production of the “Alfa Romeo Spotter’s Guide Vol. 1” shot at the convention. In the video, Keith walks me around the car and asks Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent Unconvent entional Wisdom Donald Osborne Looking Past the Obvious Exploring beyond the blue-chip cars can revea t onventional Wisdom Donald Osborne Looking Past the Obvious Exploring beyond the blue-chip cars can revea the true soul of a famous marque M ost rational enthusiasts can agree on a manufacturer’s masterpieces — those obvious choices when choosing a collector car. Many of those choices make up the so-called “blue chip” list of collect- ible cars — and for a very good reason. The key attributes that contribute to their historical importance also help maintain long-term value in the marketplace. These blue-chippers can also become the unimaginative default selection for the less- than-curious collector. Why not look a bit deeper to bring a bit more character to your garage? A non-conventional choice might connect you more closely with the true soul of a marque. Porsche is a good place to start, as everyone can agree that just about any model of the 356 or 911 would be an easy choice for a collector. The 356 and the first 10 years of the 911 brought us the cars that established and expanded Porsche’s reputation for robust — yet lightweight — sports cars that were at home on a mountain road and a racetrack. Why not a 914? The Porsche 914 is a terrific vehicle; simple, well detailed, beautifully balanced, care- fully built and possessing adequate power with its 1.7-liter, 4-cylinder engine. It’s a well- powered car with its 2.0-liter 4-banger, and it’s delightful with the 2.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine. On the debit side for many was the fact that it was also in part the successor to the VW Karmann Ghia and sold in Europe with “VW-Porsche” badges. That the original 356 could have been thusly badged as well apparently makes little difference. I would argue that the 914 is closer to the philosophies that established the reputation and spirit of Porsche than some of the far heavier, larger and more powerful cars with “pure” Zuffenhausen bloodlines. Before dismissing the 914 out of hand, actually take the time to drive one. And since we all know we should buy cars because of what they do for us — rather than our friends — you can safely ignore the badge snobs who might look down their noses at you. Alfa Romeo’s 2600 It’s also interesting to consider Alfa Romeo. The company that Nicola Romeo founded in 1910 built large, expensive cars for an exclusive clientele up to and during World War II and in the immediate years afterwards. In 1950, the first step into the mass market was made with the introduction of the 1900, a unit-bodied sedan powered with the smallest 4-cylinder engine Alfa had ever built. Most people know only the cars of the Alfa Romeo of the mid-1950s: the brilliant Giulietta, the Giulia that followed in the 1960s and the wonderful sporting variants thereof. These nimble, light and responsive cars were built with all the inherent quality of design and finish that had been the hallmark of Alfa Romeo in its first 40 years. But grand tourers they are not. Alfa didn’t stop building “big” luxury cars for long. The 1959 successor to the 1900, the 2000, begat the 2600 in 1962. These all-but-forgotten cars were available in four styles — all updates of those created for the 2000. The 2600’s styles were: • A 4-door sedan in the serious, sober and square Alfa manner • A smooth, elegant Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed 2+2 grand touring coupe — the Sprint built by Bertone Keep on truckin’: 1966 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint The 2600 was blessed with a strong, flexible and smooth DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine. In the coupes and spiders, the engine was matched to a trio of clever progressive 2-barrel, side-draft Solex carburetors. In low- load, low-speed driving only one barrel was used, but under heavy load a vacuum-activated plunger opened the second barrel for added power. Those carburetors gave the 2600 remarkably creamy performance — not at all peaky or difficult. They also de- veloped a reputation for burning valves when the second- ary controls were not maintained, and a loss of vacuum or a stuck release prevented the secondary from opening and resulted in over-lean running. Publisher Martin’s truck I owned three 2600 Bertone Sprints, and in fact, they were the subject of the first article I contributed to Sports Car Market. The two-part “Mr. Osborne Builds His Dream Car” appeared in the March and April 1996 issues and chronicled my adventures through the three to own the “perfect” example. I also met Publisher Martin through my 2600 ownership. As a subscriber to the Alfa Romeo Market Letter, I had taken great exception to his description of the 2600 as “The best truck Alfa ever made.” When I met him for the first time at the 1993 Alfa Romeo Owners Club national convention in Maryland, the featured model was the 2600. I had driven my 1963 Sprint down from my home in Pennsylvania, and I couldn’t wait to give him a piece of my mind. I got that opportunity, and in one of those moments that can’t be predicted, by the end of our “argument” a friendship destined to last decades had been born. You can actually see us at that event together with my 2600 Sprint, as it was immortalized in the VHS production of the “Alfa Romeo Spotter’s Guide Vol. 1” shot at the convention. In the video, Keith walks me around the car and asks Why Why be conventional? 1976 Porsche 914


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Feature 2016 La Jolla Concours A Deluge of Excellence A rare treat was a tour of Chuck Spielman’s private collection. This assemblage of automotive and military memorabilia is without compare Story and photos by Mark Moskowitz A 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 dominates the room as part of Chuck Spielman’s private collection A surprise win in German sports cars was the 1977 Volkswagen of Dr. Craig Venter. La Jolla Concours recognized Ivan Zaremba as Ken and Ann Smith accept the Best of Show award for their 1936 Delahaye R ain — in epic, drenching storms — threatened every event of the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance. Weather forecasts predicted heavy showers right up to — and during — the Friday and Saturday night parties, the Saturday tour and the Sunday concours. Tents went up, car covers were made ready and multiple alerts were sent. As it turned out, the nights were mostly dry and daytime events basked under warm sunshine. It was almost like being in California. Wait, it was in California — and in La Jolla, which is literally a jewel in that sunny state. Rolls-Royce hosted the kickoff event. Advertised attractions were jazz and single- malt scotch, but others stole the show. Rolls-Royces new and old graced the parking lot, but the new Dawn, resplendent in bright turquoise, eclipsed them all. An endless parade of stiletto heels tracked through the debut room, crossed suicide- door thresholds and settled upon lambswool carpet. Loafers and dreams followed. The Saturday tour repeatedly traversed San Diego, while police officers manned each stop light and turn, making sure the older tour cars did not have to idle. Early Bugattis were shining stars of the vintage cars. A rare treat was a tour of Chuck Spielman’s private collection. This assemblage of automotive and military memorabilia is without compare. Saturday closed with a raucous tent party. It featured the debut of the Aston Martin DB11. Publisher Martin was master of ceremonies and charity auctioneer. More than $26,000 was raised for the La Jolla Historical Society and the Monarch School for Homeless Children by this event alone. The concours field filled rapidly on Sunday morning. The theme was French Curves, and it was no surprise that an experienced panel of judges voted Ken Smith’s Bleu Fonce 1936 Delahaye Best of Show. Paul Emple’s Bugatti Type 57 won the “Most Elegant” Details Plan Ahead: Next year’s La Jolla Concours is scheduled for April 7–9, 2017 Cost: $50 Web: www.lajollaconcours.com 54 award. The unique color combination of Bill and Linda Feldhorn’s 1957 Mercedes 300SL attracted the attention of all, and the Roadster was recognized as the “Most Outstanding Post-War” entry. Bill and Linda Feldhorn’s 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL won the “Most Outstanding Post-War” award Sports Car Market Restorer of the Year. Zaremba used his mechanical talents to pay the bills as he achieved a master’s degree in political philosophy. Zaremba has been witness to a 50-year evolution of the hobby, during which time he partnered with two others in the formation of Phil Reilly & Company to prepare more concours cars and vintage racers than he can remember. Zaremba was part of the original Tech Team for the Monterey Historics. His daily driver is a Hudson Hornet. Why is the La Jolla Concours, now in its 12th year, vibrant and durable while a multitude of Southern California events have failed? What are the ingredients? Michael Dorvillier, their enthusiastic chairman for the past five years, can take some credit. Those choosing the judging team don’t seem to be afraid to replace and replenish. Chief judge Nigel Matthews surrounded himself with a team of veterans. One has to mention the seaside locale and a nearby population of top-level collectors. Cognoscenti mentioned a team at peace with itself. There’s fabulous sponsor support, and the event recognizes and honors their contributions. There’s more, and I hope to take stock of it next year. ♦


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Feature 2016 Benedict Castle Concours Stars and Cars Famous collectors and famous cars star on this sprawling Southern California estate Story and photos byCarl Bomstead “Aquarius,” built by Rick Dore and owned by James Hetfield of Metallica, was one of the most eye-catching customs on display T he Benedict Castle was built in Riverside, CA, as a private residence in the late 1920s, and it later became a monastery. The rolling grounds are the ideal setting for displaying several hundred very special collector cars — and that happened during the Benedict Castle Concours on April 3, 2016. Benedict Castle is now the Southern California headquarters for Teen Challenge, the beneficiary for the concours. Teen Challenge is an amazing program that provides assistance to young adults who have hit rock bottom from drugs and alcohol. They have a most impressive 87% success rate returning their students back to the community as contributing members. Nicole and Donovan Northcote, who happen to be the daughter and son-in-law of “Car Crazy” Barry Meguiar, founded the Benedict Castle Concours. Meguiar and his pals were out in force to ensure the success of the event. Bruce Meyer was the Grand Marshal, and other special guests included Wayne Carini, Chip Foose, Rick Dore, Mike Brewer, Edd China and Mike Phillips of Competition Ready. A long line formed when they were signing posters and posing for selfies. Several prominent Southern California collections were well represented. The Nethercutt Museum brought their famed “Twenty Grand” Duesenberg, which was the factory show car for the 1933–34 Chicago World’s Fair “Century of Progress.” The car is so named because of the original asking price and is one of the world’s best-known automobiles. The Nethercutt also presented a spectacular 1912 Alco Model 9-62. The Alco was only built between 1909 and 1913, and they won the 1909 and 1910 Vanderbilt Cup races. The Petersen Museum’s 1930 Packard 745 Roadster by Dietrich attracted a crowd with its elegant lines and orange and black livery. The Petersen also displayed their 1929 Ruxton Model C Roadster, one of only 19 Ruxtons remaining. The car was eye-catching in its low lines and bold colors. The Riverside International Automotive Museum presented a display of cars that raced at the Riverside International Raceway, and a duo of belly-pan racers were part of the Salt Flats display. One of the most exciting customs was “Aquarius,” Details Plan ahead: The 4th Annual Benedict Castle Concours is scheduled for March 26, 2017 Where: Benedict Castle, Riverside, CA Cost: $100 to enter a car Web: www.crossroadcarshows.com 56 built by Rick Dore and owned by James Hetfield of Metallica. It was heavily influenced by the flowing lines of a 1938 Delahaye 165 — but with a design all its own. The DuVall-style windshield and chrome scalloped exterior sidepipes are custom-car touches from the ’40s and ’50s that make the design unique. The 1956 Cadillac Broadmoor Skyview was one of two built for the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO. The Cadillacs were used on tours for their guests. At one point the Broadmoor Hotel had the second largest fleet of Cadillacs outside of Detroit, as they were extensively involved with touring in the Rockies. Presented with the car was a photograph of the fleet in front of the hotel. Hot rods were well represented, and a very period 1932 Highboy caught plenty of eyeballs — including mine. “Chasing Classic Cars” star Wayne Carini also admired the car. We looked for the owner to find out a bit more about the car, but to no avail. We agreed, however, that it was one of the more interesting cars presented. The cars were not presented in classes. Instead, they were displayed in groupings, which must have made the judging a chore. When all was said and done, Aaron and Valerie Weiss took Best of Show honors with their 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster. The winner’s circle is not unfamiliar territory for this couple, and they well may have to enlarge their trophy room for all the hardware. The variety of cars was certainly interesting, the setting ideal and the cause most worthwhile. This was a winning combination, and this concours is certainly on the agenda for next year. ♦ Aaron Weiss with his Best in Show 1930 Cadillac V16 roadster Sports Car Market


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Feature The Joy of Local Car Shows Paradise in Your Own Backyard Local car shows are part of summer in every part of the United States — even south-central Pennsylvania. Find one and have fun Story and photos by Bill Rothermel cars including a perfectly restored 1974 Opel 1900 coupe. When did you last see one of those? I recently visited the local Rotary car show less than five minutes from my house and encountered nearly 600 cars on display. Most were American muscle, resto-mods and street rods, but there was more to see. Highlights included a spectacular 1962 VW 21-Window Samba Van, a 1966 Honda S600 coupe and a meticulous 1945 Studebaker M15 truck. Best in Show went to a 1954 Packard Caribbean convertible. Cheap thrills You don’t have to own a Ferrari, Delage or Duesenberg This rat rod appeared at the local Chevy dealer’s car show T hose of us involved in the world of concours and multi-million-dollar auctions can get a myopic view of the car hobby. Spending time at Pebble Beach, the Mille Miglia, Goodwood or the latest RM Sotheby’s, Gooding or Bonhams auction will make you quickly re-evaluate your position in the automotive food chain. This makes me think of Jay Leno and his joke about Pebble Beach: “where billion- aires compete with mere millionaires.” I had an epiphany recently. I realized that I take for granted where I live. I live in car heaven. No, not Southern California, Miami or Monaco. I live in south central Pennsylvania. Stop laughing. Most people don’t realize it, but my part of Pennsylvania is mecca for the car collecting hobby. Seriously. Within a 90-minute drive of my home are the headquarters for: The Antique Automobile Club of America and the Rolls-Royce Owners Club. Carlisle Events and seven museums: the AACA, Rolls-Royce Foundation, Simeone Foundation, America On Wheels, Swigart, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, and the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing. I’m also 90 minutes from the Dover, Nazareth, Williams Grove and Maple Grove speedways, Carlisle, The Elegance at Hershey, the Radnor Concours and the granddaddy of them all, the AACA Hershey Fall Meet. Whew! I’ve likely missed a few, but you get the idea. I’m just scratching the surface of what happens here in my corner of the world. Go local — and find fun But here is the most important part of my epiphany: A few days later — and less than 10 minutes from my house — I passed the local Chevy dealer. Right there, on a Sunday morning, I saw a car show with more than 250 cars. It’s kind of a “run-what-you-brung” event, but there were some surprises, including two spectacular rat rods, a ’56 Mercury Montclair with factory air conditioning, and three Hugger Orange ’69 Camaros done to the nines. On the same day, less than 30 minutes later, I passed a big Corvette-only show at Stoudt Auto Sales in Reading, PA. Two weeks later, an all-British Car Show took place in Rothsville, less than 15 min- utes from my house. I found an additional 200-plus cars, including a 1935 Riley MPH, a superb 1973 Triumph Stag, and countless nice MGs, Triumphs, Austin-Healeys and the like. I’m on to something. There is the all-German Deutsche Classic in Oley, with over 300 58 A perfectly restored 1966 Olds Toronado at the 2015 Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie, PA Sports Car Market Two rare sports cars — an H.R.G. and a 1935 Riley MPH — at the British Invasion car show in Rothsville, PA to be part of the hobby. An introductory collector car can be very reasonable. There’s plenty to see and do and something for everyone whether you wish to show, tour or just be a spectator. At local shows, great cars and perfect restorations sit side-by-side with daily drivers. It’s all about people sharing cars and the passion for cars — and that is no different than on the lawn at Pebble Beach. Whatever you do, take the kids. I paid two bucks to park at the local show. Many of the other events I attended were free. Check online and in local newspapers for happenings in your area. For all of us, cars are the great equalizer. The make, model or year doesn’t matter. And who cares if the car is restored, a survivor, a street rod or bone-stock? Visit and support your local events this summer. Most support area charities. You’ll get to see cars you wouldn’t necessarily see elsewhere. You might make some new friends while helping an important cause — all while finding paradise in your own backyard. ♦


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Ferrari Profile 1986 Ferrari 328 GTS A blink of an eye ago, this would have been a $40,000 car. Those days are over by Steve Ahlgrim Details Years produced: 1985–89 for the European market, 1986–89 for the U.S. market Number produced: 6,068 328 GTS plus 1,344 328 GTB Original list price: $73,200 Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $80,800; high sale, $192,500 Major service cost: $4,500 Distributor caps: $200 (reproduction — needs two) Chassis # location: Top right frame rail in the engine compartment Engine # location: In the middle of the V on the clutch end Club: Ferrari Club of America Web: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1986 Porsche 911 Targa, 1986 Lotus Turbo Esprit, 1995 Acura NSX, 1988 Lamborghini Jalpa, 2005 Viper SRT-10 convertible SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: ZFFXA20A1G0062129 transmission provided the power and thrills worthy of any sports car bearing the Ferrari name. The sleek Pininfarina lines made for a car as visually exciting as it was to drive. For all of that and more, it has gained allegiance from many Ferrari fans as being one of the most user-friendly models the company has offered. It continues to fascinate to this day. This red with tan leather example is described as B being original. It has the popular removable targa top, factory alloy wheels, air conditioning, Sanyo AM/FM radio, power windows, power four-wheel disc brakes, hidden headlights, power steering and embroidered Ferrari floor mats. The paint is reported as being in good condition. It has a clean engine bay and nicely preserved leather interior. The car is smooth-running and has good driving characteristics. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 563, sold for $64,900, including buyer’s premium, at the Auctions America sale in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on April 2, 2016. The Ferrari 328 long carried a reputation as too small, too slow and too expensive to service. 62 ased on the 308 model that it was replacing, the 328 GTS differed with its larger 3.2-liter engine and subtle appearance updates. Its 270-hp mid-mounted V8 engine with 5-speed manual But if you ask most owners, the 328 is the best sports car they’ve ever owned. While 328s were positioned as the baby brother of the mighty Testarossa, the 328 is a far more enjoyable car for the majority of drivers. They were popular when new and have enjoyed a healthy following. The model recently celebrated its 30th birthday, and a generation that deferred purchasing one until the nest was empty is now buying — and heating up the market. Ferrari’s immensely popular V8 series didn’t start off as smoothly as may be thought today. Despite the fact that Ferrari won world championships with several non12-cylinder cars, Ferrari enthusiasts at the time felt real Ferraris had 12-cylinder engines. The new 8-cylinder cars didn’t make their cut. Winning over the skeptics The series was introduced with the 308 GT4, a Bertone-designed 2+2. This was Bertone’s first production car for Ferrari, and the angular lines were a shocking departure from the Pininfarina curves seen on most Ferraris. The GT4 was a tough sell, with odd-color new cars languishing in distributors’ warehouses for as much as two years. They are very comfortable, especially great drivers and arguably attractive, although it has only been in the past couple of years that these attributes have been rewarded with any monetary value. 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS Lot 127, s/n 69827 Condition 2 Sold at $52,773 Silverstone, Northamptonshire, U.K., 11/4/11 SCM# 189971 Sports Car Market 1988 Ferrari 328 GTS Lot 134, s/n ZFFWA20B000075926 Condition 1Sold at $154,860 RM Sotheby’s, Paris, FRA, 2/3/16 SCM# 270529 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS Lot 116, s/n ZFFWA20B000081294 Condition 3 Sold at $98,492 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 11/1/15 SCM# 267443 Courtesy of Auctions America


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The 308 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model was a sensual, low-profile, 2-passenger berlinetta. The silhouette resembled a Coke bottle on its side, and it was every bit as perfect. It was a car to lust for, and all but the most diehard 12-cylinder fans wanted one. A targa-top GTS model was soon added, and Ferrari was off on a wild ride. Most of the subsequent V8 models broke sales records and today it’s hard to imagine that V8 Ferraris were once considered illegitimate children. Happily taking the fifth The 328 is the fifth generation of Ferrari’s V8 series. The evolution brought more displacement, dependable Bosch fuel injection, electronic ignition, improved air conditioning and modern paint to the series. The cars also had an improved suspension, lighter clutch and easier shifting. Better performance and exceptional reliability accompanied the updates. The early 308s that were best enjoyed by a serious enthusiast became the 328 that was a real alternative to a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL. Mechanical improvements were paired with cosmetic updates. For the 328, the delicate profile of the 308 was altered with modern, bodycolored bumper covers replacing the big black rubber bumpers of the 308. This gave the 328 a distinctive look that instantly differentiates it from a 308. The interior was similarly updated to look more modern. The most reliable Ferrari A 328 is an excellent first Ferrari. They are the most reliable Ferraris ever built. They are exciting drivers — with enough power to get you in trouble and a chassis that’s more than up for the task. The 308 G The 308 G The 308 G The 308 G The 308 G The 308 G 308 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model 308 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model was a sensual, low-profile, 2-passenger berlinetta. The silhouette resembled a Coke bottle on its side, and it was every bit as perfect. It was a car to lust for, and all but the most diehard 12-cylinder fans wanted one. A targa-top GTS model was soon added, and Ferrari was off on a wild ride. Most of the subsequent V8 models broke sales records and today it’s hard to imagine that V8 Ferraris were once considered il- legitimate children. Happily taking the fifth The 328 is the fifth generation of Ferrari’s V8 series. The evolution brought more displacement, dependable Bosch fuel injection, electronic ignition, improved air conditioning and modern paint to the series. The cars also had an improved suspension, lighter clutch and easier shifting. Better performance and exceptional reliability accompanied the updates. The early 308s that were best enjoyed by a serious enthu- siast became the 328 that was a real alternative to a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL. Mechanical improvements were paired with cosmetic updates. For the 328, the delicate profile of the 308 was altered with modern, body- colored bumper covers replacing the big black rubber bumpers of the 308. This gave the 328 a distinctive look that instantly differentiates it from a 308. The interior was similarly updated to look more modern. The most reliable Ferrari A 328 is an excellent first Ferrari. They are the most reliable Ferraris ever built. They are exciting drivers — with enough power to get you in trouble and a chassis that’s more than up for the task. Some Some parts are unobtainium Everything necessary to keep a 328 going down the road is readily available, but trim parts are getting scarce. A few parts, such as the driving-light assembly and some interior pieces, are simply not available anywhere at any price. For those items, you put your name on the waiting list at a recycler and keep sending them pizzas to remind them to call you first when one becomes available. Start your checkbooks A close proximity to South America and a Latin-friendly culture at- tracts wealthy South Americans to South Florida. Brazil’s economy has tanked in the past few years, and our subject car was the property of a Brazilian collector who brought 25 cars to the Auctions America auction. We’ve seen several South American collectors decide that counting cash makes more sense than collecting cars. The cash of choice is American dollars, so Florida auctions are their venue of choice. A new generation of buyers has started to chase Ferraris. Few can afford the classic models — and most don’t even care about them. Like the baby boomers who lusted for muscle cars, this generation is more interested in the cars of their youth than old 12-cylinder models. 308s, 328s, and Testarossas are on their shopping list. This added demand on a limited supply is shaking up prices in what was once a very stable market. A blink of an eye ago, this would have been a $40,000 car. Those days are over. 308s and 328s regularly break the $100,000 mark, and one 328 actually broke $300,000. These high prices are exclusive to exceptional cars with low mile- n unremarkable ion of service 08 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model was a sensual, low-profile, 2-passenger berlinetta. The silhouette resembled a Coke bottle on its side, and it was every bit as perfect. It was a car to lust for, and all but the most diehard 12-cylinder fans wanted one. A targa-top GTS model was soon added, and Ferrari was off on a wild ride. Most of the subsequent V8 models broke sales records and today it’s hard to imagine that V8 Ferraris were once considered il- legitimate children. Happily taking the fifth The 328 is the fifth generation of Ferrari’s V8 series. The evolution brought more displacement, dependable Bosch fuel injection, electronic ignition, improved air conditioning and modern paint to the series. The cars also had an improved suspension, lighter clutch and easier shifting. Better performance and exceptional reliability accompanied the updates. The early 308s that were best enjoyed by a serious enthu- siast became the 328 that was a real alternative to a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL. Mechanical improvements were paired with cosmetic updates. For the 328, the delicate profile of the 308 was altered with modern, body- colored bumper covers replacing the big black rubber bumpers of the 308. This gave the 328 a distinctive look that instantly differentiates it from a 308. The interior was similarly updated to look more modern. The most reliable Ferrari A 328 is an excellent first Ferrari. They are the most reliable Ferraris ever built. They are exciting drivers — with enough power to get you in trouble and a chassis that’s more than up for the task. Some parts are unobtainium Everything necessary to keep a 328 going down the road is readily available, but trim parts are getting scarce. A few parts, such as the driving-light assembly and some interior pieces, are simply not avail- able anywhere at any price. For those items, you put your name on the waiting list at a recycler and keep sending them pizzas to remind them to call you first when one becomes available. Start your checkbooks A close proximity to South America and a Latin-friendly culture at- tracts wealthy South Americans to South Florida. Brazil’s economy has tanked in the past few years, and our subject car was the property of a Brazilian collector who brought 25 cars to the Auctions America auction. We’ve seen several South American collec- tors decide that counting cash makes more sense than collecting cars. The cash of choice is American dollars, so Florida auctions are their venue of choice. A new generation of buyers has started to chase Ferraris. Few can afford the classic models — and most don’t even care about them. Like the baby boomers who lusted for muscle cars, this generation is more interested in the cars of their youth than old 12-cylinder models. 308s, 328s, and Testarossas are on their shopping list. This added demand on a limited supply is shaking up prices in what was once a very stable market. A blink of an eye ago, this would have been a $40,000 car. Those days are over. 308s and 328s regularly break the $100,000 mark, and one 328 actually broke $300,000. These high prices are exclusive to exceptional cars with low mile- n unremarkable ion of service dfall dfall he might erage money. 308 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model was a sensual, low-profile, 2-passenger berlinetta. The silhouette resembled a Coke bottle on its side, and it was every bit as perfect. It was a car to lust for, and all but the most diehard 12-cylinder fans wanted one. A targa-top GTS model was soon added, and Ferrari was off on a wild ride. Most of the subsequent V8 models broke sales records and today it’s hard to imagine that V8 Ferraris were once considered il- legitimate children. Happily taking the fifth The 328 is the fifth generation of Ferrari’s V8 series. The evolution brought more displacement, dependable Bosch fuel injection, electronic ignition, improved air conditioning and modern paint to the series. The cars also had an improved suspension, lighter clutch and easier shifting. Better performance and exceptional reliability accompanied the updates. The early 308s that were best enjoyed by a serious enthu- siast became the 328 that was a real alternative to a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL. Mechanical improvements were paired with cosmetic updates. For the 328, the delicate profile of the 308 was altered with modern, body- colored bumper covers replacing the big black rubber bumpers of the 308. This gave the 328 a distinctive look that instantly differentiates it from a 308. The interior was similarly updated to look more modern. The most reliable Ferrari A 328 is an excellent first Ferrari. They are the most reliable Ferraris ever built. They are exciting drivers — with enough power to get you in trouble and a chassis that’s more than up for the task. Some parts are unobtainium Everything necessary to keep a 328 going down the road is readily available, but trim parts are getting scarce. A few parts, such as the driving-light assembly and some interior pieces, are simply not avail- able anywhere at any price. For those items, you put your name on the waiting list at a recycler and keep sending them pizzas to remind them to call you first when one becomes available. Start your checkbooks A close proximity to South America and a Latin-friendly culture at- tracts wealthy South Americans to South Florida. Brazil’s economy has tanked in the past few years, and our subject car was the property of a Brazilian collector who brought 25 cars to the Auctions America auction. We’ve seen several South American collec- tors decide that counting cash makes more sense than collecting cars. The cash of choice is American dollars, so Florida auctions are their venue of choice. A new generation of buyers has started to chase Ferraris. Few can afford the classic models — and most don’t even care about them. Like the baby boomers who lusted for muscle cars, this generation is more interested in the cars of their youth than old 12-cylinder models. 308s, 328s, and Testarossas are on their shopping list. This added demand on a limited supply is shaking up prices in what was once a very stable market. A blink of an eye ago, this would have been a $40,000 car. Those days are over. 308s and 328s regularly break the $100,000 mark, and one 328 actually broke $300,000. These high prices are exclusive to exceptional cars with low mile- n unremarkable ion of service dfall he might erage money. ca.) ca.) e 308 GTB of 1976 won over the Ferraristi. Pininfarina’s take on the V8 model was a sensual, low-profile, 2-passenger berlinetta. The silhouette resembled a Coke bottle on its side, and it was every bit as perfect. It was a car to lust for, and all but the most diehard 12-cylinder fans wanted one. A targa-top GTS model was soon added, and Ferrari was off on a wild ride. Most of the subsequent V8 models broke sales records and today it’s hard to imagine that V8 Ferraris were once considered il- legitimate children. Happily taking the fifth The 328 is the fifth generation of Ferrari’s V8 series. The evolution brought more displacement, dependable Bosch fuel injection, electronic ignition, improved air conditioning and modern paint to the series. The cars also had an improved suspension, lighter clutch and easier shifting. Better performance and exceptional reliability accompanied the updates. The early 308s that were best enjoyed by a serious enthu- siast became the 328 that was a real alternative to a Porsche 911 or a Mercedes SL. Mechanical improvements were paired with cosmetic updates. For the 328, the delicate profile of the 308 was altered with modern, body- colored bumper covers replacing the big black rubber bumpers of the 308. This gave the 328 a distinctive look that instantly differentiates it from a 308. The interior was similarly updated to look more modern. The most reliable Ferrari A 328 is an excellent first Ferrari. They are the most reliable Ferraris ever built. They are exciting drivers — with enough power to get you in trouble and a chassis that’s more than up for the task. Some parts are unobtainium Everything necessary to keep a 328 going down the road is readily available, but trim parts are getting scarce. A few parts, such as the driving-light assembly and some interior pieces, are simply not avail- able anywhere at any price. For those items, you put your name on the waiting list at a recycler and keep sending them pizzas to remind them to call you first when one becomes available. Start your checkbooks A close proximity to South America and a Latin-friendly culture at- tracts wealthy South Americans to South Florida. Brazil’s economy has tanked in the past few years, and our subject car was the property of a Brazilian collector who brought 25 cars to the Auctions America auction. We’ve seen several South American collec- tors decide that counting cash makes more sense than collecting cars. The cash of choice is American dollars, so Florida auctions are their venue of choice. A new generation of buyers has started to chase Ferraris. Few can afford the classic models — and most don’t even care about them. Like the baby boomers who lusted for muscle cars, this generation is more interested in the cars of their youth than old 12-cylinder models. 308s, 328s, and Testarossas are on their shopping list. This added demand on a limited supply is shaking up prices in what was once a very stable market. A blink of an eye ago, this would have been a $40,000 car. Those days are over. 308s and 328s regularly break the $100,000 mark, and one 328 actually broke $300,000. These high prices are exclusive to exceptional cars with low mile- n unremarkable ion of service dfall he might erage money. ca.) 63 63


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English Profile 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster Jag-nuts derided the automatic transmission as a sacrilege to our performance sports car by Jack Tockston Details Years produced: 1971–74 (Series III convertibles) Number produced: 7,990 Original list price: $7,599 Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $73,900; high sale, $170,534 Tune-up cost: $650 Chassis # location: Plate on top of right footwell box under bonnet Engine # location: Stamped in vee between heads at rear Club: The E-Type Club Web: www.e-typeclub.com Alternatives: 1970–72 Aston Martin DBS V8, 1977–79 Ferrari 308 GTS, Jaguar E-type Series I or II SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 1S20676BW Engine number: 7S6295SA T his beautiful 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 roadster completed production at the Browns Lane Coventry factory on May 24, 1972, and was then dispatched on June 15, 1972, to British Leyland Motors Inc. of New York. According to the British Heritage Certificate, this ’72 E-type roadster left the factory in Pale Primrose Yellow over black leather interior and was mated to V12 engine numbered 7S6295SA, which is still in the car today. This unit is matched to the optional automatic transmission. Accompanying the sale of this lovely Jaguar is the original convertible top boot, the knockoff tool for the optional wire wheels (with redline tires), the spare, and an original owner’s handbook. There is no rust to be found anywhere on the car, and the undercarriage is clean and tidy. There are no signs of Bondo or any damage repair on the car. This is an excellent opportunity to acquire a beautiful running and driving V12 E-type that is rust-free and is said to run with its original drivetrain. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 445, sold at no reserve for $64,900, including a 10% buy- er’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on April 2, 2016. This was one of nine E-types on offer at this auction, and the cars ranged from Series I to III, with five being in the latter group. Best described as a higher-level driver-quality car, this ride contained minor demerits commensurate with 55,865 miles showing. The catalog description mentions 64 “a full body respray a few years ago with no rust found anywhere on the body,” and “a couple of small chips in the front and one small hairline crack in the passenger door edge.” There’s also a separated edge seam of the convertible top’s boot cover drooping down on the passenger’s side, lightly creased leather seating, and multiple scratches on the black air conditioner bottom edge above the factory radio. Such nits should have been tended to in pursuit of top dollars, but this situation is common with no-reserve offerings. The engine bay is clean, original and appears close to how it left Coventry. In addition to standard power steering and brakes, our feature car also came equipped with optional factory air conditioning, chrome wire wheels, and an original AM/FM radio. Since receiving a respray some time ago, the body- work has picked up some stone chips, and the tea-tray air scoop under the nose may have been straightened after some light caresses from parking curbs. Redline tires set off the sparkly rims, and the boot lid is thankfully devoid of a chrome luggage rack. The overall vibe implies conservation and attentive enjoyment. The car appears ready for showing at club events. Evolution from sports car to grand tourer The original two-seat Series I E-type was the undis- puted star when it was unveiled at the 1961 Earls Court Motor Show. The car offered a top speed of 150 mph, 1973 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Lot 107, s/n UD1S22118 Condition 1Sold at $79,200 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/12/15 SCM# 265630 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Lot 10, s/n 1S1342 Condition 3+ Sold at $76,865 Bonhams, Chichester, U.K., 3/21/15 SCM# 264439 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Lot 108, s/n UC1S20294 Condition 2 Sold at $66,000 Bonhams, Amelia Island, FL, 3/12/15 SCM# 257512 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Auctions America


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0–60 mph in less than seven seconds, an independent rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, 265 horsepower and eye-popping body lines that led to the adjective “iconic” as a synonym for “E-type.” Period auto writers favorably compared the E-type to high-end European sports cars — and the car was less expensive than the competition from Italy. Even in the United States, the list price was about a thousand big dollars more than the comparatively crude 1961 Corvette. For more background on Series I models, refer to my previous E-type profile on p. 64 of SCM’s June 2015 issue. Over the years, the Series I and II E-Types (1961–71) received evo- lutionary updates. The most notable were increased engine displacement (from 3.8 liters to 4.2 liters), an in-house-built, all-synchromesh 4-speed manual and safety changes. Protruding toggle switches on the dash became flat versions, and twin Zenith-Stromberg carburetors replaced the three SU downdrafts (resulting in the loss of 20 horsepower) to comply with U.S. emissions requirements in 1968. Also in 1968, Jaguar offered Series II 2+2 coupes with a slightly bulbous roofline, a taller and more curved windshield, a nine-inch wheelbase stretch to enhance interior volume, and a token rear seat that only suited tiny children. Contrary to what you might expect, dealers found that the tin-top version was easier to sell than the roadster. The ever-increasing bulk of the American population may have had something to do with that! Thus, the Series II 2+2 provided the blueprint for the Series III. Corporate patriarch Sir William Lyons’ cost-cutting mandated the continued use of 4.2-liter E-type bonnets. This challenged engineers to make the V12 fit in very limited space. So designers widened the hidden tubular front subframe by about four inches. From 1971 to 1974, 7,990 convertibles and 7,297 coupes were pro- duced — mostly for the American market. The heart of the Series III is its 5.3-liter (326-ci) V12 of 60-degree design and three-plane crankshaft producing 250 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 288 ft-lb of torque in U.S.-spec cars. The Series III car was 578 pounds heavier than the 1961 roadster, but the V12’s power delivery provided similar performance compared to the original heralded 6-cylinder engine. Late Series I and II models offered automatic transmissions as an option, and the Series III cars — as found in our subject car — arrived with the proven Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic coupled to a 3.31:1 rear ratio. Manual versus automatic When an automatic transmission was first offered as an option, we Jag-nuts derided the sacrilege the factory inflicted on our performance sports car. That said, I still recall with utmost clarity when my wife selected manual first gear and tried to make a right turn uphill from a stop in my ’67 E-type. The resulting launch was a pure Don Garlits-ona-dragstrip roar on a 90-degree heading. So, on reflection, perhaps the slush box in a Jag wasn’t such a bad idea for some drivers. Today, top-tier sports cars are available only as automatics, as com- puters shift faster than humanoids, achieve faster acceleration, provide better fuel economy and emissions compliance — and protect you when you’re driving over your head. While the computer-free Series III unit doesn’t offer such modern capabilities, it provides a measure of convenience in gridlock, and may help one escape the inconvenience of divorce. Bidder interest in the Series III So, was our feature car a good buy? The latest SCM Pocket Price Guide shows a median value of 1971–74 Series III convertibles at $73,900 with a high sale of $170,534. Based on those numbers, this sale falls on the positive side, as our subject car was $9,000 under median for a fairly well-bought result. But let’s look at competing cars at the same Auctions America auction, where the same bidders were making choices. Lot 221 was a 1974 roadster with 27,408 miles. It is in Pale Primrose with a 4-speed manual and air conditioning. It is in comparable condition to our subject car. Lot 221 was a no-sale at $65,000. Lot 414 was a 1973 roadster with 14,707 miles in Opalescent Silver Gray. It was a 4-speed manual, one-owner survivor, without air conditioning. This car sold post-block for $70,950. Lot 557B was a 1973 roadster with 63,762 miles in British Racing Green. It was upgraded with a 5-speed manual and didn’t have air conditioning. It sold for $93,500. Lot 798 was a 1973 coupe with 10,613 miles in Pale Primrose. It was equipped with an automatic transmission and air conditioning. It sold at no reserve at $31,900. Paint and transmissions These sale comparisons reveal two subtle trends, and I suspect they had to do with automatic transmissions and the paint color. In the collectible E-type market, manual transmissions still rule, as we can see by the SCM Pocket Price Guide’s $3,000 deduction for automatics. Of the five Series III E-types on offer at Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, three had original 4-speed manuals (with one a nosale), plus one was upgraded with 5-speed cogs. Our subject car and the coupe (Lot 798) were the only automatics. Then there’s the color. Of the nine Series I through III cars on offer, four were wearing Primrose Yellow. One was a Series II roadster that was a no-sale (Lot 750), and among the three Series III offerings, one was a no-sale and two were let go at no reserve. Based on color alone, overall odds of selling were 50-50. By coincidence, both of my E-types were Pale Primrose, and I admit it’s not a swooning color compared to Resale Red or British Racing Green. The flip side is that color changes turn off those in search of originality. I was tempted to go with BRG or Carmen Red, but I didn’t, as I believe that factory paint is a plus for future resale. Satisfactory and astute outcomes Our open-top feature car sold for $64,900, or $9,000 under SCM’s median value. Based on the numbers, this presentable investment was well bought, and it should prove to be an appreciating asset for the buyer. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) June 2016 65


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Replacing worn, original ID tags with new ones erases an important part of a car’s identity by Donald Osborne Details Years produced: 1959–62 Number produced: 500 (estimated) Original list price: $3,450 Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $70,000; high sale, $85,000 Tune-up cost: $375 Chassis # location: Engine bulkhead, on plate and stamped into body Engine # location: Intake side of block Club: Alfa Romeo Owners Club Web: www.aroc-usa.org Alternatives: 1962 Porsche 356B cabriolet, 1962 Fiat 1600S convertible, 1962 Facel Facellia, 1963 ASA 1000 Spider SCM Investment Grade: B Comps 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Lot 119, s/n AR170259 Condition 2 Chassis number: 10103171861 T his Alfa Romeo was the recipient of a comprehensive rotisserie restoration. The South Florida collector who owns the car has a collection of Italian classics and executed the restoration with both his in-house team and Alfa marque specialists at Auto Veloce Inc. in North Miami, FL. Underneath, the car is presented “as jewelry,” and this also applies to the engine bay and interior. No details were spared in the show-quality restoration, as many of the parts such as the lights, trunk latch and knobs are all correct NOS Alfa Romeo parts. This particular example is an authentic Veloce-spec Giulietta Spider. Those involved were able to identify this by the “F” designation stamped above the serial number on the firewall and the 00106-type stamp on the engine block in photos from the restoration shop. The Veloce-spec cars had higher horsepower than the Normale-spec cars — and several differences in the mechanics such as two carburetors and some slight chassis variations mentioned below. This Alfa Romeo is said to be a later 101 series, not the earlier 750 series. The heart of a Veloce is its engine: a special 1.3-liter block with bigger main caps, longer duration and higherlift cams, 9.7-to-1 forged pistons, forged rods that are polished and shot-peened, stronger rod bolts, two-piece cast-aluminum sump, high-volume oil pump, Bosch distributor with a more advanced timing curve, larger crank pulley, two twin-throat Weber carbs and steeltube headers. 66 However, the most important consideration for a collector is the Veloce chassis. Aside from its serial number, a Veloce has unique features in the sheet metal, such as the fresh-air scoop. On the Veloces, the fresh-air scoop is welded into the grille opening on the driver’s side. This scoop provides a mild ram effect and directs more air to the carburetors. Because it can be made by simply folding and welding sheet metal, it is sometimes added to Normales. Both Veloces and Normales have an air scoop for the passenger’s compartment. The Veloce uses a split scoop with two hoses, one for the carbs and one for the driver. In regards to “duct holes,” some 750 and all 101 Spiders and Sprints have two holes for air ducting on the driver’s side fender well. However, only the Veloces use both holes. On Normales the front hole is covered with a screwed-on sheet-metal plate. On Veloces, the front hole provides air from the front air scoop to the air cleaner. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 503, sold for $82,500, including buyer’s premium, at the Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL, sale on April 2, 2016. As real estate is all about “location, location, loca- tion,” so Alfa Romeos from the 1920s through the 1960s are all about “specification, specification, specification.” Alfa always made interesting cars, but also frequently made single-carburetor versions that seemed poky when you compared them with their multi-carb, Not sold at $60,000 Motostalgia, Indianapolis, IN, 6/12/15 SCM# 265583 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Veloce Lot 206, s/n AR170763 Condition 2Sold at $88,000 RM Sotheby’s, Amelia Island, FL, 3/14/15 SCM# 264549 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider Lot 522, s/n AR168058 Condition 3Sold at $76,047 Artcurial, Paris, FRA, 2/8/14 SCM# 238989 Sports Car Market Ryan Merrill © 2016, courtesy of Auctions America Courtesy of Artcurial


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high-strung sizzling sisters. In the early days the ladder was longer to climb, from Turismo (slow), through Sport (certainly adequate), to Super Sport, which was the hot ticket. In the new, populist Alfa of the mid- to late-1950s Giulietta, things were boiled down to Normale — literally, “normal” and “Veloce” — literally, “fast.” I think you can figure out which one most folks want. Normal is pretty good There is certainly nothing wrong with a normal Alfa. I was blessed enough to participate in the 2015 Mille Miglia as co-driver and driver in a fantastic 1956 Giulietta Sprint Normale — one of the early columnshift models. It had all the get-up-and-go needed to cover ground on the flat and in the mountains quite well, thank you very much, and of course, it still rode and handled like the thoroughbred it was created to be. It also wasn’t at all fussy when stuck in city traffic jams, and it never fouled a plug. It has also been long a habit in the Mondo Alfa to be perfectly ac- cepting of cars whose specifications have been uprated. There are very few — if any — visual differences between generations of twin-cam Alfa engines, and later 5-speed gearboxes are readily accommodated in cars built with four cogs. There’s even an official name in Alfadom for a humble Normale that graduates from the shop as a sexy Veloce. The name is “Abnormale.” I report; I don’t judge. Today, as an inevitable side effect of steadily rising prices, now there are collectors who insist on originality in specification and frown on repair shop creativity. As such, a premium is generally paid for cars that are unquestion- able examples of the high-performance variant. We should assume that this car is a genuine Veloce as stated, with its 2,000-rpm tachometer, 140-mph speedometer and ID plates and engine number. New tags a concern What does give me pause are a few items. The car appeared to carry an engine number which was the correct 106 type but with a production number outside of that listed for 1962 in the Luigi Fusi bible: Alfa high-stru high-stru high-stru sizzling sisters. In the early days the ladder was longer to climb, from Turismo (slow), through Sport (certainly adequate), to Super Sport, which was the hot ticket. In the new, populist -strung sizzling sisters. In the early days the ladder was longer to climb, from Turismo (slow), through Sport (certainly adequate), to Super Sport, which was the hot ticket. In the new, populist Alfa of the mid- to late-1950s Giulietta, things were boiled down to Normale — literally, “normal” and “Veloce” — literally, “fast.” I think you can figure out which one most folks want. Normal is pretty good There is certainly nothing wrong with a normal Alfa. I was blessed enough to participate in the 2015 Mille Miglia as co-driver and driver in a fantastic 1956 Giulietta Sprint Normale — one of the early column- shift models. It had all the get-up-and-go needed to cover ground on the flat and in the mountains quite well, thank you very much, and of course, it still rode and handled like the thoroughbred it was created to be. It also wasn’t at all fussy when stuck in city traffic jams, and it never fouled a plug. It has also been long a habit in the Mondo Alfa to be perfectly ac- cepting of cars whose specifications have been uprated. There are very few — if any — visual differences between generations of twin-cam Alfa engines, and later 5-speed gearboxes are readily accommodated in cars built with four cogs. There’s even an official name in Alfadom for a humble Normale that graduates from the shop as a sexy Veloce. The name is “Abnormale.” I report; I don’t judge. Today, as an inevitable side effect of steadily rising prices, now there are collectors who insist on originality in specification and frown on repair shop creativity. As such, a premium is generally paid for cars that are unquestion- able examples of the high-performance variant. We should assume that this car is a genuine Veloce as stated, with its 2,000-rpm tachometer, 140-mph speedometer and ID plates and engine number. New tags a concern What does give me pause are a few items. The car appeared to carry an engine number which was the correct 106 type but with a produc- tion number outside of that listed for 1962 in the Luigi Fusi bible: Alfa tion tion a list of the identifying characteristics of the Veloce is given. Among them is the presence of an “F” stamped into the firewall with the chassis number. The photo of the firewall stamping didn’t appear to show the F. The ID tag carrying the type number 101.07 Veloce identification should be riveted to the firewall. All the ID tags on this car — with the exception of the “Alfa Romeo Made in Italy” tag — were reproduction items, newly stamped and attached with a variety of both flat- and Phillips-head screws. I don’t understand why so many restorers choose to replace worn, original ID tags with new ones. It’s deliberately erasing one of the most important points of a vehicle’s identity. I would much rather see the factory’s work — even faded and scratched — inside the freshly painted engine room. I didn’t attend the sale, so I could only analyze this car from the catalog description and online photographs. What I saw was a very shiny example with beautifully restored instruments that also showed a few notable issues, such as a higherthan-correct ride height and somewhat casual fit on some body panels and trim. Fresh out of the resto shop Publisher Martin drove this car during the preview as part of his duties as co-host of his TV show “What’s My Car Worth?” He opined that it “seemed very clean, fresh from the restoration shop,” but also that it “pulled strongly to the right under braking and in general felt like a car that had just been finished and hadn’t yet been made ‘a car.’” The current market handsomely rewards well-documented, per- fectly preserved or restored examples of desirable cars. Ready buyers compete to obtain such vehicles, while those that are less satisfying are available at a considerable discount. The current SCM Pocket Price Guide lists a median price of $70k and a high-sale price of $85k for this model. As such, this would place our subject near the top of the range. I am aware of private sales of late Giulietta Veloce Spiders for over $100k. Of course, earlier, more-vintage-event-eligible 750 Series Normales and Veloces regularly command much above the $100k mark. 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German Profile Column Author 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Roadster A car with a Kienle restoration should command a top-of-the-market price by Pierre Hedary Details Years produced: 1952–55 Number produced: 141 roadsters Original list price: DM 33,600 in 1953, equivalent to $103,000 today Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $406,000; high sale, $864,900 (this car) Tune-up cost: $1,200 Distributor cap: $39 Chassis # location: On right side of firewall, by right hood hinge. Engine # location: On rear left side of engine block Club: Mercedes-Benz club of America Web: www.mbca.org Alternatives: 1956–59 BMW 503, 1954–57 Jaguar XK 140, 1954–62 Facel Vega FVS, 1946 Invicta Black Prince SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: 1880120007153 Engine number: 1889200007353 T his elegant 300S roadster is finished in a lovely dark green color, while the interior has been retrimmed in the original red-brown color. A comprehensive restoration has been performed by the marque specialists at Kienle Automobiltechnik, and it is believed that fewer than 50 miles have been incurred since. The quality of the work is absolutely breathtaking, and the attention to detail and factory correctness is equally impressive. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 111, sold for $862,562, including buyer’s premium, at Bonhams’ Mercedes sale in Stuttgart, Germany, on March 19, 2016. Back in 2012, when the classic car market was just starting to revive itself, I was called out on an obscure on-site service job near Gardena, CA. The mission: Go to a warehouse owned by a notorious kingpin of the pre1955 Mercedes world, find all the pieces of a 1953 220 Cabriolet A, partially assemble it and deliver it — under its own power — to a shipping depot in Los Angeles. This was an unanticipated level of exposure to an early post-World War II Mercedes, so I was both terrified and excited. While I was in this warehouse, whose owner was in his early 80s and somewhat nocturnal, I found myself with a pernicious lack of supervision. This led me to discover, under one of the many car covers, a 1952 300S cabriolet. Uncovering the 300S was a moment frozen in 68 time, as I analyzed each flowing curve, piece by piece, realizing that this automobile, for many, was the pinnacle of a great pursuit. I could have had that fine car for $250,000, but I would have had to put the engine back in it, and I couldn’t even afford a 450SL back then. A few years later, some Germans emancipated the cars and parts, and that was the last I heard. Values have since risen, but “just” $500k will buy you a good 300S roadster. A majestic car The 300S (W188 I) was built from 1952 to 1954. The late-1953 cars and 1954 cars are still 300S, but they are sometimes called 300Sb, due to a few minor updates. This has no effect on values, as they are still carbureted. The 1955-introduced 300Sc (W188 II), which was built until early 1958, is the fuel-injected version. All of these were built as cabriolets, roadsters with a disappearing top and fixed-roof coupes — sometimes with a sunroof. The open cars always sell for more, and the cheapest form of entry into the W188 club is via an early 300S coupe. Also, while based on the W186 300 Adenauer, these are NOT Adenauers by any stretch, even if the chassis, suspension and driveline are similar. Okay, let’s turn back to our $863,000 300S. Does this sound expensive to you? If it were a 300Sc (the fuelinjected version), it would be an appropriate sum of money. However, this is the carbureted 300S, which the 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Lot 5076, s/n 1880100020253 Condition 1Sold at $643,500 Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/10/15 SCM# 256742 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300S Lot 130, s/n 1880104500019 Condition 2Sold at $506,618 Bonhams, Stuttgart, DEU, 3/28/15 SCM# 264639 1952 Mercedes-Benz 300S Lot 114, s/n 188010001852 Condition 1Sold at $485,273 RM Auctions, London, U.K., 9/8/14 SCM# 245371 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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market perceives as significantly (usually over $200k) less valuable. How did this color-changed 300S roadster sell for a number blatantly within 300Sc territory? Kienle — that’s all you need to know Imagine a workshop where 10 Germans are lifting a 300SL body off of its frame in a dedicated workspace. In an adjacent room, a 600 is being fine-tuned on the dyno. This place, in Heimerdingen, Germany, carries all the required parts, can perform any needed service and charges whatever it needs to make things work right. No shortcuts here. The man behind this Mercedes wonderland, Klaus Kienle, is a vet- eran of the Mercedes-Benz luxury and sports car division (which folded in the early 1980s, after the 600 ended production). Kienle opened his eponymous operation to provide the same level of service to owners of these fine Mercedes — including pre-war cars. A car that Kienle restored is restored properly — and that’s it. As such, I would expect any of their products to command a top-of-themarket price. There’s one little idiosyncrasy about this car that bothers me. Kienle is not known for changing colors, and this 300S was born in 629 cream (it’s really a melon or pale orange). When it comes to Mercedes, the original color, no matter how simple or weird, is as much a part of the car as a man’s soul is to his existence. The color is one of the primary components of a classic Mercedes’ identity. While Kienle often restores Mercedes for resale, this encourages the suspicion that our subject 300S was a customer car that was resold immediately upon completion. Good examples still plentiful At Auctions America’s recent Fort Lauderdale sale, there was a 1952 300S roadster on offer (Lot 524), which sold for $506,000, including buyer’s premium. This one got my attention at the auction and I looked it over in detail. While it was not a fresh restoration, it was a solid car that I wouldn’t be afraid of. When it sold for what it did, my first thought was that a lucky person bought a usable 300S for a market-correct price that could be enjoyed without major expense. Recent sales show that the value disparity between the 300S and 300Sc in the United States is even greater than in Europe. In 2014, RM Auctions sold a 300Sc roadster for $1.1 million at their Amelia Island sale, effectively proving that the open 300Sc was sustainably in the million-dollar club. The disparity in values has always been on the side of the 300S, with consistent sales around the $500k mark on both continents. If you check the SCM Platinum Auction Database, you will find that 300S roadsters are generally selling in the $500k–$600k range, and they are also readily available. Expect some needs — and depreciation With a whopping 50 miles on the odometer, I hardly believe that our subject 300S is ready to go. Every restoration comes with a few adjustments that need to be made, so hopefully the new owner won’t mind paying for these at Kienle prices — after the European Union has taken the buyer to the cleaners with its lofty VAT. I don’t see this car appreciating in value either, especially with use. One thing we can bank on is that the green car was restored correctly. As for the Auctions America 300S, there will certainly be repairs needed. However, just $30,000 to $60,000 would make this a fully functional, gorgeous W188. The buyers of both cars purchased great examples, but the 1953 300S Bonhams sold in Stuttgart was not a deal by any stretch. It was well sold, and probably unrepeatable — for now. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.) June 2016 69


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American Profile 1991 AM General M998 Humvee These ex-military vehicles were once rare on the market, but they are now entering civilian life in droves by B. Mitchell Carlson Details Years produced: 1983–present Number produced: 300,000-plus (260,000 for the U.S. Army, 44,000 for the U.S. Marine Corps) Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $33,000; high sale, $77,000 Chassis # location: Riveted to the outboard driver’s seat stanchion, frame stamped near steering box Club: Military Vehicle Preservation Association Web: www.mvpa.org Alternatives: 1983–86 Chevrolet M1008 K-30 pickup CUCV series; 1953–83 M151, M151A1, M151A2 MUTT; 1971-85 Steyr Pinzgauer SCM Investment Grade: C Comps 1993 AM General Humvee Lot 1051, s/n None Condition 5+ Sold at $27,025 Auctions America, Portola Valley, CA, 7/12/14 Chassis number: 114689 F rom the Ground Force Collection, this 1991 authentic military M998 Humvee/M998 Humvee cargo/troop carrier is built for almost every terrain imaginable and gets to its final destination. It has automatic transmission, a strong 6.2-liter diesel engine, a removable cargo cover, and was upgraded throughout its military life. Due to U.S. military rules, this vehicle cannot be exported and must be purchased by a U.S. citizen. SCM Analysis This vehicle, Lot 57, sold for $22,000, including buyer’s pre- mium, at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in West Palm Beach, FL, on April 8, 2016. During the late 1970s, post-Vietnam evaluation of what worked — and what didn’t — the U.S. military sought to replace all quarter-ton through 1¼-ton tactical vehicles with a single platform. In particular, the M151 quarter-ton MUTT jeeps (which had rollover issues) and the M561 1¼-ton articulated Gama Goat had to go. The economical stopgap in 1977 was the adoption of the M880 series of trucks based on the Dodge W-200 three-quarter-ton four-wheel-drive pickup. This was a 70 step in the right direction, but it was not entirely what the military had in mind. In 1979, the Army outlined what it really wanted, which started the High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) program. High on the Army’s wish list were extreme off-road maneuverability, large payload, greater survivability in a combat environment, use of readily available commercial components, and diesel power. Three companies competed for the contract: Chrysler Defense, Teledyne and AMC’s AM General division. It became obvious that AM General had this vehicle dialed in. Their version of the HMMWV (which in short order was nicknamed “Humvee” by the troops and then copyrighted by AM General) got a developmental contract in 1981, with the first production contract in March 1983 for 2,334 units. With aluminum bodywork that was easily configurable, the basic truck was a M998, while units with a front-mounted winch became a M1038. The first of the Humvees arrived shortly before the end of my stint in the Air Force. Granted, I mostly drove Commercial Utility Cargo Vehicles (CUCVs); military versions of the 1984–86 Chevrolet K-30 pickup and Blazer built as a stopgap before Humvees were fully 1970 Ford M151A2 Lot T82, s/n 02KB217036492 Condition 3 Sold at $13,910 Mecum, Indianapolis, IN, 5/18/13 SCM# 219515 SCM# 244516 1985 AM General Humvee Lot 72, s/n 653 Condition 3+ Sold at $24,255 Silver Auctions, Fort McDowell, AZ, 1/10/03 SCM# 29832 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson


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integrated. Given the choice, I’d take a CUCV over a Humvee any day of the week. Sure, I can see the benefits of standardization, and you really had to try hard to get a Humvee stuck. However, since I experienced Humvees as overly complex to maintain — along with having poor visibility and being loud, hot and fatiguing to drive — you won’t have to worry about me bidding against you for one. Yet I still understand the fascination for them by vets and civilians alike. No military Humvees for years While the Humvee was constantly upgraded and new variations were put into ser- vice during the past two decades, there will be no more new U.S. military production. AM General lost out to Oshkosh for the Humvee’s replacement platform in 2015. Civilian interest in real mil-spec Humvees has not diminished since Desert Storm in 1991, especially as the rugged vehicles were constantly on the news during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prior to 2014, the U.S. Department of Defense barred the Humvee from civilian sales. Telling the American public they can’t have something just makes them want it even more. A few managed to escape the U.S. military’s grasp before 2014, mostly through companies that had contracts for Humvee components. Other Humvees filtered out through state and local agencies that got hand-me-downs from the U.S. military. Those few Humvees saw sky-high pricing in the area of $45k and up for running examples that carried titles. U.S. military procedure for condemned Humvees was destructive disassembly, sell- ing the pieces as scrap through contract auctions. The level of disassembly tended to vary, but it ranged from shredding whole trucks to just separating bare frames from bare bodies. Spending $20k to $30k would get you enough parts to create a runner. Titling the rig usually meant claiming it was the 1986 Chevy Suburban that provided the engine and transmission. Once-forbidden fruit now easy pickings Even two years ago, the selling price of our featured example would’ve been a smoking-hot deal for a real, unmolested military Humvee, as so few were in circulation. However, the landscape has changed. A new vendor, Iron Planet, won the contract for selling surplus U.S. military vehicles in 2014. Upon winning the contract, they created a new subsidiary called GovPlanet.com and reached out to their customer base, including the historic military vehicle community, to see how to best serve everyone. One of the hot topics that refused to die was purchasing surplus Humvees. Iron Planet approached the U.S. military about it. After discussions among various government agencies, it was decided to sell to the public Humvees that were deemed unworthy to refurbish. None of the Humvees are sold with armor, weapons mounts or titles. In addition, buyers have to sign a “Waiver and Hold Harmless” agreement — and get an End-Use Certificate. The waiver agreement is a “I bought it knowing what I got myself into” document. The End-Use Certificate is required because Humvees are a “Commercially Controlled” dedicated military design, so the sale has to be to a U.S. citizen, and per the State and Commerce Departments, they are illegal to export. The first of the online-only auctions took place in December 2014, with prices in the usual $20k to $40k range. However, as more have come on the market (sales are conducted on a weekly basis), prices have steadily fallen. Also affecting the market is that now buyers can apply for an SF97 — the government document used to apply for a title. However, as it’s designated for offroad-use, your state may or may not honor it. Currently, non-running examples have opening bids at $5,000. Current market awash with Humvees During one recent auction, several Humvees didn’t get opening bids, and even more garnered only one to three bids. Non-runners that sold range from rigs with major components removed (no engine and/or transmission) to having all the reservoir plugs removed to drain all the fluids and then tossing all of the plugs into the cab. As such, you may have a parts truck — or you may have a nice runner with $100 worth of fluids and one evening of work. On the other hand, some Humvees are a glowplug wait away from hitting the trail. Occasionally a few Humvees surface on GovPlanet that don’t come directly from the military. Like earlier escapees, they may be other federal, state, or local agencies that had Humvees transferred to them over the years. Almost all of these Humvees do include a state-issued title, and those trucks command a premium, with starting bids in the $14k to $15k region — and selling prices close to our featured rig. Our featured Humvee was presented as turn-key ready with a title. As such, a collection that is knowledgeable about the mechanical and legal challenges of military vehicles already did the heavy lifting, so it was just a case of bid and buy. That has a great deal of value — well above just the raw truck. Yet in a few months, with more and more Humvees entering the market (and some folks finding out that it’s not their bag of MREs), values are on track to continue settling downwards at a steady rate. This was a decent buy on the day it was bought, but now our featured truck is a market-correct sale. ♦ (Introductory description Jackson.) June 2016 71 courtesy of Barrett


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Race Car Profile 1987 Ford RS200 Coupe This car is insanely fast, insanely quick, insanely direct and abrupt, and if you are a good enough driver, insanely fun by Thor Thorson Details Years produced:1985–86 Number produced: 200 Original list price: £50,000 ($75,000) Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $213,107; high sale, $522,500 Engine # location: Top of motor mount intake side Club:Ford RS Owners Club Web: www.rsownersclub.co.uk Alternatives: 1984 Audi Quattro S1, 1985–86 Lancia Delta S4, 1985–86 Peugeot 205 T16 E2 SCM Investment Grade: B Comps Chassis number: SFACXXBJ2CGL00112 M asterminded by its European Motor Sports boss, Stuart Turner, the RS200 was Ford’s ambitious attempt at producing a championship-winning Group B rally car. Overseen by Ford Motor Sports Chief Engineer John Wheeler, the RS200 project commenced in 1983 with production of 200 cars planned to meet Group B requirements, hence the name. The design, by Tony Southgate, eventually crystallized as a compact mid-engined coupe powered by a turbocharged version of the 1.8-liter 16valve Cosworth BDA engine and equipped with fourwheel drive. This engine produced 250 bhp in road-going trim with up to 500 bhp available in rally tune. Ford’s Italian subsidiary, Carrozzeria Ghia, was entrusted with the styling, producing a purposeful yet elegant design that has stood the test of time like few of its contemporaries. Aston Martin-owned Tickford built the composite body shells at Newport Pagnell. The RS200 was first publicly displayed in 1984 and homologated in February 1986 after the required 200 examples had been built — all apart from the initial six prototypes being completed at Reliant’s factory at Shenstone, Staffordshire. Its first World Championship event was that year’s Swedish Rally, where the car, driven by Kalle Grundel, finished 3rd overall, a most promising debut. The RS200 went on to achieve a total of 19 wins and 32 podium finishes at international level before the year’s end, securing several national championships along the way. Sadly, that would be the limit of its rallying achieve- 72 ments, as FIA pulled the plug on the Group B supercars at the end of a season blighted by a number of fatal accidents — some involving spectators. Seeking to recoup some of the £10 million ($15 million) rumored to have been spent on the project, Ford stripped down 120 RS200s and rebuilt them as road-legal supercars to be sold at around £50,000 ($75,000) apiece. Purchased new by the current vendor from Stormont Ford of Tunbridge Wells, the right-hand-drive RS200 offered here — chassis 112 — has the uprated 350 bhp engine. After a little over 6,000 miles had been covered, the car was put up on blocks (in 1994) and has been carefully stored and not used since. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 68, sold for $213,107 at Bonhams’ Goodwood, U.K., auc- tion on March 20, 2016. Okay, let’s start with the basics: Of all the cars sold from a dealership as an ostensibly street-legal ride in the history of the automobile, the Ford RS200 is arguably the most just-flat insane. It is insanely fast, insanely quick, insanely direct and abrupt, and if you are a good enough driver, insanely fun. This is a tiny, sort-of-weird-looking car that for 12 years held the Guinness Book of World Records title for fastest accelerating car — 0–100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.02 seconds. There are cars today that will do this and better, but they have all the electronic “nannies” — traction control, stability control, plus huge tires — to keep the driver from killing himself. 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution Lot 54, s/n SFACXXBJ2CGL00106 Condition 2 Sold for $539,000 Gooding & Co., Pebble Beach, CA, 8/16/15 SCM# 266281 1985 Ford RS200 Lot 631, s/n SFACXXBJ2CGL00114 Condition: 2+ Sold for $169,997 Silverstone, Birmingham, U.K., 11/16/13 SCM# 231925 1986 Ford RS200 Lot 112, s/n SFACXXBJ2CGL00156 Condition 1- Sold for $163,654 Silverstone, Silverstone NEC, Birmingham, U.K., 11/17/12 SCM# 214620 Sports Car Market Courtesy of Bonhams


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The RS200 driver had two feet, two hands, and hopefully some good sense. Most rally people know the term “Killer Bs,” which refer to the spectacular and exciting — but also lethal — Group B rally cars of the mid-1980s. This is the car that gave them the name. Bringing a big hammer One of the advantages of being a huge company is that you can bring incredible resources to focus on accomplishing something that the top brass wants to see done. Ford demonstrated this convincingly with the GT40 program in championship endurance racing, and in the mid 1980s, decided to do it again in world rallying. Audi Quattros, Fiat’s four-wheel-drive Lancias and Peugeots had seriously outclassed Ford’s production-based rally cars, so the decision was made to start from scratch and create a purpose-built racer to beat them. Ford hired the best designers and gave them a blank sheet of paper — and a budget to match. There was a 200-car minimum production for homologation (thus the name RS200) and while Audi and Peugeot fielded variations on their production car (and Lancia made theirs at least look like a production car), Ford just said, “Design us the ultimate rally car and we’ll build 200 of them.” And they did just that. With an aluminum chassis, a carbon/compos- ite body, a turbocharged Cosworth 4-valve engine set in the middle of the car with the transmission in front, all-wheel-drive, and double coilover shock/springs at all corners, this was a wickedly complex — but strong and well-balanced — package. There was absolutely nothing subtle or compromised about this car, which had a spartan interior and no amenities. It drove like a truck at anything less than flat out, and the turbo lag was awful if you didn’t keep the engine spooled up, but in the right hands, doing what it was made to do, it was spectacular. The advantage to turbocharging and fuel injection is that horse- power can be adjusted by changing boost and fuel delivery, so the relatively anemic 250 horsepower in the street version was easily boosted to almost 500 horsepower in the competition cars. Worried that even that wasn’t enough, Ford modified 24 cars to the “Evolution” version that could make 800 horsepower. That kind of power, in a 2,200-pound car, makes for an insane ride. Too powerful and too fast The problem was that in doing this, Ford had finally stepped over the edge and created a car that was simply too powerful and too fast for use on public roads. Entered for the 1986 season, the RS200 had some moderate success, but then things went wrong. There was a horrible crash in Portugal that killed three spectators and injured 30. Then there was another crash in Germany where the driver and co-driver were lost in a fireball. The writing was on the wall. At the end of 1986, the FIA abolished Group B cars from rally competition in favor of a more sane approach. A few cars carried on in Rallycross competition (effectively closedcircuit rally racing) and one even tried IMSA in the United States, but fundamentally it was over. The Killer Bs had passed into history. July 2016 73 All of this left Ford in a bit of a pickle. They still had something like 120 incredible weapons built for a battle that no could longer be fought — and those, candidly, weren’t much good for anything else. With few options available, Ford upgraded the interiors a bit to make them more acceptable and tried to market them as an affordable supercar (if you wanted an unaffordable supercar, Ferrari had just introduced the F40). They didn’t exactly fly off the showroom floor — it appears that the last car finally left Ford in 1994 — and I understand that the £50,000 ($75,000) sticker price was “negotiable.” A friend of mine in Denver bought at least six as a package and brought them into the United States as racing cars (to dodge EPA and DOT requirements). Eventually, the ones that didn’t get wrecked in demonstrations (at least one that I know of) were sold off as track toys. Now a little-used legend Unlike the GT40, the RS200 never really caught the attention or imagination of the enthusiast community and was soon, if not completely forgotten, relegated to countless barroom stories told by those who had experienced driving the RS200. The underlying problem with the RS200 is that there is really noth- ing much that you can do with them short of scaring yourself or your passenger silly (one of the barroom stories has to do with a suburban Denver cop who asked for a ride and returned with very stained pants). They aren’t much fun to putter around in, and using one at even close to its intended performance requires a professional driver or a death wish (or both). The result is that most of them sit unused in collections. One or two come up for sale in the average year, almost none with any mileage or wear — and seldom even one with history. Their value has grown slowly but consistently over the past 20 years or so, more in keeping with weapons grade and racing car appreciation than with the collector market. That said, they are very cool in a subversive kind of way. They are a giggle to drive occasionally, and with the horsepower upgrades can get to 100 mph as fast as a Veyron. This is not bad value if you want that kind of thing. I’d say fairly bought. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Bonhams.)


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Race Car Profile The Cumberford Perspective The Ford RS200 looks a lot like a highway car, but it is a serious racer By Robert Cumberford 4 N ature is more regular than man. The genus Magicicada cicada emerges from its underground hibernation cycle every 17 years — precisely. Roughly every two decades, the Ford Motor Company produces a small series of road-going performance cars. From the GT40 to this RS200 the gap was 19 years, from it to the non-racer Ford GT was 22 years more, and from the last V8 GT to the current Le Mans V6 GT took 21 years. The RS200 is little known in the United States, which is too bad. It is the simplicity of the rather graceless shape that has preserved its attractiveness for more than 30 years. The RS200 is not pretty, but it does seem to have been created more for the highway than for the racetrack, and if its usability for commuting to work is purely illusory, it does engender fantasies of blasting along traffic-free back roads with joy. Too bad Group B cars like the Porsche 959, Peugeot T-16 and this Ford were banned from international com but we have all be from their huge in in performance — i speed and road ho — and today’s ord road cars are the b for their having ex I wonder what For will come up with t decades hence. ♦ 7 3 5 6 2 1 FRONT 3/4 VIEW 1 Simple slots feed air to the front brakes. This is a clean, clear and effective design, repeated above for the radiators. 2 To keep the sight lines down in front, the headlamps are allowed to rise above the surface in nacelles. 3 There is a hint of the GT40 in these cooling air outlets on top of the hood, the only visual link to the company’s past efforts. 4 Extremely dramatic, the full-width rooftop scoop is not likely to pick up grass or gravel, and feeds air directly into the engine compartment. 5 Unusual for a rally or 9 8 11 racing car, the wraparound backlight provides fairly decent rear vision. 6 The rear wheelhouses are bulged — but not extremely so. The RS200 was never meant to be a regular road car, but the Ghia design nonetheless gives the impression of having been intended for the purpose. REAR 3/4 VIEW 7 Once again, simple, matter-of-fact, totally unstyled slots take care of cooling needs. 8 Downforce wanted, downforce supplied with a huge incorporated wing on the upswept tail — with ducted hot-air outlets at the ends. Not pretty, but brutally effective. 9 Slots in the rear transpar- ency are presumably effective, and they are definitely decorative — shouting seriousness. 10 This rising line gives a clear wedge effect, which was deemed important in the 1980s. It’s too bad that it was forgotten on the rear, but its continuation would have interfered with the taillights. 11 The excellent forward sight lines are obvious in this view, and the limited jounce travel of the front wheels is apparent. 12 The Ghia badge is modest, but modesty is appropriate, as styling seems to have been done in a rush, without any of the refinement that 10 always absorbs a great deal of time. INTERIOR VIEW (see previous page) I’m not enthralled with the garish bright red seats and steering wheel — nor with the rectangular instrument panel elements that would be perfectly at home in a German light truck — but there’s no disputing the seriousness of design intent here. The RS200 cockpit is a place for serious business — not comfortable cruising — and there would be no flopping around for anyone buckled tight into those buckets. There’s a tiny bit of fantasy in the door panels, with a curved line and sculpted door pulls. 12 74


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Next Gen Profile 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Most mass-produced modern supercars are still depreciating, but that won’t last forever by Jeff Zurschmeide Details Years produced: 2003–13 Number produced: 14,022 Original list price: $200,000 Current SCM Valuation: Median to date, $121,000; high sale, $127,500 Tune-up cost: $800 Distributor cap: N/A Club: Lamborghini Club America Web: www.lamborghiniclubamerica.com Alternatives: 2011–15 Ferrari 458 Spider, 2010–12 Audi R8 Spyder, 2011–14 McLaren 12C SCM Investment Grade: D Comps 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Lot 780; s/n ZHWGU22T47LA05212 Condition 1- Chassis number: ZHWGU22T17LA05264 I ntroduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003, the Gallardo was intended to complement the 12-cylinder Murciélago in Lamborghini’s model line. Far from entry level, however, the Gallardo was a 10-cylinder, fire-breathing supercar that not only offers world-class performance, but all the refinement and technology that Audi ownership has afforded the sports car manufacturer from Sant’Agata Bolognese. Two years after the introduction of the coupe, the Gallardo Spyder was released. This new model featured a folding soft top; the Spyder’s top is a properly lined and insulated piece that stows or deploys noiselessly in just over 20 seconds, using electrohydraulic power from two actuators. Additionally there were 20 more horsepower, a lower-ratio gearbox, recalibrated suspension, strengthened chassis and more precise steering. Its permanent all-wheel-drive system makes it easy to use all 520 hp to their full potential. This mid-engined sports car conveys an impression of impending power even when static. The design language, inspired by contemporary aircraft construction, is clearly discernible. The appearance is characterized by edges and straight surfaces. The Spyder’s far-forward cockpit with its steeply raked windscreen gives it a forceful profile. In keeping with the style of the coupe version, the Spyder’s flowing roofline mirrors the coupe when the soft top is closed. The design incorporates the authentic Spyder experience with no visible roll-over bars but instead a fully retractable glass window and 76 invisible pop-up bars which are activated in case of an emergency. Powered by an impressive 5.2-liter, 520-hp DOHC V10 powerplant, this Gallardo has the desirable 6-speed E-Gear (auto and paddle shift) transmission. Other mechanical attributes include four-wheel disc brakes that have massive ventilated rotors, all-wheel drive, fourwheel independent suspension with double wishbones in front and rear, plus front and rear stabilizer bars. The car’s fully integrated design and technical development has yielded stylistic elements that invariably have an underlying practical function. The two-tone seats are heated and have eight-way adjustment, including height; other features include Callisto two-piece wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, power mirrors, power windows, navigation, power top, AM/ FM/CD, analog instrumentation, tasteful leather and alloy interior trim elements, remote keyless door locks and air conditioning. The V10 Lamborghini Gallardo has proven to be one of the Italian company’s greatest success stories, with over 14,000 units being produced since its 2003 inception. The final example rolled off the assembly line in November of 2013, and the model continues to be a very sought-after supercar. This is the perfect opportunity for someone who is looking for a barely used Gallardo that will stand out from any other example on the road. Please note this vehicle shows 7,361 miles instead of the 1,300 listed in the catalog, and while the seller Not sold at $132,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 04/05/13 SCM# 216025 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Lot 740.1, s/n ZHWGU22T47LAO4212 Condition 1Sold at $178,200 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas, NV, 9/28/13 SCM# 228086 2007 Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder Lot 320080177597; s/n N/A Condition 1 Sold at $205,000 eBay, 10/20/07 SCM# 47396 Sports Car Market Tyler Allen ©2016, courtesy of Auctions America


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believes the miles to be actual and the title states the same, CARFAX shows a mileage inconsistency. This is believed to be a clerical error within CARFAX. SCM Analysis This car, Lot 205, sold for $105,600, including buyer’s premium, at Auctions America’s Fort Lauderdale, FL, auction on April 1, 2016. Interest in exotic cars has never been higher than it is today. In fact, we are living the glory years of the supercar right now. One benefit of living in any golden age is that today’s (and tomorrow’s) collectors will have the first opportunities to acquire the best cars at the most attractive prices. In the past, exotic cars were considered exotic in large part because they were vanishingly rare. Ferrari didn’t hit triple-digit annual production until 1957, and the company didn’t build more than 1,000 cars per year until 1971. In that era, Enzo Ferrari was still personally signing each car’s warranty card. In contrast, current Ferrari production is around 7,000 cars per year, with a goal of 9,000 units annually by 2019. That’s still boutique auto making, but a great difference from a factory that rolls out a couple of cars per week. Lamborghini gets cranking With Lamborghini, the numbers are even more striking. The Lamborghini Silhouette was made from 1976 to 1979, and a total of 54 units were built in that period. The Silhouette was succeeded by the Jalpa, of which just 410 were made from 1981 to 1988. The Gallardo, built from 2003 to 2013, totaled 14,022 units, of which 13,992 were road-going models. That’s three times as many cars as the second-most-common Lamborghini, the Murcielago, at 4,099 cars produced over 10 years from 2001 to 2010. So what happened? Primarily, Lamborghini was purchased by VW/Audi in 1998, giving the Italian supercar manufacturer the backing to raise production levels — and access to technology and engineering resources they hadn’t had before. The dramatic rise in Gallardo production will be critical to future collectibility of the model (and its successors) because it means that the normal market rules of mass-produced collector cars will apply — rather than the unicorn market of the older exotics. The rules of depreciation and appreciation Conventionally, cars hit their lowest values at about 15 to 20 years of age, before they disappear into junkyards or start to rise again as collectibles. The first Gallardos are approaching the 15-year mark, and while it is certain that they will eventually rise again, the question is how much and when. Is a modern exotic a good investment as well as a fun ride and a great conversation piece? Because of their initial purchase price and desirability, no Lamborghini is going to go through any period of middle-aged neglect like a Pontiac Trans Am or Chevrolet Corvette. Exotics will always be garaged and babied, with minimal miles on the clock. However, the sheer number of cars available will help to keep prices under control indefinitely. Attrition in numbers will come exclusively from collision damage — not rust. Still riding the downward curve Looking at this sale, it’s clear that prices are still falling. The 2007 Gallardo Spyder had an original sticker price right around $200,000, depending on options. Lamborghini made 1,015 Gallardo Spyders that year, and an additional 936 coupes. The years 2006 to 2008 were the largest production runs of the Gallardo line, at about 2,000 cars per year. So a sale price of $105,600 is at par — about half the original value for a 9-year-old car. Like most exotics, this car shows extremely low mile- age and great care taken, but as always, a buyer should be sure to perform due diligence. In the text of the catalog description, the car is vari- ously described as having 13,000, 1,300 and 7,361 miles on the odometer. With an exotic, that makes a difference. Also, buyers should note that the 2007 Gallardo came with the 5.0-liter V10 at 520 metric horsepower, not the 5.2-liter, which debuted in 2008, at 560 metric horsepower. The auction listing shows the correct horsepower — but incorrect displacement. In short, there’s nothing wrong with this car, but the sale price was not as high as comparable sales from just a few years ago. With dozens of sub-models and special editions out there, the value of any particular Gallardo is still unique. But the trend still seems downward for the moment, and that’s good news for buyers — especially younger collectors who grew up with Lamborghini posters on the wall and are now hunting down the real deal. There will be plenty of quality stock to choose from over the next decade, and collectors can be choosy and economical in their bids. If you miss out on one Gallardo, there’s sure to be another one crossing the block soon. ♦ (Introductory description courtesy of Auctions America.) July 2016 77


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THE 15th ANNUAL SCM MONTEREY INSIDER’S SEMINAR Chat With The Experts Moderated by Keith Martin, Publisher, Sports Car Market Hyman Mark Bomstead Carl Collier Miles • When Will a 1967 911S Sell for $300,000? • Will MGs and Triumphs Be Cheap Forever? • How Can a Plastic 308 Be Worth $250,000? Osborne Donald Serio Stephen An open forum to discuss issues of interest for collectors. Topics to include: SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016 Gooding & Company Auction Pavilion, Pebble Beach, CA • 9:30–11:30 a.m. • Why Not Buy a Garage Full of Countaches? • Panelists’ Picks for Best Buys at Monterey This Year After the discussion, panelists will offer detailed examinations of select cars to be offered at the Gooding sale. Space is Limited — Sign Up Today Complimentary admission for SCM Platinum members and Gooding registered bidders. SCM subscribers, $35 for two; non-subscribers, $70 for two. Not a subscriber? Sign up today and save on admission, or upgrade to Platinum and your admission is free! To enroll, and for the latest information, go to www.sportscarmarket.com/monterey2016 or call 503.261.0555 Ext. 217


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Market Reports Overview New Data for a New Era How is this year quantifiably different than years past? By Chad Tyson Top 10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) L 1. 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss roadster, $2,594,170—Bonhams, DEU, p. 135 2. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $1,219,097—Bonhams, U.K., p. 106 3. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SC cabriolet, $894,989—Bonhams, DEU, p. 126 4. 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S roadster, $862,562—Bonhams, DEU, p. 126 5. 1926 Mercedes-Benz 24/100/140 PS Model K convertible, $855,403—Bonhams, DEU, p. 122 6. 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe, $649,000— Auctions America, FL, p. 90 7. 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre tourer, $464,604—Bonhams, U.K., p. 100 8. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 coupe, $404,250—Auctions America, FL, p. 96 9. 1924 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost cabriolet, $383,476— Bonhams, U.K., p. 100 10. 2005 Ford GT coupe, $319,000—Auctions America, FL, p. 97 Best Buys 1965 Ford Mustang GT coupe, $22,802—Anglia Car Auctions, U.K., p. 154 80 arge, high-profile auctions during the first three months of the year — Arizona in January, Paris in February and Amelia Island in March — contrast sharply with April, May and June. During these three months, regional sales command buyers’ attention. The general market trend has been down from 2015, and most, but not all, sales featured in this issue show a similar downward step. Sales numbers dropped at the annual Mercedes-Benz Museum sale, hosted by Bonhams for the third consecutive year. Total dollars were down 49% on four fewer cars sold when contrasted with last year, but that can happen when the majority of million-dollar-plus cars don’t sell. A rare Stirling Moss SLR McLaren topped all sales at $2,594,170. On the same weekend as the Mercedes sale, Bonhams’ second annual Members’ Meeting sale saw increases in cars offered, sold and total sales. The 78 sold cars brought in $8,167,972, with a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing the high sale at $1,219,097. Auctions America spent the first weekend of April kicking off their annual slate of sales with the Fort Lauderdale auction. Sellers saw 69% of their cars find new homes to the total tune of $19,743,005. Any disappointment from the $1.5m drop from last year’s total sales should be assuaged by the nearly $8k average per car increase. Branson’s spring event saw impressive gains over last year’s auction — 23 more cars sold, and buyers spent an additional $1m — grossing $3,353,346. At the otherwise affordable-for-everyone auction, the high sale was a 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon airplane for $302,500. You might be familiar with that specific one, as it’s “de Plane” from the TV show “Fantasy Island.” Leake hosted one of their premier auctions in Dallas the same weekend as two other sales within a day’s drive. That’s the most probable cause for a dip in total sales from $6.3m last year to $4,097,555 this year. High-sale honors went to a custom 1954 Chevrolet Corvette at $96,800. Chad’s Market Moment: We cover dozens and dozens of auctions each year in these pages, with even more results in our online SCM Platinum Database, but it’s hard to know how the market is shifting. Sure, anyone can point to the sky-high prices that star cars bring on the block, or notice that there seem to be more Japanese cars appearing at auction now. But what are the actual numbers? How is this year quantifiably different than years past? You’ll notice a couple of new pages following this typi- cal overview. On the first, we’ll show you the actual shift of cars (by era and country of origin) in the past five years. Note that 2016 data is through April 15. The time might be right to sell your 1978–83 Porsche 911SC Sales Totals of Auctions in This Issue GAA Greensboro, NC March 3, 2016 Stuttgart, DEU March 19, 2016 Chichester, U.K. March 20, 2016 Fort Lauderdale, FL April 1–3, 2016 King’s Lynn, U.K. April 10–11, 2016 April 15–16, 2016 Leake April 15–16, 2016 $0 Dallas, TX Branson, MO Branson ACA $3m $3.4m $4.1m $5m 1: National concours standard/perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition $10m SCM 1–6 Scale Condition Rating: 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts The second page features the return of a longtime SCM favorite, Buy/Sell/Hold. We’ll look at the numbers and make our best assessment for a car to buy given its upward value trajectory, a car to sell since it’s on the decline, and a car to hold because we are waiting to see how the market reacts to new information or models. Also on that page is a 10-year look back at the average selling price for four different models of cars and how they’ve shifted up or down. ♦ $15m $20m Auctions America Bonhams Bonhams $10.2m $7.2m $8.2m $19.7m 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 coupe, $105,600—Auctions America, FL, p. 88 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible, $56,100—Branson, MO, p. 142 1966 Ford Mustang coupe, $10,120—Branson, MO, p. 144 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SEL 4.5 sedan, $33,837—Bonhams, DEU, p. 131 Sports Car Market


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Market Reports Trending Now Collectors Shifting from American Cars Data over past five years show increases in Italian and German cars, and an upward sales trend of modern cars Sales Percentage by Years Built % of Market Number of Cars Sold 2000–Present 14% +75% % change from 2011 –57% +9% 1974–99 24% 1946–64 24% 1886–1945 8% –33% 2016 YTD (4/15/2 plus % ch from 2 U.S. $208,094,001 36% +9% –17% from 2011 Total $ Sales by Country of Origin France $25,512,439, 4% +1% Germany $118,712,604 20% Total: $581,274,632 –3% 1965–73 30% % of Market 2000–Present 12% 1886–1945 10% 2015 Total U.S. $636,429,914 35% 1974–99 22% 1946–64 25% +12% $53,607,624, 9% $4,755,532, 0.8% U.K. Japan –6% +0.5% France $43,146,944, 2% Italy $168,807,780 29% Total: $1,808,293,386 Germany $268,207,902 15% Italy $571,444,314 32% 1965–73 31% % of Market 2000–Present 8% 1886–1945 12% 1974–99 22% Italy 1946–64 28% U.S. $498,642,127 53% 1965–73 31% 82 $161,866,635 17% Japan $3,023,070, 0.3% U.K. $141,778,319 15% Sports Car Market 2011 Total U.K. $270,278,831 15% France $31,193,844, 3% Japan $12,887,944, 0.7% Total: $945,941,884 Germany $104,040,532 11% Total Cars Sold — 17,421 Total Cars Sold — 19,298 YTD Total Cars Sold — 5,724


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Market Reports Trending Now Buy/Sell/Hold By Jim Pickering Thinking about wading into the auction market? SCM’s editors offer some recommendations. Price Trends on Key Models Here’s a look at how the average prices of specific models have changed in the auction market over the past 10 years. 1993–95 Mazda RX-7 The last-gen RX-7 is arguably the best looking of the bunch, and it was one of the tuner generation’s halo cars — a generation that’s now starting to look to the collector car market as a place to park money. These will go up. Find a clean example in good colors and hide it away. Current median, $11,300; high sale, $55,000 The Takeaway: If you bought an E-type in 2011, you’re feeling pretty smart right now. The Takeaway: Porsches were up 400%, but have softened since 2014. 1978–83 Porsche 911SC The 911SC is a wonderful car, but their values have been on a steady climb for some time now, and while I don’t think they’re going to drop, I also don’t see them getting much higher. Sell now at the peak. Current median, $31,600; high sale, $60,654 2005–06 Ford GT Values have held strong on the GT more or less since it was new. What’s the buzz around the new GT going to do to prices of the old ones? It’s anybody’s guess, and I’d wait to see where the market starts to turn before selling or buying. Current median, $319,000; high sale, $605,000 July 2016 The Takeaway: MGBs just can’t seem to go up in value. The Takeaway: After a peak in 2015, 300SL prices have slipped back. 83 BUY SELL HOLD


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL Auctions America — Fort Lauderdale 2016 Sales numbers show market stability as average prices rise slightly Company Auctions America Date April 1–3, 2016 Location Fort Lauderdale, FL Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Mike Shackelton Automotive lots sold/offered 301/435 Sales rate 69% Sales total $19,743,005 High sale 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, sold at $649,000 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices A car with a lot of eyeball — 1964 Porsche 356SC coupe, sold at $99,000 Report and photos by Pierre Hedary Market opinions in italics A uctions America’s Fort Lauderdale sale always promises to be exciting, and this year was no different. With pleasant Florida weather, many potential owners of classic cars traveled here with the intention of escaping the cold and adding a new vehicle to their stable. The auction grossed $19,743,005 for all and the likelihood of selling a sub-par example at a market-correct price diminishes in the face of inevitable sales of better cars for sub-market money. The high sale of this auction was a Ferrari Daytona that sold for a very reasonable $649k. The last completed 1948 Tucker was bid to a no-sale of $850k. On the other hand, the cheapest lot was a Dodge Omni 024 that sold for all of $935. In addition to the Tucker, some of the surprising no-sales included a black Fort Lauderdale, FL vehicles sold. Compared with last year’s $21.3 million cumulative total, this shows a minor variation and good market stability — especially remembering there were 435 lots on offer, down from last year’s 495. This year’s sales rate was a healthy 69%, off just 7% from last year’s 76%. The average sold price was $65,591 — higher than last year’s $58k average — with 301 lots finding new homes. Regarding the slight drop in percentage sold, I have an idea why it dipped a bit. Make and model saturation at these larger auctions has become even more pronounced this year. Forty Porsches were offered; most were some variant of air-cooled 911. When buyers have the power of choice on their side, they become incredibly picky, 84 BMW M1, with a high bid of $470k, and a remarkable Yenko Camaro, which made it to $325k before bidding stopped. Consignors brought some some great affordable classics here as well. A Sunbeam Tiger Series I sold for $66k and appeared to be a solid, fun car. A 1964 Porsche 356 sold for just $57,200 and looked ready to enjoy with only a few minimal needs. Finally, my top pick was a 1970 Mercedes 280SE 3.5 coupe which brought just over $100k. This car was equipped with a manual gearbox and a/c, making it the penultimate W111.026. Auctions America is a fun event, even if you are just coming to enjoy the day and look at the cars. It’s never a bad idea to register to bid, either, as fees are low and there might just be a Dodge Omni with your name on it. © Sales Totals $25m $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL ENGLISH #737-1986 JAGUAR XJSC coupe. S/N 130003. Black/black canvas/white leather. Odo: 44,795 miles. Unusual targa-ish XJSC, the kind of car usually seen deteriorating in a wrecking yard. Original paint starting to lift on quarter panels. Numerous touch-ups. Chrome pitting and losing finish. Original interior in pretty good shape, but smells. Supposedly in storage for an eternity. No idea if it runs or gine extremely clean, and appears well taken care of. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $35,750. Values for late XJS models are rising, and this was a textbook example of the trend. Certainly a modern classic to watch as the market hardens. Any of these with fewer than 20,000 miles on them are sure to sell for similar money. Hard to say whether this was fairly bought or not, but time will tell. #752-1995 ROLLS-ROYCE FLYING not, but looks like it has a bunch of recent receipts. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,700. A miracle that it runs, especially because it was laid up so long. With the cosmetic condition as it was, I pegged this as a $3,500 car, but someone saw the same potential that the auction house did and made this risky purchase. Are lessdesirable XJSs coming up as well? #766-1992 LOTUS ESPRIT S4 coupe. S/N 60100. Silver/black leather. Odo: 66,392 miles. Looks like paint may have been redone about five years ago, with excessive metal flake and some questions about door and panel fit. Overall, body very straight, but suffers from typical Lotus build quality. Door panels loose and some creasing on driver’s seat. En- to become a little baggy, as does driver’s seat. Wood in excellent condition; car certainly garaged its whole life. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $24,000. An easy target for someone who wants a prestigious luxury vehicle but doesn’t expect it to gain any extra value. The upkeep of this Rolls-Royce may take the pleasure of such a cheap purchase away. Well bought if it works out that they can just enjoy it before those costs start adding up. GERMAN gine looks very tidy, in good condition for the mileage. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $16,500. The best Esprit examples sell for more than twice this much. Either I missed something when I was assessing it, or someone got a great deal. Because they require such specialized service, exotics scare most buyers away, and may have been the case here. Either way, this looked like a super deal for a nice—if fragile—proper sports car. #431-1993 JAGUAR XJS convertible. S/N 186484. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 4,052 miles. A really nice XJS with low mileage and perfect factory paint. Wheels unworn. Some polishing marks and bright trim scratches. Interior also excellent, as are veneers and dashboard. Top looks unused. En- 86 #719-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 9500079. Black/tan canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 11,307 miles. A freshly baked-for-resell 190SL. Black hides many flaws, but looks like decent paint overall. Some paint chips near the bottom of the car, as engine detail also nice. Looks like a very together car with a lot of eyeball. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $99,000. There was a lot of interest in this car. While it looked great on the floor, there was rust to fix and maybe some other sorting to do. That led me to think the selling price was high and the buyer got caught staring at the paint. #582-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 250SE coupe. S/N 086357. Arabian Gray/red leather. Odo: 58,321 miles. Partially restored 250SE coupe. Paint not very old, and done to a high standard. However, front-seat leather is cheap replacement, with back seat retaining orginal leather. Dash also re-covered; wood veneer is a mixture of refinished and original. Carpet fit marginal around transmission tunnel. Engine SPUR sedan. S/N SCX55170. Black/ Magnolia leather. Odo: 45,869 miles. The market for used British luxury cars like this Flying Spur suggests that there are still people looking for these. This was a very well-kept example, although paint needed some cleaning up to look good. No signs of paint or body repair. Interior unworn, although dash looks like it’s starting well as prep issues on rockers and door bottoms. Gaps and chrome reflective of high cosmetic workmanship. Top fit a little bit loose on the sides, but not bad. Poor-quality interior leather and car has carpets instead of correct rubber mats. Engine bay has correct hose clamps but wrong carburetors. Undercarriage painted flat black. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $103,950. Overheard: “Look at that pretty 300 Gullwing!” This might be the statement explaining the entire 190SL market, as most spectators know what a 300SL is but can’t tell the difference between it and the 190. I was not thrilled with this example. In fact, I’m not thrilled with many examples of the W121, because most have been restored to a cost rather than to Mercedes standards. This was no exception. Fairly bought in this market. #559-1964 PORSCHE 356SC coupe. S/N 217063. Black/red leather. Odo: 51,473 miles. Gleaming black paint with some chips around hood and door edges. Black paint conceals bubbling by headlight in left fender too. Interior replacement decent, but older and taking on a nice shine. Undercarriage very good, and bay a mixture of old and new. The old stuff looks very good, but the new stuff looks awful. Rear axle looks surprisingly good, with new exhaust and correct camber compensator. European headlights fitted. Also, front suspen- Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL sion needs to be lubricated, but engine and transmission are relatively dry externally. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. While 250SE coupes have come up in value lately, they are still not selling for top money in this kind of condition. I could generate a $20k repair bill on this 250SE if it showed up in my shop tomorrow. High bid was totally fair. #731-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 230SL convertible. S/N 019539. Silver/black canvas/ black vinyl. Odo: 70,322 miles. Nice silver paint concealing prep flaws in trunk and hood. Chrome starting to pit. Inside is a bit of a conundrum, with wrong radio, worn shifter bushings and window guides completely worn out. Dash also so-so. Worn-out steering box, #532-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE cabriolet. S/N 11102512002613. Light ivory/ black canvas/Cognac leather. Odo: 15,521 miles. Original 280SE cabriolet was one of two here. Wears a later, comprehensive repaint in original color—thankfully, door jambs and underhood still original. Incorrect antenna. Chrome in good order, with some bubbling and deterioration in select areas. Interior is completely original, and looks far better when compared with other cabriolet. Wood and dashboard also excellent. Top older, but not the D-Jetronic injection, or maybe even a valve job, this was still a killer deal. If you’re a Mercedes enthusiast and you haven’t driven one of these with the manual gearbox, there is a void in your experience that needs to be filled. #478-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 cabriolet. S/N 11102712001947. Medium blue metallic/blue canvas/blue leather. Odo: 3,253 miles. Very original 280SE convertible. At least one repaint, with some chrome work possibly done in the distant past. Rubber and bright trim in very good condition around doors, less so on top frame. Gaps are okay, but driver’s door doesn’t close as it should. Leather original and looks much better than any replacement leather possibly could. incorrect steering wheel. Engine bay shows no effort to make it look like a running, driving car. Original plug wires, but misrouted. Accelerator control rods bent to try to tame fuel mixture. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $46,750. This 230 will need a full restoration before it will be worth more than what it sold for, and 230 values are nowhere near those of the 280SL, especially for an automatic car. Well sold. #562-1967 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 308181. White/tan vinyl. Odo: 64,552 miles. A 911S that took me by surprise, as these colors make the car look a lot more subdued than it is. Paint older and presentable, but with numerous little chips around doors and trunk lid. Overall, paint is good quality. Driver’s seatbottom spring a little worn out and back seats appear to be poorly reupholstered. Aftermarket CD player fitted. Engine bay detailing is very good, and 3-bbl carburetors look like they’ve deteriorating. With camber compensator and rear sits properly. Recent brake work, dry engine, suspension shows no signs of maintenance. Some surface rust underneath car. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $100,100. This car had aged gracefully and had a magical, original leather interior—something most of these lose in image-obsessed South Florida. For less than half the price of a 3.5, this was a good deal, even if it went past its top estimate by $100. BEST BUY #487-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 1110261000524. Silver/red leather. Odo: 81,834 miles. A 3.5 coupe with a manual transmission, only supplied to the European market, and with factory a/c. The Holy Grail for 3.5 coupe enthusiasts. Paint easily an 8.5 of 10, but knocks are too much metal flake and color not an exact match. Interior a little better with Mostly same for dash and wood, with some lacquer starting to peel on bow in front of dash. Equipped with original radio and a/c. Engine bay not bad, showing that the car may have had a great level of care. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $269,500. Hopefully the new owner doesn’t try to restore this one, as too many of these have had quickie restorations that do them absolutely no favors. A benchmark car that we should all appreciate. Sold for a fair price—even if it was $45k over high estimate—as SCM Pocket Price Guide median value is $330k. #151-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 010047. Midnight Blue/blue canvas/blue MB-Tex. Odo: 154,740 miles. Early 450SL with desirable chrome bumpers and D-Jetronic injection engine. Paint very nice and clean, completely dry and free of any visible rust. Looks well cared for, with original seat covers in decent shape. Dash cracked as evidenced by dash cap (which is also cracked). Engine bay looks good, with original spark plug wires, hose clamps on fuel-injection system, distributor cover and a/c hoses. been recently rebuilt. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. If you wanted a Porsche, this was the place, as there were 40 here. This was an under-the-radar kind of car, but with a low estimate of $180k, and with most bidders not understanding the differences between a normal 911 and an S, this was relegated to the unsold arena. Better luck elsewhere. 88 original red leather and dash. Some wood work probably done in this W111’s past, but nothing to fault inside other than speedometer change from original European unit. Engine bay shows good effort; although still driver level, it inspires confidence. California car, appears very rust-free underneath. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $105,600. What a gem of a 3.5, and for only $100k someone absolutely stole this one. If I didn’t already have one, I would have paid at least $25k more for this all day long. I didn’t hear it run, but even if it needs work to Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $9,075. 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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL $9,075 selling price was slightly generous. The $18k low estimate was just plain silly, as 450SLs are available all day for much less. Well sold by a $3k margin. #557A-1979 PORSCHE 930 Turbo coupe. S/N 9309800708. Silver/black leather. Odo: 42,403 miles. Exceptionally clean U.S.market 930 Turbo. Paint in very good condition, with minor roof touch-ups. Definitely a recent respray. All black rubber trim in great condition. Some discoloration on spoiler. Inside original leather is in top condition, but speakers added to rear hatch shelf. Wheels and seat has a little bit of tearing, but otherwise interior shows no signs of wear. Hood cable does not work, but engine is dry underneath. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $47,500. As an unabashed Mercedes fan, I feel the M6 is overpriced, and this is further evidence. Plenty bid against an optimistic $55k low estimate, especially considering a $29k median market value as per the SCM price guide. #517-1997 PORSCHE BOXSTER “The tires in great condition—probably refinished recently. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $105,000. With all of the model duplication here, only the best of the best were selling. While this was a solid, original Turbo, I suspect it was those added speakers that turned many potential buyers off. The moral of the story: Think about your long-term value expectations before you start messing around with your 911. #525-1981 BMW M1 coupe. S/N WBS59910004301393. Black/black vinyl, black & white houndstooth cloth. Odo: 13,516 km. Very crisp, fresh-looking M1, painted at some point in the past and hiding a flaw in the deck lid. Micro swirls in paint. Interior certainly original and flawless—considering low use, this is appropriate. Engine not available for inspection, but nothing leaking, dripping or pouring out of the bottom of the motor. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $470,000. There’s no reason apparent to me why this M1 didn’t sell. This isn’t a venue where cars average $300k– $400k, like some at Monterey or Arizona, so I figure most bidders come here looking to spend half this much or less. It’s a shame the seller will have to keep (and perhaps enjoy) this great car a while longer. #772-1988 BMW M6 coupe. S/N 2560- 911. Black/gray leather. Odo: 66,431 miles. Original BMW, with chips in the nose and micro scratches in what appears to be original black paint. Some brightwork losing its luster, but all black rubber is in good order. Driver’s 90 SOLD AT $50,000. One man’s fantasy is just that. Often when it comes to customizing modern cars, the fantasy translates into a lower sales price. This Boxster did well to get to $50k, as that’s about twice what a perfect, low-mileage stock example would normally bring. Electronic odometer unreadable, but given claimed low mileage, workmanship and modifications, another $10k would have been justifiable. Supposedly the seller was hoping for $100k, right in the middle of the estimate and on the other side of Fantasy Island. #516-1997 PORSCHE 911 Turbo S coupe. S/N S375710. Silver/black leather. Odo: 42,756 miles. Yes, it’s possible to drive a car for 42k miles and keep it in #1 condition. This is proof. Completely original paint, with matching-condition rubber. Absolutely free of dings, all gaps perfect. Interior also perfect, with no wear on leather. An absolutely flawless car throughout, with no past trauma and with no visible flaws. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $280,000. I have a rule when it comes to buying cars that all readers should adopt: condition before mileage. If you are buying a Dean” custom convertible. S/N S612618. Silver/red leather. Customizing exercise that converted a normal Boxster into a 550 Spyder update. Interesting touches include fuel filler neck, trunk door, modifications to fenders, headlight grilles and squaring off of body. Interior also heavily modified to look like a more vintage application. Shown at Porsche Parade, as well as Essen several years ago and kept in immaculate condition. Cond: 1. NOT car that has 300k miles on it, but has been well taken care of—entirely possible with Porsche, Mercedes and BMW—don’t walk away over a few thousand dollars. This Porsche missed its low estimate by $60k, which was just depressing, considering it was possibly the nicest Porsche here. A missed opportunity. ITALIAN #530-1963 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe. S/N 2638. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 32,457 miles. Early Maserati 3500, still with fuel injection intact and functional. Paint peeling off in sheets to reveal original dark red. Paint and chrome finishes lifting everywhere. Leather interior might be original, with creasing in unexpected areas. Engine clean and looks like it has a recent service, so it probably runs. Overall an impressive car, even if it is not as original as it should be. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $187,000. Here’s another type of auction trick: Sell a car that looks to be dripping with patina, whereas in reality the subpar work of previous painters, mechanics and owners is starting to yield to the unwavering hammer of time. While this was marketed as a solid, original car, the main element of originality—the body—did not hold up under scrutiny. Bidders saw right through this and it sold for a number reflecting the cost of a needed cosmetic refresh. #504-1971 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 14769. Red/black leather. Odo: 78,088 miles. Potentially nice Daytona, with paint holding up very well. Brightwork consistent, as is panel work. Interior most likely original, nicely weathered. Engine bay could be a little bit cleaner, but all the details are correct. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $649,000. Sold for $715k in Scottsdale by RM Sotheby’s back in January 2015 (SCM# 6775887), as well as later that year at Mecum’s Indy sale for $837k (SCM# 6784278). There are still potential losses in the Ferrari market, so you should only buy a Ferrari if TOP 10 No. 6 Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL you want one, not just because it looks like a good investment. The Daytona market has not hardened yet, even if these have made leaps and bounds in the past three years. #751-1973 ALFA ROMEO 2000 sedan. S/N AR2355063. Black/brown vinyl. Odo: 42,267 km. My Alfa pick of the auction. Doesn’t seem to have any actual rust, although paint looks sick and perhaps a little hastily done. Interior acceptable, but smells like smoke. Some leather coming off of steering wheel. Seats and door panels definitely redone, with sloppy workmanship. Could be a really fun driver. Engine doesn’t suggest any major issues, and all fluids look okay. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,900. A great entry into the world of Alfa Berlinas, even if this one needed a bit of help. There were some small issues, but nothing that would keep an enthusiast from enjoying it. Way more fun than, say, a new Maserati, for only a fraction of the price. #539-1983 FERRARI 512 BBI coupe. S/N 043947. Red/black leather. Odo: 10,320 miles. The ever-popular 512 BBi in typical red. Nice paint work, with only a few flaws from light use. Rear engine cover doesn’t fit as tightly to body as I would like. Interior shows marginal wear on driver’s bolster, and is otherwise original and in good condition. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $290,000. The 512 market is a bit of a conundrum, even if values have gone up considerably. At $290k, the top bid was a long way from even the low estimate. A valua- tion of a little over $300k, which is what it would have sold for if the bid had been accepted, is more market-correct. This was overvalued, which tends to happen a lot with up-and-coming Ferrari models—everybody has to be at the bleeding edge. #753-1991 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N 88381. Black/black leather. Odo: 49,422 miles. Despite the mileage, this Testarossa is very clean. Some minor chips on the front right fender, but paint is original. Vehicle polished quite a bit, but paint doesn’t show signs of aging. Interior used carefully, as door panels and seats feel and look like they are five years old. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $86,900. With almost 50k miles on the clock, this Testarossa is ready to drive and enjoy without fear of depreciation. It may not gain commercial value like its low-mileage brethren, but it certainly will retain it. Most important part of this sale is the real-world cost of using your TR— only about $15,000. Well bought for how meticulously cared for it is. JAPANESE #583-1979 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ40 utility. S/N 302987. Red & white/black vinyl. Odo: 4,099 miles. Later-production Land Cruiser. Recently painted, but that’s about it. Paint application so-so, especially around windscreen. Aftermarket hardware used to assemble hinges for windshield. Front hubs and axles not cleaned up. Major paint chips around doors. Seat covers probably original ones, but not worn out. Engine looks functional, but no concessions made to clean- liness. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $30,250. Here’s another market where the majority of sales are actually in a much lower bracket than most buyers believe. This leads to the perception that any rust-free FJ40 is a steal at under $40,000, but that’s really not true. Typical of many SUVs in this auction, it had minimal mechanical intervention and was probably 92 Sports Car Market


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Glovebox Notes 2016 Honda Fit EX-L Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM garage. HHHHH is best. purchased, painted and shipped to this auction, mechanical evaluation not included. Not quite harmless at just over the median U.S. worker’s yearly income, but not fatally overpriced either. #266-1990 TOYOTA CENTURY sedan. S/N 11145. Burgundy/dark red velour. RHD. Odo: 42,000 km. Really clean and unusual Toyota Century. Impeccably preserved, with only minor flaws and original paint. Interior perfect; it looks virtually unused. Equipped with air suspension and other numerous luxury features, one of about six in the United States. Price as tested: $21,885 Equipment: 1.5-liter 130-hp DOHC i-VTEC I4, CVT EPA mileage: 32/38 Likes: Great size for city commuting and downtown parking and still enough room for weekly groceries. Decent and predictable handling. Good visibility is worth mentioning in these days of thick pillars and side air curtains. Steering-wheel radio controls are intuitive. EX-L is well equipped for the price. Can drive at 8/10ths and still keep within confines of traffic. Dislikes: Having to drive at 8/10ths to keep up with traffic. Braking is worse than expected for such a little thing. The sharper front end from the first-generation Fit has given way to this flat-nosed, bulbous, tiered thing that I’m glad I don’t have to look at while driving. Many exterior design elements echo Honda’s other offerings, but result in a rather disjointed package. The radio is, again like many other Honda products, obnoxious to set up. Plenty of rattles and squeaks. I’ve had a lot of new Hondas to drive recently and this is the only model that made a peep it shouldn’t have. Fun to drive: HH½ Eye appeal: HH½ Overall experience: HH½ Verdict: The Fit is something to consider when looking at subcompacts to buy, as there’s some give and take here with the upper echelon of segment competitors. Hyundai’s Accent and Ford’s Fiesta offer superior fuel economy and better pricing, but the Fit offers more power and interior volume. The Fit holds its own going toe to toe in this hyper-competitive segment, but there’s no reason not to hunt down the exact subcompact package you’re looking for. — Chad Tyson and brakes do their job with no headaches. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $152,500. When you build something like this, don’t expect other people to buy into your project. For $150k there are a lot of options—think real V16 Cadillacs or V12 Packards—meaning that this pickup truck with a fancy body was seriously overpriced. #780-1937 DIAMOND T MODEL 80 Deluxe pickup. S/N AE583648. Red/green vinyl. Odo: 26,775 miles. Great restoration, almost comes off as a resto-mod, thanks to 94 dual rear wheels. Lock knobs missing on interior, but otherwise complete and done with painstaking detail to original form. Wooden bed a nice touch. Single-stage paint looks amazing. Hercules engine in God-honest origi- Recent import from Japan. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,500. The seller was ecstatic to see this kind of money, motivating him to import more Japanese prestige autos. The market for Japanese home-market vehicles and European cars exported to Japan when new is growing, and the Japanese tend to take good care of their stuff. Well bought, even if it is a little cramped inside. AMERICAN #570-1931 DUESENBERG MODEL J replica dual-cowl phaeton. S/N 1956200 711. Two-tone beige/tan canvas/Oxblood leather. Odo: 80 miles. Replica Duesie built on Ford truck frame with Chevy engine. Good build quality and all metal, but door fit is loose. Dash looks cheesy and it still feels like a kit car, despite the obvious work put into it. Runs very well and appears that electricals, steering nal form, as is green vinyl interior. My favorite American vehicle of this auction. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $57,200. An extremely rare truck that emphasizes why people pay this kind of money for an older vehicle. The amount of character of this Diamond T makes it worth every penny. Previously sold by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale 2014 for $24,750 (SCM# 6724818). Also appeared at Mecum Indy 2015, but didn’t sell at a $39,000 high bid (SCM# 6797387). Well bought for the price of a new one-ton American rig, but also well sold based on its recent sales history. #726-1937 PACKARD TWELVE con- vertible sedan. S/N 1073258. Gray metallic/ gray cloth/gray cloth. Odo: 1,354 miles. Painstakingly restored V12 Packard, with exceptional paint work. Gaps nice, too, with good door and hood fit. Top fits tightly and is actually water-tight (don’t ask how I know). Interior finished exquisitely, with correct screws and nice woodwork, as well as authentic presentation on seats and trim. Engine bay de- tailed to the nines with extensive work put into chrome plating. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $206,800. This lovely machine sold toward the low end of the estimate, and if the new owner takes good care of it, there might be a little bit of upside. Welcome at AACA events, and mechanically functional; the buyer got a great deal without having to lift a finger—well, other than the bidder’s sign. #470-1948 TUCKER 48 sedan. S/N 1052. Red metallic/tan cloth. Odo: 322 miles. 335-ci H6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. The last Tucker completed. One small paint blemish on front left fender. Otherwise paint is excellent, about the same as it was in 2012. Interior also looks unused, and car has probably not been driven since its last Sports Car Market


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL sale date. Basically a very fancy museum piece. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $850,000. Tucker values have plateaued in the $800k– $950k range when they don’t sell. Once in a while an outlier does show up, but the last million-plus sale for a 48 came in 2014. Despite this being a really nice restoration, it appears to be no better or worse than the others on the market, as last-unit status didn’t seem to mean much here. #496-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 0486489. Blue metallic/ white vinyl/blue & cream vinyl. Odo: 68,302 miles. 365-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Easily the best Eldorado at this auction (there were eight). Everything fits together about like it did in 1956, with healthy gaps and a good solid feel when opening and closing hood and doors. Some discoloration of top tonneau, but other- good condition, with most materials in likenew condition. Wheels also refinished and looking great. Engine bay shows good effort. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $167,750. More proof for the lack of up or down movement in musclecar land, with this attractive—but not exceptional—GT500 selling near the top of its estimate. A result that probably won’t be duplicated if the owner decides he doesn’t like it and wants to get rid of it anytime soon. A good reason to bring your SCM price guide with you to auction. Well sold. #199-1968 AMC AMX coupe. S/N 283695. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 27,136 miles. 390ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Someone put a fair amount of time into this driver-level AMX. Paint looks relatively fresh, with a few runs by the rain channels. Gaps and hinges as per AMC, but no matter what, I can’t shake the low-budget feel of this car. Interior very good quality for reproduction. Dash and gauges are very clear. wise paint is excellent. Chrome work impeccable and not overdone, with good fit on all pieces. Craftsmanship and interior is excellent, with nothing to fault. Dash highly detailed as well. Engine free of obvious flaws. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $264,000. This garnered tons of attention. Giving the overall impression of being a solid restoration with no details spared, it didn’t surprise me that it sold for $40k over top estimate. Well sold, but not unfairly bought. #474-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N A02318. Light green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 58,107 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. One of several “original”-condition ShelbyMustangs here, but I am inclined to believe it has been repainted. Paint is 8 out of 10, with a small amount of orange peel in difficult areas. Gaps are very good, and chrome is tiring just a little bit. Interior definitely original and in very Real effort put into detailing engine bay, with lots of chrome, stickers and other items that do their best to make the car look cool and authentic. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,400. This AMX was a little shabby for the money spent, but it seems like a few weekends in the garage will improve it. Typical of low-budget musclecar sales, this example still needed work, but it was a cheap entry into fun motoring. Slightly expensive for the condition, but should be lots of fun. #535-1969 PLYMOUTH SATELLITE custom 2-dr hard top. S/N 168156. Silver/ black vinyl. Odo: 267 miles. 525-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. So-so silver paint on this non-stock Hemi. Some minor flaws, but otherwise body looks presentable until you open the doors and see evidence it was repainted. Digital gauges added. Crate motor from another manufac- turer, not Chrysler. Very well done and sinister-looking with black interior and poverty caps. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $60,000. While a Hemi Satellite might have been this guy’s fantasy, at $60,000 you could possibly have the real thing. And if you have 60 grand to spend on a car, 80 or 100 is not far away. July 2016 95


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL This did not come off as an expensive car, nor did it seem well put together (on top of the original Mopar build quality). High bid was generous. #520-1969 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air III convertible. S/N 170503. Green metallic/green vinyl/green vinyl. Odo: 5,992 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Very good Judge with okay paint, but some tired chrome. Correct graphics. Both doors open and shut well. Interior and engine bay both reflect a huge amount of effort, and overall this looks like it was not just restored to flip. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $110,000. The seller put a ton of work into this car, and it paid off, with a final sales price in the middle of the estimate. The lack of a reserve encouraged bidders. Someone got a great Judge that was obviously restored right. TOP 10 No. 8 #510-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO ZL1 coupe. S/N N634918. Dover White/black vinyl. Odo: 12,491 miles. 427-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A real-deal ZL1, with all required evidence. Authentic paintwork, with even GM’s shortcomings left intact. Some paint chipping on inside trunk latch. Interior in great shape. Hose clamps and hoses market wheels help appearance. Would be great to take to local shows, or maybe use on your land in Okeechobee County. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,000. Much cheaper than a new F-150, and unlikely to depreciate. When these were basically throw-away trucks (in some parts of the country they still are), the idea one of them would bring $15k was laughable. Now we have to watch out for borderline stuff that has been quickly resprayed for auction. Not that this is a bad thing, but this truck, just like many out there, was just a cheap, old truck with a paint job that sold for high dollars. #418-1972 DODGE CHARGER Rallye 2-dr hard top. S/N 141321. Gold/black vinyl. Odo: 39,607 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Really clean ’72 Charger, after they were detuned for emissions. Highly preserved paint, with only a few issues in black stripes on hood. Doors and hood don’t seem to enjoy opening and closing anymore. Interior unmo- vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 66,130 miles. 258-ci I6, 2x1-bbl, 4-sp. Looks like a fresh Scout, ready to hit the wet and slippery trails of Florida. Really nice paint work to a high standard for older SUV, with groovy graphics. Items such as the bumpers and stainless have not been treated, which adds to the appeal. Also sporting original inline six, which gives this authenticity not usually seen with resto-modded SUVs. Other than the aftermarket wheels appears bone-stock, down to the interior, which has been fitted with new covers. Engine leaks some oil, but otherwise looks ready to play. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Another fun vehicle for fair money that shows just how vanilla new SUVs are. This caught my attention thanks to its paint scheme, the likes of which you would never find on a new Jeep Wrangler. #435-1976 CHEVROLET VEGA Cosworth coupe. S/N 229368. Dark green metallic/black vinyl. Odo: 302 miles. 122-ci fuel-injected I4, 5-sp. Unrestored, pickled Cosworth Vega. Gaps slightly variable and doors a bit hard to close, but this was normal for the time. Paint starting to lift on rear hatch. No rust evident. Interior and dash in like-new authentic, with great detailing in engine bay. Thoroughly documented as an original ZL1, in this case number 53. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $404,250. With this ZL1’s accurate restoration, relatively easy life, solid documentation and high-quality workmanship, there was little doubt it would sell for fair money. The sold price landed in the middle of the estimate, and it was worth every penny. #790-1971 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N L01824. Maroon & white/maroon & white vinyl. Odo: 26,767 miles. 360-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Old Ford truck worked a little hard and then tarted up with a new paint job. Appealing because it looks tough, but this one definitely had a tough life. Rust bubbling up through cab floor and bright trim starting to deteriorate. Dashboard definitely original, but looks recently improved with aftermarket bits. After- 96 Sports Car Market lested and probably original. Engine bay similar, with delicate items like wiring connectors and hoses still in 1972-ish condition. Overall a nice, original car. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Despite the fact this was a well-preserved car, the bloated ’72 Mopars have not established themselves like the more compact earlier models. The high bid on this barge was market-correct. #802-1973 INTERNATIONAL SCOUT II SUV. S/N 37405. Orange & black/black condition, with little sign of use. Engine impeccably clean, probably detailed at some point in the past. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $25,850. While this Vega might never get used or driven, for a museum piece it seemed like a smart buy at the low estimate. Unfortunately, it is starting to come apart, and if it remains exposed to Florida humidity for very long, it will probably die of rust. #712-1979 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V Cartier Edition coupe. S/N S758356. Beige/cream leather. Odo: 18,348 miles. 400-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Beautifully preserved giant Lincoln. Some pitting on bright trim by rear bumper. Original paint shines well under the light. Original vinyl roof cover and rubber in great condition. Other than some leather yellowing on driver’s seat, interior is also nice.


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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale, FL Engine bay in 1979 condition, which doesn’t necessarily inspire confidence. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $18,425. For those of us who like behemoth American cars from a bygone era, this Lincoln was the ticket. Sold at what I consider a fair price, with a little room left for retail. #740-1981 DODGE OMNI 024 hatch- back. S/N D312171. Red & black/black & white cloth. Odo: 56,838 miles. 2.2-L I4, 2-bbl, 5-sp. Paint fading on hood, roof and hatch. Most rubber dried out. Definitely parked outside for a long while. Good news is interior’s a little bit better, with some splitting on the rear seat top, but nothing else. Dash actually in very good shape considering it’s made of plastic from 1980. Engine in original condition, but doesn’t appear to have been free of brake dust and show no other signs of wear. Looks like it may have been sitting in a warehouse for a long time, appreciating slowly. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $319,000. Sold well within estimate, but dirty and pickled, suggesting it may need more than just a wash and wax. A shame it has not been enjoyed more, but seller probably bought it to sit on anyway. A very attractive example, and values for these are still growing, albeit very slowly as of late. serviced in a long time. However, considering how poorly these were made, this is quite impressive overall. Incorrectly labeled as a Charger. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $935. This could end up as a future LeMons entry, but regardless, someone paid an eminently fair price for it. The low estimate was set at a whopping $5,500 and the high at $9,000 (yes, I’m not kidding). Anything this poorly made can hardly be considered well bought. #415-1993 CADILLAC ALLANTE con- vertible. S/N 127174. White Diamond/black canvas/dark red leather. Clean Allante wearing original paint and interior. Very straight car and looks extremely well cared for. Doors closed very well, with excellent panel fit. Leather creasing a little bit on driver’s seat, but carpet and dashboard look great. Looks like a good example for the $7k–$10k reserve. Entire package looks convincing, with superb workmanship. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $42,000. No matter how creative you are, you can’t beat depreciation. Despite the excellent workmanship, this was another idea that only appealed to its builder. If you’re going to build something like this, plan on keeping it. Finished $18k from hitting low estimate. © Equipped with one-year-only Northstar engine. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $5,610. While there are lots of Allantes out there, most of them could not be bought this inexpensively, especially a 1993. Great deal on an original ’90s icon. Odometer is digital, so mileage unreadable, but it fit the description of a 90k–100kmile car. July 2016 CAR COLLECTOR SUBSCRIBE TO ACC AmericanCarCollector.com/subscribe 97 877.219.2605 Ext. 1 AMERICAN ™ #531-2013 DODGE CHALLENGER Daytona custom coupe. S/N H515769. White & red/white leather. Odo: 1,791 miles. 5.7-L fuel-injected V8, auto. Interesting re-creation of the original Daytona, even if it never was a Challenger. Almost a new car, and the nose has been fabricated complete with pop-up headlights. Really nice work on rear spoiler. TOP 10 No. 10 #541-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N Y401 956. Black/black leather. Odo: 2,480 miles. 5.4-L supercharged V8, 6-sp. Another GT that has barely been driven. Very nice black paint, complete with smudges and needs detailing. Engine is very clean, corroborating the low miles. Interior still has new-car smell, wheels are extremely clean— Keith Martin’s


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. Bonhams — Goodwood Members’ Meeting The Vauxhall 2300 Magnum that took 2nd place overall at the 1977 Spa 24 Hours fetched $135,223 — a little more than ex-Works Escort rally-car money Company Bonhams Date March 20, 2016 Location Chichester, U.K. Auctioneer James Knight Automotive lots sold/offered 72/91 Sales rate 79% Sales total $8,111,668 High sale 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $1,219,097 Buyer’s premium The Gerry Marshall and Peter Brock connection added a premium — 1977 Vauxhall Magnum racer, sold at $135,223 Report and photos by Paul Hardiman Market opinions in italics Curtis. If this market snapshot was anything to go by, Gullwings have steadied, as his 48-year-owned example sold for a predictable $1.2m, while Escort RS Cosworths are on the up, with one dealer paying a well-over-theodds $97,904 for a client. Well, over the odds this month, anyway. A 1929 4½ Litre got $464,604, which was fair considering it had been off the road for 30 years and at the least needed recommissioning — that broad catch-all phrase that could mean anything from a fluid change and tune-up to a complete rebuild. B onhams’ second visit to the revived Members’ Meeting — a smaller, more intimate affair than September’s Revival — kicked off with the small collection of the late Kingsley 15% on first $72,436, 12% thereafter, included in sold prices ($1 = £0.69) Cars I have previously reviewed included the DFP, a charming 1913 Chichester, U.K. Edwardian first used as Bentley Motors’ runabout ($66,641), and the Vauxhall 2300 Magnum that Gerry Marshall and Peter Brock drove to 2nd place overall at the 1977 Spa 24 Hours. When it was first dragged out of a barn a decade ago — after a less-than-sparkling later racing career — there was scepticism it was the real thing, but various former racing-world luminaries came out of the woodwork and stood it up. The clincher, apparently, was the huge amount of body filler in one rear roof corner; a result of it being rolled by Tony Lanfranchi at Silverstone in 1978. It fetched $135,223, which is a little more than ex-Works Escort rally-car money. A near-perfect 1968 911S fetched $177,410, while a Jersey-registered 964 turbo failed to make the $115k or so needed to buy it. That tells you where the Porsche money is going, although the Turbo might have been the smart buy. There can’t be much left in small-bumper cars, whereas the previously unloved 964 is on the up. (That very car sold a month later for £70,560/$102,260….) Some of these numbers might seem a little 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, sold at $1,219,097 98 small in dollar terms, by the way, because the exchange rate has shifted some way in favor of the pound in the past six months. Once you strip the assorted scooters, boats, horse-drawn carriages and even a Hawker Hunter jet ($21,658) from the results, you arrive just north of $8m — a tidy sum for a quiet-season sale in freezing March. ♦ Sales Totals $10m $8m $6m $4m $2m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. ENGLISH #53-1924 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP Silver Ghost cabriolet. S/N 135EM. Light blue/black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 7,658 miles. Good all around, with a nice original air. Doors still fit well. Lovely plating to radiator shell. Looks and smells like an old leather armchair inside. Rexine top lightly cracked but serviceable. Motor tidy and original—apart from modern TOP 10 No. 9 ter. Okay older paint, leather lightly creased, plating is lightly speckled, radiator shell would polish back. No dash or instruments fitted, although they are with the lot. Modern drilled pedals. Bodywork parts not fitted to the car displayed on the floor behind it. Cond: 3-. coil and later distributor. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $383,476. Originally (but only briefly) owned by Lord Louis Mountbatten, Prince Charles’ favorite great-uncle, who was blown up on his boat by the IRA in 1979. Restored in ’80s by the National Motor Museum, and then on display at Sandringham. Not hugely expensive for a Ghost, especially with some provenance, but all the owner was looking for here. #87-1929 BENTLEY 4½ LITRE tourer. S/N DS3551. Eng. # DS3551. Black/black cloth/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 8,803 miles. Really nice original condition—apart from earlier body change (probably in the early ’60s, as it was originally a Weymann coupe), and the fact the chassis and front axle are Works-fitted replacements in TOP 10 No. 7 SOLD AT $297,480. Wide estimate given on this one, and it sold near the upper end. Given that the heavy lifting such as the engine rebuild has been done—and most parts are there—it should be completable for only a small fortune more. Bitsa status shouldn’t hurt value too much, as most Bentleys are. NonBentley replacement chassis will knock it a bit (lots of Bentleys have had their chassis changed, but usually in period with a replacement factory item). With its finished value somewhere around £400k ($580k), I’d say everyone involved here should come out okay. #46-1933 TALBOT AV105 Alpine Speed Model tourer. S/N 31654. Eng. # AV115. Green/black canvas/green leather. RHD. Odo: 67,412 miles. Floor-shift version (most had preselectors on the steering column). Straight with nice paint and good plating. Clean and tidy motor now has spin-on oil filter. Leather various expensive internals. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $157,939. Last sold July 2013, by Bonhams, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, where it traded hands for £141,500 ($212,929; SCM# 226885). Price paid here (at £32k [$55k] less) looked low, but possibly down to the catalog casually mentioning in the last line that there’s another Ace in Denmark with the same chassis number. December 1931 following an accident. Motor a bit grubby, seat vinyl unworn. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $464,604. Formerly in the Strathallan Aircraft Museum, and not run for 30 years. A fair price for a 4½ needing a bit of love. In perfect working order these would be about £400k ($600k). Bitsa status has very little bearing on a Bentley’s value, as long as most of the bits have the right provenance. #85-1929 BENTLEY 6½ LITRE Speed Six tourer. S/N RC2898. Eng. # LB2340S. Maroon & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Mostly complete project on new repro chassis. Body was originally on another 6½. What’s bolted together is condition 3+ or bet- 100 is newish and still only lightly creased. Now with flashing indicators. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $204,994. Sold at high end of estimate range—much less money than a vintage 3 Litre Bentley, but much more than a 3½ Litre Derby Bentley. Rarity keeps the price up, but quite well sold here nonetheless. #29-1951 LAND ROVER SERIES I 80- inch utility. S/N 16101548. Green/buff canvas/green vinyl. RHD. Odo: 33,962 miles. Refurbished and repainted rather than fully restored. Generally shipshape order all around with new top, wiring, carburetor, etc. Rear seats fitted and a couple of neatly stitched patch repairs in front-seat vinyl bases. Heater fitted, plus extra oil pressure gauge mounted under the dash. Now with flashing indicators. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,656. On the Isle of Sports Car Market #49-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 roadster. S/N BN6L3718. Blue & white/ black vinyl/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,465 miles. Abingdon-built car restored and converted from a left-hand driver. Good paint, Man until 2012, when it was brought to the mainland. Finally, a Series I that doesn’t cost $40k! The ideal antidote to the over-restored and mysteriously oil-tight (or just empty?) Series Is that we have seen on the market recently. When slightly used like this, they are much more authentic and it’s refreshing that one can be had at sensible money. Full marks all around, and more of the same, please, so I can have one. #58-1956 AC ACE Bristol roadster. S/N BEX222. 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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. door fit a little off, rear wheelarch profile a bit freehand. Chassis rails straight and only lightly dinged. Grille-surround chrome almost polished through. New leather and carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $65,808. Came from Australia in 2015; presumably originally exported to the U.S. Well sold for the least-loved version of the Big Healey, but it is the more desirable two-seater version, with the later, slightly more powerful engine fitted from 1957. #33-1958 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100-6 BN6 roadster. S/N BN6974. Eng. # XSP21881. Red/white fiberglass/red leather. RHD. Odo: 57,882 miles. Good order for rally car, with just a couple of cracks in older paint. Several Abingdon Works-style mods such as highbacked leather seats; although apparently overdrive switch on gear knob came later. Said to be “rally ready,” but Moto-Lita wood-rim SOLD AT $15,327. First car lot of the sale and first from the collection of the late Kingsley Curtis. Offered at no reserve and soared over its expected £2,500–£3,500 ($3,600– $5,100) estimate range. I’ll put this down to really nice Frog-eyes making almost twice this, and bidders not being as cynical about the structure as me. I’ve owned a quarterelliptic Midget, you see. wheel won’t please scrutineers. Hood is from a 3000, as is grille-surround trim. Recent Mass Racing engine and gearbox rebuild. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $229,332. Ex-Don Grimshaw, ran the ’62 and ’65 Montes among others. Since 1977 in the Arthur Carter Collection, which has yielded several important and historic rally Healeys (and a couple of Zs too). Sold right for condition, originality and provenance. #84-1959 LAND ROVER SERIES II 88-inch utility. S/N 141901877. Red/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 70,756 miles. Only just restored; shiny and repainted, with all-new fasteners underneath and appears leak-free. New canvas top, new repro patterned vinyl on seats. With heater. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,321. It left the factory in this color, lead- tidy shell. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $51,647. Sold new in Italy; exported to Argentina around 2000, having already been made into a historic rally car. Bought from Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed sale June 2012 for £34,500 ($53,837; SCM# 209730) and sold here at only £1,150 more. Still, the right money for a racer in this spec and condition. #98-1969 LOTUS ELAN S4 drophead ing to speculation that it might have been a canceled fire-tender order. Sold right, as it hammered at the lower estimate figure. For the quality, good value, even if price is approaching some of the over-restored Series Is 102 coupe. S/N 459196. Green/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 351 miles. Good and still shiny following restoration some years ago by Fiberglass Services on new galvanized chassis. Interior holding up well, with unworn seat vinyl, uncracked dash veneer and center console—even carpet trim on door cards not significantly worn. Motor tidy, still has original airbox. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,985. Last car lot of #74-1963 FORD LOTUS-CORTINA Mk I racer. S/N Z74C066173U. Green/black velour. RHD. Odo: 4,774 miles. Pre-Aeroflow car (October ’63 manufacture) converted from A-frame to leaf-spring rear suspension (perhaps in period, as many were). Built into this spec in England in early 2000s and still in good order for a race car, with straight and the day (with a couple of Cold-War-era jet aircraft to follow; sadly, for us fanciers of these things, they weren’t onsite). Correctly sold, although at high end of the estimate range, meaning there’s not a lot left in it for retail. #25-1971 LAND ROVER RANGE ROVER wagon. S/N 35501657A. Green/ beige velour. RHD. Odo: 85,907 miles. Not an SUV; nothing sporty about 135 hp pulling 1¾ tons. “Posh Utility Vehicle” if you like. Asuffix car restored about 10 years ago. No rot in footwells, although tailgate is already starting to rust again. Dash plastics good, couple of marks in driver’s seat velour but not worn we have seen on the market in the past 12 months. #2-1959 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE Mk I roadster. S/N AN514896. Maroon/red vinyl. RHD. Odo: 29,178 miles. Very original and appears quite solid, although the spring boxes look to have tilted a bit. Obviously hasn’t run for quite some time—last MoT expired in 1991. Interior well worn but usable. Cond: 3. through. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $36,653. Didn’t go as high as expected (hammered sold a few thousands under the £25k ($40k) estimate), and therefore, in the current heightened Rangie market, quite well bought. Should retail for quite a bit more. Last sold by Bonhams for £18,975 ($30,377) at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July 2011 (SCM# 182325). #36-1972 LAND ROVER SERIES III 109-inch Safari wagon. S/N 94600247A. Blue/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 29,036 miles. Early S3. Good and well-kept rather than restored, which is the initial impression. Not knocked about, and interior vinyl umarked. New exhaust, and nice to see one with proper Landie oil leaks. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $44,983. Sold for almost twice its estimate and Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. twice what the ex-Ceauşescu Romanian secret service, 1,200-mile late Series IIA (effectively the same thing, less the all-synchro box) fetched at Race Retro the month before. That was also an unrestored vehicle, but with many fewer miles. So I’m not sure what made this one so expensive. Very well sold. #41-1973 JAGUAR XKE Series III V12 convertible. S/N 1S1500. Eng. # 7S88126SB. Red/black cloth/black leather. RHD. Odo: 59,427 miles. Normal from the outside and with fairly new perforated leather on seats, but with over-polished-and-plated engine covers, linkages and air filters, the like of which we haven’t see outside motor shows of the ’70s. Coupled with the whitewall (now brown) tires, cially from the DTV era, will attract a premium. Though it’s not much more than a stock car (er, yes, I have driven it), I’d say it could have gone for more. #10-1981 ASTON MARTIN V8 Volante. S/N V8COR15167. Green/beige mohair/cream leather. RHD. Odo: 25,934 miles. Very original and unrestored. Good sills and structure, with underside folds and seams still sharp, jacking points not rusty or welded. Possibly never painted. Seat leather only lightly used. smaller car than the Sierra while retaining rear-biased 4WD, so they shortened its floorpan and stuck this FWD-Escort-like body on top). Clean and unscuffed apart from small one wonders what was going through the owner’s mind. Oh well... Interesting registration number included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $140,091. Being sold from deceased owner’s estate. Fetched the top end of S3 roadster money (unless they are exceptional concours minters) and I can’t help thinking some of that was down to the blingy motor. Well sold. #23-1977 VAUXHALL MAGNUM racer. S/N 9E37PCX101377. Silver/black velour. RHD. Odo: 3,884 miles. The car driven to 2nd place overall and 1st in class by Gerry Marshall and Peter Brock in the 1977 Spa 24 Hours. Sponsored by Dealer Team Vauxhall. Group 1, so technically production spec. Apparently for at least one lap Marshall had slicks on one end and treads on the other... Good order for racer, although up close the Leaking heater matrix noted. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $188,768. From the 17-car collection being disposed of for the late Kingsley Curtis— everything from Ford Anglia to Mercedes Gullwing. This, which he bought in 1983, fell somewhere in the middle, but basically sold for double what was expected. I’d say the estimate was artificially low for such an original, low-mileage car. #38-1991 FORD SIERRA Sapphire RS Cosworth 4x4 sedan. S/N WF0FXXGBBFMU60072. Metallic Ebony Black/gray velour. Odo: 43,591 km. The Sapphire is a smoothed-out Sierra, still available as RS with Cosworth turbo motor and 4x4 drivetrain. This is a non-cat car (red-top YBJ motor). Clean, tidy and unscuffed, unworn patterned (Raven) curbing marks on a couple of the wheels. Seat velour unworn; supporting very low mileage. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $97,904. Another Kingsley Curtis car, which he’d bought new. Bought here by a dealer who had one new “for a week” when he was 21. “I’ll go up to £40k ($58k) but will probably end up spending £45k ($65k) because I just want it,” he said before the sale. The hammer fell to him at £59k... Very well sold, but this is what happens at auctions when one bidder really wants to own it and gets carried away. #65-1995 AC (AUTOKRAFT) COBRA Mk IV roadster. S/N SA9AK3022SA17511. Red/black leather. RHD. Odo: 3,371 miles. Looks horribly like a kit car from a distance, but get closer and you realize it’s the real thing—as in a Mk IV—with an auto... These were always ACs and never Shelbys. Good order all around, body not pinged or starred. Original Ford switchgear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,998. Three were built with autos, this one for the royal family of Brunei. Catalog was a prep and finish is a little way off concours. Mileage will be since restoration. Includes lots of nice period memorabilia including Marshall’s Spa paddock pass. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $135,223. When it was bought as a barn find out of the Autosport Show auction in 2005, there was some skepticism that it was what it said it was, but various racing characters (most of them sadly no longer with us) have stood it up. Gerry Johnstone, who built it in the first place, helped with the restoration. Marshall was a much-admired British racing institution. Any car with that connection, espe- 104 velour to seats. With a/c. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $23,324. Originally supplied to Spain (although they were all built in Belgium). Hammered sold just on the lower estimate. With original three-door Sierra Cossies now firmly in collectible land, these—once Britain’s mostnicked cars—looks like a great value against their older sisters, E30 M3 BMWs and even Mercedes’ 190E 2.3/2.5-16s, which are also 4-doors. #17-1992 FORD ESCORT RS Cosworth hatchback. S/N WF0BXXGKABNL95122. White/gray patterened velour. RHD. Odo: 2,495 miles. Sierra Cossie in drag. (Ford wanted to rally and needed to homologate a bit confused and referred to it as an AC Shelby Cobra. These were built in Weybridge, by Autokraft, which owned the name and rights to AC at the time. Sold a bit under the lower estimate of £85k ($125k, which shows the cataloging still hasn’t quite caught up with the market downturn). I would have thought an auto in a “real” Cobra would have rendered it unsalable rather than just cheap. A great deal if you’re into this kind of thing, or the perfect answer for the monoped enthusiast. #39-1999 LOTUS ELISE Targa. S/N SCCGA1110YHD31524. Green/black canvas/ black leather. Odo: 85 km. S1 Elise like new, as it has negligible mileage. Looks hardly sat in, although there are a couple of marks on the steering wheel boss. Recently (October 2015) serviced, so won’t require the added expense of a cam-belt change, as interval is 60k miles Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. or four years on Rover K-series engine. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $33,321. Bought from a Lotus dealer in Portugal, then Germany before returning to the U.K. Hammered sold just on the lower estimate. Comparable with a top-end Caterham Seven. FRENCH #30-1913 DFP 10/12HP Special Sports roadster. S/N M2217. Eng. # 299. Maroon/ buttoned black leather. RHD. Odo: 998 miles. Good order, older paint and very nice brass. Lights are period replacements for stolen originals. Patinated and cracked leather. Radiator badge chipped, allegedly where it was driven into a bench vise at Bentley Motors. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,641. Doriot, Flandrin and Parant started Walter Owen Bentley off in the automotive trade when he and his brother barn-find needing everything. He didn’t have quite the same luck here but, despite the leaks (and they all do that a bit, sir), the Citroën sold at mid estimate. #51-1974 ALPINE A110 1300 coupe. S/N BA0664. Blue/black & gray velour. Odo: 98,965 km. Spanish-built car; appears good and tidy with no major cracks in fiberglass. It’s done up as a rally car, though, which is overkill as it’s prepared for regularities with harnesses, French Alpine wheels and not much else. Original seats and wheels included in used at Juan M. Fangio’s Mercedes dealership in Argentina as a parts runner. Certainly these were built there, the diesels for the last two years of production (1953–55), and discovered there in 1993 before restoration. Last offered but not sold for $68,915 in September 2014, by Silverstone at Salon Privé in West London (SCM# 245332). Here it was let go almost £10k ($14.5k) under the £45k ($65k) lower estimate, so obviously the seller—while hoping for the same money asked last time—had a change of heart. #16-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Gullwing. S/N 1980405500037. Eng. # 198 980550189. Silver/tartan cloth. Odo: 60,120 miles. Straight, with good panel gaps. Restored in 1997. Decent chrome. New seat cloth and leather door-shut trim. Worst bit of it is cracked steering-wheel rim. Sits on period Dunlop RS5s, which you wouldn’t want to actually drive on, but look just right. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,219,097. Star of the Kingsley Curtis Collection, which kicked off the sale. He’d owned this since 1967, paying TOP 10 No. 2 Horace (HM) became the importers for this French marque. Rare car, and was Bentley Motors’ runabout in the ’20s, claiming to be the oldest car in the world bearing a Bentley nameplate. Restored (in Peppermint Green) by the Montagu Motor Museum in the ’50s. Offered for sale for quite an extended period by a dealer, where I drove it last year, asking £70k (then about $107k). Sold here where realistically expected, as—although it’s a charming thing in its own right—it’s really for the Bentley completist. #81-1957 CITROËN DS19 sedan. S/N 29854. Gray/orange velour. Odo: 87,280 km. Basically good order and straight body, with floors in pretty good shape. Only a couple of small holes in the seat velour and pickled interior trim chrome—all normal—but small puddles of green fluid under each corner are a bit more worrying. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $29,988. Owned since 1989 and offered by the motoring journalist who sold the oldest-surviving unrestored 1959 Mini (an Austin Se7en) at Bonhams Hendon in 2012 for £40,250 ($65,424). Amazing because it was a floorless, rotten 106 sale. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,313. Came to U.K. in 2009 and few km added since. A cheap way into an Alpine, so I won’t hold the color scheme against it. Last in SCM’s Platinum Auction Database February 2013 (SCM# 215511), where it sold for £36,404 ($55,684) at Race Retro, just £396 less than here. Taking into account commission fees, the seller has lost out. That is good news for the buyer, as it was the same money three years ago. GERMAN #83-1954 MERCEDES-BENZ 170SD van. S/N 1361854503673. Blue & white/blue vinyl. Odo: 4,063 km. Older restoration, with some bits of overspray between blue and white. Hood rubber perishing. Interior vinyl holding up well. Load bed nicely varnished. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $53,313. Apparently £2,000 (about $5,600). Hammered sold £50k ($72k) short of the £800k ($1.159m) lower estimate, which is probably wise in the current climate (and following Bonhams’ MercedesBenz sale in Stuttgart, which resulted in several no-sales and somewhat dented market confidence this weekend). £2,000 was half the price of a decent, small house back then, and now £750k ($1.087m) gets you about twice that, so the car is roughly 400% in front of property as an investment. Fair both ways. #86-1968 PORSCHE 911S coupe. S/N 11800468. Polo Red/black vinyl & velour. RHD. Odo: 4,294 miles. Sharply restored U.K.-market SWB car. Straight and rot-free. Motor clean and tidy, good exhaust and oil pipes. Interior vinyl excellent. With later RStype Recaro sport seats and wood-rim wheel, Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Chichester, U.K. but originals are included. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $177,410. Formerly owned by noted collector Carlos Monteverde. Sold mid-estimate at a very fair price for condition, bearing in mind that a year ago I drove a similar-caliber 2.2 S asking £100k ($150k) more. #62-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412008326. Eng. # 1309834458. Metallic blue/metallic blue hard top/charcoal leather. Odo: 81,554 km. Recently restored. Euro lights. Shiny with quite good door gaps. Headlight swages almost survived the process. Generally excellent paint understandably less than the other, non-injected car (Lot 14) that was in better nick with fewer needs. #59-1976 FERRARI 308 GTB Vetrore- beautifully patinated, leather must be the original. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $196,881. Believed one of 12 right-handers and in Kingsley Curtis’ ownership since 1965. Fetched more than the newer 3500 GTi later in the sale, but that one had more needs and these are expensive cars to own, repair and run. #66-1964 MASERATI 3500 GTI coupe. S/N AM1012808. Silver/black leather. Odo: 77,005 km. Very original old thing with bubbly, blistered and blown dulling paint. Baggy leather may be the original. Still with Lucas fuel injection, but hasn’t been run since 2012. and chrome, a small patch of rough prep and paint on the bonnet. New leather. Heater controls okay. With hard top. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $140,091. Originally supplied to the U.S., although speedo is in km. Nice, but not sharpest out there. This sold well, as this looked like a £75k–£85k ($110k–$125k) car at viewing... although after commission seller might only get back about what the restoration cost. ITALIAN #14-1960 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. S/N AM101740. Eng. # AM101740. Gunmetal/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 43,900 miles. Very original. Shiny older paint, slightly wavy and dulled bumpers. Shiny and cracked, or Cond: 3. SOLD AT $140,091. Delivered new in Italy, in the U.K. since 1965 (hence the paint bubbling, and who knows what’s under it). A bit rough, but had its own shabby-chic appeal like a well-worn pair of Levi’s. Sold for ruary (SCM# 271136) for $156,884, which was about $40k under the lower estimate but which we called right, feeling that the cataloging didn’t quite reflect a slightly deflated market. Here the hammer price didn’t quite reach the lower estimate of £110k ($160k), although it surpassed it with premium, so at least things are consistent. It somewhat covered its costs, but don’t forget currency exchange rates shifted a little way against the dollar in this period, skewing the results. Either way, I think these have had their moment. AMERICAN #72-1951 CADILLAC SERIES 75 lim- ousine. S/N 517557236. Black/black leather & gray velour. Odo: 34,895 miles. Massive; sat in the auction marquee like a beached whale. Straight body and shiny paint—hard to achieve on something so massive, slabby and black. Decent chrome. Marvelously cracked sina coupe. S/N F106AB19069. Silver/black leather. Odo: 33,048 km. Straight and well kept, has been updated a bit (as is common on early GTBs) with deeper chin spoiler and larger wheels. Leather only lightly creased, aftermarket steering wheel. Two owners from new and low miles. Greek registered, but has English MoT certificate. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $164,430. Sold at Bonhams’ Paris sale in Feb- leather to front bench seat, with rest of interior looking a little moth-eaten. EU taxes paid. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $123,865. Originally used by President of Argentina, Juan Perón, and for a long time in the Museo Evita in Buenos Aires. Not sure where the market is for this except as a continuing museum exhibit, so no wonder it was knocked down some way under the £90k ($130k) lower estimate. © 108 Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX Leake — Dallas Spring 2016 Celebrity history didn’t have much pull, as an ex-LBJ Lincoln sells for a third less than it did nine years ago Company Leake Date April 15–17, 2016 Location Dallas, TX Auctioneers Jim Richie, Brian Marshall, Bobby D. Elhart, Dillon Hall Automotive lots sold/offered 226/404 Sales rate 56% Sales total $4,102,230 High sale 1954 Chevrolet Corvette roadster, sold at $96,800 Buyer’s premium LBJ’s 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible, sold at $66,000 10% included in sale prices (13% for online Proxibid buyers) Report and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson Market opinions in italics the Dallas Market Center just west of downtown, the Market Hall is usually packed to the walls. However, this tim there were markedly fewer cars consigned told, 404 consignments left plenty of room around. Part of the reason was that there were two other collector car auctions conducted within a day’s drive from Dallas — the Mecum sale in Houston (moved to this weekend due to a forced scheduling change) and the Branson Auction in the namesake tourist town in southern Missouri. Probably more poignant is a souring economy here due to depressed prices in the energy industry — especially oil. Overall sales were reasonable, but could be better, at O 56%. The total take on the 226 cars that sold (including one of them that sold twice by two different consignors) was $4,102,230. Leading the pack was a modified 1954 Corvette selling for $96,800 — better than almost any stock example without celebrity-ownership history. An interesting thing I noticed here was that cars 110 ne of the premier events on Auctions’ schedule is the edition of their event in Dallas, TX. Conducted at Dallas, TX with celebrity ownership history didn’t have much pull, with two glaring examples. First was a well-restored, ex-Jerry Seinfeld 1955 Volkswagen Beetle, which failed to sell at an otherwise generally market-attuned $25k. Even more noteworthy was a 1964 Lincoln Continental originally owned by Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, but traded in a little over a year later by President Lyndon B. Johnson. With verifiable provenance on the 16k-mile car, plus a track record of selling for $94k ne years ago out in Monterey, it sold here for nearly a third less at $66k. t’s pretty much what a low-mile, original slab-side can do today without any claim to fame. Then again, the three Democrats left in Texas outside of Austin probably couldn’t afford it. Leake’s two-ring format made for a hopping time on Friday and Saturday, yet ended at a reasonable time. The two rings came in handy on Sunday during the initial 80-lot no-reserve segment, when the turntable on the ring in use quit working. A short five-minute realignment to move over to the other ring and continue on for the rest of the day can, at worst, be considered a good opportunity to get up and stretch your legs. The next stretch for Leake in Dallas comes again this fall, on November 18 through 20. ♦ Sales Totals $6m $5m $4m $3m $2m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014


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Leake Dallas, TX ENGLISH #448-1947 ARMSTRONG SIDDELEY HURRICANE convertible. S/N 852161440. Mint green/tan cloth/navy blue leather. RHD. Odo: 51,957 miles. Older repaint. Looks presentable at 10 paces, but masking lines, overspray and cracking obvious at close range. Finish on both trunk hinges doesn’t match; left is glossy chrome but pitted, and right is dull, smooth, old nickel plating. Armstrong Siddeley Owner’s Club badge over heavily cracked passenger’s side front splash pan. Windshield laminates are frosting over at bottom. Left rear tire kept going flat. Top stayed tucked under its cover all weekend, but exposed portions look rather soiled. Wood and make a 2-door variant of its small saloon bodies in-house, and I didn’t see a builder’s tag anywhere—not even so much as Dymo label tape, either. Being either a one of two, or more likely one of none, value will be subjective, so its failure to find a new home is far from surprising. Last seen at Bonhams Greenwich, CT, in 2013, also not selling (SCM# 6352144). #2507-2007 ASTON MARTIN VAN- TAGE coupe. S/N SCFBB03BX7GC03516. Black/Vermillion & black leather. Odo: 48,477 miles. Airbag failure warning light and diagnostic message showing. Upgraded with vented brake rotors and red-painted calipers. Fresh meats on original alloys. Original paint has several nicks and abrasions from road debris up front and around the wheelwells, along with some light polishing scratches. Stated that clutch was done by the Aston dealer in Dallas approximately 5k miles ago. Exhaust note sounds tad beefier than stock. Heavier installed Motorola Volumatic AM radio. Quality older restoration, but not a concours lawn ornament. All brightwork attended to, either replated or replaced. Good door fit. Clean, tidy and stock engine bay. Wheels painted twotone to match the well-reupholstered seats. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $25,000. This wasn’t the $121k Bug that Jerry sold at the Gooding auction during Amelia Island in March—that was a white 1960. Celebrity attraction didn’t stick well here, as it was bid only a shade higher than any other well-restored, early oval-window Beetle. As such, it might be seen again on a different auction episode. At least it wasn’t a rerun. leather interior is pretty good, both just needing to be kept up in their maintenance. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $27,500. While one can argue that it’s “driver grade,” this seems more to be ready for at least a proper freshening up if not full-blown restoration. No one with a straight face will say this is a preserved original, so anything to help it at this point is all for the good. Granted, you would likely win the Armstrong Siddeley class at most regional concurs if this was slid onto the lawn off a rollback. Originally was a no-sale across the block at $22,500, but auction company data provided after the event now shows it sold. #427-1965 JAGUAR MK 2 3.8 S custom 2-dr sedan. S/N P1B77094BW. Red/gray & black cloth. Odo: 91,231 miles. Converted into a 2-door from a 4-door sedan. Done better than welding back doors shut and filling the gaps with Bondo, but not by a lot. Also not entirely stock are the 4-speed and IRS from an XKE, plus seats that look to be of newer VW or GM lineage and gearchange from God knows where. Wheels look to be repops fitted with modern radials. While the bumper replate #443-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 7502470. White/black hard top, black cloth/black leather. Odo: 9,401 miles. U.S.-spec car from new, per M-B Classic documentation. Sold new in Los Angeles. Equipped with locking gas cap, Becker Europa AM/FM radio and both hard and soft tops. Restored to original configuration approximately a decade ago. Authentically repainted. Bumper and trim replating is akin to original sheen. Correctly detailed engine bay, retaining all of the original cowl tags. High-quality seatupholstery work, showing no discernible wear. scuffing on door sill plates, light to moderate seat bottom soiling and wear. Title in transit. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $32,000. Last seen less than a month earlier at the Dan Kruse auction in San Antonio, where it was a no-sale at $32,500 (SCM# 6799296). I suspect that in the next auction it shows up at, it will garner a $31,500 bid. Just take it back to the Aston Martin dealer to troubleshoot the airbag issue. Bring a loaded checkbook, as I suspect that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Speaking of ice, I found it very odd that the car card stated “never driven in snow.” Did they think that a repo man paid a visit to the Bakken oil patch in North Dakota now that $30/barrel crude has imploded it? GERMAN #437-1955 VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 2-dr sedan. S/N 10951386. Light blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 5,986 miles. U.S.-spec speedometer added to this Euro-spec car. Trafficators built into the door posts weren’t on U.S.-bound cars after 1954. Documented that previous owner was Jerry Seinfeld up until at least 2014. Fitted with aftermarket rear ski racks and roof rack, in addition to a dealer- Undercarriage is painted semi-gloss black rather than being detailed. Non-stock exhaust system, with glasspack muffler. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $95,000. The auctioneer stated, “We’re close,” as it rolled off the podium. Not close as in horseshoes, hand grenades, or atomic weaponry, as any one of those at least gets the job done. As far as being close, this car—despite a better history— was far closer to (if not on par with) the ’58 190SL that I saw sell at Silver Auction’s Fort McDowell event three months earlier for $140,400 (SCM# 270793). I figured more like this had a snowball’s chance in…say, Dallas… of selling. #436-1962 PORSCHE 356B S90 coupe. isn’t too bad, rest of body trim is slightly off grade. While not stock, the interior was expertly upholstered. Good interior wood. All matte-black undercarriage, including the exhaust. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $23,000. Stated that it’s “one of two done,” which begs the question “done by who?” Jaguar didn’t 112 S/N 118461. Dark blue metallic/red leatherette. Odo: 96,865 miles. Porsche-issued CoA. Older repaint a shade darker than original Oslo Blue. Poor prep work, especially on the trunk lid. Recently repainted wheels shod with newer Vredestein radials look better than the 10-footer body paint. All side-window trim heavily pitted. Fitted with period-accessory trunk rack and ski rack—the latter fitted with period downhill skis and poles. Inside is a most unusual 1970s Sanyo AM/FM Tachrad radio, which looks like a tachometer. Stated that it is fed with Weber carburetors, as original Solex units are in a box on passenger’s side footwell, but runs pretty well as-is. Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX new down the road at Ryan Porsche-Audi of Fort Worth. Stated the 70,887 miles indicated are actual, and it is generally original. Good thing it was optioned with body side molding, as they caught quite a few door dings and scuffs over the past 33 years. Cracked right relatively simple, maintainable and just let the driver become one with the car. A whole new generation of enthusiasts now throngs to these E30s (perhaps BMW—now purveyors of fine guided missiles—should take notice). It was more than tempting to a lot of folks here, being fought for long and hard. Seems fully priced now, but it will look well bought in a few short years. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $55,000. Interesting that a Porsche, which spent the past two decades in Hawaii, has a set of downhill skis on the back. However, my experience with 356s in snow is about the same as other folks’ with 356s around ocean salt spray—instantly dissolving floors and rocker panels. Brightwork corrosion and body prep issues did nothing to make anyone feel warm and fuzzy about the car. But it was bid strong enough for the condition to $50k on the block (the usual cost of admission for an S90 powertrain and VIN with provenance awaiting a solid body). Declared a post-block sale within a dozen lots later. #1180-1970 VOLKSWAGEN SQUARE- BACK wagon. S/N 3602057203. Savannah Beige/brown vinyl. Odo: 41,117 miles. Optional automatic transmission, with radio delete. Dealer-accessory roof luggage rack. One-owner car from new until 2014, at the 40,720-mile point. Repainted, but not all at once, as doors and rear quarter panels are slightly off hue. Overspray in wheelwells and undercarriage. Good door fit. Original brightwork has lost some sparkle. Original interior soft trim—seats, carpet, headliner and cargo mat—all show uniform light wear. 1970s-era Radio Shack CB radio mounted rear turn-signal lens. Paint buffed into submission. Doors need a hefty slam to latch properly. Both front seats drying out, and driver’s has heavier checking and start of a few light splits. Spare, with old radial mounted on it, sitting loose in the back. Motor not detailed, but shows it’s been maintained. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,460. First year of the lightly enhanced S model, with the original 928 introduced to North America in 1978. The S bumped the displacement up a tenth of a liter, yielding three more horsepower. Wow. Definitely not riding the coattails of air-cooled 911s, driver-grade 928s have pretty much flatlined in price. This one is pretty much at that point where the owner had better be ready to cope with $700-per-component visits to the shop, so cutting it loose at $8k was prudent. Those placing bids past that, maybe not so much so. #735-1985 BMW 325E 2-dr sedan. S/N WBAAB640XF1014631. Cinnabar Red/cream leather. Odo: 68,191 miles. Optional automatic trans, a/c and sunroof. Stock bottle-cap wheels shod with newer radials. Stated that consignor has only had the car a short time and that it was purchased from original owner. Possible repaint on trunk, as it’s missing the model badge, but they did an excellent job if it was respray. Superbly preserved paint on rest of body. A few light dings on both sides should float out with PDR. Superb original body trim, although bumpers are getting a bit dull. Engine bay shows care since day one, rather than under dash, where stock AM radio would’ve been. All OEM engine bay, although it’s quite dusty. Newer economy radial tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $10,670. Unlike the Beetle’s Automatic Stickshift, the Type 3s got a big-boy automatic transmission, with three forward speeds and park, beginning in 1968. Same year that all Type 3s got electronic fuel injection—foreshadowing the 1980s, but with a powertrain stuck in the 1960s. As such, the Type 3s were only built until 1973. While Squarebacks have something of a niche following, the low-mile factor gave it broader appeal here, so selling price is actually fairly well bought. #1188-1983 PORSCHE 928 S coupe. S/N WP0JB0920DS860896. Platinum/red leather. Odo: 70,887 miles. One-owner car, bought 114 #2483-1988 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D0JA089146. Red/red hard top, black cloth/cream leather. Odo: 26,002 miles. Equipped with both tops. Consignor believes odometer correct at 26,002. Superb original paint. Good brightwork, with some moderate scuffing on windshield trim. Excellent door fit, still solid as a bank vault. Both seats have equal amounts of light wear on bottoms and yellowing on piping. Optional Becker Grand Prix stereo. With aftermarket VDO outside-temp gauge tastefully mounted where center a/c outlet on top center of dash used to be. Like-new wood trim. Blessed by M-B dealership recently for servicing. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,275. Lowmile 560SLs have done quite well as of late, but this one surprised me. Not only because bidding surpassed the $25,750 reserve, but that it just kept going. Last man standing was a large-volume dealer, which also surprised me, as this should be retail-plus for what was spent. I expect a sub-10k miler to be at this kind of money. Yet it’s the colors that most everyone likes, and it’s not so low of mileage that it’s an albatross in your garage. Still, sold very well. For now. #1138-1995 BMW M3 coupe. S/N WBSBF932XSEH03163. White/black leather. Odo: 57,743 miles. Stock 10-spoke wheels shod with heavily worn Michelin Pilots. Aftermarket window tint and Dinan exhaust. Stated that indicated miles are actual. However, they may have mostly been in anger. Decent paint, with a few nicks and scuffs. Concerted effort to close and latch doors properly, yet both windows electrically curtsey as they should. Engine bay not detailed, but not filthy. K&N decals on the intake. Moderate seat bolster, having a fresh fluff-and-buff. Runs out just fine, but brakes squeak. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $6,875. Tempting despite having BMW’s only 6-cylinder built with a timing belt and a slushbox behind it. If this had a 5-speed in it, I’d be at the J.J. Best Banc table begging for a line of credit. I generally don’t like red cars, but it’s that nice. A lot of us miss BMWs that are Sports Car Market


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Rising Sun Three oddball ’80s trucks by Tony Piff (All text within quotes minimally edited from online descriptions) #1168. 1989 NISSAN SAFARI Grand Road. S/N VRY504051. 108,194 km. RHD. “Japanese market car with Pennsylvania title. Original paint. Interior well preserved. Factory inclinometer and altimeter. 31-inch tires. 4.2-L diesel engine, factory Warn winch. Runs well and drives very well.” Leake Dallas, TX steering wheel and carpet wear—commensurate with the miles indicated. Overall, the car has a loose, heavily used feel to it, regardless of the indicated miles. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $15,950. Unlike the high-strung E30 M3, these next-gen E36s are a bit more relaxed and livable for daily driving. As such, when they are driven, by and large they tend to get pushed harder. Every cloverleaf exit ramp is the Carousel at the Nurburgring in the owner’s mind and it’s qualifying, 24-7. First lap across the block, as Lot 1138 on Friday, it was a nosale at $13k. Re-ran on Sunday as Lot 787, it got bid to this, but on an “on a phone call” confirmation. Post-auction data shows that they got the message loud and clear—let it go. #2477-2002 PORSCHE 911 Carrera SOLD AT $8,300. If you don’t mind RHD and the questionable parts supply, Japanese-market SUVs are a cheaper alternative to domestic-market 4x4 rigs from the 1980s, which continue to sell in the $15k–$25k range. Adding an intercooled turbo would make this a serious off-road machine. Market-priced. Bring A Trailer, 4/5/2016. #331818920009. 1988 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER FJ62 fire truck. S/N 7ATOH60HX13096988. 10,899 km. RHD. “Imported from Japan, where it spent its life in a garage serving as the designated fire truck for an industrial area. Fire pump has been removed. Now fitted with backup camera.” coupe. S/N WP0AA29972S621189. Black/ black leather. Odo: 46,759 miles. Optional sunroof and navigation system. Good original paint, with occasional polishing scratch, but no sign of any road-abrasion nicks. Clean and all-stock engine bay. Good panel fit, doors shut well and windows drop as they should. Aftermarket window tint. More wrinkling than wear on the driver’s seat bolsters. Dealer-prep plastic carpet protectors, with minimally worn carpet beneath them. Dusty, used-car undercarriage. Tires at point where they’re still le- overflow bottle is heavily yellowed, but otherwise has a near-show-quality presentation in there. More carpet wear than seat or steering wheel wear. Runs out quite well. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $87,500. So much for 308s being entry-level Ferraris anymore. Due primarily to low miles and originality, bidders paid a great deal of interest here. Not sure why the long-term owner (who’s seen these float at $25k pretty much since “Magnum, P.I.” was canceled up until about a year ago) didn’t take this above-market bid. JAPANESE #1136-1987 NISSAN 300ZX GS 2+2 hatchback. S/N JN1HZ16S2HX126406. Dark red metallic/red cloth. Odo: 161,587 miles. One-owner car. Despite higher miles, obviously regularly cared for. Retains most paperwork, including log books for everything from gas stops and beyond. Original window sticker from George Grubbs Nissan of Bedford, TX. Came with only one option—the electronics package. Superb original paint, with only a couple of chips. Tidy engine bay; a/c redone with R134a fittings. Clean, newer brake components. Minimal seat and carpet wear— heaviest being on the steering-wheel rim. SOLD AT $12,0000. With this rig having no rearward visibility, the backup camera is a smart addition and tells me that this is more than a static garage ornament. Price seems fair for a unique parade vehicle. eBay Motors, 4/7/2016. #222083244420. 1981 TOYOTA HILUX Sunrader dually pickup and trailer. S/N JT4RN44D4B0025256. 21,599 miles. “Runs and drives like new with actual miles and 5-speed. Upholstery looks brand new. Paint and body are original with absolutely no rust. Truck and trailer were bought in 1981 as a package.” gal, but budget for a new set before the year is done. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $27,500. Essentially the entry-level 911 for 2002—cosmetically identical, but on opposite end of spectrum from SCM’s own 2002 911 Carrera 4 Twin Turbo Tiptronic with similar miles on the clock. Since driving the SCM car last summer I’ve noticed that, while Porschephiles tend to knock the Tiptronics, in the real world those cars generally don’t sell for less than a threepedal model. One reason Publisher Martin bought his was that they are now a great value for the goods tendered. This one is no exception to that, although bid may have been negatively influenced by issue surrounding possible internal main shaft (IMS) bearing failure Bought well. ITALIAN SOLD AT $19,100. Definitely a niche-market collectible, but sure would look cool alongside a 4x4 Marty McFly pickup if you had the space. I’d repaint the truck white to match the trailer and set a course across the Great Plains. Well bought and sold. eBay Motors, 4/12/2016. ♦ 116 #492-1979 FERRARI 308 GTS Spider. S/N F106AS30237. Maroon/tan leather. Odo: 24,126 miles. U.S.-spec car from new. Stated that consignor is second owner and had car since 1982. The 24,126 indicated miles stated to be actual, with the car being essentially original. Well-cared-for original paint, with some light polishing scratches. Older Yokohama radials on stock wheels. Clean, tidy and bone-stock engine bay—only non-Ferrari installed component is a new oil filter. Coolant Stock alloy wheels shod with serviceable decade-old tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $9,240. The antithesis of the Turbo, the GS was closer to being Nissan’s Lincoln Mark VII. By 1987, the Tokyo by Night dashboard light show was passé, so electronics and fittings were more attuned for comfort and convenience. With that in mind, and the fairly big miles on it, bidders certainly weren’t scared off. The reserve was easily passed at $6,300, ending with a two-bidder showdown for the last grand, a C-note at a time. Bought by an older, retired Army vet, so at least it won’t be a drift car. AMERICAN #473-1931 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 845 sedan. S/N 188694. Eng. # 188694. Two-tone beige/brown cloth. Odo: 46,475 miles. Equipped with artillery wheels and dual sidemount spares. Very old restoration un- Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX winding for years. Paint flaking at tops of the doors, heavily worn on tops of window openings and heavily scratched on cowl and front fenders from inattentive hood use. Getting scruffy under said hood, with flaking enamel on cylinder head and dingy unpainted block, yet with good, chromed acorn nuts on head and block. Interior upholstery is quite good, #730-1949 CADILLAC SERIES 61 se- dan. S/N 496152117. Black/gray & maroon Herringbone cloth. Odo: 24,324 miles. 331-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Old repaint, now looking—at not too far of a distance—like its old original paint. Various paint chips along the door edges and especially at the cowl where the hood hits. Tired, heavily faded, scuffed and rusting-outfrom-inside bumpers. Light fading and crazing to the taillights. Good seat reupholstery workmanship, with generic pleats, but does not match the all-gray-cloth door panels. Modern #713-1963 PLYMOUTH VALIANT cus- tom convertible. S/N 1332561214. Red/black vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 84,878 miles. 273-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-stock, 4-bbl induction added to original, rebuilt motor. Other mods include electronic ignition, xenon headlights and power front-disc brakes. Fitted with 1970s-era Rallye wheels on low-profile radial tires. Despite tweaks under the hood, it looks generally stock, clean and neat. Good repaint, with easy trim removed, but lights and glass masked off. as is wood trim. While original roll-up-style rear-window shades are still in place, they’ve been augmented (if that can be said) with yellow house curtains. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $44,000. Body tag indicates that it was sold new on September 24, 1930, by Stuyvesant Motor Sale of Kingston, NY. The Series 845 was the largest-wheelbase regular-bodied Packard in 1931, although longer commercial chassis could be had. This grand old gal is ready for a trip to the restoration spa. Thing is, at what it sold for, any work beyond keeping her running is done for love, not money. carpet has seen some traffic. Good original dashboard finishes. Old engine repaint, not very dusty and showing the effects of function-over-form maintenance and repairs. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,370. This was the first year for Cadillac’s famed overhead-valve V8 engine, essentially starting the horsepower race. Like all the first 80 cars on Sunday, this was offered at no reserve, so it did what it did. And it did it well enough that it was picked up by a dealer. Bumpers replated, but most trim original and looking a bit disheveled. Doors rattle when shut. Replacement top short-sheeted when installed—side frames are exposed, rather than being covered. Rear suspension jacked up. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $9,625. The 273-ci smallblock V8 was introduced mid-year in 1963 in the Valiant line. Within a year, it was the hot motor in the new-for-’64 Barracuda Formula S. I’d have had a little more time for this mini Mopar if they didn’t do the high-school-kidjacked-up-in-the-back thing. Local yokel hot- 118 Sports Car Market


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Leake Dallas, TX rod special, and sold at no reserve accordingly. #753-1963 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza 900 convertible. S/N 30967W206236. Azure Aqua/white vinyl/aqua vinyl. Odo: 64,519 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. Car card states, “Matching numbers 145 CI/95 HP V-6 engine,” which is half right, half wrong. Okay older repaint. Light crease in right quarter panel, going from back edge of door to just below taillight. Decent original plating, except for back bumper, which is pretty rough. Replacement 1964-style rear grille and holes above it where an accessory hitch used to be mounted. Newer Clark’s interior vinyl and carpeting. Various electrical bits added to sible that there was some topical panel touchup, but more likely that it’s thick original paint. Excellent original brightwork. Piddles some oil beneath the rear main seal after sitting at least overnight. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $66,000. Some believed that this very car was in the motorcade on that fateful day of November 22, 1963, as LBJ was riding in a white ’64 Continental convertible. However, a photo of the interior of his car in the November 29, 1963, issue of LIFE on p. 11 shows a ’64 with a darker interior. Sold in 2005 at Christie’s 2005 Monterey auction for $94k (SCM# 1563726). Considering this was offered in essentially LBJ’s home turf—let alone that a low-mile, slab-side drop top is nearly worth this much without any history—I figured that this would’ve done a lot better than having the reserve lifted when the bidding quit. Like a lot of things that happened in Dallas, we may not know the whole story. older, mostly black-painted—now dingy—engine compartment. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,150. In all my years of chasing Corvairs, this must be the first early model that I’ve seen with a 3-speed—definitely with the optional 102-hp motor. They all seem to have Powerglides or 4-speeds. I have a ’62 Monza convertible, which I restored over two decades ago (although mine has a Powerglide and isn’t beat up), that’s a virtual twin. That was so long ago that my costs of restoration—including the base/clear repaint—were slightly less than what this rough-around-the-edges, falling-out-of-favor example brought. Picked up by a dealer, who’d better have a Corvair mechanic on retainer to sort it out. #464-1964 LINCOLN CONTINENTAL convertible. S/N 4Y86N400405. Arctic White/white vinyl/light beige leather. Odo: 16,004 miles. Stated that it was originally owned by Vice President/President Lyndon B. Johnson, but actually owned by his business, The LBJ Co. Original dealer tag from Roy Butler Lincoln-Mercury of Austin, TX, on rear deck lid, along with documentation from said dealer to third owner. Factory options include a/c, power driver’s seat, power door locks, and power rear antenna. Largely original car. Pos- #156-1965 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 5F09A366460. Rangoon Red/red vinyl. Odo: 47,326 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Optional A-code V8, Cruise-O-Matic trans, a/c, power steering, power brakes, center console. Also with remote-controlled exterior mirrors, Rally Pac and Styled Steel wheels shod with new radial tires. Rebuilt suspension, timing set, brakes, and power-steering control valve—along with new gas tank, radiator and heater core. Better, older repaint presents quite well. Mix of good original, reproduction and replated chrome. Excellent door fit. Older reproduction seats and door panels, with new haust. Dank interior smell, but not necessarily musty. Older seat upholstery, done with beige inserts instead of the original gold. Moderate carpet wear. Aftermarket door-lock plungers, with escutcheons long gone. Title in transit. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,650. The reserve was lifted at $31k, generating one more bid to buy it. The black and white exterior with dogdish hubcaps certainly made this look like an entry-level special, even though it was fairly well optioned. The bones seem to be pretty good here, but as it was lacking in the details, this was well sold. #1178-1981 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 1G2AW87H6BL133820. White/ red velour. Odo: 31,941 miles. 305-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional a/c, AM/FM stereo and tilt steering column. Stock Snowflake alloys on older radials. Aftermarket window tint. Incorrectly identified on car description as having a 400-ci Pontiac, but actually equipped with a 305-ci Chevrolet (since the 400 wasn’t even in production in 1981). Stated both build sheet and PHS report generated for it, but no copies were displayed with car. Not specifically stated as such, but the 31,904 indicated miles are congruent with car’s overall condition. Excellent original paint and graphics. carpeting. Mild engine bay detailing and clean up, with non-stock, open-element air cleaner. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $37,400. A real-deal Rangoon Red with red interior fastback. The consignor was pretty humble about it, saying that it’s no show pony, but a good driver. The bidders really liked it, though, as the reserve was easily surpassed at $20k. Arguably the best combo for a fastback, short of having a Hi-Po under the hood. Still, I say it sold better than bought. #168-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVELLE SS 396 convertible. S/N 138676K134382. Ermine White/black vinyl/two-tone beige vinyl. Odo: 87,686 miles. 396-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Optional factory-installed a/c, power steering, power brakes, power top and radio with rear antenna. Also retains most of the original selling paperwork, including the Protect-O-Plate. Good repaint within past few years. Good panel fit and gaps. Newer stock-style dual ex- July 2016 Excellent original interior, with light wear only on the carpet and steering-wheel rim. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $18,000. Neither flavor—with or without turbo—of 301-ci Pontiac (4.9 liter) was available with a stick. However, Pontiac offered an engine-delete option, which put this 305-ci, 4-bbl Chevy small block under the hood, with a 4-speed and 3.08 open differential behind it. Hardly a secret handshake deal, as nearly one-fifth of 1981 Trans Am production (6,858 of 33,493) was so equipped. Rather lame and tame compared to even two years prior. We seem to be in an up market for second-gen T/As in 2016, so the consignor figured that he could do better than what was bid, although that’s debatable. © 119


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU Bonhams — The Mercedes-Benz Sale With the proceeds going to charity, a 1973 350SL, formerly the property of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, sold for $55,775 Company Bonhams Date March 19, 2016 Location Stuttgart, DEU Auctioneer Malcolm Barber Automotive lots sold/offered 29/56 Sales rate 52% Sales total $7,207,437 High sale 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss roadster, sold at $2,594,170 Remarkably original and untouched — 1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SL convertible, sold at $55,775 Report by Leo Van Hoorick Market opinions in italics F or the third year in a row, Bonhams organized an auction dedicated exclusively to the cars of Mercedes-Benz at the marque’s magnificent museum in Stuttgart, Germany. As with last year’s event, the Mercedes auction coincided with the Retro Classics fair filling eight halls of the Messe Stuttgart — over 120,000 square meters (1,291,669 square feet) of exhibition space. Nevertheless, the results of this year’s auc- Stuttgart, DEU The low estimate of seven top lots — generally cars with a low esti- mate exceeding $1m — combined to $20,750,000, potential enough to annihilate last year’s sales total. Yet only one of these, the 2009 SLR McLaren Stirling Moss roadster, sold. It went for a healthy $2,594,170, achieving the highest result of this sale. The second-highest sale was a esirable 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc cabriolet achieving $894,989. Other notable sales were a low-mileage 350SL of 1973, formerly the property of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu, which sold for $55,775, the proceeds going to charity. There was also one car from the MercedesBenz Museum All Time Stars Collection, the 1994 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL, tion were not as good as the two previous editions. There were 30% more cars on offer, yet the total sales amounted to just 51% of last year’s total of $14,104,919. On top of that 60% of the cars that sold were let go under their low catalog estimate. Most of the unsold lots stayed in the region of 15%–20% short of their low estimate. which sold for $32,427. The All Time Stars by Mercedes-Benz aim to extend the brand’s quality commit- ment to the purchase of classic cars. The focus is on vehicles suitable for everyday driving, and maximum transparency is the objective: The experts at the Mercedes-Benz Museum subject each vehicle to a thorough inspection based on a comprehensive 160-item checklist. This allows any defects or blemishes to be identified and recorded in detail in the prospectus. On top of that, they are sold with a one-year warranty. The range features all cars made by Mercedes-Benz and its predecessor brands. Apart from the general slow down of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Stirling Moss roadster, sold at $2,594,170 120 auction market, if there is one conclusion to be drawn from this sale, it must certainly be that pre-war Kompressor cars are today less popular than before, most probably due to a generational change in the clientele. ♦ Sales Totals $20m $15m $10m $5m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 Buyer’s premium 15%, included in sold prices ($1 = €0.89)


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU GERMAN #112-1926 MERCEDES-BENZ 24/100/140 PS Model K convertible. S/N 35426. Eng. # 60616. Two-tone green/black canvas/brown leather. This flamboyant car underwent a thorough restoration in the ’70s. Present owner bought it in 2007 and commissioned an update of the livery to its present two-tone green. Impeccable brightwork along with excellent and abundant woodwork. Leather interior shows some nice patina, but seats are slightly bleached as compared to the door trim. Engine is not original but a period 630 engine converted to correct TOP 10 No. 5 seller should have taken the money, even if it didn’t cover his costs. #145-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K cabriolet. S/N 123696. Eng. # 123696. Black & gray/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 30,542 km. Unique car, with huge presence. Sculptural beltline a signature Saoutchik design. Older restoration, but still complete and authentic—down to the Art Deco vanity set lodged in the instrument panel. Seat leather mildly cracked. Wind-down windscreens hidden in back of front seats. Chrome excellent. Soft top completely disappears in the body. Engine bay shiny. Only superlatives can de- Two-tone red/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 70,123 km. Excellent throughout, but a tad over-restored. Excellent paint and panel fit. Abundant chrome. Interior new, but light shade of leather and red piping gives pause. And why is the grain of the wood on both specification including dual ignition. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $855,403. The chassis was originally developed by Daimler, but this particular car dates to the year when Daimler and Mercedes merged. Body was mounted in 1928 and shipped directly to New York. A unique car with fascinating history. The room was hesitant, and finally a deal was concluded postblock, at a price close, but under, the low estimate of $902k. A few months back, it might probably have sold for much more without hesitation. #140-1931 MERCEDES-BENZ 10/50 PS Stuttgart 260 roadster. S/N 83411. Eng. # 83411. Red & black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 27 km. Restored and rebodied at the beginning of this century in a style that might have appealed to the sportingly inclined Mercedes-Benz client of the era. Chassis and mechanicals are period; all the rest is new. It even has an aerial. Soft-top frame chromed. Correct Kronprinz steel artillery wheels. New scribe this work of art. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $5,575,000. The masterpiece of the sale, no doubt. The specially prepared chassis was bought from the Mercedes stand at the Paris Motor show by a wealthy American, Dr. Crocker, who ordered a Saoutchik body. Sent to San Francisco after completion. Sold by the Crocker family in 1959, with only a few owners since then. Not shown for many years. I expected it to finish close to an eight-digit figure. Nothing of that sort happened. Not even one telephone bidder. Bidding stopped more than $1m short of low estimate. #139-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 200 cab- riolet C. S/N 119787. Eng. # 119787. Twotone blue/blue canvas/gray leather. Odo: 17 km. Rare soft-top model restored in 2011 to concours condition. Nice two-tone paint adds to cuteness. Excellent brightwork. New soft top. Searchlight with rear-view mirror. New leather interior, excellent woodwork. Engine glove compartments perpendicular to the rest of the dashboard? Engine bay absolutely stunning in every detail. Subject to 7% import tax in Europe. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $780,500. Very desirable pre-war Mercedes, welcome at any concours. One of the star lots at this Mercedes sale. But high bid more than $100k short of realistic low estimate of $890k? Unthinkable a year ago. #132-1936 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K roadster. S/N 130857. Eng. # 130857. Red/ beige canvas/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 315 miles. A rare Normal roadster, direct antecedent of the Spezial roadster. Delivered new to London, hence RHD. Other peculiarity is flat windscreen. Glossy red paint. Period stone guard on grille adds to sporting look. Tasteful beige interior as-new. Engine bay to same high standards as rest of car. Rich history available. Subject to 7% import tax in EU. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $3,233,500. Exact numbers are not available, but only seven to 12 of these roadsters were built by Sindelfingen—all slightly different. Only a couple of them were fitted with a flat windshield for a true sporting look. Another of the star cars at this sale that failed to sell, with the bid at almost 20% below lower estimate. interior simple, with attractive wooden fascia. Engine bay clean. German registration papers. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $98,120. Classical chassis of an era when Mercedes mostly built quite dull and not very sporting cars. There was a crisis in Germany too, and we all remember the consequences. Chassis is correct, the rest might have been fake. Worth what the bidder is willing to pay for it. In that respect, 122 bay clean, some minor scratches on engine block. Assorted luggage set. Covered only 17 km since restoration. Danish registration. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $133,800. Sold new to Copenhagen and remained in Denmark all its life. Maybe a tad over-restored, but offered at a reasonable low estimate. As with many other unsold lots at this sale, it missed the low estimate by 20%. #121-1935 MERCEDES-BENZ 500K cabriolet C. S/N 113715. Eng. # 113715. Sports Car Market #130-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K roadster. S/N 169317. Eng. # 169317. Red &


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. Odo: 62,992 km. Elegant and impressive original English coachwork by Lancefield of London. Fully disappearing top a welcome change from the bulky open tops of many pre-war Mercs. Body and brightwork impeccable. Rear bumpers not aligned. Black leather seats are of recent manufacture and look rather cheap—really not in line with the rest of the car. Engine bay clean, with traces of recent use. Subject to 7% import tax in Europe. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,453,000. One-off body of a coachbuilder that usually used Rolls chassis. Beautifully restored, but the poor upholstery was surely a drawback. Previously sold back in 1992 in Tokyo for $899k (SCM# 1531803), as well as Christie’s in 1985 for $260k (SCM# 1541457). Bidding stopped nearly 20% short of low estimate. Another of the star lots that didn’t find a new home. #120-1938 MERCEDES-BENZ 320 cab- riolet B. S/N 435053. Eng. # 435053. Twotone blue/blue canvas/brown leather. Odo: 17,820 km. Rare, stylish cabriolet restored to highest standards in 2010. Beautiful two-tone paintwork, excellent brightwork all around. “Mannheim Werk” badges on both sides. Chromed wires a bit over the top. Firestone whitewalls slightly soiled. Contrasting piping on hood bag too much. Beautiful leather inte- of usage, generally in excellent condition. Straight body, good paint and chrome. Dual chromed horns and central spotlight add to appeal. Whitewalls with some patina. Interior clean but showing some wear. Mild cracks in the seats, scratched steering wheel (appears as if painted) and some light cracks and scratches on wooden dash. Dials somewhat faded. Rare 5-speed gearbox noteworthy. Engine very clean. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $2,062,750. A stylish and very sporting Mercedes, this must have been one of the last built before the war, as it was delivered after Germany invaded Poland. Another of the star lots at this sale that didn’t reach its reserve. There were even no telephone or online bidders. #125-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 170V roadster. S/N 416603. Eng. # 271994. Black & cream/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 3,760 km. One of 271 sport roadsters produced. Restored to concours condition in 2011. Owner chose same color scheme as shown in accompanying period factory brochure. Folding front screen. Rumble seat. Bright red leather interior new. Chromed wires very bright. Replacement missing. Engine bay clean, air filter with ding and some flakes. Copy of build sheets shows that engine has been replaced. Irish papers. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $84,600. These soft tops are quite rare, as there were only 2,433 built in the period of 1949–51. They are largely based on pre-war products and are not very powerful, either. Price offered looked reasonable enough to me. #149-1950 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S cabriolet. S/N 13692210511. Eng. # 13692210511. Blue metallic/blue canvas/brown leather. Odo: 1,730 km. High-level restoration carried out in 2010. Only driven sparingly since. Straight body, with excellent fit and finish. Nice brightwork. New leather interior and new carpets. Woodwork impeccable. Piping on roof is over-the-top. Engine bay in line with rest of restoration. Assorted luggage set. rior hardly used. Optional ZF overdrive “Autobahn” gear. Assorted luggage set. Engine bay in line with rest of car. Engine and gearbox recently serviced. Dutch registration papers. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $334,500. The 320 cabriolets offered 500K style, but without the latter’s sizable purchase and running costs. A favorite among high-ranking Wehrmacht officers, so possibly it started life in Feldgrau color. Now a highly desirable pre-war soft top, but no serious offers. Seller was right not to let go. #141-1939 MERCEDES-BENZ 540K cabriolet A. S/N 408388. Eng. # 408388. Black/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 639 km. High-quality older restoration, with marks engine of correct spec. Dutch registration and illustrated condition report. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $167,250. Unusual body for a Benz. Only 11 are known to exist today. Delivered new in Copenhagen. Remained in Denmark until the current owner bought it and restored it in 2011. Bidding stopped 25% below low estimate of $223,000. It deserved much better. #107-1950 MERCEDES-BENZ 170S cabriolet B. S/N 13604312365. Eng. # 4811B140981. Black/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 35,467 km. Restored about 10 years ago, but not much history available. Straight body with good shut lines. Excellent chrome and good paint. Left front wheel damaged. Original semaphore arms replaced with flashing indicators. The convertible top is new, but too narrow, as the frame is clearly visible on both sides. Very nice interior with new leather and carpets. Original Becker radio, but heater Dutch registration papers. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $94,775. The 170 was introduced in 1936 and was a landmark model for Mercedes. Production was picked up after the war with considerable improvements in the field of suspension. It came with different body styles. The cabriolet was produced 1949–51. This pristine example was worth at least the low estimate of $134k. Bidding never came close. #105-1952 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A cabriolet. S/N 1870120277952. Eng. # 1809200253752. Red/beige canvas/tan leather. Odo: 12,949 km. Described as cosmetically restored. Fairly recent paint in good order. Straight body with good panel fit and decent chrome. Tan top fair, pram irons not shiny. Chromed front window surround. Additional Bosch fog lamps. Interior fairly clean, with leather upholstery showing some wear. Car- pets not fresh. Engine bay clean, showing normal use. Portuguese registration papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $133,600. One of Mercedes’ first post-war sixes, but obsolete for its day. Most modern feature is the headlamps integrated in the wings. 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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU fetching more in the near future. The bright red was definitely not flattering. Last sold by RM in London, September 2013 (SCM# 6477692), for $106,432. Fair both ways this time around. #137-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Ad- enauer cabriolet D. S/N 186160001553. Eng. # 1869200023653. Bordeaux Red/beige canvas/ tan leather. Odo: 6,134 km. Recent, wellexecuted restoration. Attractive colors. Nice paint, straight body with good shut lines. Excellent chrome. Reflectors of old Bosch fog lamps matte. New folding top. Impeccable new leather and new red carpets. Wooden dash excellent. Period Becker radio. Engine bay in line with the rest of the restoration. Delivered with restoration invoices and German registration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $259,417. “Delivered new in Hollywood” sounds promising. But there is no other history of the car available, apart from its original color scheme of gray with Wine Red interior. One of the few cars at this auction that sold on the phone. Sold almost mid-estimate. Fair both ways. #127-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A cabriolet. S/N 1870120213453. Eng. # 1809200222853. White/black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 58,314 km. Originally black, underwent a bare-metal respray in 2010 in off-white—still excellent. Straight body, good shut lines and good chrome. Some small dings in hubcaps. New carpets and new folding top, but leather interior is still original, beautifully ers. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $862,562. An early 300S roadster, delivered new to the U.S. Power came from the old three liter of the saloon, now with three carburetors. Rear suspension inspired by the Gullwing. Conservative, but very usable touring car. One of the most desirable post war luxury coupes, which is reflected by the high prices fetched in the last few years. Price offered ended as a record sale for this model. Well sold considering current market mood. (See profile, p. 68.) #102-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 220A sedan. S/N 1800105518432. Eng. # 1809215518576. Medium Blue/gray cloth. Odo: 10,537 km. Completely restored in the early ’90s and holding well. Blue paint good, but not original color. Brightwork abundant and in good order. Hella high beams. Whitewalls yellowish. Engine replaced by more powerful 220S six. Engine bay not at same level as rest of car. Paint on radiator shell gone. Beautiful interior with new and correct cloth. Woodwork nik, who gathered fame by restoring 300SLs. The original cream finish was replaced by a charming dark green, while the interior has been retrimmed in the original red-brown color. Hard to fault both inside and out. Pity that there is a Kienle-logo on both front fend- lid. Soft top in good condition. Tonneau cover. Whitewalls yellowish. Tan leather and mahogany woodwork very good. Original Becker multi-band radio. Engine bay dusty. Portuguese registration papers. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $84,311. These were built from 1956 until 1959 in coupe and more desirable cabriolet form. Still quite a few around. Color combination goes to the credit of this example, but it could benefit from some extra attention. Sold close to its low estimate, which seems right. TOP 10 No. 3 #131-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SC cabriolet. S/N 1880136500105. Eng. # 199 9806500106. Cream/brown canvas/tan leather. Odo: 13,249 km. Restoration was carried out 20 years ago, but still exquisite inside and out. Beautiful interior with burr walnut trim and precision-made switch gear. Engine bay in line with rest of car. Powerplant is same fuel-injected, dry-sump 3-liter patinated, yet undamaged. Period multi-national radio, original tool roll. Old U.S. title, MB data card and proof of EU duties paid. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $116,738. This was by far the nicest of the two 220A cabriolets (the other being red, Lot 105), with charming color and impeccable original interior. Yet it went for $18k less. Yes, the place in the auction sometimes matters. Kudos to the buyer. TOP 10 No. 4 126 #111-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S roadster. S/N 1880120007153. Eng. # 1889200007353. Green/beige canvas/ red leather. Odo: 47 miles. Recent restoration by marque-specialist Kienle Automobiltech- to the highest standard. Original Becker Mexico radio. Restoration records and German papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $32,427. The ponton saloon was the first Mercedes with unitary construction, introduced in 1953. The 220A is a relatively rare variant of the model. This one was delivered new to Switzerland and has covered only some 10k km since restoration. Sold well below $39k low estimate. Nice car, but not very collectible. The fact that it has a non-original engine is of little importance here. Well bought. #134-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N 1000307505670. Dark Forest Green/beige canvas/brown leather. Odo: 39,489 km. Older restoration including color change. Paint holding up well apart from some chips around rear wheelarches. Chrome not tip-top, with strips on right side badly dented. Panel fit uneven, with big gaps around trunk Sports Car Market as in the 300SL, with slightly less power. Subject to 7% import tax in Europe. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $894,989. Rarer than a Gullwing and more expensive when new. Only about 200 examples of the 300Sc were produced, 49 of which were cabriolets. Among the most luxurious automobiles of their time, albeit with a styling that could be labeled as obsolete. Didn’t go much over low estimate. Well bought. #129-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S coupe. S/N 1800377516490. Eng. # 1809276503296. Royal Blue/red leather. Odo: 11,621 km. Originally black, but recently repainted in Royal Blue. Orange peel in places.


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU Paint chips on driver’s side door sill. Windshield scratched. Several dings in chrome. Rare sunroof. Beautiful red leather interior with new carpeting. Replacement engine. Engine bay not clean. Dutch registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $82,365. In 1958, Mercedes introduced a fuel-injected and more powerful version of the 220S, so this must be one of the last normally aspirated examples. Well sold at mid-estimate. #128-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210407503097. Eng. # 1218217503119. Silver metallic/blue canvas/ blue leather. Odo: 80,524 km. Two owners from new. Recent cosmetic restoration including color change from white to silver. Good chrome and panel fit. Some delamination at right of windshield. New leather interior impeccable. Original Becker Europa radio. En- 12 months, as noted in the SCM Pocket Price Guide printed edition. Nevertheless, considering the high quality restoration, well bought. #144-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Roadster. S/N 19804210002973. Eng. # 19898010003034. Gunmetal/gunmetal hard top, black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 57,866 km. Rare disc-brake version. Longtime family ownership. Recently recommissioned including bare-metal respray to high standard. Hard top included, but not original to this car. Retrimmed some years ago in dark brown leather, but not the right material for a Roadster. Engine completely rebuilt by Kienle some 16,000 km ago. Exceptionally well documented since ration carried out in 2013–14. Paint and brightwork excellent, as are panel fit and shut lines. Striking, original color combo. New blue soft top. New interior with modern Becker radio. Factory-fitted Kuhlmeister a/c. German papers and restoration records. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $163,560. One of Mercedes’ flagship models of the ’60s and a classic beauty today. A very attractive car, but not much enthusiasm in the room. Seller was right to take the car back home. gine compartment not as tidy as rest of car, although the catalog stated that engine and gearbox were completely overhauled. Belgian registration. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $116,738. First owner bought it at the ’58 Brussels Motor Show and kept it for decades. I was told that the current owner bought the car not so much due to passion, but more circumstantially. Sold mid estimate. Advantage to the buyer. #148-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SE cabriolet. S/N 12803010003899. Eng. # 12798310001227. Black & beige/black canvas/beige leather. Odo: 51,389 km. Restored in 2010. Original white replaced by fashionable two-tone paint, black over beige. New leather interior matches outside color. Beautiful woodwork inside. Original Becker radio. Engine bay very tidy. Reportedly seldom driven since restoration. Dutch registration papers and illustrated condition report. new. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $1,137,300. Originality was not the prime concern during restoration, but this is an exceptionally goodlooking Roadster in perfect mechanical condition. And it was the sole 300SL of the sale. Last year this car was one of four on offer—it sold for $1,186,018 (SCM# 264636). Prices for these cooled down a bit lately, partly because of too many coming to the market. Price offered was close, but seller was right to wait for a few dollars more. #104-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010022880. Eng. # 12192810000794. Pastellblau/blue canvas/ dark blue leather. Odo: 24,160 km. Delivered new to California and restored there to the highest standards by specialist Lothar Motschenbacher a few years back. Stunning color combination. Excellent chrome and #126-1965 MERCEDES-BENZ 220SEB convertible. S/N 11102310074835. Eng. # 12798410011415. Weissgrau/brown canvas/ red leather. Odo: 95,134 km. Two Swedish owners from new. Changed hands in 1976 and underwent a restoration—still holding up very well. Since restoration only used very sparingly and now has a documented 95,134 km (59,113 miles) on the clock. Paint and chrome still excellent. Good panel fit. Soft top as new. American headlights. Original leather interior with right amount of patina. Period Blaupunkt radio. Spotless engine bay. Assorted luggage set. Swedish registration and plentiful photographs and paperwork. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $89,200. My favorite car of this sale. An absolutely charming automobile. I had a go at it post-block, but the water remained too deep. I can’t blame the seller, who stuck to his reserve of $134k, and rightfully so. #142-1966 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 Pull- Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $116,738. Stylish and well equipped with desirable fuel injection. Two-tone paint was not standard, but correct and adds to appeal. A nice car, but again not much enthusiasm in the room. Prices for these have decreased quite considerably in the past 128 panel fit. New interior. Antenna behind tinted windscreen, but no radio. Engine compartment faultless. New whitewalls. German registration. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $166,027. One of the most attractive post-war cars of this sale. Imported into Germany some three years ago and kept in showroom condition. One of the few cars at this sale that sold close to its high estimate ($169k). Worth every penny. #109-1964 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SE convertible. S/N 11202312005430. Eng. # 18998712000031. Hellblau/blue canvas/red leather. Odo: 38,207 miles. Bare-metal resto- Sports Car Market man limousine. S/N 10001412000603. Eng. # 10098012000643. Black/red leather. Odo: 37,732 miles. Appears original. Some stain marks of unknown origin in paint. Excellent


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Fresh Meat by Chad Tyson Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU Online sales of contemporary cars 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo Date sold: 04/29/2016 eBay auction ID: 152064394826 Seller’s eBay ID: ebosshoss Sale type: Used car with 9,726 miles VIN: WP1AF2A51FLB90292 Details: Dark blue metallic over Agate Gray leather; 3.6-L twin-turbocharged V6 rated at 400 hp and 406 lb/ft, 7-sp PDK, AWD Sale result: $71,850, 30 bids, sf 328 MSRP: $99,165 (as equipped) Other current offering: Byers Imports of Columbus, OH, asking $79,970 for a 2015 Turbo Macan in black over black, with 29,775 miles. 2016 Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV chrome. Separate front seats, with passenger’s seat cracked (looks like from being switched with the driver’s seat). Other extras include tinted, insulated glass all around, left and right side mirrors, Becker Grand Prix radio. Red interior and red steering wheel. Period telephone. Curtains in rear compartment. Engine bay clean. Dutch registration. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $245,300. Delivered new to Petersen Publishing Co. That is, Mr. Petersen, the founder of the celebrated Petersen Automotive Museum. Sold by Gooding at Pebble in 2004 for $74k (SCM# 1560143) then exported to Holland in 2005. In 2013 sold to a German collector. SWB 600s are quite common at auctions—a Pullman is more of a rarity. But they all seem to be rather tough sellers. The low estimate of $290k looked reasonable to me, but again, bidding fell 15% short of reserve. #119-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 se- dan. S/N 10001212001044. Eng. # 10098012000032. Black/red leather. Odo: 41,735 km. Restoration completed two years ago by Mercedes Zürich, with no expense spared, as evidenced by detailed bills on file totaling approximately $580k! Almost better than new. An absolute stunner in every respect. Cond: Date sold: 05/09/2016 eBay auction ID: 131805360555 Seller’s eBay ID: cncmotorsinc Sale type: Used car with 342 miles VIN: ZHWUF3ZD2GLA04352 Details: Blue Nethus over Nero Cosmus leather; 6.5-L V12 rated at 740 hp and 506 lb/ft, 7-sp auto, AWD Sale result: $579,750, Buy It Now, sf 339 MSRP: $530,075 (base price) Other current offering: Fort Lauderdale Collection South in Fort Lauderdale, FL, offering a Bianco Isis over Nero leather SV Aventador with 173 miles, for $579,000. 2014 Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary Edition coupe retrimmed. Alloys of later Mercedes model. Replacement engine. Manual gearbox is a plus. Bills for extensive bodywork repairs and re-spray. Full service in June 2015. U.K. MoT and V5 registration document. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $59,666. Sold new in Italy. Came to England via Germany. A very average Pagoda at a reasonable price. Fair both ways. 1-. NOT SOLD AT $289,900. 600s are relatively tough sellers. The proven restoration cost was much higher than the high estimate of $446k, and yet it even didn’t reach its low estimate of $290k. Seller was right not to let go. But then again, who spends so much on a restoration of an ordinary 600, knowing that it is nigh impossible to recoup the costs? #152-1968 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410003739. Eng. # 13098310001550. Light Ivory/black hard top, burgundy canvas/red leather. Odo: 70,223 km. American spec with side reflectors and overriders on the bumpers, but with European headlights. Desirable manual transmission. Partly restored and cosmetically in fair condition. Straight body with older chrome. Red Date sold: 04/18/2016 eBay auction ID: 222079838716 Seller’s eBay ID: excell-auto Sale type: Used car with 13,763 miles VIN: SCFLDCFP7EGJ01222 Details: Centenary Silver over Obsidian Black leather; 6.0-L V12 rated at 565 hp and 457 lb/ft, 6-sp auto, RWD Sale result: $179,900, 1 bid, sf 85 MSRP: $279,995 (base price) Other current offering: Ferrari Maserati of New England of Norwood, MA, asking $177,982 for a 4,191-mile Skyfall Silver 2014 Vanquish coupe. ♦ 130 #106-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304412010535. Eng. # 13098312006695. Light Ivory/brown canvas/ Cognac leather. Odo: 83,849 km. Three owners from new, matching-numbers car. Partly restored. Paint excellent and fairly new. Straight body with good gaps. Passenger’s cracked. New tires. Engine bay didn’t get the cosmetic restoration, as it’s dusty, with traces of rust on several parts. German registration and TüV valid till December 2017. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $81,395. An old car with new paint—looked prepared for the sale. American spec is a handicap in Europe. Price offered was decent and it might have been wise to accept the offer. #136-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 11304410008746. Eng. # 13098310003380. White/black canvas/blue MB-Tex. Odo: 58,909 km. Older restoration, paint holding up well. Chrome okay. Door openings dirty and scratched. Driver’s side door closes difficultly. Crack in steering wheel. Original blue MB-Tex interior partially leather interior with new carpeting excellent. Period Becker radio. New soft top in dark red canvas plus black hard top. Right rear light side fender probably replaced. Convertible top new. Original leather interior generally good, apart from stitching on headrests coming loose. Right headrest loose. Carpets of more recent date. Engine bay fairly clean, with traces of some anti-rust treatment. German papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $111,549. One of the better Pagodas I’ve seen lately, and by far the most attractive at this sale. Looks mostly original and low mileage is probably authentic. That it was fitted with an automatic transmission seemed no handicap here. An honest car at a very interesting price. #143-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE 3.5 coupe. S/N 11102612002949. Eng. # Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU 11698012002635. Cream/blue leather. Odo: 17,434 miles. American specification. Thorough restoration to factory specification finished last year including repaint in original color. Driver’s door needs adjusting. Interior completely retrimmed. Period Becker radio. Engine and transmission removed and refurbished as needed. Air conditioning converted to R134a. New battery, new tires. Brakes and suspension rebuilt. Well-documented history file, with tool roll and jack. California certificate of title and proof of EU duties paid. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $89,200. A beautiful specimen of this timeless classic. One of the best I have seen. American specification is most certainly a handicap in Europe, but this alone cannot explain the very low bidding price. Low estimate of $122k was realistic for such a fine car. #138-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 lan- daulet. S/N 10001512001879. Eng. # 621830. Black/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 26,022 km. One of 59 built. Partially restored in 2012 by Mercedes Classic. Must have cost a fortune, looking at the result. The car is still in showroom condition. Original red leather interior with just that right amount of patina. Flag standards on front fenders. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $981,200. Delivered new to Sen- 11698210001379. Papyrus White/white hard top, black canvas/red MB-Tex. Odo: 86,858 km. An early R107, still without headrests. In same ownership for over 40 years. Had a respray sometime in its life. Variable panel fit, chrome strips not straight everywhere and front bumper pushed up a little. Rockers dirty and scratched. Optional hard top. Interior in solid MB-Tex still clean and well cared for. Padding in sun visors gone. Original Becker radio with electric aerial. Rare manual 4-speeder. Engine bay showing age. Portuguese registration. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,130. Delivered new to Angola, but registered in Portugal five years later. Early R107s are becoming a rarity. In all, this was a fine original example—ready to be enjoyed. Sold just below its low estimate. I’d call this a fair deal. #123-1972 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SEL 4.5 sedan. S/N 10806812008778. Eng. # 11798412009115. Moss Green metallic/Bamboo leather. Odo: 29,739 miles. Three owners from new. Outstandingly original and well preserved. American spec. Still original paint. Brightwork in good condition. Sunroof and many other extras, including a/c. Original leather interior. Becker Europa radio with electric aerial. En- BEST BUY egal in 1971, probably for the use of President Léopold Senghor, but this is not confirmed. Who else would need flag standards in Senegal? A rare car at a certain price, but find another one. I’d even call it reasonably priced, as it is not only wonderful, but still very usable for some. Bidding fell 10% short of low estimate. A pity it didn’t sell. #115-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SL convertible. S/N 10704310004035. Eng. # gine bay very clean, but some surface rust on air filter. MB data card, toolkit, owner’s wallet and manual. New Jersey title and proof of EU duties paid. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,837. The larger V8—introduced in the 450SL— helped meet demands of the important U.S. market and was soon outselling the 3.5 V8. There were over 21,000 produced, but in such original state, this is a rare find. Someone got a great deal here. #103-1973 MERCEDES-BENZ 350SL convertible. S/N 10704310010982. Eng. # 0710894. Silver metallic/silver hard top, black canvas/brown leather. Odo: 17,463 km. Once the property of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu. Remarkably original and untouched. Low-mileage original. Optional hard top. Interior as-new, with Becker Mexico. Short-wave radio concealed in glove compartment, as installed by the Securitate (Romanian secret police). Original tires. Engine compart- July 2016 131


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU ment dusty. Standing still since 2007, but complete service carried out and ready to roll. Accompanying documentation includes 1999 Romanian government auction certificate, Romanian registration, press cuttings and service invoices. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $55,775. The proceeds of this sale are to the benefit of CrossCause, a charity organization that helps special-needs orphans in Romania. One can wonder if the ill-fated celebrity ownership was of any influence here. Healthy price anyway, but a very original car, too. #158-1977 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SL convertible. S/N 10704412039246. Eng. # 11798512016968. Lindgrün/dark green hard top, black canvas/green MB-Tex. Odo: 98,609 miles. Delivered new to U.S. Three owners from new. Striking color combination original: two-tone green outside and green inside. Paint holding up well. Chrome strips not aligned everywhere. Ding in driver’s side quarter #157-1980 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SLC coupe. S/N 10702412031126. Eng. # 11798512055414. Silver metallic/blue cloth. Odo: 57,530 km. Similar to the R107 SL, but on a longer wheelbase—making it a 2+2. Paint holding up relatively well. Original brightwork still good. Blue leatherette and cloth interior very fresh. Non-original Pana- top. New soft top. Very clean interior with numerous options such as a/c and limited-slip differential. New tires. Engine bay clean. Owner’s manual, sundry invoices and U.K. V5 registration. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $71,340. Spent most of its life in Japan. The 500 is one of the more desirable variants of the R107 SL. Sold mid-estimate. Fairly bought and well sold. sonic radio. Fitted with a/c. Electric sliding sunroof and tinted power windows. Engine bay dusty. Recently serviced in Germany. Rear wheel bearings renewed. Japanese export title, proof of EU taxes paid, German clearance certificate. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,645. Built to European specification, but exported to Japan. Bidding went in lowest increments just past the low estimate. Market-correct sale. #147-1983 MERCEDES-BENZ UNI- panel. Fitted with European-specification bumpers and headlights. Interior well kept. Recent Pioneer stereo. Engine bay showing use. Alabama title and customs-paid document. German TüV valid till Oct 17. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,050. Color was not to everyone’s liking. More of a second-hand car than a collectible. Price went up in the smallest increments and ended below low estimate. Correctly priced, in my opinion. #151-1978 MERCEDES-BENZ 450SEL 6.9 sedan. S/N WDB11603612004168. Eng. # 10098512004291. Dark blue/beige velour. Odo: 155,294 km. Two owners from new. First owner was the infamous Saudi businessman Adnan Khashoggi. Body has been repainted and mechanics overhauled less than 10 years ago, with related invoices for over $60k. Paint and chrome still present well. Pullman velour interior clean, new carpeting in front. Two period Matra car phones still in place, a feature in all Khashoggi’s cars. French registration papers. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $38,913. A rare and exclusive super saloon in generally excellent condition. Sold mid-estimate. Fair both ways. 132 terrain tires. Interior in vinyl khaki, except for new black seating cushion at driver’s side. Restoration bills for over $13,500. German registration and fresh TüV valid almost a year. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $41,250. Unimogs are a common ingredient at the Mercedes sale. In the preceding sales they hit quite impressive prices, but not this time. This one stayed well below low estimate, and the other one, a single-cab SWB pickup (Lot 154), sold below low estimate for a mere $32k. #118-1986 MERCEDES-BENZ 500SL convertible. S/N WDB1070461A042166. Eng. # 11796412000832. Red/red hard top, black canvas/black leather. Odo: 52,628 km. Highly original, low-mileage car. Excellent panel fit, good gaps and chrome. Factory hard Sports Car Market MOG 406.101 double cab utility. S/N L7FOW7P98. NATO Olive/khaki vinyl. Odo: 96,974 km. Originally a Luftwaffe aircraft tractor. Completely renovated after it was dismissed from military service. Big push bumper at the front. Rare double cab. Body not very straight. Paint fairly recently applied over dents and scratches. Good Continental all- booklet. Swiss registration papers. Import tax of 19% if sold in the EU. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $55,750. One of 502 produced from the first of two homologation specials Mercedes built based on the 190. Later, a more spectacular Evo II followed. Collectible and in remarkably original condition. In my opinion, the high import tax prevented a reasonable deal, and was probably not taken into account when the reserve price was fixed. #117-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5-16 sedan. S/N WDB2010351F6545589. Eng. # 10299010002015. Black metallic/black leather. Odo: 138,682 km. Well-kept example in overall good condition. Front bumper rub- #135-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5-16 Evolution sedan. S/N WDB20110361F610814. Eng. # 10299110000348. Black metallic/black leather. Odo: 126,413 km. 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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU ber and wiper arm slightly discolored. Rear spoiler deformed on left side. Many options including a/c, electric sunroof and limited-slip differential. Interior still fresh, but driver’s seat baggy. Said to have been recently refurbished, including a thorough mechanical overhaul. List of work and substantial amount of invoices come with the car. German papers. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $33,450. The basic sports version of the Baby Benz, as there were also the Evo I and Evo II homologation specials. Not exceptionally rare or collectible. In my opinion, to be classified as a second-hand car. Price offered was all the money, and should have clinched the deal. #108-1990 MERCEDES-BENZ 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sedan. S/N WDB2010361F735117. Eng. # 10299210000333. Black metallic/black leather. Odo: 47,228 km. No available history on this car prior to 2005. Body was restored last year and presents very well. Electrically operated sliding roof. Inte- associated with a range-topping MercedesBenz, this saloon is in fact lighter than the contemporary 500SL. Delivered incredible performance, with a top speed of over 160 mph. Last evolution of the W124 power package, as the model changed at the end of 1994. Relatively rare, but probably most E500s are preserved somewhere. Sold a touch over low estimate, which I’d call fair. #110-1994 MERCEDES-BENZ 600SEL sedan. S/N 12098012025829. Eng. # 72236203978501. Graphite Gray/black & gray leather. Odo: 70,000 km. Numerous factory options, including rare, two-tone leather upholstery. Excellent throughout, except for dusty engine compartment. But this will be fixed, as it is offered by the “All Time Stars” trade section of the Mercedes Museum, which means that the car will be fully serviced prior rior shows no signs of excessive wear. Recaros and pedal rubber look commensurate with stated mileage. Radio of unknown make. Most recent service carried out a year ago, including new tires. Spanish registration and export papers. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $162,136. Only 502 of these street racers were built to get Group A homologation. By far the most desirable of all the 190s and now increasingly popular with collectors. Cosmetically this Evo II was in excellent shape. The missing history was certainly a drawback. Fair both ways. #116-1994 MERCEDES-BENZ E500 Limited sedan. S/N WDB1240361C137516. Eng. # 11997412009187. Silver metallic/black leather. Odo: 81,897 km. Delivered new to Switzerland, but spent most of its life in Japan. Paint still impeccable. Special-order black leather interior. Partly wooden steering wheel, which was standard equipment for the luxuri- to delivery. And it comes with a one-year warranty as well. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $32,427. The ultimate Mercedes saloon of the early ’90s. When they came on the market, they were criticized as being too bulky and heavy. That is long forgotten now. Probably expensive to take it on the road, which is reflected in the low estimate of $28k. But for those looking for some luxurious wheels, this was a bargain. #114-1995 MERCEDES-BENZ SL500 convertible. S/N WDB1290671F105298. Eng. # 11997212011539. Brilliant Silver Metallic/silver hard top, black canvas/black leather. Odo: 34,554 km. Delivered new to Japan. Very straight and well cared for. Lots of extras, including luxury package and limitedslip diff. Front grille in unusual shade of bronze. Period Becker navigation system. Clean engine bay. Low mileage. German TüV ous Mercs at that time. Correct six-spoke alloys. Engine bay very clean. Service history, all manuals and U.K. V5 registration document. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $46,695. A true sports saloon, developed with assistance from Porsche. Despite all the luxury accoutrements 134 and 42-page condition report included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $31,130. The R129, as this type of SL is called in Mercedes-speak, is moving towards collectible status—especially the ones with the bigger engines, 500 and upwards. For the time being, they are still affordable. One snag, however: From model year 1993 onwards, electrics on these models prove to be a weak point. Apart from that, this one had much going for itself. Fair both ways. Sports Car Market


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Bonhams Stuttgart, DEU #156-2004 MERCEDES-BENZ SL600 Brabus Bi-Turbo convertible. S/N WDB2304761F0733472. Eng. # 27595140008702. Brilliant Silver Metallic/gray leather. Odo: 58,000 km. Original paint still in excellent shape. Damage-free alloys. Clean interior with protective carpets. Steering wheel partly wood-rimmed. Navigation system. Engine bay both inside and out. Paint and chrome as-new. AMG 18-inch alloys unscratched. Lavishly equipped. Engine bay clean. De-restricted top speed. Japanese export title and German clearance certificate, ready for EU registration. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $31,220. Another low-mileage Japanese car. Some say that the AMG breed will become increasingly collectible. Some of them, like the rare W124 E60 saloon, are already. Many AMG saloons and coupes are on the market at still reasonable prices, with growth potential. This is one of them. Con: quite expensive to put on the road. High bid 20% short of low estimate. somewhat dusty. Recently serviced. Japanese export documents, proof of EU duties paid, German clearance certificate. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $31,220. Rare limited-edition supercar. Japanese history. A fantastic machine offered at a mere fraction of its original cost. Too bad for the seller the bidders didn’t feel that way. #155-2005 MERCEDES-BENZ CL55 AMG coupe. S/N WDB2153 741A0467671. Eng. # 11399160043036. Obsidian Black Metallic/gray leather. Odo: 11,000 km. Rare, high-performance coupe. Excellent condition should it remain in the EU (it did not). Cond: 1. SOLD AT $2,594,170. Never understood nor liked it, but that’s a personal appreciation. Others clearly do, inevitably resulting in high prices when such a car comes to auction. No exception here, as it sold over high estimate to a resident of one of the Emirates—where you don’t need a roof indeed. The highest sale of this auction, surprisingly. © #122-2009 MERCEDES-BENZ SLR McLAREN Stirling Moss roadster. S/N WDD199976M900032. Eng. # 155980. Silver metallic/red/black/ leather. Odo: 7,200 km. One of 75 produced and available only to existing SLR owners. Pure driving machine, lacking windscreen and roof. One-owner, low-mileage car. New condition in and out. Swiss Carte Grise; 19% import tax TOP 10 No. 1 July 2016 135


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Branson Branson, MO Branson — Spring 2016 The auction’s top sale was “de Plane,” a 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon, finding a new home for an impressive $303k Company Branson Date April 15–16, 2016 Location Branson, MO Auctioneers Brent Earlywine and Jeff Knosp Automotive lots sold/offered 147/210 Sales rate 70% Sales total $3,353,346 High sale 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon “de Plane” airplane, sold at $302,500 Now boarding for “Fantasy Island” — 1967 Grumman G-44 Widgeon “de Plane” airplane, sold at $302,500 Buyer’s premium 10%, included in sold prices Report and photos by Andy Staugaard Market opinions in italics W ith many of the bigger auctions being down this year, Branson claimed a bright, shining spot in the auction world. This spring they experienced a 70% sell-through rate, with 147 of 210 cars sold. Sales totaled $3.35 million — their highest spring sum since 2010 — versus $2.32m and $2.34m for Fall 2015 and Spring 2015, respectively. Branson, MO Jim and Kathy Cox solidified their niche in the auction market long ago. They presented a good cross-section of cars as well as a smattering of antique outboard motors, a pontoon boat, and the “Fantasy Island” airplane (yes, “de Plane, de Plane”) for bid. Of the 147 cars that sold, 91 of them (62%) sold for less than $20k. Branson is one of the premier places to come if you’re looking to get into the collector car market at an affordable price. A lot of bidders were seeking out that good buy. Most of the cars that crossed the block were American classics and muscle, although several nice European cars were also present. On the American side, GM products received the lion’s share of bids, followed by Ford, then Mopar with only nine entries. The lack of Mopar entries was a bit disappointing considering that Dodge and Plymouth muscle have rebounded well the past couple of years. The auction’s top sale was “de Plane,” a 1967 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible, sold at $60,500 136 Grumman G-44 Widgeon, finding a new home for an impressive $303k. Back on terra firma, the top two car sales were a 1950 Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe for $111k, followed by a 1988 Ferrari Testarossa for $105k. Other notable sales included a 1970 Jaguar XKE Series II for $86k, a beautifully restored 1955 Pontiac Star Chief convertible for $61k, and a 1932 Buick street rod — formerly owned by Branson’s popular fiddle player Shoji Tabuchi — for $59k. The next chance for a good Branson deal is scheduled for October 14 and 15. ♦ Sales Totals $3.5m $3m $2.5m $2m $1.5m $1m 0 Sports Car Market 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012


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Branson Branson, MO ENGLISH #538-1954 MG TF roadster. S/N HDB46- 3078. Yellow/tan cloth/yellow leather. Odo: 63,808 miles. Older repaint still shows well. Chrome and trim very good for age. Oily engine needs detailing, at a minimum. Interior good, but shows some wear. New cloth top and matching cloth wheel cover. Auction listing states that it was a national show winner. top is in good shape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,850. Per the auction listing, “Only 8,636 TR2s were built from 1953 to 1955 and this beautiful restored ’55 classic is one of the best examples of a short-door TR2. Matching en- and repaint still shows well. Good fit except that the driver’s side door will not close. Chrome and trim very good and unblemished. Clear glass. Interior like new, showing off an excellent restoration. Top good and comes with clear side curtains. Underside good, with minor rusting. Engine bay very nice. Nice wire wheels with new tires really set it off. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $22,550. This is a very nice large-mouth Triumph. It didn’t sell at Branson in the fall of 2009 for $23.5k (SCM# 1666363). With a median SCM PPG value of $26k, call it well bought given this car’s excellent condition. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $25,850. This car would make a nice daily driver as long as it runs out well. It could also be easily used in local car shows and parades. It would be just a fun driver all the way around, and its condition supports that, but not much more. Sold last October here in Branson for $30,240 (SCM# 6787078), so a bit of a haircut for the seller. The SCM Pocket Price Guide median market value is about $33k, making this a good buy. #555-1955 TRIUMPH TR2 roadster. S/N TS6583L. Red/white vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 3,757 miles. Repaint with scratches and swirls, but looks good at 10 feet. Trunk and hood fit are poor. Chrome needs to be buffed out. Interior is excellent and looks like new. The engine bay and underside need touching up and cleaning to match the top-side quality. New gine numbers with original cylinder head. New rods and camshaft, pistons and liners. All mechanicals rebuilt. Enhanced with periodcorrect overdrive transmission. Same owner for 40 years.” Just a few more dollars and some elbow grease would bring this car to show-worthy level. It definitely has upside investment potential with a current median value of over $43k. Good buy. #594-1957 TRIUMPH TR3A roadster. S/N TS44454L. White/black leather/red leather. Odo: 1,758 miles. Older restoration chromed wires with new rubber. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $86,350. Looks like it just came off the showroom floor. Not much wrong that a little elbow grease couldn’t clear up. This car sold at Branson in Fall 2014 for $75,600 (SCM# 6711414). Current SCM PPG median of almost $85k. So, although the reporter stated that it was fully priced in 2014, it proved to be a good buy, considering its price appreciation. The sold price here seems to be fair to both the buyer and seller considering its current value. GERMAN #541-1967 PORSCHE 912 coupe. S/N 458375. Polo Red/black leather. Odo: 57,115 miles. Recent repaint shows well. Chrome and trim very good. Interior very good for its age— showing little wear. Engine bay and underside are clean. Overall fit is good, but hood fit is slightly off. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $48,000. The 912 was a variant of the very popular Porsche 911. Actually, the 912 initially outsold the 911, but eventually was overtaken and had a rela- #576-1970 JAGUAR XKE Series II 4.2 convertible. S/N 1R11309. Silver/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 320 km. Fit and paint are excellent. Chrome and trim are very good, with minor scratches. Interior is excellent— looks like new. Engine bay and underside are very good and match quality of top side. Glass very good and clear. Wheels are gorgeous 138 Sports Car Market


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On the Radar These cars are now 25 years old and legal to import to the U.S. for the first time by Chad Tyson 1987–91 Toyota Crown S130 Branson Branson, MO tively short production span from 1965 to ’69, with a brief re-introduction in 1975 as the 912E. This 912 has been well kept and should make someone an excellent, fun driver. Hammered price was a bit on the high side, but the buyer gets a great collectible for a lot less than a similar 911. Fairly bought and sold. Pros: Legendary Toyota reliability with a look not seen stateside. Available with a variety of engines from 2.0-L I6 to 4.0-L V8 (only on Royal Saloon G) and transmissions. Cons: Those panels, pieces and parts that set off the Crown from other Toyota sedans? Good luck finding replacements. Get to know Yahoo Japan Auctions well. Price range: $4k–$6k, plus import costs 1986–92 Ford Sierra RS Cosworth Pros: Not the best rally heritage, but legit nonetheless. Several versions produced by Ford including Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth and 4x4. RS500 raced successfully as a Touring car. Cons: One of the most stolen cars of its time. Few options available when new to add for comfort or delete for weight savings. Still popular as a clublevel racer, leaving fewer and fewer without stories. Price range: $35k–$48k, $50k–$75k for RS500, plus import costs 1988–91 Holden VN Commodore SS sedan This Thing is in good driver condition. Would make a great on-road, as well as off-road, fun-to-drive vehicle. History of the Thing traces back to a WWII German all-terrain vehicle called the Bucket Car, or Kübelwagen, designed by Ferdinand Porsche. The Germans produced the Bucket Car to counter the American Jeep. Price paid here was in line with a good used ATV and should provide the buyer with a fun driving experience. Both buyer and seller should be pleased. #236-1985 MERCEDES-BENZ 380SL convertible. S/N WDBBA45C5FA027566. Manilla Beige/Manilla Beige hard top/tan leather. Odo: 54,500 miles. This car looks to be mostly original and very well cared for. Paint looks to be original, but starting to show its age. Chrome is very good. Fit is good. Engine bay and underside both need to be detailed. Interior is excellent, showing little wear. Glass is very good and clear. Both a new little wear for its age. Chrome and trim are bright, but loaded with scratches. Soft and hard tops, both in good condition, are included. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $12,000. This car would make a great daily driver if it runs out well. However, the bidding was not there and the car did not even make its SCM PPG median value of $14,700. Redoing the front-end repair job to a professional level might entice more bidders in the future. ITALIAN #564-1988 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFSG17A9J0078854. Black/ black leather. Odo: 23,976 miles. Paint is a black beauty with minor swirls. Excellent interior showing little wear. Clean engine bay. Good fit all around. Underside needs detailing, same with engine bay. Both the engine bay and underside condition make me want to question the mileage. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $104,500. This is a very nice Ferrari with very #220-1973 VOLKSWAGEN THING convertible. S/N 1832420896. Blue/black vinyl/gray cloth & vinyl. Odo: 61,544 miles. Older repaint shows well—only minor scratches and chips. No chrome. Underside needs cleaning and detailing, but the engine bay is clean. Interior in good condition, same with front glass. Top is fair. Side windows are slightly scratched. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $8,500. the owner took a hit to his wallet since 2007, this 350SL was still well sold relative to its current market value. Hope that gives the seller some consolation. #610-1989 MERCEDES-BENZ 560SL convertible. S/N WDBBA48D4KA095744. White/blue cloth/blue leather. Odo: 56,538 miles. Car has been hit at front, although the auction listing states, “Clean Autocheck showing no accidents.” In any event, the resulting repair job is poor. The engine bay and underside need better detailing, as oil residue appears on the engine. Interior is very nice—showing Pros: Top sports model in premier Holden lineup. Features include 221-hp, 5.0-L V8, limited-slip diff, optional T-5 5-sp manual and SS-specific badging and wheels. Cons: Suspension is based on 1978 Opel Rekord. Many examples have already been lowered or otherwise modified. SS-specific parts can be difficult to source. V8 could suffer from cooling problems and bore distortion due to casting flashing. Price range: $12k–$16k, plus import costs ♦ 140 soft top and original hard top are included. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,750. Should make an excellent driver and possibly have some financial upside, due to its originality. It was sold in Branson Fall 2007 for $18,900 (SCM# 1571703). Different times, as its current SCM median price guide value is $11k. Although few miles showing on it. It was sold in Branson in 2012 for $64,800 (SCM# 4773636). Only 500 miles were put on it since then, and it definitely paid the seller to not drive it too much. The SCM median price guide value is currently $124,200. Hammered price represented quite a profit for the seller and came in Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO lower than the median of the market for the buyer. Well sold and well bought. Both should have gone home very pleased. AMERICAN #232-1949 DODGE B1 pickup. S/N 9236644. Red/black leather. Odo: 569 miles. 218ci I6, 1-bbl, 3-sp. Very good paint, with minor scratches and small dents. Fit is excellent. No chrome bumpers on this one, but the hood and grille trim are very good. Underside and engine bay are clean. Interior is just fair and could use new carpeting. Glass is clear. Bed is excellent. New tires with dog-dish hubcaps well. Both buyer and seller should be delighted with the final price. #248-1954 CHEVROLET 3100 5-win- dow pickup. S/N H54K012095. Maroon/ maroon cloth. Odo: 1,544 miles. 235-ci I6, 1-bbl, 4-sp. Frame-off restoration in 2010. Electrical system was upgraded to 12-volt, with rare factory turn signals. Excellent paint with minor swirls still shows well. Good fit and clear glass. Chrome very good. Engine bay and underside are dirty and need detailing. Interior is fair, but needs a new floor. Solid restoration of really look nice. Restoration quality is quite good and the auction listing states that it’s been driven very little since completion. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $14,630. A very nice old truck. Dodge’s first post-war truck was well-engineered and one of the finest of its day. This particular one has an excellent restoration and might have upside market potential. A fair price was hammered down; both buyer and seller should be happy with this one. #618-1951 DESOTO CUSTOM convert- ible. S/N 50155837. Dark blue/tan vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 6,886 miles. 251-ci I6, 2-bbl, auto. Nice older repaint, with minor scratches and dents on the left fender. Fit good all around. New top. Engine bay and underside need restoration to match exterior. Chrome and trim nice and bright, with only minor scratches. Interior nicely restored except for carpet, which needs replacing. Original hub- oak bed. Wheels with dog-dish hubcaps look to be original, with good rubber. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $18,000. Older restoration still shows well. According to the auction listing, “It’s a great running driver that draws attention wherever it goes.” These 5-window Chevys seem to often do well on the auction circuit. This one looks to have some good upside investment potential. Well bought. #558-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE roadster. S/N E54S003402. Polo White/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 97 miles. 235-ci 150-hp I6, 3x1-bbl, auto. Paint and fit are excellent, especially for a 1954. Chrome is very good, with only minor scratches. The engine is a classic 6-cylinder Blue Flame 150—it looks like new. The underside matches the top-side quality. Interior is like new, except for some horrible grease marks on the driver’s side of carpet. caps and new tires. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,250. The Custom was produced from 1939 to 1951 as the top-of-the-line model for DeSoto. All Customs had 6-cylinder, L-head engines, with the model and engine replaced by the new V8 Firedome in 1952. According to the auction listing, this particular car was one of only 55 that were produced for export in 1951. The car was restored and presented July 2016 Glass is good and clear. Great investment car. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $73,150. These early cars were notorious for poor fit primarily because they were handmade using production techniques that were invented as they were being built. This one has obviously had a good restoration, as the fit is excellent. Only questions I have are: Where’s the documentation? Why hasn’t this car been judged by NCRS or Bloomington Gold? Most likely the bidders had the same questions, resulting in a hammered price about $10k below the SCM PPG median value. Good buy? Time will tell. 141


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Branson Branson, MO #532-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF convertible. S/N K855H17631. Persian Maroon Metallic/tan cloth/maroon & cream leather. Odo: 62 miles. 287-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Excellent restoration inside and out in 2007. It still shows well. Paint, exterior chrome and trim excellent. All the interior chrome that Pontiac was known for is gorgeous. Glass is good and clear. Top is like new. Engine bay is excellent. Underside is good. All restoration documents and pictures as well as maintenance records included. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $60,500. A beautiful classic Pontiac—they just factory options. Very good older restoration, as older repaint still shows well. Chrome and trim good, with minor scratches. Very clean engine bay and underside. Interior is excellent. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,600. A particularly even at five feet. Trim and chrome are very good. Top is like new. Interior shows its age and needs attention. Engine bay is clean. Same with underside. Panel fit is good. Glass is clear. Original hubcaps on factory steel wheels with new wide whitewall tires really look nice. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. A nice car that was well presented. These classic mid-’50s Chevys will always be in demand on the auction circuit. A good example like this one could sell in the neighborhood of $65k. Very well bought. nice example if you are in the market for one of these old ’50s classics. This car brings back memories of my dad’s new Buick in 1955. This car previously sold at Barrett-Jackson in Palm Beach 2015, for $31,350 (SCM# 6794990). Price paid here in line with market value since the ’50s-era cars seem to be weakening on the auction circuit. In fact, I was quite surprised that it went this high. Well sold. don’t get much nicer than this. However, according to the auction listing, “The car was stolen from its home in Nebraska in the mid1960s, and when located, wound up in a salvage yard near Omaha. A Pontiac enthusiast recognized the car’s potential, purchased it, and obtained a salvage title, all that was available. Sold in 1993 and became a project. From 2005 until 2016 the car was treated to an extensive restoration.” The salvage title didn’t seem to hold it back, and rightly so—especially at no reserve. Well bought and sold. #584-1955 BUICK ROADMASTER 2-dr hard top. S/N 7B8019895. Green & black/ green cloth & vinyl. Odo: 83,766 miles. 322-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Mostly original, loaded with #542-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR convertible. S/N C55T242817. Turquoise & white/white vinyl/turquoise & white vinyl. Odo: 44,000 miles. 236-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Older repaint that still looks great, BEST BUY front bumper needs re-chroming to match the body quality. Trim is good. New tires with original hubcaps show well. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $24,200. This car sold at Branson October 2014 for $23,220 (SCM# 6711412). It appears that little has been done since then, as the auction report at that time indicated a recent repaint. Not the most stellar example out there, but the owner was able to gross $1k on the flip. Well sold. #229-1960 FORD F-100 pickup. S/N F10J0N20610. Red/red & silver vinyl. Odo: 31,133 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Paint looks good at 20 feet, but shows minor nicks and scratches at five. Fit is good all around. Chrome and trim are just fair, with numerous scratches, and should be re-chromed. Underside is very dirty and needs to be detailed. Engine bay is just okay and needs to be detailed. Interior is quite nice. The glass is good except for the windshield, which has some wiper rash. Good-condition steel bed contains protective rubber mat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $14,300. These early F-100 Ford pickups are #608-1958 BUICK SPECIAL wagon. S/N 4E2009037. Red & white/red & white leather. Odo: 91,751 miles. 364-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Optioned with power steering, power brakes, windshield washer and push-button AM radio. New paint and interior, both very well done. Door gaps and fit are just fair. Glass is good and clear. Underside and engine bay are very clean. Chrome is very dull and the 142 Sports Car Market


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Branson Branson, MO really in demand on the auction circuit right now. This one is not a show truck but could easily be brought up to that level with a small investment. Sold price is fair and leaves some room for the buyer to make needed improvements. Well bought and sold. #540-1961 CHEVROLET CORVAIR 95 Rampside pickup. S/N 1R124S120408. Red & white/red cloth. Odo: 46,074 miles. 145-ci H6, 2x1-bbl, 3-sp. New paint, but shows underlying nicks and scratches. Chrome and trim good. Fit is too. Underside is dirty and shows some rust. Rear engine, under the bed, and engine bay are clean. Very good interior. Good glass all around. Steel bed with decent paint. like a fair price now. Sold at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale in 2012 for $15.4k (SCM# 4776806). Both buyer and seller should have gone home happy. #616-1964 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 824B21682. Red/black vinyl. Odo: 13,997 miles. 389-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint needs to be buffed out. Chrome is very good. Trim is marginal. Interior good for its age, but needs restoration. Door-window seals need replacing, but at least glass is clear. Driver’s door fit is off, while all other panel fit is good. Engine bay and underside need detail- dian price guide value of $38,100, the return on investment could be well worth the effort. #547-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S123127. Light blue/ white vinyl/dark blue leather. Odo: 56,791 miles. 327-ci 350-hp V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint still shows well. Engine bay is clean. Auction listing states “matching numbers 327 V8 with 4-speed manual transmission.” Interior good for its age, showing normal wear. Top is torn, needs to be replaced, and really detracts from the car presentation. Wheels are Kelsey-Hayes knockoffs, with new Goldline tires that need to be detailed. Chrome and trim New tires. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $19,800. One could order a Corvair pickup as either a Loadside or Rampside. The Loadside had a tailgate the same as most pickups. A Rampside, like this one, had a fold-down loading ramp on its right side. Possibly a good investment if it runs out well. Less than $20k seems ing. New Redline tires look good. Comes with PHS documentation and original Protect-OPlate. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. The 1964 GTO started it all for Pontiac’s high-performance line. Seller was right not to take the high bid here, but should think about improving its condition. A little money and elbow grease could easily bring this GTO up to investment-grade level. With an SCM me- show numerous scratches, but still look good at 20 feet. The big-block stinger hood is not original to the car but sets it off nicely. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $50,000. This would be a nice driver once its top was replaced. Although not a big block, it still has plenty of power to get your juices flowing. It sold previously at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas in September 2015, for $47k (SCM# 6788592). Not sold July 2016 143


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Branson Branson, MO here and rightly so, as its market value should be closer to $60k. BEST BUY #257-1966 FORD MUSTANG coupe. S/N 6R07C127997. Yellow/ black vinyl & leather. Odo: 91,740 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Older repaint in good condition. Fit, chrome and trim are in good condition. Underside dirty, needs detailing. Engine bay is downright nasty and needs restoration. Interior original and in decent shape for age. Glass is clear. Wheels have fac- redone to achieve a club-show level. As-is, it would make a fair driver that turns a few heads, but not much else. It does, however, have investment potential, as these are moving up in general. The SCM PPG median value is almost $39k, so I’ll say the seller came out ahead on this one. Well sold on that account. tory hubcaps and good rubber. Motor looks to be original. Good driver-level quality if it runs out well. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $10,120. This car appears to be mostly original and would make a fun driver and local show car. These early Mustang coupes will always be in demand, especially 289-ci V8 versions like this one. With an SCM PPG median value of almost $16k, the buyer did very well on this one. Well bought. #554-1967 PONTIAC GTO 2-dr hard top. S/N 242177P135616. Red/black/vinyl. Odo: 45,472 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Older repaint showing its age with scratches and chips. Chrome needs restoration. Fit good, except driver’s door, which is out of alignment. Engine bay and underside are clean. Interior shows little wear; appears to be original. Glass is clear. No documentation. However, it seems original throughout. Auction #264-1968 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 8T03T218014. Candy Apple Red/ black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 4,983 miles. 200-ci I6, 1-bbl, auto. Recent repaint shows well from 20 feet, but minor scratches, dents and dimples can be seen at five. Chrome is good. Minor dents in window trim. Top needs to be replaced. Hood fit off. Typical Mustang bouncy door fit. Underside needs detailing or restoration. Engine bay is clean. Interior looks good. Door windows have overspray from recent repaint. Right windows will not crank. listing states that the engine and transmission have been rebuilt. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $40,700. Older restoration that needs to be Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $15,400. The auction listing states, “Complete restoration including paint, body, interior dash and console.” In my opinion the restoration was of poor quality. There are much better examples of 1968 Mustang convertibles out there. However, with an SCM PPG median value of $24k, the new owner has plenty of room left to work while doing a quality restoration. Fairly bought. #578-1969 PONTIAC FIREBIRD coupe. S/N 223379L101180. Green/black vinyl. Odo: 8,615 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Recent restoration that looks as if it just came off the showroom floor. A low-mileage car with an excellent restoration. Everything is excellent, top to bottom. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $34,650. I give few 1s for overall condition, but there was no question on this one. Only disappointment was the lack of a detailed description in the auction listing and general lack of documentation. This is always a red flag. The SCM PPG median value for this car is $30k—making this sale slightly pricey, but worth every penny in its current low-mileage condition. Maybe the new buyer can track down some documentation. Fairly bought. #569-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T 2-dr hard top. S/N JS23U0B150726. White/green vinyl. Odo: 46,000 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Poor hood fit—does not close. Recent repaint very nice. Engine bay is clean. Underside is clean too, but should be restored to match the top side. Chrome and trim are just fair with numerous scratches. Interior is very nicely restored. Good buildsheet documentation for numbers-matching 440/375 en- gine with TorqueFlite transmission. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $41,250. A nice driver and local show car that should have some investment potential with minimum additional expense. A no-sale at Mecum Indianapolis 2010, for $33k (SCM# 1685710). It paid a bit more for the owner to wait and bring it to Branson in 2016. In addition, with a median price guide value of $43.6k, it was a good buy for the new owner. Well bought and sold. 144 Sports Car Market


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Our Portland Hipster by Tony Piff What are the hipsters driving in your town? Send submissions to hipster@sportscarmarket.com. #1238. 1961 VOLVO PV544. S/N 293354. 75,865 miles. “In largely original condition. Updated fuel pump appears to be the only deviation from stock. Driven regularly throughout its life; runs well as an everyday driver. Faded paint appears mostly original and flaking back to primer on upper surfaces. Two-tone interior largely undamaged but shows some discoloration. Heater fan, wipers, interior lighting and cigarette lighter all work, although the horn is intermittent. The horizontal ribbon speedometer operates as it should, as do the odometer and other instruments.” tland Hipster by Tony Piff What are the hipsters driving in your town? Send submissions to hipster@sportscarmarket.com. #1238. 1961 VOLVO PV544. S/N 293354. 75,865 miles. “In largely original condition. Updated fuel pump appears to be the only deviation from stock. Driven regularly throughout its life; runs well as an everyday driver. Faded paint appears mostly original and flaking back to primer on upper surfaces. Two-tone interior largely undamaged but shows some discoloration. Heater fan, wipers, inte- rior lighting and cigarette lighter all work, although the horn is intermittent. The horizontal ribbon speedometer operates as it should, as do the odom- eter and other instruments.” Branson Branson Branson, MO #537-1979 PONTIAC TRANS AM coupe. S/N 2W87K9L123206. Black/black cloth. Odo: 30,457 miles. Older repaint, but looks sharp from a distance. Lots of swirls up close. Interior good with new cloth seating. Driver’s side door fit is off. Engine bay is fair but should be detailed. Underside needs detailing. Chrome trim needs to be polished. Front glass is clear, rear glass is scratched. Right mirror replaced and shows glue residue around mirror’s edge. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,400. So-called Bandit Edition. According to the auction listing, this particular one was “ground-up restored less than 2 years ago.” Firebirds, especially the Trans Am, have been popular on the auction circuit this year. Of course, the sale of the 1977 “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans Am promotional vehicle at Barrett-Jackson in January for north of half a million dollars didn’t hurt. This 1979 Trans Am in Branson has a similar look, but not quite the history of its 1977 sibling. The buyer paid a premium for the Bandit appearance here. Well sold. © SOLD AT $7,193. The thriving Volvo tuner scene is a bright spot in Next Gen automotive culture. Newer cars are the entry point for these young gearheads, but their connection to the brand and its history is strong. The frumpy PV544 has a serious get-sideways motorsport provenance, and I’d love to see this one get torn apart, built up and driven hard. Well bought and sold. Bring A Trailer, 4/20/2016. #322056404394. 1966 CITROËN 2CV. S/N KA00KA18A456. 80,000 miles. “This car runs great. It has just had a full service, including heads re-torqued, valve adjustment, new electronic ignition, new battery and four new tires. Oil and filter just changed, too. Needs painting but very presentable. The top is not torn but weathered.” SOLD AT $6,584. “American Graffiti” is remembered for Tri-Five Chevys, one white T-Bird and street rods, but Curt — the hopelessly square intellectual protagonist — drove a 2CV. For today’s over-educated, skinny-jeans-wearing, urban Millennials, this kind of quirky, impractical, lowtech conveyance is a symbol of cultural sophistication (in lieu of actual financial status, but don’t say that out loud). Market-correct price for condition. eBay Motors, 4/8/2016. ♦ 146 Sports Car Market


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Roundup Selected Sales Combined in One Comprehensive Report ENGLISH Global Auction Highlights #FR-0177-1954 AUSTIN-HEALEY 100- 4 BN1 roadster. S/N BN1L224610. Eng. # 1B224610M. Red & black/black cloth/black & red leather. Odo: 387 miles. From the March Collection of seven British roadsters (plus a Boxster). Eye-catching early Healey looking quite snappy with slanting windshield and non-standard 100M hood, with leather straps. Desirable Laycock de Normanville overdrive car. Shiny paint decent, but with some inclusions, pitting and orange peel. Interior quite 1957 Volkswagen Beetle convertible, sold for $26,500 at GAA’s Greensboro, NC, auction GAA CLASSIC CARS Location: Greensboro, NC Date: March 3–5, 2016 Auctioneers: Eli Detweiler Jr., Mike Anderson, Ricky Parks Automotive lots sold/offered: 382/534 Sales rate: 72% Sales total: $10,209,909 High sale: 1970 Plymouth Hemi ’Cuda, sold at $151,580 Buyer’s premium: 6%, minimum $500, included in sold prices Report and photos by Jeff Trepel and Mark Moskowitz ANGLIA CAR AUCTIONS Location: King’s Lynn, U.K. Date: April 9, 2016 Auctioneers: Barry Hawkins and Jim Ronan Automotive lots sold: 228/268 Sales rate: 85% Sales total: $2,956,519 High sale: 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL sold at $140,753 Buyer’s premium: 5%, minimum $141 ($1.00 = £0.71) Report and photos by Paul Hardiman nicely done with non-original Moto-Lita-style steering wheel. Very tidy under hood. Betterthan-average documentation, including British Motor Heritage Certificate. Owner puts emphasis on driveability. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $54,000. The finish on this 100-4 did not live up to the condition of the rest of the car. That said, it remained very appealing, and high bid seemed too light to me by at least $10k. The seller was right to take it home and try another day. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. #FR-0176-1954 TRIUMPH TR2 road- ster. S/N TS1113L0. Eng. # TS727090. Red/ black vinyl/tan leather. Odo: 39,690 miles. Another red British roadster from the March Collection. Early long-door version. California restoration in past five years. Shiny red paint with various minor inclusions and flaws. Very nice chrome. Some fabrics such as convertible top and carpet are incorrect. Very crisp and authentic under hood. Overdrive car. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,400. Not an obsessively authentic TR2, especially inside, but certainly an attractive example of rarely seen model. Hammer price was strong by several thousand dollars. Very well sold, but the car likely will grow into the price. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. #FR-0175-1961 MGA 1600 Mk I roadTop seller at Anglia Car Auctions — 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL convertible, sold at $140,753 150 ster. S/N GHNL90108. Red/tan canvas/tan leather. Odo: 57,304 miles. Good-looking Sports Car Market


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Roundup MGA 1600 (the first A with disc brakes) with better-than-new panel gaps and well-applied paint, with few flaws. Rubber gasket at front base of windshield coming up. Generally nice chrome, with a few minor dents and scratches. Beautiful dash with clear gauges. Correct and nearly sparkling under the hood. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $26,000. Yet another red roadster from the March Collection. Originally beige with a red interior, according to the BMHT certificate—when did you last see one like that? Not just a handsome MGA, but a local car that was purchased new in nearby Statesville, NC, by a college student. A highly motivated seller might have accepted the high bid, but it seemed at least a few thousand on the low side, and I can understand this seller taking it home. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. #FR-0261-1962 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 convertible. S/N 875780. Eng. # R21429. Cream/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 49,320 miles. Manufactured October 1961, according to the Jaguar Heritage certificate, but titled as a 1962. Long-term ownership. Spectacular recent nut-and-bolt restoration would be right at home at a Pebble Beach or Amelia Island auction. Flawless exterior, flawless interior, flawless under the hood right down to the Lucas battery. I searched and searched for an issue with this car and all I could find was that I was fairly sure that the red piping on the top boot was not authentic. That’s it. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $160,000. The high bid of $160,000 for this magnificent specimen seemed light to me. I did not see or hear this car in action, but if its mechanical condition is consistent with its physical condition, it is beyond reproach. I met one person who came to the auction expressly to bid on this Jag, but apparently two real bidders were not in the room today. I thought the car deserved $20,000 to $40,000 more. The seller may wish to take it to Pebble or Amelia, but if so, more documentation of the restoration should accompany the car. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. July 2016 151


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Roundup #20-1963 JAGUAR XKE Series I 3.8 coupe. S/N 860808. Green & gray/black leather. RHD. Restoration project, but not as rotten as it looks. Although you don’t know the state of the floors and sills until you get under the paint. Appears complete, but no chassis number on car—only quoted. All the chrome and brightwork are there, as are all motor ancillaries, but not much of the interior looks savable. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $101,272. In this ownership since 1984. Original cars are all the rage now, and early E-types are being resurrected from worse piles than this. So, predictably, it went mad and doubled its pre-sale estimate. Finished and perfect it might be worth £150k ($210k), but it’s going to take at least another $200k to get it there. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. #238-1966 MORRIS MINI Cooper 2-dr sedan. S/N KA2S4932096. Gunmetal & white/gray vinyl. RHD. Odo: 89,999 miles. Very original export car, with Heritage Certificate confirming it is what it says it is. Rough, with paint faded and flaking from front fenders and hood, but not too badly rotten—most of the shell is savable. Add-on wheelarch ex- effort for British Leyland) and this was its tweaked Capri offering. Broadly (sorry) equivalent to the Race Proved (Jeff Uren) Comanche, although there was a turbo version as well. Before the sale, the owner told me that if it failed to reach £30k ($42k) he’d take it home. No worries there, as it carried on 60% past that—generally in line with what other rare Capris have been reaching recently. Slightly well sold, but find another. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. FRENCH #233-1991 PEUGEOT 205 GTI hatch- back. S/N VF320CD6223984252. Red/gray velour & black leather. RHD. Odo: 5 miles. Perfect condition, obsessively restored with lots of NOS parts including exterior plastics. So many of these were boy-racered, trackdayed, rallied or otherwise used up in period, but the tide has turned. Putting them back to stock where possible appears to be the order of grade for seat-belt fit. Correct and very clean engine compartment. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $26,500. Not a perfect VW cabrio, but issues are easily resolved. Maybe the bland colors discouraged buyers, but nonetheless it is a rare and appealing model. Previously sold at Leake Dallas in fall of 2015 for $21,175. Went for a bit more this go-around, but still well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. #234-1960 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 1210401001922. White/ black cloth/red leather. Odo: 8,519 miles. Restored over a long period by its owner. Good, but not as sharp as they come. Newish red leather, still on Solexes. Recorded mileage is tensions over period-style Minilites. Original interior would clean up; smells very petrolly inside. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,036. Massive interest in this as it seemed a relatively easy restoration, with everything still there. Just about FIA eligible too, which will help keep the value up. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. #235-1971 FORD CAPRI Broadspeed coupe. S/N BBECLL71609. White & black/ black vinyl. RHD. Excellent order all around. Restored with good paint and good interior— including likely repro vinyl. Dash, which doesn’t wear well on these, is still good. Later wider aftermarket alloys fitted, but otherwise quite period. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $70,940. Broadspeed was a leading race/tuning firm of the ’70s (it ran the Jaguar XJ coupe racing 152 the day. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $35,470. Highest price for a 205 GTi so far, but the best one I’ve ever seen since they were new. Restoration cost almost £20k ($28k) on top of the price for a presumably fairly unmolested car, so the seller is only coming out even or a bit better. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. GERMAN #ST-0106-1957 VOLKSWAGEN BEE- TLE convertible. S/N 1407998. White/black vinyl. Odo: 2,383 miles. Charming early VW cabrio, with semaphore turn signals as well as flashing indicators. White with black interior not the most exciting combo, but paint is beautifully applied. Chrome good with some marks and duller pieces around the windows. Convertible top hidden under top boot, so no opportunity for inspection. Noticeable wear to some interior hardware, but little harm. Steering-wheel hub cracked. Seat covering of doubtful authenticity but well done. A-plus Sports Car Market since restoration. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $130,056. Delivered new to Switzerland and, unusually, never had a hard top. Estimate of £80k–£100k ($113k–$141k) was in line with what the best cars are getting these days, but a little hopeful in this case. Sold fair for market. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. #236-1969 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SL convertible. S/N 113044220010599. Silver/ red leather. RHD. Odo: 136,241 miles. 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Roundup drain funnels are still in place, which we’re only just starting to see again at auction. On the minus side, side trim is a little squashed and interior is red leather, still newish, instead of expected MB-Tex. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $140,753. Ticks all the right boxes and deservedly sold for top dollar; will probably retail for a bit more. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. #ST-0047-2004 PORSCHE 911 Carrera convertible. S/N WP0CA29964S652347. Arctic Silver/black fabric/gray leather. Odo: 38,249 miles. Paint said to be original, with scratches on right door and left front fender. Panel fit good. Fabric top worn from stowage. CRUISER FJ60 SUV. S/N JT3FJ60G9H113980. Desert Beige/beige & brown cloth & vinyl. Odo: 163,705 miles. Well-used but well-cared-for survivor. One-owner car, always garaged, and looks it. No rust visible, original paint still nice, panel fit typical high Toyota standard. Bumpers and chrome good, with minor scratches and dents from use. Glass excellent, rubber gaskets still supple. Inside, most fabric and plastic surfaces are excellent, with a tear on the driver’s seat. AMERICAN BEST BUY #264-1965 FORD MUSTANG GT coupe. S/N 5F07A698970. White & red/black vinyl. Odo: 99,431 miles. 289-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. A-code notchback. Tidy with good door fit and decent vinyl. If not genuine GT, then GT-type auxiliary lights. A few cracks in older paint and slightly fuzzy masking in places for stripes. New a/c pump suggests system may be an add-on. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,802. Cheapish and looks even cheaper in dollars thanks to a recent shift in exchange rates—an unusually strong 71 pence Loss of driver’s seat leather from wear. Engine clean. Technic package, Kenwood video screen. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. Most Porsches come to a classic car auction looking a bit less worn. This car achieved a reasonable bid for its condition, but the owner wanted more. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. ITALIAN #FR-0243-2006 FERRARI F430 coupe. S/N ZFFEW58A360150032. Black metallic/ black leather & red piping. Odo: 19,491 miles. Equipped with Manettino steering wheel, Scuderia shields, red brake calipers, carbon-fiber dash package. Near flawless paint, with one chip on hood. Excellent Michelins on unscuffed wheels. Sill plates scuffed, however. Oddly, the pull-up parking brake handle is very worn. Ill-fitting Sony CD. Very used and dirty under hood, but all intact. Good spec with 4-speed and a/c. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $20,140. Originally purchased in Danville, VA. The mileage is high, but it’s a Land Cruiser, so it will probably go another 163,000 miles with no problems. These can be big rusters around the tailgate and door bottoms, but no evidence of rust in this remarkably well-preserved example. If it checks out mechanically, it should be good to go. Not inexpensive for the year and mileage, but well worth it for the integrity and history. I should have bid on this. Well bought. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. #243-2001 NISSAN SKYLINE GT-R R34 V-spec II coupe. S/N BNR34400688. Silver/black leather & cloth. RHD. Odo: 62,239 km. Tidy and unscuffed. Looks mostly stock, although the few add-ons include HKS coil-overs and titanium exhaust. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $45,815. Recently imported from Japan, expected to reach £30k–£35k ($42k– to the dollar on sale day. At this price very likely to be quickly retailed for more, or made into a racer as: a) it already has the V8; b) it’s pre-’66 as required for period FIA racing; and c) racers like the notchbacks as they’re fractionally lighter, as well as cheaper, than the fastbacks. As it happens, it was quickly retailed for £22,500 ($32k), a £6,200 (near $9k) markup. So I wasn’t the only one who thought it was a screaming deal. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. #1-1979 FORD RANCHERO GT pickup. S/N 9H97H089858. Black & orange/ orange vinyl. Odo: 89,858 miles. 351-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Last year of the Ranchero, and loud—both in volume and color. Nasty flamed paint job, hand-painted (red) taillight housings, garish orange interior. This is some misguided Brit’s idea of cool. We have hillbillies and yokels here too, you know. Cleveland mo- Wear on driver’s inside door handle. Seats excellent, with virtually no wear to driver’s side bolsters. Engine compartment like new. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $98,000. It’s good to see an F430 in excellent condition that has been driven almost 20,000 miles. Nothing to fuss about here beyond some microscopic cosmetic flaws. High bid probably too light by at least $10k. Seller justified in holding onto it. GAA, Greensboro, NC, 03/16. JAPANESE #TH-0048-1987 TOYOTA LAND 154 $49k) so the auctioneer’s prediction was spoton. With the recent surge in interest (and prices) of JDM cars on the American side of the Atlantic, collectible Japanese cars here have been trending up as well. No, this one isn’t eligible for U.S. import just yet (but coming in 2026...). Fairly bought for now, but no doubt the seller did well for himself. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. tor said to have recent bearings and timing gears. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $2,956. First lot of this huge 285-car sale, an ACA specialty (British sales rarely offer more than 100 lots), so why not kick things off with a bang? Knocked down for more than it was worth at home and half the hopeful top estimate, but its entertainment value goes further on this side of the Atlantic. This novelty act will no doubt find a further career in film, location and even wedding hire. Anglia Car Auctions, King’s Lynn, U.K., 04/16. © Sports Car Market


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Mystery Photo Answers Killing Kenny wasn’t enough? They had to kill Herbie too? — Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD This Month’s Mystery Photo Response Deadline: June 25, 2016 Our Photo, Your Caption Email your caption to us at mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com, or fax to 503.253.2234. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Do you have a mystery photo? Email it to mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket. com at 300 dpi in JPEG format. Please include your name and contact information. If we use your photo, you’ll get an official SCM cap. RUNNER-UP: Jack Um Up High, South Park Unified School District. — Mike Buettell, Roche Harbor, WA Mom, why are we the only school in the district that never gets a snow day? — Layne Buckley, via email All the children of South Park were mourning the loss of their snow days once they got a look at the new Bigfoot school bus! — Tom Magda, Pittsford, NY Just think, this Monster Tru…er, Bu… er, whatever, Comments With Your Renewals Keep up the good work! Your publication is right up there with the class and insight found in Road and Track of the John Bond era. — John Cardwell, Supply, NC (SCMer since 2005) Always anxious to update my “prescription” to SCM! Keep up the outstanding work. — Thomas Taylor, West Linn, OR (2007) 156 resulted from the humble beginnings of a Baja Bug without an engine. — Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Ew, Mom! I’d rather walk than take the Trump Bus to school. — Erik Olson, Martinez, CA Public schools really have to up their game when charter schools come to town. — Leslie Dreist, Troy, MI Our schools never close be- cause of too much snow. — Phil Stevens, via email Best car magazine out there! — Greg Patjens, Oro Valley, AZ (2005) Less high-end, more real- istic cars. — Karman Cusack, Conifer, CO (2010) My favorite magazine. I like everything about it. Thanks. — Mike Kluck, Mankato, MN (2004) If you could do more articles on restored American iron from Chip Foose, the Ring Brothers and any other high-quality builds Old school now has its own bus. — Jim Graham, Mount Pleasant, SC The Colorado school system is very serious about attendance — even in the worst weather conditions. — Frank Boyle, Stockton, CA For sale to stressed-out bus drivers: Try this bad boy and them tires will drown out them screaming kids driving you nuts. — Warren Blatz, via email Dad, may I drive your school bus to school today? A couple and go into depth on the challenges, cool things about what they did. That would be great! Thanks for a great magazine. — Mark Hoffman, Black River Falls, WI (2003) More information on Shelby Mustangs for sale and sold at auction, please! — H.R. Herrmann, Tulsa, OK (1998) More original or survivor cars featured — on your own though, not auction companies’. Find them and review them of kids have been bullying me at school, and it’s payback time. Please! —Phil Schroeder, Platte City, MO Snow Day CANCELED! — Frank “The Rat” via email And they only had to weld together eight 40-horsepower VW engines to power it. — Tom Neyer, via email Jim Rosenthal wins an SCM hat that must be squashed, burned, shot or knifed after each wearing — all for rolling over two cultural icons. © — and follow up on the sale. — Bobby Dance, Greenwich, CT (2008) Please have a few more articles about affordable cars — upcoming classics, Honda S2000, Mercury Marauder SS, etc. $25m and down, buy and hold. — W. Grant Eppler, Sacramento, CA (1996) Thank you all for your con- tinued renewals and thoughtful comments. — Keith Martin Sports Car Market Terry Ballard Jim Tooley


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $66/month ($88 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit www.sportscarmarket.com/classifieds/place-ad to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. Email: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to classifieds@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snail mail: Showcase, PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208-4797, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. English 1953 Nash-Healey Pininfarina roadster 1962 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk II BN7 roadster S/N 1E15251. Opalescent Silver Blue/dark blue. 81,185 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Matching numbers, subject of a recent restoration by Jaguar professionals, and one of the last Series I XKEs produced. Striking color combination with matching top and boot to interior, this roadster is complete and ready to be shown, driven and enjoyed today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com (CA) 1982 Porsche 911 Carrera SC targa White/black. H6, With 11.4k documented actual mileage. Was covered and stored in heated garage for over 12 years; 100% original paint, interior and top. Have stamped owner’s manuals that are like new, two sets of keys, all tools, pump, etc. Believe tires to be original, factory Cosmoline wax on engine bay. Never a screw turned, was never power-washed, this car is totally amazing. I have never seen a car so well preserved. Contact Steven, Ph: 818.681.7313. Email: steven3745@gmail.com (CA) 1991 BMW M5 E34 sedan 1967 Jaguar E-type Series I convertible 1987 Porsche 911 cabriolet Italian Cream/dark green leather. Pininfarinabodied roadster. New tan top. One of 104 roadsters built between 1952 in 1954 (total of 506 production all Nash-Healeys). $25k invested in total refresh to Healey specs, using original Nash-Healey parts in manuals. Motor and carbs, aluminum heads all rebuilt to spec; always garaged, a lot of original patina with great investment potential. More pictures and history available. Offers considered. $109,900. Contact Phil, Ph: 707.334.5060. Email: philipelfstrom@icloud.com (PA) 1953 MG TD roadster S/N XPAG224958. Green/green. 87,000 miles. I4, 4-spd manual. Wonderful original survivor. California car—no rust, no rot, matching numbers, runs great, sounds great, fantastic patina, never taken apart, always cared for. One re-paint in the ’70s; very hard to find in this condition. Exceptional TD. $18,750. OBO. Contact Wayne, Ph: 970.355.9826. Email: wayne@mwaynefloyd. com (NC) 1959 MGA Twin-Cam roadster 1980 BMW M1 coupe S/N YD3754. Old English White/red. I4, 4-spd manual. Rare, unmolested roadster. One of only 2,111 examples ever produced. Limited ownership, with an extensive and highly detailed restoration, documented with an article covering its restoration along with photos. Heritage CoA, handbook and operator’s manual. An exceptional MGA example. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com (CA) 158 I6, 4-spd manual. Experience exceptional comfort and performance from this spectacular fiery red XKE. Numbers-matching with low ownership and numerous upgrades, including a new BASS interior and top, 5-speed transmission, headers, high-torque starter, Wilwood brakes, alloy radiator, auxiliary fan, Gaz adjustable shocks, poly bushings and more. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@classicshowcase.com (CA) S/N P218707DN. black/red. 912 miles. I6, 4-spd manual. Beautiful, numbers-matching example with great color combo, recent engine and brake-system rebuild, new aluminum radiator, exhaust system, 4-speed with overdrive and chrome wire wheels. Includes original toolkit. Experience a highly original and sought-after low-mileage Jaguar today. Classic Showcase. Ph: 760.758.6100. Email: webmaster@ classicshowcase.com (CA) 1966 Jaguar E-type Series I convertible S/N 4752403994. Summer Yellow/Cinnamon. 41,425 miles. H4, 5-spd manual. Two-owner, low-mileage, matching-numbers, fuel-injected 2.0-liter, with original paint, drivetrain, interior, etc. Porsche CoA. Two sets of wheels; black aftermarket Type II with brand-new Michelins (shown) and set of BBS honeycombs (not shown). Straight body with minor chips but retains original paint. Tub and battery box are rust-free. Front air dam has curb damage (new replacement included). Engine, transmission, CVs are recently serviced. Car runs well. New brakes (rotors, rebuilt calipers, pads) on all four corners. Non-original Blaupunkt CD/stereo with amp and speakers without any holes cut to return car back to stock (original stereo not available). Full details and additional images available on web link. $18,500. OBO. Contact Steve, Ph: 503.887.8894. Email: sportracer@earthlink.net Web: https://flic.kr/s/ aHsjZ7Zy2f(OR) S/N HBN7L17803. Healey Ice Blue/navy blue leather & white piping. 85,000 miles. I6, manual. Rare and numbers-matching factory tri-carb with center-shift BN7. Beautiful concours restoration by the late Tom Rocke of Healey Lane. Multiple show winner. Original U.S.-delivery car with excellent history. Less than 8k miles since full frame-off restoration. 85k orig. chassis miles. $99,990. AutoKennel. Contact Paul, Ph: 714.335.4911. Email: paul@autokennel. com (CA) 1963 Jaguar Mark 2 sedan Silver/tan. 17,000 miles. V12, 5-spd manual. Extremely rare and exciting V12 Lamborghini. Recent transmission and suspension overhaul, valve job and clutch. Excellent driving car. $285,000. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385. Email: rpm@ rpmvt.com (VT) 1969 Fiat 124 Sport coupe Red/black leather. 70,500 miles. H6, 5-spd manual. Overall in excellent condition, original paint, original interior, low miles. $48,900. Central Classic Cars. Contact Chuck, Ph: 419.618.3855. Email: chuckputsch@hotmail.com (OH) German 1976 Porsche 914 2.0 convertible Black/black. 116,000 miles. I6, 5-spd manual. Very well cared for, late-production car. Last of the solid hand-built BMWs. Excellent interior and cosmetic condition. Wonderful driving car. $18,500. OBO. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385. Email: rpm@rpmvt.com (VT) Italian 1969 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Islero coupe S/N 4301006. orange/black. 13,000 miles. With only 399 street versions produced, the M1 ranks as a highly collectible exotic. This BMW M1 (Serial #006) is the first production M1 delivered to a dealership. According to the factory, it was actually the third car to go through final build-out. The other was a prototype, and the last was used for crash testing. $550,000. The Werk Shop. Ph: 847.295.3200. Email: mike@thewerkshop.com Web: www.thewerkshop. com(IL) S/N 124AC0100959. Yellow/tan. 108,000 miles. I4, 5-spd manual. I purchased this car used in 1973 after my new one was totaled in a highway accident. Everything useful from it, including the original interior, transmission and driveline went into this one. Around 1980, the less-than-perfect front fenders the car came with were replaced with new factory panels, and the car was repainted with all trim removed in acrylic enamel. Since then, it has had a full mechanical, frame-off restoration of the brakes, suspension and driveline, fully detailed with fresh-plated hardware. At that time, the engine was replaced with a 1972 1,608-cc twin-cam, completely rebuilt with new pistons, Camillo Alquati cams and a pair of Weber 40 IDFs. The 13-inch Fiat-Cromodora wheels were optional when the car was new. Although the odometer has 108,800 miles showing, it has less than 1,000 miles on the mechanical restoration. Garaged always, this is a drive anywhere turn-key GT, two-kids-in-the-back-seat touring car, owned by a longtime Abarth/Fiat marque enthusiast. $12,500. Contact Mahlon, Ph: 860.542.6060. Email: mahlonfcraft@yahoo.com (CT) Sports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello coupe American 2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z51 convertible Gray/black. 40,000 miles. V12, 6-spd manual. Excellent running and driving car with new tires, full books and tools. Recent service. $145,000. RPM. Contact Steve, Ph: 802.598.0385. Email: rpm@ rpmvt.com (VT) 2008 Maserati Quattroporte Executive GT sedan S/N 1G1YY32G925120434. Pewter/black. 50,196 miles. V8, automatic. Extremely nice, well sorted, adult owned and maintained convertible. With automatic transmission, leather interior and power everything, this one is a joy for anyone to drive. $20,900 OBO. Contact Wayne, Ph: 215.962.9505. Email: redtail0506@verizon.net (PA) 2005 Ford GT coupe 13,700 miles. V8, automatic. This car gets neverending admiration from onlookers, friendly waves, plus an abundance of car conversation everywhere you go. Number-one compliment is, “I love your car.” An outstanding sports sedan, with everything right and perfect color combination with excellent equipment packages. If you love safe, speedy, sexy automobiles, you’ll enjoy driving this future classic. This fantastic machine sold new for $134,200. Cut that price in half and you’ll be the new owner. More good news, only 13,700 careful, loving miles. Contact Steve, Ph: 760.728.4248. Email: ellenknows@ roadrunner.com (CA) S/N 1FAFP90S65Y401403. Red/Black. 40,000 miles. V8, 6-spd manual. All four options. Hennessey upgrade to GT-700 specs. One owner since new. Excellent condition, 40k miles—that’s right, 40k miles and I enjoyed every one of them. Priced to sell. $245,000. OBO. Contact Curtis, Ph: 713.825.0383. Email: cburton690@aol.com (TX) © 160 Sports Car Market


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Auction Companies Artcurial Motorcars. 33 (0)1 42 99 2056. 33 (0)1 42 99 1639. 7, Rond-Point des Champs-Elysées, 75008 Paris, France. Email: motorcars@artcurial.com. www.artcurial.com/motorcars. (FR) Dragone. We’ve been in the collecAuctions America. 877.906.2437. Auctions America specializes in the sale of American Classics, European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods, customs, and automobilia. Headquartered at the historic Auburn Auction Park in Indiana, Auctions America boasts an expert team of full-time specialists who offer 190 years’ combined experience, making them uniquely qualified to advise on all aspects of the hobby. www.auctionsamerica.com. (IN) tor car business for over 60 years, selling some of the most significant cars in the world. Now in the auction business, we are continuing to find and offer significant cars publically at our sales, many of which have not been publically offered in decades. We will always have something that has not been seen before. www.dragoneauctions.com (CT) Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. Gooding & Company. Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694. 480.421.6697. For over four decades, the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has been recognized throughout the world for offering only the finest selection of quality collector vehicles, outstanding professional service and an unrivaled sales success. From classic and one-of-a-kind cars to exotics and muscle cars, BarrettJackson attracts only the best. Our auctions have captured the true essence of a passionate obsession with cars that extends to collectors and enthusiasts throughout the world. A television audience of millions watches unique and select vehicles while attendees enjoy a lifestyle experience featuring fine art, fashion and gourmet cuisine. In every way, the legend is unsurpassed. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www.barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) 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) A premier international collector car auction house offering the rarest and finest automobiles on the world market. Motostalgia publishes a full photographic catalog presenting and documenting professional descriptions and provenance. Motostalgia’s diverse automotive experts offer bidders and consigners alike an accurate understanding of the global automotive market. With venues that parallel the most exciting automotive events such as the U.S. Grand Prix and Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, Motostalgia offers an upscale experience that not only showcases the most collectible cars, but also provides a unique and exciting social environment that is befitting of the rarest and finest automobiles. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia $1,000,000,000 in sales in his storied career. Dan and daughters Tiffany, Tedra and Tara manage the company. 866.495.8111 Dankruseclassics.com (TX) Velocity and “The Car Chasers” on CNBC Prime. www.leakecar.com (OK) RM Sotheby’s. 800.211.4371. RM Sotheby’s is the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. With 35 years’ experience in the collector car industry, RM’s vertically integrated range of services, coupled with an expert team of car specialists and an international footprint, provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market. For further information, visit www.RMSothebys.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele Collector Auto- mobile Auctions. 602.252.2697. Fax: 602.252.6260. Specializing in the finest European sports, American muscle, hot rods and custom automobiles; Russo and Steele now hosts three record-breaking auctions per year; Newport Beach in June; 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 experienced and informed experts in the industry. www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick. 760.320.3290. 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262 A family-run auction house producing two large classic cars auctions per year. McCormick’s Palm Springs Auctions has been in business for over 25 years, and each auction features over 500 classics and exotics. www.classic-carauction.com. (CA) Hollywood Wheels Auctions & Bonhams is the largest auction house to hold scheduled sales of classic and vintage motorcars, motorcycles and car memorabilia, with auctions held globally in conjunction with internationally renowned motoring events. Bonhams holds the world-record price for any motorcar sold at auction, as well as for many premier marques. San Francisco: (415) 391-4000 New York: (212) 644-9001 Los Angeles: (323) 850-7500 London: +44 20 7447-7447 Paris: +33 1 42 61 10 10 www.bonhams.com/motors Shows 800.237.8954. Hollywood Wheels is a premier auction house that specializes in Porsche sports cars, European exotics, American classics and historical race cars. Each year, during the Amelia Island Car Week, they host the Amelia Island Select & Auto Retro™ within the ballroom of the Amelia Island Omni Plantation Resort. Hollywood Wheels… Where Great Cars Are Bought & Sold! www.hollywoodwheels.com Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. Silver Auctions isn’t successful because we auction the most expensive cars, we’re successful because we auction the cars that you love. Silver Auction’s staff, bidders and consignors are everyday people with a passion for nostalgic and collector cars. Come see the difference at Silver Auctions. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. Email: silver@silverauctions.com, www.silverauctions.com. (WA) Petersen Auction Group of Oregon. 541.689.6824. Hosting car auctions in Oregon since 1962. We have three annual Auctions: February, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR; July, Douglas County Fairgrounds, Roseburg, OR; September, Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem, OR. On the I-5 corridor. We offer knowledgeable, fast, friendly “hassle-free” transactions. Oregon’s #1 Collector Car Auction www.petersencollectorcars.com Silverstone Auctions is a world- class, specialist auction house for the sale of classic cars, modern supercars, all types of competition cars, modern and historic motorcycles as well as automotive memorabilia. If you are a buyer or seller Silverstone is the classic vehicle auction house for you. www.silverstoneauctions.com (U.K.) Worldwide Auctioneers. Rick Cole Auctions . Thirty years Leake Auctions. 800.722.9942. Dan Kruse Classics is a family- owned collector car auction company located in San Antonio, Texas. DKC has been responsible for successful collector car sales since 1972, with annual sales in Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Dan personally has over 162 Leake Auction Company was established in 1972 as one of the first car auctions in the country. More than 40 years later, Leake has sold over 34,000 cars and currently operates auctions in Tulsa, Oklahoma City and Dallas. Recently they have been featured on several episodes of three different reality TV series — “Fast N Loud” on Discovery, “Dallas Car Sharks” on ago, Rick Cole conducted the first Monterey auction, his annual events forever changing the historic week dynamic. Rick Cole Auctions provides upscale clientele a boutique and silent auction atmosphere proven to offer the finest cars available, and achieving one of the top 10 multi-million-dollar sales of all time. August 19–22. Marriott Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf. info@rickcole.com www.rickcole.com (CA) 800.990.6789 or 1.260.925.6789. Worldwide Auctioneers was formed over a decade ago by vintage-motorcar specialists Rod Egan and John Kruse. The sale and acquisition of classic automobiles is our core business, and no one is better qualified. Worldwide is unique in having owners who are also our chief auctioneers, so you deal directly with the auctioneer, and we are wholly invested in achieving the best result for you. Our auctions are catalog-based, offering a limited number of higher-end consignments, with an emphasis on quality rather than volume. (We don’t Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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limit ourselves to only selling the most expensive cars in the world, but do ensure that every car we consign is the very best of its type.) We also offer specialist-appraisal, estate-management and collectionconsultancy services. Our dedicated private sales division serves the needs of individual collectors who seek privacy or to acquire vehicles that may not be available on the open market. www.worldwide-auctioneers.com. (IN) Alfa Romeo most prized automobiles, ranging from a single pre-purchase appraisal to full collection valuations. www.motostalgia.com email: info@motostalgia.com facebook.com/Motostalgia Twitter: @Motostalgia Automobilia Coachbuilt Press. 215.925.4233. Centerline International. (888) 750-ALFA (2532). Exclusively Alfa Romeo for over 35 years. You can rely on our experience and the largest inventory of parts in North America to build and maintain your dream Alfa. We carry restoration, maintenance and exclusive performance parts for Giulietta through the new 4C. Newly developed parts introduced regularly. Check our website or social media for new arrivals, tech tips and special offers. www.centerlinealfa.com. (CO) Coachbuilt Press creates limited-edition automotive titles for the discriminating motoring enthusiast. We present exceptional material on the most significant collections, museums and marques with a balance of authoritative writing, precise research, unique historical documents and the modern photography of Michael Furman. Please visit our website to view our latest titles and order. www.CoachbuiltPress.com (PA). 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 Canepa of Scotts Valley. 21 South Auto Gallery. 480.986.6460. Located in Mesa, AZ, 21 South Auto Gallery specializes in the sale of high-quality European sports cars and American muscle. Whether you are looking for an investment-grade collector car or a fun weekend cruiser, we would love to make your dreams a reality. We also buy classic cars in any condition. (AZ) 831.430.9940. Offering fine investmentgrade collectable road cars and racecars for sale. Our 70,000-square-foot facility houses world-class, on-premises restoration and motorsports facilities where automotive artisans ensure every detail of our inventoried vehicles meet the highest levels of refinement and preparation. Canepa is interested in purchasing exceptional, original and restored automobiles. sales@canepa.com www. canepa.com (CA) unprecedented selection; from top-ofthe-line models to project cars. We buy classic cars in any shape or condition & provide the quickest payment & pickup anywhere in the U.S. 310.975.0272 www.beverlyhillscarclub.com (CA) Charles Prince Classic Cars. Based Exotic Mosaics. 805.544.4093. Unique and original mosaic hand-crafted wall hangings of automotive subjects by mosaic artist Jim Valentine. Made with glazed ceramic tile with aluminum frame and hanging wire. Can create custom mosaics of your automobile. Email: exoticmosaics@sbcglobal.net. exoticmosaics.com. 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 Celebrate your ownership experiGooding & Company. 310.899.1960. Gooding & Company’s experts are well-qualified to appraise individual automobiles as well as collections and estates. Whether it is the creation of a foundation, living trust or arrangement of a charitable donation, we are able to assist you. www.goodingco.com. (CA) ence! Automotive designer and illustrator Steve Anderson is a specialist in the creation of owner-specified, fineart illustrations. Each original piece is hand crafted to portray the exact specification of individual automobiles and collections. All marques and eras, concours and racers. Ferrari- and Porsche-licensed illustrator. For image samples, additional information or to discuss your project, please call us at 818.822.3063 or visit www.saillustrations.com (CA) Steve Austin’s Automobilia & Motostalgia. 512.813.0636. A premier international collector car auction house and professional appraisal company. Motostalgia’s diverse and multilingual automotive experts offer collectors and investors alike an accurate understanding of the global and domestic automotive market. Motostalgia’s international offices have the capability of appraising collector cars around the globe. With decades of global collector car market knowledge, our experts can accurately value your July 2016 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. Auto Kennel. 714.335.4911. Imag- ine if you had the best of the best to market your car for sale. Jesse Alexander taking all the photographs. Lee Iacocca working with buyers. Keith Martin introducing you to the right car clubs. Well, the father and son team of AutoKennel do just that for all their clients. Paul and Ed Kramer, Costa Mesa, CA 92627. www.autokennel.com (CA) in London, we are specialists in the finest historic motorcars and in contact with dealers and collectors from around the world. We offer the best advice and service in the collector car field. Int T: (0)798 5988070 or email: sales@ charlesprinceclassiccars.com www.charlesprinceclassiccars.com. Classic Assets Motor Sports CenAutomotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Collector car sales, both road and race, have been a key activity for over 35 years. Our sales professionals actively seek consignments on a global basis. We also offer vehicle “search and find” for rare models. We undertake pre-purchase inspections worldwide. We provide auction support, including in-person or telephone bidding for absentee buyers. Restoration management and special-event assistance are also included in our services. Our aim is to make sure that your collector car passion is as enjoyable and worry-free as possible. www.automotiverestorations.com ter. 760-452-6609 or 858-554-0331. A first-rate used-car dealership specializing in vintage rally-eligible vehicles as well as an eclectic private collection of investment-grade automobiles including classic cars, vintage rally cars and supercars. Our business is buying and selling classic, collectible motorcars. We are considered to be the go-to resource for collector cars in San Diego. We are constantly seeking new additions. Top quality, collectible trades always considered. We are available to assist buyers and sellers with all aspects regarding classic cars including import and export. www.ca-motorsportscenter. com. (CA) Classic Investments Inc. 303.388.9788. Barn find. Redefined. Since 1989 our company specializes in the restoration, sales and service of 1950s–1970s Classic European sports cars: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche and Mercedes. Colorado’s premier one-stop shop for all of a collector’s needs. Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate staff welcomes you to call for all inquiries; our in-house factory-trained Ferrari mechanic has 40 years’ experience. www.ClassicInvest.com (CO) FOLLOW SCM Beverly Hills Car Club is one of the Vintage Auto Posters. Since 1980, Everett Anton Singer has been supplying international collectors with the most diverse selection of authentic largest European classic car dealerships in the nation, with an extensive inventory spanning over 50,000 sf. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. 1985. Offering one of the largest indoor showrooms in Southern California, with an exceptional inventory of the very finest American and European classic cars available. We buy, sell and consign collectible automobiles, offering the best consignment terms available, contact us at sales@heritageclassics.com When in Southern California, visit Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history and helping collectors obtain, restore and sell classic vehicles. Our world-class facility houses three showrooms of cars and department specialty areas to perform all facets of restoration under one roof. Let our team of professional craftsmen and specialists make your classic car vision a reality. www.classicshowcase. com. (CA) our beautiful showroom and specialty automotive bookstore, Heritage Classics Motorbooks, open Monday–Saturday. For current inventory and to visit our virtual bookstore, visit www.heritageclassics.com Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars. 314.524.6000. One of the largest inventories of vintage cars in the world. Please visit our website often, www.hymanltd.com to see our current stock. Hyman Ltd Classic Cars, 2310 Chaffee Drive, St. Louis, MO. 63146 314-524-6000 sales@hymanltd.com Copley Motorcars. 781.444.4646. Specializing in unique and hard-to-find classics and sports cars. We only sell cars we love ourselves, and deal in a limited number of models. Before delivery to you, all of our classics, including Defenders, are fully inspected and serviced by one of two expert shops. We are located in Needham, MA. copleycars@gmail.com, www.copleymotorcars.com (MA) DriverSource. 281.497.1000. Pursuing & Preserving Fine Automobiles Since 2005, DriverSource is a leading specialist in the classic collector car market. Our concept of sales, service and storage is tailor made to the automotive enthusiast lifestyle. To learn more about our services or inventory, please give as a call or contact us via email. sales@driversource.com. www.driversource.com Luxury Brokers International. Gullwing Motor Cars stocks more than 100 cars at our warehouse location, 27 years of experience; visited by customers across the country and overseas. We specialize in European and American cars and we are always looking to buy classic cars in any condition. We pick up from anywhere in the U.S. Quick payment and pickup. 718.545.0500. www.gullwingmotorcars.com 215.459.1606. Specializing in the sales, purchase and brokerage of classic automobiles for the astute collector, with a new-age, contemporary approach. Focusing on original, high-quality examples as enjoyable, tangible investments. Classic car storage, classic car consignment, brokerage, and other consulting services are available as well. We actively pursue the purchase and sales of any investment-grade classic car. Since 2009, we have offered a unique opportunity for collectors, enthusiasts and other industry professionals. www.lbilimited.com, sales@ lbilimited.com (PA) Mohr Imports, Classic and Sports Car Brokers. 831.373.3131. Mohr Imports Inc. of Monterey, CA, pleased to be serving the collector car community for the past 30 years. Our goal is to present and represent your car in the very best way possible. We specialize in European classics. Visit us at www. MohrImports.com. (CA) 330.453.8900. Buy, sell, trade, auction of affordable antique, classic, collector vehicles. Bob Lichty offers over 40 years experience in the classic car industry. Motorcar Portfolio, LLC. has been serving NE Ohio and the world since 2004. Let us help with your needs. See our current inventory at our web site www.motorcarportfolio.com (OH) Unit 56. At Unit 56, we love motor- cycles; we truly are passionate about them, but most importantly, we strive to have the best. History and an interesting story are a must with anything we buy or sell. And as far as restoration goes, we treat everything as if it was our own. We care. Telephone: 0044 (0) 1386 700 403. www.UNIT56.co.uk Park Place LTD. 425.562.1000. Legendary Motorcar Company. 905.875.4700. You may have seen our award-winning, show-quality restorations. Our 55,000-square-foot facility is specialized in extreme high-end restorations of rare American muscle cars. www.legendarymotorcar.com (ON) Founded in 1987 in Bellevue, WA, our dealership is locally owned and independently operated. The four-acre Park Place Center features an Aston Martin sales and service center, a Lotus dealership, and we have one of the largest selections of collector and exotic cars available in the Northwest. We consign, buy and sell all types of vehicles. We also have an in-house service center and high-end Auto Salon. www.ParkPlaceLtd.com Vintage Motors of Sarasota. 941.355.6500. Established in 1989, offering high-quality collector cars to the most discerning collectors. Vintage’s specialized services include sales, acquisitions and consignment of high-quality European and American collector and sports cars. Always buying individual cars or entire collections. Visit our large showroom with 75-plus examples in the beautiful museum district of tropical Sarasota, FL. www.vintagemotorssarasota.com (FL) Classic Car Transport 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) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936. Gripping the wheel of your dream car and starting the engine for the first time is a high point for any enthusiast. We are the premier enclosed auto transport company that will ensure your car arrives safely for that experience. For over 35 years, our standards for excellence have had clients returning time and time again. Trust the Best. Trust Intercity Lines. www.Intercitylines.com www.SignificantCars.com. 800.837.9902. Since 2002, SignificantCars.com has been changing the way collector cars find new homes. A pioneer in the online marketing of important collector cars, Significant Cars has a proven track record for realizing top dollar for their seller clients. Run by Enthusiasts for Enthusiasts, Significant Cars has put the power of the dealer or Auction House into the hands of Collectors. Give us a call for a confidential analysis of your car’s true value—not what we want to buy it for. Heritage Classics Motorcar Com- pany. 310.657.9699. www.heritageclassics.com. Heritage Classics Motorcar Company, the premier West Coast classic car dealership established in 164 McCollister’s Auto Transport. 800-257-9595. We have transported thousands of collector vehicles over the last 35 years all across the United States, whether they are moving an exotic, street rod, vintage racer or muscle car. With our experienced drivers trained to ensure the finest protection and our customized, lift-gated, air-ride trailers, we make sure your vehicle safely arrives on time. www.McCollisters.com/AutoTransport Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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• Exceptional global market knowhow • Proven track record including world record sales and Pebble Beach class wins for our clients 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. Carficionado manages your valuable classic car collection with German precision. Contact us +49 89 82030682 pr@carficionado.com www.carficionado.com Collector Car Insurance J.C. Taylor Insurance. Barrett-Jackson is proud to endorse Ray Zuder. 860.830.6104. Single Car / Enclosed / Air-Ride Transport Dedicated to Extreme Personal Level, Drama Free, Best-inClass Service * Auctions * Concours/Shows * Door to Door * Races/Rallies * Security Provided at All Times * There When You Need Us Over 15 years of “not-even-a-scratch experience.” www.rkzmotorcar.com a new breed of insurance for classic, antique, exotic, special-interest, contemporary classic and limited-edition cars. To get a quote is even easier with our new online improvements. Go to www.barrett-jackson.com/insurance/, select “Get a quote,” enter in a couple of key pieces of information about your vehicle, and get an estimated quote within seconds! It’s that easy. Don’t be caught without the right insurance for your vehicle. In the unfortunate aftermath of damage to your vehicle, learning that your insurance won’t restore your prized possession to its former glory, or appropriately compensate you for your loss, is the last thing you want to hear. To get a quote by phone, call 877.545.2522. Chubb Collector Car Insurance. Reliable Carriers Inc. 877.744.7889. As the country’s largest enclosed-auto transport company, Reliable Carriers faithfully serves all 48 contiguous United States and Canada. Whether you’ve entered a concours event, need a relocation, are attending a corporate event or are shipping the car of your dreams from one location to another, one American transportation company does it all. www.reliablecarriers.com Collection Management 1.866.CAR.9648. With Chubb, you’ll have flexibility and control with worldclass coverage and claim service. There are no mileage restrictions, “Agreed Value” is included, and you’re free to use the restoration shop of your choice for covered repairs. Special pricing is also available for large collections. For more information, call 1-866-227-9648 or visit www.chubbcollectorcar.com. AUTOSPORT DESIGNS, INC. 631.425.1555. All Aston Martin models welcome regardless of age, as new inevitably become old! Routine servicingcomplete mechanical restorations/rebuilds — cosmetic repair/paintwork to complete frame-off restoration. Large inventory of parts. All services as well as our current unventory of automobiles for sale can be seen at www.autosportdesigns.com. (NY) 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified — J.C. Taylor Insurance has provided dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle for over 50 years. Agreed Value Coverage in the continental U.S., and Alaska. Drive Through Time With Peace of Mind with J.C. Taylor Insurance. Get a FREE instant quote online at www.JCTaylor.com. English JWF Restorations Inc. Specializing in AC restoration from street to concours, U.S. Registrar AC Owners Club (U.K.). Now selling AC parts and tires, including inventory from Ron Leonard. Jim Feldman. 503.706.8250 Fax 503.646.4009. Email: jim@jwfrestoration.com (OR) Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) 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) 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) Fourintune Garages Inc. 262.375.0876. www.fourintune. com. Complete ground-up restoration on British ,arques — specializing in Austin-Healeys since 1976. Experience you can trust, satisfied customers nationwide. Visit our website for details on our restoration process, which includes a complete quotation on Healeys. Located in historic Cedarburg — just minutes north of Milwaukee, WI. (WI) Grundy Worldwide. 888.647.8639. Carficionado Collection Manage- ment GmbH. Florian Seidl of Carficionado has been discreetly consulting to car collectors worldwide since 2002. We specialize in: • Collection building • Collection management • Investment guidance • Restoration supervision • Researching your car’s pedigree • Event organization • Insurance • Experienced in coordination with trusts, family offices and institutional investors July 2016 Grundy Worldwide offers agreed-value insurance with no mileage limitations, zero deductible*, and high liability limits. Our coverages are specifically designed for collectible-car owners. From classic cars to muscle cars, Grundy Worldwide has you covered. (*Zero deductible available in most states.) 888.6GRUNDY (888.647.8639). www.grundyworldwide.com. (PA) Welsh Enterprises, Inc. 800.875.5247. Jaguar parts for models 1949–present. www.welshent.com (OH) Events—Concours, Car Shows The Arizona Concours d’Elegance Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. 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 Classic Showcase has been an industry leader in the restoration, service and sale of classic Jaguars, and most other fine British automobiles. From sports cars to luxury sedans, our world-class restoration facility and highly skilled team are ready to assist your needs with acquiring the perfect British classic today! 760.758.6100. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) opens Arizona’s Classic Car Week every January with a celebration of automotive engineering and design. The event benefits Make-A-Wish™ Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions. For more information, please go to: www.ArizonaConcours.com. 165


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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Ferrari/Maserati/Lamborghini Fire Protection GTO Engineering. Servicing Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival. The South: a place where tea is sweet, people are darlin’, moss is Spanish and, come autumn, cars are plentiful. This fall, HHI Motoring Festival returns to the towns of Savannah, GA, and Hilton Head Island, SC. Join us this fall — October 28–November 6, 2016 — in the land of Southern hospitality. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.HHIMotoringFestival.com. worldwide clients for 20-plus years, we’ve amassed thousands of new/NOS/ used Ferrari parts. Highly skilled engineers offer restoration, repair and race prep expertise across all Ferrari models utilized for road, tours and competition. GTO USA provides an extensive parts selection out of Georgia, and a new parts, service and restoration workshop in Los Angeles. parts@gtoengineering.com www.gtoengineering.com/ UK: +44 (0) 118.940.5160 USA: +1 678.635.5752 LA: +1 831.915.1970 Finance MG, Austin Healey and Jaguar, with 40 vehicles in stock to choose from. European Collectibles also offers complete mechanical and cosmetic restorations to concours level, along with routine service. Located in Orange County, CA, between Los Angeles and San Diego. Sales@europeancollectibles.com or visit our website www.europeancollectibles.com. (CA) Veterans Fire Protection. 484.635.4661/4670. We understand your passion and the investment you have made in your classic or sports car, and that is why we offer a wide selection of Fire Extinguishers for your consideration. Please give us call and we can assist you in the selection of the extinguisher for your automobile or shop and recommend the best solution to suit your application. Fax 484.895.7223. www.veteransfire.com (PA) German Lajollaconcours.com. 619.233.5008. lajollaconcours@mcfarlanepromotions.com La Jolla Concours d’Elegance April 8-10, 2016. World Class Cars, World Class Experience. (CA) J.J. BEST BANC & CO. provides financing on classic cars ranging from 1900 to today. Visit our website at www.jjbest.com or call 1.800.USA.1965 and get a loan approval in as little as five minutes! The BMW CCA is the world’s largThe Elegance at Hershey. 717.534.1910. A celebration of vintage race cars and concours automobiles from 6/10 to 6/12/16 commencing with the Grand Ascent, featuring the Concorso Bizarro and culminating with our concours d’elegance. Our primary goal is to benefit our charities: JDRF, AACA Museum, and AACA Library & Research Center. For more information, visit www.theeleganceathershey.com, call 717.534.1910 or email don@theelganceathershey.com. (PA) Ferrari Financial Services. 201.510.2500. As the world’s only Ferrari-owned finance company, no one understands a Ferrari customer’s unique perspective better than the company that designed these iconic sports cars. Whether it’s a line of credit for owners interested in utilizing the equity in their collection, or a simple interest loan, we stand committed to help our clients enhance their collection — without origination or early termination fees. “FFS” offers a level of expertise that cannot be matched by other lenders. est owner-supported single-marque car club. Today, BMW CCA has 67 chapters nationwide, with more than 70,000 members. As BMW’s most active and vibrant enthusiast organization, the club represents a lifestyle of passion and performance. Join the Club today at bmwcca.org or by calling 800.878.9292. Mercedes-Benz Classic Center. dC Automotive. 800-549-2410. Woodside Credit. When financing The Quail, A Motorsports Gath- ering. 831.620.8879. A prominent component of Monterey Car Week, The Quail is a world-renowned motorsports event featuring one of the world’s finest and rarest collections of vintage automobiles and motorcycles. The Quail maintains its intimacy and exclusivity by limiting admission through lottery ticket allocations. Admission is inclusive of six gourmet culinary pavilions, caviar, oysters, fine wines, specialty cocktails, champagne, and more. Web: signatureevents.peninsula.com. (CA) your classic or collector car, Woodside Credit is all about performance. We offer THE LOWEST PAYMENTS IN AMERICA! and provide our clients with fast, friendly and professional service. For over a decade, Woodside has been recognized as the leading lender in the classic and collector car market and is exclusively endorsed by Barrett-Jackson. Apply online at woodsidecredit.com or call 888-354-3982. We have the largest indoor Recycling Facility for Porsches in the U.S. We specialize in used rebuilt and new parts for Porsche cars, including all models of the 911, 912, Carrera and Turbo, 944 16-valve S, 924S, 951, 944 Turbo, 914-4, 914-6 Boxster, 968, Cayenne, 928, 928S and 928 S4. Vintage parts a specialty. We have an extensive inventory including used Porsche engines, transmissions, Fuchs wheels, seats, brake upgrades, interior trim and suspension. No part is too small. We are a God-owned family business serving the Porsche community for over 25 years. www.dcauto.com 252.955.0110 (text) 252.977.1430 international 1.866.MB.CLASSIC. The center of competence for classic Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts — for vintage car sales, meticulous restorations by manufacturer-trained technicians and the widest selection of Genuine Mercedes-Benz Classic Parts, we are the source. www.mbclassiccenter.com. (CA) Import/Export Holt Motorsports. 610.692.7100. We want to buy your air-cooled 911. Immediate payment and pickup anywhere in the U.S. Holt Motorsports specializes in buying and selling all Porsche 911s. We have sold over 3,400 air-cooled 911s since 1980. Holt Motorsports provides after-sale support with service, appraisals and advice for the entire time you own a Holt car. Please call or visit our website to view a partial listing of our inventory. Tim Holt, Holt Motorsports, Inc. West Chester, PA www.HoltMotorsports.com (PA) Cosdel International Transportation. European Collectibles Inc. 949.650.4718. European Collectibles has been buying, consigning, selling and restoring classic European sports cars since 1986. We specialize in Porsche (356 and 911) 1950s to early 1970s, along with other marks including Mercedes, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Since 1960, Cosdel International Transportation has been handling international shipments by air, ocean and truck. Honest service, competitive pricing and product expertise have made Cosdel the natural shipping choice for the world’s best-known collectors, dealers and auction houses. If you are moving a car, racing or rallying, or attending a concours event overseas, Cosdel is your comprehensive, worldwide resource for all of your nationwide and international shipping needs. We are your automobile Export Import Experts. 415.777.2000 carquotes@cosdel.com. www.cosdel.com. (CA) 166 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Italian Museums QuickSilver Exhaust Systems. 011 Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. with more than 30 years in the industry and worldwide clientele in dealing in European race and sports cars, specializes in classic Ferraris of the ’50s and ’60s. www.ferrari4you. com Leasing LeMay—America’s Car Museum Premier Financial Services. 877.973.7700. Since 1997, renowned customer service and honest leasing practices have made Premier the nation’s leading lessor of luxury and performance motorcars. We are small enough to ensure your business gets the attention it deserves, and large enough to finance any new, used, or vintage car over $50,000. Contact Premier at 877.973.7700 or info@pfsllc.com. www.premierfinancialservices.com (CT) California Car Cover Company. Putnam Leasing. 866.90.LEASE. For over 30 years, Putnam Leasing has been the leader in exotic, luxury, and collector car leasing. This honor comes from Putnam’s unique ability to match the car of your dreams with a lease designed just for you. Every Putnam Lease is written to provide maximum flexibility while conserving capital, lowering monthly payments, and maximizing tax advantages. Its Putnam’s way of letting you drive more car for less money. For leases ranging from $50,000 to more than $1 million, with terms extending up to 84 months, contact the oldest and most experienced leasing company in the country by calling 1.866.90.LEASE. Or just visit www.putnamleasing.com. Legal Vintage Car Law. 717.884.9010 Bryan W. Shook, Esquire, acts for and represents leading antique and collector car dealers, brokers, restoration houses, and private individuals Internationally. He has been responsible for innumerable and prominent cases, distinguishing himself with his unparalleled knowledge of automobiles and network of contacts, experts and clients. He is redefining automotive law. www.vintagecarlaw.com (PA) FOLLOW SCM P21S Auto Care Products. Since 1984, P21S Auto Care Products have been the favorite of auto enthusiasts throughout North America. Representing factory-approved German car care at its finest, P21S wheel care products’ “safe cleaning” approach has saved thousands of expensive alloy wheels from the surface damage that harsh cleaners can cause. P21S paste waxes deliver an award-winning shine and unmatched ease of application, while P21S Bodyworks Shampoo protects against premature removal of that fresh wax job. No matter where your car was made, you’ll want to learn about the complete line of P21S Auto Care Products. More info at www.p21s.com. (CT) July 2016 More than just custom-fit car covers, California Car Cover is the home of complete car care and automotive lifestyle products. Offering the best in car accessories, garage items, detailing products, nostalgic collectibles, apparel and more! Call 1-800-423-5525 or visit Calcarcover.com for a free catalog. celebrates America’s love affair with the automobile. Named the Best Museum in Western Washington, the fourlevel, 165,000-square-foot museum features 12 rotating exhibits and 300 cars, trucks and motorcycles on display. ACM includes a 3.5-acre show field, State Farm Theatre, Classics Café, banquet hall and meeting facilities and offers a majestic view above Commencement Bay. For more information, visit www.lemaymuseum.org. LeMay—America’s Car Museum 2702 E D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421 877.902.8490 (toll free) info@lemaymuseum.org www.lemaymuseum.org. (WA) Parts, Accessories & Car Care 44 1428 687722. Our customers are sophisticated enthusiasts who choose our exhaust systems for various reasons — originality, durability, weight reduction and enhanced sound. We’re the default choice for many of the most important classics. Originality is important, but there’s no reason why subtle improvements cannot be introduced. QuickSilver use superior materials and modern manufacturing techniques unavailable when the cars were new. http://quicksilver-exhausts.myshopify.com. Berlinetta Motorcars Ltd. 631.423.1010, 631.549.6700. Professional Ferrari, Porsche and vintage car specialists since 1958. Mechanical engineer, master coachbuilders and fabricators. Pebble Beach-winning restorations. Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche Club of America: Best of Show, People’s Choice Awards. Cars selected for “American Gangster” and more. Servicing, repairing, customizing, engine overhauls, race, track, street and show cars. Locating and importing classic and vintage cars internationally since 1984. BerlinettaMotorcars@gmail.com. www.BerlinettaMotorcars.com (NY) Swissvax. 305.219.8882. Since 1930, the Swiss family company creates magnificent wax formulations. The non-abrasive system consists of a prewax fluid and a high-content Carnauba wax. Unlike ordinary polishes, Swissvax restores the valuable oils of the paint finish that become starved over time and is safe for all paint finishes. Swissvax is also worldwide OEM supplier to Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Bugatti and Lamborghini. www.swissvax.com www.swissvax.us WeatherTech® Automotive AcEvans Waterless Coolant is a revo- lutionary coolant with a boiling point of 375° F, providing superior engine cooling protection. This means no vapor formed, no hotspots, no boil-over, and a much lower cooling system pressure. Evans eliminates water caused corrosion, electrolysis and pump cavitation. Evans protects on the other end of the temperature scale to -40°F, and lasts the lifetime of the engine. Visit www.evanscooling.com for more information. cessories. 800.441.8527. MacNeil Automotive Products Ltd., providing automotive accessories for your vehicles for over 20 years. MacNeil has defined high-quality vehicle protection with the WeatherTech® line of Automotive Accessories. Choose from all-weather floor mats, extreme-duty floor liners, cargo/trunk liners, side-window deflectors, no-drill mudflaps, many different options of license-plate frames and more. We have products available for virtually every make and model. To see and buy everything, go to www.WeatherTech.com. Restoration — General Brighton Motorsports. 480.483.4682. Authorized Morgan 3-Wheeler Dealer and repair, and expert service facility for your collector car. Privately owned, we are located in the heart of the Arizona Auction Arena in Scottsdale. We offer a unique collection of European and American special interest cars and motorcycles and host the Brighton Classic Car Rally each November. BrightonMotorsports.com, 480.483.4682 or info@brightonmotorsports.com. Classic Showcase. 760.758.6100. For over 35 years, we’ve been restoring automotive history by creating driver-, show/driver-, show- and preservationlevel restorations for collectors worldwide. Our world-class facilities consist of a team of passionate and dedicated craftsmen who are ready to perform either factory standards or performance/ modified upgrades. Visit our website or call us to discuss your project today. www.classicshowcase.com (CA) Automotive Restorations. 203.377.6745. Founded in 1978, we are well-established practitioners of the art and craft of vehicle restoration, preservation and service. Nearly 40 experienced craftspeople focused on the art and entertainment to be enjoyed with great cars describes our culture. Our staff and expertise encompasses a broad range of skills and specific vehicle experience. Proper project management and control produces the quality and attention to detail we have come to be known for in all we produce. See much more on the Web at www.automotiverestorations.com D. L. George Historic Motorcars. 610.593.7423. We stand at the crossroads between you and historic European motorcars of the pre-war and early post-war era. 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Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 Ext. 218 for information; e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. Mille Miglia, Peking to Paris, and The Colorado Grand. www.DLGEORGE.com (PA) Exoticars USA. 908.996.4889, Wil 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 awardwinning. We have specialized equipment and knowledge to service newer and vintage models and everything in between. www.exoticars-usa.com. (NJ) Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555. For 35 years, Owner/Enthusiast Bruce Trenery has operated Fantasy Junction from the San Francisco Bay Area. The dealership enjoys an outstanding worldwide reputation for integrity and knowledge in the collector car field. Many of the world’s greatest sports cars have passed through the doors, with both buyers and sellers enjoying expert representation. Email Sales@FantasyJunction.com, www.FantasyJunction. com. (CA) Farland Classic Restoration. 303.761.1245. A complete facility offering concours-level restorations, repair and fabrication services. We work on all makes, and specialize in Ferrari, Mercedes and Porsche. Highly organized and fiscally responsible, we provide biweekly detailed billing to keep you abreast of the rapid progress of your project in every way. Check out our site for details. Email: doug@farlandcars.com. www.farlandcarscom Hahn-Vorbach & Associates LLC. 724.452.4329. Specializes in the investment-grade restoration and preservation of European and American collectible antique and classic cars, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and vintage race cars. Our services include full and partial restorations, bespoke builds, repairs, show prep, sales and procurement assistance, as well as a full array of do-it-yourself assistance services. Recognized experts in the restoration of Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwings and Roadsters. Concours-level, national award-winning quality. Find examples of our craftsmanship and the wide range of past projects on our website. We would be happy to discuss your project. www.hahnvorbach.com On the Road Again Classics. 408.782.1100. Northern California’s largest Classic & British auto restoration & repair shop is a 12,000 square foot facility under one roof! We opened our doors in 2008 and in 8 short years 168 Sports Car Market RESOURCE DIRECTORY


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Carl Bomstead eWatch Porcelain Petroliana Market Heats Up Rare gas station signs bring huge money at Morphy Auctions’ third Kyle Moore Collection Thought Carl’s The Rock Island Auction Company, at their April 29 through May 1, 2016, Premiere Firearms Auction, sold the Winchester Model 1886 Sporting Rifle (Serial #1) that was presented to Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Henry Lawton for a world-record price of $1,265,000. Lawton was recognized for his capture of the renegade Apache Chief Geronimo. The lot also included an engraved gold pocket watch presented to Capt. Lawton. Morphy Auctions conducted the third installment of the Kyle Moore Collection, and there was no indication of market fatigue as prices continued upbeat. Does the market value guns or signs? Looks like both. Prices indicated include 22% buyer’s premium. mounted in an unused Fisk whitewall tire, and the neon and spinner are all in good working order. The famed Fisk “Time to Retire” boy with his candle is pictured at the bottom of the clock. It is in exceptional condition, so I am surprised it did not sell for a touch more. LINE 40-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $50,000– $75,000. SOLD AT: $42,700. This is an incredibly rare sign, and it may just be the only one still around. It was double-sided, and the colors were bright and vibrant. One side had a large chip by the “G,” but otherwise it was crisp and clean. It sold for a reasonable price compared to many of the other high-end signs. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 213—SATAM TWIN-CYLINDER GAS PUMP. Estimate: $6,000–$8,000. SOLD AT: $20,740. Talk about rare: This unusual pump does not even appear in An Illustrated Guide to Gas Pumps. It has two cylinders inside the case that show the fuel that is to be dispensed. It was restored to the “nines,” which is acceptable with gas pumps. It quickly passed the high estimate, and the new owner will be the only one with a Satam in his collection. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 969—HARBOR PETROLEUM PRODUCTS DIE-CUT PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $40,000–$60,000. SOLD AT: $58,960. An iconic sign that collectors covet. It measures 39 inches by 45 inches, and the seaplane logo makes the sign. These have been on a rapid appreciation curve of late, and the price paid here may seem like a bargain in a few years. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 871—GOODYEAR TIRES EMBOSSED MILKGLASS TIN SIGN. Estimate: $35,000– $50,000. SOLD AT: $25,620. This large, double-sided tin sign measured 36 inches by 96 inches and was all original. The Milk Glass letters were embossed, and one letter — an “R” — had been repaired. It was an early sign, and the colors were bright, with some paint loss on one side. It sold for well under the low estimate, so we’ll call it a wise purchase. MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 284—1930s “GET A FISK” NEON SPINNER CLOCK. Estimate: $6,000–$9,000. SOLD AT: $7,320. This is the rarest neon tire clock known. It is MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 22—SILENT CHIEF GASO- MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 201—POPULAR REGULAR GAS PUMP GLOBE. Estimate: $15,000–$25,000. SOLD AT: $34,160. Another extremely rare gas globe that sold for well above the estimates. The two lenses were mounted in an original red ripple glass globe body and were in great condition, with some minor paper marks on the reverse. The image, with a lady in a 1930s convertible and twin Wayne 60 gas pumps in the background, was spectacular. The rare and unusual bring the money, and this globe was certainly no exception. SUBSCRIPTION INFORMATION Sports Car Market (ISSN #1527859X) is published monthly by Automotive Investor Media Group, 401 NE 19th Street, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232. Periodicals postage paid at Portland, OR, and at additional mailing offices. Subscription rates are $75 for 12 monthly issues in the U.S., $105 Canada/Mexico, Europe $135, Asia/Africa/Middle East $135. Subscriptions are payable in advance in U.S. currency. Make checks to: Sports Car Market. Visa/MC accepted. For instant subscription, call 877.219.2605, 503.261.0555; fax 503.253.2234; www.sportscarmarket.com. 170 MORPHY AUCTIONS. LOT 141—CHAMPLAIN OIL PRODUCTS 48-INCH PORCELAIN SIGN. Estimate: $50,000–$75,000. SOLD AT: $76,250. This seven-color porcelain sign had wonderful graphics with a sailing ship in the background. It was in exceptional condition, with minor rust stains from the mounting brackets. About as rare as they come, which was reflected in the final price. ♦ POSTMASTER Send address changes to: Sports Car Market PO Box 4797, Portland, OR 97208 CPC IPM Sales Agreement No. 1296205 Sports Car Market