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JAY LENO UNEARTHS A LOST DUESIE • 242 CARS RATED Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends Sports CarMarket $1.6mC-TYPE Christie's gets top dollar— but we still think it's underpriced June 2006 Exclusive: $34m Barrett-Jackson Florida Sale Fatal Carrera GT Crash The Lawsuits Begin


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Sports CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 52 44 June 2006 .Volume 18. Number 6 The oddly attractive DS23 54 ts CarMarket Keith Martin's The Insider's Guide to Collecting, Investing, Values, and Trends 52 44 June 2006 .Volume 18. Number 6 The oddly attractive DS23 54 Soft Soft window, hard price COLLECTOR CAR PROFILES 44 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Maranello's top-down cruiser sells for $357,500. Steve Ahlgrim 48 1952 Jaguar C-type Ecurie Ecosse At $1.7 million, a blue-chip collectible. Gary Anderson 52 1973 Citroën DS23 IE Cabriolet Henri Chapron's rag top rises to a record. Pual Duchene 54 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa A 912 for 911 money. Jim Schrager 58 1954 Buick Skylark Prices are on the rise for this ‘50s icon. Carl Bomstead 62 1935 MG R-Type MG's revolutionary racer. Thor Thorson Cover photograph: Christie's Top-down thrills in the 330 GTS 242 CARS RATED BY OUR EXPERTS 66 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL Affordable muscle means $34m from this no-reserve sale. Dave Kinney 78 RM Auctions, Amelia Island, FL 102 of 105 lots sell, including a $2.7m Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Dave Kinney 92 Artcurial, Paris, France The French firm sees nearly $1m from an alloy Gullwing. Richard Hudson-Evans 100 Christie's, Paris, France This month's cover car steals the show at Retromobile. Donald Osborne 108 RM Auctions, Boca Raton, FL No catalog, no problem at this $18m sale. Dave Kinney 118 Kruse International, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Solid cars make for a solid $4.5m result. Dave Kinney 126 eBay Motors Off-road and off-kilter in the virtual world. Geoff Archer


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34 42 Leno and the lost Duesie COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic Pre-Z Datsun collectibles. Rob Sass 30 Legal Files Carrera GT crashes into court. John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks Who are the new collectors? Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient Why MGAs make sense. Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch 356s—the best and the rest. Jim Schrager 60 Domestic Affairs Don't touch that original Shelby. Colin Comer 130 Motobilia Enzo's $5,500 bottle of whiskey. Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Cagiva's jumbo success story. Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Digging through Steckler's stash. Carl Bomstead Leno and the last Duesie Silver Arrows at play FEATURES 32 The Collectors: Tim Durham Has ACD 34 Tale of Two Duesies: Leno's Latest Duesenberg 36 Robert Pass's New Old Ride: The Packard Request 38 Euro Racing Part I: New Vintage Racing Regulations 40 Amelia Island Concours: Spring Starts Here 42 AMG Winter Driving School: Sweden after Dark DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1968 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder, 1942 Ford GPW, 1997 Jeep Wrangler 29 20 Year Picture 95 Alfa Bits 110 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged, 2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4, 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 128 Automotive Investor:What good is it if it ain't FUN? 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal 34 42 Len nd the lost Duesie COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic Pre-Z Datsun collectibles. Rob Sass 30 Legal Files Carrera GT crashes into court. John Dranea 4 42 Leno and the lost Duesie COLUMNS 10 Shifting Gears Keith Martin 28 Affordable Classic Pre-Z Datsun collectibles. Rob Sass 30 Legal Files Carrera GT crashes into court. John Draneas 46 Sheehan Speaks Who are the new collectors? Michael Sheehan 50 English Patient Why MGAs make sense. Gary Anderson 56 Porsche Gespräch 356s—the best and the rest. Jim Schrager 60 Domestic Affairs Don't touch that original Shelby. Colin Comer 130 Motobilia Enzo's $5,500 bottle of whiskey. Carl Bomstead 132 Bike Buys Cagiva's jumbo success story. Paul Duchene 146 eWatch Digging through Steckler's stash. Carl Bomstead Leno and the last Duesie Silver Arrows at play FEATURES 32 The Collectors: Tim Durham Has ACD 34 Tale of Two Duesies: Leno's Latest Duesenberg 36 Robert Pass's New Old Ride: The Packard Request 38 Euro Racing Part I: New Vintage Racing Regulations 40 Amelia Island Concours: Spring Starts Here 42 AMG Winter Driving School: Sweden after Dark DEPARTMENTS 12 Crossing the Block / Auction Calendar 14 The Inside Line 16 You Write, We Read 18 Display Advertisers Index 22 Neat Stuff 24 Our Cars: 1968 Intermeccanica Italia Spyder, 1942 Ford GPW, 1997 Jeep Wrangler 29 20 Year Picture 95 Alfa Bits 110 Glovebox Notes: 2006 Range Rover Sport Supercharged, 2006 Toyota RAV4 Sport 127 FreshMeat: 2007 Mercedes-Benz S550, 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser 4x4, 2007 Dodge Caliber SXT 128 Automotive Investor:What good is it if it ain't FUN? 134 Mystery Photo 135 Comments with Your Renewal A A tribute to the skills you could have learned in woodshop, and a treemendous effort at that. I'm going out on a limb here to say this was one of a kind.—Dave Kinney's report on the RM Amelia sale begins on p. 78. I don't think


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Shifting Gears Keith Martin Going to the Mat with a Paddle “T hat's a good piece, you should buy it.” The auction catalog description read, “Persian Heriz carpet, geometric central medallion and stylized floral decoration on madder red ground with ivory spandrels, 9' 6" x 11' 9". Estimate: $700–$900.” Offered by local auction house O'Gallerie, the rug met my three crite- ria: It was the right orange-red color; the size was right for my living room; and the estimate was within my budget. That the other, seemingly more sophisticated rug aficionados in the room also blessed my choice was a plus, but not a deciding factor. I still don't know what the terms Heriz, madder red, and ivory spandrels mean, but they sound important. The auction company also guaranteed that, “All the rugs offered here are hand-knotted,” conjuring up visions of an army of child-laborers tying threads under a burning sun somewhere in the Middle East. Nonetheless, when the rug crossed the block, my paddle went up. For $610 including commission, the rug was mine. Was it a good buy? It worked for my budget. Was it a good piece? I don't know; I could afford it and I liked it. Will it hold its value? I don't care. It's doing its job–covering up the hardwood floor in my living room and adding some color to the house. specialist Matt King, the site is bursting at the seams with information. If you want podcasts (downloadable three-minute audio programs, like miniature radio shows), we have twelve of them, with our auction analysts describing select cars from the Amelia Island Concours in detail. Our first vodcasts (three-minute video clips) are now online, featur- ing walk-arounds of cars offered at a recent Silver auction, ranging from a Sting Ray convertible to an Amphicar. If you are looking for books, the SCM bookstore lists over 4,000 au- tomotive-related titles, which you can order with the click of a mouse. Exclusive to the website, pre-orders of our new book, Keith Martin on Collecting Austin-Healey, MG, and Triumph, will include free shipping if reserved by June 1. PRICES, PROFILES, AND RESULTS We have just introduced another ana- No analysts necessary IT'S MY FAVORITE COLOR Which brings us to collector cars and mega auctions, like Barrett- Jackson and Silver Hot August Nights. For the new collectors who are drawn to these events, their criteria aren't much different than the ones I used to buy a rug. “I've always liked 1966 Chevelle convertibles, blue is my favorite color, and I can pay up to $60,000 for a nice one.” In these circumstances, “nice” and “favorite color” trump “numbers-matching” and “factory-correct.” These enthusiasts are looking for something to put into their garage that makes them feel good and that they can afford. Of course, “feel good” and “afford” can stretch from a lowly Rambler Marlin to a $4.3m GM Futurliner bus. It's all a matter of scale. Further, that O'Gallerie guaranteed the hand-tied knots was the equivalent of an auction company guaranteeing that the merchandise they are offering is as-represented; it creates a sense of comfort and assurance among the bidders. For those of us afflicted with inside-baseball syndrome, we can get all atwitter about incorrect ring-and-pinion sets, non-original engine blocks, and radiators with the wrong core pattern. We get a goofy sense of satisfaction out of parading our knowledge like gossips at a train-spotting convention. But for most of the world, and especially those who enjoy cars as a hobby rather than an obsession, “Can I afford it?” and “I've always liked those” are enough to make a very satisfying buying decision. So the next time you see a price at auction that seems out of this world, whether for 'Cudas, rugs, or Steuben glass, keep in mind that the buyer probably isn't using a price guide to control his paddle. He's using his own set of parameters, and they only have to make sense to him. PODS OF FUN The homepage of the SCM website, www.sportscarmarket.com, has turned into a multi-ringed, multi-media, information-entertainment extravaganza. Thanks to our web analyst, Jason Glaspey, and Internet 10 lytical feature to our website, linking our current Price Guide values to our online Profiles and auction results. We have over 700 profiles available free of charge online. When you click on one, you also get a link to relevant auction results of the same type of car (over 40,000 in our database) and, if available, the current value in our Price Guide. As certain segments of the market continue to be extremely volatile, we are now upgrading our online Price Guide on a regular basis to provide you with relevant and current information. BE AN INSIDER You're missing out if you're not getting our weekly SCM Insider newsletter. It's short, to the point, and always has offers exclusive to SCMers. For instance, recent issues included a free admission offer to a Silver Auction and a chance to buy numbered-edition automotive prints at a very special price. Upcoming offers will include an opportunity to pre-register to bid at the Russo and Steele Monterey auction at no cost, a savings of $100. Each offer lasts just one week. You can subscribe on the SCM homepage. And if your auction company, museum, car show, or concours would like to offer SCMers a two-fer or free admission to an upcoming event, contact Kristen Hall-Geisler, kristenhg@sportscarmarket.com, and give her the details. SCM GARAGE SALE It's time for the SCM 1961 Fiat 2100 and 1966 SAAB 96 to move on to new homes. Details are on our website at www.sportscarmarket. com/garagesale; see the ad on p. 138, and look for them on eBay, at no reserve, in an auction that will begin on May 15. While far from perfect cars, they do start and run most of the time. When you drive the Fiat, you can be mistaken for Harry Potter, and when in the two-stroke Saab, pretend you're a WWII destroyer laying a smokescreen. The rest of the SCM fleet is ready for summer, and we're told that our 1968 BMW 2002, which we bought from auction analyst Steve Serio last year (but have never actually seen) is about ready to begin its journey north from L.A. With your own cars, this is the perfect time of year to change the fluids, especially hydroscopic brake fluid, and see if anything has deteriorated over the winter and needs attention. Having a car head off to the shop for a couple of weeks in late May is much more satisfying than having it sputter and die in your first June rally. Trust me, I know.u Sports Car Market Birte Moller


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Crossing the Block This 1961 DB4GT will highlight the Bonhams Aston Martin Works Service sale RM Auctions—Michigan International Spring Classic Car Auction Where:Novi, MI When:April 29–30 More:www.rmauctions.com Last Year: 159 cars sold / $2.5m RM's regional sales never fail to provide bidders with affordable classics. Among the 400 cars expected to cross the block will be a fully restored 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Woody wagon, as well as a one-owner, low mileage 1971 Jaguar XKE convertible in British Racing Green. Bonhams & Butterfields—Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia Where: Brookline, MA When: May 6 More: www.butterfields.com Last Year: 27 cars sold / $2.2m B & B returns for a fifth year to the lawn of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum with an array of interesting pre-WWI cars, including a 1915 Simplex Crane Model 5, one of a few known to exist and estimated to bring between $140k and $180k. Also of note will be a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter and a 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 GS. Silver Auctions—Reno Showcase Where: Reno, NV When: May 6 More: www.silverauctions.com Last Year: 41 cars sold / $582k Mitch and company head to the “Biggest Little City in the World,” where 80 cars are expected to cross the block. Among them will be several hot rods, such as an all-steel 1939 Ford with a 383-ci V8, 4-wheel discs, a leather and tweed custom interior, a/c, and more. The Worldwide Group— Houston Classic Where: Seabrook, TX When: May 6 More: www.thewwg.com Last Year: 86 cars sold / $6.5m John Kruse and Rod Egan once again partner with the Keels & Wheels Concours d'Elegance. Bidders will be able to vie for everything from a 1911 Mercedes 37/90 Skiff to a 1971 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda. Bonhams—Aston Martin Works Service Where: Newport Pagnell, U.K. When: May 13 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 33 cars sold / $4.2m Always a favorite with marque devotees, this 7th annual sale will feature a 1961 DB4GT with Zagato bodywork added later in the car's life. All the looks and style at a fraction of the cost of the real thing, this handsome Aston is expected to fetch between $1.2m and $1.4m. RM Auctions—The Brucker Collection Where: Los Angeles, CA When: May 13 More: www.rmauctions.com The Petersen Automotive Museum plays host to this event, where an extensive collection of Kustom Kulture artwork, memorabilia, and cars will be sold. Included are a Von Dutch “Toad Car” and a 1968 Howmet TX Turbine racer, the first and only turbine-powered machine to win a race. Shannons—Sydney Classic Where: Sydney, AUS When: May 15 12 Sports Car Market


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More: www.shannons.com.au Last Year: 27 cars sold At this annual autumn sale Down Under, one unusual lot will be a 1927 Franklin 11B, featuring an air-cooled six cylinder engine. One of just three known to exist in Australia, the car was fully restored in 2001 and has since been entered in several club runs and rallies. Kruse—15th Annual Spring Auburn Where: Auburn, IN When: May 18–21 More: www.kruseinternational.com Last Year: 235 cars sold / $9.2m The Kruse gang's hometown effort should be a doozy (or is that Duesie?) The 480-acre Auction Park will host over 1,500 cars. Among them, look for a collection of four unrestored and original 1948 Chrysler Town & Country Woody convertibles, each of which will sell at no reserve. Bonhams—Important Sports and Collector Cars Where:Monte Carlo, MON When:May 20 More: www.bonhams.com Last Year: 77 cars sold / $10.5m For the 16th year, the auto museum of the late Prince Rainier serves as the venue for this sale, which will feature a 1934 Maserati 4CS 1500MM from the Briggs Cunningham Collection, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano alloy, and a trio of limousines used by various heads of state. H&H—Collectors Motor Cars Where: London, U.K. When: May 24 More:www.classic-auctions.com Auction Calendar All dates listed are current at time of publication. Contact information for most auction companies may be found in the Resource Directory at the back of this issue. Please confirm dates and locations before attending any event. E-mail auction info to: stefan@sportscarmarket.com MAY 5—KRUSE Salt Lake City, UT 6—BONHAMS Brookline, MA 6—SILVER Reno, NV 6—WORLDWIDE Seabrook, TX 10—BRIGHTWELLS Herefordshire, UK 12—MIDAMERICA Minneapolis, MN 13—BONHAMS Newport Pagnell, UK 13—SILVER Puyallup, WA 13-14—RM Los Angeles, CA 15—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 18-21—KRUSE Auburn, IN 20—BONHAMS Monte Carlo, MON 24—H&H London, UK 24—SILVER Spokane, WA 25-29—MECUM Belivdere, IL 28—BONHAMS Warwickshire, UK JUNE 4—CHRISTIE'S Greenwich, CT 5—SHANNONS Melbourne, AUS 9-11—LEAKE Tulsa, OK 10-11—BARONS Surrey, UK 10—RM Hampton, NH 11—KENSINGTON Bridgehampton, NY 16-18—MECUM St. Charles, IL 17—BONHAMS Northamptonshire, UK 17—SILVER Coeur d'Alene, ID 18—OSENAT Paris, FR 23—KRUSE Morehead, KY 24—KRUSE Topsfield, MA 24—MECUM St. Paul, MN 25—BONHAMS Sydney, AUS 26—CHRISTIE'S London, UK JULY 1-2—SILVER Jackson Hole, WY 7—BONHAMS Goodwood, UK 7—KRUSE Verona, NY 8—CHRISTIE'S Le Mans, FR 8—PETERSEN Roseburg, OR 13—CODDINGTON Springfield, MO 15—KRUSE Auburn, IN 21—KRUSE Denver, CO 22—BONHAMS Oakbrook, IL 22—MECUM Des Moines, IA 22-23—SANTIAGO Oklahoma City, OK 24—SHANNONS Sydney, AUS 25-26—H&H Buxton, UK 28—BONHAMS Silverstone, UK 31—BARONS Surrey, UK AUGUST 3-6—SILVER Reno, NV 4-5—KRUSE Nashville, TN 5—RM Meadow Brook, MI 8—PETERSEN Sturgis, SD 17—CHRISTIE'S Monterey, CA 18—BONHAMS Carmel, CA 18—KRUSE Seaside, CA 18-19—RM Monterey, CA 18-19—RUSSO AND STEELE Monterey, CA 20—GOODING & COMPANY Pebble Beach, CA 25-26—MECUM Carlisle, PA 27-28—BARONS Surrey, UK 30—KRUSE Auburn, IN Held in London's Syon Park, this auction will have something for nearly every collector's tastes, with a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy headlining the sale. Once owned by CBS executive H. Leslie Atlass and then chewing gum magnate Philip Wrigley, the black and beige convertible coupe is estimated at $700k to $875k. Mecum—19th Annual Spring Classic Where: Belvidere, IL When: May 25–29 More: www.mecumauctions.com Last Year: 425 cars sold / $15.6m Known for its high-dollar muscle car sales, Mecum builds on that reputation by offering a brace of original Hemi-powered Mopars, the first Shelby Cobra Dragonsnake, a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435 convertible, and Christie's will offer this 1930 Packard 734 Speedster at its Greenwich, CT auction one of two 1957 Ford Rancheros built with the “F code” 312-ci supercharged V8. Christie's—Exceptional Motor Cars Where: Greenwich, CT When: June 4 More: www.christies.com Last Year: 27 cars sold / 82% Alongside the 11th Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Christie's will feature a typical array of attractive collector cars. Chief among them will be a duo of Packards, including a Derham-bodied 1931 845 convertible coupe, predicted to bring $200k to $300k, as well as a 1930 734 Speedster, which could fetch as much as $600k.u June 2006 13


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The Inside Line n More than 300 classic, vintage, and exotic vehicles will be judged at the Inaugural Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance on May 21, with another 100 specialty and comp cars on display. The honored marque this first year will be Ferrari. 323.469.1973. www.laconcours .com (CA) n Another new event, the Inaugural Newport Concours d'Elegance, will feature 100 rare autos from prestigious U.S. collections over Memorial Day weekend, May 26–28. According to organizers, Newport, RI, was the site of the first organized automobile show in the early 20th century. www.newportconcours .org (RI) Winners of the 1937 Mille Miglia in an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 SCM Happenings n The Fantasy Junction/ Sports Car Market endurance team will again run the Nurburgring 24 hours June 18–19, with Bruce Trenery driving a Honda Accord R with Steve Pfeifer and team owner Hans Kuetmann; Spencer Trenery will drive a Civic R with an otherwise all-German team. The team is currently leading the points in the NASA Western States Endurance Series in the E1 class. www .nasaproracing.com News n The Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation raised over $1m at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January. The winning bid for the right to purchase the first 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 was $600,000, while the Win-ACobra raffle brought in $485,000. Proceeds from both fundraising events went entirely to the foundation. 310.327.5072, www .cscf.org n Due to the concerns of environmentalists, the Le Mans series has been ordered to trim its calendar—starting with the noisiest competitions. This means the September Monza event, a 1,000-km race for prototypes and GTs, has been cancelled. Race organizers are looking for a replacement venue. www.lmes .com Events n The annual Mille Miglia, held May 11–14, will take participants from Brescia to Rome and back again in cars built during the period of the classic Italian race that ran from 1927 to 1957. 03.02.21710, www.millemiglia.it (IT) Shelby and the raffled Cobra n Unlike the Fall Tour, which is only open to Glenmoor Gathering concours participants, the Glenmoor Gathering Spring Tour, held May 20, is open to everyone. Expect cars on the tour, now in its second year, to range across a century of automotive history. www .glenmoorgathering.com (OH) n The Greenwich Concours d'Elegance will feature pre- and post-WWII domestic autos on Saturday, June 3, while Sunday, June 4, will focus exclusively on European sports, touring, and comp cars. The organizers have also added a new display of vintage and contemporary boats to the weekend. 203.618.0460, www.greenwichconcours.com (CT) n The OpenRoads 2006 Weekend at Tahoe, hosted by the Golden Gate Austin-Healey Club and held June 9–11, is open to all British cars of all makes. It begins with a reception Friday evening in Stateline, NV, continues with tours and rallies on Saturday, and ends with an autocross and Awards Banquet Sunday. www.goldengatehealeys .com (NV) Event Calendar 11–14—Mille Miglia www.millemiglia.it 20—Glenmoor Gathering Spring Tour www.glenmoorgathering.com 21—Los Angeles Concours d'Elegance www.laconcours.com 26–28—Newport Concours d'Elegance www.newportconcours.org 3–4— Greenwich Concours d'Elegance & Concours Europa www.greenwichconcours.com 11—Classy Chassis www.classychassis.org 16–18—Bloomington Gold www.bloomingtongold.com n Over 100 vintage, exotic, and racing automobiles will be on the air-conditioned field of Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX, for the Classy Chassis, June 11. While you're there, cast your vote for the People's Choice Award and enter the raffle for a 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLK 280. www.classychassis.org (TX) n Bloomington Gold is the premier Corvette event, held June 16–18 on the grounds of the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, IL. Clubs from around the country will gather here, along with a swap meet, forsale-by-owner section, and judging. 309.888.4477, www .bloomingtongold.com (IL)u 1955 Maserati A6G/54 Frua Berlinetta to be displayed at Classy Chassis 14 Sports Car Market JUNE MAY


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You Write We Read All letters are subject to editing. Please address correspondence to SCM, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Fax 503.253.2234, e-mail: youwrite@sportscarmarket.com READING OUR CRYSTAL BALLS Dear SCM: One of the most enjoyable things about SCM is that the quality of the writing continues to be very fine indeed. I was particularly interested in the April issue's “Domestic Affairs,” by Colin Comer, regarding muscle car sales at this year's Arizona auctions. While I am not much interested in muscle cars, the analysis and advice from Comer have great merit beyond just his field of expertise. Plus, it was fun to read. Even though I don't plan on acquiring anything powered by a Hemi engine, I would like to read much more by Comer. I also agree with Martin Swig's letter in the April issue—to some extent. Systems that try to quantify the appreciation potential of cars or anything else frequently end up being rather dry. The Martin Rating System is not dry; it is more enjoyable than most and also more detailed. I think, though, that spending a lot of time and effort on a rating system may be going in the wrong direction, unless the purpose of it is to help the reader get maximum enjoyment for their money, not maximum dollar appreciation over time. Comparing vintage cars (or wines, or any other object of intrinsic worth and beauty that may possibly appreciate in value) to stock investments and suggesting that the Rating System makes you sound like stock touts is a bit unfair, although at times the line between journalism and participation gets a bit blurry. The writers at SCM are also enthusiasts and consumers as well as observers. They take their chances along with everyone else when they buy something that may be a treasure—or a nightmare. The facts are that financial investments are bought solely because the buyer is betting on their increasing in value. While that may have a certain interest, it does not get you to the edge of your seat. Anyone who thinks stocks etc. are sexy has been indoors sitting at their computer for way too long. Cars are exciting and fun. Stocks are not—except as they permit you to have more money and buy 16 Sports CarMarket Editor & Publisher KEITH MARTIN V.P. Operations DAVID SLAMA V.P. Business Development/ General Counsel ROB SASS V.P. Finance and Marketing WENDIE STANDISH Art Director KIRSTEN ONODAY Senior Editor PAUL DUCHENE Editorial Manager KRISTEN HALL-GEISLER Auction Editor STEFAN LOMBARD Copy Editor BILL NEILL Senior Auction Analysts DAVE KINNEY RICHARD HUDSON-EVANS Auction Analysts B. MITCHELL CARLSON DANIEL GRUNWALD Did therising tide lift even the fright pigs out of the mud? more cars. The real complicating factor with cars (or motorcycles, or boats, or vintage guitars, etc.) is that they are really only fun to own if you use them. The fact that you can use and enjoy a vintage or collector car is the justification and salvation of the whole experience. Cars are about driving, and dreaming, and going places, just like vintage guitars are about playing them and living in the moment. Unlike playing the guitar, where you might be lucky enough to sound great one time out of ten, almost any drive in an exciting car is enjoyable. If my cars appreciate in value, that's nice. No doubt my estate will be grateful. The real value, though, is what they do for my quality of life while I'm still around to enjoy them. Finally, I lament the apparent disappearance of the fright pigs. Where did they all go? Did the rising tide lift even the fright pigs out of the mud? I hope not. A unique and highly entertaining feature of SCM has been the occasional appearance of really awful cars that you can't imagine anyone would buy, and yet someone does. A veritable triumph of hope over experience.—Jim Rosenthal, Annapolis, MD Dear SCM: As always, thank you for this month's edition. I truly enjoy your magazine. I have great respect for the breadth of knowledge evidenced by your auction reporters and columnists, and by Editor Martin. The contributions from SCM to the collector car hobby have been enormously positive. SCM has evolved from a data- base of pricing and market information on the collector car market into something rather different. For example, this month Martin sagely advises that while the collector car market is red hot, 20% a year appreciation is likely through 2009. He writes that “bubble bursting” precipitous declines in prices are unlikely because there is now a demographically created “floor” valuation for these commodities. After reading that, the first thought in my brain was, “OK, sounds plausible—now, where are the customers' yachts (and SLRs, Daytonas, and Hemi 'Cuda convertibles)”? My next impulse was to check the cover of the magazine to see if was Barron's or SCM. Martin's market opinion is eerily reminiscent of the views of the stock market before the 1929 crash. Back then, Ivy League economists were writing about a “prosperity plateau” that would support stock prices. The more painfully recent dot-com debacle of 2000 was enabled by respected Contributing Editors STEVE AHLGRIM GARY ANDERSON CARL BOMSTEAD COLIN COMER JOHN DRANEAS DONALD OSBORNE JIM SCHRAGER MICHAEL SHEEHAN THOR THORSON Contributors JOHN APEN KATHYDONOHUE RAYMOND MILO MARIT ANNE PETERSON STEVE SERIO Web Analyst JASON GLASPEY Internet Specialist MATT KING Financial Manager NIKKI NALUM Strategic Planner BILL WOODARD ADVERTISING Advertising Sales GARY GOODRICH 877.219.2605 ext. 213 gary.goodrich@sportscarmarket.com CINDY MEITLE 877.219.2605, ext. 262 cmeitle@sportscarmarket.com ED PRISCO 877.219.2605, ext. 212 ed.prisco@sportscarmarket.com Advertising Coordinator VALARIE HUSTON 877.219.2605, ext. 204 valerie.huston@sportscarmarket.com SUBSCRIPTIONS Subscriptions Coordinator CATHY GRIFFIS 877.219.2605 ext. 211 cathy.griffis@sportscarmarket.com New 800.289.2819 Current 877.219.2605, ext. 204 service@sportscarmarket.com fax 503.253.2234 www.sportscarmarket.com CORRESPONDENCE General P.O. 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stock market analysts from bluechip firms describing a paradigm shift in which not only did oldschool models of stock valuations not apply, those who used them were hopelessly out of date. Priceto-earnings was out; price-to-sales was in. There is one certainty in investor participant markets: When they say “buy” on the cover of the popular news weeklies, it's time to sell. If I want someone to tout hot tips, I'll call a stock or commodities broker. Perhaps the hours that Martin is spending hyping cars on TV for Barrett-Jackson signals a new era for SCM. Instead of simply reporting on trends, now SCM wants to be about creating them. How can your editorial staff be objective when they are literally participating in the auction process as it unfolds? Editor Martin's iron-clad credibility and goodwill, built up over years, is being exploited by Barrett-Jackson to move product. When Martin says “buy,” who is he really working for? His readers, or the sponsors of the auctions? Why should this appearance of a conflict of interest be tolerated at SCM? Am I the only one of your readers who has expressed concern regarding this situation?—Joshua A. Mazer, Annapolis, MD Keith Martin responds: Joshua, the points you raise are good ones. Concerning “hyping cars on TV for B-J,” the job of all the Speed Channel commentators is to report on what we see happening on the block. We are employees of Speed, not B-J, and are free to call things as we see them. And when sales go up dramati- cally, as they have over the past four years, it is difficult to analyze them in any way but as a part of a rising market. Not only B-J, but Mecum, RM, Silver, Russo and Steele, and others are achieving record sales, mostly with American iron. Our job at SCM is to try and understand why the market acts the way that it does, both from our perspectives as observers and as participants. We wrote for many years that Daytonas were underpriced at $125k, and suddenly in the past year they have soared past $200k. Sadly, we didn't put away a few before that happened. We have long June 2006 Until I enter an income bracket where I can buy these cars for cash—no loans, no leases—I must take a break from being a Ferrarista maintained that first-generation 911s were underpriced, and they have more than doubled in the past three years. SCM didn't cause this increase, but we do report on it and try to understand it. There is no question that current prices for some types of cars are not sustainable over the next decade. But there is also no question that the most interesting American classic cars built, which combine beauty, performance, rarity, and provenance, have been undervalued, and they are just coming into their own. Think Sting Rays, Shelby Mustangs, and Camaro Z28s. Just as we report when we think that someone has paid above market for a car, we would be remiss if we didn't report when we think the market for a car has an upside. At the current time, the market for interesting cars continues to be strong, and we don't see the bottom falling out for several years. WHAT'S A WORKING STIFF TO DO? Dear SCM: I sold my 1998 355 F1 with 17,500 miles yesterday to a wholesaler for a measly $67,000. They are going to have to put $6,000 into it for the 15,000-mile timing belt service and $1,100 for a bubbling, shrinking dashboard and center console, and fix a damaged front spoiler scrape ($450). From what I see happening in the retail Ferrari market, they will probably only be able to sell the car for mid$70s. One of the big selling features on my car is that the $11,000 clutch was done and paid for, by me, at Shelton in November 2005 after owning the car for one year. If you are interested in a 360, I would never pay over $100,000. The asking prices in the Ferrari Market Letter are jokes. They should publish a newsletter every month to show what those cars are actually selling for. There are literally hundreds of 360s for sale in the U.S. If a 355 can drop by $20,000 in one year after only putting 2,000 miles on the car, there is no reason that 360s cannot do the same. After a decade in the Ferrari world, and having owned four, I have seen the elimination of normal working-stiff professionals like myself from the hobby. Years ago, many people from all different walks of life were involved in Ferrari. Driving their 308s, Mondials, 328s, etc. Now it's the wealthy collector who barely drives his car(s) and proudly displays a 20-year-old 328 with 600 miles on it! The past president of the National Alfa Romeo Club, Mark Mosko of Fort Lauderdale, said it best: “Ferraris are possessions; Alfas (and many other sports and exotics) are extensions of your body for driving purposes.” The cost of parts, labor, body- work (if needed), premature clutch wear, ridiculous “routine” service belt changes, and questionable reliability has deterred this working stiff from staying with this famous marque. Until I enter an income bracket where I can buy these cars for cash—no loans, no leases (like I will be doing with an early '90s Alfa Spider soon)—and money is truly no object, I must take a break from being a Ferrarista. Good luck; I'll be at Cavallino as a spectator!—Mitchell A. Josephs, DDS, Palm Beach, FL John Apen responds: I agree with a lot of what Mitchell says. Most of my normal “working stiff” professional friends who avidly collected, and dreamed of collecting, new Ferraris dropped out of the hobby long before the 17


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Best Banc & Co. ............................ 137 JR Rouse Real Estate ........................... 117 Kensington Motor Group ....................... 91 Kidston ................................................... 57 Kruse .................................................... 125 Le Belle Macchine d'Italia ................... 131 Maserati North America ........................... 9 Mecum Auction ...................................... 69 Meguiar's ............................................... 23 Morris & Welford, LLC ......................... 25 Motocorsa .............................................. 79 Motorbooks .......................................... 133 Newport Concours ............................... 119 Osenat .................................................... 89 Parish Heacock Insurance ...................... 29 Park Place Ltd. ....................................... 51 Paul Russell and Company .................... 85 Pebble Beach Concours ....................... 138 Premier Financial Services .................. 147 Putnam Leasing ...................................... 15 Re-Originals ........................................... 97 RM Auctions .................................. 4, 5, 21 Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo ..................... 79 RPM Motorbooks ................................ 144 Russo and Steele .................................... 61 Silver Auctions ..................................... 135 Symbolic Motors ...................................... 3 Vintage Motors of Sarasota .................. 115 Vintage Rallies ..................................... 109 VintageAutoPosters.com ...................... 145 VIR the Gallery .................................... 101 Wine Country Classic .......................... 121 Zymol ................................................... 123 18 era of the 355 or 550 Maranello. Ferraris have always depreciated and been expensive to maintain, but we are at a new, higher level today. Maintenance is labor-intensive, there's not much you can do yourself, and complexity has led to titanic parts costs. Current Ferrari prices are two to three times what they were in the '60s (on an inflation-adjusted basis). And most wage earners, even “professional working stiffs,” are lucky to have kept up with inflation. But the $12,000 V12 of the '60s, which equals $110,000 today, is $200k–$300k. In the early '80s, new Ferraris didn't lose a lot of value—new-car prices increased rapidly, bolstering the price of used cars. But in the current low-interest-rate environment, used-car prices, especially for luxury cars, tend to fall faster. Plus, there is the myth of Ferrari rarity holding prices up; production volume for modern Ferraris is actually high. Take 355s, for instance: 11,206 were made, as many cars as Ferrari produced in the first 30 years. And those 30 years produced 60 or so distinct models with hundreds of significant body styles. Labor costs are higher because of the curse of the handicraft industries. Productivity has not increased in the auto repair business commensurate with other services, so we are now paying $100/hour for more hours, which are required due to increased complexity. The modern Ferrari is stuffed with sealed black boxes to control emissions, valve timing, intake tuning, etc. No more relatively simple Webers, distributors with points, and heads with two cams and two valves per cylinder. Moral of the story: Ordinary “working stiffs” can buy 10- to 20-year-old Ferraris, or 15-yearold Alfas. Let the rich guys take the depreciation, and you buy a car you can still work on. Today there are plenty of 10- to 20-year-old low-mileage Ferraris available on which you can actually do some of the maintenance. The bonding between man and machine that results after you successfully adjust the valves in your 328 or replace the water pump or clutch may actually make up for the fact that the teenager next door can blow your doors off with his $6,000 pocketrocket tuner car. You will at least The term‘Daytona Super Coupe' is derived directly from the most recent edition of the Shelby American World Registry have the satisfaction of driving a Ferrari that handles great, revs forever, and sounds fantastic. And you are saving piles of money. COBRA CLARIFICATION Dear SCM: As the auction house responsible for representing the 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra Type 65 Daytona Super Coupe to successful auction result last August in Monterey, we are compelled to respond to Mr. Hampton's letter in your last issue (April 2006). In our continuing efforts to provide accurate information to our bidding audience, this particular vehicle received detailed research and a comprehensive write-up in our catalog. Although the history of this significant automobile is well known, admittedly these facts can be viewed with “a glass half full or half empty” perspective. It was critical that we presented the accurate and full disclosure of all aspects of the vehicle and did our best not to embellish or “market” this car with any type of liberal auction rhetoric or “spin.” I invite interested readers to our website to peruse the description we provided, as we believe we fulfilled our duty both to market the car for our seller and disclose accurate information to our buyer. The term “Daytona Super Coupe,” with which Mr. Hampton takes exception, is derived directly from the most recent edition of the Shelby American World Registry. This leading authority also clearly states that the term “Daytona Super Coupe” is and has been used to denote S/N CSB3054. Thus, our very specific utilization of the opening title line to this response, which was used throughout the presentation of this significant collector automobile. This title was used neither as a “marketing ploy” nor was it used to “leverage racing success” in some veiled effort to “increase their financial outcome.” The 1965 Shelby 427 Competition Cobra Type 65 Daytona Super Coupe is referenced as such because this is the accepted and most accurate description acknowledged by both enthusiasts and foremost authorities alike.—Drew Alcazar, Russo and Steele SHARING A BOND Dear SCM: I have just read the article in your April issue on the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 James Bond car (S/N 2008/R) that recently sold at our Arizona auction and would like to offer a few comments. The sister car (S/N 2017/R) resides in the Louwman Museum in Holland. The DB5 in the Cars of the Stars Museum is a replica Sports Car Market


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You Write We Read climb over the next five weeks/ months/years....OK, agreed. Now this is the most important piece of info that I can share: Buy the best example of either car that you can afford. If you can't afford a great one, then you've missed the market on these cars and that may be the rub here. The best example of anything will always appreciate and will appeal to many more buyers. The $150,000–$250,000 range The Daytona will always have more people interested, but there are simply fewer Miuras of any style ever for sale used in the Pierce Brosnan movie “Golden Eye.” One interesting and forgotten chapter in the car's provenance was that the operational gadgets were designed and engineered by British special effects master and Academy Award winner John Stears. He won his first Oscar in 1966 for his SFX work on “Thunderball.” His second, and more famous, Oscar was for his revolutionary special effects work on the “Star Wars” saga: the light saber, R2D2, Death Star, Land Speeder, etc. Stears passed away in 1999.—Terrance D. Lobzun, Public Relations Director, RM Auctions Inc. Dear SCM: I was pleased to see my Bond car story on your website under the News column. There is one typo (not your doing) in the story: Dick Barbour purchased S/N DB5/2107/R, not Bob Barbour. S/N DB/2017/R had a far more interesting life than S/N DB5/2008/R, the subject of your profile, which basically went from EON Productions to Anthony Bamford and then to the Smoky Mountain Museum in Tennessee. The story behind the car that disappeared in Florida, S/N DP/2161/1, is an interesting one. This was truly the real Bond car. The car was stored in a hangar at a small airport in Boca Raton, Florida, where the tower closed at dusk. After dusk, a large plane landed, a steel cable was used to rip the door off the hangar, and the car was dragged into the back of the plane. The tire marks in the concrete stopped abruptly (the ramp into the plane) where the car had been dragged. I suspect that the car went swimming off the coast of Florida and will never surface. Chubb Insurance did a full investigation (as part of its due diligence before writing what was a very large loss check to the owner—ED.), but could never prove who was involved. I recently made some enquiries, and it was suggested that I back off. The sale of the Vancouver car to the U.S. was almost a James Bond event, full of mysterious goings-on. As you can probably gather, I know a great deal about the Vancouver car. I worked on it in 1984 in my past life as a panel beater.—Nigel Matthews, Pebble Beach Alfa Judge, North Vancouver, BC MIURA VS. DAYTONA Dear SCM: I have always wanted to own a Lamborghini Miura, and I have always wanted to own a Ferrari Daytona. I am quite well aware of the fact that these are completely different kinds of cars. One a true sports car, one a true GT car. I have watched last year as both of these vehicles have climbed in price dramatically. Damn, just as I am able to finally perhaps afford one. Your new Price Guide has them both listed the same, from a low of $150,000 to a high of $250,000. Here is my question: Which one of these cars will appreciate the most after five years of ownership; and looking way out, which one will have appreciated the most after ten years?—Bruce Carroll, President, Italian Concours d' Elegance Steve Serio responds: Bruce, you pose a question that is almost impossible to answer, and I'll explain why. Whichever car that you decide to buy as an “appreciating classic” better be the one you'll love forever should the market shift and go down, as markets sometimes do. This recent meteoric rise in classic values does not seem to be driven by faulted or false market movers. This gain in market seems to be driven purely by folks who really want the cars that they coveted years ago and simply couldn't afford. There are more players in this game almost on a daily basis. This market seems to be driven by the simple economic gauge of “more sincere buyers than legit sellers.” Now, let's hedge that the market will you mention is almost an obsolete value on both of these cars if you are talking about the best ones. Daytonas have been climbing monthly after stalling at the $125k number for years. A good Daytona will run you $200k-plus today. You've missed the most desirable Miura, the SV, by a decade at those numbers. Hmmm, Plan B. There are always more Ferrari buyers and collectors than Lamborghini buyers and collectors. The Daytona will always have more people interested, but the other side of the coin is that there are simply fewer Miuras of any style ever for sale. Stretch and buy the best Daytona you can for $250k knowing that it is a front-engine Ferrari that the tifosi will always justify wanting, even though below 60 mph it drives like a truck. Or, buy the best Miura S (the step down from the SV) you can find at $250k (and that should be a great one) and hope that glorious iconic shape will get dragged up by the SV in the desirability class. Frankly, either Miura is a great car, and I don't think the enormous bump the SV enjoys in collectibility is warranted. For that matter, an early P400 would do the trick for you. In the pure volume game, the Miura is rarer. In beauty, the Miura wins again. Me, I'd buy the Miura. If it had only been made in Maranello. 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Stuff Neat by Kristen Hall-Geisler Write down your maintenance notes in style. In honor of its tenth an- niversary, Michel Perchin has introduced the Imperial Collection of pens inspired by the designs of the Russian Imperial Palace. The barrel and cap are carved out of .925 sterling silver with kiln-fired enamel and a special 18kt gold nib with iridium welded to the tip for durability. The Brilliant Red, Pearl White, and Cobalt Blue Imperials are limited to 88 in each color and plated in 22kt vermeil, and the French Blue is limited to 50 plated in rhodium. Also available in roller ball. $3,200. 800.297.5713, www.mppens.com WHAT YOU NEED AND HOW TO GET IT Turn your living room into a carrozzeria when you build this 1:10-scale, 1,360-piece Lego Enzo Ferrari. The doors open, the steering works, and the hood raises to reveal a V12 engine. An affordable way to build your supercar collection—literally. $99. 800.453.4652, shop.lego.com The Smooth Surface Clay Kit from Meguiar's, which includes two clay bars, Quik Detailer, Cleaner Wax, and a Supreme Shine microfiber towel, promises to give your car a smooth-as-glass finish by removing bonded surface contaminants. The kit removes everything from gnats and pine tar to overspray and brake dust. $16.99. 800.347.5700, www.meguiars.com In 2003, Club Sportiva founder Torbin Fuller brought the timeshare idea to sports cars, with memberships based on a point system. Today, over 150 members, including Mario Andretti, are able to reserve a 2004 Ferrari 360 Spider, 1961 Porsche 356B, or 2003 Mini Cooper, among others, for as long as their points will allow. The club has three current locations—two in California and one in Germany—with plans to add more national locations soon. From $3,195. 866.719.1600, www.clubsportiva.com, www.eurosportiva.com Your eBay search by location just got cooler: Dude, Where's My Used Car? is a “mashup” (as the kids say) of eBay Motors and Google Maps. Created as a side project by an eBay developer, the site lets you choose make, model, and distance from a zip code, then places pointers on the map where cars for sale on eBay are located. Links to the particular eBay auctions on your map are displayed on the right side of the screen. Free and fun. www.dudewheresmyusedcar.com. 22 Sports Car Market


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SCM Our Cars They All Count as Topless (for Now) 1968 INTERMECCANICA ITALIA SPYDER Owner: Carl Bomstead, Contributing Editor Purchase date: January 2006 Price: $58,000 Mileage since purchase: 250 Recent work: fluff-n-buff A buddy spent the past Thanksgiving with us in Palm Desert, California, and conversation naturally turned to cars. Having owned four, my buddy was high on the Italia due to its easily maintained Ford Cobra 289 engine and Italian styling, plus the fact that it was under the radar price-wise at present. The key was finding one that was sorted out, as they were not manufactured to the highest standards. A week or so later, I found an example on the Internet that looked promising and was only a mile or two away from this same friend in Scottsdale. He looked at the car on my behalf and called me with a glowing report. The bodywork and panel fit were excellent, and the Fly Yellow paint, while not a correct color, was applied to a high standard. The front end had been reworked, new springs designed, new exhaust added, cooling improved, and a new air-conditioning unit designed, along with a number of other improvements. A deal was made, the car accepted for this year's Copperstate 1000, and delivered to me in Palm Desert shortly after the Barrett-Jackson auction. We took the Italia on a run through the desert near the Salton Sea, and as we headed west we found ourselves on a nearly deserted highway. The Cobra 289 responded with a growl as we entered three figures on the speedo. There was little lift going through a series of moguls and only a slight sensation of understeer. My ever-understanding spouse liked it, as she sat low enough in the cockpit that the wind did not bother her hair. As I attempted to increase the speed a bit more she did suggest, however, that I slow down NOW. 1942 FORD GPW MIL-SPEC ¼-TON RECONNAISSANCE CAR Owner: B. Mitchell Carlson, Auction Analyst Purchase date: September 2002 Price: $0 Mileage since purchase: 2.3, all behind Stu Lenzke's tow truck Recent work: Major disassembly, including removing the body tub and powertrain; replacing cracked rear frame bracket and straightening the front frame to front bumper gussets While attending the Iola Old Car Show, I had the opportunity to drive Chet Krause's 1945 Ford GPW, and I loved it. I didn't have to contort myself to get in and out, it was nimble enough to drive off the highway, and it was competent enough to drive on the highway (at least in rural Wisconsin). Stu Lenzke had a pair of 1942 GPW “script” models that he had horse-traded for over the years. He decided that he'd never get both restored and gave me “Miss April,” 1942 Ford GPW, S/N 19602. Miss April was accepted by the U.S. Government on April 28, 1942, per the dataplate stamped on the glovebox door. Despite a government cease-and-desist order in July 1942, Ford continued to stamp all the parts they made with either an “F” or the Ford logo. This was done either to verify warranty claims (as Willys parts would have otherwise been identical), or to placate Henry Ford's ego. So while all GPWs will have some Ford-stamped parts, the rarer Ford “script” logo body commands a premium of roughly double that of a regular jeep. The majority of Miss April's parts are Ford, but the engine is from a Willys MB. Ford engines are very difficult to find, as they had a casting deficiency that meant most of them failed before the end of the war. But since a very early “script” GPW is worth $25k–$45k, it's worth doing right. When all is said and done, I will have a full appreciation of the old auctionism, “If someone gave you this ______, you can't restore it for what we have bid here.” 24 Sports Car Market 1997 JEEP WRANGLER SE Owner: Keith Martin, Publisher Purchase date: February 2006 Price: $8,000, needed nothing Mileage since purchase: 850 Recent work: $1,500 in miscellaneous stuff, including replacing broken exhaust manifold stud. $275 for set of later “takeoff” spoked steel wheels with new tires to replace “girlie” stock wheels. Removed “Barbie-esque” vinyl appliqué. Replaced RF fender after friend's teenage son ran a light and T-boned a Volvo the first day we got the Jeep My daughter Alexandra has been driving a stick-shift since she was eleven, and now that her 15th birthday, better known as “permit day,” is just three months away, we've started shopping for her first “real” car. My friend Steve Sargent owned a '50s Jeep when he was growing up and suggested we look for another one as a harmless motorized toy. We settled on a 1997 model due to its return to the round-headlight look, along with updated suspension, dual airbags, and integrated rollbar. Four cylinders and a five-speed were on our list. Alex had only one requirement: speakers in the roll bar. Sargent found this 58,000-mile, oneowner example with three tops and paid full price because it “needed nothing.” Well, almost. My first car was a Bug Eye Sprite, and this Jeep comes about as close to that type of basic driving experience as you can get today—along with a host of safety and reliability features. Alex has already driven it on the back roads of Mount Hood in Oregon and declares that once we upgrade the stereo, it will be perfect.u


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Morris & Welford, llc SPECIALIST HISTORIC CAR CONSULTANTS AND BROKERS Offered Exclusively from a Private Collection 1953 Arnolt-Bentley Unique Deluxe Four Door Sedan by Bertone 1953 Paris/London/Turin Auto Show car 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 SS Cabriolet especially commissioned by Ghia Aigle Lugano 1955 Geneva Salon 1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fastback Coupe Custom Coachwork by Ghia Ex Marge & Gower Champion / Ricardo Montalban 1937 Cord 812 S/C Phaeton AACA National First Prize Winner 1996 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet Coachwork by Pinin Farina Please Contact Miles Morris P. O. Box 1167 Weston, CT 06883 Phone: 203 222 3862 Fax: 203 222 3863 Cell: 203 722 3333 E-mail: miles@morrisandwelford.com Malcolm Welford 2900 Bristol Street, Suite C-205 Costa Mesa, CA 92626 Phone: 714 434 8562 Fax: 714 434 8155 Cell: 949 500 0585 E-mail: malcolm@morrisandwelford.com www.morrisandwelford.com 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Drophead Coupe


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Affordable Classic 1966–70 Datsun 1600/2000 Sports While the Brits were still making do with finicky overdrive units, the Datsun 2000 had a five-speed gearbox designed by Porsche by Rob Sass F or a long time after WWII, Japanese products were viewed by American consumers merely as cheap copies of Western goods. Conventional wisdom held that a Nikon was a cheap copy of a Leica, a Seiko was a Rolex knock-off, and the Datsun Sports 1500 was a second-rate MGB. None of this was true (for instance, the Datsun predated the MGB by about a year), but it fit the Western prejudices of the time. The Datsun Sports SP310 (known as the Fairlady in its home market) debuted in 1,500-cc form at the 1961 Tokyo Motor Show. It followed the bizarre SP211, SP212 and SP213 roadsters of 1959–61, which combined '50s color combos with bulbous bodies and suggested the Japanese were going to get it wrong again. In the U.S., the 1962–64 1500 (SPL310), the 1965–70 1600 (SPL311), and 1967–70 2000 (SRL311) are commonly lumped together as Datsun roadsters. All were thoroughly conventional sports cars in most respects, but evolved into class leaders in performance and features. Aftermarket wheels, a visual upgrade 2000 IS A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING Performance of the 1965 pushrod 1600, with 96 hp, was about on par with an 1,800-cc MGB. The 2000 with the 135-hp, two-liter, SOHC unit was the one to have. It could surprise a TR6 or a BMW 2002, with 0–60 coming up in about ten seconds. Even more interesting was the factory-authorized, dealer-installed competition kit, consisting of twin, dual-choke side draft Solexes, a finned seven-quart sump, and a hot cam. Good for 150 hp, a 2000 so equipped would do 125 mph. And while the Brits were still making do with finicky Laycock de Normanville overdrive units, the Datsun 2000 had a five-speed, all-synchromesh gearbox with well-spaced ratios designed by Porsche. At a time when MG was abandoning separate body and DETAILS chassis construction with the MGB, the Datsun still clung to that layout with a live axle, leaf springs, and disc/drum brakes. Ride quality and handling were “vintage sports car,” as the testers of the day noted. Styling broke no new ground, but at least it wasn't comical or grotesque like some Japanese cars of the period. The hood bulge and scooped headlights gave it a purposeful frontal aspect, though the stacked taillights were less successful. As I've often stressed, the wheels really do make the car. Standard steel wheels and dog dish hubcaps do nothing for the Datsun. Since there was no alloy or wire wheel option from the factory, you'll often see a Datsun roadster with a nice-looking set of period aftermarket alloy wheels. There are several that look great, including Minilites, Panasports, and even generic slotted mags. The four-spoke American 28 Years produced: 1966–70 Number produced: 49,296 Original list price: $2,950 (1967) SCM valuation: $5,000–$10,500 Tune-up/major service: $300 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: plate below the rear edge of the hood Engine #: located on two pads between #1 and #2 sparkplug Club: Classic Fairlady Roadster Registry More: www.datsun.org/fairlady Alternatives: 1962–74 MGB; 1968–82 Fiat Spider; 1972–75 Jensen Healey SCM Investment Grade: C Racing Libres look the best. They pop up on eBay from time to time; if you are contemplating a Datsun roadster, pick up a set. Dimensionally, the Datsun was close overall to the MGB, although narrower (58.9 inches vs. 59.9 inches for the MGB). Interiors of the early cars were straightforward and handsome, with almost an Alfa Duetto quality to the painted dashes, toggle switches, and handsome gauges. Post-1967 cars got higher windshields and nondescript, vacuum-formed plastic dashes, somewhat similar to the later 240Z. Roadster geeks reckon the rare 1967 model year 2000 to be the most desirable. BEWARE DISSOLVING BODY PANELS Most old cars are susceptible to rust in one place or another. Zinc galvanizing and other truly effective means of rust-proofing were not developed until the late 1970s and didn't become widespread until even later. Like the 240Z, the roadster deserves a special place in the “Iron Oxide Hall of Fame.” Roadsters exposed to the elements simply dissolve. Everywhere. Look for one that has had a good life in a dry climate. Mechanically, the Datsun roadster is the Miata of its day—similar to a traditional British sports car but with fewer headaches. Its twin Hitachi license-built SU carbs look familiar enough to the average British car mechanic. Luckily, Lucas never built a factory in Japan, so the Datsun Sports Car Market


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never suffered from the electrical problems that beset MGs or Triumphs. Roadster parts will never be as easy to source as the more popular 240Z, but Rallye Enterprises (www .datsunroadster.com) in Graham, Washington, can supply most owners' needs. The U.S. was a good market for the roadster. Most of the 40,000 built wound up here, and paved the way for the 240Z that followed. Like the Z, the 2000 was a successful SCCA racer competing credibly in the C Production class despite being up against much more expensive cars like the Porsche 911 and Lotus Elan. Its only weak spot seems to be the timing chain tensioner—if the chain jumps, the results on this interference engine can be catastrophic. Why is a relatively reliable, well-equipped convert- ible sports car that will outperform many other wellregarded cars from the period still trading hands for rubberbumper MGB money? The market seems to make room in its heart for only one collectible sports car from Japan (in addition to the super exotic Toyota 2000 GT, which is in a class by itself), and that spot is currently occupied by the roadster's more glamorous six-cylinder descendant, the 240Z. Roadsters are appreciating modestly, but they're still a great deal. Let this be an official “undervalued alert,” as a good Datsun roadster is absurdly cheap for the fun that it represents.u ROB SASS is SCM's Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel and has been collecting and restoring affordable classics since he was 16. Prices are for cars in excellent condition. This information is provided by Black Book and Cars of Particular Interest Collectible Vehicle Value Guide, www.blackbookusa.com. 20 Year Picture 1965-67 Fiat 1500 $15,000 $20,000 $10,000 $5,000 1963-69 MGB 1966-70 Datsun 1600 June 2006 29 987 992 997 002 006


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Legal Files John Draneas Carrera GT Crashes into Court The wall had been placed closer to the track to enlarge the area behind it for use as a children's play area L ast summer, a number of SCM readers were glued to the Internet, viewing the pictures and reading the extensive chatter about a horrific crash at the California Speedway. Ben Keaton and his passenger, Corey Rudl, were both killed when Keaton's Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a wall at an estimated speed of about 145 mph during a Ferrari Owners Club track day. The crash photographs were so- bering, and the Internet stories were engrossing. Added interest came from the fact that Keaton and Rudl, at 39 and 34 respectively, were both very successful young men. Rudl, in particular, was well known as an Internet marketing guru. LAWSUIT FILED Predictably, the lawsuit has been filed. Rudl's wife Tracey filed suit against a long list of defendants, seeking an unspecified amount of damages for her husband's wrongful death. She is represented by Craig McClellan, a very successful San Diego–area personal injury attorney who made a name for himself in the '80s when he represented a plaintiff who successfully sued Porsche on the theory that their 911 Turbo was too difficult a car to handle to be sold to inexperienced drivers. “Legal Files” interviewed McClellan to learn more about the case. First off, Craig is no enemy of sports car manufacturers and aficionados. He is an ex-racer, having started in SCCA club racing in 1968 with an Elva Courier, then moving to an MG Midget, an Austin Healey 3000, and a number of other race cars. He has no beef with Porsche, and is a former owner himself. He also takes no credit for having caused Porsche to abandon the U.S. market with its 911 Turbo, as that happened about a year before he filed his lawsuit. However, he points out, “When they returned to the market with the 911 Turbo, they offered driver training to all their customers.” THE REAL STORY There were many versions of the story broadcast on the Internet, all at least partially true. According to McClellan, here's what really happened. Keaton had told several people that he had been having handling problems with the Carrera GT. Apparently, it was tail-happy. He decided to take it to the Ferrari Owners Club track day and see if he could work things out. Rudl had taken his Lamborghini to the track day, but it suffered from overheating. He was telling friends that he should sell it and get something else. Keaton, who did not know Rudl, suggested a Carrera GT and offered to give him a ride and show him what the Porsche was like. As the Porsche was completing a lap, the flagman sent a Ferrari onto the front straight. The driver hesitated, then started late and slow. The flagman saw the Porsche come onto the straight and tried to stop the Ferrari, but it was passing him by then, and neither the driver nor passenger noticed his waving arms or heard his shouts. The Ferrari continued onto the straight at a relatively slow speed, just as the Carrera GT caught it. Keaton swerved to avoid contact, the Porsche's rear came around, and it skidded into a concrete barrier wall. The wall had been placed closer to the track than its 30 Tail-happy—without a happy ending original position in order to enlarge the area behind it for use as a children's play area during an earlier NASCAR race. The end result was the fatal crash. THE CLAIMS The lawsuit asserts a number of claims against several defendants. The more significant are: Keaton Estate – Failure to inform Rudl that he had been having handling problems with the Porsche, and that he had a recent incident where he lost control of the car. Racetrack owners and operators – Maintaining an unsafe racetrack as a result of inadequate maintenance, signage, and safety controls, and not moving back the concrete barriers after creating the children's play area. Ferrari Owners Club and the flagman – Negligently operating the track day by sending the Ferrari onto the track at the wrong time, violating their own rules by allowing passengers in the cars, failing to disclose Keaton's dangerous driving propensities, and allowing the track day to occur without moving the concrete barriers back to where they belonged. Ferrari driver – Not paying attention to the flagman, entering the track improperly, driving too slowly, and moving directly into the path of the Porsche. Porsche – Product liability for selling an unsafe car. This falls into three levels of defect. First: There was some mechanical problem with this particular car that made it handle badly. Sports Car Market


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Second: There are design defects with the Carrera GT that make it a poor-handling car, mainly tail-happy. Third: The Carrera GT is too difficult a car to handle at high speeds for the average driver without instruction. WHAT ABOUT THE RELEASE? “Legal Files” recently addressed the enforceability of releases given by track partici- pants and concluded that they are generally enforceable if the injuries are sustained by hazards that are contemplated at the time the release is given. This case tests the effect of the release signed by Rudl in two ways. One is that it alleges that the track owner and operators managed it in an unsafe manner and contrary to established safety standards for racetracks. In other words, they didn't have to make it as safe as the street, but they did have to make it safe as racetracks go. The other is that it alleges that numerous pertinent facts were concealed from Rudl, and he therefore did not give an informed consent. CLAIMS ABOUT THE CAR The claims about the Carrera GT itself are likely of most interest to us. Whether there was a mechanical issue with this particular car, or whether the Carrera GT design is inherently unstable, are matters that are best left to the engineers to debate. But the claim that the Carrera GT is too hot to handle is something that all of us can think about. And this isn't just Porsche's problem. Clearly, the same claims can be made against other supercars, such as the Ford GT, the Enzo, and a host of others. A quick Internet search will locate sites whose function is to display photos of wrecked supercars, typified by www.wreckedexotics.com. It isn't hard to conclude that many of these cars are sold to owners who have far more cash than driving skill. And it's probably realistic to assume that these owners are not going to recognize their limitations and will succumb to the desire to drive these cars “the way they were meant to be driven,” sometimes with disastrous consequences for themselves and others. Should the manufacturers be required to qualify owners before selling these cars to them? How are they supposed to determine qualifications? And should they automatically be held liable when they sell supercars to owners who can't handle them? McClellan says, “No, Porsche should only be liable because this car was defective.” But then he adds, “It is defective, however, if the risks of its design outweigh the benefits. If its power and handling characteristics make it too dangerous for the average driver without training or instruction, then it is defective. Porsche should be liable because it sold a defective vehicle to Ben Keaton.” I certainly can't profess to have the answers to all of these questions, but I think this case is going to answer some of them after it works its way through the legal system. We'll keep you informed.u JOHN DRANEAS is an attorney and car collector in Oregon. His comments here are general in nature and not a substitute for a consultation with an attorney. He can be reached at legalfiles@sportscarmarket.com June 2006 31


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The Collectors Tim Durham Hoosier Daddy He collects these cars because he considers them works of art; when he buys or restores them, he thinks of himself as preserving history by Kathleen Donohue A real car guy loves cars, plain and simple. But when it comes to the types of cars he craves, that's where it gets Freudian. A lot of collectors are drawn to the car that loomed large when they were small: the Jag guy who's still searching for his dad's E-type drophead in the original opalescent silver-blue; the muscle-car guy who remembers the girls gathered in the driveway as his big brother washed the Road Runner every Saturday morning; the Ferrari guy who still remembers hearing the nextdoor neighbor's Daytona fire up, the powerful roar penetrating the closed bedroom window. But that doesn't explain Tim Durham's obsession with Indiana Full Classics. He's a youthful 43 years old, but you'd never know it by the music he listens to or the cars he collects. Unlike most of his similarly aged peers, he prefers the Big Band sound to rock 'n' roll. And as a collector, he favors the cars of the '20s and '30s— especially the big three from Indiana: Auburns, Cords, and Duesenbergs. But it's not like his father steered him toward the ACDs, or his grandfather ever owned one. “My dad was a dentist in a small town. We certainly didn't collect cars. We had a Honda—in fact, he still does,” he says. “But I can remember as a kid, six or seven years old, playing with those ACD matchbox cars. Modern cars tended to bore me.” In Durham's collection, you'll find seven Auburns (three Speedsters), a Cord (“it's a '37 Sportsman, the supercharged version—only 50 were made”), three Duesenbergs, a Phaeton sedan, two Packards, a Stutz, and a 1938 Mercedes 540K. He collects these cars because he considers them works of art; when he buys or restores these grand vehicles, he thinks of himself as preserving history. It's somehow at odds that this tough businessman would have such a soft spot for old cars. Durham's day job as chairman and CEO of Indianapolis-based Obsidian Enterprises, in the high-stakes world of mergers and acquisitions, requires a cool head, steely nerves, and a studied lack of emotion. “I've often said business is like blackjack; if you let your emotions rule, you can make bad decisions.” But in his spare time (what little there is), Durham gives in to his passion for fine old cars, and sometimes buys with his heart and not his head. “It's not necessarily 32 a bad thing when you pay too much for a car. If you love it and appreciate it, who's to say what a car is worth? I'm lucky in that I don't have to walk away from a car because I think it's overvalued. If I like it, I can buy it because it's worth it to me.” Durham never tries to second-guess the market; sometimes getting caught up in the moment pays off, anyway. “A few years ago, I bought a Tucker (featured on the July 2004 SCM cover), perfectly restored, for $450,000. I thought I paid too much; I'd only planned to bid $250,000. I turned around and sold it for $650,000. Now you can't even get an unrestored Tucker for under $450,000—'cause I've tried.” Durham's passion for the land yachts Tim Durham of Indiana eventually landed him on the board of the ACD Museum in Auburn, Indiana. The museum has honored him and his generous support with his own section, the Timothy S. Durham Gallery of Classics, where he has three cars on display; a 1929 Auburn, a 1935–36 Auburn Boattail Speedster replicar (built in 2003 by Durham's Speedster Motorcars Company of Clearwater, Florida), and a 1930 Duesenberg once owned by William Randolph Hearst. The Indianapolis Concours has also benefited from Durham's largesse—the event was struggling for recognition when he met founder Roger Brummett at the first event in 2003. Obsidian immediately became the major sponsor (an honor it now shares with Chrysler), and it has since grown into one of the larger concours, in terms of attendance (45,000 spectators in 2005). Along with Pebble Beach, Amelia Island, and Meadow Brook, Durham sees the Indiana Concours becoming one of the big four in the country. “People are finally getting us on the radar,” he says. Durham's mission to preserve “drivable art” through his personal collection, the museum, and concours circuit promotion perhaps has its roots in a childhood memory after all. “When I was a teenager, there was a guy who owned a gas station in my small town. He had five or six old cars, Model As and Model Ts, just rotting in this series of old buildings near the station. I tried to buy them from him so that I could restore them, but he wouldn't let go. He said he was gonna ‘get around to it.' I'd drive by, the doors would be up, and I could see them in there rusting, and there was nothing I could do about it. They ended up disintegrating.” But like a good businessman, he tries not to focus on the losses of the past but the promise of the future. At the moment, he has four cars in various stages of restoration at the RM facility in Toronto. The plan is to take one of them, a '29 Duesenberg formerly owned by Elvis, to Pebble Beach in 2007. “In essence, we're all restoring cars for our own little museums. It's about preserving history. If you're into saving these old cars, even if you're not on the board of a museum, you're preserving history.”u KATHLEEN DONOHUE is a regular contributor to Sports Car Market. Sports Car Market Jeff Broadus


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Collecting Thoughts Leno's Latest Barn Find And After the 7th Duesie, He Rested I hit about 16 parking garages. I'd find mid-'70s LTDs, this Duesenberg sitting next to a 1932 Rolls-Royce by Paul Duchene, photos by John Lamm then I came across Leno with his Wood Town Sedan, a parking-garage find B 34 arn finds are the most magnetic part of the collector car hobby. Like Howard Carter entering the pharaoh's tomb, collectors feel like they're walking in on history. Journalist and SCMer Tom Cotter has even written a book on barn finds, The Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology, and is part way through a second edition. Comedian and talk show host (and SCMer, of course) Jay Leno is known for his dedication to collector cars and motorcycles and is an admitted sucker for barn finds. With about 80 cars and the same number of bikes, Leno once cracked that his friends in L.A. tend to have multiple girlfriends and one car. He's the other way around. His vehicles are as eclectic as a Rolls-Royce Phantom II powered by a 1,000-hp, 24-liter Merlin engine from a Spitfire, and a 1920s German Megola motorcycle. He also has six Bugattis, five Stanley Steamers, and four Bentleys in his collection and is a regular subject for, and contributor to, automotive magazines. His particular fascination is with Duesenberg, the classic American supercar manufactured from 1921 to 1937. The company's apogee was the Model J, along with the supercharged SJ, developed following Errett Lobban Cord's takeover of the company in 1927 and the combining of Auburn, Cord, and Duesenberg. Of course, the Depression wasn't the best time to launch a car whose bare chassis cost $9,500, with a complete car double that (as a comparison, the 1934 Chevy Standard Series DC sedan cost $540). All 474 Model J chassis were made in 1929 and gradually sold over the next eight years, until Cord's empire went bankrupt in 1937. But what a way to go. The supercharged SJ model boasted 320 hp, twin cams, 8 cylin- ders, 32 valves, and 130 mph in the 1930s, when Joe Average's Model A Ford was flat-out at 50 mph. RESCUED FROM THE BARN Leno's appreciation for both Duesenbergs and barn finds is evidenced by the 1927 Model X he rescued from a garage six miles from his home a couple of years ago. The Model X was a modest transition from the Model A, which Cord halted when it took over. Leno's car was trailered out from the Midwest in 1947 and parked in an eternally dark garage. In fact, when the lockup was opened last year after the owner went to a rest home at age 93, the owner's daughter hadn't seen the car since she was a small child. “Her father had closed the garage door in 1947,” Leno recalls. “There were old Coke Sports Car Market


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Effects of leaky garage on the original interior bottles and oleo tins, newspapers with headlines like ‘Japs Attack Again!' It was fascinating.” Expert Duesenberg restorer Randy Ema revived the Model X with a brake job and tune-up; Leno took it to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for the Preservation Class in 2005. THE NEXT FIND Leno's latest Duesenberg has an even better story. It was parked in a New York City garage in 1933 by a wealthy owner who didn't like it. Leno heard about it ten years ago and decided to track it down one day while his wife Mavis went shopping. “I figured it was one of those rumors I heard when I was a kid, like the $300 Corvette somebody died in and they couldn't get the smell out, or the Hemi Road Runner where the guy went to Vietnam and never came back,” he says. “I hit about 16 parking garages and asked if they had any old cars upstairs. I'd find some mid-'70s LTD and I would get discouraged. Then I found this Duesenberg sitting next to a 1932 Rolls-Royce. It was a situation where a great deal of money was owed for parking. The guy was wealthy but wouldn't pay the parking, a lien sale ensued, and I got the car,” he recalls. What Leno bought was the only Duesenberg bodied by F.R. Wood and Sons, a small New York body shop. It's a square, formal Town Sedan, most of which were converted over the years to more valuable open cars. Fred Roe, who wrote the definitive book Duesenberg, the Pursuit of Perfection, photographed Leno's car covered in dust in the corner where he found it. “Wood made cars from 1904 to 1930, but in very limited numbers,” says Roe, a sprightly 86-year-old. “Their main business was building bodies for commercial cars and trucks, so their car bodies came from contacts with store owners.” Leno says he paid a fair price for his car, consider- ing it will cost $200,000 to restore. He shipped it to Ema in California, and was thrilled by the expert's condition report. June 2006 The engine hadn't turned over since 1953 “The car has covered 7,085 miles,” says Ema. “It's the last original-owner, original- condition Duesenberg to be found. There's one other in the original family's hands, but it's been reupholstered.” Ema has restored 52 Duesenbergs in his 30 years in business; six Model Js restored by him have scored first places at Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. He reckons he has 28,000 original drawings and 1,000 patterns to make Duesenberg parts. “We can make exact reproductions, as opposed to those which look okay and are a testament to the success of guesswork,” he says. The Woods town car will need significant work after sitting in a leaky garage for 60 years, unlike the Model X, which snoozed in warm, dry California. Duesenberg's New York service department maintained the Woods car until 1937, then it sat until the owner's son inherited it in 1953 and got it running. “He went to a classic car meet, but he didn't like them, so he took it home and parked it,” said Ema. Ema plans a complete mechanical rebuild and says the body will require consider- able attention. One front fender has been hit, the leather top is rotted, the trunk rack is broken, the chrome is dismal, and a 50-year drip has rusted through a rear fender. The interior was sound until somebody stored a pile of old tires on the back seat, says Leno. The Woods Town Car joins six other Duesenbergs in Leno's stable. He has the aerodynamic Walker coupe that once belonged to Eli Lilly, and looks like an oversized Peugeot D'arl'Mat; a Murphy SJ convertible coupe; a LeBaron barrel-sided, dual-cowl phaeton; a Murphy-bodied Beverly; the Model X; and a Model J chassis. A man who drives and enjoys all kinds of cars, Leno is a passionate Duesenberg advocate. “It's one American car you don't have to make excuses for. You can clone a Hemi Barracuda or a Hemi Challenger or any one of the supercars by getting parts, but you can't recreate a Duesenberg—there's not enough money,” he says. Leno drives his Duesenbergs in the fast lane and says it's a crime that most languish in garages and museums. “It's a sad thing but the English have it on us. I've got some 8-liter Bentleys and whatever part you want is available. People drive them and repair them. They've learned how to update and modernize them—I can be confident driving mine. But Duesenbergs—no one seems to use them. You can call owners and say, ‘Chip in ten grand and we'll make some parts,' and they say, ‘No, I don't drive mine.'” With more than 50 years of inactivity, the Woods Town Car would seem to be the ultimate undriven car and, as the last unrestored Duesenberg to be with its original owner's family, the ultimate Duesie barn find. I asked Leno if the size-related rumors I had heard about the car were correct—he has been quoted as saying it was stuck on the second floor of the garage because the elevator had been remodeled and it was now too long to fit. “No, that's not true,” he admits. “I exaggerated so people would think it would have to be dismantled. Hey, it chased people away for ten years.”u 35


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Collecting Thoughts Packard Request Packard's Last Request Legend has it that an executive drove it out of the factory and shipped it to his mistress in Oregon to save it from the torch by Paul Duchene front and rear of the car, with “The Request” low on the front fenders. The chrome wire wheels were set off by cloisonné hubcaps from a 1948 Custom Eight, and the rear fenders were peaked with lead points to resemble the top-of-the-line Caribbean. Teague was a heavy hitter in Detroit, working for Packard from 1951 to 1958, and American Motors until 1984. He'd worked on earlier Packard show cars like the 1952 Pan American, the 1953 Balboa hardtop, and the 1954 Panther. Many ideas from those cars showed up in subsequent models, but the Request was the end of the line. None of its details resurfaced, and there were no more big Packards after 1956. Legend has it that an executive at the com- One-of-a-kind front end courtesy of Creative Industries of Detroit T he Midwest reappearance of the 1955 Packard Request this past August at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance completes a remarkable 50year odyssey. Passport Transport founder and car collector Robert M. Pass bought the Request for $150,000 in February 2006 from the estate of reclusive Eastern Washington collector Larry Dopps. It had been hidden in a garage for over 30 years, almost as if its death sentence had never been lifted. The story begins with designer Richard Teague being ordered to come up with a dream car for the 1955 Chicago Auto Show that would announce Packard's all-new lineup. But Studebaker had spent all Packard's money, so Teague grabbed the third Packard Four-Hundred coupe off the line, S/N 5587-1003, and took it around the corner to Creative Industries of Detroit, which specialized in show cars. In fewer than 90 days, Creative produced the stunning Request, which blended the classic Packard grille into the company's new model. It was finished in pearlescent white with copper flashes and roof. The interior was trimmed in salmon brocade and white leather, setting off the Cordstyle, engine-turned dashboard. Prompted by letters from faithful Packard owners won- dering why the company couldn't build a “real” Packard anymore, Teague integrated the famous vertical grille into the new shape. More than two feet high, it divides the front of the car with bars that sweep down from the familiar ox yoke to curve underneath. The hood was fiberglass and the bumpers were cast in bronze with built-in parking lights. Their 400-pound weight was compensated by the new electronic torsion-bar suspension. The words “Packard Request” appear in script on the 36 pany felt so strongly about the Request that in the summer of 1957 he drove it out of the factory in broad daylight and had it shipped to his mistress in Portland, Oregon, before it could be cut up like “Black Bess,” the 1958 Packard test car. The Request was parked on the street and driven by her son to a bartending job until he hit a parked car with it and dumped it in the backyard for almost ten years. Larry Dopps bought the car with a friend in 1973 for $2,500 from Walter King, who had owned it since 1959. They completed the restoration the next year with repaint, body, and interior repairs. Not much mechanical work was needed, as it had about 10,000 miles all told. The car was photographed, then it simply disappeared, only once making an appearance at the 1983 Packards International gathering in Oakland, California. “They weren't really our crowd; we were definitely the poor relations there,” said Dopps. “But when we drove the car in to this huge hotel, we got a standing ovation.” That reaction illustrates the sentiment with which the Request is regarded. Every Packard collector knows about it, thanks to Robert Turnquist's book The Packard Story: The Car and the Company, but hardly any have seen it. The Request was the company's graceful swansong. (Sure, the frightful 1956 Predictor came later, but it was slapped together by Ghia and looked like a crash between a '58 Lincoln and a '61 Cadillac.) The Request has been kept in a canvas garage in Pasco, Washington, for the past 23 years. After 14,805 miles, the 352-ci engine still runs smoothly and the Request displays evidence of its show-car origins. It has clear glass, there is no body number on the firewall (which is still in primer), and the paint and trim plate on the doorjamb is blank. The suspension needs work—the mercury switches that balance the car have failed—but it's still a commanding presence. In a conversation a few years back, Dopps offered evidence that the Request was in- deed one of the very first 1955 cars off the line. “Look at that shifter,” he said. “See how it's bent? That's from trying to get it out of parking gear. The pawl was too long and they fixed it early in the run.” Dopps' widow Karen still can't quite believe the Request has gone, after living with it for 27 years. Her husband had arranged to sell the car to Bill Harrah in 1978 for $100,000, but then Harrah died and his collection was dispersed. Later, Dopps asked as much as $325,000 for the Request, but he was more interested in discussing it with collectors who tracked him down than seeing it get a new owner. “I guess he didn't want to sell it. He loved it,” says Karen. Pass, who is also president of the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, says the Request is back in the heartland where it belongs. “It was made here and nobody has seen it for 50 years,” he says. And if the Packard could speak, I'm sure that it would say that it is good to be home again.u Sports Car Market


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Collecting Thoughts Euro Racing The New Papers You Need to Race In Europe I have already seen an excellent replica Ferrari sports racing car be refused paperwork for having the wrong gearbox by Martin Emmison Part 1: The Historic Technical Passport The first is the Historic Technical Passport (HTP), which is solely concerned with eligibility of the car for historic motor sport and has no relevance to its provenance or originality. Its purpose is to provide a “level playing field” for fair competition by ensuring that the vehicle for which it is issued conforms to period specification. The other is the Heritage Certificate, which has noth- ing to do with competition and everything to do with a car's provenance and authenticity. These are issued by the Touring side of the FIA, and are available for all vehicles, whether built for touring or competition. Heritage Certificates will only be issued after rigorous research and inspection of a vehicle and the payment of a substantial fee, but they will ostensibly give an owner some comfort that he has a genuine vehicle with a valid chassis identity. THAT WAS THEN If this new system seems confusing, it might help to understand some of the problems that developed under the old one. Prior to 2004, an HVIF was only available for genuine historic cars with a clear and continuous history. Replicas and the like were not welcome—at least in theory. As was stated on the form itself, however, an HVIF was not intended to be a certificate of authenticity, just to verify the eligibility of a car for competition. In practice, however, traders, auctioneers, and owners came to treat these papers as an important badge, and having them considerably enhanced a car's value. Inevitably this led to some money-driven arguments, where the FIA's national regulatory bodies (Association Sportif Nationale, or ASN) issued, or sometimes refused to issue, papers for a car with a questionable provenance. In two cases in which I was involved, separate sets of papers were issued by different ASNs for two distinct cars, yet both claimed a single chassis identity. You can only imagine the problems this presented. A further criticism of the system was that being on How many of these will qualify for the new certificates? I 38 f you enjoy competing in historic motor sports events, know that an important deadline is fast approaching. At the end of this calendar year, the FIA will be requiring a new type of paperwork for your car. It's called a Historic Technical Passport, and without one you can kiss goodbye your chances of being accepted in the racing (as opposed to regularity or touring) categories of the major European historic events in 2007. “But wait,” you protest, “I have FIA papers. My national office issued me a Historic Vehicle Identity Form.” Sorry, but these will expire on December 31, 2006, as the FIA moves fully to the new system. At the instigation of its longstanding president, Max Mosley, the FIA decided in 2003 to replace the Historic Vehicle Identity Form (HVIF) with two separate sets of papers. close terms with an ASN's issuing official may have helped in procuring paperwork. Certainly problems arose from the lack of a central FIA database and the differing standards that were applied in different countries. Indeed, the American ASN, Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS), did not always inspect cars before issuing an HVIF. THIS IS NOW In truth, the FIA had little control over the papers that were being issued, yet they were still all “FIA papers.” It is clear that, by adopting this new system, the FIA hopes to prevent further problems as it effectively splits the paperwork into two categories—the HTP for racing and the Heritage Certificate for provenance. Qualifying for an HTP is relatively simple: Just meet Sports Car Market Eric Wittenberg


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the FIA standard for in-period specification. If a homologation form was issued for your car in period, then it must conform closely to that homologated specification today. If no homologation form was issued, your car must conform to a specification that is (or will be) determined by the FIA. The FIA insists that it will be strict in requiring cars to be to correct specification to qualify for an HTP, warts and all, the bad points as well as the good ones. What this means is that owners of cars that were modified in period or subsequently may have problems, and the new rules will certainly prevent “menu” cars from obtaining an HTP. I have already seen an excellent replica Ferrari sports racing car be refused papers for having the wrong gearbox, even though in period the original type of gearbox was not up to the job. Let's look at another example. If you apply for an HTP for your customer-specification 1952 Jaguar C-type, not only must it have drum brakes, but also a 3.4-liter engine, two 2-inch SU carbs, a Moss gearbox, a generator, and the correct gauge of alloy body. Yes, this means no 3.8-liter motor, no wide-angle head, no Webers, no electronic ignition, no dry sump, no alternator, no brake servo, and no Panhard rod. However—and here's the interesting part—no part of the car need have been manufactured by Jaguar Cars. The car can be built from scratch entirely from new parts. Yes, you read that correctly. The same criteria will apply, whether the car is authentic and original from that period; an earlier or later one modified to that specification; or a partial or total replica. This will potentially permit replicas to compete along- side original cars at FIA-regulated historic events—if the event organizers invite them. FAKES WELCOME? Many people believe this to be contradictory (some feel even more strongly than that). This change is partly driven Vintage Racing Acronyms FIA: The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, the body that regulates motor sport internationally. The FIA is made up of 128 national motoring regulatory bodies. These are called… ASN: Association Sportif Nationale. (My apologies that these terms are in French, but 100 years ago the French were fastest off the mark in organizing motor racing, and French was then the accepted international language.) FIA papers: A term that has commonly been used for the old type of vehicle documentation, called a… HVIF (Historic Vehicle Identity Form): Up to the end of 2003 this was the form of “passport” issued by ASNs to confirm that a particular vehicle was eligible to participate in international historic motor sport (circuit racing, hill climbing, rallying, etc.). Appendix K: That part of the FIA's International Sporting Code which regulates historic motor sport, particularly as to vehicle eligibility and safety. Historic Technical Passport (HTP): The new FIA-issued papers solely concerned with eligibility of a specific car for historic motor sport, and its conformity to period specifications. It has no relevance to provenance or originality. Heritage Certificate: Issued after rigorous research and inspection of a vehicle and the payment of a substantial fee, designed to verify valid chassis identity. June 2006 Clones can be issued HTPs by a perceived need on the part of the FIA's management to be inclusive in its regulation. Possibly it can be traced in some measure to the new language that (at the instigation of the Competition Division of the European Commission) was added to Article 2 of the FIA's International Sporting Code in 2001: “The purpose of this Code and its appendices is to encourage and facilitate interna- tional motor sport. It will never be enforced so as to prevent or impede a competition or the participation of a competitor, save where the FIA concludes that this is necessary for the safe, fair, or orderly conduct of motor sport.” The argument may have run like this: How can the FIA best avoid accusations that its rulebook may unfairly exclude dodgy cars from participating in historic racing? Answer: By allowing all cars, old or new, to compete as long as they meet the strict technical specifications laid down by the FIA, and then leave it to the event organizers and participating owners to decide who they want to play with. APPLY NOW As a rough guide to numbers, at the end of 2003, approximately 12,500 vehicles worldwide held HVIFs, the vast majority of which were issued by European ASNs, while only around 500 had been issued by ACCUS. Not all of those U.S.-based cars that held the old HVIF will either need or necessarily qualify for the HTP. You will not need an HTP to compete in those North American events for which vehicle eligibility is determined by the club or event organizer. At present, for instance, you do not need an HTP for the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca. However, you will need an HTP to race in international historic events such as Patrick Peter's Tour Auto, Tour Espana, and Le Mans Classic series of events, the Monaco Historics, Nurburgring Oldtimers, the Giro de Sicilia, the Grand Prix Masters/Gentlemen Drivers Series, or similar international events in Europe or the Far East. If you hold an HVIF for your historic car, it is still valid for 2006, but if you will need an HTP to compete in 2007, it makes sense to get the process underway as soon as possible. The application for an HTP is made to the ASN in the country where the owner (or the car) resides. Since the FIA controls the database of vehicle specifications, which is available on its website for all to see (www.fia.com), this should result in a consistent approach by ASNs in the issue of papers. There should be no need or benefit to going “ASN shopping” for a country that will give a particular car an easier ride. A detailed application form must be completed, requiring photographs of key compo- nents, and your car will subsequently be inspected by an expert nominated by the ASN. ACCUS is now geared up to handle applications for U.S. applicants, and during 2006–07 one of the U.K.'s signatories, Jeremy Hall, will be making periodic visits to inspect cars in the States as a consultant to ACCUS. He may also deal with applications for Heritage Certificates (as mentioned above, these are the other new certificates, which will authenticate a specific car), which are centrally controlled by the FIA. In the long run, this Heritage Certificate is likely to be the more significant paper for the serious collector, so make sure that you don't miss next month's article, where we ask these questions: What makes a car real, and what price a Heritage Certificate for your Hemi 'Cuda?u MARTIN EMMISON is an English solicitor practicing in London, who specializes in transactions and disputes in the historic car field. He can be contacted at memmison@gdlaw.co.uk. 39


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Events Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Steamers, Florida Style Watching the steam-car owners use a propane torch to light the pilot burners of their cars was fascinating by Rob Sass Adding ambience to the featured marque, Stanley Motor Carriage Company the lifetime of my pre-teen daughter, Bill Warner has built a world-class event that feels like it has been around for a generation. One of the more enjoyable aspects of the Amelia Island Concours is the relaxed and T 40 truly fun atmosphere that Warner has cultivated. It is growing, and although this year's event felt more crowded than it has in the past, it was by no means claustrophobic. The grounds are spacious enough to accommodate the additional people. You can still walk up the bluffs that overlook the 10th and 18th fairways to get away from the crowds, sit under a shade tree, and take everything in. Adding to the fun were the automotive oddities that make the event so much more than the usual collection of obsessively restored A-list collector cars. This year's microcar class was especially amusing, going far beyond the “usual” Messerschmitts and Isettas. Hearing Ed Lucas, the booming voice of the concours, announce the name “Goggomobil” was alone worth the price of admission. But the real curiosity of the show centered on this DETAILS Plan ahead: March 2007 Location: Amelia Island, FL Eligibility: generally pre-1974 Cost: $40 in advance More: www.ameliaconcours.org he Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance, the automotive harbinger of spring, graced the grounds of the Golf Club at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, for the eleventh time this past March. Comparisons to the August event on the other coast are popular, but serve little purpose. It is sufficient to note that within Everyone stands tall next to a Peel Trident year's featured marque, Stanley, and its steam-powered early 20th-century automobiles. Those who took the time to watch the laborious process of getting one going saw why the invention of the electric starter spelled the end for steam cars. Nevertheless, it was fascinating to watch the steam-car owners use a propane torch (referred to by aficionados as “the key”) to light the pilot burners of their cars and see them build up enough steam to get underway with their signature “chuff-chuff” sound. Assuming, of course, that spectators realized they were looking at a steam-powered car and not a “blown head gasket,” as I heard one not very clued-in onlooker surmise. The auctioning of five cars on eBay Motors during the concours added a new wrinkle to the event and gave a nod to the growing influence of eBay in the old car hobby. EBay Motors' ambassador Steve Haas was present to register bidders and supervise the online component. The auctions ended at noon on the day of the concours, with the buyers agreeing to pay a 6% surcharge on the final price, which would go to the Amelia Island Concours Sports Car Market


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Award-Winning Amelia Island SCMers Best in Class Winners Matthew Drendel, Hickory, NC 1974 Porsche 934 Thomas L. duPont, St. Petersburg, FL 1929 DuPont G 4-Place Speedster J.W. Marriott, Jr., Washington, DC 1954 Maserati A6GCS Harry Mathews, Arvada, CO 1967 McLaren M6 A-1 Lee Munder, Palm Beach, FL 1938 Peugeot Darl'Mat 402 Special Sport Roadster Michael Regalia, Thousand Oaks, CA 1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso John W. Rich, Sr., Pottsville, PA 1912 Rauch & Lang TC Patrick S. Ryan, Montgomery, AL 1974 McLaren M16C A pair of Cunninghams Foundation and its primary beneficiary, the Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. Editor Martin was once again among the panel of judges that this year included David E. Davis, Jr., Peter Brock, Hurley Haywood, Denise McCluggage, and Dick Smothers. In addition to judging the finest examples of the restorer's art, the Amelia Concours continues the trend of recognizing the importance of preserving original unrestored cars. SCMer Gary Bartlett took home the award for the “Most Historically Significant Unrestored Car” for his 1957 Jaguar XKSS, remarkable in that all of its original surfaces including paint and upholstery (even the soft top boot) are still intact and quite presentable. “Best in Show, Concours d'Elegance” was ironically won this year by one of the few DuPonts entered that was not actually owned by a DuPont, a 1931 Model “H” Sport Phaeton belonging to Richard Riegel. “Best in Show, Concours de Sport” was won by Peter Sachs' 1961 Ferrari 250 TRI/61.u Tom Stegman, Cincinnati, OH 1953 OSCA MT-4 Bruce Weiner, Atlanta, GA 1950 Reyonnah Steve Wolf, Boca Raton, FL 1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Convertible Special Award Winners Gary Bartlett,Munice, IN 1957 Jaguar XKSS Stephen P. Cortinovis, St. Louis, MO 1947 Talbot Lago T26 GS Franay Coupe David Cowart, Tampa, FL 1983 March 83G Gary Ford, Pipersville, PA 1932 Maserati Model 4CS by Brianza David L. George, Cochranville, PA 1954 Kurtis 500KK William “Tom” Gerrard, Big Sky, MT 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Roadster Terri Henning, Charleston, SC 1954 Jaguar XK120 Mark Hyman, St. Louis, MO 1939 Bugatti Type 57C Arvis Coupe by Gangloff Wellington and Janet Morton, Fruit Cove, FL 1932 Lincoln KB Judkins Coupe Malcolm S. Pray, Jr., Greenwich, CT 1957 BMW 507 Archie Urciuoli, Rowayton, CT 1969 Ford GT40 The award-winning, all-original XKSS June 2006 Bruce Weiner, Atlanta, GA 1955 Kroboth Allwetterroller 41


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Events AMG Winter Driving School Pretty Slick The two “road courses” had been cleared by giant snow sweepers that made Zambonis look like whisk brooms by Don Klein; photos by Uli Joos Perfecting the drift on Lake Hornavan T he Swedish town of Arjeplog lies a snowball's throw south of the Arctic Circle. The all-time Swedish record low temperature of 63° below zero was registered near Arjeplog, so it should come as no surprise that Arjeplog doesn't have a lot of residents. In fact, the region boasts more lakes (8,700) than humans (about 3,000), which works out to almost three lakes per person. Starting in mid-October, those lakes begin to freeze, and by January the ice is thick enough to support a fully loaded jumbo jet. Or a horde of cars. In the mid-'60s, a pair of Bosch engineers discovered that the frigid conditions in Arjeplog were ideal for conducting cold-weather research on their new ABS system. Forty years later, winter testing in northern Sweden has become a $60-million-a-year business, and dozens of automobile manufacturers and component companies make the trek north. A few, including Mercedes-Benz AMG, offer winter driving schools as well. That's where I was headed. At first it sounded silly. What's the point of huge-horsepower cars on the ice? Then I remembered what my Skip Barber instructor told me when a thunderstorm hit during open-wheel racing school: “You guys are lucky! It's raining horsepower!” And he was right—our little cars suddenly had the ability to break traction as easily as a Viper. If rain could do that to a 135-hp Formula Dodge, what would glare ice do to a 362-hp CLK55 AMG? We were about to find out. In all, there were 24 of us, mostly from Europe or Asia. To my surprise, about half were repeat customers (“We don't get to drive on ice or snow very often,” a second-time participant from Singapore explained). We were divided into three groups of eight, which coincided nicely with the three groups of cars: CLK55 AMGs. SLK55 AMGs, and C55 AMGs (sedans and wagons), all of which were equipped with special can't-buy-them-at-anycost-even-if-your-last-name-is-Zetsche modules that 42 DETAILS Plan ahead: February 2007 Location: Arjeplog, Sweden Cost: $4,077 More: www.mercedes-amg.com completely de-activated the ESP systems. Although it was early afternoon when we arrived at the hotel, the sun was already beginning to set, and by the time we donned our driving gear (thermal underwear, turtlenecks, insulated pants, fur-trimmed North Face parkas, and Thinsulate gloves), it was completely dark. Since this was a typically well-done AMG event, our cars were gassed up, nicely heated, and ready to go, despite the -12° reading on my SLK55's in-dash display. After a spirited 20-minute drive to Lake Hornavan— the highlight of which was a complete white-out where our only source of navigation was our instructor's voice exhorting us via walkie-talkie to keep up the pace—we arrived at what looked like the set of a science-fiction movie. Despite the pitch-black sky, an eerie glow emanated from the vast, snow-covered lake. Wind squalls whipped up ghostlike curtains that opened and closed at random to reveal tight clusters of distant headlights. At one point I opened my window to get a better view and my nostrils froze shut. Our first exercise was the drifting circle, and it wasn't long before excitement won out over fear. For one thing, the emphasis is on fun, not accident avoidance: While most skid-pad exercises are designed to teach students how to get out of trouble, here we were encouraged to get into a skid and hold it, as long and fast as possible. I've seen enough Formula D on Speed Channel to hold the opinion that drifting for drifting's sake is a silly Sports Car Market


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Going sideways while going straight “sport” created by tire manufacturers to sell more tires. But ice drifting is completely different; more akin to ballet or skiing, it's a valuable technique that we later used on the racetrack to achieve faster lap times. Plus, there's a lot less smoke. Armed with my new drifting skills, I headed for the weight-change slalom course. Again, the emphasis was on taming the drift, this time testing our ability to go in a straight line while essentially keeping the car sideways, alternatively hanging out the right rear, then left rear, as far as we dared. There were lots of spinouts. But we were in the middle of a gigantic frozen lake with nothing to crash into even if we wanted to. Plant yourself in a snowdrift? No problem—a squad of M-Class and G-Class tow vehicles was on hand to pluck you free faster than you could say “roadside assistance.” It was like a giant padded room for boy (and girl) racers. After one more exercise—the kidney oval, which gave us the opportunity to link left and right drifts with short straights—we headed back to the hotel for some yummy reindeer steaks and much-needed sleep. Eight hours later we were bundled up again and back in our cars. It was still dark. The second day's activities consisted of warm-up exercises and then some familiar- ization laps on the two “road courses” which had been cleared by giant snow sweepers that make Zambonis look like whisk brooms. In contrast to the white snow, the black ice they left in their wakes looked for all the world like asphalt—covered with WD-40. The first track (each was about two kilometers in length) resembled a skinny X that didn't quite meet in the middle. With instructors urging us to “Go! Go! Go!” from the safety of their observation cars, we took turns flying off into the snow. By mid-morning, we began to trust our brakes and studded snow tires and concentrated on learning how to handle post-braking physics. When the sun peeked through the clouds for its two-hour daily appearance, and we could actually see our apexes, the trust factor went way up. After lunch (hot mushroom soup and cold reindeer wraps, served in a huge teepee complete with wood-burning fireplace in the middle of the lake), we were issued individual memory cards and timing-device-equipped C55s. Thus armed, we sampled the Klein preparing to go for a spin second track, which had much longer straights and fewer curves. By now we were beginning to incorporate our drifts at will, and I noticed that the tow vehicles weren't being called into service quite as often. The evening activity was the optional snowmobile tour. I was exhausted from driving, still jet-lagged, and ready for a nice soak in the hot tub and a Lapin Kulta in a frosty mug. Did I really want to put on insulated overalls, big rubber boots, boxing mitt–like gloves, balaclava, and helmet to ride around in the dark on a nasty, ear-piercing, smoke-spewing Arctic Cat at 20° below zero for an hour and a half? I should have opted for the hot tub. At some point in the middle of the night I managed to thaw out, and by seven a.m., I was ready for the Big Competition. All I had to do was beat a bunch of AMG owners who thrive on competition—including two German brothers whose household fleet includes an SL65 and a CLK DTM AMG, and whose combined ages fell short of mine by 20 years—at a sport that I took up yesterday. Piece of cake. After all, I'm an SCMer. So I didn't come in first. But I didn't come in last, either. And most importantly, I had a blast—an arctic blast.u DON KLEIN is a consultant to the automotive and publishing industries. His articles have appeared in SCM, AutoWeek, and Mercedes-Benz Classic, among others. Drivers pause between the fireplace and the heated seats June 2006 Neither sleet, nor snow, nor dark of night... 43


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Ferrari Profile 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS This series would prove to be a step away from Ferrari's past and a step toward the future by Steve Ahlgrim DETAILS Years produced: 1966–68 Number produced: 100 Original list price: $16,800 SCM Valuation: $300,000–$425,000 Tune-up/Major service: $2,500 Distributor cap: $450 (two required) Chassis #: left frame member by steering box. Engine #: right rear above motor mount. Club: Ferrari Club of America, P. O. Box 720597, Atlanta, GA 30358 More: www.ferrariclubofamerica.org Alternatives: 1965–66 Ferrari 275 GTS, 1969–71 Maserati Ghibli Spyder, 1956–59 BMW 507 Roadster. SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS 1966 Ferrari 330 GTS Lot #115, S/N 9227GT Condition: 2 Sold at $477,081 Chassis number: 10375 A utomobili Ferrari S.p.A. has always been known for building some of the fastest and besthandling sports cars in the world. Pininfarina is a master of styling and design and surely the lines and Ferrari V12 power of this rare 330 GTS Spider show the best of their collaboration. The 330 GTS features a 300-hp, 3,967-cc, single overhead-cam V12 engine with triple Weber carburetors, five-speed transaxle, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. The top speed is just over 150 mph with a 0–60 time of seven seconds. A quarter-mile is traveled in 15 seconds at a speed of near 100 mph. Car and Driver in July 1967 summed up driving a 330 GTC in two short sidebars. “Driving it doesn't change that first visual impression: class,” and “Depress clutch. Find neutral. Turn ignition key. Give the gas a tiny, nervous touch. Oh my God!” Bump that up a notch or two for the open GTS Spider. This Fly Yellow 330 GTS has been part of a Southern California collection since 1993. It has been driven sparingly and remains in well-maintained cosmetic and mechanical condition. The paintwork appears excellent, as does all the brightwork and Borrani wire wheels. The black leather interior shows only limited wear. Truly an Italian grand touring thoroughbred, there are few cars that offer the driving experience a 330 GTS does. These models continue to appreciate in both value and desirability as their price becomes more reasonable given the increases in other areas of the marque. 44 The SCM analysis: This car sold for $357,500 at RM's January 2006 Arizona auction. Enzo Ferrari founded his company as a manu- facturer and entrant of race cars. If the business had grown as he planned, he might have never made a Ferrari road car. Fortunately for automobile enthusiasts, racing is very expensive, and Mr. Ferrari reluctantly had to build road cars to fund his passion. As the years passed and the cost of racing grew exponentially, the necessity for Ferrari to build road cars grew with it. Today, Ferrari still races, but road cars are their main business. Once corrupted by shameless commerce, Mr. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Lot #5353, S/N 9781GT Condition: 1Sold at $260,000 Russo and Steele, Scottsdale, AZ, 1/23/2004 SCM ID# 32106 Ferrari became quite proficient in producing a diverse assortment of street, racing, and mixed-use models. Several new cars were introduced in 1966, a transition year, and a couple were phased out. The total offering for that year was quite impressive and gives a glimpse at how productive the factory was. The 1966 racing line was led by the 312 series Formula One cars, followed by the legendary 330, 365, and Dino Prototype racers. On the street side the 500 Superfast and the 365 California were the A tickets. The production cars included the 275 GTS and 275 GTB. The 275 GTB progressed from a short-nose to a long-nose version, with variations built with two- and four-cam engines and bodies of steel and alloy. Even a few very special competition 275 GTBs were built that year. Complementing the sporty 275 line was the grand touring-themed 330 series. Introduced in 1964, the 330 series would prove to be a step away from Ferrari's past and a step toward the future. Features like power windows, power steering, and air conditioning replaced spartan interiors and weight-saving construction. The twelvecylinder engine was tuned for commuting rather than track use. Drivability and comfort trumped performance in the 330 line. Sports Car Market Sotheby's, Maranello, IT, 6/28/2005 SCM ID# 38619 Photos: RM Auctions


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top V12 Ferraris, the 330 GTS will always have a following. Attractive, great-driving, and with only a hundred built, they are desirable, but as the cornerstone of a collection, they fall short. The 330 GTS is not eligible for great rallies, it has no competition history, and it is not “oh my god” good looking. A 330 GTS should be bought for driving rather than collecting. When 330 prices climb to the point where their owners don't drive them, a price ceiling is near. This 330 GTS, S/N 10375, is reportedly a very nice example of the model. It received a good-quality restoration a few years back and still looks great. SCM's auction database shows it previously sold at World Classic's 1993 Monterey auction for $185,000. This sale represents an impressive appreciation, but it was still on the light side of SCM's price guide. Fortunately, the buyer is in at a price where he can still enjoy the car. The seller should be pleased with his pile of chips, and the buyer will be pleased with his purchase. In a couple of years it should be worth a little more, and will have delivered miles of pleasure in the meantime.u STEVE AHLGRIM has been actively involved in the Ferrari business since 1978. Historical and descriptive information in this Profile courtesy of the auction company. The first 330 was rather strange looking; a four-head- light 2+2 that was later refined with a more attractive twin-headlight front end. The 330 GTC came next. The two-passenger 330 coupe featured a Superfast-inspired body mounted on a modified 275 frame. The GTC shared the 330 2+2's engine, but attached it to a rear-mounted transaxle rather than the 2+2's front transmission. The 330 GTS (Grand Touring Spider) followed the GTC. It was a refinement of the 275 GTS rather than a completely new model. The 275 GTS was a delightful car with good power, light handling, and cute little body that unfortunately looked more like a Fiat Spider than a Ferrari. Pininfarina nicely solved the identity problem by resculpting the nose of the 330 GTS to look more like the nose of a Superfast. In addition, the 330 received standard electric windows, optional air conditioning, and enough detail changes to clearly differentiate it from a 275. The 330 GTS is a near-perfect summer car. It has gobs of power, makes wonderful noises, and is a pleasure to drive. It is comfortable on the road and agile around town. The manual top takes some effort to put down and allows a bit too much wind noise when up, but on a topdown summer day, who cares? The value of a 330 GTS is directly related to its drivability rather than its collectibility. As one of a few open- Seat Time Jime Buese, Pasadena, CA: I own a Ferrari 330 GTS, S/N 10567. The car is the epitome of 1960s Ferrari design and Pininfarina body art. Mechanically, the car is very entertaining, especially the V12 engine. The car drives well, with independent suspension, disc brakes, and a 5-speed synchromesh transaxle. If there is a drawback, the handling is of the period, especially as a convertible, where body twisting on turns is noticeable. I also wish the factory hadn't sourced some electrical components from Lucas, especially the alternator and some critical relays. I feel the car is undervalued, and outperforms many of its contemporaries. Solomon's 330 GTS Larry Solomon, Woodside, CA: I own a 330 GTS, which I bought in June 2005. After spending four months at Patrick Ottis' shop, the car has new brakes, steering, and a new suspension system. I also have a 2000 550 Maranello, and when you drive the 330, you feel much of the power, agility, and braking that the 550 delivers, but in an older and more exhausted frame. It is almost like driving the grandfather of the 550. Some things I've learned about the car: June 2006 1. When you drive at high speed with the top down, you smell spent fuel. It is not like a gas leak, but more like gasoline cologne. 2. My car takes some time to warm up in terms of the ease of shifting (going into second gear and sometimes third), apparently a common feature. 3. Once it has warmed up, the car is exhilarating when shifted at high rpms, like 5,500–6,500. It feels like that is where the engine wants to change gears to get the full pleasure of the car. I think the 330 GTS provides a great trade-off between a vintage Ferrari and a new one. It feels like a vintage car from the '60s, but with a powerful engine, a fifth gear, air conditioning, and comfortable seats. I drove mine to Pebble Beach last year and no less than five people left their cards on the windshield asking if I would sell it. After a while it became almost humorous. When I look at the parked car, I wonder why it is so expensive, but after I drive it I'm convinced that it is the most practical and usable open vintage Ferrari. Then I can't wait to drive it again. u 45


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Sheehan Speaks Michael Sheehan New Faces, New Tastes While old-time collectors started with MGs and worked their way up to Ferraris, today's rich guys just start out at the top by Mike Sheehan old-time collectors started with MGs and Jaguars and worked their way up to Ferraris, the new guys just start out at the top and buy what's the fastest. All of these supercars offer more raw power than most of the owners can use, so performance becomes subjective. While an Enzo is much faster than an F40, the F40 feels faster because of the sudden punch of the turbos, the wheel spin, and the feeling of running on the edge, thanks to a lack of traction control, active aerodynamics, launch control, and other driver aids standard on the Enzo. As an example of how user-friendly the latest super- cars have become, one of my American clients has an F40, an F50, an Enzo, and anything else he wants. He bought a new M-B SLR McLaren. After driving the 626-hp SLR and the 478-hp F40 back to back, he shipped the F40 to his local dealer because he felt the turbos were not kicking in. The dealer said the F40 was working well, he was just spoiled by the SLR. The sophistication of new supercars makes Formula Modern trumps vintage C ollectors are fetishists who keep like-kind things; stamps, bits of string, samples of different types of barbed wire—or vintage Ferraris. Recently a new type of supercar collector has emerged who's broadening the boundaries of the hobby. In the old days, a small Ferrari collection would include like-kind cars, such as a 275 GTS, a 275 GTB, and a 275 GTB/4, as the beginning of a 275 collection. Increase the budget, add a “Customer Cliente” 275 GTB/ C, and a third series 1966 275 GTB/C, and you more or less completed the set. Ferrari collections focused around 1950s, '60s, or early '70s coachbuilt or racing Ferraris, under the theory that Ferrari stopped building “real” Ferraris with the Daytona. Thanks to Fiat's influence in the early 1970s, the 512 BB, Testarossa, 400i, 412i, and V8-engined 308s, 328s, and 348s were often more user-friendly but lacked panache and raw performance, and their desirability faded. Diehard collectors were often serious engineers—which additionally made them quite often the best mechanics to work on their own cars. WANTING TO BE ONE UP The new breed of younger, newly rich collectors all want to be one up on the next guy. They may not even be “car guys” but have a 288 GTO, an F40, an F50, and an Enzo, and they're interested in super exotica such as a 288 Evoluzione, an F40 LM or LM GTE, a 333 SP, an FXX, a Maserati MC12, or a McLaren F1. While the 46 One speeds more accessible, and that thrill drives the new collectors. A few make time to compete in top-level GT or single-seater series and learn to drive close to their cars' performance levels. But most are too involved in business for that much focus, so they hire top-level drivers for track events and enjoy racing speeds from the passenger's seat of super exotica such as an F40 LM or a 333 SP. THE NEW COLLECTORS There are dozens of new collectors around the world, such as Tony Raftis in Australia, Rusty West in the U.S., Bernhard Dransmann in Germany, or Mehmet Rustu Basaran in Turkey. Virtually none has any interest in 1950s, '60s, or '70s Ferraris. Raftis is an Australian computer guru who made millions importing IBM equipment. Besides his supercar stable, he can go even faster in his half-dozen WWII fighters. West founded Market Scan, which allows dealerships to electronically qualify buy- ers while they're test-driving cars. The company delivered 83% of California lease cars last year—about $6 billion in business. He owns one of everything and attends numerous track days. Dransmann made his fortune in real estate and the family furniture business. He has raced in various pro racing series in Germany, including the World Sports Racing Prototypes, driving a turbocharged Ford Escort in the early to mid-1980s. He owns a 288 GTO, F40, F40 LM, F50, Enzo, and FXX. Mehmet Basaran is chairman and CEO of Anadolubank in Turkey. He's old money that's generated new money and owns a 288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo, Superamerica, McLaren F1, Porsche Carrera GT—more than 80 newer supercars in all. DRIVEN BY PERFORMANCE The performance edge has always driven Ferrari collectors, even back to Carl Bross —perhaps the first serious Ferrari collector—who was convinced by Dick Merritt in 1965 that he should snap up old Ferrari race cars. Thanks to family money, Bross owned 340 Mexico S/N 0224AT, 375 MM spyder S/N 0370, 375 Berlinetta S/N 0416, 410 Sport S/N 0598, and multiple other 1950s super exotics. But while Bross had the best collection of significant Ferraris, he rarely used them. Other early collectors included Norman Silver, Briggs Cunningham, Bill Harrah, and J. B. Nethercutt in the U.S., Pierre Bardinon in France, Anthony Bamford in England Sports Car Market


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(who bought Bross's cars), and Albert Obrist in Switzerland. All these collectors bought old Ferraris because the cars were cheap and plentiful, and virtually all were purchased for less than $5,000—25% of the cost of a middle American home in 1970. The age of the collection is a moving target. Cunningham, Harrah, Nethercutt, Bamford and Montagu were buying last year's, or at most, last decade's model. When I started collecting Ferraris, Comp Daytonas were still charging down the Mulsanne straight and a 250 GTO was a ten-year-old racer. My personal introduction to supercars was the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans, when the 512 and the Porsche 917 were considered lethal weapons for use only by the most qualified drivers; yet in June 2005, at the Ferrari Challenge race at Mont Tremblant, the 360 Challenge cars lapped faster than well-driven 512Ms. That's progress, but the 512M will always be ultra-desirable when 360 Challenge cars are just used cars. Tastes in cars change just like in other forms of art. While the dinosaurs of my generation think of many of these supercars as “new,” everything is relative. In the view of some of today's new-age collectors, the F40 is just an underpowered 16-year-old car, and the 288 GTO F50—In the elite class, for now is even more hopeless as it hits 22. All this is just proof that the bulge moves through the snake and life goes on, and excitement is where you personally find it.u MICHAEL SHEEHAN has been a Ferrari dealer for 30 years as well as a race car driver and exotic car broker. June 2006 47


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English Profile 1952 Jaguar C-type Ecurie Ecosse The needle of the rev counter can be wound to the red zone, and each gear takes the car into a new dimension by Gary Anderson DETAILS Years produced: 1950–53 Number produced: 54 Original list price: $6,000 (approx.; varied depending on customer specs) SCM Valuation: $1,250,000–$2,000,000 Tune-up/Major service: $900 Distributor cap: $30 (same as XK 120) Chassis #: right front shock tower and on center of chassis rail behind radiator Engine #: valley of head in front; also by oil filter housing Club: C and D-type Register, terrylarsonjaguar@msn.com Web: www.jcna.com Alternatives: 1951–53 Ferrari 340/342 America, 1953–55 Jaguar D-type, 1953–56 Aston Martin DB3S SCM Investment grade: A Chassis number: XKC 006 D esigned and built with the sole intention of winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the renowned Jaguar C-type was a development of the already successful XK 120. Though the race car was initially designated XK 120C, in truth little was shared between the two models apart from the drivetrain, and this was uprated with larger exhaust valves, high-lift cams, and larger carburetors. The race car was designed with rack-and-pinion steer- ing, revised suspension, and a lightweight tubular chassis and bodywork construction. Clothed in the voluptuous Ctype curves, the new car's potency was promptly proven when, just six weeks after its completion, Peter Whitehead and Peter Walker won the 1951 Le Mans race an immense 67 miles ahead of their competition. Six C-types were retained by the works, but the model was also available for sale at some £1,500 plus purchase tax (nearly 50% more than the 120) thus providing a natural progression for privateers already impressed with the XK 120. One such person was Ecurie Ecosse team owner David Murray, who elected to upgrade to C-types following his successful first season of racing in 1951, and began this process with the purchase, through Ecosse driver Ian Stewart, of XKC 006. Stewart won his first outing—the Jersey Road Race— and recorded the fastest lap. During that first season, he totalled 14 wins, including his only win over Stirling Moss. For 1953, XKC 006 was painted Flag Metallic Blue to match the other Ecurie Ecosse cars, and racked up another five wins. The car was then sold to Dutch driver Hans Davids for 1954, in whose hands it notched up several more good results, and to Bryan Corser, who raced it in 1955 and 1956. So far as we understand, it then passed to Mr. Anthony 48 Barrett-Greene of Staffordshire and to American Mr. Robert Allen. At some point a rear Panhard bar was installed. The car returned to British soil when acquired by the present family owners in 1974. At that time, a sympathetic restoration was undertaken by Lynx Engineering's owner, Chris Keith-Lucas. Work included repaint in the original Eurie Ecosse livery, fitting of a longer-legged back axle, uprating the drum brakes to the discs used on the 1952 C-types, and substituting a “more sporting” D-type cylinder head. At the time Keith-Lucas noted the absence of a car number plate—the distinguishing number is also stamped on the chassis—but he wasn't certain this car ever had one. The car has belonged to the current owners for some 30 years and was enthusiastically campaigned until the mid-1990s. It has been returned to a roadworthy condition for this sale by Mr. Keith-Lucas. The car is eligible for a variety of events, including the Mille Miglia and the Goodwood Revival, and the Le Mans Classic, in which the car is already entered. Unseen for nine years, this fabulously curvaceous and thrilling car will be welcomed wherever it goes. The SCM analysis: XKC 006 was sold by Christie's 1955 Jaguar D-type Lot #28, S/N XKD529 Condition: 3+ Sold at $1,815,000 Gooding, Pebble Beach, CA, 8/21/2005 SCM ID# 38901 COMPS 1955 Jaguar D-type Lot #53, S/N XKD546 Condition: 3 Sold at $935,000 RM, Amelia Island, FL, 3/9/2002 SCM ID# 27217 at its Retromobile auction in Paris on February 11, 2006, for $1,649,638 . Keith-Lucas is respected by Jaguar specialists, who accept his opinion that XKC 006 is a substantially original C-type. With the distinction of being one of the first three C-types sold by Jaguar to private competitors, its provenance as one of the 50 originally built is unchallenged in the Jaguar community. Further establishing its credibility, its race record has extended from the Jersey win in 1952 to its most recent races in the 1990s. Taking that into account, it's a bit surprising that this car did not sell when originally offered for sale at Christie's in June 2005, though achieving a reported high bid of $1.9 million. Perhaps the owner should have been happy with that result. Arizona Jaguar expert and C-type registrar Terry Larson thinks XKC 006 could be a Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's


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bargain at this price and wouldn't have been surprised to see nearer $2 million. “It's certainly a good car,” he says. Larson thinks any one of the three factory lightweights would bring $3–$4 million, and if the Le Mans winner ever comes to market, “It will be very expensive.” All C-types trade in a rarified atmosphere. Few fully documented cars exist, and these seldom change hands in open auction, more usually in the quiet anonymity of private treaty sales agreements. This C-type offers everything an enthusiast collector could possibly want. No one can glimpse the complex and yet simple curves of the aluminum body—calculated rather than sketched by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer—without being moved by its sheer beauty. With its provenance and performance ability, XKC 006 will be sought by organizers of the most desirable vintage car events in the world. But unlike many other marques at this level, it is truly a dual-use car, just as it was in 1952 when Stewart drove it from the Coventry works to its first win in the Jersey Road Race. So if the new owner chooses to participate in the Le Mans Classic, he and his passenger can expect to drive from Coventry to Le Sarthe, then be competitive the next day. If instead the car has returned to the United States as rumored, we can only hope that the new owner will join the C-type and D-type enthusiasts who actively use their cars. We've had the privilege of joining this group, which gathers in Arizona every year for a rapid tour of southwestern backroads. The C-type experience is unique. Cradled in the worn dark green leather that pads the cockpit, grasping the June 2006 steering wheel that has been polished smooth on thousands of corners, you can hear the car speak its heritage. The engine's deep-throated energy pulses through the tube-frame chassis, setting the metal panels vibrating at a low frequency. The thin gearshift knob seems almost too small to control the power, but clicks easily into gear; the clutch engages smoothly, and the car seems content to idle quietly through traffic. But once out “on a dark desert highway,” the needle of the rev counter can be wound to the red zone, and each gear takes the car into a new dimension. As the wind whistles through the cockpit and creeps under the goggles, it takes little imagination to visualize Tertre Rouge disappearing behind the car as it howls down the Mulsanne Straight. The only experience that even comes close is that of driving a D-type sibling. But where the C-type is an open-cockpit, prop-engine fighter, the D-type feels more like a jet, with separate cockpits and the windshield wrapped tightly around the driver's head. But the driving difference is slight compared to the experience of the passenger in each car. The C-type is as comfortable for the co-driver as any two-seat roadster of the period. But the D-type—purpose-built for racing—forces the passenger to assume a yoga position, cross-legged because the exhaust manifold has stolen the space where the footwell should be. The cramped position and floor heat limit riding time significantly. The C- and D-type experiences can be duplicated in excellent replicas built around modern Jaguar drivetrains that sell for one-tenth the cost of the real thing. But there is no substitute for the knowledge that the leather of the seats and the wooden wheel have been touched by giants, 1950s drivers who took these cars to victory, and who, in turn, were made great by their achievements. Those who can afford the initiation fee to become custodians of these beasts have no doubt that every dollar is well spent. In the opinion of former auctioneer Simon Kidston, as the values of similar sports racers like Ferrari 250TRs head for $10 million, the Ctype, with its low production, unimpeachable heritage, and street/race capabilities, may be seriously underpriced.u GARY ANDERSON is editor of MC2, the new magazine for Mini owners, www .mc2magazine.com. Historical information courtesy of the auction company. 49


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English Patient Gary Anderson Enjoy Everyman's Sports Car The nice thing about the MGA is that no one has mucked up its potential as a car to enjoy by creating a concours system around it D ear SCM: I foolishly bought a '57 MGA on eBay a couple of years ago. A sensible person would have cut his losses and flipped the car, but I chose to have it restored. It is fairly stock, but has a non- matching engine (bored .30 over), and body plugs for a rollbar. Supporting the suggestion of a competitive history, the car had several gymkhana plaques on the dash (events from the late '60s in the Southwest). The restoration is complete (don't even ask me the cost), and I'm interested in getting an idea of the worth of the car. (I've had it insured for theft at a fairly low value, but it's time to revise the estimate.) From a purity standpoint, I've prob- ably done everything wrong. It is now dark green (original color was red), and the upholstery and top are tan (originally black), and it is fitted with 60-spoke wire wheels painted black. I'm guessing that you have listed MGAs in SCM in the past, but I'm a new sub- scriber, and haven't seen any listings. What do you think?—Richard Campbell, New York, NY Your letter raises several interesting points to which I can relate as a concours judge, sometime appraiser, and enthusiastic vintage racer of an MGA. Nothing you've said sounds foolish. You liked the MGA, had it restored to your tastes for performance and appearance, and now plan to keep it. Now you're wondering if purity enters into this equation at all, and if you've done anything to negatively affect its potential value. I can certainly understand how someone can fall in love with the MGA's attractive lines. Looking at the pictures you sent, I also think you made some good choices in your decisions regarding exterior and interior color and wheels, all of which underline the car's inherent beauty. NO CONCOURS SYSTEM The nice thing about this marque and model is that no one has mucked up its po- tential as a car to restore and enjoy by creating a concours system surrounding it. Another advantage is that the original performance was nothing to brag about, with a four-cylinder engine that never produced more than 90 hp (ignoring the very rare twin-cam version) in a car that weighed over a ton. Nevertheless, it handles well and is fun to drive. The lack of concours interest and limited performance are the only two reasons we can think of for the MGA never attracting the market attention of the Austin-Healey. In addition, more MGAs (over 100,000) were built than big Healeys, even though the Healeys were produced for 15 years, more than twice as long as the MGA. Consequently, MGAs haven't been priced out of the everyman's sports car category. The SCM Price Guide suggests values between $15,000 and $25,000 for every variation except the twin-cam. Certainly, the lack of an established marque-specific concours system means that no one is going to get upset with you if you change the color, upgrade the engine, and otherwise adapt the car to suit your own preferences. 50 MGA can be upgraded with MGB bits CONSIDER MGB UPGRADES In fact, from my experience racing an MGA, you might seriously consider upgrading the drivetrain further, even to the point of installing an MGB engine and early MGB transmission to give you a little more highway speed and reliability. Also consider replacing the front suspension (steering, A-arms and kingpins, and disc brakes) with MGB components for additional reliability and safety. Both of these changes are pretty much bolt-in upgrades. Since there aren't any published standards, and these changes are so subtle, I've seen established multi-marque concours judges miss them completely. As for value, we can believe you probably spent con- siderably more than the current price guide value in the purchase and restoration, since it's pretty tough to get a professional frame-up restoration done on any sports car these days for less than $50,000. However, because of the availability of good cars on the market, it will probably be difficult to convince your classic car specialist insurance agency to give you an agreed-value policy for much more than $25,000. (There's no question, of course, that's the only type of car insurance you should even think about.) Nevertheless, get a written appraisal to support your case, and then seek out the maximum you can get from a reputable agency. That done, you can join up with me and the more than 2,000 other active enthusiasts in the North American MGA Register (www.namgar.com) and get out there and have fun with your own MGA. We think you'll get lots of admiring looks from other owners, maybe win a few trophies, and definitely enjoy driving the car. That's the way to get maximum return on that investment you made.u Sports Car Market Peter Cosmides


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Etceterini & Friends Profile 1973 Citroën DS23 IE Cabriolet Citroën wouldn't sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them By Paul Duchene DETAILS Years produced: 1958–71 Number produced: 1,654 Original list price: $7,000 approx. in 1971 SCM Valuation: $60,000–$85,000 Tune-up/major service: $500-plus Distributor cap: $35 Chassis #: left front firewall above wiper motor Engine #: front of block above starter motor Club: www.designmassif.com/svcc Website: www.Citroen.com/us Alternatives: 1960–62 Panhard PL 17 convertible, 1962–64 Facel II, 1971–75 Citroen SM SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis: DSFG000FG00041 T he Citroёn DS19 was launched on an unsuspecting world in 1955 and continued to be France's car of choice well into the 1970s. There were many interpretations of the theme, but one of the most appealing came from the workshops of established coachbuilder Henri Chapron, the “La Croisette Cabriolet.” At first produced without Citroёn's approval, demand soon persuaded the company of the convertible's appeal and from 1960, “Le Caddy Decapotable” became available through Citroёn dealers. Refining the individuality and composure of the original car's lines, the popularity of the convertible never waned. Indeed, as is proven here, Citroёn was still receiving orders for the Decapotable long after official production ceased in 1971. The convertibles had been based on the underpin- nings of the top of the range since the introduction of the DS21 in 1965, so it follows that the late examples were equipped with the fuel-injected 2.3-liter engine good for 141 hp and almost 120 mph. The cars were fitted out to the highest standards of comfort and luxury. In production for more than 20 years, no car has catered more effectively to such a broad cross section of society. Used by everyone from the lowest cabbie to the President himself, the DS is an iconic legend and the Decapotable ranks among its most sought-after variants. 52 Christie's understands this to be the only DS23 IE convertible built, and one of only four convertibles built between 1973 and 1978. It was originally ordered by eminent Parisian Raoul D'Iray in 1973 (letters between Henri Chapron and him accompany the car), in whose ownership it remained for a decade. It then passed to Mr. Van Houten, where it also remained for a decade before passing to Mr. Jaap Knap, a Citroёn dealer who kept it until last year. We are told that apart from a respray in 1985, the 1973 Citroën DS23 Lot #638, S/N 01FG4091 Condition: 2Sold at $9,367 Bonhams, Goodwood, U.K., 6/24/2005 SCM ID# 38674 car is completely original and in superb condition. With 100,000 kilometers on the odometer, the paint is said to be very good, the bodywork is described as exceptional, and the interior and top are totally original and perfect. The car enjoys a history file that stretches back to its delivery and includes original invoices and all service records. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $209,738 at Christie's Retromobile auction in 1975 Citroën DS23 Safari Lot #1, S/N 00FF8184 Condition: 3 Sold at $2,589 H&H, Buxton, U.K., 10/8/2003 SCM ID# 36422 Paris on February 11, 2006. This mind-boggling price is five times the highest noted by SCM ($41,835 at Duxford England in 2004—SCM# 34972), but that record is a clue to this result. That money was paid for a car that had been patched together from several in the 1990s—nicely done, but no virgin. This car, with its impeccable provenance (albeit bizarre construction history—like building a new '57 Chevy midway through 1959), must be considered good value. If you're going to pay stratospheric money for one of these, you'll demand what was offered here: documented initial order, full records with all names, and obvious expert care. Sports Car Market Photos: Christie's


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latches. Two strips of brightwork run along the side of the car—one at the crease of the door and one at the rocker panel. The tail is one long, sweeping piece, and the trunk lid is fiberglass. Convertibles also have two jacking points along the side—the rear fender does not remove as on the sedan, so the car must be lifted higher to change the wheel. European market cabriolets also have “boomerang” turn signals at the rear corners of the top. The 1961–63 factory convertibles were based on DS and ID sedan shells, but 1964–71 used the ID station wagon exclusively. There were 15 colors offered, 13 shades of leather upholstery, and three carpet colors, allowing more than 76 possible combinations. Engines ranged from 66 hp at first to 141 hp. The handful of cars—believed four in all—built from 1971 to 1978 have detail variations and each was a labor of love to build. DS cabriolet prices have finally started to climb based on their desirability, but they require skilled mechanical support and a bottomless bank account. DS designer Flaminio Bertoni planned a convertible when the DS19 was launched at the 1955 Paris Auto Show. But teething troubles with the sedan put the brakes on the idea. Many of the 80,000 buyers who placed orders at the show were still waiting two years later. Only 69 DS19s were delivered the first year. The DS19 relied on a complex integrated hydraulic system to control the suspen- sion, steering, gearshift, and brakes. The system ran at 2,250 psi, so any leak instantly became a hemorrhage and paralyzed the vehicle. Critical tolerances were at the limits of available tooling, mechanics were baffled—especially when workshop manuals were delayed—and the company found itself busy dealing with problems on a car-by-car basis, instead of reworking the underlying systemic issues. However, the DS's rigid box chassis and unstressed skin meant a convertible was an attractive possibility, and coachbuilder Chapron stepped forward. His “La Croisette” cabriolet (named for the promenade in Cannes) appeared in 1958. Citroёn wouldn't sell Chapron any separate chassis, so he was reduced to buying complete cars and dismantling them. Even after the firm relented and had Chapron build “Usine”—or factory—convertibles in 1961, he continued making his own customs. These included the racy sounding “Palm Beach” and “Le Caddy” cabriolets, “Paris,” “Concord,” “Le Dandy” and “Leman” coupes, and “Majesty” and “Lorraine” limousines. In all, there were 1,365 factory cabriolets—770 DS19s, 483 DS21s and 112 ID19s. Chapron's custom output totaled 289, including a “Presidentielle” limousine for General Charles de Gaulle. Many Chapron customs are characterized by a squared tail with fins edged in brightwork, like a 1961 Lincoln Continental. They usually have the model name at the top of the front fender. Despite apparent similarities with the sedans, there are critical differences between real DS convertibles and homemade chop jobs. First, true convertible doors are four inches longer than the sedans and use double June 2006 Seat Time Bob Boston, Norcross, GA: When you asked about “Seat Time” submissions for the next issue, I noticed Citroen DS on the list and I had to come clean... and admit to a secret love of my 1970 DS21. Although I have twelve other cars (primarily Jaguars), the DS is my closet treasure. I have had this car for about five years (though I've had others in the past). It is an import from France. This is truly one of the finest cars ever made. It drives and rides great and stops even better. It can keep up with modern cars on the highway and it loves inclement weather. The central hydraulic system (which does suspension, steering, and brakes) was an engineering marvel that really works. The only thing that kills these cars is rust and idiot mechanics who don't understand how the car works.u Boston with the love of his life—and a friend I've heard of a cabriolet changing hands in 2005 for around $70,000. This particular car's full provenance and condition explain its price to some degree, but it's not going to be matched anytime soon. I can only wonder if the French version of Speed channel had its cameras rolling during Christie's Retromobile sale and provoked Barrett-Jackson bidding—Paris style.u PAUL DUCHENE bought his first Citroen DS19—a 1958 model—20 years ago. He was looking for a car to test his mechanical skills and achieved his aim. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. 53


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German Profile 1968 Porsche 912 Soft-Window Targa The auction catalog calls the Weber carbs an update, but I call them wrong by Jim Schrager DETAILS Years produced: 1967–69 Number produced: 2,500 approx Original list price: $5,560 (1967) SCM Valuation: $6,500–$10,500 Tune-up/Major service: $200 Distributor cap: $15 Chassis #: on horizontal bulkhead under front hood Engine #: stamped below generator on third piece of alloy engine case Club: Porsche Club of America, 5530 Edgemont Dr., Alexandria, VA 22310 More: www.pca.org Alternatives: 1967–69 Alfa Romeo Spider, 1954–64 Mercedes 190SL, 1961–64 Triumph TR4 SCM Investment Grade: C COMPS Chassis number: 12870969 A fter years of building its commercial and racing success around the 356 models, Porsche introduced the larger, more powerful, two-liter Porsche 911 model in 1965. Maintaining the company's success with rear-engine positioning, the all-new design provided an aerodynamic body over a revised chassis that housed a sophisticated suspension system, a more powerful flat-six engine, and a five-speed transmission. The combination was extremely powerful, making the new 911 faster and more stable at high speed than the 356 model. Feeling excluded, many Porsche fans yearned for a more affordable alternative to the 911. Buyers did not have long to wait, as in 1966 Porsche introduced the affordable 912 model with virtually the same horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine that was used in the 356 Super 90. Despite a weight penalty of 220 pounds versus the lighter 356 Super 90, the 912 achieved the identical top speed of 115 mph. Production ran from 1965 through 1969, and 912 Porsches of quality have become increasingly collectible. Today, excellent examples are few and far between, as they proved popular with people who never anticipated their future value. Throughout production, only 8%, or about 2,562 cars, were equipped with a Targa top. Nearly extinct, there are only about 60 known examples. The Porsche 912 offered here is in show-quality condition and was fully restored by a marque specialist a short time ago. In the process of the restoration, the vehicle was stripped to bare metal, repainted, color sanded, and buffed. Professional upholsterers updated the interior with new seats, new panels, and new carpeting, 54 and restored the Targa top. A full mechanical service and vehicle detail were also performed. Notably, this example has also been upgraded to include dual Weber carburetors for better performance and driveability. An original California car, this 912 Targa is an exemplary model of a rare breed made even more rare by its exceptional condition. The SCM analysis: This pretty 912 sold for $28,600 at RM's Arizona Auction on January 20, 2006. I judge the price to be high, but understand how a buyer could feel good about paying this much. That said, I'm at odds with several of the comments made in the catalog, as much as I enjoy RM's abilities to corral great cars for sale. In the 1960s, 912s sold at a 38% discount from new 911s, and I believe that gap only widens with age. Basically, 912s are not now and will never be as collectible as 911s. Does that mean 912s are worth nothing? Not at all. A great 912 is a good car, and if rebuilt properly, it is as fun to drive as all Porsches should be. But a similar vintage 911 will always be both more fun to drive and durable, so it will always be worth more. A 1969 911E Soft Rear Window Targa recently sold in this price range, which makes it an easy call to say this 912 is more than a bit ahead of the market. There are two things about this car that should make the new owner happy: the rare 1968 Porsche 912 Lot #55, S/N 12804472 Condition: 2+ Sold at $7,314 Silver, Portland, OR, 10/23/2004 SCM ID# 35308 body style and the complete restoration. The Targa was the premium open-car body for the 911 of this era, for which you paid extra. In spite of that, many Targas were made; they are not rare. However, the majority have a glass rear window, making this soft rear window model unusual. The comment about “60 known examples” is a complete surprise to me. Perhaps the 912 Registry has 60 listed, but there is no doubt that many more exist. I'd say there are hundreds of 1967–68 soft rear window 912 Targas. The second reason is the thorough restoration, and on a solid California car. If well Sports Car Market 1968 Porsche 912 Lot #411, S/N 12802908 Condition: 4+ Sold at $10,070 Branson, Branson, MO, 10/14/2005 SCM ID# 39626 Photos: RM Auctions


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done, this makes the car unusual and exceptional in today's hot market. But that begs the question, just how well done is this example? Only a careful examination on a lift with a thorough road test will give us the complete answer, but we can get some clues from the carburetors selected. The auction catalog calls the Weber carbs an update, but I simply call them wrong. And I am not in the least being a purist here. I'm mostly interested in driving my cars, and I'd gladly accept improper Webers—if they made the car drive as well as the original carburetors did. But Webers were never standard or optional on a 912. Not an “upgrade,” they are usually a shortcut taken by shops unable to make the original Solex carbs work. I'd still have no problem with that if the cars would perform well with Webers. However, most Weber-carbed 912 and 356 cars don't run as intended. Be wary of Weber-carbureted cars and carefully observe engine response on the test drive. Look for the famous Weber “flat spot” at the transition between idle and main jets at about 2,800 rpm. This bog is infuriating and one of the unpleasant side effects of most Weber installations on four-cylinder Porsches, along with binding throttle linkages, hard-to-get-at spark plugs, poor-fitting engine sheet metal, and the potential for overly rich running leading to oil contamination and spun rod bearings. The price paid here represents the purchase of a highly unusual—as opposed to a highly valuable—vintage Porsche in the middle of the winter Arizona sale season, when passions run strong. The buyer got a car he won't see at every drive-in, even if he lives in Porsche-crazed Southern California. So for the uninitiated, he has a neat car for his money. But most knowledgeable buyers would prefer a 911 at the same price. Owners of 912s always get mad at us when we bash 912s. There is nothing wrong with 912s; as the budget Porsche, they were fantastic cars. But the market tells us most Porsche buyers prefer a 911. My prediction is, that won't be changing. In my opinion, this fellow got a 912 for 911 money. That wouldn't be my automotive preference.u JIM SCHRAGER is the author of Buying, Driving and Enjoying the Porsche 356, and writes for The 356 Registry magazine. Historical and descriptive information in this Profile is courtesy of the auction company. June 2006 55


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Porsche Gespräch Jim Schrager When There's $60,000 between #1 and #2 Price guides are never enough by themselves to accurately asses the value of a vintage Porsche Porsche Gespräch / Jim Schrager Dear Mr. Schrager: I noticed Keith Martin commented on how hard his 911SC rode, and I have some thoughts and questions with my Porsches as well. I've disagreed with you for years, as I have always been a believer in getting the largest tires that will fit under the wheel wells of my various 911s. The more contact area I get on the ground, the higher the performance, in my mind. Plus it looks great with those big, fat meats in the wheel wells. But now I have a 1974 911S Targa with stock six-inch wheels and original-type and -size tires and I can't believe how nice it feels. The steering isn't heavy and the ride isn't jarring anymore. I am now a believer in this idea that maybe Porsche does know more than I do about wheel and tire sizes. But here are two technical talking points on which I can't agree with you: 1. You mention in your review of your 1976 912E that the best tire for that car is a 185/65/15, as it is very close to the original 185/70/15 that was fitted to the six-inch wide wheels. I believe the better equivalent tire size is actually 195/65, as the diameter is essentially identical to the original 185/70 size. 2. I appreciate your affinity for the vintage look of steel wheels, but I believe that to Aetna Blue 356B Cabriolet D ear Mr. Schrager: I am excited about a 1960 356B Roadster, repainted the original Aetna Blue (light, non-metallic blue/gray) with a gray interior and the 1600 Normal engine per the Kardex. Body panel gaps are very nice, although both doors are slightly out at their lower rear corners. No hard hits, pan has one section repaired properly, otherwise everything else is original and solid. All instruments rebuilt, Les Leston wood steering wheel, a jack and spare but no tool kit. SCM says a current value of $40,000–$50,000, yet recent sales I can find seem quite a bit higher. Is the SCM guide behind the curve? What is your opinion of the range for cars in #1 condition? Some folks I have talked to are saying as high as $75,000. I am thinking the top end is about $65,000. Any input will be appreciated.—Wray Brady, Pittsburgh, PA Price differences often involve condition. The SCM price guide is for a #2 condition car, and is an “aggressive” buying target. This means the buyer has to work a bit to find a car at this price. Don't expect to visit your local collector-car dealer and find cars right at our numbers. There is no organized wholesale market for vintage Porsches. Dealers, who buy from the same folks we all do, have costs that must be recouped. So their prices, in deference to their work at finding and presenting cars for sale, may be higher than our guide. Of course, you spend your money or your time when buying a vintage car, and for many of us, the margin a dealer makes is money well spent. A #1 condition 356 can be twice the price of a #2, due to the tremendous expense—and hassle—involved. Strictly by our price guide, we call a #1 Roadster $80,000–$100,000 and have reported sales in that range. Regarding the Roadster you are looking at, it sounds like it is between #1 and #2 condition, with a price range of $40,000–$100,000. Disappointed with that huge range? Welcome to the world of collecting, where price guides are never enough by themselves to accurately assess the value of a vintage Porsche. 56 lower the unsprung weight, a 911 really should have Fuchs alloys. In addition, with form following function and all that stuff, aren't the alloys more in keeping with the spirit of the original design?—Philip Kahn, Denver, CO You are absolutely right that 195/65 tires approximate the rolling diameter of the original 185/70 size. But I am looking for more than just size—I am trying to rediscover that elusive “light yet connected” feel these cars had when new, the well-controlled ride without the harshness so often felt with high-performance tires. The same feeling you really like in your 1974 car is the feeling you will never have from a 911SC because of the wheel and tire sizes. Low-profile and high-performance tires are fatter and stiffer than the set-up on the earlier cars, and both translate directly into harshness. Those 185/65/15 tires also have another advantage, in that the final gear ratio is slightly raised (numerically), so the car feels just a bit faster through the gears. Many people like the friskier feel brought by slightly smaller diameter tires, especially in our world of 70-mph speed limits. On the unsprung weight issue, you are correct. The lower the unsprung weight, the better the theoretical handling. I simply like the looks of the steel wheels, and unless on the race course, the difference in handling is exceptionally hard to notice. I have done many head-to-head wheel swaps, noting differences in handling and road feel with dozens of different wheel and tire combinations, including the rare and ultralightweight Mahle “gas burner” 911T wheels. I could not, by the seat of my pants, detect a difference in ride or handling feel on the street based on different wheels. Yet I can immediately—within ten seconds on the road—feel the harshness of a 195/60 or 205/55 set of high-performance tires. A long time ago I realized just how smart the guys at the Porsche factory actually were, and that for general street use, they almost always had the right idea. I'm glad you are thinking along the same lines.u Editor Martin's 911SC with 16-inch wheels Sports Car Market


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American Profile 1954 Buick Skylark Was this sale a market indicator or auction fever carried to an extreme? by Carl Bomstead DETAILS Years produced: 1954 Number produced: 836 Original list price: $4,355 SCM Valuation: $150,000–$200,000 (#1 condition) Tune-up/Major service: $200 Distributor cap: $20 Chassis #: hinge pillar post and dash under hood Engine #: cylinder block Club: Buick Club of America, PO Box 360775, Columbus, Ohio 43236 More: www.buickclub.org Alternatives: 1953 Buick Skylark, 1953 Oldsmobile Fiesta, 1953 Cadillac Eldorado SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 7A1074081 T here were just 836 Buick Skylarks produced in 1954. Each came fully equipped with leather interior, full power equipment, special ornamentation, and open wheel wells with Kelsey-Hayes wire wheels. This low-mileage example received a complete professional restoration, which was completed in 2003. It is finished in its original color, Condor Yellow. This beautiful Skylark has received numerous awards, including “Best of Show” at the National Buick Skylark meet at the Petersen Museum in 2004. It was also judged a new “Gold Senior” at the Buick Club of America event in Dallas, Texas, where it scored 392 out of 400 total points. It is considered by many to be one of the finest in the country. The SCM Analysis: This car sold for $181,500, includ- ing buyer's premium, at the Russo and Steele Scottsdale sale on January 20, 2006. The 1953 Buick Skylark was introduced as part of Buick's 50th Anniversary celebration. It was designed by Harley Earl as part of the Roadmaster series, and its production was limited, with only 1,690 reaching dealer showrooms. Available only as a convertible, it was luxuriously appointed and not inexpensive, with a sticker of $4,355. It was the only Buick that did not have venti-ports—or port holes—on the front fenders, but that was minor compared to the other new features on the Skylark. The V8 overheadvalve, 322-ci engine produced 188 hp and replaced the staid overhead-valve straight-eight that had been under the hood of Buicks since the early '30s. The new engine was only offered in the Skylark, Roadmaster, and the Series 58 50 Super, but it would be available in the entire Buick line the following year. Other firsts for Buick that appeared on the Skylark were power steering and brakes, as well as a power top. The '53 Skylark was an attractive car. Round wheel openings displayed the chrome, spoked Kelsey-Hayes wheels to good advantage, and the cut-down belt line accentuated the low, sleek appearance of the car. The interior was equally luxurious with full leather interior, Dy Nox padding on the dash, and the owner's name engraved on a gold-colored hub on the steering wheel. Buick claimed the Skylark was GM's answer to the 1954 Buick Skylark Lot # 373, S/N 7A1057101 Condition: 2Sold at $189,000 Barrett-Jackson, Palm Beach, FL, 4/1/2005 SCM ID# 37715 European sports car, but pushing 4,300 pounds around corners and a 0–60 time of over 13 seconds made their statements marketing puffery. Regardless, it was the most popular of the three 1953 General Motors image cars that also included the Oldsmobile Fiesta and the Cadillac Eldorado. The Skylark was priced almost a thousand dollars above the Cadillac convertible, but its sales were close to twice that of the Fiesta and Eldorado combined. While not a bottom-line success for Buick, the model boosted Buick's image and cre- 1954 Buick Skylark Lot # 47 Condition: 2Sold at $79,200 Worldwide Group, Houston, TX, 4/30/2005 SCM ID# 38269 ated traffic in the showroom for less-expensive models. The Skylark was to be a singleyear offering, but Harley Earl was so enamored with his design that he continued it for 1954. Shifted to the slightly smaller Century chassis, it was redesigned—to the chagrin of most. The rear deck was tapered and big chrome fins were stuck on the rear fenders. The wheel wells were stretched back and painted in color. The changes did not sit well with the buying public and only 836 Skylarks left the dealer showroom in 1954. Fans of the '54 Skylark make the argument that their “rarity” makes them more desir- able than the 1953s and thus at least as valuable, while others will state that they are rare for a reason: The styling is not as attractive, so sales were limited. One thing all can agree on is that the value of both '53 and '54 Skylarks has taken a major bounce the last few Sports Car Market Photos: Russo and Steele


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years. So was the Russo and Steele sale of the Condor Yellow 1954 Skylark a market indicator or auction fever carried to an extreme? If this sale represented “silly money,” so did the '54 Skylark that Barrett-Jackson sold at West Palm in April of last year for $189,000. At the McCormick sale in February of last year, I watched a noted dealer buy a very nice '54 that I had rated a #2 for $75,000 or so, take it back to Seattle, and after a fluff-n-buff, sell it for $175,000. This brings us to the logical conclusion that the market for Skylarks is rapidly appreciating, and well-restored examples with pedigrees from national events will bring close to $200,000. The rising tide will lift all Skylarks, but before you run out and pay six figures for an example that only needs paint, chrome, an interior, and a little engine work, stop and consider the extraordinary cost of restoring one of these. If you want to have a presence at the national judging level, be prepared to write checks at least equal to what was spent for the car at Russo and Steele. By all accounts, this is a bunch of money for a 1950s American production car, but we can't argue with the facts: This is now market price for a '54 Skylark with national trophies in the back seat.u CARL BOMSTEAD customized his first car, a 1948 Plymouth, when he was 15. He can't remember all the cars that have passed through his garage since, but it numbers close to 100. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. June 2006 59


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Domestic Affairs Colin Comer Shabby Chic, GT500 Style There are plenty of insignificant donor cars sitting around ripe for harvesting D ear SCM: Last month I purchased a 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible. This is a rust-free Arizona car still sporting the original top, interior, and paint. Yes, it is 38 years old with 82,000 miles and does show its age. But it has been garaged and kept moisture-free since new. It has never been damaged and the panel fit is excellent. The paint is what you would expect, with plenty of stone chips and fading, but the sides are straight as an arrow and reflect like a mirror. I want to do the right thing for this little baby. New tires are on the way, and all of the normal maintenance needs are being tended to. However, what about the top? It looks fine from 15 feet and it keeps the water out (should it ever rain again here in Arizona). But, on close inspection, it is getting a bit tatty. The carpets are in excellent condition but have pulled away around the edges. The upholstery is also in fine shape with no signs of seam separation or discoloration. Overall, I am curious as to how far I can go with repairs and refurbishments and still be able to claim my car to be an unmolested original.—John Zilisch, Payson, AZ SHABBY CHIC AN ACQUIRED TASTE John, my preference is to always preserve an original car rather than restore. You can always find restoration candidates, but you can't always find an original car. Shabby chic is not for everybody—it is an acquired taste. But with any collectible, an original example is far more valuable than one that has had restoration. Now for the tough choices: Do you want a 100% correct car, with all correct, original parts, or just a nice driver? Is your preference shiny paint and eye candy, or historical preservation? Remember, there are no wrong answers—it's your car. You are the boss. All I can ask is that if you want to go the new-paint route, start with a previously painted car. Such a small percentage of cars have survived intact and original that it is really a crime to slap a new coat of paint on them if you can make them presentable without resorting to that. The goal is to make the car as nice as you can, while keeping it as original as possible. I have rejuvenated a lot of unrestored cars in my day, and find it akin to automotive archaeology. SIMPLE START WITH SIMPLE GREEN The first step is to scrub everything clean top to bottom, being careful to preserve original markings and details. Photograph and document your progress. A weekend spent in a pool of water and grease will give you a new perspective on life. Give it a try. Simple Green, an assortment of brushes, hot water, and a power washer will work won- 60 Restore it or just clean it? ders. This step will show you what you have. Once clean, a really good body man who is conscious of the goal can help bring back the paint with careful touch-ups, small color blends, light, wet sanding, and buffing. It sounds like your car will respond well to this. Any door dings found can be addressed by a paintless dent repair service. As far as the top and interior are concerned, clean them, condition them, and treat them with care. Do not replace them. If the carpet or other small items are overly ratty, try to source nice original parts from a rusted-out garden-variety Mustang or other Ford product that shares parts with your Shelby. There are plenty of insignificant donor cars sitting around ripe for harvesting. Everything from dash pads to carpet and seat belts is available, and they are way better than new reproduction parts. Even small items such as original hose clamps, nuts, and bolts are the key to making a correct and stunning original car. The goal is continuity and a nice, even patina of preservation. Think Susan Sarandon, not Tammy Faye Bakker. DRIVER OR UNRESTORED ORIGINAL On the mechanical side, decide whether you want a daily driver or if you really want to push the envelope and make a true, 100% era-correct car. A driver would use correct reproduction parts for any wear or service items replaced over the years. This maintains the look and integrity, while not absolute originality. Correct reproduction tires, belts, hoses, and consumables are readily available, inexpensive, and look right. However, if the car is really complete and has all the important bits and pieces, con- sider going to the next level and making a car worthy of a SAAC Division III Unrestored Chairman's or MCA Unrestored award. Both awards stress authenticity and preservation over absolute perfection, and allow for normal wear and deterioration. In both cases, judges will look for original equipment manufactured (OEM) parts only, no reproduction or aftermarket parts allowed. Source new old stock (NOS) or serviceable original parts to replace any original parts that are missing or inoperable. Some examples are smog, ignition, exhaust, cooling, and fuel system parts. Be aware—NOS and original parts are getting extremely hard to find and are hugely expensive when you do. ORIGINAL TIRES $10,000 A SET For example, an original set of NOS tires may be in excess of $10,000. This explains why the number of true factory correct and original Shelbys is so low, and also explains their tremendous value when they come to market. One of the best sources of original NOS parts and a true expert on Ford originality is MCA National Head Judge Bob Perkins of Perkins Restorations in Juneau, Wisconsin. Bob has been collecting NOS parts for over two decades and is the accepted authority. Making an original car truly correct and authentic is a large commitment in both time and money. However, once the job is completed, you are a member of an elite group who pride themselves on preserving true glimpses into automotive history and a visual guide for restorations to come. That's the path I recommend you follow.u COLIN COMER is founder and president of Colin's Classic Automobiles, as well as an avid collector and enthusiast. Sports Car Market


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Race Car Profile 1935 MG R-type A tiny, wavering soprano has a tough time in a Wagnerian opera, no matter how good she may be by Thor Thorson DETAILS Years produced: 1935 Number produced: 10 Original list price: $3,675 (£750) SCM Valuation: $150,000–$250,000 Cost per hour to race: $600 Distributor cap: $100 Chassis #: Unknown Engine #: Unknown Club: Vintage Sports Car Club, The Old Post Office, West Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5EL More: www.vscc.co.uk Alternatives: 1936–38 Riley Sprite, 1934–39 ERA, 1935–36 MG K3 Magnette SCM Investment Grade: B COMPS Chassis number: 0255 L ast of the Abingdon marque's pre-WWII racing cars, the R-type was unveiled on April 25, 1935. Beautifully wrought, its revolutionary chassis boasted such advanced features as selective dampers and finned drum brakes. Powered by a supercharged 747-cc OHC four-cylinder engine mated to four-speed ENV pre-selector transmission, the racer was credited with an incredible 113 bhp at 7,200 rpm. Clad in lightweight aluminum bodywork, it looked every inch the miniature Grand Prix car. In keeping with MG's contemporary competition policy of backing selected privateers rather than fielding its own works team, the ten R-types produced were sold to hand-picked customers at a bargain price of £750. The SCM analysis: This car sold for $243,822 at the H&H Classic Auctions' Cheltenham Auction, February 21, 2006. In the racing business, revolutionary concepts some- times hit the world with a crash and roar, leaving the rest of the competitors staggering in shock and awe (to coin a phrase) as the mighty new paradigm sweeps all in front of it. This is the making of legends like the pre-war Alfa Romeo Alfetta, the Porsche 917, and the Cosworth DFV-engined Lotus 49. Other times, revolutionary concepts arrive in unlikely and little-noticed small packages, stomping their feet and yelling for attention, but basically doomed by circumstance to a minor role followed by irrelevance. It's only years later that historians look back and say, “Wow! That was incredible!” 62 The MG R-type of 1935 was just such a car. The chassis and suspension utilized concepts considered revolutionary 20 to 30 years later when they were “rediscovered” by Cooper and Lotus. The cars handled arguably better than anything of their era, but they were small and low-powered, competing on the prewar stage dominated by titanic battles between the Third Reich and the Italians, and they were cast on the scene with utterly no factory support. A tiny, wavering soprano has a tough time in a Wagnerian opera, no matter how good she may be. The MG Car Company (Morris Garage) had sur- 1933 Aston Martin Le Mans Special Lot #181, S/N I3308L Condition: 2+ Sold at $148,168 Christie's, London, U.K., 12/7/2004 SCM ID# 36748 vived the difficult years of the 1930s by selling passenger cars that its customers could afford and wanted to buy. MG was a significant player in the small-displacement part of the market, mostly 750-cc engines. William Morris (later Lord Nuffield), the chairman, didn't particularly like racing, but accepted the “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” philosophy and allowed enthusiasts below him to develop and produce competition versions of standard cars for customers to race. This was done out of the “experimental shop” at Abingdon, where a small cadre 1937 Jaguar SS 100 Lot #424, S/N 18106 Condition: 2+ Sold at $153,405 Coys, Fontvielle, Monaco, 5/15/2004 SCM ID# 34160 of true believers pushed Lord Nuffield's tolerance ever harder through the early '30s. By 1934 they had developed the “Q-type.” It had a 750-cc engine that made 113 hp at 7,200 rpm (supercharged at 25 psi and burning an alcohol witch's brew) but the double-rail chassis with “cart-sprung axles” simply couldn't turn the power into speed. The frame would flex and the axles would jump so the tires were seldom on the ground. It was time to rethink the concept. From a chassis standpoint, the R-type threw everything out and started fresh, in the process abandoning any pretense of being a production car. It was the first (and only) single-seat MG produced. Instead of chassis rails, it sported a Y-shaped backbone frame Sports Car Market H&H Classic Auctions


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built of electrically welded sheet steel, with the engine mounted in the Y in front and the differential mounted hard to the tail in back. If you thought the Lotus Elan was revolutionary—they did it here first. The completed frame weighed 56 lbs, half of what a K3 frame weighed, and was radically stiffer. Suspension was independent front and rear, with A- arms and torsion bars utilizing inboard shock absorbers (lever action hydraulic). Beyond independent, the suspension was fully adjustable for static setup front and rear, something that didn't appear again until the late 1950s. With the differential mounted hard to the center box frame, mounting the rear suspension required some creativity. MG solved the problem by casting a differential housing with suspension mounts incorporated (not seen again until the late '60s), which is the basis for a great story. The experimental shop was a small operation, not a factory, and they only had a small casting furnace. The decision was made to cast the differential housing in aluminum because it was easier to melt in their furnace, but they couldn't afford the 60-pound minimum order for material. Looking around, they realized they had lots of used aluminum pistons, so they cleaned them up and tossed them into the crucible. In the end it worked out beautifully. The first part was cast with others to follow, but one of the upper managers wanted to know what alloy they had used. After some hemming and hawing, the perpetrator took a deep breath and said it was “pistominium.” After the surprise, he was congratulated for his resourcefulness. It was an incredible, revolutionary car, and the boys at Abingdon had great hopes for it. They built an initial run of ten cars, all pre-sold to selected MG privateers for £750 each (which sounds cheap, but don't be fooled—converted to 2006 dollars, that's about $55,000), and were planning on a second batch with at least five firm orders. In the spring races, the R-type proved quick but inconsistent, with a number of the revolutionary concepts needing refinement, but the kinks were getting ironed out. Then, in late June the word came down that Lord Nuffield had been pushed too far. Effective immediately, all racing activities were to cease and the experimental department was to be disbanded. Overnight, factory support for MG racing disappeared. The privateers who had bought R-types soldiered on, but without factory support, the car was never developed as it needed to be. The ten cars built never had any real impact on the racing world, particularly in the politically testosterone-charged era leading up to the second war. Though brilliant, they were a flash in a very turbulent pan. This car, S/N 0255, was originally shared by siblings Kenneth and Doreen Evans and raced throughout England and Europe in its early years, then sold to South Africa. It fared well (between regular mechanical failures), but wound up in a Bulawayo wrecking yard, whence it was rescued in 1963. S/N 0255 has been extensively rebuilt for vintage racing. MG R-types remain seriously collectible cars. The basic rule “what was special then is special now” applies in spades in this case. It was very special then, it was very rare then, and it still is. Admittedly, it is worth a decimal fraction of what a Mercedes or Auto Union GP car of that era is worth, but that was true then as well. It's a lesser jewel, but a jewel nonetheless, and a worthy part of a serious collection.u THOR THORSON has been hooked on race cars since the late '50s and involved with vintage racing since the late '70s. Historical and descriptive information courtesy of the auction company. June 2006 63


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Market Reports Overview Bidding in a Sunshine State The “Florida Season” brings in $74m, confirming once again that bidders spend when the sun is out by Stefan Lombard I 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop coupe, at $2.1m, the star of RM's Amelia Island sale t's a curious thing, the weather. Though long relegated to nothing more than small talk, its importance on an assembled crowd's mood and spending habits should not be underestimated. Each year, when the gray rain arrives in northern climes, those of us who are stuck there hunker down and dream of the warmth and sunshine we all know will return someday. The Arizona sales in January provide some respite, as they do for tens of thousands of folks escaping their own snow, hail, and sleet. But it's not until the period from mid-February to early April—the “Florida season”—that the auction-going experience turns downright balmy. And what does balmy weather have to do with mood and spending habits? This month, that's a $74,000,000 question. Florida played host to four sales in the first months of 2006. Kruse visited Ft. Lauderdale early in the year, followed by RM's events in Boca Raton and Amelia Island, then finally Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach. The state also played host to Senior Analyst Dave Kinney, who this month reports on all four of them. From its inception, RM's Boca Raton sale has been something of a force on the U.S. auction calendar. In fact, since 2003, total sales figures have climbed steadily, from By the Numbers $15m $20m $25m $30m $10m $5m Christie's Paris, France 64 Artcurial Paris, France Kruse Ft. Lauderdale, FL RM Boca Raton, FL RM Amelia Island, FL Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach, FL Sports Car Market 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001


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an initial $7.4m to $8.3m in 2004, and $11.3m last year. This year's $18m furthers that trend, and speaks well of the organization and efficiency of the group putting on this noncatalog sale. The Canadian firm returned to Florida a month later, this time alongside the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance on the lawn of the RitzCarlton Hotel. Several cars broke the million-dollar mark, including the catalog's cover shot, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB, alloy-bodied and with competition provenance. Its $2.75m hammer price helped RM to realize its best ever result at Amelia, with $22m in total sales. Even more impressive was the 97% sales rate. On the heels of its successful $98m Scottsdale event, Barrett-Jackson still had plenty left in the tank when it rolled into Palm Beach. The all no-reserve sale saw 563 cars cross the block, with plenty of variety for everyone. The end result, $34m, represents a significant jump from last year's $22m, and the $5.6m total from the inaugural event in 2003 just seems paltry by comparison. Consistency has been the name of the game for Kruse's annual Ft. Lauderdale sale. As the very first collector car auction of 2006, the gang from Indiana does a good job gathering quality consignments and the bidders to buy them. This year's effort paid off, as $4.5m from 148 cars helped to bolster the solid average from sales past. Not all the action was in Florida, however. Each year, Retromobile draws hundreds of thousands of motorheads to Paris, and to accompany the show both Artcurial and Christie's hold sales in a bid to attract a share of those Artcurial (Art) Paris, France, p. 92 RM Auctions (RMA) Amelia Island, FL, p. 78 Christie's (Ch) Paris, France, p. 100 folks. Both events had witnessed a steady decline in results over the last two years, but 2006 saw dramatic increases for both houses over 2005. Richard Hudson-Evans attended Artcurial, where he watched a 1967 Alpine-Renault A220 with triple Le Mans history sell for a big $315k, en route to a $5m day. And Donald Osborne crossed the Atlantic to attend the Christie's effort that realized $4.1m, one third of which came from a 1952 Jag C-type, this month's SCM cover car. Though Monterey and Scottsdale never fail to conjure up visions of world records and big results, the trio of sales that have taken over South Florida between February and April are now simply too big and too influential to be ignored when one talks of barometers. Which suits us car guys just fine. Especially those of us looking for any kind of escape from the winter doldrums.u SCM1-6 Scale Condition Rating: 1: National concours standard/ perfect 2: Very good, club concours, some small flaws 3: Average daily driver in decent condition 4: Still a driver but with some apparent flaws 5: A nasty beast that runs but has many problems 6: Good only for parts Top10 Sales This Issue (Land Auctions Only) 1. 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB berlinetta, $2,750,000—RMA, p. 85 2. 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop coupe, $2,145,000—RMA, p. 82 3. 1947 Bentley Mk VI 3-position drophead, $1,728,000—BJ, p. 67 4. 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans racer, $1,650,000—RMA, p. 88 5. 1952 Jaguar C-type, $1,649,638—Ch, p. 102 6. 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Sportsman coupe, $1,485,000—RMA, p. 80 7. 1965 Shelby GT350 R fastback, $990,000—RMA, p. 90 8. 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy coupe, $941,166—Art, p. 95 9. 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy convertible, $845,300—RMB, p. 112 10. 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, $781,100—RMB, p. 112 June 2006 1. 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham, $781,100—RMB, p. 112 2. 1964 Ferrari 500 Superfast, $414,898—Art, p. 96 3. 1955 Porsche 356A Speedster, $55,080—BJ, p. 70 4. 1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, $51,038—Art, p. 97 5. 1975 Citroen CX 2200, $3,076—Ch, p. 104 65 Best Buys


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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL 4th Annual Palm Beach Auction The relatively young Palm Beach auction has taken on a life and character all its own, and the results speak for themselves Company Barrett-Jackson Date March 30–April 1, 2006 Location Palm Beach, FL Auctioneer Tom “Spanky” Assiter, Mark Gellman, Jimmy Landis, and John Nicholls Automotive lots sold / offered 563 / 563 Sales rate 100% Sales total $33,898,770 High sale For Barrett-Jackson, a quiet auction block Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I Palm Beach, FL f your expectations of Barrett-Jackson's Palm Beach event are shaped by your experiences at the firm's Scottsdale event, then you're in for a surprise. Palm Beach and Scottsdale differ in several ways: beach vs. desert, balmy vs. arid, etc. More than that, however, the reality of the PB auction is quite different. Most noticeable is the size. There is simply nothing to compare to the spread seen each year in Scottsdale. But Craig Jackson and company are not out to emulate what happens in the desert. Instead, the relatively young Palm Beach auction has taken on a life and character all its own, and the results speak for themselves. The hype and often inaccessible pricing that seem to attach themselves to the Scottsdale consignments—“B-J fever”—tend to fall off somewhat by the time things get underway in Palm Beach. This should not be confused with or attached to any downgrade in the cars that turn up in Florida, as the lots this year were stronger than ever. With a slew of cars in top-notch condition, Barrett- Jackson once again succeeded in making private owners and dealers alike part with nearly $34m, a big boost from last year's $22m, and nearly three times the total from 2004. And with the sweeping no-reserve policy, all 563 lots changed hands. Foremost among them was a 1947 Franay-bodied Bentley Mk VI. As one of five Bentleys present and the only car to break the million-dollar mark, it hammered sold at $1,728,000. 66 1947 Bentley Mk VI 3-position drophead, sold at $1,728,000 Buyer's premium 8% As expected, however, domestic iron ruled the day, with models from the Big Three accounting for nearly 85% of the consignments. One stand-out was a 1953 Buick Roadmaster Skylark convertible. Beautifully restored to true #1 condition, it made an impression on at least two bidders, and in the end sold for $383,400, a world record for the model. Also selling well was a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Trans Am racer, a car with a string of podium places between 1967 and 1969. It brought $324,000. There was no shortage of muscle in Palm Beach, and though the cars were generally less desirable than those consigned to Scottsdale, several machines brought solid prices to further the strength of this segment. These included a selection of Shelby GT500 fastbacks, with four cars breaking into six digits, and two selling for $226,800 and $245,160, respectively. With the weather an air-conditioned comfortable “room temperature” throughout the Thursday-FridaySaturday event, and the atmosphere relaxed, this was a fun sale. The size of the Palm Beach auction is still only a fraction of Scottsdale, and so lacks the frantic “I gotta park by 8 am” feeling many auction-goers encounter in the desert. You might even say it's laid back. And perhaps that is part of the Barrett-Jackson plan. Make them comfortable and they will buy. The results speak for themselves.u Sports Car Market


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ENGLISH TOP 10 No. 3 #723-1947 BENTLEY MK VI convertible. S/N B20BH. Black/red leather. RHD. Not the freshest restoration, but done with lots of flash. Would you have this car any other way? Paint and chrome still show very well, as do wood and leather. Lots of unusual touches, including more chrome than I thought possible, a crank- auctions, and goes home with a fistful of cash. This time, there were two complete fistfuls to carry back home to California. Well done. out windshield, and plenty of custom work to the cockpit-like interior. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,728,000. Said to be the back-to-back winner of two 1948 European Concours d'Elegances, making this an important post-war effort from the famous coachbuilder, Franay. Not to everyone's taste, this over-the-top effort is all about show. It sold well here, joining what must be a very small list of post-war Bentleys in the million-dollar club. #447-1952 MG-TD roadster. S/N TD17703EXLNA. British Racing Green/tan cloth/tan leather. Odo: 75,449 miles. A nice restoration, now with some age. Dent to the offside running board; otherwise coachwork and paint look good. Top shows some easyto-clean dirt stains, and the interior has excellent carpets and nice gauges. Great patina to #312-1963 TRIUMPH TR4 roadster. S/N CT29652L. Wedgwood Blue/black leather. Odo: 755 miles. Total body-off, two-year, photo-documented restoration to an excellent result; one of the best I have ever seen. Very good gaps, great paint, and no excuses on the chrome —it's damn near perfect. Excellent interior. Underhood is as clean as possible, and looks great with the polished Triumphtune valve cover. Not perfect, but a beauty. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $97,200. No, that's not a misprint. A TR4 sold for within hundreds of a 100,000 dollar bill. In case the earth stops spinning and we all fall off, you might want to look at this as a major sign of impending doom. For those of us a little more sanguine about it, this car had major eyeball in an attractive color. Remember, sometimes they sell because they're cute. #640-1963 JAGUAR XKE convertible. the leather, which, quite possibly, is original. Underhood is nice but not show. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,680. This one might sound a bit pricey, but I'll have to disagree. It appeared to be a nice example, and one that could be enjoyed all summer long with a minimum of care. The right colors, the right look, only the price was a bit off. #632-1960 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk I roadster. S/N HBT7L6939. Black & ivory/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 11 miles. Full and complete restoration by Tom Rocke at California's Healey Lane. Near-precision gaps, with excellent paint and brightwork trim. Interior is fully detailed, with great fit to the seats. Excellent underhood. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $135,000. It's no secret what Tom does. He builds nice cars with plenty of sparkle and attention to detail, brings them to a handful of June 2006 S/N R90469. Red/black cloth/Biscuit leather. Odo: 7,947 miles. Excellent paint, brightwork, and gaps. Looks to have been a full-on resto, and driven since. Great patina to the interior, with use wear but nothing overly worn. Underhood is excellent and well detailed, with some light age wear, but plenty shiny. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,000. This one brought a little bit more than I expected. I thought the wear displayed in the interior would cause some potential buyers to shy away. Could this be the 67


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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL Column Author rare example where the owner restored his car, drove it, and eventually wound up getting more at auction than he had in it? Quite possible. #130-1969 AUSTIN-HEALEY SPRITE roadster. S/N HAN9U80056G. British Racing Green/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 49,384 miles. A Spridget in fine shape. Excellent paint on a straight body, with great chrome and brightwork, but for a pitted windshield surround. Interior shows excellent seats, dash, and SOLD AT $57,240. Yes, they are rare, with only a few hundred imported into the U.S. for the 1993 model year. And yes, the reason for the steel tubing on the roof has to do with federal standards. That aside, this car sold for above its original MSRP, a scant 13 years after it left the showroom. The only collectible SUV? #386.1-1996 BENTLEY AZURE convert- carpets, and underhood is fully detailed and as nice as new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $17,280. You don't often see these cars in this kind of shape. In fact, this example was about as nice as you're likely to see, and the sale price reflects a figure about as high as you're likely to see. Still, let's call this a reasonable buy. #310-1973 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF10020U. White/blue vinyl. Odo: 2 miles. Fully and freshly restored, upgraded beyond stock, with some nice additions (MotoLita steering wheel) and some not-so-nice ones (stainless air ducting to the radiator). All work appears done well, with nice paint and mostly ible. S/N SCBZK14C5TCX53783. Magnolia Tan/Cotswold leather. Odo: 23,969 miles. Excellent paint appears to be mostly factory, with some color difference to the trunk lid next to fenders. All brightwork is stand-up good and without issues. Chrome Bentley mags. Interior wood is excellent, as are carpets, but leather piping is scuffed and the seats show more wear has a small delamination area at the corner of the windshield. Clean interior, with light wear to driver's seat bolster. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $40,500. Purchased by a dealer for resale; it's possible to see a little room left at the top. Good colors and a very clean presentation made for a decent return for the seller. Late-model Lotus cars are not known for doing well at auction, but that might just change when the Elise starts to hit the secondary market. #711.1-2001 ASTON MARTIN DB7 Volante convertible. S/N SCFAB423391K401275. Metallic green/tan cloth/tan & green leather. Odo: 21,562 miles. A nice presentation on an original car. Paint appears factory, all trim is top notch, with a mild patina inside. Ashtray cover is darker than the surrounding wood, but excellent otherwise. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $81,000. A very good buy on an appealing Volante. The discoloration to the ashtray cover would drive me nuts. Otherwise I wouldn't mind taking this pretty ride on a coast-to-coast trip with the top down the whole way. At $81,000 it seems like a reasonably priced exotic from where I sit. #671-2003 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH good chrome. Excellent top, and the very good interior shows fresh everywhere. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $28,620. If we had a “pricey but not quite stupid” column, I would throw this car in there. I didn't love the modifications, but most of them would be an easy fix if the new owner cares about originality. Undoubtedly, most of the goodies were added to enhance driveability. #124-1993 LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUV. S/N SALDH1280PA919917. White/ black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 48,245 miles. A used SUV, but a bit more interesting than an Explorer or Hummer. Some paint chips to the front end, with scarring on trim, but all appears to be road use. Vendor states it was used as a dinghy, towed behind a motorhome. Good glass, though some gaskets are drying out. Interior is clean and without issues. Cond: 3+. 68 than I would expect for the miles. Armrest on center console is heavily scarred. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $108,000. A pretty good buy for a dealer, and a very good buy for the end user. I would have expected this car to bring in perhaps $15k more. Not my favorite color combination, but it certainly is a popular one. I'm no advocate of dyeing leather, as it is often poorly done, but perhaps some leather treatment could bring this interior back to life. #617.1-1998 LOTUS ESPRIT V8 coupe. S/N SCCDC0820WHA15575. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 27,000 miles. Chrome wheels, removable roof panels (both clear and body color), factory Alpine stereo. Replaced odometer, so mileage is estimate only. Clean presentation, with very good paint and trim. Glass Essentially a new car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $142,560. Price achieved sounds reasonable to me. It's an appealing and athletic shape surrounding an excellent interior with plenty of soft leather and good equipment. This is the first Vanquish I have seen at auction; here it was one of three late-model Astons up for sale. GERMAN #706-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300S cabriolet. S/N 1889200031353. Crème/brown cloth/brown leather. Odo: 31,288 km. 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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL shield. Very nice interior, including a Nardi wood steering wheel. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $55,620. Plenty of money paid here; it would be hard to duplicate this price out on the street. I've seen more upward movement in bathtub Porsches in the last year than I'd care to think about; however, this is one bathtub owner who put himself underwater. #3.1-1969 VOLKSWAGEN MEYERS restoration with no problems noted. Very good paint. Most chrome is excellent, though one or two spots have light discoloration. Top is still good, with excellent glass and gaskets. Healthy wood, and a very light patina to the well-fitted and correct leather. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $259,200. The car card on this Mercedes was a bit confusing. It stated it was a 1953 MercedesBenz 300SC cabriolet. An “S” it was, but not a more expensive and desirable SC. The card did provide a chain of ownership that included a few past presidents of the Gullwing Group, as well as Reggie Jackson. I say this example was overpriced for its condition; had it been an SC the price was right. BEST BUY #398-1955 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/N 80611. Red/black cloth/black vinyl. Odo: 48,678 miles. Looks to be an honest old Speedster, driver quality throughout. Some paint flaws are easy to spot, but the brightwork is complete and good, except for a de-silvered it did in 2004. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $11,124. Said by seller to be #55 of 100 Classic Manx Signature Limited Edition Dune Buggies. With those added miles, someone has likely had much fun. It lost the surfboard it once had, kept the hard top, and added some age wear. And it netted its owner $2,750 more than last time. I would like all my cars to behave this well. side mirror. Interior is partially new, according to the dealer owner. Just a car, but refreshingly so. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $55,080. Sold from one dealer to another, this was a savvy buy and sold for quite a bit less than I would have expected. I don't know how thin the metal is, but I expect that some repair will eventually be necessary. Bottom line: This was one of the best buys on a Speedster I've seen in years. #337-1962 PORSCHE 356B Super 90 coupe. S/N 210509. Bali Blue/tan leather. Odo: 63,018 miles. Some fish-eye divots to otherwise nice paint. Brightwork ranges from fair at the windshield surround to very good elsewhere. Lots of stone chips to the wind- #62-1970 PORSCHE 914 roadster. S/N 4702912989. Red/black/black vinyl. Odo: 15,797 miles. Vendor claims original miles, paint, and tires. I don't mind orange-peel paint this bad from the factory, but it's everywhere. Very good brightwork and glass, though center rear view mirror is missing. Interior is nice, except for the sewer-like smell, noticeable MANX dune buggy. S/N 119330113. Purple/ purple/gray & rainbow cloth. Odo: 2,887 miles. Seen before at Branson Spring 2004, where it sold for $8,374, with me as the underbidder (SCM# 33585). Now with another 2,000 miles on the clock. Some aging and fade to the exterior gel coat. Interior still looks as good as miles. Sunroof. Paint appears to be recent. In fact, I pulled some masking tape off the taillight. Good quality, but not show. Brightwork appears good, with some dull bits. New carpets, and what the vendor calls “new leather” sure feels like vinyl to me. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $4,320. Well done if no tin worm is found. One of the ultimate tossable classics—cheap enough to use and enjoy without any big worries. With readily available parts from an endless supply of rusty or Rob-Sass-crashed examples, these represent great fun on a budget. #53-1983 PORSCHE 944 coupe. S/N WP0AA0944DN461296. Black/black leather. Odo: 14,077 miles. If you have to have a 1983 944, this might be the one to get. Very good paint, excellent glass, and near-perfect blackout trim, with only one or two scratches. Inside is as-new except for some light wear to the driver's seat bolster. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,880. The miles on this 944 were said to be original, and I have no problem believing it. The questions with any low-mileage car this old is always the same: Has it been maintained during its relative inactivity? Have the proper services been done? Was it driven all those miles in just two years, and then stored? Any chance to speak with the seller would have helped out here, as no records were on display. over the burning paint smell under the bonnet. Underhood is fully and freshly detailed. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $18,360. Huge, huge money. This low-miles example is the exception and not the rule; your 914 is not worth this money unless it is newer and less stinky. For the buyer who wanted one of the best low-miles examples, this could have been his best chance yet. #600-1974 BMW 2002 coupe. S/N 4227426. Light blue/black vinyl. Odo: 26,422 70 Sports Car Market #22-1984 PORSCHE 928S coupe. S/N WP0JB0922ES862361. Crème white/brown leather. Odo: 90,909 miles. 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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL Most blackout trim is still good. Original interior shows plenty of wear, with tired and dry leather. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $12,636. No bargain here. A bad 928 can cost and cost, while a good one can give a good deal of pleasure to the driver. Skip a car with issues, even if it is the more desirable S model. ITALIAN #709-1967 FERRARI 365 GT Spyder Conversion. S/N 11401. Fly Yellow/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 43,645 miles. Said to be a cut conversion done in the late 1980s. Good quality paint, with one or two light scars, including one in the driver's door. Very good brightwork and a nice top. Interior shows Wear to some partially dry leather, but a decent dash and console. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $24,840. Miles are said to be original. A good price achieved for the baby Lambo. I believe this car would puff and buff to not only look better, but to present more cohesively as well. Not cheap, but not bad. well, with healthy leather. Some cracking to the dash wood. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $89,640. Some people liked the idea of this cut coupe, but quite a few others compared it to the dog's breakfast. I'm in the middle. The rear end treatment left a lot to be desired; with its Kamm tail #46-1984 FERRARI MONDIAL QV cabriolet. S/N ZFFUC15A1E0050575. Gray/ black cloth/white leather. Odo: 50,732 miles. Decent paint looks to be original, and bumpers and trim appear good as well. Newer convertible top looks good, with only minor fade. Interior is holding up better than I might have expected, and remains nice. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $43,200. Huge money for an example that easily could be replaced with your choice of colors and fewer miles. A one-owner car that appeared to have been garaged most of its life. This result would be very tough to duplicate elsewhere. #677-1985 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH 5000 Quattrovalvole coupe. S/N ZA9C00500ELA12701. Red/black leather. Odo: 19,774 km. A few small chips and and chrome bumperettes it looks like someone ran out of imagination. #765-1977 LAMBORGHINI URRACO coupe. S/N 20302. Gold/saddle leather. Odo: 9,543 miles. Older repaint is good but not great, with some buff-through marks. Gaskets and bumpers are good, as is the brightwork. Fantasy Junction 1145 Park Avenue Emeryville, California USA 94608 Phone: (510) 653-7555 • Fax: (510) 653-9754 www.fantasyjunction.com Investments in special interest, classic and high performance cars 1958 250 TDF, s/n 0901GT. Great car in excellent condition, engine by Oldtimer Garage. Superb period history including 2nd Overall 1958 Tour de France, Scuderia Los Amigos, Trintignant/ Picard. Well priced at $1,550,000. 1973 365 GTB/4 Daytona, s/n 15013. Wonderfully original two owner California car with same owner since 1974. Super smooth and tight. Truly one of the best we have offered. $265,000 1974 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider, s/n 17071. Next to last Spider built. One of only 125. Excellent condition. Tools, books. $650,000. 1952 Ferrari 340 America Ghia, s/n 0150A. Ex-Paravanno. Prepped and raced to 5th O/A in '52 Carrera Pan Americana by Jack and Ernie McAfee. Restored. Recent service. $1,000,000. June 2006 71


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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL Column Author dings mar what is otherwise very nice paint. Excellent glass, with no soft trim issues noted. Driver's seat has been replaced with larger, flatter, custom unit for, ahem, a gentleman of size, perhaps. Converted from fuel injection to carbs, the original F.I. system and driver's seat are included with the sale. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $75,600. This example brought more than I would have expected, as it did not show as well as it could with its interesting seat and carbureted motor. The good colors and nice exterior presentation helped here. #12.1-1986 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE sedan. S/N AM330495590. White/green leather. Odo: 60,765 miles. Half-good to decent repaint. But for one dent in the front fender trim, all stainless is nice. Shows signs of having been maintained, AT $71,280. Just about retail, not a bad result for either buyer or seller. I'll assume the new owner will use this car as a driver, and if it checks out well with no maintenance or repair issues, he'll be ahead of the game. #649-2002 FERRARI 360 spider. S/N ZFFYT53A420128869. Silver/gray leather. Odo: 7,050 miles. F1 paddle shifters. Dr. Phil's ride. Chrome mags. Paintwork appears to be all factory and without flaws. Some wear in protective taped areas, but that's what it's there which is different from most. Original leather is not re-dyed, still nice. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $7,884. One of 1821 produced between 1977 and 1987. This example appeared much nicer than most seen at recent auctions. But that's still no guarantee it will run and drive as well as you might like. #668-1995 FERRARI 456 GT coupe. S/N ZFFSP44A8S0102830. Black/tan leather. Odo: 17,669 miles. Nice black paint, with excellent trim and glass. Unmarked wheels with Pirelli dings. Chrome is like jewelry. The interior shows not one missing stitch, and underhood is fully detailed. Kinda nice, eh? Cond: 1. SOLD AT $383,400. Because of the quality of this restoration, I was expecting an exceptional sale result, say $225k. At $383k, this has to be a world record for a rare and desirable ‘53 Skylark. #652-1954 CHEVROLET CORVETTE for. Light wear to seat bolsters. I'd love to say that the tires are balding but they aren't. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $226,800. Now it's my turn to give advice to a guy who does it for a living: Go out and buy a few more Ferrari rag tops and start leaving them at important auctions throughout the country. With this over-retail result, it's better than an endorsement deal. JAPANESE #101-1993 MAZDA RX-7 Banzai Edition coupe. S/N JM1FD3314P0206260. Black/silver & black leather. Odo: 2,018 miles. 500 hp, triple rotor engine, toured on the import Auto Salon Tour in 2002. Vendor claims this is one of 12 Banzai Editions built by Pettit Racing. P-Zero tires. Some wear to the driver's seat, with an excellent dash and console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,200. If you were shopping for a 456 GT, this was likely one you would have wanted. Great colors, plus a manual transmission. No give-away at this price, but very attractive. Well done. #683-1995 FERRARI F355 spider. S/N ZFFPR48A1S0103473. Silver/black cloth/ black leather. Odo: 12,951 miles. Very good paint, with no issues except a small shunt to the rear bumper, parking lot–style. Very good trim, with only light delamination on the windshield glass. Top shows a two-inch flub, not serious but quite visible. Excellent interior shows only light bolster wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD 72 roadster. S/N E54S003441. Pennant Blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 9,558 miles. Vendor claims one owner for the past 20 years and a frame-off restoration completed in 2005. Very nice paint, much better than when it left the factory. Good chrome. The restorer left the horrible factory-style gaps, a nice touch. Great vinyl and carpets, and very nice dash, though some little bits like the turn signal lever need some help. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $237,600. Way over money. I'm surprised this car sold as high as it did at this event. Nothing more than a high-tech race car for the street; to duplicate it would likely cost you more than the bid amount. AMERICAN #703.1-1953 BUICK ROADMASTER Skylark convertible. S/N 17051715. White/ black & white leather. Odo: 3,188 miles. No expense spared in the restoration, and no excuses as well. Excellent all the way through. Lustrous paint shows no chips, scrapes, or the top. This would have been an impressive number for a rarer and more desirable 1953 model. As it is, it's just about $120k more than expected. Yes, the Pennant Blue color is rare, but for a hundred large I'll paint your Polo White example and buy you dinner. One-inch-long ding in passenger door mars the otherwise excellent paint. All trimwork appears perfect and without flaw. Custom interior is quite well done, with plenty of carbon fiber trim. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $52,380. Big, big #620.1-1955 PONTIAC STAR CHIEF 2-door hard top. S/N C855H13781. Red & white/red & white vinyl. Odo: 7,064 miles. Mileage since a body-off, frame-up restoration. Still holding up well, with no problems noted. Excellent paint, chrome and stainless, Sports Car Market


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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL brick red is no help. Older top is clean, with some age discoloration. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $15,660. One of two Corvair convertibles seen at Barrett-Jackson this weekend. Both cars were hard-to-find four-speed examples. This result, perhaps what a price guide would say to give for a #1 conditon car, makes more sense when compared to the current prices of other 1960s convertibles. #77.1-1965 FORD MUSTANG convert- with good fit all around. Underhood is well detailed to near-show level. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $36,720. Well bought. Had this been a Chevrolet, it likely would have brought more, a painful commentary on today's market. Far from perfect, but still plenty nice, I would have expected this car to do as much as $10k better here. #104-1961 CHEVROLET IMPALA SS 2-door hard top. S/N 11837A164786. Red/red & white vinyl & cloth. Odo: 23,947 miles. 348-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. A good, but not excellent restoration to driver standards. Plenty of places to pick on the 5-footer paint job. Though most brightwork is good, the taillight surrounds weren't even washed before ible. S/N 5F08D175364. Orange/white vinyl/ black vinyl. Odo: 70 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. 1964-1/2 model. Frame-off restoration to a low equipment ‘Stang. V8, console, power top, and styled steel wheels. Excellent chrome and paint that is well-applied. Missing the “F” from Very good glass and gaskets. Interior is clean, including the console and Hurst shifter. Your classic 1960s budget-minded partial racer for the streets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $38,880. It's surprising these don't pop up more often, as there was no shortage of them when new. A four-speed, 350-hp SS will always be a great combination, and someone paid full boat for this handsome ride. #616-1966 CHEVROLET CORVAIR the hood, but that's not hard to find. Interior is clean and well-fitted, while underhood is nicer than factory. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $32,400. With the addition of a/c and a console, this car might have done even better. No harm here, however, as this car was at full retail today. A good-looking example; both buyer and seller should have left happy. #438-1965 BUICK SKYLARK Gran being put back—not a sign of a great job. Interior is quite nice. Underhood is clean, but more freshly painted than restored. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $81,000. This result was a real shocker. The quality of the restoration was not up to snuff at this event—more local show than primetime. I'm hoping the buyer bought it in person and not through a camera lens, as taking this one home and facing the restoration shortcuts would be tough to do without prior knowledge. #21.1-1962 CHEVROLET CORVAIR Monza spyder. S/N 20967W312510. Red/ white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 23,384 miles. Turbocharged flat six. Older restoration. Good paint, though some poor-quality bodywork shows through from beneath it. Good chrome; most is fine, but front “grille” pot metal is pitted. Interior shows just OK, but the dull magnet holding issues to the lower quarters on both sides. Clean and correct interior. Very well done, with the underside as good as above. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,100. I had figured this as a mid-$40,000 retail piece, so I suppose the eventual sales result isn't a total shocker. A very nice example that will be tough to duplicate, I give this one a pass for the problem in the rear quarter bottoms. No bargain, but a lot of distinctive Buick for the money. #92-1966 CHEVROLET NOVA SS 2- door hard top. S/N 118376W144839. Marina Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 6,193 miles. 327-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Claimed numbers-matching. Straight sides, with excellent paint and chrome. 74 Sports Car Market Sport convertible. S/N 444675B132462. Bamboo Creme Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 57,813 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Full frame-off restoration, now with some miles driven. Incorrect-style top, but very good paint and excellent chrome. Some telescopic wheel and a/c. Comes with original window sticker and Protect-o-Plate. AACA senior car. Added AM/FM/cassette. Interior is sharp and correct, and sports headrest seats for a good look. Underhood is clean and done in the original style. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,000. If you saw this car you'd like it too. Incredible options, great condition, and a good look. Forget about finding this value in a price guide. Still well bought for show-and-go use. #629-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S125209. White/white vinyl/red vinyl. Odo: 75,875 miles. 327/300, 4-bbl, 4-sp. An honest driver with a replaced front end. The good repaint is likely older, and the chrome is weathered but complete. Top appears new. Decent Firestone Goldline tires. The tidy interior features replaced seat covers. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $50,760. A low options mid-year ‘Vette that sold for a figure higher Corsa convertible. S/N 105676W145817. Creme Yellow/white vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 85,770 miles. Claimed $100k restoration. 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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL than I would have expected. Despite the hohum presentation, this car looked good from a short distance in its sporty white exterior and red interior livery. For around the same money or a little more, I'd prefer either more horsepower or more options. #635-1966 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194676S115977. Milano Maroon/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 6,202 miles. 427/390, 4-bbl, 4-sp. NCRS Top Flight and Bloomington Gold. Looks to be an older, frame-off restoration. Telescopic teak wheel, AM/FM, power brakes. Excellent chrome and 1967 'Vettes, and though I am not one of them, I understand the reasons why. Good car, good price. #712-1967 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/N 67401F7A00463. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl. Odo: 76,106 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Seller states this was the first of 34 built with the big block and a/c combination. Older restoration. A few easy-to-find light paint problems, notably age related and including some surface rust spots. Underhood appears good colors and a four-speed, it proved to be a winning combination. #733-1967 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 race car. S/N 124377N163288. Red & white/black vinyl/leather. 302-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Rare, early Cross Ram intake manifold car. Very good paint, with excellent painted graphics. Very good chrome, excellent glass. Race-style interior includes roll cage and race bucket seats. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $324,600. very nice paint—an appealing display. Good glass and a nice top. Interior is bone stock, with a good dash and seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $103,680. No big surprise here. I'd call this one close to market correct. There are still a number of people who prefer the 1966 to the Blue Oval and Shelby correct. Very nice stock interior is well done. VIN indicates a color change from the original Lime Green. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $245,160. This one brought more than I would have expected, even with the pre-auction publicity to which this car was treated. The big block /air combination is always rare in '60s muscle cars. Added to Vendor states this is a documented Trans Am racer, complete with SCCA log book. Campaigned by Gary Morgan, with an extensive, successful race history. Presented here as #17 of the 25 pre-production Z/28 cars. I loved the period graphics, and the story that follows the car sure sounds good. I was taken aback, however, by the sales result. Time for another value guide readjustment, I guess. #697-1968 SHELBY GT500 fastback. S/ N 8T02S12957600642. Lime gold/black vinyl. June 2006 75


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Column Author Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach, FL Odo: 2,192 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Paint is good, but falls short of show quality. Gaps are possibly as good as new, but could be a bit worse. Very good chrome. Trim shows a few flaws, including the fiberglass vent scoop with flex chips. Interior is clean and well-upholstered. Underhood shows well. Overall, it looks to be a good restoration, betrayed only by bad paint. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $125,280. This car wouldn't be my first choice to build a collection around, with too many little issues that needed correcting, but it certainly was no dog either. Best throw away your value guide when you are looking at Shelbys in today's market, as they continue to be red hot. #748.1-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO RS/SS Resto-mod 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N544141. Silver/black vinyl. Odo: 919 miles. 454-ci V8, FI, 5-sp. A resto-mod Camaro with a Ram Jet ZL1 crate motor. Excellent paint and chrome, with very good fit and finish all around. Rotisserie restoration, very much like it should. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $41,040. This result sounds about right from here. While few people have been watching the acceleration of values in the “Mako Shark” 'Vettes—aside from 'Vette owners—they have been creeping upward. Your chance of finding a real bargain diminishes every day. #626.1-1971 FORD MUSTANG fastback. S/N 1F05J197150. Green/white & green vinyl. Odo: 50,942 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Doesn't appear to have been restored, yet isn't too bad, considering. Instead, it's just a tired car ripe for restoation. Lots of paint issues; the TKO Tremec 5-speed, Baer brakes on all corners. Classic a/c, ps, pb, pw. Was a calendar car for Flowmaster Exhaust. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $108,000. Was driven on the 2005 Power Tour from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Kissimmee, Florida. Vendor claims the trip went off without a hitch. Just the type of car the Barrett-Jackson crowd seems to be looking for: classic looks, big motor, and modern conveniences. #655.1-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T convertible. S/N JS27U0B236914. Top Banana Yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 56,214 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-original motor, but correctly date-coded. Replaced passenger quarter panel and fender. Good quality paint shows some poor prep. Excellent chrome is bright and shiny everywhere you can easily see. Keep looking for the other story, however, as this is a cosmetic job. Very nice interior. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $86,400. One of 129 440 R/Ts built in 1970. Plenty of things didn't help the cause here. For example, though the dog dish hubcaps are likely correct, they didn't add to the sex appeal while the car was on stage. 76 rears appear new. Clean interior, and the fake engine-turned dash in gold is good. Weak carpets. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $7,020. Car #1196 of a total of 1447 built. This was quite a good buy. However, there are still a large number of low-mileage examples out there, which limits the upside. There, I finished and I didn't even use my Cosworthless joke. overall look is worn. Interior is stock except for the added green stripes to the front seats. Underhood is clean but not detailed. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $46,980. It's all about the motor here, as the 429 is a hearty option in a Mustang. A few thousand dollars well spent could make this car stand up, and I was surprised it did this well. #132-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE t-top coupe. S/N 1237J3S407565. Green/Ttop/tan vinyl. Odo: 63,857 miles. 350/190, 4-sp. Air-conditioned. Vendor states this was a mid-1990s, photo-documented restoration, and it looks like an excellent result. Great paint and brightwork. The trim is all good and was redone or replaced during the restoration. Good glass and gaskets. Correct-style interior, or aging noted. Stock interior is free of wear areas. Nice throughout. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $29,700. Cost new for this particular car was $17,451, including all options. The Grand Nationals are one of the few production cars Sports Car Market #30.1-1987 BUICK REGAL Grand National coupe. S/N 1G4GJ1175HP442316. Black/gray cloth. Odo: 13,841 miles. Appears to be an untouched original car with no apparent paintwork. Excellent trim, with no wear The seller was very forthright explaining the replaced motor and sheet metal. The next time the car is sold, I wonder if it will have full hubcaps and a less thorough explanation. #63.1-1971 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 19467S118042. Ontario Orange/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 87,285 miles. 350/270, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Owner states this is a recent full restoration, and it looks it. Excellent paint and chrome. The soft top is correct and well-fitted. Interior is nicely detailed, looking with good vinyl and only light scrapes to the console. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $21,600. I think the law of supply and demand may have caught up with Corvettes this weekend. This was one of a handful of nice, clean examples that sold cheap. The overflow, above what the retail buyers could absorb, went to the dealers at this no-reserve event. #302-1976 CHEVROLET VEGA Cosworth coupe. S/N 1V7706U221623. Black/black vinyl. Odo: 77,331 miles. Nice paint that looks just about as good as it did new. Blackout trim shows little weather wear. Mixed brands of tires front to rear, though the


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from the 1980s that have started to show serious appreciation in the past few years, and this one was a good one to get. #125-1991 CHEVROLET CORVETTE ZR1 coupe. S/N 1G1Y23J9M5800807. Red/ black leather. Odo: 22,312 miles. 350/375, 6sp. Clear top and painted tops included. Very good paint. All trim looks sharp. Well detailed, with little wear. Good glass and gaskets. New Goodyear Eagle tires. Interior is nice, and the Optional $4,000 Italian-made mags. Beautiful, generally unmarked paint, with very good trim. Excellent interior. Disc brake rotors are scarred and well used, as might be expected. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $26,460. I think this was an excellent buy, perhaps the best I saw all weekend. The new owner paid the cost of a used 2003 50th Anniversary car and got the bonus of Le Mans track history, even if it's not a race history. Keep your Indy Pace Car replicas; give me this one any day. leather shows a normal patina. Delco/Bose stereo CD, a $1,219 option when new. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $32,400. One of 2,044 ZR1s built in 1991. My Corvette expert informs me that Chevrolet has sold its stock of new parts to a second party who is pricing them a good bit higher than the General used to sell them for. This could potentially hurt the long-term value of ZR1s if parts cost and availability become an issue. #41-1994 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Trans Am 25th Anniversary convertible. S/N 2G2FV32PXR2246500. White & blue/tan vinyl. Odo: 9,356 miles. Appears to be an unmolested original, with paint and trim all factory. Some damage to the front spoiler lip, but nothing too hard to repair. The interior looks #602-2004 FORD FOCUS Saleen N20 hatchback. S/N 3FAFP31234R108046. Dark blue/black cloth & vinyl. Odo: 953 miles. A $25,774 new car with full Saleen treatment. Nitrous system, and lots of performance mods. Unmarked paint and good blackout trim, with some light wear noted. Some crud on wheel caps and surface rust to disc brake rotors. GREGOR FISKEN Fine Hi s toric Automobi les Situated in a Kensington Mews, internationally famous for old cars, we are proud to offer a varied selection of historic automobiles. Our prices are keenly competitive in today's market and we are always interested in buying, part exchanging or selling on clients' behalf cars similar to those below. Please write, phone, fax or e-mail with your requirements. 1936 Delahaye 135C The pre-war Delahayes were highly successful in competition at many events including Le Mans and the Monte Carlo rallies. Unmarked interior features stock Momo seats. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $19,440. A great buy if you were looking for the unusual and different in a small performance coupe. No word on whether the warranty is still active, but not a bad deal for the end user. However, expect a whale of a depreciation bill after driving this one a few thousand miles. #5001-2005 FORD GT coupe. S/N the part of an under-10,000-mile car. Needs a complete and extensive detail to bring it up to #2 shape. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $28,080. With the low-miles status, as well as the good colors and equipment, this slightly high result is no surprise. It's not hard to envision a scenario where these become desirable collector pieces in the not-too-distant future. Le Mans Safety Car coupe. S/N 1G1YY22GX35108983. leather. 50th Anniversary Edition, used as 24 Hours of Le Mans safety car. Includes five safety lights on a removable roof panel. #730-2003 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Burgundy/gray two are owned by Ford family members. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $572,400. $156,945 retail list new. Having Carroll Shelby pop out of the passenger seat of your donated auction car is a pretty good way to grab the crowd's attention, and that's how it worked here. Bidding was slow and at times seemed stalled, but with the help of a few incentives from Ford they kept the charity ball rolling for the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation. Well done and for a good cause.u June 2006 1FAFP0S754400003. Quick Silver/black leather. Odo: 5,388 miles. No wear noted to an as-new show example with miles. Property of Ford Motors, and sold for charity. Includes a complete history book of where the car has been. The third Ford GT built and the oldest one released to the public, Ford says the first Chassis number 47212 was completed in 1936 and was re-bodied in the Seventies in the style of the MS. With the combination of the Cotal gearbox and great handling, the 135's are very popular entrants for many of the most prestigious rallies such as the Rome-Liege and the Mille Miglia. Complete with current FIA papers and FIVA passport. 1949 Jaguar XK 120 This immaculate XK 120, chassis number 660009, was one of the very first alloy bodied 120's built and the first car to be imported to New Zealand. 660009 was campaigned throughout the 1951 season by Ron Roycroft at events including the Race of Champions and the Wigram 100 mile race. A full restoration was carried out by Fullbridge Engineering in the early 90's and has been used very sparingly since. Finished in the original bronze with tan biscuit interior, 660009 is a fine example of the much sought after alloy XK 120. CARS IN STOCK 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT 1964 Brabham BT8 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Group4/5 1937 Delahaye 135C 1952 Ferrari 212 Coupé ‘The Bumblebee' 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 1973 Ferrari Daytona Spider 1949 Jaguar XK120 - Aluminium 1973 Porsche 911RS Lightweight 14 Queens Gate Place Mews, London, SW7 5BQ Telephone 011 44 20 7584 3503 Fax 011 44 20 7584 7403 cars@gregorfisken.com www.gregorfisken.com 77


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island The 1965 Shelby GT350 R missed the chance to be the world's first million-dollar Mustang by mere pocket change Company RM Auctions Date March 11, 2006 Location Amelia Island, FL Auctioneer Peter Bainbridge Automotive lots sold / offered 102 / 105 Sales rate 97% Sales total $21,811,000 High sale 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Alloy berlinetta, sold at $2,750,000 Race-ready 250 GT SWB alloy comp car earns high sale status Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics Amelia Island, FL L ike the southern treat of Moon Pies and RC Cola, few things go together as well as a concours and an auction. An event has to be pretty darn special to get thousands of automobile enthusiasts together for a weekend, and giving them more to do has become expected. We all complain that at some events, there are simply too many choices. It's impossible to do it all. But whatever the options, there is nothing we like-minded motorheads would rather do than look at, bid on, or drive in the cars that bind this strange group of folks together. Continued growth in the quality of cars and the num- ber of attendees at the Amelia Island Concours has been easy to spot in the past few years. Amelia has become the Pebble Beach of the East Coast, and its stature has increased such that it is on its way to becoming (if it has not already become) the second-most-important concours on the North American circuit. RM has been at the forefront of creating quality events in connection with other gatherings, and Amelia is no different. The annual Amelia Island auction, held on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island—just steps away from the concours field—not only brings in great cars for auction, it also brings with it a crowd of well-heeled and enthusiastic bidders. And enthusiastic they were, as prices once again beat past sales records by bringing in a total of $21,811,000, with an impressive sales rate of 97%. In addition, four 78 cars joined or confirmed their status in the million-dollar club, with top sale honors going to the catalog cover car, a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB alloy competition berlinetta, which sold for $2,750,000. A 1938 Talbot-Lago T23 Teardrop coupe changed hands for $2,145,000, while third-highest sale, a 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Le Mans race car, brought $1,650,000. One of my favorite cars in the auction, a 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Sportsman coupe, brought home $1,485,000. The talk of the sale, however, seemed to be a 1965 Shelby GT350 R fastback that earned an other-worldly $990,000, missing by mere pocket change the chance to be known as the world's first million-dollar Mustang. All the action wasn't necessarily confined to the expensive cars, however. Despite all of the Shelby's buzz, the crowd favorite turned out to be a 1953 Hudson Hornet hill racer known as the “Satan of Morimar.” An unrestored car that showed more than its share of wear, its sale brought $110,000 for the Amelia Island Concours Charities, and broke through its pre-auction estimate of $30k to $40k within seconds. All in all it was another great weekend, another great sale, and another group of record prices. That seems to be a prevailing theme throughout the collector car world these days, but RM's Amelia Island sale has established its own special charms, giving auction goers more Moon Pies and RC than they can handle.u Sports Car Market Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices)


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL ENGLISH Column Author #181-1957 JAGUAR XK 140 roadster. TOP 10 No. 6 #153-1931 BENTLEY 8-LITER Sportsman fixed head coupe. S/N YR5088. Eng. # YR5088. Blue & black/ black/blue leather. RHD. Odo: 25,703 miles. A stunning example. Paintwork shows only the smallest of flaws, with minor dust and some fade to the outside cowl. Excellent brightwork. Very nice interior shows a light but appropriate patina. Underhood is gorgeous, fully detailed with S/N G80718. Eng. # G807018. Black/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 24,149 miles. 100 miles since the first-class restoration. Excellent panel fit, with paint to show standard. All brightwork is well executed. A good job on the top, and being selectively upgraded), sold well above what it might have been expected to bring in a non-charity event. polish and paint. Unusual and incorrect fans are there for obvious cooling function. Otherwise, the engine bay looks like a museum display. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $1,485,000. I'm not surprised this appealing car busted right through its high estimate of $1.1 million. The automotive version of an art deco steamship or some form of 1930s industrial art, this was a car with massive, masculine presence. The type of car around which you could build an entire collection. #141-1934 ROLLS-ROYCE 20/25HP Sedanca. S/N GAF29. Dove Gray/black cloth/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 15,831 miles. Appears to be a much older restoration that was once well done. Some poor paintwork applied later. Plenty of needs present, but nothing horrible. Paint is still good in most areas, with some chips and a ding in the rear fender. Most brightwork is still good. The top, however, is worn and threadbare. Interior shows worn carpets, and seat leather is nothing to write home the interior is crisp. Underhood is beautiful and looks quite correct. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $99,000. This sale could have gone either way—above or below $100,000—and been justified in doing so. The colors certainly didn't hurt, as it was an attention getter all weekend. This was an appealing car that brought all the money for now, but I'd say it was worth it. #198-1958 MGA roadster. S/N HDL4347218. Light blue/gray leather. Odo: 15,699 miles. Heritage Certificate. Fresh restoration, with less than 200 miles driven since. Unusual color, but documented to be correct. Gap issues on driver's door. Very good chrome. Interior fit is good and period-correct. Fender #170-1961 JAGUAR XKE flat floor convertible. S/N 875878. Eng. # R19269. Bronze/tan cloth/biscuit leather. Odo: 34,737 miles. A well-presented example, with excellent paintwork, and the unusual color is Heritage Certificate correct. Excellent chrome and gaps. Some scratches to the driver's door glass. Not perfection, but as close as you want to come in a usable and desirable E-type. welting matches the interior color, a theme followed by the painted wires. Underhood is well done and looks appealing. Except for the gap issues, a very nice car throughout. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $44,000. This car was dripping with cute, and anyone with smarts should have placed containers underneath to bottle it. The vendor, an SCM subscriber, stayed by his car to show it to potential bidders, which is always a good marketing plan. It paid off; we are talking about an MGA that sold for huge dollars, aren't we? about. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $93,500. A no-sale at $95k at RM Meadow Brook in August 2005 (SCM# 38793), then again a month later at RM Novi, where it failed at $92k (SCM# 39455). I thought the $100,000 low estimate was optimistic for this car, as one of the things you are buying is the right to an expensive restoration. There might have been a way to put this car back together without a full restoration, but even that would cost a good bit. I think we can safely say that this car's value has been established. 80 #113-1959 MGA 1500 roadster. S/N HDK4358578. Eng. # 18GBUH36585. Orange/tan leather. Odo: 83,836 miles. MGB 1,800-cc engine. Some paint flaws mark this otherwise good amateur restoration. Chrome is fresh or fully polished, except for the wire wheels. Interior looks freshly cleaned, with a decent combination of new and untouched original. Clean underhood and in the trunk. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,800. Sold to benefit the local Rotary Club, with all proceeds going to charity. This car, what we used to call a “road restoration” (used and driven while Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $137,500. A first-year, flat-floor example with factory hard top and in great period colors. I enjoyed walking around and looking at this example. I'd rather have this car in this color than the parade of red and white ones so often seen. It failed to sell at $80,000 at Gooding Pebble Beach in 2005 (SCM# 38916), and I said at the time the $100k low estimate might have been a bit too optimistic. Obviously, the market has mooved. #131-1965 JAGUAR XKE S I convertible. S/N 1E12068. Eng. # 7E2T109. White/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 2,128 miles. Weber carbs, headers, chromed alternator, AM/FM stereo, 6-inch wire wheels. A recent restoration, but not a great one. Very good paint. Chrome has no real flaws but is far from show quality. Some issues with the passenger door Sports Car Market


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Column Author RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL fit, as no attention was paid to the gaps. Nice soft top, and the interior is well-fitted. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $56,100. The custom features added no value to this car, and in fact they detracted a bit. Not a bad car overall, just far from the standards expected of a restored E-type in 2006. A good buy for the person who wanted a driver, or for anyone who has never seen a chrome-plated Lucas alternator. #174-1965 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III roadster. S/N HBJ8L28163. Eng. # 29KRUH2784. Red/black vinyl/black leather. Odo: 34,276 miles. Photo-documented, frameoff restoration less than 100 miles ago. Still appears quite fresh, as the paintwork was done to an excellent standard. Some chrome has light prep errors, orange peel, numerous dings, and cracks. Chrome issues abound as well, although most brightwork is OK. Dry gaskets but good glass. The wire wheels are so-so. Originalstyle interior with lots of wear and the odd, added a/c looks era-correct. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $99,000. Someone liked this car a lot more than I did. Even acknowledging that Astons are hot commodities in today's market, this car had lots of restoration needs, most of which I would not have been able to ignore. Perhaps it is worth more back in Jolly Old England than it is on our shores, so that could have been part of the pricing equation. pitting, a disappointment here. The top appears as well-fitted as the interior. Underhood is well done. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $79,200. Let's call this sale retail accurate, another way of saying right on the money. This car wasn't quite nice enough to bring the extreme high dollars, but well done nonetheless. Pity about the chrome. #132-1966 JAGUAR MK II 3.8 sedan. S/N 22449DN. White/red leather. Odo: 70,807 miles. Nice overall presentation, with very good paint and excellent chrome, though tail lights and rear vent window surround show minor pitting. Gaskets appear new and glass is clear. Wire wheels are without visible flaws. Interior is as-new, with well-fitted, correct leather, new carpets with vacuum marks, and excellent #119-1968 JAGUAR XKE S II convertible. S/N 1E17694. Eng. # 7E165469. Anthracite/black vinyl/red leather. Odo: 46,001 miles. Paint is good enough for a driver but far from show quality. Plenty of flip-flop to the metallic bits. New vinyl top has fit issues; it's a quality top, just poorly fitted. Some chrome issues, with pitting to taillights. Interior is show quality but easily good enough for auction. Decent chrome shows no flaws. Top is recent but needs some stretching, as it is tight at the sides. Excellent leather and fresh carpets, with some scrapes to the console. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $47,300. Good money for this example—more than I would have expected. Despite their many detractors, I like the Series III XKEs. They are driveable, usable cars with creature comforts today's buyers like and appreciate. The four-speed is a huge bonus here. FRENCH #138-1927 BUGATTI TYPE 44 road- ster. S/N 44857. Saffron & black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 57,745 km. Paintwork looks good, but possibly the color keeps it from looking rich. Driver door has fit issues. Underhood looks good—not show quality but nice. Nice dash area sports correct-style gauges. Ex-Bill Harrah, and seen before at the Boca Raton auction two years ago where it sold for $145,000 (SCM# 32342). Cond: 3. SOLD AT $165,000. A Bug that shows up in the right places just might be a wanted guest. Still cheap for the number of events it will get you into, but not my favorite Type 44. TOP 10 No. 2 fresh and well done. Added AM/FM/CD. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $47,300. Some might call this a Series 1 1/2, though not at Browns Lane. The vendor should be plenty happy with this result. I'm sure a good bit of money was spent in the restoration effort here. The trouble is, it didn't come together well. Had I been in the market for a '68 E-type, I would have kept looking, or paid a good bit less. wood. Detailed trunk. The best example I have seen at auction. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,900. Usually these Cats are dogs, with years of hard use followed by neglect, abuse, and then a poor restoration. Not the case here. This was a shining star among the usual, dull Mk II offerings. Yes, $54k is a lot of money for a Jag sedan, but it would also cost you more than that to make a mediocre example look this nice. #166-1966 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB62636R. Eng. # 4002657V. Black/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 91,812 miles. Plenty of paintwork issues, with 82 #120-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convertible. S/N UE1524975. Navy blue/black vinyl/blue leather. Odo: 43,727 miles. Single family ownership from new. Claimed heated winter storage and restored in 1996/97, with a new interior fitted more recently. Paint is not water spots on door cap wood, and very good carpets. Wilson 4-speed pre-selector transmission. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $2,145,000. The catalog gave this sensuous car a full 14 pages, plus a foldout to present its rather complete history. Though something in the line of the front fenders appeared a bit off, the presentation in person was every bit as sensational as it was on the pages of the catalog. Sports Car Market #155-1938 TALBOT-LAGO T23 Teardrop coupe. S/N 93064. Eng. # 23294. Blue/brown leather. RHD. Odo: 56,604 km. Excellent paintwork, with a few light chips present. A dent to the rear passenger side spat. Excellent brightwork, including the beautiful wheel discs. Interior shows a good patina, with some


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL GERMAN #180-1953 MERCEDES-BENZ 300 Cabriolet D. S/N 1860140104053. Dark blue/blue cloth/gray leather. Odo: 54,016 km. An older restoration, which the catalog states was likely done in the early 1990s. Becker Nürburg radio. Plenty of chips and scratches to what was once an excellent paint job. Some pitting in front bumper chrome and headlight trim. Scratches in glass. Top still fits well, but clean-up in nature, as this car is a long way from needing a full restoration. Well done. #161-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SB coupe. S/N 1880115500014. Eng. # 1889205500017. Navy blue/black leather. Odo: 32,561 miles. Seller claims a ten-year-old restoration. Front bumper took a minor hit on the way to the sale. Seller will pay new owner to have it repaired. Paint is still nice, with a few small divots throughout, but a repaint #151-1956 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. S/ N 82541. Eng. # 80540. Glacier White/black/ black leatherette. Odo: 34,564 miles. Full, photo-documented restoration completed to an excellent standard in June 2005. Excellent is far from fresh. Good wood. Decent leather, but worn and dirty carpets. Dash shows well, and the headliner is in good condition. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $110,000. Possibly the buy of the sale. With a few thousand dollars of attention spent to the cosmetics, this Cabriolet D would be better than a driver and possibly even a show contender. Most of the work needed was isn't needed anytime soon. Excellent chrome. Interior has mellowed more than it has aged, and presents in fine condition. Fitted luggage to the trunk. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $134,200. Let's put this one among the well bought. When the bidding stalled on this car at a much lower price, I thought it was about to be stolen. These are marvelous cars to drive, they behave well in traffic, as well as at autobahn speeds. I would expect they will continue upward in price. paint and chrome on a straight body with even gaps. Interior shows as well as the exterior. All over, just about a brand new car. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $146,300. I heard some rumblings from folks who didn't like this car as much as I did. Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but I think the final bid solidified the point. Let the Porschisti rumble if they like; it's the dollars that do the talking. #117-1956 PORSCHE 550 Spyder Replica roadster. S/N 5501999045. Silver/red leather. Odo: 2,490 km. Built in Orange County, California, and titled as a 1999 Special Interest vehicle, but California smog exempt, as the engine is a 1967 unit. Very good fiberglass, paint, and brightwork. Interior shows minor wear but June 2006 83


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Column Author RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL display. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,400. A nice mix of original and re-done, but unfortunately the market seems to like the original cars and the fresh-as-tomorrow cars best of all. I would hope that both the seller and the buyer are pleased with this result; they should be. #127-1958 PORSCHE 356A Speedster. is fully serviceable. Short-throw gear shifter. Nicely detailed underhood. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $25,300. This car brought more than some expected, though I say it was on the money. Instead of a poorly finished example with soso paint and a built-at-home feel to it, this car looked like it was well screwed together and had a host of upgrades and improvements. It cost $10k more than a middling example because it's worth $10k more. #185-1957 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL roadster. S/N 1980427500116. Eng. # 1989807500115. Red/gray leather. Odo: 41,549 miles. Sale includes an unusual Gullwing style removable hard top, said to be factory built and one of a kind. Older paintwork shows some flaws, and some appear to be longstanding. Some chips to the nose as well, but very good S/N 83847. Eng. # 81229. Aquamarine blue/ blue cloth/red leather. Odo: 91,873 miles. The catalog says that this is a matching-numbers example restored to a concours standard. The car card says that it's got a later 1600S motor. Excellent paint, with chrome to the same standard. Minor fit issues to the interior, with some wear, but well done otherwise. Excellent dash, flaws. Plexiglass side windows. Race seats and roll cage, Simpson belts, vinyl and cloth seats. Excellent detailing to 911 engine. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $145,750. I thought the low estimate was way optimistic at $85k, so imagine my surprise when it busted through the high estimate by over $20k. Like '69 Plymouths brought up to race specs with transplant engines and trannies, this Porsche resto mod triggered the imaginations of at least two RM bidders. #136-1961 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL with great gauges and steering wheel. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $121,000. Here's one that will have the boys down at the 356 club scratching their collective heads for a long time. I liked the presentation here—a decent example all the way. But the story here is engine discrepancy. Despite its later, non-numbers-matching motor, it still made well above the low estimate. Sometimes, my friends, a car sells well just because it's the pretty one. chrome. Delamination to windshield glass. Interior is still serviceable, with some wear to the less than perfect seats. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $264,000. Upon seeing this car, I nicknamed it the Gullster, only because Roadwing sounds like a Honda motorcycle. The unusual hard top is apparently factory-correct, a one-off done for a client who wanted the best of both worlds. A very interesting conversation piece at the next Gullwing group meeting. #172-1957 PORSCHE 356A cabriolet. S/N 61837. Eng. # 66809. Ivory/black cloth/ black vinyl. Odo: 86,663 miles. Recent repaint. Delamination to passenger side windshield, and good but not perfect gaps. Decent brightwork is mostly original. Recent top still has the original headliner. Seat backs are original, with one seat bottom replaced. Fog lights and luggage rack with period picnic basket. A nice #144-1958 MERCEDES-BENZ 220S cabriolet. S/N A1800308500115. Two-tone green/beige leather. Odo: 92,716 miles. Very good paint and chrome. Interior shows well, but with some flaws and wear issues, such as a chip to the driver's door wood and wear to seat bolster and carpet. Fitted luggage in the tidy roadster. S/N 19804210002855. Red/black leather. Odo: 79,018 km. Factory disc brake example, complete with hard top. Some minor paint flaws, including some damage to the front left wheel. Poor touch-up to paint chips on right door and rear fender. Center console is gathered, and the steering wheel rim is cracked, crazed, and pitted inside and out. Rubber is old to trunk and hard top. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $290,000. This car crossed the block as a nosale at $270,000, and I thought that was likely all the money there was in the house for this example. I suppose this result shouldn't surprise then, as all 300 SLs are blue chip investments and will remain so long after the crowd that remembers these cars new is gone. #199-1969 VOLKSWAGEN KARMANN GHIA convertible. S/N 149860034. Red/ black. Odo: 4,405 miles. Paint looks attractive from afar, but up close it is not so nice. Decent chrome, but most has some issues, including dings and scratches. The top is serviceable, but trunk. Underhood is well-detailed. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $85,800. This car brought a good bit more than I would have expected. The overall condition was nice, but this example traded hands for close to show-car dollars. I suppose that in a few years this will seem very inexpensive, but on this day it just seemed overpriced. #190-1958 PORSCHE 356 Green Hornet coupe. S/N 101887. Dark green/black. Odo: 6,632 miles. A Porsche resto mod. Said to have cost over $150,000 to build, with later 2.7 RSspec 911 motor, disc brakes, Weber IDA carbs, and 901 type 5-speed transmission. Excellent paint and very good brightwork, with some 84 not well-fitted, with plenty of dry and cracked gaskets. Interior is no better, with carpets peeling back and all trim in need of paint. Good seat vinyl. Grant GT steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,600. The badge on the back identified this car as having the dreaded auto stick shift. Having owned a Squareback with Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL said device, I can attest that it was a living hell. Apart from that, I didn't really like anything about this car—a pig with lipstick in every way. And that from a guy who likes Karmann Ghias. #165-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SEL 6.3 sedan. S/N 10901812005324. Midnight Blue/blue. Odo: 23,929 miles. Seller states this car was a bare shell restoration, with mechanical and all other systems replaced with all genuine M-B parts, new chrome, and wood. Much of the brightwork is dull and lackluster, scratched, and in need of a complete polish. Paint quality is only decent, with orange peel, got very lucky here. Had I wanted one, I would not have written a check for half this amount for this car. #168-1988 PORSCHE 959 Komfort coupe. S/N WP0ZZZ862JS90093. Charcoal Gray/two-tone gray leather. Odo: 10,292 km. Consignor claims a recent $60,000 major service, and that the car is U.S.-legal with EPA ITALIAN TOP 10 No. 1 #142-1960 FERRARI 250 GT SWB Competition berlinetta. S/N 1757 GT. Eng. # 1757 GT. Red/gray leather. Odo: 48,797 km. Excellent paint, with chips to the front end and lots of road wear to the undercarriage. Borranis are caked with dirt and brake dust. No wipers. Excellent crackle finish to dash. Good seats, though the carpet looks out of place in and signs of poor prep. New leather and new carpets, but plenty of trim has needs, including the chrome, seat belts, and gauges. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $16,500. Despite spending lots of money on this car, this was nowhere near a restored example. Instead, it was just a used car with lots of replaced parts. I'd say the vendor and DOT releases. A nicely presented used car. Paint appears largely factory, with good blackout trim, and no age wear noted. Glass is etched with last digits of VIN. Driver's seat bolster worn. Bridgestone tires have seen better days. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $286,000. “Sport” und “Komfort” were the two ways you could get your 959, and both are still highly sought after these days. Although it wasn't spectacular in the condition department, this Komfort model sold comfortably within the pre-sale forecast of $250k to $300k. The 959 is one modern Porsche that will remain a top dog long after others are forgotten. a competition car. Underhood is tidy, but not detailed. Gummy Dunlop non-radials. Looks like it was driven here from the track. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $2,750,000. Multiple millions should no longer surprise for any alloy-bodied 250 GT SWB. This example, the cover car for the auction catalog, was presented along with period competition photographs and a race history dating from 1960 through 1962, show- June 2006 85


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author ing many first-place finishes in both races and hill climbs. Accurately described in the catalog as no “garage queen,” this SWB looks and is ready for its next race. #173-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 Daytona coupe. S/N 416927. Dark blue/creme leather. Odo: 61,385 km. Sold new in Belgium. Eurospec, a/c, AM/FM/8-track. Paint shows a half-inch bubble at right front corner of hood, otherwise it's OK. Good brightwork, with unusual nerf over-riders on the front bumper. Very good seats that appear to have fresh leather, #154-1934 PACKARD TWELVE run- about speedster. S/N 902172. Black/black leather. Odo: 71. Big and handsome, with lots of styling goodies. In many ways, it's not too dissimilar from an Auburn Speedster on steroids. Light paint scratching is only visible under some light, but still an excellent job. Very good was high for the condition, but this appeared to be a nice example in must-have colors. #156-1928 CHEVROLET OGTS Barrel- Back speedster. S/N 8150. Woodgrain/woodgrain. Odo: 20,071 miles. The OGTS stands for Orville Green Termite Special. A home-built car using wood scraps, plenty of imagination, and a few 55-gallon drums of glue. Built on a 1928 Chevy sedan frame. There was no money for using the hardwoods Orville had hoped though the dash mouse fur lacks fuzz. Excellent carpets. This is a car that could be made nicer with relatively little trouble. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $192,500. I personally don't think this car was as bad as it showed, and any classic car dealer worth his salt could have had this car looking retail ready with a $10,000 bill. The detailer's loss was the buyer's gain. Even if this sounds expensive now, let's check back in a year. #203-1980 FERRARI 308 GTBI coupe. S/N ZFFA01A0033487. Red/black leather. Odo: 3,483 miles. Mileage claimed to be original from new. Paintwork appears original, with excellent glass, gaskets, and blackout trim. Some cracking to driver's seat bolster. Original for, so lumberyard scraps were used instead. Unusual to say the least. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,300. Woodn't you rather have a Chevrolet? A tribute to the skills you could have learned in woodshop, and a treemendous effort at that. I don't think I'm going out on a limb here to say it is one-of-a-kind. Described as an early art car, and at this price, no harm done for something eccentric and fun. #140-1929 DUESENBERG J Clear Michelin tires are still like new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $50,600. I'm going to call this one worth the money, even though I want to call it a bargain. I'm not a big 308 fan, and I'd much rather have the Targa if I had a choice. No news in the catalog about whether the belts had been done recently. Forget the miles; the belts need to be done on a calendar basis as well. AMERICAN #139-1916 STUTZ BEARCAT roadster. S/N 4C4127. Yellow & black/black leather. RHD. Odo: 62,380 miles. Despite some use-related wear, the paint is holding up well and still looks good. Excellent brightwork, except the cowl band, as it shows some heavy scratches. Excellent leather, but the floorboard area shows use wear. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $275,000. Arguably one of the first true sports cars, Bearcats never fail to bring a smile to anyone who has driven or ridden in one of these magnificient motorcars. The price paid 86 window felts. Interior looks like it is from a car with few miles since restoration. Nice. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $693,000. Having gone through a downward slide for the past few years, Model J Duesenbergs seem to be picking up steam in today's marketplace. It's tough to believe that in this era there are numerous Dodges and Plymouths that bring more than these grand American classics, but that's an example of how quickly and permanently markets can change. Vision sedan. S/N 2209. Eng. # J187. Twotone blue/blue leather. Odo: 33,851 miles. Restored in 1997 while part of the Imperial Palace Collection, with work performed by the Southern District Correctional Center. The inmates did a good job; it's holding up handsomely nine years later. No flaws found in the coachwork. Excellent chrome, and great fit to the vinyl roof section. Light wear to the brightwork. Inside is well done, with excellent leather, carpets, and door panels. Dash is very good, with clean gauge faces and good trim. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $533,500. This was one of two specials built by well-known restorer Fran Roxas, done in the style of LeBaron. It sold well above the $400k high estimate, but still far less than an original LeBaron-bodied car. Fully priced at this number, and possibly a bit more. #126-1951 FORD COUNTRY SQUIRE Custom Deluxe woody wagon. S/N B1EG123289. Light blue/tan/black vinyl. Odo: 43,886 miles. Added underdash a/c. Wood shows well, but some minor cracking is evident. Older paintwork is still good but not show quality. Pitting is easy to find on the chrome, but glass is very good. Interior is a letdown, with wear to the low-quality vinyl seat covers and poor fit to floor mats. Decent dash, fair headliner, and very good door panels. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $67,100. A ten-footer poster boy, I was expecting this example to be much nicer close up than it turned out to be. I would have figured this car at half the price, so I'd have to say this sales result is nothing short of impressive. I still think I'm right, but hey, I saw a future in New Coke as well. #129-1951 OLDSMOBILE 98 convert- ible. S/N 519B5566. Flint Gray/black cloth/red leather. Odo: 42,713 miles. Purchased by the current owner at the 1996 Fall AACA Hershey meet. Fully restored since, and the winner of many awards. Just about a bit nicer than new, with excellent chrome and metallic paint, and good-fitting cloth top. Underhood is done to show standards, with only the lightest of wear. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $121,000. Maybe GM Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author This handsome car not only had a good presentation, it had a good look as well. In light of recent American prototype sales, one might call this a minor bargain. #102-1953 ALLSTATE COUPE. S/N should reconsider the death of Oldsmobile. This was a home run hit out of the park, a hat trick, a 100-yard touchdown run. Yes, it was a great example, but in rather drab colors, at a sale in which it might easily been lost among more important cars, this was a great result. Twenty-one thousand over the high estimate says it all. #114-1952 BUICK ROADMASTER Series 70 wagon. S/N 16695591. Green/green leather. Odo: 79,488 miles. Wood is well finished and in good shape. Lots of chrome, and it follows suit. Very good paint, though some minor trim items, like the lower tailgate hinges, need work. Interior is very clean and well 2328. Maroon/maroon vinyl. Odo: 179 miles. Older paint to a fair standard, with some pitting and scratches on chrome. Excellent glass; gaskets are not fresh but are excellent. Seat covers are just that—not original fabric. Replacement floor mats are carpet. Fair car done to a fair standard. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,100. One of just 2,300 Allstate cars built, this was the of badges, add-ons, and gee-gaws. Interior is leather and also well worn, but overall a great look to a very cool old race car. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $110,000. Selling for $70k over the high estimate, this sale—which benefited the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Charities—had the house electrified. Dubbed the “Satan of Morimar,” it's a hillclimb and race car of note. It's possible that no other car at the sale drew as much attention or admiration as this pleasingly out-of-place Hudson. I wouldn't have minded if this one followed me home either. Sears version of the Kaiser-Frazer Henry J. Allstates differed some in styling, but also had Sears Allstate brand tires, belts, and battery from new. A great “starter” classic, not much money and dirt simple to fix. Many Henry Js and Allstates were modified into drag cars in the '50s and '60s, and stock ones are rarer than you might think. done, with excellent small chrome and dash, as well as leather and carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $52,800. Mid-estimate price achieved, no history made there. Among the last of the true Woodies, this Buick is best described as having a steel body with wood trim, rather than the full wood bodies of earlier wagons. Overall, no harm done, and both buyer and seller should be happy. #162-1952 CHRYSLER THOMAS SPECIAL SWB coupe. S/N C51834214. Black/biscuit leather. Odo: 13,156 miles. Excellent metallic paint is not only well-applied but shows no signs of age. Straight sides and gaps, with all brightwork top notch. Excellent glass, though some window felts show age. Kelsey-Hayes wires are excellent. Very nice fit to the interior. Excellent dash, and yards more leather than you would expect. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $715,000. One of a handful of Chrysler and Ghia design collaborations from the early '50s to showcase the former's new Firepower Hemi V8. Some looks have aged better than others. #150-1953 CADILLAC ELDORADO convertible. S/N 536244493. White/red & white vinyl. Odo: 758 miles. Older restoration. Some paint match issues from front to rear on what is otherwise a pleasing example. Enough chrome to keep a plating shop owner in boat payments for a year, most of which is good or better. I'm a little worried about the fit to some of the panels, but most are OK. Leather shows slight wear, with one or two flaws evident, #178-1957 CHRYSLER 300C convert- ible. S/N 3N573107. Black/black cloth/tan leather. Odo: 33,320 miles. 392-ci V8 is from a 1958 Chrysler. Shows very good paint, with a nice top and excellent chrome, The great color combo really helps here, as the tan leather looks great. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $125,400. We've seen this one before. Sold at RM Biltmore in 2003 for $73,700 (SCM# 30276). Then it popped up one year later at RM Amelia Island, where it went for $75,900 (SCM# 32677). After a year off, it's back at Amelia with this stellar result. My, what a long vacation (or is that a rising market?) can do for you. TOP 10 No. 4 #164-1963 SHELBY COBRA 289 Le Mans race car. S/N CSX2136. Black/ black leather. Odo: 211 miles. 289-ci V8, 4x2-bbl, 4-sp. Shelby American team car, as well as Ed Leslie's '64 SCCA A/Production National Champion. Very good paintwork overall, including a small scrape on top of driver's seat. Underhood confirms the older restoration status, with a loose hood pad. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $132,000. One of only 352 Eldorado convertibles built in 1953. A mid-estimate sale, this was a touch higher than I expected, but not too much to pay for one of these rare Eldos. It's the essence of early 1950s factory cool, at least for the “in the money” set. #171-1953 HUDSON HORNET Twin H-Power sedan. S/N 7C245006. Blue & gold/blue leather. Odo: 51,932 miles. 308-ci I6, 2x2-bbl, 3-sp. Old school metalflake paint looks to have been in place for years, with lots of scratches both to it and the chrome. Full 88 now with some stone chips to the rear fender. Minimal brightwork, but what's there is good. Good leather and carpets. Glovebox vinyl is loose, the only flaw to an otherwise excellent dash. Dunlop racing tires look to be retreads. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $1,650,000. $1.65 million and all I got was a lousy set of retreads? The catalog presentation on this car was well done, complete with period racing photographs Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Amelia Island, FL Column Author and a chart showing this chassis's history as a factory team Cobra. A substantial premium was paid for this car's race history, but with this much documentation, it's quite understandable. Not cheap, but possibly a very good buy. #177-1963 FORD GALAXIE 500XL con- vertible. S/N 3E69R238220. Red/white vinyl/ red vinyl. Odo: 41,918 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4bbl, 4-sp. Not a fresh restoration, but very nice throughout. Excellent paintwork and chrome. One or two issues found in the bodywork, but not enough to cause any worries. All brightwork well done, with excellent vinyl and nice original console. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $48,400. An appealing example, so much so that I ended up the under bidder on this car for a client of mine. Just a tad pricey, but a clean, solid example throughout. #160-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- but not overdone. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $214,500. I'm happy to report that the only Shelby GT350 H I ever owned I bought for the princely sum of $1,350, selling it on to a greater fool who had $1,500 in his pocket. Speculators should have seen the era of the $200,000 GT350 H coming. It just happened to arrive sooner than we all imagined. #195-1967 FORD MUSTANG GTA con- is excellent, though some fit issues could be resolved with a little work. Very nice interior is correct and well-presented. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $81,400. A Galaxie with lots of eye appeal, and an off-the-charts sale price as a result. “427 and 4-speed” is the universal code for “the one you want.” In red with red interior makes it even more so. Not shocking, I suppose, but surprising for sure. TOP 10 No. 7 #137-1965 SHELBY GT350 R fastback. S/N SFM5R102. White & blue/black vinyl. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Shelby American Team car, ex-Bob Johnson. Excellent paint, finished to a standard far better than race car quality. Excellent brightwork, plexi side windows, and enough to hide a rust bubble on the passenger side. Very good chrome as well. Overall, a pleasing presentation. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,900. Big money for a car that shows rust, even if it is only the size of a quarter. This car's appeal is almost universal. Mustangs have always been perceived as obtainable and never snobby. Quite expensive by today's standards, but likely a decent investment. #187-1967 DODGE CORONET R/T con- windshield. Race front and stock back seats are well detailed and prepared. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $990,000. One can assume this car never looked as nice as it did here, which includes the day it left the factory. Just $10k short of a million dollars, it came close to being the world's first million-dollar Mustang. #135-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S673. Black & gold/black. Odo: 32,691 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A rare, early production 4-speed example of the Shelby and Hertz marriage that spawned a thousand “rent-a-racer” offspring. Waviness to the rear sail panel, but otherwise very good prep and finish to the paint. Graphics are good and well-applied. Chrome is bright, with good glass and gaskets. Interior is stock and in the original style. Done 90 vertible. S/N WS27L77210382. Silver/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 77,047 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Clean presentatoin, with paint to a good standard. All brightwork is well done, and only minor pitting to the vent windows keeps it from perfect. Vinyl top is a good fit, and the correct grain for Chrysler products. Interior is vertible. S/N 7F03S170703. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 58,565 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. GTA package—the A stands for Automatic. Styled steel wheels, fog lights, hood scoops, luggage rack. Tilt steering and a/c help complete the package. Very good paint, though not good brightwork. Underhood is stock and well-presented. Original style interior shows well, with very good console, seats, and carpets. Wood steering wheel and shift knob. Overall, a solid example. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $225,500. As Shelbys continue to reach previously unheard-of levels, this example illustrates what can happen when two or more bidders chase each other to the top. A year ago this price would have been hard to imagine. Today it only seems 20% over market. #112-1977 CHEVROLET SCOTTSDALE Redneck Power pickup. S/N CCL447Z152333. White/red vinyl. Odo: 10,549 miles. ExPresident Jimmy Carter's colorful brother Billy Carter's ex-pickup truck. Just the thing for the “Git-Er-Done” crowd. Paint appears largely original, and the graphics show signs of repaint and renewal. Looks to have been stored back. S/N 8T02R21324803973. Highland Green/black vinyl. Odo: 12,531 miles. 428-ci V8, Well polished, you could even say it was soft to the touch. Some flaws to the metal flake, as well as a bit of orange peel. Excellent outdoors despite the low miles, with some pitted chrome. Inside is nice but dirty. This is the very one made into a Revell model. Sale includes a few cans of Billy Beer, along with a Revell model kit. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,250. As Jimmy Carter's status continues to grow, Billy's status is shrinking into a footnote of history. That said, if there is ever a museum of redneck history, this would have to be a centerpiece attraction. Arguably worth the money as a survivor truck, I say this piece o' Americana was very well bought. Yee-Doggies!u Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, France Column Author Automobiles de Collection When the hammer fell, an alloy-bodied 1955 300SL with ties to Lance Reventlow stunned many with its near-million-dollar pricetag Company Artcurial Date February 12, 2006 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Hervé Poulain Automotive lots sold / offered 28 / 64 Sales rate 44% Sales total $5,039,986 High sale 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Alloy coupe, sold at $941,166 Buyer's premium Ex-Count Trossi Alfa 6C Report and photos by Richard Hudson-Evans Market opinions in italics Paris, France T o coincide with Retromobile, French auction house Artcurial held its season-opening sale at its usual Palais des Congrès shopping-mall setting, a stone's throw from both the auto show and the sale hosted the same weekend by Christie's. Aimed at essentially the same audience, Christie's may have had an advantage coming in because of its proximity to the masses, but Artcurial's event featured nearly twice the number of consignments, a factor that would figure into a higher sales total by close of business Sunday. Artcurial broke the sale into two distinct parts, with an international smattering of cars coming first, followed by an all-Italian menu later in the day. One impressive performer from the first half of the auction was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupe, an alloy-bodied car with distant connections to Lance Reventlow. When the hammer fell, it took top sale honors at $941,166, the biggest result for a Gullwing seen in quite some time. Auctiongoers also applauded the substantial $314,974 result for a 1967 Alpine-Renault with triple Le Mans provenance. By contrast, there appeared to be no interest in the catalog's cover car, a turbine-powered 1956 Renault Etoile Filante record breaker that drew an insufficient $178,500 and remained unsold. That it spent the weekend on display at Retromobile meant potential buyers could not inspect it with the kind of scrutiny it deserved. Nor did bidders muster the resources necessary to buy an odd 92 1938 center-drive Alfa Romeo Jankovits during the sale's latter half, and bidding topped out at $416,500. During that “Belles Italiennes” part of the bill, buy- ers turned out for most of the important cars, including a faithful Maserati 250F recreation from the workshop of Cameron Millar, which hammered sold for $521,484. More modern fare included a Lancia Martini LC2 race car, the tenth and last such chassis built, which attracted $474,853. Ferrari was fairly represented as well, with six of 13 models selling, including a handsome 1964 500 Superfast that achieved a strong $414,898. Following the abandonment of its pre-Christmas fix- ture, Artcurial was fortunate not to lose consignments to competitors, especially that brace of Ferraris, which might easily have been relegated to the end-of-year Bonhams Gstaad sale. In fact, the cancellation may well have been responsible in part for this sale catalog being so amply stocked. Though it successfully caters to all sectors of the collec- tor-vehicle market, Artcurial might interest more English speakers in its calendar—and in the cars themselves—if it were to publish full catalog translations in English, as the text proved less than helpful in getting at a car's story. Going beyond even that, conducting its sales in part in the auction lingo generally recognized as international (yes, we mean the Queen's language) might see stronger results in the future. A chauvinist? Moi? Mais oui.u Sports Car Market 16% on the first $119,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices)


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Column Author Artcurial Paris, France ENGLISH #11-1954 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER DAWN sedan. S/N LSNF17. Black/tan leather. Odo: 94,598 km. A three-owner example, subject of an extensive restoration some years ago. Panel fit and shut are good, with only minor cosmetic wear to the paint, chrome, and Clean, refurbished interior looks nice. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $22,684. Unless they've got an open top and are in stunning order, prices for post-war Alvis cars of this vintage continue to drop as the marque's fan base diminishes, or else seeks out ever-older models. This price was about right. #16-1961 ASTON MARTIN DB4 Series III coupe. S/N DB4659R. Eng. # 370696. Sage Green Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 3,724 km. Fully restored in the recent past. Panels and fit are perfect, with sharp paint and chrome. Very nice interior, with new carpets edged in leather. Mechanically refurbished by marque specialist Pierre Lamy, with motor upgrades FRENCH #2-1935 AVIONS VOISIN C25 Clariere sedan. S/N 50017. Eng. # M2550017. Black/black. RHD. Odo: 13,800 miles. The low mileage reading is almost certainly accurate. Having survived WWII intact, it then gathered dust in at least two French museums. A complete, original, and unmolested timewarp, now in need of a major overhaul of leather. Interior wood is unmarked. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $53,874. The quality of that older resto was apparent just about everywhere you looked on this car. Silver Dawns aren't the most sought after of the Rolls line, but fine examples like this one will bring a strong price. #17-1957 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL Flying Spur sedan. S/N BC6LCH. Tudor Gray Metallic/tan leather. Odo: 44,957. Mileage is authenticated by odometer readings recorded on maintenance bills on file. Fairly recent restoration, with sharp paint and slightly polish-scratched chrome. The retrimmed leather of Cosworth forged pistons, GT cams, triple Webers, and a head converted to take unleaded gas. No bumpers, firmer springs, comp-spec anti-roll bar, electrical system on/off toggle, and fire extinguisher beneath dash. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $188,403. Astons of all shapes and sizes continue to pull strongly, and here was no exception. Outfitted with all manner of tasteful performance bits, and completed in a highly professional manner, this DB4 brought more than $45k over forecast. Worth it, I'll say. #48-1979 MASERATI 250F Recreation is lightly worn and the carpets are marked. Excellent wood dash. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $155,095. Typically, when an S1 brings this kind of money, it either has a fastback roofline, or no roof at all. This car's presentation made all the difference here, as is sold for nearly $15k over estimate. #7-1960 ALVIS TD 21 Series 1 coupe. S/N 26216. Bordeaux/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 18,613 miles. Mileage seems likely since the last restoration. Thick repaint to the sound panels, with some marks to both paint and chrome. plenty of shows. Still very sharp for a competition car, with few marks to paint or plating. Well-cared for by Hall & Hall. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $521,484. This got plenty of attention before the sale, including some studied looks from serious players on the historic racing scene. Not only was it a well-executed replica, but thanks to some original parts—notably the engine—it had some gilt-edged provenance to its name as well. Pre-sale it was difficult to price. Now we know. 94 single seater. S/N CM4. Eng. # 2505. Red/ black. The fourth car built by Cameron Millar, with U.K.-produced chassis and body. Freshly rebuilt engine claimed to be an ex-Fangio 1954 Argentine GP original. The car uses many period parts from Centro Sud Maserati racers. Since completion in the early '80s, it's been much evented, from Monza to Monaco, plus Still structurally sound, though the paint and chrome are marked. Grubby leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $63,797. Despite post-WWII shortages, Anthony Lago found the materials to make 120 of these. Thanks to an attractively set estimate, this discreetly elegant coachbuilt raised $10k over estimate, though still it was a fair price. #20-1967 ALPINE-RENAULT A210 race car. S/N 1726. Alpine Racing Blue/black. Triple Le Mans competitor, including a 13th everything. Tres avant garde. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $124,760. You just don't see one of these every day. Broad, flat sides and rakish lines made for a very attractive combination here. Even at a price nearly $30k over estimate, this rare car was not only worth it, but is worth the cost of the pricey restoration that awaits it. It will certainly turn heads when it's finished. #12-1950 TALBOT-LAGO T26 RECORD Surprofile coupe. S/N 101033. Burgundy/ beige leather. RHD. Odo: 41,402 km. Full Lecoq body restoration in the early 1980s, along with a full mechanical makeover around the same time, and since museum-exhibited. Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, France place in 1967 with Vinatier and Bianchi at the wheel. Works team paint job and race stickers look authentic but are nearly matte. Interior is strictly functional, much marked, and most likely much as-raced in period. R8 Gordini F2 1470-cc motor, with throttle-slide injection, on display beneath Perspex rear window. Recently part of Loheac Museum, but occasionally run. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $314,974. Thanks to highprofile pre-Le Mans event warm-ups and also the Le Mans Classic weekend at the Sarthe circuit, good period Le Mans provenance is top of the pops right now. A French racer at a French auction therefore could not fail to sell well. GERMAN TOP 10 No. 8 #22-1955 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Alloy coupe. S/N 1980435500189. Eng. # 198980550210. Silver metallic/red leather. Odo: 86,043 miles. Body number 5500003. One of just 29 such lightweight Gullwings built to special order. Shipped new to M-B of New York, and thought to have been acquired by Lance Reventlow. Fully restored, albeit sympathetically and as per original spec, with a nice patina. Engine was replaced a thousand clicks ago. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $42,532. These were handsome when they first arrived, and 36 years later the 280SE is still fashionable. Though the coupes don't make wish lists like the cabriolets do, this was still strong money, but well deserved. #18-1971 PORSCHE 911S 2.2L coupe. S/N 9111301312. Eng. # 6310443. Blue metallic/black & white. Odo: 43,577 km. Two Texas owners. Claimed to have had a total restoration in 2004. Still presents well today. Near flawless paint and brightwork, unmarked interior, and very clean underside, including freshly re panels, paint, brightwork and and interior all unmarked. The engine and bay are similarly spotless and well-detailed, with what are likely the original ID plates still fitted. Knock-off Rudge wheels. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $941,166. Though all 29 are thought to exist, there are so few, and they are so prized in collections, that rare is the day these cars change hands. And when they do, you can expect to pay. This price was nearly $200k more than alloy coupes have traded for in the recent past. Not long then until these join the million-dollar ranks. #10-1967 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 lim- ousine. S/N 10001212000982. Blue/parchment leather. Odo: 62,181 km. Received a comprehensive mechanical makeover in 2004. Recently repainted, with few marks and clean but polish-scratched brightwork. Leather was retrimmed at some time, and still looks decent, though the dash top veneer is lifting badly. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $42,532. Though it sold, it was one of the few cars that actually failed to live up to pre-sale expectations. A sharper presentation, particularly of the woodwork, might have improved its performance. #29-1970 MERCEDES-BENZ 280SE coupe. S/N 11102412004314. Midnight Blue/ Havana Brown leather. Odo: 44,037. Freshly repainted, with chrome unmarked and very clean, refinished alloys. Original interior shows Recent Il Biscione sales on eBay. #46063364-1961 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER Veloce 1300 convertible. S/N AR149510595. Eng. # AR131530676. Red/black/black & red. Odo: 62,500 miles. 14 photos. St. Gallen, Switzerland. Claimed genuine Veloce 1300. Engine number and carb numbers given in Q&A. Restored 10 years ago. Recently spent CHF 12,000 on “some little things,” including new radiator, exhaust, and generator. Comes with “one original Pininfarina hard top,” and...wait for it...”a flushy carcover.” One of the questions (from “Dennis” in Sweden) indeed asks where to get such a “beautiful car cover.” 23 bids, sf 25, bf 26. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $33,200. “Ziel Erkannt” is the slogan of a local St. Gallen brewery. It means “target sighted.” This auction was clearly targeted to Americans, with a $3,000 shipping quote, listing on eBay Motors U.S., and with all of the description in English. The buyer was indeed American, and, taking into account the shipping cost, paid $11k over SCM's guidance. #4613978738-1965 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA TI sedan. S/N AR457566. Eng. # AR00536. Green (AR209)/tan. Odo: 55,055 miles. 23 photos. Philadelphia, PA. Stored 30 years. New brakes, chrome, two-stage paint, and gas tank. Interior is original and perfect. 1600 engine is a 109-hp unit from a GTV, claimed to be “turn-key.” Transmission is “a pleasure.” Dual side-draft Webers are “in perfect tune.” And, regarding the polished Nardi steering wheel, “It's small pleasures like the feel of this wheel that make life worth living!” 24 bids, sf placed calipers and dampers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $68,050. Though its overall condition was not far from concours, it's difficult to rationalize this price. Yes, the work's been done for you, and yes, you could win just about any regional show to which you took it. But at this price, you also could have bought a very nice #2, and then another one for the Mrs. #28-1992 MERCEDES-BENZ 300SL Replica coupe. S/N GW1072. Silver metal 339, bf 2179. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $20,250. Laying it on thick, the seller says, “true Alfisti ALWAYS DRIVE SEDANS.” And with the non-original engine, the seller called it a “TI Super Duper.” Over-the-top commentary did not yield an over-the-top sale here. Price was in the middle of the range, and might have been a bit of a deal given the great-looking color and condition. “Numbers-matching” is usually only important with high-dollar or low-production cars. TIs are rare enough here that a swap—even for more horsepower—should hurt.u June 2006 95


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Column Author Artcurial Paris, France lic/black. Odo: 18,227 km. Genuine low mileage. Built in California, powered by a 2.5-liter six. Side and roof vents, 5-sp. manual, a/c, no bumpers, modern alloys. Still as originally supplied to M-B collector Rolf Meyer, with only minor cosmetic wear to the paint, interior, and engine bay. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $155,095. Sold for slightly more than what Artcurial and the seller had been seeking. A lot of money for what will never be anything more than a modern replica. ITALIAN #52-1938 ALFA ROMEO JANKOVITS roadster. S/N 700316. Blue metallic/blue leather. A unique and well-chronicled rearengined 3-seater, with the steering wheel mounted in the center. Conceived by the Jankovits Brothers, employing a Ricart-engineered experimental chassis and 2.4-liter Alfa #40-1952 CISITALIA 202 coupe. S/N 050. Eng. # 086. Blue metallic/gray leather. RHD. Odo: 3,737 km. Restored by Mario Galbiati in 1993. Raced in 2004 Mille Miglia. Minor nicks to the paint, with chrome showing polish scratches. Dash paint is nicked as well, with marks to the leather steering wheel. The 1,089cc Fiat four is clean. Period-riveted aluminum restored, with the new paint and chrome still very fresh, though the windshield is wipermarked. The retrimmed interior is clean. Correct 1.3-liter motor with twin Webers. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $39,696. Nearly fifty years on, the visual and mechanical appeal of these cars is stronger than ever. And for this example, expertly restored in and out, that translated to a stronger-than-ever price. Not a record, but solid proof yet again of the importance collectors are placing on these little hot rods. #30-1962 FIAT 600 Jolly. S/N 1208351. Light blue/blue & white/blue & white. Odo: 7,828 miles. Mileage is likely since the glossy restoration. Thickly repainted, now with chips. Decent chrome. Minor marks to the striped Surrey top, as well as the like-patterned interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $33,570. The fuel tank in front of the bulkhead is foolhardy. Nice Borrani knock-offs. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $154,700. Major historic event eligibility, rarity, and those stunning Pinin Farina lines, make these cars highly desirable in the market. And the tiny Fiat engines make them slow. Unfortunately for Artcurial and its vendor, bidding stalled long before nearing the $190k minimum. Wisely retained. #47-1956 MASERATI 150S race car. S/N six behind the cockpit. Restoration was completed last year. Villa D'Este ready. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $416,500. With no published guide price, there was no way to know how high was up on this one. This seemed like quite a big price, but perhaps the seller was holding out for something akin to January sales figures on some prominent American one-offs. More realistically, I'd say another two or three bids would have done it. #39-1939 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 Sport roadster. S/N 915041. Red/tan leather. RHD. Odo: 96,726. Formerly owned by the wealthy industrialist and gentleman racer, Count Carlo Trossi, as a Touring-bodied berlinetta. Rebodied in its current form during a complete restoration sometime before 2000, when chips in the rear fenders. Interior is purely functional. Engine bay is clean enough, so the bid couldn't have been too far off. Cond: 2. NOT SOLD AT $892,500. Though the seller clearly wanted more, no one in the crowd was willing to oblige. As a real car, with a real history, this 1.5-liter Maser indeed is worth a bit more, though it's difficult to imagine anyone shelling out more than a million for it. #36-1960 ALFA ROMEO GIULIETTA SPIDER Veloce roadster. S/N AR1495F11292. Red/black/black. Odo: 46,989 km. Recently it was then run in the Mille Miglia. General event wear to the paint, interior, and nonconcours engine bay. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $273,700. The seller was hoping for at least $285k here. Despite the value of Trossi's ownership history, the car could not escape its stigma as a retro-conversion without any period race provenance. 96 1668. Eng. # 1668. Red/black leather. RHD. Raced in the Mille Miglia in 1956 and 1957 by privateer Guy Michel. Last restored, including an engine rebuild, in 1977. Paint from then shows well, with some event marks and stone catalog photo showed it parked near a snowy, desolate road in what could have been South Dakota, a far cry from the car's natural environment. Whether actually employed for beach trips or, more likely these days, as a yacht-tobar transport, beach Jollys continue to pull at auction. Ready to go, this one duly generated nearly $4k above estimate. #51-1964 FERRARI 250 GTL LUSSO coupe. S/N 5487. Eng. # 5487. Silver metallic/tan leather. Odo: 1,698 km. Mileage likely since the recent restoration by Division One Italian specialists. Body refurbished by Franco Ferrari, with paint by Dino Cognolato, retrim by Luppi, mechanical bits sorted by Carlo Bonini, and Borranis redone by Rho. Absolutely mint everywhere. Cond: 1. SOLD AT $408,237. This car wanted for nothing, and the bidders recognized that. Arguably one of Pininfarina's greatest designs, Lussos continue to climb, and though this was a big price—the biggest at auction in recent years—this example fully warranted it. Well sold. BEST BUY #46-1964 FERRARI 500 SUPERFAST coupe. S/N 5981. Light blue metallic/ black leather. Odo: 58,071 km. 1964 Turin Motor Show car. Recent body restoration, with Sports Car Market


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Artcurial Paris, France $63,797. The buyer gave this modern “retro mobile” more credit than perhaps it deserved. These aren't exceptional cars, nor are they much sought after. Thus, the money dished out here seemed over-generous, even for a relatively clean example. BEST BUY unmarked paint. The original leather is only lightly crazed, and the new carpets are good. The V12 was rebuilt by Berlinetta Motors. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $414,898. We've seen this one before. It failed to sell in June 2005 at Sotheby's Maranello for $440k (SCM# 38631), and before that it failed at Christie's Pebble Beach 2003 for $250k (SCM# 36239). Using the 330 2+2 platform, Ferrari built a special machine in the Superfast. There was a lot to like about this example, and someone paid up. Still, it was bought at the low end of the range for a solid, no-stories car. #38-1966 MASERATI MISTRAL coupe. S/N AM109608. Silver metallic/beige leather. Odo: 8,039 km. Mileage since the total restoration in 2000. Paint, brightwork, and leather are all nearly unmarked. Very nice Borranis were #50-1968 FERRARI 365 GT 2+2 coupe. S/N 11799. Eng. # 24513. Blue metallic/black leather. Odo: 50,681 km. Body and interior restored by Gauzin in 1990, with the engine and transmission rebuilt by Vergottini and Beauzan. Externally clean, with only minor marks to the paint and brightwork. The interior appears a tad grubby. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $51,038. No one has ever really loved these cars, and deferred maintenance issues usually mean they come cheap, and ticking. From all appearances, this was a fine example, and well cared for. Knowing all that, and at this price, I'd call it a deal. #42-1969 FERRARI 365 GTC coupe. S/N 12017. Eng. # 12017. Blue metallic/black SOLD AT $208,388. Presented about as well as a 365 GTC with 75k miles can be presented. And the bidders responded accordingly. The upper end for these well-proportioned coupes has been creeping upwards lately. Whereas last year this price might have raised a few eyebrows, at this sale, this car, in this condition, was worth every penny. #53-1971 LANCIA FULVIA 1.6 HF Group 4 rally car. S/N 818540. Eng. # 002268. Red & black/black. Period Munari and Ballestrieri victories in Italian Rally Championship. Fully rebuilt to authentic factory team specs in Lancia Italia livery. No bumpers, extra lights, low-back buckets, co-driver's footrest. Stickers from 2004 and 2005 Rallye Historique Monte Carlo. Hence some recent but acceptable retro leather. Odo: 75,583 miles. Three owners. Straight panels with a very nice fresh repaint. Spotless brightwork. The older retrim by Luppi of Modena shows well. Clean and well-detailed engine and bay. Hard to find faults. Cond: 1. renewed more recently. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $55,291. This sale featured a host of near-pristine Italians, and this car was no exception. The Mistral's star has been on the rise for some time now. Not a metoric climb, but steady. This result was one more notch up the scale of market value, and the seller should be pleased. #58-1968 ALFA ROMEO 4R ZAGATO roadster. S/N AR393045. Whtie & black/black leather. Odo: 48,238 km. One of 92 1930s 6C 1750 look-alikes built using Giulia 1600 mechanicals and a body by Zagato. The fresh repaint is clean and well-done. The chrome shows some marks, and the much older leather is lightly worn. The engine bay is not prepped either for show or sale. Cond: 2. SOLD AT June 2006 97


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Artcurial Paris, France Column Author history declared or presented, this example sold well enough, as it will no doubt still be a formidable mount in the increasingly popular historic protoype series. #49-1984 LAMBORGHINI COUNTACH LP500 S coupe. S/N ZAC00500CLA12544. Black/black. Odo: 34,626 km. Minor stone chips to what could be original paint on the nose, wheel arches, and tail. The gold alloys are obviously repainted, and show many scuffs. event wear to the paint, alloys, and interior. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $193,324. A lovely HF, with significant history, which is eligible for the increasingly popular Post-Historic Rally category. No slouch in period on the world's rally circuits, in the up-to-1,600-cc class, it should still be very competitive. Hence the price, fully $20k above pre-sale estimates. #45-1973 FERRARI 365 GTB/4 DAYTONA Series 2 coupe. S/N 16325. Blue/ black & gray. Odo: 71,197 km. Recent body restoration with nice paint, good rechome and refurb to the alloys. The interior is older, possibly partly original, but shows a good patina. The original leather is cracked. Nothing mentioned about the maintenance upkeep. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $72,303. Despite the funereal color combination, this large piece of 1980s man-jewelry did quite well to attract the bid, up near the top of the market for a Countach with some minor needs. Let's hope that big V12 is healthy, or things could get ugly in a hurry. #43-1987 FERRARI TESTAROSSA coupe. S/N ZFFAA17B000069475. Black/ black leather. Odo: 25,400 km. Three owners. The fresh paint is unmarked, with spotless Fuchs alloys. The original interior is in good Engine bay shows well. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $235,035. A 1970s supercar in every way, and certainly no slouch today, either. Though it's a much steadier appreciation than in the late '80s, the Daytona is just one more consistent market climber in Ferrari's vast catalog. #57-1983 LANCIA MARTINI LC2 race car. S/N 0010. Martini livery/black. RHD. The final Dallara-designed LC2 chassis built up by the Mussato team. Claimed to be the ultimate evolution of this iconic prototype racer. Recently rebuilt and prepped by Toni Franco for historic Group C racing. Externally order, and the engine bay presents well. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $58,127. Presented in all-black, which makes for a welcome change from Rosso Corsa, this fine TR attracted nearly $11k more than even the most optimistic forecast. A surge in the market? Probably not, but good cars earning good money is always a healthy sight. #34-1993 ALFA ROMEO SZ coupe. S/N ZAR16200003000405. Red, black, & white/tan. Odo: 61,972 km. Mechanically refurbished, with upgraded brakes and Bilstein shocks. The recent repaint is chipped in places, smart, though only to competition standards. Seemingly on-the-button all around. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $474,853. Built specifically to take on Porsche's mighty 956, the LC2 proved a formidable weapon. Powered by a turbocharged Ferrari V8, it was often impeccable in qualifying, but proved a bit fragile during the longdistance events. Even without any period race 98 acceptable wear to paint, chrome, and leather. More displayed than driven. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $154,700. Another American in Paris that just didn't suit bidders' moods. This one failed by about $35k; however, had it been a real, original LeBaron roadster—a rare car indeed—it likely would have taken another $150k to secure it. #5-1932 PACKARD DELUXE EIGHT Series 904 town car. S/N 193347. Black/ black/black. Odo: 11,085 miles. First owned by HRH Maria Isabel Josefina Magdalena Teodora Gonzalez of Oleanta and Ibaretta, the Viscountess of Los Antrines, the Marquise of Valdeterrazo, the Duchess of Montpensier. Whew. Said to have been chateau-bound and the split rims are very marked. Some wear to the interior. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $26,228. Even though it had been freshened with a respray, it seemed the equivalent to dousing oneself with perfume to “clean up.” Clearly used and lightly modded, it still fell within the realm of reason pricewise, and was fair to all concerned. AMERICAN #4-1931 CHRYSLER IMPERIAL CG Series roadster. S/N 7800926. Eng. # CG3293. Sage Green/green leather. Odo: 91,817 miles. Received a full restoration in the U.S. to AACA Grand Classic 100-point standards. During the resto, it was rebodied as a LeBaron roadster. Now, it's growing old gracefully, with from 1939 to 1989. Largely original, but for a 1995 repaint, plus front and rear seat retrim in cord. Structurally solid, though now overripe for a makeover, with fold-down seats in back much moth-eaten. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $101,150. Rare indeed, this French-bodied Packard featured an extensive aristocratic past, if in name only. Again, wrong car for the crowd, and so it struggled. Another $30k would have done it, but that was never going to happen.u Sports Car Market


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Column Author Christie's Paris, France Automobiles de Collection—Retromobile The 1904 CGV is certainly the least masochistic way to participate in the London–Brighton Run Company Christie's Date February 11, 2006 Location Paris, France Auctioneer Emmanuelle Vidal Automotive lots sold / offered 22 / 34 Sales rate 65% Sales total $4,155,641 High sale 1952 Jaguar C-type, sold at $1,649,638 Can you think of a better reason to go to Paris in the winter? Report by Donald Osborne; Photos courtesy of Christie's Market opinions in italics Paris, France C hristie's fifth annual sale in Paris at the Retromobile show proved a success for the firm, at the same time illustrating the contrast between the European and U.S. collector car markets. Although Christie's calls its U.S. and U.K sales “Exceptional Motorcars,” it was perhaps instructive that the title for this French sale was the more prosaic “Automobiles de Collection,” or “Collector Cars.” Truly exceptional cars were few, with most being average. And with few exceptions, the results reflected the assortment. This is a pattern that has developed in recent Christie's sales—a bit of something for everyone—and it has led to some strong final tallies. In recent years, many auction regulars have commented on the lack of detailed preparation of cars offered at auction in Europe. Christie's took a step in the right direction by partnering with car care company Zymöl to clean and detail the consigned lots. It certainly made a difference here and helped to sell cars. Following a smattering of automobilia, charming French auctioneer Emmanuelle Vidal moved on to cars, and those that could rightfully lay claim to being exceptional found new homes at good prices. Chief among them was an exEcurie Ecosse 1952 Jaguar C-type in splendid condition, which hammered sold at a mid-estimate $1.65m. The catalog cover car, a lovely and rare 1904 CGV (Charron, Girardot et Voigt) Model H1 6 ¼-liter Phaeton, realized a low-estimate $445,358, a small bargain for a powerful and comfortable car with an all-important 100 Buyer's premium 15% on the first $100,000, 10% thereafter (included in sold prices) Vintage Car Club of the U.K. certificate. As such, it is eligible for the London–Brighton Run and would surely be the least masochistic way to participate. Other notable sales included a stunning 1950 Alfa Romeo 2500SS coupe, built with a “tubolare” frame by race builder Gilco, and housed in an elegant Ghia body. Previously sold by Christie's at Pebble Beach in August 2001 for $160,000, it seemed a good value here at $222,828. In addition, a hometown-favorite Citroën DS23 IE Chapron convertible made $209,738. As one of only four built, and based on the ultimate spec fuel-injected DS, it was handsome and well presented. A big price, yes, but try to find another. From the sublime to the heavenly ridiculous, the remnant of a 1958 FSO Warszawa M20 once owned by Karol Wojtyla, a.k.a. the late Pope John Paul II, crossed the block as well. Though listed with an estimate of $6,100 to $18,000, and reported to be no-reserve, shortly before the auction the vendor decided it should be worth more, and it was revised to become a reserve lot with an estimate in the range of $240k to $365k. It failed to sell at a very generous $71,400, and it may never get an offer like that again. Though still not on par with 2003's 72% sell-through and $6.5m total, Christie's numbers at this venue continue to show promise, and this year bested results from both 2004 and 2005. We recommend that Christie's follow their apparent plan of a wide and varied assortment, with less reliance on a few big “marquee” cars—in other words, don't put all your eggs, or cars, in one basket. It has worked for them so far.u Sports Car Market


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Christie's Paris, France BELGIAN #82-1925 MINERVA 30CV roadster. S/N 55880. Red/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 43,211 km. The rumble seat cover panel sits up at its leading edge; otherwise all panels and gaps are good. Very nice older paint, with some microblistering and bubbling. Good chrome, except for some fading on the radiator and spare-mounted side mirrors. The interior shows some scratches on the seats, but is clean overall. Odd chrome-plated wire wheels with red rims. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $238,000. A rare and imposing Belgian luxury car, though clothed in somewhat clumsy and inelegant Erdmann & Rossi bodywork. The older restoration is not to current standards and the whole car is ready for a total re-do to meet concours requirements. The bid seemed appropriate. ENGLISH #75-1923 ROLLS-ROYCE 20HP landaulette. S/N 81K6. Eng. # G514. Royal Blue & black/blue cloth & black leather. RHD. Odo: 6,089 miles. Very good paint, with some cracking on the wood cowl, doors, and roof panels. Straight panels and even gaps. Very good nickel trim, worn to brass on the radiator surround. Very good interior, with navy cloth in the rear and black leather up front. All wood trim shows a healthy patina. Horn and ivory door fittings. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $111,860. The Landaulette body was already old-fashioned by 1923, but this Hooper iteration pulls it off well. Handsome and ready for touring. Well bought. #77-1933 LAGONDA 3-LITER T7 tourer. S/N Z10590. Eng. # 2339. Dark red/black canvas/red leather. RHD. Odo: 9,983 miles. Good panel fit, older paint in good condition with some cracks and microblistering in the fenders. Chips on leading edge of left door. Very good interior, re-trimmed, but a bit too new looking. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $107,100. These Lagondas are 100-mph cars, comfortable and terrific for vintage rallying. Fully restored in the late 1980s, this example was still a handsome driver in good condition. The bid was light, but not by much. #65-1934 RILEY 9HP IMP roadster. S/N 6025443. Red/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 14,320 miles. One of 75 made. Good panel fit and paint, with some checking and stress cracks. Fair chrome, with some light scratches on the radiator surround and headlights, and pitting on the windshield chrome. Top bows are present, but no top seen. Newer seats, with original dash and steering wheel. Missing the speedo glass and needle. Wilson pre-selector gearbox. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $153,808. The Imp is a popular little trials and small-bore race car. Sort of a 3/4 scale Alfa 1750 Zagato, June 2006 101


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Christie's Paris, France Column Author it's cheeky and attractive. And somewhat slow, too, but certainly charming. I fell in love with this car, but almost fainted when the bidding passed $80k. The seller must be over the moon. Surely a record for the car. #69-1948 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER WRAITH limousine. S/N WCB23. Eng. # W151B. Black & yellow/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 34,200 miles. Variable panel fit. The older paint shows some stress cracking, shrinking, and small chips. The chrome ranges from fair to good, and all rubber trim is worn. Very and a nice patina to the original steering wheel. Cond: 1-. NOT SOLD AT $249,900. Superbly presented—much better than new—and ready for future runs in the Classic or any other international vintage race. Steel-bodied roadsters in this shape now draw at upwards of $100k. Add the big race and the price skyrockets. The seller was right to hold onto it. How high is up here? Perhaps a number closer to $350k would be right. TOP 10 No. 5 #86-1952 JAGUAR C-TYPE roadster. S/N XKC006. Eng. # E10088. Flag Blue Metallic/black leather. RHD. Odo: 17,302 miles. Panel fit is appropriate for a race car. Fair to good paint, with some cracking on the hood, cowl, and rear fender. The race interior shows a good patina. Delamination on tops of the aero screens. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $1,649,638. Ex-Ecurie Ecosse, it finished first in the 1952 good interior, with some staining on top of the driver's seat. Excellent wood trim. Divider window. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $48,939. An upright, razor-edge Wraith limo. Not terribly well-loved, but it wouldn't need a lot to be a much better car. Priced appropriately, therefore. #78-1949 JAGUAR XK 120 Alloy road- ster. S/N 670056. Silver/black canvas/red leather. Odo: 81,339 miles. Excellent panel fit and paint. Very good chrome, except for some rippling under plating on the front bumper, and light pitting under plating on the taillight housings. Clean re-trimmed interior, except for the pitted horn button surround. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $235,918. An early alloy-bodied 120, quite handsome in silver and red. Lots of money spent on the restoration, but a marque expert Jersey road race, its first victory. Many podium finishes in the ‘52–'54 seasons. Largely original, with an excellent look. Christie's tried to unload this Cat in December 2005, a no-sale at $1.9m (SCM# 39307). Documentation is all in buying a C-type, and despite the lack of a chassis plate, enough people thought this one was right. Market-priced. #61-1955 BENTLEY R-TYPE Continental fastback. S/N BC62D. Dark blue/gray leather. Odo: 17,222 miles. Excellent panel fit. Very good older paint, wtih some stone chips on the front end, a rub on the left front fender sill, and a chip in the bottom leading edge of the left door. Very good chrome, with some light Surprisingly good interior, with a nice patina, but a bit dirty in the rear seat area. Great HMV period radio. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $104,869. Ex-Peter Ustinov. Remarkably original, but now beyond “patina” and ripe for a full restoration. Bidders obviously put quite a premium on both the celebrity first ownership and the originality. Compare this price with the $114k realized for a #1 DB2/4 MkI DHC at the Bonhams Aston factory sale in June 2005 (SCM# 38679). A big price for the condition, with plenty more to spend in the near future. #83-1960 BENTLEY S2 CONTINENTAL drophead coupe. S/N BC107LAR. Sand/tan canvas/green leather. Odo: 71,991 miles. Very good paint, with a few scratches and ripples. Good chrome, with some light pitting and scratches. Handsome interior, with some dryness to the seat leather and wear to the top boot. Excellent wood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $132,834. A desirable, single-headlight S2 Continental convertible, in lovely colors. For a 3-owner car with a nice patina, the price was right in line, if not a bit of a bargain. #60-1965 JAGUAR XKE Series I 4.2 convertible. S/N J661E11275. Red/black canvas/black leather. Odo: 95,323 miles. Very good panel fit, with nice paint showing only some polish swirl marks. Stains from a leak in the right front headlight bucket. Very good chrome, with identified some details left undone, and others incorrect. This was a way-over-the-top result for a car not done to top standards. A seller's delight. #64-1951 JAGUAR XK 120 roadster. S/N 660449. Eng. # W26467. Pastel Green Metallic/fawn Bedford cord. RHD. Odo: 1,828 miles. Raced at Le Mans as a privateer entry with works support in 1951, finishing 11th. No other notable period race history. Run in the Le Mans Classic in 2002 and 2004. Excellent paint and chrome on straight panels. The new interior shows very well, with flawless seats scratches. Handsome interior, with an appropriate patina to the seats. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $262,098. This example of the “original” Continental coupe had a stunning presence in dark blue. Nicely refurbished rather than restored, and seemingly ready to cross the continent, as its makers intended. Fully but appropriately priced. #72-1955 ASTON MARTIN DB2/4 Mk I dhc. S/N LML889. Sea Green/tan vinyl/beige leather. RHD. Odo: 72,063 miles. Good panel fit, though the hood does not latch on the left side. Worn, uneven paint, with many nicks, scratches, and star cracks. Pop riveted repair panels at rear ends of both sills. Fair chrome, with pitting that is heaviest on door handles. 102 some light scratches. Excellent re-done interior with an over-varnished steering wheel. Later Blaupunkt cassette stereo. Black California plates. Cond: 2-. NOT SOLD AT $53,550. A handsomely presented Series I 4.2 rag top, which would make a nice driver. To make big prices in the E-type market, a car has to be perfect. This bid was light, but not by much. #81-1968 ASTON MARTIN DB6 Vantage coupe. S/N DB6336R. Eng. # 4003458VC. Regency Red/Magnolia leather. RHD. Odo: 6,152 miles. 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Christie's Paris, France Column Author #57-1957 CITROËN DS 19 sedan. S/N 18026. Eng. # 20202592. Gray & light green/ purple velour. Odo: 90,416 km. Variable panel fit, mostly as per factory. Faded, stained, and nicked paint, with pitted and cloudy chrome. the door mirror stem. Nicely trimmed interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $104,869. The highperformance Vantage variant, in handsome colors. The panel fit causes some concern, for who knows how such variance came to be. But at this price, especially in light of recent Aston surges, I'd still call it well bought. FRENCH #73-1904 CGV TYPE H1 6 1/4-Liter side entrance phaeton. S/N 2054. Dark blue & black/black canvas/black leather. RHD. CVG stands for Charron, Girardot et Voigt. Both rear Clean but faded interior, with plastic coverings still on the door panels. Cond: 4-. NOT SOLD AT $11,900. An early DS from the second year of production of this ground-breaking car. Originality is great, but this car needs almost everything—it is beyond “patina.” The bid was appropriate. #74-1973 MODEL DS23 IE cabriolet. S/N DSFG000FG0041. Silver/red/red leather. Odo: 94,379 km. Excellent panel fit. The paint is very good overall, with some small sinkholes in spots. Very good polished trim, showing only some light scratches. Superb interior with White/dark red leather. RHD. Odo: 6 km. Fair to good panel fit, with both doors out at the trailing edge. Older paint, with many stress cracks a few chips and rubs. Good chrome, with some light pitting scratches throughout. The seats have a nice patina, and the dash wood veneer shows some cracking. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $285,600. One of the first models of the newly merged Mercedes and Benz marques. An older restoration on a replacement body, the car also has no documented history from 1926 to 1992. Offered at several auctions in the '90s, finally selling at Coys London in 1997 for $383k (SCM# 22007; 2948; 20956). Given its provenance and condition, the bid should have sold the car. But given that Coys sale, obviously someone thinks it's come up in the last ten years, not gone down. #58-1959 MERCEDES-BENZ 190SL convertible. S/N 12104010014229. Red/red HT, black ST/red leather. Odo: 39,111 km. Variable panel fit. Thick older paint with orange peel, light scratches, touched-up chips, and a few small dents. Some bubbling at the front edge of the hood, rear quarter panels, and doors and hood fit well. Good paint, with some small chips. Very good brass trim, with a nice patina to the seats, dash, and floor wood. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $445,358. Certified by the U.K.'s Vintage Car Club as a 1904, guaranteeing eligibility for the London to Brighton Run. A handsome big tourer, and certainly one of the most comfortable ways to make the Brighton Run. Therefore, appropriately priced. #76-1910 CLEMENT-BAYARD TYPE AC 6-C coupe limousine. S/N N/A. Eng. # 837. Burgundy & black/Fawn cord. RHD. Older paint on cracking wood body panels. Some dents in the brass head and side lamps. Worn but serviceable interior, with many moth holes one small vinyl patch on the dash and a small cut in the top boot. Later removable stereo. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $209,738. The DS served as the unofficial car of France for nearly 20 years, spanning the socio-economic spectrum. This drop top is lovely and elegant in its own way, and very rare, just one of four built by Chapron. The price was huge, but the car cannot be duplicated. BEST BUY #56-1975 CITROËN CX 2200 sedan. S/N 01MC2291. Gold/beige cloth. Odo: 55,594 km. Typical wide but even panel fit. Very good original paint, with some scratches and stone chips on the right front fender and hood's leading edge. Small dents on left rear door bottom. door bottoms. Pitting, dents, and rust on the rear bumper, with pitting on the front bumper. All remaining chrome is fair. Good seats, with a nice patina. Faded, spider-cracked steering wheel and shrunken carpets. Later quartz dash clock. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $33,558. One-family owned and Italian-registered baby SL. Very tired looking, but driven across the Alps from Italy for the sale. I wouldn't dream of driving it back. This price would be unrepeatable in the U.S. in the cord and brocade trim. Cond: 4+. NOT SOLD AT $77,350. Imposing carriage-style body. One of two 6-cylinder Clement-Bayard cars known to exist, seen in the 1970 Blake Edwards film “Darling Lili.” An unusally democratic layout, allowing the driver inside the opulent interior with the passengers. Ready for your local coronation parade. Could have sold with no regrets. 104 Good chrome, with some fading on black trim. Very good interior, and nicely retrimmed seats. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $3,076. More compact and aerodynamic than the hugely successful DS it replaced, the CX was the last of the iconoclastic big Citroens. 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Column Author Christie's Paris, France of windshield. Good interior, with a nice patina to the seats and good wood. Some staining on the door panels, instrument surround, and top boot. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $45,220. Handsome color combination for this big Benz cabrio. Looks to be a good driver, but to bring it to show level would cost a great deal of time and money. This price was slightly too low for a six, but it's the V8 models that will bring the big numbers. #68-1973 PORSCHE 911S 2.4 targa. S/N 911SF9113310815. Blue/black cloth & leather. Odo: 79,516 km. Good panel fit, except the replacement engine cover corner profiles are incorrect. Good paint, with some blow-in on the right door and sinkholes on the front trunk. Fair to good chrome, with some staining on off, it was then shown on the Fiat stand at the 1953 Turin auto show. Not touched since. Very low mileage since leaving Cape Town. A true time capsule and quite fabulous. Well sold and bought. on the fender edges. Excellent brass trim. Seat leather is as-new. Recently bodied in Australia. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $69,913. Itala is best known as the winner of the 1907 Peking–Paris race, building sturdy, strong cars. This car, while attractive, doesn't have the presence you expect from an Itala. With no history beyond the last six years, and a body recently built in Australia, it requires a certain leap of faith as an investment. #84-1950 ALFA ROMEO 6C 2500 SS the brushed aluminum targa hoop trim. Worn carpets, tear in driver's seat bolster, dirty and worn door and window rubbers. Removable faceplate Blaupunkt stereo. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $30,762. A desirable 2.4-liter Targa. Clearly a driver, it shows all signs of being well used but also acceptably maintained. Nothing more, nothing less, but still over market for the condition. #79-1979 BMW M1 Procar racer. S/N 4301040. Eng. # M881208. White & blue/ black cloth. IMSA GTO Class winner, 1981. Previously run by BMW Italia in original M1 Procar series, driven by Bruno Giacomelli and Elio de Angelis. When run in IMSA, it wore the famous “Red Lobster” livery (a different car now runs in U.S. historic racing with that Tubolare coupe. S/N 64251. Eng. # 924866. Blue/light blue leather. RHD. Odo: 5,544 km. Excellent panels, paint, and chrome, with only some minor pitting on the vent window frames. The interior is as new, except for chipped paint on the gearshift knob. Built on a special lightweight Gilco tubular frame. Cond: 1-. SOLD AT $222,828. High-performance, three-carb model, in handsome Ghia “Supergioiello” and light pitting on the windshield surround. Incorrect Sprint center front grille, and the cap ends are missing from the left sill trim. Very good interior, but with slightly overstuffed seats and faded gauge faces. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $33,558. A late Giulia Spyder, and stunning in triple black. It seemed to sit a bit high in the rear, and the trim details let it down. Still, it received lots of attention during the preview and raised a very strong, above-market price. A little work will make this a much better car. #88-1964 MASERATI 3500 GT coupe. bodywork. Restored in the late '90s, it won at the Villa d'Este Concours in 2001. Sold at Christie's Pebble Beach in 2001 for $160k (SCM# 23313). Not used much since. I hope the new owner will enjoy it on tours and rallies rather than letting it sit. Priced right. #80-1952 FIAT 1900 Kontiki sedan. livery). Very good panel fit, except the right door sits out at the bottom rear edge. Excellent paint in “Denim” racing livery. Cond: 1. NOT SOLD AT $285,600. According to a former owner, this example was in a big shunt, which wiped out much of one side of the car. The repairs have been done very well, and safety updates made. Reported over $120k spent on the restoration, which exceeds race car standards. I can't imagine this bid was too far from the reserve. ITALIAN #66-1912 ITALA 14/18HP roadster. S/N 2986. Dark red/blue & gray leather. RHD. Odo: 19 miles. Very good paint, with light polish scratches throughout and small chips 106 S/N 105000112. White/beige leather. Odo: 18,463 km. Surprisingly good panel fit. The original paint is much cracked, pitted, and faded. Original event signs are painted on. All chrome is present, but shows pitting and scratching. Un-mounted rear bumper. Original race interior, with three ventilated leather dash soft trim. Pitting on door sill trim. Jensen stereo. Lucas injection. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $41,650. Refurbished rather than restored. The gray paint, dark brown leather, and navy rugs aren't the greatest color scheme, and overall the car seemed somewhat lackluster. With a basket case GT selling at Monterey in 2005 for $37k (SCM# 39147), surely this one was worth more than the high bid. But not much more, that's for sure. racing seats, auxiliary fuel tanks, and spare windshield inside. Standard production fauxtortoise shell plastic steering wheel. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $58,727. The winner of the 1952 Rallye Mediterranee, Alger–Le Cap, run over 16,000 km from Algiers to Cape Town. Washed #59-1974 MASERATI QUATTROPORTE Series II sedan. S/N AV123004. Beige/brown leather. Odo: 1,154 km. Excellent panel fit, with very good paint showing some orange peel. Good chrome, though the black bumper trim is cracked and marked at the front left Sports Car Market S/N AM1012178. Dark gray metallic/brown leather. Odo: 12,057 miles. The trunk lid sits off slightly, and the left door is out at the trailing edge. Good paint, with some sub-surface sanding marks and microblistering. Fair to good bright trim, showing some light scratching and pitting. The re-trimmed seats are in as-new condition, with wear on original lower #63-1963 ALFA ROMEO GIULIA SPYDER Normale. S/N AR376923. Black/ black vinyl/black & red vinyl. Odo: 93,254 km. Wide panel fits. Very good paint, with some polish swirl marks and a crack on the hood in front of the scoop. 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Christie's Paris, France SOLD AT $33,558. The lightly loved 400i automatic. This one was attractive, but far from perfect. This price would be hard to duplicate in the U.S. Is the market for 400s finally rising? We'll see. corner. Very good interior, with minor staining on the C-pillar trim. Excellent wood. Leathertrimmed trunk. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $76,904. The “missing link” in the family of 4-door Maseratis. Only a handful were made during the time when Citroën was busy selling the company. As strange looking in person as in photos, and unfortunately slow as well. If you wanted one, this is now the market price. #71-1983 FERRARI 400i coupe. S/N 45003. Light blue metallic/dark blue leather. Odo: 53,939 km. Variable panel fit. Very good paint, with a scrape on the right door and rear fender. Corrosion appearing in the recess between front fenders and wrap-around bumper. Very good satin and black trim. Seats show a good patina, but console sides just look worn. Some torn and loose door rubbers. Later Blaupunkt stereo and telephone. Cond: 3-. POLISH #62-1958 FSO WARSZAWA M20 sedan. S/N 35649. Light blue/blue vinyl & beige cloth. Odo: 50,055 km. Panels are approximately related to each other. The existing, mostly opaque paint has orange peel, and the left front fender was apparenly brush painted with textured paint. Rust shows at every seam and joint, with several rust holes in the sills. Worn and dirty, but complete interior, with future Pope John Paul II. Never the possesor of a license, he was chauffeured in this car and made it a gift to his driver. Changed from “noreserve” to a very high one at the sale. Had the bid been accepted and the car sold, it certainly would have qualified as the necessary third miracle for the late Pope's sainthood bid. AMERICAN #89-1927 CADILLAC SERIES 314 Dual Cowl sport phaeton. S/N 190. Eng. # 143850. Gray & dark gray/tan canvas/black leather. Odo: 54,278 miles. Good older paint on mostly straight panels, with some touched-up scratches. A few rubs and small dents. Some large holes in the headliner. Later “Safari 2” radio in the dash. Cond: 6+. NOT SOLD AT $71,400. Rare Polish-made FSO sedan, the first car registered to Karol Jozef Wojtyla, the wear on wicker trim. Very good chrome. Good interior, now showing some wear. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $104,869. An imposing dual cowl phaeton, and very rare at that. Shown at the 1927 New York Auto Show. An older restoration in decent touring condition, it proved a bit of a bargain at the price.u New Showroom Open! Call for info or personal appointment. Toll Free 888-886-2656 .www.investmentmotorcars.net Always Buying, Selling, Trading & Consigning 1966 Mustang “C” code Convertible, perfect restoration of a real Red car having a factory 4 Speed & A/C w/24 options! $39,500. 1966 Shelby GT-350 #6S365, documented 3 owners from new, set up for track events, 73K miles, fabulous opportunity. Call for price. 1966 Shelby GT-350H “Hertz Rent-a-Racer”, rare Ivy Green/Stripe delete, matching #s, auto; Magnums, frame-off restoration, the ultimate collectable! $159,500. 1968 Corvette 427/390 Coupe, matching #'s, fact. A/C & close ratio 4 Spd. (M-21), Silver w/ Gunmetal, power brakes, 64K miles. $42,500. 1969 Dodge Dart “383” GTS Convertible, a big block Dart w/a bench seat & a 4 Spd.,matching #'s, runs like new,ultra rare & perfectly restored. $79,500. 1970 Dodge Charger R/T 440/6 Pack, B5 Blue, 4 Spd.Pistol Grip w/4:10 Super Trac Pac, matching #'s, 16 options, complete Govier report. $135,000. 1970 GTO 455 H.O. Convertible, Sierra Yellow w/Sandalwood, 1 of 241, auto. w/A/C & cruise, minty matching # original, PHS report. $79,500. We are minutes from the Miami & Palm Beach airports...call me anytime June 2006 107


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Column Author RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL Boca Raton Collector Car Auction With a result of more than $18m, RM Boca Raton must now be considered a major player on the auction calendar Company RM Auctions Date February 10–12, 2006 Location Boca Raton, FL Auctioneer Brent Earlywine and Phil Faulkner Automotive lots sold / offered 308 / 418 Sales rate 74% Sales total $18,045,821 High sale 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy convertible, sold at $845,300 Buyer's premium 10% (included in sold prices) Kinney and the Espada he owned for ten minutes Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I Boca Raton, FL am a fan of the RM Boca Raton sale held each February. Let me tell you why. I like the location—the Royal Palms Polo Club is not far from either the Florida Turnpike or I-95, and is a 45-minute jaunt from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. I like the time of year—Florida in the winter is something of a no-brainer. And I have always liked the consignments—a varied mix dominated by attractively priced, under-$25,000 cars, but also liberally sprinkled with a selection of machines in the “upper brackets” as well. Donnie Gould is another reason to like this sale. In addition to being a part of RM's overall growth and success, Gould is RM's local promoter. His father was early classic car broker M.H. “Tiny” Gould, so you might say he was born into the classic-car business. Through his affable manner, deft business sense, and plenty of hard work, Gould has become a force in the auction world. That he routinely gives the public what it wants doesn't hurt, either. Now it seems that all those things I like about the Boca sale have caught on with a big group of auctiongoers. The payoff for Gould's and RM's hard work came this year, and it was there in droves. In fact, the three-day sale saw a higher dollar amount just for Saturday's portion than was realized for the entire 2005 total. And with 108 an overall result of more than $18m, RM Boca Raton must now be considered a major player on the auction calendar. Big-dollar sales included a 1956 fiberglass-bodied Cadillac Eldorado Brougham town car, another of GM's Motorama show cars, which changed hands for $781,100. High sale honors went to a 1929 Duesenberg J Murphy convertible coupe that sold for $845,300. Among the biggest surprises was a 1970 Pontiac GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible. When the dust settled, it hammered sold for an over-the-top $410,000, easily the highest number to date for any GTO. Various Shelbys were present here, with more than a dozen changing hands, including a 1965 Cobra 289 Dragonsnake roadster that brought $695,500, as well as a 1968 GT500 KR convertible that achieved $240,750. A Chicago-esque cold front moved in for Sunday, but it didn't stop the buyers from doing their thing. It only changed the way they dressed. For this mid-Atlantic resident, seeing the locals in their down parkas, gloves, and hats, nearly freezing in sub-40-degree weather was nearly worth the price of admission. If only we could get Donnie Gould to schedule warmer weather for all three days next year, this event would be darn close to perfect.u Sports Car Market


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL ENGLISH #426-1953 MG-TD roadster. S/N SPAGTD244760. Red/tan cloth/red leather. Odo: 1,255 miles. Light paint scrapes and torn metal at the hood edge are the biggest flaws to an otherwise excellent presentation. Brightwork is good to very good, with some wear and a big series of scratches on the radiator. Nice top, and includes full weather equipment. Good dash wood and excellent leather. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $21,133. These have largely gravitated out of the teens and into the low twenties for decent cars. This example was a touch overpriced, but no harm done. Some easy fixes here would make a big difference. #427-1960 AC ACE BRISTOL roadster. S/N 1000909. Red/black leather. Odo: 34 miles. 289-ci Ford race V8 fitted to an AC Bristol. Excellent exterior cosmetics, except for some fit issues in the front end. No serious flaws found in the paint, coachwork, or chrome. Interior shows well, with nice dash, great leather and carpets. A great presentation flawed only by the nose area. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $90,000. A no-sale on the block, it sold before the tent was packed away. Despite replacing the Bristol straight six with an aftermarket 289, it's no Cobra. But I'd much rather have this than a Tupperware example. Perhaps a little pricey, but check with me next year. #SP125-1967 AUSTIN-HEALEY 3000 Mk III roadster. S/N HBJ8L39357. Olde English White/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 52,238 miles. Nice paint and chrome on straight panels. Gaps are reasonable, but not perfect. Good glass and excellent wood, with interior in the correct style. Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $40,000. Not enough pop and polish here to bring the big bucks. Still, a decent example at what could have been a reasonable buy price. I hope the owner's not holding out for twice this number. It's worth more, but finding the next $5,000 or $7,000 might be tough. #SP87-1967 JAGUAR XKE S I roadster. S/N 1E13184. Sand/black cloth/black leather. Odo: 58,472 miles. Seller claims this was a photo-documented full restoration, with all receipts included. Two owners, with miles also claimed to be documented and correct. Very good all the way through, with paint, chrome, top, and leather all to the same high standard. June 2006 109


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Glovebox Notes A brief look at cars of interest that have passed through the SCM stable. HHHHH is best 2006 RANGE ROVER SPORT SUPERCHARGED Cond: 2+. NOT SOLD AT $75,000. $75,000 should have been enough to satisfy the seller on this one. The market keeps going up on all E-types, and as long as it does, this car will exceed that amount soon. Just not this sale weekend. #169-1974 MGB roadster. S/N GHN5UE366085G. British Racing Green/ white vinyl/saddle vinyl & leather. Odo: 69,158 miles. Nicely detailed exterior with good paint, but one or two scrapes and too much orange peel. Brightwork is good; rubber bumpers front and rear are excellent and do not show Price as tested: $76,150 Likes: Supercharged engine makes WWII fighter-plane noises and results in quick acceleration. Restrained, elegant exterior styling. Opulent interior. Gripes: Gas mileage indicator hovered between 8 and 9 mpg. Brakes touchy, and too much nose dive at initial application. Multiple center console switches confusing. Fun to drive: HH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Still the king of off-road vehicles, but how often will you take your $76k supercharged rig through the cactus? Smallish overall for the price, and should come with own refueling trailer. As gas prices increase and cultural tastes change, this has become the English Hummer.—Keith Martin 2006 TOYOTA RAV4 SPORT interior has good vinyl and dash wood. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $13,375. Well bought. TR6s have come into their own of late and likely will continue on an upward trend. This would be a great dual-use car for anyone just getting into the hobby, as frustrating and satisfying are two traits that go hand in hand with British cars of this era. #436-1988 ROLLS-ROYCE CORNICHE fade. Good quality top, but some cracking to the gaskets. Door panels are warped. A driver all the way. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $5,671. Plenty of upside here. With some heavy detailing, new door panels, and a little puff and buff, this MG could possibly bring something short of the teens. Without that effort, it's doomed to be just another driver in a world filled with many similar cars. #SP03-1974 JAGUAR XKE S III convert- ible. S/N UE1S23453. Red/tan cloth/Biscuit leather. Odo: 47,806 miles. Recent full restoration, with a bare metal respray to a very pleasing result. Paint is better than new, with no visible flaws. Top is fresh, with chrome and glass very nice. Interior is very good, with some light fit shows well despite the white color—a dirt and wear magnet. Excellent wood and good carpets. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $62,060. This one was a real eye opener. South Florida, like Southern California, is to Corniche convertibles what Nashville is to country music stars. I expected this car to come in at least $10k less, so I'll guess the seller was plenty happy here. Price as tested: $26,678 Likes: RAV4 grows 14.5” longer and 3”wider. Longest wheelbase in class improves ride. Spacious rear seat, handy storage without third seat. Sport suspension reduces tippy effect. Excellent finish, quiet at speed, intelligent interior with simple controls, multiple cupholders, 9-speaker sound system. Sideways rear door better than hatch, external spare superior to underfloor mounting. Gripes: 166-hp, 4-cylinder is slow off the mark with so-so mileage and negligible towing capacity. Buy muscular 269-hp, V6 instead. Sidebags should be standard. Fun to drive: HHH Fun to look at: HHH Overall experience: HHH Verdict: Feels like a teenager growing out of short pants. Not a compact anymore, though more useful. Toyota models stepping on each other's toes—consider used 2005 Highlander for same money.—K.M.u 110 GERMAN #NR91-1964 AMPHICAR 770 convert- flaws, but no big complaints. Trunk compartment is clean, though I would have spent a few more hours on the details there. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $48,150. I liked this Jag enough to want it to follow me home. Of course, bidding on it would have helped that scenario. The Series III cars are gaining ground fast, and seeing this car at $10k or $15k more by the end of the summer would not shock. #613-1976 TRIUMPH TR6 convertible. S/N CF38963U. Blue/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 51,378 miles. Vendor describes this car as having a recent cosmetic restoration, which is evident. Nice repaint is not national show quality, but good enough for a local show or a nice driver. Soft top is new and looks fine. Very good brightwork. Light scratches to driver's window. New, off-brand radials. Tidy Sports Car Market ible. S/N 100583. Red/white vinyl/white & red vinyl. Odo: 7,182 miles. Seller claims original mileage. Excellent paint. Brightwork is very good, with some light scarring to chrome (dock damage?) and a dent to one hubcap. Good trim, with convertible top well-fitted and appearing new. Excellent interior. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $56,710. Coming off of the recent record sale of an Amphicar at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale II convertible. S/N SCAZD02A4JCX23097. Light blue/blue Everflex/white leather & blue piping. Odo: 55,487 miles. A few light scratches to otherwise excellent paint, with one ding at the edge of the passenger door. It's all repaint work, but done to a good standard. No issues with the brightwork or glass. Interior


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL 2006 (SCM# 40359), lots of auction-goers were wondering if all Amphicars are now worth over $100k. They are not, but that sale has raised the profile and identity of the land and water set. A single sale does not make a market, but can serve as a high-water mark and make the next big dollar sales float more easily. ITALIAN #123-1952 LANCIA AURELIA B52 coupe. S/N B521055. Turquoise & white/ white leather & gray cloth. RHD. Odo: 13,335 km. Paintwork appears mostly good, and looks to have been recently refreshed. Good chrome and tidy brightwork, with some minor pitting. Windshield has some wiper blade scratches. Three-tone interior shows well and is nicely done. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $71,000. Last seen at Gooding Palm Beach 2006, where it failed at $85k (SCM# 40537). A show car, restored with some cut corners. If you are looking for a distinctive and different car, it would be hard to find something wilder for this kind of money. This bid was too light, and the dealer/owner was wise to hold on to it again. He'll find the right venue sooner or later, and I won't bet against him getting more. #NR18-1967 MASERATI GHIBLI coupe. S/N AM115114. Red/black leather. Odo: 46,479 miles. Very good paint and glass, with decent chrome, though the side slats have been painted black. Decent interior, with seat leather shinier than original. Original console has some scarring. Underhood is detailed, but lumpy with paint on top of paint, dirty hoses, and spray-painted surfaces that should have been left alone. Pirelli Super Touring models. Fitted with the less desirable 4.7-liter motor, early Ghiblis still carry a stigma not found in the later cars. 2) This is a cheap exotic, no doubt bought for less than it could be reasonably parted out. As a survivor, the early production flaws have likely been fixed. The coachwork had no obvious problems and despite some visible flaws, the car presented well. Now that you have the facts, decide for yourself. A dealer purchased this car for resale. #NR107-1974 DE TOMASO PANTERA coupe. S/N THPNPS07246. Yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 18,400 miles. Vendor states the Goodyear Ariva radials are the original tires. Mostly original paint, tool kit, owner's manual, and original space saver spare. Paintwork shows well, with some divots and wear areas. Good chrome and big rubber bumpers. Clean and original interior, but with some wear and light dirt to carpets. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $39,323. In an era where $40k seems cheap tires on factory mags that should be stripped and repainted. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $34,775. Let's look at this one from two angles: 1) A '67 Ghibli can be a scary car, as many build quality issues presented themselves in the early June 2006 111


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL Column Author for anything with a big motor, it's surprising there hasn't been more upward movement on Panteras. With a clean-up and some proper marketing, this car could bring more by the end of the summer. And likely will. Well done. #SP84-1976 LAMBORGHINI ESPADA fastback. S/N 9452. Silver/tan leather. Odo: 38,044 miles. Decent paint; I couldn't find any serious flaws worth noting. Brightwork could use a thorough polish, but it is all there and all good. Interior shows well, except for some dryness to the driver's seat bolster and dirty carpets. Also smells like gasoline inside. The car looks to have been detailed and then it sat for a while. It will really polish up with leather. Odo: 41,181 miles. Excellent paint, with some light use wear evident in places like the rumble seat door. Chrome is superb almost everywhere, but for some light dents in the headlights—not good on a car this expensive. Leather inside is good to excellent. Some spots on the leather appear to be mold and should be addressed by a deep cleaning. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $845,300. Maybe it's just me, but I feel that this car in this condition is worth the money. Handsome and imposing, even with some of its needs, it's still a great example of one of America's classic marques. some heavy detail work. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $22,000. Was a no sale at under $20k, but then sold to an intrepid auction reporter named Kinney, who quickly turned it to a dealer for a tidy profit. Next time someone tells you there are no deals at auctions, cut and paste this example. While others were ruminating about all the reasons for not buying this car, I purchased it and flipped it in under ten minutes. The dealer to whom I sold the car paid for it, so I did not even have to give my credit line a workout. The car is now for sale with an ask of $47,700. #119-1986 FERRARI MONDIAL 3.2 cab- riolet. S/N ZFFXC26A9G0065037. Black/tan leather. Odo: 60,221 miles. Seen before just one month earlier at Kruse Ft. Lauderdale (see p. 122), where it was a no sale at $28k. Still has nice paint, still with a bit of orange peel. Some age wear to the gaskets, but good glass. Plenty of wear to the interior, with a decent dash but only fair carpets. I still dislike the painted black wheels, but hey, that's just me. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $31,565. The good news is this was a Mondial that no one was afraid to drive. The bad news is that Mondials with miles get hurt when it's time to sell. My prescription: Drive those stupid wheels off of it. AMERICAN TOP 10 No. 9 112 #SP48-1929 DUESENBERG J convertible coupe. S/N J194. Silver & gray/tan cloth/green paint flaws, with delamination to windshield. Colorado Custom Billet mags with Dunlop 205/40ZR 17 radials up front, 205/50R 18 to the rear. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $67,678. A nicely done and aesthetically pleasing hot rod, it appears to be not only well constructed but built from high-quality components. Lots of hydraulic operations and plenty of hidden toys. A big boy's sandbox toy for the few who want a classic look with modern conveniences. #138-1954 CHEVROLET SEDAN DELIVERY Custom panel wagon. S/N D54J299845. Eng. # 3997. Green/tan cloth. Full custom, with no exterior chrome and a chopped roofline. Paint is excellent, but now shows some chips and divots. Billet Specialties wheels with Kumho tires. VDO electronic gauges, Vintage Air a/c, carbon fiber-style console. Cloth interior is full custom, a professionally done job with light wear. Kenwood AM/FM cassette with CD. Small block Chevy motor is chromed and fully detailed, with Weber carb, Hedman delivered,” but nice with a capital “N.” Cond: 1. SOLD AT $86,670. In the course of the year, I only run into a handful of cars that can legitimately claim solid #1 status. I'm sure there was a flaw or two that escaped my inspection, but I'm ready to give this car a pass for any minor infraction. $87,000 is a lot of money for a Nomad, fully $30k more than one price guide gives it in #2 condition. For a car this nice, however, the difference is worth it. TOP 10 No. 10 BEST BUY #SP41-1956 CADILLAC ELDORADO BROUGHAM Motorama town car. S/N 502491. Black/black vinyl/black & tan leather. All fiberglass Motorama show car. This was a “pusher” until recently, when a period-correct drive train was installed. The subject of a full restoration, this car has lots of features that did not make it into the production Broughams, including touch sensitive door handles and the open front driver's compartment. Very elegant #SP71-1933 FORD STREET ROD roadster. S/N 18211932. Silver & black/gray leather. Odo: 130 miles. Coast to Coast body and chassis, powered by an all-aluminum block 5.7-liter LS1 Corvette motor, with overdrive automatic transmission. Kugal stainless independent front suspension, Wilford four-wheel disc brakes, Dakota digital dash, 9-inch Ford rear end. “Tons” of polished billet, full leather interior, Sony AM/FM CD player. Some light headers, and Billet pulleys. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $58,048. Very surprising result for a sedan delivery of this era. Although the quality of the workmanship was good, some small flaws are already appearing. A full leather interior would have been a help. However, duplicating this price would be tough even with all flaws corrected, so well sold. #SP44-1955 CHEVROLET BEL AIR Nomad wagon. S/N VC55L065215. Light blue/white/blue & white vinyl. Odo: 408 miles. A true #1 car showing no visual flaws to the exterior. Excellent paint, with chrome as-new. Clean and clear glass shows no pitting, with all new gaskets and felts. Interior is correct and professionally fitted. Underhood is excellent and not overdone. Less perfect than it is “as- Sports Car Market


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Column Author RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL and well-presented, a true one-of-a-kind. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $781,100. We've seen the prices of other Motorama cars and buses reach stratospheric levels lately, so a case could be made for this being a bargain. Its history—hidden for years in a Detroit wrecking yard—makes this car a centerpiece of any American car collection. Not cheap, but justifiable. #NR86-1962 STUDEBAKER GRAN TURISIMO HAWK 2-door hard top. S/N 62V24755. Red/red vinyl. Odo: 49,437 miles. 259-ci V8, auto. Lumpy paint hides something underneath in places, and the chrome ranges from adequate to fair. Good glass; some gaskets are new, some are painted in places, and some—I kid you not—have rubber cement on them. Potential driver only, it needs white vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 11,113 miles. 390-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent presentation on a rarely seen classic. Great colors, with no serious flaws to the paintwork, and the chrome follows suit. The interior appears to be lifted from a Thunderbird of the same era; it looks great and is holding up well. Much more preauction interest than I would have expected. Usually it's the Mercurys that stay at home while the Fords are taken out to the dance. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $40,660. This one came in at close to three times what the price guides say. I'm not prepared to say this car was well bought, but I'm happy to say that the price guides need to realign their thinking. The great period-correct color helped here, but not by $25k. an expensive restoration for any thought of a show. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $14,980. Cheap enough. As a distinctive driver, we're still in the fun money range. A lot of these Hawks have recently given their lives to become resto rods or resto mods. A thousand bucks spent with the Studebaker International catalog could make a big difference here for the collector who just wants to keep this Studebaker on the road. #SP17-1963 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 Big Tank coupe. S/N 30837S114095. Dark blue/dark blue vinyl. Odo: 42,369 miles. 327/360, FI, 4-sp. Owner claims this is an original Split-Window Z06 Big Tank car. Excellent paint and chrome, with the inside just as nice. Underhood is fully detailed. Looks to be a recent restoration or a well-cared-for older restoration. The owner, an affable new subscriber to SCM, is a Canadian farmer. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $230,050. Smiles all around at this price. This rare Corvette has a new home and the former owner is very happy with his sales result. The rare combination of options, along with a knowledgeable seller and an excellent presentation, combined to produce a big-dollar sale for a Big Tank 'Vette. #SP112-1964 MERCURY PARK LANE convertible. S/N 4Z65Z506658. Light blue/ 114 side, original seat on passenger side. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $695,500. The racing provenance dramatically increased the value of this wellknown 289. The first owner, Russ Freed, used the car in SCCA regional events until selling it to the vendor in 1967. Competitively used over a 15-year period, with extensive autocross and hill climb history. Current SVRA log book. Let's hope the new owner keeps this one on the track and away from the restoration shop. #NR98-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 roadster. S/N CSX2588. Black/black leather. Odo: 53,429 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Class A accessories, including chrome wheels and outside rear view mirror. Has wind wings, wood steering wheel, and shift knob. Excellent repaint, said to be 20 years old. No complaints with the brightwork. Very clean interior, with good leather and fair carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $342,400. Invoiced 1/21/65 to Vel's Ford roll bar, street glove box, wind wings, front and rear bumpers. Excellent paint and brightwork. No cosmetic issues of note to the exterior. Inside looks just as good, with correct Smiths gauges, wood steering wheel, excellent leather, and carpets. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $550,000. Sports Car Market #SP23-1965 SHELBY COBRA 289 Dragonsnake roadster. S/N CSX2472. Dark green/black HT/black vinyl. Odo: 18,988 miles. 289-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Largely unrestored original race Cobra. Halibrand wheels, FIAconfigured front and rear fender flares, hood scoop. Black vinyl hard top, paper clip roll bar, lots of carbs. Overall appearance is of an older race car, with no major shunts showing, and with paint only to OK standards. Race-style plexiglass window installed, race seat on driver Sales. Vendor says this is the last 289 Cobra delivered to the public. We could very well be seeing a shift in the values of 289 vs 427 cars. The 289s seem to be where the pricing action is, while 427s aren't appreciating at the same rate. Pricing parity between the two models is not quite here, but it is closer with every sale. #407-1966 PONTIAC GTO 2-door hard top. S/N 242176B140585. Burgundy/black vinyl. Odo: 68,163 miles. 389-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Full console, AM/FM with reverb, ps, pb. Excellent paint on a straight body, with good door, hood, and trunk gaps. All brightwork shows well, except the corners of the rear bumper—a common flaw area. Window felts and all gaskets are good, with some new. Windshield has one chip. Clean interior, with excellent dash, console, and seats, but there is a faint mold odor. Underhood is fully detailed, with some dust since. Loose hood pad. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $40,125. Worth the money. The owner was with the car every time I walked past it, with an amicable demeanor and a willingness to show the car. His documentation and demonstrations of the car made all the difference here. Instead of a GTO presenting itself, it had a willing advocate and produced this excellent result. #SP30-1966 SHELBY COBRA 427 road- ster. S/N CSX3334. Guardsman Blue/black leather. Odo: 14,893 miles. 427-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. Sunburst style aluminum rims, paper clip


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL Described in the auction brochure as a “nostories” 427 Street Cobra, it certainly did present that way. Perhaps this price can now be considered the reference point for a non-S/C Cobra in straight #2 condition. #SP18-1967 CHEVROLET CORVETTE convertible. S/N 194677S110746. Rally Red/ red vinyl. Odo: 1,012 miles. 427/435, 3x2-bbl, 4-sp. Vendor claims numbers-matching, professional frame-off restoration. AM/FM, headrest seats, side exhaust, ps, pb, pw, Redline tires. Paint is good, but shows some problems at the nose, including sanding marks and drop-out spots. Excellent chrome, except for some poor #SP34-1968 DODGE DART 440 GSS 2-door hard top. S/N LS23M8B208963. Gold/black vinyl/gold vinyl. Odo: 47,174 miles. 440-ci V8, 3x2-bbl, auto. Excellent paint, with fit and finish above late '60s quality. Grille and rear deck lid chrome show age, but all else is great. Some loose areas to the otherwise good vinyl top. One scratch to front passenger window, with other glass good, and with new gaskets. Interior appears all original, #SP35-1968 SHELBY GT500 KR fast- back. S/N 8T02R21330204027. Wimbledon White & blue/black vinyl & cloth. Odo: 65,680 miles. 428-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Claimed to be numbers-matching. Power steering and power brakes. Paint looks to have some age on trim at the passenger vent window. The interior is close to flawless, and all is tidy underhood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $182,970. On the list of Corvette Big Dogs, a 427-ci, 435-hp ‘67 rag top is always going to be near the top. Add some great options like those found here, stir in a desirable color, and the result is always likely to be a good, strong number. My favorite year of all the mid-year 'Vettes (1963–67); had I been smart enough—or old enough—I would have ordered one exactly this way. seat covers show wear, chrome console has light pitting, excellent dash. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $118,770. Said to be Mr. Norm's first 440 GSS, and also claimed numbers-matching. One of 48 built in 1968, they were shipped 383 V8less to Hurst-Campbell Inc. for conversion to a 440 Magnum. All 48 cars were sold new at Grand Spaulding Auto Sales in Chicago. I was expecting a result less than $100k. With Mopar prices above the stratospheric range, I suppose this one shouldn't shock. it, but is holding up well. Brightwork remains very good, with no issues. Interior shows some age but remains attractive. Underhood is quite correct, with Autolite battery and all stamps. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $134,820. It seems as if eve yone has a favorite year and a favorite power train and color combination for his Shelby. As a generalist, I'll take any Shelby on offer and then break down for you why it's the one to have. A '68 GT500 KR in Wimbledon White is always a great choice. #SP20-1969 CHEVROLET CAMARO Z/28 2-door hard top. S/N 124379N584088. Orange & white/black vinyl. Odo: 88,531 miles. June 2006 115


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RM Auctions Boca Raton, FL Column Author 302-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. A numbers-matching Z/28, with “Prescribed power by Berger,” according to the vendor. Excellent paint is glasslike in places, with flawless chrome. Interior is in the stock style and shows well, though driver's seat cushion is flat. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $65,805. A well-restored car prepared by Keech Performance Engineering, with Berger options including traction bars, scattershield, and headers to supplement the factory options of power brakes, tach, guage package, Hurst shifter, and shoulder harnesses, among others. In the past few years, the 1969 Camaros have separated themselves from the pack as the ones to have, and this one was no exception. #NR45-1969 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER 2-door hard top. S/N RM23H9A159162. Medium blue/white vinyl/ white vinyl. Odo: 80,095 miles. 383-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Looks to be an older restoration. Good paint, with some thickness to passenger side rear fender. Most chrome is good, but window surrounds on both sides are pitted. Nice and correctly fitted vinyl top shows no issues. Good glass and decent gaskets, but very good brightwork. Dog dish hubcaps with Goodyear Polyglass tires. Wood grain floor console and steering wheel, power steering and brakes, Shaker hood, Hurst slapstick shifter. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $210,000. Decoded by Mopar guru, Galen Govier, with copies of the broadcast sheet, window sticker, and Chrysler registry letter. Said to be matching-numbers. A likable car with great options, but the overall condition left plenty of room for improvement. No argument with this kind of price for a perfect example, so all that was missing was perfection. #SP36-1970 PONTIAC GTO Judge Ram Air IV convertible. S/N 242670P177238. Black/tan vinyl/tan vinyl. Odo: 3,966 miles. 400-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Ram Air IV induction hood with Ram Air IV package. Power top, ps, pb, AM/FM. Very good Judge graphics. Some light buff marks to otherwise excellent paint; careful work could smooth them out. Slight fit issue to the Endura front bumper. All chrome is Steelguards. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,000. Ran through as no sale at $25,000, then sold after the fact. I wouln't want to throw this one in the bargain column, but I'll be happy to put it among the well-bought. If you are looking for the next cars to pop on the price scale, I'd be spending some time investigating the '69 through '73 'Vettes. #NR50-1973 FORD MUSTANG convert- ible. S/N 3F03H210428. Red/white vinyl/ white/black vinyl. Odo: 8,815 miles. 351-ci V8, 2-bbl, auto. Front and rear spoilers, air induction hood. Driver's door was opened too wide and has some can-opener style dents to the upper door skin. Passenger door appears to have body filler. Incorrect-style top, but wellfitted. Magnum wheels have a deep offset; looks good but not correct. Base interior with window felts have seen better days. Dirty dash, but good vinyl and carpets. Some wear and dirt underhood, with wiper motor a dirty mess. Cheapo battery is new but inspires little confidence. Goodyear Eagle ST tires have Redlines cut into them, no confidence builder either. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $28,335. The perfect example of a car with lots of upside—it is a Road Runner with a 4-speed, after all. A quickie detail might have brought a bit more money, a full detail with a few thousand spent on parts really would have helped. Some stuff needed to go into the recycle bin before the weekend was over: Those Eagle STs with bands cut into the sidewall to simulate Redlines are just plain scary. #SP32-1970 DODGE CHALLENGER Hemi 2-door hard top. S/N JS23R0B218064. Plum Crazy/black vinyl. Odo: 56,381 miles. 426-ci V8, 2x4-bbl, 4-sp. R/T badging. Very good paint, a few light flaws on driver's side fender. Gaps are good and no better, with 116 excellent. Well-fitted interior, excellent seats, full console with wood grain, excellent dash. Underhood is fully detailed to like-new. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $410,000. World record price at auction for a Pontiac GTO. This one had it all: a GTO, a Judge, a convertible, Ram Air IV, and factory black. I'm sure there are more than a few of us out there who realize they could have afforded and purchased this car as a new unit just a scant 36 years ago, and for about 1/100th of the price. Well sold, then. #SP05-1973 CHEVROLET CORVETTE coupe. S/N 1Z37Z35430614. Orange/saddle leather. Odo: 50,175 miles. 454/275, 4-bbl, auto. Excellent chrome and paint over what the vendor described as a “virgin body.” Good glass. Interior is nice, though the sun visors are comfort-weave vinyl instead of regular vinyl on a leather-upholstered car. Underhood is not detailed; it looks OK but should have been done for maximum effect. Period-correct Goodyear no console, roll-up windows, incorrect twotone colors with correct style graining. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $22,470. Not a bad driver, but this was plenty of money for a driver without many options and displaying some bodywork issues. The incorrect seat covers didn't add to the look. There are still plenty of choices in the Mustang market, and this final year before the change to the Mustang II is a great year for finding luxury models with plenty of options. This wasn't one of them, and I'd have waited for something better to come along. #150-1984 AVANTI COUPE. S/N 12AAV1233E1003914. Beige/red & gray leather. Odo: 8,978 miles. An unusual color combination, to say the least. The paint, kind of a chocolate milk color, has plenty of fade to it. Interior shows well, but has a re-dye area to the driver's seat bolster, and a bad color match at that. Definitely not what you're looking for in a car with less than 9,000 miles on the clock. Full power with a/c, moonroof, and Nardi wood steering wheel. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $11,877. Purchased by a dealer who will not only do the ususal puff and buff, he'll also fix the problem with the bolster in the seat. Cheap money, as I would assume you could drive the car for 50,000 more miles and sell it for the same amount. A good deal.u Sports Car Market


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Kruse International Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author 33rd Annual Ft. Lauderdale Winter Auction An SWB 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 sold for $70,200, possibly indicating a renewed market for everyone's favorite over-built, over-complicated car Company Kruse International Date January 6–8, 2006 Location Ft. Lauderdale, FL Auctioneer Daniel Kruse, Dean Kruse, Matthew Kruse, and Jim Richie Automotive lots sold / offered 148 / 232 Sales rate 64% Sales total $4,533,192 High sale 1970 Plymouth Road Runner Superbird, sold at $100,440 Buyer's premium 8% Who needs shuffleboard? Report and photos by Dave Kinney Market opinions in italics I Fort Lauderdale, FL am not quite ready to buy a condo and take up shuffleboard, but I must confess that leaving my home in wintry northern climes to spend a weekend in Ft. Lauderdale is a big motivator. And when there are collector cars to report on, then that's just the icing on the cake. Dave Rupp, Kruse's local representative, has held this auction at the War Memorial Auditorium for a number of years. The facility grounds provide enough room to display the cars without obstruction, which means ample room for scrutinizing. Parking was tight on Saturday, the most popular day, but I doubt if the late-comers had to cruise more than a quarter-mile to find a free space. New for this year, Rupp ran Saturday's share of the three-day sale with two auction rings. The plan worked out well, moving cars quickly and efficiently before the assembled bidders. The buzz at the sale was quite positive, and the results reflect the current state of the market—a mostly steady but sometimes leaping move upwards. Kruse sold 148 of the 232 cars offered, for a solid sales total of $4,533,192. Though the numbers were down slightly from last year's 207 sales and $5.2m total, the figures represented a big jump up from the $3.6m haul of 2004. Some of my favorite offerings included a 1997 Bentley 118 Turbo R, a long wheelbase model that had been a no sale not only last year at the same auction, but also when run through the first time at this sale. Third time's a charm, however, and it finally hammered sold for $68,040. A scruffy 1938 Austin Bantam roadster crossed the block and found a new home at $24,030, a price double what might have been expected just a year or two ago. And a short wheelbase 1971 Mercedes-Benz 600 sold for $70,200, possibly indicating a renewed market for everyone's favorite over-built, over-complicated car. Meanwhile, the fun side of the auction equation found a 1963 Rambler American 440H with loads of unusual equipment that sold for $12,960. That was almost giveaway money in today's collector-car market, but represented a great deal on an automotive footnote. SCM noted several years ago that the east-west, coast-centric collector-car world was finally discovering Florida. Now, with Amelia, Boca, Palm Beach, and Ft. Lauderdale as the tips of the classic-car iceberg, so to speak, we see only more growth in the future. My 2007 calendar already has so many days allocated to the Sunshine State that I may rethink the whole Florida condo concept. However, I'm still pretty sure I won't be taking up shuffleboard.u Sports Car Market


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Kruse International Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author ENGLISH #423-1960 MORRIS MINI coupe. S/N 14120. Light blue/white/black vinyl. RHD. Odo: 90,614 miles. Well-applied paintwork, with one or two scratches. Some pitting to the otherwise good brightwork. Fresh Yokohama tires on ADR mags. Decent gaskets. Nice South Florida, the chrome wheel capital of the world. Impressive leather, with excellent wood and trim. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $68,040. Also ran as lot 2724, a no-sale at $60k. Putting aside my fondness for long wheelbase Turbo Rs, I'll tell you this car was fully priced and then some. A very nice example in what I would call the best color combination, yet still a reach. I assume the new owner wanted this car to drive and not for a quick turn. And if that's the case, he made an excellent choice. GERMAN #1052-1960 BMW ISETTA 300 coupe. S/N 325326. Light blue/Tartan plaid. Odo: 33,288 miles. Curved-window sunroof coupe. Three wheels. Nice restoration, with a nice look to the paint and no problems noted. Very good chrome carpets, seats, and dash. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $8,856. This sounds cheap in a market full of Mini mania. This Mini looked ready for some serious rally use, or just good, clean buzzaround-the-town fun. At this price, the options are limitless. #2771-1978 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER SHADOW sedan. S/N SRG33755. Dark blue & light blue/Parchment leather. Odo: 69,047 miles. Good paintwork on straight panels, except for some bowing out on the passenger fender. Nice brightwork and glass. Lots of bumps in the front bumper rubber. Interior is and wood. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $70,200. M-B 600 prices have been all across the board in the last ten years, but the good cars finally seem to be bringing respectable money, even at auction sales. These are also the poster children for $25k mistakes when important service or repairs are missed, so I'd want to make sure I had a complete mechanical and physical inspection prior to purchasing. #1029-1986 PORSCHE 911 Turbo coupe. and glass. Seat covers are new reproductions of the original style. Nicely detailed, but not overdone. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $16,200. The vendor states this was a British-built example with curved side glass, reverse, and only one rear wheel. The bidder paid about what we should expect in this market, no more and no less. #901-1969 VOLKSWAGEN MINI MEK decent, but nothing to brag about. Some fit issues to the leather trim. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $16,740. South Florida is full of Silver Shadows. Conditions range from potential coral reef to drop-dead show winners. This car fell somewhere in the middle, with obvious needs, but will make a decent driver. Worth the bid but not more. #1101-1997 BENTLEY TURBO R LWB sedan. S/N SCBZP14C7VCX60187. British Racing Green/tan leather & green piping. Odo: 17,612 miles. Paintwork is unmarked and appears to be factory. Excellent brightwork with an aftermarket tint. Factory Argent wheels are correct but almost look out of place here in look period correct but are later units. Side mount spares, though the rear unit is missing. Very clean and original interior, marred only by more pitting chrome. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $4,968. Built by Bremen Sport in Bremen, Indiana. One of many mid- to late-1960s Kit Car builders. I would prefer a Meyers Manx as my VW-based ride of choice, as the Rolls-style front end is more than a bit ludicrous here. Cheap car, cheap money, no worries. 120 Kit Car roadster. S/N 1191058896. Green/ white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 5,299 miles. Excellent exterior finish, which could still be the factory gel-coat. Most brightwork shows wear and pitting. Carson-style removable hard top. Very original gauges. The Cragar mags S/N WPOJBO93XGS05768. Black/black leather. Odo: 45,212 miles. Sunroof, wide body, rear brake cooling units, whale tail spoiler, Borla exhaust, and Ruf wheels. Very nice paint, with only light wear noted on the #1032-1971 MERCEDES-BENZ 600 SWB limousine. S/N 10001212001910. Black/saddle leather. Odo: 59,701 miles. Though not perfect, the paint and chrome are very nice, some of the best at the sale. Owner claims the air suspension is new despite the apparent front lean. Excellent interior, with very good leather trim. Decent inside, though the dash pad is a little flat. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $34,560. This was a good looking car, and by appearances, it looked to have been taken care of. Modified 911s scare me like few other cars. This came in slightly above market price, but if the mods were left strictly to cosmetics and no funny business went on inside the engine, then the buyer might come out just fine here. IRISH #1031-1981 DELOREAN DMC-12 coupe. S/N SCEDT26T9CD911488. Stainless steel/black & gray leather. Odo: 59,279 miles. 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Column Author Kruse International Fort Lauderdale, FL #2731-1986 FERRARI MONDIAL 3.2 cabriolet. S/N ZFFXC26A9G0065037. Black/ tan leather. Odo: 60,126 miles. Some front louvers have orange peel, but the rest of the paint is very nice. A few gaskets show signs of age, but no delamination noted to glass. Interior is not perfect, with a good dash but weak carpets market. No more, no less. The automatic transmission is no help, and the replacement seat covers in the wrong color are no bonus either. Close to 60,000 miles makes this a high-mileage example in the DeLorean world. ITALIAN #776-1960 FIAT 600 Jolly. S/N 664623. Yellow/white canvas/wicker. Odo: 14,721 km. Very good paint. Someone liked it so much he painted the steering column, turn signal stalk, and steering wheel the same color. Excellent chrome, and the top appears new. Painted Jolly script on the side is nice but too much. Clean wicker seats and nice floor mats. and plenty of wear overall. Black wheels make for a stupid look, not an updated look. Cond: 3-. NOT SOLD AT $28,000. This continues to be a fickle market for Mondials. They are almost impossible to give away with high miles and not the easiest sale with reasonable or even low miles. As you might have noted, I disliked the look with the body-colored wheels; perhaps the next owner will think they look cool. AMERICAN #422-1931 FORD MODEL A Rumble Seat coupe. S/N 3018839. Green & black/brown cloth. Odo: 55,311 miles. A tired old restoration, with cracked and chipped paint, an incorrect-style radiator, and tired chrome. Some visible surface rust to the body, and all four Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $30,510. Fiat Jolly prices continue to go all over the place. I won't argue price on a car that routinely sells between $20k and $50k in the same relative condition, but I would have expected the first number here to have started with a 2. Selling here in the low $30s might be chalked up to an inflation adjustment. #1109-1983 FERRARI MONDIAL QV cabriolet. S/N ZFFMC15A6D0047959. Yellow/black leather. Odo: 7,337 miles. Only a few chips on otherwise impressive paintwork. New Michelins on stock wheels. No delamination noted to the glass. Interior is a bit dogeared, but not terminal; it looks like nothing wheels are chipped. Cloth interior has wear issues but nothing serious. Cond: 4-. SOLD AT $9,288. I hope no one mistook this car for a non-restored example. As old restorations go, this job likely was around before Lyndon Johnson took office. A healthy amount to pay for an example that could be easily replaced for less money. #1036-1938 AUSTIN BANTAM roadster. more than use wear. Cond: 3+. NOT SOLD AT $24,000. Good colors, good miles, no sale. I will agree with the seller that he is likely to get more elsewhere, and that $24k was too light a bid, but hanging on and spending more marketing dollars will only cut into whatever net profit there is. 122 S/N 60435. Creme/burgundy vinyl. Odo: 2,060 miles. An older restoration, with lots of chips and scratches, and a few areas where rust is pushing through. The older chrome is dull in places. Good wood to the dash, with good seats and older carpet. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $24,030. Is is possible that Austin Bantams are on the rise? The last two I've seen sold for prices well above where I would have guessed. There's no argument they are adorable, so perhaps the buying public has just discovered them as the micro car du jour. #1046-1938 FORD MODEL 81A Deluxe panel truck. S/N 184645437. Washington Blue/green vinyl. Odo: 25,534 miles. Paint and chrome show quite well. Barrel-style front turn signals mounted on top of fenders. Single windshield wiper, wide whitewalls. Looks to be an older, competent restoration that has been cared-for since. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,390. Sounds expensive for a truck. But you try to restore one to this level for less. At that point the price sounds reasonable. Panel delivery trucks never had an easy life, as they were generally low-end vehicles whose only value was the ability to deliver the goods. Not cheap, but just the thing to fill out a vintage Ford collection. #772-1957 BUICK CENTURY convert- ible. S/N 6D2009946. Black/black cloth/black & white leather & vinyl. Odo: 547 miles. Dent in the topside of the Continental kit filler panel. Paint is good or better, but far from perfect. Window trim chrome is pitted, and all gaskets are poor. Very nice cloth top. Wiper scratch on windshield. Interior shows well enough for a driver. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $52,920. The price would have been fine for a car in #2 condition. This car, a solid #3, should have been less in my book. A restoration on this car will be an expensive undertaking, so my advice is to drive and enjoy it for ten years before attempting a redo. #761-1958 PACKARD HAWK coupe. S/N 58LS1569. Teal/saddle vinyl. Odo: 97,115 miles. Very nice paint, with two chips in the driver's door. Good brightwork. Windshield Sports Car Market


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Kruse International Fort Lauderdale, FL shows some scratches, but good glass otherwise. Original-style interior is nicely done, with the engine-turned dash still in great shape. Cond: 3+. SOLD AT $33,480. Owner states this is the original color, Mountain Blue, and one of just a handful with this hue. If rarity were always a factor in value, this Packard Hawk would be priceless. It's not, however, and to some, the styling is among the more forced looks of the 1950s. An interesting automotive anomaly, and one of the last cars from a great name. #734-1963 RAMBLER AMERICAN 440H 2-door hard top. S/N B566138. Creme/white/ gold vinyl. Odo: 45,758 miles. Grandma's car, with some great interior options. Older paintwork has a few scars, with good chrome and gaskets. Original bucket seat interior is complemented by a twin-shift Hurst automatic and console. Excellent shape inside. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $12,960. A very interesting automotive footnote. The transmission is a semi-automatic (E-Stick) with a self-adjusting clutch. The 440H had special roof pillar badges, an edged, styled roof, and contrast-finished side insert panel. Cheap and fun, so no harm done. #735-1966 CHEVROLET CHEVY II Nova L79 Clone 2-door hard top. S/N 113116W174357. Light yellow/black vinyl. Odo: 46,655 miles. 327-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Built to be an L79 sleeper clone. Very appealing from 10 feet, with very good paint. Up close, however, is another story. Lots of bodywork problems at the driver's windshield area. Chrome and trim vary widely in quality, with excellent bumpers but poor small bits. Nice interior appears stock. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $17,820. I doubt seriously if the new owner agrees with my condition rating; he likely thinks he bought a condition #2car. I'll stick with my rating, and in a year I'm sure he will too. Not a bad canvas for educating yourself about how muscle cars work, but there's just too much detail work that should have been done before this car was completed. #2808-1966 SHELBY GT350 H fastback. S/N SFM6S514. Black & gold/black vinyl. Odo: 12,690 miles. 289-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Non-original motor. Nice paint, though a bit of sanding would have helped, as some peel remains. Even gaps, very good chrome, and decent gaskets. Clean interior in the original style. Some modifications on the outside; not June 2006 123


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Kruse International Fort Lauderdale, FL Column Author harmful, but not original either. Cond: 3. NOT SOLD AT $56,500. The seller thought this bid was too light. After reading recent results, I'd have to agree. All Shelby Mustangs continue to skyrocket in value, and the ‘66 GT350 H is no exception. This is now a $70k car. #1090-1966 BUICK SKYLARK Gran Sport convertible. S/N 446676B105130. Yellow/black vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 68,980 miles. 401-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. A nicely restored example, with excellent gaps, paint, and chrome. Looks like a car that could have won a National Buick show, although some bits—like the glossy parts underhood that originally came flat—are over-restored. Very nice interior in as anyone that he bought this car. I'd have to call this bid a bit above market for the condition. If the motor noise goes away, and the car checks out, the buyer will have done well. Great options, hard to duplicate. #792-1970 FORD TORINO Cobra fast- back. S/N 0A38N151370. Grabber Blue/blue vinyl. Odo: 62,382 miles. 429-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4sp. The paint shows off waves in the bodywork. Very good bumpers, with most brightwork good and some evidence of repair. Good dash, the original style. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $23,760. Also ran as lot 440, a no-sale at $22,000. I would have counted this car for more. I'd even tell the buyer he got an excellent deal on a car that's worth keeping. In my book, there's nothing wrong with an overrestored example as long as the price remains at the correct level. #2734-1967 DODGE DART GTS 2-door hard top. S/N LP23P72138746. Green/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 55,505 miles. 340-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Paint and graphics are done well, with a nicely fitted vinyl top and good dog dish hub caps. Chrome is mostly good, with some light pitting. Very clean interior. Added Sunpro Tach to steering column. Full but carpets and seat vinyl are aged in places. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $25,920. The Atlantic doesn't have as many waves as the sides of this car. It looked to be a decent vehicle otherwise, but the cost of a redo will be heavy. Pricey for the condition, but a good one can bring $10k more with no problems. #769-1970 PLYMOUTH ROAD RUNNER Superbird 2-door hard top. S/N RM23U0A176676. White/black vinyl/white vinyl. Odo: 9,881 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Thorough restoration completed in 2001. Done well but not overdone. Excellent paint, chrome, of the passenger door, otherwise excellent. Interior is nicely done, with poor fit to the headrest vinyl as the biggest problem. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $31,320. Buick convertibles of this era have a reputation as bullet-proof and longlived, and for the most part that reputation was well earned. A collector car with lots of appeal, plenty of room, and looks that are just bad-boy enough to buy some street cred. Well done. #1087-1972 DODGE CHARGER Super console. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $19,440. This car was a small mystery. 1968 was the first year of the GTS, with a special 340 that put out 275 hp. Although the VIN reads as a '67, the car card speculated it was an early '68 model, which is entirely possible. Or perhaps it was just registered or titled to the wrong year. If all checks out, this was market-correct money for a GTS. More details would go a long way here. #2750-1967 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX convertible. S/N 26677X157321. Red/white vinyl/black vinyl. Odo: 80,273. 350-ci V8, 2bbl, auto. Bucket seats, tilt wood steering wheel, ps, pb, a/c, console shifter, 8-lug wheels, and hideaway headlights. Good chrome. Average repaint, with some obvious overspray. Newish top with fit issues. Pronounced tick in the motor, perhaps just a stuck valve. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $27,648. The new owner seemed as surprised 124 Bee Clone coupe. S/N WH23G2A207136. Yellow/white vinyl. Odo: 15,400 miles. 440-ci V8, 4-bbl, 4-sp. Left the Lynch Road plant with a 318. The nice paint is professionally applied. Lots of distance in some of the gaps. Light pitting to some chrome. Very nice Super Bee graphics, and good glass. American Racing mags, with flat on original Boss cars. Good chrome, with only some light pitting in places. Most gaps are off in one way or another. Goodyear radials on Magnum 500 wheels. SOLD AT $24,570. The disparity in price between original Boss and non-Boss Mustangs continues to grow, so expect to find more and more clones as time goes by. Expensive for a clone. I'd hold out for the real thing. #787-1970 BUICK GS 455 convertible. S/N 446670H158521. White/black/white vinyl. Odo: 78,085 miles. 455-ci V8, 4-bbl, auto. Power steering and brakes. A clean example with excellent paint and chrome, straight sides, and good trim. One chip to the glass on top and graphics. Very good glass. No visual flaws to note. Same goes for the inside, with great bucket seats and full console. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $100,440. I hesitate to call this a bargain, but it did seem cheap in light of muscle-car mania. The Six Pack cars bring more, and the Hemis more still. But nothing says “I've arrived” as loud or as garishly as a Superbird. #793-1970 FORD MUSTANG BOSS Clone fastback. S/N 0T02F130964. Grabber Orange/black cloth. Odo: 10,307 miles. 302-ci V8, 2-bbl, 4-sp. Air-conditioned, ps, pb. Good paintwork, with some runs on the passenger door. The black graphics are gloss; they were off-brand tires. Interior is sharp and original, except for some added gauges and AM/FM CD. Cond: 3. SOLD AT $22,680. Also ran as lot 431, a no-sale at $17,500. If you can put up with the outrageous gaps and the fact that you own a clone, I don't disagree with the sale price. Bucket seats, 4-speed transmission and a 440 motor. You can't get them much cheaper than this.u Sports Car Market


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eBay Motors Report by Geoff Archer Market opinions in italics L est you think restomods must begin as '60s and '70s muscle cars, this month we give you the best in custom trucks. Whether it's got an 8speed or 8WD, a short bed or a flat bed, a V2 or a V12, you'll find it here. Condition inferred from seller's descriptions; cars were not physically examined by the author. Sf=seller's feedback; bf=buyer's feedback #4609996684-1961 MORRIS MINOR pickup. S/N OFB499599. Red/red. 16 photos. Upland, CA. Paint is thick, chipped, and dull. Some bubble rust, but the floors look very solid and original. Interior is as close to a #5 as you can get while still having some naugahyde between your butt and the seat springs. Needs a battery, but would probably go and stop if it had one. Not registered. “Steering may be helped by tow truck body and, well, you can keep it, actually. This thing is as usless as it is hilarious and might have fetched $5,000 more at a physical auction. #4613916573-1981 MERCEDES-BENZ UNIMOG U1700L armored car. S/N 2271. Navy blue/black. Odo: 6,100 miles. 103 photos. Charles City, VA. Special Forces Armored Vehicle, used by Virginia's Fairfax Country Riot Squad. “The cab has armor-plated doors and bulletproof glass,” and a removable shield that covers the greenhouse area. Seats in the armored rear body section “face outward toward small bulletproof windows and gun slots.” 5.7L turbo diesel, 8-speed transmission, 4-wheel installing a new steering wheel,” because the Bakelite ring of the original snapped off (all three spokes are still there). 12 bids, sf 764, bf private. Cond: 4+. SOLD AT $3,050. Seller explains that this is an aborted retro-rod project. That could be fun, and it probably would add more value than restoring to original specs. Either way, the price was fair given the solidity and completeness of this example. #4578998183-1970 VOLKSWAGEN MANX Dune Buggy flatbed truck. S/N N/A. Gold & white/white. 4 photos. Snellville, GA. True mileage unknown (but do you really want to know where it has been?) “It would take umpteen thousands of dollars to recreate this baby.” Wood truck bed has some dings. “The clutch works fine, as does the brakes, and she drive, 44-inch tires, Ramsey winch, 6,500-kw Onan diesel generator, “and a massive remotecontrolled water cannon” with 300-gallon tank. Excellent condition. 18 bids, sf 231, bf 1. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $34,100. That water cannon must be “a riot” at suburban block parties. I spoke to the seller (a Richmond-area salvage yard), and they confirmed they had initial qualms that this thing might get into the wrong hands. Registering this truck will probably trigger a Homeland Security probe into your lifestyle. At least I hope it would. Well bought. Please steer clear of the Dark Side. #4572649767-1989 LAMBORGHINI corners just fine.” Made 600-mile roadtrip without burning any oil. 17 bids, sf 659, bf private. Cond: 2-. SOLD AT $1,900. Technically, I'm not supposed to write up vehicles without a serial number, but who are we kidding? Find me another Manx dune buggy mated to an impotent 126 LM002 sut. S/N ZA9LU45AXKLA12158. Black/gray. Odo: 20,000 miles. 12 photos. Solana Beach, CA. “All there,” including three run-flat spare tires. “Paint needs some help.” So does the interior. Seller claims “it run's great it needs a tune up b/c it has not been ran in years, you throw a few bucks at it it will send the price entry stairs and gate, transmission and transfer case) “are all still there.” 14 bids, sf 69, bf private. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $3,050. In addition to the obvious tourism uses, the seller suggests that it is “ideally suited as a construction workhorse hauling building supplies to hard to reach Sports Car Market threw the top.” 37 bids, sf 38, bf 50. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $45,100. Though there were only 301 made, an unused and unloved V12 Lamborghini anything is going to be really expensive to restore. In the end this buyer will realize it would have been better to buy a nicer one in the first place. Unless he has a spare run-flat wallet. #4576203024-1960 CHEVROLET SUBURBAN Stageway limousine. S/N OC146S120574. White. Odo: 47,000 miles. 5 photos. Hanceville, AL. Built by Armbruster Stageway in 1960. One door on the left side, four doors curbside. Been sitting 30 years. “Had some surface rust, so I put a cheap coat of paint on it.” Also, “there's a bullet hole in both vent windows; went in one came out the other.” Engine out. Gauge cluster MIA. Driver's seat only (not pictured). 11 bids, sf 33, bf 35. Cond: 4. SOLD AT $1,825. Please don't get any ideas, Bob Lutz. I think we would all be better off just giving this to Jesse James and crossing our fingers. Great basis for a really big, really long project. Could have paid two or three times as much without much harm. #4614106259-1965 ALVIS STALWART Amphibious bus. S/N N/A. Blue. 6 photos. Apopka, FL. Built for $150k. Coast Guardcertified for 46 passengers. Twenty-foot vehicle was profesionally extended to 28 feet. 12kpound carrying capacity. Hull would easily pass sonic testing. Chevy big block MIA. However, “the most important and critical components” (swim jets, custom cooling fans and radiator,


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Fresh Meat remote areas” or “installing floating docks.” I say do both: Charge people admission to watch you install floating docks. Good, clean fun. If the buyer can make it run for under $10k, he'll get his money back. #4617272975-1988 JEEP CHEROKEE Apache SUT. S/N 1JCMT7843JT179853. Red/ gray vinyl. Odo: 120,000 miles. 9 photos. Fort Branch, IN. Vehicle is “unfinished,” but no further details given. “This Jeep concept was created by Randy Becht, ‘a master fabricator,' and myself.” Claimed 1 of 1, called the Apache. Truncated SUV body now known as an SUT. “Never off-road,” 38-inch tires, bolt-on flares, two 10inch subwoofers; “this ride will thump.” 20k Online sales of recent production cars. 2007 MERCEDES-BENZ S550 miles on rebuilt engine. 25 bids, sf 6, bf 19. Cond: 3-. SOLD AT $5,200. Kelley Blue Book says the best you could hope for is $2,000 for an unmolested '88 Cherokee. So cutting off 1/3 of the cabin nearly triples the value? Hmmm. Maybe I should do this to my dad's Liberty next time he's off at a gun show. This price was a fluke, and I don't qualify as a “master fabricator” anyway. #4594679153-1995 GMC TOPKICK 7000 dually pickup. S/N 1GDJ6H1J4SJ517335. Metallic red/gray. Odo: 120,000 miles. 7 photos. Las Vegas, NV. SEMA Show truck. “Multiple Show Winner.” Linex, 5th wheel hitch, sleeper cab, weatherguard toolboxes. “Travels cross-country on one tank of gas (240 KYSOR POLISHED FUEL TANKS).” Leather Sandglow/black vinyl. Odo: 49,000 miles. 24 photos. Beaumont, TX. North American-spec D90 with 300 TDI diesel retrofitted by the seller. 39k miles on engine. New stainless hardware throughout: clutch, brake system, suspension bushings, bearings, tie rods, etc. Every steel part galvanized. Replaced every seal and gasket on the body. List of new accessories reads like a Rovers North catalog: ARB bumper, Warn winch, Mantec snorkel, Hella lights, Safety Devices Rack, Old Man Emu, Rovertym, etc. A thorough and expensive frame-off build that looks excellent. Camel cigarettes not included. 12 bids, sf 172, bf private. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $42,099. One of the most expensive and troubled components of the D90 is the Rover V8 and its ancillaries. Swapping in a bulletproof TDI is a brilliant solution, but not an inexpensive one. The seller used all brand-name parts, and is clearly losing five figures on this deal. Price is right, but you couldn't replicate this truck for under $50k. #4616268872-1998 ARGO CONQUEST 8x8 convertible. S/N CB14693. Olive green/ beige plastic/black vinyl. 8 photos. Michigan. “8 wheel drive amphibious off-road vehicle with 4 cycle overhead valve V-Twin liquid cooled Kawasaki FD 620 engine,” making 20 hp. CVT transmission. Used 97 hours. 1000 lb cargo capacity. Seats 6. Loaded with “CONVERTABLE Date sold: 03/25/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4625493689 Details: Truck under construction, delivery end of March, XM, auto, front skid plate, Upgrades #1 and #2, convenience group Sale result: $31,939, 2 bids Seller's feedback: 4 Buyer's feedback: 14 MSRP: $31,939 Other current offering: Heiser Toyota, Milwaukee, WI, www.heisertoyota.com, $30,865 for a new car. 2007 DODGE CALIBER SXT and burlwood interior. Drives like a “RANGE ROVER and stops on a dime, incredible fuel mileage.” 14 bids, sf 12, bf private. Cond: 2+. SOLD AT $27,300. Airbrushed on the back of the sleeper cab is the motto, “GIT'ER DUN.” That's what eBay Motors did here, and due to the unique nature of this creation I'm going to have to say $27k is now market price. But I think the seller would agree that $5,000 to $8,000 more wouldn't have surprised. 120k miles is just break-in for a commerical rig. #4617404338-1995 LAND ROVER DEFENDER90suv. S/N SALDX328XSA97888 June 2006 TOP $1,000.00, WINDSHEILD $525.00, TRACK KIT $2000.00, WINCH AND WINCH KIT $1200.00, SNOW PLOW $1500.00, BILGE PUMP $100.00, HEATER $450.00, RATCHET COVER $270.00.) 30 bids, sf 66, bf 15. Cond: 2. SOLD AT $11,089. WWGIJD? What Would G.I. Joe Do? $7,000 in options plus a $13,000 MSRP make a comparable new rig a $20k experience. I don't think G.I. Joe would care that his 8x8 has 97 hours on it. In fact, he would use the money he saved to splurge on a hard top, a trailer, and an outboard motor at www.argoatv.com.u Date sold: 03/13/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4615935019 Details: Black/tan, Columbia, SC MBZ dealer says “at Jacksonville Port Ready to Ship” Sale result: $94,225, Buy It Now Seller's feedback: 42 Buyer's feedback: 26 MSRP: $94,225 Other current offering: Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, asking $120,500 for a one in Graphite with 417 miles. 2007 TOYOTA FJ CRUISER 4X4 Date sold: 03/24/2006 Sale location: eBay Motors #4625124810 Details: 14 miles, Sunburst Orange Pearl Coat, 2.0L 4-cyl, automatic Sale result: $15,991, Buy It Now Seller's feedback: 1266 Buyer's feedback: 174 MSRP: $18,265 Other current offering: John Howard Dodge, Waynesburg, PA, www.johnhowardcars.com. Asking $22,834 for a new car.u 127


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Automotive Investor The Martin Rating My Fun Is Funner than Your Fun We put the “Fun Factor” under the microscope to see why it's all about the total ownership experience T he Martin Rating System is designed to be intuitive, but from time to time, it produces results that can seem curious. We have received queries like, “How can you judge my Fiat X1/9 to be less ‘fun' than a Bugeye Sprite? Don't you understand that the Fiat beats that little British clown car in every performance metric?” So this month, we take a closer look at what goes into the “Fun Factor.” “Fun,” as the Martin Rating defines it, is a bit more subjective than, say, performance—it's the sum of four factors (each worth five points) that reflect how enjoyable the total ownership experience will be. If every drive is an adventure in getting stranded, the romance will soon wear off. Reliability is therefore a component of the “Fun Factor.” If parts are made out of genuine unobtainium and there is no club to provide help or guidance, all but the most committed will tire of ownership. So “Parts and Support” must figure into the mix. Camaraderie is also an essential part of the old-car experience. The more events that the car is eligible for, the more that this feeling is heightened. “Event Eligibility” is therefore the third sub-category. And we all move on eventually. It's no fun jonesing for something new when the car that has to leave the garage to make room for it is saleproof. That's why “Current Market Appeal” is part of the “Fun Factor.” Putting the “Fun Factor” to the test, here are eight cars, how they compare overall, and how their “Fun Factor” ratings stack up against one another. Spartan but cute and a thoroughly modern middie 1958–61 Austin-Healey Bugeye Sprite Price $11,000–$20,000 vs. 1974–90 Fiat X1/9 Price $1,750–$3,500 An MGB with guts and the V8 flying doorstop 1967–69 MGC Roadster Price $9,000–$15,000 vs. 1980–81 Triumph TR8 Price $7,500–$11,000 88 13 16 14 19 18 Investment Grade: B 59 13 15 13 12 6 Investment Grade: F Reliability: The Sprite is as simple as it gets and tough as an anvil—5/5. The Fiat's mid-engine layout means it's tougher to get at the stuff that breaks—2/5. Parts and Support: Sprite parts practically grow on trees. Cheap trees.—5/5. Sources for Fiat parts are fewer, the parts cost more, and some bits are no longer available—2/5. Event Eligibility: The little Healey is eligible for a large number of events by virtue of its age and illustrious competition history—4/5. The Fiat, on the other hand, is pretty much just a sunny-day creditcard car—1/5. Current Market Appeal: The Sprite's current market appeal, while out of proportion to its performance, is undeniably strong—4/5. The X1/9 is—and always will be—hopeless—1/5. Overall Fun Factor Score: Sprite: 18, X1/9: 6 80 13 16 16 16 17 Investment Grade: B 77 16 16 17 18 10 Investment Grade: C Reliability: The C was built before the negative effects of the Leyland takeover were felt; it was well put together and decently reliable—5/5. The TR8 came out at the worst time for the British motor industry. More complex than the MG, they are plagued by a variety of annoyances—2/5. Parts and Support: Everything is out there for the C—5/5. Soft trim and body panels for the TR8 are problematic—3/5. Event Eligibility: The C just squeaks in to some majors by virtue of its 1967 commencement—3/5. The TR8 is merely an ice cream getter—2/5. Current Market Appeal: The C has started to emerge as a bargain alternative to a big Healey—4/5. The TR8 has yet to gain the recognition that many have been predicting—2/5. Overall Fun Factor Score: MGC roadster:17, TR8: 10 128 Sports Car Market Richard Connew Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor


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NART Spyder look-alike and the first-year C4 Corvette 1967–72 Intermeccanica Italia Price $28,000–$38,000 vs. 1984 Chevrolet Corvette Price $6,700–$10,750 Refined pony car and the Italian conservative 1967–68 Mercury Cougar Price $14,000–$17,000 vs. 1965–68 Maserati Mexico Price $16,000–$21,000 80 17 18 17 12 16 Investment Grade: B 68 13 16 16 14 9 Investment Grade: D Reliability: The Italia used all proven Ford components with no troublesome electronics—5/5. The first-year C4 'Vette was a complex and troubled car—2/5. Parts and Support: Mechanical spares are NAPA items for the Italia, body panels and trim are nearly impossible—3/5. Most things are available for the 'Vette if nowhere else than from a salvage yard—5/5. Event Eligibility: The Italia, by virtue of its 1967 start date, is eligible for some decent events—4/5. The 'Vette is just a used car—1/5. Current Market Appeal: Italia prices are on the upswing after the Iso Grifo proved that beautiful, no-heritage, Italian hybrids can have real market value—4/5. An '84 Corvette is sale-proof—1/5. Overall Fun Factor Score: Italia: 16, Corvette: 9 75 13 17 15 15 15 Investment Grade: C 72 17 15 17 12 11 Investment Grade: D Reliability: Cougar was simple and dead reliable—5/5. Big Maser was also relatively unfussy for an Italian exotic—4/5. Parts and Support: Again, mechanical spares are NAPA items for the Cougar; body panels and trim are tougher—4/5. The Mexico suffers from the usual single-source issue for what parts you can get—2/5. Event Eligibility: While neither car comes to mind as a great event car, both are theoretically eligible for more than just club tours by virtue of their production date of 1967 or earlier—3/5 for each. Current Market Appeal: Cougar XR7s are finally getting some trac- tion as Mustang prices soar—3/5. The Maserati Mexico will always be overshadowed by the Sebring and the Mistral, and come to think of it, those cars aren't exactly setting the market on fire—2/5. Overall Fun Factor Score: Cougar: 15, Mexico: 11u SCMGOLD? What is SCM GOLD membership gives you access to over 40,000 auction records. Each month in the magazine, we deliver reports from auctions around the world on what sold, for how much, and why. Only part of what our auction analysts turn in makes it to print, but every car they report on is available online to GOLD members. Everything You Get With GOLD Membership: Full Access to Thousands of Online Auction Reports Gold-Only Emails Informing You of Insider Information and Updates on Sales from Around the World Access to Our Full Online Price Guide Invitations to Special Events and SCM Gold-Only Offers Sign up online at www.sportscarmarket.com Just $7.95 a month or $60 a year (40% Savings) June 2006 129 Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor Rarity Beauty Performance Historical Significance Fun Factor


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Motobilia Carl Bomstead Whiskey, Rockets, and Maids A buddy told me that Ferrari actually made whiskey in the ‘60s, but everybody that I ask about it thinks I'm nuts 1 3 1 ROCKET CAR GOOD BANG FOR BUCK I recently found this auto glass cleaner at a local garage sale. I paid a couple of bucks for it, which I thought was more than fair. Can you tell me when it was manufactured and anything about the L.A. Rocket car that is pictured on the can? The can is three-quarters full of glass cleaner, and if I empty it will it affect the value? Do you have any idea what the can is worth?—Bernard Escamilla, Oakland, CA You made a good buy on a very interesting can, and I'd expect it to bring $75 to $100 listed properly on eBay. The can is from the '50s, and a search on Google provided lots of information on rocket cars, but the one on the can was not mentioned. I suggest it's an artist's rendering or a custom creation that was sent to the crusher many years ago. Perhaps other readers have an idea? If I were you I would empty the can, as they tend to leak and rust. Also, if you drop a full can, it will cause a serious dent, while 130 an empty will sustain only minimal scratches. One trick is to use Velcro to make sure it stays put in your display case. FERRARI WHISKEY – HERE'S PROOF I have been collecting Ferrari memorabilia for over 30 years. My budget is stretched maintaining the 308 GTS that sits in my garage, but I am a sucker for pins, badges, or just about anything else with the Prancing Horse on it. A buddy told me that Ferrari actually made whiskey in the '60s but everybody that I ask about it thinks I am nuts. Have you ever heard of this?—Steve Sullivan, Dallas, TX Before we have Mothers Against Drunk Driving picketing every Ferrari dealer in the country by suggesting they sell booze as well as fast cars, we checked with Ferrari collecting guru Morry Barmak, the proprietor of Collector Studio in Toronto, Canada, about your rumor. He told us that there is such a thing as Enzo Ferrari Scotch Whisky, but it was not made by Ferrari. Jackie Stewart had a case of whiskey made exclusively for Enzo as a gift. Barmak forwarded a copy of a photograph of Enzo in his private residence at the Fiorano track enjoying a glass. He is quoted in Franco Gozzi's book as saying, “Now I'll pour you a whiskey: try this; this one was given to me by Jackie Stewart. Taste how good it is…” Barmak also mentioned that he had one unopened bottle for sale in his store that was from the original case. He stated it was getting a lot of attention from his clientele, and the best offer so far was $5,500. 3 ADVERTISING MIGHT GET YOUR CLOCK CLEANED Could you look at eBay item #71288500, a Velvak Car Wash tin that I bought for $30? It is in much better condition than the picture indicates. I feel that I got a nice bargain but would like your opinion. It would be nice to see Motobilia and eWatch expanded, as it seems eBay is taking over the world. Thanks.—William McNelis, Mt. Pleasant, SC For thirty bucks you got a heck of a deal on that cute little can that contained a waterless car wash cloth. You were able to buy it for a song because the seller presented the side with the least interesting graphics in his listing. The reverse has graphics with a woman in a maid's uniform polishing a late '20s car. While the thought of having your maid polish your automobile may be appealing to some, it's not a theme likely to generate many sales from women in today's politically correct environment. I think your can could have brought close to $100 if presented properly.u CARL BOMSTEAD is a decades-long automobilia expert who lives in the Pacific Northwest. Send your questions to: motobilia@sportscarmarket.com. Digital photos, the larger the better, must accompany your queries. Due to the volume of mail we receive, not all questions can be answered. Sports Car Market


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Bike Buys Paul Duchene 1985-98 Cagiva Elefant Elefants are ideal “green-laners,” good for desert riding, logging roads, and trails by Paul Duchene W hen Cagiva took over Ducati in 1985, much hand-wringing ensued as to the fate of the iconic Italian motorcycle manufacturer. After all, the Castliglioni brothers came from the ruins of AMF-HarleyDavidson/Aermacchi in 1978 and were mostly making combination locks for briefcases and electrical hardware. Their bikes were “tiddler” street and dirt bikes under 350cc. What did they know? As it turned out, the brothers put their thumb squarely on a new class of motorcycle—big trailies, as they are called in Europe. The durable Cagiva Elefant enjoyed 13 years of production, even winning the marathon Paris–Dakar race in 1990 and 1994, ridden by Edi Orioli. But the Ducatisti were unconvinced at first. The belt-driven V-twin Pantah morphed into the obscure Cagiva Alazzurra, and the Ducati name lingered only in the cripplingly uncomfortable (and deafeningly loud) F1 sportbike. The last bevel-driven twin—the red and green 900-cc MHR, or Mike Hailwood Replica—ceased production in 1984. Cagiva's first foray into the Ducati mainstream involved Bimota. The Rimini hot-rod- ders designed the Paso (named for the late racer Renzo Pasolini) to utilize the Pantah engine. It debuted at the Milan Show of 1985 and upset traditionalists, as it looked more like a sports-tourer with its all-enveloping body and modest performance. Unsung in the background, the blue-and-white Elefant (a bow to the company's Disneylike logo) seemed an oxymoron. Who needs a tall enduro bike that's expensive and too heavy for serious off-road use? Ultimately, thousands of people did, proving once again that style and visual swagger trump usability and performance. The design ran until 1998, with V-twin engine sizes ranging from 350 cc all the way to 900 cc. The engines used Ducati's desmodromic valve system, in which levers close the valves rather than springs, permitting up to 10,000 rpms. The Elefant engines also turned the rear cylinder Perfect Elefant Owner: Lives in a village with lots of flights of steps, and likes riding up and down them Rating (HHHHH is best): Fun to ride: HHHH Ease of maintenance: HHH Appreciation potential: HHH Attention getter: HHHH Years produced: 1985–98 Number produced: n/a Original list price: $4,288 in 1985 SCM valuation: $1,500–$6,000 Tune-up/major service: $400 including timing belts Engine: 90-degree, V-twin, 350cc/650cc/750cc/900cc Transmission: 5-speed Weight: 458 lbs wet Engine #: Center of case behind rear cylinder Frame #: Headstock Colors: Red, white and blue/Lucky Explorer colors/ More: members.ozemail.com .au/~elefantman/ 132 around, so that both intakes now faced each other and each could be the same length, simplifying tuning. Blessedly, the Elefant did not try to make do with one Weber carburetor, like the ill-running Paso, but used two Dell'Ortos, then Mikunis, and finally fuel injection. Elefant frames are hefty square-tube cradles with engine locating rods from the top spine and a removable section on the right to replace the timing belts. Elefant sales probably never topped more than 2,500 a year, but they were steady, and clubs can be found worldwide. The model can be said to have influenced the Honda Transalp, Suzuki V-Strom, Kawasaki KLR (which goes back just as far), KTM Adventure, Bimota Mantra, Yamaha TDM, Aprilia Pegaso, Capo Nord, and others. The last Elefants were sold in the U.S. in about 1995 as E-900 Ducatis but continued elsewhere until the arrival of Cagiva's elegant Gran Canyon in 1999, designed by Pierre Terblanche. The Elefant's modern equivalent is probably the Ducati Strada. There was competition. BMW had an entire GS series throughout this same period. But as with cars, you're not likely to find a strudel-lover coveting a pasta dish, and vice versa. Most Elefants you'll find will have the 650-cc Ducati Pantah engine, though later models have 750-cc and 900SS motors. Final U.S. bikes came in sober colors and listed for $8,600 in 1995, but European versions can be found with wild Lucky Strike color schemes. In common with most dirt bikes, there's little to rust on an Elefant, so they wear well, and the bikes are heavy enough that nobody's likely to beat them up offroad. Elefants are ideal “green-laners,” as the Brits call them, good for desert riding, logging roads, and trails. Enduro bikes have a huge following in Europe, and all sorts of modifications, improvements, and luggage can be found. There's even a guy in England who has managed to cram a Ducati 888 motor into his Elefant. You can pick up a rough but complete bike for about $1,500, and even a low-mileage model with known history is unlikely to set you back more than $6,000. Enough bikes were sold that there are spares to be found, but there are a few trouble spots to watch out for. The electrics are Italian, so expect problems. The regu- lator/rectifier is a known weakness, and there's a factory update. Curiously, the charge light won't work if the later unit is installed, so if the light doesn't come on, ask the seller if it has been changed, or if it's just kaput. The fusebox can shrink from exhaust heat and deform, which breaks contact, so fit a new one and put in a heat shield. Handlebar warning light panels are hard to find, as are certain plastic panels—especially on the exhaust side. Also, watch where the oil line from the oil cooler crosses the frame. It rubs and will wear through unless it's been sleeved with some gas-line tubing. The rear monoshock (original 650s came with remote, adjustable Ohlins) doesn't last long if you're carrying a passenger and/or luggage—but a Suzuki DR 650 shock can be adapted. Rear suspension bushings are needle bearings, so check the wear and replace if necessary. Footpeg bolts are known to break so check and replace, unless you want to see Elvis on the outside of a curve. Once you've checked (and probably fixed) the electrics, the Elefant is a handy light-duty off-road performer and ideal commuter or streetfighter. You sit high enough to be visible—and able to see over cars. One essential upgrade is an aftermarket exhaust to deliver the signature Ducati rumble, and you'll score style and sound points over the wheezy, suffocating hamster sound of stock Elefants.u PAUL DUCHENE has been riding, racing, and writing about motorcycles for over 40 years, and has the scars to prove it. Sports Car Market


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SCM Library NEW BOOK! Pre-order your copy of Keith Martin on Collecting Austin-Healey, MG, and Triumph today. Just $19.95, with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the U.S. The fastest way to order is online at www.sportscarmarket.com, or call 800.289.2819. Keith Martin on Collecting Austin-Healey, MG, and Triumph encompasses the best SCM articles on these British classics, along with our “take-no-prisoner” auction reporting from 1994 to the present. Printed in full color on high-quality paper. If you are familiar with SCM's Keith Martin on Collecting series—including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Porsche, and Jaguar—this book will be a must-have addition for your collection. Check out our expansive, 4,000-book Sports Car Market library at www.sportscarmarket.com. You'll find books covering nearly every automotive category. Delivery is fast, and both quality and content are always to SCM standards. Here are four of the most popular books from our Top 20: Ultimate Garage Handbook by Richard Newton; $19.95 Inside Ultimate Garage Hand- book you will find expert tips on how best to utilize your space. Sixteen step-by-step projects will let you take your garage from average to ultimate, and make you the envy of the neighborhood. From lighting upgrades, flooring options, and storage solutions to ways to incorporate special equipment like an air compressor, Ultimate Garage Handbook is the perfect addition to the hands-on car aficionado's library. The Cobra in the Barn: Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology Tom Cotter, forword by Road & Track's Peter Egan; $24.95 It's the fantasy of every car enthusiast to pull a tarp off a pile in a barn or to hear a farmer say “there's an old car out back.” To know you're on the path of a classic collectible. The Cobra in the Barn is full of true tales about rare gems pulled out of derelict garages and junkyards. Included are before and after photos to illustrate these amazing stories. Muscle: America's Legendary Performance Cars Randy Leffingwell and Darwin Holmstrom; $50.00. Hardbound. In the '60s, life was about sex, drugs, rock & roll, and muscle cars. From thundering Hemis to 500-hp 427s, Americans knew exactly what they wanted: power, and lots of it. MUSCLE documents this tumultous era of automotive history and gives you a unique, informative, and entertaining insider's perspective. A large format book with lavish photography, will look perfect on your coffee table. Ultimate Auto Detailing Projects David H. Jacobs, Jr; $19.95 First and foremost, this book is a tool. It explains all the techniques and products needed to detail a car, lays out detailed schedules, and explains how long each task will take. By allowing readers to go as quickly or as slowly as they wish on projects, Ultimate Auto Detailing Projects appeals to a wide range of readers with a variety of skill sets, from beginner to professional. Using these clearly illustrated techniques, anyone can make a car look good as new. Order online at www.sportscarmarket.com and click on SCM's “Complete Library.” Or call 800.289.2819 (outside the U.S.—503.243.1281)


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Mystery Photo Answers Spy photo of the new Mercedes “SLUT”: Sport Luxury Utility Truck. —Steven Slebioda, Escondido, CA enough to impress all them uptown folks.— David Rivkin, Jamaica Estates, NY Fresh from a Best in Class showing at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, hometown house painter Jose is conflicted between his El Camino roots and the Mercedes-Benz lifestyle his hyper-priced, backcountry Greenwich painting company affords him.—Dan Denehy, Fairfield, CT Chevy built the El Camino, Ford countered with the Ranchero, but Mercedes attempted to blow them away with the revolutionary 300 TDeero.—Peter Zimmermann, Bakersfield, CA Although not originally manufactured in the U.S., this custom Mercedes was still voted “2006 de Rigueur Vehicle” by the Connecticut Chapter of the International Brotherhood of Woodworkers and Handymen.—John Fontaine, Westport, CT In general, Arthur was pleased with his RUNNER-UP: When this grand lady was towed into the body shop, the DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) paperwork was unfortunately misplaced. Sometimes it is best if one would be allowed to die with dignity.—Bob Peterson, Brooks, GA This photograph was taken at the shooting of the first episode of the upcoming TV series called “This Old Monster Garage,” to be hosted by Jesse James and Norm Abram.—Alex Gershanok, via email The former Enron board member shows he still is creative, honest, and practical.—Doug Knight, Haddonfield, NJ Billy just knew that by finding the right car he could raise his junk haulage rates high pickup conversion. He was, however, disappointed in the extent of reinforcement required to maintain structural rigidity.—Cam Stevenson, Greenfield, MA Steven Slebioda is this month's winner of a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale model courtesy of Dave Kinney's USAppraisal for imagining the inevitable.u USAPPRAISAL This Month's Mystery Photo Response Deadline: May 25, 2005 Our Photo, Your Caption Be the author of the most accurate, creative, or provocative response and receive a sure-to-be-collectible-someday 1/18-scale collector car model, courtesy of USAppraisal. Ties will be arbitrarily and capriciously decided. Fax your response to 503.253.2234; e-mail: mysteryphoto@sportscarmarket.com; snail mail: Mystery, P.O. Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292. Please include your name and contact information. Send us your mystery photo. If we use it, you'll get an official “SCM Fright Pig Inspector” cap. E-mail photos at 300 dpi in JPEG format. 134 Sports Car Market


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Comments With Your Renewal My wife picks up the mail because she gets home before I do, so on those days SCM arrives, she knows she will be spending the evening by herself.—Carlos Amato, Los Angeles, CA Include more transaction resources— appraisal, legal, verification. Good to see you at B-J.—David Ressler, Houston, TX Info and listing of '93–'94 Porsche RS America, AC Cobra (Autocraft).— Mark Terlecky, Devon, PA More laughs than a Three Stooges Festival.—Mike Nottage, Hingham, MA How about a write-up on the Lamborghini Urraco? I have one if you need a subject car.—Jesse Ingram, Corona, CA Don't concentrate too much on non- sports cars. Try to stay focused on sports cars or change the magazine's name.— Mike Blanton, Nevada City, CA Great magazine. How long has John Draneas been doing “Legal Files?” You should offer a DVD with past issues on it.—Ken LaFrate, Leesburg, FL. Draneas has been SCM's legal expert since the October 2003 issue. The DVD idea is a good one; another option we are exploring is to have them available online and downloadable. Great job. Rest assured we will still be around after the muscle car lunacy passes.—James Savage, Niagra Falls, NY I've been reading your most excellent magazine since 2001, and was wondering if you have any back issues? I have some gaps in my collection, and I read every issue from cover to cover. One issue a month almost isn't enough.Any hope?—Jeff Askew, Austin, TX. You're in luck—we have a pretty complete selection of back issues. Contact Cathy in customer service at 503.261.0555 ext. 204 to order as many as you can handle for $7 each. Please start Muscle Car Market and leave me off the list.—James Page, Boca Raton, FL My favorite magazine.—Miles Cramer, St. Louis, MO Include the number of registered bidders in Auction Reports.—Mark Blaskovich, Santa Clara, CA This is a good idea, but aside from BarrettJackson, few if any companies will reveal how many actual bidders they have in the audience. Don't change a thing. (Although I do like to see profiles and write-ups of cars at the more affordable end of the spectrum).—Mike Geoghegan, New York, NY Italian/U.S. hybrid car study and market watch. The “usable Italians” and life after the boring U.S. muscle car.—Jeremy Fox, Huntington Beach, CA Extend max renewals to 5-year sub- scriptions instead of 3 years. SCM is the best. More owner experiences would interest me.—Ron Johnston, Leesburg, VA Keep up the great publication. How- ever, using 100-4 rather than 100 is a sign of the illiterate. (Is that a British term?)— North Texas Austin-Healey Club, Dallas, TX. When we get bored at the office, we discuss which will stir up the reader's hornets nest: using the term 1004, calling Fiat X1/9s hopeless, or picking on Porsche 928s. So far, the responses are about equal. Stay opinionated and call 'em like you see 'em.—H.C. Dees, Granger, IN And thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments and your renewals.—ED.u


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SCM Showcase Gallery Sell Your Car Here! Includes SCM website listing. Showcase Gallery Full-Color Photo Ad Just $44/month ($66 non-subscribers) Text-Only Classified Ad Just $15/month ($25 non-subscribers) 4 ways to submit your ad: Web: Visit sportscarmarket.com/classifieds-post.php to upload your photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only. Secure online Visa/MC payments. E-mail: Send photo (300 dpi jpg) and text, or text only, to scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. We will call for your VISA/MC. Fax: Attention Showcase, to 503.253.2234 with VISA/MC. Snailmail: Showcase, PO Box 16130, Portland, OR 97292, with VISA/MC or check. 25 words max, subject to editing. Deadline: 1st of each month, one month prior to publication. Advertisers assume all liability for the content of their advertisements. The publisher of Sports Car Market Magazine is not responsible for any omissions, erroneous, false and/or misleading statements of its advertisers. ENGLISH 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB best there is. www.deGarmoLtd.com $135,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) 1965 Jaguar E-type 4-cylinder. Super V Class. Good shape. Trailer and spare parts. 1977 National champ Bob Lazier. Must sell. Price or best offer. $13,000. Connie Bell, 650.207.5729. (CA) 1985 Lotus Esprit Needs nothing, just tender loving care. 42,000 miles. Used as an alternative daily driver. Dry CA-TX history. Two years in WA. $17,750. Robert Ewens, 509.447.3344. (WA) FRENCH 1939 Bugatti T-57 Ventoux Cross & Ellis four-seat tourer. With a lightweight body, torquey 2.5 six, all synchro 4-speed, and independent front suspension, this is the perfect preWar event car. History, spares. $98,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1956 MGA One of the finest in the world. Bare-metal, 3,000hour restoration. Tools and documents. Less than 100 miles since new. Photos at www.vantaaj.com. $150,000. Mike Van Cleave, 303.517.9087. (CO) 1968 MGB S/N 57614. Very nice late production car with still sharp older Phil Reilly & Company restoration. Runs great and pleasure to drive. $289,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) Gorgeous ground-up Guards Red restoration. Chrome, 72-spoke wheels with wide whites. Will place every time shown. You must see and drive. $27,500. Randy Krup, 815.378.4024. (IL) 1963 Triumph TR-3B Chosen best overall vintage roadster in 1998 issue of GRM. Superb rust-free touring/vintage rally car. Low miles on balanced rebuilt engine, overdrive, and much more. $13,900. Lee Cohee, 850.878.5927. (FL) 1969 Triumph TR6 S/N 113695. Fully restored with new Special Roadster Longtail body. Among the most magnificent of road cars. Easy to drive in modern traffic with its supercharged engine and effective braking. $1,000,000. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) OEW, red leather. Outstanding example of model's last year. 5K mi. since complete but sensitiveto-originality restoration. Tight, reliable, and a joy to drive or show. $24,900. Zen Seliokas, 203.266.9333. (CT) 1963 Jaguar XKE Roadster Frame-up restored to beyond new standards and fully documented. The tightest, fastest, most pristine TR6 on the planet. BR Green, black leather. All books, tools. www.deGarmoLtd.com $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) 1972 Lotus Elan S4 Coupe Very original, rust-free car. Recent engine rebuild, repaint, interior restoration. Correct ivory/black. Owned 20 years. 187k mi. most receipts. Kardex. $26,900. Pete Lewis, 707.568.3379. (CA) 1963 Mercedes European 300 SL Roadster Dialed in and sorted out like no other. Frame-up restored to beyond new specs. Matching numbers. BR Green, biscuit leather. All books, tools, etc. The 136 34,000 mi., third owner. History since new. Spyder cage. Chapman wheel. Original Canadian car. $15,000 CDN Alex Millar, z77@shaw.ca. (Canada) 1956 Porsche 356C Beautiful, Guards Red over black leather targa, mint condition, one of the best Carrera Targas in the country, 80k, no leaks whatsoever, garaged. $21,700. Roy McCluskey, 978.772.0414. (US) 2001 Porsche Boxter S GERMAN 1935 Mercedes-Benz 540k Mocha brown exterior. All-original, two-owner car. Current owner last 22 yrs. Arizona car, 74k miles. No rust. All maintenance records available. $18,000. William Wyckoff, 623.566.3962. (AZ) 1987 Porsche Carrera Targa 9,000 miles and factory new to the most minute detail. All books, tools, and documented back to new. White, red seats. Drives as new. www.deGarmoLtd.com $29,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) 1969 Porsche 911 Targa 1975 Lola T-328 lease for sale #3236. Second owner. Both tops, Dare luggage. Extensive mechanical and cosmetics completed. Exceptional car! $410,000. John Glatz, 602.620.8212. (AZ) 1964 VW Beetle Body recently sanded to metal and repainted, engine rebuilt, Weber carbs, chromed Fuchs wheels, glass rear window, rebuilt convertible top, Bursch exhaust, 148,000 miles. $17,500. Ronald Stassi, ricastassi@sbcglobal.net. (CA) 1980 Porsche 928 Pampered, never damaged, 23,000-mile summer car. Sport package, heated seats, 18” wheels, PZeros. Factory extended waranty through July 07. Seriously for sale at good price. $28,000. Larry Digney, 978.464.7780. (MA) ITALIAN 1965 Giulietta Sprint Normale ‘63-built European roadster. Age dictates the reSports Car Market


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SCM Showcase Gallery Excellent condition. Blue/blue/gray. Completely original or period-correct, including Nardi wheel, fresh paint, 1,600-cc motor, transmission and front suspension. Perfect for vintage tours, rallys, and club events. Drive anywhere. $27,500. 253.627.2355. (WA) 1966 Alfa-Romeo GTC Silver gray. Dark red interior. Ready for restoration. No rust, needs paint and hood, very rare car. For photos see www.racingbox.be. Price in Euros. 14,950. Racing Box C.V., +32.1233476. (Belgium) 1970 Ferrari 365 2+2 1971 Maserati Ghibli SS Mechanically and cosmetically excellent California-registered example with only 24K mi. Recent service. Tools, jack, books and records. $42,500. Fantasy Junction, 510.653.7555. (CA) 1990 Ferrari Mondial T Cabriolet White with burgundy interior, ps, pb, wire wheels. Well sorted and cared for. Complete history from new. Regional Concours winner. Excellent rally and sports touring automobile. $62,500. Al Lancaster, 253.946.4100. (US) 1972 Ferrari Dino GT S/N 86626. Black/black. Have owned car for over 12 years. 41k miles. Tubi exhaust. New rear tires. $46,500. Robert F. Turetsky, 312.664.2324. (IL) S/N 13809, fully restored 8 years ago at Ferrari. $89,000. Steve Maman, 514.823.2277. (QC) 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Wonderful original condition throughout. Original dash is mint. Mechanically superb. Needs nothing to enjoy every weekend. Red, tan leather and carpets. www.deGarmoLtd.com $98,500. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) 1986 Ferrari 412i Automatic 5-spd, good older respray, new interior. New top end, radiator, water pump, brakes. Electronic ignition. Optima battery. 42k miles. Second place Maser Seattle Concours. $36,000. Scott McGill, 253.223.2407. (WA) Body-off restored to Pebble Beach standards. 100% correct and fully documented. Not a finer example anywhere. Correct burgundy with burgundy/creme interior, burgundy top. Flawless throughout. www .deGarmoLtd.com $175,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) Your chance to own an irrelevant, inconsequential piece or two of motoring history. THE SCM GARAGE SALE www.sportscarmarket.com/garagesale Create an Instant Collection Starts May 15 on eBay Motors Complete photos and SCM provenance online. AMERICAN 1946 Chrysler Town and Country Convertible S/N CSX2019. National record holder, documented appearance in the Elvis Presley film “Viva Las Vegas,” unrestored, still in its original paint and racing livery. To be auctioned at the Mecum Spring Classic. Hal Heindel, 585.454.7861. (NY) 1964 Buick Wildcat Coupe Survivor. 46,000 miles. Two owners, original paint, original interior, engine untouched, new radial tires, new exhaust and brakes. $26,000. Donald Haugen, 828.433.1641. (NC) 1963 Shelby Factory Competition “Dragonsnake” 1957 Cadillac Hardtop 1960 Fiat 2100 Saloon SCM's own Survivor. Completed 4,421-mile run from Cleveland, OH, to Portland, OR in just one year and ten months. Fully documented history since sometime in 2003. Straight-six hemi, column four-speed. Fiat guru Martin Swig says, “This Fiat is the most complete 2100 I have seen in the last 30 years. Also the only one.” Just tuned by Nasko, runs great when it runs. 1966 SAAB 96 2-Stroke 2-Door Post, aka “Lucky” SCM's four-wheeled homage to vintage Evinrude outboard motors. Purchased by Martin and SCM Legal Analyst John Draneas sometime in 2002 from a knick-knack vendor in Helena, MT. Got as far as Spokane before shredding tires, spewing coolant, and seizing engine. Replacement engine, new tires. Runs strong, shifts well. Hardly smokes at all when warm. Engine oil must be pre-mixed in gas tank. No known competition history, but we did pass a mini-van, using the outside lane, on the freeway. Bid early and often. Winner of each auction gets three-year SCM and SCM Gold subscription, plus limited-edition SCM messenger bag and hat signed by staff. 138 Sports Car Market


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Serious muscle with rare 425-ci V8, positraction, factory floor four-speed. Green, green interior. Extremely rare. Absolutely mint and original. 46,000 miles from new. www.deGarmoLtd.com $45,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) 1965 Thunderbird Convertible � �� �� �� �� 78k orig miles, refinished in orig code, cont kit, tonneau, luggage rack, spotlights, 390 V8, auto trans, a/c, power brakes, seat, locks. Email for photos. Highest bid at or above asking price takes this beautiful car home. $30,000. Christine Howells, 757.222.9408. (VA) 1980s Chevrolet Camaro Trans-AM/IMSA �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� Tube frame. Fox shocks. Jerrico. Weaver pump. Quick change. AP brakes. Two race seats. ATh cell. Race-ready. Sell without engine but with all accessories. $26,500. Chuck, 805.709.7398. (CA) 1996 Lincoln Mercury Towncar Across 4.6L V8. Uses no oil, 22 mpg, a/c, auto. Was Mom's car, garaged, no dents or rust. As new. 111,988 highway miles w/records $6,500. Scott, 408.730.1852. (CA) 2003 Beck Spyder 200+ hp motor by Gunnar Racing. Flawless condition with only 300 miles from new. Silver, red leather. Can't be duplicated for close to this price. www.deGarmoLtd.com $35,000. Matthew L. deGarmo Ltd, 203.852.1670. (US) WANTED Corvettes A premium will be paid for 1953 to 1972 Corvettes with NCRS or Bloomington Gold certification, serious. ProTeam, Box 606, Napoleon, OH 435450606. Fax, 419.592.4242. proteamcorvette.com, www.corvetteswanted.com. ProTeam Corvettes, 419.592.5086. (OH)u June 2006 1. Automotive investor's daughter 6. Karl ___ 10. Daimler Chrysler __ 11. Auntie ___ 13. Dairy foods 16. Gottlieb ____ 18. 1902 Mercedes model 20. Poker stake 22. Car exhibition 23. Relaxation center 26. Expression of surprise 27. Animal measuring car power 30. The 1969 250 CE had the _____ injection system 36. Highway 38. Bread type 39. 1961 ___ Convertible 40. With 9 Down, 1934 Mercedes motorsports car 43. Testing area 44. Mercedes 380 ____ 46. “The One” star, Jet 47. Emergency Locking Retractor (abbr.) 48. The 1914 Mercedes Knight had external exhaust ____ 50. The 1974 Mercedes 240D 3.0 has a 5cylinder ___ engine 53. Sacred sound 54. Darlin' 55. What? 57. 1902 Mercedes 59. The 1959 220B had ____ fins 60. 1969 Mercedes 250 __ 61. Carlsson __ 23 62. Spirit 64. 1923 Mercedes Chief Engineer Ferdinand ____ 65. See 39 Down Down 1. 1906 Mercedes racing car was designed by William _____ 2. It is often boosted by a Mercedes 3. 1977 Mercedes 280 CE was a ____ revision 4. Too much (French) 5. 1972 Mercedes 280 ___ 7. With 31 Down, father of 1 Across 8. Nothing 9. See 40 Across 12. Cheap wood product 14. Royal Academy, for short 15. 1928 Mercedes model initials 17. Car club, for short 19. Fashionable 21. Heart- ____ 22. Body ___ 23. Establish 24. Promotion 25. __ Mans 26. French gold 28. Metal 29. ___ carburetors 31. See 7 Down 32. Connect 33. African river 34. Rome's country, for short 35. 1956 Mercedes 220S body style 37. Keyboard getaway key 39. With 65 Across, 1928 M-B model 41. Challenge 42. Regret 44. Truck type 45. Spanish for it is 49. Problem 50. La ____ vita 51. Mercedes Benz ___ 2639 52. Relax (2 words) 54. 1908 Mercedes was 20/35 ___ 56. Angel's headgear 58. PC or ____ 60. Business abbr. 63. Zeros Solution �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� �� � Mercedes-Benz Mind Bender � � � �� �� �� �� � � � � 139 � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � � �


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Advertise in the SCM Resource Directory. Call 877.219.2605 x204 for information, e-mail: scmadvert@sportscarmarket.com. AUCTION COMPANIES Artcurial-Briest-Poulain-Le Fur. +33.1.42992020, fax +33.1.42992021. Maison de vente aux enchères, 7, RondPoint des Champs Elysées, 75008 Paris. artcurial@auction.fr. www.artcurial .com. (FR) Barrett-Jackson Auction. 480.421.6694, fax 480.421.6697. 3020 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. info@barrett-jackson.com. www .barrett-jackson.com. (AZ) Bonhams & Butterfields. 415.391.4000, fax 415.391.4040. 220 San Bruno Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94103. www.butterfields.com. (CA) Bonhams. +44.207.228.8000, fax +44.207.585.0830. Montpelier St., Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1HH. www.bonhams.com. (UK) Branson Collector Car Auction. 800.335.3063, Jim Cox, fax 417.336.5616. 1316 W. Hwy. 76, Suite 199, Branson, MO 65616. www .branson-auction.com. (MO) Christie's. 310.385.2600, fax 310.385.0246. 360 N. Camden Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. www.christies.com. (CA) eBay Motors. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Visit the “Services” section on www.ebaymotors.com for more details. Gooding & Company. 310.899.1960, fax 310.899.0930. Auctions and brokerage of fine automobiles. 1528 6th Street, Suite 120, Santa Monica, CA 90401. www.goodingco .com. (CA) H&H Classic Auctions. +44.01925.730630, fax +44.01925.730830. Whitegate Farm, Hatton, Cheshire WA4 4BZ England. www.classic-auctions.com (UK) Kensington Motor Group, Inc. 631.537.1868, fax 631.537.2641. P.O. Box 2277, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. Kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Silver Auctions. 800.255.4485. 2020 N. Monroe, Spokane, WA 99205. silver@silverauctions.com; www.silverauctions.com. (WA) APPRAISALS Auto Appraisal Group. 800.848.2886. Over 60 offices located nationwide. Pre-purchase inspection service, insurance matters, charitable donations, resale values, estates, expert witness testimony. Onsite inspections. Certified, confidential, prompt, professional. “Not just one man's opinion of value.” See Web site for locations and service descriptions. www.autoappraisal.com. (VA) Dave Brownell's Vintage Auto Appraisals. 802.362.4719, fax 802.362.3007. 25-plus years' experience nationwide and internationally. Single cars or entire collections. Brass cars to contemporary supercars. Complete services from pre-purchase to insurance, donation, estate, expert witness. davidbrownell@adelphia.net. (VT) USAppraisal. 703.759.9100. Over 25 years experience with collector automobiles, available nationwide. David H. Kinney, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser, American Society of Appraisers). dhkinney@usappraisal.com; www.usappraisal.com. (VA) INSPECTIONS Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always acquiring and conveying the very finest in early European tinplate automotive toys by Marklin, Bing, Carette, Gunthermann, etc. Further seeking tether racers such as Dooling, Alexander, B.B. Korn, Bremer, Matthews, McCoy, Cox Thimble Drome, O & R. Very highest prices paid for over 27 years. Periodic inventory shown at www.kirkfwhite .com. (FL) Spyder Enterprises. 831.659.5335, fax 831.659.5335. Since 1980, providing serious collectors with the finest selection of authentic, original vintage posters, pre-war thru mid-1960s; mainly focused on Porsche, Ferrari, Mercedes, and racing. Producer of “Automobilia Monterey,” August 15–16, 2006. 38page list of memorabilia available. singer356@aol.com or www.vintageautoposters.com. (CA) BUY/SELL/GENERAL Automobile Inspections LLC. 860.456.4048. “When you need the job done right.” The nation's premier provider of pre-purchase inspections on classic, exotic and specialty cars of any year, anywhere in the USA or Canada. Fast 72-hour turnaround! Hartford, CT. www.automobileinspections.com. (CT) AUTOMOBILIA Mecum Collector Car Auctioneers. 815.568.8888, fax, 815.568.6615. 950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL 60015. Auctions: Orlando, Kansas City, Rockford, Bloomington Gold, St. Paul, Des Moines, Carlisle, and Chicago. Nobody Sells More Muscle Than Mecum. Nobody. www.mecumauction.com. (IL) Palm Springs Auctions Inc. Keith McCormick, 760.320.3290, fax 760.323.7031. 244 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262. www .classic-carauction.com. (CA) RM Auctions, Inc. 800.211.4371, fax 519.351.1337. One Classic Car Dr., Blenheim, ON NOP 1A0. www.rmauctions.com. (CAN) Russo and Steele. 480.517.4005, fax 480.517.9112. 4117 N. 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. russoandsteele@qwest .net; www.russoandsteele.com. (AZ) Santiago Collector Car Auctions. 800.994.2816, fax 405.475.5079. 501 E. Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Rocky: rockydb5@sbcglobal.net. (OK) 140 Campbell Levy Designs LLC. 303.762.7936, fax 303.762.7937. Custom lamp designer and builder since 1974, specializing in crankshaft lamps with exotic wood, select hardwood or granite base. Hand polished or nickel plated. Your treasured crankshaft or one of ours. Proud to be a Colorado company. www.campbelllevydesigns .com.(CO) Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com (CT) Jonathan Kendall LLC. 410.991.2288 Automotive-inspired gifts, handbags, and accessories. Jonathan highlights designs in unique, handcrafted art, fashion, and installations for the collector and the enthusiast. Give the gift of Art+Fashion+Design and enjoy the passion of the automobile together. www.jonathankendall.com. (MD) Auto Collectors Garage, Inc. 713.541.2281, fax 713.541.2286. 9848 Southwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77074. For the best in interesting cars from the 1920s to the 1970s. We restore, buy, sell, service, appraise, locate, and inspect all makes and models. Serving the collector car field since 1979. www .autocollectorsgarage.com. (TX) Blackhawk Collection. 925.736.3444, fax 925.736.4375. Purveyors of rolling art. The Blackhawk Collection is one of the world's foremost companies specializing in the acquisition and sale of both American and European classic, coachbuilt, and one-of-a-kind automobiles. www.blackhawkcollection.com. (CA) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Offering a fine selection of classic European vehicles and a world-class restoration facility with two indoor showrooms in one 40,000-sq-ft building. Servicing the collector with over 30 years experience in buying, restoring, and selling. Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase.com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Dragone Classics. 203.335.4645. 1797 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604. For 50+ years, the Dragone family has collected, sold, and revived the world's greatest cars, including many at Pebble Beach. Museums and collections depend on Dragone's knowledge, authenticity, and integrity. 60+ car inventory; manny@dragoneclassics.com, david@dragoneclassics.com; www .dragoneclassics.com. (CT) eBay Motors. Everyday drivers, collector cars, auto parts and accessories, motorcycles, and automobilia. List your car for sale for only $40 and pay $40 more when it sells. Every vehicle transaction is covered by $20,000 in free insurance. www.ebaymotors.com. Fantasy Junction. 510.653.7555, fax 510.653.9754. 1145 Park Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608. Specializing in European collectible autos and racing cars from the 1920s to the 1970s, with over 50 cars in stock. Bruce Trenery has over 25 years experience in this business, based in the East Bay area. sales@fantasyjunction.com; www .fantasyjunction.com. (CA) Grand Prix Classics. 858.459.3500, fax 858.459.3512. 7456 La Jolla Blvd., La Jolla, CA 92037. Specialize in the buying, selling, trading, and consignment of historic sports and racing cars. Been in business for 25 years and maintain an inventory of 15 to 20 historic cars. info@grandprixclassics.com; www.grandprixclassics.com. (CA) Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Colin's Classic Automobiles. 414.964.3747. World-renowned for selling only the best investment-grade sports and muscle cars. Low volume, highest quality, easy to work with. Let Colin's experience in collecting, restoring, racing, evaluating, and showing cars work for you. Buy, sell, trade, restore. www.colinsclassicauto.com. (WI) Craig Brody Investment Mo- torcars. 954.646.8819. We buy, sell, trade, and consign only the highest-end original cars for the most demanding collectors. Visit our new showroom in Ft. Lauderdale; call ahead for a personal appointment to see the coolest selection of collector cars in the Southeast. www .investmentmotorcars.net. (FL) Kirk F. White. 386.427.6660, fax 386.427.7801. PO Box 999, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170. Always seeking and conveying select, exciting automobiles with a strong emphasis on vintage and contemporary hot rods and significant post-war sports cars, etc. Many years of acquiring superb, esoteric automobiles. Very highest prices paid. Periodic offerings may be reviewed at www.kirkfwhite.com. (FL) Motorcar Portfolio. 866.653.8900, 320 Market Ave S., Canton, OH 44702. America's only classic car dealer located in the lower level of the Canton Marriott McKinley Grand Hotel. Everchanging collection of 100+ foreign and domestic cars. Model Ts through muscle cars, something for everyone's taste and pocketbook. We buy cars from special people—one or a whole collection. (OH) Paul Russell and Company. 978.768.6919. Contact Alex Finigan for the acquisition or sale of great classic European sports, touring, and racing models from the pre-war era through the 1960s. Our experienced body, metal, upholstery, and mechanical craftsmen offer restoration, preservation, and maintenance services. www.paulrussell .com. (MA) ProTeam Corvette. 888.592.5086, fax 419.592.4242. Over 150 Corvettes 1953–2003; also Corvettes wanted. Free Sports Car Market


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catalog. www.proteamcorvette.com; proteam@proteamcorvette.com. (OH) VIR Gallery. 336.210.5508. Quality vintage street and race cars for sale. Located at Virginia International Raceway. Please contact Randall Yow, 1245 Pine Tree Rd., Alton, VA 24520. ryow@virclub.com; www.virgallery .com. (VA) CLASSIC CAR TRANSPORT Concours Transport Systems. 702.361.1928, 253.973.3987, fax 702.269.0382. Enclosed auto transport nationwide. Liftgate loading, experienced personnel. Classic and exotic cars. Special events. Fully insured. All major credit cards accepted. Fred Koller, owner. fredkoller@concourstran sport.com; www.concourstransport .com. (NV) Cosdel International. 415.777.2000, fax 415.543.5112. Now in its 46th year of international transport. Complete service, including import/export, customs clearances, DOT and EPA, air/ocean, loading and unloading of containers. Contact Martin Button: info@cosdel .com; www.cosdel.com. (CA) FedEx Custom Critical Passport Auto Transport. 800.325.4267, fax 314.878.7295. Fully enclosed transport from the industry originator. Specializing in events, including Pebble Beach, the Colorado Grand, and Barrett-Jackson. Liftgates for safe loading and winches for inoperable vehicles. Inquire about ultra-expedited, three-day, coast-to-coast service. www.passporttransport.com. (MO) Intercity Lines, Inc. 800.221.3936, fax 413.436.9422. Rapid, hassle-free, coast-to-coast service. Insured, enclosed transport for your valuable car at affordable prices. State-of-the-art satellite transport tracking. Complete service for vintage races, auctions, relocations. www.intercitylines.com. (MA) COLLECTOR CAR FINANCING COLLECTOR CAR INSURANCE Aon Collector Car Insurance. 877.765.7790. We've protected collector cars for nearly 40 years. Our insurance packages provide more coverage for less money than is available through standard carriers. Substantially lower costs, with minimal usage restrictions, unlimited mileage, in-house claim handling, and online quoting and application. www.aon-collectorcar.com. Hagerty Collector Car Insurance. 800.922.4050. Collector cars aren't like their late-model counterparts. These classics actually appreciate in value so standard market policies that cost significantly more won't do the job. We'll agree on a fair value and cover you for the full amount. No prorated claims, no hassles, no games. www.hagerty .com. (MI) J.C. Taylor Agencies. 800.345.8290. Antique, classic, muscle or modified— J.C. Taylor will provide dependable, dynamic, affordable protection for your collector vehicle. Agreed value coverage in the continental U.S. and Alaska. Drive through time with peace of mind with J.C. Taylor. Parish Heacock Classic Car Insurance. 800.678.5173. We understand the passion and needs of the classic car owner; agreed value, one liability charge, 24-hour claim service and paying by credit card. We provide classic car insurance at rates people can afford! Instant quotes at www.parishheacock .com. (FL) COLLECTOR CAR LEASING authoritative mechanical expertise available to restorers and collectors of 1928–71 American classic and muscle cars. Blueprint engine, transmission, steering, and axle rebuilding. Restorative tuning and performance prepping. Protect your investment. See our Web site, www.mosesludel.com. Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Jaguar, Duesenberg, Bugatti, and more. Offices on East and West Coasts. www.morrisandwelford.com. (CT) VINTAGE EVENTS Columbus Motor Classic. 866.794.6889. Germain Amphitheater, Polaris, OH, September 22-24, 2006. www.cmcshows.org (OH) The Hamptons Auto Classic, 631.537.1868. 2006 Auction, June 10, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Hamptons Concours d'Elegance, The Healey Werks. 800.251.2113, 712.944.4900, fax 712.944.4940. Lawton, IA. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in exotic, European and classic cars. Complete structural and body reconstruction, upholstery, world-class paint/refinishing, engineering, prototyping and mechanical services. Transport and logistical services available. www.healeywerks.com. (IA) 631.537.1868. June 11, 2006, Bridgehampton, NY. kenmotor@aol.com. (NY) Lake Mirror Classic Auto Festival. 863.683.1540. October 14–16. The Lake Mirror Classic is held in restored Lake Mirror Park and downtown Lakeland. Begins Friday evening with the Hot Rod Rendezvous; Saturday enjoy over 500 classic cars in downtown Lakeland and Lake Mirror. For more information about this FREE event or to pre-register, visit www.lakemirrorclassic.com. (FL) Performance Restoration. 440.968.3655, 17444 U.S. Rt. 6, Montville, OH 44064. Award-winning paint/body restoration—sports, muscle, vintage. Eight years in business, newly built shop. A short drive from Cleveland or Pittsburgh, five hours from Detroit. We finish your projects! Photos/info: supercharged@alltel.net. (OH) Vantaaj Restoration & Re- Classic Car Financial. 877.527.7228, fax 603.424.2117. The nation's fastest growing classic car financing company. We provide our customers with a pleasant and smooth process; person-to-person loans are our specialty. Highly competitive rates and terms with less-than-perfect credit considered. Call or apply online today. Dealer programs available. www.classiccarfinancial.com. (NH) J.J. Best Banc & Company. 800. USA.1965, fax 508.991.8329. The largest national leader on Antique, Classic, Exotic, Rod, and Sports Cars, with low rates starting at 4.99% and long terms. Call, fax, or e-mail your application today for quick ten-minute approval. Dealer inquiries welcome. www.jjbest .com. (MA) June 2006 Premier Financial Services. 203.267.7700, fax 203.267.7773. With over 20 years of experience specializing in exotic, classic and vintage autos, our Lease Purchase plan is ideal for those who wish to own their vehicle at the end of the term, as well as those who like to change cars frequently. Our Simple Interest Early Termination plan allows you the flexibility of financing with the tax advantages of leasing. www.premierfinancialservices.com. (CT) Putnam Leasing. 866.905.3273, Never get in a car with strangers. Custom-tailored, lease-to-own financing for your dream car. Easy, fast, and dependable. Exclusive leasing agent for Barrett-Jackson, Cavallino, and the Ferrari Club of America 2004 International Meet. www.putnamleasing.com. (CT) RESTORATION – GENERAL Guy's Interior Restorations. 503.224.8657, fax 503.223.6953. 431 NW 9th, Portland, OR 97209. Awardwinning interior restoration. Leather dyeing and color matching. (OR) pair. 866.440.0334, toll-free USA, 303.440.0334 in Colorado. A few dedicated enthusiasts, focused on repairing or restoring one or two cars at a time. We understand they are not mere automobiles; they are family. Please join our family. We are not for everyone—we are for you. www.vantaaj.com. (CO) 2nd Annual Muscle Car 1000, 949.470.9880. September 25–30, 2006. Five days of exceptional places, people, experiences, and cars from Santa Barbara to San Simeon, Monterey, San Francisco, Napa Valley, and back. Reserved for 1964–73 American muscle cars, 1962–68 Cobras, 1955–73 Corvettes. Apply early, as space is limited. www.musclecar1000.com. (CA) ENGLISH Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of The Winning Collection, Inc. 888.533.7223, (outside NC), 828.658.9090, fax 828.658.8656. Asheville, NC. Premier automobile restoration company specializing in classic, collector and historic cars of all makes and models. 20+ years experience. State of the art, 22,000 sq. ft. facility in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Body-off, frame-off restoration and modification. Conversions. Complete metal, body, and machine shop. www .winningcollection.com (NC) SPORTS AND COMPETITION MosesLudel.Com, LLC. 775.463.5965. Thirty-eight years of Morris & Welford, LLC. 203.222.3861 or 203.722.3333 (Miles Morris), 949.260.1636 or 949.500.0585 (Malcolm Welford), fax 203.222.4992 or 949.955.3848. Specialist car consultants and high-end brokerage for important historic cars such as Ferrari, the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) AC AC Owner's Club Limited. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. US Registrar: Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. The world's largest organization of AC owners and enthusiasts. AC ownership not required. Monthly magazine. (OR) JWF Restorations, Inc. 503.643.3225, fax 503.646.4009. Jim Feldman, 11955 SW Faircrest St., Portland, OR 97225-4615. AC restoration specialist. 35 years experience. Partial to full restorations done to street or concours standards. (OR) Austin-Healey Austin-Healey Club USA. 888.4AHCUSA, fax 503.528.0533. 8002 NE Hwy 99, Ste B PMB 424, 141


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RESOURCE DIRECTORY Vancouver, WA 98665-8813. Oldest national Austin-Healey club and factory club heritage. Members receive Austin-Healey Magazine, Resource Book, calendar, tech assistance, book discount. Annual dues still just $35. www.healey .org. (OR) Aston Martin Aston Martin of New England. 781.547.5959. 85 Linden Street, Waltham, MA 02452. Proudly appointed Aston Martin Heritage Dealer for the USA. New and pre-owned Aston Martins are our specialty. Please contact us when buying, selling or restoring. www.astonmartin-lotus.com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Autosport Designs Inc. 631.425.1555. The largest independent Aston Martin sales, service, and restoration facility in the U.S.; everything under one roof. All models welcome. Large selection of parts for all Astons. Also specializing in Ferrari, Porsche, and other exotics. Tom Papadopoulos, Scott Rumbold. www.autosport-designs .com. (NY) 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) Rocky Santiago. 405.843.6117, fax 405.475.5079. E Britton Rd., Oklahoma City, OK 73114. Specializing in Aston Martins, all years, all conditions. Buy/sell/consign. If you are buying or selling, please call. Also have Healeys, MGs, Triumphs, etc. (OK) Jaguar Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase. com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Jaguar Clubs of North America. 888.CLUBJAG, JCNA, 1000 Glenbrook Road, Anchorage, KY 40223. The primary organization of Jaguar enthusiasts in the U.S. and Canada. 52 local clubs provide social and other activities. JCNA sponsors championships in concours, rally, slalom. Members receive bi-monthly Jaguar Journal magazine. www.jcna.com. (KY) Rolls-Royce/Bentley Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. 142 Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www. automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Hageman Motorcars. 206.954.1961, fax 425.287.0660. PO Box 554, Kirkland, WA 98033. Pre-war European autos, Bentley, and RollsRoyce, specializing in vintage Bentleys. www.hagemanmotorcars.com. (WA) ALFA ROMEO Parts Centerline Alfa Parts. 888.750. ALFA (2532). Call for free catalog. New and used parts, accessories, restoration, modification, and information for Giulietta through 164. We know the cars and we have the parts. Visit www. centerlinealfa.com for frequent updates on new items. (CO) International Auto Parts. 800.788.4435, 434.973.0555, fax 434.973.2368. Est. 1971. Over 90,000 Alfa/Fiat/Lancia parts, 1956 to present, in stock, ready to ship. Fast, knowledgeable service and same-day shipping! Free 76-page catalog. www.international-auto.com. (VA) Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Carozzeria Granturismo Milano (Italy). +39.93909285-6, fax +39.02.93908420. Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Alfa Romeo, and Lancia. Structural chassis restoration, body restoration, and manufacturing of aluminum and steel body trim and panels. We bring automobiles to exacting original specifications. High-class paint jobs; one-off prototype manufacturing. info@gtmilano.it. (IT) Jon Norman's Alfa Parts. 510.525.9435, fax 510.524.3636. 1221 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710. Large selection of parts from 1900 series to Milano. Efficient, personal service. (CA) Performance Motoring Associates. 831.338.9703, fax 831.338.2031. 12895 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006. Over 20 Alfa Romeos in stock, ready for your custom restoration. Specialists in vintage race car preparation for over 20 years. Sebring suspensions and lightweight body panels for 750, 101, and 105 series Sprints, Spiders, and GTVs. alleake@aol.com; www.alfaromeorestorations.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Repairs/Restoration Dan Sommers' Veloce Motors. 503.274.0064. 1425 NW Flanders, Portland, OR 97209. More than two decades of helping Alfa, Ferrari, and Lamborghini owners keep their cars on the road while not emptying their bank accounts. Other Italian cars serviced as well. (OR) Nasko's Imports. 503.771.1472, 5409 SE Francis, Portland, OR 97206. Alfas, BMWs and Mercedes our speciality. Oldest Alfa repair facility in Oregon. Ask about our used sports cars for sale. Fast work, fair prices. (OR) FERRARI/MASERATI/LAMBORGHINI Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Family Classic Cars. 949.496.3000, fax 949.488.0523. Family Classic Cars specializes in highly rare and valuable vintage Ferraris, fine European cars, classics, hot rods, muscle cars, and modern exotics. Located in San Juan Capistrano, CA, Family Classic Cars is all about selling dreams and investments. sales@familyclassiccars.com; www.familyclassiccars.com. Hamann Classic Cars. 203.918.8300. Specializing in mostly European vintage race and sports cars, especially classic Ferraris of the '50s and '60s as well as Mille Miglia-eligible sports cars. Always looking to buy fabulous classic cars. www.hamannclassiccars.com. (CT) Michael Sheehan. 949.646.6086, fax 949.646.6978. Always looking for cars to buy, from rare one-offs to serial production ordinaries. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus. Buyers, let me use my 20,000-car database to help you find a car, or verify the history of one you are looking at. www.ferraris-online .com. (CA) Randy Simon. 310.274.7440, fax 310.274.9809. I constantly collect and sell all Ferraris, Maseratis, and Lamborghinis. If I don't have what you seek, I can usually find it for you (at low prices). Please call anytime for straight advice on the market. Finder's fee gladly paid. simonrandy@aol.com. (CA) Ron Tonkin Gran Turismo. 800.547.4455, 503.255.7560. Service and parts, 800.944.6483, 503.257.9655. 203 NE 122nd Ave., Portland, OR 97230. America's oldest and most dedicated Ferrari dealer. New and used exotic cars. Also, huge parts department with fast, fast service. www.rtgt .com. (OR) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, fax 713.849.2401. The U.S. source for original, complete seats and covers, bulk upholstery materials, original rubber mats and gaskets, original European taillights, headlights, grilles, windshields. Visit www.reoriginals.com for complete listing. (TX) Symbolic Motor Car Company. 858.454.1800. As the world's premier dealer of exotic, collectible, racing and touring automobiles, our highly trained staff has the experience to get you into some of the finest automobiles in the world. Visit us at www.symbolicmotors .com. (CA) GERMAN BMW Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest, and race cars. Sales, restoration, and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www .automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Mercedes-Benz Alex Dearborn. 978.887.6644, fax 978.887.3889. Topsfield, MA. Buying, selling and trading vintage Mercedes. Specializing in 300SLs. Large database of older M-Bs. www.dearbornauto .com. (MA) Automotive Restorations, Inc. Vintage Racing Services, Inc. (ARI.VRS), 203.377.6745, fax 203.386.0486, 1785 Barnum Ave., Stratford, CT 06614. Classic, special interest and race cars. Sales, restoration and transportation. www.vintageracingservices.com, www.automotive-restorations.com. (CT) Classic Showcase. 760.758.6199, sales 760.758.6100, fax 760.758.0600. Full-service restorations. Creating show winners in a world-classic restoration facility. Specializing in European classics. Superb fit; attention to detail; great craftsmanship. “Where great cars achieve perfection.” Located in San Diego County. sales@classicshowcase .com; www.classicshowcase.com. (CA) Gull Wing Group International, Gary Estep. 530.891.5038 fax. 776 Cessna, Chico, CA 95928. Dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of 1954 to 1963 Mercedes-Benz 300SL coupes and roadsters. Member benefits include: twelve monthly magazines per year plus a national convention that rotates its location around the country. gestep3457@aol.com. (CA) Porsche 73rs.com. 310.927.3193. Specializing exclusively in early classic Porsche 911 motor cars, 1965–73. Over 35 years experience in buying and selling only the finest 911s. Cars actively purchased for top money. jack@73rs.com. (CA) Re-Originals. 713.849.2400, Sicurvetro windshields for Porsche 356. Speedster bucket seats, driving seats for all models. www.reoriginals.com. (TX) AMERICAN Hyman Ltd. 314.524.6000. One of the largest dealers of quality collector cars in the U.S. with over 100 cars in stock. We act as principal in the acquisition of collector cars and are aggressive Sports Car Market


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buyers for complete collections. Our specialties include European sports cars and full classics. www.hymanltd.com. (MO) Shelby Shelby American Automobile Club. 860.364.0449, fax 860.364.0769. PO Box 788, Sharon, CT 06069. Over 5,000 members, 50 regions throughout the world. Dedicated to the care and preservation of the cars that Carroll Shelby produced. Two national conventions a year, semi-annual magazine, bi-monthly newsletter as well as a registry. (CT) Greatwest Lubricants. 888.838.6308. Authorized dealer for premium Amsoil synthetic lubrication and filtration products. Protect your investment with the finest lubrication products available and benefit from lower operating costs and extended oil change intervals. All products can be ordered online and shipped from U.S. & Canadian distribution centers. www.greatwestlubricants.ca. (CAN) HotSeat Chassis Inc. 877-GAME- PARTS AND ACCESSORIES TRX. 111 Napco Dr., Plymouth, CT 06786. HotSeat Chassis Inc., produces HotSeat Solo, Racer, and HotSeat PC Gamer. Creating a total immersion, arcade like experience in the home, the HotSeat envelopes the player in ultrarealistic 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound between its 6 high-powered speakers. (CT) GARAGE/TOOLS Baldhead Cabinet Company. 877.966.2253. Offering a fine selection of quality metal garage cabinets. Many unique modules. SS and custom colors available. Many sizes to choose from. Call for a custom quote and drawing. See ad in this issue. www.baldheadcabinets.com. (CA) REAL ESTATE J.R. Rouse Real Estate. 831.645.9696 ext. 100, 831.277.3464, fax 831.645.9357. Connecting car enthusiasts with homes on the Monterey Peninsula. jr@jrrouse.com; www.jrrouse.com. (CA) TRAVEL Stephanie Warrington. 800.594.0805, 503.231.5103. The official travel agent for Sports Car Market. Specializing in international travel, custom vacations, and groups. stephanie@wtpdx.com. (OR)u June 2006 143


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3 7 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t N e e d h a m, M a s s a c h u s e t t s T e l . 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 6 4 6 C o n t a c t S t u a r t C a r p e n t e r F a x . www.copleymotorcars.com 0 2 4 9 2 7 8 1 . 4 4 4 . 4 4 0 6 e-mail: copleycars@aol.com 1999 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider“paddle” shift, ”paddle” shift, only 3k miles 1988 Porsche 911 targa Guards Red w/black, only 12k mi. 1961 Mercedes 190SL Signal Red/grey, 64k miles PARTIAL LISTING: 2004 Ferrari 360 Modena coupe, Pozzi Blue, 6 spd ...............................................................3k mi. 1992 Ferrari 512TR, Red/tan, one owner .................................................................................3k mi. 1997 Porsche 993 Turbo S, Arena Red w/cashmere ............................................................. 15k mi. 1979 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, triple white ............................................................ restored. 1977 Toyota FJ40, Freeborn Red w/black ...................................................... .original and rust free. 1969 Mercedes Benz 280SL roadster, white, auto, a/c ....................................................... 88k km. 1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 convertible, ............................................... “as new” re-creation 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible, Blue, 4 spd, 327/350 ............................................... 32k mi. 1967 Austin Healey 3000 BJ8, blue w/black ......................................................................... 52k mi. 1997 Land Rover Defender 90, ...........................................................................15+ always in-stock. www.copleymotorcars.com June 2006 e-mail: copleycars@aol.com 145 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 AA Yellow, automatic, only 5k mi.


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Carl Bomstead Steckler Stash Repays Diggers There were over 2,500 lots in the auction, but close to 10,000 items, as most of the lots had multiple pieces R andom Treasures Auctions (www.randomtreasuresauction.com) presented the collections of Roger Steckler in an online auction that closed over four different nights in mid-March. Steckler was a 50-year collectibles trader and author who co-wrote Non-Paper Sports and Collectibles with Americana guru Ted Hake back in 1986. There were over 2,500 lots in the auction, but close to 10,000 items, as most of the lots had multiple pieces. Only a few of the lots were our kind of stuff, but it was amazing to see the extent of one man's collecting. The items presented ranged from early sporting photographs to five RANDOMTA.COM. LOT #916—MICHELIN FIGURAL COMPRESSOR TIRE PUMP. Number of Bids: 7. SOLD AT: $626.28. Date Sold: 3/14/2006. These Michelin tire pump compressors were made in several sizes and are not hard to find. They date from 1928 and are marked R. Toussaint, France. The key is condition, and this one was complete with the gauge that is usually damaged or missing. The patina on Ol' Bib was delightful, and the condition was exceptional. It sold for a song, as these usually go for a grand or more in lesser condition. Someone made a great buy. RAMDOTA.COM. LOT #1500—TEXACO CELLULOID TAPE MEASURE. Number of Bids: 23. SOLD AT: $367.78. Date Sold: 3/14/2006. The Texas Company moved to Houston from Beaumont in 1908, and this logo, without the black outline around the green “T,” dates to about 1913. In exceptional condition, it sold for a premium—but well justified. A rare find in this condition. Tarzan pins that sold for close to $900. Hundreds of early employee badges were offered as well as dozens of lots of World's Fair items. Advertising thimbles, lighters, tape measures, and even dog licenses were in Steckler's sphere of collecting interest. Cataloging a collection of this magnitude had to be a nightmare, but it was presented in a quality book with clear photographs and descriptions. Bargains and bellicose values counterbalanced one another, as would be expected. Here are a few of the items we thought should have ended up in our collection. RAMDOMTA.COM. LOT #870—HARLEY-DAVIDSON PINBACK FROM NEW YORK DISTRIBUTOR. Number of Bids: 19. SOLD AT: $961. Date Sold: 2/14/2006. This early pinback was in exceptional condition with no foxing around the edges or cracks in the celluloid. This would date from the late teens, based on the image of the bike, and Harley guys will be able to date it to the exact year. Price paid was up there, but the rare and unusual Harley stuff goes for a bunch as the well-heeled trade their pinstripe suits for leathers on the weekend. What's a grand or so if you can impress your buddies with a cool Harley pin? RAMDOTA.COM. LOT #971—FOUR OILZUM ITEMS FROM 1912 AUTO SHOW. Number of Bids: 15. SOLD AT: $752. Date Sold: 3/14/2006. What was stated as a framed Oilzum sign was actually a can that had been cut so it would lie flat. Even so, this lot was a bargain, as one of the other items was an Oilzum fan offered at Hershey a few years ago with a price tag of $2,000. A couple of very early Oilzum pins were also in the group, so the buyer has some killer stuff to add to his collection. RAMDOTA.COM. LOT #917—15 DIFFERENT EARLY AUTOMOTIVE PINBACKS. Number of Bids: 11. SOLD AT: $458.25. Date Sold: 3/14/2006. This group of pins included Reo, Page, Crown, and a bunch of other obscure marques long out of business. At $30 apiece, this lot was a bargain, as some of these have sold for as much as $200 apiece at other venues. RAMDOTA.COM LOT #949—36 DIFFERENT EARLY TAXI ITEMS. Number of Bids: 1. SOLD AT: $56.75. Date Sold: 3/14/2006. At a little over a buck and a half apiece, this group was a steal. 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